Local Notes Edition April 15th

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MARCH COMMUNITY ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - On Friday last the winner of the Ballina-Killaloe Community Achievement Award for March, - Paddy Collins – was presented with his award at the Lakeside Hotel. Paddy has been actively involved with Ballina Handball club for many years and he is the current Munster Emerald Masters 40x20 B Singles champion, a title he also won in 2009 and 2008.

Ballina Handball Club was formed in 1934 and the Collins name was prominent even back then with talented players such as Paddy's father, Connie and his uncles Anthony and Jack. The Club was awarded "National Club of the Year" in 2001. Paddy has been involved as player, Chairman and P.R.O. He is also Secretary and P.R.O of North Tipperary Handball Board; P.R.O of Tipperary County Handball Board; County Representative to Munster Council and National Congress; a member of the National 60x30 committee and the National Referees Panel. He was referee at the Senior Singles All-Ireland in Croke Park in 2000 and the Intermediate Doubles All-Ireland in 2007. He received the National Handball Achievements Award in 2005 and won the 60x30 emerald Masters Singles All-Ireland in 2008.

Paddy is also very involved in Killaloe-Ballina community activities and is Chairman of the local Riverside Pool committee for the past fifteen years. He is the co-ordinator of St. Patrick's Day Parade and a member of File Brian Bor committee, the local FS Scheme committee and Ballina Parish Choir. Paddy has a great interest in Traditional Music and is a collector of old photos, which he exhibits as part of the Art Trail each year.

Paddy is married to local lady, Mary (nee O'Sullivan) and has two daughters, Clona and Karen who share his passion for Handball.

We congratulate Paddy on his well-deserved Award.

MATT MC GRATH HONOURED - How fitting that the first event in the newly refurbished Parish Hall in Boher, should be one to honour Boher's most famous son, Matthew John Mc Grath (the Mighty Matt!). A capacity attendance on Easter Monday night heard John Sheehy (Ballina) and Sean Naughton (Nenagh) recount the many achievements of the great Matt and enthusiastically applauded as Sean unveiled a plaque, which will perpetuate the Mighty Matt's memory in his native parish. The attendance included Matt's niece, Bunty; his nephew, Joe and many relatives; Fr. Ted O' Rahelly, P.P; Mire Hoctor T.D. and 'sports' representatives.

Matt Mc Grath was born in Curraghmore, Boher, Ballina on December 28th, 1875. He was the oldest of the eleven children of Timothy and Anne and attended Boher National School from 1881 to 1890. As a young boy his sports prowess was evident and his achievements included winning the half-mile Race at Killaloe Sports and the 100 yards and long jump at Portroe Sports. Matt emigrated to the U.S. in 1897 and worked as a bartender and salesman before joining the Police in 1902. He quickly advanced through the ranks, was appointed Inspector in 1936 and retired two years later.

Acclaimed by many of the top athletes' experts as 'one of the top World Athletes' Matt's achievements while representing the U.S. in "Hammer and Weight throwing" included a world record of 173' 37" in Montreal (1907); Silver medal in 1908 Olympics in London; Gold Medal in 1912 Stockholm Olympics; Silver Medal in the 1924 Paris Olympics where, aged 48 years and 196 days, he set a world record as the oldest person to win and Olympic medal in a modern 'track and field' event. He won twenty-one U. S. titles and at the age of 56 years finished in 6th place in the 'Hammer' at the U.S.A. Championships from a field of 70, which included the 1928/1932 Olympic Champion, Dr. Pat O'Callaghan.

Matt, despite spending most of his life in the U.S. was a true Irishman who visited his native parish frequently and on retirement was making arrangements to return permanently to his native Boher. This opportunity never came due to his untimely death on January 29th, 1941. He was a great humanitarian who helped countless young Irish/Tipperary emigrants to find employment in his adopted country. He married Loretta Smith and their only child, Elvira, died at the age of twenty-two years. Heartbroken by this sad event, some years later Matt and Loretta proved their generosity of spirit and kindness when they sought and received the guardianship of a young Chinese boy whose father had fallen on hard times and was unable to raise him.

FINAL CALL! - A final appeal for the return of Trcaire boxes! Please bring the boxes to your Churches when attending Masses during the coming week/weekend.

SPRING CLEAN DAY - Ballina Tidy Town's annual 'Spring Clean Day' will take place on Saturday next, April 24th from 2pm to 4pm. Volunteers are requested to meet on the "Green" between Molly's and Flanagan's at 2pm. The fine weather of the last week has seen many people assessing the 'damage' done to their gardens over the very harsh winter and all are engaged in the usual clean up in preparation for the Summer. Perhaps you could all take responsibility for the areas around your homes and thus reduce the workload of the hardworking Tidy Towns' personnel in both Ballina and Killaloe.

NEIGHBOURS AND NEWCOMERS UPDATE - Persons interested in taking part in the 'Neighbours and Newcomers' outing to the Titanic Exhibition in City West and Powerscourt should note that this trip will take place on Thursday, April 22nd. Please contact Margaret Curtin (376188) if you require further details.

SENIOR CITIZENS ANNUAL "BREAK" - The Senior Citizens annual "Breakaway" to Dublin and Newgrange will take place on Tuesday, May 25th and Wednesday (26th). The trip includes an overnight stay in The Grand Hotel in Malahide; tour of the Visitors Centre Newgrange Megalithic tomb; visit to the Battle of the Boyne Site; visit to Newbridge Whitewater Shopping Centre and the Wax Museum. Homeward journey concludes with dinner in Tullamore Court Hotel. Senior citizens from surrounding areas are welcome to come on this journey of culture and heritage! The cost is €120 per person (single supplement, €35 extra). Please give your name and a deposit of €50, as soon as possible, to any member of the committee – Sr. Noreen, Mary O'Mara or Kathleen Hayes.

KINCORA MACRA - Our local Kincora Macra members will represent Clare in four competitions over the coming months. This weekend, April 16th and 17th, Willie Brogan will participate in 'Mr. Personality' in Kilkenny. Mary Cosgrove is the "Miss Blue Jeans" representative during the June Bank Holiday weekend; Margaret Cherry will take part in 'Miss Macra' on the August Bank holiday weekend and Teresa Moroney will take part in "Queen of the Land".

Club members also took to the stage for the first time in the semi-finals of the National Drama competition, which was held in Tuam recently where they competed against five other clubs. They have since been approached to perform again with Ardrahan Macra branch on April 23rd/24th.

TENNIS NEWS - Congratulations to Conor Lonergan and Conor lynch who won the U.16 Boys doubles competition in the Cashel Junior Open Week. Their opponents were from Limerick Lawn Club and after a tightly contested 'battle', the final score was 4-6, 7-5, 11-9. Well done, boys!

The Junior committee would like to thank Helen O'Donnell, Wesley O'Brien and Orla Kelly for all their hard work over the past few years and extend a warm welcome to new committee members, Lynda Foley, Brian Costello and Norma Power.


Ballina Juvenile footballers have had a great start in the North Tipperary Football Championship with victories in five out of six games already. Well done to all the boys, coaches and supportive parents involved. The U16 footballers continued their unbeaten start to the championship with a fine win on Monday, April 5th over Kilruane McDonagh's on a 1-9 to 0-4 score line. The lads are now through to a North U.16 semi final and are awaiting the outcome of other matches to determine semi-final opponents. The U14's had a big win over Silvermines on Wednesday, April 14th on an impressive scoreline of 5-14 to 1-4. Inane Rovers are up next on Wed, April 14th at 6:45 in Roscrea. The U12's who had a very fine win in the first round came off second best when they took on our near neighbours Newport. Well done to all players and coaches!

The club extends best wishes to Dylan Ryan who is part of the Tipperary team contesting the All Ireland Handball Semi Final at U16/17. It is scheduled to take place on April 25th but may be subject to change.

Ballina Cl Camp bookings will be taken at the GAA club this Tuesday and Thursday evening from 6:30 to 8pm. The cost is €55 per child, €100 for two children in the same family and €135 for 3 children. The camp is taking place from July 12th to 16th (10:00am to 2:30pm). Book now to avoid disappointment. You may contact Catherine at 087 205 9433 for further information.


As end of season approaches, just a few of out ten league teams are still in contention for league and cup silverware. The u16s are in four-way league play-off for the u.16 Premier League Division title while the U13'a' and u10'a' await completion of other games to decide final placing.

The u.10'a' and u.11'a' teams remain in the NTSL knockout cup.

Last week the u.10'b' team lost 3-0 to Holycross in their cup game, ending their season's play.

The clubs committee would like to remind all about the competition to u16 registered to find an official club nickname. Entries will be accepted up to April 30th.

Trials for late April and early May are being finalised and will be announced next week.


Thanks - Sincere thanks to all who supported the Good Friday Bingo from Gortnahoe Hall and we look forward to your continued support.

Table Quiz - Grange Development Group is organising a Table Quiz in Hogan's of Grange on Friday, 16th April. Please give your support.

Concert - Support Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown Variety Concert on Thursday, 15th April. Admission, adults 8 euro, students 5 euro and children 2 euro.

Youth Folk Group - Next practise is Fri, 16th April in Glengoole Church at 9 p.m. Come along to be part of this group.

Thanks - Sincerest thanks to all who have contributed to the collections for the Archbishop and priests of the Archdiocese, to the collection for Trocaire and the collection for the upkeep of the Holy Places. If you have overlooked them please make your contributions as soon as possible.

Whist Drive - The annual Whist Drive in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be held in the Hill School on Friday night next, 16th April. Your support of the drive and the raffle is most welcome.

Easter Collection - The annual easter collection for the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be taken up at the church gates next weekend 17th and 18th April. Please contribute generously.


Matrimony - Congratulations to Kathleen Ryan and Robert Young who were married in Doon on Friday.

Obituary - We pray for Sr. Anthony Hayes, Sister of Mercy interred on Saturday. Tom Fahey, Longford Pass interred on Saturday. Peggy Carey, Manchester and Glengar interred on Saturday. Alice Hynan, Bilboa interred on Thursday and William Gleason, Drangan, Co. Tipperary interred on Wednesday. May they rest in peace. Our sympathy to the bereaved.

Big Win - Another big win for Doon, congratulations to Finola Richardson whose greyhound 'Definite Opinion' won in Mullingar on Saturday.

Tidy Towns - Tidy up of the street and approach roads this coming Friday evening, all who can assist come to the Church car park at 7 p.m.

St. Joseph's Young Priests Society - The 10 euro annual subscription is now due, it can be given to any promoter.

Doon Friends of Lourdes - Sincere thanks for your generous contributions to our annual church gate collection which amounted to 1,205 euro. All parishioners who wish to be included in the draw for a trip to Lourdes from 16th to 21st June, please contact Mairad Murphy (086) 8891047 or Sandra Ryan (087) 6448470. Closing date is Tuesday, 20th April. The draw will take place in the Day Care Centre, Cappamore on Wednesday, 21st April.

Daffodil Day - Brigid Duggan would like to thank most sincerely all who contributed so generously to the Irish Cancer Society, amount collected 1,451 euro.

Doon I.C.A. - Meeting next Thursday, April 15th at 8 p.m. Federation President, Marie Hayes will attend. Competition is a photograph of oneself from the past.

Dan Bleisce Historical and Literary Society - Talk in the Community Centre on Monday, 19th April at 8 p.m. "Irelands Evolving Agricultural Landscape". Talk given by Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc. All welcome.

Chernobyl Children's Project International - Mulkear Outreach Group are holding a Craft and Food Fair Fundraiser in the Community Centre, Cappamore on Sunday, 16th May. If you would be interested in taking a stall we would be delighted to hear from you. If you enjoy a hobby and would like to take it to another level then we might have the venue for you. So, if you bake, sew or do anything a little different why not call Theresa Cosgrove on (087) 2312595 or Norah Collins on (087) 9384583 for an entry form before the 25th April.

Doon G.A.A. - Planning Permission has been granted for Ball Alley. Any tenders contact (087) 9387755.


Congratulations to Centenarian - Last Friday, April 9th Nora Dwan (nee O'Dwyer, Rathcannon), Beakstown celebrated her one hundredth birthday. Nora is hail and hearty, she resides with her daughter Joan and her husband Paddy Doyle, Kylemakill. We join with her family and many friends in wishing her continued good health, every joy and contentment as she enters the epoch of life.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Claire Ryan, Graiguenoe on the recent death of her uncle John Mackey, Cooltegan, Co. Waterford.

Confirmation - The Sacrament of Confirmation was conferred by Archbishop Dermot Clifford to 45 pupils from the local school and 15 pupils from Ballycahill School in the Abbey on Tuesday morning.

Spring Clean Up - On this Monday, April 19th at 7 p.m. there will be a voluntary clean up of Ballycahill village. You are kindly asked to come along and lend a hand.

Active Retirement Group - Mark your calendar, Tuesday, June 8th is the date for our Summer outing. Further details in the coming weeks.

Grass Margins - Motorists are kindly asked not to park cars on the grass margins around the Abbey.


Centenarian- Warmest congratulations to Nora Dwan, Kylemakill, and formerly Beakstown, Holycross, who celebrated her 100th birthday on April 9th. Nora (nee O'Dwyer) was born in the townland of Rathcannon, and following her marriage to the late Tom Dwan, RIP, moved to Beakstown. For the past ten years she has been living with her daughter Joan, and son-in-law Paddy Doyle and family at Kylemakill. We wish her continued good health.

Sympathy- Deepest sympathy to Bridie and Michael Moriarty, and family, Moyne, on the recent death of Bridie's Mother Phyllis Corbett (nee Ryan), Ballinamona, Norwood, Nenagh. May she rest in peace.

Moyne Bridge- Winners of March 25th- Joint first- Christy Campion and Mary Fennelly; John Joe Butler and Michael Kennedy, 3rd-Kitty Doyle and Nora Hayden.

Congrats- Congratulations to all members of Moyne Drama Group on their excellent production of 'The Kings of the Kilburn High Road.'


Meeting- The AGM of the Moneygall/Barna/Dunkerrin Association for Adults and Children with learning disabilities will take place in the Legion Hall, Moneygall, on Monday evening next April 19th at 8.30pm. The guest speaker will be Ms Mary Smith, Director of Services, St Cronans Roscrea.

Chiropodist Clinic- The Chiropodist Clinic will take place in the Health Centre in Moneygall on next Monday April 19th at 2pm. For more information please contact Girlie Ryan or Mollie Tuohy.

Social Dancing-Social Dancing will be held in th Shinrone Community Centre on Saturday April 17th from 9.30pm to 12.30am.

Dunkerrin ICA- The following officers were elected at the annual meeting- President- Paula Sutton; Secretary- Mary McGee; Treasurer- Bridget Tuohy; PRO-Claire Kennedy.

The total amount collected for local hospice was 594 euro. Thanks to all who contributed, and to Bergin's Moneygall, and Byrne's Dunkerrin, for collections.

Bereaved- Sympathy is extended to the families of the following on their recent bereavements-Patricia Bourke (nee Foster), Baltinglass, Billy Cavanagh, Cloughjordan, Eileen Deely, Lorrha, Sr Gabriel Kelly, Blackrock, Mary McLoughney, Coolderry. May they rest in peace.

Alzheimer Society-North Tipp Branch- Antiques Roadshow/Table Quiz and Auction will be held at the Source Theatre, Thurles, on Friday night next April 16th.

Vocations Day- Vocations Day will be held on April 17th in Mount St Josephs Roscrea. Further details can be had from Fr Iggy McCormack on (086) 2777139.


Table Quiz: On this Friday 16th April, a Table Quiz will be held in Ardagh House at 9.30pm. Tables of 4 E20. Proceeds on night will support Daffodil Day Fund. Please give your support.

A.R.A. Meeting this Thursday in St. Mary's Hall on 15th April, at 2.30pm. New members welcome.

Spring Clean Up: On Wednesday 28th April, students from the Green Flag Group of Scoil Ruain and St. Mary's Primary will take part in a "big Clean Up" around the town. Residents should turn out and show their appreciation for the work done. County Council Sponsors this effort.

St. Mary's National School Parents Association: Received a marvellous response from pupils for the School Library book donation appeal. The Parents Association is hopeful that many parents will volunteer an hour or more of their time to assist with a fundraising bag pack, which shall be held at the end of this month (phone 087 1315717 for details). The Shared Reading program was a great success with positive feedback reported by teachers, pupils and readers. The Parents Association thank sincerely the members of the Active Retired who gave so generously of their time to partake in the reading program and without whom the program could not have run this year. Next meeting at 8.30pm April 20th.

Official Opening: The Official Opening of Killenaule Playground shall take place at Crosscannon, Killenaule on Sunday 18th April at 2.30pm. All are welcome to attend this very special occasion to celebrate the completion of a great community project. The playground and court area are community facilities and the Killenaule Playground Development Group ask that this public space be treated with respect and the playground equipment has been damaged but with the aid of the CCTV footage, it is hoped that the cause of the damage be identified as accidental. If malicious acts of vandalism are identified on CCTV, the matter will be dealt with by the Gardai.

South Tipperary Federation I.C.A.: Trip to Cornwall and Devon will take place on 10th June – 15th June for six days five nights. Trip explores Devon and Cornwall including visit to World famous Eden Project and Cardiff Castle. Fare €580. p.p. sharing includes entry fee to Eden Project and Cardiff Castle and all gratuities. Contact Lily at 052 56456 or 087 6461049. Non members welcome to travel. Few seats available.


Kilfeacle Parent and Toddler Group:

We meet every Wednesday morning from 10.30am to 12.30pm in Kilfeacle Community Centre. All parents, carers and grandparents are welcome. Toys for all ages. Tea and coffee provided. All are welcome.

Well done John:

Congratulations to John Cash who's "Twas a Morning in July/John Cash's Tipperary in July" is an official selection for exhibition in the New York International Film Festival 2010. This takes the viewer on an interesting journey of Tipperary with beautiful landscape shots and cultural music.

Recently deceased: Neddy Kearns, Knockballymoe, Kilfeacle

Thomastown National School: Clonmel Museum Local Heritage competition. All pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th classes entered projects on their local surroundings into this competition. Projects varied from Athassel Abbey, to Wildlife and Nature in our Environment. Well done to 4th class who were highly commended and to all who did such wonderful research and work.

Cashel Library Table Quiz: The 6th class pupils competed in this quiz. Two teams were involved from the school both performed very well with one team tying fro 3rd place. Congratulations to those involved.

Hurling and Camogie: The hurling and camogie teams have been very busy with class leagues at lunchtime and challenge matches with Cappawhite and Ayle National Schools in recent weeks. The boys also travelled to Clerihan for a blitz where they competed against Grange, Cahir and Ballylooby. Boys Panel: C. O'Connell, J. Ryan, J. Byrnes, E. Ryan, J. Flannery, B. Hally, D. Byron, M. Mykolaitis, Steve Farrell, Shane Farrell, L. Bourke, J. Wade, R. Wade, E. Nagle, J. Fogarty, and N. Heffernan.

Girls Football Mini 7's:

The girls played football mini 7's in Lattin. They had matches against Ayle, Cappawhite and Mount Bruis. They won two matches and were narrowly beaten in the other. The panel was A. Coman, K. Ryan, A. Barrett, J. Crowe, C. Ashford, K. Rafferty, A. Crosse, A. Maguire, S. Farrell, M. Crowe and A. Keane.

Juvenile GAA: U.12 AFL Golden/Kilfeacle V Cashel in Cashel on Monday 12th at 7.15pm.

U.16 AFC Golden/Kilfeacle V Arravale Rovers in Golden on Monday 12th at 7.15pm.

U.10 Training every Friday night from 6.30pm to 7pm.

Daniel Hayde, Joshua Keane and Ger Barlow are on the U.16 West Hurling Panel. They will play their first interdivisional championship on Saturday April 17th. More details next week.

Juvenile Quiz:

The annual Quiz will be held on Saturday 24th April in the New Hall, Golden at 8.30pm.


Hugely respected within local community:

The Mullinahone Community was saddened at the end of March when news broke of the death at a relatively young age (71 years) of Mary (Mamie) Crotty of The Square.

Mamie as she was universally known, was the oldest of the Pollard family of Kilvemnon. Starting work at a young age, Mamie married Tom Crotty half a century ago and the two settled down on the Square. Mamie then began her long career working with local doctors and in the local Health Centre or it's former equivalent. Here she became extremely popular as she was most obliging to the many patients who attended. The local community was deeply saddened when news broke about two years ago that Mamie had been diagnosed as being seriously ill. However, in her own particular fashion, Mamie fought on for as long as possible. Even mere days before her death, she celebrated her 71st Birthday with a family party. In accordance with her wishes, Mamie passed away at home though she spent much of the last two years in and out of hospital.

Her remains reposed in the family home on the Square before being conveyed to St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone. Her funeral services were conducted by Rev. Fr. John McGrath P.P., Mullinahone. Fr. McGrath was assisted by Fr. Tom Breen, Fethard and family friend Fr. P.J. Fagan. The white pall was placed on Mamie's coffin by her oldest and youngest daughters Ann and Helen. At her funeral mass, the readings were performed by her brother, John Pollard and her daughter in law Helen Crotty, while the responsorial psalm was sung by John McCormack with Kevin Hickey on the organ. John and Kevin also sang and played appropriately during the Mass. The prayers of the faithful were recited by Mamie's grandchildren Alan Kelly, Stephen Crotty, Claire Kelly, Rachel Brett, Leanne O'Regan, Niamh Crotty and her great grandson Sean Grant. The seven members of the Crotty Family presented the offertory gifts. Three of Mamie's grand daughters Laura Grant, Fiona Crotty and Michelle Brett, presented the gifts which symbolised Mamie's life. These were: her prayer book and beads, a family photo and flowers and a gardening book. Mamie kept a lovely little garden at the rear of her house and her love of flowers was also demonstrated when she was involved in the local village tidy towns committee for many years, again, serving the community in leisure time as well as during her working hours. Mamie was a great family person. She herself was the oldest of the ten strong Pollard Family. She was the mother of a family of seven children and at the time of her death, she had thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren.

After her funeral mass, her remains were brought to St. Michael's Cemetery, Killaghy to be interred there in the new family plot. The reposal at home, the removal to St. Michael's Church, her requiem mass and burial in St. Michael's were all attended by very large congregations, proof positive that Mamie was hugely respected within the local community. With those sentiments, we concur as we tender our sympathies to her husband Tom, to her daughters Ann, Mary, Nora, Catherine and Helen, to her sons Eddie and Thomas, to her sisters Kitty, Nelly, Ann and Nora and to her brothers Micky, Jimmy, Joe, Bill and John. Condolences also to her extended family of grandchildren and great grandchildren, to her sons in law and daughter in law, brothers in law and sisters in law not forgetting her many friends. May the soul of Mary (Mamie) Crotty nee Pollard rest in peace. Her months mind mass will take place in St. Michael's Church, Mullinahone at 11.30am on Sunday April 25th.

Daffodil Day:

The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank all those who supported the recent Daffodil Day. The sum of €300 was raised for this worthy cause. Sincere thanks to he local shops for the sale of official merchandise.

Fur and Feather Market:

Whatever it is about fur and feather, they must have the power to attract sunshine. The first Fur and Feather Market took place in the Sports Hall Car Park about a month ago. The second market was held on Sunday last and once again, it was a glorious sunny morning. From 8am onwards the sound of cocks crowing announced to the village that the market was in session. Once again, there was a fine turnout and I'm told that business was brisk. Poultry of all kinds such as hens, ducks, geese, turkeys, pigeons etc. and small animals such as puppies, guinea pigs, goats appear to be the most popular. The next market will take place on Sunday May 9th. While the market contains many birds and animals well known to older folk it is quite a world of wonder to young children who don't associate these animals and birds with home or farmyard. For further market details, contact Eddie Lanigan or Jackie Bolger.

Parish News:

The Parish Newsletter this week thanks all those who attended the Easter ceremonies and those who helped prepare the ceremonies. Thanks are also extended to all who contributed to the Spring collection for the priests of the diocese. If you neglected to do so, it is of course not too late to do so.

Anniversary Masses next weekend in St. Michael's Church are:

Saturday April 17th 8pm Anniversary Mary Cotter nee Gregg, Ballydonnell

Sunday April 18th 9.30am Anniversary Peggy and Paddy Freeman, Ballywalter

11.30am Anniversary John O'Meara, Killaghy.

Condolences to Michael and Willy McGrath on the death of their brother Tommy, who moved from Ballydavid to County Waterford many years ago.

End of 2009:

This week, we conclude our review of 2009, as seen in the weekly editions of the parish newsletter. Early November saw the death of Michael (Mickey) Tobin of Ballydavid while our choir began preparations to get together for Christmas. The five cemeteries in our parish were visited for November prayers for the dead. Gun Club members were advised to carry their NARGC card with them at all times when shooting. Well done to Melissa and Evelyn O'Brien who completed the Dublin City Marathon in aid of AWARE. A big thank you to those who supported "Operation Chirstmas Child" Shoe Box Appeal. The death took place of Eileen Lonergan of Kyleafreaghane. The start of the Church year (Advent) saw year 2010 proclaimed Year of Decision, Year of Mission in Mullinahone.

Paddy Houlihan of Carrick Street handed in his shovel and retired from the County Council general staff. Kevin O'Meara, John Leahy and Kevin Keating were 1, 2 and 3 in the last Golf Society outing of the year. Over €1,200 was raised in a Table Quiz held in Mullinahone on behalf of St. Brigid's Hospital, Carrick on Suir. The AGM of Mullinahone Credit Union took place on Tuesday December 15th. Knocknagow Senior Citizens had their Christmas dinner in Raheen House on Wednesday December 16th. Claire Fogarty won the €3,450 local lotto jackpot. The last newsletter of the year recorded the death of Hugh Ronan of Graigue and our playschool had their Christmas Raffle.

Mullinahone GAA Club:

Senior Hurling:

Our Seniors made a successful start to their defence of the South senior hurling championship in Monroe last Sunday evening. Mullinahone were well prepared and with a good work ethic proved to strong for Ballybacon-Grange. The match was to mark the return to the Mullinahone colours of Paul Kelly but players and supporters alike were devastated to see Paul break his fibula. We wish Paul well on his recovery and have no doubt he'll grace our fields again.

Under 21:

Our U21 footballers will play their county semi-final this weekend. Check your papers for details. Good luck to all involved.


Open Air Oklahoma: The various committees are advancing the various aspects of the Show. If you would like to help with Stage Management and Props, the contacts are Michael Wallace and Tim Joe McGrath. If you would like to make a contribution to the Costumes area, the contact people are Ann Leamy and Brenda Greene. Eamon Ryan and Eamon Quinlan will welcome your support and help in the erection of the stage and cabin. Those who are organising Programmes and PRO are Liam O'Duibhir and Lar Devane. In the area of finance, bookings and advertising the people to talk to are Willie Joe Dwyer, Paddy O'Dwyer, Tom O'Reilly and Joan Kennedy. The area of Production, Music and Orchestra are in the capable hands of Peter Alley, Eleanor Dwyer, Deirdre Ryan Preston and Kay Wallace. Mary Donnelly, Julia Dwyer and Majella Crosse will look after catering. All of these names are on committees and are looking for others to help in the different areas. We have a little over seven weeks to the opening night. Oklahoma Costume Committee: Require cotton, lace, trimmings, zips 20", white tape, ribbon, elastics etc. Contact Kathleen (062) 61420.

Seniors: Hard luck to our Seniors who were defeated by Thurles Sarsfields last weekend. See full match report.

Juniors: Our Juniors play Upperchurch Drombane in the Junior Hurling League this Friday night in Boherlahan at 7.00pm.

Community Games: The 9 football panel had a great victory over Cahir last week in Dualla pitch. All players battled very well throughout the entire match. The panel was Sean Kavanagh, Jack O'Riordan, Niall Quaid, Martin Paul O'Dwyer, Niall Quigley, Padraic Clarke, Cian Bargary, Matthew Connolly, Brian O'Connor, Tomas Bourke, James Murphy, Euan Ryan, David Clarke, Ciara Dwan, Joshua O'Dwyer, Eoin Power. Well done to all.

U10s: We participated in a hurling blitz in the Ragg last Saturday morning with matches against Drom Inch, Borrisoleigh and Thurles Gaels. Thanks to the hosting club for their hospitality.

U4s: Our U14s played a football challenge in Cahir last week in preparation for their campaign.

Bingo: Bingo continues every Monday night at 8.30pm. Jackpot is 1,700 euro. Please come along for a great night.

Sympathy: Deepest sympathy is extended to Mrs Noeleen Ryan and Family, The Weir, Camas on the death of her husband Gus and also to Peggy Connolly, Dualla on the death of her brother. May he Rest in Peace.


Chiropodist: Sue Sheehan will attend Kilcommon Hall next Saturday, the 17h, at the usual time.

Kilcommon ICA AGM: Will take place in Kilcommon Hall this Thursday night, 15th April, at 8pm. All members are requested to attend and new members are always welcome. Patricia Mulqueen will attend.


The Late Mrs. Maureen Murphy - The death occurred on March 26th at St. James' Hospital, Dublin of Mrs. Maureen Murphy, (nee Phelan) of Coolkerry, Rathdowney and formerly of Derrinaseara, Camross. She had been in failing health for some time. A very quiet and gentle lady she was an excellent housekeeper and was very industrious. She had a lot of sadness in her life. Her husband Martin died, her son Patrick died and her daughter Dolores also died. Maureen bore her losses bravely. She is sadly mourned by her sons Martin, Seamus, Canice and Eamon, daughters Marie, Patricia, Angela, Geraldine and Fionnula, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brother Michael Phelan, relatives, friends and neighbours. Remains reposed in O'Sullivan's Funeral Home, removal took place on Sunday evening to the Church of the Holy Trinity. On Monday, March 29th Requiem Mass was followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery in the family plot.

Prizes - Students from St. Fergul's College were winners of prizes for the best display in the recent Student Enterprise Awards with their project 'Pigs do Fly' solution. The presentation was held in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise. Present were Pat Culleton who is Chairman of the Laois County Enterprise Board. The students were Sharon Deegan, Julie Higgins, Kelly O'Neill, Shauna O'Grady, Sinead Ahern, Elaine Carroll and Maggie Fitzpatrick also present was Maria Callinan C.E.O. Laois Enterprise Board.

The Late Angela Tighe - The death occurred on March 30th at the Regional Hospital, Tullamore of Angela Tighe, youngest daughter of the late John and Teresa. She was predeceased by her sisters Maura, Nora and Lena, brother Paddy. She is very sadly mourned by her sisters Breda (Carroll), Sister Mary and Sister Aloysius, Anne (Kiernan) and Teresa (Kennedy), brothers-in-law, sister-in-law, nephews, nieces, grand-nephews, grand-nieces, relatives, friends and neighbours. Remains reposed at her home in Kylemalaun, Errill. Removal took place to the Church of Our Lady Queen of the Universe, Errill. Funeral Service was held on Easter Saturday and followed by burial in the local Cemetery, Rathdowney. Con-Celebrated Requiem Mass was celebrated in Errill Church on Monday, April 5th.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Pilgrimage will take place from May 22nd to May 27th. Cost per person is 720 euro. Contact Eleanor on (051) 880414 or glenmore@ossory.ie Mon to Fri between 10.30 a.m. and 2.30 p.m. excluding Wed. Please make sure to book in time.


Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards - The following are the results of the games played last week in the Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards Tournament: Fergdie O'Reilly, Rathdowney 350 beat Aidan Murray, Wicklow 700; Liam O'Brien, Borris 450 beat Tommy Dennieffe, Kilkenny 475; Aengus McNally, R.T.E. 400 beat Willie Abbot, Borris 425.


NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN - THANKS to the many volunteers who turned up in Loughmore on Saturday afternoon. Thanks to the ladies who provided refreshments to the tired labourers on their return to the village. In the warm sunshine teams dispersed throught out the parish. Rubbish was collected on the roads and they are now spick and span. It's amazing what articles and treasures were found on the roadsides. Now that they are clean, we appeal to everyone to be vigilant and be aware of any dumping that is done on the roads. We appeal to house holders to check out side their holding every week for any litter that may be out there. Wind can blow your property out onto the road and then it's rubbish. Litter - it's our responsibility. BRSCAR - IS ORAINN AN CRAM


GAA: U/21 Football - Clonakenny played Rockwell Rovers from West Tipp in the County U/21 B Football Semi Final. This game played on Saturday last in Boherlahan was very close throughout but unfortunately Clonakenny lost out by the smallest of margins. Final Score Clonakenny 2-9 Rockwell Rovers 2-10. The Clonakenny lads can be very proud of their performance and were the width of the post from scoring goals on three occasions, but it just wasnt to be their day. The parish of Clonakenny can be proud of these lads for their performances not only this year but last year also. The Clonakenny panel was Luke Keeshan, Thomas Ryan, David Cody, Liam Mullally, Brian Mullally, William Ryan, Prionsios Matthews, Pa Ryan, Nicky Ryan, Jody Maher, Jonathan Cody, Michael John Carroll, Bobby Bergin, Jamie Maxwell, Stephen Russell, Philip Ryan, Michael Crampton, Noel O Meara, Vincent Mullally, Padraig Mullally. Thanks to the lads who looked after this team Tom Carroll, Donal Greed, and Conor Ryan.

Fixture - Intermediate Hurling League Clonakenny V Cahir this Sunday in Cahir at 2.30pm. (Check fixtures for confirmantion)

Membership - Membership for 2010 is now closed. This was to facilitate the registration of all members in Croke Park. Only paid up members will have priority for tickets for all Championship matches.

Progressive 25 8/04/10 - 1st on 12 Games: D Conlon and A Nolan; 2nd on 10 Games: L Crampton and J Maher, P McLoughlin and J Leahy. Table Prize: D Quinlan and P Sheedy. Raffle: A Nolan, J Leahy, D Conlon.


Senior Hurling - Sean Treacys/ Galtee Rovers played Golden in the West Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship at Cappawhite on April 9th and were denied victory when Golden equalised with the last strike of the game. We led by 1--5 to 0-4 the goal taken by our sharpest forward Paudie Ryan Coole, at the break and extended our lead to eight points early in the second half but then the men in green came back. Next up Cashel with further improvement needed to progress in this championship.

U21 Hurling - We played Lattin-Cullen on 10th April in round one of the County C championship losing 3-12 to 0-9. Our top scorer was William Horrigan with four points while Tom Ryan, Damien Nolan, Donnacha O'Brien, Danny O'Brien and Joe Carey got a point each. Our youngest player Dave Carroll overcame injury to play a fine game at wing back.

Intermediate Hurling - We play Moyle Rovers on 13th see report next week and Arravale Rovers on 25th April so be ready by training .

Minors - We play with Sologhead and Emly as St Ailbes and play on 21st in Cashel against same.

Buy a Brick - Please contact Pat Stapleton 087 6590397, Pat Carey 086 8799795 or John Carey 086 3139644 for further information and continue to post what you want on the wall to Mary Ryan Mulqueen.

Merchandise - Any interest in Sean Treacy baseball caps complete with crest adult and children as will be available if we get sufficient orders.

U13 girls football - Training continues every Thursday at 6.30 pm (bring football boots and runners) and thanks to all you parents who supervise the sessions.

Presentation - At a function in the Hollyford Inn a Cup for Juvenile Hurling was presented to Sean Treacy's G.A.A. Club by Pat and Patricia Butler, Blackstairs in memory of their late son Kevin who was a member of the club. Pat Stapleton, Chairman accepted the Cup on behalf of the Club, he gave a very eloquent speech thanking Pat and Patricia for their kind gesture and remembering the life and times of their son Kevin and his passion for hurling and the G.A.A.

Tea Dance - The Community Centre committee will hold a Tea Dance in the Centre on Friday night, April 16th, Music by 'Owen Condon', proceeds go towards the maintenance of the Centre. Please support.

Collection - Sincere thanks to all who supported the Chernobyl Children's Project collection held recently, amount raised 407 euro.

70th Birthday - Congratulations to T.J. O'Dwyer, Line House, Reafadda who celebrated his 70th birthday recently. T.J. parted with family and friends at his home. We wish him many more happy birthdays.

Recent Deaths - We tender our sympathy to the family and other relatives of Peggy O'Shea (nee Loughman), Portumna and formerly Foilmacduff. We tender sympathy also to the family and other relatives of Mary McDonald (nee English), Colwyn Bay, Wales and formerly of Glenpadden. May they rest in peace.


PUB QUIZ - A monster pub quiz will be held in Mary Willies on Friday 23rd April 2010. Proceeds in aid of the new Community Field in Gortnahoe. E20 per team per team of 4 all support will be much appreciated.

DEATH - The death has taken place at St Lukes Hospital Kilkenny of Mrs Bridget (Bridie) Holohan (nee Cussen) Rathpatrick, Crosspatrick Co Kilkenny and formally of Tullowmacjamus, Templetuohy. She is predeceased by her son Phil and Daughter Catherine, She belonged to a very highly respected family. She was a lovely outgoing lady and her passing will be sadly missed by all. This was borne testimony by the huge attendance at the removal of the Remains from O'Sullivan's Funeral Home Rathdowney to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Galmoy. Requiem Mass burial took afterwards in Bealady Cemetery Rathdowney. Bridget is deeply mourned by Daughters Anne, Mary, Bridget And Margaret, Son Michael, daughters in law Peggy and Geraldine, son I law Jim and nieces nephews especially Joe (Doyle) grandchildren, great-grandchildren. Sister Tess (O Dea) relative's friends and neighbours.

WHIST DRIVE - A whist drive will be held in Kilcooley school house on this coming Friday night April 16th at the usual time with the proceeds in aid of St Vincent De Paul. Again we ask for your support to help this organisation.

ICA - Graine ICA meeting in Graine hall on this Thursday 15th April at 8 pm all members please attend to discuss the forthcoming course in digital photography and other items of importance.

CONCERT - Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown presents a variety concert on Thursday April 15th at 7.30pm. All are welcome adults E8, students E5, and children under 12 E2 for further information contact 056 8831135.

COLLECTION - A church gate collection this coming weekend will be in aid of Sister Council AA funds before all masses in Urlingford and Graine. Please support this worthy cause.

COLAISTE MHUIRE - Bookings are now being taken on further education courses which now taking place for September 2010. The courses on offer are; Engineering/Technology, Welding level 5, Childcare level 5, Childcare level 6, Computers/ Secretarial level 5, Computers level 6. Interviews may take place for the above courses at Colastie Mhurie. Early booking is advisable. For Information Phone 056 8831135.

SHOW - The Ossory Agriculture Show Society Co Ltd held their AGM on Monday 15th March 2010 in Rathdowney Golf Club house. The show chairman welcomed everyone to the meeting. The show secretary read out from last years AGM . The following officers were elected for 2010. Show president Johnny Brophy, Vice President Father Eamon Foley PP, William Mansfield, Kathleen Bergin, Lilly Sheehan, Timothy O Sullivan, George Roe, Chairman Peter Ging, Vice Chairperson, Betty Stanley, Secretary Cathy Fitzgearld Conobo Road Rathdowney Co Laois. Joint Treasurer Irene Newman and Eugene Mc Donagh, Joint P.R.O Margaret Campion and Marty Phelan, Joint Safe Officers Marty Phelan and Sean Sherman. The main business 1898-2010 Ossory Agricultrial show society Co Ltd Laois presents its annual show affiliated to ISA and IPS will be held on Sunday 25th July 2010 at the show grounds Coolfin Cross Rathdowney. For more details to show secretary Catherine Fitzgearld, Conoboo Road, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Mobile 087 9975902 or 0505 48939 email ossoryshow@eircom.net.

FC URLINGFORD - FC Urlingford were out last week end and were very unlucky not to clinch a scalp from Premier League side Bridge Utd A in the Mc Calmount Cup game. A great display from all the lads, at 4-3 to bridge FC Urlingford hit the cross bar with an opportunity to make it a draw match, unfortunately it was not to be and bridge returned with a goal to make the final result 5-3. Well done FC Urlingford.

Nicholas Walsh Memorial Table Quiz: The Nicholas Walsh Memorial Table Quiz in conjunction with Emeralds GAA and the Tuesday Club will take place in Delaneys Bar, Barna on Friday 23rd April at 9.30pm. Table of four E20. Spot prizes on the night.

EMERALDS GAA GOLF CLASSIC - The Annual Emeralds GAA Golf Classic will take place in Rathdowney Golf Club on Bank Holiday Monday 7th June. This is our 18th Year to hold our Classic and this year aims to be as successful as previous years. Top prizes guaranteed with 3 course meal and refreshments provided to all teams on the day. For Time sheet please contact Brendan Coady 087 9520574 or Thomas Kavanagh 086 6008825.


Engagement - Congratulations to Patrick Carroll, Clover on his recent engagement to Sinead Forde, Holycross.

Active Retirement - Good progress is being made on establishing the local group. Seamus O'Shea, Development Officer will attend at the Muintir na Tire Hall, Littleton on 28th April at 11 a.m. to discuss further ideas. Everybody over 55, men and women will be welcome.

Recently Deceased - Sympathy is extended to Sheila Healy, Turnpike on the death of her sister Philomena Lowney (nee O'Sullivan) who died on Thursday, April 8th in New York preceded by her husband Chris. Deeply mourned by her sons Chris and Dean, daughter Maureen, relatives and friends. Burial took place on Monday, April 12th in New York. May she rest in peace.

Thurles Cancer Support Group - Is a support group for people who have had a cancer diagnosis. Family, relatives and friends are welcome. The group meets on the 1st Tuesday of each month

from 11 a.m. to 12.30 in "Suir Haven", Thurles Cancer Support Centre, Clongour Road. Any further enquiries, phone (0504) 21197. Volunteers are an essential part of our team. Our services are continuing to grow and accordingly we always need additional volunteers. We also look for volunteer services from trained and accredited complementary therapists and counsellors. Please contact us if you feel that you can give some of your time to helping out at Suir Haven. You will be very welcome.

Confirmation Day - Mass on Thursday, 15th April at 11 a.m. in Moycarkey Church. We pray for all the young people that they truly be open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Is an l a rinne an Tiarna: bodh thas agus gliondar oraibh.

Defibrillator Group - If anyone is interested in joining the Two-Mile-Borris Defibrillator Group please contact Sarah - Gwen (085) 7224803. The training day will take place over one day (8 hours) during May 2010. Date to be confirmed.

COMMUNITY ALERT : Moycarkey Community Alert group asks any person over 65 who wants a grant aided pendent alarm or security items to return application form to a group activist or Garda Pat Kirwan immediately. People are also asked to keep a watch out for illegal activity in our area and report to the Gardai. Next meeting in Pouldine Hall on Monday April 19th at 8.30pm. Note change of date.


Cloneen Boxing Club - Congratulations to Shane Hannigan of Cloneen on winning the Munster Final and All-Ireland semi-final of the Juvenile Boxing Championships. Unfortunately Shane Was defeated in the All-Ireland final. However it was a great achievement to win Munster and reach the All-Ireland final. Shane surely has a bright future inside the ropes and is also a prominent member of St. Patricks U/12 football team.

Juvenile G.A.A. Whist - St. Patricks Juvenile G.A.A. club will hold their annual Whist Drive in Drangan Community Hall on Monday night next, April 19th. We ask all parents to help with baking and raffle prizes.

C.L.C.G. Naomh Padraigh - On Monday week last our U/14 footballers travelled to Ballyporeen where they suffered a two point defeat at the hands of Ballyporeen on a scoreline of Ballyporeen 3-3, St. Patricks 2-4. The team was: Cameron Moynihan, Ciarn Mockler, Stephen Lawless, Cathal Meagher, Conor Gorey, Conor Clancy, Enda Keane, Cathal O'Mahony, Darragh Wilson, Thomas Hayes, Aidan Buckley, Darren Boland, Gavin Keane, Conor Cuddihy, Jack Hennessy, Conor Maher, Brian Kenny.

On Monday next, 19th April our U/14 footballers play Davins in Cloneen at 7 p.m. and on Thursday next, 22nd April they play Ballingarry in Ballingarry at 7 p.m.

On Thursday last, 8th April our U/16 footballers defeated Clonmel g by 2-8 to 2-3 at Ned Hall Park, Clonmel. The team was: Kieran O'Brien, Conor Clancy, Cathal O'Donovan, Ivan Brett, Daniel O'Riordan, Jonathan Hickey, John Paul Fitzgerald, Nicky Kearney, Mark Slattery, Patrick Gorey, William O'Brien, Aidan Buckley, Darren Boland, James Buckley, Cathal O'Mahony, Tony Smith, Ciarn Mockler, Conor Gorey.

On this Thursday evening our U/16 footballers play Ardfinnan at 7 p.m. in Cloneen's Anner Park. On Sunday last our Junior footballers were defeated by Ballingarry by 2-9 to 1-6. The team was: Richard Needham, Kieran Clancy, Colm Dunne, Tom O'Connor, P.J. Burke, Brian McCormack, Patrick Moroney, Jason Hayes, Paul Horan, John Moroney, Tony O'Brien, Shane Gorey, Stuart Broderick, Aaron Cronin, Eoghan McCormack. Subs used were Mick O'Connell, Mike O'Brien and Eamon Needham.

On Saturday last our U/12 footballers played Clonmel Commercials 'B' in a Championship game in Cloneen which Commercials won by 4-6 to 0-4. The team was: Frank Meagher, Eddie Hayes, Brian Anglim, Joel O'Mahoney, Barry O'Dwyer, Joey Noonan, Enda Keane, Jamie Broderick, Rachael O'Brien, Conor Duggan, Noel Keane, Michael Boland, Shane Hannigan, Sen Ryan, Thomas Phelan, Brendan Kearney, Caoimhe Murphy, Eoin Ryan, Niall Mockler, James Clancy.

On this Saturday, 17th April our U/12 footballers play Moyle Rovers 'B' in Cloneen at 12 noon and on Saturday, 24th April they play Ballylooby - Castlegrace at 12 noon in Ballylooby.

On Saturday evening last in Kilsheelan St. Patricks minor footballers lost to Fethard by a point after a great game. The score was 2-9 to 2-8. The team was: Jamesie Carroll, Cathal O'Donovan, William O'Brien, James Buckley, Ciarn Maher, Robert Meagher, Jonathan Hickey,Thomas Hayes, Jamie Moloney, Nicky Kearney, Eamon Needham, Mark Mullally, Mark Slattery, Marcus O'Halloran, Brendan Gleeson, Shane Power, Aodhn Maher.

On this Saturday evening our minor footballers play Mullinahone at 6.30 p.m. in O'Sullivan Park, Ballingarry and on Monday 19th they play Kilsheelan-Kilcash at 6.30 p.m. in Fethard. This game was postponed last week as a mark of respect to the late Willie Gleeson R.I.P.


Sincere Sympathy - To the Kelly Family, Chadville, Parents John and Patricia, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, girlfriend Lyn and indeed many, many friends of the late Philip who was so terribly taken away from his loved ones in a boating accident with his friend Connie, from Cavan, on Thursday 8th Feb. Philip was reposing at his home until Sunday morning when he was laid to rest after 11 o'clock mass in Cappawhite.

Sympathy also to wife and family of the late Jack Quinlan, Lakelands, Tipperary and his brothers, Martin , Knockane, Paddy, Tipperary and Biddy, Main St. Cappa. His remains were interred in Tipperary on Sunday 11th.

Vintage Tractor Run and Family Day - Vintage Tractor run and Family fun day will be held on Sunday April 25th from 1.30pm. in the Cappawhite Community Resource Centre and GAA Field from 1.30pm. All proceeds go to the Cappawhite Day Care Centre for the Elderly. Come and see over 100 vintage tractors take off on a 20 mile tour of the area. Partake in many fun filled activities such as Wheel of fortune, Blindfolded Wheelbarrow races, Chicken Bingo, Bale Pushing, Ring Toss , Skittles, Crazy Darts & Crazy Golf, Numerous Kids Games , Face Painting , Nail Art, Bean Bag Toss and many more.

Try your hand at many GAA skills such as beating the keeper, hitting ball through the Tyre etc. See how long it will take you to get over our Assault course. There will be stalls of every description, Come and see Barney, Mickey Mouse etc. There is also a fancy dress competition for children and adults (we are all children at heart!!!) Various Musical entertainments on the day. Feel free to enter our swimming contest!! Come along and enjoy a Fabulous Fun Filled day for all the Family.

Tea Dance - In Resource Centre on Saturday April 17 from 9.30pm to 11.30pm. Teas and all sorts of refreshing foods served at 11pm all for only €7.

Late Birthday Greetings - Congratulations were in order on Friday last 9th April for Eileen O'Dwyer, Bonera and Woodlands Nursing Home, Dundrum, who with her family and friends celebrated her 84th Birthday and better still was able to enjoy every bit of it.

Calling all Bingo Fans - Remember there is bingo in the Resource Centre every Friday Night at 8.30pm with big money to be won each night.

Boru Bru - Anyone interested in going to see Larry Cunningham and supporting artists please contact Cecilia or Caroline. The show is on May 8th.

Congrats to Anthony - Comhaltas paid a tribute to Anthony Ryan (D) in the Resource Centre on Sat Night last.

And what a night it really was. A large crowd attended to congratulate Anthony for his many years in Comhaltas and a presentation was also made to him. May you enjoy many more years of playing and health, Anthony.


Elizabeth Grant R.I.P. - The death took place some weeks ago at South Tipperary General Hospital of Lizzy Grant of Knockalonga, Coalbrook, Ballingarry.

Lizzy was born Elizabeth Foley at Clogrennane near Carlow town over 80 years ago. She came to live in the Gortnahoe / Ballingarry area over half a century ago on her marriage to the late Edward (Eddy) Grant. The late Mrs Grant was diagnosed as seriously ill in 2007 but bore her illness with great bravery and good spirit. Her late husband Eddy passed away twenty years ago.

A large family of ten daughters and one son saw to it that Lizzy Grant's life was focussed on her family. The display to illustrate her life by four of her grandchildren Rory Hayes, Wayne Corbett, Seamie Healy and Conor Lyons clearly showed this. These symbols were a family photo, a copy of Irelands Own, a Quiz Book, a Music CD and her Prayer Book.

At her Funeral Mass Fr. Breen P.P. spoke of the Lizzy he had come to know, a lady who loved TV and books and was ever ready to join in a social gathering. Her remains were brought back to Knockalonga where they reposed before being conveyed to the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry.

At her Funeral Mass the readers were Mary Grant (daughter-in-law) and Irene Hayes (grandaughter). The Responsorial Psalm and other suitable music and hymns were sung by John McCormack with Kevin Hickey on the organ. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Amy Fitzgerald, Eamon Clancy, Aine McManus, Jennifer O'Brien and Colette Corcoran (grandchildren) while Claire Hayes recited a special poem which she had composed.

The Offertory Gifts were presented at the altar by the late Lizzy Grants brothers Michael and Thomas Foley and her sister-in-law Kathleen. A reflection was read at the conclusion of Mass by Shane Corbett. After her Requiem Mass her remains were conveyed to St. Patrick & Oliver's Cemetery, Glengoole where they were interred. The huge crowds which attended the reposal, removal, her Requiem Mass and burial showed the affection in which Lizzy was held in the community. May she rest peace. We offer our condolences to her family and extended family especially to her daughters Margaret, Mary Claire, Antoinette, Catherine, Bernadette, Julia, Helen, Theresa, Ann and Michelle and to her son John. Condolences also to her brothers Michael and Thomas, brother-in-law Andy Darmody, sisters-in-law Kathleen and Chris. Regrets as well to Lizzy's grandchildren and great-grandchildren, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law and to all other members of her extended family. In our modern age we are unlikely to see such a person as Lizzy Grant again. Lizzy's Month's Mind Mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Ballingarry on Sunday, April 18th at 10.30 a.m. Solas na bhFlaitheas di.

Ballingarry G.A.A. Fixtures






GAA – Results

County Adult Football League Division (2) .

Drom-Inch 0-6 V 0-11 Newcastle

St Patricks 1-6 V 2-9 Ballingarry.


Senior Social Club: Next get together on Thursday April 15th in The Community Centre at 2.30pm. Mullinahone Club will be visiting – all are welcome.

Whist Drive in aid of Senior Social Club in The Community Centre on Monday April12th @ 8.30 pm.

Used clothes collection on Tuesday 13th April at the Community Centre before 12 noon.

Dates for your Diary: 1st Holy Communion Mass: Sat May 1st at 11am.

Booking Anniversaries: Two ways to do this—it is always best to visit the sacristy. If this is not possible please ring the sacristy 052/9154114, you are welcome to leave all the details on the answering machine.

Ballingarry Graveyards Mapping & Recording: This project supported by Slieveardagh Rural Development will commence shortly in the Parish, it will have a twofold purpose. (1) To provide a map of each graveyard for visitors and family members to help identify their family grave and (2) to provide the same information on the http://www.ballingarry.netwebsite - again for the use of Families as well as researchers. Headstones/graves will be photographed and the engraved information on each recorded for the Website. - If you are willing to help, contact Bill Martin 9154165.

Knock Summer Festival 2010 – "Walk By Faith": The Knock Summer Festival is for all people between the ages of 18-35 on the 25th – 27th June. Over the three days there will be talks, workshops, drum, dance, prayer, music & reflection. It is a great opportunity to step out of the busyness of life to question, explore, ignite and celebrate your faith. The festival costs €70 but this includes food, accommodation and access to all that's happening. Music by Elation Ministries. For more information contact 094/9388100, 094/9375035, 087/6927850 or visit www.knock-shrine.ie/youthfestival

Lios na mBroc N.S.: Enrolment September 2010: Enrolment forms are available from the school for anyone wishing to enrol their child for the coming September. Sale of Work: A very successful Sale of Work in aid of Trcaire was held at the school. The €419.30 earned has been handed into the Church Trcaire collection. Thanks & well done to the pupils for their great work and to the parents and neighbours for their support.

Easter Raffle: The Parent's Council ran the annual raffle in a very efficient manner. Mle buochas to them and to all who supported it so well. Congratulations to the lucky winners of the 40 great prizes on offer.

Mohober N.S.: The school is now taking enrolments for new pupils for September 2010. If you would like an enrolment form please contact the school.

Community Alert: Watch out for your neighbours. Report anything suspicious, Garda 9154100. Senior citizens wear your Community Alert alarm at all times.

Newsletter deadline: 8pm Wed: E-mail all items for April to: eileen.heaphy@ireland.com


Sympathy - We extend our sincere sympathy to Mrs Peggy Ryan and family Clohonan,Templederrry, on the death last week of Peggys brother in Birdhill. We extend our sincere sympathy also to Bridget Madden and family Chalkhill on the death of Bridgets mother in Rathdowney. We also extend our sympathy to Mrs Helen Young and family Killeen on the death last week of Helens Dad in Adare. May they rest in peace.

National Spring Clean - National Spring Clean takes place from April 1st. to April 30th. Why not play your part and pick up the litter from the Roadside in your area.If you would like to volunteer in this clean up please contact Marian Harrington who will supply bags, gloves etc.

Alzheimer Society - The Alziemers Society – North Tipperary Branch will hold an Antique Roadshow/Table Quiz and Auction at the Sourse Theatre Thurles on Friday next April 16th. See local paper for more details.

Parkinsons Awareness week - The Launch of Tipperary Parkinsons Awareness week will take place on Wednesday April 14th.in the Civic Offices, Limerick Road, Nenagh at 7.00 p.m. sharp. A welcome is extended to all.


Congratulations - Congratulations to Geraldine Stapleton who was awarded U.C.D. Player of the Year in Camogie and received an Ashbourne All-Star for her display throughout the college competition.

Cards - Cards continue in Silvermines Hall on Wednesday nights at 8.30 p.m.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to Breda Maher, Capparoe on the death of her brother Seamus Donnellan.

Nenagh Friends of Chernobyl - Nenagh Friends of Chernobyl are looking for host families who will welcome children into their homes for a 2 week or 4 week stay at the end of June. If interested contact Claire (087) 2797636 or Noreen (087) 7860274.


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