Bennettsbridge -

EASTER IN CHURCH - Easter ceremonies were well attended in both churches. The unseasonal weather did not affect the overall attendance as parishioners fulfilled their Easter duties. Both churches were nicely decorated with flowers and the daffodils made a great splash of colour.

EASTER IN CHURCH - Easter ceremonies were well attended in both churches. The unseasonal weather did not affect the overall attendance as parishioners fulfilled their Easter duties. Both churches were nicely decorated with flowers and the daffodils made a great splash of colour.

Some new Eucharistic Ministers were commissioned for Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge with a number being re-commissioned for a further term.

A slide show depicting the Passion was shown on Easter Saturday during the vigil and added to the ceremony. Illustrations were produced by the pupils of Bennettsbridge Mixed School(6th Class) under their teacher, Emily Bergin.

Canon Duggan thanked all who had helped with the preparations including Eucharistic ministers, readers, choirs and sacristan. He particularly thanked parishioners who supported sacristan, John Warren, helping him with the heavy workload during the week. John is wished a speedy return to health.

The choirs sang throughout the week in both churches with accompaniment by Doreen Griffin(Bennettsbridge) and Molly Cahalane(Tullaherin). In Bennettsbridge it was nice to have the children supporting the adult choir. It is hoped that the children’s choir will soon be back in church on a regular basis under the direction of Billy Molloy who is doing a great job.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy goes to Teresa Freyne, Station Road, Bennettsbridge on the death of her father, Laurence Carroll,(retired publican), formerly from Main Street, Mullinavat.

JOHN JACKMAN RIP - The death has occurred in Wexford of Mr John Jackman, formerly from The Ring Bennettsbridge.

John was son of the late Dinny and Lizzie Jackman and the family lived in Kilbline, Bennettsbridge until they emigrated to England in the ‘fifties. In the ‘seventies the family returned to Bennettsbridge and John lived in The Ring with his wife Monica and sons, Denis and Alan.

John and Monica later moved to Wexford where they settled in the Castlebridge area. John’s funeral mass was said in St Ibar’s Church, Castlebridge, and burial took place in Bennettsbridge cemetery.

He is survived by his wife Monica, sons, Denis and Alan, his grandchildren, Aaron, Shane, Denis and Rachel, other relatives and friends.

He is also survived by his brother, Denis(Wexford) sisters, Mary(Wexford), Betty and Peggy(England) and he was predeceased by his brother, Paddy who died some years ago.

His cousins, neighbours and friends from the area attended the burial in Bennettsbridge.

MS COLLECTION - The response to the collection for Multiple Sclerosis last weekend was very generous and the full amount came to €425. This includes the Tullaherin contribution of two weeks ago.

VINCENT DE PAUL - The St Vincent De Paul collection for April will be held before all masses this weekend 13th and 14th and your continued support for this worthy cause is much appreciated.

GOLF RESULTS - Bennettsbridge Golf Society played in Dundrum last Saturday and the results are as follows, 1st Ger Treacy with 36 points, 2nd John Colgan with 35 points, 3rd Michael Cullen with 33 points.

EAST END - Schoolgirls:The U-11 schoolgirls took part in the Loch Gorman International Ladies Soccer Tournament over Easter. They travelled to Foulkmills in Wexford, in Arctic conditions to play a number of games. Teams that took part in the tournament came from as far afield as Liverpool, Stoke, Lingfield, Dublin and surrounding counties. The girls played three games and competed well in all games. Niamh O’Connell won man of the match in two of the games and Rosie Ryan in the other.

Well done to all and credit to the management team of Shane Wemyss and Alan Hoyne.

Team: Rosie Ryan, Abby Wemyss, Megan Walsh, Farrah Callaghan, Niamh Walsh, Elise Ryan, Roisin Donohue, Megan Devane, Luci Brennan, Lucy O’Sullivan, Katie Hoyne, Niamh O’Connell, Zara Khodabacksh.

HALL RE-DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE - This group met recently to discuss the proposed fund raising efforts for the Community Hall. A Facebook page has been set up( and an email address, to enable people to follow the developments.

It is hoped to gather together as many past pupils’ details as possible. We are asking all past pupils of the old national school to “like” our page and to make contact with their old school friends. As the Old School/Community Hall will be 100 years old in 2014, an event is being planned to commemorate the anniversary and to acknowledge the donations past pupils will hopefully make to the development project.

TIDY TOWNS & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT GROUP - Quick reminder from the TidyTown’s & Community Development Group, we have a fundraising activity this coming Friday (April 12). We are taking all old clothes, textiles, shoes, handbags, belts, mobiles and books. Please do a clear out before Friday! We will accept these in the hall from 9 to 10am and from 2 to 3.30pm.

There is WEE Re-cycling available on this Thursday from 2-5pm at the GAA grounds, this is a free service (in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council) where you can get rid of any household equipment/appliance with a plug or battery.

Finally, in conjunction with An Taisce, we are holding an National Spring Clean next Saturday (April 13) from 10am, meeting at the hall. Please come out and help us clean up the village! 

FRIENDSHIP CLUB DAFFODIL NIGHT - Members and friends of the Ladies Club attended the Daffodil Night held in the Social Services Centre on Wednesday night. This special night has been a feature of the Friendship Club’s activities for many years.

The Friendship Club will celebrate forty years in existence next year and plans are afoot to mark the occasion.

A very enjoyable night was had by the ladies and other groups from the city including St Mary’s Club.

Refreshments were enjoyed and a sing-along was organised, after which the usual raffle was held and well supported. Over €500 was raised for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

LOTT0 - Results for April 2. No winner of jackpot. Numbers chosen, 4, 6, 7, 26. Jackpot now stands at €2,050. Consolation prizes Paddy Moran, Woodlawn; Maria Comerford, Bennettsbridge; Margaret Simpson, The Ring; Trish Dowling, Marian Place and James Tobin, Smithstown.

BORD NA NOG - Football: The U-14 football team had another great win last week when they defeated O’Loughlins Gaels B in the quarter final of the Roinn C Championship. Playing with the breeze, they dominated the opening half and playing some excellent football went in at the break with a deserved 3-3 to 0-2 lead. In the second half they maintained the high standard and withstood a late rally by O’Loughlins to run out winners on a scoreline of 5-7 to 2-3. They are now through to the Championship semi-final where they will take on the winners of Gowran & Dicksboro B.  

Their next outing was in the Roinn C League Shield final playoff against Kilmacow. Despite playing against a physically bigger team, again they played some great football and dominated the game for most of the match, leading at half time 1-3 to 0-1, withstanding a late rally by Kilmacow  with some staunch defending to run out deserved winners on a 3-5 to 3-2 scoreline. This team has now qualified for the League Shield Final due to be played last Monday (April 8) which is a great achievement for this group (see the sports section for the result). This team continues to improve with each game and throughout each game displayed great heart and determination combined with some great football in both defence and attack resulting in some excellent scores.

The minor team  opened their 2013 hurling campaign last Monday week vs Rower-Inistioge, and came out second best on a scoreline of 2-14 to 1-7. However, the game was much closer than the score suggests and this was a good effort by the team.

The U-16 hurling campaign began in earnest yesterday when they played Graigue Ballycallan in the first round of the Roinn B league. They take on St Martins away on Friday. As with all fixtures , these may be subject to change , so for the most up-to-date information please check the Kilkenny GAA website at

The Schools hurling team resume action after the Easter break when they take on Tullogher-Rosbercon NS at home today Wednesday at 4pm. Again any support greatly appreciated.

Well done to Johnny Waugh who represented the Club in the annual Kilkenny Feile Skills competition. Johnny gave an excellent display, coming 4th out of 27 which was a great achievement.

Trip to Croker – The U-8 panel had a great day last Thursday when they travelled by bus to Croke Park as part of the annual GAA U8 Croke Park Experience Day. To get to play in Croke Park, in the Theatre of Hurling Dreams is a dream come true for for these young boys. They experienced all the fun and excitement of the dressing rooms, the running out through the famous tunnel and playing on the hallowed turf. This was a fantastic day for all the children and we hope they and their parents all really enjoyed the day out. Many thanks to the U8 managers and parents who organised /helped out on the day.

Grand National draw - The annual Bord na nÓg Grand National draw took place last weekend and was a great success. Bord na nÓg would like to sincerely  thank all those who helped sell lines and all who purchased horses for this popular fundraiser. Result: 1st €200 – Bridget Dunphy, 2nd €100 Statia Sutton, 3rd €50 Hannah Walsh Brennan, 4th €40 Teresa Treacy and last €30 Sheena Walsh.

CARDS - Results for last two sessions of card games. 1st Frank O’Neill/Jim Fitzgerald, 2nd Shared Pierce Purcell/Tom Walsh & Peter Dooley/Maura Drennan, Table Prize Brigid Cottrell/Tom Drennan. Second session 1st Frank O’Neill/Martin Mulhall, 2nd Prize Michael Teehan/Michael Phelan, Table Prize Pierce Purcell/Tom Walsh.

WRITERS GROUP - The April meeting of the writers will take place on Wednesday, April 17 in Lin Cowley’s home, 2 – 4pm.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before Sunday at 6pm. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.