Croagh Village Renewal Group: The Tidy Towns season in almost upo us. Last season the judging panel were very impressed by the maintenance works, new planting on the roadsides and so awarded increased marks. We would ask all local householders, community groups and their members to pay particular attention to the areas outside their own properties ensuring weeds and unwanted grass are controlled. Unfortunately due to presistent vandalism to the mown areas on the roadside, damage to shrubs etc. and the cost of repairs, this group is unable to continue with the roadside maintenance work. The stone man on the Adamswood road which received favourable comment from the judges and had become somewhat of a landmark was badly damaged by vandals and had to be removed permanently. A white concrete seat at the entrance to the GAA road has been removed by persons unknown. We would like to thank everybody who supports our endeavours.
National Grandparents pilgrimage to Knock Shrine: Sunday 8th september. Speaker Sr.Briege McKenna. Mass at 3pm. Anointing of the sick and Rosary starting at 2pm. Parish Secretary; temporarily in presbytery Tuesday and Wednesday 10am 5pm except lunchtime.
St.Joseph’s boys national school sponsored walk: Many thanks to all the parents and friends of the school for their support of our family sponsored walk held on Sunday 19th May. Thanks to John Comer and Brian Hickey who provided the complimentary refreshments. To date £1300 has been collected with some money still outstanding. The board is extremely grateful to the school community for their support. We realise that these are very difficult financial times for many families. The money raised will be used for the upkeep of the school.
Happy Birthday: to Paul Murphy who celebrated his 30th birthday on Saturday with family and friends in the Thatch.
Happy birthday to Conor Flynn who celebrated on Monday with family and friends.
Welcome home: to Ellen Costello from hospital, all better now.
speedy recovery :Wishing Margaret Kenneally a speedy recovery after her operation.
Wishing Pa Wilmoth a speedy recovery after his operation
Sincere sympathy: is extented to father Joe, mother Tina, brother Michael and sister Elaine, grandfather-grandmother, aunts, uncles, nieces, cousins, relatives and friends on the untimely death of Kieran McMahon, Castleview, Newcastle West. May you rest in peace.
Congratulations: to Anthony Woulfe who celebrated his birthday on Saturday with family and friends.
“Meals on Wheels”: is taking a break for July and August. Thursday 27th June will be the last day on which meals will be delivered. Meals on Wheels will be back on Tuesday 3rd September. We hope you enjoyed the meals we cooked. While we thank you for your co-operation in returning dishes, we find that a number of dishes are missing. If you have any unreturned dishes or lids would you give them to the driver before the summer break. Please note that if you are a Diabetic it is advisable that you do not eat desserts as they have a high sugar content. Please let the driver know you do not want dessert.
Rathkeale concert of marching brass band: Great times ahead for Rathkeale and their Brass Band. We had 10 new members join the adult band on Saturday night last to play their first tone in public and for their parents and they did everybody proud. To add to the big ocassion RTE Radio 1 recorded the performance which can be listed to on next sat morning on RTE 1’s country wide program between 8-10 and 9am. The band played open air outside Rathkeale house hotel on what was a beautiful warm evening. Thanks to Damiem of Rathkeale house hotel and his staff for every help they have affoded us in the past couple of years. Training has now finished for the next couple of months and will resume again in Sept. The beand is now recruiting again for this autum and names should be forwarded to Tom o’Keeffe Phone, 087-7784853 or to any band member. Training is open to anybody from 10yrs up. If you are one of the many people who wish you had learnt to play an instrument when you were younger dont dispare we can have you playing carrols by Christmass if you start in September. The bands nexts known outing is the Rose Of Tralee Festival on August 17th. The band is now traveling on a new journey with introduction of concert music on stage for winter months.
The bands uniform will be brightend up to reflect the youthfulness of the band going forward. We would take this opportunity to thank Fr. Phonsie and Fr. Willie for their support in allowing us to play in the church form time to time. Greatly appreciated too in the big support of al the teachers in the primary school and Kevin Cusack, principal of Colaiste Na Traocaira and the teachers who are very supportive in encouraging their students to join the band. It would not be possible for us to be where we are now without the help of many who played with us in the past and for many reasons are not able to play with us at this moment. We forward our thanks and appreciation for all you have done for the band and look forward to having you all back when ever is possible. Thank you all very much,from Tom O’Keeffe, Band leader.