Urlingford Library - Closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Open Tuesday 10-1 2-8; Thursday 10-1 2-5; Saturday 10.-1.30. Urlingford Library has a fantastic selection of self-help books to borrow such as: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Beat Stress with Meditation; Anam Cara and The Art of Happiness to name but a few. Do something for yourself and do something for your local library.

Urlingford Library - Closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Open Tuesday 10-1 2-8; Thursday 10-1 2-5; Saturday 10.-1.30. Urlingford Library has a fantastic selection of self-help books to borrow such as: Chicken Soup for the Soul; Beat Stress with Meditation; Anam Cara and The Art of Happiness to name but a few. Do something for yourself and do something for your local library.

The Mill FRC / VEC - Are holding one day workshops: Healthcare 7th May; Horticulture/Woodwork 14th May; Customer Service 21st May; Information & Computer Technology 28th May; Childcare 4th June; Adult Guidance 11th June. For anymore information contact the centre on (056) 88-38466. Also there is a confidential counselling service now available in the Mill Family Resource Centre, Contact the centre for further details on (056) 88-38466.

Relay For Life - Irish Cancer Society are holding a talk in the Mill Family Resource Centre on the 17th May at 6.30pm. The aim of the talk is to bring to peoples attention their up coming fundraiser Relay for Life Kilkenny. The event is run over 2 days, 20-21 July in the Watershed, Kilkenny and is a 24 hour relay walk. Anyone interested in attending contact The Mill Family Resource Centre, (056) 8838466.

Euromillions Winner - Martin and Violet Zselan, Mount Finn Drive, received some wonderful news last Wednesday morning when they checked their Euromillions ticket in Urlingford Post Office where they purchased it, to find that they had won the Lotto Plus draw and were to take home €500,000. Congratulations to you both.

Sympathy - The tragic circumstances surrounding the death of Mario Francis last week numbed the community. Mario was a hard working and wonderful family man. He was well known and well liked in the area and our deepest sympathies go to his wife Myanne and his sons Jomar and Jelrum who attend Urlingford National School. Also our sympathies go to his mother, nine sisters and brothers and his two sons in the Philippines Junior and Jolumar. Mario’s remains will return to the Philippines this week.

Easter Offering Envelopes - Available in both churches. Please return them as soon as possible.

Cards - A game of cards every Monday night in Urlingford Community Hall. Your support much appreciated.

Meeting - Urlingford/Graine Defibrillator Group, Meeting once a month in the Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. We would like to get as many volunteers as possible so please come along and bring a friend – together we could save a life.

St. Kieran’s A.C. - Congratulations to Lauren Hayde, Mateusz Pietrzykowski and Kealan Dermody for excellent performances at the Open Sports Day in Kilmacow on Easter Monday. Lauren received 2nd in the U/17 girls 700m and 3rd in the shot putt and Matt received 2nd in the U/16 boys 100m. Well done to all three. Training continues each Wednesday evening from 6.30 to 7.30 and on Sunday from 12.15 to 13.45 behind Colaiste Mhuire. Please come and join us.

Urlingford N.S. - Scoil an Chroi Ro-Naofa Urlingford N.S. enrolment for September 2013 has now begun. If you have not yet been in contact with the school regarding enrolling a child for September please do so at (056) 8831512 from 9am to 3pm Monday to Friday or by calling to the school office. Closing date for enrolments is April 12, 2013.

Ossory Times - The 2nd edition of the Ossory Times is available for sale at a cost of €2.

Graine Dev. Assoc. - Public Meeting in Graine Community Hall on this Friday, April 12 at 8.30pm. To update Community on present financial position re New Hall. All welcome.

The Gathering - As part of The Gathering the parish of Graine and Urlingford are organizing a weekend of activities in August, full details to be finalised. One of these is to have an exhibition of photos in both Graine and Urlingford, which reflects the history of the Parish and it’s people. We are looking for photos, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, photos of anyone who served in any of the wars or in the army. Any photos of Gardai, Priests or Doctors etc. If you do not want these photos to leave your home we can arrange for someone to call and copy them in your home. If you would like to help with piecing together our history with these photos please contact Ann Pembroke (056) 8835184, Norah Hickey (086) 2649993, Joan Pearson (086) 1538834.

Year of Faith - A 10 week CD course on the first 500 years of the church, beginning tomorrow (Thursday). Contact Cathleen Shortall (056) 8831061, cathshort@eircom.net.

Concert - Fr. Liam Lawton concert to be held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 7.30pm. For ticket sales call (056) 7753624, email: afd@ossory.ie. Further information available from www.liamlawton.com.

Emeralds Camogie Club - Are holding a ‘Cookery Demonstration’ by well known freelance chef Edward Hayden from TV3’s ‘Ireland AM ‘ in the Community Hall, Urlingford on Thursday, May 16th. Local food producers are invited to set up stalls to promote their products on the night. For further information contact (086) 8093557. The Club would also like to thank Joe Deegan, the staff at Centra, Urlingford and everyone who contributed so generously at their recent bag pack.

Fitness Classes - Want to tone up and improve those fitness levels? Then why not try EB Fitness, aerobics and body conditioning classes in Graine Hall every Tuesday night 8 to 9pm. For more information contact Eilish on (085) 7879842.

Colaiste Mhuire - Night class in arc welding in Johnstown starting week beginning 8th April. Please call (087) 9057118.

John Murray RTE Walk - Next walk is this Sunday, April 14th on Cullohill Mountain. Starting from Cullohill Community Centre at 12 noon. A host of entertainers will be present while refreshments will be served afterwards. John Murray walks have attracted upwards of 1,200 walkers. Great day assured so please come along.

Community Alert - At this stage we have almost completed our visits to all households in our parish explaining how community text alert programmer works. To date the response is fantastic and most householders have joined up. At this stage we are in discussion with Kilkenny Gardai Head Office to iron out any teething problems we may have in operating this new system. We have called to all householders at this stage and most have joined this valuable new service. If for some chance we missed on meeting you can join our system by contacting secretary Dan Norton, John Cahill or John Hayde for forms to sign up. Shortly we will order new Text Alert signs which will be put up around the parish. In the meantime watch for rogue dealers or criminals driving about in our area.

Eucharistic Adoration - First and third Friday of each month at 2.30-5.30pm.

Baptism - The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturday and Sunday only.

Marriage - At least three months notice must be given.

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 and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is Sunday evening of each week.