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Bagenalstown Parish Website Bagenalstown Notes for January 2015

February 17th, 2015 by Margaret Cushen

Saturday January 31st, 2015

Sinead Wins Top Award

Congratulations to Sinead Hourihane, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown, who works as a stylist at Lynda Maher’s Hair Studio, in Carlow. At the Irish Hairdressers Federation Night of Legends. Sinead competed against over 300 applicants from all Ireland to make it onto the Federation’s Star Team 2014. The 300 applicants were then narrowed down to only 15 finalists, including Sinead. She won one of four places on the Star Team, which was a wonderful achievement for her and the rest of Lynda Maher’s team.

This prestigious victory means that Sinead will receive €20,000 worth of free education for the year, along with many hair shows and photo sheets to showcase her talent. Sinead, who is a past pupil of Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, is the first person from Carlow to qualify for the IHF Star Team. Her employer, work colleagues, family, friends and school are all very proud of Sinead’s achievement.

Catherine Sheerin -Donnelly

Catherine Sheerin Donnelly, who died recently after a short illness at the age of 66, was born in Bagenalstown. She was the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Donnelly, Dunleckney Manor and spent her childhood in the 17th century stud farm with her seven brothers and sisters. Following her education at Mount Anville she read law. She joined the staff of Arks Advertising where she met her husband, Frank Sheerin and she went on to become one of the leading copywriters in Irish advertising, She was widely acclaimed for her writing skills and won the National Newspapers of Ireland Grand Prix twice. Outside the world of advertising, Catherine became the first chairperson of Rough Magic Theatre Company, wrote a TV drama Tossed Salad broadcast on RTE, a book The State of Grace” published in 2003. President of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, Catherine was a food critic for the Sunday Independent and a columnist for Irish Tatler,

She lived in Ranelagh, Dublin but in later years moved, with her husband, to live in Roscrea. She is deeply mourned by her husband Frank, stepchildren, brothers Jimmy and John, sisters Anne and Geraldine, sister in law Eileen, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.

Derek Ryan

Congratulations to young Myshall native, Derek Ryan, who was named Male Artist of the Year at the First Northern Ireland Entertainment Awards Night held in Armagh City Hotel on November 10 last. Derek won the Farmers Journal Award, adding to the impressive number of awards he has won over the years, including earlier this year when he was named Best Live Performer of the Year from the Sunday World and Album of the Year for his fourth album, Country Soul, by Irish Country Sound. His talent as a country and western musician and songwriter has earned him international acclaim and he is now one of today’s biggest Irish country bands. Derek has played to sell out concerts in England, Scotland and recently returned from a two week tour of Australia where he played to packed halls.

Derek scooped two awards at the recent Sunday World 2015 Music Awards function in City West Hotel, Dublin. Derek received the Entertainer of the Year Award and also Album of the Year Award for his album The Simple Things, which reached No. 1 in Ireland ahead of a number of top Irish and international artists.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bagenalstown St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee held their Annual General Meeting recently in the McGrath Hall. There was a small attendance. The Chairman thanked all members who took part in organising last year’s parade and those who helped out in any way on the day. Sec. Ml. Lakes gave an account of last year’s work in organising the parade held on Sunday.March 16 due to the fact that Mount Leinster Rangers Hurling Club were competing in the All Ireland Club Final in Croke Park on March 17, but in 2015 it will return to St. Patrick’s Day. Treasurer, Brian Sheill, gave a comprehensive report on the financial position and presented an Income and Expenditure Balance Sheet which was circulated to all present. It was noted that the funds for this year are very low and with rising costs the committee will have to depend on fundraising to maintain the standard of the parade Bagenalstown has had up to the present. .

Officers and Committee for the coming year are as follows.

Chairman Arthur McDonald; Vice Chairman Seamus Somers; Hon Sec. Michael Lakes; Hon. Treasurer Brian Sheill; PRO Dean Egan. Committee: Hughie Hickey, Colette Lakes, Padraig Cahill, Michael Cahill. Anyone who wishes to join the Committee at a later stage will be very welcome, contact any of the above members..

Ballinkillen Hurling Club

The AGM was held recently in the Club House. Newly elected officers – Chairman Frank Murphy, Ballinakill; Vice Chairman Tommy Kinsella, Kilcumney; Secretary not finalised; Asst. Sec. Patrick Minchin, Newtown. Treasurers John Whelan, Clowater and Seamus O’Neill, Ballinkillen. PRO Mick Kinsella, Kilcumney; Asst PRO PJ Dowling, Ballyloughan. Committee – Sean Minchin, Tony Meaney, Teresa Freeman, Siobhan Dalton, Paddy (Salt) Murphy; Lar Kinsella, James Farrell, Paddy Farrell and Michael Doyle.

Parish Year Book

Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2014 is available in the following shops – Charlie’s, Royal Oak Road; Connolly’s Supervalu; The Little Shop, Kilree St; Bagenalstown Secretarial Services, Kilree Street; Lawlor’s Supermarket, Market Square; Tim’s Shop, Ballinkillen and the Black Cat, Fenagh. The glossy, well presented Year Book is full of interesting articles including The O’Neill Family and Tobacco Manufacturing in Bagenalstown; Reflections on the late Fr. Tom Bambrick, by Parish Priest Rev. Declan Foley. The Early Years of the De La Salle Brothers in Bagenalstown and many.more. Cost €5. If you have relatives or friends from Bagenalstown and its environs that are living abroad I am sure they would very much appreciate a copy to keep them in touch with news from home.

St. Vincent de Paul

The local Conference of St.Vincent De Paul wishes to thank very sincerely all who contributed so generously to their Christmas collection and for the many generous donations gratefully received. This money will be used to alleviate poverty, help people on low income or those who fall on hard times in Bagenalstown and the neighbouring parishes.

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje

June 10— 17. Cost €669. For more information contact Helen 086-8226930

Comedy Spectacular Goes to the Watergate.

On Feb. 16 and 17 over 50 talented students from the Presentation De La College, Bagenalstown, will take their Music/Comedy Spectacular show to the Watergate Theatre in Kilkenny. The show is presently being considered for shortlisting at the Bord Gais Student Theatre Awards. No student show has ever gone so far. Directed and run by the students themselves it showcases their true talent, commitment and passion for the performing arts. For over 35 years the students in Presentation De La Salle College have been bringing musical theatre to the people of Carlow and Kilkenny. Following an appeal to the college Principal the students were given permission to take the show to the Watergate Theatre. For the first time ever, not only in the history of the school, but in the history of Ireland, a student-run show is going to a professional theatre. Tickets €14 adults with €12 concessions for students and seniors. Primary school children €8. Booking on 056 7761674 or watergatetheatre.com.

Lunch Club

Cosy Lunch Club every Wednesday evening in the Family Resource Centre. For just €4 you will receive a delicious two course meal, along with bingo, cuppa and friendly company. If you live in the town area the Centre can provide transport, just ring 059 9722028 to book your place.

Text Alert

The committee of Bagenalstown Parish Community Text Alert is still taking membership to join Text Alert in the community. Forms and envelopes are available in the Credit Union and the Post Office with fee €10. The committee encourages the community as a group to join together and report anything that may concern them in their area to the Gardai. New members are welcome to join. You can fill out forms in the Credit Union and place in box located inside, along with fee and envelope or contact any committee members – Ernie Beck, Peter Maye, Jane Doyle, Mary Murphy, Paddy Kelly, Breda Byrne, Lorraine Byrne, Eamon O’Neill, Jim Reddy, Martin Tuite, Kevin McGrath, Pat McGrath, Leo Broderick, Denis Foley, Myles Kavanagh and Joe Manning.

Christmas Day Swim/Walk

The Christmas Day Swim or Walk, organised by Mary Foster, in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team was a great success with 18 swimmers and over 100 walkers this year on a very cold morning. Thanks to all who helped on the morning. Any outstanding sponsor cards should be returned to Mary as soon as possible.

Mrs. Mai Bolger RIP

Deepest sympathy to the family of Mrs. Mary (Mai) Bolger,(nee Kavanagh) Kilcarrig, who died unexpectedly on January 5 at St. Lukes’s Hospital, Kilkenny, at an advanced age. She was pre-deceased by her husband, Peter, some years ago and is deeply mourned by her loving daughters Margaret (Geoghegan), Kilcarrig, Mary (Kelly), Corries, son Jerry, Kilcarrig, sons-in-law Henry and John, daughter in law Rosarie, sisters, brother in law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace.

De Ja Vu

The Family Resource Charity Shop would like to thank all their customers and volunteers for their support and kind donations throughout 2014. The shop is always looking for your kind donations such as clothes, furniture, bric a brac – you can donate them to De Ja Vu Charity Shop, Main Street. Bagenalstown.


Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently:

Matthew (Mattie) Bolton, Ballyellen, Goresbridge, (brother of Linda Fenelon, Ballinkillen) who died recently in London.

Tom Bermingham, Nurney who was interred in Leighlinbridge recently.

Mary Hogan (nee Doyle) Dublin and Bohermore, Bagenalstown, (mother of Anne Tully, Wells);

Peggy Joy, Abbeyfeale (mother of Carmel Brenan, Ballinkillen). May they rest in peace.

St.Andrews G.A.A.Club

This year’s activities got off to a very enjoyable start on Friday, Jan 9. At a function in Doyle’s Railway Bar, a large number of the town’s G.A.A. players were present along with families, friends and supporters for what was a very informal and very friendly broad based G.A.A. community occasion. There was a free open invitation to all to attend and the cross section of those present represented a very large broad range of the people active in and supportive of the G.A.A. in our town. The sole purpose of the occasion was to give public recognition and reward to a whole range of local multi-talented G.A.A. players who brought honours and honour to their town during 2014 through their involvement and participation in the towns G.A.A. activities.

In respect of presentations,. the town’s exceptionally young and talented Minor squad, several of whom were also members of the juvenile clubs successful U 16 team, were praised for their great achievement in winning the Minor Shield title. This presentation was accompanied with a lovely player by player tribute by Vinny Lamb on behalf of the minor selectors.

This was followed by a presentation to an also predominately young and exemplary junior squad on their winning of a junior title. They displayed a level of skill which belied their young years. This fact was endorsed by thoroughly deserved player by player commentary by Seamus Foley on behalf of the junior selectors. The Intermediate team, also present, were lauded for their great commitment and achievement, despite being so lowly rated externally, in reaching their semi final Championship stage, only to be so cruelly pipped at the post by a point at the final whistle. However the presence of the Grange Tournament Cup, which they had won earlier in their season, was some recompense for their bitter, but temporary disappointment.

Congratulations were also expressed to town players Liam Galway, Craig Doyle and Alan Corcoran for all the honours they were accorded for their wonderful exploits on the hurling field for their town during 2014.

The second last part of the formalities saw the Junior Player of the Year award going to the very talented forward Jamie Clarke and the Intermediate Player of the Year award going to the hugely dedicated, committed and tenacious corner back Leon Power.

The final part of the formalities was reserved for Appreciation Awards to two of the town’s exceptional G.A.A. players for their selfless countless years of dedication during great days and sad days over many long years i.e. David Barcoe and Morgan Drea. Both of them embody all the attributes that make an ordinary player an exemplary player in all facets of their G.A.A. participation. The formalities concluded with an open invitation to all present and those who could not be present to the AGM in the McGrath Hall on Friday, Jan. 23 at 8pm.

Events then reverted back to the very enjoyable informal aspects of the evening. All the lads were delighted to have Justin “Joe” Manning present during his break home from his work in Dubai.

First Holy Communion Dates 2015

Sat May 9 St. Andrew’s Parish Church St. Brigid’s Boys’ N.S and Queen of the Universe N.S. 11am

Sun. May 10 Newtown Church Nurney N.S. 11am

Sat.. May 16 Newtown Church Newtown/Dunleckney N.S. 11am

Sun. May 17 St. Andrew’s Parish Church Garryhill N.S. 11.30am

Sat. May 23 Ballinkillen Church Ballinkillen N.S. 11am

Confirmation Day Mar. 14 St. Andrew’s Parish Church at 11am.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club Sports Prediction 2015.

The sports prediction cards (which have been so popular over the last four years) are back in circulation with 28 sporting events in a whole range of different sports throughout 2015 to test your knowledge in all things sporting. It should once more prove to a real teaser for all, especially sporting enthusiasts. Cards are available from committee members or Tim’s shop Cards cost €10 with €800 in prize money for the lucky winners.

Lollipop Day 2015

Volunteers needed in Carlow for Lollipop Day. Oesophageal Cancer Fund needs your help on Feb. 27 and 28. With just a month month to go until the 14th annual Lollipop Day, the OCF is calling for volunteers in Carlow on Friday, Feb. 27 and Saturday 28 to help raise vital funds for oesophageal cancer.

Lollipop Day involves thousands of people selling lollipops (€2) nationwide, in an effort to raise vital funds for oesophageal cancer. Without the generosity and support from volunteers, the OCF would not be able to provide the vital role it does in terms of awareness, research and better outcomes for patients and their families with this cancer in Ireland. If you have a few hours to spare on Friday, Feb. 27 and Sat. 28, pop down on your own or with friends and help the OCF. Noelle Ryan, OCF chairperson. “But we still need more volunteers so if anyone or any group is interested in helping out, please contact us on on www.lollipopday.ie Fr more information on Lollipop Day; to volunteer, to make a donation, call Anne on 086 4542713. Oesophageal Cancer Fund (OCF) is a voluntary organisation and Ireland’s voice for Oesophageal Cancer. Established in 2001, the organisation receives no HSE or state funding of any kind and is wholly reliant on fundraising income and therefore, no top-up payments of any kind occur. Fundraising money is used exclusively for research and raising awareness for oesophageal cancer.

Muinebheag Library

Now that the days are stretching out this is a good time to get an early start on jobs inside and outside the house. With a new burst of energy why not tackle some garden projects for 2015. Get some new ideas from the well stocked garden section on Allotments, Grow your own Fruit and Veg by Carol Klein, Organic gardening, Pests and Diseases, Herbs and Spices, Flowers, Trees and Shrubs. Need a new shed or wall, browse the shelves for books on skills and techniques. If you’re in spring-cleaning mode or its more storage you need why not get your hands on some DIY, Clearing the Clutter or Kim and Aggies tips on cleaning and freeing up space inside the house. Why not go in and have a look. Coming up Engineers Week and Aontas Adult Learning Week also in Feb.

Parish Bingo

Bagenalstown Parish Bingo every Wed. at 8pm in the McGrath Hall. Your support would be appreciated.


Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently. John O’Riordan, Regent Street; Dean Dwyer, Sheffield (son of the late Andy Dwyer, Harrow Cross); Brigid Stevenson, London (sister of Sr. Rosarii, Presentation Convent); Lily Walshe, Ballinakill, Garryhill; Paddy Geoghegan, Riverside, Carlow and St. Brigid’s Crescent; Ann Brennan(nee Nolan), Ballyknocken, Leighlinbridge and Rathduff; Brigid Randall, Graiguenamanagh (aunt of Pat Randall, Barrett Street) and Ned Connolly, USA (brother of the late Peter Connolly, Kilcarrig). May they rest in peace.


The 9th annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will take place in St. Andrew’s Parish Church starting on Tues. Feb. 17 at 7.30pm. and will continue every Tuesday for nine weeks until April 14. The Novena will include Mass and Benediction. Rosary will be recited at 7.10pm. Each week, personal petitions will be prayed for.

Guest Speakers

Feb. 17: Stephen Cummins, Mullingar Director of Marriage Education with Accord.

Feb. 24: Fr. Mick Rogers, Kiltegan Fathers, Glendalough Founder and Director of Tearmann Centre, Spirituality Centre, Glendalough.

March 3: Fr. Gearroid O’Conaire, Franciscans, Merchants Quay, Dublin Dublin Drug Treatment Centre

March 10 Fr. Brendan McManus, S.J. Belfast Author of Redemption Road, Grieving on theCamino

March 17 Kathleen Chada, Ballinkillen Mother of Eoghan and Ruairi;

March 24 Rhonda Willoughby, Naas Personal Testimony

March 31 Bernadette Goulding, Cork Forgiveness and Reconciliation, Rachel’s Vineyard

April 7 Stella Egan, Tullamore Personal Testimony

April 14: Alma Walsh, Tralee Mother of Donal Walsh. The Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation.

Stewards are needed for the Novena. If you would be interested in helping please contact the Parish Office at 059 9721154.

Ballinkillen Community Centre Taekwondo for all ages on Tuesdays at 7pm. Contact 086 8359333

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