29 Jun 2022

Edenderry news

Upgrade in verse

Upgrade in verse

Edenderry GP Dr. Philip Brady who had produced some fine books of Poetry has once again come up with a wonderful poem on the Enfield Road Upgrade.

The Enfield road is coming

And I know it’s worth the wait,

For one thing that was crooked

Now is going straight.

So get out the navvy shovels

We’ve been saving them for years,

And the Enfield road we’ll straighten

With Varadkar’s Engineers.

The Planners were assembled

With their very best designs,

And each was questioned closely

On the merits of straight lines,

Requirements were simple

On what they had to do

Cut out the collywobbles

On the good old 402.

To get the fiscal finance

They decided on a plan,

They’d have to get the RSA

With the psychedelic van,

They’d park it outside Johnstown

On a little bit that’s straight,

They’d fit it with a camera

Then sit, and watch and wait.

They would ambush at the fifty

They’d flash behind the sign

And fill Varadkar’s coffers

With an eighty euro fine.

One morning without warning,

The paling posts appeared,

With chainsaws and bulldozers

A pathway soon was cleared,

A farmer lost his birches

Out in Carbury to the saw,

Another lost his topsoil

Where the plough once turned the scraw.

A lamb turned to its mother

Said “this roadway will not stop”

“Oh mother dear I’m fearful

Ewe and I are for the chop”.

The Enfield road is coming,

We’re ecstatic in the town,

We’ve eleven zebra crossings,

To try it slow down,

They sent for Jensen Button

With his F1 driving skill

But he wouldn’t get to eighty

Round the hairpins of Ardkill,

But when the road is straightened

For Jensen, me and you

We all can do a hundred

Down the good old 402.

And the boyo with the camera

That was flashing in the van,

He will be redundant

Let him catch us if he can.

Parish Lotto Winners

There were three local winners in the recently held Parish Lotto Draw and each received €42. The numbers drawn were 06, 08, 13 and 27.

The winners were P. O’Donoghue, Rita Loughlin and Dermot Byrne. The promoters were Mary & Marie Fashions, Assumpta McNelis and Colm Byrne.

Next week’s jackpot is €17,000.

Golf Classic

Edenderry Lions Club are holding their Annual Fund-Raising Golf Classic on Friday, 6th July at Edenderry Golf Club. The event is sponsored by Ryan’s Pharmacy, Edenderry.

The entry fee, including meal, for a team of four is €140. To book a place on the timesheet please contact Noel Crahan on 086-2556938.

There is an Early Bird prize for the team with the best score that starts before 12.30pm.

All the proceeds from this event will be go to local charities in Edenderry and surrounding areas.

Whist Drive

The winners in the recent Whist Drive at Church Walk, Edenderry were Noel Kelly, Erin Kenna, Robert Payne, Nuala Hurley, Jackie Higgins-Corcoran, Mary O’Regan, Evelyn McNelis, Kathleen Farrell, Sara Daly and Emma Daly.

The winners in the raffle were Nuala Hurley, Erin Kenna, Joe Feeney and Georgina Foley.

The Whist Drive takes place every Monday night at Church Walk at 8.30pm.

Edenderry Parish Day

The Annual Parish Day will be held on Sunday, June 24, in the grounds of the Girls Primary School at 2pm. This promises to be a great family day out with loads of things to keep everyone happy. Last year’s event was a great success.

Pilates Classes

Pilates Classes take place at Carrick, Edenderry on the following days;

Monday, 11am - 12pm & 7pm - 8pm, Wednesday, 7pm - 8pm & Thursday 11am - 12pm.

For information on the classes please contact Eleanor on 085-7118612.

Padre Pio Pilgrimage

The Annual St. Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Italy takes place this year from Friday, July 20 – Friday, July 27. The all-in cost is €859 per person sharing.

During your week in Italy you will get the opportunity to visit many places of interest.

For further information please contact Pat Ryan on 086-8447326.

Service for the Unemployed

Offaly Local Development are offering Progression Supports on a one-to-one basis to explore your options and to design a plan for you.

This support programme takes place in Edenderry and is free.

The Programmes are ‘One2One’ and ‘The Way Forward’.

‘The Way Forward’ Programme is for two mornings per week for 7 weeks and is a Training and Information Programme.

This course offers certified I.T. Training on all the up-to-date schemes and supports that are now available.

To book a place on any of the above courses please contact Offaly Local Development in Edenderry on 046-9732688.

Parish Centre Services

The Parish Centre Office is open each day from 9.30am – 1pm for bookings of Weddings, Anniversaries & Baptisms. They also have signed Mass Cards and Mass Bouquets & Baptismal Candles.

Meeting Rooms are available for rent. For further information please contact the Parish Office on 046-9733311. You can also contact the Parish Office by email:

Athletic Club Training

Athletic Club training takes place at Oaklands College School field (at the rear of Sweeney’s Shop, St. Mary’s Road) on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5pm – 6.30pm.

Boys and girls aged 7years and upwards are welcome to come along and enjoy some athletic training. For more information on the Athletic Club please contact 087-6771572.


The Community Mental Health Movement ‘GROW’ holds meetings every Thursday at the KARE Centre, Carrick Road, Edenderry at 7.30pm. A meeting also takes place at the Library on Fridays at 11am.

For further information please contact the Mental Health Movement, Tullamore on 057-9351124.

An evening of quiet Prayer

An evening of quiet personal prayer and reflection takes place at 49 Blundell Wood every Tuesday at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.

Sunday night dancing

Sunday Night Dancing takes place at the Hamlet Court Hotel, Johnstownbridge every Sunday night starting at 9.30pm. Admission is €10 and the proceeds are in aid of Balyna Area Active Retirement Association.

Give Blood

The Blood Transfusion Service Board will visit Edenderry GAA Centre on Wednesday, 4th July from 3pm – 5pm and from 7pm – 9pm.

Blood is always needed

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