Goresbridge: Congratulations on
a clean-up well done

8 BLACK SACKS OF RUBBISH - It is hard to believe but last week our Fás and Tus team cleaned a relatively small stretch of road, from the bottom of Clash to just before Red Nut on the Goresbridge/Gowran road, the ditch had been recently cut and they filled 38 black sacks with rubbish.

8 BLACK SACKS OF RUBBISH - It is hard to believe but last week our Fás and Tus team cleaned a relatively small stretch of road, from the bottom of Clash to just before Red Nut on the Goresbridge/Gowran road, the ditch had been recently cut and they filled 38 black sacks with rubbish.

The committee of GRD would sincerely like to thank the lads for doing a fantastic job, it looks so much better now that it is clean.

BARROWVALE HISTORY GROUP AGM - Barrowvale Local History Group will hold their AGM this Wednesday January 23 at 8pm in Ionad Dara.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT - Thank you for your support, that is the message from the committee of Goresbridge Rural Development to those of you who play Split the Pot. On Saturday, Bernie Mahon, Barrowmount Drive won €96, Chloe Lou Hillier, High St won €20 and Brigid Hogan, Barrowmount Drive won €20. Thank you also to the local businesses that promote the draw.

THYESTES DAY - It is definitely the best day of racing in Gowran Park, it is of course Thyestes Day and it’s a super day out so hopefully the weather will behave and everything will go ahead as planned. The first race is at 1.20 with a seven races on the card. You are advised to get there early.

YOUNG BLOOD - The very best of luck is wished to Melissa Wall, Barrowmount and Noel Skelton, Ballyellen as they take over the running of Donohoe’s Shop.

GORESBRIDGE CHURCH BI-CENTENARY - Goresbridge Church will celebrate its Bi-Centenary this year and volunteers are being sought to form a committee to organise some events to celebrate the event. When the main committee is formed some sub-committees will also be formed. Please contact the Parish Office by email @gbptparish@gmail.com or telephone 059 9775180.

CAMOGIE CLUB AGM - Paulstown/Goresbridge Camogie Club held their AGM in the Church Hall, Paulstown last Friday evening. Outgoing secretary, Ailish Drennan started the meeting by reading the minutes of last year’s AGM. Chairperson, Helen Brennan began by thanking all those who had turned out. She thanked all the players from under 10 to Intermediate, the parents for all the driving they had done throughout the year, the trainers, Maurice Treacy, Willie Hanlon, Tom Brennan, Paul Hunston and Jim Flavin. The under 10 and 12 teams were very young last season but they played in several blitzes and got more experience as the year went on. The under 14’s were also very young. The under 16’s won the Roinn C Final having won the Roinn D the previous year. The under 16’s had their gear bags for the final sponsored by Tom Brennan and Willie Hanlon and they also went on a day trip to Dublin. The Minor team played in the 7 a side championship and were beaten in the final. The under 21’s lost to the Rower/Inistioge in the semi-final while the Intermediates exited the championship at an early stage.

She thanked all those who supported the club’s fundraising. The club had taken part in the first ever St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge. The Easter Egg Hunt was once again a huge success with the help of sponsors Red Mills, Kellymount Quarries and Supervalu, Bagenalstown. The Christmas party had been held in Blake’s Pub, Goresbridge. The girls who had played for the county were praised, Colette Dormer for the seniors, Eilish Cantwell for the intermediates, Lauren Barcoe for the minors, Miriam Bambrick and Róisín Breen for the under 16’s, Lauren Blake and Rebecca Holden who were on the under 16 Development Squad and Sarah Hunston on the under 14 county team. Louise Brennan had a year she is not likely to forget, she had the honour of taking part in the Go Game at halftime in the League Final at Thurles and then the stuff that dreams are made of, she got to play in Croke Park in the drawn match of the All Ireland Final. Helen thanked Barrow Rangers for all their help throughout the year. She congratulated boxers, Darren O’ Neill and Keith Flavin for all their success and to those that hurled for Kilkenny in 2012, Richard Doyle, senior and under 21, Cathal Kenny, intermediate and under 21, Ciarán Doyle, minor, Ciarán Breen and Graham English under 17 and Marc Drennan under 14. When it came to the election of officers outgoing Chairperson, Helen Brennan was returned. Ailish Drennan was one of the founding members of the Camogie club back in 1999 and has been its secretary since. Last year she indicated that she would step down this year; while she will stay very much involved she vacated her position. Frances Kelly was elected secretary, Yvonne Holden held on to her position of treasurer. Mary Kealy is the Child Protection Officer. Ailish Drennan was thanked for all her hard work in keeping the club going since its inception. Incoming secretary, Frances Kelly thanked Tom Brennan of Tom Brennan Packaging for his sponsorship of jerseys for the intermediate team last season. Finally membership was fixed at €35 and €55 for a family.

WORTH €6325 - Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325. Last week Tom and Gerry c/o Gardiners won €40, John Quinn won €40, Lucky c/o Gardiners won €20 and John McDonald won the promoter’s prize. It costs €2 to play and tickets are available in Blake’s Pub, Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Maher’s Pub, The Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner and from committee members.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,000 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.

BOOKING IONAD DARA - If you wish to book Ionad Dara you can contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.

YOGA FOR ALL - Yoga resumes in Ionad Dara on Tuesday mornings, the course commences this Tuesday January 15 at 10.30. Chair Yoga will also take place on Tuesday at 12 noon which is both medicinal and meditative. If you would like more information or if you would like to book a place contact Marian at 086 3082450.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT - St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding a fundraising concert on Friday 8th of March 2013. The concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown. This will be our 5th year for our concerts and we always like to have a variety of different themes and different performers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts, we have decided that the theme for this year is “Songs from the Musicals”. I am looking for performers who would like to join us on the evening and sing two songs from their favourite musical. If you are interested please contact Marian on 086 1258480.