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Around the Districts: Graiguenamanagh to Raheen


Kathryn, Betty and Paula Dillon from Campile at the Kennedy Summer School Afternoon Tea Party in the JFK Arboretum.

Kathryn, Betty and Paula Dillon from Campile at the Kennedy Summer School Afternoon Tea Party in the JFK Arboretum.

Kathryn, Betty and Paula Dillon from Campile at the Kennedy Summer School Afternoon Tea Party in the JFK Arboretum.



Graig notes

Email news items, club events, announcements etc for the notes to graignotes@outlook.com. Deadline is Saturday 6 p.m.

Lotto Draw

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The numbers drawn in the Graig GAA and Highview Athletic lotto draw on September 5 were 3, 13, 28, 31. There was no winner. Each of the following won €30 each: Amanda Schaad, Kathy Butler, Derek Murphy, Mary Carberry, Sharon Holden. Jackpot now stands at €14,250. Tickets are available from any committee member.

Graig Tidy Towns draw

Winners in the draw on September 15 were: 1st ​Prize, Anthony Preston, €380; 2nd Prize, Catherine Hayden, €50; 3rd Prize, Marie Kinsella, €25. Draw takes place at 3.30 p.m. on Thursdays at the Parish Office.

Cemetery Mass

The annual Cemetery Mass will be celebrated in St Michael’s Cemetery, Tinnahinch on Sunday September 25 at 2 p.m. (weather permitting).

Duiske College

Congratulations to Sean O’Neill who was awarded the Kilkenny Carlow ETB Training Services Student of the year for Duiske College. Sean was presented with his award at an event which was held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow.



Sincere sympathy is extended to Sarah Barron of Kilbraney on the death last weekend of her father, Owen Murphy of Ballinacoola. Owen was buried with his late wife, Maggie, in Rathgarogue on Tuesday of this week.

County Final

The very best of luck to the Gusserane intermediate ladies footballers who will take on St Martins in the county final on Saturday week. It takes place in Wexford Park Saturday 30th at 2pm and a large support is expected to travel from the parish.

St Louis Day Care Centre

St Louis Day Care Centre, Ramsgrange would be delighted to welcome to our Centre, older people in our community who would like to avail of the services we offer.

Why not give yourself a day out to meet with friends, old and new, join in activities, have a chat and a laugh and enjoy delicious freshly prepared meals from our kitchen. Our cook is here to assist with special dietary requirements. Our nurse is on hand to deal with any minor medical issues.

The services provided include bus collection, laundry, bakery, GP clinic, chiropody, hairdressing, assisted showering and Meals on Wheels Monday to Friday. We like to think of St. Louis Day Care Centre as a home away from home where you will be warmly welcomed.

If you think you, or if you know anybody who would benefit from attending the Day Care please contact us on 051 389509 or email us at stlouisdaycarecentre@gmail.com.

Race Night

The eagerly awaited Race Night in Paul Morrissey’s Bar in aid of the ball alley in Gusserane takes place this Saturday, 24th September from 9pm. The horses have by now all been sold and will appear in the race booklet on the night, along with a list of the generous sponsors. The inimitable Liam Spratt will provide the commentary.

The Club invite you to attend what should be a hugely enjoyable night where you can place a little wager and have a laugh at Liam Spratt’s commentary as he runs through the horses’ names. The alley has been re-roofed and the inside re-painted in recent weeks and the committee deserve great credit for their efforts.


There was no jackpot winner last week when the numbers drawn were 1, 6, 12 and 17. The one match three winner was Julie Cooney from Kinnagh. This week’s jackpot stands at €8150.

Passing of Mick Kent

Many in the Gusserane area were saddened last week to learn of the passing of popular Knockea man, Mick Kent.

A regular mass goer in Gusserane, Mick would also have been well known through his involvement in music and with The Mummers. Indeed many is the night that the strains of Mick’s accordion was heard coming from the hall in Gusserane.

Sincere sympathy is extended to his wife Bridgie and to his family, relatives and friends on their loss.

Breakfast Morning

Gusserane Ladies Gaelic Football Association will hold a Breakfast Morning in the lead up to their county final on Saturday next, September 24th, in Ballycullane Hall from 10am to 12 noon. Come along and help our ladies’ football team to raise funds for the upcoming final.

It is always an enjoyable morning with great food and lots of chat. Donations can be made on the day. All support greatly appreciated.

GAA action

Hard luck to our junior footballers who travelled to Bellefield and came away with a loss against Starlights on Friday night last. Well done however to our senior footballers who survived a late onslaught by St Annes to secure a position in the quarter finals.

They face Starlights next weekend where they hope to secure top spot in the group. Injuries continue to hamper their preparations but the boys are battling on bravely.


Coffee Morning

There will be coffee morning in aid of Co. Wexford Hospice at Kathleen O’Sullivan’s house on Thursday 22nd September from 10am to midday. All welcome.

Parish Draw

Results of the monthly draw were: 1st prize of €300 John Doyle of Tinnecarrig, 2nd prize of €200 Eamon Colfer of Kilbraney, 3rd prize of €100 Una Cunningham. The Parish Council would like to thank everyone for their support for the draw for the last 6 months.

The next round of 6 months begins on the last Sunday in September. Once again, we ask you to buy a ticket €5 per month. This money contributes greatly to the running of the parish.

Split the pot

Last month’s winner of Split the Pot were Molly and Ruby White of Carrigbyrne. Congratulations to all the winners.

The Split the Pot continues on the last Thursday of the month. Tickets for same cost €2. The proceeds are divided equally between the church funds and the sports ground.


ARC Family Resource Centre

Free workshops this autumn – Apple Preserve: Come learn about delicious and interesting ways to (reserve this season’s abundance of apples. The same workshop will be run twice: September 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and September 27 from 6.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m.

Furniture Upholstery: get creative and develop skills to repair/upcycle furniture in need of some TLC. Six-week programme beginning September 9 taking place in Raheen Community Hall 11 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.

Donation based Community Counselling and play therapy sessions available.

Call for Youth Club Volunteers: Get involved in your local community and join us in setting up a youth club in Raheen. Training will be provided. Contact Mark Curtis 087 9949185.

For more info on all of the above call 051 442 888.