SPECIAL FRIENDS: The annual 80 kilometre, 40 kilometre, 15 kilometre cycle and 5 kilometre walk will take place on Saturday August 31st. Registration will take place in the CBS earlier that morning. Cycle maps are available at www.specialfriendsmitchelstown.com The walk begins at Abbey Farm to Church of Ireland in Church St out Kildorrery Road around the Ring Road to the Firgrove Hotel up through the town and returning to Abbey Farm for a Family Fun Evening. This includes under age football tournament, barbecue, bouncy castles, face painting and much more to be revealed in the coming weeks.
Special Friends are a voluntary group of parents who set up a support group for parents of children with special needs seven years ago which has since flourished into a charity. This provides equipment, one to one support for trhe children, family days and much more. There are now 16 children using the services from
Ballyduff, Mitchelstown, Kilbehenny, Ballylanders, Kildorrery, Kildorrery, Glenroe, Rathcormac and Burncourt.
Seven of the children received iPads in November which were needed for education and attend schools from Charleville to Douglas and Ballygiblin daily.
They also have a bank of equipment to help motor skills that are loaned to the members. There are five family fun days in the year, that give parents a chance to enjoy a day out, who have children with special needs. As a lot of people find it hard to deal with new situations, if a child is having a bad day there are helpers at hand and no one watching as they are all in the same boat.
The Group have begun Sensory Parties which are a fun way to help children with touch and smell issues. For some children sand, flour and sticky items are their worst nightmare. The most recent party was at the Pizza House. For the first time this year there was an outing for older siblings who are carers also.
Special Friends provided helpers for the children to attend mainstream Summer Camps. They attended arts and craft camps, let’s go computer camps and the Under 5s attended various pre school summer camps. Special Friends hold monthly meetings as a Support Network for families. They are held at 8pm on the last Tuesday of every month. All this would not be possible without the generosity of people from Mitchelstown and the surrounding areas. Enquiries to Heather 087-9107700 or contact Special Friends on Facebook www.facebook.com/specialfriendsmitchelstown or firstname.lastname@example.org
FOOTBALLERS IN ACTION: Mitchelstown Junior footballers play Kilworth in the Fermoy Credit Union JAFC semi final this Saturday evening in Araglin 7pm. Mitchelstown who were champions two years ago and reached the final again last season would be expected to overcome Kilworth on this occasion. The final between either Mitchesltown/Kilworth v Buttevant or Kilshannig will take place in Killavullen on Sunday August 25th Ballygiblin Under 21 B hurlers under the banner
Garrymae Gaels will face local rivals Harbour Rovers in the quarter final
PARK UNITED AFC LOTTO: There was no outright winner of the weekly jackpot of €4,750. The numbers drawn were 3, 4 10, 18. Match three share €150 (each receiving €50) Lisa O’Brien c/o Ann O’Brien, Winner of €25 voucher Saoirsa Murray,
KNOCKADEA COMMUNITY LOTTO: The numbers drawn for the weekly lotto were 8, 9 and 23. There was no outright winner of the jackpot of €600. Lucky dip winners were €30 Judy Lee, Knockadea c/o Tom Lonergan, Patrick O’Donoghue, Shraharla, c/o Bridie Walsh, €20 Judy Lee, Knockadea c/o Tom Lonergan, Mick McDonnell, Kilgarriff c/o Bridie Walsh,
KILDORRERY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT LOTTO : There was no winner of the forthnightly jackpot of €5,200. The numbers drawn were 6, 14 & 39. Lucky dip winners of €50 each to Pat Lane, Oaklawn, Kildorrery, Mary Lonergan, Scart, Kildorrery, Agnes Hanley, Tankardstown.
ANGLESBORO 45 : Carmel Quirke and Willie Walsh Anglesboro Mick Kearney Marshalstown and Anthony Hanrahan Turbeigh, Ger Leahy Glenroe and Sean Hanley Anglesboro Willie O’Mahony and Tom Davern Ballylanders Raffle : Rita Noonan Kilbehenny, Lar Hennebry Galbally, Willie O’Mahony Ballylanders, Table prizes Denis Wallace Galbally and Larry English Cullane, Noel Ryan and Mary Catherine Buckley Ballylanders, Tom Hogan Anglesboro and Eddie Moriarty Kilglass.
KILBEHENNY BINGO: €20 E Martin, S Walsh, P Lawton, M Murphy, B Slattery, F Fogarty, R O’Donnell, J Quirke, Two winners divided (T Gallagher and M Mullins) €30 B McCabe, €40 F Dowling, R Nixon, N Condon, M Finn, B Moloney, Two divided between (M Galvin and B Molan) and (H Martin and R O’Donnell), €50 E O’Brien, €100 K Fox, Sheets €30 B Moloney, €100 P Lawton, Raffle €30 N Gallagher, €20 J Meaney, €10 R Nixon, Free Books J Burke and E Roche, Monthly Sheets; €100 two winners divided between K Dinan and M Tasha), €20 C Roche.