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Margaret Cushen’s Notes February 2016

March 9th, 2016 by Margaret Cushen

Sports Star of the Year

Congratulations to Ann Marie Meaney, Bagenal Court, Bagenalstown, who was honoured at the 26th GAA Sports Awards held in Mt.Wolseley Hotel on January 16 where she was presented with a Sport Star of the Year Award 2015, for her major contribution to Bagenalstown Rounders Club team’s successes. The very talented players of Bagenalstown Rounders Club are no strangers to awards. The Senior Ladies Team won the All Ireland Championship on August 31, 2015 for the second year in succession – 2014 and 2015. This is the 5th All Ireland title the girls have won and they were runners up several times. The team has also won several All Star Awards and this year Ann Marie received the award for the third year.

Team members: Ann Marie Meaney, Grace and Clare Gardiner, Melissa Johnson, Angela O’Rourke, Sarah and Helen Foley, Edwina Byrne, Nicola and Elaine Clarke, and Louise Darcy. The team is trained by Alice Clarke, Barrett Street and two years ago she was joined by Paddy Gardiner, Eastwood. The club was formed over 20 years ago by Alice Clarke and Mary Curran and they are still very actively involved with the club. Twenty nine year old Ann Marie is a professional wedding singer and songwriter and she and her husband Adam have a four year old daughter, Lucy. The team will resume training in the middle of February and would welcome new members, who, if interested, are invited to contact Alice Clarke or Paddy Gardiner.


Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently John Curran(Snr), Curran’s Garage, Carlow Road, Leighlinbridge who died peacefully on January 21 at his residence. He is survived and deeply missed by his loving wife, Rita (nee Minion), sons Pat, John, Brian and Noel, daughter Eileen, son-in-law Scott, daughter-in-law Magella, grandchildren, sisters Mary and Phil, brother Michael, and other relatives and friends. Following Mass in St. Liberian’s Church, Leighlinbridge, John was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Rita Lennon (nee Mahony), Oldtown, Borris, who died peacefully, on January 18, surrounded by her loving family at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge. Mother of Sylvester Lennon and Marie Esmonde, Ballintrane, who was interred in Goresbridge. She was predeceased by her husband, Sylvester, daughter Gretta, son-in-law Tom, brothers Lar, Tom and sister Joan. Rita is sadly missed by her loving family, daughter Marie Esmonde (Ballintrane), Kathleen Nolan (Thornhill), Teresa Condron (Poulpeasty), son Sylvester (Oldtown), sister Queenie, brother John, sister-in-law Mai, sons-in-law Seamus, Denis and Willie, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends. Following her Requiem Mass in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Goresbridge, Rita was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery May she rest in peace..

Ann Moore. Tomduff, Borris, (wife of the late Sonny) died on January 16. She is sadly missed by her loving sons, David and Adrian, daughters Catriona, Majella and Patricia; brothers, sister, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, daughters-in-law, son-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends. Following Funeral Mass in Rathanna Church, Ann was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace

John Doherty. Coolnaleen, Glenmore, (father of Mai Murphy, Ballywilliamroe), died peacefully in his 92nd year on January 16. Sadly missed by his loving sons, Jimmy and Paddy, daughters Ann Kirwan, Bridget Moran, Mai Murphy and Joan Kehoe, sons in law, daughter in law, grandchildren, great-grandson, brother Robbie, sisters Mary and Katie, sister in law, nieces, nephews, family and friends. After Requiem Mass in St. Paul’s Church, Bigwood he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.

Margaret Byrne, Donore Lodge, Bagenalstown and Rathmines, Dublin, died on January 23, in the loving care of Eileen and her staff at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge. Margaret was sister of the late Frank Byrne, Donore Lodge and sister in law of Madge. Deeply regretted by her loving sister, Nuala, nephews, nieces, grand nephews, grand nieces, relatives and friends. Following her Funeral Mass in St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown she was buried in the Cemetery of the Assumption. May she rest in peace.

Fundraising Sale for Kenyan Children’s Home

Last Summer Primary School teacher, Ciara O’Gorman, spent time in Maintain Hope’s children’s home in Ngong, Kenya and she plans to return there this Easter. Ciara is covering the cost of the trip herself but she needs to raise funds to pay for medical costs, school fees, food, clothes etc. Ciara is looking for unwanted handbags and shoes (new or used) and you can drop off in Askea, Graiguecullen, Leighlin and Tullow. The bag sale is in The Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow on Sunday, March 6 2016 (Mother’s Day) from 11am to 4pm. For handbag/shoes collections please contact by phone or text Ciara 0851266935.

Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Bagenalstown Parish 9 week Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help starts on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Parish Church with Mass and Benediction and will continue every Tuesday until April 5. Rosary will be recited at 7:10pm. Guest Speaker on Tuesday, Feb. 9 will be Wally O’Loughlin, Portlaoise, Musician//Rapper.

Muine Bheag Juvenile GAA AGM.

AGM was held on December 1. New committee selected for 2016 as follows:- Chairman Mick Lillis; Vice Chairperson Gillian Foster; Secretary Lorna O’Brien; Asst. Secretary Brenda 0’Riordan; Hon. Treasurer Sean Hanafin; Asst. Treasurer Vinny Lambe; PRO Christine Farrell; Games Development Officer Ger O’Neill; Coiste Representative Joe Meaney; Committee members Pat McDonnell, Susan Doyle, Stephanie Brennan, Christy Cody, Tracy O’Riordan, Kathleen O’Dwyer, Sean Dillon, Arthur McCullagh, Cathal McSteen, Rosemarie Fitzpatrick, Michael Carroll, Geraldine Doyle, PJ Kelly, Ger Hickey, Mick Mullins and Tricia Rossiter.

Coins for St. Brigid’s N.S.

A fundraiser for St.Brigid’s NS. Gather up your 1cent and 2cent coins that may be hiding around the house, down the sofa, in handbags or in your pockets. There is no need to count them, just drop them into the school on Railway Road. Your support would be very much appreciated.

Carlow Garden Trail presents Snowdrop Time 2016

The delicate white and green blooms of the snowdrop peeping through the cold winter ground heralds the start of the gardening year. Their arrival is celebrated throughout Carlow by a dedicated series of events during the month of February. No snowdrop enthusiast should miss the Snowdrop Gala at Ballykealy Manor on Feb. 6 with talks by Colin Crosbie (The Hidden Joys of the Winter / Spring Garden) and Jennifer Harmer (Meet the Galanthophiles), followed by a visit to Altamont Gardens and the Altamont Plant Sales Specialist Bulb Sale, with a guided tour of the gardens led by Paul Cutler, Colin Crosbie and Jennifer Harmer. Lunch and Refreshments. 9.30am.to 5pm. Admission Є70 per person includes lectures, lunch, refreshments and guided tour. Early booking advisable.

Robert Miller t: +353 (0)87 9822135 e: sales@altamontplants.com or

Hester Forde t: +353 (0)86 8654972 e: hesterforde@gmail.com

The very popular Snowdrop Week at Altamont Gardens runs from February 8 to 14 and is a great opportunity to view this unique collection, first started by Corona North, and now among the largest in Ireland, with over 100 named varieties. Daily guided tours at 2pm. (admission €3) with the Head Gardener while the gardens are open with free admission 9am. to 4.30pm.for general viewing. Altamont Plant Sales has an excellent supply of snowdrops and spring bulbs for sale and the Walled Garden Café is open for hot drinks and homemade cakes. Advance booking of group tours is appreciated. t:+353 (0)59 915 9444 or

Carlow Tourist Office t: +353 (0)59 91 30411. e: sales@altamontplants.com

Fun for all the family is on offer at Huntington Castle, close to Altamont Gardens, running from February 8 to 14. These historic grounds feature snowdrops, hellebores and crocuses to be enjoyed in a unique woodland and water garden setting. The Tea Rooms, gift shop and children’s adventure playground are also open. Admission: Gardens – Adults Є5 /Children Є2.50. t: +353 (0)53 937 7160. e: info@huntingtoncastle.com. w: www.huntingtoncastle.com

The Snowdrop Walk at Shankill Castle is the perfect excuse for an early Spring day out. Enjoy the fresh air, champion trees and especially the carpet of snow white snowdrops. Come for a romantic Valentine’s Day wander or on a family excursion with the little ones. Feb. 6-7 and 13-21 February (half term) 2-6pm for Snowdrop Walks and Castle Tours. €5 Walk, €10 Castle Tour and Walk. Group/Family Tickets and concessions available at www.shankillcastle.com t: +353 (59) 972 6145 e: info@shankillcastle.com

Later in February, enjoy the wonderful display of spring flowers at Burtown House and Gardens Feb. 13 – 28, featuring snowdrops, aconites, hellebores and many other spring bulbs. The Gallery Café and current exhibition will be open every day serving delicious lunches based on fresh organic seasonal produce from the walled kitchen garden. Large groups please book in advance for guided tours and Gallery Café. t: +353 (0)59 862 3148 w: www.burtownhouse.ie Admission €6

Christmas Day Sponsored Swim/Walk

Bagenalstown branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team will present Mr. Ian Wilson, Chairman of the group with a cheque in excess of €5,000 in Doyle’s Railway House on Tues. Feb. 9 at 9pm. There are still a few sponsorship cards outstanding and Mary Foster would appreciate if they could be returned to her as soon as possible. Mary has been the recipient of numerous awards and in 2012 she was one of eleven people honoured by the Irish Hospice Foundation when she was named one of the Irish Pride Sunflower Heroes 2012, for her outstanding contribution to the local Home Care Team. This is only one of her multiple achievements. She is generous and selfless with her time and talents. When it comes to helping people she never says no to a request to get involved. Mary is secretary of the Bagenalstown Branch of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and is involved in the annual Daffodil Day, coffee mornings and various fundraising activities for the Team. She is supported by her hard working and dedicated colleagues in the Bagenalstown branch. She is also involved in many other voluntary community activities. Mary gives her time, talent and energy to the local community and never spares herself where she sees a need.


Sr. Lilian 0‘Neill, New Jersey and Coolnacuppogue, Bagenalstown, went to her eternal reward on January 22, at the age of 83, following a short illness, which she suffered with great dignity and courage. Sr. Lilian was the daughter of the late Michael and Elizabeth O’Neill. Coolnacuppogue, who were well known and highly respected members of the farming community. She attended school locally and then travelled to the North of Ireland to prepare to join the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace. She moved on to New Jersey where she was professed at St. Michael’s Novitiate in Engelwood, New Jersey in l961 and she lived out her religious life there. Sr. Lilian trained as a teacher and taught in many of the Order’s schools and was appointed Principal before she retired. Following her retirement she was appointed Spiritual Director of several of the Order’s nursing homes. She leaves a legacy of an enthusiastic educator and a caring and compassionate spiritual director. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated in New Jersey on Wed. Jan. 27. Sr. Lilian is deeply mourned and missed by her brothers Michael (Coolnacuppogue), Jim (UK); sisters Ellie Devine (Donore), Lily Holohan (Leighlinbridge) and Bridget Donlan, New Jersey; sister in law Mary, brother in law Vincent, nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and many friends. She is also deeply mourned by her confreres in her Community. Sr. Lilian was predeceased by her brothers, Larry, Martin, Pat and her sister Mary. She will be laid to rest in New Jersey. May she rest in peace.


Confirmation will take place on Sat. March 5 at 2pm in the Parish Church.

First Communion

Sat. May 21 in St. Andrew’s Parish Church. St. Brigid’s N.S;.Queen of the Universe N.S;.

Ballinkillen N.S; Garryhill N.S; Nurney N.S. Sun. May 22 Nurney N.S. in Newtown Church.

Parish Novena

Bagenalstown Parish nine week Novena to our Lady of Perpetual Help continues in the Parish Church on Tues. Feb. 16 at 7.30pm. Rosary will be recited at 7.10pm. Guest speaker Joan Freeman, Pieta House. Joan, a practising psychologist, closed down her own counselling business in 2003 to dedicate her time to finding out how she could help people who were suicidal and after three years of research she opened up Pieta House, which quickly became a respected and recognised service for those who were suicidal. From humble beginnings, in 2015 alone, in excess of 5,000 people came through the doors of Pieta House suffering from suicidal ideation or engaging in self-harm. As it has been from day one, everything is free of charge and the staff is fully qualified and provides a professional one-to-one therapeutic service for people who are experiencing suicidal ideation, people who have attempted suicide and people who are engaging in self-harm.

Men’s Shed

Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre is running a very successful Men’s Shed which is open to men of all ages to gather and/or work on meaningful projects at their own pace, in their own time and in the company of other men. The Centre was set up in November 2001 and is funded by the Department of Social & Family Affairs. Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre is committed to the principles of community development, which promote positive change in the community. Projects include hand wood carving, kite making, furniture restoration, beginners’ computers, horticulture, basket making, beginners’ art and manual handling course. The choice of projects is decided by the members. You will be offered a cup of tea or coffee. So why not go along and see for yourself.

Vincent’s Shop

Great bargains are available in St. Vincent’s Charity Shop on Church Road. Open from Monday to Friday 10.30am to 12.30pm and Friday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm. Donations of toys, clothes, etc. in good condition are very welcome. Local help line is 086 4042 2631

A Life Less Ordinary

The Scout Section of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop was in action recently when they participated in an enjoyable navigation challenge, with a couple of puzzles thrown in along the way. The patrols performed very well and no one got lost on their travels. Well done to all concerned.

Let’s Go Summer Camp

in Muine Bheag Vocational School from Aug. 8 to 12 ( 9.30am to 3.30pm). The camp will cater for boys and girls aged 5 to 11 years and will offer an incredible range of action-packed, fun filled activities to keep your child active during the summer holidays. This programme is not dependent on the weather and has been tried and tested by Physical Education teachers. Fee €90 first child €75 second child and €60 third child. You can book online at www.letsgo.ie or complete an application form.

Community Centre Activities

Bingo in Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre every Monday night starting at 8pm sharp.

Taekwondo for kids is held in the hall every Tuesday and Friday from 7pm -8pm, Parent & Toddler group meets every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. All newcomers welcome. Ballinkillen Active Retirement Group meets on Thursday, Feb 11 at 2:30pm. New members welcome. Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre is currently recruiting a new bar person on a part time basis, If you wish to apply for this job please send your CV to Eileen at infoblccc@gmail.com

The Easter Rising 1916 Commemoration.

An Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace, Reconciliation and Tolerance will be held on Fri. April 29 at 8pm in the Adelaide Memorial Church, Myshall. It will feature the Jason Dowty Gospel Band. Preacher Mr. Trevor Sargent. All welcome.

Presentation to Home Care Team

The Bagenalstown branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team met in Doyle’s Railway House on Tues. Feb. 9 to present a cheque for €6,040 to the Home Care Team, the proceeds from the annual Christmas Day Swim/Walk and donations, organised by Mary Foster and the members of the local branch. Committee member Pat Purcell (deputising for Marian Smyth, Chairperson, who was unable to attend), welcomed Catherine Quinlan, Nurse/Manager of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and he said that he was very happy to fundraise for the Team, which he has done for the past twenty years. He mentioned that his son, Shane, has taken part in the annual event for twenty years and although during that time he worked in the Cayman Islands for five years he completed the swim every year over there. Mr. Purcell said “I am very happy to be involved in fundraising for this very special service in our area, which provides specialist care for people suffering from cancer, in their final days and it is important to know that the money collected in the area goes back into the area.” Pat has also been a volunteer driver for the past ten years with the Irish Cancer Society, driving people to Dublin hospitals for cancer treatment. For the past eight years, he has organised the Meals on Wheels service at St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown. Catherine was standing in for Mr. Ian Wilson, Chairperson of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Team, who sent his apologies for his non attendance. She accepted the cheque on his behalf and on behalf of the nurses, presented to her by Bill Power, 31 St. Brigid’s Crescent, who lost his wife, Vera, to cancer and he has been involved with this fundraising event since it began.

Catherine thanked everyone for their support and said that the Homecare nurses are deeply appreciative of the enormous help they receive from the community in Bagenalstown. She thanked the swimmers, walkers and their sponsors and everyone who had donated to the fund. In excess of €100,000 had been raised by the Bagenalstown branch over the years. She stressed the importance of community involvement “While the service does receive some finance from the HSE the Home Care Team is very dependent on voluntary contributions to ensure that it can continue to provide the best possible standards of care to patients in the Carlow and Kilkenny area. It is provided free of charge to all patients who need it, All voluntary funding raised goes directly towards funding the salaries of the nursing staff”. She said the Home Care Team currently employs five nurses to provide this service on a 24 hour seven day week basis which allows cancer patients to remain at home for as long as possible

Mary Foster thanked the swimmers and walkers for taking part in the Swim/Walk in such bad weather, photographer Margaret Walsh for attending, Frank and Mark Doyle, Doyle’s Railway House, for making space in their restaurant for all Home Care fundraisers, sponsors and everyone who contributed to the event, Nine swimmers braved the elements and over 50 walkers took part.

This dedicated group of local volunteers is involved in many other fundraising activities for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team including hosting coffee mornings and the annual Daffodil Day. Members: Chairperson Marian Smyth; Treasurer Joan Jenkinson; Secretary Mary Foster; Committee Pauline Jordan, Geraldine Monahan, Ellie Devine, Maree Keenan, Teresa Kearney, Eileen Carton, Ann Darcy, Una Minchin, Kay Byrne, Pat Purcell, Mary Kearney and Phyllis Ashe.

St. Lazerian’s House

The House is looking for volunteers to deliver meals on wheels in the Bagenalstown area. If you have a car, a little free time and would like to help, please call Pat Purcell on 087 2500446.

Carlow Library

Story Time is on Saturdays at 11am in the Shaw Room. The library offers their ever popular online accredited learning courses, provided by Carlow Library, Universal Class provides 400 courses which you can complete over 6 months, these courses include contact with and feedback from real instructors. Check out www.carlowlibraries.ie/online-library/learn If you want to start a book club, craft club, writers club, film club or any other kind of club please consider the Library as a free venue for your meetings.

Annual Novena

The annual Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help will continue in St.Andrew’s Parish Church on Tues. Feb. 23 at 7.30pm. Rosary will be recited at 7.20pm. The guest speaker on that night will be Cathal Barry, a journalist with the Irish Catholic.


We extend our sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently

Margaret Leech (nee Kelly), Wolfhill (mother of Aine Johnson, Maple Drive and Michael Leech, Ballycormack) She died peacefully at her home on Jan. 27 after a short illness in the company of her loving family Mararet is mourned and missed by her sons, Michael and Eamonn, daughters, Eilish, Aine and Mairead, sisters Mary and Diane, extended family and many friends. May she rest in peace.

Marie (Mary) Murphy, Wells, Bagenalstown. died peacefully at her home on February 3,srrounded by her loving family./ She is sadly missed and deeply mourned by her loving husband, Patsy, daughters Eileen and Breda; sons Pat and Brian, sisters, brothers, sons in law, daughters in law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives, good neighbours and her many friends. May she rest in peace.

Annual Dawn Mass will take place this year on Mt. Leinster on Easter Sunday, March 27 at 6am.

Bagenalstown Parish Community Text Alert

This is a final reminder for anyone who wishes to join the Text Alert service. Annual subscription €10 which runs from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2016. This year it is planned to include community notices such as severe weather reports, road closures, flooding, expected water and electricity interruptions due to repairs, etc. as part of the text alert service. Forms and envelopes are available in the Credit Union or Post Office. Put fee and form into envelope with contact details, contact number– place in Text Alert box inside Credit Union or Post Office.

TABLE QUIZ – Presentation De La Salle College staff and Parents Association will host a table quiz in aid of the College Breakfast Club for students on Thursday, March 10 in Doyle’s Railway House at 8pm sharp. Draw on the night. Table of four €20.

EIGHTY YEARS YOUNG – Mrs. Elizabeth (Lil) Mahon, (nee Lillis) 5 Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, celebrated her 80th birthday with her family, relatives and close friends in the Lord Bagenal Hotel recently. Lil grew up in No. 65 St. Brigid’s Crescent, with her parents, Michael and Gretta and her siblings – brother Ned Lillis, sisters Bridgie (Kelly) and Nancy (Lawn). Sadly, Nancy, who lived in Skeoughvosteen, died some years ago. After attending school locally Lil worked as housekeeper in Whites of Eastwood Bagenalstown. She met her beloved husband, Seamus Mahon, at a dance in the McGrath Hall and after their marriage they lived with her parents in St. Brigid’s Crescent until Pairc Mhuire housing estate was completed when they moved to No. 5. They lived happily there for the next 60 years until Seamus went to his eternal reward on August 14, 2014. Lil and Seamus were blessed with , Eamonn (who sadly died at the early age of 54 on November 8, 2008) and five daughters, Margaret Dalton (Mount Loftus); Elizabeth (Liz) Hickey, Pairc Mhuire; Angela Murphy, Green Road; Deirdre Lillis, St.Brigid’s Crecent and Sharon (Carlow). Lil has 23 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Her latest great grandchild was born to her grandson, Niall, in Australia three weeks ago.

Although frail, Lil is very cheerful and positive in her outlook on life, enjoys television particularly the Soaps and quiz programmes and she is a very stylish lady with a keen eye for fashion. We wish her God’s blessings and many more years of good health and happiness.

ST. ANDREW’S G.A.A. – With the arrival of spring the club has started to awaken from its winter slumber in order to prepare for the coming season both on and off the pitch. Due to the forces of Mother Nature, training is currently taking place at the Boot Camp gym in Upper Kilree Street. These sessions take place twice weekly on Tuesday and Thursday nights, starting promptly at 8p.m. The Tuesday night session is for all players and the Thursday night session is for players whose playing preference is for football only. The move to outdoor training sessions will be determined by any further weather improvement and resultant pitch conditions which will continue to be monitored on a weekly basis.

Away from the rigours of the gym the club held its first committee meeting of the year on Friday, Feb. 12 in the McGrath Hall. On the agenda was the appointment of team mentors for the coming season, agreement on the various rates of club membership and updates on fundraising activities. The following team managements were agreed on. Intermediate – Hamish Beaton, Cathal Cole, Ken Hickey and TC Clarke. Junior – Con Hourihane, Shay Galway and Jimmy Mullins. U21 – T.C. Clarke, Shay Galway and Mick Crowe. Minor- Ken Hickey, Vinny Lambe and Mick Crowe. With regard to membership the following rates were sanctioned. Adult player €50, Dual adult player and 3rd Level students €25, Adult non-playing members €20 and all minors €10. On fundraising, the club expressed its gratitude to players, members and supporters for their support for the 2016 Croke Park Sponsored Draw. The cost of a ticket is £10 and all the prizes, promotion and stationery paid for by Croke Park. All proceeds from the draw go straight to the club. The Weekly Club Lotto draw, which is run jointly by both St. Andrews and Erins Own, currently has a jackpot of €10,000, as it has not been won for a while now. The cost of a ticket for the Club Lotto draw is €2. As soon as the current jackpot is won, the following week the back-up jackpot of €8,000 and rising will be up for grabs. Thanks to everyone who supports the draw on a weekly basis and the club wish everyone the best of luck in the next draw.

BALLINKILLEN COMMUNITY CENTRE – Bingo in Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre every Monday night starts at 8pm sharp. Taekwondo for kids is held in the hall every Tuesday and Friday from 7pm to 8pm. Parent and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. All newcomers welcome. This is a great way to meet and greet other parents or guardians in the area, with toys available for kids.

GOOD NEWS FOR BAGENALSTOWN FIRE STATION – A new funding programme for the construction of 16 new fire stations and refurbishment of 10 fire stations around the country over the next five years was announced by Minister Alan Kelly, T.D., recently. Muine Bheag Fire Station has been named as one of the ten to benefit from this and will be upgraded/refurbished as part of this programme.

BEREAVEMENTS – Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently.

Peadar Jordan, Ballaghmore, Myshall, who died suddenly on Feb.13 at the early age of 44 years. He is survived and deeply mourned by his loving wife, Olivia and son Peter and he also left behind to cherish his memory his brothers Barry, Ger, Andrew and Ciaran; sisters: Mairead, Raighne, Paula, Patricia, Sorcha, Annaleen, Marina, Brid and Terry, parents in law Dan and Thess, relatives, good neighbours and friends. Peadar was pre-deceased by his parents, Andy and Ester and brother Pascal. His unexpected death at such a young age caused a deep sense of shock and sorrow in his community where he had been actively involved in the sports clubs in the area. May he rest in peace. .

Brigid (Bonnie) 0’Brien (nee Fitzgerald), Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, who went to her eternal reward on February 15 in the exceptional care of Bridget and staff at Gowran Abbey Nursing Home, surrounded by her loving family, Margaret, Triona, Kieran, Mandy, Oonagh, Rhona and Bill. She was predeceased by her husband, Billy, on March 2, 2015. May she rest in peace.

YOGA CLASSES – Yoga, Meditation and Relaxation Morning – Saturday, Feb. 27 from 10am to 12 noon in Killoughternane Hall. Nurturing yoga for your body and mind, restorative sequence to de-stress. Grounding meditation, relaxation and balance. Special price €12 each or 2 people for €22 To book contact 0873167696. For more details check out www.meditationcreek.com

BARROW TRAINING – Thinking of a career in hospitality? If you are, Barrow Training is now running accredited Barista Skills training. This 3 day VTCT accredited course will prepare you to work as a barista in hotels, coffee shops, cafes and bars. Dates May 3, 10 & 17. Carlow. Cost €299


Infection Control March 23. Bagenalstown

Ocupational First Aid Refresher Sat. April 9. Bagenalstown

QI Training Communications L5 Feb 24, Mar 2, 9 & 16 Carlow.

Gerontology for Healthcare Assistants L6 Feb 29, Mar 7, 14, 21, Apr 4 Carlow,

To book your place please phone 059 9721416 or book online at www.barrowtraining

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