Castlecomer: Surprise for Teresa

GREAT 60TH - For a change the tables were turned on Teresa Hetherington. The Market Street woman has been to the fore in so many voluntary projects in the town but she got some shock when family and friends joined to organise a surprise 60th birthday for her in Shortalls Lounge on Saturday night. A great night was had by all.

GREAT 60TH - For a change the tables were turned on Teresa Hetherington. The Market Street woman has been to the fore in so many voluntary projects in the town but she got some shock when family and friends joined to organise a surprise 60th birthday for her in Shortalls Lounge on Saturday night. A great night was had by all.

ALL IRELAND GLORY - Heartiest congratulations to Martin and Conor Fogarty on their All Ireland Success.

FOLK CHOIR - Castlecomer Folk Choir have resumed, practice is every Monday at 8 p.m. in the Primary School. New members are most welcome.

COLLECTION - The Annual Church Door collection in aid of Ossory Social Services will be taken up at all masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Last year expenditure was in excess of €250,000 on various projects such as Bishop Birch Training Institute ; Counselling & Care Services ; Family Holiday Projects ; Support Services for the Elderly ; Material Aid for Families in Distress ; Meals on Wheels Service . Please be generous.

HARVEST THANKSGIVING - Castlecomer Union of Parishes invites you to their ecumenical celebration of Harvest Thanksgiving in the Colliery Church at 3.30pm on Sunday October 7th. The preacher is the Very Rev Robert MacCarthy.

LIBRARY LATEST - Children who took part in our Titanic Art Competition can see their work on display from Oct 3rd to 13th. Childrens author Debbie Thomas will visit the Library on Wednesday October 10th The Library will once again act as a drop off point for the Xmas Shoebox Appeal, closing date Nov 10th. Authors Paul Murray and Val Mulkerins will visit John’s Quay for the Peregrine Readings on October 17th The Nattering Knitters meet on Thursday mornings and are currently knitting little items for the Neo Natal Unit St Luke’s Hospital. All are welcome to join this group. “We’re just MAD about Books” kids book group will meet in the Library on Tuesday Nov 7th at 3.30. All boys and girls aged 8-12 are welcome!

CLASSES OPEN TO ALL - Log on and learn classes will be available for FREE in the Castlecomer Community School. It is open to any ages and everyone is welcome. The classes will take place on Wednesday every week at 11:20 until 12:20 . If you want to learn basic computer skills such as E-mails , booking hotels , eBay ,Skype etc. students will also be more than happy to show you how to use digital camera, mobile phone etc.For more information contact the school at (056) 4441447

GAA LOTTO - The club lotto is now up to €16,100.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

CHILDS PLAY - Parent & Toddler Group in Moneenroe Hall meet every Wednesday 10 –12 am, €2 per family Tea/ Coffee, Juice & Snack for kids. Come for a chat and meet new people in your community while your child plays and interacts with other children.

PILATES - Interested in a new challenge. A Beginners Pilates course will be starting in the Community Hall commencing on Monday night 15th October from 8-9 p.m. To sign up for this relaxing yet strengthening form of exercise contact Joe at 087 – 2877912. To ensure the best benefits and results classes are limited to no more than ten participants, so early booking is advised.

USEFUL INFO - The Winter Fuel Scheme is intended to help those who are unable to provide for their own heating needs and now is the time to apply. The scheme operates for from October to April The basic rate of Fuel Allowance is 20euro per week You should apply for the Fuel Allowance now as the allowance will not be backdated. How to apply: • Application forms are available online at: http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Forms/Documents/nfs1.pdf • Applications are also available from your local Post Office • You can also Text “Form FUEL” followed by your name and address to 51909

INSULATE FOR FREE - Kilkenny Leader Partnership, administered by SEAI, can insulate your home for free. Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. The Scheme is being delivered currently by Kilkenny Leader Partnership at 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. (056 – 7752111) or Conor Cleere, Castlecomer Community Hall 4441966. Who can avail of the scheme. Owner occupied non- Local Authority homes. Houses constructed before 2002. The owner is in receipt of one of the following Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ; Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age ; Family Income Support.