Urlingford - Johnstown

Country Fete – Old Style Country Fete in Coolbrook Centre, Coolbrook on this coming Sunday, July 3rd, follow directional signs on the day. Starts at 2 p.m. You are asked to try your skill with wheelbarrow racing, steady hand competition, treasure hunt and lots more games and side shows or try your luck with the bottle stall, mega raffle, guess the weight of the cake etc. Lots of great prizes to be won on the day. You are also invited to visit our cake craft, white elephant book and plant stalls while the children enjoy face painting, lucky dip or toy stall. Music and fun for all. Relax and enjoy a cuppa or a delicious burger or some ice-cream, lots to enjoy on the day. A great day is guaranteed for all, see you there!

Country Fete – Old Style Country Fete in Coolbrook Centre, Coolbrook on this coming Sunday, July 3rd, follow directional signs on the day. Starts at 2 p.m. You are asked to try your skill with wheelbarrow racing, steady hand competition, treasure hunt and lots more games and side shows or try your luck with the bottle stall, mega raffle, guess the weight of the cake etc. Lots of great prizes to be won on the day. You are also invited to visit our cake craft, white elephant book and plant stalls while the children enjoy face painting, lucky dip or toy stall. Music and fun for all. Relax and enjoy a cuppa or a delicious burger or some ice-cream, lots to enjoy on the day. A great day is guaranteed for all, see you there!

Whist Drive – Your next Summer whist drive in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on Friday, July 8th at the usual time.

Irish Summer Camp – A Summer Camp through Irish will take place in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown from Monday July 18th to Friday July 22nd. During the week various educational, sporting and cultural activities will be organized. Participants will be encouraged to speak Irish. Cost: 40 euro. Contact (056) 8831135 for an application form.

A Big Thank You – To everyone who helped in any way to make Canon Dunphy’s Golden Jubilee Celebration the great success that it was. We wish Canon Dunphy many more years of health and happiness. Videos of Canon Dunphy’s Golden Jubilee are available at Bowden’s Shop, Urlingford.

Show – All arrangements are now made for the Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd. It presents it’s annual Laois County Show Affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 24th at the showgrounds at Coolfiin Cross on Mountrath - Rathdowney Road, Co Laois. S ome of the sponsors: FBD, Ossory Show Crossbred Belgian, The Championship Glanbia Friesian Calf Championship born January 2011, Meadow Meats Beef Bullocks, Meadow Meats Beef Heifer follow cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, eggs, jams, baking, crafts, sewing, knitting, photography, vegetables, flowers, junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day and Little Miss Ossory, most suitably dressed boy on show day, dog show, pony, games, music on day for everyone so come along, it will be a good day out for all the family. For show schedule and further details apply to Ossory Show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Rd, Rathdowney, Co Laois (087) 9975902, fax (0505) 48939, email: ossoryshow@eircom.net, web: www.ossory.ie or Peter Ging, chairman (086) 2394573 or show treasurer Irene Newman (086) 8402125. Closing date for entries is Wednesday, July 13th.

Cemetery Mass – The Annual Cemetery Mass in the Mill Cemetery is on Thursday, June 30th at 7.30 p.m. weather permitting, otherwise it will be held in the church.

Adoration – Exposition and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in Urlingford Church on Friday, from 2.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. You are invited to come along and spend some time in quiet prayer with Our Lord during this period and pray for Priests in Ossory.

First Friday – Next Friday is the first Friday of July. The sick of the parish will be visited by Canon Dunphy P.P. at the usual time. If there is anyone who would like him to call to, give your name to him.

Tidy Towns – Congrats and thanks to all who sent emails and helped in other ways to win this great competition ‘Get Your Hands Dirty’. Allotments / Community Park will be installed on a two-acre plot above Kieran’s Homes for the elderly in the near future. Plans can be seen in the Mill Family Resource Centre. The town has never looked better. Private houses and estates are very well maintained so we must keep up this good work. In July Tidy Town judges will inspect the town. Use nearest bins for rubbish. If you care to volunteer to help Tidy Town keep up the good work join now at Mill Family Resource Centre.

July Ministers Of The Eucharist – Sat 7 p.m. Jim Bergin, Catherine Hickey; Sun. 11.30 a.m. Peggy Burke, Patrick Joyce, The Islands; Readers Sat 7 p.m. Michael Queally, Sun. 11.30 a.m. Michael Joyce, Springview. Care of flowers, Kitty Grace, Mary Farrell and Anne Kavanagh. Collectors, Sat. 7 p.m. Raymond Holohan, Tom Hickey, Michael Troy and Danny Broderick; Sun 11.30 a.m. Tom Beehan, Larry Queally, Paddy Neary and Jim Looby.

Urlingford Active Retirement Group – Are running their annual Summer outing on Friday, July 8th leaving Urlingford at 9 a.m. and returning for 10 p.m. (approx). Trip to include Wexford Heritage Centre, J.F. Kennedy Park, lunch, Waterford Crystal, barbeque dinner and music in Jack Meade’s Pub, Waterford. Cost 65 euro. All are welcome. Contact Theresa (086) 1719200 or Catherine (087) 9818206.

Social Dancing – Your social dancing in the Community Hall, Urlingford on Thursday next, July 5th. Music by Frank Nelson, dancing from 9.30 p.m. to 12.30 a.m. Supper served. Come and enjoy a great night out and meet old friends.

Knock – The Annual Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, July 21st. Names to Pierce Kavanagh’s buses, Church View or Sacristans at Urlingford and Graine. T he Pilgrimage will be going up with people from Tullaroan Parish.

Death – The death has taken place at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny of Mr Jeremiah (Gerry) Smith, Donaghmore, Johnstown. A member of the farming community he was a very popular gentleman. He would be seen driving at least twice a day on his tractor into Urlingford to do his shopping and to Mass on a Sunday. He was a very quiet man and will be sadly missed by all. This bore testimony to the large attendance at Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford, to St Kieran’s Church, Johnstown and after Requiem Mass burial took place in Johnstown Cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sister Alice, cousins, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Month’s Mind Mass – Month’s Mind Mass for the late Billy Cleere of St Mary’s Avenue is being offered up on Saturday evening in Urlingford Church at 7 p.m.