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Weekly News Roundup - Wednesday 9 Jun 2004

Mrs. Rita O’Callaghan

The death took place on Thursday June 3rd in the District Hospital, Carlow of Mrs. Rita O’Callaghan (nee Lawlor) of Ballyloo. Rita, who was aged 83 years, had been unwell for some time. She was a very private and religious person who loved being a homemaker. She bore her illness with great courage and to the end was only concerned with the welfare of others including her husband Tommy. The family were indebted to the great care she received by the staff of the District Hospital, Carlow, the Kilkenny Home Care team and her local district nurse and her neighbour Mrs. Nan Farrell. Her remains were removed from Healys Funeral Home to St. Joseph’s Church, Tinryland on Friday. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Saturday by Rev. John McEvoy assisted by Rev. Jack Lynch who married Rita and Tommy in 1969. Burial took place after the mass in the adjoining cemetery. Rita is survived by her husband Tommy, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. She was predeceased by her sister Kathleen Dodd and her brothers Sean and Ben Lawlor.

Candidates in Local Elections

There will be a number of local candidates in the local elections on Friday next. Cllr. Jim Townsend (Ballybar) of the Labour Party will contest the elections for Carlow County Council and Carlow Urban District Council while Cllr. Enda Nolan (Park) of Fianna Fail is also aiming to re-elected to Carlow County Council. Both men have acquired a great deal of political experience with Cllr. Townsend, who is a former Senator, serving as a County Councillor for 25 years while Cllr. Nolan who was first elected in 1991, has been a former Chairman of the National Council of County Councils. Both have been associated with the provision of 60 new houses for the village and the proposed development of a recreational area around the tennis club. They have also been involved in the allocation of a 10,000 Euro Amenity Grant for the refurbishment of the Old Hall and Handball Alley and the provision of a ramp and flashing amber light at the school and shop entrances in the village, which will be constructed next month.


The wedding took place recently of Eric Delaney, son of Clem and Grania, Moate Hill, Tinryland and Marita Kelly, Moira Co. Down. The best man was Rory Delaney while the groomsmen were Colm Delaney and John Murphy. The bridesmaids were Nuala Fitzpatrick, Liz Doherty and Claire Kelly (sisters of bride). The nuptial mass was held in Kingscourt Co. Cavan and the wedding reception was held in Cabra Castle, Kingscourt. The honeymoon is being spent in Malaysia.

Pat Stands Down

Pat Hayden, Kilmeaney has decided to stand down after 30 years as a Presiding Officer for Elections in the Tinryland and Carlow areas. The 1974 General Election was the first he acted at in an official capacity and he went to become a familiar face at local polling booths. Pat would urge everybody with a vote to use their franchise and go out and vote at all Local, National and European elections.


The Kildare and Leighlin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Knock takes place on Sunday July 4th. The cost for a place on the bus will be 15 Euro per Adults and 10 Euro per children. Tickets should be paid for when bookings are placed.

The St. Joseph’s Young Priests Society Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on June 26th. The cost will be 15 Euro. For further information contact Josie at 087-8324656.

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