Great community games sports day in Urlingford

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s Lotto last week so the prize fund now stands at E7,700 while the jackpot is E5,700. There was no match 3 winners. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Austin Cleere, Ann Large, Mary McLoughney, Winnie Power, Margaret Tone. Promoter’s prize: M. Peters.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s Lotto last week so the prize fund now stands at E7,700 while the jackpot is E5,700. There was no match 3 winners. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Austin Cleere, Ann Large, Mary McLoughney, Winnie Power, Margaret Tone. Promoter’s prize: M. Peters.

SHOW - 1898-2012 Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd presents its Annual Show Laois County Show affiliated to ISA and ISP on Sunday, July 22 at the showgrounds at Coolfin Cross on Mountrath / Rathdowney Road, Co Laois. Following classes: sheep, horses, cattle, poultry, crafts, eggs, jams, flowers, baking, knitting, vegetables, photography, junior classes, most suitable dressed lady and gentleman on show day, Little Miss Ossory, pony, games, fun, dog show and music and much much more. There is something to suit everyone. Contact: show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney, Co Laois. Mobile 087 9975902, Show Fax 0505 48939, Email ossoryshow@eirocm.net; web: www.ossoryshow.com or show chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses last weekend both in Urlingford and Graine: Margaret Hayde, St Mary’s Ave; Jack and Ellen Bowden, Main St, Mary Quinlan, St Mary’s Ave, Patrick Walsh, Mary Walsh, Borrismore, Michael Watson, Mary and Kieran Rafter, St Joseph’s Tce, Denis Guilfoyle, Main St.

COLLECTION - The June Collection to support the priests of the parish is now due. Envelopes are available in the church porch. A word of thanks to all for their generosity.

ST MARY’S 75th ANNIVERSARY - Despite the bad weather ST Mary’s Residents’ celebrated 75 years in the avenue. The ceremony began with a lone piper playing down the avenue to the marquee in the ring, also carrying a wreath was Maureen Mooney with Danny Broderick. Later the wreath was placed in St Mary’s Cemetery. Then we had Mass concelebrated by Fr Maher PP and Canon Dunphy PE. After Mass Fr Maher recited a decade of the Rosary for all those who are buried in the cemetery. Then two trees were planted, one for all the older people and the second one in honour of the youth of St Mary’s Avenue. Wine and food was served to the large crowd of approximately 200 locals. The evening ended with music, song and dancing. Thanks went to all in the town who gave generously to make it a great day. We would like to thank all those who gave donations: Ahern Fuels, Tom Carroll, Pierce Kavanagh, John Kennedy, Richard Hayes, Jim Hennessy, Centra, Emeralds Hurling Club Lotto, Michael Doyle, Da Enzo’s, Post Office, The Forge, Ely’s, Queally’s Garage, Studio Ten Photo, Bernadette Kavanagh, Murphy’s Chemist, Tommy Kavanagh, Bowdens, Kam Palace, Younique, Nicholas Healy, Anna Danielle’s, Gleeson Bookmakers, JJ Kavanagh. We apologise if we left anyone out. We would like to say a special thanks to all those who helped to make this day a success.

MICKEY MOUSE BOUNCING ROADSHOW - New to Urlingford, this amazing Mickey Mouse Bouncing Roadshow consists of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and Friends, also bouncing castle, bouncing slide, 40ft obstacle course, face painting, kids disco and prizes. All the above E7 per child (accompanying adults free). 3 hours entertainment and fun in Urlingford Community Hall on Sunday, June 17 from 2.30 to 5.30pm.

COFFEE/INFORMATION MORNING - Mill Family Resource Centre are delighted to hold another information morning on Friday, June 15 at 11 am. Information on the morning provided by the Marie Keating Foundation with a focus on Men’s Health. All welcome.

BUSTER DRAW - The Mill Family Resource Centre and Urlingford National School are running a Buster draw greyhound race on Wednesday, June 27, result of the draw will be on the finishing position of race 6 in Kilkenny greyhound track that night. First prize E500 and 5 Runner Up prizes of E50 each. Tickets are E5 each, anyone interested in buying tickets can buy them at The Mill Family Resource Centre or Urlingford National School. All support grateful

ZUMBA FITNESS IN URLINGFORD - Ditch the Workout and join the Party! One hour of fun and fitness every Tuesday evening at 6.45pm and Thursday morning at 10.30am in the local Hall. All welcome, contact Sarah 087 7460707 for all information.

URLINGFORD LIBRARY - Open all day most days. Urlingford Library is taking names for the next FREE 7 week beginner’s computer course in internet skills. This is a computer course that will show you how to book a flight or a hotel and learn how to look up websites. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn new skills at the touch of a button!! Urlingford Library is hosting a display titled “A Beautiful Name”- gorgeous framed and unframed prints letting you know what your name stands for. All for sale and beautifully presented.

HOUSEHOLD CHARGE (Funding Local Services) - An important reminder from Kilkenny Local Authorities: For those that have not already paid, the Household Charge is now due for payment. Please register and pay online at www.householdcharge.ie or at the Kilkenny County Council offices in County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

URLINGFORD TIDY TOWNS COMMITTEE - On Wednesday next, June 13 we will have a general clean-up of the town and its environs, your help is urgently needed, so bring a shovel, spade or brush and meet us at the old school at 7.30pm. WE urge everyone to get behind us as the efforts made in the past few years were plain to be seen, but this year there seems to be a considerable lack of interest and we don’t want to return to the days of the uncut grass, weeds, and rubbish ruining our lovely town. We would like residents and business people to make an effort to brighten up our streets with hanging baskets, window boxes etc. The committee would like to congratulate St Mary’s Ave on their recent celebration. A job well done!

KNOCK SUMMER FESTIVAL - Knock Summer Festival is taking place on July 28. It is a free event for all people between the ages of 17 and 30 years. This day will be full of talks, workshops, music, prayer and reflection. For more information check out www.knockshrine.ie/youthfestival, or call 087 6927850. Find us on Facebook: Knock Summer Festival.

FIRST COMMUNION - First Communion children and their parents are invited to join us for the final Mass of the First Holy Communion programme on Sunday, June 17 at 11.30am. This will also coincide with the final Mass of the Eucharistic Congress taking place in Croke Park that day. Following Mass everyone is invited to the Parochial House to celebrate all the work that has gone on during the year. We hope everyone will make a big effort to join us and we look forward to celebrating together.

URLINGFORD / JOHNSTOWN / GALMOY COMMUNITY GAMES - Well done to all children who turned out to participate in our local area sports day which was held in Urlingford Saturday 2nd June, 2012. All children enjoyed the day and even the rain could not damper their enthusiasm. A big thank you to all the community games committee and the parents who helped out with organising the sports day. The highlight of the day definitely goes to the penalty shootout with P.J Ryan. P.J Ryan was a big hit with the young hurling and camogie players who tried their best to get a goal past the famous goalkeeper. P.J also lent a helping hand when he judged the U12 & U14 long puck. A big thanks goes to P.J Ryan for giving his time to the Community Games. Also we must take this opportunity to thank our areas’ other county stars, Derek Lyng, P.J Delaney & Catherine Doherty who have given their time our Community Games Hurling blitz & training sessions this year. Also thanks to John Maher & Daniel Hennessy who provided the H.B Ice Cream Truck and to Sean Doherty who provided an excellent P.A service for the day. After the sports day, adults retired to an evening of BBQ & music at Doyles Bar Urlingford, which was held as a fundraiser for community games. The committee would like to thank Helen & Michael Doyle for all their work in organising the BBQ and for sponsoring the cost of the band for the night and the door prize of an Annual ticket to Thurles Races. Also thanks to Fergus Queally for his kind donation to Community Games on the night. It was most appreciated. Other people who sponsored donations to the raffle were Prouts Pub Gortnahoe, Centra Urlingford, Da Enzos Urlingford, The Club Shop (Sean Minogue), Paul Kavanagh Urlingford. Many thanks to all. Results of Sports Day:

U8 60m sprint: Boys - 1st Adam Butler, 2nd Daniel Stapleton, 3rd Jake O Callaghan. Girls - Louise Hickey, Emma Kenny, Holly Webster. U8 80m sprint: Boys - Killian Doyle, Adam Butler, Niall Drennan. Girls - Louise Hickey, Emma Bourke, Emma Kenny.

U10 60m hurdles: Boys - Matt Delaney, David Sherman, Paul Moloney. Girls - Emily Kavanagh, Aisling Hickey, Lucy Kavanagh. U10 100m sprint: Boys - Billy Drennan, Calum Lonergan, Padraig O Grady. Girls - Emily Kavanagh, Leah Phelan, Aisling Hickey

U10 200m sprint: Boys - Billy Drennan, Calum Lonergan, Padraig O Grady. Girls - Emily Kavanagh, Leah Phelan, Aisling Hickey. U12 100m sprint: Boys - Jack Hickey, Johnny Doyle, Gavin Moriarty. Girls - Eimear Leahy, Rachel Butler, Emma Phelan

U12 600m race: Boys - Jack Hickey, Darragh Quinlan, John McCormack. Girls - Eimear Leahy, Rachael Butler, Aoibheann Duggan. U12 Ball Throw: Boys - Calvin Ryan, Padraig O Grady, Connor Drennan. Girls - Rachael Butler, Emma Phelan, Sophie Pembroke. U12 Long Puck: Boys - Connor Drennan, Calvin Ryan, Johnny Doyle. U14 Long Puck: Girls - Orla Leahy, Eimear Leahy, Sarah Jane McCormack. U14 100m sprint: Boys - Liam Grant, Darren Quinlan, Kieran Norton. Girls - Sarah Jane McCormack, Shona Power, Orla Leahy. U14 800m race: Boys - Liam Grant, Ollie Kenny. Girls - Sarah Jane McCormack, Orla Leahy. Fun races: U6 Sack Race: Boys - 1st Micheal Ahern, 2nd Connor Webster, 3rd Ronan Lonergan. Girls - Sarah Brennan, Rihanna Lee, Katelyn Leahy. U6 Sprint: Boys - Ronan Lonergan, Connor Webster, Niall Drennan. Girls - Sarah Brennan, Una Duggan, Rihanna Lee.U6 Hurdles: Boys - Ronan Lonergan, Michael Ahern. Girls- Rachel Phelan, Una Duggan. U6 Races: A - 1st - P.J Delaney, 2nd Cormac Burke, 3rd Fionn Lonergan. B - 1st - Michaela, 2nd Oisin James, 3rd Zoe Burke. C - 1st Fionn Lonergan, 2nd Orla Duggan, 3rd Ruth Moriarty. Best of luck to all children who go on to compete in the Kilkenny Community Games Athletics County Finals this Friday 15th June in the Watershed at 6pm.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - A bus will leave Urlingford at 9.30am via Johnstown for the Statio Orbis in Croke Park on Sunday, June 17. Names to be given to Bernadette Kavanagh at 087 2487176.

CERTIFICATE IN THEOLOGICAL STUDIES - This course aims to provide general Theological Education and formation in the main aspects of faith aimed at those who are interested in lay involvement and leadership roles at parish and diocesan level. The course duration is 100hrs part time for over one academic year from September 2012 to May 2013. For application forms and further information contact Mr Declan Murphy, Course Director, St Kieran’s College, email Declan Murphy@ossory.ie or from www.stkierans.ie or www.ossory.ie. Closing date for applications is August 24. Fee E400.

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.