Bagenalstown -

HOMECARE FUNDRAISERS - 5k fun run / walk in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare will take place on May 4 at 5.30pm. Kids Fun Run will take place at 5pm in the Pavilion in the McGrath Park, Bagenalstown. Entry €10. Contact Edwina at 085 7731885.

HOMECARE FUNDRAISERS - 5k fun run / walk in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare will take place on May 4 at 5.30pm. Kids Fun Run will take place at 5pm in the Pavilion in the McGrath Park, Bagenalstown. Entry €10. Contact Edwina at 085 7731885.

80’s Theme Disco in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care on April 27 in the Estoria, Main Street, Bagenalstown. Tickets €5. Music by Edel Byrne. Fancy Dress optional. For tickets phone 085 7731885.

TUPPERWARE - 52 years and still going strong. Ladies, if you fancy a demonstration of the products in the new Spring/Summer catalogue at your house, club, community centre, just call Anne on 086 3203205,email for more details.

SPRING CLEAN - National Spring Clean gets underway this April. Last year more than half a million people all over Ireland took part in the campaign, collecting almost 1675 tonnes of litter!! Ms Jannette O’Brien, Carlow County Council has announced that Bagenalstown Spring Clean will take place on Friday, April 26 at 11am in the Town Park, Bagenalstown.

Following the success of last year’s project in Bagenalstown, where schools, agencies, and local volunteers came together to wage war on waste, Muinebheag Town Council, in conjunction with Bagenalstown Improvement Group, would like to invite you and your organisation to participate in our Bagenalstown Spring Clean.

Ms O’Brien has invited voluntary organisations, clubs and groups in Bagenalstown to get involved and give some time to Bagenalstown, “Lets show litter louts that we love where we live. We invite your group to get involved and give some time to Bagenalstown.”

If any of our readers in Bagenalstown would like to organise their own clean-up event on Friday, April 26 please contact Jannette at 059-9136203 or as she might be able to offer you some support in terms of clean-up equipment.

BALLYLOUGHAN GUILD ICA - Ballyloughan ICA Guild held their AGM on March 20 in the Castle Hall. Nicola Byrne, Carlow Federation President, presided at the meeting where last year’s committee were returned for another year. President Margaret Minchin, Secretary Margot Hennessy, Treasurer Evelyn Jenkinson, Vice President Margaret O’Neill, Assistant Secretary Ann Geoghegan, Assistant Treasurer Breda Spruhan. The outing to Cork in July is full and all payments to be paid in full to Ann Geoghegan by May meeting. For any further information about the Guild please contact 086 3616540 or any member of the Guild.

DUNLECKNEY GRAVEYARD IMPROVEMENT GROUP - Work on the maintenance of Dunleckney graveyard will recommence on Saturday, April 20 next. The committee works from around 11am to 1pm each Saturday and now appeals for more assistance in order to keep this graveyard in a state that fittingly remembers all those who are buried there. If you have time, then please come along and help. The annual collection will take place on Saturday and Sunday, May 4 & 5 next. The committee is most appreciative of the support they have received and all funds are used to maintain the graveyard, which has been transformed from a wilderness into a graveyard where access to all areas is now possible.

JOB SEEKING SKILLS OUTREACH PROGRAMME - Carlow Jobs Club is running a Job Seeking Skills Outreach Programme in the Family Resource Centre in Bagenalstown, starting on Monday, May 27. The programme runs for 3 weeks, 10am - 12.45pm.

Training areas include: CV Preparation, Creating Cover Letters, Interview Techniques, Filling in Application Forms, Aptitude Tests and Emails, Mock Interviews etc.

This is a free service and participants who attend and complete the programme will receive €60 on completion of the programme to help with additional costs. Social Welfare payments will not be affected.

If interested contact Ann/Val on 059 9135534 or email: Valerie Reddy is Coordinator of Carlow Jobs Club.

CRYS 5km FUN RUN/WALK - Carlow Regional Youth Services are holding a 5km Fun Run/Walk & Family Day on Sunday, April 21 at 11.30am, from Carlow Rugby Club. Entry is open to people of all ability, with the emphasis on fun and enjoyment. Registration fees are €10 for adults and €5 for U18s. For more information please email or contact 059 9130476 or 086 7712198.

BAGENALSTOWN MEN’S SHED - Four week course in carpentry, different painting techniques for wood, and lots more, starting on Wednesday, April 17 from 7pm -8pm. If you are interested in attending please contact the Centre on 059-9722028. Cost €3 per night.

EVERYONE CAN VOLUNTEER - Come along to Carlow Volunteer Centre’s Information Stand, Fairgreen Shopping Centre, Thursday April 18 from 10am - 5.30pm. Find out about the various volunteering opportunities available and how you could get involved. Contact Natasha on 059 91 73033 086 0285988 or visit

ST ANDREW’S GFC - St Andrew’s took to the field on Wednesday, April 10 in the first game of the Junior B League against Fighting Cocks in the McGrath Park. St Andrew’s came out on top with a score line of 2-11 to 0-16. Team: A Elliott, A Dermody, L Bolger, B Bambrick, M Walsh, J Dowling, A Salter, J Geoghan, J Doyle, M Mara, M Nevin, J Carroll, J Doyle, D McDonald, K O’Neill. Subs: E Doran, C Clarke, R Manning, T McAssey.

The Junior A team started against Rathvilly on Saturday, April 6 with Rathvilly coming out on top and the senior team played Kildavin on Sunday, April 7 with Kildavin the winners. Lotto tickets are on sale at €2 each from any committee member.

BALLINKILLEN CAMOGIE - Ballinkillen got off to a flying start with matches at U-8, U-10 and U-12 against Setanta in Ballinkillen. U-8 - Score of 5-0 to Ballinkillen with the following players:-Ariana Pollard, Caoimhe Foley, Caoimhe Nolan, Ellie Healy, Emily O’ Rourke, Farrah Ryan, Holly Wall (1), Jill Murphy (1), Katelyn O’ Donoghue, Lily Nolan, Maykayla Roche, Michelle Kavanagh, Misha Murphy, Nikita Tobin (1), Niamh Treacy (1) and Ottillee Griffith (1).

U-10: 2-0 to Ballinkillen. Team: Orla Nolan (1), Caoimhe Dunne Brennan, Muireann English, Aoife Foley, Moya Jordan, Tegan Wall (1), Tara Hynes, Roisin Jordan, Leah McCabe, Rachel O’ Brien, Mary Hickey, Caoimhe Sheehan, Nicola Nolan, Amy Roche and Brooke Farrell.

U-12: 6-4 to Ballinkillen. Team: Saoirse Byrne Somesan, Lauren Brooks (2), Aoibh Leen, Zoe Dunne Brennan, Edwina Nolan, Stephanie Tobin (1), Sophie Jordan, Rachel Murphy (1), Shauna Marie Monaghan, Heather Kielty (1). The U-6 players played a friendly amongst themselves which was enjoyed by all.
Wednesday, April 9 saw a number of Ballinkillen camogie teams out in action: Teams as follows; U-6 - Ballinkillen -v- Muine Bheag at Ballinkillen with a score of 2 – 2 Roisin Murphy, Saidbh Leen, Doireann O’ Toole, Ruth Nolan, Dearbhla Sheehan, Kelly Tobin, Holly Ryan (1), Lily Redmond, Katie Cowman, Grace King, Saoirse Griffith (1), Shoena Meaney, Sarah Murphy, Sarah O’ Neill and Ellen Kloska.

U-8 - Ballinkillen -v- Muine Bheag at Ballinkillen with a score of 1 - 0 to Muine Bheag Ariana Pollard, Holly Murphy, Ottillee Griffith, Jill Murphy, Niamh Treacy, Caoimhe Nolan, Caoimhe Foley, Misha Murphy, Nikita Tobin, Ellie Healy, Katelyn O’ Donoghue, Lily Nolan, Michelle Kavanagh and Farah Ryan, well done girls, this team has improved hugely in the last few months.

U-16 - Ballinkillen -v- Naomh Brid at Leighlinbridge with a score of 2-1 to 2 to Ballinkillen Siobhan Normanly (1), Kate Kinsella (0-1), Aimee Byrne (1), Ava Murphy, Sinead Joyce, Roisin Joyce, Kellie Foley, Mairead Normanly, Chloe Roche, Orla Maher, Nicola Maher, Vanessa Curran, Ellen Murphy, Oonagh Fitzpatrick, Emma Booth and Anna Cummins

This was a close game, and at the final whistle Ballinkillen won 2-1 to 2. Well done to all players, coaches and parents.

MONITORED ALARMS - Are you over the age of 65 years old? Would you like to have some peace of mind? Well now you can with the Monitored Alarms under the Senior Alert Scheme, you may even qualify for a grant for more information contact Tara/Olive, Family Resource Centre at on 059-97-22028.

RESOURCE CENTRE ACTIVITIES - Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre Afterschools & Youth Club offers a wide range of services from Homework Support, One to One Educational Support for Teenagers, Irish Dancing, Hip Hop, Sports Classes and a whole lot more, so why not drop in, have a chat with Kate or call her on 087-7435015 for more information.