D.K.K. LOTTO - The winning numbers of the December 10th draw were: 2, 9, 29. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each: Susan Murphy, Diarmuid Walsh, Kathleen Gleeson, Ray Cody Jr. and Liz & Sarah. Next week’s jackpot is worth €3,850. The Bingo jackpot in St. Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €160. The Pool number is worth €280, Pete’s No 460. The next draw will be on Tuesday January 1st in O’Connor’s. At this draw if there is no jackpot winner there will be 5 X €100 prizes.
THE SWITCHING ON OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS in Kilmoganny - This took place on Friday 21st December at 7.m. The lights were switched on by two year old Kayla Dwyer, the youngest person present. As the weather was inclement the Carol singing and musical accompaniment following the switching on of the lights was held in St. Eoghan’s Church. At the conclusion of the Carols and music all adjourned to St. Eoghan’s Centre for refreshments.
WALKING - Walking resumes for the Dunnamaggin walk/run group on Monday 7th January. The walk time is 7.30 – 8.30 p.m., with the group starting and finishing at St Leonard’s National School gates. Come along and burn off those extra calories consumed over Christmas!! All are welcome, please wear a reflective jacket.
INVITATION TO TRAINING - Dunamaggan Development Association has been invited by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership Company, to participate in a novel training course for Kilkenny Tidy Towns and community groups. The course has several aspects but biodiversity is at its centre and will help you to take a fresh look at the wildlife and habitats of your area. The course will have 10 sessions and will run from January to May - the aim being to best prepare the group to improve your Tidy Towns entry in 2013 and onward. The course will also feature a seminar on health and safety for the group, volunteers and other workers. Another aspect of the course is designed to help the group benefit from the new social media such as Facebook, Twitter and to find out how to use the Internet more effectively to raise awareness, inform your members and get your message across. The course will also look at the tourism potential of the area and how to enter the new Fáilte Ireland Tourism Towns Competition Finally, media specialists will show participants how to go about making and editing video and how to record and edit a DVD. The course aims to be as practical as possible and will include a number of fieldtrips and outdoor sessions. These will focus on habitats within participants locality and how best to survey, identify and maximise the value of these areas for wildlife. In addition to this, an ecologist will undertake a ‘walkabout’ visit in each of the participating localities to investigate the wildlife potential of each area. Please find attached a schedule for the upcoming course. The course will be held on Wednesday evenings. We’ll be updating the schedule with venues and other details before our first session which is on Wednesday the 16th of January. It is planned to hold this first session in The Heritage Council headquarters at Church Lane, Kilkenny. It is hoped to hold the course over a number of different venues so that the burden of travel can be shared for those taking part. If any area of particular note for wildlife is located in participants locality then this area might use this a venue for a fieldtrip or practical work. Notes and background information will be supplied at each session and participants will be showing how their group can download course material and other resources. We’d be delighted to receive any questions or queries from you between now and the 16th of January. You can email me or call me on the number below. In the meantime, I hope that you have a happy and peaceful Christmas and we look forward to seeing you in the new year. The Dunamaggan Development Association invites anyone who is interested in participating on the course to contact either Ned Kirwan or Rev. Nicholas Flavin as soon as possible.
XMAS CELEBRATIONS - These took place with Christmas Eve mass in St. Eoghan’s Church, Kilmoganny at 7.00 p.m. at which the church was full to capacity. St. Leonard’s Church, Dunamaggan had Christmas Eve mass at 9pm. and Christmas Day mass at 11.00 a.m. at which the church we full to capacity. At the end of each mass all young children were invited up to the altar to receive a special Christmas Blessing. Many members of the Parish community who are working in various places in Ireland and Abroad made the trip home for Christmas. Rev. Nicholas Flavin P.P. thanked all members of the parish who participated in any way in helping the community during the past year and wished all a very happy, holy, joyful and peaceful Christmas.