Castlecomer: Second Annual Vintage Road Run

An Cuan Abú-PIC – Coon Re-Development Committee hold their second Annual Vintage Road Run on September 23rd . Convey departs from Coon travelling via Castlecomer / Ballyragget / Jenkinstown / before finishing at Brow Country. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

An Cuan Abú-PIC – Coon Re-Development Committee hold their second Annual Vintage Road Run on September 23rd . Convey departs from Coon travelling via Castlecomer / Ballyragget / Jenkinstown / before finishing at Brow Country. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

STORIES AND ENVIRONEMNT-Susan Cross and Peter Phillipson of TellTale.eu have been appointed as mentors to Castlecomer by Kilkenny Leader Partnership to help look at and celebrate our culture and heritage and to develop project plans. Kilkenny Culture and Heritage Projects are all about using heritage to build our community’s future. The project aims to help turn ideas into plans and plans into money for community based projects.

The first step is to organize a Community Workshop where everyone is welcome to attend and this will be held in Castlecomer Community School on Tuesday September 11th at 6.30 p.m. This ‘Celebrating Castlecomer, its Stories and Environment’ session will be mainly about finding out what people value about Castlecomer and its surrounding area. This will not be talk or a lecture, this will be an evening of talking in groups and pooling information about interesting places, wildlife, significant Castlecomer people past and present. This is not about experts, although of course experts can get involved, but more about what matters to Castlecomer people in general. It is often astonishing how much information comes out of these sorts of sessions.

We hope to finish the evening with, at least, a good outline map and list of what makes Castlecomer tick. The more people who are involved the better this information will be, so gathering a variety of people with different interests in Castlecomer will be really helpful.

NORTH JUNIOR HURLING SEMI FINAL-Erins Own Junior hurling team gave their more fancied opponents Lisdowney a fright or two before bowing of the North Championship at the semi-final stage at Ballyragget on Tuesday evening. In a game where there were very few goal chances the Comer men will look back on what might have been when the Lisdowney netminder saved a point blank effort from the energetic Andrew Carron at the mid point of the second half. On a misty evening this match was competitive all through with little or nothing between two fine sides but the winners shaded the opening half thanks to a well engineered goal in the second quarter. At the break the score read Erins Own 0-8 ; Lisdowney 1-9.

The second half was more of the same with Erins Own matching Lisdowney due in the main from the accuracy from placed balls by Eddie “Cloney” Brennan. Soon after Declan Dunne pointed from an acute angle Eoghan Mealey raced through to rattle the net and suddenly with 12 minutes to go it was game on at 1-12 each. Parity remained as the sides traded points. At this stage the youthful Comer side were in with a great chance however a few silly fouls proved costly and Lisdowney ran out deserving winners by four points. Final Score Erins Own 1-13 ; Lisdowney 1-17. This was an excellent team performance and no doubt Manager Dick Mullins and his mentors Marty Connolly, Ken Brennan and Davy Buggy will be happy with the progress to date.

Team ; Jim Buggy, Noel Callinan, Damien Mullins, Ciarán Wallace, Sean McDermott, Jimmy Byrne, Liam Wallace, Ciarán McDermott (0-1), Eoghan Mealey (1-0), Declan Dunne (0-1), Eddie Brennan (0-9), Andrew Carron (0-1), Ciarán Brennan, Dermot Wallace (0-1), Anthony Kavanagh. Subs ; Darragh Brennan, Stephen Daly.

TAKING STOCK-Deenside Players will hold its AGM on Friday 7th September @8pm in The Lime Tree Bistro, We will also be Enrolling for those interested in joining the Cast of this years pantomime on the night. Childrens chorus enrollment will take place in October, a date is yet TBC.

BOLLARDS GOLF SOCIETY-A very enjoyable was had by all participants in the Bollards Golf Society (Captains Prize Liam Campion) at Castlecomer Golf Club on August 25th. Overall Winner was John Kelly.

Category 1. – 1st Peter Donnelly ; 2nd Eddie Kenny ; 3rd Colin Dunne.

Category 2. – 1st Caroline Conway ; 2nd Eamon Holohan ; 3rd Barry Dunne.

Category 3. – 1st Ronan O’Neill ; 2nd James Daly ; 3rd Danny Walsh.

Longest Drive – Nicky Walsh.

Nearest the Pin – Patrick Comerford.

B/ F9 – Tommy O’Neill ; B/ F9 – Eamon Fitzgerald.

CHOIRBOYS APPRECIATE SUPPORT-The members of Castlecomer Male Voice Choir wish to say a big thank you to all who supported their Church Gate Collection last weekend.

BACK ON TRACK-Castlecomer Athletic Club have resumed training on Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m. in the Community School. New members welcome.

MEDUGORJE PRAYER GROUP-The monthly mass of peace and rosary is on Monday September 10th at 7.30 p.m. in the Oratory, Castlecomer Community School. All are welcome.

PARISH PASTORAL COUNCIL-Next meeting is on Wednesday 12th September at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre. DANCE & DRAMA

CLASSES-Dancewise Academy Castlecomer classes will start on Wednesday 5th September. The academy will be offer dance & drama classes to those aged 4+. Those who missed out enrolment night are welcome to enrol on the first night of class from 6pm in Castlecomer Community Hall.

For more info contact Sarah on 087 9184510.

UNISLIM-Commencing Saturday 29th September in the Community Hall Castlecomer. 10.30-11.30 am. All welcome ; Men and women! Great opportunity and time to shape up and loose weight for Christmas!! Further details from Niamh McCullagh on 087 1820562

INSULATE FOR FREE -Kilkenny Leader Partnership, administered by SEAI, can insulate your home for free.

Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. The Scheme is being delivered currently by Kilkenny Leader Partnership at 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. (056 – 7752111). Who can avail of the scheme. Owner occupied non- Local Authority homes. Houses constructed before 2002.

he owner is in receipt of one of the following Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ; Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age ; Family Income Support.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive 24th August were: Top Score: Margaret Kealy, 1st Lady: Enid Abbot, 2nd Lady: Anne Kealy , 1st Gent: Tom Fenton, 2nd Gent: Gerry Kealy, 1st Half: Patricia McGuinness, 2nd Half: Joe O’Shea. Raffle prize winners: Kit Farrell, Catherine Brennan, Seamus Hennessy, Maureen Coady. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.PILGRIMAGE-The Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday September 16th. Fare Adults €15. Children €10. Please give names to Maureen Kelly 4441663 or Teresa Hetherington 4440025. Fares must be paid by Wednesday September 12th. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. sharp from The Square.

CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own Lotto is now up to €15,500.00. 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.

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

KEYS MISPLACED-A set of Peugeot car keys were misplaced on the Square, Castlecomer on August 18th. Please leave in to the Post Office for collection.

CEILI MóR-All roads lead to Moneenroe Hall on Saturday September 22nd for a Set Dancing Ceili. Music is by the Glenside Ceili Band. Admission including refreshments is €10. Promoter John Ryan (086- 3978758) says the Moneenroe venue is proving to be very popular so the message is come early to avoid disappointment dancing from 9.30 p.m.

ENROLLING-College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.

LIBRARY LATEST-We now have exhibition space available for individuals and groups, ring 4440561 to book. This month’s exhibition is from The Fassadinin History society – Field names of Firoda.The Afternoon Book Club will resume meetings on Wednesday 26th September, book to be discussed is “The Soldier’s Song” by Alan Monaghan, copies available. All are welcome to join them for a chat and a cuppa! Pageturners Reading group will meet on Thursday 27th September, title: “The woman who went to bed for a year” by Sue Townsend. The Nattering Knitters meet every Thursday at 10am for stitching and chat, all are welcome to join. the

Back to Work Enterprise Allowance.-The Back to Work Enterprise allowance (BTWEA) is designed to encourage people who are long-term dependent on social welfare payments to engage in self-employment, while allowing them to retain a reducing proportion of their qualifying social welfare payment over two years (100% in year 1 and 75% in year 2). The business, which must be viable and sustainable, must be approved in advance by a Facilitator based in a Social Welfare Local Office or your Integrated Local Development Company (ILDC)/Partnership Company if you reside in a Partnership or ILDC area.

ALL IRELAND FEVER-As Kilkenny contest their seventh consecutive All Ireland Senior Hurling Final there is a great buzz about the area and the town is well decked out in black and amber colours. The scramble is well and truly on for tickets and all in the community wish Erins Own club members Martin Fogarty (Selector) and Conor Fogarty (Panellist) the best of luck on Sunday in Croke Park.