Bennettsbridge -

DUCHAS HERITAGE SOCIETY - Dr Walter Walsh Memorial Lecture - Dúchas - A lecture will be delivered by Rex Bangerter in Tullaherin on Wednesday 17 April at 8 p.m. on the subject of Recent Archaeological Excavations at Newtown-Jerpoint. This is the inaugural lecture in memory of our late colleague Dr Walter Walsh, Stoneen, and it is hoped that it will become an annual event.
Dúchas Annual Collection: The annual Dúchas Church-gate Collection takes place in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin on Saturday and Sunday 20 & 21 April. Your support would be much appreciated.

DUCHAS HERITAGE SOCIETY - Dr Walter Walsh Memorial Lecture - Dúchas - A lecture will be delivered by Rex Bangerter in Tullaherin on Wednesday 17 April at 8 p.m. on the subject of Recent Archaeological Excavations at Newtown-Jerpoint. This is the inaugural lecture in memory of our late colleague Dr Walter Walsh, Stoneen, and it is hoped that it will become an annual event.
Dúchas Annual Collection: The annual Dúchas Church-gate Collection takes place in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin on Saturday and Sunday 20 & 21 April. Your support would be much appreciated.

TIDY TOWNS & DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The weather was against us on Saturday morning but the TidyTown’s group would like to thank those who came out and picked up litter in the village. They plan to do work every Monday night from 6:30 to 7:30 and on a Saturday morning from 11am, meeting in the credit union car park at these times between now and the competition in July.

We encourage anyone who is free and interested in the TidyTowns to come out and help.

Community Development and TidyTowns report a great response to the clothes appeal with over 500kg’s collected on Friday. A big thank you to all who responded. It is planned to repeat this activity in the autumn and so many people were delighted to clear out in aid of a local cause.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to the family of Josephine(Josie)Mullins, formerly from Kells Mills and Annamult, Bennettsbridge, who died recently. Josie was in her 95th year and she is mourned by her nephew, nieces, relatives and friends.

Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Michael’s Church, Danesfort and burial was in the adjoining cemetery.

WRITERS GROUP - The April meeting of the Bennettsbridge Writers group will be held this Wednesday in Lin Cowley’s home at 2pm.

LOTTO - Results for last week. No winner of jackpot. Numbers chosen, 14, 19, 22, 25. Jackpot now at €2,200.00.

Consolation Prizes Carmel O’Gorman, Woollengrange; William Murphy, Castlegarden; Noreen Tobin, Ballinaboola; Nellie Barry, Highrath; Janet Dunne, c/o Lalor’s

CARDS - Results of card game on Tuesday night in The Community Hall. 1st prize Toddy Skehan/Martin Hanlon 2nd prize (shared) Martin Mulhall/Rose Hayes and Jim Fitzgerald/Willie O’Keeffe. Table Prize Danny McDonald/Geoff Doyle

SOCIAL DANCING - Launch of Social dancing commences in The Long Man, Thomastown on Friday the 19th April. Music with Michael Collins and Checkers. Dancing 9pm until 1am. New extended dancefloor.

SCHOOL HURLING - The second round of the Schools Hurling League took place last Wednesday at home to Tullogher/Rosbercon. Right from the off, BB set the trend for what was to come. Within seconds from the throw-in, David Blanchfield opened the scoring with a point resulting from some nice passing from the BB forward line. Shortly afterwards, a Danny Coyne point and a Johnny Waugh goal made things very comfortable for the ‘Bridge.

Tullogher/Rosbercon, trying hard to get into the game, opened their account with a point. BB continued to create chances but were shaving the posts for points and nearly paid the penalty when T/R, halfway through the first half, scored 1-1 to leave the score BB, 1-2, T/R, 1-2.

Spurred on by clever centre-field play and a strong half-back line, Troy Walsh goaled twice and Johnny Waugh netted his second to leave the score at half time, BB 4-2, T/R, 1-2.

Right from the start of the second half, BB put the pressure on. Danny Coyne opened the scoring with a 65 followed by a great goal from an acute angle by Tom Bolger. T/R tried to mount a comeback, scoring 1-1, but the ‘Bridge side responded by camping in the T/R half and pounding their goal. Eventually, Conor Murphy, after and interchange of passes with D. Blanchfield, T. Walsh and S. O’Connell, crashed the ball to the net. Hannah Kelly and Ciaran Mullen both went close, Matthew Treacy had a near miss. The immense pressure took it’s toll on the T/R side and in the final minutes Troy Walsh scored two goals to put the result beyond doubt.

While the centre-field pairing and the forwards kept the pressure on the opposition, it was also noticeable that any threat from T/R was well dealt with by the BB defence of Rachel Kelly, Laurence Mahon, Tom O’Donnell, Barry Lennon, Mikey Lewis, Tim Corkery , Danny Coyne and Jamie Harkin. Next game away to Piltown today(Wednesday)17th.

Panel D. Blanchfield, T.Bolger, T. Corkery,D. Coyne, J.Doyle, J. Harkin, H & R. Kelly, B. Lennon, M. Lewis, L. Mahon, M. Molloy, C. Mullen, C. Murphy, C. Nolan, S.O’Connell, T. O’Donnell, M. Treacy, T.Walsh, J.Waugh.

BORD NA NOG - Football :  The U14 football team played in the League Shield Final last Monday against St Fiacres in Tom Walsh Park. In very cold and windy conditions which made scoring very difficult , Bennettsbridge dominated the first half and went in at the break ahead 1-1 to 1-0.  They pressed on in the 2nd half and playing some great football built up a lead of 5 points towards the end of the game.

However, they were to suffer heartbreak when St Fiacres , in a rare couple of attacks , scored two goals  at the very end to win by a single point 4-0 to 3-2. Despite not winning silverware , this team has improved steadily through the league and played some excellent football in both defence and attack and have won many admirers in the process.

 Minor -  Our minor team  took  on Erins Own last Monday in the League and playing with some style ran out winners on a scoreline of 0-16 to 0-11. This performance was very pleasing both from the quality of general play and scores but also for  the commitment shown in both  defence and attack throughout the game which augurs well for the remainder of the campaign. They next take on Dicksboro on April 22nd at home at 6:45.

U16  – The U16 hurling campaign began in earnest yesterday when they played Graigue Ballycallan in the first round of the Roinn B league. Despite playing very well throughout the game they also were to suffer misfortune when they went down courtesy of a late goal by Ballycallan. This was scant reward for their effort but they can take great heart however from their performance. Next they took on St Martins in Coon. They held their own initially in the game but eventually succumbed to a physically bigger St. Martins side.  Their next outing is at home to St. Fiacres this Friday at 6:45.

U14 Hurling – The U14 hurlers campaign commences next Tuesday when they take on Dunnamaggin away in the first round of the League.

Street League: A  very successful occasion took place last weekend when the Bennettsbridge Street League for younger age groups for Hurling and Camogie took place to kick off the year for these kids for 2013. The League was run off as a blitz format on the day due to the prevailing weather and involved over 40 boys and 20 girls from u8 to u11 playing. Despite the inclement weather , this was a really enjoyable day for all. After the games were completed , the kids were treated to a great surprise when Kilkenny county player , Richie Hogan,  arrived to present all the kids individually with their medals.  Afterwards , each team got to have their photo taken with Richie and he remained on afterwards to sign autographs. The Club would like to extend many thanks to the chief organisers Ger Kelly , Shane Doyle and Ray Kent and to all the U8 and U10 Hurling and Camogie mentors  who helped to make this such an enjoyable event. Thanks also to Ann Doyle and all the other parents who organised refreshments on the day which were gratefully received by the many parents that turned up. Thanks also to the young players who refereed the games. Thanks also to Richie Hogan who gave very generously of his time to make this a memorable occasion for these young kids. All agreed this was a great start to the year and the Club intends that this Street League will become an annual event on the Bennettsbridge Juvenile GAA calendar.