Trap fever hits The ‘Bridge

SPIRIT - The two Bennettsbridge hostelries are entering into the spirit of the Euro 2012 with the green and gold featuring prominently in their premises. In the Corner House, John Lalor,(better known as “Mop” Lalor)has gone a step further and installed a large banner on the front of the pub, reading, “MOPATONI’S CORNER HOUSE”, supporting The Boys in Green.

SPIRIT - The two Bennettsbridge hostelries are entering into the spirit of the Euro 2012 with the green and gold featuring prominently in their premises. In the Corner House, John Lalor,(better known as “Mop” Lalor)has gone a step further and installed a large banner on the front of the pub, reading, “MOPATONI’S CORNER HOUSE”, supporting The Boys in Green.

EAST END STAR - Congratulations to Kyran O’Sullivan who won the U13 Kilkenny People League Division 2 Player of the Year. Kyran O’Sullivan had a very consistant season and the award was well deserved in what was a very good year for East End Schoolboys and Schoolgirls soccer. He was presented with his award by the Mayor, David Fitzgerald, at a ceremony in Springhill Court Hotel, on Friday night. Kyran is the first schoolboy from East End to win an award.  Members of the U11 squad were also there to receive their Cup Runners Up medals

EAST END AGM - There was a good attendance at the AGM held last week. Chairman David Crocky Ryan opened the meeting with his address.  He thanked all players and managers for the hard work that they had put in throughout the year.  He acknowledged the great work of all involved with the 40th Anniversary Celebrations, which all agreed was the highlight of the year.  Patricia Dowling, who stood down from her role as club secretary was wished the best of luck in the coming weeks and thanked for all the hard work she had put in over the past years. The new committee was elected as follows:  Chairman David Crocky Ryan, Secretary Richie Phelan, Treasurer Mark O’Sullivan, Schoolboys Secretary Lorraine Holohan, Child Welfare Officer, Claire Brennan.  As usual the cry now goes out for players and managers for the coming season. More details to follow.

LIAM BENNETT RIP - The death of Liam Bennett, Rioch Street, Kilkenny, was heard of with regret in the parish. Formerly from Stroan, Liam hurled with Bennettsbridge and played full back on the 1962 team which beat Lisdowney. In 1964 he picked up a second championship medal with the ‘Bridge club when they beat Glenmore. The Bennett brothers, Liam, Tony and Jimmy, gave sterling service to the club throughout the sixties. Jimmy Bennett won National League Honours with Kilkenny in, ’65 and ’66, and an All-Ireland Railway Cup and Oireachtas in 1967. Had the honour of captaining the Kilkenny team in 1968 and later played with London. Many of Liam’s former team-mates attended the funeral services. Sympathy is extended to his wife and family at this sad time.

CARDS - Prizewinners for the past two weeks are as follows: 29.05.12Two pairs shared the prize money with 11games each, Maura Drennan/Peter Dooley and Ann McDowell/Gabriel Moylan. Table Prize, Pat Doheny/Larry Walsh. 05.06.12: 1st Prize Sam Gibbons/Matty Bolger, 13 games 2nd Prize Larry Walsh/Bridget Cottrell, 9 games Table Prize, Lar Gibbons/Joe Doyle

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 13, 15, 22, 28. Jackpot now stands at E8200. Consolation Prizes to Pat O’Neill, Ballyreddin; Teresa Treacy, Parnell Street; Jack White, c/o J.Doran; Mrs B Ryan, Knockanroe; John Egan, Newhouse

LADIES TRIP - Members of the Ladies Club and friends travelled to Bantry for their annual weekend away. As usual the group joined with PAB for the Cork tour. The party included people from all over Ireland including Nenagh and Dublin. They were based in The Westlodge Hotel in Bantry and were well looked after for the duration of their stay by a friendly and efficient staff. Unfortunately the weather left a lot to be desired and visits to several beauty spots, including Garinish Island in Glengarriff were not enjoyed to the full. However, good company and good food made up for the weather and the ladies enjoyed their break. On Sunday, following mass in Skibbereen, there was a scenic tour to Baltimore, it’s history has been shaped by the sea – so much so that in 1631 much of it’s population were carried off by pirates, never to be seen again. A short stop was made in the small village of Union Hall which experienced untold tragedy some months ago when fishermen lost their lives during a fishing trip. The last night was spent in the traditional fashion with a lovely dinner followed by a sing-a-long in the Westlodge Hotel. The raffle was won by Patty Davey and Ciss Moran. Thanks went to Kathleen Conway who organised the trip. COLLECTION - A Churchgate collection in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association will be held on the weekend of 23rd and 24th June, in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge.

CHURCH NEWS - At weekend masses, Canon Patrick Duggan, P.P. asked parishioners for their prayers for the success of the Eucharistic Congress. Both churches will have unique mementos of the historic event in the form of a Jerpoint Glass chalice and paten, specially made, bearing the Ossory Logo, with the name of each church inscribed on the piece together with the date commemorating the Eucharistic Congress 2012.

CEMETERY MASSES - The dates for the Annual Cemetery Masses have been announced. Tullaherin Cemetery Mass will take place on Saturday, 28th July at 8pm. Bennettsbridge Cemetery Mass will be held on Saturday, 4th August at 7pm.

KARATE - Bennettsbridge Karate Club - Classes in Karate for Kids have now started in Bennnettsbridge Community Centre every Monday from 3.15pm - 4pm. The ‘After-School’ Kids Only Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old. Members of the club will be taught karate techniques and self-defence drills. There will also be a strong focus on physical fitness. Plenty of fun and games will also be incorporated in to the classes.

ART GROUP - The Bennettsbridge Art Group resumed classes on Saturday last under their tutor, Julie Moorhouse. The lesson concentrated on drawing hands and next week it is intended to have a live model, with hands being the focal point.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The Community Development Group and the GAA are joining forces for Field Day in Bennettsbridge GAA Field on Sun 24th June from 2 to 5pm. Lots of Fun for all, Wheel of Fortune, cake sales, raffle, fire engine display, novelty games for all ages, games to test your sporting ability and strength! Children’s athletics, face painting, Hurling and Camogie blitz’s, Dog Show, live music, teas/coffees. A major attraction will be the Centra Hurling Simulator hired from Croke Park for the day to test your hurling speed! For the 1st time in Kilkenny – The Home of Hurling – A Hurling Simulator will be at the Bennettsbridge Field Day, to test your hurling skills. This facility is being sponsored very generously by P.J. Cullen, Centra. There will be a competitive edge to the activity with prizes being awarded in the following categories. HURLING, Under 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, minor, senior-over 40. CAMOGIE, Under 10, 14, 18, senior –over 40. Raffle tickets are on sale at the moment. A beautifully framed jersey and signed picture of the Bennettsbridge Kilkenny Minor Roinn A Hurling County Champions 2011 will be up for auction. This will be on view in the local pubs over the next few weeks. If you would like to donate bric-a-brac, books, toys or bake for the day, cakes, bread, etc. will be very welcome. Donations for the bottle stall, prizes for the ‘Wheel of Fortune’, or fire wood for the auction will help to make the day a success. Would you like to sponsor an event? Please contact any committee member. All donations can be dropped into the hall on Friday 15th from 2.45pm to 3.30pm, Sat 16th from 6.45pm to 8pm, Sunday 17th from 10.15am to 11.30am, Friday 22nd from 2.45pm to 3.30pm, Sat 23rd from 6.45pm to 8pm and Sunday 24th from 10.00am to 11.30am. If you would like to help on the day please contact any member of the community development group or drop in at any of the above times to the hall. NEXT MEETING TONIGHT WEDNESDAY IN GAA CLUB ROOMS AT 8.30PM.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to the Stapleton Family, Kilfane and the Kirwan Family, Sugarstown on their recent sad bereavement.

BEST WISHES - Our thoughts are with the students of the parish who are doing their exams at the moment and they are wished every success

GAA - While most membership fees have been collected there are still some outstanding and it is now necessary to submit these to, Martin Treacy or any member of the club.

FRAMED PICTURES MINORS - The Bennettsbridge Minor Hurling team which won the County Championship last year has been framed and the picture is available from P.J.Cullen, Centra, at a cost of E30.00.

SCHOOL HURLING - The last few weeks have seen a number of school matches completed at the business end of the season. Our development team was first away to Galmoy. Played on a cold day and wet ground, this team displayed all the skills and courage they had been practicing since last September. After a slow start they soon got to grips with the opposition and conditions and while they never managed to get their noses in front, they made Galmoy fight to the end, producing some good passages of hurling and some nice scores. Next up for this team was Tullaroan. Unfortunately for the ‘Bridge, Tullaroan were a physically superior outfit, and despite the best efforts of the ‘Bridge, they were unable to make any headway. However the progress in their hurling was a noticeable feature. The final game of the season was away to Conahy. Played in ideal conditions, it was obvious from the start that it was going to be a tight affair as both teams looked equally matched. The early part of the match was dominated by both defences, with Johnny Waugh and David Graham showing well for BB and Rachel Kelly stopping several goal chances from Conahy. Mikey Lewis and Ciaran Mullen working hard in centrefield and Daragh Cassin defending from the front. When the scores started to flow, each team cancelled out the other. By half time, BB had scores from Mikey Lewis, Ciaran Mullen and Hannah Kelly. HT Score, BB, 1-2 Galmoy, 1-4. The second half saw Rachel Kelly move from the goal to a forward position, which initially paid dividends as she scored 2-1. Her sister, Hannah had dropped to a more defensive position and along with Laurence Mahon and Ben King gave a more solid look to the backs. Tom O’Donnell, Tom Bolger and Billy Brown in the half forward line were working hard to create chances and for a while it looked like BB would win the day. But, to Conahy’s credit they didn’t panic and kept pressure on, matching BB scores to win out by 4 points. Hopefully, these young players will have enjoyed their introduction to school hurling and the experience will stand to them next year when they will replace the current 6th class team. A big thank you from the management for the commitment shown by these youngsters to training and matches. More school hurling reports next week.

SET DANCING - Bennettsbridge Set Dancers took part in the Kilkenny Fleadh which was held on The Parade. They took home 48 trophies, coming first and second (Under 6), first and second(Under 8) and first and fourth (Under !0). Special praise was given to Cillian Davin and Brian Whelan for theirexcellent performances. Under 6 Rachel Ward, Joy Lonergan, Robyn Kenny, Aisling Dwan, Hugh Lonergan, Laura Keogh, Katie Hayes, Samuel Hayes, Abby Keogh, Deirmuid Greene and Keelin Cullen. Under 8 Megan Walsh, Emma Keogh, Luci Brennan, Lucy Walsh, Jenny Shiel, Brian Whelan, Lucy O’Sullivan, Cillian Davin, Faye Lonergan and Clodagh Shiels. Under 10 Niamh Hogan, Abbie Wemyss, Hollie O’Farrell, Ciara Greene, Farrah Callahnan, Zahra Khadabacksh, Niamh Whelan, Megan Walsh, Niamh Walsh and Rachel Phelan.

HAPPY RETIREMENT - The good wishes of the community go to Lucy Dooley, Newhouse, on her retirement as Director of the O’Neill Centre after twenty years of service. Lucy and her family are wished well in the years ahead.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan on 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.