Sympathy-We extend sincere sympathy to the family of P J Dollard, Graigue ,Galmoy and late of Crosspatrick who passed away peacefully at St. Lukes Hospital on Friday last. Son of the late William and Ellen Dollard he was also predeceased by his brothers Fr Tommy and Billy and sister Lena OGrady. P J was a very well known and respected member of the farming community and he will be sadly missed by his sisters Brigid and Statia, his sister in law Marie, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews and a wide circle of friends and neighbours. Funeral took place in Crosspatrick Cemetery on Sunday morning after Requiem Mass in Crosspatrick Church, May he rest in peace.
Cemetery Masses 2012-Grangefertagh Tuesday July 10th at 7.30pm, Johnstown Tuesday July 17th at 7.30pm and Donoughmore Tuesday July 24th at 7.30pm. should the weather be inclement Mass will be celebrate in St. Kierans Church.
Weekly Lotto-The Jackpot has rolled over again in Spa development weekly lotto. It has now reached 9,400 euro. There were two match three numbers last week sharing 200 euro. Numbers drawn 3 12 17 19. The winners were Helen Quinlan c/o Vincent Morrissey, Mickey Campion c/o Post Office. Promoters prize Vincent Morrissey. Draw this week Barrys Bar.
Afternoon in the Garden-An afternoon in the garden will be held on Sunday July 15 at 2pm in the beautiful garden of Henry and Ruby Miller, Bawnmore. All monies raised will be donated to the Susie Long Hospice fund. Come and enjoy the garden and a cup of tea!
Whist Drive...-A whist drive will be held in St Mary’s Hall next Friday night July 13th. First game 8.45pm.
Knock-The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on August 2nd. Fare 20euro. Enquiries to Peggy Sharkey at 0568838507.
Bus Eireann-Bus Eireann has threatened to end the Cork – Dublin bus stopping in Johnstown, Durrow and Abbeyleix. At present there is a shuttle service through these towns linking up with Bus Eireann in Portlaoise. It is only on Trial for 6 weeks and needs to be fully utilised. The times are Johnstown to Portlaoise.....8.40,10.40, 12.40, 14.40, 16.40, 18.40. Portlaoise to Johnstown 9.20, 11.20, 13.20, 17.20, 19.20.
Active Retired-Johnstown Branch of Active Retired are visiting the prize winning Garden of Mr and Mrs Sheedy in Thurles on Thursday July 19th and afterwards to dinner at the Horse and Jockey Hotel. Names please to Peggy Sharkey. Assemble in the Church car park at 3.00 pm.(Names already given to B. Campion are included.)
Colaiste Mhuire-Annual Irish Camp starts on Monday July 16th to Friday July 20th from 9.30am to 1.30 pm. Cost 40 euro. For application form apply to the school at 0568831135.
Franciscian Missions-Brother Brian Johnson OSF visited Johnstown and Crosspatrick parish last weekend and spoke of the work the Franciscian Brothers do in the poorest countries in the world. Brother Johnson is based in Kenya. He received a wonderful reception in the parish and has written to thank the people for their generosity. The contribution given amounted to 2330 euro. This was outstanding in these tough times and the Brothers assure us that every cent will be used efficiently, effectively and wisely. He assured the parish of the prayers of the brothers daily. Brother Johnson is a native of Banagher, Co. Offaly but has spent all his religious life overseas.
Thank you Breda Campion.