Ballyragget - Cake sale on Holy Saturday for GAA club

Ballyragget I.C.A. is holding a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day in the Canon

Ballyragget I.C.A. is holding a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day in the Canon

Malone Hall on Friday from 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and

enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and lend your support to this worthy cause – Easter

chicks will be on sale at this event.

ICA - Kilkenny ICA federation outing to Mayo from May 20th – 24th inc. Non members

welcome – enquiries to 087 – 9145250 before the 20th March.

DAFFODIL DAY - Ballyragget Post Office is holding a cake sale on Friday 22nd March at the Post

Office - fresh daffodils will be for sale at this event and your support would be much

appreciated. Donations of cakes would be very welcome

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAG PACK - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday there will be a bag-pack in

Dick’s Supervalu in aid of Special Olympics and your help and support would be

much appreciated. If you are in a position to give some time and help out with the bag

packing please contact Carmel Walsh Kenny on 087 – 4126958 or Anne O’Shea on

085 – 7417517. Ballyragget has a great tradition of supporting the Special Olympics

over the years and these fantastic local athletes have on many occasions brought great

honour and pride to our community. Special Olympics first and foremost changes

lives, they are primarily a sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities

and offer year round sports training for over 11,000 athletes participating in 15

different sports. They not only offer sports but also give athletes the opportunity to

develop skills, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and

participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships. Like all voluntary organisations

the current economic climate has impacted on their funding and any help and support

will be well utilised. Please put your name forward and give some help to this very worthwhile cause.

BALLYRAGGET DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION - On Friday 22nd March the Ballyragget Development Association are holding a table

quiz in Fitzpatrick’s bar starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20 – please come along

and test your general knowledge skills against the primo quizmaster Jack Dunphy.

Come along and enjoy a great night out – all proceeds from this event will go towards

tidy town 2013 - all are welcome.

LISDOWNEY CHORAL GROUP - Congratulations to the ladies of the Lisdowney Choral Group on their recent win in

the Arklow Music Festival. They won the Patsy Green Cup with their performance

of Ave Maria and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The group are conducted by Geraldine

Murphy who had a very good day that Sunday as her other choir the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir bagged a 1st also winning the Paddy Fitzgerald Memorial Cup. The photograph shows the Lisdowney Choir with the Patsy Green Cup – Well done ladies.

MISSING PUPPY - A black/white sheepdog pup 5 months old is missing – any information please contact

Michael on 086 - 3652283

DRUMMING WORKSHOP - The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting

a Recreational and African Drumming Workshop Facilitated by Eddie O’Neill

(www.rhythmretreats.com) on Easter Monday 1st April 2013 from 2 pm till 4:30 pm.

The cost is € 20.00 and all Drums are provided. Phone Phil on 087 6228141 or Peter

on 085 7495016

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 Friday.

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 ballyraggetchildcare@gmail.com 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.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 2, 1, 17, 22. No jackpot Winner; €50 sellers prize – Tom Phelan; €100 Sean Stapleton, High Street; €60 Shaun McGrath, The Square; €30 Miriam Mooney, C/O F. Brennan; €30 w John Holland, The Square; in-house prize C/O The Hogan Stand

Whiskey – Tony McCraith; €30 Maria Bergin, Glenvale; €30 Janie Dowling, Grove Terrace; €30 Margaret Stratford, Grange. Next week’s venue – The Wheel Inn. Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2

FITKIDS EASTER CAMP - Come join our fun active multi-sports Easter Camp which provides a wide variety of

activities and sports to keep kids entertained during the Easter holidays. The camp

will run from Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March at the Ballyragget GAA

grounds from 10.00am to 2.30pm. 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. Appropriate fun high energetic activities are provided for camp age

groups 3-4 years 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic

obstacle circuits using Fitkids specialised equipment, soccer, tag-rugby, tennis,

basketball, dodge ball, active running and relay games, parachute games and of course

Easter games, arts and crafts. Places are limited so in order to guarantee a place book

early to avoid disappointment. The camp costs €55 per child, sibling rate €45 book

online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663.

CAKE SALE - The hurling club will hold a home bake sale on Saturday morning of Marc 30 h

(Holy Saturday) at Glenvale all donations and support greatly appreciated.

BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch. The

Book Club will meet on Tuesday 2nd April in the Hogan Stand and new members are

always welcome.

NAOMH BRID - On Tuesday March 12th, the St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA club house was the venue

for a basic skills coaching workshop, which was directed by the Camogie

Association’s Regional Development Coordinator, Patrick Mullany. Representatives

attended from all over Co. Kilkenny and were enthralled by the professional

presentation and content of the workshop. Patrick explained the six basic skills and

offered many helpful hints on coaching young players .He also emphasized the value

of a club ‘nursery programme’ and insisted that players should only use hurleys of

appropriate length and weight. The importance of having all training sessions planned

in advance was also highlighted. After his presentation and a Q&A session, Patrick

divided the forty coaches into small groups, for some practical work. The positive

feedback was overwhelming and participants have requested another workshop,

which would concentrate on coaching goalkeepers and using the ball wall most

effectively. The Naomh Brid club was represented by Brendan Walshe, Aidan

Morrissey, Caroline Phelan, Mick Southgate, Noel Cummins, John Gunner, Martin

Foley and Seamus O’ Doherty. Our club was delighted to host this important

workshop and there was plenty of discussion about the key messages afterwards,

while the coaches enjoyed the traditional cuppa. Thanks to the club members who

provided much appreciated refreshments for all of the participants. Sincere thanks are

extended to Patrick for his excellent presentation, which included an informative hand

out and to Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board Chairman, Mike Wall, for arranging the

workshop . The young camogie players of Kilkenny will ultimately benefit from the

enhanced knowledge of their coaches and trainers. The Naomh Brid club is

committed to the five objectives in the National Camogie Association’s National

Development Plan (2010 -2015) – Growing participation, Improving performance,

Volunteer Development and Leadership, Enhancing Camogie’s Profile and Ensuring

Excellent Governance and Organisational Development. These objectives will be the

focus of the club executive’s work, throughout the coming season. The Camogie

Association, under the leadership of its President, Aileen Lawlor, is working

effectively to brand the game as a modern, well structured, community based

organization that offers opportunities for ladies to develop as players on the pitch and

leaders off the pitch. Naomh Brid is proud to make its contribution, towards the

realization of those aims.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - The winner of the in house draw was Sean O’Shea €65 the Jackpot spin was Niall

Dowling who won €70 and the sellers prize was won by James Dowling €25. Next

week’s Jackpot is €3300 and is in Hogan’s Bar. Be in to win.

Brookville lost by 2-1 to River Rangers last weekend. The team tried hard throughout

the game but once again just could not get an equalizer. The team is in need of a small

bit of lady luck to smile on them at the moment to get their season back on track.

FUN EASTER HURLING CAMP - St Lachtains hurling club will hold their Easter hurling camp for boys and girls aged 7

to 13 years. The camp will be held on Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th of April. Camp

will start each morning from 10am to 2pm in Parc Lachtain Freshford. The cost of the

camp is €30 per child for the first two children and €20 for the third child onwards.

For further information you can contact Sean Boland on 0876623280, Breda Dermody

on 0868203390 or Irene Bergin on 086020741.

CHURCH NOTICES - First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013

Rosary Crusade – A Rosary Crusade against abortion in Ireland culminating with a

Vigil rally outside the Dail on Saturday 23rd March at 3pm - bus going from Durrow–

if you require any information see the poster in the 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.

We regret any inconvenience caused to parishioners due to the renovations to Fr.

Murphy’s parochial house. For Health and Safety reasons if you wish to contact Fr.

Murphy please contact him on 086 – 8130694. Leave anniversaries or notices into Fr.

Grants letter box – apologies for any inconvenience which may be caused during the

next few weeks

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.

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.