Graiguecullen Killeshin news



Sunday next May 05 is May Sunday in Killeshin. The annual Holy Cross Sodality procession, first held in 1884, will leave from outside St Clare’s Church at 10.30am sharp to arrive at Holy Cross Church for 12 noon Mass which will be celebrated by Fr Con Maloney, Carlow College. All Sodality members are requested to walk in the procession with Sash’s, while non-members are very welcome to join in also.


This is the eighth year to run our Solemn Novena and will continue for another six consecutive nights. Guest speakers for Monday 06 May, Br Luke, Dominican Brother (Personal Testimony). The rosary is recited at 7.10pm and Mass begins at 7.30pm. Each night a special guest speaker will speak for about 15 to 20 minutes about their work and how their faith guides them. Our Novena draws inspiration from these speakers and it is also an opportunity for the whole community to come together and pray for one another. There are petition boxes in both churches and we invite people to place their prayer petitions, and each night at the novena a selection of these are read out.


There was no winner of the recent AFC lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 07, 09, 14 and 29. The four lucky dip winners were Michael Kavanagh, Helen Keogh, Nicola McGuill and Aisling Brett, each received €25. The seller’s prize of €25 was won by Brendan Fitzpatrick. The next jackpot stands at €9,200 and tickets can be purchased for €2 from any club member or in the local shop and public houses.


Killeshin FC is running a fundraiser on Saturday May 04 at their pitch in the Quakers field next to the new school. This world record breaking attempt at three legged racing is open to all age groups. Sponsorship cards are available from Denise McDonald at 0860767731. The start time for this event is 11.30am sharp and registration will start at 9am. There will be loads of activities to keep participants amused while waiting for the off time.


The Irish Heart Foundation’s Happy Heart Weekend will take place on the 09, 10 and 11 of May this year. Your support is greatly appreciated. To volunteer, please contact Anne Marie on 089 4681820. Meeting for volunteers will take place in Graiguecullen Parish Centre on Wednesday 24 April at 7pm.


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. Contact Jane Moore or Mary Fleming 9132444 for further details.


An emergency meeting of the residents’ association will be held in the GAA Clubhouse on this Wednesday May 01 at 8pm. Interested residents are asked to attend for about an hour


Next Friday 03 May there will be the usual penitential service during the 10am Mass in St Clare’s.


A busy summer ‘as Gaeilge’ in Carlow will include Gael chultúr Irish classes for adults, commencing 13 May, as well as Summer College for teenagers and Summer Camps for 4 to 6 and 7 to 11 year olds in July. Full details and registration from Glór Cheatharlach 087 2857048, 0851340047 
or emma@glorcheatharlach.


Pre Baptism meetings will take place on Wednesday 1 May and Thursday 27 June from 7pm to 8.30pm in Graiguecullen Parish Centre. All parents presenting their child for Baptism are welcome to attend.


The Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place from Mon. 01 July to Sat 06 July. If interested please contact Tully’s Travel.


Frs John and Brian will bring Holy Communion to the sick and housebound this Tuesday and Wednesday, 30 April and 01 May.


Carlow Regional Youth Services are currently looking for volunteers to help with their annual children’s summer camp. If you are 16 and over, are free from July 01 to July 12 and would like to help others have a fun experience at camp then please contact J J at 0857132751 or Lisa at 0852101494, alternatively you can email


In aid of County Carlow Hospice on this Thursday 02 May in Graiguecullen Parish Centre after 10am Mass.


The above programmes continues next weekend with special Masses at 6.30pm on Saturday in St Clare’s for the children who recently received their First Communion and those preparing for Confirmation and at 12 noon in Holy Cross for the children of Killeshin NS who are asked to join the May Sunday procession from the new community centre to Holy Cross Church.


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


Every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Great money to be won on the night. Jackpot of €2,000 in 50 Numbers. Check on double number and win €600.


Adult Badminton has commenced on Thursday nights from 9pm to 10pm in Killeshin Hall. For further information contact Siobhan 086 0703491.


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.


Killeshin Pipe Band members will call in Killeshin area this week to collect items for bottle stall or items can be left to the shop. Your support is appreciated. Killeshin Pipe Band Fun Day takes place on Sunday 05 May in Community Centre grounds at 2pm. Please support


Graiguecullen & District Indoor Bowls now playing on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. All ages welcome.


St Joseph’s Young Priests Society are having their next meeting on this Wednesday 01 May at 8pm. in the Parish Centre and a full attendance is required if possible.


Talk It Over Carlow, Suicide Bereavement Support Service, a confidential free non-judgemental service available at Castlehill House, Castlehill, Carlow. Walk-in service available Wednesdays 10am to noon. One to one and group service available, we have just completed our training in suicide prevention. Contact 0863364961 for appointment.

Should you wish to complete the Flora, Dublin City Marathon for Talk it Over, contact us on 0863364961 for a sponsorship card.


Bridge Club on Wednesday afternoons in Graiguecullen Parish Centre at 1.45pm. All welcome. Bridge Classes for beginners, enquiries to Ann 087 9914682.


Carlow active retirement association guided tour to the Mourne Mountains District, visit Newry, Warrenpoint, Rostrevor and Newcastle, cost €50. Refreshments on way, dinner and evening entertainment all included. Full information from Sean at 9143937 or 0876522374.


Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 10, 28, 31 and 32. There was no Jackpot winner so next Jackpot will be €10,000, Reserve €10,000. There were two Match 3 Winners of €100 each; John Doyle c/o John Doyle and Danny Byrne c/o Red The seller’s prize of €20 each went to Paddy Brennan, Helen Mayling and Don Scully


We are looking for women to join and support us in the Flora Women’s Mini Marathon taking place on the 03 of June in aid of the Carlow and South Leinster Rape Crisis Centre. If interested, please contact 0599133344 or e-mail


Join the Saplings School for Children with Autism group and walk, jog or run the Dublin Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday, June 03. We will organise your registration and collection of your race number. We are running a bus from Carlow Town and each person will receive a free race t-shirt. Please contact Siobhan on 089 4616913 for full details. All funds raised will go towards Occupational Therapy for the children in the school.