Monday 27 January 2020

Around the districts: Coolgreany, Craanford-Monaseed, Kilanerin-Ballyfad, Tara Hill

Siobhan O’Gorman, Rosie Martin and Deborah Cosgrave at the ‘Celtic Christmas’ concert and cd launch by Suantrai in Christ Church
Siobhan O’Gorman, Rosie Martin and Deborah Cosgrave at the ‘Celtic Christmas’ concert and cd launch by Suantrai in Christ Church

Coolgreany: Engagement - Congratulations to Andrew Merrigan, Monareigh, and Tara Lenihan, Coolgreany Demesne, who became engaged over the Christmas. We wish them both every happiness in the future.

Community Alert

As the winter long nights have drawn in, and the New Year is upon us the Community Alert committee are appealing to everyone to be on the lookout for their neighbours, especially all those of our senior citizens who may need a helping hand to go shopping for some of the necessities of life. It would be a great act of charity to be able to help out.

Local vandalism

Sadly for a large number of our community were shocked when news got around of a serious amount of vandalism was imposed on the village on the weekend immediately before Christmas, when a number of cars were seriously vandalised and private also badly damaged.

It is a sad reflection on our village when a couple of individuals saw fit to take the law into their own hands and do so much damage. Let us hope the full forces of the law come into force here for the benefit of everyone.

Collection scams

We are appealing to our community to be always on the lookout for scam collectors who pretend to be collecting for different charities and institutions under false names and badges, please be careful.

Local notes

May we wish everyone who has been good enough to supply me with messages and emails for the local notes a very happy new year and a sincere thanks for all your efforts and looking forward to that support again in 2020. Phone 087 4605166.


ICA meeting

The Monaseed ICA meeting was held on December 4 There were 25 members present; the president Olive Doyle welcomed everyone to the meeting.

A dinner celebration is being held in Whites Hotel on February 9 for the 110th Anniversary of the ICA Members are reminded to bring €20 for the dinner and a €10 deposit (non-refundable) for the bus. This will be collected at the January meeting on January 8.

Susan Breen showed the members the wall hanging which was handmade by the members of the Monaseed ICA guild. The hostesses for January will be Kathy Kinsella and Rita Meagher.

The competition for January is 'The Nicest Pen'. The raffle winners are Olive Doyle, Dolores Tindall, Betty Wadding, Cathy Kinsella and Susan Nolan. The competition winners: Olive Doyle, Rita Meagher.

Trish from Four Seasons Florist made five beautiful floral arrangements which were raffled. Gwen Stewart will commence the 'Go for life exercise programme in January'. The €50 yearly fee is due now.


On Friday, December 27, the prize of €150 was won by Mary Lawless, a regular at bingo. Congratulations, Mary. The coordinating team for Friday, January 10, is Team 4: Anne Kenny Marks and Trish Hancock.

Dates for your diary

Vintage Run to support North Wexford Hospice Homecare on Sunday, January 26, at 12.30 p.m.

Craanford National School Holy Communion: Saturday, May 2, at 11 a.m. Monaseed National School Holy Communion: Saturday, May 16, at 11 a.m.

Confirmation: Wednesday, March 4, in Craanford Church: Craanford 11 a.m. Monaseed 2 p.m.

Kilnahue Patron: Wednesday, June 17, at 7.30 p.m. Rossminogue Patron: Wednesday, June 24, at 7.30 p.m. Monaseed Patron: Friday, July 3, at 7.30 p.m. Knockbrandon Patron: Friday, July 10, at 7.30 p.m. Craanford Patron: Sunday, August 2, at 3 p.m. Mt St Benedict Patron: Wednesday, August 5, at 7.30 p.m. Vintage Threshing to support friends of Gorey Hospital, in Matt Doyle's Farm, Sunday, September 6.

Church News

Saturday, January 11: Annie and Aidan Finn, Ballyregan. Brian Dunbar, Clonamona. (second Anniversary) Sunday, January 12: Jim Higgins, Ballyregan, Late of Strawberry Beds, Dublin. (Months Mind) Saturday, January 18: Jack Kenny Craanford. (first Anniversary) Willie Poole, Craan. (Months Mind) Sunday, January 19: Patricia Whelan, Bannpark. Sunday, January 26: John and Anne Byrne, Lyrane.

Craanford Masses this week: Monday to Thursday at 9.15 a.m.

Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Monday, January 6, from 9.45 p.m. to 1 p.m.

Feast of the Epiphany: since this falls on Monday, January 6, there will be Mass in Craanford at 9.15 a.m. St Patrick's National School re-opens after the Christmas break on January 6 so the children and school staff will attend this Mass. Please note: There will be no vigil Mass on Sunday evening, January 5.

Visitation of sick and Housebound: Fr Richard will make his monthly visits for January on Tuesday morning, January 7. If you would like to add a name to the list please call 087 6923280.

January rotas Craanford Church: Church Readers: 6 p.m. Jackie Doyle, Ballydarragh and 10.30 a.m. Joan Doran, Monbay. Eucharistic Ministers: 6 p.m. Maeve Kavanagh, Island and 10.30 a.m. Dermot Kenny, Rossminogue.

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.

GAA News

Happy New Year to all club members' families and friends. Thank you to all for your support throughout the year. All using the dressing rooms at complex and at the pitch please leave in a tidy manner when finished. Check Facebook for results and Fixtures and Pictures.

The hugely popular 'Ireland Lights Up' walking initiative returns in January 2020, in partnership with the GAA, Operation Transformation, and Get Ireland Walking. Over 270 clubs participated in Ireland Lights Up in 2019, with a total of 65,000 walkers getting out during the initiative. The first date for clubs to host 'Ireland Lights Up' 2020 is Thursday, January 9, The aim is to make exercise more accessible on the dark winter nights and to offer local communities an opportunity to get together and socialise in a healthy way. Walking is proven to benefit both our physical and mental health.

Craanford Fr O'Regans club will hold its AGM on Sunday, January 12, in Craanford Community centre at 6 p.m. Please note all nominations and motions to be with the club secretary by 6 p.m. January 5.

Lotto - jackpot €1,800. No Winner. Numbers Drawn 2-12-14-29. Lucky-dip winners: Ger Doran, Caitlin Timmins, JP Steadmond, Danny Whelan, Tommy Hennessy. Seller's prize: Billy Greene. Next Week's jackpot €1,900. The lotto draw will take place on Christmas Eve instead of the normal Wednesday night. lotto tickets available in Cooney Communications, Craanford, Donals Main Street Gorey, Cooney's in Hollyfort, Doyle's Londis on Carnew Road and Lamberts in 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 etc. Ring 086 8228686.


Bingo is played in Craanford hall every Friday night at 8.30 p.m. Bring a friend; enjoy a night out with a difference and who knows your luck could just be in. Nice money to be won every week.


GAA Notes

There was no Jackpot winner in the Lotto draw on the 30th. There were four match 3 winners. The numbers were 2, 5,18 and 24.

Sympathy to the Fortune family, Barnland on the death of Ann recently.

Christmas tree shredding

Kilanerin tidy towns will be offering a Christmas tree shredding service. Drop off your Christmas tree in the designated area behind KCC anytime until January 16.

Tara Hill

School news

Tara Hill NS junior infants application forms will be posted out in early January.

If you have not contacted the school, please contact as soon as possible. Ph 053 9420321.

Happy birthday

The community would like to extend special birthday wishes to May Redmond. Tomnahealy, who celebrated a special birthday recently. Wishing you many more years of good health and happiness.

Your news

Any notes for paper please contact or 087 9434090 by 7 p.m. in Thursday for inclusion in the following weeks paper.

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