Danesfort children swim to success

Swim Success- The children from St.Michael’s NS., Danesfort had a fantastic and very successful day last Thursday at the annual schools swimming gala held at the Watershed with many of the pupils qualifying for the finals. Congratulations goes to Aisling Cowley who won gold in the Under-11 backstroke, Molly O’Keffe who won silver in under-11’s breaststroke and Joe Cowhig who won bronze under-10’s breaststroke.Well done to all who competed.

Swim Success- The children from St.Michael’s NS., Danesfort had a fantastic and very successful day last Thursday at the annual schools swimming gala held at the Watershed with many of the pupils qualifying for the finals. Congratulations goes to Aisling Cowley who won gold in the Under-11 backstroke, Molly O’Keffe who won silver in under-11’s breaststroke and Joe Cowhig who won bronze under-10’s breaststroke.Well done to all who competed.

THANKS - A big thank you goes to all who baked cakes, buns etc for the Juvenile Camogie cake sale held in the Community Centre last Sunday morning. The event was a huge success and the funds will be used to purchase gear. A big thanks also to all those who worked and bought on the day. A draw was organised and the following were the winners. 1st William Cowhig, 2nd Grace Byrne, 3rd Shane Hogan, 4th Ellen Nolan, 5th Joe Doyle, 6th Caroline Booth, 7th Mairead O`Brien, 8th Ellen Nolan, 9th Mary Doyle, 10th Brid Raftice, 11th Michelle Kent, 12th Aisling Cowley.

FUN RUN - “The Fun Starts Here” A good crowd attended the track at Danesfort GAA grounds to raise their fitness levels for the Fun Run that will be held later in the year. Remember this opportunity is open to everyone, even if you intend to walk. For a fee of €2 per session, Anne, Jane and Billy will provide advice to all.

HURLING - On Monday June 11 Danesfort Schools team took on Graignamanagh in the rionn C championship semi-final in Thomastown. This team who have already won a rionn B football Championship this season showed great heart and determination against a very fine Graigenamanagh side.The boys ,who were behind 1-2 to 0- 4 at half time battled hard to come back at the opposition, and booked their place in the county final against Lisdowney on a scoreline of 1-10 to 1-4.

FINAL - On Saturday June 23 Danesfort Schools team, made up of children from Burnchurch, Churchill and Danesfort lined out for their Final Hurling match of the year against Lisdowney, in the Top Oil roinn c schools final. The match was played in Nowlan park. Danesfort started well with a three point lead however Lisdowney came back into the match with a goal and a point and lead by 1-0 to 0-4 at half time. Lisdowney had the wind in the second half and they stretched the lead. The last ten minutes were very intense with Danesfort scoring a goal leaving one point difference. The final score was Lisdowney 1-8 points to Danesfort 1-7. Everyone of the team deserve credit for a great years work as this team have also won the Roinn B Football Final, last November. Team Joe Cowhig, Brian Mcdonald, Conor Condon, Peter Donohoe, Michael O’Shaughnessy (captain), Conor Mcgree, Colin Mckenna, Darragh Roberts, Sean Comerford, Aiden Mcgree, Daire O’Neill, Jim Ryan, Evan Mcdonald, Conor O’keeffe, Thomas Leahy. Adam Byrne, Alex Duggan, Conor Farrell, Conor Whitty, Peter o’Brien, Kevin Mcgrath, Liam O;Sullivan, Eoin Carroll, Mathew Moore, John Canny, Darragh Hackett, Liam o;Reilly, Padraig Barragry.

UNDER -10 - Danesfort Under-10 boys took part in the Go Games in Nowlan Park recently. Both teams hurled very well with one of the teams winning their final. Congratulations and well done to all who took part.

LOTTO - Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Results Week 38 Monday June 18, held in The Harvester Bar. Jackpot €800. Numbers Drawn: 28 - 14 – 22. One Winner - Seamus Tynan - Kilkenny C/o O’Brien’s Butchers No Consolation Prizes. Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Millie Murphy, Tom O’Shea Next draw Monday June 25 The Grange Inn - Jackpot €500. Then Monday July 2 - Delaney’s Kells.

TETRATHLON - Cian Drennan Burnchurch, a member of the Warrington Pony club was part of a 26 man squad who travelled to Milton Keynes England representing Ireland in the U.K. Regional Tetrathlon Championships on June 9th and 10th with England ,Scotland Wales and Border and Northern Ireland competing. Cian Drennan along with Leon Butler and Mark Collins Warrington, Rory Purcell Tipperary and Jack Savage Wicklow were on the boys team placed in second position. Mike Healy and Cian Drennan along with Laoise Fleming,Meath and Ellie Scott ,Bray represented Ireland in a relay swim which they won comfortably. Cian also was in fourth position in the swim and ninth position in the shoot overall. Training continues for the National Tetrathlon Championships which take place in Crecora Limerick in August .

HOLY COMMUNION - Congratulations to Bronagh Davis, Niamh McCarthy, Kelan O’Donoghue and Luke Maher Bradley pupils of St.Michaels NS Danesfort who received their First Holy Communion in Danesfort on Sunday June 10.

CEMETERY MASS - The following are the dates and times of the Cemetery Masses in the parish: Danesfort Cemetery, Thursday June 28 at 7:30pm. Cuffesgrange Cemetery, Thursday July 5 at 7:30pm. Burnchurch Cemetery, Thursday July 19 at 7:30pm. Grove Cemetery, Thursday July 26 at 7:30pm. Ennisnag Cemetery, Thursday August 2 at 7:30pm.

LOURDES PILGRIMAGE -Anna Corr, Brigid Dillon and Denis Gorey, the organisers of the Danesfort Lourdes Pilgrimage would like to thank all those who supported their table quiz which was held in Shirley’s Kells. Three people were capable financially to travel on the Ossory Pilgrimage. Unfortunately one person was unable to travel so the money will be retained for next year. They would also to thank all who gave raffle prises and gave funds but wer unable to attend the quiz. The group would especially like to thank the following sponsors; Tyreland, Cuffesgrange. Farm Industrial Supplies, Cillin Hill. Boots, Kilkenny. Mahers Petrol Station, Callan. Electro City, Kilkenny. Zuni Restaurent, Kilkenny. Seamus Nolan Jewellers, Kilkenny. Michelle O’Connell Jewellers, Kilkenny. Kieran Gorman, Sevenhouses. Callan Golf Club. Jerry O’Brien, Kilkenny. Shane Johnston, Shirley’s bar, Kells/ Manager and staff County Clinic.

KARATE- The Karate Club meet on Tuesdays 4.00pm to 5.00pm in Danesfort Community Centre for boys and girls 4 to 12 year olds. . There will be a strong focus on physical fitness, with plenty of fun and games incorporated into the classes. Karate has many proven benefits for kids both physical and mentally. The Physical benefits include better movement and control, improved flexibility, increased fitness and the ability to protect oneself. The psychological benefits are improved confidence, become more assertive and improved self-esteem. No special gear required, just turn up in tracksuit and away you go. Call Kevin 086 3668669.

GOING STRONG - This week the Going Strong club members and friends will travel to Threecastles to enjoy a morning of gardening and planting with Eva Holmes. Transport leaves St Michael’s Church car park, Danesfort at 10.00am.

BINGO - Bingo is held on Wednesday’s in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Contact: 086 8825821.

YOGA - Yoga, with instructor Sadhbn O’Neill, will continue on Tuesday mornings at 10.00am during the summer months on a drop-in basis. For athletes and other sports people, yoga is a godsend and can help with specifics like fallen arches, joint problems, muscle strains and flexibility. With many people now taking up running, yoga will counteract many of the problems runners commonly encounter, including shortening of the muscles and tightness in the hip area. Runners often neglect their upper body and yoga will strengthen and tone muscles in every part of the body. Remember, yoga is for everyone: young, old, female, and yes, male also. If you have never practiced yoga, and would like to try it, just drop in any Tuesday. All you need are comfortable clothing, yoga mat, blanket and small pillow. Refreshments are served after each class. Drop-in fee only €8. Contact 086 1666547.

HIP HOP - Hip Hop dance tuition for all national school children in Danesfort Community Centre on Wednesdays 4.00pm to 5.00pm. Classes are given by Favio Linares of 311 Dance and Fitness Group. If you would like to try it out please come along to our classes, only €5 or call Nikki 0851416953 for more details.

PARENT GUARDIAN TODDLER GROUP - The Parent/Guardian/Toddler Group meetMonday mornings from 10.30am in the Danesfort Community Centre. Teas coffees and refreshments will be available. If you are interested in joining the group or wish to get more information please contact Dympna 086 8322086.

TEEN CRAFTS - The first teen summer camp will be held this year in Danesfort Community Centre. It will offer a wide variety of activities and lots of fun. Camp starts Wednesday July 4 and every Wednesday for 8 weeks, from 10.00am until 4.00pm. Don’t miss out. For information contact Stasia 087 6987891 or Ann 085 1555448. Places limited so book now.

ALZHEIMERS - A facilitated support group, for carers of people with Alzheimers/Dementia. Providing a safe space for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network with other carers in similar positions. Location: Alzheimer Day Care Centre, 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny (Behind the village Inn) Next Meeting: Time: 4pm-5.30pm (NEW TIME) Wednesday June 27.

MARKET - Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, Mill St. in Callan every Friday and will begin June 29 from 9am – 2pm. Produce on offer: Cakes, Breads Eggs, Savoury dishes, Meat, Handcrafted Cards, Calendars, Hair Fascinators, Turned & Sculpted Wood, Knitted and embroidered gifts. All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products. If you would like to have your own stand, insurance & HSE cert is a requirement. To host a stand, the cost is €5. For more information, contact 056 77 55519 ext 1.