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Sarah Hathaway, Vyonne Darcy and Caroline Horan at the Shillelagh Pony Club function in Kiltegan

Sarah Hathaway, Vyonne Darcy and Caroline Horan at the Shillelagh Pony Club function in Kiltegan

Sarah Hathaway, Vyonne Darcy and Caroline Horan at the Shillelagh Pony Club function in Kiltegan

Annacurra: GAA lotto - Results for January 27. Numbers drawn were 13, 18, 21 and 25. No jackpot winner. No match-three winner Next jackpot €2,550. Draw is held in the Saltee on Monday night.

Community Games

It's a new Community Games Year and we would like to start by thanking you the parents and guardians and local schools for your continued support. Without this ongoing help and the support of the Principals and teachers, organising these events would not be possible.

The following are some of the events that will be run over the next few weeks in the schools. Art Competition from under-eight to under-16, Handwriting under-10 and under-12, table quiz under-14, Talent Competition which includes Solo Music, dance, singing and Recitation, Group Music, dance and singing - under-12 to under-16.

As you can see from the above list the Community Games is not all about sport and it's not all about winning either. There are in fact over 40 different events in the Community Games for under-16s to participate in and if you need any other information you can check out the website communitygames.ie.

Additional events such as Athletics, Field events, Long Puck, Swimming are run through the local clubs. Please note that the local area athletics competition will take place on April 27 in Aughrim Community field. We hope to have tag rugby and Soccer as an event too.

The County Blitz team event takes place on Sunday, March 1, in Dunlavin community school. This will host badminton chess, basketball indoor soccer and draughts. Debating and any other team events that are competing. please let us know your interest ASAP County Athletics Finals in Shillelagh on June 13.

County Cross Country in Avondale on March 29. The under-14 County Quiz is held in Aughrim NS on March 28 the County Art. Handwriting and model making is in Dunlavin on Saturday, April 18. The Talent county event is held in Glenealy on April 19 the Gymnastics County event is held in Arklow and the coordinator is Michael Kenny of Arklow Gymnastics Club. For anyone who wants to take part we can forward you his details. Date to be confirmed. The swimming county event takes place in Arklow on the afternoon of March 28 in Coral Leisure Centre. Please let me know interest by March 1.

Of course there are rules and regulations for all these events and they are available on the Community Games website, from the schools or Fiona Shannon at 087 3812537. Additional information can be found on our own Facebook page Aughrim/Annacurra Community Games. So let's make it a good year for all the children no matter what activity they wish to follow.

Fitness Workshop

Ais is excited to be offering a half price taster workshop on Thursday morning, February 27, at 10 a.m. This workshop will be a combination of pound and stretching.

Class will begin with a 30 minute Pound Rockout drumming inspired Workout. This is a full body workout that combines cardio, conditioning, and strength training with yoga and pilates movements, while using lightly weighted drumsticks. One of the best things about POUND is that it can be modified to work for a wide range of ages and abilities. You can adapt the movements and intensity to suit you.

We will end the class with a slow gentle 15 minute stretch. This will give you the opportunity to nourish your body and mind.

Cost: €4. All you need to bring along is yoga mat/towel. This class will continue if there is enough interested, which will then be a four-week block period payment of €30 per block. Feel free to contact Ais with any questions you may have at 086 0692799.

Yoga class for children

Due to expression of interest a proposed children's yoga class may commence Thursday, March 5, with Aoife from Enlighten Yoga in Annacurra Community hall. We are offering two times you can choose from as need numbers to proceed. Times 2.45 p.m. to 3.30 p.m. and 4.15 p.m. to 5 p.m. Age group: five to 11. Cost: €24 per four-week block

Introducing yoga to your children helps establish healthy habits at an early age. Yoga can enhance your child's strength, coordination and flexibility, while encouraging body awareness and self-esteem. It can reduce your child's anxiety and stress and promote a sense of calmness.

Please note minimum numbers need to be reached before class can commence.

For more information or to secure a place for your child, please call Aoife from Enlighten Yoga at 085 1302360.

Tae Kwon Do class for children

Doreen Kenny, recently made history, by becoming the first woman in Europe to achieve the rank of Tae Kwan Do master. Doreen continues her classes in Annacurra Community hall on Wednesdays from 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. Cost: €25 per month (monthly fees only) Age group: five to 12. Taekwon Do is renowned for developing focus, co-ordination, physical strength, self confidence, agility, balance, discipline and respect. For further information or to book a place in class, please contact Doreen at 086 1631271.

Barnardos used stamps appeal

Thank you to all who have helped with this appeal. Thousands of stamps collected over the past couple of months.

Please help spread the word, by asking your family, friends and colleagues, to help with this worthy cause.

A collection box, for you to place your used stamps, is still available in Annacurra Church.

School enrolment

Annacurra National school is now taking enrolments for September 2020. If you wish to enrol your child, please contact the school office at 040236669 or email annacurrans@gmail.com, or call into office during school hours for enrolment form.

45 Card Drive

45 card drive will be on Friday, February 7, in the saltee starting at 9 p.m.

Whist

There will be a whist drive in Annacurra Community Hall next Saturday night, February 8, starting at 9 p.m.

Notes

Items to be included in Annacurra notes can be emailed to annacurra@gmail.com by 9 p.m. on Sunday evening or phone 083 3136925.

Avoca

Bingo

Bingo is played every Wednesday night in Avoca Community Hall at 8.30 p.m. Jackpots were not won on Wednesday, January 29. Next Bingo will be on Wednesday, February 5. The Small jackpot will be €400 and Main jackpot will be €2,500. Make sure you all come along for a great night out. Hope to see you there.

Avoca GAA lotto

On January 29 winning numbers were 1, 14, 22 and 26. No jackpot winner. There was one match-three winner - Congratulations to the Keogh Grandkids Co/John Harper, who received €100. Seller's prize: Cathleen Keogh, who received €25. Next draw takes place on February 5 when the jackpot will be €1,100. Best of luck to everyone.

St Pat's 50/50 Draw

Winners for January 27. First - €80: Glen and Jack Co/Pat McCabe; second - €50: Leonard Doyle Co/M Brogan;3rd - €30: Martin Bolger Avoca. Seller's prize: Pat McCabe. Next Draw in Finns.

Avoca Community Hall

Avoca Community Hall staff, users and managing committee are delighted to welcome five new directors to the Avoca Community Hall's Limited Company. They were elected on Thursday, January 16, at an EGM called by the outgoing directors, all of whom have retired.

The managing committee and the local community look forward to working with our new directors to ensure the hall continues to provide Avoca with this much valued community facility.

Bookings are welcome as we have some availability. The hall may be booked by phoning 0402 30549 or alternatively our email address is avocacommunityhall@hotmail.com.

As a committee working to maintain this community resource we welcome all feedback and any assistance from the community.

Avoca National School

If you wish to enrol your child at Avoca NS for the coming academic year, please call to the school for an application form or alternatively one can be downloaded and printed off from the school website: avocaschool.ie.

The school will hold an Open Morning on Friday, February 7, from 10 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. All Welcome.

Clothing Collection

Redcross Community Centre are having a fundraising clothing fundraiser. If you can donate any clean clothing, shoes, or bags it would be greatly appreciated. Contact Amanda at 087 2144041. Dates to drop in bags of clothes: February 17 to February 21.

Knockananna

GAA Lotto

Lotto results February 2 jackpot €16,750. Numbers drawn were 13, 14, 25 and 28. No jackpot winner. One match-three winner Amy Roche. Seller's prize Eugene Canna. Next week's jackpot is €16,900 Draw takes place on Sunday evenings in O'Keeffe's Pub. Tickets available from local shops and pubs or from committee members. The club appreciate your continued support.

Indoor hurling

Indoor hurling continues in the hall on Monday nights. Sessions are broken down as follows: Junior and senior infants 6.30 p.m. to 7.10 p.m., First second and third classes 7.10 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fourth fifth and sixth classes 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. All boys and girls interested are welcome come along and join in the fun. No doubt they will be our future hurling and camogie stars.

Youth projects

Due to a poor turnout at recent AGM an EGM has been called for Thursday, February 6, at 8 p.m. in Knockananna Hall. As this is an EGM if there is no committee elected on the night, Knockananna Youth Pojects committee will have to be dissolved. This will be a sad day for the community and for the youth of our village.

This committee has been successful in getting funding for our play ground an astroturf and have plans for further development, however these plans will not go ahead if people do not come on board and get involved. We are especially appealing to parents of young children and teenagers of the area to be at the meeting.

Tinahely

Tinahely Walking Club

Please find details of the next two Tinahely Walking Club Sunday walks. February 9: Askamore. Level B, 12km, three hours. Meet Askamore car park 10.30 a.m. February 16: Kirikee and Glenmalure. Level C, 10km, three hours. Meet Tinahely 10 a.m. or Ballinaclash 10.30 a.m.

As usual, please remember to wear proper walking boots, pack full rain gear and bring adequate food and drink. Please check Tinahely Walking Club Facebook page for any changes to the scheduled walks.

Coffee morning

Ann O'Neill will host her annual coffee morning on Friday, February 14, in the Courthouse Arts Centre 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds from this fundraiser will help support the great work of Sr. Ursula and the Missionary Sisters of the Assumption in Port Alfred, South Africa.

All this work is done within the spirit and framework of the local society of St Vincent de Paul Conference, St James, Port Alfred. Besides assisting individual families in need and who fall upon hard times, the programme provides regular relief for many in the community.

Your generous donations will enable them to continue with a number of their activities, including the distribution of food parcels, the provision of school uniforms, daily meals for the children and assistance to families.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters, winter blankets are distributed during winter - yes, it gets very cold during their relatively short winter. With the support and encouragement of their partners, overseas benefactors and friends from near and far, the charity is looking forward to being able to continue with these programmes during 2020.

Ann would like to take this opportunity to extend her sincere thanks to YOU for your generous support over the past year's. Your generosity makes a difference to people's lives.

Juno and the Paycock

Tinahely variety group is delighted to announce its production of Seán O'Casey's 'Juno and the Paycock' to be performed on February 13, 14 and 15 in Crossbridge Hall at 8 p.m. nightly. Tickets €12. Be sure to join us for a great night out.

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