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Happy Birthday:  A beautiful girl called Grace Mayes, who lives in Chartham, Kent, is waiting for her Granny to wish her Happy Birthday on the 23rd April on - so here we go and we add our best wishes too -  Happy 13th Birthday Grace; a birthday gift is on the way,  Love and hugs  Granny  Nancy in 54 Emyvale.x

TABLE QUIZ  in support of our SPECIAL NEEDS CHILDREN will be held in ST. Mellans on Fri 27th April @ 9pm. Teams of 4, €40 per team.  Raffle and great spot prizes on the night.

Gardening tip: I planted some daffodil bulbs in a Colander (household) last Autumn. To my delight this Spring; something like  15 beautiful blooms appeared. It is a pleasure to look out my windown and see them dancing in the breeze and their little orange eyes twinkling back at me.Why not try this little gardening tip if you dont have space with the Summer bedding plants.   soon to be planted,  Meantime, Happy gardening!!     Nancy

Helping Hands: Helping Hands is a FREE minor repair and odd job service for vulnerable older people and people with disabilities living in Co. Monaghan.  The project is run by Monaghan Integrated Development CLG and uses a pool of Garda vetted volunteers to do the work. Our volunteers are willing to help older people who may be disadvantaged by failing health, lack of resources or family support.  They provide a willing pair of hands to do a variety of small tasks that an older person may find difficult.  These could include small gardening jobs, light bulb fitting, changing plugs and fuses, installing domestic smoke alarms (which are free to people over 65 years of age), fitting security locks or door chains, putting up a curtain rail and minor paint jobs such as painting a front door or garden gate. All our volunteers carry an official Helping Hands identity badge and they work in pairs when visiting the homes.
If you would like to avail of our service, please contact either of the numbers below and we will organise with two of our volunteers to arrange a suitable date and time to carry out the work. We will always follow up with the client to make sure they are happy with the work done. It goes without saying that Helping Hands relies on our volunteers, and we are always looking to add to our pool of helpers.  If you are over 18, male or female, and interested in helping older people with small DIY tasks and minor domestic repairs and have one or two spare hours in the month, we would love to hear from you.  Volunteers with specialist skills, for example, carpenters, plumbers, etc. are always welcome.
Helping Hands is a county wide project, covering all of County Monaghan. Contact:   Marina 087 0656793  or  Margaret 042 9749500    Email:

Scouting Together Project: 2nd Monaghan Town Scout Group are set to work with Monaghan County Council to produce a booklet capturing 70 years of scouting history and heritage of the scouts in the Monaghan Town area. If you are a past or present member of the scouts and would be willing to share your guiding memoirs we would be delighted to hear from you. For more information, please contact: Mairéad Mohan, Project Officer, Monaghan County Council, Glen Road, Monaghan, Co. Monaghan E: Mob: (087) 700 8613 or alternatively contact Donal McElwain E: or John Mc Mahon (086) 825 5959.

A Charity concert with all proceeds going to Crocus and The Cancer Bus takes place in the 4 Seasons on Monday April 23rd at 8.30, doors open at 7.30. Táile €15. A cd was recorded by a number of local musician friends, one of whom has an ongoing battle with cancer. The Cd project was a form of therapy for him and as it turned out well, the group decided to launch it as a fundraiser for Crocus and The Cancer Bus. The Line up for the CD Launch and Concert include Country Legend Mick Flavin, Singer  Brendan Quinn, Brendan Mc Cahey (voice of Ireland winner), Patsy O'Hagan (Bard of Armagh,) Brendan McMahon (Joe Dolan tribute), Tully (vocal harmony group) and Traditional music with Sean McElwain and Donal McCague, also The Forever Young Band and the very popular Marty Mone. This promises to be a great nights entertainment with the proceeds going to very worthy charities. Tickets are available from The 4 Seasons and can be purchased on the door. Further enquiries to Seamus 0876290809.


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