Ballybacon Text Alert

Ballybacon Text Alert

We are delighted to announce that we will be shortly launching the Ballybacon Text Alert Initiative in the area with signage been ordered shortly for all approach roads etc. The way that the texting initiative will work is broadly as follows: The phone number of the local district 24 hour Garda Station will be located on all newly erected Community Alert signs.

Therefore all members of the Ballybacon/Goatenbridge area are encouraged and supported in reporting any activity they deem to be of concern to them by using the phone number for the Gardaí on the signs. A proactive structure is agreed at Garda Superintendent Level that all calls received will be acted upon in a timely manner. Should the phone call to the Garda District Station be of interest to an Garda Síochána, then they have the ability to contact the contracted Service Provider who can then send out a Text Alert to a number of Community Alert Groups who have a Database of phone numbers in place. The wording of the text is agreed between An Garda Síochána and the contracted Service Provider and can send out the text in a timely manner. It can also afford an Garda Síochána the resource of a unique database that can be activated at their discretion to help to stay one step ahead of crime in rural Communities.

A register will be maintained at each Garda Station where information from the various participating Community Alert Groups and information/alerts requests from the Gardai to the Communities will be recorded. The Garda Station will be available to respond to all phone call from members of the Community. In the event that the vehicle is not of interest to an Garda Síochána then no further action needs to happen i.e. no text message will be sent out. It is of vital importance that messages about suspicious vehicles /persons are notified to the Gardai prior to any alert message going out to the community as Gardai may have intelligence that would indicate it would be dangerous to approach some criminals or their vehicles.

There may be times when the text looking for information is sent by An Garda Síochána to the members of the community who have signed up to the scheme and again this will happen through contact with the Service Provider who then sends the group text out to all members.

Goatenbridge Trout Anglers

Membership has now opened for Goatenbridge Trout Anglers Club on sections of the River Tar for 2013! Persons living within a 5 kilometre radius of Goatenbridge are eligible to apply for full voting membership. Cost of membership: €20 Adult, €10 Child. Day Passes: €10 with deals available for multiple days! This cost includes insurance etc. If you reside outside of the 5km area associate membership can be applied for in writing to the Club Secretary. For further information please contact the Secretary on (087) 649 7083 or any Committee Member.


A meditation night will be held in Burncourt Community Centre on Wednesday, May 1, at 7.30pm.

Table Quiz

Ardfinnan GAA Club will hold a table quiz in the Glenview Lounge, Goatenbridge, this Friday, April 26, at 9pm sharp! All proceeds go to the Juvenile Club. Table of four €20.


Please take note that anyone/community organisation etc. who would like to have notes included in the Goatenbridge section are asked to send them via e-mail to murtylonergan@eircom.net / phone 087 6497083 on or before 4pm (Please note time change) on the SUNDAY prior to publication!