Parish Pilgrimage to Knock - Will take place on Thursday, July 12th. Bus will depart at 8 a.m. and cost is E20. If you wish to travel please give your name to Pierce Kavanagh’s or leave name into church sacristy.

Parish Pilgrimage to Knock - Will take place on Thursday, July 12th. Bus will depart at 8 a.m. and cost is E20. If you wish to travel please give your name to Pierce Kavanagh’s or leave name into church sacristy.

Emerald’s 3 Day Camp - July 10th to 12th, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. E30 per child. Forms available from J.J. Kavanagh Office and from Sinead Curran (087) 2943889.

Mass - Cemetery Mass in the Mill Cemetery on Friday, July 6th at 7.30 p.m. and Johnstown Cemetery, July 17th at 7.30 p.m.

Whist Drive - The next summer Whist Drive in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on Friday, July 13th.

Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown - 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 9.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m. Cost E40. For an application form please contact the school office on (056) 8831135. 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. Results of the Mill FRC and Urlingford NS Buster Draw: Result of race 6-4-5-3-1-2. Winner of E500: Jaroslaw Bilski. Runner-up prizes: 6-4-5-1-2-3 no sold. 6-4-5-1-3-2: Sue Cox; 6-4-5-2-1-3 not sold; 6-4-5-2-3-1 Saoirse Burke; 6-4-5-3-2-1 Siobhan Campion, all received E85. Thanks to everyone who supported the draw.

Playschool - Urlingford Playschool for little Learners Open Week. All invited - Free Mornings from July 2nd to 6th. Provides Free Preschool ECCE Scheme. Open for morning and afternoon sessions. Please Ring for more information - Angela (056) 8831805 - (School No.) (087) 9363885.

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.

Urlingford 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.

Urlingford Johnstown Galmoy Community Games - Well done to all the following children from our community games area who participated in the Co. Kilkenny Community Games Athletics Finals last Sunday, June 24th. U/8 Daniel Stapleton, Louise Hickey & Niall Drennan (sprint), U/10 Calum Lonergan, Billy Drennan and Aisling Hickey (sprint), Ciara Queally (200m), Matt Delaney and Emily Kavanagh (hurdles), U/12 Gavin Moriarty (sprint), Connor Drennan & Johnny Doyle (long puck), Calvin Ryan and John McCormack (Ball Throw), U/12 Jack Hickey and Eimear Leahy (600m), U/14 Sarah Jane McCormack, Kieran Norton and Shona Power (sprint). All children gave great performances and it was an honour for our area to have them representing us in the county finals. The first medal of the day arrived when Calum Lonergan was first past the finish line to win gold in the U/8 80m sprint. This was followed with a great run by Billy Drennan to win silver in the U/10 100m sprint. We had even more success at the field events when Connor Drennan won gold and Johnny Doyle won bronze in the long puck and Calvin Ryan won gold in the ball throw. Emily Kavanagh was the first girl to win a medal when she gave a great performance to win the U/10 Hurdles. Sarah Jane McCormack then won gold and Shona Power won silver in the U/14 100m sprint. This was followed by yet another great run by Eimear Leahy who won gold in the U/12 600m. We had even more success in the Relay events, when the U/10 team (Matt Delaney, Billy Drennan, Aisling Hickey, Emily Kavanagh) won silver, the U/12 team (Johnny Doyle, Jack Hickey, John McCormack, Connor Drennan) won sliver and the U/13 team (Kieran Norton, Eimear Leahy, Sarah Jane McCormack, Calvin Ryan) won gold. Thanks to athletics mentor Mary Burke and to all committee members and parents who helped out on the day. Well done to all children who participated and a special congratulations to all children who came first in their events, who will now go on to represent Kilkenny in the National Finals which take place in Athlone at the end on August.

June Collection - The June collection to support the priests of the parish is now due. Envelopes are available in the church porch. A word of thanks to all for their generosity.

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.