Friday, January 9, 2015

January - February 2015 Newsletter

Cloughjordan & Borrisokane

                           Group of Parishes

                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 

                                                           Stephen.neill@gmail.com

 

January Newsletter 

 

Note: Priest in Charge (From 19th January): Rev'd Ruth Gill –

Tel: 087-9484402

 

Services (Subject to alteration)

Note: Where MP/HC not specified Holy Communion as announced - Details for remainder of February will be published on Sunday 8th February

 

Sunday 18th January - Epiphany 2

NO MORNING SERVICES

3pm: United Service in Cloughjordan - Farwell to Rector

 

Sunday 25th January - Epiphany 3

9am     Ballingarry                  MP

10.15   Borrisnafarney                        MP

10.15   Borrisokane                 MP

11.30   Cloughjordan              MP

 

Sunday 1st February - Epiphany 4

9am     Borrisnafarney                       

10am   Ballingarry     

10.15   Borrisokane                

11.30   Cloughjordan             

 

Sunday 8th February - 2nd Sunday before Lent

9am     Borrisnafarney                       

10am   Ballingarry     

10.15   Borrisokane                

11.30   Cloughjordan             

 

 

Not quite Final Farewell:

As I write these notes I am conscious that there is still an occasion to come when I will have a chance to say a formal farwell to you my friends in this group of parishes. But for those of you who may not be able to be present may I thank you on behalf of myself and Nicola & Aaron for the warmth and generosity you have shown us since our arrival in August 1998. It has been a privilege to be your rector and fellow companion on the journey of life. We will always consider this place very special and it is you the parishioners who have made our time here a happy one. We leave with good memories and not a little sadness. May God bless each and every one of you as you have blessed us.

Stephen

PS - I am delighted that the Rev'd Ruth Gill is to serve as interim Priest - in - charge as one who is so familiar with the parish and has done such great work among us in the past. I know you will give her a great welcome as she provides leadership during the time of transition. 

 

Baptism:

Welcome into the fellowship of the Church to Ethan James Healy, son of Heather & Brian who was baptised in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan on Sunday 7th December. We wish Ethan every blessing in his life.

 

Wedding Bells:

Congratulation to Nigel Larke & Sarah O'Mahony who were married on December 30th in St. Patrick's Church, Kenmare by Canon Stephen assisted by the Rev'd Michael Cavanagh, Rector of Kenmare. It was a beautiful occasion and we wish Nigel & Sarah every blessing and happiness into the future.

 

School news

Well done to Tom Larke who a prize in the Art Competition organized by Borrisokane Community College as part of their Christmas Concert. Thank you to Borrisokane Community College, once again, for the kind invitation to their Christmas Concert, which our 3rd – 6th class pupils and their teachers, really enjoyed.

Well done to Andrew Austin, Ella Dann, Stephanie Manley, Josh Caplice, Alfonso Galera Kleboe, Ruairi O’Hare, Niamh Ryan and Laura Hayes who won prizes in the Borrisokane Credit Union 2014 Poster Competition.  Thank you very much to Borrisokane Credit Union for the very generous prizes awarded, and for the treats which were greatly enjoyed by all pupils!

Thank you very much to Ivan Dann and Victor Austin, who with many willing helpers, gave generously of their time to chop firewood and sell it in aid of the school. Initiatives like this are greatly appreciated and the money raised is put to good use in the school. The firewood sold quickly – thank you to one and all involved.

Thank you very much to everybody who supported our Christmas Concert in December. Well done again to everybody involved on making it such a success, and most especially to all of our wonderful pupils, with the amazing assistance of Cassandra Kenny. It was a great pleasure for us to donate €825 to the Billy Goulding Fund from the Concert. We hope our contribution helps Billy, Victor and Eileen on their journey towards Billy’s recovery.

Congratulations to Mrs. Emma Crawford and to her husband Mark on the birth of baby Ruairi last month. We were delighted to hear this great news and wish Emma, Mark and baby Ruairi all the best.

Congratulations also to Miss Emma Doherty, our temporary Learning Support Teacher. Emma and Dave announced their engagement over Christmas. We wish them every happiness for their future together.

Thank you very much to everybody who supported our fundraising “Number and Word Phrases Quiz”, kindly compiled for us by Mrs. Miriam Henderson. The draw takes place at the end of the week. Best of luck to everybody who has returned a quiz sheet with all correct answers – there are many, many of you!

The time is fast approaching for us to say farewell to Canon Neill from the school. Canon Neill has been a wonderful Chairperson of our school since he arrived in the parish. We can’t thank him enough for all that he did for all who work and learn in the school, and for so many parents of the school through the years. His commitment to the school has been incredible, not only as Chairperson of our Board of Management, as a member of our Parent Teacher Association,  but also as somebody who always wanted what was best for our school and all connected with it. We thank him most sincerely, will miss him terribly and pray that he, Nicola and Aaron will be very happy in their new home in Celbridge. We wish Aaron a very happy 18th birthday later this month and hope he enjoys his birthday celebrations!



 
Sunday January 18th is Canon Stephen Neill’s Last Sunday as Rector of this group of parishes.

On that Sunday there will be no services in any of the group of churches in the morning. In the afternoon at 3:00pm there will be a united service in St Kierans Church Cloughjordan, followed by refreshments in the hall. Presentations in appreciation of his time with us will be made at the service.

 

Dancing

Monthly dance is on Tuesday January 13th music by Peter Burke.

Practice dancing on January 20th and 27th. There is no practice dancing on February 3rd.

 

Moneygall Whist Drive on Friday 23rd January in Moneygall Hall at 8:15pm.

Ballingarry Whist Drive  Monday 19th January  at 8:15pm.

Thank you to all who gave prizes and supported the Christmas Whist Drive

Borrisokane Whist Drive  Friday 13th February at 8:15pm

 

Deepest sympathy to Mrs June Chadwick, on the death of her sister Evelyn Newton.

 

G.F.S.

There will be G.F.S. on Wednesday 14th ,21st 28th January and 4th and 11th of February.

 

Thursday Variety Club

Thursday Variety Club February 5th at 2:30pm.

Thank you to all who came together for a very enjoyable dinner in December.

 

 

 

 

The Next Newsletter will be available on

February 8th2015


Friday, November 28, 2014

December 2014 Newsletter


Cloughjordan & Borrisokane Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 
                                                           Stephen.neill@gmail.com

December 2014 Newsletter 
SERVICES
7th December – ADVENT 2 
9am         Borrisnafarney                        HC
10am       Ballingarry                              MP
10.15       Borrisokane                             HC
11.30       Cloughjordan                          MP & Baptism       

14th December – ADVENT 3               
10.15       Borrisnafarney                        HC
10.15       Borrisokane                             MP
11.30       Cloughjordan                          HC
7pm         Ballingarry (CofI) Ecumenical Carol Service         

21st December – ADVENT 4
9am         Ballingarry                              HC         
10.15       Borrisnafarney                        Carol Service
10.15       Borrisokane                             Carol Service
11.30       Cloughjordan                          Carol Service

CHRISTMAS EVE
8.30pm    Ballingarry              Eucharist of Christmas Eve

CHRISTMAS DAY                              
9am         Borrisnafarney                        HC
10.15       Borrisokane                             HC
11.30       Cloughjordan                          HC

28th  December – Christmas 1               
9am         Ballingarry                              HC
10.15       Borrisnafarney                        MP
10.15       Borrisokane                             MP
11.30       Cloughjordan                          HC
               
4th January  – Christmas 2     
9am         Borrisnafarney                        HC
10am       Ballingarry                              MP
10.15       Borrisokane                             HC
11.30       Cloughjordan                          MP
               
11th  January  – Epiphany 1/Baptism of Our Lord
9am         Ballingarry                              HC
10.15       Borrisnafarney                        HC
10.15       Borrisokane                             MP
11.30       Cloughjordan                          HC       
From the Rector:
By now you will probably have heard that I am on the move, having been appointed to the parish of Celbridge & Straffan with Newcastle - Lyons in the diocese of Dublin & Glendalough. After over sixteen years in the parish and some nineteen in the diocese this will be a big change for me and indeed for Nicola and Aaron. This place has been our home in every sense of the word and we have made so many friends through the years who have stood by us through thick and thin. I will miss so many aspects of parochial and diocesan life and the people who make this place so special. In our new home we will only be a short distance up the motorway and I hope that at least some of you will come and visit us from time to time.
My Institution is to take place on the Thursday 12th February in Christ Church, Celbridge and I would be delighted to see friends from the parish at the service - We have come a long way together and I owe a huge debt of gratitude to  you all.
As the next Newsletter will not be out until the 11th January may I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy Christmas and every blessing for the New Year.
Yours                                    Stephen

Baptism: George Robert Hayes, son of George and Amanda Hayes and brother to Emma of Finnoe, Borrisokane was baptised on 2nd Nov in Borrisokane Parish Church. We wish George every blessing in his life.

Weddings: David Goulding & Aisling Palmer were married in St. Kieran's Church, Cloughjordan on 8th November and held their reception in the Dunraven Arms in Adare. It was a lovely occasion and we wish David and Aisling every happiness in their life together.

Best wishes to Gary Hayes and Karen Pierce who are to be married (will have been by time these notes appear) in St. John's church in Kilkenny on Saturday 29th November. We wish them every blessing in their marriage.
Also to Nigel Larke & Sarah O'Mahony are to be wedd in St. Patrick's Church in Kenmare on the 30th December. We wish them every blessing for the day and every happiness in their marriage

Bereavement - Joyce Wallace - The large crowd who turned out for Joyce's funeral on the 20th November in St. Cronan's Church Roscrea reflected the love and affection that family and friends alike had for Joyce. In a very moving address, Mr Adrian Hewson (Diocesan Reader), a personal friend of Joyce's paid tribute to Joyce and her generosity and service to her church and community. Clergy of all denominations were present, reflecting the breadth of her influence and affection. We extend our sympathy and prayerful support to all who mourn especially her mother Vivienne, her sister Freda, brothers Robin, Cecil and George and the extended family many of whom are in this group of parishes.

Consecration of Bishop Kenneth:  24th January is the day for our new bishop's Consecration in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin and we look forward to welcoming him and his family to the diocese. He will be enthroned in St. Mary's and St. Flannan's cathedrals in the weeks following the Consecration (dates yet to be announced)

Parish Dance - Tue 11th Nov - Thanks to all who supported the fundraising dance organised by the dance club in Cloughjordan who also sponsored the band. - €2160 was raised towards the wheelchair ramp/emergency exit proposed for St. Kieran's Church. Special thanks to Pearl and George Whiteford and all who sold and bought tickets and provided raffle prizes and contributions to the supper.

Billy Goulding - The Strictly Come Dancing fundraiser for Billy is taking place on 31st January and tickets are available throughout the parish. Please support this event in whatever way you can. It is good to hear that Billy is making good progress and he remains in our thoughts and prayers.

School News
 We send our deepest sympathy to the family of Joyce Wallace. We were very saddened to hear of Joyce’s untimely passing and remember all the family in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.
Congratulations to all of our athletes from 4th – 6th Classes who took part in the North Tipperary Primary Schools Indoor Track and Field Competition at Nenagh Olympic Athletic Club on 6th November. Congratulations especially to Laura Williams who won two medals at the competition. Laura came 3rd in the 600m and 3rd in the Shot Putt competitions for 6th Class Girls – a great achievement.
5th & 6th Classes enjoyed a visit to Borrisokane Community College as part of Science Week 2014 and learned a lot working in the Science laboratories. Each returned with their own handmade candle. We really appreciate this opportunity afforded to our pupils.
Ross Austin, Alastair Grant, Andrew Hayes, Tom Larke, Sadhbh Lummis, Evan Mooney, Lisa Mooney & Sophia Whelan from 4th Class participated in the Primary School Soccer Blitz hosted by Borrisokane Community College as part of the Transition Year Programme. Congratulations to our players who were runners up in the final and to Ballinree N.S. who won the competition.
Garda Kate Jones and Garda David Lee visited our school last week and delivered the “Respectful Online Communication” programme, the internet safety module of the Garda Primary Schools Programme, to our 5th and 6th class pupils covering a range of topics including cyberbullying and online safety and security. We are very grateful to both guards for this.
Thank you very much to Angel Donovan who very kindly gave of her time and artistic talent and made beautiful Advent Wreaths with 5th and 6th Classes for our school and parish churches. We really appreciate Angel’s guidance and help with this very meaningful preparation for Christmas.
The school is very busily preparing for our Christmas Concert in St. Kieran’s Hall on 11th December at 7pm. It promises to be a very entertaining night. Well done to all of our pupils for preparing so enthusiastically for this event and thank you so much to Cassandra Kenny for helping to make it all possible.
We have just learned that Canon Neill, our esteemed Chairperson, is moving to pastures new in January. To say we will very much miss him is a huge understatement. We thank him most sincerely for his invaluable contribution, unfailing support and dedication to our school community over the last sixteen years. We wish him, Nicola and Aaron every happiness in their new home in Celbridge.
We welcome Nigel Foxton and Deirdre O’Brolchain to our board of management  and thank them both for their willingness to serve as board members.

Dancing
Tuesday Dec 2nd 9:00-12:00pm
A line dancing and sequence dancing special  Admission is free. A box will be provided for donations to charity.
Tuesday Dec 9th 9:30 -12:30 Our regular monthly dance with music by Glen Flynn.
Tuesday Dec 16th Final practice dancing night before Christmas.
Tuesday Dec 30th Christmas/New Year party night. Celebrating 10 years of social dancing in St. Kierans Hall  Music by Checkers

Moneygall Christmas Whist Drive on 29th December in Moneygall Hall at 8:15pm.
Ballingarry ChristmasWhist Drive  Monday 15th December at 8:15pm.
Prizes and contributions for the supper will be very welcome.
Borrisokane Christmas Whist Drive  Friday 12th December at 8:15pm  Cloughjordan Christmas Whist Drive Monday December 1st at 8:15pm.

Deepest sympathy to Mrs Heather Powell, John and Fred Chadwick on the death of their niece Joyce Wallace.
Deepest sympathy   to the relatives of Masylm Dennison.

Borrisnafarney/Templeharry Timber & Fodder Auction - Thanks to all those who supported the auction which was a great success and had a record number of lots for sale. Despite the abundance of both fuel and fodder good prices were achieved and a special word of thanks to John Chadwick who coordinated the event and to our guest auctioneer Cllr Tom Berkery

G.F.S.
On 3rd December Christmas party with Santa .

Congratulations to Nigel & Gwen Culbert and also to Gary and Karen Hayes on their recent Marriages.

Christmas Market is on Saturday 6th December St. Kieran’s Hall, all usual stalls. The Community Choir will be singing carols.

Thursday Variety Club
The Christmas Dinner December 4th at 2p.m. in the Gourmet Gallery Cloughjordan. Names to Adelaide or Betty 086 3480631 by Tuesday Dec 2nd  

Happy Christmas and a Happy NewYear
The Next Newsletter will be available on
January 11th2015

Saturday, October 25, 2014

November 2014 Newsletter


Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 
                                                           Stephen.neill@gmail.com

November Newsletter 

Services for November 2014
2nd November - 4th Sunday before Advent
9am     Borrisnafarney             HC
10am   Ballingarry                   MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 HC & Baptism
11.30   Cloughjordan               MP
           
9th November - 3rd Sunday before Advent / Remembrance Sunday          
9am     Ballingarry                   HC
10.15   Borrisnafarney             HC
10.15   Borrisokane                 MP
11.30   Cloughjordan               HC

16th November - 2nd Sunday before Advent           
10am   Ballingarry                   MP
10.15   Borrisnafarney             MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 HC
11.30   Cloughjordan               MP

23rd November - Sunday before Advent / The Kingship of Christ /  Diocesan Mission Sunday  
9am     Ballingarry                   HC
10.15   Borrisnafarney             MP
10.15   Borrisokane                 MP
11.30   Cloughjordan               HC

30th November - 1st Sunday of  Advent       
Note: 5th Sunday - No services in Ballingarry or Borrisnafarney
10.15   Borrisokane     HC
11.30   Cloughjordan   HC      

Harvest 2014 - Thanks to all who contributed to the preparations for this years harvest services. After such a good year it was a joy to be able to celebrate a truly plentiful harvest. A special word of thanks to our organists and church decorators, tea makers and bakers, readers, wardens, our visiting preachers and all those who attended and participated.

Baptism:  Priya Lyn Williamson Donnelly, daughter of Seamus and Tracey was christened on 27th of September in Borrisokane Church. The godparents were Ava Brophy Williamson & Liam Donnelly and Priya was welcomed into the fellowship of the Church by family and friends.

Weddings:
Congratulations to Hazel Cavanagh & Joe Dervan who were married by Canon Stephen and Fr. Bernie Costello on 3rd October in St. Nicholas' Collegiate Church in Galway. Hazel was accompanied by her five sisters as bridesmaids. The newly wedds had a guard of honour on exiting the church from Joe's hurling teammates from Ballinasloe and the weather cleared up just in time to allow the guests walk from the church to the hotel on Eyre square via Shop street where a great night of celebrations was enjoyed.
 Best wishes to David Goulding and Aisling Palmer who are to be married in St. Kieran's Church in Cloughjordan on 8th November and to Gary Hayes and Karen Pierce who are to be married in St. John's Church in Kilkenny on the 29th November.

Accident: It was a shock to hear of the serious road accident that Errol, Valerie & Scott Harvey of Borrisokane parish were involved in. After a week in hospital in Dublin and nursing some broken bones it is a huge relief that the family are home and recovering from their ordeal. We wish them a full and speedy recovery.

Billy Goulding Appeal: Billy is a two year old parishioner who has been in Temple Street Hospital since late July following his sudden collapse. He was ultimately diagnosed with transverse myelitis which is a rare (1 in a million) autoimmune condition whereby the body turns on its own nervous system. There are many triggers and can affect any age. The doctors believe Billy contracted a virus. His body fought it, by producing antibodies which killed the virus. Normally, these antibodies die off, but in Billy's case, they turned on his healthy nerve cells in his spinal cord and this caused swelling and paralysis. Billy is facing a long rehabilitation and his parents Eileen and Victor are constantly by his bedside. Plans are in place for a fundraising event in early January and tickets are available from Austins Centra, Bergins Moneygall, Crawfords Borrisokane & Beirne's Dunkerrin  In the meantime your prayers are asked for Billy and his parents.

School News
 Well done to all of our 3rd – 6th athletes who participated in the County Tipperary Athletic Association Primary School Cross Country Championships in Thurles Crokes on 1st October. Congratulations in particular to Tom Larke who came 1st and to Ross Austin who came 3rd in their race, and to Lucy Fitzgerald, Sadhbh Lummis, Lisa Mooney and Sophia Whelan (3rd & 4th Class girls) who came 5th in the team results and to Ross Austin, Odhran Fitzmaurice, Tom Larke and David Persse (3rd & 4th Class boys) who also came 5th in the team results.
We were delighted to welcome Marjorie Quarton to read from her latest book “Corporal Jack; A Dog’s Life in the First World War” to Fifth and Sixth Classes. Marjorie was very impressed by the children’s interest in her book and their intelligent questioning, and enjoyed her visit very much.
Thank you very much to everybody who donated unwanted clothing and helped us to, once again, support the “Fill the Van” appeal in aid of the NCBI. The donations were very gratefully received by the NCBI and will be put to very good use.
Thank you very much for the very generous support of our “Trick or Treat for Temple Street” appeal. Pupils and staff dressed in Hallowe’en and many different costumes last Friday and had lots of fun trying to identify mysterious bodies! We had some very welcome visitors on the day who brought an abundance of Hallowe’en treats for the children. We raised over €305 on the day for Temple Street Children’s Hospital! Thank you very much to Wendy Bailey who spent time with the Infants carving a pumpkin. Everybody helped out while we counted in Irish, English, German (thank you Alina for teaching us) and French! What a delight it was to see the pumpkin lit up in the complete darkness, with spooky sounds adding to the atmosphere!! Wendy also treated everybody to some of her pumpkin cake – it is to be highly recommended!
We are supporting the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal again this year. Filled shoeboxes should be returned to school by 7th November so that they can reach their destination in time for Christmas. Support for this appeal would be most welcome.
Well done to Ross Austin, Tom Austin, Alastair Grant, Hugh Guest, Andrew Hayes, Tom Larke, Hugo Ó hAnluain, David Persse and Donncha Speight Burns who played Gaelic football matches with pupils from St. Michael’s N.S. during the month. Thank you very much to Mr. Dooley and Mr. Hassett for inviting our pupils to train and play with St. Michael’s N.S. and to Ms Cromer for organizing travel to and from events.
Fifth and Sixth Class really enjoyed their visit to Nenagh Tennis Club last week, by kind invitation of Anne Fitzpatrick. It was a marvellous opportunity to play on the courts in Nenagh. The children were very generously looked after in the Club House – thank you very much Anne for a wonderful visit.
Garda Kate Jones visited our school recently and spoke to all pupils about safety.  Garda Jones reinforced key messages about road and Hallowe’en Safety and answered the children’s many questions.
We are delighted to welcome Cassandra Kenny to school to teach dance to all classes.  We are really gaining from and enjoying this experience. Cassandra has started work with all classes in preparation for our Christmas Concert on 11th December. Cassandra is giving of her time and professionalism for free – we really can’t thank her enough for this!
It was a pleasure to welcome Ruby Ryan from Transition Year in Borrisokane Community College on work experience for the last fortnight. Ruby was a great help throughout the school. Thank you Ruby for all you did.

 Cloughjordan Fundraising Dance
Tuesday November 11th              9:30-12:30         Admission €10
               Music by               Sam O’Doherty
    You can support by,
Buying or selling tickets,           Donating to supper or raffle
Helping with supper on the night
Any queries contact Pearl on 0860553041

Moneygall Whist Drive on 28th November in Moneygall Hall at 8:15pm.
Volunteers to help with supper would be very welcome.
Ballingarry Whist Drive is on Monday 17th November at 8:15pm
Borrisokane Whist Drive is on Friday 14th November at 8:15pm
Advance notice: Cloughjordan Christmas Whist Drive Monday December 1st.

Deepest sympathy to William and Robert Powell on the death of their aunt Mrs Jenny Shaw.

G.F.S.
There will be G.F.S. on the 6th, 13th and 20th of November

Practice Dancing this month Tuesday October 28th November 18th November 25th.

Timber/Fuel/Fodder Auction to be held in Moneygall on Saturday 22nd November in aid of Borrisnafarney/Templeharry parish

Mothers’ union
November 10th Syliva Crawford doing supper dishes in Moneygall Hall. All are welcome.

Thursday Variety Club
The next meeting is on November 6th at 2:30pm in the Methodist Hall Cloughjordan, the speaker will be Mrs Lovelock giving a talk on flower arranging.


The December Newsletter will be available on
November 30th  

Friday, September 26, 2014

October 2014 Newsletter


Cloughjordan & Borrisokane
Group of Parishes
                                                  Rev. Canon Stephen Neill     087-2328172 
                                                           Stephen.neill@gmail.com

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
Bereavements
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.

Dance
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

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



The November Newsletter will be available on
October 26th