Tidy Towns people
doing great work

TIDY TOWNS - Thanks to all whom are litter picking, displaying flowers, strimmng approach roads and doing painting works to help make the town clean and presentable for the Tidy Towns competition. The CES team are tending to grass maintenance and certain spraying works around the town. Well done to the team also in ensuring that St. Finnan’s Cemetery was neat and tidy for the annual mass recently. The tidy town clean up continues in July starting from the Square every Wednesday at 8pm. Your support is much appreciated – every little helps.

TIDY TOWNS - Thanks to all whom are litter picking, displaying flowers, strimmng approach roads and doing painting works to help make the town clean and presentable for the Tidy Towns competition. The CES team are tending to grass maintenance and certain spraying works around the town. Well done to the team also in ensuring that St. Finnan’s Cemetery was neat and tidy for the annual mass recently. The tidy town clean up continues in July starting from the Square every Wednesday at 8pm. Your support is much appreciated – every little helps.

CHARITY TRACTOR CLASSIC RUN - Since 2006 the CTCR Classic Tractor Charity Run has been a familiar sight across the North Kilkenny terrain and the neighbouring counties of Carlow, Laois and Offaly. This year the well oiled convoy set off from Ballyragget on Friday July 20th at 10a.m. The destination was Tullamore and the route took in Carlow, Stradbally and Portlaoise. The organisers wish to convey their sincere gratitude to all who continue to support what is a real community event. To date a sum of €186,464 has been collected and every penny raised has gone directly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. The army of local volunteers pride themselves in ensuring there are no expenses involved what a wonderful gesture by all concerned. The group arrived back in Ballyragget on Saturday July 21st at 5 p.m. and the evening is rounded off with a Cabaret and Auction in Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin treat 40,000 children annually and it’s a wonderful testament to the charity of the people of the area to see the event being supported so well every year,

PLAYGROUP - As there are now no vacancies left for our morning Playgroup, names are being taken for the Afternoon session which operates from 12.30 to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. This is open to preschool and pre-preschool children aged from 2years 6 months to 5 years. We deliver the same high standard Playgroup and Montessori programme as the morning session. Free places available under the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme and part subsidised places available under the Community Childhood Subvention Scheme. For full list of eligible places please contact the Manager Marian Gorman at 086-8462867 for details. Also please note that places are filling up fast for our September 2013 morning Session. If you would like your child to learn in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, please contact Marian at the above number or call to see our purpose built premises with large outdoor play area on Chapel Avenue anytime.

BOOK CLUB - The book for September for the Hogan Stand Book Club is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 4th September 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome. Regards,

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.

BALLYOUSKILL GRAVEYARD - Last few copies of Ballyouskill Graveyard Inscriptions available for €15. No more reprints will be available. Please contact Pauline McDonald (nee Palmer) on 057-8733534 or 087-1252167. Also Maureen Palmer on 01- 4937709

LOTTO - St Patrick’s lotto draw resultsNumbers Drawn- 9,11,12,23. Jackpot Winner – No winner; €50 sellers prize – Martin Tierney; €100 winner – Biddy Phelan, Greenview; €60 winner –Mary Ryan Castlecomer; €30 winner – Colette Dooley Grennan; €30 winner –Anthony Joyce C/O John Mul; In House prizes C/O Fitzpatrick’s; Bottle of Whiskey – Joan Dunne; €30 Ger Butler, Castle Gardens; €30 Dennis Delany, The Square; €30 John Doran, Greenview. Next week’s jackpot is €12,750. Next week’s venue is The Hogan Stand

GAA TEAM NEWS - The Intermediate Team was in action in the Semi Final of the Alyward Cup on Friday night last against James Stephens in Cannon Kearns Park, Castlecomer. The team were in top order and the match ended on a score line of Ballyragget 3-14 to James Stephens 1-7. The Junior B team is in action on Saturday night next the 28th in round one of the JJ Kavanagh & Sons North Junior B Championship against either Cloneen or Dicksboro at print the venue was not yet fixed.

NAOMH BRID - Naomh Brid Camogie Club, Ballyragget. Our club was established in 1998 and since then has provided coaching, games and much enjoyment for girls from five years of age upwards. At present, we field teams at Under 14 , Under 12 and Under 10 levels with coaching and training also provided for younger players. All training sessions and home games are held at St. Patrick’s GAA pitch by kind permission of the club, which has been extremely helpful to us over the years. We have plenty of enthusiastic players, but only a small number of Coaches and Officials, so the support of parents in keeping the club going is much appreciated. It is always encouraging to see our followers on the sideline for an Under 10 Blitz or the competitive under 12 & under 14 games. All of our players have been making great progress this year and the improvement in their performances is wonderful to watch. Parishioners are asked to note that the club will hold a church gate collection, in Ballyragget & Ballyouskill, on the week end of August 4/5 next and your financial support would be much appreciated. If you wish to contribute privately, please contact the club’s Honorary Secretary, Sheila Gunner , at 086 3023812.

CLUB NIGHT - Oiche Na gClub 2012- this year’s club “day” will be a night once again, on Friday 27th of July the club will celebrate its annual club get together at the grounds in Oldtown. The festivities start at 6pm -for the kids sports with a ball wall challenge and races planned. Food and refreshments will be served and all are welcome and the club would love to see you all there.

VITA WALK - The Annual Fundraising walk in aid of Vita, Friends of Fr. Kevin Doheny takes place next Friday evening, 27th July. Walkers can commence at any of the following points, Boys National School Ballyragget, Ballyouskill Church, Mart in Ballinakill or the Crossroads on Ballyragget Castlecomer road for those walking from Castlecomer. All walkers will converge close to Ballymartin Crossroads where we will have a Dancing Board, Music, Song stories etc. Refreshments will be served to all in field and a good night’s entertainment is guaranteed. All support welcomed.

BORD NA NOG - St Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section are having a table quiz fundraiser on Friday the 27th of July at 9 pm. in the Hogan Stand. Quizmaster on the night will be Mr. Jack Dunphy. The cost is €20 euro per table of 4. There will be great prizes to be won on the night. We look forward to seeing you there.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section will hold a church gate collection at Ballyragget and Ballyouskill on the 28th and 29th of July as part of their weekend fundraiser.

SCRAP SATURDAY - Are you “Summer” cleaning your home or farm? Do you want to get rid of your unwanted scrap metal, farm machinery, batteries and electrical goods for free and help St. Patricks GAA Club raise much needed funds for the club at the same time? St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA Club are organising a scrap metal collection. Some examples of items we are looking for include saucepans, steel kettles, toasters, golf irons, dishwashers, radiators, steel fireplaces, steel garden furniture, bicycles, steel window frames, steel oil tanks, washing machines, filing cabinets, coal buckets, cars, steel gutters, aerials, steel wheelbarrows, tyre rims (without the rubber), lawn mowers. Items we “CAN NOT” take include, TV’s, plastic, timber, fridges, gas cylinders. A collection service will be arranged on the day. Details of how you can contribute and a special collection day will follow shortly. For details you can contact Aidan Brophy -087 2026598, Philip Kenny - 087 2599006 Sean Lawless- 087 7834123, Jim Mooney 087 7834123, Joe Brennan 087 2276359 or any committee member. Full lists of items that can be collected is available in shops and business around the town or if you have suitable items and need those collected please contact any of the above. Also if you have any trees or timber that you need cut down and would like to donate these to the club for the winter timber sale please contact Joe Brennan 087 2276359. We hope you will support this collection in aid of St. Patrick’s GAA Club and spread the word to friends, relatives and neighbours.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 13th July – In house draw - €125– Paddy Fitzgerald. Jackpot spin won Sean Stapleton €60 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Stephen Hickey. Next week’s jackpot is €1600 and will be held in Hogan’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BROOKVILLE - Brookville AFC is interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in managing the junior team in division 2 of the Kilkenny & District League for the coming season. Contact 087 6845387 or 087 2210307.

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word Month of July – Team D; Team Leader – Thomas Healy

CEMETERY MASSES - Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm; Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm; Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm. 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.