Bagenalstown prepares for judgment day

Judging Day -for Bagenalstown’s entry in the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place Competition is Thursday, June 21 starting at 2.30pm. when we will have the opportunity to show our town at its very best. It is a great honour that Bagenalstown was nominated by Carlow Local Authorities to represent Carlow in this all Ireland Competition. The Competition recognises and celebrates the involvement of the local community in working together to improve and take pride in their area. It is very important that we all do our bit to present our town in the best possible light, particularly in the areas the judges will visit.

Judging Day -for Bagenalstown’s entry in the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place Competition is Thursday, June 21 starting at 2.30pm. when we will have the opportunity to show our town at its very best. It is a great honour that Bagenalstown was nominated by Carlow Local Authorities to represent Carlow in this all Ireland Competition. The Competition recognises and celebrates the involvement of the local community in working together to improve and take pride in their area. It is very important that we all do our bit to present our town in the best possible light, particularly in the areas the judges will visit.

I attended a recent meeting and was amazed to see the amount of work done so far and by the enthusiasm, commitment and sheer energy of the committee. The people working tirelessly over the last few months to present Bagenalstown at its best on the judging day include Carlow Co. Council staff, representatives from the Town Council, agencies, clubs, voluntary groups and individuals, under the chairmanship of Margaret Moore, Community and Enterprise, Carlow County Council. With only five weeks to go everybody in the town needs to get involved, in whatever way you can, to help us win the competition. If you are on the judges’ route please take a look around the front of your house to check that it is looking its best on Thursday, June 21.

Business people in the town have been invited to come on board and get their shop fronts looking their best, whether by cleaning windows and gutters, hanging floral baskets or window boxes or contributing whatever way they can.

The two judges will arrive in the town from Leighlinbridge by the swimming pool, passing the picnic area and our beautiful river amenity, around by Aldi, up the Parade and through Kilcarrig Street, turning right at the VEC across Station Road, Railway Road, stopping at the McGrath Hall. At the McGrath Hall they will be formally welcomed to Bagenalstown and will have their first opportunity to meet people in the community. An exhibition in the main hall will demonstrate the activities and talents of our schools, sports clubs and voluntary organisations.

The judges will visit the library, Town Park and the Family Resource Centre where crafts and other displays will be on show. A visit to the BEAM Centre in Regent Street will be followed by a trip on the river to the swimming pool, organised by Padraig Cahill, Bagenalstown Civil Defence. Last stop will be the McGrath Park where it is hoped there 350 people will be togged out and playing exhibition games on all the facilities in the McGrath Sports Complex.

in pictures-There is still time to submit photographs for the Exhibition on the theme “Bagenalstown in Pictures.” These can be left in to the following – Bagenalstown Credit Union, Bagenalstown Library, Déjà vu, High Street and Family Resource Centre. Mark all envelopes “Bagenalstown in Picture”. Photographs will be displayed in business premises within the town, and, if possible, send copies of original photographs. Label the back with name, contact details and name of organisation/club. The closing date for entries is May 31st 2012. Further information from Josephine Tierney on 059 9722028 or 086 6665748

ST. BRIGID’S NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS

Soccer-Congratulations to the boys of St. Brigid’s N.S. Bagenalstown, and their teacher Mr. Sean Hanafin ably assisted by Michael Condon. on winning the Carlow Cup for large schools, reversing last year’s defeat to Bishop Foley N.S. by winning the final 3 : 2. The panel was: Shea Somers, Adam Kehoe, Christian O’ Riordan, Ethan Walsh, Jamie Byrne, Joedrian Alinas, Danny Doyle, Brian Carroll, Cian Doyle, Matthew Curran, Robert Kane, Neil Martin, James Cummins, James Manning, Shane Nolan, Eoin Holland, Thomas McDonnell, Kieran Byrne, Richard Whelan, Ryan Lundy, Paul Kennedy, Craig Fogarty and Tom Lohan.

Hurling- Well done to Cian Doyle & Neil Martin who represented Allianz Cumann na mBunscol Ceatharlach in the Mini-Sevens at half time in the Leinster Hurling Championship game between Carlow and Laois.

Green Schools-: Three representatives from the Green Schools Committee, Oisín Pollard, Dean Farrell and Ciarán Dermody along with Mrs Quirke and Mary Hickey received the schools second Green Flag recently at a function in Croke Park. Well done to all concerned

BAGENALSTOWN PITCH AND PUTT CLUB-This was a great week for the Bagenalstown club as Patrick Robinson, one of the club’s promising young players, brought home a Leinster title. Patrick spent the weekend in Glenville Pitch and Putt Club in Dublin competing in the Leinster Junior Matchplay Championships. Each round of the competition is played over 36 gruelling holes. On Saturday Patrick beat Brendan Muldoon, Castletown 9&8 in round one, in the quarter final, he had a convincing 7&6 win over John Smyth, Collon. On Sunday morning he had a tough match against Eoghan Stanley, Stackallen which he won 4&3. On Sunday afternoon he beat Kevin Reid, St.Brigid’s 3&2 in a thrilling final. The club is very proud to have a Leinster champion among its members. Patrick is a great ambassador for the game of pitch and putt and he holds the position of assistant secretary in Bagenalstown. Patrick was accompanied at Glenville by his father Paddy, also a keen pitch and putt player. On the strength of this win Patrick has now been promoted to the intermediate grade.

HEALTH SCREENING DAY - The Irish Wheelchair Association Men’s Group is holding a Men’s Health Screening Day on Friday, June 8 at their Resource & Outreach Centre, “Teach Failte”, Kilkenny Road, Carlow from 10.00am. to 2pm. Everyone is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available.

AFTERNOON CLUB - Bagenalstown FRC Afternoon Club would like to thank everyone who was involved or supported their recent Afternoon Tea Dance, it was a great success and enjoyed by everyone. The proceeds of the dance have been donated to Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, Monastery Hostel, Dublin Road, Carlow. The club decided on this worthy cause after a visit to the centre in early 2012. During their visit the club got to see for themselves all the hard work that this hostel provides to men within the Carlow area, and wanted to contribute in some way. So as part of the Bealtaine Festival 2012, they held an Afternoon Tea Dance and raised €300 along with some flower arrangements that they had completed as part of a six week course in flower arrangement, (funded by Community Education Office VEC Carlow). Frank Holden, from Monastery Hostel attended the dance and accepted the money from the club, and on behalf of Monastery Hostel he thanked the club for thinking of the hostel for this donation. The Bagenalstown Afternoon Club, meets in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre on Monday afternoon from 2.pm to 4.pm, where they enjoy bingo, arts and crafts, dancing, and lots more, (transport can be provided within the town). If you would like to join, go along on Monday afternoon, or contact Marie/Josie @ 059-9722028.

CRICKET CLUB - Training has started at Bagenalstown Cricket Club on Thursdays at 6.30pm at the cricket pitch in the McGrath Park. Everyone welcome, even if you have not played before. For further information contact Bernard O’Mara on 087 1386009 or Diarmuid Power on 085 1411316.

AUTISM SUPPORT - Autism Support Carlow ASD Support Network is holding their monthly meeting on Tuesday June 5 at 7.30pm in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow. Open floor and questions and answers. All welcome. Further information is available on www.carlowautism.com

SARANI ART - Great Summer event on the June Bank Holiday week-end in the Dolmen Hotel, Carlow, from noon till late daily. Silk paintings, leather handbags, gold and silver jewellery, pashminas etc. Further details from Michael on 087 1533555.