Railway fair weekend
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Bagenalstown to Palace East railway line closure on March 25, 1963.
The Railway Fair on the week-end of Friday August 9 and Saturday 10 in Borris will celebrate the heritage of the historical Borris Railway Line and Viaduct.
Following its closure the tracks were taken up sold and the land was given back to the farmers for a nominal sum. Only the bridges, stations and a few level crossings were left and the vast majority of the bridges were preserved.
On Friday night, in Borris House, Andrew Kavanagh will launch the book compiled by Fr. Pierce Murphy, 'The Ducks of Borris' which contains a short history of the railway, with photographs of the 40 or so bridges and level crossings on the line from Bagenalstown to Ballywilliam, Co. Wexford.
On Saturday, Borris Vocational School will host a conference on the Bagenalstown-Borris-Wexford Line. Conference registration on Friday evening in Borris House and Saturday morning in the Vocational School at 9.30am.
Registration fee €50, which includes Book Launch on Friday evening and on Saturday Lectures, Lunch, Walk, Bus Tour, Presentation and signed copy of the book. Special rates for people who wish to attend parts of the Fair.
Speakers will include Olivia O'Leary, Fergus Mulligan, Padraig Cahill and others who will speak about the 100 years of the railway. Payment must be received by August 5. Enquiries to William Quinn, Spahill, Borris at 086 1659115 or Conor McCarthy, Kilcoltrim, Borris at 086 8220787. The book will be on sale in local shops after the launch. Proceeds of sale will go to BEAM Services, Bagenalstown and Borris Tidy Towns Association.
SCOUTS' FIELD DAY
the 2nd Carlow Bagenalstown Scout Group is running a Field Day in the McGrath Park on Sunday, August 18.
They would appreciate donations of bric a brac and bottles for bottle stall.
There will be entertainment on the day with D.J. Doc and bingo. If you would like to enter the Baking Competition "Bake Your Own Sponge" contact Niamh on 087 9827020 or Carol on 085 7478519.
Adm €2. Children and seniors free.
The heat wave brought people out in their hundreds to enjoy the Festival activities by the banks of the Barrow. Congratulations to the organising committee for their hard work in the months before the event, to the Civil Defence and everyone who was involved in making this year's Festival a great success.
CREDIT UNION BURSARY AWARDS
These awards are available to Leaving Certificate students - €1,500 for three years to help with college fees/expenses. Students are invited to call to their local Credit Union and fill out an application form. Only members of Bagenalstown Credit Union can apply and they must be members before July 1.
50TH CELEBRATION WEEKEND
Calling All Past Pupils. Muine Bheag Vocational School is holding a Celebration Weekend in October to mark its 50th Anniversary. Friday, October 4: Celebration Service, Unveiling of Commemorative Piece, Craftwork and Photograph Exhibition, with entertainment and refreshments. Admission free. Saturday, October 5: Open Day in the School (12pm - 3pm), Gala Dinner Dance in the Lord Bagenal Hotel at 8pm. Music by Quatro. Tickets €25 available from the school - 059 9721335.
FAMILY RESOURCE CENTRE
Courses beginning in September B.T.E.I. Fetac Level 4 in Hotel Front Office Skills, this is a part-time course, 2 mornings per week over 2 years. The 8 Modules include - Customer Service, Tourism Principles and Practice, Hotel Front Office Skills and Work Experience.
F.E.T.A.C. Level 3 in Woodwork- starting on Monday, Sept. 2 from 10am. to 1pm. for 14 weeks.
The above courses are free provided you meet certain conditions i.e. receiving a Social Welfare Payment, in possession of a medical card or may not have completed your 2nd level education.
Phone 9722028 to book your place on either of these courses or for further information.
COMMUNITY TEXT ALERT
If you wish to join Bagenalstown Text Alert you need to fill in a form (available in the Credit Union) include €10 in an envelope and drop it into the Credit Union.
ST LAZERIAN'S BARBEQUE
Ms. Marian Manning, Director of St.Lazerian's House together with the residents and staff invite you to join them for their annual Barbeque in the lovely grounds of St. Lazerian's on Sunday, August 11, where they are celebrating their 25th Anniversary. The Barbeque starts at 1pm. Local chef Elaine Monaghan and her husband David, whose cookery skills were much praised last year, will be on duty again this year. All tastes will be catered for.
The desserts and afternoon teas are prepared and served by the cooks from St Lazerian's House; Breda, Samantha, Mary and Bernie This year to celebrate 25 years the fantastic Kilkenny Brass and Reed Band will be entertaining you in the afternoon.
Carlow Historical and Archaeological Society outing to England will take place from August 22 to 26. Cost €525 per person sharing. €75 single supplement. Fee includes pick up from the Railway Station in Carlow, ferry crossings, luxury touring coach for full length of tour, accommodation sharing, dinner, bed and breakfast and also visit to Hidcote Manor Garden and Blenheim Castle, Anne Hathaway's Cottage and Warwick Castle, Worcester Porcelain Museum and Worcester Cathedral. Enquiries to Bertie at 087 672 7383.
The Joe Appleby Cup Competition took place on July 20. Ten swimmers took part. Results - 1st Leon Gordon, 2nd Joseph Morgan and third Niamh Reddy. Well done to all. The Club Swimming Gala takes place on Thursday, August 1 at 6pm. Water Safety Fun Gala on Saturday, August 10 at 2.30pm. Water Safety classes commence on August 12.