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Bagenalstown Notes for Parish Website Tuesday. Jan. 17, 2017

January 22nd, 2017 by Margaret Cushen

A Young Man with a Mission

Congratulations and well done to Dylan Kehoe, who has been involved in organising events and fundraising for charity since he began his studies at Dublin City University. Dylan is President of the University’s Student Union for the current year.  A son of James and Mary Kehoe, The Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, Dylan has taken part in twelve marathons around the world and has always lived life to the full. It was in DCU that he set up one of his many fundraising projects – Beg Borrow Steal – a charity adventure that sees hundreds of students, in teams of two, travel from Dublin across Europe to a European city, via mystery checkpoints, with no money; simply relying on the kindness of others for lifts, donations and even offers of accommodation to finish their journey. So far this event has taken the participants to cities all over Europe. In 3 years the event has raised just under €80,000 for charity.

On February 2, two hundred students from DCU will set off on a trip to Rome for the 2017 edition of this annual adventure that will raise thousands for a worthy cause.  The teams are required to raise a minimum of €250 to enter and having raised €50,000 for the Movember Foundation last year, they’re hoping they can top €60,000 this time around. Movember is an organisation involved in funding men’s health projects around the world. You can check out the Movember website to see the participating teams and to donate, while you can also tune in on the action on social media.

Among the many Beg Borrow Steal adventures Dylan has helped is the Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation. The DCU students raised over €60,000 for The Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation by ‘begging and borrowing’ their way across the Irish Sea to the Scottish capital, Edinburgh in November 2014.  The Donal Walsh Live Life Foundation aims to provide age appropriate teenage facilities in hospital and hospice care centres and spread Donal’s anti-suicide, Live Life message.  Dylan Kehoe, your family, community and, I am sure, your DCU colleagues are very proud of your commitment to organising fundraising events for those who need our help.

Text Alert AGM
The AGM of Bagenalstown Parish Text Alert will be held in the McGrath Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 24 at 8pm.  Sergeant Peter Mc Connon of the Garda Crime Prevention Unit will attend, as will  members of the local Gardai. All are welcome to attend and the committee would especially invite new members who would like to help keep this service going.  Come and have your say on how the service is functioning.

Remembrance Service

Tir na nOg Infant Memorial Remembrance Service will take place on Thursday, January 19 at 7.30pm in St. Mary’s Church. All are welcome and the organisers would like you to join them for a cuppa after. If anyone wishes to have their baby’s name included in the Book of Remembrance please contact Eleanor in the Parish Office at 9721154.


Sincere sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently: Brigid Nolan, Kilkenny (sister of Margaret Corcoran, Upper Kilree Street; Bridie Murphy, Kilgreaney who was recently interred in Ballinkillen; James Cahill, Barntown (nephew of Mary O’Neill, Coolnacuppogue). May they rest in peace.

The Paddy Looney Memorial Volunteer Award
To mark the 10th Anniversary of Carlow Volunteer Centre, the Paddy Looney Memorial Volunteer Award was launched by Fr. John Dunphy P.P. Graiguecullen. Regina Duane, Manager of the Centre said “I was fortunate to be part of a group of individuals talking about volunteers, one individual’s name kept recurring and that was Paddy Looney. Everyone spoke so positively about Paddy and the impact that he made in the community. I was saddened to hear that he had passed away in 2014. As a way to Honour the Spirit of Volunteerism which Paddy encapsulated and to honour the wonderful volunteers in Carlow we are launching Paddy Looney Memorial Volunteer Award”. Carlow Volunteer Centre is now seeking nominations for this Award. Individuals or organisations can nominate volunteers and nomination forms are available by contacting the Centre directly on 059 9173033. Closing date for applications is February 10, 2017.

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The local Society would like to thank everyone who contributed so generously to their annual Church Gate Collection, especially the pupils, parents and staff of the schools for their kind and thoughtful donations of food and money which helped families at Christmas. The local helpline no. is 086 4042631.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club Sports Prediction 2017
The cards for this very popular fundraiser are now doing the rounds.  There are 29 sporting events – Six Nations rugby, horse racing, cycling, golf, tennis, snooker, show jumping, and of course GAA. There is something for everyone. This is a real test of your sporting knowledge. . The leader board will be kept updated on Ballinkillen H C website throughout the year. Cards are available from: Mick Kinsella, Frank Murphy, Patrick Minchin, John Whelan, Tommy Cox, Tim’s Shop or any committee member. €800.00 in prize money and cards €10.00 each.

Nurney Villa 50/50 December Draw Results
€300   Colm Fleming, Fenagh.
€200   Paddy Mullins, Philip St. Bagenalstown.
€75     Tom Comerford, Hillview.
€50     John Hickey, Fenagh.
€25     David Smyth, Nurney.
€25     Mick Kehoe, Knockthomas.
€25     Ann Fenlon, Ashfield, Bagenalstown.
€25     Sean Holden, Glenn na Beauru, Bagenalstown.
€25     Ann Marie Kearney, Cranaha.
€25     Jimmy Maher, Augha.
Next draw on January 25 in the Nurney Inn.

Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre

Bingo every Monday night starts at 8pm. Jackpot €2,750 in 48 numbers. Taekwondo for Kids is held in the hall every Friday from 7pm to 8pm. Parent & Toddler Group meet 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. Circuit Training every Thursday from 7pm to 8pm for all fitness levels. Admission €5.  Snooker Room open.  No need for membership, come along and pay and play.


The death has taken place of Marona O’Donoghue (nee Foster), Oak Grove, Royal Oak Road, Muine Bheag and formerly of Rosses Point, Sligo, in the loving care of Eileen, Denise and staff of Beechwood Nursing Home, Leighlinbridge on January 12.  She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick and is deeply mourned by her daughters, Geraldine and Patricia, son Jim, sons-in-law Neil and Mel, daughter in law Wendi, sisters in law, brother in law, grandchildren Euan, Chloe and Elliott, other family members, good neighbours and friends.  May she rest in peace.

Parish Yearbook 2016

Limited copies of the Parish Yearbook are available at the usual outlets.  Full of interesting articles, photographs. A great read. Only €5.

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

At the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge on Tues. Jan. 17 and Wed. Jan 18 from 4.30pm to 8pm.

Erin’s Own Hurling Club

Mass for deceased members of the club will take place on Fri. Jan. 20 and Sat. Jan 21 at 10am, both mornings in St. Andrew’s Church. The Carlow Sports Awards Night will take place on Sat. Jan. 21 and the club extends very best of luck to their club member, Alan (Alfie) Corcoran, who has been nominated for Senior Hurler of the Year.  The Medal Presentation Night will be on Sat. Jan. 28 in the Railway House at 8.30pm where the medals of the Senior Leinster League and Minor Shield winners will be presented.  The John Mitchell Award will also be presented on the night.  It is expected that the club’s online shop will be up and running in a few weeks.  There was no winner of the local GAA Lotto and the jackpot remains at €10,000, Tickets €2 from the usual outlets.  The club would like to extend sincere sympathy to club stalwart, Billy Hughes, and his family on the recent passing of his wife Maureen. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam.

Barrow Consultancy and Training Ltd


First Aid Refresher (QQI Level 5 Refresher) January 30 Venue Bagenalstown Cost €80. Manual & People Handling Date January 31 Venue Kilkenny Cost €80 for both €60 Manual Only


Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6 Date March 6, 13, 20, 27 Venue Carlow Cost €350 or €299 online.

Safety & Health at Work QQI Level 5: Date Feb 17, 24, Mar 3 & 10 Venue Carlow Cost €350 or €299 online

Guarding Skills QQI Level 4 Date Mar 24, 31, April 7, 14 Venue Carlow Cost €299

These courses can be used towards your Major award in QQI L5 Health Care Support, Health Service Skills and Early Childhood Care & Education. Contact Barrow Consultancy at 059 9721416: Email: info@barrowtraining.ie; website barrowtraining.ie

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