Castlecomer: Erins Own AGM attracted a healthy attendance

LIVELY DEBATE-Erins Own Annual General Meeting returned to the more traditional time of Sunday evening and the move proved beneficial attracting a healthy attendance to Aras O’Meallaigh, Ballycomey.

LIVELY DEBATE-Erins Own Annual General Meeting returned to the more traditional time of Sunday evening and the move proved beneficial attracting a healthy attendance to Aras O’Meallaigh, Ballycomey.

With all of the top table set to return unopposed much of the focus was on the Strategic Plan and the planned key project involving the provision of new dressing rooms, gym and indoor playing area at Ballycomey and the upgrading of the Prince. This report was outlined by Development Chairman Eamon Holland.

Chairman Billy Moran reported on what was a reasonably good year, it was encouraging to see the Club united in purpose. He paid tribute to all involved in the day to day running of the club singling out his fellow executive officers, various committees, sponsors, managers and coaches. “We are blessed as a club that we have not suffered the curse of emigration” concluded Mr. Moran.

Secretary Maeve Connolly gave a concise account of all club activities. “We are expanding on every front, all of our teams compete in Roinn A, Bord Na nOg goes from strength to strength at nursery level, football is well and truly back thanks to the efforts of Martin Walsh and Donal Dunne, some 30 people have completed first aid courses, and we hope to start building the new dressing rooms next year.” She concluded by congratulating Conor Fogarty on his All Ireland success also his dad Martin for his role as Kilkenny selector. Ms. Connolly also thanked all involved in fundraising those who sold and helped with the weekly Lotto, Fantasy Cheltenham and Piltown Draw, and also Mr. Erins Own the one and only Sean Smith.

Treasurer Margaret Dillon went into great depth as she explained the club financial statement line by line. Running a club like Erins Own in big business with a total yearly expenditure of €149,806 which equates to almost €3,000 on a weekly basis. To achieve a surplus on such a high spend is testimony to a job well done and she received numerous plaudits from the floor. Ms. Dillon thanked Tarla Dunne who has developed a blueprint system for the club.

SHOPPING LOCALLY RETAINS OUR IDENTITY-People don’t like losing shops and services, but don’t equate this to how they spend their money. Shops will only survive if customers spend locally – so if you want a vibrant town centre, where people can socialise as well as shop, we need to encourage people to shop locally.

MR. P. COMERFORD.-The death has occurred of Peter Comerford of Coolbawn and late of Highgate, North London, peacefully at the residence of his brother Joe, The Olde Rectory, The Square, Castlecomer. Like so many of his generation the search for employment took him across the waters to England where he was actively involved in the AA movement for the past 35 years. Music was his big hobby in life and he was an accomplished dancer. Sport was also important Kilkenny Hurling and Arsenal F.C. in that order. At the Requiem Mass his brother Fr. Paddy Comerford remarked of Peter “he was easy to please if he got the very best”. That comment resonated with so many in the congregation each of whom could no doubt add a sentence or two. He was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by his brother Fr. Paddy Comerford (USA) (Chief Celebrant) assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer ; Fr. Ian Doyle, Kiltown. He is survived by his brothers, Johnny, Paddy, Joe, Tommy, Michael, and Aiden; sisters, Kitty, Nancy, Moira, Margaret, Pauline and Geraldine, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a large circle of friends.

MR. K. RENWICK-The death has taken place in Bunclody, Co. Wexford of Keith Renwick formerly of Crosshill. Born in Redcar, England almost eighty years ago he worked in the textile business in both England and Canada before moving to Ireland in 1968 to manage Comer International.

Times were tough in that era with the closure of the Deerpark Mines but The Mills as it was affectionately known was to become the towns largest employer and a source of sustainable income for hundreds of locals both male and female. Many of us owe a huge debt of gratitude to Keith Renwick for his commitment and solidarity to ensuring quality employment in those early challenging years.

Highly respected in the community he never lost touch with the town and was back on a regular basis and he enjoyed checking out the form of his extended family in the Prince Grounds.

He played a major part in the formation of Comer Rovers Soccer Club in 1973 and was the driving force as a founder member.

They say of the Normans they became more Irish than the Irish themselves well Keith Renwick immersed himself totally in Kilkenny, a true converted cat he made sure to get his weekly copy of the Kilkenny People, and whether in Comer, Bennetsbridge, Bunclody or Dublin the black and amber colours were always evident on match days.

Following services at St. Mary’s officiated by Rev. Patrick Burke, Rector Castlecomer Group of Parishes he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. Also in attendance at the obsequies was Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer.

He is survived by his sons Ian, John ; daughters in law Deirdre, Mairead and Ellen ; grandchildren ; greatgrandchildren ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.

MRS. SHEILA JENKINS-The death has taken place in Wales of Sheila Jenkins (Nee Geoghegan) formerly of Barrack Street, Castlecomer.

FINSBORO ROAD RESTORATION-The residents of Finsboro will be glad to hear the road has been included in the Multi Annual Restoration Improvement Programme in 2013. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says some 1800m will be relayed.

CASTLECOMER CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY-Sunday 23rd December from 3pm until 6pm at Castlecomer Golf Club €5.00 per child which includes a visit from Santa, hot finger food, disco Fancy dress optional Children up to the age of 12 years old and all children must be accompanied by an adult Tickets available from Joan - 086 0560077 or Alyson - 086 2526638

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Seamus Hennessey, 1st Lady: Mary Boran, 2nd Lady: Kitt Farrell, 1st Gent: Gerry Kealy, 2nd Gent:Leslie Hunter.

First Half: Maureen Coady, Second Half: Elizabeth Corrigan.

FASSADININ HISTORY SOCIETY-Betty Brennan will give a talk on Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Travels in the Cevennes 1878” in the meeting room over the Library on Wednesday night, 12th December, 2012 at 8.00 p.m. Adm. €4.00. All are welcome.

ERIN’S OWN CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY-The Bord Na Nog Annual Children’s Christmas Party will be held in Ballycomey on this Saturday the 15th December from 2.30pm to 5pm. Could all parents please contact John Buggy at 087 2299555 or Martina O Reilly on 087 6543920 with their children’s name and age. All names to be with the club by Thursday 13th December

CLUB LOTTO-The club lotto is now up to €17,950.00 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.