The Late Murty O’Neill

The Late Murty O’Neill

The people of Johnstownbridge and Carbury were plunged into mourning at the sad news on the passing of the well-known and much loved successful businessman Murty O’Neill of the Hamlet Court Hotel.

For many years Murty ran ‘The Hamlet’, the most sought-after wedding venue of the midlands. His success stemmed from his attention to detail and to ensure that everything went right on the day.

In his restaurant he spoke to each person and made them feel important, he always had a friendly chat and a smile for everybody.

Many people in the locality would agree that Murty O’Neill put Johnstownbridge on the Map.

Johnstownbridge GAA Club expressed their sympathy with the O’Neill family and posted the following on the club’s website;

All in the club would like to express our sincere sympathy to the O’Neill family on the death of our honorary president Murty O’Neill. Our thoughts are with his wife Phil and children Mary, John, Trish, Paul and Deccie. Ar deis de go raibh a anam.

Murty’s Funeral Mass took place to St. Patrick’s Church, Johnstownbridge on Sunday last where a massive crowd was gathered to pay their last respects. His burial took place to Kilshanroe Cemetery.

Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Phil, daughters Mary (Mangan), Trish (Gill), John, Paul, Muireadach (Decky), sister Margaret Gordon, brother Gerry, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, relatives and friends. May He Rest In Peace.

Community Alert

A meeting was held at The Turn Inn last week to establish a Community Alert for the Carbury Area.

The meeting was arranged by the newly formed Derrinturn Community Development Group.

A large crowd attended on the night with representatives from all areas of Carbury.

The meeting was attended by Garda Sgt. Conor McMahon, Crime Prevention Officer, Garda Sgt. Brendan Costello and Garda Joe Gaffney.

Garda Gaffney explained to the meeting how the Community Alert Programme operates. He said that it was operating very successfully in areas quite close to Carbury.

The Crime Prevention Officer, Sgt. McMahon gave leaflets to everybody in attendance on crime prevention in the home and a Home Security Checklist.

He also gave a very detailed outline of Community Alert and Neighbourhood Watch Schemes and how they operate. Sgt. McMahon said that Community Alert Schemes were working quite successfully in various parts of the country with great achievements to date.

He said that he was heartened by the large attendance on the night and it showed that people were concerned and willing to get involved in looking after their community.

During the meeting, a minutes silence was observed for Mr. Murty O’Neill (father of Trish Gill, The Turn Inn) who died on Wednesday, June 6.

The Derrinturn Community Development Group thanked the members of the Gardai for attending and for helping to establish a Community Alert Scheme in Carbury.

Further meetings will be taking place in the near future.

Parish Field Day

Because of the atrocious weather on Sunday week last, the Carbury Parish Field Day had to be held at the GAA Centre.

The Field Day Committee worked hard on the Saturday to get everything ready for Sunday. Tents and Gazebo’s were erected, stalls were in place and everything was ready to go. Rain fell all through Saturday night and left the field very, very wet which left the Committee with a decision to make.

‘Plan B’ was quickly implemented and all the stalls had to be quickly transferred to the nearby GAA Centre.

It was a huge undertaking in very bad weather. But fair play to the people who worked hard in the rain to make sure that the Pattern of Carbury would go ahead no matter what the weather conditions were.

The Newbridge Town Band kept the crowd entertained at the GAA Centre with their excellent music and the Vintage Cars added greatly to the occasion.

Inside, all the usual stalls did a steady trade throughout the day and the crowd were also treated to Irish Dancing for the Dunne School of Dance, Cora Cadwell Dancers and Emilie Johnson’s Speech & Drama Group as well as the Kata/Karate Display by the Ailis Kelly Group.

The Derrinturn Foroige Youth Club attended for the first time ever and had beautiful singers which went down a treat with everyone.

At the end of the day, it was estimated that just over €6,000 was raised.

The Field Day Committee would like to sincerely thank everyone who helped out in any way over the weekend to make the event a most successful venture in spite of the bad weather and the change of venue at the last minute. In particular, they would like to express their gratitude to Carbury GAA for the use of their facilities at the last minute.

The Field Day organising committee are already looking forward to next year’s event which will be held on Sunday, May 26. Pencil it into your 2013 Diary!

Kelloggs Cúl Camp

Carbury GAA are hosting a Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp this summer from July 9 - 13 (football camp only). Booking online at or contact Finbar Redmond.

Summer Camp at Carbury GAA

The Thomas Fox Multisport Summer Camp has two camps running this year. The first camp runs from July 23 - 27 and the second camp runs from August 20 -24 from 10am - 2.30pm (9.30am on the first day) daily in Carbury GAA.

Activities include; gaelic, soccer, athletics, treasure hunt, Kickboxing, rounders, no man’s land, and much more. Cost for one child is €55, two children €100, three children €145, and family of four for €190. All staff are fully qualified. For more details or to book contact Thomas on 085-7284795.