Bennettsbridge - Great win in schools league

CONFIRMATION - Two young people from the parish were confirmed in the Church of the Assumption, Thomastown recently. Jack Barcoe and Caoimhe Kelly received the sacrament from Bishop Seamus Freeman.

CONFIRMATION - Two young people from the parish were confirmed in the Church of the Assumption, Thomastown recently. Jack Barcoe and Caoimhe Kelly received the sacrament from Bishop Seamus Freeman.

FIRST COMMUNION - Boys and girls of Bennettsbridge Mixed School made their First Holy Communion on Saturday last. Celebrant was Canon Patrick Duggan, PP. The children were prepared for the sacrament by Ms A Quigley and Mr E. Murphy, teachers(2nd Class). The musical programme was arranged by Margaret O’Faolain. Names of First Communicants: Cillian Davin, Lucy Walsh, Tara Coyne, Darren Coffey, Saoirse Mulcahy, Conor Molloy, Aisling Callaghan, Bill Nolan, Katelyn O’Brien, Shauna Fitzpatrick, Paddy Walsh, Oran Lavery, Brian Whelan, Sean Byrne, Lucy O’Sullivan, Emma Moriarty, Luci Brennan, Bill Hughes, Chloe Bell, Diarmuid Greene, Megan Walsh, Tom Gorey, Thomas Murray, Kyle Ryan, George Shepherd, Odhran Ready, Aine Grace, Aaron Waugh.

LOCAL GIRL OPENS STUDIO - Artist Joanne Bolger, a native of Bennettsbridge, now works as a model maker for her company 3DeePortraits, at No.1, The Market Slip, Kilkenny (next door to the old Singer sewing shop) Joanne works from her city centre studio, sculpting figures of both actual people & fictional characters. She will create a customised gift of you, your friend, your parents or pet. Using a few photos supplied by the client, Joanne will design & make a unique, framed gift that will last forever. The studios at No.1, The Market Slip will be holding an opening evening on friday 31st May, all are welcome to view the art work and enjoy a glass of wine. For all enquiries, contact joanne@3deeportraits.com Joanne is a daughter of Joe and Joan Bolger, Gowran and went to school in Bennettsbridge. She is wished every success in her new venture.

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 2, 12,14, 26. Jackpot now stands at €2950. Consolation Prizes to Christy Forde, Bohergaddy; Leo Mahon, Blackwell; Tommy Lennon, Danesfort Road; Seamus Keaney, Longman andn Henry Drea, Blackwell.

CARDS - Results for last two weeks’ card games: 1 Toddy Skehan/Martin Mulhall; 2 Peter Dooley/Maura Drennan; table Prize Paddy and Anne Lehane. 1 Willie O’Keeffe/Jim Fitzgerald; 2 Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle; table Prize Tom Walsh/Tom Drennan

COLLECTION - The St Vincent De Paul Society will have a churchgate collection this Saturday and Sunday before all masses.

SCHOOL HURLING - The final game in the Roinn B Schools League saw BB away to Mooncoin. This game would determine which team finished top of the group in the south. Played in good conditions the opening minutes of the game produced a good standard of hurling with both teams giving their all.Bennettsbridge opened the scoring in the sixth minute with a point from Conor Murphy. Mooncoin responded with a goal and a point(free).Ciaran Brennan and Danny Coyne put BB back in touch with two points. Mooncoin pulled ahead again with two points. At this stage, it was nip and tuck with great skill and determination being shown by both sides. A good pass from Troy Walsh to the incoming Ciaran Brennan resulted in a goal. Not to be outdone, Mooncoin tacked on a further two points. Then came a beautiful passing movement, Conor Murphy, having won a hard ball, released it to Ciaran Brennan who in turn drew a few defenders and then laid off a lovely pass to Rachel Kelly who goaled. Within minutes, her sister Hannah also goaled from close range to leave the H/T score, BB 2-4, MC 1-6. In truth, Mooncoin should have been ahead but the clever defending of Tom Bolger, Laurence Mahon, Barry Lennon, Mikey Lewis, Tim Corkery, Danny Coyne and Jamie Harkin kept them at bay. The second half continued in the same vein with BB gaining the upperhand in the early minutes with points from Ciaran Brennan, Conor Murphy(2) and Sean O’Connell. However a goal from Mooncoin put pressure on but this was relieved with a goal from Johnny Waugh and a point from Sean O’Connell put BB in front once again. Mooncoin upped the game with a goal to leave the score level with ten minutes to go. Again BB seemed to have the momentum with 3points from Ciaran Brennan and a Sean O’Connell goal giving them a comfortable lead. But, the game was not over yet as just on full time, Mooncoin goaled and at the start of injury time they threw everyone forward and managed to score another goal. From the puckout, BB converged on the ball and David Blanchfield got possession and laid off a pass enabling Sean O’Connell to score the winning point leaving supporters breathless but wanting more because despite the tension and drama this was a highly enjoyable game, played in a great spirit.

COUNTRY CUP HURLING - The second high profile match for the school hurling team took place last Friday away to the Thomastown Roinn”A” team in the quarter final of the Country Cup. From the throw-in this was a game of great intensity and high quality. BB got off to a dream start when David Blanchfield saw a long range effort dip to the net. Thomastown responded with a series of four points but A point from Hannah Kelly levelled matters. Again TT scored two points to edge ahead but BB replied with two points from Ciaran Brennan and Danny Coyne(65) to leave the H/T score at level pegging, BB 1-3, TT 0-6. Great defending from Jamie Harkin,(on goal), Laurence Mahon, Barry Lennon, Rachel Kelly, Tim Corkery, Danny Coyne and Mikey Lewis ensured that BB had it all to play for in the second period. BB appeared to have the edge for the early stages of the second half and points from Conor Murphy and Danny Coyne nosed them in front. However they missed some opportunities and paid the penalty when TT hit three unanswered points to take the lead with only minutes left. Tom Bolger came to the rescue with a goal to nudge the ‘Bridge ahead by two points. But, Thomastown struck a goal right on full time. Disaster was averted when Sean O’Connell gathered the ball from the puck out and pointed to draw the match and then it was into extra time. The first half of extra time was tight with both teams scoring two points each. One would imagine that teams might be tiring but both sides remained focussed with skilful displays of hooking and blocking. Thomastown edged ahead with a brace of points but BB with great determination attacked and got their reward when Tom Bolger scored a killer goal and then Ciaran Brennan gathered the ball from the puck-out to score the final point of the game. BB 3-9, TT 1-13. This performance brings BB into the semi-final of the Country Cup for the first time.

TIDY TOWNS - The Tidy Towns group were out in force on Saturday morning concentrating their efforts on the bridge. The coping stones have been painted and they look very well. The Kilkenny road entrance has been tidied up and the newly painted bollards add to the effect. As always, the group would welcome additional help with general maintenance around the village. Contact any committee member if you have some spare time.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be submitted to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday at 9pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.