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EASTER CEREMONIES being held in our Churches again.

Holy Thursday - 7.30pm, Good Friday - 3.00pm. ( Remember your Trocaire Boxes), Easter Sunday - 10.30am. Please note change to Mass times for Thursday 21st - 10.00am and Friday 22nd - 7pm.
All welcome to attend our choir rehearsal for Easter, on Wednesday 13th at 8pm in the Church. It would be great to have some new members to boost our numbers.
Thur 14th Apr; 16.45-20.00. Also Tue 19th, Wed 20th & Thur 21st Apr. 16.45 - 20.00
Venue; Longcourt Hotel Newcastle West. Clinics are by appointment only. Please call 1800 222 111 to book your appointment.
Sat 16th April, in the Community centre, 10am - 2pm. First market in Granagh, call in and have a browse.
Girls from the National school are preparing a craft & food stand, with profits being kindly donated to Ukraine.
Stands include - SOS Cookies, Cards, Hot Chocolate, Soap, Quilts, Knitting, China, Pebble-craft, Iron Works, Fernia Candles, Mixed Marble Crafts & Marianne's crafty stall.
Markets are a great place to stock up on birthday/ anniversary/baby gifts, cards for every occasion, or if you are into forward planning - Christmas gifts. It is lovely to receive a unique handmade gift rather than a mass produced one.
Wed 27th Apr; 8pm in the GAA Complex, Ballingarry. For all interested groups, organisations, individuals in the Granagh Ballingarry community - a meeting regarding the future of the Defibrillator group will take place.
For the month of April, we remember our family, friends and neighbours, whose mortuary cards are displayed on the Church noticeboard:- Margaret Collins, Granagh P.O. Delia Chawke & Austin Chawke. Jimmy O'Gorman, the Shop. Kathleen O'Donovan, Killoughty. Sheila Hanley, Kilmacanearla. Kitty O'Gorman, Knockfierna. John & Una Scanlan & Kitty O'Regan, Liskennett. Mary Agnes Sheehan, Mary McAuliffe, Dan Brosnan, Coolruss. Hannie Murphy & Timmy Scanlon, Kingsland. Padraig Fennessy, Croom. Eileen Simcox, Garryfine. Sadie O'Donoghue, Banogue. Mary O'Leary & Ita O'Leary, Castletown. Peig &John O'Sullivan. Rev Joseph Shinnors. Sr. Clare McMahon, Co. Laois.
15th Apr is the date that Essie Chawke is celebrating her 95th birthday, we send her congratulations and lots of good wishes. It happens to be Good Friday this year, a day of fast and abstinence, but I'm sure she will make up for it on Saturday ! Wishing her continued good health and happiness. What was happening in the world in 1927, not that Essie took any notice at the time - the US President was Calvin Coolidge, the UK Prime Minister was Stanley Baldwin and Pope Pius XI was leading the Catholic Church. Famous actors born in April - Sidney Poitier, Janet Leigh, Roger Moore & Andy Williams. Actor Charlie Chaplin divorces his second wife, Lita Grey, after three years of marriage.
The construction of 'Spirit of St Louis', (the monoplane which Charles Lindburgh was to fly across the Atlantic) was completed. Johnny Weissmuller ( Tarzan actor) set world records in both the 100m and 200m freestyle swimming events.
'The Jazz Singer' premiered at the Warner Theatre in New York. Starring Al Jolson, it was the first feature film with synchronised speech as well as music and sound effects. It revolutionised the motion-picture industry and marked the end of the silent-film era. In the US music charts at the time, the top names were - Hoagy Carmichael, Gene Austin, Paul Whiteman & his Orchestra, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong and Bing Crosby. '1927' is actually the name of an Australian pop rock band, formed in 1987....
In Ireland - The All-Ireland Champions are Dublin (hurling) and Kildare (football). The first greyhound racing track in the country opens at Celtic Park (Belfast). Born in this year also - John A. Murphy, historian and senator; Val Doonican, popular singer; Danny LaRue, female impersonator: Veronica Dunne, soprano: Gordon Wilson, peace campaigner; Constance Markievicz died in July of this year.
The ESB was established by the fledgling Irish Free State government to manage Ireland's electricity supply after the successful Shannon Scheme at Ardnacrusha. The Intoxicating Liquor Act of 1927, required bars to be closed all day on Christmas Day and Good Friday. ! I'm almost certain the latter did not affect Essie, down the road either, between family and working she was kept busy all the time. " May God bless your days, in so many ways, with good friends to love, and gifts from above, with sunshine and laughter, and joy ever after ''.
Congratulations to Janice & Seamus Twomey of the Rock Bar who were celebrating six years in business, last weekend. Hard to believe that much time has passed and even more so that the Rock Bar is twenty one years in the village, when it was opened by Nuala and the late Jimmy Stapleton. Continued success to a very hard working couple.
10th Apr,1970:- The Beatles break up.
11th Apr,1965:- Jack Nicklaus wins the 2nd of his six Masters titles in Augusta.
12th Apr,1981:- First space shuttle, Columbia, was launched.
13th Apr, 1741:- Dutch people protest at the poor quality of bread.
14th Apr, 1997:- Tiger Woods (21), the youngest ever golfer to win the Masters.
15th Apr, 1802:- W. Wordsworth penned "I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud".
16th Apr, 1922:- Annie Oakley sets women's record for 100 clay targets in a row.


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