Bagenalstown: Notes

CARLOW COUNTY MUSEUM - The Museum is open seven days a week. Opening times for Mon. to Sat. are 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.40pm. The museum is located on College Street. Adm. is free. Tel 059 9131664. Website

CARLOW COUNTY MUSEUM - The Museum is open seven days a week. Opening times for Mon. to Sat. are 10am to 6pm and Sunday from 2.30pm to 4.40pm. The museum is located on College Street. Adm. is free. Tel 059 9131664. Website

COUNTRY MARKET - Bagenalstown Country market is open at St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road, every Saturday from 9am to 12pm, selling local produce, including bread, cakes, jams, flowers, knitwear and wood pieces. Your support is much appreciated.

SECURITY SYSTEMS - Government grants are available for all senior citizens to cover panic alarms, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, indoor and outdoor security lighting. If you wish to avail of any of these items and you live in the Fenagh Nurney area please contact Maria Nolan on 087 2369031 or email

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED - If you have a few hours to spare Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre would appreciate your help in their charity shop “Déjà vu”. All donations to the shop are greatly appreciated.

MUAYTHAI BOXING - The venue is at the Vet Clinic, Fenagh Road, Bagenalstown. The gym is open to all. Training times are Mon. Tues. and Thurs. from 7pm to 8pm for beginners and Mon.Tues.Wed. and Thurs. between 8pm and 9.30pm for advanced students. Open Sats. for all between 11am and 12pm. The club has 20 members under the age of 12 and 30 adults. Phone Sean at 087 9268322 or John at 087 2391979.

ACTIVITIES FOR TEENAGERS IN BAGENALSTOWN - It certainly can’t be said that there is nothing for young people to do in Bagenalstown.

Bagenalstown Youth Project was formed under the guidance of Carlow Youth Project. It is a part time project and the activities and programmes that are on offer are designed to meet the needs of teenagers in the town. Since its establishment it has facilitated many activities and programmes in Bagenalstown. Its mission statement is “ To empower young people to achieve their potential through quality youth work”

The Tagsters is an environmental group that formed while undertaking community work in their work towards the John Paul Award. To kick start their awareness of environmental issues in Bagenalstown

they carried out research. They compiled a Power Point presentation of their findings and presented it at a meeting of Muine Bheag Town Council. This resulted in their securing funding for a new graffiti wall project for young people in the town. This group of young people were approached by Bagenalstown Improvement Group who asked them to design and paint a mural for the Town Park in the Fair Green. The group had great support from other young people, children using the amenity and also adults who recognised the value of the work which the teenagers are giving back to their community.

Lyric Express was established to cater for young people interested in singing and performing. It was formed in December 2011 and the group meet weekly. They were a big hit at the Love is in the Air Concert to raise funds for St.Lazerian’s House earlier this year. The young group took part in a search for a performer to represent Carlow Regional Youth Services in the Youth Factor Finals of the Youth Work Ireland Games.

BAG (Bagenalstown Art Group) is a stage drama group. Carlow Co. Development Partnership gave funding for an arts programme in Bagenalstown. The youth committee decided that a programme which incorporated script writing, acting, film making and putting on a stage production would be a way for teenagers who were interested in drama to show the community what can be achieved by young people. This was an opportunity for local 13-18 year olds to attend workshops and learn the skills needed to write and perform in a play which deals with issues concerning young people. The result was a play entitled “Niamh” about a day in the life of a teenager in Bagenalstown in May 2011.

Extras Film Club-This club is facilitated by Bagenalstown Youth Club and is dedicated to all aspects of film making, filming, directing, editing and acting. The club holds workshops for teenagers in the community. The club celebrated its 2011 success by hosting the B Oscars (Bagenalstown Oscars) in Sept. 2011 in the McGrath Hall. The audience was treated to the premiere of four films written, acted in and directed by young people throughout the summer. Thirty two young people received B Oscars. The group intends to make more films.

MICHAEL LYONS MEMORIAL FISHING COMPETITION - Thanks to the family of the late Michael Lyons, Bagenalstown now has a fishing amenity along the banks of the River Barrow for people with disabilities. The annual competition takes place during the Bagenalstown River Festival held this year at the end of July. Over fifty anglers from many parts of the country took part.

The competition is organized by the Lyons family in memory of their late father, Michael. Michael was a keen angler all his life and when he became ill he joined the Irish Wheelchair Association where he discovered that a lot of people with disabilities loved fishing but, because of their disabilities, they could not enjoy the sport in safety. He, with some friends, got involved in fundraising to build fishing stands along

the Barrow for people with disabilities. Financial help was provided by Waterways Ireland who built the stands with assistance from Lockkeeper John O’Neill and Sgt. Benny Mills. 
YOGA CLASSES - Yoga For All is returning to Bagenalstown Resource Centre on Wed. Sept. 12 at 7.30pm.

HILLVIEW EARLY LEARNING - Hillview Early Learning Pre School is only five minutes from the Royal Oak, Bagenalstown and still has some places available for September. Places also available for the ECCE Scheme. If interested contact Eileen or Nuala on 085 1509226, 085 1295947 or 059 9723015.

10k FUN/RUN WALK - There was a fantastic turnout for the 10k Fun/Run Walk on Sunday, Aug. 12 despite the bad weather, demonstrating tremendous support from the community for the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre which provides so many amenities for the people of the town.

The Centre would like to say a massive thank you to all the volunteers who took on the duties of stewards to ensure the event was a safe and successful one for

everyone involved, from the Gardai, the Civil Defence, the Order of Malta, the Baden Powell

Scouts and all our other volunteers who gave their time so generously. Without them the event would not have been such a huge success.

ALZEIMER’S COLLECTION - The Alzheimer’s Society, Carlow would like to thank everyone who contributed most generously to their recent collection. The amount raised was €1,230.

FUNDRAISER - St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown is holding its annual Christmas Market on Sunday, Nov.18 from 2pm to 5.30pm. Admission €5 Children see Santa and adults will be served tea/coffee, scones, cream and jam and mince pies Lots of stalls and home made Christmas cakes, puddings and excellent raffle prizes If you would like to donate a bottle for the bottle stall or hold a stall please contact us on 059 9721146

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