BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WON - Congratulations to local winner, Willie Hanlon of Ballygurteen, Paulstown who won the Barrow Rangers lotto worth €5,100. Good news for the rest of us who are trying to get our hands on it, the new lotto starts off at €5,000. It costs €2 to play; tickets are available in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Spar and from Peter Breen.
AUTUMN IN HER GLORY - We are facing into a dreary month but what fabulous colours are out there at the moment, rust, orange, yellow, green, even the browns look nice. It is worth taking a walk by the Barrow, it is only fabulous at the moment, the coloured leaves make the ground look like a multi-coloured carpet, there are lots of berries, even a few blackberries, plenty of ducks in the river with our resident swans watching over their patch as the whooper swans have arrived. The swans and the cygnets are busy in the water and on land, it seems that there are only two of the three cygnets left and great to see them taking to the skies, their feathers are almost completely white at this stage. There is so much life at the river and you would almost always meet someone to say hello and have a chat with, the simple things in life are still the best.
FREE COMPUTER CLASSES - Are you free on a Wednesday mornings and would like to avail of free computer classes in Ionad Dara, if so contact Carmel or Marion at 056 7763149 or 087 7385691. These classes are suitable for beginners or people who would like to gain accreditation at Fetac level 3 or 4. It is wonderful to think that we can avail of these courses on our own doorstop, no travelling into Kilkenny or elsewhere.
MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS - November is the month of the Holy Souls; you are invited to leave the Dead List into the box in the Church. An envelope and sheet is supplied in your box of envelopes. A Novena of Masses will be celebrated for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. These Masses will be on Friday November 2 at the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed 9am Goresbridge, 10am Paulstown and Saturday November 3 at 10am in Paulstown and on other dates later in November.
SENIOR YOUTH CLUB - Goresbridge Senior Youth Club will hold their AGM and registration night on Tuesday November 6 at 7.30 in Ionad Dara. All parents of youths intending to join are asked to attend.
SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United u 16’s drew 2-2 with Evergreen in Goresbridge. The u 10’s played Evergreen City and the under 8’s played a 1-1 draw with Freebooters.
SCOIL BHRÍDE CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - There will be a Church Gate Collection for Scoil Bhríde after Masses at the weekend of November 3 and 4.
CHRISTMAS PARTY - The Paulstown/Goresbridge Senior Citizens Christmas Party has been booked for Sunday December 9. For those of you in the Goresbridge area who would like to book your place contact Catherine McLoughlin at 059 9775123 or Kathleen Holmes at 059 9775331.
300 CLUB DRAW - The cards for the annual 300 club draw in aid of the Senior Citizens are now in the shops. It costs €10 for 6 draws and always worth supporting.
CHRISTMAS FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES - Christmas Flower Arranging Classes will take place at Emoclew, Ballyellen, Goresbridge starting week November 12. Contact Emily Whitford McDonald for more details at 059 9775321 or 086 2368906.
CAREER IN OUTDOOR PURSUITS - Would you fancy a career in outdoor pursuits? Kilkenny Leader Partnership is running a course in Graignamanagh which will give people the opportunity to gain a Canoe and River Safety Certificate. The successful participants will complete Canoeing Irl Level 1 and Level 2 skills award in River Safety Rescue. This course is free to the unemployed. If you are interested please contact Alison straight away at 086 0244336.
INSULATE FOR FREE - Kilkenny Leader Partnership, administered by SEAI, can insulate your home for free. Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funds energyefficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. The scheme is being delivered currently by Kilkenny Leader Partnership at 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny (056-7752111). Who can avail of the scheme? Owner occupied non- local Authority homes. Houses constructed before 2012. The owner is in receipt of one of the following Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ; Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age ; Family Income Support.
LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Bridge United’s lotto stands at €6,325 and the reserve jackpot is €1825. Joe English won €100. The promoter’s prize was won by Paul Curran. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be purchased in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, Bridge Diner, Blake’s or any committee member.
FLOWER DEMONSTRATION IN AID OF HOMECARE TEAM - It’s certainly a great night to look forward to, it is of course the annual Christmas Flower Demonstration which will be held this year on Tuesday November 20 at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and you won’t get better value on a night out with a glass of mulled wine, tea or coffee and mince pies to enjoy. It’s even better when you know that all profits go to the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team. This year Adrienne Thompson will be the demonstrator and all the arrangements will be raffled at the end of the night, there will also be a hamper as a door prize. If you wish to book tickets contact 087 7614948. It is important to note that this night is always a sell out.
CHOIR - Goresbridge Choir meet on Monday evenings in the Church at 7.30pm for an hour.
CHAIR YOGA AND GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Chair yoga and gentle exercise classes will commence in Ionad Dara soon. If you would like to learn to relax and do some gentle exercises this class could be perfect for you, it really suits all ages. There may be a group of friends that might like to spend a morning together and this could be an ideal way to do it. If you would like to book a place please contact Marian at 086 3082450.
ART CLASSES - Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting on Tuesday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn at 086 3768810
YOGA CLASSES - Yoga Classes for beginners take place on Tuesdays in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, contact Marianne Dolan at 086 3082450.
SET DANCING CLASSES - Set Dancing Classes take place in Ionad Dara on Monday nights at 8.30. €6 per class and new members and beginners welcome.
ST.PATRICK’S DAY COMMITTEE AGM - The AGM of Goresbridge St Patrick’s Day committee will take place on next Thursday 1St of November in Ionad Dara at 7:30pm. All are welcome.
ZUMBA CLASSES - Zumba Fitness takes place in Ionad Dara every Tuesday night, 8.30 to 9.30, €8 per class, contact Nicola at 085 1416953 for more information or just turn up on the night.
KELTIC KATS PLAY MAHERS - Bridge United are holding a cabaret in Maher’s Lounge on Saturday November 24 at 9pm and the ever popular Keltic Kats will be playing. Halfords of Kilkenny have come on board and have sponsored door prizes of a car power washer and a mountain bike. Tickets for the event are €3 or 2 for €5. It promises to be a great night out and always nice to support local clubs and organisations.
GORESBRIDGE DRAMA FESTIVAL - Preparations are going very well at present for Goresbridge One-Act Drama Festival which kicks off on Thursday Nov 15 and continues on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 in Ionad Dara. The adjudicator for this year’s festival is well known actress and script writer Biddy White Lennon. This is the third one act drama festival to be held in County Kilkenny under the DLI (Drama League of Ireland). Goresbridge is one of 24 one act festivals being staged around the 32 counties of Ireland between mid October and late November this year. The standard of entries has been extremely high in Goresbridge over the past two years and in both 2010 and 2011 the winners in Goresbridge went on to win the All-Ireland title. Bradán Players from Leixlip, Co. Kildare won in 2010 and Kilmeen from West Cork took the title last year. The Festival Committee Members were delighted to receive 25 applications for Goresbridge Drama Festival from which 9 were selected. The competing groups will travel from counties, Dublin, Waterford, Wicklow, Kildare and Cork. The competition has two sections, Open and Confined. Plays have a time limit of 55 minutes and the winners in Goresbridge will go on to compete in the All-Ireland Finals in Ballyduff , Co. Waterford in early December. A wide range of plays will be presented from Irish, American and English playwrights. Thursday night will start with Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society and their production of The Trial by Anthony Booth (confined). Ballyduff Drama Group will present One for the Road by Harold Pinter and Martello Productions from Bray, Co. Wicklow present The Tinker’s Wedding by J. M. Synge.
Friday 6 November’s programme will start at 8pm with Blue Hat Theatre Group from Whitechurch, Cork and their presentation of Worker’s Wishes by Sean Kelleher (confined). Second up on Friday night will be Haul Bowline Theatre Group from Cobh, Co. Cork with the Stanley Parker’s by Geraldine Aron (open). Finally, Ballally Players, Dublin will present After Play by Brian Friel also in the open section.
The evening’s entertainment will start at 7pm on Saturday November 17 with Camross Drama Group, Co. Wexford and their play Billy the Member written by Des Waters (confined). The second spot on Saturday will be filled by local group New Heritage Theatre from Kilkenny with I Dream before I Take the Stand, an American play by Arlene Hutton (open). The final presentation in the festival will be Bradán Players from Leixlip, Co. Kildare with Some Kind of Love Story by Arthur Miller. At the end of each night, adjudicator Biddy White Lennon will give a brief account of the three plays to the audience and a short analysis of each one. On the Saturday night the winners will be announced and prizes presented. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places in the Open Section. Prizes will also be awarded to first and second places in the Confined Section. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Awards will be chosen from all nine entries. Finally, two further awards may be given at the discretion of the adjudicator.
Several sponsors have already pledged their support for the festival. As part of offsetting the considerable costs involved in running a festival the organisers are inviting people and organisations in the community to become Friends of the Festival for a contribution of €25. In the Festival Programme all Friends of the Festival and Sponsors will be fully acknowledged and will receive two tickets for each of the three festival nights. This offer is open until the programme is printed on Nov 8. Please contact 086 0443152 if you would like to become a friend of the festival. To book seats for any of the evenings please phone or text 087 4129215. Adult tickets are €10 per night or €20 for a season ticket (all three nights), senior citizens and student tickets €8 per night or €15 for season ticket with children’s tickets €5 per night or €10 for season ticket. Family tickets are available at €20 (2 adults and 2 children).