Bennettsbridge - Papal logo on church gates by Kevin Davey and Noel Jordan

CHURCH NEWS - A member of the Franciscan Missionaries addressed weekend masses in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge. The talk was very interesting and gave the congregation an insight into the work being done by the order in Uganda and the importance of keeping the missionaries in our prayers. The financial support received helps the missionaries to continue with their valuable work. In St Bennett’s Church, the children’s choir and parents led by Billy Molloy sang during Sunday Mass.

CHURCH NEWS - A member of the Franciscan Missionaries addressed weekend masses in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge. The talk was very interesting and gave the congregation an insight into the work being done by the order in Uganda and the importance of keeping the missionaries in our prayers. The financial support received helps the missionaries to continue with their valuable work. In St Bennett’s Church, the children’s choir and parents led by Billy Molloy sang during Sunday Mass.

OSSORY DAY - Leaflets were distributed last weekend relating to Ossory Day in the R.D.S., celebrating the 50th International Eucharistic Congress. Tuesday, 12th June is the date designated for the Ossory Celebration.

Those intending to travel should send in the completed forms to Canon Duggan before Saturday 12th May.

PAPAL LOGO - The gates of St Bennett’s Church are looking splendid thanks to the work of local painters, Kevin Davey and Noel Jordan. The talented duo have incorporated the Papal Logo into the design and the result has been receiving very favourable comments. It is particularly nice to have the logo in place in time for the Eucharistic Congress Celebrations in June.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP - Bennettsbridge Community Development Group is delighted to announce that €2,100.00 was raised at the recent river walk and lunch event. Many thanks to all who made this such an enjoyable and successful day. Work is progressing on the development of a playground in the village. The final hurdle now, is to secure a grant from Kilkenny County Council. The feasability study on the hall, being undertaken by Peter Bluett Architect is nearing completion and a public meeting will be held to review this at a later date. This year’s Field Day is planned for Sunday June 24th. As per last year all help and support will be greatly appreciated.

TIDY TOWNS - Tidy Town members and volunteers were out in force again last Saturday, painting the whit fence up to the bridge on the Kilkenny side of the village and Kilree. Plans are in the pipeline for more activity next Saturday when the team will carry out some planting in the same area. All are welcome to come along and help with the project. POSTER COMPETITION - Following the very successful Chewing Gum Poster Competition organised by Bennettsbridge Tidy Town Group at Easter, the winning posters are being entered into a National Chewing Gum Poster Competition. The entries going forward are: 1st Class - Conor Molloy “Bin It To Win It!” 1st Class - Emma Moriarty “Keep Our Village Tidy & Neat, No More Chewing Gum Stuck To Our Feet” (BBNS); 3rd Class – Daniel Murphy “Gum on The Street, Ain’t so Neat!” (Gael Scoil); 4th Class - Aodhán Kent “Be Neat Keep Your Gum Off The Street” (BBNS); 5th Class - Laura Hayes “Don’t Be A Sinner, Be A Gum Binner” (BBNS); 5th Class - Gabriel Joyce “Don’t Be Dumb, Bin Your Gum” (BBNS). Good Luck to all the entrants, if successful, the Tidy Towns could win E1000.00 to help with various projects around the village.

MUSEUM - The Nore View Folk Museum and it’s proprietor Seamus Lawlor, have received a letter from the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel applauding Seamus’s work in promoting Ireland’s culture and heritage through his vast collection of artefacts.

COLLECTION - There will be a churchgate collection for the Epilepsy Association of Ireland in Bennettsbridge this Saturday and Sunday, 12th and 13th May. The Tullaherin collection for the charity was held two weeks ago. BANGERS AND MASH FOR AMBER - Please support THE BANGERS & MASH LUNCH for AMBER(Carlow/Kilkenny Women’s Refuge)on THURSDAY 17th MAY 2012 at the ASPECT HOTEL, RING ROAD, KILKENNY – from 12.30 to 2.30pm – Donation E10.00

SAVERS WEEK - National Credit Union GR8 Savers Week will take place from the 7th – 13th May 2012. The aim of the initiative is to encourage young people to develop a savings habit in their local Credit Unions. To date, Thomastown Credit Union visits three schools in it’s area to encourage children to save on a regular basis. Thomastown Credit Union Ltd is seeking more GR8 Savers for 2012. For further information please - Contact us on 056-7724445 or visit our website www.thomastowncreditunion.ie To enquire about opening up a savings account for your child just pop into us during GR8 Savers Week.

SCHOOL HURLING - The Fifth round of the schools hurling league took place away to Thomastown last Wednesday. It was the clash of two undefeated teams to determine who topped the table. Both teams had shown great form in earlier league outings and so the stage was set for a great local derby. Right from the throw in, Thomastown were on the attack putting Bennettsbridge under tremendous pressure, which paid off in the third minute with a goal. Bennettsbridge seemed to be knocked totally out of their stride and in the next ten minutes conceded two more goals and two points. Having established a pattern of a slow start in their two previous games, it was hoped that this was more of the same and that Bennettsbridge would rally. The signs were there, players were working hard, commitment couldn’t be questioned, but the Thomastown defence were on top and BB couldn’t buy a score. After a lot of near misses the breakthrough eventually came when Ciaran Brennan opened the BB account with a point. This score gave the team heart and for a brief period they rallied adding a point from, Sean O’Connell and a goal from Padraic Mullen. Despite trying hard the extra scores did not come and TT continued to add to their tally. The second half continued in the same vein with the physically superior Thomastown team dominating the game and running out comfortable winners. Positives to come from the game from a Bennettsbridge point of view was the fact that the team never gave up even when the result was beyond doubt, and tried to the end. Bennettsbridge have finished second in the League and now await the result of play offs to decide who they will face in the quarter final. In the meantime, they will meet Ballyhale in the Quarter Final of the Country Cup. This is due to be played at home this Friday after school.

Panel: David Blanchfield, Tom Bolger, Ciaran Brennan, Rory Cleere, Tim Corkery, Danny Coyne, Leon Cullen, David Graham, Jamie Harkin, John Hoyne, Barry Lennon, Paraic Mullen, Ciaran Mullen, Conor Murphy, Sean O’Connell, Jack O’Donnell, Tom O’Donnell, Samuel O’Dwyer, Kyran O’Sullivan, Aaron Varley, Troy Walsh, Johnny Waugh.

ROINN D SCHOOL - In a new departure this year, the school has a second team in the Roinn D competition. This team is made up of players from fourth class and some from fifth class. Opponents fielded players from 2nd to 6th class. First game was against Windgap last Wednesday. As the Windgap team took the field it was evident that Bennettsbridge would have their work cut out to cope with their robust opponents. However, having trained with their older colleagues since last September, the young BB players threw themselves into the fray with enthusiasm. From the start, Windgap had Bennettsbridge on the back foot but found scores hard to come by due to some wonderful defending by Laurence Mahon, Troy Walsh, Mike Lewis, Tom O’Donnell, Aaron Varley and having got past those players they found Hannah Kelly in superb form. Meanwhile at centrefield, her sister, Rachel Kelly, ably assisted by Billy Brown was playing some great hurling. Tom Bolger and Ciaran Mullen fell back from the half forward line to help out. Gradually, BB started to create some scoring chances. The forward division of Patrick Minogue, Ben King, Daragh Cassin and Johnny Waugh fought hard and were eventually rewarded when Johnny Waugh scored a point. This ding dong battle was a joy to watch with both sides giving it everything. More points were added by Tom Bolger, Ciaran Mullen, Troy Walsh and another from Johnny Waugh to leave the final score, Windgap, 3 – 2, Bennettsbridge, 0 -5. Next match, away to Galmoy.

Panel: Tom Bolger, Billy Brown, Daragh Cassin, Hannah and Rachel Kelly, Ben King, Mike Lewis, Ciaran Mullen, Laurence Mahon, Patrick Minogue, Aaron Varley, Johnny Waugh. Tom O’Donnell, Troy Walsh.

EAST END SOCCER - Schoolboys Soccer Blitz & Bar-B-Que on Saturday 12th of May – School Pitch Schoolboys teams from U8 to U13 and U10 Girls match. Registration 11:30am, please let your managers know if you cannot make it Followed by Disco and Presentation evening from 6pm to 8pm Admission: €5.00 per family, Refreshments available. Dates for your Diary: Sunday, May 20th – Mass for all connected with East End; Friday, May 25th – Gala 40th Anniversary Dinner Dance.  Ticket event only; Saturday, May 26th – Adult Soccer tournament to include the Sean Keogh Memorial Cup

Lotto - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 2, 14, 22, 25. Jackpot now stands at E7450. Consolation Prizes to Kitty Drea, Thomastown Road; Brendan Smyth, Bennettsbridge N.S.; Olive Morrin, Kilfane; Dolores Fitzpatrick, Millview and Teresa Trehy, c/o J. Doran.#

E-MAIL - Notes for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be sent to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday at 7pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.