Ballyragget: Litter-free town

DELIGHTED WITTH MARK - The long awaited results of the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition were revealed last week and Ballyragget were delighted with an increase of three points on last year’s result achieving 249 out of a possible 400 points. The points were awarded thus Overall Development Approach – 40 out of 50. The Built Environment – 30 out of 50. Landscaping – 34 out of 50 (a one point increase). Wildlife and Natural Amenities – 28 out of 50 (a one point increase). Litter Control – 32 out of 50 (a one point increase). Tidiness – 17 out of 30. Waste Minimisation – 6 out of 20.Residential Areas – 23 out of 40. Roads, Streets and Back Areas- 32 out of 50. General Impression- 7 out of 10The judging took place on Monday 2nd July and the adjudicators found the Ballyragget application form informative and it made interesting reading. They could see that the Development Association received strong support from all aspects of the community – from businesses, schools, local groups and clubs, estates and the local people. The Association were commended for keeping in touch with the people through regular updates in the parish news letter and the Kilkenny People. They found the church well presented and the car park clean and tidy the area well maintained and the mature trees very pleasing. The committee had submitted a history of the Castle with the application form and the adjudicator commented that this made the “castle come alive”. The Square looked well and the residences effort to improve their presentation was noted. The Green was at its best and looked well. A history of the Aislinn Centre was also submitted and it was commented that the Butlers and Kavanaghs could ever have imagined what use their lodge would be put to. It is (they said) unexpectedly attractive premises with appealing landscaping, looks well from the road, good stone wall, well maintained grass margin and flower boxes. The bookmakers premises was described as eye catching and the stand out Credit Union was a very good example of the principles of reuse, recycle after dereliction. The schools green flags were noted proudly flying and well presented. The adjudicators were aware that structural work on derelict buildings was beyond the financial resources of the Development Association and that derelict buildings can only be camouflaged. The planting of flowers and trees was well received and the trees on the Square and the Green were noted. On the judging day the Square and Green were litter free – well done to all. The weekly clean-ups on Wednesdays is seen s a very positive step and its effects can be seen and were noted. The re-cycle centre was clean and tidy and well used. The residential areas were noted as houses well presented and green areas well maintained. The approach roads to the town were tidy and the flower containers at the “Ballyragget” signs gave a good first impression of Ballyragget. The adjudicators congratulated St. Patrick’s GAA Club on becoming Junior Hurling Champions for 2012. Well done to all involved. The report was very positive and well deserved by all concerned. Yes there are many areas we need to improve on and with everyone pulling together we will. The responsibility for the Tidy Towns is not the Development Association sole responsibility it is the responsibility of all who live and work in Ballyragget from one year old to ninety-nine year olds! Do get involved and lend a helping hand.

DELIGHTED WITTH MARK - The long awaited results of the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition were revealed last week and Ballyragget were delighted with an increase of three points on last year’s result achieving 249 out of a possible 400 points. The points were awarded thus Overall Development Approach – 40 out of 50. The Built Environment – 30 out of 50. Landscaping – 34 out of 50 (a one point increase). Wildlife and Natural Amenities – 28 out of 50 (a one point increase). Litter Control – 32 out of 50 (a one point increase). Tidiness – 17 out of 30. Waste Minimisation – 6 out of 20.Residential Areas – 23 out of 40. Roads, Streets and Back Areas- 32 out of 50. General Impression- 7 out of 10The judging took place on Monday 2nd July and the adjudicators found the Ballyragget application form informative and it made interesting reading. They could see that the Development Association received strong support from all aspects of the community – from businesses, schools, local groups and clubs, estates and the local people. The Association were commended for keeping in touch with the people through regular updates in the parish news letter and the Kilkenny People. They found the church well presented and the car park clean and tidy the area well maintained and the mature trees very pleasing. The committee had submitted a history of the Castle with the application form and the adjudicator commented that this made the “castle come alive”. The Square looked well and the residences effort to improve their presentation was noted. The Green was at its best and looked well. A history of the Aislinn Centre was also submitted and it was commented that the Butlers and Kavanaghs could ever have imagined what use their lodge would be put to. It is (they said) unexpectedly attractive premises with appealing landscaping, looks well from the road, good stone wall, well maintained grass margin and flower boxes. The bookmakers premises was described as eye catching and the stand out Credit Union was a very good example of the principles of reuse, recycle after dereliction. The schools green flags were noted proudly flying and well presented. The adjudicators were aware that structural work on derelict buildings was beyond the financial resources of the Development Association and that derelict buildings can only be camouflaged. The planting of flowers and trees was well received and the trees on the Square and the Green were noted. On the judging day the Square and Green were litter free – well done to all. The weekly clean-ups on Wednesdays is seen s a very positive step and its effects can be seen and were noted. The re-cycle centre was clean and tidy and well used. The residential areas were noted as houses well presented and green areas well maintained. The approach roads to the town were tidy and the flower containers at the “Ballyragget” signs gave a good first impression of Ballyragget. The adjudicators congratulated St. Patrick’s GAA Club on becoming Junior Hurling Champions for 2012. Well done to all involved. The report was very positive and well deserved by all concerned. Yes there are many areas we need to improve on and with everyone pulling together we will. The responsibility for the Tidy Towns is not the Development Association sole responsibility it is the responsibility of all who live and work in Ballyragget from one year old to ninety-nine year olds! Do get involved and lend a helping hand.

EDDIE (SOLDIER) CAMPION R.I.P. - Eddie (soldier) Campion 82 of Dunquin Co. Kerry passed away peacefully on August 13th in Dingle Community Hospital from a short illness with his loving family by his side. Eddie (soldier) was born on May 28th 1930 in Moate Park, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny to Edward and Mary (nee O’Donnell) Campion – he was one of eleven children. Eddie left Kilkenny in June 1957 to work in London. He told many stories of his time in London and it was there he met his wonderful wife Maureen Lynch. The spent time in London before moving back to Ireland to eventually settle in Dunquin which was Maureen’s birthplace. They took over the Dunquin Post Office and had a little shop for many years. Eddie always spoke so warmly of this busy and lively time around the house. He would often recall all the people he met and all the friends he made and friendships that had lasted long after the Post Office was gone. He took great pride in taking part in both film productions “Far and Away” and “Ryan’s Daughter” which were filmed in the area. Eddie’s love of Ballyragget and Kilkenny never left him and on his 80th birthday he returned for a short visit. He always loved to hear news from Kilkenny and never forgot to tell people where he was from. He supported the Kilkenny hurling team and never missed a match on the television. He would always look forward to watching a game with a little drop of powers in his hand. Eddie loved to sing and you would often hear the Rose of Mooncoin – his favourite song to sing was Carraigfergus and the line “and in Kilkenny” always got extra power and emphasis. Eddie was a charming, kind, thankful and generous man and he will be very sadly missed by family and friends. Eddie is survived by his daughter Teresa and his sons Paul and Padraig and his dear sister Nora, his son-in-law, daughter-in-law and his five grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wonderful wife Maureen.Eddie’s removal took place from O’Connor’s funeral home, Dingle on Wednesday 15th August to Dunquin Church. Requiem Mass was celebrated on Thursday at 11am followed by burial in Dunquin Cemetery. May He Rest in Peace.

FITNESS FOR FUN PILATES - New 6 week session of Pilates commencing Tuesday 18th September 8.30 -9.30 costing €50 in Castle Arms Hotel. Places are limited so booking is essential (086) 8547710 Margaret.

HAVE YOU TIME TO SPARE - S.O.S. is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care. We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email ksherry@soskilkenny.com or visit our website on www.soskilkenny.com .

SPEECH AND DRAMA CLASSES - Speech and Drama Classes for 6-12 year olds will commence shortly at the Oasis Childcare Centre, Freshford - registration will be at 6 pm on Friday, 14th September 2012, with classes starting on Friday, 21st September 2012. There will be two terms (September to Christmas and January to Easter). Cost is €75 per term. To secure a place or for more information, please contact Mary Purcell on 087-2213274.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Ditch the workout and join the party! Burn Calories, lose weight and tone up. Zumba Toning Classes running on From Thursday 13th in Durrow Community Hall at 7.30pm and Zumba Basic running from Oct 3rd in Freshford Community hall at 7pm. More info at 087 7460707

PILATES - Proposed upcoming schedule for all Pilates classes, both in Kilkenny and Freshford. Also note our new Fit Back and Bumps Classes with Joanne Brennan for Pre & Post Natal Ladies. If you wish to book in, simply e-mail back stating which class is your 1st preference, then 2nd & 3rd. Or alternatively you can text back to 086 661 1163 (don’t forget to include your name). Classes are subject to change depending on demand, so if you don’t see a time that suits please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

BACK & BUMP COURSE - Fit Back & Bump Course - An education course for pregnant mums to be and new mothers starts soon in Clontubrid Freshford. Please Phone Joanne on 087 9537808 to book a place, numbers limited.

LOTTO -Numbers Drawn- 1, 16, 17, 26. No winner; €50 sellers prize – Rocky; €100 Linda and Sarah Palmer, Ballyouskill; €60 Aisling Carroll, Jenkinstown; €30 Tony McGrath, The Square; € 30Marie Kennedy, Earlsgarden; In House prize C/O Fitzpatrick’s; Bottle of Whiskey – Adrian Donovan; €30 – Colette Dooley, Ballyouskill; €30 – Martin Tierney, Chapel venue; €30 – Margaret Stratford, Grange. Next week’s venue – The Hogan Stand

Jackpot is €15,550 Tickets €2

EDDIE STRATFORD MEMORIAL DARTS - A big thank you to Joe Kelly, Mags and the Ballyragget darts club for organising the night, Thanks to all the participants who played darts on the night, the winners of the perpetual cup were, Marie Dowling and John Paul Kavanagh, runners up were Sean Bourke and Michael Tobin, congrats to all. The proceeds of the night €855 were donated to The Saplings School Goresbridge. Who are extremely grateful to receive the proceeds of the night Thanks to the following Sponsors who donated the prizes, Super Valu, Tony Lawrence, Josie Dooley, B&C Manufacturing, Kavanagh’s, Billy Bradley, Bridget, O’ Shea, Castle Arms Hotel, Paul Shortt, Kieran O’ Gorman and John Ronans. Thanks to All.

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE CLUB - The club held its end of year party in the GAA clubhouse, on Tuesday, September 11th. There was a fine attendance of players, parents, supporters, club coaches and officials to enjoy the official closure of the season. Aidan Morrissey thanked all of the players for their dedication during the year and highlighted the progress they made. He advised the players to keep practicing themselves and to be ready for the new season when it comes around. Aidan also extended best wishes to the players who will be moving to other clubs next year, as Naomh Brid only fields’ teams up to Under 14 level. He thanked the parents and supporters for their help and a special word of thanks went to the Club Secretary, Sheila Gunner, who did tremendous work during her first year in that role. Aidan appealed for more volunteers to help with coaching and club administration in 2013. Individual certificates, issued by the Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board to mark the club’s qualification for the Cats Final, were presented to the under 12 team, by Sheila Gunner. The raffle prize winners were – Apple 8gb I Pod Nano ---- Hannah Coyle –Twomey Tickets for All Ireland Camogie finals --- Sienna Gunner Vouchers for HMV ----- Zoe Gleeson, Leanne Ryan and Sheila Brophy. Sliotar and hurley grip- Catherine Purcell The long puck winners were – Under 14 Jennifer Healy, Under 12 Zara Gunner and Under 10 Mary Kate Brennan. Each winner received a sliotar and hurley grip. Thanks to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the refreshments. The club will be holding a bag pack in Super Valu (by kind permission of Mr. Pat Keating) next Friday and Saturday, September 21st / 22nd. Parents are requested to help for just two hours and should confirm their availability and time slots to the club Secretary ,Sheila Gunner, on 086 3023812 before 6 pm on Thursday. This is an important fund raiser for the club and we look forward to the usual generosity from our parishioners and kind neighbours. The club has now completed its playing activities for 2012 and we thank everyone who helped during our busy fifteenth year of existence. Camogie is played for enjoyment and everybody involved with Naomh Brid intends to keep it that way. Team news - The under 14 team made the long journey to Tullogher, on Wednesday ,August 29th to play the local club, in the St. Canices Kilkenny Credit Union Championship -Shield semi final. Having been out of action for several weeks our girls were at a disadvantage and the appalling weather and playing conditions didn’t help. Tullogher had the better of the early play, but thanks to great defensive work by Naomh Brid, the home team only led by a 6th minute point to nil, until the twenty fifth minute. A goal at that stage followed by another, just before the break, meant that the half time deficit was 2-1 to 0-0. Naomh Brid started well in the second half, but conceded a goal after six minutes, which made their task impossible as the more powerful Tullogher team dominated the exchanges on the soft and muddy pitch. Despite our best efforts scores remained elusive and Tullogher finished with a goal two minutes from the end to run out winners, by 4-1 to 0-0.Thanks to the players who performed heroically on an awful night for camogie and to the supporters who travelled to encourage them. Team -Zara Gunner, Thanh Phelan, Emer O’ Doherty, Niamh Morrissey, Karen Delaney, Jennifer Healy, Niamh Butler, Katie Brennan, Kate Maher, Lauren Phelan, Eve Hegarty, Chantelle Wallace, Rachel Lawless, Imelda Lennon, Sinead Walshe. Subs. Sinead Morrissey & Chieu Phelan. On Saturday, September 1st, the Under 12 team was at home to St. Fiacre’s, in the Cats Final of the St Canices Kilkenny Credit Union Championship. This was an exciting game between two well matched teams. Naomh Brid was helped by a strong breeze in the first half and had the better of the opening exchanges. However despite several shots at goal which were saved and ‘45s which were off target, the score line remained blank for much of the half. Kate Maher had a good shot saved and Zara Gunner posed a threat from centre forward. Despite all of the pressure Naomh Brid had to be vigilant in defence and it took a good save from Thanh Phelan and clever defensive work by Emer O’ Doherty to keep our net intact. Kate Maher’s point was the only score in the first half and it didn’t reflect the home team’s dominance of possession and territory. Naomh Brid started the second half impressively and Lauren Phelan scored a great point into the wind, after thirteen minutes. St Fiacre’s attacked determinedly and three scoring efforts were foiled. Eventually they scored a goal after 19 minutes and followed with a point from a free. Naomh Brid now trailed by 1-1 to 0-2 with three minutes to play. Katie Brennan had great shot saved and then nearly had a goal, when she caught Emer O’ Doherty’s puck out and soloed towards the St Fiacre’s goal. Her effort was foiled but there was one more chance just before the end. The ball was worked practically to the goal line but despite a hectic scramble, Naomh Brid couldn’t get it across the line for the winner. The referee threw in the ball -St Fiacre’s broke away for the clinching goal and that was the end of the game. Final score was, St Fiacre’s 2-1 Naomh Brid 0-2. Congratulations to all of the players for their interest and commitment during the season. After the game the team photograph was taken by club Runai Sheila Gunner and a special cheer was given to Aidan Morrissey for his coaching throughout the season, at all levels. Team- Than Phelan, Niamh Morrissey, Emer O’ Doherty, Sheila Brophy, Sinead Walshe, Kate Maher, Katie Brennan, Zara Gunner, Aoibhe Waters, Molly Southgate, Zoe Gleeson. Subs. Chieu Phelan, Sinead Morrissey and Kiara Walshe ( all 2nd half).

TIMBER DRAW - Our annual timber draw will be held on Sat 6th October in The Corner House. Tickets will be available to purchase over the coming weeks. Details of the night will be confirmed in next week’s notes.

PHOTOGRAPHS - Going forward, we would like to ask parents/supporters to send in any photos regarding your child’s team over the coming weeks. We will begin compiling our choices for our 2013 calendar. Busy times for the juvenile teams over the past few weeks and in the weeks to come:

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL- Results for Friday 3th August – In house draw - €60– Thomas Thornton. Jackpot spin won by Martina Staunton €60 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Post Office. Next week’s jackpot is €2050 and will be held in Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!