Ballyragget -

Anne O’Shea


Anne O’Shea



Friends of Fr Kevin Doheny are hosting a concert on Friday 22nd of November at 8pm in The Church of The Assumption Ballyouskill. Local choirs Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, Lisdowney Ladies Choir will be joined by Ballyouskill Minstrels, a group specially formed for the concert. They will perform to raise funds for the charity founded by Ballymartin native Fr Kevin Doheny whose vision was to enable and empower rural households and communities in Africa to build sustainable livelihoods. Fr Doheny dedicated his life to helping people in need to become self-sufficient and the proceeds from this concert will go directly to projects in Ethiopia.

Tickets E10 and are available from members of the committee (email or on the door.


The annual party for the citizens of the parish will take place on Dec 10th at 2pm in the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow. Names of those interested in going, together with a donation of €10, to Carmel Walsh Kenny 0874126958 or 8833336. Or, you can drop into the Credit Union. This event was once known as the Day Centre party but as times change the Day Centre no longer exists. The party now is for anyone who wants to go, regardless of age, particularly if you’ve had a tough year, so don’t be afraid to put your name down. A bus will pick up from The Square so transport won’t be a problem. We will be joined in Durrow by our neighbours from Lisdowney and Conahy. A beautiful Christmas meal following by dancing, music and song is the order of the day. Throughout many spot prizes are distributed with a free draw for hampers and numerous other festive prizes. There are a number of people in the parish who, for whatever reason, are unable to go to the party. With this in mind a special free draw will be held for our absent friends. The funding for the day comes mainly from sponsorship and fundraising such as bag packing and Church gate collections. The proceeds of the Craft Fair in Ballyragget which was kindly donated to this cause was a huge boost this year and is much appreciated. Additionally many of the spot prizes currently being prepared for the party are the work of these Crafters.

We are taking names now so be sure to be on the list!


Sunday 1st December is the date for the annual Ballyouskill sale of work which will have all the usual sale of work favourites with cakes, timber, turkeys, lambs, carrots and shrubs to be purchased or won. On the day there will also be a bottle stall so do come along and lend your support and you could pick up a bargain. Tickets are now on sale for a super raffle which will take place on the day

tickets are €2 each or a book of 6 tickets for €10. Prizes are 1st - €300, 2nd - €200, 3rd

a lamb, 4tha Christmas cake, 5th a turkey, 6th bottle of whiskey and the 7th prize is 10 lottery tickets. Tickets are for sale locally and you support would be appreciated.


The book for next month’s Hogan Stand Book Club is Instructions for a Heat wave by Maggie O’Farrell. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 3rd December at 8:30 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.


A 5k/10k walk in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre Kilkenny will take place on Sunday the 24th November .Participants will be meeting at Canal Square Johns Bridge Kilkenny. Donations for the charity can be made on the day and for further information please contact Mairead on 087 9955068 Margaret on 086 8659926 or Mary on 087 2664166. As many of you know this is a very worthwhile organisation and is an invaluable resource to those going through cancer treatment and for their families. We look forward to seeing you on the day and thank you for your support


To all who took part in “Relay for Life” this summer

Well done - the event raised a total amount of €39,000 for the Irish Cancer Society much needed funds as “Daffodil Day” was not a success due to the bad weather. Well done to all who helped make this event so successful and here’s to 2014!!!


The members of the Ballyragget Conference wish to thank all those who contributed to their recent bag pack at Super Valu and their church porch collection. They would like to remind everybody that the National Christmas Appeal is on Saturday and Sunday 7th /8th December and asks all to support this worthy cause. If anyone finds themselves in difficulty please do not hesitate to contact the Vincent de Paul on 087 9349729 in strictest confidence.


Wednesday, November 20th 8pm-10pm Introduction to Christmas arranging for the home. Make a festive landscape arrangement. This is to depict a natural scene using a Santa, sleigh, robin, etc

great fun to be a child again. When booking you will get guidelines for class requirements for more information contact Eva on 086 8072040


This year we will be holding a Christmas Fair on 1st December

lots of activities and stalls planned for that day. If you would like a stall or would like to help in any way please contact Edel on 087 4188260.


St. Patrick’s G.A.A. Lotto Draw Results Numbers Drawn- 4, 9, 18, 19 Jackpot Winner- No Winner. Next week’s venue The Hogan StandbJackpot is €11,050 Tickets only €2


The Under 21 team will take on O Loughlin Gaels next Saturday at 2pm in Freshford


A workshop is being held Saturday November 30th 2pm -5pm at Conahy hall where you can make your own unique Christmas decorations. Learn to make and take home willow wreaths and stars, wooden reindeer, felt angels and other hand crafted items.
Book your place by November 23rd as numbers are limited. Suitable for adults and children aged 7+. Cost €25 or €50 for a family of three, this will include materials.
Contact local craftswomen Catriona 085 7780609 or Monica 0861287277


A celebration of Advent will take place in The Green room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget ( on Saturday November 30th from 2pm till 5.30pm. Free of charge. Places are limited so to book your place contact Dee Hennessy ( on 086-8539227 or e-mail


Pilates commences Tuesday 19th of November, 2013 in the Castle Arms Hotel from 8.00 - 9.00PM. (5 weeks €40) All abilities catered for. Classes are given by a fully qualified Pilates Instructor. Places are limited so booking is essent ial.For further information please call (086 8547710) Margaret


Spin the Wheel Results for Friday 30th August

In house winner –Paddy O’ Gorman - €25, Brendan Dawson €25 Jackpot winner –Sinead Dooley - €5,000 and the seller’s prize of €25 won by Tony Lawrence. Next week’s jackpot is €1,000 and will be in Hogan’s Bar. Tickets can be bought from all local shops as well as all members of the club. Be in to win and good luck to all.


Brookville A 2- Thomastown B 1

This was a great follow up to the win last week and keeps Brookville ticking over. Again the team showed great life and fighting spirit and fully deserved the win.

Team: JJ O’Sullivan, Eddie Thornton David Farrell Gary Butler John Holland Stephen Ruth Paddy Rudkins Gary Hogan Billy Irwin Seoirse Kenny Kevin Fitzpatrick.


The B team were well and truly beaten by Newpark C last weekend. This is a learning season for the B team and it’s great to see them put in such a great effort in their first season.


Brookville AFC would like to thank Hogan’s Ballyragget and Ger O’ Keeffe of Castle Distribution, Kilkenny, for sponsoring a set of jersey for each of the schoolboy’s teams.


Brookville polo shorts tops etc with crest can be ordered by contacting James Dowling on 0871614842. These are a great way to support the club and look great as well.


There is a Flower Demonstration on Tuesday 3rd December in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge at 8pm “Wake up

its Christmas!”Demonstration is by Olive O Shea

AOIFA Demonstrator Mince pies and mulled wine on the night Admission €10. Door Prize Contact 087 7614948 for tickets/details


Holy Communion in St. Lachtains Church of Ireland is at 10am on Sunday 24th November. All are most welcome. Should anyone require pastoral care from one of the Church of Ireland clergy please contact 7721516.


Ministers for the Word Month of November– Team D; Team Leader Thomas Healy

Ministers of the Eucharist10am mass: Mary McGrath and Stephen Delaney, 7pm mass Mai McEvoy and Paula Stapleton


Training for altar servers will take place in Ballyragget Church at 11am on Saturday November 16th. Parents are asked to attend for the initial 10 minutes of training with the children. Fr. Roderick Whearty will conduct the training sessions.


Practice will resume on Wednesday at 8pm new members always welcome.


The Pastoral Council are preparing a Mass of Thanksgiving to be held in Ballyragget Church at 10am on Sunday November 24th. This mass will celebrate the Feast of Christ the King and the closing of the year of Faith.


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.

If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday evening.