For the last few weeks, on Tuesday evenings, large numbers of the boys and girls of the area have been going to hurling training in beautiful Goatenbridge. The U6s, U8s and U10s are doing really well with their many coaches and helpers. It’s great to see so many parents coming along and enjoying the sunshine and the chats. The boys and girls are turning into fine young hurlers, especially those who practice every day... both sides!

The player of the week awards are given not just to the best hurlers but to players who are listening well, working hard to improve, being kind, attending regularly, etc. Each evening of course the awards are deserved by many, many of the young hurlers there but only 3 can be chosen. This week they are as follows: U6: John English, U8: Neil Gallagher, U10: Jack Keating. APRIL CLUB DRAW: 1. Albert Keating, 2. George Mason, 3. Jackie Murphy. The May monthly draw takes place at our monthly committee meeting!

COMMITTEE MEETING: Next committee meeting takes place on this Thursday, May 5 at 9pm in the club meeting room, Goatenbridge. All committee members are requested to attend!

TIPPERARY MINORS: We would like to congratulate our own clubman, Tom Kirwan who wore the number 12 jersey with Tipperary Minors against Waterford last week. Tom is part of the team who are trying to bring Munster honours last won in 2007 back to the County. Although defeated by Waterford on a score of 2-16 to 1-13 they play Cork this week-end! Best of luck Tom!


Gerry Cronin and Tom Kirwan were part of the South team who played in a recent blitz competition with the other divisions in the County. They had a win over the Mid, beaten by the West, with the North winning out the competition. Well done boys!!


Results of Tuesday 26 April: Winners on 11 games: Davy White and Willie O’Neill. Second on 10 games: Tommy Beary and Tom O’Gorman, John D Condon and Liam Butler. Lucky Table: Willie and Mary Prendergast. Raffle: Mary Whelan, Joe Loughnane, Willie Prendergast and Paudie Hartigan.


The Fianna Fáil National Church gate collection will be taken up at all Masses next weekend, 7 & 8 May, 2011. Your support would be much appreciated.


Sunday 8 May: Reader of the Word Tommy Mason, Minister of the Eucharist Leish Shine. Confirmation: We would like extend every good wish and blessing to all the boys and girls who will be Confirmed by Bishop Lee in Ardfinnan Church this Thursday, 5 May. The Ceremony begins at 11am.


A Parish Census will take place in June in Ardfinnan, Grange and Ballybacon. Each household will also receive a Parish Pack and a Parish Directory. In each street and area of the Parish, volunteers will be needed to help with the distribution of these packs and the Census forms. We would be grateful for any persons who wish to volunteer for this project. Please contact the Parish Office for further details on 0527464408!


As you will be well aware by now, this year’s 7th Annual Tractor Run and Family Day in aid of South Tipperary Hospice and organised by the Ardfinnan, Ballybacon and Grange Hospice Committee takes place on this Sunday, 8 May. Tractors will be leaving the Green in Ardfinnan at Approx. 1pm and will travel via Cahir, Ballylooby, Clogheen and back to Ardfinnan. There will also be many more activities taking place on the Green throughout the day as well as live entertainment. Here’s hoping the weather will be fine and dry!!!