Ballyragget I.C.A. is holding a coffee morning in aid of Daffodil Day in the Canon
Malone Hall on Friday from 10am – 12 noon. Please come along and
enjoy a cup of tea and a chat and lend your support to this worthy cause – Easter
chicks will be on sale at this event.
ICA - Kilkenny ICA federation outing to Mayo from May 20th – 24th inc. Non members
welcome – enquiries to 087 – 9145250 before the 20th March.
DAFFODIL DAY - Ballyragget Post Office is holding a cake sale on Friday 22nd March at the Post
Office - fresh daffodils will be for sale at this event and your support would be much
appreciated. Donations of cakes would be very welcome
SPECIAL OLYMPICS BAG PACK - On Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter Saturday there will be a bag-pack in
Dick’s Supervalu in aid of Special Olympics and your help and support would be
much appreciated. If you are in a position to give some time and help out with the bag
packing please contact Carmel Walsh Kenny on 087 – 4126958 or Anne O’Shea on
085 – 7417517. Ballyragget has a great tradition of supporting the Special Olympics
over the years and these fantastic local athletes have on many occasions brought great
honour and pride to our community. Special Olympics first and foremost changes
lives, they are primarily a sports organisation for people with intellectual disabilities
and offer year round sports training for over 11,000 athletes participating in 15
different sports. They not only offer sports but also give athletes the opportunity to
develop skills, develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and
participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships. Like all voluntary organisations
the current economic climate has impacted on their funding and any help and support
will be well utilised. Please put your name forward and give some help to this very worthwhile cause.
BALLYRAGGET DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION - On Friday 22nd March the Ballyragget Development Association are holding a table
quiz in Fitzpatrick’s bar starting at 9.30pm. Table of 4 only €20 – please come along
and test your general knowledge skills against the primo quizmaster Jack Dunphy.
Come along and enjoy a great night out – all proceeds from this event will go towards
tidy town 2013 - all are welcome.
LISDOWNEY CHORAL GROUP - Congratulations to the ladies of the Lisdowney Choral Group on their recent win in
the Arklow Music Festival. They won the Patsy Green Cup with their performance
of Ave Maria and Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. The group are conducted by Geraldine
Murphy who had a very good day that Sunday as her other choir the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir bagged a 1st also winning the Paddy Fitzgerald Memorial Cup. The photograph shows the Lisdowney Choir with the Patsy Green Cup – Well done ladies.
MISSING PUPPY - A black/white sheepdog pup 5 months old is missing – any information please contact
Michael on 086 - 3652283
DRUMMING WORKSHOP - The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget is hosting
a Recreational and African Drumming Workshop Facilitated by Eddie O’Neill
(www.rhythmretreats.com) on Easter Monday 1st April 2013 from 2 pm till 4:30 pm.
The cost is € 20.00 and all Drums are provided. Phone Phil on 087 6228141 or Peter
on 085 7495016
SCOIL NAOMH BHRIDE ENROLMENT - Scoil Naomh Bhride, Ballyragget are now accepting applications for the 2013 – 2014
School Year. Forms con be obtained from the school office or by contacting the
secretary on 056 -8833606. Enrolment forms should be returned to the school by Friday.
COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP - There are still a few places available in our Playgroup and Montessori for Free Early
Childhood Care and Education Scheme (ecce) starting in September 2013. The ecce
scheme provides a free year of early childhood care and education for children of pre-
school age. In general children are eligible for free ecce scheme if they are aged three
years and two months and less than four years seven months on the 1st September of the year that the child will be starting playgroup – if you wish for your child to avail of the free scheme please contact the playgroup on 056 – 8830119 or 086 – 846867 or
email email@example.com to book a place or call and view our purpose
built facility in Chapel Avenue anytime during open hours - 9am to 12 noon and
12.30 to 3.30 daily Monday to Friday.
ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS - Numbers Drawn- 2, 1, 17, 22. No jackpot Winner; €50 sellers prize – Tom Phelan; €100 Sean Stapleton, High Street; €60 Shaun McGrath, The Square; €30 Miriam Mooney, C/O F. Brennan; €30 w John Holland, The Square; in-house prize C/O The Hogan Stand
Whiskey – Tony McCraith; €30 Maria Bergin, Glenvale; €30 Janie Dowling, Grove Terrace; €30 Margaret Stratford, Grange. Next week’s venue – The Wheel Inn. Jackpot is €20,000 Tickets only €2
FITKIDS EASTER CAMP - Come join our fun active multi-sports Easter Camp which provides a wide variety of
activities and sports to keep kids entertained during the Easter holidays. The camp
will run from Monday 25th March to Thursday 28th March at the Ballyragget GAA
grounds from 10.00am to 2.30pm. 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 co-ordination in a safe and fun
environment. Appropriate fun high energetic activities are provided for camp age
groups 3-4 years 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic
obstacle circuits using Fitkids specialised equipment, soccer, tag-rugby, tennis,
basketball, dodge ball, active running and relay games, parachute games and of course
Easter games, arts and crafts. Places are limited so in order to guarantee a place book
early to avoid disappointment. The camp costs €55 per child, sibling rate €45 book
online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663.
CAKE SALE - The hurling club will hold a home bake sale on Saturday morning of Marc 30 h
(Holy Saturday) at Glenvale all donations and support greatly appreciated.
BOOK CLUB - The book for next month’s is The Housemaid’s Daughter by Barbara Mutch. The
Book Club will meet on Tuesday 2nd April in the Hogan Stand and new members are
NAOMH BRID - On Tuesday March 12th, the St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA club house was the venue
for a basic skills coaching workshop, which was directed by the Camogie
Association’s Regional Development Coordinator, Patrick Mullany. Representatives
attended from all over Co. Kilkenny and were enthralled by the professional
presentation and content of the workshop. Patrick explained the six basic skills and
offered many helpful hints on coaching young players .He also emphasized the value
of a club ‘nursery programme’ and insisted that players should only use hurleys of
appropriate length and weight. The importance of having all training sessions planned
in advance was also highlighted. After his presentation and a Q&A session, Patrick
divided the forty coaches into small groups, for some practical work. The positive
feedback was overwhelming and participants have requested another workshop,
which would concentrate on coaching goalkeepers and using the ball wall most
effectively. The Naomh Brid club was represented by Brendan Walshe, Aidan
Morrissey, Caroline Phelan, Mick Southgate, Noel Cummins, John Gunner, Martin
Foley and Seamus O’ Doherty. Our club was delighted to host this important
workshop and there was plenty of discussion about the key messages afterwards,
while the coaches enjoyed the traditional cuppa. Thanks to the club members who
provided much appreciated refreshments for all of the participants. Sincere thanks are
extended to Patrick for his excellent presentation, which included an informative hand
out and to Kilkenny Camogie Co. Board Chairman, Mike Wall, for arranging the
workshop . The young camogie players of Kilkenny will ultimately benefit from the
enhanced knowledge of their coaches and trainers. The Naomh Brid club is
committed to the five objectives in the National Camogie Association’s National
Development Plan (2010 -2015) – Growing participation, Improving performance,
Volunteer Development and Leadership, Enhancing Camogie’s Profile and Ensuring
Excellent Governance and Organisational Development. These objectives will be the
focus of the club executive’s work, throughout the coming season. The Camogie
Association, under the leadership of its President, Aileen Lawlor, is working
effectively to brand the game as a modern, well structured, community based
organization that offers opportunities for ladies to develop as players on the pitch and
leaders off the pitch. Naomh Brid is proud to make its contribution, towards the
realization of those aims.
BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL - The winner of the in house draw was Sean O’Shea €65 the Jackpot spin was Niall
Dowling who won €70 and the sellers prize was won by James Dowling €25. Next
week’s Jackpot is €3300 and is in Hogan’s Bar. Be in to win.
Brookville lost by 2-1 to River Rangers last weekend. The team tried hard throughout
the game but once again just could not get an equalizer. The team is in need of a small
bit of lady luck to smile on them at the moment to get their season back on track.
FUN EASTER HURLING CAMP - St Lachtains hurling club will hold their Easter hurling camp for boys and girls aged 7
to 13 years. The camp will be held on Tuesday 2nd April to Friday 5th of April. Camp
will start each morning from 10am to 2pm in Parc Lachtain Freshford. The cost of the
camp is €30 per child for the first two children and €20 for the third child onwards.
For further information you can contact Sean Boland on 0876623280, Breda Dermody
on 0868203390 or Irene Bergin on 086020741.
CHURCH NOTICES - First Holy Communion is on 12th May 2013
Rosary Crusade – A Rosary Crusade against abortion in Ireland culminating with a
Vigil rally outside the Dail on Saturday 23rd March at 3pm - bus going from Durrow–
if you require any information see the poster in the church porch.
Ossory Pilgrimage to Lourdes 2013 – The pilgrimage will take place this year from
22nd to 27th May and the price is €735 – all bookings from both regular and assisted
pilgrims please contact Glenmore Parish Office on 051- 880414 and for more
information see the poster in the church porch.
We regret any inconvenience caused to parishioners due to the renovations to Fr.
Murphy’s parochial house. For Health and Safety reasons if you wish to contact Fr.
Murphy please contact him on 086 – 8130694. Leave anniversaries or notices into Fr.
Grants letter box – apologies for any inconvenience which may be caused during the
next few weeks
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 1st anniversaries will have to
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas
house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday night.