Urlingford - Tickets on sale for punch-up

CROSS BORDER PUNCH-UP - Emeralds and Gortnahoe/Glengoole GAA Clubs wish to inform you about their upcoming White Collar Boxing Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2 in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.

CROSS BORDER PUNCH-UP - Emeralds and Gortnahoe/Glengoole GAA Clubs wish to inform you about their upcoming White Collar Boxing Fundraiser on Saturday, March 2 in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny.

Tickets for this event are priced at 20 euro, and are on sale fro all local shops and pubs, including the Post Office and from the organizing committee, competitors and players. This includes admission to the event and the after show party. This event also represents a unique advertising and sponsorship opportunity for local business/organisations and supporters. We are targeting a number of sponsors and have three sponsorship options available at a cost of 50euro for Bronze Package; 150 euro Silver Package; 300 euro Golden Circle Package. Contact the clubs for more details.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last week so the prize fund is now E5,200. Jackpot is E3,200. There was one match 3 numbers winning E200: Gerry Cleere. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Julie Minogue, Philip O’Dwyer, Sadie Duggan, Jackie Beehan, Ann Bourke. Promoter’s prize: J. Tone.

CARDS - A big card game tonight (Wednesday) in the new Community Hall in Graine at 8.45pm. All card players are welcome to a great night of cards.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses at the weekend in Urlingford and Graine, Thomas Joyce, Michael Gibbons, Kathleen Nolan.

ICA - Graine ICA will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm in Graine Hall. All members are asked to attend.

KILKENNY BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT - ‘A time to meet others bereaved by suicide’. Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold their monthly meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Mario, Talbot’s Inch, Kilkenny tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm. All are welcome. KBS will also hold ‘A Healing Group’ for people who have been b bereaved by suicide for at least six months. This group will meet for 8 weeks in a row. This year the meeting will take place in Villa Maria commencing on Tuesday, February 19 at 8pm and will continue on the following Tuesday nights. For information phone 056-7756538

WHIST DRIVE - Your next whist drive in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on Friday night February 8. Proceeds in aid of charity. Doors open at usual time.

CONFIRMATION - The ceremony of Confirmation will be conferred on the fifth and sixth class children on Saturday, February 9 at 11.30am. As part of our preparation for this sacrament we will celebrate the ‘Ceremony of Light’ which symbolises the handing-on of the faith from the Parents to the children.

COLAISTE MHUIRE JOHNSTOWN - Caretaker/Grounds person required under the Community Employment Scheme (Freshford) and in conjunction with CM Sport (Johnstown). Eligible applicants please forward CV to Freshford Area CE Scheme Ltd, Bohercrussia St, Freshford. Closing date for application is February 6.

IRISH BLOOD TRANSFUSION SERVICE - Will be visiting Scoil Bhride National School, Rathdowney on Thursday, February 14 from 4.30pm to 8pm. Please note change of venue.

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIEST SOCIETY - February meeting will be held on Friday, February 8 in Graine Church after 7pm Mass.

THE FATIMA APOSTOLATE THURLES - Are holding a ‘Three Hour Vigil’ in Honour of Our Lady of Lourdes in the Pallotine Chapel, Thurles on Monday, February 11 commencing at 7.30pm. The vigil will be conducted by Fr Pat Deely and Eddie Stone. It will conclude with Holy Mass. All are welcome.

COLAISTE MHUIRE - Johnstown, Night Classes: Welding Arc, Welding Tig/Mig, Crafts (card making, gift making), Computers for Beginners, Yoga, Pilates, Computerised Accounts, Occupational First Aid, Gardening (plan your garden), Cake Decoration.

OSSORY PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES - Bookings are now invited for the Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from May 22 to 27 incl. Cost is E735 pps and Is inclusive of the bus to the airport from Kilkenny City, the bus t and from the local airport in Lourdes, five nights accommodation with three meals each day, full religious pilgrimage programme and the service of both a chaplain and the staff of Joe Walsh Tours. Book now at 051 880414 or glenmore@ossory.ie between Monday and Friday 10.30am to 2.30pm except Wednesdays.

URLINGFORD LIBRARY - Has new opening hours, which are: Monday Closed; Tuesday 10-1 and 2-8; Wednesday Closed; Thursday 10-1 and 2-5; Friday Closed; Saturday 10-1.30. Beat the January Blues; Have a laugh, read a funny book or look at a funny DVD. We have a great selection to choose from. You might even find something funny in the newspaper!! We have the Irish Examiner daily, plus the Kilkenny People and the Tipperary Star. You will be spoilt for choice.

SOS - Is a voluntary organization in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care. We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in t heir home for adults from our service. Each host is matched with one person from SOS and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending SOS in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social weaker department on 056 77 64 000 or email ksherry@soskilkenny.com or visit our website on www.soskilkenny.com..

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.