32 TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 NEWS Gavyn Shortall with Biddy, Peter, Eoin, Alan and Niall McLoughlin from Boher NS in Streamstown. The pupils of Scoil Eoin Naofa in Ballymore with their teacher Conor Farrell and Bishop Michael Smith. Bernie, Adine, Redmond and Ray McHugh from Ard na Grath NS in Walderstown . Confirmation ceremonies for young people from Ballymore area Confirmation ceremonies began in the Diocese of Meath on Thursday of last week, 8 February, and over the coming months over 4,000 young people will receive the sacrament in 60 ceremonies officiated by Bishop Michael Smith. This year, the honour of hosting the first of the 60 Confirmation ceremonies was with the people of Tubberclair, Tubber, and Rosemount areas, as well as the people of Ballymore, Boher, Streamstown, and Drumraney areas. The Ballymore Confirmations (pictured) took place in the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer, Ballymore, at 3pm last Thursday afternoon, 8 February, while at 11am last Thursday the first of the 2018 Confirmation ceremonies took place, in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tubberclair. Pupils from Scoil Eoin Naofa in Ballymore, Ard na Grath National School in Walderstown, and Boher National School in Streamstown were joined by families and friends for the occasion. Confirmation for young people in Mullingar will be at two ceremonies, 11am and 3 pm, on Saturday, 10 March in the Cathedral of Christ the King. Amy Kearney with Tara and Sam Kearney O’Donnell from Scoil Eoin Naofa in Ballymore The pupils of Ard na Grath NS, Walderstown, with Bishop Michael Smith. Barry McCormack with Linda, Mairead, Conor, Gerard and Lucy Martin after Conor’s confirmation. He is a student of Scoil Eoin Naofa in Ballymore. Kieran Watson, Dylan Weir Norris, Millie and Erin Hagan, Niall McLoughlin, Adam and Mark Scully, Natasha Rabbit, Roísín Slevin and Michael Molloy from Boher NS, Streamstown with Bishop Michael Smith. Sinéad Lynam from Ard na Grath NS in Walderstown with her grandparents Betty and Willie Lynam.
TOPIC • 15 February, 2018 NEWS 33 Fintan Connaughton, Darren Gerah, Liam Mitchell and Kevin Mitchell pictured with Alan Maguire during his birthday party at Clarke’s. Brian Maguire, Alan Maguire, Fiona Casey and John Casey pictured at Clarke’s recently for Alan’s birthday celebrations. ALAN MAGUIRE CELEBRATES 30TH BIRTHDAY Rathowen resident Alan Maguire dropped into Clarke’s Bar recently and celebrated his 30th birthday party. Alan looked a bit surprised when we caught up with him, but we have a few cracking photographs of Alan with friends and family members on the big night. If you have a special party night planned and would like our Out & About photographer Mick Flanagan to drop in, call 087-2797270, and if at all possible, he will make it. Olive Connaughton, Patrica McGlynn,and Marie McGlynn pictured with Alan on the big night in Clarke’s. Conor Newman wishing Alan a happy 30th at Clarke’s. Tom Kelly and Alan Maguire pictured at Clarke’s for Alan’s birthday celebrations. Patrica McGlynn and Alan pictured at his 30th birthday festivities. Butch Kelly and Martin McCabe pictured with Alan Maguire at Clarke’s Bar recently.