Next Wednesday. December 18th, sees the eagerly awaited Parish Gathering & Social taking place in Hotel Castlepollard between 8pm and 10.30pm. Among the many artists performing on the night will be Mick Foster, John Rabbitt, Noel Battle, Matt Leavy, Clann Lir CCE, Paud Griffin, Eddie Quinn, Enda Cassidy and Joe Meehan. A great night’s entertainment is guaranteed, and the Parish Annual Draw will take place on the night, with prizes ranging from 250.00 euro in cash, hotel voucher, turkeys, hamper etc. Finger food will be served on the night, and there will be no admission fee. All are welcome.

Christmas draw

Castlepollard Credit Union held their Christmas Draw following the conclusion of the AGM held in the Parish Community Centre on Monday, December 9th. The following are the prizewinners:- 10,000 euro - Barbara Kenny, Ballycaragy; 5,000 euro - Elaine Burgess, Coole; 2,000 euro - Jean Goldrick, Faughalstown; 1,000 euro - Monica Meehan, Collinstown; Anne Dermody, Coole; 500 euro - Bridget Murphy, Fore; Maurice Nea, Castlepollard; John Thompson, Castlepollard; Julie Thompson, Castlepollard; 200 euro - Rita Motuka, Carpenterstown; Doreen Farrelly, Ballymanus; Shaun Downey, Fore; Florrie Nash, Drumcree and Shane Murtagh, Tuitestown.

Community College

The date for Castlepollard Community College’s Christmas concert has been changed to Thursday evening, December 19th, at 7.00pm. The Parents Association is appealing for volunteers to help with stage design, rehearsals, painting, etc. For further information contact Linda on 086-8811891.

Charity Walk

There will be a fundraising walk in aid of Chernobyl Children fund on Christmas morning between 10.00am and 12.00 noon at Ringtown GAA Sports Complex, Whitehall, Castlepollard. Take the opportunity to work up an appetite for Christmas dinner and support a very worthy cause.

175th Celebrations

Next Friday, December 20th, sees the conclusion of the year long celebrations to mark the 175th anniversary of St. John the Baptist Church, Whitehall, Castlepollard. Celebrations began on January 6th, with an event every month, and the final event will be Mass On Friday next, december 20th, at 8.00pm. Following Mass an inscribed commemorative candle will be presented wo every family in the parish, and a short talks will be given by John Smyth, a parish native. A time capsule will be filled and placed in the church to be opened for the 200th anniversary. This will be followed by a candle light procession out to the cemetery where the candles will be placed around the crucifix a short prayer will be said to remember all those who have gone before us. The evening will conclude with tea and refreshments in Ringtown GAA Complex. All are welcome.