Castlecomer: Community school class act for third level education

CASTLECOMER COMMUNITY SCHOOL - Castlecomer Community School provided the second highest number of students attending third level education in Kilkenny this year. 93% of the class of 2012 are studying in our universities, teacher training and regional colleges. The school which is noted for its academic achievements is proud that so many of its past pupils have gone on to third level education. The Principal, Séamus O’Connor said he was delighted for the students in particular and also for the tremendous work of the teaching staff of Castlecomer Community School and the great support of their parents.

CASTLECOMER COMMUNITY SCHOOL - Castlecomer Community School provided the second highest number of students attending third level education in Kilkenny this year. 93% of the class of 2012 are studying in our universities, teacher training and regional colleges. The school which is noted for its academic achievements is proud that so many of its past pupils have gone on to third level education. The Principal, Séamus O’Connor said he was delighted for the students in particular and also for the tremendous work of the teaching staff of Castlecomer Community School and the great support of their parents.

TOP OIL SCHOOLS GAELIC FOOTBALL ROINN B- Last Wednesday saw the Castlecomer primary schools Gaelic Football team play Mooncoin NS in the county semi final. The team having won all their group matches plus their quarter final were confident going into the match.

Kicking into a strong wind in the first half they got off to a slow start and were behind 1 -1 to a point in the first 5 minutes .These lads though found their rhythm and composure and settled quickly scoring a wonderful first goal with great link play which started from deep in defence. The first half produced a tough brand of football from both sides the game proving to be the comer boys toughest match so far. Comer slowly clawed their way back into the match with strong defence, fluent link play, and great finishing to eventually take control of the match to lead by 4 points at half time.

With the job only half done and realising the wind wasn’t going to do it for them they knuckled down and produced a second half of some quality. Disciplined defence, great attacking play and commitment to each other saw comer start to win more and more possession and pile on the scores to eventually win 6-5 to 2-4 to qualify for the county final. This will be played on Sat 1st Dec in Nowlan Park at a time to be decided.

We would urge all parents, family members, friends and classmates from junior infants to sixth class in the Boys NS, Firoda and Wandesforde schools to come along and support the team on Sat the 1st Dec. Well played and congratulations to the following panel , Liam Holland, Dan Coogan, Declan Buggy, Jack Buggy,Nicky Connelly, Conor Mc Mahon, Kevin Holland, Christopher Korff, James Brennan, Keelan Ring, Ross Connelly, Conor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Kevin Brennan, Billy O’Neil, Ben Emmett, Justin Brennan, Oisin O’Dwyer, Mark Stein, Donal Coughlan, Darragh Coughlin, Kevin Brennan, Aaron Walsh.

MR. J. ROUGHAN- The death has taken place at his home in Oak Hill of John Roughan. A native of Tulla Co. Clare he came to live in the town together with his wife Vourneen in 2000. A quiet and reserved man he served as Secretary of the ESRI for 22 years and it was very appropriate to see several of his colleagues from that organization attend the obsequies. There was also a great turnout from the Banner County.

He was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Martin O’Brien P.P. Tulla, Co. Clare ; Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer.

He is survived by his wife Vourneen ; son Paul ; daughter Niamh ; grandchildren Joseph, Mark ; brothers Paddy, Mick ; sisters Phyl, Mary ; other relatives and a wide circle of friends.

ladies night in- There was a great attendance on Tuesday November 20th at Castlecomers Golf Club for their “ladies night in”-Marion Fitzpatrick from Rocamear Florists, Castlecomer gave a great demonstration on flower arranging, Marions Florist Shop is open Ten years this month in the town. There was also stalls from Crazy for Shoes, Susan Boland Pottery, Gems Jewellery and many more.

CHRISTMAS BUMPER WHIST NIGHT-The Christmas Whist Drive will take place on Friday 7th December at 8.30pm in the Castlecomer Community Hall. Top Score Prize €70. Refreshments will be served. Admission €5. All are welcome. Big winners in last weeks Whist Drive were: Top Score: Elizabeth Carrigan, 1st Lady: Maureen Coady, 1st Gent: Owen Salmon, Raffle prize winners: 1st Ann healy, 2nd Owen Salmon, Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

LIBRARY LATEST-We offer a free Storytelling session with Crafts for pre school children every Thursday morning at 11.30. Thanks to all who donated a shoebox for the Christmas Team Hope Appeal.

Are you a knitting virgin- Knitting is having a resurgance, and Castlecomer’s Nattering Knitters welcome all newcomers. The group meet on Thursday mornings at 10am for coffee and a few stitches in the Library. Currently they are raffling a handknitted throw to support Library Services for children, tickets on sale at the desk.

Ann Farrells Wooden Art, and Sean Lawless’s hand turned wooden clocks will be on display until December 20th. They would make great Christmas presents!

A Christmas Story at Bedtime for young children will take place in the Library at 7pm on Tuesday December 11th. Come dressed in night attire and bring along a favourite cuddly Toy!

SHOP LOCAL-An appeal goes out to our community to encourage everyone to make that special effort to Shop Local and support local Business and Employment not just at Christmas but also in 2013.

COOLBAWN JUNCTION SAFETY-Advance solar warning lights are being erected at the Coolbawn Junction. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the additional safety signage is welcome but a long term solution is required for those who use the junction to access the N78.

BOYS’ N. S. RECENT DECADE OF HURLING-The following is a list of the ten most recent winning captains in the Senior Cup and Shield respectively: 2003, Trevor Rowe and David Brennan, 2004, Padraig Keating and David Moran, 2005 Robert Moran and Eoin Bergin, 2006 Dara Brennan and Ciarán Wallace, 2007 Shane Rice and Andrew Dowd, 2008 Donal Carroll and Jamie Holohan, 2009 Shane Feehan and David Holohan, 2010 Shane Feehan and Richard Brennan, 2011 Cathal Holland and James Buggy, 2012 Kevin Brennan and Christopher Korff.

ATHLETICS-‘The pride you gain is worth the pain’ is a claim made about running sometimes - a brave group of young runners from the Castlecomer club may have questioned this as they battled in underground conditions of the most extreme difficulty in Ratoath Co. Meath on Sunday . Nature’s only concession was the absence of rain for the duration of the races on the day itself. Underfoot it was ‘muck everywhere’ club secretary/coach Margaret Dillon reported. Margaret is no stranger to the vagaries of cross country conditions, but from her came the sense of the exceptional demands which the discipline made on the competitors on this occasion.

In that context we hail the endeavours of Conor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Lauren Dermody and Sean Buggy. Conor and Killian ran at U-12 level - where Conor finished 23rd, second Kilkenny runner home. The Kilkenny team of which the boys were members was 7th in the county rankings.

Lauren Dermody and Sean Buggy both competed at U-16 - Lauren being the third Kilkenny runner across the line and Sean the fifth on the boys team. They all look forward to the second day of National competition on December 9th in Adamstown Co. Wexford. Next Sunday the Kilkenny B Championships take place in Thomastown.

BIG MATCH-On Sunday December 2nd The Prince Grounds will host an U-12 Schoolboys Inter league challenge game between Kilkenny & District League v Wexford & District League. Kick off is at 12.00pm.

Deen Celtic are represented at this level by Conor Clarke, Jack Morrissey & Billy O Neill Support for the team & the local boys would be appreciated.

TAKING STOCK-Erins Own GAA Club hold their Annual General Meeting on Sunday December 9th at 4.30 p.m. in Arás O Meallaigh, Ballycomey.

CONAHY CALLING-Conahy Ladies Club host a Floral Demonstration by Eva Holmes in aid of the Annual Christmas Party in Conahy Hall on Friday at 8 p.m. Admission €10. All demonstrations will be raffled on the night.

HAVE YOU TIME TO SPARE -S.O.S. is a Voluntary Organisation in Kilkenny for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability, providing day services, respite and residential care.

We are looking for families or individuals (hosts) to provide short breaks (day/overnight/weekend) in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S. and an expense allowance is paid for each break provided.

We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people attending S.O.S. in the evening time or weekends. If you would like to know more about volunteering or providing breaks please contact the social work department on 056 7764000 or email or visit our website on .

WELLIE RACE LAUNCH -All in the community are asked to make a special effort to keep December 7th free for the Launch Night of Castlecomer Wellie Race 2013. A Table Quiz will be held on the night in Bollards Lounge to officially start the fund raising. Table of 4 costs €20.

NEW APPOINTMENT-The recent appointment of Martin Caroll as Business Development Manager for the area is a welcome boost and hopefully the start of local communities creating jobs. Based in the Enterprise Centre his contact details are (087- 6979264)

BORD NA NOG AGM-The AGM of Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog took place on Friday last the 23rd November in the club room’s of Ballycomey. A very good attendance of parents and coaches attended this very important information evening and review of the year. The Chairman Colm Meagher in his last address before stepping down from his role after three years thanked all the coaches, parents and of course the players. He highlighted the enormous role the Bord Na Nog plays in the overall running of the club and all its activities. He thanked the various coaching/management teams involved with all the teams from under 6 up to Minor level. He had special praise for the players on all the teams and the disciplined way in which the carry themselves when representing the club. He felt this was because of the way they were brought up at home and he noted that it is over five years since any underage player had been sent off representing the club and that is how it should be. He thanked Sean Smyth for his help in the grounds, the numerous catering committee groups and he spoke at how well all our tournaments were run and go game blitz’s and that we are constantly complimented by participating clubs on how we run our blitz’s. He wished the club well for the next year and asked that the same effort be applied to keep the club moving in an upward way as it had been for the last number of years. The Secretary Michael Holland gave a detailed report on all the clubs activities on the field and again thanked all the coaches. There was a discussion on bringing on new coaches who would like to get involved in the coaching of the club’s juvenile players. Never has the club had so many enthusiastic volunteers willing to get involved and it is testament to the way the Bord na Nog is run in the club that there will be up to five coaches per each team for 2013. The meeting elected a new Chairman and Secretary for the coming year. John Buggy will be the new Chairman and Martina O Reilly will take on the busy role of Secretary. The club intend to organise advanced coaching courses and introductory coaching courses for anyone who would like to get involved. Chairman of the Club Mr. Billy Moran thanked all who gave of their time to look after the juvenile members of our club and assured them that the club would always be there to support this section of the club which was playing the most vital part of the clubs progress into the future.

Club Kilkenny Flag-On the night of the Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog AGM the club was presented with the Club Kilkenny Two Star Flag. This new initiative was launched last February by the Games Development Committee of the County Board. It involved all the clubs in the County participating in a new scheme where clubs were encouraged to run their juvenile sections of their clubs in a structured way under a number of headings and were then marked and judged on these headings. Our club attained a two star flag and were one of only eight clubs in Kilkenny to attain this achievement. This is indeed a fantastic achievement and all in the Bord Na Nog section of the club from the administration to the coaches to especially the players can be very proud of this award.

Club Lotto-The club lotto is now up to €17,550.00 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.

All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.