Alone for Christmas- Don’t be lonely for Christmas. If you would like company Senior Help Line is a national confidential telephone listening service for o;der people, provided by trained older volunteers. The service is available every day over Christmas including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day from 10am to 10pm. Closed Christmas evening from 7-10pm. All calls are treated as strictly confidential. The service is there to listen and support. Lo call 1850440444. The cost of a local call anywhere in Ireland.
Invitation- The children of St Kieran’s National School invite you to join them for the Children’s Christmas Mass on next Sat Dec 22nd at 7.30pm in St Kierans Church, Johnstown. The children have all been working hard preparing for the Mass and together with their parents ask you to please attend and support them.
Gathabawn Walk-The annual St Stephen’s Day walk takes place as usual this year. Funds raised will be divided equally between chosen charities Prague House and Gathabawn Rural Development group to fund the continued enhancement of the village and surrounds. The walk starts from Gathabawn at 12 noon with registration before hand. Watch out for Kilkenny Hurling Trophies on display. Hot soup will once again be available free of charge to returning walkers by kind donation of Glanbia, Ballyragget. The walk follows a varied route over the scenic Cullahill Mountain taking in the Binnenea Loop and the new Gathabawn Loop Walk. The long route is about 7 miles and the short route is about 4 miles. Good footwear is essential.
St Vincent de Paul- The annual collection for St Vincent de Paul Society took place at both churches last weekend. The generousity of the people is particularly appreciated in these difficult financial times when many families are finding it so difficult to provide a proper Christmas for their children.
Christmas Whist Drive-The Whist Drive in St Mary’s Hall last Sat. night had great support. There was a great selection of prizes in both the whist and the raffle. Top score went to Henry Cooke. Other Winners- Bridie Boland, Nancy Eniston, Alison Caldbeck, Theresa Norton, Eileen Ryan, Kelly Caldbeck, Larry Kenny, Michael Brennan, Robert Caldbeck, Veronica Muldowney, Pat Fanning, Eamonn Campion, Ross Handcock, Adam Caldbeck, Richard Caldbeck, Lauren Caldbeck.
Raffle winners-Tom Cooke, Eamonn Campion, Breda Kinane, Frances Seale, Adam Caldbeck, James Muldowney, Ann Campion, Barbara Stanley, Kathleen Hickey,Richard Caldbeck, Eileen Hennessey, Henry Cooke, Henry Miller, Fran Handcock, Aideen Kenny, Eileen Phelan, Gail Bennettm Aiden Ryan, Kelly Caldbeck, Teresa Norton, Hazel Moynan, Joan Loughman, Sharon Handcock. Next whist drive in St Mary’s Hall will be Friday Dec 28th.
Weekly Lotto- Spa Development Jackpot rolls on and this week it is €15,800. There were 3 winners match 3 numbers last week. Nos drawn 2,14,18,21. The winners were Mary Watsonc/o Morrisseys, Martin O Sullivan c/o John Murphy, Kathleen Moriarty c/o Post Office. Promoters prize John Murphy. A special draw this week in a lucky dip. Six lucky winners will receive €50. Draw this week in Barrys Bar.
notes-A very happy and peaceful Christmas to all the readers of the Johnstown Notes and everygood wish for the New Year!