Weekly News 14th February 2016

Congratulations and best wishes to Josie Carroll, Coolbawn who recently celebrated her 90th birthday with a party for all her family and many friends in Hannigan’s, Kilbarron. Continued good health and happiness to you Josie.

Nicolas McGuinness, musician and entertainer, passed away peacefully at home in Carrigahorig on January 24th 2016, aged 74. He was born in Poland, son of a German father and a Polish mother. The family moved to Germany, where Nicolas, bearing the name Klaus Mielke, studied music at the Conservatoire of Music in Dusseldorf, choosing the trombone as his instrument. Soon he was involved in jazz and played in all sorts of venues with different bands.
A musician friend, Leuder Ohlwein, a passionate angler, suggested that he accompany him to Ireland for a fishing holiday. It was 1966. Nicholas fell in love with this country, its people, their kindness, their love of music, the craic in the pubs, so much that he decided to stay. He was 25. His French wife Monique joined him the following year and soon after their daughter Sonia was born in Dublin.
Leuder and Nicholas forms an unusual duo, banjo, trombone and vocals, which was quite popular. Leuder left for America, but Nicolas stared playing with all jazz musicians of that time, Peter O’Brien, Tony Drennan, Neil and Dick Buckley, etc. He was living in Howth, a quiet village in those days. His neighbour was Barney McKenna of the Dubliners. So a long friendship ensued with members of the group. He played at John Sheahan’s wedding and John played at his funeral. Life was interesting and wild. He applied for Irish citizenship as early as 1968. In those days you had to wait 10 years if you had no Irish ancestors. He changed his name to Nicolas McGuiness as he was quite fond of the stuff and became a full Irish citizen in 1978 in the still existing courthouse in Portumna, where he had moved with his family, running a restaurant ‘The Tuning Fork’ in Carrigahorig, a place which was known for good food, music and madness too. He continued travelling, staying a while in Berlin where he was known as ‘The Irish trombonist’. And then his musician friends passed away one after the other. He was ill for the last two years. He will be remembered by many as having been a colourful character, bringing music, songs, joy and craziness to many people.
He reposed in Carrigahorig before he was laid to rest in Terryglass cemetery after 12 o’clock Mass on Tuesday the 26th of January 2016.

As a fundraiser for Shannon Rangers soccer club, Brendan Grace will be performing in Coolbawn Quay on Thursday, March 10th at 8pm. Tickets are €30 and can be purchased in all local pubs and shops or from the following committee members – Timmy 087 8120841, Rossi – 087 7423990, Damian 087 7640779. This promises to be a great night’s entertainment and you are encouraged to book your tickets as soon as possible as they are selling fast.


The Kilbarron Terryglass Historical Society in conjunction with Dr. Mary Leenane of Maynooth University are planning to run a workshop on ‘An Introduction to Celtic Calligraphy’ . The workshop is on Saturday 13th February in Terryglass Hall (2hrs in the morning and 2hrs after lunch). The workshop with dinner tea/coffee is €20. There are currently four places remaining. Please contact a member of the committee or Society to book a place.


If you haven’t been to see Rathcabbin Players 3 act farcical comedy ‘Play On’ then you have four nights to choose from this week-end. From Thursday night 11th to Sunday night 14th. at 8.30pm.sharp in Rathcabbin Hall. Written by playwright Rick Abbott and directed by Banagher man Brendan Dolan it’s essential to book a seat as demand is steady and places are filling up fast. The number to call is (087) 2360096

Our sympathy is extended to Breda Heenan ands family, Roran on the recent death of her father, Willie Cleary, Ardcroney, to Katty Tiernan and family, Carney on the recent death of her brother John Moran, Clarinbridge and to Rita Hayes and family, Carrigahorig on the death of her mother Ettie Finnegan, Monaghan.

Kilbarron N.S. Parents Association will hold a cake sale in Kilbarron Small Hall after Mass on Sunday February 21st. Donations of cakes and buns welcome.

Start collecting your used clothing, shoes, linens, household textiles, stuffed toys (any condition once they are clean). Bags may be dropped to Kilbarron school any Friday from now on. If you need to have your bags collected please contact Siobhan Cleary at 087 6986054.

Lent begins on Wednesday February 10th – Ash Wednesday. Masses in Terryglass at 9am. and Kilbarron at 7.30pm. Confessions before both Masses. Blessing and distribution of ashes at both Masses.
Do something special this Lent – Over the next 40 days, give up something – money, time, attitudes, and take up something – prayer, fasting and alms giving, that will bear fruit well beyond Easter.
YOUTH TO LOURDES: This year 48 young people will travel to Lourdes as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage (June 26th to July 1st) to work as helpers to the sick. We are hoping to sponsor a young person from our Parish (from Transition year upwards and must be over 16 and under 18 years on date of travel ) to be part of this group. If you are interested please give your name to the Parish office by Sunday Feb 21st.
BAPTISMS: We welcome Abagail Ann Hourigan and Davin Damien Kennedy into our Christian Community. Abagail is daughter of Michael and Claire Hourigan, Brocka and Davin is son of Alan and Ciara, Dublin.

There is Bingo every Monday in Terryglass Community Hall at 8.30pm sharp organised by the Shannon Rovers GAA Club with great money prizes, including an excellent Jackpot of €1,000. Contact Oliver Darcy for further information. The prizes are excellent with €15, €20 for a line and two lines respectively and full houses now range from €50, €70, €100 and €120. There is a flyer for €150 each week and the full house if the jackpot isn’t won is €100. Buses are available from the surrounding area i.e. Nenagh/Ardcroney/ Borrisokane/BallinderryandBallingarry/Rathcabbin/Lorrha/Carrigahorig/ Terryglass. Buses depart at 7pm and for further information contact Ken Daly 087 6273177.

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