Thanks is extended to all who contributed to the recent Social Services Church gate collection which was taken up at all churches in the parish. Proceeds from the collection will be used towards funding some of the work done by the committee, including meals on wheels, laundry, chiropody, outings, parties and hospital visitations. Thanks also to all the volunteers who took up the collection.

At a recent meeting of the committee a report was given on the Social Services outing to Castlecomer Discovery Park, the Chocolate Garden and Rathwood Centre, Co Carlow and all agreed that it was a very successful and enjoyable day out. Thanks again to all involved in organising the outing.

The next bingo party will take place on Saturday September 21.


The final draw in the 4 Month Draw in aid of Knockaroo Church Renovation Fund took place on Friday July 26. Congratulations to the following prizewinners - 1st prize (€1000) Rita Mahon, Harristown, Rathdowney c/o Elizabeth Treacy, 2nd prize (€300) Mary Daly, Castletown c/o Eileen Daly, 3rd prize (€100) Sheila Fletcher, Ballyquaid c/o Bernie Wall. The winner of the promoter’s prize of €100 was Joe Moore, Kilmartin, Borris in Ossory.

Thanks to all the promoters who sold the tickets and thanks also to all those who supported this fund raising venture.


The annual parish pilgrimage to Knock Shrine will take place on Thursday August 29. 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 for past pupils who left the school between 1942 and 2002. The reunion will take place on Saturday, September 21st 2013. It is being organised in conjunction with The Gathering 2013. 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.

Ballaghmore’s Don

Ballaghmore native, Don Delaney has established a new PR and communications consultancy business with bases in Roscrea and Dublin.

Youth Festival

The Youth 2000 Summer Festival for young people will take place in the Cistercian College in Roscrea, from August 15-18. Bishop Frank Caggiano, Auxiliary Bishop of Brooklyn will be the main speaker at this event.