CHARITY EVENT IN CONNECTICUT - The father and son singing partnership of Tom and Ryan Bolger, Annamult, travelled to Connecticut to take part in a special memorial event in memory of Nick Vallas, son of Mary Ryan who died tragically in an accident last year aged 21 years. Mary is a sister of Breda Bolger. Nick’s mother, Mary and brothers, George and Paul took part in the New York Marathon as a tribute on the first anniversary of his death. Tom and Ryan played in a memorial charity golf tournament in Wilton, Connecticut, to benefit tumour research. Afterwards they provided music at the presentation evening. Nick’s family intend making it an annual event and proceeds from the Nick Vallas Memorial Foundation will benefit a special charity each year.
SHOEBOX TIME AGAIN - There will be a meeting of the Ladies Club on this Thursday night in the Community Centre at 8.30pm. As the heading suggests, the main item on the agenda will be the Annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. It is hoped that all the members can attend.
Art class - Drawing classes are proceeding very favourably and next week it is intended to have an outdoor session and the venue chosen is Jerpoint Abbey, the famous Thomastown Cistercian monastery. There should be no shortage of subject matter and students are looking forward to the day.
HALLOWEEN HISTORY - One of the Bennettsbridge Art Group students, Moss Kharaghani, who comes from Iran has been living inCedarwood Drive, Kilkenny with his wife, Elma since 1980. With Halloween approaching, Moss did a little bit of research on the origins of Halloween and came up with the following information. Halloween has celtic roots in Scotland. It is one of the most popular holidays after Christmas. Halloween is often celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals. It falls on the last day of October in the celtic calendar,originally a pagan holiday to honour the dead. Halloween was referred to, dating back to 2000 years ago.
HALLOWEEN AUCTION - The date for the Annual Halloween Auction and Fancy Dress is fast approaching and already there has been a great response to appeals for sponsorship and items for the auction. The event will be held on Saturday, 27th October in, The Ouncel House, Dungarvan and the usual raffle will be held for an array of prizes. A welcome feature of the night will be the finger food, provided by the Walsh family and the auction will be conducted by Jim(Boxer)Walsh. The proceeds will go to the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. Further details from Joan Cleere at 086 8271379.
DEVELOPMENT GROUP/TIDY TOWNS - The Community Development Group in conjunction with the Tidy Towns is undertaking a recycling project to raise funds. Please donate clean clothes in any condition including shoes, belts, handbags, bed linen, curtains etc. Mobile Phones, reading books, sorry NO Magazines or school books. Please bring the above items to the community hall on Friday October 19th between 9.00 -10.00 am or between 2.to 3.30pm. Michele will also accept clothes etc on Monday and Wednesday at school 2 and 3pm. Reminder of Elvis event on 17th November, tickets now available. Please support the work being done for the local community.
Lotto - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 1, 3, 17, 25. Jackpot now stands at €10,900. Consolation Prizes to Conor Dooley, Newhouse; Mandy Simpson, The Ring; Laurence Walsh, The Ouncel House; Mary Mc Killen, Thomastown Road; Trish Neville, C/O Mahony’s
CARDS - Three pairs shared the prize money on Tuesday night, Charlie Hill/Martin Langton, Lar Gibbons/Joe Doyle, Geoff Doyle/Danny Mc Donald. Table Prize, Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle.
CHURCHGATE COLLECTIONS - The collection in aid of the L’Arche community realised over €400.00 and this generosity is much appreciated. On the Bank Holiday weekend there will be a collection in aid of AWARE, Kilkenny and support for this very important organisation is asked.
Duchas - Duchas Heritage Group are preparing for the launch of the 11th volume in the series, “In the Shadow of the Steeple”. The book is eagerly awaited and should make a welcome gift for friends and relations at home and abroad. It is expected that the volume will be in the shops in time for Christmas.
LAUNCH - Autumn is always a popular time for new books to be launched. In The Salmon Pool on Wednesday night last, Joe Dunphy, Thomastown launched his book about growing up in Thomastown in the forties and fifties. “When I grow up” is a great collection of stories about children of the time and the publication contains some photographs which are being put out for the first time. Having read it, this correspondent would highly recommend it as a “must” for anyone with Thomastown connections. But, as Joe says, it could relate to any small town in Ireland.
IRELAND’S OWN - The Ireland’s Own 2012 collection of original writing is now on sale. It contains contributions from, South Africa, Switzerland, France and England and sixteen Irish counties. The stories touch on many aspects of Irish life from the 1940’s up to the present day. Two writers from Kilkenny made it into the book, Nora Brennan, Glendine Heights, Kilkenny, with “The Wedding” and Joan Cleere, Bennettsbridge, with “Mick Neill’s Daughter”.
FUNDRAISER - Elvira King is holding a Fundraising Fun Night in aid of the Irish Cancer Society and Action Breast Cancer. The date is Saturday, 20th of October and the Venue will be O’Donnells bar in Bennettsbridge. Last year, Elvira held a successful night for Breast Cancer and this year is hoping to do well for the same cause. D.J. Derek C will be playing and there will be a drinks promotion on the night. A monster raffle will take place with some great prizes kindly sponsored by local businesses. The night kicks off at 9pm and all are welcome. Thanks to the following sponsors, Jimbobs Bouncy Castles; Laurena’s Beauty Transformations; John Delaney Photography; Stonehouse Books; Avon; Glamourous Gel Nails and Beauty; The Salmon Pool, Thomastown; Kilkenny Omniplex; Lorimat Jewelers, Kilkenny; Reptile Village, Gowran; Advance Timber Products; Crystal Ice; Moth to a Flame; PJ Cullen’s Centra; Jerpoint Glass; The Book Centre, Kilkenny
East End: Junior News - East End had a much better weekend this weekend with both the B Team and Ladies Team winning on Sunday: Junior Division 3 St. Johns 2, East End B 4, Paul Murphy 3, John Hayes Womens Division 1 East End 5, Thomastown 0, Jennie Brennan 3, Ashling Brennan, Ann Marie Lennon. Schoolboys: U12 SFAI Cup East End 3, Park Rangers, Waterford 1, Ciaran Brennan 2, Troy Walsh, The U12 team progressed to the 4th round of the SFAI Cup with a great win over Park Rangers from Waterford. They will play either Clonmel Town or Villa, Waterford in the next round away. Team: Billy Browne, Ciaran Mullen, Ben King, Laurance Mahon, Pauric Connery, Mikey Lewis, Tim Corkery, Troy Walsh, Ciaran Brennan, Dillon Carroll, Daniel Murphy, Harry Murphy. U15’s, The under 15’s played a friendly against the U14 Kennedy Cup team. We are still looking for coaches to get involved with the underage teams. Please contact Lorraine Holohan 087 747 5421. Fixtures: Sunday 21st October; Junior Division 1, 11am East End A v Callan Utd; Junior Division 2, 2:30pm Orchard Rovers v East End B; Womens Division 1, 11:00 Tullaroan v East End; Under 11 Division 1; 12pm Bridge Utd v East End; Saturday 20th October; U17 Division 2; 11am East End V Lions; U13 Division 1; 3pm Thomastown v East End; U9 League; 2:30pm Evergreen City v East End Yellows; 2:30pm Evergreen Utd v East End Greens
Would you like to volunteer once a week - Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based Befriending & Support Organisation for Older People Living Alone. We are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week to befriend /visit older people who live alone in your area. All you need is to be kind, caring and have good listening skills but full training given. For more information please call in Eleanor Doyle Coordinator or Mary Colclough Development Worker on 056/7751988 or Mobile 086/4108902.
YOGA - Need to get out of the house and do something positive for your mental & physical health this winter? Goresbridge Community Centre is the venue for Yoga Classes commencing on Tuesday, 23rd October at noon. Older Adults Yoga starting Tues 23rd October @ 12 noon. Also follow on course “Yoga For Beginners” Commencing Tues 6th November 10.30am, 6 week course. Both courses held @ Goresbridge Community Centre. For details and information contact Marian 086 3082450
E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.