Sunday 21 July 2019

District news: Faughart, Kilkerley, Knockbridge, Louth and Shelagh

6th class pupils with some of 3rd with their class teacher, Ms Aisling Fahy and the crafts people, Kete Holland, Jacinta Kelly and Michael Kelly from Kilkerley National School during the making of St. Brigid’s Crosses in the School
6th class pupils with some of 3rd with their class teacher, Ms Aisling Fahy and the crafts people, Kete Holland, Jacinta Kelly and Michael Kelly from Kilkerley National School during the making of St. Brigid’s Crosses in the School

Faughart - Social Group: Faughart Social Group AGM will be held on 4th February at 7.30pm.

St Vincent de Paul

We all find ourselves in times of need throughout our lives. If you or your family are in that situation today, why not contact St Vincent de Paul Society on 087 2520382.

Tidy Towns

Kilcurry Tidy Towns Group Dates planned for this year: Spring Clean will be on 30th March and Easter Coffee Morning will be on 14th April after mass.

Athletics cancelled

Mountpleasant Athletic Club Cancelled until further notice.

Kilcurry Bowls Club

Club night on Tuesday nights at 8pm. We always welcome people interested in trying bowling out.

Craft evening

Craft evening on Tuesdays 7.30pm to 9pm. Everybody welcome to join us for crafting, cuppa and a chat.

Yoga classes

Wednesday evenings from 7pm to 8.15pm. Friday mornings from 10am to 11.15am.

Irish Dancing

Classes on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm. All welcome.

Social dancing

Social Dancing in the Resource Centre on Saturday, February 9 dancing to Country Pride from 9pm to 12am. Supper will be served. All welcome.



Dancing in the Community Centre this Sunday, February 10, with music by Liam Mannering. Chris Dallet plays on February 17, Johnny Mullen on February 24, Liam McLoughlin on March 3, Brian McDermott on March 10, Twice Shy on March 17, Checkers on March 24 and Curtis Magee on March 31. Dancing from 9.00pm to midnight


Kilkerley Lourdes Committee have 3 young girls going to Lourdes as Youth Workers. The girls are holding a fundraiser to raise the money for their fares. They are opening a Pop Up Shop in the Longwalk Shopping Centre from February 11 to February 16. The first two days are for setting up so the shop opens on Wednesday, February 13. Donations of clothes, shoes, books, toys or anything that would sell in a Pop Up Shop greatly appreciated as would anyone that give an hour or two of their time in the shop as it takes four people to cover each shift. If you could help out in any way please contact the committee. This year we are in a position to assist with the costs involved and are offering 2 fully paid fares to anyone who is or has been ill. We are also offering 6 half fares to anyone who wishes to travel as a pilgrim. Please ring Fr. Gerry Campbell on 9374125 or Kathleen McCreesh on 087 9117732. If there are any Youth who would like to join the pilgrimage please also get in touch.

Recent Death

Condolences to Josie Martin and family Rathmore on the death of her husband George who was laid to rest in Kilkerley Cemetery on Sunday last, to Madge and Mickey Byrne and family Milltown, on the death of their son David who was laid to rest in Kilkerley Cemetery on Wednesday last, also to Annemarie and Brian Finnegan and family, Cortial on the death of Brian's uncle, Noel Casey, Clontarf, who was laid to rest in Julianstown Cemetery on January 17, last.


Kilkerley Emmets lotto Jackpot of €3,300 in Week 25 of last year was not won, so when Lotto Draw resumes on Tuesday, February 19, the Jackpot will be €3,400. Funds from the lotto help with the weekly running costs of the club. Thanks to all who continue to support the club lotto over the years and those that promote and assist at draw each night.

Parish News

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place each Friday from 6.30p.m.-7.30p.m. Please pray for George Martin, Rathmore, David Byrne, Milltown, who died recently. Baptisms take place every second Sunday of the month at 10.00am mass. Confession will take place after 6.00p.m Mass on Saturdays and before Mass on First Fridays. The Church Choir is looking for more members so please contact Fidelma Bellew or the priests. Best wishes to parishioners who are hospitalised or unwell at home presently. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place in the Church each Friday evening from 6.00pm to 7.00pm. Confirmation takes place on Friday, February15, at 11.00am. Mrs Gemma Mulligan Co-Ordinator of the Diocesan Pastoral Plan in Ossary Diocese will the Pre Confirmation presentation to parents this evening Tuesday February 5, at 7.30pm in Scoil Mhuire Gan Smal. Anyone due or overdue a Silver or Golden Pioneer Pin please call Knockbridge Parish Office on 9374125.

OT Walk

Kilkerley Emmets Operation Transformation Louth Sports Partnership walk continues each Saturday morning at 11.00am on the Walking Track.

Oskars Night

Keep Easter Saturday night April 20 free as Kilkerley Emmets big Oskars Night takes place in Carrickdale Hotel. Adm €25 and 8.00pm start.

Jive Classes

Beginners Jive classes take place in Kilkerley Community Centre each Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm and also each Tuesday evening Pilates takes place in the Centre at 6.30pm. Contact 0851048491 for details.

Emmets GFC

We are grouped with St Mochtas, St Marys and Sean O'Mahonys in the Sheelan Cup and first game is at home to St Mochtas on Saturday, February 16, at 7.00pm. Good luck to manager Paul Sharkey and selectors Garrett Callan and Paul Newman. Membership fees for 2019 are now due and can be submitted to the Registrars. Walking Track membership can also be paid and entry Fobs purchased. The GAA National Club Draw tickets are on sale. Prizes: 1. Renault Clio 4 Expression. 2. Travel Voucher valued €2000. 3, 4 and 5. Two All Ireland Final premium tickets, both football and hurling, overnight and dinner for 2, in the Croke Park Hotel for both finals. 6. Blue Book Voucher €750. 7. Blue Book Voucher €500. 8 and 9. €1000 Shopping Voucher for Retailer of your choice. 10. Two All Ireland Hurling Final premium tickets, overnight on Saturday and Sunday night and dinner for 2 on the Saturday evening in the Croke Park Hotel. 11. Two All Ireland Football Final premium tickets, overnight on Saturday and Sunday night and dinner for 2 on the Saturday evening in the Croke Park Hotel. 12. €500 Littlewoods Voucher. 13. €500 Super Value/Centra Voucher. 14. Two All Ireland Hurling Final premium tickets, overnight on Saturday and Sunday night and dinner for 2 on the Saturday evening in the Croke Park Hotel. 15. Two All Ireland Football Final premium tickets, overnight on Saturday and Sunday night and dinner for 2 on the Saturday evening in the Croke Park Hotel. 16. €500 Littlewoods Voucher. 17. €500 Super Value/Centra Voucher. 18. €250 Elverys Voucher. 19. €250 Super Value/Centra Voucher. 20. Shopping Voucher €250 for Retailer of your choice. All proceeds from sales go to club funds. Tickets on sale from any committee member priced €10.


Kilkerley Bowls Club AGM took place on Wednesday, January 30, and the following were elected for 2019. Chairman-Tom McCreesh; Vice-chairman-Donal Quigley; Secretary-Sean Duffy; Treasurer-Peter Rust; Team Selecters-Alice Lennon, Donal Quigley and Eugene Callan. Chairman Tom Mc reesh thanked everyone for help and support and wished the club the best for next season. The Club also held a Fundraiser tournament that included four clubs,Daver, Geraldines, Greenhills and Kilkerley in what was an enjoyable tournament win by Kilkerley. The Club donated 200 Euro's to the Maria Goretti Children's Respite Center Lordship for there incredible work they do and we hope that will be of help. Bowls continue in the Community Centre from 7.45pm each Wednesday night. New members welcome.


Badminton for adults in the Community Centre on Monday nights from 8.00pm to 10.00pm. All over 18 welcome.


The Foroige Club continues each Friday evening at 8.00pm in the Community Centre as does Lady Birds and Girl Guides at 6.00pm and Brownies at 7.00pm.

Text Alert

If you want to receive text messages from Kilkerley Community Alert 'Text Alert' then text your full name, address and mobile number to 089 472 5650.


School Reunion

To mark the 50th Anniversary of its closure in June 1969, it is envisaged to hold a reunion of pupils who completed their primary school education at Knockbridge Old School and did not attend the New School at any rime. Date and venue to be confirmed. Those interested from the following areas should contact: Stonetrough, Carrick Road, Tullygee-Anthony Hoey 087 2967448; Newtown Road-Brian Murphy 087 2457072; Village area-Marian Scanlon 087 2710716; Corderry, Kilcroney, Louth Road-Rita Sweeney 087 7956391; Grange Road-Gerry McKenna 087 2468107; Stephenstown Road, Martins Cross Area-Judy Kelly; Dundalk Road, Dunbin, Ballybarrack-Ann McLoughlin 087 9970597.


Welcome into the community Jack Stephen Lynch Nixon, Stephenstown, Luke Michael Daly, Lisroland View and Grace Ruby Duffy, Ballinlough who were all baptised recently in St Mary,s Church, Knockbridge.

Flower Arranging

Spring/Easter Flower arranging Classes in Knockbridge Community Centre Tuesday, February 12, and Wednesday, February 13, from 10.00am to noon. Further information please contact Veronica McMahon (085) 756940.

Parish News

Please pray for Larry King, Clontigora, Newry, Philo Byrne, McDermott's Tce, who died recently. Baptisms take place every fourth Sunday of the month at 11.30am mass and a baptism course will be held each month with course dates posted in the Church Porch. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place on Mondays from 10.00am to 10.00pm in the Church followed by Benediction at 10.00p.m. Confessions are available on Mondays before 7.30 Mass and from 9.30pm-10.00pm, at the end of Eucharist Adoration, and at any time by request. If you wish to have your home blessed please contact Fr Gerry or Fr Paddy. The Church Choir is looking for new members so if you are interested please contact Grainne or the priests. Confirmation takes place on Friday, April 5, at 11.00am. The Finance Committee meet this Wednesday, February 6, at 8.00pm.

Irish Dancing

Classes continue in the Parish Centre on Thursdays at 4.00pm. Details from Dearbhla Roddy 086 8242670.


Yoga Classes continue each Tuesday night from 7.00-8.00pm. For more info, Contact Alan on 085 7326964. All levels Welcome.

Parish Centre

Those wishing to book the Parish Centre for Funerals and other occasions, must contact: Jean Myers directly at 042 9338670.

Set Dancing

Classes continue each Monday evening in the Parish Centre at 8.30pm. No experience required. Contact Ann on 042 9338089 .Admission €6 and everyone welcome.


Parish Bingo this Thursday and each Thursday, at 8.30pm in the Parish Centre all welcome. €550 in Prizes each week. Raffle plus Jackpot of €1,000.

St Brides GFC

Lotto Draw on Monday of last week January 28, had a jackpot of €6,800 of which there was no winner. Numbers drawn 09, 13, 24, 32. One Match 3 Winner got €200 for Lorraine King. Lotto continued on Monday of this week February 4, for a jackpot of €7,000. In the event of no Winner, or Match 3 Winners a further additional €200 is added to the following weeks Jackpot. Tickets on sale (Priced €2) from MacNamee's Bar, McGuinness's Bar Dundalk, McKeown's Bar Dundalk, Giovanni's Chipper, Brodigan's Shop, Cluskey's Bar, Finnegan's Foodstore, Louth, Harrys Bar Dundalk, any Committee Member/Player or play online at The GAA National Club Draw tickets are on sale. Prizes include holidays, car, All Ireland Final tickets, vouchers. All proceeds from sales go to club funds. Tickets on sale from any player or committee member. Priced €10. Club Membership for 2019 is now due. Contact any committee member for details and payment. Players: Employed Player €100 (includes 20 weeks Lotto); Student/Apprentice €70 (includes 10 weeks Lotto); Non Players: €40 or €80 (includes free admission to home games) or €80 (includes 20 weeks Lotto); O.A.P's €20; Registration Night for Juveniles will be held this evening Tuesday, February 5, between 7.00pm-8.00pm in the Clubhouse. Juvenile (up to 18 years old) €35. Family (two non playing parents) and two or more children €80. Contact Gareth Corcoran for more details/payment on 086 8463779. New Members always welcome.



There was sadness in the area at the news of the death of Ebbie Conlon, Artoney, Louth peacefully in Our Lady Of Lourdes Hospital Drogheda last Saturday 2nd February. Ebbie was predeceased by her husband Kevin and her beloved son Kevin only six weeks ago. She is survived by her son Michael her daughter Ann grand children Padhraic and Caoimhe her husband Conor great grand son Michael and son In Law Pat McArdle, sisters in law, cousins nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Ebbie was a person you loved to have in your company and her families welfare was her main interest in life. She was a very knowledgeable person good natured person always there to lend a hand when needed. Her popularity was very much in evidence at her funeral on Sunday evening and funeral Mass which took place last Monday to The Church Of The Immaculate Conception Louth.

Ebbie will be sadly missed by all who knew her but especially by her family and friends to whom we send our deepest sympathies.

Community hub

The new Louth village Community Hub is now open for parties and functions, concerts or similar events. The refurbished hub is state of the art and is a credit to the hard working committee. They are hoping to have an official opening on Sunday March 3r. Anyone who has not already seen the hub will be delighted and amazed at its transformation. Anyone wanting to book the hub can phone.

50/50 draw

St Mochtas 50/50 fund raising is up and running and last weeks winner for the 27th January was Gino Wilson who won €350. These tickets can be bought in all shops and pubs in the village of of any committee member. Chairman Paul Murtagh tells us tickets for the clubs victory dance in Darver Castle on the 9th of March are currently on sale at €40 each. Numbers are limited so it would be wise to get them as soon as possible. Again any committee member or secretary Liam McGrenaghan can be contacted.

Ladies AGM

St. Mochtas Ladies A.G.M. took place last Friday night when their successful previous season was discussed. We congratulate the players selectors management and committee on their success. The meeting which was well attended and all agreed that the coming season can be every bit as successful and we wish them well as they deserve it for the effort they put in. There then followed the election of officers and these were as follows, Chairwomen Julie Murtagh Vice Chair Niamh Kirk, Treasurer Angela Devlin, Assistant Jackie Kieran, Secretary Niamh Hoey Assistant Secretary Aoife Byrne P.R.O. Orla O' Neill, County Board Rep. Bernie Kirk.


Preschool-Rachel's Room

Rachael's Room is now full for morning sessions for September 2019 and September 2020. If you are interested in an afternoon preschool session or to be placed on our waiting list as people may drop out please contact us. Enrolment for September 2021 has now opened. Call Rachael on 0858439618.

Shelagh Vintage Club

Shelagh Vintage Club would like to thank everyone who supported and help out with our club in 2018.

We are holding our AGM on Wednesday the 13th of February at 8pm in Naomh Malachi Club Rooms.

New members as always are very welcome.

Naomh Malachi & Ireland Lights Up

Naomh Malachi are now on board with Operation Transformation and the GAA for Ireland Lights Up. Every Thursday from now until - 21st February 2019 our club will be open and lit up for you, your family and friends to come and walk from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. Registration takes place each night from 7pm.

All current members welcome to take part, and any non current members from within community can of course get registered and participate in this fun activity. Please speak with any committee member in relation to membership registration.

Folk Music

The fantastic Irish folk band, All Folkd Up will be appearing in Naomh Malachi GFC clubrooms on Saturday 23rd February. This brilliant band are just back from touring in the United States and are sure to be a highlight of our social calendar to have them in our club!

Tickets are €10 and are disappearing fast. Anybody interested in purchasing a ticket , please contact Aidan fee 0858672406, or Ciaran Rooney. Tickets can also be secured by messaging the Naomh Malachi GFC Facebook page.

Football matters

Senior Football training is now back on every Sunday morning at 10am in Naomh Malachi GFC. We are making a major drive to secure any new talent to join our senior set up for 2019. Anybody within or outside the direct community who would be interested in helping out our team, whilst gaining a new past time in a team environment for the coming year, please get in contact with Aidan fee ASAP. 0858672406

Your presence would be extremely welcome and a guarantee of football within our club.

If anybody knows of any relations etc who are possibly out of football for any time, please encourage them to get back involved by joining a welcoming club like Naomh Malachi GFC. It is currently very tough times for small rural clubs all over Ireland, so very important that we get all eligible players to be involved to ensure the future of this club.

Wednesday night Underage training u4s-u12s will re-commence in coming weeks in DKIT Sports initially. Watch notes for update

Irish Dancing

Scoil Rince Móna Ní Rodaigh have re-commenced Irish dancing classes. The classes will be on every Saturday morning from 10.00 am-11.30 am in Naomh Malachi GFC and will continue on a weekly basis. All welcome from local community and surrounding areas (Cullaville, Crossmaglen, Kilkerley, Inniskeen, etc) to attend regardless of experience. Boys and girls from aged 4 upwards! Anybody looking to get their children involved in a new cultural pastime over the winter months, this is a great opportunity to do so.

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