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                                                                 By KEVIN GALVIN

        Hello from the Offaly branch and a
        belated happy New Year to you all.

           We got together to celebrate our
        Annual Mass of Remembrance,
        Thanksgiving and Christmas Lunch on   Jacinta Condron and Bernard Doheny presenting the  FUNDRAISING
        December 14th in the Tullamore Court  cheque for €12,000, proceeds from the Tullamore Cycling  At this year’s Christmas Mass and
                                              and touring Club fundraiser to Jerome Burke (left).
        Hotel. Once again we wish to thank                                      lunch Jacinta Condron and Bernard
        Fr. Joe Gallagher, PP, Tullamore for the                                Doheny from the Tullamore Cycling
        Mass and his lovely words. Thanks     We were also delighted to have our  and Touring Club presented Chairman
        also to Thomas Kennedy, Portarlington  friends join us from other branches:  Jerome Burke with a cheque for
        for the music he provided during the  Angela and Martin Kerwin (Laois),  €12,000 which they raised from
        Mass. Our Candle of Remembrance     Teddy and June O’Neill (Cork), Eddie  proceeds of their ‘Annual Pedal the
        was lit by brothers Fintan and Joe  and Jennifer Flood (Westmeath) and  Peaks Pat Colgan Memorial Race’,
        Clooney, Birr. Fintan received his new  Siobhán and George Bates (Donegal).  which took place during the Summer
        kidney from his brother Joe during the  Santa Claus also dropped in from his  of 2016. We greatly appreciate the
        year.                               busy schedule to see the boys and   enormous amount of work that was
           Guests of honour were Cllr. Eddie  girls, young and old.             involved in the raising of this money
        Fitzpatrick, Cathaoirleach Offaly     Presentations were made, by       and are very thankful for it.
        County Council; Valerie Brady, IKA  Chairman Jerome Burke, to the
        National Chairperson, who was       Manager of the Tullamore Court      SYMPATHY
        accompanied by her father James, and  Hotel, Ann O’Loughlin; Lil Downey,  We would like to extend our sincere
        Emma Kerwin, 2016 Offaly Rose. The  Kinnitty and Jacinta Condron,       condolences to Jenny Finlay on the
        day was greatly attended by dialysis  Tullamore Cycling and Touring Club,  sad loss of her husband and branch
        patients, transplant recipients, branch  for their help and support to the  member Bernard Finlay, Clara. Our
        members and their families and      Branch.                             sympathies are also extended to his
        friends along with staff from the     The day came to an end with       family and friends. Ar dheis De go
        dialysis unit and their families.   dancing to Black Lace.              raibh a anam dilis.

                 Mary Young, Pearl Lawrence, Jerome Burke and Louise Galvin  Jimmy Lowry, Jerome Burke and Alice Lowry.
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