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Members of the Caroline Fleming Irish Dance Academy taking part in the Opportunity Knocks talent competition final in Shamrock Hall, Kilanerin.

Members of the Caroline Fleming Irish Dance Academy taking part in the Opportunity Knocks talent competition final in Shamrock Hall, Kilanerin.

Members of the Caroline Fleming Irish Dance Academy taking part in the Opportunity Knocks talent competition final in Shamrock Hall, Kilanerin.

Coolgreany: School Enrolment - Scoil Iosagáin, Coolgreany is now open for enrolments for the coming new school year starting in September. Enrolments forms are now available by calling to the local school as soon as possible.

Parade cancelled

Un-fortunately because of the Coronavirus outbreak the locally organised St Patrick's Day parade has been cancelled, as also many other local events. Please check if other pre-arranged events are still taking place.


The local community extend their deepest sympathy to the family of the late John Byrne, Plattenstown, whose burial took place in St Gabriel's Cemetery Arklow, on last Friday after Funeral Mass in St David's Church Johnstown. May he rest in peace.


Congratulations to Micky Carter, Croghan View, who celebrated his 14th birthday on last Saturday, March 14; also birthday wishes to Joseph Fogarty Coolgreany (Waterford) who celebrated his sixth birthday on last Sunday, March 15.

Local Notes

Please remember to forward all notes to me by 8 p.m. on Thursday evening for inclusion in the following week's paper. Phone 087 4605166. Email danken9@gmail.com. Thank you for your cooperation.


Riverchapel community centre

Little Rascals - 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Please phone Brigid at 087 9048644 for further info.

Ladies' Club - Mondays 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Please phone Monica at 086 3580122 should you wish to join and will give you further information about the club.

Self Defence Classes - These classes are for boys and girls who need to protect themselves takes place every Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Should you wish to know about these classes please phone Dave at 087 6344710 who will give you further information about these vital classes.

Line Dancing - These classes take place on Tuesdays evenings from 8.30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Should you wish to join please phone Geraldine at 086 3958667.

Tae Kwon Do - These classes take place every Wednesday and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. also 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Should you wish to join these classes phone Tom at 086 3862020 who will give you further information.

Whist drive - This takes place every Thursday evening in the community centre from 8.30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Why not come along to learn how to play whist.

Irish Dancing Classes - These classes are on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For further information, please phone Deirdre at 087 6487684.

Riverchapel Response Unit - This takes place at the end of each month in the Riverchapel Community Centre. These classes are vital as you maybe the one who has saves somebody's life. For further information about these classes, please phone Niamh at 087 6025147.

Mass times

Vigil Mass Saturdays 6 p.m. Sundays 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

COI Service times

The following are the service times for the Ardamine Group of Parishes for March and April.

Sunday, March 22 - The Fourth Sunday in Lent; Mothering Sunday: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Kilmuckridge 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion); Clonevan 11.30 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday, March 29 - The Fifth Sunday in Lent: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion); Ardamine 10.15 a.m. (Holy Communion); Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

Sunday, April 5 - Palm Sunday: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Ardamine 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Holy Communion).

Friday, April 10 - Good Friday: Ardamine 8 p.m. (The Way of the Cross).

Sunday, April 12 - Easter Day: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion); Kiltennel 10.15 a.m. (Holy Commuion); Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Holy Communion).

Sunday, April 19 - The Second Sunday of Easter: Monamolin 11 a.m. (United Holy Communion Service).

Sunday, April 26 - The Third Sunday of Easter: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Morning Prayer; Kilmuckridge 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer); Clonevan 11.30 a.m. (Holy Communion).



Please come along for a quiz night in aid of Monaseed Community Development Group in Nolan's of Annagh on Friday, March 20, at 8 p.m. Quizmaster will be Davy Donohue. Table of four costs €40 to enter. Great prizes on the night.

Aldi rugby stickers

Craanford NS would like you to help them to collect as many stickers as you can if shopping in Aldi so they can reach their target to be in to win €50,000 It's easy to take part shoppers simply collect one sticker with every €30 spent in store between January April 31 and 24. Log onto Aldi/PlayRugby for details.

'Down Memory Lane' books

The 'Down Memory Lane' books that were printed a few years ago didn't all sell after printing extra copies and were stored. A small number of them have been left down here in the parish office where you can pick up 116 pages of local history and connections for just €5.

Active Retired

Next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18, at 2 p.m. (If there any changes to the meeting date, the members will be notified) The tea will be provided by Kathleen Kelly. A big thank you to Gardaí members Sergeant Yvonne Connelly and Gavin Cahill for their very interesting talk on home security and how to keep yourself safe.

Bingo - help needed

Craanford Community centre are looking for helpers of a Friday night at bingo if you can help please contact Liz in 087 2317020.


On March 6 the prize of €147 was won by Margaret Doyle, who calls the numbers in the bingo. Congratulations, Margaret. Thanks to Ann Kenny Marks and Patricia Hancock, who organised the draw. The co-ordinating team for Friday, March 20, is Team 6: Anne Marie O'Sullivan and Oliver Murray.

Church News

Mass Intentions: Sunday, March 29: Eileen Doyle, Ballyowen Saturday, April 4: Patrick Finn, Ballygullen. Jane and Martin Murphy, Ballygullen Sunday, April 5: Jim and Peter Doran, Monbay.

Craanford Masses this week: Mon 6 p.m. Vigil of St Patrick. Tue 10.30 a.m. St Patrick's Day. Wed/Thursday 9.15 a.m.

Adoration: there will be no Adoration this week.

Supporting Cranford Parish If you would like to register to support Craanford parish please telephone Fr Richard at 087 6923280 to receive either a box of envelopes or the details you need to set up a Standing Order via your bank. Many thanks.

Visitation of the sick and Housebound We are anxious to visit those who cannot celebrate Mass with us due to illness, handicap or age. Arrangements to receive the sacraments at home can be made by calling Fr Richard or Fr Felix. Kindly notify us of parishioners who are housebound or hospitalised so they can be visited. We are always pleased also to receive invitations to visit your home or to give a house blessing. If you would like to add a name to the list please call 087 6923280.

GAA News

Craanford Sports Complex extends a warm welcome to Junior Achievement Ireland, who will be visiting shortly with their school's roadshow. JAI seeks To inspire and motivate young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world of work.

Congratulations to Una Sinnott, who captained the UCD Ag Science great Agri-food debating team on their brilliant success recently.

Strictly 2020 is up and running, a word of thanks to all our dancers who have being so generous with their commitment and time towards this project. Upcoming events include soccer tournament on March 22 and Poker classic on April 3, a fashion show and a variety show. Win a trolley full of groceries and a trailer full of logs are other upcoming fundraisers. Our strictly club dance night is on Friday, May 1, with the final V Carnew on Friday, May 8, On Sunday, March 22, a five a side soccer tournament will take place at 2 p.m. why not grab a few friends and take part. Contact 086 8228686.

In the current situation all players/mentors are requested to use their own water bottles and to practice a proper hand hygiene regime.

Well done to our Rackard league camogie team who had a good win over Monamolin during the week, well done to the team and managers.

We are so lucky to have the support of club GPO Séamus Byrne from Leinster GAA who works so well with the kids, hurling365 is a vital part of our club structure and with the support of the schools and coaches and parents, thanks to all #workingtogether

Hard luck to our adult men on their loss to Glynn in the first round of ACFL Well done to both the minor.

Intermediate ladies play Bunclody on St Patrick's Day at 10.30 a.m. in Bunclody.

A County Coaching shed blitz for under-nines continues over the next few weekends, well done all and best of luck to our young hurlers and footballers, thanks to all the mentors and parents for your support #workingtogether.

Well done to club members on the Coláiste Bhríde team Sarah Doyle, Melissa Doran Saoirse Kenny and Hannah Redmond and team who played so well in the all-Ireland camogie schools final played on Saturday last, you did everyone proud.

Lotto - jackpot €2,800. No winners. Numbers drawn were 7, 8, 11 and 27. Lucky-dip winners: Robert Donnelly, Claire Redmond, Trish Doyle, Stevie Greene, Anne Murray. Seller's prize: Trish Steadmond. Next week's jackpot €2,900. Tickets in Cooney Communications, Donal's Gorey, Cooney's Hollyfort, Doyle's Londis Carnew Road, John Bass Tyres, Gorey and Lamberts Camolin or any club member. Tickets may now be collected and dropped back to Cooney Communications in Craanford by 6 p.m. on Wednesday evening and afterwards into Cooney's Pub by 9 p.m. for inclusion in the draw.

Hire the complex - Looking for a venue for your child's birthday party why not consider the indoor complex in Craanford, available to rent, protection from any weather mishaps, an ideal venue for indoor games. Ring 086 8228686.



Morning Mass Tuesday and Friday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.


The weather interfered with fixtures recently, not to mention Covid-19. But we will soldier on. There was no jackpot winner in the last lotto draw. There were two match-three winners who each get €100. The numbers were 7, 13, 16 and 20. The next draw in on Monday the 23rd in Noels with a jackpot of €3,800.

Advance notice of Easter Camps being run in the Rock and Kilanerin. Keep an eye out for notes in the school bag and texts from underage managers.


Morning Mass Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 p.m. anniversary Mass for Jimmy Bolger Oulart Ballyfad and Sunday 9 a.m.


Ballyfad NS is now taking enrolments for September 2020. Enrolments forms are available by email - ballyfadns@gmail.com or by phoning 0402 37799/087 2509152.

Kilanerin NS

Enrolment for junior infants is open till March 31. Parents/Guardians interested in enrolling their child for 2020 can receive an application for enrolment by emailing kilanerinns@gmail.com, downloading from the school website: kilanerinns.ie, or by phoning 0402 37405/086 7767114. Completed applications may be returned to the school by post or via email. Places will be awarded within 21 days of receipt of applications.

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