St. Patrick’s Day Parade
Just 16 days to go before we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick again. As part of the 1916 Commemoration the Parade is celebrating all that is good about our town and area. This year’s Parade intends to recognise all the positive aspects and achievements of groups, organisations and individuals within our area. The Parade will centre on this theme and we intend to celebrate with the biggest and most colourful display of what the town has to offer. Parade Categories:
1 Best Interpretation of the Theme 1st and 2nd Prize
2 Best Walking Group 1st and 2nd Prize
3 Best Float 1st and 2nd Prize
4 Youth Initiative 1st and 2nd Prize
5 Best Costume 1st and 2nd Prize
6 Quirky Vintage 1st Prize
7 Special Vintage Award 1st Prize
8 Special Prize at Judge’s Discretion 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize
Best Window Display (must coincide with theme) 1st and 2nd Prize. 3rd Prize at
If you are interested in taking part in the Parade please contact the committee and confirm your participation via new email address at firstname.lastname@example.org or any of the social media addresses. This will help to ensure the smooth running of the Parade. The committee is delighted to welcome back their guest judge, Ms. Imelda Byrne, who will have to make the difficult decision of deciding the Parade winners. The parade will start at its usual base, the McGrath Hall on to Station Road at 1pm. It will proceed down the Royal Road, Long Range, Regent Street, High Street and Main Street before finally finishing at the Reviewing Stand in the Market Square. As the parade is focused on all that is good about our town and area they are asking all businesses and householders along the route to show their support by simply placing a flag or bunting outside their house or premises. Whatever you do, it will add to the colour and spectacle of the day. There are prizes for the Best Window Display for businesses based around this year’s theme – the more imaginative the better. If you have any questions in relation to any part of the parade please contact the organisers on
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www.facebook.com/bagenalstownstpatricksdayparade2016 Organising Committee: Chairman Cllr. Arthur McDonald, Asst. Chairman Seamus Somers; Secretary Padraig Cahill, Treasurer Brian Sheill, PRO Michael Cahill, Safety Officer Hughie Hickey, Entertainment Officer Dermot O’Shaughnessy. Committee: Paddy Gardiner, Jimmy D, Nicola Kelly and Keith McDonald. More information next week.
Camogie Team reaches the Semi-Final
Best wishes to the Presentation De La Salle College Junior Camogie Team on reaching the Junior Camogie All Ireland Semi Final which will take place on Friday, March 4 at 1pm in Dunganny, Co. Meath. They will meet St. Paul’s, Kilrea, Co. Derry. A bus will leave from the College on Royal Oak Road. To book please contact the college office. All support would be very much appreciated.
Muine Bheag Library Events
1916 Commemoration: Fr. Albert Bibby O.F.M. Capuchin Priest 1877 to 1925 Lecture in Library by Myles Kavanagh on March 30 at 8pm. Everybody welcome.
Erin’s Own Hurling Club
The new season is now here and the lads have been back training for the last few weeks. Welcome to Dunamaggin man, Emanon Kennedy, to the club as manager. He will be joined by selectors Fergal Byrne and Trevor Nolan in taking charge of the senior team. The club would like to wish the very best for 2016 to all GAA people in Bagenalstown, in all codes, hurling, football, camomile, ladies football and fully everyone will have an enjoyable and successful year. It wishes the Presentation De La Salle College camomile team the very best of luck in their upcoming All Ireland semi-final on Friday March 4 when they meet a team from Derry.
Tickets are also now available for the club’s Members Draw with cars, holidays and lots of cash prizes on offer over the five month draw. First draw will take place on Monday, April 4 from any committee for €100 with a reserve jackpot of over €8,000. The club’s local GAA stands at €10,000 with a reserve jackpot of over €1,000. Tickets can be purchased locally for €2.
Trade Music Lessons
Lessons on button and piano accordions, tin whistle, flute, fiddle and banjo every Wednesday night at Killoughternane Hall. Comhra Gaeilge every Monday night, meeting in O’Shea’s Borris back bar.
Winner of Best Café in Co. Carlow
Congratulations to Angels on Horseback Café on winning Best Café in County Carlow in the Leinster Awards section at the Restaurant Association of Ireland Awards Ceremony held in Croke Park on Wed. March 2. This family style restaurant and coffee shop is located in Barrack Street, Carlow. Chef Elaine Byrne (nee Monaghan) is a daughter of Michael and Susan Monaghan, Conway Park, Bagenalstown. She completed a two year Professional Cookery Course in C.I.T. and qualified as a chef Elaine has previously worked in the Estoria Restaurant, Railway House and the Lord Bagenal in Leighlinbridge. The proprietor, Clare Withers, is an Australian girl who moved to Ireland five years ago, married a Carlow man and settled in Carlow. Over the next few weeks “mystery” judges will drop in unannounced and under cover to all the county winning cafes to sample the food, customer service, etc. and the winner, Best Café in Leinster, will be announced at the National Finals.
Free Events in Carlow Library
Storytime is on Saturdays at 11am in the Shaw Room. International Women’s Day on March 8 will see a full day of programmed events in Carlow Library, meditation, movie screenings and lots of other fun. Local artist, Anne Deere, will host an Exhibition in the Shaw Room beginning March 29 and running for a week.
This week why not check out the new and improved Digital Magazine service Zinio, http://www.carlowlibraries.ie/online-library/read. All you need is your library card number to register with the service.
Aero Racing Race to the National Finals
F1 in Schools team, Aero Racing from Muine Bheag Vocational school, competed at the regional finals of the F1 in Schools competition on February 25 in City West hotel. The team was successful in qualifying for the National Finals on April 28 in the RDS. They were one of six teams who qualified from the 24 who competed on the day. At the Regional Final the team won “Best engineered Car” and were the second fastest car on the day.
F1 in Schools is an international competition where secondary school students form a team and build a 1/20th-scale F1 racing car capable of travelling at over 110km/hr – using advanced 3D design software and automated manufacturing technology to race against other participating schools. The competition isn’t all about speed. Teams are also judged on the quality of their engineering, graphic design, portfolio, pit display, marketing, handling of sponsorship and verbal presentation of their work.
The team members of Aero Racing are Team Manager Keith Hickey, Design and Graphic Manager Zak Yon gram, Resource Manager Connor O’Brien and P.R. and Business Manager Ellen Gill. Team Manager Keith says: “Throughout the competition we all worked very hard on different aspects of the project and all of that hard work really paid at the Regional Final. We reached all of our goals so far and we are very proud of our team. Now we just have to push ourselves that bit harder for the next stage of the competition, the National Finals.” They are currently re-designing their aerodynamic model F1 car and working to improve on all aspects of their entry. They will be racing against other qualifying teams at the National Finals in April. This is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS). The winning team at the finals will go on to represent Ireland at the world finals in Austin Texas in September.
St. Andrew’s G.A.A. Club
St Andrews are currently fundraising ahead of the new season. The club would like to thank all those who have supported the club in any way. The Club Development draw is on the horizon and the tickets are now on sale and can be bought from any committee member. The tickets cost €100. The club would greatly appreciate your support in this fund raising initiative as €60 of the total ticket price goes to the club. The Lotto jackpot stands at €10,000, as it has not been won for a long time now and the reserve Jackpot is standing at over €8,000. As soon as the main Jackpot has been won the reserve Jackpot will be up for grabs in the next draw. Tickets for the Lotto cost two euro and can be purchased from the usual outlets. The members of St Andrews elected on to the Park Committee for the coming season are Paddy Kiely, Paddy Gardiner and Michael Crowe. Children’s Officer for the coming year is Carol Clarke. The club is also looking for volunteers to become referees. Anybody interested in becoming a referee, please contact a committee member.
The club will also be taking part in the 1916 commemorations, where a re-enactment of the finals of 1916 in both football and hurling will be taking place, as well as a parade before the game. Bagenalstown was involved in the hurling final. More information will be forthcoming as soon as the details have been finalised for the celebrations.
Coffee Morning for Feileacain.
A Coffee Morning for Feileacain – In Memory of Baby Rory Brennan, will be held on Saturday, March 12 in Iona Dara, Goresbidge, Co. Kilkenny. Feileacain (The Stillborth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland) is a not-for-profit organisation which aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. I first heard of this organisation when I met a group of Bagenalstown ladies in a quiet corner of the Railway House, Bagenalstown who were busy knitting and crocheting. On enquiring they told me they are members of Bagenalstown Knitting Group (about 15 in number) and form part of the Carlow branch of Feileacain. 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, teddy bears They 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 to so many parents 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. They produce a beautiful array of baby wear, all crafted with love to support grieving parents. The Association was founded over fifteen years ago by women who lost their babies and had to cope with devastating pain and sadness on their own at a time when parents who lost a baby were given no recognition or acknowledgment. The Association was formed to offer support to other parents and families who lost a baby by stillbirth, died around the time of birth or within the second trimester of pregnancy. Well done to the ladies of Bagenalstown Knitting Group and all the volunteers who support bereaved parents in their loss. Their work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families. This fundraising coffee morning is very deserving of your support.
Closure of Muine Bheag Vocational School
The news that Muine Bheag V.S. is to close came as a shock to the town and surrounding areas as the school has a long history of service to the community with a dedicated Principal David O’Flaherty, teachers and staff and excellent facilities. For many years Muine Bheag Vocational School has been a Centre of Excellence in engineering/metalwork and the owners of many of the local engineering industries are past students of the school. The Vocational School is the only school in Muine Bheag where students can study Engineering/Metalwork. Vocational School students have won many awards at regional and national level in these subjects including highest marks in the country in Engineering, Technical Drawing/Design & Communication Graphics. Facilities include a purpose built sports hall, science labs, art rooms, woodwork room, metalwork and engineering room, DCG room with computers and server and 2 computer rooms
The Vocational School in Muine Bheag opened in 1963 with an initial enrolment of 98 students and within two years an extension was added as enrolment continued to climb to over 200. The present Principal, Mr. David 0’Flaherty, was appointed in 2006. Speaking to the Chairman of the Governing Board, Cllr. Denis Foley this morning (Fri. March 11) he told me that this news came as a devastating shock to the school as it was a bolt out of the blue when word came from the CEO that the school will close within a few years due to a decline in the number of students. He said “ This is a sad day for Muine Bheag but in order to keep the school open we need approx. 30 more student enrolments for September as the numbers will go down when Leaving Cert students finish their exams and move on. He strongly urges parents to enrol their children for the forthcoming year in Muine Bheag V.S “ The appeal from Cllr. Foley is “ Parents, if you want to play your part in saving our school please enrol your child for the forthcoming School Year. Failure to get the numbers up will result in closure within a few years.”
Annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje.
Will take place from June 8 to 15.. Cost €669. If interested please contact Eleanor in the Parish Office for more information at 97 21154.
Every Wednesday night at 8pm in the McGrath Hall.
Bagenalstown Country Market is open every Friday from 10am to 1pm in St. Mary’s old School on Church Road. Free weekly draw with every purchase. Freshly homemade bread and cakes, local handcrafts and more. For more information contact Ken Hickey on 086 3559533.
First Holy Communion Dates
Ballinkillen N.S. Sat. May 7 at 11am in Ballinkillen Church: Garryhill N.S. Sun. May 8 at 11,30an in St. Andrew’s Parish Church; Newtown/Dunleckney N.S. Sat. May 14 at 11am in Newtown Church; Nurney N.S. Sun. May 22 at 11am in Newtown Church; St. Brigid’s Boys N.S. and Queen of the Universe Girls N.S. Sun. May 21 at 11am in St. Andrew’s Parish Church.
Hannah Lawlor (nee Keogh), Market Square, Bagenalstown died on March 10 in the loving care of Eileen and her staff at Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge. Hannah was the wife of the late Paddy and mother of the late Joan. She is deeply mourned by her loving daughters, Mary and Margaret, sons in law Brian and Pat, grandchildren John, Ann, Bill, Hannah, Martin, Molly, nieces, nephews and extended family and friends. May she rest in peace.
Off to the All Ireland
Congratulations and well done to the Third Year business students at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown who took part in the regional CIMA Business Quiz in Waterford Institute of Technology recently. Presentation De La Salle was represented by three teams on the night. Following some very testing questions Eoghan Carpenter, Naoise Darcy, Patricia Dunne and Darren Hayden came out on top. These four students will go on to represent the south east region in the All Ireland in the University of Limerick in April 2016.
Junk Kouture on their way to Regional Finals
Four out of five entries for this year’s Junk Kouture Recycled Fashion Competition have been chosen from Presentation De La Salle College to proceed to the Regional Finals in Limerick. These creations were chosen based on design and originality of material as well as concept and inspiration, from the iconic Audrey Hepburn to diabetes awareness and the appreciation of animals and nature. Teams employed a range of materials in various ways to construct their designs, raising awareness for the issue of waste and encouraging the practice of recycling. A huge thank you to all those who supported the teams.
The 6am Dawn Mass on Mt. Leinster on Easter Sunday has been cancelled.
Muinebheag Library Lecture
Fr. Albert Bibby was born in Regent St. Muinebheag and during the Easter Rising he attended to all in need and to the leaders of the Rising in Kilmainham Gaol. Myles Kavanagh will be giving the lecture and we look
forward to his study on Fr. Bibby. Lecture: 8pm Muinebheag Library on Wednesday March 30. All are most welcome to come along and delve into the past during these Centenary celebrations.
Club Development Draw.
Club members are out selling the tickets again. This involves 5 monthly draws with twenty great prizes (including a car) each month. Ballinkillen has done well with winners over the years. Eamon O’Neill won a car in 2015, Pascal Byrne, Micheal Ryan and Paddy Salt Murphy also won prizes. This draw continues to be an important source of income with all proceeds going to the development of club facilities. Last year saw improvements on the car park area also a perimeter fence and entrance gates to the pitch. Added to the main draws the club will again continue with their local draw of €500 in divided prizes. Your continued support is greatly appreciated.
St. Andrew’s G.A.A. Club
The club will be taking part in the 1916 Pageant, which is taking place on Saturday, April 2, in Carlow. The Pageant will consist of a parade from Dublin Street to Dr Cullen Park with all the clubs in the county taking part. The parade starts at 2pm. All members of the club past and present are very welcome to take part in the parade. Please register your interest with a member of the committee. Traditional clothing from the period is optional, but the organisers are encouraging people to dress up if they want. The Lotto Jackpot has still not been won with the numbers 1319, 23 and 29 drawn, Monday night, March 7.The reserve Jackpot is now heading towards €9,000 euro and will be up for grabs as soon as the current jackpot is won. There are County Board Draw tickets still available from any committee member and the club would appreciate your support in this fundraising initiative, as €60 from the ticket price goes to the club. Denis Foley has volunteered to be the club’s Health and Wellbeimg Officer for the coming year. The leagues are just around the corner and are scheduled to start on Easter weekend. The club will be fielding teams at Intermediate and Junior A level. Your support would be much appreciated once the games start as there will be matches most weeks as the leagues progress. If you have any queries please feel free to contact Jimmy Mullins, PRO St Andrews GAA Clubmullinsj66@yahoo.ie 0851552484
Ballinkillen Community Events
Bingo in Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre every Monday night starts at 8pm. Parent and Toddler group meets every Tuesday from 9.30am -11.30am. All newcomers welcome. A great way to meet and greet other parents in the area with toys available for kids. The committee is currently taking names for a crochet class that they hope to start over the next few months. If interested please contact 059 97 75175.
They are also hoping to start a 6 week First Aid course. If interested contact 059 97 75175. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Ballinkillen Active Retirement will be startimg art classes for beginners and upwards in the Centre on March 31. Time 12.30pm to 4.30pm. Painting with Acrylics. Class is open to the public. Contact: Elma 086 1655408. Circuit Training in the Centre every Thursday from 7-8pm for all fitness levels. Admission €5. Ballinkillen Active Retirement Group is continuing with Chair Yoga on March 23 at 3.pm in the Centre. Ballinkillen free pre-school hours and After Schools will open Sept.1. If interested please contact the Centre at 0599775175 between 9am and 2.30pm Mon-Fri. The entre 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 @ email@example.com. Closing date for applicants is Friday,April
Sincere sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently.
Edward (Ned) Nevin, 24 Dangan Terrace, Thomastown and formerly of 45 St. Brigid’s Crescent, Bagenalstown who died on March 11 after an illness which he fought with great courage and dignity. Ned was a retired member of Thomastown Fire Service. He was a man who enjoyed a good laugh and a game of darts. He will be missed by all who knew him and his communities in Thomastown and Bagenalstown. Ned is deeply mourned by his wife Hilda, sons Brian, Bernard and Niall and daughter Rebecca, grandchildren, brothers John and Michael, daughters in law, Trish, Lisa and Ede, nephews, nieces, relatives, good neighbours and a wide circle of friends:
Noel Dwyer, Oaklawns, Paulstown (nephew of Mrs. Mary Dwyer, Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown):
Lucy Treacy, Willesden, London and Glenaharry (sister of Tommy Quinlisk, Glenaharry)
Joe O’Keeffe, Upper Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, who died recently. May they rest in peace.
Fibromyalgia Support Group
Carlow Fibromyalgia Support Group monthly meeting will be held in the Talbot Hotel at 7.30pm this evening, March 29. The Group will be joined by Dymphna Maher. a Living Food Practitioner and her husband Nik who is a herbalist. They will be giving a talk, advice and answering questions. Coffee Mornings are every Thursday from 10.30am in the Talbot Hotel. For more information please contact John 086 1927547, Mary 086 1693887 or Katharine 089 4387283
Free events in Carlow Library.
Storytime is on Saturday April 2 and 9 at 11am in the Shaw Room. Pan Celtic Festival 2016 – the full programme has been announced. Carlow County Library will host a number of events on March 30 and 31, Also April 1 and 2. Storytelling Workshops will be held at 11am in the Shaw Room. Check out the official programme for more information about these and other events. Local artist Anne Deere will host an Exhibition in the Shaw Room, beginning March 29 and will run for a week. An Introduction to Mindfulness with Darren Reid will be held in the Shaw Room on Thursday April 7at 6pm This week why not check out an e-audiobook on www.carlowlibraries.ie/onlinelibrary/read<http://www.carlowlibraries.ie/onlinelibrary/read The library has a selection of children’s titles too, which are great for long car journeys or rainy days.
Erin’s Owen Hurling Club
Erin’s Own played their final group game in the Leinster League on March 16. After a tough hour they came out deserving winners over Shamrocks, Enniscorthy. This result put the lads into the quarter final of the competition. Another team taking to the field soon will be a team made up of both past and present players who will be involved in the re-enactment of the 1916 County Final when Bagenalstown took on Graiguecullen. This will be part of the Easter Celebrations in Carlow on Sat. April 2. This will start with a parade from Dublin Street to Netwatch Cullen Park, starting at 2pm. The local GAA lottto still has big money on offer so don’t forget to get your tickets from the usual outlets for only €2. The County Board Club Development Draw tickets and money should be returned by Friday, April 1, as the first draw is due to take place on Monday, April 4. It’s not too late to get your ticket for this wonderful draw with cars, holidays and cash prizes on offer over the five months. Tickets are €100 or €20 per month from any club member. Well done to club members Alan (Alfie) Corcoran and Jack Barron who played their part in securing a Division 2A League Final spot as members of the Carlow senior team.
Dawn Mass Cancelled this Year
It was with great sadness and disappointment that our Parish Priest, Fr. Declan Foley and Fr. Declan Thompson had to announce the cancellation of this year’s Dawn Mass on Mt. Leinster. In making the announcement Fr. Declan Foley said “ We have been blessed not to have had any accidents on the mountain since the beginning of the Dawn Mass. However, more and more people have had to withdraw from their marshalling roles and we feel that it would be unsafe and unfair to ask the few people left to take full responsibility for such a vast amount of people on the mountain again this year. Hopefully this break will give us an opportunity to regroup and recruit more volunteers so that we can put fresh efforts into what has become a very enjoyable experience for those who look forward to it and who make the journey up the mountain every year.
Graveyard Mass this year at 8pm
Newtown Friday June 3: Ballinkillen Friday June 10: Bagenalstown Friday June 17 and Dunleckney Friday June 24.
St. Patrick’s Day
St. Patrick’s Day 2016 was another great day in the history of the 1st Baden Powell Scout Troop when the Troop members turned out in overwhelming numbers for our local parade. The colourful display of uniforms, badges, flags and banners was impressive and has drawn much positive comment from all sections of our community. The Baden Powell Troop was particularly proud this year to represent the Scout Movement on the centenary of 1916 and the participation by the Troop members in the parade speaks volumes for their commitment to the community in which they serve. The Troop would like to thank everyone who paraded on St. Patrick’s Day, their parents and supporters – well done to all. They would like to thank the St. Patrick’s Day committee for the opportunity to take part in the parade again this year and wishes continued success to the parade, definitely the best in our county.
Ellen (Nellie) McEvoy, Barrett Street, Bagenalstown went to her eternal reward on March 22 after a short illness which she faced with great courage and faith in God. Ellen was predeceased by her husband Jim and son Brendan. She is sadly mourned and will be deeply missed by her loving family, sons Des, John, Gerard, Pascal and Noel; daughters Helen and Rita; daughters-in-law; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and many good neighbours and friends. May she rest in Peace.
The 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop held their annual Fun Quiz recently and a great crowd attended again this year. The evening was a great success and the Troop would like to thank all Troop members, parents, family members, friends, supporters and our entire community who attended the event in such large numbers. Well done to the team who put so much hard work into the event. The Troop sends particular thanks to Carlow County Council and the McGrath Hall staff for their co-operation; the Presentation De La Salle College, Muine Bheag Community Centre, Connolly’s Super Valu for their sponsorship of the main prizes and everyone who donated items, provided refreshments or assisted in any way.
A total of €7,310 was collected by the Bagenalstown Branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team on Daffodil Day. The committee would like to thank all who sold daffodils on the day and gave up their time to help. Thanks also to all who donated daffodils. A sincere thanks to Henry Corrigan for the use of his camper van.
St. Andrew’s G.A.A. Club
The numbers drawn in Monday, March 21 Lotto draw were 4,10,17,and 23. There was no winner. The Jackpot is still €10,000 and the reserve jackpot is heading for €9,000. Tickets for the next lotto draw can be bought from the usual outlets for €2. There are still tickets available for the Club Development Draw and the club would appreciate your support in this fundraising initiative as €60 from the price of the ticket goes to the club. The price of a ticket is €100 and these are available from any committee member. Prizes include cars, holidays and cash. The first draw is scheduled to take place on April 4. The Carlow County Board is holding a Pageant to commemorate the events around 1916 and it consists of a parade from Dublin Street to Dr Cullen Park, as well as a game of football and hurling on Saturday, April 2 commencing at 4pm. The club is looking for volunteers to take part in the parade and is asking past and present members to make themselves available on the day to represent the club. The League’s throw in over Easter weekend with the Club playing Railyard in Division 2 on Easter Sunday and Rathvilly in Division 3 on Thursday, March 31 at 7pm in Fr Ryan Park. The Minor league throws in on Sunday, April 3 with the club playing Mount Leinster Rangers in Borris at 12noon.