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BAGENALSTOWN – REVIEW OF YEAR 2015 JULY TO DECEMBER

January 14th, 2016 by Margaret Cushen

BAGENALSTOWN – REVIEW OF YEAR 2015 JULY TO DECEMBER

JULY

Great Win for U14 Camogie Team

Congratulations to Muine Bheag Camogie U14 team who won the U14 County title after beating Mt. Leinster Rangers in the Co. Carlow FC Netwatch Performance Centre recently. The girls are a great credit to their club, trainers and their community.

Precious Memories

Every week a group of local ladies settles down in a quiet corner of the Railway House restaurant and take out their knitting and crochet needles. They are members of Bagenalstown Knitting Group and form part of the Carlow branch of Feileacain (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). This not-for-profit organisation aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. The ladies produce beautiful work; all garments are white with a lavender trim (for healing).and includes hand knitted blankets, tiny burial gowns, caps, bootees, shawls and teddy bears The items are placed in a memory box which also includes a small box for a lock of the baby’s hair, a handmade card for hand and foot prints and a little candle to light in memory of their baby. This allows parents to create precious memories of their baby and have provided comfort and support at a time of intense loss and suffering. The memory boxes are given free of charge by Feileacain to maternity staff in hospitals to present to parents following the tragic loss of their babies. This work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families.

Trip to Mozambique

The debating team from Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final left reecently on their trip of a lifetime to Mozambique. 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 as it was the first time the school had entered the competition. In addition to trophies, the winners of the National Final are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works in development aid and the girls from Presentation De La Salle College are now on their way to Mozambique to see Concern programmes at work in that country.

Swimming Club

Bagenalstown Swimming Club is now open for the Summer season. The pool is in existence since 1947 and since then thousands of children and adults have learned to swim. The inaugural meeting of Bagenalstown Swimming Club took place in September 1941.The officers elected at that meeting were Eric Brown, Chairman; Anthony Curtis; Vice Chairman, Michael Somers, Secretary and Eddie Kinsella, Treasurer. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like the late Tully Curry, Myan Gaynor, John McNally, Noel Lynch. Rem Quinn and many more the pool went from strength to strength with improvements every year right up the present day. The pool was dug out by hand by local volunteers and, at that time, Bagenalstown was the only town in Ireland or Great Britain to have built and owned its own pool. The club’s swimmers have won many prestigious awards throughout the years both for swimming and water safety. In recognition of his contribution to Water Safety Michael Somers was appointed a Grand Knight of the Order of World Life Saving. In 1980 Mary Foster joined the committee and her contribution through the years and at present is huge.

AUGUST

The Way

Tues. July 14 was the great day in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when a contingent of Senior Scouts and leaders from the Bagenalstown Troop entered the town of Santiago de Compostela at the end of their gruelling 115km pilgrimage along the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) in north western Spain, walking the Portuguese route from the border town of Tui. Not alone did they travel the hills and valleys of the Camino on foot but, as true Scouts, they carried every piece of kit, clothing and equipment on their backs in the searing Galician heat. Despite the heat, blisters and weight of their rucksacks the Baden Powell Senior Scouts truly embraced the spirit of their pilgrimage and their positive attitude, courtesy and good humour were commented upon by many of their fellow pilgrims of all nationalities.

Carlow Camogie All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Carlow Camogie team on winning the All Ireland Junior A Camogie Championship Final on Sun. August 23. This was a brilliant year for the team. They won League and Leinster Finals and are now All Ireland Champions. Well done to players and management. .

SEPT

John wins Gold

Congratulations to Garryhill native, John Rossiter, on bringing home a gold medal from the World Handball Championships held in Calgary, Canada, in August. John is no stranger to success as he has a long list of handball titles to his name. John is a member of Garryhill Handball Club which is now over 90 years in existence and over the last thirty years club players have won over 100 national titles, 2 world titles and over 100 Leinster titles. Well done also to Kevin Rossiter who played in the Men’s C Grade and reached the quarter final of the Singles and the semi final of the Doubles, and Sean Ryan who competed in the Super Master B Grade and got through to the quarter finals.

All Ireland Win

Bagenalstown Rounder’s Senior Ladies beat Cavan recently to retain their title of All- Ireland Champions once again. Congratulations to all on their great achievement.

Derek Goes to No. 1

Myshall native, Derek Ryan, recently reached No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts, knocking Iron Maiden and Ed Sheerin to No. 2 and 3 respectively. “One Good Night” is Derek’s second No. 1 album in the space of twelve months and he is the only Irish born artist to achieve this feat in recent times.

0CT

World Champion Again

Congratulations and very best wishes to Garryhill man, Eamonn Tracey. on winning 1st place for Ireland in the World Ploughing Championships Conventional Class, held in Vestbo, Denmark recently. This is Eamonn’s second time in a row achieve this world class standard, having brought home gold from France in 2014. Eamonn has represented Ireland internationally a number of times, having previously received gold and silver awards. He travelled to Denmark just days after he won the national title at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Carlow is very proud of this great man’s achievements. He brought home a total of three gold medals having won the competitions on both Sat. and Sunday and then went on to win the overall prize. Congratulations also to John Whelan from Co. Wexford who won second place in the Reversible Class.

Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club

The club lost out in the final of the 2015 National Inter-Club Finals Day, held in Tramore recently. They played against Parteen, Limerick, in the semi finals and claimed victory to bring them to the All Ireland final on the same day against Collinstown, Westmeath. The team lost on a score of 6-3 but the club is very proud of their performance and their achievement in reaching the finals. The Captain was Joe Paul Kelly and team members Donnie and Darren McNally (father and son), Paddy Robinson, Martin Baird, Eugene Doran and Dickie Hickey. Liam Shinners was also a member of the panel. Congratulations to Darren McNally who won the Player of the Year award. Darren also won the club’s annual Match Play Competition. Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt course was established in 1963 and is considered to be one of the best in the country in terms of design and level of maintenance. The club is open all year round for green fees and membership

NOVEMBER

Karate World Champions

Congratulations to Bagenalstown girls, Eve Sinnott and Danielle 0’Neill, both members of Bagenalstown Karate Club, who competed as members of Karate Ireland Team at the World Karate Championships in Slovenia on November 6 to 8. Fourteen year old Eve from Ballywilliamroe and seventeen year old Danielle, Station Road, are both students at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown.

Eve won gold in the Cadet A Kata category and gold in the Team Kumite Final. The older cadets, including Danielle 0’Neill, also won gold in Team Kumite. This was an amazing achievement for the girls. Both female teams also won silver in the Kumite Rotation team. Danielle O’Neill on the Cadet B team and Eve Sinnott on the Cadet A team, both collected silver medals. The individual Kata section saw Eve Sinnott winning gold in the Cadet A section. Danielle O’Neill took bronze in the Cadet B section. Eve also won a silver medal in the Individual Cadet Kumite. . Eve and Danielle are students at Bagenalstown Karate Club since it was started in January 2010. The club is run by Karate Sensei, Noel Amond, who trained at Carlow Karate Club and has represented Ireland on several occasions at international and world competitions. Eve and Danielle started competing in 2012 and so far they have won national, international, European championships and world titles. To bring gold silver and bronze medals home to Bagenalstown is a fantastic accomplishment and a testament to their talent, hard work and dedication.

Alan takes to the Screen.

Well done to Bagenalstown man, Alan Foley, who is now making regular appearances on TV3’s Sunday AM, cooking mouth watering dishes and looking very much at home in front of the cameras. Alan is head chef at the Step House Hotel, Borris. He has worked at many of the country’s most prestigious restaurants in the country, including Ashford Castle, Sheen Falls Lodge, Peacock Alley under Conrad Gallagher and Chapter One. He is no stranger to awards and in 2013 he was chosen by John and Sally McKenna from Bridgestone Guides as their number one cook.

DEC.

Country Market Reopens

The new Bagenalstown Country Market was opened recently by Ann Phelan, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport Also present were Ken Hickey, Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. and Cllr. Denis Foley and representatives of the Resource Centre. This community service falls under the umbrella of the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. Minister Phelan congratulated all involved and said she was delighted to attend the official opening which recently received funding from her Department and to see such community engagement and active participation. The Market will open in St. Mary’s Old School, Church Road, every Friday morning from 10am to 1pm. All items for sale are home made, home grown and hand crafted.

Parish Year Book

Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 is now on sale at retail outlets. It is a beautiful publication and only costs €5. The cover features a photograph of Mrs. Mary (Moll) Nolan, Fair Green, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2 last and is hale and hearty. T he book is full of interesting articles and photographs. Congratulations to the committee who can be very proud of their achievement and thank you to all who are involved. If you have relatives or friends living away I am sure they would appreciate a copy to catch up on activities during the past year in the Parish. Year Book Committee: Sarah Comerford, Michelle Doorley, Michael Drea, Fr. Declan Foley, Sena Harenberg, Michael Lakes, Ann Power and Anna Monaghan(Chairperson),

BAGENALSTOWN – REVIEW OF YEAR 2015 JULY TO DECEMBER

JULY

Great Win for U14 Camogie Team

Congratulations to Muine Bheag Camogie U14 team who won the U14 County title after beating Mt. Leinster Rangers in the Co. Carlow FC Netwatch Performance Centre recently. The girls are a great credit to their club, trainers and their community.

Precious Memories

Every week a group of local ladies settles down in a quiet corner of the Railway House restaurant and take out their knitting and crochet needles.  They are members of Bagenalstown Knitting Group and form part of the Carlow branch of Feileacain (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland).  This not-for-profit organisation aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after.  The ladies produce beautiful work; all garments are white with a lavender trim (for healing).and includes hand knitted blankets, tiny burial gowns, caps, bootees, shawls and teddy bears The items are placed in a memory box which also includes a small box for a lock of the baby’s hair, a handmade card for hand and foot prints and a little candle to light in memory of their baby.  This allows parents to create precious memories of their baby and have provided comfort and support at a time of intense loss and suffering. The memory boxes are given free of charge by Feileacain to maternity staff in hospitals to present to parents following the tragic loss of their babies. This work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families.

Trip to Mozambique

The debating team from Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final left reecently on their trip of a lifetime to Mozambique.  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 as it was the first time the school had entered the competition.  In addition to trophies, the winners of the National Final are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works in development aid and the girls from Presentation De La Salle College are now on their way to Mozambique to see Concern programmes at work in that country.

Swimming Club

Bagenalstown Swimming Club is now open for the Summer season.  The pool is in existence since 1947 and since then thousands of children and adults have learned to swim. The inaugural meeting of Bagenalstown Swimming Club took place in September 1941.The officers elected at that meeting were Eric Brown, Chairman; Anthony Curtis; Vice Chairman, Michael Somers, Secretary and Eddie Kinsella, Treasurer. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like the late Tully Curry, Myan Gaynor, John McNally, Noel Lynch. Rem Quinn and many more the pool went from strength to strength with improvements every year right up the present day. The pool was dug out by hand by local volunteers and, at that time, Bagenalstown was the only town in Ireland or Great Britain to have built and owned its own pool.  The club’s swimmers have won many prestigious awards throughout the years both for swimming and water safety.  In recognition of his contribution to Water Safety Michael Somers was appointed a Grand Knight of the Order of World Life Saving.  In 1980 Mary Foster joined the committee and her contribution through the years and at present is huge. 

AUGUST

The Way

Tues. July 14 was the great day in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when a contingent of Senior Scouts and leaders from the Bagenalstown Troop entered the town of Santiago de Compostela at the end of their gruelling 115km pilgrimage along the Way of St.  James (Camino de Santiago) in north western Spain, walking the Portuguese route from the border town of Tui. Not alone did they travel the hills and valleys of the Camino on foot but, as true Scouts, they carried every piece of kit, clothing and equipment on their backs in the searing Galician heat. Despite the heat, blisters and weight of their rucksacks the Baden Powell Senior Scouts truly embraced the spirit of their pilgrimage and their positive attitude, courtesy and good humour were commented upon by many of their fellow pilgrims of all  nationalities.

Carlow Camogie All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Carlow Camogie team on winning the All Ireland Junior A Camogie Championship Final on Sun. August 23.  This was a brilliant year for the team. They won League and Leinster Finals and are now All Ireland Champions. Well done to players and management.  .

SEPT

John wins Gold
Congratulations to Garryhill native, John Rossiter, on bringing home a gold medal from the World Handball Championships held in Calgary, Canada, in August.  John is no stranger to success as he has a long list of handball titles to his name.  John is a member of Garryhill Handball Club which is now over 90 years in existence and over the last thirty years club players have won over 100 national titles, 2 world titles and over 100 Leinster titles. Well done also to Kevin Rossiter who played in the Men’s C Grade and reached the quarter final of the Singles and the semi final of the Doubles, and Sean Ryan who competed in the Super Master B Grade and got through to the quarter finals.

All Ireland Win

Bagenalstown Rounder’s Senior Ladies beat Cavan recently to retain their title of All- Ireland Champions once again. Congratulations to all on their great achievement.

Derek Goes to No. 1

Myshall native, Derek Ryan, recently reached No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts, knocking Iron Maiden and Ed Sheerin to No. 2 and 3 respectively.  “One Good Night” is Derek’s second No. 1 album in the space of twelve months and he is the only Irish born artist to achieve this feat in recent times.

0CT

World Champion Again

Congratulations and very best wishes to Garryhill man, Eamonn Tracey. on winning 1st place for Ireland in the World Ploughing Championships Conventional Class, held in Vestbo, Denmark recently. This is Eamonn’s second time in a row achieve this world class standard, having brought home gold from France in 2014.   Eamonn has represented Ireland internationally a number of times, having previously received gold and silver awards.  He travelled to Denmark just days after he won the national title at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Carlow is very proud of this great man’s achievements. He brought home a total of three gold medals having won the competitions on both Sat. and Sunday and then went on to win the overall prize. Congratulations also to John Whelan from Co. Wexford who won second place in the Reversible Class.

Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club

The club lost out in the final of the 2015 National Inter-Club Finals Day, held in Tramore recently. They played against Parteen, Limerick, in the semi finals and claimed victory to bring them to the All Ireland final on the same day against Collinstown, Westmeath. The team lost on a score of 6-3 but the club is very proud of their performance and their achievement in reaching the finals.   The Captain was Joe Paul Kelly and team members Donnie and Darren McNally (father and son), Paddy Robinson, Martin Baird, Eugene Doran and Dickie Hickey. Liam Shinners was also a member of the panel.  Congratulations to Darren McNally who won the Player of the Year award.  Darren also won the club’s annual Match Play Competition.  Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt course was established in 1963 and is considered to be one of the best in the country in terms of design and level of maintenance.  The club is open all year round for green fees and membership

NOVEMBER

Karate World Champions

Congratulations to Bagenalstown girls, Eve Sinnott and Danielle 0’Neill, both members of Bagenalstown Karate Club, who competed as members of Karate Ireland Team at the World Karate Championships in Slovenia on November 6 to 8.   Fourteen year old Eve from Ballywilliamroe and seventeen year old Danielle, Station Road, are both students at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown.

Eve won gold in the Cadet A Kata category and gold in the Team Kumite Final.  The older cadets, including Danielle 0’Neill, also won gold in Team Kumite. This was an amazing achievement for the girls. Both female teams also won silver in the Kumite Rotation team. Danielle O’Neill on the Cadet B team and Eve Sinnott on the Cadet A team, both collected silver medals.  The individual Kata section saw Eve Sinnott winning gold in the Cadet A section.  Danielle O’Neill took bronze in the Cadet B section.  Eve also won a silver medal in the Individual Cadet Kumite. . Eve and Danielle are students at Bagenalstown Karate Club since it was started in January 2010. The club is run by Karate Sensei, Noel Amond, who trained at Carlow Karate Club and has represented Ireland on several occasions at international and world competitions. Eve and Danielle started competing in 2012 and so far they have won national, international, European championships and world titles.   To bring gold silver and bronze medals home to Bagenalstown is a fantastic accomplishment and a testament to their talent, hard work and dedication.

ber 20 the Ann Phelan,T.D. Minister Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Ann Phelan TD
Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Ann Phelan TD
Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

vember 20 the Ann Phelan,T.D. Minister Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Ann Phelan TD
Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Ann Phelan TD
Minister of State at the Departments of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport, Tourism and Sport with Special Responsibility for Rural Economic Development (implementation of the CEDRA Report) and rural transport

Alan takes to the Screen.

Well done to Bagenalstown man, Alan Foley, who is now making regular appearances on TV3’s Sunday AM, cooking mouth watering dishes and looking very much at home in front of the cameras.  Alan is head chef at the Step House Hotel, Borris. He has worked at many of the country’s most prestigious restaurants in the country, including Ashford Castle, Sheen Falls Lodge, Peacock Alley under Conrad Gallagher and Chapter One.  He is no stranger to awards and in 2013 he was chosen by John and Sally McKenna from Bridgestone Guides as their number one cook.

DEC.

Country Market Reopens

The new Bagenalstown Country Market was opened recently by Ann Phelan, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport Also present were Ken Hickey, Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. and Cllr. Denis Foley and representatives of the Resource Centre.   This community service falls under the umbrella of the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre.  Minister Phelan congratulated all involved and said she was delighted to attend the official opening which recently received funding from her Department and to see such community engagement and active participation. The Market will open in St. Mary’s Old School, Church Road, every Friday morning from 10am to 1pm.  All items for sale are home made, home grown and hand crafted.

Parish Year Book

Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 is now on sale at retail outlets.  It is a beautiful publication and only costs €5.   The cover features a photograph of Mrs. Mary (Moll) Nolan, Fair Green, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2 last and is hale and hearty. T he book is full of interesting articles and photographs. Congratulations to the committee who can be very proud of their achievement and thank you to all who are involved.  If you have relatives or friends living away I am sure they would appreciate a copy to catch up on activities during the past year in the Parish.   Year Book Committee:  Sarah Comerford, Michelle Doorley, Michael Drea, Fr. Declan Foley, Sena Harenberg, Michael Lakes, Ann Power and Anna Monaghan(Chai

BAGENALSTOWN – REVIEW OF YEAR 2015 JULY TO DECEMBER

JULY

Great Win for U14 Camogie Team

Congratulations to Muine Bheag Camogie U14 team who won the U14 County title after beating Mt. Leinster Rangers in the Co. Carlow FC Netwatch Performance Centre recently. The girls are a great credit to their club, trainers and their community.

Precious Memories

Every week a group of local ladies settles down in a quiet corner of the Railway House restaurant and take out their knitting and crochet needles. They are members of Bagenalstown Knitting Group and form part of the Carlow branch of Feileacain (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). This not-for-profit organisation aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. The ladies produce beautiful work; all garments are white with a lavender trim (for healing).and includes hand knitted blankets, tiny burial gowns, caps, bootees, shawls and teddy bears The items are placed in a memory box which also includes a small box for a lock of the baby’s hair, a handmade card for hand and foot prints and a little candle to light in memory of their baby. This allows parents to create precious memories of their baby and have provided comfort and support at a time of intense loss and suffering. The memory boxes are given free of charge by Feileacain to maternity staff in hospitals to present to parents following the tragic loss of their babies. This work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families.

Trip to Mozambique

The debating team from Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final left reecently on their trip of a lifetime to Mozambique. 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 as it was the first time the school had entered the competition. In addition to trophies, the winners of the National Final are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works in development aid and the girls from Presentation De La Salle College are now on their way to Mozambique to see Concern programmes at work in that country.

Swimming Club

Bagenalstown Swimming Club is now open for the Summer season. The pool is in existence since 1947 and since then thousands of children and adults have learned to swim. The inaugural meeting of Bagenalstown Swimming Club took place in September 1941.The officers elected at that meeting were Eric Brown, Chairman; Anthony Curtis; Vice Chairman, Michael Somers, Secretary and Eddie Kinsella, Treasurer. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like the late Tully Curry, Myan Gaynor, John McNally, Noel Lynch. Rem Quinn and many more the pool went from strength to strength with improvements every year right up the present day. The pool was dug out by hand by local volunteers and, at that time, Bagenalstown was the only town in Ireland or Great Britain to have built and owned its own pool. The club’s swimmers have won many prestigious awards throughout the years both for swimming and water safety. In recognition of his contribution to Water Safety Michael Somers was appointed a Grand Knight of the Order of World Life Saving. In 1980 Mary Foster joined the committee and her contribution through the years and at present is huge.

AUGUST

The Way

Tues. July 14 was the great day in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when a contingent of Senior Scouts and leaders from the Bagenalstown Troop entered the town of Santiago de Compostela at the end of their gruelling 115km pilgrimage along the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) in north western Spain, walking the Portuguese route from the border town of Tui. Not alone did they travel the hills and valleys of the Camino on foot but, as true Scouts, they carried every piece of kit, clothing and equipment on their backs in the searing Galician heat. Despite the heat, blisters and weight of their rucksacks the Baden Powell Senior Scouts truly embraced the spirit of their pilgrimage and their positive attitude, courtesy and good humour were commented upon by many of their fellow pilgrims of all nationalities.

Carlow Camogie All Ireland Champions

Congratulations to the Carlow Camogie team on winning the All Ireland Junior A Camogie Championship Final on Sun. August 23. This was a brilliant year for the team. They won League and Leinster Finals and are now All Ireland Champions. Well done to players and management. .

SEPT

John wins Gold

Congratulations to Garryhill native, John Rossiter, on bringing home a gold medal from the World Handball Championships held in Calgary, Canada, in August. John is no stranger to success as he has a long list of handball titles to his name. John is a member of Garryhill Handball Club which is now over 90 years in existence and over the last thirty years club players have won over 100 national titles, 2 world titles and over 100 Leinster titles. Well done also to Kevin Rossiter who played in the Men’s C Grade and reached the quarter final of the Singles and the semi final of the Doubles, and Sean Ryan who competed in the Super Master B Grade and got through to the quarter finals.

All Ireland Win

Bagenalstown Rounder’s Senior Ladies beat Cavan recently to retain their title of All- Ireland Champions once again. Congratulations to all on their great achievement.

Derek Goes to No. 1

Myshall native, Derek Ryan, recently reached No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts, knocking Iron Maiden and Ed Sheerin to No. 2 and 3 respectively. “One Good Night” is Derek’s second No. 1 album in the space of twelve months and he is the only Irish born artist to achieve this feat in recent times.

0CT

World Champion Again

Congratulations and very best wishes to Garryhill man, Eamonn Tracey. on winning 1st place for Ireland in the World Ploughing Championships Conventional Class, held in Vestbo, Denmark recently. This is Eamonn’s second time in a row achieve this world class standard, having brought home gold from France in 2014. Eamonn has represented Ireland internationally a number of times, having previously received gold and silver awards. He travelled to Denmark just days after he won the national title at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Carlow is very proud of this great man’s achievements. He brought home a total of three gold medals having won the competitions on both Sat. and Sunday and then went on to win the overall prize. Congratulations also to John Whelan from Co. Wexford who won second place in the Reversible Class.

Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club

The club lost out in the final of the 2015 National Inter-Club Finals Day, held in Tramore recently. They played against Parteen, Limerick, in the semi finals and claimed victory to bring them to the All Ireland final on the same day against Collinstown, Westmeath. The team lost on a score of 6-3 but the club is very proud of their performance and their achievement in reaching the finals. The Captain was Joe Paul Kelly and team members Donnie and Darren McNally (father and son), Paddy Robinson, Martin Baird, Eugene Doran and Dickie Hickey. Liam Shinners was also a member of the panel. Congratulations to Darren McNally who won the Player of the Year award. Darren also won the club’s annual Match Play Competition. Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt course was established in 1963 and is considered to be one of the best in the country in terms of design and level of maintenance. The club is open all year round for green fees and membership

NOVEMBER

Karate World Champions

Congratulations to Bagenalstown girls, Eve Sinnott and Danielle 0’Neill, both members of Bagenalstown Karate Club, who competed as members of Karate Ireland Team at the World Karate Championships in Slovenia on November 6 to 8. Fourteen year old Eve from Ballywilliamroe and seventeen year old Danielle, Station Road, are both students at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown.

Eve won gold in the Cadet A Kata category and gold in the Team Kumite Final. The older cadets, including Danielle 0’Neill, also won gold in Team Kumite. This was an amazing achievement for the girls. Both female teams also won silver in the Kumite Rotation team. Danielle O’Neill on the Cadet B team and Eve Sinnott on the Cadet A team, both collected silver medals. The individual Kata section saw Eve Sinnott winning gold in the Cadet A section. Danielle O’Neill took bronze in the Cadet B section. Eve also won a silver medal in the Individual Cadet Kumite. . Eve and Danielle are students at Bagenalstown Karate Club since it was started in January 2010. The club is run by Karate Sensei, Noel Amond, who trained at Carlow Karate Club and has represented Ireland on several occasions at international and world competitions. Eve and Danielle started competing in 2012 and so far they have won national, international, European championships and world titles. To bring gold silver and bronze medals home to Bagenalstown is a fantastic accomplishment and a testament to their talent, hard work and dedication.

Alan takes to the Screen.

Well done to Bagenalstown man, Alan Foley, who is now making regular appearances on TV3’s Sunday AM, cooking mouth watering dishes and looking very much at home in front of the cameras. Alan is head chef at the Step House Hotel, Borris. He has worked at many of the country’s most prestigious restaurants in the country, including Ashford Castle, Sheen Falls Lodge, Peacock Alley under Conrad Gallagher and Chapter One. He is no stranger to awards and in 2013 he was chosen by John and Sally McKenna from Bridgestone Guides as their number one cook.

DEC.

Country Market Reopens

The new Bagenalstown Country Market was opened recently by Ann Phelan, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport Also present were Ken Hickey, Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. and Cllr. Denis Foley and representatives of the Resource Centre. This community service falls under the umbrella of the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. Minister Phelan congratulated all involved and said she was delighted to attend the official opening which recently received funding from her Department and to see such community engagement and active participation. The Market will open in St. Mary’s Old School, Church Road, every Friday morning from 10am to 1pm. All items for sale are home made, home grown and hand crafted.

Parish Year Book

Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 is now on sale at retail outlets. It is a beautiful publication and only costs €5. The cover features a photograph of Mrs. Mary (Moll) Nolan, Fair Green, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2 last and is hale and hearty. T he book is full of interesting articles and photographs. Congratulations to the committee who can be very proud of their achievement and thank you to all who are involved. If you have relatives or friends living away I am sure they would appreciate a copy to catch up on activities during the past year in the Parish. Year Book Committee: Sarah Comerford, Michelle Doorley, Michael Drea, Fr. Declan Foley, Sena Harenberg, Michael Lakes, Ann Power and Anna Monaghan(Chairperson),

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