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REVIEW OF 2016 – July to December

January 13th, 2017

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.

Marona O’Donoghue

January 12th, 2017

The death has occurred of Marona O’Donoghue Oak Grove

Reposing at her residence tomorrow, Friday, followed by removal on Saturday morning, arriving at St. Andrew’s Church, for Funeral Mass at 11oc. Burial afterwards in the Cemetery of the Assumption.

May Marona Rest in Peace

Date of Death: Thursday 12th January 2017

Bridget Bridie Murphy

January 10th, 2017

The death has occurred of Bridget Bridie  Murphy,  Kilgreaney

Reposing at Joyce’s Funeral Home, Borris from 1pm on Thursday with removal at 7pm to St. Laserian’s Church, Ballinkillen arriving at 7.30pm. Funeral Mass at 11am on Friday followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

Date of Death: Tuesday 10th January 2017

May Bridie Rest in Peace

January 6th, 2017

Review of Year2016 January to June.


Carlow Camogie Volunteer of Year 2015

Congratulations to Mick Lillis, 2 Fair Green, Muine Bheag, who has been chosen as the County Winner of the Camogie Association “Volunteer of the Year” for season 2015, by the Carlow Camogie County Board, Mick is supported by his wife, Claudia, and children Emma, John and Kyle who are very proud of his achievements. Mick is very deserving of this award and his dedication and commitment to the game has encouraged his young players to realise their full potential on the field.  In announcing the winner, Carlow Camogie County Board said that Mick is being recognised for the tremendous dedication that he has shown to camogie, both at club and county level, since the formation of his club in 2011. He works tirelessly for the good of his club through all aspects of the game from administration to coaching. .

The other nominees were Elaine Pollard, Ballinkillen, Maurice Buckley, Burren Rangers, John Joe Martin, Mount Leinster Rangers, Brian Lawler, Naomh Brid, Bridget Doyle, St. Mullins and Adrian Corcoran, Setanta. All nominees will be honoured by Carlow County Camogie Board in due course and Mick will be honoured as County Winner at a function in Croke Park in February


Ned Lyons, Old town, Nurney and St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown; Eileen Martin (nee Birmingham) Tipperary and Ballytarsna and Don O’Rourke, Augha, Nurney.  .

Sponsored Swim/Walk

Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Christmas Day Sponsored Swim/Walk in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. This annual event was organised by the Bagenalstown Branch.   Nine people participated in the swim and over 50 people walked to Dunleckney Manor and back, led by Leon Power. grandson of the late Vera Power, in whose memory the Christmas Day events started 24 years ago.


Joe O’Brien, Fenagh, Declan Nolan, Eastwood. James Keegan Slyguff. The unexpected death of Margaret Condon (nee Farrell, Rhode, Offaly) on Sunday, Jan. 3 came as a great shock to her family, friends and community.    She was predeceased by her husband, Patrick.

Congratulations Molly Nolan

Molly, a 2nd year student at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, impressed the judges at the recent BT Young Scientist & Technology Awards in the RDS in Dublin, where she was highly commended for her achievement in raising awareness of scoliosis in children through social media She is also campaigning for scoliosis screening to take place in schools. Molly is 13 years old and was diagnosed with scoliosis of her spine in 2013.  She entered the competition with her project “Scoliosis in Children Molly has set up a website and a Facebook page called “Scoliosis Awareness – Early Detection” to raise awareness about scoliosis to all young people.  This young girl is a credit to her parents, family, school and her community.  Well done, Molly.


Kathleen Murphy, Newtown Village, (formerly Kildrenagh) Bagenalstown, died peacefully in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on January 3, 2016, after a short illness.

Derek Goes to Nashville

Congratulations to Garryhill musician, Derek Ryan, on realising his ambition to record an album in Nashville with one of the industry’s star names.  Derek is now back home and will be performing at venues around the country.


Matt Carey: The death has taken place of Matt Carey, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, on January 9, 2016. Matt passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family.

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.


Recent deaths: John Curran (Snr), Curran’s Garage, Carlow Road, Leighlinbridge died peacefully on January 21 at his residence.  .

Ann Moore. Tomduff, Borris, (wife of the late Sonny) died on January 16.

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 (sadly now deceased). Deeply regretted by her loving siser, Nuala, and family.

Sr. Lilian O’Neill

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, 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. She was laid to rest in New Jersey.

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),  welcomed Catherine Quinlan, Nurse/Manager of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team and said that he was very happy to fundraise for the Team, which he  has done for the past twenty years.  She accepted the cheque on behalf of Mr. Ian Wilson, Chairman of the Team and 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. In excess of  €100,000 had been raised by the Bagenalstown branch over the years. 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. Committee :  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.

Marie (Mary)Murphy, Wells, Bagenalstown. died peacefully at her home on February 3,surrounded by her loving family.

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 one son, 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   We wish her God’s blessings and many more years of good health and happiness.


Brigid (Bonnie) 0’Brien (nee Fitzgerald), Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, 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. She was predeceased by her husband, Billy, on March 2, 2015.


Coffee Morning for Feileacain.

A Coffee Morning for Feileacain   – In Memory of Baby Rory Brennan, was 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. Bagenalstown Knitting Group (about 15 in number) 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. 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. It offers 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. Their work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families.

Public Meeting re Closure of Muine Bheag Vocational School

The McGrath Hall was packed at the public meeting held on March 29 to discuss the announcement that Muine Bheag Vocational School is to close within the next few years. Ms. Cynthia Deane, Chief Executive, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board was invited to address the meeting. She acknowledged that the school is in danger of closing and understood the sense of shock and disbelief when the news broke.

She said the ETB wants to find a way of starting a conversation with the people of Bagenalstown about the school.  This course of action was proposed because the number of students enrolled in first year and in other courses had fallen sharply and it was clear that we would not be able to offer these students a positive educational experience for the next six years. She told the meeting that many efforts have been made over the past number of years by management and staff to increase the enrolments in the school without success and as of March 10, 2016 there were a possible 11 students who made application for enrolment for first years in September. 2016.

She said it is proposed that the ETB will set up a Task Force within the next week to include representatives of all local stakeholder groups to examine all aspects of the situation in Muine Bheag Vocational School and consider possible solutions for the future. .


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.

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. 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.


Edward (Ned) Nevin, 24 Dangan Terrace, Thomastown and formerly of 45 St. Brigid’s Crescent, Bagenalstown 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 will be missed by all who knew him and his communities in Thomastown and Bagenalstown.  Lucy Treacy, Willesden, London and Glenaharry (sister of Tommy Quinlisk, Glenaharry); Joe O’Keeffe, Upper Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, who died recently.

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. 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.


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.

Daffodil Day

A total of €7,310 was collected by the Bagenalstown Branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Team on Daffodil Day.


Backstairs Cycling Challenge

Congratulations to all the cyclists who took part in the Backstairs Cycling Challenge on Sun. April 19, which started and ended in Ballinkillen. This is the second year that local man, David Connors, has organised this event. Approx. €15,000 was raised and this will be divided between Ballinkillen N.S. the local GAA club and the Jack and Jill Foundation. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped at the event.  The day would not have been such a success without the commitment of all the volunteers working together to get all 400 cyclists out and back safely and, thankfully, all arrived back without as much as a scratch. The event was a fundraiser for Ballinkillen Primary School and Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling and Camogie clubs.  The day was dedicated to the memory of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada who were students in Ballinkillen School and members of the Juvenile GAA Club.  They will both be always fondly remembered.


Elizabeth “Lil” Nolan, Kilcarrig whose husband, John, died in March. Thomas McDonnell, Rathellen, Leighlinbridge.

Junk Kouture Winners

Congratulations to the three students from Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, who were recently awarded the title of Southern Regional Winners at this year’s Junk Kouture Fashion Show in the 3 Arena, Dublin. The winning dress,  “You’re Not My Type” was decorated with 3,000 hand painted tabs and designed by Ciara Carew, with Paul Roche and Ellen McDonald with their Art Teacher, Conor O’Brien and aimed to highlight Type 1 Diabetes

Derek Goes to Nashville

Congratulations to Garryhill musician, Derek Ryan, on realising his ambition to record an album in Nashville with one of the industry’s star names.  Derek is now back home and will be performing at venues around the country.

Aero Racing reaches National Final

Aero Racing from Muine Bheag Vocational school, competed at the National Finals of the F1 in Schools competition on April 28 which was held in the RDS Dublin. The team members of Aero Racing are team manager Keith Hickey, design and graphic manager Zak Yongram, resource manager Conor O’Brien and P.R. and business manager Ellen Gill. The National Final consisted of 20 teams from all parts of the country who had qualified from the Regional Finals in February.  The team and model car performed very well on the day, achieving the second fastest time and reaching the semi-final of the knockout racing. The overall winners were Marist College from Athlone .
Credit Union Members’ Draw

Congratulations to Maura Curran, who won €10,000 in the December 2015 Members’ Draw.

Bagenalstown Native dies in Dublin

The Bagenalstown community was sorry to learn of the death of Eamon O’Brien, Clonsilla, Co. Dublin and late of Kilree Street, Bagenalstown, who died in the Mater Hospital on January 13, 2016,  He was 79 years old and had been in failing health since he suffered a stroke three years ago.  Eamon was born in Bagenalstown, went to school locally and lived in Kilree Street, during his youth.  He worked in Connolly’s Bakery before moving to Dublin where he took up employment in the Richmond Hospital before joining the airport police at Dublin Airport. Eamon  is mourned and sadly missed by his beloved wife, Evelyn; sons Jim and Alan, daughters Sandra and Karen;  grandchildren, Lauren, Adam, Liddy and Cian; brothers Tom (Fr. Cummins Park), Pat (Paulstown); sisters Carmel McNally (Upper Kilree Street), Kathleen Geoghegan (Conway Park), Teresa Kelly (Fr. Cummins Park), extended family and many good friends and neighbours.

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.


Brigid (Bonnie) 0’Brien (nee Fitzgerald), Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, went to her eternal reward on February 15 in the 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.  Johnny 0’Neill, Kilgreaney, Paul Foley, Clowater, Peter Carton, Barrett Street.  Jimmy Byrne, Newtown, Elizabeth “Liz” Murphy, Myshall and Gerry Power, London and Kilgreaney.


Queen of the Universe N.S. Skydive

Cathal Cole, School Principal, Catriona Ozun and members of the Parents’ Council will be participating in a Skydive on June 3, in order to raise funds for the school. All donations will be gratefully received and as they say “ The Sky’s the Limit”. The school has an overcrowding problem which results in large class numbers. This, combined with the fact that their recreation hall (now being used as classrooms to facilitate numbers), means that both the children and teachers are prevented from using it for its original intended purposes like music, drama, sports, to name a few.

To help in rectifying the current situation, Catriona has made it her mission to raise as much money as possible to provide the resources and accommodation needed. The reduced class sizes will allow the children to reach their maximum potential individually and as a class. School Principal Mr. Cathal Cole will bravely jump with Catriona and it is their hope that they will raise €10,000 (€1 for every foot they fall. National School” Donations will be gratefully received.

Golden Jubilee

Fr. Pierce Murphy will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving in Ballinkillen Church, Bagenalstown, on Friday, June 24 at 7pm to mark the Golden Jubilee of his ordination to the priesthood.

Building Works at St. Andrew’s Parish Church

Competent building contractors have been invited to submit tenders for the carrying out of work to front court yard, including the supply and laying of new paving in accordance with plans and specifications


Brian Cullen, Station Road and Hillview Nursing Home who was interred in Ballinkillen and Johnny Johnson, 60 Fr Cummins Park.

Ballinkillen Hurling Club

The club congratulates Carlow Intermediate Camogie Team on reaching the Leinster Final.  Ballinkillen has eight players on the panel – Niamh Canavan, Antoinette Dowling, Gillian English, Aine Kinsella, Kate Kinsella, Ava Murphy, Teresa Meaney and Eleanor Tracey.  .

Local Girl in Sydney Rose of Tralee Competition

Good luck to Justine Gallagher who was selected last week as one of the ten entrants in the Sydney Rose of Tralee Competition.  The Rose of Tralee international competition is celebrated by Irish communities around the world and is now in its 57th year.  Justine is a daughter of Monica Gallagher, Upper Kilree Street and lived in Bagenalstown before she emigrated to Australia.  Justine’s sister, Averil, also works and lives in Sydney.


Tilly Monaghan

January 3rd, 2017

The death has occurred of Tilly Monaghan, Kilcarrig Street

Reposing in Somers’ Funeral Home, Bagenalstown, on Thursday (5th January) from 10am

Removal on Friday morning (6th January), arriving at St. Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown, for Funeral Mass at 11 o’clock

Burial afterwards in the Cemetery of the Assumption

Rosary will be recited in Somers’ Funeral Home on Thursday evening (5th January) at 8 o’clock


Date of Death: Tuesday 3rd January 2017

Dominic Kiely

January 2nd, 2017

The death has occurred of Dominic Kiely, Fr Cummins Park

Reposing in Somer’s Funeral Home. Removal on Wednesday evening  to arrive for 7pm.  Requiem Mass at 11am Thursday at St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown followed by burial in the Cemetery of the Assumption, Bagenalstown.


Date of Death: Monday 2nd January 2017

Sarah(Sadie) Walshe

January 2nd, 2017

The death has occurred of Sarah (Sadie) Walshe, 61 St Bridget’s Cresent

Reposing in Kearney’s Funeral Home, Kilree St, Bagenalstown on Tuesday from 4pm until 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning to arrive for 11am Requiem Mass at St Andrew’s Church, Bagenalstown followed by burial in the Cemetery of the Assumption, Bagenalstown.


Date of Death: Monday 2nd January 2017

Patrick O’Keeffe

December 29th, 2016

The death has occurred of Patrick O’Keeffe, Hotel Street

Reposing at his daughter Karen’s residence (Seskin Lower) on Sunday from 12.oc. Removal that evening arriving at St. Lazerian’s Church, Leighlinbridge at 7.oc. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11 oc followed by burial in the adjoining Cemetery.

May Patrick Rest in Peace.

Date of Death: Thursday 29th December 2016

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