SCOIL NAOMH BHRIDE ENROLMENT - Scoil Naomh Bhride, Ballyragget are now accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014 School Year. Forms con be obtained from the school office or by contacting the secretary on 056 -8833606. Enrolment forms should be returned to the school by 22nd March 2013.
POSITIVE TIDINGS - After a lengthy campaign it’s a huge boost to see the Realignment of the Ballynaslee road being grant aided to the tune of €500,000 in the NRA Allocations 2013. There was also another welcome boost for safety on the N77. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says €23,000 has been provided for enhanced visibility at the Conahy Rocks junction on the N77.
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT - BALLYRAGGET URBAN & VILLAGE RENEWAL SCHEME The Square Draft Plan Display -
Plans and particulars of the proposed development will be available for inspection from the Friday 11th January 2013 to Friday 22nd February 2013 inclusive, at the following Kilkenny County Council offices: Kilkenny County Council County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Kilkenny County Council, Castlecomer Area Office, Kilkenny Street, Castlecomer, County Kilkenny. From 9am to 1pm & 2pm to 5pm Monday to Friday (Except Public Holidays) Submissions or observations with respect to the proposed development dealing with the proper planning and development of the area in which the development will be carried out may be made in writing to: Mr. Simon Walton, Senior Engineer, Roads and Parks, Kilkenny County Council, County Buildings, John Street, Kilkenny City. The latest date for receipt of comments on the above scheme is Friday 8th March 2013. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Urban and Village Renewal Scheme.
BALLYRAGGET/BALLYOUSKILL LOURDES INVALID FUND - The Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Lourdes Invalid Fund Committee would like to announce once again requesting any invalid seeking financial assistance and wishing to travel to Lourdes this May with the Ossory Pilgrimage to put their names forward in writing to any of the committee members – please note that ther closing date is the 17th March 2013.
BALLYRAGGET TOWN DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION NEWS - The A.G.M. of the Ballyragget Development Association will be held on Wednesday 6th February in the CYMS Hall, Bridge Street and all are welcome to attend.
HOGAN STAND BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 5th February 2013 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.
ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 5, 13, 21, 25 Jackpot Winner – No winner
€50 sellers prize – Frank Brennan
€100 winner – Colm McDaniel, C/O Costcutters
€60 winner – Abi Scully-Phelan, Station Avenue
€30 winner – Noelle Fitzgerald, Woodsgift
€30 winner – Adie Donovan Jnr., Brookfield
In House prize C/O The Wheel Inn
Whiskey – John O’Gorman Snr.
€30 – Janie Dowling, Grove Terrace
€30 – Theresa Hegarty, Donoughmore
€30 – John Dooley, Grennan
Next week’s venue – The Corner House
Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2
ST. PATRICKS AGM - St. Patrick’s GAA Club AGM will be held at the clubhouse on Saturday night the 2nd of February at 8.30pm. All members and those wishing to become members are welcome to attend
NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE CLUB - The club was delighted to welcome the recently elected Co. Camogie Board Chairman, Mr. Michael Wall, to its meeting on Friday last, January 25th. The Chairman thanked the club for inviting him to meet the committee and stressed that he wants to be aware of how the Co. Board can support all of its units. Michael spoke about the importance of child protection procedures in the club’s administration and gave some useful advice.
He spoke about the value of clubs to the Co. Board and emphasised the importance of retaining players, who started playing at a young age. Michael also highlighted the need for club development and of involving the entire community in our activities.
The club Coach, Aidan Morrissey told the meeting that the Under 10s, 12s and 14s played a combined total of 34 games last year. He noted that only three of last year’s under 14 team will be overage in 2013, so the experience gained will be helpful in the coming season. He hopes that there may be some games for Under 8s this year if all goes well. Aidan was delighted with the girls’ efforts last year and is looking forward to the same commitment this time. He thanked the club Secretary, PRO and Finance Committee for their contributions and was also loud in his praise for parents,
supporters, and all who helped with the training of the teams. Aidan also acknowledged the people who helped with First Aid, Equipment and water duties. There was a sincere thanks also to the St. Patrick’s GAA club for their tremendous assistance with facilities and finance.
The Runai, Sheila Gunner, welcomed some new faces to the meeting and noted apologies from people who were unable to attend. She was pleased to report that the club is financially sound. Sheila thanked the members who helped with the fund raising and acknowledged the exceptional assistance received from the Management and Staff at Super Valu during the bag packing week end. The club intends to establish a more representative committee as well as increasing its pool of coaches/helpers working with each age group. If everyone helps a little, then nobody will be overworked. Parents and players are asked to note that the Registration night has been provisionally fixed for Friday, February 15th. This date will be confirmed in the coming weeks along with venue and time. The club will welcome anyone who wants to help in the promotion of Camogie among the Under 14s of the parish. We hope that everyone involved will continue to enjoy the training, the games and the social aspects of the club.
BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL RESULTS - Friday 18th January The winner of the in house draw was Freddie Farrell €60, Jackpot Winner was Kay Kelly €100. Sellers prize Stephen Hickey €25 Next week’s jackpot is €2950 and is in The Wheel-inn. Thanks to everyone for their support. Tickets are €2. Be in to win.
MEDJUGORJE IRISH CENTRE - Every month for a year we are giving away one weeks free apartment accommodation for up to four people - text the word pilgrim followed by your name and county to 53030 or phone 048 - 82241888
CHURCH NOTICES - Ministers for the Word Month of February – Team C Team Leader – Breda Kane Ballyouskill – Kathleen Cummins Minister of the Eucharist Sunday 10am – Josephine Downey and Geraldine McGrath Sunday 7pm – Martin O’Neill and Carmel Walsh Kenny
Collectors for February- 10am – Henry Quirke and Marty Lawlor
7pm – Kevin O’Shea and Richard Rudkins
Confirmation is on Sunday 10th February mass in Ballyragget. Booklets First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 – The pilgrimage will take place this year from 22nd to 27th May and the price is €735 – all bookings from both regular and assisted pilgrims please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051- 880414 and for more information see the poster in the church porch.
PRE-MARRIAGE COURSES – Dates of Accord Pre-Marriage course in Kilkenny for 2013 are January 18th/19th, February 22nd/23rd, March 22nd/23rd, April 12th/13th, May 24th/25th and June 14th/15th. For booking and information contact Mary Curtin on 056 – 7722674
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.