Ballyragget - Submissions to close

THE SQUARE DRAFT PLAN - Closing date for submissions regarding the Square draft plan is Friday 8th March – submissions should be made in writing to Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks Section, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny and should be clearly marked “Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

THE SQUARE DRAFT PLAN - Closing date for submissions regarding the Square draft plan is Friday 8th March – submissions should be made in writing to Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks Section, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny and should be clearly marked “Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

SCOIL NAOMH BHRIDE ENROLMENT - Scoil Naomh Bhride, Ballyragget are now accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 School Year. Forms con be obtained from the school office or by contacting the secretary on 056 -8833606. Enrolment forms should be returned to the school by 22nd March 2013.

BALLYRAGGET COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP - There are still a few places available in our Playgroup and Montessori for Free Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ecce) starting in September 2013. The ecce scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general children are eligible for free ecce scheme if they are aged three years and two months and less than four years seven months on the 1st September of the year that the child will be starting playgroup – if you wish for your child to avail of the free scheme please contact the playgroup on 056 – 8830119 or 086 – 846867 or email to book a place or call and view our purpose built facility in Chapel Avenue anytime during open hours - 9am to 12 noon and 12.30 to 3.30 daily Monday to Friday.

SCOIL CHIARAIN ENROLMENT 2013-2014 - Scoil Chiaráin is now accepting enrolments for 2013-2014 for pupils starting in second class in August/September. Enrolments forms are available from the school or the school’s website Completed forms should be returned to the school before Friday, March 15th. For further information, please contact the school principal Conor Brennan on 056-8833351      .

BALLYRAGGET/BALLYOUSKILL LOURDES INVALID FUND - The Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Lourdes Invalid Fund Committee would like to announce once again requesting any invalid seeking financial assistance and wishing to travel to Lourdes this May with the Ossory Pilgrimage to put their names forward in writing to any of the committee members – please note that the closing date is the 17th March 2013.

COLLECTION TIMES FOR COLAISTE MHUIRE - Parents of pupils attending Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown please note that the collection and drop-off time for the bus is as follows -Morning -Knockroe 8.05am, Ballyragget 8.10am, Durrow 8.20am, Johnstown 8.40 a.m. -straight into school. Evening - The bus picks up all students when school finishes @ 3.55pm To arrange transport please contact M&A Coaches on 056-88-33454 or Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown  056 -8831135      

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 4, 11, 14, 27. Jackpot Winner – No winner. €50 sellers prize – Cafe. €100 winner – Nicholas Ryan, Johnstown. €60 winner – Paddy Delaney, Ballinakill. €30 winner – Patsy O’Shea, Greenview. €30 winner – Ned Cantwell, Ballyfoyle. In House prize C/O Ronan’s Whiskey – Orla Doyle. €30 – Stephen O’Gorman, Castle Gardens. €30 – Martha Blue, Glenvale. €30 – Eileen Carroll, Ballycondra. Next week’s venue – Fitzpatrick’s. Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2

TEAM NEWS - St. Patricks GAA Club sends Congratulations to Jack O’Shea and David Kelly who both won Leinster medals with Heywood Community School. Also to Grace McConnell who won silver in the All Ireland Cross Country running. WELL DONE!

PITCH IMPROVEMENT - Kilkenny CBS will again host the match between Tipperary under 21’s and Kilkenny under 21’s for CBS pitch improvement fund on Wednesday night 13th of March. Admission is €5. Special guest on the night will be the Liam McCarthy cup.

FUN DAY - Kilkenny County Board are hosting a family fun day at Gowran park on the 23rd of March adult entry on the day €15 or tickets available from club €10. Under 16’s free.

CAKE SALE - The hurling club will hold a home bake sale on Saturday morning 30th of March (Holy Saturday) at Glenvale all donations and support greatly appreciated.

NAOMH BRID - Trials have been ongoing for the Kilkenny under 14 team in recent weeks and the club was represented by Katie Brennan, Zara Gunner, Eve Hegarty and Karen Delaney. The good news is that Katie and Zara have been invited back for the next session. These girls have gained useful experience, which hopefully will be used for the benefit of the maroon and white during the year.

Camogie’s Regional Development Officer, Patrick Mullany will be hosting a workshop in Ballyragget, on Tuesday night, March 12th @7.30 pm, in the St. Patrick’s GAA clubhouse . This workshop is a welcome initiative and has been arranged by the Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board .It is designed to teach new coaches the skills, which will help them in coaching club players effectively. The session is open to all Camogie clubs in the area.  Further details are available on the Kilkenny Camogie web site. Following the workshop Naomh Brid will be finalising its Management teams, for the various age groups, in preparation for the new season. The Naomh Brid officers for 2013 are ; Chairman- Noel Cummins, Vice Chair- Michelle Brennan, Secretary /Treasurer - Sheila Gunner , PRO- Seamus O’ Doherty, Co. Board Delegate – Maureen Lennon, Child Protection Officer –Betty Smith. All queries relating to the club should be referred to the Runai, Sheila Gunner @ 086 3023812.

 BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - The winner of the in house draw was Kevin Dooley €60 the Jackpot spin was Adrian Thorpe who won €125 and the sellers prize was won by Liam Brennan €25. Next week’s Jackpot is €3200 and is in Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Be in to win. Special thanks to Frank in the Wheel Inn for sponsoring two extra prizes in the in house draw last week

CASTLECOMER LIBRARY - To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, there will be a free raffle for a hamper of Books in Castlecomer Library. Drop by and leave your name! Meet Helen Carroll of RTE’s “Ear to the Ground” in City library (tonight) Wednesday March 6th at 7.30. She will deliver a lecture and film called Heroines of the Hearth, the influence of the ICA in Irish Life. This is a free event to celebrate Women’s Day. All are welcome! Pat Brennan from Ballyragget will exhibit a selection of his fabulous Photography in the Library until March 30th. Kids! Drop in to the Toddler Story time on Thursday morning and make a Mother’s Day Card!

Thomas Coogan Library Kilkenny St., Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. Tel: 056/4440561

 AFTERNOON TEA DANCE - Tullaroan Community Centre are holding a Fund-raising Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday March 10th, 3 - 6 p.m. Music by CHECKERS.  Admission €10.00 includes tea, cakes, hot and cold finger food, and raffle.

ERINS OWN GAELIC FOOTBALL - Erins Own Girls Gaelic football Club was established in 2012.We are looking for all those girls aged 7 to 8 ,U10 & U14 who are interested in playing Gaelic football in 2013. We are also taking expressions of interest from girls born in years 1995 & 1996 to form an U18/Minor team. Note. If your town or village doesn’t offer girls Gaelic football the girls are then eligible to play in Castlecomer until those towns or villages form football teams.

All new players will be made to feel very welcome. For further information contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846 

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word. Month of February – Team D. Team Leader – Thomas Healy. Ballyouskill – Patricia Holland

Minister of the Eucharist. Sunday 10am –Theresa Delaney and Siobhan McEvoy. Sunday 7pm – Anne O’Shea and Karen Phelan

Ballyouskill – Ann Brennan. Collectors for March-10am – Fabian Jacob Jnr. and Pakie Butler 7pm – Philip Kenny and Tony Lawrence mass in Ballyragget. Booklets First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013

New Eucharistic Ministers - A programme of preparation for new Ministers of the Eucharist will take place in the Canon Malone Hall on Monday 25th February and Monday 4th March from 7.30pm to 8.45pm – see poster in church porch.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 - The pilgrimage will take place this year from 22nd to 27th May and the price is €735 – all bookings from both regular and assisted pilgrims please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051- 880414 and for more information see the poster in the church porch.

Prayer and Reflection – Will be held in Peace in Christ Retreat house on Tuesday 12th March 8pm – 10.30pm – as this year is the Year of Faith this is a great opportunity for people to make a special effort and to pray for a new Pope.

PREMARRIAGE COURSES - Dates of Accord Pre-Marriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are March 22nd/23rd, April 12th/13th, May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674. 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.