FIELD DAY-Plans are well underway for Goresbridge Field Day and River Festival which will be held this Sunday 15th July. The main sponsor this year is Connolly’s Red Mills.It will be held in Cois Bearbha again this year. The Field Day is organised by Cois Bearbha, Bridge United and Goresbridge Rural Development and the monies raised is divided between the groups. It has been a great success over the years and we have been lucky with the weather so hopefully this year will be no different. There will be kayaking, cot racing, archery, a duck race, bric a brac, barbecue, cakes stall, teas, shuffle board, Mick King Meggars, lucky dips, bottle stall, jewellery and accessories, golf, ball thru the tyre, guess the weight of the log, name the doll, fancy dress, baby show, Irish Dancers, Guess the number of balloons, a children’s area with several inflatable’s, raffle, children’s and adult races, ice creams and lots more things to try and of course the tug o war. Thank you to all the businesses that have given sponsorship in advance, thank you also to Kilkenny Leader Partnership for all their support, the field day programme is now available in the shops and pubs. Kayaking is for all ages there will be three one hour sessions, 2-3, 3-4, 4-5pm, if you wish to book contact Colette at 087 2601672, it is a brilliant way of doing water sports in your own area, bring a change of clothes, old runners and a towel, certainly worth a try, it could be a great chance for parents to try it out with their children.
CALLING TO YOUR HOME-Members of the Field Day Committee will be calling to your home this week in the hope that you will give a bottle for the bottle stall, any unwanted gifts, bric a brac. You may like to buy a duck for the duck race at a cost of €5, first prize is €100, second prize is €30 and the last duck home wins €20. You might like to buy a ticket for the Field Day party night which is being held in Maher’s and is always a great night out with a door prize of a night away in the Bridge Hotel, Waterford for two people, there will also be music by John Kelly, a barbecue, raffle and fun action. Your support is needed to make this a great night out. The money raised goes towards, Cois Bearbha, Bridge United Soccer Club and Goresbridge Rural Development.
SENIOR CITIZENS SUMMER OUTING-Goresbridge Senior Citizens Outing will take place on Wednesday July 25. Anyone wishing to travel can contact Catherine McLoughlin at 087 7917786 or Kathleen O’ Neill at 059 9775331 or any committee member.
BALLYELLEN DEVELOPMENT NOTICE-Ballyellen Development Group is asking the person/s who has been taking the shrubs and flowers from Ballyellen to refrain from doing so as it is very expensive to keep replacing them.
GRAVEYARD MASS-This Friday, July 13 Mass will be celebrated in the New Graveyard, Goresbridge at 7.30.
GREAT SUCCESS-The summer camp organised by Goresbridge Rural Development with the help of Ossory Youth was a great success, it is the sixth year for the camp which is run by volunteers. It is not run for profit, it is run to give children in the Goresbridge area a chance to have fun, play sports, learn crafts etc in their own area. A million thanks to everyone who gave up their time to help, it couldn’t happen without you. The 46 children were just fantastic and a credit to their parents and seemed to enjoy every minute and had lots of fun. There were plenty of sports, thanks to Áine and Alana from Kilkenny Sports and Recreational Partnership who were just wonderful with the children. The children got to work with clay, did plenty of crafts, got to sow basil and take it home, visit the community garden and the library where they were able to take home a book. They also got to help make and eat brownies. On Tuesday they went on a trip to Lullymore which they loved and on Thursday they went swimming to the Watershed. The weather wasn’t too bad most days but children don’t mind about things like that. They got to do an obstacle course on Friday and were given €1 each to spend in the local shops, all this for €45, it can only be done because people volunteer their time, thank you to Martina Maher from Ossory Youth who is a pleasure to work with. These are the people who gave up their time to help at the summer camp, Willie Travers, Mary Simpson, Kathleen Hogan, Linda Simpson, Shane Dalton, Stephanie English, Geraldine Doyle, Ann Wall, Margaret Davitt, Marianna Walsh, Jodie May, Philomena Murphy, Chrissie Travers, Criostal Hennessy, Ciarán Breen, Paul Curran, Chloe Doyle, Teresa Maher, Libby Travers, Róisín Breen, Ryan Quinn, Darragh Simpson, James Hogan, Clodagh McDonald, Lauren Blake, Lauren Barcoe, Joanne Barcoe, J.J. English, James Hogan, Rachel Holmes, Kellie Travers, Mary Wall and Colette Murphy. The committee at Goresbridge Rural Development would also like to thank the committee of Ionad Dara for the use of the centre and the handball club for the use of the alley.
AWARDS NIGHT-Bridge United will hold their junior awards night in Maher’s Lounge on Saturday July 28. There will be a barbecue at 8.30 and Na Fianna will provide the music from 10.30. It’s an all ticket affair and they can be bought for €10 from John Quinn (Maher’s Pub), Jim O’ Connell, John McDonald, Eamon Barcoe and Chris Barcoe. Sounds like a great night out and it’s always great to celebrate success.
SPLIT THE POT RESULT-Tom Wall c/o Pat Minchin won €140, Colette and Breda c/o The Chemist won €20 and Michael O’ Neill, Knock Lane won €20.Thank you to all who play Split the Pot, it is really appreciated and the money is being spent around the village. Please continue to support the draw, it costs €2 to play, envelopes are available from Connolly’s Red Mills, Bridge Café, Barrow Breeze, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Maher’s Spar, Kelly’s Hardware, Goresbridge Credit Union, John D’s Family Butchers, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Beatrice Dempsey’s and Blake’s Pub.
Kayaking-Goresbridge Rural Development is delighted to be able to announce that kayaking will take place again on the river Barrow at Goresbridge from Monday July 30 for one week. There are still some places available. It was a huge success last year, the cost for the week is just €15, it is heavily subsidised by Leader which we are really grateful for. It is aimed at young people 12 years and over. It is fantastic to have this in our area so if you want to participate, you need to get in touch with Breda at GRD 059 9775646 or Colette at 087 2601672 to book a place and register.
YOU COULD WIN €5,000-Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, wouldn’t you love to get your hands on that. It costs €2, you choose 4 numbers between 1-24, and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen in the Goresbridge area. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blokes Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.
LIBRARY-The library is open Mon – Fri at the Goresbridge Rural Development office, there is a huge selection of books for adults and children. It’s just a matter of popping in and choosing a book or books and swopping them with some of your own, there is no fee. There are so many books that it is necessary to put in more shelving which GRD hope will be in place in about a month or less.
OPEN DAY AT MOUNT LOFTUS-There will be an Open Day in the Lodge House Garden & Walks, Mount Loftus, Skeoughvosteen on Sunday 15th July at 2pm Entry €5 per person and the money raised is in aid of MS Ireland (Kilkenny Branch) Refreshments Available.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325-Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325 and they have a reserve jackpot of €6,025. €35 was won by Mikey Dreeling, Jim/Adam Barcoe and Jim O’ Connell. The promoter’s prize went to Noel Simpson. It costs just €2 to play and is a jackpot well worth winning, any of us could do with it. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blakes Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.