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Joan Cleere


Joan Cleere



A public meeting hosted by Bennettsbridge Community Hall Ltd on Wednesday night last informed the local community that the hall renovation project is about to begin in the next few days. Mike Shields, Chairman advised the gathering that the group had just signed a contract with LEADER, securing a grant for €146,000 to fund the project. The total cost of the project comes to €195,000, some of which will need to be fundraised over the coming years. Recent successful fundraising efforts including the dog racing night have helped the fundraising effort considerably and the support of volunteers and businesses in contributing to this was gratefully acknowledged.

The renovation project will involve significant renovation of the 99 year old hall and will include roof repairs, upgrading of heating and plumbing, kitchen renovation, window renovation, floor renovation, front room upgrading, toilet restoration, electrical upgrade and improvements to safety and accessibility. The work will take 6 months and will be done by David Egan Construction of Adamstown, Wexford who tendered successfully for the project, administered by Bluett & O’Dohoghue Architects, Kilkenny who have been working with Bennettsbridge Community Hall Ltd for a number of months.

Mike Shields acknowledged the hard work done by the Board members; Rosanne Byrne –Vice Chairperson, Sue Williams –Secretary, Kathleen Conway, Paul Brennan and Eileen Lawlor. He also thanked Kilkenny LEADER Partnership and in particular Mairead Rohan, Development Officer for her help and support. He also acknowledged the support of the Bennettsbridge Community Development group in supporting the project and the co-operation of the Parish and Diocese in leasing the hall to the group.

Over €30,000 will have to be raised by the hall group to fund the renovation and a meeting will be held on this Thursday to convene a group to raise funds locally. Meeting is at Lalors Corner House Bar at 8.30pm. All welcome.


The marriage was solemnised in St Aidan’s Church, Poulfur, Fethard-on Sea, between Paul Mitchell, son of Geraldine and Noel Mitchell, Ballyreddin and Kelly Murphy, daughter of Eileen Murphy-Hudman. Celebrant was Fr Nolan.

The bride wore an ivory gown and she was attended by her cousins, Cianna Connolly, Shannon Murphy, Sheena Connolly and Shauna Odham. The bridesmaids wore dresses of dark blue.

Best man was David Somers, cousin of the groom. Paul’s friends, Jamie Cassin, Padraig Cassin and Eamon Bolger acted as groomsmen.

Ushers were,Odhran Ready and Ruari Murphy-Hudman.

Flower girl was Willow Murphy-Hudman.

The lessons were read by, Cathal Dempsey and Sharon Murphy.

Prayers of the Faithful were recited by, Dillon Murphy-Hudman, Finian Ready, Mikey Murphy-Hudman, Eoin Mitchell and Daniel Mitchell.

The offertory gifts were presented by Eileen Murphy-Hudman and Geraldine Mitchell, mothers’ of the bride and groom respectively.

Music throughout the ceremony was by Tomas Jackman.

The reception was held in The Brandon Hotel, New Ross and the honeymoon was spent in Orlando followed by a cruise.


Best wishes to the Bennettsbridge hurlers in their quest for the County Junior HurlingTitle next Sunday. They will take on Lisdowney in the much awaited match. Bring on the green and gold!


There was a very good attendance at the meeting on Wednesday night to discuss developments in the programme for the hall refurbishment. The meeting was told that work will commence almost immediately and that the centre will be closed for approximately six months during the operation.

The many groups using the hall will have to find alternative accommodation and several options were discussed for individual groups.

Next year the building will be 100 years old having been built in 1914 and what better way to celebrate than with a complete makeover.

Some funds will have to be raised locally and a number of suggestions were taken on board. A further meeting will be held next Thursday night at 8.30pm.


Halloween is fast approaching and organisers of the Halloween Auction and Fancy Dress Extravaganza in The Ouncel House, Dungarvan are getting ready for a bigger and better night. Finishing touches are being put to costumes and a good entry is expected for the Fancy Dress. Inscribed Jerpoint Glass for the winner.

Items for the auction are being gathered and some very good pieces have been donated already, including the very acceptable Mosse Pottery, Jerpoint Glass, Karen Morgan Pottery and Golf Fees from all the local courses.

Jim Walsh is honing his auctioneering skills and the menu for the delicious finger food is printed. Please come and support this event which will benefit The Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team. A great night out for all the family!


The Scarf Swop Event for the Simon Community taking place in Jerpoint Glass Studio over the Bank Holiday has captured the imagination of the public and donations are finding their way into the special boxes provided. In Bennettsbridge, you can put your unwanted scarves in the box at Centra.

Don’t forget to come along to Jerpoint on Halloween weekend to avail of a coffee while you view the scarves and support the Simon Community. There will be glass-blowing demonstrations and art tables for the children.


This weekend, GOWRAN LITTLE THEATRE are staging their production of Tommy Marren’s play,”It’s The Real McCoy”, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 18th,19th & 20th at 8pm nightly in Gowran Parish Hall.

Admission €8. Seating is limited so booking is essential. Phone: 0871331130.


Last week the bennettsbridge lotto reached an important milestone when draw number one thousand was recorded. The weekly event has made an important financial contribution during this time providing much needed funds for the Parish, G.A.A. and East End United. If you are not in the draw or have recently come to live in the community your support would be much appreciated. Tickets are available in all local shops and pubs and from various promoters. It is also an opportune time to thank promoters and volunteers who attend each Monday night to run the event and their commitment is appreciated.

Results of last week’s lotto as follows, no winner of jackpot. Numbers chosen, 9, 17, 26, 28. Next week’s jackpot will be €2950.00.

Consolation Prizes

Richie c/o Fr. Duggan

June Greer, Rathcusack

Marie Treacy, Station Road

Bridie McGrath, Castlegarden

Caoimhe, Brodhna, Micheal Shiel, Gowran road


The second annual fundraiser for Action Breast Cancer and The Irish Cancer Society will be held on Saturday 19th October in Lalors Corner House in Bennettsbridge. 

The night is being organised by Elvera King and she is appealing for support for the venture.

DJ Derek Collins has very kindly donated his services for the event.  There will be a drinks promotion and a raffle on the night. There will be no cover charge, but there will be raffle tickets on sale during the night. 

If anyone would like to purchase raffle tickets before the night please contact Some amazing prizes are up for grabs, including candles from Moth to a Flame, vouchers from John Delaney Photography, Reptile Village, Lorimat Jewelers, The Book Centre, Stonehouse Books, Glamourous Gel Nails and Beauty, Laurena’s Beauty Transformations, St Sheds, Tynan’s Butchers, PJ Cullen Centra and more. Laurena from Laurena’s Beauty Transformations will attend on the night and will be performing some Star Makeovers. Last year was a huge success raising just over €2200.00 providing much needed funds for this worthy cause. 


Many thanks to parishioners for their very generous support for the Churchgate collection in aid of the L’Arche Community.


There will be a churchgate collection in Tullaherin/Bennettsbridge on the Bank Holiday weekend.


Sympathy is extended to Tom Dollard, Bohergaddy, on the death of his mother, Mrs Bridget Dollard, Ullid, Kilmacow (formerly a member of the Hutchinson family) who died recently.

Also the sympathy of the parish goes to the Ryan family Maddoxtown on the death of Paddy which occurred recently.


Mrs Eileen Reid, Legan, Thomastown who died unexpectedly last week was the eldest daughter of Joe and Liz Conlon, Woodlawn. Sympathy goes to her husband, Sean and family. She is also survived by her brothers, Michael and John and sister, Michelle and other relatives and friends.


Thomastown people will remember the late Brian Graham, as he was a frequent visitor to the town from the mid-fifties on. Son of Bridie and Ken Graham, Brian spent his summer holidays in Thomastown and will be remembered by many friends in the area. Brian’s mother, Bridie(Bones) was a member of the O’Brien family, Mill Street and his father Ken was Scottish. Brian died unexpectedly in London and is survived by his children, Charlotte and Daniel, grandchildren, cousins and other relatives.


The Tidy Towns and Community Development Groups are seeking help with their re-cycling venture on this Friday 18th October.

Old clothes, household textiles (curtains, towels & soft toys), shoes, handbags, belts, mobile’s (entire, no parts) accepted also books (no magazines or school books).

Collections at the Community Hall from 9am-10am and from 2pm-3:30pm on Friday 18th of October.

Please contact Michele Culliton (087-2844471) Paula Nolan (087-222122) or Ann Marie Mahon (086-3732328) if you wish to drop off clothes outside this time.


A new centre has opened in the village, namely, St Raphael’s centre. The centre has a full programme of courses running throughout October, November and December. Topics covered include, Walking with the Angels, Prayer and Christian Meditation, Healing and Self Development, Stress management and individual counselling.

The centre is situated above O’Brien’s Auctioneer’s across from the grotto

Contact Janet at 086 340 1833 for further information.