Ballyragget: Senior citizens party a great success

The Square Draft Plan Display - Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection from the Friday 11th January 2013 to Friday 22nd February 2013 inclusive, at the following Kilkenny County Council offices: Kilkenny County Council County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City – From 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Kilkenny County Council, Castlecomer Area Office, Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny – From 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development will be carried out may be made in writing to: Mr. Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks, Kilkenny County Council, County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City. The latest date for receipt of comments on the above scheme is Friday 8th March 2013. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Square Draft Plan Display - Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection from the Friday 11th January 2013 to Friday 22nd February 2013 inclusive, at the following Kilkenny County Council offices: Kilkenny County Council County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City – From 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Kilkenny County Council, Castlecomer Area Office, Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny – From 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development will be carried out may be made in writing to: Mr. Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks, Kilkenny County Council, County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City. The latest date for receipt of comments on the above scheme is Friday 8th March 2013. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

SENIOR CITIZENS PARTY - The party for the senior citizens, formerly known as the Day Centre party, was held on Thurs 13th December in The Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow. This party was for anyone of a certain age or anyone who could do with a day out. It was mentioned in the parish newsletter and in these notes and names were put on a list in the Credit Union A contribution of €10 each was collected to help defray the cost. A small group from Conahy Parish, about 15 people, were included with the Ballyragget numbers, 86 in all. These were then joined by their friends from Lisdowney for an enjoyable evening. A beautiful meal was followed by old time tunes, with some of the partygoers giving a few songs of their own. The many spot prizes added to the fun. As often is the case, local photographer Pat Farrell was on hand to take a few snaps and ensure we will not be forgotten! This is a joint venture with Lisdowney organising and financing their end, and Ballyragget/Conahy doing the same. In bygone times when the Day Centre was in existence, a grant was available to help with some of the cost, but that is no longer the case and so a great deal of fundraising and sponsorship was required. The following is an explanation of what money was received and how it was spent. Income - Credit Union €200 - Marie and John Holland €200 - St. Patrick’s GAA €250 - “25” Cards €400 - Fr Murphy €120 - Conahy Parish €200 - €10 contributions €860 - Church Gate Collections €584 - Supervalu Bag pack €572 Total €3,386. Expenditure - Hamper, Spot Prizes, Wine etc. €365 - Part cost of the band €170 - Bus €120 - Further Prizes €22- Cost of meal for Ballyragget/Conahy €1900Total €2,577. We really appreciate the contributions made by all of the above, as well as the spot prizes donated by a number of individuals and the Active Retirement Group. In addition, some people brought prizes to the party. All this, together with the beautiful gifts received from the Cub Scouts helped bring down the expenditure. We buy the wine and many of the prizes in Super Valu. The management and staff there are always so helpful. We appreciate this and the sponsorship of a beautifully presented hamper. A big thanks to those who stood at the Church Gates for the collection and to all the contributors. Likewise to all who gave up valuable time on Christmas Eve to bag pack. The generosity of the shoppers was astounding and means that we have something in the kitty for next year. The role of 8th Kilkenny Scout Group, Ballyragget, in organising the bag pack is much appreciated. Thanks also to the Credit Union staff, who were as helpful as ever throughout. Finally, heartfelt thanks to Bridget Ruth and her committee in Lisdowney for all the help and cooperation.

BALLYRAGGET TOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION NEWS - The A.G.M. of the Ballyragget Development Association will beheld on Wednesday 6th February in the CYMS Hall, Bridge Street and all are welcome to attend.

HOGAN STAND BOOK CLUB - The book for next month is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The Book Club will meet onTuesday 5th February 2013 in the Hogan Stand, and new members are always welcome.

NEW PILATES SESSION - Commencing Tuesday 15th of January 2013 in the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow from 8.30 - 9.30.(10 weeks €80) Places are limited, so booking is essential. For further information, please call (086 8547710) and ask for Margaret.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 10, 24, 27, 28 Jackpot Winner – No winner

€50 sellers prize – Tom Phelan

€100 winner – Maurice Walshe, C/O D. Walshe

€60 winner – Ann-Marie Healy, Foulksrath

€30 winner – John Phelan, C/O Tim Phelan

€30 winner – Ned Egan, C/O D. Delaney

In House prize C/O The Hogan Stand

Whiskey – Jim Mooney

€30 – Seamus Butler, Kilkenny Road

€30 – Martin Tierney, Chapel Avenue

€30 – Martha Blue, Glenvale

Next week’s venue – The Wheel Inn

Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2

ST. PATRICKS AGM - St. Patrick’s GAA Club AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday night the 2nd of February @ 8.30pm. All members and those wishing to become members are welcome to attend.

NAOMH BRID - The club extends best wishes to all of its members and friends for the coming year. The club Secretary, Sheila Gunner, is inviting all parents and friends to an important meeting, on Friday next, January 25th, at 7.30 pm in the Canon Malone Hall. This gathering is intended to prepare plans for the coming season. This year, Naomh Brid will be sixteen years in existence, and such is the popularity of camogie that more adults are needed, to help with the coaching of players and management of the club’s business. New helpers will be particularly welcome. We hope that people will be generous with their time and make a contribution to the promotion of the game. Camogie has a great tradition in the parish and who knows how many of our young players will achieve great success in the future? The club emphasises enjoyment in its training and games, with participation, and player improvement the intended outcomes. Training and home games are hosted in the GAA pitch, by kind permission of St. Patrick’s GAA Club. We look forward to a large attendance on Friday evening.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL RESULTS - Friday 18th January The winner of the in house draw was Frank Brennan €60, Jackpot Winner was Brian Butler €60. Sellers prize Wheel Inn €25
Next week’s jackpot is €2900 and is in the Hogan’s Bar. Thanks to everyone for their support. Tickets are €2. Be in to win.

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of January– Team B Team Leader – Helen Brennan Ballyouskill – Mary Kennedy Minister of the Eucharist

Sunday 10am – Aileen McInerney and Patricia Doheny

Sunday 7pm – Theresa Delaney and Siobhan McEvoy

Ballyouskill – Kathleen Mooney

Collectors for February-

10am – Henry Quirke and Marty Lawlor

7pm – Kevin O’Shea and Richard Rudkins

Confirmation is on Sunday 10th February mass in Ballyragget. Booklets

First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 – The pilgrimage will take place this year from 22nd to 27th May and the price is €735 – all bookings from both regular and assisted pilgrims please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051- 880414 and for more information, see the poster in the church porch.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES – Dates of Accord Pre-Marriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are January 18th/19th, February 22nd/23rd, March 22nd/23rd, April 12th/13th, May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674

Eucharistic Adoration in the O’Gorman Home Oratory every Tuesday morning 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and spend some time in the Presence of God.

Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays. All anniversaries will be included, but months minds and 1st anniversaries will have to take precedence in masses for the dead.