Santa Claus is coming to town - w/e Dec 15

AS IS the tradition, Santa has been in contact with his elves in Ballycallan and has arranged to visit the hall on Sunday.

He plans to arrive around 1.30 in the afternoon, but due to his busy schedule he will be leaving the hall at 3.30 and he clearly stated that all children are welcome, so he hopes to see everyone there.

WELL DONE –Congratulations to Lena Butler who was one of the alien dancers on the Late Late Toy Show last week.

TABLE QUIZ –The Parents Council of St Aidan's NS, Kilmanagh will host a table quiz tomorrow (Thursday) at 8.15pm. The usual categories and fun will apply.

BKK COMMUNITY ALERT CABARET –On December 9 the BKK Community Alert held their Christmas cabaret in Brennan's Bar, Kilmanagh. Music was by Vincent Vaughan. Everybody had a very enjoyable night. Door prizes were won by Margaret Fox, Chris Doheny, Michael Murphy, Walter Carroll, Louise Maher and Ellen O'Brien. The raffle prizes were won by Joan Disney, Annette Wall, John Hoyne, Bridget Marnell, Bridget Hennessy, Tom Moran, Keenan Family, Gerry Dunne, Tom Moran, Marie Carroll, Paddy Nugent, John Hoyne, Denis Leahy, Betty Nugent, Betty Taylor, Margaret Brett, Bridie Roche and Gabriel Wall.

The Community Alert group would like to thank everyone who supported them on the night and to those who bought tickets but were unable to attend and grateful thanks to Joe and Julie Brennan for the use of their premises. The group would also like to thank everyone who supported them during 2006 and wish everyone a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE – An afternoon tea dance was held in Ballycallan Hall last Sunday. The event was organised and hosted by Ella O'Brien and Eamon Walsh and what a great event it was. The catering was provided by Ellen Murphy of Rathmoyle and was a fantastic spread. Jerry Ryan was MC and music was provided by Paddy Blanche who showed his versatility by playing many instruments and many tunes from waltzes to quick steps and reels. Entertainment didn't stop there as Mary Egan and Eamon Walsh exercised their vocal cords and sang songs.

There were many raffle prizes and they were won by Paul Hartley, Peggy Brennan, Carmel Byrne (x2), Kathleen Maher, Michael Teehan, Nora Cashin, May Murphy, Fr Murphy, Maura Jameson, Nora Cashin, Maura Walsh, Nellie Dunphy, Bridie Sunderland, Josephine Bergin, Mary Brennan, PJ Garvan, Maura Walsh, Ella O'Brien, Seamie Grogan (x2), Josephine Bergin, Breda Ryall, Carmel Byrne, Jennifer Egan, Kitty Brett, Annette Wall, Noreen Brennan, John Cashin, Peggy Hoyne and Ella O'Brien. Ella and Eamon would like to thank the Paddys for the music, Ellen Murphy for such a wonderful spread, Mary Dargan and Annette Wall for their assistance on the door and selling the raffle tickets and a special thanks to all who turned up and supported the event.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT PARTY –Our December party meeting was attended by 17 members. A recent outing to the Watergate Theatre for the 'Kings of the Kilburn High Road' was a great success, despite the play's florid dialogue.

The Christmas lunch was held in the Newpark Hotel on Monday. Several members accepted an invitation from neighbouring Tullaroan to their Christmas party. A closely contested quiz was held, which provided great fun and banter. The draw followed, with Frank Garvan taking first prize of a lovely Christmas hamper. There were several other lucky winners. All enjoyed the delicious tea served before a blazing fire.

The AGM is on January 15. All are welcome. Art classes re-commence on January 22, 2007.

PLAYER GROUP –It was decided by those who attended the last prayer meeting on November 29 that instead of a prayer meeting today (Wednesday), members would go to Peace in Christ Retreat House to attend the second Advent evening. This is at 7.30pm tonight. Prayer meetings will recommence in the New Year.

HANDBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS –Congratulations to Ciarn Neary who was part of the duo who won the Leinster College Handball Doubles Championships recently.

MR MICHAEL FITZMAURICE –Sympathy is extended to all the Ronan families in Kilmanagh on the death of Michael Fitzmaurice. His burial took place in St Mary's Cemetery, Ballykeefe following Mass in St Fiacre's Church, Loughboy.

LOTTO – Numbers drawn on December 4 were 9, 26 and 27. There was no jackpot winner. e30 prizes were won by: Statia Teehan, Shipton; Phil Purcell, Ballykeefe; Sharon Millea, Banse; Bree Harrison, Ballyhack; and Ann Concannon, c/o Milo Hennessy. Promoters' prizes: Ben Hayes, Milo Hennessy and Ann Fitzpatrick.

PEACE IN CHRIST –The second of the Advent evenings is tonight (Wednesday) from 7.30 to 9.30pm.

ANNUAL PARISH RAFFLE –Tickets for the parish raffle are printed and will be distributed during the week. Prizes are the same as last year and the price of tickets are also the same. Book of 12 for e10. This raffle will take place in Ballycallan Hall this coming Friday during the Variety concert.

CONGRATULATIONS – To Brigid Hennessy, Kilmanagh and Paddy Ronan, Ballycallan on winning prizes in the Mount Carmel draw.

CHRISTMAS CARD GAMES –Card games taking place on the run up to Christmas in Coolagh Hall, Callan every Thursday night with hams and hampers. All are welcome.

WHIST DRIVE –A Christmas Whist Drive in aid of St Brigid's Camogie Club will take place at Palmerstown venue this Sunday at 8pm. e70 for top score. Any parents of players that would like to help out on the night or donate prizes for raffle, please contact Josie Ronan on 086-2740366.

CHRISTMAS CAROLS –A festival of Christmas carols will take place in St Aidan's Church, Kilmanagh on December 22 at 8pm. All are welcome. Seasonal refreshments will be served.

THANK YOU –Sincere thanks is expressed on behalf of the Coogan family and the Baby Luke Foundation to all who so generously supported the fund recently in Brennan's Pub.

In particular special thanks to Joe and Julie Brennan for all of their help and the tremendous support they have given to this cause.

MUSIC IN BRENNANS –Saturday: Trad music session. December 23 Brennan's Christmas party. Music by Timmy Chambers and a great bag of Christmas goodies to give away to all the festive guys and gals.

Joe and Julie Brennan would like to wish all their patrons a very happy Christmas and a prosperous 2007.

St Stephen's Day will have its usual afternoon trad session with more music later on.

BIRTHDAY GIRL –Congratulations to Bridie Roche on attaining the brilliant age of 70 years. Bridie celebrated this happy event in the presence of her relatives and friends in Brennan's Lounge. Her son Kevin made it all possible.

VARIETY CONCERT – A variety concert will take place in Ballycallan Hall on Friday at 8pm. A raffle will also take place. It is important that all tickets and money are back on or before Friday. Any young person, or not so young, who has a flair for the stage contact Mary Egan.

FOR"IGE –On Tuesday night recently the For"ige Club went bowling in Clonmel. Fun was had by all. There will be no For"ige meetings until the New Year so we wish all a very happy Christmas.

ALL IRELAND FOOTBALL –Congratulations to Gear"id Murphy who won an All-Ireland football medal with Kildalton College beating Clonakilty in Cahir last Tuesday.


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