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Con­grat­u­la­tions to Michelle Driver and Stephen Kenna who were mar­ried in St Columba’s Church, Greenane, re­cently. Cel­e­brant was Rath­drum par­ish priest Fr Derek Doyle. The bride and groom are na­tive chil­dren who were born and reared in Bal­li­na­clash. Best Man was David Kenna. Brides­maids were Laura Smith, Tracey Travers and Edel Mullen. Grooms­men were Michael Car­roll and Bren­dan Dunne. Flower Girl was Lucy Travers and mu­sic was pro­vided by Rachel Reid. Very best wishes are ex­tended to Michelle and Stephen for a long and happy life to­gether.


Rath­drum Par­nell Memo­rial Park was fur­ther en­hanced last week with the in­stal­la­tion of the 1916 Com­mem­o­ra­tion Gar­den by Wick­low County Coun­cil. The gar­den con­sists of a very at­trac­tive gran­ite stone with the en­graved epi­taph of the Ir­ish Procla­ma­tion sur­rounded by a num­ber of hard­wood trees and a flag pole. The RDA com­mit­tee are plan­ning to do more land­scape on the area and make it a fit­ting memo­rial to the peo­ple who gave their lives for Ir­ish free­dom.


A week­end pil­grim­age to Lough Derg will take place from Rath­drum on Satur­day, Au­gust 27. Overnight stay in Cen­tral Ho­tel, Done­gal, and go­ing on to the Is­land on Sun­day the 28th. For more in­for­ma­tion phone Breda Fitzger­ald at 0402 29043 or 086 3073060 or Mary at 0404 45119 or 087 4164888.


Sym­pa­thy is ex­tended to the fam­ily, rel­a­tives and many friends of Ellen Byrne, Moneystown, who passed away re­cently. Nel­lie, as she was af­fec­tion­ately known, was a most ven­er­a­ble lady who was in her 96th year. A most kind, gen­er­ous per­son she passed on many of her fine qual­i­ties to the mem­bers of her fam­ily. She was laid to rest in Greenane ceme­tery af­ter Fu­neral Mass in Sa­cred Heart Church, Moneystown, on Tues­day, April 26. May she rest in peace.


The life of Padraig H. Pearse will be the sub­ject of a Talk to be given by re­tired civil ser­vant Seadna Mac Seoin to Rath­drum His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety on Mon­day next, May 9, in Avon­dale Com­mu­nity Col­lege at 8 p.m. The ti­tle of the Talk is ‘Padraig H. Pearse, Tal­ents, Traits, Qual­i­ties and Per­son­al­ity’. Seadna who now re­sides in Aughrim is a flu­ent Ir­ish speaker and is cur­rently a mem­ber of the board of man­age­ment of Gaelscoil Chill Mhan­tain and has com­pleted a Master’s in Scriobh agus Cu­mar­said na Gaeilge. You do not have to be a mem­ber of the so­ci­ety to at­tend. All are wel­come and you can fol­low the So­ci­ety on Face­book at face­book.com/rath­drumhis­tor­i­cal­so­ci­ety.


The pleas­ant weather en­hanced the scenery for Rath­drum Walk­ers last Thurs­day as they strolled the ro­man­tic trails of Glen­da­son and Glen­dalough. This week the route is an­other favourite through Ballinder­ryBallintombay where the views on a clear evening will in­clude the Hills of Wales. Start­ing at Paddy O’Dea’s en­trance at 7.15 p.m. and mem­bers of the group will also meet in Par­nell Memo­rial Park at 7 p.m.


In con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil Adopt a Mon­u­ment Project an Evening of Story-Telling and Mem­o­ries of Glen­malure Val­ley and in par­tic­u­lar the Bar­ra­vore area which is the site of the Old Chrusher House build­ing will be held in Kiri­kee Hall on Tues­day, May 10, at 7 p.m. All are wel­come and ad­mis­sion is free. The Glen­malure Adopt a Mon­u­ment Project was one of five cho­sen by the Her­itage Coun­cil from an en­try of 90 ap­pli­ca­tions na­tion-wide. The work by the lo­cal com­mit­tee will be to re-store the Chrusher House build­ing where the ma­te­rial from the min­ing in the area was pro­cessed. The build­ing which is in rel­a­tively good con­di­tion was hid­den away for many years by the tall for­est but has be­come vis­i­ble since the area was cleared and felled. Coillte has in­di­cated that they it be sup­port­ing this unique project.


A num­ber of artists took part in the Mu­sic Ses­sion last week in the ‘Cof­fin House’ (Car­toon Inn), Rath­drum. A young, very tal­ented group from Ark­low ‘Small Town Cri­sis’ went down very well with the au­di­ence and re­ceived sev­eral en­cores. Barry Jay Hughes, a singer-song­writer from Mon­aghan, also per­formed with some of his own ma­te­rial but also done a won­der­ful ver­sion of the Michael Jack­son num­ber ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’. The Ses­sions take place on the last Thurs­day of each month and are or­gan­ised by two lo­cal artistes Michael Jor­dan and Jac­inta Busher.


Par­nell AC were tre­ble win­ners re­cently with Ju­nior Boys, Se­nior Men and Women be­ing suc­cess­ful in the County Road Cham­pi­onships. Ju­nior Boys were Tony Mooney, sec­ond Derek Cram­mon, third Ben Kin­sella. Se­nior Men Clive Quinn, Damien Law­less, Alan Dal­ton and Mick Fin­nan. Ladies Ann-Marie Kenny, Ais­ling Ki­ir­wan, Niamh Ni Ceal­laigh, Sile O’Byrne. Clive Quinn got first in the O-35, Damien Law­less sec­ond in O-40, Alan Dal­ton third. Ladies: Ann-Marie Kenny sec­ond O-40. Ais­ling Kir­win third O-40. BB Duffy first in O-55. Bill Porter sec­ond O-50. M.J. Bolton sec­ond O-55.

GPO 1916

If you are free this af­ter­noon May 4 you are wel­come to at­tend a talk in St Col­man’s Care Cen­tre on the 1916 Ris­ing. The Talk will be given by Colin Gal­li­gan, whose fa­ther fought at the GPO in 1916 and will take place in the Big Room at 2.30 p.m. un­der-11s won two big games at home dur­ing the past week.

On Tues­day evening they were on fire in se­cur­ing an 8-3 win over Aughrim Rangers. Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan and Ma­son Melia both helped them­selves to hat tricks, Mar­cel Ko­ca­jda scored a crack­ing free kick and the to­tal was com­pleted by an own goal.

They fol­lowed that up on Satur­day with a nar­row home win over Wick­low Rovers in a nine­goal thriller. New­town goals were scored by Dar­ragh Hef­fer­nan, Martin Kelly, Ryan Clarke, Ma­son Melia and Mar­cel Ko­ca­jda.

The un­der-12s won a tight Shield game at home to Ark­low Town ‘B’ by 2-1. Char­lie Sul­li­van and Fionn O’Reilly scored the all-im­por­tant goals.

The un­der-14s trav­elled to Ark­low to take on Town’s B team and they came home with all three points af­ter a 4-3 win. Ryan Smil­lie scored twice and there were sin­gles for Ross Quinn and An­drew McMa­hon (pen). They were also meant to play Ash­ford Rovers on Tues­day evening but un­for­tu­nately Ash­ford couldn’t field.

Our un­der-15 girls won 3-1 at home to Sa­cred Heart thanks to a first-half Aoife Murtagh tre­ble. On the night Kait­lyn But­ler, Ava McG­lynn and goalscorer Murtagh were among the play­ers who starred.

We then trav­elled to Clonee to take on the lo­cal side on Sun­day and af­ter a su­per team per­for­mance from all the play­ers we came home with a share of the spoils in a three-all draw thanks to a su­perb hat trick from Sinéad McGet­ti­gan.

What made the re­sult all the more re­mark­able was the fact that due to a num­ber of rea­sons we only had nine play­ers avail­able to us and the home side played their full 11, which they are en­ti­tled to do. Well done, ev­ery­body.

The ladies’ team are count­ing down the days to their fi­nal but get­ting game time is a prob­lem as in the past week we have been awarded two walkovers from games home and away to Dun­drum FC. Any­way, we live in hope!

The fix­tures are as fol­lows for the pe­riod Wed­nes­day fourthd – Sun­day, May 8; Un­der-12s away to Ark­low Town ‘B’ on Wed­nes­day the fourth at 6.45 p.m.

Un­der-14s at home to Wick­low Rovers un­der-13s on Thurs­day the fifth at 6.45 p.m.

Un­der-15 Girls away to St Catherine’s on Fri­day the sixth at 6.45 p.m.

Un­der-10s at home to St An­thony’s Yel­low on Satur­day – to be con­firmed; Un­der-11s away to Rath­new time to be con­firmed; Un­der-12s week­end fix­ture to be con­firmed; Un­der-14s week­end fix­ture to be con­firmed; Un­der-15 Girls at home to Clonee Utd on Sun­day to be con­firmed; Ladies’ team at home to St Pa­trick’s Ath­letic on Sun­day to be con­firmed

Our re­cent ‘Golden Goal’ com­pe­ti­tion re­cently for the FA Cup semi-fi­nal be­tween Ever­ton and Manch­ester United pro­duced the fol­low­ing re­sults, €60 34th Minute Jamie Snell; €20 33rd Minute Gil­lian Browne; €20 35th Minute Liam McCann. Thank you every­one for your sup­port.

We have com­pe­ti­tions com­ing up for both the FA Cup Fi­nal and the Cham­pi­ons League Fi­nal and tick­ets can be pur­chased from any com­mit­tee mem­ber. Please sup­port. We will also be run­ning a Last Man Stand­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the Eu­ros and we will have fur­ther de­tails in the com­ing weeks.

Train­ing for the De­vel­op­ment Squad con­tin­u­ous every Satur­day from 11 a.m. till mid­day and we are out­doors. All ses­sions are €2 per head. New play­ers (boys and girls) are al­ways wel­come and you can con­tact the sec­re­tary for fur­ther de­tails at 087 6987653.

We have five play­ers from the club cel­e­brat­ing birthdays in the com­ing week and they are Ryan McDon­ald (De­vel­op­ment Squad), Pa­trick Martin (un­der-10s), Sean Dou­glas (un­der-14s) and the ladies’ team duo of Katie Mul­lally and Emily Jen­nings. Happy birth­day to all from every­one at New­town Ju­niors FC

For all mat­ters re­gards the club you can con­tact the sec­re­tary Hughie at 087 6987653 or hughienolan@gmail.com.


What with ‘Easten­ders, Cap­tain Mon­teith’ a cook­ing course and now Wil­lie’s chick­ens over­due once again, sure it’s no won­der we are all a tizzie at the shed lately, you also have lads mea­sur­ing their onion stalks, straight­en­ing their cab­bage leaves, talk­ing to their straw­berry plants, (and curs­ing at those be­long­ing to other lads) other wee tricks to stunt the growth in­clude lac­ing wa­ter sources with wash­ing up liq­uid, such is the com­pe­ti­tion for best-in-shed veg­gies, but I must as­sure all wor­ried wives if your hubby is leav­ing his mar­i­tal bed in the mid­dle of the night of late and he is a shed­der, chances are he will be found on guard in his al­lot­ment ready to club slugs, snails, or sleveens dam­ag­ing his pro­duce.

We are yet again in­debted to all you good peo­ple of our com­mu­nity for your over­whelm­ing gen­eros­ity, and your ex­tremely good will to­wards our ven­ture of a Men’s Shed in your midst, it was very ev­i­dent In an ex­cel­lent re­sponse to our fundrais­ing flag day, the fi­nal amount raised came to, €1,933. We can now book that hol­i­day to Thai­land for the lads (I jest!). Thank you.

To all those un­for­tu­nately ill in our com­mu­nity, we wish them com­fort and well­ness, to those who are un­em­ployed, lonely, and long­ing for a cuppa or just in need of some oul ban­ter, our door is never closed, ah! sure come on drop in. Men’s Sheds are open to all men re­gard­less of age, back­ground or abil­ity. it’s a place where you can share your skills and knowl­edge with oth­ers, learn new skills, and de­velop new friend­ships. New mem­bers are al­ways wel­come and can be as­sured that there is some­thing of in­ter­est for every­one


A note for your diary: Thurs­day, May 5, an­nual Alzheimers Tea Day, Com­mu­nity Cen­tre, New­town, from 9.30 to 2 p.m. Drop in and sup­port this cause.

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