Bagenalstown: Great pride of place

CHRISTMAS SALE - The annual Christmas Sale and Coffee Evening will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Fri. Dec. 7 at 7pm. with the usual stalls – bottles, cakes, bric a brac, toys books and lots more. Lots of surprises. Raffle tickets for a hamper will be on sale on the night (or from any parishioner beforehand). Free entry to the Sale and €2 entry to coffee/tea. Proceeds are in aid of Parish funds and BEAM Centre.

CHRISTMAS SALE - The annual Christmas Sale and Coffee Evening will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Fri. Dec. 7 at 7pm. with the usual stalls – bottles, cakes, bric a brac, toys books and lots more. Lots of surprises. Raffle tickets for a hamper will be on sale on the night (or from any parishioner beforehand). Free entry to the Sale and €2 entry to coffee/tea. Proceeds are in aid of Parish funds and BEAM Centre.

NEW RECTOR FOR DUNLECKNEY PARISH - The institution of Rev. Kevin Ronne to Dunleckney Parish will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8pm. All are welcome and there will be tea afterwards in the hall where Rev. Ronne will look forward to meeting and greeting people.

BAGENALSTOWN WINS TOP AWARD - Congratulations to everyone involved in Bagenalstown Co-Operation Pride of Place 2012 on winning the top national award at the annual Pride of Place Competition held in Thomond Park Stadium, Limerick, on Sat. Nov. 3. The Pride of Place Competition has been in existence for the last ten years and is an initiative of the Local Authority All Ireland Steering Forum run by Co-Operation Ireland, a charity involved in promoting peace building activities North and South.The Competition recognises and celebrates the involvement of the local community in working together to improve and take pride in their area. It was a great honour when Bagenalstown was chosen earlier this year by Carlow Local Authorities to represent Co. Carlow in the Competition and they supported the town all through the preparations in helping to showcase Bagenalstown at its very best. This is a tremendous achievement for Bagenalstown and a wonderful tribute to the organising committee who pulled out all the stops in terms of their hard work and commitment in the months leading up to the Judging Day which took place on June 21 when two Judges arrived to view the town and decide our fate in the nationwide competition. This achievement would not have been possible without the sheer enthusiasm, commitment and energy of all the people involved who worked tirelessly for months to prepare the town for Judging Day. The organising committee included Carlow Co. Council admin. staff, Margaret Moore (Chairperson),Janette O’Brien, supported by Joanne Donohoe and Karen Mullins who led the team of voluntary community workers, representatives from the Town Council, BIG, FAS, Family Resource Centre, BEAM, traders, agencies, clubs, voluntary groups and individuals. Business people and residents all responded positively to the challenge and did their part in showcasing their premises and areas. The whole experience of being involved in the Pride of Place Competition encouraged local people to buy into the simple idea that people can really make a difference in their own areas and make them a better place to live, work and visit.

Muine Bheag Camogie - Muine Bheag Camogie Club took part in a demonstration in the Mc Grath Park last Saturday in front of TG 4 cameras, TG4 was in the park as part of the filming of Pride of Place, They were joined by the town boys juvenile football club Coverage of this and the pride of place will appear on TG4 on Sunday 18th November. The Club would like to acknowledge and congratulate the following members of the club for their huge commitment to the County Camogie teams - Ger Power, Mick Lillis and Yvonne Watts

Senior County Team - Mick Lillis who was Manager of the team, Ger Power, goalkeeper coach and Yvonne Watts, physiotherapist. The team made it to their League Final but unfortunately they were beaten by Dublin They went on and played in the Junior B All Ireland Camogie Final and had great success by beating Kerry on the day. U14 County Team Manager Ger Power – the U14 team won the division 4 All Ireland final for the Cooper Cup in which they had a great win against Kerry. The team had the honour of parading at the Camogie Senior All Ireland in Croke Park the following day

ICA CARLOW BOOTCAMP - in The Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge, on Thurs. Nov. 22 at 8pm. There you will meet the original Mentors from RTE Bootcamp, Imelda, Josephine and Breda. Watch them put the following celebrities through their paces – Eamon Tracey (World Ploughing Champion); Eric Driver (European Rep for Macra); Edward Hayden (Celebrity Chef); Jessica Adamson (former Carlow Rose). Music and story will be provided by local entertainers. The raffle on the night will be return flights for two to London with Aer Lingus. hampers, Christmas cake, pudding and vouchers. Adm. €10. Tickets from members or at the door. Proceeds with be shared with EIST – Cancer Supp