Congratulations to Niall Byrne, formally Croghan View, who has been living in Colorado USA for the past 20 years. He arrived
home for Christmas to join his family for the first Christmas in all of those 20 years, and was accompanied by his wife Heather and children Nolan and Wiley, and linked up with his parents Bernie and Joe, and siblings Joanne, Sarah, Una, Ciaran, Joseph, Owen, Grainne, who travelled all the way from Canada, and Meabh.
The whole family celebrated Niall’s 40th birthday on Christmas Day as a big family occasion, which was very much enjoyed by all involved. Niall has returned home to the USA, and we wish him and his family continued success in his adopted country.
Just a brief reminder to everyone who wishes to become a member of the club to make application immediately. Without being a member you may not be able to get insurance for your vintage ve-
hicles. The annual fee is €30, and you can get in touch with Alan at 085 7299468, or Geraldine at 087 2038213, as we need all applications to be in by January 15.
Birthday greetings to Kyle O’Rafferty, Ballylarkin, Coolgreany, who celebrated his second birthday last Tuesday. Congratulations also to Cormac Whitmore Carter, who celebrated his 20th birthday last week, when family and friends enjoyed a great evening with Cormac.
45 CARD DRIVE
A very successful 45 Card Drive is ongoing in the Coolgreany Inn on each Friday night at 8.30 p.m., everyone is very welcome to come along for a good night of craic at the cards, and some lovely finger food thrown in for good measure. So please join us if you enjoy a game of 45.
OLD KILNENOR HISTORICAL SOCIETY
‘Titania’s Palace’ the acclaimed short film continues its tour when it will be screened at the May Byrne House (upstairs, side entrance) on Wednesday, January 9, at 8 p.m. Admission is free.
In the 15-minute film Maureen Bushe, Margaret Byrne, Alice Sheehan, Séamus Bolger, Patrick Byrne, Bill McCormack, and William Willoughby recall visiting the famous ‘Doll’s House’ at Ballynastragh. Schoolchildren draw their impressions. With footage of the actual palace shot in Denmark, and score by Trevor Knight.
The film will be followed by an illustrated talk with James Grannell on the design and construction of Titania’s Palace, the Esmonde family, and the Victorian ‘tiny-craft’ movement.
GAA HEALTHY CLUB UPDATE
CASTLETOWN LIAM MELLOWS GAA HEALTHY CLUB UPDATE: Now is your chance to get the New Year off to a good start. A five weeks session of Yoga with Maura starts on term Tuesday, January 8, to February 5. Classes are from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. and 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the club house in Castletown. To book text Maura at 087 7866349.
Chair Yoga with Sarah resumes on January 7, at 10.45 a.m. in the Anchor Bar (side door into the function room) for a six weeks session. No need to book just come along and give it a go. Chair yoga lessens the impact of chronic illnesses and pain. It reduced stress and improves mental health. It is particularly good for anyone wanting to improve flexibility and strengthen their joints after injury or illness.
If yoga is not your thing, why not come along on Thursday nights for some SOSA dance fitness. Low impact, high energy and tonnes of fun. Over 35 international dance styles ballroom. latin, disco, salsa etc, something for everyone Thursday night 8.15 p.m. in the club house Castletown to book or call or text Anita 086 3866598 places are filling up fast.