LAST Sunday's Féile Lachtaín Naofa began with a broadcasted Mass on Raidio na Gaeltachta. As always an tAthair de Brún, Cór Chill na Martra and the ministers of the Word did us proud. Míle comhghairdeas.
Numbers at the Parade were down no doubt due to the bitter cold and cutting wind but great credit is due to all who participated. History was made when a Lord Mayor made an inaugural appearance at our parade.
The Lord Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Baile na Groí, Rita and Johnny travelled in the oldest vintage car.
Naomh Lachtaín with his famous Lámh led the way accompanied by musicians Dan and Ger on saxophones and their drummer band. A soldier complete with bear skin marched down from Prince August.
The daoine beaga from the Naoinra braved the cold led by their leader, Máire. Next came the pupils of Scoil Lachtaín Naofa displaying their magnificent artwork based on their Brat Glas. Once more Maura's work was spectacular.
The first float provided loads of ceol and craic thanks to Craobh Lachtaín Naofa de Comhaltas. A big go raibh maith agat to Muitear Baile na Groí who brought their Gathering float. Chernobyl Orphan's Fund thanked all donors through the Wanderly Wagon towed by a Joker Camper.
The vintage group was very varied ranging from old tractors, cars and a motor bike. Special thanks to the loyal men of steel from Johnstown Vintage Club and Béal Athan Ghaorthaidh who braved the cold and wind to come.
Later Anne's refreshments were enjoyed with relish in the Ionad Pobail and celebrations continued with plenty of ceol, amhránaíocht and rince from the pupils of Scoil Lachtaín Naofa.
Mile buíochas do cách.
HOLY WEEK CEREMONIES
Séipéal Lachtaín Naofa: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 8pm. Good Friday: Celebration of the Lord's Passion at 3pm. Holy Saturday: Easter Vigil at 9pm. Seipéal Reidh na nDoirí: Holy Thursday: Mass of the Lord's Supper at 5pm. Good Friday: Stations of the Cross at 8pm.
Cuireadh an chraobh de Féile Peile Chorcaí ar cheal an deireadh sechtaine seo chaite. Imreofar an cluiche anois ar an Satharn, 6ú Aibreán i bPáirc Uí Ruinn ag 11 a chlog. Bí ann dóibh.
The chiropodist will attend Cois Cille on Tuesday, April 2. Ring 40999 to make an appointment.
Beidh ár bhfoireann idirmheanach ag imirt Baile Caisleán Béara i Maigh Chromtha ar an Domhnach seo, 31ú Márta ag 12:30in.
The death took place recently in Derby, England of Sr. Annunciata, formerly Joanie Lynch late of Cloch Aidhneach and Ceann Droma. She was predeceased by all her five siblings. Interment took place in Derby. Sympathy is extended to her relatives. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
CORK'S HISTORIC GRAVEYARDS
A meeting will take place at the Mills, Baile Mhúirne on Wednesday, April 3, at 7.30pm to explain a new project which hopes to record historic graveyards throughout West Cork. Communities are invited to take part and training will be provided.
For more information see www.historicgraves.com.
Cé nách raibh an slua ró-mhór, bhí Craobh Lachtaín Naofa an-sásta leis an Ceol Choirm san Ionad Pobail ar an Aoine seo chaite. Bhí ceol agus amhranaíocht den scoth ar an ardán. Bhain an slua an taitneamh as an oíche.
Míle buíochas dos na ceoltóirí, amhránaithe agus fear a tí a thug a am saor in aisce, mar sin bhí brabús deas don Fleadh. Bhuaigh na daoine seo sa chrannchar: Alan Finn, Seán O'Cróinín, Máire Uí Ríordain, Denis O'Donnabháin, Stiofán O'Raiftire, Eibhlín Uí Chonaill, Paddy de Búrca, Caitríona Ní Chonaill, Bean de Quirke, Joan Uí Chéilleachair agus Nóra de Búrca.
Níor aimsigh uimhreacha 9 ná 18 na 28 aon buathóir ar an Luan seo chaite i Mons don Lotto le €6,200 ann.
Bhuaigh na daoine seo leanas duaiseanna airgid: Michelle Lloyd, Máire Uí Shúilleabhain, Drom Reidh, Sadhbh agus Caoimhe Ní Chróinín, Cathair Céirín, Con O hAragáin, Cúil a Bhuachaigh agus Proinnsias de Cléir, Maigh Chromtha.