Bagenalstown - New novel by Co. Carlow local

THE Luckiest Man in the World (A story of Three Emilios) is a new novel by local Carlow author Mim Scala. Mim (Emilio) Scala is the grandson of Emilio Scala, the man who, in 1931, the Irish Times called the luckiest man in the world. Lucky Emilio was the first outright winner of The Irish Hospitals’ Sweep. The horse his ticket drew was Grakle. When it won the Grand National that year Emilio won £350,000. Emilio had nothing to do with Ireland or Carlow, but by sheer coincidence sixty years later his grandson Mim Scala came to visit his friend, Denny Cordell, a music business associate, who trained horses and resided at Corries, Bagenalstown. Mim liked it at Corries and closed down his London music business and moved here where he has lived since 1987 with his wife Janie and son Emilio Fred. He soon discovered from the local racing fraternity that Grakle had been bred in Carlow by the Laidlaw family and it had been stabled in Hanover yard before being shipped off to England to race. Now eighty years later there is another Lucky Emilio, Mim’s 23 year old son Emilio, who likes to be called Fred as it’s easier for judges to pronounce. Fred has been representing Ireland in France and the Czech Republic as a three-day event rider. Fred also won the CCI under 21 two star event for Ireland at the Tattersall’s international in 2010. This month Mim has published his novel “The Luckiest Man In The World which tells the amazing story of Lucky Emilo’s win and the drama as he tried to collect his winnings in a famous court case at the Four Courts in Dublin. It is available on line from Amazon and Kindle. www.mimscal.co.uk; Twitter @mim_scala Email mims@cupidproductions.co.uk Tel:00 353 599721660

THE Luckiest Man in the World (A story of Three Emilios) is a new novel by local Carlow author Mim Scala. Mim (Emilio) Scala is the grandson of Emilio Scala, the man who, in 1931, the Irish Times called the luckiest man in the world. Lucky Emilio was the first outright winner of The Irish Hospitals’ Sweep. The horse his ticket drew was Grakle. When it won the Grand National that year Emilio won £350,000. Emilio had nothing to do with Ireland or Carlow, but by sheer coincidence sixty years later his grandson Mim Scala came to visit his friend, Denny Cordell, a music business associate, who trained horses and resided at Corries, Bagenalstown. Mim liked it at Corries and closed down his London music business and moved here where he has lived since 1987 with his wife Janie and son Emilio Fred. He soon discovered from the local racing fraternity that Grakle had been bred in Carlow by the Laidlaw family and it had been stabled in Hanover yard before being shipped off to England to race. Now eighty years later there is another Lucky Emilio, Mim’s 23 year old son Emilio, who likes to be called Fred as it’s easier for judges to pronounce. Fred has been representing Ireland in France and the Czech Republic as a three-day event rider. Fred also won the CCI under 21 two star event for Ireland at the Tattersall’s international in 2010. This month Mim has published his novel “The Luckiest Man In The World which tells the amazing story of Lucky Emilo’s win and the drama as he tried to collect his winnings in a famous court case at the Four Courts in Dublin. It is available on line from Amazon and Kindle. www.mimscal.co.uk; Twitter @mim_scala Email mims@cupidproductions.co.uk Tel:00 353 599721660

AGM - Bagenalstown Branch of Fine Gael held their AGM on March 18. Officers for the coming year are President Nora Barron; Vice -~President Stephen Bambrick; Chairman Larry Byrne; Vice Chairman Seamus Foley; Secretary Anna Monaghan; Joint Treasurers Nora Barron and Breda Byrne. PRO Seamus Somers.

Carlow Multiple Sclerosis Branch - Carlow Multiple Sclerosis Branch wish to thank sincerely all who supported their recent ‘Church gate’ collections. They would like to hear from Dublin Mini Marathon participants (3rd June) who would care to support MS by taking sponsorship cards. Contact secretary at 085 788 3040. Branch meetings are held on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 8 p.m. in Sake Parish Centre. Kieran Coughlan, Sec. 9151 608. or carlowmsbranch@gmail.com

Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum - The South East Regional Drugs task Force (SERDTF), Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny Leader Partnership are jointly organising a community consultation Seminar on the subject of substance misuse. The seminar will be on the morning of Friday. April 19. The venue will be the Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny, from 9.30am to 1.30pm. A light lunch will be served. All community voluntary interests and groups are invited to attend. Places can be booked at 051 841144. Ger Ferris, Kilkenny Community Representative. South East Regional Drugs Task Force.

VEC Students Fundraiser - On Wed. March 20, Transition Year students from Muinebheag Vocational School held a fundraiser for the Irish Cancer Society and Relay for Life. The fundraiser consisted of a No Uniform Day. Students were allowed for a nominal fee, to wear their normal everyday clothes into school. All the students participated in this event. They also held a bake sale. Everyone helped out by baking, selling and buying the products. Badges and daffodils were available to purchase on the day. A soccer tournament was organised for all students. It was enjoyed by spectators and participants alike. Everybody had a great time and it is hoped that next year’s Transition Year group will continue this tradition. The day was very successful with €306 raised for the cause. Ashley Byrne and Jennifer Lillis thank all those who made the day such a success.

CYBER BULLYING - Muine Bheag Vocational School launches its Cyber-Bullying Awareness initiative. On Wednesday, March 20, Muinebheag Vocational School launched their Cyber-Bullying Awareness initiative by inviting parents and members of the community to a talk on cyber- bullying. This initiative is a joint venture by the Home School Community Liaison Department, the Guidance Counselling Department and the IT Department. The team organised a guest speaker, Brian Comerford, to come to the school to talk about the dangers of Social Networking sites and offer advice about how to use Social Networking sites safely. He also offered advice to parents about how to deal with cyber-bullying if their child was affected by it. Brian is a Guidance Counsellor himself and has worked with the Department of Education in devising a nationwide anti-bullying policy for schools. In recent months, he has devised an anti- bullying programme, which schools can implement with their students in an effort to raise their awareness about the issue. At Muinebheag Vocational School, Imelda Kelly, Guidance Counsellor, is currently doing the programme with the Transition Years and Maire Lee is doing the programme with her 2nd year CSPE class. They hope to roll the programme out to all years before the end of the 2013 to ensure that everyone is singing from the one hymn sheet. When the school advertised this talk, William Clarke from Clarke/Jeffars, Solicitors, offered to come to talk on the night. Their firm has dedicated significant resources to the area of Cyber-Bullying and has a stated commitment to deal with the issue. They have published free of charge legal information relating to the topic. While they are certainly not trying to convince people to bring Cyber-Bullying into the legal arena, they are showing alternatives in the event that the behaviour does not stop. They will also educate people on how to go about getting harmful material removed from the likes of Facebook, Twitter, etc. Both speakers were excellent on the night and one piece of valuable advice that they both offered was that: Parents should become friends with their children on Face Book (and other such sites). “It’s no longer enough that we can plead ignorance and dismiss Facebook and the other social media platforms as being something for the young folk. It’s no longer enough to ban our children from using these sites – they will anyhow. To protect our vulnerable children, we need to jump in ourselves, learn and understand how these powerful and very useful social media platforms work, discover the risks and plan so that these can be managed and minimised.” That is why, as a follow up to this, the IT Department at Muinebheag Vocational School is going to offer classes for parents on ‘Bridging the Technology Gap “n order to educate parents about these Social Networking sites and how to monitor their children’s use of such sites. Everyone at the talk signed up for the classes, the dates of which are to be confirmed.

Nurney Villa 50/50 March Draw Winners - €500 Tommy Murphy, Hillview; €50 Lyndsey Kilbride Rainbow’s Bar Leighlinbridge; €50 Tom Comerford Hillview; €25 Kay Townsend Ballyloo; €25 P.J O’Reilly Leighlinbridge; €25 Olive Townsend Linkardstown; €25 Michelle Ryan Tinryland; €25 Agnes Murphy Newtown Rd Nurney; €25 Amanda Murphy McGamhna Road Carlow; €25 Michelle Dermody Oldtown. Next draw on WednesdayApril 24, in the Nurney Inn.

AGM - Carlow ICA Federation Annual General Meeting takes place in Rathvinden House, Leighlinbridge on Thursday April 4, starting at 8pm. Please contact Brenda Daly to let her know how many will be attending from your Guild if you have not already done so.

CRYS 5Km Fun Run/Walk - Carlow Regional Youth Services are holding a 5km fun run/walk and family day on Sunday, April 21 at 11.30am from Carlow Rugby Club. Entry is open to people of all ability, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment! Registration fees are €10 for adults and €5 for U18s. For more information please email reception@carlowys.ie or contact 059 9130476 or 086 7712198. All funds raised will go directly towards projects involving young people in Carlow town and county.

AGM - The 2013 AGM of Bagenalstown Pitch & Putt Club will take place on Thursday, 4 April at 8 pm in the clubhouse. The AGM will be preceded by a scramble starting at 6.30 pm. The club celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013 and hopes to mark it by building on the achievements of past members and club officials over the last five decades. The club would welcome all current members, and past or prospective members, to attend the AGM and participate in club activities throughout the year.

Cricket Season - The new cricket season is starting soon and new members are very welcome. Five members of the club recently completed their Level 1 coaching course, for that little bit of extra coaching. Training will start on Thursday April 4 at 6.30. For more information contact Diarmuid Power on 0851411316 or check on their Facebook page.

Yoga Classes - Bagenalstown Resource Centre: Heated Yoga commencing Wed April, 10 at 7.15pm. 8 weeks €80, offering proper breathing, exercise and relaxation. Feel how wonderful this practice really is, body, mind and spirit. Also courses in Goresbridge Community Centre every Tuesday morning. Contact Marian 086 3082450 as soon as possible as numbers are limited.

Scrap Saturday - Ballinkillen Hurling Club Scrap Saturday will be held on April 6, when Club members will be collecting all unwanted metal and clothes. All scrap metal- steel, stainless steel, copper, aluminium, zinc, dishwashers, fridges, car/tractor batteries, cookers, washing machines, cars, bicycles etc. They are also collecting clean re-usable clothes, shoes, hand bags, curtains etc. Bring what you can to Ballinkillen Hurling Club grounds on Saturday, April 6 between 10am and 4pm, or ring a number below to have any items collected:- Sean Minchin 087 6280710; Pat English 087 6782098; Mick Kinsella 087 2037394 or Lar Kinsella 087 6977417.Your support is much appreciated.

50th Anniversary - Muine Bheag Vocational 50th Anniversary Committee is once again calling all past students and teachers to go along to the school on Thursday, April 11 at 8pm to discuss their celebration plans.Tickets will be on sale that night for the Celebratory Dinner Dance. Cost €25.

Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help - The guest speaker on the final night of the Annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in St. Andrew’s Parish Church on April 9 will be local man, Michael Hopkins, (Friends of Calcutta)

St Lazerian’s House - The DVD of the concert “Songs from the Musicals” is now available and Director Marian Manning very much appreciates your continued support.

Change of Date - Presentation De La Salle College Parents’ Council Fun Run/Walk on Sunday, April 7 in St. Andrew’s Parish Church on Sunday, April 14 at 12 noon. Please note change of date.