Ballyraggett: Coffee morning to aid Home Care

I.C.A. NEWS - On Wednesday 26th September six guild member of Ballyragget I.C.A. will be attending the Federation I.C.A. in Clogh at 8pm. The new Federation President Shirley Power from Piltown will also attend. There are still a few places left for the Kilkenny Federation at An Grianan on the weekend of 9th, 10th and 11th November 2012 - there is limited availability and is open to I.C.A. members and non-members – if interested contact Breda McDonald.

I.C.A. NEWS - On Wednesday 26th September six guild member of Ballyragget I.C.A. will be attending the Federation I.C.A. in Clogh at 8pm. The new Federation President Shirley Power from Piltown will also attend. There are still a few places left for the Kilkenny Federation at An Grianan on the weekend of 9th, 10th and 11th November 2012 - there is limited availability and is open to I.C.A. members and non-members – if interested contact Breda McDonald.

The Ballyragget Guild are planning a coffee morning in aid of the Home Care Team on Friday 5th October from 10am to 12 noon in the Canon Malone Hall – your support would be much appreciated.

The I.C.A. has elected a new National President – Liz Wall and on her election she announced plans to partner with Suicide Or Survive (SOS) to raise awareness of mental health issues in Ireland with the aim of running Wellness Workshops in Kilkenny. Ballyragget Guild are planning on running a Flower Arranging Demonstration to raise funds for this worthy cause.

The plan is to hold this demonstration in October or November 2012 – more information later on.

LISDOWNEY CHORAL GROUP - The Lisdowney Choral Group resumes after the summer on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30pm in the Resource Centre, Lisdowney – new members are welcome.

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP - Renowned U.K. based artist Mike Skidmore will be holding a painting workshop in the Hillside Studio, Donoughmore, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny on the weekend of 27th/28th October 2012.

This course is suitable for anyone both novice or experienced. The course covers the traditional oil painting techniques of the old masters and is suitable for all levels.

Venue for the course is Hillside Studio, Donoughmore, Ballyragget and the cost is E200 per person (E50 deposit required on booking) excluding materials and including lunch (vegetarians catered for) and plenty of refreshment throughout the day. Accommodation lists of local venues available.

The studio is set just outside Ballyragget and offers a peaceful creative venue in a friendly environment with stunning panoramic views.

The venue is pet friendly. Information on materials, accommodation and directions are available once a place has been booked and deposit paid. Examples of both Mike Skidmore and students work can be seen on www.mikeskidmoreonline.com. Early booking advised contact Colette O’Brien on 086 3691443

BALLYRAGGET SCOUT GROUP - Ballyragget Scout Group would like to thank all who recently supported their church gate collection – the amount of €462.36 was raised thanks to all concerned.

HAVE YOU TIME TO SPARE - S.O.S. is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care.

We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided.

We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends.

If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email ksherry@soskilkenny.com or visit our website on www.soskilkenny.com .

SPEECH AND DRAMA CLASSES - Speech and Drama Classes for 6-12 year olds will commence shortly at the Oasis Childcare Centre, Freshford - registration will be at 6 pm on Friday, 14th September 2012, with classes starting on Friday, 21st September 2012.

There will be two terms (September to Christmas and January to Easter). Cost is €75 per term. To secure a place or for more information, please contact Mary Purcell on 087-2213274.

ZUMBA FITNESS - Ditch the workout and join the party! Burn Calories, lose weight and tone up. Zumba Toning Classes running on From Thursday 13th in Durrow Community Hall at 7.30pm and Zumba Basic running from Oct 3rd in Freshford Community hall at 7pm. More info at 087 7460707

PILATES - Proposed upcoming schedule for all Pilates classes, both in Kilkenny and Freshford. Also note our new Fit Back and Bumps Classes with Joanne Brennan for Pre & Post Natal Ladies.

If you wish to book in, simply e-mail back stating which class is your 1st preference, then 2nd & 3rd. Or alternatively you can text back to 086 661 1163 (don’t forget to include your name).

Classes are subject to change depending on demand, so if you don’t see a time that suits please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

BACK & BUMP COURSE - Fit Back & Bump Course - An education course for pregnant mums to be and new mothers starts soon in Clontubrid Freshford. Please Phone Joanne on 087 9537808 to book a place, numbers limited.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 12, 20, 23, 26Jackpot Winner – No winner €50 sellers prize – Rocky; €100 winner – Ber Lawrence, Brookfield €60 winner – Majella & Mary, 28 Greenview; €30 winner – John Doran. C/O Tom Phelan; €30 winner – Susan Hickey, High Street. In House prize C/O The Hogan Stand - Bottle of Whiskey – John McGrath; €30 – Carmel O’Gorman, Castle Gardens; €30 – Gerry Kelly, Brookfield; €30 – Margaret Stratford, Grange. Next week’s venue – The Sportsman’s. Jackpot is €15,850 Tickets €2

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE CLUB - The club wishes to thank everyone who helped with its bag packing fundraiser last week end.

Sincere thanks are extended to the wonderful parents and young players, who turned up for duty and to all of our supporters, who contributed generously to club funds. We also appreciated the cooperation of the management and staff at

Super Valu, Ballyragget who were particularly helpful. Fundraising is an important part of a club’s survival and without people to help in that task; Naomh Brid would not continue to thrive.

As the playing season has now ended, the club executive extends best wishes to the girls who are settling into their new schools and classes.

Thanks again to all of the players, parents and supporters for their contributions and commitment to Naomh Brid during 2012.

The club held its end of year party in the GAA clubhouse, on Tuesday, September 11th. There was a fine attendance of players, parents, supporters, club coaches and officials to enjoy the official closure of the season. Aidan Morrissey thanked all of the players for their dedication during the year and highlighted the progress they made.

He advised the players to keep practicing themselves and to be ready for the new season when it comes around. Aidan also extended best wishes to the players who will be moving to other clubs next year, as Naomh Brid only fields’ teams up to Under 14 level.

He thanked the parents and supporters for their help and a special word of thanks went to the Club Secretary, Sheila Gunner, who did tremendous work during her first year in that role. Aidan appealed for more volunteers to help with coaching and club administration in 2013.

Individual certificates, issued by the Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board to mark the club’s qualification for the Cats Final, were presented to the under 12 team, by Sheila Gunner.

The raffle prize winners were – Apple 8gb I Pod Nano ---- Hannah Coyle –Twomey Tickets for All Ireland Camogie finals --- Sienna Gunner Vouchers for HMV ----- Zoe Gleeson, Leanne Ryan and Sheila Brophy. Sliotar and hurley grip- Catherine Purcell The long puck winners were – Under 14 Jennifer Healy, Under 12 Zara Gunner and Under 10 Mary Kate Brennan. Each winner received a sliotar and hurley grip.

Thanks to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the refreshments.

The club will be holding a bag pack in Super Valu (by kind permission of Mr. Pat Keating) next Friday and Saturday, September 21st / 22nd.

Parents are requested to help for just two hours and should confirm their availability and time slots to the club Secretary ,Sheila Gunner, on 086 3023812 before 6 pm on Thursday.

This is an important fund raiser for the club and we look forward to the usual generosity from our parishioners and kind neighbours.

The club has now completed its playing activities for 2012 and we thank everyone who helped during our busy fifteenth year of existence. Camogie is played for enjoyment and everybody involved with Naomh Brid intends to keep it that way!

TIMBER DRAW - Our annual timber draw will be held on Sat 6th October in The Corner House.

Tickets will be available to purchase over the coming weeks. Details of the night will be confirmed in next week’s notes.

PHOTOGRAPHS - Going forward, we would like to ask parents/supporters to send in any photos regarding your child’s team over the coming weeks. We will begin compiling our choices for our 2013 calendar.

Busy times for the juvenile teams over the past few weeks and in the weeks to come:

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 3th August – In house draw - €50– Jim Gannon Jackpot spin won by Martin Tierney €50 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Frank McInerney.

Next week’s jackpot is €2,100 and will be held in Ronan’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

RUTH 4 GOAL WONDER SHOW! - Freshford town 4 Brookville 4

Brookville started their league campaign on what could only be described as a perfect pitch on perfect conditions in Freshford.

It was a game that was never going to be easy for Brookville as Freshford had been demoted from the 1st division last year and had a point to prove.

Freshford started the brightest and showed early signs that they meant business and within 15min had gone 1-nil up.

That was the wakeup call Brookville needed and straight from the kick off Alan Ruth followed a long ball up to the Freshford Square took the ball around the keeper and calmly slotted the ball into the net.

Brookville should have pushed on from there but Freshford regrouped and scored 2 unanswered goals before half time.

Brookville weren’t playing bad but Freshford were playing better.

Things didn’t get any better for the away team in second half when they conceded a 4th goal after 10 minutes.

Freshford probably thought they had the game won at this stage and seemed to take their foot of the gas a little.

Brookville on the other hand were working harder and started to win their individual battles with David Farrell, Michael Stapleton, Liam Brennan and Gary O’ Keefe leading from the back.

Alan Ruth pounced for a second goal after hard work from Gary O Keefe, Patrick Rudkins, John Doheny, and Steven Ruth.

It was game on, Brookville started to play the type of soccer they can and bombarded the Freshford goal for the next 15 minutes and up popped Ruth again with the sweetest of strikes to the bottom left corner of the net to complete his hat trick.

The score was now 4.3 it was all Brookville at this stage, Paddy Rudkins was taken down in the box after a neat run and Brookville were awarded a penalty which Alan Ruth dispatched to the net. Freshford to their credit regrouped again and pushed on but the Brookville defence stood strong.

Man of the match Alan Ruth was the star today but it was a great team effort all around.

This was a good start to the season for Brookville and the attitude of the player augurs well for the season.

Team: JJ O Sullivan, Ciaran Stone, David Farrell, Michael Stapleton, Gary O’ Keefe, Stephen Ruth, David Hogan, John Doheny, Paddy Rudkins, Alan Ruth, Gary Hogan, Subs, Liam Brennan for Ciaran Stone, Billy Irwin for David Hogan, Shane Phelan for Gary Hogan, John Holland, Sean Stapleton, Anthony Butler, Robert O’ Keefe

CHRISTMAS MARKET - St Lazerian’s House, Bagnelstown is holding its annual Christmas Market on Sunday 18th November from 2pm to 5.30pm.

Admission €5 Children see Santa and adults will be served tea/coffee, scones + cream and jam and mince pies

Lots of stalls and homemade Christmas cakes and puddings and excellent raffle prizes

If you would like to donate a bottle for the bottle stall or hold a stall please contact us on 059 9721146

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word Month of September – Team B, Team Leader – Helen Brennan. Ballyouskill at 7.30pm – Shane Prior, Ministers of the Eucharist Ballyragget Sunday 8.30am – Conor Ronan and Olive Swan Sunday 7pm – Paula Stapleton and Val Walsh; Ballyouskill 7.30pm – Patricia Ryan

PLEASE NOTE -On Sunday 30th September mass will be at 8.30am instead of 10am – there will be evening mass in Ballyragget at 7pm as usual and at 7.30pm on Saturday the 29th September in Ballyouskill.

Do This in Memory of Me – Thanks to all the parents and parishioners who have undertaken to help the children who are preparing to receive their First Communion next May.

The “Do This in Memory “ is a parish based programme in which all can help.

Eucharistic Adoration in the O’Gorman Home Oratory every Tuesday morning 10am – 12 noon.

Please come along and spend some time in the Presence of God.

Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays.

All anniversaries will be included but months minds and 1st anniversaries will have to take precedence in masses for the dead.