Connie Ryan Gathering - The 13th annual Connie Ryan Gathering takes place next weekend, 10th, 11th and 12th June. This year the Gathering is being held in St. Michael’s Community Centre, Holycross and, with the very best Ceili Bands in the country booked for the weekend together with Set Dance workshops taking place all day on Saturday, a great time is guaranteed to all. Beidh failte roimh cach.
Set Dance Teacher Retires - On Thursday, 14th April last a most enjoyable, if somewhat emotional gathering took place in the Community Hall, Clonoulty. The purpose of this get together was to mark Margaret Slattery’s retirement as a set dance teacher.
In September 1998 Margaret conducted her first set dance class in Clonoulty and since then no measure could be put on the enjoyment the classes brought to those in attendance every Thursday night. Margaret’s good humour was infectious and as the late Connie Ryan would say ‘the craic was mighty’ at those classes.
Margaret was a gifted set dance teacher with exceptional talent. For all of those thirteen years, at absolutely no monetary gain for herself, Margaret shared this talent with her class. She understood that not everyone attending could realistically aspire to reaching her standard of set dancing, but this did not diminish her enthusiasm in any way. Her dedication and commitment to each class were of paramount importance to her, but above all her patience knew no bounds. Night after night she continued to nurture the one who found it difficult to be in the right place at the right time and never once allowed them to feel inadequate or challenged in any way.
A huge crowd, including some very welcome faces from the past turned up on the night of Margaret’s retirement to wish her well. Many set dancers from Cashel, Thurles, Tipperary and Cahir, whom Margaret would have known on a personal level, as well as from the set dance scene, also came along to give her a rousing send off.
Clonoulty Community Hall will be a quieter place on Thursday nights and for those who attended the classes, Thursday nights will never be the same again. Margaret is wished many, many years of health and happiness in her retirement. She deeply appreciates the good wishes extended to her on the night and is most grateful for the beautiful gifts presented to her to mark her retirement. Margaret is the driving force and the ‘Real Boss’ behind the organising of the annual Connie Ryan Gathering which takes place this year in Holycross form the 10th to 12th June.
Rose of Tralee - We wish Noirin Ryan, Ballymoore who heads to Portlaoise this weekend for the Regional Finals of Rose of Tralee. She will be interviewed on stage by Daithi O’Shea on Sunday night. All the best Noirin!
Congratulations - Congratulations to Tipp Senior hurlers on their 8 point victory over Cork in Semple Stadium last Sunday. We are proud to have John O’Keeffe on the team to represent our parish.
Recent Deaths - We tender our sympathy to Tim Costelloe (husband), sons Pat and Seamus, daughters-in-law and grandchildren on the recent death of Nonie (nee O’Dwyer), Milestone also her five brothers and sisters. Peace to her gentle soul.
Sympathy is also offered to Dermot and Margaret O’Dwyer, Ironmills on the tragic death of their son Kieran; also to his grandmother Katty O’Dwyer, Drom and all his relatives. May he rest in peace.
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Thanks to all the club members who had gone door to door selling the “Golden Goal” tickets and to everyone who had bought one.
Last Wednesday, the 1st of June, members from the club went bowling to Hot Shots in Clonmel, followed by a few sociables in Eldons. It was an event organised by South Tipperary Macra. A good night was had by all and a lot more friends were gained on the night.
Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra members went to the “Miss Blue Jeans Festival” in Athboy, last week end. Congrats to Margaret Tobin from Slievenamon Macra Club on doing a brilliant job representing South Tipperary.
The South Tipperary Macra AGM is happening this Sunday, the 12th of June, it would great if members from the club could go and support it.
Do not forget, volleyball is on every Tuesday from eight thirty in the hall in Clerihan. See you there for some fun!
If you would like to become a member of Clonoulty/Rossmore Macra, please contact Elaine on 0876461108 or Louise on 0861994517.