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January brings the snow, makes our feet and fingers glow.

2017 ARRIVES:

May true Happiness, Longevity and Good Fortune be with your family in this New Year.

A beautiful beginning, weather wise, to the New Year, whatever will come later ? We can only hope and pray that 2017 will be a better year for the many people who have been suffering in any way, at home and abroad. Anything we can do to help out will make a difference -

" Let me be a little kinder, Let me be a little blinder, To the faults of those about me;

Let me be, when I am weary, Just a little bit more cheery.

Let me serve a little better, Those that I am striving for.

Let me be a little meeker, With the one who may be weaker.

Let me think more of my neighbour, And a little less of me. "

FITNESS CLASSES:

Tonight Wednesday 4th at 7.30 - 8.15pm, classes resume in the Community Centre, for anyone who might need to burn off a few calories. Classes are a mixture of high intensity interval exercise, circuits and group exercises. All Welcome. Bring a mat.

CHOIR :

Adult choir will be singing for Mass on Saturday 7th.

COMMUNITY GAMES:

The local Talent Competition will be held at the end of January, date to be confirmed. Events included - Solo Singing, Solo Dance, Solo Music, Solo Recitation, Group Dance - Modern & Disco. Group Dance - Irish Contemporary. Group singing, Group Drama & Comedy Sketch, Group Music. Age categories, U10, U12 & U16s. U10s is county level only.

At Area level, participants can take part in as many activities as they wish. To progress to County level, participants/acts must have performed at local level. Any queries, contact Stephanie Sheehy 087-6327581 or Shane Markham 086-8181524.

USED STAMPS:

After all the Christmas post, please hold onto those stamps.! They can be used to raise funds for research into Motor Neuron Disease. You can drop them into Mary O'Regan or directly to Maureen Finnegan, Newcastle West.

NATIONAL SCHOOL:​

Enrollment for Junior Infants​.

The closing date for receipt of enrollment application for the 2017/2018 school year for St. Josephs National School, Granagh is January 31st 2017.​ ​

Application forms are available from the school. For further details please contact the school on 061 - 399081.

CHRISTMAS WEEK:

It was great to see all the visitors home and the huge crowds at Mass. The Youth Choir led by Roisín Sexton sang at Christmas Eve Mass and they were fabulous. Some of the very young, at Mass, were even treated to chocolates ! The Liturgy group decorated the Church beautifully and there is still time to call in and visit the Crib.

King of the Hill: Granagh Ballingarry GAA held the Annual King of the Hill challenge on a beautiful clear St. Stephen's Day. Only a few sliotars were misplaced on the way from The Commons to the village, such was the skill involved. Overall winners were the Morrissey family, David, Emer and Fiona, who was flown back specially for the challenge. The winning family were the Stapletons - Beth, Jessie and Kaylee.

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