Castlecomer: The late Pauline Harding

MRS. P. HARDING - The death has taken place of Pauline Harding (Nee Sherwood), Deerpark. She went to her eternal reward just as she had lived her life ever so quietly and peacefully in the company of those nearest and dearest to her in her home. Her home was her castle and you were no sooner in the door than the kettle was on the hob. A gentle and peace loving lady she took great pride in her extended family and also enjoyed the tranquillity of her garden. The large turnout at the obsequies bore testimony of the high regard in which the family are held in the area. The funeral bore all of the trappings of what we used to call a “Meitheal” years ago, as neighbours and friends combined for traffic control and hospitality duties which were very much appreciated by the family. She 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. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her husband Nicholas ; daughters Caroline Bernadette, Jeanette, Regina, Catriona ; brothers Bill, Jim ; sisters Mary (England), Rose, Peg ; grandchildren ; other relatives and a wide circle of friends.

MRS. P. HARDING - The death has taken place of Pauline Harding (Nee Sherwood), Deerpark. She went to her eternal reward just as she had lived her life ever so quietly and peacefully in the company of those nearest and dearest to her in her home. Her home was her castle and you were no sooner in the door than the kettle was on the hob. A gentle and peace loving lady she took great pride in her extended family and also enjoyed the tranquillity of her garden. The large turnout at the obsequies bore testimony of the high regard in which the family are held in the area. The funeral bore all of the trappings of what we used to call a “Meitheal” years ago, as neighbours and friends combined for traffic control and hospitality duties which were very much appreciated by the family. She 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. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her husband Nicholas ; daughters Caroline Bernadette, Jeanette, Regina, Catriona ; brothers Bill, Jim ; sisters Mary (England), Rose, Peg ; grandchildren ; other relatives and a wide circle of friends.

LIBARY LATEST - To mark the centenary of the sinking of the Titanic we held an Art competition earlier this year. Of the hundreds of entries received, we now show the winning works from young artists throughout the whole County. Local winners include Abby Harris Castlecomer, Cara Brennan Conahy and Fiona Byrne Finnan Ballyragget. This exhibition is well worth a visit. Derek Coyle is currently hosting an 8 week Poetry writing Course on Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm in the Library, only €10 for the full course, places limited, ring 4440561 to book. We look forward to a visit from children’s author Debbie Thomas, today Wed 10th Oct! Over 100 schoolchildren are booked in to meet her. The Leaving Cert Applied Class will visit for a class on Genealogy and Local History this week, we welcome class visits from Primary and Secondary Schools. Halloween Pageant! We look forward to Oct 30th at 6.30pm when we will run a Halloween Fancy Dress Parade for children aged from 1-10 years old. Prizes galore We will accept Boxes for the Christmas Shoebox appeal once more this year! Closing date Nov 10th.

CARDS - Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Catherine Brennan, Tom Kealy. Other Winners: Kit Farrell, Anne Kealy, Maureen Cody, Seamus Hennessy, Nora Fisher, Tom Fenton, Bob Murphy. Raffle prize winners: Nora Fisher, Seamus Hennessy, Patricia McGuinness Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

DIARY DATE - Bishop Seamus Freeman will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday 18th May at 11 a.m.

ATHLETES BACK IN ACTION - The Cross Country 2012 season started in earnest with the Kilkenny County A U-8 to U-18 races at Ballycurran Cross on Sunday. Castlecomer was well represented by a combination of novice athletes and others with a season or several of experience. New recruits who raced were Jack Murphy, John Kenny Oisin Conroy at U-10,; at Under 8 there were two - Michael Brennan and Joey Ryan while at U-12 there was Kevin Holland. While thrown in at the deep end, all acquitted themselves admirably. The Castlecomer group returned with two individual gold medals , an individual silver, and a team bronze medal. The day started very well - Molly O’Dornan crossing the line ahead of all competition to take the gold medal at U-8 and Leah Brennan finished strongly in 6th position in this race. Michael Brennan and Joey Ryan impressed in the U-8 boys race- finishing 6th and 17th respectively. Katie Clarke was the sole representative at U-10 and crossed the finishing line in 7th. In the Boys under 10 Castlecomer were 3rd in the team rankings, earning the team bronze medal. Will Fox also captured the individual silver medal when second to finish - Cathal O’Reilly (12) Jack Murphy (14) Liam Doyle (23) Oisin Conroy (26) James Hogan (30) James Kenny (32) John Kenny (37) consolidated the team success. U-12 Boys were 4th - Conor Clarke was individual gold medallist, and the team followed with Killian Hogan (11), Sean O’Dornan (21), Kevin Conry (22), Kevin Holland (23) Louis Feehan (24). Nicky Connolly, a regular with this group, missed out this opportunity due to illness. U-12 Girls team was fifth overall - Aoife Cahalan (13), Shannon Conry (21), Ellen Buggy (27) and Emer Stone (28) competing at this level. James Buggy (15) and Ross Connolly (16) were the sole runners in the Under 14 Boys race. At U-16 Lauren Dermody ran well and finished in 4th place, while in the Boys race, Sean Buggy finished 8th. Next week the 2nd stage takes place in O’Shea’s field at Dysart - here a numerically stronger Castlecomer involvement will be hoped for. Age groups will be U-7 to U-19 - athletes can move up one age group -for example, this weeks under 8 runners will run at U-9 next week.

ERINS OWN CLUB LOTTO - The club lotto is now up to €16,250.00 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.

CHILDS PLAY - Parent & Toddler Group in Moneenroe Hall meet every Wednesday 10 –12 am, €2 per family Tea/ Coffee, Juice & Snack for kids. Come for a chat and meet new people in your community while your child plays and interacts with other children.

GAA - Under Age Hurling: Last Thursday saw the completion of the years outdoor training for the under 6s, 8s and 10s in Ballycomey. All these young players have enjoyed a great programme of high quality coaching, games, blitz’s and trips away to Croke Park. Well done to all these young players who have shown great endeavour and have improved enormously in the last six months. Well done and thanks also to all the coaches who give up their time so unselfishly so as these young boys and girls can learn the skills of hurling and progress through the clubs underage structure. The club is in a great position at juvenile level with plenty of coaches and coaching programmes available to make the young participants the best they can be. It doesn’t matter what level of competence your child is at they are always welcome in Erin’s Own GAA Club. Our indoor programme will be starting later in the year and all players are encouraged to participate in this also. Again well done to all the young players on a really successful season.

Under 11s Hurling

On Saturday last the Erin’s Own Under 11 boys entertained Middleton of Cork in a match in Ballycomey. This was the Comer boys first time to play Middleton and so another relationship with a Cork team has been forged. The Comer boys took on the challenge with some lovely combined play and strong forceful hurling all over the field which yielded six points in the first ten minutes. First off the mark was Jack Buggy with a long range point followed by a 65 from the same player. Next up with a couple of scores were Conor Clarke after a lovely run and Billy O’ Neill from a tight angle. Probably the scores of the game came from Killian Hogan who knocked over two lovely points and a great goal from Conor Clarke after a sweeping move that started in the Comer full back line and ended up with an unstoppable goal. Also to the fore in the forwards in the first Half were Lee Holden, Daragh O Rourke and Jamie Maher who was a real handful at full forward. Jamie would finish the match with 2-2 to his name. If the forwards were racking up the scores it was the backs that were setting the platform for it. With Luca Downey excellent in goals for a player so young stopping two great shots and delivering great puck outs throughout the match. On the full back line Dan Coogan, Nicky Connolly and Kealan Ring were unbeatable and beat back every attack that came their way. Christopher Kruff totally controlled the area at centre back with Shane Coogan and Kevin Holland able deputies. Kevin Holland had the task of marking Middleton’s best player and he did a super job throughout. In what was a great days hurling the Comer boys ran out convincing winners on a score line of 4-15 to 1-6. Whilst the final score is irrelevant it was encouraging to see so many players get on the scoreboard and a return trip to Middleton next year is already set up.

The panel for the match was Luca Downey, Nicky Connolly, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Jack Buggy, Christopher Kruff, Lee Holden, Billy O’ Neill, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan, Shane Coogan, Jamie Maher, Conor Clarke, Daragh O Rourke.

Senior Hurling: Erin’s Own. 0-11 James Stephens 1-12. Our Senior hurlers took on James Stephens on Sunday last in the fifth and final round of the senior league in Ballyragget. Played in good conditions for this time of year on a lovely sod this was an entertaining and intense game throughout for the large crowd. The Comer lads had the benefit of the wind in the first half and will feel that they should have had some early scores as they had a large amount of possession but did not make it count on the scoreboard. It was nip and tuck in the first half with Eoin Larkin keeping the scoreboard ticking over for the Village boys from frees and the Comer scores coming from Marin Boran, Eoghan Meally, Anthony Owens and Declan Dunne. At half time Comer held a one point lead. Facing into the second half it was James Stephens who drew the first score from the half with another Larkin pointed free. To their credit the Comer lads kept plugging away and entering the last ten minutes only a score separated the tow teams. The decisive score came when Comer coughed up possession out the field and when the ball found its way towards the Comer goal Matthew Ruth was the first to react and put the Village on the front foot. After a good sporting match played in a great spirat it was the Village who took the spoils and end up in the quarter finals of the Championship. The locals face a first round championship match against Johnstown this weekend and all members and supporters are asked to show your support for the lads in what will be a tough challenge to try and make the quarter finals of the Senior Championship. Team. T.Brophy, S.Meally, P.Keating, P.O Donovan, G.Callinan, D.Fogarty, C.Fogarty, J.Byrne, A.Moran, D.Dunne, P.Boran, E.Meally, M.Murphy, A.Owens, M.Boran. Subs. J.Mullins, R.Moran, M.Owens. (Full match report in Sports section of paper).