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W/E 04/04/2021

posted Mar 30, 2021, 2:25 PM by John O'Sullivan
Archaeology Trail Awarded Grant.
The Dysart O’Dea Archaeology Trail covers a route of 4km, taking in twenty five original field monuments, dating from 1000BC to 1850AD between Dysart and Rath.  It includes two Romanesque churches, a 12th century doorway, the cross of Dysart O’Dea, two 15th century tower houses, a millennium stone, earthen forts, holy wells, fulachta fiadh, proselytising schools, landlords houses and medieval roads.
The Development Association overseeing this trail has been awarded a grant of €16,290 from the Outdoor Recreation Infrastructural Scheme from the Department of Rural and Community Development. It will support marketing, signage, upgrading of visitor facilities and improvements of the trail, which came into being in 1986. It is expected that the works will take place in the summer.
The Manager of Dysart Castle Archaeology Centre, Tommy Moloney, on behalf of the Development Association, has expressed the appreciation of the group for the funding, and also to those who have maintained the walking trail over the past thirty years, including landowners, friends and volunteers and community.

Recent Death.
The death took place last week of Martin Flanagan of Ballygriffey, Ruan, at his home, a man who has left an indelible mark on all who ever came across him, either in his neighbourhood or during his working life, as is attested to by the tributes people paid to him on hearing of his death. Some of the qualities mentioned were his sense of humour, his kindness, his smile and infectious laugh, honesty, his professionalism going over and above what was required of him, his love of nature and the land and his optimistic nature. He set a standard for himself which, by example, caused those in his presence to give of their best, at whatever job was being done.
Martin met his wife, Maura, at a dance in Ennis and they married in 1969. He worked in Rippon and Lana Knit in Shannon, and later in Ennis with  Magnet Wicksteed and Fergus Design. In the late 80's Martin started working in Cusack Park, where he was very quickly appointed to the role of caretaker and groundsman of Cusack Park, Ballyline and Clareabbey, a role he held for 22 years. During that time he endeared himself to players of all codes in the GAA, managers and followers of the games.
Martin was, first and foremost, a family man and his grandchildren were precious to him. He has left a great legacy to them instilling in them a love and respect for people, animals and nature.
Martin’s funeral mass was celebrated in St. Tola’s Church, Dysart and he was laid to rest in Templemaley Graveyard. He is survived by his wife Maura, son Patrick, daughter in law Lourda, grandchildren Luke, Orlaith and Kate, sisters Mary and Brid, nephews, nieces, extended family and friends.
The death has also taken place of Ada Power, Clarecastle, sister of George Power, Drumcavan, Ruan.

Easter Ceremonies.
Fr. Pat and Fr. Damian are ensuring that people can feel involved in the celebration of Holy Week. There is a booklet available in all the churches which may be picked up to follow the ceremonies. At the vigil Mass at 8pm on Saturday evening in Ruan Church and on Sunday morning at 11am in Corofin Church, bottles of holy water will be blessed and people may collect it afterwards and maybe deliver a bottle to a neighbour or someone who is housebound. 
On Holy Thursday evening at 8pm Mass will be from Crusheen Church, on Good Friday ceremonies will be in Crusheen at 12 noon, Ruan at 3pm and Corofin at 8pm. All these ceremonies are available to follow on the Imeallboirne Facebook page.