Tuesday 4 August 2015

Dawn chorus in Altamont

Published 20/05/2014 | 05:24

It may well turn out to be the most significant event of the year in Ballon and Rathoe! On Sunday morning next 25th May at 4.30am Eanna Ní Lamhna from RTE's 'Mooney Show' and' Mooney Goes Wild' will be the facilitator as early risers descend on The Walled Garden at Altamont to hear the Dawn Chorus.

The group will assemble in the car park at 4.00am and will be guided down to the Walled Garden for the event. The area is fully wheelchair accessible. Due to popular demand there are a limited number of tickets available, so please ring Maire on 087-2424934 or Rosemarie on 086 0706262 to book.


This year's An Post Rás which started in Dunboyne, County Meath on Sunday last will pass through the eastern side of the parish on Saturday 24th May. The best vantage points are Kilbride Cross at approximately 1.20pm, Closh Cross at 1.23 and The Bang Ups at 1.25pm. For those who wish to get a prolonged view Corabutt Gap in the Blackstairs Mountains at 12.30pm is the ideal place to be. Local man Edward Dawson is the assistant Race Director.


The annual Alzheimer's Tea Day will be held in Rathoe Hall on tomorrow (Wednesday) from 2.30 to 5.00pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


The three cemetery masses have been arranged as follows- Ballon on Sunday 1st June at 7.30pm; Templepeter on Sunday 29th June at 3pm and Rathoe on Sunday 6th July at 7.30pm.


The Fighting Cocks GFC will hold a Race Night in the Fighting Cocks bar on Saturday 31st May.



Split The Pot Winners for 11th May: 1st Breda O'Dwyer €162, 2nd John Egars €20, 3rd Ciaran Joyce €20. Thank you for your continued support, €2 it could be you.



Due to essential repairs, Kilcarry Bridge will be closed from Monday, 19th May to Friday 23rd May. Traffic Diversions will be in place during this period. We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused. For more information, please contact Tullow Area Office 0599172363.


Clonegal Car Boot Sale will be held in the Ben Mulhall Complex, Clonegal on Sunday 8th June. Gates will open to the public at 10.00am. Sellers can set up from 7.30am. Cost of sellers: Cars €10, Trailers and Vans €15. For more information please contact 086 2111942 or email clonegalcbs@ Admission is free to the public. Toilet facilities and refreshments will be available in the complex.


The 5th and 6th class pupils from Clonegal and Kildavin N.S will be making their Confirmation on Thursday, 5th June. Pupils will be confirmed in their own churches. Clonegal N.S will take place in St. Bridges Church at 11 am, Kildavin N.S will take place in St. Lazerian's Church at 2pm.


The club invites all boys and girls of the area from 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th classes to participate in the inaugural Annual GAA Schools Football Festival, which will take place in the Spellman Park, on bank holiday Monday, 2nd June at 2.30pm.



Congratulations to the children of St. Mary's School Ballyconnell on their First Holy Communion Day in Ballyconnell Church on Saturday 10th May. Fr. Gahan and Fr. Keating thanked all the teachers, parents and the children and anyone who helped in anyway to make the day such memorable occasion.


Liscolman Friday 6 June. Clonmore (New) Friday 13 June. Crecin Friday 20 June. All Masses will be celebrated at 8p.m. People are asked to please tidy graves and remove any rubbish .


There was no winner of this week's Hacketstown United Lotto. Numbers drawn were 7-16-19-22. Next week the lotto will be €1,500. Tickets on sale at usual outlets in the town. Draw takes place every Monday night in New Oak club house. Good support appreciated.


Bellview Soccer Club is holding a 20 year reunion on Sunday 1st June in Byrne's Lounge, Clonmore from 6p.m. until late. Proceeds of the evening will go to local charities, music is by musicians and a raffle will also be held on the night. All former Bellview players are asked to attend and everyone is welcome.


A Rose and Plant Sale will be held in aid of Ballyconnell the Parent's Association on 14/15 June. The sale will be open from 12 to 6p.m. each day in Ballyconnell Presbytery Garden.


There was no winner of the parish lotto this week. Numbers drawn were 10-13-1 bonus 3. €40 winner's were Kay Smithers c/o Bingo. Denis Keogh Jr, Knockeen Lr. Peter Byrne, Crecrin. Sean Tallon, Seskin. Olwynn Doyle c/o Bingo. Next week the lotto will be €700 (plus bonus €1,700). Draw takes place at bingo every Sunday night in Ballyconnell Hall at 8.30p.m. Snowball €825. Good support appreciated.


The children of St. Mary's School Ballyconnell will received their Confirmation on Saturday 24th May in Our Lady of the Wayside Church in Clonmore at 11.00a.m. by Bishop Denis Nulty.



Bonus Ball week 21: Winner James Buggy. There are 4 people on 5 numbers - Pa Murphy, Niall Purcell, Jason Kealy and Shannon Murphy.


Top Score at Newtown Whist on Saturday 3rd May was won by Willie Wallace, Clonbrock. Ladies: 1. Kit Farrell. 2. Rose Cole. Gents: 1. Christy Maher. 2. Tom Kealy. Halves: 1. Henry Parr. 2. Francis Gleeson. Quarters: 1. Tom Gowing. 2. Gretty McNulty. Raffle winners were Nellie O'Brien, Mary Warren, Tom Kealy, Seamus Hennessy and Tom Kealy.


Last weeks winners in the Crettyard Footballers Lotto were Jimmy Brennan, Clonbrock, Pat Doyle, c/o Martin Doyle, Ann O'Reilly, The Bog, Fr Joe Beere, Dublin. The winning numbers were 22-27-28-30.


Congratulations to Geraldine Haughney, Turra and Martin Glynn, Ballinabranna, who were married recently in St Mary's Church, Mayo.


His many friends in Doonane and surrounding areas were saddened to learn of the death of Michael Barry, Doonane Hill which took place at St Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny on Thursday 8th May. Michael had been ill for a short time. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him and his passing is much regretted.

His remains were removed to St Abbans Church, Doonane on 9th May. Burial took place in adjoining cemetery after 11 am Requiem Mass which was celebrated by Fr Denis Murphy, assisted by Fr Jimmy O'Reilly and Deacon Joe O'Rourke.

Sympathy is extended to his wife, Catherine, daughters, Annette and Louise, sons, Kevin, Paul, Conor and Eoin, grandchildren, Ronan, Cian, Stephen, Aidan and Michaela, son in law, Alan, daughters in law, Geraldine and Katherian, brothers in law, sisters in law, nieces, nephews, other relatives and a large circle of friends.


Top Score at Newtown Whist was won by Willie Carroll. Gents: 1. Christy Maher and Margaret Brennan.Ladies: 1. Ena Wallace. 2. Kit Farrell. Halves: 1. Gerry Kealy. 2. Tom Kealy. Quarters: 1. Michael Mooney. 2. Annette Lawlor. Raffle winners were Rita Brennan, Fergus Hutton, Mick Kelly, Mary Wheatley and Fergus Hutton. Whist continues as usual on Saturday next.


There will be a Charity Cycle taking place again this year leaving Behans of Tolerton on Friday 18th July and returning to St Abbans Sports Complex on 20th July. Anyone interested is requested to leave their name and contact number together with €10 registration in to Behans Bar. The event is open to everyone regardless of their cycling level or ability. See the Charity Challenge Facebook page or the website



Next Saturday, 24th May the children from St Fiacc's NS will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation at 11am in St Clare's Church. We ask God's blessings on the young people and their families and we thank their teachers and all who have helped them as they become full members of the Christian community.


The Ninth Solemn Novena has begun on Monday nights and will run for nine consecutive nights. The Theme for this year's Novena is "Our Faith - Our Story" and each night of the Novena a guest speakers will speak on this theme. The fourth Novena night is on Monday 26 May, Magnus MacFarlane, Founder of Mary's Meals, will speak.


Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 4, 8, 18 and 29. There was no winner. The €25 lucky dip winners were David Walker, Patricia Lowry, June Phillips and Mary Forbes, Sellers prize went to Colm Fitzgerald. The Jackpot now stands at €5,600.

Whist every Wednesday night in Old Den beside Killeshin Hall at 8.30pm, beginners at 7.30pm and its all in aid of Killeshin Soccer Club. Contact Antoinette for details 085 7483893.


Killeshin, Friday 6th June at 7.30pm. Sleaty, Friday 13th June at 7.30pm. Leaugh, Wednesday 18 June at 7.30pm and St Mary's, Monday 14 July at 7.30pm.



The A.G.M. of Hacketstown Community Centre will take place on Monday May 26 at 8p.m. in the Community Centre. All clubs and persons who avail of the centre and the community are invited to attend.


Hacketstown Community Games Area Finals are on Thursday the May 29, at 7 o'clock sharp in Colaiste Eoin for u6 to u16. Also the A.A.I County Championships are on Sunday the of May 25, in Ardattin at 12 noon. All children must be registered. Please contact 0851442357 for details.


There was no winner on of the jackpot Monday May 12, There were match 3 winners, each receiving €70 each they Colette Doyle seller James Doyle. Adrian & Kathleen seller Boland's. Aileen, Enagh, Ronan, Cormac seller The Hill. Congratulations to all.


The first of the Club Development Draws has been postponed by two weeks to May 26. The club is putting the proceeds from the Draw towards a 1km lighted walkway within the grounds at Woodside for use by all of the community. Tickets are €100 each (or €20 a month) and are now available from James Doyle (087-6674028), Clive Lambe (086-8352884) or any club officer.



LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 3, 10, 14, 20. No winner. Jackpot €2,000. Next week's draw in the Club House

BALLINABRANNA GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 4, 5, 14, 18. No winner. Jackpot €8,300.

OLD LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO: The results as follows: No's 1, 9, 23, 28. No winner. Jackpot €8,300. Next week's draw in Sheerin's Lounge Bar


Leighlinbridge & District Active Retired have the following upcoming events:

May 19th - 21st: The Bowls Club have entered two teams in the annual competition at Mount Wolsey Hotel.

May 25th: Dungarvan afternoon Tea Dance. Seats available. Dinner at 1pm followed by dancing. A lovely afternoon guaranteed. Contact Jim at 97 21126 or 086 8116505 for more information.

June 8th: Summer break to Westport for 5 days. Bus leaves Church car park at 9.30am. Anyone still thinking of joining the group contact Mary at 97 21048 or Frances 91 43900.

Nov 10th - 13th: Active retired South East gathering at the Tower Hotel & Leisure Centre Waterford. As this is a very popular event early booking is advised. €50 to Mary or Frances to above phone numbers now being taken.


Community games U8-U16 county swimming finals for boys and girls will be held on June 7th. Anyone who would like to represent St Lazerian's community games needs to contact the number below and indicate which event they wish to enter before May 21st. If more than three swimmers wish to do the same event we will have to hold a trial for the event. Other events coming up include U12 & U14 2km Cycling on grass comp, gymnastics, u15 duathlon, U12 boys long puck, U14 girls long puck, U14 javelin, U14 shot putt contact 0879799134 before May 21st if interested in entering any of the events.


The County Carlow Women's Network are running their Walk for Fun on Saturday May 24th at 10am sharp (registration from 9.45) from The Leighlinbridge Parish Centre. It's a 8km looped river and countryside walk from Leighlinbridge to Bagenalstown with options of a lift half way if you feel like it. Free refreshments provided. For further information on this event contact Olive on 087 6165690. Look forward to seeing you there with friends and family.



There was no lotto jackpot winner. Numbers drawn: 10 - 26 - 27 - 30 No Match 3 Winners. 5 Lucky Dip Winners: - €30 each: Liam Murphy, Phlelan Street; Ger Byrne, Ballyoliver; Margaret Dunne, Carlow; Charlotte, c/o V. O'Reilly; and Lena Smith, Haroldstown Promoters Prize €20 - Tom Whyte Winner of Bruno's €10 voucher - Nellie Blake Next draw 20th May in Molloy's Bar. Jackpot €3,700 Thank you for your continued support.


Jackpot €8,800. No jackpot winner - Numbers drawn: 9 - 16 - 24 - 30 Match 3. : Win €150 - Two Winners share €150: €75 each - Mary Byrne, Knocklishen, Rathvilly; and Sharon Doyle, 12 Woodgrove Avenue, Rathvilly Promoters Prize €20: Martin Curran Bruno's Take-Away Voucher winner - Shane McGannon, 24 DeLacy Abbey, Rathvilly Next draw will take place on Monday 19th May - Jackpot €8,800


In connection with fundraising for St. Mary's Rectory Fund, St. Mary's Church will be running a Tractor Run starting from D'Israeli School, Bough on Sunday 25th May at 2pm. Vintage and classic cars are welcome. Entry fee: €20 per vehicle


Results for Week 8 - 5th May: €200 - Breda & Conor Reilly, Bough €60 - Casey, Rory & Lottie Cullen, Delacy Abbey; €20 - Logan Leonard, Mount Neill; €20 - Liz Fitzpatrick, Mount Kelly; €20 - Áine Lawlor, St. Patrick's Park Promoters Prize €20 - Sadie Donovan Double draw on Monday, 12th May at 8 p.m. in Parish Meeting Room.


There will be a Family Fun Day in the GAA grounds in Rathvilly on Saturday 24th May at 11am, in aid of a local woman who is battling Ovarian cancer along with some serious hospital bills. There will be Irish dancers, a live samba band, a DJ, roast pig on a spit, ice cream, pie eating contests, games, tug of war, obstacle course, catch the greased pig race, loads of prizes and an auction for some very big prizes. It should be a fabulous day to bring the community together and ALL proceeds will go to a fantastic cause.


Week 1 of our 6 week draw: €100 - Maureen McNamara €50 - Pauline Halligan €20 - Catherine Walsh €10 - Rebecca Keating Promoters Prize - Chelsey Kelly


Rathvilly Garden and Flower Club will meet on Wednesday 28th May for a visit to Terry Smith's lovely Gardens at Minvaude, Clonmore, Hacketstown, which includes a tour of the gardens and lake, plant sales, and will be followed by the usual cup of tea, cakes, chat, and raffle. Proceeds go to local charities.

If you know where Terry's Gardens are go direct, if not be at Rathvilly's St Patrick's Centre car park at 7 to 7.15 pm where there will be someone to lead the way. Admission €5.



Bennekerry/Tinryland Community Games Area 11 Finals will be held Thursday 22nd May at 6.30pm sharp in Tinryland GAA Pitch.

The 38th Running of the Athletics Final will have events from Under 6 up to Under 16 level. All medal winners will automatically qualify for the County Finals to be held in June.


Tinryland GFC Lotto Results for 12th May. Numbers Drawn : 7,17,24,29. No Winner of €6,300 Jackpot. €25 Draw Winners: Rory Doyle, Peenie & Bernie Whelan, Kay McGrath, Jill Blanchfield. Promoter's Prize: Bar. Next lotto draw will take place on Monday 19th May for a jackpot of €6,400


There will be Fun Bingo in the New Parish Hall every Monday night from 8.10 pm commencing on May 26th. There will also be a Coffee Morning in aid of the Carlow Alzheimers Branch on Monday May 26th in the same venue at 9.20 am.

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