Racquetball - All Ireland success has come to Galmoy Racquetball Club with Avril Phelan winning a gold medal in the Ladies B section and Niamh Glendon a silver medal in the same competition at Kingscourt. In Templederry, in the girls under 12 Mary Ellen Phelan captured a gold medal while Daniel Hanrahan won a silver medal in the same section. This is a great achievement for a club which was formed two years ago. Great credit must go to Gerry Drennan for all the hard work in making the club so successful. As a ‘thank you’ to Gerry the club made a presentation to him after the league finals last week.
Trocaire - The amount of money to date for the Trocaire Lentan Campaign has totalled €490.50. If there are any boxes not yet returned please do so this week.
Faith Fest - Bishop Freeman has invited everyone to join together in St Kieran’s College on May 11/12 for ‘Faith Fest’ celebrating faith in Ossory.
Sympathy - Sincere sympathy is extended to John Murphy and family, Canal Road, Tommy and Martin, Sevensisters and Mrs Mary Nolan Woodsgift on the death of their mother Mary who died last week. Predeceased by her husband John by many years she was of a very quiet unassuming nature dedicating her life to her children. As they grew older she longed to return to Urlingford, her native place and was lucky enough to get a house there where she was very happy. Requiem mass was in Urlingford prior to interment in Johnstown. May she rest in peace.
Spa Development/Fenians Lotto - Week April 22. The numbers drawn were 4, 12, 14 and 22. There was no winner of the jackpot and two match three winners, Jim McMahon c/o Barrys and Donal Cahill c/o ROTC. Promoter’s prize Barry’s. This week’s jackpot is €2,400 and the draw is in Barrys.
Plane Crash - On January 4, 2014 it will be 70 years since an American B17 Flying Fortress crashed in a moor near Johnstown. A day of commemoration is already being organised by Susan Garrett. Anyone who has any memories of the crash please contact Susan at 087 7926989.
Farewell Rev Ian - The Church of Ireland Community of Fertagh comprising the areas of Johnstown, Kilcooley, Littleton and Crohane came together in great numbers in St Mary’s Hall, Johnstown recently to bid farewell to their pastor of 5 years Rev Ian Cruckshank. A proud Scotsman he was led into the hall by a piper from the Littleton Pipe Band.
Several presentations were made to Rev Ian and his wife Donna including a framed family portrait with a picture of the four churches in each corner. Many tributes were paid to him by several guest speakers including some neighbouring catholic clergy.
Mr Henry Miller, a church warden pointed out many firsts attributed to Rev Ian - first minister in the parish with children, first with a beard, first to milk cows, first with a motorbike, first to play table tennis dressed in a shirt and skirt as a lady player! The first to take part in shave or dye and the first Church of Ireland Chaplain to Colaiste Mhuire. Lots of music was provided by musicians from Graine, Kilcooley and Gortnahoe and lashings of goodies by the ladies.
Earlier in the day Rev Ian attended his last function - a Confirmation ceremony in Kilcooley, also attended by the Bishop Right Rev Michael Burrows. Rev Ian, his wife Donna and their 4 children are wished all the very best in his new appointment in Ballygally in The Diocese of Armagh.