Friday, July 31, 2020

Passage East

Lios na nÓg, Passage East Community Childcare, Crooke

We will re-open August, 31 for Full Daycare, Pre-School and After School Care from 8 am to 5:30pm. If your child is returning to our setting for the coming school year September 2020 to July 2021, we ask that you confirm your child’s place with Chloe Power our manager, by text (if you have not already done so). Anyone parent/guardian wishing to enquire about enrolling a new child please contact Chloe in the Playschool mobile (089) 2459463 or message us on Passage East Childcare Facebook page. Numbers are limited so early registration is essential to secure your child’s place.

Beat The Ferryman Swim Off

The swim was scheduled for Saturday, August 15. However, in view of current public health guidelines on the staging of such events and a limit of 200 at outdoor events the organising committee made the decision. It is hoped to stage the popular event in 2021.


Portlaw GAA

As our club resumes our training and playing season for 2020, we would like to remind members and players whose membership has not been paid yet can they make arrangements with our membership officers ASAP.

It is compulsory for all players to be valid members and have their membership up to date so they are included in our club insurance scheme.

Please note that if membership is not paid then you are not insured within the club so cannot play on the field.

Pay directly to our membership officers: Juvenile – SallyAnn Ford Walsh (087)312 8981 and

Adult – John Walsh (087)7719648. For adult membership payment you can Revolut your membership to John via the app.

Membership rates for 2020 are as follows – Player – both Juvenile & Adult: €50, non-player: €20, OAP: €10. Juvenile rates – €50 for one child, €80 for two children and €100 for three children or more.  If you have any questions on membership please get in touch with John or Sallyann or alternatively you can PM us on our Facebook page.

Portlaw United AFC

After consultation with the Walsh family and in consideration of FAI tournament guidelines for Covid-19, Portlaw United regretfully announce the cancellation of the Jimmy Walsh memorial tournament for 2020. The 50th running of this tournament will now be held in 2021 when hopefully it will be the biggest and best yet!


Dog Napping

There has been a huge increase across Ireland in the cases of Dog Napping being reported. Gardaí have seized a number of dogs across Waterford, Tipperary, Cork, Dublin, Kildare, Limerick and beyond and they advised that anyone being offered a cut-price dog from a suspect source should immediately report it to the Gardaí.

In many of the incidents, across all counties, a slow-moving van had been seen in the locality around the time that the dogs have gone missing.  Ireland’s largest Dog Charity ‘Dogs Trust Ireland’ has warned the public about paying over the odds for puppies.  They stated that the COVID-19 pandemic has seen huge increases in the price of puppies as people scramble to buy dogs for company with demand outstripping supply. They stated that a pedigree Labrador pup that cost €500 before the lockdown is selling for €2,000 now. Similarly, designer crossbreeds such as the Cockapoo or the Labradoodle, which sold for €350 before the lockdown are now making €2,000 to €2,700, and even mongrel pups, which had no real monetary value before the lockdown, are selling for €250.

In order to try and keep your dog safe, microchipping is highly recommended along with name tags.  It is also asked that you do not leave your dog alone in your car when nipping in to the shop and most especially not to leave your dog outside the shop.  It is also asked that people be wary of strangers who are asking too many details and to report any suspicious cars to either your local Gardai or community alert.

Mass Times

Mass times for this weekend are as follows – Saturday: Fourmilewater 6pm, Touraneena 8pm. Sunday: The Nire 9:30am and Newcastle 11:30am.

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