Harvest Festival

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival takes place this Sunday, the 1st of September, commencing at 12 noon. The Ecumenical Blessing is scheduled for 1.30 p.m. Central to the Festival is the harvesting of corn by vintage machinery,both horse drawn and tractor driven. The event promises a pleasant and interesting Family Day with a variety of sideshows and a guest appearance by Declan Nerney, himself a vintage enthusiast. Proceeds go to St. Christophers Services.

National School

St. Mary’s National School re-opens for pupils, this Thursday the 29th of August. We welcome Sinead Stenson, who joins the staff as the fourth mainstream teacher. Fifteen new pupils will ensure that school enrolment remains buoyant. Children also return to Cloontagh National School on Thursday the 29th.

Pattern day

Pattern Day will be celebrated at Lady Well, Derrydarragh,on Saturday the 7th of September. Mass follows the recitation of the Rosary at 6p.m. This Mass will replace the Saturday evening Mass in the Church.

Tidy Towns

The Tidy Towns Awards Ceremony 2013 will be held in the Helix Theatre, Dublin, on Monday the 9th of September,at 12 noon. Newtowncashel has been invited to send four representatives to the awards. Best wishes to all concerned.

Station Masses

The Autumn Station Masses will be celebrated from the 1st to the 31st of October. Householders who are to host the Stations may arrange dates when convenient, if the have not already done so.


The Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place this Sunday 1st September. The bus leaves ‘The Hill’ at 10a.m. Tickets at €16 each, are available from Kenny’s Foodstore, Newtowncashel. Confessions from 12.30 p.m. Anointing of the Sick at 2.30 p.m. Mass and Eucharistic Blessing of the Sick with Benediction at 3p.m. followed by the Rosary Procession.


The death occured of Paddy Hopkins, Pollagh, last Thursday the 21st of August. To his wife Philomena, daughter Patricia and all his relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. May his soul rest in peace.