Fr. Willie Walshe was presented recently with €4,050 which was the proceeds of the Annual August Walk from Glenmalure to Glen of Imaal. This money will help Fr. Willie to continue to develop the educational facilities for young people at his Mission in Kenya.
The presentation was made in Fenton's Pub, Glen-Of-Imaal at which the draw on the sponsor cards also took place. The winners were: 1st Sarah Willis, Dunlavin, €100; 2nd Mick O'Keefe, Baltinglass, €75; 3rd Welshe, Croghan, Co. Offaly, €50.
The Walk Committee would like to express their thanks to all who supported the event and helped in any way and are looking forward to doing it all again in 2013. Fr. Willie's Mission Fund got a further boost from the proceeds of the January Set Dancing in Rathdrum Sports Complex which raised €1,300. WHIST RESULTS
C. Snell and C. Driver got top score at last weeks Whist Drive in Rathdrum. 2nd B. Farrell and M. Clarke. 3rd J. Olohan and M. Conroy. 4th M. Haughton and R. Murphy. Raffle winners were C. Driver, M. Quinn and R. Murphy. Next Whist Drive will be on Wednesday 30th January at 8.45 p.m. ANNE O'HARA R.I.P.
Another treasured member of Rathdrum community was laid to rest in the local cemetery last week.
Anne O'Hara who was born in Co. Leitrim 86 years ago came to Rathdrum as a young nurse where she was one of the first nurses to join the nuns in the Care of the Elderly at St. Colman's Hospital. This was a difficult time in St. Colman's Old Hospital with the building in poor condition and very primitive facilities. But Anne and her colleagues did most commendable work in keeping the patients comfortable.
Anne met and married Paddy O'Hara who was the local Butcher. As a result she had to give up her nursing post as this was the rule at the time. She gave many years assisting Paddy in the Butcher Stall on the Main Street where she was very popular with the customers.
After Paddy's death in June 2002 Anne lived at “Windgrove”, Church Bank, Rathdrum for some time before moving to Gorey. Anne had a warm, bubbly personality and was admired for her elegant dress sense.
She was laid to rest on Tuesday 15th January after Funeral Mass in Rathdrum Parish Church. Burial took place in the local cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her nephews, nieces, extended family and many friends. May she rest in peace. INTERNATIONAL STAR AWARD
Congratulations to Mick Byrne Parnell A.C. who recently received the International Star Award in recognition for his Team Gold in the British and Irish Masters Cross Country which took place in Belfast recently. Mick is a most worthy recipient of this Award. He is a credit to the club and community and his humility and commitment is a shining example to young athletes. NEW GYM CLASSES
Rathdrum Gymnastic club will be offering new “Little People “Gym classes to cater for 3 to 5 year olds boys and girls. The 45 minute classes will run from 10.30 to 11.45 a.m. and from 11.15 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturdays and will cover floor, beam, bars, vault and team skills. (No Trampoline). There is an annual registration and Insurance fee of €50 per child September to August and classes will cost €6 per child paid in advance.
New Gym classes are also about to start on Thursday evenings from 4.00 to 5.00 p.m. 5.00 to 6.00 p.m. and 6.00 to 7.00 p.m. They will cover all gym exercises except trampoline. Adult Trampoline classes will continue to run on Monday evenings from 7.00 to 8.00 p.m. and cost €10 per class. Pre-booking for all classes is essential. The club can be contacted by e-mail on info@rathdrumgymclub or by text 086-3212213.
The first session of Rathdrum's Operation Transformation got off to a big start last week with over 80 participants turning up at Avondale Community College on Wednesday night to begin their programme.
Despite the bad weather conditions they got in a three-mile Walk under the guidance of Bill Porter and to show that they are no “shrinking violets” they were out again on Saturday morning in the sleet and snow. Activities will take place again this Wednesday night at the Community College at 7.00 p.m. GATHERING EVENTS
A meeting will take place tonight Wednesday of all representatives of local clubs and organisations. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss and co-ordinate events for “The Gathering” in Rathdrum. The idea is to put together a calendar of events which would attract people from the area to spend their holidays here this year. So it is important to have all organisations present at tonight's meeting which will take place in the R.D.A. Hall at 8.00 p.m. TABLE QUIZ
Rathdrum Fine Gael in association with Rathdrum Cancer Support Group will hold a Table Quiz on Friday 1st February in the Corner House Lounge, Main Street. Fee per table is €40 and there will also be a Raffle. This is the third Annual Table Quiz organised by Rathdrum Fine Gael. Previous local charities to benefit from the event were Rathdrum First Response and the Tidy Town Committee. The questions will be set by Quiz Supremo and Branch ViceChairman Barry O'Neill. Andrew Doyle T.D. will be Quiz Master for the event.