GATEKEEPERS PROGRAMME: This is a programme which aims to develop thinking around the subject of mental health, its relevance to our lives today and the need and importance of maintaining ones own mental health and general sense of well being. Laois Partnership in association with GROW and the HSE is organizing a five week course in St Canice’s Hall, Borris in Ossory starting on Tuesday May 3 at 7.30pm. The subjects covered will include the following - Tuesday May 3 : Understanding your Mental Health. Tuesday May 10 : Challenges and Stresses facing vulnerable people and Life Coping skills and strategies Tuesday May 17 : Stress Management and Change Tuesday May 24 : Suicide, Bereavement and Loss Tuesday May 31 : Substance abuse and addiction Presentation of Certificates: The course is free and all are welcome. For further information on this very worthwhile course, please contact John Farren 086-8033126, Storm Powell 057-8662732 or Sr Regina 086-3615701
INFORMATION DAY: A Clinic for those currently unemployed or looking for work will take place in St Canice’s Parish Hall on Wednesday May 4 from 2pm to 4.30pm. For further information contact Michelle Tuohy, Enterprise and Employment Officer, Laois Partnership Company at 057-8662732 or 087-3107777. This is a free and confidential service.
KILLASMEESTIA ICA: The Annual General Meeting of Killasmeestia ICA guild took place in the Community Centre on Thursday April 7, presided over by Margaret Ryan. Margaret welcomed Helen Kavanagh, Information Officer to the meeting. The following officers were elected for the coming year – President - Margaret Ryan, Vice-President –Gemma Bergin, Hon. Secretary –Shirley Stanley, Assistant Secretary – Marie Dowling, Hon. Treasurer –Betty Bergin, PRO –Carol Sinnott, Contests Secretary –Frances Lalor. Arrangements were made for members to attend the Federation AGM in Spink on Wednesday April 27. Details of the guild’s summer outing were also announced. It will take place on Saturday July 16 and will take in the Japanese Gardens, National Stud, Kilmainham Jail and a visit to Dundrum Shopping Centre. The competition was won by Gemma Bergin and the raffle winners were Marie Dowling and Carol Sinnott. The next guild meeting will take place on Thursday May 5 at 8.30pm.
PROGRESSIVE 25 DRIVE: The results of last week’s Progressive 25 Drive in the O’Brien Hall were as follows 1st - Noel O’Sullivan and Sean Gleeson, Jacob Fairbrother and Joe Dooley, 2nd – Dan Tierney and Tom Kennedy, 3rd – Seamus Byrne and Nuala Breslin, Johnny Butler and Seamus O’Grady, Lucy Bergin and Eugene Murphy, Michael Murphy and Jack Maher, 20th game - John and Catherine Dalton, Raffle winners were – Sinead Burke, Eugene Murphy and Sean Gleeson. The Progressive 25 Drive will continue next Thursday night in the O’Brien Hall and the starting time is 9pm
JOSEPH THOMPSON MEMORIAL BILLIARDS: The Joseph Thompson Memorial Billiards tournament continued during the week and the results of games played were as follows – Larry Drennan (Kilkenny) defeated Darren Ryan (Celbridge) and in doing so made a break of 88, the highest so far in this year’s competition, James Bateman (Kilkenny) defeated Victor O’Gorman (Dublin) and Wayne Doyle (Dublin) defeated Robert McCrum(Dublin). This year’s final pairings are Larry Drennan (Kilkenny) V Timmy Murphy (Cork), Lloyd Myers (Cork) V Billy Talbot (Piltown), James Bateman (Kilkenny) V Aidan Murray (Wicklow) and John Fahy (Borris) V Wayne Doyle (Dublin).
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Mrs Betty Bergin, Killasmeestia and Mrs Kathleen Daly, Green Roads, Borris in Ossory on the death of their aunt, the late Mrs Mary Tobin (nee Williams), Shanavaughy, Ballacolla, Co Laois. Her remains were removed from her residence to St Canice’s Church, Clough and following Requiem Mass burial took place in Clough Cemetery. The late Mrs Tobin, who was pre-deceased by her husband Paddy, is deeply regretted by her daughter Catherine, son in law Derek, grandchildren Ben and Mark, brother Martin Williams, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.
SCHOOL SOCCER VICTORY: Well done to the 5th and 6th class girls soccer team from the local Convent National School who won the Laois FAI soccer blitz in Rossleighan Park, Portlaoise recently. The team will now go forward to represent Laois in the Leinster final on Wednesday May 11. the team was Dawn Barry, Sinead Ryan, Ciara Ward, Katie Tyrell, Aoife Finlay, Niseah Dalton, Emer Dunne and Margaret Szcrowska.
TIPP HURLER!: The school was delighted to welcome Tipperary hurler Lar Corbett recently. Lar brought along the Liam McCarthy Cup and spoke to the pupils. He advised them that they can achieve anything they wish in life, in sport and in school if they put in the effort. He then signed jerseys and hurleys and stood in for photographs with the pupils.
SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to the Walsh family, Garryduff, Errill on the recent death of Mr Donal Walsh, Browneshill Road, Carlow. His remains were removed from his residence on Friday evening April 15 to the Holy Family Church, Askea and following Requiem Mass on Saturday April 16, burial took place in St Mary’s Cemetery, Bennekerry. The late Mr Walsh, who had suffered a long illness, is deeply regretted by his wife Kay, sons Padraic and Joseph, daughters Alice and Goretti, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, brothers Ned, Liam, Michael, Cyril, Austin and Raymond, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends