June is the perfect time for gardening

Published 18/06/2013 | 05:24

June is the perfect time to take to the garden and enjoy the many treats within. "Smelling the roses" takes on a whole new meaning next week when visitors will have the opportunity to attend the third annual Rose Week at Altamont Gardens from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June.

ROSE WEEK

June is the perfect time to take to the garden and enjoy the many treats within. "Smelling the roses" takes on a whole new meaning next week when visitors will have the opportunity to attend the third annual Rose Week at Altamont Gardens from Monday, 24th to Friday, 28th June.

This event has been organised by the Office of Public Works in co-operation with Carlow Tourism to showcase the magnificent variety, colour patterns and scents of their significant rose collection. From the beautiful pinks of "Rosa Heritage" to the two tone apricot hues of "Rosa Just Joey", this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Guided tours will be conducted by head gardener, Paul Cutler at 2pm daily at a very reasonable fee of €2 per person. Valuable advice on rose maintenance will also be provided as part of the tour. The gardens are open as normal each day from 9 am to 6.30pm. and viewing is free of charge.

Other rose varieties on display include "Rosa Buffbeauty", "Rosa Blush Noisette" and "Rosa Blessings". All of the roses were tended to by Mrs Corona North, former owner of the gardens and are now carefully maintained by the team at Altamont Gardens.

For those seeking to transfer some of the knowledge learned to their own gardens, Altamont Plant Sales, located on the site of Altamont Gardens offers one of the largest collections of old shrub roses in the country with special Rose offers available during this very special event. For more information visit www.carlowtourism.com or telephone Altamont on 059 9159444.

CENTRE REVAMP UNDERWAY

Ballon Community Centre, opened in 1976 having been built by voluntary labour, is about to undergo a major revamp. The final function was held there last week and the builders have now moved in and begun the demolition of part of the existing building.

A two storey extension is to be built to the left of the main hall and will include a foyer, kitchen, changing rooms, toilets and showers as well as meeting and storage rooms. The main hall will be upgraded and extended and will be used for indoor sports, bingo and dancing.

The revamp will cost in the region of €660,000 of which €470,0000 will come by way of a grant from Carlow County Development Partnership. A loan for €150,000 has been secured from the Diocese and will be paid back over an eight year period. A once-off fundraiser will be held in August/September and it is planned to have the newly extended and revamped centre open by December.

SONG AND STORY

The June session in the monthly series of Song and Story will be held in Rathoe Hall on Sunday next, 23rd June at 8pm. As usual admission is free and refreshments will be served. Why not go along and enjoy a great night out free of charge?

NATURE CAMP

Ballon Improvement Group's Summer Nature Camp will be held on 16th, 17th and 18th July at three different locations- Malone's Fruit Farm, Altamont Gardens and Slí na Sceach at The Forge. The Camp is for children from 5 to 12 years and as places are limited early booking is essential. Contact Máire on 087 2424934.

CEMETERY MASSES

The dates for the remaining two cemetery masses are Templepeter on Sunday, 30th June at 3pm and Rathoe on Sunday, 7 July at 7.30pm.

SENIOR CITIZENS

Ballon/Rathoe Senior Citizens outing will take place on Wednesday, 26th June and a number of seats are still available. The venue is Dublin and Croke Park. Names, as soon as possible, to any committee member. The cost is €20.

RATHOE PRE-SCHOOL

Rathoe Community Childcare are now enrolling for their Preschool and Afterschool Club for 2013/2014. Their Preschool follows the Aistear National Curriculum Framework which entails an holistic approach to learning through play for your child. Please contact 059 9148879 for details and enrolment forms.

SUMMER CAMP

Rathoe Community Childcare Summer camp for children from 4 to 12 years will take place from Monday 1 to Wednesday 3rd July. The cost is €30 per child and €25 for additional siblings. Please contact 059 9148879 for details and enrolment forms.

GAA CUL CAMPS

Burrin Rangers juvenile football, hurling and camogie club will host two Kelloggs GAA Cul Camps in Ballon GAA Club this July. The hurling and camogie camp will begin on Monday, 1st July and continue all week to Friday, 5th July and the football camp will begin on Monday, 8th July to Friday, 12th from 10am to 2.30pm each day.

The camps are open to all boys and girls from 6 to 13 years in primary schools. The cost is €55 per child with family discounts. Application Forms have been distributed in all Primary Schools in the area. Alternatively you can log on to www.carlow.gaa.ie and follow the summer camp link. Sponsors, Kelloggs have a €5 discount voucher on cereal packs which may be used when booking online.

Kelloggs Cul Camps are staffed by qualified coaches and are run to the highest standards to ensure each child has a positive and enjoyable experience and all ability levels are catered for. Book early to avoid disappointment. For further details contact Valerie on 087 2318312.

BORRIS

SPLIT THE POT

Split The Pot Winners for 9th June 1st E.O.H. & R. Martin €169 2nd L.J.A. Joyce €20 3rd Frances Kelly €20 Thank you for your continued support, €2 it could be you!

RETIREMENT PARTY

To mark the occasion of the retirement of Ms. Ellen Bridgett, following 38 years of service, the Parents Association of Newtown National School cordially invite Past and Present pupils to Mass and refreshments in Newtown School on Friday 12th July at 7pm sharp.

As there is no charge for this event, we would appreciate if you could please contribute a dozen buns/a cake etc on the evening.

To ensure we cater for numbers please RSVP by Friday 28th June to 086 4546558.

HACKETSTOWN

SCHOOL OFFICIAL OPENING

Hacketstown NS is holding an Official Opening of the extended and refurbished school building on Thursday next June 20,. Past pupils welcome to attend.

TEXT ALERT IS LAUNCHED

Hacketstown Community Text Alert system was launched in St. John's Hall the committee thanked everyone who helped especially word of thanks to Superintendent Gerry Redmond, Carlow, Sergeant Joe Hanley Tullow and Garda Angela Togher Hacketstown for all their help in setting up the system . Anyone interested who have not yet joined can do so still by contacting their area representative, cost of the service for one year will be €10 per household.

KARATE CLUB

Congratulations to the Hacketstown Karate Club members who won their first medals at the Carlow Wadokai Karate Tournament on June 1st. It was a great day out for the kids who took part in the Carlow Tournament with several Hacketstown members taking home their first ever Karate medals.

Kids from Carlow, Baltinglass and Hacketstown competed against one another in a friendly sporting environment in both the Sparring (Kumite) and Forms (Kata)events across several age categories taking home a total of ten medals, 6 Bronze, 2 Silver and 2 Gold medals.

Congratulations to the following members of the Hacketstown club; Boys Fighting: Lee Doyle-Bronze medal, Seamus Keena-bronze medal,Girls Fighting: Chelsea Rooney Bronze medal, Fiona Fenton Bronze medal, Boys Kata: LJ Coleman Bronze medal, Conor Walsh Silver medal, Ciaran Mooney Bronze medal, Conor Mooney Bronze medal, Seamus Keena Gold medal ,Girls Fiona Fenton-Bronze medal, Aisling Kavanagh Silver medal Kate Whelan Gold medal

ENROLMENT

Rathcoyle National School enrolment forms are available for children starting in September. Tel. no. 059 647 3355. Blessing of new building and Mass at 1 p.m. on Thursday June 20, Everyone welcome

40 YEARS OF PRIESTHOOD

Everyone is welcome to the gathering in Hacketstown on June 30, celebrate 40 years of priesthood with Fr. Owen Lambert CSSp. Commencing with Mass at 4.30, followed by an evening with food, chat, music, song and dance in the local Community Hall, Hacketstown. Choirs from all four churches are invited to attend.

CLONMORE GFC

The Juniors had a convincing win over Old Leighlin's 3rd team in the sunshine at Ballinaboley last Wednesday evening. Collie McGrath was in flying form and scored five early points to help Clonmore lead by 0-8 to 0-0 on 15 minutes. Then Old Leighlin snatched two quick goals to bring them right back into the game at 0-8 to 2-0, but then normal service was resumed as Clonmore rattled in five goals in ten minutes from Colin Doyle (2), JP Doyle, Dale McNamara and David McCarney in a remarkable goal spree which saw seven goals scored in 13 minutes. HT score: 5-11 to 2-0.

Colin Doyle completed his hat-trick just after half-time and with John McGrath running the show at midfield, Clonmore went on to record a comfortable win. The Juniors can secure a semi-final spot if they can win their last two games starting with Ballinabranna at home on Wednesday, 12 June at 7.30 and away to Palatine next week.

GAA CLUB LOTTO

The Lotto numbers on 4 June were 1,11,16,21. There was no winner of the €3,000 Jackpot and three match 3 winners each received €70 - Veronica Doyle, c/o Thomas Doyle; Mary Doyle, c/o Thomas Doyle; Helen Keating, c/o Post Office.

OPEN GARDEN

The beautiful gardens of Terry Smith Minvaude Clonmore will be open to the public on again on Sunday June 23, from 2pm to 6pm, a plant sale will also take place and refreshments will be served. Entry is by donation to County Carlow Hospice appeal and local charities, Directions from Hacketstown, take road to Clonmore for 3 miles look for a stone cottage on the right for more detail contact Terry on 087 7715596

CEMETERY MASSES

The annual open air Mass in Knockananna June 23, at 2pm. Crecrin June 21, Kilquiggan New July 5, Aghole July 12, St Mogues Clonmore July 19, Kilquiggan Old August 9, Clonmore Old August 16, all masses in Clonmore parish will be celebrated at 8pm.

COMMUNITY GAMES

The county athletics finals in Ardattin on June 22, and 23, for all boys and girls

HACKETSTOWN SES LTD

A number of vacancies will be come available on our CE scheme in the coming months. It is open to both male and female applicants. Please forward applications to employment programmes, department of social Protection Hanover House Carlow. Phone 059 9142605. Names can also be given the FAS office Hacketstown on 059 6472923.

KILDAVIN/ CLONEGAL

ENTENTE FLORALE

An Entente Florale Public Meeting will be held this Thursday 20th June in Ben Mulhall Park at 8.00pm. The purpose of the meeting is to bring the community up to date with all that has happened in the village, to plan what needs to happen for the following four weeks up to the "Festival Day". There will also be an outline of what will happen on the day itself (Thursday 25th July).

DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

Kildavin Development Association is holding a meeting in the Spellman Hall this Wednesday 12th June at 8.30pm to organise planting for Tidy Towns judging in July. We need help and more hands on. Hope to see as many as possible at 8.30pm on the 12th June.

ROSE WEEK

With the promise of balmy, sunny days June is the perfect time to take to the garden and enjoy the many treats within. The third Rose Week at Altamont Gardens takes place from Monday, June 24th – Sunday June 28th 2013. This event has been organised by the Office of Public Works in association with Carlow Tourism to showcase the magnificent variety, colour patterns and scents of their significant rose collection.

From the beautiful pinks of "Rosa Heritage" to the two tone apricot hues of "Rosa Just Joey", this is an opportunity not to be missed. Guided tours will be conducted by head gardener Paul Cutler at 2 p.m. daily at a very reasonable fee of €2 per person. Valuable advice on rose maintenance will also be provided as part of the tour. The gardens are open as normal each day from 9 a.m. – 6.30 p.m. and viewing is free of charge. Other rose varieties on display include "Rosa Buff beauty", "Rosa Blush Noisette" and "Rosa Blessings".

For those seeking to transfer some of the knowledge learned to their own gardens, Altamont Plant Sales, located on the site of Altamont Gardens offers one of the largest collections of old shrub roses in the country with special Rose offers available during this very special event. For more information visit www.carlowgardentrail.com

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