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Saturday, April 1, 2017

APRIL 20l7



As the holy season of Lent nears its close, the solemn Holy Week leads us to the joyful time of Easter. We wish A HOLY, HAPPY AND BLESSED EASTER TO ALL OUR MEMBERS AND FRIENDS.


Our calendar of events continues in the Club premises, LIFE HOUSE, 6, GARDINER PLACE, (near
Barry’s Hotel), and we look forward to greeting every member who can come. Your friends will be
welcome too, why not invite them along?

PROGRAMME of EVENTS



SATURDAYS


lst CARDS and GAMES at 8.30pm:

play poker, 25 or a board game – Trivial Pursuit, Ludo, Countdown, Dingbats, Scrabble (De Luxe Edition), maybe a jigsaw? Enjoy a nice supper also. Admission E5.

8th BOOK NIGHT at 8.30pm. 

Bring a favourite book and read an excerpt for everyone to enjoy - a very entertaining session in recent years. Savour a delicious supper after. Admission E5.


l5th HOLY SATURDAY – PREMISES CLOSED.


22nd FILM “MURDER AT THE GALLOP” at 8.30pm; 

one of Agatha Christie’s ”Miss Marple” mysteries, with Margaret Rutherford in the lead. A tasty supper will follow, all for Admission E5.

PLEASE COME EARLY SO YOU WON’T MISS ANYTHING.


29th “COME-ALL- YE” at 8.30pm; 

your hostess Cait Clynch gives you an opportunity to sing, play a tune, recite or read a poem or tell a story; she’ll serve a delightful supper too. Adm. E5.


6th MAY CARDS and GAMES at 8.30pm.



WEDNESDAY


5th EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING at 8.30 pm.

THURSDAYS


6th TABLE QUIZ at 8.30pm.


E16 for a table for 4; there’s a CASH PRIZE for winners and a PRIZE and for the FUNNIEST WRONG ANSWER. Bring a team, or come on your own and join with others there. Easy questions, TEA and REFRESHMENTS 20th provided, fun for everyone – all for E4.


REVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS

ASH WEDNESDAY MASS

At the beginning of Lent, Fr Declan Blake celebrated Holy Mass in the Club, for all our intentions and deceased members; he distributed Holy Communion and Blessed Ashes, and gave a short homily. We had a good attendance. Paddy Kelly did the Readings. Teresa Talbot supplied the music and led the hymns for the occasion, we all sang. Teresa thanked Fr on our behalf. He joined us for a cup of Tommy’s lovely tea. He will say Mass for the Holy Souls with us again in November, DV.

Mary Phelan

ST PATRICK PARTY

We celebrated our National Feast Day in the Club the night after – with a most enjoyable party. Our DJ Paddy Kelly played a great mixture of records, from lively to romantic. We couldn’t resist the opportunity to join in the dances. Paddy led off appropriate vocals for the feast-day, “Hail, Glorious Saint Patrick”, while Teresa Talbot treated us to “The Dear Little Shamrock”; they also gave us some humorous items, beginning with Cait Clynch – who provided the ‘star turn’ of the party food, a delightful apple tart. Tommy’s tea was very refreshing, and we all loved the wine and orange juice. Teresa O’Hehir organised a raffle for lovely prizes. Another great night in the Club, thanks to all who came and made it so.

“Party-Goer”

FILM “TO CATCH A THIEF”

“Set a thief to catch a thief”, the proverb tells us, advice acted on by the protagonist in this well-known film, a reformed cat-burglar who later became a hero of the French Resistance and turned away from crime. After several years of honest life, he finds himself suspected of carrying out a series of daring jewel thefts, especially as the robber is imitating his methods – a “copycat”?

His protests of innocence are not believed, and his former associates turn against him. Set in the glamorous French Riviera, the playground of wealthy women bedecked with jewels, he decides to try to forestall further burglaries and trap the perpetrator – not an easy task. He encounters a beautiful socialite (played by Grace Kelly) and her super-rich mother (Jessie Royce Landis), whose attentions, while enjoyable, could be a distraction from his quest to clear his name.

Will he succeed? Cary Grant excels in the leading role in this Alfred Hitchcock film, with lots of action and excitement, and a thrilling finale. The night was completed by the fine supper by Eileen Murphy and Tommy’s tea; once again Paddy Kelly was the projectionist. Many thanks to them, and to all who came and made it such a pleasant night.

“Roving Reporter”

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

FEBRUARY 20l7


There are so many changes happening in the world, good and bad; may God help us all to cope with
whatever He sends us in the year ahead. Our ABC Club programme of events continues in our
comfortable premises, LIFE HOUSE, 6 GARDINER PLACE, (near Barry’s Hotel), and we invite all members to come along and take part as often as you can – “the more, the merrier”. You’re welcome to bring your friends, so they can become our friends, too.

Our VALENTINE PARTY is on SATURDAY FEB llTH, DV; make a note of the date now so you won’t forget it.

PROGRAMME of EVENTS


SATURDAYS


4th CARDS and GAMES at 8.30pm:


play poker, 25, a board game – Trivial Pursuit, Countdown, Ludo, Dingbats, Scrabble (De Luxe Edition), jigsaw...

A nice supper is included in Admission €5.


llth VALENTINE PARTY at 8.30pm.


Celebrate the occasion in style with music by DJ Paddy Kelly, savour a lovely supper, with a glass of wine or orange, all for admission E7. Your friends are welcome too. Time for romance, maybe?


l8th FILM “THE MIKADO”, at 8.30pm.


A film version of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular comedy musical, with singers Kenny Baker and Martyn Green. Enjoy a tasty supper after. Admission

€5. COME EARLY SO YOU WON’T MISS ANYTHING.



25th “COME-ALL- YE” at 8.30pm; 


hostess Cait Clynch will give you an opportunity to sing, play a tune, recite or read a poem or tell a story; she’ll serve a delightful supper too. Adm. €5.

4th MARCH CARDS and GAMES at 8.30pm.




WEDNESDAY


lst EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEETING at 8.30pm.


lst MARCH ASH WEDNESDAY MASS at 8.30pm.


THURSDAYS February 9 th and 23rd


TABLE QUIZZES at 8.30pm. E16 for a table for 4;


there’s a CASH PRIZE for winners and a PRIZE for the FUNNIEST WRONG ANSWER. Bring a team, or come on your own and join with others there. Easy questions, TEA and REFRESHMENTS

provided, fun for everyone – all for E4.
REVIEW OF RECENT EVENTS: NEW YEAR PARTY

We had our New Year Party on Thursday January 5th. It was a great celebration, with delicious food – sandwiches, home-made Christmas Cake and pudding, mince pies and trifle, wine or orange and Tommy’s tea. The music added to the occasion and was provided by Paddy Kelly. Christmas carols were sung which helped to create a spiritual atmosphere; David Spain and Teresa (T) both sang beautifully. Special thanks go to Cait Clynch and Eileen Murphy for supplying the goodies, and to all who contributed their skills and talents. Everyone left the party in good spirits. It was a joy to be there.

Teresa O’Hehir

FILM “CASABLANCA”

One of the most popular films ever, a real classic, “Casablanca” deservedly won 3 Oscars – for Best Film, Best Director (Michael Curtiz), and Best Screenplay (Julius J. and Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch). It tells of some people trying to evade wartime oppression. There’s suspense, romance and entertainment, with interesting situations and characters, delightfully played by Claude Rains, Sydney Green- street, S.Z.(“Cuddles”) Sakall and Peter Lorre, who provide excellent support for stars Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman and Paul Henreid. Max Steiner’s music was most effective, with Hubert Hupfeld’s song “As Time Goes By” particularly memorable. The evening concluded with Eileen Murphy’s fine supper. Thanks again to Paddy Kelly at the technical controls.

“Roving Reporter”



Some thought-provoking observations on the Club’s main purpose, making friends.

FRIENDSHIP (William Arthur Ward)

A true friend knows your weakness,
But shows you your strengths;
Feels your fears, but fortifies your faith;
Sees your anxieties, but frees your spirit;
Recognises your disabilities, but
Emphasises your possibilities.



WISHES For WILLIAM (Winifred M. Letts)

These things I wish you for our friendship’s sake

A sunburnt thatch, a door to face the sun
At westering, the noise of homing rooks,
A kind, old, lazy chair, a courtly cat
To rub against your knees,

Shelves of well-chosen books –
I wish you these.
I wish you friends whose wisdom makes them kind,
Well-leisured friends to share your evening’s peace,

Friends who can season knowledge with a laugh.
A hedge of lavender, a patch of thyme,
With sage and marjoram and rosemary,
A damask rosebush and a hive of bees,
And cabbages that hold the morning dew,
A blackbird in the orchard boughs –

all these and – God bless you.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

JANUARY 20l7

A HAPPY, PEACEFUL AND BLESSED NEW YEAR to all our MEMBERS, RELATIVES AND FRIENDS.

For the last 2 years we in ABC CLUB have been blessed to have our “home” in the Earl Restaurant.
 We will never forget the kindness shown to us by Denis Dempsey and his staff, and we thank them sincerely. Now that the “EARL” will be no more, we wish every happiness to all there who have looked after us so well, and we hope that, with God’s help, their future will be bright.

Our new venue will be in “LIFE HOUSE”, No. 6, GARDINER PLACE, DUBLIN l. This means the Club is returning to its roots, as its first premises were elsewhere in GARDINER PLACE, though there may not be many members now who were there at that time. We are fortunate to have found such a central and welcoming base in “LIFE HOUSE”, and we look forward to greeting our members and friends there. It’s not far from Parnell Square, either, and easy to find – along Gardiner Row, past Barry’s Hotel and Temple Street Hospital. Our first event there will be CARDS and GAMES on SATURDAY JANUARY 9TH, D.V., followed by the first TABLE QUIZ on THURSDAY JAN l4TH. We hope to see you all there, to get off to a good start.

Our JANUARY SALE will be held on SAT l6th, DV,and we resume our regular schedule on subsequent Saturday nights and alternate Thursdays.