Ballyragget groups successful in the amenity grants scheme

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Sincere thanks to the children and teachers of the primary schools who officially launched the tidy-towns weekly clean-up and to all who are actively taking part and making the clean-ups a reality. Starting time is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Sincere thanks to the children and teachers of the primary schools who officially launched the tidy-towns weekly clean-up and to all who are actively taking part and making the clean-ups a reality. Starting time is 8pm from the Square every Wednesday and your help and support would be very much appreciated. The town is now entered into the competition and the first adjudication will probably take place in June - please give your support to the clean-ups and display some flowers which will greatly enhance the town.

The CES team have planted flowers around the town but unfortunately on two occasions the plants were stolen – from the historic Ragget’s Rock in Bridge Street and from the Ballyragget sign on the Moate Road. This is very disheartening for all concerned and we would appeal to all to be vigilant and have pride in their community.

MASS AT THE MASS ROCK-A great crowd turned out for mass last Sunday which was celebrated out door at the mass rock beside the bell. The Living Rock served for an altar during Penal times and was situated in a place called Sermon Hill in Oldtown. Fr. Willie Purcell was the main celebrant and it was great to see Canon Murphy and Canon Grant ably assist him. During the Mass water from a number of wells throughout the parish was blessed and sprinkled on the congregation as a symbol of union with our Parish History and with each other as parishioners. A short procession with the Blessed Sacrament took place at the end of the mass around the church and back to the tabernacle in the church followed by the First Communicants and the Parishioners. Hymns were sung during the procession and the ceremony finished with some prayers in the Church. It was great to see such a large turnout and the sunshine added to the sense of occasion. A big thank you to the people who put in a lot of work to make it a day to remember.

COMMUNITY ALERT-Ballyragget/Ballyouskill Community Alert want to remind people to be vigilant and keep cash and valuables in a safe place. To report any unusual callers or activates to the garda. To look out for your elderly neighbours or people living alone. Alarms for the elderly are available. Contact numbers for the community alert: Jim Delaney 087 8043203 Noel Cummins 086 8352698 Olive Thorpe 087 9257610

BALLYRAGGET FUN CAMP-Ballyragget Fun Camp is here again and looking forward to meeting your child/children at our camps, which are running over two weeks from July 2 nd to 13th inclusive from 10 a.m. to 2 pm. daily. Cost is €60 per child with special concession for two or more children per family. The camp is open to children pre-school age and older. We guarantee the highest standard of care and safety by highly qualified staff, fully supervised lunch times and all activities professionally organised. Activities include-Arts and Crafts, Water Sports, Out-of-Centre trip, outdoor sports activities, cookery, dance, B-B-Q and much more. As places are limited in order to ensure quality care, please book as soon as possible. Booking can be made by phoning Marian at 0868462867, Catherine at 0857403812 or Tina at 0851607864. Come and meet your friends or make new friends at our camp on Chapel Avenue, Ballyragget.

BE A GLEEK FOR A WEEK-Backstage Academy of Performing Arts are bringing a team of showbiz teachers to Ballyragget this July for a Glee Summer Camp for 7-13 year olds. The camp will run from 16th-20th July from 10am-1pm each day at the CYMS Hall. Students will have workshops in Drama, Singing and Dance each day using the songs from the GLEE TV series culminating in a presentation on the final day for parents and friends. Backstage, Ireland’s largest part-time Performing Arts school for young people has recently opened one of its Academies at Abbeyleix Manor Hotel. The company specialises in working with young people and the staff is a unique combination of teacher and professional working in Performing Arts. The fee for the full week of 15 hours is €45 but places are very limited and they will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Application forms and further information from Ballyragget Post Office.

BALLYRAGGET MARKET-The Ballyragget Market will be held in the Canon Malone Hall next Sunday, 27 May 2012 between 10am and 11am. Home Banking, Handmade cards and more available. All are welcome.

GREEN WASTE-Dunmore Recycling Centre is now accepting green waste at €2 a bag or €70 per tonne. You can dispose of grass cuttings, hedge clippings etc. at the centre. Please avail of this facility and help keep our environment clean.

PHELAN’S HARDWARE-As and from Wednesday 16th May Phelan’s Hardware will now reopen on Wednesday’s throughout the summer months. We are delighted to be able to offer full opening hours to our customers again and wish to thank all our customers for their patience over the past eighteen months.

BALLYRAGGET PLAYGROUND-FUN DAY ON THE GREEN!! Thanks to all who have helped so far with ideas and suggestions and for those who have booked stalls for the Fun Day on the Green. There has been some wonderful feedback and a great day will be had by all weather permitting!! We have had to reschedule the Fun Day to Sunday June 24th. There are still some stalls available for the day and if you would like more information please contact Catherine Kelly (Secretary) 085 7403812.

The Committee has organized a cabaret in Ronans Lounge on Sat 9th June. There will also be a monster draw on the night with some fantastic prizes up for grabs i.e. 1st prize a fantastic break away worth estimated €500, 2nd prize break away worth estimated €250, 3rd prize 2 tickets to the Manchester Utd 1st Home Game of Season 12/13 + €100 spending money, and many more. Tickets cost €5 each or book of 3 for €10. Please contact Catherine 085 7403812 or any committee member to purchase tickets or they will also be available to purchase from local businesses.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATIONS-Three Ballyragget Groups have been successful in the Amenity Grants Scheme 2012 administered by Kilkenny County Council. Councilor Maurice Shortall says Ballyragget Development Association have been awarded €1,000 towards cleaning of gravel bay –seeding / planting; Brookfield Residents Group received €250 for General Maintenance ; and CYMS Hall Committee €200 towards painting the exterior of the hall.

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 3, 5, 24, 28. Jackpot Winner – No winner; €50 sellers prize – John Ronan; €100 winner – Jane Dowling, 26 Grove Terrace; €60 winner – Michael Carter, Ballinakill;€30 winner –Eamonn Downey, Aharney; €30 winner – Bridget Mullins, C/O R. Stone; In House prizes C/O Fitzpatrick’s; Bottle of Whiskey – Eileen Carroll; €30 winner – Geraldine Breen, Castle Street; €30 winner – Geraldine Murphy, The Square; €30 winner – Theresa Roberts, Castle Street; Next week’s jackpot is €9,900. Next weeks venue is The Hogan Stand.

PHELAN STONE TOURNAMENT-The Annual Phelan, Stone and M+A Coaches U11 festival of hurling, takes place at St. Patrick’s GAA grounds on Friday and Saturday 15th and 16th June. This is the club’s annual flagship event and with 24 teams participating from Cork, Galway, Down, Dublin, Laois Tipperary and throughout Co. Kilkenny, it promises to be a great weekend of hurling played in a non-competitive, sporting and friendly manner.

All parents will be issued with the club’s Code of Behaviour. Please take the time to read this important document. If you don’t receive this letter in the coming weeks, please do not hesitate to contact any of the mentors or alternatively email Ollie Holohan at

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS-Piltown Draw: Tickets are on sale from the club for the Piltown Draw. Those wishing to purchase same should contact John Glennon or any member of the committee who will be able to point you in the direction of one of the sellers.

MAROON DAYS -The St. Patrick’s GAA club was pleased to see its recent publication Maroon days highlighted by GAA correspondent Sean Moran, in The Irish Times, on May 10th. The feedback from readers is very encouraging and hopefully the remaining copies will be sold in the next few weeks. The club’s roll of honour has caught the attention of many people and it is a credit to players and officials over the past sixty years that so much has been achieved. Another contribution which people are enjoying is an interview with the successful under 21 captain, James Morrissey, who talks about his early involvement in the game, at school, college and club level. He recalls the highlights of the 2011 campaign, which saw the club win its first Roinn ‘A’ title to go with the ‘B’ success in 2008 and the ‘C’ victory back in 1997.James also brings us behind the scenes with the team and mentors, led by Manager, Dessie Staunton.

Two unusual mentions in the book are of former Irish Rugby Captain Mick Galwey and local Special Olympics Swimmer, Jane Saunders, both of whom supported the Junior team on its All Ireland journey. Packed with reports, interviews and photographs the 104 page publication is one to enjoy now and in the future.

In appreciation of the wonderful support given to the teams, the sale price is only €7 and the club hopes that players and supporters will appreciate this offering from our Communications Committee. Maroon Days is on sale throughout Ballyragget, at In Touch Newsagents, Kilkenny City and from Jim Delaney at 087 8043203.

PICTURE PERFECT-Local photographer Pat Farrell has documented the year through photography and has compiled a book to commemorate the year. Same is aimed to be priced at €30 and will contain photographs from the county semi final to the All Ireland Final and the home coming celebrations the book will be made up of action and crowd shots. Pictures can be separately purchase from Pat’s website

DOLLLARS AND STERLING-Ballyragget Post Office is pleased to announce the new service available at the Post Office – commission FREE sterling and commission FREE dollars. Office hours Monday to Friday 9 – 5.30pm closed lunchtime 1-2pm. Open Saturday 9-1pm

BOOK CLUB-The book for next month’s is The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 5th June 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.

LADIES MINI MARATHON-It’s that time of year again, and “The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital” are busy recruiting volunteers to participate in the Ladies Mini Marathon. There is always a terrific response and all funds generated are used for patient care and comfort at the District Hospital. Sponsorship Cards are available from Julie Meally, Director of Nursing on 4441246 or Christina Murphy on 087- 9886646. Transport will be provided and a bus departs from the Lime Tree at 10 a.m. on June 4th.

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL -Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday25th May – In house draw - €50– Freddie Farrell. Jackpot spin won Brian Staunton €60 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Margaret O’Hara. Next week’s jackpot is €1250 and will be held the Fitzpatrick’s bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BALLYRAGGET FISHING CLUB-Ballyragget Fishing Club membership cards are now available in News and Chews- €5 per child, €20 per adult and €25 for family membership.

KILKENNY COUNTY CHILDCARE-Kilkenny County Childcare Committee are holding a Free Parents Seminar for parents of children aged from Birth to 6 years on 11th June 2012 in Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel from 7pm-9.30pm. The seminar will be facilitated by Dr. Mary Roche, Education Consultant and will explore how reading books aloud can support young children’s early language development. For further information or to book a place you can contact Deirdre Power or Julieann Tynan on 056-7752865

WHIST DRIVE-Special whist drive on Friday May 25th in Castlecomer Community Hall. Top score €50. Whist continues every Friday night, players who are a bit rusty and in need of a practice game are very welcome from 7.30

TRAINING DATES-Food Hygiene and HACCP FETAC level 5 June 13th, 20th and 27th 2012 9.30am to 4.30pm Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow €200 Barrow Training and Consultancy, Market Square, Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow: 059 9721416 FETAC Registration Number: 38599HFAS Registration Number: 903768

CHURCH EVENTS-Ministers for the Word . Month of June – Team C. Team Leader – Breda Kane

The parishes of Lisdowney, Ballyragget and Freshford have hired a bus to take people from these parishes to Croke Park for Mass on Sunday 17th June for the conclusion of the Eucharist Congress.

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.

notes-If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can email 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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