Bagenalstown - Celebrations planned for 175 years of Sisters

PRESENTATION SISTERS 175 YEARS IN BAGENALSTOWN - A Parish Day of joyful celebration and thanksgiving for the Presentation Sisters in Bagenalstown will take place on Saturday, May 18 next. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend all or part of this event.

PRESENTATION SISTERS 175 YEARS IN BAGENALSTOWN - A Parish Day of joyful celebration and thanksgiving for the Presentation Sisters in Bagenalstown will take place on Saturday, May 18 next. A warm welcome is extended to everyone to attend all or part of this event.

The programme for the day is as follows: The BEAM Centre and garden, which is the site of the former Presentation Convent and National School in Regent Street, will be open for the day and will include a display of memorabilia of great interest. At 3pm there will be an unveiling of a plaque and lantern dedicated to Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters. This will be in the garden which is now called the Convent Garden. A souvenir booklet is being prepared. Tea and coffee will be available. 4.30pm. a pageant, exhibition and slide show will take place in the Queen of the Universe National School. 6pm: Eucharistic Celebration in St. Andrew’s Church.

Following Holy Mass there will be an exhibition in the Presentation De La Salle College where a tree will be planted to mark the occasion. A plaque dedicated to the Presentation Sisters will also be unveiled. Refreshments will be provided. Everyone is welcome to join in the celebrations on this day of thanksgiving.

GRANDPARENTS’ MASS - Queen of the Universe will be celebrating a Mass in honour of grandparents on May 2 in St. Andrew’s Parish Church.

COUNTRY FAIR - The Duckett’s Grove Country Fair will be held on Sunday May 5 from 11am to 6 p.m. featuring a whole range of activities and entertainment suitable for all the family, including traditional craft demonstrations, a falconry display by Woodlands Falconry and a large craft and artisan food market. For children us there is free face painting and nature trails at 2pm and 4pm. with Una Halpin of Wildways Adventures. A pet’s corner features ducks, chickens, geese, pot bellied pigs, rabbits and lots more. Musical entertainment will be available throughout the day together with horse drawn carriage rides by Carlow and District Trap and Carriage Riders Club. Admission €7 per car. For further information please contact Carlow Tourism, College Street, Carlow T: 059-9130411 www.carlowtourism.comor

BALLYLOUGHAN GUILD ICA - Ballyloughan Guild ICA Committee and monthly meeting was held in the Castle Hall, Ballyloughan on Monday, April 15. Margaret Minchin, President presided. Discussions were held on upcoming events, ideas, outings and activities for the coming year. Guests for this month’s meeting were Mary & Ann who did Laughter Yoga, which was very interesting and entertaining. Balance of payment for outing to Cork in July is to be paid to Ann Geoghegan by May 18. Next meeting will be on Monday, May 20 at 8 pm and there will be a talk on safety in our homes by An Gardai. For any further information about the Guild please contact Margot on 086 3616540 or any member of the Guild.

BALLINKILLEN CAMOGIE CLUB - The Under 8 team had a super result against MLR on Tuesday evening last in Ballinkillen, with a final score of 4 - 0 to Ballinkillen. Team members: Ariana Pollard, Caoimhe Foley, Caoimhe Nolan, Ellie Healy, Emily O’ Rourke, Farrah Ryan (4), Holly Wall, Jill Murphy, Katelyn O’ Donoghue, Lily Nolan, Maykayla Roche, Michelle Kavanagh, Misha Murphy, Nikita Tobin, Niamh Treacy and Ottillee Griffith. Under 6 team were out on Tuesday last also with a final score of Ballinkillen 0. MLR 1. Well done to all players on both teams.

TABLE QUIZ - There will be a table quiz in Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre on Friday, May 10 at 8.30am. Table of four €40. Proceeds in aid of Cystic Fibrosis Ireland. Spot prizes and raffle. For more information contact Sinead Minchin.

BORRIS TRACTOR NUTS - Borris Tractor Nuts takes place on May 11 and 12. The organisers need helpers and stewards to assist them on the two days. Phone Andy on 086 6421442 or go along to a meeting in 0’Shea’s of Borris on Tues. May 7 at 8.30pm. If you have a Farmers’ Market type stall, stationary engine, wood turning, or anything old or interesting from yester year, please phone Brian on 086 2595281.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - Carlow Arts Festival is looking for volunteers for the Festival which runs from June 7 to 16. There will be a range of interesting and fun roles around the county. All help welcome, even just a couple of hours. For further information please contact Ann-Louise on 059 9170307 or

KILLOUGHTERNANE SCHOOL REUNION - There will be a reunion of past pupils in Killoughternane School on August 24. If you know of anybody who went to the school or has any pictures or memorabilia from or about the school, the organisers would be very interested to hear from you. They are currently trying to gather names and information to make the celebration possible. Contact details: Mary Q. Mahon (087) 3167696 or Noel O’Sullivan (087) 2770488

HOMECARE FUNDRAISER - A 5k Fun Run/Walk in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 5.30pm. Kids Fun Run will take place at 5pm. Entry fee €10. Contact Edwina on 085 7731885.

ST. MULLINS ANGLING CLUB - The 26th Annual Twaite Shad Fishing Competition will take place on Sunday May 5, starting at 2pm and finishing at 6pm. Entry Fee for adults €15 and juniors €5. Registration at the Mullichain Café at the Quay in St.Mullins from 1pm to 2pm. Prizegiving and closing ceremony in Blanchfields Pub at 7.30pm. Further information from Martin O’Brien on 087 2584663 or email

FUN CLASS - Fitkids active fun class is suitable for 3-6 year olds on every Wednesday in the McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport in a safe and fun environment. Cost is €6 per class. Places are limited so in order to guarantee a place book online or phone Majella on 087 6893663.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR SUMMER CAMP - Carlow Regional Youth Services are currently looking for volunteers to help with their annual summer camp which will run from July 8 to 12. Full training will be given 2nd to 4th July. If you are 16+, are available then and would like to help others in your local community, please contact JJ on 085 7132751 or

TUPPERWARE - Two years and still going strong .Ladies, fancy a demonstration of the products in the new Spring/Summer catalogue at your house, club, or Community Centre. If so, just call Anne on 086 3203205,email anne.doheny5@gmail.comfor more details.
CROCHET CLASSES - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre offering crochet classes for another 6 weeks starting on May 7 from 7pm-9pm, only €25.00. Call on 059-97-22028 to book your place.

RESULTS OF NURNEY VILLA 50/50 APRIL DRAW - €500 Sean Monaghan, St. Brigid’s, Bagenalstown. €50 Paula and Dicey Reilly, Sleaty, Graigcullen. €50 Chrissie Murphy, Nurney. €25 Fran Mullins, Philip St., Bagenalstown.€25 Pat Nolan, Barrow Lough, Leighlinbridge.€25 Tony Doran, Nurney.€25 Eileen and Michael Miley, Oldtown. €25 Philip Murphy, Ballinaboley. €25 Noleen Corcoran, Oldtown. €25 Tommy Murphy, Hillview, Nurney. Next draw in Nurney Inn on Wed. May 29