Knock Summer festival

SHOW - 1898-2012 Ossory Agricultural Society Co Ltd presents Annual Show Laois County Show Affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 22 at the showgrounds at Coolfin Cross on Mountrath / Rathdowney Road, Co Laois. Following sponsors Meadow Meats E1000 Beef Heifer; Meadow Meats E1000 Beef Bullock; Glanbia E1000 Friesian Calf Championship Calf born January 2012; FBD E1200 Ossory Crossbred Belgian Blue Championship; Ossory Show E400 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 0862394573 or show treasurer Irene Newman 0868402125. Closing date for entries is July 11.

SHOW - 1898-2012 Ossory Agricultural Society Co Ltd presents Annual Show Laois County Show Affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 22 at the showgrounds at Coolfin Cross on Mountrath / Rathdowney Road, Co Laois. Following sponsors Meadow Meats E1000 Beef Heifer; Meadow Meats E1000 Beef Bullock; Glanbia E1000 Friesian Calf Championship Calf born January 2012; FBD E1200 Ossory Crossbred Belgian Blue Championship; Ossory Show E400 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 0862394573 or show treasurer Irene Newman 0868402125. Closing date for entries is July 11.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s Lotto draw last week so the prize fund now stands at E8,200 while the jackpot is E6,200. There was no match 3 winners. Five lucky dips of E20: Helen Mooney, Joan Norton, Norma Bergin, Mary Moloughney, Sheila Kelly. Promoter’s prize: Julio’s.

DEATH - The death has taken place of Mr Timothy Drennan, formerly St Kieran’s Homes for the Elderly and the Islands, Urlingford. He had been ill for some time and his death caused much regret. He was a very quiet gentleman and his passing will be sadly missed. His remains were removed from Dole’s Funeral Home to Church of the Assumption and after Requiem Mass burial took place in the Mill Cemetery. Deeply regretted by his relations, close friends and neighbours.

FLOWerS - Urlingford Tidy Towns Committee were saddened on Sunday week last when they found that flowers were taken out of their pots and boxes and thrown recklessly around the street and on peoples premises throughout the town. Do these people responsible have flowers at home?

THANKS - The Fete Committee of Kilcooley would like to thank all those who supported their Old Style Country Fete last Sunday week in Kilcooley where a great day was enjoyed by those who attended. Many thanks again.

DEATH - The death has taken place in London of Mrs Mary Stephenson (nee Burke). She was daughter of the late Ger and Molly Burke, Urlingford, sister of Paddy Burke, St Josephs Terrace and sister of Margaret Ryan, Urlingford Road, Johnstown. Interment took place in London. Peace to her soul.

ZUMBA FITNESS IN URLINGFORD - Ditch the Workout and join the Party! One hour of fun and fitness every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm and Thursday morning at 10.30am 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 which is starting next week July 20. Go for it, who knows you might thoroughly enjoy it. Urlingford Library has started the summer reading challenge for children. Laboratories galore available at this library. Get your 6 library books and get gifts to encourage you along the way. Register your Domestic Waste Water Treatment online now at www.protectourwater.ie, contact lo-call 1890 800 800 if assistance is required.

URLINGFORD/GRAINE DEFIBRILLATOR - The AGM of Urlingford and Graine Defibrillator will take place today (Wednesday) in the creche in Urlingford at 8.30pm. All are welcome.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses in Urlingford and Graine Church last weekend: Mary Hughes, Craddoxtown.

KNOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL - Knock Summer Festival is taking place on July 28. 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 GDA wish to express their tanks for the very generous response thy have received so far in their house to house collection in aid of the development of the hall. Envelopes are also available in the church porch in Urlingford church for those who wish to contribute to the development of Graine Hall. These envelopes can be returned to Fr Maher at any time. Recipes are available if requested.

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

EMERALDS C&G SKILLS CAMP - Urlingford GAA Pitch, July 24 to 26 (9.30 to 3pm). Open to U6-U14 boys and girls. Hurling, camogie, football, handball, rounders, fitness nutrition, agility skills E30. Family discount available). Contact Sinead 087 2943889 (text or call). Equipment needed: Helmet, hurley, boots/runners and shin guards. Drinks and lunch.

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 AND 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.