HAPPY CHRISTMAS to all in Ardfert Parish & to all our friends & family members who are living abroad. 
BANNA SEA RESCUE: Forget the presents, forget the turkey, forget the tin of sweets. If your idea of fun is running into the icy cold Atlantic Ocean on Christmas morning, then join the craziness at Banna Strand at 12:30pm, December 25th for the Annual Xmas Swim in aid of Banna Rescue.
Banna Rescue relies wholly on the support and generosity of the community, and last year saw hundreds of revellers brave some seriously challenging conditions to take the plunge.  Unit Secretary, Aidan Duggan: “Each year we see more and more people take part, with many turning it into part of their Christmas break tradition. For those that have never before taken part, swimmers will line the shore, before a foghorn signals the rush to the sea, with the ritual repeated three times for good measure. Also no Christmas festivities would be complete without a visit from Santa who will be on the beach handing out treats to both young and old.”  Swimmers can get changed in the boathouse or use the temporary changing facilities in the car park on the day. There will be refreshments in the boathouse after the swim, where people can get warmed up and meet some of the crew. Sponsor cards are available from Steve Baker at Ardfert Printing, or by e-mailing info@bannarescue.org . Alternatively you can give a donation on the day.
ARDFERT RETREAT CENTRE: The Marian Movement of Priests & Laity: Saturday 7th Jan 2017 from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Contact: 066 7134276 or ardfertretreat@eircom.net .
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: Ardfert 8pm Saturday 24th – Children’s Christmas Eve Vigil Mass; 11 am Sunday 25th – Christmas Day Mass. Kilmoyley: 9 pm – Christmas Eve Vigil Mass; 10 am – Children’s Christmas Day Mass.  
ST. BRENDAN’S ATHLETIC CLUB: MUNSTER FIXTURES: Junior Men & U23 Men + Juvenile Girls Pentathlon INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Saturday, 7 January 2017 @10:30am
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium.
Junior Women & U23 + Juvenile Boys Pentathlon INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS 
Sunday, 8 January 2017 @10:30am 
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium 
Munster Juvenile Inter-Club Indoor Relays
Sunday 22nd January 2017, Time: 11am 
Venue: Nenagh Indoor Stadium 
Closing Date: Midnight on Wednesday 18th January 2017. All Entries Online 
ARDFERT/KILMOYLEY COMMUNITY GAMES: Draughts has now finished until Friday 13th January. We will have updates early in 2017 regarding training for other events. The Committee wishes you all a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2017.
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