There was no winner of the latest lotto draw and the numbers drawn were 2, 3, 10 and 21. The three lucky dip winners of €50 each were Sean Atkins, Daniel Power and Helen Power. The next draw will take place on Sunday March 8th in O Donnachas and will have a fabulous jackpot of €11,150. Everybody is trying to get their hands on this jackpot so get your tickets early and choose those numbers carefully.
We are delighted to welcome a new little lady to our community. Baby Emily Counihan is the newest resident to the Lacka Road and her very proud parents Brendan and Una are thrilled with her safe arrival. Emily is of course a very lucky little girl because she has two wonderful big sisters Maebh and Ellen who are ready and willing to show her all the tricks of the trade and she also has a very handsome big brother Liam who has already mastered the art of charming the birds out of the trees. We wish this very special little family the very best of everything and look forward to watching them all growing up happy and healthy together.
Ballyduff Youth Drama will present their 2015 production of “Snow White and The Eight Lads” on March 20th and 21st at 8pm in Garter Lane. They are delighted to present this well known fairytale as you’ve never seen it before. This song filled magical journey follows Snow White and her eight little friends, her loyal supporter Niall, her fearless protectors Graham and Norton and her wicked step mother who wants to be the most beautiful woman in Ballyduff. When she discovers through the talking mirror that she has competition she sets out to destroy Snow White but Snow White is deeply loved by the woodcutters, the eight lads and is guided to safety by the Forest Fairies. Will Snow White fulfill her hearts desire and find Prince Charming? You will have to drop along to the show to find out what happens. Tickets are selling fast so get ordering today on www.garterlane.ie or call 051-855038. At just €10 each you are in for a real treat.
Congratulations to all the lads from our parish who were part of the Saint Declans, Kilmacthomas team who won the Munster schools title in the Munster Senior Colleges Hurling final recently in Killeagh. The game ended with a score line of St. Declans 3-7 Blarney 1-8 and the team now go on to the All Ireland Semi Final in March. The future for Waterford hurling looks good with these guys displaying great skill and style. Well done lads and also to your parents who I know are your biggest fans.
There has been lots of activity from our local bridge club who have been hosting their club championship. The results are as follows:
1st: William and Ann Tobin.
2nd: Anna Harney and Anna Ryan.
3rd: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins.
4th: Ann Marie Brown and Mary Prendergast.
5th: Ann Cox and Joan Hartery.
First Session Winners were:
Margaret Power and Peggy Murphy and Nan Murphy and Margaret White.
Second Session Winners were:
Sean Hennessy and Kate Hayes.
Results from Monday February 23rd:
1st: Kate Hayes and Sean Hennessy
2nd: Patsy Roche and Kathleen Collins
3rd: Nano Fitzgerald and Geraldine McMahon
4th: Marion Cleary and Margaret White.
The station mass for the areas of Newtown, Cullinagh and Gortaclode will take place on Tuesday March 3rd at 8pm in the home of Paul and Helen Millea. On Thursday March 5th at 8pm it is the turn of Ballyduff East, Matthews Cross and Adamstown in the home of Karen and Michael Power and on Friday March 6th mass for Ballyduff Hill, Village and West will be in the church at 7.30pm.
A REAL GENT
Matthews Cross is certainly a poorer place this week following the death of one of its most popular residents Tom Kennedy. We were all numbed with shock at his sudden passing as were his many friends all over the county and beyond. The crowds of people who attended Toms wake and funeral mass was a true testament to the high regard in which he was held. Tom was first and foremost a true christian and his faith was of utmost importance to him. His true love Mary died just 18 months ago and Tom missed her dearly indeed after 49 years of wedded bliss together. His other love was of course the GAA and he was a staunch supporter of the Waterford hurling team and loved to travel to the matches. He was also a great gardener and kept his garden in perfect order. I think the only comfort we can draw from Toms sudden departure is that lovely thought of him being reunited with Mary because they were never meant to be apart so they can now tend to the gardens of heavens together. We shall miss you Tom from our road but we will never forget you. May yourself and Mary fly the Deise flag high and if you could sort out a few medals too we would be eternally grateful. Ar Dheis De go raibh a anam.