COMMUNITY GAMES QUIZ - Congrats to the Lisdowney Community Games Under 14 Table Quiz team who came first in the County Kilkenny Community Games Quiz Final on Friday night in the Club House Hotel, Kilkenny. The teams consisted of Eimear Walsh, Claire O’Carroll, Jack McGree and Chloe Mullins. Lisdowney’s second team of Laura O’Sullivan, Aoibheann Murphy, Holly Moore and Ellen O’Carroll came fifth in the final. This was a remarkable achievement for Lisdowney. Lisdowney will now represent County Kilkenny in the National Finals in Athlone for the second year in a row.
HANDWRITING COMPETITION - Congrats to the winners of the Lisdowney Community Games Under 10 Handwriting Competition: In the girls’ competition, Grace Fogarty from Gathabawn came first and Anna Scott from Clontubrid came second and, in the boys’ competition, Alan Dunphy from Clontubrid came first and Richard McEvoy from Lisdowney came second. All four have now qualified for the County Kilkenny Community Games Handwriting Finals which will be held tonight (Wednesday, 13th March 2013) at 6.30 pm in Bennettsbridge Hall. Entry is €2 per child. They are wished the best of luck in the final. Lisdowney Community Games Committee wishes to thank Mr Larry Hamilton for judging the competition and the principals and teachers in each of the three parish schools for co-ordinating the entries.
LISDOWNEY COMMUNITY GAMES ART - Best wishes to the young Lisdowney artists who will take part in the County Kilkenny Community Games Art Finals tonight (Wednesday, 13th March 2013) from 6.30 – 9 pm in Bennettsbridge Hall. Children should bring their own colours. Paper will be provided. Entry is €2 per child.
LISDOWNEY COMMUNITY GAMES CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - The Lisdowney Community Games Committee wishes to thank all those who contributed to their Church Gate collection last weekend.
SCOIL NAOMH FIACHRA TABLE QUIZ - The Parents’ Council of Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Clontubrid, wish to thank all those who attended and contributed to their annual Table Quiz, which was held in Mackeys’ Bar, Gathabawn, last Saturday night. Congrats to Colin Dunphy’s team who came out tops on the night. The Chairperson of the Parents’ Council, Caroline Tallis, thanked everyone for their support. She also thanked Jack Dunphy, who compiled and asked the questions; and Tommy Maher and Philip Walsh who took care of the scoreboard.
CREENKILL NATIONAL SCHOOL FUNDRAISER - Creenkill National School Gathabawn are having a 70s/80s disco in Mackey’s, Gathabawn, on Saturday 6th April 2013. DJ on the night is the one and only Treacy Edwards. Admission €5. Doors open at 9.30 pm. All welcome.
GATHABAWN CAKE SALE - Creenkill National School Parents’ Council will hold their annualEaster Cake Sale after 11 am Mass in Gathabawn on Easter Sunday, 31st March 2013.
FLORA WOMEN’S MINI MARATHON FOR LOCAL SCHOOLS - Are you interested in doing the Dublin Women’s Mini Marathon (walk or run) on Monday, 3rd June 2013, and help to raise funds for local schools – a fun day out and a chance to get moving between now and then? If interested in doing the marathon in aid of Scoil Naomh Fiachra Clontubrid Parents’ Council, please contact Dorothea Bergin on 087-6818035 before this Friday (a number of parents have already signed up). If interested in doing the marathon in aid of Creenkill National School, please contact the school on 056-8832111 (three parents have already signed up for Creenkill). As part of the preparation for the marathon, walks have been organised from Clontubrid Car Park on Monday and Thursday mornings at 9 am, and Tuesday and Friday evening at 6.30pm. Please call 086 1985251 if these times don’t suit you and alternative times will be arranged.
NATIONAL SCHOOL ENROLMENT - All three schools in the parish are currently enrolling for the coming year. For Scoil Bhride National School, Lisdowney contact 056-8833495 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For Scoil Naomh Fiachra, Clontubrid, contact 056 8832417 or for Creenkill National School contact 056 8832111.
GAA BORD NA nOG - Lisdowney Bord Na nOG will bag pack this Friday, 15th, and Saturday, 16th March 2013, at Supervalu Ballyragget. The rota will run from 10am - 8pm both days. Slots on rota will be for two hours. Please text your name, preferred date and time slot to 086 6995003. Parents/Guardians are asked to volunteer two hours to this fund raising exercise for the Lisdowney Pitch Development fund.
UNDERAGE HURLING - Hurling has resumed for boys and girls from Under 6 up to Under 12 in Lisdowney GAA Club and will continue every Saturday morning from 10 am to 11 am. All are welcome. Children must wear helmets and shin guards.
SCHOOLS HURLING - The Lisdowney Schools Hurling Team will commence their competitive season this afternoon when they take on Gowran. The team, which is managed by Tommy Maher, is wished all the best.
VOCATIONAL SCHOOL HURLING - Well done to the Lisdowney lads who were involved in the Colaiste Mhuire Junior Team who played Causeway from Kerry in the All Ireland Semi-final on Saturday in Limerick. Causeway won the game by two points.
RACQUETBALL - Anyone who has not yet played their matches are asked to please do so as soon as possible. For more information, please contact Patsy Murphy on 086 1666748 or Vincent Dunphy on 086-8393545.
LISDOWNEY GAA & CAMOGIE CLUB LOTTO - The numbers drawn in the Lisdowney GAA and Camogie Club Lotto on Monday, 4th March 2013, were 4, 10, 20 and 21. There was no winner. Match 3 winners were Eileen Carroll, Dan O’Hara, Caroline Hudner, Mary Bowden (x2) and Alice Thornton.
JUVENILE BADMINTON - Juvenile badminton continues on Friday nights at 7.30 pm in Lisdowney Community Centre.
AFTERNOON CLUB - The Lisdowney Afternoon Club will meet tomorrow (Thursday, 14th March 2013) at 2.30 pm.
TABLE QUIZ - A Table Quiz will be held on Friday, 22nd March 2013, in Fitzpatrick’s Bar, Ballyragget, at 9.30 pm in aid of Tidy Towns 2013. Tables of four - €20. All welcome.
EASTER SUNDAY WALK - Take a stroll on the MacGiollaphadraig Way (Durrow to Gathabawn) on Easter Sunday, starting at the Church Car Park, Durrow, at 12.30 pm with registration from 12 noon. A bus will be available before and after the walk from Gathabawn to Durrow. Refreshments will be available afterwards in Mackeys’ Bar. This is an opportunity not to be missed to view this scenic countryside. Further details are available from Michael G. Phelan on 087 2395357 or South Laois Tourism on 087 6015862.
ARC WELDING NIGHT CLASS - A new ARC Welding night class will start in Colaiste Mhuire, Johnstown (subject to a full class numbers) on the 19th March 2013, from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm, for nine weeks. Cost of the class is 100 euro. To enrol, please ring 087-9057118.
GO GREEN FOR O’NEILL CENTRE - Local businesses are being asked to take on a green theme this Friday, 15th March 2013, in support of the O’Neill Centre, Kilkenny. Businesses are asked to encourage staff and customers to get in the mood for St Patrick’s Day and to donate a few euro for this worthy cause.DRUMMING WORKSHOP - The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting a Recreational and African Drumming Workshop, facilitated by Eddie O’Neill (www.rhythmretreats.com), on Easter Monday, 1st April 2013, from 2 pm to 4.30 pm. The cost is € 20 and all drums are provided. Phone Phil on 087 6228141 or Peter on 085 7495016.
FIRST COMMUNION - Dates for First Holy Communion in the parish this year are Saturday 11th May in Clontubrid, and Saturday 18th May in Lisdowney.
BAPTISMS - Congrats to the families of Donnacha John Burns, Graigueswood, and DarraghPatrick Mooney, Ballyconra, who were baptised recently.
ADORATION - Adoration will be held every Friday in Lent from 7 pm in Lisdowney Church, followed by Mass at 7.30 pm.
REFLECTION - A Lenten journey with the Sunday Gospels concludes tomorrow night, Thursday, 14th March 2013, from 7.30 to 8.30 pm, in Castlecomer Community Hall.