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Bagenalstown: Pride of Place

BAGENALSTOWN PRIDE OF PLACE - Congratulations to everyone involved in Bagenalstown Pride of Place – the committee, business people and all the townspeople who turned out on Judging Day back in June.

BAGENALSTOWN PRIDE OF PLACE - Congratulations to everyone involved in Bagenalstown Pride of Place – the committee, business people and all the townspeople who turned out on Judging Day back in June.

TG4 spent the day filming in Bagenalstown recently and showed the programme on Sunday evening last featuring shots of the town, BEAM Centre and the Family Resource Centre where they filmed a group of children from the Parent and Toddler Group who sang Irish songs and activities. Mrs. Anne O’Connell, a retired Irish teacher from Presentation/De La Salle College did a great job as presenter/interpreter.

There will be a Civic Reception in the McGrath Hall for everyone on December 6.

The trophy, which was presented on November 3, at a function in Limerick, will be on display in the library soon and you can view the plaques outlining the history and heritage of the town, which formed part of the presentation and are now a permanent feature in the library in Main Street.

Make a note of the date for the Civic Reception – December 6, an opportunity for the townspeople to celebrate a great achievement in winning the Co-Operation Ireland Pride of Place in Category 5 – population over 2,000.

MOUNT LEINSTER WAY WALK - The Mt. Leinster Way Walk Presentation took place in Coote’s Lounge, Main Street recently. The amount raised was €9,700 and was donated to the Irish Cancer Society, Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and Carlow Hospice. Committee members K. Johnson, P.Lawless ,C.Kiely, M.0’Mara, K. Gladney, A. Hickey, Estelle Coote, A Byrne, Fr. P. Murphy and P. Ashe.

MINISTER COMING TO KILKENNY - Brian Hayes, Minister for Public Service Reform & OPW will speak at a function in the Longman, Kilfane on Saturday, December 1.
CHRISTMAS SALE - The annual Christmas Sale and Coffee Evening will be held in St. Mary’s Hall on Fri. Dec. 7 at 7pm. with the usual stalls – bottles, cakes, bric- a- brac, toys books and lots more. Lots of surprises. Raffle tickets for a hamper will be on sale on the night (or from any parishioner beforehand). Free entry to the Sale and €2 entry to coffee/tea. Proceeds are in aid of Parish funds and BEAM Centre.

NEW RECTOR FOR DUNLECKNEY PARISH -The institution of Rev. Kevin Ronne to Dunleckney Parish will take place in St. Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown, on Friday, Dec. 14 at 8pm. All are welcome and there will be tea afterwards in the hall where Rev. Ronne will look forward to meeting and greeting people.

BALLINKILLEN HURLING CLUB NEWS - Ballinkillen Camogie Club and Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling Club are holding a Fun Family Table Quiz on Friday, Nov. 30 at 8.30pm in Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre. Teams of four cost 2 euro. You are invited to go along and bring some friends.

FIT KIDS CLASSES - Do you want your kids to be fitter and healthier? Would you like them to experience fitness classes in a fun filled environment with a qualified instructor? Would you like to give them the opportunity to try out gymnastic skills, tumbling & agility obstacles and a range of multi in-door sports activities with the use of State of the Art Equipment? Would you like to give your children and opportunity to meet other kids and have lots of fun? If the answer is YES you need to contact Kate in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre on 059-97-22028 or alternatively 087-7435015. FIT Kids classes will be open to children aged 7yrs to 10yrs old and the Centre hopes to offer the classes on a Friday from 5.15pm - 6.15pm. So if you are interested don’t delay, pick up the phone today. If you would like to learn more about FIT Kids check out their website at This initiative is being rolled out across the country and this opportunity should not be missed.

CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - The annual Church Gate Collection in aid of the Carlow branch of the Multiple Scleroris Society will take place on Sat. Nov 24 and Sun. Nov. 25 in Bagenalstown Parish. Your support for this very worthy cause will be much appreciated.

CHRISTMAS CAROL SERVICE - Christmas Carol Service will take place in St. Andrew’s Parish Church on Thursday, Dec. 13. Music by the Men’s Choir and St. Patrick’s Brass Band. All are welcome.

THANK YOU - The recent cabaret in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team raised a total of €1,640.00 The committee is very grateful to the Hunter’s Rest, Fenagh, Buzzards and all who donated raffle prizes, sold tickets and attended the cabaret.

COFFEE MORNING/CRAFT FAIR -in BEAM Services, Regent Street, Bagenalstown on Thurs. Nov. 29 from 9.30am to 3pm. Home made crafts on sale will include Christmas cakes, decorations, ornaments, jewellery, knitted items, cards and BEAM’s very own cook book “Get Cooking” and much more. Tickets €5 available in the Centre or call 059 97 23504/5. Refreshments will be served.

RATHOE 6th CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - The affordable Gift Fair will be held in Rathoe on Sunday, Nov. 25 in Rathoe Hall from 10am to 5pm. There will a monster raffle also in aid of Rathoe National School.

SCHOOL REUNION - Past pupils of St. Leo’s College invite you to a School Reunion. This Reunion is primarily for Individuals who joined Leo’s in 1977 or who sat their Leaving Certificate in 1982. Book your meal in the Seven Oaks following Mass and a school tour on December 28. Tickets €25. For further information,email < 

BEREAVED - Deepest sympathy to the families of the following who died recently – Kathleen Lill (Cheshire and Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown); Jim Bryan,( Gloucesteshire and Kilkea, Castledermot), sister of Mrs. Esther Curran, Ballywilliameoe and Sean McCormack Dublin (brother in law of Mrs. Ann Lillis, St. Brigid’s Crescent).

CHRISTMAS GIFT FAIR - on Friday, Nov. 30 and Sat. Dec. 1 in Shankill Castle, Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny. From 12pm to 6pm. Adm €2. Enjoy homemade mulled apple juice and mince pies while browsing the gift stalls in the Castle, or strolling in the garden. Luxury and affordable gift items, crafts, food, etchings and paintings by Elizabeth Cope, stocking fillers, gift vouchers, Christmas decorations, seasonal treats, firewood and lots more. Featuring St. Patrick’s Brass and Reed Band on Saturday Dec. 1.

FENAGH G.F.C. 50/50 DRAW - Results for October: 1st, €500: Winner, Joe Murphy, NewtownPromoter Joe Nolan; 2nd, €200,Winner, Eamonn Brennan, Killeshin. Promoter Patrick Hickey; 3rd, €100, Winner, Laz\Kilduff, Kilconnor, Promoter Imelda Hughes; 4th, €75 Winner, St. Fortchern’s Ladies Football Club, Promoter St. Fortchern’s; 5th, €50 Winner, Brigid Hickey, Tullow, Promoter Michele Murphy; 6th, €50 Winner,Tony Crowe, c/o Bishop Foley N.S., Promoter,Austin Kinsella; 7th €50 Winner, Kathleen Murphy, Evergreen, Promoter Austin Kinsella; 8th €25 Winner, Lar Kinsella, Ballytimon, Promoter Lar Kinsella; 9th €25Winner, John Barron, c/o Burnside, Promoter Patrick Hickey. Thanks to all who support the draw. Next draw will take place in the Hunter’s Rest, Fenagh on Nov. 26 at 9pm.

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