Great range of Summer Camps for kids in Ballyragget

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Starting time for the weekly clean-up is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

COMMUNITY ALERT-Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Community Alert want to remind people to be vigilant and keep cash and valuables in a safe place. To report any unusual callers or activates to the garda. To look out for your elderly neighbours or people living alone. Alarms for the elderly are available. Contact numbers for the community alert: Jim Delaney 087 8043203 Noel Cummins 086 8352698 Olive Thorpe 087 9257610

BALLYRAGGET FUN CAMP-Beat the Irish Summer and come along to our Fun Camps at Chapel Avenue, Ballyragget, where we have a large range of indoor activities to ensure your kids have fun regardless of the weather. These activities include- Photography, Music and Dance, Computers (including Wii fit), Piñata for fun and prizes, Cookery and lots of Arts and Crafts. Our Outdoor Activities include a trip to a Fire Station (get to ride in a Fire Engine), Pirates and Princesses Scavenger Hunt, Water Sports, Outdoor Play Activities including Teddy Bear’s Picnic and a Barbecue on final day. Our long established Camps run for July 2nd to 13th and caters for children aged two and a half to eight years. For more details or to book a place contact 086 8462867. No bookings taken after the 27th July.

BOOK CLUB-The book for September for the Hogan Stand Book Club is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 4th September 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome. Regards,

BE A GLEEK FOR A WEEK-Backstage Academy of Performing Arts is bringing a team of showbiz teachers to Ballyragget this July for a Glee Summer Camp for 7-13 year olds. The camp will run from 16th-20th July from 10am-1pm each day at the CYMS Hall. Students will have workshops in Drama, Singing and Dance each day using the songs from the GLEE TV series culminating in a presentation on the final day for parents and friends. Backstage, Ireland’s largest part-time Performing Arts school for young people has recently opened one of its Academies at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. The company specialises in working with young people and the staff is a unique combination of teacher and professional working in Performing Arts. The fee for the full week of 15 hours is €45 but places are very limited and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Application forms and further information from Ballyragget Post Office.

GREEN WASTE-Dunmore Recycling Centre is now accepting green waste at €2 a bag or €70 per tonne. You can dispose of grass cuttings, hedge clippings etc. at the centre. Please avail of this facility and help keep our environment clean.

BALLYRAGGET FITKIDS SUMMER CAMP- Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 9th to 13th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Ballyragget GAA grounds. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55 places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 0876893663

ADULT EDUCTATION CASTLECOMER- Information about 2012-2013 courses: Fetac Level 5 Certificates Course 1: Business and Computers. Course 2: Childcare with Special Needs. Open Night - June 27th 8pm at Castlecomer Community School.

FUN DAY ON THE GREEN-Ballyragget Community Playground Committee is hosting a fun day on the Green on June 24th from 12.30pm with lots of games and fun activities to take part in. There will be a barbecue where you can grab a bite to eat, fancy dress competition, pet show, hurling competitions, soccer competitions, face painting, music and much more. There will also be stalls selling a variety of items on the day including homemade produce, plants, bird feeders, flower boxes etc. All are welcome! For more information please contact Catherine Delaney Kelly Secretary 085 7403812. Hope to see you there for a great day.

A huge thank you to all that supported our cabaret and sponsored the prizes last Saturday night. Winners of breakaways were Billy Bradley Jnr and Helen Barcoe. Winner of the Manchester Utd tickets was Karl Redmond. A raffle was also held on the night and winners in raffle were T. O’Hara, Pat Butler, Una Foley, Emma Butler, Richard Kelly, Ann Stone, Des Foley, Marie Butler, Kyron Hogan, Miriam Kelly and T. Thornton. Preparations are well under way for our fun day on the Green 24th June and lots of activities are planned. There is a meeting this Wednesday night at 9.30pm. For more info contact Catherine 0857403812

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 3. 4. 19, 21 Jackpot Winner – No winner.

€50 sellers prize – Martin Tierney

€100 winner – Bridget Murphy, C/O R. Stone

€60 winner – Biddy Colins, Castlecomer

€30 winner – Eileen Mulhall, Finnan

€30 winner – Ned Egan, C/O D. Delaney

In House prizes C/O The Corner House

Bottle of Whiskey – S. Stapleton

€30 winner – Martha Blue, Glenvale

€30 winner – Freddie Farrell, Byrnesgrove

€30 winner – Sean McGrath, The Square

Next week’s jackpot is €11,000

Next week’s venue is Fitzpatrick’s

TEAM NEWS-The Intermediate team were out in Round 3 of the Michael Lyng Motors Alyward cup last Wednesday evening against Conahy in Jenkinstown. The game ended on a high for the Intermediate men and mentors on a score line of 6 19 to 1-10. They next game in the campaign is Thursday night in Ballyragget against Tullaroan. The Junior B team played host to Galmoy on Sunday morning in a close fought contest which ended in a two point defeat. They are in action on Friday night in the replay against O’Loughlins in Ballyragget.

HURLING NEWS-St. Patrick’s Ballyragget were in action against Dicksboro on Thursday night last in Round 2 of the Michael Lyng Intermediate Hurling Alyward Cup at James Park. After a day of rain the evening opened up bright to allow the game to go ahead in some comfort. The Bally boys were on form on the night and played well. The game ending on a score line of St Patricks, Ballyragget 3-13 to Dicksboro 0-9. Round 3 of the campaign will take place tonight (Wednesday) against Conahy in the Polo Grounds Jenkinstown at 7.30. The Junior B team were in action in the County Junior B League Semi Final at Johnspark the very next night against O’Loughlin Gaels, this game ending on a draw of 3-10 to Ballyragget 0-19 to O’Loughlin Gaels. The replay of this game is yet to be fixed. The club would like to thank everyone who has supported the club and those who continue to support the club at each age level and through the various fundraising activities. It is truly appreciated.

PHELAN STONE TOURNAMENT-Bord Na nOg would like to thank everybody that participated in any way over the weekend for The Phelan, Stone and M&A Coach U11 hurling tournament. This event was a huge success with 24 teams taking part from near and far. Sincere thanks to all our sponsors for which we could not develop this event into one of the best tournaments in the country for this age group. To our dedicated team of organisers, attendants, hospitality volunteers, thank you for the time, effort and hard work over the last number of weeks in preparation for the entire event. We would also like to thank the Ballyragget community in general for their continued support and donations of cakes etc. Finally, we would like to thank all the teams, their mentors and supporters that travelled regardless of the weather. It was a privilege to meet and play with you all and we look forward to seeing you next year!!

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS-Piltown Draw: Tickets are on sale from the club for the Piltown Draw. Those wishing to purchase same should contact John Glennon or any member of the committee who will be able to point you in the direction of one of the sellers.

BALLYRAGGET FITKIDS SUMMER CAMP-Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 9th to 13th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm at Ballyragget GAA grounds. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55 places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 0876893663

DOLLLARS AND STERLING-Ballyragget Post Office is pleased to announce the new service available at the Post Office – commission FREE sterling and commission FREE dollars. Office hours Monday to Friday 9 – 5.30pm closed lunchtime 1-2pm. Open Saturday 9-1pm

PART TIME CLASSES IN HORTICULTURE-Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP)in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers interested in participating on a Horticulture FETAC Level 4 accredited programme in Castlecomer. It is expected that the course will run over a 1 - 2 day period from September 2012-June 2013. FREE places are available on this part-time programme to applicants with Junior Certificate standard of education. N.B.: Priority for places will be given to early school leavers in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and/or Job Seekers Benefit. An Information/Registration Session is scheduled to take place in Castlecomer Community Hall on Tuesday, 3rd July @ 11.00am. Please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 for further information and/or to register your interest in attending the above session.

OSSORY AGRICULTURAL SHOW-Ossory Agricultural Show 1898 – 2012- The annual show will be held on Sunday 22nd July (Laois County Show) at the show grounds, Mountrath Rd, Rathdowney. A great day out for all the family, classes and attractions include cattle, sheep, horses, poultry, jams, baking, knitting, sewing, crafts, vegetables, baking, flowers, junior classes, and much more side shows to include punch & Judy, Vintage tractor display, little miss Ossory, most suitably dressed boy, best dressed lady, pony games, music to name but a few- something for everyone! For further details contact the secretary Catherine Fitzgerald, Conoboro Rd, Rathdowney. Co Laois on 087/9975902 fax/phone 0505/48939 email ossoryshow@eircom.net website ossoryshow.com. Chairman Peter Ging 086/2394573 Treasurer Irene Newman 086/8402125

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL-Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 15th June – In house draw - €100– Shane Dowling. Jackpot spin won Christy Doyle €50 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Margaret O’Hara. Next week’s jackpot is €1400 and will be held in the Hogan Stand. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

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.

DEEN CELTIC ACADEMY 2012-The highly successful Deen Celtic AFC Academy 2012 commences on Monday July 9th to Friday 13th July. It is now in its third year. Final Registration takes place at Deen Celtic Clubhouse on Saturday 9th June from 3 to 4pm. Registration forms already completed can be returned to Schoolboy Managers or any member of Deen Celtic Committee .The Cost of the Academy is €60. A Kit is supplied with camp includes following club wear, a Windbreaker, Tee-Shirt, Socks & Gym Bag. This camp is not for members only. It is run to introduce children to the basics skills of soccer. Should an individual wish to sign for the club thereafter, the player has some of the Kit required for Deen Celtic included to help reduce costs to families in the difficult times. John Moore (jmoorecc@gmail.com); (086 - 8545015) the new Schoolboys Secretary at Deen Celtic stresses that the Club needs to attract schoolboys & girls from the surrounding parishes if it is to be successful in the Kilkenny & District League and beyond.

CHURCH EVENTS-Ministers for the Word . Month of June – Team C. Team Leader – Breda Kane.

CEMETERY MASSES-St. Finnan’s Cemetery on Monday 25th June at 8pm. Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm. Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm. Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm

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.

notes-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.