Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

At this time of year I would like to wish all parishioners, friends at home and away, management and staff of the Longford Leader and all readers of this column a very happy and safe Christmas. We extend a warm Christmas welcome to all visiting in the parish during the festive season. Hopefully your stay in Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule will be an enjoyable one. To all parishioners who read the local notes in far away locations we also extend a happy Christmas to you all. A reminder to all driving during this Christmas season to be safe on the roads. May this Christmas season time be enjoyable and safe one for everyone.

Christmas Mass Times

The following are the times for ceremonies over the Christmas period in Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule. Monday 23rd December mass in Carrickedmond at 10am. Tuesday 24th December confessions in Carrickedmond from 12.00 – 1.00pm. Tuesday 24th December - Eve of the Birth of the Lord. Mass in Abbeyshrule at 9.00p.m. Wednesday 25th December - The Birth of the Lord. Mass in Carrickedmond at 11.00am. Children are welcome to bring a small gift to the crib on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. These gifts will be given to needy people. Thursday 26th December the Feast of St Stephen, mass in Carrickedmond at 11am. Friday 27th December Feast of St. John Evangelist, mass in Carrickedmond at 10am. Saturday 28th December the Feast of the Holy Family, mass in Abbeyshrule at 7pm. Sunday 29th December mass in Carrickedmond at 10am. Monday 30th December mass in Carrickedmond at 10am. Tuesday 31st December mass in Abbeyshrule at 10am, followed by Eucharistic Adoration at 9:30am. Wednesday 1st January the Feast of Mary Mother of God, mass in Carrickedmond at 11am. Thursday 2nd January mass in Carrickedmond at 7pm. Friday 3rd January mass in Abbeyshrule at 5pm.
Friday 3rd January mass in Carrickedmond at 7pm. Saturday 4th January mass in Abbeyshrule at 7pm. Sunday 5th January mass in Carrickedmond at 10am. Monday 6th January - The Epiphany of the Lord - mass in Carrickedmond 10am and in Abbeyshrule at 7pm.

Christmas Craft Fair

A very successful Christmas craft fair took place in the Rustic-Inn Abbeyshrule on Sunday last. On the day there were over twenty art and craft and food stalls with lots of special Christmas gifts on sale. There was a children’s craft workshop and lots of Festive food and music supplied. Santa and Mrs Claus made a special appearance and were indeed a big attraction for all the children. Proceeds from the raffle which took p[lace on the day went to the MWB Autism Support group. Well done to all the organisers on a very successful Christmas craft fair.

Church of Ireland

The following Christmas services will be held in the Ardagh group of parishes to which everyone is welcome. Service of nine lessons and carols in Kenagh church on Sunday next the 22nd Dec at 11:30am. Christmas Eve Holy Communion in Tashinney church at 7pm and Holy Communion in Kenagh church at 9pm. Christmas Day Holy Communion in Ardagh church at 10am and Holy Communion in Ballymahon church at 11am. Sunday December 29th there will be a united service in Ardagh church at 11:30am.

Badminton The badminton club will take a break for Christmas, so there will be no badminton on this Friday night, 20th December. The club will resume after Christmas on the 10th January 2014. Thanks to all who helped out every Friday night and big thank you to all our young players for coming along. Happy Christmas to all our club members.

Community Games

Congratulations to Frances Esler who received an award for her commitment to the Community Games in Carrickedmond at an awards ceremony held in Rawle’s, Ballinalee recently. Well done Frances and thanks for your many years of dedication to Carrickedmond Community Games. There was a great turn out for draught registration last week. Great to see so many children still playing board games. Text to follow in January with a date for a practice evenings. The club would like to wish all children and parents from the parish a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Local Elections

Congratulations to our local outgoing county councillor Michael Cahill, Colehill, who was added to the Fianna Fail election ticket to contest the up-coming Longford County Council elections which take place next year at a convention held in Ballymahon recently. Michael is now seeking election for a third term in the Ballymahon area and we wish him well as he prepares for his upcoming canvass.

Nativity Play

Well done to all the children and teachers from Colehill NS who put on a lovely display of the Nativity Play and Christmas carol singing in Carrickedmond church on Monday night last.

Charity Match

The annual St Stephens Day charity football match in aid of St Christopher’s Centre, Longford will take place in the Michael Moran Park, Carrickedmond on St Stephens’s day, 26th December, commencing at 2pm. All past and present footballers from the area are invited to tog out for this game which promises to be great fun. For more information contact Maraide McDonnell.

Christmas Holidays Local students at Tashinney NS and St Sinneach’s NS Colehill will this week break up for the Christmas holidays. We all wish each boy and girl along with their teachers a very happy and safe Christmas. Hopefully Santa will be kind Christmas morning onto each boy and girl. Happy Christmas to all.

Christmas Cards

From the parish with front cover pictures of Carrickedmond and Abbeyshrule churches are now on sale and can be got from Fr Tiernan PP. The cards only cost 60 cent each and would be a nice Christmas remembrance of the parish for family members away.

Defibrillator Group All in the area are reminded to familiarise themselves with the locations of the Public Access Defibrillators in the parish, in case one is needed in an emergency. Remember to dial 999 or 112 for the emergency ambulance if there is any cardiac arrest or choking incident at any time. In case of any emergency needing a defibrillator remember to send another person if one is available or if no other person is available go and get the public access defibrillator yourself nearest to the incident. If you or the other person are not trained to use the defibrillator there is a contact list of names and numbers with each defibrillator of people who are trained for that area nearest the incident. Ring through the list and hopefully a responder and an ambulance will be with you quickly. Remember getting help quickly in any emergency situation can only increase the patients chance’s of a good outcome. 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 McGuire (086-8286748), Anthony Greene (086-3993933) or Kathryn Keenan (086-8226894) as the local defibrillator group hope to run new classes early in the New Year.

Christmas Newsletter The Carrickedmond/Abbeyshrule Christmas annual newsletter is now been distributed to all households in the parish. This year the newsletter is full of very interesting reading in relation to various organisations in the parish and of items from “times past”. There are also many old photographs included in this year’s publication. This booklet would make very interesting reading especially for parionishers now living away from the parish. If you did not yet receive a copy or would like an extra copy please contact Fr Tiernan.

Collection County Longford social services group will take up their annual church gate collection at all masses in the parish next weekend Saturday and Sunday the 21st and 22nd December. Please support.

Dinner Dance The Carrickedmond GAA annual dinner dance will take place in the Rustic-Inn, Abbeyshrule on Saturday night, 18th January 2014. Tickets are now on sale and cost €25. Music on the night will be supplied by the “Dance on Band”. To purchase tickets please contact any of the following. Paul Mc Guire, Edwina Kelly, Maraide McDonnell, Michael Cahill, Johnny Keegan, Padraig McGrath, Mary Burns, Rose Mulvey or any committee member.

Pretty Wedding Congratulations and best wishes to Michael Kelly, Torboy, son of Michael and Antoinette Kelly and Lynda Treacy, Portumna who were married in the Church of the Risen Christ, Kiltoom on Friday, 22nd November last. Celebrant at the wedding ceremony was Fr Pat Mernagh, Army Chaplin. Chief Bridesmaid was Emma Jay Curran and bridesmaids were Edwina Kelly, sister of the groom and Maeve Gordon. Best man for the occasion was Francis Kelly, brother of the groom and groomsmen were John Gerety and Tommy Harte. The wedding reception was held in the Hudson Bay Hotel where a lovely meal and evening of song and dance was had by the wedding party and the many guests in attendance. Michael and Lynda travelled to Mexico on their honeymoon. We all join and wish Michael and Lynda many happy years of married life together.

Notes Deadline Please note that if you have an item for inclusion in the Carrickedmond local notes for next week’s Longford Leader published on Monday the 23rd December, please e-mail to me by noon today Wednesday 18th December and for any item for inclusion in the Longford Leader published Wednesday 1st January 2014 please have your item with me by this Thursday the 19th December. I can be contacted by e-mail or at 0449357063.

Sympathy Is extended to Amanda McGrath and her family on the death last week of her Granny, Mrs Annie Grehan. May she rest in peace.