Lotto Numbers 1-8-23-25. No Winner. €75 Chris Purcell, 5x€30 Martin Delaney, Margaret Delaney, Breen Family, Pat Delaney, Conroy Family. Promoters €40 Carmel McCartney 4x€20 Jim Wynne, Mary Kilmartin, Maureen Cuddy, Joan Dunphy, House Prize Ann Dooley.
Top score Mary Gowing. 1st gent (tie) Trish Greghan/Michael Kennedy. 1st lady Mai Comerford, 2nd lady Bridie Kavanagh. 1st qtr Mick Kelly, 2nd Mai Conroy, 3rd Nora Doran, Billy Jackson, Maud McGglynn. 4th Tim Keenan, Liz Cooper. Raffle 1st Sharon McBride, 2nd Kathleen Kennedy, 3rd Sadie Delaney, 4th Bridie Kavanagh. Free ticket Liz Cooper.
Fr Lalor intends being back for mass on Ash Wednesday and will celebrate mass in Camross at 11.00am. There will be a Pastoral Council Service at 9.30 in Kilanure. There will be Stations of the Cross at 7.30pm for each of the 7 Mondays of Lent.
From Sunday the March 16, Mass in Kilanure will be at 9.00am and in Camross at 10.30am. Mass will remain at these times for the foreseeable future. There is no change to the time of Saturday night mass in Camross.
Due to the winding up of Prescotts Golf Society, Coolrain, €902.15 was donated to the Cuisle Centre in Portlaoise.
Late Martin Joe English
The death occurred at his residence in Kinnitty of Martin Joe English whose Mother hailed from Camross. The family resided in Kinnitty all their life and Martin Joe was the last remaining member of the family. He passed away on Friday February 14.
His remains were removed to St Flannan’s Church, Kinnitty on Saturday and on Sunday his requiem Mass was celebrated and burial followed in the adjoining cemetery. Neighbour and friend Johnnie Flaherty delivered the graveside oration where Martin Joe worked all his life.
His many cousins in Kinnitty and many more in Camross mourn Martin. May he rest in peace.
Late Phil Breen Ballaghmore
The death took place on February 18 of Phil Breen, Ballaghmore in his 88th year. Phil worked as a carpenter all his life and worked in Camross and many other local parishes. Phil will be best remembered as the main man in the building of Camross National School when the present building replaced the old landmark, which was built in 1909.
That period working in Camross rekindled memories of one of his greatest memories as a member of the Kyle hurling team that. In 1944 Kyle won their first championship, beating Clonin by a goal, and at eighteen years of age Phil lined out in goals. The game was played in Mountrath and attracted a record crowd at the time.
Three years later he added an intermediate medal when Blandsfort were beaten in the decider. Then in 1951 along with his brother John they helped bring the O’Keefe cup to the Tipperary border for the one and only time after a great victory over the Rovers.
Phil was the youngest son of Denis and Mary, one of a family of six of his brothers Edward, John, Paddy as well as two sisters Kitty and Margaret who lived in Belfast and Phil was the last member of the family to pass away and they were reared in what is now Ballaghmore hall beside the Parish Church.
On Wednesday evening the remains were taken to St Moluas Church Ballaghmore where his beloved wife Geraldine was sacristan for many years and on Thursday morning burial took place in the adjoining cemetery following Requiem Mass celebrated by Fr Pat Treacy Roscrea and joined by Fr Tom Corbett PP Roscrea, Fr Michael Harding Roscrea, Retired Fr Kennedy Clonakenny, Fr Kennedy Moneygall and Fr Jackie Robinson PP Borris-in-Ossory and the Reverend Adrian Huston Roscrea Parish.
The coffin was draped in the famous blue and white flag and Kyle hurling club provided a guard of honour on Wednesday evening and the church was packed to overflowing on both occasions.
The chief celebrant spoke of a great Parishioner and a great Father and husband who worked hard all his life for the betterment of his six children and was adored by his grandchildren.
Chief mourners are his wife Geraldine (nee Byrne) sons Aiden, Frances, Paddy, Ger and Declan and his only daughter Miriam Coss Currawn Clough, grandchildren and one great grandchild, daughters-in-law, son-in-law Kevin, cousins, neighbours and many great friends and neighbours. May he rest in peace.
Camross Vintage club are holding a holding a novice ploughing competition in the field at the rear of the Church on Sunday March 30. Earlier there is a Vintage road run departing from the Village at midday. Registration will take place at the Poets Cottage before the run commences and all tractors must be fitted with an anti-rollbar. For more information please contact Pat at 087 9793807.
Camógie & Hurling
If Maeve Collier of Carrowreigh made the headlines in Munster Camogie then her Camross cousins made the headlines in Leinster. In most difficult weather conditions the girls lined out with Mountrath Community school when they faced Banagher College B final in Heywood recently. They all played their part in ending a long losing sequence against the Offaly girls and in the end the Laois side had two goals to spare Lauren Burke and Donnagh Mortimer scoring the games vital scores.
Kilkenny hurling Manager Brian Cody was the special guest at the Camross hurling/Camogie dinner dance and medal presentation last Saturday night. More details next week but turn to the sports pages for pictures of the gala occasion.