Ballyragget -

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAG PACK - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday there will be a bag-pack in Dick’s Supervalu in aid of Special Olympics and your help and support would be much appreciated. If you are in a position to give some time and help out with the bag packing please contact Carmel Walsh Kenny on 087 – 4126958 or Anne O’Shea on 085 – 7417517.

SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAG PACK - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday there will be a bag-pack in Dick’s Supervalu in aid of Special Olympics and your help and support would be much appreciated. If you are in a position to give some time and help out with the bag packing please contact Carmel Walsh Kenny on 087 – 4126958 or Anne O’Shea on 085 – 7417517.

MISSING PUPPY - A black/white sheepdog pup 5 months old is missing – any information please contact Michael on 086 - 3652283

DRUMMING WORKSHOP - The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting a Recreational and African Drumming Workshop Facilitated by Eddie O’Neill (www.rhythmretreats.com) on Easter Monday 1st April 2013 from 2 pm till 4:30 pm. The cost is € 20.00 and all Drums are provided. Phone Phil on 087 6228141 or Peter on 085 7495016

THE MacGIOLLAPHADRAIG WAY WALK - Easter Sunday March 31st 2013 sees the staging of the popular 17km walk on the MacGiollaPhadraig Way (Fitzpatrick Way) from Durrow Co. Laois to Gathabawn Co. Kilkenny. Registration and walk fee of €5 will commence from 11:30 am. Further information is available from Vincent O’Sullivan (087) 4168549 or Michael G. Phelan (087) 2395357; Paddy Fitzpatrick (087) 2481710 South Laois Tourism Office 087 6015862 Mackey’s Bar Gathabawn (087) 6452980

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 15, 21, 23, 25; Jackpot Winner –€20,000 - Isobel O’Connor, Knockroe Lane. Sellers prize 10% - John Ronan. €50 sellers prize – Carroll’s Garage; €100 winner – Pam Halton, C/O A. Brophy; €60 winner – Jack Dunne, Callan; €30 winner – Siofra Byrne, C/O A. Brophy; €30 winner – Barry Watters, Kilmacar; In House prize C/O The Wheel Inn

Whiskey – John Byrne €30 – Christy Doyle, Ballyouskill €30 – D. Trant, C/O J. Doran €30 – Joe Brennan, Tinalinton Next week’s venue – The Corner House Jackpot is €8,100 Tickets only €2

CAKE SALE - The hurling club will hold a home bake sale on Saturday morning 30th of March (Holy Saturday) at Glenvale all donations and support greatly appreciated.

BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 2nd April in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE - The club Secretary, Sheila Gunner, is delighted that the Garda vetting forms have been returned to her for submission. All club officers, committee members, coaches and team personnel are obliged to have this clearance, as part of the Camogie Association’s child protection policy. The club officers and coaches met on Thursday, March 21st to finalise plans for the current year. Unfortunately, funds don’t extend to the purchase of a new set of jerseys, for the Under 14 team. However, we are hopeful that a kind sponsor or joint sponsors might come to our assistance. It is intended that training will be held at the GAA pitch, on Tuesdays from 6.15 pm to 7.15 pm. The Under 14 grading have been confirmed for the season and Naomh Brid will be in an eight team Group D, along with O’Loughlins, Mooncoin, Paulstown, Lisdowney, John Lockes, Cloneen and Tullogher .The opening games  are scheduled for Wednesday May 8th and will be played through to early July.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - RESULTS The winner of the in house draw was Michael Brophy €65 the Jackpot spin was Jim Ryan who won €100 and the sellers prize was won by The Wheel Inn €25. Next week’s Jackpot is €3350 and is in The Wheel Inn. Be in to win.

FUN EASTER HURLING CAMP 2013 - St Lachtains hurling club will hold their Easter hurling camp for boys and girls aged 7 to 13 years. The camp will be held on Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th of April. Camp will start each morning from 10am to 2pm in Parc Lachtain Freshford. The cost of the camp is €30 per child for the first two children and €20 for the third child onwards. For further information you can contact Sean Boland on 0876623280, Breda Dermody on 0868203390 or Irene Bergin on 086020741.

CASTLECOMER LIBRARY - Pat Brennan from Ballyragget will exhibit a selection of his fabulous Photography in the Library until March 30th. Kids! Drop in to the Toddler Story time on Thursday morning and make a Mother’s Day Card!

Thomas Coogan Library Kilkenny St., Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny. castlecomer@kilkennylibrary.ie Tel: 056/4440561

ERINS OWN LADIES GAELIC FOOTBALL CLUB - Juvenile training times for 2013 season for the following teams are as follows – 7-8 years on Monday 15th April from 5.45 to 6.30 pm. Under 10 on Monday 8th of April from 5.45 to 6.30pm. Under 12 on Monday 15th April – from 6pm to 7 pm. Under 14 and under 16- Sundays at 5pm. We are also looking for U18 players for competition later on in the year. The club will be holding a registration day on Sun 7th April 2.30 to 4pm in Ballycomey clubrooms. Registration is €20 per player plus €2.00 per player, per training night. On Tues 27th and Wed 28th of March in Ballycomey clubrooms between 7 & 8pm we will be taking orders for club shorts and socks .The package is €20 for the set. Orders will also be taken on registration day. New players are welcome. Further information contact Andrew Korff 083 1006846.

INFORMATION EVENING - A Health and Nutrition information evening will be held in Lisdowney Resource Centre on Wednesday 27th March at 7.30pm. Natural solutions to common ailments presented. Topics covered will include skin problems, digestive conditions; arthritic and weight management. Light refreshment will be served. No need to book, contact Karen on 086-8588232 for more information.

CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of March – Team D Team Leader – Thomas Healy. Minister of the Eucharist for Holy Week. Holy Thursday 7pm – Mai McEvoy, Stephen Delaney and Jackie Lawless. Good Friday 3pm – Olive Swan, Paula Stapleton and Aileen McInerney. Holy Saturday 9pm – Val Walsh, Gerry Warren and Betty Smith Easter Sunday 11am – Mary O’Connor and Patricia Doheny

Ballyouskill. Holy Thursday 9pm – Tony Dooley. Good Friday 3pm – Mary Kennedy and Seamus Brennan

Easter Sunday 9.30pm – Margaret Doheny. Trocaire – Please bring your contributions to Trocaire to the Church on Holy Thursday and please convert the contents of the box to notes PROGRAMME FOR HOLY WEEK - Wednesday 27th March – Mass of Chrism in St. Mary’s Cathedral at 7.30pm Holy Thursday 7pm – Ballyragget- Mass of the Lord’s Supper Holy Thursday 9pm – Ballyouskill – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday 3pm – Ballyragget – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion Good Friday 3pm – Ballyouskill – Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Good Friday 7.30pm – Stations of the Cross Holy Saturday 9pm – Ballyragget – Easter Vigil Easter Sunday 9.30am –Ballyouskill – Mass

Easter Sunday 11am – Ballyragget – Mass NO EVENING MASS ON EASTER SUNDAY Collectors for April 10am – Martin Foley and John McGrath 7pm – Val Walsh and Michael McCraith mass in Ballyragget. .

We regret any inconvenience caused to parishioners due to the renovations to Fr. Murphy’s parochial house. For Health and Safety reasons if you wish to contact Fr. Murphy please contact him on 086 – 8130694. Leave anniversaries or notices into Fr. Grants letter box – apologies for any inconvenience which may be caused during the next few weeks. PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES – Dates of Accord Pre-Marriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are April 12th/13th, May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674

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.