PLAYGROUND & COMMUNITY PARK CLOSED: The RCD have contractors in who started work on the community Park and they are asking all parents to keep their children out of the community field and Play ground until work is completed. This is a Health & Safety issue and there will be large machines working so for the safety of all please make sure your children are aware of the dangers and respect that they have to stay out of the community field and Playground until all is finished.
ST MARY’S NATIONAL SCHOOL: The children are setting trees at the school at present and we would like to say thank you to Lorraine Thomsen. We welcome Ms Clare McCormack to our staff; Clare is replacing Ms. Gilmartin who is on maternity leave, congratulation to Ms. Gilmartin on the birth of a baby son. Congratulations to Karen Kelly and Sean Cameron who both won scholarships to the Gaeltacht, Colaiste Aodhan. Congratulations to the winners of the art competition for Green Farm Foods in conjunction with the ploughing championships, winners were, Amie Hanly, Amy Foley Cross, Leah Finnan, Rachel Cowdy, Emily Fitzgerald, Katie Baird, Annaliese Lawrence, Emma Gaborova, Elaine O’Hara, Sean Cameron, Jenny Kellly & Katie Reilly.
LOTTO JACKPOT NOW AT €9,400: Tickets can be brought in Rathowen Post Office, Connaughton’s Pub, along with several people selling. If you would like to sell a book please contact Peter or Liz on 6676189. It’s worth buying a ticket and remember if you’re not in you can’t win!!!!!
COMMUNITY TEXT ALERTS: The newly formed Community Alert committee have been hard at work setting up the text alert programme, so if you would like to join and receive Garda Text Alerts, please collect a application form from Rathowen Post Office and drop it back to Angela or Lorraine in the Post Office along with €20 (cover cost of insurance, affiliation to Muire na Tire and texts) for the year. Even though the Text Alerts are up and running now for all who have sent in their form and money you can still join at anytime. There have been no takers of the Text Alert programme in Ballygarron, Ballydorey, Derrydoon, Winetown, Ballygarvey or Killenaugh, Rockfield, Crumlin, Corry, Louglinstown areas. The Garda recommend that there is at least one to two text alert recipients in every town land. If you live in any of these areas, and wish to join, just call to the Post Office for a form. This is a very effective system, just last week thanks to text alerts, the Garda were altered to a stolen car parked in the village. Any queries please contact a committee member, Avril Whitney, Willie Rabbitte, Martina Reilly, Lisa Fulham and Lorraine Tormey.
THE GATHERING FOR RATHOWEN: The Rathowen Gathering 2013 kick-off meeting was held on Monday night last, Peter Duffy chaired the meeting and he had several ideas for the community of Rathowen to organise a gathering. The Gathering is part of the country’s initiative to enable Irish people overseas connect with their roots and their hometown or parish. It was decided in principle to hold a Rathowen Gathering this year, subject to getting local support and an attractive programme being developed. The tentative date was set for a weekend in mid to late September. Numerous events were suggested including reunions for St Thomas’s NS, Rathaspic NS and Rathowen NS, also an exhibition depicting Rathowen parish 100 years ago, Rathowen today and Rathowen in 100 years time – the latter could be linked to a children’s art exhibition depicting their views of how they envisage Rathowen in 2113. The Gathering may also include a reading of one of Mr Jimmy Keary’s plays by visitors from abroad – Jimmy is Rathowen’s widely acclaimed playwright. It was also decided that should a final decision be made on proceeding with a Gathering then social media will be used extensively in contacting Rathowen’s Diasporas. This will include website, email, facebook, twitter, skype and youtube. A final decision on proceeding will be made at the next meeting on Monday night May 1st at 8pm and we would like to appeal for wide support from across the parish community - both young and old, you will not be roped into a committee, the Gathering needs public support for this to be achieved. The Rathowen Gathering 2013 has scope to be a great weekend for the whole parish.
NOTES: Due to a change with News Paper deadlines, our time has been moved back for having notes into the paper. The last time now is Saturday by 7pm, anything later than that will not be in the notes and will be put into the following week’s (if suitable). Please continue to e-mail them into Lorraine on firstname.lastname@example.org