Bennettsbridge - Choir practice for Easter

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR EASTER - With Easter almost here it is time to think of choir practice for the ceremonies.

CHOIR PRACTICE FOR EASTER - With Easter almost here it is time to think of choir practice for the ceremonies.

As Doreen will be away for a week before Easter, we need to get a practice in before then.

There will be a practice on this Saturday evening after 7pm mass. All members are asked to attend where possible.

ST PATRICK’S DAY CELEBRATION - The young Irish Dancers of Bennettsbridge are shining their dancing shoes in readiness for the annual display of Irish Dancing to be held in The Community Centre on St Patrick’s Day after 10.30am mass. This event has established itself as a firm favourite and Stella Carroll and her team put in endless hours of practice during the year with the youngsters to prepare them for competitions and exhibitions. The Ladies Club has been hosting this day for many years and members are looking forward to this year’s show which will as usual benefit a charity, recipient to be finalised.

BORD NA N-OG - Football : The U14 football league team campaign continued when Bennettsbridge played Ballyragget at home last Sunday. Despite playing in conditions that would have tested seasoned adults, both sides served up some excellent football and strung together some fine passages of team play. However, in the bitterly cold wind and rain, scores were at a premium and at half time there was very little in it with Bennettsbridge ahead 2-3 to 1-1.

In the second half and playing against the wind,Bennettsbridge started to dominate  and with some well taken scores ran out eventual winners on a score line of 5-4 to 1-2.  Throughout the game the team displayed great heart and determination combined with some great football. The 100% effort they give each day they go out whatever the conditions is a feature of this team and  augers well for the coming year.

Registration : Registration for juvenile players from U12 to Minor continues for those who could not make the registration night. Registration forms are available from the team managers and need to be completed (by Parents) and returned with the appropriate fee by the end of March. As part of the registration Parents/Young players are being asked to sign up to the GAA Code of Behaviour which has been adopted by the Club. Juvenile membership for 2013 remains the same as last year , €25 per child up to a max of €50 per family.    

 Grand National draw. The Annual Bord na nÓg Grand National draw is approaching and cards will be distributed over the next week through the usual outlets. We would like to thank everyone for their support in previous years for this  very popular fundraiser and look forward to your support again this year. The Grand National draw will take place on Friday April 5th.

Schools : The hurling year for the Schools Team commences in earnest this Wednesday, 13th March, when they take on Callan NS away (and not Tullogher NS at home as previously advertised) in the first round of the Roinn B league in Callan at 4pm on Wednesday 13th. All support appreciated.

POKER CLASSIC - Bennettsbridge  Bord N-og are running a Poker Classic Friday 15th of March in The Corner House First deal at 8.00pm sharp, BIG CASH POTS, FINGER FOOD & SPOT PRIZES. Entry fee €20. Your support would be gratefully appreciated

HANDBALL - Kilfane handballers continue to compete this week on the national 40x20 scene. In Leixlip, Co. Kildare last Wednesday, Roisin and Dearbhail O’Keeffe competed in the U11 and U13 Cumann Na Bunscoil Leinster Finals with Roisin emerging victorious in the U11 competition.

In Moycullen, Co.Galway on Saturday, Leinster champion Rachel Hogan won her Ladies Junior Singles All-Ireland semi final 2-0, while in Bofield, Co. Mayo, Mick Dalton lost out 2-0 in his Diamond Masters B Singles All Ireland semi final.

Also on Saturday in Wexford, Aoife Holden won the Girls U15 Singles Leinster final, Dylan Caulfield and partner Padraig Cooney from Clogh won the U16 doubles Leinster final. Dearbhail O Keeffe and Jack Holden were runners up in U13 & U12 singles finals respectively.

Well done to all our players who are representing the club so well in all competitions and a particular thanks to all the Kilkenny 40x20 clubs who made their alleys available to Kilfane for training.

FIRST CONFESSIONS - Children who will receive their First Holy Communion later in the year will make their First Confessions on Wednesday(tonight)in St Bennett’s Church.

LOTTO - Lotto results for last Monday night, 4th March. No Winner of Jackpot. Numbers chosen, 6, 8, 13, 26.

Jackpot now stands at €1450.00. Consolation Prizes Amy Dowling, Station Road; Isobel and Jake Walsh, c/o Tynan’s; Breda Galway, Castlegarden; Barbara Kenna, Kilkenny; Michael Bolger, Gowran Road

CARDS - Results of card game on Tuesday, 6th March, as follows First Prize Paddy/Anne Lehane; Second Prize Danny McDonald/Geoff Doyle. Table Prize Maura Drennan/Peter Dooley

LADIES CLUB - There will be a meeting of the Ladies Club on Thursday night at 8pm in the Community Centre. Main business will be to finalise arrangements for the Irish Dancing Display on St Patrick’s Day. The programme will commence after 10.30am mass. They will also discuss options for the annual weekend away.

COLLECTION - There will be a churchgate collection in aid of MS on the 23rd and 24th March.

WRITERS GROUP - Bennettsbridge Writers Group will meet in Patsy Crimin’s house for their March meeting at 2pm.

PLAYGROUND PROGRESS - The playground is coming together well and it is envisaged that the opening will take place in May. The Development Group deserve great credit for their work in getting this project to completion and the playground will be a very popular facility for the children in the area.

COMMUNITY HALL RENOVATION - The working group looking at the funding required for the renovation of the hall met recently and discussed work which needs to be carried out to bring the building up to standard. The community will need to raise some funds for the project and the committee identified a number of possible fundraising options:

Events—Field days and other events

Once off donations Monthly direct debits for a maximum of two years

Benevolent fund of past pupils

Centenary Hall celebrations (next year the hall will be 100 years old).

The Hall Project Committee Michael Shields – Chairperson; Rosanne Byrne – Vice Chairperson; Kathleen Conway – Treasurer; Sue Williams – Secretary; Joan Cleere – PRO

DANESFORT FASHION SHOW LANGTON’S - St Michael’s N. S. Danesfort will hold a Fashion Show in Langton House Hotel on Wednesday, 20th March commencing at 8pm. There will be a cheese and wine reception and raffle and your support would be appreciated. A donation will be given to St Patrick’s, Kells Road.

WATERGATE - Theatre buffs in the area are in for a real treat next month when the Kilkenny Musical Society presents their production of “The Pirates of Penzance”. The show will include many well know classic songs such as, “With Cat Like Thread, “A Policeman’s Lot” and “When The Foreman Bears His Steel” and many others.

The society is pleased to welcome back some former players, including John Byrne who returns after an absence of twenty years to play the Sergeant of Police, the role he played in the same show, the first production in the New Watergate twenty years ago.

The show will run for a week, opening on 7th April with special rates for the opening night. Bookings now being taken at 056 7761674, with special rates for groups(10 or more).