Kingscourt News 31st March

Bowls Tournament Winners; 

Magheracloone Bowls

On Monday 24th. March, a very successful  Indoor Bowls Tournament, was held in Magheracloone Community Centre. Organised by Magheracloone Indoor Bowls Club, teams competing  were, Carrickmacross, Pointz Pass, (Armagh) louth, Seans, Latton , Redeamer and Screen.  In a very exciting final, the winners were from Pointz Pass, Armagh, Seamus Murphy and Paula Linden. photo, L-R, Seamus Murphy, Dympna  Busby (President, M.B.C.)who presented the team trophy, Paula Linden and Nigel Eakins (chairperson M.B.C.) The tournament was sponsored by  Gypsum Industries, Ltd.

Very  Successful , Road Races ; 

Kingscourt Road Race

A very  successful series of  sponsored road races, in aid of St. Joseph’s  N.S. Kingscourt, were held in Kingscourt on Sunday 23 rd. March. There were three races beginning with the 20 km race at, a  10 km race at and a  race at  All agreed that the  20 km race was a gruelling run with 9 tough hills and not for the faint hearted. The winning male in the 20 km  run was Shane Brady and the winning female was Louise Kierans. The race while shorter also took in some challenging hills, David O’Connell was leading the race but took a wrong road at the mid  stage and was overtaken  by Ramunas  Meskaykas who then came first with  David O’Connell in a close 2nd position. The leading lady in the 10 km race was Joanne Rogers. In the  6km  race Brian McCloskey  ran a fantastic race finishing in  22 minutes and 11  seconds, with father and sun Barry and Shane Carolan coming in  2 nd. and 3rd.  positions.   The first lady home in the 6 km race  was Lisa  Clerkin with Katie Dillon close on her heels in 2 nd position .  The young man of the race was Mark Byrne who finished the 6 km race displaying great courage and tenacity .   120  runners  took part in the races, the organising  committee are sincerely thankful  to all the runners, stewards   and sponsors  for making the races a most  successful fundraising event, which will be used to fund repair work to the roof of St. Joseph’s n.s.

Regretted Death ;

There was genuine regret in the area  at the death of Margaret Rooney (nee  Wakely), Muff, Nobber and formerly of Turners Hill , Kingscourt, which occurred peacefully at Ours Lady’s Hospital, Navan on Monday 24 th. March.  The deceased who was in her 80 th.year is deeply regretted by her loving children, Mary, Ann ,Eileen ,Michelle, Emmet, Maura , Breda ,Joe , and Michael, brothers; Mattie , Peter , and Martin,  Sisters ; Mary and Ann.  Predeceased by her husbands,  Paddy O’Connor and Michael Rooney, son Pat O’Connor and step-son Pat  Rooney, sisters -in-law, brothers-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren nieces, nephews relatives and friends. There was a large and representative attendance at the removal to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Kingscourt and at the Requiem funeral Mass on Wednesday 26 th. March, with burial in the adjoining cemetery .

Baptisms ;

The Parish Community welcomes recently baptised, Daisy Rae Robinson, Sam Kieran Morgan, and Jack Adam Duffy Price.  All baptisms take place on the2 nd and 4 th. Saturdays of each month at in the Church of the Immaculate  Conception.  

Pioneer  Meeting ;

Kingscourt Pioneers monthly meeting in the Parish Centre on Friday 4 th. April at

Penance Service ;

The Annual  Lenten penance Service will take place on Monday 14 th. April at in the Church of the Immaculate  Conception

German  School Students Visit.;

A group of 42 young German students will arrive in Kingscourt on Monday 7 th. April, from the Geor-Christoph  Lichtenberg  School in  Ober- Ramstadt ( near  Frankfurt) , it will be there third visit to Kingscourt .  Successful past trips have generated great interest in Ireland with the students, their families and the teachers at the school, Local families have also enjoyed hosting the young students.

The group will spend 5 days with host families in the Kingscourt area. A variety of activities  and events have been organised , including a visit to Titanic Museum in Belfast, a day-trip to Dublin. More local events include visits to Dun-A-Ri Forest Park, hiking on the Lough an Lae mountain, lunch in Cabra Castle Hotel, a treasure hunt around Kingscourt, and an exhibition GAA match in O’Raghallaigh Park. There will also be an evening of traditional Irish music and dance to top of the visit.  The trip is organised by Sandra Carolan , a native of Kingscourt who has been living in Germany for almost 30 years.

Bridge ;

N/S  1 st. Muriel Harney  & Ena McGinley, 2 nd. Bridie Kennedy  & Lucy Brennan, 3 rd.  Fr. Fonsie Mackin & Nuala Mackin.  E/W 1 st. Sheila Carolan & Venie  Rowntree, 2 nd. Anna Byrne  & Nuala Carolan, 3 rd. Eileen Hanratty & John Fitzpatrick.  Kingscourt Bridge Club , meet every Monday at in Cabra Castle Hotel, new members very welcome.

Whist ;

Top Score ; Teresa McMahon, 1 st. Lady ; Kay Russell, 2 nd. Lady ; Olive Rooney, 3 rd. Lady ; Sadie O’Reilly,  1 st. Gent ; Eileen Hanratty, 2 nd. Gent ; Paddy Martin , 3 rd. Gent ; Matt Donagh.  Kingscourt Social services, Whist Drive, every Tuesday in the Matt Talbot Hall. New members very welcome.


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