Erins Own STARS OF THE FUTURE

STARS OF THE FUTURE -The next generation of Erins Own hurlers took to the field for their first group of games on Saturday last when they attended the excellently run Dicksboro U-8 Blitz in Palmerstown. Decked out in their club colours of blue and white the boys played three games in their group to determine who they would play in their final game. The Comer boys started very brightly and after constant pressure and some wonderful skill shown by all the players Kiel Smyth broke the deadlock with a wonderful goal after great play by Eoin Nolan, James Coogan and James Kenny. In the second game the Erins Own boys really found their feet and scored a comprehensive victory over Danesfort. Ewan Connery was to the fore in the scoring here with four great goals after assists from Michael Brennan, Shane Holden and Jack Coogan Burke. Others on the scoresheet were Alan Smyth with three and Michael Rowe. In the third game the Comer boys entertained Bennetsbridge in a cliffhanger of a game with the ball going up and down the field non stop. Again the Comer boys had a couple of scores to spare at the end and thus topped their group. There were great performances here from Eoghan Moore, James and John Kenny, Joey Rowe and Joey Ryan. In their final game the Comer boys came up against the host Club Dicksboro and after a titanic struggle the Boro boys prevailed. This was a great blitz run superbly by the Dicksboro Club and all the Comer boys had a great day where participation rather than winning was the emphasis. Well done to all the boys and to their mentors who continuously do an excellent job developing these young players into the stars of the future. .

STARS OF THE FUTURE -The next generation of Erins Own hurlers took to the field for their first group of games on Saturday last when they attended the excellently run Dicksboro U-8 Blitz in Palmerstown. Decked out in their club colours of blue and white the boys played three games in their group to determine who they would play in their final game. The Comer boys started very brightly and after constant pressure and some wonderful skill shown by all the players Kiel Smyth broke the deadlock with a wonderful goal after great play by Eoin Nolan, James Coogan and James Kenny. In the second game the Erins Own boys really found their feet and scored a comprehensive victory over Danesfort. Ewan Connery was to the fore in the scoring here with four great goals after assists from Michael Brennan, Shane Holden and Jack Coogan Burke. Others on the scoresheet were Alan Smyth with three and Michael Rowe. In the third game the Comer boys entertained Bennetsbridge in a cliffhanger of a game with the ball going up and down the field non stop. Again the Comer boys had a couple of scores to spare at the end and thus topped their group. There were great performances here from Eoghan Moore, James and John Kenny, Joey Rowe and Joey Ryan. In their final game the Comer boys came up against the host Club Dicksboro and after a titanic struggle the Boro boys prevailed. This was a great blitz run superbly by the Dicksboro Club and all the Comer boys had a great day where participation rather than winning was the emphasis. Well done to all the boys and to their mentors who continuously do an excellent job developing these young players into the stars of the future. .

Panel ; Alan Smyth, David Allen, Eoghan Moore, Eoin Nolan, Ewan Connery, James Coogan, James Kenny, Joey Rowe, Joey Ryan, John Kenny, Kiel Smyth, Michael Brennan, Michael Rowe, Shane Holden, Jack Coogan Burke.

SPORTS EVENING-Castlecomer Athletics Club held its annual end of year Sports Evening in the Community School on Tuesday June 19th. Following a combination of track, field and novelty events, the Club Sports Awards were presented. The Cross Country Award recipients were Conor Clarke and Lauren Dermody. The Track and Field Award recipients were Ross Connolly and Anita McMahon. The Most Improved Athlete Awards were presented to Aoife Cahalan and Killian Hogan. These awards recognise both endeavour and achievement throughout 2011.

On Wednesday the Kilkenny B Championships took place in Thomastown. Thirty-six athletes in all represented Castlecomer.

The youngest competitor was Molly O’Dornan who was a gold medallist in the 300m race and won a bronze medal over 80m. There was a spirited Castlecomer involvement in Girls Under 9 - Lucy Coogan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Ella Tynan, Ella Buggy and Ciara Brennan all impressing. John Kenny and James Kenny were silver and bronze medallists respectively in the U-9 Ball Throw event. At U-10, Katie Clarke was Long-Jump bronze medallist while Sarah Brophy also earned a bronze medal over 300m. Aoibhinn Brophy competed well in this age group also. The U-10 boys featured six enthusiastic competitors - Cathal O’Reilly was gold medal winner in the Long Jump and silver medallist in both the 80m and 300m; Liam Doyle and Ciaran Meagher were silver medal winners in the Ball Throw and Long Jump respectively, while Will Fox was a triple bronze medallist - 80m, 300m and Long Jump events; Adam Stone was the Ball Throw bronze medallist and Luca Downey completed the Castlecomer contingent at U-10.

Ava Coogan was silver medal winner in the U-11 Ball Throw, Emma Ring competed at U-11 also. Sean O’Dornan earned silver and bronze with performances in the Long Jump and Ball Throw U-11 - others to compete were John Kevin Malone, James Hogan and Louis Feehan. Aoife Cahalan finished in the silver medal spot over 800m at U-12 - both Ellen Buggy and Eimear Stone competed in this age group also. Conor Clarke was gold medal winner in the U-12 Long Jump, Killian Hogan was silver medallist over 800m, while Nicky Connolly and Kevin Conry also competed at U-12. James Buggy, Adam Jacob and Declan Buggy were multiple medallists at U-13 level - James was 800m champion and silver medallist over 80m, Adam was Long Jump champion, he followed James to take silver over 800m and was 80m bronze medallist, while Declan was Shott Putt gold medal winner, silver medallist in Long Jump and followed James and Adam to be bronze medallist over 800m. Charles Feehan completed the Castlecomer involvement in this age group. U-14 athlete Ross Connolly was 800m champion and won bronze over 80m. Maedbh Delaney won a gold and three silver medals at U-14 80m, 800m, Long Jump and Shott Putt.

The evening was completed with the relay races - all 4 X 200m - here the strength of the Castlecomer group was reflected on the presentation podium - Boys U-10 - Gold ( Will Fox, Cathal O’Reilly, Luca Downey and Liam Doyle) and Silver ( Ciaran Meagher, Adam Stone, James Kenny and David Holland) Girls U-10 Bronze (Sarah Brophy, Aoibhinn Brophy, Katie Clarke and Lucy Coogan) Boys U-12 Gold (Conor Clarke, Nicky Connolly, Killian Hogan, Kevin Conry ) Bronze ( John Kevin Malone, Sean O’Dornan, James Hogan and Adam Stone) Girls U-12 Bronze ( Ava Coogan, Aoife Cahalan, Ellen Buggy and Eimear Stone) Boys U-14 Gold ( James Buggy, Adam Jacob, Declan Buggy and Ross Connolly) Mixed U-13 Silver (Conor Clarke, Nicky Connolly, Ellen Buggy and Ava Coogan) Bronze (James Buggy, Adam Jacob, Aoife Cahalan and Eimear Stone) Mixed U-15 Silver (Declan Buggy, Ross Connolly, Maedbh Delaney and a guest runner) The Leinster A Championships take place next weekend in Tullamore.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Jerry Kealy, 1st Lady: E Corrigan, 2nd Lady: Margaret Brennan, 1st Gent: Martin Trait, 2nd : Anna Mae Mullins, 1st Half: Maureen Coady, Patricia Mc Guinness 2nd Half: Mary O’Shea.

Raffle-1st Prize: Tommy Kealy, 2nd Prize: Margaret Brennan, 3rd Prize: Anna Mae Mullins, 4th Prize: Maureen Coady, 5th Prize: Jerry Kealy. Whist continues every Friday at 8.30 pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

FITKIDS CASTLECOMER SUMMER CAMP-Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 13th to 17th August from 9.30am to 2.30pm at the Castlecomer GAA grounds. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more.Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55, places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663

ANNUAL CEMETERY MASSES-Crosshill Cemetery – Friday June 29th at 7.30 p.m. (Male Voice Choir). Parish Cemetery – Friday July 6th at 7.30 p.m. (Parish Choir).

BEREAVED-Sympathy is extended to Annette O’Connor, Drumgoole on the death of her sister Rita O’Neill (Nee Kealy), Graiguecullen and formerly of Maryville.

LIBRARY LATEST-We were delighted to bring Junior Achievement Ireland’s “Our Families” Course to 1st Class of the Presentation Convent during the past month. Well done to all the boys and girls who participated!

StoryLab is the title of this year’s Summer Reading Scheme for children aged 12 and under. Join in the fun from July 3rd! The Deenview centre (S.O.S Castlecomer) will exhibit a selection of their work in the Library from June 27th – July 14th. The Afternoon Book Club meets on Wednesday 27th June at 2pm in the Library, and the book they will chat about is “On Canaan’s Side” by Sebastian Barry.

“We’re just MAD ABOUT BOOKS” the kids’ Book Club, will meet again on Tuesday July 3rd, be there or be square! Open to boys and girls 8-12 years.

LADIES GOLF LESSONS-Castlecomer Golf Club has organised golf lessons for beginners starting on July 4th for four weeks. For all those interested please contact Jacinta Culliton on 085 1470720. The cost is 40 euro for the four lessons payable beforehand or on the first night. All welcome.

BOLLARDS ON TOUR-Bollards Golf Society have an outing to Mountrath Golf Club on June 30th. Time sheet available in Bollards Bar. This year Bollards are having a fourball competition in Castlecomer Golf Club. Draw for fourball will be made after presentation of outing prizes on Saturday. See the timesheet and arrange a time to play your match. Happy golfing and have fun.

GAELIC FOOTBALL FOR GIRLS-Erins Own Girls GFC hosted its first friendlies in girls football welcoming Piltown and Barrow Gaels in under 12 matches on Sunday the 24th June in Ballycomey.Erins Own fielded two teams with one each from Piltown and Barrow Gaels.

Both matches were competitive especially as it was many of the comers girls first outing. In the end experience and skill of the visitors proved too strong. Above all the girls had fun and were keen to participate.

The numbers we have in this group are fantastic and with more competitive action they will steadily improve.

There will have matches and blitzes coming up over the summer months for all age groups. More information to follow. Congratulations to the following panel Nicole Allen O’Keefe, Roisin Allen, Dervla Bergin, Ellie Boland, Molly Boland, Ellen Buggy, Aoife Cahalan, Emma O’Dwyer, Sarah O Dwyer, Michelle Farrell, Rachel Holohan, Aoife Keane, Karen Lucas, Leah Maher, Kate McDonald, Laura Mullally, Sarah Smyth, Eimear Stone, Katie Tynan, Niamh Walsh, Meadbh Walsh, Rebecca Ward.

Thanks to the mentors and helpers who supported the day.

KELLOGE GAA CUL CAMPS-The national kellogs GAA Cul camps will take place again this year in Castlecomer. You can book your child in on these camps by going onto the GAA website (www.gaa.ie) or by picking up an entry form on Kellogs boxes.

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.

SCHOOLS HURLING FINAL-On Saturday morning last Castlecomer boys took on the boys from Thomastown in the Schools hurling final in Nowlan Park. Played in ideal conditions both teams started in superb fashion with no inch being given by either team. The Comer boys drew first blood through Ross Connolly and for the first fifteen minutes it was tit for tat with both teams pointing through play and frees.

The Comer boys fought bravely for every ball against the more physical Thomastown boys. The Comer goal line led a charmed life on a number of occasions with goalie Nicky Connolly putting his body in front of one pile driver. The Comer backs were under great pressure but were coping well. The full back line of Cathal Holland, Conor McMahon and Jack Buggy attacked every ball like their lives depended on it and drove them down the field and in front of them Christopher Kroff, the powerful James Brennan and the tenacious Declan Buggy won many balls and launched attack after attack.

However close to half time Thomastown got in for two goals to carry a handsome 7 point lead into the break. It was tit for tat early in the second half also but when Thomastown broke down the field the caught the comer boys off guard and scored a very soft goal. From here to the end it was all Comer and try as they may they couldn’t get the ball across the line shaving the crossbar, hitting the post and three great saves on the line by the Thomastown goalie and backs. Comer never stopped trying and in the middle of the field the heartbeat of this team John Dowd covered every blade of grass in Nowlan Park trying to get his team back into the match. His partner in the middle Conor Clarke ran at the opposition at every opportunity also. Up front the Comer boys tackled for every ball. Kevin Brennan was fouled for a number of frees, Ross Connolly attacked the Thomastown defence at every occasion and David Ferris tried hard to keep the ball moving to the inside line. It wasn’t to be for this group and ended up giving second best to Thomastown but with eleven of the team under age next year perhaps they will bounce back from this setback. Along with those already mentioned James Buggy, Dan Coogan and Billy O Neill never stood back an inch as well as substitutes Alan Mulally, Michael Coogan and Joe Hickson. Final Score.

Thomastown 3-9 Castlecomer 0-9. Afterwards the boys were treated to a trip to McDonalds courtesy of Erin’s Own GAA Club.

PRIDE OF THE PARISH-Congratulations to Cathal Holland who was part of the GO GAMES exhibition match played at half time in the Kilkenny V Dublin Leinster Senior match on Saturday last in Portlaoise. Cathal is a leading player with the Club’s Under 12 and 14 teams.

Also well done to Conor Fogarty who was part of the Kilkenny Senior panel who have reached the Leinster Senior Hurling Final. Commiserations to Club man Robert Moran who was part of the Kilkenny Minor panel who went down disappointedly to Dublin in the Leinster Minor Hurling Semi Final.

CLUB LOTTO-The club lotto is now up to €14,000.00. 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.

ERINS’S OWN ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC-Preparations for the seventh annual Erin’s Own GAA Golf classic are now in “full swing”. The Golf Classic takes place on this Friday in Castlecomer Golf Club. This day is regarded as one the great social days and nights of the clubs year. A team of 3 costs €120.00 including Barbeque and with some great prizes on offer please contact David Buggy Motors on 056

7770808 to book a tee time. With the time sheet now filling up teams are asked to book their slot immediately. As usual there will be plenty of entertainment and craic on the night.

Also on Friday Erin’s Own will honour the victorious Minor team who won the Roinn A Campionship in 1987 for the 1st time ever in the clubs history. This celebration and presentation to the victorious team will take place in Castlecomer Golf Club on the night of the Golf Classic. All members past and present are invited along to this social event with music and craic guaranteed.

SKIPPY REACHING FOR THE STARS-A Charity Parachute Jump has been organized for Sunday July 15th. Proceeds in aid of Castlecomer Day Care Centre ; Lourdes Invalid Fund ; Deen Celtic Ladies Soccer Team. First to jump is Jim “Skippy” Sherwood. followed by every member of the enthusiastic squad; please support the girls who are selling lines at €2. Draw on the night in the Vaults with valuable cash prizes on offer.

USEFUL INFO-As part of the Dublin Tall Ships Event 2012, festival organisers offered 25 fully funded trainee places to young people across Dublin city. There are now some part funded bursaries being made available country wide. These will be made available to organisations that work with young people and are willing to support them in raising the remainder of the voyage fees. If your local organisation is interested in nominating trainees aged 18-25 that would not normally have access to such opportunities please contact trainee@dublintallships.ie. This is a once in a lifetime experience and is open to all age groups and abilities. Trainees take part in operating every aspect of the ship: If you require further information regarding trainee opportunities please contact: Michael Byrne, Trainee Recruitment Officer Email: trainee@dublintallships.ie Phone: 00353 (0) 86 034 6038