St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA Scrap Sarturday

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Thanks to all whom are litter picking, displaying flowers, strimmng approach roads and doing painting works to help make the town clean and presentable for the Tidy Towns competition. The CES team are tending to grass maintenance and certain spraying works around the town. Well done to the team also in ensuring that St. Finnan’s Cemetery was neat and tidy for the annual mass recently. The tidy town clean up continues in July starting from the Square every Wednesday at 8pm. Your support is much appreciated – every little helps.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Thanks to all whom are litter picking, displaying flowers, strimmng approach roads and doing painting works to help make the town clean and presentable for the Tidy Towns competition. The CES team are tending to grass maintenance and certain spraying works around the town. Well done to the team also in ensuring that St. Finnan’s Cemetery was neat and tidy for the annual mass recently. The tidy town clean up continues in July starting from the Square every Wednesday at 8pm. Your support is much appreciated – every little helps.

CO. DEVELOPMENT PLAN - 2014 to 2020 Are you interested in having your say in the future planning and sustainable development of Kilkenny up to 2020? If so why not go along to the Castlecomer Community Hall on Wednesday 11th July and have your say on Heritage – start time is 7.30pm. You can also make a submission by email to ourplan@kilkennycoco.ie or in writing to Director of Services, Planning, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny. – closing date for submissions is August 24th 2012.

PLAYGROUP-As there are now no vacancies left for our morning Playgroup, names are being taken for the Afternoon session which operates from 12.30 to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. This is open to preschool and pre-preschool children aged from 2years 6 months to 5 years. We deliver the same high standard Playgroup and Montessori programme as

the morning session. Free places available under the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme and part subsidised places available under the Community Childhood Subvention Scheme. For full list of eligible places please contact the Manager Marian Gorman at 086-8462867 for details. Also please note that places are filling up fast for our September 2013 morning Session. If you would like your child to learn in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, please contact Marian at the above number or call to see our purpose built premises with large outdoor play area on Chapel Avenue anytime.

BOOK CLUB-The book for September for the Hogan Stand Book Club is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 4th September 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome. Regards,

BE A GLEEK FOR A WEEK-Backstage Academy of Performing Arts is bringing a team of showbiz teachers to Ballyragget this July for a Glee Summer Camp for 7-13 year olds. The camp will run from 16th-20th July from 10am-1pm each day at the CYMS Hall. Students will have workshops in Drama, Singing and Dance each day using the songs from the GLEE TV series culminating in a presentation on the final day for parents and friends. Backstage, Ireland’s largest part-time Performing Arts school for young people has recently opened one of its Academies at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. The company specialises in working with young people and the staff is a unique combination of teacher and professional working in Performing Arts. The fee for the full week of 15 hours is €45 but places are very limited and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Application forms and further information is from Ballyragget Post Office.

GREEN WASTE-Dunmore Recycling Centre is now accepting green waste at €2 a bag or €70 per tonne. You can dispose of grass cuttings, hedge clippings etc. at the centre. Please avail of this facility and help keep our environment clean.

BALLYYOUSKILL GRAVEYARD-Last few copies of Ballyouskill Graveyard Inscriptions available for €15. No more reprints will be available. Please contact Pauline McDonald (nee Palmer) on 057-8733534 or 087-1252167. Also Maureen Palmer on 01- 4937709

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 4, 17, 20, 27 Jackpot Winner – No winner

€50 sellers prize – Richie Stone

€100 winner – Pat Walsh, Freshford

€60 winner –Josie Kelly, C/O Ronan’s

€30 winner – Jacinta Brennan, Grennan

€30 winner – Peggy Phelan C/O Joan Dunne

In House prizes C/O The Sportsman’s

Bottle of Whiskey – Adrian Thorpe

€30 winner – Frank Brennan, Closhawn

€30 winner – Seamus Butler, Kilkenny Road

€30 winner – Mick Foley, Bridge Street, Next week’s jackpot is €12,050. Next week’s venue is The Corner House

BORD NA NOG-St Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section are having a table quiz fundraiser on Friday the 27th of July at 9 pm. in the Hogan Stand. Quizmaster on the night will be Mr. Jack Dunphy. The cost is €20 euro per table of 4. There will be great prizes to be won on the night. We look forward to seeing you there.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION-Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section will hold a church gate collection at Ballyragget and Ballyouskill on the 28th and 29th of July as part of their weekend fundraiser.

SCRAP SATURDAY-Are you “Summer” cleaning your home or farm? Do you want to get rid of your unwanted scrap metal, farm machinery, batteries and electrical goods for free and help St. Patricks GAA Club raise much needed funds for the club at the same time? St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA Club are organising a scrap metal collection. Some examples of items we are looking for include saucepans, steel kettles, toasters, golf irons, dishwashers, radiators, steel fireplaces, steel garden furniture, bicycles, steel window frames, steel oil tanks, washing machines, filing cabinets, coal buckets, cars, steel gutters, aerials, steel wheelbarrows, tyre rims (without the rubber), lawn mowers. Items we “CAN NOT” take include, TV’s, plastic, timber, fridges, gas cylinders. A collection service will be arranged on the day. Details of how you can contribute and a special collection day will follow shortly. For details you can contact Aidan Brophy -087 2026598, Philip Kenny - 087 2599006 Sean Lawless- 087 7834123, Jim Mooney 087 7834123, Joe Brennan 087 2276359 or any committee member. Full lists of items that can be collected is available in shops and business around the town or if you have suitable items and need those collected please contact any of the above. Also if you have any trees or timber that you need cut down and would like to donate these to the club for the winter timber sale please contact Joe Brennan 087 2276359. We hope you will support this collection in aid of St. Patrick’s GAA Club and spread the word to friends, relatives and neighbours.

LADIES GOLF LESSONS-Castlecomer Golf Club has organised golf lessons for beginners starting on July 4th for four weeks. For all those interested please contact Jacinta Culleton on 085 1470720. The cost is €40 for the four lessons payable beforehand or on the first night. All welcome.

PART TIME CLASSES -IN HORTICULTURE FETAC LEVEL 4. Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP)in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers interested in participating on a Horticulture FETAC Level 4 accredited programme in Castlecomer. It is expected that the course will run over a 1 - 2 day period from September 2012-June 2013. FREE places are available on this part-time programme to applicants with Junior Certificate standard of education. N.B.: Priority for places will be given to early school leavers in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and/or Job Seekers Benefit. An Information/Registration Session is scheduled to take place in Castlecomer Community Hall on Tuesday, 3rd July @ 11.00am. Please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 for further information and/or to register your interest in attending the above session.

Ossory Agricultural Show 1898 – 2012- The annual show will be held on Sunday 22nd July (Laois County Show) at the show grounds, Mountrath Rd, Rathdowney. A great day out for all the family, classes and attractions include cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, jams, baking, knitting, sewing, crafts, vegetables, baking, flowers, junior classes, and much more side shows to include punch & Judy, Vintage tractor display, little miss Ossory, most suitably dressed boy, best dressed lady, pony games, music to name but a few- something for everyone! For further details contact the secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Rd, Rathdowney. Co Laois on 087/9975902 fax/phone 0505/48939 email ossoryshow@eircom.net website ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086/2394573 Treasurer Irene Newman 086/8402125       

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL -Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 6th July – In house draw - €80– Austin Kelly. Jackpot spin won Pat Lawless €80 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Niall Bolger. Next week’s jackpot is €1550 and will be held in Sportsman’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BROOKVILLE MEETING

Brookville invite all players, committee members ,supporters and anyone with an interest in the future development of the club to attend a meeting in the canon Malone hall on Monday July 16th at 8.30 pm.

BROOKVILLE MANAGER

Brookville AFC is interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in managing the junior team in division 2 of the Kilkenny & District League for the coming season. Contact 087 6845387 or 087 2210307.

CHURCH EVENTS

Ministers for the Word

Month of July – Team D

Team Leader – Thomas Healy

CEMETERY MASSES-

Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm

Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm

Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm

Eucharistic Adoration in the O’Gorman Home Oratory every Tuesday morning 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and spend some time in the Presence of God.

Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays. All anniversaries will be included but months minds and 1st anniversaries will have to take precedence in masses for the dead.

If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at ballyraggetnotes@gmail.com. Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday night.