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Local Notes Edition December 24th

News of the County

URLINGFORD

BOHERLAHAN/DUALLA

MOYNE-TEMPLETOUHY

UPPERCHURCH

MULLINAHONE

HOLLYFORD

DRANGAN

KILLENAULE

MONEYGALL-DUNKERRIN

TEMPLEDERRY

HOLYCROSS-BALLYCAHILL

KNOCKAVILLA-DONASKEIGH

Two-Mile-Borris / Moycarkey / Littleton

Bournea Briefs

Ballina

Mullinahone

Newport

RATHDOWNEY

DONOHILL

DRANGAN

KNOCKAVILLA-DONASKEIGH

SOLOHEAD

CLOUGHJORDAN

HOLLYFORD

URLINGFORD

ANNIVERSARIES

Anniversaries prayed for at recent Masses in Urlingford and Graine. Kitty Hickey Millbrooke, Josephine Ryan Togher Road, Sean Cleere St Josephs Terrace, Jack Cody Borrismore, Bridie Fitzpatrick Garnagale, William and Nora Hennessey Garrenconnell, John Burke Tubrid.

MASS

Mass arrangements for Urlingford and Graine are as follows:-

Urlingford

Christmas Eve Thursday 24th Dec will be at 9pm, Christmas Day Friday 25th Dec will be at 11.30am

Graine

Christmas Eve Thursday 24th Dec will be at 9pm,Christmas Day Friday 25th Dec will be at 11.30am

WALK

St Stephen's Day annual Gathabawn walk in aid of Rehab care and Bothar is at 12 noon you are asked to come along in this lovely way to walk off the Christmas calories.

THURSDAY CLUB

The Thursday club will be starting in January in the new Community Elderly Centre. This will be a drop in service for all senior citizens. For further details contact Peg or Louise on 056 8838562.

LOURDES

Ossory pilgrimage to Lourdes 2010 bookings are now invited for our diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes May 22nd to 27th May 2010. The cost is € 720 all those who are interested in travelling should contact Glenmore parish office 051 880414 Mon to Fri 10.30am to 2.30pm.

SYMPATHY

Our deepest sympathy goes to Mick Long Togher Road, Urlingford on the death of his beloved sister, Josphine Curran, Clongaur, Thurles, she belonged to a highly respected family and formally of Gortnahoe, Peace to her soul.

THE IRISH SUDDEN INFANT DEATH ASSOCIATION

Will hold a remberance service in St Johns community service Kilkenny on Monday 28th December @ 11 am. This service is dedicated to all our children who have died no matter how or when all are welcome.

NEW DENTAL PRACTICE

Abbey leix dental practice is situated on the mOuntrath road opposite Dunnes Hardware Centre Opening Hours:- Mon, Tues Wed and Fri 8.30 am to 5 pm, and Thursday early until late 8am to 8.30am. Regulars on Sat. Appointment taken now with Dr Marcella Burns and Keith Mc Court. Private Prsi, Medical Card patience all welcome. Family and cosmetic dentistry.

Emeralds GAA

The Emeralds GAA club held their annual AGM on Sat 12th Dec.

After all reports were read out the following officers were ratified for the 2010 season. President - Cannon Dunphy, Chairman- Tom Phelan,

Assistant Chairman - Michael Doyle, Treasurer- Thomas Kavanagh, Assistant Treasurer/Lotto Treasurer - Michael Troy, Secretary - Brendan Coady,

Assistant Secretary - Sinead Curran, PRO's - Niall Minogue & Paddy Joyce. Northern Board Rep- Paddy Joyce, Co Board Rep - John Minogue.The Club would

like to thank everyone's support over the past year and hope to have your help in making 2010 even more successful for the club. A very big thanks

also goes to our main sponsor Bernard Kavanagh & Sons who are supporting the club again for the 2010 season. The Chairman also wanted to thank all

those who supported our weekly lotto and all the lotto committee for all their hard work. He also expressed the club's condolences for all deceased

members of the club. We will be having a membership night early in the new year and we hope to attract new members to the Club. Membership is vital

and helps ensure the club stays strong in the parish and continues to provide a vital facility for all ages. The Emeralds GAA Club wish all in the parish of Urlingford and Graine a very merry Christmas and prosperous New Year.

Emeralds GAA LottoThe Lotto committee would like to thank all it's supporters & sellers for the past year . We had a very good year and hope

to continue to make 2010 even more successful.Again like last year any promoter pulled out will for seller's prize will get a turkey & ham.

CONGRATULATIONS Our Congratulation goes out to local Business Couple, Mervyn Queally and Louise Kenny on the birth of their baby son Shay, we wish health and best wishes.

BOHERLAHAN/DUALLA

Christmas Party: Our Annual Parish Christmas Party took place on Sunday last in Boherlahan Hall. This is a wonderful occasion every year. Eighty four people sat down to a beautiful lunch served in a gracious and friendly manner. Many thanks to all involved in the organisation and preparation of the event. Congratulations on a hugely successful evening and they are to be commended on their wonderful community spirit.

Sympathy: Sympathy is extended to Noel Hayes, Ballinree on the death of his aunt recently. May she Rest in Peace.

Mass of Rejoicing: There will be Special Mass of Rejoicing for children baptised in our parish during 2009. The Masses are hoped to be celebrated on 9th and 10th of January 2010. Further details later.

Boherlahan Dualla GAA Lotto: The winning numbers in last Monday's draw 14th December were 2-13-23-25. The Jackpot is now at 4,800 euro. Thank you for your continued support and generosity.

Tipperary Pictorial History: The second part of the photographic history book has been launched. Reminder to Patrons or people who purchased part one of the book to collect part two. Please contact John Devane if you wish to purchase and for further details. Both books can be bought at a cost 50 euro and would make a nice Christmas gift.

GAA AGM: The GAA AGM is fixed for Sunday, 3rd January 2010 at 2.00pm in the Parish Hall.

Christmas Masses in Boherlahan & Dualla: Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 6.30pm in Dualla and at 7.30pm in Boherlahan. Mass on Christmas Day is at 8.30am and 11.00am in Boherlahan and at 9.30am in Dualla.

MOYNE-TEMPLETOUHY

Winners of the Christmas competition - 1st, Breda Brennan; 2nd, Brian Railes; 3rd, shared - Christy Campion, Anne Everard and Peggy Gleeson; 4th, Kay Carey.

Thanks to master chef, Ursula Ryan, for preparing a most delicious meal which was thoroughly enjoyed by all in the well heated Moyne Community Centre. The evening concluded with music and song at the welcoming premises of Timmy and Delia Cullen. Many thanks to musician, Willie Cullen, for keeping the party going with a swing. Wishing all our members a happy and holy Christmas and a bright New Year. Best wishes to our esteemed member, Brian Railes, for a speedy recovery after his recent illness. Bridge will resume on Thursday Jan 7th in Moyne Community Centre.

Table Quiz - Moyne Templetuohy GAA will hold a table quiz in the premises of Timmy and Delia Cullen, by kind permission, on Friday Jan 1st at 9.30 pm.

Moyne Variety Group - Rehearsals are in full swing for Moyne Variety Group's show which wil be staged at Moyne Community Centre commencing on Jan 12th. Musical Director is Mary Rose McNally. Over the past 30 years this group has staged some wonderful productions and the 2010 show will be no exception.

UPPERCHURCH

Christmas Walk -The annual night time Christmas walk to the summit of Knockalough mountain drew an attendance of about 130 hardy walkers recently. The frosty air and clear viewing conditions were ideal for walking.

The 10 km trek was punctuated by stops for readings, prayer, reflections and refreshments along the route. Carol singing was also part of the event as in other years. Food and an opportunity to socialise were provided afterwards in Upperchurch village where the walking fraternity reviewed the year's activities and made plans for 2010.

MULLINAHONE

Credit Union A.G.M. - The attendance of members at the A.G.M. was much higher than for a number of years. On the local front at least financial matters are reasonably calm was the message produced by treasurer Tommy Rochford and auditor Jamie O'Hanlon with a dividend of 1% being declared even after the new statuary provisions having been made to credit union reserves. The three directors re-elected to the board were Margaret Kennedy (Fenane), Eleanor Quirke (Gurteen) and Albert Curran (Kilvemnon). The directors will serve a three year term. Thre e members were elected to the supervisory committee for the coming year. They were Brigid Quirke and her two acolytes Breda Keating and Breda Brennan. Auditor Jamie O'Hanlon was also elected to be the members auditor for the next year.

Christmas Ceremonies - The ceremonies got underway in St. Michael's Church in Mullinahone on Sunday evening with a well attended Penitential Service. Preparations are well in hand for the 1st Mass of Christmas on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. Our choir has been preparing for some time and will be relaunching themselves at this Mass. Our crib is also almost ready. Christmas Day Masses will be at 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m. Masses on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th will be at the usual weekend times.

Community Council Draw - The November Community Council results were as follows 150 euro Josephine Kennedy, Poulacapple, 70 euro Eileen O'Meara, Killaghy, 25 euro each Cait Hogan, Briarsfield and Mary Gunn, Kilvemnon, 20 euro Jake Gunn, Kilvemnon. Well done to all.

Parish News - Condolences to the family of Hugh Ronan, Graigue whose death has taken place most unexpectedly. The Month's Mind Mass of the late Eileen Lonergan, Kyleafreaghane takes place on Sunday, December 27th at 11.30 a.m.

G.A.A. - We apologise to our members for having to postpone our A.G.M. last Sunday evening. It has been re-scheduled for Friday, 22nd January at 8.30 p.m.

Lotto - The last draw took place on Monday, Dec. 14th. Numbers drawn 2, 3, 7, 24. These numbers brought joy to young Aoife Costello who scooped the jackpot of 1,400 euro. Congratulations Aoife. Congratulations also to John Grace and the Gahan family who each won Christmas vouchers. Jackpot now reverts to 1,000 euro and this was drawn for on Monday night last (Dec. 21st). After that our next draw will be January 4th when the jackpot could be worth 1,150. If you want to be in, you must first be in.

HOLLYFORD

Christmas Masses - Vigil Mass on Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. Christmas Day Mass at 11 a.m. St. Stephen's Day Mass at 7.30 p.m.

Recent Death - We tender our deepest sympathy to Nora O'Dwyer (nee Butler), Roseboro, Tipperary and formerly of Blackstairs on the unexpected death of her husband Tom. We tender sympathy also to his family, brothers and sister also to Annie Butler on the death of her son-in-law. May he rest in peace.

Theft - A large quantity of diesel oil was taken from a farm near the village. Anyone who has any information please contact Tipperary Garda Station.

Tidy Towns - The committee wish to thank all who supported the Bilboa Lotto. This year a stone wall with piers and a gate was erected at the entrance to the village. The area in front of the Grotto was tarmaced. Painting, flowers, shrubs and hanging baskets were purchased. As the lotto is our only source of funding we look forward to your continued support in 2010.

DRANGAN

C.L.C.G. Naomh Padraigh - On Sunday last in Anner Park Cloneen our U/13 footballers drew with Grangemockler after extra time in the final of the U/13 South Tipperary Tournament. The score was 1-5 each. A feature of the game was the outstanding gaolkeeping of the Grangemockler No. 1 between the posts.

St. Patrick's team: Gavin Keane, Ciarn Mockler, Stephen Lawless, Conor Gorey, Conor Clancy, Joey Noonan, Aidan Buckley, Darragh Wilson, Cathal O'Mahoney, Cameron Moynihan, Brian Kenny, Enda Keane, Jack Hennessy, Thomas Hayes, James Lahart. The replay had not been arranged as we went to print.

Selectors - In last weeks notes we omitted the name of Siobhn Vaughan Nash of Shankyle, Drangan from the list of U/14 selectors. We welcome Siobhn and are delighted to see young mothers getting involved with our teams.

As we approach Christmas we look back on a year of activity on the

G.A.A. fields of Cloneen and Drangan. Our Juveniles had a good year playing a lot of games near and far. We thank all who helped with the various teams during the year and especially the parents who provided transport and helped team managers and selectors.

Our Juvenile teams didn't show their true form when it mattered on the field of play but we thank the players and selectors for the time and effort they put into preparing for action.

Our U/21 hurlers redeemed the situation with a South final victory which gives us hope for the future. Thanks to the players and selectors. Thanks to all our supporters who travelled near and far to support the various teams and who contributed so generously to our fund raising ventures. This has made it possible to complete the development of our club rooms at Anner Park, Cloneen and also helped us to field in excess of 20 teams during the year. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

KILLENAULE

Playground Development Group - The Killenaule Playground Development Group held a most successful Christmas event in the Sports Complex on Sunday, 13th December. Over 200 children came to visit Santa and also enjoyed a visit to the Post Office where the friendly Postman and Jess the Cat provided entertainment for young and ol d. The wizardry in the magic room by Sally Ann Heffernan was a source of great amazement and the children were delighted with the magic reindeer oats given to them by Santa's elves. A puppet show of the children's story, the Gruffalo was enjoyed by everyone.

The day was a resounding success and the playground committee wishes to thank all those who helped with preparations for the day and all those who assisted on the day. A large proportion of the construction of props was done by the Killenaule Fs workers who again proved invaluable to the running of the event. There were a large number of non-committee members involved with the preparations and also working on the day and great credit is due to these people who give so generously of their time to participate in this fantastic community day. As always there was great support from Scoil Ruain students.

Many thanks to the Puppeteers, Sarah O'Connell, Aisling Kelly, Megan Hassett, Sarah Holland, Isabel Bower, Alan Bourke and Grace Fanning. The Magic Rooms Elves, Jed Bates, Ronan Burke, Sean and David Walzer and Luke Brabazon. The Santa Helper Elves, Jane Morrissey, Lilly Cohen, Keeva Spaight, Leanne Hannigan, Sarah Corcoran, Kate Guinan, Emer Horan and Shauna Moloney. The Clowns, Lisa and Emma Curran, Elaine Ryan, Sade Coady, GIllian Slattery and Sarah O'Mahoney.

Thanks also to Niamh Horan, Rosin O'Regan, Katie O'Regan and Emer Barry. Thanks to Sadie Heffernan who provided the costumes and to the Hilltop Playschool for the loan of the children's furniture for the day. The support of the local civil defence is essential to the running of such an event and we thank them sincerely. Also special thanks to Louis Keating, Jim Bourke and Willie Ruttle without whom the day could not happen.

The playground is in the final stages of construction and the official opening is planned for January. The committee thank all who have supported them over the past number of years and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas.

Christmas Mass Times - St. Mary's Church, Christmas Eve, Midnight Mass 12 a.m. Christmas morning 11 a.m. St. Joseph the Worker, Moyglass, Christmas Eve, Vigil Mass 8 p.m.Christmas Day 10 a.m.

PORTROE

Senior A.G.M. - The A.G.M. of Portroe Senior G.A.A. Club will be held on Saturday, 9th January in the Clubhouse at 8 p.m. All are welcome.

Senior Citizens - The annual Senior Citizens party will take place on Sunday, 10th January in the Lakeside Hotel. Mass at 1 p.m. in the hotel followed by dinner and entertainment. Anyone who needs transport contact Tom Ryan, J.J. McCarthy, Noel Helebert, Dolly O'Connor or Nan Kelly.

Juvenile Soccer - Congratulations to John O'Connor who was part of the North Tipperary U/12 team who drew with a very strong Cork team in the Munster League last Sunday. The match went to penalty shoot out and John scored his penalty unfortunately the Tipp. boys lost out by a score of 6-5.

Race Night - Portroe Hall and Garrykennedy Boat and Fishing Club will hold their annual Race Night in Ciss Ryan's on Sunday, 27th December at 8 p.m. Horses on sale at 90 euro each. We would appreciate your support.

Portroe Hall A.G.M. - The A.G.M. of Portroe Community Hall took place on Wednesday, 30th November. Secretary, Kathleen O'Connor, Treasurer, Mary Creamer and Chairman John Sheedy all gave thorough reports and everyone agreed that the Hall is a wonderful facility for the parish. The major fundraiser is the annual Race Night run in conjunction with Garrykennedy Boat and Fishing Club. As the Hall has now reached its 50th birthday the committee hopes to mark this a major milestone with a celebration night. The following committee were elected for the coming year, Chairman, John Sheedy, Secretary, Kathleen O'Connor, Treasurer, Mary Creamer, Committee, Mary Moroney, Jane Byrnes, Nan Kelly, Lizzie Creamer, Mairead Keating, Johnny Cottrell, Paul O'Connor, Tom Ryan, Sean P. Quigley and Sean Creamer.

Birthday Celebrations - Congratulations to Jackie Cottrell and Linda Hickey who celebrated their 21st birthdays with family and friends in Pat Ryan's. We wish them both happiness and health for their future.

Congratulations - Congratulations to Andy Purcell who won our Handball Club 'Chairman of the Year'.

Get Well - Get Well wishes are sent to Peg Curtin and Eamon Dooley, Silvermines and Tom Ryan, Shalee.

Sympathy - Sympathy is sent to Peggy and Paddy Curtin and family on the death of Peggy's brother Michael O'Brien who died in England.

Christmas Masses - The Vigil Mass on December 24th will be at 8 p.m. in Silvermines and Ballinaclough Church.

MONEYGALL-DUNKERRIN

Barna Christmas Cards Winner - The following were the prizewinners at the Christmas Card Game in Barna Hall on Tuesday night, December 15th. Tops on 9 games (shared) John Johnston and Johnny Hoolan, Josie Cleary and Kathleen Byrne, Martin Maher and Pat Ryan, Rody Teehan and Phil Sheedy. 2nd on 7 games, (shared), Paul Jones and John Whyte, Jim Treacy and Mick Keeshan. First Six, Michelle Walsh and Nora Tooher, Last six, Sean O'Dwyer and Sean Hall, Last game, Michael Varley and Michael Droney. Due to the very large raffle winners it is not possible to name them. Cards as usual on Tuesday nights at 8.30 p.m. The committee would like to thank all of their patrons for their continued support over the past year and would like to wish them all a very happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Moneygall Christmas Whist Drive - These were the prizewinners at the Christmas Whist Drive in the Legion Hall, Moneygall on Wed. Dec. 16th. Top score, Sheila Touhy, Top Lady, Ann Parnell, Top Gent, Harry Shortt, First Half (Lady), Patricia Guest, Gent, Sean Cawley, Second Half, Lady, Mary Fox, Gent, Albert Dann, Kathleen Kelly, Sean Mockler. Quarters, 1st Theresa King, 2nd Willie Hayes, Ann Pearson, 3rd Robert Harding, 4th Bridie Ryan. There was numerous raffle prize winners. A very Happy Christmas to all our Whist players. Moneygall 45 Drive - At the 45 Card Game in the Legion Hall on Sunday, Dec. 13th the prizewinners were as follows, Tops, Liam O'Brien and Paddy Cummins, Second, Mick Varley and Kathleen Burns, First six, Patsy Hoolan and Gus Hiney, Last six, Jim Treacy and Sean O'Dwyer. Raffle winners, Mick Varley, Ned Ryan, Liam O'Brien. Next 45 Drive of the new year will be on Sunday, Jan. 3rd at 8 p.m. Happy Christmas to all our players. Christmas Day Service - Service will be in Borrisnafarney Church at 9 a.m. on Friday, December 25th. Christmas Schedule - Christmas Eve 6 p.m. Short Prayer Service in Moneygall Church for all who are going to bed early expecting Santa Claus. Bring your figure of the baby Jesus to be blessed by the priest. Christmas Eve Mass in Dunkerrin Church at 9 p.m. Midnight Mass in Barna Church at 12 a.m. Christmas Day Mass in Moneygall Church at 11 a.m. Saturday 26th Mass in Moneygall Church at 9.30 a.m. More Moneygall Dunkerrin notes in News of the County.

Dunkerrin Progressive 45 - Results from Friday, Dec. 18th, Tops (shared) Annie Shelly and Rody Teehan, John Hoolan and Billy McLoughlin, Jim Treacy and Joe Bolger, Second (shared), Lar and Statia Maher, Catherine Whyte and Monica Byrnes, Johnny Butler and Denis Carroll, Kitty O'Dwyer and Maura Bolger, First six, Sara and Paddy Byrnes, Last six, Phil Sheedy and Dan Quinlan, Last game, Willie Carroll and Martin Murray. Please note that there will be no card game on this Friday night. Next game on Friday, Jan. 1st at 8.30 p.m. The committee would like to wish all of their players a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and hope to see them in the New Year.

I.C.A. - Dunkerrin Guild of the I.C.A. would like to wish all of their members, their families and friends a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year.

Whist Drive - There will be a Christmas Whist Drive in the Church of Ireland Hall, Moneygall on Monday night, December 28th at 8.15 p.m. All are most welcome.

Christmas Wishes - The writer of these notes would like to wish all of his readers a very Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year. Thanks also to the many contributors. Looking forward to your continued support in 2010.

Wedding - Congratulations and every good wish for the future to Fionnula Troy and Tom Brennan who were married in Cloughjordan recently.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to the families of the following on their recent bereavements - Jack Burke, Millpark, Roscrea; Eamon O Riordan, Roscrea; and Pat Quinn, Thurles.

TEMPLEDERRY

Christmas Masses: Mass in Templederry on Christmas Eve is at 7.30 p.m. and in Killeen is at 7.30 p.m. Mass on Christmas Morning is in Curreeney at 9.30 a.m. and in Templederry at 7.30 p.m.

Penitential: Confessions in St Marys of the Rosary Nenagh on Christmas Eve from 10.a.m. to 5.p.m. Confessions in Templederry Church on Christmas Eve from 6 to 7.00 p.m. and in Killeen Church on Christmas Eve from 6.30 to 7.00 p.m.

Choir Practice: The Choir Practice for Christmas is on Tuesday evening in Templederry Church from 7.30 to 9.00 p.m. All members are invited to come along.

Sympathy: We extend our sincere sympathy to the Shanahan families Cloghinch on the death in Dublin of Mrs Nancy Dawson(Nee Shanahan) who died recently. Anniversary Mass: The Anniversary Mass for all those whose anniversaries occur in January will be celebrated in Templederry Church On Saturday January 9th at 7.30 p.m. Please contact either Mary Brosnan or Marian Harrington with the names to be included.

Templederry Kenyons Club Lotto.: The Jackpot was won last Monday night December 14th. One Winner of €2,800 was Alan Fogarty Latteragh. This weeks draw which includes Hampers, cash prizes etc will be held in Kennedys Killeen. The draw on Monday December 28th will be held in Michael Hogans in Templederry.

Killeen/ Templederry Apolostic Society wish to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to making our cake sale and Christmas raffle such a resounding success! We wish to thank those who helped in any way at the sale and raffle in community centre our ticket sellers, those who donated cakes and produce, raffle prizes and loads of timber. Our President acknowledges and thanks an anonymous benefactor for a very generous donation received by post. But above all we thank all who purchased so generously. To date the amount raised is €5,800 all of which will go to worthy causes on the foreign missions.

HOLYCROSS-BALLYCAHILL

A very Happy and Peaceful Christmas and New Year to you all.

Christmas Ceremonies - Abbey: Christmas Eve Mass at 9 p.m. Confessions 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Christmas Day Masses 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. No 4 p.m. Mass. Ballycahill: Christmas Eve Mass at 8 p.m. Confessions 7.15 p.m. to 7.45 p.m. Christmas Day Mass at 10 a.m.

Holycross N.S. - Annual St. Stephen's Day Swim will commence at

3 p.m. Anyone interested in taking part in the swim in aid of school funds should contact organising committee at (0504) 43337.

Burglaries - Householders should be vigilant where their homes and property is concerned over the Christmas period.

KNOCKAVILLA-DONASKEIGH

St. Vincent de Paul - The conference members of St. Vincent de Paul wish to thank all who subscribed so generously to the annual collection the week-end of December, 12th and 13th. Many thanks.

G.A.A. - The following are the lucky dip members in the Kickham lotto draw of December 14th. 50 euro each to, Mary O'Gorman, Rossmore, Veronica Farrell, Garrane, Kathleen Breen, Donohill. 20 euro each to, Anne Griffin, Station Road, Dundrum, Lisa Duncan, Lisloran, Michael Kennedy, Clonaspoe, Michael Sheridan, Knockavilla, Jimmy Murphy, c/o Golden Vale, Pat Ryan (H), Knockavilla, Joe O'Donnell, c/o Karena Breen, Paddy Doyle, Tipperary, Gail Long, Lab. St. Joseph's, Statia Corbett, Littleton. Seller's prize, Deirdre Crowe.

Christmas Mass Times - Christmas Eve, Donaskeigh 6.30 p.m. Knockavilla 8 p.m. Christmas Day, Donaskeigh 9.30 a.m. Knockavilla 11 a.m. St. Stephen's Day, Donaskeigh 6.30 p.m. Knockavilla 7.30 p.m. Sunday 27th, Donaskeigh 9.30 a.m. Knockavilla 11 a.m.

Good Wishes - The column wishes all our readers and contributors a very happy Christmas and New Year.

Two-Mile-Borris / Moycarkey / Littleton

Christmas Masses - Moycarkey Church, 7.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve; 11 a.m. on Christmas Day. Littleton Church, 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve,

9 a.m. and 12 noon on Christmas Day. Two-Mile-Borris Church, 9 p.m. on Christmas Eve, 10.30 a.m. on Christmas Day. St. Mary Church of Ireland, Littleton, Service on Christmas Eve at 11 p.m.

Thanks - Moycarkey, Borris, Littleton Parish Community Employment Scheme would like to express their sincere thanks to everyone who supported their recent Table Quiz held in Darmody's Lounge, Littleton.

The Late Josephine Finn - The death has taken place on December 7th of Josephine Finn (nee Stapleton, Horse & Jockey), Rossa Street, Thurles, wife of the late Jimmy. Burial took place in Holycross Cemetery after 10.30 p.m.Requiem Mass in the Cathedral, Thurles. Deeply mourned by her brothers Walter and Fintan, sister Christina, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. Rest in peace.

The Late Catriona Duggan - The death has taken place after a short illness of Catriona Duggan (nee Dunne), Pine Lodge, Cabragh, Thurles. She was Secretary of Scoil Mochaomhog Naofa, Two-Mile-Borris for the past ten years. Burial took place in St. Patrick's Cemetery after 11 a.m. Requiem Mass in the Cathedral. Chief celebrant was Fr. Joe Tynan C.C. Deeply mourned by her husband Liam, son Padraig, daughter Amy, brother Gerard, sister Margaret, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and her many friends. Rest in peace.

Thanks - Littleton Tidy Town wish to thank Muintir na Tire Guild for the new gate and railing erected recently at the local grotto in Littleton, much appreciated by all.

Community Alert Relaunched - Moycarkey-Borris and Littleton joined the ranks of almost 1,250 other parishes around the country on December 2nd last when it revamped it's own Community Alert for the parish. The project which is spearheaded by the Littleton Development Association (LDA) was launched at the associations annual Christmas Party for Senior Citizens and friends in the Anner Hotel in Thurles last Wednesday.

Speakers on the night were the National President of Muintir na Tire, Mr. Martin Quinn, Superintendent Tony Coogan, Sergeant Fiona McGrath, Garda Pat Kirwan and Sean Ryan, Secretary of LDA. Apologies were received from the office of Chief Superintendent Dave Sheahan who was unavoidably absent. Mr. Quinn, whose aunt Margaret Ryan (Larry) lives on the Thurles Road in Littleton spoke to the meeting about "the importance of neighbourliness something he claimed that had disappeared somewhat in Ireland in recent years since the Celtic Tiger". He was delighted to be launching the Community Alert project for the parish. He also explained that Community Alert is run under the auspices of Muintir na Tire which the LDA is now a member.

Local crime prevention officer Sergeant Fiona McGrath showed the assembled gathering a power point presentation on some practical tips on keeping one's home safe during the festive season. Superintendent Tony Coogan wished the assembled gathering well on the new initiative and claimed that Community Alert would be of enormous benefit to the parish to help prevent crimes on the elderly particularly in these recessionary times. Pat Kirwan explained to the gathering that while the initiative will be spearheaded by the Littleton Development Association, a separate Community Alert group has been set up in Moycarkey, Littleton and Borris. He told the meeting that the local chairpersons were Pat Hogan (Moycarkey), Robert O'Shea (Littleton) and Mick Toomey (Two-Mile-Borris). He claimed that committee members from each would shortly be visiting the homes of older people offering advice on the buying of alarm pendants and other security measures. He also praised his predecessor in Littleton, Garda Bart Howard for setting up Community Alert in the parish in the past. For his part Association Secretary, Sean Ryan praised the Littleton Development Association for their work throughout the year. He told the 218 guests that he particularly welcomed Two-Mile-Borris to the gathering this year as this was the first year that all three areas of the parish had come together for the Senior Citizens party. As well as thanking the Gardai and priests of the parish he also praised Local Bernados Community Officer, Mary O'Gorman for all her work in bringing the project to fruition. LDA Acting Chairman, Martin O'Dwyer, Vice Chairman, J.J. O'Sullivan, Secretary, Sean Ryan, Asst. Secretary, Elaine Moore, Treasurer, Anne Strappe, P.R.O., Matt Purcell, Asst.

P.R.O., Tommy Moore, Committee: Fr. Joe Tynan, Garda Pat Kirwan, and Mary O'Gorman.

Bournea Briefs

Charity Match - The Annual Charity Hurling Match in aid of North Tipperary Hospice for the Jim Moloughney Memorial Cup will take place on St Stephens Day at 2.30pm in Clonakenny Field. This game between Clonakenny and Couraguneen will add spice to the occasion and with Couraguneen having won last year Clonakenny will be keen to take the honours this year. Admission will be by voluntary Subscription and the usual raffle will take place in the Norebrook Lounge after the match. This event has become a great social occasion and a good fundraiser for the hospice and we look forward to your continued support.

Happy Christmas - Clonakenny GAA Club would like to take this oppertunity to wish officers, players and supporters a Very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year. The Club would also like to thank all who sponsored and helped the Club in any way during the year.

Ballina

LOCAL HUMANITARIAN WORKERS - Moira and Eamonn Brehony moved to Marine Village in Ballina in 1998. Up to that time much of their lives had been spent in Africa working with Concern Organisation and the Medical Missionaries of Mary Congregation. Moira is originally from Limerick and is a trained Public Health Nurse. Her interest in working in overseas began in 1975 when she qualified as midwife and volunteered to work in Bangladesh for two years with Concern. Two years led to five years and then she moved to Ethiopia to work in the toughest conditions ever with people who were so badly affected by the drought of 1984.

Moira and Eamonn met at a Concern reunion in Kilkenny. Eamonn, originally from Roscommon, is a agriculturalist and began his Concern experience fundraising in Ireland. This very quickly led him to Tanzania where he worked as a volunteer for two years. They got married in 1987 while Eamonn was studying for his masters in UCD. Soon after that they returned to Africa, Eamonn working with the Irish government and Moira working with Concern. In 1990 Concern asked them to head up a new programme in the HIV and Aids ravaged neighbouring country of Uganda. As a couple Moira and Eamonn developed innovative ways of addressing the social economic consequences of HIV and Aids in the surrounding villages using local medicines and herbs as well as local traditional counselling systems. Their programme was very successful and is operational to this day.

After three year living in a rural area of Uganda and with two small children, Peadar and Aisling, the family moved to Sudan for one year and then to Ethiopia for a further four years. Moira worked as the Country Director for Concern in Ethiopia where the organisation had more than 2,000 employees and thousands of beneficiaries. In 1998 the family returned to Ireland and set up their home in Marine Village. However one year later the Brehonys returned to Tanzania, East Africa, and this time working as Lay Missionaries with The Medical Missionaries of Mary. By then Eamonn had completed his Doctorate in UCD. He examined local traditional medical systems and their application in rural development.

In Tanzania Moira managed and directed a Training centre while Eamonn facilitated the delivery of short courses in development topics such as Project proposal writing, Report writing Monitoring and Evaluation techniques, Impact studies as well as doing some conflict management work with the Maasai in Tanzania.

After eight years it was decision-making time as the children were ready to study in Ireland. Now, two years later, Moira and Eamonn have managed to continue their work with missionaries. Moira works as Liaison person between the Irish government funding organisation 'Misean cara' and the Medical Missionaries of Mary and this necessitates two monitoring trips per year to see the work of the Sisters in Africa and the Americas while Eamonn is busy doing consultancy work and facilitating workshops, evaluations, programme related studies etc. throughout Africa with various missionary congregations. Both children are in college and soon it will be time to set a date for a return to Africa and continue working as lay Missionaries.

OPENING HOURS - The following opening/closing hours will operate at Killaloe Library, Derg Credit Union and AIB Bank over the Christmas/New Year period: The Library will close at 3pm on Wednesday, December 23rd and reopen at normal opening hours on Wednesday, December 30th. It will close again at 5.30pm on Thursday (31st) and reopen on Monday, January 4th.

CAROL SERVICE - On Tuesday last, sixth class boys and girls at Ballina Primary School led a prayerful Carol Service at the Church of Our Lady and St. Lua, Ballina. This was a truly appropriate beginning to the Christmas celebrations in the Parish.

LOCAL READING GROUP - The members of the Tuesday and Wednesday Library Reading Groups will take a break during the month of January. Meetings will resume in February and "Let the Great World Spin" by Colm Mc Cann is the work chosen by the Tuesday morning group, which will meet on February 2nd at 11am. The Wednesday evening group have selected "My Cousin Rachel" by Daphne du Maurier for their first meeting of the New Year at 6.30pm on February 3rd. Both books are available at the Library Desk.

Any person wishing to join the Reading Groups should contact Grinne Ryan, Librarian.

HAVE A SAFE CHRISTMAS - While we are all enjoying the Christmas celebrations in the comfort of our own homes members of our local Killaloe Coast Guard and Search and Rescue units will be on-call 24/7 and ready to respond throughout the entire holiday period to those in need of their assistance. This Festive period is a good time to think of your own responsibility when partaking in outdoor pursuits or activities and to ensure that you have the proper training and ability. It is vital that you are using equipment that is fit for purpose, have made careful plans, have checked the weather forecast and are following recommended procedure before venturing out. Whether it's boating, fishing, hill walking, climbing, caving or some other activity, please remember that it is winter; days are very short; water and air temperatures are low; weather conditions can be bad and there may be ice and fog about. All these things, along with the capability to alert the Rescue Services if things go wrong, must be taken into account. Parents are advised to be constantly vigilant and never allow children near swollen rivers or on ice that forms on water.

If you see someone in difficulty on the lake/cliffs/rivers/hills, please dial 999 or 112 and ask for the Coast Guard.

SPORT AT ST. ANNE'S - Students at St. Anne's Community College have had a busy 2009 judging from the wide variety of sports' choices available to all. Highly active panels operate in hurling, football, soccer, basketball, badminton and rugby through the range of age groups from first year to seniors. This year has seen the introduction of Rugby at the school with plenty of inspiration available to students to aspire to the achievements of Killaloe's own Rugby legends, Keith Wood, Anthony Foley, Rosie Foley and Clonlara's Marcus Horan. Shane O'Leary (4th Year) and Sean Seymour (5th Year) are already making a name for themselves at Developmental levels.

Students are also involved in Equestrian teams and have participated in a number of events and competitions. Our swimmers Ruair Mc Geever and Jonathan Mc Grath continue to impress.

We wish all our young "sports' teenagers" a successful and enjoyable 2010.

CHRISTMAS MARKET - You are reminded that the members of the Killaloe Farmers' Market will hold a special Christmas Market on Wednesday, December 23rd to raise funds for thee Oxfam Charity. The Market will run from 11am to 3pm.

RUGBY NEWS - The recent amalgamation of three East Clare Rugby clubs certainly augers well for the future of the local Ballina-Killaloe club. The Scarriff RFC, East Clare Eagles (Tulla) and Ballina-Killaloe amalgamation should see strong squads fielded at all age brackets from under 13 to under 19 levels. Each club will continue to operate its own mini-rugby structure, which caters from ages seven to twelve years.

FOOTBALL AT ST. ANNE'S - St. Anne's Senior Football team, despite a very brave performance, were narrowly defeated by Rice College, Ennis, recently. The team included Mark Stritch, Oisn O'Brien, Michel Ryan, Niall O'Hagan, Greg Mc Namara, Shane O'Leary, Luke Hession, Kieran Murphy, Dire king, Mark O'Halloran, Cathal O'Connell and subs, Stephen O'Brien, Josh O'Connor, Christopher Monaghan and Jason Monaghan.

TENNIS - The Adult Fun Day took place recently. A large crowd supported the event and everyone had a very enjoyable day that even included some displays of 'tennis skills'. A donation of E600 was made to "Share a Dream Foundation", the chosen charity for the 2009 Fun Event.

Well done to all those who played in the Noreen Blake Cup competition at the Club on Saturday, December 12th. The winning team of 'The Wise Men Academy' consisted of the following players: Dan Finnerty, Cian O' Brien, Moya Conway, Mark Walsh, Rowan Barrett and Patrick McCormack. The runners up (Santa's Saints) were Conor Lonergan, Eamon Healy, Jack Lynch, Ciarn McKeogh, Rebecca Foley and Ronan Neill.

Due to poor weather conditions, the junior tennis ladder time has been extended to January 10th, so please get out over the Christmas period and play all ladder games!

BALLINA-KILLALOE RUGBY CLUB - Congratulations to Damien Varley, son of former Ballina-Killaloe stalwart Jim, on his excellent performance in Munster's hard-earned Heineken Cup win over Perpignan at Thomond Park on Friday last.

On Sunday last the under 15's travelled to Annacotty where UL Bohemian provided the opposition. William Carroll kicked a penalty for Ballina-Killaloe, but UL Bohs scored the only try of a hard –fought game to give them a narrow 5-3 victory.

A reminder to our supporters to give their backing to the annual Christmas Swim, which this season is in aid of Ballina-Killaloe RFC. You can lend your support by sponsoring the swimmers, or better still turn up at the Two-Mile-gate on Christmas Day and join in the festivities. The club will be making a donation to Milford Hospice from the proceeds of the Swim.

Mullinahone

Martin is the Man - The parish of Mullinahone and in particular Mullinahone G.A.A. Club was honoured last weekend when Martin Cody of Poulacapple was elected Chairman of Bord na nOg in South Tipperary. Martin who spent almost seven years as Secretary of the Mullinahone Juvenile G.A.A. Club in succession to the late Thomas Cahill has been Vice Chairman of South Tipp. Bord na nOg for a number of years. A measure of the esteem in which Martin was held by the delegates of the South Tipperary underage clubs is the fact that at the Bord na nOg convention Martin was not opposed in the election for Chairman. Martin himself follows in the footsteps of Mullinahone G.A.A. member Dick Egan who was Chairman of South Tipp. Bord na nOg until three years ago. Dick is now the Chairman of the South Tipp. Senior Board having been elected to this office more than a year ago. As Martin steps up to the chair we wish him the best of luck as we congratulate him.

Christmas in St. Michael's - On Thursday evening, December 24th at 8 p.m. we will have the Christmas Eve Mass which is of course timed to suit the younger people who will be expecting an important visitor later in the night. Masses on Christmas Day will be the usual times - 9.30 a.m. and 11.30 a.m.

Poulacapple N.S. - Well done to the children and teachers of Poulacapple N.S. who have been very successful in projects and competitions during the last school term.

Logo Competition - Busy Bees Design a Logo Competition for Bio Diversity, Niamh Burke a 6th class student in Poulacapple N.S. won 1st prize in the Primary School section and was awarded a Sony digital camera for her efforts. The overall school prize was awarded to Poulacapple N.S. whose students made use of recycled material in their colourful entry. They too won a Sony digital camera and memory card.

Energy Awareness Project 2009 - Poulacapple N.S. have also been awarded a prize for their Energy Awareness Project. Three of the schools students along with school Principal Mary Meagher attended the Award Ceremony in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel on December 7th.

Sherkin Island Art Competition - Poulacapple N.S. had four winners in this year's Art Competition. The winners were Ciara Fleming (senior infants) and David Fleming, Jack Hindley and Roisin Welland (1st class students). The quartet were awarded beautiful books about flowers and wildlife as prizes.

Local Lotto - Draw on Monday, December 7th. Numbers drawn 8, 13, 14, 15. No Jackpot winner, 1 match 3, Congratulations to Deirdre O'Sullivan who won 150 euro. Bernie Cuddihy and M. O'Brien won Christmas vouchers.

Community Council Draw - The November draw resulted as follows 150 euro Josephine Kennedy, Poulacapple, 70 euro Eileen O'Meara, Killaghy, 25 euro Cait Hogan, Briarsfield, 25 euro Mary Gunn, Kilvemnon, 20 euro Jake Gunn, Kilvemnon.

Sports Hall and Gym - Membership for 2010 is now due and can be paid to Jackie Bolger. Single membership is 120 euro and for couples 170 euro.

Juvenile Club - The Juvenile club would like to say a big thanks to all the people who supported their recent annual calendar sale. The response was very encouraging to the club.

Eoin Enjoys The Sun - After a year of enduring injury and the disappointment of losing the All Ireland final, Eoin Kelly is enjoying a well deserved break with the All Stars in Argentina.

Mullinahone Credit Union - The opening nights for Christmas and the New Year are Wednesday, December 23rd and Wednesday, 30th from 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Opening on Thursday and Friday, December 17th and 18th as usual.

Newport

Calendar launched

A locally produced calendar for 2010 was launched at the Coopers Bar, Birdhill on this Thursday night, December 17. The "Cream of the Crop" features twelve local business people in specially commissioned photographs which are expected to attract plenty of interest.

The proceeds from the project are in aid of the local branch of St Vincent de Paul.

Parish Annual Launched: The Newport Parish Annual "Newport News 2009" which has been published this week comprises of almost 200 pages of interesting articles on people, places, historical events, special events in the parish during the past year, and reports from the various local organisations on their activities in 2009.

The annual contains a full colour section of local photographs from the past and present which has been extended to 32 pages of full colour in this year's edition.

The pleasant smile of a young looking centenarian, the well known Jimmy 'Butler' Coffey, whose roots go back to the parish and who celebrated his milestone birthday last October graces the cover this year. Inside, Michael Collins recalls the special celebrations at Millbrae Nursing Home, Newport and recounts some of his achievements in the GAA as player and manager with Newport, Ahane and Cappamore.

Some of those who passed to their eternal reward during the year are remembered and Nenagh Historian, Nancy Murphy has compiled an article of extracts from the newspaper files of items from the past relating to the area.

Of special interest to many families in the area will be the reproduction of the roll call for first and second classes at the Boys National School, Newport in 1919, an article on "The Atkins, Ormsby and Twiss families and their estates in Birdhill" by Matthew Lynch who has also recalled the history of Birdhill Railway. Hugh Sweeney has written about the "Boycott and the Newport Races" and Cos Egan has compiled an article on "Horse Sense".

The annual is now available at the local shops and will make for very interesting reading for local families and their relations abroad over the Christmas period.

Newport Handball Club: In an end of year review, Newport Handball and Racquet club has reported that 2009 was a very busy and successful year for the club, which has culminated with the well deserved, National Handball Person of the Year 2009, being presented at a recent ceremony at Croke Park, Dublin to Andy Purcell who has continued to be a stalwart of the Newport Club.

A teacher at St Joseph's College, Newport he has devoted generously of this time over the past several years to the development and promotion of handball and his many friends are delighted that he has been honoured with such a well-deserved national recognition for his contribution.

During the year the players gained plenty of experience playing at Kilkenny, Hospital (Co Limerick), Fermoy, Mullingar and Dungarvan. On the playing front the members had great success with North and County winners in 60 x 30 - Under 14 years Doubles, Jonathan and Marcus Troy, Under 15 years doubles, Kieran Casey and Jack Jones, Under 17 years Doubles, Michael O'Connor and Shane Lenihan and Munster Under 17 Years Munster doubles winners, Michael O'Connor and Shane Lenihan.

North and County winners in 40 x 20 were - Under 17 Years Singles, Shane Lenihan, Under 17 Years Doubles, Sean Harte and Darren Moore, Under 15 years Doubles, Kieran Bonny and Allie Harte, Under 14 Years Doubles, Jonathan and Marcus Troy, Munster Under 17 Years winners, Sean Harte and Darren Moore who were very unlucky not to have added the All Ireland title after Sean received serious injury while playing and was unable to finish the game.

Also triumphant during the year were North and County Minor - Frankie Foley, singles winner, Frank Foley and Blaine Lenihan, Doubles winner, Under 21 Years North and County Single and Doubles winners, John Mackey - singles - and John Mackey and Michael O'Gorman, Doubles winners.

In addition three of the juveniles Michael O'Gorman, Shane Lenihan, and Blaine Lenihan made up most of the Tipperary Under 17 years team winners of Munster title in 60 x 30 and 40 x 20 and were subsequently only beaten by a few aces when they met Leinster title holders, Wexford.

The club has expressed their thanks to all who contributed to their success during the season, the generous sponsors and all who helped. They are planning to build further on their achievements during the coming season and have added a special word of thanks to Dave O'Donoghue for his training and coaching.

They have expressed their thanks to Sandra Harte for her work as secretary in the past as she hands over to her successor, Aine Kennedy, Foxhall, Newport (087 7923729 after 5pm) and wish all of their members and supporters a very Happy Christmas and bright New Year.

Mass Times: Christmas Mass times for Newport, Birdhill and Toor Churches are as follows - Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport - Christmas Eve 10am and the Christmas Vigil Mass at 9pm. Christmas Day, 9am and 12 noon. St Stephen's Day - 10am only - note no evening Mass on St Stephen's Day.

Church of Our Lady of the Wayside, Birdhill - Christmas Eve 10pm. Christmas Day 10am. There will be no Mass at Birdhill on St Stephen's Day.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Toor - Christmas Eve 8pm. Christmas Day 11am.

There will be a Penitential Service at the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Newport on this Sunday December 20 from 7pm in preparation for the festive season with priests from outside of the parish in attendance.

Newport Underage Rugby Blitz

Last weekend was a very busy one for Newport Underage Rugby. Firstly their mini rugby players were in action in Annacotty playing a blitz against UL Bohs and Old Crescent where they won two of their games. Meanwhile the U13s were in action in Bruff where they played in a thrilling encounter which resulted in a 25 all draw. Two tries each from Conor Floyd and Jordan Young and another from Brian McAuliffe made up Newport's tally. Later in the day the U16s travelled to Shannon to play St Senans and were in touch up to the final stages until St Senans got two late tries to seal their fate. This was a great performance from Newport who have re- entered the U16 competition after a lapse of a few years. Well done to all teams.

The club have announced that they will be holding a fundraising raffle soon with a host of prizes including match tickets and a ball signed by the South African team. They will also participate in the annual Christmas day swim at the Ivy Bridge, Newport on which takes place at 12.30pm.

Newport Soccer Club: The club would like to congratulate Margaret Moloney Ballymackeogh on winning the latest prize in Super Draw 2009. She won a holiday to Greece. The final draw for the trip for a family to Disneyland will take place on Friday January 22.

The club would like to wish players, managers, parents, sponsors, lotto ticket sellers and all who support the club through the weekly lotto, Super Draw and other fundraising event a very happy and peaceful Christmas and best wishes for the New Year. Without all the support the club would not be able to provide such excellent facilities in Derryleigh.

Supporters are encouraged to come out on St Stephen's Day for the annual charity match in Derryleigh at 2.30pm.

RATHDOWNEY

The Late William O'Brien - The death occurred peacefully on Thursday, December 3rd at Portlaoise Midlands Hospital of William (Billy) O'Brien of Willowfein, Donaghmore. He had been in failing health for some time but his death came very fast. Billy was very widely known by his friendly nature. A man of many talents he was a Horologist, a Water Diviner and could turn his hands to any task. A most wonderful husband and father, he was dearly loved and will be forever remembered. Billy is sadly mourned by his heartbroken wife Betty, son Liam, daughters Mary and Jacinta and he was predeceased by his oldest son John Gerard. He is also mourned by his daughter-in-law Deirdre, sons-in-law John and James, grandchildren, great grandchildren, sisters, brother, cousins, relatives, excellent neighbours and a very wide circle of close friends.

Remains reposed at his residence for two days and two nights with prayers each night by Fr. Eamon Foley P.P., Fr. Martin Tobin P.P. and Fr. Ian O'Neill (cousin). On Saturday morning removal took place to the Church of the Holy Trinity. The cortege was flanked down by Guards of Honour formed by Fine Gael and the Anglers. The Principal Celebrant of the Concelebrated Requiem Mass was Fr. Eamon Foley P.P. assisted by Fr Carey C.C. and Fr. Joe Cahill. The burial followed to Bealady Cemetery where Billy was laid to rest with his son John Gerard. The huge attendance was a fitting tribute to Billy. May he rest in eternal peace.

The Late Mrs. May Cunningham - The death occurred on Friday, December 5th at the Midlands Hospital, Portlaoise of Mrs. May Cunningham (nee Gallagher) of Ballacolla. She once owned the large premises now occupied by Glanbia. She had reached the great age of 94 years. Her husband James died several years ago. She is very sadly mourned by her daughters Helen, Colette, Dorothy and Mary, sister-in-law Sr. J. Helen, sons-in-law Niall and Garry, grandchildren, great grandchildren, niece, nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday in the Church of the Immaculate Conception and followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery, Ballacolla. May she rest in peace.

The Late Mrs. Kathleen Bartosik - The death occurred recently in London of Kathleen (Kitty) Bartosik (nee Whelan) who was born and raised in Rathdowney. She emigrated to England where she met and married her husband. He died some years ago. Kitty is very sadly mourned by her sister Mary, son Karol, daughter Amee, brothers William and Mark, all her extended family and everyone who knew her in Rathdowney. Her remains were flown to Dublin Airport and removed to O'Sullivan's Funeral Home, Rathdowney for reposing. Removal took place to the Church of the Holy Trinity. Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial in Bealady Cemetery where Kitty came home to rest in peace.

The Late Peter Gray - The sudden and untimely death occurred on December 8th at his residence of Peter Gray of Knockeil, Rathdowney. The entire area and beyond was deeply shocked. Peter appeared to be in great form and as happy as always enjoying life. He was a great golfer and music man, he had his own band 'North to Alaska'. He is sadly mourned by his heartbroken wife Mary, daughters Lorraine, Louise and Patrena, sons Paul and Peter, grandchildren, son-in-law Cormac, brothers Jim, Gerard and Donnacha, sister Margaret, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, friends, neighbours and colleagues. Remains reposed at his residence. Peter was predeceased by his son Gerard and his brother Paddy some years ago. Peter's removal took place from his residence to the Church of the Holy Trinity on Thursday evening. The cortege was flanked down by Guards of Honour formed by the Golf Club and G.A.A. On Friday morning, Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial to Bealady Cemetery where Peter was laid to rest with his son Gerard. Large crowds turned out on both days to say farewell to a fine gentleman. May he rest in peace.

Christmas Ceremonies - Our Christmas Vigil Mass is at 9 p.m. We all look forward to this great event in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney. Masses will continue as usual on Saturday evening at 7.30 p.m. and Sunday at 11.30 a.m. so it will be a weekend of prayer.

Review - On Thursday, December 3rd the 25th edition of the Rathdowney Review was published. There was no launch due to the death of Billy O'Brien. However, the book is a great success and everybody is delighted with the Silver Jubilee of our annual Review. Much hard work has gone into the compiling and research but is very rewarding to hear how good it is.

Christmas Lights - With a fantastic turn out for the turning on of the Christmas lights in Rathdowney, it was very beautiful. We had our own stable in the Square constructed by the ever popular and reliable Paddy and David Campion. Many thanks to Helen Campion and her talented Rathdowney Group who made the night so special. For many it was their first public appearance. Michael Creagh thanked everyone for their support and remembered all those dear ones who had departed in 2009. Vanessa Hickey with the help of that great visitor Santa Claus did a brilliant job. Helen Campion then gave a beautiful rendition of a selection of Christmas Hymns. Despite the weather we had a brilliant crowd and we sincerely thank David, Paddy, Michael Ray Fitzpatrick for helping in bringing in the festive season. We wish you all a very Happy Christmas and wonderful New Year.

DONOHILL

Cards - The winners for last Friday nights cards were as follows: Lil Bargary and Seamus Ryan, WIllie Gleeson and Lance Ryan, Jack

O'Gorman and Tom Ryan, Phil Heffernan and Tom Taylor, Seamus

O'Dwyer and Tommy Russell, Maura Heffernan and Pat Carew, Cards again this Friday night, all are welcome.

Lotto - There was no jackpot winner of the Eire Og lotto for the 8th December. The seller's prize of 30 euro went to Wm. Shanahan. House prize, Mary Heffernan. The lucky dip winners of 30 euro were the following, Con Darcy, Coolacussane, Timmy Murnane, c/o Curry/Mary, Peg Crosse, Toem, Scott Hayes, c/o Alice Hayes, Lisa Duncan, c/o Annie Griffin. Next draw takes place on Tuesday night. Buster draw winners of the 1.000 euro prize, Pat Hartly and Brendan Cahill, c/o Michael O'Dwyer, Knockgorman. 10 bonus lucky dip prizes of 50 euro were as follows, Andrew Wafer, Pallasgreen, Kathleen Irwin, Monard, Frank Ryan, Hollyford, Ena Gleeson, Tipperary, Brian & Paul, c/o Michael McGrath, Trevor Hassett, Borrisoleigh, Mike Martin, Lattin, David Ryan, Mohera, Fergal Logan, Omagh and Shane Healy, Naas.

Congrats - Congratulations to Linda Grogan who played with the Cashel Camogie and football teams that won both All Irelands. Linda Grogan teaches in Donohill N.S. Congrats to the pupils of the school and green schools committee on their recent award for water conservation.

DRANGAN

C.L.C.G. Naomh Padraigh - At the recent A.G.M. of St. Patrick's Juvenile G.A.A. the following officers were elected: Chairman: Paddy Gorey, Secretary: Nicholas Moroney, Treasurer: Michel Broderick. Delegates to South Tipperary Born Na Nog: Michael Kenny and Philly Keane. Team Managers and Selectors: U/6 and U/8, Davy Hogan and Chris Foley, U/10: Eamon Hall, Colm Duggan and James Ryan, U/12: not yet finalised, U/14: Philly Keane, Kevin Boland, U/16: Jim Kearney, Jack Hickey and Tony O'Brien. We thank all those who helped out with Juveniles during 2009 and look forward to your continued help and co-operation in 2010. Congratulations to Davy and Margaret Hogan who won 400 euro in the recent County Board draw. Thanks to all who supported the draw in 2009.

A Foundation Level coaching course for beginners will be held in the Anner Park, Cloneen on Saturday, 16th January from 10 a.m. t o

2 p.m. This is an opportunity for anyone interested to learn the basics. We ask all interested persons to book your place as soon as possible as we expect to have more applicants than places.

A special word of thanks to Jim and Breda Dunne of Dunnes Sawmills who sponsored socks and togs for our U/21 hurling team.

KNOCKAVILLA-DONASKEIGH

Senior Citizens - A very enjoyable day was had by all at the Christmas Party at Dundrum House. We were joined by our neighbours from Anacarty-Donohill to create a great atmosphere for the day. Thanks to the management and staff for their attention and to Pauline and her band for the very enjoyable music, and to all who helped make the day.

Sympathy - Sympathy is extended to the son and daughters of Mrs Mary Taylor, Knockavilla,whose death has occurred. Sympathy also to her sister, Josie, and other relatives on her passing. Wife of the late Philip, who predeceased her a fews years ago, she was a kind and dignified lady who will be very mush missed. She was laid to rest in Cormac's Cemetery, Cashel after Requiem Mass in Knockavilla Church.GAA - Lucky Dip - The following were lucky dip winners(50 euro each) in the Kickhams Lotto Draw - Anne McGrath, Knockavilla; Robert Chant, Ardmayle; Martina Kiely, Gurteenamoe; 20 euro each - Cora Morrissey, Ballywalter; Jordan Horgan, Knockavilla; Pat Buckley, Ballydine; Marie Corcoran, Knockavilla; Aggie Horgan, Clareen; Dermot Riordan,C/O Buckleys; Gerry Cahill, New Line; Conor O Shea, Knockavilla; Billy Ryan, Coolacussane; Maura Carroll, Carhue;

Congratulations to Eileen Keane, Ballygriffin on winning first prize.

SOLOHEAD

Baptism - We welcome into our community Molly Ryan.

RIP - We pray for Pat Hayes, Dublin and Gurtavalla, who died on Dec 4th.

Carol Singing - Boys from the CBS Primary School raised 1,260 carol singing before all Masses . The money will be given to Friends of Lourdes, Doon Fund.Thanks to all for the support.

Arthritis Ireland - The Limerick Branch says thanks for the 930.74 euro donated to the charity.

Shoebox Appeal - Thanks to all who gave a gift-filled shoebox, made a donation, or volunteered in the Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Appeal. In all 14,033 boxes left Limerick for Lesotha in South Africa, Romania and Belarus,ensuring that many children in those countries will have a happy Christmas.

CLOUGHJORDAN

First Steps Childcare - We would like to thank all who participated in the open day on Nov 22nd. Places are still available for pre-school and after school care

HOLLYFORD

Sale of Work - Proceeds of the parish sale of work in the community centre on Dec 6th amounted to 1,350 euro. Proceeds of the sale of tickets in the Hollyford area amounted to 1,795 euro.Thanks to all who supported. Proceeds go towards upkeep of the parish.

Recent Birth - Congratulations to Paul and Antoinette Sheils,Glenmorgan, on the birth of a baby boy, Adam, a brother for Tara and a grandson for David and Sandra, Sheils, Reafadda.

Senior Citizens - The recent party was a great success. Music was by Michael Ryan(Nurse). Vocal contributors were Fr james O Donoghue, Josie Moloney, Majella Doody, and others. Thanks to the committee for the beautiful meal and all their hard work.

UPPERCHURCH

Bas - The death has occurred of Mrs Brid Ryan, Roskeen, Drombane. Her remains were removed from O Dwyer's Funeral Home to the Church of the Sacred Heart, Upperchurch. After Requiem Mass, burial was in Kilvalure cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her husband, P.J., daughters, Marian and Joanne, son-in-law, grandson, mother-in-law, brother, sisters and extended family on their great loss. Thanks - Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the recent St. Vincent de Paul collection.

 
 
 

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