AUCTION SEQUEL - Last weekend, there was a very satisfying sequel to the Annual Halloween Auction and Fancy Dress Competition held in The Ouncel House in October, when €2,150 was handed over to the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care team. Many thanks to all the sponsors who made this donation possible.
WEDDING BELLS - Family and friends gathered together in Langton’s on 1st November for the wedding of Fiona Cleere , eldest daughter of Liam and Iris Cleere, Woodlawn to John Maddock, son of Mrs Mary Maddock and the late Johnny Maddock, formerly, Marian Place, Bennettsbridge. The bride was stunning in a full length ivory gown and she was attended by her sister, Jenny(Sargent) and friend, Lorraine Ivory Corr. The bridesmaids wore knee length dresses in black. The best man was Pat Maddock and groomsman was Eoin Maddock. Fiona’s nieces, Roisin Cleere and Amber Rose Sargent acted as flower girls. Some family members and friends travelled from England and overseas for the happy occasion and all enjoyed the wonderful food provided by Eamon Langton and his staff. Celebrations went on into the morning and they are both wished well for the future.
CHILDRENS CHOIR - The children’s choir will sing at mass on Saturday night in St Bennett’s Church. All choir members are asked to be in place for 6.45pm.
COUNTY FINAL HONOUR - Noel Skehan was a member of the 1962 Kilkenny Minor Hurling team which beat Tipperary in the All-Ireland. The winning team was presented to the crowd during the County Final in Nowlan Park on Sunday. The programme on the day featured a profile on another former Bennettsbridge inter county hurler, John Kinsella.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Jackpot now stands at €11,500.00. Numbers chosen, 10, 13, 21, 28. Consolation Prizes to Bridget O’Connell, Killarney; Evelyn Bookle, Killarney; Teresa Freyne, Station Road and Nicky Cleere, Ballyreddin; Tom Kiely, Bennettsbridge Road, Kilkenny.
SYMPATHY- Sympathy is extended to Joe Murray, Maidenhall on the death of his mother, Mrs Myra Murray, Dean Kavanagh Place, Kilkenny, which occurred at her home last week. Following rosary and prayers at her home on Monday, removal was to St Mary’s Cathedral where Requiem Mass was celebrated. Burial took place in Foulkstown Cemetery.
ART GROUP - Members of the Bennettsbridge Art Group will hold their Annual Christmas Card and Craft Sale in aid of the local St Vincent De Paul Society on Sunday, 25th November in the Community Centre after 10.30am mass. This year the event will include a cake sale and there will be tea and coffee available. For the past number of years the event has proved popular with the handmade Christmas Cards being a great seller.
CLASSES - Drawing classes will resume this Saturday at 12 noon ‘til 3pm. It is hoped that all members will be able to attend.
COLLECTION - The weekend collection in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation was very well supported and raised €425. The November collection in aid of St Vincent De Paul will take place next weekend.
PUBLIC MEETING - The Community Development Group would like to thank all who attended the Public meeting last week regarding the Community Hall. Billy Molloy, Chairman of the Development Group and Mike Shiels, committee member gave a run down on the activities of the group since it’s establishment two years ago. He thanked Fr.Duggan for his support of the Group in all the projects undertaken. Architect, Peter Bluett, presented his findings of the feasibility study on the hall.Mairead Rohan from LEADER, addressed the meeting and gave advice on grants available with a cautionary note that these need to be applied for by next March. It was great to see so many people keenly interested in the future of the Hall which in 2014 will be 100 years old. For the past 100 years this building has been central to the community, initially as a school and in more recent years as a Community Hall. Following last week’s meeting the Development Group is asking for more people to become involved in the major work involved in getting the hall ready for future generations. You are invited to come to another meeting on Tuesday 20th at 8.00pm in the Hall. The pressure is on now to act quickly to ensure that we get a grant application in and thus take the next step. Due to the volume of work involved in taking on the task of upgrading the Community Hall, the success of the project will depend on the level of commitment given by the local people So if you would like to see your community Hall upgraded please come to the meeting on Tues 20th. A grant of up to €150,000 could be available, if people are willing to work on the project!
ELVIS NIGHT - Just a final reminder about the Tidy Towns fundraiser to be held this Saturday night in O’Donnell’s Bar. Tickets at €5.00 can be had locally. Loads of spot prizes, raffle, great music and the opportunity to help the local community