St. Clare’s Hospitality Founded was founded to help struggling families in the Carlow/Laois area; to give a human and Christian response to “Feed the Hungry”; to distribute food parcels, 10 basic food items valued at €10 every Wednesday, (at present 130 being given out; Free lunches in St Fiacc’s Hall each Thursday 12.00 noon to 3pm. Envelopes will be delivered to households to help by making a €5 donation, please place your donation in this envelope and drop it to any of the following places between Friday 09 and Friday 16 May: Parish Centre Graiguecullen, Hennessy’s Garage Graiguecullen, Parish Centre Askea, Connie Byrne Hyland Hairdressers and Parish Centre Cathedral.


The Ninth Solemn Novena has begun on Monday nights beginning last Monday 05 May and will run for nine consecutive nights. We invite people during Lent to place their petitions in the petition boxes in St Clare’s. The Theme for this year’s Novena is “Our Faith – Our Story” and each night of the Novena a guest speakers will speak on this theme. The third Novena night is on Monday 19 May, John McAreavey, Personal Testimony, will speak.


Recent Lotto results, numbers drawn were 02, 08, 12 and 27. There was no winner. The €25 lucky dip winners were Patsy Reddy, Steven Devereux, Sonia Hayden, Katelyn and Amy. The seller’s prize went to Joe Whelan. The Jackpot now stands at €5,500

Whist every Wednesday night in Old Den beside Killeshin Hall at 8.30pm, beginners at 7.30pm and its all in aid of Killeshin Soccer Club. Contact Antoinette for details 085 7483893.


The children from Killeshin NS will receive their First Holy Communion next Sunday 18 May at 10.15am and 12.30pm. We ask God’s blessings on the children and their families and we thank their teachers and all who have helped them reach this stage of their faith journey.


Killeshin Community Development to erect outside free library boxes in the Killeshin area initially with more area’s being considered. These will work on an honesty policy of borrowing a book. They require adult and children fiction and non-fiction books in good condition. Any donations to the Den, Killeshin.


The next Mass of the parish programme takes place next Saturday 17 May at 6.30pm in St Clare’s Church for the children of St Fiacc’s NS. Confirmation Ceremony of Light; this ceremony and reconciliation service for the children of St Fiacc’s NS and their families will be held on this Wed 14 May at 7.30pm in St Clare’s Church.


We are now seeking Adult and Teen volunteers who will work with a group of up to 30 teenagers in our Community Centre one evening each week. Upcoming Child Protection course will be held in Portlaoise Youth Cafe on 26 May from 6.30pm to 9.30pm. Volunteer leaders need Garda Vetting and Child Protection Training. Call Laurence: 086 8521941, Patricia 086 3754846 or Claire 086 0634949.


Bingo every Tuesday night at 8.30pm in St Fiacc’s Hall. Jackpot €2,130 in 50 numbers. Check on double number and win €2,560.


Killeshin, Friday 06 June at 7.30pm. Sleaty, Friday 13 June at 7.30pm. Leaugh, Wednesday 18 June at 7.30pm and St Mary’s, Monday 14 July at 7.30pm.


The Irish Cancer Society is offering a free transport service to patients undergoing chemotherapy treatments in the following hospitals: The Mater, Tullamore, Blanchardstown, St James’s and Tallaght. For more information, patients can contact their treatment team in the hospital or call Gail on 01 2310 566.

St Fiacc’s AGM

St Fiacc’s House Annual Genera Meeting will be held on Thursday 15th May at 7.30pm. All Volunteers welcome.


Volunteers required for Carlow Arts Festival 2014. The Festival runs from Friday June 6 June - Sunday 15 June. If you have any free time, even a couple of hours please get in touch. No experience required just enthusiasm! The Festival team can be contacted on 059 9173381 or


A free eight week programme for older people in Graiguecullen started on Thursday last, 2pm to 4pm in Graiguecullen Parish Centre. Light exercise, relaxation techniques and holistic advice. Please phone Val on 086-8249327 to book your place.


Carlow Special Olympics Club is continuously looking for volunteers. Do you have an hour or two to spare, once a week or once a month or even just occasionally, then they would love to hear from you. If you are over 16 years and would like more information on becoming a volunteer please contact the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, Tess Fitzpatrick at 086 3366054. It is a very rewarding pastime and a great way to make friends!


Youth Pilgrimage; we’re travelling to Glendalough for an overnight stay with our Young Adult Pilgrimage this year. Please save the date Tuesday 05 to Wednesday 06 August. We need approximate numbers in order to secure accommodation. Please Contact Cathriona in the parish centre to save your place.


2014 Pilgrimage will take place from 06 to 11 July. Cost €739 per person. Anyone interested contact Tully’s Travel.


Ireland’s only confidential listening service for older people provided by older volunteers is open 365 days of the year. The help line is open every day of the Christmas holiday and New Year season from 10am till 10pm. So don’t be alone. We are there. Phone Senior Help Line LoCall 1850 440 444, (no call costing more than 30 cent).


Hours available for Indoor Soccer, Volleyball, Basketball and Badminton. Contact 059 9140330 for further information or call to the hall on Monday to Wednesday evenings from 9am to 10pm.

Training for basketball and indoor soccer on every Friday night for under 10 and 13 girls at 5pm to 6pm, under 10 boys, 6pm to 7pm and under 13 boys, 7pm to 8pm


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