Local Notes Edition January 6th 2011

News of the County

News of the County

MOYNE-TEMPLETUOHY

HOLYCROSS-BALLYCAHILL

TWO-MILE-BORRIS

UPPERCHURCH-DROMBANE

DRANGAN

SILVERMINES

MULLINAHONE

URLINGFORD-JOHNSTOWN

TEMPLEDERRY

RATHDOWNEY

MOYNE-TEMPLETUOHY

Frost Damage - As a result of the damage caused to the heating system by the recent record low temperatures, Moyne Community Centre will be closed until further notice.

Moyne Bridge Club - The weekly game will resume on Thursday January 6th at 8pm on the premises of Timmy and Delia Cullen, by kind permission.

Late Sean Purcell - The death occurred peacefully on Dec 26th at Thurles Community Hospital of Sean Purcell, Castletown. He was 88 and was the younger of the two sons of Richard and Kate Purcell(nee Houlihan) and was born in the townsland of Kylemakill,where his mother ran a grocery shop for many years. In the mid 1960s, Sean and his family moved to Castletown following the purchase of a farm belonging to the late Pat Hennessy. He was an industrious and progressive farmer who believed in doing things well.

In 1968 Sean married Maura Bowe, Gathabawn, with whom he was to share the next 42 happy years. Among his pastimes were beekeeping and hunting. He had a great interest in history and played a major role in the Parish History Group which assisted Willie Hayes in producing " A life of its own" in 2002.

He also took a leading role in the restoration of the Old Cemetery, Moyne, in 1993. It was his suggestion, and what an inspired one it was, that Garda Mick O Brien be asked to supervise the undertaking. Sean was very happy when, following the successful completion of the work, Mass was celebrated there in 1994 for the first time for almost 300 years.

Sean's brother, Fr Pat served as National President of Muintir na Tire for some years and while serving as PP of Bansha was called to his eternal reward in 1994.

Sean, who enjoyed good health until recently, was a good Christian and a conscientious church-goer who was well prepared to meet the Almighty. He was a loving son, a devoted husband, and a good neighbour who will be sadly missed.

The reposal was at his home in Castletown and removql ws to St mary's Church, Moyne. A Guard of Honour , comprising members of the parish History Group and Moyne Cemetery Committee awaited the cortege. Principal celebrant of his Concelebrated Requiem Mass was Fr John O Connell,AP, assisted by Fr Pat Murphy, PP, Fr Jimmy Stapleton,CSS, Chaplain St John's Hospital, Dublin, and Fr John Campion,SDB, PP, Castletroy.

Following Mass, his remains were laid to rest in Moyne Old Cemetery. Deepest sympathy to his wife, Maura, who minded him so well, his brothers-in-law,sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

County Scor - Best of luck to our quiz team of Mark Dunne, Brian Fanning and James Moran, who will contest the county final of Scor na nOg in Halla na Feile,Cashel, on this Friday, Jan 7th at 7.30pm.

Table Quiz - A Table Quiz in aid of Moyne-Templetuohy GAA Club will be held at Cullen's , Moyne, on this Friday, Jan 7th, starting at 9.30 pm. Support will be greatly appreciated.

HOLYCROSS-BALLYCAHILL

Feast of the Ephphany - Holy Day of Obligation, Thursday, Jan 6th -Vigil Mass in Abbey Wed evening at 7pm, Thursday 9am and 11am; Ballycahill, Vigil Mass, 8pm Wed, Thursday 10am. Exposition in the Abbey each morning from 10 am Mass until 11 am for the intentions of all included in the Abbey prayer list. The exposition concludes on Jan., 9th.

St. Pio - On this Thursday night, Jan 6th ,the monthly meeting of the Friends of St. Pio will be held in the Abbey at 8pm.

Artic Weather - Like the rest of the country, the parish suffered from the artic weather conditions which prevailed during the Christmas period.We didn't have to dream of a white Chistmas; we had the snow before and after Christmas together with its trappigns of sleet ,fog, and ice.Roads were in a treacherous state, traffic travelled at its peril, most homes were either without water or having too much because of burst pipes. Neighbourliness came into action and helped where the situation was worse than their own. Due to the severity of the bursts in some pipes, it is only now that they are repaired. T.G. no one was severely injured as they slipped and fell in the locality.

Famed John Doyle Passes Away - John, the hurling legend from Glenbane and Holycross-Ballycahill hurling club, whose prowess on the hurling fields has been acclaimed during four decades, passed away last week. His achievements onthe playing fields were mighty and are recorded elsehwere in this issue. An only child, John was bereft of his mother who died shorty after his birth and he was reared by his father,Tim.He was nephew of the late Fr Paddy Doyle, Holy Ghost Fathers. He atended Gaile school - he had only to cross a couple of fields from his home to the school. From youth, he was involved in his father's farm, and when he died, John continued in farming. He was a progressive farmer who toiled hard; his stock were of quality and his milch cows produced excellent ,milk quotas. Over the years John was noted for being the farmer with the first load of beet from the area for the sugar fatory when the campaign commenced.

He was fond of a game of cards and was regarded as a good card player. John took an interest in politics in his early years, becoming a Fianna Fail Councillor in North Tipperary and later entered Seanad Eireann on the Agricultural panel. When the Renat an Irish Cottage Scheme was first mooted for here, John became involved and was a committee member of the company that saw them erected in Holycross.

Last year he celebrated his 80th birthday. He enjoyed a healthy life up to the last few years when ill health incapacitated him. In latter weeks his illness necessitated his removal to the care of the staff at the Hospital of the Assumption where he succumbed on the last days of the old year.

His coffin,draped in the parish colours and the Blue and Gold was brought to the Abbey where it ws met by a Guard of Honour of hurlers. Seventeen priests concelebrated his Requiem Mass, with this brother-in-law, Fr Ray Reidy, Chief Concelebrant. Archbishop Clifford, GAA Patron, sent his apologies - he was unable to attend due to an important meeting. The President's ADC represented her at the funeral while numerous Oireachtas members attended, including Taoiseach Brian Cowen.

The GAA was strongly represented by current President,Christy Cooney, and former Presidents, and by representatiaves of the various governing bodies of the association.Players from many counties that he played with and against were there to give him a prayerful farewell. He was interred in the Abbey Graveyard where a eulogy was delivered by his friend, Tromm Barrett, Thurles, former secretary of the county board.

Chief mourners -Wife, Ann(nee Reidy, Thurles); Margaret, Sandra, Colette, Liz and Ann-Marie(daughters), John and Michael (sons), grandchildren; Fr Ray and Jerry Reidy, brothers-in-law, sons-in-law, and daughters-in-law, cousins, Spillanes,Galbertsown; Ryans,Rathcannon; Ryans,Killeenyarda; and Stacks,Dungarvan;, many relatives neighbours and friends.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extened to Dinny Shanahan, Graiguenoe on the recent death of his sister-in-law, Mary Shanahan,Tarmon Drive, Thurles; to Tim Carroll,Beakstown, on the death of his brother, Phil Carroll, London and formerly Clohogue, and Galbertstown; to Pat Ryan, Glenbane, on the unexpected death of his brother, Tom, Thurles, and formerly Beakstown; To Maeve Maher, Glenreigh onthe death of her brother, Frank Stakelum, Fianna Road and to Kit Stakelum, Grange, on the death of her brother-in-law,Frank.

TWO-MILE-BORRIS

Golden Jubilee- Congratulations to TK and Phil Dwyer, Turtulla, who recently celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary.

To mark the great occasion, Mass was celebrated in Moycarkey,followed by a reception in C J Skehan's, Bohernacrusha, attended by family and friends. We wish them many more years of health and happiness

Obligation day - This Thursday, jan 6th, the Feast of the Epiphany, is a Holy day of Obligation. Masses as follows - Moycarkey - Wed at 6.30, Thursday at 11am; Littleton - Wed at 7.30, Thursday at 12 noon; Two-Mile-Borris - Thursday at 10.30 am and 7.30 pm.

Recent deaths - Maurice Shaw,Ashill, Horse and Jockey; Catherine O Loughlin, Ardeen Nursing Home and Dublin, aunt of Vivian Britton, Moycarkey. Memorial Mass for John Dee, Pouldine, who died last week, in Moycarkey Church, this Friday, Jan 7th at 7.30pm.

Senior Citizens - The annual party will take place this Sunday, jan 9th inthe Anner Hotel, commencing at 3pm. Transport available.

Apostolic Visitation - Archbishop Thomas Collin is the Apostolic Visitor for this diocese and he will join the priests and people of the diocese for a Penetential Service in the Cathedral, Thurles, on Sunday Jan 16th at 3pm.

The late Tom Kelly - The death occurred on Dec 24th of Tom Kelly, Guinny, Riverstick, Cork and Loughmore. He was brother of Michael, Ballyduff Road, Two-Mile-Borris. Burial took place in Kinsale.

The Late Kathleen Ryan - The occurred recently of Kathleen Ryan, Lanespark,Ballynonty, in her 104th year. She was formerly Ryan Moore, Littleton. Burial took place in Two-Mile-Borris after 11.30 Requiem Mass in Killenaule. Sympathy is extended to all her relatives.

Pool Tournament - After a long break Bannons challenged Corcorans for the title of Pool Champions of two-Mile-Borris. Bannons led 2-1 after the doubles matches.

It was nip and tuck in the singles until Paudie Ryan won a nail-biting contest to give Corcorans a 5-4 advantage inthe penultimate match. Gal Poola(Colm Ryan) potted the black in the final match to the roars of allthe supporters.

Corcorans team was led by their inspirational captain/manager Les, with team mates Dermy, Sally, Anje, Gazell,e paudie and Galboola. Liam Power captained an unlucky bannons side.

His team maters were Larry Power, Brian O Dwyer, Seanie Mockler, Jamie Mockler, Ritchie Liston and Gerry Fitzgerald. The winning team received 750 euro from a generous sponsor.

UPPERCHURCH-DROMBANE

Bas: The death occurred at Sue Ryder retirement home, Holycross of Mrs Bridget Brennan. Her remains were removed to Holycross Abbey. After requiem mass the following day, burial took place in Loughmore cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her son Fr. Loughlin Brennan c.c. Upperchurch-Drombane and to his sister, brothers, and extended family. Sympathy is also tendered to Mrs Kitty O' Dwyer, Glastrigan, on the death of her sister Mrs Mary Shanahan, whose requiem mass was in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Upperchurch, followed by burial in Upperchurch cemetery.

Posadh: The marriage took place recently in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Upperchurch of Miss Catherine Shanahan, Foilagoul and Mr Mark Lonergan, Rosegreen, Cashel. Miss Annette Fahey, Knockeravoola and Mr John Cummins, Knockakelly Borrisoleigh, also married in Sacred Heart Church, Upperchurch. Congratulations and best wishes for the future to the happy couples.

DRANGAN

CLCG Naomh Padraig: The Annual General Meeting of St Patrick's Senior GAA club will be held at the club rooms at Anner Park, Cloneen on Monday, 10th January at 8pm. The Annual General Meeting of St. Patrick's Juvenile GAA Club will be held on Monday, 17th January at 8pm at the club rooms in Anner Park, Cloneen. Please keep these dates free to help plan for 2011 GAA activities.

SILVERMINES

Birthday: Congratulations to TJ Ryan, Dolla who celebrated his 18th birthday last week.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to the Forde family, relatives and friends on the death of Bridie Forde, Ballinaclough. Sympathy also to the O' Sullivan family, Capparoe on the death of Maeve's father, Michael Keane.

Engagement: Congratulations to David Boland, Ballinaclough and Claire Hanly, Silvermines, who got engaged over Christmas.

Married: Congratulations to Caroline Forde, Silvermines and Sean Murray, Templederry, who were married in Silvermines. Congratulations also to Colin O' Brien, Silvermines and Susan Manicle, Nenagh, who were married in Ballinaclough Church.

MULLINAHONE

I'm dreaming of...: We don't need to be told that December 2010 was the coldest December on record. The recent snow and frozen water pipes reminded us sharply of that and will no doubt into the future. A number of locals were put to the rim of their collars during the cold spell. A special cheer to Dick Egan and Richie in Mullinahone Oil who worked night and day to keep locals burners going. If one had to go out, one had cause to be grateful to Donal Ryan and the other council staff who kept icy patches locally to a minimum. Donal was seen spreading all around the street, the health centre and the Church, even when he wasn't supposed to be out working. He certainly helped to make Christmas safer for us all. Perhaps somebody will organise a Mullinahone Person of the Year award for 2010; Donal and Dick will join Anne McGrath, Eoin Kelly and Frosty the Snowman as candidates. Happy 2011 to everyone.

CJ Kickham AGM: The adjourned AGM of CJ Kickhams club will take place on Friday night, next January 8th in the GAA sports hall meeting room.

Senior Citizens Christmas Raffle: The big prizes in the senior citizens Christmas raffle were drawn as follow: 1st, Billy Mullins, Elm Park c/o McNamara's; 2nd, Billy Carroll, c/o Cleaners; 3rd, Paul Hogan, Ballinacloghy. Thanks to all those who sold them on behalf of the club. The committee wish to extend sincere thanks to all who help it to operate.

Sympathy: Condolences to Ann Ryan, Fethard St. on the death of her brother in Gortnahoe. May he rest in peace.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Lisa Lonergan, Killaghy and Richie Cahill, Rocks Road on their recent wedding in St. Michael's Church.

Another Chapter: Another chapter in the history of our parish will be revealed in St. Michael's NS on Wednesday night, January 12th at 8:30pm. This lecture will deal with the emergence of the modern parish as we know it today. Some of the priests and people of the early days will be unveiled. If you have an interest in your own place, it is not too late to join in, while those who have been attending will be anxious to find out a bit more. The series of lectures basically tells us how we came to be what we are today. The title of the next lecture is "Modern Mullinahone Appears".

URLINGFORD-JOHNSTOWN

LOTTO – Results of the Emeralds lotto held before Christmas: There were no winners. Prize fund is now €4,300. Jackpot is €2,300 There was one winner in match 3 numbers winning €200: Julie Minogue. Five lucky dips of €20 each: Margaret Campion, Pat Peters, Mary Kelly, Peg Corbett, Lily Doyle. Promoter's prize: Shem Delaney.

LIGHTS – It is your last chance to see the Christmas Lights at Fogarty's of Bawnmore if you have not been. The lights are beautiful and will be switched off tomorrow (Thursday) evening. All proceeds in aid of Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin.

WHIST DRIVE – Your next whist drive in Kilcooley School will be on this Friday, January 7. Proceeds in aid of Christmas Parish Draw which was postponed due to the bad weather.

MINISTERS IN URLINGFORD – Ministers of the Eucharist: Saturday 7pm – Catherine Hickey, Jim Bergin; Sunday 11.30am – Pat Joyce, The Islands, Peggy Burke. Collectors: Sat 7pm – Jarlath O'Dwyer, Robert O'Hara, Brendan Joyce, John Holohan, Ardreigh; Sunday 11.30am – Phil Fogarty, JJ Kavanagh, Martin Culleton, Joe Quinlan. Readers: Sat 7pm – Aiden Curran, Main Street; Sunday 11.30am – Claire Fogarty, The Islands.

CHRISTMAS – The Christmas Masses both in Graine and Urlingford over Christmas had a packed church. In Graine Church beautiful hymns were sung by the local choir at the Christmas Eve Mass and in Urlingford Church singing was by the Folk Group singing wonderful hymns. The 11am Mass on Christmas Day Canon Dunphy gave thanks and praised everyone for taking part and wished everyone a Happy Christmas. The altar was beautifully decorated.

DEATH – The death has taken place peacefully at her residence of Mrs Mary (Molly) Glendon (nee Broderick), Whitewall, Galmoy. She was in her 98th year and belonged to a highly respected family. She was a lovely and adorable lady and always had a lovely smile for everyone. She was held in the highest esteem, this bore testimony to the huge attendance at the removal of the Remains from her residence to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Galmoy and after Requiem Mass, burial took place in adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by her loving family, Sheila, Marie, Peggy, Tom, Eileen, Michael and Pat, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours.

FIRST FRIDAY – Next Friday is the first Friday of January and the sick of the parish will be visited by the Parish Priest at the usual time Friday morning.

ADORATION – Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Urlingford Church on Friday from 2.30pm to 5.30pm. You are invited to come along and spend some time in quiet prayer before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament with particular prayers for vocations to the priesthood and religious consecrated life.

GAA – The Emeralds GAA will hold their AGM on Sunday next, January 9 in the Old School at 4pm. All members please attend.

ANNIVERSARIES – Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses last weekend in Urlingford and Graine: William Loughman, Main Street; William Moriarty, St Mary's Avenue, Jim Tobin, St Joseph's Terrace, Mary Skehan, Old Road, Julia Moriarty, St Mary's Avenue, Bridie Hennessy, Lisduff, Molly Guilfoyle, St Mary's Avenue, Joe O'Brien, James Maher, Main St, Paddy Nolan, Woodsgift, Patrick and Josie Tobin, Lower Tubrid.

MASS – Mass times in Urlingford Church today (Wednesday) at 7pm Vigil of the Epiphany and Thursday Mass 11.30am Feast of the Epiphany (Little Christmas). Friday Mass normal time of 9.30am.

CHRISTMAS OFFERINGS – Many thanks for your generous support in last week's collection of your Christmas Dues towards your parish priest and if you have overlooked making a contribution you may do so any time during the coming weeks. A special thanks to all those who made their donations for the years collection.

YOUNG PRIESTS – A meeting of the Parish of Young Priests Society will be held in Urlingford at 7.45pm on this Friday.

NEW YEAR – The New Year was welcomed in Urlingford when all the publicans put on great music and song for all their customers. All had full houses with great entertainment well into the New Year.

A WISH FOR NEW YEAR – Count your blessings instead of our crosses, count your gains instead of your losses, count your joys instead of your woes, count your friends instead of your foes. Count your smiles instead of your tears, count your courage instead of your fears, count your health instead of your wealth, and count God instead of yourself.

TEMPLEDERRY

Sympathy: We extend the sympathy of the community to the family of Mrs Buckley, Curraleigh, Dolla who died last weekend.

Apostolic Society: If you have used stamps or Christmas Cards with the Nativity Scene please contact any member of the Templederry/ Killeen Apostolic Society as they will be delighted to have same for the Missions.

Killaloe Financial Statement: Copies of the Killaloe Diocesan Financial Statement for the year 2009 plus a letter from Bishop O Reilly is available in the

Church this weekend.

Anniversary Mass.

The Anniversary Mass for all those whose anniversaris occur in the month of January will be celebrated this Saturday night in Templederry church at 7.30 p.m.

Included will be te following. Danny Fogarty Latteragh..Jack Bourke Greenane. Fr Tom Ryan Moakland and Shannonbridge.

Michael Madden Chalkhill. Tom and Margaret Kennedy Glastrigan. Michael and Ellie Harty Bollingbrook. Denis Mc Loughney Tiermoyle.

Peter Cleary Killavalla. Michael Martin Latteragh. Con O Dwyer tiermoyle. Willie Joe Fogarty Gurrane. Sam and Martin Cowe

Latteragh. Wiliam and Anne Mulcahy Curraghaneddy. Annie O Leary Ballyhane. Margaret Ryan Cappawhite and Gortnagoona.

Fr Jim Power (Quinn & Gurrane). John and Annie Power Gurrane.Michael and Margaret Ryan Oatfield. Ellie and Tony Ryan.

Ballycarron. Chris and Michael Coughlan Ballylisheen.Bridget Brosnan Limerick.

Those who died in the year 2010 will also be remembered.

Templederry Kenyons GAA Club Lotto: Last weeks draw was held in THE FORD. There was no Jackpot winner. This weeks draw will be in Jerry Hogans with a Jackpot of €4,400 Next weeks draw will be in Kennedys Killeen.

RATHDOWNEY

The late Bridget Holohan -The death occurrerd onFriday Dec 18th at the RegionalHospital, Portlaoise, of Bridget Holohan, nee Cleere of Middlemount, Rathdowney.She had been ill for some time and had reached the great age of 91 years. A remarkable lady, who was dedicated to her home and family, she was always very pleasant . She was pre-deceased by her husband John. She had a wonderful family who cared for her . She is sadly mourned by her sons, Dickie, John, Joe, Denis, Tony and Noel, daughters, Bridie, Kathleen, Mary, Ber and Phil, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grand children and great crandchildren; sisters, EIleen and Tess, and a wide circle of relatives and friends.

Reposing was at her residence before removal to St Canice's Church, Clough. On Monday Dec 20th, Requiem Mass was followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery.

The late Mrs Mary O Gorman - The death occurred on Dec. 22nd , peacefully, at Oakdale Nursing Home, Portarlington, of Mary (Maisie) O Gorman, nee Bannon, of Errill. She had reached a good age. A very kind and gentle lady, she was very religious. Her husband, John, died several years ago. Maisie is sadly mounred by her loving daughters, Anne and Margaret, sons, Danny and Liam, duaghters-in-law, Alma and Suzanne, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, Nellie Bannon and Siobhan O Gorman, and a wide circle of relatives and friends.

Resposing was at the residence of Valerie and Russ Watson, Errill, before removal to the Queen of the Universe Church, Errill. On Christmas Eve, Requiem mass was followed by burial in Errill.

Fiz Mix - On Tuesday Jan 11th, a 6 weeks course commences in the Parochial Hall, Rathdowney, from 7pm to 8pm. On Thursday, Jan 13th, the course continues from 7pm to 9pm; and on Thursday Jan 13th ,Pallatell from 8pm to 9pm. Details from - 086-3850977.

Ageing Course - Our next session in the Ageing with Confidence Course is in the Library, Rathdowney on Thursday Jan 6th fromn 2.20pm to 5pm. All the ladies who have signed up are asked to attend.