Cooperation Ireland Pride of Place 32 County Competition

PRIDE OF PLACE - The organising committee meets in the BEAM Centre every Tuesday night at 7.30pm and extends a very warm welcome to anyone interested in helping to show our town at its very best when the judges from the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place 32 County Competition arrive in Bagenalstown on the afternoon of Thursday, June 21. Bagenalstown has been chosen to represent Co. Carlow and we now have a wonderful opportunity to promote our town.

PRIDE OF PLACE - The organising committee meets in the BEAM Centre every Tuesday night at 7.30pm and extends a very warm welcome to anyone interested in helping to show our town at its very best when the judges from the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place 32 County Competition arrive in Bagenalstown on the afternoon of Thursday, June 21. Bagenalstown has been chosen to represent Co. Carlow and we now have a wonderful opportunity to promote our town.

The first stop will be the McGrath Hall where they will be greeted by entertainment outside the hall, with a Guard of Honour to welcome the judges and involvement by local schoolchildren and youth groups. Hosts Mary Foster and Cllr. Liam O’Brien will welcome the judges to Bagenalstown at the McGrath Hall and invite them to view the exhibition which will feature voluntary groups and organisations, local businesses, services etc. There will be a PowerPoint presentation about the town and our community, and the judges will meet local people The route will take in Kilree Street and down Main Street to our recently refurbished library, which is now a state of the art facility where they will be invited to look around by the Co. Librarian Josephine Coyne and librarians Bernie Brennan and Brigid Johnson.

The tour will continue to the Town Park and down to the Family Resource Centre where they will be introduced to the range of activities carried out in the Centre. An exhibition of

local crafts and artwork will be on display there. Following a visit to the BEAM Centre in Regent Street and a trip on the river to the Swimming Pool, the McGrath Park will be the final stop where there will be demonstrations of the range of sports played in the Park. The afternoon will conclude with a People’s Party for all the community and children’s entertainment in one area of the Park.

KCLR will have an outside broadcast unit in Bagenalstown on the day and will feature interviews with people involved in the organisation of the event.

We can all do our bit, whether by sweeping the path outside our property or brightening it up with a few window boxes or hanging baskets, your contribution is very important.

CREATORS AND CRAFTERS - Calling all local creators and crafters, If you would like to play your part in Bagenalstown Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Competition 2012 please contact Joanne Donohoe on 086 3843361 if you would like to donate your craft or food produce as a gift to the judges on June 21.

PERFORMING ARTS - Carlow Performing Arts Summer Camp is a week long course taking place in Bishop Foley National School, Carlow from July 2 to 6 (inclusive). During the course, each child will get a taste of music, rhythm, melody, movement and interactive drama games. Classes are grouped by Age 3-5 years, 6 – 9 ears and 10 - 12 years. To book a place and for more information, contact Ann at 0879224371

ADULT SUMMER WORKSHOPS - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre is holding three day workshops on June 19, 20 and 21 and June 26, 27 and 28. The workshops will cover appliqué, health, beauty and wellbeing, also Introduction to Community Development and Group Work. Cost €5 weekly or €10 for three weeks. More information from the Centre at 059 9722028.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - FETAC LEVEL 5 IN This course is suitable for anybody interested in community development and education and would like to gain the skills and knowledge to actively participate in community work, further education or employment. It starts in September. It is part of the Back to Education Initiative (Carlow) in conjunction with Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, and will be held in Bagenalstown FRC. The course is free for those without Leaving Certificate, Social Welfare recipients (or spouse) and Medical Card holders. Application forms and more information are available from the Centre. Closing date for application is June 22. Please call Josie on 059 9722028 or 086 6665748

RELAY FOR LIFE-IRISH CANCER SOCIETY - Relay for Life takes place in Duckett’s Grove, Carlow on June 16 and 17, starting at 5pm Sat. and finishing at 5pm Sunday. The Baden Powell Scouts “Be Positive” team is currently selling Candles of Hope and are looking for sponsorship at 086 8762437. Lighting a candle can help in the fight against cancer. You can buy a Candle of Hope bag and dedicate it to someone who has been touched by cancer or you can buy a candle bag to remember someone who has passed away from cancer. The candles will be lit at sunset and kept lit throughout the night. The lighting of the candles will take place after a special Candle of Hope ceremony at approx. 10.30pm on Sat. June 16. All money raised by the Baden Powell Scouts goes directly to the Irish Cancer Society

AGM - St. Lazerian’s House will take place on Monday, June 18 at 2.30pm. Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

SUMMER CAMPS - Muine Bheag Vocational School’s annual Summer Camp takes place on Mon. July 16 to Thurs. July 19 from 10am to 2pm. This Camp is for students from 4th and 5th class and those in 6th class who are enrolled in the school. There will be a range of exciting activities including arts and crafts, cooking, sports, games and more. It will also include a fun day trip. Fee €30. Enrolment forms are available from the school. Closing for enrolments is Wed. June 6. Further information from Marita on 97 21335.

SWIMMING POOL - Bagenalstown Swimming Pool is now open. Times from 11am to 12.30pm; 2.30pm to 5pm and 7pm to 9pm.

GRAVEYARD MASSES - Bagenalstown Fri. June 15 and Dunleckney Fri. June 22.

CORK TO CARLOW CYCLE - Irish Wheelchair Association Cork To Carlow Cycle. All cyclists are asked to be at the Bus Park, Barrack Street, Carlow on Friday, June 15, at 6.45p.m. to get the bikes loaded. For more details contact Jack Doyle (Tel. 087-0556965).

BIKE WEEK JUNE 16 TO 24 - Fun Cycle starting from Ballyloughan Hall on Monday, June 18 at 7.30pm sharp. All welcome to take part, followed by refreshments, Raffle and prizes for participants who take part in the hall.

FIELD DAY - Our Lady’s National School, Nurney, will be holding their annual Field Day, on Sunday, June 17 in the village of Nurney, Co. Carlow. Attractions include, Wheel of Fortune, Bottle Stall, Cake Stall, Book Stall, Bric a Brac, Bouncy Slide, Novelty Dog Show, raffles sporting events and lots more. Gates open at 2pm. Admission: Adults €2 - Children and Senior Citizens free. All are very welcome to what promises to be a great family day out.

Computer Lessons-Beginner computer lessons will start soon in Bagenalstown Library. Any enquiries to the library on Main Street. These courses are facilitated by FAS and are free to everyone.

Erin’s Own Hurling Club-After wins over Mt. Leinster Rangers and Naomh Brid in the Senior All County Hurling League Erin’s Own has booked its place in the Final due to be played in the next few weeks.

AGM-At a recent AGM of Bagenalstown Red Devils Manchester Supporters Club the following committee members were elected:- Hon. President Paddy Crerand; Chairman Michael Maher; Vice Chairman Harry Doran; Secretary Bartley Murphy; Joint Treasurers Liam Somers and Sean Murphy; Fundraising/Events Kevin Halligan; Fundraising/Events Paul Gardiner; Fundraising Official Ronan Darcy; Fundraising/Events Billy Clarke; Committee – Jim Reddy, Ciara Murphy, Stephen Ferrissey, John Jordan, Joe Ferrissey and Siobhan Murphy. The club is now open for new members for the forthcoming season. Contact Club Secretary Bartley Murphy on 085 1571637.

BARROW TRAINING AND CONSULTANCY SERVICES-Alcohol and Drug Addiction FETAC level 5 9.30am to 4.30pm July 13, 20 and 27. Venue: Talbot Hotel, Carlow. Fee €250. CPR Workshop 10-1am and 2p to 5pm. HCA’s Nurses Jul 10, Kilkenny. Fee €60. Health Related Cleaning Skills FETAC Level 6 9.30am - 4.30pm July 11, 18 and 25. Venue: Springhill Hotel, Kilkenny. Fee €250.