Bagenalstown -

175 YEARS IN BAGENALSTOWN - This year Bagenalstown Parish will celebrate the Presentation Sisters 175 years of providing primary and secondary education in the town.

175 YEARS IN BAGENALSTOWN - This year Bagenalstown Parish will celebrate the Presentation Sisters 175 years of providing primary and secondary education in the town.

This is an incredible achievement and to honour this significant milestone and give thanks, there will be a day of celebration and thanksgiving on Saturday, May 19 next. This will commence, in the afternoon, with the opening of the Convent Memorial Garden in the BEAM centre. The area of the old convent and national school, which is now occupied by BEAM, was donated to the organisation by the Presentation Sisters. In recognition of this and as a token of appreciation, the grounds have been developed and landscaped and are truly majestic. This has been done as a tribute to the Sisters. Pride of place is the statue of Our Lady, which resided in the Sister’s convent garden and which was the focal point during the annual May Procession of past years - this used be one of the highlights of the school year. A photograph exhibition will also be available and refreshments will be provided.

The Queen of the Universe National School will also host a photograph exhibition and people will be free to visit.

At 6pm there will be a Celebratory Mass in St Andrew’s Church. Following this Mass there will be a pageant by the students of Our Lady Queen of the Universe School and a slide show in the Presentation De La Salle College where refreshments will be provided.

This promises to be a parish day of joyful celebration and thanksgiving for the Presentation Sisters. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend all or part of this event so please pass on the invitation. No doubt many school memories and stories will be exchanged.

EIST CANCER SUPPORT CENTRE - The Centre is calling all runners, joggers and walkers to participate in the Dublin Mini Marathon, on Monday, June 3, in support of the centre. Centre tee-shirts and free bus to Dublin on the day. Sponsorship cards available from the centre at 0599139684 or contact Mary 0851440510.

THE DAWN GATHERING MASS - The fifth Annual Easter Dawn Mass will take place on Easter Sunday Morning at 6am at the summit of Mt. Leinster on the Blackstairs Mountains, south Co Carlow. This Gathering invites all for this special spiritual ceremony. Buses will leave Bagenalstown at 4am from outside the Parish Church. People are encouraged to wrap up well in warm clothing and to bring hot drinks and snacks if necessary.

Traffic Management: Access to Mt. Leinster by car can be gained via Corrabutt Gap (the Myshall side) and at Tom Duff (Borris side) before 4am. After 4am a 1-way-system will be put in place. Access may only be gained to Mt. Leinster via Corrabutt Gap for cars. There will be however a shuttle bus service from car parks on either side up to 6am. Please co-operate with the direction of stewards on the morning. Those who would like to get up to the Mass area with elderly, please ensure you come early, as parking space fills up very early.

Summer Time: Summertime begins on Easter Sunday morning, so be sure to put your clocks forward 1 hour on Saturday night, or else you will miss the whole event!!

Any queries please contact Bagenalstown Parish Office on 059 9721154 or or Fr Declan Foley on 087 6684299.

GRIEF COUNSELLING - If you are grieving for a loved one Bagenalstown Parish has a team of people who have been professionally trained to support all parishioners who have been bereaved. A letter offering this confidential support is sent out to one member of the bereaved family where the funeral has taken place in Bagenalstown Parish. This support is also available to all members of the family and to bereaved parishioners where the funeral has not taken place in Bagenalstown. If you would like to avail of this support please phone Rita O’Quigley (059) 9131323 or Eleanor Dunphy in the Parish Office (059) 9721154 who will make arrangements for someone to call to you.

BEREAVED - Deepest sympathy to the families of the following who died recently – Agnes Cahill,28 Conway Park, James Roche, Kilcarrig, Thomas Clarke, Kilree Cottages, Jim O’Kane, Maple Drive, Peter Connolly, Kilcarrig, Elizabeth DeLacey, 14 Conway Park. May they rest in peace.

BAPTISM CHANGES -Bagenalstown Parish from April 2013 will request the parents to attend a preparation meeting before registering a child for Baptism. These meetings are held once a month, on the second Monday of every month in the Parochial House starting Monday, April 8. Further details can be had by ringing the Parish Office at 059 -9721154.

FLORA WOMEN’S MINI MARATHON - Join the Saplings School for Children with Autism group and walk, jog or run the Dublin Flora Women’s Mini Marathon on bank holiday Monday, June 3. They school will organise your registration and collection of your race number. They are running a bus from Carlow Town and each person will receive a free race t-shirt. Please contact Siobhan on 089 4616913 for full details. All funds raised will go towards Occupational Therapy for the children in the school. Why not try and get a few friends together and a have a great day out.

CARLOW ROSE RECRUITMENT 2013 - Calling all young ladies from Carlow between the ages of 18 and 27yrs to enter the Carlow Rose Of Tralee 2013. The final will be held in the Mount Wolseley Hotel on Sunday, May 5. For further details contact the Carlow Rose Centre email: Mobile: Evie on 086 6020104.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS COURSE - Anyone interested in doing the Eucharistic Ministers Course please contact Pamela Whelan on 085– 8230207.

SPONSORED WALK - Ballinkillen Camogie Club are holding a sponsored walk around the “Flag” in Ballinkillen on Sunday, April 7 at 11am. Draw cards available on Tuesday nights at training or from Jenny.


SONGS FROM THE MUSICALS CONCERT - On behalf of the residents, staff and Board of Management, of St Lazerian’s, House Mrs Marian Manning, Manager,

would like to thank everyone who attended their concert on Friday, March 8, in the Muinebheag Vocational School Sports Gym “Songs from the Musicals”.

Mrs Manning said “It was a great night, our best concert yet and the performers were really excellent. I would like to thank them for giving up their time to practice before the concert, and for giving such a professional performance on the night. The feedback from people who attended was outstanding”.

She also thanks the Men’s Choir and students from the Presentation De La Salle College arranged and conducted by Marian Walsh; Marie Egan, Sean Aughney and the staff and students from Muinebheag Vocational School, arranged and conducted by Eddie Cahill, Aoife Campion and Fr Rory Nolan; James Brennan; Eilis Eagers and Alfie Cox accompanied by Dale Hennessy; Anne Marie Meaney. and Erica O’Hara; Fr John McEvoy, Aoibhinn Foley and Leanne Cummins accompanied by Sena Harenberg; the Residents and staff from St Lazerian’s House and Fr Declan Foley; Brendan Byrne accompanied by Marian Walsh; Tina Kavanagh and 16 friends and family who brought the house down with “Sister Act.”

“Thank you to the staff of St Lazerian’s House who helped organise the concert and helped out on the night; to Samantha for providing beautiful cakes, to the staff that helped serve tea after the concert and for selling raffle tickets; to Brendan Hennessy for ensuring the concert ran smoothly and to Dale and Pat on lights and sound and to Tommy for recording the concert Finally to David O’Flaherty and his staff for providing us with such a marvellous venue. €4000 was raised towards the extension and thanks to the local community and surrounding parishes for its continued support.”

COMMUNITY GAMES - Congratulations to the Boys’ U13 Basketball who won the County Final recently. They played Graiguecullen in the first round and won well and in the semi-final they played Slaney Valley and they went on to beat St Lazerian’s in the Final. The team is Charlie Ashmore, Padraig Hynes, Kealan Guidera, Keegan Bradley, Brian McNally, Cormac Lomax, Sean Smithers, Colin Byrne and Kacper Celerak. A big thank you to coach Mick Nevin and we wish them all the bext in the next round. Well done to all who took part in the gymnastics over the week-end. Anyone interested in putting teams for theU12 Girls football team, camogie, hurling, please contact Paula on 087 7516254.

POINT TO POINT - Carlow Farmers Hunt Point to Point will take place on Sunday March 24, at Borris House, Co Carlow. First Race 2pm. Great family day out. Contact Liz Doran on 086 1992457 for further details.