Bennettsbridge: It’s official - Noel Skehan is the best from 1962 to 2012

NOEL IS NO 1 - Congratulations to Noel Skehan who beat off stiff competition to secure the goalkeeper slot in the Irish Independent Hurling Giants of 1962 – 2012. The reporter describing the position as being possibly the most competitive of all, said that the Bennettsbridge man was chosen over Damien Fitzhenry, Davy Fitzgerald and Ger Cunningham. Noel won seven All Stars, as well as Hurler of the Year in 1982. He is the holder of nine All-Ireland medals and the club can be justifiably proud of his

NOEL IS NO 1 - Congratulations to Noel Skehan who beat off stiff competition to secure the goalkeeper slot in the Irish Independent Hurling Giants of 1962 – 2012. The reporter describing the position as being possibly the most competitive of all, said that the Bennettsbridge man was chosen over Damien Fitzhenry, Davy Fitzgerald and Ger Cunningham. Noel won seven All Stars, as well as Hurler of the Year in 1982. He is the holder of nine All-Ireland medals and the club can be justifiably proud of his

CONCERT - We have been asked to highlight a concert which St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding on Friday 8th of March 2013. The concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown. This will be the 5th year for the concerts and a variety of different themes and performers is the aim of the producers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts they have decided that the theme for this year will be “Songs from the Musicals”. They are looking for performers who would like to take part on the evening to sing two songs from their favourite musical. If you are interested please contact Marian on 086 1258480.

SHOWCASE - A number of Kilkenny crafts people took part in the Showcase Ireland craft fair held annually in the RDS each year. Local potter Nicky Mosse introduced a new clover range to his already extensive collection. Kilkenny based potter Ray Power of Castle Arch Pottery also took part and the Graignamanagh firm, Cushendale Woollens were also in attendance. Jerpoint Glass, the Kilkenny based handmade Irish glass studio, launched its new Vintage Collection in Cherry Blossom this week at Ireland’s largest creative expo. Showcase is the perfect platform to launch new products for the coming year. It puts great emphasis on promoting new products and this year was no exception. Jerpoint launched it’s new Vintage Collection in the exclusive new colour Cherry Blossom while attending the expo. Ani Mollereau, well known sculptor from Kilbline unveiled her “life secrets” collection at Showcase and it attracted some positive attention.

BA DEGREE COURSE - The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite 6th Year, FETAC and Mature students (23yrs+) to take the first year of their BA degree in Kilkenny. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs. Subjects on offer: English; Anthropology OR Nua Ghaeilge; History; Geography; Sociology; Economics; Philosophy; Theology OR Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. Further information can be found at: CAO (MH901) and www.nuim.ie/kilkenny

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 1, 10, 23, 25. Jackpot now stands at €1850. Consolation Prizes to: Aidan Doyle, Barronsland; Patrick Walsh, Cloughsgregg; William Murphy, Castlegarden; Josie Drea, Blackwell; Larry Cleere, The Ring

HANDBALL - Hot on the heels of the singles competitions the previous weekend, last weekend saw Kilfane handballers involved in the county juveniles 40x20 doubles competitions. On Friday night, Caoimhe Kelly and Eimear Farrell won the U13 girls final, beating Clogh 2-0 in the semi final before going on to beat Kells 2-0 in the final. Davy Blanchfield and Jack Barcoe were unlucky to lose out in the deciding game in the U14 boys, and in U15 girls, Ailis O’Shea and Aoife Naddy were also beaten in their contest. On Sunday morning, Peter McDonald and Tom Holden represented Kilfane in the U12 boys and brought their semi final to a third game before losing out. In the U12 girls, Roisin O’Keeffe and Eva Hynes beat Kells 2-0 in their semi final, before going on to beat Windgap 2-0 in the final. That brought Kilfane’s final haul to five titles in the 40x20 county competitions, three singles and two doubles. Well done to all players who took part. Dearbhail O’Keeffe and Jack Holden will represent the club in the Gael Linn Leinster final next weekend in Crinkel, Co. Offaly, after winning out the local section of this competition last Wednesday night in the O’Loughlins club.

ART GROUP - Members of the Art Group have reached the halfway stage of the Drawing Course being undertaken under the auspices of the VEC. Tutor Julie Moorhouse has been guiding the class towards a Fetac Certification and her encouragement has meant a lot to the group. There will be no class next week but it will be back to work on Saturday, February at 12 noon in the Community Centre.

COLLECTION - The January collection in aid of the St Vincent de Paul Society was well supported at the weekend

and thanks again to all for this continued generosity in these trying times.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to joancleere@gmail.com on or

before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.