There was deep sorrow and sadness in the Rhode parish area when on Sunday morning news filtered through on the death of Fr. Edward Kelly. Fr Kelly was a much loved and admired person in the community sinse he came to Rhode thirty three years ago. A very devoted and hard working priest Fr Kelly came to Rhode after been a missionary priest in South Africa for years. Since arriving in Rhode he was totally emerged in all the activates of the parish and he was part of all religious ceremonies that took place in Rhode. A native of Tullow in Carlow which he was very proud of but since his arrival in Rhode he has been a active follower of all Rhode teams and Offaly teams until later years when ill health hindered him he was seen at all matches. He was one of the vice-presidents of the club and was always present when religious activities were required by the club. We as a club and indeed the whole parish have lost a great friend, servant and spiritual leader. Sympathy is extended to all his immediate family in Carlow and his friends. Fr Kelly\’s remains repose from 12 o\’clock on Monday the 25th of November in St Peter\’s Church Rhode. The reception ceremony was led by Dennis Nulty of the dioceses of Kildare and Loughlan at 7pm on Monday evening and Fr Kelly will be laid to rest in the church yard after the funeral mass which will took place in Rhode church at 12 noon. May he Rest In Peace.
The refixture of the postponed Division 1 League Final which was due to be played on Sunday due to the death of Fr Kelly who was one of the vice presidents of the club for the last 34 years this match is provisionally booked for Saturday in Walsh-Island at 2.30pm.
The best of luck and many years of health, wealth and happiness is extended to Cathal Swords and his new bride Sarah Dempssey who were married on Friday in Clonbullogue. Cathal is n excellent clubman and is currently Chairman of the Rhode Og Minor Club and has been a very active member of the clubs committee for ten years or more. The happy couple are wished many years of happiness in their new home in Rhode from all at Rhode GAA Club.
The best of luck to the Ballinamere team who will play Llisdowney of Kilkenny in the Leinster Junior hurling final in O\’Connor Park on Sunday at 2pm.
The Offaly GAA county convention will take place on Tuesday 10th of December in O\’Connor Park. Rhode\’s county delegates will be elected at the AGM of the club on December 6th.
The A.G.M of Rhode GAA Club will take place on Friday 6th of December at 8pm sharp. Motions and nominations for the various positions will be accepted in writing to our club secretary Kenneth Garry up until and including Wednesday the 27th of November.
All members and intending members are invited to attend on the night and all who attends will be asked to sign in with club registar Ger Noonan. Please note that membership for 2014 will be taken on the night and are requested to do so. All aspects of the club activities during 2013 will be up for discussion on the night and the election of club officials, committee members, adult team management, minor club chairman and secretary will all be up for election.
Get well wishes is extended to all the people of the parish who are ill or hospitalised at the moment especially to Charlie McLoughlin and John Cox. We would also like club members to visit the old people of the parish especially these who are living alone in these cold winter months.
There was no winner of the Rhode GAA Lotto for the week ending 18th of November for a Jackpot of €15,000. The numbers drawn were 3 8 15 21. The club like to thank all those who supported the draw and thanks to O\’Toole\’s for the use of their premises and for their help and cooperation. The following matched three numbers and received €20 each
Tracey Murphy, Priory Lawns Rhode
Bridget Nolan, Edenderry road Rhode
Linda Fitzgerald, Ballybran School
Terry Shanahan, Carbury
Joe Swords, Edenderry
Agnes Reilly, Rathcobican Rhode
Patrica McCann, Garr Rhode
James Hynes, Derrygreenagh Works
Caroline McLoughlin, Leitrim Rhode
Marie Murphy, Laurancetown Rhode
Bernie Hamill, Mount Lucas Daingean
The Rhode GAA Lotto is the main source of income the club has and now you can play online though our website. The good news is when you play the lotto online you are entitled to free draws, for example pay for seven draws receive the eighth one free, pay for fourteen draws receive two free and so on. In other words, the more you play the more free draws you are entitled to!!