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Joan Cleere


Joan Cleere



Tullaherin parishioners can look forward to regular details of parish events, for both church and community groups, following the announcement that a parish bulletin is in the pipeline.


A meeting of parents of children who are to be confirmed in February will take place in the School on Monday, 25th November.


There will be a churchdoor collection next weekend for the Retired/Sick Priests Fund and on the following weekend, parishioners are asked to help as much as they can by donating to the Trocaire Relief Work in The Phillipines and Syria.


No winner of Jackpot last week. Numbers chosen, 2, 4, 8, 21. Next week’s pot will be €3,700.00.

Consolation Prizes

Cinty Anderson, Station Road

Georgina Brady, Kilree

John Holohan, P.O.

David and Eoin Ryan, Newtown

Margaret Hynes, The Ring


Results of last week’s card game,

Share out for 1st Prize between,

Kevin O’Donnell/Jimmy McDonald and Joe Doyle/Lar Gibbons

Table Prize Jim Fitzgerald/Willie O’Keeffe.

More card players needed, venue, Dungarvan Hall for the immediate future.


Much interest has been shown in the Christmas Cards which are on sale in the Post Office and in Centra. Money raised from sales will go to the local St Vincent De Paul Society and will help the group to fulfil their commitments during the Christmas Season. Bennettsbridge Art Group is delighted to be associated with the project.


Members of the Bennettsbridge Art Group received the results of the Level 4 Drawing Course which they completed under tutor, Julie Moorhouse in March. The following students were thrilled to be awarded a distinction for their work.

Successful students were,

Joan Bolger, Lin Cowley, Joan Cleere, Elma and Moss Kharaghani, Anne McLoughlin, Marion Murphy and Gabrielle Muldowney.

Congratulations to all participants.


Bennettsbridge community hall will be 100 years old in 2014 and is getting a substantial renovation. The Community Hall Group successfully applied for a LEADER grant to conserve and renovate the building and works commenced on site in mid-October. However despite successful field days and dog racing nights, they still need to raise over €40,000 in order to meet the cost of the renovation project. They have decided that brown envelopes are the answer.

Mike Shields, Chairman of the Hall Group explained; ‘since we started the project we have received massive support from the community in Bennettsbridge and Tullaherin and we know that many would like to contribute financially to the project. We came up with the Brown Envelope collection. The idea is simple, volunteers will visit homes throughout the community over the coming weeks and we are asking people to put whatever spare cash they can manage into a brown envelope and give it to us.’

He added that ‘while times are tough and particularly coming up to Christmas, we do believe that many people realize the importance of having a community hall that is available for all groups in the locality. The renovated hall will have a new heating system, new electrical system, new toilets, upgraded windows, new interior and exterior paint, upgraded roof, new insulation, new floor coverings, a new kitchen, a new PA system and new fire and intruder alarms.

Bennettsbridge people have never been found wanting when money is needed for community projects and this was proved most recently when the church spire needed replacement at some considerable cost. The people rallied round and the money was raised in a short time.

The committee is confident that the community will support this endeavour which will benefit all groups in the parish.


Bennettsbridge were represented at the Supervalu Tidy Towns Regional Awards held in The Parade Tower last week. Committee member, Ann Mahon accepted the Endeavour Award on behalf of Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns. The award is richly deserved and is a result of many hours of hard work on the part of a dedicated band of workers. Well done to all.


The U-21 hurling team had a good victory over Emerald’s in the North semi-final played in Jenkinstown on Saturday. They will play Tullaroan in the final next weekend, venue, Palmerstown, time, 2pm.


Sympathy is extended to the Shannon Family on the death of Mary Shannon last week. Mary travelled on weekends with the Ladies Club on a number of occasions.

Sympathy also to the family of the late Eddie Mulrooney, Prospect House, Dunbell who died last week.


Bennettsbridge Ladies Club has been involved in the Christmas Shoe Box Appeal for many years and last week a collection of brightly coloured shoe boxes were delivered to the depot in Kilkenny.


Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before Sunday at 9pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.