ORGAN IN ST CLARE’S
A major cleaning job and some small restoration work have taken place on the organ in St Clare’s church. This work was carried out during the past week at a cost of €2,700. It was necessary to maintain the lovely organ to its high standard following major restoration work undertaken a while back by Fr John Fingleton.
ST PATRICK’S DAY PARADES
The Graiguecullen parade will be led by the Killeshin Pipe Band. All taking part in the Parade are asked to assemble in the Town Park at 10.30am. Parade begins at 11am and will travel to St Clare’s Church for 11.30am Mass via Colclough Ave, St Clare’s Rd, Pearse Rd, Maher Rd, 98 Street and Maryborough St. All houses are asked to put out flags and all taking part are asked to bring banners, costumes etc. to make the Parade as colourful as possible. We ask people not to park in the Town Park. Parking is available in Graiguecullen G.F.C,
This year Killeshin holds its 29th St Patrick’s Day Parade. As usual the Parade will leave the Hall at 9.30am for 10.15am Mass in Holy Cross. All clubs and organisations are invited to be part of the celebration and to assemble at the hall at 9am with flags, banners, sashes, jerseys, costumes etc. to make the event as colourful as possible. The Parade will be led by the Pipe Band and the School Band.
LOURDES INVALID FUND
The annual draw will take place in the Thatch Bar on Saturday, March 16. Please return cards before that date. Cards are still available from Thatch Bar and the Parish Centre. The Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Monday, July 1 to Saturday, July 6. If interested please contact Tully’s Travel.
ST FIACC’S HOUSE
The Big Trad Train, comprising 20 musicians, four vocalists, singing soul, jazz, blues brothers, funk and much more are in concert in the Talbot Hotel on Wednesday, April 3 at 8pm. Tickets are €15 and all profits go to St Fiacc’s House. A show not to be missed. Tickets available from St Fiacc’s House or contact Vonnie at 0863629516.
A tea party with ‘Pervish’ takes place in St Fiacc’s House on Thursday, April 4 from 5pm to 7pm. ‘Pervish’ have played at Electric Picnic 2012, and their show with music song and dance have played to sell out gigs nationwide. It costs €10 and tickets available from St Fiacc’s Cafe or from Vonnie at 0863629516. Profits to St Fiacc’s House.
VARIETY NIGHT PLUS SUPPER
Following the great success of the supper dance last year we are holding it again this year on Friday, April 12 in St Fiacc’s Hall. Supper will be followed by a cabaret and dance with an array of local artists taking part. This year the variety night will be in aid of Graiguecullen/Killeshin Lourdes Invalid Fund who takes over 40 people each year to Lourdes. We are seeking volunteers to host a table of ten. If you are interested please contact the Parish office or phone 9141833.
Daffodil Day takes place on Friday, March 22. The committee need small baskets for displays. These can be left into the Graiguecullen Parish Centre.
THE GATHERING 2013
St Fiacc’s School Reunion will this year marks the 21 year anniversary of the official opening of the school. To mark the occasion there is a very special weekend of reminiscences and memories planned for the June Bank Holiday weekend. These will include a School Open Day and entertainment on May 31, a football blitz and night out on Saturday, June 1 and a special Mass in St Clare’s Church on Saturday evening, June 1 at 6.30pm. Contact Jane Moore or Mary Fleming 9132444 for further details.
ST PATRICK’S DAY GATHERING
Kick off your St Patrick’s Day with some traditional music, fun and craic in Killeshin Hall next Sunday after 10.15am mass in aid of Killeshin Ladies GAA. Bouncing castles, colouring competition and lots of prizes to be won on the day.
GRAIGUECULLEN COMMUNITY GAMES
Any child U8 to U16 interested in representing their area in swimming please contact Paul 087 6121666. Competition date is Saturday, March 23.
This is the eighth year to run our Solemn Novena and it begins on Monday 08 April and will continue for nine consecutive nights. Everyone is invited during Lent to place petitions in the petition boxes in St Clare’s. Guest speakers for this year’s Novena: 08 April, Joe Canning, Senior Galway Hurler, All Star Award, Winner and UNICEF Ireland Ambassador; 15 April, Breda O’Brien, Teacher and Journalist; 22 April, Fr Aidan Troy, Former Parish Priest, Holy Cross, Belfast; 29 April, Fr Benny McHale CC, Athenry, Co Galway; 06 May, Br Luke, Dominican Brother (Personal Testimony); 13th May, Siobháin Tighe, Pastoral Worker, Marino Parish, Dublin; 20 May, Fr Cathal Price, Chaplain to Divine Mercy Apostolate; 27 May, Margaret Drew, Pastoral Worker, Rathfarnham Parish; 03 June, Mt Rev Dr Charles Brown, Papal Nuncio to Ireland.
HEATHERHILL RESIDENTS ASSOCIATION
The Annual General Meeting of the Heatherhill Residents Association will take place on Wednesday March 27 at 7pm in St Fiacc’s house, new hall, Killeshin Road, Graiguecullen.
Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Jackpot, €1,090 in 43 Numbers. Check on double number and win €880.
SACRAMENT OF BAPTISM
The Parish is offering a Baptism Preparation Evening to all parents seeking Baptism for their child. This meeting will take place once a month in our Parish Centre from 7pm to 8.30pm on Monday, March 25. While this evening is optional, we strongly encourage parents to avail of the meeting as we are anxious to assist them in any way we can at this special time.
Boccia is a competitive sport similar to bowls. It is an inclusive sport that may be enjoyed by people of all abilities. It’s on Thursdays in St Fiacc’s Hall from 5 to 6pm for 10 to 18 year olds. Costs are €2 per week. Contact Tracey or Siobhan at Carlow Youth Service 085 7897288 or 085 7897339 or Joanne County Carlow Sports Partnership 087 2568189
EVERGREEN’S HOLIDAY 2013
Evergreens Retreat will take place on Thursday, March 14 in St Fiacc’s House Activity Centre. Cost will be €10. Please give names to Parish Centre.
Sewing classes starting soon, just two places left. Pilates Tuesday at 7pm and Thursdays at 10am, new members welcome. Céilí on Friday 15 March with Glenside Céilí band. Rambling night 17 March at 8pm and all welcome
Adult Badminton has commenced on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm in Killeshin Hall. For further information contact Siobhan 086 0703491.
Killeshin Hall now taking bookings, €20 per hour. Contact Dora in Killeshin Stores 0599147900
THURSDAY MORNING CLUB
Thursday Morning club has resumed after 10am Mass in St Clare’s. Parishioners are invited into the Parish Centre after Mass for a cuppa and a chat.
Graiguecullen & District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. All ages welcome.
Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.
KILLESHIN COMMUNITY CENTRE
Newly formed Killeshin Community Centre committee invites anyone interested in renting or leasing rooms in the old Killeshin National School please contact Laurence 086 8521941 or Orla 087 7645127.
Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 03, 08, 15 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner so for the next draw, Jackpot €10,000, Reserve €10,000, Second Reserve €6,600. There were two Match 3 winners of €100 each; John and Iris Corcoran c/o John Corcoran and John Clerkin c/o John Clerkin. The seller’s prize of €20 each went to John Corcoran, Helen Loughman and James Dooley (PC).
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