Ballyragget: Let’s make a racket

SQUASH CLUB - Ballyragget Squash club welcomes new and old members and membership can now be paid - Adult membership is €40 and juvenile membership is €20. There are family deals for two children or more from the same household and for existing members the membership is due from 1st November. If you require any information or wish to pay your membership contact Damien Walsh 087 – 6908046 or Henry Connolly Rice 087 – 2364859

SQUASH CLUB - Ballyragget Squash club welcomes new and old members and membership can now be paid - Adult membership is €40 and juvenile membership is €20. There are family deals for two children or more from the same household and for existing members the membership is due from 1st November. If you require any information or wish to pay your membership contact Damien Walsh 087 – 6908046 or Henry Connolly Rice 087 – 2364859

SPIN THE WHEEL RESULTS - In house draw Madge Brennan won €75, Janet Bolger won €80 on the Jackpot Spin, Niall Bolger won the sellers prize of €25. Next week’s jackpot is €2400 and will be in Fitzpatrick’s Bar. All winnings can be collected in the Credit Union on the Tuesday after the draw night. Tickets are available from committee members and in the shops around town. Be in to win tickets cost just €2

FOROIGE - On Friday the 16th of November between 7.30 till 9.00pm registration for the coming Foroige year will commence in the Ballyragget C.Y.M.S hall. We would like to welcome all previous members back, along with new members and new leaders. To become a member you must be between the age of 12- 18 years. We also require new leaders for this forthcoming Foroige year. If you are enthuastic, committed, with an interest in Youth work please drop in on the 16th of November for a chat.Please note that if you want to become a member you must attend on the registration night accompanied by a parent/ guardian. The registration fee for this coming year will be €20 per child or €30 for a family. We hope to hold a club night alongside the registration night on the 16th of November. The club is going into its Fifth year and in previous years the club has been involved in projects, trips and events around the country. This year we intend it to be no different.

UPDATE ALCOHOL BYE LAWS - A resolution was passed at Electoral Area Level to include Ballyragget in the Bye Laws on Prohibition of Consumption of Alcohol in Public Places. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the Alcohol Bye Laws are similar to those implemented in 2010 which cover Castlecomer, Callan, Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh. “The next stage is to bring the resolution before the full County Council meeting for approval” said Cllr. Shortall.

WELCOME RESURFACING OF HIGH STREET - The recent re-surfacing at High Street, Ballyragget though long overdue is certainly welcome. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the re-surfacing was financed through the Development Levies Contribution Fund and the money was prudently set aside for the works.

ST. VINCENT de PAUL - The local conference of the St. Vincent de Paul wishes to stress that anyone who finds themselves in difficult times to contact them in confidence on 087 9349729 where you will find a listening ear and a helpful hand. Please do not be afraid to contact the society as they are there to help if we can.

DR. DAVID COLEMAN AT HEYWOOD - As part of the Adult Education Programme Heywood Community School will host Dr. DavidColeman, psychologist and presenter of “Teens in the Wild” on R.T.E. for a talk followed by a workshop in the School sports hall on the 6th December. Tickets are €10 and are now available from the school main office and in Ballyragget from Anne O’Shea – 085 7417517 and Carmel Walsh Kenny – 087 4126958

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 14, 15, 19, 25. No jackpot winner.€50 sellers prize – The Cafe; €100 Adrian Walsh, C/O D. Walsh; €60 Sile Carter, Ballinakill; €30 Louise Stapleton, C/O Fitzpatrick’s; €30 Tom Byrne, High Street; In House prize C/O Fitzpatrick’s; Bottle of Whiskey –Richard Kelly; €30 – Martin Bergin, Earlsgarden; €30 – Tommy Roberts, Castle Street; €30 – Mick Dermody, Brookfield. Next week’s venue – The Hogan StandJackpot is €18,350.Tickets only €2

GAA - The St. Patrick’s players were victorious over the Rower Inistioge in the replay of the Intermediate Semi County final on Sunday. The Bally support was clear to be heard as the team gave them plenty to cheer about playing great in the first half and a Barry Staunton goal giving them an edge however they finished the first half down by a point. They came out stronger in the second half and a goal was once again on the cards thanks to brilliant team work and the hurl of Michael Brennan. Kevin Kelly was in fine form, taking frees, and working hard. Each and every player was brilliant and their hard work and determination over the last 22 months now sees them in the Intermediate County Final at their first year at the grade. The game will take place next Sunday and we hope all the Ballyragget support will once again be evident. Come on the Bally boys

BRIDGE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS - Conahy Bridge Club are organising bridge classes for beginners. Mrs. Catherine Brennan, CBAI qualified bridge teacher will give the 8-week course in Conahy Hall. Classes will be on a Tuesday night from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. If you would like to learn the wonderful game of bridge or would like more information, please contact Catherine Brennan (087 4121913), Catherine McEvoy (087 6472395) or Mary Tierney (087 9955634).

BINGO IN THE C.Y.M.S. HALL - Bingo is in the C.Y.M.S. Hall, Bridge Street each Thursday night at 8.30pm – new player are always welcome.

BALLYOUSKILL SALE OF WORK - At a meeting during the week it was decided to hold a Sale of Work in Ballyouskill Hall on Sunday November 25th 2012. Active support from the entire community is required to make this venture a success. Any help or suggestions would be much appreciated – if you can supply or cut timber, acquire prizes or any other help please come forward with your ideas – everyone’s help is needed.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - Spin the Wheel Results – In house draw – Mick Stapleton won €75, Emma Bolger won €150 in the jackpot draw and Tony Lawrence won the sellers prize of €25. Next week’s jackpot €2350 and is in The Wheel Inn. Tickets for sale at €2, be in to win

NORESIDE EDUCATION CENTRE - For €20 per person (limited places) people eligible for this course are older people (defined as aged 55 and over), people who have had less formal education or have no formal qualifications , unemployed people, disadvantaged people which may include people with disabilities , those living alone, single parents, travellers, ex-prisoners and immigrants. Courses – email, internet and communications, Social media (Facebook and YouTube) E Government Service introduction to online Banking – Contact Elizabeth Dermody on – 087 – 9349729.

CHRISTMAS MARKET - St Lazerian’s House, Bagnelstown is holding its annual Christmas Market on Sunday 18th November from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission €5 Children see Santa and adults will be served tea/coffee, scones + cream and jam and mince pies Lots of stalls and homemade Christmas cakes and puddings and excellent raffle prizes If you would like to donate a bottle for the bottle stall or hold a stall please contact us on 059 9721146

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word; Month of November– Team D; Team Leader – Thomas Healy; Ballyouskill at 7.30pm – John Kennedy; Ministers of the Eucharist; Ballyragget Sunday 10.00am – Theresa Delaney and Siobhan McEvoy; Sunday 7pm –Josephine Downey and Geraldine McGrath; Ballyouskill 7.30pm – Tony Dooley

BALLYOUSKILL - We are pleased to let it be known that at last the renovation work on Ballyouskill Church has started. It is hoped that if everything goes well it is hoped that Christmas Liturgy will be celebrated in the church – thanks to all for their patience and co-operation.

Dates for the Diary - Confirmation in Ballyragget is on 10th February 2013. First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013