Johnstown - In memory of Duff

A day for Duff - St Patrick’s Day will be a special day in Johnstown in memory of the late James Tynan who was so cruelly taken from his family and friends in Feb 2012.

A day for Duff - St Patrick’s Day will be a special day in Johnstown in memory of the late James Tynan who was so cruelly taken from his family and friends in Feb 2012.

At 11am there will be a soccer match in the Jim Maher memorial park with the Duff Family X1 facing Spa United. At one oclock on the square there is a cycle race with a difference ..a 650km cycle from Johnstown to Stamford Bridge( the home of Chelsea Football Club of which James was an avid follower and his hero Damien Duff hence the name James Duff Tynan). The cycling will be done on stationary exercise bicycles!!!.This will be followed by a BBQ and Entertainment on the Square and a late DJ at Paschals Bar. The proceeds of the day will be shared with the Fenians Hurling Club and the Strange Boat Donor Foundation which is a foundation to promote organ donations and recognise the generousity of the Tynan family who donated James’ organs as was wished by James so that others might have the gift of life. So if you are looking for a fun way to spend St Patrick’s Day come to Johnstown where the craic will be mighty and support a great cause at the same time.

Dinner Dance - The Fenians Hurling Club will hold their Annual Dinner Dance in Langtons,Kilkenny on Friday March 22nd. tickets available from any Committee member.

Spa Development/Fenians Lotto - There was no Jackpot winner last week . The numbers were 2,8,9,30. There was one match 3 Alice Lalor c/o Anne Power who also won the promoters prize. Next weeks Jackpot €3400 and the draw is in Barrys (Spa)

Whist Drive - The recent whist drive in St. Mary’s Hall in aid of Trocaire was very well attended. The winners were Mary Doheny, Patricia Delaney, Siobhan Healy, Joan Loughman, Albert Bailey, Veronica Robinson, Katie Coughlan, Joan Moloughney, Michael Brennan, Phil Dunne, Beenie Ryall, Garoid Dunne, John Bailey, Lauren Caldbeck. The raffle winners were Veronica Robinson, Lorna Allen, Breda Brennan, Phil Dunne, Laoise Holland , Joan Langton Lauren Caldbeck, Tom Cooke and Marie McCarthy. The next whist drive will be on March 22nd.

Active Retired - A number of members of Johnstown Active Retired attended the Josef Locke Concert in the Watergate Theatre on Sat night last. The show “Blaze Away” featured all the songsof Josef Locke. Compere for the night was Kevin Hough of RTE with tenor Frank Ryan as Josef, Linda Kenny was the soprano inthe show. It was an excellent show which was thoroughly enjoyed and prior to the show we had a meal in Langtons.

Coffee Morning - The annual Coffee Morning for Daffodil Day in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and the Kilkenny/Carlow Home Care Team will be held in Spa House Johnstown on Sat March 23rd from 10.30am onwards. Looking forward to seeing all our usual guests and perhaps some new ones.

Spa Development Association - Spa Development Association will hold their AGM on Wed March 13th at 8pm in St Kieran’s Hall. Spa Development Association represents all interest groups in the parish. They are making every effort to expand their active membership so you are encouraged to attend. Take pride in your place and be active in keeping Johnstown and surrounds beautiful.

Welding course - An ARC welding course will be held in Colaiste Mhuire (pending sufficient interest) from March 19th for 9 weeks from 7.30 to 9.30/ Cost €100. Information and enrolment ph 0879057118