Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
Rev. Canon Stephen Neill 087-2328172
Services March 2014
Sunday 2nd March - Sunday before Lent
9am Borrisnafarney HC
10am Ballingarry MP
10.15 Borrisokane HC (Sunday School)
11.30 Cloughjordan MP (Sunday School)
Sunday 9th March - Lent 1
9am Ballingarry HC
10.15 Borrisnafarney HC
10.15 Borrisokane MP
11.30 Cloughjordan HC & Family Service
Sunday 16th March - Lent 2 (Observing Feast of St. Patrick)
9am Ballingarry MP
10.15 Borrisnafarney MP
10.15 Borrisokane HC
11.30 Cloughjordan MP
Sunday 23rd March - Lent 3
10am Ballingarry HC
10.15 Borrisnafarney MP
10.15 Borrisokane MP
11.30 Cloughjordan HC (Sunday School)
Sunday 30th March - Lent 4/Mothering Sunday
(5th Sunday - No services in Ballingarry or Borrisnafarney)
10.15 Borrisokane HC & Family Service
11.30 Cloughjordan HC & Family Service
Confirmation 2014 - Candidates and their parents will have met for initial pre-Confirmation meeting by the time this newsletter is published. At least 12 young people from our parish are in preparation for Confirmation on the 1st June and there are also others from the parish being confirmed at boarding school. We wish all the candidates every blessing in this important step in their lives. Please pray for them in the months ahead.
Moneygall Hall Timber Auction:
Thanks to all those who supported the recent Timber, Fuel & Fodder Auction in Moneygall on a very wet Saturday in January. The event was a fundraiser for the refurbishment of our parochial hall in Moneygall. In excess of €5,500 was raised through sales and donations. Well done to John Chadwick and his team who did such a great job, not only on the day but also in cutting timber and asking for donations towards the auction. There was a very generous response which reflects the community spirit in the area. In light of recent storms there may well be another auction on the horizon!
School Dance: Many thanks to the Cloughjordan Dance Club and in particular George & Pearl Whiteford for facilitating another fundraising dance for the parish school. It is to be held on the evening of Saturday 22nd March in St. Kieran's Hall, Cloughjordan. If anyone is interested in tickets please contact any of the school families who are all selling tickets or come along on the night. It is always a popular venue and you are guaranteed a great night of dance and a lovely supper included in the ticket cost. (More details in the School notes).
Lent: During Lent we will be following the Diocesan 'Holy Reading' schedule and reflecting on the appointed passages at our midweek (Wednesday evening) gatherings. Details on parish website (www.modreeny.com) and to be announced in churches very shortly.
Tipperary Education and Training board would like to invite you to a Basic computer Course. Starts on Tuesday 4th March for 10 weeks at
10-12 pm in The Thomas Mac Donagh Heritage Centre. Numbers are limited!
More details on posters at local outlets.
Pamper Evening in aid of The Thomas Mac Donagh Heritage Centre
On Friday 28th February at 7-10 pm in The McDonagh Heritage Centre.
Gift Vouchers cost €10.00. Vouchers available at local outlets or on the evening.
Our Third – Sixth Class pupils had the wonderful privilege of singing with more than 800 other pupils at the Peace Proms Concert in the University of Limerick on Sat 8th February. The choir, accompanied by the magnificent Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland (CBOI) conducted by Gearóid Grant who is internationally recognised as one of Ireland’s and Europe’s leading conductors, sang in the company of Emmanuel Lawler, Tenor, Patricia Tracey one of Ireland’s finest virtuoso violinists, Patrick Martin, piper and The Royal Scottish Pipe Band association Northern Ireland Branch for a capacity audience. It was a tremendous event, which we were honoured to participate in. Congratulations to Ms. Cromer and to Mrs. Grace who prepared the children so well and to the children themselves who were the real stars of the show.
Well done to Jake Adler, Hannah Austin, Hugo Ó hAnluain and Ruairi O’Brolchain, our Under 11 Team, and to Sarah Armitage, Hugh Guest, Ruán Ó hAnluain and Jackie Wakefield, our Under 13 Team, who represented our school so well at the Credit Union Primary School Quiz in Borrisokane at the beginning of February and thank you very much to Borrisokane Credit Union for looking after all the children so well on the night.
We are delighted to welcome Mr. Patsy Farrell back to coach basketball to our middle and senior pupils and Mr. Alan Tynan to coach tag rugby to our senior pupils this term. Both sports are being enjoyed despite the very inclement weather.
It was a pleasure to welcome back four of our past pupils on work experience last month, all from Transition Year in Secondary School. We are very grateful to Rachel Armitage and Kym Hodgins, both in Kilkenny College, and to Emma Cavanagh and Cliona England, both in Borrisokane Community College, for all their help throughout the school while they were with us and wish all four every success as they pursue secondary education. We hope the experience will help the girls to decide on their future career paths.
We were delighted to welcome Dr. Susan Pike, Lecture in Education in St. Patrick’s College of Education, Drumcondra and a group of Third Year B. Ed students to our school some weeks ago. The weather spoiled our outdoor plans for the day but didn’t dampen the enthusiasm as the students visited every classroom and talked with all of our pupils.
Our Fifth and Sixth class pupils greatly enjoyed a visit to “WeCreate Workspace and Fab Lab” in the Eco Village as part of Engineers Week 2014. The children participated in hands on workshops featuring stencils, milling machines and vinyl cutters and learned about digital fabrication. We are very grateful to Veronica Ryan for the kind invitation and to all involved in this very successful visit.
The PTA is extremely grateful to Pearl and George Whiteford and to the Cloughjordan Social Dancing Committee who are very kindly holding a Social Dance, with music by the Kelly Family, in St. Kieran’s Hall, Cloughjordan on Sat 22nd March, 2014 in aid of the school. Tickets (€10 which includes supper and raffle) for the dance are available from the school and in the usual way. All are welcome.
Enrolment application forms for September 2014 enrolment in Cloughjordan No.1 N.S. are now available from the school. If you would like an application form please contact the school on 0505 42318 or email email@example.com
Tuesday March 11th Music by Sam O’Doherty.
Saturday March 22nd in aid of school funds music by The Kelly Family.
The next meeting takes place in Aghancon on the 6th of March, when Alan Dunne will giving a talk and advice on pet care.
The closing service will take place in Borrisnafarney Church on Tuesday March 25th at 12 o’clock. It will be followed by lunch in the Tipperary Inn.
Friday March 14th Borrisokane at 8:15pm
Monday March 17th Ballingarry at 8:15pm
Friday March 28th in the Legion hall in Moneygall at 8:15pm
Thursday Variety Club
The next meeting will be Thursday March 6th at 2:30pm in the Methodist Hall. The speaker will be Nurse Johanna Burke on the topic of Diabetes and General Health.
The last meeting saw all hands busy making scarves under the direction of Iris and Noreen. Thank you to both of them.
G.F.S. is on Wednesday February 26th and 5th 12th 19th of March.
Diocesan service and prize giving on Saturday 5th April at 2:30pm in Corbally Church
Congratulations to Gary Hayes and Karen Pierce on their engagement
Best wishes to Donald McLean of Borrisokane parish and Anita Toohey of Borrisokane who are to be married in Shinrone on Saturday 15th March
Best wishes to Emma Whiteford from Cloughjordan & Mark Crawford from Roscrea who are to be wed on Saturday 5th April in Clifden, Co. Galway.
We wish both couples every blessing and happiness in their lives together.
Poker Classic: Aussie Dennison is once again running his Poker Classic in Aid of Borrisokane Parish on Friday 28th March in Nenagh Golf Club - Tickets from Aussie on 067-27166
Safeguarding Trust Diocesan training for Panel members : 7.30pm 18th March - St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan
The April Newsletter will be available on