Katie’s second inter-provincial medal

INTER PROVINICAL WINNER-Piltown Camogie player, Katie Power played a major part in Leinster’s victory in the Senior Gael Linn Inter-provincial Camogie Final at Trim recently. Leinster defeated Connacht 2-12 to 1-5 in the semi-final and then went on to beat Munster 0-21 to 1-8 in the final. It was Katie’s second inter- provincial medal having won one in 2010 as she chases another local girl, Marie Fitzpatrick’s tally of 6 inter-provincial Camogie medals.

INTER PROVINICAL WINNER-Piltown Camogie player, Katie Power played a major part in Leinster’s victory in the Senior Gael Linn Inter-provincial Camogie Final at Trim recently. Leinster defeated Connacht 2-12 to 1-5 in the semi-final and then went on to beat Munster 0-21 to 1-8 in the final. It was Katie’s second inter- provincial medal having won one in 2010 as she chases another local girl, Marie Fitzpatrick’s tally of 6 inter-provincial Camogie medals.

LEINSTER FINAL-Emily McCarthy (Ballynacroney) is on the Kilkenny Under-14 Ladies Gaelic Football squad which will play Longford in the Leinster Final on Sunday. Time and venue is to be confirmed. Emily is a very skilful player and she was a key player on the Owning NS team that were beaten in the county final. The local club and supporters wish her the very best in the final.

The Club Under-14’s travelled to Graignamanagh recently to play the newly formed Barrow Gaels. Despite missing most of the older girls (only one girl up to the age), Piltown put on a tremendous performance of team play to beat the local side in an evenly fought exciting game with team captain Nicola Phelan setting the tone from the throw in and scoring an early goal.

Panel: Lisa Norris, Megan Byrne, Amy Walsh, Anna Dowley, Alanna Gallagher, Aoibheann Kavanagh (0-1), Nicola Phelan (1-0 Capt), Máire Beth Kirby (1-0), Hilary Balding (0-1), Alanna Dunphy, Clodagh Butler (1-1), Avril Hogan, Caoimhe O’Callaghan (2-1), Niamh Foley, Sine Kavanagh, Laura Power

The club extends best wishes to all players who have exams coming up. Training will continue throughout the exams subject to pitch availability. The exams girls are more than welcome to attend for a bit of physical exercise. Most education experts recommend some daily exercise during the exam period in order to maintain a balanced and healthy lifestyle during the exam period.

The club will have up to ten players involved with the Kilkenny Under-12 development squad for the Leinster Blitz to take place in Carlow Town on the Bank Holiday Monday. The club policy is to ensure that all committed players up to the age are given every opportunity to develop to the highest level.

FOOTBALL FINAL DEFEAT-Piltown Under-14 footballers played their first county final of the year in the Roinn B League Shield Final against neighbours Mooncoin in Piltown under blue skies and scorching sun. Mooncoin dominated the first half with centre forward Phádraig Gannon out muscling the centre of the Piltown defence. However, Mooncoin squandered numerous chances while a fortuitous goal by Ronan Ryan gave Piltown a life line as they trailed 1-2 to 1-3 at half time.

In the second half Piltown moved Jamie Norris to centre back and things tightened up. For the first 20 minutes or so, Piltown dominated but were not rewarded on the scoreboard. Darragh Walsh levelled proceedings at 1-5 each with a wonderful point and a little over five minutes to go. Unfortunately, Mooncoin with Ciaran Walsh and Eoin Corcoran dominating midfield, scored three unanswered points in the last three minutes to take the title on a flattering scoreline of 1-5 to 1-8.

No one could question the commitment of the vast majority of Piltown players on a blistering hot day. Kieran Reid was outstanding at corner back. Hopefully, someone soon will recognise this young lad is developing at a rate of knots with his prime assets being his speed and physical strength. James Kirby was excellent at full back and fought hard for every ball. John Kenny ran himself to a standstill when switched to a more favoured wing back position. Jamie Norris was the main ball winner and creator in midfield in the first half. He stopped the Mooncoin attacking surge when moving to centre back for the second, but the defensive move may have limited the creation of chances up front when scores were needed and Piltown were in control. Darragh Walsh had a purple patch in the second period when moved to midfield while Aaron Kinsella worked hard when introduced. Team: Adam Grace, Kieran Reid, James Kirby, John Kenny, David Tobin, Shane Whittle, Andrew Long, Jamie Norris, John Bourke (0-3, 2 frees, Capt), Oísin Brophy (0-1), Darragh Walsh (0-1), Sean Power, Oran Brophy, Ronan Ryan (1-0), Richard Norris.

Subs: Aaron Kinsella for Shane Whittle, Billy Morahan, Scott Bourke, Kieran Flynn.

Secretary of Bord Na Og, Martin Quilty who was also the referee presented Mooncoin captain Ciaran Walsh with the winners shield and he spoke glowingly of the superb performances of both teams on the warm day. He bemoaned the fact that the newspapers were not there to witness football being played as it should. However, this column was and we concur with Martin’s statement. In fact, it such a shame that this exciting match was ignored by all.

The pitch did not contain one single white line and inevitably this led disagreements among supporters and life made very difficult for the hard pressed match officials. Surely, this is an opportunity where community employments schemes could be usefully employed. No pre match photographs were taken. A county final surely deserves that respect. A piece of history slipped away despite a world full of modern technology to record such events. There was no visible advertising of the momentous clash between two fierce but friendly neighbours. Marketing was zero with the only mention of this potentially happening being in this column last week. The overall presentation was extremely low key. The young players deserve better and even the team sponsors deserve some sort of exposure for their input. One could not imagine such minimum exposure for the local Camogie team at present.

SCRAP METAL COLLECTION-To help defray the shortfall in funding for the new extension at Owning National School there will be a scrap metal collection. All items of scrap metal are required to be delivered to John Flynn’s yard which will be open from 9am to 1pm on Saturday 2nd June and Saturday 9th June. Items include unwanted metal, lead, batteries, etc.

In addition items of Clothing and Mobile Phones may be left to the school during the coming weeks. Alternatively contact the school at 643628 and collection will be arranged. This is a good way of recycling while also helping a good cause.

TEMPLEORUM FIRST COMMUNION-Congratulations to those who received First Holy Communion in Templeorum at the weekend. Aaron O’Driscoll, Alex Briscoe, Caoimhe McEvoy, Charles Briscoe, Conor Power, Emma Culleton, Eoin Butler, Kieran Kinsella, Shane Morrissey, Siobhan Fitzgerald.

PAST FEILE CAMOGIE TEAMS-Piltown Under-14 Camogie will be competing in their fourth Féile in July. The previous three were when Kilkenny hosted the competition. The panels were

1978 Panel: Josie O’Shea, Michelle Gilman, Lucy Giles, Marie Fitzpatrick, Mary Kinsella, Fiona Knox, Carmel Phelan, Margaret Holden, Evonne Fitzpatrick, Marie Cuddihy, Celia Giles, Ann Dunne, Ann O’Brien, Margaret Carroll, Lucy Knox, Margaret Talbot.

1979 Panel: Marie Fitzpatrick, Michelle Gilman, Lucy Knox, Bernadette Gilman, Majella Giles, Stephanie Carroll, Ann Dunne, Kay Cuddihy, Evonne Fitzpatrick, Denise Everett, Celia Giles, Fiona Coffey, Marie Power, Rosemary O’Toole, Pauline Foyle.

2007 Panel: Laura Foley, Katelynn Phelan, Becky Malone, Stacey Jordan, Debbie Phelan, Leanne

Dunne, Jessica Norris, Laura Norris, Edel Long, Aisling McGowan, Nicole Culleton, Sinead McCarthy, Antonia Power, Niamh Dermody, Lorraine Long, Alice Talbot, Jennifer Norris, Sarah Murphy, Siobhan Twomey, Ciara Jordan, Siobhan Dermody, Kelly Ann Doyle, Jean Power, Lisa McCarthy

FAMILY CONNECTIONS-Current Féile panellists Emer Long (Edel), Fiona Long (Lorraine), Lisa Norris (Jennifer) and Aoife Doyle (Kelly Ann) all had sisters involved in the 2007. Fiona Long is also a niece of Marie Fitzpatrick who was on the 1978 and 1979 panels and went on to much greater things.

Current team mentor and club PRO Gay Doyle is the father of Aoife Doyle while mentor Tom Holden is the father of Chloe and Sophie. Another mentor Andrew McCarthy is the father of 2007 panellists Sinead and Lisa and also uncle to 2007 panellist Katelynn Phelan. On the administration side, current club secretary Sheila Norris is the mother is Lisa (2012) and Jennifer (2007 panel).

COACHING CONNECTIONS-1979 panellists Fiona Coffey (Kenny) and Stephanie Carroll (Coffey) are currently coaches with Piltown Camogie at Under-8 and Under-10 respectively. Of the current Féile panellists, the following have parents who are coaching with the club Lisa Norris (Mother at Under-8), Aoife Doyle (Mother at Under-10 and Father at Under-14 and Under-16), Sarah Jayne Brophy (Father at Under-12), Máire Beth Kirby (Mother at Under-12), Chloe and Sophie Holden (Father at Under-14 and Under-16) and Fiona Long (Father at Minor).

FEILE NEWS-Keep up to date with Féile on the Piltown GAA website www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/camogie/feile-201

CAMOGIE DEBUTS-Piltown Under-8 Camogie team played their first blitz of the year in sunny Slieverue on Saturday. It was a momentous day for many girls as they made their debut for the club.

It resulted in a win against Kilmacow, a draw with Slieverue and a defeat to Ballyhale Shamrocks. Spoils nicely shared. However, on the day it was Camogie that was the winner with enjoyment for all and some well earned refreshments.

It was also a day when once again it highlighted that seven years of age is plenty time to get involved in formal sport. Even though the games were only seven minutes each way, concentration levels had diminished considerably by the final game. Congratulations again to Piltown Camogie on taking a very sensible and pragmatic approach to underage sports development.

Squad: Aisling Brophy, Lorna O’Shea, Rachel Flynn, Abbie Nolan, Aóibhe Shankey, Aoife O’Shea, Jenny Morahan, Kayleigh O’Shea, Rachel O’Keeffe, Leah Cooney, Keelan Lynch, Niamh Gallagher

BAPTISMS -From 1st June the Sacrament of Baptism will be available only on the first Sunday and third Saturday of each month. All baptisms must be booked through the parish office and a minimum of 3 weeks notice is required. The Pastoral Committee regrets that it will not be possible to entertain any exceptions to this rule while there is only one priest.

REFERENDUM TIME-Do not forget to use your democratic right and vote in the EU fiscal treaty referendum which takes place this Thursday, 31st May. Polling stations in the parish will be open from 7am to 10pm.

SILVER CIRCLE-Piltown N.S. Silver Circle Draw Results - Week 6:

€150 Margaret and Joe O’Brien (Carrickbeg)

€100 Allen Littlewood

€50 Ann Morahan (Mountain Grove)

€25 Mavis Keegan (Ballyhenebry)