Urlingford -

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last week so the prize fund is now E6,000. Jackpot is E4,000. No match 3 winners. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Ronan Guilfoyle, Laura Cleere, Martin Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Eileen Stanley. Promoter’s prize: B. Troy.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last week so the prize fund is now E6,000. Jackpot is E4,000. No match 3 winners. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Ronan Guilfoyle, Laura Cleere, Martin Fitzgerald, Michael Quinlan, Eileen Stanley. Promoter’s prize: B. Troy.

SYMPATHY - The death has taken place, peacefully, at St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny of Nicholas (Tom) Cleere, Tubrid, Woodsgift after a long illness. A lovely, quiet gentleman, he belonged to a highly respected family and his death was deeply regretted. There was a huge attendance at the removal of the remains from his brother Frank’s residence to St Patrick’s Church, Graine and after Requiem Mass, Easter Sunday burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by his brothers Frank, Dick and Michael, sisters Anne and Mary, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, grand nieces, grand nephews, relatives and a large circle of friends and neighbours.

WHIST DRIVE - A whist drive will be held in Kilcooley Hall on Friday night, April 5. Doors open usual time. All card players and new players will be very welcome.

50th BIRTHDAY - Congratulations to Michael Ryan, Rathlogan, Johnstown who celebrated his 50th Birthday on March 11 with a huge party in the Urlingford Arms Hotel. In attendance was all his family and friends and all the best at bingo.

KILKENNY COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY FORUM - The South East Regional Drugs task Force (SERDTF), Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny Leader Partnership are jointly organising a community consultation seminar on the subject of substance misuse. The seminar will be on the morning of Friday 19th April 2013. The venue will be the Pembrooke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny from 9:30am to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be served. All community voluntary interests and groups are invited to attend. Places can be booked at 051 841144.

GRAINE DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION - Public meeting in Graine Community Hall, on Friday night April 12th at 8:30 pm. To update community on present financial position RE: New Hall. All Welcome.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses both in Urlingford and Graine: Mary Ann Stapleton, St Mary’s Ave; Thomas Neary, St Mary’s Ave; Sean Farrell, New Road.

MASS - Mass times this week Tuesday to Friday is at 9.30 each morning.

EASTER OFFERING ENVELOPES - Available in both churches. Please return them as soon as possible.

MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - Presented by Dr. Fergus Heffernan, Monday, 15th April OR Tuesday, 23rd April 2013. This is a FREE workshop hosted by the First Arts Programme on the Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny. This workshop will show us how to keep mentally fit, and how to tap into our minds power – so that we can enjoy our lives to the fullest. Most of us are so engaged in life and all its anxieties that we can find it very difficult to differentiate our own issues from other peoples issues, and this is having a profound negative effect on our physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. The workshop will help us learn in a very practical and fun filled way how to have more contentment in life, by managing ourselves and our time, and freeing ourselves from fears and consistent worries. Who should attend: Senior Level Students, (their Parents), Guidance Counsellors and Mature, FETAC students interested in developing skills that will support the transition to College life. A CAO Information session will take place following the above event. Further details and an online registration form can be found at: www.nuimkilkennyfirstartsapril2013.eventbrite.ie or by email: kilkennyfirstarts@nuim.ie

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

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.

MILL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE - Spaces are available in the allotments, large and small allotments. Interior design and computer classes starting. If you are interested in any of the above contact the MFRC on 056 8838466.

URLINGFORD NS - Scoil an Chroi Ro-Naofa Urlingford NS 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.

URLINGFORD LIBRARY - Closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Open Tues. 10-1 and 2-8; Thurs. 10-1 and 2-5; Sat.10 to 1.30. It seems like everyone is a little bit more stressed at the moment. Well, Urlingford Library has a display of Self-Help books just to help you become more relaxed, happier and healthier with titles such as: Beat Stress with Meditation. A little bit of Healing. Change your life in 7 days. We can all do with some help sometimes so help yourself and call in to Urlingford Library. Who knows where it might lead!! Urlingford Library has a fantastic display of Tea Cosies, all knitted by our borrowers. Come in and delight in the imagination and flair of our customers. We also have a brilliant Easter Colouring Competition for Children. Just call in and collect our free pictures for colouring. Closing date ; 4th April. Great Prizes!! Don’t miss out.

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 on Thursday, April 11. Contact Cathleen Shortall 056 8831061, cathshort@eircom.net.

KNOCK - Interested in travelling to Knock to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday? A bus will depart from the following locations on Sunday next, April 7: Urlingford 7.30am; Johnstown 7.40am; Rathdowney 8am; Borris-in-Ossory 8.30am; Roscrea 9am; Birr 9.30am. If you wish to travel please contact Michael Sutcliff on 089 4620860.

THURLES CREDIT UNION - Is willing to give small grants to Community Clubs in the area. You can apply at Urlingford Branch by tomorrow (Thursday).

GRAINE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - No supervised study will take place on April 6. Study will resume Saturday, April 13. Any new students need to book in beforehand due to limited spaces. Contact Helen Leahy 086 3994204.

WHIST RESULTS - March 22: Top Score Alice Bergin, Amy Caldbeck, Anna Brennan, Patricia Delaney, Mary McEvoy, Tom Cooke, Breda Brennan, Joan McLoughney, Veronica Muldowney, Jake Caldbeck, Eileen Maher, June Bennett, Michael Maher, Lauren Caldbeck, Emma Caldbeck. Raffle: Paddy Delaney, Kelly Caldbeck, Brigid Walsh, Joan McLoughney, Anna Brennan, Paddy Delaney, Ellis Caldbeck, Kelly Caldbeck, Mary Doheny, Amy Caldbeck, Joan McLoughney, Loran Allen, Thomas Dunne.

SOCCER LEAGUE - The annual soccer league on the All Weather pitches in Colaiste Mhuire will start hopefully in the next few days. At present any group with approx 8 players can enter and it is hoped all teams will have at least one game per week over the next two months . With the long evenings approaching and now a chance to keep fit you can enter a team by contacting John Cahill on 086 0485328.

FITNESS CLASSES IN GRAINE - 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. Classes commencing March 19. Fee: E6. For more information or to book a place contact Eilish on 085 7879842.

COLAISTE MHUIRE - Johnstown. An Arc Welding night class will start soon for 9 weeks. Contact 087-9057118 to enrol.

COMMUNITY ALERT - We now have 220 signed up members in our Community Alert Text System. Shortly these members will receive text messages concerning crime and theft in our area. In the next month we hope to put up new Community Alert Text alert signs around the parish. It is also encouraging to note that most of our neighboring parishes are also establishing Text Alert in their localities. At present the local Gardai contact numbers are 056 8831133 or 086 8580628. When we are fully operations we will give our members a phone number for the 24 hour manned head garda office in Kilkenny.

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