KILKENNY- Congratulations to clubman, Brian Cody and his hugely impressive “ Kilkenny cats” following their demolition of “The Dubs” in Portlaoise on Saturday evening last. The well attended fixture, in poor weather conditions reflected the belief that “The Dubs” were going to give the All-Ireland champions a severe testing on their first outing of this year’s campaign. However, it was obvious from referee, Brian Kelly’s first whistle that the champions were not going to be ambushed and with inspirational captain, Eoin Larkin driving from the front, and clubmate, Jackie Tyrrell imperious in defence the expected challenge was brushed aside before it could begin. The club’s third representitive, Matt Ruth even got in on the act as a late substitute for impressive corner forward, Colin Fennelly. In truth, the much vaunted Dublin side were caught in a whirlwind from which they could not release themselves with the result that the final scoreline of 2-21 to 0-9 trully did justice to Kilkenny’s superiority in all departments, throughout the seventy minutes of the game. Even in such a one sided encounter, it was a joy to witness the free flowing style, teamwork and sheer class of an outstanding team. Kilkenny supporters are, indeed, privileged.
KILKENNY MINORS- Disappointment was the lot for Kilkenny’s minor team, which included clubmen, Diarmuid Cody and Jack McGrath, for the second year in a row when deservidly beaten, 1-12 to 0-10 by Dublin in Saturday’s curtain raiser in Portlaoise.
PADDY MULLEN TOURNAMENT- The annual Paddy Mullen memorial tournament for minor teams across the land takes place on Saturday next, 30th June in Larchfield and the Bennettsbridge G.A.A. club grounds. The tournament committee advise that the Antrim U-17 squad and Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) have withdrawn from the origional entry list, in the last few days and have been replaced by Tipperary county minor champions, Mullinahone and Glen Rovers (Cork). They now join, the host club, Graigue-Ballycallan, Clara, Ballyboden St.Enda’s (Dublin) and defending champions, Blackrock (Cork), in what promises to be a very competitive pre-championship test. The famed Cork club, Blackrock are attempting to win the tournament for the fourth year in a row. This will be the twenty second running of the tournament, a sure testament of it’s value to clubs over the years, and a tribute to the memory of the late, Paddy Mullen whose passion for the national game and commitment to the under-age structures in the club left a lasting legacy.The first round draws have been made and they are as follows Ballyboden v Graigue-Ballycallan, (Larchfield), James Stephens v Clara (B’bridge), Blackrock v Mullinahone (Larchfield) and Glen Rovers v Clonoulty (B’bridge).
KELLS ROAD DRAW- The June draw takes place, tonight, Wednesday, 27th June in the clubrooms. Promoters and contributors are invited to come along for the draw, after which there will be tea/coffee and refreshments served to all in attendance. Good luck to all in the draw.
KELLS ROAD- A hardy bunch of twenty volunteers turned up on the Kells Road to carry out a much needed “weeding” exercise on Saturday morning. This work had to be done to allow the plants along the front of the site to thrive in compliance with planning permission. At the same time the grass cutting team are continuing their twice weekly trimming of the five fields, which are maturing nicely, due to the ideal combination of rain annd heat at this time of the year. Over the next few weeks, on the advise of Donal Sinnot our field drainage expert, the playing surfaces fields will have to be verti-drained to avoid compaction and ensure proper drainage.
FEILE COFFEE MORNING- The Feile fundraising committee would like to thank all the parents and supporters who turned up for the coffee morning in Hotel Kilkenny on Friday morning last. As part of the committee’s ongoing fundraising ventures to help alleviate the cost of the Feile weekend, which starts on Thursday 5th July, in Dublin the committee has also planned for a cabaret to be held in the clubrooms on Friday night,13th July. Tickets may be purchased from any member of the committee at a cost of Eu 5.00 each. More immediate, however, is the barbeque being held in Larchfield on Saturday next, 30th June after the last whistle has been blown in the final in the Paddy Mullen tournament. Your support for these fundraisers, to help send our young stars to the national Feile finals would be much appreciated by the club’s management.
GOLF CLASSIC- The club’s annual golf classic scheduled for Kilkenny Golf Club on Thursday and Friday next, promises to be a very competitive outing with sixty seven teams competing for honours over the two day event. With a forecasted improvement in the weather conditions for the weekend, hopefully,all participants will enjoy a successful day’s golf on the beautifully manicured Kilkenny Golf Club circuit. Credit to the organising committee of Dan Cody, John Byrne, Richie Manogue, Tony Scanlon and the “breakfast team” at the 10th hole for their efforts in making this event one of the most enjoyable of it’s kind on the “classic” circuit. Throughout the day the Liam McCarthy Cup, O’Keeffe Cup, National League and the club’s own favourite, The Tom Walsh Cup will be on display in the Kilkenny Golf club. Meanwhile,apologies to anyone misled (or panicked) by the dates published in last week’s notes.
KILKENNY CAMOGIE- A table quiz fundraiser for Kilkenny camogie will take place in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday night, 28th June starting at 8.p.m.. Entry fee for a team of four is Eu 30.00. the first prize is Eu 500.00 worth of O’Neill’s sports goods, second prize Eu 100.00 with a “wooden spoon” prize of Eu 40.00 for the team There will also be a raffle on the night. Clubs and sporting organisations across all sports are urged to support the Kilkenny camogie team as they prepare for a determined tilt at returning the O’Duffy cup to Kilkenny after a long absence.
WEDDING CELEBRATIONS- Congratulations to Ashling Keane who married her fiancee, Piltown native, Raymond Carroll, in St.Patrick’s Church on Friday last. Ashling is daughter of club treasurer, Tom Keane and his wife, Carmel, Kenneally Ave., Kilkenny Following the wedding ceremony the newly weds celebrated their marriage with a reception in The Set, Langton’s Hotel, in the company of their extended family, friends and many guests, all of whom embraced the couples joyous occasion. We wish them a long and happly life together.
MUSIC- Saturday night, 30th June will see the return of Billy Mc to the club stage.
LATE NEWS- Sympathies of the club’s membership to club Vice-president, Dick Coyne, Fiacre’s Place, whose wife, Marie, passed away, after a long illness, on Sunday. Marie’s sons, Martin and Jim lined out for the club’s under-age and junior sides down through the years. The sympathies of the membershiop were also extended to their daughters, Cora and Frances. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.
LOTTO- Tuesday night’s draw produced the following combination of numbers 11 - 12 ; 31. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot will be Eu 3,600. The consolation winners were- Eoghan Murphy, Micky Walsh, Helan Coogan, Ann Duffy and Liam Tyrrell.