Ballyhale: Shamrocks are champions

Shamrocks - Congratulations to Shamrocks Captain David Hoyne who was presented with the Tom Walsh Cup in the Old Stand of Nowlan Park last Sunday following the Shamrocks senior team victory against a young Dicksboro team.

Shamrocks - Congratulations to Shamrocks Captain David Hoyne who was presented with the Tom Walsh Cup in the Old Stand of Nowlan Park last Sunday following the Shamrocks senior team victory against a young Dicksboro team.

The match itself was close at times with many scoring opportunities created by both sides – but not all resulted in a change to the scoreboard and so led to a tight finish. All the backs played very well, including Alan Cuddihy who had his best game in a Shamrocks jersey for a while. He benefitted from a beautifully weighted pass from Bob Aylward to make one of his trademark runs at one stage. County man Michael Fennelly was a powerhouse at centre-field as was his hard working brother Colin at full-forward. James ‘Cha’ Fitzpatrick also worked similarly hard. One of the stars of the game was Mark Aylward who pitched in with several difficult points at key moments in the game, keeping the eventual winners in front.

In David Hoyne’s acceptance speech, which unfortunately wasn’t heard by all, he dedicated the win, on behalf of the players to two young men no longer with us who would have been part of the panel, namely Sean Minty Malone and Martin Duggan. It was a lovely and very generous gesture by the Captain and his players.

The celebrations moved back to the Parish, stopping off in Carroll’s Hotel, Knocktopher for a slap-up meal for players, manager Tommy Shefflin and his selectors, family and supporters. Club Chairman Michael Fennelly paid tribute to our sponsors Paul and Catherine Holden of Holden Plant Rentals who were present, to the injured TJ Reid and to 11 times All-Star Hurler Henry Shefflin. He also expressed the wish, on behalf of the entire club that the victory would be some small comfort to the Malone and Duggan families.

Hope - Henry Shefflin, along with Liam McCarthy, extend an invitation to you to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday 22 November at 8p.m. 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. They 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.

Come along and meet Henry and Liam and support a very worthy cause.

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.

Kate Carroll was a volunteer on this project and saw the sheer joy that the children displayed as they explored their new home. The charity is run completely on a voluntary basis - no one gets a wage. They need as many people as possible to support the sale of these CD’s.

Oz - The very best of luck to All-Star hurler Ger Fennelly Jnr. who has left these shores for the land of Oz. Ger left last Saturday, missing the County Final by a day. He would have been a member of the senior panel had he stayed or had the schedule of local games not been put back.

Birthdays - Happy Birthday to Caia Cummins (Barrettstown) who celebrated her 2nd birthday recently. Also a very happy birthday to Chloe Phelan (Coolmeen) who celebrated her birthday last weekend.