2012 PILTOWN REVIEW - Austerity was the buzzword for 2012, but throughout the doom and gloom the community battled, and none more so than Piltown Camogie, whose successful year was a highlight and shining light amidst the gloom. However, even their year ended on sad note with the sad passing of one of their coaches, Tom Holden. Yet there is still plenty to review in Piltown, where the year was full of highs and lows for so many people.
Infrastructure - Another year went by with more broken promises and failure to resolve the issues on the N24, especially at the Tower Road junction. Add to this the fact that there is still no next generation broadband, it cannot be considered a good year for infrastructure and development. At least Piltown Enterprise Board is doing its bit with work on the Old Creamery project. There were many annoyed with having to pay the household charge, but none more so than the residents of Belline Vale, who felt that their estate should have been deemed a ‘Category 1’ estate (a development which is still being actively completed by the developer) and therefore exempt.
Religious Affairs - Curate Father John Condon officially retired, but still helps out and the Parish also saw the arrival to help out of Gowran native, Father Richie Brennan. In June, Ireland hosted the Eucharistic Congress, and in January in the run-up to the event, the Eucharistic Bell visited Piltown. A delegation consisting of Fr. Paschal Moore PP, Fr. John Condon CC, Catherine O’Shea, Seamus Norris, Jimmy Walsh, Brendan O’Brien and Dominic Dunne brought it from Kilnaspick Church. It was then carried to the Altar as Sheila Norris, Amanda Brady, Margaret Farrell and Bernie Lonergan carried Icons into the Church. Forty-nine children from the Parish received the Sacrament of Confirmation from Bishop Seamus Freeman in the Church of the Assumption, Piltown on 1st April - Dean Blackmore, Scott Bourke, Clodagh Butler, Alex Byrne, Brendan Byrne, Megan Byrne, Bethany Carroll, Patrick Clancy, Oísin Coffey, Katie Coleman, Megan Cooney, Jeff Cooney, Laura Culleton, Aoife Culleton, Catherine Dineen, Anna Dowley, Aoife Doyle, Declan Duggan, Ronan Fitzpatrick, Kieran Flynn, Niamh Foley, Oísin Fortune, Alanna Gallagher, Jamie Gowings, Adam Grace, Avril Hogan, Aidan Keane, John Kenny, Cian Kinsella, Dylan Lanigan, Andrew Long, Emer Long, Emily McCarthy, Eoin McTiernan, Victoria Moliejute, Billy Morahan, Bryan Murphy, Lisa Norris, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Eoin O’Donnell, Evan O’Hara, Michelle O’Shea, Conor O’Shea, Ben Peacock, Lauryn Power, James Power, Haley Starr, Amy Walsh, Conor Whittle First Holy Communion in Piltown: Eryk Adamczyk, Darragh Anthony, Chloe Beukes, Aíne Blanca, Nathan Brennan, Daniels Certjevs, Charlie Coffey, Tadgh Corcoran, Willie Joe Culleton, Daisy Dalton, Aoife Doyle, Ryan Dunlea, Liam Eachthigheirn, Emma Gilchrist, Amy Grace, Nicole Lapiy, Ciara Long, Niamh McDermott, Conor Moroney, David Murphy, Aaron Murray, Victor Murray, Abby Nolan, Teigan O’Donnell, Sarah O’Donovan, Eoin O’Neill, John O’Neill, Lorna O’Neill, Aaron O’Shea, Lorna O’Shea, Abigail Peacock, Thomas Phelan, Eoin Power, Jake Power, Zara Ronan, Artjoms Sergejs, Tadhg Sheehan, Conor Sinnott, Scott Stewart, Eiran Styles, Shannon Sullivan, Grace Whelan, Daniel Wyse. First Holy Communion in Owning: Rachel Flynn, Tom Reid, Sarah Driscoll, Gavin Flynn, Alanna Curran, Páuric Wall, Lauren Butler, Sam Hickey, Helen Walsh, Patrick O’Brien, Fiona Downey, Aisling Brophy. First Holy Communion in Templeorum: Aaron O’Driscoll, Alex Briscoe, Caoimhe McEvoy, Charles Briscoe, Conor Power, Emma Culleton, Eoin Butler, Kieran Kinsella, Shane Morrissey, Siobhan Fitzgerald. Sadly in 2012, the St John of God Sisters, who worked in Owning National School, and later with Owning Care for the Elderly departed the scene after spending more than 100 years doing charitable work in the area. Saturday evening mass in Templeorum ceased. However, the Church of the Assumption in Piltown began live web streaming of church services at www.templeorumparish.com
Community Affairs - Only Fiddown and Owning from the area were in this year’s Tidy Towns competition. Owning scored 241 points in Category A, while Fiddown scored 247 points (+3 points) in Category B. It was disappointing not to see Piltown involved. A prestigious award was presented by the Royal Dublin Show for the All-Ireland Allotment Best Novice Gardener to Angela O’Callaghan (Piltown).
Business - In October, Piltown Community Enterprise board launched a “Start Your Own Business Competition” - last run in the 1980’s - in an effort to encourage and give local entrepreneurs get a leg-up. It is due for a finale in April 2013. They also launched an online directory and booklet of the services and businesses available in the Piltown area. John O’Sullivan, a Director and Treasurer with Piltown Credit Union, was re-elected as President of Chapter 10 of the Irish League of Credit Unions. Carrick CBS student, Martin Kirby (Castletown) and his business partner, Willie Hahessy, also from Carrick CBS, were very successful in the regional enterprise competition for post primary schools. Their business K&H Firewood won two categories (Accounts and Presentation) and came second in a third (Sustainability) and thus qualified for the All-Ireland finals in Naas in April. The boys won the quality and presentation sections received a Sean Lemass award in May, presented by the Taoiseach Enda Kenny.
Education - Owning National School opened its new extension in October of this year.
JobS - Piltown GAA website dedicated a page of its website to attracting jobs to the area. The “Invest In Piltown Jobs”. (url = http://www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/miscellaneous/invest-in-piltown-jobs). webpage lists the many reasons why if you are an entrepreneur or an astute business person or if you are a local person with a good business idea or an investor living abroad who wishes to invest in Ireland or startup a company in Ireland, Piltown should be high amongst your considerations.
Agriculture - The weather played havoc again this year, and the Iverk Show fell victim as it was cancelled from the last Saturday in August until Saturday 15th September. It still attracted a huge crowd.
Law and Order - Piltown made the national headlines in May with a major drug bust of a cannabis grow house at a warehouse close to Piltown Community Centre. Random break-ins continued, with Piltown Church suffering some damage in January during a forced entry. A new social media page on petty crime in the Piltown area popped up for a while, as residents did become somewhat desperate.
CulturE - Shirley Power of Owning ICA became the Kilkenny ICA Federation President in January.
Arts - A musical concert took place in the Church of the Assumption, Piltown in July with the Project String Power, Chamber Orchestra & Soloists from Texas with special guests Sospiro Male Voice Group, Kilkenny and Lacie Carpenter, a Champion Fiddler.
Sport - It was another fabulous year for sport, and in particular for the Kilkenny hurlers, who took longer than normal to bring home the Liam McCarthy Cup. However, the big sports story in Piltown was the unprecedented success of Camogie, followed by a good year for Juvenile Gaelic Football.
GAA - In GAA development, the new Hurling Wall was opened in May by former chairman Ned Walsh. Hurlers from under fourteen up were brought through their paces by coach and former national director of hurling, Paudie Butler, while on one weekend in August, a record total of 22 GAA games took place at Piltown grounds.
Camogie - This year, Camogie comes first as we review a fantastic year which follows on several excellent years since winning the Junior title in 2008 where the titles won in the last five years include eight championships, a County Féile, a County Under-16 Pink Day blitz title, County and Leinster Community Games titles, as well as National bronze, a primary schools’ title and an All-Star for Katie Power. In that time at Inter county level club, players have won two inter-provincial medals, 17 Leinster medals, not to mention five Ashbourne Cup medals, one Ashbourne Shield and two Gael Linn medals. This year, Piltown teams contested five county finals, winning the Under-14 Féile, Under-16 Roinn A, Minor Roinn B and Under-21 Roinn B titles. The one glitch was defeat in the Under-14 Roinn B Championship final. This is not to mention either that the Under-16’s were beaten in the county final of the Pink Day Blitz, the Minors and Under-21’s were unbeaten all year, the Under-12’s won the B League and the Under-10s and Under-8’s had a great time. In competitive games from Under-14 to adult in 2012, they have won 31, drew 0 and lost 10, a 75 per cent success rate. The incredible year saw its first Camogie final in May. In a thrilling final, Piltown beat Dicksboro by 2-0 to 1-2 at Windgap in the county under-14 Féile Na nGael Final. It was Piltown’s first time to claim the Ollie Walsh memorial trophy. Team: Aoife Norris, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Niamh Foley, Anna Frisby, Emer Long, Alanna Gallagher, Aóife Doyle, Stacey O’Brien, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden, Laura O’Dwyer, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Nicola Phelan (1-0, Capt), Máire Beth Kirby (1-0). Subs: Fiona Long, Aoife Culleton, Anna Dowley, Avril Hogan, Lisa Norris, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sinead Walsh. At the national finals, they were hosted by St. Judes of Templeogue whom they beat 3-5 to 1-4 in Tymon Park. Scorers: Nicola Phelan (2-0), Chloe Holden (0-4, 1 free), Aóife Doyle (1-1). This was followed by the parade from Croke Park to O’Connell Street, with thousands taking part and many more thousands looking on. The next day, proceedings took place in Lucan, and Piltown were beaten by great rivals and Dublin Champions Lucan Sarsfields by 0-2 to 2-3. Scorers: Chloe Holden (0-2 frees). A win against Tipperary champions, Newport Ballinahinch would have put Piltown into a play-off. However, Piltown went down by 0-3 to 1-6 fading in the dying moments. Scorers: Chloe Holden (0-3 frees). Newport went on to win Division 1 of Féile beating Davitts of Galway in the final by 3-3 to 0-2. Squad: Aóife Norris, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Niamh Foley, Fiona Long, Emer Long, Alanna Gallagher, Aóife Doyle, Stacey O’Brien, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden, Laura O’Dwyer, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Nicola Phelan, Máire Beth Kirby, Sinead Walsh, Aoífe Culleton, Lisa Norris, Sarah Jayne Brophy. Suprisingly, Piltown were beaten in the Roinn B County Final. They lost to Conahy Shamrocks by 0-3 to 1-4. Team: Aóife Norris, Sinead Walsh, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Alanna Gallagher, Emer Long, Fiona Long, Stacey O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden (Capt), Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Laura O’Dwyer, Nicola Phelan, Maire Beth Kirby. Subs: Niamh Foley, Anna Frisby, Aoife Culleton, Anna Dowley, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Lisa Norris. The successful Under-14 Management Team was Miriam Reid, Gay Doyle, Tom Holden, Andrew McCarthy and Marie Barcoe. Unfortunately, on 1st September, the under-14’s were beaten in the Roinn B County final at John’s Park by Conahy Shamrocks However, September did see things really heat up in Camogie as Piltown claimed their first ever Under-16 Roinn A title versus Dicksboro in Ballyhale. After a tense second half, Piltown held on to win by 1-12 to 2-7 and claim the club’s fourth ever under-16 title and a first back to back pair of titles. Team: Aóife Norris, Jean Power, Katelynn Phelan, Emily McCarthy, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan (0-2 frees), Siobhan Dermody (Capt), Mairead Power, Kelly Ann Doyle (0-1), Sarah Murphy (0-1), Alice Talbot (0-1), Aine Power, Chloe Holden (0-3), Chloe Blackmore (1-3, 0-1 free), Lisa McCarthy (0-1). Subs: Fiona Long and Stacey O’Brien. Panellists; Ciara Phelan, Shauna Coady, Nicola Phelan, Emer Long, Aoife Culleton, Niamh Foley, Sinead Walsh, Anna Frisby, Laura O’Dwyer, Mentors: Miriam Reid, Tom Holden, Gay Doyle, Andrew McCarthy, Marie Barcoe. Before September was over, Piltown had a team in the Minor Roinn B County Final where their opponents were to be St. Martin’s. The venue was Palmerstown as Piltown claimed county title number three of 2012. winning 2-7 to 1-3, finishing strongly after a slow start. Like the under-16’s. it was back to back county titles. Team: Chloe Blackmore, Katelynn Phelan, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan (0-4 frees), Leanne Dunne (joint captain), Kelly Ann Doyle (0-1), Lorraine Long (0-2), Edel Long (1-0), Sinead McCarthy, Aisling McGowan (joint captain), Soracha Phelan, Lisa McCarthy. SubsSarah Murphy (1-0), Niamh Dermody, Jean Power, Mairead Power, Laura Foley. Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan, Michael Long. A presentation night took place attended by All-Ireland Man of The Match Walter Walsh, but there was still more to come. In November, Piltown Under-21 Camogie team took on the Rower Inistioge, the recent Leinster Intermediate champions, in the Roinn B County Final in Ballyhale. The team featured only four girls who were not on the minor squad, so it was an unexpected bonus to even play in the final. A very late Nicole Culleton goal gave Piltown a 2-6 to 1-7 victory to claim the club’s first ever title at this grade. County title number four of 2012! Fifty individual Piltown Camogie players won county medals in 2012! Some got up to three. Team:Siobhan Dermody, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan (0-6, 5 frees, 1 ‘45), Karen Duggan (Capt), Leanne Dunne, Mairead Power, Alice Talbot, Lorraine Long, Laura Norris, Sinead McCarthy, Soracha Phelan, Edel Long, Niamh Dermody (1-0). Subs: Aisling McGowan, Nicole Culleton (1-0) Not Used; Katelynn Phelan, Chloe Blackmore. Mentors: Eamonn Kenny, Tony Foley, Jim Malone. There were many more successes with the younger girls, not to mention a defeat in the final of the Pink Day County Final Blitz at Under-16. The Under-12 team won the B Final versus St. Brigid’s in Piltown by 5-7 to 1-3. Squad: Lisa Norris (Capt), Michelle O’Shea, Jennifer O’Dea, Danielle O’Brien, Aoife Doyle (1-1, 1-0 free), Sophie Holden (0-1 free), Alanna Gallagher, Caoimhe O’Callaghan (1-1, 0-1 ’45), Marie Beth Kirby (0-1), Laura Power (1-2), Sarah Jayne Brophy (0-1). Maria Phelan (2-0), Anna O’Brien, Laura Synnot, Megan Byrne, Isobel Quirke, Sarah Tobin, Laura Falconer, Olivia Ronan, Isobel Dineen, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Sine Kavanagh. Mentors: Michael Brophy, Teresa Kirby and Marie Flynn. The Intermediate team did bow out of the championship at semi final stage against Tullaroan, losing 1-8 to 3-5, but it’s hard to get a clean sweep. Team: Anita Duggan, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Fiona Malone, Debbie Phelan (0-1 free), Karen Duggan, Leanne Long, Laura Norris, Sinead Long, Lorraine Long, Elaine Kenny, Katie Power (0-7, 4 frees, 1 ’45), Sinead McCarthy, Georgina Culleton (1-0), Leanne Dunne. Subs: Nicola Foley. Not Used; Maria Foley, Aisling McGowan, Soracha Phelan, Siobhan Dermody, Alice Talbot, Niamh Dermody, Ellen Commins, Mairead Power, Edel Long. The accolades did not end there. as Katie Power led Waterford I.T. to a fourth consecutive Ashbourne Cup at the Carriganore Complex in Waterford in February. when they beat University Limerick by 2-8 to 0-4. Katie added a Senior Gael Linn Inter-provincial Camogie medal at Trim as Leinster beat Munster 0-21 to 1-8 in the final. Katie also featured on the Kilkenny senior team and was nominated for an All-Star award. Two Piltown girls were part of the Kilkenny squad that played Galway in the All-Ireland Minor Final held in McDonagh Park, Nenagh in April. They were Lorraine Long and Jennifer Norris. It was a disappointing day. as Kilkenny went down by 1-10 to 2-12. There was some consolation for the girls as they picked up Leinster Minor medals as Kilkenny beat Dublin 4-10 to 1-12 in the Leinster Final at Naomh Eanna grounds in Gorey in May. Alice Talbot and Debbie Phelan also picked up Leinster medals at Under-16 level with Kilkenny. Chloe Holden and Aóife Norris were involved with the Kilkenny Under-14 development squad. Kelly Ann Doyle, Lisa McCarthy and Chloe Blackmore (Under-15) all saw inter county action. On a busy weekend in August, Piltown hosted an Under-14 inter county Camogie blitz. The club juvenile blitz was won by the Green Team. who received the Ann Dwan Cup.Team: Máire Beth Kirby (Capt), Michelle O’Shea, Megan Byrne, Laura Sinnott, Melissa Byrne, Rachel O’Shea, Patsy Kenny, Kate Allen, Jodie Keever, Gráinne Coffey, Lorna O’Shea, Roisín Kenny, Aoife O’Shea, Sarah.
Hurling - Overall. it was a torrid year for Piltown hurling teams as not one knockout county championship match was won at any age grade. Piltown Junior hurlers bowed out of the championship at the first knockout stage. when they were beaten by Bennetsbridge in Ballyhale by 1-15 to 1-16. Mullinavat was the venue as they lost the South Final to Thomastown after extra time by 0-22 to 2-25 victory. They did win one piece of silverware when they won the Junior League final in August at St. Johns Park. when they beat Cloneen by 0-21 to 2-9. It was also a bad year for the Junior A’s who were relegated in September. November did see a glimmer of hope for Piltown hurling. as the Under-12’s won the Carrigeen Eddie Quinn Cup on the astro turf for the first time since 2006. They beat neighbours Mooncoin by 4-4 to 4-1. Panel: Billy Morahan (Capt), Aaron Kinsella, James Phelan, Oran Brophy, Cian Kinsella, Oísin Coffey, Eoin Fitzgerald, Robert Tobin, Declan Duggan, Dylan Wall, Conor Kinsella, Niall Gannon, Ciaran McDonald. Mentors: Nobby Coffey, Shane Kinsella, James Norris. The Under-12’s also did well in Go Games. culminating in a successful trip to Nowlan Park. where they beat Slieverue. Panel: Aaron Kinsella, Billy Morahan, Conor Whittle, Robert Briscoe, Robert Tobin, James Phelan, Tommy O’Driscoll, Oran Brophy, Cian Kinsella, Oísin Coffey, Declan Duggan, Eoin Fitzgerald, Evan O’Hara, Ciaran McDonald, Diarmuid O’Dwyer, Shane Cleary, Niall Gannon, Daniel O’Keeffe, Conor Kinsella, Caomhin Kavanagh. Slieverue beat Piltown by a point, 0-11 to 1-7 in the Under-16 Jim Reid Tournament Shield Final early in the year. Team: Ronan Ryan, Conor Friend, Shane Walsh, Peter Tobin, Martin Kirby, Tom Kenny, Alan Dowley, David Norris (0-2), Ian Long (0-1 free), Aran Gallagher, Aidan Nugent (0-2), Shane O’Dwyer, Michaél Dunne, Francis O’Brien (1-2, 0-1 free), Jamie Norris. Subs: Thomas Murray and James Kirby A number of Piltown underage hurlers were involved in inter-county blitzes for Kilkenny during the year. Jamie Norris was part of the Kilkenny Under-14 Sonny Walsh squad that was beaten in the semi-ginal by Cork in Waterford at the De La Salle grounds. Tom Kenny featured at Under-16, while Ian Long and Shane Walsh featured on the Under-15 South squad. Others to see development squad action were David Norris and Martin Kirby (Under-16), Shane O’Dwyer (Under-15), Ronan Ryan and Oísin Brophy (Under-14). Jim Norris (Rathmore Road) was a selector on the victorious Kilkenny Under-14 team that beat Waterford in the Tony Forristal Final at Walsh Park. Other local county selectors were Seamus Norris (Under-14 Sonny Walsh) and Martin Gordon (Under-15 South). In colleges hurling, things are getting a bit brighter. Carrick-On-Suir CBS has been re-emerging as a hurling school backboned by Piltown players. For the first time in 11 years, the school won the Munster Blitz for first years with six Piltown players involved; John Kenny, Cian Kinsella, Alex Byrne, Billy Morahan, Adam Grace and Declan Duggan. In the Dean Ryan Cup, Shane Walsh and Ian Long secured winners’ medals with De La Salle (Waterford)
Gaelic Football - While hurling struggled, Gaelic Football prospered. Piltown Under-14’s beat Lisdowney by 3-3 to 1-4 in the Roinn B county final held at Bennetsbridge. Team: Andrew Long, John Kenny, Oísin Brophy, James Kirby, Oran Brophy, Shane Whittle, Robert Tobin, Jamie Norris (0-1), John Burke (1-0), Ronan Ryan (0-1 free, Capt), Darragh Walsh (0-1), Cian Kinsella (2-0), Sean Power, Conor Friend, Richard Norris. Subs: Evan Murphy, Alex Byrne, Kieran Reid. Not Used: Adam Grace, David Tobin, Kieran Flynn, Scott Bourke, Billy Morahan, Aaron Kinsella. Earlier in the year the Under-14’s lost the Roinn B League Shield Final against neighbours Mooncoin in Piltown by 1-5 to 1-8. 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. Christmas came early, when on 22nd December, the club claimed its fourth county championship in three years as the Under-16’s scored 1-2 in injury time to beat 14-man St. Martin’s 1-7 to 1-3 in the Roinn B County final. It meant two titles in 2012 and back to back Under-16 titles. Maybe football is the key to the future of hurling. Team: Aran Gallagher. Peter Tobin, Shane Walsh, Martin Kirby, Michael Dineen, Tom Kenny (Capt), Oísin Brophy, Michael O’Dwyer, Aidan Nugent (1-0), Ronan Ryan, Alan Dowley (0-2), Shane O’Dwyer (0-2), Thomas Murray, Ian Long (0-2, 1 free), Jamie Norris. Subs: Francis O’Brien, Conor Friend (0-1). Panelists, Kieran Reid, Michaél Dunne, James Kirby, Darragh Walsh, John Kenny, Andrew Long, David Tobin Manager: Liam Knox, Selectors, John Malone and Liam Kearns. David Kinsella was on the Kilkenny Minor team in the Leinster Championship. Tom Kenny also made the panel earlier in the year. Tom Kenny and Shane Walsh were on the Kilkenny Under-16 squad for games against Laois and Wicklow in April, while Jamie Norris featured on the Kilkenny Under-14 team that had wins over Carlow and Wicklow and a narrow defeat to Wexford in a blitz held in Freshford. Sadly, while the Juveniles were going well, the Intermediates gave a walkover in the Championship in what has been a forgettable year for the men in GAA sports.
Girls Gaelic Football - Girls Gaelic Football was equally as good, as 2012 became the year that Piltown parish primary schools won six county primary schools’ titles since 2008 when Owning/Templeorum beat Kilmanagh in the Roinn B County final at the Nuncio Road pitch of James Stephens by 3-6 to 1-0. Sophie Holden was player of the match as a tremendous team performance and a storming second half by the Owning/Templeorum combination blew their bigger opponents away. It was Owning/Templeorum’s third county title in four attempts. Team:Laura Falconer, Patsy Kenny, Jenny O’Dea, Chloe Walsh, Olivia Ronan, Aine Doyle, Máire Beth Kirby (1-0, Joint Captain), Laura Power (1-3, Joint Captain), Marlise Flynn, Sophie Holden (1-1), Melissa Byrne, Sarah Jayne Brophy (0-2, 1 free). Subs: Ciara Dunne, Bríbhanna Doody, Niamh Whelan, Mollie O’Dwyer. Bainisteoir: Pat O’GormaEmily McCarthy (Ballynacroney) was on the Kilkenny Under-14 team which beat Longford in the Leinster Final in Portarlington by 2-3 to 0-0 in June. Emily was corner back on the team that held Longford scoreless for the entire game, and was the only non-Kilkenny City player in the starting line-up. Emily was also on the Kilkenny Under-14 team that was beaten in the Division 2 final of the Leinster Blitz by Westmeath at Carlow Town GAA Grounds. In colleges football, Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-On-Suir defeated Our Lady’s, Templemore in the Post Primary schools Munster Junior “D” final held at Moyle Rovers pitch in Munroe in February. The team featured Piltown players, Jennifer Norris, Kelly Ann Doyle and Fiona Long. Another club player, Lorraine Long, was on the backroom team as she was overage. Ellen Commins, who plays club football for Sliabh Na mBan, was also on the team. However, there was no double as the senior team lost to Rockwell College in their final 2-11 to 4-6. That team featured Jennifer Norris, Lorraine Long and Kelly Ann Doyle. Ellen Commins was on the bench. Jennifer Norris and Sinead McCarthy were both on the Kilkenny Minor team that was defeated by Longford in the Leinster Final in Portarlington. Lorraine Long saw action in earlier rounds. A number of other Piltown girls saw inter-county development squad action during the year. They were Aoife Norris, Aoife Doyle and Fiona Long at Under-14. Lisa McCarthy and Katelynn Phelan saw action with the Under-16 team. Nicola Phelan, Aoife Norris and Fiona Long also saw under-15 game time. Lisa Norris, Aoife Doyle, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Sophie Holden, Megan Byrne and Hilary Balding played for Kilkenny in blitzes held at Carlow Town in Under-12. Three Piltown girls were on the Kilkenny under-12 mini games team that played Wexford in the half time mini games held during the Leinster Ladies Gaelic Football Junior Final between Louth and Offaly at Dr. Cullen Park, Carlow. They were Lisa Norris, Aoife Doyle and Caoimhe O’Callaghan. At under-14 level the club competed in the county Féile Na nGael competition for the first time. Nicola Phelan had the honour of captaining both the Camogie and Girls Gaelic Football teams at county Féile level. Squad: Fiona Long, Niamh Foley, Shauna Coady, Lisa Norris, Emily McCarthy, Stacey O’Brien, Nicola Phelan (Capt), Alana Gallagher, Aoífe Doyle, Hilary Balding, Aoífe Norris, Clodagh Butler, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Máire Beth Kirby, Amy Walsh, Megan Byrne, Laura Power, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Ciara Whelan. Mentors: Seamus Norris and Aine Knox. For the first time ever, Piltown fielded an Under-12 Girls football team in a 7-a-side blitz in Thomastown. The girls recorded five fine wins against Barrow Gaels, two teams from Kilkenny City and two teams from Thomastown as they came through unbeaten. Team: Máire Beth Kirby (Capt), Lisa Norris, Megan Byrne, Alanna Gallagher, Aoife Doyle, Sophie Holden, Caoimhe O’Callaghan. The club’s first ever juvenile Blitz was won by a team led by Lisa McCarthy. Team: Lisa McCarthy (Capt), Alanna Gallagher, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Clodagh Butler, Emily McCarthy, Kelly Ann Doyle, To end the year, Jennifer Norris, Kelly Ann Doyle, Lorraine Long and Sinead McCarthy starred for Scoil Mhuire (Carrick-On-Suir) who beat Killorglin Community College from County Kerry in the Munster Senior Colleges championship by 8-12 to 1-1. Yes, it is true! Your eyes do not deceive you. Piltown and Kilkenny girls on a Gaelic Football team that hammered a Kerry team!
Athletics - Kelly Ann Doyle (Ballyhenebry) came third in the pentathlon at the All-Ireland juvenile championships held in Nenagh in January. The five combined events were hurdles, high jump, long jump, shot putt and an 800 metres race. The local Community Games athletics was revived this year, with winners representing the locality at the county finals held at Scanlon Park. Aóife Doyle won her category to represent Kilkenny in the Under-14 hurdles at the national finals. Eoin Diffley took the Under-8 60m and Patsy Kenny won the Girls Under-12 ball throw. While the 2012 saw the Olympic Games in London, there were 192 runners in the annual Morris Oil 10km road race around Piltown. This was a record number of finishers for the Piltown race, which was won by Donore Harriers athlete Philip Harty in a time of 31:50. Tommy Falconer (Tobernabrone) was the first Piltown man home in a time 38:39. The winners of the Best Overall Boy and Girl in Piltown National School Year End School Sports were Cian Kinsella and Anna Dowley. December saw the first ever Piltown Turkey Trot over 5kms and 10kms.
Karate - Nathan Cooper, Jordan Cooper, Carrie Littlewood and Conor O’Shea all travelled to Glasgow with club Instructor Kathleen Byrne to compete in the WKF British open championships, where 21 countries took part. Nathan won Bronze for the boys’ 70kg plus sparring category and Conor won a bronze for the Irish Team in sparring. At the JKA National Championships held in Santry, Nathan Cooper won Gold for Kumite. Shane Walsh (Corbally) graded successfully for his 1st Dan Black Belt, with Kancho Kanazawa and Nobuaki Sensei. Conor O’Shea (Belline Close) and Carrie Littlewood (Kildalton) achieved their 1st Dan Black Belts with Japanese Instructor Nobuaki Kanazawa. At the Piltown Karate Club Invitation Open, the Nathan Blackmore Perpetual Cup was won by Rose Hyland from Kildorrery. The club won 18 medals at the Kanazawa Cup held in Clonmel.
Soccer - Piltown National School Girls 5-A-Side team won the FAIS Section A Munster Final, when they beat the Limerick representatives 4-0 in the final at Mounthawk Park, Tralee. Piltown went on represent Waterford in the national finals at Shamrock Rovers Tallaght Stadium, Piltown came third overall behind Scoil Mhuire from Glenties in Donegal, who were representing Ulster, and Holy Family NS from Newport in Mayo, representing Connacht. Squad: lanna Gallagher (Capt), Bethany Carroll, Hilary Balding, Anna Dowley, Lisa Norris, Sine Kavanagh, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Victoria Moliejute. Manager: John Lonergan. The girls didn’t stop there, as they added the 7-a-Side Jack Kennedy Cup for Primary Schools. They beat Ursuline College (Waterford) in the final held in Tramore by 4-2. Squad:Anna Dowley, Lisa Norris, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Alanna Gallagher, Victoria Moliejute, Hilary Balding, Bethany Carroll (Capt), Avril Hogan, Sine Kavanagh. Katie Coleman, Michelle O’Shea, Catherine Dineen, Megan Cooney. Cian Kinsella, Robert Tobin and Conor Whittle were selected for the Waterford Under-12 Development Squad as Piltown Under-12’s claimed the league title in a playoff against Ballinaroad. There was no joy for Karen Duggan’s Peamount United who lost 2-1 to Raheny United in the FAI Women’s Senior Cup Final. Former Republic of Ireland player and current West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper coach, Dean Kiely visited the parish in June for a Question and Answer session at Piltown GAA Complex.
Squash - Sinead Walsh (Tower Road) won the Under-15 Girls Title at the National Junior Squash championships held in Belfast.
The Future - Hopefully, you have enjoyed the review and will continue to read the column in 2013. It will be a year when the Iverk Show led Gathering will draw people from all over the world back to their Piltown roots in August/September. It is destined to be an uplifting and roller caster success. We also hope that there will be many positives coming out of the Piltown Enterprise Board’s “Start Your Own Business” Competition. Best wishes for the New Year go to all our readers and their organisations. This column is the place for the exclusive news and information from the area in 2013.