DUCHAS HERITAGE GROUP - Duchas Heritage Group will host a talk on, “VERNACULAR FORGED WROUGHT IRON IN CO KILKENNY”, in Tullaherin on this Thursday, 21st February at 8pm. The talk will be given by Shem Caulfield, Thomastown.
DEVELOPMENT GROUP - The Community Development Group was delighted to see such a good turn out at the meeting on last Tuesday to convene a new Hall Development Committee.
In the absence of Chairman, Billy Molloy, AnnMarie Mahon chaired the meeting. She began with a brief account of the feasibility study and matters leading up to the meeting where it is now necessary to appoint a Hall Committee to undertake the hall project & LEADER grant application.
A new committee was formed and is being led by, Chairman - Mike Shields, Vice Chair - Rosanne Byrne, Secretary - Sue Williams, Treasurer Kathleen Conway and PRO Joan Cleere. The Community Development Group will continue to work with this committee towards the redevelopment of the hall.
The next meeting will be held on next Tuesday 19th of February. Mike acknowledged the work of the existing Community Development Group in getting the project to this point.
PLAYGROUND NEWS - Work on the playground has been held up by the wet weather, however, it is hoped that construction will commence very soon.
HANDBALL - Kilfane HBC have continued their good run in the 40x20 juvenile county championships in recent weeks.
Conor Holden and Peter McDonald won the U10 and U11 boys singles titles respectively in Kells, while in Windgap, Roisin O’Keeffe won the U11 girls singles title.
Kyle Jordan and Cillian Kelly won the U10 doubles 40x20 County title last week in Kells. With the impressive display of handball they played it could be the first of many titles for the two boys.
On 14th Feb, Rachel Hogan became Ladies Junior A Leinster Champion by winning the final 2-0 in Croke Park.
In the Leinster championships last weekend, four Kilfane players were in action for Kilkenny against Kildare. Dearbhail O’Keeffe, Jack Holden and Aoife Holden all progressed to the next round with good wins in their singles competitions. Caoimhe Kelly was paired with Margaret Foley from Windgap in the U13 doubles and lost out in their match.
Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley are through to the final of the Leinster Silver Masters B doubles after defeating Kildare opposition in Monevea on Sat night.
The club would like to extend its congratulations to the hurlers of Thomastown on their recent All Ireland success.
LOTTO - Popular winner of the Lotto jackpot last week was Stella Byrne, Woodlawn who scooped the handsome sum of €2,300.00. Next week’s jackpot will revert to €1,000.00.
SYMPATHY - Sympathy is extended to Margaret O’Donnell, Main Street, Bennettsbridge on the death of her father, Patrick Davis, Knocktopher which occurred recently.
EAST END - East End Junior Results: Division 1 Newpark A 1, East End A 2. This league game was much anticipated by both teams and supporters and with promotion to the Premier Division still within sight for a number of teams there was great interest in this match. A minutes silence was held at the start of the match in memory of the late Matt Peters from Dungarvan, who played with East End for many years. RIP. The condition of the pitch did not hamper the game which was played with great fluidity throughout. East End had the first chance with a cracking shot from Tommy Jordan just being tipped over the cross bar by the very vocal Newpark Keeper. Newpark kept going though and had some chances themselves but the deadlock was broken before half time with a pass from Michael O’Neill going to Paul Murphy’s feet and he placed the ball past the keeper. The second half started much in the same manner but to East End’s dismay a penalty was awarded to Newpark for a handball which they duly converted. After intense pressure East End won a corner and Nicky Cleere headed home the winner. Some heart stopping moments followed near the end of the game including Newpark being awarded a free kick just outside the box but the away side held on to take all three points. Great play by all the team. Team: Patrick O’Neill, Tommy Jordan, Mark Kirk (Enda Morrisey), Nicky Cleere, Robbie Ryan, Eddie Fitzgerald, Wayne Dowling, Hugh O’Neill (Syd Kelly), Michael O’Neill, Kieran Dowling (Sean Wemyss), Paul Murphy.
Division 3. AC Kilkenny 1, East End B 0. This was the last league game for the B team and was played on a very badly cut up pitch which led to a poor game. East End were unlucky to go one down in the first half and the team kept on going to the end of the game. They were unlucky, and could have least equalised, with the ball just going wide of the upright on more than one occasion. Despite not having much to do, John Hayes on goal was alert and kept the team in the game right to the end. Even a great display by Brendan Fowler Doran was just not enough to get the team a draw. Team: John Hayes, David Fitzpatrick, Danny Kinsella, David Dowling, Jamie Monahan, Brendan Fowler Doran, Enda Morrisey, Chris Brennan, Darragh Wafer, David Galway, Steven Wemyss.
Schoolboys Results: The U10 team played at home to Paulstown. Despite not having played a game in a few weeks the team did well and scored a good few goals. Team: Dan Mitchell, Steven King Kohler, Dylan Kenny, Ivan Kenny, Myles McGovern, Cillian Harding Kelly, Eoin Mitchell, John Doyle, Eimhinn Cassin, Gearoid Kent, Bill Hughes, Jack Forristal.
U11 Schoolgirls: Lions 1, East End 2. The U11 girls had the long trek to Durrow to play the Lions girls. They started the game well and went one up through Roisin Donohue. They passed the ball around well and just before half time Roisin went on to net her second to put East End 2 up going in at half time. The second half was a closer contest and Lions scored to make it a very nervous last few minutes. Good defence by Abby Wemyss and the back line kept them out to record their second win over Durrow this season. Team: Rosie Ryan, Abby Wemyss, Megan Walsh, Farrah Callaghan, Niamh Walsh, Elise Ryan, Aoife Grace, Roisin Donohue, Megan Devane, Luci Brennan, Lucy O’Sullivan, Faye Lonergan.
Junior Fixtures: Division 1: East End A v Spa Utd 11am Schoolboy Fixtures: U17 Division 2, Lions v East End 11am U15 Division 2, Deen Celtic v East End 1pm U13 Midlands League Hacketstown v East End U 9 Paulstown 06 v East End Greens 11am U 9 Stoneyford v East End Yellows 1pm
LADIES CLUB - At the meeting on Thursday night, the Annual St Patrick’s Day Irish Dancing Display was discussed and the news from Stella Carroll and her team is that preparations are well in hand and the dancers are being put through their paces. The event will be held after mass on St Patrick’s Day.
The venue for this year’s weekend away will be finalised in the coming weeks.
WRITERS GROUP - Members of the Bennettsbridge Writers Group met for their February meeting, venue being Joan Cleere’s home. A productive afternoon followed with individuals reading some of their work. Refreshments were enjoyed during the course of the afternoon and a date was set for the next meeting which will be held in Patsy Crimin’s house.
ART CLASS - The Fetac Drawing Course being undertaken by ten students in Bennettsbridge is progressing satisfactorily under tutor, Julie Moorhouse. Work is now being assessed and final touches are being put to the drawings in preparation for portfolio material.
The group meets each Saturday from 12 – 3pm.
The help, assistance and encouragement given to the students by the Kilkenny VEC, through Martha Bolger is much appreciated by all.
UNIQUE GIFT ITEM - Seamus Lawlor, curator of the Nore Valley Museum has always strived to promote Bennettsbridge and it’s many attractions. His museum attracts visitors from all countries and he is to be complimented on his extensive collection of memorabilia from bygone days.
His most recent project is a collection of mugs, featuring scenes covering sport, village attractions and other specials including the village pump(another one of Seamus’s projects). The mugs are on sale locally and can also be obtained through the museum.
CARDS - Results from card game on 12th February are as follows,
First prize Michael Teehan/Michael Phelan
Second prize Toddy Skehan/Willie Tobin
Table prize Brigid Cottrell/Jim Hynes
ASH WEDNESDAY - Ash Wednesday ceremonies in both churches were well attended with Canon Patrick Duggan officiating in Tullaherin and Bennettsbridge.