Weekly News 29th March 2021

29 March 2021

Happy 90th Birthday John: a small social distanced celebration took place in Dunnamaggin Village on Monday evening March 22nd to celebrate John's 90th Birthday when John's neighbours and friends stopped by his garden gate to wish him a Happy Birthday. Earlier the children from St Leonards National School sang Happy BIrthday to him on the road in front of his house . John hopes to be able to celebrate in style with his family, neighbours and friends when covid19 restrictions allow. But for now HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOHN.

Watch the trailer for the forthcoming documentary Pat Walsh; The Life and Legacy of an Irish Revolutionary here https://www.facebook.com/PatWalshMemorial/ Captain Pat Walsh and his comrade Seán Quinn both died following an encounter with Crown Forces on the hills of Tullaroan, Co Kilkenny in May 1921. In these times it isn't going to be possible commemorate our patriots as we had planned. Here in Kilkenny we have produced a one hour documentary on the life of Pat Walsh and we will be airing this documentary at our on-line commemorative event on Sunday May 16th to mark the one hundreth anniversary of the death of Pat in May 1921. The documentary was supported by The Decade of Centeneries Fund and Kilkenny County Council.

Dunnamaggin Ladies Football Club: Please support the Easter Egg Hamper Draw in Bobs Shop now in aid of our local Ladies Gaelic Football Club


Mass from St.Leonards for Lent Sunday Mass will be streamed live from St.Leonards Church Dunnamaggin every Sunday @11am for Lent through the Dunnamaggin GAA Facebook page. Please spread the word.


The Parent Council of Coláiste Éamann Rís are having a clothes collection until May 21st. Plenty of time to clear out wardrobes etc. All bags can be left at the front of the school. All covid precautions will be taken. This is a great way to get rid of unwanted clothes while at the same time helping the school raise much needed funds. Fundraising has come to a standstill due to covid. Please donate only clean clothes and please no carpets, mats (including toilet and bath mats), duvets, blankets, pillows, material, school or work uniforms.


Ring a Link is a community not for profit company that provides rural transport. The area this services covers are: Hugginstown, Ballyhale, Kilmoganny, Knocktopher, Dunnamaggin, Kells, Stoneyford, Danesfort and last stop at Dunnes Stores Kilkenny. The services starts from 9am and returning at 13.00 every Thursday. For more information on this service go to https://www.ringalink.ie/bus-services/bus-timetable/499/. All free travel passes are welcome and for non-free travel pass holders fares are €6 return for adults,  €4 return for under 16s, under 5’s travel free. For many of our services pre-registering & pre-booking is required and if the customer is not already registered if they can log on to our website here to register: https://www.ringalink.ie/register/


Kilkenny poetry phone

Kilkenny County Council Arts Office’s a poetry phone is back with a wonderful new collection of poems selected by Deirdre Southey from the Arts Office which reflect the beauty of the ordinary and the real understanding and connection between people and place, how it is experienced in the small things.  Everyone is welcome to the poetry phone. Just dial 1800 272 994 to listen to one of ten wondrous poems written by Kilkenny poets; Nora Brennan, Kevin Dowling, Mary Malin, Michael Massey, Nuala Roche, Mike Watts, Noel Howley, Carmel Cummins, Angela Kehoe and Kathleen Phelan. The poems are beautifully recited by Kilkenny actors Susie Lamb, Ger Cody and Nuala Roche. To listen to a poem please pick a number between 0 and 9


Droichead Family Resource Centre are delighted to be part of the Amber Refuge One Million Stars Ireland project Weaving Communities of Courage Against Violence.  Over the last month women from Callan, Mullinahone, Windgap and Kilmanagh have been weaving stars and attending zoom workshops to weave more than 1000 stars.  The stars were sewn together and exhibited on the entrance gates to Droichead FRC on West Street in Callan and the garden gates at Droichead Childcare to celebrate International Women’s Day.  Each star represents Hope, Light and Solidarity to anyone that has experienced violence.  L’Arche, Callan and St Brigid’s College Callan joined with the star weaving in February and have exhibitions of their stars displayed at their entrances too. Droichead FRC are continuing to weave stars for future exhibitions and welcome new star weavers. If you’d like to get involved please get in touch with Jess 0858564950, we supply the ribbon & all you need is a pair of scissors.  Weekly zoom meet ups are available to weavers until we can meet again in person. More information on the One Million Stars Ireland project can be found at www.onemillionstarsirleand.ieIf you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence or abuse, there is help: Amber Refuge - 1850 42 42 44 or email info@amberwomensrefuge.ie A €2 donation can be made to Amber Refuge by texting AMBER to 50300


HSE Health and Wellbeing Positive Psychology and Happiness webinar on Wednesday 31st March at 2pm. HSE Health and Wellbeing are taking the opportunity to share some tips on how to build happiness into your life using positive psychology.  Positive psychology focuses on the positive events and influences in life. Register at this link https://ims.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hQvb3xOSQj-yFuBEs4ER3w

Also, a new video-based mental wellbeing programme called Minding Your Wellbeing brought to you by HSE Health and Wellbeing is now freely accessible follow this link:  https://www2.hse.ie/healthy-you/minding-your-wellbeing-programme.html