Urlingford: Joe Fitzpatrick dies in Australia

SINCERE SYMPATHY - The death has taken place in Australia of Mr Joseph (Joe) Fitzpatrick, formerly of Borrismore House, Johnstown. He belonged to a highly respected family and his passing was deeply regretted. He was brother of ex-County Councillor Martin Fitzpatrick and Anne Cahill, Freshford. Internment took place in Australia. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church, Johnstown on Saturday, October 27.

SINCERE SYMPATHY - The death has taken place in Australia of Mr Joseph (Joe) Fitzpatrick, formerly of Borrismore House, Johnstown. He belonged to a highly respected family and his passing was deeply regretted. He was brother of ex-County Councillor Martin Fitzpatrick and Anne Cahill, Freshford. Internment took place in Australia. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St Kieran’s Church, Johnstown on Saturday, October 27.

WHIST DRIVE - A whist drive will be held in Kilcooley Hall on this coming Friday night, October 19. Proceeds in aid of heating oil for Littleton Church. All card players welcome.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses in Urlingford and Graine last weekend: Johnny Leahy, The Islands; Joan Marshall, Ballybeigh; Carol Fox, Woodsgift.

CARDS - Great cards played every Monday night in Urlingford Community Hall. All card players will be very welcome.

COLLECTION - There are still some envelopes in the church porch so that you can pay your dues to priests of the parish collection.

THE GATHERING, URLINGFORD - The gathering is a nationwide series of events being held next year, the purpose of which is to provide a reason for coming to Ireland and a forum for gathering friends, relatives and neighbours. Amongst the objectives are: ‘an opportunity for people at home and abroad to play their part in Irelands renewal, and to help re-brand Ireland on a world stage; 2 an opportunity for communities, local authorities, sporting associations, county associations, individuals, families and businesses to do something positive to lift national morale and help the economy. We have been discussing what we, as a Parish Community, can do to participate in this event. Tentative plans were discussed at a recent meeting, in the Parish Hall, which focused on 1) A revival of the towns New Year’s Eve celebrations on the Main Street to mark the ringing out of the old year and the ringing in of the new; the official appointment of a new Lord Mayor and a formal launch of our own ‘Gathering’. 2) An expanded ST Patrick’s Day Festival where the centrepiece will be a revamped Parade preceded by an evening’s entertainment in the Parish Hall. 3) A Heritage Week, sometime in June/July which will give us a unique opportunity to display, acknowledge and celebrate our history and heritage. 4) It is also planned to have a ‘special week’ to celebrate our Graveyard masses, where we hope with the help of you our parishioners, to extend a welcome to all at home and abroad to come and join us in commemorating our ancestors and celebrating these important masses. It is our intention to celebrate these around the Feast of the Assumption (August 15) to which our Parish is dedicated. 5) Being that we live in Urlingford or ‘Hurlingford’ as many a stranger has called us, it is also planned to have a special hurling week in the lead-up to September, when we plan to celebrate with all our hurling heroes and their friends who have since left us. It is hoped to have a display of all the medals brought back to our Parish and a celebration of hurling itself. 6) We also hope I the final quarter of the year to see a number of smaller gathering events to celebrate handball, squash, coursing, badminton, boxing etc. 7) We envisage a New Year’s Eve celebration to mark the close of ‘The Gathering’, Urlingford style. While ambitious, we are confident our plans are practical, achievable and well within our capacity and resources. We are confident that with the full backing of all the people in the Parish we can make this a truly enjoyable series of events and create a unique and proud legacy for further generations. WE are currently I the process of contacting all groups within the Parish to invite them to a meeting today (Wednesday) in the parish hall at 8pm to see how we can all play our part in what could be one of the most memorable years our Parish has seen. This meeting is open to all our Parishioners. Please come and get involved. This is an opportunity not to be missed!

ZUMBA FITNESS - in Urlingford. Ditch the workout and join the party! Tone up, lose weight and have some fun! One hour of fun and fitness every Tuesday evening in the local Hall. If you are interested in this please contact Sarah 087 7460707 for more information.

SHOW - Presentation Secondary School, Thurles, presents Cats The Musical in the Premier Hall, Thurles on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 18, 19 and 20 at 8pm. Admission: E15 Adults; E10 Students and old age Pensioners. To book contact 087 2739411.

LOCATION OF DEFIBRILATOR - While Graine Hall is being redeveloped the defibrillator will be located in the Church Sacristy. Key holders are Ann Pembroke, Canon Dunphy, Helen Healy, Fr. O. Maher.

CARE TO DRIVE - This is a volunteer delivered transport initiative in which the Irish Cancer Society recruits and trains volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment to and from their hospital appointments. We are currently looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from Waterford Regional Hospital. The service is free to both the patient and the hospital with the Irish Cancer Society incurring all costs. Volunteers use their own cars and the Irish Cancer Society pays drivers for their fuel, all tolls and offer E8 per trip towards some food/drink (receipted). For more information please call Gail on 01 2310566 or email transport@irishcancer.ie.

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP - New parents very welcome. Every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon. E1 admission per family. Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. For further details contact Edel 086 1637371 or Zoe 086 0388755.

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.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s Lotto draw last week. Prize fund is E4,300 while the jackpot is E2,300. There was no match three winner. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Joan Norton, E. Moriarty, Peggy Slattery, Mag Tobin, Joe O’Brien. Promoter’s prize: The Chemist.