Stoneyford - A lovely poem for Grandad Matt O’Dwyer

The late Matt O’Dwyer - The death occurred on January 11, 2013 of Matt O’Dwyer, Ennisnag surrounded by his loving family and in the care of the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. Originally from Cobblers Hill, Annamult, Matt had a love for the outdoor life, in particular, fishing on the Kings River and gardening. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories of years gone by with family and friends, many of which he recorded in his Diary. Matt was pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth (Ciss), daughter Eileen, sisters, Mary, Eileen and Kitty. His remains were removed to St. Brendans Church Stoneyford and after Requiem Mass, celebrated by Rev. Liam Cassin, P.P. Hugginstown, Matt was laid to rest in Ennisnag Graveyard beside his beloved wife Ciss.

The late Matt O’Dwyer - The death occurred on January 11, 2013 of Matt O’Dwyer, Ennisnag surrounded by his loving family and in the care of the staff of St. Luke’s Hospital Kilkenny. Originally from Cobblers Hill, Annamult, Matt had a love for the outdoor life, in particular, fishing on the Kings River and gardening. He enjoyed nothing more than sharing stories of years gone by with family and friends, many of which he recorded in his Diary. Matt was pre-deceased by his wife Elizabeth (Ciss), daughter Eileen, sisters, Mary, Eileen and Kitty. His remains were removed to St. Brendans Church Stoneyford and after Requiem Mass, celebrated by Rev. Liam Cassin, P.P. Hugginstown, Matt was laid to rest in Ennisnag Graveyard beside his beloved wife Ciss.

He is sadly missed by his Sisters, Carmel and Sheila,His Sons; Paddy, Michael, Joe, Jimmy and Seanie, Daughters, Brigid and Marie, Sons-in-law, Daughters-in-law, Nephews, Nieces, Grandchildren, Great Grandchildren, neighbours and friends.

The following poem was written by his Daughter-in-law Noreen and his son Jimmy.

“ A Tribute to Grandad”.

Two Hello’s and a Hallah,

Thats how Grandad greeted you on the phone, He would always dial some number when he would feel alone.

The hour we dread has now come we knew you would’nt leave Nanny for long, you had a bond together. So special and so strong sixty-five years together and over three apart you’ll soon be now beside her never more to part; you’ll hear the river from where you rest, as only you know the best, the spots to be in and with the right bait the nets you made to fill, while we would wait, the garden will be empty, the Zetor and Massey will rest this spring no potato seed to sow its done its final test.

The cooker door is closed now that lovely heat is gone, where you gathered us together, every daughter, friend and son.

You loved your little “Taoscan” as you enjoyed it every night, telling some great stories, often ‘till the morning light.

So now to you we’ll drink a toast as you go to your eternal place, Where Nanny and Eileen wait for you, with a smile upon their face. And now, as you would say to Charlie. Lets have one more for the road”.

Ar dheis De go raibh a anam.

Sessions House Art Centre - An open meeting will be held in the Concert Hall Thomastown on February 6 from 6;30 to 8pm. All are invited to attend to find out more about the plans for the Sessions House Art Centre. This is a community Arts Centre and the organisers would encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the meeting. The first stage drawings of the proposed plans for the Sessions House will be presented by Alice Bentley from Blackwood and Associates Architects and ideas for fundraising will also be discussed. Please visit Facebook page www.facebook.com/SessionsHouseArtsCentre. for further details.

Jerpoint Glass Studios - Jerpoints Annual Seconds Sale starts Friday February 8. For ten days only all seconds stock will be reduced across all lines. The sale will take place at the Studio shop until February 17. The Studio is open daily and glass blowing demonstrations are free of charge, monday to friday. 
See www.Jerpointglass com.

Rota for next week-end - February 9/10 (Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time) Readers:

Stoneyford - Saturday 6.30pm Sheila Raggett; Sunday 10.am. Donal Butler. Hugginstown Saturday 8pm. Nicola Aylward; Sunday 11am. Niamh Fitzpatrick.

Eucharistic Ministers - Stoneyford: Saturday 6.30pm. Kitty Wallace; Sunday 10am. Maria Reid Hugginstown: Saturday 8pm. Mary Cuddihy; Sunday 11am. Carmel O’Toole. Months Mind Mass: In Stoneyford Church on Sunday February 10 at 10am. - Matt O’Dwyer, Ennisnag. Anniversary Masses: In Stoneyford Church on Saturday . February 9 at 6.30pm - Alex Holland, Cherrymount. In Hugginstown Church on Saturday February 9 at 8pm. - Catherine and Margaret Cassin. In Hugginstown Church on Sunday . February 10 at 11am. - Mary Burke, Croan.

The Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes - Bookings are now invited for The Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place from May 22 to 27. Book now at 051 880414 or glenmore@ossory.ie (between Monday and Friday from 10.30am to 2.30pm. except Wednesdays). Further details on Notice Board in Churches.

Our Lady of Lourdes - The Annual Triduum in honour of Our lady of Lourdes will take place in the Black Abbey, Kilkenny from February 9 to 11. Sacrament of the Sick will take place on Sunday 10th. at 3pm The Retired Bishop of Killaloe, Willie Walsh will be the preacher.

Monroe School - Meeting of The School Board of Management on Thursday February 7 at 8pm.

Stoneyford Active Retirement - Stoneyford Active Retirement will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday February 6 in the Community Centre, Stoneyford at 10.30am. New members are very welcome.

Bingo - Bingo Session in the Community Centre, Stoneyford on every Tuesday at 8.30p.m

Kilkenny Bereavement Support - Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold “A Healing Group” for people who have been bereaved by suicide for at least six months. This group will meet for 6 weeks in a row. This year the meetings will take place in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Kilkenny commencing on Tuesday February 19 at 8pm and will continue on the following Tuesday nights.

The aims of the group are to help the participants to 
explore their loss in a safe environment, to help them 
feel comfortable in understanding their grief which may involve isolation, stigma, guilt or blame. It will also provide opportunities to meet and share with others who have had similar experiences, to discuss coping strategies, to identify feelings and to remember the deceased.

If you want to know more about this group, please phone 056 775 6538 or 087 961 0334.

Cross Border Orchestra Ireland - Peace Proms 2013 - Concert will take place in The Hub, Kilkenny on Saturday March 2. Tickets are available at Essaness Music Shop, Kieran Street, Kilkenny Tel: 056 776 5693. Choirs made up of 1500 children from Primary Schools in Kilkenny and neighbouring Counties will participate. 
Our Parish Schools will also 
be represented.