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THE last of the Graveyard Masses for this year will be celebrated in Clonmore Old Cemetery on the 16th August at 8:00pm.

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A huge thank you goes to the local F.A.S workers for their tremendous work done to the graveyard and also on painting of the gates at the entry to the graveyard and all other maintenance. Everyone is very thankful for the work that has been done especially people that travelled from over seas visiting every year. Also could people clean there own grave and ensure to bring any rubbish home with them.

Parish Lotto;

There was no winner of the jackpot of €500, this weeks numbers drawn were 4, 11, 19 and the bonus was 9. €40 winners Bridie Doyle Kingscross, Mary Thompkins Redbog, John Dolan Seskin, Nell, Kate & Emily c/o bingo, Anne McCarthy Haroldstown. Next weeks jackpot will be €600 plus bonus €1,600. Draw takes place at bingo in Ballyconnell Hall every Sunday night at 8:30pm. Snowball still stands at €1,000.

Ballyconnell Clonmore Kilquiggan Text Alert;

There will be a registration meeting in Ballyconnell Hall on Tuesday 13th August from 8:00pm to 9:00pm for those wishing to sign up to the system.

Youth 2000 Summer Festival;

Youth 2000 Summer Festival, Cistercian College, Roscrea, Co. Tipperary from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th of August for young people aged 16-35, this an opportunity to experience the Catholic Faith and meet many new people. Free buses available from towns throughout Ireland, for more information see www.youthfestival2000.ie or phone 01 675690.

Carlow 800 History Conference;

Carlow celebrates the 800th anniversary of Carlow Castle with a major conference in Carlow College (St Patricks College) on Friday 23rd and Saturday the 24th of August. Admission of €20 per person €10 for a student. Tickets from Visual Box office 059 91 72400.

EIST Cancer Support Centre;

Opens Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 4pm and will provide a wide range of services which will support anyone who is coping with a cancer diagnosis. Their qualified nurses, counsellors and reflexologists will help to emotionally support everyone who visits the centre. No appointment is necessary. Contact Mary/ Ann at 059 9139684/085 8661499.

Parish Office Opening Hours;

Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am to 1.30pm telephone 059 9156890 and speak with Theresa Murphy. You can also email at: clonmoreoffice.parish@gmail.com.

Eucharistic Adoration;

In Ballyconnell on Wednesdays. Clonmore on Tuesday.

BOOT CAMP:

Clonmore juvenile G.F.C along with John Kenny are hosting a fun packed week for children's activity bootcamp from 19 August to 23 August aged between 7 - 13 years in the GFC grounds. Introduction to all popular sports with an emphasis on team work, team building and health and fitness. Cost €40 per child. More details on Clonmore Juvenile facebook page. emailkennyjohn7@gmail.com or call/text 086 3799791 .

Clonmore Medical Trust

Will hold their annual Crab Lane walk on Sunday the 25th of August at 2pm. More information can be got from the members of the committee.

PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES:

Will take place on the 2nd of September to the 7th of September. Accompanied by a priest from St Patricks college. Five nights full board based on room sharing in Hotel Jeanne D'Arc (five minutes from Gotto) Excellent hotel. Friendly helpful couriers always available. Usual trips and sight seeing. Travel agents: Joe Walsh Tours cost €699 all inclusive. To book please contact St Patricks missionary society Kiltegan on 059 6473600 fax 0596473622. email: office@spms.ie .

Pre-Marriage Courses;

Booking for Accord Pre-Marriage Courses now available, from January to June. To reserve a place book online at www.accord.ie or phone 05991 38738 or 05991 38700.

Old Glasses;

Give up your old glasses and hearing aids for the Lions Club. Collection point Orla Walsh Opticians Bridge St. Tullow. Opening hours Thursday, Friday and Saturday or phone 05991 52704.

Cancer Survivorship 2013;

The National Conference for Cancer Survivorship 2013 will take place on 20th and 21st of September in the Aviva Stadium Dublin and will be attended by approximately 700 cancer patient survivors and family members. There is no charge for people to attend.

John Candy Tours.

TINRYLAND

Notes for Tuesday August 13 Representing Area in National Finals On behalf of Bennekerry Tinryland community games the committee would like to wish the following young athletes the best of luck in the National Track and Field Finals in Athlone IT which is taking place between 16th-18th August.

U/8 60m George Cassidy U/14 100 m Caitlin O'Suillivan U/14 800m Laura Ward U/16 Boys 1500m Eamon Murphy Relays Girls U12 Ciara Moore, Cara Geoghegan, Rhian Kidd, Sheena Mullins, Robyn Kennedy and Holly Malone Boys U16 Brian O'Mahony, Bobby Crowley, Conor Crowley, Cuan Burke, Padraig Webb and Shane O'Neill Rockford Rooftile Race Tinryland AC present their Annual 4 Mile road race which will be held at 5.30 pm in Tinryland on Saturday August 24th. A mini Rockford will start at 5pm for all juveniles under the age of 15. All juvenile finishers will receive medals and entry will be a nominal fee on the day. A unique addition again this year is the Top class spot prizes which will be restricted to non individual prize winners who finish the 4 mile event. All finishers will receive a medal. Post race activities include refreshments, race video, presentations, and spot prize draw in the local GAA centre. This year for the second time in the history of our event there will be chip timing and a race clock at the finish line. Online entry with runireland.com till midnight Thursday 22nd August for only €12 or enter on the day for €15 from 4pm on race day in the local parish hall. Junior athletes running the 4 Miler can enter on the day for a discounted rate of €10.Race numbers and race chips will be distributed on race day. Tinryland AC welcomes all walkers and runners of all abilities. For more updates check out facebook Tinryland road race. The dates for this year's Tinryland AC Autumn League has been finalised with an opening stage at 7.30 pm on Wednesday September 4th over 2 miles. The first run will be followed by a 5km Run on Wednesday September 11th at 7.30 pm with the final leg of 2 miles being held on Wednesday September 18th at 7 pm. There will be special singlets for all who complete the 3 stages with prizes and refreshments after the final run. Local Historical Walk A walk and talk on areas of historical interest in Staplestown will take place on Sunday 25th August at 3pm meeting at Staplestown

Church. The walk is approximately 2km long and refreshments will be served afterwards at the church. Please wear suitable footwear. All are welcome. 4 Roads Development Association Tinryland GFC Lotto Results 5/8/2013

Numbers Drawn : 1,11,26,30

No Winner of €2,200 Jackpot

€25 Euro Draw Winners

1. Siobhan Farrell

2. P& D Moran

3. Tom Thompson 4. PJ Donovan Jr

Promoters Prize: Ian Scully

Tinryland Match Tracker on Twitter

Tinryland GFC is the first Carlow club to provide a live (Twitter-based) match track on its championship games in Dr Cullen Park. We have received lots of messages of support from our fans who are living or travelling abroad during match time. If you are following one our matches live then please send us a tweet to @Tinryland_GFC and tell us where you are during the live feed. July and August are busy holiday periods and we are happy to provide live score updates to our travelling fans. Local Seminar The Ireland Newfoundland Festival is a unique Community Festival which rotates between Ireland and Newfoundland, Canada to celebrate Ireland and Newfoundland's shared heritage and culture and will take place between September 19th and 29th 2013. A seminar will be held in the Lord Bagenal Hotel, Leighlinbridge on Tuesday August 13th at 7.30 pm including a presentation on Newfoundland-Ireland connections, the Carlow/South East emigrants and the role of the River Barrow with the launch of an audio guide on the river with the launch of an app and website. There will be talks by Niall Wall, former President of Newfoundland-Ireland connections and Dick Warner. All are welcome to attend. Internet for Beginners In association with Carlow Community Enterprise Centre and subsidised by the Department of Communications Benefit 4 programme. CRISP Carlow are running 2 'Internet Basics for Beginners' Courses on Tuesday 20th August at 10am and Thursday 22nd August at 10am. Course runs for 5 weeks x 10 hours for only €10. Book early as number of places are limited. Call 059 9143972 to enrol.

KILDAVIN/CLONEGAL

Kildavin / Clonegal G.A.A. Club are holding a Scrap Metal Collection on Saturday next 17th August in Spellman Park from 10.00 a.m. – 6.00 p.m. This event will take place for one day only. Cars, Farm Machinery, Batteries, Electricals Goods and all Scrap Metal will be accepted. If you have items that you would like collected, then please contact P.J. – 087 2594199 / Carmel – 087 7905344 or any committee member. Bags of unwanted clothes will also be taken. This is an important fundraiser for the Club and we hope the community will support it.

Alzheimer's Charity BBQ Fundraiser:

A BBQ Fundraiser will be held in the Half Way House, Bunclody on Saturday 18 th August in aid of Alzheimer's. Starting at 4pm, with music and entertainment provided. Please support this worthy cause.

Creative Art Works:

Creative Art Works are now taking bookings for their Art Portfolio Courses, for Students intending to apply to Art Collage in January/February 2014. The Teacher / Lecturer conducting this course has 100% success rate for students gaining entry into collages in Ireland the UK and Europe. With over 23 years experience in Lecturing in Art and Design. All classes will be held in the Creative Art Works studio. Course 1; starts on Monday the 19th August until Friday the 23rd, from 9am to 6pm. Course 2; start on Monday the 9th of September and will run for eight weeks until Monday the 28th of October, from 7pm to 9pm. For more information and bookings please call Anna on the following, 0851297135 / 0539376852.

House of Song and Story:

The House of Song and Story will take place on Monday 19th August in St. Brigit's Community Hall at 8.00pm. All are welcome.

The Ireland Newfoundland Festival Seminar:

Will be held in the Lord Bagenal Inn, Leighlinbridge, on Tuesday 13th August at 7.30 p.m. For further information, booking and general enquiries please contact 087 2310396, 085 7353813, 01 8388168 or wallykirwan@gmail.com .

HACKETSTOWN

Tony takes gold

Congratulation and well done to Tony Gartland on winning four medals in the world transplant games, Tony took the gold in a very tough 5000m walkrace, he got a silver in the 5km road race event, and got two bronze in the 800m and 1500 race. Twenty years after undergoing a liver transplant, he lived his dreams in 2013 games in South Africa. Tony was delighted to be returning home with a full set of medals.[image: posted to]

Registration Clonmore GFC Bootcamp

Registration will take place on Sat 10th Aug for Clonmore G.F.C. Kids Activity Boot Camp! There are limited places available! Fee is €40 per child Clonmore Juvenile GFC in conjunction with John Kenny (BSC Hons Sports Science & Clonmore Ladies Bootcamp) are hosting a fun packed week from the August 19, to the 23, for all children aged 7 to 13 years in the GFC grounds. Introduction to all popular sports with an emphasis on teamwork, teambuilding health & fitness. Cost €40 per child. More details on Clonmore Juvenile Facebook page, email kennyjohn7@gmail.com or call / text 086 3799791.

Country marker

Baltinglass and District Country Market - Stratford Lodge Old School, Church Lane, every country market Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Members supply home-made breads, cakes, jams, country butter, free range eggs, honey, plants, fresh vegetables and fresh herbs, and home-made crafts.

Community Games

Good luck to the following who are representing Hacketstown /Carlow at the National finals in Athlone I.T on August 16, A total of 23 children will travel to take part in athletics, relays and skittles, The boys and girls taking part are Sophie Myers u8-80m, James Whelan u10-100m also u10 mixed relay, Oisin Doyle u10 hurdles and u10 mixed relay, Robert Bulmer u12m-100 and u12 relay,Sean Deay u14 -100m and 14 relay, Tom Pollard u14 hurdles and u14 relay, Rory Maguire u12 ball throw and u12 relay, Sean Byrne u12 relay, Cormac Connolly u12 relay and u12 skittles, Eoin Connolly u12 relay, Daren Bermingham u12 relay. Eoin Byrne u14 relay, Jake Hickey u14 relay, Matt Cullen u14 relay, Aibha Kiernan u10 mixed relay, Lauren Myers u10 mixed relay, Leah Furlong u10 mixed relay, Adam Deay u10 mixed relay and u12 skittles, Conor Whelan u12 skittles, Conor Evens u12 Skittles, Billy Lawlor u12 skittles, Sean Moran u12 skittles, Roisin H Murphy u12 skittles Many thanks to the managers travelling with them to Athlone , Sinead Lyons, Liam Hickey, Eugene Lawlor Philip Cullen.

Lotto

Congratulation to the Barnes grandchildren on winning €3,000 in Clonmore GFC lotto draw,. The lucky ticket was bought for them by their granddad Joe Barnes. Joe is a promoter of the Clonmore Lotto since it started. The draw took place in Cullen's the hill

GFC win Intermediate Championship: Clonmore 1-17 Ballon 1-8. The intermediates got their season back on track with a comfortable win over Ballon without playing as well as they are capable of. Half-time score was 0-9 to 1-3. Kevin McCarney scored Clonmore's goal in the 58th minute and Gavin Byrne had his shooting boots on, scoring nine points in total The under 21 B Championship: Clonmore 3-7 Mount Leinster Rangers 0-9. Clonmore got off to a dream start against the wind when a high ball from Adam Byrne was fumbled to the net by the MLR keeper in the first minute. Another well taken goal in the 15th minute by Darren McGrath, after fine play by Shane McGrath, put us in a good position at half-time 2-2 to 0-6. MLR started the second half strongly and reduced the margin to one point but Shane McGrath scored another brilliant goal to keep us ahead. MLR were a big fit team and reduced the arrears to two points on 40 mins - 3-2 to 0-9. However, Clonmore stuck to their task and the young team battled bravely for every ball with the three McCartney's in the half-back line, Willie Byrne, Mark D Byrne when moved to centre back and Shane McGrath outstanding. Gradually Clonmore got back on top and pulled away with lovely points from Shane McGrath(3), Conor McCarney and Mark A Byrne in the last ten minutes.

Samaritans

Will be hosting a recruitment information evening in Kilkenny on Monday 12th August in the Newpark Hotel @ 19:30. If you ever wondered about becoming a Samaritans volunteer, come along for an hour...r and listen to some of our volunteers talk about their experience. Bring a friend along - or please share the message! ...

Hacketstown United

Hacketstown United soccer club are hosting a 7k Fun Run around eagle hill, on Sunday August 11, at 2pm The run will start and finish at the community centre. This promises to be a fun day out for adults and children alike, as there are prizes for both. So, all you sports enthusiasts , boot camp ladies and those who would like to support your local club soccer club so put on your runners and start walking. Registration on the day adults €10 and students €5 with children free.

School Class Reunion

Class of 1988 Tullow Community School, in conjunction with The Gathering, are holding their 25th Anniversary School Reunion on Saturday August 10, 2013 in Mount Wolesley at 9pm. If you started TCS in 1983 or joined their year along the way and/or finished in 1988 and would like to attend please contact Annette Hogan (Dreelan) on 0857430258 or on Facebook groups "Class of 1988 Tullow Community School". Tickets available. "

Vintage car and tractor run

Vintage car and tractor run in Knockananna on Sunday August 11, starting at 12.30 p.m. Refreshments, music and raffle in hall afterwards. All proceeds to Knockananna Youth Project.

Clonmore Girls LGFA

Pioneer Pilgrimage

Carlow Pioneer Pilgrimage to Our Lady's Island, Co. Wexford on Sunday August 25, 2013. Bus departs Askea Car Park at 12 noon, returning 7.30 p.m. Tickets €10. Bookings to Anne on

087 7638695 after 7.30 p.m. before August16,

CRETTYARD

PILGRIMAGE - A bus has been organised for Our Lady's Island, Co Wexford on Sunday 25th August leaving Castlecomer at 11.30 am and Newtown Cross at 11.45. Fare is 10 euro. Names and money to the local Credit Union by Friday next 16th August or to Castlecomer Post Office 056 4441329. Stopping on way home for meal at own expense.

CRETTYARD GFC - Last weeks winners in the Crettyard Footballers Lotto were Johnny Murphy, Clonbrock, Michael Jordan, Clonbrock, Emma Knowles, Wolfhill, Kavanaghs, The Field, Newtown. The winning numbers were 10-15-22-23. WHIST - Top Score at Newtown Whist on Saturday last was won by Kay Chase. 1st Lady: Kit Farrell. 2nd lady: Gretta McNulty. 1st Gent: Gerry Kealy. 2nd Gent: T. Mulhare. 1st Half: Leslie Hunter/Rita Brennan. 2nd Half: Betty Shore. 1st Quarter: Mary Warren. 2nd Quarter: Owen Salmon. Raffle winners were Tom Kealy, Mary Warren, Willie Murphy, Betty Shore and Tom Kealy.

HANDBALL: Club Midweek Lotto Bonus Ball No. 41 Winner of 50 euro was Fintan Brennan. ATHLETICS

J.K. Malone Retained

Despite a large number being away on holidays, those present acquitted themselves well, some in new events and when the dust had settled the J.K. Malone trophy was back in the trophy cabinet for another year. Those that made this happen included:- Amy Brennan, Ruby Millet, Cian Kelly, Oisin Ryan, James Moore, Brandan Fennelly, Conor Daly, Mark Murray, Ciaran Kelly, Bernard Graham, Matt Moore, David Buggy, Orla Kelly, Aoibhinn McDonald, Niall Egan, Eanna Ryan and Colin McEvoy. Club results:- Ballyfin 7th on 3 pts., Ballyroan/Abbeyleix 6th on 10 pts., Ougaval 5th on 27 pts., Portlaoise 4th on 35 pts., Emo/Rath 3rd on 36 pts., Mountmellick 2nd on 38 pts and St. Abbans 1st on 61 pts.

Rock & Roll a big hit

The new innovation to have live music every mile on the streets of Dublin went down well with over 6,000 athletes on the bank holiday Monday. Club members to venture included:- Carmel Hughes, Louise Graham, Laura Buggy, Orla Jones, Michael Lyons, Lynda Fay, Mark Wogan who made 500th place in 1-34.05 while Teresa Agar had an excellent run for 241st place in 1 hour 26 minutes and 51 seconds. Added to this she had captured the Bagenalstown 10K the previous Sunday.

In the Daingan road race Colm Burke was 2nd and Cormac Kelly 6th while in Shanahoe Dermot Ayres made it on to the podium with a 2nd place finish.

League Final

The men's team are all set for the National league final in Tullamore on Sunday the 18th August where they will contest the Premier division. Best wishes extended to all.

Congrats Robbie

All in the club and further a field would like to congratulate Robbie Lyons from the Swan on his bronze medal achievement in the World Transplant Games held in Durban recently.

LEIGHLINBRIDGE

LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO

The results as follows: No's 1, 12, 16, 18. No winner. Jackpot €9,600. Next week's draw in Rainbow's Lounge Bar.

BALLINABRANNA GFC LOTTO

The results as follows: No's 7, 9, 16, 27. No winner. Jackpot €6,300.

OLD LEIGHLIN GFC LOTTO

The results as follows: No's 2, 14, 17, 27. No winner. Jackpot €2,350. Next week's draw in Sheerin's Lounge Bar.

DRAW RESULTS

Parish Draw Results:

1st: Peter Dargan, 1 Milford Park

2nd: Ailish & Helen Lynch, Banagagole

3rd: Mgt. Devine, Royal Oak Road

4th: Agnes Kavanagh Snr., Bawnree

5th: Fiona Donnelly/Delaney, Bawnree

6th: Mick Sheehy, Banagagole

7th: Alice & Eileen Collins, Ballinaboley

Promoters Prizes: Pat Lynch, Tommy Lawlor, Mary Dermody x2

MEN'S SHED

Leighlin Parish Men's Shed are selling handcrafted picnic benches, in 3 sizes, birdfeeders & plant boxes. Products are made from strong treated timber. Items can also be made to measure. Contact Parish Office for details. Please support your latest shed.

NEW YOUTH CLUB

"LBB Youth" starting Saturday, 10th August in McGrath Hall, Bagenalstown 7-9pm for ages 11-18. Admission €2. LBB Youth brings you the exciting 10 week Youth Alpha Course, packed with fun, food, presentations, discussions & live bands. LBB Youth works closely with Youth Alpha, Catholic Youth Care & Scripture Union. Contact Tara Rice 087 - 3286673.

HALF MARATHON

Could all Carers Association sponsorship cards received through the Parish schools be returned as soon as possible to the Parish Centre. Many thanks for all cards already retuned, your support is greatly appreciated.

OPENING HOURS

Parish Office Hours from Monday, 29th July to Friday, 30th August the Parish Office will open from 9.30am - 1.30pm to facilitate staff holidays.

GRAVE YARD MASSES

Old Leighlin - Friday, 30th August at 7.30pm

Clody - Monday, 2nd September at 7.30pm

GATHERING

A Community Gathering Barn Dance and Barbecue has been organised for Saturday, 24th August in Ballinabranna Clubhouse. Music by 'Teresa & The Stars'. Admission €10.

COMMUNITY GAMES

St.Lazerian's Community Games would like to wish the best of luck to the thirteen athletes from the area who are representing Carlow at the national finals in Athlone on 17th & 18th August. It is a great achievement to be taking part and we hope everyone has an enjoyable weekend.

WHEELCHAIR ASSOC.

Irish Wheelchair Association Carlow Branch to celebrate 'The Gathering' invites members & helpers, past & present, to a summer fete in Teach Failte, Kilkenny Rd, on Sunday, 18th August from 3-7pm. Food, music, table quiz & treasure hunt. Jumble sale on the day in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team.

CONFERENCE

National Conference for Cancer Survivorship for the past 20 years, the Patient Support Services Department of the Irish Cancer Society has run an annual conference together with other specific patient seminars. As part of our 50th Anniversary celebrations we are bringing all our events together in one major survivorship conference. This conference will take place on 20th and 21st September in the Aviva Stadium Dublin and is free of charge to attend. See www.cancer.ie.nccs or contact Avril at 01 - 2310533 for details.

FUNDRAISER

Table Quiz in Glendon's Bar Saturday, 17th August. €40 per table of four, quiz starts at 10pm.

LEINSTER LOOP

The Leinster Loop Chairty Cycle will be passing through Old Leighlin from the Ridge from 11am - 12.30pm approximately on Sunday 18th August and heading towards the Carlow/Kilkenny Road. The event will clash with Mass time in Leighlinbridge and we would like to make parishioners aware of this event from a safety perspective, please be aware of the cyclists and supporters on the road and be as patient as possible and take heed of the road marshals.

For details phone Joe Doolan 087-2400961

CRISP

In association with Carlow Community Enterprise Centre and subsidised by the Department of Communications Benefit 4 programme, CRISP Carlow are running 2'Internet Basics for Beginners' Courses on Tuesday, 20th August at 10am and Thursday, 22nd August at 10am. Course runs for 5 weeks x 10 hours for only €10. Book early as number of places are limited. Call 059 9143972 to enrol.

BALLON

TEA PARTY A SUCCESS

On Thursday 25 July this special fund-raising event was held in aid of parochial funds. Organised and orchestrated by sacristan Kathleen Condron of Ballon Church, and with considerable support from Breeda McDonald, Graiguealug, the event attracted 100 supporters from the parish and beyond to the venue, Leinster Hill's. Thanks to the owners for providing the venue for free. A cornucopia of goodies graced the tables organised by hostesses with an obvious love of food and a generosity in providing it. Thanks ladies for all your good work. Music was by The Images whose choice of music and enthusiasm for performing had everyone 'up and clapping' without inhibition and unflagging energy all night. A special thanks to all who donated prizes for the draw - another Aladdin's cave of goodies - and to all who assisted in so many ways. The television was won by Sean Halford, Gorey. There are pictures galore of the event on the village website www.ballonvillage.com.

NATURE CAMP A BIG HIT

Nature Camp 2013, the Ballon Improvement Group's three day camp for children from 5 to 12 years has just finished. This summer 's project was an outstanding success . Children connected with nature at Altamont Gardens, Malone's Fruit Farm and at Slí na Sceach at The Forge Restaurant. Activities over the three days included fun and games, worm workshop, nature walks, interactive talks, fruit picking, fruit grow and eat session, stone art, plant potting, insect identification, singing and dancing .

Ballon is so lucky to have places such as Altamont Gardens, Malone's Fruit Farm and the Slí na Sceach on its doorstep. Pop into the great outdoors and enjoy the Biodiversity. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Remember you too can get involved with Ballon Improvement Group. Just call into Siopa Glas in Ballon to take the first step. Ar agaidh linn!

ROUNDERS CLUB

Cuchulainn Rounders Club would like to thank everyone you supported their recent table quiz in Kavanagh's, Ballon. A special thanks to Paul Kavanagh and to all the local businesses who sponsored raffle prizes. Total amount raised through donations, team entry and raffle was €587.55. The winning team on the night was Aoife Coyle, Steven Coyle, Irene O'Byrne and Hugh O'Byrne.

The club would like to congratulate Katie Brennan, Shraugh, Ballon who was selected by Ard Comhairle to be on the panel of player who will play in a rounders exhibition game in Croke Park on Sunday 11 August during half time of the minor football semi final. Well deserved Katie, we're all very proud of you.

SONG AND STORY

The Song and Story session scheduled for Sunday 28 July in Rathoe Hall was cancelled as a mark of respect to Dermot Curran, Castledermot who died on Friday 26 July. The late Mr Curran was an accomplished musician and a regular supporter of Rathoe Song and Story. All involved wish to express their sympathy with his family and friends.

HERITAGE WEEK EVENT

Ballon Improvement Group will host the second annual Hedge School /Scoil Scairte at Slí na Sceach, The Forge, Kilbride on Saturday, 24 August from 11.30am to 3.15pm.The clock will be turned back to the 1840s and children will experience the days of the Hedge Schools with Bridget Fox from Myshall the school mistress for the day. Through this event the organisers hope to inspire an interest in nature and develop children and young people's appreciation for the natural world, encouraging them to respect and protect our environment. For some of the participants it will be their first experience of school! Booking is advisable at the Siopa Glas in Ballon or to The Forge Restaurant. Also Máire on 087 2424934. This if a free event and is the areas contribution to Heritage Week. We also need an audience at the event so everybody is welcome.

ASKEA

Askea Country market are open every Friday Morning in Askea Parish Centre from 10am to 12 noon. Call in and get your home baked breads, scones, cakes and tarts. Also homemade jams, chutneys and lots more.

August Baking Camp! Let your little ones cook up a storm at our cookies and cupcake camp from August 13th to 15th. 10am to 12 noon in Palatine. €40 per child. Phone Louise @ 086 8523644 to book.

Senior Help Line - is a confidential service for older people provided by trained older volunteers for the price of a local call anywhere in Ireland, LoCall 1850 440 444

CRISP -

In association with Carlow Community Enterprise Centre and subsidised by the Department of Communications Benefit 4 programme. CRISP Carlow are running 2 'Internet Basics for Beginners' Courses on Tuesday 20th August at 10am and Thursday 22nd August at 10am. Course runs for 5 weeks x 10 hours for only €10. Book early as number of places are limited. Call 059 9143972 to enroll.

Carlow Active Retirement - our monthly meeting will be held in Carlow Cathedral Parish Centre on 14th August at 2.30pm, PLEASE note change of venue. Our guest speakers - two occupation therapist from the health board will attend.

Line dancing every Monday night now in Éire Óg club house.

'You are not alone' Family Support Group - for families lining with drug abuse.

Meetings in Askea Parish Centre on Wednesdays from 6pm until pm. Call Margaret on 085 7872730

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