LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last week, so prize fund is now E4,300. Jackpot is E2,300. There were three match 3 numbers sharing E200: Jack Coady, John Murphy, Fr Ollie Maher. Five lucky dips of E20 each: D. Crosbie, Jer Bartley, Joe Beehan, B. Hickey, Jer Hayde. Promoter’s prize: Hayes.
ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses in Urlingford and Graine last weekend: Paddy Broderick, St Mary’s Ave, Joe and Maura Comerford, Main St; Catherine Purcell, Kildrenagh; Margaret Pollard, Tincashel; Tom and Statia Ryan; Mary Power.
DANCING - The Christmas Social Dance will be held in the Community Hall, Urlingford on Tuesday, December 4. Music by Dermot Lyons. Supper served. Come and enjoy a great night’s entertainment. WE want to thank all those who supported the dancing over the past 12 months, anyone that helped us in any way, especially Martin Culleton and his team who kept the hall in top class shape. Looking forward to your continued support for the coming year.
WHIST DRIVE - Results, November 16: Top score: Heather Bailey, Eileen Phelan, Lisa Dunne, Richard Bailey, Patricia Delaney, Joan Loughman, Henry Cooke, Henry Martin, Michael Muldowney, Robert Caldbeck, William Wellwood, Mary Orr, Derick Baile, Andrew Bailey, Emily Bergin. Raffle: Sr Miriam, Tom Cooke, Marie McCarthy, Sheila McGree, Michael Muldowney, Margaret Neil, Phil Dunne, Kathleen Hickey, Patricia Watson, Bridget Walsh, Christmas whist in St Mary’s, Johnstown December 7 and 15.
SACRISTAN COLLECTION - The collection for the Sacristan’s in Urlingford and Graine will be taken up at all Masses next weekend, December 1 and 2. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Envelopes are available in t he Church Porch.
CHOIR PRACTICE - Choir practice for Christmas in Urlingford Church on Thursday at 7pm. Everyone welcome.
EMERALDS CAMOGIE - The club are holding a meeting on Friday, November 30 at 9pm in the Old School, Urlingford. An open discussion will be held o the night and parents of all age groups are urged to attend and bring with them proposals and ideas to help restructure and move the club forward. This club provides a great sporting out let for the youth of our parish but the support of all parents is essential for the club to progress.
THE GATHERING - As part of our efforts for the Gathering in 2013 we are looking for old photos, family 1st Holy Communion, Confirmation etc, anything to do with the Parish of Graine and Urlingford. If you do not wish for these photos to leave your home a member of the organizing committee will call to your home and copy them or you can email us a copy of them with names and details. Photos tell such a wonderful story and it would be an excellent contribution in piecing some of our together, especially for the young generation who would have little knowledge of what Parish or the people were like back then. We would also be grateful if anyone knows of the whereabouts of Fr Moran’s films? If anyone has them we can have them restored and copied and returned to you. Contact Joan Pearson 089 4538122, email@example.com or Norah Hickey 089 4507891, firstname.lastname@example.org.
KCLR - Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert: This year, ignite the real spirit of Christmas and relight hope! KCLR’s Soul Agenda presenters Vicki Sandall and Fr Dan Carroll present the first ‘Spirit of Christmas Carol Concert’ in aid of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on December 8 at 7.30pm. With a star-studded line-up including Pat Byrne, Brian Cody, Gerry Moran and Brendan Corcoran. Joining them are Kilkenny’s St Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band, an 80 strong choir comprising of choirs from across Carlow and Kilkenny, St John of God’s School Choir and You. Tickets: E5, available from KCLR or o the door, with all proceeds going to Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team. For more details see www.kclr96fm.com.
EMERALDS - AGM: The club will hold their AGM on December 16. This meeting will take place in Graine Parish Hall at 4pm. We would ask all members, players and committee members to attend. Lotto: Tickets for local lotto can be purchased for E2 in any local shop, pub or from any lotto seller. Recent winners in our lotto are as follows: Mia Ryan who won E7,100 and Jim Looby who won E2,500. Congrats to all our lotto winners and we thank them for their continued support. Thanks also to all our lotto sellers. Over the last number of years the following local organizations have benefited from the lotto: Club for the Elderly, St Patrick’s Day Parade, Mill Cemetery, Sq2uash Club, Soccer Club, Senior Citizens Christmas Party, Urlingford/Johnstown Ploughing, Camogie and Handball Clubs. Graine Community Hall: The club would like to extend their best wishes and congratulations to the Graine Hall committee on their fantastic development. Thank you for providing your facilities for this years AGM. Sponsors: Thank you to Bernard Kavanagh and Sons, who have been the clubs main sponsors for the last number of years and their support is greatly appreciated. Thanks to all local business, volunteers and community who also continue to support the club.
IRISH GUIDE DOGS - Christmas Cards and 2013 Calendars in aid of Irish Guide Dogs for sale. Calendars E8. Pack of 8 cards E6. Contact Gavin on 087 9063396 or Natalie on 086 8797656 if you wish to purchase any of these.
CHAPTER HOUSE BOOK SHOP - James’s Street, Kilkenny (in grounds of St Mary’s Cathedral). Open: Tuesday to Saturday 9.30am to 5.30pm. Books, religious items, candles, cards, etc. Christmas stock will soon be available. Please drop in. For further information please contact Sr Lil at 056 7703884. Also Tea Rooms: Open Monday to Saturday, 9.30 to 5.30pm. Drop in for a coffee.
SOUTH LAOIS/NORTH KILKENNY BUS ROUTE - M&A Bus Coaches launched the new bus service from Urlingford to Portlaoise on Saturday, November 17 at the Castle Arms Hotel, Durrow. The new bus service runs twice daily in both directions seven days a week. Michael Dowling of M&A Coaches points out that with eight official stops on the route he is looking forward to catering for the needs of all intended passengers. All concerned welcome M&A Coaches to the route and wish them every success but also urge the public to use this service. Information on the bus timetable and connecting services to and from Cork, Limerick and Dublin are available from the South Laois Tourist Office on 087 6015862 or by email on email@example.com , www.southlaois.com, Facebook or by contacting M&A Coaches on 056 8833454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or www.mandacoaches.com.
COMMUNITY ALERT - Held its AGM last Tuesday night. A large crowd attended and some new initiatives were discussed. Coming into the winter month’s crime usually increases in our parish. A number of homes were broken into, a few car trailers and horse boxes were stolen in the last month. Householders and farmers are encouraged to make their premises safe by installing alarms and locks on valuable equipment. The local Community Alert Committee encourages people to follow the following tips to make our parish a safer place to live: 1. Get to know your neighbours particularly those living alone and be a good neighbour to them. Call in and visit, run an errand - it’s the small things and the human contact that count. 2 Be Alert - if you see somebody or a vehicle acting suspiciously in your area, call the Gardai immediately. 3 Keep an eye on your property and that of your neighbours - help to prevent vandalism and theft.4 Be aware of other safety initiatives. Your community needs you, play your part.
LOCATION OF DEFIBRILATOR - While Graine Hall is being redeveloped the defibrillator will be located in the Church Sacristy. Key holders are Ann Pembroke, Canon Dunphy, Helen Healy, Fr. O. Maher.
PARENT & TODDLER GROUP - New parents very welcome. Every Wednesday 10am to 12 noon. E1 admission per family. Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. For further details contact Edel 086 1637371 or Zoe 086 0388755.
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.
URLINGFORD NEWS - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements etc can do so by contacting Gerry Grace or by emailing email@example.com. Please feel free to send photographs to the email address or by passing them on to Gerry Grace and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is Sunday evening of each week.