On Saturday, January 19, Ballybacon/Grange Camogie Club committee was formed at a meeting in the GAA Club rooms in Goatenbridge. Officers elected for the coming year: Chairperson Grainne Burke, Secretary Rosaline O’Leary, Vice Secretary and PRO Jean O’Gorman. Last year Grainne Burke and Yvonne Mason established the club which started out with a few girls and before the Camogie season was finished we had 19 girls and a winning u8s team. They went on to win all of their games except for one! This year we would like to see our club grow bigger and better. The club are hoping to form u8s, u10s and u12s teams this year. We also need more help so any of you who would like to get involved we would be delighted. Plase contact any committee member. We now have a facebook page Ballybacon/Grange Camogie Club. We will be visiting the schools soon.


Goatenbridge/Ballybacon Development Association will hold a fundraising table quiz in the Glenview Lounge, Goatenbridge on Friday, January 25, at 9pm. Monies raised will go towards various projects in the Goatenbridge and Ballybacon Areas. Cllr Seanie Lonergan will be the quizmaster. Your support would be much appreciated. We will also be presented with our new defibrillator from Cllr Lonergan. There will be a raffle and refreshments served! You can now follow Goatenbridge/Ballybacon Development Association on Facebook.


Sunday, January 27: Minister of the Word Noreen Meagher. Minister of the Eucharist Kathleen English. It has been decided for 2013 not to put names and addresses on the weekly contribution envelopes. If a person or a family wish to have their name/s recorded with their contribution, they can complete the form provided and return it with their first envelope.


We are currently in discussions with a communications company in relation to the text alert initiative. BeAlertSMS in association with Muintir na Tire offers the Gardai and Community Alert the ability to send out group texts when a current event is happening. No one person in the Community Alert need be responsible for retaining numbers or names or be available to send out group texts. Gardai are now able to get information to the community instantly and Gardai can canvass hundreds of subscribers in an instant. If a member of the Community Alert sees any suspicious activity they can report the same to their local Garda station, and Gardai then can contact Be Alert to confirm the activity and request the group text to be sent out. As soon as the initiative is up and running, subscribers will be informed.


We extend our sympathy to Bobby O’Brien, and family, Gortacullen on the recent passing of Bobby’s wife Nell. Removal took place from St Teresa’s Hospital mortuary to Ardfinnan Church on Tuesday, January 15. Concelebrated funeral Mass took place on Wednesday morning followed by burial afterwards in St Finnian’s Cemetery. To Bobby, the extended O’Brien and Corbett families, relatives, neighbours and friends we extend sincerest sympathies. May Nell rest in the peace of heaven.