Thursday 20 June 2019

Around the districts: Clonroche-Poulpeasty, Graiguenamanagh, Raheen, Rathnure, Tullogher-Rosbercon

Enjoying their special day at the Rower and Inistioge confirmations in The Rower church were Sean Breen, New Ross; Shauna O’Leary, The Rower and PJ Mackey, The Rower
Enjoying their special day at the Rower and Inistioge confirmations in The Rower church were Sean Breen, New Ross; Shauna O’Leary, The Rower and PJ Mackey, The Rower

Clonroche-Poulpeasty: Junior and Leaving Certs - Good luck to all the young students in the parish who are starting their exams tomorrow. Best wishes in your pursuit of further education and careers.

Cloughbawn GAA

Cúl Camp - This year's Cúl Camp will take place from July 22 to July 26 in Cloughbawn - sign up now at and be a part of the fun.

Fundraising First Goal - Scratch card fundraiser for Wexford v Kilkenny on Saturday, June 15, in Wexford park, match time of first Goal scored to win €500 tickets are available from all members at €2 each.

Lotto news - numbers drawn in the lotto were 3, 14, 19 and 32, The jackpot of €10,000 is still standing as there was no one matching four numbers. Match-three winners were Garry Flood, Tominearly and Joe Kehoe the Villas, next draw is changed to our new date of Friday, June 7, in Aughyvoir.

Community Games News

Best of luck to all of the local qualifiers for the Co Athletic Finals which take place in Enniscorthy on Sunday, June 30. There are still a few vacant places in the under-14/16 age groups. Please contact area secretary Clare Doyle at 087 4151350 asap if interested in taking part.

Ten local competitors represented their area and county in the National Community Games in Limerick last weekend. Eva Bailey was our medal winner where she won the medallion in the under-12 Breaststroke. Other competitors in swimming were Holly Furlong, Hannah Fitzpatrick, Abi Cullen, Claire Whelan, Ava Whelan, Ava Kehoe, Lucy McCormack and Sarah O'Leary. Sam Devereux competed in the under-10 Art. Well done to all involved and to their manager Tracy Cullen.


The winner of this week's split-the-pot was William Kinsella Wildflower Cafe, the pot was €250, remember if your not in you can't win, envelopes available at various business in the village.

Poulpeasty Cemetery Patron

The patron will take place on Friday, June 7, at 7.30 p.m. with Mass in the cemetery weather permitting.

Clonroche NS

Reserve the Date for the annual School fundraiser. The 5K Run/Walk is scheduled for Sunday, June 9, at 11 a.m. The Walk will take place from Cloughbawn GAA Complex, Castleboro.

Rathnure Summer Musical

Rathnure Panto Society presents their 10th summer Musical 'Dancing at the Checkout', a brand new comedy musical full of 70's and 90's music, on June 20, 21, 24, 26, 27 and 28 at 7.45 p.m. nightly. Call 087 0680564 or 087 6954112 to book the best seats. Also find us on Facebook for more info.


Graig notes

To submit news items, club events, announcements etc for the notes email Deadline is Thursday 6 p.m.

Local Election

Well done and congratulations to local councillor Peter Chap Cleere, who was re-elected to the Kilkenny County Council with a massive vote and topping the poll with 1,945 votes in the Callan-Thomastown Electorate district. Also Elected was Matt Doran, Kilmaganny; Patrick O'Neill, Bennetsbridge; Michael Doyle, The Rower; Joe Lyons, Callan and Deirde Cullen, Bennetbridge.

Historical Society

The Graiguenamanagh Historical Society had its annual outing on Wednesday, May 29, to Dublin Castle and Glasnevin Cemetery and Museum. It was a very enjoyabe day's trip, enjoyed by all.


The numbers drawn were 2, 14, 18 and 27, and there was no winner; next week's jackpot stands at €10,000, Reserve jackpot €5,700. Consolation winners winners of €30 each were Kelly Maher, James Kennedy - Keenans, Julie and Annemarie, Willie Murphy - Goresbridge, Biddy O'Brien. Tickets are available from all local outlets or from any committee member.

Citizens Information

The Citizens Information office in main street Graiguenamanagh is open Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. This is a free private and confidently information service.

Tidy Towns Jackpot

This week's results are: First Prize - Ann O'Neill - €272, second prize - Brigid and Eoin Kirwan - €50, third Prize - Michael Mahon - €25. Money raised through the jackpot will be used to keep the town looking well all year round. Draw takes place every Thursday in the CE Office at approximately 4 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.

Golden Jubilee

The Parish Pastoral Council are preparing to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Fr Byrne on Sunday, July 7, This will coincide with his retirement after 22 years as our parish priest, Arrangements have been made for a Mass at 3 p.m. for all parishioners, which will be con-celebrated with Bishop Denis Nulty. Refreshments will be provided by the Abbey Hall committee after the Mass in the hall, to which everyone is invited.


Free Family Fun Day

Raheen Family Resource Centre in Conjunction with the Irish Heart Foundation is holding a free Family Fun Day in Raheen on Saturday, June 15, starting at 2 p.m. There will be numerous attractions including: Bouncy Castle, Face painting, and Children's entertainment with a visit from various Disney Characters. The Irish Heart foundation mobile unit will be situated at Raheen FRC on the day, with nurses on board carrying out free blood pressure checks. There will also be a Tae-Kwon-Do demonstration, yoga workshops, and the winners of the recent art competition will be announced. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

Free Martial Arts summer Camps

Raheen Family Resource Centre will be running free Martial Arts summer camps in Adamstown Community Centre on the following dates. Week 1: Monday, July 8, to Wednesday, July 10, 7-10-years. Week 2: Monday, July 15, to Thursday, July 18, 11 years upwards.

Participants will learn self-defence, self-awareness, boxercise and lots more. There will also be fun and games which will promote team building and confidence. The camp will be delivered by John Philips, who has a fourth Degree Black Belt. Booking is essential, please contact Joyce or Bridget at 051 442888 or email for more information or to book.

Free Dance summer Camps

Free Dance summer camps will take place in Raheen Family Resource Centre on the following dates. Week 1: 8-10 years, Wednesday, July 10, to Friday, July 12. Week 2: 11- 14 years, Wednesday, July 17, to Friday, July 19. The camps will be facilitated by Becci Whelan from 2manydancemoves and the theme is: Dance your heart healthy. The camps take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. For further information or to book a space contact Joyce or Bridget at 051 442888 or email


Church Notices

Trócaire: Thanks to all who contributed to the Trócaire boxes. €551 was raised to date. Please remember to return yours.

Split-The-Pot: Please support Rathnure Church Restoration Fund's Split-The-Pot. Envelopes are available from local businesses.


The bingo jackpot on Tuesday the third is €2,900.

Rita Reddy RIP

The Hall Committee extend heartfelt sympathy to the family and relatives of the late Rita Reddy RIP. In recent years Rita was an honorary vice-president of the organisation and for many years before that she gave freely of her time and talent to the bingo and the hall. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Rathnure Camogie Club

Fr McDonald Tournament 2019: A big thank you to everyone that helped out at our Tournament this year. Fr McDonald is on his way north as Antrim team Loughgiel Shamrocks were our eventual winners beating Rathnure in the final. Well done to all involved. A massive thank you to Claire O'Connor and all our organisers for the great day.

Best Wishes: With exams around the corner we would like to wish all our girls the best with their preparations and exams, and we look forward to seeing you for some championship action at the end of June.

Championship Round one Fixtures: Senior: vs. Oulart-The Ballagh on Monday, June 24. Intermediate: vs. Blackwater on Tuesday, June 25.

GAA golf classic

This is on Friday, July 5, in Enniscorthy Golf Club. Team of four costs €200 with meal included. GUI and amateur prizes. Sponsored holes from €50. Contact 087 2831798 for more information.

Summer Musical

Rathnure Panto Society presents their 10th summer Musical 'Dancing at the Checkout', a brand new comedy musical full of 70's and 90's music, on June 20, 21, 24, 26, 27 and 28 at 7.45 p.m. nightly. Call 087 0680564 or 087 6954112 to book the best seats. Also find us on Facebook for more info.


The Loop System

The Loop System for the hard of hearing is now in operation in the Church of the Assumption Rosbercon. Hearing aid wearers with a 'T' telecoil, can now hear directly through their hearing aids by turning on to the setting marked T.

Irish Dancing

The Mernagh Academy of Irish Dance is currently recruiting new students for the new dance season. Classes are held in the Parish Hall Rosbercon and instructed and coached by Séamus Mernagh TCRG Séamus is a fully qualified, Garda Vetted, Tusla Children and a First Certified Insured teacher. Classes will start on September 3 and will run on Monday and Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. with 'Tots Academy Course on Saturdays from 10.11 a.m. For further information please call Séamus at 087 6729435 or you can view Mernagh Academy on Facebook. Early booking is advisable as demand for Irish Dancing lessons is on the increase. Trócaire Easter Collection.

The annual Easter Appeal for the Trócaire Charity Group, who do great work in the Third World usually brings a great response from churchgoers in the parish. This year was no different with €1,982 contributed in the Trócaire Boxes which were returned on Holy Thursday evening. This was a tremendous return and the charity are extremely grateful to all who contributed.

Onwards and Upwards

That is the story of the much-maligned Kilkenny Junior Football competing in the championship of Great Britain. A few weeks ago, they had a big win over Warwickshire and this time round London were put to the sword. In the game played at Nowlan Park the 'Cats' were full value for their 0-13 to 1-6 victory considering that London fielded players from all the traditional football counties in Ireland. The Tullogher-Rosbercon club are well represented on the team with Pat Hartley, Seán Murray and Kevin Hennessy all key players for Kilkenny. Next up is Lancashire and hopes are high that this upward trend in Noreside Football can be maintained in this game which will be played in Manchester.

Safeguarding Representatives

There are two Safeguarding Representatives for the parish of Rosbercon namely Brid Vereker from Millbanks Close and Anne O'Sullivan from Ballykenna. If you have a safeguarding concern please feel free to contact any of the above. Safeguarding Statements are prominently displayed in all three churches of the parish.

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