Handball - In handball this week the County League finals took place. On Tuesday night in O’ Loughlin’s John O Neill took on Diarmuid Burke (Kells) in the Div 2 final. John has had a great league not having lost any games on his way to the final. This final went all the way to the wire with the Goresbridge man coming out on top 11-9 in the tie break. On Saturday evening JJ English took on Brian Mahon (Clogh) in the Minor League final. These two lads know each other well as they played together in the World Championship just a few weeks ago. From the start they got stuck into each other and JJ took the first game. JJ got off to a good start in the second game and never really looked back and won well. Well done to both lads on great wins for the club. Michael Carey and Sean Carey went down last weekend when losing their All Ireland semis in the team events for Kilkenny, but it has to be said well done to the lads for getting to that stage. Big thanks from coach, Eddie English to John O Neill, Andrew Hosey and Stephen Barcoe for all their help with JJ, providing him with the tough games he needs at this stage. Well done to all and keep up the good work.
GORESBRIDGE CALENDAR - The 2013 Goresbridge Calendar will be available from Saturday. It costs €10 and makes a very good present especially for anyone living abroad. Every household needs a calendar so it is hoped that they will sell out. The funds raised go towards GRD to continue making improvements around the village.
€1500 RAISED AT FLOWER DEMONSTRATION - Thank you to all of you who took time to attend the Christmas flower demonstration last week. It was a great success with approx €1,500 being raised for Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team and what a worthy cause it is. It costs €400,000 to run the service each year in Carlow/Kilkenny, anyone who has had need of their service understands all too well how important the Homecare Team are.
300 CLUB DRAW RESULT - The winners of week one of the 300 club draw are as follows, Paul Murray €100, Ann Wall, Barrowmount Drive €50, Mary Kelly, c/o Spar €25, Eamon Hynes, €20, Eileen O’ Neill, Barrowmount Drive €20, Judy Brennan, Cluain Mhuire €10, Annette Mahon, Ballyellen €10.
BORRIS BAZAAR - Borris Vocational School will hold their annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday December 9. There will be lots of stalls, plenty of chances to win prizes and the transition year students will be selling products from their mini companies. It is always a great day out.
SUNDAY MARKET AND CAR BOOT SALE- Borris now have an indoor market and car boot sale on Sundays. It is situated on the Fenagh road opposite Keenan’s and takes place from 8 – 4. If you would like more information contact John at 087 6997377. New Stall holders very welcome.
SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - Murt O’ Neill c/o The Barrow Breeze won €108, John Barcoe, Clomoney won €20 and Judy Brennan, Cluain Mhuire won €20. Congratulations to the winners, thank you to those of you who play and thank you to the businesses who promote the draw Kelly’s Hardware, Maher’s Spar, Maher’s Pub, Pauline’s Coffee Dock, Barrow Breeze, Glanbia, Pat Nolan’s, Bridge Café, Connolly’s Red Mills, Blake’s Pub, Goresbridge Pharmacy, Beatrice Dempsey and Goresbridge Credit Union.
CHRISTMAS FAIR AT SHANKILL - There will be a Christmas Fair held at Shankill Castle, Paulstown on Fri November 30 10-6 and on Saturday 1 December 12- 6.
INDECISIVE WIN BATTLE - Indecisive are a band from Kilkenny/Carlow, they are made up of Kevin Davitt on drums, Colin and Patrick Hynes play guitar, Cathal O Rourke plays bass and Brian Rudkins is on vocals. At the weekend they competed in a battle of the bands competition in The Vault Youth centre in Burrin Street Carlow and came out on top of the three bands. They only started playing gigs 3 weeks ago but have been practicing for a long time. Brian joined the band in the middle of October and the band have been learning and writing songs together since then. They have more gigs lined up for the coming weeks and details will be on the bands facebook page. The best of luck is wished to the lads.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Bridge United‘s lotto is worth €6,325 and the reserve jackpot is €2,200. Last week Mickey Hutchinson and Ann Curran won €40 each with Brigid Maher winning €20. The promoter’s prize was won by John and Christ Barcoe. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be purchased in Pat Nolan’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, Bridge Diner, Blake’s or any committee member.
MINISTER BRIAN HAYES AT LONGMAN - Thomastown District Fine Gael will hold a Function in the Longman of Kilfane on Saturday December 1st next at 9pm. Guest speaker: Minister Brian Hayes T. D. Pat Molloy President of Y.F.G. will also speak. Music by Mountain Thyme; food will be served. Admission €10.
Paulstown Foroige Club - A new committee was elected at Paulstown Foroige Club.The committee are as follows Megan Read ( Chairperson ) Charlotte O’ Grady ( Secretary ) Adam Kiely ( Treasurer ) and James Campion ( Public Relations Officer ).
At the last meeting the club members made Christmas decorations for the disco, some of the members played soccer and pool, listened to music and caught up with friends.
Future outings were discussed with members of the club excited about going to Hype next year.
HOLLY WREATHS - If you would like to order a holly wreath, door swag, table centre or over mantle decoration you can do so locally by contacting Matthew Murphy, Barrowmount Drive, 086 2503146. It is nice to able buy these locally and they look very good.
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY - The Paulstown/Goresbridge Senior Citizens Christmas Party has been booked for Sunday December 9 in the Newpark Hotel. For those of you in the Goresbridge area who would like to book your place contact Catherine McLoughlin at 059 9775123 or Kathleen Holmes at 059 9775331. If you are in the Paulstown area, please contact Bobby Shortall on 086-1671153 or Trish Healy 086-3347426.
BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,000 PLUS EXTRA PRIZES - Wouldn’t you just love to get your hands on €5,000, well for €2 you have a chance. You just choose 4 numbers between 1-24 and you are in with a chance. The money raised goes towards running Barrow Rangers hurling club and when you see what work is done at underage level it is very well worth supporting. Tickets are available at Pat Nolan’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen on this side of the parish. For the next three weeks instead of the usual chance of winning €25 you have a chance of winning €100, there will be 5 prizes of €100 each week for the next 3 weeks and you know the saying, if you are not in you can’t win.
SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United u 14’s drew with Evergreen in Goresbridge, 2-2 was the final result. The under 12’s travelled to Callan and came home winners, 2-1. The under 10’s played East End in Goresbridge and shared 6 goals.