Notes 12/12/2011 - Newtowncashel - Co. Longford

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TRAGIC DEATH OF ALISON SMYTH
The Parishes of Cashel and Rathcline were left reeling on Tuesday morning last week with the news of the sudden and untimely death of Alison Smyth, just a day before her 29th birthday.  Ali, as she was known, was a beautiful, intelligent and extremely popular girl and a very gifted sportswoman, and her death has left so many people shocked and grieving.  To her heartbroken parents Pat and Brendan, her sister Janice and brother Gordon, her boyfriend James, her nephews, her large extended family and her many, many friends, we offer our deepest sympathy.  May she rest in peace.

CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
A Christmas Carol Concert featuring Newtowncashel, Scramogue and Tang Choirs will be held in The Church of The Blessed Virgin Mary, Newtowncashel, on Wednesday 14th December at 8pm. Donations in aid of the RISE Foundation (a support organisation for families with loved ones in addiction), can be given on the night.  All support would be greatly appreciated.  
This is the second in a series of three.  The first very successful Concert took place in Scramogue Church on Sunday 11th December.  The 3rd and final Concert will take place at Tang Church on 18th December at 7pm.

WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS
Congratulations to Doireann Ní Cathasaigh and Gary Sheelan who were married on Friday December 9th.  We wish them a long and happy life together.

BOOK LAUNCH
Congratulations to Johnny Fallon whose new book “Dynasties, Irish Political Families” was launched by George Hook at Kelly’s Hotel, Dublin, on Monday December 12th.

TIDY TOWNS
Newtowncashel Tidy Towns Committee held their monthly meeting on Tuesday December 6th in “The Hill”.  The meeting was very well attended.  The many items on the agenda were efficiently dealt with under the chairmanship of Michael Murray. Michael and the other members present paid glowing tribute and congratulated John Farrell on being named Longford Rehab Person of the Year for 2011.  John in reply said he felt very humbled and honoured to be named Longford Person of the Year.  In conclusion, he thanked the people of Newtowncashel for their goodwill and support, the Tidy Towns committee for nominating him, the various committees which he is a member of and the people of County Longford and further afield who gave him their support.

WHITE COLLAR BOXING EVENT
Newtowncashel Gun club are holding a White Collar Boxing fundraiser event on Friday the 16th December 2011. Tickets are on sale now, call (087) 292 0094. Adults €10 and students €5. A raffle will also be held on the night with lots of prizes.  Your support would be appreciated.

CHRISTMAS DAY RUN
The Annual Christmas Day Run from Newtowncashel to Lanesborough in aid of the Longford branch of MS Ireland is being organised again for the 21st year. As a result of this event approximately €150,000 has been raised for Multiple Sclerosis. All are welcome, walkers start from the Hill at 11.45am and runners at 12.15pm, finish at the Hall in Lanesborough where refreshments are available. Further details and sponsorship cards are available from Michael Flood, Newtowncashel (Tel: (086)088 0855); Brigid Mullooly, Lanesborough (Tel: 04333-21019); L and K's Village Shop in Newtowncashel or O’Brien’s Corner Shop, Lanesborough. All participants will receive a free t-shirt kindly sponsored by Peter Hanley Motors. We would greatly appreciate your support as this is in aid of a very worthy cause. Longford MS has come to depend on this event over the past 20 years and would like to extend their appreciation for the effort given.

DO THIS IN MEMORY
The First Communion children and their parents participate in the liturgy on Sunday next, December 18th, the Fourth Sunday of Advent.

JUNIOR CHOIR – CHRISTMAS REHEARSALS
The Junior Choir will rehearse in the Church on Saturday December 17th, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm in preparation for Christmas.  We look forward to a full turnout!  It’s still not too late to join in, if you haven’t made it to any rehearsals so far!  Those who have been given reading parts are asked to make sure to read through your readings or prayers and to bring them to the rehearsal on Saturday.
The rehearsal will also prepare liturgical music for the Do This In Memory Mass to be held the following morning.

“YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESS”
“You Shall be my Witness”, the Confirmation preparation programme, got off to a very successful start on Friday night last week.  Session two, takes place on Thursday December 15th, at 800pm.  The programme is a new pastoral development and is led and co-ordinated by parents.

FORTHILL BOG
Forthill Bog, which includes Cornadough, Ballyreevagh and Claras Bogs, which are due to stop cutting turf in 2013.  Information meeting in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Monday December 19th at 830pm.

IRISH CONVERSATION GROUP
Irish conversation groups have been in existence for a number of years throughout the country and are proving very popular with a wide range of people with varying levels of Irish speaking capabilities. These groups offer people an opportunity to meet on a weekly basis and converse through our native language. This is far removed from evening class type of learning and is a fun way to enjoy or improve your skills and love of our language, remember it is geared for all levels.
If you are interested in forming/joining such a group in Newtowncashel please contact Liam Finnegan on (086) 258 5656. We will be holding a meeting/social evening to chat about our plans.

ADORATION
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Wednesdays from 3.00pm.  Adoration will finish at the earlier time of 630pm this Wednesday to accommodate the Christmas Carol Concert.  All are invited to spend some time in quiet prayer.

ROSARY
Recitation of the Rosary continues on Fridays at 7.30pm.  All are welcome.

COLLECTION ENVELOPES
Collection envelopes for 2012 are being distributed by members of the Parish Pastoral Council.  We thank them and all who help in the process.  Anyone who has been omitted but who wishes to receive envelopes should contact the Parochial House.

TOWARDS HEALING
Towards Healing is a free and confidential helpline and counselling referral service; a Catholic Church response to institutional/Clerical/Religious abuse.  1800 303 416, Mondays and Wednesdays, 11.00am – 8.00pm; Fridays 11.00am – 4.00pm, casemanager@towardshealing.ie, www.towardshealing.ie.

ACTIVITY CLUB
Meeting in the village at 7.15pm every Monday and Wednesday. If you would like to take part please come along.  We will be organising a number of different events over the coming months so please join us as all ages will be accommodated.

SET DANCING
Set Dancing classes take place on Tuesday nights in Sorohan’s Pub, Ballyleague, at 8.30pm.

25 CARD GAME.
The Christmas Club has now started in Fallon's on Thursday nights at 9.30pm. Come along to get your name in the draw.  All Welcome.

NEWTOWNCASHEL CHRISTMAS CARDS
Newtowncashel Christmas Cards will be on sale in “The Hill” after weekend masses on Saturday and Sunday.  They are also available in L&K’s Village Shop.  As postal deadlines for some destinations are imminent this is an opportune time to buy local cards.  Sponsored by Newtowncashel Tidy Towns, the very attractive card features Saints’ Island in winter and is priced at €1.00.  Photography and design by Edel Fallon, bottlegreendesign®, (086) 376 4843, edelfallon@yahoo.com.

"FIRESIDE TALES"
Jude Flynn's "Fireside Tales" is now available to purchase in the Village, featuring on the front cover Brian and Rita Ganly sitting by the fire.  This would make a beautiful present for Christmas.

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