Urlingford -

U10s CAMOGIE BLITZ - The Emeralds U-10 Camogie girls had their first blitz of 2013 on Saturday in Ballyragget. The girls put on a great performance winning 2 of their 3 games. They won against Conahy and Ballyragget, and lost to Clara. Team on the day: Katie McLoughlin, Ciara Queally, Louise and Aisling Hickey, Sarah Phelan, Emma Gleeson, Roisin Ahern, Ruth Ryan, Cora Norton, Karen Campion, Saoirse Burke, Isobel Doyle, Aoife Garrett, Tara Queally, Niamh Campion, Rachel Hawkes, Emma Kenny, Ella Hayes, Jessie Leahy, Amy O’Meara.

U10s CAMOGIE BLITZ - The Emeralds U-10 Camogie girls had their first blitz of 2013 on Saturday in Ballyragget. The girls put on a great performance winning 2 of their 3 games. They won against Conahy and Ballyragget, and lost to Clara. Team on the day: Katie McLoughlin, Ciara Queally, Louise and Aisling Hickey, Sarah Phelan, Emma Gleeson, Roisin Ahern, Ruth Ryan, Cora Norton, Karen Campion, Saoirse Burke, Isobel Doyle, Aoife Garrett, Tara Queally, Niamh Campion, Rachel Hawkes, Emma Kenny, Ella Hayes, Jessie Leahy, Amy O’Meara.

EMERALDS CAMOGIE CLUB - Are holding a ‘Cookery Demonstration’ by well known freelance chef Edward Hayden from TV3’s ‘Ireland AM ‘ in the Community Hall, Urlingford on Thursday May16, at 8pm. This will be a night not to be missed. Tickets €15 each are available from any committee member or contact Mairead 086 2700851 or Joan 086 3793986.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s Lotto last week so the prize fund is now E6,500. Jackpot E4,500. There were three match 3 numbers sharing E200: Tommy Kavanagh, Brian Gleeson, Sarah Byrne. Five lucky dips of E20 each: Ml Rochford, K. Delaney, Ml Doyle, Noreen Bambrick, KH&J Delaney. Promoter’s prize: Gerry Grace.

WHIST DRIVE - The next whist drive in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown is on this Friday night, May 10. Doors open at usual time. Proceeds in aid of charity.

SYMPATHY - The death has taken place of Mr Tommy Hickey of Craddoxtown, Woodsgift. A very quiet, inoffensive gentleman he will be sadly missed by all his friends. The remains were removed from Doyle’s Funeral Home, Urlingford to St Patrick’s Church, Graine and after Requiem Mass burial took place in adjoining cemetery. Deeply regretted by his sister Kitty Moriarty, nephew Paddy, relatives, friends and neighbours.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses last weekend in Urlingford and Graine: Bridget Fogarty, The Islands, Mary and Edward O’Gorman.

URLINGFORD/GRAINE DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP - Meeting once a month in the Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. We would like to get as many volunteers as possible so please come along and bring a friend – together we could save a life.

URLINGFORD LIBRARY - Urlingford Library would love to set up a weekly sewing and knitting spot in the library. If you are anyway crafty at all we would love to meet you. Join with other like-minded crafters. You certainly will enjoy it and who knows, you might even learn something new. Contact Anna at 056 77 94182.

KILKENNY AGE FRIENDLY - County programme is available to provide “Ageing with Confidence” in your area. The 8 weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The programme is run by two trained facilitators and looks at all aspects of ageing including physical, emotional and intellectual. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centres. Enquires welcome from community centres/individuals and groups. If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 056 7772787 for further details or email agefriendlycounty@gmail.com.

PUT THE KETTLE ON - Anna Danielles are hosting an Alzheimer’s tea party tomorrow (Thursday), please feel free to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with freshly baked cakes baked by the Anna Danielle’s team...... lets see if we are as good at baking cakes as we are at cutting hair?!? We will also be raffling spot prizes on the day. All donations going to the Alzheimer’s Society for the Kilkenny area. There are 41,700 families nationwide depending on our help and support. Salon open for coffee morning at 10am till 12.30pm – hope to see you there and help make it a tea day to remember.

MILL FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE - Would like to say a big thank you to all who helped and took part in our race night. To all the sponsors, everyone who donated spot prizes, the card sellers and of course to all who were there on the night and made it such a great success.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Kilkenny Contact is a community based voluntary organisation for older persons covering Kilkenny City & County, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for Befriending to Older Persons living alone in the Urlingford, Johnstown and surrounding areas. If you are interested in volunteering please come along to our Outreach in The Mill Family Resource Centre, Main Street, Urlingford on Mondays between 11am and 1pm. For any information or queries you may have about this volunteering opportunity please call Eleanor Doyle Coordinator Kilkenny Contact at 056/7751988 Ext 6 or Mobile 086/8530994 anytime.

OLDER PEOPLES FORUM BI-ANNUAL MEETING - If you are over 50 and are interested in Kilkenny’s Age Friendly activities and programme please attend the Bi-Annual meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum where your views, interests and contributions are important at Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny on Wednesday 15th May from 10 am to 12.30pm

TOTS TO TEENS GROUP - An Information and Sign up morning will be held on Saturday May 18 at 11am, we are holding an information and sign up morning at the Freshford Community Hall. Places are limited, you can hold a place for your child or children by texting your details to our club phone 0857679240, so come along and let your little star shine on the stage.

SYMPATHY - Sincere sympathy is extended to John O’Brien and family of St. Joseph’s Terrace on the death of his brother, Martin, who died in Wales, formerly of Kilkenny.

ST KIERAN’S ATHLETIC CLUB - Congratulations to Mateusz Pietrzykowski, Lauren Hayde, Nonie Lavelle and Caoilinn Smith all of whom participated in the first leg of the ‘A’ Championships at the Watershed, Kilkenny on Sunday, May 5. All four did extremely well with Matt taking home 1st in the U16 boys 100m & 400m and Lauren receiving 2nd in U17 girls long jump. The second leg of the championship takes place on Sunday, May 12 so we wish all those participating the best of luck. Training continues Wednesdays from 18:30-19:30 and Sundays from 12:15-13:45. New members always welcome.

TIDY TOWN’S - A meeting was held last night (Tuesday) looking for volunteers for a general clean-up of the area. You are asked to bring a brush or spade as there area lot of weeds to be disposed of in the general town area. Your help would be very much appreciated. Enquire for the next clean up evening at the Old School.

GRAINE ICA - Proposed Summer Trip to Belfast will take place on July 6 and 7. The trip will include: A sightseeing tour of Belfast City and Environs, a visit to the Titanic Exhibit8ion at the Belfast Museum, a visit to a garden centre, shopping arcades and famous buildings. Coach travel to and from home and overnight hotel accommodation on the night of July 6. For details of cost and bookings please ring Kathleen 056 8835282 or Geraldine 056 8835104.

OSSORY TIMES - The 2nd edition of the Ossory Times is available for sale at a cost of €2.

THE GATHERING - As part of The Gathering the parish of Graine and Urlingford are organizing a weekend of activities in August, full details to be finalised. One of these is to have an exhibition of photos in both Graine and Urlingford, which reflects the history of the Parish, and it’s people. We are looking for photos, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, photos of anyone who served in any of the wars or in the army. Any photos of Gardai, Priests or Doctors etc. If you do not want these photos to leave your home we can arrange for someone to call and copy them in your home. If you would like to help with piecing together our history with these photos please contact Ann Pembroke 056 8835184, Norah Hickey 086 2649993, Joan Pearson 086 1538834.

FR LIAM LAWTON CONCERT - To be held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 7.30pm. For ticket sales call 056 7753624, email: afd@ossory.ie. Further information available from www.liamlawton.com

FITNESS CLASSES IN GRAINE - Want to tone up and improve those fitness levels? Then why not try EB Fitness, aerobics and body conditioning classes in Graine Hall every Tuesday night 8 to 9pm. Classes commencing March 19. Fee: E6. For more information or to book a place contact Eilish on 085 7879842.

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION - First and third Friday of each month at 2.30-5.30pm.

BAPTISM - The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturday and Sunday only.

MARRIAGE - At least three months notice must be given.

CARE OF THE SICK AND ELDERLY - Please contact Fr Maher if you have a relative or neighbour sick at home or in hospital and would like to be visited or added to the First Friday calls.