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Bennettsbridge: Bring on Thomastown

NEXT STOP COUNTY FINAL - Well done to the ‘Bridge Junior hurling team which beat O’Loughlin Gaels in Nowlan Park on Sunday. They now go on to play Thomastown in the county final on Nov 4th in Nowlan Park.

NEXT STOP COUNTY FINAL - Well done to the ‘Bridge Junior hurling team which beat O’Loughlin Gaels in Nowlan Park on Sunday. They now go on to play Thomastown in the county final on Nov 4th in Nowlan Park.

WEDDING BELLS - The marriage was solemnised in St Mary’s Cathedral, Kilkenny between Tony McGuinness, son of Tommy and Bridget McGuinness, The Ring, Bennettsbridge and Fionnuala Keane, daughter of Padraic and the late Margaret Keane, Greenhills, Dublin. Celebrant was Fr Fergus Farrell, Mater Dei Institute of Education,( also chaplain in Croke Park) The bride wore a full length dress of white chiffon and she was attended by, Sarah Keane, Siobhan Keane and Carol O’Brien. The bridesmaids wore navy knee length dresses from the House of Fraser. Best man was Eoin O’Driscoll and groomsmen were Edmond Holohan and Edward Meany. Family members and friends took part in the liturgy. The lessons were read by, Gillian McGuinness, and Jane O’Reilly. Prayers of the faithful were recited by Aisling Breathnach, Maeve Costigan, Paul Hand, Aisling Hennessy and Suzanne Keane. The Offertory Gifts were presented by Gail Bovenizer and Wendy McGuinness. A Communion Reflection was given by Margaret Coghlan. Music throughout the ceremony was by Michelle Foley and Gavin Mc Caffrey. Flowers on the day were by Nuala Moore, Carbury, Co. Kildare. A reception for 200 guests was held in The Newpark Hotel and included family and friends from Ireland, London, New York, Geneva, Melbourne and Denmark. The honeymoon is being spent in Thailand and Dubai. Tony and Fionnuala both studied Arts in UCD from 1995/1998. Tony is employed in Croke Park as Health and Safety Manager and recently graduated from DCU with a masters in Health and Safety. Fionnuala works in The Institute of International and European Affairs, Dublin. Her aunt , Cait Keane, is a senator in Seanad Eireann.

NOTICE - Thomastown Credit Union Ltd: Canon Carroll Memorial Scholarships for Third Level Students. Details and application forms are now available from the Credit Union Office, Closing date for applications – Saturday 17th November 2012. Applicants must be members of Thomastown Credit Union Ltd

KARATE - Karate continues each Monday in the Community Centre

HALLOWEEN - One of the Bennettsbridge Art Group students, Moss Kharaghani, who comes from Iran has been living in Cedarwood Drive, Kilkenny with his wife, Elma since 1980. With Halloween approaching, Moss did a little bit of research on the origins of Halloween and came up with the following information. Halloween has celtic roots in Scotland. It is one of the most popular holidays after Christmas. Halloween is often celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals. It falls on the last day of October in the celtic calendar,originally a pagan holiday to honour the dead. Halloween was referred to, dating back to 2000 years ago. Where does Halloween come from? References to it’s origins state that it comes from the celts. The celts lived in Europe more than 2000 years ago and on November 1st they celebrated the end of summer. They believed that ghosts visited the living on October 31st. They wore ghost like clothing so that the ghosts would not harm them. Today many countries still remember the dead on November 1st, All Saint’s Day. The day prior to this is Halloween. Halloween is an old tradition in Ireland and Scotland, where people dress up and carry lanterns made from turnips. When the Scots and Irish went to America, they used pumpkins instead of turnips. This is where the Jackie-the lantern comes from. There is a tradition of giving food to the spirits and giving food to the poor, this is where “trick or treat” comes from.

Scouts investiture Woodstock - An important event, namely, the Investiture of new members into the 14th Kilkenny Bennettsbridge Scout Troop, took place on Sunday 14th October in Woodstock, Inistoge. The ceremony commenced at 2pm in the wooded area of the Scout field in Woodstock under cover of the trees which gave protection when the rain came. Group Leader John Watmore, welcomed everyone and began proceedings by investing 9 Venture Scouts. The investiture continued with 2 Rovers, 9 Scouts, 12 Cubs and 14 Beavers being invested.  Also two new Beaver leaders were welcomed into the ranks.  The short ceremony was a lovely event and concluded with tea/coffee and refreshments being served by the newly inaugurated Venture Section.  They are all looking forward to a busy adventurous year ahead. The investiture brings the total number of youth members in the troop to 88 covering all sections, ranging from 19 year olds to 6 year olds.  There are now 23 active leaders spanning 5 different sections in Scouting.

DEVELOPMENT GROUP/TIDYTOWNS - The Development Group together with the Tidy Towns were delighted with the success of the Clothes recycling project and have announced that they collected nearly 100 bags of clothes las tFriday. They intend running the venture again next year.  Thanks to all who supported the event
SOCCERTHON - On Saturday 27th October East End will hold a Soccerthon in Wallslough Arena. Commencing at 10am. It is hoped to play 12 hours of soccer involving all teams from under 9 right up to the 3 adult teams. Each team will be allocated an hour and any games fixed for that day will be arranged so all teams can participate. The team that collects the most money will win two free training sessions in Wallslough and the player in the club that raises most money will win a jersey of his/ her choice(up to value €50). Mams, Dads and coaches can get involved and play a friendly game as well. Each team manager will players know their kick off time closer to the date. This is a fun way to raise much needed funds for the soccer club. So collect as much sponsorship as you can and return money and forms before the 26th 

Lotto - No winner last week. Numbers chosen were, 2, 7, 8, 19. The Jackpot has now reached the sum of ,€11,050.00. Consolation Prizes to Laura Fitzgerald, 11, Norewood Heights; Mary Killian, Hillview; M & M Scully, Gowran Road; Mary Fitzgerald, Norewood Heights; Ann Flynn, c/o Mandy Simpson

ART GROUP - A very enjoyable afternoon was spent in historic Jerpoint Abbey on Saturday afternoon. The sun shone for the afternoon and students were delighted with the opportunity to do some drawing outdoors and tutor Julie Moorhouse was on hand to help everybody. There are still a number of places on the course and if interested please contact Joan Cleere, 0868271379. The course is sponsored by the VEC and there is no fee involved.

Grace O’Mahony - Congratulations to Grace O’Mahony, Baronsland on her success in the Kilkenny Fashion Week event held last week. Grace is a sixth year student in Loreto Secondary School, Kilkenny and is fast making a name for herself in fashion and design. She upstyled an old dress with a black bed sheet and a sheer black scarf to create a 1930s style garment. As a result, she won a four week scholarship to study fashion design next summer in the Grafton Academy.

HALLOWEEN AUCTION - Final reminder of the Annual Halloween Auction which takes place this Saturday night in The Ouncel House, Dungarvan. Loads of very worthwhile items for auction and with Christmas fast approaching some of your gift requirements can be taken care of.

AWARE COLLECTION - This weekend there will be a churchgate collection in aid of AWARE and your support would be very much appreciated.

TABLE QUIZ LONG MAN - There will be a Table Quiz in the Long Man this Thursday night in aid of The Irish Wheelchair Association, South Kilkenny Branch. Quizmaster will be Joe Dunphy. Table of four, €20.00 and the usual raffle will take place, with plenty of spot prizes to add to the fun.

E-MAIL - Items for inclusion in the Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before 6pm on Sunday. Alternatively, contact Joan at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.

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