Two deserving causes were recently the recipients of substantial cheques following the efforts of three caring local women. Nell O’Grady, Kathleen O’Connor and Maura Dick who organised the staging of a play at Charleville Parochial Hall.

Banteer Drama Group performed their production of ‘Stop it Nurse’ and raised €2,500 for St. Joseph the Worker Charity in Bosnia and the local Holy Family School. Cheques were presented to the two recently and the following are acknow-ledgements from the grateful recipients.


June 2013

Dear people of Charleville and surrounding areas:

Praise Jesus and Mary!

Greetings from Medjugorje. Thank you very much for your most generous donation of €1,300 for my mission to the poor elderly which was given to me by Nell O’Grady.

Our main mission is feeding the poor elderly. We have over 200 elderly people that we feed. We go from house to house delivering food packages to make sure they receive the food. There is a real need among the elderly for food because the government has stopped their monthly social allowance of 72KM (€35). Many of them go out into the fields to collect all kinds of greens. We also support St. Joseph’s Home for the poor elderly. We have 50 residents. We just finished building the Divine Mercy Hospice for 20 residents. The Bishop of Mostar will come on June 24th to consecrate the altar and bless the Hospice.


Here is a picture of Vinka from Klobuk. She is in her 80s and very poor. She lives in a two-room house with her 50-year-old daughter. The walls are covered with black soot. They have very little furniture. They do not have any income. The daughter asked us if we could give them food. We deliver food to their neighbours. It is so hard to make all these decisions, because so many people come to us for food. Vinka has a little garden and they plant cabbage, tomatoes, etc., but it does not yield that much. How they survive I do not know. You can see her weekly laundry on the clothes line.

Thank you again for your spirit of sharing with these poor elderly. We cannot do it without your help. I wish I could thank each one of your personally.

I will remember your intentions in my prayers. May the God of Goodness bless each one of you with His peace and love. I pray that Our Lady will protect each one of you. May the Father of Compassion help us to embrace in our heart the care of the innocent victims of injustices and poverty. May his Spirit compel us to make our world a better place for all peoples.

Prayerfully in Our Lady

Sr. Muriel r.c.

St. Joseph the Worker, Ltd.,

PO Box 69,

Mostar 88000,








29th May 2013

Dear Ms O’Connor,

I wish to acknowledge receipt of your donation of €1,200 (per Paula O’Connor), proceeds of a fundraising event which you organised on behalf of Holy Family School.

On behalf of Board of Management, pupils and staff I wish to thank you most sincerely for your efforts in raising such a large sum of money, especially in these difficult times, and for choosing our school to be the beneficiary.

It is indeed heartening to see that the spirit of generosity is alive and well in our community.

You may be assured that it will be used in the best interests of our pupils.

Many thanks,

Yours sincerely,

Dr. M. B. O’Donnell, Chairperson, Board of Management

Holy Family School, Charleville