Wednesday, February 22, is Ash Wednesday a day of fast and abstinence for all persons over 18 and under 60. Ashes will be blessed and distributed at both morning and evening masses on this day. Because of the Ashes ceremony the weekly novena is cancelled. During Lent people are invited to make a special effort to attend daily Mass. Evening masses will be celebrated on Wednesdays and Fridays at 7 pm. Mass on Wednesday morning will be said “as Gaeilge” at 9.30 am. A cead mile failte is extended to parishioners of Galbally and Aherlow and surrounding areas. The practice of giving to the poor of the Third World is an ideal opportunity to help people less well off than ourselves. Trocaire Boxes are now available for this purpose.


The 50th International Eucharistic Congress will commence on June 10 and run until June 17. The special mass (statio orbis) will be celebrated in Croke Park on June 17. The total capacity is limited to 80,000 people. A limited number of tickets are being made available to each diocese for distribution. Cashel and Emly has been allocated 150 tickets with the Galbally parish getting 12. Those who wish to attend this celebration will have to apply for a ticket using the application form and return it to the parish priest who will forward to the Diocesan office for processing. These forms must be returned by March 9, with a €10 fee. One application form much accompanies each individual applicant regardless of age. Time is of the essence when applying for these tickets. A second round of tickets will be made after Easter 2012.


The Galbally Playground committee will host its bingo game on Wednesday, February 22, in OB’s Lounge Kilross. The jackpot of €300 must go on the night. The committee would like to extend its sincere gratitude to the patrons of this fund raiser for their continued support.


Following the retirements of long standing officers in Galbally community council new directions were signed in at the recently held annual general meeting. The outgoing officers gave detailed reports on the day to day activities and the financial status of the council. It is expected that the valuable experience of these officers will be of great benefit to the newly elected committee, which will take place this coming week. Certainly there will be many new projects to the worked upon by this new committee and we wish them well in their endeavours. We thank most sincerely the endless long hours by the past committee in developing Galbally over the past 30 years.


A reminder to patrons that promoters are now collecting for the new county development draw 2012. For any further information required please contact any club officer or Anne Halligan (draw co-ordinator). The revenue received through this draw is a major factor in helping finance the clubs activities for the year ahead. New entrants would be especially welcome.