The judges are coming soon

CO-OPERATION IRELAND PRIDE OF PLACE COMPETITION - The organising committee is now meeting every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the BEAM Centre, Regent Street, and working hard on preparations to show Bagenalstown at its best on the afternoon of Thursday, June 21, when the two judges who will decide our fate in the nationwide competition will arrive in Bagenalstown.

CO-OPERATION IRELAND PRIDE OF PLACE COMPETITION - The organising committee is now meeting every Tuesday evening at 7.30pm in the BEAM Centre, Regent Street, and working hard on preparations to show Bagenalstown at its best on the afternoon of Thursday, June 21, when the two judges who will decide our fate in the nationwide competition will arrive in Bagenalstown.

Thanks to all the residents and businesses located on the route the judges will take, for responding so positively to an appeal from the committee to ensure their property will shine on judging day. We can win if everybody gets involved in some way to showcase the beautiful town we live in. We need a big community push for the next few weeks.

The seven stop points for the judges will be the McGrath Hall, Library, Town Park and mural, Family Resource Centre, BEAM Centre, a trip on the river, finishing at the McGrath Park where there will be demonstrations of the several sports played in the McGrath Park Complex.

CREATORS AND CRAFTERS - Calling all local creators and crafters, If you would like to play your part in Bagenalstown Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Competition 2012 please contact Joanne Donohoe on 086 3843361 if you would like to donate your craft or food produce as a gift to the judges on June 21.

BOOK LAUNCH - Fraughan or Bilberry Picking in Co. Carlow, by Dr. Michael J. Conry, was recently launched at the Royal Irish Academy, Dublin, by well known broadcaster, Olivia O’Leary and Dr. Maurice Manning. Dr. Conry has written several books on the landscape and history of Co. Carlow and its surroundings. His latest book is available at The Little Shop, Bagenalstown.

DARTS MEMORIAL - Tom Kane Memorial Darts Competition was held recently in Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre. A total of €615 was raised and donated to the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team by the Kane family who organised the competition. The cheque was accepted by Mary Foster, Secretary of the local branch. Thanks to all who donated spot prizes and took part.

YOUNG PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS - Presentation/De La Salle College was the venue for the Bagenalstown Young People of the Year Awards on Friday, May 25. This was organised as part of the Bagenalstown Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place Competition and there was a great turnout to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in our community.

Seventeen young people were short listed from 48 nominations for the Young Person Award. There were six awards under the following categories -

Community & Voluntary Category

Winner Dean Egan

Runners Up Michael Cahill and Jennifer Holligan

Creativity and Innovation Category

Winner Kerry Ryan

Runners Up Orla Dunphy and Jessica Murphy

Youth Making a Difference Category

Winner Ian Kelly

Runners Up Sean Kinsella, Laura Doyle, Jessica Kidd and Turlough Barron

Young Person in Sport Category

Winner Eve Sinnott

Runners Up Keith Hickey and Martin Mullins

Young Hero Category

Winner Alex O’Brien

Runners Up Barry Doyle and Karen Rea

The Overall Young Person of the Year Award went to Dean Egan

For his commitment to his community and his involvement in many voluntary organisations – PRO for Bagenalstown Festival Committee, St. Patrick’s Day Committee and Bagenalstown Entertainment Committee, member of Scouts, Bagenalstown Youth Project, Youth Committee, BAP Drama, Film Club – filming and editing, volunteer with Summer programme for young people making transition to secondary school, I Love Bagenalstown Civil Link event, School Student Council and Head Boy 2011/2012, School Saturday Club and Summer Camp.

This Award was sponsored by Muine Bheag Town Council and presented to Dean by Cllr. Tom Bambrick, Cathaoirleach.

The MCs for the evening were Pamela Whelan and Joyce Brennan. Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. congratulated all the winners and young people who participated “You are a credit to your families and your area by your involvement in all aspects of community life. You are the future of our community and it is in very good hands.”

The seventeen boys and girls who received awards and all the other nominees are wonderful role models for young people in our community; the list of their involvement in all aspects of our life is endless - sports, fundraising, Parish work, Scouts, music, voluntary work with the elderly and young people, Bagenalstown Youth Project, Youth Committee, Festivals Committee and more and they are always ready to help out where needed. Many are Eucharistic

Ministers, and working towards their Gaisce Award and Pope John Paul 11 Award. We are blessed to have such wonderful young people in our community and should be very proud of them.

BALLYLOUGHAN ICA - Following the monthly meeting in Ballyloughan Hall, a guest speaker, Liz, spoke about gardening and she gave wonderful tips and ideas. The next event is a day trip to Bunclody on June 9 with many activities for the day, organised by new President, Margaret Minchin. The next meeting on June 18, will start at 7.30 pm with a charity walk and cycle before the meeting. Carlow Federation ICA is organising a two day break to An Grianan on June 25 and 26. Anyone interested contact Mary Collier as soon as possible on 087 6111346. The outing includes a course of your choice, bed, breakfast and meals. New members welcome - contact any of the committee, or telephone 087 6162022 for further information.

COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME - The Irish Wheelchair Association, “Teach Failte”, Kilkenny Road, Carlow is recruiting three Resource Workers. Contact the FAS Office (Tel. 059-9142605) or phone Betty or Marion(Tel. 059-9140983) for information.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - Newtown Fenagh Nurney Senior Citizens church gate collection will take place on Sat. June 9 and Sun. June 10 before all Masses in Newtown, Bagenalstown and Ballinkillen. There will also be a collection outside Connolly’s Supervalu on Sat. June 9. Your generous support over the years is greatly appreciated. Funds collected go towards the Summer outing which will take place on July 12.

BALLINKILLEN CAMOGIE CLUB - The committee would like to thank you to all who helped with the Camogie County Board flag days last weekend. Well done to all the U6s, U8s, U10s, U12s and U14s who have been taking part in the matches over the last few weeks, it is great to see so much enthusiasm and commitment from the juvenile players. Training continues at the pitch in Ballinkillen at 6.30pm on Tuesday evenings. New players are always welcome, for information contact Jenny at 087 1313467.

CARERS’ ASSOCIATION - The Carers Association, [Carlow / Kilkenny Branch], will hold their monthly meeting on Wednesday next, June 6, at 2.30 pm in the Cathedral Parish Centre. All carers are welcome and urged to attend this important meeting as the association prepares for the launch of Carers Week later in June. Please note meeting time and thanks for your support to date. Further information from Carmel at 056 7721424 or Frank at 087 2210252

PLAYBALL SUMMER CAMPS ARE BACK - Playball Summer Camps are back in Carlow this Summer for boys and girls from aged 4-13 - multi-sports (soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, Gaelic football, rugby, cricket, golf, netball and volleyball); adventure games, athletic events, mini- matches, obstacle course, treasure hunt, water games, art and drama, zorbing and much more/ Make new friends and have fun in a non-competitive environment and learn new life and sports skills. Presentation College, Askea, Carlow. - July 2 to 6, 16 to 20 and August 20 to 24. The first 50 children signed up for each week will receive a special playball prize. There are also reductions for two or more children from one family and if children attend 2 camps, third camp is half price. Application forms can be downloaded on the camps/parties page on www.carlow.playball.ie , post applications forms to Playball Carlow, 13 Tanner Hall, Athy Road, Carlow or apply online at www.carlow.playball.ie. Please contact Joe Byrne 087-7749598 or email joe@playball.ie.

INFORMATION STAND - The Carlow Volunteer Centre will hold an Information Stand in Bagenalstown on Friday June 8 in Bagenalstown Credit Union 10.00am to 12.45pm. Information is available on many different volunteering opportunities around the south of the county. It’s a chance to find out how to share your skills, interests and hobbies - without having to give any commitment. Contact: natasha@volunteercarlow.ie 059 91 73033. website: www.volunteercarlow.ie

GRAVEYARD MASSES - Ballinkillen Fri. June 8, Bagenalstown Fri. June 15 and Dunleckney Fri. June 22.

SUNFLOWER DAY - The Bagenalstown branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team Sunflower Day takes place on Fri. June 8. If you can give one hour to help please contact Mary Foster on 085 1521232.

“A TIME TO MEET OTHERS BEREAVED BY SUICIDE“ - Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold a meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Kilkenny on Thursday, June 7 at 8pm For information phone 056-7756538.