Bennettsbridge - Two gold medals for Gerri

WELL DONE GERRI! - Gerri Kinsella has been making a name for herself in swimming circles and she continued her winning ways with two gold medals and a silver in the second round of the Special Olympics Regional Games held in The Curragh. Gerri won gold in 50 metres freestyle, Silver in 50 metres Backstroke and Gold in the Relay 4 x 50. Gerri is a member of the Kilkenny Special Olympics Club and is a daughter of Sheila and John Kinsella.

WELL DONE GERRI! - Gerri Kinsella has been making a name for herself in swimming circles and she continued her winning ways with two gold medals and a silver in the second round of the Special Olympics Regional Games held in The Curragh. Gerri won gold in 50 metres freestyle, Silver in 50 metres Backstroke and Gold in the Relay 4 x 50. Gerri is a member of the Kilkenny Special Olympics Club and is a daughter of Sheila and John Kinsella.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The Community Development Group is delighted to announce that the Playground will be opening shortly and an official opening is planned for Sunday morning May 12th all going to plan.

On the day a ‘time capsule’ will be buried which will be opened in fifty years time. The idea is to bury items, pictures and artifacts that represent Bennettsbridge in 2013 and that will be interesting to those opening it in 2063. If anyone has any suggestions please contact a member of the Community Development Group. 

The group would encourage different organisations in the parish to consider putting some item reflecting the interests of the individual group in the capsule.

They are also starting to plan for the Field day which is set for June 16th. There will be a special Field Day meeting on Tues 30th at 8.30pm, anyone who would like to get involved please come along. 

JOE HANRAHAN RIP - Mr Joe Hanrahan, who died recently in New York was formerly from Castlegarden but had lived in The Bronx for most of his life. Prior to his emigration he won a club All-Ireland with Mong(Thomastown) in the early 1900s. He was President of the Kilkenny Association in New York for many years and served as chairman of the New York GAA Board for a number of terms. He was a great friend to the many Kilkenny teams who visited New York for exhibition games and brought them around to show them the sights. Sympathy goes to his family in New York and to the Hanrahan and McGrath families on this sad occasion.

LOTTO - There was no winner of the Lotto Jackpot this week. Numbers chosen were, 7, 15, 26, 27. The jackpot now stands at €2350.00.

Consolation Prizes Bernard Sheeran, Barrons Court; Seamus Tobin, Ballinaboola; Michael Molloy, Kilree Park; Richie McEvoy, Gowran Road; Wattie O’Connell, Newhouse.

CARDS - Results of last week’s game. 1st Prize Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle; 2nd Prize (shared) Martin Mulhall/Rose Hayes; Dave McDonald/Gabriel Moylan Table Prize Willie O’Keeffe/Jim Fitzgerald

COLLECTIONS - The Duchas Churchgate Collection held last weekend was very well supported and thanks to all who contributed.

EPILEPSY - There will be a churchgate collection in both churches on Saturday and Sunday 4th and 5th May in aid of the EPILEPSY Association in Ireland.

CHOIR - Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge Parish Choirs were represented at the Choral Workshop held in St Canice’s Parish Church on Thursday night last. There was a good response and many choirs from the city and country parishes attended. The workshop was conducted by Tom Kendzia who has visited Kilkenny a number of times and the two hour session proved to be very productive.

MEN WANTED - The Tidy Town’s committee are looking for “man”power on Saturday 27th for power hosing & other heavy jobs.

 From 7-10 am Please bring shovels, clippers or chainsaw if you can. Breakfast provided please let us know if you can attend. Meeting at Credit Union.

Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns needs your support

HANDBALL - At the most recent meeting of Kilfane Handball Club, chairman Jim Kenny McGrath reviewed a very successful 40x20 season for the club, and congratulated all who represented the club on the national scene. Secretary Tom O’Keefe listed the five All-Ireland titles that returned to Kilfane in the space of eight days earlier this month. Rachel Hogan won singles and doubles titles in Ladies Junior, Dylan Caulfield won U16 doubles and most recently, Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley won the Silver Master B Doubles title. The All Ireland titles came after earlier successes at county and provincial level, and treasurer Tommy Reddy said that this was a remarkable achievement for what is after all a 60x30 club.

Preparations are now underway for the 60x30 season, and planning has started for the running of the Hal Clarke Tournament. This competition is now regarded as one of the key competitions in the local calendar, and last year’s winner, Brendan Bourke, went on to appear in a final at the World Championship a few months later.

Painting of the alley takes place from 7pm on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th, and from 9am on Saturday 27th. The aim is to finish the job by 2pm on Saturday. If any club members or parents have a few free hours anytime during these slots, we would welcome all help.

SOS - 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 .

AGE FRIENDLY PROGRAMME - Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is available to provide “Ageing with Confidence” in your area. The 8 weeks workshop is a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The programme is run by two trained facilitators and looks at all aspects of ageing including physical, emotional and intellectual. The workshop is free of charge and is usually run at local community/parish centres. Enquires welcome from community centres/individuals and groups.  If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 056 7772787 for further details or emailagefriendlycounty@gmail.com

WRITERS GROUP - Members of the Writers Group spent a very enjoyable afternoon at Lin Cowley’s home on Wednesday, the occasion being the April meeting. The theme of the homework was “Easter” and some nice pieces of work were shared. Daphne Hunt’s home will be the venue for the May meeting.

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