WHITSUN FUN DAY
Next Sunday will mark the 46th St Colman’s Hospital Patients Benefit Fund-raising Day. There will be the usual fun and games on the Hospital Grounds which will include wheel-of-fortune, plant stall, bar-be-cue, and lots more.
The major event of the afternoon will be the Draw which has a first prize of €1,000, second prize €500, third Green Fees for Druid’s Glen Golf Course, fourth Stihl Chain Saw, fifth €250 plus a long list of runner-up prizes. There will also be a selection of musical entertainment.
This is one occasion when the public can come to St Colman’s to pay their respects to our older people and to express their appreciation to the people who care for them. All money raised will go to the Patients Benefit Fund which has played a major role in providing additional comforts for patients over the years.
Activities will commence at 2 p.m. Draw will take place at 4 p.m. If the sun shines it will be very welcome. If not there will be facilities for activities indoor
A TREASURED FRIEND
May Battle in her health was a very lively up-beat person who was blessed with a caring and social personality and her beautiful hand-knitted garments have made their way to many parts of the world through charitable organisations.
Born in the Brewery just 77 years ago ‘May Mac’ as she was affectionately often called was employed in Rathdrum Post Office for a period in the late 50’s after which she moved to Dublin to take up a position in the Retail Business.
May met and married a staunch Mayo man Tony Battle during her time in Dublin. The couple lived for a number of years in Tallaght before returning to Rathdrum and purchased the centre Shop on Main Street where May carried on a Sweet and Fancy Goods business for some years. May and Tony became an integral part of the community giving great service in supporting the local Church and priests.
Funeral Mass was celebrated in Rathdrum Parish Church on Thursday morning. Chief celebrant was Fr Tom O’Connor, long-time friend of the Family assisted by Fr Derek Doyle and Fr Francis, Rathdrum and Fr Oliver Crotty, Glendalough. Fr Tom in his eloquent homily spoke glowingly of May’s many fine qualities including her great friendship and generosity. He complimented Tony on the exceptional care and attention he extended to May throughout her illness and also complimented St Colman’s Residential Care Centre for their outstanding work.
The celebration was further enhanced by the Parish Choir who were joined by members of Avondale Singers Choir. There was a very large attendance at burial which took place in Rathdrum cemetery. Sympathy is extended to her husband Tony, brothers, sister, extended family, relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.
CLARA SUMMER SALE
Bouncing Castle, Bottle Stall, Hidden Treasure, Cakes, Plants, Teas and Coffee and much more. The committee would appreciate donations of good quality items for this event. Phone 0404-45148 or 0404-46650. Proceeds will go to Clara Vale Church Fund.
WALKERS GO NORTH
Rathdrum Thursday Walking Group will head North this week where starting point will be Kilpedder. This is one of the most spectacular Walks of the year with views of Bray, Dublin and the Great Beyond. Meeting in Rathdrum Memorial Park at 7 p.m. and at Kilpedder at 7.30 p.m. The Aughrim Dancing Girls have returned and according to reports they have wintered well.
CONFIRMATION: Congratulations to all sixth class students who made their Confirmation on Friday, April 22. The girls confirmed were Ann Marie Moorehouse (Rathnew), Ellie Taglient, Tiana Doyle Delaney, Caitlin Kavanagh, Sarah Haughton, Shannon Goulding, Caroline Snell, Kacey Murphy, Abbie Doyle, Eva Dowling, Bella Doyle, Kiva Doyle, Ann Marie Moorehouse (Ashford), Shakur Quinn, Lynsey Sayer, Katie Forsyth, Megan O’Brien.
The weather was good and they had a lovely day. On Monday they came to school dressed in their Confirmation clothes. They were admired by all – so beautiful and so grown up looking.
GYMNASTICS: Girls are doing gymnastics this term. Parents who are paying by the term should forward €10 to cover the gymnastics to end of June.
FIRST COMMUNION: Girls from St Joseph’s made their First Holy Communion in St Joseph’s church, Rathnew on Sunday, May 8. They were Christina Moorehouse, Erin Cox, Chloe O’Connor, Alannah Knowles Doyle, Erin Killeen, Aislinn Farrell Eager, Georja Coster, Clara Earls, Layla O’Connor, Holly Doyle, Skye Kehoe, Ciara Rose Plunkett, Sarah Hunter. They did their readings and other tasks wonderfully well.
Thanks to the choir who sang so beautifully. Refreshments were served afterwards in the hall. Heartfelt thanks to all the parents and friends who prepared the children so well and helped out with refreshments. Thanks also to the organist Ann Morris, Ms Cahill and class teacher Ms. Sumner.
WRITE A BOOK: The Write a Book award ceremony took place in Fitzpatrick Castle Hotel on April 25. This year’s winners were Kayla Kearney Jnr Inf, Julia Gresko Snr Inf, Kaylynn Redmond first class, Holly Doyle second class, Mary Kate Moorehouse third class, Holly O’Connor fourth Class, Abi Doyle fifth Class and Eva Dowling sixth class. Well done girls.
NEW ENROLMENTS FOR 2016: Enrolments took place on April 25 to April 28th. If you know anyone who missed these dates please ask them to contact the school to put their daughter or son’s name down for September 2016.
Visit to ColÁiste Chill MhantÁin: Girls in sixth class visited Coláiste Chill Mhantáin during school time on Tuesday, May 24, as part of our transition programme.
CARA AWARDS: The girls from fourth, fifth and sixth class will be doing their violin exam on June 1. They should continue to practice and every Wednesday bring in the violin so Rebecca can tune them. Please contribute €7.50 towards the cost if you have not already done so.
PIRLS TESTING: Children from fourth class were among a group chosen nationally to take part in this international literacy test. They used netbooks to complete the activities.
SWIMMING: Swimming has proved very popular this year and the children have enjoyed their lessons hugely as well as learning a very important new skill.
OMG RATHNEW: A big thank you to OMG Rathnew for their donation of €1,000 to the new school St Coen’s (the first for the new school). This was money raised from Rathnew’s Got Talent which was a wonderful display of local talent. Congratulations to Nan Ann O’Brien who was the winner on the night.