GOOD NEWS FOR GORESBRIDGE-Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan has announced the approval of the upgrade of the sewage system in Goresbridge to proceed in 2013. This is great news for Goresbridge, it has been promised for a very long number of years so positive news for the village.
SCRAP METAL COLLECTION-Goresbridge Rural Development is holding a scrap metal day on Friday 31st May. This is an opportunity to rid your house, garden, farm, business of unwanted metal that has been hanging around for ages. Here is an idea of what you might like to get rid of, cookers, toasters, freezers, fridges, dryers, washing machines, radiators, ironing boards, saucepans, aluminium windows and doors, empty metal cans, lawnmowers, BBQ’s, goal posts, wheelbarrows, ladders, old wheels, bikes, go-carts, scooters, metal buckets, golf clubs, wheelbarrows, swing sets, old cars, farm machinery, gates, tanks, boilers, feeders, copper, sheets of galvanise, car, tractor and lorry batteries. Glanbia has kindly allowed the collection to be held in their yard from 9-5. It is hoped this scrap metal collection will raise funds to go towards tidy towns.
HISTORY TOUR-Barrowvale Local History Group will take a trip to Dublin on Thursday June 6. They hope to do a tour of Croke Park, Dublinia – Viking Museum and the Chester Beatty Library. They will stop for a meal on the way home, it sounds like a great way to spend a day. You don’t have to be a member of the history group so all are welcome. If you would like to book a place contact Edward N Moran at 087 3179442 or Marie Mahon at 059 9775588.
HERITAGE WEEK-Heritage week will take place from 17- 25 August and as usual Barrowvale Local History Group will hold an exhibition, this year they are focussing on the Bi-Centenary of the Church of the Holy Trinity and St. George’s Church. As part of The Gathering they will be displaying family histories, if you would like to get involved and display your own family history showing photographs etc you are invited to a meeting of Barrowvale Local History Group on June 12 in Ionad Dara at 8pm.
MONSTER RAFFLE FOR CLUB AND COUNTY CAMOGIE-Paulstown/Goresbridge Camogie club are running a Monster Raffle in conjunction with the County Board to raise much needed funds for both Club and County. There are over 30 fantastic prizes on offer and for just €3.00 per line it’s a draw not to be missed. So please support our girls when they call on you. Advanced notice of the upcoming Camogie Camp on June 8th for all registered camogie players from 6 to 16 yrs., venues; Piltown, Slieverue, Thomastown, Clara, O’Loughlin’s Gaels, Dicksboro and Freshford GAA grounds, please contact club sec/mentor for more details.
AMERICAN TEA PARTY-Ionad Dara will be the venue for an American Tea Party which will be held on Friday June 7. Tickets cost €10 and the much needed funds go towards Scoil Bhríde National School, Goresbridge. Tickets are available from the committee of the Board of Management and the committee of the Parent’s Association. Please support this fundraiser, it promises to be a great social night out.
IONAD DARA AGM-The AGM of the Ionad Dara Management Committee will take place in Ionad Dara on Tuesday 28th May at 8.30pm. All are most welcome to attend.
EIST CANCER SUPPORT-The Eist Cancer Support Centre will be officially opened by Dr. David Fennelly, Medical Oncologist St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on Wed, May 22 at 5.30 pm. All are welcome
CAN YOU HELP-Our Fás and Tus workers have been working very hard to clean up the village before the adjudicator from the Tidy Towns arrives to judge; this can happen any date from June 1st. If you are a resident in the village you can help by putting out some window boxes, flower pots, perhaps paint your gate, remove any weeds that may still be in front of your home, wash the lower end of your walls to remove dust and grime. All these things can make a huge difference to the marks so your help is vital at this time.
BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,600-Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,600 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. Last week Noel Simpson and Jack Barcoe each won €40 and Lar Kinsella won €20. The promoter’s prize went to the Gardiner Family.
Tickets cost €2 and are available in Blake’s, Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner and from committee members.
SOCCER RESULTS-Bridge United under 16’s played Evergreen in the league but were unfortunate to lose 3-1 with the goal by Kevin McDonald. Bridge has two games left and full points will give them the league. They received a walk over from Birr town to advance to the final of the Midlands Cup where they will play Evergreen.
Men’s Shed -Open Day on Friday, 7th June from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. This event is open to all men from the area. Come along and enjoy an introduction to Woodcarving and a display of our work. Men’s Shed Courses beginning on the following dates:- Monday, 10th June from 10.30 a.m. - 12noon - 4 Week ‘Men in the Kitchen’ Cookery Course Cost €3.00 per day Tuesday, 11th June from 10.30 a.m. - 12 noon - 6 week course on Beginners Furniture Restoration, Cost €3.00 per day. Wednesday, 12th June from 7.30 - 9 p.m. - 6 week course in Hand Woodcarving, Cost €3.00 For further information on Men’s Shed, you can ring Dave on 085 1548256
WELL DONE CONOR-Well done to Conor Blake who was part of Kilkenny U12 development squad who won the Waterford Villa FC tournament today. Conor had a great game in semi final with a 4-1 win against Cork and the lads beat Waterford in the final.
CONGRATULATIONS LEON-Congratulations to Leon Gordon, Wells who won the schools triathlon today for the second year in a row, an amazing achievement.
A BRIDGE TOO FAR FOR RANGERS-Bennettsbridge 0-14 Barrow Rangers 0-08 Going into this Junior Championship/League third round tie last Sunday the home side, Bennettsbridge and visitors Barrow Rangers had one win and one defeat and on this occasion the Bridge were to finish the day a lot happier. From the throw in Bennettsbridge showed their intent and within a minute corner forward Brian Lannon flashed the ball over the bar for the opening score, Nicky Cleere added another from a free soon after and in the 6 minute Lannon got his second and Bennettsbridge third point of the game. Rangers were finding it difficult to get a foot hold on the game with the Bridge halfback line totally dominant; the same could not be said for their Rangers counterparts where the home side’s Liam Blanchfield and Nicky Cleere were creating havoc. Blanchfield knocked over two points in the 6 and 8 minute and by the 14 minute Cleere had converted 2 more frees to leave Rangers chasing a 7 point deficit. A point from Richie Doyle put Rangers on the board in the 17 minute and one minute later he converted a long range free from his own 65. Cathal English made it 3 points for the visitors soon after. The scoring finished in the 24 minute when Cleere landed a 65, from the puck out Richie Doyle gathered the ball and sent it between the posts to leave the score 8 pts to 4. The first half had seen some neat hurling mostly from Bennettsbridge it has to be said. The second half was to be a more scrappy affair with the challenges more robust. It fell to Nicky Cleere to open the second half scoring with a pointed free. Ciarán Doyle quickly cancelled this point out before Jason Holden pulled another point back for Rangers. With play very fragmented scores were hard to come by. Cleere landed a 65 in the 47 minute and we had to wait another 8 minutes before Bennettsbridge’s corner forward, Kevin Blanchfield broke their sequence of scores from placed balls with a point. Their last score from play had come in the 8 minute of the first half. With 6 minutes of the game remaining Cathal Kenny got Rangers 7 point but almost immediately Hugh O Neill restored the Bridge’s 5 point lead. Two pointed frees from Nicky Cleere made it a 7 point lead before Cathal English pulled one back for Rangers in added time to leave the final score, Bennetsbridge 14 points, Barrow Rangers 8. Bennettsbridge would have to be happy with their performance albeit only 6 of their scores came from play but they were totally in command of this game from start to finish. This was a huge disappointment for Rangers, the fact that they won so few of the individual battles must be a worry for them. Bennettsbridge’s Nicky Cleere was his usual reliable self from placed balls, Enda Morrissey was a towering figure at centre back and behind him Robbie Lennon controlled the square until going off injured; Liam Blanchfield was a constant threat. The Barrow Rangers half back line of Ed Prendergast, Thomas Brennan and Tom Brennan redeemed themselves in the second half but elsewhere they struggled.
THREE IN A ROW-For the third year in a row Barrow Rangers have a player with the Kilkenny Minor hurling team. This year it’s the turn of Ciaran Breen,