Weekly News 13th April 2020

13 April 2020

Jimmy Dowling Memorial Tractor

The Jimmy Dowling Tractor Run committee would like to thank all sponsors and donations we received from all the companies and individuals in making the day such a great success. We would also like to thank all the locals who volunteered to do stewarding on the day, to the public that turned out on the day, to the auctioneer on the day Joe Sheridan for his great banter and professionalism and to Willie Kearney for handling the raffle that night. To all the raffle ticket sellers on the day and leading up to the event a huge thank you. To James Rossiter for making all the keyrings which are a lovely souvenir to have. A massive thank you to all the ladies who worked hard for days leading up to the event for all the refreshments, soup and sandwiches on the day. The school children of the three parish national schools deserve great applause for all their posters in the hall on the day. To the two Tom's and Suzi (and Fran) for the music in Townsends that night and to Thomastown Garda for their assistance on the day. Also to the photographers on the day for all their great work.

The Committee would also like to thank the Dowling family for allowing us to run this tractor run in Jimmy's honour and their kind donation of one of Jimmy's "Grey Fergies" and plough for the auction which sold for a massive figure of £4,600. Jimmy loved tractors and had a great way with people and is sadly missed from the community. On January 19th both turned out in a massive way to remember their friend.

The money raised went to three organisations, St Joseph's Home Kilmoganny, Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and Dunnamaggin Hurling Club. A presentation night was held in St Joseph's Home at the end of February where the Dowling family presented the cheques.

We also would like to pass on our condolences to the Dowling family on the recent death of Jimmy's brother Tommy in Conahy.

Dunnamaggin Development Group: we are aware of the potential challenges facing the elderly and vulnerable in our community. Dunnamaggin Development Group in conjunction with Dunnamaggin GAA Club and Kells Community Group has established a group of volunteers who will deliver medication, groceries, fuel etc.. to your door. If you need this service or have concerns and just need a chat please contact the following, who will in turn co-ordinate with the other volunteers. We have a very special community in Dunnamaggin Parish, lets get through this together. Stay Safe. DUNNAMAGGIN: Jim Hickey: 087 9667739; Mary Farrell 087 6350095 and James Rossiter . KILMOGANNY: Willie Kearney 087 2872573, Matt Doran 087 2470458 and Jane Fallon 085 1698534. KELLS: Philip Tallon 087 2831590, Mairead O'Donnell 086 1961417 and Inez Sheridan 087 6715364.

The Recovery College South East (RCSE) team of Clare Fitzpatrick (co-ordinator) and David Dwyer (Lead peer Educator) have done some wonderful work and are delighted to let you know about their online inter-active workshops, which can be accessed by Zoom over the coming weeks, either on your desktop, laptop, tablet or phone. If you are interested in taking part in any of these sessions, just contact them either by email or text with details of your name, mobile phone number and email address. They will then send you a link, which will allow you to take part in these workshops, as they happen. Their contact details are as follows:- Email: recoverycollegesoutheast@gmail.com Phone: 086 1746330 The courses/workshops in the Recovery College are for everyone, as mental health is everyone's business. We are all directly or indirectly affected by it and particularly in these challenging times. Workshops can be seen here at this link https://www.recoverycollegesoutheast.com/online-workshops.html

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