This week Newtowncashel Drama Group will stage “Too close to Home” by Jimmy Keary. This three act play will open on the night of Thursday the 5th and continue through the nights of the 6th, 7th and 8th March, in The Hill, Newtowncashel. Set in the present day our talented local cast will introduce a host of colourful characters. This riotous comedy offers an insight into the life of James Ryan an aspiring playwright. Ryan is attempting to write his first three act play despite the disapproval of his wife Trish and disdain of their family. Struggling for inspiration he decides to write about what he knows and thinking they will never see it, he bases his play on his in-laws and their marital strife. The situation explodes on opening night, with hilarious consequences. We operate a ticket only policy to ensure no overcrowding or cramped seating, please call 086 252 1536 to reserve tickets. Price is €10 for adults and third level and €5 for primary and secondary school children. Doors opening at 8pm and play commencing at 8:30pm. We hope you can join us for a great nights entertainment in the fine tradition of amateur drama!

Community Games

Hard luck to our U-13 boys’ basketball team who were defeated by Lanesboro yesterday in County semi-final. The played their hearts out but it wasn’t to be. Team was Luke O’Boyle, Harry Murray, Dan O’Shea, Conor Farrell, Jack Sweeney, Aidan Mulvihill, and Josh Mulvihill. Thanks to Joe Mulvihill and John Morrissey our two basketball coaches for training the kids and better luck next year. Our U-16 boys play Longford south and U13 girls play Carrickedmond in the next few weeks. Both of these are also semi-final games. Best of luck to Mary Skelly and her two teams that are taking part in the county table quiz competition this weekend in Edgeworthstown and also best of luck to Brian Kelly and Abbie O’Shea who are singing in the back stage theatre this Saturday in the talent finals. Also, congrats to Harry Murray and Luke Mulvihill who both won silver medals in the Art finals last Saturday?

Monster Auction

Newtowncashel Community games are holding a Monster Auction at 1pm on Sunday 19th of April in the Hall in Newtowncashel. We will be using the funds raised to purchase much needed sports equipment in order for the children of the parish to be able to participate in events and activities. Your support will be greatly appreciated and we hope you can help by donating something for sale on the day or purchasing a bargain. We are looking for quality items such as Firewood, DIY and garden tools, Toys, Books, DVD’s, Paintings, Household Goods, Vouchers etc. to be auctioned on the day. All items considered. We are also looking for Cakes, buns, jams, tarts etc. that can be sold separately. Items can be dropped to the Hall any time after 12 noon on Saturday the 18th of April. Items can be collected by arrangement with any member of the committee by contacting Christy Hopkins on 086 8399057 or Gary Beattie on 0872050506 or John Morrissey on 0868066698 or John Kenny on 0870507686

New arrivals

We extend congratulations to all of the following who had new arrivals in their lives recently - Libby and Damien Geraghty, baby boy; Laura and Karl Dermody, baby girl; Sile and Gary Mulvihill, baby girl; Lorraine and Padraig Wallace, baby boy.

St Brigid’s GAA

Fundraising for a replacement of a defibrillator for the St Brigids GAA clubhouse, Killashee. To assist in funding a new defibrillator we are looking for Scrap metal you may have lying around. It can be dropped in Liam Farrell’s yard in Clondra during the week between 9am and 5pm. Alternatively we can organise collection for you. Contact the following Liam Farrell 086 1632842, Owen Johnston 087 7615501 or Damian Edgeworth 086 8362969, Kevin Connell 0877679967.

Tidy Towns

Newtowncashel Tidy Towns hold their monthly meeting in The Hill on Wednesday the 11th of March at 8p.m.

Do this in Memory

The First Communion children and their parents participate in the Liturgy, this Sunday the 8th of March the third Sunday of Lent.

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir will rehearse in the Church, this Saturday the 7th of March from 5p.m to 6pm in preparation for ‘Do this in Memory.