Bagenalstown - Festival in the making

BAGENALSTOWN FESTIVALS - Festival Planning is well and truly underway for this year’s Bagenalstown Summer Festival which has been renamed ‘Summer Madness 2013’

BAGENALSTOWN FESTIVALS - Festival Planning is well and truly underway for this year’s Bagenalstown Summer Festival which has been renamed ‘Summer Madness 2013’

This year the committee is going for a whole new look with the return of the popular radio station River FM which goes live online on July 1. Tune in on on the Festival website or on Facebook page ‘River FM’. They are looking for news gatherers, radio reporters, presenters or anyone with an interest in radio to contact

The official launching of the Festival will be on Thursday evening. July 18, with a returning Emigrants’ Dinner Dance in the Lord Bagenal Hotel in Leighlinbridge with music by The Images. Tickets from any committee member. Guaranteed a great night will be had there.

Also this year sees the return of the popular ‘King and Queen’ competition, to find the next Festival King and Queen of Bagenalstown. If you think you’re up for the job e-mail your details to

A new family event this year is the ‘Summer Madness Family Fun Day’ which will see the return of traditional field day activities, such as egg and spoon races, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, and there will be a a wheel of fortune with loads of great prizes and much more.

Making a return from last year is the popular Raft Race this will be held along the riverside during the week prior to the Festival and then the semi-final and grand final will be held over the festival week-end. The teams can be mixed. However there is a limit to four people per raft. If you would like to take part e-mail your team members names to

The committee is also looking for the singers of Bagenalstown and surrounding areas to take part in their new event ‘The Voice of Bagenalstown’.

If you’re able to sing and you would like to record your own CD in a top of the range recording studio then this is the event for you. If you’d like to enter this fantastic competition e-mail your details to or if you just want more details about this event drop them a line.

That’s just a taste of what you can expect from this year’s ‘Summer Madness’ festival, more details about events will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Of course you can visit their website, find them on facebook ‘Bagenalstown Summer Fest’ and don’t forget to ‘like’ the River FM Facebook page.

EYE SPY IS BACK! - Eye Spy is back in Bagenalstown following closely the work of the community for Tidy Towns. A massive effort last year ensured a win for the town in the national Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place – let’s see that co-operative effort put into Tidy Towns this year. At Carlow County level, Regent Street has been nominated as Best Street in Bagenalstown for their use of colour; Gleann na Bearu for Best Estate and use of colour, and Matt Dunne’s on Kilree Street as Best Shop Front. St Brigids Boys School is nominated for best use of colour and flowers (take a walk up that way and see for yourself how well the school is looking – well done you guys).

B.I.G (Bagenalstown Improvement Group) and the Council continue to wage war on dog fouling, and it is starting to work. Use the pooper scoopers or bring your own, but pick up after your dog please. Litter is a problem – bin it or bring it home please. The river is NOT the correct place to throw your empty bottles and cans. Back lanes are pretty awful and don’t think that they will go unnoticed – if Eye Spy has seen them so will the judges.

Watch out for details of competition for best gardens, big and small, best hanging baskets. Poster campaign in the schools, all posters will be displayed in windows around the town.

B.I.G has a very small committee and volunteers would be very welcome. If you could give an hour or two of your time to your town please contact Paddy Gardiner on 087 621 1599. And in the meantime, if we all looked after our own space it would make a difference!

Congratulations are in order for people who make us proud- The girls under 13 relay swimming team who won a bronze medal in Community Games in Athlone on Sunday: Eve Sinnott, Molly Nolan, Eva Nair and Ruth Gardiner with Ella Doorley (Captain).

Runners and walkers who took part in the 50km run for Autism Awareness on Sunday. From those who did one lap – BEAM Centre through Leighlinbridge and back – to the elite runners who completed 5 laps; an eye watering 50 kilometres! We salute you all!

IN MEMORY OF PAUL - Peter and Sinead Minchin, Coolnacuppogue, Bagenalstown, will walk 120km of the Camino de Santiago Walk in September in memory of their brother Paul. Paul had Cystic Fibrosis and was the first recipient of a double lung transplant in Ireland who sadly died in May 2011. Peter and Sinead are using their walk as a fundraiser for Cystic Fibrosis Ireland and are looking for donations/sponsorship for same. All money raised will go directly to CF Ireland. People can donate either directly to them or through

BEREAVED - Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently Brigid Murphy, Fenniscourt (mother of Mrs. Marie Doyle and John Murphy, Wells); Eileen Sheehan, Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire and Dunleckney, Bagenalstown; Sarah Farrelly (nee Middleton), Tinryland and St. Brigid’s Crescent; Jimmy Mara, Canada and St. Brigid’s Crescent (brother of Mrs. Kathleen Lyons, St. Brigid’s Crescent).

BALLINKILLEN HURLING CLUB - €100.00 ticket draw. The first draw took place on Friday, May 24. The Club committee is delighted to announce they had two winners of €150.00 each, Goresbridge Credit Union and joint holders John Joe Barrett and Tony O’Neill. Congratulations to all. The second draw is on June 14 There was an increase in ticket sales this year and the committee is indebted to all its supporters and best of luck to all in the upcoming draws.

ATTENTION ALL MEN IN BAGENALSTOWN - You are invited to go along to the Men’s Shed Open Morning on Friday, June 7, at 10.30 am. in the Family Resource Centre. Enjoy a demonstration of hand wood carving and view the display of work completed in the Men’s Shed. Dates for your diary:- June 10: 10.30 am. 4 week course ‘Men in the Kitchen’ June 11: 10.30 a.m. 6 week course on Furniture Restoration. Wednesday night, June 12: 7.30 p.m. - Beginners Hand Wood Carving for 6 weeks. Further details - contact Dave on 059 9722028 / 085 1548256

FIELD DAY - The annual Field Day in aid of Our Lady’s National School will be held in Nurney Village on Sunday, June 9. Gates open at 2pm for a fun day out for all the family. Attractions on the day include Wheel of Fortune, Bottle Stall, Cake Stall, Super Slide and lots more. M.C. John McGrath. Admission: Adults €2, Senior Citizens and Children free. All welcome