Urlingford

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal - An average size shoebox or plastic container covered in Christmas paper can be filled with some of the following items: pens, pencils, copies, colouring book, felt pens, eraser, sharpener, solar calculator, toothbrush and paste, wrapped soap, brush, comb, facecloth, hat, scarf, underwear, socks, sweets, no chocolate, cuddly toy, doll, car, musical instrument, skipping rope, makeup etc. If you would like to donate an item or a shoe box contact Ann Marie Scully Quinlan on (087) 2238737 for more information.

Christmas Shoe Box Appeal - An average size shoebox or plastic container covered in Christmas paper can be filled with some of the following items: pens, pencils, copies, colouring book, felt pens, eraser, sharpener, solar calculator, toothbrush and paste, wrapped soap, brush, comb, facecloth, hat, scarf, underwear, socks, sweets, no chocolate, cuddly toy, doll, car, musical instrument, skipping rope, makeup etc. If you would like to donate an item or a shoe box contact Ann Marie Scully Quinlan on (087) 2238737 for more information.

Whist Drive - Your next Whist Drive in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on this Friday night, October 26th starting at 8.30pm. Proceeds going to Irish Wheelchair Association North Kilkenny Branch.

November Mass for the Dead - A special Mass for all deceased relatives and friends will take place on Saturday, November 10th at 7pm in Urlingford Church.

October Stations - The October Stations to support the Priests of the Parish are now due. Envelopes are available in the Church Porch.

Big 25 Card Game - In the Community Hall, Urlingford on Monday, October 29th in aid of Graine hall Development. Valuable raffle prizes. Admission is E10. Doors open at 8.15pm, Starts 8.45pm. Your support would be much appreciated.

Anna Danielle’s - Children’s Halloween Pumpkin or Turnip Competition. Bring your decorated pumpkins or turnips to Anna Danielle’s between Monday, October 23rd 9.30am and Tuesday, October 30th at 5pm. Pumpkins will be displayed in Anna Danielle’s and judging will take place on Tuesday, October 30th. Great prizes to be won. Sweets and treats for all.

Delaney’s Bar - Presents the Liam McCarthy Cup escorted by members of the Kilkenny Hurling Team on Sunday, October 28th. Please come and support. Door prizes and raffle on the night. All proceeds to Graine Hall Development.

Novena - In honour of S.t Martin de Porres will be held in the Black Abbey, Kilkenny from Friday, October 26th to Saturday, November 3rd. A special blessing of the sick will also be held on Sunday, October 28th at 3pm. This year the preacher will be Fr. Stephen Cummins OP.

The Gathering, Urlingford - The gathering is a Nationwide series of events being held next year, the purpose of which is to provide a reason for coming to Ireland and a forum for gathering friends, relatives and neighbours. Amongst the objectives are: ‘an opportunity for people at home and abroad to play their part in Irelands renewal, and to help re-brand Ireland on a world stage; 2 an opportunity for communities, local authorities, sporting associations, county associations, individuals, families and businesses to do something positive to lift National morale and help the economy. We have been discussing what we, as a Parish Community, can do to participate in this event. Tentative plans were discussed at a recent meeting in the Parish Hall, which focused on 1) A revival of the towns New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Main Street to mark the ringing out of the old year and the ringing in of the new; the official appointment of a new Lord Mayor and a formal launch of our own ‘Gathering’. 2) An expanded ST Patrick’s Day Festival where the centrepiece will be a revamped Parade preceded by an evening’s entertainment in the Parish Hall. 3) A Heritage Week, sometime in June/July which will give us a unique opportunity to display, acknowledge and celebrate our history and heritage. 4) It is also planned to have a ‘special week’ to celebrate our Graveyard masses, where we hope with the help of you our parishioners, to extend a welcome to all at home and abroad to come and join us in commemorating our ancestors and celebrating these important masses. It is our intention to celebrate these around the Feast of the Assumption (August 15) to which our Parish is dedicated. 5) Being that we live in Urlingford or ‘Hurlingford’ as many a stranger has called us, it is also planned to have a special hurling week in the lead-up to September, when we plan to celebrate with all our hurling heroes and their friends who have since left us. It is hoped to have a display of all the medals brought back to our Parish and a celebration of hurling itself. 6) We also hope in the final quarter of the year to see a number of smaller gathering events to celebrate handball, squash, coursing, badminton, boxing etc. 7) We envisage a New Year’s Eve celebration to mark the close of ‘The Gathering’, Urlingford style. While ambitious, we are confident our plans are practical, achievable and well within our capacity and resources. We are confident that with the full backing of all the people in the Parish we can make this a truly enjoyable series of events and create a unique and proud legacy for further generations. We are currently in the process of contacting all groups within the Parish to invite them to a meeting today (Wednesday) in the Parish Hall at 8pm to see how we can all play our part in what could be one of the most memorable years our Parish has seen. This meeting is open to all our Parishioners. Please come and get involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

Zumba Fitness - in Urlingford. Ditch the workout and join the party! Tone up, lose weight and have some fun! One hour of fun and fitness every Tuesday evening in the local Hall. If you are interested in this please contact Sarah 087 7460707 for more information.

Location of Defibrillator - While Graine Hall is being re-developed the defibrillator will be located in the Church Sacristy. Key holders are Ann Pembroke, Canon Dunphy, Helen Healy, Fr. O. Maher.

Parent & Toddler Group - New parents very welcome. Every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon. E1 admission per family. Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. For further details contact Edel (086) 1637371 or (Zoe) 086 0388755.

Care of the Sick & Elderly - Please contact Fr. Maher if you have a relative or neighbour sick at home or in hospital and would like to be visited or added to the First Friday calls.

Urlingford News - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements etc., can do so by contacting Gerry Grace or by emailing emeraldnews@hotmail.com. Please feel free to send photographs to the email address or by passing them on to Gerry Grace and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is Sunday evening of each week.