Community news: Charleville


Community news: Charleville

Charleville and District Vintage Club’s Spring Run for classic cars, motorbikes and trucks will be held on Sunday, 7 April.

This run will be held in aid of the seriously ill young boy Fionn Barry (see ‘Fight for Fionn’ on Facebook) and will start from Milford.

Registration will be open from 10am and the vehicles will get on the road at approximately 11.30am. Please note the change of venue.

For further information call Billy on 086 2670066 or Paschal 087 2731336.


Important meeting for a change of guard at Chamber

A meeting will be held in the E Centre, Baker’s Road, Charleville on next Tuesday evening, April 9 at 6pm with the purpose of restructuring the committee of Charleville Chamber for the coming year.

A completely new committee will be elected to guide the organisation for the foreseeable future and to continue the good work of the Chamber in promoting Charleville town as a vibrant industrial, retail, commercial and residential centre.

Charleville town, in common with other towns in the country, is facing into an uncertain future with the advent of Brexit and the effect this will have on all facets of life.

Locally, as Charleville is the location for a major food manufacturing, engineering and agricultural area, this could have an adverse effect on the local economy if job losses will accrue in the dairy, engineering and beef sectors, as has been forecast.

The town needs a strong Chamber to counteract these developments and to strive to attract alternative industry and inward investment to the area to replace jobs which may be lost.


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Another reason to have a strong Chamber representing Charleville is with the new changes to Cork City and County in June, where the city will expand, it is vital that Charleville, as an active commercial and retail centre on the periphery of the northern boundary to the county, has an effective Chamber to represent the concerns of the local business community.

The Chamber also interacts, on behalf of businesses, with Cork County Council, the Local Enterprise Office, Ballyhoura Development, and other state agencies regarding grant aid and courses for various projects that may be undertaken.

The M20 Motorway is also on the horizon and planning to deal with the changes which that may bring, especially to the Main Street, which will have to adjust to continue to attract passing trade and meet the challenges, which that may bring.


New free horticulture course

Cork Education and Training Board are offering a new free horticultural course to those interested in gardening at their centre for further education in the former Mannix College in Charleville.

The course is entitled ‘Get out in the Garden’ and it’s a level 3 QQ1 course, which will run from now until next December.

There will be hands on learning to grow one’s own vegetables and learners will have the use of a poly tunnel to work in as part of this introductory course.

No previous experience is required to participate in the course. It is a free course open to people who are on social welfare or who hold a medical or GP card. Anybody interested should contact the centre for further education.

Inexplicably, the name of Mannix has been dropped by the ETB from the building, which is a pity as it perpetuated the memory of one of Charleville’s most illustrious sons in religion, Archbishop Daniel Mannix, who was born at Deerpark, Charleville in 1864. He was a former President of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth, Co. Kildare, and was Archbishop of Melbourne in Australia from 1917 until his death in 1963 at the age of 99 years in 1963, a few months short of his 100th birthday.

However, his name lives on locally, as Charleville GAA Club named their main playing field the Dr. Mannix Gaelic Sportsfield in his memory.


Autistic Nicholas brings his tale of triumph over adversity

World Autism Day was marked in Charleville when up to 200 people attended a film called ‘This is Nicholas – Living with Autism Spectrum Disorder’ at the Charleville Park Hotel last Monday evening, which was organised by Charleville CBS, where a number of students on the spectrum also attend.

The film traced the life of Nicholas Ryan-Purcell from a small boy living with his family in Emly, Co. Tipperary, his days at national school, the people he interacted with there, his secondary education at the Abbey C.B.S. in Tipperary Town and in Nenagh.

All the while, both he and his family are coping with an affliction about which little was known at the time.

But Nicholas triumphed over all the adversity with help from a big number of people and didn’t let his condition hold him back, and today is a successful international award-winning film producer, having graduated from the Ballyfermot College of Further Education, where he studied television and digital film and HNDN television production.

Nicholas is the son of Churchtown native Oliver Ryan-Purcell and his wife, Dorothy. Oliver is a past pupil of C.B.S. Secondary School, Charleville, as are his uncles Charles and Walter, as explained by CBS teacher Denis O’Donovan, who introduced the film to the audience on Monday evening.

When his family moved from Emly to Cloughjordan in north Tipperary, Nicholas completed his Leaving Certificate with honours, following which he pursued his passion for film-making at Ballyfermot College of Further Education. He has produced a number of successful documentaries, including one on the famous race horse ‘Gordon Lord Byron’, trained by Tom Hogan just outside Nenagh and entitled ‘Against the Odds,’ which was a huge success.

The latest documentary records his experiences growing up with autism and dealing with depression in Co. Tipperary, his passion for steam trains and Scania trucks, which includes local trucking company, Kiely’s of Milford, Charleville, how they helped him cope with his condition.

It also features and pays tribute to his parents, Oliver and Dorothy, grandmother Rosemary and other family members and neighbours, especially in Emly, Billy Kiely of Milford and Wesley Riddle of Templeogue, Dublin, who is prominent in the steam train society.

Nicholas has shown this film in other schools and cinemas throughout the country. He won best editor award at the London International Filmmaker Festival 2019, which is testament to the great work that Nicholas is doing in growing awareness around autism.

He was present on the night to participate in a question and answer session on the documentary and on the condition of Asperger’s itself after the film was screened.



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