Bennettsbridge - Playground opens - Hurrah!!!

Lotto - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 5, 9, 20, 22. Jackpot now stands at €2,650.00.

Lotto - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 5, 9, 20, 22. Jackpot now stands at €2,650.00.

Consolation prizes Michael Denieffe Snr, Kilbline; Rory & Jerry, c/o promoter; Paddy Knox, Norewood Heights; Jim Treacy, Station Road; James Lannon, Kilbline

Cards - Results for last week’s card game are as follows, First Prize Willie O’Keeffe/Jim Fitzgerald Second Prize Shared between, Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall and Bridget Cottrell/Gabriel Moylan. Table Prize Charlie Hill/Martin Langton

COLLECTION - The response received in the community for the churchgate collection in aid of the Epilepsy Association was very positive and amounted to €413.15. Many thanks to all who supported this worthy cause.

HANDBALL - The 2013 Hal Clarke Tournament gets underway this week. Group stage games will run right through May and into June. All fixtures and results are on the clubs new website kilfanehandball.gaa.ie, and on the Facebook page.

Meanwhile, the alley was repainted last week and the side walls have been raised. Thanks to all volunteers who helped out in any way during the works.

BENNETTSBRIDGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - Community Playground opens. Hurrah! The Playground opened last Friday to the delight of all the children who have keenly monitored progress over the last few months. The playground will be officially opened on Sunday 12th March at 11.30am. All are welcome.

The Community Development Group are very grateful to all who supported the various fundraising activities, the provision of the field by the diocese and generous funding from LEADER and Kilkenny County Council with bridging finance from Clann Credo. Without all these the playground could never have happened. 

On the day a ‘time capsule’ will be buried containing items from the children of the locality and various items of memorabilia from the community. This capsule will be lifted in May 2063!

Field Day -   Following the success of last years’ field day the Community Group and GAA are again joining forces to hold another field day on Sunday June 16th to raise funds towards the renovation of the hall and the GAA. 

If anyone would like to help out  or donate bric-a-brac, books, toys or bake for the day cakes, bread, etc. or if you would like to donate a ‘bottle’ for the bottle stall, or sponsor an event, or donate a prize for the ‘Wheel of Fortune’ or if you have fire wood we could auction?

Contact any member of the community group or email . There will be more on this nearer the date.

AGM - The Community Development Group will be holding it’s AGM on Tuesday 21st May at 8.00pm followed by a Field day planning meeting at 8.30pm. New members always welcome so please come along.

TIDY TOWNS - Considerable work is being carried out in the village under the Tidy Towns banner and the committee and volunteers deserve great credit for their commitment. The graveyard is looking very well and the piers at the entrance look very well having received a coat of paint in recent days.

OLDER PEOPLES FORUM BI-ANNUAL MEETING  - If you are over 50 and are interested in Kilkenny’s Age Friendly activities and programme please attend the Bi-Annual meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum where your views, interests and contributions are important.

Where: Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny

Date: Wednesday 15th May 2013 Time: 10.00am to 12.30pm

COUNTRY CUP HURLING - The first round of the Country Cup saw BB at home to Urlingford. The opening minutes of the game set the standard of things to come. Both teams were equally skilful and committed, cancelling each other out. Bennettsbridge made the breakthrough in the fifth minute, courtesy of a Troy Walsh point. Urlingford replied almost immediately with a point. Bennettsbridge were gaining the upperhand, scoring three more points from Conor Murphy and two from Ciaran Brennan(one free). The local team took a severe blow when Urlingford netted twice to leave the score halfway through the first half, BB. 0-4, Urlingford. 3-1.

But to their credit BB gathered themselves and with some hard work and good passing were rewarded with a Ciaran Brennan goal, closely followed by two points from the same player. Just before half time, Troy Walsh and Conor Murphy grabbed a point each. Urlingford concluded the scoring for the first half with a point. H/T. BB 1-8, Urlingford 3-2.

From the resumption, BB appeared to up their game and pointed through Sean O’Connell. Then came the game changer, with Urlingford piling on the pressure, Ciaran Mullen made a brilliant save. Shortly afterwards, Barry Lennon, charging out of defence picked out Sean O’Connell with a superb long range pass, this was duly passed on to the in-rushing Ciaran Brennan who buried the sliothar in the net. Urlingford tried to keep in touch adding two points to their tally, but BB stayed ahead with a David Blanchfield and a Ciaran Brennan free, awarded following a foul on the hardworking Tom Bolger. Urlingford staged one last effort but resolute BB defenders, especially the halfback line of Tim Corkery, Danny Coyne and Jamie Harkin only conceded a solitary point.

BB closed out the game with a point from Ciaran Brennan to leave the final score, BB 2.12, Urlingford 3.5. A cracking match, enjoyed by all – well done to everyone concerned.

The Mooncoin match has been deferred to Monday, 13th May.