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Weekly News Roundup - Monday 18 Feb 2008

Sunshine Juice Wins Business Achievers Award

Congratulations are extended to Paul Walshe, Managing Director of Sunshine Juice, the Park-based producer of fresh juices and smoothies, was named over the weekend as the Ulster Bank Invoice Finance and Irish Independent Business Achiever for 2007, at a Gala Awards ceremony in Dublin. The company, which has invested heavily in innovation and product development to drive rapid growth, beat off strong competition from a shortlist of 10 finalists. Paul was presented the award by Miche·l Martin, TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment.
Sunshine Juice was founded in 1998 when Paul, son of Sheila and the late Seamus, identified a demand in the Irish market for freshly made juices. He had witnessed the huge popularity of fresh juices and smoothies in the United States and recognised the potential in Ireland for the same product. Initially, Paul used an old dairy at his family home as a production facility before constructing a 20,000 square foot plant in 2000. The company produces fresh fruit and vegetable juices, smoothies, fruit salads, yoghurts, sorbets, ice creams and jams and is the only producer in Ireland which distributes a complete range of ingredients needed for the growing juice bar market.
Over 45 people are currently employed at the Sunshine Juice plant in Carlow, which supplies product directly to hotels, catering businesses and wholesalers throughout the country. At present the company services over 700 customers, 400 of which are juice bar operators. Construction of a new production facility, which will triple production capacity, is currently underway and is due to be completed by August 2008. The company also plans to launch a new own-brand range later this year. To fulfil the demand in this growing market, Sunshine Juice expects to hire 30 new staff over the next two years, achieving double-digit growth in the next five years.
For the magnificent win Paul and the company received a comprehensive prize package including an Executive Education programme at Harvard Business School, €50,000 worth of advertising space in the Irish Independent and 2 years membership of the Institute of Directors in Ireland.

Rehab Walk
Rehab are organising a Walk in Australia from 15th – 30th November 2008.
This Walk will incorporate a visit to the Northern Territory and Western Australia and will include visits to Darwin, Alice Springs, Watarrka National Park, Ayers Rock and the City of Perth.
If anyone wishes to have details of the above Walk, please contact Hugh Maddock (087-8261925) or e-mail for a Brochure or further information.

Tinryland Urban Renewal

A scheme of work on Tinryland village will commence shortly, including two new ramps for traffic control, new landscaping and work on a new footpath. Additional work on public lighting will also be carried out.

Tinryland Art Group (TADA)

The group will soon commence classes for 2008 in the GAA Club with an art teacher. All interested should give their names to Jim Deane or Michael Keyes.


The Annual Cork to Carlow Cycle for the County Carlow Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association will take place on the 14th and 15th of June 2008. This will be the 30th year of this event so book early to secure your place. For details contact Jack Doyle at 086-8402081.


The Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help in St. Andrew's Parish Church, Bagenalstown commenced on Tuesday February 5th 2008 and continues for nine Tuesdays to Tuesday April 1st 2008.
The Novena will commence at 7.30 pm with Mass followed by Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Speakers will include John Lonergan, Governor Mountjoy Prison, Fr. Paul Dempsey, Eddie Stones, Fr. Liam Morgan, Sr. Cecilia Molloy, Fr. Joe McDermott, Alice Cairns and Dana Rosemary Scallon.

Information Session

The Carlow-Kilkenny Champions for Older People Team was established a few months ago. The aim of the team is to promote the health of older people in order to improve health services and ensure that older people have access to information about local health services and plans. The team is hosting "Falling for You", a public information session on the Prevention of Falls and Bone health on Tuesday February 12th 2008 in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny. The same session is delivered twice at 10.30 and 2 pm. The sessions are free of charge.

Carlow Area Supported Employment

Carlow Area Supported Employment is a Fas funded service based in Pollerton Rd., Carlow.
Supported Employment is an initiative that enables and empowers people
with disabilities to be employed in paid jobs in the open labour market.
It is a free and confidential service available to both employees and employers.
If you are seeking employment and have a disability or if you just want
further information please phone 059/9135564. We will be happy to answer any enquiries you have.

Parish Mission in March

Fr Peter Byrne C.S.S.R. (redemptrist) will conduct the first mission in St Joseph's Church Tinryland in over 20 years. All are welcome to attend. Masses at 7.00 am and 10.00 am from Monday to Thursday 10-13th March. Evening Eucharistic Healing services each evening at 7.30 pm Sunday 9th to Thursday 13th March. That is the fifth week of lent and leads up to the feasts of St Joseph (14th March) and St Patrick (17th March).

Entrusted with the Word
A four week course for existing and new readers of the Carlow Deanery including Tinryland will be held on the 4 weeks from Wednesday February 13th to March 5th in the Askea Parish Centre at 8 pm. Please contact your local parish to book your place on the course which is being offered free by the Kildare and Leighlin Faith Development Services.

The Late Mrs Maureen Clarke
The death occurred in St. Lukes Hospital Kilkenny on Monday February 4th of Mrs Maureen Clarke of Kyleballyhue. Maureen who was in her 78th year had been unwell for some time but bore her illness with great courage and dignity. She was born Maureen Wills, an only child, in Russelstown Bennekerry in 1930. She married Paddy Clarke of Graiguenaspidogue in St. Mary's Church Bennekerry in 1953. They raised a family of 11, 8 girls and 3 boys. Maureen combined the raising of her family with a career in the workplace. She spent some years with Brophy's of Kellistown, and for many years worked in the cannery section of Erin Foods. For a very busy woman, she was a fun loving person and liked to enjoy herself, especially to dance. Her dancing shoes were one of the offertery gifts. A deeply religious woman, she went on pilgrimages to Lourdes as recently as last July. Sadly for her she was predeceased in recent years by her daughters Elizabeth (Bess), Majella (Jell) and her husband Paddy. She is survived by sons Johnny, Bill and Barney, daughters Margaret, Joan, Mary, Brenda, Patricia and Bernadette, sons in-law, daughters in-law, grandchildren, relatives and friends. Her remains were removed from her home to St. Mary's Church, Bennekerry on Wednesday. She was buried in the local cemetery on Thursday,following Requiem mass concelebrated by Rev Liam Morgan CC, assisted by Rev John McEvoy and Rev Tom Little. The large attendance present on both days was testimony to the esteem in which she was held.

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