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Happy Faces all round!

Happy Faces all round!

Happy Faces 2012, at Redmonds of Roscrea, the photographers, in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. March 31st. 0505 21936.

Roscrea Comhaltas

Rehearsals are well underway for this season Scoraiocht, which is an inter branch competition for members of C.C.E. The theme this year is celebrating 50yrs within the branch. The group will have their first outing in the Gael Scoil hall in Nenagh next Friday night at 8pm. We were very unlucky to lose out last year by the narrowest of margins and hopefully we can go one better this year.

Work is still on going on our book which will look back on the past fifty years. Dick Conroy has the un-en’viable task of compileing all the information and memorable which has been given by the public. The book is due to be launched in the Autumn. No Date has yet been set for the launch of the CD which was recorded just before Christmas. The branch are awaiting confirmation on the availability or non-availability of one person before the launch date is announced. A decision will be taken in the very near future. Also as part of the the 50 year celebrations the branch will be hosting the County Fleadh which will take place in the third week of May, more details will had in the comming weeks.

Roscrea Public Rally

A Public Rally in support of the retention of current services and the future development of the “Dean Maxwell Home” Roscrea will take place on Saturday the 3rd of March. The rally will commence on Main Street, outside Roscrea Credit Union at 11am and will continue to the Dean Maxwell Car Park. The Dean Maxwell Nursing Unit has always been an integral part of the local community, providing residential care, day care and palliative care to many families. Your support for this rally is of vital importance.

Daffodil Day 2012

Daffodil Day 2012 will take place on March 23rd. Thus year the Roscrea Daffodil Day Committee are looking for their regular volunteers in addition to new volunteers to help collect as much money as possible on March 23rd. Anyone available to help can call Anne Delaney on 0505 21831. Also on March 23rd, people can donate daffodils to any of the collection points in Roscrea which include, Bernie’s, Dunnes, Tescos, or the Roscrea centre.

This year alone more than thirty thousand people will be diagnosed with cancer in Ireland. The Irish Cancer Society needs your support in order to provide much needed assistance to those people and their families. Your funds and donations are used to contribute to cancer information services such as the National Cancer Hotline on 1800 200 700, running daffodil centres in hospitals across Ireland, providing financial support to families, providing transportation and home nursing in addition to building support groups for patients and survivors. Thanking you in advance for your support.

Blood Pressure & Sugar Awareness Campaign

Roscrea Red Cross held a blood pressure and sugar awareness campaign recently in Roscrea. A massive 327 tests took place on the day. The aim of the campaign was to highlight to the public how easy and fast it is to get these important tests done and how important it is that everyone should know their blood sugar levels.

Roscrea Red Cross would like to thank all those who came along to the event. They would like to thank Tesco’s Roscrea for the use of their facilities and they would like to thank the general public for kindly donating €250.00 to the organisation during the day. Roscrea Red Cross would also like to thank Fleming Medical, Bayer Healthcare, Roche Diagnostics, Snap Printing and the Road Safety Authority for their very generous sponsorship.

International Award

Congratulations to local author/artist, Mary Arrigan who has received international recognition for her latest teen novel “The Rabbit Girl”. The book has been selected by the Committee of the United States Board on Books for Young People, as one of the forty outstanding international books for 2012, worldwide.

Mary has forty two books to date which have so far been translated into ten different languages.

Mary’s latest book “The Rabbit Girl” is set in 1930’s Ireland, the war years in London and modern day London. The book has also received great acclaim in England where it is short listed for the “Calderdale Award” and the “Hillingdon Book Of The Year”.

Vote For Pieta

Pieta House, the Suicide and Self-Harm Prevention group who are currently working towards the opening of an “Outreach Centre” in Roscrea, have been shortlisted for the €10,000.00 EBS Community Fund Award and they need your help. All you have to do, is give them a vote. Log on to www.ebs.ie and vote for Pieta House. A big thank you in advance for your support.

Drugs Initiative

A meeting of the Roscrea Drugs Initiative will take place in the Legion Hall on Thursday, February 23rd at 8pm. All those interested in seeking additional facilities for the community of Roscrea and district to support individuals and their families effected by drug abuse are asked to attend the meeting. If Roscrea is to be successful in accessing its entitled share of resources, which the “Drugs Initiative” continues to lobby for, it must have as wide a support as possible within the community.

Colaiste Parents


The Colaiste Phobal Parents Association would like to thank all those who contributed to their recent church gate collection.

Date For Your Diary

A meeting for all members of the Pastoral Council in St. Cronan Cluster (Roscrea, Kyle/Knock, Bournea, Dunkerrin/Moneygall), will take place on March the 6th from 7.30pm – 9.30pm in the Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea. This is part of the Diocesan Listening Process. All members are asked to attend.

Eucharistic Congress 2012

Booking assistance forms for the Eucharistic Congree next June are available online. Visit www.iec2012.ie. The organisers of this year’s parade are holding a Church Gate Collection at all masses next weekend the 25th/26th of February. Your generous support would be welcomed.