Shop - Pat Minchin will finish up in the shop she has run for over 12 years at the end of the month, she has worked in the shop for 17 years and there is no doubt but she will be missed. She is so pleasant to go into and always has a smile on her face and time for a chat. She ran the shop with her husband Jack who will also be missed and stayed open until 8pm at night from an early morning start and was open every day. As Pat would say the shop has been good to her and there is no doubt she will be sad to leave but herself and Jack just feel it is time to move on but it may not be the last we see of her in Goresbridge. It will be nice for them to take a well earned break and nice to have time off at Christmas for the first time in over 12 years. We wish herself and Jack al the best in the future.
Pat had a charity box on the counter and there was €191 in it and this has now being lodged to Concern’s account and she was delighted with the response from the people who gave so generously.
The shop will be taken over in November by a new tenant.
BARROW DESCENT - There was great activity in the village on Saturday as quite a number of canoists gathered for the Barrow Descent. Saturday was a fabulous bright day and it was great to see these visitors enjoy the sunshine and head down the river in the canoes racing down the Barrow.
WITCHES WALK ORGANISED - The Scoil Bhride Parents Association took place on Wednesday last the 10th in the school hall. 29 people attended the AGM .The Treasure’s report gave details of the income and expenditure over the year and the balance in the account is €332. The election of officer’s took place Martin Kavanagh was re elected as chairman, Dee Hillier was elected as secretary outgoing secretary Peter Breen and Maria Fenlon Keating was re elected as treasurer. Numerous fundraising plans were discussed and it was agreed that a calendar of fundraising events would me made up and handed out at the start of every school term. The next fund raising event will take place on Friday 26th of October at 7pm with the Witches Walk. When the walk around the town there will be some refreshments in Ionad Dara for the children. The children and adults should be at the school for 7pm. This is an important fund raiser for the Parents Association as the balance in the account is only a frightening €332 euro. It promises to be a great night so get out those costumes Mam’s and Dad’s and children and let’s have a bit of scary fun.
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - This week Split the Pot was won by Christy Kealy, Ballycabus €100, Mary Cleere, Skeoughvosteen won €20 and C. O’ Neill c/o The Barrow Breeze won €20. Thank you to the businesses who promote the draw and thank you to those of you who play. If you would like to support this work it cost €2 to play and the envelopes are available from Connolly’s Red Mills, Bridge Café, Goresbridge Credit Union, Barrow Breeze, Kelly’s Hardware, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Spar, Maher’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s Goresbridge Pharmacy, Glanbia and Beatrice Dempsey.
BRIDGE LESSONS - For those of you who would like to learn how to play Bridge it is now possible to do so in Graignamanagh, you can contact Marlene Corbliss at 059 9724485.
LOTTO WORTH €5,000 - Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, it costs just €2 and you can do it in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar or with Peter Breen.
LOW SCORING MATCH - Having been knocked out of the championship by Lisdowney last year Barrow Rangers were hoping that history would not repeat itself as they made their way to Canon Kearn’s Park in Castlecomer last Sunday. Incessant rain greeted both teams and supporters and it made for very slippery underfoot conditions for all the players. Lisdowney opened the scoring and had two points inside 3 minutes the first from play and the second from a free. Cathal Kenny opened the scoring for Rangers with a point in the fourth minute. The two teams were to go a further 10 minutes without scoring until Lisdowney scored their third point. From the puckout Cathal Kenny fielded and stroked the ball over the bar to reduce the lead. On the sixteenth minute both teams exchanged points again, Barrow Rangers score coming from Jason Holden’s stick. Rory Hickey then landed two points from frees for Lisdowney before both Cathal English and Cathal Kenny pulled two points back for Rangers. With three minutes of the half remaining a point for Lisdowney made it a two point game but with a minute to go Cathal English landed a point to leave the minimum between the teams as they headed to the dressing room, Lisdowney 7, Barrow Rangers 6pts. Due to the conditions both sides had been guilty of some poor finishing but Barrow Rangers had to be pleased that all their scores had come from play. A lively start to the second half was needed for Rangers but it was Lisdowney who got the scores with points in the third and twelveth minute. It wasn’t until the 14 minute that Rangers opened their second half account with a pointed free from Dermot Maher. If the first half had been a low scoring affair the second half was going to see even less scores. Lisdowney stretched their lead to 3 points in the 19 minute. Dermot Maher reduced this to two when he put over a free in the 22 minute but within a minute it was back to a three point game. This was the trend Barrow Rangers could never really peg back their opponents. Barrow Rangers third point of the half and their only from play came with a minute and a half of normal time left when Ed Prendergast scored but again from the puck out Rory Hickey pointed to leave three between the teams. Two minutes of injury time saw Rangers lay siege to the Lisdowney goal but to no avail. Even in such a low scoring game, three second half points and only one from play was never going to be enough to win this game. Lisdowney now go on to the semi-final having won this game by 12 points to 9 points. Our season now hinges on the under 21’s doing well. Team: Ian Holden, Kevin Brennan, John Kealy, John Kearney, Ciarán Doyle, Richie Doyle, Sean McDonald, Ed Prendergast (1pt) Patrick Purcell, Cathal Kenny (3 pts), Thomas Brennan, Martin Bambrick, Jason Holden (1 pt), Dermot Maher (2 pts frees) Cathal English (2pts). Subs Michael Whitely for Martin Bambrick, Thomas Whitely for John Kearney.
DATE SET - The Paulstown/Goresbridge Senior Citizens Christmas Party has been booked for Sunday December 9. For those of you in the Goresbridge area who would like to book your place contact Catherine McLoughlin at 059 9775123 or Kathleen Holmes at 059 9775331.
300 CLUB DRAW - The cards for the annual 300 club draw in aid of the Senior Citizens are now in the shops. It costs €10 for 6 draws and always worth supporting.
CAREER IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS - Would you fancy a career in outdoor pursuits. Kilkenny Leader Partnership are running a course in Graignamanagh which will give people the opportunity to gain a Canoe and River Safety Certificate. The successful participants will complete Canoeing Irl Level 1 and Level 2 skills award in River Safety Rescue. This course is free to the unemployed. If you are interested please contact Alison straight away at 086 0244336.
SET DANCING CEILÍ - There will be a set dancing ceilí in Ionad Dara this Saturday night, October 20 with Johnny Reidy and his band playing, it is sure to be a fantastic night with people travelling from neighbouring counties to dance the feet off themselves. It costs €10 and includes a supper.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Bridge United’s lotto stands at €6,325 and the reserve jackpot is €1,850. Lil Murphy, Michael Dowling and Stephen Walsh each won €35. Willie Murphy won the promoters prize. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be purchased in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, Bridge Diner, Blakes or any committee member.
BRIDGE UNITED RESULTS - Bridge United played Moyne Rangers of Enniscorthy in the National Cup. Bridge ran out 9-0 winners to advance to round 3. The under 14’s entertained New Oak of Carlow, it was 1-1 at full time but it went to penalties and they lost 5-3.
The under 12’s travelled to Waterford to play St. Paul’s and came out on the wrong side of a 5-1 scoreline.
Bridge United A team played Woodstown Celts from Athy in the FAI Junior Cup. The Kildare men struck early but Bridge levelled via a Murty Broaders free kick. It was a tight game after that but Bridge got caught with a late goal to lose 2-1.
Bridge United B played Highiew B in the League. Bridge United won 3-2 with goals from Keith Glynn and Shane Murphy (2). Bridge needed an injury time penalty to grab all three points.
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN - Gowran Little Theatre are staging their up coming production of The Cripple of Inishmaan in Gowran Hall on Friday 19th & Saturday 20th October @ 8pm nightly. Tickets €8. Tel: 0871331130. Not suitable for younger audiences
CHOIR - Goresbridge Choir meet on Monday evenings in the Church at 7.30pm for an hour.
THANK YOU - Barrow Rangers Juvenile Hurling Club would like to thank all who contributed to their recent Church Gate collection.
GET YOUR PHOTOS IN BEFORE THE WEEKEND - You are invited to submit photographs of a person, place or thing in the Goresbridge
area for the 2013 calendar. The photos can be left into GRD, Respond Centre, Barrack St before October 19. If it is possible to put them on a disk or memory stick that would be great but if you are not in a position to do that please leave the photos with Breda. GRD is open daily Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm. The photos don’t necessarily have to be taken this year. The photos will be judged by photographer, Roger Jones, it is really nice to think that this calendar finds it way to Brazil, Australia, Wales, England, America and lots of other places. If you think you have a photo that may be suitable for the 2013 calendar please drop it in. Just a reminder that several people took photos of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and perhaps you might like to enter one of that memorable day.
ALCOHOL AWARENESS INFORMATION EVENING - Carlow Pioneer Association has organised an information evening about alcohol awareness on Wednesday October 17 in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge at 8pm. All are invited to attend especially parents and mentors over teams or leaders of youth group. This information evening is for anyone and everyone.
CHAIR YOGA AND GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Chair yoga and gentle exercise classes will commence in Ionad Dara soon. If you would like to learn to relax and do some gentle exercises this class could be perfect for you, it really suits all ages. There may be a group of friends that might like to spend a morning together and this could be an ideal way to do it. If you would like to book a place please contact Marian at 086 3082450.
ART CLASSES - Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting on Tuesday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn at 086 3768810
YOGA CLASSES - Yoga Classes for beginners take place on Tuesdays in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, contact Marianne Dolan at 086 3082450.
SET DANCING CLASSES - Set Dancing Classes take place in Ionad Dara on Monday nights at 8.30. €6 per class and new members and beginners welcome.
ZUMBA CLASSES - Zumba Fitness takes place in Ionad Dara every Tuesday night, 8.30 to 9.30, €8 per class, contact Nicola at 085 1416953 for more information or just turn up on the night.