TRACTOR NUTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS THIS WEEK - Borris Tractor Nuts Road Run takes place this Sunday May 12 but there are lots to look forward to. On Saturday the Fordson Gathering will take place, there will be a farmers market, the Mad Hatters tea party and Clown Show should keep the children entertained while Chef, Edward Hayden and the ICA ladies will put the bachelors through a boot camp. On Saturday evening there will be a Ho Down Barn Dance in Borris House at 8pm, all cowboys and cowgirls welcome, food and live music to entertain and the Bachelor of Borris will be crowned. It is the tenth anniversary and the funds raised go towards the Irish Kidney Association and Cancer Care. The tractor run takes place on Sunday and if you would like to participate please contact Brian at 086 2595281. The day finishes off with a barbecue in The Step House with live music. Helpers and Stewards are also needed to help out over this two day event, if you can help out you are asked to attend a meeting in O’ Shea’s on Tuesday May 7 at 8.30 or you can contact Andy at 086 8421442.
FOOD STALLS AND OLD THINGS - If you would like to have a stall at the Borris Tractor Nuts event contact Brian at 086 2595281, they are looking for food and craft stalls and also antiques or reminders of days past.
BARROW RANGERS win - A fortuitous goal in the fifteenth minute for the home side had a major bearing on the outcome of this All County Hurling League match in Paulstown on Saturday evening last. Former Barrow Rangers player, Dylan O’ Shea opened the scoring for the visitors with a well taken point in the second minute, Cathal English levelled a minute later before once again O’ Shea pointed off his left side. This was quickly followed by a Matty McWey point to put James Stephens 2 ahead. Cathal English reduced the deficit to 1. James Stephen’s centre back, Alan Tyrrell then got a fine individual score when he soloed up the field and pointed. Ben Lahart then made it 5 pts to 2 in the tenth minute. Corner forward, Billy Hanlon pulled a point back for Rangers and shortly after a pointed free from Ciarán Doyle made it 5 pts to 4. The lucky break arrived for Rangers in the fifteenth minute when a long delivery sneaked past two defenders and the out coming goalkeeper to leave corner forward, Ger Walsh the simple task of stroking the sliotar to the unguarded net. The next four minutes saw Rangers pile on the pressure with four points, 2 frees from Ciarán Doyle followed by scores from Jason Holden and Thomas Whitely. Martin Bambrick extended their lead to a goal and 4 points in the 28th minute before Ben Lahart pulled one back for the City lads to leave the halftime score Barrow Rangers 1 09 James Stephens 6 points. The first half had seen all of James Stephens scores come from play while Rangers shot no wide. The second half opened with another fine point from the Village centre back Alan Tyrrell. This was cancelled out by a Ciaran Doyle pointed free in the 35th minute. Four minutes later James Stephens had reduced the lead to a goal with first a point from Anthony Lawlor and then two from Conor McQuillan. The Rangers nerves were steadied when Doyle pointed two frees. McQuillan from a free and English from play then swopped points. Before the final whistle both teams scored two points, one from Shane McEvoy and a free from Ciaran Doyle for Rangers and two frees from McQuillan. Both sets of players made life easy for referee John Guinan and not one name went into his book. Centre back Ed Prendergast was solid throughout for Rangers while fullback John Kealy mopped up any ball that did get through. Martin Bambrick worked tirelessly for the 70th minutes. Upfront Cathal English showed some sparkle. In the first half Dylan O’ Shea tormented his former club mates with some good play. Alan Tyrrell was a commanding figure for the Village outfit and he was ably assisted by defenders Luke Hickey and Eoin Holohan. Conor McQuillan made life uncomfortable for the Barrow Rangers defence. Barrow Rangers I Holden Brennan, J Kealy, L Walsh, T Brennan, E Prendergast, S McDonald, M Bambrick, J Holden, S McEvoy, C Doyle, T Whitely, B Hanlon, C English, G Walsh. Subs D Maher for G Walsh, M Kealy for Hanlon, W Hennessy L Walsh. JAMES STEPHENS J Byrne, B Keogh, E Holohan, S O’ Neill, L Hickey, A Tyrrell, P Duggan, A Lawlor, L Scanlan, B Lahart, C McQuillan, D O’ Shea, M McWey, I Hayes, R Lahart.
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - The draw took place in the Chemist and Willie Murphy, Rivercourt was the winner of €139, Ann Cleere, Barrow Breeze won €20 and Melissa Kelly c/o The Sapling School won €20. The committee would like to thank all the businesses that promote the draw and a big thank you to those of you who play. Last week a new bed was made on the Graignamanagh road, the village was sprayed for weeds and plenty of painting was done also and of course all the usual jobs like grass cutting, edging, strimming was done also, thanks to our Fás and Tus teams.
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
BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,600 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,600 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.
BOOKING IONAD DARA - If you wish to book Ionad Dara you can contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.
BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO - Bridge United lottery stands at €6, 325, the reserve jackpot is €3,725. €35 was won by Denis Wall, Kevin Curran and Willie O’ Neill. John McDonald won the promoter’s prize. It costs just €2, it’s a brilliant prize and you can get your tickets from Blake’s¸Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze, The Bridge Diner and any committee member.
SUPER DAY FOR BRIDGE UNITED B TEAM - Bridge United B played St Anne’s in the Division 3 Cup Final. Bridge started the liveliest with Darren Foley in fine form. He scored the opener for Bridge United and set up the second for Ian O Neill to blast home. St. Anne’s pulled one back before halftime. Bridge continued to press and Shane Murphy converted a penalty. Tom Huff scored from a free kick and St’ Anne’s scored a late consolation goal to leave Bridge United winning 4-2. Congratulations to Bridge United B team, they had a fantastic year completing the league and cup double and retaining the Divisional Cup. Congratulations to the mentors over this team also, it takes time and commitment so well done to all concerned.
OTHER SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United u 16 team beat Freebooters 3-1 to move to the top of the league. The under 13;s drew 0-0 with Fort Rangers to complete their league season, they are currently second in the division.
TICKETS ON SALE, 5 CARS TO BE WON - The Kilkenny County Board Hurler’s Co-Op Draw (Piltown Draw) tickets are now available for sale. There are five draws starting on Tuesday June 11. There are 30 prizes to be won each month with the top prize being a car followed by cash prizes and holidays. Barrow Rangers get to keep half the money from their ticket sales so it is a really important fundraiser for the club. Tickets are €50 each and can be purchased from any committee member or player, Peter Breen has them available in the Goresbridge area.
U 16 CAMOGIE - The under 16 camogie girls of Paulstown/Goresbridge kept to their winning ways when they defeated Windgap in Windgap last Wednesday evening. They lead from the start and at halftime the scoreboard read 2-5 to 4pts. The girls never let up in the second half and eventually won 3-10 to 1-7.
CELEBRATION OF GRANGE SYLVAE CHURCH - On Sunday May 12 at 11am there will be a Celebration of Grange Sylvae Church, Goresbridge which was designed by architect Francis Johnstone (1760-1829) There will be a Service of the Word with historian Canon Adrian Empey and conservation architect, Margaret Quinlan. All are warmly invited and refreshments will be served.