New walking Group for Bagenalstown

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION CORK TO CARLOW CYCLE -The money meeting will take place in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday July 19 at 8pm. The draw for the two bikes will take place on the night. All cyclists are asked to attend. For more details contact Jack Doyle - Tel. 087-0556965.

IRISH WHEELCHAIR ASSOCIATION CORK TO CARLOW CYCLE -The money meeting will take place in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Thursday July 19 at 8pm. The draw for the two bikes will take place on the night. All cyclists are asked to attend. For more details contact Jack Doyle - Tel. 087-0556965.

BEAM BENEFIT NIGHT - The BEAM Bagenalstown 23rd annual Gala Benefit Night will take place at Kilkenny Greyhound Track on Sunday, July 22. First race at 7.30pm. Down through the years BEAM has received wonderful support for their Benefit Night which is their principal fundraising event. The Race Night has been running since l990. It has proved to be an extremely popular night out and one of the best nights at the Kilkenny Dog Track, providing good fun for all the family, making it a real social event. Excellent dog racing includes the Red Mills Open, Dobbs Oil Novice, Peter Meaney Memorial Race and McDonnell Clan Race, just to mention a few. You are invited to go along and have a great night out while supporting a very worthy fundraising event.

CROAGH PATRICK - Bagenalstown Parish Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick will take place on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd September. Last few places remaining. Contact Kathleen Cox 9727303/ 087-4140747 or the parish office 9721154 . Total cost is €100 which includes bus and one night bed and breakfast and evening meal in McWilliam Park Hotel, Claremorris which is 10 mins from Knock.

MINO WORLD CUP - Muine Bheag Joint Policing Committee, Muine Bheag Town Council and An Garda Siochana - Muine Bheag Mini World Cup 2012, to be held at Fr. Cummins Park, Muine Bheag, commencing on Monday, July 23 with the Finals on Monday, August 6. Entry free. Age groups: 8 yrs to 11 yrs (boys and girls) and 12 yrs to 15 yrs (boys and girls). Entries and enquiries to 087 7155236 by July 16 please. No names or entries will be accepted after July 16 and no exceptions will be made.

NEW WALKING GROUP - You are invited to join the Family Resource Centre walking group where you can get fit at a relaxed pace. All ages welcome. The group meets every Wednesday at Aldi car park at 10.30am.

WEIGHT WATCHERS - Classes on Wednesday at 10am in Muine Bheag Community Centre, Church Road and Thursday 6pm. Class for men only at 7.30pm in the McGrath Hall, Railway Road.

FUN RUN/WALK - A 10k Fun Run/Walk organised by Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre will take place on August 12, at 12 noon.

BINGO - Bagenalstown Parish Bingo takes place every Wednesday at 8pm in the McGrath Hall, Railway Road.

BAGENALSTOWN SWIMMING POOL - Water Safety begins on Monday, August 13, at 11am in Bagenalstown Swimming Pool. For information contact Mary on 085 1521232. There is no increase in membership fee. Daily opening hours are from 11am to 12.30pm: 2.30pm to 5.30pm and 7pm to 9pm.

PARISH YEARBOOK 2012 - All groups, clubs, schools and organisations within the parish are invited to submit articles for inclusion in the Yearbook. Personal contributions are most welcome. Articles should be no more than 600 words in length. Photographs should be originals or sent by Jpeg.

Contributions should be sent by email to If this is not possible, or if any assistance is required, please phone 087 9845024. Latest date for receipt of submissions is September 21, 2012.

BEREAVED - Deepest sympathy to the families of Marie Meaney, Main Street, Annie Phelan, Slyguff and Kitty Mahoney, Goresebridge, who died recently. May they rest in peace.

INDOOR SUNDAY MARKET - Starting on Sunday, July 22, there will be an indoor Sunday Market and Car Boot Sale in Borris from 8am to 4pm. New stall holders welcome. Contact 087 6997377 or 087 6778832.

SUMMER FESTIVAL - Bagenalstown Summer Festival will run from Friday, July 20 to Sunday July 22. Friday July 20: 12 noon – Disabled Fishing Competition: 6pm Half Mile Swim: 6.30pm Raft Racing: 7.30pm I’m a Civilian, Get Me out of Here – Trial 1 in the old Credit Union premises on High Street: 9.30pm King and Queen Competition in the Estoria Restaurant, Main Street. Adm €5. Saturday July 21: 9am Country Markets in St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road: 12 noon to 2pm I’m a Civilian Trial 2 in swimming pool: 2-4pm Children’s Disco in Community Centre, Church Road: 2pm-6pm Bounce Zone in Jordan’s field: Raft Racing: Kids’ Soccer Tournament at Soccer Club: 6pm I’m a Civilian Trial 3: 7pm Put to Pub Wheelbarrow Race. 9pm. Live entertainment plus comedy hypnotist in the Estoria Restaurant. Adm €5. Sunday July 22: 1pm I’m a Civilian Trial 4 at the stage: Barge trips: Military weapons display: 2pm- 6pm Bounce Zone plus fun races for children in Jordan’s field. Car boot sale in Jordan’s field. 2pm Raft race final: 2.30pm Live music – Blackstair Rebels at the river: 3pm Puppet show: 3.30pm Irish dancing at the river: 4pm Duck race: Live music Mad Caps at the river: 6pm Mile Swim for Joe Appleby Cup. Open Day in the Fire Station.

CONGRATULATIONS - to Dean Egan who now has his own banter show in KCLR. Dean is one of the Ventures with 2nd Carlow/Bagenalstown Scouts and recently won the title of Bagenalstown Young Person of the Year.

BALLINKILLEN HURLING CLUB - The local club draw took place on June 28 in Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre for all those who bought €100 tickets. There were ten x €50 prizes. Winners were Paddy Salt Murphy Snr. Fenagh; Frank Murphy Jnr, Ballyphenan; Mary Ward and Neddy Mullins, Ballinakill; Teresa Freeman, Ballymartin; Sandra and Jim Sheehan, c/o Paddy Salt Murphy; Derek and Brenda McDermott, Clowater; Ann, Emma and PJ Dowling, Ballyloughan; Paddy Salt Murphy Snr. Fenagh; Debbie and Barry Brennan, Ballinkillen and Mary Kane, Slyguff.

MUINE BHEAG TOWN LIBRARY - The Big Read is back. Boys and girls from 7 to 12 are invited to take part in the Summer reading programme. Loyalty cards are available. Free of charge. For further details contact the library at 91 29703.

MUINE BHEAG GAA - All age groups are now training. Hurling training: Every Tuesday evening at McGrath Park from 5pm to 6pm for under 6 and under 8: Thursdays between 5pm and 6pm for under 10s. Football training: Every Wednesday for under 6, under 8 and under 10. Everybody who is interested should turn up at the venue and make themselves known to the club coaches in attendance. New players very welcome. Go Games information is distributed by coaches at training sessions. Congratulations to the Bagenalstown under 10 Community Games football team who won the County Final.

CONCERT - Niall Toner and his band will play a once off concert in Killoughternane Hall on Friday, August 24. Tickets are on sale at 087 2612194 at €20 and are expected to sell out quickly. Niall Toner is widely regarded as one of Ireland’s leading experts on bluegrass and American country music.