'Summer Madness'

Published 04/06/2013 | 05:24

Planning is well and truly underway for this year's Bagenalstown Summer Festival which has been renamed 'Summer Madness 2013'

This year the committee is going for a whole new look with the return of the popular radio station RiverFM which goes live online on July 1. Tune in on eventmusic.ie, on the Festival website www.bagenalstownfestival.webs.com or on Facebook page 'River FM'. They are looking for news gatherers, radio reporters, presenters or anyone with an interest in radio to contact riverfmradio@gmail.com

The official launching of the Festival will be on Thursday evening. July 18, with a returning Emigrants' Dinner Dance in the Lord Bagenal Hotel in Leighlinbridge with music by The Images. Tickets from any committee member. Guaranteed a great night will be had there.

Also this year sees the return of the popular 'King and Queen' competition, to find the next Festival King and Queen of Bagenalstown. If you think you're up for the job e-mail your details to summermadnessfestival@gmail.com

A new family event this year is the 'Summer Madness Family Fun Day' which will see the return of traditional field day activities, such as egg and spoon races, three-legged races, wheelbarrow races, and there will be a a wheel of fortune with loads of great prizes and much more.

Making a return from last year is the popular Raft Race this will be held along the riverside during the week prior to the Festival and then the semi-final and grand final will be held over the festival week-end.

The teams can be mixed. However there is a limit to four people per raft. If you would like to take part e-mail your team members names to summermadnessfestival@gmail.com

The committee is also looking for the singers of Bagenalstown and surrounding areas to take part in their new event 'The Voice of Bagenalstown'.

If you're able to sing and you would like to record your own CD in a top of the range recording studio then this is the event for you. If you'd like to enter this fantastic competition e-mail your details to summermadnessfestival@gmail.com or if you just want more details about this event drop them a line.


Ballinkillen Hurling Club €100 ticket draw. The first draw took place on Friday, May 24. The Club committee is delighted to announce they had two winners of €150 each, Goresbridge Credit Union and joint holders John Joe Barrett and Tony O'Neill. Congratulations to all. The second draw is on June 14


Eye Spy is back in Bagenalstown following closely the work of the community for Tidy Towns. A massive effort last year ensured a win for the town in the national Co-operation Ireland Pride of Place – let's see that co-operative effort put into Tidy Towns this year.

At Carlow County level, Regent Street has been nominated as Best Street in Bagenalstown for their use of colour; Gleann na Bearu for Best Estate and use of colour, and Matt Dunne's on Kilree Street as Best Shop Front.

St Brigids Boys School is nominated for best use of colour and flowers.

B.I.G and the council continue to wage war on dog fouling, and it is starting to work – hooray! Use the pooper scoopers or bring your own, but pick up after your dog please. Litter is a problem – bin it or bring it home please.

Watch out for details of competition for best gardens, big and small, best hanging baskets. Poster campaign in the schools, all posters will be displayed in windows around the town.

B.I.G has a very small committee and volunteers would be very welcome. If you could give an hour or two of your time to your town please contact Paddy Gardiner on 087 621 1599.


Congratulations are in order for people who make us proud – the girls under 13 relay swimming team who won a bronze medal in Community Games in Athlone on Sunday: Eve Sinnott, Molly Nolan, Eva Nair and Ruth Gardiner with Ella Doorley (Captain); runners and walkers who took part in the 50km run for Autism Awareness on Sunday. From those who did one lap – BEAM Centre through Leighlinbridge and back – to the elite runners who completed five laps; an eyewatering 50 kilometres! We salute you all!


You are invited to go along to the Men's Shed Open Morning on Friday, June 7, at 10.30 am. in the Family. Resource Centre. Enjoy a demonstration of hand wood carving and view the display of work completed in the Men's Shed. Dates for your diary – June 10: 10.30 am. 4 week course 'Men in the Kitchen'. June 11: 10.30 a.m. six-week course on Furniture Restoration. Wednesday night, June 12: 7.30 p.m. – Beginners Hand Wood Carving for 6 weeks. Further details – contact Dave on 059 9722028/085 1548256


Bagenalstown 10k Fun Run/Walk will take place on Sunday, July 21 at 11.30 a.m. This is a fundraiser for the Resource Centre. Registration at McGrath Hall from 10.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Phone 059 9722028 or email Olive @ bagenalstownfunrun@hotmail.com


Liam O'Maonlai is in concert at the Borris House Festival of Writing And Ideas on Sat. June 8 at 9.45pm. He will take to the stage for a solo performance of his myriad musical talents. Don't miss out on this unique performer. You can book on www.bit.ly/17vcwwP

On Sun. June 9, Liam will be in conversation with Nigerian poet Ben Okri, author of the Booker Prize winning novel 'The Finished Road'.

Book at www/bit.ly/10FYUUGH.

Filmmaker and writing Neil Jordan will come to the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas on the same week-end and will be special guest at the 5 x 15 Stories.

For more details on the Borris House speakers and talks please visit: www.festivalofwritingandideas.com


The annual Field Day in aid of Our Lady's National School will be held in Nurney Village on Sunday, June 9.

Gates open at 2pm for a fun day out for all the family. Admission: Adults €2, Senior Citizens and Children free.

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