Mary is honoured by Irish Hospice Foundation

MARY HONOURED - At a recent function in the Mansion House, Dublin, Mary Foster, Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, was one of eleven people honoured by the Irish Hospice Foundation when she was named one of the Irish Pride Sunflower Heroes 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the local Home Care Team. The Irish Hospice Foundation launched the Irish Pride Sunflower Heroes scheme two years ago to recognise the work of volunteers in the hospice movement.

MARY HONOURED - At a recent function in the Mansion House, Dublin, Mary Foster, Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, was one of eleven people honoured by the Irish Hospice Foundation when she was named one of the Irish Pride Sunflower Heroes 2012 for her outstanding contribution to the local Home Care Team. The Irish Hospice Foundation launched the Irish Pride Sunflower Heroes scheme two years ago to recognise the work of volunteers in the hospice movement.

When presenting the award to Mary, Ms. Mona McGarry, Irish Hospice Foundation, said “The present home of the Irish Hospice Foundation was a frequent meeting place of our national heroes Charles Stewart Parnell and Michael Davit. Would their greatest dreams be now realised to witness the Irish Hospice Foundation, in conjunction with Irish Pride (our daily bread), award a lady for her passion and commitment to the Home Care Team for 22 years and her success in getting her neighbours to swim the Barrow on Christmas Day and then get the remainder of the neighbourhood to sponsor or walk for the Home Care Team? This is only one of the multiple achievements of our Hero, Mary Foster.

Today, we specially remember the late Laureen Coffey, Bagenalstown, who identified Mary’s talents and invited her to join the committee that was only in its infancy at that time. To have patients receive the professional services of the Home Care Team in the dignity of their own home must be beyond the greatest aspirations of our national heroes in the Land League. Now we proudly congratulate the lady who is responsible for the continuity of the services, Mary Foster. “

Mary is a very worthy recipient of this award, generous and selfless with her time and talents. When it comes to helping people she never says no to a request to get involved. She has raised over €170,000 for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care

Team from the proceeds of the Christmas Swim and Walk along the river Barrow which she started 19 years ago following the loss of a dear friend, Vera Power, to cancer.

Last Christmas these activities raised €6,702. She is secretary of the Bagenalstown Branch of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and is involved in the annual Daffodil Day, coffee mornings and various fundraising activities for the Team. She is involved in many other voluntary community activities.

Mary gives her time, talent and energy to the local community and never spares herself where she sees a need. Sadly, her late husband, John, who supported her in all her charitable activities died one year ago; he would be so proud of her.

Therese Lynch, Managing Director of Irish Pride said “For the third year running, Irish Pride is proud to be associated with Sunflower Days, one of the most popular national fundraising events in Ireland each year and a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups. We particularly salute the Irish Pride Hospice Heroes, and are delighted to give recognition to people who, over the years, go the extra mile for their local hospice, through volunteering, supporting or fundraising work.”

SUPER SALE -The Baden Powell Troop will hold a Super Sale in the McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown, on Friday, May 25 at 7.30pm. The Troop would appreciate any unwanted/surplus items (books, toys, furniture, etc) or home made cakes and buns. These items may be dropped into the Section meetings on Friday evenings at the McGrath Hall or may be collected by contacting the Troop on the scout mobile (086) 8762437.

SUMMER CAMP - Carlow BEREAVEMENTS - Deepest sympathy to the family of Peter Meaney, Donore, who died unexpectedly recently, to Mrs. Breda Byrne, 48 Conway Park on the death of her mother, Kathleen Farrell, Ballinabranna and the family of Eileen Bolger, Market Square and Gorey who was interred in Ferns.

BALLYLOUGHAN ICA - Following the AGM in Ballyloughan the following new committee was elected - President: Margaret Minchin, Vice Pres: Margaret O’Neill, Secretary: Margot Hennessy, Assist Sec: Anne Geoghegan, Treasurer: Evelyn Jenkinson, Assistant Treasurer: Breda Spruhan. A full calendar of events is being planned for the coming year with next meeting on Monday May 21 at 8 pm when a guest speaker on gardening in the present time will speak. New members welcome, contact any of the committee, or telephone 087 6162022 for further information. The committee would like to send congratulations to their new Federation Committee Nicola Byrne, Annette Reddy, Mary P. Nolan and their extended committee and wish them all well in the future

PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on May 31. A bus will leave the Fire Station at Fair Green at 7.25am. Cost – adults €18. Children €10. If interested contact Maura Hanlon on 97 21239.

JOHN WALSH MEMORIAL RACE - The race, in association with Bagenalstown Athletics Club, will take place on Sat. May 26 in the McGrath Park, Bagenalstown. Registration at 2pm. Kids Race 2km starts at 2.30pm. Adults Race 5km at 3pm. Entry fee: Adults €5, kids €2. Proceeds will go to the National Council for the Blind of Ireland. Runners, walkers and joggers are welcome. All the children who take part will receive a medal and refreshments. For further information contact Colm Walsh on 086 8803938 or Kathleen O’Neill on 085 7816733.

GROTTO MASS - Mass will be celebrated at the Grotto in Ballinkillen on Friday, May 25 at 8pm.

GRAVEYARD MASSES - Newtown, Fri. June 1: Ballinkillen Fri. June 8: Bagenalstown Fri. June 15: Dunleckney Fri. June 22.

TALK ON SOUTH CARLOW - Dr. Kevin Whelan will give a talk about South Carlow in the 18th and 19th century in Myshall Community Centre on Tuesday, May 15 at 8pm. All are welcome.

VOICE FOR AUTISM - Be a Voice for Children with Autism. Please join the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon team and raise funds for Carlow’s Saplings Special School for Children with Autism. Registration and transport provided. All funds go towards their OT and SLT therapies. For more details contact Carol on 087 9952727.

BAGENALSTOWN YOUNG PERSON OF THE YEAR AWARDS - Young people aged 10 – 21 years can be nominated by a family member, club or they can nominate themselves. There will be six awards. All nominations are welcome, whether the young person is fantastic for helping out at home, has achieved something against the odds or gives up their time to volunteer. Nomination forms can be collected in the library, The Little Shop, secondary schools and the Credit Union. For more information contact Joanne Donohue 97 20733 or 086 3843361.