Goresbridge: Award for Cois Bearbha

Award - On Tuesday the 18th of September Cois Bearbha Co Operative Society were awarded the prize of Best in County Kilkenny and 3rd over all by the Barrow Awards 22 . In early June Cois Bearbha Co Operative Society entered the Barrow Awards Scheme, the intention being to clean up and promote the walk way along Cois Bearbha and the park area. The initial short term project was to organise a picnic area within the park. There is a stone picnic table currently on order and delivery is expected in the coming weeks. New signs have also been organised for the park. This signage will be located at the entrance to the park along with information giving a brief history of the park. The name of the park, Cois Bearbha has been engraved in the granite stone at the entrance.

Award - On Tuesday the 18th of September Cois Bearbha Co Operative Society were awarded the prize of Best in County Kilkenny and 3rd over all by the Barrow Awards 22 . In early June Cois Bearbha Co Operative Society entered the Barrow Awards Scheme, the intention being to clean up and promote the walk way along Cois Bearbha and the park area. The initial short term project was to organise a picnic area within the park. There is a stone picnic table currently on order and delivery is expected in the coming weeks. New signs have also been organised for the park. This signage will be located at the entrance to the park along with information giving a brief history of the park. The name of the park, Cois Bearbha has been engraved in the granite stone at the entrance.

The long term project is to develop the walk from the park to the weir. Over time the walk way has become overgrown creating issues with accessibility. To date, it has been widened and cleared up and three new flower beds introduced and the old benches have been restored. A new fence has been erected which allows the grass behind this to grow wild with the idea of attracting more wildlife. In addition many native flowers have been sown in the beds in keeping with the park and the natural environment. Along the walk way the native Irish Kennedy Primrose has been sown.

All of this and the success at the Barrow Award Scheme could not be achieved without the commitment and effort of all those involved with Cois Bearbha Co-Operative Society. The committee would like to especially thank Tom O Neill, Mathew Murphy and Kevin Walsh for their help and expertise. The focus now is to promote the park and the walk way throughout the community and the county. The committee are currently working on having more signs put up with directions to the park. The National Parks and Wildlife services are advising the committee with information regarding the Flora and Fauna of the park and this information will be on display for all to read.

If you would like to learn more about Cois Bearbha and the Cois Bearbha Co Operative Society please check out our face book page Cois Bearbha or email coisbearbhagb@gmail.com

CHOIR - Goresbridge Choir meet on Monday evenings in the Church at 7.30pm for an hour. Former members and new members very welcome.

ART CLASSES - Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting on Monday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn at 086 3768810

YOGA CLASSES - Yoga Classes for beginners take place on Tuesdays in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, contact Marianne Dolan at 086 3082450.

SET DANCING CLASSES - Set Dancing Classes take place in Ionad Dara on Monday nights at 8.30. €6 per class and new members and beginners welcome.

ZUMBA CLASSES - Zumba Fitness takes place in Ionad Dara every Tuesday night, 8.30 to 9.30, €8 per class, contact Nicola at 085 1416953 for more information or just turn up on the night.

BEST OF LUCK - The best of luck is wished to Barrow Rangers player, Richie Doyle who is part of the Kilkenny panel who take on Galway in the All-Ireland final replay next Sunday in Croke Park.

TWO TEAMS IN COUNTY FINALS- This Saturday the Under 14 hurlers of Barrow Rangers and the Minor Camogie team of Paulstown/Goresbridge are both in County Finals. Both teams face Ballyhale Shamrocks. The lads play their Roinn B final at 2.15 in Nowlan Park while no time or venue has been fixed for the girls as we go to press.

Last Saturday the under 10 hurlers of Barrow Rangers took part in the Graignamanagh blitz and returned home as Shield winners, well done lads.

PERSON OF THE YEAR - Kilkenny Person of the Year Awards 2012 takes place on Friday October 26 at 8pm in Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny and is organised by Rehab Care, Kilkenny. Should anyone have an organisation or person that they may wish to nominate please do so. For more information and nomination forms please contact Hugh Maddock, Rehab Care, William St, Kilkenny at 087 8261925.

ENJOY THE RIVER WALK - The river walk is still very beautiful at this time of year, there is still so much to see with lots of berries, rosehips, blackberries to pick. The cygnets have grown so big and their white feathers are beginning to show and it’s lovely to see the family of five swimming up and down the river and feeding. Waterways Irl has cut back a lot of the high vegetation from the bridge to Slyguff and beyond and it looks great.

LOTTERY €6,325 - Bridge United’s lottery stands at €6,325. Reserve jackpot worth €1,525. The winner last week was Biddy Walsh who won €100, Ann O’ Neill won the promoters prize. Tickets cost €2 and are available at Blake’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub. Spar, The Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze , the Bridge Café or from any committee members.

DISCUSSION GROUP - If you are interested in joining a discussion group to talk about what’s in the news and how the media operate you are invited to Ionad Dara again this Thursday night at 8pm. It is hoped that this will be a regular weekly event. If you would like more information please contact Jim at 059 9775242.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United u 17’s lost 3-2 to Ormondeville in Goresbridge. Michael Brennan scored one of the goals and the other was an own goal. The under 15’s lost to Freshford but the under 13’s had a better day when they travelled to Rathdowney and beat them 5-1 with Niall Canning scoring a hat trick.

Bridge United A team played Swords Celtic in the Leinster Junior Cup. They went 1 goal ahead with a strike from James Bolger but by half time they were 2-1 down. An own goal and a strike from Sean Murphy put them in control but 2 late strikes from Swords gave them the win 4-3.

Bridge United B team started their league campaign against Orchard Rovers. A first half strike from ex youths star, Darren Foley was enough to give Bridge the points.

ART, CRAFT, DESIGN- Duiske College Further Education has a very limited number of places available on the following courses. Business Studies Level 5 and Level 6 available. Art Craft and Design Level 5 available and Art and Business Level 6 available. Places are level and if you are interested you would need to contact Duiske College promptly. Only candidates that wish to complete the full award at level 5 and 6 will be accepted (8 modules). Students may be entitled to a grant of Back to Education Allowance, for all information see www.studentfinance.ie/susi.

For application forms and further details please see www.duiskecollege.ie or phone 059 9724177.

The successful completion of these courses can result in 400 CAO points.

SPLIT THE POT - This week Split the Pot was won by Ann Cleere Skeoughvosteen who won €135 , €20 went to Diane Brennan, Barrowmount Drive and €20 went to Pauline Carroll from The Coffee Dock. Thank you to all who play. If you would like to support this work it cost €2 to play and the envelopes are available from Connolly’s Red Mills, Bridge Café, Goresbridge Credit Union, Barrow Breeze, Kelly’s Hardware, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Spar, Maher’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s Goresbridge Pharmacy, Glanbia and Beatrice Dempsey.