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January 8th, 2016 by Margaret Cushen



Ballinkillen Hurling Club
The AGM was held recently. .Newly elected officers – Chairman Frank Murphy, Ballinakill; Vice Chairman Tommy Kinsella, Kilcumney; 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.
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.

St.Andrews G.A.A.Club

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 the G.A.A. community occasion The 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 honour to their town during 2014 through their involvement and participation in the towns G.A.A. activities.

The town’s 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, followed by a presentation to a young and exemplary junior squad on their winning of a junior title. The Intermediate team, also present, were lauded for their great commitment and achievement in reaching their semi final Championship stage. Congratulations also to town players Liam Galway, Craig Doyle and Alan Corcoran for their wonderful exploits on the hurling field for their town during 2014.  The Junior Player of the Year award went to the very talented forward Jamie Clarke and the Intermediate Player of the Year award went to Leon Power. Appreciation Awards were given to two of the town’s exceptional G.A.A. players for their selfless years of dedication i.e. David Barcoe and Morgan Drea

St. Andrew’s AGM

The 63rd.Annual General Meeting of the club was held in the McGrath Memorial Hall recently.   . Election of officers and committee for the coming year -  Honorary Life President Michael Jones; Vice Presidents John Comer ford, Jack Kelly, Denis Foley and Michael Kelly (Green Road); Chairman Liam Barry; Vice  Chairman and P.R.O. Aidan Coburn; Secretary and County Board Delegate George Darcy; Asst. Secretary Ann Hickey; Treasurer Vinnie Lambed.  .Committee The officers plus Seamus Foley, Con Hourihane, Nicky Gordon ,Michael Crowe, Cathal McSteen, Cathal Cole, Paddy Kiely, Hamish Beaton, Denis Foley, Ken Hickey, Morgan Drea, Paddy Gardiner and Justin Manning.


Congratulations to recipients of Gold Gaisce Awards

It was a proud moment for the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when two Troop Leaders, Barry Brennan and Tommy Monahan, were presented with Gold Gaisce Awards by President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently. They are a credit to their Troop, their community and to their families and are fantastic ambassadors for the Scout Movement. Barry is the son of Joe and Mary Jo Brennan, Augha, Bagenalstown. He is a former pupil of St. Lazerian’s School in Carlow and works in Beam Services, Bagenalstown.  Barry is an accomplished Special Olympics athlete and has competed at the very highest level on many occasions.  Tommy is the son of Michael and Mary Monahan, Old Leighlin and he is a past pupil of Old Leighlin N.S. and Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, where he was elected Head Boy in his final year. He is a Political Science student in Trinity College and is currently participating in an exchange programme at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland.

Sports Star Awards for Myshall Camogie Club

Congratulations to Garryhill native, Marian Doyle, named Carlow GAA Camogie Player of the Year 2014, who was recently presented with her award  in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. Congratulations also to Carlow and Myshall camogie player Ciara Mullins who was named the County Carlow Sports Star Camogie Player of the Year 2014.

Thank You from Bagenalstown Country Market

It is with regret that the Country Markets committee announces the closure of Bagenalstown Country Market and they would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers and supporters throughout the years. It is over 40 years since the Country Market set out its stall in the Market Square and finished in St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road.The Market will close on Saturday, March 7, 2015.  .


25th Anniversary Home Care Team

The Bagenalstown Branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team celebrated its 25th anniversary in Doyle’s Railway House recently.  The event was attended by Mr. Ian Wilson from the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. Mr. Bill Power, 31 St. Brigid’s Crescent, presented Mr. Wilson with a cheque for €5,820, the proceeds from the Christmas Day Swim/Walk in memory of his late wife, Vera, who died from cancer  many years ago and he has been involved with this fundraising event since it started.   This annual Christmas Day Swim/Walk is organised by Mary Foster, Secretary of the Bagenalstown branch who is a tireless worker on behalf of the Home Care Service.

Erin’s Own Hurling Club

The presentation of medals to the Junior Hurling Champions of 2014 took place at Erin’s Own Hurling Club dinner dance recently. The medals were presented by one of the club’s greats, Micheal Jones. The club also honoured two people who have given so much to Erin’s Own over their lifetime.  The first award for long outstanding service to the club went to Anna Monaghan.  Anna has spent her lifetime involved with the club, and as the daughter of one of the founder members, Jack Monaghan, there was probably no job that Anna did not do at some stage. Anna took on the role as club treasurer in the mid eighties and still holds the position today. The second award was a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Nellie Mitchell on behalf of her late husband, John who gave a lifetime of involvement to Erin’s Own, both on and off the pitch.  .

New Parking Fees at Railway Station

Parking fees have now been introduced at Bagenalstown Railway Station.  A new ticket machine has been installed in the grounds following a decision by Iarnroid Eireann to charge commuters €4 per day for parking their vehicles within the grounds of the station.  .

Dawn Mass 2015

The 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop was proud to participate again in the Dawn Mass on Mount Leinster on Easter Sunday. It was a beautiful ceremony and a credit to Fr. Declan Foley, P.P, Fr. Declan Thompson everybody involved.   The Senior Scouts attended the Vigil Mass in St. Andrew’s Church on Easter Saturday and two leaders and a Senior Scout were proud to ceremonially lower the National and Troop flags in salute during the Consecration.


Daffodil Day

Bagenalstown branch of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team raised €7,803 on Daffodil Day. This was a great achievement.  The committee would like to thank everyone who donated fresh daffodils.

Co. Carlow Restaurant/Hotel Awards

The Leinster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, recently; Congratulations to Bagenalstown native, Alan Foley, from the Cellar Restaurant in the Step House Hotel, Borris, who won the Best Chef Award for Co. Carlow.  The Step House won two further awards – the Cellar Restaurant won Best Hotel Restaurant and Ruben’s Restaurant also won Best Customer Service in Co. Carlow.  Congratulations also to Rachel Doyle and her staff at Rachel’s Garden Café at the Arboretum, Leighlinbridge  on winning the Award for Best Casual Dining .in County Carlow.


Credit Union AGM

A large crowd attended the 2014 AGM of Bagenalstown Credit Union Ltd on Monday, April 20. Chairperson John Devine welcomed all present to the Credit Union’s 44th AGM.  In his report he said that difficulties which have plagued our economy are beginning to lessen, if only slightly. .  John explained “Money out on loan is the best source of income for Bagenalstown Credit Union. We are actively working on increasing our Loan Book. In common with many other Credit Unions we have had to write down the value of our building in our accounts which has resulted in a deficit for the year which, in turn, means we cannot pay a dividend this year.  However, we hope to be back paying dividends in 2015“  John thanked his fellow Directors and the Board Oversight Committee for their hard work and leadership during the past year

Sinead Wins National Hairdressing Award

Sinead Hourihane, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown, a hair stylist at Lynda Maher’s Hair Studio, Carlow, scooped the National Trainee of the Year Award at the Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards 2014/2015 ceremony at the RDS on March 26. This is a great achievement for Sinead who won the Leinster Trainee of the Year Award at the Irish Hairdressing Federation’s Awards last November when she competed against over 300 applicants from all over Ireland to win one of four places on the Federation’s Star Team.  Her victory means that Sinead will receive €20,000 worth of free education for the year and will feature in many hair shows and photo shoots to showcase her talent.

Blackstairs Cycling Challenge

Congratulations to all the cyclists who participated in the Blackstairs Cycling Challenge on April 19 in Ballinkillen.  Thanks to the massive number of volunteers who helped out with catering, marshalling and driving which made the day a huge success.  The day was dedicated to the memory of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada who will always be remembered fondly by the community in which they lived.  The day was a fundraiser for Ballinkillen Primary School and Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling and Camogie Clubs.

May PDLS Debating Team wins National Championship

Congratulations to Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown debating team who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final at the Helix on May 14.  Transition Year students, Briana Walsh, Beatrice Kelly, Saoirse Power and Caoimhe Cummins proposed the motion that The European Union is Failing Africa against a team from St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co. Clare. This was a wonderful achievement for the girls and the college. In addition to trophies the national champions are also offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works and this year the winners will be travelling to Mozambique to see the work Concern does in that country.


Leighlinbridge Comes out on Top

Congratulations to Leighlinbridge Improvement Group, overall winner in Ireland’s “Best Kept Town” Competition for 2015. The village was announced as the winner of the “Best Kept Small Town” category before being awarded the Best Kept Town Overall Winner prize at a ceremony on June 16 held in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. A total of 13 towns and villages competed for the title this year, which included eight from the Republic and five from Northern Ireland. 2015 is the 24th year of Super Valu’s sponsorship of the national Tidy Towns competition which is the longest running sponsorship in Ireland.  Join us on Facebook.

Bagenalstown Tennis Club
At a recent EGM of Bagenalstown Tennis Club it was regretfully decided to disband the Club with immediate effect, due to declining membership. The grounds have been returned to the Trustees, Carlow County Council.

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