ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN - Volunteers are needed to help with the annual spring clean of Goresbridge and the approach roads. The village is being kept really well due to our Fás and Tus teams but the approach roads could do with a clean up as could the banks of the river. The recent floods on the river left a lot of rubbish on the banks and it is hoped that you might be able to help on Thursday evening at 7pm; litter pickers, gloves and plastic bags will be available.
If Thursday evening doesn’t suit perhaps you would like to help on Saturday morning and clean a road in your area, all help needed and will be very much appreciated. It is hoped to meet at 9am on Saturday morning but if you would like to start earlier please do. To obtain litter pickers, gloves, plastic bags please contact Noel in GRD at 059 9775646 Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm or give Colette a ring at 087 2601672. Please note your help is needed and strange to say but you will get satisfaction from helping.
HURLING TRAINING RESUMES - It ‘s hard to believe but it’s that time of year when boys and girls from Junior Infants to under 12’s resume hurling training at the pitch in Paulstown beginning this Friday evening from 7 – 8.15. Hurleys and helmets can be purchased on Friday night from the club. Membership for the year is €20 for one child, €10 for the second child and €40 for a family. It is hard to believe that there will be over 80 children in the pitch for the next 26 weeks on Friday nights.
WINNERS OF TROLLEYS- Congratulations to Valerie Rudkins and Tom Kavanagh who won the recent draw for the 2 trolleys full of food items. Jade King won the hamper. The fundraiser which was in aid of the Parent’s Association raised just over €1,300. The committee would like to thank you for your support and would like to thank Supervalu in Bagenalstown for the use of the two trolleys over the few weeks.
TRÓCAIRE BOXES - If you have not returned your Trócaire boxes you may do so by leaving them into the Parish office or leaving them into the church when Mass is on, over €4,000 has been contributed from the Parish.
SPLIT THE POT - The winner of Split the Pot on Saturday was Willie Murphy, Rivercourt, Betty Thompson, Skeoughvosteen won €20 and Shay Foley won €20. A sincere thank you to all of you who play, it is very much appreciated. There is plenty of work going on around the village, a few paint jobs, and a new shrub bed at Ballyellen and on Grange road. A word of thanks to Adrian Woods from 5 Star Cleaning who power washed the welcome to Goresbridge signs.
WELL ATTENDED - Kilcumney Players were delighted with the turnout for their play Drinking Habits which played for three nights last weekend. Well done to all concerned, a huge amount of time, work and effort goes into these plays and it is nice to be able to see them in our own village.
WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO FISH - Goresbridge Anglers Association held their AGM last week and it was decided that if there was young people interested in learning how to fish that they would give them their time over the next few weeks to teach them. This would be for children 10 years and up. It would be fly fishing and the club will supply fishing rods, this is only for those with a keen interest who just never had the opportunity before. Also if there are teenagers or young adults who already know how to fish and would like to try sea fishing the club will arrange a day trip. For further information you can contact Jim Harding at 086 2500404, Willie O’ Neill, Barrow Breeze, Tom O’ Neill, Lower Grange or GRD at 059 9775646 or 087 2601672. Membership for adults is €20 and for under 18’s €10.
ART CLASSES - Evening Art Classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting in the Goresbridge area, please contact 086 3768810.
MINORS GET OFF TO A WINNING START - The Minor hurlers of Barrow Rangers got their League campaign off to a winning start when they returned from Kilmacow last Monday week with a 4 09 to 11 points win. They say that “ goals win matches” and this was certainly the case here. Presented with four goal scoring opportunities in the first half the forwards took all four to lead at halftime 4 06 to 5 points. While still getting plenty of ball in the second half the forwards lacked the same bite as in the first half, nevertheless the good work had been done and Barrow Rangers saw out the win
RACE NIGHT - There will be a race night held in the Silver Weir, Paulstown to raise funds for a much needed playground in Paulstown on April 13. First race is at 8.45. If you would like to sponsor a race or buy a horse contact Seamus McGuire at 087 76878651 or Rachel O’ Reilly at 087 9536547.
KIERAN GOSS IN CONCERT
Kieran Goss will be in concert at Killoughternane Hall on Friday April 12. Some tickets still available, please contact 087 6759353 or 087 2612194.
Handball News - Steven Barcoe went to Crinkle where he faced Dale Cusack (Cork) in the O35b singles All Ireland final on Sunday. The first game was nip and tuck for most of the way with the Cork man just edging it 21-18. Steven showed great power and nice shots and won the second game 21-9. So into the third game and it was close in the early stages before the Cork man stole a lead and Steven could not claw his way back. The club is very proud of Steven for reaching the final and no doubt his day is not far away the way he is playing. The last few weeks in the county has seen the juvenile b players taking part around the County courts. At u11 Louis Brennan won his final in O’ Loughlin’s. Kieran O Neill also played well in this grade. At 14s Shane Rudkins and Paul O Neill reached the semis in Kells. At 16s it was an all Goresbridge final with Darragh Simpson beating Morgan Crane in the final. And the 15 final was another all Goresbridge affair with Patrick King defeating Niall Doheny in a good match. Well done to all. The season comes to a close this Friday night with the juveniles from the different groups coming together for one fun night.
PIONEER NEWS - The National Pioneer Ball will take place on Saturday, April 13 in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Music is by Solitaire and Guest Speaker is Denis Rackard Cody. Tickets cost €25, if you wish to buy tickets, contact Mary Meaney at 086 6027751 or Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664971.
BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,400 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,400 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.
BOOKING IONAD DARA - If you wish to book Ionad Dara you can contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.
BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO - Bridge United lottery stands at €6, 325, the reserve jackpot is €3,425. Noel Simpson won €100 and the promoter’s prize went to Joe Walsh. Tickets cost €2 and are available from Blake’s Pub, Maher’s Pub. Maher’s Spar, The Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze and the Bridge Diner.
SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United A drew 2-2 with Evergreen B in the premier league. Bridge scored early from a Sean Murphy goal and doubled their advantage soon after half time. Evergreen pulled one back and then equalised deep in injury time.
The B team played Orchard Rovers 3-2 in the McAlmount Cup. It was 2-2 at the end of 90 minutes and Bridge scored in extra time to go through to round 2. They remain unbeaten this season after 14 games in all competitions.
The Bridge Ladies team played East End in the second leg of the cup semi-final. 6-1 down, they needed to win by 5 goals or more and not concede, they played their hearts out and won the match 3-0 but the mountain they gave themselves to climb was just too big.
Bridge United under 17’s beat Evergreen 2-0 in the league. The under 11’s lost to Evergreen and the under 9’s continued their super season against Lions.
JOHN MURRAY WALK - RTE’s John Murray Walking Club holds their next walk on Sunday next April 14th in Cullahill. The events of the day get underway @11.00am with the launch of the South Laois Tourism Trails Brochure and Tourist/Heritage Brochure the official walk start is 12noon. A host of entertainers will be along to entertain the crowd before at the halfway point and after walk while refreshments will be served to all. The John Murray walks have attracted upwards of 1,200 walkers so it is important to come early.