Eily’s Report 5th March

Dia is Mhuire díobh go léir a chairde, and welcome to my report.                                 .

The mini blizzard of snow caught us all unawares on Sunday. Going from 14 degrees on Saturday to zero next day was a shock to the system to say the least.

This is Shrove Tuesday. Pancake day and our last chance to pamper ourselves before giving up something for Lent which starts tomorrow March 6th and ends on Easter Sunday April 22nd. Tomorrow Is Ash Wednesday and Holy Ashes will be distributed  at 10 am Mass and again at 7.30 pm Mass. Just to remind us that we are made of dust and into dust we shall return.

Last Thursday February 28th was International Women’s Day and it was celebrated at a very pleasant function at  our parish centre when the Transition Year Girls of the Community School invited our Active Retired ladies to a coffee / discussion morning following the 10 am Mass. There was great interaction between the different age groups with many interesting and important points brought to the surface. With the girls pointing out how difficult it is for young people to socialise away from the pub scene because there is nowhere else to go. So a well run mineral bar in the town would be a very welcome development to start with. Full marks to the students for hosting the function, the first of many I imagine and many thanks to them for their homebaked refreshments.


Afternoon Tea dance in Aubane on Sunday March 10th. From 3-5.30, Admission  €5.


Still with Aubane they start a five week  fitness course on March 14th  From 8-9 on Thursday nights.

Details from John 0861942161,


An important meeting of the Community Council will be held at the Wallis Arms Hotel tonight starting at 8 sharp to continue with their plans for our St. Patrick’s Day Parade. All interested parties please attend.


The Parade will be held in the Town at 5 pm on Sunday March 17th. Assembling at Noel C Duggan’s car park Station Road (By Kind permission) for a five o’ clock takeoff sharp. It promises to be great with prizes going for Best Cultural Presentation, Best Vintage, Best Window, Best Group/Club. Best Look a Like ,Best Float, Best Fleet, and everybody is asked to come out and take part and make it a great day for all in honour of our Patron Saint.


In Rathmore their Parade Starts at 1.30 pm on Sunday March 10th.


At the Weigh In in Cullen last night 33 people weighed in and 55 pounds weight was lost. Next week will see the final results with prizes for those who lost the most weight and those who collected the most money for their Special Needs Association. Plus the friendly cup of tea.   All holders of cards and money are asked to have them in by that night so that they can wrap up another very successful annual fundraiser.


And still with fundraising  the popular Cullen Band will hold a cake sale after the 10.15.  Mass on Sunday March 10th. They took part in the Munster Solo Piping Championships at the weekend which were held in NewcastleWest and were very successful on the day.


I’m told that the Dr. Frank Mullane who travelled from England to feature on the Claire Byrne Show  last night has Cullen connections.


Our Community Singers attended the 6.30 Mass in Millstreet Church on last Saturday night. It was attended by 98 boys and girls who will be getting their confirmation on March 20, and their parents. During the Mass Canon John gave them special blessings as they took the pledge to abstain from alcoholic drinks and drugs  for the next number of years. And we wish them well.


Don’t forget to tune in,  on line tonight on Cork Music Station for Sean Radley’s account of his recent trip to the European Parliament,  It’s from 9.30 to 11. Please help others to get it ,its a show not to be missed.


Here are the results of this weeks lotto draw which was held at the Mal Paso Bar on Sunday night. Numbers drawn were 6, 9, 28,3 0 and the Jackpot was not won. €100 went to Denise, Noelle, Liz and Mike Healy, Keale, Mike was the seller and got €50 sellers prize. €50 went to Marie Murphy, The Shamrock. €20 each to Kieran Cronin, Clara Rd, Denis Cronin. Minor Row, Dan Barry, FairField Rise, Aishlean Tarrant, Dooneen, Lucky, Drishane Rd. Ensi Baki, c/o Colemans, Denis Cronin, Main St. and  SJ and Patrick Gilburn, Killarney Road.


Jackpot for next week €13,000 the draw at McCarthy’s Bar on Sunday night.


The Irish Heart Foundation would like to thank all those who supported their recent Church Gate collection which amounted to €780.00.


The Glen Theatre presents The Cork Artists Variety Show with Joe Mac Tenors ,Terry Mc Carthy, Dan Twomey,  Soprano Loraine Manley, accordionist Donal Ring  Jnr.  On Saturday March 9th.

Ring for details   02956239.


Meanwhile, in Scartaglen on Saturday night as part of their Handed Down Series, Byron O Leary will present a feature on the renowned fiddle Player Matt Cranwich.


The Stations of the Cross will be said at 7 pm on Friday evening followed by Mass at 7.30.


Don’t forget the ingredients for the pancakes when you’re in the shop today and enjoy this  tasty annual treat.


Agus sinn a bhfuil a chairde, slán is beannacht Dé libh go léir


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