Show - 1898-2012 Ossory Agricultural Society Co. Ltd. presents Annual Show Laois County Show Affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 22nd at the showgrounds at Coolfin Cross on Mountrath / Rathdowney Road, Co. Laois.

Show - 1898-2012 Ossory Agricultural Society Co. Ltd. presents Annual Show Laois County Show Affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 22nd at the showgrounds at Coolfin Cross on Mountrath / Rathdowney Road, Co. Laois.

Following sponsors Meadow Meats Beef Heifer; Meadow Meats Beef Bullock; Glanbia Friesian Calf Championship Calf born January 2012; FBD Ossory Crossbred Belgian Blue Championship; Ossory Show Working Hunter Championship Premium Mare. Classes nominated for Top Four Stallions (following classes) cattle, horses, sheep, poultry, jam, eggs, crafts, flowers, baking, sewing, knitting, vegetables, photography (junior classes) most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day, little Miss Ossory most suitable boy on show day, pony, games, fun, dog show, vintage tractor, display band b gate prizes, music and trade stand. There will be something suitable for everyone. Ossory Show Secretary, Catherine Fitzgerald, Conboro Road, Rathdowney, Co. Laois. Mobile (087) 9975902, email ossoryshow@eircom.net, show chairman Peter Ging (086) 2394573 or show treasurer Irene Newman (086) 8402125. Closing date for entries is July 11th.

Whist Drive - Next Summer Whist Drive in St. Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on Friday, July 13th.

Death - The death has taken place at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny of Mr. P.J. Dollard, Graigue, Galmoy and formerly of Crosspatrick, Johnstown. He belonged to a highly respected family. He was a lovely, quiet gentleman. There was a very large attendance at the Removal of the Remains from Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford to Crosspatrick Church and after Requiem Mass on Sunday, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing sisters, Bridie, Stasia, sister-in-law Marie, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives, friends and neighbours.

Cemetery Masses - The following Cemetery Masses in Clomantagh Cemetery on Friday, July 13th, Johnstown Cemetery, Tuesday, July 17th.

Collection - The half yearly collection for church sacristan will be taken up at all Masses this coming weekend. Envelopes are available in Church Porch.

Knock - Parish pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday, July 12th. Bus will depart at 8 a.m. and cost is 20 euro. If you wish to travel please give your name to Pierce Kavanagh’s or leave name into church sacristy.

Zumba - Ditch the Workout and join the Party! One hour of fun and fitness every Tuesday evening at 6.45 p.m. and Thursday morning at 10.30 a.m. in the local Hall. All welcome, contact Sarah (087) 7460707 for all information.

Library - Open all day most days. Urlingford Library is still taking names for the next free computer course in internet skills. This is a computer course that will show you how to book a flight or a hotel and learn how to look up websites. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills at the touch of a button!! Just telephone or visit and leave your name and number. Urlingford Library now has registration forms for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems (including septic tanks). Also, application forms for passports, driver theory test, learner permit, driving license (issue or renewal) and Household Charge. Urlingford Library is getting ready for the children’s summer reading challenge, called Story Lab. We are hoping that parents will bring their children to Urlingford Library and encourage them to take part in this exciting, innovative and fun way of reading at least six books over the summer months.

Don’t miss out!! Register your Domestic Waste Water Treatment online now at www.protectourwater.ie contact lo-call 1890-800-800 if assistance is required.

Household Charge - Funding Local Services. An important reminder from Kilkenny Local Authorities: For those that have not already paid, the Household Charge is now due for payment. Please register and pay online at www.householdcharge.ie or at the Kilkenny County Council offices in County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

Knock Summer Festival - Knock Summer Festival is taking place on July 28th. It is a free event for all people between the ages of 17 and 30 years. This day will be full of talks, workshops, music, prayer and reflection. For more information check out www.knockshrine.ie/youthfestival, or call 087 6927850. Find us on Facebook: Knock Summer Festival.

Graine Hall - Members of the Graine Development Association will be visiting each home in the Graine catchment area to seek help in fundraising for the development of the hall. We would like to thank everyone for the interest shown so far and in anticipation for your generosity.

Bus Eireann Notice - Bus Eireann is to provide daily services from Johnstown, Durrow and Abbeyleix to Portlaoise for the next 6 weeks. Please see notice in the Church Porch for more details.

Emeralds C&G Skills Camp - Urlingford G.A.A. Pitch, July 24th to 26th (9.30 to 3pm). Open to U/6-U/14 boys and girls. Hurling, camogie, football, handball, rounders, fitness nutrition, agility skills 30 euro. Family discount available). Contact Sinead 087 2943889 (text or call). Equipment needed: Helmet, hurley, boots/runners and shin guards. Drinks and lunch.

Colaiste Mhuire -Places are still available for PLC Fetac Level 5 and 6 courses, the courses on offer for September are Business and Secretarial Studies, Business Administration, Engineering Technology with Agricultural modules, Early Childhood Care and Education Level 5 and Level 6. Colaiste Mhuire will run their annual Irish Camp from Monday, July 16th to Friday, July 20th from 9.30am to 1.30pm. Cost E40. For an application form please contact school office on 056 8831135.

Mill Family Resource Centre - Coming up for September: Introduction to Child Care/Health Care which will work into FETAC Level 5 Health Care Support. This is a part-time course consisting of two mornings a week from September 2012 to June 2013.

Care of the Sick & Elderly - Please contact Fr. Maher if you have a relative or neighbour sick at home or in hospital and would like to be visited or added to the First Friday calls.

Urlingford News - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements etc., can do so by contacting Gerry Grace or by emailing emeraldnews@hotmail.com Please feel free to send photographs to the email address or by passing them on to Gerry Grace and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is Sunday evening of each week.