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Weekly News Roundup - Sunday 26 Dec 2004

Joe Townsend Celebrates 80th Birthday

Joe Townsend of Linkardstown celebrated his 80th birthday in his home on Monday last. In attendance were his wife Statia, his 8 children and their spouses, 20 grandchildren and friends. During his working career until his retirement in 1987, he worked at the beet campaign with Irish Sugar, for Nat Cole farming and over 20 years with Clogrennane Lime Works. Since his retirement, Joe and his wife Statia have been members of Carlow Active Retirement Group. As a lifelong member of P.T.A.A he received his Gold pin in 1991. On February 16th next Joe and Statia will celebrate their Golden wedding jubilee.

(Picture of Joe and Statia included)

Reaching Out

The 2004 Reaching Out Emigrants letter is now in circulation. Clem Delaney and Maureen Byrne are again to be congratulated on producing a very comprehensive chronicle of events in the parish for the past year. This years articles include profiles of locals Joe Townsend and Eric Cole, a historical piece on Comanche (Lieutenant Myles Keogh’s horse) and schooldays in the 60’s and 70’s. There are also many detailed accounts of the sporting and cultural events in the parish for the past year together with interesting pictures from the past. The many contributors are to be congratulated for making the magazine a success. The Reaching Out Magazine can be purchased in Deanes Shop or in St. Josephs Church and is excellent value at 5 euro.

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