WE’RE BACK - THE Tidy Towns Committee will be entering the village in the 2012 Tidy Towns Competition. All applications have to be submitted by May 25 and adjudication will take place in early to mid June. We are very excited as this is Bennettsbridge’s first time to enter the Competition since 1999. Bennettsbridge first became involved in the Tidy Towns competition in 1976. Over a period of twenty years the village achieved very high marks and was awarded Highly Commended Certificates on fourteen occasions. In 1984, the village was represented by the late Michael Shiel and his wife Maura at the prizegiving ceremony in Jury’s Hotel, Dublin. Michael, a prominent member of the committee at the time,accepted the Certificate of Merit on behalf of the group. In 1991, Bennettsbridge came second to Kilkenny for the County Award for the sixth year in succession and achieved joint fifth in it’s category in Ireland. In 1992, the village was joint third in it’s category in Ireland and in 1995 received an award for “most improved village in the competition”. The award was sponsored by Chesneau Leather Goods. In conjunction with the nationwide campaign to eliminate the scourge of chewing gum from our pathways, members of the Tidy Towns Committee, led by Cllr Jane Galway have enlisted the support of Centra Proprietor, P. J. Cullen. P.J was recently presented with special chewing gum wrappers, for distribution in his premises to encourage children and adults to” bin the gum”.
CLEAN UP SATURDAY - The Tidy Towns committee plan to hold a Planting and Clean Up morning on Saturday 26th of May from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm. Meeting at the Community Hall. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have helped in getting the village ready for this years competition.. We would very much welcome the involvement of everyone living in the village. If people could take the time to keep their surrounding area clean and litter free it would help the group enormously. Much good work has been carried out in the past few months and it would be nice to get a good mark in this our first venture into the competition. You can help by coming out on Saturday next. If you would like to join the Bennettsbridge Tidy Towns Committee please come out and join us on May 26, as we need more volunteers especially people living in the village.
FIRST COMMUNION - Children of Bennettsbridge Mixed received their FirstHoly Communion on Saturday last in St Bennett’s Church. The children were supported on their special day by parents, grandparents, family members and friends. Celebrant was Canon Patrick Duggan, P.P. They were: Gearoid Kent, James Millett, Cillian Harding Kelly, Jack Forristal, Stephen King Kohler, Faye Lonergan, Myles Mc Govern, Eimhin Cassin, Sean Wemyss Dempsey, William Wallace, Emma Keogh, Abbie Millett, Hannah Sharpe, Jenny Shiel, Isabelle Varley, Marcus Loughman, Dara Browne, Eoin Mitchell, Sean Keane, Caoimhe Hughes, Aine Doyle, Clodagh Shields.
BENNETTSBRIDGE CARDS - The card game on Tuesday produced two winners with the prize money being shared between, Bridget Cottrell/Matty Bolger and Joe Doyle/Lar Gibbons. Both pairs scored 11 . The Table Prize went to, Martin Mulhall/Rose Hayes.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 2, 12, 13, 19. Jackpot now stands at E7750. Consolation Prizes to Micheal Shiel. Kilree; Jack White, c/o J. Doran; Wayne Dowling, Hillview; Ann Grainger, c/c Pat O’Neill; Frankie Ryan, Woodlawn
VINCENT DE PAUL COLLECTION - Reminder of the churchgate collection for the St Vincent De Paul Society which will be held this weekend before all masses.
GOLF - Bennettsbridge Golf Society will hold an outing this Saturday in New Ross Golf Club. Tee Times from twelve o’clock onwards. Names before Thursday to any committee member.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE - There are a number of Parishioners taking part in the Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes, including sacristan, John Warren. Pilgrims take with them petitions on behalf of family and friends.
EAST END SOCCER - On Sunday, East End United began their fortieth anniversary celebrations with a special mass for deceased members in St Bennett’s Church. Celebrant was Canon Patrick Duggan, P.P. The lessons were read by, Pat O’Neill and Mark O’Sullivan. Prayers of the Faithful, Elizabeth Griffiths and Adrian Keogh. The Offertory Gifts were presented by Abby Wemyss and Jamie Harkin. Final arrangements are being put in place for the Gala Dinner Dance on Friday night with a great night being anticipated. Saturday will see the staging of the Adult Soccer Tournament dedicated to the memory of Sean Keogh.
WRITERS GROUP - Members of the Writers Group meet this Wednesday in Patricia Cullen’s home in Woollengrange at 2pm.
ART GROUP - Art classes are expected to resume in the second week in Juneand dates will be confirmed shortly.
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