BEREAVEMENT: The death occurred at his residence, Bank Place, of Patrick Fitzpatrick (Shana) and formerly of Shanagolden. He is survived by his wife Margaret, sons John and Jimmy, grandchildren, sister Mary, other relatives and friends. Burial to Hospital cemetery. We extend our sympathy to the family.
SET DANCING: Takes place in the Thatch, Emly on Tuesdays at 8.30pm. All are welcome.
HANDBALL: Juvenile all County finals were held in Galbally last Sunday with two winners from the Hospital club in the 40x20. U12 singles Cillian Real and U15 singles Michael Whelan. Well done to them both.
COMMUNITY COUNCIL: At the January meeting, held last week it was stated that a group from the community met with two bank officials from AIB. In spite of last minute appeals it is confirmed that the closure of the Hospital branch of AIB will go ahead on 12 April. A mobile banking system is in place for Tuesdays and Fridays.
SCHOOL NEWS: It has been a busy few weeks at John the Baptist Community School since we returned to school in January after the Christmas holidays. They had three groups shortlisted for the BT Young Scientist Competition which was held in the RDS. They really enjoyed their experience at the competition and there was a lot of interest in their project. Well done to students Kate Passmore, Ciaran Cooke, Fergal Cooke, Tadhg Leddin, and their teachers Ms.Oâ€™Gorman and Mr Buckley.
The transition yearâ€™s at John the Baptist are busy preparing the musical â€œPOPTASTICâ€ with teachers Ms.McNulty, Ms.Hayes, and Ms.Hurley. It will be on 22 and 23 February. The musical will start at 8.00pm on Friday 22 and 8.30pm on Saturday 23rd. Tickets are now on sale at â‚¬10 per adult and â‚¬8 per student and OAP. The musical features a young talented singer trying to find her place in the world of show business. Not too be missed.
A committee of transition yearâ€™s led by their teacher Mr Bergin has been set up for â€œThe Gatheringâ€. As part of â€œThe Gatheringâ€ the school is assisting the classes of â€˜83 andâ€™ 84 in tracking and making contact with past students and in the organising of the re-union. The school is hosting a group of Argentinean students on Tuesday 29 January. They will experience Irish sports, music, cooking and culture.
The entrance assessment took place on Saturday 26 January. We extend a warm welcome to our new students. Over 170 students attended.
The senior camogie team had a great win over rivals Kilfinane in the Munster final. Well done to them all. The team was coached by Ms Clifford and Mr Buckley.
The senior and junior Irish debating teams had two great wins last week in Shannon. Junior debaters were Padraig Oâ€™Dea, Meabh Finucane, Rachel Flynn and the seniors were Chantelle Madigan, Cliona McCarthy and Brid Condon. Well done to all of them and their teacher Mrs Rafferty and Ms. Breathnach.
Finally on Friday last Sr. Phyllis from Milford Hospice came to the school to collect a cheque for â‚¬4,150. This was the proceeds from the sale of â€œWhatâ€™s Cookingâ€ which was written by Mrs Anne Kelly and recently updated by TY students Katie Blade, Brid Condon, Ellen Hayes and Sarah Kennedy. It also included money collected at Christmas from the Staff Christmas Jumper Day!. thank you to all who contributed to this great cause.
GAA: 2013 is a big year for the club as Limerick will host the U14 Feile Championships. It take place on the weekend of the 5, 6, and 7 of July. The club will be hosting a team from outside the county and some big games in the local field, so they are asking parents to keep that weekend free if at all possible. A meeting will be held shortly to inform parents and anyone else who would like to help out.
The U14 team return to training in February 3 in the GAA field, time yet to be confirmed. New rules from Croke Park require that anyone involved with players under the age of 18, including club officials, team management etc., must be Garda vetted. Forms are available from Anne-Marie Bagnell and the club will send them off.
Also for the coming year gum shields are compulsory in football for all age groups. Ask any club official or coach for more information. U6 and U8 indoor hurling continues in the school gym every Thursday from 6 â€“ 7, all new players welcome.