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Around the Districts: Courtown to Tara Hill


Jamie Dawkins, Dave Ellis and Mark Kelly out doing a spot of fishing in Courtown Harbour.

Jamie Dawkins, Dave Ellis and Mark Kelly out doing a spot of fishing in Courtown Harbour.

Jamie Dawkins, Dave Ellis and Mark Kelly out doing a spot of fishing in Courtown Harbour.



COI services

Service times for the Ardamine Group of Parishes are as follows.

Sunday, January 30 – The Fourth Sunday of Epiphany: Monamolin 9 a.m. (Holy Communion), Clonevan 10.15 a.m. (Morning Prayer), Kilnamanagh 11.45 a.m. (Morning Prayer).

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Community Text Alert Group

A meeting of the Community Text Alert Group will take place on Thursday, January 27, at 8.30 p.m. This is to decide if this community service will continue.

GAA club news

Well done to our club members involved in the success in both hurling and camogie Leinster championships with Coláiste Bhríde, Carnew. A great achievement for players and school.

‘Lights up’ will take place again in conjunction with Operation Transformation. Every Monday and Wednesday night from January 19 the lights will be turned on for all the community to get involved. Download My Life app to get involved and make every step count and let’s be in with a chance to win O’Neill’s voucher for the club when we walk together for 4000km to qualify for the draw.

Lotto – The jackpot of €9,700 was won. Numbers drawn were 3, 7, 14 and 22. Lucky-dip winners: Paddy Fox, James Doyle-Ballydarragh, Amy Redmond, Nicola Cooney, John Fleming. Next week’s jackpot €3,800. Tickets available from Donal’s Gorey, John Bass Tyres, Cooney Communications Craanford, Lambert’s Camolin, you are most welcome to sign up for the year also, thank you for your support always, it is very welcome and appreciated.

Community Police Unit

A Community Police Unit has been set up in Gorey, Garda Ronan Swan and Garda Katie Mundow are there to deal with any issues you may have in our area. Call 053 9430690.

Markie Doyle Road Run

The annual Markie Doyle Memorial Vintage Road Run will take place on Sunday, January 30. Please spread the word and hopefully it will be as successful as ever. All Welcome.

Church News

Confirmation 2022 – The Bishop has decided that because of the uncertainty around restrictions at present, Confirmation will be administered this year by the local clergy in each parish.

In light of this, Confirmation will take place in our parish this year on Saturday, March 12. We will have two ceremonies this year, one in each church.

Confirmation for children in Craanford School will be held in Craanford Church at 11 a.m.

Confirmation for children in Monaseed School will be held in Monaseed Church at 12.30 p.m.

Parishioners are asked to keep the Confirmation candidates in your prayers in the coming weeks, as they continue their preparations for this special day.

Mass Intentions – Saturday, January 29, 6 p.m. George and Lily Brown, Banntown. Dan Kenny, Rossminogue. Sunday, January 30, 10.30 a.m. Michael Lyons, Ballygullen. First Anniversary. Saturday, February 5, 6 p.m. Thomas Kennedy. Sunday, February 6, 10.30 a.m. John and Anne Byrne, Lyrane Julie Kehoe. Months Mind.

Mass Times – Monaseed: Saturday 7.30 p.m. Sunday 9.30 a.m.; daily Monday to Friday 9.30 a.m.

Craanford: Saturday 6 p.m. Sunday 10.30 a.m.; daily Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 6 p.m.

Mass Cards – Sympathy Cards, Mass Bouquets, Get Well Mass Bouquets etc. are available from the parish office and Londis (Carnew Road)

Used stamps for the Missions – Again a big thank you to the people in Craanford and Monaseed for their ongoing support for the Missions by putting their stamps in the boxes in the porches in both churches. A reminder to take off the stamps, leaving around 1.5cms around the stamp please, from their envelopes and put them in the box in the church porches.



Enrolments now open for Ballyfad Primary School. For more information please contact School Secretary at 0402 37799 or ballyfadns@gmail.com; also Acting School Manager Fr Denis Browne 086 8926260 or email frdenisbrowne@gmail.com

GAA club notes

The ladies AGM takes place on Tuesday 1st February at 8 p.m. Kilanerin are hosting the South Leinster Senior Football Schools Final Tuesday 26th January at 6 p.m. between Gorey CS and Carlow CBS. Many local lads are involved so all support welcome.


Masses continue in KIlanerin on Tuesday and Fridays 9.30 a.m. Saturday 6.30 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. Eucharistic adoration continues in Kilanerin Church on Tuesday after morning mass to 9 p.m. Masses in Ballyfad are Wednesday and Thursday 9.30 a.m. Saturday 7.30 pm and Sunday 9 a.m. and Eucharistic adoration on Wednesday mornings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m

Bookings for church events can be arranged by contacting Siobhan in the Parish office 0871765744.


Easing of Covid-19 restrictions

The National Public Health Emergency Team (NPHET) has advised the cabinet that it can remove almost every Covid 19 restriction in the coming days and weeks. As soon as the government decides appropriate restrictions on household visiting , early closing for hospitality and events, capacity restrictions for indoor and outdoor events, and healthcare facilities can be ended. Work from home advice can be eased on a phased basis.

The sweeping breath of the abolition of measures recommended by NPHET is breathtaking when compared to the draconian measures endured by the Irish people, Government have not yet determined a timeline for the restrictions, and sources have said that the comparative weakness of the Omicron variant and the effectiveness of the vaccines means that the pandemic is almost certainly in endemic stage. However, if a person finds that they are symptomatic they should self-isolate , even if fully vaccinated.Wearing masks and restrictions in schools should remain in place until the end of February.

Seán Óg’s Bridge Club

Bridge will resume this Thursday, January 27 at 10 a.m. sharp at Seán Óg’s hotel in Kilmuckridge. The team hope that everyone is well and look forward to seeing you back.

Local Notes

Clubs, organizations and individuals who want coverage of their activities and successes please email to eadaoinoconn1@gmail.com or by text to 087 7857237.

The new day and time for receipt of notes is now on Sunday evening at 7pm. However on Bank Holidays the time will revert back and all news items must be emailed by Thursday at 7pm.


Happy birthday

Birthday wishes go to George Tomkins, Curratubbin House, who celebrated his birthday on Thursday, January 20. From all his family, friends and neighbours.

Buffers Alley news

Club Monthly Draw – The annual Club Monthly draw tickets are in circulation at the moment and promoters will be giving you a call. All support appreciated for the draw which takes place on the last Thursday of the month with €650 paid out monthly. The cost is €120 for the year or €10 monthly. You can join up by contacting your regular promoter or by paying through our Clubforce online payment system. New members very welcome.

Car Draw – Buffers Alley GAA and camogie club have unveiled their dazzling new 2022 Peugeot 208 which is the subject of great excitment as they plan for continued development at the club grounds and preparation of club teams to cater for their ever-growing membership.


Sincere sympathy is extended to Deirdre Doran and Róisín Cousins, Monamolin on the death of their aunt Josephine Murphy (née Byrne). Funeral Mass took place in Ballyduff Church on Friday, January 21, with burial afterwards to the ajoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.



Deepest sympathy to Ann Carty, Ballylacey on the recent passing of her sister Margaret Maynard. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and you family at this difficult time. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Dates for your diary

Confirmation is on April 1; Communion on May 21.

Cemetery fundraising

Many thanks to all for your support and donations towards the fundraising effort for st Kevin’s cemetery.

We appreciate all donations received to date, but still have a long way to go. Donations can be made online amd envelopes are also available in at Kevin’s church or through the parish office in Gorey.

School Enrolment

Parents/Guardians, who wish to enrol children into junior infants for September 2022 may download an application form from the school website tarahillns.ie, email office@tarahillns.ie or contact the school office during the admission period (from 9 a.m. on January 13 to January 3 p.m. on February 3) to arrange collection of an Admission Form.

The Code of Behaviour, Anti-Bullying Policy, Admission Policy, annual Admissions Notice, Catchment Area Reference Map and School Ethos Statement may be viewed on the school website. Only fully completed Admissions Forms will be accepted accompanied by relevant paperwork. Further information can be obtained from the school office at 053 9420321.

Your news

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