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Around the districts: Clonegal-Kildavin, Clonroche-Poulpeasty, Marshalstown-Castledockrell, Rathnure


Noreen King-Urbin, Anne Martin-Walsh and Guy Urbin at the opening of ‘A Desire for Closeness’, an exhibition of work by Nicola Anthony, in The Presentation Centre

Noreen King-Urbin, Anne Martin-Walsh and Guy Urbin at the opening of ‘A Desire for Closeness’, an exhibition of work by Nicola Anthony, in The Presentation Centre

Noreen King-Urbin, Anne Martin-Walsh and Guy Urbin at the opening of ‘A Desire for Closeness’, an exhibition of work by Nicola Anthony, in The Presentation Centre

Clonegal-Kildavin: Drama Group - Kildavin-Clonegal Drama Group are busy rehearsing their production of 'Mother Knows Best' by Jimmy Keary.

While doing a painting job for the McDermott's, Nick Cassidy renews a friendship with their youngest daughter, Suzy. The two begin dating, much to the disapproval of Suzy's mother, Tess, who is hoping to make a match for her daughter with stuffy financial consultant, Adrian Bird.

Tess resolves to break up the young couple by whatever means she can. However, such is Tess' pre-occupation with her daughter's love life; she fails to notice that her own husband, Harry is falling under the spell of her man-hungry golfing partner, Dulcie Cotter.

Matters come to a head when Nick's workmate, Joe Galligan breaks into McDermott's, looking for money to pay off his gambling debts. During the theft, Tess' plotting is exposed and Harry comes to a fateful decision.

The play will take to the stage on Saturday eight and Sunday, February 9, in Spellman Hall, Kildavin at 8 p.m. So make a note in your diary where a night of entertainment and laughter is guaranteed.

Deepest sympathy

The community of Clonegal and surrounding area was saddened to hear the death of the late Patrick (Pat) Sharry, Raheengraney, Clonegal, who passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 14. Beloved husband of the late Maura, sadly missed by his sons Alan, Noel and Paul, daughters Anne and Bernadette, daughter-in-law Mary, brother Jim, sister Bridget, grandchildren John, Patrick, Jim, Stephen, Áine and Thomas, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposed from his home on Wednesday, January 15, with removal on Thursday, to St Brigid's Church, Clonegal. Funeral Mass on Friday noon followed by burial afterwards in the new cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Clonegal NS Grandparents' Day

Clonegal NS will celebrate grandparents day on Wednesday, January 29. A ceremony will take place in St Bridget's Church. After the ceremony, grandparents will attend the school and talk to the children in the various classes followed by a cuppa.

Afternoon Tea

Saturday, January 25, an Afternoon Tea event takes place in St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal from 12.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m., in Aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team. The team have provided a true-life line of support for many families in our community and we would like to give something back.

All donations are welcome and if you are sticking to your New Year's resolution and want to avoid all things cake you can donate online using the following link idonate.ie/afternoonteaclonegal.

School enrolments

St Brigid's NS Clonegal are now accepting enrolments for September 2020. Forms are available on school website clonegalns.com or from the school office. Please return forms to school before the end of February.

Enrolment forms for Kildavin National School for 2020/2021 school year are available from the school office, please contact 053 9376456.

Huntington Castle - Snowdrop Month

An original 17th century garden, with charming woodland walks featuring snowdrops and spring plantings, are available every weekend from.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Huntington Garden, Clonegal, Co. Carlow. Tours of the castle are also available. Normal charges apply. For more information, please contact 053 9377160 or their website huntingtoncastle.com.

Snowdrop Month in Altamont Gardens

Guided tours each Monday, Wednesday and Friday throughout February, at 2 p.m., with Head Gardener Paul Cutler. Meeting point - The Courtyard. Admission €3. Guided tours of the Snowdrop Collection in the Walled Gardens each Saturday from February 8 to February 29 at 2 p.m. Meeting point -

Altamont Plant Sales. Admission free. Gardens open from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Advance booking of group tours requested. For more information, please contact 059 9159444 or email altamontgardens@opw.ie.

Snowdrop Gala and other Spring Treasures: Explore the first flowers of spring with Scottish and UK speakers Catherine Erskine and Ross Barbour/Helen Picton. Includes full guided tour of Altamont Gardens with Head Gardener Paul.

Cutler and Specialist Plant Fair in Altamont Plant Sales. For bookings, please contact Hester Forde T: 086 8654972 or email hesterforde@gmail.com.


Camross Drama Group

Camross Drama group will preform the classic John B Keane play 'The Year of the Hiker' in Clonroche Community Centre on Saturday, February 8, and Sunday, February 9. Tickets are €10 and show will start at 8 p.m. a great nights entertainment is in store, so come along and support the group.

Cloughbawn GAA Club

Cloughbawn GAA Club is coming on board with Operation Transformation and the GAA for this year's Ireland Lights Up initiative. Every Thursday from January 9 to February 27 our club walking track will be open and lit up for you, your family and friends to come and walk between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.

We want everyone to come and join us for Ireland Lights Up 2020 on Thursday nights the aim is to make exercise more accessible on these dark winter nights and to offer our community an opportunity to get together and socialise in a healthy way. Both members and non-members are welcome to come to this event.

The club dinner dance will take place on Saturday, January 25, in the Riverside Park Hotel at 7.30, followed by music from American Heart, Tickets €35 from committee members

Development Association AGM

The annual general meeting of Clonroche Development Association will be held in Clonroche Community Center at 8 p.m. on Monday, February 3.

Now in its 21st year, Clonroche Development Association maintains the village, and is responsible for many functions down through the years. The Development Association constructed the Millennium Park, Johns Lane project, Ballymackessy Wood Walk, and the latest project, The Amenity Area at Spout Road All tree and hedge planting that is visible around the village was planted by Clonroche Development Association.

Clonroche Development Association manage CE Scheme and Tús Nua programs, maintain and purchase the machines necessary for the upkeep of the village like lawn mowers, hedge trimmers, strimmer's, sprayers tractor and mowing equipment. Also, sprayes, manures, petrol, oil and the direction of their usage.

The Development Association is responsible for the Christmas lighting, the parish party, St Patrick's Day parade, Tidy Town Entry and many more activities. Many people will remember the vast crowds coming to the vintage rally and they will also remember the Penny Bank, all initiatives undertaken by Clonroche Development Association.

When you see the absence of litter in the village, clean footpaths, the neatly maintained lawns and grass verges, the trimmed hedges, this is all work carried out by Clonroche Development Association

We think at this time of all our many former members, some of them no longer with us, who give unstintingly of their time and effort for the love of their community, their village, and their area.

Clonroche Development Association needs new members. We need input from the younger members of our community.

The AGM on February 3 is open to all, so please come along and have your say, contribute to the meeting and perhaps join the committee to carry on the work of Clonroche Development Association.

Parish Party

The recent Parish Party was a major success, with over 80 people sitting down to a beautiful meal.

With refreshments served throughout the evening, a multitude of spot prizes, and music playing for dancing, most stayed till 5.30 p.m.

Gratitude is extended to everybody involved, The Wildflower Café, for serving a splendid meal, the people who served the tables, prepared the hall, served the drinks, played the music, but above all to the people who turned up on the day, because without them the effort would just be in vain. Thank you for your community spirit.

To those who missed out because of flu or prior engagements we say, 'see you next time'.

To the people invited who didn't turn up we say you're missing out, you're missing out on community involvement, you're missing out on the chat and the crack, you are missing out on meeting old friends and making new friends. Maybe we'll see you next time?


First Confessions

First Confession in the parish are as follows Marshalstown on Thursday, January 23, and Castledockrell on Tuesday, February 18.

Mass times

Weekend Masses in the parish are as follows Saturday in Marshalstown at 7.30 p.m. and Sunday in Castledockrell at 10 a.m. Please note also that baptisms in both Marshalstown and Castledockrell are on Saturdays.


Next session of storytelling is in Castledockrell hall on Thursday, February 20, at 8 p.m. Refreshments served and a raffle held on the night.

Social Dance

The next Social Dance in Marshalstown Community Centre takes place on Friday, February 21. Doors open at 9.30 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. Admission including tea is €8.

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion in the parish is as follows Marshalstown on Saturday, May 9, and Castledockrell on Sunday, May 17.


The annual Patrons and blessing of graves in the parish are as follows: Marshalstown on Sunday, May 31. Castledockrell on Friday, July 3. Crioshue on Saturday, July 4. More details nearer to the time of each patron.

Notes deadline

Please note due to an earlier deadline items for the notes should reach me by 6 p.m. on the Thursday before each issue including on bank holiday weekends. Also only not for profit items should be included in the notes. Thank you for your co-operation.


Church Notices

Anniversaries: Thursday, January 23, 9.30 a.m. - Patsy, Michael and deceased members of the Caulfield family.

Mass This Week: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Mass at 9.30 a.m.

Rathnure Church Restoration: The next Split-The-Pot draw will take place on Tuesday the 21st. Please support.

Christmas party: Thanks to all who organised and helped with the Christmas party on Sunday, January 12. A most enjoyable day was had by all.

Motiv8 2020

All the best to the team leaders and all participating in Motiv8,2020. Please support the various fundraising events.

Bernie and Mick's Social Dance is set for Friday, January 24, in Rathnure hall. Music by Lawrence Campion. Admission: €10 with dancing from 10 p.m. till late. Refreshments served.

On Saturday, February 22, in the Ferrycarrig Hotel, presented by Motiv8. Junior B Medal and Leinster Winners Presentations + Motiv8 Winner Announcements. Tickets: €30 are available from all Committee Members.


The jackpot on Tuesday, January 21, is €1,900.

Rathnure Hall Committee

We were delighted to see everyone at the Christmas party on Sunday the 12th and we hope you enjoyed the day. We wish a speedy recovery to those who were unable to attend due to illness. We would like to thank those who entertained on the day and those who helped out in any way. We wish you all a healthy and happy New Year.

Rathnure NS news

Rathnure National School invite applications from parents who wish to enrol their child for September 2020.

On Thursday, January 30, an open night will take place in the school at 7 p.m. At present there are 195 pupils in the school and 10 teachers. Currently each pupil qualifies for our free lunch scheme. School transport system is in operation. Enrolment forms are available from the school office 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday or online. Tel: 053 9255161. Email info@rathnurens.ie

Once again Rathnure National School are delighted to hold Grandparents Day which is on Friday, January 31. Mass is in St Anne's Church at 12.30 p.m. with refreshments after Mass in the school hall. All grandparents are welcome.

GAA Club lotto

The numbers drawn last Tuesday the 14th were 1, 15, 20 and 26. No jackpot winner. Two match-three winners won €100 each. Jackpot: €15,000. Reserve jackpot: €6,200.

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