21 May 2022

Goresbridge Notes

Bridge United goalkeeper, Aidan Hynes spent the Halloween break training with GrimbsyTown. This is the second time in the last few months that Aidan has had trials in England. Aidan is currently in the Southeast under 16 development squad where he has been for a number of years.

Bridge United goalkeeper, Aidan Hynes spent the Halloween break training with GrimbsyTown. This is the second time in the last few months that Aidan has had trials in England. Aidan is currently in the Southeast under 16 development squad where he has been for a number of years.

This is a squad picked from Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford and Waterford. It involves travelling to Waterford for training every Monday night which is a huge commitment. Aidan is also a member of the Kilkenny Youths and Kilkenny under 16’s.

CAMOGIE NEWS - The under 21 Camogie team of Paulstown/Goresbridge had a great win over Glenmore on Sunday in the quarter final of the championship. The score board read 7-11 to 3-2. They play Rower-Inistioge in the semi-final which will be a tough match for the girls.

INDECISIVE - The local rock band Indecisive have some of their songs up on youtube so worth having a look at.

PERSONAL MONITORED ALARM -If you are over 65 and would like to avail of a personal monitored alarm, please contact Breda at Goresbridge Rural Development at 059 9775343 any morning Mon – Fri 9.30 to 1pm. The installation and the equipment is free but there is an annual charge of €60. If you would like one you are urged to contact GRD straight away as there may be changes in the upcoming budget.

3 REPRESENTATIVES ON THE TEAM - The Kilkenny Youths travelled to Cappoquin to play the Waterford East Cork League. Bridge United have 3 representatives on the team. Aidan Hynes, at 15 years of age was playing in goal and will be eligible to play youths soccer for another three years. Conor English and Sean Murphy were also part of the squad last year. Kilkenny won 4-1 and Sean bagged 3 goals with Conor also scoring a goal. It was a great contribution from the three lads who regularly play with Bridge United A team in the Premier Division of the KDL League. Conor is 17, Sean is 16 and Aidan is 15 so it seems there is a bright future ahead of Bridge United.

IRISH BOXING CHAMPION - Congratulations to 17 year old Keith Flavin who won the under 23 Irish Boxing Championship claiming his fourth title this year. Keith is going from strength to strength and will be heading to Armenia to box in the World Championships on November 1. The very best of luck is wished to him from everyone in the Parish.

KILKENNY PEOPLE OF THE YEAR AWARDS - Congratulations to Paulstown Boxing Club who won the prize for Best Club in the Kilkenny People of the Year Awards recently.

BRIDGE UNITED RESULTS - The under 17 team travelled to Rathdowney to take on Clover United but lost 3-1. The under 15’s travelled to Freshford and won 9-1. Chris Alyward was in superb form netting seven times to add to the four he scored two weeks ago in the National Cup. Ex-Bridge united A goalkeeper and McAlmount Cup and Maher Shield Winner, Joe Walsh brought his under 13 team to Graignamanagh to play Highview, they came out on the wrong side of a 3-1 score line. The under 11 team travelled to Freebooters and lost 3-0.

UNDER 9’S HAD A GOOD WIN - Bridge Utd. U9s had a good win against East End on a score line of 4-1 with goals from Mikey Knox, a cracker from Kyle Foley, Joe Healy and Dylan Hunston. Good performances from all the squad. In addition to the aforementioned are Jack Doyle, Adam Scully, Donagh Murphy, Jamie Nolan, Luke Fenlon,Patrick Stafford ,Aaron Hosey, Cathal Purcell, Sean Fitzpatrick and Patrick Langton. Keep up the good work lads!

SPLIT THE POT RESULTS DOUBLE DRAW - This week we held two draws as there was a hiccup last week. The winner of draw 1 was Aidan and Anthony Dunne, Barrack St who won €104, Pauline O’ Brien, 2 Barrowmount Road and Jim Tyrell c/o The Barrow Breeze both won €20.

The second draw was won by Eileen Byran, Barrowmount Road, Paddy Dowling c/o Pauline’s Coffee Shop won €20 as did Mary Maher, Chapel St. Thank you to all of you who support the draw and thank you to all the businesses that promote it. This week the grass verges were cut on the entrances to the village plus other grass cutting that takes place regularly, the dead flowers were removed from the pots. It is hoped to put another bit of colour into the pots in the next week or so.

Witches Walk - The committee of Scoil Bhríde Parent’s Association would like to thank all of you who took part and financially supported the Witches Walk recently. This fundraiser raised €1,834.

FREE COMPUTER CLASSES IN GORESBRIDGE - Are you free on Wednesday mornings and would like to avail of freecomputer classes in Ionad Dara, if so contact Carmel or Marion at 056 7763149 or 087 7385691. These classes are suitable for beginners or people who would like to gain accreditation at Fetac level 3 or 4. It is wonderful to think that we can avail of these courses on our own doorstop, no travelling into Kilkenny or elsewhere.

PAT AND JACK SAY THANKS - On Wednesday last Jack and Pat Minchin finished up in the shop they have run for 12 years and it must be said there was a steady stream of customers and friends calling all day Wednesday to wish this good humoured couple the very best of luck. There was a glass of wine or a cup of tea/coffee and refreshments for everyone who called in which was a lovely idea. Pat and Jack would like to thank all their customers for their loyalty and business over the year. Asking them what they will miss most, their answer was, the people and the chats.

ZUMBA CLASSES - Zumba Fitness takes place in Ionad Dara every Tuesday night, 8.30 to 9.30, €8 per class, contact Nicola at 085 1416953 for more information or just turn up on the night.

KELTIC KATS PLAY MAHERS - Bridge United are holding a cabaret in Maher’s Lounge on Saturday November 24 at 9pm and the ever popular Keltic Kats will be playing. Halfords of Kilkenny have come on board and have sponsored door prizes of a car power washer and a mountain bike. Tickets for the event are €3 or 2 for €5. It promises to be a great night out and always nice to support local clubs and organisations.

GORESBRIDGE DRAMA FESTIVAL - Preparations are going very well at present for Goresbridge One-Act Drama Festival which kicks off on Thursday Nov 15 and continues on Friday 16 and Saturday 17 in Ionad Dara. The adjudicator for this year’s festival is well known actress and script writer Biddy White Lennon. This is the third one act drama festival to be held in County Kilkenny under the DLI (Drama League of Ireland). Goresbridge is one of 24 one act festivals being staged around the 32 counties of Ireland between mid October and late November this year. The standard of entries has been extremely high in Goresbridge over the past two years and in both 2010 and 2011 the winners in Goresbridge went on to win the All-Ireland title. Bradán Players from Leixlip, Co. Kildare won in 2010 and Kilmeen from West Cork took the title last year. The Festival Committee Members were delighted to receive 25 applications for Goresbridge Drama Festival from which 9 were selected. The competing groups will travel from counties, Dublin, Waterford, Wicklow, Kildare and Cork. The competition has two sections, Open and Confined. Plays have a time limit of 55 minutes and the winners in Goresbridge will go on to compete in the All-Ireland Finals in Ballyduff , Co. Waterford in early December. A wide range of plays will be presented from Irish, American and English playwrights. Thursday night will start with Coolgreany Amateur Dramatic Society and their production of The Trial by Anthony Booth (confined). Ballyduff Drama Group will present One for the Road by Harold Pinter and Martello Productions from Bray, Co. Wicklow present The Tinker’s Wedding by J. M. Synge.

Friday 6 November’s programme will start at 8pm with Blue Hat Theatre Group from Whitechurch, Cork and their presentation of Worker’s Wishes by Sean Kelleher (confined). Second up on Friday night will be Haul Bowline Theatre Group from Cobh, Co. Cork with the Stanley Parker’s by Geraldine Aron (open). Finally, Ballally Players, Dublin will present After Play by Brian Friel also in the open section.

The evening’s entertainment will start at 7pm on Saturday November 17 with Camross Drama Group, Co. Wexford and their play Billy the Member written by Des Waters (confined). The second spot on Saturday will be filled by local group New Heritage Theatre from Kilkenny with I Dream before I Take the Stand, an American play by Arlene Hutton (open). The final presentation in the festival will be Bradán Players from Leixlip, Co. Kildare with Some Kind of Love Story by Arthur Miller. At the end of each night, adjudicator Biddy White Lennon will give a brief account of the three plays to the audience and a short analysis of each one. On the Saturday night the winners will be announced and prizes presented. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third places in the Open Section. Prizes will also be awarded to first and second places in the Confined Section. Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Director Awards will be chosen from all nine entries. Finally, two further awards may be given at the discretion of the adjudicator.

Several sponsors have already pledged their support for the festival. As part of offsetting the considerable costs involved in running a festival the organisers are inviting people and organisations in the community to become Friends of the Festival for a contribution of €25. In the Festival Programme all Friends of the Festival and Sponsors will be fully acknowledged and will receive two tickets for each of the three festival nights. This offer is open until the programme is printed on Nov 8. Please contact 086 0443152 if you would like to become a friend of the festival. To book seats for any of the evenings please phone or text 087 4129215. Adult tickets are €10 per night or €20 for a season ticket (all three nights), senior citizens and student tickets €8 per night or €15 for season ticket with children’s tickets €5 per night or €10 for season ticket. Family tickets are available at €20 (2 adults and 2 children).

LOTTO WORTH €6,325 - Bridge United’s lotto stands at €6,325 and the reserve jackpot is €1975. The following won €20 each, Sophie Dwyer, Denis Meaney, Mick Brennan, Natasha Maher and Billy Holden. The promoter’s prize was won by the Willie Murphy. It costs just €2 to play and tickets can be purchased in Pat Minchin’s, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, the Barrow Breeze, Bridge Diner, Blokes or any committee member.

KILKENNY CAMPUS - The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite all students interested in taking the first year of their BA Degree in Kilkenny City to join us at our Open Day on Saturday, 10th November 2012 at 12.00pm.

Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centred environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs.

Further information and a timetable for the Open Day can be found at:

MONTH OF THE HOLY SOULS - November is the month of the Holy Souls; you are invited to leave the Dead List into the box in the Church. An envelope and sheet is supplied in your box of envelopes. A Novena of Masses will be celebrated for all those whose names are on the Altar List of the Dead. These Masses will be on Friday November 2 at the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed 9am Goresbridge, 10am Paulstown and Saturday November 3 at 10am in Paulstown and on other dates later in November.

CHRISTMAS PARTY - The Paulstown/Goresbridge Senior Citizens Christmas Party has been booked for Sunday December 9. For those of you in the Goresbridge area who would like to book your place contact Catherine McLoughlin at 059 9775123 or Kathleen Holmes at 059 9775331.

300 CLUB DRAW - The cards for the annual 300 club draw in aid of the Senior Citizens are now in the shops. It costs €10 for 6 draws and always worth supporting.

CHRISTMAS FLOWER ARRANGING CLASSES - Christmas Flower Arranging Classes will take place at Emoclew, Ballyellen, Goresbridge starting week November 12. Contact Emily Whitford McDonald for more details at 059 9775321 or 086 2368906.

INSULATE FOR FREE - Kilkenny Leader Partnership, administered by SEAI, can insulate your home for free. Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. The scheme is being delivered currently by Kilkenny Leader Partnership at 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny (056-7752111). Who can avail of the scheme? Owner occupied non- local Authority homes. Houses constructed before 2012. The owner is in receipt of one of the following Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ; Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age ; Family Income Support.

FLOWER DEMONSTRATION IN AID OF HOMECARE TEAM - It’s certainly a great night to look forward to, it is of course the annual Christmas Flower Demonstration which will be held this year on Tuesday November 20 at 8pm. Tickets cost €10 and you won’t get better value on a night out with a glass of mulled wine, tea or coffee and mince pies to enjoy. It’s even better when you know that all profits go to the Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team. This year Adrienne Thompson will be the demonstrator and all the arrangements will be raffled at the end of the night, there will also be a hamper as a door prize. If you wish to book tickets contact 087 7614948. It is important to note that this night is always a sell out.

CHOIR - Goresbridge Choir meet on Monday evenings in the Church at 7.30pm for an hour.

CHAIR YOGA AND GENTLE EXERCISE CLASSES - Chair yoga and gentle exercise classes will commence in Ionad Dara soon. If you would like to learn to relax and do some gentle exercises this class could be perfect for you, it really suits all ages. There may be a group of friends that might like to spend a morning together and this could be an ideal way to do it. If you would like to book a place please contact Marian at 086 3082450.

ART CLASSES - Art classes for beginners in a relaxed and casual setting on Tuesday evenings from 7-9. Contact Dawn at 086 3768810

YOGA CLASSES - Yoga Classes for beginners take place on Tuesdays in Ionad Dara, Goresbridge, contact Marianne Dolan at 086 3082450.

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