cHURCH AFFAIRS: The reader for Ashford Mass this Saturday evening is Kevin Barry with Eucharistic Ministers Sean Cunningham and Breda Begley and basket collector Dave Noonan.
The reader for Raheenagh Mass this coming Sunday morn is Mary Mulcahy with Eucharistic Minister Ann Fitzmaurice and Mary Cunningham and basket collector Aidan Forde.
The Mass servers to commence their week this coming Sunday are Valerie Shanahan and Jodie Kelly.
WEST LIMERICK SET DANCING CLUB: The West Limerick Set Dancing Club will hold a workshop weekend at The Devon Inn Hotel on February 7/8 and 9. Friday February 7 music and singing session at 7:30pm followed by a ceili at 9pm with Johnny Reidy, Saturday February 8 set dance workshop with Maureen Culleton from 10am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm, ceili at 9pm with the Striolan Ceili Band, Sunday February 9th workshop at 11am with Maureen Culleton, ceili from 2pm to 5pm with Taylor’s Cross so polish those dancing shoes now.
CEILI: The next monthly ceili for Halla Tadhg Gaelach in Tournafulla takes place on Valentine’s night i.e Friday February 14. The Striolan ceili band will take to the stage at 9:30pm and light refreshments for all patrons.
ST ITA’S DAY: St Ita’s Day 2014 was a memorable day in the Parish of Killeedy. The Mass in Raheenagh was celebrated by Bishop Brendan Leahy, with Fr Keating, clergy from Our Lady’s Pastoral area and Killeedy’s native clergy.
The congregation was large overflowing to the nearby Hall. It was a beautiful yet very moving ceremony with lay people from Ashford and Raheenagh participating, demonstrating a unity and with the choir combined, the church in the parish drew all and St Ita patroness was at the helm. The homily by Bishop Brendan reflected on St Ita who just took what she needed four acres to establish her community, so different to today’s throw away culture. Other key notes were true faith with a true heart simplicity in life and an open hearted charity. The past was not easier, the difficulty and our faith was always there, not harder but different, we as people each one of us can make a difference many references made to Pope Francis letter. His worship Brendan also referred to St Brendan his own namesake who St Ita had fostered and that approx a year later since he became bishop he makes his pilgrimage to Killeedy, St Ita’s parish co-patron of the diocese. His homily to the observer on the seat was spiritual direct and yet so uplifting creating a very homely atmosphere, no matter our views, or station in life the church is and always will be the be all and end of all and in Killeedy the church is a very strong element it is the parish. On St Ita’s day the laity made a difference with altar servers the gift presenters, readers, prayers of the faithful, singer and choir, reflections, thank you’s, the pastoral council and Fr Keating directing his flock from the wings. His worships presence dominated and his delight in receiving a framed picture of St Ita concluded a memorable ceremony in Killeedy’s calendar as the choir’s melodious notes instilled joy over the hills and dales of St Ita’s parish. It was a very memorable day,
ANNUAL WALK: The annual walk in aid of Rathfredagh Cheshire Home will take place on Sunday January 26. The starting point is the top of Barna, walking the railway line to Newcastle West and from Newcastle West to Rathfredagh via Laceys Cross and the Bruff Line. Transport will be available from Newcastle West to Rathfredagh if anyone requires it. The walk will start at 10am. As this is one of Rathfredagh’s major fundraising events your continued support would be greatly appreciated. All funds raised go towards providing the service users with much needed therapies such as physiotherapy and occupational therapy which they need to help sustain their independence and quality of life for as long as possible. For more details or sponsorship cards call 069-83100.
CARDS: The winners from the Hall card game on Tuesday night as follows, first to Con and Sean. Second to John and Dennis with Paddy and Mary.
The table prize winners at €20 per table were John Newman and partner, Brendan and Joe, Joe and Catherine. The raffle winners were Donal Mulcahy, Annie Leahy, Joan O’Connor and Peter Talbert.
The winners from Friday night’s social game at The Village Inn Ashford were Rita Kelly Mauricetown and Willie Walsh Ashford. Second to Tim Burke Broadford and Jason Stokes Glenduff.
LOTTO: St Ita’s Field Development lotto results with numbers drawn 23, 27, 29 and 32 and there was no Jackpot winner. The match three for €75 was won by Tom Dore with seller The Village Inn. The four €30 lucky dip winners were Margaret Mullane seller Phil Casey, Bridget and John Lane seller John Lane, Eddie Carmody seller Eddie Carmody, Neilus Browne seller Kevin Browne. The jackpot is now €9,000 and the draw takes place this Thursday evening at The Pub in Raheenagh.
SCOIL NAOMH IDE ASHFORD: Scoil Naomh Íde, Ashford are currently enroling pupils for the school year 2014-2015. Parents who would like to enrol their child for the coming year may contact the school at 069-85292 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to speak to a member of staff with any questions that you may have.
YOUTH CLUB: Happy New Year to all members and their families. The Youth Club has reopened on Friday nights from 8-10pm.
CLUAIN CHREDHAIL: Classes up and running for second term on Thursday evenings. The fees are now due for same.