Monday 27 January 2020

Gorey & District Community Noticeboard

Information evening - East Coast Samaritans will host an information evening at Gorey Library on Thursday, January 23, at 7pm.

If you would like to find out more about becoming a volunteer with the Samaritans, you can come and talk to members to discover all you need to know at this information evening.

All are welcome.

Acupuncture talk

Join Mairead Fahy of the Palms Health and Wellbeing centre for a talk about acupuncture in relation to vision at Gorey Library on Tuesday, January 14, at 7 p.m.

Mairead will discuss how little is known by the general public on how effective acupuncture can be in treating vision issues in a safe and holistic way, as well as for those suffering degenerative and debilitating eye diseases.

All are welcome, but booking is essential.

Courtown RNLI shop

The RNLI would like to wish all dedicated customers and volunteers a very happy New Year.

The shop will re-open at the end of February.

Author visit

A reading and talk by crime writer and journalist Fiona Gartland will take place in Gorey Library on Tuesday, January 16, from 7 p.m.

On the night she will reading from and discussing her novel 'Now That You've Gone', which is partly set in Ballymoney.

Fiona will speak about the writing process, getting published and will answer questions on the book and on writing.

Fiona Gartland has been a journalist with The Irish Times for 14 years and has covered many trials at the Criminal Courts of Justice and at the Family Courts.

She was shortlisted for the Francis McManus Short Story competition on half a dozen occasions and has had stories broadcast and published in magazines, including 'The Stinging Fly'.

Her first novel, 'In the Court's Hands', was published in 2018 and her latest 'Now That You've Gone' was published in October 2019.

Classical Connections

All are welcome to join in on this special recital and talk with Dr Noel Culleton in Gorey Library on Tuesday, January 28, at 7 p.m.

Author Dr. Noel Culleton will discuss the lives of the composers contained within his book 'Classical Connections', which describes 50 fateful encounters that changed the course of music history.

During the talk there will be the opportunity to listen to short excerpts from relevant pieces by these composers.

This eclectic and entertaining mix of stories will appeal to music fans young and old.

Books will be for sale on the night, with profits from book sales going to Family Carers Ireland. Booking is essential.

Poker night

Courtown Golf Club will host a poker night on Friday, January 10.

Proceedings will start at 8 p.m. in the Clubhouse in Kiltennel and everyone is welcome to come along.

Tickets are €20 and refreshments will be served.

Arts meeting at library

Arts Officer Liz Burns will hold an information clinic in Gorey Library to discuss funding and other opportunities through the Arts Office.

Booking is essential and all are welcome to attend on Monday, January 13, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

These clinics will be of particular interest to artists, community groups, festivals and schools.

Beauty and the Beast

Gorey Little Theatre presents 'Beauty and the Beast' from January 10 to January 18, starting at 8 p.m. nightly.

There will no performance on Sunday, January 12, in the evening due to bingo, and there will be matinees at 3 p.m. throughout.

Tickets to the first four performances are €13, while the final five performances are €16.

Tickets are selling fast, but the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have plenty of availability and only a few seats are remaining for some of the other performances.

Get yours before it's too late from, or by contacting Gorey Little Theatre.

Gorey Little Theatre thank you for your continual support and look forward to seeing you all in 2020.

Comedy Club returns

Gorey Comedy Club recently held its the first show of the year at the Ashdown Park Hotel with resident MC Karl Spain.

The club are in the process of planning more events for the coming year.

In the coming months, 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' 2019 star Andrew Maxwell will take to the stage in Gorey - more details to follow.

Search 'Gorey Comedy Club' on Facebook for updates.


This newspaper offers tribute pieces to bereaved family members within the local community who have recently suffered the loss of a loved one.

The service is available free of charge, and will be completed in a manner that is sensitive to your own personal wishes and requests.

Please contact the journalist whose details are listed above if this is something that interests you or something you would like to do.

Sharon Shannon

An evening of music and song with Sharon Shannon, Frances Black and Mary Coughlan takes place in the Ashdown Park Hotel on January 11.

As part of the Irish tour for 2020, tickets for €33.65 plus booking fee are on sale on and at the venue.

Each artist will perform a set with their own musicians featuring many of their greatest hits, and after this all three ladies will then join together on stage to finish the night with a truly magical finale.

It is set to be a unique evening of music, and all are very welcome to attend.

Walking talk

Professor Shane O'Mara, a neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin will host a talk at Gorey Library on Saturday, January 25, and all are welcome to attend.

He will discuss his book 'In Praise of Walking: The New Science of How We Walk and Why It's Good for Us' which invites us to marvel at the benefits walking confers on our bodies and minds.

He will examine how it is a skill that has its evolutionary origins millions of years ago, under the sea and he will highlight how the latest research is only now revealing how the brain and nervous system performs the mechanics of balancing, navigating a crowded city, or running our inner GPS system.

The way professor Shane O'Mara sees it, as our lives become increasingly sedentary, we risk all this and we must start walking again, whether it's up a mountain, down to the park, or simply to school and work, because our societies will be better for it.

To book your place contact Gorey Library on 053 9421481.

School enrolment

Parents or guardians who wish to enrol children in Junior Infants in Bunscoil Loreto primary school for September 2020 are required to call to the school office during office hours during the enrolment period in early 2020 to collect an enrolment pack.

The formal application requires the parent/guardian to fully complete and present an Admission and Participation Form, accompanied by an original birth or adoption certificate.

They will also need to provide two passport-sized photographs and a current utility bill as proof of address to the school between 9 a.m. on January 6 and 3 p.m. on January 31.

Further information can be obtained from the school office on 053 9421827.

Active Retirement

All events will resume this week and meetings in Loch Garman Arms will re-open on Friday, January 10.

The committee hope you had a very happy Christmas and will have a healthy and active New Year.

Non-members are very welcome to check out our activities by dropping into the Loch Garman Arms on Fridays between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

There is some activity on most days of the week.

A new year is upon us, time to make changes and do something different, so why not try out some of the weekly events on offer or even start a new one.

Have you got a hobby or craft you could share? Members of the committee will help.

Bowls on Monday, Darts and Go for life on Tuesday, Walk on Wednesday, Art on Thursday, Irish Class on Friday. All booking, payment and inquiries should be made on Fridays in the Loch Garman Arms.

Library events

With a new year beginning at Gorey Library, digital skills for citizens with Mediaskool starts back up every Tuesday from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.

Digital skills training includes basic computing, tablet and smartphone classes.

Junior book club Page Turners, suitable for nine to 12 year olds is now open to new members.

Baby Rhyme time takes place on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. and is suitable for babies up to two years.

The interactive session is full of fun singing, rhymes and short stories.

For more information speak to a member of staff.

School enrolment

St Joseph's primary school, Gorey will host a junior infant enrolment day on Saturday, January 25, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the school.

Staff ask that you please come to the school to begin the formal application process and bring the child concerned, two passport photographs of the child, child's birth/adoption certificate, baptismal certificate where applicable, copies of any relevant reports such as psychological, medical, speech, etc., and a current utility bill as proof of address.

It is important to bring all documentation in order to place you in the correct priority group. Places will be allocated within 21 days of enrolment date. If your child is offered a place you will be required to reply in writing by a specific date regarding acceptance or non-acceptance.

Further information and enrolment packs can be obtained from the school. Call the office on 053 9421178.

Gorey Guardian