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Ap­pli­ca­tions for en­rol­ment to Ju­nior In­fants in the Boys Na­tional School and Our Lady's Girls School for Septem­ber 2013 will be ac­cepted at the schools dur­ing school hours on the week be­gin­ning 14th Jan­uary. Please bring your child's P.P.S. num­ber and a copy of date of birth and Bap­tismal Cer­tifi­cate.

A Cof­fee Morn­ing will take place in Our Lady's School on Wed­nes­day 16th Jan­uary from 11.15 a.m. to 12.15 p.m. for par­ents of Ju­nior In­fants.


The New Year will get off to a lively start in Rath­drum Sports Com­plex on Fri­day 4th Jan­uary. There will be a feast of Ceili Mu­sic with The Fola Ceili Band from Dublin and The Bass Band from Gorey.

This is a tra­di­tional event where set dancers come from all over the county and be­yond re­new ac­quain­tances as well as a good nights danc­ing and make a con­tri­bu­tion to The Fr. Wil­lie Walsh African Mis­sion Ap­peal. Post­pone your New Year diet res­o­lu­tion un­til af­ter the event as there will be a gen­er­ous sup­ply of sea­sonal re­fresh­ments on this oc­ca­sion. It is great to see the mae­stro Sean Walsh back in ac­tion.


The staff of Avoca Re­cy­cling Cen­tre and fund-rais­ing com­mit­tee would like to ex­press their ap­pre­ci­a­tion to all who helped to make the Christ­mas fundrais­ing on 15th De­cem­ber an ex­cel­lent success. The to­tal amount raised was €1,011. This money will go to the E.S.B. and for main­tain­ing the area around the Min­ers Me­mo­rial Cross over-look­ing Avoca Val­ley.

The re­cy­cling staff have been very ac­tive in sup­port­ing the Can­cer Sup­port Group in look­ing af­ter the cloth­ing for re­cy­cling and a num­ber of ini­tia­tives through­out the year. While they would like to ex­tend best wishes to all we (the pub­lic) should re­turn the com­pli­ments to them and wish them ev­ery success and hap­pi­ness for the New Year.


Rath­drum has been par­tic­i­pat­ing in Com­mu­nity Games both at county and Na­tional level for al­most 40 years. This has been a mar­vel­lous way for young peo­ple to de­velop their ath­letic tal­ents. Rath­drum par­tic­i­pate in Track and Field events as well as Bad­minton and Swim­ming.

The lo­cal com­mit­tee are find­ing it dif­fi­cult to keep up the ac­tiv­i­ties. Ex­pense of en­try fees and trans­port of com­peti­tors to events is a heavy bur­den. The com­mit­tee are cur­rently or­gan­is­ing a Raf­fle in an ef­fort to off-set th­ese ex­penses. De­tails of the Raf­fle will be an­nounced at a later date.


The weather con­di­tions were per­fect for the Christ­mas cel­e­bra­tions. There were very large at­ten­dances at Church cer­e­monies. The dé­cor in Rath­drum par­ish Church was very spe­cial with nicely dec­o­rated Christ­mas Trees and a dis­play of red light­ing sur­round­ing the Al­tar.

Fr. O'Reilly thanked all who helped on the Al­tar and all the groups who gave their time through­out the year. He said he was very en­cour­aged by the large at­ten­dances. When we are stronger we are hap­pier as we go through our hu­man jour­ney, he said.


The bingo play­ers will be back in ac­tion in the R.D.A. Hall on 4th Jan­uary. It took a well-earned rest last week. The play­ers will come back with re­newed an­tic­i­pa­tion and hope that they lay their hands on the Free Book for the year or some of the many cash prizes on of­fer.

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