Barbeque at River Park in Goresbridge

BARBEqUE AT THE RIVER-This Saturday June 23 will see a barbecue take place at the river park in Goresbridge at 1pm. The event has been organised by the Bridge Boys who are a small group of local teenage lads in association with Martina and Ossory Youth. They have done some renovation work on the picnic tables at the river and will be unveiling a games table on Saturday. They have also done some work raising plants for the village and growing vegetables in the polytunnel at Goresbridge Rural Development. The barbecue is a great opportunity to come along and see what this small group of teenagers are doing for their community and you can even taste some of their vegetables that they have grown.

BARBEqUE AT THE RIVER-This Saturday June 23 will see a barbecue take place at the river park in Goresbridge at 1pm. The event has been organised by the Bridge Boys who are a small group of local teenage lads in association with Martina and Ossory Youth. They have done some renovation work on the picnic tables at the river and will be unveiling a games table on Saturday. They have also done some work raising plants for the village and growing vegetables in the polytunnel at Goresbridge Rural Development. The barbecue is a great opportunity to come along and see what this small group of teenagers are doing for their community and you can even taste some of their vegetables that they have grown.

GREAT CELEBRATION-On Saturday last the people from the Parish had a great opportunity to wish Darren O’ Neill the best of luck at the London Olympics. He was presented with a really fabulous piece of cut glass. There were plenty of dignitaries there also to wish him well, Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, Chairman of the County Council, Paul Cuddihy, Ann Phelan TD, John McGuiness TD, Paul Kinsella Chairman of Kilkenny County Board, David Fitzgerald, Lord Mayor of Kilkenny, apologies if I have left someone out. The weather held up well and the children had great fun on the bouncy castles, there was teas available, a barbecue and the area was well decorated with bunting and posters and the man himself, Darren O’ Neill looked very fit and posed for photos and did an interview with KCLR who were also broadcasting from the pitch. It was a great celebration for him and his family and from all of us here in Goresbridge we wish him the very best of luck in London, it is a huge achievement to be taking part and a proud time for his family, friends and all of us in the Parish.

AGM OF IONAD DARA-The AGM of the Ionad Dara Management Committee will be held on Tuesday 26th June 2012 at 8.30pm in Ionad Dara. All are most welcome to attend and any suggestions would be most welcome.

FIELD DAY-Plans are being put in place for Goresbridge Field Day which will be held on Sunday 15th July. It will be held in Cois Bearbha again this year. It is a fortnight earlier than the past few years as there is a 2 day Game Fair event taking place at Borris House during the August weekend The Field Day is organised by Cois Bearbha, Bridge United and Goresbridge Rural Development and the monies raised is divided between the groups. It has been a great success over the years and we have been lucky with the weather so hopefully this year will be no different. There will be kayaking, a duck race, and lots of stalls, things to try and of course the tug o war. If you have any ideas that you think might work please get in touch with any of the committee members, Mary Meaney, John Fenlon, Maria Fenlon Keating, Anne Barcoe, Jim Nolan, Jim O’ Connell, Shane Dalton, Jacinta Murphy, Colette Murphy and John Quinn. Businesses in the area have been contacted for sponsorship, they have been very generous over the years and the committee is very grateful to them.

SCHOOL NEWS-This is a great time of year for the children in primary school, its action packed from now until they finish. The sports day took place yesterday 19 June; the students are heading on their tours today, Wednesday. The fun night takes place on Friday June 22 at 7; there will be a cake and plant sale and lots of things for the children, parents and families to get involved in. It is a fundraiser for the Parent’s Association and we all know how difficult it is to raise funds but the school is certainly such a worthwhile cause because the money benefits our children. Sixth class will have their graduation mass on Monday June 26 and on Wednesday the children will be finished school, roll on the summer.

WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS-Children who will be starting school in September will get a chance to have a look around and meet their teacher this Friday from 1-2. It is a nice way for parents to meet up with other parents also.

€107 IN THE POT FOR THE WINNER-This week Split the Pot was won by C. O. Neill c/o the Barrow Breeze €107, €20 went to Jodie May, Kilcumney and €20 to David Gorman, Borris. Thank you to those of you who play, it is a great source of revenue for Goresbridge Rural Development and the money is spent in our village to make improvements. The businesses deserve a word of thanks for promoting the draw which makes it a lot easier for our small group of five volunteers to keep things going. Please keep supporting it.

JOE WALSH CUP-Congratulations to Barrow Rangers Junior B team that won the Joe Walsh Cup in Thomastown last Sunday when they beat Dicksboro 1-18 to 1-11. It’s nice to have a little silverware at the beginning of the season and hopefully the club can add to it during the year.

CREATIVE KIDZ SUMMER CAMP-Skeough Playgroup and Montessori Pre-School will hold a creative kidz summer camp for 3-6 year olds from July 2 to Fri July 13 and runs from 10 – 1. It costs €60 per child per week; a deposit of €15 is required to secure a place. It will involve arts, crafts, music, creative movement and dance and outdoor fun. For more information please contact Katherina at 086 12189669.

DANCING THEIR WAY TO SUCCESS-Congratulations to Tara Treacy who danced in the Ulster Open Irish Dancing Championships in Carrickfergus recently. She won the light jig and got a trophy for first place. She will be competing in the All-Ireland Dancing Championship in City West later in June.

There has also been great success for Chantelle Matthews, Emma Barcoe, Anna Purcell and Rebecca Hunston recently at various Feis around the Province. Keep up the good work and most importantly keep enjoying it.

WEDDING-Heartiest congratulations to Ann Marie Nolan and Andrew Hosey who got married in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Goresbridge on Friday last. We wish them every happiness.

HANDBALL NEWS-Last Saturday the Irish 60x30 Nationals were held in venues all around Kilkenny, with all the top players in the country taking part. This is a doubles event and one where players from different counties can team up with each other. The 15 years and under was held in Kilfane and taking part from Goresbridge were JJ English and Sean Carey. Their first match of the day saw them taking on the of Wexford pair Oisín Foley and Thomas Hall. This was a close game which saw the lads battle through and win 31- 27. In the afternoon in the semi final, they would take on Robert Fox (Meath) and Daniel Curry (Wicklow). In this game the lads got off to a great start and never looked back playing some great handball to win 31- 13. In the other half of the draw Daniel Hayes (Tipp) & Ryan Mullen (Tyrone) were coming through their games strong, and they came through to meet the Goresbridge lads in the National Final. The Tipp- Tyrone duo got off to a great start and as hard as our lads tried they could not pull them back. But no excuses on the day they were beaten by the better side, but a great achievement for two club men to take on players from different counties and do so well. Also, a huge well done to Kilfane for hosting the event and to the Ladies who provided teas all day. Well done to all and keep up the good work boys.

GRAFITTI WALL-Goresbridge Rural Development in association with Leader invite 3 teenagers who are interested in art to come forward to take part in designing and creating a design for the wall which runs between High St and Chapel St. William Watson will be the artist on hand to support the group of five; two places have already been filled. If you are interested contact Colette at 087 2601672.

PILTOWN DRAW HELD-The first of the Piltown draws was held last Thursday evening and Barrow Rangers had one winner, Seamus McGuire was the winner of €100, hopefully there will be a few more bob coming this way but that’s a good start. Barrow Rangers would sincerely like to thank those of you who bought tickets.

Kayaking-Goresbridge Rural Development is delighted to be able to announce that kayaking will take place again on the river Barrow at Goresbridge from Monday July 30 for one week. There are 12 places available in the morning session and 12 sessions available in the afternoon. It was a huge success last year, the cost for the week is just €15, it is heavily subsidised by Leader which we are really grateful for. It is aimed at young people 12 years and over. It is fantastic to have this in our area so if you want to participate, you need to get in touch with Breda at GRD 059 9775646 or Colette at 087 2601672 to book a place and register. It is on a first come first served basis.

COIS BEARBHA COOPERATIVE SOCIETY LTD-SHARES OF DECEASED MEMBERS : Since the CoOperative was established in 2002, a number of the original shareholders have died. If the representatives of those deceased members wish to have the shares transferred to the deceased’s beneficiary, please contact the Secretary, Mary Meaney to get the process under way. The Secretary can be contacted by email at coisbearbha@gmail.com or by post at Mountain View, Lower Grange, Gowran, Co.Kilkenny. The transfer(s) will be approved at the Cois Bearbha AGM later in the summer.

COUNTY DEVELOPMENT PLAN- Kilkenny Borough Council and Kilkenny County Council have commenced the review of the Kilkenny County Development Plan and Kilkenny City & Environs Development Plan.

What is a Development Plan? The development plan is a blueprint for the planning and development of your area. The plan states the authority’s policies for land use and development management and promotion. For example, it sets out where roads, water supplies, sewerage are to be provided and it zones land for particular purposes (housing, shopping, schools, factories etc.). This will affect what type of buildings can be constructed and the use to which land can be put. It affects many facets of daily economic and social life: where you can live, what services are available and where developments with job opportunities are to be sited. A new plan must be made every 6 years; the current plan is from 2008-2014.

A public consultation period will be underway between the 15th June and the 24th August 2012 during which the public and other interested bodies are invited to make submissions. A number of themed public meetings will be held during this time. All are welcome to these events. addition, you are invited to make a submission to the Councils regarding future policies and/or objectives that you perceive should be reviewed/ included in the new plans. Submissions should be received no later than Friday, 24th August, 2012. Any comments received will be very much appreciated and will be taken into account. Written submissions can be made to: Forward Planning, Kilkenny County Council, John Street, Kilkenny. Submissions or observations in electronic format can be e-mailed to ourplan@kilkennycoco.ie. Please include your name and address on a separate page to the content of your submission. This is to assist Kilkenny County Council in complying with the provisions of the Data Protection Act.

BICENTENARY CELEBRATION-The Church of the Holy Trinity in Goresbridge first opened for worship in 1813. Parishioners are invited to suggest ways of celebrating this bicentenary in 2013. It could be a whole year of celebration; you are invited to make suggestions in writing or parish@gmail.com.

SPLIT THE POT RESULTS-Shane and Róisín Wall, Chapel St won €123, Helen Butler, Kilcumney €20, Ciarán Breen, Lower Grange €20. Thank you to all who play Split the Pot, it is really appreciated and the money is being spent around the village. Please continue to support the draw, it costs €2 to play, envelopes are available from Connolly’s Red Mills, Bridge Café, Barrow Breeze, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Maher’s Spar, Kelly’s Hardware, Goresbridge Credit Union, John D’s Family Butchers, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Beatrice Dempsey’s and Blake’s Pub.

MEMBERSHIP TO ANGLERS ASSOCIATION-Membership to Goresbridge Anglers Association is now available. It costs €20 for adults, €25 for a family, €10 if you are under 18. If you want to purchase a day ticket it costs €10. If you wish to join up you can contact Jim Harding, Willie O’ Neill, Nicholas Murphy or Tom O’ Neill from the Anglers Association.

NEW MISSAL-Copies of the People’s Missal for Sunday’s and Holy Days are now available at a cost of €10 from the Sacristy or Parish House.

NATIONAL BIKE WEEK-Bike Week 2012 takes place from 16 to 24 June 2012, with cycling events all over the country, organised by local authorities, community groups, charities and cycling groups. Cycling is a fun, healthy, safe, environmentally-friendly and low cost way to make those shorter journeys. Nearly everyone has cycled at some stage – but so many lose the habit. Bike Week is the opportunity for people to get back on the saddle – for commuting or for recreation or just for the sheer joy of it!

BRIDGE UNITED LOTTERY-Bridge United’s Lottery is worth €6,325

LOTTO WORTH €5,000-Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, wouldn’t you love to get your hands on that. It costs €2, you choose 4 numbers between 1-24, and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen in the Goresbridge area. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blokes Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.