Ballyragget - One week to view Square plan

The Square Draft Plan Display - Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection until Friday 22nd February 2013 at the following Kilkenny County Council offices: Kilkenny County Council County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City   From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Kilkenny County Council, Castlecomer Area Office, Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny. From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development will be carried out may be made in writing to: Mr. Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks, Kilkenny County Council, County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City. The latest date for receipt of comments on the above scheme is Friday 8th March 2013. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

The Square Draft Plan Display - Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection until Friday 22nd February 2013 at the following Kilkenny County Council offices: Kilkenny County Council County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City   From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Kilkenny County Council, Castlecomer Area Office, Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny. From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development will be carried out may be made in writing to: Mr. Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks, Kilkenny County Council, County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City. The latest date for receipt of comments on the above scheme is Friday 8th March 2013. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.

FAMILY RESEARCH - I have been researching an Irish family. I have a manuscript excerpt written by Mrs. Laura Griffith (nee Smyth) about a family named Bruton that lived in Ballyragget around the turn of the 1800’s.I would like to have evidence that this is a fact. Is there anyone in Ballyragget who can confirm this as a fact? It would be helpful to me in my research. Thank you for any reply. Chris Burningham cemmyburn@gmail.com

SCOIL NAOMH BHRIDE ENROLMENT - Scoil Naomh Bhride, Ballyragget are now accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 School Year. Forms con be obtained from the school office or by contacting the secretary on 056 -8833606. Enrolment forms should be returned to the school by 22nd March 2013.

BALLYRAGGET COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP - There are still a few places available in our Playgroup and Montessori for Free Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ecce) starting in September 2013. The ecce scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-school age. In general children are eligible for free ecce scheme if they are aged three years and two months and less than four years seven months on the 1st September of the year that the child will be starting playgroup – if you wish for your child to avail of the free scheme please contact the playgroup on 056 – 8830119 or 086 – 846867 or email ballyraggetchildcare@gmail.com to book a place or call and view our purpose built facility in Chapel Avenue anytime during open hours - 9am to 12 noon and 12.30 to 3.30 daily Monday to Friday.

SCOIL CHIARAIN ENROLMENT 2013-2014 - Scoil Chiaráin is now accepting enrolments for 2013-2014 for pupils starting in second class in August/September. Enrolments forms are available from the school or the school’s website www.scoilchiarainballyragget.com. Completed forms should be returned to the school before Friday, March 15th. For further information, please contact the school principal Conor Brennan on 056-8833351      .

BALLYRAGGET/BALLYOUSKILL LOURDES INVALID FUND - The Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Lourdes Invalid Fund Committee would like to announce once again requesting any invalid seeking financial assistance and wishing to travel to Lourdes this May with the Ossory Pilgrimage to put their names forward in writing to any of the committee members – please note that the closing date is the 17th March 2013.

COLLECTION TIMES FOR COLAISTE MHUIRE - Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown Morning Knockroe 8.05am Ballyragget 8.10am Durrow 8.20am Johnstown 8.40 a.m. -straight into school. Evening. The bus picks up all students when school finishes @ 3.55pm To arrange transport please contact M&A Coaches on 056-88-33454 or Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown  056 -8831135      

 ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 4, 5, 8, 27 Jackpot Winner – No winner €50 sellers prize – Richie Stone €100 winner – Geraldine Delaney, C/O A. Brophy; €60 winner – Eamonn Cunningham, C/O S. Kelly €30 winner – Joseph Coogan, Castlecomer €30 winner – Michael Soames, Greenview In House prize C/O Fitzpatrick’s Whiskey – Ger McGrath €30 – Declan Delaney, The Square €30 – Noleen Butler, Greenview €30 – Maura Delaney, The Square Next week’s venue – The Hogan Stand Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2

 BORD NA NOG - St. Patrick’s GAA underage/Bord na Nóg club registration February 13th 7-9pm, GAA clubhouse. Registration for underage players will take place in the GAA clubhouse on Wednesday February 13th 7-9 pm. application forms and full details will be distributed through local schools and can also be accessed by emailing ohab@eircom.net. new members are as always welcome. We are delighted to announce Brian Kelly as the new underage Gaelic football coaching coordinator. A huge thank you to all recently appointed underage coaches for all teams, for volunteering their time, for all our underage players.

Kilkenny Co. Board coaching foundation course in St. Patrick’s GAA clubhouse on Wednesday 20th February at 7-10pm.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - RESULTS

Friday 1st February The winner of the in house draw was Packie Butler €50, Jackpot Winner was Dylan Thorton €65. Sellers prize Tony Stapleton €25

Next week’s jackpot is €3050 and is in Ronan’s Bar. Thanks to everyone for their support. Tickets are €2. Be in to win. TEAM NEWS Brookville 3 - lions B 3

(Ciaran stone, Alan Ruth, David Farrell) Brookville had a thrilling three all draw with near neighbours Lions B last Sunday. On a bitterly cold day, a draw was a fair result with both teams fighting hard for a win. It was a good game of football and the team played well. Ciaran Stone, David Farrell and Alan Ruth who is in great form at the moment, scored the goals.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT - Kilkenny Bereavement Support will hold “A Healing Group” for people who have been bereaved by suicide for at least six months. This group will meet for 6 weeks in a row. This year the meetings will take place in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, Kilkenny commencing on Tuesday 19thFebruary at 8.00pm and will continue on the following Tuesday nights. The aims of the group are to help the participants to explore their loss in a safe environment, to help them feel comfortable in understanding their grief which may involve isolation, stigma, guilt or blame. It will also provide opportunities to meet and share with others who have had similar experiences, to discuss coping strategies, to identify feelings and to remember the deceased. If you want to know more about this group, please phone 056-7756538 or 087-9610334   

ERINS OWN GAELIC FOOTBALL - Erins Own Girls Gaelic football Club was established in 2012.We are looking for all those girls aged 7 to 8 ,U10 & U14 who are interested in playing Gaelic football in 2013. We are also taking expressions of interest from girls born in years 1995 & 1996 to form an U18/Minor team. Note. If your town or village doesn’t offer girls Gaelic football the girls are then eligible to play in Castlecomer until those towns or villages form football teams.

All new players will be made to feel very welcome.

For further information contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846 

MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE - Every month for a year we are giving away one weeks free apartment accommodation for up to four people - text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone 048 - 82241888

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of February – Team C Team Leader – Breda Kane, Ballyouskill – John Kennedy, Minister of the Eucharist, Ash Wednesday 10am ashes – Mary McGrath, Ash Wednesday 7pm ashes – Paula Stapleton and Marie Gannon, Sunday 10am – Anne Lawless and Jackie Lawless, Sunday, 7pm – Conor Ronan and Olive Swan, Ballyouskill – Patricia Ryan, Collectors for February-10am – Marty Lawlor and Henry Quirke, 7pm – Kevin O’Shea and Richard Rudkins

Sunday 24th February – We are all invited to take part in a walk of Remembrance and Faith - after 10am Mass in Ballyragget we will journey together to St. Finnan’s Cemetery where we will take some time to remember those who have gone before us on their journey of Faith. At 12 noon on that day the Ballyouskill community will gather at the graves in the church grounds for a similar service – this is all part of our Lenten year of Faith programme. We are all entrusted and challenged to be people of Faith and sharers of the Faith with others. Ash Wednesday – Lent begins on Wednesday 13th February and the local group of parishes are inviting the people from the area to come to a Lectio Divena celebration in Castlecomer Hall on the four Thursday nights of Lent beginning 21st February at 7.30pm.

Ballyragget Pastoral Council – The Pastoral Council are proposing to hold a short Prayer Service with the Blessed Sacrament in different houses around the parish during Lent. Anyone who is willing to have one of these services in their home please give your name to Fr. Murphy as soon as possible.

Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 – The pilgrimage will take place this year from 22nd to 27th May and the price is €735 – all bookings from both regular and assisted pilgrims please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051- 880414 and for more information see the poster in the church porch.

PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES – Dates of Accord Pre-Marriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are February 22nd/23rd, March 22nd/23rd, April 12th/13th, May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674

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.