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45 CARD DRIVE: The weekly 45 drive in aid of the Resource Centre continues each Thursday night at 8.45pm. Your continued support would is greatly appreciated and of course bring or tell a friend as well. We had nine tables on Thursday January 12 and the following were the winners : 1/ €100, Jimmy McNamara with Junior Hogan, 2/ €60, John Doolan with Pauline Culhane. Paddy Hanrahan and John O'Brien took the table prize. Raffle winners were : 1/ €30, Rita Lyons, 2/ €20, Pauline Hourigan, 3/ €20, Paddy McCarthy, 4/ €10, Jimmy McNamara, 5/ €10, Margaret O'Brien, 6/ €10, Evelyn O'Brien.
The 15 week league will commence on Thursday January 19 and for just €5 you could be in for a big windfall at the end of the league with cash prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. See you all on Thursday night at 8.45pm.
We wish our great supporter Michael Stokes a speedy recovery and we hope to see him back in action at the card table very soon.

CALCUTTA CALLING: Calcutta Calling held a race night in the Woodlands Hotel on Friday night last January 13 and we had a great turn out indeed. We would like to thank everyone for their support. We had ten races in all and some of the horses unfortunately are still running. The Brian and Margaret Geary stable were very successful and they cleaned out the bookies. Charlie and Kathleen Coughlan came all the way from Galway and didn't go home empty handed either. Liam Coughlan introduced a new concept as he did all his betting online on the night but with little success. The group led by Fr. Pat Hogan are off to Calcutta on Wednesday next and we wish them a safe passage to India. Fr. Pat thanked all present for their continued support for the Calcutta Calling project and also all the people who sponsored the ten races plus the owners, trainers and jockeys. Thanks to John Loftus who was "fear a ti" for the evening. John gave some great tips, but not until after the races were over. Thanks also to Gerry O'Dwyer who was our technical man on the night. He did a great job but wasn't too quick to give out and tips. Thanks also to Mary Fitzgerald and her staff at the Woodlands Hotel, great supporters of the Calcutta cause, for their hospitality on the night. A very enjoyable social night out and no one lost their shirt.

OPERATION MORE or LESS: Two weeks down now and thirteen to go, time flies. We now have over forty people signed up for the weekly slim and it's hotting up already with some serious weight losses accounted for already. It will not be easy to take the title of "Ballybrown's Biggest Loser" on good Friday night.
Walks are being organised also on certain nights and you can check this out on Facebook at Ballybrown Walking for times,venues etc. Thanks to all who have already supported this venture, the monies raised go in total to Fr. Pat Hogan's Calcutta Calling Fund.
We still have some places to be filled as we were looking to get at least 50 people on board. We weigh in every Friday night at the Resource Centre from 7.30 - 8.00pm and Phil Ryan will be on hand to see who tips the scales. Come along on Friday night and as usual bring a friend. This is a fun fundraiser and all are welcome to take part, so dont be shy you are among friends. Thanks

45 CARD DRIVE: The weekly 45 card drive in aid of the Resource Centre has commenced again after the Christmas break. Winners for Thursday January 5 were as follows: the prize money of €160 was divided among five pairs, Phil Ryan with Ann Davoran, Brian Barrett with Sean King, Eithne Ryan with Margaret O'Brien, Billy Sheerin with Mary Kenny and Bridget Lynch with Paddy McCarthy all on seven games. The table prize went to Kathleen Holland with Sheila O'Hara. Raffle winners: 1/ €30, Eamonn Lyons, 2/ €20, Denis Casey, 3/ €20, Paddy McCarthy, 4/ €10, Paddy McCarthy, 5/ €10, Margaret O'Brien, 6/ €10, Eithne Ryan. The league will be starting on January 19th and will cost €5 per head with fantastic prizes at the end of the fifteen weeks. Looking forward to seeing you all on Thursday January 12th at 8.45pm and please bring or tell a friend. Your support is greatly appreciated. We wish all our patrons a very happy and prosperous 2017.

CALCUTTA RACE NIGHT: A race night in aid of Calcutta Calling will take place at the Woodlands Hotel, Adare on Friday January 13 at 9pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated. The horses have been in training all over the Christmas period and I hope that the Jockeys haven't eaten too much turkey or plum pudding. A great fun night out is promised and you could break the bookies. A seventeen person group under the watchful eye of Fr. Pat Hogan will depart for Calcutta on Thursday January 19th for two weeks and we wish them well on their trip and assure them of our support with their great work.

OPERATION MORE OR LESS: Operation More or Less continues each Friday night at the Resource Centre from 7.30pm to 8.00 pm. We had thirty people signed up last Friday night and over the next fourteen weeks we will be mentoring this group to see who will be crowned Ballybrown's biggest losers for 2017. On Good Friday night one lady and one gentleman from the group will get this title bestowed on them and the odds are hotting up already as to who will take the prestigous titles. Dont worry if you missed last Friday night,there is plenty of time to go,so please come along and join us. It's is hoped that we will arrange weekly walks possibly on Monday and Wednesday nights in Raheen and all the proceeds go in total to Fr. Pat Hogans "Calcutta Calling Fund". Please come along and make sure to bring a few friends. See you on Friday night. Who will tip the scales ?

MPCC CREDIT UNION – NOTICE OF AGM: The Board of Directors of MPCC Credit Union would like to advise members that the Credit Union’s A.G.M. takes place on Tuesday, January 17 at 8.00pm in Mungret / St. Paul’s GAA Club. Members are invited and encouraged to attend. Please bring your passbook with you as evidence of membership. Refreshments will be served and a draw for members in attendance will take place on the night.

45 DRIVE: The weekly 45 card drive in aid of the Ballybrown Resource Centre continues each Thursday night at 8.45pm. Your support would be greatly appreciated and please bring a friend. Results for Thursday December 15 were as follows: 1st prize, €100, went to Peggy Cusack with Teresa Neville on 11 games while 2nd prize, €60, went to Malachy and Noreen Cusack on 8 games. The table prize went to Malachy and Noreen Cusack. Raffle winners were 1/ €30, John O'Gorman, 2/ €20, Kathleen Holland, 3/ €20, Jimmy McNamara, 4/ €10, John O'Brien, 5/ €10, Eugene Quinn and 6/ €10, Donie Lane. Special draw for Christmas raffle, on December 22nd, were : Pauline O'Connell, Pauline Culhane, James Coughlan and Billy Austin.
We now have twelve names to go into the hat and two lucky people will get €50 each. Hope to see you all on Thursday December 22 for our final card drive before Christmas. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our supporters and their families a happy and holy Christmas and a healthy and peaceful new year in 2017.

GOAL MILE: Once again the Goal Mile will take place in Ballybrown on Christmas Day. Starting at the Community Resource Centre at 12 noon, all you have to do is to turn up on the day, walk, run or crawl the Mile and make a donation to GOAL. The GOAL Mile is a great opportunity to do something practical for the poorest of the poor this Christmas. Together we can help GOAL to achieve their vision of a world where poverty and hunger no longer exist, where communities are prepared for seasonal shocks, where structural and cultural barriers to growth are removed and where every man, woman and child has equal rights and access to resources and opportunities. Help us to make this the best GOAL MILE ever in Ballybrown.

CHRISTMAS MASSES AND CONFESSIONS: The arrangements in Ballybrown/Patrickswell for the Christmas period are as follows: Confessions on Friday December 23, Patrickswell 2.00pm - 3.00pm. Ballybrown 4.00 - 5.00pm. Midweek Mass times will be as normal. On Christmas Eve December 24 Mass in Patrickswell will be at 8.00pm. In Ballybrown there will be a Children's/Family Mass at 5.00pm and a Vigil Mass at 8.00pm. There is no morning Mass on December 24. On Christmas Day Mass will be at 10.00am in Ballybrown and 11.30am in Patrickswell. On St. Stephen's Day Mass will be at 10.00am in Ballybrown and 11.30am in Patrickswell.
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