Sunday 22 September 2019

Around the districts: Clonegal-Kildavin, Kiltealy-Ballindaggin, Marshalstown- Castledockrell, Rathnure

Clonegal-Kildavin: Relax, Recharge, Rejuvenate. Two six-week courses are beginning on Tuesday, September 10, at 10 a.m. or Thursday, September 12, at 7 p.m. at St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal.

These sessions are a series of gentle movements, new learning, and fun exercises, to unwind, release stress, relax the body and mind and slow down to meditative speeds. To introduce colour, as you have never experienced it before, to recharge energies, rejuvenate well-being and increase resilience. Aiming to bring you into a relaxed, recharged, rebalanced state of mindful awareness with a smile on your face, and tips to keep it there for the week.

Suitable for adults all ages, male or female. Approximately one hour. Cost €10 per session or €50 for six if paid in advance. Please contact Christine Somers 087 2692121 if interested or for further information.

Tidy Village Association

Clonegal Tidy Village Association will hold its next meeting on Wednesday, September 4, at 7 p.m. in St Brigid's Hall, Clonegal.

Irish Dancing

The Kirwan Academy of Irish Dancing will re-open classes on Friday, September 13, Clonegal Parish Hall. Classes are every Friday 3.15 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. For more information about joining our school, please contact Emily at 087 2140324.

day care drivers required

Volunteer part time drivers are required for Bunclody Day Care Services on Tuesdays/Thursdays (varied hours). For more information, please contact Maria Breen, Day Care Services CLG, St Mary's Road, Bunclody at 053 9376552.

Bunclody Library events

Saturday, August 31, from 11 to 11.45 a.m.: summer Stars Special Story Time. Are your children taking part in this year's summer Stars? Are they struggling to find the time to finish their books or need some extra help with reading? Then join Librarian Alan for his summer Stars Special Story time at Bunclody Library. On each Saturday, Alan will read a special story time for the younger readers followed by a read-a-long session for the older readers. This summer, Alan will be reading Roald Dahl's the Magic Finger.

Saturday, August 31, from 2.30 p.m. to 3.30 p.m.: Dance Workshop for children. Looking to give your child the chance to dance, then sign up for our taster dance class at Bunclody library. This high-energy workshop will introduce your child to various styles of dancing. This workshop provided by Slaney side School of dancing, who offers Ballet, Modern, Tap and Jazz lessons to children.

Regular Events in Bunclody Library: Toddler/Pre-school Story-time: Friday mornings at 11 a.m., stories, songs, rhymes and art and craft for under-5s. Join us for a lively morning of fun and chat. Bunclody Knitting Club every Wednesday mornings at 10.30 a.m., places limited, booking essential.

NEW Online e-resources drop in clinic, every second Tuesday at 11 a.m. Why not drop by with your smart phone, tablet or laptop and avail of our free clinic in how to use our online services, which include eBooks, digital magazines, e-audiobooks and much more. Bunclody Library branch is a wonderful and free resource for families. Check out what we are reading this week. Not to be missed. Booking essential for all events, please phone 053 9375466.

For a full listing of events see Bunclody Library's Facebook page:

Library/events where you can sign up for our monthly what's on e-newsletter.


Do you have any news you would like published on the 'Local News' page of Clonegal/Kildavin Community Website for September 2019? If so, could you please send your information to



The annual farming showcase takes place in Rathanna village Sunday next, September 8, The event is organised by Blackstairs Farming Group and attracts a large attendance every year.

The showcase will highlight the new farmer-led EIP project funded by the DAFM and elements of the Blackstairs.

mountain natural and cultural heritage. There will be demonstrations of traditional and modern sheep shearing, sheep dog demonstrations, Mountain sheep breeds, local crafts, music, entertainment and family fun and activities on the day.

The showcase is supported by Carlow County Council Local Enterprise Festival and Events Grant Scheme that aim to promote local festivals that have tourism, cultural/artistic and community focus. A great day out for all.


A free digital skills course will commence in Kiltealy Hall on Monday, September 23, from 7 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. Get to know your ipad, iPhone, tablet etc. Courses available to those who meet one of the following criteria: Over-45s +, small business owners (<10 people), farming communities, persons with disabilities, unemployed persons, disadvantaged groups.

Learn about - the internet, internal safety and security, email, social media, online banking and security, online government services, shopping online. If you are interested in booking a place please contact Kiltealy parish office at 053 9256650.


The death occurred on August 19 of Nan Farrell (née) Flynn, Kyle House, Bunclody. Deepest sympathy is extended to her husband Larry and son James, also to her brother John, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. She was pre-deceased by her sister Cathy. Nan was daughter of the late Matt and Bridget Flynn, Kiltealy and was very popular in the area. She was an active member of many local organisations including Kiltealy Church Choir and Kiltealy ICA guild. Nan was a drama lover and was on the cast of many local productions with Kiltealy Players and Urrin Side Tops Group.

She and her husband Larry resided in Kiltealy for many years following their marriage moving to Kyle some 15 years ago. Nan was laid to rest in Kiltealy Cemetery following funeral Mass in Kiltealy Church. May she rest in peace.


The death occurred peacefully on August 24 of Patrick (park) Cowman, Askinvillar, Kiltealy. Deepest sympathy is extended to his wife Kate, son Séamus and daughters Bridie, Mary, Christina, Teresa and Triona. Also to his sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, extended family and friends.

Park as he was fondly known was in his 90th year, he was a devoted family man and a true gentleman, his friendly and pleasing personality and great community spirit endeared him to all who had the pleasure of knowing him and he will be sadly missed by all but especially his loving family. Interment took place in Kiltealy Cemetery following funeral Mass in Kiltealy Church. May he rest in peace.


Thomas and Ailish Atkinson would like to thank everyone who helped with and supported their coffee morning in the Thatch recently in aid of the Ray of Sunshine Foundation.

They will be holding a church gate collection on the weekend of September 28 and 29.


The numbers drawn last week were 17, 24, 27 and 32. Anne Walsh, Monbeg was the only player to match three and won €150. Seller's prizes went to Dean Jordan, Paddy Foley, Eugene O'Connor and Joan Foley. Draw tonight is in the Holy Grail and the jackpot is €4,900.



Next session of storytelling is in Castledockrell hall on Thursday, September 19, at 8 p.m. Refreshments served and a raffle held on the night. A lovely way to spend an early autumn evening.


Sympathy is extended to the families of the late Thomas Kirk. May he rest in peace.

Social Dance

The next Social Dance in Marshalstown is on Friday, September 20. Doors open at 9.30 p.m. and dancing starts at 10 p.m. Admission including tea is €8.

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 only.

CPR training

CPR and defibrillator refresher training will take place in Marshalstown community centre on Monday, September 16, at 7 p.m. at a cost of €10/person. Open to all Marshalstown residents. Text your interest to Denise at 087 7525740 or Elaine at 087 2424984. Training subject to numbers. Full CPR and defibrillator training will take place before the end of the year.

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: Saturday, September 7, 7.30 p.m. - Tommy Holohan. Sunday, September 8, 10.30 a.m. - Vincent Fenlon

Rest In Peace: Pray for John Colclough, Swords, Co. Dublin and formerly of Killanne, who died recently in Dublin. May he rest in peace.

The community extends sincere sympathy to Fr Brian and the Broaders family on the death of his brother Donal. May he rest in peace.

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

Rathnure Church Restoration: Congratulations to Nancy Quigley, Rathduff, who won €400. The next Split-The-Pot draw will be held on Tuesday, September 10. Thanks to all who supported and please continue to support our fundraising.

Our Lady's Island Pilgrimage: Mass daily at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. There will be an Ecumenical Service on Tuesday, September 3, at 8 p.m. The Preacher is Rev Ruth Patterson OBE Closing Mass next Sunday, September 8, at 8 p.m.

Reading At Masses: We are currently updating our Readers List for the year and we would be delighted if we had some new recruits. If anyone is interested in reading on Saturday or Sunday approximately every 5/6 weeks, please ring or text Ann Lawlor: 087 9266370, Anne Butler: 087 2221640 or mention it to Fr Brian.


The bingo jackpot is €1,600 on Tuesday, September 3.

GAA Club notes

Championship Fixtures: Senior Round five vs. Oylegate-Glenbrien at 6 p.m. in Bellefield on Saturday, September 7. Intermediate Relegation vs. Naomh Pádraig at 11.30 a.m. in Monageer on Sunday, September 8.

Club Shop: Open on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Club lotto: The numbers drawn last Tuesday the 27th were 13, 14, 20 and 22. No jackpot winner. There were four match-three winners who won €50 each. Jackpot this week: €15,000.

Irish Dancing

Classes with the Power School of Irish Dancing resume in the hall on Friday, September 5, at 5 p.m. For more info contact Catherine at 087 7651143.

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