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Bagenalstown Review of the Year 2014 – July to Dec.

January 5th, 2015


Pitch and Putt

Congratulations to Darren McNally, a member of Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt Club who finished third at the Leinster Championships held in Inniskeen, Co. Monaghan, recently. Darren represented the club in the junior grade at the Leinster Handicap Stroke Play Championships. He has continued the club’s success in Leinster and National championships over the last number of years. Well done also to Roy O’Neill who also represented the club in Inniskeen, competing in the Intermediate grade.

County won the U-14 Camogie Blitz

Congratulations to County Carlow U-14 Camogie team who won the South Leinster Inter County Carlow Development blitz on Sat. July 19. The girls beat Kildare, Laois and Wicklow to win. Five young members of Muine Bheag U-14 Camogie Club play with the county team Ali Cushen (Captain on the day), Emma Byrne, Roisin Meaney, Maeve Lawless and Molly O’Dwyer. Ali Cushen was presented with the trophy by Liam Foley, Carlow Camogie Chairperson on behalf of Carlow County Camogie Board.

Annual Barrow Swims

The annual Half Mile Swim on the river Barrow took place on Wed. evening July 23 and a large number of swimmers took part. There are three trophies for the winners, the Chicago Cup (women’s prize) was donated in l957 by Bagenalstown people who had built a successful life in Chicago; the Corr Trophy for women (donated by Brother Corr, an uncle of Mary Foster) and the Appleby Cup (donated in memory of Joe Appleby who made an enormous contribution to swimming in the town).. The Chicago Cup has now been retired and replaced by “Trasna na dTonnta” the Emigrants’ Trophy, which was generously donated by the following natives of Bagenalstown, now living abroad. Joe Foster (USA),Michael Foster (Netherlands)

John Kelly (USA),Mark Kelly (UK), Geraldine Kearney(Germany),Evelyn Doorley (USA), Ciaran Doyle (UAE) and Edward Gaynor (EAU)


Welcome Home 1st Bagenalstown

The contingent of Scouts, Senior Scouts and Leaders from the 1st Bagenalstown Baden Powell Scout Troop have returned from their adventures on Camp 2014 in France. Among the many highlights of the Camp were visits to Omaha Beach, the American Military Cemetery, Mont St. Michel, St. Malo and the Senior Scouts visit to Utah Beach. The Senior Scouts hiked along the route from Utah Beach taken by the Allied Forces on the days after D Day and gained a unique insight into what it would have been like for the soldiers involved.

Parish Year Book

The deadline is fast approaching for the absolute deadline for contributions to the Bagenalstown Year Book. Personal contributions are most welcome and all groups, clubs and organisations within the parish are invited to submit a report of their activities. This is free of charge and an excellent forum in which to present news and activities to the local community and wider diaspora.

St. Andrew’s Ladies U-16 Football Team

The St. Andrew’s Ladies U-16 Football Team won the County 7 a side title recently in Leighlinbridge. Well done to team mentors Ann, Vinny and Ken. Team: Gráinne Hickey, Ciara Foley, Megan 0′ Dwyer(captain), Molly 0′Dwyer, Catilín 0′ Neill, Leona Lee, Orla Bolger, Roisin Meaney, Ali Cushen, Emma Cody, Eve Sinnot, Sinead Byrne, Maeve Lawless, Saoirse Power and Aimee Murray.


Fenagh Improvement Update

Councillor Willie Quinn has volunteered to assist F.I.G. in drawing up a 5 year plan for the village and community. F.I.G. is looking for any suggestions or innovative ideas on how to improve, develop, enhance or promote their r community for the future.. The TUS workers John Brennan, Noel Ryan and Ollie Kearns are doing great work on the Carlow Fence and are completing the final section of the project at present. .

Erin’s Own Hurling Club

The junior hurlers recently brought home the first silverware of the season. This was a superb team performance against a spirited Naomh Brid side and was the first time since l997 that the junior title was won by Erin’s Own, a gap of 17 years.

All Ireland Senior Rounders Champions.

Bagenalstown Rounders recently won the Senior Ladies All Ireland Final where their opponents were Erne Eagles from Cavan. Congratulations to the team members for bringing the title home to Bagenalstown. This is the 5th All Ireland Senior Ladies title for the girls. .

All Star Awards

Congratulations to Bagenalstown Rounders club and the four girls that received All Star Awards recently. Sarah Foley, Angela O’Rourke, Nicola Clarke and Elaine Clarke.

Derek Goes Global

Congratulations to Garryhill native, Derek Ryan, who is flying high on the country and western music scene, both at home and erek has had a very busy year, packed full of touring in Ireland, the U.K, television and radio appearances and a number of hit singles. Derek and his band have completed very successful tour of Australia, His family is very musically talented – his father, Pat, recently celebrated thirty years as a member of Cupla and his older brother, Aidan, is also a musician. .

Wedding Anniversary

Best wishes to John and Eileen Tobin, Kilree, who recently celebrated their 60th Wedding Anniversary.


Student Bursary Award

Congratulations To Niamh Fahy, Rathellen, Leighlinbridge, who is the winner of Bagenalstown Credit Union Student Bursary for 2013. Niamh is studying Applied Languages at DCU.

Red Devils

Bagenalstown Red Devils (Manchester United Supporters Club) was founded in 2007 when 98 Man. United supporters turned up for the inaugural meeting. Membership grew very quickly and in 2009 the Red Devils were recognised by Old Trafford. .

Ken Hickey appointed Manager.

Ken Hickey has been appointed Carlow Minor Football Manager. He comes from a family that has been linked to the G.A.A. for generations. Ken was a very active and committed selector some years ago when the Carlow Minor Football team became the first minor team from the county to reach a Leinster Final and an All Ireland Minor Quarter Final. .


Text Alert AGM

Bagenalstown Parish Community Text Service has completed its first year. At the recent AGM an appreciative audience heard Garda Sergeant Martin O’Halloran report that this last year had been one of the quietest and crime free years for some time. “I have no doubt that the Text Alert has been a deterrent to criminals and we in the Gardai appreciate it and see it as a vital part of our fight against crime”. There are now over 700 subscribers in Bagenalstown, Fenagh and surrounding areas. The annual subscription is €10. Forms and a collection box are in the Credit Union.

Well done, Nicky

Nicky Gordon raised €742 for the Injured Jockeys Fund when he ran the Dublin City Marathon recently. . .

Good news for Woodglade, Fenagh

Cllr. Tommy Kinsella has announced that funding has been made available by Carlow County Council to install 12 new lights outside Woodglade housing estate, Fenagh. These lights will be erected outside the perimeter of the fence in the estate, opposite the GAA pitch. This information was made available by Area Engineer, Ray Wickham, at a recent meeting of Muine Municipal Area.


Manager Martin Kelly to stay on

Erin’s Own are happy to announce that Martin Kelly has agreed to remain on as Manager of their senior hurlers for 2015 and wish him, the players and all involved in the club’s activities best of luck in 2015 as they set out to build on the progress made in 2014. Congratulations to two of the club’s senior players, Craig Doyle and Alan Corcoran, who were honoured recently when the Hurling Team of the Year was announced. Both Craig and Alan were by far the two outstanding players of this year’s Championship. .

Sinead Wins Top Award

Congratulations to Sinead Hourihane, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown, who works as a stylist at Lynda Maher’s Hair Studio, in Carlow. At the Irish Hairdressers Federation Night of Legends. Sinead competed against over 300 applicants from all Ireland to make it onto the Federation’s Star Team 2014. The 300 applicants were then narrowed down to only 15 finalists, including Sinead. She won one of four places on the Star Team, which was a wonderful achievement for her and the rest of Lynda Maher’s team.

This prestigious victory means that Sinead will receive €20,000 worth of free education for the year, along with many hair shows and photo sheets to showcase her talent. Sinead, who is a past pupil of Presentation De La Salle College, Bagenalstown, is the first person from Carlow to qualify for the IHF Star Team. Her employer, work colleagues, family, friends and school are all very proud of Sinead’s achievement.

Catherine Sheerin -Donnelly

Catherine Sheerin Donnelly, who died recently after a short illness at the age of 66, was born in Bagenalstown. She was the youngest daughter of the late Thomas and Margaret Donnelly, Dunleckney Manor and spent her childhood in the 17th century stud farm with her seven brothers and sisters. Following her education at Mount Anville she read law. She joined the staff of Arks Advertising where she met her husband, Frank Sheerin and she went on to become one of the leading copywriters in Irish advertising, She was widely acclaimed for her writing skills and won the National Newspapers of Ireland Grand Prix twice. Outside the world of advertising, Catherine became the first chairperson of Rough Magic Theatre Company, wrote a TV drama Tossed Salad broadcast on RTE, a book The State of Grace” published in 2003. President of the Institute of Creative Advertising and Design, Catherine was a food critic for the Sunday Independent and a columnist for Irish Tatler,

She lived in Ranelagh, Dublin but in later years moved, with her husband, to live in Roscrea. She is deeply mourned by her husband Frank, stepchildren, brothers Jimmy and John, sisters Anne and Geraldine, sister in law Eileen, nieces, nephews, relatives and many friends. May she rest in peace.

Bagenalstown Parish Yearbook 2014.

The Parish Year Book is now available in shops The Year Book is beautifully presented and full of interesting articles and photographs. It would make a lovely gift for local people living away from home. The cost is only €5 per copy. Due to reduced sales in the past two years a smaller number of copies have been printed this year, so early purchase is advisable. ‘Once they are gone they are gone’.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bagenalstown St Patrick’s Day Parade Committee held their Annual General Meeting recently in the McGrath Hall. There was a small attendance. The Chairman thanked all members who took part in organising last year’s parade and those who helped out in any way on the day. Sec. Ml. Lakes gave an account of last year’s work in organising the parade held on Sunday. March 16 due to the fact that Mount Leinster Rangers Hurling Club were competing in the All Ireland Club Final in Croke Park on March 17, but next year it will return to St. Patrick’s Day. Treasurer, Brian Sheill, gave a comprehensive report on the financial position and presented an Income and Expenditure Balance Sheet which was circulated to all present. It was noted that the funds for this year are very low and with rising costs the committee will have to depend on fundraising to maintain the standard of the parade Bagenalstown has had up to the present. .

Officers and Committee for the coming year are as follows.

Chairman Arthur McDonald; Vice Chairman Seamus Somers; Hon Sec. Michael Lakes; Hon. Treasurer Brian Sheill; PRO Dean Egan. Committee: Hughie Hickey, Colette Lakes, Padraig Cahill, Michael Cahill. Anyone who wishes to join the Committee at a later stage will be very welcome, contact any of the above members and you will be notified of the next meeting which will be held in mid January 2015.

Raising money for Defibrillators

To date Nurney Defib. Group has raised €3,900, which was used to purchase two defibrillators. These are now in place in Nurney village and Oldtown crossroads.

Carlow People Bagenalstown Notes REVIEW OF 2014 (First six months)

January 1st, 2015

Carlow People Bagenalstown Notes for Tues. Dec. 30, 2014

REVIEW OF 2014 (First six months)


Christmas Day Swim/Walk

Congratulations to the 20 swimmers who braved the river Barrow on a very cold Christmas morning and to the very big group of walkers for their participation to raise funds for the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. This was the 21st annual Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk and the organiser, Mary Foster, appreciates their support, the lifeguards and

everyone who helped in any way.

Turkey Trot

The annual Turkey Trot, organised by Marjorie Holligan, Kilcarrig, was a great success and raised €765, which was donated to the Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team.

Thinking of moving to London?

John Nolan, London Carlow Association invites anyone from Carlow/Co. Carlow thinking of heading to London. or has moved there, to contact the Association as they would be delighted to hear from them. The Carlow Association in London exists to connect up with Carlovians and their friends in London and organise social events that appeal to all. The Association can be contacted also via website; facebook; Carlow Association London

twitter; @CarlowinLondon


Homecoming Concert

Singer/Songwriter Derek Ryan from Garryhill, returns to his home county for the first time in almost twelve months for a big homecoming concert in Mt. Wolsey Hotel, Tullow on Wed. Feb. 26 when he will be supported by Brendan Shine Derek and his band played on the Late Late Show recently..

St. Lazerian’s House

St Lazerian’s House provides three excellent services for the older members of our community. Day Care is held every Tuesday and Thursday, there is a full day’s activity including cards, bingo and music. The hairdresser is also available both days and the chiropodist twice a month. Dinner consists of a beautiful home cooked three course dinner, together with morning and afternoon tea with home made cakes and buns (all for €6).

Meals on Wheels is delivered Mon. Wed. Fri. and Sat. (€5) and of course the main reason for St Lazerian’s is that it can provide a secure and safe home, with plenty of lively company for those who are living alone and feel isolated. You can come and go as you please; some residents have kept their own cars and use them regularly. There are no restrictions on visiting or going out with friends and family. If you, or any you know, would like to avail of any of these services contact Marian Manning at 059 97 21146.


Presentation of cheque to Mr. Ian Wilson, Chairman, Carlow/Kilkenny Home Care Team. took place in Doyle’s Railway House recently. The cheque represents money raised from the Sponsored Christmas Day Swim/Walk, organised by Mary Foster.


Care to Drive Service

The Irish Cancer Society is looking for volunteers to drive local patients to and from chemotherapy treatments in St. Vincent’s Hospital, Dublin; St. James’ Hospital, Dublin and Waterford Regional Hospital. A driver picks the patient up at their home, drops them to the hospital, collects them when they are finished their treatment and brings them home. This service is free to the patient and all drivers’ expenses are paid.

Cupla Celebrates 30 Years Together

“Cupla” (known as Richie Kelly and Pat Ryan) took to the stage at the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge, on Sunday, March 13, to celebrate thirty years on the entertainment scene. The Carlow based duo joined forces in 1984 and have been standard bearers over the years, playing live music for social dancing, ceili/set dancing and cabaret at top venues all over Ireland and abroad and since forming Cupla have recorded a number of albums and videos and featured on radio and television both in Ireland and England.

Cyril Hughes wins the Hall of Fame Award

Ballinkillen native, Cyril Hughes was recently honoured for his great contribution to Carlow GAA (football and hurling) on the field and at management level. Among the highlights of his career was winning a Railway Cup Football medal with combined Universities in 1973 and receiving an All Star as an outstanding dual player in 1982 and of course winning a SHC with his native Ballinkillen in 1973. Cyril’s lifelong involvement with Ballinkillen Hurling Club continues as a current selector.


Pitch and Putt

Bagenalstown Pitch and Putt club held its AGM in the club pavilion recently. Outgoing Chairman, Dickie Hickey, congratulated all those who took part in various competitions in the region over the past year. Treasurer, Mary Shannon, presented a very detailed financial report which showed the club in a reasonably sound position financially.

Public Meeting

There will be a public meeting for anyone against the installation of pylons on Wed. April 16 in the Lord Bagenal. The meeting will include a question and answer session. This meeting is organised by the Carlow Opposing Pylons 4U on behalf of local Carlow anti pylon groups.


Dawn Mass 2014

Large crowds attended the annual Dawn Mass on Mount Leinster on Easter Sunday, attended by Bishop Denis Nulty. Great credit is due to Mr. Dan O’Sullivan of the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen for his assistance in preparation for the ceremony.

At the end of the Vigil Mass in Bagenalstown Parish Church the Baden Powell Senior Scouts and Leaders were formally presented with a candle lit from the Pascal candle, which they then carried on foot to the Mass site on Mt. Leinster, a distance of approx. 20 km.

Town Council’s Final Meeting

The curtain came down on Muine Bheag Town Council after 160 years when the historic final meeting took place in the McGrath Hall on Thursday evening, May 15. Past Councillors and their guests were invited to join the members after the meeting for light refreshments and a look back at the work of the Council over the years. Town Clerk, Janette O’Brien, told those present that since she took over the job three years ago she was very impressed by the community spirit she found in the town and the people of Muine Bheag’s great sense of pride in their place, which was a key factor in the town winning the national Pride of Place Competition 2012. A presentation was made to each Town Councillor as a token of appreciation for their commitment and dedication to the town.

Cathaoirleach Cllr. Joe Manning ended the meeting with some good news. He announced that the apartments at the back of the Manor House in Market Square have been bought by a consortium and work will start in two weeks time to bring them up to a high standard. Cllr. Manning said a deal has been brokered between the consortium and Carlow County Council. The owners will lease the apartments to the Council for a period of twenty five years at which time the Council will take over ownership. There are presently 90 people on the housing list in Muine Bheag. The chain of office, photographs, and artefacts will be put on display in the Library on Main Street and remain there.



Congratulations to Shauna O’Neill, a student at Queen of the Universe N.S. who was selected to play in Croke Park on All Ireland Final/Semi-Final Day.

Dunleckney Graveyard Improvement Group

In recent years a small voluntary group has cleaned Dunleckney graveyard and its entrance. The graveyard is now a worthy resting place for all who are buried there. In the past weeks some person(s) has dumped a rolled up mattress and bags of rubbish in the graveyard. Such action is most regrettable and is deeply offensive to all who are buried there. The Improvement Group asks that this dumping ceases now. Any person who is seen to dump rubbish in this graveyard will be reported.

Walk for Autism

Congratulations to Town Councillor Ken Hickey, Pairc Mhuire, Bagenalstown, who recently walked from Carlow town to Croke Park to raise funds for Irish Autism. This is just one of the many fundraising events Ken has organised for Irish Autism.

Carlow Folk Tales

Co-writers of Carlow Folk Tales, Local man, Jack Sheehan, Dunleckney, and his daughter Aideen McBride, officially launched their well researched and interesting book in Carlow Library recently. The book is a must for anybody interested in local history and is available in local shops in the town.

Avril Johnson

Congratulations to Avril Johnson, Maple Drive, Bagenalstown who recently won the Face of Tempted Competition 2014. Avril was one of fifteen ladies who reached the final of this competition and her prize package will include €1,000 cash to spend in Tempted Boutique, She will also have the opportunity of signing with V Plus Model Agency, Ireland’s first agency catering exclusively for plus size models.

Local Volunteers head for Calcutta.

This year, Pat Byrne from Dunroe, Borris, a Suas Educational Development alumni and veteran of programmes in India and Kenya will be joined in Calcutta by Bagenalstown native Grace O’ Dea. Pat, having spent three months with Suas in Calcutta four years ago, is very excited to return, having seen the difference that volunteers can make on the ground. Grace is a student of medicine in Trinity College Dublin and both will work with the same partner organisation. Their ability to balance their college commitments, exams, their social activities, as well as fundraising for the €3,000 participation fee demonstrates their commitment to those less fortunate than themselves.

Borris School takes First Prize

Congratulations to Borris Vocational School who recently won the Walton’s Music for Schools Competition Final, held in the National Concert Hall, for their entry “Borris Fusion”, taking home a prize of €3,000. The performance of the 59 strong musical group was truly amazing and their success was very well deserved. .

Good work

Well done to Mrs. Ron Reddy, Conway Park who raised €4,107 for St. Luke’s Cancer Hospital Ron, and with the help of friends, opened a temporary or “pop-up” shop for the month of May in Main Street in the premises of Mrs. Joan Somers who kindly offered her shop for this very worthy cause.

Everest Challenge

On Sunday, June 8, 6th class students from Queen of the Universe N.S. climbed the height of Mt. Everest (8850m.) on Mt. Leinster and raised much needed funds for their school.

The Comedy Spectacular

December 22nd, 2014

The Comedy Spectacular Goes To The Watergate

You came, you saw – now come again! Owing to the recent success of the

The Comedy Spectacular at PDLSB, the show is on tour to the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny for two nights only! The Comedy Spectacular is a show performed and organised by the students of the Presentation De La Salle College; featuring a lively blend of group performances, sketches, dances and music. This is a show that’ll have you smiling from start to finish. Watch in wonder at Carlow’s finest Michael Jackson impresario, and double over before the funniest acts ever to grace a Kilkenny stage! Tickets are NOW available from the Watergate Theatre at 056 7761674 or Tickets are €14 each, with a €12 concession being levied for children, students and OAP’S. The shows will run from February 16th to February 17th.

Don’t miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Watergate comedy poster


December 16th, 2014

Christmas Eve

Bagenalstown 6:00pm

Newtown 7:00pm

Ballinkillen 8:00pm

Christmas Day Bagenalstown 9am,11:30am (No Evening Mass)

Newtown 10am                                   Ballinkillen 10am

St. Stephen’s Day (Friday 26th December)

Bagenalstown 10:00am

Holy Day Epiphany Tuesday 6th January 2015

Bagenalstown Monday 5th 7:30pm

Bagenalstown Tuesday 6th 8:00am, 11:30am (No evening Mass)

Newtown Monday 5th 7:00pm

Ballinkillen Monday 5th 8:00pm



Bagenalstown Mass and Penance Service Sunday 21st December 2014 7.30pm

Confessions in St. Andrews on Tuesday 24th December 2014 10.30am -12noon

December 2014

December 16th, 2014
  • Mark Walter Roche
  • Aine Frances Walsh
  • Harvey Oscar Foley

December 2014

December 1st, 2014
  • Rebecca Tobin married William Kearney 12th December 2014 in Parish Church
  • Ciara Kinsella married David Gahan 30th December 2014 in Parish Church
  • Clarie Gardiner married Tommy O’Shea 31st December 2014 in Parish Church
  • Grainne Cowman married Brian Murphy 31st December 2014 in Parish Church

PDLSB Christmas Draw

November 25th, 2014

PDLSB Parents Association Annual Christmas Draw Prizes: 1st Large Hamper,2nd €100 Voucher Lord Bagenal, 3rd 3xBags Coal & 6xBales Briquettes, 4th €50 Voucher Talbot Hotel, 5th Xmas Cake & Plum Pudding, 6th Bottle Brandy, 7th Bottles Whiskey and lots more prizes. ON SALE NOW €1 per line/ €10 per card(12 lines). Draw cards available from School Office, The Little Shop, any Parents Council Member and Sean Monaghan (Caretaker) Please give your support.- 1st & 8th Prize Hampers on display in the Little Shop.

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