Dicksboro GAA Club will launch its five year Strategic Plan in Palmerstown on Saturday 20th April. This is another important event for the club as it sets out our aspirations for the next five years. Cillian Buckley will also be present with the Liam McCarthy Cup and the night will double as a celebration of Cillians magnificent achievement in winning his first All Ireland senior medal. Light refreshments will be served and some ceol agus craic will guarantee a great night out.
JUNIOR HURLING - Our Junior hurlers opening game of the season against last year’s Junior County finalists, Bennettsbridge, in the All County Junior hurling league was always going to be a big test for us and we came through the test with an A+ after clinching a last minute point to win. Bennettsbridge were 1-3 to 0-0 up after nineteen minutes and looking like they were cruising when a ‘Boro ‘70 was (thankfully) poorly struck, floating into the square, where Brian Dollard pulled in the air and sent it to the net. Our next score came four minutes later with a Darragh Buggy point and we had to wait for another nine minutes before our next, an Evan Guilfoyle goal, in what was a low scoring half for the ‘Boro. Ht Dicksboro 2-1 Bennettsbridge 1-7. For most of the first quarter of the second half, Bennettsbridge maintained a three or four point lead but our break came on the seventeenth minute when Tom Manning, who had a very good game, pulled first time on a ball arriving in the square to raise the green flag and leave us trailing by only a point. Two minutes later it was Mason Clifford’s turn to raise the green flag and the ‘Boro were now in the lead for the first time in the match. It was now the ‘Boro’s turn to pull away, tapping over another couple of points. At the end of the thirty minutes, the ‘Boro were two points ahead (4-7 to 1-14) but four minutes of injury time had to be played and two pointed frees from the Bridge in the space of two minutes meant everything was level and it looked like it would end like that until Evan Guilfoyle pointed for the ‘Boro in the last minute of injury time to win the game. Ft Dicksboro 4-8 Bennettsbridge 1-16. Panel: Cillian Breathnach, Kevin Nolan, Mason Clifford, James Murphy, Philly Hogan, DD Molloy, Michael Rafter, Willie Sainsbury, Enda O’Donoghue, Mikey Hayes, Jamie Lynch, Jessie Watters, Willie Cuddihy, David Carroll, Derek O’Gorman, Evan Guilfoyle, Brían Dollard, Conor Maharaj, Eoin Fennelly, Darragh Buggy.
SENIOR COLLEGES HURLIN - Best of luck to Kilkenny C.B.S and all the ‘Boro lads who will play Dungarvan Colleges in the All Ireland Senior Colleges Final this weekend.
LOTTO RESULTS - Dicksboro’s lotto jackpot of €3,650 was not won on Thursday, March 28th 2013. The numbers drawn were 1, 12, 15 and 28. Other Prizes drawn were €100 to Billy Loughman c/o Paddy Maher, €50 to Mrs. Lannon c/o In Touch, €40 to Dave Kenny c/o Tom Knox, €25 to Seamus McGrath c/o Mick O’Brien, €25 to Paddy Bowden c/o John Hackett, €25 to Pat Stapleton c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Paddy Grace c/o Paddy Grace. Promoters prize of €30 to Mick Byrne, €20 to Patsy Griffin. Our next jackpot will be for €3,800. Dicksboro Lotto can be played online at www.dicksborogaa.com and following the ‘Play Lotto’ link.
PARISH SOCIAL - St. Canice’s Parish Social will be held on 19th April in Langton’s. There will be a Mass for Year of Faith prior to the Social. Tickets on sale after Masses on 6th /7th & 13/14th April. Also available from Parish Centre. If anyone has some Spot Prizes to donate, they would be appreciated and they can be dropped in to Parish Centre. Thank you.
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS - Kilkenny Branch, Multiple Sclerosis Society would like to thank all who supported their recent Church gate collection and all our collectors. It was much appreciated.
REHAB - Rehab Church Gate collection in St. Canice’s was €661.09. Rehab would like to thank most sincerely all those who contributed to our collection, and also to thank all those who acted as collector’s on our behalf.
RACE DAY - Kilkenny Senior Hurlers Family Race Day has now been rescheduled for Tuesday 9th April with the first race at 4.45pm. This is a National Hunt fixture and there are 7 races on the card. The races are called after six of the Kilkenny Senior Hurlers and team manager Brian Cody. Special guest will be Luke Mitchell who plays Romeo Smith in the Aussie drama Home & Away. He will assist Deirdre Shefflin and Elaine Hickey in the judging of the Most Appropriately Dressed Lady. There are competitions for the best dressed ‘black & amber’ family and the best dressed student and we have excellent prizes for all the winners. A draw will take place for two tickets for the Bruce Springsteen Concert in Nowlan Park in July. Application forms are included in the souvenir race card. There will be live music by ‘The Waxies’ in the Miller Marquee and also an appearance by Irish comedian Paddy Courtney from 5pm to 8pm. A designated kid’s play area is being provided. All the Kilkenny senior hurlers and the Liam McCarthy will be in attendance for autographs and photographs. Being in the winner’s enclosure in Gowran Park on Tuesday the 9th April will have a whole new meaning for us all as we join the All-Ireland Champions of 2012 in an evening at the races in Gowran Park. It is an opportunity to pay tribute to this very special group of players for all the great entertainment they have given to us in the last number of years. Please note that the players fund will only benefit if you purchase tickets in advance.
TRAINING PROGRAMME - Co. Kilkenny VEC are hosting a series of FREE half-day workshops on Tuesday’s (9.30am - 1.30pm) over a six week period in May and June 2013. Venue Kilkenny City. These workshops are aimed at young adults in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance/Benefit and/or those who finished their education before completing the Leaving and/or Junior Certificate (or equivalent). REGISTER online at www.kilkennyvec.ie (follow link to “Taster”) or Tel: 056 7795916.
FUNDRAISING CONCERT - A Concert will be held in St Canice’s Church in aid of St. Canice’s Parish Homes for the Elderly, Troy’s Court on Wednesday 3rd April at 8pm. Admission 10 euro. The Concert features The Lander Valley High School Choir from Wyoming USA and the Sospiro Male Voice Choir. Your support and generosity on the night would be very much appreciated.
ANNIVERSARIES - Saturday 6th April at 7.30PM, Catherine Walshe, Loreto Ave, Sunday 7th April at 10.30am, Liam Remehan, Drakelands. Thursday 11th April at 9.10am, Mary and Seamus O’Dwyer. Friday 12th April at 9.10am, Nicholas Maher.
BAPTISMS - Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 5.00pm in St. Canice’s. Newly Baptised are invited to attend 11.30am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
WIDOW’S ASSOCIATION - Widow’s Association of Ireland Kilkenny Branch meeting on Thurs. 4th April in the Club House Hotel at 2.30p.m.
MEN’S ACTION NETWORK - Day Trip to Titanic Experience Cobh & Cork City Goal on 16th April. Cost €45 includes bus, admission fees & 4 Course Dinner. Leaving Butts Green Car Park at 8.30a.m. Contact Larry at 086 1290284, Bill at 7780876, or Eamonn at 7789749.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE - Bookings can now be made for the 2013 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place on May 22nd-27th. Fare is €735pps. Contact Eleanor at 051-880414 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE - Sat 1st June to Sat 8th June. Cost (inc. Tax and Insurance €609 if €50 deposit is paid before 16th Feb.) €659 after 16th Feb. Contact Ann, 7765840 or 086 8825622.
KILKENNY COMMUNITY & VOLUNTARY FORUM - The South East Regional Drugs task Force (SERDTF),Kilkenny Community & Voluntary Forum and Kilkenny Leader Partnership are jointly organising a community consulation Seminar on the subject of substance misuse. The seminar will be on the morning of Friday 19th April 2013. The venue will be the Pembroke Hotel, 11 Patrick Street, Kilkenny from 9:30am to 1:30pm. A light lunch will be served. All community voluntary interests and groups are invited to attend. Places can be booked at 051 841144.
YOUTH 2000 - Youth 2000 Ireland will be hosting a youth retreat in Castlecomer Community School, Castlecomer from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st APRIL 2013. Retreat starts with registration on Friday at 8.00pm. For young people aged 16-35. To book or for more information see www.youth2000.ie or call 087 7835471/086 8636296