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AA Open Public Meeting In Roscrea

There is an invitation from the Roscrea Group of Alcoholics anonymous to anyone interested in finding out a little bit more about Alcoholics Anonymous, to attend their own open public meeting which will be held in the Community Centre, Rosemary Street, Roscrea on Wednesday the 24th of April at 8.30pm. All are welcome to attend. Speakers will be present from both Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon. Admittance is free and all members of the public are welcome to attend. In particular those who are concerned about their own drinking habits or the drinking habits of someone else in their lives, are most welcome.

Spring Seminar at Fancroft Mill

The Spring Seminar held at Fancroft Mill & Gardens, Roscrea, exploring the history of this highly significant industrial heritage site, as well as the seven year conservation project, was a fully booked out and most enjoyable event. Despite unseasonably bitter weather the 60 participants had a terrific afternoon of lectures, guided mill tours, great music and refreshments with a roaring fire in the stove. Many even braved the elements to explore the gardens. Amanda Pedlow, champion of heritage matters i

n Co. Offaly, chaired the meeting. The attendance found Christopher Moriarty’s opening address on “Quakers, their beliefs and industries most interesting. Marcus Sweeney then set out his current understanding of the history of the Pim Family, and their descendants, who were the originators of this fine mill complex. He was very pleased to receive some new information and corrections to the story. His photographic record of the conservation work shows clearly the awful state of dereliction from which Fancroft Mill has been rescued. The Kinsella family, David, Denis and Aoife with Martin McHugh made marvellous music as everyone gathered in the Tea Rooms to enjoy refreshments. Young Denis’s dancing was a highlight. Given the weather, hot tea and c offee proved to be more in demand than wine or apple Juice!!

“Mating Season” A Major Success For Killavilla

This year’s production by Killavilla Drama Group called the “Mating Season” was a huge success and filled the hall on four consecutive nights in March. This year, as last year, the play was written by Sam Cree. Thanks to all the cast, Kevin Dooley, Sinead Browne, Fabien Peyaud, Brendan Dooley, B. Delaney , Fiona, Amy Ryan, Marianne Dooley, John Dooley and Agnes King and especially to Paul Spencer, the Killavilla group has one of the very best! Thanks also to Amy Ryan, Marion Grannell, the stage crew and kitchen help. Thanks to MCs Padraig Rattigan, Frank Bergin and a particular thanks to John Hogan, who spent so much time in the hall in the weeks and days leading up to the show.

Thursday Night Walks

Back by popular demand are the Summer Night walks starting in May with this year being moved to Thursday nights. These walks are free with no membership needed and are usually no more than 1.5 to 2 Hours long and generally on the flat. Walkers are notified by text. If you would like to be part of this very social event please contact Cathal on (086) 3399193 or Declan on (087) 6769143. You can also log onto for more details.

NCBI Roscrea

National council for the Blind of Ireland – support your local charity. Donations required and much appreciated, clothes ,Bric-a-brac, small furniture. Can collect locally. Volunteers required – can your spare four hours weekly? Phone Jayne on 086 3521134.

Roscrea Bridge Club

Thank you to all for supporting their charity event. Among the winners were John and Irene Ryan, Tipperary Town, Sheila Sheedy, and Eva Harvey, Noel MacMahon and Margaret Mac Mahon, Ultan and Mrs McCabe, Ferbane, Joe Kerins, Birr, and Kieran Guinan.