Mar 23

BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS: 1st: Phil Fitzgerald, Margaret Mulcahy. 2nd: Brendan and Maureen Woulfe. 3rd Pam McNamara, Sean Hanratty. 4th Greta Looney, Clare Hanratty. 5th Marie O’Sullivan, Moira Roche. 6th Joe Dunleavy, Breda Gleeson.

BRIDGE CLUB RESULTS: 1st: Phil Fitzgerald, Margaret Mulcahy. 2nd: Brendan and Maureen Woulfe. 3rd Pam McNamara, Sean Hanratty. 4th Greta Looney, Clare Hanratty. 5th Marie O’Sullivan, Moira Roche. 6th Joe Dunleavy, Breda Gleeson.

DAFFODIL DAY: Daffodil Day Committee want volunteers for Friday, March 22. Appealing for helpers if only for an hour on the day.

Proceeds in aid of Irish Cancer Society. Contact John Dinnage at the shop or at 069-64088.

SISTERS OF MERCY: After 163 years in the parish the Sisters of Mercy are leaving Rathkeale. The Pastoral Council have arranged a special Mass and farewell function for Wednesday, April 10. It is proposed that a presentation will be made to the Sisters on the night of the function. All parishioners are welcome to attend. If you would like to be associated with the presentation any donation would be welcome and can be handed into any of the following: Fr. Cullinan, Fr. Russell, Noel White, Deel Bakery, Michael McNamara, Rockfield, John Dinnage, Mary Kenneally or at the Sacristy after Masses. Closing date for receiving donations Wednesday, April 3. Presentations to the Sisters in Rathkeale House Hotel, in appreciation for the 163 years of loyal and dedicated service they have provided to this parish. It is with great regret that three remaining Sisters will be leaving Rathkeale to take up residence in Limerick City. The Sisters will be missed by everyone for their pastoral work from all sections in this parish, through their educational field, their care of the sick and pastoral and spiritual guidance. The closure of the convent in mid April will be a huge loss to the town. We wish them many more years of health and blessings. April 10 2012 will be an opportunity for everyone to show their appreciation for the work the Sisters of Mercy have done.

BIRTHDAY: Happy Birthday to Alanda Ryan, Rathkeale who is celebrating her birthday in Barcelona, Spain with her partner Tommy and her brother Robert and family.

SYMPATHY: Sincere sympathy is extended to the husband, relatives and friends on the death of Margaret Sheridan recently. May she rest in Peace.

IRISH EMIGRANTS COLLECTION: During these times of crisis for so many Irish people who have had to emigrate to seek work abroad, parishes have been asked to hold a special collection as part of emigrant Sunday. The collection will be held at all Masses next weekend.

NEW POPE: Cardinal Bergoglio becoming Pope Francis last Wednesday evening will be forever etched in our minds as we all awaited the announcement of our new Pope and successor to Pope Benedict XVI. As Cardinal Bergoglio appeared and imparts his apostolic blessings on the packed audience in St. Peter’s Square, including Catholics throughout the whole world, there was simultaneous cheering and emotions expressed through his humility in assuming the name Pope Francis.

BOOK LAUNCH: Sean Kelly of Newcastle West History Group will launch “The Irish in the American Civil War” by local author Damien Shiels on Saturday, March 23 at 2pm in Newcastle West Bookstore.

RATHKEALE ARTS GROUP: Rathkeale Arts Group Cinema Club presents Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly in High Noon at Rathkeale Art Centre on Saturday, March 23. Doors open at 8pm. Film starting at 8.30pm. Tickets €5 available at John Dinnage Menswear and from Joan O’Toole at the Library.

PARADE: Great credit is due to Ann Gaughan and her team for the fantastic parade we had in Rathkeale on St. Patrick’s Day. The winners on the day were:

Best Sports Float – Bord na nOg. Sponsor Eurospar.

Best Walking Float – The Hulla Girls. Sponsor O’Gairbhi’s Newsagent and Toy Store.

Best Float: The Butterfly Club. Sponsor Rathkeale House Hotel.

Funniest Float: Rubber Bandit Tractor. Sponsor O’Sullivan’s Bar.

Jim Mulcair Memorial: Miriam Shave or Dye. Sponsor Credit Union.

Vintage Car: Sharon Bowen, White Beetle. Sponsor Tyrestop.

Best Horse: Michael Hegarty. Sponsor Kathleen’s Bar.

HISTORICAL SOCIETY: Rathkeale and District Historical Society. The next meeting of the Rathkeale and District Historical Society will be held at 8.30pm on Friday, March 22 in the Community Arts Centre, Rathkeale. The topic for discussion and the speaker is:- Gerald of Wales: History and Topography of Ireland in 1185, Noirin Bheaglaoi U.C.C.

All are welcome and admission is free.

The A.G.M. of the society will be held at 8.30pm on Saturday, March 23 at An Seabhac, Church Street. Refreshments will be served.

ATHLETICS – ST. MARY’S A.C.: Training on Thursday at 7pm in The bog Garden and on Sunday morning at 11am.

Best of luck to the following athletes in the All Ireland Individual Juvenile indoor championships next weekend in Athlone. Niamh Foley and Holly Meredith girls under-12 and Sophie Meredith girls under 13.

Our annual church gate collection will take place at all Masses on April 6/7 2013 in Rathkeale. Any parents who would be available to help out at our church gate collection please let Yvonne or Jacinta know at training.

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