THE death has taken place at the District Hospital, Castlecomer of Lucy O’Shea, Deerpark. For the past 11 years Lucy has been a patient at the District Hospital where she was highly regarded and was treated by the entire staff as part of their extended family. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy from childbirth she was never a burden during her 52 years and was a special angel to her numerous carers. Her late mother Lily O’Shea nursed Lucy up to the age of 41 and this devotion to duty was recognized in 1994 when she was awarded the “Carer of the Year” for the island of Ireland. The path of any parent with special needs is a different and lonely path but one filled with a blessing of awareness and an ability to help but more importantly to listen to the needs of the day. The O’Shea family had seven children, three of whom were born with cerebral palsy Lucy, George and Kitty. The family are deeply indebted to neighbour Julia Connolly who filled the role of “Long Time Carer” and big sister both day and night. When you look at the quality of life afforded to Lucy during her time at the local District Hospital it epitomizes the value it is to the community and how it is key to adding quality and care to each and every patient. Burial was in Crosshill Cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her brothers Joe, Jerry (England) ; sisters Marie (Ballyragget), Chris ; nephews ; nieces ; other relatives and a host of friends.
CASTLECOMER FIELD NAME PROJECT - Field name research is important and valuable work. The names of our landscape offer us a window into the past of a landscape and keep alive the memory of those who lived their lives within it before us. Although stitched to private holdings these field names are part of our collective culture. We will be careless to lose them.
Field Names for the Townland of Kiltown - A large map showing the field names for the townland of Kiltown on display in the library, Castlecomer. Volunteers needed for field name project for other townlands.
WHEELING TO SUCCESS - Ian (Beano) Holohan of Deenside Wheelers had a fantastic result in finishing 6th in the Leinster under 14 Road Racing Championship in Kilmessan Co. Meath on Sunday. The race consisted of 2 no 15km laps, a group of 10 got away on the first lap with Ian poised well in there with some very experienced riders including Alexis Roche, son of former Tour De France winner Stephen Roche. On the second lap there were a lot efforts from the lead group to try and split it even more but the race got very tactical with no one giving an inch coming into the last 1k, with the tempo very high it was obvious that it was going to come down to a bunch sprint, Ian crossed the line in a very impressive 6th place. This is an incredible result for Beano as he is very new to road racing, he is now holding his own with the very best in the sport, the future is very bright for Ian, onwards and upwards for this exceptional talent.
DUBLIN HORSE SHOW - Rockafoyle Stables are running a bus to the RDS on Sunday 19th of August. Leaving Square at 7.30 a.m. returning at approx 9 p.m. Return ticket €15 for Bus. Admission tickets to the RDS can be pre booked on ticketmaster.ie or purchased at Gate on the day Book on: 087 7453662 Seats are limited so book soon.
OUR LADYS ISLAND - The bus will leave from the Lime Tree at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday August 19th for Our Ladys Island. Fare €10. Meal optional on return journey. Names and fare to Anna Mai Mullins at Post Office or Kathleen Eardley at Hoynes Shop.
MEDUGORJE PRAYER GROUP - The monthly mass of peace and rosary is on Tuesday August 21st. at 7.30 p.m. in St. Brendans Church, Muckalee. All are welcome.
ENROLLING - College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.
CLUB LOTTO - Erins Own Lotto is now up to €15,050.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community. All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.
HOLE IN THE WALL ENCORE - Following on from a successful debut in May Seamus Walsh returns to the popular Hole in the Wall venue on the High Street, Kilkenny with the final performance scheduled for Friday August 17th at 8.30 p.m. The show tells the story of the long history of coal mining in the area which was so well described by Seamus in his book “In the Shadow of the Mines”. Seamus Walsh has also written numerous poems each one has its own unique story to tell, filled with passion, pain and complimented with a wry sense of wit and good humour. Joining Seamus is local singer and songwriter Colm Gray, whose dulcet tones draw the listener in and places them there beside the miners. Tickets are €12 and can be purchased at Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny or at the Mining Museum, Castlecomer Discovery Park.
HERITAGE WEEK IN THE TOWN - Heritage week is a nationwide programme of events that celebrates our natural built and cultural heritage. This years theme is “Be part of it. It’s part of you.” Events specific to Castlecomer are Tuesday August 21. Deerpark Colliery Tour with Seamus Walsh (ex miner). 10.15 am to 11.30 am Meet at Visitor Centre. Monagore Bog Tour with Ex-Miners Seamus Walsh and John Ryan 11.30 a, to 12.30 pm Bat Walk with Lorcan Scott 8.30 p. to 9.45 pm. Organiser Liz Nolan, Tel- 4440707 firstname.lastname@example.org Traditional Music Session at Castlecomer Library from 8 pm to 10 pm. A night of traditional music with Martin Barrett & friends. Organiser Mary Morrissey Tel – 4440561 – email@example.com Friday August 24. Castlecomer Country Market Food Tastings. 9 am to 12 Noon. Come along and taste some of our many home baked savoury and sweet products. Venue ; Community Hall ; Tel – 4442001 – firstname.lastname@example.org
USEFUL INFO - Back to Work Enterprise Allowance: The Back to Work Enterprise allowance (BTWEA) is designed to encourage people who are long-term dependent on social welfare payments to engage in self-employment, while allowing them to retain a reducing proportion of their qualifying social welfare payment over two years (100% in year 1 and 75% in year 2). The business, which must be viable and sustainable, must be approved in advance by a Facilitator based in a Social Welfare Local Office or your Integrated Local Development Company (ILDC)/Partnership Company if you reside in a Partnership or ILDC area.