Bennettsbridge: Best of luck goes to Mos Khareghani

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 10, 12, 16, 20. Jackpot now stands at €1,700. Consolation prizes: Stella O’Reilly, Newhouse; Jack and Tom O’Donnell, Bennettsbridge; Lorraine Walpole, Hillview Crescent; Suzie, c/o Claire Campion; Mick McGrath, Castlegarden

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 10, 12, 16, 20. Jackpot now stands at €1,700. Consolation prizes: Stella O’Reilly, Newhouse; Jack and Tom O’Donnell, Bennettsbridge; Lorraine Walpole, Hillview Crescent; Suzie, c/o Claire Campion; Mick McGrath, Castlegarden

LADIES CLUB - Members of the Ladies Club attended the Watergate Pantomime, Robin Hood on Thursday night and enjoyed the excellent performance. Prior to the show, the ladies dined in Kyteler’s where they were well looked after by Dermot and his staff.

HANDBALL - Last weekend was a busy one for Kilfane juvenile handballers, as the 40x20 singles county championships were decided. On Friday night, the girls were in action. In Kells, Roisin O’Keeffe competed at U12. Despite being out of her age, she reached the final in great style and was only beaten in the deciding third game of the final. At U13, Dearbhail O’Keeffe won her final without dropping an ace to retain the title she won last year. It capped a good week for Dearbhail after winning the One Wall Plate in the Broadford Tournament in Limerick last weekend. In the U14 county semi-final, Caoimhe Kelly, who like Roisin earlier was out of her age, fought bravely but was beaten by the eventual county champion. Over in Windgap, Aoife Holden became U15 county champion, winning her matches very convincingly. Aoife also reached the final of the U16 girls open tournament in Broadford last week, the final is which is fixed for later this month. Ailis O’Shea competed in the U16 county championship, but was narrowly beaten in the semi final, again conceding a year to her opponents. On Sunday, the boys were in action. Kilfane won its third county title in Goresbridge when Jack Holden won the U12 title. In Kells, Davy Blanchfield competed in the U13 competition, but lost out in the semi final after a great win the first round. At U16, Dylan Caulfield contested a very close final in O’Loughlins before losing out to his county doubles partner last year, Sean Carey. So the weekend finished with five finalists and three county 40x20 titles. All in all, a great weekend’s work for the Kilfane club. The Gael Linn competitions take place this evening (Wed) which is a juvenile mixed doubles format, and next weekend sees our juvenile handballers competing in the 40x20 doubles county competitions. Juvenile training continues on Friday night from 7.30 – 9.00 in Kilfane. Membership for 2013 is now due. Rates are the same as last year. Adult €20, Juvenile €10, O.A.P. €10 and Family €30. If you’re new to handball, or have been away from the game for a few years, why not join our club and try out one of the fastest growing sports in the country. It’s great fun and a super way to keep fit. Check out all the club news on our new Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ KilfaneHandballClub). We are also working on a new club website, and are appealing for any old photos you may have. We would love to take scans of these and display them on the new site.

SOCCER - East End. Junior Results: Division 1, East End A 1, Southend 1, Paul Murphy. This result keeps East End in the chase for promotion.

Schoolboy Results: U17 Div 2, East End 2, Evergreen B 2, Kevin Brennan (pen), Jason Cleere. U15 Div 2, Thomastown 1, East End 2, Shane Hanley 2, Drew de Kocks. U13 Div 1, Southend 1, East End 2, Ciaran Brennan, Tim Corkery. U11 Div 1, Thomastown 2, East End 1, Charlie Nolan . U9 Yellows played Paulstown & Greens played Lions

Junior Fixtures: Division 1 - Callan Utd v East End A 11am; Division 3 - East End B v Orchard Rovers B 2pm. Schoolboys Fixtures:

U12 Division 1 East End v Freebooters 11a

ST VINCENT DE PAUL - The St Vincent De Paul Society wishes to thank all who contributed to the society during the year and in particular those who helped during the Christmas period. Special thanks to all who made donations, the response from the parishioners was overwhelming. Others who deserve special mention are the Bennettsbbridge Scouts who organised a bake Sale and Carol Singing and also the Bennettsbridge Art Group for their continued support each year through their Christmas Card sales. The January collection in aid of St Vincent De Paul will take place on Saturday and Sunday, 20 th and 21st respectively before all masses.

COLLECTION - The collection in aid of The Irish Wheelchair Association held last weekend realised €368.00 and thanks went to all who supported same.

ART CLASSES - Art Classes resumed in The Community Centre on Saturday with students in good form after the Christmas Break. Best wishes went to Mos Khareghani who underwent a life-changing operation early in January. He and his wife Elma (both members of the art class) are wished continued health and members look forward to their return to class in the near future.

WRITERS GROUP - The February meeting of the Bennettsbridge Writers Group will be held on Wednesday, February 13 and venue will be Joan Cleere’s home.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to joancleere@gmail.com on or before Sunday before 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727146.