CROKE PARK CALLS - A week after the Windgap under eights graced Croke Park hurling’s field of dreams black and amber flags and bunting bedecks the local houses and both villages as local supporters set their sights firmly on Croke Park on Sunday. Breaking with the tradition the tickets were distributed to the members on Friday evening and most enjoyed the weekend’s summers style weather secure in the position in having a valuable pass in hand for the game. After three All Ireland final outings in recent years with the old friends, rivals and sporting enemies across the Lingaun River the day to day banter of local rivalry ahs been replaced by a desire to try to overturn the recent Leinster Final result. With the Western seaboard supplying a rare three of the All Ireland senior finalists in 2012 supporters and the colours of the opposition on Sunday are scarce in the area. For the Hurling final only one Galway girl Therese Walsh will be sporting the maroon and white of the tribesmen. Formerly from the area of the Leitrim Kilnadema Club in the hurling heartland of East Galway Therese is currently the joint secretary of the local camogie club. In Tullahought Sunday morning saw the Murphy family formerly of Raheenarran arrive early to regroup in memory of the fifth anniversary of their brother Seamie. A staunch Kilkenny supporter whose funeral took place around an All Ireland weakened his brother Davy from Knocklofyty and sisters Peggy Ryan from Ballintee Annie O’Hara from Ballyragget and members of his late brother Dicks families and other relations were present. Absent but not forgotten on the day when hurling dominated all conversations were his sisters Maudie, Kitty and Nonie in England.
COUNTY SQUADS - Three local players wore the black and amber over the weekend when substitute Peter Hennessey hit 2-2 against Tipperary in the under sixteen Shield semi-final in Nenagh on Saturday and lined out in the final where Waterford took the laurels in Semple Stadium on Sunday. He was joined in the Tipperary game by Darragh O’Shea. In Ferns in Niall Walsh was in the forwards of the Southern under fifteen sides that went down to the Northern side in the semi final.
TIDY TOWN - The National results will be announced on Monday next at midday in the Helix with local hopes high that the upward trends will be continued despite the poor summer. The text list to receive updates is available to all residents. The next meeting is on Tuesday where the future location of the Bottle bank is on the agenda owing to its proximity with the power lines in the village. A delight to behold as the users ensure there is never rubbish left adjacent to it collects over three tons of glass and over a half ton of aluminum cans each year. Voluntary Work continued at the Sportsfield on Saturday.
HOLY CROSS - The annual trip to Holt Cross takes place on Thursday 13th Sept. Leaving Callan at one o clock and travelling by Cuaile and Seskin the bus arrives at Delaneys in the Slatequarries at half past one. It then travels on to Holycross via Windgap and Killamery. For further details contact Mai Phelan. SEVENTEEN TABLES - A total of seventeen tables of four players turned out to support Kilkenny Senior Hurling team All Ireland ambitions in the Drive for Liam Quiz in the area with eleven teams participating in Powers and six in Guinans. The events were organized at the venues by Noel Power and PJ Egan in Windgap and Pat Moore, Julie Walsh, Nicky Moore and Alison Walsh in Powers. With some fine scoring in Tullahought the team of Judith Phelan, Shamie Phelan, Pat and Tommy O’Gorman headed off a posse of four teams tied in second place whilst John Ryan Eoin Ryan Eddie and Mary Guinan led the field in Windgap. The main prizes in the Quiz went to the James Stephens, Thomastown and Rower venues.
UNSOCIABLE BEHAVIOUR - A new two story house was broken into in the Killamery area in an occurrence that appears to be going less reported in recent times. WINDGAP PLAY IN CROKER - Windgap under eight’s took part in Leinster GAA Croke Park activity day on Monday August 20th. The bus departed from Windgap at eight thirty and parked under the shadow of the Cusack stand just before eleven o’clock. This gave parents and players time for a quick sandwich before the main event, a match against Westmeath team Castletown Geoghan. Half an hour prior to the throw in the team was brought into the dressing rooms, the warm up area and the interview area where a representative explained what happens in each place. Finally the team went up the steps out onto the field where they had their team photograph taken in front of the waiting paparazzi (parents!).The match was very even with neither team able to break down the other in the first half. The second half produced the goals though with Windgap racing into a three goal lead before Castletown fought back with a super long range goal of their own, Windgap managed to add another before the end and the match finished with both teams lining up opposite each other shaking hands. Finally, to finish the event each team mounted the steps of the Hogan stand where they got their picture taken whilst lifting a trophy. A superb day out was had by all the players and parents and a big thanks goes to Leinster GAA for organising the Croke Park activity day. BIG WIN IN TIPP - Windgap under ten’s took part in the Mullinahone’s festival of hurling on Saturday August 25th. Two groups of five teams meant Windgap played four group matches where after the top two teams in each group went through to the semi finals. Windgap defeated Mullinahone, Killenaule and Ballingarry before playing out a 2-2 draw against Fermoy in the final group game. Finishing second in their group on goal difference the met the Carrick Swans in the semi final. The Swans went on to win this semi and subsequently the final. This meant that Windgap contested the Shield final where they defeated an excellent Golden team by the closest of margins. A goal in the last minute gave Windgap a 3-2 win and their first silverware. Well done to Mullinahone GAA club for organising everything including food for the players. This competition which also included under twelve teams was a massive undertaking and was run excellently. There were lots of volunteers on the day and all couldn’t help you enough. We look forward to coming back next year. Juvenile reports and photo compliments of Matthew O’Shea.
CAMOGIE - On the championship scene the seniors played Dunhill in Dunhill on Sunday morning in preparation for their relegation clash with Graigueballycallan in a couple of weeks.
GAA - This Weeks Winning Numbers were 2, 8, 14, 28 and Bonus number 10. Next weeks Prize fund is €10,200. The juniors played Kilsheelin in challenge game in Windgap on Saturday and the under twelve’s traveled to the Fighting Cocks in Carlow to play the home side Burren Rangers in a return game. TRIP TO KNOCK - The St. Vincent De Paul annual outing to Knock takes place on Saturday the 8th of September. For further details contact Catherine Maher, Kitty Egan, Biddy McKenna, Gerry Maher or Eamon Doyle. FUTURE PLANNING- A public meeting will take place in Windgap Hall on Tuesday 25th of September at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to begin the planning process of how best to utilize develop and integrate the facilities within the parish and plan future development. Your views are very important. All are welcome to attend.
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