Bennettsbridge -

SCOUTS - Bennettsbridge has a thriving scout movement and the scouts are working hard to earn their various badges.

SCOUTS - Bennettsbridge has a thriving scout movement and the scouts are working hard to earn their various badges.

One of the scouts, Jacob Long who is working to obtain his “Special Interest Badge”, opted to try his hand at glassblowing and enlisted the help of his Dad, James Long, a glassblower for forty years at Jerpoint Glass Studio. Jacob was guided through the process of making a worry monk and was delighted with the end result.

Great credit must go to the leaders in the various sections for their dedication down through the years to the scouting movement in the parish.

CHERNOBYL  CHILDREN  INTERNATIONAL  KILKENNY  OUTREACH  GROUP - Coffee Morning, Book and Cake Sale on Friday March 1st at St. Patrick’s Parish Centre, Loughboy from 10.a.m. to 12.30 p.m., lots of lovely homemade cakes and bread, super raffle. All proceeds to Chernobyl Children International Kilkenny Outreach Group.

TALK - BunScoil McAuley Rice presents an evening with David Coleman, Clinical Psychologist in  the 
Ormonde Hotel Kilkenny on Thursday March 14th 2013 @ 8pm.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to parishioners who have suffered bereavement recently.,

Frances Griffiths, Gowran Road, on the death of her sister, Nellie Delaney,Thomastown.

Lila Ryan, Woodlawn, on the death of her brother, Michael Costelloe, Wallslough.

Michael Walsh, Kimmage, who died unexpectedly was a son of Mary and Paddy Walsh, Kildare (Mary is a member of the Dobbyn family, Marian Place). Sympathy goes to the extended family at this sad time.

KILQUAN PLAYERS - Had the pleasure, with a group of friends on Sunday night last of attending the Kilquan Player’s production of, John B. Keane’s, “Many Young Men of Twenty” in Coon Hall. This was an outstanding performance and the entire cast gave it their all. As usual, the antics of Danger Mullally(Michael Somers), had the entire attendance in stitches. Well done to all concerned.

ART GROUP - Members are working hard compiling their work for the Fetac Drawing Course being undertaken by the group under tutor, Julie Moorhouse.- Meeting next week will take place on Sunday, 11 – 2pm. Please not change of day SUNDAY, 11AM – 2PM. Please bring any completed work for assessment for inclusion in portfolio.

LOTTO - No winner last week. Jackpot now stands at €1,150.00. Numbers chosen were, 1, 13, 18, 27. Consolation Prizes Annie Murphy, Kilfane, Jean Campion, Higginstown, BB Syndicate, Paudie Lannon, The Ring, Dermot Kelly, Killarney

CARD GAME - Results 19.02.13 First Prize Shared between, Gabriel Moylan/Brigid Cottrell and Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall

Table Prize Willie O’Keeffe/Jim Fitzgerald

CREDIT UNION QUIZ - Pupils from Bennettsbridge Mixed School have reached the Chapter 8 finals of the Annual Credit Union Quiz which will take place next Sunday in the Newpark Hotel.

DUCHAS - On Thursday night last, Shem Caufield gave a very interesting and illuminating talk to the society’s members on “Vernacular Forged Wrought iron field Gates of Co. Kilkenny”. Shem enhanced his presentation with a very professional and entertaining slide show which depicted a variety of Gates manufactured by blacksmiths in the local area. These gates presented a variety of intuitive and ingenuous designs thought up by the Blacksmiths as they endeavoured to blend them with their immediate surroundings. Many examples from the surrounding areas of Barronsland, Kilfane, Raheendenore, Cappagh, Blessingtown and farther afield were shown on the night.  Shem gave an expert description of each gate pointing out the design and craftsmanship applied in each case. He emphasised that a new awareness to these gates was needed as their numbers were disappearing rapidly. Their manufacture had ceased some forty years ago and is unlikely to resume. He especially appealed to farmers who still had such gates to consider some form of conservation before they disappeared from the landscape. The society’s meeting room was filled to capacity and a very informative and entertaining lecture was enjoyed by all. Chairperson Michael Holden on behalf of the society thanked Mr Caulfield for his professional and enlightening presentation   the proceedings were then wound up with the usual cup of tea and some neighbourly conversation.

In a survey conducted by Shem the following points were identified.

The vernacular forged wrought iron gate is an important heritage element in our rural landscape. Many of these gates are the product of our own local Blacksmithing industry. They remain in various stages of repair throughout the Irish countryside and illustrate a wide range of distinctive local gate design and construction.

Forged wrought iron gates are evidence of the changing dynamics in our mining, smelting and forging industry since the seventeenth century.

In this survey a total of seventy-six gates, across twenty- four townslands in South East Kilkenny were recorded. A number of beautiful gates set within their iconic stone built round piers became evident. The future of this heritage asset is uncertain. It is important that the significance of these rural heritage items is recognized and that steps are taken to conserve them.

This project was an action of the Kilkenny Heritage Plan and was commissioned by the Heritage Office of Kilkenny County Council.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP - An important meeting of the committee elected to proceed with application for grant for necessary work on the Community Hall was held during the week.

A company will be formed to oversee future developments and this will take the form of seven subscribers and five directors.

The important aspect of fundraising was raised and several ideas were put forward including an event in Kilkenny Greyhound track. Also the Field Day held last year will be repeated. Both events to be held jointly with the GAA Club.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5th March and it is hoped that all members will be able to attend.