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GREAT 1st WEEEKND for GRANAGH PLAYERS:







Susan & Patricia.


CHURCH NEWS:

Last Sunday, we remembered the anniversaries of Elizabeth, Michael & John O'Rourke and Paddy Morrissey. Ar dheis Lamh Dé go raibh a nAnamacha dilís.

Following Mass, we had the baptism of the twin O'Regan girls, Holly & Lauren. Congrats to their parents Louise & Cian and the two new sets of godparents, Ailísh & Eimhin, Amanda & Shane.

Candlemas Day: Friday 2nd Feb, 10am Mass. Blessing of the Throats & Blessing of the Candles. (available from O'Gormans)

Folk Choir Dates:- 18th Feb. 17th March. Easter, 28th, 29th, 31st March.

Thought for the Week: Enjoy Life - don't count the days, make the days count.


GRANAGH PLAYERS:

Our first weekend of 'The Hucklebuck' got off to a fantastic start. Patrons were arriving from 7pm just to keep us on our toes... We had great audiences who joined in with the singing and dancing even..!! Chatting to people afterwards you find out the most interesting facts. One couple who regularly attend our plays told me that they were dancing at the opening of the Dromkeen Oyster Ballroom in 1958. This is the dancehall that 'The Hucklebuck' was based on and where the writer's parents met. Like many other rural dancehalls of the time, it's where romances began.. And this couple will be celebrating an amazing 64yrs of marriage in the month of June.!! Sending congratulations in advance to Pat & Maura Lyons, Bruree.

Looking forward to our second weekend now - Fri 2nd, Sat 3rd & Sun 4th at 8pm. Thanks to all our volunteers both outside and inside who take on all the different jobs and keep things running smoothly. Thanks to those who have sponsored items for our raffle every night, your generosity is very much appreciated. The cast expend a huge amount of energy each night and I can definitely see where the saying ' send them home sweatin' came from.!

We are so lucky to have a fabulous band for this production, they add so much to the songs and just make you wanna dance.... You definitely don't want to miss seeing 'The Hucklebuck'.


CHOMHBHRÓN:

We offer our sincere sympathies to the family & relatives of Stephen (Stiofán) Moloney, Anhid, who passed away peacefully on 26th Jan after a short illness. Predeceased by his loving wife Alice (née McMahon) and his sister Mary. Very deeply regretted and sadly missed by his daughter Catherine (Lynch), sons Michael, Stephen, Dermot and Kieran, son-in-law Tomas, daughters-in-law Margaret and Louise and his grandchildren Ciara, Owen, Abí and Leah, sisters Bernie, Carmel, Nuala and Helen, nieces, nephews, relatives, kind neighbours and his many, many friends. He was reposed on Sunday at Daffy's Funeral Home. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday at St Mary's Church, with burial afterwards in Reilig Mhuire, Croom.

Stiofán was a loyal supporter of all things local, GAA being his big love participating as player, official, mentor as well as participating in Scór and Quiz competitions. A lifelong member of the Pioneers, an active retirement leader as well as working at the Old Rectory/ Free Range Kids. In his spare time he travelled to the rambling houses, took part in hill walking and dancing with Alice was a favoured pastime. We had the pleasure of their company at the Afternoon Tea Dances for many years and they were also loyal supporters of our Drama. A true gentleman who will be greatly missed by those who love him. May his gentle soul rest in heavenly Peace.


MORE DRAMA:

Ballinvreena - The Canavour Players are back, presenting 'Brush with a Body' in Feb, 1-4th and 8-11th incl at 8pm. Booking line you can text or phone 0892051830 (5pm-9pm)

Kilfinane - West End Drama presents 'The Field' on 22nd-25th & 29th Feb and March 1st -3rd.

Glenroe - Molannna Players present 'Canaries' on 1st - 3rd Mar and 8th -10 incl.

Charleville - North Cork Drama Festival will be opening Thursday 7th March.

WHAT's ON:

Wednesdays: Badminton at Croom Sports Complex from 7.30 - 9pm. Adults €5 and children €3, pay-as-you-go.

Thursdays: Adare active retirement resume their weekly activities in Embury Close, 2.30 - 4.30pm, new members always welcome. Upcoming trip to Stirling, Scotland planned for May 19-26th. Six nights, seven days, €890pp sharing, B&B. More info contact Rosemary 087-9627150 or Tina 086-1685119, non members welcome.

Fri 2nd Feb, 8pm, Desmond Complex: The film club is back with the Oscar nominated Korean film, 'Past Lives'.

Wed 7th Feb-20th Mar: Sheila Quealey will run a 7-week Memoir Writing Course (7- 9pm). Why not challenge yourself to do something new and exciting? To book your place email us at friarsgatetheatre@gmail.com.

Fri 9th Feb, Crochet Class, 7pm - 8.30. Knockaderry Community Centre,V42HN73. A chance to learn a timeless skill and connect with a network of crafters. Ten week course for one hundred and twenty euro, for more information contact Linda at 089-4305573.

Sat 10th Feb, 10am-1pm, Patrickswell Resource centre: Sewing Machine workshop for adults. Have you a machine and don't really know how to use it.! Learn how to thread, do basic stitches and make a travel pouch, all for forty euro. For more info contact Nora 086-1677574.

Sat 17th Feb, Absolute Hotel, 1- 4pm: Talking about suicide grief isn't easy. HUGG wants to change that. We are hosting a FREE information event on suicide loss and grief and all are welcome to join us. There is hope and healing after suicide. Visit www.hugg.ie to learn more.

Thur 22nd Feb: Schoolyard Charleville: Downtown movies present 'Barbie' at 8pm.


CONGRATS:

Very well done to Greybridge Classic & Vintage club for raising €22,000 from their Christmas Lights Run

Presentations of €11,000 each were made to Blood Bikes Mid West were presented & Cliona's Foundation. Thanks to all who supported the fund raising efforts and to everyone involved in organising a hugely successful event.

On a completely different note, congratulations to Brendan Noonan and Mairéad Walsh on their recent engagement.


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