FESTIVAL AGM - Bagenalstown Festivals Committee held their Annual General Meeting recently and a very good attendance was recorded All members were present and a number of new members also attended. Hon Secretary Michael Lakes gave a detailed account of how last year’s event came together and a copy of this was circulated to all present. Hon Treasurer Brian Sheill also gave a complete account of the finance to date and a copy of this was also given to all present. Outgoing Chairman Liam O’Brien. in his address. thanked all the members for their contribution in the running of last years festival and welcomed all the new members; he said that he was delighted to see a good number of young people and together with the more experienced members it was looking good for the Year of the Gathering, He also said the festival was an important event in Bagenalstown and had become part of the yearly activity and should be encouraged to continue for years to come. The following Officers and Committee were elected.
Chairman Arthur McDonald; Vice Chairman James Lakes; Hon Sec, ML Lakes; Hon Treasurer Brian Sheill; PRO Dean Egan; Safety Officer Padraig Cahill. Committee Colette Lakes, Evelyn Murphy, Leann O’Neill, Tracy Brennan, Jim Doyle, Dennis Foley, Dermot Shaughnessy, Hughie Hickey, Mary Kelly ,Martin Rush, Jimmy Murray Fiona Ryder, Bernie Kelly Nicola Kelly, Paddy Kiely and Michael Cahill.
SOCCER WIN - Congratulations to the young players in the Bagenalstown U. 11 F.C. who won the Cup Final when they defeated U.11 Vale Wanderers F.C. (Leighlinbridge) in Ballon recently. The score was Bagenalstown 3 and Vale Wanderers 1. The Captain of the team was Shauna O’Neill and players Kuba Budzisz, Taghd Holland, Adam Lee, Niall Bolger, John Doyle, Sean Nolan, Darragh Nolan, Patrick McDonnell, Solomon Somoran, Tristan Kehoe, Jake O’Neill and Dylan O’Neill. After the match, Taghd Holand, a brilliant young sportsman, was voted Man of the Match.
FUNDRAISER - Bagenalstown Branch of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team would like to thank the Kane family, Lorum, who ran a darts tournament in Ballinkillen, in Tom Kane’s memory and raised €705. Jimmy Dillon and the Bikers Club held a night in Dowling’s Pub, Bagenalstown, and raised €405. Their support is greatly appreciated.
RAMBLING HOUSE -Rambling House in Killoughternane Hall on Thursday, May 30 from 8.30pm. If you can tell a story, sing a song, play a tune or just want to have a fun evening out do go along and join in. All welcome.
MEMORIAL RACE - The third annual John Walsh Memorial Race will take place on Sat. June 1 at the McGrath Park. Registration at 2pm in the Tennis Club. Kids Race at 2.30pm. Adults 5km race at 3pm. Runners, joggers and walkers, all are welcome. Entry fee: Adults 5. Kids €2. Medals and refreshments for all competing children. Spot prizes for adults. Proceeds to National Council for the Blind of Ireland.
TRIP POSTPONED - The Bagenalstown Active Retirement Association’s proposed to Kenmore on June 23 has been cancelled and will be arranged at a later date.
INFORMATION SESSION FOR OLDER PEOPLE -The County Carlow Older Persons Network is organising “Tea and Talk” an information session for all older people in the Seven Oaks Hotel in Carlow on Wednesday May 29 from 11-1pm. This event is the concluding event of a busy Bealtaine Programme for 2013 and is kindly supported by County Carlow Development Partnership. The aim of the event is to bring older people together to network and share information. There will be a number of interesting speakers on the day, including Eamon Timmins, Age Action Ireland, Imelda Byrne, ICA Bootcamp, Áine Forde-Bates, Carlow Citizens Information Service and Philip O’ Reilly from the Carlow Older Person’s Network. There will also be a wide range of information stands on the day focusing on services, rights and entitlements for older people. The event is free of charge and a light lunch will be served on the day. For more information contact Fiona Dunne at (059) 9179376
RELAY FOR LIFE - The Baden Powell Scouts Be Positive Team from the `1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop will participate in Relay for Life again this year in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. This event will take place in Duckett’s Grove, Carlow on June 22 and 23. Remember somebody who is a cancer survivor, currently suffering from cancer or has passed away from cancer, by buying a candle bag at €5 each. All candle bags purchased will form part of the very special candle ceremony at Relay for Life on Sat. night, June 22. Candle bags are currently on sale from any member of the Be Positive Scout Baden Powell Troop or from Bagenalstown Office Services, Kilree Street, Bagenalstown.
The team is also seeking sponsorship for team members who are participating in the Women’s Mini Marathon in aid of the Irish Cancer Society.
QUILT EXHIBITION - Leighlinbridge I.C.A. are organising a coach to Galway on June 8 to visit the International Quilt Exhibition being held there on that week-end. Contact Mary on 0879586488 to book.
KILLOUGHTERNANE CONCERT - Eleanor Shanley and her band are performing in concert in Killoughternane Hall on June 28 at 8.30pm. Eleanor, from Co. Leitrim, has been at the top of her profession since her first appearance as the singer with De Danaan and the late Ronnie Drew. Tickets €20 are on sale from Jim at 087 2612194, Hugh at 086 8309874 and Olivia at 087 2233307.
APPEAL FOR VOLUNTEERS -Dunleckney Graveyard Improvement Group works from around 11am to 1pm each Saturday and appeals for more assistance to keep the graveyard in a state that fittingly remembers all those who are buried there. If you have time please go along and help as every support is most welcome. Equipment provided.
KILLOUGHTERNANE ART GROUP - The next term of ten art classes with Moira has just started and will run until July 9 in Killoughternane Hall (near Borris) at 8pm each night. Cost is €10 for each class. New members are very welcome.
FAMILY FUN DAY - Carlow Vintage and Classic Car Club will hold a Family Fun Day at Duckett’s Grove on Sun. May 19 when the club holds its annual Display and Sale Show. The club and visiting clubs from all over the country will have a “Gathering” with a difference, exhibiting a large collection of vintage and classic cars, tractors, lorries, motor cycles and static engines. There will also be indoor trade stands and Autojumble. Anyone wishing to sell their vintage or classic car can park same in the “Cars for Sale” enclosure with no entry fee. There will be a number of side shows, including a dog show in the walled garden, organised by the Carlow Dog Training Club. Plenty of attractions for children. Admission free. The action will start at 10am approx. and continue throughout the day until approx. 4.30pm.
SUMMER CAMP - FAI Summer Soccer School will take place in Bagenalstown Football Club from July 22 to 26. €65 per camp. Goalkeeper camp €50. You get a football kit and backpack. If interested contact Mick Condon to enrol.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE COURSES- Family Communication Course starting on Wednesday, May 22, from 10am. to 12noon. Please ring Marie on 059 9722028/087 9316279 to book your place on course.
Men’s Shed -Open Day on Friday, June 7, from 10am. to 1pm. This event is open to all men from the area. Go along and enjoy an introduction to woodcarving and a display of their work. Men’s Shed courses beginning on the following dates:- Monday, June 10, from 10.30 am. to 12noon - 4 Week ‘Men in the Kitchen’ Cookery Course Cost €3.00 per day. Tuesday, June 11, 10.30am. to 12 noon - 6 week course on Beginners Furniture Restoration. Cost €3.00 per day. Wednesday, June 12, from 7.30pm to 9pm. - 6 week course in hand woodcarving, Cost €3.00. For further information on Men’s Shed, you can ring Dave on 085 1548256
FUNDRAISER FOR QUEEN OF THE UNIVERSE - Irish Autism Action and Children’s Health and Safety Educator (Chase) have teamed up to raise awareness of anti-social behaviour and bullying. Queen of the Universe N.S. has registered its support of this important campaign.
Chase has developed an interactive online teaching aid which highlights this important issue. By collecting one phone per child enrolled in the school, they can avail of this teaching aid for free. In addition the school can also collect old mobile phones to be exchanged for badly needed resources for the school i.e. interactive whiteboards, Ipads, laptops, sports equipment etc. If the school collects over 50 phones they will be entered into a draw to win a fully paid Resource teacher for the school beginning September next. This would be of great benefit to the students. If you have old mobile phones and ink cartridges you no longer need, please send them in to Queen of the Universe N.S. where there is a collection box outside office recepti