ATHLETICS - Well done to Laura Walpole, Bennettsbridge who collected two All Ireland medals at the recent All Ireland cross country finals in Adamstown Co Wexford. Laura competed in the U19 Girls 4000m race with Thomastown Athletic Club that finished in 3rd club team position and was also a member of the Kilkenny county team that finished in 2nd position in the inter county section. The standard of competition in these finals was very high as all athletes competing in the All Irelands have had to qualify through regional finals, and to get this far requires dedication and hard training to achieve such a high level of fitness. To medal in these events is a significant achievement.
CHURCH NEWS - Christmas services in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge will be as follows, Confessions Before and after the 7.30pm Mass in Bennettsbridge on Tuesday, 18th December. Saturday 22nd, 12.30 to 1pm. Practice for Bennettsbridge servers, Sat 22nd at 12 o’clock. MASSES IN BENNETTSBRIDGE - Christmas Eve(Monday 24th) 7pm; Christmas Day 10.30am. TULLAHERIN - Christmas Eve 9pm. No masses during the week following Christmas. Masses as usual at the weekend. Christmas Offering envelopes can be handed in at any of the above masses.
CHRISTMAS BULLETIN - The Christmas Bulletin available in the church porches records sixteen deaths in the parish during the year. Twenty five new babies were welcomed into the community and ten parishioners were married during the year.
CHOIR PRACTICE - Choir practice for Christmas will be held in St Bennett’s Church on Thursday night at 7.30pm. Members are earnestly requested to attend.
SCOUTS - The Scouts and Cubs were delighted with the response of the community to their event on Saturday night after mass. The carol singing and bake sale was an enormous success and raised €465.00 for the St Vincent De Paul Society. The weather worked in their favour for the outdoor event and the cakes, mince pies and Christmas Logs were in great demand. Mass goers were met in the churchyard and enjoyed the performance of the cubs and scouts as they sang the age old Christmas carols. A big thank you to all who helped to make it such a success. The St Vincent De Paul are preparing for a very busy week as they endeavour to meet all the demands on their resources. Bennettsbridge Christmas Cards are still on sale in Centra and in the post office, with all proceeds going to the local group. Again, thanks to the Bennettsbridge Art Group for their continued support in this annual venture.
WHEELCHAIR ASS COLLECTION - Preliminary notice of an up-coming churchgate collection to be held on the weekend of the 5th and 6th January.
LADIES CHRISTMAS - Members of the Ladies Club enjoyed a beautiful Christmas Lunch in Rinucinni’s Restaurant on Friday. Winners of the raffle were, Birdie Moran and Eileen McGovern. Next outing will be to the pantomime in the Watergate Theatre in January.
LOTTO - No winner of the lotto last week. Numbers chosen were, 3, 5, 8, 13. Jackpot stands at €12,000. Consolation prizes to John Brady, Hillview; Bennettsbridge Syndicate; Josie Drea, Blackwellp; Mary Cullen, Annamult and Amanda Greer, Rathcusack
CARD GAME - 1 Matty Bolger/Sam Gibbons; 2 Martin Mulhall/Rose Hayes, Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle. Table prize Peter Dooley/Maura Drennan
GOLF - The Bennettsbridge Golf Society Christmas Outing took place in Gowran on Saturday last. There was a good attendance with a festive air to proceedings. The club house was full for the presentation and everyone enjoyed the day which was perfect weatherwise. Winners 1 Nicky Cleere, Mary McEvoy, John Brennan. 2 Larry Cleere, Matt Byrne, Jnr., Mick Dillon. The AGM will be held early in January.
STOCKING FILLER - Duchas Heritage Society has launched the eleventh edition of the successful volume, “In the Shadow of the Steeple”. The committee is particularly glad that the publication has been produced to coincide with the groups 25th Anniversary. The book would make an ideal gift for family and friends and is available in local shops.
KILKENNY YEAR BOOK TIME - Another stocking filler for GAA enthusiasts is the Annual Kilkenny Year Book which makes for excellent reading for the holiday period and beyond. Read about the highlights of the ‘Bridge teams during the year.
EAST END UNITED - Junior Results: East End A v Urlingford, Walkover for East End Bridge Utd B 1, East End B 0 Schoolboys Results: U17 Paulstown 2, East End 5, Jason Byrne, Jason Cleere, Harry Bruton, Kevin Brennan, Richie Keoghan. U15 East End 1, Ormonde Villa 2, Shane HanleyU12 Inter County League Kildare Schoolboys 0, Kilkenny & District League 2, East End players involved were Ciaran Brennan, Jamie Harkin, Mikey Lewis, Tim Corkery. U13 Inter County League Kildare Schoolboys 1, Kilkenny & District League 0, East End player involved is Cillian Power. There will be no Schoolboys games on the 22nd or 29th of December. East End would like to wish all players, parents and supporters a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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