Due to torrential rain on Thursday evening August 15, the annual Mass at the Mass Pit in Ballyquaid was celebrated in the Church of the Assumption, Killasmeestia. The Mass was Concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Robert Fletcher, Rev. Fr. Jackie Robinson and Rev. Fr. Seamus McEvoy. In his homily Fr. Fletcher spoke of our forefathers who risked their lives and made many sacrifices to attend Mass and hear the word of God during Penal times.


Following from the success of the recent Public meeting organised by the local Community Alert, committee members have been calling to houses in the area to answer any questions anyone might have. Homeowners also have the opportunity to sign up for the Community Text Alert System. This is a service run by the community for the community where subscribers will be notified by text of suspicious activity in the area.

The service has to be set up and maintained; therefore the cost will be €20 per mobile number signed up. This is a small price to pay for this service which has proved to lower the crime rate in other areas where it is in operation.


Sympathy is extended to Mrs Josie Keenan and family, Main Street, Borris in Ossory on the recent death of her brother, the late Mr Tony Delaney, Dublin and late of Killeen, Camross, Co. Laois. His death took place on Monday August 5, 2013 at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin. His remains reposed at Fanagan’s Funeral Home, Kimmage Road, Dublin until removal on Saturday August 10 to St. Fergal’s Church, Camross for Funeral Mass followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. The late Tony is deeply regretted by his wife Irene, sons Michael and David, daughters Linda and Hazel, grandchild Keely, brother Bill, sisters Josie, Myra, Teresa and Connie, son-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Thursday August 29. There are still a few seats remaining on the bus. Anyone wishing to travel should give their name to Marie Power, Green Roads 0505-41167 or 087-9766248, Marie Kelly, Kilcoke 0505-46255 or Josie Dunphy, Knockaroo 0505-41554.


There are forms available in Phelans Ballaghmore for anyone interested in joining the Text Alert System in the area. Please feel free to avail of this great service; it is in everyone’s interest to protect their family and their property as best they can.

Cú Chulainn Hurling Skills Competition

As part of the ‘Ros Cré Beo’ festival a Hurling Skills Competition will take place in the Coláiste Phobal Sports Field (formerly CBS) on Saturday 24 August starting at 2pm for Primary Schools (under 12), 3pm for Secondary school students (under 18) and 4pm for adults.

Workhouse & Famine Tour

Will take place on Thursday, August 22 from 9am–3:30pm. Guided tour of the Workhouse Museum at Donaghmore with Trevor Stanley and the site of Mountmellick Workhouse, now St. Vincent’s Hospital, Mountmellick. This guided bus tour will cover many heritage sites along the way. You will visit the famine burial sites around Mountmellick and finish with tea & sandwiches at a small exhibition in the Owenass Hall. Cost : €7. Venue : Meeting Point: The Square, Mountmellick. Organiser : Owenass Active Living Group, Mary O`Brien,, 083 1616186

Presentation thurles reunion

Presentation Secondary School Thurles Reunion Committee organising a school reunion in conjunction with the Gathering for past pupils who left the school between 1942 and 2002 on Saturday, September 21. Tickets, which are €30 and are on sale now, must be purchased in advance of the day and will be sold on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration will begin in the secondary school at 2 p.m. on the day. For further details email or they can phone (087) 7037861.