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EMERALDS - LORD MAYOR: Our Lord Mayor competition will start again in early January 2013.

EMERALDS - LORD MAYOR: Our Lord Mayor competition will start again in early January 2013.

This event has been very successful for the last number of years with 2012 contenders separated by only E300. You can put your name forward with any committee member if you would like to participate for the 2013 Lord Mayor Campaign.

AGM - The club will hold their AGM on December 16. This meeting will take place in Graine Parish Hall at 4pm. We would ask all members, players and committee members to attend. HAMPERS: The club is raffling ten big Christmas Hampers. Tickets are €3 each and can be purchased in any local shop or pub.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last week, so prize fund is now €4,400. Jackpot is €2,400. There was one match three numbers winning: E200: The Tuesday Club. Five lucky dips of €20 each: Linda Byrne, Cyril Cleere, Fr Ollie Maher, Bernadette Walsh, Margaret Campion. Promoter’s prize: Elite Betting.

WHIST DRIVE - The first of the Christmas whist drives in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on Friday Night, December 7. Commences 8.30pm.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses last weekend in Urlingford and Graine, Thomas Dowling, Borrismore; Mary Tobin, Assumption Place; John Power; William and Norah Hennessy, Graine.

GRAINE ICA - Will hold their monthly meeting tomorrow (Thursday) at 8pm.

ST JOSEPH’S YOUNG PRIEST SOCIETY - Monthly meeting will be held in Urlingford Church sacristy on Friday, December 7 at 7.45pm.

THE GATHERING - As part of our efforts for the Gathering in 2013 we are looking for old photos, family 1st Holy Communion, Confirmation etc, anything to do with the Parish of Graine and Urlingford. If you do not wish for these photos to leave your home a member of the organizing committee will call to your home and copy them or you can email us a copy of them with names and details. Photos tell such a wonderful story and it would be an excellent contribution in piecing some of our together, especially for the young generation who would have little knowledge of what Parish or the people were like back then. We would also be grateful if anyone knows of the whereabouts of Fr Moran’s films? If anyone has them we can have them restored and copied and returned to you. Contact Joan Pearson 089 4538122, jpearson@tcd.ie or Norah Hickey 089 4507891, norahh@live.ie.

CHRISTMAS COLLECTION - St Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December. Your generous contributions will be greatly appreciated.

COMMUNITY ALERT - Held its AGM on Tuesday, November 20. A large crowd attended and some new initiatives were discussed. Householders and farmers are encourage dot make their premises safe by installing alarms and locks on valuable equipment. The local Community Alert Committee encourages people to follow the following tips: Get to know your neighbours, particularly those living alone and be a good neighbour to them. Call in and visit, run an errand, it’s the small things and the human contact that count. Be alert, if you see somebody or a vehicle acting suspiciously in your area, call the Gardai immediately. Be aware of other safety initiatives. Your community needs you, play your part.

EMERALDS CAMOGIE CLUB - We’re encouraged by the positive response at the recent meeting and wish to thank all who attended. Coaching courses will commence in January and anyone interested in attending are asked to give their names to any committee member.

KCLR - Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert: This year, ignite the real spirit of Christmas and relight hope! KCLR’s Soul Agenda presenters Vicki Sandall and Fr Dan Carroll present the first ‘Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert’ in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on December 8 at 7.30pm. With a star-studded line-up including Pat Byrne, Brian Cody, Gerry Moran and Brendan Corcoran. Joining them are Kilkenny’s St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band, an 80 strong choir comprising of choirs from across Carlow and Kilkenny, St John of God’s School Choir and You. Tickets: E5, available from KCLR or o the door, with all proceeds going to Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team. For more details see www.kclr96fm.com.

ADORATION - Eucharistic Adoration in Urlingford Church on Friday, December 7 from 2.30 to 5.30 pm. You are invited to come along and spend some time in quiet pray before Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.

IRISH GUIDE DOGS - Christmas Cards and 2013 Calendars in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for sale. Calendars E8. Pack of 8 cards E6. Contact Gavin on 087 9063396 or Natalie on 086 8797656 if you wish to purchase any of these.

CHAPTER HOUSE BOOK SHOP - James’s Street, Kilkenny (in grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral). Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Books, religious items, candles, cards, etc. Christmas stock will soon be available. Please drop in. For further information please contact Sr Lil at 056 7703884. Also Tea Rooms: Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30 to 5.30pm. Drop in for a coffee.

LOCATION OF DEFIBRILATOR - While Graine Hall is being redeveloped the defibrillator will be located in the Church Sacristy. Key holders are Ann Pembroke, Canon Dunphy, Helen Healy, Fr. O. Maher.

PARENT & TODDLER GROUP - New parents very welcome. Every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon. E1 admission per family. Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. For further details contact Edel 086 1637371 or Zoe 086 0388755.

BAPTISM - The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturday and Sunday only.

MARRIAGE - At least three months notice must be given.

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.