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REVIEW OF 2016 – July to December

January 13th, 2017 by Margaret Cushen

Bagenalstown Notes Carlow People

REVIEW OF 2016 – July to December


Death of young Bagenalstown native shocks the community.

The sudden death of Sarita O’Shaughnessy, Limerick and late of Maple Drive, Bagenalstown on Monday, June 27, at the early age of 40 years sent shock waves throughout the community. She was daughter of the late Michael and Mel 0’Shaughnessy, Maple Drive.  The large crowds who came from Bagenalstown and far and wide to attend her Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, Castleconnell, were testament to the affection in which she was held by all who knew her. She was laid to rest in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Castleconnell.  Sarita left behind to cherish her memory her heartbroken partner, Ian Murphy, her loving children Lauren and Senan, her sister Eloise, her extended family, work colleagues, friends and the community of Bagenalstown,  May she rest in peace.

Dunleckney Graveyard Committee

The committee wishes to thank all who contributed to their recent collection and who gave separate donations. Special thanks to Bob Monaghan (Chairman), Mickey Kelly and Brian McSteen (committee members of Erin’s Own Hurling Club) who assisted with the collection. Anyone who would like to help with the upkeep of the graveyard is welcome to go along on Saturday mornings from 11am to 1pm approx.


Deepest sympathy to the families of the following who died recently: Brian Cullen, Station Road and Hillview Nursing Home who was interred in Ballinkillen; Johnny Johnson, 60 Fr Cummins Park; Margaret Murphy (nee 0’Rourke) Kilbride, Tullow and 31 Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, who was interred in Clonegal; Meinhard Braun, Still, Italy (P.B. Machine Tech) and Martin 0’Neill, Birmingham (brother of Annette Reddy, Conway Park). May they rest in peace.

Eddie Lohan presented with St. George’s Award

The 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop held a very successful Investiture ceremony recently in St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown. A number of Bronze and Silver Gaisce awards were presented to Troop members.  These awards mark the culmination of much hard work and commitment on the part of the members concerned and are well deserved. The highlight of the evening was the presentation to a Troop member of the highest possible award in Baden Powell Scouting, the St. George’s Award.  This award is bestowed by the Chief Commissioner of Baden Powell Scouting to young members who achieve the highest goals and standards in their Scouting career. It is the equivalent of the Eagle Scout Award in the United States or the Queen’s Scout Award in the United Kingdom.  The worthy recipient this year was Eddie Lohan.  Eddie is the son of Patrick and Colette Lohan, Upper Kilree Street, Bagenalstown and is a student at Presentation De La Salle College. He is a lifelong member of the Scout Movement, having started his career as a Beaver.  Eddie has consistently displayed the utmost commitment and dedication, both to the Scout Movement and to his community and he is a credit to his family and his Troop.


Brigid Hogan, 24 Pairc Mhuire, died in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny, following a short illness on July 16.   She was predeceased by her husband John and son Patrick.  She is deeply mourned and missed by her sons, John, Eddie and Michael; daughters Sheila, Margaret and Ann Marie, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives and a wide circle of friends. May her gentle soul rest in peace.

Sincere sympathy to Richard and Jack Sheehan, Dunleckney, whose brother Tom Sheehan, Brandon Road, Drimnagh, Dublin and Bagenalstown, died peacefully at St. James’s Hospital, Dublin on July 14.  He is survived and deeply mourned by his beloved wife Josie, loving father of Robert, Marian, Anne, Pat, John, Michael, Catherine and Richard; sisters, family members and friends. May he rest in peace.


to Ballinkillen hurlers on winning the Feile na Gael National Title.

Noel Cassidy Deceased

Deepest sympathy to Mrs. Catherine Cassidy, Knocknacarra, Galway on the death of her beloved husband, Noel, on July 16. following a short illness, and to her daughters Helen, Ann and Cathy, son Noel, sons in law Mark, Conor and Jeremy, daughter in law Karen, grandchildren, sister Claire, brother Fr. Francis and a wide circle of extended family and friends.  Noel had retired from AIB in Dingle having previously served in the bank in Ennis, Co. Clare. Catherine, (Kit), formerly Kelly, is a native of Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, where her parents had a drapery business where Glad Rags boutique is located.  She keeps in touch with her friends in Bagenalstown and is always interested in hearing the news from her home town.  Following his Funeral Mass, Noel was laid to rest in Rahoon Cemetery.  May he rest in peace


Carlow County Camogie

Congratulations to the U16 Co. Carlow Camogie team and their mentors on reaching the All Ireland Under 16 C Championship Final when they won the semi-final last Sunday in Dublin, playing against Co. Cavan.

Charlotte Feeley Deceased

Charlotte Feeley (nee O’Connor), Moytura, Dunleckney, Bagenalstown, and late of Parnell Street, Waterford, slipped away to her eternal reward on July 27.  She died in St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny after an illness she suffered with great courage and dignity.  Charlotte was a true lady in every sense of the word, compassionate and warm hearted and her passing left a great void in the hearts of her family, friends and in the local community where she was much loved.  Following Mass in Celebration of her Life in St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown she was laid to rest in the Cemetery of the Assumption. Left to mourn her and cherish her memory is her beloved husband, Joe, daughter Elinor, sons Conor and Turlough, sons in law Padhraid and Fintan, daughter in law Jacinta, brother Maurice, sisters Mary and Shono, grandchildren Cole, Ella, Joseph, Maeve and Aoife, nephews, nieces relatives and many friends.  May she rest in peace.

Bagenalstown Swimming Club – Annual One Mile Swim

There was a great turnout for the annual One Mile Swim in the river Barrow recently.  There were more swimmers than were seen in this stretch of the Barrow at one time. There were some great performances with swimmers from Bagenalstown and surrounding areas, Athy and Kilkenny.  The winner was Jordan Sexton with Leon Gordon coming 2nd.  Well done to all the lifeguards on the night and to everyone who helped to make it such a great night.  Bagenalstown Swimming Club has been in existence since 1947.

Noel Clarke Deceased

The death has taken place of Noel Clarke, Leopardstown, Dublin and late of Dunleckney, Bagenalstown. (Retired An Garda Siochana). Noel died peacefully, surrounded by his family, on August 3.He is deeply mourned and missed by his beloved wife Pat, children Orla and Rachel, brother the late Don and sister Lillie and very sadly missed by his sisters, Kay, Helen, Anne, Mary and Pat, brother Liam, brothers and sisters in law, father in law George, nieces, nephews and a large circle of family and friends. Following his Funeral Mass he was laid to rest at Kilternan Park Cemetery.  May he rest in peace.

Pitch and Putt Win

Well done to all the lads from the Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club on winning the Carlow/Kilkenny/Wexford Regional League Final in Gowran.  They last won this title in 2012.

Muinebheag Juvenile Club News

Ballinkillen Teammates Forever Challenge. Muine Bheag Juvenile Club was honoured to receive an invitation to participate in this event on Sunday, August7. This was a supremely well organised tournament to mark the memory of two great hurlers, Eoghan and Ruairi Chada.  The U8 team won their final.   Congratulations to T.J. Darcy who was named Player of the Tournament.


All Ireland Camogie Champions

Congratulations to Carlow Camogie Junior team who won the Premier Junior All-Ireland Camogie Championship 2016 in Croke Park recently, especially the 11 girls from the Parish who are part of the Carlow squad, Teresa Meaney, Joint Captain,  Sarah, Emma, Pamela, Aine, Antoinette, Ava, Eleanor, Gillian, Kate, Niamh and Teresa.  The team’s hard work and the dedication and encouragement of their management team and all who worked behind the scenes, with the support of their parents, families, clubs etc. resulted in joint captains, Marian Doyle and Teresa Meaney receiving the Kay Mills Cup from the President of the Camogie Association, Catherine Neary. Congratulations also to the U14 Carlow Camogie teams on reaching two Ireland Finals Div. 3 and Div. 5 today and bringing home their All Ireland runner up medals. This was a historic and very exciting day for Carlow.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club
All Ireland Camogie heroes.
Hearty congratulations to the County Camogie Team who had a tremendous win in the All Ireland Junior A Final in Croke Park against Armagh. Ballinkillen players  - Teresa Meaney joint Captain, Eleanor Treacy, Niamh Canavan, Antoinette Dowling, Kate Kinsella, Ava Murphy, Gillian English and Aine Kinsella, all played their part in no small way. Andrew Gaul was part of the superb three man management team. Andrew has made such a major contribution to Carlow hurling over the last two decades. .

Fr. Pat Ramsbottom
The death occurred on Sept. 8 of Rev. Fr. Pat Ramsbottom P.P. Cooleragh, Coill Dubh, Kildare and Timahoe, Laois. Fr Pat’s family home was in Fossey, Timahoe. He died in the loving care of the staff of Craddock House Nursing Home, Naas, surrounded by his loving family. He was a former Parish Priest of Cooleragh and Staplestown. Co. Kildare. He is deeply mourned by his brothers Sean, Billy and Noel, sister in law Breid, nephews, nieces, grandnephews, grandnieces, Bishop Denis Nulty, priests of Kildare and Leighlin Diocese, class mates,  relatives and parishioners and a large circle of friends.  Following his Requiem Mass on Sept. 12, Fr. Ramsbottom was laid to rest in St. Benignus’s Cemetery, Staplestown. Born in 1939 and ordained on June 6, 1964 Fr. Pat spent a short time as a curate in Garston, Liverpool before he was appointed to Bagenalstown in Sept. 1964 where he was a very popular and much loved curate from Sept. 1964 to August l971. He was then transferred to Naas, Clonbullogue until his appointment as Parish Priest of Cooleragh-Staplestown in August 1993, He retired due to ill health in 2003.  May he rest in peace.


Sincere sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently.  Maureen Keegan, (nee Thompson), Dublin and Ballyloo (sister of Vera Lomax, Ballybromhill and Mary Farrell, Harrow Cross) and Harold Keogh, Myshall who was laid to rest in Myshall last week.  May they rest in peace.


Camogie County Champions

Congratulations and well done to Muine Bheag Camogie Junior Team on their great achievement in Netwatch Cullen Park, Carlow, Sat. last. They won the County Carlow Championship when they defeated a very good St. Mullins team in the Final.


Sincere sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently – Jim Donoghue, Orchard, Leighlinbridge; Pat Dalton, Ballytiglea and Dublin and Mary-Catherine Byrne (nee Murphy), California  and Ratheadon, Bagenalstown (sister of Paddy, John Joe and Bridie (Sr. Clement). May they rest in peace.

Under 16 County Champions
Pride of place goes to Ballinkillen’s Under 16s on their marvellous win over a strong Mt. Leinster Rangers team, in the County Final, thus achieving ‘2 in a row’. The Ballinkillen lads put in a tremendous show, their hurling a joy to behold. Most of these players have achieved a ‘2 in a row’ with Fenagh as well- a double double.

St. Andrew’s Carlow Intermediate Football Champions

Congratulations St. Andrew’s GAA on winning the Carlow Intermediate Football Championship 2016. A great win for the town.

Senior Hurling Champions

Congratulations to St. Mullins GAA, Carlow Senior Hurling 2016 Champions.

Jackie Foy deceased

Jackie Foy, Rathellen, Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlowdied peacefully at home on October 30, surrounded by his loving family, after an illness borne with dignity, courage and always a smile.  Much loved husband and best friend of Sandra, loving father of Ken, Dorothy, Michelle and Declan, father-in-law to Sandra, Niall, James and Reyna and grandfather to Alex, Reuben, Oliver, Juliette, Dorothy and Samuel.  Following Requiem Mass in St. Lazerian’s Church, Leighlinbridge, Jackie was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May he rest in peace.


Derek Ryan

Local singer/songwriter Derek Ryan released two new albums on Friday, Oct.28  This is Me and Happy Man. They follow on the success of two new singles This is Me and City of Chicago, which went to No.1 and No.2 in the ITunes Country charts in Ireland.  Derek recorded his This is Me album in Nashville earlier this year, working with American Grammy-nominated producer Jeff Balding.  Derek recently returned to his Alma Mater – Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown for a sell out concert and he will return to Carlow on January 21 and 22 for concerts in the George Bernard Shaw Theatre.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club Notes Shinty.
The Club is delighted to congratulate both Seanie Whelan and Dion Wall who had the great honour of representing Ireland in the recent u21 Shinty International v Scotland. Both made telling contributions to Ireland defeating the Scots. Well done to the lads.


Deepest sympathy to the family of Mary “Molly” Bolton (nee Donohoe) Slyguff, Bagenalstown and Borris Lodge Nursing Home, who went to her eternal reward on November 10. Molly was wife of the late Paddy and mother of the late Paddy (Jnr) and loving mother of Ann and Joe and is deeply mourned by her family and friends. May she rest in peace.

Confirmation 2017

Confirmation will take place on Sat. March 11, 2017 at 11am in St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown.

Pink Ribbon Day for Breast Cancer

The organisers wish to thank all who donated, collected, organised and gave their free time.  A total of €2,780 was collected.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club
Camogie player, Eleanor Treacy, brings massive honour to Club and County Ballinkillen Hurling Club and all the community were immensely proud of Eleanor Treacy receiving the All Ireland Junior Camogie Player of the Year award. To embellish this, Eleanor was honoured with a Junior Soaring Star 2016 award, along with her team mate, Ciara Quirke. This was testament to Eleanor’s sterling contribution to the Carlow team, winning their first ever Premier Junior All Ireland Camogie title.


Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently:  Maureen Cowman, Ballymoon, Bagenalstown died peacefully at her home on November 12, Maureen was the youngest daughter of the late Matty and Mary and sister of the late Noel.  Deeply regretted by her sister, Ann, brothers, Paul, Mike, Joe, Andy, Tom, Jimmy, Johnny, Matty and Pakie, family members relatives and a wide circle of friends.  Burial took place in the Cemetery of the Assumption, Bagenalstown, following Requiem Mass in St. Andrew’s Parish Church. May she rest in peace.

Breeda Fenelon, Ballytarsna, Nurney, who died on Nov. 21 in the Bon Secours Hospital, Glasnevin. Breeda is deeply mourned by her beloved husband, Paddy, daughter, Catherine, son-in-law Mark and also by her sisters, brothers and family members, kind neighbours and friends. Following Requiem Mass in St.Patrick’s Church, Church, Newtown, Breeda was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. May she rest in peace.

Madge Byrne, Donore Lodge, Bagenalstown, died at her residence on Nov. 23. Madge was wife of the late Frank and she is sadly mourned by her loving daughter, Anne, sons, Brendan, Dermot, Rae and Frank, daughter-in-law Aine, grandchild Emer, sisters Breda, Kathleen, Gabrielle and Mary, brothers Ralph, Patrick and David, sister-in-law Nuala and her husband Billy and family, relatives and a wide circle of friends. Following Requiem Mass in St. Andrew’s Parish Church, Bagenalstown, Madge was laid to rest in the Cemetery of the Assumption. May she rest in peace.

Breda Nolan, Station Road, Bagenalstown went to her eternal reward on November 26, following a short illness. She was predeceased by her brother, Enda. She is deeply mourned and sadly missed by her loving brothers and sisters, M.J, Mike, Marie, Tomas, Eamonn, Margaret, John and Colette, family members and friends. Following Requiem Mass in St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown Breda was laid to rest in the Cemetery of the Assumption. May she rest in peace.

The death has taken place of Margaret Williams, London (sister of John Byrne, Seskinryan), Margaret Barry, Ballon (mother of Liam Barry, Kilree Lane) and Edward O’Connor, Atlanta, Georgia, (uncle of David Connors, Seskinryan). May they rest in peace.


Charity Shop Closes its Door

It is with regret that the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has to give notice to the community in the general Bagenalstown area that the current Vincent’s shop will have to cease trading pending a permanent relocation due to essential maintenance work. The SVP will, of course, continue to work to serve those most vulnerable in our community and wish to acknowledge the tremendous support and goodwill the shop and the SVP have received over the many years that the shop has been in existence. The SVP would also like to acknowledge the valuable contribution made by all their shop volunteers for the dedicated service they have provided.  In the interim it is hoped to deploy two dedicated clothing banks for those wishing to support the SVP with suitable donations of clothing and household items.  One clothing bank will be located at Topline Hardware shop on the Royal Oak Road and the other adjacent to the current Vincent’s shop.

Volunteer of the Year

Mick Lillis received the Volunteer of the Year Award from Carlow Camogie Club at a recent presentation in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. Congratulations and well done, Mick.   This award is very well deserved for the amount of time you spend working, not only with the camogie clubs, but other clubs in your area.


Sincere sympathy to the families of the following people who died this month:  Bridget (Brid) Doyle, Fairgreen, Bagenalstown died on Dec. 2 at Hillview Nursing Home, Carlow: John (Johnny) Tierney, Timbergap, Ballinkillen died on Dec.6.  Frank Ashe, Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, and formerly of Killcross, Inistioge died on Dec. 16.  Following Funeral Service in St Mary’s Church, Bagenalstown he was laid to rest in Inistiogue: Noel Farrell, Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown died on Dec. 22.  Maureen Hughes, Conway Park, Bagenalstown died on Dec. 26 in the Mater Private Hospital Dublin.  Patrick O’Keeffe, Hotel Street, Bagenalstown and formerly of Seskin Lower,Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow died on Dec. 29.  May they rest in peace

24th Annual Christmas Day Swim or Walk

The annual sponsored Christmas Day Swim or Walk is held to raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. This annual event is organised by Mary Foster, Secretary of the Bagenalstown branch who is a tireless worker on behalf of the Home Care Team. She started this Christmas Day event after the death of her friend, Vera Power, from cancer twenty four years ago. To date Mary has raised in the region of €150,000 for the Home Care Service. She is also involved in other fundraising activities for Home Care, including Daffodil Day and the National Home Care Coffee Morning, in addition to her voluntary work for Concern, Special Olympics, Community Games and Bagenalstown swimming pool where she has devoted much time and effort to training swimmers for the Community Games and other events. She is also known to drive young people to training sessions during the winter at the Graiguecullen swimming pool. She is a member of the Irish Water Safety Committee and a life saving instructor.  Mary is a committed community worker and gives her time, energy and talent to her local community.


Tony Davitt, Kilcumney Goresbridge, Co. Kilkenny died on December 8. He is sadly missed by his loving wife, Margaret, daughter Sinead, sons Kevin and Paul, sisters Pat, Anne and Michelle, brothers-in-law John, Brendan, John, David and Steve, sister-in-law Cathy, father-in-law John, mother-in-law Bridget, nephews, nieces, neighbours, relatives and friends.  Following Requiem Mass in the Church of the Holy Trinity, Goresbridge, Tony was laid to rest in Mary Queen of Peace Cemetery, Goresbridge.  May he rest in peace.

Spectacular Christmas Lights Display

Doyle’s Christmas Lights at Seskinryan, Bagenalstown, are a must-see for children of all ages. The display has been selected as one of the top twenty houses in the country for the “most Christmassy” home for 2016 and entered for the Energia National Christmas Lights Competition. The family is keeping fingers crossed to win the top prize of €4,000 for their display. This amazing display of Christmas lights was created by Ger Doyle and his family.  They start preparing for the following Christmas in February every year and they work and create all the exhibits themselves.  Visitors are encouraged to donate, with all proceeds going to the Carlow Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Note:  Ger Doyle and his family won the Energia National Christmas Lights Competition and were presented with their prize by RTE personnel, Brenda Donohoe and Nuala Carey at their home.

Bagenalstown Scout Leader Scoops Gaisce Gold Award

Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 was another great day in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when a Troop Leader, Eoin  O’Halloran, stepped forward in his full Scout uniform, to be presented with a Gold Gaisce Award by President Michael D. Higgins, at a very special ceremony in Dublin Castle. The Gold Gaisce Award is the only civic award given by the President of Ireland to young people between the ages of 17 years and 25 years.  It was the culmination of many years of commitment and dedication on Eoin’s part. He is a credit to his Troop, his community and to his family and he is a fantastic ambassador for the Scout Movement. Eoin is the son of Ann and Martin O’Halloran, Slyguff, Bagenalstown and he is a fourth year Aerospace Engineering student at Carlow Institute of Technology. He is a past pupil of Our Lady Queen of the Universe National School, St. Brigid’s Boys’ School and Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown.  Eoin is a veteran of numerous scouting adventures, including a Scout Jamboree and international camps in England, Wales, Switzerland, France and Spain.  He is also the holder of Silver and Bronze Gaisce Awards, having earned them through the Baden Powell Troop.

Mt. Leinster Way Walk

The committee thanks everyone who donated and took part in the Walk.  A total of €7,500 was raised and this was divided three ways between the Irish Cancer Society, Carlow Hospice and Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2016

The Parish Year Book is now on sale in all the usual outlets. It is, as usual, a beautiful book, full of interesting articles and photographs and a great gift for Bagenalstown people who live abroad and like to keep in touch with what is going on at home.

It is great value at only €5 and great credit is due to the committee who put in months of work to produce this beautiful work of art.

Free events in Carlow Library.
Storytime for the Under 6s resumed on Saturday, Jan. 7.
Carlow Mental Health Drop In.  January can be a challenging month for everyone, so Carlow Mental Health Association will be in the Shaw Room of Carlow Library each Thursday from 10am to 12 noon, giving out information on building resilience and signposting people to the relevant mental health services that are available locally. There will be a relaxation type activity each Thursday at 11am for half an hour. No need to book, just drop in. Also as part of reducing stigma around mental health, Carlow Mental Health Association is supporting the Visual with the campaign “First Fortnight” by showing a film in the Visual called “Infinitely Polar Bear” on Tuesday Jan 17 at 8pm.  Information Stand and question and answers session will be held on that evening as well. Tickets €5 from the Visual.

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