Fun Day on The Green

BALLYRAGGET PLAYGROUND - Ballyragget Playground Committee held at very successful meeting last week re their Fun Day on the Green on Sunday May 20th. Lots of activities for the young and not so young are to take place on the day including Tug of War competition, pet show, flower arranging, cake sale, wheel barrow racing, Wheel of Fortune and live music just to name a few. Face painting and a Fancy Dress competition will also be held on the day. There will also be food stalls and a tea/coffee area on the day where you can grab a bite to eat. Anyone interested in helping out or in donating cakes/muffins for cake sale can contact secretary at the number below. Stalls will also be available around the Green on the day for people to hire, to sell their wares including bric a brac, books, bakery or any other item. The cost to hire a stall for the day is €25. If you are interested in hiring a stall please contact Catherine Kelly 085 7403812 before Fri 20th April. Anyone who couldn’t attend meeting but would like to donate their time or who has other fun ideas for the day can contact Catherine also.

BALLYRAGGET PLAYGROUND - Ballyragget Playground Committee held at very successful meeting last week re their Fun Day on the Green on Sunday May 20th. Lots of activities for the young and not so young are to take place on the day including Tug of War competition, pet show, flower arranging, cake sale, wheel barrow racing, Wheel of Fortune and live music just to name a few. Face painting and a Fancy Dress competition will also be held on the day. There will also be food stalls and a tea/coffee area on the day where you can grab a bite to eat. Anyone interested in helping out or in donating cakes/muffins for cake sale can contact secretary at the number below. Stalls will also be available around the Green on the day for people to hire, to sell their wares including bric a brac, books, bakery or any other item. The cost to hire a stall for the day is €25. If you are interested in hiring a stall please contact Catherine Kelly 085 7403812 before Fri 20th April. Anyone who couldn’t attend meeting but would like to donate their time or who has other fun ideas for the day can contact Catherine also.

BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s Hogan Stand Book Club is The Borstal Boy by Brendan Behan. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 1st May 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

BALLYRAGGET AREA COMMUNITY EMPLOYMENT SCHEME LTD - The scheme now has a new address as they have relocated to new offices – the address is – CYMS Hall, Bridge Street, Ballyragget. For information on CE Recruitment please call to the office or ring 087 6688881 or email ballyraggetareaces@eircom.net

NATIONAL SPRING CLEAN EVENT - The National Spring Clean will be taking place in April when people all over the country will be helping to clean up our environment of litter. You can participate in this event by organising a clean-up on your estate, street or road. Further details can be had from the Environment Section of Kilkenny County Council. An Taisce or Ballyragget Development Association members. If everyone gets involved a major impact on the litter problem can be made – make a difference.

SCHOOL ENROLMENT - Scoil Naomh Bhride, Ballyragget are now accepting applications for enrolment for the 2012–2013 school year. Application forms and enrolment policy can be obtained from the school office or by contacting the secretary on 056 8833 606. Enrolment forms along with original birth certificates should be returned to the school by 16th April 2012.St Kieran’s National School is now accepting enrolments for 2nd to 6th class boys for 2012 -2013 – please note that students due to transfer from Scoil Naomh Bhride will be forwarded enrolment forms automatically. Application forms are available on request contact the principal Mr. Conor Brennan on 056 - 8833351

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 10, 20, 22, 24. Jackpot Winner – No winner. €50 sellers prize – Jimmy Rurh; €100 winner – Tilo Maher, Clintstown; €60 winner – Teresa O’Hara, c/o Credit Union; €30 winner - Pete Lennon, Grove Terrace; €30 winner – Eamonn Dunne, High Street. In House prizes c/o The Hogan Stand; Bottle of Whiskey – Vincent Watters; €30 winner – James Phelan, Bridge Street; €30 winner – Paddy O’Gorman, Castle Gardens; €30 winner – Maria Bergin, Glenvale; Next week’s jackpot is €7,450 Tickets only €2; Next week’s venue is The Sportsman’s

BORD NA NOG - A First Aid Course specializing in AED (Heart Defibrillation) and GAA specific sport injuries will be held in St Patrick’s Clubhouse on 14th April at 9am – 4pm. The cost of this invaluable course is €50 per person. Everyone is welcome to attend but all mentors and officials are strongly encouraged to participate, places are available on first come first serve basis. Please book your place for this vitally important one day Certificate award course by texting your name and details to 0876271811 (Ollie Holohan, Bord na nOg Secretary) or emailing ohab@eircom.net. Please be advised places are limited so contact Ollie to avoid disappointment.

CARD NIGHT - The Annual Monster “25” Card Night is been held on Tuesday 17th April in the CYMS Hall, Ballyragget at 8:30pm. Everyone is welcome to join in on what promises to be a great night. We would be delighted in welcoming all volunteers to assist on the night with the catering etc, all help in this area would be greatly appreciated. We would especially like to invite the mothers of our juvenile teams to participate on the night.

TRIP - Our forthcoming trip to Portaferry is fast approaching on 21st April. Any mentors interested in travelling, should urgently contact Lar Mac on 086 8100558 to discuss the details. Training will continue for all juvenile teams this Wednesday, see you all there! Finally, we would like to thank all those who attended training last week, it is so encouraging for the club to see the numbers of young enthusiastic hurlers we have. We look forward to seeing all players and parents at this week’s training, Wednesday at 6pm. All necessary equipment i.e. helmets, hurls etc can be ordered on the evening or preferably you can contact James on 087 1614842. All club gear i.e. hoodies, jersey tops etc can also be ordered through James. We would encourage everybody that requires equipment etc to order through the club as all products will be offered at discounted prices. For all the new members joining the club especially those who do not yet have helmets etc, please come along regardless and meet your mentors and join in the fun. We look forward to seeing you all there!!

PICTURE PERFECT - Local photographer Pat Farrell has documented the year through photography and has compiled a book to commemorate the year. Same is aimed to be priced at €30 and will contain photographs from the county semi final to the All Ireland Final and the home coming celebrations the book will be made up of action and crowd shots. Pictures can be separately purchase from Pat’s website www.patfarrell.net.

FIRST COMMUNION - The “Do This in Memory of Me “programme for 2011 – 2012 is as follows: 21st April – Sunday; 13th May –Sunday First Communion at 11am; 10th June – Sunday Corpus Christi. Thank you to all the parents who have volunteered their services

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 6th April – In house draw - €80– Martin Carroll, Ballycondra. Jackpot spin won Joe Kelly Snr. €65 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Joe Kelly Snr.. Next week’s jackpot is €900 and will be held in Ronan’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE CLUB - Naomh Brid Camogie Club need volunteers to assist with the training of the under 14, under 12 and under 10 teams. The club currently only have one trainer for this year and unless volunteers volunteer (male or female) the club will be unable to continue. For the sake of the club and the girls please give some help to the club – you can contact either Sheila on 086 3023812 or Marie on 086 348 0274.

BALLYRAGGET ACTIVE RETIREMENT - The King and I will be on in the Bord Gais Energy Theatre (otherwise known as the Grand Canal Theatre) for six nights in May. Anyone who would like to attend please give their name and ticket money €39 to Maureen O’Shea or Elizabeth Dermody on or before April 23rd as the intention is to go on the trip on Tuesday 22nd May. There are currently nine places left on the bus so it is a case of first come first served.

BALLYRAGGET FISHING CLUB - Ballyragget Fishing Club membership cards are now available in News and Chews - €5 per child, €20 per adult and €25 for family membership.

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word . Month of April – Team A. Team Leader – Eileen Mulhall. Ballyouskill – Mary Kennedy. Ministers of the Eucharist. Sunday 10am – Gerry Warren and Laura Kenny. Sunday 7pm – Geraldine McGrath and Carmel Walsh Kenny. Ballyouskill. Saturday 7.30pm – Helen Holland. Collectors for the month of April. 10am – Jimmy Kane and Fabian Jacob Snr. 7pm – Philip Kenny and Michael McCraith

Financial Statement - The Statement of Accounts for 2011 are posted in the church porch for your information. Thanks to all who contribute to the collections, those who collect, organize and distribute the envelopes and those who count and account for the money collected. The Finance Committee appreciate your generosity.

International Congress - The 50th International Congress will be held in Dublin in the R. D. S. from the 10th – 17th June. The final mass will be celebrated in Croke Park on Sunday 17th June 2012. Please see www.iec.ie for further information. The official “Ossory” day is Tuesday 12th June when it is recommended that people from the dioceses might travel. The principal daily themes and celebrations of the Congress are as follows Sunday 12th June - Copra’s Christi Opening Liturgy Papal Legate. Monday 11th June – Celebrating our Communion through Baptism. Tuesday 12th June – Celebrating the Communion of marriage and family. Wednesday 13th June – Ordained and Lay – placing our gifts at the service of communion. Thursday 14th June – The Liturgy of Reconciliation. Friday 15th June – Celebrating communion through Healing Mass with anointing of the sick. Saturday 16th June – Celebrating the Word of God. Sunday 17th June – Closing Mass in Croke Park. Check with www.ico2012 for tickets. You have until the end of April to indicate to the Pastoral Council if you would like for them to hire a bus to travel to the Eucharist Congress on Tuesday 12th June (Ossory Day) or Sunday 17th June. Please remember that tickets are your own responsibility. 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.

NEWS - If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at ballyraggetnotes@gmail.com. Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday night.