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Goresbridge - A lorry load of recycling

HUGE SUCCESS - The WEEE Irl collection for Electrical Waste was a huge success with the lorry packed to capacity; it is great to get rid of all those bits and pieces that were hanging around in people’s homes and garages. GRD would like to thank Bernadette Moloney, Kilkenny County Council, WEEE Irl and Kevin Hosey, Manager at Glanbia for making this possible.

HUGE SUCCESS - The WEEE Irl collection for Electrical Waste was a huge success with the lorry packed to capacity; it is great to get rid of all those bits and pieces that were hanging around in people’s homes and garages. GRD would like to thank Bernadette Moloney, Kilkenny County Council, WEEE Irl and Kevin Hosey, Manager at Glanbia for making this possible.

SPRING CLEAN DONE - It was great to get the Spring Clean done on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Thursday the bank of the river Barrow was cleaned from Slyguff to Ballyellen Lower with nine bags of rubbish collected. On Friday evening and Saturday morning the approach roads to the village were cleaned. The committee of GRD would sincerely like to thank Kevin (Boots) Madden, Shay Kelly, Valerie Lanigan, Alice Cleere, Mary Simpson, Betty Simpson, Peter Breen, Mary Dreeling, Ann Wall, Brian Phelan, Margaret Prendergast, Valerie Rudkins, John Rudkins, Adam Rudkins, Nixie Murphy and his grandson Adam, Mickey Doyle, David Holmes, Dawn Hennessy, David Hennessy, Criostal Hennessy and Tommy Bolger. Over 400 kilos was dropped off at Powerstown Waste Facility, there is still another bit of cleaning to be done on some of the roads but it will be done during the week. Thanks to our Fás and Tus team who keep the village looking great all the time.

HURLING TRAINING RESUMES - It ‘s hard to believe but it’s that time of year when boys and girls from Junior Infants to under 12’s resume hurling training at the pitch in Paulstown on Friday evenings from 7 – 8.15. Hurleys and helmets can be purchased on Friday night from the club. Membership for the year is €20 for one child, €10 for the second child and €40 for a family. It is hard to believe that there will be over 80 children in the pitch for the next 26 weeks on Friday nights.

FASHION SHOW - Spring/Summer Fashion Show takes place on Friday April 19 at 7.30 in Borris Vocational School. Tickets cost €15. Clothes from Amber Sky, Octavia, Lola Rose, Mac’s Menswear, Jack and Jones, Jeutonic, Edinburgh Woollen Mills will be on view and hair stylist on the night is Doyle A Style. There will be a cheese and wine reception and the proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the School Canteen Fund, this event is being organised by Borris Vocational School Parent’s Association.

TRÓCAIRE BOXES - If you have not returned your Trócaire boxes you may do so by leaving them into the Parish office or leaving them into the church when Mass is on, over €4,000 has been contributed from the Parish.

SPLIT THE POT - On Saturday last, Niall Foley, Pollough, Skeoughvosteen won €114, Colette Doheny, Ballyellen won €20 and Gerry Jordan was the winner of the other €20. Congratulations to the winners and thank you sincerely to all of you that support the draw and the local businesses that promote the draw.

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.

ARTIST IN RESIDENCY PROGRAMME - The George Bernard Shaw Theatre and Carlow Local Authorities Arts Service would like to put out an open call to invite expressions of interest for their Artist in Residency Programme. The programme is divided into two strands, the Community Strand and the Professional Artist Strand, and will run concurrently from November 2013 to November 2014. Dancers, writers, directors and theatre makers from all backgrounds and levels of experience are welcome to apply. For further information please contact

PHOTOS ON DISPLAY - The Goresbridge St Patrick’s Day committee would like to thank everyone who was involved in the parade. It was a great success again this year and plans are already under way for next year. DVD’s are also available if you would like to have a record of the day. There are some photos of the parade on display in Donohoe’s window.

EIST CANCER SUPPORT SERVICES - Eist cancer support centre spring /summer programme starting week of 15th April. Tuesday 11is Meditation/Relaxation 2 pm Creative Reading and Writing. Wed. 11 is Men’s Support Group.

2pm Education programme: 17th April Physical Activity after a cancer Diagnosis. Thurs 11am Yoga 2pm Pottery for Beginners. All courses are free of charge to anyone coping with a cancer diagnosis, members of their families and carers. For more information contact the centre on 0599139684 or 085 1440510

THE BARROW RIVER ARTS FESTIVAL 19 – 21 APRIL 2013 - Founded and curated by long time Irish residents, Swiss violinist Maya Homburger and English bass player Barry Guy, the Barrow River Arts Festival presents, in one packed weekend, a programme of classical music, improvisations, theatre, poetry and visual art in two beautiful settings along the River Barrow in Counties Kilkenny and Carlow - Duiske Abbey, Graiguenamanagh, Co. Kilkenny and Borris House, Co. Carlow.

The Festival is funded by the Arts Council of Ireland, The Embassy of Switzerland in Ireland, the E.U. Presidency Cultural Programme, RTE and Markant-Stiftung (Switzerland)

Tickets on sale from: VISUAL – centre for Contemporary Art & The George Bernard Shaw Theatre, Old Dublin Road, Carlow.

Box Office: 059 917 2400


TRACTOR NUTS - Borris Tractor Nuts Road Run takes place on Sunday May 12. It is the tenth anniversary and the funds raised go towards the Irish Kidney Association and Cancer Care. If you would like to participate please contact Brian at 086 2595281. On the Saturday it is planned to hold a Fordson working day, ploughing, harrowing and tilling. The organisers are looking for fields in the area so if you can help out with this matter contact the number above.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,400 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,400 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 €3,500, last week Noel Simpson, Jim O’ Connell, Mickey O Riordan, Lil Murphy, Eddie and Stephanie English each won €20. Eddie English was the winner of the promoter’s draw. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be bought in Blake’s¸Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze, The Bridge Diner and any committee member.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United B played Thomastown in the McAlmount Cup. It was the second in the premier versus Division 3 champions who were short a few regulars, when the final whistle went it was 6-2 to Thomastown.

The under 16’s travelled to Birr Town and drew 1-1 in the Midlands Cup. The tie finished 4-4 over the 2 legs which means Birr win on away goals, however there is a dispute over one of their players who was red carded in the first game but who played in the second game and scored.

Bridge under 14’s played Evergreen in the league and won 2-0. The under 12’s played East End in the cup and lost 2-1. The under 11’s played East End in the league and drew 1-1. The under 10’s played Thomastown.

TOP SOIL - A word of thanks to Sean Whitehead, Powerstown Seeds who donated top soil to GRD for the community garden and other flower beds in the area.

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