Replacement bridge works will be carried out on Grange Bridge

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2012-Congratulations to the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday in a beautiful joyous ceremony in Ballyragget Church. A packed church witnessed the twenty-nine children receive First Communion from Canon Tommy Murphy. Well done to the parents and teachers who worked so hard preparing the children for their special day. Those who made their Communion were Michael Brophy, Lucy-Kate Butler, Claudia Callinan, Kate Connolly, Aoibheann Coogan, Joshua Costello, Becky Coughlan, Jack Delaney, Patrick Donoghue, Cian Drennan, Leanne Gleeson, Matthew Gleeson, Emma Glennon, Clodagh Hayde, Leah Johnson, Eimear Kavanagh, Nikita Kelly, Caitlin Kirwan, Dillon Lawless, Maeve Lennon, Matthew Love, Sibeal McManus-Hill, Nessa Morrissey, Aaron Powis, Catherine Purcell, James Ryan, Katie Ryan, Ellie Smith and Brendan Staunton. Well done to all concerned.

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION 2012-Congratulations to the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday in a beautiful joyous ceremony in Ballyragget Church. A packed church witnessed the twenty-nine children receive First Communion from Canon Tommy Murphy. Well done to the parents and teachers who worked so hard preparing the children for their special day. Those who made their Communion were Michael Brophy, Lucy-Kate Butler, Claudia Callinan, Kate Connolly, Aoibheann Coogan, Joshua Costello, Becky Coughlan, Jack Delaney, Patrick Donoghue, Cian Drennan, Leanne Gleeson, Matthew Gleeson, Emma Glennon, Clodagh Hayde, Leah Johnson, Eimear Kavanagh, Nikita Kelly, Caitlin Kirwan, Dillon Lawless, Maeve Lennon, Matthew Love, Sibeal McManus-Hill, Nessa Morrissey, Aaron Powis, Catherine Purcell, James Ryan, Katie Ryan, Ellie Smith and Brendan Staunton. Well done to all concerned.

COMMUNITY ALERT-Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Community Alert met last week and want to remind people to be vigilant and keep cash and valuables in a safe places. 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

BE A GLEEK FOR A WEEK!-Backstage Academy of Performing Arts are 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.

meeting-A meeting of the Kilkenny County Joint Policy Committee (J.C.P.) will be held in the Canon Malone Hall on Thursday 17th May from 8pm to 9.30pm. Topics for discussion on the night may include crime, drugs, public order, community engagement and road safety. Members of the public are invited to attend, air their views and put questions to the committee. All questions concerning the policing of Kilkenny County Council should be submitted in writing to the J.P.C. Secretary, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny by 5pm on Friday 11th May by post or email jpc@kilkennycoco.ie. The name and address of persons submitting questions will remain confidential – comments are of course welcome on the night.

TIDY TOWNS -The weekly clean-up will commence from the Square at 8pm on Wednesday 9th May – Do help to clean up your estate, your street or approach road as every little helps. Remember be safety conscious and be seen – wear a hi-vis vest if you have one.

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.

GRANGE BRIDGE TEMPORARY CLOSURE-Replacement bridge works will be carried out on Grange Bridge between May 21st and September 7th. Alternate routes will be via Lisdowney and Clone Cross. Please note that an information session has been arranged to advise local residents and landowners regarding the likely progress of the N77 Ballynaslee Realignment for the next twelve months or so. Correspondence has issued to each landowner affected by the scheme, or living in the immediate vicinity of the scheme, inviting them to attend an information meeting in the Canon Malone Hall, Ballyragget, to be held on Thursday 10th May, 2012 from 2pm to 6pm. Elected Members are also more than welcome to attend should they so wish but there is no obligation to so do.

PHELAN’S HARDWARE-As and from Wednesday 16th May Phelan’s Hardware will now reopen on Wednesday’s throughout the summer months. We are delighted to be able to offer full opening hours to our customers again and wish to thank all our customers for their patience over the past eighteen months.

BALLYRAGGET PLAYGROUND NEWS-FUN DAY ON THE GREEN!! Thanks to all who have helped so far with ideas and suggestions and for those who have booked stalls for the Fun Day on the Green. There has been some wonderful feedback and a great day will be had by all weather permitting!! We have had to reschedule the Fun Day to Sunday June 24th. There are still some stalls available for the day and if you would like more information please contact Catherine Kelly (Secretary) 085 7403812.

The Committee has organized a cabaret in Ronans Lounge on Sat 9th June. There will also be a monster draw on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs i.e. 1st prize a fantastic break away worth estimated €500, 2nd prize break away worth estimated €250, 3rd prize 2 tickets to the Manchester Utd 1st Home Game of Season 12/13 + €100 spending money, and many more. Tickets cost €5 each or book of 3 for €10. Please contact Catherine 085 7403812 or any committee member to purchase tickets or they will also be available to purchase from local businesses.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 8, 18, 20, 22. Jackpot Winner – No winner €50 sellers prize – Maria Bergin; €100 winner – Maura Tracy, C/O Jim Delaney; €60 winner – Ger Woods, C/O Frank Brennan €30 winner – Betty Bowden, C/O Tim Phelan €30 winner – B. Ellis, C/O The Cafe In House prizes C/O The Sportsman’s Bottle of Whiskey – Joan Dunne €30 winner – Theresa Roberts, Castle Street €30 winner – Mick Foley, Bridge Street €30 winner – Tommy Roberts, Castle Street Next week’s jackpot is €9,200 Venue is The Corner House

THANK YOU-A huge thank you to one and all that supported the cake sale on Saturday 12th of May for Habitat for Humanity. There was a great turnout and we hope to see you all again at further fundraising events in the future. Thank you to those who bought cakes, donated cake and those who made other contribution. Thank you to the Gannon family for the use of the shop.

TEAM NEWS- St Patricks Ballyragget were out in their second game of their intermediate campaign on Saturday the 12th of May at 2pm against the Emeralds in Johnstown. Unfortunately they lost by one point to a much more experienced team at the intermediate grade with Michael Brennan scoring a goal and his brother Joe in hard luck when his shot hit the cross bar. The next game is next Friday night against Conahy in Castlecomer at 7pm.

CONGRATULATIONS-Congrats to Mark and Pamela. Current selector with the intermediate team Mark Swan and his wife Pamela have welcomed a beautiful baby boy Jamie to the parish. We wish them well and congrats and look forward to his first day on the pitch.

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.

BINGO-The Bingo on a Thursday night is very well supported and the club would like to thank all who attend for their continued support. The Bingo is every Thursday night in the CYMS hall at 8.30. All are welcome. Similarly the Hurling Club lotto is well supported thanks to all the sellers and buyers alike.

MAROON DAYS -‘’Maroon days’’ The club is delighted with the positive response from members and supporters, who are currently reading and enjoying the recently published Maroon Days .Packed with reports, interviews and photographs relating to our All Ireland Junior Hurling victory along with the Kilkenny Under 21 ‘ A’ title, the 104 page publication is a book for the present and the future. The stories are a wonderful reminder of the successful times our teams enjoyed over the past while. One of the big favourites with readers is the snippets of information about club history and personalities, which are interspersed throughout. The Under 21 team photograph from 1979 has also been attracting a lot of interest, with memories refreshed by reports of the campaign. This was the first team from the club to reach a Northern under 21 Final. Some delightful poetry captures the All Ireland atmosphere, while the pre match posters compiled by the Primary school children are also included. Some unusual photographs add immensely to readers enjoyment .In appreciation of the wonderful support given to the teams, a sale price of only €7 is the club’s way of saying ‘’thank you’’ to all who wore the colours and offered encouragement during the successful campaigns. Maroon Days is on sale throughout Ballyragget, at In Touch Newsagents, Kilkenny City and from Jim Delaney at 087 8043203.

As this is a special limited edition, people intending to purchase a copy should do so without delay to avoid disappointment.

PICTURE PERFECT-Local photographer Pat Farrell has documented the year through photography and has compiled a book to commemorate the year. Same is aimed to be priced at €30 and will contain photographs from the county semi final to the All Ireland Final and the home coming celebrations the book will be made up of action and crowd shots. Pictures can be separately purchase from Pat’s website www.patfarrell.net.

BOOK CLUB-The book for next month’s is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 5th June 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY FORUM-Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum will hold its Annual General Meeting in the Ormonde Hotel on Thursday 17th May at 8pm. This informational evening is open to all members of community and voluntary groups in Kilkenny City and County. A presentation on Local Development Plans will be given by Mr Denis Malone, Senior Engineer, Kilkenny County Council. Organisations in the county who have a community element such as the HSE, Digital Switchover Programme etc will have display stands on the night, to share their information with volunteers in the County. Light refreshments will be served after the meeting.

R694 GRANGE BRIDGE REPLACEMENT-The above contract was awarded to John Cradock Ltd in late 2011. Cllr Maurice Shortall says “Following discussions with the Inland Fisheries Ireland and the Contractor agreement has been reached and work on the project will commence on May 21st and are expected to be completed by mid September” A road closure will be required to facilitate the works and a notice regarding same will be published shortly.

LADIES MINI MARATHON-It’s that time of year again, and “The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital” are busy recruiting volunteers to participate in the Ladies Mini Marathon. There is always a terrific response and all funds generated are used for patient care and comfort at the District Hospital. Sponsorship Cards are available from Julie Meally, Director of Nursing on 4441246 or Christina Murphy on 087- 9886646. Transport will be provided and a bus departs from the Lime Tree at 10 a.m. on June 4th.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL-Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday11th May – In house draw - €60– Martin Mernaghan. Jackpot spin won Joe Fitzpatrick, Gathabawn €50 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Frank McInerney. Next week’s jackpot is €1150 and will be held the Sportsman’s Bar bar. 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.

WHIST DRIVE-Special whist drive on Friday may 25th in Castlecomer Community Hall. Top score €50. €5. Whist continues every Friday night, players who are a bit rusty and in need of a practice game are very welcome from 7.30

10K WALK-Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre and Home Care are participating in the Stoneyford 10k walk/run on the 20th of May 2012 in Stoneyford Village. If you are interested in sponsoring us for this event or would like a sponsorship card and tee shirt please contact us on 0567771230.

CHURCH EVENTS-Ministers for the Word Month of April – Team B: Team Leader – Seamus Doherty Ballyouskill Saturday 7.30pm – Frank Brennan; Collectors for the month of May; 10am –Martin McGrath and Ned Cuggy; 7pm – Tony Lawrence and Michael McCraith. As part of our preparation for the Eucharist Congress we hope to celebrate an open-air mass at the mass-rock (behind Ballyragget church) on Pentecost Sunday 27th May at the usual time 10am and process to the church afterwards – more details later.

The parishes of Lisdowney, Ballyragget and Freshford have hired a bus to take people from these parishes to Croke Park for Mass on Sunday 17th June for the conclusion of the Eucharist Congress.

EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS-An information evening for all planning to attend the Eucharistic Congress and / or Statio Orbis will be held on Thursday 17th May at St. Fiachre’s Parish Centre at 7.30pm. It is hoped that the tickets for Croke Park Mass will be available for distribution. As this is an important international event in the Church calendar parishes, schools and homes etc are encouraged decorate their premises to welcome Wholesale Flags directly on 093 42024 or email irishwholesaleflag@hotmail.com Tickets: Those still interested in obtaining tickets for any Congress event or the Final Mass in Croke Park should ring 01 2981122. Special Trains for Rail/Iarnrod Eireann will operate special trains for pilgrims from Waterford/ Kilkenny going to the Eucharistic Congress. Train Times are as follows: Tuesday 12th June: Leaving Waterford 6.40 am, Thomastown 7.03, Kilkenny 07.18, Muine Bheag 7.37 arriving in Sandymount (5 mins walk from RDS) Dublin at approx. 9.30am.The return train leaves Sandymount station at 10.00pm. Sunday 17th June: Leaving Waterford 9.35am, Thomastown 9.58. Kilkenny 10.13, Muine Bheag 10.31 arriving at Connolly Station (10 minutes walk from Croke Park) at 12 mid day. The return train leaves Connolly at 18.10pm. For these trains to run booking is essential and needs to be done immediately. Many parishes have organised bus transport.

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.