The Clara Christmas Lights lotto draw will be held in White’s on Sunday, February 6 with a jackpot of €4,200 on offer.


A special information meeting on the new septic tank charges will take place in the family resource centre on Monday, February 13 at 8pm. For those who may be affected by the charge, but who may not be available to attend the meeting a similar meeting will take place in Ballycumber community centre tomorrow, Thursday, February 2 at 8.30pm.


Enrolment for children who will be starting junior infants in St Francis boys school and Scoil Bhride take place at the schools for the next two weeks.


Baptisms take place in Clara at 12 noon on the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month and on the 2nd and 4th Saturday at 6pm. Prior to a child being baptised both parents are asked to attend a pre-baptism meeting. Such meetings take place on the first Wednesday evening of each month.


The transition year students of Ard Scoil Chiarain will present the pantomime ‘Cinderella’ in the school on Thursday, February 2 and Friday, February 3 at 8pm. Tickets cost €5 for adults and €3 for students and children.


Friday, February 3 is the feast of St Blaise. Blessing of the throats will take place after 8pm mass.


Congratulations to baby Ruth Lowry and her parents Joyce and Mark, following her christening last weekend.


The last two dangerous trees at the Green Field have been felled by Offaly County Council in the past week. Three of the trees, which border the Green area, have been deemed to be unstable in recent times.

One of the trees was blown over, blocking Kilbride road, during a recent storm. The council moved in to remove the other two last week. The remainder of the younger trees are stable.


Happy wedding anniversary to Sean and Lily Tracey and to John and Majella Tracey.

Clara GAA

Fixtures: Saturday, February 4 - Div 1 Football League versus Ballycumber in Clara at 2.30pm. Sunday, February 5 - Div 3 Football League versus Edenderry in Clara at 12 noon.

There was no winner of the weekly club lotto jackpot. The winning numbers drawn on January 28 were 5, 14, 21 and 27. There were two match three winners Tommie Hynes and Joe Deehan. Next week’s lotto takes place in White’s and the jackpot is €2,750.

‘Sponsor a Sod’: Clara GAA club would like to invite all current and past members to be part of the launch of the new official Clara GAA Club website and the ‘Sponsor a Sod’ campaign. As part of the fund raising campaign to complete the new Championship pitch in Kilcoursey, members and friends of the club are invited to sponsor a sod on the new pitch.

Sponsors will receive a piece of the virtual pitch on a special page on the club’s new website with each ‘sod’ being added piece by piece to the page. Each ‘sod’ can be purchased for €20 from any committee member. Log onto to see how our pitch is doing. The U-8 indoor hurling league continues every Tuesday in the GAA social centre 7-8pm. Check the post office window for fixtures.

U-10 indoor hurling training takes place every Thursday in the GAA social centre with two sessions, 7-8 and 8-9.

U-12 indoor hurling training continues every Thursday in the GAA social centre 6-7pm.

U-14 training takes place every Wednesday in the GAA social centre from 6.30 sharp to 7.45pm.


On Friday, January 27 Clara played Crinkle in the boys U-13 Community Games handball in Clara handball alley. The event consisted of two single games of two sets and one doubles game of three sets with all points added together to decide which team won.

The two single players for Clara were Conor Egan and Mark Newman. The Clara doubles team was Ciaran Doyle and Andrew Fitzpatrick. The games were very entertaining on the night as it came down to the last singles game to decide the winner. However it was the Crinkle team that came away with a well earned victory.

On Saturday the Clara U-15 team travelled to Crinkle and again played the same format of competition as the U-13s. The two single players for Clara were Conor Egan and Josh Fleming. The doubles team was Adam Owens and Josh McCloskey. After a great evening of handball the winners of the competition was again Crinkle.