Castlecomer Notes - A tree top walk 10 metres above ground

SPONSOR-Erin’s Own have a new Club Sponsor on board for the coming year. Local Business man and club member John Buggy of John Buggy Auctioneers, 4 Watergate, Kilkenny have stepped forward to become the main official club sponsor’s for the next three years.

SPONSOR-Erin’s Own have a new Club Sponsor on board for the coming year. Local Business man and club member John Buggy of John Buggy Auctioneers, 4 Watergate, Kilkenny have stepped forward to become the main official club sponsor’s for the next three years.

Announcing the sponsorship John is delighted to be the main Club sponsor. “It has always being my wish to sponsor the club as I see at first hand the enormous volunteerism and effort that goes into running a club such as Erin’s Own and the great role the club plays in our community and society especially in these tough times that we are now in. I hope it will be of mutual benefit to both the club and my business over the next three years”.

ERINS OWN Club Lotto-The club lotto is now up to €12,500.00. 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.

JUVENILE HURLING-The under 6, 8 and 10’s continue with their outdoor training every Thursday at 6.30pm in Ballycomey. Any boys and girls interested in taking up hurling as a sport are most welcome to come along and join in the fun where parents can be assured their child will receive a great welcome and great coaching.

The under 10’s entertained Moycarkey Borris from Tipperary last Saturday in a practice match in Ballycomey. The Comer boys played very well and ran out easy winners after a great performance from all the players.

The under 12’s also played a practice match against Freshford on Sunday evening in preparation for their upcoming League which commences in the next few weeks. In a very high scoring game the Comer boys ran out easy winners.

DEVELOPMENT SQUADS-Erin’s Own have a number of boys involved with the Kilkenny Development squads from under 14 up to under 17. These boys will get excellent coaching and a chance to make the Kilkenny teams later during the summer for tournaments around the country. We wish all the boys involved good luck and hopefully this experience will make them into better players.

UNDER 16 LEAGUE- Erin’s Own 16s suffered a defeat in the first round of the under 16 league against city side O Loughlin Gaels last weekend in a match played in Ballycomey.

MEMBERSHIP-Erin’s Own membership for all players including Juvenile up to Adult players and general membership are now being taken up . Contact any committee member.

GAELIC FOR GIRLS-Erins Own Girls GFC commences Gaelic football for girls this Monday the 23rd of April at 6.15pm in Ballycomey. A reminder to all players to bring €2 each week per person. All players are required to wear football boots. Gum shields are optional. All players must be paid up a registered. We look forward seeing you all.

BOYS GAELIC FOOTBALL-Erins Own GAA boys football for U-8, 10 & 12 will now commence in July after completion of schools hurling and other sports. Further information will be available in Castlecomer notes or by calling Andrew Korff on 083 1006846.

CONFIRMATION-Bishop Seamus Freeman, SAC will confirm children from all three Parish Schools in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday during the 11 a.m. Mass.

ROADWORKS 2012-Great progress has been made locally with 3 sections of road re-surfaced in the past couple of weeks. Cost of bituminous road materials has increased by 30% in past year which will put major pressure on budgets and is likely to lead to reduction in works to be carried out.

Cllr. Maurice Shortall says the roads in question had deteriorated and the benefits of the work at Donaguile, Old Ballyragget Road (600 metres) ; Wellie Race Circuit, Kiltown (750 metres) and Kilmacar Cross towards Tinalinton (700 metres) will hopefully add to the safety of all in the community.

TEENAGE DISCO-There will be a supervised disco for teenagers in Moneenroe Hall this Friday Night 20th April from 8pm to 11pm. Admission €5.”

MOTHERS & OTHERS -Gaelic for Mothers and Others Training is back every Monday night in Ballycomey at 7.30 p.m. Come and Join on the night, if not already a member. Open to all. Look forward to a summer of fun and getting fit into the barging. Come along and bring a friend or make plenty.

2012 SOCCER CAMP-The dates for the Deen Celtic AFC Academy have been set and it will begin on Monday the 9th of July and run until Friday the 13th of July. Each day will begin at 10am and finish at 3pm. The Academy is set up to cater for both boys and girls from 6 to 14 years of age. Each day will consist of simple coaching sessions in the morning and fun games in the afternoon.

We have kept costs to a minimum and are able to provide the Academy at an excellent price of €60 per participant. Places are limited to 120. Enrollment for the 2012 soccer camp is now open Please contact Mr. Shane Renwick on 087-9459261

LIBRARY LATEST-Well done to all the children who took part in our recent Easter Colouring Competition. Winners can pick up their prize in the Branch: Emer Reynolds, Jayde Wilson,Nicole Doran Nolan, Amy Lawlor, Molly Hogan, Mariuz Matwiej, Kim Lucas, Alex Rose, James Coogan, Mark Kennedy. Hannah Pedini, Molly Coogan, Rowan Byrne, Declan Cooney. To mark the Centenary of the Sinking of the Titanic, Kilkenny Co Library is holding an Art Competition on the theme of the Titanic. Open to all Primary School pupils, and the closing date is May 5th. Paintings/drawings to be no bigger than A3 in size.

The Bisto Books of the past 21 years display continues until April 14th.

Thanks to all who attended and baked for our Daffodil Day Coffee Day recently, €333 was raised.

“Fighting For Dignity” Jewish Resistance in Krakow is an important exhibition which comes to Castlecomer Library from April 17th – 28th. We invite all schools and the public to view this important exhibition mounted by The Holocaust Education Trust of Ireland.

The Toddler Story and Craft hour continues every Thursday at 11.30. All parents/carers are welcome to this free weekly event. For an update on all Library activities, photos and information log on to www.kilkennylibrary.ie or Facebook Kilkenny Co Library

AGM-There was a large turnout for the Annual General Meeting of the North Kilkenny Wheelchair Association held in Freshford Community Hall on Wednesday. All in attendance wished a speedy recovery to full health to outgoing Chairperson Bridget Purcell. In her absence Patricia Watson presided at the top table. The Association reviewed a successful year and thanks to the wonderful generosity of so many the accounts for 2012 were in a healthy position.

Officers Elected: Chairperson – Patricia Watson.; Secretary – Michael Molloy.; Treasurer – Margaret Barnaville.

Guest speakers included John McGuinness T.D. ; Cllr. Maurice Shortall ; Cllr. John Brennan ; Tony Coy I.W.A.

TREE TOP WALK - A unique attraction which will enable visitors to experience a 200 metre walk through the beautiful riverside trees at Castlecomer Discovery Park is on its way! Opening in May 2012, this walk will be nestled in the tree top canopy some 10 metres above ground level and will allow for spectacular views back toward Castlecomer town, the Wandesforde Estate and the River Deen. The tree top walk will incorporate some challenges along the way, and there will be a must-do challenge when visiting Castlecomer with a school group, social group or with family or friends. It will take approx 60 minutes to complete the course and all participants will be harnessed to a safety line and will wear a safety helmet. Keep an eye on our website for more information!

SEASONAL / PART TIME WORKERS WANTED-Castlecomer Discovery Park requires Seasonal/Part Time Workers for the introduction of an exciting new Tree Top Walk. The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills, willingness to learn new skills, understanding of Health & Safety, basic level of fitness and without fear of heights. The role will involve exceptional visitor care, instructing, monitoring and assisting participants on the course; it will also entail some administrative work and duties at the Visitor Center reception. Please submit cover letter and CV by 18th April to General Manager, Castlecomer Discovery Park, the Estate Yard, Castlecomer, Co Kilkenny or manager@discoverypark.ie Must be available for 3 day training end April. Further details: www.discoverypark.ie Ph: 056 4440707

THURSDAY IS GREEN DAY-Castlecomer Community School was awarded its first Green Flag in February 2012. One of the keystones has been the active involvement and consultation of the entire spectrum of people in our school . To celebrate our achievement the TYs are coordinating a Castlecomer Green Day for Thursday , assisted by teachers Mr. Behan and Mr.Tynan, in cooperation with the 3 local primary schools, Tidy Towns (David O’Rourke), Fás (Terry Moore, Eamon Fitzgerald,), Local Business Association (Tom Byrne and Shay Bollard), Town Development (Martin Carroll), An Taisce and the County Council. The re-launch of Tidy Towns is our main focal point.

Starting at 10.30am, there will be litter picking, refurbishment, raising of Tidy Towns banners and signage, spring clean re-launch in primary schools and hopefully many other spontaneous and organised activities. If you can help in any way or you have fresh ideas, please feel free to contact any of the above partners or if you want to organise your own local area to participate on the day it would be most welcome. Check out the flyers in our local businesses and community areas and the Castlecomer Community School website at www.castlecomercs.com.

SCHOOLS BASKETBALL-Castlecomer Community School’s first year boys’ basketball team have it all to do this coming Sunday as they vie for an all-Ireland series spot. School’s basketball is divided in to eight regions with the regional winners and runners up going through to stage two. This consists of four tournaments of four teams taking place around the country on Sunday. The winners of each of these tournaments then make the coveted trip to the University of Limerick on May11th for the all-Ireland semi-finals and final.

Standing in their way in O’Loughlins Kilkenny are teams from the traditional basketball regional strongholds of Dublin, Cork and the South West (Kerry/Limerick) so if Comer are to get there they will have to do it the hard way.

The locals go in to this tournament as Regional champions after a campaign that saw them prove too strong for all opposition in the South East. However the step up in standard will be considerable and Comer will be outsiders to progress on Sunday.

First game sees Comer pitted against Dublin champions, Coolmine Community School at 9:30 and then St Clement’s (Limerick) at 1:45 with the final game against Carrigaline Community College down for 4:40.

All in all it promises to be an exciting days’ basketball for these youngsters and a culmination of seven months hard work to reach this stage.

Team: Shane Dunne (Co Capt) , Adam O Grady , Kevin Brennan , Pierce Nash , Richard Brennan (Co Captain) Ian Holohan , Eoin O Rourke , Ciaran Fahey , Patrick Darcy , Matthew Cullen , Ben Hamilton, Tom Marnell, Paul O Neill and Brian Mealy.

CLUB BASKETBALL-Eamon Mahon Cup-Having recently secured the league title, the boys’ U-12 team showed their true class when capturing the Eamon Mahon Cup at the Watershed recently.

With the semi-finals and final down for decision on Easter Monday, Comer first had to deal with Kilkenny Stars in the opening encounter. In a quiet and efficient manner the locals dispatched the city club without extending themselves on a 32-10 score line.

The other semi-final between Old Leighlin and Portlaoise was a much tighter affair with the Carlow side just getting home by a basket in the end.

Comer saved their best performance of the season for the final. They simply outclassed Old Leighlin in the first quarter and raced into a 21-8 lead.

Old Leighlin reduced this to 17-26 at half time and brought the lead town to five points at one stage shortly after. However Comer regained the initiative mid-way through the third quarter gradually began to pull away again and in the end were comfortable 47-29 winners.

An added bonus to the season was that joint captain and the league’s top scorer, James Brennan was also voted MVP-which is the basketball equivalent of ‘Player of the Year’. Team James Brennan , Conor McMahon , Cathal Holland Conor Clarke , Deirmuid Rowe , Kyle Dunne , Conor Rowe, Jack Buggy. Calvin Ryan, Darragh O Shea, Killian Hogan, Marcus Smith and Robin Smith.