Bagenalstown: 20th Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk

CHRISTMAS DAY WALK/SWIM - The 20th Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk will take place in Bagenalstown in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. The swim will start at 12 noon and walkers at 11.30am from the picnic tables around the Green Road, arriving back in time to watch the Swim at the steps outside the pool. Safety First. As it is the 20th swim in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team in memory of the late Vera Power the Power family has donated a bench to mark the 20th Swim and it will be unveiled on Christmas morning after the swim. Sponsor cards are available from Mary who can be contacted on 085 1521232.

CHRISTMAS DAY WALK/SWIM - The 20th Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk will take place in Bagenalstown in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. The swim will start at 12 noon and walkers at 11.30am from the picnic tables around the Green Road, arriving back in time to watch the Swim at the steps outside the pool. Safety First. As it is the 20th swim in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team in memory of the late Vera Power the Power family has donated a bench to mark the 20th Swim and it will be unveiled on Christmas morning after the swim. Sponsor cards are available from Mary who can be contacted on 085 1521232.

GET WELL WISHES - to Ian Mullen, formerly Short Stories, Main Street, who is recovering from a road traffic accident.

WATER SAFETY WEEK - Presentation of certificates for Irish Water Safety Week in Bagenalstown Swimming Pool was held in the Estoria Restaurant, Main Street, on Friday, November 9. Congratulations to all who received their certs in safety, rescue challenge and pool lifeguard. Over 200 certs were awarded in all grades. It was a first for Pool Lifeguard as the river was in flood and two new instructors, William Byrne and Rebecca Kinsella. Both have trained for three years at the pool and swimming lessons. Thanks to the Swimming Club for use of swimming pool

CHRISTMAS CONCERT - Queen of the Universe N.S. 6th class pupils together with the Folk Choir will sing in the Parish Church on Thursday, Dec. 20 at 7.30pm.

CONVIRMATION DAY - Confirmation will take place on Saturday, February 23 2013 at 2pm in St. Andrew’s Parish Church.

THANKS TO LOCAL FIRE BRIGADE - The 2nd Carlow Scout Group would like to thank the local fire crew for their kind donation to the group. The boys collected for local charities in the area and Sub Officer Mick Salter presented the money to Group Leader Carol Clarke on behalf of all in the fire station.

NEWTOWN CHOIR - Members of the choir are practising every Wednesday night for Christmas at 8pm in Newtown Church. New members welcome. Contact Tom at 087 9189962.

FESTIVE FUNDRAISER - Transition Year Students of Muine Bheag Vocational School are organising a Festive Fundraiser in aid of Bagenalstown St Vincent de Paul on Friday, December 14 from 3pm to 5pm at Market Square. Bagenalstown (outside Credit Union). There will be homemade Christmas cards, Christmas buns and cakes, holly, face painting and lots more. Please support this very worthwhile charity
CHRISTMAS FAIR - Myshall Foroige Christmas Fair is on December 15 from 11am to 3pm. You are welcome to go along and do your last bit of Christmas shopping or sell your charity ideas to make money for the festive season. For information on tables contact Christine on 085 7063024.

CROSS COUNTRY - Runners required for Bagenalstown senior cross country team. Contact David at 087 2766570. Biegacze wymagane Bagenalstown kadry biegowych. Kontakt Dawida w 087 2766570.

CAROL SERVICE - There will be a Carol Service in St Andrew’s Church. Bagenalstown on Thursday December 13 at 8pm,featuring the St Andrew’s Men’s Choir with St Patricks Brass Band. Admission is free and there will be a voluntary collection on the night for local charities.

VISIONARY TO VISIT BAGENALSTOWN - Geraldine, an Irish born mother and visionary who lives in Australia has received messages for the world from Jesus and Mary as she had an “out of body” experience while undergoing surgery in Sydney. Geraldine and her Spiritual Director, Fr. Eugene Szondi, will give testimonies at St. Andrew’s Parish Church on Tuesday, January 8, 2013 after Mass at 7.30pm. Enquiries to Vera at 059 9151154 or Lena at 059 9157744

NEW RECTOR - The institution of Rev. Kevin Ronne to Dunleckney Parish will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown, on Friday, December 14 at 8pm. All welcome and refreshments will be served afterwards in the hall where Rev. Ronne looks forward to meeting people.

NEW INITIATIVE - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre is rolling out a new initiative; the Men’s Shed kick starts on Friday January 11 at 10.30am so the Centre is calling on all men to get involved, take ownership of the activities and programmes you get involved with. The new Shed is in the process of being erected so all the men out there will have their own space to kick back, have a laugh, a chat, a cuppa and whatever other activities they decide to get behind! All are welcome. For more info contact Tom on 059-9722028 or email: bfrcmensshed@hotmail.com

CHRISTMAS WORKSHOP - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre has a Creative Christmas Workshop on Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm for as little as €3with all materials included. So if you have a few hours to spare and would like to get out and meet new people or even bring a friend, enjoy a cuppa and a little something nice too, and better still make your own DIY Christmas decorations which are better than the shop bought decorations, well then the Creative Christmas Workshop is for you! Book your place now by contacting us on 059-9722028!

AFTER SCHOOLS PROGRAMME - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Afterschools Programme is offering grinds in Irish, history and German for only €4 per hour for one on one support and only €2 per hour for small group supports So if you have a child who needs that extra support don’t delay pick up the phone and book today, places are limited and will book up fast, so avoid disappointment and contact Kate on 059-9722028 or 087-7435015.

The Afterschools Programme is rolling out Fun Friday Multi-Activity Sports Classes from 5.15pm - 6.15pm, from tennis, volleyball, hockey, dodge ball, aerobics, gymnastics, zumba, martial arts and a whole lot more. So if your child is between age 7 and 12 years, sign them up today for €2 a session, great value and packed full of fun in a safe environment, book with Kate on 059-9722028 or 087-7435015

TABLE QUIZ - St. Andrew’s GAA Club will hold a table quiz on Thurs. December 20 at 9pm in the Manor House. All are welcome to enter a team. Table of four €20.
CHRISTMAS DRAW - bagenalstown Credit Union Ltd. will hold their next Christmas Members’ Draw on Friday, December 14 at 7pm. 1st Prize €10,000. 2nd Prize €3,000 plus 8 runner up prizes of €500 each. Ask any staff member for details.

ST.. LAZERIAN’S HOUSE SALE - St. Lazerian’s House has fabulous home-made Christmas cakes and puddings, gift wrapped, for sale. Please call 059 9721146 or call in. Marian, her staff and residents would like to wish all the people who have supported their fundraising events over the year a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

INFORMATION STAND - The Carlow Volunteer Centre will hold an Information Stand in Bagenalstown on Friday, December 14 in Bagenalstown Credit Union 10am – 12.30pm. Information is available on many different volunteering opportunities around the south of the county. It’s a chance to find out how to share your skills, interests and hobbies - without having to give any commitment. Contact: natasha@volunteercarlow.ie 059 91 73033 / www.
volunteercarlow.ie