Kilmanagh: All Ireland senior medal winners from parish to be honoured

A.S.I. KILKENNY - The day care centre in Kilkenny for people with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm every week in 1 Fr. Walsh Close, Cootes Lane. Activities and entertainment for attendees include bingo, cards, music, art, reflexology, singing and reminiscing.For more information contact Ruth on 056-7771230.

A.S.I. KILKENNY - The day care centre in Kilkenny for people with Alzheimer’s/ Dementia is open from Monday to Friday 9:30am to 4:00pm every week in 1 Fr. Walsh Close, Cootes Lane. Activities and entertainment for attendees include bingo, cards, music, art, reflexology, singing and reminiscing.For more information contact Ruth on 056-7771230.

D.I.Y. VEG. - Learn how to grow your own vegetables is a 5 week course that will take place in Droicheád Family Resource Centre (The Friary) in Callan over 5 Monday mornings. It begins on Monday, 19 November from 10am to 12pm. This course is suitable for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on their gardening skills. People will learn how to grow vegetables without the use of chemicals. The course will include: Autumn Preparation - composting, mulching, improving soil, crop rotation, nature and wildlife. Spring Preparation - seeds, supports, fertilisers, watering & preparing the soil. Harvesting- Pests and Diseases

TABLE QUIZ - The Richard Quirke Trust group have organised a Table Quiz in aid of the Kilkenny Branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association. It will be held in Scruffy Duffy’s on Friday, 16 November at 9pm. Tables of 4 are €20 and a raffle with goodies galore will also take place. All are welcome and all support greatly appreciated.

PRESENTATION NIGHT - Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club will host a Presentation Night honouring All Ireland Senior Hurling medal winners. This night of celebration to honour those players from the club who won All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals will be held on Friday 16 November in the Newpark Hotel. Doors Open from 8.30pm and tickets are available from all committee members - price €10. The players honoured on the night will include:  Bill Cahill, Joe Millea, Adrian Ronan, Johnny Butler, Denis Byrne, John Hoyne, Michael Hoyne, James Ryall and Eddie Brennan.

CHARITY CD LAUNCH - Henry Shefflin, along with Liam McCarthy, extend an invitation to you to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday, 22 November at 8 pm for the launch of “The Spirit of Christmas” CD in association with the Building of Hope Project. The CD was recorded by the children who attend the Likoni School for the Blind in Mombasa, Kenya. 183 volunteers from all over Ireland travelled to Mombasa in January and February 2012 and built a home for these blind children. Outside of Co. Clare, the largest number of volunteers came from the Kilkenny-Carlow area.The CD comprises of 8 Christmas Carols. The children put a great effort into the recording of the CD as they had to learn the words through Braille and in English. The CDs will be on sale on the night for €10 each and all proceeds will be used by the charity for the children’s medical, social and educational needs. The Building of Hope charity was set up to build community facilities for some of the poorest areas in Africa and on the second project in 20120 the volunteers were invited to meet the beautiful children at the school for the blind. Hard men cried when they saw the conditions. Sleeping three to a bunk with no sheets, no running water for showers and no flush toilets, nothing to cook on but an open fire pit and classrooms where lumps of the ceiling regularly fell in. The volunteers decided there and then that they would return and build the children a new home. This became a reality in February 2012 when the home was officially opened. The sheer joy that the children displayed as they explored their new home was second to none. The charity is run completely on a voluntary basis - no one gets a wage. We need as many people as possible to support the sale of these CD’s and would really appreciate your help in putting the word out there Come along and meet Henry and Liam and support a very worthy cause.

BALLYCALLAN TEA PARTY - The next event coming up in Ballycallan Hall is on Friday, 30 November at 8pm - their Annual Tea Party. Everyone is welcome to come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs. Following the tea party on Thursday, 7 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert please contact any of the committee members to do so.WHIST RESULTS - There were a total of 16 tables at the last St. Brigid’s Camogie Club whist drive which took place on Friday, 2 November at the Palmerstown. Results are; Top score - Bridie Bergin, First lady - Ali Kelly, First gent - Eileen Maher, Second lady - Caroline Murphy, Second gent - Pat Delaney, First half lady - Veronica Muldowney - First half gent - Richard Caldbeck, Second half lady - Maura Heffernan, Second half gent - Jack Ronan, Sitters - Peggy Dunne, Lowest score - Kathleen Hickey and Patricia Delaney, Students - Billy Keogh and Ciara Murphy.Raffle winners were Statia Byrne, Galatia Ryall, Bridie Metcalfe, Kitty Lahart, Nellie Ryall, Faith Delaney, Mary Doheny, Billy Malone, Maura Comerford x 2, Tom Cooke, Catherine Cuddihy, Mary Murphy, Tomás Dunne, Veronica Robinson, Hilary Murphy and Eadaoín Murphy. The next whist drive will be held on Friday, 23 November at the Palmerstown venue commencing at 8:30pm. All are welcome.

VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED - The Resource centre in Callan are looking for volunteer musicians and set dancers to start an afternoon Tea Dance in The Friary, Callan for the older folk in and around Callan. Anyone who may be interested in helping out is welcome to call 056 7755519 ext. 1.

RANGER’S VS. NEWPARK B - Rangers continued the league campaign on Sunday with a home game against newly promoted Newpark B. Rangers started brightly and had the best chance of the opening exchanges when Eoín Corcoran hassled and harried the Newpark defender before robbing the ball and found Dara Murphy with his low cross whose snap shot brought a fine save from the visiting keeper. Rangers were looking sharp and attacked at every opportunity. At the back they have tightened up and in the first half never looked like conceding. Newpark’s first real chance came from free kick which was gathered by the home keeper. Newpark seemed to up their game in second half and had the first chance of the half when a long free was floated into the Ranger’s box. A Newpark defender rose high to direct goal ward but Ranger’s keeper Mitch Corrigan was in the right place to gather the goal bound effort. Rangers management sprung Dara Egan from the bench with 25 minutes to go and it nearly proved a master stroke. A Paddy Dalton free found its way to the back post and Dara’s fine header was excellently saved by the visiting keeper. A few minutes later our own keeper made an equally brilliant save low to the left to keep the scores level. One sensed that the breakthrough was surly not far away. Unfortunately it was the visitors who got the break. A long ball bounced over the Ranger’s keeper save and the defence cleared for a corner. From the corner Rangers cleared and snap-shot back goal wards. Shane Butler cleared from the line but a Newpark defender reacted first and put them into the lead. Rangers continued to pile on the pressure and finally got their reward when a corner from the right was met at the front post and found its way in for the equalising goal. This was a much improved performance from Rangers and its hope to be the first of many to come. Team: M. Corrigan,  S. Butler, T. Manogue, C. O’Grady, P. Dalton, E. Corcoran, B. Hayes, T. Ryan, G. Murphy, J. Darmody and D. Murphy. Subs: D. Egan, D. Carroll. Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30.

KILMANAGH NOTES - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements, etc. can do so by emailing marydargan@gmail.com before 9pm on Sundays. Photographs can also be included by sending them as attachments.