Local Notes Edition January 13th 2011

News of the County

News of the County






















Vintage News: North Tipperary vintage and machinery club will hold a raffle of vintage tractors at the presentation to Our Lady's Hospital for Sick Children, Dublin on this Saturday night at 8:30pm in Corcoran's Lounge. All are welcome to attend.

Thanks: The Society of St. Vincent de Paul wish to thank all those who supported their recent annual church gate collection in the parish.

Recent Deaths: The death has occurred of Jack Russell, Coolcroo and also Eileen Murphy, England (sister of Mary Hayes, Church View, Littleton).

Come and Learn: Crochet and knitting demonstration returns on Thursday, 13th January at 9pm in the Muintir na Tire Hall. Anybody interested in learning to crochet or knit will be welcome at 9pm, when Mrs Phil Dwyer and Mrs Joan Langton will give a beginners demonstration. ICA members are asked to be in the hall at 8pm to attend to ICA business.


CLCG Naomh Padraig: Congratulations and best wishes to William McCormack on his appointment as trainer of the County Tipperary minor hurling team for 2011. William has served a good apprenticeship with Newtownshandrum senior hurling team. The annual general meeting of St Patrick's Juvenile GAA club will be held in the new clubrooms at Anner Park, Cloneen at 8pm on Monday next, 17th January. All juvenile households are requested to send a representative to this important meeting as we plan for 2011. The January county board draw will be held in Balllingarry on this Friday night at 10pm. All members are welcome to come along. We also remind members to bring their subscriptions up to date this weekend.


Chiropodist: Sue Sheehan will attend Kilcommon Hall this Saturday, 15th January from 11am to 1pm. Community Council Meeting: The next meeting will take place in Kilcommon Hall this Thursday night, 13th January at 8pm.


Cards: The following are the winners of last Friday night's cards: Eileen Ryan & Mick Maguire; Maura Heffernan & Tom Kenny; Breda O' Donovan & Mary C Buckley; Maura Heffernan & John Kenny. There will be cards again this Friday night. All are welcome.


The Late Mrs Mary Moylan: The death occurred peacefully at her residence on Thursday, December 30th of Mary Moylan, nee Byrne of Donoughmore. After a long illness borne with great dignity and courage, her death at a young age caused much sadness. Mary was a very special lady, who was very gentle and quiet. Her particular interests were her home and her family. She gained the popularity of all who knew her. She is deeply mourned by her loving husband Billy, sons Conor and Liam, daughters Deirdre, Caroline and Sharon, sons-on-law Des and Padraig, her grand-children Christopher, Shane and Joseph, brothers and sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, all the neighbours and friends. Reposing was at her residence and removal took place on Friday evening to Killasmeestia Church on Saturday, January 1st. Con-celebrated requiem mass was followed by burial in Killasmeestia cemetary. The huge crowds that turned out both days was a fitting tribute to Mary.

Carols: Children from Killadooley Primary School performed their carols and Christmas melodies and Santa made a surprise visit to St Canices Church. The musical directors were Patricia Scott and Teresa Flanagan. Fr Robinson p.p. thanked all the soloists, pupils, parents and teachers of the school. The carol service gave Christmas its true meaning while outside, the county was covered in snow and ice.


Christmas: The Christmas season was aggravated by the Arctic spell of weather and water shortages. Our thanks to those who had to endure the cold to repair and return our water supplies, also those who 'sanded and salted' to keep our main thorough fares passable. We accept that there was no notice taken of the dangerous condition of our by-roads; those of us who live on them are well used to getting by. Compliments to the business people who kept their premises open, which helped people very much to be able to get supplies- delivered if necessary,

Party: The annual senior citizens party, which had to be postponed on December 5th, took off to a great start on December 12th when Cappawhite senior citizens, whom we thank very much, shared their day with Knockavilla-Donaskeigh and Annacarty-Donohill. Our thanks also to the management and staff of Dundrum House Hotel for their reception and attention, all of which helped in the enjoyment.

Sympathy: We regret the passing of Mrs Maureen O'Brien, Garviane House and Mrs Olive Brady, Knockavilla, who had been ill for some time. Deepest sympathy to all their family members and to any other parishioners who were bereaved during the Christmas period.

Business: During the Christmas period, the social services committee were supplied with a consignment of cheese, which will be distributed as follows: On Saturday, January 15th a distribution will be made available in the Golden Vale area of Dundrum at 2pm; the Knockavilla Hall area at 3pm and in Donaskeigh Hall area at 3:30pm. This valuable product will be available to all.


AGM: The Kilruane MacDonaghs GAA club will hold their AGM on this Friday, 14th January at 8pm in the clubroom. Mass for deceased members will take place in Cloughjordan on Friday at 7:30pm. Best of luck to the U-21 hurlers who play in the county final on Saturday, 22nd January. They played Drumcullen in a challenge game last Sunday.

They also have two challenge games arranged for this weekend. ICA: The Cloughjordan guild will resume activities this week with a meeting on Tuesday in the Methodist hall. Horse Racing: Well done to local owners, Eugene Cleary and Denis Hogan, on their recent wins. Denis, in addition to training the winner, was also the jockey.


Moneygall Whist: At the weekly Whist Drive in the Legion Hall, Moneygall on December 29th, the following were prizewinners: Top Score, Frances Benn; Top Lady, Patricia Guest; Top Gent, Harry Shortt; First Half, Iris Hayes; Second Half, Sean Cawley; Quarters, 1st Michael Muldowney, 2nd Mary Fox, 3rd Teresa King, 4th Mary Shanahan/Eddie Guest.

January 5th, the following were the prizewinners. Top Score; Sheila Tuohy. Top Lady; Iris Hayes. Top Gent; Willie Hayes/ Harry Shortt. First Half; Sean Cawley. Second Half; Thady Maher. Quarters; 1st, Kit Madden/ Michael Muldowney. 2nd, Jean Hayes. 3rd, Peggy Shoer. 4th, Eddie Guest/ Teresa King. Raffle; 1st, Ken Kavanagh. 2nd, Sheila Tuohy. 3rd, Mary Shanahan. 4th, Eddie Guest. Whist as usual on each Wednesday night at 8pm.

Moneygall 45: These were the prizewinners at the card game in the Legion Hall, Moneygall on Sunday night, December 26th: Tops; Pat Guidera & Margaret Costello. Second; Jim Treacy & Sean O' Dwyer. First Six; Joe & Maura Bolger; Raffle, 1st Jim Treacy, 2nd John Johnston, 3rd Joe Bolger. Cards will continue on Sunday nights at 8pm.

Dunkerrin Progressive 45: These are the results of the Progressive 45 in the Dunkerrin Community Centre on Friday night, December 31st: Tops, Lar & Statia Maher. Second (Shared); Tom Nolan/TJ Donoughue, Noel Cahill/Johnny Butler, Michael Varley/Michael Droney. First Six (Shared); Reuben Butler/Patsy Hoolan, John Clarke/Johnny Ryan, Rody Teehan/Phil Sheedy. Last Six; Sean Kenny/Gus Hiney. Last Game; Ned Ryan/Bertie Fitzpatrick. Extra Draw; Jim and Maura Campion. Cards are on each Friday night at 8:15pm.

Moneygall Cards: These were the prizewinners at the card game in the Legion Hall, Moneygall on Sunday night, January 2nd. Tops; Patsy Hoolan & Gus Hiney. Second; Liam O' Brien & Paddy Cummins. First Six; Joe & Maura Bolger. Last Six; Kathleen Byrne & Emmet Arrigan. Last Game; Josie O' Connor & Kitty O' Dwyer. Raffle; 1st, Paddy Cummins. 2nd, Mick Varley. 3rd, Gus Hiney. Cards take place on Sunday night at 8pm.

Barna Active Retirement Group: The Barna active retirement group's annual Christmas party, which was cancelled before Christmas due to inclement weather, will now take place on this Saturday night, 15th January in the Templemore Arms Hotel at 7:30pm. There are still a few places available for this function. If you are interested in going, then contact Catherine O' Meara at 45428.

Social Dancing: There will be social dancing in the Shinrone Community Centre on this Saturday night, 15th January. Music for dancing will be provided by J&S Sound. Dancing from 9:30pm to 12:30am.

Dunkerrin Progressive 45: These are the results of the progressive 45 in Dunkerrin Community Centre on Friday night last, January 7th. Tops; Mary Maher & Jacob Fairbrother. Second; Anne Russell & Gerry Maher. First Six; Noel Cahill & PJ Hoolan. Last Six; Rody Teehan & Willie Cahill. Last Game; Paddy Byrnes & Phil Sheedy. Extra Draw; Dan Quinlan & Johnny Hoolan. Cards take place on each Firday night at 8:15pm.

Chiropodist: The next chiropodist clinic will take place in the health centre, Moneygall on Monday next, January 17th at 2pm. For appointments and house calls, please ring Girlie Ryan on 45984 or Mollie Tuohy on 45239.

Bereaved: Sympathy is extended to the families of the following on their recent bereavements. Jimmy Butler Coffey, Cappamore and Newport; Billy Delaney, Toomevara; John Doyle, Holycross; Oliver O' Reilly, Roscrea; Brendan Twamley, Cloughjordan and Roscrea; William Quinlan, Roscrea. May they all rest in peace.


The late Mrs Mary Glendon: The death occurred peacefully at her residence on December 29th of Mary (Molly) Glendon, nee Broderick of Whitesware. She was in her 98th year. A most remarkable lady, she never looked her age and she kept herself beautifully. She was very kind and gentle and was very friendly. She will always be remembered for her excellent caring nature. She was predeceased by her husband and is sadly mourned by her loving daughters Sheila, Marie, Peggy and Eileen, sons Tom, Michael and Pat, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relative, neighbours and friends. Reposing was at her residence and removal took place on Thursday evening to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Galmoy. Requiem Mass on Friday, December 31st was followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Looking Back: The main topic right now is the weather in 1947. The snow started to fall on January 26th 1947 and it kept at it until 17th March 1947. However, the thaw set in on 18th March and it lasted up to early May. The floods were dreadful and caused great hardship. It was June before the land could be tilled and despite all this, the crops turned out very good, At that time, the country had no piped water or rural electricity so people managed much better than recently. For those who remember 1947, the men could not see the road from the hedges. There were no slatted units or cattle sheds, so it was real hardship in a very different way.

Coming Up: Fit Mix Classes will take place in the Parochial Hall, The Square, Rathdowney on Tuesday, January 11th from 7pm to 8pm for six weeks and Thursday, January 13th from 7pm to 8pm for 6 weeks. Pilates classes will follow from 8pm to 9pm. Contact Breeda on 086 3850977.


Ballad Group: The Shamrocks ballad group will play in Cloneen on Saturday, 29th January and a great night's entertainment is promised, as these lads are brilliant. They come from Newbridge in Co. Kildare and will also be back on Saturday, 19th March.

Party Night: Jules Hall Weakly will appear in Cloneen once again on February the 26th. This will be a members party night, as the Christmas party night was cancelled due to bad weather. Finger food will be served and this is a free night for all our members.

We take this opportunity to thank all our members for their support throughout the year and look forward to your continued support.

Boxing: There will be a boxing championship taking place in Cloneen Hall in February; more details on that later.

Rehearsals: The Fionn Mac Cumhaill Players are at present rehearsing for the John B Keane production of 'Sive' which will take place in Cloneen Hall in early March.

This is perhaps the most famous of John B Keanes plays. It is also his first play and is set in 1955: It the story of a young girl who is matched up with an old farmer is well known to most people and while it seems impossible for something like this to happen today.

It was a stark reality and a very common occurence in Ireland of the time. The show features a cast of nine, which has six male and three female roles. Sive is also the Leaving Cert this year so this will be a good chance for students to see it on stage.


URLINGFORD MILL FRC – Woman Programme Our Women Group is on every Wednesday morning from 10am to 12 noon. This term will be focusing on a personal development programme. If you are interested in becoming involved just call into the centre. For the men's group a programme is due to start. Men's health programme will be on Wednesday evening from 7 to 9pm. Anyone who is interested in being involved please do so soon as there is a limited number of places. Crochet classes starting this week, please call into the centre for more information.

ANNIVERSARIES – Anniversaries prayed for last weekend at all Masses in Urlingford and Graine: Mrs Betty Phelan, Upper Shragh; Tom McKeon, Clomantagh, Ellen Dowling, Borrismore, Billy Dowling, Old Road, Urlingford, Peter Moriarty, Balief, Thomas Grace, Dublin, formerly of St Mary's Ave, Urlingford, deceased members of the Butler family, Clomantagh.

SPINNING – Indoor cycling will commence in Crosspatrick Hall every Monday starting January 10 at 7.30pm. For a 6 week course of 45 minutes per night is €50. Aerobics at 6.45pm and BLT at 7.30pm. Also in Crosspatrick Hall will recommence on today (Wednesday). €5 per class.

WHIST DRIVE – Your first whist drive of 2011 in St Mary's Hall, Johnstown will be on Friday, January 14 at the usual time. Proceeds in aid of Unicef.

SYMPATHY – Sincere sympathy goes to relatives and friends on the death of Mary (Mai) Byrne, Donaghmore, Johnstown, which took place last weekend. Mai gave many years working in Darcy's Confectionery, Urlingford. All those who remembered Mai working there will be deeply saddened by her death. Peace to her gentle soul.

COLAISTE MHUIRE – A wide range of evening classes will be available in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown, in Mid January. One of the more innovative courses on offer is a short four week course on decorating wedding cakes.Another very interesting course will prepare people to work as special needs assistants in schools and crches. There is also a wide range of classes available in pilates, aerobics, welding, computers, yoga, occupational first aid, pottery, set dancing, care of plants and shrubs. Enrolling for the above classes will take place on January 18 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm at the school. Classes are limited and booking is advisable for some of the above courses. Further information will be available from the school office during morning times on 056 8831135.


ST. ANNE'S STUDENTS HONOURED: Parents, staff members and friends of seven past/present students from St. Anne's Community College attended the recent annual Awards Function in Woodstock Hotel, Ennis organised by Clare Vocational Education Committee. George O'Callaghan, chief executive officer of Clare VEC, in his welcome address said that while this ceremony recognised and acknowledged the achievements of the teenagers and their contribution to their schools, it also presented an occasion to recognise the support given to the students by their parents and teachers. The Leaving Certificate recipients of awards from the Class of 2010 were Mark O'Connor (Academic Achievement) and Jared Nadin (Merit). Four 2010 Junior Certificate students who were awarded an A grade in honours Irish, - Risn Healy, Claudia Kinahan, Marie Mc Keogh and Mark Sartini – received Certificates. Marie Mc Keogh and William Denning also received certificates in recognition of overall excellence in the Junior Certificate examination. BACK TO SCHOOL: Young children, teenagers and 3rd level students have all returned to their respective education establishments during the week. We wish them a happy, healthy and safe term. Fortunately the current cold weather has passed and here in Ballina-Killaloe only one day was 'lost' by students during the severe weather of November and December.

GOOD LUCK: The best of luck to Deirdre Gleeson and her team as they open Killaloe's new Childcare facility, Kincora Kids! How apt that this facility opens at the beginning of the European Year of Volunteering when one considers the Trojan work undertaken and executed over the past five years by four voluntary workers, Joss Lowry, Michael Culhane, Michael Gleeson and Una Kierse. Long may the age of 'volunteering' prosper!

BLEAK START TO 2011: The first week of the New Year was fraught with 'gloom and doom' as the employed, unemployed and pensioners in the district saw quite a reduction in their pay packets. Coupled with the unexpected savage increase in VHI insurance rates, one cannot help wondering what "hidden extras" are yet to emerge.

RECENT DEATHS: Teresa (Tess) Flynn (nee Quinn), Kilmastulla passed to her eternal reward at Ashlawn Nursing Home on January 5th. Following Requiem Mass on Friday last, Tess was laid to rest with her beloved husband, Pakie in Birdhill Cemetery. We extend sympathy to her sisters Phyllis and Kathleen: her extended family, relatives and friends. Mary Olive Brady, Knockavilla, Dundrum, mother of Fr. Enda Brady, Ballina died recently at the South Tipperary General Hospital. We extend our prayerful condolences to Fr. Enda, his sister Paula and brother Niall.

KILLALOE-BALLINA TRIATHLON CLUB: Killaloe-Ballina hosted two successful Triathlon events in 2009 and 2010. A new Triathlon Club has now been set up in the district and an Open Night will be held at the Lakeside Leisure Centre on this Thursday, January 13th at 8pm. All involved in the previous Triathlons (organising committee, participants) and new members are most welcome to attend.

PASTORAL COUNCILS' MEETING: A joint meeting of Killaloe and Bridgetown Pastoral Councils will take place in the Parish Centre at 8pm on this Thursday, January 13th. Preparations will be made at this meeting for the distribution of the 2011 Parish Collection envelopes. All members are requested to attend.

RETIRED GARDA CELEBRATION: The special celebration to mark the retirement of two long-serving and popular members of Killaloe Garda Station, Tim O'Sullivan and Vivian Cahalane, will be held at the Lakeside Hotel on this Saturday, January 15th. The evening will commence with dinner at 8pm, which will be followed by Music and entertainment. Tickets @ €25 are available at the local Garda Station.

BRIDGE: At the recent Killaloe/Ballina Bridge club's Christmas Dinner function held in Lakeside Hotel, Kevin Burke (President) presented the following lucky members with their prizes for both the Whiskey Night and the Turkey Night - "Whiskey Night", Mary Collins/Jim Gallagher (winners): Joe O'Halloran/Matt Burke (2nd): Tom Molamphy/Catherine Murphy (3rd): Peg Hogan/Bill Shearing (4th): Bernie and Chris Molamphy (5th): Donie and Pauline Houlihan (6th). "Turkey Night) - Nellie Molamphy/Nora Hewitt (winners): Bernie and Sam Molamphy (2nd): Tom Molamphy/Catherine Murphy (3rd): joint 4th Peg Hogan/Bill Shearing and Breda Healy/Mary Shanahan: Raj and Alicia Kumbhat (6th). The President then thanked the committee and Lakeside Hotel for a lovely meal.

WORLD YOUTH DAY PILGRIMAGE: His Holiness, Pope Benedict will travel to Madrid to celebrate 2011 World Youth Day next August. This celebration is open to young people and adults between the ages of 18 and 35 years. A pilgrimage will be organised from August 15th to 21st and intending pilgrims should contact Fr. Donagh O'Meara (087 2322140) or Deirdre Conby (065 6834461) for further details. The all-inclusive cost of pilgrimage is €950.

"TONE UP" FOR 2011: Weigh Watchers takes place each Wednesday at 7pm in O'Donovan's, Ballina while UniSlim is held at the Lakeside Hotel each Thursday at 8pm (weigh-in only, at 7.30pm).

OPERATION TRANSFORMATION: The Irish Sports Council has teamed up with R.T.E's "Operation Transformation" programme to organise a nationwide day of 'walks'. As part of this initiative Limerick City Sports Partnership will organise a 3.6km walk on this Saturday, January 15th that will follow the Three Bridges of Sl na Slinte route. This walk will start/finish at Arthur's Quay and the starting time is 12 noon. All ages and abilities are welcome in what should be a great 'family' outing. Details are available on the website www.limerickcitysports.ie

FARMING ISSUES: The Health and Safety Authority has urged farmers and all involved in the agriculture sector to make safety on their farms a priority in 2011. Recent figures released by the Authority show an increase of 127% in fatalities from 2009 to 2010. Twenty-five people were killed on farms in 2010, which accounted for half of the "work-place" deaths nationwide. The Health and Safety Authority has guaranteed to increase its inspection campaigns during 2011. The 2011 Teagasc Economic Outlook conference will be held on Thursday, January 20th in the Heritage Hotel in Portlaoise. At this event economists will present a detailed review and outlook for the main enterprises, the trends in input costs and farmers investment plans.


Resource Centre: We will be starting a series of talks on Wednesday, 19th January and our first speaker is John Lonergan, former Prison Governor of Mountjoy Prison. Please come along and listen to this very informative speaker. Tickets available locally.


Engagement: Congratulation to Niall Butler, Blackstairs, son of Pat and Patricia Butler and Joanne Teehan, Newbridge, Co. Kildare, who have announced their engagement. The happy couple marked the occasion with a party for family and friends at the Hollyford Inn.

Recent Birth: Congratulations to Vincent and Siobhan Carr, Boolunane on the birth of a baby boy, Patrick Thomas, a brother for Ava and a grandson for Michael and Margaret Ryan, Bealacoune.

Break In; An attempted break in occurred at a business premises in the village. The intruders fled when the alarm went off. Nothing was taken.

Water Shortage: Some people in the area had no water supply over the Christmas due to frozen pipes. Three houses had flooding due to burst pipes.

Snow: The first snow of the new year fell on Friday afternoon. Over the weekend, road conditions were hazardous due to overnight frost.


GAA Adjourned AGM: The adjourned AGM will take place on Saturday, 22nd January at 8.30pm in the Sports Centre.

Juvenile GAA AGM: The juvenile GAA AGM will take place on Saturday, 15th January at 8pm in the GAA Centre. All parents, mentors and those associated with the club are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Cross Country: The cross country race will take place on Sunday, January 23rd on the farm of Michael and Maurice Ryan, Bawnmore, Cashel. Ladies 5km starts at 1pm, with the mens race following on thereafter. Free entry on the day. Contact Michael Ryan, Dundrum Athletics (087) 7671740.


Bereaved: Sympathy is extended to Claire Ryan, Graiguenoe, on the recent death of her uncle Jimmy Forrestal, Waterford. Sympathy also to Retd-Garda Tom O'Donohoe, Ardkill, Holycross on the death of his brother.

Anniversary mass: The first anniversary mass of Bob Stakelum, who died January 17th 2010, and his brother Fr Tony Stakelum, will be celebrated at 11am mass on this Sunday in the Abbey.

Racing Success: Congratulations to jockey Matt Bourke, Farney, on his winning success over the past two weeks; riding to victory on Mr Elko at the Naas Races and Quagrow at the Thurles races. Both horses were from the Jim Doyle stables in Moyne. We wish both rider and trainer continued success in 2011.


New Year: During the recent cold spell, many households were without water because of frozen pipes. However, when the thaw came and the pipes thawed out, we breathed a sigh of relief. This relief was short lived and suddenly, the water was gone again over most of the parish. Rumours were quick to fly around; "a big break near Cloneen" was the principal story but nothing was confirmed officially. Now surely, when there is a major break, there is an obligation on the local authority to get this news out to the general public. Break number one got repaired but just as we relaxed, the supply failed again within a week. It baffles the ordinary person locally how so many of these breaks come approaching the weekend or during the weekend and then, of course, information is at a premium and sources are not contactable. This absence of information is now a major grievance for the local people. We realise that the new Fethard scheme must come along before our problems start to be solved. We know that the pipe lines, now fifty years old, are in a bad way. It is the responsibility of the council officials to let us know when water may be obtained. When the mains supply is not there, a tanker in the village is helpful but what good is it if people do not know it is there?

Ladies Fitness: Classes are back, starting from January 13th at 8pm in the GAA sports hall and every Thursday thereafter. 7 euro per session or 49 euro for ten nights- that's a 30% discount, tremendous value. Gift vouchers also available. Features fit ball exercises, body conditioning and circuits. Guaranteed weight loss when used with calorie controlled diet. For more information, phone Andrew at 087 2920757 or 085-8113976.

AGM: The AGM of our juvenile GAA club will take place on this Friday night, January 14th at 8pm. Winter/Spring Fitness Classes: Fitness friendly with Esther (086-8960369). Eight week course in aerobics and body toning from 11th January in Mullinahone Community Centre from 7pm to 8pm, costing 7 euro per class. Exercises to suit all age groups, fitness levels and team training. Required: a mat, towel and water (if available).

Next Concert in Crocanoir: Folk singer and story teller Jimmy Crowley will hold a concert in Crocanoir on Saturday night, January 29th at 8pm.

CJ Kickhams GAA: At the adjourned AGM of the CJ Kickhams GAA club, team managers elected were: MH and MF Johnny Kennedy; JH Michael Scott; SH Sean O' Regan; U21F Declan McNamara. Decisions on U21, JF and IF will be decided at the February meeting. To enter both JF and IF teams will cost the club an extra 900 euro in insurance. Registration and insurance of teams in 2011 could cost the club up to 6200 euro. To help defray this, all would-be players and members are requested to pay their membership as soon as possible. Our U-21 footballers will be first in action this year so would-be U-21's please gather at the GAA complex at 6:30pm on this Friday.

Membership: Gym membership is now due. Cost is 120 euro per member per year and 170 euro per couple. A payment plan can be discussed in confidence in these difficult economic times. Please ring Jackie Bolger at 086-8341843. If you are not renewing membership, please return your gym key to jackie.

Our Own Place: The next monthly lecture in the "Our Own Place" series takes place in St. Michael's NS on Wednesday, January 12th at 8:30pm. Entitled "Modern Mullinahone Appears", the lecture will tell about the people of Mullinahone during the 17th and 18th centuries. Last time, those who attended heard of the Norman influence in Mullinahone, the emergence of the Tobin family and the old monastic parishes of Kilvemnon, Modeshill and Isertkieran. Next night, the parish of Mullinahone/Drangan appears along with its pastors. It still isn't too late to learn of those who built our own place. All are welcome.


Bereavement: The death occurred of Mary Egan (nee Barrett), Coole, Gortnahoe on January 3rd. Removal took place from Egan's funeral home on Tuesday 4th to Sacred Heart Church, Gortnahoe. Requiem mass was on Wednesday, followed by burial in the Good Shepherd cemetery. Mary, predeceased by her son Tomas, is deeply regretted by her sons Micheal, Eamonn, Pat and daughter Siobhain, grandchildren, brother, sisters, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, relatives and friends. Peace to her gentle soul.

Apostolic Visitation: Commencing this week, Rev. Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will be the Apostolic visitor to this diocese on behalf of Pope Benedict. The central event of this visitation will be a penitential service in the Cathedral, Thurles on this Sunday, January 16th at 3pm.

Marriages: All who intend to get married this year or next year are advised to make preparations for their marriage in good time and are invited to contact the priest and civil authority in good time- at least three months before the wedding.

Death: The death occurred of Bridget McHugh (nee Gleeson), Galway, formerly of Mellison, who died recently. May she rest in peace.


Book Promotion: On this Friday, 14th January at Ardagh House, the Moyglass/Killenaule parish journal will be presented at a social evening, starting at 8:30pm. Refreshments will be served.

Senior Citizens: Members of the local club of senior citizens attended their Christmas dinner at the Anner Hotel, Thurles on Wednesday, 5th January, travelling by coaches. The committee would like to thank the musicians, the staff of the hotel, all those who helped in any way, those who donated prizes and those who supported the raffle tickets.

Sympathy: Sincere sympathy to the Lawlor family on the recent death of Mai Lawlor, late of Graigue and to the Barrett family, Crohane, on the recent death of their sister Mary Egan, Bawnreigh, Gortnahoe. God grant them eternal rest.


Migrant Sunday Jan 16th

The pope asks us to pray for all who have come to live on our island - "All belong to one family, migrants and the local population that welcome them, and all have the same right to enjoy the goods of the earth ……it is here that solidarity and sharing are founded".

Thurles Cathedral Penitential Service

On Sunday January 16th at 3pm. Archbishop Dermot Clifford, the priests and people of the diocese, are invited to join with visiting Archbishop Cullinan to say sorry for Clerical abuse. Please do your best to attend.

Jessfield Harriers Christmas draw

Winners 1st Leo Fitzpatrick Cappagh, 2nd John Maher, Ballintaggart, 3rdPauline Dornan, Springfield, 4th Peadar O' Meara Cashel Road Killenaule, 5th Moira Holland, Mullinahone.

Senior Social Club

The Annual dinner for Senior Citizens will take place on Sunday January 23rd next in The Community Centre at 1pm. All are welcome.

Fitness Classes

Fitness friendly with Esther 0868960369. Eight week courses in Aerobics + Body Toning. Starts Tuesday 11th January 2011. Venue: Mullinahone Community Centre 7-8pm. Fee €7 per class. Circuits with Body Toning Starts Thurs 13th Jan 2011 Venue: Drangan Community Hall. Time 7-8pm. Fee €7 per class.

Parish Journal

2010 Ballingarry Parish Journal is available in all local shops price €10. The Committee thank all clubs, organisations & people in general who contributed articles, photographs & poetry to this years publication. Well worth the money.

Weekly Collection Boxes

Envelopes for 2011 are now available on the front pew. We thank all who use them and thank you for your generosity. If your name is not on a box please let us know in the sacristy and we can supply one.

The Commons Old School House.

Great progress is being made in the restoration of the Old School. We are now calling all past pupils of The Old School in The Commons, and ex-miners and their families to announce that the renovated Old School will house a number of museums to include a mining, music and old school recollections when completed. We are interested in displaying artefacts (i.e. photographs, memorabilia, recollections of school days, details of local musicians and articles connecting to the mines etc.) in these museums. We are grateful that the renovation is greatly grant aided but we have a shortfall and are running several events over the coming months. We would appreciate if you could support these events, and if you choose to make a donation please contact; Mrs. Annie Heaphy or Mrs. Alice Teehan of The Commons. If you have any old photographs or other items you would like to have displayed please contact Mr. Dan O' Connell, Ballingarry or Mrs. Margaret O' Brien, The Commons and these will be copied and returned to you.

New Ring a Link Bus Service

From Slieveardagh to Cashel & Clonmel Hospital, 5 days a week. To book a trip telephone Lo – Call 1890 42 41 41. Free travel pass will be accepted. Any person attending the hospital, an appointment, visiting family & friends, people with disabilities, senior citizens & hospital employees can avail of the service.

Continue to be a Good Neighbour

Please do keep a keen look out for the vulnerable members of our parish, make sure they have the basic necessities to keep warm and have hot food.

Irish Association for Anger Management

Everyone knows what anger is. But how do you express it without hurting others or hurting yourself? The Irish Association of Anger Management is running a two day intensive programme "Temper your Anger" on Sat 5th & Sun 6th Feb 2011 at Radisson Hotel in Cork. Places are limited so early booking is essential Contact. Peter Devers, 087 798 9253 or www.difficultemotions.com.

Credit Union

Ballingarry Credit Union open every Fri night from 7.30pm – 9pm. New members welcome

Newsletter deadline: 8pm Wed. E-mail all items for January to:



SANTA'S VISIT: Santa Claus made a welcome visit to Borris-In-Ossory when he appeared at O'Keeffe Park, Borris-In-Ossory GAA Grounds on Sun 19 December. Almost 100 children of all ages were treated to a Disco, Face Painting and Gifts from Santa. Parents were treated to refreshments by the Ladies committee.

Borris-In-Ossory Santa Claus Club wish to thank all who helped out on the day. Thanks also to all the generous Sponsors and supporters (including Borris-In-Ossory GAA Club, Borris-In-Ossory Gun Club, Martin Kirwan, Fr. Jackie Robinson, McCormack Insulation, Rosie O'Gradys/John Gaffney, Ray Drennan, Butcher, John Brogan, Kelly's Bar, Sheeran Fuels & Cycle Repairs), those who supported the recent Cabaret and to those who contributed at the door. As a result of all the generous support a donation was made to a local charity.

PARISH BENEFIT NIGHT: Borris in Ossory parish will hold a benefit "Night Out" in aid of Knockaroo Church Renovation Fund on this Friday night January 14 in Racket Hall Hotel, Roscrea. The following local musicians will provide the entertainment on the night – Martin Delaney, Foxy Devils (Martin Delaney Jnr and Liam Meade), Lawrence Campion, Altar Boys (Kieran Scott), The Bandits (Noel Sheridan), Abbey Folk (Tina Cuddy) and Outa Diesel (Jimmy Quinlan).

Light refreshments will be served and a raffle will take place with lots of prizes. This promises to be a great night out with such a variety of local talent. Please come along and support these local bands who are giving their services and their time freely towards the restoration of St Kieran's Church, Knockaroo.

Admission is €10 and tickets are available in local shops and in the sacristy.

CAROL SERVICE: The DVD of the Borris in Ossory Parish Christmas Carol Service which took place in St Canice's Church on Sunday night December 19 is now available. The DVD may be purchased at Wilson's Costcutters, Geoghegan's shop, Abby's Spar/Texaco and at the church. This is a wonderful souvenir of the Carol Service which was presented by the four choirs in the parish, an orchestra which comprised of many local musicians and the pupils from Killadooley National School. The cost of the DVD is €15, part of which will be donated to the Knockaroo Church Restoration Fund.

SYMPATHY: Sympathy is extended to Tom and Gerry Fitzpatrick, Killasmeestia on the death of their sister, the late Christina Fitzpatrick, Preston, England and late of Killasmeestia, Ballybrophy. The late Christina had lived in England for many years and her funeral took place in Preston. She was a daughter of the late Gerry and Ellen Fitzpatrick, who reared a large family in Killasmeestia. She is deeply regretted by her family in England, also her brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, extended family, relatives and friends. A Mass for the repose of her soul was celebrated by Rev Fr Jackie Robinson PP in Killasmeestia Church on Tuesday January 4.

THE LATE MRS MARY MOYLAN RIP: The death took place at her residence on Thursday December 30 of Mrs Mary Moylan (nee Byrne), Donaghmore, Ballybrophy, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Her remains reposed at her home until removal on Friday evening December 31 to the Church of the Assumption, Killasmeestia. Following Requiem Mass on Saturday January 1 burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. The late Mary had been ill for some time and died at a relatively young age. She is deeply regretted by her husband Billy, sons Conor and Liam, daughters Deirdre, Caroline and Sharon, sons in law Des and Padraig, grandchildren Christopher, Shane and Joseph, brothers, sisters, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours, relatives and friends.

ICA MEETING: Borris in Ossory ICA Guild will hold its first meeting of the New Year on this Wednesday night January 12 in St Canice's Parish Hall at 8pm. The guild Christmas Party, which should have taken place at the December meeting, was cancelled due to the snow so the January meeting will take the form of a New Year celebration instead. Members are invited to bring along a friend and also a spotprize or two!

PROGRESSIVE 25 DRIVE: The results of last week's Progressive 25 Drive in the O'Brien Hall were as follows 1st - Lar and Stasia Maher, Willie O'Reilly and Larry Dunne, Seamus Byrne and Nuala Breslin , Tom Moore and Michael Dooley, Paddy Dunphy and Larry O'Mahony, Lucy Bergin and Billy Maher, Mary Maher and Jacob Fairbrother, Eugene and Peggy Martin, Billy Kirby and Paddy Lalor, 10th game - Tom and Sheila Ryan, 20th game - Marie Quinn and Murt Ryan, Raffle winners were - Tom Quigley, Jacob Fairbrother, Bridget Gleeson and Jack Maher.

Next week's Progressive 25 Drive will be the monthly €10 game and the starting time is 9pm.

MEMBERSHIP FEES: Membership fees for the Billiard Club are now due. The subscription is Adults - €20, Students (under 14) - €10. Fees can be paid to any member of the committee and should be paid as soon as possible because only paid up members are entitled to use the facilities in the hall.

CONVENT SCHOOL NEWS: The school has a new website at www.borrisinossoryns.ie which will be regularly updated and will help keep parents, pupils and the wider community informed about school events, activities and news. It went live on Christmas Eve and promises to be a colourful and useful school resource.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL: Thanks to the pupils from the Convent of Mercy National School who support weekly raffles for charity. With the help of their class teachers and Mrs Culliton, they recently donated the sum of 380 euro to the local branch of St Vincent de Paul. The continued support of both pupils and parents to these weekly class raffles is much appreciated. Kevin Horgan, school principal presented the cheque to Mrs Theresa Lalor from the St Vincent de Paul, Borris in Ossory. Many thanks to Mrs Aileen Culliton for organising the collection and the presentation.

WINNERS: Congratulations to the winners in this year's colouring competition, run by Wilson's Costcutters, Borris in Ossory. The winners were: Amy O Sullivan, Katelyn Fitzpatrick, Michael Cash, Dawn Barry, Natalia Szydlowska and Leanne Kavanagh, (overall winner.) A big thank you goes to Wilson's Costcutters for their continued support for the school in events such as this. It is much appreciated.

CHRISTMAS SHOW: The pupils of the Convent National School, Borris in Ossory, performed their annual Christmas show at St Canice's Church on the 22nd of December. The performance was originally to be held on Dec 11th but had to be cancelled due to weather conditions and school closure prior to the date. All school classes took part and enjoyed singing carols and reciting poems about Christmas and The Nativity Story.

CHRISTMAS RAFFLE: Congratulations to all those who won prizes in the School Christmas raffle which was organised by the parents association. Many thanks go from the school and parents association to all our generous sponsors for the event. The parents association also brought Santa to the school that day for a visit.