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Roscrea Man released on bail A Roscrea man who appeared at Portlaoise Court on Tuesday on charges of assault on Gardai, criminal damage, and possession of an article with intent to cause injury, was released on bail of ?500, a condition of which is that he go into Cuan Mhuire until April, and not to return to Roscrea in the meantime.

Roscrea woman fined

Maria Coppinger, 80 Kennedy Park, Roscrea, was fined ?750 for the offence and had an endorsement imposed on her licence. She was fined ?150 for failing to produce her insurance to gardai. She was stopped by gardai at Nenagh North on April 12 this year.

Gates recovered

Three timber gates taken in the Knock area on November 9 were recovered by Roscrea Gardai near Templemore during a search on Tuesday.

Meeting on Crime Prevention

Roscrea Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with the Garda Siochana will host a public meeting on Crime Prevention on Monday, 6th December in Grants Hotel. A similar meeting earlier this summer resulted in a brief respite in crime according to Gardai. It is now felt that this initiative can be built upon and experts in the field of crime prevention will be speaking on the night. This topic is of major interest to the business community and general public and we are asking all interested parties to note this event in your diaries now. Further details of the meeting will be communicated in the press later this month.

Late Tadhg Shanahan

The passing at the Mater Hospital, Dublin, of Mr.Timothy (Tadhg) Shanahan, Kilcullen, evoked deep regret in his native Roscrea. Only in his early 50s, he was for many years a member of the Defence Forces. He is survived by his wife Marian, sons Philip, Gerard, Tadhg, brother Denis, parents Bridie and Sean, to whom and the other relatives sympathy is extended. The funeral took place to the Church of the Sacred Heart and St. Brigid, Kilcullen, on Sunday evening, and following Requiem Mass on Monday burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

Late Sr. O'Driscoll

The death took place on Monday week at Cedar House, Mount Anville, of Sr. Edith O'Driscoll, R.S.C.J. A native of Cork, she joined the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1955. She taught in the Convent in Roscrea for a period in the 1960s.

Road safety measures at Golf Club

"I am delighted that the National Roads Authority will now provide the Council with funds to carry out the necessary work next year. The county council is being asked to complete the design work which will link the road safety measures which were envisaged at the Racket Hall Hotel to the Golf Course entrance. I look forward to the completion of the work".

Upgrading of Kennedy Park roads

On Stage in Ennis

Among those taking part in the permanent tsb High Achievers Awards Regional Gala Concert in the Glor Irish Theatre in Ennis on Saturday night was Philip Duggan, a student at Cistercian College.

Philip, son of Pierce and Joan Duggan, Twomileborris, performed Shylock's Speech to Antonio from the Merchant of Venice. Recently he played Joseph in the Cistercian College production of Joseph and His Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and last year played Annie in the production of Annie Get Your Gun.

"Tales in Song and Story"

One of the highlights of the hosting of Fleadh Cheoil na Mumhan in Roscrea in the summer, was the launching on the Monday night of Pat Joe Whelan's "Tales in Song and Story: Heroes of Renown" .

TCD Entrance Exhibitions

Three students of Cistercian College have been awarded Entrance Exhibitions at Trinity College, Dublin, on basis of high achievement in Leaving Certifcate examination 2004. They are John Aherne, Michael Jo Kelly and Shane O'Sullivan.

Colaiste Phobail news

Blessing for Academic year 2004-2005: On Thursday 21st October our school gathered together for the blessing of the academic year in St. Cronan’s Church Roscrea. The theme of our Liturgy was ‘The hand that holds on and the hand that lets go’. The Fifth Year art students created a series of sculpted hands to represent each year, while a beautiful print on the Liturgy’s theme was hung from the altar. Special thanks to Ms. Denise McDonnell and Mr. Richard O’Meara for their guidance on the making of these symbols. In his opening words, Fr. Lorcan (school chaplain) drew attention to each symbol inviting us to enter into the spirit of the Liturgy.

John Pridmore of Youth 2000, then addressed the school community and spoke about how we all have choices in our lives and we all need to take responsibility for them. Different coloured lanterns were then brought to the altar to represent the different windows of the school oratory.

A blessing of the school altar was then the highlight of the service, where a moment of quietness and prayer added poignancy to the ceremony. Special thanks to Mr. Brian Moore for creating such a beautiful piece of craftsmanship. The service closed with a short reflection read by the Head Boy and Head Girl, Cormac Bulfin and Rachael McMahon, called ‘Christ has no hands but yours’. It provided fitting and meaningful conclusion to a ceremony that celebrated all that we can be as a community, striving to help each other through the academic year.

Transition Year Work Experience: Transition year classes successfully completed their work experience module from 11/10/04 to the 22/10/04. The Coláiste recognises that work experience is a vital element of the Transition year and the Leaving Certificate Applied programmes. It aims to provide students with the opportunity of coping in a real work situation.

Our students enjoyed taking responsibility and grew in self-knowledge and self-confidence as a result.

They got an insight into the world of work and learned to communicate with adults which will be invaluable when they join the workforce in the future.

The students thoroughly enjoyed their work experience and are very grateful to their employers and for their kindness and encouragement.

Currently the 6th Year L.C.A are on the first of their two-weeks experience modules from 8/11/04 – 19/11/04. 5th Year L.C.A will commence their two-weeks work experience on 6th December.

The school is indebted to the employers for facilitating these invaluable work modules.

We look forward to their continued support and cooperation in this area in the future.

Student Council Training Day: On Friday, 5th November the Student Council underwent an induction-training course organised by the North Tipperary Youth Council. The students found the whole experience an enlightening one. The Council’s leaders Maura and Breda taught the group how to successfully run a Student Council, dealing with such matters as team work, proper communication skills, explaining the vital roles of Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, and P.R.O. etc. A mock meeting was held to put the theory learned into practice. The students concerned wish to thank the North Tipperary Youth Service for providing such a useful service.

Commissioners Medal For Past Pupil: Congratulations to Michael Ryan who received the ‘Commissioners Medal’ at a passing out ceremony held recently in the Garda College, Templemore.

Michael is past pupil of Corville National School and Coláiste Phobal Roscrea.

1st Year Hurling: The first year hurlers competed in ‘Corn Ui Cathain’ (First year championship for Tipperary post primary schools) during September and October. They played Cistercian College, Our Lady’s Templemore and Nenagh CBS. They scored a big victory over Cistercian College Roscrea but unfortunately lost to Our Lady’s and Nenagh CBS. Consequently they did not qualify for the Semi-Final as any of the top two teams. However the future looks bright, as there are a number of skilful hurlers in First Year and hopefully will continue hurling with both their clubs and school in the year ahead.

The full panel of players who took part in the first year championship are as follows; Brian Dooley (Roscrea), Fearghus Hannon (Shinrone), Stephen Ahern (Roscrea), Davin Flynn (Roscrea), Francis Dollard (Castletown), Loughlin Hegarty (Castletown), Warren Delaney (Castletown), Nathan Horan (Roscrea), Bernard Treacy (Moneygall), Owen Carroll (Moneygall), John Collier (Camross), Colm Larkin (Coolderry), Alan O’Brien (Roscrea), Michael Cleary (Shinrone), Seán Cleary (Shinrone), Brendan McAuliffe (Shinrone), Daniel Coonan (Shinrone), Conor Cleary (Shinrone), Marty Cleary ( Shinrone), Mark Woods (Clonlisk), Darragh Shanahan (Roscrea), Michael Corbett (Roscrea), Eoin Standish (Knock), John Dunne (Camross), Kevin Dunne (Camross), Shane Reynolds (Roscrea), Eoin Kennedy (Moneygall), Declan Kealy (Roscrea), Daniel Gilmartin (Camross), Joe Carroll (Roscrea).

Lions Club – ‘Stars in Their Eyes’: We wish Lions Club of Roscrea every success with its ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ show on Friday 12th and Saturday 14th November in Grants Hotel. The Lions Club is very kindly donating the funds from this event to our College Building Fund. We wish our Transition Year students participating in the event (Amie Dooley, Lilly O’Connor, Kim O’Meara, Elaine Ryan and Claire Smyth) the best of luck on both nights!!

College Basketball

Cistercian College defeated Portlaoise in the return under 16 leage tie 30-29 in Portlaoise. The winning point came with just eight seconds left from Joe Moran, who contributed 22 of his sides tally. The other scoreres were Jack Byrne 8, and Eoin Quinn 1. C.C.R. squad- Jack Byrne, Joe Moran, Eoin Quinn, Conan Burke, Jason Rowan, Stephen King, Jamie Burns, Ryan O'Rourke, Tom Nolan, Chris Ferriter, Danny Seelan.