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Urlingford - Parish celebrates this weekend

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last weekend so prize fund is now E4,300. Jackpot is E2,300. Match 3 winners: Ann Ryan, Justin, Bren and Cathal, Brendan & Cathal Cleere, Daniel Burke. Five lucky dips of E20 each: L. Young, Tim Walsh, M. O’Grady, Shem Delaney, Lorraine Bourke. Promoter’s prize: D. Fitzgerald.

LOTTO - There was no winner in the Emerald’s lotto last weekend so prize fund is now E4,300. Jackpot is E2,300. Match 3 winners: Ann Ryan, Justin, Bren and Cathal, Brendan & Cathal Cleere, Daniel Burke. Five lucky dips of E20 each: L. Young, Tim Walsh, M. O’Grady, Shem Delaney, Lorraine Bourke. Promoter’s prize: D. Fitzgerald.

ANNIVERSARIES - Anniversaries prayed for at all Masses last week in Urlingford and Graine: James and Mary Kavanagh, Billy Cleere, St Mary’s Ave; Martin Moriarty, Kelso, Scotland and formerly of St Mary’s Ave, Mary and Kieran, St Joseph’s Tce Mass Friday 9.30am.

JUNE COLLECTION - The June Collection for the support of the Priest’s of the parish are now due. Envelops are available in both churches.

PARISH CELEBRATION - To celebrate all we do as a parish and the ways in which we support one another and to mark the Silver Jubilee of Fr Ollie’s ordination there will be a Concelebrated Mass of Thanksgiving in the Church of the Assumption, Urlingford, on Saturday, 8th June at 7pm. Following Mass everyone is invited to The Ball in the Hall which will include craic, ceol, ol agus damhsa. Please come and join us for what promises to be a great night. And it’s free!! Calling all parishioners that are free between 2pm and 6pm on Friday, 7th June to help set tables etc and also on Saturday between 4pm and 6pm to take in donations of cakes for this special occasion.

DAUGHTERS OF CHARITY - Of St Vincent de Paul would like to thank the parishioners of Urlingford/Graine for their very generous donations in their recent collection. A total of E1,590 was raised.

COLAISTE MHUIRE - Let’s get crafting kids! 1st July to 3rd July 10am to 2pm Age group 8 to 10 yr olds; 15th July to 17th July 12 noon to 4pm. Age group 11 to 13yr olds. Places limited. E30 per camp. Have fun making a variety of cards, bags, notebooks, boxes and lots more. Application forms are available from Colaiste Mhuire.

URLINGFORD KICKBOXING CLUB - Publicans square up to each other. Charity White Collar Boxing Club, Open Air at Urlingford Arms Hotel on Saturday 15th June at 7.30pm. Tickets €15 Fight of the night - Robbie Delaney of Delaney’s Bar (Barna) v’s Taffy Farrell of Farrells Bar (Freshford).

EMERALDS CAMOGIE CLUB - Will hold a GAA Skills Camp for primary school boys and girls from Monday July 29th – Fri Aug 2nd, 9.30am-2pm daily. Cost €40. Contact Sinead by phone or text at 087 2943889 for bookings and enquiries.

ROSARY FOR LIFE - Will be held on Saturday, 8th June at 3pm in James’ Green, Kilkenny. Organised by local members of the Pro Life Campaign. Rosary will be followed by Benediction in St Mary’s Cathedral.

SAFEGUARDING AUDIT IN THE DIOCESE OF OSSORY - At the invitation of Bishop Seamus Freeman, SAC, the National Board for Safeguarding Children, St Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Co Kildare, will carry out a safeguarding Audit in the Diocese of Ossory. The Audit will begin on Monday, 17th June. Bishop Freeman welcomes this visit to our diocese by staff from the National Board and ensures that the diocese will fully co-operate in making all safeguarding files available.

URLINGFORD TIDY TOWNS - Special thinks to those who have helped us in our clean-up over the last couple of weeks, as judging will commence in the next 10 days we would ask for volunteers to help us in our final clean-up before judging. Tuesday evening 7.30pm at the Old School. As you will see flowers have been planted around the town and we would ask that they be respected and we would ask of residents to help us in our efforts by displaying Hanging Baskets/Window Boxes etc. Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they’re worthless, but because they’re priceless.

SHOW - Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co ltd held their AGM recently at the meeting rooms at Showgrounds. Show chairman Peter Ging welcomed everyone to the AGM and then declared meeting open. Show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald read minutes from last year’s AGM, signed and seconded, a good attendance. Then came the reporter from treasurer Irene Newman who gave a good finance report, PRO Margaret Campion gave a report and also Peter Ging. He said that last year’s show was a good success and entries were well up. Thanks to all. Show would not go on without the sponsors, secretary judges, stewards, vets, catering people, local radio, PRO’s etc. We would like to make a special welcome to the exhibition of Massy Ferguson and Ford tractors. Since last year’s show Richard Moynan passed away, deepest sympathy to his family. Also great sadness on the death of Mrs Murphy who was a loyal outstanding member of the show. Election of officers for 2013: Show president Johnny Brophy; vice president Kathleen Bergin, Lily Sheerman, William Mansfield, Timothy O’Sullivan, Paddy Lowry, Show chairman Peter Ging, vice chairperson Betty Stanley, show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, joint treasurer Irene Newman, Margaret McCarthy, Joint PRO Margaret Campion, Marty Phelan, Paddy Buggy, Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd presents annual show affiliated ISA IPS on Sunday, 28 July at the showgrounds on Mountrath/Rathdowney Road, Co Laois. For more details to show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney 087 9975902, show fax and phone 050548939, email:; web or to show treasurer Irene Newman 086 8402125 or to chairman Peter Ging 086 2393573.

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. Contact: 085 2726396.

TREEHOUSE MONTESSORI PRESCHOOL - Is now enrolling for September 2013. cTo enter the free ECCE preschool year your child must be born between 2nd February 2009 and 30th June 2010. Children outside of this age range are also catered for. Any queries please contact Grace Norton 086 1021529 or

URLINGFORD LIBRARY - Urlingford Library is giving you the chance to see your creative talents on public display. Fantastic crochet project starting in June which is community based. Can’t crochet, no problem. There are classes available to help. Contact Anna at Urlingford Library at 056 7794182

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.

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.

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.

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