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Margaret Cushen, News Correspondent, Carlow People.
Parish Year Book
Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 is now on sale at retail outlets. It is a beautiful publication and only costs €5. The cover features a photograph of Mrs. Mary (Moll) Nolan, Fair Green, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2 last and is hale and hearty. The book is full of interesting articles and photographs. Congratulations to the committee who can be very proud of their achievement. If you have relatives or friends living away I am sure they would appreciate a copy to catch up on activities during the past year in the Parish. Year Book Committee: Sarah Comerford, Michelle Doorley, Michael Drea, Fr. Declan Foley, Sena Harenberg, Michael Lakes, Ann Power and Anna Monaghan(Chairperson)..
Derek Ryan in Concert
In just a couple of years, few artists have made such an impact on the Irish Country scene as Myshall, Co. Carlow native Derek Ryan. Having played to sell out audiences around the world with “D-Side” he now has “Full House” signs going up at venues all over Ireland, England and as far away as Australia, with his distinct Irish country sound and remarkable self penned songs. To date he has released six studio albums, the last two of which reached No.1 in the Irish Album Charts, his latest One Good Night topping international star Ed Sheeran off the top of the charts. Derek will play on Sunday, Feb. 7 at the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. Tickets available at box office 056 7760500.
Ballinkillen/Lorum Community Centre
Bingo in the Community Centre every Monday night starts at 8pm sharp. Parent and Toddler Group meets every Tuesday from 9.30am -11.30am. All newcomers welcome. This is a great way to meet and greet other parents in the area with toys available for kids. Patchwork and Sewing classes start in January. If you would like to avail of a place in this class please contact Eimear at 059 9775175.
Volunteer Befrienders Needed
If you are a good listener and would like to make a difference in someone’s day, Kilkenny and Carlow Contact would love to hear from you. Can you offer companionship to an older person in your area who may feel socially isolated? The association is currently looking for male and female volunteers in the Carlow/Co Carlow area who can commit to one or two hours per week. For more information please contact the office on 059 9136340 or Mary on 086 4108902.
Sympathy is extended to the families of the following people who died recently. Ned Lyons, Old town, Nurney and St. Lazerian’s House, Bagenalstown; Eileen Martin (nee Birmingham) Tipperary and Ballytarsna and Don O’Rourke, Augha, Nurney. May they rest in peace.
Country Market has reopened in St. Mary’s old school, Church Road, every Friday from 10am to 1pm.
Freshly baked home made break, cakes, apple tarts, local produce. Contact Ken Hickey at 086 3559533 or 059 87 22028 if you would like to tatke a stand..
St. Andrew’s Church Flower Collection
Anyone wishing to contribute to the church flowers fund may do so by leaving a donation into the Parish House on Railway Road or contacting any member of the team – Eileen Carton, Kitty Hickey, Mari Kelly, Kathleen Byrne and Ann Darcy. Your contributions are very gratefully acknowledged and appreciated. If you would like to help with the church flowers feel free to contact any of the above team members.
Bagenalstown Parish Bingo takes place every Wed. at 8pm in the McGrath Hall. Your support would be very much appreciated.
The annual Pilgrimage to Medjugorje will take place from June 8 to 15, 2016. Cost per person €669. If interested please contact Eleanor in the Parish Office at 97 21154 for further information.
Carols by Candlelight.
A very big thank you from Bagenalstown Folk Group to all who attended and/or took part in the recent “Carols by Candlelight” in St. Andrew’s Parish Church. The amount raised was €1,415 which has been donated to the four A.S.D. units in the parish schools.
A whist drive takes place in St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road, Bagenalstown every Friday night at 9pm. All welcome.
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, This award is made to acknowledge the huge effort put in by many people in all clubs within the county during the year. 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 a 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. In a statement outlining the reasons for their decision the members said that he works tirelessly for the good of his club through all aspects of the game from administration to coaching. A constant support to mentors of all ages Mick is the first at the pitch and last to leave, always ensuring that pitches are of the highest standard. Mick has been very involved in the go games programme over the past year at both club and county level always ensuring fixtures and pitches are co-ordinated properly. Mick is a member of the Carlow County Camogie Board Fixtures Committee for the past number of years always showing a very keen interest in juvenile fixtures. Mick also co-ordinated a very successful Under 12 club tournament with local and visiting clubs during the Summer of 2015.
The highlight of Mick’s involvement with the county was when he, as manager along with mentors Linda Kenny, Nuala Quirke, Seamus Kelly and Ger Power, enjoyed success with the county junior team in 2012 and 2013. He remains an avid supporter of county teams travelling far and wide to support Carlow teams of all ages. The Board expressed the hope that Mick’s infectious enthusiasm and relentless promotion of the game of camogie at both club and county level will continue for many a year to come.
All the club recipients and are true volunteers to the Association. 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.
Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Christmas Day Sponsored Swim/Walk in aid of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team in spite of the heavy rain. 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 23 years ago. Thanks to the lifeguards and everyone who helped out. Please return sponsor cards to Mary Foster. Donations welcome.
Cancer Support Centre
EIST Cancer Support Centre provides emotional and practical support to people affected by cancer, including those who care for them, from the time of diagnosis, through treatment and afterwards.
Eist supports the unique individual with their own set of circumstances and will always respect and support you on your personal journey. A confidential, professional and caring service in a peaceful environment is guaranteed. Everyone who comes to the Eist Centre is given the opportunity to meet with a support nurse / volunteer and discuss how the cancer diagnosis has affected you and your family. You will be provided with information on their services such as reflexology, counselling, support groups and recreational activities and you can decide how best the Eist Centre can support you. Eist offers services and therapies free of charge. The Eist Cancer Support Centre opens at 10am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 10am to 1pm on Fridays. Telephone Number 059 9139684. or you can have a look at some of Eist services on their website at www.eistcarlowcancersupport.ie where you can also fill in a contact form if you have any queries.
Sympathy is extended to the families of the following people who died recently. Joe O’Brien, Fenagh, who was interred in Drumphea; Declan Nolan, Eastwood and James Keegan Slyguff who was interred in Goresbridge
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, and is deeply mourned and missed by her loving daughters, Patricia, Lyla, Elaine, Geraldine and Madeline; brothers John and Tommie, sons-in-law Tommy, Ferrindo, John, Benny and Mark; her seven grandchildren, four great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of friends. After her Funeral Mass in St. Andrew’s Parish Church in Bagenalstown she was laid to rest in the Cemetery of the Assumption.
Bagenalstown Parish Community Text Alert
The annual subscription of € 10 is now due. The year runs from January 1 to Dec. 31 2016.
Over the past year the text alert system has helped in the fight against crime in our community. It can only continue with your support. This year the committee plans to include community notices such as severe weather reports, road closures, flooding, expected water and electricity interruptions due to repairs, etc. as part of the text alert service. Remember to report any suspicious activity in your area to Carlow Garda Station Please place fee and form into an envelope with contact details, contact number and place in Text Alert Box inside Credit Union or Post Office. Please contact committee members for further info and renewal of membership. Bagenalstown Reps are Paddy Kelly, Jane Doyle, Mary Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Peter Maye, Pat Finnerty, Pat McGrath, Jim Reddy, Joe Manning, Ernie Beck, Myles Kavanagh, Martin Tuite and Anne Kinsella. Fenagh Reps. Tom Cox, Liam Gavigan and Kathleen Cox
Ballinkillen Community Centre Activities
Bingo in Ballinkillen Lorum Community Centre every Monday night at 8pm sharp. Parent and 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 children. Patchwork and sewing classes will be on in the Centre in the coming weeks; if you have an interest in this class please contact 059 9775175.
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.
Fun/Run for Irish Heart Foundation
Charlie Curran Memorial 5k and 10k Fun Run/Walk on Sunday Jan. 31. at Oak Park, Carlow (beside Carlow Rugby Club). 10k €15, starts at 10.30am and 5k €10, starts at 10.45am. . Under 16s €5. Registration on the day at Carlow Rugby Club 9am. Online Registration www.popupraces.ie or call Charlie on 086 214 1322. The aim of the event is to promote the area of physical activity and the positive effects this can have on our daily life. This event is organised by Charlie Curran, Jnr, and is in aid of the Irish Heart Foundation and Heart Children Ireland. in memory of his Dad, Charlie, who died on February 27, 2005 from a heart attack. Charlie was a Bagenalstown native and also a member of Ballinkillen GAA Club and Fenagh GAA Club. Charlie Junior aims to raise awareness in the local community. He is looking for volunteers from the community who would like to join him on the Run/Walk and he would very much appreciate donations of spot prizes from local businesses. He can be contacted at 086 2141322
Deepest sympathy to the families of the following people who died recently. Mary Ryan (nee Coady), Newbridge and Graiguenamanagh, (mother of Jerry Ryan, St. Brigid’s Crescent, Bagenalstown); Kathleen Murphy, Newtown Village, (formerly Kildrenagh) Bagenalstown, who died peacefully in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin on January 3, 2016, after a short illness. She was a gentle and very popular member of her local community and she is mourned by her brothers, Dan, Johnnie, Willie; sister Lily, brother-in-law Seamus, sisters-in-law Kay and Catriona, nephews, nieces, relatives and a wide circle of caring neighbours and friends. May they rest in peace.
Ballinkillen Hurling Club Sports Prediction 2016
The cards for this very popular fundraiser are now doing the rounds. There are 29 sporting events- Six Nations rugby, the Euro 2016 soccer finals, also horse racing, cycling, golf, tennis, snooker, show jumping, and of course GAA. There is something for everyone. 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.
Parish Year Book
There are still some copies of Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 available. It is full of interesting articles and only costs €5. Available at retail outlets.
St. Lazerian’s House
The House is looking for volunteers to deliver meals on wheels in the Bagenalstown area. If you have a car, a little free time and would like to help, please call Pat Purcell on 087 2500446.
Bagenalstown Parish has a team of people who have been professionally trained to support all parishioners who have been bereaved. A letter, offering this confidential support, is sent to one member of the bereaved family where the funeral has taken place in Bagenalstown Parish. This support is also available to all members of the family and to bereaved parishioners where the funeral has not taken place in Bagenalstown. If you would like to avail of this support please ring Rita 0’Quigley at 9131323 or Eleanor Dunphy in the Parish Office 9721154 who will make the necessary arrangements for someone to visit you.
Pilates classes in Bagenalstown Community Centre (Church Road) from 6.30pm to 7.30pm on Mondays. Please contact Therese for more information or to book ring 087 7731106.
Ballinkillen Community Centre
Bingo every Monday night starts 8pm sharp: Taewondo for kids is held in the hall every very Tuesday and Friday from 7pm to 8pm: Parent & Toddler Group meets every
Tuesday from 9.30am to 11.30am. All newcomers welcome. This is a great way to meet and greet other parents in the area. with toys available for kids. Patchwork and Sewing classes have now started and if you would like to avail of a place in this class please contact Eileen at 089 2389789. cost €5 per week for six weeks. The Centre is currently recruiting a new bar person on a part time basis. If you wish to apply for this job please send your CV to Eileen at email@example.com .Closing date for applications is Friday, Jan 29.
Muine Bheag Library
If you are interested in Irish and having a chat and some fun, the place to be is in the library on Tuesdays at 11.am.
Borris Library Christmas Card Competition Winners
The Library would like to thank everybody who took part in this years competition
Category 4-7yrs Overall Winner Joey White Borris NS. Highly Commended in 4-7yrs category were: Shauna Jordan, Alice Dalton and Emma Coleman Borris NS.
Category 8-12yrs years: Overall Winner William Hatton Borris NS. Highly Commended in 8-12yrs category were: Sarah Kehoe, Daniel O’Brien and Robbie Doyle Borris NS.
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 Qualify for F1 in School Regional Finals (Photo attached)
Muine Bheag Vocational School has signed up a team, Aero Racing, to participate in the F1 in Schools Technology Challenge for 2016. Aero Racing team members are Keith Hickey, Zak Yongram, Conor O’Brien and Ellen Gill. They will be required to make an aerodynamic model F1 car which will be raced against other participating schools in the Regional Finals in March and National Final in April. This is the ninth year for the competition to run in Ireland under the guidance of the Irish Computer Society (ICS). Team manager, Keith said “This is a great opportunity to learn new skills in computers, design, marketing and it is also good craic”
The Muine Bheag Vocational School team submitted a five page plan explaining how they would go about putting their model F1 car together and have successfully qualified for the Regionall Final. Having qualified they will receive a kit which includes a model block for making the model. The school will be paired with a Formula 1 make centre, in this case the Carlow Institute of Technology. This interaction with the college will give the students an introduction to Engineering, Science and Technology choices at third level. The college will offer Aero Racing the opportunity to visit the college for design tutorials, to show models being made and cars being tested. All participating schools also get free computer design software with which to form their creation. All team members are currently working hard on the pit stand, car and folio in preparation for the Regional Finals. They hope to follow in the footsteps of previous teams from Muine Bheag Vocational School who were successful in qualifying for three National finals.
Bagenalstown Parish Community Text Alert
The annual subscription of €10 is now due. The year runs from January 1 to Dec. 31, 2016. Over the past year the text alert system has helped in the fight against crime in our community.
It can only continue with your support. This year it is planned to include community notices such as severe weather reports, road closures, flooding, expected water and electricity interruptions due to repairs, etc. as part of the text alert service. Remember to report any suspicious activity in your area to Carlow Garda Station. Forms and envelopes are available in the Credit Union or Post Office. Put fee and form into envelope with contact details, contact number– place in Text Alert box inside Credit Union or Post Office. Please contact committee members for further info and renewal membership. Bagenalstown Reps. Paddy Kelly, Jane Doyle, Mary Murphy, Kevin Murphy, Peter Maye, Pat Finnerty, Pat McGrath, Jim Reddy, Joe Manning, Ernie Beck, Myles Kavanagh, Martin Tuite, Anne Kinsella, Fenagh Reps. Tom Cox, Liam Gavigan, Kathleen Cox
Credit Union Student Bursary Award
Congratulations to Patrick Hayden, winner of the Student Bursary for 2015/2016. Patrick is studying Business & Marketing in Carlow I.T. A big thank you to all who supported the 5K Run which was a great success and it is hoped to make it an annual event. Lat year’s Run raised €2,500 which supported Special Care Units in local schools.
Carlow/Kilkenny Homecare Fundraiser
Mount Wolseley Hotel, Tullow, Goes Country on Wednesday. Feb. 17.when a host of country music artists appear at the venue for a special fundraiser in memory of the late John Flynn, Kilmeaney Carlow. Special Guest will be the legendary Margo, Queen of Country. Also appearing on the night will be Paddy O`Brien, Shaun Loughrey, Liam Manering, Mary Darcy, Catherine and the Images, Harry Donohoe, Joe Davitt, The Benn Sisters, Michael and Philomena O`Brien and The Ryan Turner Band. Admission €20. Tickets available from Mount Wolseley Hotel 0599180100 or Phone 086-0453301S
The club’s 63rd well attended A.G.M. took place on Friday, Jan. 15. Prior to the official start of the meeting the Chairperson invited the recently elected Chairperson of Erin’s Own Hurling Club, David Kelly, to address the meeting. David expressed his goodwill to St. Andrew’s and his good wishes on the playing fields for the coming year. He also expressed the hope that, with mutual cooperation and practical scheduling of training and matches, both clubs would be well prepared to give of their very best for the good of the local G.A.A. community in 2016. David and his Vice Chairperson Jim Bolger were not only very warmly received but their presence, their gesture in requesting to speak and the words spoken were very deeply appreciated by all in St. Andrew’s. Following the Chairperson’s address of welcome, the first item on the agenda was the formal adoption of the Club’s Constitution. This was followed by a very comprehensive and thoughtful Secretary’s Report by George Darcy, not only about 2015, but also his thoughts and hopes for the club in the year ahead. This was followed by the Treasurers Report, given by Vinny Lambe, which showed an improving financial situation following on from a restructuring of the club’s affairs, which was set in train 3 years ago. This was carried out on the advice of Denis Foley, and is now virtually complete. Both reports were adopted unanimously and both officers were thanked for all their trojan work on behalf of the club throughout the last year. Next was the election of Officers and Committee for the coming year. Liam Barry reminded all present of his statement last year that, while he would not be retiring from the club, he would not be seeking re-election to the chair for 2016. Liam was warmly and genuinely praised and thanked for all his work and dedication to the club. This was expressed best all in a letter sent by Ken Hickey who could not be present due to his work on the night as Carlow Football Minor Manager. That very thoughtful letter said it all and there was to need to add anything to its contents. The following were elected. Honorary Life President Micheal Jones. Vice Presidents John Comerford, Jack Kelly, Denis Foley, Michael Kelly, Green Road and Liam Barry. Chairperson Aidan Coburn, Vice Chairperson Liam Barry. Sec. George Darcy, Asst Sec. Ann Hickey, Treas. Vinny Lambe, Asst.Treas (.to be confirmed) P.R.O. Jimmy Mullins, Co.Board Delegate T.C.Clarke. Committee. Carol Clarke, Denis Foley, Morgan Drea, Nicky Gordon, Seamus Foley, Paddy Kiely, Ken Hickey, Shay Galway, Cathal Cole, Con Hourihane, Cathal McSteen, Paddy Gardiner, Hamish Beaton, Michael Crowe and Justin Manning. The meeting concluded by wishing all units of the G.A.A. in our community the very best for 2016.
The evening concluded with the Annual Social Evening which this year was held in Jimmy Ds. At this event the 2015 A.C.L winning team were honoured. This was followed by presentation of the Player of the Year Awards to Darren Crooks (Minor), Mark Tuite (Junior) and Murt Cummins (Inter). The formalities concluded with a special Appreciation Award to Liam Barry, the outgoing Chairperson.
Carlow Arts Festival
Trader Application for Carlow Arts Festival on Thursday June 16, Friday, June 17, Saturday, June 18 and Sunday, June 19. Carlow Arts Festival extends an invitation for applicants to add to the richness of a vibrant carnival to be held in St. Patrick’s College Carlow from Thursday, June 16 to Sunday, June 19. Arts, crafts and artisan food suppliers are encouraged to apply. Each application will be accessed on its own merit under the following selection criteria; quality of products, visual presentation, diversity, uniqueness of offering. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 059 9173381/ 059 9173380
Matt Carey: The death has taken place of Matt Carey, Carey’s, Old Leighlin, Co. Carlow, on January 9, 2016. Matt passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his family. He was the beloved husband of the late Mary Ellen and much loved father of Marion, Stella, Denis and John. He will be sadly missed by his loving sons, daughters, grandchildren, daughters-in-law, sons in law, brother Patsy, sisters Greta and Annette, brother in law Sean, sisters in law Peggy, Lena and Josie, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Following his Funeral Mass in St. Liberian’s Church, Leighlinbridge, he was laid to rest in Old Leighlin Cemetery. May he rest in peace.
Eamon 0’Brien: 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. May he rest in peace.
Carlow Library News computer classes for complete beginners only will commence in February. To book, contact 0599129701. Children’s Storytime is on in Carlow Central Library every Saturday morning at 11am. Get Your Spark Back with Aontas Adult Learning- A night of sparkling and moving poetry from three award winning Wicklow poets (Poets – Breda Wall Ryan, Jane Clarke and Shirley McClure). February 25 7pm – 8pm.
BAGENALSTOWN – REVIEW OF YEAR 2015 JULY TO DECEMBER
Great Win for U14 Camogie Team
Congratulations to Muine Bheag Camogie U14 team who won the U14 County title after beating Mt. Leinster Rangers in the Co. Carlow FC Netwatch Performance Centre recently. The girls are a great credit to their club, trainers and their community.
Every week a group of local ladies settles down in a quiet corner of the Railway House restaurant and take out their knitting and crochet needles. They are members of Bagenalstown Knitting Group and form part of the Carlow branch of Feileacain (The Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland). This not-for-profit organisation aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after. 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 and teddy bears The items 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 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. This work is very much appreciated by the grieving parents and their families.
Trip to Mozambique
The debating team from Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final left reecently on their trip of a lifetime to Mozambique. Transition Year students, Briana Walsh, Beatrice Kelly, Saoirse Power and Caoimhe Cummins proposed the motion that The European Union is Failing Africa against a team from St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co. Clare. This was a wonderful achievement for the girls and the college as it was the first time the school had entered the competition. In addition to trophies, the winners of the National Final are offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works in development aid and the girls from Presentation De La Salle College are now on their way to Mozambique to see Concern programmes at work in that country.
Bagenalstown Swimming Club is now open for the Summer season. The pool is in existence since 1947 and since then thousands of children and adults have learned to swim. The inaugural meeting of Bagenalstown Swimming Club took place in September 1941.The officers elected at that meeting were Eric Brown, Chairman; Anthony Curtis; Vice Chairman, Michael Somers, Secretary and Eddie Kinsella, Treasurer. Thanks to the dedication and hard work of people like the late Tully Curry, Myan Gaynor, John McNally, Noel Lynch. Rem Quinn and many more the pool went from strength to strength with improvements every year right up the present day. The pool was dug out by hand by local volunteers and, at that time, Bagenalstown was the only town in Ireland or Great Britain to have built and owned its own pool. The club’s swimmers have won many prestigious awards throughout the years both for swimming and water safety. In recognition of his contribution to Water Safety Michael Somers was appointed a Grand Knight of the Order of World Life Saving. In 1980 Mary Foster joined the committee and her contribution through the years and at present is huge.
Tues. July 14 was the great day in the history of the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when a contingent of Senior Scouts and leaders from the Bagenalstown Troop entered the town of Santiago de Compostela at the end of their gruelling 115km pilgrimage along the Way of St. James (Camino de Santiago) in north western Spain, walking the Portuguese route from the border town of Tui. Not alone did they travel the hills and valleys of the Camino on foot but, as true Scouts, they carried every piece of kit, clothing and equipment on their backs in the searing Galician heat. Despite the heat, blisters and weight of their rucksacks the Baden Powell Senior Scouts truly embraced the spirit of their pilgrimage and their positive attitude, courtesy and good humour were commented upon by many of their fellow pilgrims of all nationalities.
Carlow Camogie All Ireland Champions
Congratulations to the Carlow Camogie team on winning the All Ireland Junior A Camogie Championship Final on Sun. August 23. This was a brilliant year for the team. They won League and Leinster Finals and are now All Ireland Champions. Well done to players and management. .
John wins Gold
Congratulations to Garryhill native, John Rossiter, on bringing home a gold medal from the World Handball Championships held in Calgary, Canada, in August. John is no stranger to success as he has a long list of handball titles to his name. John is a member of Garryhill Handball Club which is now over 90 years in existence and over the last thirty years club players have won over 100 national titles, 2 world titles and over 100 Leinster titles. Well done also to Kevin Rossiter who played in the Men’s C Grade and reached the quarter final of the Singles and the semi final of the Doubles, and Sean Ryan who competed in the Super Master B Grade and got through to the quarter finals.
All Ireland Win
Bagenalstown Rounder’s Senior Ladies beat Cavan recently to retain their title of All- Ireland Champions once again. Congratulations to all on their great achievement.
Derek Goes to No. 1
Myshall native, Derek Ryan, recently reached No. 1 in the Irish Album Charts, knocking Iron Maiden and Ed Sheerin to No. 2 and 3 respectively. “One Good Night” is Derek’s second No. 1 album in the space of twelve months and he is the only Irish born artist to achieve this feat in recent times.
World Champion Again
Congratulations and very best wishes to Garryhill man, Eamonn Tracey. on winning 1st place for Ireland in the World Ploughing Championships Conventional Class, held in Vestbo, Denmark recently. This is Eamonn’s second time in a row achieve this world class standard, having brought home gold from France in 2014. Eamonn has represented Ireland internationally a number of times, having previously received gold and silver awards. He travelled to Denmark just days after he won the national title at the Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, Co. Laois, Carlow is very proud of this great man’s achievements. He brought home a total of three gold medals having won the competitions on both Sat. and Sunday and then went on to win the overall prize. Congratulations also to John Whelan from Co. Wexford who won second place in the Reversible Class.
Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club
The club lost out in the final of the 2015 National Inter-Club Finals Day, held in Tramore recently. They played against Parteen, Limerick, in the semi finals and claimed victory to bring them to the All Ireland final on the same day against Collinstown, Westmeath. The team lost on a score of 6-3 but the club is very proud of their performance and their achievement in reaching the finals. The Captain was Joe Paul Kelly and team members Donnie and Darren McNally (father and son), Paddy Robinson, Martin Baird, Eugene Doran and Dickie Hickey. Liam Shinners was also a member of the panel. Congratulations to Darren McNally who won the Player of the Year award. Darren also won the club’s annual Match Play Competition. Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt course was established in 1963 and is considered to be one of the best in the country in terms of design and level of maintenance. The club is open all year round for green fees and membership
Karate World Champions
Congratulations to Bagenalstown girls, Eve Sinnott and Danielle 0’Neill, both members of Bagenalstown Karate Club, who competed as members of Karate Ireland Team at the World Karate Championships in Slovenia on November 6 to 8. Fourteen year old Eve from Ballywilliamroe and seventeen year old Danielle, Station Road, are both students at Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown.
Eve won gold in the Cadet A Kata category and gold in the Team Kumite Final. The older cadets, including Danielle 0’Neill, also won gold in Team Kumite. This was an amazing achievement for the girls. Both female teams also won silver in the Kumite Rotation team. Danielle O’Neill on the Cadet B team and Eve Sinnott on the Cadet A team, both collected silver medals. The individual Kata section saw Eve Sinnott winning gold in the Cadet A section. Danielle O’Neill took bronze in the Cadet B section. Eve also won a silver medal in the Individual Cadet Kumite. . Eve and Danielle are students at Bagenalstown Karate Club since it was started in January 2010. The club is run by Karate Sensei, Noel Amond, who trained at Carlow Karate Club and has represented Ireland on several occasions at international and world competitions. Eve and Danielle started competing in 2012 and so far they have won national, international, European championships and world titles. To bring gold silver and bronze medals home to Bagenalstown is a fantastic accomplishment and a testament to their talent, hard work and dedication.
Alan takes to the Screen.
Well done to Bagenalstown man, Alan Foley, who is now making regular appearances on TV3’s Sunday AM, cooking mouth watering dishes and looking very much at home in front of the cameras. Alan is head chef at the Step House Hotel, Borris. He has worked at many of the country’s most prestigious restaurants in the country, including Ashford Castle, Sheen Falls Lodge, Peacock Alley under Conrad Gallagher and Chapter One. He is no stranger to awards and in 2013 he was chosen by John and Sally McKenna from Bridgestone Guides as their number one cook.
Country Market Reopens
The new Bagenalstown Country Market was opened recently by Ann Phelan, T.D. Minister of State at the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine and Transport Also present were Ken Hickey, Fr. Declan Foley, P.P. and Cllr. Denis Foley and representatives of the Resource Centre. This community service falls under the umbrella of the Bagenalstown Family Resource Centre. Minister Phelan congratulated all involved and said she was delighted to attend the official opening which recently received funding from her Department and to see such community engagement and active participation. The Market will open in St. Mary’s Old School, Church Road, every Friday morning from 10am to 1pm. All items for sale are home made, home grown and hand crafted.
Parish Year Book
Bagenalstown Parish Year Book 2015 is now on sale at retail outlets. It is a beautiful publication and only costs €5. The cover features a photograph of Mrs. Mary (Moll) Nolan, Fair Green, who celebrated her 100th birthday on June 2 last and is hale and hearty. T he book is full of interesting articles and photographs. Congratulations to the committee who can be very proud of their achievement and thank you to all who are involved. If you have relatives or friends living away I am sure they would appreciate a copy to catch up on activities during the past year in the Parish. Year Book Committee: Sarah Comerford, Michelle Doorley, Michael Drea, Fr. Declan Foley, Sena Harenberg, Michael Lakes, Ann Power and Anna Monaghan(Chairperson),
BAGENALSTOWN NEWS REVIEW OF 2015 – JANUARY TO JUNE
Ballinkillen Hurling Club
The AGM was held recently. .Newly elected officers – Chairman Frank Murphy, Ballinakill; Vice Chairman Tommy Kinsella, Kilcumney; Asst. Sec. Patrick Minchin, Newtown; Treasurers John Whelan, Clowater and Seamus O’Neill, Ballinkillen. PRO Mick Kinsella, Kilcumney; Asst PRO PJ Dowling, Ballyloughan. Committee – Sean Minchin, Tony Meaney, Teresa Freeman, Siobhan Dalton, Paddy (Salt) Murphy; Lar Kinsella, James Farrell, Paddy Farrell and Michael Doyle.
Christmas Day Swim/Walk
The Christmas Day Swim or Walk, organised by Mary Foster, in aid of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team was a great success, with 18 swimmers and over 100 walkers this year on a very cold morning.
At a function in Doyle’s Railway Bar, a large number of the town’s G.A.A. players were present along with families, friends and supporters for the G.A.A. community occasion The purpose of the occasion was to give public recognition and reward to a whole range of local multi-talented G.A.A. players who brought honour to their town during 2014 through their involvement and participation in the towns G.A.A. activities.
The town’s young and talented Minor squad, several of whom were also members of the juvenile clubs successful U 16 team, were praised for their great achievement in winning the Minor Shield title, followed by a presentation to a young and exemplary junior squad on their winning of a junior title. The Intermediate team, also present, were lauded for their great commitment and achievement in reaching their semi final Championship stage. Congratulations also to town players Liam Galway, Craig Doyle and Alan Corcoran for their wonderful exploits on the hurling field for their town during 2014. The Junior Player of the Year award went to the very talented forward Jamie Clarke and the Intermediate Player of the Year award went to Leon Power. Appreciation Awards were given to two of the town’s exceptional G.A.A. players for their selfless years of dedication i.e. David Barcoe and Morgan Drea
St. Andrew’s AGM
The 63rd.Annual General Meeting of the club was held in the McGrath Memorial Hall recently. . Election of officers and committee for the coming year - Honorary Life President Michael Jones; Vice Presidents John Comer ford, Jack Kelly, Denis Foley and Michael Kelly (Green Road); Chairman Liam Barry; Vice Chairman and P.R.O. Aidan Coburn; Secretary and County Board Delegate George Darcy; Asst. Secretary Ann Hickey; Treasurer Vinnie Lambed. .Committee The officers plus Seamus Foley, Con Hourihane, Nicky Gordon ,Michael Crowe, Cathal McSteen, Cathal Cole, Paddy Kiely, Hamish Beaton, Denis Foley, Ken Hickey, Morgan Drea, Paddy Gardiner and Justin Manning.
Congratulations to recipients of Gold Gaisce Awards
It was a proud moment for the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop when two Troop Leaders, Barry Brennan and Tommy Monahan, were presented with Gold Gaisce Awards by President Michael D. Higgins at a ceremony in Dublin Castle recently. They are a credit to their Troop, their community and to their families and are fantastic ambassadors for the Scout Movement. Barry is the son of Joe and Mary Jo Brennan, Augha, Bagenalstown. He is a former pupil of St. Lazerian’s School in Carlow and works in Beam Services, Bagenalstown. Barry is an accomplished Special Olympics athlete and has competed at the very highest level on many occasions. Tommy is the son of Michael and Mary Monahan, Old Leighlin and he is a past pupil of Old Leighlin N.S. and Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, where he was elected Head Boy in his final year. He is a Political Science student in Trinity College and is currently participating in an exchange programme at St. Andrew’s University, Scotland.
Sports Star Awards for Myshall Camogie Club
Congratulations to Garryhill native, Marian Doyle, named Carlow GAA Camogie Player of the Year 2014, who was recently presented with her award in the Lord Bagenal Hotel. Congratulations also to Carlow and Myshall camogie player Ciara Mullins who was named the County Carlow Sports Star Camogie Player of the Year 2014.
Thank You from Bagenalstown Country Market
It is with regret that the Country Markets committee announces the closure of Bagenalstown Country Market and they would like to take this opportunity to thank all their customers and supporters throughout the years. It is over 40 years since the Country Market set out its stall in the Market Square and finished in St. Mary’s Hall, Church Road.The Market will close on Saturday, March 7, 2015. .
25th Anniversary Home Care Team
The Bagenalstown Branch of Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team celebrated its 25th anniversary in Doyle’s Railway House recently. The event was attended by Mr. Ian Wilson from the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. Mr. Bill Power, 31 St. Brigid’s Crescent, presented Mr. Wilson with a cheque for €5,820, the proceeds from the Christmas Day Swim/Walk in memory of his late wife, Vera, who died from cancer many years ago and he has been involved with this fundraising event since it started. This annual Christmas Day Swim/Walk is organised by Mary Foster, Secretary of the Bagenalstown branch who is a tireless worker on behalf of the Home Care Service.
Erin’s Own Hurling Club
The presentation of medals to the Junior Hurling Champions of 2014 took place at Erin’s Own Hurling Club dinner dance recently. The medals were presented by one of the club’s greats, Micheal Jones. The club also honoured two people who have given so much to Erin’s Own over their lifetime. The first award for long outstanding service to the club went to Anna Monaghan. Anna has spent her lifetime involved with the club, and as the daughter of one of the founder members, Jack Monaghan, there was probably no job that Anna did not do at some stage. Anna took on the role as club treasurer in the mid eighties and still holds the position today. The second award was a Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Nellie Mitchell on behalf of her late husband, John who gave a lifetime of involvement to Erin’s Own, both on and off the pitch. .
New Parking Fees at Railway Station
Parking fees have now been introduced at Bagenalstown Railway Station. A new ticket machine has been installed in the grounds following a decision by Iarnroid Eireann to charge commuters €4 per day for parking their vehicles within the grounds of the station. .
Dawn Mass 2015
The 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop was proud to participate again in the Dawn Mass on Mount Leinster on Easter Sunday. It was a beautiful ceremony and a credit to Fr. Declan Foley, P.P, Fr. Declan Thompson everybody involved. The Senior Scouts attended the Vigil Mass in St. Andrew’s Church on Easter Saturday and two leaders and a Senior Scout were proud to ceremonially lower the National and Troop flags in salute during the Consecration.
Bagenalstown branch of the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team raised €7,803 on Daffodil Day. This was a great achievement. The committee would like to thank everyone who donated fresh daffodils.
Co. Carlow Restaurant/Hotel Awards
The Leinster Regional Finals of the Irish Restaurant Awards took place in the Clyde Court Hotel, Ballsbridge, recently; Congratulations to Bagenalstown native, Alan Foley, from the Cellar Restaurant in the Step House Hotel, Borris, who won the Best Chef Award for Co. Carlow. The Step House won two further awards – the Cellar Restaurant won Best Hotel Restaurant and Ruben’s Restaurant also won Best Customer Service in Co. Carlow. Congratulations also to Rachel Doyle and her staff at Rachel’s Garden Café at the Arboretum, Leighlinbridge on winning the Award for Best Casual Dining .in County Carlow.
Credit Union AGM
A large crowd attended the 2014 AGM of Bagenalstown Credit Union Ltd on Monday, April 20. Chairperson John Devine welcomed all present to the Credit Union’s 44th AGM. In his report he said that difficulties which have plagued our economy are beginning to lessen, if only slightly. . John explained “Money out on loan is the best source of income for Bagenalstown Credit Union. We are actively working on increasing our Loan Book. In common with many other Credit Unions we have had to write down the value of our building in our accounts which has resulted in a deficit for the year which, in turn, means we cannot pay a dividend this year. However, we hope to be back paying dividends in 2015“ John thanked his fellow Directors and the Board Oversight Committee for their hard work and leadership during the past year
Sinead Wins National Hairdressing Award
Sinead Hourihane, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown, a hair stylist at Lynda Maher’s Hair Studio, Carlow, scooped the National Trainee of the Year Award at the Schwarzkopf Professional Irish Hairdressing Business Awards 2014/2015 ceremony at the RDS on March 26. This is a great achievement for Sinead who won the Leinster Trainee of the Year Award at the Irish Hairdressing Federation’s Awards last November when she competed against over 300 applicants from all over Ireland to win one of four places on the Federation’s Star Team. Her victory means that Sinead will receive €20,000 worth of free education for the year and will feature in many hair shows and photo shoots to showcase her talent.
Blackstairs Cycling Challenge
Congratulations to all the cyclists who participated in the Blackstairs Cycling Challenge on April 19 in Ballinkillen. Thanks to the massive number of volunteers who helped out with catering, marshalling and driving which made the day a huge success. The day was dedicated to the memory of Eoghan and Ruairi Chada who will always be remembered fondly by the community in which they lived. The day was a fundraiser for Ballinkillen Primary School and Ballinkillen Juvenile Hurling and Camogie Clubs.
May PDLS Debating Team wins National Championship
Congratulations to Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown debating team who won the Concern Debates 2014-2015 National Final at the Helix on May 14. Transition Year students, Briana Walsh, Beatrice Kelly, Saoirse Power and Caoimhe Cummins proposed the motion that The European Union is Failing Africa against a team from St. Flannan’s College, Ennis, Co. Clare. This was a wonderful achievement for the girls and the college. In addition to trophies the national champions are also offered the opportunity to visit one of the countries overseas where Concern works and this year the winners will be travelling to Mozambique to see the work Concern does in that country.
Leighlinbridge Comes out on Top
Congratulations to Leighlinbridge Improvement Group, overall winner in Ireland’s “Best Kept Town” Competition for 2015. The village was announced as the winner of the “Best Kept Small Town” category before being awarded the Best Kept Town Overall Winner prize at a ceremony on June 16 held in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park. A total of 13 towns and villages competed for the title this year, which included eight from the Republic and five from Northern Ireland. 2015 is the 24th year of Super Valu’s sponsorship of the national Tidy Towns competition which is the longest running sponsorship in Ireland. Join us on Facebook.
Bagenalstown Tennis Club
At a recent EGM of Bagenalstown Tennis Club it was regretfully decided to disband the Club with immediate effect, due to declining membership. The grounds have been returned to the Trustees, Carlow County Council.