Ballyragget -

Anne O’Shea


Anne O’Shea



The Board of Ballyragget & District Credit Union has been informed of the resignation of Manager Billy Coyle who is availing of a job offer in a significantly larger Credit Union in another part of the country. It is with regret that we accept his resignation but we appreciate these opportunities do not appear too often in today’s economic climate and he goes with our good wishes and appreciation for his 24 year’s service to the officers and members of Ballyragget & District Credit Union. Billy will take up his new position in October and we know his new employers will be availing of the considerable experience he has gained with us during his time in Ballyragget. The board, supervisors and staff nave enjoyed the excellent relationship and teamwork shared with Billy over the years and wish him continued success in his future endeavours.


Our Under 12 team travelled to Paulstown on Thursday evening, August 29th, for a championship quarter final meeting, with the home team. Paulstown won the group match in Ballyragget six weeks earlier, so Naomh Brid knew this would be a difficult assignment. On a lovely sunny evening, Sinead Walshe won the toss and decided to play with the breeze in the first half. However Paulstown enjoyed most of the possession early on and nearly all of the opening ten minutes were played in our half. A breakaway attack saw our first wide after 7 minutes, but the home team had four wides by then. A vital interception by Michaela Ryan followed by a great save by Thanh Phelan, kept the game scoreless and it stayed that way until the 18th minute .Lauren Phelan was injured by the fast moving ball, when bravely foiling a Paulstown attack, but play continued and the ball ended up in our net. Just before half time Thanh got a hand to a sizzling goal bound shot, but couldn’t keep it out. We were still in the game but needed scores to win. The selectors switched Thanh to centre forward in the second half, but a four goal blitz by the home team, in the opening ten minutes, put the game beyond our reach. Despite that the team played bravely to the finish and after Thanh had pointed a ‘45’ there were some near misses from Zoe Gleeson, Lara Dowling and Clodagh O’ Doherty, before Thanh fired an unstoppable ground shot to the net. Near the end, Nikita Kelly added another goal after good work by Mary- Kate Brennan and the game was in added time when Thanh Phelan popped over the final point. Despite a great effort in a competitive game, Naomh Brid lost by 7-0 to 2-2. We were unlucky with some of the goals conceded and a few of the chances we missed, but the selectors and supporters were delighted by the commitment of the team. Good luck to Paulstown in the semi final and thanks to John Mc Cormack ( James Stephens ) for refereeing.

Team- Thanh Phelan, Michaela Ryan, Lauren Phelan, Kiara Walshe, Sheila Brophy, Ciara Brennan, Mary-Kate Brennan, Sinead Walshe, Sinead Morrissey, Clodagh O’ Doherty Zoe Gleeson, Chieu Phelan. Subs – Lara Dowling and Nikita Kelly.

The Under 10 team was in Lisdowney on Saturday August 31st for the final Blitz of the season. The squad was- Nikita Kelly, Sienna Gunner, Katelyn Cummins, Eimear Kavanagh, Nessa Morrissey, Ellie Smith , Leanne Ryan, Catherine Purcell, Maeve Lennon, Ciara Mc Donald, Miriam Phelan, They played games against St Lachtains, Young Irelands and Lisdowney . All of the players did their best and enjoyed the day. No doubt the experience will be helpful for the future. The club extends its thanks to all of the players, coaches, officers, committee, sponsors and supporters for their contributions during the season. It was a progressive year for Naomh Brid, with significant increases in player and adult participation and our under 14 team reached the county semi final. A special word of appreciation is due to our Secretary, Sheila Gunner, who did a tremendous amount of work behind the scenes and ensured that everything was in order for our games. The end of year party is being planned at present and details will be advised in due course.


Open Day for Prague House: Clashacrow Gardens Freshford: Peter & Frances Theloke are opening their garden for an open day Saturday 7th September. 1-5 pm. All proceeds will be given to support Prague House, Freshford. Take L5005 for 1 Km Kilkenny side of Freshford Village. Enquiries to 087 9978743 or 087 2787080.


Commencing Tuesday 10th of September, 2013 in the Castle Arms Hotel in Durrow from 8.00 - 9.00 (10 weeks €80) Places are limited so booking is essential. For further information please call (086 8547710) Margaret


Numbers Drawn- 13, 14, 22, 28

Jackpot Winner- No Winner

€50 Sellers Prize – Paddy Fitzpatrick

€100 – Veronica Lacey, Finnan

€60 – Dominic Delaney, Moate Park

€30 – Jimmy Lacey, Finnan

€30 – Emma Smyth, C/O A. Brophy

Jackpot is €7,150 Tickets only €2


St Patrick’s Bord Na nOG held a golf classic in Rathdowney Golf Club last Friday week. It proved to be a great success with over 30 teams taking part. The committee would like to thank the Tee box sponsors, the very generous main sponsors, a list of whom will appear in next week’s report. They would like to thank all the golfers and all the staff at Rathdowney Golf Club for their help and generosity on the day.

Winners on the day were, in the golfers section: 1st place John Gleeson, Tony Cody, James Farrell and Lar Ryan -94pts. - 2nd place Mary Brophy, Daniel Brophy, Joan Brennan and Anne Ring- 93 pts.- 3rd Place Paul Roberts, Shane Dowling, Eddie Kenny and Robbie Malone-91pts. In the non golfing section the winners were- Keith Doheny, Richie Costello, Brendan Dooley and Gavin Brophy. 2nd- Paul Ryan, Ned Ryan, Jason Ryan and Kevin Ryan. 3rd - Morgan Kelly, John Mulcahy, Michael Dooley and John Cashin. The winner of the longest drive was Jason Ryan. The winner of nearest the pin was won by Eddie Kelly. Sincere thanks to all who helped to make this a success and for supporting this worth cause.


The Minor team had a very useful game against the Fenians in Johnstown recently. The team played very well and despite losing showed great character as they battled to the very end, and the mentors learned a lot from this game.


The Junior B side were victorious in the Championship Northern Final over James Stephens in Jenkinstown on Saturday. The St Pats team had steady 1st half scoring from Conor Delaney1-3, Niall Staunton 0-2 David Kelly 0-3 Conor Foley 1-0, Stephen Roberts 0-1. In the second half the scores cane from Jack Ryan 0-3, David Kelly 0-2, Mark Staunton 0-1 and Billy Morrissey (who came on as a sub for David Kelly) 0-1. This steady scoring and some great keeping from Mark Tyler meant St Pats 2-16 to James Stephens 2-9. The team was Mark Tyler Dermot Brophy James Staunton Brendan Dooley Paddy Cahill Paddy McEvoy Alan Ruth Gerry Kennedy Capt Stephen Roberts David Kelly Niall Staunton 1 Mark Staunton Conor Delaney Conor Foley Jack Ryan Subs:- Michàel Kenny Billy Morrissey Donal Brennan John Butler Jody Phelan John Phelan Jack O’Shea Conor Bolger Seoirse Kenny Oisin Brennan Fabian Jacob Liam Lacey John Staunton inj Michael Stapleton inj James Morrissey inj Maurice Walshe inj. They will now go on to meet John Lockes Callan in the County Final please see sports section for fixture.

The Intermediate team will be in action in Round 5 of the league against Thomastown in Clara on Saturday. Please come along and show your support to both teams in the coming weeks as the club scene really hots up.


St Patricks Intermediate team were in action against Mooncoin in round 4 of the Michael Lyng Intermediate League in Ballyhale. The St Patricks men were slow to start and went in at half time on the losing side but they came back fighting in the second half and on two occasions they were winning however at full time the match ended on a draw 1-13 apiece.

The Intermediate team will be in action in Round 5 of the league against Thomastown in Clara on Saturday at 2.30. Please come along and show your support to both teams in the coming weeks as the club scene really hots up.


Lucozade Club gear - The club is taking part in the Lucozade bottle top campaign so please if anyone has any Lucozade sport bottle tops please keep them and / or give them to a committee member. Blue or white bottle tops are acceptable. The competition will run until October and with enough tops we can get some club gear.


The book for next month’s is The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared By Jonas Jonasson The Hogan Stand Book Club will meet on Tuesday 1st October in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome.


Spin the Wheel Results for Friday 30th August – In house winner – Damien Kavanagh - €60, Jackpot winner – Jim Ryan C/O Wheel Inn- €75 and the sellers prize of €25 won by Frank Brennan. Next week’s jackpot is €4,500 and is in the Hogan Stand on Friday. Tickets can be bought from all local shops as well as all members of the club. Be in to win and good luck to all.

Changes to Brookville’s Spin the Wheel from Friday 6th September-

There will be 2 in house prizes of €25 drawn by ticket only- no spinning of wheel

Prize money to increase – minimum amount increased to €75 and maximum increased to €200, all other prizes increased pro-rata.

There will be only one spinning of the wheel which will be for the jackpot or whatever amount the wheel stops at.


Brookville polo shorts tops etc with crest can be ordered by contacting James Dowling on 0871614842. These are a great way to support the club and look great as well.


The challenge is to get as many trackers on the Tullaroan roads as part of the tracker run on the 1st of September so that the combined horsepower of all the trackers is over 10,000. Starting from Tullaroan sports field at 1pm. Cost is €20 which includes refreshments and the run is in aid of the Irish Wheelchair Association.


Volunteers & helpers needed: The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland provides a range of information, events & services for people of all ages, living in the County of Kilkenny with all forms of arthritis such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis & fibromyalgia. Do you have secretarial or administration skills they want to put to use, or maybe a background in marketing or finance? We are actively encouraging people of all ages and who have interests in many areas to volunteer. The Kilkenny Branch of Arthritis Ireland would love to hear from you. You can tailor your level of involvement to suit your availability - Contacted us on 087 756 0324, or find us on Facebook under Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch


Ministers for the Word

Month of September– Team B

Team Leader – Helen Brennan

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 Or if you wish drop them to O’Sheas house, Chapel Avenue- news items must be in for Sunday evening.