Clondra

TABLE QUIXZ: A table quiz is being held as a fundraiser in aid of Clondra Community Hall on Friday night 4th May at 8.30pm in the Richmond Inn Clondra. Your support would be very much appreciated.

TABLE QUIXZ: A table quiz is being held as a fundraiser in aid of Clondra Community Hall on Friday night 4th May at 8.30pm in the Richmond Inn Clondra. Your support would be very much appreciated.

DEFIBRLLATOR: Recently one of our defibrillators was broken into and the battery removed. This is a very low and deplorable act,who ever is responsible. These are life saving machines so we please ask the local community to be vigilant and report any suspicious observations. These batteries cost 300 euro to replace. There was a great effort and generosity by the people of the parish to put these life saving machines in place. We appeal to the person/people responsible to examine their conscience and return the batteries.

dancing: Sean nos Dancing classes take place in the Camlin Bar every Thursday night 7 to 8pm. Children 3 euro adults 5 euro. Come along for the craic. For more information contact 043 33326039.

Offical Opening: Scoil Mhuire, Clondra, celebrated the official blessing and opening of their school extension on Friday, 16th March 2012. It was a day of great joy and celebration with the whole community coming out in force to be part of the special occasion. The school and surrounds were in tip-top condition as parents and locals painted, cleaned, landscaped and did a general tidy-up of the local area. Mass was celebrated at 3pm. by Bishop Colm O’Reilly, assisted by Fr Nigel Charles, Fr Sean Casey and Fr Michael McGrath. The pupils took part in all areas of the mass by reading, singing and saying prayers. Mass was followed by a blessing of the extension and blessing of crucifixes for each classroom. The pupils then entertained the assembled guests with a brilliant display of music, dance and drama. Bishop Colm paid tribute to the excellent development which has taken place in the school. He went on to highlight the importance of small rural schools and the necessity to work to prevent their loss. Denis Glennon, Chairperson of the Board of Management, welcomed the assembled guests and thanked all those involved in the building of the school, particularly local people and businesses. He paid tribute to Colette McManus, saying that she initiated, drove and oversaw the project. Michael Galvin, a representative of the parents, spoke of the warm, friendly atmosphere in the school, with all the children knowing each other — ‘like one big happy family’. He also commented on the school’s commitment to sports and IT. Colette McManus expressed her thanks to the local community ‘who have shown the real meaning of meithal’ in the preparations for the day. She welcomed the celebrations to brighten up the doom and gloom of present days. After the speeches, the official cutting of the ribbon and unveiling of the plaque took place. A marquee (kindly donated by Pat Farrell) was packed with an abundance of hot and cold refreshments. The parents and local community must be commended for their generosity in providing every conceivable type of sandwich and confectionary — proof that the art of baking is alive and well in Clondra. Old friends and acquaintances reminisced on past times and viewed the many exhibits of children’s work, photos and roll books. A fabulous day was had by all. Finally, the Board of Management and staff of Clondra National School wish to express our sincere gratitude to parents, pupils and members of the wider community who gave so much help in the preparations for the day. Go raibh mile maith agaibh to all who helped in any way to make this a memorable day in the history of Clondra. Enrolment Clondra National School is now accepting enrolments for the year 2012-13. If you would like further information or an enrolment form please contact the school at 043 3326417 or e-mail us at clondrans.ias@eirconi.net.