CHURCH AFFAIRS: The reader this coming Saturday evening for Mass in Raheenagh is Michael Cunningham basket collector Aidan Forde and Eucharistic Ministers Bernie Fitzpatrick and Sheila Ahern.
The Mass server for Ashford to commence his week this Sunday is Colm McMahon. The first Holy Communion takes place on Sunday morning mass in Ashford at 10:30am. The basket collector Michael Begley and Eucharistic Ministers Margaret Harnett and Joan King. The Apostolate of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration continues in Ashford church on Friday’s from 10am to 7pm and will continue throughout the year.
CLUBS: Summer and holidays approach fast and the Bord Na Nog and Camogie Club are organising the Gorm agus Ban Camp which was a tremendous success last year. Again this year the camp will be run by both clubs for three days Thursday to Saturday 18th, 19th and 20th July. An event to look forward to for all pupils and parents especially if the weather is under par.
CAR BOOT: The indoor Market and car boot sale for May is taking place on this Sunday May 12th. The venue is the Community Centre Newcastle West and doors open from 9 to 3pm and admission is €2. All proceeds from same go to the local community radio 102fm and further details from Marian on 087-6866450 re hiring a stall for the day or selling from your car boot.
MAY FAIR: The annual May Fair Vintage Rally in aid of Dromcollogher Respite Centre takes place on Sunday May 19th. As is the norm all donations accepted for the various stalls and all large saleable items can be collected. Also all wishing to book a stall or car boot etc are welcome to dial 063-83934. Please support same on the day.
KNOCK: The annual Pastoral Area Pilgrimage to Knock Shrine is scheduled for Sunday June 9th. The bus fare is €16 and all interested pilgrims are welcome to contact their local clergy before the above date and all are welcome.
CEILI: The monthly ceili at Halla Tadhg Gaelach in Tournafulla is scheduled for Friday May 17th. Music by Taylor’s Cross with dancing from 9:30pm to 1am. Light refreshments served to all and all are welcome to waltz along, dance the night away.
LOURDES: A special West Limerick Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place on August 14th. The flight is direct from Shannon will be accompanied by a Spiritual director with full board at Hotel Paradis for seven night. All details from Pat Dalton Newcastle West on 069-62306.
HOLY CROSS: The annual St Pio National Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey near Thurles takes place on Sunday May 26th. This special day in May is now a national day of devotion to St Pio when all pilgrims from far and near pray and meditate in the serene surrounds of the St Pio garden’s at Holy Cross Abbey. A coach will depart the Market Yard Newcastle West at 9:30am picking up pilgrims en route. All info and booking contact Pat at 069-62306.
APPEAL: The Irish Heart Foundation are seeking volunteers with a few hours to spare on this weekend to sell Happy Heart badges for the charity’s 24th annual fundraising appeal. All info can be obtained by visiting www.irishheart.ie happy hearts.
POKER RUN: Elaine and Richard White are holding a poker run in aid of Pieta House on Saturday May 25th to start in Raheenagh and finish in Ashford.
CARDS: Friday night card winners from The Village Inn in Ashford were Tim Burke Broadford and Martin Stokes Glenduff. Tuesday night card winners from the Hall in Raheenagh were Bridget and Mike. Second divided among Danny and Mike, Theresa and Mary with Tom and Frank. Table prizes to Mary and Theresa, Donal and Willie, Danny and Mike. The raffle winners were Con Shanahan, Eileen Lyons, Siobhan Flynn and Joe Phillips.
LOTTO: St Ita’s Field Development lotto results from May 2nd with numbers drawn 2, 13, 16 and 24 and there was no jackpot winner. The match three for €75 were Nell Cremin seller Willie O’Brien, Paddy Curtin seller Willie O’Brien. The four €30 lucky dip winners were Eamon Sheehy seller John Lane, Declan Sheehan seller Barry Casey, Connie Greaney seller Joanne Relihan, Mark Nash seller Eddie Carmody. This week’s draw takes place this Thursday at The Village Inn Ashford for a jackpot of €5,300.
ASHFORD PARENTS ASSOCIATION: The parents and committee of Ashford Parents Association would like to thank all those who so generously contributed to our recent Church Gate Collection. Your ongoing support is greatly appreciated.
CONFIRMATION: The Sacrament of Confirmation took place at St Ita’s church Ashford on Tuesday April 23rd. Thankfully it was a nice day as the new Bishop Most Rev Leahy was welcomed to the parish and assisted in this special ceremony by Fr John Keating P.P. The children for confirmation were Seamus Aherne, Keith Begley, Ide Collins, Daniel Cunningham, Shauna Cunningham, Andrea Dore, Christopher Dore, John Hennessy, Elaine Kennedy, Emma Kenny, Fergal Lane, Aisling Magner, Colm McMahon, Lauren O’Brien, Daniel O’Shaughnessy, Amy O’Sullivan, Aoife Sheahan and Claudia Walsh. The class teachers were Maura Barry O’Kelly and Eileen Stritch. The church looked immaculate on the day and the Altar and surrounds befitting for this special ceremony. The choir glorious in verse added to the solemnity of the occasion. The pupils well tutored in chapter and verse were a credit to their schools, teacher’s and parent’s. May the Holy Spirit guide the recently confirmed today and every day from now on.
KILLEEDY DEFIBRILLATOR GROUP: The defibrillator group would like to thank everyone who supported the recent fundraising bingo night. A huge thank you to the following who donated their services, assistance and sponsorship on the night Paddy Molyneaux, Mike O’Connor, Aileen Harnett Desmond Complex, Mag Kelly Desmond Crèche, John Lacey Strand, Kenneally bus hire, Madigan’s bus hire, Declan Leahy, the Hall committee, John McGrath and the FAS team, the car park attendants, shop assistants, ticket sellers and the group members who helped on the night or gave donations. They would also like to extend their gratitude to the people of Killeedy and surrounding parishes who came out on the night to support.