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DAFODILL DAY:

CHOMHBHRÓN:

We offer our sympathies to the family of the late Jimmy Griffin, Liskennett who passed peacefully at home, on Monday 19th surrounded by his loving family. Deeply regretted by his sorrowing wife, Maura, sons Thomas and Vincent, daughters Marie Noonan and Carol Phillips,

sons-in-law John and Richard, daughters-in-law Toni and Fiona, his 12 adored grandchildren, sisters, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and his many friends. He reposed at Daffy's Funeral Home, Requiem Mass was celebrated on Wednesday, in St. Peter's and Paul's Church Banogue with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. A great community man who supported all events in Banogue and Granagh, a kind and thoughtful neighbour and a skilled craftsman who had a gifted pair of hands. Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís.

Our sympathies also to the family of the late Bridie Griffin, ( nee Cronin) of Morenane, sister-in-law of Jimmy,

who passed peacefully on Monday 12th March, in the wonderful care of the staff of Caherass Nursing Home. Beloved wife of the late Mickey and sister of the late May Fitzgibbon. Very deeply regretted by her sorrowing sons John, Noel and Pat, daughters Ann (Houlihan), Brid (O’Kelly), sisters Peg (McGrath), Nellie (Broderick), sons-in-law James and Phillip, daughters-in-law Teresa, Margaret and Hannah, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, kind neighbours and her friends. She reposed at Daffy’s Funeral Home, and Requiem Mass was celebrated in St. Peter and Paul’s Church, Banogue

on Thursday, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Go raibh leaba i measc na Naomh acu.

GRANAGH NAT. SCH:

ART EXHIBITION:

Wednesday, 21st March at 7.00 pm - Community Centre. As you know, 2018 marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of Granagh National School. The children have prepared an art exhibition “Granagh National School – Past, Present and Future”. They will be joined by the Barrett sisters who are internationally known for their art and also a number of local artists. All paintings will be available for purchase on the night. An open invitation is extended to all, to attend the exhibition. Refreshments will be provided by the Parents’ Association and a Raffle, with great prizes, will conclude the night. All proceeds will go towards replacing the old carpet flooring in the school.

DAFFODIL DAY:

Friday 23rd March, 1pm - 6pm: Mary Morrissey will hold her Coffee/Tea Afternoon at her home in Coolruss again this year, in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. All welcome to call and support this very important fundraiser. T

his year marks Daffodil Day’s 31st anniversary ! When you support Daffodil Day, the funds help the Society to provide free, nationwide care services for those with, and affected by, cancer in I

​reland.​

Mid Western Cancer Foundation: Saturday 24th March at 8.30pm:

​F​undraising dinner social will be held in Skullers Bar, Dromcollogher in aid of the Mid Western Cancer Foundation. An auction will also be held on the night​ and among the items being auctioned is a Galway jersey signed by members of the victorious 2017 All Ireland winning hurling team. Music by The Rambling Paddys. Tickets €25 available from Carroll’s Mountain Shooting Supplies, Skullers Bar 063 83442, Eamonn Cagney Castletown 086 1737620, Dolan’s Shop Ballyagran and O’Gorman’s Foodstore Granagh. Your support would be greatly ap

​preciated.​

YOGA:

​The next class will be held on Sunday 25th March at 12pm ( note time change ), in the Community Centre. Yoga is a gently excercise which helps keep bodies strong and flexible.

T.L.C. 4:

Friday 30th March ​: Don't forget. if every family did a section of their road​, it would be done in no time​

.!! Pebbles Montessori ​pupils ​have already been out and ​have ​done their clean-up on the Knockfierna road. They were disgusted with all the rubbish they found and having to pick up every single item will make them think twice about littering.

​It is so important to teach our children about caring for the environment.​

TROCÁIRE LENTEN CAMPAIGN.​

​" Love will Conquer Fear ".

​We cannot imagine what it is like for families living through the horror of wars, epidemics and natural disasters !! When we are hit by bad weather here, it's a national emergency... The difference is, we have immediate access to food, shelter, medicines etc, while families in third world countries have none of that support. They are depending on our

​contributions to help them. It means that Trocaire can respond, within hours, delivering practical, hands-on assistance - clean water, emergency food supplies and life saving medicine to those families. The only reason they can move so quickly and be ready to help is because of the funds they receive... A gift of €10 will go towards helping mothers to read & write. €15 will go towards helping to supply Emergency Kits ( Food, water soap, towels, kettle, bucket, blanket, women’s underwear, plastic cups & plates, torch & hygiene items). €20 will help towards providing children with school kits. Definitely, a little helps a lot, in this case...

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY:

Wednesday March 21st is being celebrated as World DS Day to raise awareness, celebrate the value and inclusion of people with Downs Syndrome. The 21st day of the third month was selected to signify the uniqueness of the triplication of the 21st chromosome which leads to Down Syndrome. People with DS like to do the very same things as every child - run, play, dance, ride, swim....the only difference is that they might learn things more slowly. They may look a little different and may have some health problems but it is ok to be different..

John Franklin Stephens, a man with Down ​S​yndrome, told the United Nations that a world without people like him would be “a poorer world, a colder world, a less happy world.” In a moving speech before the 37th session of the Human Rights Council last week, Mr. Stephens told his audience that the most important thing that can be done to improve the lives of people with Down syndrome is to remember their status as human beings, equal in dignity to everyone else. “I am a man,” Stephens said. “See me as a human being, not a birth defect, not a syndrome. I don’t need to be eradicated. I don’t need to be cured. I need to be loved, valued, educated and, sometimes, helped.”

Stephens referenced a Harvard-based study that discovered that “people with Down syndrome, their parents, their siblings, and the people close to them are all happier than society at large” and therefore generate happiness for the world.​!!​

DIARY:

Mon 19th - Sun 25th: Lifelong Learning Festival, Limerick.

Wed 21st Mar: Blood Donation, Greenhills Hotel, 5pm - 8pm.

Wed 21 - 24th: ' Seussical the Musical ', Lime Tree.

Fri 23rd Mar: 'Padraig Potts' Guide to Walking', Friars Gate.

Thur 5th Apr: Skorts & Shorts, Camogie Fashion Show, Woodlands.

Sun 15th Apr: Newcastle West Car Boot Sale.

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