Urlingford - Johnstown

Golden Jubilee – On Thursday evening last Canon Dunphy P.P. concelebrated Mass with His Lordship Bishop Freeman and twenty other priests to a packed Church of the Assumption, Urlingford. Ordained in June 1961 in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny he served in Borris-in-Ossory, Killnameestia for two years and in Camross for 13 years and in 1976 he served in St John’s, Kilkenny for nine years and in Glenmore for eight years when he was appointed to Urlingford in 1993 where he spent 18 years. When he retires he will live in Urlingford where he has his own home. After Mass a party was held in the Community Hall. Almost 300 people attended and he was presented with a beautiful Kilkenny Glass lamp by Phil Fogarty from the parish of Urlingford and John Hayde presented a sealed envelope on behalf the people of Graine. Urlingford and Graine ladies and gents served tea and Danny Webster provided lovely music to suit all on a wonderful evening to be remembered by all in the parish. Best wishes to a wonderful parish priest Canon Dunphy, who is a native of Cullohill.

Golden Jubilee – On Thursday evening last Canon Dunphy P.P. concelebrated Mass with His Lordship Bishop Freeman and twenty other priests to a packed Church of the Assumption, Urlingford. Ordained in June 1961 in St Kieran’s College, Kilkenny he served in Borris-in-Ossory, Killnameestia for two years and in Camross for 13 years and in 1976 he served in St John’s, Kilkenny for nine years and in Glenmore for eight years when he was appointed to Urlingford in 1993 where he spent 18 years. When he retires he will live in Urlingford where he has his own home. After Mass a party was held in the Community Hall. Almost 300 people attended and he was presented with a beautiful Kilkenny Glass lamp by Phil Fogarty from the parish of Urlingford and John Hayde presented a sealed envelope on behalf the people of Graine. Urlingford and Graine ladies and gents served tea and Danny Webster provided lovely music to suit all on a wonderful evening to be remembered by all in the parish. Best wishes to a wonderful parish priest Canon Dunphy, who is a native of Cullohill.

Evening Of Liturgy And Song – Fr. Liam Lawton will give a workshop for choir and those who work with liturgy groups on Tuesday, June 21st in St Patrick’s Centre, Loughboy, Kilkenny. The cost of the evening is 15 euro per person and it is hoped that many from each choir can attend. This cost will include the full music of the Mass and a CD recording. Payment will be taken at registration on the night.

HSE Community Games – Going for the double this year are Shaun and Kerrie Fitzgerald, son and daughter of Dawn and Frank Fitzgerald of St Mary’s Ave. They both won gold in the swimming trials in the Watershed on Monday, June 6th and are going forward to represent Urlingford in the swimming finals from August 12th to 15th in Athlone along with Jack Moore who won gold as well. Shaun Fitzgerald U/16 Freestyle and Kerrie Fitzgerald U/14 Backstroke, Jack Moore U/14 Freestyle. Best wishes and well done to all who took part.

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

Outing – Urlingford Active Retirement Thursday Club outing on Friday, July 8th at 9.45 a.m. to 10 p.m. It includes a visit to JKF Park, Wexford, lunch, Waterford Glass new showrooms, shopping time in Waterford, BBQ meal and music in Jack Meade’s Pub. Cost, 65 euro per person. Contact Catherine Culleton.

Mass – The first Mass of the Cemetery Masses begins in Killahy tomorrow (Thurs) at 7.30 p.m.

Eucharistic Congress 2012 – In preparation for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress to be held in Dublin from June 10th to 17th, 2012, the Diocese of Ossory, in conjunction with the St Joseph’s Young Priests’ Society, is holding a traditional Eucharistic Procession through the streets of Kilkenny City on Sunday, June 19th. Bishop Freeman will carry the Blessed Sacrament in procession from St John’s Church at 2 p.m. and proceed to St Mary’s Cathedral for solemn benediction. The four city parishes will organise ‘prayer stations’ at Canal Square. The Parade and the Tholstel with choirs from St Mary’s Cathedral, St John’s Parish, St Canice’s Parish, along with the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir and the Kilkenny Gospel Choir providing the sacred music. Parishioners from all over the Diocese of Ossory are encouraged to attend the celebration. In the traditional manner a special place will be given to this year’s First Holy Communicants who are invited to wear their Holy Communion outfits. Altar servers from parishes throughout the diocese are invited to process in their parish vestments. All are asked to assemble at St John’s Church in time for a 2 p.m. start.

Whist Results – Results of the whist drive held in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown last Friday night which was the fist of the Summer whist. Top score, Annie Walsh, Patricia Delaney, Sr. Miriam, Eileen Maher, Bernie Ryall, Kitty Butler, Robert Caldbeck, Bill Cuddihy, Chris Touhy, Veronica Muldowney, Richard Caldbeck, Lauren Caldbeck. 13 tricks, Robert Caldbeck, Veronica Muldowney. Raffle, Michael Muldowney, Bill Cuddihy, Annie Walsh, Peggy Large, Maureen Power, Mary Rochford, Peggy Large. Next whist in St Mary’s Hall on Friday, July 8th.

Urlingford Allotments – Support your local community this week by logging on to www.supervalu.ie, click on “Get your hands dirty” and vote for Urlingford. The town has been narrowed down as one of the three best entries. Supervalu is offering the winner 15,000 euro to help develop a two acre site in the town of Urlingford. Half of this site would be developed into allotments and the remainder we would hope to turn into a nice park. Allotments are an amenity we have been trying to bring to the community for some time and we think the fact that the site is adjacent to St. Kieran’s Home for the elderly that this would be of great benefit to them and indeed the community in general. As for a park being developed in Urlingford, it would be a life long ambition achieved for a lot of us long serving committee members in the town. So don’t hesitate, log on now as closing date is tomorrow (Thursday) at 12 noon.

COMMUNITY GAMES – Our community games area was well represented in the recent Community Games Swimming/Athletics County Finals. Well done to all the following children who participated in the events; Louise Hickey, Lucy Kavanagh, John Doheny, Darragh Queally, Josh Coady, Cillian Doyle, Sarah Doheny, Leah Phelan, Keelin Smith, Aisling Hickey, Emily Kavanagh, John McCormack, Eimear Leah, Emma Phelan, Katelyn Fitzgerald, Sam Atkinson Lynch, Sean Burke, Niall Moore, Sarah Jane Mccormack, Jack Hickey, Clodagh Sherman, Katie Kavanagh, Colm Smith, Rhys Quinlan Phelan, Johnny Doyle, Orla Leahy, Lauren Hayde, Sean Tobin, Shane Curran, Jack Moore, Maebh Duggan, Padraig Sweeney, Kerrie Fitzgerald, Sean Fitzgerald. Swimming County Final Results (Monday 6th June): U10 - Freestyle -Sarah Doheny 1st place, Backstroke 2nd place; U14 - Freestyle - Jack Moore 2nd place. Backstroke 1st place; U14 - Freestyle - Orla Leahy 3rd place; U14 - Backstroke - Kerrie Fitzgerald 1st place; U16 - Freestyle - Sean Fitzgerald 1st place. Athletics County Final Results (Friday 10th June): U8 - 60m (Boys) - John Doheny 2nd place; U10 - 60m Hurdles - (Girls) Emily Kavanagh 3rd place. (Boys) - John McCormack 1st place; U10 - 200m - Keelin Smith 3rd place; U12 - 600m - (Girls) Sarah Jane McCormack 2nd place. (Boys) - Jack Hickey 3rd place; U12 - Long Puck - Johnny Doyle 3rd place; U12 - Ball Throw - (Girls) - Niamh Sherman 2nd place. (Boys) - Colm Smith 1st place; U12 - Relay - Girls 2nd place. (Team: Emma Phelan, Eimear Leahy, Maebh Duggan, Sarah Jane McCormack. Subs:Clodagh Sherman, Katie Kavanagh); U12 - Relay - Boys 1st place. (Team: Jack Hickey, Colm Smith, Johnny Doyle, Sean Burke. Subs: Sam Atkinson Lynch, Rhys Quinlan Phelan); U14 - 600m (Boys) Shane Curran 2nd place. Well done to all children who competed in the finals. All competitors and relay teams who were placed 1st, have qualified for the National Finals which take place in August. Best of Luck to all involved. Basketball 1st Round Leinster Championship(Monday 6th June). Well done to our U11 basketball team who beat Carlow team St. Lazerians. They now qaulify to go through to the 2nd round against Wexford, which will be played on Sunday 19th June at 5pm in The Watershed, Kilkenny. Team: Calvin Ryan, Jack Atkinson Lynch, Sean Burke, Clodagh Sherman, Emma Phelan, Jack Hickey, Johnny Doyle, Megan Ryan, Mollie Atkinson Lynch, Jessica Comerford.