A WALK FOR EVERYONE - On Saturday next May 12, Nuala Madigan from the Bog of Allen Nature Centre will conduct a short walk of the river Barrow, Cois Bearbha as far as the Garlic Meadows and will be identifying the variety of life both aquatic and land species found in the area. The workshop will include a hands-on freshwater invertebrate and land invertebrate identification session.
This promises to be a great morning out for everyone especially families with children. If it is raining just stick on the raincoats, we will meet outside Ionad Dara and set off on the walk at 10am, it will take about two hours. What more could you ask for, a morning in the fresh air, learning something new with others, getting in a bit of exercise, it should be a bit of fun. It might even suit some of the Mammies and Daddies who will be busy preparing for First Communion the next day to let their children off on the walk.
Goresbridge Rural Development would like to thank Bernadette Moloney and Kilkenny County Council for choosing Goresbridge to hold this Biodiversity Walk. If you are from the surrounding areas and would like to do the walk you are more than welcome, we would love to see you in Goresbridge.
ANGLERS ASSOCIATION - Goresbridge Anglers Association will make a second attempt to hold their AGM. It is planned for Ionad Dara this Wednesday night, May 9 at 8.30pm. You don’t have to be a member to attend so all are welcome.
GREEN FLAG - Congratulations to Scoil Bhríde, the Green School’s Committee, Teachers and of course more importantly the students who got word last week that they have been awarded their second Green Flag for energy awareness and conservation. These awards do not come easily and it takes a lot of effort so don’t be shy in saying well done.
LOCAL WINS BUMPER - Heartiest congratulations to Castlekelly racehorse trainer, Jimmy Morrissey who won the bumper race at Gowran Park on Sunday last. The horse, Melanjo is owned by Jimmy’s wife Joanne. It is always a thrill to see a local trainer taking the honours.
ABSOLUTELY HILARIOUS - One might say there isn’t much to laugh at nowadays but those of us that went to see the Kilcumney Players in Wake in the West (by Michael J Ginnelly) in Ionad Dara at the weekend had plenty to laugh about. Once again Kilcumney Players surpassed themselves with this rip roaring comedy which was directed by Mary Meaney. Great performances from all the cast, Peter Prendergast as the corpse, Fr. McEvoy, Ciara Murphy, Gráinne Kavanagh, Ann Lennon, Margaret Coady, Edward Hayden, Gerry Kavanagh and Owen Blake. The antics that occur while the corpse is laid out are just brilliant and the lines were delivered superbly. To say that the audience were belly laughing doesn’t even describe how hilarious the whole play is from start to finish, tissues were needed for the tears rolling down our faces. Well done to everyone involved and a mention for those back of house, Finousa Hanlon, Tim Carr, Mairead Whitely, Claire Hanlon, Seamus O’ Gorman, Yvonne Devitor, Mags Whitely, John McDonald, Stephanie Hanlon and Joe Meaney who played the part of the corpse on Friday night.
It was great to such big crowds on all three nights and lovely to be able to enjoy a cup of tea and have a chat during the interval. Those of you who are on facebook might enjoy some of the photos from the show on the Goresbridge Rural Development facebook page.
BARROW RANGERS ON THE WEB -Barrow Rangers new club website has just been created and can now be viewed at www.barrowrangers.ie; you must enter it on the top tool bar of your computer as it will not be recognised through Google until there are enough visits to the site. If anyone has any suggestions as to how the page should be run please feel free to contact any committee member. The site will be updated weekly with match reports and photos from games. If anyone has old photos of Barrow Rangers they would be really appreciated, it is nice to see pictures of former players. You can also follow the club on their face book page.
TABLE QUIZ OR BRAGGING RIGHTS? - Barrow Rangers Juvenile Club will hold a Table Quiz in the Silver Weir on Friday May 11 at 8.30. It costs €20 for a team of 4, your support would be very much appreciated and besides the winners will have bragging rights for the whole year, so join in, it will be a bit of craic.
LEAGUE FINAL WIN FOR RICHIE - Congratulations to Barrow Rangers Club man, Richie Doyle on being part of the successful Kilkenny Hurling Team that won the National Hurling League by overcoming Cork in Thurles last Sunday. Richie had a very good game at left half back. The previous evening his brother, Ciaran played corner back for the Kilkenny Minor Team in their win over Laois in the Leinster Championship at Portlaoise.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK - The Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday May 31 at 7.15 am sharp. The cost is €18 for adults, €10 for children. If you wish to book a place contact Breda Hanlon at 059 9721443 or Ann at the Parish house at 059 9775180.
FIRST COMMUNION - Children from Goresbridge and Paulstown will receive their First Communion on Sunday May 13, Goresbridge at 10am and Paulstown at 11.30.Best wishes to Emma Blake, Shaun Dalton, Aidan Dunne, Ann Marie Murphy, Nicola Coady, Jack Doyle, Joshua Kane, Killian O’ Neill, Anna Connolly, Bill Doherty, Chantelle Matthews and Shane Wall from Goresbridge.
PTAA NEWS - A Regional Pioneer mass will take place in Goresbridge on Friday May 25 at 7.30. If you would like to join or need a pin, contact Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664471, Mary Curran at 9775120 or Ann Curran at 9775413. If you would like to sponsor Eileen Heffernan for the mini marathon which takes place on June 4 you can contact Eileen at the above phone number.
JUNIOR B TEAM HAVE A GOOD WIN - After having a win over Threecastles (away) a draw with O’ Loughlin Gaels (home) and losing to Danesfort at home last time out Barrow Rangers Junior B’s hit the road tonight Saturday May 5 and headed to Freshford to try and get back on the winning trail against host club St. Lachtain’s. Exams meant they were short Sean McDonald, Kevin Brennan and John Brennan. Barrow Rangers showed their intent from the throw in and were three points up after three minutes, the first from Dermot Maher followed by a Jason Holden free and one from Tom Brophy. When Tom found the net in the 12 minute things were looking good.
The Freshford lads were finding it very hard to get the ball past a very solid Rangers half back line. Centre back Ed Prendergast was solid and the two half backs, Liam Walsh and Ciarán Breen saw to it that no ball went down the wing, what little ball that did get through, fullback Stephen Dormer dealt with it. David Burke opened the scoring for St. Lachtain’s with a pointed free in the 15 minute and their only other score of the half came three minutes later when Shane McGree popped over a point. From then on it was all Rangers, Tom Brophy bagged another goal and Dermot Maher followed this with first a point and then a goal in the 27 minute. Before the half was over Jason Holden had a point and with the last puck of the half Dermot pointed a 65. The halftime score read Barrow Rangers 3-6 St. Lachtain’s 2 pts. Ed Prendergast had a leg injury in the first half and didn’t return onto the pitch for the second half, Ciaran Breen went to centre back and Peter Treacy came in on the wing. The fizz was really gone out of this game as a contest but the home side made a bright start to the second half with a pointed 65 and then a free from David Burke. In the 5 minute Gerry Doheny made it three points and Burke made it four in the 11 minute. Rangers midfielder, Tom Brennan who had made sure that the forwards got plenty of ball in the first half got our first score of the second half with a point in the 14 minute. Two minutes later Dinny Kealy got the fourth goal of the game. Burke replied with a point followed by one from Dermot. The last score of the game saw Burke fire over a point from a free. When referee, Paddy Neary blew for full time Barrow Rangers were worthy winners 4-8 to 8 points. One worrying aspect of the game for Rangers was the large number of wides they struck; this was also a feature of their defeat to Danesfort.
Team J.J, Staunton, David Staunton, Stephen Dormer, John O’ Neill, Liam Walsh, Ed Prendergast, Ciarán Breen, Tom Brennan, Aaron Nolan, Jason Holden, Dermot Maher, Daniel O’ Neill, Tom Brophy, David Walsh, Dinny Kealy. Subs: Peter Treacy for Ed Prendergast, Zak Shermer for Jason Holden, Graham English for Ciarán Breen.
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - Dee Hillier won €125, Shane Murphy, Courtnaboughla won €20 and Eimear Dalton, Barrowmount Road won €20. Thank you to all of you who support the couple of months, hopefully with everything going to plan. As this is a special area of conservation planning permission is required and it is hoped to get a grant for 75% of the project from Leader, the other 25% will have to be raised by GRD, hence the reason for Split the Pot. Every €2 counts. It is simple to play, pick up an envelope from any of the shops, businesses, and pop in €2, put your name on the front, drop it into the box and you could be the winner this week. Envelopes are available in the Bridge Café, Barrow Breeze, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, John D’s Butchers, Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s, The Chemist, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Beatrice Dempsey, Kelly’s Hardware, Goresbridge Credit Union and Connolly’s Red Mills.
BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO €6,325 - The lotto is worth €6,325 and they also have a reserve fund of €5,350. Last week Kevin O’ Neill won €100, John Quinn won the promoters prize. It costs €2 to play and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Café or any committee member.
SOCCER NEWS - Bridge United B team signed off on their league season on Friday night with a 3-1 loss to Evergreen C. They are now focussing on the Divisional Cup Final in a couple of week’s time.
Bridge United under 15’s took to the field against Evergreen in the Cup Semi-Final. In a tight first half it was 2-2 at the break. Early in the second half Bridge hit the front with a fine goal from Kevin McDonald, Evergreen pushed for an equalizer but it was Bridge who went 4-2 in front. Evergreen kept pushing and scored 2 goals on the last few minutes to bring the game to extra time. Evergreen were in the driving seat and ended up winning in extra time with the score board reading 7 goals to 4.
PERSONAL MONITORED ALARMS - If you are over 65 and live alone or if you are a couple over 65 you can avail of a personal monitored alarm. Contact Breda at Goresbridge Rural Development at 059 9775646 Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm or Colette 087 2601672.
GRAVEYARD MASS DATES - Powerstown, Friday 1 June, Ballyellen Friday 8 June, Goresbridge (old) Saturday 23 June, (Vigil Mass), Wells Fri July 6, Goresbridge (new) Friday July 13, Paulstown (new) Friday August 3 and Paulstown (Old) August 12 at 11.30.
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. Fiacre’s 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 to participate please contact us on 0567771230.