Allen Parish Newsletter 11th Oct 2009
Allen Parish Goes Global!

Allen Parish has moved into the electronic age with the launch of its new website Launched on Saturday 10 October 2009, the initial planning for the website started in November 2007.

A dedicated webteam was put together, made up of volunteers from within the parish with communications, design and IT expertise. The 10-person team, under the guidance of Mark McDermott, has been working closely with Catholic, an organisation that assists parishes around the country in developing their websites.

Content is king

Content is king’ on any website and the team has worked hard to deliver the information that should be most useful to people living in the parish, those away from home, and visitors looking to find out more about Allen Parish and its rich history.

On, you’ll find:

  • Mass times
  • Contact details for priests, the parish office and parish teams
  • Local news and Catholic news – both national and international
  • Information on local clubs, activities, social events, social services and schools
  • Local sports and lotto results
  • Parish history, and
  • Quicklinks’ to useful Catholic websites for those who want to further develop their faith.

‘Exciting development’ is a never-ending project. The website will continue to develop, based on parish requirements, visitor needs and feedback. Plans for ‘Phase 2’ are already in train. This will concentrate on developing online access to certain parish records, a section to assist those who want to find out more about our Catholic faith, extending the ‘Local History’ section, and creating a ‘Kids Corner’.

Fr Eddie Moore PP says: “ is an exciting development for the parish. I can’t praise highly enough this fantastic team, which has worked so hard in their spare time to bring this project to launch phase.”

Thanking all those involved, webteam chairman, Mark McDermott, says: “The team’s aim has been to develop a ‘one-stop-shop’ for parishioners who want to know what’s going on in their parish. Approximately 320 man-hours have gone into the project so far. It’s an amazing testament to the desire of everyone involved to create something so valuable for the parish. We welcome all feedback – positive and constructive – by email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

“I’d also like to sincerely thank Mary Dillon, principal of Robertstown National School and her colleagues for their generosity in giving us access to computer facilities at the school over the past two months – and to Johnny and Sandra McNamee who were there, night after night, to open and close the premises for us. We couldn’t have done this without your help.”

Webteam members: Lisa Duffy, Michael Foxe, Claudia McClean, Mark McDermott, Letitia Moloney, Maria Murphy, Caitriona O'Reilly, Róisín O'Sullivan, Eileen Tiernan, Ita Wyse. Honorary members: Fr. Eddie Moore PP, Fr. Brian Kavanagh CC and Margaret Cramer (parish secretary).

The launch of the Parish website coincides with the publication of a letter launching a Parish fundraising campaign for Allenwood Church and other Parish development projects.

Responsorial Psalm

Fill us with your love that we may rejoice.



Monday 12th October

Allen – 9.30am

Tuesday 13th October

Milltown  – 9.30am

Wednesday 14th October

Allen – 9.30am

Allenwood – 9.30am

Thursday 15th October

Allenwood – 9.30am

Friday 16th October

Allen – 9.30am



Allen:  Saturday 7.30pm

Months Mind: Theresa Lynch (nee Moran), Galway and formerly of Grove Lane, Robertstown

James and Matthew Keely and Val Kavanagh, Russellstown

Ivan Smyth, Pluckerstown

James Dunne, Ballyteague

Lay Reader: Carmel Kennedy

Eucharistic Minister: Eddie Healy


Allen:   Sunday 11.00am

People of the Parish

Lay Reader: Cathy Murphy

Eucharistic Ministers: Evelyn Dowling and Rosaline Connolly


Allenwood: Saturday 6.30pm

Months Mind: Bobby Kennedy, Level Crossing, Allenwood

Sean Higgins, Station Road, Allenwood (Anniv)

Lay Reader: Niall Malone

Eucharistic Ministers: Pauline Regan and Christina Ryan


AllenwoodSunday 10.00am

Pa Bagnall, Blackwood and his son Patrick

Tommy Carroll, Chapel Gate, Allenwood

Francis Coyne, Allenwood North

Lay Reader: Johnny O’Callaghan

Eucharistic Ministers: Julia Farrell and Mary Fitzgibbon



Milltown: Sunday  9.30am

Mark Gleeson, Rathilla, Kildare (2nd Anniv.)

Lay Reader: First Communion Reader

Eucharistic Minister: Christy Herbert


Next Sunday’s Readings

Readings for Sunday 18th October:

Is 53:10-11. Ps 32.  Lect I: 814.

Acts 13:46-49. Lect 1: 1016.

Mk 10:42-45. Lect 1: 816.


Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration in Allen Church on Wednesday morning 10am to 11am.


Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament takes place every Monday from 11am to 3pm.



“Those whom we love and lose are no longer where they were before, they are now wherever we are.  (St. John Chrysostom)

Please pray for:

Thomas Cross, Drimsru House.

May he rest in peace.

Mission Sunday Collection

Envelopes for the Mission Sunday collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend.


Youth Ministry

Youth Choir:

Choir Practice for youth Mass in Allen Church next Wednesday, 14th October, from 7pm to 8.30pm. All welcome.


First Communion Programme

Meeting for Allen School Leaders  in Allen School at 8.30pm on Monday 12th October.


Sr. Kathleen Moran

Sr. Kathleen Moran (Ballyteague) who is Assistant Superior General of the Franciscan Mission Sisters for Africa will speak at all Masses in Allen Parish on the weekend of 17th/18th October. She has been requested by the Irish Missionary Union to speak about Missions.




5th October, 2009
1             10            11           23

SIX Match 3 Winners

€42 each

Lisa Duffy, Grangeclare

Anne Ryan, new Rd., Allenwood

John Goulding, Roadstone

Rev.Fr. E. Moore PP, Allen

Ty and Aaron c/o B. Moore

Bella Sullivan c/o Marie Jacob



First Communion 2010

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will be celebrated in Allen Parish as follows in 2010:

Allenwood: Sunday 16th May at 10am and not on 2nd May as announced last week.

Robertstown: Sunday 9th May at 11am

Milltown: Sunday 16th May at 9.30am.

Milltown: Sunday 23rd May at 9.30am.

Allen: Sunday 30th May at 11am.



The programme will begin on the first week of November. More information next week.


A number of items omitted from this week’s Newsletter will be included next week.



Club Car Air Fresheners with club crest €2.50 each available from Mary O’Reilly, Patricia O’Sullivan or McCabe’s shop.

Under-Age Training: On Monday nights for U/11 & U/13 girls and U/10 & U/12 boys 6-30 to 8-00 pm. All Welcome.

Annual football marathon on Saturday Oct 17th 2-5 pm.

Ladies Football: Girls U/13 Div 3. Got the points from Geraldines. Away to Moorefield  on Sunday Oct 11th

U/11 Div 4 Result  Milltown 2-10 Moorefield 2-0. Many thanks to Moorefield for providing the pitch. Minor training every Wed. night at 8pm. All welcome.



The Club will officially launch its history, from 1927 to 2009, in the club house on Thursday 26th November at 8.00 pm. Well known RTE commentator, Micheál O’Muircheartaigh will be present to do the honours.

Executive committee meeting Wednesday 14th October at 8pm in the clubhouse.

All weather pitch available, contact Marie Jacob at 086 3626995, for details.

GYM opening hours, mornings 10am to 12.00 noon. Evenings 6.30 to 9.30.



Fixture: Senior Football League Div. 7 Final: Robertstown v Cappagh was postponed from last Saturday due to a bereavement in Cappagh and it will now be played this Sat. in Rathcoffey at 2.30pm.

Club t-shirts and jackets can be ordered through Larry Ivers.

Robertstown Tidy Town Group are holding their AGM Friday 16th October 2009 at 8pm, doors open at 7.30pm at Robertstown National School. Everyone welcome.



Don't forget Indoor Bowls in Allen Hall every Tuesday night at 7.30 p.m. New members are very welcome.



Indoor Bowls continues every Monday and Wednesday night at 8pm in the Milltown GFC Clubhouse. New players welcome.



The club would like to wish Coill Dubh hurlers all the best in the Senior Hurling Championship final this Sunday at 3.30pm in Newbridge.

The Paddy Smyth Cup will be held as a one-day tournament in Allenwood on Oct. 24th.

Thanks to all who have worked so hard over the last couple of weeks on the completion of the walking track.

Visit our website



Presidents Prize (Siobhán O’Callaghan) on Sat. October 17th in Athy Golf Club. Tee box 8.45am to 10am. Presentation immediately afterwards.



A night of laughter with Allen Little Theatre. Allen Little Theatre Proudly presents a night of theatre featuring three plays each night on Fri. 16th Oct. and Sat. 17th Oct in Allen Hall commencing at 8.15pm nightly featuring Allen Little Theatre in a new play You Don’t Know Me by Carolyn McCole. See posters for details or contact any member of Allen Little Theatre. Ph: Kevin at 087 9614235.




7th October, 2009

Winning Numbers                         Plus


6         25         27       28                  34

NO Match 3 winners

4 x €50 winners

Jamie Gaynor, Allenwood Sth

Daren Maher c/o Ann Maher

Sheila Farrell c/o James Harris

Mag Kenny, Allenwood Sth

No Jackpot Winner

Next week’s Jackpot - €19,000

Next week’s Jackpot + Plus - €20,000