There was a special Mass of Thanksgiving in St Kieran’s Church, Johnstown last Thursday to mark the retirement of Miss Fionnuala Corcoran who has retired from the teaching staff of St Kieran’s National School after a span of 39 years teaching there. The children were in full voice for the singing during the Mass and many words of praise and thanks were given by the Board of Management, Parents Council and Fr Maher.. We wish Fionnuala a long, happy and healthy retirement.
The results of the last whist drive held in St Mary,s Hall and was well attended are as follows... Top Score Kathleen Phelan, others; Emily Bergin, Veronica Muldowney, Beenie Ryall, Mary McEvoy, Joan Langton, Lorna Allen, James Muldowney, Christy Mooney, Christy Toohey, Lena McEvoy, Richard Caldbeck. The raffle winners were Bridie Maher, Gearoid Dunne, Anna Brennan, Joan Lanfton, Robert Caldbeck and Michael Maher. The next whist drive will be on Friday July 12th.
Mass will be celebrated in Galmoy Cemetery on Friday July 5th at 7.30pm and in Eirke Cemetery on Monday July 8th at 7.30pm.
The annual Mass in Johnstown Cemetery will be held on Tuesday July 16th at 7.30 and in the old cemetery Donoughmore on Tuesday July 23rd at 7.30pm.
Active Retirement Association
Johnstown branch of Active retirement are going on a day trip to Lullymore Discovery park ,the butterfly farm in Straffan and dinner in the Silken Thomas in Kildare on July 4th. The bus will leave Johnstown at 9.30. Fare €10, Lullymore €8, the butterfly farm €4.50 and the meal two courses and tea €16 and three courses and tea €19. All those members travelling to the Watergate on this Thursday June 27th assemble in the Church car park at 4.45pm.
A blood donation clinic will be held in Scoil Bhride, Rathdowney on Monday July 1st from 5pm to 8.30pm. By donating blood you help to ensure essential blood supplies are always available. Your blood donation may save a life.
The Fenians/James Tynan memorial greyhound race night will take place next Friday June 28th at Kilkenny Race track. Buster Draw tickets cost €10 and are available from committee members and local shops. Tickets include entrance to race track and a draw for €500.
The parish community welcomed a new member at the recent baptism of Parker Stephen Beehan Walsh son of Trevor Walsh and Amanda Beehan, Canal Road. Congrats to the baby’s parents and families
St. Kierans Athletic club would like to congratulate Mateusz Pietrzykowski, Ben Guilfoyle and Lauren Hayde for their outstanding performance at the Leinster Championships the weekend of June 15/16. They all did extremely well with Lauren taking home 3rd in the U17 girls javelin and Matt 4th in the U16 boys long jump. As a result of their terrific effort both Lauren and Matt will now be moving on to compete at the Nationals in Tullamore in July. Well done to all three and best of luck.
Lotto June 17th winning numbers 21, 22, 25, 28. There was no jackpot winner and one match three €200 Ann Costigan c/o Anne Power. Nest weeks jackpot €2,600 and the draw is in Barrys.
We extend our sincere sympathy to Nicholas and Paul Ryan , Urlingford Road on the unexpected death of Lil last Tuesday. Lil died at St. Luke’s Hospital after surgery on Monday. Her passing came as a great source of sadness and shock to her family and to the whole community. Daughter of the late Michael and Molly Ryan, Foulkscourt Lil lived all her life in Johnstown where she was well known and popular. She had a great personality, very friendly and always kind and helpful. She loved music and old time dancing and was one of the organisers of the monthly socials in St Kieran’s Hall. To her husband Nicholas, son Paul, brothers Paddy, John and Timmy, sisters Bridget, Margaret and Maura, nieces nephews cousins and her many friends we offer our condolences. She was laid to rest in Johnstown Cemetery after Requiem Mass on Friday last. A guard of honour from various social clubs in the parish and her neighbours escorted the cortege to the church and to the cemetery. May her gentle soul rest in peace.