Bennettsbridge - Bennettsbridge Post Office has a new post box

POST BOX HAS NEW SITE-Bennettsbridge Post Office has a new post box. Letters for posting should now be dropped into the new box. Stamps can be purchased as normal in the post office. This arrangement is in line with new regulations introduced by An Post. It is situated on the green near the former Chesneau factory. Packages and parcels will be dealt with in the post office

POST BOX HAS NEW SITE-Bennettsbridge Post Office has a new post box. Letters for posting should now be dropped into the new box. Stamps can be purchased as normal in the post office. This arrangement is in line with new regulations introduced by An Post. It is situated on the green near the former Chesneau factory. Packages and parcels will be dealt with in the post office

CONGRATULATIONS-Congratulations to next door neighbours Thomastown who won the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship in Croke Park yesterday when they defeated Fullen Gaels in a thrilling encounter.

For the McGarry family, there were some sad moments as they watched seventeen year old Darragh, son of goalkeeping Dad, James, make some vital saves to help the Thomastown side win the title. In 2007, Darragh, having survived a crash in which his mother, Vanessa sadly lost her life, helped Henry Shefflin lift the MCarthy Cup after an emotional Kilkenny All-IrelandFinal Victory.

On Sunday, Darragh was back in Croke Park helping his side to victory and we can expect to see more of this young player in the future.

Being a native of Thomastown, the victory brings to mind the schoolboys hurling anthem sung by us with gusto as we followed our team in the fifties.

“We are the Boys of Thomastown,

In colours white and blue

We play the game of hurling

As schoolboys often do

Our ranks are brave and trusty

Our forwards straight and true

We’re marching on to victory

In colours white and blue.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP-An important meeting takes place this week to decide the future of the community hall.

In order to avail of grants, a lease of the hall needs to be taken for approx. 7 years. The plan is to form a new Hall Development Committee to oversee the project, fundraising and subsequent management of the hall for the duration of the lease.

Everybody is fully aware of the hall’s importance in the community and the Community Development group strongly request that user groups and individuals in Bennettsbridge to get behind this project.

LOTTO-No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 2, 5, 10, 28. Jackpot now stands at €2,300.00. consolation Prizes.

Michael Holden, Castlegarden

Sean Campion, Higginstown

Siobhan Ryan, Baronsland

Suzie, c/o Claire Campion

Desmond Treacy, Parnell Street, Kilkenny

SYMPATHY-Sympathy is extended to Tommy Hayes, Annamult and the Hayes family on the death ofTommy’s brother, Mickey Hayes, Dangan Terrace, Thomastown.

A WHALE OF A TIME-There was a local interest in a Nationwide television programme which aired on Wednesday of last week. Locals were surprised to see P. J. Ryan, Baronsland interviewed about his participation in a search for whales on the south east coast. The search was organised by skipper, Martin Colfer on his boat, “The Rebecca C” and P. J. was taking part for the second time.

Whale watching is a popular pastime in many countries, including Canada and New Zealand, but here in the south east you can witness some of the largest creatures on earth in their natural environment. P.J. is a native of Wellington Bridge, and has always been a keen fisherman. He is also a talented woodturner and his special pieces are much in demand.

He is secretary of the South-East Chapter of the Irish Woodturners’ Guild. 

LADIES CLUB-There will be a meeting of the Ladies Club on Thursday night in the Community Centre, 8.30pm.

EAST END-Results: Junior Division 3: East End 4, Orchard Rovers 2, Stephen Comerford 2, David Galway, Aidan Byrne Schoolboys Results: U17 Div 2, East End 8, Evergreens C 2, Sean O’Neill 3, Jason Byrne 3, Harry Bruton, Brian O’Neill U15 Div 2, Paulstown 06 1, East End 3, Ciaran Byrne 2, Sam O Dwyer U13 Div 1, East End 0, Evergreen 1 U11 Div 1, Evergreen 4, East End 0 U9 Yellows played Southend, U9 Greens played Stoneyford Schoolboys Fixtures Saturday 16th February U12 Midlands Shield East End v Moone Celtic 1pm U10 League East End v Paulstown 06 11am U11 Girls Lions v East End 1pm Bord na  nÓg AGM- A very well attended Bord na nÓg Annual General Meeting took place in Bennettsbridge recently. Both the Secretary and Chairman reflected in their reports on a year in which the Juvenile Club continued to make very  good progress at all levels.

With the addition this year of the Camogie players we had over 140  players in total participating in the various age groups from under 6 right through to Minor with 27 coaches involved.

  Great progress was made in the development of all the age groups in 2012 with many of the underage teams competing and holding their own in the higher divisions. In all grades from u6 up the teams enjoyed some measure of success.

We  would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere thanks to all the coaches/ trainers who put in so much work throughout the year and to all who helped in any other aspect of our games . Thanks also to all those who sponsored us throughout the year. To all parishioners and businesses who supported the club during the year in our fundraising efforts, a big thank you.

We appreciated the help of all those involved in the Field day especially those in the Community Development Group. We would also like to thank the Senior Club for their help and support during the year and to the Field committee who continue to do an excellent job to ensure the field is always in top condition throughout the year.

We would like also to thank all the parents, without whose goodwill and co-operation we would not exist. Their encouragement and support is vital in a players development, and by bringing them to the field and encouraging them to practice at home, they are playing a major role.

Thanks to all the Club  officers and committee members who put in such hard work throughout 2012 on the administration side of the club , with fundraising etc. Finally we would like to wish the players, coaches, officers and committee members involved  in the Club all the best for the coming year.

Secretary Mary Blanchfield stepped down after seven years of sterling service to the Club and we would like to sincerely thank her for all her help and work during those years.

Officers elected : Chairman Paul Brennan,   Treasurer Margaret O’Donnell, Vice-Chairman/Pro Michael Hanley , Registrar Marian Lennon , Co Board rep Margaret O’Donnell and Schools Board rep John Byrne.  The outgoing committee of Micheal Shiel, Shane Doyle, Eamonn Kehoe, Breda O’Connell, Sean Holden, Ger Kelly and Leo Mahon were also returned.  The position of Secretary is to be filled by the incoming Committee.

Coaches/Managers were also elected  for each age group : Under 6’s – Alan Flynn & Seamus O’Farrell , Under 8’s – Ger Kelly, Kevin Ryan , Under 10’s – Shane Doyle, Syd Kelly, Ray Kent & Declan Forristal ,Under 12’s – Paul Brennan, Leo Mahon, John Nolan, Michael Murphy & Billy Molloy ,Schools – Vinnie Shiel , Under 14’s – Murt Coyne  ,Under 16’s – John Byrne , Minor – John Brennan.

On The Pitch- Well done to the U14 Football team who had a great win over Kilmacow in the opening game of the league on a scoreline of 3-4 to 2-4. Against a physically stronger team , despite playing some great football they found themselves 2 points down at half time. However, they upped their performance in the second half and with some excellent scores and defensive work, went on to win deservedly. The entire team showed great heart and determination and a lot of  skill in this victory. Their next outing is a home game against Gowran this Sunday 17th.  Also Bennettsbridge Minor footballers  kick off their season when they take on Conahy Shamrock at home this Sunday.

COLLECTION-The churchgate collection in aid of the O’Neill Centre was very well supported by parishioners and realised a substantial amount. Many thanks to all for their generosity.

eMAIL-Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan on 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.