FIELD DAY -It comes around every year and it is a lot of hard work but it must be said that Goresbridge Field Day and River Festival was a huge success this year. The weather, well it was the best Sunday that came in months and people revelled in it. A fantastic crowd, probably the largest attendance ever gathered in Cois Bearbha to enjoy the day out with their children, friends and family. There were plenty of things to try and archery was a new item this year, there was a queue of people wanting to have a go all day and it was nice to give it a try, now had anyone been watching this writer’s efforts, a lot of practice was needed to say the least but Johnny from Dunmore East Adventure Centre was a great help and eventually managed to hit a colour on the board. The kayaking and paddle boarding was a great spectacle and great to see young people enjoying the river, it is under-utilised and hopefully there will be a lot more river activities in the future. It was the first year that there was cot racing, nice to see these boats and it was a bit of fun watching them race. Kilkenny Leader Partnership very kindly subsidised the water activities and archery. The duck race was a great success with Evan and Greg Barcoe’s duck being the first home and they won €100. The real fun was trying to pick up the ducks after the race, thanks to Kevin Walsh for the use of his boat. Thank you to all the sponsors, Connolly’s Red Mills, McCullagh Trailers, Dalton T.V, Gowran Filling Station, Superquinn, Patroon Systems, GRT Hire, Gowran Pharmacy, Michael O’ Dowd Insurance, Seven Oaks Hotel, The Barrow Breeze, Beatrice Dempsey, Bia Blasta at Gowran Park, Emma’s Hair Salon, Gowran, John Ireland Butchers, Gowran, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Martin Maher Car Sales, Maher’s Pub, John Hanlon, the Bridge Café, Tom Mullins, Dr. Michael Helly, Donohoe’s Pub, Goresbridge Horse Sales, Tony Davitt Mini Bus Hire, Electro City, Kilbride Coaches, Gowran Park Golf Club, Brian Phelan, Con Kelly, Keenan’s, Borris, Mobility Vehicles, Willie and Jackie Mullins, Pat Minchin, Dr. Gallagher, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Mrs Maureen Mullins, McConville Oil, Lord Bagenal, Kilcarrig Quarries, Foley Solicitors, John Kelly Hardware, Donohoe Properties, A-B Woodfuels, A.D. Mouldings, Jeutonic, Goresbridge Credit Union, Glanbia and Maher’s Convenience Store. Thank you to Mrs Kitty Donohoe for sponsoring the baby show, Helen O’ Keefe for judging it, Bosco’s Butchers, Jim Flavin for the use of his truck, Rachel Greene, Paulstown Development and Ionad Dara committee for use of equipment, Glanbia for the use of their car park, Paul Nolan for his tent, David Dreeling for the Gazebo and Tommy Bolger for transport. The field day couldn’t happen without the committee, all of you who gave items for sale, the hardworking crew that set up and fenced off the river, the many people who gave up their time on a Sunday and manned the various stalls and activities, Nigel from Solar Signs for providing sound and music and if this writer has managed to leave someone out it is not intentional. The party night in Maher’s proved to be as popular as ever even though it was not a bank holiday but the burgers and sausages tasted great and went down a treat, thanks to Peter and Bridget for their barbecuing skills. Thank you to all who bought raffle tickets and supported the auction. Jamie Hillier won a voucher for the Seven Oaks which was the gate prize at the field day, James Lakes won the door prize of a weekend away in the Bridge Hotel, Waterford, and Johnny Heffernan had the nearest guess of the weight of the log, 141 Kg and won €50. The funds raised go to Cois Bearbha, Bridge United and Goresbridge Rural Development, no idea as yet how much money was made but whatever it is it will be most welcome but it was a most enjoyable day out for one and all. More results to follow next week.
FIELD DAY RESULTS-Guess the name of the Doll : Emma Blake The doll’s name was Eva.
Guess the name of the Bear: Chloe Murphy The doll’s name was Angus.
Meggars : Senior winner was Padraig Dalton and junior section was won by Adam Barcoe.
Darts :Larry Holden won the Senior section and Tom Holden won the junior, both from Thomastown.
Cokey Balls : Shane Wall won the junior section while the senior winner was David Holden.
Soccer Penalties : Josh Barcoe won the under 10 years section, Padraig Murphy won the junior section while the senior winner was Conor English.
Guess the number of balloons in the car : Olga Ferreira. There were 101 balloons!
Putting Green : Paul Kennedy won the senior competition with D. Holland winning the junior.
Rings :Senior winner was Larry Holden and Junior was Tom Holden.
Raffle : (1)Food Hamper : Mary Nolan: (2)€50 Voucher : Ciara Murphy; (3)Cosmetics Hamper : Mary Cowman.
BABY SHOW :
Babies aged under 1 year : (1) Rachel Connolly, aged 12 days.(2) Heidi Ryan aged 8 months. (3) Jack Lennon aged 10 months.
3 years and under : (1)Sadhbh Griffin. (2) Aaron Kelly (3) Caitlin Lawlor
TWO IN A ROW-The Split the Pot draw was won by Tommy Wall, Lower Grange for the second week in a row, how unbelievable is that and his sister Mary won €20 with Liam Langrell winning the other €20. It just goes to show that there is nothing like a bit of luck so this week it could be you, all you have to do is pop €2 into the envelopes provided. Envelopes are available in all the shops and businesses and the committee of Goresbridge Rural Development are very grateful to them for their support.
CONCERT IN IONAD DARA-The annual concert run by the committee of Ionad Dara will take place on Friday August 31, Lumíere, Pauline Scanlon and Éilis Kennedy from Dingle will provide the entertainment and are considered to be two of the finest voices in Ireland. They will be supported by the widely acclaimed Oirachtas Sean-no’s dance champions, Colm, Padraig and Gearóid Devane from Carna, Connemara. Tickets are €20 and are available from Gerry Kavanagh 086 0443152, Martha Kelly 086 3479581, Mary Meaney 087 2103011, Ciara Murphy 086 8675560 or Ann Wall at 059 9775180.
AWARDS NIGHT-Bridge United will hold their junior awards night in Maher’s Lounge on Saturday July 28. There will be a barbecue at 8.30 and Na Fianna will provide the music from 10.30. It’s an all ticket affair and they can be bought for €10 from John Quinn (Maher’s Pub), Jim O’ Connell, John McDonald, Eamon Barcoe and Chris Barcoe. Sounds like a great night out and it’s always great to celebrate success.
SENIOR CITIZENS SUMMER OUTING-Goresbridge Senior Citizens Outing will take place on Wednesday July 25. Anyone wishing to travel can contact Catherine McLoughlin at 087 7917786 or Kathleen O’ Neill at 059 9775331 or any committee member.
YOU COULD WIN €5,000-Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, wouldn’t you love to get your hands on that. It costs €2, you choose 4 numbers between 1-24, and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen in the Goresbridge area. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blokes Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.
LIBRARY-The library is open Mon – Fri at the Goresbridge Rural Development office, there is a huge selection of books for adults and children. It’s just a matter of popping in and choosing a book or books and swopping them with some of your own, there is no fee. There are so many books that it is necessary to put in more shelving which GRD hope will be in place in about a month or less.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325-Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325 and they have a reserve jackpot of €6,025.
GORESBRIDGE FIELD DAY 2012-Results of Colouring Competition Junior/Senior Infants 1. Charlotte Foley,2. Nuala Walsh Highly commended : Maria Connolly, Vicky McDermott, Eoin O’Neill, Margaret Maye. First/Second Classes: 1. Mary Kane, 2.Jasmine Williams. Highly commended: Chantelle Matthews, Nichola Coady, Ella Cusack, Anna Connolly, and Shane Wall. Third/Fourth Classes 1. Kaja Grabowska,2. Chantelle Freeman/Ellen Purcell, Highly commended : Niamh Keogh, Louis Brennan. Sarah Freeman, Chloe Murphy, Anna Purcell. The Field Day Committee sends thanks to Catherine Barron, Lower Grange, our adjudicator. She was very impressed by the very high standard of the entries. The judging criteria were, selection and composition of colour, application and coverage. Many thanks to all the children for their lovely pictures and congratulations to the prize winners.
SERVERS OUTING-The Servers Outing will take place on Thursday August 16 to Tramore, if you are a server and would like to go you need to leave your name into the sacristy or at the Parish Office at 059 9775180 before July 25th.
PRESENTATION OF CHEQUES-Borris and Tractor Nuts held their cheque presentation in Bob’s Bar, Borris on Saturday July 7. Two cheques of €4,136 were presented to the Irish Cancer Society and the Irish Kidney Association. The committee wish to thank all who made the 2012 Tractor run such a good success, the tractor drivers who travelled from near and far and the generous sponsorship they brought in, the stewards for the smooth running of the day, those who donated spot prizes, donations of tea and food on the day which was really appreciated. Thank you to the staff at the Step house Hotel for all their help and the delicious barbecue, the residents of Borris for their patience with traffic restrictions, roll on 2013.
RAISING FUNDS-There will be a charity night held this Saturday night in Maher’s Pub for the Haven and Smile Charity, it promises to be a great night out.
Barrow Rangers V Cloneen-Barrow Rangers and Cloneen faced each other Friday night in Paulstown in the Junior hurling championship. The visitors opened the scoring in the second minute with a pointed free, a minute later Martin Bambrick levelled the game before Cloneen restored their lead in the fifth minute. Dermot Maher was proving to be a handful at top of the left and this paid dividends in the seventh minute when he ran at the Cloneen defence before off loading to full forward, Derek McEvoy who blasted the ball to the net. A pointed free from Dermot and two from play by Cathal Kenny quickly followed before Cloneen broke the sequence with a point in the twelfth minute. Rangers were enjoying a period of dominance and made the most of it when Martin Bambrick pointed in the thirteenth minute and a minute later Dermot Maher had the sliotar in the net for Rangers second goal to leave the score 2-5 to 3 points. The boys in green were not prepared to lie down and outscored Rangers by 4 points to one for the rest of the half. Cloneen’s scores came from a free, a 65 and two from play while Cathal Kenny got Barrow Rangers and the games last point of the first half.
The score read 2-6 to 7 points. Barrow Rangers retired to the dressing room for the half time break while Cloneen remained on the pitch. This certainly didn’t do them any harm as they made a lightening start to the second half with a goal and a point inside three minutes. Dermot Maher steadied the ship with a pointed free in the fourth minute. By the fifteenth minute Cloneen were well and truly back in the game when they drew level 1-12 to 2-9, after this though they were to score only one more point. The introduction of first Thomas (Timmy) Brennan and then Ciarán Breen livened things up for the Rangers forwards and they outscored their opponents 8 points to 1 before the final whistle to run out winners 2-17 to 1-13. The game itself was an entertaining and sporting affair with some very good passages of play. Cloneen were very apt at catching the high ball and put their passes together well. Richie Doyle was hugely influential for Barrow Rangers at centre back especially in the first half when he saw to it that the forwards had ample supply of the ball, next up for Barrow Rangers are Lisdowney after which we will have a better understanding of where we are as regards the Junior championship. Team: Ian Holden, Kevin Brennan, John Kealy, Sean McDonald, John Kearney, Richie Doyle, Willie Hennessy, Ed Prendergast, Cathal Kenny ( 4 pts ) Martin Bambrick (5 pts), Ciarán Doyle, Cathal English (1 pt), Dermot Maher (1-6 6pts frees), Derek McEvoy (1 goal),Jason Holden (1 pt). Subs: Thomas Brennan for Ed Prendergast and Ciarán Breen for Derek McEvoy.