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All of the news from your locality in the faithful county!

Story by Tom Kelly

Tuesday, 9th September, 2008 12:00pm



Tubber Foroige enjoyed a great year from September 2007 to June 2008. Activities included badminton, hockey, table tennis, card playing, air hockey, listening to music, board games, meeting up with friends, bowling, swimming and going to discos. The highlight for most members was a trip to Horizon Adventure Centre in Mayo, which took place in June. All members who attended the Offaly Foroige Sports Events in Ballycumber also had a great day and enjoyed taking part. In October the club took part in a bed push along with other Foroige groups in the county and raised €8,200 for People in Need. In April this year Tubber Foroige did a sponsored stay-awake and donated the proceeds to the OSPCA.

The group is looking forward to getting back together again soon but this cannot happen without adult supervision, therefore there will be a meeting in the Community Hall on Tuesday, September 16 at 9pm for adults only to elect leaders and to seek volunteers who are willing to help out for an hour occasionally. Anyone over 18 years of age is welcome and your attendance would be greatly appreciated.

Cat and Bagpipes Golf Society

The society had its August outing in Castle Barna Golf Club at the weekend and over 40 members turned out for his outing. The weather obliged and stayed dry for the day and this made way for some great scores. The winner of the outing was Chris Daly with a huge score of 47 points. The runner-up was Willie Smith with 44 points. Other scores were:

Category 1: 1st Stephen Coughlan 39pts, 2nd Conor Mc Guinness 38pts

Category 2: 1st Ken Daly 41pts, 2nd JJ Colgan 39pts

Category 3: 1st Peter Scally 46pts, 2nd Mick Heavin 41pts.

The ladies prize was won by Sinead Healy and the gross prize went to Mick Glennon. The handicap secretary will be busy with the scissors before the next outing. Good luck to all members who are off to Scotland next weekend for a well -arned golfing break.

Ladies Football

Good luck to Treasa McManus, who plays ladies football with Tipperary and has qualified for the Ladies Intermediate All-Ireland Final.


Upcoming Programme of Events at Birr Theatre & Arts Centre

On Saturday 20th September Birr Theatre & Arts Centre is delighted to present 'Trad Connections' which is the brainchild of the award-winning composer Dave Flynn.

Dave has invited three of his favourite musicians to join him in a fascinating exploration of the links between traditional Irish music, classical music and jazz. TG4 Young Traditional Musician of the Year Martin Tourish, internationally-renowned jazz guitarist Hugh Buckley and Liz Coleman, fiddle player with the acclaimed group Nábac, will combine with Dave Flynn for a scintillating amalgamation of music old and new. Chinese pipa virtuoso Liu Fang will perform with renowned Irish classical guitarist Michael O"Toole on Friday 26th September, in an exciting new collaboration, which brings together two very different strands of music. They will perform a varied programme of classical and traditional music from around the world. This tour will mark the launch of their new cd, recorded in Canada in summer 2008. Box office opens 1pm-5.30pm

Monday to Friday. Contact 057 9122911 or check out for further details

Wolftrap Cycling Club

New members always welcome. If you are interested in joining the club contact Bernie at 085-1500519.

Birr Historical Society

A Seminar onThe Psalter from Fadden More Bog will take place on Saturday, October 11, at Dooly"s Hotel, Emmet Square, Birr any enquiries about the seminar to Rev. Irene Morrow, Cappaneale, Birr, Offaly or email Margaret Hogan:

Upcoming Events At Birr Library

Children"s Events Storytelling takes place every Saturday at 11.30am.Book Clubs takes place on the first Saturday each month, for age 10-13 years and on the second Saturday each month, for age 8/10years.

Reading Tree

This is a project to encourage children to read more books! Each book read by a child enables the reader to add a leaf to the tree. Library located at Wilmer Road, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland Phone: 057 9124950, E-Mail:

The Alzheimer Society of Ireland

The Birr branch of the Alzheimer Society of Ireland which is located at No 2, John"s Place, Birr. The Alzheimer Society provides Home Care, Respite and Day Care for those who suffer from Alzheimer"s/Dementia in the Offaly area. Your support was very much appreciated. For furtherinformation on the above please contact Margaret/Vera on 057 9125909.

Birr Town Soccer Club Training

Training on Wednesday evenings for Under 15/16"s at 7pm, Woodfield Park, Birr.All new members are welcome along For further information call 086 8892429.

Birr Rugby Club

Tag Rugby every Wednesday at the Clubhouse 8pm. All over 16s welcome. All fitness levels catered for. All players to attend and new players welcome.

Birr Fishing Club

The Little Brosna and Camcor Fishing Club have local rules for the river; anglers should observe these rules in the interest of conservation and local angling policy.

Open Season: March 1st to September 30th .Species: Brown Trout - Local resident trout averaging 0.5 lbs. Croneen averaging 1.25lbs (Salmon, Pike). Further details, please contact Chris Brummell Membership Sec, Little Brosna and Camcor Fishing, Club Mobile Number: 086 3858221 or 057 93 22082.

Book Club

The next bok club meeting will be held on September 8 in Dooly"s Hotel,Birr. The book for this month is 'The Tenth Circle!' by Jodi

Picoult (chosen by Petria).New members welcome. Enquiries can be made to 057 9139028.

Birr Polo Crosse

Polocrosse Birr are currently training on Tuesday nights at 8pm and Sunday mornings at 12 noon at Gurteen College. If you wish to play or join the club please contact Kevin (086) 8567258 or Siobhan (087) 9372029.

Birr Tourist Office

Birr Tourist Information Offices located at The Civic Buildings, Wilmer Rd, Birr, It is open from 9.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, closed from 1pm to 2pm for lunch each. For further information contact Breda or Mary at Tel. 057 9120110.

Pilgrimage To Fatima

A local pilgrimage will take place from September 18th to 25th to Fatima and surrounding shrines .All transport arranged to and from the airport. For further information contact Bridie at 057 9133006.

Creative Writing

Offaly Writers Group meet every fortnight, alternating between Birr and Tullamore.In the coming month. The group will meet in Tullamore Library on Thursday 4th Sept., in Birr Library on Wednesday, September 10. Meetings start at 7pm. Anyone interested in writing, either for pleasure or publication, is very welcome to come along.

Citizen"s Information Centre

Birr Citizen"s Information Centre located at Emmet Street, Birr. For more details. Telephone (057)9121017 or Locall 1890 777 121 or visit

Carers Association/Respite Service

This service is available for Family Carers who care for their own relatives in their own homes.For further information on this service contact Adrian Violet,The Carers Association,Tullamore on 057 9322920.

Birr Mental Health Association

The association holds its meetings on the second Tuesday of the month at 8pm. in the community mental health centre in the old Convent, Wilmer Road, Birr. New members are always welcome.

St. Brendan"s Market

The Market will continue to be open each Friday from 2.30pm in Emmet St, with the usual cakes, bread, jam, eggs and plants.

Farmers Vegetable Market

Farmers Vegetable Market will be in the Marian Hall Car Park every Saturday between 10a.m - 5pm. Bread Market 10am-3pm


Annual Pattern at


The Traditional Pattern Ceremonies at Clonmacnois take place on Sunday, September 14. The Ancient Pilgrim Walk commences at 11a.m. with Mass at 3p.m. celebrated by the Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois, Most Rev. Dr. Colm O"Reilly. After Mass, light refreshments will be served in Ballinahown Hall, during which all visitors will be treated to musical entertainment. All Pilgrim Walkers are asked to assemble at Ballinahown Hall for departure at 11am to Clonmacnois. Large groups should contact Fr. Patsy McDermott, St. Mary"s Presbytery, Athlone - Tel. 6473358.


Welcome into the Christian Community Caoimhe Marion Kelly, The Avenue, Ballyclare, Ferbane, who was baptised recently.

Ferbane Parish - First Friday Observance

Friday 5th is the First Friday of September. The sick and housebound will be attended as usual.

Confessions - Boora: Friday 5th September at 6.45pm; High St.: Friday 5th September at 7.45pm; Ferbane: Sat. 6th September after 10am Mass.

Masses - Ferbane: Friday 5th September at 10am; Boora: Friday 5th September at 7pm; High St: Friday 5th September at 8pm.


Stage School

Classes have now recommenced. New enrolments should contact (090)6482991 for further information.

Ferbane Parish - Upcoming Baptism Dates

Sept: In Ferbane on Saturday 20th at 4pm and in High Street on Sunday 21st at 1pm.

Oct : In Ferbane on Saturday 18th at 4pm and in High Street on Sunday 19th at 1pm.

Nov : In Ferbane on Saturday 15th at 4pm and in High Street on Sunday 16th at 1pm.

Dec : In Ferbane on Saturday 20th at 4pm and in High Street on Sunday 21st at 1pm.

Anyone wishing to have their child baptised must give at least one month"s notice.


Minor G.A.A. Gleanings

Friday 5th Sept. - U-8, U-10 & U-12 Football training and Girls U-12 Football training in Ferbane at 6pm. Minor Hurling v St. David"s in Ballinamere at 6.30pm. Saturday 6th Sept. - U-14A Football Semi-Final v Rhode in Mucklagh at 11.30am. Congratulations in order for Club members Ciaran Cahill and Darragh Corbett who played with Offaly U-14 hurlers last weekend in the Tony Forrestal Tournament in Waterford. All up to date results and fixtures are on

New Ferbane


It is hoped that children will enjoy this playground and that Ferbane as a community will respect it for the enjoyment of all.

Gallen Utd. F.C. News

Lotto: The winning numbers in last week"s lotto draw were 4, 10, 11 and 22. The bonus number was 20. No jackpot winner. Two match three winners. Next draw in the clubhouse on Monday 8th September with added jackpot.

Training continues for U-8 & U-9"s on Mondays 6-7pm, and for U-16"s, also on Mondays from 7-8pm. U-10 & U-11"s on Wednesdays 6-7pm; U-12 & U-14"s on Wednesdays 8-9pm. Registration on nights of training.

To book Astroturf contact Fergal McGuire at 087-7742614.

Ferbane G.A.A. Lotto

The winning numbers in last week"s lotto draw were 1, 10, 17 and 21. The bonus number was 24. No jackpot winner. Two match three winners. Next draw takes place in the GAA Clubhouse on Tues. 9th September with added Jackpot.

Ferbane G.A.A. Gym

Monday 6-10pm. Tues night is ladies night from 7-9pm. Circuit training from 7-8pm. Wed. 6-10pm. Thurs. night women"s circuit training only 8-9pm. Fri. 7-9pm.

Ferbane Parent and Toddler Group

Activities every Wednesday from 10.30-12.30 in Bright Beginnings Childcare Centre, Ballycumber Road, Ferbane. All parents and guardians of children 0-5 years welcome.

Ferbane Prayer Group

Prayer Meetings are usually held in St. Cynoc"s (Girls) N.S., Ferbane, on Wednesdays, at 8.30pm, but please check previous week"s bulletin to confirm.

Ballycumber G.A.A. Club

Table Quiz in Gussie"s, Ballycumber on Friday 5th Sept. at 10pm. €5 per person. All welcome.

Lorraine Wynne"s

Midland Drama School

Classes return on Sat. 6th September in High Street Community Centre. Class times remain the same: Class 1 (4-7 years) 3-4pm; Class 2 (8-10 years) 4-5pm; Class 3 (11+ years) 5-6pm. New students are most welcome to enrol. For further information contact Lorraine 087 2924719.

Cards - Important Dates

Barracks, Ballycumber every Monday at 8.30pm. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. Ballinahown Hall every Thursday night at 9pm. All welcome.

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock

The Annual Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock, led by Bishop Colm, will take place on Sunday 6th September. Ceremonies begin with the Anointing of the Sick at 2.30pm followed by concelebrated Mass at 3pm. This will be followed by the Rosary Procession.

High Street/Belmont Womens" Group

All persons travelling to An Grianán 12-14 Sept. - final money (€100) now due. Contact any of the committee as soon as possible. Names now being taken for Pantomime 'Cinderella' on 2nd January 1009 in Gaiety Theatre.

Ballycumber Foróige Club

The Club will resume on Sunday night 14th September from 8-9.30pm. We are appealing for male adults to become involved as leaders with the Club. If you are willing to become involved, please contact Fr. James.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje - 21st September 2008

€669 all inclusive. Spiritual Director Fr. Michael Scanlon, P.P. Contact Noel Harte 090 6457395.

Rashina N,S.

The Tractor Rally and Raffle in aid of Rashina N.S. Building Fund has been re-scheduled for Sunday 5th October - further details later.

Boher Cemetery


A sincere word of thanks to all who have worked hard to ensure their plots were resplendent for Cemetery Sunday. To the Council Officials who look after the Cemeteries throughout the year. To our caretaker Angela, to all who turned out to tidy the perimeter of the cemetery, to Majella and the choir members, to all of our readers, collectors, Ministers of the Eucharist, servers we thank you all sincerely. Also to Fr. Ned Ryan for sharing with us on the day. Thank you all very much.

Ferbane and District Credit Union

Reduced rate loans to Third Level Students. Our loan interest rate is 6%. Call in or phone us to find out more. Terms and conditions apply.

Alcoholics Anonymous

Meetings each week in Ferbane. Contact 01-4538998.

Trócaire Collection

The Ferbane Trócaire Lenten collection amounted to €14,034, the third largest Parish in the Diocese after Athlone and Longford. Well done and thanks to all young and old who made such generous contributions.

Thanks and


The Connor family, Gallen View, Ferbane, wish to thank everyone for their kindness and support shown during the recent and tragic loss of their son and brother Christopher (Christy) Connor. Your support was much appreciated.


Camera found in Boora Parklands. Contact (090) 6453893.

Killourney Cemetery

The Committee thank all those who contributed to the Gate Collection of €1,228.00 on Monday 4th August. The Committee also thanks Joe Grennan for making his sound system available for the Mass.

Offaly S.F.C. Relegation Play-Off

Ferbane lost to St. Rynagh"s in the first game of the Round Robin Play-Off at O"Connor Park on Saturday evening last. A victory over Edenderry in our next match is now a must if we are to have any chance of avoiding the drop to Intermediate Football next year.


St Conleths Conference of St Vincent de Paul

A conference of St Vincent de Paul has been established in Daingean Parish. Those who are in need or wish to seek advice can contact the conference by phone on 086 0523559 and leave a message.

Enterprise Weekend 2008

Will be held from Monday, September 8 to Friday, September 12 by Offaly County Enterprise Board. There will be seminars throughout the county. The seminars are open to all Offaly based businesses and those looking to set up their own business. For more information see or phone Offaly County Enterprise Board on (057) 9352971.

Daingean Development Association

Are holding a fundraising draw. Tickets are on sale from any member of the association priced at €2 each or three for €5. Prizes on offer are 1st €500, 2nd €300, 3rd €100 and 4th €100. The raffle will take place in the Town Hall on Friday, November 7 at 9pm. The results of the flora competition will be announced on the same night.


A sponsored Slimathon is taking place in aid of Our Lady"s Hospital in Crumlin. Weigh in every Thursday night in the Midway Park Hotel, Main Street, Daingean. Contact Lorraine on 086 8435860.

Daingean Badminton Club

Meetings continue in the Town Hall every Tuesday at 8pm. New members are always welcome.

Home Visit Scheme

Daingean Community Development has identified the need in the community for a home visit scheme. Two visitors will be delighted to call to anyone who wants company and a chat. Those interested or those who would like more information should contact 086 3830913. This service is free and confidential.


Second Offaly Scout Group Clara Notes

This Sunday, September 7, will be a special day for the Second Offaly Scout Group in Clara, as they celebrate 40 years of continuous scouting in Clara. To mark the occasion the group will attend 11.30am Mass in St Brigid"s Church, which be be celebrated for all deceased members of the group. Parents and families of existing members are invited to attend along with past members, leaders and invited guests. The Chief Scout Martin Burbridge will be in attendance along with County Commissioner Francis Minogue and some staff from Scout headquarters in Larch Hill and unit leaders from all units in the county.

Members should assemble at the Den on Sunday morning at 11am. Cubs and Beavers will then parade to Mass. Children can be collected at the Den immediately after Mass. Later, at 3pm, there will be a party in the Den for all past and present members, their families and friends with bouncing castles and refreshments. Come along and join in the fun and see if you can spot yourself in some of our many photos from years gone by. It is a great achievement for any organisation to reach 40 years in existence and the group is looking forward to seeing you on the day to help celebrate.

Reopening dates

Beavers are back on September 3, Scouts on September 4, Cubs on September 5.


Enrolment for new members will be on Monday, September 15 from 7pm to 8pm in the Den.

Clara Concert Band

The band will resume rehearsals in St Brigid"s School Hall on Monday, September 8. All members are requested to attend. If any new members would like to attend please come to school at 6.15pm.


You alone can do it, but you can"t do it alone. If you are someone who experiences depression, shyness, anxiety attacks or who is simply in need of company then why not come to our Grow group meetings in the Health Centre, The Green, Clara at 7.30pm on Thursday. You will have the opportunity to meet others and share your problems in confidence. All welcome. No fees. More information from Ruairi on 087 2510965 or 057 9351124, by calling the infoline on 1890 474474 or logging on to or

Clara Family Resource Centre Notes

T.I.P.S: Toddler Infant Parent Support is here every Monday and Wednesday from 10am to noon. TIPS are returning from their summer break on Monday, September 1 at 10am. New members are always welcome.

Active Retired

Meet every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm to 4.30pm. The group returns as normal on next Wednesday, September 3.

Youth Club

The Youth Club meets every Tuesday 7pm-9pm. There are two groups within the Club. Primary School Children aged ten years and over meet at 7pm -8pm. Post Primary School Children aged 13 years and over meet at 8.15pm - 9pm each week. The Youth Club run a variety of fun programmes and if your child/children are at this age they can enrol at the centre any Tuesday evening. The youth club returns from its summer break on Tuesday, September 9 at 7pm.

Carers Support Group

Meets each week on Wednesday at 8pm at the Resource Centre. Come for chat and support talks and outings. The group returns on Wednesday, September 3.

Citizens Information

The CIC attends the Resource Centre one Monday per month from 10-12 noon. Please call into the Centre or phone us on 057 9331928 to make an appointment.

Clara Women"s Group

Returns on Thursday September 11 2008 at 7.30pm to the Resource Centre,

Offaly Domestic

Violence Support

This service is for individuals who are victims of domestic abuse. For an appointment please call the help line on 057 9351886. To avail of this service an appointment can be arranged in the Centre.

General Information: For anyone who needs Driver Theory Test forms, Provisional Licence Forms or Driving Test Forms, Back to School etc. you can now avail of this service in the Family Resource Centre.

Public Notice Board

If you have any information you would like shared within the community eg. job vacancies, services offered, items for sale, babysitting, advertising

Community events or any other items needed to advertise please drop them into Centre and we would be happy to display them on our notice board in reception.

Lost & Found

There were a number of garments left in the Resource Centre after

The Summer Camp by participants in this camp. We would be grateful if these could be collected as soon as possible.


Chamber Quids

Last year"s Chamber Quids proved to be a huge success story with over €63,000 being sold. The retail committee was genuinely surprised at the level of support with which the retail community embraced the Chamber Quids project. The Quids are available earlier this year and to reflect this we hope to sell in excess of €120,000 this year. The vouchers CANNOT be spent outside Tullamore so it"s a great way to support your local business community. The Chamber makes no money from this scheme with the printing costs kindly being sponsored by Tullamore Town Council. Letters are currently being sent out to all businesses asking that they support this scheme and by doing so support the local community. For a large company to agree to give the Chamber Quids as Christmas or performance bonuses they are effectively agreeing to keep local money in the local economy thus supporting employment. We would ask that employers adopt this scheme and ensure that Tullamore remains a hive of retail activity. The following businesses have agreed to take the Chambers Quids with many more indicating their interest: Vero Moda, Dolan"s One Hour Photo, Quirke"s Medical Hall, Beccara, Tyrell"s, Cahill Jewellers, Café 4 U, Print Plus, Dolan"s Pharmacy, Siroccos, The Office Centre, O Sullivan Photography, Cloonan"s Hardware, Recharge Cartridges, Tullamore Court Hotel, Bridge House Hotel, Axis Architecture, Galvin"s for Men, The Yaadgar restaurant, Signature, Da Vinci"s, NIS Computers Ltd, Dotser, Nationwide Cellular, Days Hotel, Tullamore Fuels, 3 Mobile, Heffernan"s Filling Station and Off Licence, Hanlon"s Butchers, J & M Douglas Jewellers, Sterling Jewellers, McKenna Electrical, Balcony Books, Heartbeat City, Adams Chemists, Hallmark, McKeon"s Shoes, Jen Joe 4 Kids, Cards n Things, Tormeys Butchers, Brookville House, Ritzy"s Hair Salon, Classy Clogs, Wild Harvest, Sweater World, Bentleys, Boston, ACME Blinds, Kit Your Kitchen, Lynch"s Off Licence. If you want to add your business to the list please contact the Chamber office on 057 9323698.

There is an added benefit with gift vouchers as the tax advantage is substantial. From January 1, 2007, under the Revenue Commissioners approved Small Benefits Exemption Scheme, companies can reward staff up to €250 as a once off payment completely tax and PRSI free. If you are interested in participating in this scheme please call Gail in the Chamber office. We need as many employers as possible to see the advantages of this project and give the Quids as Christmas bonuses to their staff this Christmas.

Midlands Speed

Networking Event

A midlands speed networking event is being held in the Tullamore Court Hotel next Thursday, September 11 from 3pm to 5pm, hosted by the three Midland Chambers in Tullamore, Mullingar and Athlone and Offaly and Westmeath Enterprise Boards as part of Enterprise Week. Pre-booking is essential, and today is the last chance to do so. To register contact Orla in the Offaly County Enterprise Board on 057 9352971.

Christmas Lights

Tullamore Chamber has begun collecting contributions towards the erection of Christmas light. There was a shortfall of €1,500 last year, and if enough money is not collected this year the lights will be erected on a street by street basis. Any retailers who have contributed towards the lights but whose street has not given enough to support lights will have their money returned. We would ask all retailers to support this venture this year because if not enough money is collected this year there will be no Christmas light next year.

Under the maple leaf - doing business in Canada

Join us for pancakes, pastries and coffee at a Business Breakfast in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Monday, September 15 from 7.45am until 9am to hear about the diverse business opportunities Canada has to offer Midlands companies now and in the future. Speakers will include the Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Patrick G Binns and Manager of Canada, Enterprise Ireland Nick Marmion. To book your place contact, call 057 9323902/04 or click on



Welcome to all first year students.


Congratulations to Ciaran Cahill, Joe Maher, Eoghan Lowry, Daragh Corbett and Brian Grehan, who were all on the Offaly Under 14 team that won nine matches out of ten in the Leinster Blitz series. Ciaran and Daragh were also part of the Offaly Under 14 team that won Offaly"s first ever Tony Forristal match against Limerick.

Congratulations also to Ian Flanagan who was awarded Junior Golfer of the Year in Moate Golf Club and to Sarah Kelly and Serena Keena who were on Offaly"s minor camogie panel that defeated Waterford to win the All-Ireland B Final.


Killurin man is hero in Ibiza

Keith Dunne, son of Aiden and Jacqueline, was a hero last weekend when he and his uncle John Mitchell from Gortnamona were involved in the dramatic saving of a four-year-old child who got into serious trouble in a swimming pool in Ibiza. Keith and John reacted swiftly and immediately came to the child"s assistance, which has since received notable coverage in the Irish national media.

Killurin win over 35s soccer final

Killurin 1 Clonmore United 0

Killurin won the Over 35"s Shield Final on Saturday evening last in Clara in an exciting and well-contested game. Both sides created opportunities but it was Barry Dolan qho broke the deadlock with the winning goal ten minutes from time. Congratulations to the team and all involved.


Sympathy is extended to the family and relatives of the late Larry Fogarty, formally Killurin, who died recently in England.

Hit and run incident

Catherine Quinn, Gorteen was the unfortunate victim of a hit and run incident while out walking near her home on the Clonaslee road recently. Thankfully Catherine is recovering satisfactorily and is wished well.

Killurin GAA

Championship: Killurin 0-11 Killeigh 1-9

With both sides already through to the knock-out stages of the Junior A Hurling Championship by virtue of their drawn game the previous week, Killurin and Killeigh played out another exciting and close contest on Saturday evening last in the play-off to determine order of qualification. On this occasion, Killeigh emerged with a single point to spare at the Ballinamere venue in front of a sizeable attendance in good playing conditions. It was a very balanced affair, the sides were level on three occasions, the lead exchanged and there was no more than two points between the sides at any stage. Killurin trailed by the minimum margin 1-5 to 0-7, but the best of the games" hurling was reserved for the second half. Within a minute of the re-start, Paddy Grennan equalised for Killurin but Killeigh soon regained the lead. There followed a barren period of 20 minutes in which there was some good hurling but no scores to reward the efforts. Killurin recorded a succession of wides and had realistic goal opportunities that ultimately was to prove costly. Paddy Grennan"s point seven minutes from full time levelled matters and when Killeigh again took the lead, two well taken points in succession from Joseph Brady gave Killurin the delicate advantage as the game came to a close. However, Killeigh were to finish the more accurate and responded with two late points to take the honours. This outcome means that Killurin will now face Edenderry in the quarter final, with the fixture expected in two weeks time.

Killurin: Owen Dillon, Alan Dunne, David Brazil, Gary Brazil, Darryl Kilroe, Thomas Brady, Kevin Keenahan, Jimmy Keenahan (0-2), Andrew Brazil, Michael Monaghan, Edward Casey (Captain), (0-2) Joseph Brady (0-2), Adrian Leonard, Paddy Grennan (0-2), Dwayne Dunne (0-3). Substitutes introduced, Brian Gleeson for M. Monaghan. Christopher Keenahan for D Dunne.

Lotto Draw: The numbers drawn in last weeks club lotto draw were 1, 2, 5 and 22. There was no jackpot winner so it will now increase to €1,400. There was one match 3 winner - Kathleen Daly, The Cottage, Mountbolus. The promoters prizes were won by John Dunne and John McEvoy.

Birthday greetings

Birthday greetings to John McEvoy, Killurin who celebrates his birthday this week.

Get well wishes

Best wishes for a speedy recovery to full health to Jarlath Dunne, Killurin who was hospitalised recently.


Congratulations to Jean Brady, Killurin and St Sinchill"s player who was part of the successful Offaly Camogie team that won the All-Ireland Under 18 B Final on Sunday last against Waterford in Athy. Offaly enjoyed a comfortable 4-14 to 2-7 victory.

Ladies Football

Good luck to both the Killeigh Under 14 girls team and the Junior Ladies in their respective County Finals this weekend.


Killurin cyclist Francine Meehan did very well while competing in a three day event in Germany last weekend. On Friday, she was the second Irish female home while on Saturday in a 12 by 5.6km lap race around the town of Paderborne, she was the third Irish lady to cross the line in a very fast race. On Sunday in a 7 lap by 8.4km race in Herbram, Francine finished 19th overall and the second Irish lady. The previous weekend at home, the Killurin cyclist was hit form again in winning the Westport 2 day event and on Thursday got first overall lady in the Midlands League.

Notes for inclusion

Please text 087 9950135 or email by 8.30pm on Sunday evening.



The local ICA Guild held its monthly meeting last Wednesday to draw up a full schedule for the coming months. The first course cuts in next Wednesday, September 10, at 7.30pm - healthy food made easy for six weeks. For more information come along next Wednesday. There are also plans for a day trip to Lough Derg in October. If interested please give your name to Eilish McDonnell.

Praise was passed on to the ladies, mentors, musicians and supporters involved with the set dancing over the recent months. A vote of sympathy was extended to Eilish McDonnell following the death of her mother Maureen Robbins on July 9 and to Eileen Robbins on the death of her mother-in-law.

Congratulations were passed on to Eilish and Paddy McDonnell on the marriage of their son Ronan to Nicola Donlon on August 7 last, and to Eileen and Pat Slevin on the marriage of their son Padraic to Mary Burns on August 30.


Sincere sympathy is extended Phonsie Daly, The Village, Horseleap, following the death of his father Jimmy Daly, Frevenagh, Durrow, who passed away peacefully in Bethany Nursing Home, Tyrrellspass, following a long illness, on August 23 last. Jimmy was well known far and wide among the farming community in days gone by as the 'Pig Man' where he had called on farm to farm buying the pigs. He was also well known for his involvement down the years on Kilbeggan Race Committee.

His removal took place on Monday last from the family home to St Colmcille"s Church Durrow with Con-celebrated Funeral Mass on Tuesday last. Sincere sympathy to his wife Mollie, sons James, Dominic and Gerard, daughters Mary and Frances, brothers, sisters, sisters-in-law, son-in-law, daughters-in-law including Margaret, grandchildren, nieces including Myra Pettit, nephews, relatives and friends

Sincere sympathy is also extended to the Vickers family following the death of Teresa (Tess) Vickers, Boher, Streamstown on Saturday, August 30 at The Mater Hospital, Dublin, pre deceased by her husband Tom 18 years ago, and son Gabriel in infancy. Tess had only lost her brother Tom Martin a few short weeks ago, and now the family gathered to mourn the loss of Tess. Her remains were removed from her family home on Sunday evening to St Brigid"s Church, Boher and Funeral Mass was to be celebrated on Monday. Deepest sympathy to her son Declan and his wife Margaret, grandchildren Aisling and Thomas, her brother Paddy Martin, her sisters, May Glynn, Kathy Reynett and Shiela Morgan, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, neighbours and friends.


Congratulations and best wishes are extended to John and Janet Keegan, Lurrig, on the birth of their second child, a son, Christopher Patrick, a brother for Daniel. Congratulations to the proud grandparents Jimmy and Anne Keegan and all of the Keegan and Carey family at this time.

Lough Derg

Some ladies from the locality are trying to gather names of interested parties in planning a day trip to Lough Derg over the coming weeks. It can be amalgamated with areas surrounding us. There are some available dates with one to be decided on. If you would like to put your name forward or obtain details of when and what is involved please give Betty Keegan a ring on 057 9332489 over the coming week.

Set Dancing Classes

Already there has been interest in the return of the Ceili and Set Dancing classes which are scheduled to return on Thursday night, September 11. All are welcome to attend to come and join us in learning the steps.

Wednesday Club

Last Wednesday, September 3, saw the return of the Wednesday Club following the summer recess. It is hoped that all of the members will return for the meetings, game and chat while enjoying each others" company.

Wedding Bells

Congratulations and every good wish is extended to Padraic Slevin, The Village, Streamstown, son of Pat and Eileen Slevin who was married to Mary Burns on Saturday last, August 30 in St Mary"s Church Granard followed by Reception with family and friends in The Bloomfield House Hotel, Mullingar. Wishing Padraic and Mary every happiness in married life and every happiness as you prepare your new home on the Creeve Road, Streamstown.

Dates for Your Diary

Monday, September 8: Cards continue in the Community Centre.

Thursday, September 11: Return of ceili/set dancing classes.


Midland Drama Schools

After a well deserved break, Midland Drama Schools will return with classes in Speech and Drama, Musical Theatre and all forms of dance at the Dance Academy every Thursday.

Children will be welcome whether or not they can sing, dance or act at the fully insured school with qualified licenced teachers. Classes resume on Thursday, September 11 in Scoil Mhuire, Tullamore at 5pm for four year olds and over, 6pm for eight year olds and older and 7pm for eleven to 18 year olds. New students are most welcome as the school looks forward to their production of Hairspray the Musicial this term. For more information call Lorraine on 087 2924719.

Rights for the Elderly

Rights for the Elderly Voluntary Housing Association wish to thank everyone who helped out and contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection in Tullamore. It was most appreciated. The next fundraiser is a joint presentation with Tullamore Housing Association, of The Celtic Tenors and Deirdre Shannon, in The Church of the Assumption, Tullamore on Sunday, September 21 at 8pm. Tickets are €20 and are available from Heartbeat City in the Bridge Centre or from any committee member. This promises to be a very entertaining night. Funds raised will go towards the housing schemes for the homeless and older people that are currently under construction at Lanello, Clontarf Road, Tullamore. The houses and Community Centre are expected to be completed in October/November.

Small Business Course

A Small Business Accounts Course will commence in Tullamore on Thursday, September 25. The course will run over six consecutive Thursday evenings until October 30 from 7pm to 10pm, for a free of €120. For more information and to reserve a place contact the Offaly County Enterprise Board on 057 9352971 or download an application form from

Parish office moves

The parish office has moved to St Mary"s Parish Centre on Benburb Street (formerly known by local people as Thomas Street). Opening times are from 9am to 1pm and 1.30pm to 5pm. Anyone wishing to book masses, weddings, baptisms or certificates should call during these times. As the new arrangements are going to take a little time to get used to the new parish centre asks for your patience until things settle down.

Durrow Ceili Club

The craic is back on on Tuesday nights with dancing commencing at 9pm in Durrow Community Centre. New members always welcome, including beginners.

New babies

Baptisms take place in Tullamore on the first and third Saturday of every month. All parents who wish to have their children baptised must attend a pre-baptism meeting. More details from the parish secretary.

Tullamore Musical


Rehearsals for 'Oklahoma' have commenced in the Tullamore Court Hotel. Auditions will be taking place for all wishing to take part on Saturday, September 13 at 3pm and Sunday, September 14 at noon. For more details call 087 9856473.

Durrow Foroige

Members of Durrow Foroige Club travelled to Trabolgan in Cork in July and had a brilliant time. Club meetings resume in Durrow Hall on September 11 at 8.30pm. Anyone between the age of twelve and 18 years old is most welcome. The election of officers for 2009 will also be this month. All members and leaders would like to thank everyone who assisted them this year.

Used Clothes


There will be a used clothes, household textiles and footwear collection next Wednesday, September 10, at the GAA Grounds in Tullamore, which will go to help fund an orphanage in Kenya. Items should be dropped off before noon.

Durrow - Cemetery Sunday

Cemetery Sunday in Durrow on Sunday, September 7. Weather permitting, open air Mass at 11.30am. Blessing of the graves after Mass.

Daisy Days Appeal 2008

September 11, 12 and 13

Tullamore Aware Group is once again appealing for volunteers to sell flower bulbs and pins during the above dates. This is AWARE"s biggest fundraiser, and it gives you a chance to help those suffering from depression. The success of Daisy Days depends on your valued support and continued help. The money raised will fund schools" education programmes, public lectures, literature and ongoing research. If you would like to volunteer, contact Richard Egan at 087 6967367 or email

Space to Awaken

Workshops and Courses available to Groups and Organisations. Options include Stress Management/Self Care, Awakening your Creativity, Quantum Leaps - Life"s lessons from Science and much more. For further information contact Carmel Bracken RSM, Space to Awaken, 130, Arden View, Tullamore, County Offaly 087 6425786.


Apologies to those who planned to travel on the bus to Galway last Sunday morning. As there was not enough people willing to leave the fun of the Fleadh behind, the trip was cancelled.

The next READY outing is to the Pitch & Putt Club on Wednesday, December 3. Bus leaving Marian Place until 8.30pm.

Tullamore Pitch & Putt Club

Due to the atrocious weather conditions this weekend, most of the fourball had to be cancelled. Also cancelled was the Joe Pyke Memorial Masters on Sunday last. Re-scheduling may be difficult owing to other domestic Competitions in the pipeline. It is hoped that the ladies and gents doubles finals can be played this week and the John McKenna Memorial Juvenile Competition can start, weather permitting. An early reminder that the AGM will be held in the Clubhouse on Wednesday, September 17 at 8pm.

Clothes A Wear

A fun history workshop for children (nine to twelve years) on fashion in the 18th century. The date for your diary is Saturday, September 6 from 2.30pm - 4.30pm. This special workshop takes place in the Boys School, Durrow, County Laois. This is a unique opportunity for the young to get a glimpse at what people wore in the 1700s, the fabrics that were used, how to keep them clean, and provides an opportunity for viewing and touching fabrics from the past. Participants can make and decorate their own fan, ball mask or face patches or design and make an outfit for their workshop scrap doll. For further information contact 083 3351215. Participants €20 including all crafts and materials.

Tullamore Parish


The date for your diary is September 28 to October 3. One of the chief speakers will be John Pridmoire.

Tullamore CBS


If you were part of the Leaving Certificate class of 1983 or the sixth class of 1978, or if you were part of that class for any part of the journey from second class in 1973 to Leaving Cert in 1983, you are invited to the Durrow Room of the Bridge House on Friday, September 5 at 8pm to meet up, see forgotten faces and renew old friendships. Contact 086 3856319 or for more details.

Looking for Men

Tullamore Gospel choir are looking for men. If you are interested, please attend our choir practice in the Church of the Assumption, Tullamore any Wednesday.

TARA Holiday

A dream holiday exploring the mysteries and magic in Lovely Leitrim is scheduled for Monday, September 29. The venue is the Ramada Hotel on the scenic shores of Lough Allen. Five perfect days and four wonderful nights at the reduced price of €285 per person sharing. To book please contact Mary at 057 9323978. Deposit of €35.00 to be paid on or before August 15.

Outreach/Access Course for School Leavers and Aduls

The Access Course is suitable for both students who have just left School and for adults who would like at this time in their lives to avail of third level courses in the three institutions involved, namely, Athlone IT, NUI Galway, and NUI Maynooth. For further details contact Breege Loftus, Midalnds Access Co-Ordinator, c/o Access Office, NUI, Galway, 087 3292474.

Diabetes Association/Offaly

Meetings on the first Wednesday of each month in the Bridge House, Tullamore, commencing at 8pm. For further information telephone 057 9321211 after 6pm.

Junior Chamber can

do things for you

If you are between 18 and 40 and want to make new friends, become actively involved in community projects and enjoy the fun and challenge of personal development training, Junior Chamber might be just what you are searching for. For more call Kathleen on 086 1693120.

Tullamore Active

Retirement Association

Meetings every Wednesday 3pm to 5pm. All welcome.

Holy Cross Padre Pio Sunday

Padre Pio five days commencing September 28 from Mullingar. Full board all in €785. For further information and booking please contact Rover Coaches.

Living Links Suicide Support

Midlands Living Link are providing practical help and advice and support to persons bereaved by suicide. In the midlands region, a number of trained individuals are available to offer confidential, practical support and information to families who have experienced death by suicide. The suicide outreach support person at the request of the family can call to the home, or meet at a location appointed by the family. Please contact the Midlands Living Links Support Co-Ordinator at 086 1600641.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service needs volunteers. The organisation provides information and support to those who experience domestic voience in the Offaly area, and is now recruiting in the areas of awareness arising, court accompaniment, events planning and fundraising. Training is provided. For more information please call Georgine Touhey on 057 9351796 or email

Mrs Quin"s

charity shop

Mrs Quin"s charity shop on Kilbride Plaza welcome ornaments, books and clothes in good condition. All proceeds go towards research for cures for eye disease.


Do you have some free time on your hands? Are you in a position to deliver the Sacred Heart Messenger once a month? If you feel you can be of assistance please phone 086 3219010.

Tullamore Active

Retirement Association

TARA meetings are reverting back to their usual time on Wednesdays from 3pm to 5pm. New members are always welcome to meetings in the Forresters Hall on Church Street.

Irish Sarcoidosis

Support Network

ISARC meets on the first Wednesday of every month in the Conference Room of the Health Centre on the Ardan Road.

Fibromyalgia Group

Meetings take place on the last Tuesday of every month in the Day Care Centre on the Ardan Road.


Mondays 7pm at the Marian Hostel.

Computer Skills by

Distance Learning

If you are disabled and would like to learn the computer from home phone Majella at 057 9341272 for details.

Offaly Domestic Violence Support Service

ODVSS offers an information, advocacy, support and outreach service. The contact number is 057 9351886 Monday to Friday 10am to 12pm and 2pm to 4pm.

La Leche League, Tullamore

La Leche League Breastfeeding Support Group meets on the third Thursday of every month at 8 pm in the Health Centre, Tullamore. Pregnant women, nursing mothers and babies welcome. For further information contact Caroline at 057 9355061.

Adult Education Guidance Service

Tullamore VEC is the first step to making that dream happen for you. Want to find out how easy it is, the number to dial is 9327104.


Lough Derg Day Retreat

Takes place on September 8. A bus will leave from Rochefortbridge/Tyrrellspass on the day. To book your place call 086 2571645.

Baptisms for September

Will take place on Sunday, September 28 in Rhode Church at 11.45am. Please contact the Parish office on 087 2522384 to register your child.

Change in Mass Times

Please note the change of Mass times at the following locations, Edenderry St Mary"s Church Saturday at 7pm, Sunday 10am and 12 noon. Rhode St Peter"s Church Sunday 11am. Croghan St Brigid"s Church Sunday 9am. Rhode and Croghan Mass on Saturdays at 8pm on alternate Saturdays.

Padre Pio Pilgrimage

To San Giovanni will take place from September 28 to October 2 on a full board basis. Coach transfer from Mullingar to Dublin Airport return. Total cost €819. For more information contact Rover Coaches in Mullingar on 044 9223133.

Art Classes

Take place in the parish centre in Rhode on Monday evenings at 8pm. All are welcome.

Rhode Parish Office

Rhode parish has moved to the old Pharmacy opposite the Churh. The office is open daily from 9.30am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday. For information please call 087 2522384.

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