THE ANNUAL PAT WALSH MEMORIAL PARADE - took place in Dunamaggan last Sunday, Easter Sunday. The Organisation of National Ex-servicemen formed a colour party at the 11 a.m. mass and Denis Ryan was the piper. After mass the Parade of the Reserve Defence Forces, National Ex-servicemen, political leaders, members of the local organising committee and the Kells Scouts paraded to the Pat Walsh Monument. Committee Chairperson, Ned Kirwan, thanked the large attendance for their presence on such a bitterly cold afternoon. He welcomed all who were present especially guest speaker, John McGuinness, T.D., Cllrs. Tom Maher, Matt Doran and Dr. Pat Crowley who also addressed the gathering. A welcome was also extended to those from Callan and Tullaroan who were present. Ray Cody laid a wreath at the monument. John McGuinness, T.D gave a very uplifting address in which he linked the values enshrined in the 1916 Proclamation as values and challenges which are very relevant to today. He stressed the contribution which Pat Walsh made to his local community. He was a very active member of the Glory Rovers G.A.A. club and an active referee. He was a real leader and trained members of the local community and led them in the War of Independence. John McGuinness stressed the importance of valuing the values of those who gave us the freedom we now enjoy but challenged those present not to take it for granted. The inspiration of Pat Walsh is, he stated, serving the need of one’s community irrespective of personal cost. Pat Walsh gave his life in pursuit of his aims. He said that the challenge for each one is to serve community and country so as to better and enhance life for all. Dr. Pat Crowley M.C.C. again reminded those gathered of the anniversary in 2014 of Ireland’s freedom which was achieved at the Battle of Clontarf by Brian Boru, a freedom, which he stated lasted for 150 years. He stressed the importance of valuing and respecting our freedom as for almost 750 years the country did not enjoy freedom until it was again achieved through the activities of men like Pat Walsh in 1921. He also stressed that Ireland, unlike most of Europe, has been free of major warfare for over 90 years. Rev. Nicholas Flavin P.P. recited a decade of the rosary for the deceased especially those who died during the past year who were regular attended at the commemoration.
D.K.K. LOTTO - The winning numbers of the March 25th draw were: 1, 24, 26. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each: Nellie Lahart, Phil Brennan, Sarah Power, Ian Dalton and Anne Doherty. Next week’s Jackpot is worth €1,750. The Bingo jackpot in St. Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €130. The Pool number is worth €420, Pete’s No 610.
KELLS HANDBAL CLUB - In the County Adult 40 x 20 County Senior Singles Final Peter Funchion (Kells) defeated William Love (Clogh). In the Juvenile County 40 x 20 representing Kells in the U 10 B Singles were Shaun O’Keeffe and Padraig Lennon; in the U 11 B Singles were Andy Hickey and Oisin Egan; in the U 12 B Singles were Conor Millea, James Shirley and Colm Nolan and in the U 13 B Singles were Cathal Ryan, Barry Lennon, Darragh O’Keeffe and eventual winner Conor Hoban. In the U 10 B Doubles Shaun O’Keeffe and Padraig Lennon (Kells) overcame Goresbridge, Clogh and S O’Keeffe and D Holden (Kilfane) to win out the U 10 B Doubles final; in the U 11 B Doubles Andy Hickey and Oisin Egan (Kells) played well but didn’t make the final. Congratulations and well done to all who participated. In the second round of the Juvenile Leinster Team 6 event, Kilkenny’s U 12/13 Team with Kells representatives Eoin Brennan, Dylan Crehan and Mickey Prendergast overcame Offaly and the U 14/15 Team with Kells representatives Roy Cullen and Conor Condon overcame Laois. In the 40 x 20 National Qualifiers Peter Funchion (Kells) got a walkover from Shane O’Neill (Tyrone) in the Men’s Open.
SUCCESS AT THE NATIONAL INDOOR ATHLETIC CHAMPIONSHIPS - Congratulations to two local athletes who competed in the National Indoor Juvenile Championships in Athlone I.T. Competing as members of Kilkenny City Harriers Luke Fitzpatrick came 3rd in the boys U 15 800 meters and Callan Byrne finished in 5th place in the boys U 17 60 meters. These were fantastic results at national level from two local boys