Ballyragget - Get involved for spring clean

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.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS - The wedding took place on Saturday 23rd March of Miriam Kelly, daughter of Ellen and Seamus Kelly Knockroe, to Gavin Brophy, son of Michael and the late Bridie Brophy, Castlemarket. Celebrant was Fr Tommy Murphy. Bridesmaids were Siobhan Kelly, Paula Stratford, Yvonne Kelly and Katie Kelly. Groomsmen were Kieran Hallahan, Brendan Dooley and Brian Phelan. Pretty flower girls were Sadbh Kelly and Leah Brennan -Barry and Pageboys Oisin and Riain Hallahan. Reception took place at Newpark Hotel Kilkenny. Honeymoon is being spent in Thailand.

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.

COLLECTION TIMES FOR COLAISTE MHUIRE - Parents of pupils attending Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown please note that the collection and drop-off time for the bus is as follows -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  

YOUTH 2000 IRELAND - Youth 200 Ireland will be hosting a youth retreat in Castlecomer Community School from Friday 19th April to Sunday 21st April. The weekend will consist of workshops, drama, inspirational talks, testimonies, prayer, music, games and plenty of chill- out time. The retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8pm. Thos is a great opportunity to find out what your faith is all about in a friendly, chilled out atmosphere. For young people aged 6 to 35, under 18’s must download booking form on website. Please feel free to drop in to the retreat anytime over the weekend and bring a sleeping bag if you choose to avail of accommodation – cost is donation only. To book or for more information see www.youth2000.ie or ring 087 7835471 or 086 8636296.  

DAFFODIL DAY THANK YOU - Ballyragget Post Office would like to sincerely thank all who generously supported their recent cake sale in aid of Daffodil Day – The sum of €511 was raised due to the generosity of the public and the fantastic home bakers who supplied the items for sale- thanks to all who helped made the day so successful.  

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS- Numbers Drawn- 10. 19, 22, 26, Jackpot Winner – €3,350 –Kathleen an Eileen C/O BingoSeller – Seamus Butler - €335, €50 sellers prize – Noel Cummins €100 winner –Dick Watters, High Street, €60 winner – T, O, E, D, Doyle, Bridge Street €30 winner – Martin McEvoy, C/O Rocky €30 winner – Madge Brennan, C/O Frank In House prize C/O The Hogan Stand Whiskey – Hubert Nealis €30 – Sean Stapleton, High Street €30 –Freddie Farrell, Byrnesgrove €30 – Tom Phelan, Coole Next week’s venue – The Wheel Inn Jackpot is €3,000 Tickets only €2

INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL - For the first time since 1925 Ballyragget were in action in football in Nowlan Park. On Sunday 14th of April St. Patrick’s were in action against Ballyhale Shamrocks in the Intermediate County Final. This was the third time this year the sides met, in the previous two encounters Ballyhale had been victorious and on the last occasion Ballyhale had just about won. The game started off well with St Patrick’s Ballyragget a very different side throughout the first half they were the best team and it showed in the half time score line of St.Patrick’s 2-4 Ballyhale 0-2. In the second half Ballyhale had the advantage of the wind and came back and at the 60 minute mark the sides were level. In the dying tense moments of the game Sean Mooney (captain) took a free which he perfectly placed over the bar to win the game on a score line St.Patrick’s 2-6 to Ballyhale 1-6.  A huge congratulations to all involved in the St.Patrick’s to the team of JJ O’Sullivan, Michael Stapleton, James Staunton, Dermot Brophy, Liam Brennan, Geoff Morrissey, Conor Delaney, Sean Mooney, Barry Staunton, John Holland, Bill Staunton, Paddy Cahill, Mark Staunton, Jody Phelan, and Kevin Fitzpatrick. Subs Alan Ruth for Kevin Fitzpatrick ,Michael Gannon for John Holland and Anthony Butler for Jody Phelan remaining panel members Shaun McGrath, John Phelan, John Butler, Donal Brennan, Darren Phelan, Kevin Kelly and Seoirse Kenny.  Team mentors John McGrath Manager, Assisted by Martin McGrath, Séamus Lacey and Tom Phelan. WELL DONE!!!

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE - Training continued on Tuesday April 9th, with forty four girls participating enthusiastically in the session. It was great to see more new players joining the club and the invitation remains open for any girls under 14, who wish to play camogie. The weather was fine again and everyone is now enjoying the benefits of the bright and warmer evenings. Club officers and some committee members were present with many parents and all were delighted to witness the hive of activity .The confidence is increasing especially in the younger players, as they become more comfortable with the hurley and ball.

The Under 10 players were put through their skill drills and coached by Aidan Morrissey, Martin Foley, Mick Southgate and John Gunner, while the Under 14s were trained and tutored by Sandra (Gleeson) Walshe, Caroline Phelan, Jackie Lawless, Orla Jacob and Brendan Walshe.

It is great to have so many people involved with the club and as the work is shared, nobody is overburdened.

Training continues every Tuesday, at 6 pm, by kind permission, at the St. Patrick’s club grounds. We enjoy playing and we play for enjoyment.

The Under 14s will be in action on May 8th in the opening round of their League campaign. The complete fixture list will be finalised in the next week or two.

 Keep up to date with Camogie news at www.kilkennycamogie.com and for national issues www.camogie.ie

 BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - 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.

TEAM NEWS - Lions B 3 Brookville 4 AET Brookville progressed to the last 8 of the McCalmount cup today in dramatic fashion
Trailing 1 nil at half time and 3-1 with 6 mins remaining it looked like Brookville were dead and buried. But 2 late goals from Stephen Ruth and Gary Hogan took the game to extra time. With momentum now behind them the winner was secured in extra time with Gary Hogan completing his hat trick, all his goals coming from the penalty spot!
Best for Brookville were Ciarán Stone, John Doheny , Billy Irwin Gary Hogan and Stephen Ruth.
Team Ciaran Stone  Eddie Thornton  Darragh Stone  David Farrell Rob O’Keeffe Gary Hogan Billy Irwin John Doheny Jonny Kavanagh
Stephen Ruth Gary O’Keeffe Subs Sean Stapleton, Paddy Rudkins, Darren Phelan

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of March – Team A Team Leader – Eileen Mulhall Ballyouskill – John Kennedy Eucharistic Ministers –Ballyragget 10am mass – Marie Gannon and Ann Lawless 7pm – Mary McGrath and Mai McEvoy Ballyouskill –Gerard Carroll Collectors for April 10am – Martin Foley and John McGrath 7pm – Val Walsh and Michael McCraith mass in Ballyragget. Booklets

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.