Tragedy - The entire area and beyond are in shock with the news of the tragic death in Australia of 22 year old Kieran Tynan of Lisacul, Ballaghadereen, Co. Roscommon. He travelled out to Perth just three weeks ago and he was killed in an explosion on Saturday. He was the oldest son of Martin and Margaret Tynan (nee Madden), the eldest of four children, he has two brothers and one sister. Kieran’s mother was from Turfarney, Rathdowney where her mother Chrissie lives. A broken hearted grandmother as are all the aunts, uncles and extended family. Kieran’s father is from Borris-in-Ossory where all his family are devastated also. On Tuesday morning Fr. Eamon Foley P.P. of Rathdowney offered Mass in the Church of the Holy Trinity for the repose of Kieran’s souls and he prayed for all the family at this dreadful time. Sincere sympathy is extended to Martin, Margaret and all the family, continued prayers for all.
Month’s Mind - On Saturday, October 29th the Month’s Mind Mass for the late Stasia Kealy of Ballinphrase took place in Galmoy Church. She died peacefully at the age of 108 years. The principal celebrated of the Concelebrated Mass was Stasia’s grand nephew Fr. Ian O’Neill P.P. of St. James’, Clare Galway along with Fr. Dermot Hogan C.C. and Fr. Tom Coyle P.P. Attended by two surviving nephews of Stasia and many cousins and friends. It was a beautiful ceremony and marks the end of an era. Stasia will be long remembered by her long life and her great love of all people.
The Late Mrs. Emer Maher - The untimely death occurred on October 8th at her home of Emer Maher (nee Power) of Ballyhine, Barntoum, Co. Wexford. She was the wife of John Maher, Johnstown Glebe, Rathdowney. She is very deeply mourned by her husband John, her children, parents, brothers, sisters, mother-in-law Kathleen, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbours, friends and colleagues. Reposing was at her home, Removal took place to St. Alphonsus Church, Barntown. Concelebrated Mass was celebrated and burial was in the adjoining cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Bingo - Every Tuesday night we have Bingo in the Community Centre, Rathdowney at 8.30 p.m. Do come along and bring your friends.
Knitters - The knitting club continues every Tuesday in the Community Centre of Cuan Bhride, Rathdowney from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. We have some highly skilled ladies in the club and the work done by them is excellent. On November 24th we will be in the Bank of Ireland, Rathdowney where the work of the knitters will be on show, look out for us on that date.
Rathdowney Macra - Laois Macra na Feirme are holding a 65th Anniversary Ball in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise on the 26th November at 8 p.m. Tickets 40 euro. Contact Diarmuid of any Macra member for tickets. Well done to Billy Holland who won the impromptu public speaking country round and is now through to the semi-final on the 26th November. Anybody interested in joining macra contact Julie at (085) 8480303 or check out Rathdowney Macra @ facebook.com
Review - We now have completed the compiling of the 2011 edition of the Rathdowney Review. After months of research and going out and about and calling on everybody we have our annual book gone to the printers. We thank all the good people who called to us and those who posted articles also those who dropped items into our letter boxes. We will have the Review on the shelves by 1st December.