Christmas Cards Abbeyshrule Tidy Towns committee have a Christmas card on sale at the Rustic Inn Abbeyshrule. The theme of the card is the President Michael D. Higgins’ visit to the village on June 22nd and the recent Canadian award. The cards cost 1euro each and people are advised to purchase early as the committee will not be ordering more due to extra cost. Thanks for your support.
Badminton Badminton continues in Carrickedmond parish hall on Wednesday nights and on Friday nights for children. New members always welcome. For more information contact Seamus McCormack 0879646090 or Laura Byrne 087 2289876.
Folk Group Rehearsals continue in Carrickedmond church on Wednesday nights from 8pm to 9pm. Next folk mass will take place in Carrickedmond on Christmas day the 25th December. New members always welcome.
Credit Union The Ballymahon and District Credit Union invite all members to their 25th anniversary celebrations and presentation night which will take place in Cooney’s hotel Ballymahon on Friday night next the 29th Nov commencing at 8pm. Refreshments will be served.
Death of Jody Mc Guire: On Monday morning the 11th November news broke of the death of Jody McGuire at his home in Tashinney, following a long illness. Jody was a well known and popular member of the local community where he lived all his life in his beloved parish of Carrickedmond. Jody was a hardworking, strong and gentle person who was deeply devoted to his wife, children and grandchildren. He was also a great neighbour and friend to the many people who knew him. After leaving school in Clonfide Jody went to work in Board na Mona where he was a popular member of the working staff up until when he retired through ill health. In the early years of his life Jody went through hard times as he suffered ill health but never complained and also went through the mental pain of losing three sons and two daughters who passed away at a young age. However Jody kept his faith in God and was a regular at mass on Sundays. He continued to provide for the rest of the family and together with his wife Nancy made the most out of life. He was a great GAA man who down through the years was a player and administrator with his local club Carrickedmond. Jody was a proud member of the Carrickedmond teams in the fiftys who brought junior championship and Leader Cup honours back to the parish. Right up until the time of his passing Jody would still be sure to have a report of club games involving Carrickedmond given to him in his armchair at his home. The last honour bestowed on Jody by the club was in January this year when he was the very proud recipient of the Carrickedmond GAA Hall of Fame award. Jody also loved to be involved in other parish activities and for many years gave of his time freely to many parish organisations. Only last September Jody and his wife Nancy celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Even though he was very sick at the time Jody still showed his strong side and enjoyed a little party with his family in his hospital bed. Jody will now be hugely missed in the area by all who knew him but no more so than by his loving wife Nancy his daughters, Noeleen, Ann, Geraldine and Imelda, sons Seamus, Michael, Sean and Paul, sisters Peggy and Patsy, brother Jimmy, son in laws, daughter in laws, grandchildren and other family members to whom we extend our sincere sympathy. The respect by which Jody was held by everyone was most evident by the large number of people who attended both the removal and funeral. Jody’s remains were removed from his home in Tashinney to his parish church in Carrickedmond and the burial took place in the local cemetery where Jody’s remains were buried alongside his five children twins Michael and Patrick, Padraig, Kathleen and Emer who all predeceased him. May his soul now rest in peace.
Simon Community Homelessness is growing in the midlands. Simon Community is trying to help. Funding from state agencies continues to be cut. Simon Community is appealing to parishes to arrange a “Sing for Simon” event in order to raise funds for the Simon Community. Anyone who might be interested in organising this please contact any member of the local pastoral council or Fr Tiernan.
Fr Tiernan would like to thank everyone who hosted the autumn stations and also all who attended the stations.
Congratulations to Sr Rose Moran who launched her book of poems entitled “Echo Fields” some of which relate to her native Abbeyshrule and surrounding areas. The book was launched by Noel Monahan in the county library this week.
A Christmas carol will be presented by pupils from Ballymahon VS in the school assembly hall on the 4th 5th and 6th December. Pupils from the local area attending the school are among the cast members. Tickets are still available and cost €10 each. Bookings can be made by contacting the school at 0906432211.Best of luck to all involved in the staging of this production.
To local GAA footballer Barry O Farrell who was nominated for Intermediate player of the year. The presentation for this award took place at the Longford GAA All Star awards ceremony in the Rustic-Inn Abbeyshrule on Saturday night last. Even though Barry was not named winner of this award he can be proud of his displays on the playing fields during 2013. Well done Barry.
Pupils from St Sinneachs School, Colehill will present a Nativity Play and carol Service in the Secret Hearth Church Carrickedmond on Monday evening the 16th December at 7:30pm. Everyone is invited to attend this Christmas production.
Graduation Technology with a BSc honours degree in Construction Technology and Management recently. Well done Keith.
Defibrillator Group At this time of year a number of people from the parish are due to re-sit their two year recertification in BLS and CPR. In the coming weeks all concerned will be notified by text of up-coming training nights when this recertification can be completed for a further two years. If there are people from the area who have not yet trained on the use of a defibrillator and are interested in training please contact Seamus Mc Guire (086-8286748), Anthony Green (086-3993933) or Kathryn Keenan (086-8226894) to book a place on up-coming classes.
Dinner Dance The date for the Carrickedmond GAA annual dinner dance has just been announced. It will take place in the Rustic-Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday night, the 18th January 2014. Tickets which will go on sale in the coming weeks are €25 each and music on the night will be supplied by the “Dance on Band”.