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Thursday was an important day in the lives of some children and parents in the community as it marked their first day at “Big School”. Cameras were much in evidence as parents and families sought to record the big day.


Bennettsbridge Community Hall and Bennettsbridge GAA Club held a very successful joint fundraising night on Friday last at Kilkenny Dog Track. Over 500 tickets were sold and one of the biggest crowds of the year turned up for a great evening of dog racing and craic. It was the first visit to the track by many and the management and staff at the track hosted a very enjoyable evening at the excellent facility. There was a very successful raffle and BBQ and the appearance of Kilkenny hurling stars Jackie Tyrrell and Lester Ryan added to the occasion. There was much demand for photographs and autographs of the talented pair.

The proceeds of the entire night were shared equally by the Hall Committee and the GAA Club. John Byrne, Chairman of Bennettsbridge GAA said that it was great to see so much support for the event, particularly in the year when the club is celebrating 125 years. The club has plans to significantly upgrade the dressing rooms at the club grounds and the money raised will go to this.

Mike Shields Chairman of Bennettsbridge Community Hall Ltd said that the event was a great help to the fundraising effort for the upgrade of the hall which is due to start this autumn. The hall is 100 years old in 2014 and it will be appropriate that it will be significantly improved in time for the centenary celebrations.

The GAA and Hall Committee would like to acknowledge the support of all who helped make the dog night a huge success, volunteers who sold tickets and advertisement space, sponsors who placed adverts, all who attended the event, Kilkenny Dog Track and those who made donations to the event.


Tidy Towns would like to thank all their supporters for the great work carried out in and around the village over the summer!

Special thanks to the local businesses for their huge efforts in painting and putting out flowers, Lalor’s, O’Donnell’s, Patsy O’Brien, the Post Office, Centra, Tynan’s, Moth to a Flame, Benettsbridge Parts, Waltons, Ace Computers, Mosses, Kells Wholemeal, Thomastown Credit Union, Lanigans Engineering, Mahony’s Service Station and Seamus Lalor. Thanks to Avonmore Bennettsbridge for sponsoring weed killer. The adjudication results are expected in about two weeks!


The soccer season has well and truly started with the A team having played 4 games and the B team 1 up already. 

The Ladies team have played a number of friendly’s and with a very strong panel this year hope to do well.

The Schoolboys season will be starting over the next couple of weeks and registration is now taking place.  We will have the following teams this season:

Schoolboys: U8 (Born 2006), U9, U10, U12, U14 & U17, Schoolgirls: U10, U12, U14. 

Should you wish to register or want any information on teams and training please contact Schoolboys Secretary Lorraine Holohan on 087 747 5421.


Bennettsbridge U-12 Camogie team will play Thomastown in the League semi-final in Bennettsbridge on Friday 6th September. Your support would be appreciated.


Cake sale in aid of Bennettsbridge Camogie Club in The Community Hall on Saturday, 7th September at 7.30 pm after Mass and again your support would be gratefully appreciated.

Further information from Shane Wemyss at 087 3724080


Some local boys have been making their mark on the golf course in recent months.

Bill Whelan won the Junior Captains prize last Sunday in Gowran Golf Club.

Bill also received a prize for a hole in one earlier in the year.

Mackenzie Davin was Junior Player of the Year in Gowran Golf Club having won the most Junior competitions during the year.

Well done to both on their achievements.


Liz Ballinger, Bohergaddy, Bennettsbridge who died in Castlecomer District Hospital was a member of the Dollard family. Much regret was felt in the parish as Liz was well known and respected in the community. She was a familiar figure in the village and had been out and about until recently.

Liz had lived a great part of her life in St Helen’s, Manchester, having emigrated in 1956. She worked in Pilkingtons Glass as a bookkeeper for many years. She returned to Bennettsbridge in 1993 and became involved in all aspects of parish life. Her faith was very important to her and she was a very experienced reader of the Liturgy. She was a member of the Active Retirement Group. She will be sadly missed by her family, particularly her sister, Bridget. In her spare time Liz loved to paint and was very appreciative of the arts in general.

She is survived by her sister Bridget, stepchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Funeral prayers were recited in Johnson’s Funeral home followed by removal to Tullaherin Church where they were received by Canon Patrick Duggan.

Requiem Mass was celebrated by Canon Duggan who extended sympathy to the family on behalf of the parish.

Tullaherin Parish Choir sang both days accompanied by Mollie Cahalane.

Members of Liz’s family took part in the Liturgy.

She is survived by her sister Bridget, stepchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.


After one of the busiest weekends in the club’s long history, Kilfane Handball Club have four new Leinster juvenile handball champions, and have two doubles teams moving on to compete in All-Ireland finals after memorable semi-final victories.

Over Saturday and Sunday, the alley played host to thirteen Leinster finals and two All-Ireland semi-finals.

From early Saturday morning, a packed gallery watched intently as teams from Kilkenny, Wexford, Louth, Roscommon and Mayo contested for honours. In the last juvenile final of the day, Dylan Caulfield was on the U16 Kilkenny doubles team that lost out to a very classy Wexford pairing which included a current World champion.

Word then filtered through from Castlebar that Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley had emerged victorious over Mayo in their All Ireland SMB semi final. The prospect of an All-Ireland final appearance certainly made the nine hour round trip worthwhile and the road home that little bit shorter.

Back in Kilfane, Ray Ryan was representing Kilkenny in the All Ireland Over 35 Doubles semi final against Roscommon. Unfortunately, Ray and his partner John Morrissey from O’Loughlins lost out but credit must be given to both teams for the high standard of play. The final match of the day saw the Holden brothers, Noel and Willie, team up in the All-Ireland Masters Doubles semi-final against Mayo. Noel and Willie had already both qualified for All-Ireland finals in their respective singles grades, and they gave themselves an opportunity of a rare feat by beating Mayo to progress to the All-Ireland doubles final.

On Sunday morning, teams and supporters starting arriving in Kilfane from early morning to get in some last minute practice, and in the case of visiting teams, to familiarise themselves with the alley. Of the seven finals being played, Kilfane were represented in the first six so anticipation was high within the club that we could get hold of a Leinster crown.

Our juveniles certainly didn’t disappoint. Jack Holden was first up and emerged victorious in the U12 singles after a cracking game against the Leinster 40x20 champion from Wexford. A highlight of that final was the sight of both players throwing themselves full length to reach the ball on umpteen occasions, neither willing to concede an inch.

Next up was Dearbhail O’Keeffe who was meeting a very strong Wexford opponent in the U13 singles. Dearbhail won the first game but was beaten in the second after the Wexford girl stormed back into the match. However, Dearbhail held her nerve and got her power game going to pull clear and win the third game to take the title.

In the third final, Kilfane’s Caoimhe Kelly and Eimear Farrell teamed up to face a very strong Wexford pairing in the U13 doubles. After losing the first game, the Kilfane girls moved into an early lead in the second game but lost serve just when it appeared that they might be about to level the match. Wexford then upped the pace and try as they might, Caoimhe and Eimear could not cope with the power of the opposition and it was Wexford who recorded their first win of the day.

Next up was the U12 doubles final, and Roisin O’Keeffe was on the Kilkenny team to again face Wexford opposition. This match was a marathon affair as the match edged towards Kilkenny initially and then back to Wexford. At times, it was hard to believe we were looking at Under 12’s such was the quality of the play. In the deciding game, both teams had opportunities to win the match but the never-say-die attitude of the four girls saw this match go to the wire. In the end, Wexford got over the line and while it was a cruel way to lose, both Roisin and her partner Noelle Dowling from Mothel have every reason to be proud of their role in what was the match of the weekend.

Aoife Holden then stepped into the alley to face Dublin opposition in the U15 singles final and put on a display of power and precision to take the title in impressive style. Aoife will now progress to the All-Ireland series. So too will Niamh O’Shea who, in the next final, took the spoils over another Dublin opponent to become Leinster U17 singles champion. Niamh got a really strong serve going and that provided the base for a very solid overall performance.  

So, four players with Leinster titles, another four with Leinster runners-up medals, and four players reaching All-Ireland finals was the overall haul from the weekend. Well done to all our players for the hard work they have put in to get to this stage, and best of luck to those who are still involved in All-Ireland competitions.

Thanks are due to all who helped to get the alley ready over the past few months. Sincere thanks also to the mammy’s who served refreshments to players, officials and supporters all weekend.

Lastly, the final of the annual Hal Clarke Tournament takes place on Friday 6th September at 7.30pm. This tournament has become one of the foremost competitions on the local scene and has produced some fantastic handball matches this year. This year’s final should be no exception as reigning champion, Brendan Burke of Kells, will attempt to defend his title against Kilfane’s, Noel Holden in an eagerly awaited encounter.


No winner of jackpot last week. Numbers chosen were, 9, 10, 19, 21. Jackpot now stands at €2,050.00.

Consolation Prizes

Niall McGrath, Kilfane

Ann Walsh, Kilree

Tom Walsh, Rathcusack

Kathleen Kelly, Killarney

Liam O’Neill, Ballinaboola


First prize in the weekly card game went to, Larry Walsh/Tom Drennan

Second Prize was shared between,

Rose Hayes/Martin Mulhall and Danny McDonald/Geoff Doyle

Table Prize Brigid Cottrell/Michelle Bolger


Items for inclusion in Bennettsbridge Notes should be e-mailed to on or before Sunday at 9pm. Alternatively contact Joan, at 086 8271379 or 056 7727416.

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