London Marathon 2013 - Have your name printed on a specially designed running top, which will be worn in The London Marathon in April while also donating to a very worthy charity, The Irish Heart Foundation. If you are interested, contact Paul Dempsey on 087 9373937, individuals E20 and students E10. Paul will run in his second London Marathon on April 21st
Local Lotto - €4,500 jackpot was not won - 5 X €35 winners were - Rachel Hughes, The Elite Racing Club c/o Sportsman, Shem and Angie O Hara, Craig Butler Ballinamona and Jimmy Doyle.
Athletics - Thomastown had three club teams competing in the Leinster Junior cross-country and Juvenile cross-country relays in Ballyroan Co Laois on Sunday 20th January.Thomastown teams competing were U12 Girls, junior women and junior men. First up were the under 12 girls in the cross country relay team event. With 17 teams lining up at the start line the Thomastown team of Ciara O’Keeffe, Aine Kirwan, Ellen Ryan and Orla O’Keeffe duly delivered with a superb victory with St Laurence O’Toole (Carlow) in second and St Josephs (Tullogher) in third position. In the junior women’s 4km race Thomastown team of Sinead Whelan 10th, Maeve O’Connor 11th, Niamh O’Shea 14th and Laura Walpole 15th combining well to finish in second team position behind winners Celtic DCH (Dublin). Sinead Whelan was also a scoring member of the Kilkenny county team that finished in second place in the county section just one point behind winners Dublin. In the junior men’s race over 6Km, Sean Power put in a strong run from the start and was second position for most of the race, but in the sprint to the finish, he had to settle for fourth position, a fine run given that Sean has three more years in this age group. The Thomastown team – Sean Power fourth, James Power 13th , Liam O’Shea 19th and newcomer Jamie Walsh 20th – finished just outside the medals in fourth place on 56 points in the Club event, just four points behind third-placed team St Abbans (Laois). In the County event, Sean Power was a scoring member Kilkenny county team that finished in first team position with 17 points, with Laois second on 32 points and Wicklow third on 49 points,
Handball - Kilfane juvenile handballers performed very well in the 40x20 singles and doubles county championships, winning five county titles in total over the past two weekends. The singles competitions kicked off first. In Kells, Roisin O’Keeffe competed at U12. Despite being out of her age, she reached the final in great style and was only beaten in the deciding third game of the final. At U13, Dearbhail O’Keeffe won her final without dropping an ace to retain the title which she also won last year. It capped a good week for Dearbhail after winning the One Wall Plate in the Broadford Tournament in Limerick the previous weekend. In the U14 county semi-final, Caoimhe Kelly, who like Roisin earlier was competing out of her age, fought bravely but was beaten by the eventual county champion. Over in Windgap, Aoife Holden became U15 county champion, winning her matches very convincingly. Aoife also reached the final of the U16 girls open tournament in Broadford the previous week, the final is which is fixed for later in the month. Ailis O’Shea competed in the U16 county championship, but was narrowly beaten in the semi final, again conceding a year to her opponents. Kilfane won its third county singles title in Goresbridge when Jack Holden won the U12 title. In Kells, Davy Blanchfield competed in the U13 competition, but lost out in the semi final after a great win the first round. At U16, Dylan Caulfield contested a very close final in O’Loughlins before losing out to his county doubles partner last year, Sean Carey. The weekend just gone saw the doubles teams in action. On Friday, Caoimhe Kelly and Eimear Farrell won Kilfane’s fourth county title by winning the U13 doubles final in Clogh. They beat Clogh 2-0 in the semi final before going on to beat Kells 2-0 in the final. Davy Blanchfield and Jack Barcoe were unlucky to lose out in the deciding game in the U14 boys, and in U15 girls, Ailis O’Shea and Aoife Naddy were also beaten in their contest. On Sunday morning, Peter McDonald and Tom Holden represented Kilfane in the U12 boys and brought their semi final to a third game before losing out. In the U12 girls, Roisin O’Keeffe and Eva Hynes won the club’s fifth title by beating Kells 2-0 in their semi final, before going on to beat Windgap 2-0 in the final. Dearbhail O’Keeffe and Jack Holden will represent the club in the Gael Linn Leinster final next weekend in Crinkel, Co. Offaly, after winning out the local section of this competition last Wednesday night in the O’Loughlins club.
Thomastown Community Centre- The committee of Thomastown Community Centre are in a position to start construction work on the community centre with the first phase due for completion by August 2013. The committee have secured E200,000 from Kilkenny Leadership Partnership and E8,000 from the HSE, in order to meet their local contribution, they are launching their fundraising initiative - buy a block for E20 or a donation. For more information, contact Seamus Quigley or Ailish Hayes.
St. Mary’s National School - Parents/Guardian who wish to enrol children in Junior Infants for September, 2013 in St. Mary’s National School may do so during Enrolment Week, Monday, 4th February to Friday, 8th February. Prospective parents may bring their children to the school to be enrolled any morning that week between 10.00 a.m. and 12.00 p.m. The school will also require a birth certificate. If your child was not baptised in Thomastown, they will also need a copy of his/her baptismal certificate.