TIDY TOWNS: The monthly Tidy Towns meeting will be held on Wednesday August 3rd at 8.30pm in “The Hill”. Tidy Towns Work Evenings continue on Tuesday and Friday evenings, weather permitting. Assembly is at “The Hill”. It is hoped that every available volunteer will turn out. Unfortunately litter has become a very real problem in the Village and along the approach roads. All who frequent Newtowncashel are asked to dispose of bottles and wrappers correctly. Remember that carelessly discarded litter can bring to naught the good work of others in painting, sweeping and trimming.
PIONEERS: The Pioneer Outing on Wednesday July 20th travelled north to Co Armagh. Navan Fort and Loughgall were interesting and the city’s two cathedrals impressive, particularly the Catholic edifice. The weather, though quite chilly, was kind to the party in that threatening showers held off. The group, which spanned the entire age spectrum, enjoyed the trip. Thanks to all who travelled from the parishes of the region, and to hostess and driver; to the members of the Pioneer Committee and particularly to Peter Hanley, who yet again worked tirelessly to ensure that seats were filled. Where to next year?
TROCAIRE: Contributions to the Trocaire Emergency Appeal for famine relief in East Africa will be accepted next weekend, July 30th/31st. Donations may be put in plain envelopes marked “Trócaire”.
ADORATION: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament continues on Wednesdays from 3.00pm to 9.00pm.
RURAL BROADBAND: The Government Rural Broadband Scheme has been established to provide a basic broadband service to individual rural premises which cannot obtain a service from existing providers. Parishioners who wish to access broadband may complete a one-page application form without obligation. Friday next, July 29th, is the last day on which the Department will accept applications. To obtain a form log on to www.dcenr.ie or collect one from L & K’s Village shop.
TODDLER GROUP: The Toddler Group resumes on Tuesday July 26th, from 9.30 – 11.30am. Weather permitting we hope to enjoy some outdoor activities! All are welcome! Contact Yvonne (086) 851 7037 for information.
PIONEER FUNDRAISING APPEAL: The Pioneer Association is projecting a deficit of €100,000 in 2011. This is due to the decline in the Pioneer magazine circulation and other income sources. The PTAA and Central Office face closure this year unless there is an urgent injection of funds. A donation of €10 per member would raise the necessary finance. It is hoped that most members will give more. For many members this is the first time they have been asked to contribute to the Association. Remittance forms, with the appeal letter on the reverse, are available in the church porches. They may be returned directly to PTAA Head Office, 27 Upper Sherrard Street, Dublin 1, or to any member of the Cashel Committee.
DATES: Cemetery Sundays – Saint’s Island Cemetery, 21st August; Cashel Cemetery, 28th August. Mass and prayers for the dead, 6.00pm. These masses will replace the 10.30am Mass in the Church. Pattern Day will be celebrated at Lady Well, Derrydarragh, on Saturday September 3rd. Mass follows the recitation of the Rosary at 6.00pm. This Mass will replace the Saturday evening Mass in the Church.
INTEGRATION DAY: Integration Day was very successful and worthwhile once again. The attendance included a high proportion of people who are new or relatively new to Cashel. We thank all who did so much to make the day, particularly the members of the Parish Pastoral Council.
SCRAPPAGE: Cashel GAA are endeavouring to upgrade their dressing rooms and pitch surface. To help finance this project we hope to collect and recycle scrap (metals, iron, cookers, washing machines etc but excluding fridges). If you have items for recycling please contact either Ray Flanagan (087) 242 0593 or Peter Hanley (086) 258 9725 or any committee member to arrange collection.
PUBLIC MEETING: A public meeting will be held at 8.00pm on Thursday July 28th in Lanesboro Co-Op Hall (The Old Convent Secondary School Hall). All are welcome. The aims of the group are to create educational opportunities for 1st, 2nd and 3rd level students and adults; create general employment and stimulate the local economy; develop cultural and eco-tourism, field schools, experimental archaeology programmes, trails, fishing, boating, children’s environmental, archaeological, arts and crafts events, creative writing and art schools, and wilderness retreats. Protect peatland artefacts, environment and Heritage. The potential for tourism in Longford is clear. Be part of it! Join the Wetlands Heritage Longford Committee or simply help out in some other way. Just come along on the night!
LOUGH DERG: Pilgrims may commence the Three Day Pilgrimage on any day until Saturday August 13th. The cost is €55.00 to cover boat fare and accommodation. NO reservation is required for the Three Day Pilgrimage. One Day Retreats take place on designated dates in August and September. The cost. €30.00, includes boat fare and a light lunch. Reservations are essential. For more information contact (071) 986 1518, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.loughderg.org.
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