Ballyragget - Free workshops for young adults

FREE TASTER WORKSHOPS - Free taster workshops – skills for employment and or further education. Co. Kilkenny VEC are hosting a series of FREE half-day workshops on Tuesday’s (9.30am – 1.30pm) over a six week period in May and June 2013. Venues will include Callan, Urlingford and Kilkenny City. These workshops are aimed in the first instance at young adults in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance/Benefits and or those who finished their education before completing the Leaving and or Junior Certificate or equivalent. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity to refresh existing skills and or to gain new skills and subject knowledge. The emphasis in all of the workshops in on learning in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. Register on line at www.kilkennyvec.ie (follow link to Taster) or telephone 056 7795916

FREE TASTER WORKSHOPS - Free taster workshops – skills for employment and or further education. Co. Kilkenny VEC are hosting a series of FREE half-day workshops on Tuesday’s (9.30am – 1.30pm) over a six week period in May and June 2013. Venues will include Callan, Urlingford and Kilkenny City. These workshops are aimed in the first instance at young adults in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance/Benefits and or those who finished their education before completing the Leaving and or Junior Certificate or equivalent. The workshops are designed to provide an opportunity to refresh existing skills and or to gain new skills and subject knowledge. The emphasis in all of the workshops in on learning in an enjoyable and relaxed atmosphere. Register on line at www.kilkennyvec.ie (follow link to Taster) or telephone 056 7795916

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN - In the coming week’s volunteers throughout the country will be out and about helping to clean-up their environment of litter. Would you like to organise or participate in a clean-up of your street, estate or road and if so your support would be very much appreciated. You can check out details of National Spring Clean on www.nationalspringclean.org Please get involved and make your community a better place to live in and do business in.

WATER UPGRADE WORKS - Under the Small Schemes Allocations from Kilkenny County Council  Ballyragget water supply has received €30,000. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the funds will be used towards Ultra Violet Disinfection.

HOGAN STAND BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden. The Hogan Stand Book Club will meet on Tuesday 7th May in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER - The 200th anniversary concert will be held in Jenkinstown Park, June 22nd 2013 at 8 pm. Thomas Moore, Ireland’s National Poet (or Bard of Ireland), composed “The Last Rose of Summer” when visiting his good friend, George “Punch” Bryan in

Jenkinstown and it is fitting that concert will be held within the original walled garden area in the Jenkintown woodlands. Anthony Kearns, an internationally renowned Irish tenor, will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore Melodies. Some local talent will also be showcased on the evening.

From the time Thomas Moore started studying at the Middle Temple in London, he became immersed in high social life in England. Thomas Moore was an international celebrity and many including the Prince of Wales sought his company.

Thomas Moore was appointed Registrar of the Vice Admiralty Court of the Bermudas in 1803. Regarded by many there as Bermudas Poet Laureate, they erected a monument to him. The last thirty years of his life was spent, with his wife Bessy Dyke, at Sloperton Cottage, Bromham, Wiltshire, England, where they are buried along with their children. Moore had been a frequent visitor to Kilkenny and he had performed at The Private Theatre, 1808-10, also it’s where he met his future wife Bessy Dyke. In Jenkinstown, while staying with his very close friends the Bryans, he composed “The Last Rose of Summer”. Rose X Odorata Pallida, was the inspiring flower which is still grown locally and in the Botanic Gardens, Dublin.

The Bryan family were Catholic landlords, and the family lived in Jenkinstown for 240 years, surviving there despite uprisings against English rulers and the Penal Laws – when it was forbidden for Roman Catholic to own property. Today Coillte, Ireland’s forestry service owns and operates the Jenkinstown woodland area. The concert is being organised by ‘Conahy Heritage Society’ with the assistance of Coillte and The Gathering Ireland. Further details of the concert including pictures can be found on the Conahy Heritage Society website (www.conahyhs.com), the Conahy Heritage Society Facebook page, on Twitter @conahyhs or The Gathering Ireland website (www.thegatheringireland.com/). Tom Moore has preserved many old Irish tunes by adding lyrics to them. His collection of Irish Melodies and National Heirs consisted of 130 original poems set to folk melodies including The Minstrel Boy, The Last Rose of Summer, and Believe Me if All Those Endearing Young Charms. Moore also wrote Lalla Rook, a romantic Oriental fantasy along with a number of biographies, including Lord Byron’s. After he died his wife Bessy donated his library, around 1200 books, to the Royal Irish Academy in Dublin. Thomas Moore’s diaries are kept in Rothe House, Kilkenny. In his time there were no prizes like Nobel and Pulitzer. This is the opportunity to give him some recognition, which he so richly deserves and where could be better than in Jenkinstown Park. More information can be found on our website, www.conahyhs.com Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, Twitter @conahyhs email conahyheritagesociety@gmail.com Tickets available at www.ticketmaster.ie

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 2. 7, 12, 28. Jackpot Winner – No Winner €50 sellers prize – Seamus Butler €100 winner –Siobhan O’Shea, Clough €60 winner – Shannon Fogarty, Ballycondra €30 winner – Mia Fogarty, C/O S. Butler €30 winner – Noah Butler, 7 Station Avenue In House prize C/O The Wheel Inn Whiskey – Christy Doyle €30 – Margaret Stratford, Grange

€30 –Martin Tierney, Chapel Avenue €30 – John Dooley, Ballyouskill Next week’s venue – The Corner House Jackpot is €3,350 Tickets only €2

TEAM NEWS - St Patricks Junior B team were in action against neighbours Conahy Shamrocks on Sunday morning in Ballyragget. The Ballyragget team gave   a great display and won in a score line of 1-17 to 1-9. They will next meet Galmoy.
The Intermediate team have their first game of their season next Saturday the 27th against Dunamaggin in Tom Ryall Park.

BORD NA NOG - Progressive Card Night in CYMS hall on Tues 30th April starting at 8 o clock

€1000 in prizes plus great spot prizes and refreshments on night

Have a great night for €10 per person.

CAKE SALE - The club will be holding a cake sale at Glenvale (Costcutters), on Saturday, May 11th next. Donations of cakes, buns and other culinary delights would be appreciated. The sale will start at 10 am and don’t be late!  Families which have a child receiving first Holy Communion the following day are guaranteed value for money and something tasty for that special occasion.

 TRAINING - Training continued on Tuesday, April 16th with forty eight enthusiastic participants. There were eight coaches present to organise and supervise the session. It was great to see so many parents present to watch the children developing their skills.

Naomh Brid will host an Under 12 blitz on Saturday, April 27th with the action starting at 10 am. We also expect to be welcoming visiting clubs on Saturday, May 4th for an Under 10 blitz. These are always very enjoyable days and the club will have its stewards on duty to help with traffic, while the catering group will provide refreshments for the participants and their mentors.

 The Under 14 team will begin their League campaign on Wednesday May 8th with a home game against Tullogher @ 7pm. The fixture list provides the team with three home and four away games.

  BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - RESULTS The winner of the in house draw was Martha Blue €100 the Jackpot spin was Darren Hickey who won €75 and the sellers prize was won by Tony Lawrence €25. Next week’s Jackpot is €3,500 and is in The Hogan’s Stand. Be in to win.

SCHOOL BOYS SOCCER - Brookville are asking anyone with any interest or ideas on starting schoolboys soccer for next season to contact the club on 0870578653 

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of March – Team A. Team Leader – Eileen Mulhall Ballyouskill – Frank Brennan

Eucharistic Ministers –Ballyragget, 10am mass – Stephen Delaney and Jackie Lawless 7pm – Olive Swan and Paula StapletonBallyouskill – Kathleen Carroll. Collectors for April 10am – Martin Foley and John McGrath 7pm – Val Walsh and Michael McCraith. of God.