Show - The Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd held a meeting on Monday, March 24 at Meeting Rooms at the Show Grounds.

Show - The Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd held a meeting on Monday, March 24 at Meeting Rooms at the Show Grounds.

Show Chairman Peter Ging welcomed everybody to the meeting and then declared the meeting open. Secretary Catherine Fitzgerald read out the minutes which was signed and seconded. It had a good attendance. 1898-2013 Ossory Agricultural Show Society Co Ltd present Annual Show Laois County Show affiliated to ISA and IPS on Sunday, July 28, 2013 at Show Grounds on Mountrath/Rathdowney Road. Following classes: horses, sheep, cattle, knitting, sewing, baking, eggs, poultry, jam, crafts, vegetables, flowers, photography, junior classes, dog show, trade stand, music on show day and lots more. Something suitable for everyone. More details to show secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Road, Rathdowney, Co Laois, Mobile 087-9975902, Email: ossoryshow@eircom.net, www.ossoryshow.com, show committee or to show chairman Peter Ging 086 2394573 or to show treasurer Irene Newman 086 8402125. As there was no other business vote of sympathy was passed to the family of Lily Nolan, Teagasc Advisor from Freshford.

Cards - A game of cards every Monday night in Urlingford Community Hall. Your support much appreciated.

Defibrillator Group - Meeting once a month in the Urlingford Community Childcare Centre. We would like to get as many volunteers as possible so please come along and bring a friend – together we could save a life.

St. Kieran’s A.C. - Congratulations yet again to members of St. Kieran’s A. C. for an outstanding day at the Open Sports Day in Templemore on Sunday, April 7th. Matt Pietrzykowski, Ben Guilfoyle and Kealan Dermody all attended the event with Matt coming in 2nd in the U/16 Boys 100m and 2nd in the long jump; Ben receiving 1st in the U/16 Boys long jump; and Kealan taking home 3rd in the U/11 Boys turbo javelin. Well done to all! Training continues behind Colaiste Mhuire on Wednesday evenings from 18:30-19:30 and on Sunday afternoons from 12:15-13:45.

Seminar - The South East Regional Drugs task Force (SERDTF), Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny Leader Partnership are jointly organising a community consultation Seminar on the subject of substance misuse. The seminar will be on Friday 19th April at the Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny from 9:30am to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be served. All community voluntary interests and groups are invited to attend. Places can be booked at 051 841144.

Resource Centre - The Mill FRC/VEC are holding one-day workshops: Healthcare 7th May; Horticulture/Woodwork 14th May; Customer Service 21st May; Information & Computer Technology 28th May; Childcare 4th June; Adult Guidance 11th June. For anymore information contact the centre on 056-88-38466. Also there is a confidential counselling service now available in the Mill Family Resource Centre, contact the centre for further details on (056) 88-38466. Also, Irish Cancer Society are holding a talk in the Mill Family Resource Centre on the 17th May at 6.30pm .The aim of the talk is to bring to peoples attention their upcoming fundraiser Relay for Life Kilkenny. The event is run over two days, July 20th and 21st in the Watershed, Kilkenny and is a 24 hour relay walk. Any one interested in attending contact The Mill Family Resource Centre.

Library - Closed Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. Open Tues. 10-1 and 2-8; Thurs. 10-1 and 2-5; Sat.10 to 1.30. Urlingford Library has a fantastic display of Tea Cosies all made by the Nattering Knitters from Castlecomer. Most are for sale at €10 each.

Ossory Times - The 2nd edition of the Ossory Times is available for sale at a cost of €2.

The Gathering - As part of The Gathering the parish of Graine and Urlingford are organizing a weekend of activities in August, full details to be finalised. One of these is to have an exhibition of photos in both Graine and Urlingford, which reflects the history of the Parish, and it’s people. We are looking for photos, First Holy Communion, Confirmation, photos of anyone who served in any of the wars or in the army. Any photos of Gardai, Priests or Doctors etc. If you do not want these photos to leave your home we can arrange for someone to call and copy them in your home. If you would like to help with piecing together our history with these photos please contact Ann Pembroke (056) 8835184, Norah Hickey (086) 2649993, Joan Pearson (086) 1538834.

Year of Faith - A 10-week CD course on the first 500 years of the church, beginning tomorrow (Thursday). Contact Cathleen Shortall (056) 8831061, cathshort@eircom.net.

Fr. Liam Lawton Concert - To be held in St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny on Friday, May 10. Doors open at 7.30pm. For ticket sales call (056) 7753624, email: afd@ossory.ie. Further information available from www.liamlawton.com.

Emeralds Camogie Club - Are holding a ‘Cookery Demonstration’ by well known freelance chef Edward Hayden from TV3’s ‘Ireland AM ‘ in the Community Hall, Urlingford on Thursday, May 16th. Local food producers are invited to set up stalls to promote their products on the night. For further information contact (086) 8093557. The Club would also like to thank Joe Deegan, the staff at Centra, Urlingford and everyone who contributed so generously at their recent bag pack.

Fitness Classes - Want to tone up and improve those fitness levels? Then why not try EB Fitness, aerobics and body conditioning classes in Graine Hall every Tuesday night 8 to 9pm. For more information contact Eilish on (085) 7879842.

Colaiste Mhuire - There will be a night class in arc welding in Johnstown starting today (Wednesday). Please call (087) 9057118 to enrol first.

Table Quiz - A Table Quiz will be held in Mary Willies this Friday night, April 19 at 9.30pm sharp in aid of the ‘Flying Nun’ appeal, which is aimed at raising funds for AWARE, and various projects in the Slieveardagh area. Your support will be appreciated.

Video - A video of the 1986 All Ireland Ploughing Championship held in Woodsgift, will be shown in The Valley Inn on Saturday, April 20 at 9pm sharp. Run by Johnstown Monster Tractor Run Group in aid of Enable Ireland. Music on the night. Admission E5. Please support this unique event.

Community Alert - At this stage we have almost completed our visits to all households in our parish explaining how community text alert programmer works. To date the response is fantastic and most householders have joined up. At this stage we are in discussion with Kilkenny Gardai Head Office to iron out any teething problems we may have in operating this new system. We have called to all householders at this stage and most have joined this valuable new service. If for some chance we missed on meeting you can join our system by contacting secretary Dan Norton, John Cahill or John Hayde for forms to sign up. Shortly we will order new Text Alert signs which will be put up around the parish. In the meantime watch for rogue dealers or criminals driving about in our area.

Eucharistic Adoration - First and third Friday of each month at 2.30-5.30pm.

Baptism - The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated on the second and fourth weekends of the month, Saturday and Sunday only.

Marriage - At least three months notice must be given.

Care of the Sick & Elderly - Please contact Fr. Maher if you have a relative or neighbour sick at home or in hospital and would like to be visited or added to the First Friday calls.

Urlingford News - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements etc can do so by contacting Gerry Grace or by emailing emeraldnews@hotmail.com. Please feel free to send photographs to the email address or by passing them on to Gerry and we will do our best to include them. Please note, the deadline is 8pm on Sunday evening of each week.