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Attention to parents of preschool and older children- our summer camp takes place this year in Chapel Avenue from Monday 8 to Friday 12 July – cost €60 – this camp will run for one week only so if you wish to book a place phone 085-7403812 or 085- 1607864 for further details.


Notice for the proposed development by the Local Authority is now in progress – plans and particulars can be viewed in the County Council offices in Castlecomer or in the County Hall in Kilkenny during normal hours 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm (excluding public holidays) until 26 June. Closing date for submissions/objections is 9 August. Submissions should be clearly marked Ballyragget Village Renewal Scheme and forwarded to John Mulholland, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny.

The competition is now in progress and it is anticipated that first round adjudication will take place this month so please keep your street, estate and approach roads litter free. Do display some flowers and remember to water them in this hot weather. Please try and stamp out waste in the community – reduce, reuse and recycle. The litter picking sessions continue every Wednesday night at 8pm starting from the Square – why not come along and lend a hand – every little helps. Thanks to all for your help and co-operation, it is very much appreciated.


The Wishing Well Crèche, Montessori & Afterschool in Glenvale is now taking bookings for the ECCE free pre-school year September ’13-June ’14. Our service offers, in additional to the daily three-hour free session, many optional extras at very competitive rates including extending some or all days, to half days or full days. Our service is the only service in the locality offering the ECCE allowance against full-time or part-time care. Our main policy in relation to ECCE is to emphasise the personal attention which each and every child in our care receives and we do this by reducing the child/staff ratio as set out in the ECCE contract.

We are also currently taking bookings for after-school care from September ’13 to June ’14 which includes a breakfast club for school-going children, school drop-off and collection and the provision of a hearty warm meal on return from school, all at an affordable price. Our emphasis is on one to one attention with homework and on providing fun activities for the children.

Our premises is purpose-built, caring for children from 3 months to 13 years and includes, a full kitchen service with an emphasis on healthy, nutritious home-made meals and a good sized, enclosed, private playground. Our staff are fully qualified and regularly attend training courses to keep abreast of new developments in Childcare.

In addition to ECCE, we also provide free childcare to parents on certain FAS courses under the CETS scheme. Also, our service is preparing to be part of the provision of the new subsidised After-school childcare places which is a new initiative from the government to enable people to return to, and to stay in the workforce. All enquiries welcome in relation to the above or to any childcare requirements, please contact Helen on 0872779945 or 056 8830864.


The Irish Cancer Society would like to thank the parish of Ballyragget who so generously supported their recent church gate collection raising €563.45 – sincere thanks to all.



The Under 14 team was due to play Paulstown in their rescheduled League match on Monday last June 24th. The team has been training hard and the selectors are delighted with progress. So far this year the team has beaten Cloneen, Tullogher and Mooncoin. They drew with O’Loughlin Gaels and lost to Lisdowney.


The Under 12 team made the trip to Bennetsbridge on Saturday June 22 for their Blitz. The girls had an enjoyable day’s play and performed well. They lost to Paulstown by 2-0 to 1-1 in the opening game. Thanh Phelan scored the point from a free in the first half and Chieu Phelan crashed the ball to the net, in the second half.

Our other game was also a thriller and having led Bennetsbridge by Nikita Kelly’s goal to nil at half time, a second half goal from a free by Sinead Walshe helped us to a 2-0 to 1-0 victory, as the heavy showers continued. Thanks to Bennetsbridge for hosting the Blitz and for their hospitality afterwards. Our squad was – Thanh Phelan, Lauren Phelan, Chieu Phelan, Sinead Walshe, Mary- Kate Brennan, Sheila Brophy, Clodagh O’ Doherty, Michaela Ryan, Sinead Morrissey, Aoibhe Watters, Roisin Watters and Nikita Kelly. Unfortunately Ellie Smith and Lara Dowling were unable to play due to injury. Thanks to Aidan Morrissey, Jackie Lawless and Brendan Walshe who looked after the team. The supporters who travelled were also appreciated.


The League fixtures have been made for this team and we will play in Group 4. Our first game will be at home against St. Lachtains Freshford, on Friday, June 28pm. The second game is away to Emeralds on Wednesday July 3 will be another home game against Paulstown on Friday July 19 to Johnstown to play St. Anne’s on, Thursday August 8.


The Under 10 Blitz ,at Muckalee, which was postponed due to clash with the Primary Schools Camogie Finals, was rescheduled for Tuesday June 25th. Our young players have been training diligently and enjoy displaying their skills on these occasions.


Congratulations to Morgan O’Kelly and Michael Foley who received the Appreciation Awards, at the recent St. Patrick’s La na gClub. These two gentlemen have been very helpful to Naomh Brid over the years and are worthy recipients of the honour.


Come join our fun multi-activity summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 1st to 5th July from 10am to 2.30pm at St. Patricks GAA grounds. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise – strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and coordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: fun games, team relays, multi-sports, soccer, dodge ball, arts and crafts, tag rugby, tumbling and gymnastics, obstacle courses and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55; places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online or phone Majella on 087 6893663


Numbers Drawn- 4, 13, 19, 21. No Jackpot winner. €50 sellers prize – Tom Phelan. €100 winner - M, J, G., C/O Cafe. €60 winner – Mick Delaney, Moate. €30 winner – Martin Dowling, Grove Terrace. €30 winner – Paddy Fitzpatrick, The Square. In House prize C/O The Corner House Whiskey – Anthony Dowling. €30 – Alice Thornton, High Street; Maura Delaney, The Square; Dominic Delaney, Moate. Next week’s venue – Fitzpatrick’s. Jackpot is €3,700 Tickets only €2.


Following a victory in Cannon Kearns Park Castlecomer over James Stephens on Thursday evening last St. Patrick’s Junior B side will now meet Blacks & Whites in this year’s Junior B league final. The St. Patrick’s side once again proved that determination and hard work will pay off and lead at half time. 0-7 to 0-4. In the second half the James Stephens men came back into the game and with lucky goals were within a pint of the St Patricks, however thanks to a will to win and a speedy Conor Foley a goal was scored in injury time to allow St Patricks the win on a scoreline St. Patrick 1-15 James Stephens 2-8. When going to print the fixture was not yet available but readers should check the sports section of thus issue of the paper.


The Intermediate team were also in action against Clara on Tuesday night in Ballyragget which ended Clara 0-16 St. Patricks 0-12.


For Friday 21: In house draw –Maura Gorman €125, Jackpot –Breda Thornton €70, Sellers prize –Billy Bradley €25. Next week’s jackpot is €4,000 and is in the Wheel Inn on Saturday 22 June during the end of year cabaret and there will be lots of extra prizes on the night including a Wheel Inn hamper.


Brookville A.F.C will hold a registration night on the 6 July in the Cannon Malone Hall between 6pm and 7pm for under 14 and under 15 teams for the coming year. Also on the night there will be registration for other age groups subject to interest shown on the night. All adult input and ideas as well as support welcome on the night.


Brookville end of year cabaret was held LAST Saturday night in the Wheel Inn and a great night was had by all. On the night the following awards were handed out: Player of the Year, Stephen Ruth; Most Improved Player went to Garry Hogan; Top Scorer, Alan Ruth; Goal of the Season, John Doheny. Also on the night the team were presented with their runner up medals from this years McCalmount Cup Final. Spot prises on the night went to Esther Downey won the Hamper, John Holland Junior a bottle of whiskey, Liam Brennan a meat voucher and Enda Mooney 2 bottles of wine.

Brookville A.F.C would also like to thank all the business that has supported us over the last year. Without your support the club could not be as successful as it has been in the past couple of years.


Brookville polo shorts tops etc with crest can be ordered by contacting James Dowling on 0871614842. These are a great way to support the club and look great as well.


Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting an Open evening on Sunday 30, website


Volunteers and helpers needed: The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland provides a range of information, events and services for people of all ages, living in the County of Kilkenny with all forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia. Do you have secretarial or administration skills they want to put to use, or maybe a background in marketing or finance? We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer. The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland would love to hear from you. You can tailor your level of involvement to suit your availability - Contacted us on 087 756 0324, or find us on Facebook under Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch.


Ministers for the Word: Month of March – Team C, Team Leader – Breda Kane, Ballyouskill – Kathleen Cummins, Eucharistic Ministers –Ballyragget, 10am mass – Geraldine McGrath and Josephine Downey, 7pm – Theresa Delaney and Siobhan McEvoy, Ballyouskill – Patricia Ryan.

Collectors for the month of June – Sunday 10am – Henry Quirke and Eamonn McEvoy, Sunday 7pm – Philip Kenny and Martin Comerford.

Early Church Opening – The church opens each morning at 7.50am to facilitate people who might like to come in for quite prayers before work.

The Pastoral Council would like to draw your attention to the beautiful Eucharistic Congress Cloth from 1932 which was kindly donated to the parish by the late Joan Condon shortly before her death and was used in our parish celebration for the

Eucharistic Congress 2012. The cloth has now been framed and mounted on the wall next to the statue of the Sacred Heart to mark the occasion of both Congress celebrations in our country. Please remember the soul of Joan and her husband Jimmy in your prayers.

Eucharistic Adoration in the O’Gorman Home Oratory every Tuesday morning 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and spend some time in the Presence of God. Please have anniversaries and notices for the newsletter in by 2 pm on Thursdays. All anniversaries will be included but months minds and 1 take precedence in masses for the dead.

If you would like to have your news included in the Ballyragget Notes you can e-mail them to Anne at Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue – news items must be in for Sunday evening.

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