SUMMER WHIST - The next in the series of summer whist drives in Callan Parish Hall will be on Wednesday, 16 May 8:45pm. All are welcome.
TEA DAY - Kilkenny Alzheimer’s Day Centre and Home Care are holding a Tea Day this coming Friday, 11 May between 11am and 1pm in St. Fiacre’s Parish Centre (beside Supervalu, Loughboy). Everyone is well and all support would be greatly appreciated.
COFFEE MORNING - St. Lazerian’s House in Bagenalstown are holding a coffee morning on Friday, 11 May to help raise funds. All support would be greatly appreciated.
10K WALK/RUN - The Kilkenny Alzheimer’s Day Centre are participating in the Stoneyford 10k walk/run event on 20 May. Anyone interested in sponsoring the centre or if anyone would like to participate in this event please contact them on 056 7771230.
MINI 7-A-SIDE - Freshford Town AFC are holding an upcoming U11 ‘Mini Euro 12’ 7 aside tournament, with the group stages commencing shortly (early May) and quarter finals to follow shortly thereafter. The semi finals, 3rd place playoff and final will be played on Sunday, 27 May at their Family Fun Field Day (soccer themed field day), at Woodview, Freshford.
F.A.I. 5-A-SIDE - The biggest and best competition in the 2012 Primary School Soccer Competition took place in Thomastown Football Club recently.
The competition caters for boys and girls with the emphasis on small sided games played on reduced sized pitches and using goals suited to the children’s size.
With the venue being outdoors, the players served up a feast of football with goals galore.
50 teams took part representing 19 schools throughout the county and the competition was as tough as ever. A total of 91 small sided games took place over 2 full days on 6 pitches in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny.
In the Girls “A” S.N. Moin Ruadh, Knocktopher (see attached picture of team), came out on top against a very good Templeorum team. These two female teams put on a great display and are a credit to their coaches and schools.
The Boys “A” Cup was a fantastic competition with a total of 4 groups, thus the 4 group winners played out 2 great semi final matches.
The Model School got through to play Scoíl Chrain Naofa from Stoneyford. This semi final finished 3-1 to the Model school. The other semi final saw St Leonards beat Templeorum 3 – 1. The final was a very close encounter with St Leonards narrowly beating the Model School 3-1. St Leonards have a great history winning the Kilkenny small schools competition now on numerous occasions.
The Boys “C“ Section was also a very tight affair with Gaelscoil Osrai of Loch Bui winning out against a classy CBS outfit on goal difference. They both had won 3 and drew 2 games each but Gaelscoils superior goal difference got them through to the Mid Leinster finals due to be played in Portlaoise on the 15th of May.
The Girls “B “ Section was another excellent competition but a physical Gaelscoil Osrai side were crowned champions when they came out on top against a very good and young St Marys in the final. This Gaelscoil Osrai side should have a strong presence in the Mid Leinster Finals.
The Boys “B” Section was won by St Marys of Thomastown who got through following a 3-1 victory over a very tired and young Kilkenny Schools Project side who had to get through a very hard group stage. It would have been easy enough to predicted this team winning this section this year as they contain a lot of county players. Again the football in this group was top notch and played in a very sporting manner.
FAI Regional Development Officer for Kilkenny and organiser of the tournament Darren Murray, wanted to acknowledge the great assistance given by Ger Brett, the students from the sports and recreation course in Bagenalstown and the transition year students from Thomastown who did a fantastic job refereeing all of the games throughout the week without their help it would have been very difficult to run the competitions so well.
Darren would like to thank Thomastown F.C. in particular Willie Lannon for all of their help during the week. I’m not forgetting their FAS grounds men who had the six pitches in immaculate condition.
Congratulations to all the winners who will now represent Louth in the upcoming Mid Leinster Finals on 15, May in Portlaoise F.C., Laois. Good luck to all!
BYRNE CUP FINAL - Rangers finally won the Byrne Cup Final. Davy Byrne was the proudest man in Derdimus as he presented the trophy named in his brothers memory to Ranger’s Captain Tommy Manogue.
Players, Management, wives and girlfriends carried on the party in Rafter Dempsey’s late into the night after a victory dinner. During the dinner Chairman Ben Hayes stood to make presentations and words of thanks to everyone who made day special.
The club would like to thank Bill Ryan for the continued use of the field, The Hogan Family, Chris & Eoghan Doheny for sponsoring the team with tee shirts for the final, Tommy Darmody who sponsored Rangers for the day too.
Player of the year was announced and went to Tommy Ryan. Top Scorer was Jason Darmody.Cup Final Man Of the Match went to Shane Butler.