CARDS: The results of last weeks card game at Monagea Parish Hall were 1st and 2nd divided, with nine games each Theresa Hough and Danny Barry, Kathleen Nash and Annie Leahy. Table prizes John Joe Sexton and Johnny Enright, Pat Lynch and Richard Liston. Raffle May O’Brien, Pat Harnett (x2), Theresa Hough, and Kathleen O’Gorman.
SYMPATHY: ympathy to Peter Barry of Arranagh on the death of his nephew last week. Conal Gildea, a native of Ardara, Co Donegal had been living in Dublin. He was a very talented GAA star with his home club. His funeral took place in Donegal last weekend. He is survived by his father and mother, Tony and Anita (nee Barry), brothers, sisters, other relatives and friends. May he rest in peace.
CRY SPONSORSHIP CARDS: The organising committee of the recent run/walk/cycle would like to get all the sponsorship cards and money back as soon as possible. They are anxious to present the money to the CRY organisation in the near future. The total is climbing steadily and the latest figure this weekend is about €70,000. They would like to thank everyone who took the sponsorship cards and made such an effort to collect money. Anyone from outside the locality can contact any of the committee and arrangements can be made to collect the cards.
THANKS: Monagea National School would like to thank everyone who brought food for last Fridays bake sale. When all the food was sorted and arranged in the Parish Hall it was a fantastic sight. There was great variety and colour on display. Thanks to the pupils who brought food, to the parents who came to the sale from 2 to 4pm and to the many from outside the school community who also supported this venture. Al the end of the day well over €1,000 was collected and this is being presented to the CRY organisation.
COLLECTION: Monagea Bord na nÓg would like to thank everyone who contributed to their church gate collection, in Monagea, last weekend. The money collected will help with the great work being done by the club for the young people of the parish. Thanks also to the volunteers who helped at the collection.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The thirteen pupils from second class in Monagea National School received their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. The wintery showers did not stop family and friends from coming out with the children. The parish church was full to capacity as Fr Keane and Fr Bluett performed the ceremony. As usual Ms Avril Daly had the children very well prepared. The choir, also from the school, added greatly to the occasion. Well done to everyone concerned.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK: Our Lady’s Pastoral area, that includes Monagea Parish, are organising a pilgrimage to Knock on Sunday June 9th. The cost of the bus is €16. Anyone wishing to book a seat can give their name and number in to the Sacristy or contact the parish office in Newcastle West on 069 62141. Dinner is being organised in the Lady Gregory Hotel on the return journey at a cost of €21.
DANCING: This Thursday night, May 16th, is the last night of the dancing classes. They run from 8.30 to 10.30pm. On Thursday May 23rd there will be a closing ceili with music by Michael Sexton. There will then be a break for the summer months.
RAMBLING HOUSE: On Thursday May 30th there will be a Rambling House in Monagea Parish Hall. All musicians, singers, storytellers and dancers are welcome. The general public are also invited to form the audience for what is sure to be a great night.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Mid West Simon Community have been allocated six Tesco stores for bag packing on the weekend of May 17th/18th. Newcaslte West and Abbeyfeale stores are among them. Volunteers are needed to help with the bag packing. If you can afford to give an hour or two of your time please ring 061 608980