FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: The First Holy Communion ceremony for the young boys and girls of second class in the local Scoil Náisiúnta took place on Sunday last with Canon Micheál Liston as celebrant. Those who received the sacrament are Emma Flynn, Shona Tierney, Keira O’Sullivan, Dylan O’Connor, Paul Fitzgerald and Lorcan O’Grady. It was a beautiful ceremony in which the school children were actively involved with choir, music, reading etc. Guímid gach beannacht agus rath orthu.
DEATH OF FORMER PARISHIONER: The death occurred at his home in Manchester on April 12 of Conor Moloney, formerly of Sugarhill, Templeglantine. He was aged 69 and was son of Kay (nee O’Donoghue) and the late Tom Moloney of Sugarhill and Croagh. Conor was a very talented musician and was involved at various times with Céilí Bands in London, Birmingham and Manchester. He was very popular among his fellow musicians. His funeral mass took place in St Mary’s Church, Levenshulme on April 24. He is survived by his wife Jackie, daughters Rebecca and Emma, mother Kay, brothers Pat and Tom, sisters Margaret, Mary, Bridie, Kay, Ann Bernie and Tina and other relatives. Solas agus ceol na bhFlaitheas dá anam uasal.
CÚRSAÍ EAGLAISE: Daily masses this week are at the usual times. The anniversary mass for Con Murphy was celebrated on Saturday evening last. The anniversary mass for Dick and Jamie O’Brien will be on Friday evening and for Margaret O’Sullivan on Sunday next. The month’s Mind mass for the late Ned Phillips will be on Saturday evening. Beannacht Dé ar anamacha na marbh.
TIDY TOWNS: This year Templeglantine is being entered once again for the annual Tidy Towns Competition and the whole community is urged to play a part in the undertaking. A little effort by many can make a huge difference. Ní neart go cur le chéile.
Speaking at the launch of the National Tidy Towns 2013 , the minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government said, “The TidyTowns Competition encourages people to get out there and “Help your Community Shine”. The efforts of local people can bring huge benefits to their communities. Last year over 850 cities, towns and villages entered the competition and I hope that it will be even bigger and better this year.” Minister Hogan mentioned the importance of us presenting our country in the best possible light, as a clean and green destination in which to live , do business and visit, especially in this the year of “The Gathering”.
BUÍOCHAS: The organisers of the church gate collection on last weekend in aid of the great Southern Trail would like to say “Míle Buíochas” to all who contributed and to those who stood at the tables.
COMHALTAS: The weekly music classes will come to a close for the season on Monday night next. Many young members are now looking forward to Fleadh Cheoil Luimnigh which takes place in Mary Immaculate College , Limerick on June 1 – 2. The Comhaltas Summer Camp run by the local craobh takes place during the first week of July. All entries for the camp should be in by Monday next, May 20th. Enquiries to 069 84039 or 087 9654451. The local Seisiún season will commence on Thursday, July 4. Congratulations to Caoimhe and Éimhear Ní Fhlannabhra who were very successful at Fleadh Cheoil Chorcaí in Baile Bhúirne on last weekend. Caoimhe won the u12 Fiddle dance tunes and Fiddle slow airs, qualified in Comhrá and won the Duet competition u12 with her sister Éimhear. Éimhear won Piano u12, Whistle under 9 and u12 as well as Whistle Airs. Déanaimid comhghairdeas leo.
TOWARDS OCCUPATION: Are you looking for some new skills, new experiences, perhaps a new start? If you’ve been out of work for a long time, for whatever reason, West Limerick Resources is offering you a unique opportunity to sample a range of skills with the Towards Occupation Training Programme. The programme will begin in Abbeyfeale this May on two mornings per week from 9.30am to 1.30pm for 10 weeks. It is broken into short modular workshops in subjects to include health, fitness and nutrition, personal development, confidence building, and craft-based workshops. For more information contact Finn Fitzgerald on 087 759 1951 (please leave message if unattended) or 069 61316