WEDDING BELLS - The marriage was solemnised in St Fintan’s Church, Portlaoise between, Nadia Ryan, daughter of Pat and Betty Ryan, Portlaoise and Eoin Wemyss, son of Eugene and Catherine Wemyss, Marian Place, Bennettsbridge. The celebrant was, Rev Dan McCarthy assisted by Canon Patrick Duggan.
The bride was attended by her sister, Donna Ryan and her friend , Rosita Burke.
She wore a full length ivory gown in Spanish Lace with a mantilla headress.Her bridesmaids chose gowns in grey chiffon and carried bouquets of yellow flowers.
Best man was Darren Wemyss, brother of the groom and groomsman was Stephen Maloney, college friend. Page boy was Jack Haughton, nephew of the bride. The lessons were read by Mairead O’Connell, college friend of the bride, and Paul Nolan, (grooms friend).
The prayers of the faithful were recited by Emer O’Connor, Breda McEvoy, Alan Gleeson, Alice Holden, Niall Brady and Mark Dobbyn.
The Offertory gifts were presented by Betty and Catherine, mothers of the groom and bride respectively. Music throughout the ceremony was by Kevin Reade and Elaine O’Hara. A special guitar solo, “And I love you so”, was played by Nadia’s father.
The communion reflection was given by the groom’s sister, Catriona. The “Malone aunties” were responsible for the beautiful flowers which complimented the yellow and grey colour theme of the wedding party. Nadia’s brother Patrick Ryan was in charge of the photographs.
The hair styles were by Gosia Rusnak, Bennettsbridge. The reception was held in The Newpark Hotel and the honeymoon was spent in South Africa. The bride is vice principal in Stoneyford NS and Eoin is a forester.
HURLING LEINSTER BLITZ - South Kilkenny U-15 Squads, under the management of Noel Skehan travelled to Palmerstown GAA Grounds and fared well in the Leinster Blitz. Bennettsbridge had two representatives on the team, Luke Dowling and Ben Tynan.
They played and won all three matches and also won the overall competition when they defeated Wexford in the final. Luke excelled at midfield in all matches while Ben manned the goal in two games.
Afterwards the teams were entertained in the Bournafea House and Restaurant.
LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 10, 16. 17, 27. Jackpot now stands at €9250.00.
Consolation Prizes - Stella Byrne, Woodlawn, Ned Ryan, Blackwell, Paddy Walsh, c/o Tynan’s. David, Murt, Bon, c/o Corner House, Aidan Glynn, c/o Longman
The Annual Mass in Bennettsbridge Cemetery will be held this Saturday, 4th August at 7pm
TULLAHERIN CEMETERY MASS - The cemetery mass in Tullaherin on Saturday was well attended and thankfully the weather held up apart from one squally shower.
Celebrants were. Canon Patrick Duggan, PP, Rev Joseph Cummins, Castlegarden, Rev Dan O’Gorman, Woollengrange.
The lessons were read by Josephine and Tullaherin Parish Choir sang accompanied by organist, Mollie Cahalane.
Canon Duggan thanked all who helped with the preparation for the mass and complimented parishioners who tended the graves.
CARDS - The winners of the card game on Tuesday night were, 1st Prize Danny McDonald andGeoff Doyle(11games), 2nd Prize Maura Drennan and Peter Dooley(9games), Table Prize Frank O’Neill and Phil Doyle
HANDBALL - The final of the very popular Hal Clarke Tournament was played in Kilfane on Friday and a large crowd turned up to see a closely contested game between,Brendan Burke and Ger McGrath. Brendan Burke emerged the winner and the Hal Clarke Cup was presented to him by Pamela O’Keeffe. Pamela’s family have been caretakers of the Clarke residence in Kilfane for many years and she represented the Clarke family at the request of the Handball Club.
James Kenny McGrath thanked all who took part in the tournament, the committee for their support and the ladies who provided refreshments.
WRITERS - The July meeting of the writers group was held in Patsy Crimin’s home and there was a good attendance. Members read some of their work and this proved to be very varied. The monthly meetings have been a success and it is hoped to continue with these. Due to holiday committments the next meeting will be in September and the venue for this will be Lin Cowley’s house.
ART GROUP - The Art Group had a very productive session on Thursday afternoon in The Community Centre with tutor, Julie Moorhouse. Julie’s daughter has been posing for the group and her presence has been of great value to the students. Plans are going ahead for an exhibition of working drawings and some recent paintings during Kilkenny Arts Week and Julie has kindly offered to help with the hanging of the work. Last Thursday marked the end of the present session and thanks went to Julie for her work with the group. As always, the support of the VEC through Martha Bolger is very much appreciated and it is hoped to continue this important relationship.
A meeting of members to finalise arrangements for the exhibition will be held on Wednesday at 12noon in the Community Centre.
GOLF - The Bennettsbridge Golf Society held it’s Captain’s Day(Jimmy Dunne) in Gowran Park Golf Course recently. The prize stays in the family as Jimmy’s wife Helen won with a score of 41 points. In 2nd place was, Matty Byrne, Senr and 3rd Place went to Pat Kirwan.
Next outing will be the Thomastown Golf Society/Bennettsbridge Golf Society Ray Hennessy Memorial to be held on Bank Holiday Monday in Bunclody. This jointly organised event is a popular one and names should be given to any committee member on or before Thursday.
KARATI - Karati classes for children continue in the Community Centre each Monday at 3pm.