Pride of Place judging day approaches

PRIDE OF PLACE JUDGING DAY APPROACHES - Bagenalstown will be on show on Thursday, June 21 as the town will be judged in relation to its nomination to represent County Carlow in the Co-operation Ireland 32 county Pride of Place Competition. The two judges will arrive in the town around 2.30pm by the river, passing through Kilcarrig Street, Station Road and Railway Road to the McGrath Hall where they will be welcomed by Ms. Mary Foster and Cllr. Liam O’Brien, the hosts for the afternoon. Members of the ONE will form a Guard of Honour outside the hall and there will be musical entertainment.

PRIDE OF PLACE JUDGING DAY APPROACHES - Bagenalstown will be on show on Thursday, June 21 as the town will be judged in relation to its nomination to represent County Carlow in the Co-operation Ireland 32 county Pride of Place Competition. The two judges will arrive in the town around 2.30pm by the river, passing through Kilcarrig Street, Station Road and Railway Road to the McGrath Hall where they will be welcomed by Ms. Mary Foster and Cllr. Liam O’Brien, the hosts for the afternoon. Members of the ONE will form a Guard of Honour outside the hall and there will be musical entertainment.

The judges will be accompanied by the County Manager, Council officials and the Cathaoirleach of the Town Council, Cllr. Tom Bambrick and Town Council members.

When the judges arrive in the hall Rev. Declan Foley, P.P. and Rev. Charles McCollum will say a short prayer of blessing. There will be a twenty minute PowerPoint presentation to introduce Bagenalstown to the judges and outline its many attractions. The Hall will turn into an exhibition centre for the day with demonstrations and exhibits portraying community and business life in the town which will be viewed by the judges and they will have an opportunity to meet exhibitors and local people.

The party will then move down Kilree Street into Main Street, using the BIG Santa Sleigh and a pink tractor to the recently refurbished library where they will be welcomed by the Co. Librarian and local librarians, Ms. Bernie Brennan and Ms Brigid Johnson. Then a hop across to the newly refurbished Town Park, which has been upgraded to the tune of €200,000 to provide new play facilities for children. The Park was officially opened on June 12 by Michael Ring, the Junior Minister for Sport and Recreation. Vintage cars will bring the guests from the Town Park down to the Family Resource Centre on the Royal Oak Road which provides many valuable services to our community. They will meet the Carlow Rose, Marian Hynes, from Bagenalstown and Dean Egan who recently won the Bagenalstown Young Person of the Year Award. There will be an exhibition of arts and crafts, highlighting the creative talents of local craftspeople.

Next its back by horse and carriage to the BEAM Centre in Regent Street, which currently provides education and training services for 32 adults with special needs in Bagenalstown. After that a horse and carriage will

convey the party to the river where Civil Defence members will be waiting to welcome them aboard one of their boats for a short trip to the swimming pool and back to the slipway to rejoin their carriage for the last stop of the day, the McGrath Park. Our community is rightly very proud of our state of the art sports complex used by all local sports clubs, including Gaelic football and hurling, camogie, athletics, tennis, pitch and putt, rounders, cricket. Local sports clubs will demonstrate their skills on the field

A Community Party in the McGrath Park will conclude the afternoon. Everybody is invited to go along to enjoy the festivities and asked to bring one item of food, i.e. bake a cake. A marquee will be in place in the Park and there will be lots of fun activities for children.

Everything is now in place to present Bagenalstown at its very best, thanks to the hard work and dedication of Co. Council officials, Margaret Moore, Janette O’Brien and Joanne Donohoe, leading a team of voluntary committee and community workers. We can only hope for a fine day but the weather will not dampen the enthusiasm and commitment of all involved. KCLR will have an outside broadcast unit in Bagenalstown on the day and will feature interviews with people involved in the organisation of the event.

BAGENALSTOWN PARISH YEARBOOK 2012 - All groups, clubs, schools and organisations within the parish are invited to submit articles for inclusion in the Yearbook. Personal contributions are most welcome. All articles should be no more than 600 words in length. Photographs should be originals or sent by J peg. All contributions should be sent by email to bagenalstownyearbook@gmail.com If this is not possible or if any assistance is required please phone 087 9845024. The latest date for submissions is 21 September 2012.

SUMMER SCHOOL -” A Rainbow of Words”. Drama and Story Making for children and teenagers. July 2- 6. Time 1am.-3pm. (Age 5-12) July 9 - July13. Time 11am -3pm. (Age 13-18). Places strictly limited. To register contact: 086-0719590 The Hub, 37, Dublin St, Carlow e mail admin@dramatherapyireland.com

WALK FOR FUN - Walk for Fun- Saturday June 23 at 10am sharp (registration from 9.45 am) from The Leighlinbridge Parish Centre. An 8km looped river and countryside walk from Leighlinbridge to Bagenalstown with The County Carlow Women’s Network. Free refreshments following the walk. This event is part of their ten year celebrations. For further information on this event and the ten year celebrations contact Olive on 087 6165690

CAR BOOT SALE - Turn your clutter into cash at the car boot sale on June 24 in Carlow Cattle Mart. 11am-4pm. Cars €10 (trailers €5). For further information contact 0877 673240. Proceeds to County Carlow Hospice.

ST. ANDREW’S G.F.C. - The seniors took on Tinryland in Tinryland on Saturday 9 June in the league and were defeated on a scoreline of 6-11 to 0-6pts. The Junior A had a walkover against Mount Leinster Rangers; they are currently top of the league and are pushing for a League Semi Final place. The Junior Bs League campaign has come to an end. The championship campaign is due to start in July.

county board draw-Results for County Board Draw are as follows: May Results: Tommy Bambrick, Paddy Gardiner and McCullaghs Jewellers. June Results: Nellie Mitchell and Sheila Cormack. Weekly lotto tickets are available from committee members priced at €2.00 Thanks again to all sponsors and supporters for their valued support.

FITKIDS - Fitkids gymnastic and activity classes starting in Bagenalstown. Fun parent and child classes on Wed. from 5-6pm in the McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown for children aged 3-8. Programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strengths flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. The children will complete tumbling circuits using Fitkids specialised equipment, learn gymnastic and ball skills, take part in dance and rhythmic activities, play active agility games and have some parachute fun. So don’t delay and book your place with Majella 087 6893663, €6 per class. www.fitkids.ie

DRESS SALE - in The Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow in aid of Breast Cancer Research (National Breast Cancer Research Institute) on Sunday 24 June from 2pm to 6pm. Beautiful dresses for all occasions at very reasonable prices.

SUMMER SOLSTICE - Hope Cancer Support Centre Summer Solstice Ceremony of Light and Healing will take place on Curracloe beach on June 21 at 8pm. Join the group for a very special ceremony, Bring a candle and wear yellow if possible