Ballinalee

School reopens

School reopens

Scoil Samhthann re-opens on Thursday, August 28th. Doors will open at 9.15am as usual. Junior Infants have a short day for the first two weeks i.e. 9.15 to 12.30. As with the beginning of any new year, there will be some changes. Due to the number of pupils in some class groupings, two classes will be split; namely Senior Infants and 4th class. We welcome Ms. Smith who joins the staff for part of the coming school year. Congratulations to Mrs McDermott who gave birth to a baby boy in July and is on maternity leave. School crests have not yet arrived. The jumpers will be fine without them for the moment. We have quite a few P.E. sweatshirts in small sizes in lost property. It is very important that your childs clothing/belongings are labelled. This saves upset and confusion when things are mislaid. Scoil Samhthann is a Green School and we try to keep waste to a minimum. We reduce, reuse and recycle as much as possible. We are a” Healthy Eating” school and encourage children to eat fruit. Please provide your child with a healthy lunch. Best of luck to the girls and boys from Scoil Samhthann who have started in secondary school.

Family Fun Day

Will take place up at the pitch at 3pm on Sunday, 31st August. There will be lots of fun for all the children. It will be a great way to end the summer holidays. Donations towards the development of the playground will be taken at the gate and all contributions are greatly appreciated. Events will be followed by the duck races at the bridge. Ducks are now on sale in businesses around the village for €5 each. Please come and support both events.

Congrats

Congratulations to Carol and James Vesey, Currycahill, on the birth of their beautiful baby girl, Grace. Wishing them health and happiness in the future.

Motor Neuron Fundraiser

On Friday, 29th August, Rawles will be hosting a Monster Barn Dance. You are guaranteed a fantastic night of entertainment with music by Seamus Farrell, Busy Finders, Frank Kilbride, Chuck and June, Padraig Sweeney, Pascal, Davy and Liz, Jim Dusty, Connie Reilly, Noel Briody and Denis Maloney the Dubliner himself. M.C. on the night is Robbie Irwin while Gabriel McFadden (Fine Gael TD) will be the special guest on the night. Tickets cost €5 or admission optional on the night. Doors open at 9pm. All proceeds go towards Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association and Research Motor Neurone. Please support.

Sympathy

Deepest sympathies to Peggy King on the recent death of her brother Jim, who passed away recently. RIP. Deepest sympathies to Frances Forster and family on the death of Frances’ mother, Peggy Henley, who passed away during the week. RIP

Lotto

Numbers drawn are 1, 8, 17, 27. There are 3 x €20 winners: Pádraig Conlon, Ciaran McEvoy, Gavin Donohoe. Seller’s prize: M O’Sullivan. The next draw will take place on Monday in Rawles pub. Jackpot is €10,000

Whist Drive

Monthly Whist Drive takes place on Tuesday, 2nd September in Currycahill at 8.30pm. Please support.

GAA

Well done to Sean Connolly’s team, who scored a good win last Sunday over Rathcline to book their place in the Intermediate championship semi-final. Check fixtures list in sports section for games over the coming week. Best of luck to all.

All-Ireland Draw

Boxes are on sale for this years All-Ireland football final. Each box costs €100. The draw is limited to 100 boxes with the winner being decided by the final score in the All-Ireland final. 1st prize is €5,000. Tickets on sale from Michéal Carrigy. Money raised goes towards the football club.

Blood Donors

The mobile unit will visit the Longford Arms today and tomorrow (27th and 28th) between 4.30 and 8pm. Please help ensure essential blood supplies are always available by giving blood regularly.

Pilgrimage to Knock

Annual diocesan pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday, 7th September. Ceremonies begin at 2.30 with Mass at 3pm. Bus will leave from Ballinalee at 11.40am. Tickets are €16 and are available from the parish office. It will be led by Bishop Francis.

Pastoral Council meeting

For September will be held in the resource room on Tuesday, September 9th at 8.30pm.