The late Paul Skehan RIP - The death last week at Sacred Heart Nursing Home, Crosspatrick of Paul Skehan, Rathlogan was a cause of great sorrow in the locality. Paul was everybodys’ friend.
He possessed a friendly disposition which endeared him to everyone. Son of the late John and Mary Skehan, Rathlogan he was a deep rooted GAA man and was a member of the Johnstown Hurling Team long before it became the Fenians Hurling Club . His other great interest was greyhounds. Together with his late sister –in-law Kitty he bred and raced greyhounds, many winning big prize money and trophies. His passing has come as great sorrow to his surviving brothers Martin and Fr Sean, sister Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and many, many friends and neighbours. A guard of honour from the Fenian GAA Club escorted the remains to St Kierans Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr Frank MaherPP assisted by Fr Tommy Murphy PP Ballyragget. All the service including the burial in Johnstown Cemetery was skyped to Fr Sean in Florida who was unable to attend. It was an emotional time for the family. Prior to the National League Match in Nowlan Park on Sunday a minutes silence was observed for Paul and two other Gaa faithful who recently passed away .. May his soul rest in peace.
Easter Ceremonies - The Easter ceremonies in St Kierans Church, Johnstown had a very good attendance. Despite the awful cold, people came on all days. The choir conducted by Breda Campion was in good voice. Billy Holmes was as always there for the organ playing. Fr Maher thanked all those who rallied round and helped out over Holy Week.
The weather - The Arctic conditions which have existed over the whole country for days now have also been prevalent in Johnstown. Apart from a few minor flurries of snow early last week the snow has kept off the locality. The weather is causing a lot of delay to farmers with spring ploughing and sowing. Hopefully it will end soon.
Congratulations - Congratulations to Dan and Lorraine Costigan , Ballycuddihy on the recent birth of their daughter Zoe Imelda Costigan. The baby was baptised recently in St. Kieran’s Church, Johnstown.
Graine Study - The supervised study will resume in Graine Hall on Sat April 13th. Any new students need to book beforehand as space is limited.
Trocaire - The boxes of the Lenten Trocaire campaign are due for collection. Please bring them to the Church as soon as possible so that the amount collected can be sent to Trocaire.
Spa Development / Fenians Lotto - Week March 25th...there was no winner of the jackpot, numbers drawn were 8,9,13,25. There was no match 3 winner either. Four lucky dips of €50 were Pat Walsh c/o Walsh mini market, Liam Queally c/o J. Murphy, Mile Quinlan c/o Paschals Bar, Pat Delaney c/o Barrys Bar. Next weeks jackpot is €4000 and the draw is in Barrys on Tuesday April 2nd.
Knock Shrine - celebrate the Year of Faith for conversion, renewal, preservation from legalised abortion at Knock Shrine April 7th from 12.45pm to 5.00pm. Conducted by Fr Tony Little CSSP and Fr Michael Ross CSSP . Concelebrated Mass at 3pm with Archbishop Charles Brown (Nuncio) Bus will leave Johnstown at 7.45am Enquiries Michael 0894620860
Ossory Times - Second edition of the ossory Diocesan magazine now on sale €2.
Community Playschool - The Johnstown Community Playschool will re open on Monday April 8, catering for children from 2 years 8 months to 5 years. It is planned to open an after school service and offer early years from 2 years 5 months from Sept. as well as summer camps in July. For further information contact Mick or June 0568838562