Congratulations to Davey Noonan, son of Carol and Dave in Clounleharde, who was one of three lads, now living in Melbourne Australia, who raised donations and an awareness of football in two orphanages in Nepal. Most of the children who stay at these orphanage are victims of the caste system, or have lost their families due to a variety of reasons.  So Davey and his friends who wanted to experience the trip of a lifetime to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas decided to combine some charity work into their trip. They collected funds to buy footballs for these disadvantaged children in Kathmandu. To use Dave’s own words “The goal (pardon the pun) was to bring some cheer to the street kids of Nepal through the vice of football.” To date they have 8240 Australian dollars and numerous footballs collected and donated to the orphanages.

The Killeaney AFC Awards night in Knockdown last Saturday night was enjoyed by all. Congratulations to all who received awards as follows: Stephen Shine – Player of the Year; Joe Sweeney – Hall of Fame; Pat Massey and Diarmuid Mulvihill – joint Clubmen of the Year; Pat and Noreen Madigan – Supporters of the Year. The committee thanked John Shanahan who was the main sponsor of the night; they also thanked all who continue to support them by buying the weekly lotto tickets.

In this day and age when the structure of families seems to be changing Pope Francis has announced that, in October 2014, an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will take place in the Vatican to discuss the theme of ‘The pastoral challenges for the family in the context of evangelisation’. Bishop Leahy and Limerick Diocese would like to hear from all people on this matter, either personally or through your parish. The topics are as follows:

  • The Diffusion of the Teachings on the Family in Sacred Scripture and the Church’s Magisterium
  • Marriage according to the Natural Law
  • The Pastoral Care of the Family in Evangelization
  • Pastoral Care in Certain Difficult Marital Situations
  • On Unions of Persons of the Same Sex
  • The Education of Children in Irregular Marriages
  • The Openness of the Married Couple to Life
  • The Relationship Between the Family and the Person
    • Other Challenges and Proposals

For more information, if interested, look up the website or talk to your Parish Priest.