Bennettsbridge: Young team can only go forward

GAA - Bennettsbridge junior hurlers dream of achieving their first county junior title since 1951 was dashed on Sunday last in Nowlan Park when they were defeated by Thomastown. Although they tried hard, they were no match for their neighbours who were not going to be denied. Speaking at the post match dinner in The Springhill Court Hotel, John Byrne, Chairman of Bennettsbridge GAA Club paid tribute to the team for their commitment to training in the weeks leading up to the final. He told the attendance that the young team can only go forward and he complimented the selectors and managers on the work. He also thanked the sponsors for all their help. Family, friends and supporters including former Bennettsbridge hurlers attended the dinner. Thanks went to the Springhill Court Hotel, and Assistant Manager, Martin Hanrahan for their service.

GAA - Bennettsbridge junior hurlers dream of achieving their first county junior title since 1951 was dashed on Sunday last in Nowlan Park when they were defeated by Thomastown. Although they tried hard, they were no match for their neighbours who were not going to be denied. Speaking at the post match dinner in The Springhill Court Hotel, John Byrne, Chairman of Bennettsbridge GAA Club paid tribute to the team for their commitment to training in the weeks leading up to the final. He told the attendance that the young team can only go forward and he complimented the selectors and managers on the work. He also thanked the sponsors for all their help. Family, friends and supporters including former Bennettsbridge hurlers attended the dinner. Thanks went to the Springhill Court Hotel, and Assistant Manager, Martin Hanrahan for their service.

JOHN WALPOLE RIP - The death occurred in St Luke’s Hospital on the 18th October of Mr John Walpole, Stoneen, Thomastown. John was a very popular member of the community and his death is regretted by all. He was born in 1924, and married Anne (Nancy)O’Connell in 1946. They had two children, Breda and John Joe and they lived in Thomastown for many years. The family moved back to Stoneen in the early seventies. John worked with Roadstone for some years as well as farming in Stoneen. John’s wife Nancy died in 1973 and he was also bereaved by the death of his son, John Joe in 2006. The remains were received in St Kieran’s Church, Tullaherin by Canon Patrick Duggan, PP. Requiem mass was celebrated by Canon Duggan. Tullaherin Choir sang, accompanied by Mollie Cahalane. The lessons were read by. Ron Rossitter and Shirley Grace. The offertory gifts reflected John’s main interests in life and were presented by Grace Rossitter, Lorraine Walpole, Anne Ryan and James Delehunty. Narration was by Seamus Delehunty. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by, Leah Delahunty, Caroline Delehunty and Mary Walpole.Interment took place in St Mary’s Cemetery, Thomastown where prayers at the graveside were said by Rev Dan Bollard, PP, Thomastown. John was predeased by his wife, Anne, his son, John Joe, sister, Kathleen(Kitty)Delehunty, Thomastown, brother Jim, Bennettsbridge and grandson, Bill O’Neill. He is survived by his daughter, Breda, grandchildren, Anne O’Neill, Nicola Rossitter, Brendan and Adrian Walpole, Shirley Grace and Lorraine Walpole. John is also survived by his daughter-in-law, Eileen, great grand children , sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces and other relatives and friends.

COUNTY FINAL TICKETS DRAW - There is still time to speculate €2 to participate in the draw for two county final tickets. Lines available in The Corner House and O’Donnell’s Bar. Proceeds for Carlow Kilkenny Home Care team. Thanks to Kilkenny County Board for supplying tickets for the draw.

ART GROUP -The drawing classes under tutor, Julie Moorhouse are progressing very well and ten students meet each Saturday from 12 to 3pm. There are still a number of places in the group which is funded by the VEC and if interested please contact, Joan @ 086 8271379.

EAST END - Soccerthon - Many thanks to all who supported the recent Soccerthon.  It was a great success and we hope to make it an annual event.  Pauric Connery raised the most individual money and won a jersey of his choice.  The Under 9 boys raised the most group money and won 2 free sessions in Wallslough Arena.  Many thanks to the Management of the Wallslough Sports Arena for the use of their faciities.  One of the highlights of the day was the Mothers Match which turned out to be more competitive then expected. Weekend Results: U17 Evergreen C 0, East End 8; Sean Morrissey 3, Kevin Brennan 3, Jason Cleere 2; U15 East End 4, Highview 3 Adam Power 3, Ronan O’Connor U13 East End 10, Deen Celtic 2 DavidBlanchfield 2, Ciaran Brennan 2, Tim Corkery 2, Jamie Harkin 2, Tom Bolger, Cillian Power. U11’s played Thomastown, Under 9 Greens played Bridge Utd and U9 Yellows played Stoneyford Utd.

LOTTO - No winner last week. The jackpot has now reached the large amount of €11.350.00 and would make a nice nest egg for some lucky winner. Numbers last week were, 10, 13. 18, 26. Consolation Prizes to Bridget McGuinness, 20, the Ring; George Killian, Hillview; Laura Keating, Gowran Road; Christy Forde, Bohergaddy; Ciara, Diarmuid and Orla Greene

CARDS - The first prize was shared between, Martin Mulhall/Pierce Purcell and Matty and Michelle Bolger. Table Prize, Joe Doyle/lar Gibbons.

COLLECTION - A churchgate collection in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation will be held this weekend in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge. Many thanks to all for their generous support for the Grow collection last weekend.

SHOE BOX APPEAL - The deadline is fast approaching for the collection of shoe boxes for the Annual Christmas Shoe Box Appeal. In Bennettsbridge , boxes can be left in to the Community Centre on Thursday next and Bennettsbridge Ladies Club will collect their contribution on Thursday night.

TIDY TOWNS - The eagerly awaited return of Elvis to Bennettsbridge is coming closer and the function which will benefit the Tidy Towns will be held on the 17th November. Committee members are going door to door selling tickets for the event and are very encouraged with the response.

PUBLIC MEETING - Reminder of the public meeting in the Community Centre to be held this Thursday night, 8th November, at 8.30pm. The meeting will discuss details of forthcoming playground and also plans for the Community Hall.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416