Fianna Fail - Rathdowney Fianna Fail Cumann held their A.G.M. meeting recently. There was a very good attendance. The election of officers for the coming year are as follows: President, Councillor Brendan Phelan; Chairman, Joe Bergin; Asst. Chairman, Billy Delaney; Secretary, Marguerite Hickey; Treasurers, Maureen Bowe and John Kilcane; Delegates to Comharla Dail, Billy Delaney and Noel Hickey; Ogra Officer, Julie Delaney.
Votes of sympathy were passed with all who suffered bereavements in the past year. Get well wishes were sent to Maureen Bowe.
The Late Patrick Barrett - The death occurred recently at Mayday Hospital, Croydon, London of Patrick (Pat) Barrett of London and formerly of Bolomore, Rathcoole near Mallow, Co. Cork. He was husband of the late Mary (Daisy) O’Gorman of the Square, Rathdowney. She predeceased him by some years and was laid to rest in Bealady Cemetery. Pat is mourned by his sons John, Jeremy and Daniel, daughters Mary, Regina, Collette and Audrey, his brother Ned, sister Eileen, grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, friends and all the O’Gorman extended families in Rathdowney. On Monday, February 21st Requiem Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Holy Trinity followed by burial of his ashes with Daisy in their final resting place. May they both rest in peace.
Crafts - We have some wonderful knitters in Rathdowney who meet every Tuesday from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. in the Cuan Bhride Centre. It is excellent to see the quality of the work done and all with great skill. New members are always welcome and we advise them to just come along with needles and wool. When we have a large pile of garments finished it is our intention to have a sale of our work with wool.
Hospital - On behalf of everyone in Rathdowney and beyond we are prepared to put up a mighty fight to retain our General Hospital in Portlaoise. We could not exist without this unique hospital and there is a great need for all the services available there. We have always at all times received excellent treatment and could not speak highly enough of the doctors, staff and catering staff. To us the hospital is our greatest need and we have to ensure it is upgraded and kept. The new A & E is the busiest and has the hardest working people there that one could find. To whoever it concerns we are keeping our hospital no matter what.
Spiritual Direction - Take time out to reflect on your journey in life, and its faith dimension in confidence on a one-to-one basis each Wednesday in the room beside the sacristy of the Parish Church, Rathdowney. To arrange appointments contact Sr. Ita, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on (086) 1679263 (weekdays only).