Art Competition - Every year the committee of the Mental Health Association at Erkina House, Rathdowney sponsors an Art Competition for all the Primary Schools in the parish. Judging takes place and prizes are presented the last week in June before the Summer holidays. This year the decision made by the committee was to have the theme of the competition “Neighbourhood Watch”. We went with that and the results were excellent from all schools. All schools were visited by the committee and prizes handed out, we got a wonderful welcome from the teachers and staff. Every child received an award from medals to trophies. As Scoil Bhride has been amalgamated to one beautiful school there was special history there because the Old Convent school was part of Erkina House and is now idle. The Chairperson Vera Fogarty spoke of the good neighbours that the teachers, staff and children were, she donated a special trophy to John Gunning, Principal, it was a silver cup tinged with blue and inscribed Good Neighbours from Mental Health Association, Erkina House. John Gunning thanked Vera and said the cup would adorn his new school in a showcase. The pupils were then presented with bronze, silver and gold medals and trophies. The overall winner of the school trophy was Shauna Ryan.
We visited the Church of Ireland school and got the same response from all the pupils. The Principal Mrs. Barbara Stanley was delighted that the children worked so hard on their art. Prizes were presented and the overall school trophy was won by Abbey Bailey.
At St. Colmcille’s School, Errill the Principal Tony Lalor was very pleased to see us. The medals and trophies were presented and the overall School Trophy was won by Padraig Hassett. The quality of the pictures of Neighbourhood Watch was a credit to each school.
Meeting - On Monday night, 25th June a meeting was held in the chambers of the County Hall. It was organised by Garda O’Reilly to bring all the Community Alert groups together. It was well attended with several members of the Gardai present. There were several speakers on hand and this was followed by a question and answer time. The first guest speaker was Sergeant Padraig Farrelly, Crime Prevention Officer who spoke on security also Liam Kelly, Chairman of Muintir na Tire and Paddy Buggy, Chairman of Community Forum. Sergeant Joe Culleton who never fails to attend was there to represent the groups. Garda Justine O’Reilly addressed all present and was pleased to see so many people. All agreed we have to be extra vigilant in the present state of burglaries with con men on the prowl. With the Gardai under pressure some great people are texting and taking good care of their neighbours.
End of School - The old St. John of God school which has served Rathdowney for over one hundred years is now lying empty. The reason being that a new school has replaced it. Situated in the centre of the town the convent was attached to the school where large numbers of nuns lived and taught in the school. With the decrease in vocations the Convent House was sold to the Mental Health and is now Erkina House. The school carried on and eventually amalgamated with Scoil Bhride where a state of the art school is now finished. The old school will remain idle and locked up, people are invited to have a last look at where many pupils passed through.
Easy Riders - The Table Quiz which was held in O’Malley’s Lounge last week was a great success. There were 17 tables. Quiz Master was Michael Creagh who did a fantastic job. All proceeds go to the Easy Riders fund for their annual cycle from Rathdowney to Achill at the August weekend. With only weeks to go before the big event there are lots of preparations to be made. The club are very grateful for the holding of the quiz.
Bingo - Every Tuesday night we have Bingo in the Community Centre, Rathdowney at 8.30 p.m. Do come along and bring your friends, a great night is assured.
Rock Night - Rock Night in aid of Temple Street Children’s Hospital, Saturday July 14th, in the Ossory Showground’s Rathdowney. Music by Outa Diesel followed by Rock Band Revenge and DJ Ali D. Bar full open bar. BBQ available. Tickets 10 euro available in Corcoran’s Bar or the Card Stand Rathdowney. Please support.