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                              By PATRICIA MAY

                                                                                Annette Flynn (centre) presenting the cheque to
                                                                                Patricia May, Chairman, Carlow branch IKA
                                                                                and Tommy Hughes, Treasurer.

        JJ CONNOLLY MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT     CHURCHGATE COLLECTION               in memory of her brother Padraig,
        A big ‘thank you’ to the family of JJ  A big ‘thank you’ to all the     whose organs were donated. She
        Connolly, and to Tony Doran, team   volunteers who helped this year with  raised a total of €1,100.
        trainer, who organised a 7-a-side   our Churchgate collections. We rely   We remember with sadness all our
        ladies soccer tournament and family  each year on the same people to    members who died during the year.
        fun day in Tullow, Co Carlow and also  come out and they don't let us down.  Their families are in our thoughts at
        to Sean O'Brien who donated a       The total this year was €2,651, an  this time. We would like to thank all
        signed rugby jersey for the raffle. They  increase from last year of €500.   our members and volunteers for all
        raised a total of €3,450. The Connolly                                  their hard work during the year. To all
        family organise this fundraiser each                                    our members and particularly those
        year to keep the name of their son JJ  Annette Flynn (nee Nolan)        who have been ill during the year, we
        alive. JJ died in 2014 and his family  organised a Table Quiz in Carlow  wish you a happy Christmas and a
        donated his organs.                 Tennis Club, to raise funds for the IKA,  happy and healthy New Year.

                  OFFALY                 By KEVIN GALVIN

         Seasons greetings from the faithful  ART EXHIBIT
         county. As we are writing this we are  Members of the branch attended
         looking forward to our Annual Mass  the annual Art Exhibition and launch
         of Remembrance and Thanksgiving    of their Christmas cards by the
         and Christmas Dinner on Sunday     dialysis patients in the Midland
         December 11th, in the Tullamore    Regional Hospital, Tullamore. We
         Court Hotel.                       were amazed and impressed by the
            More in the next issue of       standard of talent on display.             ORGAN
                                            UPCOMING EVENTS                            DONOR
         DONATIONS                             March 2017 – Richie Young
            We would like to thank Jimmy and  Memorial Table Quiz, Ballyboy.
         Alice Lowry, Ferbane, for their                                          AWARENESS
         generous donation of €1500 to our  BRANCH MEETING
         branch. Jimmy raised the money by     Our next meeting will take place           WEEK
         holding a fundraising Barn Dance for  in the Tullamore Court Hotel on
         his 60th birthday. We would also like  Thursday February 16th, 2017 at
         to thank Pearl Lawrence and her    8pm.                                         1st8th
         family from Rochfordbridge for their  New members are always
         generous donation of €850 which    welcome.                                 APRIL 2017
         they raised with a Whist Drive.

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