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Scoil Eoin Roscrea News

On Behalf of the pupils at Scoil Eoin Naofa, Roscrea, we would like to welcome back all pupils and staff to a new school year! We would like to extend a special welcome to Ms O Meara and Ms Moynihan who have joined the teaching staff here in our school.

In Sixth Class we have begun a very special project in the old folk’s home at Parkmore. It is our intention to interview a number of residents on the theme of ‘School’ and then, along with pictures, publishing it into a book! We have also been planting daffodils and poppies in the surrounding gardens. Every week we perform a selection of songs and a number of tunes on the tin whistle which is enjoyed by all!

We have also started tennis at Roscrea Tennis club which is great fun. We are even playing our matches through Irish! We will be starting a tournament called Wimbledon Eoin this week! We are also back swimming and are really enjoying the lessons and the slide! We have entered our class into the RDS Primary Science Fair; we hope to see if we can grow vegetables in a polly tunnel made from recycled material. When we have collected our research we will hopefully be displaying our work at the RDS next Year! Our Credit Union savings scheme is well under way to help fund our Sixth Class tour to Delphi at the end of the school year. We are all looking forward to three fun filled days in the heart of Mayo. Finally we would like to extend our condolences to the family of Mareks Pastors who sadly passed away during the summer. We had a lovely mass at the school last Friday following this we planted a tree and released a balloon in his memory.

Details of Roscrea Autumn Conference Announced

The Roscrea Autumn Conference, which will be the 51st Consecutive Conference, will be held at Mount St Joseph’s Abbey from Friday 2nd November to Sunday 4th November inclusive. The theme of this Years much anticipated event is the “Annals of Ireland” and the weekend will feature a host of learned speakers on a diverse range of subjects from the extremes of weather in Ireland from the 5th to the 17th centuries to an intriguing presentation entitled “Who are the people remembered/Recorded in the Early Irish Annuals?.

Spearheaded as always by local historian and author, George Cunningham, the weekend line up includes a reception hosted by Roscrea Heritage Society on the Friday evening with talks that night including “The Irish Annals – an unexpected encounter by Dr. Dan McCathry, FTCD, and author of the Irish Annals, The Irish Annals, and an historical perspective by a tOll. Daibhi o Croinin, Roinn na Staire, NUIG and Sermons in Stone, the earliest Irish Annals by Dr John Feehan, author, Botanist, geologist.

Saturday’s agenda includes The Making of the Annals of the Four Masters by Dr Bernadette Cunningham, Deputy Liberian, RIA The Annals of Lecan, surviving fragments by Dr Nollaig O Muraile, Roinn Na gaeilge, NUIG, Extremes of weather in Ireland from the fifth to seventeenth centuries according to the Irish Annals by Dr Francis Ludlow, Harvard University Centre for the Environment and Department of History USA. Inisfallen Fare thee Well – Script and Politics in medieval Ireland by Tim O neill, scribe author and historian, The practicalities of calligraphy – an introductory workshop by Tim o Neill, from the landscape of Mt St Joseph to the Golden Grove of Knocknamase – Field –Trip with John Feehan and, later that evening the Launch of limited new edition of The Annals of Roscrea by Dan McCarthy and Bart Jaski. Honouring the 100th publication in the Maynooth Studies in Local History series: clanricard and Thomond, 1540-1640 Provincial politics and society transformed, by Bernadette Cunningham. What was the AD 772 “Fire from Heaven”? by Francis Ludlow. Wish I had been present.

Sunday begins with Dan McCarthy and A “Sticky Issue “ – Script and politics in 21st century Ireland by Tim O Neill, community Concelebrated High Mass, working with Irish Manuscript treasures in the Royal Irish Academy the Annals and genealogies – Chicken and Egg, horse and carriage or chalk and cheese ? By Nollaig O Muriel, The volcanic origin of severe cold, plague and famine c.AD 700 by Francis Ludlow, 10,000 people, maybe more, Who are the people remembered/recorded in the Early Irish Annals? By Daibhi O Croinin, Conference discussion and summing up by George Cunningham. The 51st Conference is dedicated to the memory of Professor Etienne Rynne, teacher , Scholar, Colleague and friend. Booking for the Conference is essential.

Charity Sale Shoebox Appeal

A charity sale will be held for one week only commencing on Tuesday 2nd October in Mullallys Menswear, Main Street Roscrea (beside pedestrian crossing ) in aid of the Shoebox Appeal and Church of Ireland Funds. Household and kitchen items, small pieces of furniture, Bric-a-brac, toys ornaments, pictures, jewellery, handbags, scarves, etc will be on sale.

Team hope is an Irish registered charity which distributes shoe boxes filled with toys, writing material, etc. To needy children in Eastern Europe and Africa for Christmas. Further details on www.teamhope.ie. Each shoebox must be accompanied by €4. Towards transportation and distribution costs.

Last year almost 600 shoe-boxes were sent from the church of Ireland, Roscrea Through the Team Hope depot in Nenagh. Items for sale would be greatly appreciated by the organisers as soon as possible to assist pricing etc. Items to Vivienne Wallace, Mount Heaton, Roscrea. ( 0505) 22301. Cone and visit us at the shop and pick up a bargain.