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FAMILY MASS - All parishioners are invited to attend a Family Mass in Ballyragget Church on Sunday at 10am. We would like to see all families represented at this significant Parish Sunday Celebration. In particular if your child has received the sacraments of Baptism, Communion or Confirmation in the last year please bring them along as a valued member of our faith community. During the Mass we will be remembering all of our students who will be sitting exams in the coming weeks and we would encourage these young people to join with us as together we pray for all our family needs and intentions. We look forward to this very special parish gathering.

FAMILY MASS - All parishioners are invited to attend a Family Mass in Ballyragget Church on Sunday at 10am. We would like to see all families represented at this significant Parish Sunday Celebration. In particular if your child has received the sacraments of Baptism, Communion or Confirmation in the last year please bring them along as a valued member of our faith community. During the Mass we will be remembering all of our students who will be sitting exams in the coming weeks and we would encourage these young people to join with us as together we pray for all our family needs and intentions. We look forward to this very special parish gathering.

TIDY TOWNS - Ballyragget will officially enter the tidy town’s competition 2013 next week so please help in any way you can to make our town neat and presentable for the competition. The CES team and the Scouts are doing great work in planting flowers and shrubs. The Scouts are also helping out in the Wildlife and Natural Amenities Section this year and will unveil their contribution soon. – Well done to all concerned. The litter picking sessions continue every Wednesday night at 8pm starting from the Square – why not come along and lend a hand – every little helps. Thanks to all for your help and co-operation, it is very much appreciated.

AN POST RAS - This Friday 24th May the An Post Ras – cycling race- will be passing through Ballyragget. An Post has a presence in every single community in the country and their association with the Ras and cycling in general is very positive for An Post and for the communities An Post works in. The Ras brings with it tremendous colour, noise and excitement and huge amounts of business to the towns and villages it passes through something to be welcomed in these difficult times. It is estimated that the Ras will pass through Ballyragget between 1pm and 2.15 pm on Friday afternoon doing an average of 40km per hour. From Ballyragget it travels to Castlecomer with a stage 3 “King of the mountains” time trail in Byrnesgrove and the days racing will finish in Carlow at 4pm approx. This is a fantastic opportunity to see this great spectacle up close and cheer on the cyclist – come along and lend your support.

RELAY FOR LIFE - TEAM BALLYRAGGET. Kilkenny’s first ever Relay for Life will take place at the Watershed (the new swimming pool) on the 20-21st July 2013. Teams of friends, neighbours, families and communities come together in groups of 13-15 people to take part in this 24 hour community celebration. Each team pledges to keep at least one member of their team walking the track for the 24 hour period and with many other activities taking place during the event there is truly a festive atmosphere. Relay for Life is a community, celebration honouring current and former cancer patients, their families and friends. It is a unique, empowering and fun event in which everyone can participate and make a real difference for people living with cancer right now and those who may be diagnosed in the future.A survivors’ lap of Honour opens every Relay for Life worldwide celebrating those who have fought the disease. At dusk participants and community members pause to remember those who lost their battle in a very special Candle of Hope Ceremony. The Candle of Hope luminaries act as a reminder to participants of the courageous men, women and children who have battled cancer. You don’t have to be a marathon runner to take part in this great event, anyone who walks regularly will be well able for this occasion and proudly represent Ballyragget and support those fighting cancer. If you wish to be part of “Team Ballyragget” please contact Anne on 085 7417517 and if you are a cancer survivor and wish to participate in the “Survivor’s Lap” give Anne a call and she can put you in contact with the organisers. This is going to be fabulous occasion so do get involved- you will make a difference.

BALLYRAGGET SCOUT GROUP NEWS - If your child is interested in joining Beavers, Cubs or Scouts in September 2013 call down to the C.Y.M.S. Hall, Bridge Street any Monday night between 7 – 8pm or ring Edel on 087 – 4188260.

BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Woman in the Fifth by Douglas Kennedy. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 4th June in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

COLLECTION TIMES FOR COLAISTE MHUIRE - Parents of pupils attending Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown please note that the collection and drop-off time for the bus is as follows -Morning -Knockroe 8.05am, Ballyragget 8.10am, Durrow 8.20am, Johnstown 8.40 a.m. -straight into school. Evening - The bus picks up all students when school finishes @ 3.55pm To arrange transport please contact M&A Coaches on 056-88-33454 or Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown  056 -8831135  

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE - Congratulations to the Kilkenny Minor camogie team, which beat Cork in the replayed All Ireland final, at Dungarvan, on May 11th. The local interest was through goalkeeper, Noelle Murphy (The Square) , a former Naomh Brid player now with Lisdowney, who made some top class saves and kept a clean sheet , Damian Walshe ( Donoughmore) the team manager, Patsy Murphy (The Square) selector and panel member Laura Hegarty ( Donoughmore), who unfortunately was abroad on a school trip and unable to wear the black and amber. There was plenty of Ballyragget support at the game and those who travelled enjoyed the occasion.Training continues for all players at the GAA pitch on Tuesday evenings, from 6.15 pm to 7 .15 pm.

The Under 14 team was in action at home on Wednesday night, May 15th, when Cloneen were visitors for the second round of the League. A good start proved decisive and thanks to a scoring blitz by Chantelle Wallace, who scored 4-1 and further contributions from Katie Brennan and Zara Gunner, Naomh Brid were comfortably ahead at half time. The second half followed a similar pattern and while the scoring was more modest, Kiara Walshe and Karen Delaney found the net before the end and there was never any doubt about the outcome. All of the players contributed to a solid team performance, with the half backs and midfielders ensuring a plentiful supply of the ball to the attack. Team – Thanh Phelan, Lauren Phelan, Karen Delaney, Niamh Morrissey, Sinead Walshe , Emer O’ Doherty, Katie Brophy, Katie Brennan , Eve Hegarty , Sheila Brophy, Zara Gunner, Mary- Kate Brennan, Imelda Lennon (Captain), Chantelle Wallace, Zoe Gleeson . Substitutes who played were – Kiara Walshe and Clodagh O’ Doherty. The selectors, Caroline Phelan, Brendan Walshe, Sandra Walshe and Aidan Morrissey were happy with this performance, but know that there are big challenges ahead. Thanks to Cloneen for a sporting game and to Eamonn Mansfield for refereeing, in his usual pleasant manner. The next League game is away to Lisdowney, @ 7 pm on Wednesday, May 22nd . All support would be welcome.

The Under 12 team will be heading to Danesfort for their second Blitz of the season, on Saturday May 25th. The other participating teams are Bennetsbridge, St. Brigids and Dicksboro. No doubt the girls will perform well and display the skills, which they have been practicing at training. Keep up to date with news, results and fixtures by logging on to www.kilkennycamogie.com and www.camogie.ie  

COMMUNITY PLAYGROUND - Ballyragget community playground committee will hold the annual fun day on the Green on Sunday 23rd June. Anyone interested in participating on the day or holding a stall are invited to attend a meeting on Thursday 16th May(tomorrow evening) at 9pm in Ronans lounge. For further details please contact Catherine on 0857403812

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 4, 12, 23, 24. No jackpot winner: €50 sellers prize Seamus Butler; €100 Catherine Connery C/O G. McGrath; €60 Alex Blue C/O Rocky; €30Katelyn Cummins, C/O N. Cummins; €30 Fiona Brennan, C/O F. Brennan; In-house C/O The Wheel Inn Vodka Teresa O’Hara; €30 Margaret Stratford, Grange; €30 Noreen Bergin, Earlsgarden; €30 John McGrath, The Square. Next week’s venue – The Corner House Jackpot is €4,750 Tickets only €2

GAA - St Patricks Intermediate team were in action on Saturday against Gowran in Muckalee. The team played well and had a good win on a score line of 0-18 to 2-5. This was a great response by the team to the recent loss to neighbours Conahy last time out.

LA NA GLUB - St Patricks GAA club day is on this year on June 16 from 2pm to 5pm. This has proven to be a great fun family day in recent years and always very well attended by the community. We hope this year will be a great success as well. All are welcome.

 BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL RESULTS - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 17th May are- In house draw – Ray Stone €150, Jackpot – Martin Gleeson, High Street €65, Sellers prize – Tony Lawrence €25. Next week’s jackpot is €3,750 and is in the Wheel Inn.

SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER - Further to interest shown, Brookville will be holding a registration night for u15 and u16players for next season in the coming weeks. For further details contact the club on 0870578653.Brookville are asking anyone with any interest or ideas on starting schoolboy’s soccer for next season to contact the club on 0870578653 

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word: Month of March ,Team B; Team Leader Helen Brennan; Eucharistic Ministers: Ballyragget10am mass, Martin O’Neill and Carmel Walsh Kenny 7pm Ann Lawless and Marie Gannon Ballyouskill Tony Dooley. Collectors for the month of June: Sunday 10am Henry Quirke and Eamonn McEvoy; Sunday 7pm Philip Kenny and Martin Comerford. We regret any inconvenience caused to parishioners due to the renovations to Fr. Murphy’s parochial house. For Health and Safety reasons if you wish to contact Fr. Murphy please contact him on 086 – 8130694. Leave anniversaries or notices into Fr. Grants letter box – apologies for any inconvenience which may be caused during the next few weeksPremarriage courses, Dates of Accord PreMarriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674Eucharistic 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.