FOCUS ON PRESENTATION CONVENT NS - Information Evening for Parents ofIncoming Pupils The school will host an open/information evening on Thursday, June 7th at 7pm for the parents of all incoming pupils in September 2012. The evening will showcase some of the schools resources and facilities as well as familiarising parents with the work of the school and what they and their child can expect from this exciting and crucial first year in school. We encourage all who have enrolled or are considering enrolling their child in the school to attend this important event.
Award Winners - A large number of our pupils attended the Scríobh Leabhar and Write A Poem Award ceremonies with teacher Michelle O’ Sullivan in the Watershed on Friday, May 18th. The children received certificates, medals and prizes for their achievements in both competitions which are organised by Kilkenny Education Centre. The poetry award winners also had their poems published in a book produced by the Education Centre to mark the event. Meanwhile the Scríobh Leabhar award winners will have their books published on a DVD produced nationally by Foras na Gaeilge. Every child who participated received a certificate so well done to pupils from First to Sixth classes!
Senior School Tour - 2nd - 6th class pupils and teachers had a great day out on their school tour! Starting with a stop at the Aquatic Centre for 2 hours of swimming, sliding and splashing fun! After a nice lunch it was on to the Wax museum for 2nd and 3rd class and to the Dáil in Leinster House for 4th, 5th and 6th classes. Here the girls were greeted by Ann Phelan T.D. and shown around the Dáil chamber and Senate. A lovely dinner followed in the Dáil canteen. A wonderful day was had by all and lots was learned. Everyone agreed it was one of the best school tours ever! Special thanks to Councillor Maurice Shortall for organising the visit.
FRENCH FLAVOUR AT KILKENNY ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Last weekend, Castlecomer Athletic Club were hosts to a group of twelve young French athletes - ages ranging from twelve through to fourteen years old - from Penvenan in Brittany; to mark the visit, an afternoon of sports was held at the Community School track on Saturday where a total of forty-five athletes participated in a variety of events, the emphasis firmly on camaraderie. The previous evening, the third and final stage of the Kilkenny A championships was held in Scanlon Park. Here also a welcome was extended to the visitors who were invited to compete as guests. Molly O’Dornan was the only Castlecomer athlete to compete at U-8 level. There was greater representation at U-9 - John and James Kenny, Aoife O’Sullivan, Ella Nolan and Isobel Delaney all competed - and Isobel secured a bronze medal when third over 200m. Again at U-10 there was a strong contingent - Cathal O’Reilly, Luca Downey, William Fox, Caoimhe O’Reilly, Katie Clarke, Sarah and Aoibhinn Brophy and Aisling Delaney. At U-11, Sean O’Dornan finished third over 300m and so was rewarded with the bronze medal. Ellen Buggy, Aoife Cahalan, Emer Stone, Sarah and Emma Dwyer, Killian Hogan, Conor Clarke and Nicky Connolly all competed at U-12 - Conor Clarke was the 300m gold medal winner, and Nicky Connolly was the bronze medallist in the 100m hurdles.
James Buggy and Aine Curry both competed at U-13 - and James was bronze medallist over 300m. Ross Connolly, Thomas Dwyer and Meabh Delaney were Castlecomer’s representatives at U-14 and Meabh was bronze medal winner in the 100m hurdles. Lauren Dermody was gold medal winner in the U-16 girls 1500m race, a feat which Andrew Dowd matched at U-18 level. To this 1500m title, Andrew added a silver medal in the Shot Putt event. Patrick Clarke was a silver medallist in the over 45 race. For some athletes, the Leinster Championhsips will be the focus of attention now. For others the Kilkenny B Championships in Thomastown will be in mid June.
ERINS OWN SNIPPETS - UNDER 10 GO GAMES.The 10’s entertained O Loughlin Gaels in the 3rd round of the county Go Games on Saturday morning last in sun drenched Ballycomey. All clubs have two teams playing with the emphasis on fun and participation with all players playing and no subs. There was a fantastic sprinkling of skill and endeavour shown by all the players in the two games with quality striking and score getting in abundance. Team blue for Erin’s Own had a fantastic battle with their city rivals with only a couple of scores separating the teams at the final whistle. The same result befell the Erin’s Own White team also. With great coaching work going on at all levels in the club the future certainly looks bright and with the great enjoyment that the children get from playing the game it is a win, win for all those involved. The teams on Saturday were. Luca Downey, Darragh O Rourke, Dylan Leigh, Brian Holland, Kevin Holland, Jamie Maher, Kevin Smyth, Ashley Kerr, Lee Holden, Tiernan O’ Neill, Cathal O’ Reilly, James Hogan, Liam Doyle, James Kenny, John Kenny, Ewan Connery, Michael Rowe, Ciaran Meagher, Adam Stone, Kyle Smyth, Tommy Coogan, Alan Smyth, David Allen, Jack Brennan.
JUNIOR HURLING LEAGUE - Erins Own entertained Dicksboro in the Junior league on Sunday last in Ballycomey. Both teams were short some regular players due to exams. The first quarter was even throughout with points coming from play and frees. At the break Comer held a two point lead on a shoreline of 10 points to 8. Early in the second half the city lads scored a goal and a point in quick succession to take a 2 point lead. Try as the may the Comer lads couldn’t get the important scores they needed to stay in touch even though they did create a number of good chances. In the end the fitter Dicksboro ran out comfortable winners on a shoreline of 2-15 to 0- 12. Team. E.Meally, D.Moran D. Mullins, J.Maher, T.Dwyer, (0-1)P. Keating,(0-1) D. Dunne, D. Wallace, C. McDermott, M. Dywer, D. Buggy (0-8) E. Brennan, D. Fenlon, E. Brennan, D. Byrne (0-1) subs. D. Brennan (0-1) C. Wallace.
CLUB LOTTO - The club lotto is now up to €13,400.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.
ERIN’S OWN ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC - The seventh annual Erin’s Own GAA Golf classic takes place on Friday the 29th June in Castlecomer Golf Club. A team of 3 costs €120.00 including Barbeque and with some great prizes on offer please contact David Buggy Motors on 056 7770808 to book a tee time. With the time sheet now filling up teams are asked to book their slot immediately. As usual there will be entertainment and craic on the night.
25th Anniversary Minor Roinn A Champions Celebrations - On the 29th June Erin’s Own will honour the victorious Minor team who won the Roinn A Campionship in 1987 for the 1st time ever in the clubs history. This celebration and presentation to the victorious team will take place in Castlecomer Golf Club on the night of the Golf Classic. All members past and present are invited along to this social event with music and craic guaranteed.
Kellogs GAA Cul Camps - The national Kellogs GAA Cul camps will take place again this year in Castlecomer. You can book your child in on these camps by going onto the GAA website (www.gaa.ie) or by picking up an entry form on Kellogs boxes.
MRS. D. RYAN - Market Street has lost one of its more senior and respected people with the death of Dora Ryan (Nee Mulcahy). A homemaker for all of her married life she was the last surviving member of the Mulcahy family. In her 86th year she was an avid reader and loved the company of her extended family. A quiet, kind and affable woman how fitting it was to see her grandchildren and great-grandchildren congregate around the altar at the Requiem Mass to share the “Our Father” with the congregation. Dora would have been so proud. She was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Martin Tobin P.P. Clogh ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her sons Tom (England), Liam ; daughters Margaret (Carlow), Eileen (England), Marian, Julia (Dublin), Catherine (England), Ann (Cong, Co. Mayo), Dorothy (Cong, Co. Mayo) ; grandchildren; great-grandchildren ; other relatives and a host of friends.
RESPECT THE SHANKYARD BURIAL GROUND - Ann Brennan PRO of Donaguile / Hillside View Residents Association asked me to include this message in the Notes. “Donaguile/Hillside View Residents Association has been in existence now for over ten years. It was initially set up to reinstate the Shankyard Burial ground and the maintenance of our green areas. We could not have achieved this without the help of grant aid from Kilkenny County Council, The Wellington Race Committee and many anonymous donations. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the local Fas workers, especially Sean Dowd and Dick Brennan, our local engineer Phillippe and his team. With the help of our local area office we were able to have a tarmacadam surface put on the pathway leading to the Shankyard and we hope to get the other path done in the near future. We have also replaced the hanging baskets with stone flower pots as these are easier to maintain. The maintenance and upkeep of the Shankyard is an ongoing project. Unfortunately, we have had more damage done to the fencing on the interior boundary and the alter top. As you can imagine this is very disheartening for our committee members and we hope this will not continue over the summer months. We remember the people buried in the Shankyard every year during the month of November and we are honoured to have the Male Voice Choir every Christmas morning for our annual prayers and carols. We sincerely thank them for this. It was with great sadness on the 13th December last year that we lost one of our founder members Maureen Brennan. Maureen was the first person to start the research on the Shankyard, she enlisted the help of her husband Tom and her good friend Christy Ryan. She had the men trailing old maps to determine the original outline and she also had the recollections of Jim O Neill and the late Paddy Kenny RIP at hand. She then enlisted the rest of the crew with the lure of tea and homemade rhubarb tart, who could resist. She would have initially summoned the local county councillors to No 6, they too would have been treated to her hospitality and then given their “To Do List” and daren’t they come back without everything done. It was Maureen’s passion for the area that kept all our enthusiasm going, anything she set out to do was not for her own personal gain but for the good of her beloved Comer. She was adamant that the people who died in the workhouse or along the roadside would never be forgotten, they died with nothing and she was determined to give them back their dignity We as a committee will always maintain the Shankyard as a remembrance of Maureen and we will be erecting a plaque in her memory on the gates of the Shankyard in the coming weeks. To Tom and Family, yes, she did make a difference and Maureen will be forever remembered by us. Ar dheis De go raibh a hanam uasal”
FUNDING SUCCESS - Under the Amenity Grants Scheme 2012 Castlecomer TidyTowns were awarded €1,500 towards general maintenance in the town while other groups to benefit were Donaguile / Hillside View Residents Association €500 ; Acorns (Lower) Residents Association €300 and Oakhill Residents Association €250.
WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY - Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Elizabeth Carrigan, 1st Lady: Ann Kealy, 2nd Lady: Betty Shore, 1st Gent: Danny Hilton, 2nd Gent: S Hennessey & G Kealy. Raffle: 1st Prize: Nano Brennan, 2nd Prize: Patrica McGuinness. 3rd prize: Tommy Kealy. Whist every Friday night at 8.30 pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.
CASTLECOMER GROUP OF PARISHES- The times of services in the four churches in the Union are being changed as of June. The new times are 1st Sunday of Month 9.15 Colliery 10.30 St Mary’s Noon Mothel (Coolcullen)2nd 9.15 Colliery 10.30 St Mary’s Noon Bilboa; 3rd 9.15 Colliery ; 10.30 St Mary’s & Bilboa ; Noon Mothel (Coolcullen); 4th 9.15 Colliery ; 10.30 St Mary’s ; Noon Bilboa; 5th United Service – held in rotation in the four Churches. Please check with the Rector, Rev Patrick Burke, at 056/4441677 - for the time and location.
SCHOOLBOY SOCCER - Deen Celtic U-10’s finished a great year last weekend, all over for another season. The team performed brilliantly all year, with some memorable games played out, sometimes in lovely weather and also in torrents of rain. Nothing seems to bother these youngsters, they love the game. Manager Derek Heaney would like to say it was a pleasure to be involved with them all, each of them are a credit to their parents.
“Hopefully next season they will be up there with a shout for the U-11 league. Well done lads to each and every one of you for a great season. I would also like to thank all the parents who gave up their Saturdays to transport the team to the away games, and for their great support for the team all season. This group of guys are a bit special, roll on next season.Thanks a million to everyone involved.”