This year’s walk is coming close, so get those walking boots out and stretch those legs! You can now follow us on Facebook, look us up on Clonaslee St Stephens Day. Donations of Christmas cakes and fruit cakes are gratefully accepted. Sponsorship cards are available by contacting Sheila Bourke on 087-633-9540.


Castlecuffe NS will be presenting their Christmas play on Thursday December 18 at 7:30 pm in the Community Centre. All are welcome to attend this enjoyable event.


Give a small gift and a bit of hope to a homeless person this holiday season. Appreciated gifts include toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, shower gel, deodorant, sweets or chocolates, socks, hats, scarves, gloves.

If people would like to donate even one item, we will put the shoe boxes together. Even a euro will help! Please bring donated items to the Clonaslee Pharmacy and make a difference to the homeless.


Please report any suspicious cars or vans you see around. Do not entertain callers to your house selling items. Always ask for identification. Those with monitor alarms please wear your panic button, it is no use on the table or in the other room. Anyone with a peep hole should use it before answering your door. Be vigilant.


The church gate collection for the Christmas lights is on Saturday December 27 and Sunday December 28. Your support is greatly appreciated. The village looks splendid and credit to all involved.


The next visit is on January 1 new Year’s Night, as a devotion night to Padre Pio. Bus leaves Clonaslee at 5:45 pm with collection in Rosenallis and Mountmellick. €15 and €5 for tea and sandwiches. Thank you to Brendan Mahon for his help on our last three trips. To book contact 087-212-2766.


The Social Services committee thank everyone who attended the Christmas dinner on December 7 at the Community Centre. We had a huge turn out and it was so nice to see many new faces. The day was thoroughly enjoyed by all. We thank Marie’s Catering for a fantastic meal.

We thank the many people who sponsored prizes for the raffle and gave donations on the day.

Thank you to Rock on Paddy for the great entertainment, all who helped with preparation of the centre and to the lady who made and sponsored the beautiful cake.

There was wonderful feedback by text and cards saying how much they enjoyed the day, the obvious organisation and hard work done by the committee. Thank you to the CCDA for the use of the fine Community Centre.


The Knit and Chat club will resume on Monday January 12. New knitters are more than welcome to join.


We have a beginner button accordions to rent for a year and one fiddle being able to rent for the year which gives the child good chance to see if they like the instrument before the parent go to buy one themselves. Classes resume on Thursday January 9. For further information contact 085-285-1772.


Many thanks to Father O’Reilly for performing the ceremony at the blessing of our beautiful School Crib on Monday December 15.

As is tradition at Scoil Bhríde the Baby Jesus was carried down to the crib by the eldest child in the school, while the youngest child placed the baby into the manger. Well done to Sean Lee and Emma Brazil for doing this special job so well and thanks to all the boys and girls for singing so sweetly on the day


At the last meeting the following items were discussed: Knit and Chat club resume in new year, new beginner patchwork class in January, Clodiagh river needs to be cleaned up in several areas to help prevent flooding, Community Awards are looking for nomitations for Young Person award for age 16-25 years. Rubble around Astro pitch needs to be dealt with. Social night for the CCDA members is on February 5, Christmas lights are up, collection on December 27/28. Social Services Christmas dinner great success, break in to the shed behind the centre, lights at the Heritage centre need attention, Fr O’Reilly’s book is available in the centre and Post Office for that special Christmas gift. There will be no carol service this year. Sympathy extended to all who lost loved ones recently. Next meeting will be January 12.


Social Services bingo has finished for this year. We will start up again in the new year.


The text alert system is going very well. If you notice someone suspicious call 057-867-4100. You may still sign up by contacting Matt Barrett on 087-672-6290. Those with monitor alarms press your panic button if worried or frightened. Teresa Maloney of Task is always on hand if anything goes wrong with alarm on 087-970-5651.


Sunday December 7: Top score: Dolores Murray, A Walsh, Jim O’Brien. Gents: 1 Tom Gowing. Ladies: 1 Patricia Quinn. Quarters: 1 Tom Kearns 2 Martin Rigney 3 Eiliene Brophy 4 PJ Connolly, Dinny Kelly. Lowest score: Paddy Grogan. Hatching: Kathleen Kennedy, Mary Gowing. Raffle: Tom Gowing, Mary Gowing, Annie Parnell, Martin Rigney, Mick Kelly, Dinny Kelly, Patricia Quinn, Martin Delaney. Whist every Sunday night starting at 8:45 pm sharp in the Parochial Hall. Christmas prizes each week up to December 21. All welcome


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 14-11-2 €30 winners: J McRedmond, Clonabeg; Matt Hogan, c/o S Fitzpatrick; James McRedmond, Clonabeg; Kathleen Blake, Barradoo; Sharon Murphy, Kilmanman; K.B. & P. Conroy. Voucher: Dolores Murray. Bottle: Maura O’Gorman. Sweets: A. G. E. Kelly Biscuits: Paul Nestor. Promoter’s prize: John and Mary Rose, S Fitzpatrick, Matt Barrett. Voucher: Kathleen Blake. Bottle: Kathleen Blake. Sweets: Shirley Langford. Biscuits: Shirley Langford. Next week’s Jackpot: €1,250.


Jackpot not won. Winning no: 8-4-15-2. €40 winners: Kathleen and Patrick, Martin Fallon, Julian, Mary C. Delaney, Gearoid Kelly. Vouchers are €25each from 1-4 Ger Kelly, Post Office, Hogans Shop: Kathleen Blake, Heather and Calum, Ann Stanley, Pat Kenna, Johnny and Nora Casey. Promoter’s prize: Hogans. Next week’s Jackpot: €2,800.