Rathkeale Oct 12

Congratulations: to Margaret Mary O’Connor daughter of Mike and Kathleen O’Connor, Croagh and Thomas Giltenane son of Dermot and Mary Giltenane, Croagh whe were married in Cappagh Church, on Friday, October 4. The nuptual Mass was celebrated by Fr Chris O’Donnell. The reception was held in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Margaret Mary and Thomas are wished health, happiness and longevity.

Congratulations: to Margaret Mary O’Connor daughter of Mike and Kathleen O’Connor, Croagh and Thomas Giltenane son of Dermot and Mary Giltenane, Croagh whe were married in Cappagh Church, on Friday, October 4. The nuptual Mass was celebrated by Fr Chris O’Donnell. The reception was held in the Dunraven Arms Hotel. Margaret Mary and Thomas are wished health, happiness and longevity.

Church notices: Every year the Limerick Diocesan pastoral centre organises a host of events. please take a copy of the new information leaflet- eolas- to see all the many events planned for the Diocese this year.

Please contact our clergy, if you know of anyone who is ill at home,in hospital or nursing home, they will be glad to visit them.

Do not forget to visit the elderly especially those living alone. They will be glad of a visit, a cup of tea and a chat. Please make sure they have all they need.

Congratulations: to Jacqueline Lynch and Jason Sheils on the birth of their son Jason, a brother for John and Ann-Marie.

Bridge club: Members of the Rathkeale Bridge Club were very saddened last week to hear of the sudden death of a former president Richard Langford. Richard is survived by wife Jill and three sons, Richard Andrew and William. We would like to offer our deepest condolences to them and to all his relatives and friends also. Richard was both liked and admired by all at the club and we are very grateful to him for his commitment and efforts to improving the club while he was both president and a member. He will be deeply missed. May god have mercy on his soul and may he rest in peace.

Coláiste na Trócaire Celebrates Success: Coláiste na Trócaire came together as a community last week to honour some of its students’ recent success stories. Presentations were made to Declan McCarthy, Jessica Lowry and Caoimhe Costello. Jessica Lowry completed her Leaving certificate this year and was the recipient of the Exel Student of the Year Bursary offered at Coláiste na Trócaire. Jessica has commenced her studies in Medicine at NUI Galway, having achieved all ambitions in her exams. Declan McCarthy was awarded for his outstanding achievement of 11 Higher Level A grades in the Junior Certificate. Declan is very ambitious and has taken part in many high achiever programmes. He has been acknowledged each year as a top performing student , both in school and on a wider level. Caoimhe is an excellent ambassador for the school and embodies the mission of the school, achieving her potential academically, on the sports field and at a personal level. Coláiste na Trócaire is hugely proud of the achievements of all its students and looks forward to another year of great success.

Events Coláiste na Trócaire: Open Day: There will be an Open Day at Coláiste na Trócaire on Saturday 12 October between 11 am and 2pm. The Principal’s address will be given at 11 am and all parents/guardians of 5th and 6th class pupils are invited to attend.

Foreign Language Assistants: We would like to extend a warm welcome to Kristine Sell from Bavaria, and Lucie Lelievre from Normandy who will be part of the staff of the school for the year and assisting the teaching of German and French. The intended aim of this programme is to encourage the speaking of foreign languages and assist teachers in these departments. We would also like to welcome Olivia Gu Huiying from Shanghai who has commenced teaching a module in Chinese Mandarin to Transition Years. She is also giving a short course in Chinese to First Years. This follows the very successful introduction of the Chinese language as a module in Transition Year last year.

Sports: Congratulations to the First Year hurlers who defeated Desmond College and St. Clement’s College in the early rounds of the First Year League, they are now through to the semi-final.

Sean O’Faoláin weekend: The life and work of one of Ireland’s most distinguished writers, Sean O’Faoáin, will be remembered at the third annual Sean O’Faoláin weekend which takes place in Rathkeale on October 18 and 19.

The weekend will feature writers Donal Ryan and Fintan O’Toole, as well as local author Mike MacDomhnaill and will be officially opened by Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan.

This is a joint venture between the Rathkeale Community Arts Group and the Rathkeale Historical Society with the support of the Ardagh Drama Society.

The weekend will be opened on Friday, October 18 by Minister Deenihan, following which Fintan O’Toole will speak on Dissent and O’Faolain.

A Mystery Bus Tour tracing O’Faoláin’s links with Rathkeale and featuring some of his writings will take place on Saturday, October 19 at 2pm. It would help if people wishing to go on the tour contacted us in advance.

Feel the Magic is an event taking place on Saturday, October 19 and will feature readings by Donal Ryan, author of The Spinning Heart which was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize and has also been nominated for the Guardian First Book Award. Mike MacDomhnall will read his award-winning short-story Uncle Ned and the musical interludes will feature Josie Meehan and Ger Fennell.

An art exhibition featuring the paintings of Ailbhe, Ester and Louise Barrett, will be on display throughout the weekend.

The total cost for the weekend’s event is just €10 or €5 per event. The Sean O’Faolain Weekend will take place in the Rathkeale Arts Centre, above the library on the Ballingarry Road.

For more information or bookings, the public should contact 087- 1249955 or email rathkealearts@gmail.com