Weekly clean-ups commence

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012 - Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012 - Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated.

The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

The CES team have planted flowers around the town but unfortunately on two occasions the plants were stolen – from the historic Ragget’s Rock in Bridge Street and from the Ballyragget sign on the Moate Road. This is very disheartening for all concerned and we would appeal to all to be vigilant and have pride in their community.

COMMUNITY ALERT - Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Community Alert want to remind people to be vigilant and keep cash and valuables in a safe place. To report any unusual callers or activates to the garda. To look out for your elderly neighbours or people living alone. Alarms for the elderly are available. Contact numbers for the community alert: Jim Delaney 087 8043203 Noel Cummins 086 8352698 Olive Thorpe 087 9257610

BALLYRAGGET FUN CAMP - Ballyragget Fun Camp is here again and looking forward to meeting your child/children at our camps, which are running over two weeks from July 2nd to 13th inclusive from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. daily. Cost is €60 per child with special concession for two or more children per family. The camp is open to children pre-school age and older. We guarantee the highest standard of care and safety by highly qualified staff, fully supervised lunch times and all activities professionally organised. Activities include-Arts and Crafts, Water Sports, Out-of-Centre trip, outdoor sports activities, cookery, dance, B-B-Q and much more. As places are limited in order to ensure quality care, please book as soon as possible. Booking can be made by phoning Marian at 0868462867, Catherine at 0857403812 or Tina at 0851607864. Come and meet your friends or make new friends at our camp on Chapel Avenue, Ballyragget.

BE A GLEEK FOR A WEEK! - Backstage Academy of Performing Arts is bringing a team of showbiz teachers to Ballyragget this July for a Glee Summer Camp for 7-13 year olds. The camp will run from 16th-20th July from 10am-1pm each day at the CYMS Hall. Students will have workshops in Drama, Singing and Dance each day using the songs from the GLEE TV series culminating in a presentation on the final day for parents and friends. Backstage, Ireland’s largest part-time Performing Arts school for young people has recently opened one of its Academies at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. The company specialises in working with young people and the staff is a unique combination of teacher and professional working in Performing Arts. The fee for the full week of 15 hours is €45 but places are very limited and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Application forms and further information from Ballyragget Post Office.

FUN DAY ON THE GREEN - Ballyragget Community Playground Committee is holding a cabaret in Ronan’s Lounge Ballyragget on Saturday the 9th of June at 9pm. A monster draw will take place on the night. Prizes include breakaways worth €500 and €250, tickets to the first Manchester Utd game of the season 12/13 with €100 spending money and many more on the night. They are also hosting a fun day on the Green on June 24th from 12.30pm with lots of games and fun activities to take part in. There will be a barbecue where you can grab a bite to eat, fancy dress competition, pet show, hurling competitions, soccer competitions, face painting, music and much more. There will also be stalls selling a variety of items on the day including homemade produce, plants, bird feeders, flower boxes etc. All are welcome! For more information please contact Catherine Delaney Kelly Secretary 085 7403812. Hope to see you there for a great day.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 1, 2, 15, 17

Jackpot Winner – No winner - €50 sellers prize – Philip Kenny

€100 winner – Anna Phelan, C/O John Mul

€60 winner – Bridget Culleton, CO S. Stapleton

€30 winner –Judy Cusack, Chapel Avenue

€30 winner – Mary Kennedy, Ballyouskill

In House prizes C/O The Hogan Stand

Bottle of Whiskey – Eddie Thornton

€30 winner – Seamus Butler, Kilkenny Road

€30 winner – Tony McCraith, Moate Road

€30 winner – Martin Tierney, Chapel Avenue

Next week’s jackpot is €10,250

Next weeks venue is The Sportsman’s

TEAM NEWS - The Intermediate team were out in round one of the Michael Lyng Motors Alyward Cup on Thursday night last against Fenians in Ballyragget. The Bally boys started off well and were unfortunate with some wides. In the second half the Fenians found some steam and came back strong however the Ballyragget team held on to be victorious. The second round of the Alyward cup takes place this coming Thursday night in Palmerstown against Dicksboro at 7.30pm.

JUNIOR B - The Junior “B” hurling team were in action in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons North Junior B Hurling League quarter final against Cloneen in Castlecomer on Sunday morning. The inclement weather did not however stop the local men from grabbing the win on a score line 1-10 to 1-05.The semi final takes place on Friday night against O’Loughlin Gaels at a venue yet to be confirmed.

PHELAN-STONE TOURNAMENT - The Annual Phelan, Stone and M+A Coaches U11 festival of hurling, takes place at St. Patrick’s GAA grounds on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th June. This is the club’s annual flagship event and with 24 teams participating from Cork, Galway, Down, Dublin, Laois Tipperary and throughout Co. Kilkenny, it promises to be a great weekend of hurling played in a non-competitive, sporting and friendly manner.

All parents will be issued with the club’s Code of Behaviour. Please take the time to read this important document. If you don’t receive this letter in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to contact any of the mentors or alternatively email Ollie Holohan at ohab@eircom.net.

MAROON DAYS - The feedback to St. Patrick’s GAA club from readers of Maroon Days is very positive and all supporters are urged to buy a copy, if they haven’t already done so. Honoured with a foreword by Kilkenny GAA Co. Board Chairman, Paul Kinsella, the book has been recognised as the definitive record of a golden era for the club. Carmel Kenny’s poem captures the upbeat mood in the parish, as the excitement increased in the count down to the All Ireland Final. The drama of the training sessions, when fitness tests were passed and failed, is captured in the Editor’s diary, which logs the hectic activity between early January and that magical night in Croke Park. You can almost smell the freshly cut grass and wintergreen ! There are also features on some long time local hurling enthusiasts, Margaret Doheny’s historic election in the club and the story of an elderly parishioner, who attended his first hurling match ,in Croke Park, the day the club won the All Ireland Junior title. The unique achievement of Jimmy and Matt Ruth is highlighted along with the team’s introduction to the crowd at Nowlan Park, on the day Kilkenny beat Tipperary, in the opening round of the National Hurling League. The club’s successful dinner dance is also featured and in terms of the trophy display, we may never see the likes of it again. Packed with reports, interviews, snippets of club history and photographs this 104 page publication is well worth buying and great value at only €7. Maroon Days is on sale throughout Ballyragget , at In Touch Newsagents, Market Yard, Kilkenny City and from Jim Delaney at 087 8043203.

PICTURE PERFECT - Local photographer Pat Farrell has documented the year through photography and has compiled a book to commemorate the year. Same is aimed to be priced at €30 and will contain photographs from the county semi final to the All Ireland Final and the home coming celebrations the book will be made up of action and crowd shots. Pictures can be separately purchase from Pat’s website www.patfarrell.net.

BALLYRAGGET FITKIDS SUMMER CAMP - Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 9th to 13th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Ballyragget GAA grounds. 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. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55 places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 0876893663

DOLLLARS AND STERLING- Ballyragget Post Office is pleased to announce the new service available at the Post Office – commission FREE sterling and commission FREE dollars. Office hours Monday to Friday 9 – 5.30pm closed lunchtime 1-2pm. Open Saturday 9-1pm

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 1st June – In house draw - €65– Helen Murray. Jackpot spin won Eamonn Kenny €150 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Tony Lawrence. Next week’s jackpot is €1300 and will be held in Ronan’s bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BALLYRAGGET FISHING CLUB - Ballyragget Fishing Club membership cards are now available in News and Chews- €5 per child, €20 per adult and €25 for family membership.

DEEN CELTIC ACADEMY 2012 - The highly successful Deen Celtic AFC Academy 2012 commences on Monday July 9th to Friday 13th July. It is now in its third year. Final Registration takes place at Deen Celtic Clubhouse on Saturday 9th June from 3 to 4pm. Registration forms already completed can be returned to Schoolboy Managers or any member of Deen Celtic Committee The Cost of the Academy is 60 Euro. A Kit is supplied with camp includes following club wear, a Windbreaker, Tee-Shirt, Socks & Gym Bag. This camp is not for members only. It is run to introduce children to the basics skills of soccer. Should an individual wish to sign for the club thereafter, the player has some of the Kit required for Deen Celtic included to help reduce costs to families in the difficult times. John Moore (jmoorecc@gmail.com) ; (086 - 8545015) the new Schoolboys Secretary at Deen Celtic stresses that the Club needs to attract schoolboys & girls from the surrounding parishes if it is to be successful in the Kilkenny & District League and beyond

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word, Month of June – Team C Team Leader – Breda Kane

The parishes of Lisdowney, Ballyragget and Freshford have hired a bus to take people from these parishes to Croke Park for Mass on Sunday 17th June for the conclusion of the Eucharist Congress.

CEMETERY MASSES - St. Finnan’s Cemetery on Monday 25th June at 8pm; Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm; Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm; Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 10TH – 17TH JUNE - This is an important international event in the Church calendar parishes, schools and homes etc are encouraged decorate their premises to welcome the Congress. Wholesale Flags directly on 093 42024 or email irishwholesaleflag@hotmail.com

Tickets: Those still interested in obtaining tickets for any Congress event or the Final Mass in Croke Park should ring 01 2981122. Special Trains for Rail/Iarnrod Eireann will operate special trains for pilgrims from Waterford/ Kilkenny going to the Eucharistic Congress. Train Times are as follows: Tuesday 12th June: Leaving Waterford 6.40 am, Thomastown 7.03, Kilkenny 07.18, Muine Bheag 7.37 arriving in Sandymount (5 mins walk from RDS) Dublin at approx. 9.30am.The return train leaves Sandymount station at 10.00pm. Sunday 17th June: Leaving Waterford 9.35am, Thomastown 9.58. Kilkenny 10.13, Muine Bheag 10.31 arriving at Connolly Station (10 minutes walk from Croke Park) at 12 mid day. The return train leaves Connolly at 18.10pm. For these trains to run booking is essential and needs to be done immediately. Many parishes have organised bus transport.

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.