Cygnets are new residents

MORE CYGNETS - We are so lucky in Goresbridge to have swans nesting in the area, the swan that has been nesting near Slyguff Lock has hatched and she is the proud mammy of five cygnets and if you fancy bringing the kids for a walk she has been seen with her family just above Ballyellen upper in the canal. Bring your camera, they make great photographs.

MORE CYGNETS - We are so lucky in Goresbridge to have swans nesting in the area, the swan that has been nesting near Slyguff Lock has hatched and she is the proud mammy of five cygnets and if you fancy bringing the kids for a walk she has been seen with her family just above Ballyellen upper in the canal. Bring your camera, they make great photographs.

TIDY TOWNS - There has been plenty of work going on around the village for tidy towns. The committee would really appreciate if the residents would put out a window box, pot of flowers, hanging basket to further enhance the village. Last week the beds front and back of Cluain Mhuire were planted, the crafted tubs were planted and a big thanks to Aidan and David Hennessy from the Bridge Boys who did Trojan work, Martina from Ossory Youth and Dee Sewell from Greenside Up. Thank you to John and Patricia Fenlon who planted the bed at Connolly’s and provided all the plants themselves. It was great to see the children and young people who live on Barrack St give a hand with the pots there, carrying and fetching while they were being planted. Thank you to Imelda and Peter for their help on Barrowmount Road and to committee members from GRD. There is still more planting to be done this week and that should finish it, thanks to our Fás workers especially Malcolm who has been given the task of watering but we will be looking for help from some residents to give a help also.

GRASS VERGES CUT - The grass verges have been cut coming into the village from Ballyellen, Graignamanagh and Gowran and of course the Royal Oak road always looks brilliant thanks to Connolly’s Red Mills. These jobs are possible due to your support of Split the Pot, so thank you, you are making a difference to the village.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Heartiest congratulations to Philomena Murphy, Lower Grange, who was chosen as the KDL Premier Division Player of the Year and richly deserved it must be said.

BOAT REMOVED - The boat that has been on the quay at the Barrow in Goresbridge for a couple of months has been removed. Thank you to Waterways Ireland for their help with this matter.

GOOD LUCK WITH EXAMS - The best of luck is wished to all our young people from Goresbridge who will be sitting Junior Cert and Leaving Exams starting today, Wednesday. It is such a huge ordeal and can be quite daunting but there are lots of courses in different fields to suit everyone.

WORTH AVAILING OF - If you are over 65 and live alone or if you are a couple over 65 you can avail of a personal monitored alarm. Contact Breda at Goresbridge Rural Development at 059 9775646 Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm or Colette 087 2601672. If you are considering having one installed please contact us straight away. Installation is free but there is a yearly charge of €60 per year, it gives great peace of mind and certainly worth thinking about.

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS - Piltown Draw Tickets are now being distributed by Barrow Rangers Hurling Club; this is one of the main fundraisers for the club each year. Tickets cost €50 and there will be a chance to win a car in 5 draws held during June, July and August. There are 30 cash prizes in each draw and Barrow Rangers always manage to have several winners each year. Tickets can be purchased from any committee member or player; your support would be greatly appreciated. Peter Breen has them for sale in the Goresbridge area.

BICENTENARY CELEBRATION - The Church of the Holy Trinity in Goresbridge first opened for worship in 1813. Parishioners are invited to suggest ways of celebrating this bicentenary in 2013. It could be a whole year of celebration, you are invited to make suggestions in writing or parish@gmail.com.

YOU SHALL BE MY WITNESS - The final session of the confirmation programme, “you shall be my witness” will take place on Thursday evening in Ionad Dara at 7.30 for all newly confirmed young people.

OFFICIAL OPENING - The official opening and blessing of the new school extension and refurbishment at Scoil Bhride, Paulstown will take place on Friday June 8th at 11 a.m. An open invitation is extended to past pupils of the school and members of the local community.

CORPUS CHRISTI PROCESSION - To mark the start of the Eucharistic Congress at parish level there will be a Corpus Christi Procession after 11.30 Mass in Paulstown on Sunday June 10. All communion children are invited to attend in their Communion clothes. Clubs, Organisations, Associations, Groups with their banners and all representing our community are invited to participate. All will be invited to join in the hymn singing.

CELEBRATING OUR PARISH OLYMPIAN - An event to celebrate boxer, Darren O’ Neill being on the Irish team of athletes in the 2012 Olympic Games in London will take place on Saturday June 16 in the afternoon 2 – 5 in Paulstown Community Field. There will be field games, BBQ, a raffle and musical entertainment and the man himself will be present. Planning involves the co-operation of all the sporting clubs and other activity groups in the Parish. To cover the cost of signage, flags, bunting etc for the villages, all groups are asked to make a financial contribution. The treasurer is Frances Kelly, Kellymount, Paulstown, cheques should be made payable to Paulstown and Goresbridge Camogie club. More details to follow.

SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - Annette Mahon, Ballyellen won €112, Ryan and Adam Quinn, Main St won €20 and Claire Brennan, Kilcoltrim won €20. Thank you to all who play Split the Pot, it is really appreciated and the money is being spent around the village. Please continue to support the draw, it costs €2 to play, write your name on the envelopes provided and it could be you this week.

MEMBERSHIP TO ANGLERS ASSOCIATION - Membership to Goresbridge Anglers Association is now available. It costs €20 for adults, €25 for a family, €10 if you are under 18. If you want to purchase a day ticket it costs €10. If you wish to join up you can contact Jim Harding, Willie O’ Neill, Nicholas Murphy or Tom O’ Neill from the Anglers Association.

BOOK OF CONDOLENCE - A book of condolence has been opened for the recently deceased Fr. Tom McDonnell who served as Parish Priest for 4 years. It is available in Churches, Goresbridge and Paulstown. Disbelief greeted the news in recent weeks of the death of Fr Tom McDonnell, Parish Priest of the combined parishes of Naas, Sallins and Two-Mile-House. His death took place after a long illness in Our Lady’s Hospice, Harold’s Cross, Dublin. He was 63 in February this year. In January 2001 he took up the appointment of P.P. of Pausltown and Goresbridge, with residence in Goresbridge. In the summer of 2004, he was transferred to the Parish of Sallins and in 2006 following the retirement of Fr Moling Lennon as P.P. of Naas and Two-Mile-House he succeeded as pastor of three parishes.

Fr Tom was a native of the parish of Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. His secondary education was in St Mary’s, Knockbeg College, Carlow. In 1967 he went to St Patrick’s College, where his seminary course led to his ordination in June 1974 as a priest of the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. He carried out post-graduate studies in Catechetics in Mount Oliver Institute, Dundalk, in the year 1977-1978. His first appointment was to Tullow Parish where his was curate and school chaplain. In 1978 he began a nine year period as the first Community School Chaplain in Tullow. In 1987 he was appointed Director of Formation for the seminary in Carlow College, where he also served as Vice-President from 1994 to 1996. He was diocesan chancellor from 1987 to 1998, in the episcopate of Bishop Laurence Ryan. He was curate in Prosperous, Co. Kildare for four and a half years, until his appointment to Paulstown Parish.

As school chaplain, catechist, seminary staff-member, diocesan administrator and priest, Fr Tom exercised his diverse ministries with dedication and competence. He sat on national and regional committees to do with ecclesiastical heritage, church architecture and conservation. The bringing together of the archives of Kildare and Leighlin diocese, Carlow College, the Brigidine Sisters and the Patrician Brothers at the new Delany Archives in Carlow College was largely facilitated by him. He was for many years Chair of the Archive Trustees.

He also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Carlow College. Fr Tom will be remembered as a man of considerable intellectual ability, with wide ranging interests, who served Church and Society with distinction for nearly forty years. The many who regret his passing will remember his as a man of enormous integrity, a dutiful priest and a faithful friend who was held in the highest esteem by his family, his fellow priests and those whom he served across the diocese of Kildare and Leighlin. Fr Tom’s Requiem Mass was celebrated on Monday 14 May in the Parish Church of Our Lady and St David in Naas, Co. Kildare, followed by his burial in the family burial ground in Baltinglass. His Month’s Mind will be celebrated on Monday 11 June in the Church of the Irish Martyrs, Ballycane, Naas at 7.30 pm. May he rest in peace.

EMILY’S PLAYGROUP - Emily’s Playgroup, Ballyellen, Goresbridge will hold a registration day on Thursday June 7 from 2-4, ECCE registered, free places. If you would like more details you can contact Emily at 059 9775321.