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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

March 31st, 2011 by Margaret Cushen


A member of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop scooped 1st place at a major national Awards Ceremony last weekend. Barry Brennan, a Senior Patrol Leader in the Scout Section of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop, was awarded the President’s Award 2011 at Down Syndrome Ireland’s “Helping Hand” Awards in Dublin on Saturday

Evening last. Barry is the son of Joe and Mary Jo Brennan of Augha, Bagenalstown, is a former pupil of St. Lazerian’s School in Carlow and is currently a trainee at BEAM in Bagenalstown. The President’s Award is the top individual award and was bestowed on Barry in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to his community through scouting. The awards ceremony was held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel, Dublin and attended by Guest of Honour Mairead McGuinness M.E.P.

Barry was a founder member of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop and through his dedication and commitment he has risen to the rank of Senior Patrol Leader, a role that he takes very seriously. In his scouting career to date Barry has participated in numerous scout camps, hikes and events and has earned many Merit Badges through the Baden Powell Scouts Merit Badge Scheme. With his Troop Barry spent a weekend as a soldier in Stephen’s Barracks, Kilkenny in June of 2010 and is qualified in First Aid and as a Fire Warden, having completed a Fire Warden’s Course with the Troop in 2009. Barry earned his Bronze Gaisce Award in 2010 and completed a Patrol Leadership Course in March of this year. Barry’s commitment to scouting and to his Troop has truly been above and beyond the call of duty and he has been an inspiration to everyone connected with the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop. The Troop is immensely proud of Barry and what he has achieved and sends its sincere and much deserved congratulations to Barry, to his parents Joe and Mary Jo and to his brothers James and Mark.


The 2011 AGM of Bagenalstown Pitch & Putt Club will take place on April 2 at 8 pm in the Clubhouse. The AGM will be preceded by a scramble competition which will get underway at 6.45. The course is in great condition and the club looks forward to another busy year. All club members are requested to attend the AGM. Annual subscriptions are now due and can be given to any club member. The club would also like to express its support for the “Power of Bagenalstown” sports festival and urges its members to participate in the Pitch & Putt event.

Easter Camp

Scallywags Childcare Service, Woodglade, Fenagh, will run an Easter Camp from Monday April 18 to Friday, April 22, from 10am to 2pm for school age children from 4 to 8 years. Fee for the week, or part thereof, €50. Bring a packed lunch.

Activities will include Egg Hunt, Bunny Hop, Arts and Crafts and much more. Booking essential and a deposit of €20 required. For further information ring 059 9727760, mob. 087 6155967 or 086 8807165.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club.

The 2011 playing season has kicked off. Ballinkillen played two games in the Leinster League travelling to Clonad, Co. Laois and got a good win 3-11 to 1-11. Next up Ballinkillen hosted St. Oliver Plunketts, Westmeath only to lose out by the narrowest of margins, Ballinkillen 0-14 Plunketts 2-9. In the Kilkenny League Ballinkillen defeated Piltown 1-19 to 0-12 in Ballinkillen.

Club Development tickets

Club members are out again selling the €100 tickets. A ticket enters you into 5 monthly draws of 20 prizes which includes a car each month.

Looking for a career in Elder/Child care?

FETAC Level 5 Courses running in March/April:

Care of the Older Person: Occupational First Aid.

Both modules will be held in Carlow from 10am to 4pm.

Contact 059 91 42208 or visit www.visiontraining.ie to book

Platform FETAC Training Programme

Are you in receipt of an Unemployment Payment?

FREE PLACES on Platform FETAC Training programme in Career Development, IT and Communications begins on March 14 March in Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. For further details contact Aislinn at Vision Training 059 9142208.

Muaythai Winner

Congratulations to Lee Cosgrove on his recent win last Sunday in Cork, from all in the Carlow Muaythai Gym. Next outing for the club will be in Galway on April 9, where four members of the club will be competing. It is hoped that the club will be holding an amateur event on April 17 in their gym.

Ballinkillen Camogie Club News

Well done to all the camogie girls and parents who marched in the St Patricks Day, the club won second prize in the walking group section! There was lots of blue and yellow to be seen as the group marched through Bagenalstown. Thank you to all who helped out with the Annual Flag Day last weekend. There will be a Camogie Easter Camp taking place on the second week of the Easter Holidays for 11-16 year olds at Old Leighlin pitch, more details soon.


Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre, Moneybeg, Royal Oak Road, will hold their AGM on Thurs. April 7 at 8pm. All welcome.

Clothing Collection

Chernobyl Aid Ireland unwanted clothing collection on Wed. March 30 from 9am to 12 noon, at St Andrew’s Parish Church. All clothing, shoes, bags, etc. accepted.

Pres/De La Salle College Fundraisers

Fun Table Quiz in aid of Presentation De La Salle College Breakfast Club Fund Tues. Apr 5 at 8pm in the Manor House Bagenalstown. Table of four €20 – fantastic prizes.

Parents Council Fundraiser for School Development Fund – Glory of Easter Flower Demonstration by Helen Lucas DIP

Demonstrator A.O.I.F.A. Thursday April 14 at 8pm in the College Tickets. €10 each available from Parents Council members or school office. Floral displays will be available as raffle prizes afterwards

Annual Cycle

BEAM Services will hold their annual Three Counties Cycle on Monday, May 2 – Bank Holiday week-end. There will be three cycle routes, three distances 25k, 50k and 100k. Helmets are compulsory. By taking part in this cycle you will help to raise

vital funds for this worthwhile charity. BEAM is a voluntary organisation for Adults with Special Needs located on Regent Street, Bagenalstown.

For further information you are invited to contact Olive or Madeline at (059) 9723505 or (059) 9723504 or email beamservices@eircom.net. Entry forms can be downloaded from their website www.beambagenalstown.ie.

Annual Novena

The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will continue in the Parish Church on Tuesday, March 29, at 7.30pm. The guest speaker this week will be Liam Holton who gives a Testimony of Hope.


Bagenalstown ICA monthly meeting on Wed. March 30 at 8pm in the McGrath Hall.


Confirmation this year will be in the Parish Church on Sat. April 2 at 2pm.

Dawn Mass

On Easter Sunday, April 24 at 6am on Mount Leinster.

Fleadh Cheoil Cheatharlach

The County Carlow Fleadh will take place from April 15 to 17 in the village of Leighlinbridge.

The Fleadh will open on Fri. April 15 in Meaney’s Pub at 9pm. with a group of male singers and musicians from the Ring Gaeltacht, Co. Waterford, Cor na nDeise, who play uileann pipes, accordions, concertinas and fiddles. Adm. €10.

On Saturday, April 16, there will be a full programme of competitions in the Primary School from 11am to 5pm. These are open to all ages. Highlights are the solo competitions, duet, trip and group trials. Entry is free.

From 3pm to 5.30pm there is a chance to join Sean-Nos dancing with an experienced teacher, Maureen Culleton, who will guide beginners and the more advanced through the steps.

This Workshop will take place in the Parish Centre and the fee is just €5. That night there will be sessions in the local pubs, mainly Kelly’s, The Garrison and a special singers’ night in Brennans.

On Sunday, April 17 there is a packed programme of events. At 12.15 there will be a guided tour “Walk and Talk” by well known local historian, Martin Nevin. The organisers plan to wider the popularity of the Fleadh this year by having a “Family Fun Fleadh! In the car park beside the church from 1-3pm. This will feature live music, song and dance, market stall, food, vintage cars and displays from local events. This event is free and will be an afternoon of wholesome fun for all the family. From 3pm to 6pm there is a Ceili in the Parish Centre with music from the ever popular Cupla. Adm. is €10 and refreshments are included. During Sunday the session trail moves to pubs such as Rainbows, the Lord Bagenal and Kellys.

Essential Life Skills Course

How to mind your mental health .Are you worried or finding it difficult to cope? Are you concerned about a family member, friend or colleague? Women who value health and wellbeing are invited to join a 2 day course to learn and develop essential life skills to deal with the stresses of today’s tough and challenging times.

Dates: Sat.April 30 and Sat.May 7.Time: 10am to 6pm Venue: Kilkenny. Cost: €175 Call Barrow Training on 059 9721416 to book your place.

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