The late Mrs. Kathleen Malone

MRS. KATHLEEN MALONE - One of the best known and loved members of the parish community, Kathleen Malone, has passed to her eternal reward. The news of her death brought a deep sense of shock and utter disbelief to many people. Her commitment and involvement in many aspects in the parish will be sorely missed. Her loyalty and devotedness to her duties in the church was second to none. Kathleen never asked for reward, she considered it her duty.

MRS. KATHLEEN MALONE - One of the best known and loved members of the parish community, Kathleen Malone, has passed to her eternal reward. The news of her death brought a deep sense of shock and utter disbelief to many people. Her commitment and involvement in many aspects in the parish will be sorely missed. Her loyalty and devotedness to her duties in the church was second to none. Kathleen never asked for reward, she considered it her duty.

The large attendance at her obsequies bore testimony to the popularity which she enjoyed, not alone in her own parish, but far beyond it as well. Her requiem mass was celebrated by Canon Richard Phelan, P.P. His concelebrants were Fr. Kieran O’Shea, C.C., Canon Tom Murphy, Fr. Patsy Guilfoyle, P.P. of Tullaroan, Fr. Benignius Buckley, O.F.M. Cap and Fr. Denis Purcell, C.C. of Danesfort. Internment took place in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Ballykeeffe.

Deepest sympathies to her brother Eamon, her sisters Maura and Rose, her sisters-in-law Lily and Anne McCluskey, her brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews and her large circle of friends. Ár dheis De go raibh a h-anam dilis.

MOBILE PHONES - The local Foróige Club are collecting old mobile phones with will go to the Jack and Jill Foundation via the Foróige Head Office. Today (Wednesday) is the last day for anyone wishing to donate their old mobiles. Thanks to everyone who has donated their old phones to date.

SUMMER WHIST - The next in the series of summer whist drives in Callan Parish Hall will is tonight (Wednesday, 16 May) at 8:45pm. All are welcome.

FORUM A.G.M. - Kilkenny Community and Voluntary Forum will hold its Annual General meeting in the Ormonde Hotel tomorrow (Thursday) 17 May at 8pm. This informational evening is open to all members of the community and voluntary groups in Kilkenny City and County. A presentation on Local Development Plans will be given by Mr. Denis Malone, Senior Engineer, Kilkenny County Council. Organisations in the county who have a community element such as the HSE, Digital Switchover Programme, etc. will have display stands on the night, to share their information with volunteers in the County. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

10K WALK/RUN - The Kilkenny Alzheimer’s Day Centre are participating in the Stoneyford 10k walk/run event on 20 May. Anyone interested in sponsoring the centre or if anyone would like to participate in this event please contact them on 056 7771230.

SPONSORED WALK - The Foróige Club are organising their annual Sponsored Walk for Tuesday, 22 May. All support will be greatly appreciated.

BEGINNERS COMPUTERS - An absolute beginners computer course will begin on Thursday, 24 May from 7:30pm to 9:30pm and will run every Thursday evening for 3 weeks. This course is part-funded. The 3 classes will cost €6.00 which is to be paid in advance to Droicheád Family Resource centre to book your place.

MINI 7 A SIDE - Freshford Town AFC are holding an upcoming U11 ‘Mini Euro 12’ 7 aside tournament, with the group stages commencing shortly (early May) and quarter finals to follow shortly thereafter. The semi finals, 3rd place playoff and final will be played on Sunday, 27 May at their Family Fun Field Day (soccer themed field day), at Woodview, Freshford.

POTTLERATH EXPO - The Book of Pottlerath exhibition which was held in Kilkenny Castle recently will come to S. Aidan’s National School on 28 May. The exhibition is free of charge and all are welcome.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS - The Eucharistic Congress will take place from 10 to 17 June with a bus travelling from Knocktopher on 17 June.

Tickets to Croke Park have yet to be allocated to the various parishes or information can be obtained by ringing 01 2981122.

An information evening for all planning to attend the Eucharistic Congress and/ or Statio Orbis will be held tomorrow (Thursday) 17 May at St. Fiacre’s Parish Centre at 7:30pm.

As this is an important international event in the Church calendar, parishes, schools and homes, etc. are encouraged to decorate their premises to welcome the Congress to Ireland. Congress flags and bunting can be purchased through Irish Wholesale Flags directly (093 42024) or email irishwholesaleflag@hotmail.com

For those not wishing to travel by bus, Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) will operate special trains for pilgrims from Waterford/Kilkenny going to the Eucharistic Congress as follows:

Tuesday, 12 June: Leaving Waterford at 6:40am, Thomastown at 7:03am, Kilkenny at 7:18am, Bagenalstown at 7:37 am arriving in Sandymount (approx 5 minutes walk from the RDS), Dublin at approximately 9:30am. The return train leaves Sandymount Station at 10:00pm.

Sunday, 17 June: Leaving Waterford at 9:35am, Thomastown at 9:58am, Kilkenny at 10:13am, Bagenalstown at 10:31am arriving at Connolly Station (10 minutes walk from Croke Park) at 12 midday. The return train leaves Connolly Station at 18:10pm.

For these trains to run booking is essential and needs to be done immediately.

LOCAL LOTTO - Numbers drawn on Monday 30 April were 21-23-31. There was no winner of the €500 Jackpot. Congratulations to the winners of the €30 prizes. Promoters’ prizes went to Milo Hennessy, Ann Fitzpatrick and Bree Harrison. Numbers drawn on Tuesday, 8 May were 15-29-31. There was no winner of the €600 Jackpot.Congratulations to the winners of the €30 prizes. Promoters’ prizes went to Seamus Grogan, Jerry Ryan and Bree Harrison.

FORÓIGE SPORTS DAY - Thirty one members of the Club with Leaders Martin, Margaret and Mary attended the annual Foróige Sports Day which was held this year in Kilkenny on Saturday, 28 April at Dicksboro G.A.A. Club grounds.

The sports day was attended by Clubs from Carlow, Kilkenny, Wicklow and Wexford. The Leaders were delighted with the enthusiasm of the members who took part in every event.

Numerous medals were won by all, particularly Phil who collected 7 for himself including a very impressive second on the Poc Fáda. Well done to all who truly entered into the spirit of the day.

The day was rounded off with a disco which was enjoyed by all. Thanks to parents who dropped members off and collected them at the end of the day.

JUBILEE CELEBRATIONS - Congratulations to Sr. Mary Brigíd Finn who is celebrating her Golden Jubilee (50 years) in religious life this year. Mary is the fourth of nine children born to the late Edward and Johanna Finn of Bawngariff, Ballycallan. She received her early education in Ballycallan National School and her secondary education in The Presentation Convent and City Technical School before going to Dundrum College in Tipperary.

Mary left Ballycallan in 1959 to enter the Order of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Mary in Chigwell, Essex, following in the footsteps of her Aunt, the late Sr. Canice. She was professed in 1962 and served her early years in Cranleigh in Surrey before going to Upholland College in Wigam. She then returned to Cranleigh for a term, before returning to St. Anne’s Sean Ross Abbey in Roscrea where she is to the present day.

Sr. Brigíd has devoted her life to helping people with special needs.

A mass to celebrate her Golden Jubilee will be held in St. Brigid’s Church, Ballycallan this coming Friday, 18 May at 8pm. All are welcome.

HOMECARE WHIST - On 3 April last, the annual whist drive for the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare team took place in the Palmerstown venue. There were 22 tables in total. Whist winners on the night were: Top Score - A. Phelan and V. Robinson, First lady - J. Loughman, First gent - B. Cuddihy, Second lady - B. Gaffney, Second gent - A. Caldbeck, First half lady - E. Pollard, First half gents - r. Caldbeck and P. Walsh, Second half lady - M. Walsh, Second half gent - L. Comerford, Student boy - G. Dunne, Student Girl - L. Caldbeck, Lowest Score - B. Neary and S. Robinson, Hatcher - S. Keoghan and 13 Tricks - Sr. Miriam and R. Bennett.

Raffle winners were; H. Murphy, M. Maher, L. Murphy, R. Bennett, L. O’Neill, a. Hickey, M. Keoghan, M. McEvoy, S. Healy, N. Ryall, K. Malone, B. Boland, P. Walton, M. Millea, K. Brennan, A. Murphy, M. Keogh, R. Cuddihy, E. Keoghan, B. Gaffney, P. Mullins, M. Murphy, G. Ryall, V. Robinson, M. Moylan, K. Butler, A. Murphy, M. Doheny, M. Comerford, L. Healy, E. Heafey, J. Murphy, P. Mullins, M. Murphy, P. Dillon and A. McGuire.

Caroline Murphy thanked all who gave their time to help on the night, in particular the kitchen staff and all who provided their time and energy in getting prizes and donations, and all who sponsored or donated in any way. A special word of thanks to all the whist players who supported the cause. Caroline also reminded people that the Carlow Kilkenny Home Car Service is almost entirely dependent on voluntary fund raising to carry on the work being undertaken and the money which was donated would be well appreciated by everyone involved with the service.

TEE oFF - Kilmanagh Golf Society had an outing to the Dunmore East Golf Club on 21 April last. First in Category 1 was Joe Colclough, second was John Dunne. First in Category 2 was Vinnie Colclough with T. Stuart in second place Nearest pin was J. Shiels. The Society’s next outing is to Rathdowney on 19 May. All are very welcome. The Society would like to thank John Shiels for his very generous sponsorship.

KILMANAGH NOTES- Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements, etc. can do so by emailing marydargan@gmail.com before 9pm on Sundays. Photographs can also be included by sending them as attachments.