Tidy towns competition weekly clean up

TIDY TOWNS -Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

TIDY TOWNS -Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

The CES team have planted flowers around the town but unfortunately on two occasions the plants were stolen – from the historic Ragget’s Rock in Bridge Street and from the Ballyragget sign on the Moate Road. This is very disheartening for all concerned and we would appeal to all to be vigilant and have pride in their community.

FOROIGE CLEAN UP-Ballyragget Foroige Youth Club is planning to tidy up the area surrounding the graveyard. We are hoping this would take place on the 15th of June (Starting at 6.30p.m) in order to have it ready for the graveyard ceremonies at the end of the month. We would be extremely grateful for Volunteers who could lend a hand and would encourage as many people to come out and tidy family graves. Please bring your own implements. Please contact this number 087 - 7726106 for more details.

COMMUNITY ALERT-Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Community Alert want to remind people to be vigilant and keep cash and valuables in a safe place. To report any unusual callers or activities to the garda. To look out for your elderly neighbours or people living alone. Alarms for the elderly are available. Contact numbers for the community alert: Jim Delaney 087 8043203 Noel Cummins 086 8352698 Olive Thorpe 087 9257610

BALLYRAGGET FUN CAMP-Ballyragget Fun Camp is here again and looking forward to meeting your child/children at our camps, which are running over two weeks from July 2nd to 13th inclusive from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. daily. Cost is €60 per child with special concession for two or more children per family. The camp is open to children pre-school age and older. We guarantee the highest standard of care and safety by highly qualified staff, fully supervised lunch times and all activities professionally organised. Activities include-Arts and Crafts, Water Sports, Out-of-Centre trip, outdoor sports activities, cookery, dance, B-B-Q and much more. As places are limited in order to ensure quality care, please book as soon as possible. Booking can be made by phoning Marian at 0868462867, Catherine at 0857403812 or Tina at 0851607864. Come and meet your friends or make new friends at our camp on Chapel Avenue, Ballyragget.

BOOK CLUB-The book for Septembers 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 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.

BALLYRAGGET PLAYGROUND-FUN DAY ON THE GREEN!! Ballyragget Community Playground Committee is holding a cabaret in Ronan’s Lounge Ballyragget on Saturday the 9th of June at 9pm. A monster draw will take place on the night. Prizes include breakaways worth €500 and €250, tickets to the first Manchester Utd game of the season 12/13 with €100 spending money and many more on the night. They are also hosting a fun day on the Green on June 24th from 12.30pm with lots of games and fun activities to take part in. There will be a barbecue where you can grab a bite to eat, fancy dress competition, pet show, hurling competitions, soccer competitions, face painting, music and much more. There will also be stalls selling a variety of items on the day including homemade produce, plants, bird feeders, flower boxes etc. All are welcome! For more information please contact Catherine Delaney Kelly Secretary 085 7403812. Hope to see you there for a great day.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 3. 9. 14. 25. Jackpot Winner – No winner

€50 sellers prize – Martin Tierney

€100 winner – Pat White, C/O Jimmy Ruth

€60 winner – Esther Downey, CO Fitzpatrick’s

€30 winner – Mary Cass, Maudlin

€30 winner – Jim Butler, 7 Grove Terrace

In House prizes C/O The Hogan Stand

Bottle of Rum – Seamus Butler

€30 winner – Marie Brophy, Sportsman’s

€30 winner – Maria Brophy, Sportsman’s

€30 winner – Marian Rooney, Durrow Next week’s jackpot is €10,600. Next weeks venue is The Corner House

PHELAN STONE TOURNAMENT- The Annual Phelan, Stone and M+A Coaches U11 festival of hurling, takes place at St. Patrick’s GAA grounds on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th June. This is the club’s annual flagship event and with 24 teams participating from Cork, Galway, Down, Dublin, Laois Tipperary and throughout Co. Kilkenny, it promises to be a great weekend of hurling played in a non-competitive, sporting and friendly manner.

All parents will be issued with the club’s Code of Behaviour. Please take the time to read this important document. If you don’t receive this letter in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to contact any of the mentors or alternatively email Ollie Holohan at ohab@eircom.net.

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS-Piltown Draw: Tickets are on sale from the club for the Piltown Draw. Those wishing to purchase same should contact John Glennon or any member of the committee who will be able to point you in the direction of one of the sellers.

MAROON DAYS -The feedback to St. Patrick’s GAA club from readers of Maroon Days is very positive and all supporters are urged to buy a copy, if they haven’t already done so. Honoured with a foreword by Kilkenny GAA Co. Board Chairman, Paul Kinsella, the book has been recognised as the definitive record of a golden era for the club. Carmel Kenny’s poem captures the upbeat mood in the parish, as the excitement increased in the count down to the All Ireland Final. The drama of the training sessions, when fitness tests were passed and failed, is captured in the Editor’s diary, which logs the hectic activity between early January and that magical night in Croke Park. You can almost smell the freshly cut grass and wintergreen ! There are also features on some long time local hurling enthusiasts, Margaret Doheny’s historic election in the club and the story of an elderly parishioner, who attended his first hurling match ,in Croke Park, the day the club won the All Ireland Junior title. The unique achievement of Jimmy and Matt Ruth is highlighted along with the team’s introduction to the crowd at Nowlan Park, on the day Kilkenny beat Tipperary, in the opening round of the National Hurling League. The club’s successful dinner dance is also featured and in terms of the trophy display, we may never see the likes of it again. Packed with reports, interviews, snippets of club history and photographs this 104 page publication is well worth buying and great value at only €7. Maroon Days is on sale throughout Ballyragget , at In Touch Newsagents, Market Yard, Kilkenny City and from Jim Delaney at 087 8043203.

FITKIDS SUMMER CAMP-Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 9th to 13th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Ballyragget GAA grounds. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55 places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 0876893663

DOLLLARS AND STERLING-Ballyragget Post Office is pleased to announce the new service available at the Post Office – commission FREE sterling and commission FREE dollars. Office hours Monday to Friday 9 – 5.30pm closed lunchtime 1-2pm. Open Saturday 9-1pm

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL -Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 8th June – In house draw - €65– V. Kilkenny. Jackpot spin won Tom Phelan, Coole €70 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Tony Kenny. Next week’s jackpot is €1350 and will be held in Sportsman’s bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BALLYRAGGET FISHING CLUB-Ballyragget Fishing Club membership cards are now available in News and Chews- €5 per child, €20 per adult and €25 for family membership.

DEEN CELTIC ACADEMY 2012-The highly successful Deen Celtic AFC Academy 2012 commences on Monday July 9th to Friday 13th July. It is now in its third year. Final Registration takes place at Deen Celtic Clubhouse on Saturday 9th June from 3 to 4pm. Registration forms already completed can be returned to Schoolboy Managers or any member of Deen Celtic Committee .The Cost of the Academy is €60. A Kit is supplied with camp includes following club wear, a Windbreaker, Tee-Shirt, Socks & Gym Bag. This camp is not for members only. It is run to introduce children to the basics skills of soccer. Should an individual wish to sign for the club thereafter, the player has some of the Kit required for Deen Celtic included to help reduce costs to families in the difficult times. John Moore (jmoorecc@gmail.com); (086 - 8545015) the new Schoolboys Secretary at Deen Celtic stresses that the Club needs to attract schoolboys & girls from the surrounding parishes if it is to be successful in the Kilkenny & District League and beyond.

CHURCH EVENTS-Ministers for the Word Month of June – Team C, Team Leader – Breda Kane

Eucharistic ministers: Sunday 10am: Anne O’Shea and Gerry Warren; Sunday 7pm: Betty Smith and Betty Lawless; Saturday 7.30pm: Mary Kennedy. The parishes of Lisdowney, Ballyragget and Freshford have hired a bus to take people from these parishes to Croke Park for Mass on Sunday 17th June for the conclusion of the Eucharist Congress.

CEMETERY MASSES-St. Finnan’s Cemetery on Monday 25th June at 8pm. Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm; Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm; Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 10TH – 17TH JUNE This is an important international event in the Church calendar parishes, schools and homes etc are encouraged decorate their premises to welcome the Congress. Wholesale Flags directly on 093 42024 or email irishwholesaleflag@hotmail.com Tickets: Those still interested in obtaining tickets for any Congress event or the Final Mass in Croke Park should ring 01 2981122. Special Trains for Rail/Iarnrod Eireann will operate special trains for pilgrims from Waterford/ Kilkenny going to the Eucharistic Congress. Train Times are as follows: Tuesday 12th June: Leaving Waterford 6.40 am, Thomastown 7.03, Kilkenny 07.18, Muine Bheag 7.37 arriving in Sandymount (5 mins walk from RDS) Dublin at approx. 9.30am.The return train leaves Sandymount station at 10.00pm. Sunday 17th June: Leaving Waterford 9.35am, Thomastown 9.58. Kilkenny 10.13, Muine Bheag 10.31 arriving at Connolly Station (10 minutes walk from Croke Park) at 12 mid day. The return train leaves Connolly at 18.10pm. For these trains to run booking is essential and needs to be done immediately. Many parishes have organised bus transport. Check with www.ico2012 for tickets

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.

notes-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.

HURLING NEWS-St Patricks Ballyragget were in action against Dicksboro on Thursday night last in Round 2 of the Michael Lyng Intermediate Hurling Aylward Cup at James Park. After a day of rain the evening opened up bright to allow the game to go ahead in some comfort. The Bally boys were on form on the night and played well. The game ending on a score line of St Patricks Ballyragget 3-13 to Dicksboro 0-9. Round 3 of the campaign will take place tonight (Wednesday) against Conahy in the Polo Grounds Jenkinstown at 7.30. The Junior B team were in action in the County Junior B League Semi Final at Johnspark the very next night against O’Loughlin Gaels, this game ending on a draw of 3-10 to Ballyragget 0-19 to O’Loughlin Gaels. The replay of this game is yet to be fixed. The club would like to thank everyone who has supported the club and those who continue to support the club at each age level and through the various fundraising activities. It is truly appreciated.

BORD NA NOG-Our Annual Phelan, Stone, M&A Coaches blitz takes place on Fri 15th & Sat 16th. This is the event’s 10th anniversary and promises to be a great weekend of hurling. There are 24 teams of under 11’s participating, travelling from all over the country. All volunteers are welcome to help out in various aspects of the event; stewarts, parking, refreshments etc. Please contact Ollie, Lar or any member of the committer for further details on how you can help. For those of you that are providing cakes, buns etc, we would like to say thank you in advance and advise they can be dropped off at the clubhouse from 5:30pm onwards on Fri evening and all day Sat. All contributions are really appreciated. We would encourage everyone to come along to watch any of the games from 6pm on Fri and 9:30am on Sat. We are still continuing to collect mobile phones at training on Wednesday evenings. Thank you to all those who have already donated. Best of luck to out U12’s who are playing Nass, Kildare on Wed 13th. Finally, we would like to wish all our hurlers taking junior/leaving cert exams the very best of luck.

COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND-A huge thank you to all that supported our cabaret and sponsored prizes on Saturday night last. Winner of breakaways were Billy Bradley jnr and Helen Barcoe. Winner of the Man Utd tickets Karl Redmond. A raffle was also held on the night winners in raffle were T O’Hara, Pat Butler, Una Foley, Emma Butler, Richard Kelly, Ann Stone, Des Foley, Marie Butler, Kyron Hogan, Miriam Kelly, T Thornton. Preparations are well under way for our fun day on the Green 24th June. lots of activities planned. Meeting Wed night  at 9.30pm. For more info contact Catherine 0857403812

OSSORY AGRICULTURAL SHOW-Ossory Agricultural Show 1898 - 2012 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 secretary catherine fitagerald, 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.