Kingscourt News 2nd December

 New Second level  School for  Kingscourt ;


The  announcement  by  Mr. Ruaire Quinn, Minister for Education during the past week  of  nine  new post – primary  schools which will open in 2015 and 2016  are needed to cope with the surge in student numbers .  Kingscourt’s   new  secondary  school  is top of the list with a projected  number of students  400/500. The  Department of Education and Skills have confirmed that the Second- level School in Kingscourt  will be  under the patronage of Cavan – Monaghan  Education and Training Board ( the new body  comprising  of Counties Cavan and Monaghan  VECs)  The  news  has been welcomed  enthusiastically   by parents and all in the wider  Kingscourt region and   will be  a great boost  for future development in the area.   The campaign for a second level school for Kingscourt has been ongoing for the past  50 years. Mr. Clifford Kelly was instrumental in the campaign for a new school in Kingscourt during his time as Chairperson of Co. Cavan VEC . That work resulted in, funding from the Department of Education for the purchase of an 8 acre site.

A decision in March 2009  to approve the provision of a school in Kingscourt by the then Minister for Education Mr. Batt O’Keefe, T.D. for 400- 500 students.  The inclusion of the school in the School Building Programme in January 2011 enabled the  VEC to commence  detailed planning.  Following those developments  Clifford Kelly and others working along with the CEO and Officials from Cavan – Monaghan Education and Training Board have engaged in detailed work meeting with Principals of 13 local  primary schools and the Managers of 5 Creches/ Playgroups in relation to the development of the new school. Clifford Kelly  highlighted the vital role of Mr. Martin O’Brien, CEO, Cavan- Monaghan  Education and Training Board in the continuing advancement of this project through his work with the Department of Education in securing the patronage of the Kingscourt school and also his engagement with Department Officials on all aspects of the project. He also acknowledges the continued support of the wider community over the years for this project.

Kingscourt Marathon Runners;

Marathon Runners

L-R ;  David Watters (runner) David McNally, Agnes Clarke (Kingscourt Cancer Fund) Victoria Rowntree, Amanda  Ramsay, Catriona Fleming (runner) Paul Clarke, Claire Hearty. The  Committee of  Kingscourt Cancer Fund  are most thankful to the marathon runners and their sponsors , for the cheque received .

Bridge ;

N/S . 1 st. Joan Connolly  @Angela Daly, 2 nd. Margaret Greene &Martha Murtagh, 3 rd ; Bridie Kennedy @Lucy Brennan.  E/W.  1 st. Catherine Kelly & Ann Russell, 2 nd. Anna Byrne & Nuala Carolan ,3 rd. Breda Dunne  &  Mary McKenna.  Kingscourt Bridge Club, meet every Monday at in Cabra Castle, Hotel, new members very welcome.

St. Vincent  de Paul, Collection ;

The annual  collection for St. Vincent de Paul will be held after all Masses next week-end 7 th/8 th. December.

Pioneer Meeting ;

The monthly meeting of Kingscourt Pioneers will be held on Friday next in the Parish Centre at

Christmas Bake Sale ;

Muff parents  association annual Christmas Bake Sale will be held in the school after  the vigil  Mass on Saturday  7 th. December.

Giving Weekend ;

Giving weekend for St. Vincent de Paul , non perishable goods welcome. on the 14 th/15 th.   December.

Gala Christmas Concert ;

The annual  Gala Christmas Concert by candlelight  in aid of the Church Restoration fund will be held in the Church of the Immaculate  Conception, Kingscourt, on Sunday 15 th. December.

Penitential  Service ;

The annual  Advent Penitential  Service will be held on Tuesday 17 th. December at in the Church of the Immaculate Conception .

Christmas  Lights  Switch-On ;

On   this Friday 6 th.   December  the town’s  Christmas  Illuminations   will be  switched on  at organised by  Kingscourt Chamber of Commerce  it comprises thousands of bulbs  spanning the towns wide main street . There  will also be  a large Christmas tree erected at the centre of the town and additional flashing   signs all  adding to give  a festive  atmosphere  to the town in the run up to Christmas.   It has been said that the committee have gone to enormous expense to  get  Santa Claus to drop in to  meet  children from the area.

Whist ;

Top Score ;   Olive Rooney,  1 st. Lady ; Eileen Maguire , 2 nd. Lady ; Eileen Hanratty , 3 rd. Lady ; Mary O’Hurley. 1 st. Gent;  Vincent Clarke , 2 nd. Gent ; Ann Russell , 3 rd. Gent ; John Fitzpatrick.   Kingscourt Social Services, Whist Drive, every Tuesday at in the Matt Talbot Hall.  Christmas Whist, on Tuesday 17 th. December.  

Christmas Bingo ;

Social Services, Christmas  Bingo in the Matt Talbot Hall  on this Sunday 8 th. December at, all welcome.

Carol Singing;

St. Ernan’s  Church, Carol singers will  attend Kilmainhamwood  Nursing home and entertain the residents with  a selection of  Christmas Carols , on Saturday 14 th. December  at

On  sunday  22 nd. December they will  take part in a Christmas Carol Service in St. Ernan’s  Church at

On Christmas Eve, at there will be  Holy Communion in St. Ernan’s , Kingscourt., On  Christmas  Day, at there will be  Holy Communion in St. Ernan’s  Church .

Carol  Service ;

Ervey  Presbyterian  Church, Carol Service on Christmas Eve at

Christmas  Mass Times ;

Christmas Eve ; 6pm.  Family Mass in the Church of the Immaculate  Conception Kingscourt.  Traditional  Christmas Eve  Candle lit  Mass in  Kingscourt. . Vigil  Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Muff.

Christmas  day ;  Mass in St. Joseph’s   church , Corlea.  and  12 noon  masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt .      


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