Goresbridge - Five star for Maher’s

FORECOURT AWARD - Heartiest congratulations to Bridget and M.J. Maher who have yet again received the 5 star Q mark award for their Spar shop in Goresbridge. There was even better news for them as they won a Top of the Tree award for their forecourt. This competition is only in existence for the past two years and they were one of 10 shops who were presented with the award out of 120 entries. The awards were presented at a gala night in the Killashee Hotel, Naas recently.

FORECOURT AWARD - Heartiest congratulations to Bridget and M.J. Maher who have yet again received the 5 star Q mark award for their Spar shop in Goresbridge. There was even better news for them as they won a Top of the Tree award for their forecourt. This competition is only in existence for the past two years and they were one of 10 shops who were presented with the award out of 120 entries. The awards were presented at a gala night in the Killashee Hotel, Naas recently.

Spar run these competitions to ensure that the standards remain very high in all Spart shops. The shops are visited and audited on a random basis, the owners would not even be aware that they were on the premises and the forecourt award is because the visitor sees something special, it could be one of the staff carrying out someone’s shopping, filling petrol, it’s all about customer care. As you can imagine winning this award is a major achievement for Bridget, M.J. and the staff. They are of course delighted and would like to thank all their customers.

NESTING BOXES - 10 nesting boxes were put up around the village during the week by the Fás and Tus team on behalf of GRD. These improvements would not happen without the support of the community, those who play split the pot and of course all the businesses that promote the draw.

SPLIT THE P0T RESULTS - This week Colette Murphy, Lower Grange won €93, Joe O’ Brien, 2 Barrowmount Drive won €20 and Emmet Foley, Skeoughvosteen won €20. All funds go towards improvements in and around the village.

NEW STONE - It is lovely to see a new granite stone at the entrance to Barrow Meadows.

IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING - The Brigidine Order of Nuns has given a small parcel of land behind the National School in Goresbridge. Last March a public meeting was held in Ionad Dara to decide the best way to develop the land for the use of the whole community. A steering committee was set up with every club and association having a member on it. This committee has now drawn up plans for the development and they are ready to submit for planning permission. An important meeting will be held in Ionad Dara this Thursday February 21 at 8pm where the plans will be on view.

All are welcome especially those with children attending Scoil Bhríde

BARROW RANGERS AGM - Barrow Rangers held their AGM in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge last Friday evening. The meeting was preceded by Mass in the adjoining Church for deceased members of the club. The club would like to thank Fr. McEvoy for this.

Chairman, Derek McEvoy opened the meeting by thanking all those that were in attendance, approx 60. First up was the juvenile report presented by Peter Breen, both the Minors and under 16’s had hurled in Roinn B and both made their exit from the championship in the first round. The under 14’s were very unlucky to lose the Roinn B final. The under 13’s won the Lisdowney 7 a side Shield. Marc Drennan was centre half back on the Kilkenny u 14 team that won the Tony Forristal Tournament. Ciarán Breen and Graham English were on the Kilkenny under 17 team that lost by 2 pts to Cork in the final. Ciarán Doyle was on the Kilkenny Minor Team and also the CBS team that reached the colleges All- Ireland. He thanked the selectors of all underage teams, Treasurer Gary English and Secretary Pat Cassidy who couldn’t attend the meeting, finally he wished the club well for the coming season.

Secretary, Stephen Dormer began his report by noting the sad passing of Jimmy Staunton, Murt Brennan and Eamon Cahill in 2012; all three had been great servants of the club down through the years. He stated that it had been an up and down year for the club with the Special Junior Team losing their county final after extra time but they also picked up the Joe Walsh Cup and also won the Northern Final along the way. The junior team were narrowly beaten in the second round of the championship and he thanked those who had set up the club web site and face book page. Finally he thanked the selectors of all the junior teams and he paid tribute to Cathal Kenny who had been on the Kilkenny u 21 and Intermediate Team and to Richie Doyle who was on the under 21 and Senior Team.

In his address to the meeting Chairman, Derek McEvoy covered much of the same ground as the secretary. He encouraged members to make better use of the website and face book page. He thanked the lotto sellers and asked for a bigger commitment from players and members towards the lotto. He reminded those present that the club had two upcoming fundraisers; one was the jersey sponsorship where for €50 you have the chance to be named as the sponsor on the new jerseys. The other is the White Collar Boxing which takes place in Langton’s Hotel on Sunday March 24 at 4pm where Barrow Rangers will take on neighbours Young Ireland’s, Gowran in fifteen bouts. He asked that more players get involved in the Friday night coaching sessions for the young boys and girls, junior infants to under 12’s and he thank all those who were presently involved.

He paid tribute to boxer Darren O’ Neill on his great achievement in qualifying for the Olympics and to fellow boxer Keith Flavin for all his great success during the season. Finally he wished the Paulstown/Goresbridge Camogie Club and Barrow Rangers the best of luck for the coming season.

The following officers were elected; Chairman, Derek McEvoy, Secretary, Stephen Dormer, Treasurer, Christy Kenny, PRO, Peter Breen/Shane McEvoy. Juvenile Chairman is JJ Staunton, Juvenile Secretary, David Staunton, Juvenile Treasurer, /Gary English, County Board Delegate, Willie Hanlon, Northern Board Delegate, Bobby Shortall, Drug and Alcohol Officer, David Holmes, Child Protection Officer, Catherine Blake. Junior Selectors, Stephen Dormer, Eugene Kealy, Ken McEvoy. U 14/16 Jim Grace, Johnny Kelly, Derek McEvoy. Minor/U 21 David Holmes, Shane McEvoy, Paddy Wade. Membership was fixed at €40 and €80 for players.

KILCUMNEY PLAYERS - Kilcumney Players will present DRINKING HABITS, an American comedy by Tom Smith in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.

Rehearsals are well under way for the 2013 Kilcumney Play following the huge success of A Wake in the West last year.

DRINKING HABITS is a farce in two acts, set in a convent in Shady Glen, California. Sister Augusta and Sister Philamena have been secretly making and selling wine for years to keep the doors of their small convent open. But when their wine suddenly wins an award, newspaper reporters (and former fiancés) Paul and Sally begin searching for the vintners.

As Sally and Paul spy on the convent, they are caught by Mother Superior. Sally pretends to be the new nun that Mother Superior was expecting, and Paul claims to be a visiting priest. But when Father Chenille sees Paul, he suspects Rome of sending out a new priest to replace him. When the actual new nun, Sister Mary Catherine, does arrive, Mother Superior believes her to be a spy from Rome, sent out to investigate the convent.

Chaos ensues as Sr. Augusta and Sr. Philamena try to secretly press more wine, Paul and Sally try to find the winemakers, and Mother Superior and Father Chenille spy on the suspected spies.

Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Margaret Coady and Yvonne Devitor will play Augusta and Philamena with Ann Lennon as the Mother Superior. The reporters Paul and Sally will be portrayed by Edward Hayden and Grainne Kavanagh with John Whitely as Fr. Chenille. Adrian Kavanagh will take the role of George, the gardener with Rose Connolly as Sr. Mary Catherine.

Rehearsals have been on since mid January while set construction is well under way. The cast and crew are really looking forward to the production in April. This is a traditional, laugh-out-loud farce for the whole family that will keep audiences laughing well after the curtain call!

KARATE CLUB - Paulstown Karate Club meets every Saturday morning in the Sports Hall, 10 – 11.15. New members welcome, boys and girls aged 6 – 14 years. You are invited to come along for a free class to give it a try.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,000 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,000 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.

BOOKING IONAD DARA - If you wish to book Ionad Dara you can contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.

FUNDRAISING CONCERT - St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding a fundraising concert on Friday 8th of March 2013. The concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown.

This will be our 5th year for our concerts and we always like to have a variety of different themes and different performers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts, we have decided that the theme for this year is “Songs from the Musicals”. I am looking for performers who would like to join us on the evening and sing two songs from their favourite musical.

If you are interested please contact Marian on 086 1258480.

IRELAND REACHING OUT SEEKS VOLUNTEERS IN CARLOW - Ireland Reaching Out programme is a multi-award winning Irish Government sponsored initiative established to help people of Irish Heritage Worldwide connect with the Irish Parish or town from where they or their ancestors originated.

Ireland Reaching Out is also a partner with “The Gathering Ireland 2013” and is looking for Volunteers in Carlow to assist. Cynthia O Connor, genealogist with the programme is seeking assistance initially to answer queries on the Ireland Reaching Out Website www.irelandxo.com for people abroad connected with Co Carlow.

The Ireland XO website has developed a parish profile for every parish in the country. When someone abroad wants to connect to an Irish parish, they can leave a query on the website which is responded to by local volunteers.

When a member of the parish Diaspora visits the area, then someone can show them their family graves, the house their people were born in, the land they once farmed, and if possible, introduce them to living relatives in Ireland, establishing a lifelong connection with the area. Ireland XO is building an invaluable national infrastructure to encourage tourism and energy into every community, regardless of size and location. While Ireland XO is a long-term programme, we have re-arranged our priorities for the coming year to support fully the efforts of the Gathering programme to attract people to visit Ireland in 2013. For more info contact Ireland Reaching Out genealogy dept. on 091 842 013 or email: info@irelandxo.com.

LIBRARY OPEN - The library at Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St is open Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1. There is a great selection of books to choose from, something to suit everyone. It is very simple there is no charge, you can bring books and take books in exchange, and even if you don’t have a book to bring you can certainly take some to read.

COMMUNITY GARDEN - If you are interested in learning to grow vegetables and herbs feel free to go along to the community garden behind the offices of GRD on Wednesday mornings. Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is the expert on hand to give advice. It starts at 10 and finishes at 12. It is very sociable, with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on hand also. It will show how you don’t have to have a big area to grow lots of food. If you would like more information you can contact Noel in the GRD office at 059 9775646.

SET DANCING - Adult Set Dancing resumes in Ionad Dara on Monday, February 4 for 10 weeks, €6 per class and beginners are very lucky.

GORESBRIDGE ANTIQUE AUCTIONS - There will be a furniture and antiques auction held on Monday 25th February at 4pm. Viewing will take place on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th February.

HUNDRED PER CENT RECORD - Bridge United A team lost 2-1 to Evergreen B. Scorer was Cathal English. Bridge United B team Highview B 3-0 to finish the league with a hundred per cent record. The ladies team drew 1-1 with league leaders, Tullaroan. The under 16’s travelled to Ballymackey near Limerick in the Midlands Cup and won 6-2. They will now play the same opposition in Goresbridge in 2 weeks and the team with the best aggregate score advancing. Bridge would need to lose 4-0 to be knocked out.

The under 14 team travelled to Bagenalstown in the Midland Shield. They lost 2-1 but again this competition is home and away so that away goal could be vital.

The under 12 team played Paulstown in Goresbridge and won 3-0. If they can win their final game they become league champions.

The under 10’s and under 8’sboth played Freebooters in Kilkenny.