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"I certainly do," said his wife calmly, "The undertaker." Two young boys were spending the night at their grandparents the week before Christmas. At bedtime, the two boys knelt beside their beds to say their prayers when the youngest one began praying at the top of his lungs. "I PRAY FOR A NEW BICYCLE..." "I PRAY FOR A NEW NINTENDO..." "I PRAY FOR A NEW VCR..." His older brother leaned over and nudged the younger brother and said, "Why are you shouting your prayers? God isn't deaf." To which the little brother replied, "No, but Granny is!"

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Rehab wants trivia experts to answer their County’s call Rehab are challenging pub quiz buffs in Counties Offaly and Laois to answer their county’s call and register a team in the Rehab All-Ireland Pub Quiz which will take place in The Dempsey’s Bar, Mountmellick on 3rd Nov and Sunrise Inn, Birr on Friday 5th November at 9.00 pm.

ticipating pubs – a full list is available on the Rehab website at All participants must be over 18 years of age.

50 pubs throughout the country that are taking part in the Rehab All-Ireland Pub Quiz. The winning team and runner-up from each pub will progress to the national final taking place on Friday, 19th November at the Radisson Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. The prize for the overall winning team is €4,000, with prizes of €2,000 and €1,000 respectively for the second and third place teams.

Pauline Crowley, Head of Fundraising, Rehab, said: “Since it’s re-launch in 2007, Rehab’s All-Ireland Pub Quiz has been a tremendous success with thousands of trivia-buffs in hundreds of pubs throughout the country taking part. To date, the event has raised over €200,000 for Rehab services nationwide and we hope to build on this again in the coming months.

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etable containers, and meat trimmings, bacon rinds and other scraps will also be eaten. Melted fat may be poured over bread or cake scraps to make “bird cake”. There are a couple of items which should never be fed to birds. These include desiccated (dried) coconut, uncooked rice or dry bread, which may swell up in the bird’s stomach. It is equally as important to ensure that your garden birds have a constant supply of fresh drinking water, something that can be very hard for them to find when ponds and puddles are frozen over. As well as needing to drink it, they also need it for bathing, to ensure that their feathers are kept clean so that they will insulate them effectively against the cold weather. A simple bird-bath can be made from an inverted dustbin lid sunk into the ground; remember to keep the surface ice free.

As the birds become dependant on the food you put out for them and expend their energy getting to the garden, it is important to keep up putting out food for them as they may not have the energy to go looking elsewhere. Get the children involved. Identifying the birds will provide the children with hours of Fat is an especially important source free fun and education as well as enof energy for birds, so please don’t couraging them to take an interest in waste it! Lumps of suet may be hung nature. out on strings or in plastic mesh veg-

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If you would like to avail of this sponsorship, please email Geraldine Beirne at expressing your interest.

Tickets are now available to buy for the event through and are priced at €100 each. This year, Offaly Enterprise Board will sponsor the full attendance fee to the first 10 women entrepreneurs who book and pay for the conference. You must have a business registered in Offaly, or if you are not yet set up in business then you must reside in Offaly to qualify.

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Halloween's origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.

The first was Feralia, a day in late October when the Romans traditionally commemorated the passing of the dead. The second was a day to honor Pomona, the Roman goddess of fruit and trees. The symbol of Pomona is the apple and the incorporation of this celebration into Samhain probably explains the tradition of "bobbing" for apples that is practiced today on Halloween. By the 800s, the influence of Christianity had spread into Celtic lands. In the seventh century, Pope Boniface IV designated November 1 All Saints' Day, a time to honor saints and martyrs. It is widely believed today that the pope was attempting to replace the Celtic festival of the dead with a related, but church-sanctioned holiday. The celebration was also called All-hallows or All-hallowmas (f

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To commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities. During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect them during the coming winter. By A.D. 43, Romans had conquered the majority of Celtic territory. In the course of the four hundred years that they ruled the Celtic lands, two festivals of Roman origin were combined with the traditional Celtic celebration of Samhain.

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Clara GAA Notes Weekly Club Lotto Weekly Lotto 23-Oct-10. There was no winner of the weekly club Lotto jackpot. The winning numbers were 4-6-27-28. There were two match three winners. They were Tracey McGrath and Mary Touhey. Next weeks draw takes place in The Mill and the jackpot is 5450. Blood Donation Clinic Clinic Times: Monday 1st November 2010 from 3.00pm to 4.45pm and from 7.00pm to 9.30pm in the GAA Centre Clara. Bowling Tournament Calling all clubs, groups, schools, families etc. Clara GAA Bord Na Nog Bowling Tournament. Bowling Fundraiser at Cosmic Bowl (Tullamore). Dates Tues 23rd, Wed “4th and Thurs 25th November 2010. Entry Fee per team 80 euro. (4 Bowlers per team, Best 3 scores to count) or entry forms and further details contact: Kevin Roe (087) 2238107. In the event of a tie, the captain’s score will determine final positions. There will be 3 team prizes, Prize Fund 700euro in total. Presentation of prizes in Baggots Back Door Lounge, Clara on Thursday night 25 November 2010 at 11.00pm. Annual General Meeting The Annual General Meeting will take place on Saturday 4th December

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Thrill The World Offaly was in aid of The Carers Association, a national voluntary body headquartered in Tullamore that helps people who care at home for loved ones who are elderly and frail, seriously ill, people with disabilities and children with special needs. Over 160,000 people in Ireland give care at home every day to somebody who needs their help.

Local Tourism The Rock of Dunamase The Rock of Dunamase (the Fort of Masc), is one of the most historic sites in Ireland dating back many hundreds of years. It was first settled in the 9th century but was attacked by the Vikings of Dublin, the Abbot of Terryglass was killed in the raid. When the Normans arrived in the late 1100's, Dunamase became the most important Anglo-Norman fortification in Laois. It was part of the dowry of Aoife, the daughter of Diarmuid Mac Murrough, King of Leinster, when she was given in marriage to the Norman conqueror Strongbow in 1170. Strongbow's daughter and heir, Isabel married into the Marshal family. William Marshal who became Regent of England in the minority of Henry III had five sons, all of whom died without children. His daughter Eve, inherited the castle which passed into the Mortimer family but in 1330, the castle was forfeited to the crown on the execution of Roger Mortimer for treason. It has an uneventful history then until the Cromwellian army is supposed

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Bereavement and grieving (continued from previous issue)

By Jim O’Shea

before my child was killed and I suffered from such a severe headache all of that day that I was unable to visit the Death of a Child (part 1) shops and simply sat in a café until it “We are very happy with the service provided by the Tipp The death of a child can lead to compli- was time for the bus to depart. I also Tatler, it gets us lots of local jobs”. cated grieving because it is a particular- have vivid memories of the death. I Jason, Drain It Ltd. remember exactly where I was when ly painful loss. It is not the natural the accident occurred. That day is order of things that a child should die “We find the Tipp Tatler to be a great advertising medietched on my brain and will never fade. before its parents. There are so many um. Its distribution means our business is promoted over I always worried that I would forget the hopes and dreams unfulfilled. My a large area to a wide range of people ensuring our busisound of my child’s voice and I often child,who was killed when he was thirness remains successful”. mentally listen for it. I can still hear teen, would be thirty now. I often Tom Gleeson – Arra Communications, Nenagh that soft voice and it, too, will never wonder what he would be like as an fade. adult, how would I relate to him, who would his wife have been, would he My surviving children, despite their Novena to Padre Pio Oh Jesus, full of favour, not mine. Amen. Say this prayer have been a good and kind husband, pain, always held that parental grief grace and charity, victim for sinners, so for 3 days, promise publication and favour would he have had children, what kind was the most poignant within our famiof parent would he have been. It is natimpelled by Your love for us that You will be granted. Never known to fail. M.K. ly and, even now, they are extra conural to have such thoughts and memoNovena to St. Jude – willed to die on the Cross, I humbly Oh Holy St. Jude Apostle and martyr, great ries, it does not mean living in the past. scious of the preciousness of their beseech You to glorify in heaven and on children. So the death of a child can in virtue and rich in miracles. Near kinsman earth, the Servant of God, Padre Pio of of Jesus Christ. Faithful intercessor to all People say that the death of a child is arouse anxiety in the siblings when Pietrelcina, who generously participated who invoke you. Special patron in time of the saddest of all losses, but it is impor- they too have children of their own. in Your sufferings, who loved You so need, to you I have recourse from the depths tant to remember that every person ex- Look at the special relationship bemuch, and labored so faithfully for the of my heart and humbly beg of you to come tween parent and child, a relationship periences loss differently. I can glory of Your Heavenly Father and for to my assistance. Please help me now with that is forged in a biological and genetcertainly say that the loss of my child the good of souls. With confidence, I my present and urgent need (mention was immensely more painful that the ic way. Our role as parents is to keep beseech You to grant me, through His favour) and grant my earnest petition. In loss of my father. I can say no more our children safe and accidental death intercession, the grace of (mention your return I promise to make your name known than that and I cannot project this onto can give rise to complex guilt feelings. and cause you to be invoked. Say 3 Our request) which I ardently desire. E.R. other people. All people grieve differFathers and 3 Hail Mary’s, 3 Glorias. The Miraculous Prayer – Because the death of a child is so comently. Sometimes the death of a child Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I’ve asked Promise publication. T.H. plex, I hope to explore it in a further is so painful that some parents try to for many favours. This time I ask You contribution and I hope that this exploblot out the memory. 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The - Advertisers should notify the publishers of placement of an advertisement or editorial any error immediately after the appearance of ing them as they struggle with the reali- Jim O’Shea works as a counsellor from ty of the loss of their child. copy will be deemed to be an acceptance of the first insertion to allow subsequent inserFurze, Thurles. Ph. 087 8211009 these conditions. tions to be amended. . JimO’Shea’s book - Offaly Tatler has tried to ensure that all in- The Publisher reserves the right to amend What I can say, however, is that the ‘When a child dies. Footsteps of a formation is correct at the time of going to advertisement copy where absolutely necesdeath of a child is what bereavement Grieving Family’ is published by Verpress, but the publishers cannot accept respon- sary. If the Publisher considers it necessary to writers call an enfranchised loss. This itas. 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