Parade - All taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be meeting at The Emeralds G.A.A. field at 1.30 p.m.

Parade - All taking part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade will be meeting at The Emeralds G.A.A. field at 1.30 p.m.

Walking Group - There is a new walking group starting on Wednesday, 13th March at 7pm from the Mill Family Resource Centre, All Welcome. Exercise class on in the Community Hall, Urlingford every Friday morning from 11.15, all welcome. Spaces are available in the allotments, large and small allotments. Interior design and computer classes starting. If you are interested in any of the above contact the MFRC on (056) 8838466.

Lourdes - Bookings are now invited for the Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from May 22 to 27 incl. Cost is E735 pps and is inclusive of the bus to the airport from Kilkenny City, the bus to and from the local airport in Lourdes, five nights accommodation with three meals each day, full religious pilgrimage programme and the service of both a chaplain and the staff of Joe Walsh Tours. Book now at (051) 880414 or glenmore@ossory.ie between Monday and Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm except Wednesdays.

Whist Drive - Your next whist drive in Kilcooley Hall is on this Friday night, March 15. Proceeds in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Your support will be much appreciated. Doors open at usual time.

Collection - Lenten Station envelopes are still available in Church Porch so you can pay to the collection as soon as possible.

Stations - Stations of the Cross in Urlingford Church every Thursday: March 7, 14 and 21 at 7.30pm each evening.

Urlingford/Graine Defibrillator Group - Meeting once a month in the Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. We would like to get as many volunteers as possible so please come along and bring a friend, together we could save a life.

Urlingford NS - Scoil an Chroi Ro-Naofa, Urlingford NS enrolment for September 2013 has now begun. If you have not yet been in contact with the school regarding enrolling a child for September please do so at (056) 8831512 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday or by calling to the school office. Closing date for enrolments is April 12.

Bunscoil McAuley Rice - Presents an evening with David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist in the Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm. Tickets €15 available at: Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny, phone (056) 7750200; RollerCoaster Records, Kilkenny phone (056) 7763669; Kerwick’s Newsagents, Callan phone (056) 7725121.

Emeralds Camogie Club - Will hold Keep Fit/Circuit Training each Friday for members from U/16 upwards. Classes will be held in the Old School, Urlingford at 7.30pm. Also GAA Skills Camp for Primary School boys and girls on Monday, March 25 to Wednesday, March 27, 9.30 to 2pm. Cost E30 per child. Family discount available. Contact Sinead Curran (087) 2943889. Registrations for Bord na nÓg and Emeralds Camogie Club will take place this Saturday in the Old School, Urlingford from 2.30pm-4.30pm. All players must be registered before the season begins. Emeralds Camogie Club wish to congratulate Niamh Leahy and Ciara Phelan who were part of the Loretto Camogie team who beat St. Brigid’s, Loughrea in the Senior ‘A’ Colleges Camogie Final in Nenagh on Saturday. This is a great achievement for the Loretto Secondary School as it is their fourth time to win this All-Ireland in a row.

Workshop - The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting a Recreational and African Drumming Workshop Facilitated by Eddie O’Neill (www.rhythmretreats.com) on Easter Monday, April 1 from 2 pm till 4:30 pm. The cost is € 20 and all Drums are provided. Phone Phil on (087) 6228141 or Peter on (085) 7495016.

Pre School - Urlingford Pre School for Little Learners, Old School, is holding a Parent’s information night on Thursday, March 21 at 7.30pm at the Old School for parents who are interested in sending their child to Pre-school. The information night will inform parents on the benefits of the Pre School and will include a guest speaker on the High Scope curriculum programme. For more information please phone Angela at (056) 8831805. All welcome!

Library - Closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Open Tues. 10-1 and 2-8; Thurs. 10-1 and 2-5; Sat. 10 to 1.30. It seems like everyone is a little bit more stressed at the moment. Well, Urlingford Library has a display of Self-Help books just to help you become more relaxed, happier and healthier with titles such as: ‘Beat Stress with Meditation’, ‘A little bit of Healing’, ‘Change your life in 7 days’. We can all do with some help sometimes so help yourself and call in to Urlingford Library. Who knows where it might lead!!

Colaiste Mhuire - Johnstown: ARC Welding night class starting on March 19 at 7.30 to 9.30 pm (subject to full class members). Duration: 9 weeks. Cost is 100 euro. Must enrol first and to enrol you must ring 087 9057118.

Fitness Classes - Want to tone up and improve those fitness levels? Then why not try EB Fitness, aerobics and body conditioning classes in Graine Hall every Tuesday night 8 to 9pm. Classes commencing March 19. For more information or to book a place contact Eilish on (085) 7879842.

Foróige - Foróige Kilkenny is looking for volunteers countywide to help us grow and support our youth work initiatives. Foróige is a modern, vibrant organisation changing the lives of young people aged 10 to 18 nationwide by working with more than 5,125 volunteers to involve some 64,000 young people annually in our groups and programmes. Foróige’s diversity and richness means that we can find a Foróige fit for you whether that is volunteering in a youth club, youth café, special interest group, project, mentoring or assisting with events or fundraising. Be the person that makes that difference, become a Foróige volunteer today! Interested? Contact Rosie O’Brien, Foróige Regional Youth Officer on rosie.obrien@foroige.ie or 086 2997677 for more information on how you can make a difference. For more information on Foróige check out www.foroige.ie or like us on Facebook www.facebook.com/foroige

Community Alert - We now have 220 signed up members in our Community Alert Text System. Shortly these members will receive text messages concerning crime and theft in our area. In the next month we hope to put up new Community Alert Text alert signs around the parish. It is also encouraging to note that most of our neighboring parishes are also establishing Text Alert in their localities. At present the local Gardai contact numbers are (056) 8831133 or (086) 8580628. When we are fullyin operation we will give our members a phone number for the 24 hour manned head garda office in Kilkenny.

Whist Drive - Results of the Whist Drive held in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown on March 1 in aid of Trocaire: Top Score Michael Maher, Mary Doheny, Patricia Delaney, Siobhan Healy, Joan Loughman, Albert Bailey, Veronica Robinson, Katie Coghlan, Joan McLoughney, Phil Dunne, Bernie Ryall, Gearoid Dunne, John Bailey, Lauren Caldbeck, Michael Brennan. Raffle: Veronica Robinson, Lorna Allen, Breda Brennan, Phil Dunne, Laoise Holland, Joan Langton, Lauren Caldbeck, Tom Cooke, Joan Langton, Marie McCarthy. Next Whist, St Mary’s on March 22.

Eucharistic Adoration - First and third Friday of each month at 2.30-5.30pm.

Baptism - The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturday and Sunday only.

Marriage - At least three months notice must be given.

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 and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is Sunday evening of each week.