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;
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 .
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 7.15.pm 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 8.00.pm.
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 7.30.pm. 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 7.00.pm. 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.
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 8.30.pm 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 3.00.pm, all welcome.
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 2.00.pm
On sunday 22 nd. December they will take part in a Christmas Carol Service in St. Ernan’s Church at 11.30.pm
Carol Service ;
Ervey Presbyterian Church, Carol Service on Christmas Eve at 7.00.pm
Christmas Mass Times ;
Christmas Eve ; 6pm. Family Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception Kingscourt. 9.00.pm Traditional Christmas Eve Candle lit Mass in Kingscourt. 7.30.pm . Vigil Mass in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Muff.