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Joan Cleere


Joan Cleere



Followers of hurling in the parish were sad to hear of the death of Pa Dillon, Freshford last week. Many of his inter-county teammates from Bennettsbridge attended the funeral to pay their final respects


The Bennettsbridge Community Development Group and GAA would sincerely like to thank all who helped and supported the recent field day in any way. Thanks to all the individuals and families who turned out from 8.30am Sunday morning to set up the field, all who worked on stalls for the day and helped with the clear up afterwards. It was great to see so many getting involved. The skies were clear as marques and stalls were prepared and as our visiting hurling teams from Thomastown and O’Loughlins arrived. Unfortunately as the field day kicked off, the rain began to fall. Despite this however, people made the most of all that was on offer while enjoying the musical entertainment provided.

Hard fought under 6 & 8 hurling matches were played between Thomastown, O’Loughlins and Bennettsbridge.

First prize in the raffle of Bed and Breakfast in the Academy Plaza hotel in Dublin was won by Kathleen Conway, an occasional chair from Treacy’s furniture was won by Ciss Moran, €100 Vouchers from Ceramica Tiles were won by Ann Tobin and Niall & Ruth Cody, A Nicholas Mosse bowl was won by Paul Brennan, A Jerpoint glass vase was won by Brigid Hughes and a globe candle from Moth to a Flame was won by Donal Keating.

A big thanks to all who sold raffle tickets before the day, those who sponsored prizes for the raffle, and other activities in the field. Many people donated items for bric-abrac, wheel of fortune and auction and baked for the day. The gate prize of a leg of lamb was won by Donnacha Trant. Guess the weight of the cake was won by Stella Carroll. Guess the Number of Jellies in the jar was won by Kevin Davis. Toss the Sheaf was won by Sean Greene.

The ‘Best in Show’ dog was won by Paula Dowling with her dog Buzz and ‘Reserve Best in Show’ went to Ian Coakley with his dog Benji. George Sheppard guessed the correct number of balloons to win a voucher for the Reptile Village.

Music throughout the day was provided by, Penny Rock and Ryan and Tom Bolger.


Winners of the Art Competition run in conjunction with the field day, and kindly judged by Gerard Casey, Danesfort Road are as follows, Junior Infant’s 1st – Liam Keogh, 2nd – Anna Buckley, 3rd – Eva Farrell. Senior Infant’s 1st – Alex Cullen, 2nd – Hugh Lonergan, 3rd – Laura Keogh. 1st Class 1st – Joy Lonergan, 2nd – Katie O Sullivan Hayes, 3rd – Shannon King-Kohler. 2nd Class – Paddy Walsh, 2nd – Saoirse Mulcahy, 3rd – Conor Molloy. 3rd Class 1st – Caoimhe Hughes, 2nd – Hannah Sharpe, 3rd – Emma Keogh. 4th Class 1st – Sean McBride, 2nd – Reuben Long, 3rd – Daniel Mitchell. 6th Class 1st – Sarah Kelly, 2nd – Aoife Nolan, 3rd – Jonathan Waagh. This work is now on display in the old Keith Mosse shop on the main street, with thanks to Patsy O’Brien for allowing this.


The following message has been received from the Tidy Towns Group,

On behalf of the Bennettsbridge TidyTowns Group we would like to say a big thank you to all our loyal supporters who have come out week after week since April to prepare the village for this years competition. We have an army of grass cutters! A big thank you to Seamus Walpole, John Forristal, Richie Walsh, Gavin Lonergan, Miceal Shields, Billy Molloy, Tony Galway, Sean Nolan, Kevin Davey, John Ready, Seanie Galway, Kieran Davin, Bob Kenny, Mickey Phelan, Bowley Ryan, Tom Lacey, Paddy Lanigan, John Dwan, David Dowling, Pat Kennedy, Walter Neville, Gerry Cormican, Declan O’Reilly, Jim Wall, Liam O’Shea, John Nippress and John Bergin and anyone who cuts grass in communal areas around the village your efforts are really appreciated.

The group has received extra help this year from Paddy Lanigan of Lanigan Engineers who replaced the wood in the benches on the Thomastown road. Also from Pat Mc Donald of McDonald’s Stone works, Maddoxtown, who cleaned up and painted many of the stone signs in the village.

We are most grateful to the businesses in the village which have made an extra effort to paint their premises and put out flowers and watered the flowers around the village.

A big thank you to Kevin Davey for all the painting of pots, walls, gates and benches he has carried out around the village, a fabulous job.

As we approach the adjudication time (usually July) please, please, be aware of litter around your area and pick it up!!! Many thanks to all from Bennettsbridge TidyTowns Group


The Little Rascals Playschool took part in The Big Toddle for Barnardo’s recently. The Bennettsbridge toddlers were cheered on as they walked, by family members and friends. The event raised €400.00 for the children’s charity and credit goes to the organisors for their effort.

Taking part were, Orla Greene, Hannah O’Gorman-Walsh, Shanice Waugh, Shane Doyle, Cameron Whelan, Ronan Dwan, Donncha Croke, Darielle Donovan, Katie Mulcahy, Robert Cullen, Amelia Wemyss, Holly Ryan, Cathal Fanning and Sofia Khodabacksh. Missing from photograph, Adam Minogue.


The Jesters Stage Academy presented a very special show in the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny in celebration of it’s fifteenth birthday. The show was performed over four nights and the talent was exceptional from the tiny tots to the young adults. The costumes were sensational and an enthusiastic crowd showed their appreciation each night.

The line-up featured several performers with parish connections, including Abbie Ryan Shanahan, Jessica Ryan Shanahan, Evan Nolan, Caoimhe and Sarah Kelly, Hivert Barout, Lucy Forde and Lucy Cleere.


Sympathy is extended to Tommy Thompson, Kilfera on the death of his sister, Mrs Mary Maher, Kilkenny which occurred recently.


Michael Lewis, Gowran Road, has been bereaved by the death of his mother, Mrs Mollie Lewis, Emo,Portlaoise, and sympathy goes to the family at this sad time.


With almost 60 matches played, the last 16 players standing in the popular Hal Clarke Cup have been decided. Conditions were tough in the alley with the warm spell, but that didn’t affect the quality of the play.

The quarter final draw for the 2013 Clarke Cup read as follows, Tues 18th June Billy O’Keeffe v Andrew Hosey, Tom O’Keeffe v J.J. English, Brendan Burke v Andrew Lawlor. Wed 19th June, Noel Holden v Eamonn Purcell, Ger McGrath v John O’Neill. Sat 22nd June, Joe Walsh v Diarmuid Burke or Paul Dowling, Anthony Martin v Tom Dooley, Willie Holden v Brendan Hyland or C.J. Delaney.


Attention all GAA stars of the future, it’s Kilkenny Kellogs GAA Cúl Camp time of the year again. Camps are being held in nine venues regionally in Kilkenny city and county throughout the month of July. The camps are structured so that all skills of the games are covered in and fun and enjoyable environment with fully qualified GAA Coaches willing to pass on their knowledge.

We are also very fortunate that some of our Senior Inter-county Hurlers drop in to give their own special tips during the week. The Kilkenny Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camps are for Primary School Children from aged 6-13 years and run Monday to Friday 10.00am to 2.30pm. Children bring their own Hurling /Gaelic Football gear and packed lunch.

Check out the Kelloggs GAA Cúl Camp website at to book online or alternatively ring Brían at (087) 2492343 or James at (087) 3510045 for further information to find out where the camps are on, near you, in Kilkenny ,over the next few weeks. “Mól an Óige agus tiocfaidh siad”


U13 Midland Shield Final: Having knocked Deen Celtic out of the U13 Eric Wilcox Cup on Thursday, the U13’s had a big game awaiting last Saturday in the Midlands Shield Final against St. Pats Boys of Carlow. The game was played in blistering heat and yet the tempo of the game never waned. St. Pats started out the stronger side and East End needed all their wits about them to contain them in the first ten minutes of the game. After this, they settled and began to play some good soccer however it was still against the run of play when East End scored the first goal of the game. Good work by midfielders David Blanchfield and Conor Murphy released Ciaran Brennan who took his shot well and scored the opener. After this St. Pats Boys again applied the pressure and equalized just before half time to leave the teams one all at the break.

As the second half progressed the teams became more evenly matched and good defensive work by Tom Bolger and Sean O’Connell kept the home team at bay for most of the half. As time edged near the final whistle St. Pats Boys took the lead. At this point East End dug deep and a clearance from Mikey Lewis found Cillian Power who steered the ball into Ciaran Brennans path and again he slotted home. St. Pats piled on the pressure after this and some great saves from Barry Lannon kept the team in the game. The final whistle gave both teams a welcome chance to take a breather and get some liquids on board.

In extra time East End were a new team. Their fitness levels from training thoughout the year paid dividends as St. Pats began to tire. A free kick from Jamie Harkin was saved by the keeper but East End kept on applying the pressure and a ball out of defence from Danny Coyne came to David Blanchfield who gave a great pass to Ciaran Brennan who took on the defence and scored to make it three two to the Kilkenny side. At this point it would seem that the team would play the clock down but no one told East End who continued to play a passing game with a ball from Tim Corkery going to Cillian Power who slipped a wonderful ball into Ciaran Brennan who took his fourth of the game.

Captain Tom Bolger received the shield on behalf of the team and even though he said he had nothing prepared gave a very eloquent speech. Well done to the team who have had a long season and still have a cup semi final to come and also to the team managers David Power and Pat Connery.

Team: Barry Lannon, Mikey Lewis, Danny Coyne, Tom Bolger, Sean O’Connell, David Blanchfield, Conor Murphy, Tim Corkery. Jamie Harkin, Cillian Power, Ciaran Brennan, Troy Walsh, Joe Murphy, Evan Nolan, Pauric Connery.


In recent weeks the school hurling team has played a number of matches. First up they faced Gowran in the roinn B League semi-final played in Thomastown. From the throw-in, BB were in command and although Gowran tried hard they were never going to steal this game. By half-time, BB were in a comfortable place having conceded just two points. And so it was on to the final versus Mooncoin, played in Nowlan Park. BB started slowly and by the time they registered their first point in the 8th minute courtesy of Coiaran Brennan, Mooncoin had four points on the board. BB started to grow in confidence and added three more points from, Ciaran Brennan, David Blanchfield and Sean O’Connell. Then a wonderful passing move between Sean O’Connell and David Blanchfield resulted in a goal for David. Mooncoin replied with a goal. BB kept the pressure on and finishing the first half with two points from Conor Murphy and 1-1 from Ciaran Brennan. Mooncoin recorded one more point to leave the half-time score, BB 2-7, Mooncoin, 1-5.

Mooncoin again got off to a blistering start in the second half and in the opening few minutes had netted twice to go a point ahead. This seemed to knock BB and Mooncoin kept coming at them, but, thanks to Jamie Harkin in goal, BB were still in it. Mooncoin increased their lead with another two points, but, BB pegged them back with points from D.Blanchfield and C.Brennan (F). Mooncoin then added a goal and a point but again were thwarted when BB did the same to leave the game hanging by a thread. With the game moving into injury time and BB pushing for an equaliser, Mooncoin caught them on the break and scored the all important goal to win the game. Final score. BB 3-10, Mooncoin 5-8.

Heartbreak for the youngsters, down but not out, as the two teams were destined to meet again in the semi-final of the Country Cup. Played in Hugginstown, BB took control of the game from the start and ran out easy winners which made up for the earlier defeat.

The win qualified them for the final when they will face the Roinn A runners-up. A huge task, as a number of players will be on holidays, but, this group of players will be up for it and determined to finish off the season with some silverware.


The Churchgate collection in aid of the wheelchair Association took place last weekend in Bennettsbridge and it will be held in Tullaherin this weekend. Many thanks to parishioners for their ongoing generosity for the many worthy causes.


Members of Bennettsbridge Ladies Club have returned from a trip to Belfast. Highlight of the break was a visit to the Titanic Exhibition, an experience which was much enjoyed. Mount Stewart Garden and house made a great impression on the group. A tour with a very efficient guide brought the party to parts of the city including Stormont, The Peace Wall and Divis Flats. The Giant Causeway was also on the programme and the weather played a major part in the group’s enjoyment of this great spectacle. The Dunadry Hotel, Templepatrick with it’s friendly and attentive staff proved to be a very comfortable base for the trip.


No winner last week. Jackpot now stands at €3550.00. Numbers chosen, 3, 5, 7, 27. Consolation Prizes: Dolores Fitzpatrick, Millview; Niamh Whelan, Danville; Nuala Bolger, Gowran Road; David Hayes, The Ring; Attie Brownrigg, Newtown. Results for 17-06-13: no winner of Jackpot. Numbers chosen were, 1, 12, 20, 28. Jackpot now stands at €3700.00. Consolation Prizes: Elaine Walsh, Hillgrove; Kay Cody, Stroan; Jonnie Cleere, c/o, 15, Woodlawn; Bridie McGrath, Castlegarden; Anne Wemyss, Marian Place.


Results of Card Game for the past three weeks: l. Shared between, Charlie Hill/Martin Langton and Sam Gibbons/Matty Bolger. Table Prize Peter Dooley/Maura Drenna. 2. 1st Prize:Willie O’Keeffe/Phil Doyle; 2nd Prize Maura Drennan/Peter Dooley; Table Prize Bridget Cottrell/Gabriel Moylan. 1st Prize Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall. 3. 1st Prize - Shared – Lar Gibbons/Joe Doyle, Tom Drennan/Tom Walsh; Table Prize Michael Phelan/Michael Tynan.


The death of Jim Brady which occurred in St. Columba’s Hospital, was heard of with regret in the community. Jim was a member of a well known and respected family and was a popular figure in the village. His death follows only five weeks after his brother Buggy passed away. For the past number of months he was in the care of the staff in St Columba’s Hospital, Thomastown, where he was well looked after.

Jim was employed by the Mosse family for most of his working life both in Duneden and in the flour mill. In the late ‘forties, he played minor hurling with Monrue, Knocktopher and he also had a stint with James Stephen’s minor team. He won a junior championship with Bennettsbridge in 1948 and was on the senior championship team in 1949 when they went down to Carrickshock in the first round. The team reverted to junior status in 1950.

There was a large crowd in attendance when Jim’s remains were brought to St Bennett’s Church for his Requiem Mass. Celebrant was Canon Patrick Duggan, PP. The lessons were read by Olwen and Aoife (nieces). The Parish Choir sang accompanied by Mollie Cahalane. Canon Duggan extended sympathy to the family, on behalf of the parish.

Interment took place in Rathcusack Cemetery and refreshments were given in the Community Centre for family and friends.

He is survived by his brother, Frank (Dunbell), and he was predeceased by his sister, Anna and brothers Jack, Oliver and William. He is also mourned by his sister-in-law, Sheila, nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends.


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