MAY events: The month of May is indeed a historic month in Doon. Last Sunday before a huge attendance we saw the curtain come down with the flag lowering ceremony on 139 years of education at St. Fintan’s CBS. The illustrious school will close its doors for the last time after the state exams in June and when it re-opens in September it will do so as the new Catholic Voluntary Secondary Co-Educational School, Scoil Na Trionoide Naofa, having amalgamated with St. Joseph’s Convent Secondary School, Doon & St. Michael’s Vocational School, Cappamore. Archbishop Clifford was principal celebrant at the concelebrated Mass. He along with homilist Fr. Johnny Sweeney S.C.A., Connie Ryan, Brother Jim Donovan, PJ McNamara, Willie Pat Hallihan & Principal Eddie Bourke paid moving tributes to the contribution of the Christian Brothers in the field of education to so many young people from Doon and the surrounding parishes. This was following by the launching of “From Alpha to Omega”-the story of St. Fintan’s CBS in memories and photographs and then the lowering of the flag ceremony. The occasion concluded with a magnificent buffet in the assembly hall. Thanks to Eddie Bourke, all the staff of St. Fintan’s, the entire student body and especially the choir and indeed all involved in the preparations and the wonderful ceremony itself. Above all thanks to the Christian Brothers for your magnificent contribution in the field of education down through the years. Copies of “From Alpha to Omega” are available from St. Fintan’s School & local shops. All proceeds will go towards the Kenya Immersion Programme-€20.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School: the board of management of St. Joseph’s Secondary School would like to invite students, parents & local community to the closing ceremony on Fri. 24th May at 7:30pm in the Parish Church, with refreshments & commemorative book launch in Doon Community Centre afterwards.
Anniversaries & Months Minds: 25th/26th May: 6:30pm Jerry & Nonie Tierney, Clonlusk.
9am Michael & Josie Mai O’Dwyer, Coolbane.
10am William McLoughlin, Bank Place.
11am Paddy Moloney & his sisters who are deceased.
Sat. 25th: Annie Shanahan at 10am in Convent Chapel.
Legion of Mary: During the month of May the rosary will be prayed each morning before 10am Mass in Convent Chapel & on Sun. evenings in Parish Church @ 6:30pm.
Pioneer Meeting: will be held in Convent after Sat. evening Mass-25th May.
KNOCKAINEY AFC FESTIVAL: Knockainey AFC is celebrating its 20 year anniversary by holding a Festival this June bank holiday weekend to celebrate youth, sport and community. We have come together with Bruff Rugby Club to use there excellent facilities. Program of Events for the Weekend: Friday 31st May: Jimmy Buckley & his Band, Doors open at 8:30pm
Saturday 1st June: 1pm: 5km Fun Run/Walk & 10km Run. Registration from 12pm
2pm: Family Fun Day
8pm: Poker Classic
Sunday 2nd June 1pm: Food/Craft Fair
3pm: Monster Bingo €2,000 Jackpot
9pm: Parish Social with music by Nightfall & friends
Monster raffle running all weekend with the draw on Sunday night at 10pm
Tickets are now on sale for the main attraction Jimmy Buckley & his band on May 31st in the marquee at Bruff RFC. Please call the ticket office to book your tickets on 086-1553449 or check out www.knockaineyafc.ie for more festival details.
In Appreciation: Paddy Allen and family would like to thank everybody for their kind expression of sympathy and all who travelled from Doon to Moyvane, Co. Kerry to attend the funeral of his brother Dan (RIP).
Doon ICA: would like to thank everyone who contributed and participated in the Kilmoylan Woods walk in aid of Breast Cancer. €560 was raised. Thanks also to the GAA for the use of their facilities on the night.
Congratulations: to 6 children from the parish- Karen Walsh, Fiona Clifford, Aisling Caher, Andrea Ryan, Chloe Byrnes & Sean Ryan (C) who were part of a group of 20 children from Cappamore Set Dancing Team, led by Pauline Hynan. They travelled to RTE to compete in the “Jig Gig” show. The show will be televised on TG4 in the Autumn.
Doon Tidy Towns 2013: We are presently preparing for this year’s tidy towns competition, adjudication will take place throughout the month of June. As part of our preparation, householders and business proprietors are asked to have their properties presented in the best possible fashion.
Doon Annual Cemetery Mass: will take place on Fri. 26th July at 7:30pm.
The Galtee Challenge: In aid of MS Society, will be held on Sat. 1st June. Walkers & collectors needed, please support. Contact Tom Hayes (086) 8365930.
Doon GAA: Lotto-13th Apr. no’s drawn 5-7-18-28, no winner. Next week’s draw will be held in Kelly’s Bar, jackpot €9,600. Results: Senior C/Ship Rd.1: Doon 3-10 Patrickswell 0-18. East Junior B Leag. Doon 3-14 South Liberties 0-13. Supporters Text Service: if you would like to receive match alerts, please text your name to (087) 9387755.