Goresbridge - Parade plans well underway

Parade - The plans for the second St Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge are well under way. Our last fundraiser was the cabaret in Maher’s pub on the 16th of February and it was a great success and it raised €485 thanks to all the local businesses in Goresbridge who gave spot prizes and to everyone for buying tickets and turning up on the night.

Parade - The plans for the second St Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge are well under way. Our last fundraiser was the cabaret in Maher’s pub on the 16th of February and it was a great success and it raised €485 thanks to all the local businesses in Goresbridge who gave spot prizes and to everyone for buying tickets and turning up on the night.

The committee are now taking details of the floats that will be in the parade so anyone who wishes to put a float in the parade can do so by contacting Matthew Murphy 086-2503146, Maria Fenlon Keating 085-1593023 or Nicky Skelton 087-6713246 so get your thinking caps on as there are prizes on the day for the best floats. There is also a competition for the best decorated window display for both business and residential homes again this year. If you wish to participate in this, simply decorate your business or home and the judges will be out on March 16th to decide the winning entries. The winners will be announced at the Parade. There is also a prize for best dressed adult and best dressed child on the day of the parade so start working on your outfits.

PIONEER NEWS - The National Pioneer Ball will take place on Saturday, April 13 in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Music is by Solitaire and Guest Speaker is Denis Rackard Cody. Tickets cost €25, if you wish to buy tickets, contact Mary Meaney at 086 6027751 or Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664971.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,000 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,000 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.

BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO - Bridge United lottery stands at €6, 325, the reserve jackpot is €3,250. Pat Cody and Pauline Carroll each won €40 and Caroline Barcoe won €20. Willie Murphy won the promoter’s prize. . Tickets cost €2 and can be bought in Blake’s¸Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze, The Bridge Diner or any committee member.

NO JOY - There was no joy for Barrow Rangers players, Ciarán Breen and Graham English when they both lined out for St. Kieran’s College against local rivals, CBS in the Leinster Senior Colleges Hurling Final at Nowlan Park last Sunday. Graham played in goal while Ciarán lined out at corner back. Both lads played well but ended up on the losing side.

THIRD TIME LUCKY FOR SHANE - Having missed out for the last two years it was a case of third time lucky for young Paulstown boxer Shane Flavin when he defeated the reigning Irish Champion John Stokes of Meath in the Boys 4, 39kg Leinster Final in Athy last Sunday. When the final bell rang Shane was a worthy winner 9pts to 5. Other winners from the Paulstown club were Roy Sheehy 54 kg, Jamie Cullen 52kg and James Munnelly 85kg.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United Ladies beat Newpark 5-0 in the first leg of the cup. They now have one foot in the semi-final bar a collapse in the second leg. It was a good run out before next week’s Shield Final against Evergreen.

The under 16’s beat Ormondeville 3-2 under lights in Scanlon Park. The under 14’s lost 4-1 to Bagenalstown in the Midlands Shield while the under 10’s played Evergreen.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT - St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding a fundraising concert on Friday 8th of March 2013. The concert will be held in the VEC Sports Hall, Bagenalstown.

This will be their 5th year for our concerts and we always like to have a variety of different themes and different performers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts, we have decided that the theme for this year is “Songs from the Musicals”. I am looking for performers who would like to join us on the evening and sing two songs from their favourite musical.

If you are interested please contact Marian on 086 1258480.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC - The Blood Donor Clinic will be in the Abbey Hall, Graignamanagh on Wednesday March 13 from 4.30 to 8pm.

COMPUTER CLASSES - Computer Classes will commence in Paulstown Community Hall on Monday March 11 from 10am – 12 noon. Contact Bobby at 086 1671153 to book a place.

SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - Last week, Marty Kirwan, Ballyellen won €116, Mary Nolan, Rivercourt won €20 and her grandson, Aaron Nolan Hosey also won €20. Congratulations to the winners, thank you to those of you who played. The money is spent in the village. Last week we put up 10 signs to remind residents to clean up after their dog. There are pooper scooper bags available at the offices of Goresbridge Rural Development and you can call in any morning Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1 to pick them up for free.

LIBRARY OPEN - The library at Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St is open Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1. There is a great selection of books to choose from, something to suit everyone. It is very simple there is no charge, you can bring books and take books in exchange, and even if you don’t have a book to bring you can certainly take some to read.

CARETAKER REQUIRED - FOR IONAD DARA COMMUNITY CENTRE, GORESBRIDGE There is an immediate job opening under the FAS Community Employment Scheme, working 19.5 hours per week as a caretaker at the Ionad Dara Community Centre in Goresbridge. In order to apply for this position, you must be currently registered as unemployed and have been signing on for a minimum of 52 consecutive weeks or more. Contact Louise at the FAS Office in Goresbridge on 087-607-4419. There is a second position available on the scheme also for village upkeep.

EIST CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE - The Eist Cancer Support Centre is calling all runners, joggers and walkers to participate in the Dublin Mini Marathon, on Monday, 3rd June next, in support of the centre. Centre tee-shirts and free bus to Dublin on the day.Sponsorship cards available from the centre at 0599139684 or contact Mary 0851440510.

HAVE YOU UNWANTED TIES - If you have unwanted Scoil Bhríde ties you can recycle them by leaving them into the school in Goresbridge, the normal suppliers no longer stock them.

COMMUNITY GARDEN - If you are interested in learning to grow vegetables and herbs feel free to go along to the community garden behind the offices of GRD on Wednesday mornings. Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is the expert on hand to give advice. It starts at 9.30 and finishes at 11.30 it is very sociable, with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on hand also. It will show how you don’t have to have a big area to grow lots of food. If you would like more information you can contact Noel in the GRD office at 059 9775646.

SET DANCING - Adult Set Dancing resumes in Ionad Dara on Monday, February 4 for 10 weeks, €6 per class and beginners are very lucky.

Easter Camp - Fun Easter Camp at Apple Tree farm in Skeoughvosteen on Tue 26th, Wed 27th, Thurs 28th March, 9.30 to 1, for 4 to 8 year olds, Easter egg hunt in the forest, arts and crafts, baking, cost is €45. Now enrolling for Sept at Apple Tree Farm Montessori, children taken from two years of age, contact Pam 087 8054678