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Parade - The plans for the second St Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge are well under way. At the weekend the bunting was put up and it already gives a great feel to the village. If there is any business or organisation that would like to enter a float in the parade you can contact Matthew Murphy 086-2503146, Maria Fenlon Keating 085-1593023 or Nicky Skelton 087-6713246 so get your thinking caps on as there are prizes on the day for the best floats.

Parade - The plans for the second St Patrick’s Day Parade in Goresbridge are well under way. At the weekend the bunting was put up and it already gives a great feel to the village. If there is any business or organisation that would like to enter a float in the parade you can contact Matthew Murphy 086-2503146, Maria Fenlon Keating 085-1593023 or Nicky Skelton 087-6713246 so get your thinking caps on as there are prizes on the day for the best floats.

There is also a competition for the best decorated window display for both business and residential homes again this year. If you wish to participate in this, simply decorate your business or home and the judges will be out on March 16th to decide the winning entries. The winners will be announced at the Parade. There is also a prize for best dressed adult and best dressed child on the day of the parade so start working on your outfits. Entertainment will start at 2.30 on Barrack St with the Parade starting at 3.30. All floats are asked to assemble in the Glanbia yard from 2pm. It promises to be a great day out, so don’t miss it. Well done to the committee for organising the day, it is great for the community and brings visitors into the village.

FOOD TROLLEY RAFFLE - The Parent’s Association of Scoil Bhríde, Goresbridge will hold a novelty raffle, two trolleys filled with groceries and in the times that we live in who wouldn’t want this prize. Tickets are on sale now, they cost just the draw will be held on Tuesday March 19. Tickets are available from Maher’s Spar, Donohoe’s Shop, the committee of Scoil Bhríde and pupils.

EASTER EGG HUNT - Scoil Bhríde Parent’s Association will also hold an Easter Egg Hunt on Easter Sunday from 2.30 – 4.30. It costs just €3 or €5 for a family. You are invited to come along on the day for some fun and games or if you would prefer to sit and enjoy a cup of tea/coffee you are more than welcome.

€175 WON IN SPLIT THE POT - Dean Cummins, Barrowmount Road won €175 last week with Pat Cahill, Barrowmount Road winning €20 and Kellie Murphy, Rivercourt won €20. Thank you to all the businesses for supporting and promoting the draw and special thanks to Matthew Murphy and Paul Curran for their help.

JUVENILE DISCO - There will be a juvenile disco held this Friday March 15 in Ionad Dara from 7 – 9.30 in aid of Bridge United School Boys, refreshments will be served, admission is €5.

EASTER CAMP, - Fun Easter Camp at Apple Tree Farm in Skeoughvosteen 26 – 28 March, 9.30 – 1pm. There will be lots to do, Easter Egg Hunt, Arts and Crafts, Baking and lots more, cost is €45. For more information please contact Pam at 087 8054678.

WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE THE SPONSOR OF KILKENNY SENIOR CAMOGIE TEAM - Kilkenny Camogie has a novel way of seeking sponsorship for their Senior panel. For a €50 donation, your company name will be entered into a draw and the winning name will be on the Senior Kilkenny Camogie Jersey for 2013. The draw will take place on Thursday, 21st March in The Springhill Court Hotel and all are welcome, the lucky name will be drawn out by Tommy Walsh, and refreshments will be served. See Kilkennycamogie.com for contact details.

So please support the Camogie Ladies of Kilkenny.

EVENING VIGIL - An Evening Vigil organised by the Legion of Mary will take place in Goresbridge Church on Saturday March 16 at 6pm. It will include Stations of the Cross, Holy Hour, The Rosary, Confessions will be available at 7pm and 8.40, Mass will be as usual at 7.30. Refreshments will be served in Ionad Dara.

DEVELOPMENT OF SITE FOR COMMUNITY - A second meeting for everyone in our community to discuss the development of the site in the convent field behind Goresbridge National School will take place this Thursday at 8pm in Ionad Dara. It is vitally important that everyone with an interest in seeing this project go ahead attend the meeting. Without the support of the community it may not be viable to continue with the development. The proposed development includes an all weather playing area, a sensory garden, allotments, a playground and a walking/running track. It’s up to you to make it happen.

HAVE YOU UNWANTED TIES - If you have unwanted Scoil Bhríde ties you can recycle them by leaving them into the school in Goresbridge, the normal suppliers no longer stock them.

PIONEER NEWS - The National Pioneer Ball will take place on Saturday, April 13 in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Music is by Solitaire and Guest Speaker is Denis Rackard Cody. Tickets cost €25, if you wish to buy tickets, contact Mary Meaney at 086 6027751 or Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664971.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,200 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,200 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.

BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO - Bridge United lottery stands at €6, 325, the reserve jackpot is €3,325. Sophie Dwyer was the winner of €100 and the Gardiner Family won the promoters prize. . Tickets cost €2 and can be bought in Blake’s¸Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze, The Bridge Diner or any committee member.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United A team played Clover United in Goresbridge in the Premier League. Bridge always appeared to have the upper hand but Clover were dangerous on the break. The game was decided by a Murty Broaders goal with 5 minutes left. It ended 1-0 to Bridge United which means they are safe in the premier division.

LADIES NEVER GAVE UP - Bridge United Ladies played Evergreen in the Shield Final in Scanlon Park on Sunday last. Evergreen proved very clinical and were 3-0 up at half time. The Bridge Ladies never stopped trying but on the day it just wasn’t to be. Bridge lost 5-1 with Johanne Barcoe getting the consolation goal.

BLOOD DONOR CLINIC - The Blood Donor Clinic will be in the Abbey Hall, Graignamanagh on Wednesday March 13 from 4.30 to 8pm.

LIBRARY OPEN - The library at Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St is open Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1. There is a great selection of books to choose from, something to suit everyone. It is very simple there is no charge, you can bring books and take books in exchange, and even if you don’t have a book to bring you can certainly take some to read.

COMMUNITY GARDEN - If you are interested in learning to grow vegetables and herbs feel free to go along to the community garden behind the offices of GRD on Wednesday mornings. Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is the expert on hand to give advice. It starts at 9.30 and finishes at 11.30 it is very sociable, with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on hand also. It will show how you don’t have to have a big area to grow lots of food. If you would like more information you can contact Noel in the GRD office at 059 9775646.

SET DANCING - Adult Set Dancing resumes in Ionad Dara on Monday, February 4 for 10 weeks, €6 per class and beginners are very lucky.

MEMBERSHIP OPTION -Barrow Rangers have come up with two options to pay your annual membership by direct debit. Option 1 for €20 per month you get your membership, one lotto ticket per week and a Piltown Draw Ticket, Option 2 for €25 per month it pays your membership, 2 lotto tickets per week and a Piltown Draw Ticket.

ALL –IRELAND MEDAL FOR RÓISÍN - Paulstown/Goresbridge Camogie player, Róisín Breen collected another All-Ireland medal when she lined out for Loreto College Senior Team in the colleges senior All-Ireland Final last Saturday in Nenagh. The girls enjoyed a five point win over St. Brigid’s of Loughrea in a very evenly contested match. This was Loreto’s fourth All- Ireland Senior title in a row. Róisín will be joined next Saturday by her club mates, Rebecca Holden and Lauren Blake when the Loreto junior team take on the same opposition in the colleges Junior All-Ireland final. The Loreto girls are attempting an incredible five in a row Junior titles. The best of luck is wished to the girls.

NO HARM TO LOSE - The U9s lost for the first time in eleven starts to an Evergreen Utd side in Larchfield which was more suitable for grazing than football, such was the length of the grass.

This was clearly evident as the Bridge boys struggled with their touch, with mistakes leading to concession of two goals.

Although heads were down at the break, a few words from Paul sorted out the doubts and an early goal of stunning quality involving 4 players saw Kyle Foley hit the net.

It was game on with chances created at both sides.

Jack Doyle pulled off some excellent saves. Donagh Murphy was solid with Tom Foot having his best game to date. Jekyll and Hyde performances from Joe Healy and Dylan Hunston with the latter skipping around two with the Keeper between him and a draw only to pull it wide in almost the last action.

It was disappointing to see opposing parents having a good laugh when one of the Bridge boys took a ball full in the face.

It’s no harm for the lads to lose as life brings more than success and this will strengthen their character.