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Bennettsbridge - Christmas Savings in Credit Union

CHRISTMAS CLUB - For many years the Penny Bank operated a service in the village allowing parishioners to save specifically for Christmas expenses. A few years ago it reluctantly ceased the service, mainly for security reasons and the loss of this facility left a void in the village.

CHRISTMAS CLUB - For many years the Penny Bank operated a service in the village allowing parishioners to save specifically for Christmas expenses. A few years ago it reluctantly ceased the service, mainly for security reasons and the loss of this facility left a void in the village.

However, this year the local Credit Union has introduced a Christmas Saving Club and already a good number have availed of the scheme.

For further details, just call to the local office on Thursday, 3 to 4pm or Friday, between 7.30pm and 830pm.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to the Egan Family, Newhouse on the death recently of Mr John Egan, Newhouse.

EAST END - Schoolboys Results: U12 Division 1, East End 3, Thomastown Utd 3, Ciaran Brennan 2, Dillon Carroll
This U12 local derby was much anticipated as being an exciting and close game of football and it didn’t disappoint.  East End were first to get a shot on target with a free kick being awarded to them just outside the box.  Jamie Harkin stood up to take the free and only a fine save by the Thomastown keeper stopped it from hitting the back of the net.  The pressure was on then and the home team went ahead with a pass from Ciaran Brennan putting Dillon Carroll in who took his shot with some style and beat the on rushing keeper.  Thomastown then went on to equalise with a break from defense.  After this the game was on edge but a pass from Jamie Harkin put Ciaran Brennan through on goal.  2-1.  Good work by Pauric Connery and Harry Murphy out of defence then put Ciaran Brennan through again to take his second.

 The home team were 3-1 up at the break.  Thomastown came out in the second half with a sense of purpose and began to pile the pressure on.  Great defensive work by Mikey Lewis, Laurance Mahon and Ben King kept them at bay but eventually they broke through to score.  3-2.  As the game began to reach the end the East End goalie Billy Browne gave a display worthy of any Premiership Goalkeeper and kept Thomastown out, alas in the dying minutes Thomastown equalised. In the last minute of the game East End again went on the break and with the Thomastown defense and goalkeeper being beaten and the ball heading towards the line, one of the Thomastown defenders came out of no where and cleared the ball off the line.  Game finished 3-3 and all supporters agreed it was a fair result for a great game.

SESSIONS HOUSE ART CENTRE - Open Meeting The open meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th February in Thomastown Community Concert Hall from 6.30pm – 8.00pm. Everyone from the Thomastown and local community is invited to find out more about the plans for the Sessions House Arts Centre. This is a community arts centre and the organisers would encourage anyone who is interested to come along to the meeting.

The first stage drawings of the purposed plans for The Sessions House will be presented by Alice Bentley from Blackwood and Associates Architects and ideas for fundraising will also be discussed at the meeting. Bring as many people along to the meeting as possible. Please visit our Facebook page

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SECONDS SALE AT JERPOINT - Jerpoint Glass Studio – Annual Seconds Sale Starts Friday 8th February. Jerpoint’s Annual Seconds Sale starts Friday 8th February. For ten days only all seconds’ stock will be reduced across all lines. The sale will take place at the Studio Shop in Stoneyford, Co. Kilkenny. Starts Friday 8th February and runs for ten days until Sunday 17th February. The Studio is open daily where you can view the live glassblowing demonstrations free of charge (Monday – Friday). For more information and directions see

COLLECTION - A churchgate collection will be held in the parish next weekend, Saturday, 9th and Sunday, 10th before all masses in aid of the O’Neill Centre.

Fundraising Concert - Songs from the Musicals! Please note there is a CHANGE OF VENUE for the St Lazerian’s House Concert , from St Andrew’s church to Muinebheag Vocational School Sports Hall on Friday 8th March 2013 at 7.30pm.

The concert will feature songs from Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Oklahoma, Sound of Music, Calamity Jane, Mama Mia and many more!

 Tickets €10 adults and €5 children are available from Marian Manning or St Lazerian’s House.

 Refreshments will be served in the hall after the concert.

 A great night guaranteed and looking forward to seeing you all there!

LOTTO - No winner last week. Numbers chosen, 17, 25, 26, 28. Jackpot now stands at €2,000.00.

Consolation Prizes

Michael Ryan, The Ring

Nellie Barry, c/o M. Crowe

Esther Power, Barronsland

Cinty Anderson, Station Road

Pierce Purcell, Station Road

Lotto Results 28.01.13

No winner. Numbers chosen, 12, 19, 15, 22. Jackpot now, €2150.00.

Consolation Prizes

Shirley Grace, Stoneen

Michael Denieffe, Jnr, Kilbline

Jim Murphy, Stoneen

Mrs K. Crowe, c/o Pat O’Neill

Jamie Harkin, Gowran Road.

GOLF - The Annual General Meeting of the Bennettsbridge Golf Society was held in The Lounge, Lalor’s Corner House on Thursday night last. There was a good attendance and a successful year was reviewed. Plans for the coming season were discussed and a full list of fixtures is being compiled for distribution shortly. Members were urged to support the society by taking part in the competitions and by encouraging new members to enrol.

Officers elected,

Captain Mick Dillon

President Michael Fitspatrick

Secretary P J Dreeling

Ass Sec Helen Dunne

Treasurer Kate Hennessy

Competition and Handicap Sec Jimmy Dunne

PRO John Kinsella

Committee Declan Davis, Jen Byrne, Matt Byrne, Senr, Kerri Bolger

HANDBALL - Jack Holden and Dearbhail O’Keeffe won out their section in the Leinster Gael Linn last week, beating Crinkle in the final. They go on to the All Ireland finals of that competition now, to be played in 9th Feb. 

Juvenile training continues every Friday night in Kilfane. Club membership now due for 2013

BENNETTSBRIDGE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT - The Community Development Group are delighted that the construction of the playground is progressing and we should start to see play equipment being erected in the coming weeks. All Play Ltd are the contractors building the playground.

The group have also been working towards the redevelopment of the Community Hall (formally the school) which will be 100 years old in 2014. 

 A feasibility study was completed and a working group has been teasing out how the project should proceed.  The projected renovation cost is in the region of €200K – the group hope to be in a position to avail of LEADER grand aid to the tune of €150K, leaving a cost to the community of €50K.

 In order to avail of this grant a lease of the hall needs to be taken for approx. 7 years. The plan is to form a new Hall Development Committee to oversee the development, fundraising and subsequent management of the hall for the duration of the lease.

 The BBCDG are strongly encouraging all the user groups of the hall and individuals to get involved in a pro-active way on the new Hall Development Committee. A meeting will be held on the 12th of February @ 8:30, in the hall, with the aim of formally convening this Committee. 

 Everybody is fully aware of the hall’s importance in the community and the Community Development group strongly request that all groups and individuals in Bennettsbridge come to the meeting on Tuesday night.

The Community Development Group can be contacted @ or follow us on facebook @Bennettsbridge Community Development Group.

CARDS - Results for 23.01.13. First Prize Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall Second prize Michael Phelan/Michael Teehan. Table Prize Danny McDonald/Geoff Doyle

Results for 30.01.13 There was a three way divide in the prize money and the following people shared, Martin Mulhall/Rose Hayes, Frank O’Neill/Phil Doyle, Peter Dooley/Maura Drennan. Table Prize Geoff Doyle/Danny McDonald.

SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Seamus Keaney, The Long Man on the death of his sister Rita Keaney, Manorhamilton, Co Leitrim which has occurred unexpectedly.

ST BLAISE - The traditional blessing of the throats on the Feast of St Blaise was held in Bennettsbridge, last Saturday at 6.30pm(prior to evening mass). On Sunday which was the feast day of St Blaise, the blessing was administered before and after morning mass by Canon Duggan. The blessing was administered to mass goers in Tullaherin on Saturday night. Many parishioners availed of the opportunity to receive the blessing.

PANTOMIME - Gowran Pantomime Society are in the final stages of rehearsals for their upcoming performance of “Alice in Wonderland”.
Oh yes we are!!!!!Its the14th production and it’s bigger & better than ever. It will be staged in Gowran Hall on February 12th,13th,15th & 16th nightly at 8pm, with a matinee on Sunday 17th at 3pm.Tickets:€12. Kids€8. OAP/Students:€10. Family Ticket (Tues/Wed)€25.

ART GROUP - Following a two week break, classes resume this Saturday, 9th February, in the Community centre at 12noon.

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