WIN - Congratulations to Horse Trainer, Margaret Mullins who had a 25/1 winner in Cheltenham on Sunday and it was even sweeter as her son Danny was the jockey on board riding Anonis to victory.
GREAT NIGHT OUT PLANNED - Bridge United are holding a cabaret in Maher’s Lounge on Saturday November 24 at 9pm and the ever popular Keltic Kats will be playing. Halfords of Kilkenny have come on board and have sponsored door prizes of a car power washer and a mountain bike. Tickets for the event are €3 or 2 for €5. It promises to be a great night out and always nice to support local clubs and organisations.
I.FA HOLD AGM - The IFA will hold their AGM in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Friday November 23 at 8.30 sharp. Joan Fitzpatrick is the guest speaker on the night and she will speak about CAP.
LEINSTER MEDALS - Congratulations to Brian Kelly , James Hogan and Adam O’ Neill who recently won Leinster medals whilst playing on the Borris Vocational School Junior Hurling team. They defeated Edmund Rice College, Callan in the South Leinster Junior B Hurling Final.
EXCELLENT PLAYS - Kilcumney Players were delighted with how the Goresbridge Drama Festival went; there were excellent plays and good sized audiences so it was yet another very successful festival.
The results are as follows, Open section, Ballyduff Drama Group One for the Road, Haulbowline Theatre Group The Stanley Parkers, Bradán Players, Leixlip Some Kind of Love Story
Confined section, Blue Hat Theatre Group Workers’ Wishes, Camross Drama Group Billy the Member
Best Actor, Killian Collins (Victor in One for the Road Ballyduff)
Best Actress, Mary Ryan (Sonya in After play Martello Productions)
Best Director, Courtney Canning One for the Road Ballyduff
Adjudicator’s awards went to Niamh Fleming (Collins in The Trial by Coolgreany) Michael Conway as Skelper in Workers’ Wishes, Blue Hat).
CHOSEN AS CAPTAIN - Paulstown boxer Keith Flavin has been chosen as captain of the Irish Youths Boxing team that is heading to Armenia this Wed, November 21 for the World Youth Championship. Keith is also the youngest member of the team and he will be boxing at the 49 kilos weight. The team will spend 20 days out in Armenia, the best of luck is wished to Keith and the Irish team.
MINISTER BRIAN HAYES - Brian Hayes Minister for Public Service Reform & OPW will speak at a function in the Longman, Kilfane on Saturday December 1
CAKE SALE - Paulstown Community Playground Committee will hold a cake sale in the Parish hall (beside the church) on Sunday the 16th December from 12.15pm.
Your support will be greatly appreciated. Any volunteers and bakers welcome.
Details from Rachel 087 9536547/Grainne 086 8242323.
SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United u 15’s lost 3-1 to Gorey Rangers in the National Cup to miss out on the last 32 in Ireland.
The under 17 team beat Clover United of Rathdowney 2-1 in Goresbridge.
The u 13’s lost 1-0 to Fort Rangers. The under 11’s travelled to Thomastown and lost 3-1.
Bridge United ladies lost 2-0 to Tullaroan in the league, one week after beating the same opposition in the ladies shield. They will play Evergreen in the final.
Bridge United were involved in a high scoring encounter away to AC Kilkenny B. Bridge went two down¸pulled it back to 2-2, went 4-2 ahead, got pegged back to 4-4, then managed to score the all important goal to win 5-4. It was an entertaining game played in driving rain on a heavy pitch but assistant coach, John “pele” Carroll was delighted with the team effort.
GOOD WIN FOR UNDER 9’S - Under 9s had a good win over a dogged Freebooters side on a 3-1 margin. Goals from Dylan Hunston, Mikey Knox and Kyle Foley won the day. It could have been more but for some fantastic saves by the Booters keeper.
Good performances by all with particular mention for Sean Fitzpatrick, Joe Healy and Luke Fenlon.
INDICATE YOUR INTENTION - Parents who intend to send their child to Scoil Bhríde, Goresbridge or Paulstown are requested to indicate their intention to the school secretaries by November 30, Goresbridge 9775168, Paulstown 9726149.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN GORESBRIDGE - Are you free on Wednesday mornings and would like to avail of free computer classes in Ionad Dara, if so contact Carmel or Marion at 056 7763149 or 087 7385691. These classes are suitable for beginners or people who would like to gain accreditation at Fetac level 3 or 4. It is wonderful to think that we can avail of these courses on our own doorstop, no travelling into Kilkenny or elsewhere.
HOLLY WREATHS - If you would like to order a holly wreath, door swag, table centre or over mantle decoration you can do so locally by contacting Matthew Murphy, Barrowmount Drive, 086 2503146.
ZUMBA CLASSES - Zumba Fitness takes place in Ionad Dara every Tuesday night, 8.30 to 9.30, €8 per class, contact Nicola at 085 1416953 for more information or just turn up on the night.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Barrow Rangers lotto is worth €6,325 and the reserve jackpot is €2,125. B. Prendergast, Dolores Bolger, James Barcoe and Clare English, Jessie Murphy, Willie and Jessie Murphy won €20. James Barcoe won the promoters prize. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be purchased in Nolan’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, Bridge Diner, Blake’s or any committee member.
SHEFFLIN TO LAUNCH CHRISTMAS CD FOR CHARITY - Henry Shefflin, along with Liam McCarthy, extend an invitation to you to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday 22nd November at 8 pm for the launch of “The Spirit of Christmas” CD in association with the Building of Hope Project. The CD was recorded by the children who attend the Likoni School for the Blind in Mombasa, Kenya. 183 volunteers from all over Ireland travelled to Mombasa in January and February 2012 and built a home for these blind children. Outside of Co. Clare, the largest number of volunteers came from the Kilkenny-Carlow area.
The CD comprises of 8 Christmas Carols. The children put a great effort into the recording of the CD as they had to learn the words through Braille and in English. They will be on sale on the night for €10 each and all proceeds will be used by the charity for the children’s medical, social and educational needs.
Come along and meet Henry and Liam and support a very worthy cause.
The Building of Hope charity was set up to build community facilities for some of the poorest areas in Africa and on the second project in 20120 the volunteers were invited to meet the beautiful children at the school for the blind. Hard men cried when they saw the conditions. Sleeping three to a bunk with no sheets, no running water for showers and no flush toilets, nothing to cook on but an open fire pit and classrooms where lumps of the ceiling regularly fell in. The volunteers decided there and then that they would return and build the children a new home. This became a reality in February 2012 when the home was officially opened.
PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL - The Parish Pastoral Council will hold their next meeting on November 27 at 7.30 in Ionad Dara. All members are asked to attend and are asked to send in any items that they would like to add to the agenda.
DESIGNING THEIR OWN CHRISTMAS CARDS - Scoil Bhríde students in Goresbridge will be very busy over the next couple of weeks as they are designing their own Christmas cards which will be on sale in packs of 10 in the next few weeks.
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY - The Paulstown/Goresbridge Senior Citizens Christmas Party has been booked for Sunday December 9 in the Newpark Hotel. For those of you in the Goresbridge area who would like to book your place contact Catherine McLoughlin at 059 9775123 or Kathleen Holmes at 059 9775331. If you are in the Paulstown area, please contact Bobby Shortall on 086-1671153 or Trish Healy 086-3347426.
300 CLUB DRAW - The cards for the annual 300 club draw in aid of the Senior Citizens are now in the shops. It costs €10 for 6 draws and always worth supporting.
CHOIR - Goresbridge Choir meet on Monday evenings in the Church at 7.30pm for an hour.
CHAIR YOGA AND GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Chair yoga and gentle exercise classes will commence in Ionad Dara soon. If you would like to learn to relax and do some gentle exercises this class could be perfect for you, it really suits all ages. There may be a group of friends that might like to spend a morning together and this could be an ideal way to do it. If you would like to book a place please contact Marian at 086 3082450.
ART CLASSES - Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting on Tuesday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn at 086 3768810
YOGA CLASSES - Yoga Classes for beginners take place on Tuesdays in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, contact Marianne Dolan at 086 3082450.
DAWN HEADS TO HAITI - On Friday next Dawn Nolan heads to Haiti, she is the youngest person going on the trip and will be on a building site for a full week helping to build homes for the locals in Haiti. To be able to go each volunteer needed to raise €4,500. Haiti was mainly in the news in Jan 2010 following the earthquake that devastated the country.
It will be a busy challenging, emotional week. Dawn would like to thank the people of Goresbridge and surrounding areas who donated money to her fundraisers which included people who attended cabarets in Blake’s and Maher’s and children who attended kids discos in Ionad Dara. Finally Dawn would like to sincerely thank her friends and family as without them she would not be going.