As always, the first Sunday in December heralds the start of Christmas in the community with Tydavnet School Parent’s Association annual tea morning and raffle. There were 17 fantastic seasonal hampers on offer as well as tea and sweet treats, music and song. First up was the school’s choir under the direction of teachers Miss Emma Traynor and Mrs Claire Slowey and music accompaniment by Miss Shannon NíThíarnaigh.  The seasonal carols were well rehearsed, and all the children put on a fantastic performance. Then it was on to the Senior Musical group who again set the scene for a jolly Christmas with a lively selection of tunes. Well done to everyone who participated, the music and song was great, the tea and treats were much appreciated, and it was a great chance to take time out of our busy lives and catch up with friends.

“Door” prizes, from the free admission tickets were won by: Tarah Sherlock, Donna Sherlock and Connie Treanor.

Seller’s prizes were won by: Gareth Brannigan, Frank Connolly; Jamie, Reese and Darragh Roddy; Enda and James Brady; Katie McCrystal; Eva Sherlock and Ryan and Dylan Robb.

The winners of the hampers were:

Bernadette Dinkin

Kelly Treanor, Davagh;

Monica Connolly

Marie McQuillan

Barry Mohan

Margaret Hamill, Smithboro

Aisling Murray, Scotstown

Big Liam, c/o Jack’s Bar

Aaron Meehan, Knocknagrave

Junior Connolly-McQuillan

Aisling Beggan, Knockatallon

Conor Meehan, Shee, Tydavnet

Eamonn McMeel, Golan

Daniel Roddy

Ann Keenan, Knockronaghan

Bobby Mohan

Andrew Beatty.

Thanks to everyone who supported the draw which goes to finance resources for the school. Thanks also to the committee of Tydavnet Village Community Centre and to Denis Meehan and all who helped to set up the hall, to the sponsors of the prizes, to Marie McNally for publicity, to all who baked and served the refreshments, and all who contribute to the success of the event each year. Well done everyone on a wonderful event. (A list of sponsors is among the photos below).