Friday, March 28, 2014

April 2014 Newsletter

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

April Newsletter 

Church Services April

Sunday 6th April - Lent 5
9am        Borrisnafarney                     HC
10am      Ballingarry                            MP
10.15      Borrisokane                         HC
11.30      Cloughjordan                       MP

Sunday 13th April - Lent 6              Palm Sunday
9am        Ballingarry                           HC
10.15      Borrisnafarney                     MP
10.15      Borrisokane                         MP & Family Service
11.30      Cloughjordan                       HC & Family Service

Holy Week & Easter Services:
Tuesday in Holy Week: Borrisnafarney      8pm
Wednesday in Holy Week: Borrisokane 8pm (Cloughjordan Ecumenical Community Choir will sing at the service)
Maunday Thursday: 8pm Joint Service in Cloughjordan Methodist Church
Good Friday: Ecumenical Way of the Cross  6.30 (Starting at Townsfields Estate, Cloughjordan)
Easter Eve: Ballingarry 8.30pm HC

Easter Day: Borrisnafarney 9am HC, Borrisokane 10.15am HC & Cloughjordan 11.30am HC

Sunday 27th April - Easter 2 / Low Sunday)                    
No services in Ballingarry or Borrisnafarney
10.15      Borrisokane                         MP
11.30      Cloughjordan                       HC

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

Borrisokane Parish Hosts:
TIPS on dressing for body shape, shopping for a capsule wardrobe, wardrobe decluttering and maintenance and much more.
As seen on TV3's EXPOSE, Delilah is also the resident Personal Stylist at the Athlone Town Centre and Style Columnist for the Galway Advertiser and Sligo Champion.
Tickets €10 at the door   Enquiries: Jennifer 087-6271652 / Angel 087-6819599

Cloughjordan Armchair Christmas Quiz Results
Many thanks to Very Rev'd Denis Sandes who ran this quiz in aid of the Philippines Disaster Appeal. The quiz raised a very impressive €670 towards this worth cause.
The winners were:
1st       Myra Kidd, Tullow, Co. Carlow                 2nd David Baker, Bantry, Co. Cork
3rd      Ann Coulter, Sutton, Dublin 13
Had a good shot:     Douglas Reid, Newmarket-on-Fergus, Co. Clare
Hazel Burgess, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow
The answers were as follows:
ANSWERS: Found around the house                    Example:  not heavy  -  LIGHT
1.         Could be a knight of this                                      BATH
2.         This C could be hurt                                            COUCH
3.         Sounds like someone puting on clothes               DRESSER  
4.         Alladins genie lived here                                      LAMP
5.         Do this, or swim                                                  SINK
6.         Treasure .......of bloomers                                    CHEST  OF  DRAWERS
7.         Kojak s actor                                                        TELLY           
8.         Be quiet, owned by both of you, sounds like!      SHOWER
9.         Your wheels and your dog!                                  CARPET
10.       Bord Gais or ESB might be here!                         UTILITY ROOM
11.       Sounds like pussy’s lower jaw!                           KITCHEN
12.       Hospital Dress?                                                    WARDROBE
13.       J  Edgar ................   US President                        HOOVER
14.       For night or flowers.                                            BED
15.       Southern implement!                                            STOOL
16.       Found Australia,  er                                             COOKER
17.       Short saint with nice tunes!                                  STAIRS
18.       A drink can do!                                                    TABLE
19.       Sounds like its far away                                       SOFA
20.       Not wax, but overhead!                                        CEILING
21.       Students should do this!                                      STUDY
22.       Fox’s tail                                                              BRUSH
23.       Could cool the car engine                                     RADIATOR
24.       Shoot this location                                               FIRE PLACE
25.       This change is not heavy                                      LIGHT SWITCH  
School news
It was a pleasure to welcome Cllr. Ger Darcy, Mayor of North Tipperary, Cllr. Jim Casey and Ms. Deirdre Cox of North Tipperary County Council to our school during National Tree Week when Cllr, Darcy, ably assisted by Ross Austin, Ben Curran, Alastair Grant and Donncha Speight-Burns, planted a rowan tree at our school to mark the occasion.
The school is extremely grateful to Pearl and George Whiteford for organizing a very successful fundraising Social Dance in Cloughjordan on 22nd March which raised in excess of € 1000.00 for the school. Thank you very much to everybody who generously supported the dance, to those who donated raffle prizes, those who baked and those who helped in the kitchen on the night.
Well done to our Fifth and Sixth Class pupils who played at a rugby blitz in Roscrea Rugby Club on 18th March. We are very grateful to Alan Tynan from the Leinster Branch of the IRFU who organized this blitz for primary schools and also for coaching the children at our school over a number of weeks. Our pupils thoroughly enjoyed participating and played very successfully on the day.
We welcome Mr. Gilbert  Williams and Mr. David Needham from Kilruane MacDonaghs to teach P.E. to our First – Fourth Class pupils over the coming weeks and are very grateful to the club for generously making this coaching available to the school.
Congratulations to Jonathan Mooney, Jake Adler, Tom Larke, Ross Austin, Ellen Austin, Hannah Austin, Lucy Warmington and Olivia Grant who represented the school at the Munster section of the All Ireland Primary Schools Team Table Tennis Finals in Beech Hill Table Tennis Club in Cork on 20th March. The children played with great determination on the day against very stiff opposition. Congratulations to both teams and especially to the boys who came 3rd in their section on the day. We are very proud of both teams for doing so well on their first time to participate at this level and thank their coach, Jimmy Hayes, for his ongoing dedication and encouragement to our players.
Our School Garden Committee has been very industrious over recent weeks, organizing very enjoyable visits for Junior and Senior Infants to St Kieran’s Hall to see “The Sunflower Show” by Joanna Williams and for First and Second Class to the Eco Village for a nature walk and to learn how to construct a bug hotel, kindly facilitated by Gearóid Ó Foighil and Tom Tracey, while much work has taken place on site by pupils and parents on digging areas of the garden. Many thanks to all concerned.
The school is delighted to host the annual basketball blitz and is very grateful to Patsy Farrell for organizing this event. We welcome teams from Aglish, Ballinree, Borrisokane and Corville National Schools this year and look forward to another great sporting occasion.
A collection of unwanted second hand clothes, bed linen etc will take place on 9th April, with all proceeds going to the NCBI Charity. Donations, if desired, may be dropped in to school on/before 8th April.
The school will hold a Bring and Buy Sale, Cake Sale and Easter Egg Raffle in school on Thursday 10th April with all proceeds going to this year’s chosen charity, the Jack and Jill Foundation. Donations of suitable unwanted items for the sale can be dropped in to the school at any time.
We send our very best wishes to our teacher, Emma Whiteford and to Mark Crawford, who will be married in Clifden, Co. Galway on Sat. 5th April and wish them both a wonderful day and many, many years of happiness together.

St Kierans Hall, Tuesday 8th April, music by Michael Collins.

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.

Whist Drives
Friday                    April 11th Borrisokane at 8:15pm
Easter Monday    April 21st  Ballingarry at 8:15pm

Thursday Variety Club
The next meeting will be Thursday 3rd April 2:30pm in the Methodist Hall in Cloughjordan. Canon Neill will be showing slides.

G.F.S. is on Wednesday April 2nd and 9th. Diocesan Service & Prizegiving in Corbally on Saturday 5th April at 2:30pm

Best wishes to Emma Whiteford from Cloughjordan & Mark Crawford from Roscrea who are to be wed on Saturday 5th April in Clifden, Co. Galway.
Congratulations to Donald McLean of Borrisokane parish and Anita Toohey of Borrisokane who were married in Shinrone on Saturday 15th March.  We wish both couples every blessing and happiness in their lives together.
Congratulations to Claire Donaldson of Borrisokane parish who got engaged to Roy Gill on 20th January. We wish Claire and Roy every blessing in their plans for the future
Congratulations to Deborah Kenny of Ballingarry and Adrian Shine who recently announced their engagement and are to be wedd in Ballingarry Church on 21st June next. We wish Deborah and Adrian every blessing.
Baptism: Welcome into the fellowship of the Church Danielle Elizabeth Harding, daughter of Gordon and Linda of Milford Borrisokane who was baptised on the 22nd March in Borrisokane Church. We wish her every blessing in her marriage.
Best Wishes to Mrs Maud Powell for a speedy recovery after her recent operation. Also to Jaqueline Hodgins who has gone to Austraila.

The May Newsletter will be available on
April 27th  

Friday, February 21, 2014

March Newsletter

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

March Newsletter 

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 ( 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. 

School News
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

Tuesday March 11th Music by Sam O’Doherty.
Saturday March 22nd in aid of school funds music by The Kelly Family.

Mothers’ Union
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.

Whist Drives
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
Wedding Bells:
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
March 30th 

Monday, January 27, 2014

Newsletter February 2014

 Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                      Rev. Canon Stephen Neill

February 2014 Newsletter 

Services February 2014

Sunday 2nd February 2014 - Presentation of Christ in the Temple
9am     Borrisnafarney            HC
10am   Ballingarry                  MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 HC
11.30   Cloughjordan              MP

Sunday 9th February 2014 - 4th Sunday before Lent
9am     Ballingarry                  HC
10am   Borrisnafarney            HC
10.15   Borrisokane                MP
11.30   Cloughjordan              HC

Sunday 16th February 2014 - 3rd Sunday before Lent
10am   Ballingarry                  MP
10.15   Borrisnafarney            MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 HC
11.30   Cloughjordan              MP

Sunday 23rd February 2014 - 2nd Sunday before Lent
9am     Ballingarry                  MP
10am   Borrisnafarney            MP
10.15   Borrisokane                MP
11.30   Cloughjordan              HC
Answers to Cloughjordan No.1 N.S. Parent Teacher Association      
Occupational Surnames  Quiz   
Example:  Head of a monastery (5)  Answer : Abbot         

1)        The Iron Lady (8)                                                               Thatcher

2)        Forger (5)                                                                             Smith

3)        John Wayne’s nickname (4)                                            Duke
4)        Karen and Richard (9)                                                       Carpenter
5)        LORCFENA (Anagram)                                                    Falconer
6)        Ship, wheel or play (6)                                                       Wright
7)       The dark hours (6)                                                               Knight
8)        Ex president (6)                                                                   Carter/Taylor
9)        Needs the Dough (5)                                                          Baker
10)     Sits on the Bench (5)                                                         Judge
11)    Sewing  machine (6)                                                           Singer
12)    “The __________ wants a wife.” (6)                             Farmer
13)    INWHRAGWIT (Anagram)                                             Wainwright
14)    Harry or Maureen (6)                                                        Potter
15)    Dog’s name with cattle (8)                                                Shepherd
16)    Meat merchant (7)                                                             Butcher
17)    RPRAHE (Anagram)                                                         Harper
18)    Gives you short back and sides (6)                                                 Barber
19)    V.I.P. in the Vatican (4)                                                     Pope
20)    Manufacturer of casks (6)                                                                Cooper
21)    A skilled rider (8)                                                                 Horseman
22)    Bram was famous in this family (6)                               Stoker
23)    MODGILTSH (Anagram)                                                 Goldsmith
24)    ___________, Sunday (6)                                               Bowman
25)    English romantic landscape painter (6)                          Turner
26)    Sixpence (6)                                                                         Tanner
27)    Works in Mount Usher (8)                                                Gardener
28) Wears three stripes (8)                                                         Sergeant
29) Saint Colmcille (5)                                                               Abbot
30) A low navy rank (6)                                                            Seaman/Sailor/Ensign

Winners of the Cloughjordan No.1 N.S. Occupational Surnames Quiz andChildren’s Competition, January 2014

Occupational Surnames Quiz Results

1st Prize, €40                         Gladys Shorten, Rossmore, Clonakilty, Co. Cork.

2nd Prize, €20                        Valda Smith, Dartington, England  

3rd Prize, €10                         Ruth Buttimer, Bealad west, Clonakilty, Co. Cork

Colouring Competition Results     
1st Prize  €7                            2nd Prize  €5

Pre-school winner                                Joshua Dann

Junior & Senior                    1st  Ella Dann, Cloughjordan No. 1 N.S.
                Infants                   2nd Noah Dann, Cloughjordan No. 1 N.S.

First & Second Class           1st  Katy Williamson, Cloughjordan No. 1 N.S.
2nd Katy Williamson, Cloughjordan No. 1 N.S.

Third & Fourth Class        1st  Sophia Whelan, Cloughjordan No.1 N.S.
2nd  Tom Larke, Cloughjordan No.1 N.S.

Fifth & Sixth Class              1st Olivia Grant, Cloughjordan No. 1 N.S.
                                                2nd Sarah Armitage, Cloughjordan No.1 N.S.

Well done to you all!

Thank you very much to everybody who supported our quiz.

There will be G.F.S on January 29th , 5th and 12th  of February in St. Kieran’s Hall

Congratulations to Nigel Culbert and Gwen Abbott on their engagement.

Coffee Morning in Cloughjordan: Call in and enjoy a Coffee Morning, on Friday next 31st Jan. and give your support to the Thomas Mac Donagh Heritage Centre. This will be held in the Methodist Hall (10am-12) together a with Bric-a-Brac sale. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Armchair Christmas Quiz Draw & Coffee  On Sunday 23rd February the winners of the quiz will be announced by Very Rev'd Denis Sandes at Coffee after church in St. Kieran's, Cloughjordan. The deadline has not yet arrived and contributions are welcome until 7th February to the Very Rev'd Denis Sandes, Ballyhasty, Cloughjordan.

Whist Drives
Borrisokane  Friday February 14th
Ballingarry Monday February 17th

Thursday Variety Club
Next meeting will be on Thursday February 6th .

Tuesday February 11th, music by Dermot Lyons. Profits from this dance are going to Christian Aid through Karen Gillespie.
Karen is going to Zimbabwe in March and will be able to donate any funds we give her to directly to areas of need.

Practice Dancing
Practice Dancing continues on Tuesday 28th January. There will be no practice dancing on Feb 4th or 11th but resumes on February 18th.

Sunday School dates Borrisokane
2nd February, 16th February, 2nd March, 30th March, 6th April

Baptism: Welcome to Harry Christopher Williams, son of Bryan Williams & Maria Butler of Railway View, Cloughjordan. Harry was baptised on Sunday 19th January in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan. 4 generations were represented at the service with Harry's parents, grandparents and great grandmother all present on the day.

Confirmation 2014
Confirmation 2014: The Bishop will be visiting the parish on Sunday 1st June for the rite of Confirmation. Please let the rector  know as soon as possible if you wish to be confirmed this year.

Thomas Mac Donagh Weekend in May 2014
Anyone interested in being involved with the Thomas Mac Donagh Weekend in May 2014 is invited to attend a meeting at 8pm on Wed. 29th in the Heritage Centre, Cloughjordan. We would welcome your input with the planning and preparing of the programme of events. The opening of the Centre last May was a weekend of celebrations by the whole community and it is hoped to continue the spirit of working together in honouring Thomas Mac Donagh and the heritage of the area.

The March Newsletter will be available on Feb. 23rd