Holycross - Ballycahill

Drama Group - The 2013 Drama Festival season has just ended. This group competed in seven festivals, locally and in other counties. Their play cantered home with most favourable results from the different adjudicators.

Drama Group - The 2013 Drama Festival season has just ended. This group competed in seven festivals, locally and in other counties. Their play cantered home with most favourable results from the different adjudicators.

The last hurdle, the All-Ireland Final was held in Rossmore, Co. Cork. There the group falted the final hurdle, thus eluding All-Ireland honours. However, they didn’t come home empty handed from this prestigious All-Ireland finals, Jacqie Lacey was awarded the Best Actress title whilst Marty O’Neill was acclaimed Best Supporting Actor and the set was nominated for Best Set, no mean achievement by the cast and their Director Pat McGrath. Well done to all and every success in future festivals.

Death of Neddy Ryan - The death occurred after a short illness of Neddy Ryan, Monamoe. An octogenarian, he had farmed all over the years only retiring recently when his son took over the working of the land and looking after the stock. Neddy was predeceased by his wife Margaret (nee Spillane) twenty seven years ago. Neddy was left with a young family to care for, this he assiduously did. Neddy was of a pleasant and affable disposition, kind and a good neighbour. He was a great Gael with tremendous interest in the G.A.A. He hurled with the local Holycross-Ballycahill team and was a stalwart corner back on their senior team. His hurling continued until 1964, when he then ‘hung up his boots’. Not alone had he interest in Co. Tipperary hurling but his attention was drawn to games in other counties, he travelled near and far to attend them. Neddy was a loyal and supportive member of the local club. His remains were brought to the Abbey and after Requiem Mass, which was celebrated by Fr. Tom Breen P.P., assisted by Rev. Celsus Tierney C.C. and Rev. Tom Fogarty, President St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, he was interred in the Abbey Graveyard. His coffin was draped in the green and white flag of the parish, former and present hurlers formed a guard of honour. Peace to his kindly soul. To his sons Pakie, Eamon, John and Joseph, daughters Mary, Hannah and Marguerite, and to his only brother John, Cormackstown, we tender our sympathy.

Robbery - A family’s home in the Cormackstown area was broken into by thieves in broad daylight whilst the owners attended Mass and funeral in the Abbey on Thursday, 25th April. The thieves gained entry by breaking a window in the back of the house. Among items stolen was jewellery. Families need to be extra vigilant and be on the alert both night and day, there are so many break-ins nowadays.

First Holy Communion - The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be administered in the Abbey on this Saturday, 18th May at 11am and in Ballycahill Church on Saturday, 25th May at 11am.

Rosary - For the month of May each morning before the 10am Mass in the Abbey and in Ballycahill at the Grotto each Monday and Wednesday at 8pm.

Lady Footballers, a First - The local Holycross Ballycahill Ladies Football U/16 team won the County ‘D’ Plate Final when they beat Clerihan. It was a historic occasion for the parish this being the first time ever a ladies U/16 football final was won in our parish. Well done to the players and their trainers and continued success to the club.

Ladies Football Collection - On this Saturday and Sunday, May 18th and 19th before all Masses in both Holycross and Ballycahill a Church gate collection will be held to raise some much needed funds for the local Ladies Gaelic Football Club. Your generous support will be gratefully received.

Active Retirement Group Outing - Those travelling on the coach trip to Armagh need to have the full cost of the outing paid for on or before Sunday, May 26th. Remember this is the deadline for payment which can be paid to either Siobhan Hayes, (0504) 43123 or Rita Croke (0504) 43188, committee members of Holycross Ballycahill Retirement Group.

Holycross F.C. - The committee wish to thank most sincerely all who so generously supported their recent fundraising event