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This is the first update of the restoration work which has started on the Sanctuary of Killina Church.

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This is the proposed finished look when the renovation of the Sanctuary of St Carthage's Church in Killina is complete. 'Irish Contract Seating' from Dromod, Co Leitrim are the main designers.

The Annual Senior Citizen's Party was held on Sunday 23rd Feb. with a great attandance of about 100 from all over the Parish. The Day started with Mass celebrated by Fr Martin Carley PP. followed by a fabulous meal and lively entertainment by Rahan Comhaltas. Thanks to all members from the Shamrocks GAA Club who organises this event year in and year out. Thanks also to Killina Presentation Secondary School for allowing the use of the School to put on the event this year. (Click on arrow for slideshow).

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In spite of the bad weather, slow but steady progress is being made on the construction of the new Community Centre in Mucklagh. The following pictures brings us up to date with what is happening on site.

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Congratulations to Valerie and Alan Cooney, Dillon Street, Tullamore on the birth of their twins, Michael John and Grace Catherine who were baptised in St Colman's Church, Mucklagh on Sat 1st Feb. 2014. The Twins Godfathers, Liam and Alan Nugent are also twins. (Click on arrow below to see slide show).

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Thank you Members of Rahan Comhaltas for coming to St Colman's Church Mucklagh last Sunday to grace us with your presence and beautiful traditional music at our 12 noon Mass.

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Published in other places, These photos of Shamrock's Club Dinner Dance which was held in the Bridge House Tullamore on Sat 21st Dec. to honour our victorious Minor Team of this year and the presentation of their medals by the chief guests of honour, Kevin McStay (Ex Mayo Footballer & RTE Football Analysts and famed Offaly's Star Seamus Darby).

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Peg & Sean Dunican were very happy to be the 1st winners of the Mucklagh Development Lotto Jackpot. Seen here in the picture receiving their cheque from the Chairperson, Philip Barron and Committee members Colm Burke and Willie O'Grady. Also in picture (on the right) is the promoter of winning ticket, Aiden Larkin.

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The Rahan Wren Boys were on the move on St Stephen's Day and Evening. The Presentation Sisters, Killlina were delighted to see and welcome them.

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The Annual Parish Christmas Carol Service in St Patrick's Chruch, The Island.

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Fr Joe Gallagher's Silver Jubilee of Ordination is remembered by the people of Mucklagh.

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John Mahon and other residence of Carthage Nursing Home had a big welcome for Santa at their Christmas Party, Tues 10th Dec.

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Parish Christmas Carol Service

A word of thanks to everyone in the parish who took part in the Christmas Carol Service in the Island Church last Sun. Evening, 15th Dec.. Well done to the Pupils from the primary and secondary schools, (Newtown & Killina) the members of Rahan Comhaltas and Deirdre Byrne for her wonderful work in helping with the co-ordination for the night. Many thanks to the choirs of the three churches and the Rahan Folk Choir for their preparation and taking part in the service. Thanks to Tom Minnock who acted MC for the night. Thanks also to the many people who prepared the church inside and outside - giving many hours of their time and energy in preparation for this Christmas event. Not to mention the refreshments provided afterwards for everyone by the people of the Island. There is a DVD available of the entire Service at a price of €10. Please let us know if you would like to get a copy.

The Annual Rahan Active Retirement Christmas party held in Clonmore House, 24th Nov.

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Kaithyln Dunne was the lucky one to ride with Santa to turn on the Mucklagh Christmas tree this year on Sunday 1st December.

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In Ferbane, Fr Kevin Fleming celebrates 50 years of priesthood with family and parishioners.

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New Mucklagh Community Centre Update: Progress on the erection of the new Community Centre continues to make steady progress. The Steel structure was erected during the past week and soon things will be ready for brick laying. Your continued support is so vital and necessary at this time expecially by your support of the weekly lotto. It is all so very encouraging now. (Click on arrow below to see slide show).

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Beginning to look good: Killina Church Restoration Project: The 1st phase of works is progressing on site; cleaning of external walls, replacement of led flashing between tower and main roof, installation of new floors and stairs within the tower and much more. The renovation of the sanctuary is now been considered by the Committee.

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Killina Church Restoration


Work has commenced on essential repairs to Killina Church. It is hoped that there will be an envelope dropped to all houses of the parish in order to raise some funds for this project of painting and restoration. Well done to the committee members who are working hard to bring this project to completion. A meeting will take place on Tuesday 22
nd October at 8.15pm in Killina Church for those who would like to help with the distribution of envelopes to the different areas of the parish. Thanks for the great support. All welcome. The a/c number of Killina Church Restoration Fund is 45016065 and the sort code is 90-19-09 at Bank of Ireland Tullamore. Donations can be handed into the Parochial House or the three churches or collection baskets.

Scenes at O'Connor Park, Tullamore after Shamrock's Minors won the County Championship for the First Time

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History Makers

Sunday 13th Oct was a historic day for the Shamrock's club as for the first time ever, the club were crowned minor A football champions following their victory over Edenderry on a score-line of 1-13 to 1-07. Great credit goes to both teams for a tremendous game of football and Edenderry are to be commended for their graciousness in defeat. This was a very good team performance with some excellent defending and turnovers resulting in scores the other end of the field. Congratulation goes to the management of Mossie Clavin, Ger Keyes, Padraig Murray, Eamonn Buckley, Noel Daly and Joe Keyes.
The team were treated to food and a party atmosphere on Sunday after the game in the Tullybeg House golf club. It was great to see a turnout of supporters acknowledging the efforts of these young men all year. “Players don’t win trophies, teams win trophies”. (Rory Kearney).

Killina Presentation Secondary School Awards Night Friday 8 November 2013. The students of the Junior Cert Classes and the Leaving Cert Classes 2013, were presented with Certificates and rewards by Mr Michael Nolan, Ex Principal, John Cotter, the new Principal and Ms Hazel Hannon Vice Principal and by Sr Mary McDermott, Chairperson of Board of Management. Congratulations to all students on their excellent Leaving and Junior Cert. results.

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The Under 16 Shamrocks Footballers kept the winning momentum of recent weeks when they annexed the title on Saturday morning 19th Oct in Durrow when defeating Ballycumber /Tubber on a score of 1-14 to 3-06. Shamrocks started and took time to find their feet while B/T raced into an early 4 point lead. However Shamrocks, as some excellent teams do, weathered the storm, through some good last gasp defending by Cathal O Brien and his colleagues in the Shamrocks rearguard. At the other end Shamrocks got some excellent scores through Andrew Delaney, Niall Flynn and Darren Meacle. Shamrocks reached the interval one point adrift, 1-04 to 0-06. And at the end of the hour emerged as champions on a score of 1-14 to 3-06. Credit must go to the management team of Noel Daly, Rodger Molloy and Joe Keyes. There were great scenes of joy when the captain, Adam Keyes raised the cup which was presented by Colm Cummins on behalf of the County Board. (Rory Kearney)

Once again a huge crowd turned up to support the Shamrock's Under 16 Footballers in Durrow on Sat. 19th Oct. (Follow the slide show and see who was present on the day)

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Bishop Michael Smith visited the Parish on Wednesday 23rd Oct. He called in to see the students and teachers at Killina Secondary School, looked at the renovation works taking place at St Carthage's Church Killina and called into St Colman's School Mucklagh where he visited the Confirmation and 1st Holy Communion Classes. (He is seen in this slide show with teachers and pupils in Mucklagh)

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Dedication of the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary


On Sunday 13th Oct the Holy Father will dedicate theworld and its people to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. This takes place on the anniversary of the last apparition Our Lady to the Children of Fatima in 1917. To mark this event Sat 12th will be a day of prayer in preparation for theIt will take place in the hospital chapel, Tullamore. During the night, leading into the Sunday there will be special prayers devotions each hour. Adorers from our adoration centres here in Mucklagh/Rahan/The Island are requested to join in this adoration on Saturday night in the hospital chapel in Tullamore or if possible to spend some short time as requested by Pope Francis during the night vigil.

Killina Presentation Secondary School student Emily White has been invited by the State Examination Commission to participate in the Irish Science Olympiad later this month. Emily was identified as a high achiever in Maths and Science in the 2013 Junior Certificate Examination. However Emily is a high achiever in all her subjects having received all A's in her Junior Cert.


Financial Update on
Mucklagh Community Centre


Cost of Building the Mucklagh Community Centre
€383,00
November 2012, Money raised €10,000
House to house Collection raised
€40,000
Offaly Local Dev Grant of €150,00
Fun Day and Lotto Raised
€20,000
Total raised €220,00

BALANCE To Be Raised €163000

To raise this money we would have to apply for a loan and to service this loan we will need an income every week. This is why our Lotto is so Important to us.
SO WE ARE ASKING YOU TO SUPPORT OUR LOTTO - ONLY €2.00 PER WEEK.

Our lotto takes place in Kellys Roadhouse ever Tuesday night and tickets can be purchased from our promoters, in Kelly's Shop and Flynn's, the Fingerboard. Details are put up on our Facebook page. Mucklagh Community Centre every week.

For More information phone email: mucklaghcd@gmail.com or Phone: 087 632 5409 / 087 602 6428 / 086105 5720 If you would like to become a promoter contact the above numbers.







Recent activities at St Colman's School Mucklagh. On Display were some of Leinster's and Tullamore's Rugby Trophies of last year. Also the school hosted a successful Coffee Morning for Offaly Hospice on Thursday 19th Sept. (Click on square below to view slide show enlarged).

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The Turning of the 1st Sod for New Community Centre, Mucklagh


On Tuesday evening last 27 Aug, about 100 people from the Mucklagh Area turned up for the 1 Sod turning of the New Community Centre. Weather wise it was a lovely sunny evening. Prayers of Blessings were said by Father Johnny McEvoy, Rev. David Hutton Bury, and Fr Martin Carley. Chairperson Philip Barron thanked Rev. David Hutton Bury for his very generous donation of the site. In response Rev David Hutton Bury expressed his delight to be asked to turn the first sod and emphasised that there was a real need in the community for such a centre. Councillor John Leahy and Declan Costello, Offaly Local Development, who have being a enormous support to Mucklagh community development, spoke of their excitement of the centre being built and urged everyone in the community to support the lotto because this will be deeded to service the loan and help run the centre in the future. €2.00 per week can help make this Community Centre a reality and give you a chance to win. (See Slide Show Below).

The Turning of the 1st Sod of New Mucklagh Community Centre 27th Aug. 2013 by Rev David Hutton Bury, Charleville Estate. (Click Arrow below photo to view slide show).

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The Martin Minnock Annual Pilgrimage. This year he took this group on a trip of the Shrines of France.

Killina Church Re-Furbishment

A meeting was held in Killina Church on Thursday 17th July where a Committee was elected to oversee the upcoming work that needs to be undertaken in the church. At this meeting it was decided that the church would be painted and the sanctuary area up-dated to include a new altar. Other work to be undertaken is listed below:
Lead flashing be replaced on the tower area of church; Vents installed in roof; two new floors and stairs installed in the tower; floor in attic space over the vestry to be examed and Stira installed; the insulation in roof space; paint interior of church and vestry including all woodwork; clean roof of church; fit new downpipes and hoods on manholes etc.
Those interested in giving a quotation and would like to view church for the purpose of quoting contact
Brendan on 0870566523. Date for receipt of quotes is Sat 31st August. To get the work started all the debris was removed frombell tower and over vestry and all attic space by a group of volunteers on Sat10th August. Thank you to all who helped.

Parish Church Killina.

Cemetery Mass in Killickfeehan Cemetery, The Island, on Saturday 17th August 2013. After a lot of rain during the day, the evening once again turned out to be fine for the Mass. (Click on the square below photo to enlarge and then click on the arrow to view slideshow).

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We dedicate this week's parish webpage to the celebrations in Killina Church and Tullybeg golf club on the 2nd August in honour of Fr Nicholas Clavin, The Derries and San Diego, USA to mark the 40th Anniversary of his ordination to the Priesthood - June 1973. Congratulations Fr Nick and we wish you many more happy and blessed years in ministry. Deo Gratias.

Fr Nicholas with members of the Offaly Team of 1971 & 72 whom he won 2 All Irelands with.

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Congratulations to Fr Kevin Fleming, Tullamore, (Centre) who led the Concelebrated Mass in Dalgan Park, Navan on 15th Aug. 2013 to celebrate the Golden Jubilee of his Ordination with 9 of his class mates and 14 Priests who were celebrating their Diamond Jubilees (60 Years of Ordination). Fr Kevin is a regular visitor to Rahan Parish where he often helps out with Masses and Confessions at Easter & Christmas. (Click the square below to enlarge photo and arrow to view slide show).

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Fr Nicholas with his family and other good friends of his over the years. (Chick arrow for slideshow)

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The Mass: Fr Nicholas with the Bishop and Priests. (Click arrow underneath to see slideshow)

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The 40th Anniversary of the Ordination
of Fr. Nicholas Clavin San Diego and The Derries:


A Mass will take place in Killina Church on Friday 2nd August at 5.00pm to celebrate this great occasion in the life of Fr. Nicholas. We wish Nicholas many more happy years in the priesthood and we warmly congratulate him at this time of celebration. All are very welcome to attend the ceremony.

The new extension to St Colman's School, Mucklagh is now complete and ready for occupation. But it will not be officially opened until the start of the new school year in September. The two new class rooms and the new Assembly Hall come Gym will be a great asset to the present school and blends in very well with the existing school buildings. Great work by all concerned. There will be an American Tea Party in aid of the new school Extension in the Tullamore Court Hotel on Thursday 30th May at 8.00pm. All welcome.

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The Month of May
And May Devotions
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One particular practice characteristic of May devotions is the May altar, whether in a church or as a "house altar" in the home. The custom of the May altar stems from southern European countries. With the development of May altars in churches, the custom spread to set up this type of "altar" also in the home. Marian devotions may take place within the family, around a "May Altar" consisting of a table with a Marian picture/statue decorated with May flowers. The family would pray together the Rosary.

Joe Grogan
has set up a Marian Shrine on his farm in Screggan. The Grotto is built with the Stones from the old arched doorway of the old Mucklagh Church and built on the site known as ‘Ard na gCroise’. It is worth a visit during the Month of May. Maybe we should name this Marian Grotto/Shrine as ‘Our Lady of the Fields or Our Lady of Screggan’

Congratulations to Olivia Grogan, Cloonagh and Eddie Dunne, Tullamore who were married in St Colman's Church Mucklagh on Friday 19th April 2013. They are wished well for a long and happy life together.

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See the entire slide show of Regina and Brendan's Wedding. Click of the square box underneath photo.

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Confirmation 2013 in the Parish


Confirmations were held this year in St Carthage’s Church Killina on 14/04/2013, where 46 children from class 6 of our two primary schools and one adult were confirmed by Mgrs Sean Heaney. From every point of view it was a wonderful occaion. The church was beautifully prepared with floral displays and artwork. The candidates were prepared to perfection and the choir and singing by the rest of the students from Scoil Charthaigh Naofa was applauded by everyone. Although the church was packed to capacity, all who attended were edified by the solemnity of the occasion. But most of the credit must go to the two teachers Miss Caitriona Ni Thuama & Miss Aine O’Callaghan who prepared our children throughout the year for this unique Sacrament with special Masses, Retreat Day, artwork and orchestrating and rehearsing the Confirmation Ceremony. But many thanks to everyone involved – parents, teachers and children.


(See Slide Show below. Click square under the photo and then the arrow)

(Garda) Sheila Cunningham, Mucklagh married Michael O' Shea Kinnitty on Friday April 5th in St Colman's Church, Mucklagh.

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Congratulations to Mrs Nan Higgins, Castletown who celebrated her 100 Birthday with a special Mass on Monday 18th March 2013, organised by the Island Community.

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Stretch Limousines, Helicopters and Champaign were the order of the day for Colleen Daly, Cloonagh & Philip Berry, Clonshanny wedding at the Island Church on Sat. 9th March 2013.

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Congratulations to Regina Healion, Ross Road, who was married to Eamonn Keenan, Kilkenny in St Carthage's Church on the 1st Feb. 2013. They are wished a long and happy live together.

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What the Pope Really Said About Christmas

The Pope’s new book, Infancy Narratives, was released on November 21. The day’s headline of the Daily Mail? “Killjoy Pope crushes Christmas nativity traditions: So what did the pope actually say about the nativity scene animals? He wrote, “The manger, as we have seen, indicates animals, who came to it for their food. In the Gospel there is no reference to animals at this point. But prayerful reflection, reading Old and New Testaments in light of one another, filled this lacuna at a very early stage by pointing to Isaiah 1:3: ‘The ox knows its owner, and the ass its master’s crib; but Israel does not know, my people does not understand.’” Benedict actually affirms the image of the ox and the donkey present at the manger by pointing to Old Testament imagery and, later, to iconographic tradition that complement the Gospel source. His words justify, rather than call into question, the presence of the animals in the manger scene. He shows why Christians came to understand that the animals were there, adding, “No representation of the crib is complete without the ox and the ass.”
(Page 69 of his book).

Rahan Parish Carol Service held on 16th Dec 2012 in Mucklagh Church. All church choirs and our two primary schools together with Rahan Comhaltas took part in the one and a half hour event. Thanks to all who participated and attended.

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Lenten Reflection: With this week, we conclude the first part of Lent. We continue our lessons in the faith, as our practices
of Lent become deeper and more full of grace. We enter into this week reflecting upon the Scrutiny that makes up our intense prayer for those Elect, preparing for Baptism. And, as we beg, as Church, that they be freed from sin and from all anxiety, we ask those same desires for ourselves. The simple and powerful words of the Opening Prayer guides our daily prayer. We continue to wake each morning, pausing to ask for the graces we desire for the day. Throughout each day, the background of our thoughts and feelings is more and more taken up with what this journey means for our personal change of heart, the renewal of our Baptismal commitment to be placed with Jesus, and our growing desire to act in solidarity with the poor. We go to bed each evening, after pausing to give thanks for the gifts of the day.
Trócaire’s Lenten Campaign 2013: This year’s Trócaire Lenten campaign which focuses on an isolated community in rural India. The community in Odisha, in the east of India, lives in real poverty. 47% of people in Odisha live below the rural state poverty line of 28 cents per day. Odisha has the second highest rate of infant mortality among states in India: 77 per live 1,000 births compared to the national average infant mortality rate of 57 per 1000 births. The drop out ratio from primary school stands at 60%. The most recent census in 2011 shows literacy rates in Odisha as a whole to be 74%. The female literacy rate in Odisha is 61%, compared to 80% for males. 57% of Odisha’s population suffer from chronic energy deficiency due to poor nutrition. But with Trócaire’s help, and working through their partners, the community is being built up and empowered to work together towards a brighter future. Because of this help they can live lives of dignity and potential. Trócaire invites you to be in solidarity with this community this Lent; praying for them and supporting them and communities like them in whatever way you can.

A Significent Birthday for Sister Oliver Wrafter, Killina. It is celebration time in Killina as both Pupils of the Secondary School and People of the Parish celebrate her 90th Birthday.

Sr. Oliver Wrafter’s 90th Birthday Celebration:

On Sunday last, Killina witnessed a really special event, when Sr. Oliver was joined by her family of Presentation Sisters, relatives, friends and past-pupils, many of whom travelled long distances, to acknowledge her wonderful contribution to their lives and to the life of the community of Rahan. The organising committee would like to thank: the Presentation Sisters, Fr Martin, Fr Tony and Fr Barry, the combined choirs and those who helped with the Mass, all who worked to ensure that the large attendance was comfortably catered for in the hall of Killina Presentation Sec. School, Rahan Branch of CCE for the entertainment, those who organised parking, video, photo display, flowers, food and the very many people who contributed to the success of occasion. Many happy returns, Sr. Oliver! Roll on 2023! Anyone who would like to get disc with all photos from Sr. Oliver’s party slideshow. Contact Carmel on 087 9530377.
Thank You from Sr Oliver: A sincere and very grateful thank you to all who organised and helped with the celebration of my 90th birthday - Mass and celebration by the Presentation Secondary School, Killina and on Sunday for the beautiful Mass and celebration afterwards which was attended by so many from the whole parish and beyond. Thank you for your generosity and for your friendship and support over the last 72 years. You and your families will continue to be in my daily prayers.

At the end of their school Mass, class 1 & 2 pupils of Mucklagh School put on a wonderful performance of Hosanna Rock for their parents, teachers and the rest of the school.

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The TY Students of Presentation Secondary School, Killina treated us all to a musical feast of Mama Mia on Thursday and Friday night last in the school Gym. Well done to all involved. (See a few numbers on YouTube under 'Killina Secondary School'. See more under John McEvoy.

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See who turned up to help Santa when he arrived at Kelly's in Mucklagh, last Sunday 9th Dec. Dion Rock was the lucky child who won the raffle and went on Santa's Sleigh to turn on the lights on the Christmas Tree outside the Church. (Thanks to the Mucklagh Development Committee and the Foroige Club).

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The Mucklagh Christmas Tree 2012. The lights of the tree was switched on this year by little Dion Rock, Beechmount Park, after he and his family came through the village in Santa's Sleigh.

Congratulation Dermot Conroy, Brocca Road, and Rosalinda Kelly, Ferbane who were Married in St Carthage's Church, Killina on Fri. 14th Dec.

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We also wish Mariosa Hume, Tullamore and Eoghan Hynes, Killurin all the best in life who were married in Mucklagh on Fri 14th Dec.

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The Site and Plans for the new proposed Community Centre for Mucklagh. It is at the back of the church car park where the present grove of trees are growing.

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Congratulations to the boys of St Colman's School Mucklagh on winning the final of the Cumann Na mBun Scol, Division 2, and Scoil Charthaige Naofa, Rahan were runners up in the Division 5 final.

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Then the Presentation of Medals and the celebrations on Wed. 28th Nov. at the School with Miss Julianne, Lisa Flaherty, Niall Bryant, Darrell O' Dwyer and Fr Johnny.

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Clodagh Active Retirement Christmas Party, Clonmore House, Tullamore, 25th Nov. 2012.

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Congratulations to Hillary Healion, Ross and Travor Francis, Tullamore who were married in St. Colman's Church Mucklagh on Sat. 17th Nov. 2012. We wish them a blessed and happy life together.

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An evening with Michael O'Muircheartaigh, in Rahan Hall at the Presentation of the Junior Awards and the presentation of County Medals to our under 14 and under 16 Hurlers who won the County Championship this year. (See Newsletter for fuller account).

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The various organisations and groups in the Parish that use Rahan Hall during the course of the year came together on Sunday 18th November 2012 to display their activities and wears.(Click arrrow below to see slideshow).

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Public Meeting held at Kelly's Mucklagh on the night of 6th Nov. 2012 to discuss matters regarding the new Proposed Community Centre for Mucklagh. The cry of the night would seem to be 'Now or Never'

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Presentation Sisters, Killina, celebrates their Feast Day on 21st Nov. 2012 with members of the Presentation Provincial Team from Athlone.

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Photos of Fr Johnny's last parish in Ba, Fiji with parishioner and with the new church of Christ the King and new school of St Theresa's, Ba, that were built while he was there.

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The Papal Nuncio to Ireland, Archbishop Charles Brown, during a recent visit to Tullamore is seen here chatting with Fr Seamus O'Connor at the Presbytery.

Congratulations to Nora and Gerry McDonald, Screggan, who celebrated the 70th Anniversary of their Wedding with members of their family on Thursday 4th October. A rear & wonderful feat.

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The newly formed Rahan Dramatic Group, meet regularly in the Hall in Rahan. Lizzie Conroy, Deerpark, The Island (middle) is posed to produce the Group's 1st Three Act Play.

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Congratulations to Orla Morris, Charleville View and David Mannion, Durrow who were married in St Colman's Church Mucklagh on Sat. 13th Oct. Also to Colin Minnock, Clonshanny, who married Christina Hegarty, Ballinagore who were married in the Island Chruch on Sat. 13th Oct. 2012.

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Offaly Hospice Coffee Morning: On September 20th 2012. It was Coffee Mornings 20th Anniversary. Pics show the Coffee morning at St Colman's School Mucklagh.

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Rahan Comhaltas Group celebrated National Cultural Day with an informal musical and dance session in The Tullabeg House, Golf Club on Friday 21st September.

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The Parish welcomes back to Tullabeg four Jesuits from Dublin (Frs Liam O Connell, Bill Toner, Stephen Redmond and John Dooley) for the Annual Blessing of the Graves in the Jesuit Cemetery, Tullabeg.

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Martin Minnock's Annual Pilgrimage - This year to Krakow in Poland.

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This year Martin's Group from the Midlands (Rahan Parish) Mayo and Dublin joined a group from Middleton in Cork for an 8 day pilgrimage to Poland. Fr Dan Gould PP of Killavullen, Mallow, Cork was the official chaplain for the pilgrimage - helped out by Fr Johnny McEvoy. Krakow is a most beautiful city, the seat of Pope John Paul 11 when he was a bishop and cardinal before becoming pope. Every church and square has a statue in his honour. Their churches are most ornate. Our guide Agnes was excellent and was steeped in her country's most troublesome and painful history as well as in her Catholic Faith and Tradition. We had extensive tours of Karkow itself, also tours to the following towns and places around the Karkow area.
The Convent and grounds of St Faustina (Divine Mercy) in Lagwieniki; Auschwitz and Bienau Concentration Camps where we visited the cell of St Maximillan Kolbe; Wadowice - the home town of John Paul 11; The famous and National Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa; Zakopane in the Tatra Mountains, a great skiing resort and open air markets; and of course the famed salt mines in Wielicrzka with its (underground) city of restaurants, churches and carvings - amazing. A million tourist visit these mines annually.


It is back to School time


On Monday 3rd Sept all the schools of the parish
will be back in full swing for the New Academic Year.

Pupils, teachers and parents are all wished well.

St Carthage
's National School Newtown: Opens its doors with 21 new pupils with a total role of 176.

St Colman’s Primary School Mucklagh:
Starts with 30 new pupils have have a total role 262.

Presentation Secondary Killina
: Welcomes 78 into 1st year and the school now has cira 500 pupils.

In the meantime progress on the new General Purpose Room and the two new Classrooms at St Colman's Mucklagh is progressing satisfactory.

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An Account of an Ordination on Rabi (Rambi) Island, Fiji.
(By Fr. Pat Colgan, Belfast & Fiji)
On Thursday 9
th August, a group of about 250 (priests, lay missionaries, Companions in Mission and Rabi islanders) boarded the ‘Lomaiviti Princess’ for the long journey to Rabi, the home and place of ordination of the newest Columban priest, Taaremon Matauea. During the 20 hour voyage, we stopped at the ports of Savusavu and Taveuni (well known yachting destinations), finally berthing in the open sea off Rabi. A succession of small ‘fibre’ fishing vessels then arrived to ferry us to a beach where we would await transport to the Catholic Mission station. It was very dark when we arrived at the halls, classrooms and churches where we were billeted and fed. The sounds of kava being pounded, animals being slaughtered for the feast and people and trucks coming and going all night filled the night air; we could feel the enormous excitement and struggle of the people to give us their best.

Presentation Sisters Killina: Farewell Sr Marie Walsh and Welcome Sr Joan Bland: Sr. Marie Walsh, the leader of the Community ended her term of office as leader on Friday 31st August. Sr. Marie has worked as leader in the convent for the last 7 years. She will now begin a year’s sabbatical and we wish her every success for the future and well done in many aspects of her commitment to the people and priests of the parish of Rahan. A new leader of the Community begins her term of office on Saturday 1st September. Sr. Joan Bland has now arrived in Killina Convent as leader of the community. Sr Joan, a native of Portlaoise comes to us from Galway. Welcome to the parish Sr. Joan and we wish you many happy years among us.

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The next morning saw us all assembled under the iron roofing of the large shed erected for the ordination. The Archbishop of Suva, with about 25 priests from Fiji, the US and Taiwan ordain Taaremon, dressed in his traditional costume which was only shed when he was clothed by his relatives in the soutane of priesthood. It was extraordinary to see the cultural procession of Bible and gifts, as well as hear hymns sung in i-Kiribati, Fijian, Hindi and Spanish, a reflection of Taaremon’s missionary journey to date. After an enormous lunch, we had an afternoon of dancing performed by the children of the various Rabian schools. Celebrations only came to an end when the diesel generator had to be turned off to preserve precious diesel at 1am.
By that time, many of us were already on our way back to the beach to await our trips to board the Princess, which had waited all day. By 6am, all were accounted for, up went the drawbridge and within an hour we were having Sunday Mass at sea, thanking God for his protection and asking it to continue for the next 24 wave-washed, sleepy hours!!! Taaremon returns to Taiwan in February 2013 – indeed, what a journey.

Local faces at the Tullamore Show 12th August 2012. A time to meet & Chat.

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Great crowds from all over the country turned out for the Tullamore Agri. Show.

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Prize winning produce from our land, fields, gardens & tables.

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The sun shone brightly for the Mass in Killickfeehan Cemetery on Saturday Evening 18th August 2012.

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Killickfeehan Cemetery Mass & Devotions were held on Saturday 18th August at 7pm in the Cemetery. There was a large turn out on an evening of glorious sunshine. The ceremonies were conducted by Fr Martin, who was helped by the servers as well as people who led the rosary, did readings, Prayers of the Faithful and Eucharistic Ministers. Special thanks to all the volunteers who did grounds work - prepared the altar, sound system, helped at car parking, the collection and organised the seating. The Committee is grateful to all who assisted with maintenance during the year including tending the flowers situated at the entrance and for the work done by FAS and TUS as well as Offaly County Council who do great work with the older part of the cemetery. Finally the committee wishes to acknowledge the continued support of Fr. Martin and Fr. Johnny. Thanks also, to all who contributed to the collection, which goes exclusively for the upkeep of the graveyard.

Prayer for the Holy Souls

O God, our Creator and Redeemer, hear our prayers for the faithful departed. In Your love accept as reparation in their behalf the sacrifices we offer for them. May the merits of our good deeds help to cleanse them still more from all stain of sin and selfishness, and bring them to the happiness of Heaven for which You created them. Graciously grant our petitions through the merits of Your son, Jesus Christ, Our Lord. Amen.
“Have pity on me, have pity on me. At least you, my friends, for the hand of the Lord has touched me.” (Job 19:21)

God and Faith in the lives of some of the Olympians in London 2012

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Irish boxer Katie Taylor thanked God just minutes after winning a fight at the Olympics that guarantees at least a bronze medal.
“Thanks be to God,” said Katie Taylor openly in a post-fight RTÉ interview. “He [God] is my strength and my shield. I would be nothing without God. Thank you Jesus’ On the red boxing robe that she wore at her first fight was written, “The Lord is my shepherd and my shield.”
She was not the only one at the Olympics to speak openly about their faith. Last week
a young Spanish hockey player told his country’s national newspapers that he plans to join the seminary after this Olympics. He asked the Lord to let him fulfil his dream of playing in the Olympics. Ballve called his time at the games so far, “an incredible and precious experience.”
Ethiopian athlete Meseret Defar provided one of the most emotional moments of the London 2012 Summer Olympic Games when she crossed the finish line in the 5000 meter race to win the gold.She then pulled a picture of the Virgin Mary out from under her jersey, showed it to the cameras and held it up to her face in deep prayer. Defar entrusted her race to God with the sign of the cross and reached the finish line in 15:04:24, beating her fellow Ethiopian rival Tirunesh Dibaba, who was the favorite to win.A teary-eyed Defar proudly showed the picture of the Virgin Mary with the Baby Jesus that she carried with her for the entire race.

Thank You From The Staff and Patients of Carthage Nursing Home: A ‘Big Thank You' to the members of our families, to all the volunteers, and sponsors alike who got involved in Our Sponsored Walk for Cancer Research on Friday 27th July. The money raised from the event was over €2,300.00 (a number of cards has yet to come in). Thanks so much.

The Parents Association of Scoil Charthaigh Naofa/
Mochuda Autistic Pre-School are having a fundraiser through Teresa Hickey, Green Gap Holistic Therapies at Tullamore Agri-Show 12th Aug. Offering Reiki---Massage---Thai Yoga---Indian Head Massage and Aroma Touch Technique, which is beneficial for fybromyalgia, migraine, stress, asthma, MS and much more. Treatments will be €15 or less, a special offer price for fundraiser. We also have face painting for children at €2.You will find Green Gap Holistic Therapies at indoor tent BA-A which is beside HQ/Dog show/Red Carpark.

Extension to St Colman's National School Mucklagh: Work has commenced and the foundation and the 1st rows of blocks are in place for the pouring of the floor of the New Assembly Hall in a day or so. Leamore Construction are the project contractors.

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Well done and congratulations to the Management, Staff and Residents of Carthage Nursing Home, who on Friday 27th July organised with the families of the residents a sponsored walk through Mucklagh Village in aid of The Irish Cancer Society. There was Mass then and the Anointing of the Sick in St Colman's Church Mucklagh which was followed by a party back in the Nursing Home. Well done all.

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A Tribute to Fr Johnny by Grainne Kelly, Mucklagh. 28 June 2012 - Rahan Hall.

I’m delighted to be here tonight to celebrate with Fr. Johnny the 40 anniversary of his ordination. I have to say when was first asked I smiled but I was also honoured and humbled to be asked to speak on behalf of the parishioners but also delighted to honour Fr. Johnny. I have thought allot about what to say tonight and i suppose firstly what I do think is that you underestimate the effect you have on people and you underestimate the good work that you do. I know you see it as nothing exceptional but it is. Father you have certainly immersed yourself within the fabric of the parish and all it’s people, young and old. (Click for the rest of the story).

Fr Martin Carley PP and the parishioneers from Rahan, Mucklagh and the Island put on a surprise 40th Anniversary celebration of Ordination for Fr Johnny McEvoy in Killina Church with a reception afterwards in Rahan Hall on Thursday 28th June. It was surely a celebration of unity and solidarity of the entire parish. Members of his family travelled from England and from many parts of Ireland for the occasion.

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Congratulations to Eleanor Reynolds, Tullamore and John Hickey Frebane who were married in St Colman's Mucklagh on 14th July 2012. Congratulations also to Ann Marie Bracken, The Island and Colin Meade, Mullingar who were married in Italy on 21st July. We wish them a long and happy life together.

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An Outstanding Achievement - Eight years of Primary School at St Colman's N.S. Mucklagh without missing a day. The Board of Management, The Parents Teachers Association and the Teachers of the School honoured and praised Anne Buckley and her mother Nora on this wonderful feat on the evening of the school concert on Tuesday 26th June. Well done Anne & Nora. (Click on square below to enlarge photo and view slide show).

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Class 6 from St Colman's bide farewell to us and their class teacher of last year, Miss Caitriona Ni Thuama, and most of the class received their Confirmation Pioneers Pins at their special farewell Mass from Larry Mooney, Breda Condron and Fr Johnny on Wednesday 27th June 2012.

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On Saturday the 7th July in glorious sunshine, Karen Minnock, Clonshanny (of Rahan Comhaltas) married Ian (Jack) Monaghan from Clara in Killina Chruch, Rahan. Three hundred guests were on hand to wish the newly weds a long and blessed life together. (Click arrow below to view slideshow)

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The Death of Joe Monahan Tuesday 19th June 2012.

This week Rahan Parish and the entire communty around the midlands lost someone special, one of our most prominent figures, a true gentleman and a legend. For years he entertained the crowds at fleadhs, concerts and gigs with quick wit, stories, yarns, jokes, dancing and even a song on a rare occasion. He was not only an intricate part of a Rahan gig - much more than that, often putting... in far more hours behind the scenes - attending meetings - organising fundraisers - building stages but more importantly he was a friend to everyone and always had time to talk, show concern, advise and encourage. Joe was the glue that kept everything going in both good times and bad. He will be sorely missed by far more people than he would have realised. Our huge loss, is heavens huge gain - so many stories and memories were exchanged over the last few days. Deepest and most sincere sympathies to Ita, Karen and Elaine.

Joe Monahan's Death shocked us all. But the people of the parish, Rahan Comhaltas, members of Scor, Shamrock's GAA Club and members of the Golf Clubs and other organisations united in a show of solidarity to ensure that Joe got a worthy send off. Thousands from all over Ireland visited Ross Road, Screggan for Joe's wake. The above organisations and clubs as well as the the Offaly Team of 1971/72 and the School Children of Mucklagh formed guards of honour as Joe's remains were carried to St. Colman's Church Mucklagh for the Requiem Mass. Again the crowds here were huge. Thanks to everyone who helped out with the funeral arrangements and the liturgy.


A TRIBUTE TO JOE
By Martin Phelan, Carlow (A long time Friend of Joe's)


ON TUESDAY JUNE THE 19TH - THE SAD NEWS FILTERED THROUGH
THAT JOE HAD CROSSED THE GREAT DIVIDE TO CHECK OUT PASTURES NEW
I'M SURE HIS MAM AND DAD, RELATIONS, FRIENDS WHO'D GONE BEFORE
WERE WAITING THERE TO GREET HIM, AS HE BREEZED IN THROUGH THE DOOR
HE'D DONE HIS SHARE OF SUFFERING WHEN GOD CALLED OUT HIS NAME
AND WE ALL KNOW THAT RAHAN, WILL NEVER BE THE SAME
WITH ITA, KAREN AND ELAINE LEFT FEELING VERY SAD
PLUS THOMAS WHOM HE TREATED LIKE THE SON HE NEVER HAD
A BUILDER BY PROFESSION, HE HAD FRIENDS FROM EVERY SPHERE
WAS LOVED BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM - FROM TlMBUCKTOO TO HERE
PLAYED FOOTBALL WITH THE SHAMROCKS CLUB AND GOLFED AT ESKER HILLS
GREAT MEMORIES OF GOLF TRIPS ABROAD WITH LOTS OF THRILLS AND SPILLS
UNIQUE AND VERY SPECIAL, JOE HELPED MANY GROUPS AND CLUBS
PERFORMING - TICKET SELLING, FROM NEW YORK TO LOCAL PUBS
FROM ORGANISING SMALL SHOWS TO THE CASTLE, TULLAMORE
HIS WIT, GOOD HUMOUR, STORY TELLING, ALWAYS TO THE FORE
HE WAS A SUPER DANCER AND COULD SING A MIGHTY SONG
WAS KNOWN TO USE AN ADJECTIVE, OR TWO, WHEN THINGS WENT WRONG
WITH COMHALTAS SURE HE TRAVELLED FAR AND WIDE WITH MANY PEERS
PLUS FLEADHS THE LENGTH AND BREATH OF IRELAND OVER MANY YEARS
NOW FIDDLES, FLUTES, ACCORDIANS ALL PLAY WITH LOVE AND MIRTH
WHILE JOE TELLS ALL HIS STORIES 'BOUT THE FUNNY THINGS ON EARTH
HIS SUFFERING IS OVER NOW, HE'S WITH THE SAINTS ABOVE
I KNOW WHEN GOD HANDS OUT HIS WINGS, THEY'LL FIT HIM LIKE A GLOVE
YOUR MEMORY IS OUR KEEPSAKE, WITH WHICH WE'LL NEVER PART
GOD HAS YOU IN HIS KEEPING, JOE, WE HAVE YOU IN OUR HEART

Rahan Comhaltas Group 'Trad le Cheile'

Rahan Comhaltas, Dancers at 'Trad le Cheile'

Sr Oliver Wrafter and Sr Marie Walsh, Presentation Sisters Killina. Sr Oliver who was at the 1932 Eucharistic Congress didnt miss a day of this year's Congress and was interviewed frequently during the week by the Media.

Some of the faces, images and activties at the 50th International Eucharistic Congress, Dublin, 10th to 17th June 2012. Click arrow below for slideshow.

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Eucharistic Congress Mass celebrated in O' Connor Park Tullamore, followed by Eucharistic Procession to O'Connor Square on the evening of 9th June 2012. Fr Sean Heaney, PP Tullamore was main celebrant at the Mass which was attended by about 3,500 from surrounding parishes. Bishop Michael Smith gave Benediction in O' Connor Square. The occasion was blessed with fine weather.

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Congratulations to Denise Dunne, Mucklagh and to Matt Troy, Drumcullen, who were Married in St. Colman's Mucklagh, 23rd June 2012. We wish them a happy and long life together.

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