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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


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.


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.


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.

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