MARY ANN MURPHY RIP - The parish lost one of it’s oldest parishioners last week with the death of Mary Ann Murphy, Bishopslough, at the age of ninety two years. Mary Ann died in Gowran Abbey Nursing home where she had been residing for the past number of years. Mary Ann was a well known figure in the community,, taking part in all aspects of parish life. She was of a gentle disposition and had a very friendly nature. Mary Ann’s faith was very important to her and she worshipped in St Kieran’s Church, Tullaherin all her life. She was a life-long member of Tullaherin Choir. She enjoyed many trips to Lourdes and Knock and was also involved in The Prayer Group. One of the services she provided was the distribution of religious magazines, including, The Messenger. She will be sadly missed by her family and her many neighbours and friends in the community. Her remains were received in Tullaherin by Rev Pat Dalton, PP, Gowran and Rev Dan O’Gorman, Woollengrange. The choir sang with accompaniment by Christine O’Neill. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev Pat Dalton and Rev Dan O’Gorman. The lessons were read by Tom Dollard(nephew) and Ailbhe Dollard(grandniece). Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Kylie, Noreen, Anne, Stephen, Alison, Martin and Lucia(nieces, grandnieces and nephews). The offertory Gifts reflected Mary Ann’s interests in her life and included, her bible and rosary beads, family photograph and a copy of “The Messenger” and “The Irish Catholic. These were presented by, Anne, Lizzie, Agnes and JohnJoe with narration by Michael(all members of her family) Mary Ann’s grandniece, Zoe, gave the reflection. The Choir sang throughout the mass accompanied by Bridget Nolan. She is survived by her sisters, Liz and Bridget, nephews, Tom, Michael, Andrew and John, nieces, Liz, Anne, Noreen and Agnes, grandnieces, grandnephews other relatives and friends.
WEDDING -- On Thursday, 9th August, on a beautiful sunny day in Borris, the marriage was solemnised in The Sacred Heart Church between, Philip Cullen, Woollengrange, Thomastown and Denise Doyle, Kiltegan, Co Wicklow. Celebrant was Rev John O’Brien, PP, Borris. The bride wore a full length ivory lace dress and carried a bouquet of wild flowers and also wore flowers in her hair Matron of honour was her elder sister, Lorna and bridesmaid was her younger sister, Claire. The bridesmaids were dressed in pink. Flower girl was Annabel Rose and pageboys were Bobby and Sammy. Best man was Johnny Cullen, brother of the groom who travelled home from the USA for the occasion. The groomsman, Danny Cullen, cousin of the groom travelled from Australia. Music throughout the ceremony was by Bridget Nolan and Lar Duffy. The reception was held in The Step House Hotel, Borris, where the guests enjoyed good food, great speeches and a brilliant atmosphere. An Elvis impersonator,alias Kieran Houlihan and rock and roll band gave a fabulous show and dancing went on into the early hours when the festivities ended with traditional Irish music provided by the bride’s father, Shay and his band. This was hugely appreciated by guests who travelled from England, Australia, USA as well as from Ireland. Denise is a School Guidance Counsellor/media Skills Tutor and Philip is an artist/sculptor and musician. The honeymoon is being spent in the Austrian Alps.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 1, 2, 8, 27. Jackpot now stands at €10,600. Consolation Prizes to Trish Dowling, Marian Place; Bridget O’Neill, Ballyreddin; Dolores Fitzpatrick, Millview; Syndicate DavidTreacy, Station Road.
CHERNOBYL FUNDRAISER - Thukolo Gospel Choir Fundraiser. Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group Local gospel choir Thukolo will perform a concert at The Watergate Kilkenny on Sat 6th October with The Memphis Cats. Proceeds to Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group. Tickets €10. This promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment as always. Please support this very worthy cause. Thank you for your anticipated support.
ALL-IRELAND SUCCESS - There was a large contingent of Bennettsbridge supporters in Croke Park yesterday to cheer on Kilkenny to a “mighty” victory over Galway in the All-Ireland Hurling Final. Well done to all concerned.
GOLF - The Bennettsbridge Golf Society President’s Prize(Michael Fitzpatrick)was held in Borris Golf Club on Saturday last. In 1st Place was Ger Treacy with 35 points, followed in 2nd place by Matt Byrne, Jnr, with 34 points.
Third place went to Pat Kirwan and fourth went to John Brennan, both with scores of 34.
The Front Nine was won by Gerry Minogue and Back Nine was won by Laurence Walsh.
Next outing for the society will be the Christmas Event planned for 15th December.
HALLOWEEN AUCTION - The Halloween Auction in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team has been confirmed for Saturday, 27th October in The Ouncel House, Dungarvan.
Already items are being donated and these include, green fees from Mount Juliet and all the other golf clubs in the area, Heritage Crystal, small items of furniture and some cash donations.
TIDY TOWNS - Following their very encouraging result in the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition, the committee are continuing their activities and looking forward to increasing marks further next year.
They are having a clean-up morning next Saturday 6th, from 9am. Planning weeding and litter picking but also clearing out the back of the field next to the school in preparation for the playground. Volunteers are asked to bring gardening tools and gloves.
It is hoped that a good number will turn up to lend their services. The committee is also planning a clothes recycling drive, starting with a collection next Saturday. This is a good money-making venture and will benefit the Community Development and Tidy Towns. So clear out all your old clothes and drop them to the hall next Saturday morning.
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