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Goresbridge - Funding for new water scheme allocated

NEW WATER SOURCE - The water supply to Gowran, Goresbridge and Paulstown is set to benefit from a funding injection of €100,000. Local Cllr. Tommy Prendergast has welcomed the allocation by Kilkenny County Council under the Small Schemes Programme. “The supply to the three towns will be increased through existing development and more importantly by way of a brand new source” said Cllr.

NEW WATER SOURCE - The water supply to Gowran, Goresbridge and Paulstown is set to benefit from a funding injection of €100,000. Local Cllr. Tommy Prendergast has welcomed the allocation by Kilkenny County Council under the Small Schemes Programme. “The supply to the three towns will be increased through existing development and more importantly by way of a brand new source” said Cllr.


COUNTRY FAIR AT DUCKETT’S GROVE - The Duckett’s Grove Country Fair is being held on Sunday May 5th from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring a whole range of activities and entertainment suitable for all the family, including traditional craft demonstrations, a falconry display by Woodlands Falconry and a large craft and artisan food market. For the younger among us there is free face painting and nature trails at 2 and 4 p.m. with Una Halpin of Wildways Adventures. A pet’s corner features ducks, chickens, geese, pot bellied pigs, rabbits and lots more. Musical entertainment will be available throughout the day together with horse drawn carriage rides by Carlow and District Trap and Carriage Riders Club. Admission €7 per car. For further information please contact Carlow Tourism, College Street, Carlow T: 059-9130411

CONFIRMATION - Congratulations to all the sixth class pupils from Goresbridge and Paulstown who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday last in the Church of the Holy Trinity in Goresbridge. It was nice to see the sun shining for the occasion.

SPLIT THE POT RESULTS - On Saturday last, Split the Pot ‘s top prize was €129 and the winner was Holly Wall, Melissa Wall’s dog, Barrowmount Drive, congratulations to Melissa, Jessie King, Rivercourt won €20 and Michael Doyle, Tinnacouse, (Sapling School) won €20. There has been plenty of work done on the Carlow side of the river during the week, paint work, flower bed and all over the village the grass is being cut and strimmed. There is a lot more to be done before the Tidy Towns Competition.

WORTH A WALK - The Barrow walk in Goresbridge is just fabulous at the moment, the tiniest ducklings were on the river during the week, the swans are nesting, the trees are budding, lots of birds singing, it would do your heart good to see nature taking its course, a busy time of year for nature.

BARROW RANGERS LOTTO WORTH €5,500 - Barrow Rangers lotto stands at €5,500 and tickets are available from Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Spar and Peter Breen. It costs €2 to play; you choose 4 numbers between 1-24 so it could be you.

BOOKING IONAD DARA - If you wish to book Ionad Dara you can contact Mary Simpson at 087 7548498.

BRIDGE UNITED LOTTO - Bridge United lottery stands at €6, 325, the reserve jackpot is €3,650. Angie Malone won €100. Alan O’ Neill won the promoter’s prize. It costs just €2, it’s a brilliant prize and you can get your tickets from Blake’s¸Donohoe’s Shop, Maher’s Pub, Maher’s Spar, the Coffee Dock, The Barrow Breeze, The Bridge Diner and any committee member.

SOCCER RESULTS - Bridge United B played Orchard Rovers in the Divisional Cup. In the first leg of this competition Bridge United won 3-2 with goals from Shane Murphy (2) and Darren Foley. In the return game in Kilkenny,

Bridge were trailing 3-1 in injury time when Jason Bolger scored from 30 yards to bring the game to extra time, Bridge then went on to score three more goals to win 8-5 over the two goals.

ARTS FESTIVAL, CAN YOU HELP - Carlow Arts Festival is looking for volunteers for the Festival which runs from 7th – 16th June 2013.

There will be a range of interesting and fun roles around the county. Borris House will host the Borris house Festival of Writing and Ideas on Sat 8th an Sunday 9th June, all help welcome even just a couple of hours.

For further information please contact Ann-Louise on 059 9170307 or

WOULD YOU LIKE TO LEARN TO FISH - Goresbridge Anglers Association held their AGM last week and it was decided that if there was young people interested in learning how to fish that they would give them their time over the next few weeks to teach them. This would be for children 10 years and up. It would be fly fishing and the club will supply fishing rods, this is only for those with a keen interest who just never had the opportunity before. Also if there are teenagers or young adults who already know how to fish and would like to try sea fishing the club will arrange a day trip. For further information you can contact Jim Harding at 086 2500404, Willie O’ Neill, Barrow Breeze, Tom O’ Neill, Lower Grange or GRD at 059 9775646 or 087 2601672. Membership for adults is €20 and for under 18’s €10.

TRACTOR NUTS CELEBRATES 10 YEARS - Borris Tractor Nuts Road Run takes place on Sunday May 12 but there are lots to look forward to. On Saturday the Fordson Gathering will take place, there will be a farmers market, the Mad Hatters tea party and Clown Show should keep the children entertained while Chef, Edward Hayden and the ICA ladies will put the bachelors through a boot camp. On Saturday evening there will be a Ho Down Barn Dance in Borris House at 8pm, all cowboys and cowgirls welcome, food and live music to entertain and the Bachelor of Borris will be crowned. It is the tenth anniversary and the funds raised go towards the Irish Kidney Association and Cancer Care. The tractor run takes place on Sunday and if you would like to participate please contact Brian at 086 2595281. The day finishes off with a barbecue in The Step House with live music. Helpers and Stewards are also needed to help out over this two day event, if you can help out you are asked to attend a meeting in O’ Shea’s on Tuesday May 7 at 8.30 or you can contact Andy at 086 8421442.

FOOD STALLS AND OLD THINGS - If you would like to have a stall at the Borris Tractor Nuts event contact Brian at 086 2595281, they are looking for food and craft stalls and also antiques or reminders of days past.

TICKETS ON SALE, 5 CARS TO BE WON - The Kilkenny County Board Hurler’s Co-Op Draw (Piltown Draw) tickets are now available for sale. There are five draws starting on Tuesday June 11. There are 30 prizes to be won each month with the top prize being a car followed by cash prizes and holidays. Barrow Rangers get to keep half the money from their ticket sales so it is a really important fundraiser for the club. Tickets are €50 each and can be purchased from any committee member or player, Peter Breen has them available in the Goresbridge area.

Hurling - BARROW RANGERS 1-13 WINDGAP 10PTSOn a bitterly cold evening in Paulstown Barrow Rangers made a winning start to their Junior Hurling League campaign when they overcame the challenge of Windgap last Friday evening. Playing with the aid of the wind in the first half the visitors needed to make a good start but it was Rangers with a pointed free from Ciarán Doyle who opened the scoring and they were never to be headed afterwards. Cian Ryan levelled matters for Windgap before Jason Holden gave Rangers a cushion of a lead when his sideline cut sailed into the net. The next three scores all went the way of Windgap, a free from Ryan, followed by a long range effort from Willie Phelan. Thomas Lonergan then levelled matters. This didn’t last for long however as Jason Holden whipped over two points to put Rangers two points ahead. The final five minutes of the half saw a flurry of scores with Windgap outscoring the home side three points to two. Conor Lonergan, Cian Ryan from a free and Philip Lonergan were the visitor’s scorers while Ciarán Doyle and Cathal English replied for the home side. The half time score read Barrow Rangers 1-05 to Windgap’s 0-07. Although Barrow Rangers had played into the wind in the first half, theirs was the more assured performance. Ed Prendergast at centre back was dominant and behind him the full back line of Kevin Brennan, John Kiely and Ciarán Breen had things under control, this meant that the forwards were getting a good supply of ball. Martin Bambrick opened the scoring in the second half with a point. This was followed by three Ciarán Doyle pointed frees. We had to wait until the seventeenth minute of the half for Windgap to open their account with a pointed free from Ryan. But again it was Bambrick who replied to this with a point from play. Windgap were only to score three points in the second half all of which came from frees. The second of these came from centre back Philly Lonergan who had now moved up to centre forward, Cian Ryan pointed their other score. After Bambi’s point Barrow Rangers tagged on three points, two frees from Ciarán Doyle and the final score of the game from Thomas Whitely. Play in the second half didn’t do much to warm up the spectators in attendance as a lot of bunching and scrappy play resulted in a fragmented game. Nevertheless it was great that Rangers got off to a winning start as they really had to grind this result out. The second half saw an outstanding performance from Kevin Brennan while Martin Bambrick worked tirelessly. Philly Lonergan and Darragh O’Shea did their best to keep the boys in blue at bay.

Barrow Rangers: Ian Holden, Kevin Brennan, John Kiely, Ciarán Breen, Paddy Purcell, Ed Prendergast, Sean McDonald, Martin Bambrick, Jason Holden, Shane McEvoy, Ciarán Doyle, Thomas Whitely, Tom Brennan, Cathal English, Ger Walsh. Subs: Michael Whitely for Ger Walsh.

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