Macra Jiving

Camross Macra have begun the New Year in style with jive dancing lessons, which started on Tuesday, January 12, in Camross Hall. A large promising group of 38 people attended the first lesson, comprised of members from several of the Macra branches across the county, as well many non-members of every age. The first night was a great success with a fantastic friendly atmosphere and plenty of fun had by all, beginning at 8pm, with the final dance ending at 9.30pm. The dancing lessons will run for an initial 5 weeks every Tuesday from 8 to 9.30pm in Camross Hall with members and non-members alike of all ages welcome to join. Cost €10 per session. If you missed the first night but are intereste feel free to come along to the next evening.

Slieve Bloom Assoc

The Slieve Bloom Association held its Christmas Dinner in the Community Hall, Clonaslee on November 29 last. A large crowd enjoyed the lovely meal, catered by Marie Egan and her team, who had the Hall decorated beautifully in the spirit of the season. The music was provided by the fantastic Martin Delaney and those that adjourned to the newly reopened Shelly’s Pub to continue with the music and song had a great night of craic and Entertainment. Please note that the AGM has been deferred to January 28. It will be held in the ICA Hall in Mountmellick at 8pm, following which, the Imbolc Festival arrangements will be finalised and all members are kindly asked to attend... Imbolc is celebrated on the first Sunday in February – i.e. Feb 7th. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our members and friends all the very best for 2016. Check website

Whist Results

Results Jan 11: Top score: Joe Dooley, 1st Gent: Michael Kennedy, 2nd Gent: Tim Keenan, 1st Lady: Cissie Collier 2nd Lady: Angela McEvoy. 1st QTR: Michael Kelly. 2nd QTR: Tom Gowing. 3rd QTR: Noreen NiLaighin 4th QTR: Frank McGlynn


1. Cissie Collier2. Angela McEvoy 3. Michael Scully 4. Cissie Collier Free Ticket: Mary Gowing

Lotto Results

January 11 Lotto Numbers: 26-22-9-3 (No winner). €75 Tammy Cuddy Cardtown. €30 Ger Hogan Rossnadoo, €30 Mary Quinn Castletown, €30 McCartney Family Annatrim, €30 Mrs Patsy Carroll Lacca, €30 Pauric Dooley Glebe. Promoters: €40 Maureen Cuddy. €20 Kathleen Kennedy, €20 Nora Doran, €20 Marie Moore, €20 Hannah Dooley. House Prize: €20 Joan Dunphy. Next week’s Jackpot €3,950. Next Draw: 18/01/2016.

GAA auction

Camross GAA club is holding its annual auction on Sunday, January 24 at 2pm in Derrynaseera. There will be many items for sale on the day including firewood and fodder. Anyone interested in donating items for the auction can contact any committee member or Club Chairman Jack Cuddy on 0879023893. Your support is greatly appreciated.

Camogie Dance

Friday January 22nd is an important date for all Laois Camogie followers, the Board are holding their first ever Dinner Dance and the presentation of All-Ireland medals will be made, anyone interested in being present should contact any member of the Camogie Board as early as possible as places will be limited

Diocesan draw

The monthly cash draw for Diocesan funds takes place on the last Friday of January and tickets can be had from Patsy Ryan or Teresa after Mass in Camross Church and from Peter after Mass in Killenure Church on Sunday morning. Valuable prizes are on offer every month

Parish social

The first Parish social of the year was a most enjoyable evening’s entertainment with an excellent attendance and a most enjoyable supper with music supplied by Dermot Lyons

The second outing in February on Saturday sixth sees a new band supplying the music, Fran Curry of Tipp FM fame is joined by Muriel O’Connor who has a simply wonderful voice. Tee Bone in March


Congratulations to the Kealy family of Sentry Hill Borris-in-Ossory after their horse cantered home ahead of the field at Thurles Race course.

Late Eileen Kirwan

Conodloences to the family of the late Eileen Kirwan (Nee Healy) of Rushin Mountrath and formerly of Tipperary Town.

Mrs Kirwan spent many years in Oxford then came home along with her husband to live at Rushin Mountrath where she passed away unexpectedly a week before Christmas

Mrs Kirwan had been unwell for some time but her death caused widespread sadness over a wide area. Having reposed at her residence with recital of the Rosary, to St Edmunds Church Castletown for Requiem Mass. Afterwards the remains were taken to Newlands Cross for cremation. Committal of Ashes took place in St Fintan’s Cemetery Mountrath following Mass in St Edmund's Church Castletown

Chief mourners are her husband Paul, sons Stephen and Anthony, daughters Ehaire and Helena, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, extended family, friends and neighbours

Late Peter Delaney

There was great sadness at the passing of Peter Delaney of Clonard, Mountrath and formerly of Glendine, Camross. Son of the late Martin and Maureen and pre-deceased last February by his sister Mai Conroy. Though ill for a short time his passing on January 2 brought great sadness to his family and many friends. Peter loved sport in particular hurling and golf enjoying success at both. In n1973 he lined out with Camross in the Minor County final and they lost to Ballacolla by a point. Ten years later along with four of his brothers he helped Slieve Bloom bridge a gap of 37 year gap beating Ballypickas to bring the Fr Phelan cup to Roundwood

After that he became an accomplished golfer and was a member of the Mountrath club over many years. Peter was diagnosed with Cancer and spent time in Tullamore Hospital where he passed away surrounded by his loving family.

Reposed at home. Removal to St Edmunds Church Castletown for Requiem Mass where Slieve Bloom and Camross GAA and Moutrath GC formed a guard of honour . The coffin was draped in the Slieve Bloom number three jersey.

Burial in St Fintan’s cemetery Mountrath.