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The All Ireland juvenile handball finals were held in various venues around the country last weekend. The Under17 singles was held in Talbot’s Inch, where JJ English took on Ciaran O Neill (Waterford). A huge crowd attended the famous Kilkenny alley to see JJ take part in his first singles title and were they in for an hour of heart stopping action. The match started well for both lads as they got to grips with each other’s game plan. As the game went on the Waterford man took control with a great overhand shot putting JJ under awful pressure. He built up a lead 17-12 when a long rally which the crowd must have thought would never end saw JJ hit a great kill shot off the back wall into the corner. This was the start of a mighty come back from JJ. Rally after rally good shots from both lads had the crowd on the edge of their seats before JJ hit a great passing shot to win the first game 21-20. The second game saw the Waterford man come out all guns blazing and nonstop movement from him and no lack of skill saw him open up a huge lead over JJ. At this stage things did not look good for the Goresbridge man. The second game went to Ciaran 21-3. So it was into a tie break to 11 aces. Coaches involved with JJ since he started playing the game got round him before the tie break and encouraged him to clear his head and play his own game and just to have a right go. As the tie break went on JJ found his kill shot again and led all the way but the game got stuck with JJ on 10 and Ciaran on 9. Three times JJ had chances but Ciaran refused to lie down. Finally one more chance, a good serve and a pass down the right which brought an almighty roar from the crowd. It has to be said you would feel sorry for any loser in a game like this one but it’s also nice to be on the right side. Well done JJ on all your hard work so far it certainly paid off and your All-Ireland medal was well deserved. Thanks to all who have helped along the way, a special mention to John O Neill, Steven Barcoe, Andrew Hosey, Liam Mahon, DJ Carey and Rachel Hogan. There are way too many to mention but a big thanks to all and well done to all the KK players who reached and won their finals.


The AGM of Goresbridge Rural Development will take place on Tuesday October 8 in Ionad Dara at 8pm sharp. It is hoped that you will make an effort to attend, some people would like to go to AGM’s but worry that if they go they will get a job, nobody will be coerced into any job but if you would like to get involved you would be most welcome or maybe, you would like to give a couple of hours even one day during the summer to help get a particular job done before Tidy Towns adjudication, any help would make a difference. Perhaps you have a couple of suggestions about how to improve the village and would like to mention them, if so please come along to the meeting.


A coffee morning has been organised for Breast Cancer Awareness month, it will take place on Friday October 11 in Ionad Dara from 9 – 12. If you would like to bake for this event it would be very much appreciated, you can contact Annette Madden or Colette Murphy 087 2601672. Make arrangements to meet your friends/neighbours for coffee on this date, we all know only too well how many women even in our own village have been affected by Breast Cancer. Come and enjoy a coffee/tea and some delicious home baking and you can make a donation, it doesn’t matter how big or small, it is a private donation but remember every euro counts.


Carlow County Development Partnership is holding a knitting party to celebrate Positive Ageing Week on Wednesday 2nd October from 3pm to 6pm in the Borris Library and everybody is welcome.

We’re going to be knitting little hats for the Innocent smoothies’ bottles, raising money for Age Action and having lots of fun – we’re having free aromatherapy hand massages and customised hand creams made for people participating to take home with them. We will also have needles and wool for people that don’t have them on the day. If anybody wants to start knitting before the event it would be fantastic.


Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €1,400, well worth €2 and you are supporting the local hurling club, tickets are available from Melissa’s, the Post Office and Peter Breen.


Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting in the Goresbridge area on Mon, Tues and Wed evenings from 7 -9. Phone 086 3768810


Bridge United Lotto stands at €6,325. Tickets cost €2 and can be bought in Blake’s Pub, Melissa’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the coffee dock, the Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner or any committee member.


The official Bi-Centenary Mass of the Holy Trinity Church, Goresbridge will take place on Saturday October 19 and Bishop Denis Nulty will be guest of honour and the main celebrant. It is hoped to have an exhibition and a reception in Ionad Dara. The next meeting will be held on October 1 at 8pm in St. Mary’s. If you have any old photos such as wedding, communion, confirmation etc that could be used as part of the Bi-Centenary Exhibition they would be appreciated, you can drop them into the Parish House, if you would like to have them scanned, this can be done on Wed and Thurs October 9 and 10, 10am to 1pm and from 7-9pm at the office in Ionad Dara.


The Youth Club meet on Friday evenings upstairs in St. Oliver’s from 7.30 to 9.30, if you of an age that you are in secondary school this is for you.


Goresbridge Bridge Club has re-commenced on Monday evenings at 7.30 in Ionad Dara, new members welcome. If you wish to learn to play Bridge contact Helen at 059 971192.


If you are over 65 and living on your own or living with someone in that age group you can qualify – installation is covered by a grant, you need a working phone line in the house to avail of this system. The personal alarm can be a pendant or a bracelet and if you had a fall or felt unwell you just press the button and if you are unable to answer the service will ring a family member/ neighbour to get help for you, it is a wonderful service to have. This applies to people living in the surrounding areas also not just Goresbridge. The annual charge is €65, it could take up to 6 weeks to install so at GRD we are encouraging all of you who feel this could be of use to you to contact us straight away. Contact Noel at GRD 059 9775646 Mon to Fri 9.30 to 1pm.


Sean Kelly was the winner of €106 last Saturday, Mary Cleere c/o Barrow Breeze won €20 and Mai McAssey was the other winner of €20. Congratulations to the winners.


GRD erected an old style pump on Barrowmount road during the week, thanks to all who helped out.


Computer classes commence in Goresbridge on Wednesday mornings, this is suitable for beginners and those who are more advanced, learn about digital photography, tablets etc. This course is free of charge and you can enrol this Wednesday in Ionad Dara from 9.30. You will need to have your ppsn number with you but it is a brilliant opportunity for those who are available on Wednesday, if there is a big demand, another morning may be added.


Do you have items that you would like to get rid of that someone else may have a use for, unwanted clothes, bric a brac, lamps, pictures, ornaments etc if so Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St would be happy to accept them. The office is open from 9.30 to 1.


8 week course of Pilates will commence in Leighlinbridge Parish Centre on Monday Sept 23, Improvers 7-8pm, Beginners 8-9pm. Classes are also available in Bagenalstown Resource Centre commencing Thursday Sept 19 7.30 – 8.30. Booking is essential, contact Mary 087 2374170.


Donal Clancy and Pipers union will perform at Killoughternane Hall on Friday 11th of October at 8pm.

Donal Clancy is a son of Liam Clancy (Clancy Brothers). Pipers Union is a collaboration of top Bagenalstown musician and BVS teachers Ciaran Somers and piper David Power. This trio mix together the best of folk, traditional and modern music in a delightful evenings worth of entertainment. Cost €10. For tickets contact 087 6759353 or your usual ticket seller.


The Minor hurlers of Barrow Rangers came out the wrong side of a thrilling game by the minimum margin when they played Danesfort in the Roinn B quarter final last Saturday in Hugginstown. Magnificent weather and a perfectly manicured pitch greeted both teams so no excuses there. Danesfort were first on the scoreboard with a pointed free. This was a feature of the first half with both sides gaining most of their scores from placed balls. Very early in the half Barrow Rangers spurned two golden opportunities to score goals. Both sides went practically score for score but by the time half time arrived Barrow Rangers were leading 10 pts to 8. The first two points of the second half went the way of the boys in blue to extend their lead to four. Shortly after they missed a chance to go five ahead and after this the Danesfort challenge gained momentum. Slowly they clawed their way back into the game and when their goal came it had a huge effect on a game that was so even as it left only a point between them. When Danesfort got ahead by a point they hung on for dear life. Rangers did have a few chances to level the game but failed to take them. In fairness though Danesfort were guilty of some wayward shooting themselves in the second half with several frees and scoring chances going astray.


The Intermediate camogie girls of Paulstown/Goresbridge have to face relegation play off if they are to maintain their status next year. The girls travelled to Kilmanagh on Sunday morning to play local side St. Brigid’s. The teams were level at half time and the P & G girls went a goal and two points ahead in the second half but failed to build on that and allowed the local girls back into the game. Once St. Brigid’s got the equaliser they dominated proceedings and ran out seven point winners.


Barrow Rangers will take on favourites, Barrow Rangers in the semi-final of the Junior Hurling Championship semi-final next Saturday in Nowlan Park at 4.30.

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