Goresbridge - ‘Drinking Habits’ opens this week

DRINKING HABITS IN GORESBRIDGE - Kilcumney Players will present DRINKING HABITS, an American comedy by Tom Smith in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.

DRINKING HABITS IN GORESBRIDGE - Kilcumney Players will present DRINKING HABITS, an American comedy by Tom Smith in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Thursday 4th, Friday 5th and Saturday 6th April.

DRINKING HABITS is a farce in two acts, set in a convent in Shady Glen, California. Sister Augusta and Sister Philamena have been secretly making and selling wine for years to keep the doors of their small convent open. But when their wine suddenly wins an award, newspaper reporters (and former fiancés) Paul and Sally begin searching for the vintners.

As Sally and Paul spy on the convent, they are caught by Mother Superior. Sally pretends to be the new nun that Mother Superior was expecting, and Paul claims to be a visiting priest. But when Father Chenille sees Paul, he suspects Rome of sending out a new priest to replace him. When the actual new nun, Sister Mary Catherine, does arrive, Mother Superior believes her to be a spy from Rome, sent out to investigate the convent.

Chaos ensues as Sr. Augusta and Sr. Philamena try to secretly press more wine; Paul and Sally try to find the winemakers, and Mother Superior and Father Chenille spy on the suspected spies.

Wine and secrets are inevitably spilled as everyone tries to preserve the convent and reconnect with lost loves.

Margaret Coady and Yvonne Devitor will play Augusta and Philamena with Ann Lennon as the Mother Superior. The reporters Paul and Sally will be portrayed by Edward Hayden and Grainne Kavanagh with John Whitely as Fr. Chenille. Adrian Kavanagh will take the role of George, the gardener with Rose Connolly as Sr. Mary Catherine.

Rehearsals have been on since mid January while set construction is well under way. The cast and crew are really looking forward to the production in April. This is a traditional, laugh-out-loud farce for the whole family that will keep audiences laughing well after the curtain call!

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO FISH - Goresbridge Anglers Association held their AGM last week and it was decided that if there was young people interested in learning how to fish that they would give them their time over the next few weeks to teach them. This would be for children 10 years and up. It would be fly fishing and the club will supply fishing rods, this is only for those with a keen interest who just never had the opportunity before. Also if there are teenagers or young adults who already know how to fish and would like to try sea fishing the club will arrange a day trip. For further information you can contact Jim Harding at 086 2500404, Willie O’ Neill, Barrow Breeze, Tom O’ Neill, Lower Grange or GRD at 059 9775646 or 087 2601672. Membership for adults is €20 and for under 18’s €10.

SHANE WINS FINAL - Congratulations to Shane Flavin who won an All-Ireland Title in boxing on Saturday morning. Shane is with Paulstown Boxing Club and has worked incredibly hard for this title and was close on a few occasions before which will make this win all the sweeter. Congratulations also to Jamie Cullen and Conor Ivors who also won All Ireland titles at the weekend.

MALCOLM COMPLETES THE ORCHARD - Good Friday can be a sombre kind of day but last Friday Councillor Malcolm Noonan fulfilled a promise to Scoil Bhríde, Goresbridge and planted a further 8 fruit trees to complete the orchard. Three pear trees, 4 apple trees and one cob nut were planted in the school garden which hopefully will be there for many years to come. A sincere thanks to Malcolm Noonan for making this happen.

TONY REACHES 50 - Congratulations to Tony O’ Neill, Barrowmount Drive who celebrated his 50 birthday last Thursday and let’s just say he celebrated it in style.

CALENDARS - There are still some Goresbridge calendars for sale at GRD, as this is now March you can purchase them for €5. They are fabulous with all photos taken in the Goresbridge area, nice even to keep as a memento for 2013. Contact Noel at 059 9775646 or Colette at 087 2601672.

ELECTRICAL RECYCLE COLLECTION - We are very lucky in Goresbridge that there will be an electrical waste collection on Tuesday April 9. WEEE Ireland will have a truck in Glanbia from 2-5. It is a chance for all of us to rid our houses, garages, out houses of broken electrical appliances, anything that has a plug can be brought, the space that this could create in our houses. Start putting your electrical waste aside the date will be here before we know it, don’t miss out on this opportunity. This has been organised with the help of Bernadette Moloney, Environment Awareness Officer with Kilkenny County Council, GRD and a special mention to Kevin Hosey, manager at Glanbia for allowing the use of the yard.

MEMBERSHIP OPTION - Barrow Rangers have come up with two options to pay your annual membership by direct debit. Option 1 for €20 per month you get your membership, one lotto ticket per week and a Piltown Draw Ticket, Option 2 for €25 per month it pays your membership, 2 lotto tickets per week and a Piltown Draw Ticket.

RACE NIGHT - There will be a race night held in the Silver Weir, Paulstown to raise funds for a much needed playground in Paulstown on April 13. First race is at 8.45. If you would like to sponsor a race or buy a horse contact Seamus McGuire at 087 76878651 or Rachel O’ Reilly at 087 9536547.

KIERAN GOSS IN CONCERT - Kieran Goss will be in concert at Killoughternane Hall on Friday April 12. Some tickets still available, please contact 087 6759353 or 087 2612194.

HAVE YOU UNWANTED TIES - If you have unwanted Scoil Bhríde ties you can recycle them by leaving them into the school in Goresbridge, the normal suppliers no longer stock them.

PIONEER NEWS - The National Pioneer Ball will take place on Saturday, April 13 in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow. Music is by Solitaire and Guest Speaker is Denis Rackard Cody. Tickets cost €25, if you wish to buy tickets, contact Mary Meaney at 086 6027751 or Eileen Heffernan at 086 1664971.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,300 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,300 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 €3,550. Last week the Barcoe Family, Owen Blake, Mikey Hutchinson and Jim O’ Connell each won €25 each. The promoter’s prize was won by Tom and Paul Curran. It costs just €2 and the tickets are available in the shops and pubs.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United A team lost 2-0 to Newpark in the McAlmount Cup. The under 16’s drew 3-3 with Birr Town in the Midland Cup. The under 12’s beat Paulstown 06 four goals to one. The under 10’s played Highview and the under 8.s played Fort Rangers.

LIBRARY OPEN - The library at Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St is open Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1. There is a great selection of books to choose from, something to suit everyone. It is very simple there is no charge, you can bring books and take books in exchange, and even if you don’t have a book to bring you can certainly take some to read.

COMMUNITY GARDEN - If you are interested in learning to grow vegetables and herbs feel free to go along to the community garden behind the offices of GRD on Wednesday mornings. Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is the expert on hand to give advice. It starts at 9.30 and finishes at 11.30 it is very sociable, with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on hand also. It will show how you don’t have to have a big area to grow lots of food. If you would like more information you can contact Noel in the GRD office at 059 9775646.

SET DANCING - Adult Set Dancing resumes in Ionad Dara on Monday, February 4 for 10 weeks, €6 per class and beginners are very lucky.

LOVELY WINDOW DISPLAY - Just have to give a mention to Goresbridge Pharmacy who has a lovely Easter window display. All these small things keep the village alive and they recently won the best decorated window at the St. Patrick’s Day parade, well done to the girls who work there.