Friday, September 26, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter

Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

October 2014 Newsletter 

TODAY (28th Sept): Templeharry Harvest    3.30pm     Preacher Rev'd Shannon Delaureal (Methodist Church)

5th October - 16th after Trinity       
9am     Borrisnafarney             HC
10am   Ballingarry                   MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 HC
11.30   Cloughjordan               MP      

Friday 10th October     Cloughjordan  Harvest  7.30pm   Preacher Mr Joc Sanders - Diocesan Reader

12th October - 17th after Trinity     
9am     Ballingarry       HC
10.15   Borrisokane     MP
Borrisnafarney   HARVEST           7.30pm            Rev'd Dr Keith Scott (Rathkeale)

Friday 17th October     Ballingarry Harvest     7.30pm   Preacher Adrian Hewson - Diocesan Reader

19th October - 18th after Trinity                 
10.15   Borrisnafarney             MP
11.30   Cloughjordan               MP
Borrisokane  Harvest        3.30pm            Rev'd Martin Hilliard (Kells, Kilkenny)

26th October - 5th Sunday before Advent                
9am     Ballingarry       MP
10.15   Borrisnafarney MP
10.15   Borrisokane     MP
11.30   Cloughjordan   HC
Mrs Gladys Cromer, previously living in Dublin had lived very happily in Toomevara for the last number of years with her son John and family died on the 31st August after a short illness. A very gentle and caring lady, she was widow of the late John T Cromer and mother of Lillian (Webb) and John, mother-in-law of Liz and dear granny of Simon, Jonathan and Louise, nana of Aaron, Sean, Alex, Evan, Callum and Elliot. After Removal from Ryans Funeral Home Nenagh her Funeral Service took place at St. Andrew's Church, Lucan, with burial afterwards in Esker Cemetery, Lucan. We extend our sympathy to the whole family at this time of sadness.

Canon George Flynn
It is in shock and sadness that I write these words. It is only a matter of days since the terrible news of George's sudden death was announced. For my own part I had known George in one capacity or another all my life. We were actually next door neighbours, sharing a partition wall in a semi-detached house when I was a babe in arms in Glenageary where my father was curate. George's mother used to babysit me and apparently used to bang on the wall if I cried too much at night as the walls were paper thin. In later years we met in theological college, he at the latter end of his training and I about to embark on mine.
Since his arrival in the diocese it has been good to reconnect and also to witness the wonderful work George has done in Aughrim and Creagh Union. George's energy and determination was never lacking and he put heart and soul into his ministry in the parish and never saw any obstacle as insurmountable. In a relatively short space of time George did an extraordinary amount of good work in that parish which will stand as a testimony to him. We will miss him in the diocese too, especially on the Cathedral Chapter, at diocesan council, the Board of Mission and all those areas of ministry which he found time and energy to support. He has gone from us all too soon and we are especially conscious of the profound and inexpressible loss that Gwyn and the family are feeling at this time. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

School news
The school year got off to a chilling start for some! Mr. Hayes accepted the nomination of Hugh Guest, a Sixth Class pupil, and took the ice bucket challenge on 1st September in aid of the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association (IMNDA), much to the delight of pupils looking on.
In mid –September parents of our infant children enjoyed an informal opportunity to get to know each other over a cup of coffee in school one afternoon.
“Coming and Going”
We welcomed back Anne Fitzpatrick at the beginning of term to coach tennis to all pupils.
We said farewell recently to Mrs. Emma Crawford as she began her maternity leave. We wish Emma and her husband Mark all the best and look forward to hearing their good news.
We welcome Mr. Seamus O’Dwyer to our school as substitute mainstream teacher to teach First and Second Class and hope that he will be very happy while part of our staff.
We look forward to welcoming Ruby Ryan (Past-pupil) back on Work Experience later in October. Ruby is now in Transition Year in Borrisokane Community College
Junior and Senior Infants and teachers visited Cloughjordan Railway Station last week. They enjoyed exploring the station, doing some artwork there and feasting on the abundance of blackberries in the hedgerow!
Best of luck to Alex Chadwick, Hugh Guest, Ruairi O’Brolchain, Donncha Speight-Burns, Robyn Fitzgerald, Laura Hayes, Emma Mooney and Laura Williams who will represent 5th & 6th Class, and to Ross Austin, Odhran Fitzmaurice, Tom Larke, David Persse, Lucy Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Lummis, Lisa Mooney and Sophia Whelan who will represent 3rd & 4th Class at the County Tipperary Athletic Association Primary School Cross Country Championships in Thurles Crokes on Wed 1st October.
Dancing classes will commence for all pupils in school on Thursday 2nd October for the next ten weeks. We are hugely indebted to the generosity of Cassandra Kenny who has very kindly agreed to teach dancing to all classes for free. This is an amazingly kind gesture and means so much to us. We look forward to working with Cassandra and learning from her – Thank you Cassandra!
5th & 6th will visit Nenagh Library on 22nd October as part of Children’s Book Festival, for a show by storyteller, Niall de Burca, explaining how World War 1 came about. We are very grateful to Nenagh Library for making this opportunity available to us.

St Kierans Hall, Cloughjordan        Tuesday October 14th ,       
 music by          Michael Collins.
Practice Dancing  October 7th
Advance Notice: The November Dance on Tuesday 11th will be a fundraising dance for Cloughjordan Parish Funds. Tickets will be on sale in advance and both sellers and buyers will be welcome.

Thursday Variety Club
Thursday October 2nd at 2:30 pm in Methodist Hall Cloughjordan, special speaker will be Millie on hair care.

Mothers’ Union
Opening service of Holy Communion in Cloughjordan Church Tuesday 7th October at 8pm. All welcome members and non-members.
Date to note: November 10th Sylvia Crawford doing supper dishes in Moneygall hall again all are welcome

Whist Drives
Moneygall Whist Drive is Friday 24th October at 8:15pm
Ballingarry Whist Drive is Monday 20th October at 8:15pm
Borrisokane Whist Drive is Friday 10th October at 8:15pm

There will be G.F.S. on the 1st , 8th , 15th and 22nd of October

The November Newsletter will be available on
October 26th  

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Harvest Thanksgiving Services 2014

Harvests 2014

Sunday 28th Sept: Templeharry         3.30pm            Preacher Rev'd Shannon Delaureal (Methodist Church)
Note: Change to schedule - No service in Borrisnafarney that morning

Friday 10th October   Cloughjordan              7.30pm            Preacher Mr Joc Sanders (Dioc Reader)

Sunday 12th October  Borrisnafarney                        7.30pm            Rev'd Dr Keith Scott (Rathkeale)

Friday 17th October   Ballingarry                  7.30pm            Preacher Mr Adrian Hewson (Dioc Reader)

Sunday 19th October  Borrisokane                 3.30pm            Rev'd Martin Hilliard (Kells, Kilkenny)

Friday, August 29, 2014

Newsletter September 2014

 Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

September Newsletter 2014 

Services for September

7th September - 12th after Trinity        
9am     Borrisnafarney HC
10.15  Ballingarry    MP
10.15  Borrisokane  HC
11.30  Cloughjordan MP    

14th September - 13th after Trinity
9am     Ballingarry    HC
10.15  Borrisnafarney         HC
10.15  Borrisokane  MP
11.30  Cloughjordan HC

21st  September - 14th after Trinity / St Matthew                 
9am     Ballingarry    MP
10.15  Templeharry MP
10.15  Borrisokane  HC
11.30  Cloughjordan MP

28th September - 15th after Trinity
9am     Ballingarry    HC
NO Service in Borrisnafarney
10.15  Borrisokane  HC
11.30  Cloughjordan MP
 3.30pm     Templeharry Church Harvest Thanksgiving        
Preacher Rev'd Shannon Delaureal (Methodist Church)

Harvests:  Details will announced in church and will be published on when finalised.

Congratulations to Tara Downer & Aiden Creamer who were married in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan on 2nd August. We wish Tara and Aiden every blessing in their future together.
Best wishes to Hazel Cavanagh & Joe Dervan wo are to be wed in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church in Galway on 3rd October. We wish them a great day and every blessing in their future together.

We welcome into the fellowship of the Church Mea Lily Harding Fogarty, daughter of Colin and Olivia who was baptised in Borrisokane Church on 19th July and also Peadar Edward Murray, son of Sarah Harding and Aidan Murray who was baptised in Borrisokane Church on 23rd August.

Frances Dann  of Nenagh Rd Borrisokane and previously Riversdale, Borrisokane died after a short illness on the 1st August surrounded by her loving family. Frances was a very dedicated and active parishioner and among other things played a huge role in the work of the Mothers Union at both parish and diocesan level. An extremly talented person, Frances was a very caring person and a generous hostess who welcomed all to the home she shared with her beloved Jonathan.
Our payers and sympathy go to her husband Jonathan, her daughters  Hazel, Susan, Gillian  and Joyce, her brothers George and Harry, sisters - in - law, brother - in - law, sons -in - law and her  treasured grandchildren

 Notice from Borrisokane Treasurer: Sustentation envelopes are available from Carola Donaldson and the treasurer also requests return of the CHY Charitable giving tax relief forms as soon as possible. If anyone is interested in alternative payment methods i.e. Standing Orders the treasurer will advise. She can be contacted on 087-6567094

Moneygall Hall: The Hall was officially reopened on 31st July at a public reception attended by parishioners, members of the local community and representatives of grant bodies LEADER and OLDC to whom we are very grateful. The Project Manager Brian England was also present as were some of the building contractors involved in what was a fine job and a credit to all involved. Presentations were made to Roisin Lennon of OLDC/LEADER for her part in assisting us with the grant application and compliance and also to Buddy and Daphne Powell for their particular role in liaising with the various contractors on behalf of the parish and overseeing a lot of the final touches to the hall. There are many others who are worthy of thanks and we thank everyone who made this possible. The parish has a facility to be proud of and one which will be of benefit to the whole community.

School News
The school was a very busy workplace right throughout the holidays. We are very grateful to the Department of Education and Skills for providing most of the necessary funding, and to Knockrath Construction for carrying out the mechanical upgrade of the school and for completing the work on time. Knockrath Construction did a tremendous job and we look forward to a warm, efficiently heated school this winter.
Congratulations to Mrs. Amanda Hayes and to her husband George on the birth of baby George. We were delighted to hear this great news and wish George, Amanda, Emma and baby George all the best.
As school re-opens on Monday 1st September we extend a warm welcome to our new Junior Infants:
 Joshua Dann, Óisín Gaffney, Jack Hurley, Joshua Kennedy, Nell Curran, Alice Davis, Clodagh Davis, Olivia Fitzpatrick, Sophie Platt and Marie Manley. We also welcome Evan, Alex, Niamh and Emma into other classes. We hope that all of these pupils and their families will be very happy in our school. We also look forward to welcoming Miss Emma Doherty to school as substitute Learning Support teacher and hope that she will be very happy while part of our staff.
We wish our Sixth Class of 2013-2014 all the very best as they begin a new chapter of their lives in various Secondary Schools at this time and we think of others who have also left us and wish them continued success in their new schools.

Tuesday September 9th ,         St Kierans Hall Cloughjordan,          music by          Catherine and Images.
9:30-12:30 admission €8.
Thursday September 11th Willie Wolf is running a dance in aid of Birr parish in Dooley’s Hotel Birr. Tickets €10.
Practice Dancing will begin for the new season on Tuesday September 23rd. All welcome.  Cost €5.

Thursday Variety Club
Thanks to all who went on the outing to Bunratty. The bus was full and a most enjoyable day was had by one and all.

Congratulations to Nigel Browne on winning two Van Deen Haggets in the 15-18 competition at Tullamore Show. What an honor after being runner up last year.

G.F.S. will be held on Wednesday 10th and 17th of September.
Diocesan fun day in Cloughjordan on Saturday 20th September at 2:30pm.
Michelle Armitage and Grace Healy were at the G.F.S. World Council in Wales.
New members and helpers very welcome.

The October Newsletter will be available on
September 28th  

Friday, August 1, 2014

August Services

3rd August - 7th after Trinity
9am      Borrisnafarney HC

10am    Ballingarry        MP

10.15    Borrisokane      HC

11.30    Cloughjordan MP


10th August - 8th after Trinity
No services Ballingarry or Borrisnafarney

10.15    Borrisokane      MP

11.30    Cloughjordan MP


17th August - 9th after Trinity

10am    Ballingarry        MP

10.15  Templeharry       MP

10.15    Borrisokane      HC

11.30    Cloughjordan HC


24th August - 10th after Trinity
9am      Ballingarry        HC

10.15    Borrisnafarney MP

10.15    Borrisokane      MP

11.30    Cloughjordan HC


31st August - 10th after Trinity

No services Ballingarry or Borrisnafarney

10.15    Borrisokane      HC

11.30    Cloughjordan MP

Saturday, June 28, 2014

July Newsletter

Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

July 2014 Newsletter 

Services for July:

6th July - 3rd after Trinity
9am   Borrisnafarney HC
10.15 Ballingarry MP
10.15 Borrisokane         HC
11.30 Cloughjordan MP

13th July - 4th after Trinity
9am   Ballingarry HC
10.15 Borrisnafarney     HC
10.15 Borrisokane         MP
11.30 Cloughjordan HC

20th July - 5th after Trinity
9am   Ballingarry MP
10.15 Templeharry        HC
10.15 Borrisokane         MP
11.30 Cloughjordan MP

27th July - 6th after Trinity
9am   Ballingarry HC
10.15 Borrisnafarney     MP
10.15 Borrisokane         HC
11.30 Cloughjordan HC

Congratulations to: Eoin Geraghty, Mark Stanley, Kevin Harding, Olivia
Grant, Ellen Austin, Richard Donaldson, Rebecca Mooney, William
Mooney, Jonathan Mooney, Ben Chadwick, Megan Humphreys, Keith O'Meara & Shane Whelan who were confirmed by Bishop Trevor on 1st June. It was the Bishop's last visit to our parish before his immanent retirement. Many thanks are due to all who helped make the Confirmation day such a success - The Church has rarely been so full and every additional seat was needed (a good complaint).

School News
Congratulations to our 5th & 6th Class basketball players who won their semi-final against Carrig N.S., and narrowly defeated Rearcross N.S. in the final of the 2014 Basketball Blitz. It was a pleasure to welcome Carrig, Rahealty and Rearcross National Schools to our school on Fri 30th May for these matches. We are very grateful to North Tipperary Sports Partnership and to Patsy Farrell for their continued support. Congratulations to Sarah Armitage who won the Girls’ Skills Event and to Ben Chadwick who came second in the Boys’ Skills Event on the day.

It was a great pleasure to see so many present at Sports Day on 6th June, despite the damp weather. Congratulations to the Red Team who came 1st, the Blue Team who came 2nd, and to the Green and Yellow Teams who came Joint 3rd on the day. Thank you very much to everybody who provided such lovely refreshments and to our PTA and others for all the help on the day. We were delighted to welcome the children who will be starting in Junior Infants in September, and their families, to our school on the day. Congratulations to our School Garden Committee on its wonderful work to date and on the official launch of Our School Garden at Sports Day. We are most grateful to Pat Malone, Wendy Bailey, David and Joy Wakefield, Louise Cromer, Emma Crawford, Philippa Robinson, Linda Austin and Veronica Ryan, our Garden Committee, for their commitment to and enthusiasm for this project, and for the work they, together with our enthusiastic pupils and many others have put in to setting up this project.

We are very grateful to Tipperary County Council for facilitating our request to visit Cloughjordan Fire Station. Junior and Senior Infants, and staff, were warmly welcomed to the station by Declan Troy, James Last and Gary Thompson on 20th June. Much to the delight of the children they got to see inside and all around the engine and station, and try out the fire hose. Miraculously nobody got wet, although the teachers did stand well back!! The children enjoyed the refreshments given to them before leaving. A very enjoyable visit was had by all.

Thank you to everybody who generously supported our Ice Cream Funday Appeal at Sports Day and afterwards and helped us to raise €268.20 in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland.

Well done to all pupils who helped to raise €530.08 throughout the school year by bringing in their weekly missionary money. This year’s money was donated to Barretstown, a specially-designed camp which provides therapeutic recreation programmes for children with serious illnesses and their families.

Well done to Ruan Ó hAnluain who organized a cake sale in school and raised €100 in support of Clifford Guest’s recent 5 day 500 mile cycle to the 5 National Scout Centres in aid of Cloughjordan Scouts.

We send our very best wishes to Mrs. Amanda Hayes for her maternity leave and wish her and George all the very best as they await their new arrival.

Work will commence at school this week to replace the heating throughout the school and carry out other necessary work. We are very grateful to the Department of Education and Skills for providing funding to enable us to carry out this work.

Our end of year assembly took place in school Wed 25th June, when among other things, we said farewell to those leaving our school. We said goodbye to our Sixth Class pupils: Alex Armitage who leaves us to go to Kilkenny College, and to Ellen Austin, Ben Chadwick, Richard Donaldson, Eoin Geraghty, Olivia Grant, Megan Humphreys, Jonathan Mooney, Rebecca Mooney, Ruan Ó hAnluain, Keith Wallace and Lucy Warmington who leave us to go to Borrisokane Community College. We also said goodbye to Abigail Clarke who leaves us to go to Clonlisk N.S. We wish those leaving all the very best for the future. Canon Neill made a presentation on behalf of the school to Mr. Connie Grace who retired as one of our school bus driver’s during the year and thanked him for his dedication to his job and to those who travelled on his bus.

Thursday Variety Club
Unfortunately the outing to Bunratty Castle which was planned for June 5th had to be cancelled. We hope to reschedule at a later date.

St Kierans Hall,          Tuesday July 8th ,         music by Brian Mc Dermot.

Congratulations to Emma Stanley of Borrisokane Parish who along with
George McAdoo recently announced their engagement. We wish Emma & George every blessing as they prepare for their future together

As mentioned last month we have a lot of weddings in the parish at the moment. Since the last Newsletter David Crawford & Pricilla McCarthy,  Graham Harding & Triona O'Keefe,  Philip Stanley & Mags Egan and Debby Kenny & Adrian Shine all tied the knot and there is more to come as we say best wishes to Tara Downer & Adrian Creamer to be wed in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan on 2nd August.

The Late Margaret Hendy
Sincere condolences to the family of Margaret Hendy who died
peacefully after a long illness bravely endured. Our thoughts and
prayers are especially with  her Son Howard, Daughters Hazel, Frances,
Jennifer, Sharon and Valerie, Son in Law Andrew and Daughter in Law
Pauline. Margaret was buried in Modreeny Graveyard alongside her late
husband Sam following the funeral in Cloughjordan Methodist Church.

Moneygall Sale - Date for the Diary - Thursday 17th July 7pm in
Moneygall Hall - All the usual stalls and attractions. Something for
all the family.

Don’t forget Cloughjordan Fete is on today
Sunday June 29th

The August Newsletter will be available on
July 27th  

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

June 2014 Newsletter

Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

June 2014Newsletter 
June Services

Sunday 1st June - 7th Sunday of Easter
10.15   Borrisokane                 MP  Cloughjordan  Confirmation & Holy Communion (The Bishop)

Sunday 8th June - Pentecost
9am     Ballingarry      HC
10.15   Borrisnafarney HC
10.15   Borrisokane     MP
11.30   Cloughjordan HC      

Sunday 15th June - Trinity Sunday
9am     Ballingarry      MP
10.15   Templeharry MP (NB No Service Borrisnafarney)
10.15   Borrisokane     HC (Sunday School Prizes)
11.30   Cloughjordan MP

Sunday 22nd June - Trinity 1
9am     Ballingarry      HC
10.15   Borrisnafarney MP
10.15   Borrisokane     MP
11.30   Cloughjordan HC      
4pm     St Mary's Cathedral Limerick - Bishop's Farwell Service & Presentation

Saturday 28th June - Cloughjordan HC - 8pm

Sunday 29th June - Trinity 2 (5th Sunday)
10.15   Borrisokane     HC

Cloughjordan/Ballingarry Fete/Fun Day - Sunday 29th June - 3-6pm @ The Green/St.Kieran's Hall

Confirmation 2014: Please pray for the following young people from our parish who are to be confirmed in Cloughjordan by the Bishop on June 1st:
Eoin Geraghty                 Mark Stanley                           Kevin Harding
Olivia Grant                  Ellen Austin                             Richard Donaldson
Rebecca Mooney            William Mooney                        Jonathan Mooney
Ben Chadwick                 Megan Humphreys                     Keith O'Meara
Shane Whelan
Please Note: that as the number of Candidates is very large this year, parishioners who do not have a family member/close friend/godchild etc being confirmed are asked to go to the service in Borrisokane instead as seating will be very tight on the day.

Moneygall Hall
The parish Hall in Moneygall reopened last month after a major refurbishment project under the LEADER scheme. The hall now boasts a new roof,  a brand new floor which was christened at the opening dance on 2nd May last and a state of the art kitchen along with renewed facilities and a patio area and newly landscaped garden to the rear. There will be an official opening in the near future where we will have an opportunity to thank everyone who made this possible. It is hoped that the new hall will be of benefit to the parish and the wider local community who were very generous in lending their facilities while the job was in progress. In this regard a special word of thanks to the Catholic parish of Moneygall who kindly lent the Legion Hall to us on a number of occasions.

Thomas Mac Donagh Weekend in Cloughjordan
A very significant event took place on Saturday 3rd May in Modreeny Graveyard outside Cloughjordan. A time of Remembrance and Thanksgiving was held to remember those from the parish who lost their lives and were wounded in the First World War. That such an event was organised by the same committee who were organising the commemoration of Thomas MacDonagh, one of the men of 1916 speaks volumes of the inclusiveness of our local community. One of those remembered was Sergeant James Somers who won the Victoria Cross for his valour on the battlefield. Among his relatives in the parish today are Harold Williams who laid the wreath on behalf of all the dead at the ceremony and Pearl Whiteford who read a reading of Scripture. The event also featured the traditional silence and the playing of the Last Post (Thanks to Patrick Rowley-Brooke) and a lone piper who played a lament for the dead. The rector was accompanied in leading the ceremony by Rev'd Brian Griffin (Methodist Superintendent) and Fr Tom Hannon (PP).

School News:
This month has been another busy one at Cloughjordan No.1 N.S.
Congratulations to Aimee Fitzgerald who won the Lily O’Brien’s Easter Hamper at the draw in school. Thank you to everybody who generously bought lines and in particular to Mrs. Grant for her help in getting the hamper and to Super Valu, Roscrea, for very generously donating it.
Our Fifth and Sixth Class pupils enjoyed a visit to the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre for a 1916 re-enactment as part of the Thomas MacDonagh weekend and are grateful for the kind invitation.
Pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Classes took part in the Borrisokane Athletic Club Primary School Competition on 7th May and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Congratulations to all of our athletes who took part and won many medals in both track and field events. Well done in particular to our boys who defeated stiff competition from many neighbouring schools and won the O’Farrell Shield.
4th, 5th & 6th Classes enjoyed the annual visit to Villiers School, Limerick on 14th May and participated in the Primary Inter-School Sports Day. This was another enjoyable occasion. Schools from all around the diocese and beyond took part. We are most grateful to Villiers for organizing and hosting this event and for very generously funding it in full. Our pupils were victorious on the day and returned with the Villiers School Cup. Well done to you all.
Congratulations to Jake Adler, Ross Austin and Tom Larke who played on the hurling team with St. Michael’s N.S. during the month and who each scored at different events. Well done boys.
Our Junior Classes enjoyed their School Tour to Glendeer Pet Farm and Viking Boat Trip on the River Shannon on May 13th with many of the younger children getting to steer the boat, somewhat haphazardly! Our Senior Classes enjoyed their school tour to Kilkenny Castle, the National Craft Gallery and to Kilkenny Activity Centre on Friday last. Ms. Cromer and the children were wet and mucky from head to toe but this didn’t reduce their enthusiasm for splat ball and for the military assault course. Many thanks to their teachers for organizing these enjoyable tours for the children.
Thank you very much to everybody who supported our PTA’s Road Race and Family Walk in Cloughjordan on Sun. 18th May. It was a most enjoyable occasion. Congratulations to our winners, as follows: Men: Glenn Austin (1st), Carl Williams (2nd), Clifford Guest (3rd), Women: Sandra Williams (2nd), Roisin Costelloe (3rd); Primary School Children: Tom Larke (1st boy), Laura Williams & Laura Hayes (Joint 1st girls); Seniors: Albert Austin (1st Man) and Maureen Shelley (1st Lady)
We wish our basketball team all the best as they participate in the semi finals of the Basketball Blitz Competitions on Friday next and look forward to hosting the semi-finals and final at our school this year.
There was great excitement in the Infant Classroom on Wednesday last when some of the eggs in our incubator hatched. “Fuzzy One” and “Fuzzy Two” hatched before school while “Fuzzy Three” hatched after break, watched by a captivated audience! “Fuzzy Four” and “Fuzzy Five” arrived on Thursday. The three week wait was well worth it when we heard our little chicks chirping loudly. Thank you very much to Alison, Josh, Rylan and Ethan Hayes for all their help with sourcing an incubator and eggs.
We look forward to our Annual School Sports Day and official launch of our school Garden on 6th June and to welcoming our new Junior Infant pupils for September next, and their families, to school that day.

Cloughjordan Barbeque and Fete
A meeting to make arrangements for the Fete will be held in St Kierans Hall Cloughjordan on Monday May 26th at 8:30 pm. As this is an important parish fund raiser and family event, please come along with ideas, suggestions or offers of help.
All are welcome.
St Kierans Hall, Tuesday June 10th , music by Michael Collins.

Thursday Variety Club
The variety club summer outing to Bunratty Castle is on Thursday June 5th. The bus will be leaving outside the Methodist Church at 10am going via Moneygall, and returning  home via Ballycommon with dinner in The Thatch.
If interested contact Betty Powell 086- 3480631
Thank you to all who supported the parents night.
G.F.S. summer camp is on 20th – 22nd June.

Fun Cycle and Barbecue
The Board of Mission and Youth Council invite you to join our Fun Cycle and Barbecue on Sat 21st June in aid of Swaziland. The cycle involves 2 routes- 60km and 100km around Clonfert. The longer route includes a rest stop at Cloughjordan Hall. Donations of food and help would be appreciated. Also someone willing to follow the cycle with a trailer as "sweeper".
If you would like to cycle or sponsor a cyclist, please contact John Chadwick 0862112985

Weddings Weddings and more Weddings!
Congratulations to David Crawford & Pricilla McCarthy to be wed on 31st May and to Graham Harding & Triona O'Keefe who are also to be wed in Duogh Co. Kerry on 31st May. Congratulations and best wishesalso  to Philip Stanley & Mags Egan who are to be wed in Kilruane on the 14th June and Debby Kenny & Adrian Shine who will be wed in Ballingarry on the 21st June.

Borrisokane Social Club Outing to Portumna Workhouse
The newly formed Borrisokane Parish Social Club had a very sucessful outing to Portumna Workhouse on Sunday 11th May. The workhouses have been almost fully restored and give a fascinating insight into the hardship that the occupants endured during this dark chapter in our nation's past. Thanks are due to Nigel Foxton for organising the visit.

Easter Vestries
Thanks to all who attended the three meetings and to all who agreed to take office and responsibility in the administration of the parish.

The July Newsletter will be available on
June 29th  

Saturday, April 26, 2014

May 2014 Newsletter

Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

May 2014 Newsletter 

Church Services May

Sunday 4th May - Easter 3
9am        Borrisnafarney                     HC
10am      Ballingarry                            MP
10.15      Borrisokane                         HC
11.30      Cloughjordan                       MP

Sunday 11th May - Easter 4
9am        Ballingarry                            HC
10.15      Borrisnafarney                                 HC
10.15      Borrisokane                         MP
11.30      Cloughjordan                       HC

Sunday 18th May - Easter 5
10am        Ballingarry                          MP
10.15      Templeharry                         MP
10.15      Borrisokane                         HC
11.30      Cloughjordan                       MP

Sunday 25th May - Easter 6
9am        Ballingarry                            HC
10.15      Borrisnafarney                                 MP
10.15      Borrisokane                         HC
11.30      Cloughjordan                       MP & Sunday School Prize Day & Coffee

Confirmation 2014: Please pray for the following young people from our parish who are to be confirmed in Cloughjordan by the Bishop on June 1st:
Eoin Geraghty                      Mark Stanley                      Kevin Harding
Olivia Grant                          Ellen Austin                         Richard Donaldson
Rebecca Mooney                William Mooney                  Jonathan Mooney
Ben Chadwick                     Megan Humphreys             Keith O'Meara
Shane Whelan

Congratulations  to Emma Whiteford from Cloughjordan & Mark Crawford from Roscrea who were married on Saturday 5th April in Clifden, Co. Galway. We wish them every happiness in their life together.

Easter Services: Thanks to all who decorated our churches and helped in any way in preparation and at the various additional services during Holy week and Easter. A special word of thanks to the Cloughjordan Community Choir who sang at the service on Wednesday in Holy Week in Borrisokane Church.

Easter General Vestries: Please note - All are welcome - These are open parish meetings and it is important that as many people as possible attend so that the voice of the whole parish can be heard
Monday 28th April: Borrisnafarney/Templeharry @ Moneygall Hall 8pm
Tue 29th April: Borrisokane @ Borrisokane Hall 8pm
Wednesday 30th April: Cloughjordan/Ballingarry @ Cloughjordan Church/Hall 8pm

Borrisokane Parish Family Social Outing to Portumna Workhouse & Picnic in Portumna Forest - Sunday 11th May at 3pm - Details from Nigel Foxton, Carola Donaldson or Norman Harding (or the Rector 087-2328172). Please give names and numbers to any of the above as soon as possible to facilitate booking.

Cloughjordan Thomas MacDonagh Weekend
Programmes are now available for Cloughjordan Honours Thomas MacDonagh  in shops and on and
Events, beginning with launch of Cloughjordan Heritage Vol. VIII, extend from 2nd-5th May. An exhibition on WWI will run at the Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre - open 12noon - 5 pm during the weekend and daily 12 - 4pm with late opening (7pm) on Fridays.

WW1 memorabelia  required for loan for The Thomas MacDonagh Heritage Centre in Cloughjordan.
We would be delighted to honour Our Many unsung hero's from Co Tipperary in this centenery year of the great war. We request Memorabelia for loan such as, Medals, document's, letter's etc to display in our Heritage Museum. Please call to The Heritage Centre between 12 - 4 pm Tuesday- Friday.( Or by arrangement by text or call). Contact: 087 3946862

MU MAY DAY EVENT: "The Mothers' Union are hosting a light May Day afternoon on Thursday, 1st May in Aghancon Hall from 2.30 to 5.00 p.m. with some music, worship, some gardening tips from Susan Jackson and tea and chat.  Further details from Jean Talbot at 057 91 31195.  All welcome - you don't need to be a member of the MU!"  

Successful Style Night
Thanks to Jennifer Carter & Angel Donovan who arranged a very enjoyable evening for the ladies of the parish in Borrisokane Hall with Delilah, Fashion stylist and personal shopper.
The rector was the only man present and was listening with great interest as Delilah explained body shapes and was pondering whether he was an apple or a pear when suddenly the conversation moved on to appropriate underwear and he decided (prompted by a dig in the ribs from his wife) that it was time to beat a hasty exit, returning when the coast was clear to inspect the tray bakes and other less risquee items. As well as being a most enjoyable evening the event raised in excess of €500 for parish funds. Well done and thanks to all concerned.

Poker Classic: Thanks again to Aussie Dennison for arranging his annual Poker Classic which raised almost €2000 for the Church Fabric Maintenance Fund. Also thanks to those who gave prizes and bought tickets for the event. 

School News
It was a great pleasure to host a basketball blitz at the end of last term and to welcome teams from Aglish, Borrisokane, Ballinree and Corville National Schools. Congratulations to our Fifth and Sixth Class players who won all of their matches and go through to the semi-finals of the competition. We are very grateful to Patsy Farrell, and to Mrs. Grace, for preparing our pupils so well for this competition.
Teams from Fifth and Sixth Class represented the school at the FAI Primary Soccer Schools 5 a-side competition at Newhill Park last term. The boys and girls enjoyed their separate days out and while neither team progressed through to the next stage they both enjoyed participating.
Our hurling enthusiasts are enjoying training with St. Michaels’ N.S. and once again we appreciate the kind invitation from Mr. Dooley and Mr. Hassett from St. St. Michael’s to join with them again this year.
Together, our pupils, parents and staff raised €856 during Lent, in aid of the Jack and Jill Foundation. Congratulations to all involved, and especially to our pupils, who did a huge amount of the work organizing a Bring and Buy Sale and Easter Egg Raffle to raise this money. Thank you very much to everybody who supported this event. We also supported the NCBI “Fill the Van” Appeal last term and appreciate the many donations of much needed unwanted clothing which we were able to donate to a local charity.
The end of term saw some special visitors at our school, with visits from Josh and Rylan’s baby lamb, Keith and Dylan’s pet rabbit and the annual visit of the Easter Bunny! All pupils enjoyed the Easter Egg hunt on the last day of term.
Our PTA is organizing, by popular demand, what we hope will be another very successful 8km Road Race and Family Walk. This year’s event will take place on Sun 18th May beginning and finishing at St. Kieran’s Hall. The race/walk will commence at 3pm, with registration from 1.30pm onwards. Entry fee on the day. The prize giving and refreshments will be held afterwards in St. Kieran’s Hall. All are welcome.
This term we look forward to swimming lessons in Birr Swimming Pool, to School Tours, participating in the Borrisokane Athletic Club Primary Schools Competition 2014 and in the Primary Schools Sports Day at Villiers School, to French Classes, to progressing our School Garden and much, much more.

St Kierans Hall, Tuesday May 13th , music by Declan Aungier.

Sunday School
Sunday school party at    Nenagh Arena    Saturday 10th May    4:30-6:30.
All parish children welcome .        Booking essential. 
Please contact Heather  Persse on 087-9081939.

Thursday Variety Club
A special thank you to Canon Stephen Neill for coming to show his photos of his trip to The White House, it was very much enjoyed.
The next meeting will be on Thursday May 1st at 2:30pm in the Methodist Hall with a talk from a horticulturist.
Planning is underway for the summer outing to Bunratty Castle for Thursday June 5th if interested contact Betty Powell 086- 3480631

G.F.S. is on Wednesday April 30th, May 7th and 14th. G.F.S open night on Friday 16th May at 7:30pm in St Kierans Hall Cloughjordan.

Thank you to all who donated prizes for the whist Drives in Ballingarry which were very well supported.

Borrisnafarney/Templeharry Parish

Opening Dance

In newly refurbished Moneygall CofI  Hall.
Friday 2nd May 2014
Dancing 9.30-12.30

Music by

Peter Burke

(Includes Light Refreshments)

Deepest sympathy to Mr & Mrs Derrick Chadwick on the death of Yvonne’s father Micheal Kennedy.
Best wishes to Mrs Patricia Hodgins for a speedy recovery.
We welcome Leslie Stanley out again following his recent surgery.

The June Newsletter will be available on
May 25th