IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING - The Brigidine Order of Nuns has given a small parcel of land behind the National School in Goresbridge. Last March a public meeting was held in Ionad Dara to decide the best way to develop the land for the use of the whole community. A steering committee was set up with every club and association having a member on it. This committee has now drawn up plans for the development and they are ready to submit for planning permission. An important meeting will be held in Ionad Dara on Thursday February 21 at 8pm where the plans will be on view.
TV - It was wonderful to see Butlersgrove Quarry and Harding Fireplaces, Gowran featured on the programme, Great British Railway Journeys goes to Ireland with Michael Portillo on BBC last Wednesday. Michael is following a railway guide by George Bradshaw from 1840 where Kilkenny Castle is listed as a place to visit and the portrait gallery and one of the other things mentioned in the guide is Kilkenny Black Marble and how it was used in Victorian Times. The beginning of the programme was filmed in Kilkenny Castle and then Michael headed out to Butlersgrove, Gowran in search of the black stuff. The black stuff is of course Kilkenny black marble.
He met with Jim Harding and Jim explained that his father had resurrected the quarry in the 1970’s but the new seam of black marble was not discovered until the late 1990’s. When you consider that it took 370 million years to form this marble it makes it a rare commodity and it is not just a marble it is the dense black colour that makes Kilkenny marble even more special. It is now the only quarry in Ireland where black marble is quarried at present. Jim also showed Michael how in Victorian times stone would have been split and Michael had a try and seemed genuinely delighted with his efforts. It was off to Harding Fireplaces where Michael got to polish up a piece of black marble and said, isn’t that the most beautiful piece of stone. He marvelled at the blackness and the quality of the marble and said, that would grace any fine house or castle to which Jim replied it is and it does.
This Kilkenny black marble is often used by sculptors for one off pieces but if you would like to see the black marble up close there is a fabulous display of various pieces in the showroom at Harding Fireplaces on the Green at Gowran.
RED MILLS DAY - One of the best days in the Gowran Park Racing Calendar takes place this Saturday with Connolly’s Red Mills Day. It is a great day out and always attracts a very large crowd with some excellent racing in store.
80’s NIGHT - The St. Patrick’s Day committee have organised an 80’s night this Saturday February 16 in Maher’s Pub. It is to raise money for this year’s parade. The first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held last year and it was a huge success and it would be nice to repeat that this year but like everything else there is some financial cost and your support would be greatly appreciated. There will be a door prize and a raffle on the night. Bring your dancing shoes and it might even be a nice way to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend.
JEUTONIC HAS MOVED - The best of luck is wished to local girl Caroline Barcoe, owner of Jeutonic Bridal Boutique as she has moved her business to bigger and brighter premises. You can now find Jeutonic at Smithlands Centre, Loughboy.
LYNGS BRIDGE - Thank you to area engineer Tony Lauhoff and Kilkenny County Council for fixing Lyng’s bridge. It had been in very bad repair for a very long time but they had given a commitment to the committee of GRD that they would repair it and they have done just that and it looks great. It is also much safer for pedestrians to cross over now.
LIBRARY OPEN - The library at Goresbridge Rural Development, Barrack St is open Mon – Fri, 9.30 to 1. There is a great selection of books to choose from, something to suit everyone. It is very simple there is no charge, you can bring books and take books in exchange, and even if you don’t have a book to bring you can certainly take some to read.
COMMUNITY GARDEN - If you are interested in learning to grow vegetables and herbs feel free to go along to the community garden behind the offices of GRD on Wednesday mornings. Dee Sewell from Greenside Up is the expert on hand to give advice. It starts at 10 and finishes at 12. It is very sociable, with a cup of tea/coffee and biscuits on hand also. It will show how you don’t have to have a big area to grow lots of food. If you would like more information you can contact Noel in the GRD office at 059 9775646.
GOWRAN PANTOMIME - Gowran Pantomime Society is in the final stages of rehearsals for their upcoming performance of Alice in Wonderland. Oh yes we are!
It’s the 14th production and it’s bigger & better than ever. It will be staged in Gowran Hall on February 12th,13th,15th & 16th nightly @ 8pm, and a matinee on Sunday 17th @ 3pm.
Tickets: €12. Kids €8. OAP/Students: €10. Family Ticket (Tuesday/Wednesday) €25. Bookings: 056 7726117.
GORESBRIDGE CHURCH BI-CENTENARY - Goresbridge Church will celebrate its Bi-Centenary this year and volunteers are being sought to form a committee to organise some events to celebrate the event. When the main committee is formed some sub-committees will also be formed. Please contact the Parish Office by email @firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 059 9775180.
BARROW RANGERS AGM - Barrow Rangers Hurling Club will hold their AGM on Friday February 15 in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge at 8pm. Mass for the deceased members will take place at 7pm in the adjoining Church.
SET DANCING - Adult Set Dancing resumes in Ionad Dara on Monday, February 4 for 10 weeks, €6 per class and beginners are very lucky.
KARATE CLUB - Paulstown Karate Club meets every Saturday morning in the Sports Hall, 10 – 11.15. New members welcome, boys and girls aged 6 – 14 years. You are invited to come along for a free class to give it a try.
BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,000 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,000 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.
FUNDRAISING CONCERT - St Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown are holding a fundraising concert on Friday 8th of March 2013. The concert will be held in St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown.
This will be our 5th year for our concerts and we always like to have a variety of different themes and different performers. Following feedback from people who attend the concerts, we have decided that the theme for this year is “Songs from the Musicals”. I am looking for performers who would like to join us on the evening and sing two songs from their favourite musical.
If you are interested please contact Marian on 086 1258480.
KILLOUGHTERNANE ART CLASSES - Art Classes will be commencing on Tuesday February 19 in Killoughternane Hall at 7.30 for 10 weeks. The cost is €100. New members and old members very welcome.
TRÓCAIRE BOXES - Lent is upon us and that means that the Trócaire Lenten Campaign is about to start. You can pick up your Trócaire box from the porches of each of the Churches.
LADIES KNIT AND CHAT GROUP - If you are interested in getting out the knitting needles and doing a bit of knitting while having a chat and getting to know a few more people interested in the same craft you are invited to be part of a group that will meet on Wednesday afternoons from 2.30 to 4.30 starting this Wednesday 13 February.
SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United B team travelled to St Anne’s in a potential league decider. Bridge had won 10 games on the trot up to this point and St. Anne’s were the only challengers. Bridge made no mistake with a 4-1 victory to remain undefeated this season, well done to all concerned.
The u 17 team lost 4-2 to Evergreen in Goresbridge on Saturday. The under 15’s had even less luck as they travelled to Rathdowney and lost 5-1 to Clover. The under 13’s kept the flag flying with a 5-1 victory over Evergreen B in Goresbridge.
An unplayable pitch in Durrow was the reason that Bridge United A team did not play. The ladies team however were awarded three points as Evergreen were unable to field a team.
SUPER WIN - Bridge Utd U9s continued their impressive form with a fine 4-0 win away to Freebooters. Goals from Patrick Langton, Dylan Hunston, Luke Fenlon and Kyle Foley were just reward for what was a fine team performance.
WORTH €6325 - Bridge United’s lotto is worth €6,325. Last week €20 went to Keith Glynn, Mary Murphy, Denis Wall, Bridget Quinn and Shane Murphy. The promoter’s prize was won by Jim O’ Connell. It costs 2 to play and tickets are available in Blake’s Pub, Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, Maher’s Pub, The Barrow Breeze, the Bridge Diner and from committee members.