The Pink Rock run

GRAVEYARD MASSES - The annual outdoor graveyard masses took place last Thursday at the Ballyveria Grotto and in Kilbride graveyard last Friday evening with both places of worship being very well attended. Many thanks to those who prepared the grotto and Kilbride graveyard and had everything in readiness for mass, to those who read the readings and the prayers of the faithful and to the sacristan for all the preparations. Ballygurrim graveyard mass is taking place tomorrow( Thursday) and Kilmackevogue graveyard mass will be on Friday with all masses at 8pm, weather permitting.

GRAVEYARD MASSES - The annual outdoor graveyard masses took place last Thursday at the Ballyveria Grotto and in Kilbride graveyard last Friday evening with both places of worship being very well attended. Many thanks to those who prepared the grotto and Kilbride graveyard and had everything in readiness for mass, to those who read the readings and the prayers of the faithful and to the sacristan for all the preparations. Ballygurrim graveyard mass is taking place tomorrow( Thursday) and Kilmackevogue graveyard mass will be on Friday with all masses at 8pm, weather permitting.

ALTAR Society - New members are invited to join in order to extend the current rota of eight weeks. If you wish to join please contact Eleanor on 051 880414.

CHARITY CYCLE- Bernie Woods of Ballynooney and June Grennan of Farnogue, both of Mullinavat wish to sincerely thank everyone who contributed to and supported the recent charity cycle from Donegal to Mullinavat that they completed together. The cycle raised a total of €6,550 and the chosen charities are Down Syndrome Waterford and SOS Kilkenny. Your great support for this fundraiser is much appreciated.

TORY HILL- In accordance with time honoured tradition the second Sunday in July, regardless of the actual date, people make it their business to climb or walk Tory Hill or indeed to you cycle now as there is a roadway in place. In one of God’s great kindnesses to mankind he placed Tory Hill which bounces the parishes of Glenmore, Mullinavat, Tullogher, Kilmacow and Slieverue at our disposal. While we all drive under its shadow and use it as a weather indicator in times of impending bad weather it is a great asset on our very doorstep. While there is nothing wrong with seeing the world, as they say, it is often the treasures in front of us that we sometimes fail to appreciate. At the appointed time of 3pm the clans gather to say the Rosary and sing a hymn and to appreciate the view and pick out all the landmarks that can be clearly seen from the top of Tory Hill and to have the chat. With an access point of Farnogue it takes approx 45 mins to make the journey to the summit and along the way you meet with people as they journey also. Both young and old have and contuine to have an appreciateion of this landmark on our landscape. Perhaps you might make it your business to do Tory Hill this year and once you’ve gone up there once you’ll go back again and again.

PINK ROCK 10 K RUN - Taking place on Sunday June 17 with a start time of 12noon a first time event is taking place at the Pink Rock which was the former route of the old N25 nestled in most beautiful countryside on the very last inch of Kilkenny soil and a view of neighbours, Wexford and in particular a view of the homestead of the former President of the U.S.A. John F. Kennedy. With accrediation of the AAI( Athletic Assocation of Ireland) a 10km run/walk is set to take place and this may be of benefit if you wish to officially record your running time for further running events. With a registeration point of the Albatross Hall in Rosbercon, persons wishing to register on the day may do so up to 11.30am at a cost of €20 or you may register on-line at www.runireland.com at a price of €15. The run is open to everyone or if you prefer you can walk or jog at your own pace. There will be goodie bags for all entrants which include a free t-shirt and there will be spot prizes galore and cash prizes for winning runners. Following the run the prize giving plus rehreshments will be available to all at the Albatross hall, Rosbercon. The run is being organised by the local athletic club, St. Joseph’s who have been working on this event for some time now and who hope to make this event an annual event. For persons not familiar with the area the start point is approx one mile from the Albatross hall in Rosbercon, so if you wish to register on the day please come to the hall and then you can drive to the car parking facilities at the start point. Best wishes to St. Joseph’s with this run and good luck to all the entrants.

MINI MARATHON- Well done to all the ladies( 15 in total) from the parish who competed and ran in the mini marathon in Dublin on Bank Holiday Monday just gone by. The ladies have been in preparation under the Fit for Life iniatitive which takes place each Monday and Wednesday evening at 7pm at the Pink Rock which encourages persons to walk/jog or run as part of a health fitness programme and well done to all involved. A very well done to Maria Griffin who was in the top twenty winners in the annual mini marathon, which is fantastic, considering the entry field of many thousands of runners, well done Maria. Maria, a young mother of five, is a very experienced competitive runner and a great inspiration to all.

NEW BABY- Many congratulations to Daniel and Emer Cody( nee Ryan of Guilagh) of Ballalog,Tullogheron the birth of their first child, a son to be named Ben.