LOCAL LOTTERIES: The Askeaton/Ballysteen Community Council Lotto Draw. The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 2, 11, 12, 13. Lucky dip winners were Phyllis Maguire c/o Post Office, Debra Histon c/o A. Goggin, Pat and Fiona McCarthy c/o F. McCarthy, Seamus Balfe c/o S. Balfe, Paddy Hennessy c/o D. Toomey. Next week’s jackpot is €2,700 and the venue is Downes.
BALLYSTEEN LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 12, 27, 31, 32. Lucky dip winners were Pa Kelly c/o P. Neville, Neville’s c/o J. Neville, J. Blessing c/o J. Holland, Mick Walsh c/o J. Holland. Next week’s jackpot is €4,000 and the venue is De Bucket.
ASKEATON GAA LOTTO DRAW: The jackpot was not won. Numbers drawn were 2, 15, 24, 27. Lucky dip winners were Michelle Sheahan c/o Kevin Sheahan, Marie Carrig c/o Larry Meade, Brendan Carmody c/o Eamon Barry, Anna and Philly Hannafin c/o Kevin Sheahan. Promoter’s prize, Kevin Sheahan. Next week’s jackpot is €7,200 and the venue is Downe’s.
LENTEN STATIONS OF THE CROSS 2013: For the Friday nights during the Lenten season it is planned to celebrate the Stations of the Cross in different areas of the parish.
Starting time for each night is 7.30pm. As this is a parish event, we encourage as many as possible to attend. We also ask those in their own areas to help as much as possible on the night itself. As a reminder, we will let you know each week where the following week’s stations will be held. We wish to thank you all for your participation in last Friday night’s Stations of the Cross which took place in Clounreask/Plunkett Road on Friday last.
We especially thank the residents of the surrounding areas for helping in the preparation for the celebrations. The next Stations of the Cross takes place on Friday, March 15 in St. Patrick’s Church, Ballysteen, start time 7.30pm. As this is a parish event we encourage as many as possible to attend.
“IRISH OPEN” LONG COURSE GALA: Limerick Masters hosted the 4th Irish Open Gala which was held at the National 50 metre swimming pool University Arena, Limerick on Friday and Saturday, March 1 and 2, 300 swimmers from 53 clubs representing teams from all four provinces including Great Britain, Italy, Poland and the USA. This certainly was huge, and a favourite on the Masters calendar. Our “Masters” from the Askeaton club were there flying the clubs blue and white flag. Tony Nunan and Anthony Sheehy performed exceptionally well, competing in their own age groups. They put in a lot of very hard training sessions over the last couple of months at our local Leisure Centre and it paid off thankfully.
“You only get results from what you put in, that goes for whatever sports you compete in.”
Gala results: Tony Nunan, 2 bronze and 4 personal bests times; Anthony Sheehy, 2 gold and 4 silver and 3 personal best times.
Next Gala, Munster Masters Gala, Tralee, Co. Kerry, Saturday, March 23.
ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE: Plans are well underway for the 35th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The parade will be held on Sunday, March 17, starting time 2.30pm. The parade starts at the church car park next to the national school and finishes at Twohig’s SuperValu car park. We would ask that participants arrive one hour prior to start of parade.
Any groups that wish to perform in front of the reviewing stand are requested to register with the committee. You can also register with Michael McCarthy, Askeaton Community Hall or email email@example.com There will be a maximum time of 3 minutes allocated per group to avoid delays. Registration is preferable but not essential.
The next meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14 at the Community Hall at 7.30pm in kitchen area. We are asking those volunteering as stewards to assemble at the reviewing stand one hour prior to start of parade on Sunday, March 17 to be assigned their location and jacket. We thank you for your valuable assistance and cooperation.
We will have our Disney characters visiting us for the parade again this year, same old and new friends are coming along and we are inviting children to join in and dress up as their favourite Disney characters or Princess and march along. (children under eight years to be accompanied by an adult).
We hope to have a meet and greet photo opportunity with our Disney friends after the parade. They will be at Twohig’s SuperValu for approximately 30 minutes after the parade to enable children to have their photo taken with their favourite character so bring along your camera. We are issuing an open invitation to all groups, clubs and individuals in the county to participate in the parade.
We want to make the 35th annual parade the biggest and best yet. So come along and join in the fun.
This year we have a new medieval theme. There will be prizes for the best float and best group in this category. We have fancy dress category for adults, prizes for 1st and 2nd place.
There is also a children’s fancy dress category prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. There will be prizes for best decorated business window in the town 1st, 2nd, lots of prizes so come along and take part. We look forward to seeing you there. Askeaton St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee.
PILGRIMAGE TO MEDJUGORGE: Askeaton/Ballysteen Parish are organising a pilgrimage to Medjugorge for September 14, 2013, 7 nights inclusive, flying from Shannon, fare €689, accompanied by Spiritual Director. Enquiries to Josephine Kiff 061 392579. Caroline Sheahan 061 392125, Pauline Scanlon 061 392454.
ASKEATON CONTEMPORARY ARTS: Askeaton Contemporary Arts are pleased to announce its participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Askeaton with a new commission by Aaron Lawless entitled “What a little fallout”, Saturday, March 16, 8pm, Askeaton Community hall. Join us for a reception for the artist and preview of the commission.
Sunday, March 17, 2.30pm, “What’s a little fallout” joins the 35th annual Askeaton Parade, curated by Michelle Horrigan. For further information and press images are available, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 087 2977179 for further details.
PTAA: Calling all Pioneers to assemble at the church car park at 2pm on St. Patrick’s Day, Sunday March 17 to participate in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Wishing you all the happiness St. Patrick’s Day can bring.
PREPARE FOR PADDY: Members of the Community Council and the Tidy Towns Committee will carry out their annual Spring Clean prior to St. Patrick’s Day, streets and approach roads. Members of the public very welcome, children must be accompanied by adults, gloves and bags supplied. Meet at the Hall, Saturday March 16 at 10.30am, weather permitting. If you can’t turn up, feel free to clear up your own area at a time that suits yourself.
DAFFODIL DAY: As part of National Daffodil Day for Cancer, our fundraisers will be at Twohig’s SuperValu in Askeaton on Friday, March 22. Please continue with the generous support you have shown in the past.
Coláiste Mhuire News: Congratulations to the Under 14 Girls Soccer team who competed in the Munster final last Thursday, 7th March. They were narrowly defeated by the Presentation Convent, Thurles.
Coláiste Mhuire’s Got Talent: Students are busy rehearsing for this year’s show which will take place in Coláiste Mhuire on Thursday, 14th March at 8 p.m. Tickets on sale in the school. Adult €10 Child/Student/Senior Citizen €5 U/12s must be accompanied by an Adult.
Doodle4Google: Congratulations to Emma O’Connor, 2nd Year who has been selected as a Junior Finalist in the Doodle4Google competition.
Bank Holiday: The school will be closed on Monday, 18th March.
Vaccination Programme: The HSE Vaccination Team will visit Coláiste Mhuire on Friday, 22nd March to administer the 3rd dose of the routine HPV (Human Papillomavirus) vaccine to 1st and 6th Year Girls. In addition to this they will also administer the Tdap (3 in 1) to all 1st Year Girls.
Easter Holidays: The school will close on Friday, 22nd March at 3:30 p.m. and will re-open on Monday, 8th April.