Goresbridge: Let there be light in Ionad Dara

LUMIÉRE IN CONCERT - The annual concert run by the committee of Ionad Dara will take place this Friday August 31, Lumíere, Pauline Scanlon and Éilis Kennedy from Dingle will provide the entertainment and are considered to be two of the finest voices in Ireland. They will be supported by the widely acclaimed Oirachtas Sean-no’s dance champions, Colm, Padraig and Gearóid Devane from Carna, Connemara. Tickets are €20 and are available from Gerry Kavanagh 086 0443152, Martha Kelly 086 3479581, Mary Meaney 087 2103011, Ciara Murphy 086 8675560 or Ann Wall at 059 9775180.

LUMIÉRE IN CONCERT - The annual concert run by the committee of Ionad Dara will take place this Friday August 31, Lumíere, Pauline Scanlon and Éilis Kennedy from Dingle will provide the entertainment and are considered to be two of the finest voices in Ireland. They will be supported by the widely acclaimed Oirachtas Sean-no’s dance champions, Colm, Padraig and Gearóid Devane from Carna, Connemara. Tickets are €20 and are available from Gerry Kavanagh 086 0443152, Martha Kelly 086 3479581, Mary Meaney 087 2103011, Ciara Murphy 086 8675560 or Ann Wall at 059 9775180.

FAMILY FUN DAY IN GOWRAN - Close out the Summer holidays in style and come along to Young Ireland’s Hurling & Camogie Club Family Fun Day and BBQ from 2 - 6pm on Sunday September 2nd at the GAA pitch in Gowran. Admission includes entry into draw for a hotel night away with dinner for two. The day promises to offer games and attractions for all ages as well as a BBQ, teas, homemade cakes and refreshments. Events include Music, Hurling & Camogie games, Skills Challenges, Wheel of Fortune and a Bottle Stall. Other fun activities on the day will include Hook a Duck, Hoopla, Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Spin the Tractor Wheel and a Dog Show at 3:30pm.

U 16’S ARE CHAMPS AGAIN - On Friday last in St. Kieran’s on a dreary miserable evening the Paulstown/Goresbridge girls took on O’ Loughlin Gaels in the Roinn C final. It was a repeat of last year’s under 16 Roinn D final which the P/G team won but this was a different stage and the team had changed quite considerably. Paulstown/Goresbridge was first on the scoreboard with a goal from Katie Hanlon and O’ Loughlin’s replied with a point from Megan O’ Keefe. Rebecca Holden was to put two more points on the scoreboard before half time but O’ Loughlin Gaels’s Bronagh Cleere managed to get a goal leaving the score 1-2 to 1-1 at half time in favour of Paulstown/Goresbridge so it was all to play for. It was a tough fast game with plenty of hooking, blocking and some great catches. In the second half Róisín Breen scored a 21 metre free which was awarded to Miriam Bambrick for a foul, Miriam then scored a point. Bronagh Cleere scored another point for O’ Loughlin’s leaving just 2 points separating the teams. The tension on the line was palpable, the level of support for both teams was amazing. Paulstown/Goresbridge then went a further point ahead when Rebecca scored yet again. The final point of the match came from Róisín Breen from a long range shot which put 4 between the teams. There was quite a bit of time left on the clock and the backs had to be at their very best to hold off the O’ Loughlin Gaels attacks of which there was many. As the referee blew her final whistle there was great scenes of jubilation on the pitch and on the sidelines for the Paulstown/Goresbridge team and supporters. Miriam Bambrick, captain happily accepted the trophy on behalf of her team. The girls would like to thank Tom Brennan and Willie Hanlon for training them all year. It is always hard luck on the losers in games like these especially as a lot of the girls would know one another and play on their school team together. The camogie club treated the team to a meal in Cillín Hill which was very much appreciated. Congratulations to all the team and the mentors and the Camogie Club, it is a great achievement. The good news is that all of this team are underage to hurl u 16 again next year.

NORTHERN CHAMPS - A Northern Junior B title plus bragging rights were on offer when neighbours Barrow Rangers and Blacks and Whites faced each other in Clara last Sunday evening. When these two sides met earlier in July in the League the Skeough lads emerged winners by a point. A strong cross field wind greeted the teams as they took up their positions; the wind caused a fair few bad wides by both teams especially in the first half. From the throw in Barrow Rangers settled the better and were on top straight away but some poor shooting meant that they had to wait until the seventh minute for their first score when Dinny Kealy put over a point. Dermot Maher followed with two more, the first from a 65 and the other from a free. Skeough were to get their only score of the half with a point in the fourteenth minute. Whether it was the fact that it was a final or the strong wind but the game never really got going and was very fragmented. Another converted 65 by Dermot Maher in the nineteenth minute put three points between the teams. Five minutes later Maher popped one over from play to make it a four point lead. The final score of the half saw a great passage of play from Barrow Rangers as they worked the ball up the field before Ger Walsh crashed the ball to the net. When the half time whistle went, Barrow Rangers were ahead 1-5 to 1 point. Blacks and Whites may have made a slow start to the first half but they made a lightning start to the second and had a goal within 30 seconds, Dermot Maher replied with a pointed free a minute later. The quality of play in the second half was far superior to that which passed in the first. Two points for the Skeough lads left three points between the teams before Dermot Maher pushed it out to four with a point in the eight minute of the second half. It became five when Jason Holden who had been taking excellent side line cuts all day cut one over the bar in the eleventh minute. Rangers were really on top now and two minutes later a point from Maher stretched the lead to six. In the fourteenth minute Ciarán Breen was introduced at left half forward for Rangers and he had an almost instant impact as his long delivery was fielded by Jason Holden who drove the ball to the net. Emmet Foley replied with two points for Skeough before Ger Walsh broke up the sequence with a point for Rangers. Both teams were now going point for point. When Blacks and Whites replied with a point, Breen tagged one on for the boys in blue. Jason Holden was to get the last score of the game for Barrow Rangers with a point with just two minutes left on the clock. The final score of the game went the way of Blacks and Whites when they scored a goal with a minute to go but it made no difference to the result as when referee Paddy Neary blew the final whistle Barrow Rangers were worthy winners 2-12 to 2-7. Rangers now play Kilmacow in the final.

SUNDAY MARKET AND CAR BOOT SALE - Borris now have an indoor market and car boot sale on Sundays. It is situated on the Fenagh road opposite Keenan’s and takes place from 8 – 4. If you would like more information contact John at 087 6997377. New Stall holders very welcome.

BRIDGE UNITED RESULTS - Bridge United A commence their premier league season away to Freebooters fielding a young side. Bridge hit the front after 2 minutes courtesy of a great strike from Sean Barcoe. Booters went on the offensive after this but found Aidan Hynes in top form in the Bridge goal. Early in the second half Bridge were awarded a penalty, 2-0 would have really put it up to Booters but the keeper saved the shot. Five minutes later Booters won their own penalty and scored. A few minutes later they hit the front eventually winning 3-1.

YOGA FOR ALL - Yoga for all is back. Commencing in Goresbridge Community Centre Tues 11th Sept at 10.30am and Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Wednesday 12th at 7.30pm. For info call Marian now on 0863082450. Finding strength, flexibility and peace of mind through yoga.

SET DANCING - Set Dancing Classes for adults return on Monday nights starting Sept 3 in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge at 8.30, €6 per class, beginners welcome.

Ionad Dara - If you wish to book Ionad Dara, please contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.

SCOIL BHRÍDE - The school office will be open in Scoil Bhríde, Goresbridge this week from 9 – 1 for those wishing to pay book rental and other costs. School re-opens on Monday Sept 3.

YOU COULD WIN €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 Blake’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Bridge Café and the Barrow Breeze or from any committee member.

U 11’S BRING HOME THE SHIELD

Barrow Rangers under 11 team had a great day out last Sunday when they won the Shield at the James Stephens tournament. In their first game they lost narrowly to James Stephen’s B team before victories over Naas and Kilmacud Crokes saw them play The Village team again in the Shield Final. This time Barrow Rangers made no mistake about it and ran out easy winners. Team: Matthew Fitzpatrick, Killian Rudkins, Nicholas Brennan, Shauna Treacy, Peter Dunne, Conor Hanlon, Conor Dermody, Robbie Shortall, Eoin O’ Connor, Eoghan Hogan, Jack Moylan, Kayla Joyce Foley, Philip Drennan, Darragh Mahon, Sean Murphy and Kieran O’ Neill.

SKEOUGH PLAYGROUP HAS FREE PLACES - Skeough Playgroup and Montessori Preschool has free places for children 3 ½ - 4 years, five mornings a week under the ECCE scheme. Contact Ann at 085 7529485 to book.

LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325 so definitely worth winning. Reserve jackpot is €1,225. Last week Willie Murphy won €100 and Willie and John Murphy won the promoters prize. Tickets at €2 can be bought in Blake’s Pub, Pat Minchin’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner or from any committee member.