The Late Karl Quigley Hayes - The sad and untimely death occurred at the Regional Hospital, Portlaoise on Wednesday, 11th April of six year old little Karl Quigley Hayes of Rathdowney. He was very ill for a few years but was a happy and very intelligent child who loved sport. The entire parish and beyond were all very sad of his death. Karl is sadly mourned by his heartbroken mother Maud, father John, brother and sisters, his two grandmothers, aunts, uncles, cousins, all his little friends and wonderful neighbours. Reposing was at his home. The removal took place on Saturday, 14th April to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney. Concelebrated Mass of the Angels was celebrated with Fr. Eamon Foley P.P.,
Fr. Seamus McEvoy and Fr. Joe Foley. As the cortege left the church it was flanked down by the children from the Primary School and their parents. The burial took place to Bealady Cemetery. Huge crowds attended to say goodbye to Karl and to support his parents and family. A beautiful angel went to heaven.
The Late Mary Rafter - The death occurred on Sunday, 15th April at St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick of Mary Rafter of Church Street, Rathdowney. She is the last of her family and had spent fifty years in St. Vincent’s which she regarded as her home. She is regretted by her nephews, nieces, her only first cousin and faithful friend Lizzie Daly, other cousins and all her friends in St. Vincent’s. Reposing was at O’Sullivan’s Funeral Home, Rathdowney. Removal took place to the Church of the Holy Trinity, Rathdowney. Requiem Mass was celebrated and burial followed to the local cemetery where Mary was laid to rest with her parents in the family plot. May her gentle soul rest in peace.
Condolences - Sincere sympathy is extended to Seamus and Sheila Bracken of Rathdowney on the sudden death of their cousin Paddy Bracken, Roscore, Bluebell, Tullamore. Requiem Mass and funeral took place in Mucklagh, Co. Offaly. May he 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 to a friendly, warm atmosphere.
Playground - There is great excitement in Rathdowney with the official opening to the playground to be held this week. Much hard work has gone into this project. Councillor John King has done trojan work with his active committee helping him along. They are a great bunch of people and are now about to open the most needed amenity in the town. There was nothing for the children over the years so all the parents are delighted to have a safe and entertaining place for their children.
Cycling Club - We have a wonderful Cycling Club in Rathdowney named the Ossory Cycling Club. They are continuously practising and are doing lots of cycles for charity. A group of 12 cyclists travelled to Templemore to take part in a cycle for Crumlin Children’s Hospital. The weather was cool and breezy but all did well. They will continue to maintain this club. Well done to Breda Kavanagh, John Smith, J.J. Gorman, John Casey, Michael Dowling, Richard Power, Jim O’Gorman, David Moynan and Brian Keeley.
Lyrics Board - On this Friday night, 27th April the Lyrics Board will be held in Allen’s Lounge in Errill in aid of the Little People of Ireland. Teams of four, 20 euro. Everyone welcome. For enquiries phone (086) 6161867.