The bio-diversity walk held in Goresbridge on Saturday last was very interesting. We were delighted to welcome visitors from Thomastown and Kilkenny as well as our own locals to Goresbridge. Nuala Madigan from the Bog of Allen Nature Centre was the enthusiastic expert who told us about what exactly bio-diversity was all about. She said in a recent survey in England, people coming out of supermarkets were asked what they thought it was and the most common answer was that it was a washing powder, so it seems there is a long way to go to educate people as to what it is. It is about all the things that live on the earth, rivers, and bogs. It means earthworms, bees, whales, trees, dandelions, ivy, lichen, berries, flowers, plants, vegetation, lice, damsel flies, fish, newts etc. The group had the opportunity to put fishing nets into the river at the banks edge and it was amazing what we discovered in about two minutes, fresh water shrimp, minnow, snails, damsel flies, lesser water boat man, greater water boat man, hog lice, ladybirds. Goresbridge with its river, wooded area, stonewalls, wet lands is rich is biodiversity.
MEMBERSHIP TO ANGLERS ASSOCIATION-Membership to Goresbridge Anglers Association is now available. It costs €20 for adults, €25 for a family, €10 if you are under 18. If you want to purchase a day ticket it costs €10.
CYGNETS FINALLY APPEAR-The swan that has been nesting near the bridge has finally hatched out her eggs. There was a bit of concern that she was sitting on the eggs longer than is normal and it was one of the items discussed on the bio-diversity walk as we watched her sitting on her nest but come Sunday morning, it was plain to see three little chicks and certainly worth bringing down the children to see them when they are so small as they grow so big so fast.
SPLIT THE POT-This week €127 was won by Dean Cummins, Barrowmount Road, €20 was won by Annette Madden, Barrowmount Drive and €20 to Marty Kirwan, Ballyellen.
It is simple to play, pick up an envelope from any of the shops, businesses, and pop in €2, put your name on the front, drop it into the box and you could be the winner this week. Envelopes are available in the Bridge Café, Barrow Breeze, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, John D’s Butchers, Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s, The Chemist, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Beatrice Dempsey, Kelly’s Hardware, Goresbridge Credit Union and Connolly’s Red Mills. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to those of you who play, if you don’t play maybe you will give it a try, the money is all spent on the village and making improvements.
LOTTO-Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €5,000, the €8,100 lotto having being won by Paddy O’ Reilly from Ballygurteen a couple of weeks ago. It costs just €2 to play, choose 4 numbers between 1 – 24. Tickets are available in the Goresbridge area from Peter Breen, Pat Minchin’s and Maher’s Spar. The funds are needed for the running of the club. The club would like to thank those who supported the table quiz on Friday night last.
ECO UNESCO AWARDS-Well done to the Bridge Boys who made it into the final of the Eco-Unesco awards and although they didn’t win it was a great achievement to make it into the final. The boys involved are Aidan Hennessy, David Hennessy, Jay White and Evan Barcoe and a word of thanks to Martina from Ossory Youth who works with this group. They recently sanded the tables at the park and have being using the polytunnel to learn about preparing the ground, growing seeds, flowers etc.
SUMMER CAMP-The activities for the Summer Camp are now being organised in association with Ossory Youth. This will be the sixth year for the camp which is for children who are old enough to attend national school up to 12 years and preference is given to children from the Goresbridge area. It is organised by Goresbridge Rural Development and will commence on 2nd July. There will be a trip to Lullymore again this year, it was just brilliant last year, a swimming trip to the Watershed, sports, crafts, cooking, gardening. A registration evening will be held in early June, there are just 40 places so first come first served. More details to follow next week.
BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO €6,325 -The lotto is worth €6,325 and they also have a reserve fund of €5,425. Last week Christina Gardiner won €100, Willie Murphy won the promoters prize. It costs €2 to play and tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Blake’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Café or any committee member.
PERSONAL MONITORED ALARMS-If you are over 65 and live alone or if you are a couple over 65 you can avail of a personal monitored alarm. Contact Breda at Goresbridge Rural Development at 059 9775646 Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm or Colette 087 2601672.
soccer-Bridge United u 16’s beat Evergreen 6-2 to maintain their challenge for league honours, with 2 games left now, 2 victories will see them crowned league champions.
Bridge United u 13’s took on Evergreen in the league. A win for Evergreen would mean they were crowned league champions, a win for Bridge United would have meant a league play off with Thomastown assuming Bridge beat Freebooters in their last game. At the end of a great game it finished 1-1, dejection for Bridge and Evergreen, joy for Thomastown.
Bridge United under 16’s played Evergreen in a crunch league game in blustery conditions, it was 0 -0 at half time. Evergreen got on top in the second half and ran out 3-0 winners.
Bridge United u 13’s played Thomastown in the u 13 cup semi-final. After a hard fought game Bridge emerged 2-0 winners to advance to the cup final.
GRAVEYARD MASS DATES-Powerstown, Friday 1 June, Ballyellen Friday 8 June, Goresbridge (old) Saturday 23 June, (Vigil Mass), Wells Fri July 6, Goresbridge (new) Friday July 13, Paulstown (new) Friday August 3 and Paulstown (Old) August 12 at 11.30.
ONLY 4 POINTS FROM PLAY-Having to go to Bennettsbridge to take on The Bridge in their own back yard is never an easy day’s work. This was the task that lay ahead of Barrow Rangers on Sat 12 May as they tried to keep their unbeaten run intact. A fine dry evening with little or no wind greeted the two teams. The opening few minutes of the game were very congested with neither side getting much space. The deadlock was broken by 2 pointed frees from Cathal Kenny in the 4th and 5th minute. In the 7th min an accidental head wound to Bennettsbridge midfielder Brian Lennon saw the game held up for a while and eventually he left the field to be replaced by a blood sub. Shortly after play resumed the Bridge were level courtesy of an Aidan Cleere free and a point from Enda Morrissey who was now playing at midfield in a re-gigged Bridge team. Points from Dermot Maher (12 min) and Richie Doyle (14) restored Barrow Rangers 2 point lead, Brian Lennon returned to the fray and went to top of the left. This was to prove highly significant in the second half. The home side played their way into the game and points from Aidan Cleere (19) and Cormac Wafer (23) had the game all square again. It was going to be that kind of game. A converted 65 from Cathal Kenny put us a point ahead and two minutes later Dermot Maher made it a two point lead again. Aidan Cleere got the home side’s last score of the half with a point in injury time. Richie Doyle got the last score of the half when he cut a side line between the posts. Barrow Rangers leading by 7pts to 5 at half time were definitely the happier of the two teams. Bennettsbridge playing into the dressing room end in the first half were guilty of some poor wides. This trait was to afflict Barrow Rangers in the second half. The half opened brightly for Rangers when Cathal Kenny converted a free in the first minute, two minutes later, Brian Lennon scrambled the ball into the net to tie the game. The same Brian pointed a free in the ninth minute to put the Bridge ahead for the first time in the game. When Thomas Brennan leveled the match with a point a minute later (10) hard to imagine at the time but this was to be our only score from play in the half. A long range free from Richie put us back in front but from the puck out Brian Lennon popped up again to land a point. Rangers were getting plenty of possession but were failing to convert their chances. Cathal Kenny (free) and Hugh O’ Neill exchanged points within a minute of each other and five minutes later the same two players done exactly the same thing. Two more pointed frees by Kenny were matched by two from play by Cormac Wafer, the last in the 23 minute to leave the score Bennettsbridge 1-11 to 13 pts for Barrow Rangers. With seven minutes remaining the game was still up for grabs; Brian Lennon made it a 2 point game with four minutes to go. Cathal Kenny pulled it back to one with a free before whom else but Brian Lennon stretched the lead to two again with time almost up. In injury time Cathal Kenny cut the deficit to one again with a pointed free, this was the final score of the game. The score board in the corner read Bennettsbridge 1-13, Barrow Rangers 15 pts. Of Barrow Rangers 15 points only four points came from play whereas the Bridge scored 1-11 of their total from open play. Next up we have Windgap in Paulstown next Sunday evening. Team: Graham English, Willie Hennessy, Kevin Brennan, Ciarán Breen, Ciaran Doyle Edward Prendergast, Thomas Whitely, Martin Bambrick, Cathal Kenny, Michael Whitely, Thomas Brennan, Richie Doyle, Jason Holden, Dermot Maher and Cathal English.
10 K WALK OR RUN-Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre and Home Care are holding a 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 to participate please contact us on 0567771230.
BARROW RANGERS ON THE WEB-Barrow Rangers new club website has just been created and can now be viewed at www.barrowrangers.ie; you must enter it on the top tool bar of your computer as it will not be recognised through Google until there are enough visits to the site. If anyone has any suggestions as to how the page should be run please feel free to contact any committee member. The site will be updated weekly with match reports and photos from games. If anyone has old photos of Barrow Rangers they would be really appreciated, it is nice to see pictures of former players. You can also follow the club on their face book page.
SHANE IN ALL IRELAND FINAL-Best of luck is wished to young Paulstown boxer, Shane Flavin who will box in the Irish National Cadet Final next Friday evening at the National Stadium, Dublin. Shane boxes in the 36kg division. He takes on Stephen O’ Neill of Ulster in the final. In the quarter final last Saturday he defeated Hugh Nevin of Portlaoise 4-1 while in the semi-final on Sunday he overcame Nathan Maye of Crumlin 7-4. The winner will represent Ireland later in the year in the European Cadet Championship.
PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK-The Parish Pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Thursday May 31 at 7.15 am sharp. The cost is €18 for adults, €10 for children. If you wish to book a place contact Breda Hanlon at 059 9721443 or Ann at the Parish house at 059 9775180.
FIRST COMMUNION-Children from Goresbridge and Paulstown will receive their First Communion on Sunday May 13, Goresbridge at 10am and Paulstown at 11.30.Best wishes to Emma Blake, Shaun Dalton, Aidan Dunne, Ann Marie Murphy, Nicola Coady, Jack Doyle, Joshua Kane, Killian O’ Neill, Anna Connolly, Bill Doherty, Chantelle Matthews and Shane Wall from Goresbridge.
PTAA NEWS-A Regional Pioneer mass will take place in Goresbridge on Friday May 25 at 7.30. If you would like to join or need a pin, contact Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664471, Mary Curran at 9775120 or Ann Curran at 9775413. If you would like to sponsor Eileen Heffernan for the mini marathon which takes place on June 4 you can contact Eileen at the above phone number.
CONCERT NOT TO BE MISSED-Carlow Active Retirement Association introduces County Carlow’s Intergenerational Singers, sing, sing a song. 150 adults, aged 50 plus and teenagers singing songs of yesterday and today on Sunday May 20 in Borris Vocational School at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 for an adult, children or OAP’s €5, Family of four ticket costs €25. If you wish to book tickets please contact 059 9773155. Please note the show being held in the George Bernard Shaw Centre on Sunday May 27 at 8pm is booked out but there will be a 4pm show at this venue also