FULFILLING YEAR FOR ACTIVE RETIREMENT GROUP - The Active Retirement Group are currently on a summer break, next meeting is in September. To date it has been a very fulfilling year. In February we attended a tea dance in Loughlinbridge and a music hall show in Langton’s. March saw us at another tea dance in Springhill, where Peg Weldon and Enid Abbott waltzed away with the dance trophy. We also went to Dove Hill shopping centre, with a very informative and interesting visit to Brother Edmund Rice centre on the way. May took us on our annual holiday trip. This year it was in Carlingford Co. Louth. The high light of the holiday was a day In Stormont, where everyone was given a tour and enjoyed a very nice lunch. In June we had a day out at the garden show in Mount Wolsey, despite the rain a good day was had by all. Peg Weldon won the prize for most creative hat. Also in June Martha Kelly and Enid Abbott represented the group in Waterford at the South East Active Retirement craft day, crafts included members, paintings, knitting, cards, jewellery, readings and line dancing Our last trip before the break was to Altamonte Gardens, and the chocolate factory in Co. Carlow. All these trips don’t happen by accident, so a very big thank you to the hard working committee Anna, Mary and Enid. Sadly in February one of our long term members Bridget Breen passed away after a short illness. Bridget was a very active member and travelled on most of our trips. She contributed greatly during her time as treasurer and chairperson, very efficiently, quietly and without fuss. Bridget is missed by all of us. May she rest in Peace
NOW ENROLLING - College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.
CHECK IT OUT - Oak Hill Residents Association will host a One Stop Pop Up Shop in the Community Hall on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a novel fundraiser and I’m reliably informed there will be all kinds of everything on sale at knockdown prices.
CLUB LOTTO - Erins Own Lotto is now up to €14,600.00. 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.
ERIN’S OWN U-8 BLITZ - Erin’s Own ran a mini blitz with Graigue/Ballycallan, Danesfort and St Lachtains on Saturday the 14th July in Castlecomer. All teams got 3 games and the standard of hurling especially the ground hurling was exceptional. Graigue/Ballycallan were the strongest on the day with 2 wins and 1 draw. All the matches were close and a puck of a ball was all between winning and losing. For Erins Own all the boys played really well with John Kenny outstanding and well supported by Shane Holden and Michael Brennan. Joey Ryan put his body on the line at times to prevent certain scores. Ewan Connery played well in attack and was helped by David Allen, Eoin Nolan and James Coogan. The defence was led by James Kenny, Joey Rowe, Eoghan Moore and Evan Harding. Michael Rowe and Kiel Smyth worked hard to keep the ball moving through midfield. The weather on the day was great and the pitches were in superb condition. It is great to see the boys performing all the skills and with all the training and coaching that is going on at the very young ages in the club the future looks really good for the club at juvenile level. Well done to the coaches and all the players from all the clubs. Afterwards all the players were treated to refreshments afterwards. Many thanks to all clubs for their support and thanks to our under 14 and under 16 hurlers Conor Delaney, Niall McMahon and Sean Buggy for refereeing.
UNDER 7’S - The under 7 boys travelled to James Stephens on Saturday morning last to take on the hosts in a couple of matches. Played in lovely conditions the endeavour was fantastic from all the boys. Resplendid in their Club gear these little boys showed some lovely touches and skill as they put into practise all that they have been learning over the past six months in both indoor and outdoor training. Well done to all the boys and it is hoped to have another return fixture before the summer ends. Training continues every Thursday evening in Ballycomey at 6.15pm. New members are always welcome. Under 7 panel on Saturday was Ewan Connery, Joey Rowe, Michael Rowe, Michael Brennan, Eoin Nolan, Joey Ryan, Shane Holden, David Allen, Evan Harding, James Comerford, Eoin Moore. For the record the boys won one match and drew the second.
UNDER 14 LEAGUE PLAYOFF - The Erin’s Own under 14s boys qualified for a playoff in the league where they took on Lisdowney last Friday evening in Ballyragget. Both these teams had played out a cracking draw in the earlier rounds of the league. The local boys made a great start and were 1-1 to no score up inside the first ten minutes courtesy of a sweet point from James Brennan and a cracking goal from Sean Buggy after he cut through the Lisdowney defence. As the half wore on the Lisdowney boys came more into the match and went to the break a point to the good on a scoreline of 0-7 to 1-3. Early in the second half the Lisdowney boys took the initiative and posted five points without reply. The Comer boys kept plugging away and with James Rothwell, Owen O’Rourke , Sean Buggy and Cathal Holland taking the fight to the opposition the were rewarded with another goal courtesy of Sean Coogan. Try as the may they could not bridge the gap from early in the second half and had to settle for second best on a scoreline of 2-14 to 2-5. The boys now have the Championship to look forward to and with the performances put in by this group throughout the league they will have high hopes.Panel. R.Brennan, D.Buggy, C.Holland, C.McMahon, J.Rothwell, O.O’Rourke, I.Holohan, S.Buggy (1-3), A.Brennan, E.Brennan, J.Dowd, R.Connolly, K.Brennan, J.Brennan (0-2), S.Coogan (1-0). Subs. D.Ferris,
MINOR ROINN A LEAGUE - On Tuesday evening last Erin’s Own Minors entertained Dicksboro in the Minor Roinn A League in Ballycomey. Played in good conditions it was the Dicksboro boys who dominated the opening fifteen minutes, scoring at will to open up a five point lead. The Comer boys didn’t panic and with a few positional switches fought their way back into the match approaching half time. Going in at the break the Comer Boys were down by two points and hurling well within themselves. The second half was nip and tuck through the first ten minutes but then the bigger and stronger city boys took over and knocked over some fine points to take a commanding hold on the match. The ran out winners on a scoreline of 1-18 to 1-11. Best for Comer were Ciaran Wallace, Robert Moran, Jim Buggy and Rian Holden. Team. J.Buggy, E.Healy, C.Wallace, A.Dowd, S.Rice, R.Moran, N.McMahon, C.Delaney, S.McDermott, J.Callinan, E.Brennan, E.Walsh, D.O’Neill, M.Walsh, R.Holden,
UNDER 13 LISDOWNEY 7 A SIDE - The Erin’s own under 13s are safely through to the next phase of the Lisdowney 7 a side annual under 13 tournament. On Saturday morning last they played two matches, firstly taking on Naas which the local boys accounted for with a bit to spare. In the second match they came up against Galmoy and needed a late score to progress to the next rounds in two weeks time.
COFFEE MORNING - Castlecomer Country Markets host a Coffee Morning in aid of “Headstrong” on Friday 27th July from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Community Hall. Headstrong is The National Centre for Youth Mental Health - a non-profit organisation supporting young people’s mental health in Ireland. Headstrong works with communities and statutory services to empower young people to develop the skills, self-confidence and resilience to cope with mental health challenges.)