Rathdowney

Ossory Show - The committee of the Ossory Agricultural Show Society Ltd. send belated good wishes to Jimmy and Ena Stanley on the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary on November 26th last. Two very special people, Jimmy was the former Chairman of the Ossory Show while Ena was the efficient Secretary. They are wished many more years of wedded bliss. The committee also sends get well wishes to Kathleen Bergin and Gladys Murphy. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful New Year.

Ossory Show - The committee of the Ossory Agricultural Show Society Ltd. send belated good wishes to Jimmy and Ena Stanley on the celebration of their Golden Wedding Anniversary on November 26th last. Two very special people, Jimmy was the former Chairman of the Ossory Show while Ena was the efficient Secretary. They are wished many more years of wedded bliss. The committee also sends get well wishes to Kathleen Bergin and Gladys Murphy. Best wishes to everyone for a wonderful New Year.

The Late James Cooke - The death occurred recently at Mount Carmel Nursing Home, Roscrea of James (Jim) Cooke, Palmershill, Clough. A very industrious farmer, Jim worked hard until his health failed. A very friendly and outgoing man Jim has a host of friends. He is sadly mourned by his brothers Joe, Rev. Fr. Pat and Rev. Fr. Walter, and his life long friend Paddy, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing was at the residence of his brother Joe, Crannagh. Removal took place to St. Canice’s Church, Clough. Requiem Mass was celebrated and followed by burial in Aghaboe Cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Bridge Results - Results 7th December, Christmas Prizes, 1st, Breda Creagh and Pauline Bowe, 2nd, Francis Stanley and Lucy Hyland, B. Gross, Sean Bolger and Anne Cummins, 3rd Norah Harte and Stais Dollard, 4th Joe Delaney and John Bowe, 5th Marian Holland and Trevor Cahill, 6th Kathleen Lee and Maura Bourke, 7th Mary Campion and Brigid Harte, 8th Maureen Ryan and Mary Hennessy. Results 14th December, Christmas Fare, 1st Sean Bolger and Anne Cummins, 2nd Una O’Connelll and Brigid Harte, B. Gross, Norah Harte and Stais Dollard, 3rd (Tie), Cathleen Walsh and Catherine Campion, Teresa Cahill and Marian Holland.

The Late Mrs Kathleen Swaine - The death occurred peacefully in St. Claire’s Ward, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin of Kathleen (Kay) Swaine, (nee Kavanagh), Portmarnock, Dublin. She was formerly from Ballybooden, Ballacolla, the youngest of a well known family. She was predeceased by her husband Patrick who was also from the area before moving to Dublin. Kathleen is very sadly mourned by her loving son John, sisters Mary and Margaret, brother Jackie, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, friends and everyone who knew her in Ballybooden and Gurteen. Reposing was at Stafford’s Funeral Home, Portmarnock. Removal was to St. Anne’s Church, Portmarnock. After Requiem Mass burial took place in Durrow cemetery. Sincere sympathy is extended to Kathleen’s son John and all her family. May her gentle soul rest in Durrow.

Cycling - The Ossory Cycling club is about to be launched. In the last number of years there has been a great interest in cycling for charity. Some cyclists have been travelling to Portlaoise for a number of years to train with the Laois Cycling Club. Also the renowned Easy Riders group are from this area and have done massive fundraising for numerous charities. A number of people have come together and saw the need for a new club to cater for all standards of cyclists. The first meeting was attended by thirteen members.