Lisdowney - All set for First Communion day

FIRST COMMUNION - Ten children from Scoil Bhride, Lisdowney, will celebrate their First Communion this Saturday in Lisdowney Church at 11 am. First Communion will be celebrated in Clontubrid Church on Saturday, 19th May 2012.

FIRST COMMUNION - Ten children from Scoil Bhride, Lisdowney, will celebrate their First Communion this Saturday in Lisdowney Church at 11 am. First Communion will be celebrated in Clontubrid Church on Saturday, 19th May 2012.

SYMPATHIES - Sympathies are extended to the families and friends of Neddy Brannigan, Knockmannon, and Anna Healy, Clone House, both of whom passed away during the week.

WEDDING BELLS - Congrats to Fionnuala Dunne, Aharney, and Kieran Kane, Attanagh, who celebrated their marriage last Saturday week in Lisdowney Church.

CONGRATS - Congrats to Richie and Margaret Mackey, Gathabawn, on the recent birth of their baby boy, Charlie. Charlie was baptized in Gathabawn Church on Sunday.

INTERMEDIATE HURLING MATCH - Lisdowney GAA hosted their first intermediate match on the pitch last Sunday morning. Freshford lined out against Urlingford in a thrilling first half, but Freshford broke away early in the second half leaving a full time score of 1:18 to 1:8 to our neighbours. A lot of hard work went on before the match preparing the grounds and Lisdowney GAA Committee wishes to thank all those who helped out over the past few weeks and also all those who gave up their time as stewards on the day. They also wish to thank those who allowed their fields to be used for parking.

UNDER 16 HURLING - The Under 16 hurling team faced Tullogher Rosbercon last Thursday in Lisdowney. The home side were missing three of their panel. For the first 20 minutes Tullogher were the dominant side, Their big midfielders were winning most of the ball and taking long range scores. About 20 minutes into the game Lisdowney reshuffled the line out swopping Brian Kavanagh and Dean McCann and Lisdowney started to crawl their way back into the game and, by half time, Lisdowney were ahead by 2:06 to 2:04. Lisdowney got into full form in the second half. They kept Tullogher scoreless from play while they totted up nine points themselves - Tullogher’s only two scores of the half coming from frees.

JUNIOR HURLING - The Junior team played Bennettsbridge in Lisdowney last Friday night. After only seven minutes, a neat flick from Kevin Sweeney followed three minutes later by a well-executed shot from Rory Hickey, saw Lisdowney take a five point lead. Although the remainder of the first half saw some pretty even play from both sides, a late goal from Ciaran Mackey left Lisdowney sitting comfortable on 3:4 to 8 points at the half. The second half was fairly low scoring to begin with only a point a piece for the first ten minutes, and the play this half was very broken - six of Lisdowney’s eight points came from frees while four of Bennettsbridge’s five scores were from frees. Final score 3:12 to 13 points for Lisdowney. For full match report check out . Team: Niall Grogan, Niall O’Hara, Shane Clyne, Niall Mackey, Ray Fitzpatrick, Pat O’Carroll, Sean Phelan, Paddy Bowden 0:1, Vinny Fitzpatrick 0:1, Eddie Hickey, Ciaran Mackey 1:0, Aaron Fogarty, Eoin Delahunty 0:2, Rory Hickey 1:8 (seven frees) and Kevin Sweeney 1:0.

UNDER 14 FEILE - Well done to Aoife O’Carroll who came second in the Under 14 Feile Skills competition at the weekend, narrowly being beaten by 141 points to 143 points.

SCHOOLS HURLING - Well done to the Lisdowney Schools Hurling Team who had a good win over St. Patrick’s De La Salle, Kilkenny, in the County Cup game last Friday afternoon in Kilkenny.

SCHOOLS CAMOGIE - Last week the Lisdowney Schools Camogie team met Dunamaggin. Lisdowney just proved way too strong for the Southern team. Eimear Walsh opened the scoring early on with a good goal and a point before Dunamaggin got their only goal of the day. Eimear produced another goal and a point in that half. Again Lisdowney played very well in the second half. Eimear managed another two goals while Claire O’Carroll and Laura O’Sullivan both produced lovely points from play. Final score 4:3 to 1:0. As this is a twelve aside tournament, the team lined out with Rhea Grace Cashin, Mairead Kennedy, Ellen O’Carroll, Ashling Phelan, Emma McEvoy, Holly Moore, Chloe Mullins, Laura O’Sullivan, Eimear Walsh, Amy Dunphy, Emily Grogan and Claire O’Carroll. Grace Fogarty, Aine Kenny and Caoileann Kenny came on as subs.

CAMOGIE FIRST ROUND MATCH - The Lisdowney Schools Camogie team played their first round match of the Roinn C (North group) in Lisdowney against Windhap on Tuesday, 17th April 2012. Lisdowney played against a very strong wind in the first half, but the backs were superb against the wind, holding Windgap scoreless and, in the second half with the wind, the forwards opened up the Windgap defence, scoring 3-03. Final score: Lisdowney 3-03; Windgap 0-0. On Tuesday, 24th April 2012, they travelled to play Johnstown where, once again, the backs were superb in the first half, holding Johnstown scoreless and, with the forwards scoring 2-01, the half time score was Lisdowney 2-01, Johnstown 0-00. The second hald was a story of the forwards missing too many chances and the backs taking their eyes off the ball and conceding two very soft goals, giving way to a very nervous last ten minutes. Lisdowney secured the game only in the last few minutes when they score 1-01. Final score: Lisdowney 3-02; Johnstown 2-00. Team: Claire O’Carroll, Aoibheann Murphy, Chloe Mullins, Emma McEvoy, Aisling Phelan, Amy Dunphy, Laura O’Sullivan, Eimear Walsh, Holly Moore, Ellen O’Carroll, Rhea Grace-Cashin and Mairead Kennedy. Subs: Ciara Doyle, Aoife Grogan, Aine Kenny, Eimear Tallis, Sarah Phelan, Emily Grogan, Eva Tallis, Chloe Delaney, Grace Fogarty, Miriam Fitzpatrick, Ciara Comerford, Tessa Doyle and Caoileann Kenny.

LISDOWNEY LOTTO- There was no winner of last week’s Lisdowney GAA and Camogie Club Lotto Draw. Numbers drawn were 5, 9, 15 and 23. Match 3 winners were John Cody, Eva Dawson, F McGrath, Martin O’Shea and Donal Heaphy. Next week’s jackpot is €3,100. The draw will held in Downey’s Bar, Lisdowney, on Monday, 14th May 2012.

GYM MEMBERSHIP - Anyone wishing to join the Lisdowney Hurling Club Gym should contact Stephen on 086-2770217.

FIREWOOD - Lisdowney Hurling Club is continuing to sell firewood with all proceeds raised going towards the club. To order, please contact Stephen on 086-2770217.

PILTOWN TICKETS - Tickets for the Piltown Draw are now on sale at €50. Please contact any member of the Lisdowney Hurling Club Committee.

COMMUNITY GAMES ATHLETICS - Well done to all the children from the parish who took part in the Lisdowney Community Games Athletics competition last Thursday at Lisdowney GAA pitch. Those who came first or second in the Lisdowney finals are now eligibile to represent the area at the County Kilkenny Community Games Athletics finals in Scanlan Park, Kilkenny, on Friday, 15th June 2012, at 6 pm.

Results: Under 6s boys 60 metres: Billy Grogan (gold), Luke Crosby (silver) and Michael John Banville (bronze). Under 6 girls 60 metres: Ciara Delaney (gold ) and Roisin Burns (silver). Under 8 boys 60 metres: Brandon Brophy (gold), Jack Hollywood (silver) and Matthew Banville (bronze). Under 8 girls 60 metres: Rachel Queally (gold) and Lucy Dunne (silver). Under 6 boys 80 metres: Seamus Murphy (gold) and Liam O’Gorman (silver). Under 6 girls 80 metres: Amelia Campion (gold) and Cecilia Campion (silver). Under 8 boys 80 metres: James Comerford (gold), Christian Herlihy (silver) and Conor O’Gorman (bronze). Under 8 girls 80 metres: Niamh Holohan (gold), Aine Holohan (silver) and Nicole Bryan (bronze). Under 10 boys 100 metres: Sean Dowling (gold), Alan Dunphy (silver) and Killian Dunne (bronze). Under 10 girls 100 metres: Tessa Doyle (gold), Emer O’Carroll (silver) and Ashleigh Doyle (bronze). Under 12 boys 100 metres: Luke Campion (gold), Dean Brophy (silver) and Jake D’Arcy (bronze). Under 12 girls 100 metres: Ciara Doyle (gold) and Ruth Campion (silver). Under 14 boys 100 metres: Gary O’Sullivan (gold), James Phelan (silver) and Conor Tallis (bronze). Under 14 girls 100 metres: Claire O’Carroll (gold), Chloe Mullins (silver) and Laura O’Sullivan (bronze). Under 10 boys 200 metres: Willie Cahill (gold), Eibhin McEvoy (silver) and Luke Holohan (bronze). Under 10 girls 200 metres: Eva Tallis (gold), Chloe Delaney (silver) and Denise O’Gorman (bronze). Under 12 boys 600 metres: Eoin Delaney (gold), Jack Crosby (silver) and Martin McEvoy (bronze). Under 14 boys 800 metres: David O’Carroll (gold) and Laurence Campion (silver). Under 14 girls 800 metres: Holly Moore (gold), Eimear Walsh (silver) and Ellen O’Carroll (bronze). Thanks to all the parents who helped out on the day.

COMMUNITY GAMES SWIMMING - Well done to all the Lisdowney children who took part in the County Kilkenny Swimming Competition on Monday morning in the Watershed, Kilkenny.

WHIST DRIVE - A Whist Drive in aid of Prague House will be held in the Tullaroan Community Centre on Friday,18th May 2012, at 8.45 pm. Top score €50. Please contact Patricia , Catherine or Eileen if you would like to donate prizes for the raffle.

MINI MARATHON - Volunteers are needed to participate in the Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin on Monday, 4th June 2012, in aid of Prague House. If you are interested, please contact Suzie on 087-9863191. A bus will be organised if there is enough demand for one.

POST NATAL PILATES - A new course of Pilates classes has started in Clontubrid. Please phone 086-6611163 to book. You are welcome to bring your baby along and meet other new mothers as you tone up and get back into shape after the birth of your baby.

PILATES - Pilates Classes have commenced in the Core Clinic, Clontubrid. To book, please phone 086-6611163.

BOARD OF MANAGEMENT MEETING - A meeting of the Board of Management of Scoil Bhride, Lisdowney, will be held tonight (Wednesday, 9th May 2012) at 8 pm.

REELING IN THE YEARS - Gathbawn Development Committeeis continuing to gather old vintage memorabilia for the Reeling In the Years weekend on the June Bank Holiday weekend. All memorabilia, newspaper clippings,photos, programmes, historical, geographical, video footage, historical events (all related to the Gathbawn area) would be greatly appreciated. A two-day homecoming will be held for all the people who have left the area, for all who currently live in the area and for all the people who have moved into the area, to see the history of the beautiful village and area. For more information, please contact Richie on 087-3452890.

AFTERNOON CLUB SUMMER OUTING - The Afternoon Club Summer Outing will take place on Thursday, 31st May 2012. The group will travel to the Bloom Garden Festival in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. There are still a few places remaining on the bus. Cost €35. Please contact Bridget (087-0539092) or Renee (086-0616133) for more information.

COLAISTE MHUIRE SHOW - Colaiste Mhuire Transition Year students present ‘Back to the 80s’ on Friday, 18th May 2012, at 7.30 pm in the school gym. Admission: family (two adults and two children) €20, adults €10, students €5, children under 12 €2. All welcome. For more information please contact 056-8831135.

FAMILY FUN DAY - Freshford Town Soccer Club isholding their Family Fun Field Day on Sunday, 27th May 2012, and it promises to be a great day with lots of things to do and see for all age groups from young to old. On the day there willbe a BBQ, shop, various stalls and stands, face painting, raffles, traditional sports day games (three-legged races, sack races, egg and spoon races, various football competitions like penalty shootout, cross bar challenge, a radar gunto measure how fast you can kick a ball or puck a sliothar, tug of war and splat the rat) and presentation ceremony. In addition there will be various inflatable items such as bouncy castles, bungee run, giant slide, obstacle run and a Rodeo Bull. The event will also host the finals of the’Mini’ Euro12 soccer seven-aside tournament. All are welcome to join in the fun and have a great day out.

WALK IN GATHABAWN - Kilkenny County Council in association with Gathabawn Development Association presents a Composting and Biodiversity Walk in the National School on the 12th May 2012 at 1.30 pm. The workshop includes an introductory talk on composting including wormeries and composting bins. This talk will also explore the variety of plant and animal species in the community and how to create a wildlife friendly garden at home or around the community. The Biodiversity walk through the local Millennium Woods will identify the variety of life in the area. All welcome.

BALLINASLEE ROAD MEETING - An update on the Ballinaslee Road will be held tomorrow (Thursday, 10th May 2012) in the Canon Malone Hall, Ballyragget, from 2pm to 6 pm. Staff from Kilkenny County Council will be in attendance. All landowners and residents of the area, and any other interested people are welcome to attend.

JOINT POLICING COMMITTEE - The Kilkenny County Joint Policing Committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, 17th May 2012,from 8-9.30 pm in the Canon Malone Hall, Ballyragget. Topics for discussion on the night include: crime, drugs and public order, community engagement and road safety. Members of the public are invited to attend, air their views and put questions to the committee. All questions concerning the policing of County Kilkenny should be submitted in writing to the Secretary ofthe JPC, Kilkenny County Council, County Hall, John Street, Kilkenny, no later than 5pm this Friday, 11th May 2012, by post or e-mail ( and must include the name and address of the person submitting the question which will be kept strictly confidential. Those who require alternative arrangementsfor the submission of questions may contact 056-7794158. The public are advised that in some circumstances, for legal reasons, it may not be possible to provide information requested for example: information that may relate to a specific investigation, informationthat relates to an individual or information received by An Garda Síochána orthe Local Authority in confidence. All details are available at

GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL - Gaelic Football training forgirls between the ages of 10 and 14 years continues at Freshford GAA pitchand each Monday at 6 pm. All welcome. For more information, please contact Jacinta Power on 087-7658671.

ST VINCENT DE PAUL - The Lisdowney St. Vincent de Paul Conference meets monthly. The Conference is there to support people in need. Please contact the confidential line on 087-9721076 .

MOTHER/FATHER AND BABY GROUP - A Mother/Father and Baby Group will meet in Lisdowney Resource Centre on Wednesday mornings. Allwelcome. For more information please contact Avril Mullane on 087-7760082.

FIT 4 LIFE - A walking/ jogging group meets on Monday nights at 7.30 pm at Colaiste Mhuire Johnstown.

NEWS - If you would like information included in the Lisdowney notes, please e-mail notices to or text Deirdre on 086 8093647 before 7 pm each Sunday night in May.