Ballyragget - Have your say on policing

KILKENNY COUNTY JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE - A meeting of the Kilkenny County Joint Policy Committee (J.C.P.) will be held in the Canon Malone Hall on Thursday 17th May from 8 to 9.30pm. Topics for discussion on the night may include crime, drugs, public order, community engagement and road safety. Members of the public are invited to attend, air their views and put questions to the committee. All questions concerning the policing of Kilkenny County Council should be submitted in writing to the J.P.C. Secretary, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny by 5pm on Friday 11th May by post or email jpc@kilkennycoco.ie. The name and address of persons submitting questions will remain confidential – comments are of course welcome on the night.

KILKENNY COUNTY JOINT POLICY COMMITTEE - A meeting of the Kilkenny County Joint Policy Committee (J.C.P.) will be held in the Canon Malone Hall on Thursday 17th May from 8 to 9.30pm. Topics for discussion on the night may include crime, drugs, public order, community engagement and road safety. Members of the public are invited to attend, air their views and put questions to the committee. All questions concerning the policing of Kilkenny County Council should be submitted in writing to the J.P.C. Secretary, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny by 5pm on Friday 11th May by post or email jpc@kilkennycoco.ie. The name and address of persons submitting questions will remain confidential – comments are of course welcome on the night.

TIDY TOWNS WEEKLY CLEAN UP - The weekly clean-up will commence from the Square at 8pm on Wednesday 9th May – Do help to clean up your estate, your street or approach road as every little helps. Remember be safety conscious and be seen – wear a hi-vis vest if you have one.

GREEN WASTE-Dunmore Recycling Centre is now accepting green waste at €2 a bag or €70 per tonne. You can dispose of grass cuttings, hedge clippings etc. at the centre. Please avail of this facility and help keep our environment clean.

GRANGE BRIDGE TEMPORARY CLOSURE - Replacement bridge works will be carried out on Grange Bridge between May 21st and September 7th. Alternate routes will be via Lisdowney and Clone Cross.

BALLINASLEE ROAD UPDATE - On Thursday May 10th in the Canon Malone Hall County Council Staff will be present between 2 and 6pm to advise landowners, residents and anyone interested of the current status of proposed improvement works to this dangerous section of road.

CAKE SALE FOR ZAMBIA - A young local man Ciaran O Neill will travel with Habitat for Humanity to Zambia in July to help build houses. Habitat for Humanity is a global charity which sends volunteers on short term placements to help local families. As part of his fundraising for the trip a cake sale is being held in Gannon’s Fruit and Veg shop at Glenvale on Saturday the 12th of May at 10am. Sponge cakes, pavalova, tiramisu, cupcakes, cheesecakes, fruit cakes, breads and many more treats will be on sale. All support, donations etc would be gratefully appreciated. Parking is at the rear of the shops. Also travelling with Ciaran in July is John Doheny and any support for either man would be appreciated. Information on the charity can be found at www.habitatireland.ie

PLAYGROUND NEWS - Thanks to all who have helped so far with ideas and suggestions and for those who have booked stalls for the Fun Day on the Green. There has been some wonderful feedback and a great day will be had by all weather permitting!! We have had to reschedule the Fun Day to Sunday June 24th. There are still some stalls available for the day and if you would like more information please contact Catherine Kelly (Secretary) 085 7403812. The Committee has organized a cabaret in Ronans Lounge on Sat 9th June. There will also be a monster draw on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs i.e. 1st prize a fantastic break away worth estimated €500, 2nd prize break away worth estimated €250, 3rd prize 2 tickets to the Manchester Utd 1st Home Game of Season 12/13 + €100 spending money, and many more. Tickets cost €5 each or book of 3 for €10. Please contact Catherine 085 7403812 or any committee member to purchase tickets or they will also be available to purchase from local businesses.

LOTTO - ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS. Numbers Drawn- 9, 13, 15, 27. Jackpot Winner – No winner €50 sellers prize – Noel Cummins; €100 winner – Caragh O’Neill, Ballinalacken; €60 winner – J. & T. Doyle, Moneenroe; €30 winner – Par Lacey, Byrnesgrove; €30 winner – Brian Phelan, C/O Tim Phelan; In House prizes C/O The Hogan Stand; Bottle of Whiskey – Paul Shortt Jnr.; €30 winner – Pat Whyte, Glenvale; €30 winner – Maria Bergin, Glenvale; €30 winner – Michael Sherman, Kilkenny Road. Next week’s jackpot is €8,850. Venue is The Sportsman’s

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS - Tickets are on sale from the club for the Piltown Draw. Those wishing to purchase same should contact John Glennon or any member of the committee who will be able to point you in the direction of one of the sellers.

GAA - St Patrick’s Ballyragget are out in their second game of their intermediate campaign this coming Saturday the 12th of May at 2pm against the Emeralds in Johnstown. Supporters are asked to note the change of time. Team member Eoin Bergin played for the Kilkenny minor team on Saturday last the 5th of May against Laois. Eoin was in fine form and scored three points in the game.

BINGO - The Bingo on a Thursday night is very well supported and the club would like to thank all who attend for their continued support. The Bingo is every Thursday night in the CYMS hall at 8.30. All are welcome. Similarly the Hurling Club lotto is well supported thanks to all the sellers and buyers alike.

MAROON DAYS - ‘’Maroon days’’ The club is delighted with the positive response from members and supporters, who are currently reading and enjoying the recently published Maroon Days .Packed with reports, interviews and photographs relating to our All Ireland Junior Hurling victory along with the Kilkenny Under 21 ‘ A’ title, the 104 page publication is a book for the present and the future. The stories are a wonderful reminder of the successful times our teams enjoyed over the past while. One of the big favourites with readers is the snippets of information about club history and personalities, which are interspersed throughout. The Under 21 team photograph from 1979 has also been attracting a lot of interest, with memories refreshed by reports of the campaign. This was the first team from the club to reach a Northern under 21 Final. Some delightful poetry captures the All Ireland atmosphere, while the pre match posters compiled by the Primary school children are also included. Some unusual photographs add immensely to readers enjoyment .In appreciation of the wonderful support given to the teams, a sale price of only €7 is the club’s way of saying ‘’thank you’’ to all who wore the colours and offered encouragement during the successful campaigns. Maroon Days is on sale throughout Ballyragget, at In Touch Newsagents, Kilkenny City and from Jim Delaney at 087 8043203. As this is a special limited edition, people intending to purchase a copy should do so without delay to avoid disappointment.

BORD na nOG - Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at last week’s very successful bag pack. Thanks to Pat and all the staff in Supervalu for all the help over the two days. It was a very worthwhile fundraising event with all money raised going to all aspects of the development of the club at junior level. Thanks to everyone for your continued support. Well done to our U14 team that took part in the Castlecomer Tournament and our U10s for travelling and competing in their 1st “Go Games” against Glenmore. They will continue in the tournament for the remainder Saturdays in May and we wish them the very best. GAA Go Games are small-sided games with modified rules in both Hurling (Go Hurling) and Gaelic Football (Go Gaelic). They form a central element of GAA policy on games for children up to and including the Under-12 age grade. Finally, we would like to wish Best Wishes to all our young hurlers that are making their First Holy Communion this Sunday.

PICTURE PERFECT - Local photographer Pat Farrell has documented the year through photography and has compiled a book to commemorate the year. Same is aimed to be priced at €30 and will contain photographs from the county semi final to the All Ireland Final and the home coming celebrations the book will be made up of action and crowd shots. Pictures can be separately purchase from Pat’s website www.patfarrell.net.

R694 GRANGE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT - The above contract was awarded to JohCradock Ltd in late 2011. Cllr Maurice Shortall says “Following discussions with the Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Contractor agreement has been reached and work on the project will commence on May 21st and are expected to be completed by mid September” A road closure will be required to facilitate the works and a notice regarding same will be published shortly.

LADIES MINI MARATHON - It’s that time of year again, and “The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital” are busy recruiting volunteers to participate in the Ladies Mini Marathon. There is always a terrific response and all funds generated are used for patient care and comfort at the District Hospital. Sponsorship Cards are available from Julie Meally, Director of Nursing on 4441246 or Christina Murphy on 087- 9886646. Transport will be provided and a bus departs from the Lime Tree at 10 a.m. on June 4th.

FIRST COMMUNION - The “Do This in Memory of Me “programme for 2011 – 2012 is as follows – 13th May –Sunday First Communion at 11am; 10th June – Sunday Corpus Christ. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered their services

COFFEE MORNING - St. Lazerian’s House in Bagnelstown are holding a coffee morning on Friday 11th May at 10.30am. Please come and support our fundraising efforts. We look forward to seeing you!

ICA - The monthly meeting will be held on Monday 14th May at 8pm in the Canon Malone Hall – New members are always welcome.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - l results for Friday 4th May – In house draw - €125– Esther Downey. Jackpot spin won Mags Kelly €75 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Joe Kelly. Next week’s jackpot is €1100 and will be held Ronan’s bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

FISHING CLUB - membership cards are now available in News and Chews- €5 per child, €20 per adult and €25 for family membership.

TEA DAY - Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre and Home Care are holding a Tea Day on the 11th of May between 11am and 1pm in St. Fiacres Parish Centre (Beside Supervalu, Loughboy); you are welcome to come along on the day. We are also participating in the Stoneyford 10k walk/run on the 20th of May 2012 in Stoneyford Village. If you are interested in sponsoring us for this event or would like a sponsorship card please contact us on 0567771230.

CHURCH EVENTS - As part of our preparation for the Eucharist Congress we hope to celebrate an open-air mass at the mass-rock (behind Ballyragget church) on Pentecost Sunday 27th May at the usual time 10am and process to the church afterwards – more details later. The parishes of Lisdowney, Ballyragget and Freshford have hired a bus to take people from these parishes to Croke Park for Mass on Sunday 17th June for the conclusion of the Eucharist Congress. Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays. All anniversaries will be included but months minds and 1st anniversaries will have to take precedence in masses for the dead.

NOTES - If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at ballyraggetnotes@gmail.com. Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday night.