A major fundraising drive was launched recently to raise E250,000 for refurbishment of four isolation rooms for Cystic Fibrosis patients at Waterford Regional Hospital. There is necessity for such a facility for children with Cystic Fibrosis due to the potential high risks of cross infection from superbugs and other airborne bacteria in the hospital. When the rooms are not in use by Cystic Fibrosis patients they can be used by other ill children.

A fundraising night will be held at Dunford’s Bar, Touraneena, on Saturday. Music by Sliabh gCua Ramblers. Your support for this worthy cause would be greatly appreciated.


Week ending May 5. Lotto Jackpot E2,500. Winning numbers 6,24,26. No winner. New jackpot of E2,600. 5 x E20 winners: Pat Dalton, Mary Morrissey, Marian & Dermot, James Power, Jim Queally. Promoter’s Prize E20, Betty Condon

The generous jackpot is still waiting to be won, so don’t forget to purchase your tickets this week. E2,600 would be a nice amount of ‘smile money’ for the summer months. Tickets are E2 and can be purchased at usual outlets. Next draw Hanrahan’s Bar, Ballinamult, on Sunday, May 12.


The Waterford ladies football club will hold a table quiz on Thursday, May 9, at Doocey’s Bar, Ballymacarbry, at 8.30pm. All are welcome.


The annual Waterford & Lismore diocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes takes place this year from June 6 to 11, ex Cork Airport. If you are interested in going on the pilgrimage or in obtaining more information, please contact the Diocesan Pilgrimage Office, Waterford, 051878900.


We wish Joan Keane, Cahernaleague, many years of happy retirement from her role in taking care of the jerseys for the Sliabh gCua/St.Mary’s G.A.A for the past 43 years. Mike Murray, chairman of the club presented Joan with Honorary Life Membership, secretary JP Fitzpatrick presented Joan with a framed St. Mary’s jersey and Tom Condon presented Joan with a splendid piece of Waterford Crystal. Congratulations to Joan on her many years of dedicated service and best wishes for the future.


The An Taisce National Spring Clean is Ireland’s largest anti-litter initiative which has been taking place nationwide throughout April. There was a lovely day and a big turnout for the spring clean which took place in Touraneena with a massive clean up of the village and the surrounding area. This was the first time that Touraneena was registered for the national event for which litter bags, vests, litter pickers and gloves were provided. The bags of litter gathered will be collected by the council. The clean up was not confined to the village and an army of helpers scattered from the community centre at 10am to clean up litter from roadside verges in the surrounding roads. People taking part were all very surprised how much litter was gathered and unfortunately it seems that in some areas domestic rubbish is being discarded on our roadsides. Luckily, some of our parishioners provided trailers which were very useful in recovering bags and larger items.


Damage to the roads following recent bad weather has meant that progress with the village improvement projects has been delayed but it is hoped work will resume soon. Progress has been made since this time last year with the footpath well advanced and 20 new street lights in place and removal of overhead wires underway. Credit to the council for their support for the village projects in the current economic climate. Work has commenced on the thinning of the trees in the village park. The village improvement committee and the parish council intend to prepare a plan for the park over the coming months.