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CHOIR PRACTICE - With Christmas approaching, choir members are asked to attend a practice on Wednesday, 5th December, in St Bennett’s Church at 7.30pm. New members very welcome. It is hoped to get in at least three sessions before Christmas and hopefully as many members as possible will be able to come. We are delighted that Doreen is once again playing the organ for the Christmas season.

CHOIR PRACTICE - With Christmas approaching, choir members are asked to attend a practice on Wednesday, 5th December, in St Bennett’s Church at 7.30pm. New members very welcome. It is hoped to get in at least three sessions before Christmas and hopefully as many members as possible will be able to come. We are delighted that Doreen is once again playing the organ for the Christmas season.

SALE OF WORK AND CAKE SALE - A cake sale and sale of work will be held in The Community Hall on this Saturday and Sunday after the evening mass and morning mass, respectively. The proceeds will benefit the Bennettsbridge dancers and parents and friends are busily baking and collecting items to make the event a success.

THANK YOU - Members of the Bennettsbridge Art Group would like to thank all who supported their Christmas Card, Craft and Cake sale last weekend. Many thanks to people who baked and to all who helped to make it a success. The Christmas Cards proved very popular and if you didn’t get to the sale, cards are available in Centra and the Post Office. This year, there is a great variety and the members of the Art Group excelled themselves in creating some very unusual cards. All proceeds from cards to St Vincent De Paul Society.

WRITERS GROUP - The November meeting of the Bennettsbridge Writers will be Wednesday next in Anne McLoughlin’s home in Woollengrange.

JOE WHITE RIP - Sympathy is extended to the White family, Rathduff, on the death of Joe, which occurred recently.There was much regret felt in the community when the news of Joe’s death was announced. He was a member of a highly respected family and was very well known and liked in the area.

JOHN MULCAIR RIP - Mr John Mulcair, “Glengyle”, Hillside Grove, Dunmore Road, Waterford, who died last week was a native of Woollengrange. John was a retired Garda Sergeant, and his unexpected death came as a shock to his family and friends. He was predeceased by his brother, Tommie, some years ago. The sympathy of the Bennettsbridge and Thomastown communities goes to his family at this sad time. Requiem Mass was celebrated in St Joseph and Benildus Church, Newtown and burial took place in Ballygunner cemetery. He is survived by his wife, Bernie, son, Joseph, daughter, Mary, grandchildren, John and Laura, son-in-law, Seamus, daughter-in-law, Helen, brothers, Jerry and Jim, sisters, Carmel and Peggy, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, family, friends and neighbours.

GAA - The Bennettsbridge GAA Sports Field will be closed for all matches for the winter months to allow for maintenance.

U-21 HURLING - Bennettsbridge and The Fenians met in the U-21 Hurling Roinn B Quarter Final in Jenkinstown on Sunday. However, despite the best efforts of the ‘Bridge boys, Fenians came out worthy winners on the score of, 4.6 to .05.

EAST END- Texas Holdem Poker Tournament will be held on Sunday 2nd of December at 5pm in Lalors, Corner House.  Entry €20.  Winner Pot €500, Spot Prizes and Finger Food.  First Aid: A number of coaches took part in a First Aid course put on by the KDL last week. Junior Weekend Results: Division 1 East End A 2, Highview Athletic A 1, Paul Murphy, Sean WemyssDivision 3 St. Annes 0, East End B 0 Schoolboys Results: U10 East End played Bridge Utd.  Team, Daniel Mitchell, Eoin Mitchell, Myles McGovern, Ivan Kelly, Eimhinn Cassin, Dylan Kenny, Cillian Kelly, Bill Hughes, Gearoid Kent U11 Girls: Freebooters 1, East End 1 U12 SFAI Cup 4th Round: Clonmel Town 3, East End 1.  The U12’s had a tough task when they were drawn away to Clonmel Town.  Clonmel Town took the lead when a shot from outside the box was deflected into the goal. Clonmel went two up in controversial circumstances.  After a goalmouth scramble, goal keeper Billy Browne saved the ball from going over the line, however, the referee deemed that ball had in fact gone over the line and awarded the goal. At this point, East End had nothing to lose and were attacking the home goal incessantly however Clonmels defence stood up well and then scored a third from a break out of defence.  East End scored a consolation goal through Ciaran Brennan and all agreed that the 3-1 score line did not reflect the overall game.  Team: Billy Browne, Daniel Murphy, Ciaran Mullen, Jamie Harkin, Pauric Connery, Mikey Lewis, Troy Walsh, Tim Corkery, Conor Power, Ciaran Brennan, Dillon Carroll, Ben King, Laurence Mahon, Harry Murphy. Junior Weekend Fixtures: Sunday 2nd  December: Division 1 11am Spa Utd v East End A Womens Division 1 2pm East End v Tullaroan Schoolboys Fixtures: Friday 30th November Freebooters A v East End 7pm Scanlon Park Saturday 1st December: U9 East End Yellows v Southend 11am U9 East End Greens v Paulstown 06 12pm U13 Division 1 Evergreen A v East End 11am U15 Division 2 Freebooters B v East End 1pm U17 Division 2 Paulstown 06 v East End 11am

SOS APPEAL - 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. We are also looking for volunteers to provide extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evenings or weekends. If you would like to know more, please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email or visit

KELLS CONCERT - Concert in St Mary’s Church, Kells Saturday at 8pm. A light- hearted concert of seasonal readings and music, featuring George Candler and HX Brass, Dublin. In aid of The Irish Society for Autism and the Kells Group of Parishes. Admission: €10, Family concession: €20, Student/OAP: €5.

LOTTO - The jackpot was not won on Monday last. Numbers chosen were, 2, 9, 14, 18. Jackpot now stands at €11,800. Consolation Prizes Ellen O’Gorman, Hillview BB Syndicate Gerry Freyne, Station Road BB Syndicate Mary Carroll, BB NS Arrangements for Christmas Draws will be as follows. The last draw before Christmas will be held on Monday, 17th December with the traditional free draw taking place. The next draw will take place on New Year’s Eve, but at the earlier time of 7pm.

CARDS 25’S - Results of last weeks session, 1st, Paddy & Annie Lehane. There was a three-way share out for second prize, Peter Dooley/Maura Drennan, Molly Bolger/Gabriel Moylan, Pierce Purcell/Tom Walsh. Table Prize, Jim Hynes/Tom Drennan.

LADIES CLUB - Members of Bennettsbridge Ladies Club are planning a Christmas Lunch for Friday, the 14th December, with Rinucinni’s being the venue. Looking ahead to the summer weekend away, there is some interest in visiting Belfast and taking in the Titanic Exhibition.

DEVELOPMENT GROU P - There was another great turn out at the Community Development Group public meeting on Tuesday 20th Nov inviting people to get actively involved in a project to upgrade the community hall. The group is anxious to avail of maximum grants available from Leader. One possibility is to agree upgrade work to a cost of €200,000 where a grant of €150,000 could be availed of with Bennettsbridge raising €50,000. In attendance were councillors, Jane Galway, Michael O’Brien & Dr Pat Crowley. All were very encouraging in their words and have offered their support to the group going forward.The Community Development Group invited people to put their names forward if they were interested in being on a committee, working group or general volunteer to work on a hall renovation project.

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