Bennettsbridge: Little Rascals were brilliant in festive play

NOLLAIG NA MBAN - Bennettsbridge Writers Group and friends gathered on Sunday in Janie Richardson’s home to celebrate Women’s Christmas. There was a festive ring to the proceedings and the women had the opportunity to catch up on news. Janie ensured that her reputation as “the hostess with the mostest” remained intact. During the night the women made their customary call to Ann Dutton (a former member of the group) who now lives in Prince Edward Island. The evening included a sing song and some refreshments.

NOLLAIG NA MBAN - Bennettsbridge Writers Group and friends gathered on Sunday in Janie Richardson’s home to celebrate Women’s Christmas. There was a festive ring to the proceedings and the women had the opportunity to catch up on news. Janie ensured that her reputation as “the hostess with the mostest” remained intact. During the night the women made their customary call to Ann Dutton (a former member of the group) who now lives in Prince Edward Island. The evening included a sing song and some refreshments.

ART GROUP - Bennettsbridge Art Group will resume classes after the Christmas break this Saturday at 12pm in the Community Centre.

LOTTO - Lucky winner of the Lotto Jackpot worth €12,000.00 was Bernard Sheeran, Baronscourt, Bennettsbridge. Numbers chosen were, 2, 3, 14, 28. Winners of the Christmas Draw were: BB Syndicate; Seamus McGarry, Thomastown Road; Frankie Ryan, Woodlawn; Dan Keating, Gowran Road. The new jackpot has reached €1,400.00 and is still worth speculating €2.00 weekly. Thanks to all for their continued support for the lotto. The proceeds provide a valuable source of income for the parish, local GAA and East End Soccer Club. Results of draw held on Monday, 31st Dec, 2012: No winner of jackpot. Numbers chosen were, 5, 6, 14, 28.New Jackpot is now €1550. Consolation Prizes to: Claire Campion, c/o Promoter; Amy Lanigan, c/o Long Man; Sinead Wall, Bennettsbridge; Liam Ryan, Kilfane; Mary Cullen, c/o Centra

Congrats to Christy Walsh, Thomastown Road on celebrating his 50th birthday with a surprise party at the Corner House, organised by his wife trish, where friends and family from his home county of Kerry attended.

LITTLE RASCALS - The much awaited Christmas Play by the Little Rascals Playgroup was presented in the Community centre on Thursday of Christmas week. There was great excitement on the night as parents, friends and family gathered to cheer on the tiny tots. The audience showed their appreciation for the efforts of Stella, Dominique and their helpers in mounting the event each year. At this special time The Little Rascals remember with fondness little James Tynan, a former member of the playgroup who died unexpectedly a few years ago. The continued support of Jame’s parents, Pauline and Brendan Tynan is much appreciated by the playgroup.The cast was: Joseph, Cathal Fanning;; Mary, Sofia Khodabacksh; Wise Men, Donncha Croke, Ronan Dwan, Amelia Wemyss; Angel Gabriel, Danielle Donovan; Shepherds, Cameron Whelan, James Holmes; Inn Keepers, Shane Kenny Doyle, Katie Mullally, Hivert Baraut; Star, Orla Greene; Angels, Holly Ryan, Hannah O’Gorman Walsh, Shanice Waugh. Santa made a welcome appearance to the delight of the children and after the performance refreshments were served by Monica Duggan, Sabrina Ready and Tracey Mitchell.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to the O’Neill family, Sheastown on the death of Greggie O’Neill which occurred recently. Sympathy also to others who suffered bereavements, Mrs Frances Griffiths, Gowran Road on the death of her sister, May Delaney, Pipe Street, Thomastown and Martin Glendon, Sheastown who was bereaved by the death of his sister Sinead Holahan(Shinny), The Islands, Urlingford. Mr Dick Forristal, Colmcille, Thomastown who has died, was brother-in-law of, Mrs Bridie Hanrahan, Castlegarden, Mrs Ann Dobbyn, Gowran Road and Mrs Peg Reddy, Sugarstown.

CHRISTMAS IN CHURCH - Christmas ceremonies in Tullaherin parish were very well attended. Both churches looked magnificent with the crib taking centre stage. In Bennettsbridge, one of the largest crowds seen in recent years gathered for the traditional vigil mass celebrated by Canon Patrick Duggan, PP. The choir comprising adults and children enhanced the ceremony with their rendering of the age old carols. Organists, Doreen Griffin and Mollie Cahalane played in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin respectively. One of the highlights was a screen showing of “Mary’s Boy Child” which was illustrated with drawings and paintings by the schoolchildren of Bennettsbridge Mixed School. Canon Duggan thanked all for their help with the preparations, including readers, Eucharistic Ministers, florist and especially sacristan, John Warren for his work throughout the year. He wished all parishioners the blessings of the season.

CHOIR - The Christmas season drew to a close in both churches with the traditional singing on the eve of Little Christmas, Saturday, 5th January at 7pm mass.

CHRISTMAS TREE DISPOSAL - The annual collection point for disposal of Christmas Trees will be in operation at the bottle re-cycling depot at the entrance to the GAA field. The facility is organised by Kilkenny County Council and trees must be deposited on or before the 14th January.

COLLECTION -A collection in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association will be held this weekend before masses in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin.

HANDBALL - A very well attended meeting of Kilfane HBC took place in the clubrooms on 17th December 2012. Chairman Jim Kenny McGrath reflected on a very successful year for the club on the court, and thanked all players and club officers for their efforts. Sympathies were extended to the Forristal family on the recent passing of former chairman Dick Forristal, and to all members who suffered bereavements during the year. The chairman congratulated Rachel Hogan and Dylan Caulfield who won national titles during the year, the U14 girls team who were successful at the Feile, and the winner of the Hal Clarke Tournament, Brendan Burke. Elected officers on the night were:- Chairperson - Jim Kenny McGrath, Secretary – Tom O’Keeffe, Ass Secretary – Ray Ryan, Treasurer – Tommy Reddy, PRO – Kevin Kelly, Juvenile officers – Noel Holden and Tom O’Keeffe. Membership is now being accepted for 2013. Rates remain the same as 2012.Finally, the club offers it’s sincere thanks to Liam Ryan who has stepped down from the position of secretary after 24 years in the post. 

BENNETTSBRIDGE DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The end of year newsletter produced by the Bennettsbridge Community Development gives an update on all activities since the group was formed in late 2010. During 2012, the group continued with it’s aim of maximising the resources within the community to improve the amenities in the area. Main areas focussed on were the development of a playground, a feasibility study of the Community Hall and fundraising activities during the year. A sincere thanks to all the individuals, organisations, groups and business people who have supported the efforts of the group during the year. The group acknowledged the support of Kilkenny Leader Partnership and the Parks Department of Kilkenny County Council. The group extends an invitation to individuals or members of any other organisation in the parish to take part in the 2013 programme. Chairman, Billy Molloy; Deputy Chair, Anne-Marie Mahon; Secretary, Michele Culliton; Treasurer, Paula Nolan; PRO, Kathleen Sherry; committee, Mike Shields, John Ready, Trish Dwan, Tina Keogh.

TIDY TOWNS END OF YEAR REPORT - Following the reformation of the Tidy Town’s late in 2011 the committee and helpers set to work in the Spring of 2012. An initial fundraiser was held in Lalor’s Corner House pub which raised over €2,500.00 for the purchase of new grass cutting equipment. A number of clean up days were organised when litter was collected and planting, painting and general tidying of the village occurred. The bridge was cleaned and the coping stones painted in an early morning raid. Poster competitions were organised through the school to promote litter and chewing gum awareness. Entry in the Tidy Towns Competition after a lapse of some years brought a massive 250 marks out of 400 to the satisfaction of the committee. The judges were very impressed with the level achieved in such a short time and saw it as a good foundation on which to build for the future. The committee would appeal for help in the following areas as we head into 2013, Local craftspeople to repair the wooden seats around the village, Volunteers to cut grass and for general help. Chairsperson, Jane Moran; Secretary, Marie Nolan; Treasurer, Michele Culliton

East End - After the Christmas Break the soccer resumed last weekend. Results: U12 Division 1 Freebooters A 4, East End 4, Ciaran Brennan 3, Jamie Harkin This was a great game to kick off after the break. East End had to play the first fifteen minutes with 10 players.  They went 2-0 down and with 3 minutes to go to the break were awarded a free kick outside the penalty box.  Jamie Harkin stood up to take the kick and floated the ball in over the keepers head. 2-1 at half time.  The second half started with East End having to spend a lot of the time defending and eventually Freebooters broke through again and made it 3-1.  With nothing to lose East End kept their heads up and kept going on the attack.  Ciaran Brennan went on to score two goals to make it 3-3.  The last ten minutes of the game were nail biting times for both sets of supporters. Ben King made a great save on goal and Pauric Connery made a goal line clearance.  With 4 minutes left Freebooters thought they had sealed the game with a goal to go 4-3 up.  With 1 minute left on the clock Tim Corkery gave a pinpoint pass to Ciaran Brennan who scored a screamer to level the game.  Much relief all around when the final whistle went as this game could have gone either way.  Well done to all the players who played their hearts out and never once gave up. Team: Ben King, Laurence Mahon, Jamie Harkin, Mikey Lewis, Pauric Connery, Troy Walsh, Tim Corkery, Conor Power, Dillon Carroll, David O’Sullivan, Ciaran Brennan
Junior Division Results: Division 1: Highview Athletic A 1, East End A 4, Paul Murphy 2, Wayne Dowling, Mick O’Neill
Division 3: East End B 1, St. Annes 3, Brian Lannon Junior Fixtures Sunday 13th: Division 1 East End A v Southend 11am
Schoolboy Fixtures Saturday 12th:U17 Division 2: East End v Evergreen B 11am; U15 Division 2: Thomastown v East End 11am; U13 Division 1: Southend v East End 11am; U11 Division 1: Thomastown Utd v East End 1pm; U 9 East End Yellows v Paulstown 06 11am; U 9 Lions v East End Greens 12pm

EAST END LADIES SOCCER - Result: Womens Division 1: Bridge Utd 0, East End 5. Jennie Brennan 2, Laura Dooley, Zara Brennan and Caoimhe Shiel, 1 each.

HAPPY NEW YEAR - A Happy New Year to all readers.

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