ST VINCENT DE PAUL CELEBRATION -Bennettsbridge St Vincent De Paul Society was represented at the 200 year celebration of the foundation of St Vincent De Paul by Blessed Frederic Ozanam. The event was held in The Convention Centre, Dublin last Saturday week and members from all over the country attended. Guests were welcomed by President Michael D. Higgins who gave an inspiring speech. The programme of events continued with an item on Frederic Ozanam by Sr Claire Sweeney DC entitled, “A Prophetic Voice for Our challenging Times”
Olivia O’ Leary delivered a paper on “Barriers to Equality in Irish Society”
Following a break for lunch, Joan Burton, TD, Minister for Social Protection addressed the attendance. The theme of her presentation was, “What Kind of Irish Society Do We want?”
The National President of the St Vincent De Paul Society, Geoff Meagher, concluded the speeches with “Frederic Ozanam – His Legacy”, an insight into the life of the founder.
The evening concluded with Mass celebrated by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin.
CHURCH NEWS - First Communion will be administered to pupils of Bennettsbridge Mixed School on Saturday, 18th
DUCHAS LECTURE - There was a very good attendance at the recent lecture by archaeologist Rex Bangerter on the subject of the site of a bridge that once spanned the River Nore at Newtown Jerpoint, a deserted medieval settlement about 3km upstream from Thomastown. For many years the site and fate of the bridge had been the subject of much speculation. An underwater survey was carried out last autumn along a stretch of the river bed on both sides at the confluence of the River Nore and the Little Arrigle. The survey team are satisfied that they have located the site of the bridge along with substantial amounts of masonry from the structure. Further explorations need to be carried out to discover the cause of its collapse and when it may have occurred. A small number of artifacts were recovered during the survey, some pieces of pottery and a silver shoe buckle. The latter item was on display at the lecture. Dúchas would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed so generously to the society’s recent annual church-gate collection in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 2, 7, 17, 26. Jackpot now stands at €2,500.00. Consolation Prizes BB Syndicate Pat Lannon, c/o Centra; Kathleen Morrin, Kilfane; BB Syndicate; Orla Neary, Kilkenny
CARDS - Winners last Tuesday night, A share-out between, Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle and Charlie Hill/Martin Langton. Table Prize Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall
COLLECTION - There will be a churchgate collection this weekend before all masses for the Epilepsy Association of Ireland. Your support would be much appreciated.
DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The Tidy Towns would really like to thank the volunteers who came out bright and early Saturday morning, great work was done. A number of buildings in the village were force-washed and some painting of windows and railings was carried out.
The group will continue to meet on Monday’s (6:30-7:30) and Saturday mornings. Some more man-power is needed and the village will really benefit from the extra help.
Times will all be posted on the Community Development Facebook page.
TIME CAPSULE - As already announced, it is intended to bury a time capsule at the playground area on the 12th May. The capsule should contain information of interest relating to Bennettsbridge and the various organisations within the community. It is envisaged that capsule will be opened in fifty years and will let the people of the time know what was going on in the past. The Items can be passed on to any of the committee beforehand or email firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHOOL HURLING - In the last week, the school hurling team completed rounds 3 & 4 of the Roinn B Hurling League. First opponents were Piltown. Playing into a strong wind, BB were under pressure from the throw-in.
The back seven of L. Mahon, B. Lennon, M. Lewis, T.Corkery, C. Murphy, J.Harkin and D. Coyne on goal dealt capably with the onslaught, but did concede two points in the first ten minutes. BB started to get their passing game going and were rewarded when the sliothar passed through a few hands, coupled with a great pass from C. Murphy to T. Bolger opened the scoring for Bennettsbridge with a well taken goal. This was followed by a point from S. O’ Connell. Using the wind to their advantage, Piltown dropped ball after ball into the BB square and eventually managed to squeeze one into the net. BB responded with a nice point from D. Blanchfield and another goal from T.Bolger. But, not to be outdone, Piltown added 1-1 before half time to leave the H/T score BB 2-2, Piltown 2-3.
Two aspects of the first half are worth noting, namely, the goalkeeping of Danny Coyne and the high fielding and clearing of Barry Lennon, factors which kept the Piltown damage to a minimum.
The second half started very brightly for Piltown when they snatched a goal right from the off, but BB gathered themselves and using the wind to their advantage started to get a firm hold on the game. Two cracking goals from Hannah Kelly, one from Jonny Waugh plus points from, Tim Corkery and Conor Murphy effectively ended the match as a contest with ten minutes left. Final score, Bennettsbridge 7-7, Piltown 3-3.
Round 4 was at home to Rower/Inistioge. BB got off to a flying start when Jonny Waugh goaled after two minutes. As the R/I tried to get into the game with two points, Conor Murphy knocked the wind from their sails by scoring a long range goal, quickly followed with a point by David Blanchfield. R/I tacked on three points in quick succession, but BB replied with a goal from Troy Walsh and a point from Conor Murphy. Before half time, R/I scored another brace of points, but again, BB hit back with a goal by Tom Bolger. H/T BB 4-2, R/I 0.7.
The second half was completely dominated by BB with scores coming from several players, the most notable being Ciaran Brennan and Jamie Harkin bringing the final score to BB 5-7, R/I 1-7.
Last League game away to Mooncoin today, Wednesday, 1st May. The team management would like to thank parents and players who helped to sell Cumann na mBunscoilleana lines. Draw will take place next week.