RATH­DRUM

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MIS­SION FUND

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.

OP­ER­A­TION TRANS­FOR­MA­TION

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.

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