Newtownforbes

Congratulations: Congratulations to Stephen Browne, Lisnaboe, who has been blazing a trail in pursuit of Gold in Los Angeles in the Special Olympics. 
Stephen recently won Gold in both bowling and swimming in the Regional Qualifiers held recently in Galway. Stephen is now one step closer to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Next year’s competition in Limerick will decide who goes forward to Los Angeles. Hopefully Stephen will go the whole way. We wish you the best of luck and will done on your achievements to-date.

Congratulations: Congratulations to Stephen Browne, Lisnaboe, who has been blazing a trail in pursuit of Gold in Los Angeles in the Special Olympics. 
Stephen recently won Gold in both bowling and swimming in the Regional Qualifiers held recently in Galway. Stephen is now one step closer to the World Games in Los Angeles in 2015. Next year’s competition in Limerick will decide who goes forward to Los Angeles. Hopefully Stephen will go the whole way. We wish you the best of luck and will done on your achievements to-date.

Garden Open Day: Garden Open Day at Paddy and Mary Gillooleys Garden, Mill Road, Drumlish in Aid of Irish Cancer Society on Sunday 26th May 11.30am – 6.30pm.

Confirmation: On Tuesday, May 14th at 3pm Most Rev. Dr. Colm O’Reilly, Bishop of Ardagh and Clonmacnois visited St. Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation to the 37 boys and girls from Scoil Mhuire National School. It was a beautiful ceremony and all the boys and girls participated throughout the whole mass. Thanks to Fr. Mc Govern, Mrs. Mc Guinness, Ms. Tully, Ms. O’Loughlin, Derek and the Choir.

First Holy Communion: The bells of St. Mary’s Church, Newtownforbes, rang out on Saturday last 18th May at 12 noon to welcome the young girls and boys from Scoil Mhuire National School who were making their first holy communion. This was a very special day and we wish them, their parents, teacher and family circle many blessings and happy memories to cherish for many years.

Fáilte Abhaile Barbeque - 2nd June : Tickets are going very well for what promises to be a great nights entertainment and value. For €10 there is a Steak BBQ with Music by Pascal, Liz & Davy and a late bar. Don’t forget to remind all your family and friends who might be coming home for the bank holiday weekend that a great night is promised where they can get together with old friends and make a great Newtownforbes Gathering Event.

Tidy Towns: This is a last chance call to get things done before the Adjudicators arrive in the first week of June. The weather is about to improve so try & get the hanging baskets & flowers in before the Bank Holiday weekend if possible.  We still have a lot of weeding, planting and tidying to do along the streets.  Thanks to everyone who is putting in a real effort to help, it makes such a difference. Please join in on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm meeting at the Parish Hall for our work evenings. 

Composting Workshop: In the Parish Hall on Wednesday morning 10am - 12.30pm. Demonstration by Craig Benton. Please bring along some items of waste to be composted. Arranged by the Tidy Towns, Admission Free. 

Matsubayashi Shorin Ryu International Karate: Our club would like to congratulate all of our members who made their first communion last Saturday, Conor, Kiernan, Bradley, Nathan, Sean, Diarmuid, Cian and Joshua. On Sunday next the 26th May our workshop day will take place in our Kilglass dojo. We will have the honour of hosting two of the highest ranking karate masters in the world - Sensei Phillip Koeppel and Sensei Dan Smith. Sensei Koeppel has been Sensei Beaumonts instructor for the past 20 years and has been a practitioner of karate for over 50 years. He is currently a member of the Karate Hall of Fame. Sensei Dan Smith has been studying karate for over 35 years and is also a world renowned author. All of our organisational instructors will be present on the day and the workshop is open to students of all age and grade. Registration for the workshop is necessary and if any member has not already registered and would like to do so please contact Ann on 087 9248816 as soon as possible.

Community Games Hall of Fame: On the 7th June 2013 a gala night will be held in the Stags Head, Ballinalee. This Hall of Fame award ceremony is being held to honour and show appreciation to individuals who have dedicated time and energy to Community Games during the past forty years. One or two members may be selected from each parish and they will then represent their own area in the Hall of Fame Awards ceremony on the 7th. Clonguish Community Games are asking the parishioners of Clonguish to nominate a person or persons they feel deserves this nomination. Remember we are looking for people who have been involved at any stage or stages during the past forty years. Please put pen to paper and give one of our worthy parishioners an opportunity to receive the recognition they deserve for their personal time spent working for Clonguish Community Games. Nominations can be placed in the ballot boxes which have been left in the following outlets: Smyth’s Supermarket, Bell’s Supermarket, Casey’s Pub and McGowan’s Pub.

Woodview Development Bonus: Bonus Ball for Wednesday 08/05/2013 – Lotto Draw Bonus 6 – No Winner. Next Draw 15/05/2013.

St Padre Pio’s Annual Pilgrimage: St Padre Pio’s Annual Pilgrimage to Holy Cross Abbey, Thurles Co. Tipperary Sunday May 26th. Free Bus leaving:- Granard 8.00am, Edgeworthstown 8.20am, Ballinalee 8.40 am, Killoe park 9.00 am, Cathedral Car Park 9.15am, Ballymahon, St Matthews Church 9.45 am (via Kenagh). For further information Contact: 087 6613510 - 086 0405621.

May Stations: On Friday May 24th at 8.30pm at the home of Rosemary Barden, for the area of Kilmore Lower/Upper and on Friday May 31st at the home of Frank and Rheda Quinn for the Prucklish area.

SIAMSA: An Irish Language Summer Course (SIAMSA!) will take place from Monday 8th July to Friday 12th July in Gaelscoil Longfoirt.  The course will take place from 9.30am to 3.00pm each day and will cater for students from Third to Sixth class.  Further information and applications forms available from Yvonne Ní Mhurchú 087-2642665.

Monthly Holy Hour: This Holy Hour in St. Mel’s College on Saturday May 25th at 8.00pm is specially suited to young people, those doing exams and those who were recently confirmed scouts and youth groups.

Clonguish Lotto: Lotto results Saturday 18th May 2013, numbers 2, 9, 17, 30. No Jackpot Winner. Runners up €100 Maura Sheridan, Granard, €25 Charlie Dolan, Dowra, €25 Skan Ballinaglara. Next week’s Draw is in McGowan’s. Jackpot €4,300.

U11 Community Games Tag Rugby: On this coming Saturday, 25th May, as champions of Leinster, and representing Longford, Clonguish take part in the All Ireland Community Games U11 Tag Rugby semi-final, playing against the qualifiers from one of the other three provinces, with the winners of the two semi-finals progressing to the final the following day for the opportunity to be crowned All Ireland champions. The path to the semi-final began back in February when Clonguish overcame strong challenges from local sides Ardagh and Killoe to secure their first ever County title in the competition. It is a testament to the strength of the game at this level in the County that the teams from Ardagh and Killoe were every bit as good as anything Clonguish have subsequently encountered on their path to the All Ireland semi-final. As representatives of Longford the team were drawn against Meath’s qualifiers, Slane, in the Leinster quarter-final. Clonguish were by some distance the better side on the day against a gallant Slane team, eventually winning by a scoreline of 14 tries to 7 and so progressed to the Leinster finals which were held in Longford Rugby Club on Sunday, 7th April. Having been drawn to play against the champions of Carlow, Hackettstown, in the their semi-final Clonguish were a little slow to get into their stride and a number of try scoring opportunities which might have made passage to the final somewhat easier went a begging through forward passes and such like. As the game progressed, however, Clonguish got into their stride and eventually emerged victorious by a score line of 11 tries to 9. The other semi-final involved the champions of Laois, Portarlington, who were crowned All Ireland champions in the previous two years, and St Bridgets of Kildare, and somewhat against the odds, and after extra time, St Bridgets emerged victorious. And so to the final. The omens were not good for Clonguish with St Bridgets racing into an early lead, maintaining the lead to three tries at half time and extending it to four early in the second half. In a do or die performance Clonguish rallied to edge ahead in the closing stages and maintained a one try advantage at the final whistle, 16-15 to be crowned Community Games Leinster Champions and, in so doing, advanced to the All Ireland Community Games finals scheduled to be held in Athlone IT at the weekend. The semi-final kicks off at 3.00p.m at the Athletics Track with the final to take place the following day, Sunday, also at 3.00p.m. At the time of going to press the identity of our semi-final opponent is not known but, no less than any other knock-out event the competition gets tougher the further you progress.

Squad: Abigail Flynn, Ben Carthy, Darragh McCann, Fabienne Flanagan, Jack Sullivan, Hannah Glennon, Josh Sorohan, Josh Carthy, Allanagh Maguire, Christopher Manning, Mark McHugh.