Ballyragget: Sweet news for M & A

BOOST FOR M&A COACHES - This week we focus on a very welcome double boost for the general public and a local Bus Company. The National Transport Authority has completed the assessment of the tenders received for bus services to be operated between Urlingford and Portlaoise without a subsidy and Michael Dowling, Ballyragget had the successful tender. “This is a huge boost to rural North Kilkenny and all of the commuters who use the daily service “said Cllr. Maurice Shortall who has been to the fore in the Action Group. “We have had lengthy discussions with officials of CIE and the NTA, and it’s great to have a positive outcome to report. The service had been withdrawn but people power under the stewardship of Michael G. Phelan was central to achieving a resolution. I said from day one that opportunity could arise locally and that position was vindicated when M & A Coaches, Ballyragget (Michael Dowling) were announced as the successful tenderer.” concluded Cllr. Shortall.

LISDOWNEY CHORAL GROUP - The Lisdowney Choral Group resumes after the summer on Tuesday 2nd October at 7.30pm in the Resource Centre, Lisdowney – new members are welcome.

HEYWOOD SILVER CIRCLE - Congratulations to Michelle Healy, Knockroe who won €200 in the first draw of the annual silver circle in Heywood Community School, Ballinakill. The other prize winners were: €100 Ann Knowles, Portlaoise; €75 Willie O’ Driscoll c/o Bistaken; €50 Eimear Breen, Shanahoe; €25 Aidan Leonard, Ballinakill. If you would like to be in with a chance to win in further draws over the next 5 weeks please contact Heywood at 057 8733333 or you can phone 087 4126958. If you’re not in you can’t win!

BINGO IN THE C.Y.M.S. HALL - Bingo is in the C.Y.M.S. Hall, Bridge Street each Thursday night at 8.30pm – new player are always welcome.

OIL PAINTING WORKSHOP - Renowned U.K. based artist Mike Skidmore will be holding a painting workshop in the Hillside Studio, Donoughmore, Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny on the weekend of 27th/28th October 2012. This course is suitable for anyone both novice or experienced. The course covers the traditional oil painting techniques of the old masters and is suitable for all levels. Venue for the course is Hillside Studio, Donoughmore, Ballyragget and the cost is E200 per person (E50 deposit required on booking) excluding materials and including lunch (vegetarians catered for) and plenty of refreshment throughout the day. Accommodation lists of local venues available. The studio is set just outside Ballyragget and offers a peaceful creative venue in a friendly environment with stunning panoramic views. The venue is pet friendly. Information on materials, accommodation and directions are available once a place has been booked and deposit paid. Examples of both Mike Skidmore and students work can be seen on Early booking advised contact Colette O’Brien on 086 3691443

LORETO SECONDARY SCHOOL - Enrolment for first year for September 2013 is on Monday 1st October to Monday 15th October and an open night for 6th class girls is on Thursday 4th October at 6.45pm – further information available from school office.

THUKOLO GOSPEL CHOIR FUNDRAISER - Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group. Local gospel choir Thukolo will perform a concert at The Watergate Kilkenny on Sat 6th October with The Memphis Cats. Proceeds will go to Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group. Tickets are €10. This promises to be a wonderful evening’s entertainment as always. Please support this very worthy cause.

IRISH CANCER SOCIETY - The Irish Cancer Society are looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from Waterford Regional Hospital for treatment. Volunteers will be asked to use their own car and the Cancer Society will pay the expenses incurred. Please contact Gail Flinter on 01-2310566 or

HAVE YOU TIME TO SPARE - S.O.S. is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care. We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email or visit our website on .

ST. BRIGIDS COLLEGE CALLAN - The school are having an open evening for prospective students on Thursday 4th October at 6.30pm. If you require more information contact the Principal on 056 - 7725189

ZUMBA FITNESS - Ditch the workout and join the party! Burn Calories, lose weight and tone up while having fun! Zumba Toning Classes running on From Thursday Oct 4th in Durrow Community Hall at 7.30pm and Zumba Basic running from Oct 3rd in Freshford Community hall at 7pm. More info call Sarah 087 7460707 or Facebook Sarah Zumba Holohan. All fitness levels are welcome.

ST. VINCENT de PAUL - The St. Vincent DE Paul Society are holding a bag pack in Super-Valu on the week ending 5th – 6th October (this weekend) to raise funds and they are looking for volunteers to help over the two days. If you can spare an hour or two please contact Liz Dermody on 087 – 9349729 or Attracta Kane on 086 - 8895127

PILATES - Proposed upcoming schedule for all Pilates classes, both in Kilkenny and Freshford. Also note our new Fit Back and Bumps Classes with Joanne Brennan for Pre & Post Natal Ladies. If you wish to book in, simply e-mail back stating which class is your 1st preference, then 2nd & 3rd. Or alternatively you can text back to 086 661 1163 (don’t forget to include your name). Classes are subject to change depending on demand, so if you don’t see a time that suits please let us know and we will try to accommodate you.

THE PARKINSONS ASSOCIATION - The Parkinson’s Association are holding a Social Information weekend from the 12th to 14th October for people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers in the Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny. For more information phone 1800 - 359359

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 10,13, 9, 23, Jackpot Winner – No winner; €50 Tim Phelan; €100 – Betty Whelan, C/O Declan Delaney; €60 w Dominic Delaney, Moate Park ; €30 Richard Costigan C/O John Glennon; €30 Tommy Thornton, Durrow; In House prize C/O The Sportsman’s; Bottle of Whiskey – Henry Mooney; €30 – Paddy Rudkins, Grove Terrace; €30 – Seamus Butler, Kilkenny Road; €30 – Pakie Butler, Bridge Street. Next week’s venue – The Corner House. Jackpot is €16,250 Tickets €2

NAOMH BRID CAMOGIE CLUB - The club wishes to thank everyone who helped with its bag packing fundraiser last week end. Sincere thanks are extended to the wonderful parents and young players, who turned up for duty and to all of our supporters, who contributed generously to club funds. We also appreciated the cooperation of the management and staff at Super Valu, Ballyragget who were particularly helpful. Fundraising is an important part of a club’s survival and without people to help in that task; Naomh Brid would not continue to thrive. As the playing season has now ended, the club executive extends best wishes to the girls who are settling into their new schools and classes. Thanks again to all of the players, parents and supporters for their contributions and commitment to Naomh Brid during 2012. The club held its end of year party in the GAA clubhouse, on Tuesday, September 11th. There was a fine attendance of players, parents, supporters, club coaches and officials to enjoy the official closure of the season. Aidan Morrissey thanked all of the players for their dedication during the year and highlighted the progress they made. He advised the players to keep practicing themselves and to be ready for the new season when it comes around. Aidan also extended best wishes to the players who will be moving to other clubs next year, as Naomh Brid only fields’ teams up to Under 14 level. He thanked the parents and supporters for their help and a special word of thanks went to the Club Secretary, Sheila Gunner, who did tremendous work during her first year in that role. Aidan appealed for more volunteers to help with coaching and club administration in 2013. Individual certificates, issued by the Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board to mark the club’s qualification for the Cats Final, were presented to the under 12 team, by Sheila Gunner. The raffle prize winners were – Apple 8gb I Pod Nano ---- Hannah Coyle –Twomey Tickets for All Ireland Camogie finals --- Sienna Gunner Vouchers for HMV ----- Zoe Gleeson, Leanne Ryan and Sheila Brophy. Sliotar and hurley grip- Catherine Purcell The long puck winners were – Under 14 Jennifer Healy, Under 12 Zara Gunner and Under 10 Mary Kate Brennan. Each winner received a sliotar and hurley grip. Thanks to everyone who helped to prepare and serve the refreshments. The club will be holding a bag pack in Super Valu (by kind permission of Mr. Pat Keating) next Friday and Saturday, September 21st / 22nd. Parents are requested to help for just two hours and should confirm their availability and time slots to the club Secretary ,Sheila Gunner, on 086 3023812 before 6 pm on Thursday. This is an important fund raiser for the club and we look forward to the usual generosity from our parishioners and kind neighbours. The club has now completed its playing activities for 2012 and we thank everyone who helped during our busy fifteenth year of existence. Camogie is played for enjoyment and everybody involved with Naomh Brid intends to keep it that way!

TIMBER DRAW -- Our annual timber draw will be held on Sat 6th October in The Corner House. Tickets will be available to purchase over the coming weeks. Details of the night will be confirmed in next week’s notes.

PHOTOGRAPHS - Going forward, we would like to ask parents/supporters to send in any photos regarding your child’s team over the coming weeks. We will begin compiling our choices for our 2013 calendar. Busy times for the juvenile teams over the past few weeks and in the weeks to come:

SOCCER - Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 3th August – In house draw - €50– Sean Stapleton Jackpot spin won by Nellie Kelly €150 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Joe Kelly. Next week’s jackpot is €2,150 and will be held in Sportsman’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it.

CHRISTMAS MARKET - St Lazerian’s House, Bagnelstown is holding its annual Christmas Market on Sunday 18th November from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission €5 Children see Santa and adults will be served tea/coffee, scones + cream and jam and mince pies Lots of stalls and homemade Christmas cakes and puddings and excellent raffle prizes If you would like to donate a bottle for the bottle stall or hold a stall please contact us on 059 9721146

CHURCH EVENTS - Ministers for the Word ; Month of October– Team C; Team Leader – Breda Kane; Ballyouskil at 7.30pm – Shane Prior; Ministers of the Eucharist; Ballyragget Sunday 10am – Gerry Warren and Mary O’Connor; Sunday 7pm – Betty Smith and Aileen McInerney; Ballyouskill 7.30pm – Helen Mooney; Collectors for October 10am – Philip Kenny and Michael McCraith. Dates for the Diary – Confirmation in Ballyragget is on 10th February 2013. First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013 Do This in Memory of Me – Thanks to all the parents and parishioners who have undertaken to help the children who are preparing to receive their First Communion next May. The “Do This in Memory “is a parish based programme in which all can help. Eucharistic Adoration in the O’Gorman Home Oratory every Tuesday morning 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and spend some time in the Presence of God. Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays. All anniversaries will be included but months minds and 1st anniversaries will have to take precedence in masses for the dead. If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday night.




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