Bagenalstown -

PRO LIFE INFORMATION EVENING - A Pro Life information Evening will be held in the Spellman Hall, Kildavin, on Friday, May 10 at 8pm. Guest speakers Bernadette Goulding, Rachels Vineyard, Cork.

PRO LIFE INFORMATION EVENING - A Pro Life information Evening will be held in the Spellman Hall, Kildavin, on Friday, May 10 at 8pm. Guest speakers Bernadette Goulding, Rachels Vineyard, Cork.

She will give a testimony on her own abortion and give a message of hope and healing to women and families hurt by abortion. Patrick Carr “Family & Life” Dublin will show the work he and his team do with young people in colleges around the country and he will speak on the implications to legislation for abortion in Ireland. All welcome to attend and support greatly appreciated.

PRESENTATION - Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troup recently presented a generous cheque to representatives of Saplings School, Goresbridge. Over the last three years the Troop has donated a portion of the proceeds from its annual Fun Quiz and other events to Saplings School, with a total of €1,700 raised so far. The Baden Powell Troop is proud to be associated with Saplings School and wishes them continued success in their good work.

COPS AND DONUTS -The Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop was proud to be associated with the “Cops and Donut Shops” event in Bagenalstown recently. The fantastic event was in aid of Special Olympics and was run jointly by An Garda Siochana, Bagenalstown Fire Brigade, Civil Defence, BEAM Services and the Scout Troop. A total of €2,070 was raised in the town on the day in question and great credit is due to all involved. The organisers would like to thank the personnel from all the agencies involved, the individual volunteers who assisted, Special Olympics who gave their time to the event and everybody who bought donuts and contributed generously to the collection. Thanks also to the Buzz Newsletter, Connolly’s SuperValu, Aldi and the Bank of Ireland for their courtesy and co-operation.

BALLINKILLEN CAMOGIE CLUB - Results from recent draw for sponsored walk - Holly Ryan gift voucher for person who raised most money: Orla Nolan gift voucher for all walkers who returned cards; Sheona Meaney tin of Irish Rose for all walkers who returned cards; Ciaran Darcy - gift voucher New Images prize for those who sponsored walkers. Congratulations to Ellen Kloska, Tomduff, who was drawn out to take part in the Carlow Camogie Development “Treasure Chest” draw last Friday 26th in Reddy’s Carlow. Unfortunately she didn’t get the big prize but got a gift voucher from Reddy’s instead.

FESTIVAL AGM - Bagenalstown Festival Committee has organised their Annual General Meeting for Tuesday night, April 14 in the McGrath Hall at 9pm. It is hoped that all existing members will attend. The committee would also like to invite new members to help out this Year of the Gathering to make this a great event. Anything that can bring a crowd of people together for the weekend has to be good for the town, so if you have some spare time or a good idea for an event go along and tell them about it and they will be only too glad to listen

FIELD DAY - The annual Field Day in aid of Our Lady’s National School will be held in Nurney Village on Sunday, June 9. Gates open at 2pm for a fun day out for all the family. Attractions on the day include Wheel of Fortune, bottle stall, cake stall, super slide and lots more. M.C. John McGrath. Admission: Adults €2, Senior citizens and children free. All welcome

CARLOW SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION - That time of year again! Carlow Summer Camp will run from July 8 to 12 and caters for 5-12 year olds. Registration for camp will take place on Tuesday, May 7 in the parents’ room at Askea Girls School and The Vault, Burrin Street, Carlow from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. €35 unwaged (current proof of receipt of Social Welfare is required) and €45 waged. For more information contact 059 9130476.

COMMUNITY CHILDCARE - Stepping Stones Community Childcare currently has free preschool ECCE places available for September 2013. There are also places available for non ECCE preschool children. For further information contact Catherine on 059 97 22028 at Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, Royal Oak Road.

BAGENALSTOWN ATHLETIC CLUB - Athletic training every Friday from 6pm to 7pm in the grounds of Presentation De La Salle College. No charge and all are welcome. Cal Kathleen on 085 7816733 or Sean on 085 7648331.

50th CELEBRATION WEEK-END - Muine Bheag Vocational School will celebrate their 50th Anniversary on the week-end of October 4th and 5th. The celebrations will start at 7pm on Friday, October 4 with a Celebration Service, unveiling of a commemorative piece, craftwork and photographic exhibition, followed by entertainment and refreshments. On Saturday, October 5 there will be an Open Day in the school from 12 noon to 3pm and the celebrations will conclude with a Dinner Dance in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. Tickets €25. Enquiries to 059 0721335.

PARISH GRAVEYARD MASSES - Bagenalstown Fri. June 21 at 8pm. Dunleckney graveyard on Friday, June 28 at 8pm; Newtown graveyard on June 7 at 8pm and Ballinkillen Graveyard on June 14 at 8pm.

ACTIVE RETIREMENT TRIP - Bagenalstown and District Active Retirement Association is organising a four day holiday in Kenmare, Co. Kerry from Sunday, June 23 to Thursday June 27, visiting places of local interest. Total cost €315 per person sharing. Further information from Kate at 059 9722903.

MINI MARATHON - Flora Women’s Mini Marathon will take place on June 3rd. You are invited to walk, jog or run in aid of Saplings School for Children with Autism, Graiguecullen. Registration and transport organised. Race number collected for you and a free tee shirt for each person. For further details contact Siobhan on 089 4616913.

BARROW TRAINING - If you are interested in becoming you may be interested in the following Course. Train the Trainer FETAC level 6 on May 22, 29 and June 5, 12 and 19. Course will take place in Kilkenny Education Centre from 9.30am to 4.30pm each day. Special rate of €375. Places are limited. If interested call Barrow Training on 059 7721416 to book your place.

JUMBLE SALE - The annual Jumble and Cake Sale will take place on Sat. May 11 in St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road, at 2pm.

CYSTIC FIBROSIS FUNDRAISER - There will be a table quiz in aid of Cystic Fibrosis in Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre on Friday, May 10 at 8.30pm. Table of four €4. Spot prizes and raffle. Further information from Sinead Minchin.

RACE NIGHT - in Doyle’s Railway House on Sunday, June 2 at 7pm. There will be a pig race on the night.

SOCCER SCHOOL - FAI Soccer School will take place in Bagenalstown F.C. from July 22 to 26. €65 per camp. Goalkeeper Camp €50. Football kit and backpack included. Book online at www.summersoccerschools.ie or call 1890653653. Contact Mick Condon.

NATIONAL VOLUNTEERING WEEK MAY 13th to 19th. - To mark this special week here in Carlow, a variety of voluntary groups are opening their doors to give everyone the opportunity to try out lots of different kinds of volunteering roles without having to make a commitment. This is a great way to get a taste of volunteering in different areas for an hour or two. Here are some of the volunteering options that are available to try. Contact us in Carlow Volunteer Centre for further details. There are a limited number of places available which will be allocated on a first come, first served basis - so don’t delay in booking your spot with the Volunteer Centre.

You can book a place by either emailing, phoning 059 9173033, or on the website. Gardening at the Delta Centre: Kitchen Assistant at Meals on Wheels, St Catherine’s; Shop Assistant at Barnardos Charity Shop; Group Assistant at Wheelchair Basketball; Youth Leader at Foroige (Carlow or Rathvilly or Carlow Clubs); Gardening at St Patrick’s Cheshire Home, Tullow; Shop Assistant in Siopa Glás Charity Shop, Ballon; Afterschool Assistant in Carlow Regional Youth Services; Youth Leader in the Vault Drop In

Museum; Volunteer at Carlow Museum.

For more information and to take part contact Carlow Volunteer Centre: Tel: 059 9173033 / 086 0285988; Email:Fiona@volunteercarlow.ie www.volunteercarlow.ie or can book a place by either emailing, phoning on 059 9173033