ALL IRELAND HONOURS-Congratulations to Barrow Rangers player, Marc Drennan who played centre back last Sunday for the Kilkenny under 14 team that beat Waterford by 7 points in the Tony Forristal final at Walsh Park. The previous day (Saturday) Ciarán Breen played corner back on the Kilkenny under 17 team that lost by 2 pts to Cork in the Eugene Carey Final in Mallow. Graham English was sub goal-keeper on the team. Well done lads.
ALL IRELAND final -What a week this should be for all Kilkenny supporters as they look forward to another All Ireland. It’s time to get out the bunting and flags to support this wonderful team that have given us so many years of enjoyment. There will be the usual scramble for tickets and hopefully everyone who wants one will be able to get one. It should be a great match and the atmosphere in Croke Park no doubt will be electric, enjoy.
LEINSTER MEDALS-Last Sunday in Birr, Co. Offaly Miriam Bambrick from Paulstown/Goresbridge Camogie Club played corner back on the Kilkenny under 16 team that beat Offaly by 2 points to win the Leinster title. Róisín Breen was also on the panel.
BACK TO SCHOOL-The students of Scoil Bhríde headed back on Monday this week. The best of luck is wished to all the students especially the junior infants as they start their journey.
SOCCER RESULTS-Bridge United A played Thomastown in Goresbridge on Wednesday. Bridge United were a goal up after a minute courtesy of Sean Barcoe. Thomastown gradually fought back and equalised through an own goal and was level at half time. In the second half the Thomastown keeper made three great saves in a row to keep Thomastown level. Thomastown then scored to take the lead and then added a well struck free to secure a 3-1 victory.
Bridge United travelled to Fort Rangers on Sunday. Bridge opened the scoring through Murty Broaders and a few minutes later Sean Barcoe scored a good free kick. Fort Rangers pulled a goal back but Barcoe scored yet again. Early in the second half Murty Broaders showed great close control in the box beating three players to score. Bridge was 4-1 with twenty minutes remaining. Fort fought back and slowly ate into the lead scoring the equaliser via the penalty spot with the last kick of the game.
PACKED HOUSE-For the fourth year in a row, the committee of Ionad Dara had a packed house in Ionad Dara for their annual traditional concert. The 220 patrons were treated to a fantastic night of entertainment. The evening opened with the three O Dubháin brothers from Carna, Connemara, Colm, Pádraig and Gearoíd. The three lads played their music but it was when they did their Sean Nós dancing that they really set the place alight, there was magic in their feet. The main act was the Dingle girls, Pauline Scanlon and Éilís Kennedy as Lumiére. They were joined on stage by guitarist Donagh Hennessy; the girls were beautiful singers and sang in Irish and English. It was a fabulous night’s entertainment and well worth €20. The night didn’t finish there, the seisiún continued in one of the local pubs where there was plenty of singing, dancing and craic. Well done to the organisers.
GOWRAN PARK-Racing on this Wednesday September 5 in Gowran Park
SPLIT THE POT-Kathleen Guidera c/o Beatrice Dempsey won €100 in the Split the Pot draw, €20 went to Joseph O’ Brien, Gurteen, Skeoughvosteen and €20 went to Diane Cummins, Barrowmount Road. Thank you to all of you who support the draw. The money is spent in the village and there have been several improvements. Thank you to the local businesses who promote the draw, Kelly’s Hardware, Maher’s Spar, Maher’s Pub, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Barrow Breeze, Glanbia, Pat Minchin’s, Bridge Café, Connolly’s Red Mills, Donohoe’s Pub, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Beatrice Dempsey and Goresbridge Credit Union.
HERITAGE EXHIBITION-Barrowvale Local History Group had a wonderful exhibition on in Ionad Dara during Heritage Week. It was mostly based on Millets of Borris and their carriage and trap business and there were several traps on display. It was fabulous looking at invoices for laces and trimmings, horsehair and twine, invoices from William Walsh, Merchant, Goresbridge. Well done to all involved, it was as always a very professional exhibition.
ART CLASSES-Art classes in a casual setting on Monday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn for details at 086 3768810.
Stott-8 weeks Pilates course returning costing €80. Places limited so pre booking is essential. Contact Mary @ 0872374170 for more Information. Bagenalstown, Upstairs in Estoria Restaurant: Thursday 13th September: Beginners 7:30- 8:30 pm, Improvers 8:30- 9:30 pm Leighlin Parish Centre: Monday 17Th September: Beginners 7-8pm, Improvers 8-9pm
YOU COULD WIN €5,000-Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, wouldn’t you love to get your hands on that. It costs €2, you choose 4 numbers between 1-24, and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen in the Goresbridge area. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blake’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.
COUNTY LIBRARY-Kilkenny County Mobile Library will visit Goresbridge at 12.40 - 1.15 on the following dates: September 19, October 10 and 31, Nov 21 and December 12.
SKEOUGH PLAYGROUP HAS FREE PLACES-Skeough Playgroup and Montessori Preschool has free places for children 3 ½ - 4 years, five mornings a week under the ECCE scheme. Contact Ann at 085 7529485 to book.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325-Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325 so definitely worth winning. Reserve jackpot is €1,300. Last week Noel Cahill and Pat Darcy won €50 each and Willie and John Murphy won the promoters prize. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blake’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner or from any committee member.
ECO TRAILS-Eco trails in Killedmond , Borris are running a workshop on identifying fungi on Saturday September 15. You will get the chance to search in the woods for chanterelles, ceps, hedgehog fungi etc. If you wish to book a place contact 087 2707189.
SUNDAY MARKET AND CAR BOOT SALE-Borris now have an indoor market and car boot sale on Sundays. It is situated on the Fenagh road opposite Keenan’s and takes place from 8 – 4. If you would like more information contact John at 087 6997377. New Stall holders very welcome.
SET DANCING-Set Dancing Classes for adults return on Monday nights starting Sept 3 in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge at 8.30, €6 per class, beginners welcome.
Ionad Dara -If you wish to book Ionad Dara, please contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.
BRONZE MEDAL-Young boxer Keith Flavin, Paulstown Boxing Club, took part in the Brandenburg Cup recently and won a bronze medal. This is a huge achievement for Keith as there were 22 countries taking part. His first fight was against a Polish boxer and Keith won this match 19 – 5. His second fight was against last year’s world junior champion, a Russian boxer and this was a very tight affair with the Russian winning 12-10 and this fighter went on to win the competition. Keith is now in training for the World Championships and is doing his training in Dublin from September 4 until the beginning of the competition at the end of October. The best of luck is wished to Keith in his preparations for this event.
Keith’s younger brother-Shane is also heavily involved in boxing and lost out to Nathan May, Crumlin in the final of the Schoolboys International to qualify for the European Championships in Russia. No doubt we will see Shane’s name cropping up time and time again.
LOUISE GETS TO PLAY IN CROKE PARK-Louise Brennan from Shankill, Paulstown will have the chance of a lifetime as she has been chosen to play in the mini games at half time during the Minor All- Ireland final in Croke Park on Sunday next. Louise is a daughter of Tom and Helen Brennan. The best of luck is wished to Louise on Sunday, it will be a great experience.