10 Aug 2022




Ballybryan National School will have a Mass for Grandparents today (Wednesday, February 1) St Bridget’s Day at 11.50 am in the school Hall. All are very welcome.

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There were 9 Tables at the Card Game last Thursday night. The winners were Oliver Smith, Dr Larry Gavin and Michael Gorman. The winners of Intermediate game were Bernadette O’Brien and Dr Larry Gavin and the last game was won by Carol Scally. The Raffle prize winners were Maggie Glennon, Mary B Malone and Sean Forde. Free admission is for Michael Gorman next week. The Card Game continues every Thursday night in the school hall at 8.30pm. Your support is much appreciated. 


Farewell Traditional Session: A session of traditional music and dance took place in the Bridge House Hotel on Friday evening last in honour of the retired Co Chairman Tom Burke and the Co Secretary Eileen Swords. Each comhaltas branch in the county of Offaly paid a 15 minute musical tribute to Tom and Eileen who have each given more than 20 years service to Offaly Comhaltas.

Rhode branch was represented by music student Aoibhe Molloy who played tunes on both Accordion and Tin Whistle and she did the branch proud. Aoibhe then presented Eileen with a bouquet of flowers in recognition for the work she does with the music classes. A special word of thanks to Aoibhe’s parents and Seanna Mc Garrigal who prepared her for the session.

Eileen and Tom were presented with mementos of their years of work by James Hogan, Co Chairman and members of the County board who all paid tribute to both of them for their dedication to Comhaltas in the county.

Monthly Session: The second session of traditional music and song of the New Year in the branch will take place on Friday next, February 3 in Killeen’s Lounge and it is hoped to have a fine collection of musicians on the night.

The indications are that it promises to be an excellent evening’s entertainment so if you play an instrument please come along and join us in the music and craic.

The music classes are up and running for the past few weeks and preparations are in train for the County Fleadh. There are a few changes in the entries this year and it is hoped to have a group entry from Rhode branch.


There will be a meeting on Wednesday, February 1 in the High Chapparal, Geashill at 8.30pm sharp to discuss the upcoming vintage run on March 11.

Sponsorship cards will be distributed at the meeting. All proceeds being raised are for Downs’ Syndrome and Living Links (suicide bereavement and prevention). It is important that all members attend. New members also welcome and membership will be accepted on the night. 


Allianz League: Offaly Senior footballers play Longford in Longford in the first round of the National Football League on Sunday at 2pm.

Walsh Shield: Offaly Senior hurlers qualified for the final of the Walsh Shield when they had a 2-18 to 1-15 win over Wexford in Wexford Park on Sunday.

Schools Football: Well done to Edenderry Secondary School who had a good win over Athy in the second round of the Leinster Senior College Championship last week in Edenderry. On the team from the Rhode Og Minor Club were Conor McNamee who captained the side, Ruairi McNamee and Stephen Foy of Clonmore Harps who plays his underage football with Rhode Og.

Lotto: There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto for the week-ending January 27 for a jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 7, 12, 21, 22. The Club would like to thank all those who supported the Draw and thanks to Doyle’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €50 - Eileen Rogers, Fahy; Aoife Hickey, Fahy; Jennifer Liddy c/o Dermot Malone; Enda Murphy, Priory Lawns.

Membership: Membership of the club is now due and will remain so until March 31. Fee’s can be paid to and of the membership committee

Smypathy: Sympathy is extended to the Darby family of Edenderry on the death of Maura whose funeral took place on Saturday morning in Edenderry and her remains were cremated in Dublin. All at the Rhode GAA sends their deepest sympathy to her husband Mike and to the rest of her family. Sympathy is also extended to the Flynn, Nolan and Reddy families of Daingean on their recent death of Bert Flynn, Dinny Reddy and Josephine Nolan. May they all rest in peace.

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