Johnstown: The late Ray Hope, Folkscourt

CLOTHES APPEAL - Docas Nasamu Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, which is an Irish -un orphanage, will hold a collection of used clothing, ladies, gents, childrens clothes. Shoes, household items i.e. towels, blankets, sheets, soft toys, handbags etc. Everything will be accepted whatever condition, so long as it is clean. Collection will take place next Thursday December 13 before 11am at Johnstown and Crosspatrick Church grounds. For further information, phone Marie at 087-6890995.

CLOTHES APPEAL - Docas Nasamu Orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya, which is an Irish -un orphanage, will hold a collection of used clothing, ladies, gents, childrens clothes. Shoes, household items i.e. towels, blankets, sheets, soft toys, handbags etc. Everything will be accepted whatever condition, so long as it is clean. Collection will take place next Thursday December 13 before 11am at Johnstown and Crosspatrick Church grounds. For further information, phone Marie at 087-6890995.

WEEKLY LOTTO - Spa Development/Fenian GAA Lotto jackpot this week is €15,600. There were four winner of match 3 numbers sharing €200. The winners: Friday Blues, Rufina McCormack, Clare Hughes, Joe Dowd. Promoters prize Barrys Bar. This week’s draw will be held in Ryans Crosspatrick.

CHRISTMAS CONCERT - A Christmas Concert will be held in Clogh Parish Church on next Tuesday night, featuring well-known tenor Father Liam Lawton. Doors open 7.30pm. Admission €20. Proceeds in aid of parish funds. Phone 086-2401278 for further information.

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL - The annual St. Vincent de Paul collection will be held at all masses next weekend December 15/16.

CONCERN - Peggy Sharkey undertook her annual 24-hour fast last Friday December 7. She has been well supported but is open to further contributions. All monies raised will be used to help concern in the work they do in Third World Countries.

WHIST DRIVE - A Christmas Whist Drive will be held in St Mary’s Hall on next Saturday December 15. First game at 8.30pm.It is a fundraiser for Rathdowney School.

DEATH - We offer sincere sympathy to the wife, family and friends of Ray Hope Folkscourt, who died last week. It is a very sad time for the family, as Ray’s two sons, Freddy and Ray jnr, died within the past two years. Ray is survived by his wife, daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren. Requiem mass was celebrated in St Kieran’s Church on Saturday morning. May he rest in Peace.

ANNUAL RETREAT - People of the parish of Johnstown are invited to an evening of prayer and reflection at Peace in Christ Retreat house Kilkenny. The evening starts at 8pm and concludes at 10.30pm approximately. Everybody is welcome.

LIFELINE - A meeting of Lifeline Suicide Prevention will take place in the mill resource centre Urlingford on Wednesday next December 12 at 7.30pm. The meeting will discuss strategy and plans for the prevention of suicide. It is open to everyone.

CHRISTMAS WHIST - There was a large attendance at the first of the Christmas Whist Drives in St Mary’s Hall last Friday night. Winners were – Top Score: Robert Caldbeck. High Scorers Eileen Hennessy, Margaret Rochford, Bridie Boland, Mary McEvoy, Bernie Ryall, Aidan Ryan, Michael Brennan, Henry Martin, Michael Muldowney, Richard Caldbeck, Amy Caldbeck, Tom Cooke, Bill Cuddihy, Michael Maher, Liam Healy, Kelly Caldbeck, Jean Whitford, Heather Bailey, Veronica Muldowney. 13 tricks: Albert Bailey and Margaret Rochford. Raffle Winners: Breda Kinane, Marie McCarthy, Veronica Robertson,, Gail Bennett, John Nicholsan, Stephen Robinson, Margaret Rochford, Eileen Hennessy, Kelly Caldbeck, Michael Brennan, Evelyn Whitford, Mary McEvoy, Henry Cooke, Liam Kenny, Mary Orr, Bill Cuddihy, Patricia Delaney, Breda Brennan, Gerry Ryan, Kathleen Hickey, Siobhan Healy, Sean Hickey,Sister Miriam, Veronica Muldowney, May Burke.