TIDY TOWNS COMPETITION 2012-Thanks to all whom are litter picking, displaying flowers, strimmng approach roads and doing painting works to help make the town clean and presentable for the Tidy Towns competition. The CES team are tending to grass maintenance and certain spraying works around the town. Well done to the team also in ensuring that St. Finnan’s Cemetery was neat and tidy for the annual mass recently. The tidy town clean up continues in July starting from the Square every Wednesday at 8pm. Your support is much appreciated – every little helps.

CHARITY TRACTOR CLASSIC RUN 2012-Since 2006 the CTCR Classic Tractor Charity Run has been a familiar sight across the North Kilkenny terrain and the neighbouring counties of Carlow, Laois and Offaly. This year the well oiled convoy sets off from Ballyragget on Friday July 20th at 10a.m. The destination is Tullamore and the route takes in Carlow, Stradbally and Portlaoise. The organisers wish to convey their sincere gratitude to all who continue to support what is a real community event. To date a sum of €186,464 has been collected and every penny raised has gone directly to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children, Crumlin. The army of local volunteers pride themselves in ensuring there are no expenses involved what a wonderful gesture by all concerned. The group arrive back in Ballyragget on Saturday July 21st at 5 p.m. and the evening is rounded off with a Cabaret and Auction in Fitzpatrick’s Bar. Our Lady’s Hospital, Crumlin treat 40,000 children annually and it’s a wonderful testament to the charity of the people of the area to see the event being supported so well every year,

PLAYGROUP-As there are now no vacancies left for our morning Playgroup, names are being taken for the Afternoon session which operates from 12.30 to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday. This is open to preschool and pre-preschool children aged from 2years 6 months to 5 years. We deliver the same high standard Playgroup and Montessori programme as

the morning session. Free places available under the Early Childhood Care and Education Scheme and part subsidised places available under the Community Childhood Subvention Scheme. For full list of eligible places please contact the Manager Marian Gorman at 086-8462867 for details. Also please note that places are filling up fast for our September 2013 morning Session. If you would like your child to learn in a safe, nurturing and stimulating environment, please contact Marian at the

above number or call to see our purpose built premises with large outdoor play area on Chapel Avenue anytime.

BOOK CLUB-The book for September for the Hogan Stand Book Club is The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. The Book Club will meet on Tuesday 4th September 2012 in the Hogan Stand and new members are always welcome. Regards,

GREEN WASTE-Dunmore Recycling Centre is now accepting green waste at €2 a bag or €70 per tonne. You can dispose of grass cuttings, hedge clippings etc. at the centre. Please avail of this facility and help keep our environment clean.

BALLYOUSKILL GRAVEYARD-Last few copies of Ballyouskill Graveyard Inscriptions available for €15. No more reprints will be available. Please contact Pauline McDonald (nee Palmer) on 057-8733534 or 087-1252167. Also Maureen Palmer on 01- 4937709

ST. PATRICK’S LOTTO DRAW RESULTS-Numbers Drawn- 15,24,25,26. Jackpot Winner – No winner Next week’s jackpot is €12,400. Next week’s venue is Fitzpatrick’s

TEAM NEWS-History was made in the club this week as Kevin Kelly captained Kilkenny to victory over Laois in the Leinster Under 21 Final at O’Moore Park Portlaoise, it was a great day for the county and a great day for the club. The huge Ballyragget crowd in attendance was testament as to what this great honour meant to the parish, also in the black and amber from the club and featuring on the Under 21 panel were Geoff Brennan, James Gannon, Michael Brennan and Stephen Staunton. Well done to all concerned. St Patrick’s Ballyragget Intermediate team were in action on Sunday against St Lachtains Freshford in Lisdowney. The game was a tough fought battle and ended on a score line of Freshford 2-16 Ballyragget 2-12.

Oiche Na gClub 2012- this year’s club “day” will be a night once again, on Friday 27th of July the club will celebrate its annual club get together at the grounds in Oldtown. The festivities start at 6pm for the kids sports with a ball wall challenge and races planned. Food and refreshments will be served and all are welcome.

NAOMH BRID -Naomh Brid Camogie club-On Saturday July 7th the Under 10 team headed to Tullaroan for a three game blitz. A beautiful morning and a blue sky provided a welcome break from the bad weather of the previous days. The first game was against St. Martin’s and despite leading at half time; the girls were pipped in the second half. A tremendous performance against O Loughlin Gaels also ended in a narrow defeat, while our hosts, Tullaroan, were a little better in the third game . The players are improving all the time and the supporters present were delighted with their efforts. Thanks to the Tullaroan club for refreshments after the games. Panel- Mary Kate Brennan, Molly Southgate, Kiara Walshe, Clodagh O’ Doherty, Ellie Smith, Eimear Kavanagh, Sinead Morrissey, Catherine Purcell, Michaela Ryan, Nikita Kelly, Ciara Mc Donald, Sienna Gunner, Leanne Ryan, Nessa Morrissey, Hannah Coyle- Twomey. The Under 12 team travelled to Clough on Monday July 9th to play Cloneen in the League. Despite the heavy shower of rain en route, it stayed fine for the match. Playing with great determination from the start Naomh Brid led by 2-2 to no score after ten minutes. By half time, it was 3-3 to no score, with Katie Brennan scoring two goals and Mary Kate Brennan the third. The second half followed a similar pattern and goals by Katie Brennan, Zoe Gleeson (who was goalkeeper for the first half) and Mary Kate Brennan (2) ensured a comfortable win for Naomh Brid. This was an impressive team performance with all players making a contribution to victory. The supporters were thrilled with the performance and noted the ongoing improvement in the team. Cloneen battled all the way and were unlucky with some of their scoring efforts. The host club had everything in perfect order for the game, including a well marked pitch of the proper dimensions. Thanks to Cloneen for their warm welcome. Panel– Zoe Gleeson ( 1-0) ,Sheila Brophy, Emer O’ Doherty, Chieu Phelan, Zara Gunner (0-3, 2 ‘45’, 1 free),Kate Maher, Lauren Phelan, Katie Delaney, Katie Brennan(3-0), Kiara Walshe, Mary Kate Brennan (3-0), Michaela Ryan. Subs. Sinead Walshe for K Delaney, Molly Southgate for C Phelan, Clodagh O’ Doherty for K Walshe, Aoibhe Waters for Z Gleeson. Best wishes for a speedy recovery are extended to team member Than Phelan, who is currently injured.

BORD NA NOG-St Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section are having a table quiz fundraiser on Friday the 27th of July at 9 pm. in the Hogan Stand. Quizmaster on the night will be Mr. Jack Dunphy. The cost is €20 euro per table of 4. There will be great prizes to be won on the night. We look forward to seeing you there.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION-Patrick’s GAA Bord Na Og/ Juvenile section will hold a church gate collection at Ballyragget and Ballyouskill on the 28th and 29th of July as part of their weekend fundraiser.

SCRAP SATURDAY-Are you “Summer” cleaning your home or farm? Do you want to get rid of your unwanted scrap metal, farm machinery, batteries and electrical goods for free and help St. Patricks GAA Club raise much needed funds for the club at the same time? St. Patrick’s Ballyragget GAA Club are organising a scrap metal collection. Some examples of items we are looking for include saucepans, steel kettles, toasters, golf irons, dishwashers, radiators, steel fireplaces, steel garden furniture, bicycles, steel window frames, steel oil tanks, washing machines, filing cabinets, coal buckets, cars, steel gutters, aerials, steel wheelbarrows, tyre rims (without the rubber), lawn mowers. Items we “CAN NOT” take include, TV’s, plastic, timber, fridges, gas cylinders. A collection service will be arranged on the day. Details of how you can contribute and a special collection day will follow shortly. For details you can contact Aidan Brophy -087 2026598, Philip Kenny - 087 2599006 Sean Lawless- 087 7834123, Jim Mooney 087 7834123, Joe Brennan 087 2276359 or any committee member. Full lists of items that can be collected is available in shops and business around the town or if you have suitable items and need those collected please contact any of the above. Also if you have any trees or timber that you need cut down and would like to donate these to the club for the winter timber sale please contact Joe Brennan 087 2276359. We hope you will support this collection in aid of St. Patrick’s GAA Club and spread the word to friends, relatives and neighbours.

OSSORY AGRICULTURAL SHOW-Ossory agricultural annual show will take place Sunday 22nd July in Rathdowney, (Laois county show). A great family day out, not to be missed with a wide variety of classes to choose from including Glanbia €1000 Friesian calf championship, meadow meats beef bullock and heifer, FBD €1200 Ossory cross bred Belgian blue championship, classes with sheep, poultry, horses, working hunter championship, flowers, crafts, baking, knitting, junior, photography, most suitably dressed lady and gentleman, little miss Ossory and most suitably dressed boy on show day to name but a few. Punch and Judy shows throughout the day, amusements, trade stands, a wide variety of foods to suit every ones taste buds, Luxury weekend B&B break giveaway draw. Vintage tractor display (Ferguson, some Massey from private collector,) Hay tramming demonstration. It’s the place to be. For details and schedule contact secretary Catherine on 087/9975902 fax/phone 050548939 email website closing date for entries 11th July chairman peter Ging 086/2394573 treasurer Irene Newman 0868402125

BROOKVILLE SPIN THE WHEEL -Brookville Spin the Wheel results for Friday 13th July – In house draw - €125– Paddy Fitzgerald. Jackpot spin won Sean Stapleton €60 and the seller’s prize of €25 was won by Stephen Hickey. Next week’s jackpot is €1600 and will be held in Hogan’s Bar. Tickets for sale at €2 – Be in it to win it!

BROOKVILLE MANAGER-Brookville AFC is interested in hearing from anyone with an interest in managing the junior team in division 2 of the Kilkenny & District League for the coming season. Contact 087 6845387 or 087 2210307.

CHURCH EVENTS-Ministers for the Word . Month of July – Team D. Team Leader – Thomas Healy

CEMETERY MASSES-Donoughmore Cemetery on Monday 30th July at 8pm, Ballyouskill on Friday 3rd August at 8pm. Rosconnell on Friday 20th July at 8pm

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.

notes-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 night.