HAPPY NEW YEAR
2013 should be a wonderful year in Ireland with celebration of “The Gathering” when many families will travel home to join in the many social events. We can only hope that “The Gathering” will rise all our spirits in these difficult economic times and that there are more prosperous times emerging in the near future.
So may we extend good wishes to all our contributors, readers and friends for a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year. YOGA CLASSES
Yoga classes will take place in the R.D.A. Hall every Monday morning starting on 14th January. The classes will continue up to Easter. Classes will commence each Monday at 10.00 a.m. TOP SCORE
N. Vickers and C. Power got top score at last weeks Whist Drive in Rathdrum. 2nd J. Vickers and P. O'Flaherty. 3rd T. Enright and R. Murphy. 4th M. Haughton and R. Murphy. Raffle winners were B. Byrne, B. Kennedy and N. Vickers. Next Whist Drive will take place on Wednesday 16th January at 8.45 p.m. AVONDALE GARDEN CLUB
Happy New Year from Avondale Garden club. The club will resume its meetings on the second Thursday of each month in the Function Room of Jacob's Well, Rathdrum at 8.00 p.m.
First meeting of the year will take place this Thursday 10th January. Larry Roe will give a Talk on what to do with your gardens for the coming months. A calendar of events for the year will also be given to members at this meeting. New members are always welcome. Contact Kathryn at 086-1737753 for further information. TIDY TOWNS
The Rathdrum Tidy Towns committee would like to thank the Transition Year students Cormac Hayes, Aisling Kelly, Mark Roche, Amy Polard and Doire Flood from Avondale Community College who did a magnificent job in putting the first Newsletter together. They are looking forward to working with the students on their next issue which is due out in April. PARNELL A.C. NEWS
The Wicklow Junior and Senior Races took place in Bray recently. Local boys Patrick Kinsella and Donal Flannery were 2nd and 3rd in the Junior Boys section. Mick Byrne belied his years by taking 3rd in the Senior competition. Best performance of the day came from the Senior Ladies Team who were 3rd. Representing Parnell A.C. were S. O'Byrne, C. Byrne, H. Nolan, E. Sheehan and P. O'Byrne.
Congratulations to Sheila Byrne, Patrick Kinsella and Donal Flannery who are selected to run for Leinster in the International Cross Country in Antrim on Saturday 12th January. The club would like to extend very best wishes to everyone for the New Year. SYMPATHY
The recent death of Syl Murphy, Avoca and formerly Ballyteigue, Rathdrum was received with much sadness and shock in the area. While he had been receiving hospital treatment for some time his death was most unexpected.
Syl was a lovely gentle character and was a treasured friend to all who knew him. He became well-known as a Bar Man and a Shop Assistant in the area and was noted for his courtesy to customers. He later joined the staff of Schering Plough Chemical Company, Rathdrum where he remained up to his retirement.
His cousin Fr. Michael Cullen who was chief celebrant at Funeral Mass in Avoca Parish Church said in his homily that Syl was a special friend and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. He also said that Syl had a very Christian outlook on life which he inherited from growing up in a special Murphy family home in Ballyteigue.
There was a very large congregation at the Funeral Mass and later at the burial in Rathdrum cemetery. Sympathy is extended to his wife Josephine, three sons, brothers, sisters, extended family and many friends. May he rest in peace. ANNIE MASON
We would like to extend our sympathy to the cousins, relatives and friends of Annie Mason, Ballinaclash who was laid to rest in Greenane cemetery on 29th December after Funeral Mass in the Church of the Most Sacred Heart, Aughrim.
Annie was a gentle lady who looked after her mother and aunt up to their death. Unfortunately she suffered from poor health for a number of years. TOWN RAN DRY
The water taps ran dry in Rathdrum last Friday morning while thousands of litres ran down the Main Street. This was caused by a major burst pipe on the street.
The Co. Council staff sprung into action and water supplies were restored in the late after-noon. Well done boys.