Castlecomer -LADIES SHINE IN KINNEGAD !

Maurice Shortall

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Maurice Shortall

LADIES SHINE IN KINNEGAD !

LADIES SHINE IN KINNEGAD !

Erin’s Own lady footballers are back in full swing for the new season. They are training on Monday nights at 7.30 p.m. in Ballycomey. The attendance at training and the very positive feedback from the players is credited to the great work being put in by coach Andy Korff.

All the hard work was put into action on Saturday last, 8th June when the team travelled to Kinnegad for the Leinster Blitz. They played teams from Kilcock, St. Conleths, Man O War 2 and St. Kevins. They were delighted to end the day by winning 3 out of the 4 games played. A fantastic day was had by all with great football being played. The ladies scored some great goals and points in all games with the score of the day going to Miriam Butler for a point from an almost impossible angle to win the final game for Comer. This was a great start for the ladies in what promises to be another fun filled season. Following the blitz the ladies headed to Tyrrellspass Castle Restaurant where they enjoyed a lovely meal. Panel: Catherine Farnhan, Claire O’Neill, Cathriona Normoyle, Brenda Downey, Aileen Coughlan, Majella Finn, Breda Daly, Katie Murphy, Miriam Butler, Leona Comerford, Paula Heeny, Georgina Smyth, Majella Deevy. Unfortunately some of the panel were unable to travel due to other commitments.

A special thank you to Willie Forde, Eurospar for providing refreshments and goodies for the day, it was greatly appreciated by all.

SARAGH IS ALL IRELAND CHAMPION !

All Ireland Colleges Athletics Senior Girls Triple Jump champion is Castlecomer Community School student Saragh Buggy - as well as gold in the triple jump. Saragh was silver medallist in the Long-jump competition - jumping the same length as the winner Jessica Sheehan from Kinsale, it took count-back to separate the two competitors. John Joe Kelly finished in fourth position in the Intermediate Boys Shot Putt, just a spot outside the medals.

WALSH A WINNER !

Congrats to local SOS member Joe Walsh who won two gold medals at Scanlon Park at the weekend. Versatile Joe was first past the post in both the 50m and 100m walks. He is off to Knock Co. Mayo soon to fine-tune his skills at Boccha in preparation for the upcoming Special Olympics.

SUPPORT SERVICES AVAILABLE.

Are you unemployed? Are you looking to up-skill? Need re-training in certain areas? Are you a Community Group looking for support, or are you interested in setting up a Community Group? Kilkenny Leader Partnership offer supports to individuals and communities through services for the unemployed, and to local community groups. We also offer supports in becoming self-employed, & rural enterprise. For more information contact Ann-Marie Lahart or Olivia Delaney, Development Officers, Co. Kilkenny LEADER Partnership on 0564441966 or 0567752111, or drop into our outreach office in Castlecomer Community Hall, Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny Mon-Fri 9.00am-5.00pm.

UNITED FOR THE CAUSE !

Relay for Life in association with the Irish Cancer Society host a Unique Table Quiz simultaneously in Bollards, Castlecomer and Cloney Brennan’s, Moneenroe on Friday June 14th at 9.30 p.m. The novel challenge for local bragging rights will no doubt hit optimum decibel levels with the same questions in both premises where the winner takes all. Team of 4 costs €20 and all support will be greatly appreciated. Further information from Nicola Shortall on 4441310 (work).

Relay for Life is a 24 hour community celebration which honours all those who are affected by cancer. The Irish Cancer Society hopes to bring Relay for Life to every town and city in Ireland. At the heart of the event teams of friends, neighbours, families and colleagues come together in groups to support the cause. As well as raising vital funds to support the Irish Cancer Society’s work Relay is held to increase cancer awareness, celebrate the lives of survivors, remember those who lost their lives to cancer and unite a community in the fight against cancer.

ANNUAL CEMETERY MASSES.

Crosshill Cemetery Friday 28th June at 7.30 p.m. (Male Voice Choir).

Parish Cemetery Friday 5th July at 7.30 p.m. (Parish Choir).

MR. PADDY DUNNE.

The death has occurred of Paddy Dunne, Skehana Bridge, at The Mater Hospital, Dublin. A comparatively young man he sadly went to his eternal reward long before his time. Of a quiet, kind and sincere disposition he regularly made himself available to help his many neighbours in his beloved Skehana. The huge turnout at the obsequies reflected the high esteem in which the family are held in the community. He had a great affection for nature and animals in particular horses and it was most appropriate that the guard of honour which accompanied the cortege on its final journey to the church comprised of members of the Ballinalacken Foot Harriers, Ballinakill Mart, Ballyfoyle Gymkana Committee, Vita and the North Kilkenny Hunt whose six riders led on horseback.

He was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Willie Hennessy P.P. Castletown ; Fr. Ian Doyle.

He is survived by his mother Margaret ; brothers Johnny, Gerry, Mal, Donal, Martin, sisters Mary, Eileen ; sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews, other relatives and a large circle of friends.

PARISH DRAW.

€1,000 – Nellie and Paddy Brennan, Smithstown (Promoter Lillian Boland).

€500 – Sheila Loughlin, Riversdale, Coolbawn (Promoter Ina Kelly).

€200 – Paddy O’Neill, Ardra (Promoter Ina Kelly).

€100 – Maureen Healy, 18 Donaguile Heights (Promoter Liz Walsh).

Promoters Prize €100 – Ann Boland, Drumgoole.

Sincere thanks to all who supported this Parish Fundraiser.

SOCCER CAMP SOLD OUT.

Camp registration has now closed. We have 171 children participating this year.

At Deen Celtic we are delighted to see the level of interest this year. We believe

this is down to the huge success the previous three camps have been.

Final planning is now underway to make the week as enjoyable as possible

for all involved.

Over the last few days we have handed out letters to local business’s regarding

supporting this years camp. If we have overlooked your business by error and

you are interested in supporting the camp in what ever way suits your business

Please contact any club official or John Moore on 086 8545015 or jmoorecc@gmail.com

SCHOOL RUNNINGS !

The inaugural Castlecomer 5K Run takes place on Sunday June 16th in the scenic surrounds of the Castlecomer Discovery Park. Despite many people running in the Discovery Park every week, it is the first formal running event to take place in the historic park in recent years and promises to be a great occasion.

The 5km race starts at 11am and there is also a 2km family fun run/walk starting at 11.45am. The first male and female across the line in the 5k race will each receive €100 sponsored by Keith Normoyle Family Butchers. Entry to the race for adults is €10 with a special family rate of just €20. Registration is open from 10am beside the play ground at the Tree Tops Walk shop. All proceeds will go to the Presentation Convent National School in Castlecomer. It promises to be a most enjoyable and social event with post race refreshments for all in the Estate Yard.

IMPRESSIVE WIN.

Erins Own entertained Barrow Rangers in the Roinn A under 14 league on Friday evening last. Played in glorious sunshine the local boys went about their business from the start and shot three goals in the opening 5 minutes through James and Kevin Brennan. With John Dowd and Eoin O’Rourke winning ball after ball the supply kept making its way towards the Rangers goal and goals followed from Ross Connolly and Declan Buggy. From there to half time Comer kept up the tempo and had built up a good lead heading into the second half. The second half was played out in much the same fashion as the first with the locals recording another good win in the league. Panel. R. Brennan, L. Holland, S. Coogan, J.Buggy, C.McMahon, E. O Rourke, D. Ferris, J.Dowd, J.Fanning, D. Buggy, R. Connolly, J.Hickson, J. Brennan, K.Brennan, A. Mulally, C. Normoyle. C.Korff, J.Buggy.

SHIELD SUCCESS.

On Saturday last Erins Own under 12’s travelled to Palmerstown to participate in the annual Denis Molloy cup and shield blitz in aid of charity. Played in beautiful sunshine the local boys travelled minus regulars Dan Coogan and Jamie Maher who are out injured and Kevin Holland who was on holidays. The local boys took on James Stephen s in their first game and after a great game of hurling the Comer boys succumbed to a late James Stephens goal to lose on a scoreline of 2-6 to 0-7. The highlights of this match were two top class saves from Nicky Connolly and the scores from sideline cuts from Jack Buggy, the heroic defending from Christopher Korff, Luca Downey and Killian Hogan and the free flowing fast hurling played by Conor Clarke who tormented the opposition every time he was on the ball and Billy O Neill who got through an amount of hard work. In attack Lee Holden and young Liam Doyle playing in his first tournament had some lovely touches.

In their next game the Comer boys took on Na Fianna of Dublin. Taking on a team who were a much more physical and bigger opposition the Comer boys never stepped back. In a top class game the locals had to come from 5 points down with six minutes left to record a great win on a scoreline of 3-8 to 3-6. Again different boys came to the fore here, none so more than under 10 players Shane Coogan, who shot over two lovely points, Ciaran Meagher who was unlucky for a goal after catching a long free and Kealan Ring who was superb at full back coming out with many balls when most needed. Again Christopher Korff never put a foot a wrong in this game. Others to contribute in this match were Daragh O Rourke, Lee Holden and Cathal O Reilly who is also an under 10 player of the club. With other results in the group going against us the Comer boys lost out on scoring average and qualified for the Shield Final against the hosts, Dicksboro. In a game which totally symbolized the blitz go game philosophy both sets of players played their hearts out in a real sporting fashion. Dicksboro took the lead and held it until just before half time when the locals equalized. If the first half was entertaining the second half was excellent with all of the skills of the game on view. Again Dicksboro took hold and had a four point lead with 6 minutes left. The Comer boys put together some beautiful moves from midfield where Conor Clarke was superb taking the game to the opposition at every opportunity. A well worked ball from the backs all the way up the field was finished to the net by Jack Buggy to draw the game. Two further points from the same player sealed the shield victory for the locals on a scoreline of 1-8 to 1-6. All the panel contributed with Christopher Korff excellent against all opposition along with Conor Clarke, Killian Hogan, Nicky Connolly and Billy O Neill. Well done to the boys who received medals after the last games. Congratulations also to Dicksboro who ran a superb mornings hurling to schedule and in a great spirit. Panel ;. Nicky Connolly, Luca Downey, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan, Christopher Korff, Billy O Neill, Jack Buggy, Conor Clarke, Shane Coogan, Lee Holden. Liam Doyle, Ciaran Meagher, Cathal O Reilly, Daragh O Rourke

LOTTO PLUS.

The Lotto Jackpot is currently €6,200. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets in Castlecomer. The Lotto has been a success for Erins Own GAA because of the dedicated volunteers that sell tickets and meet every week to have the lotto draw and check every entry twice for winners. The Erins Own Club would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone that gives their time helping and supporting the lotto. It is through their commitment that the club is able to compete and improve facilities for everyone.

FITKIDS CASTLECOMER SUMMER CAMP

Come join our fun multi-activity summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 3½ -12 year olds and runs from 19th August to 23rd August from 10am to 2.30pm at Erins Own GAA Grounds, Castlecomer. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: Fun games, team relays, multi-sports, soccer, dodgeball, arts & crafts, tag rugby, tumbling & Gymnastics, obstacle courses and much more.Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55, places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663

DIG DEEP FOR THE GATHERING

It promises to be an occasion to remember and all the indications are that a huge number of exiles have scheduled their homecoming to coincide with the Local “Dig Deep” Gathering which goes ahead over the 2,3 and 4th August. More details to follow in the coming weeks.

KENYA CALLING !

American Tea Party in aid of the Ray of Sunshine Foundation Kenya. Music and popup shops, fabulous door prizes and raffle on the night. Date :Saturday 15th June,Time:8.00pm at Castlecomer Golf Club.Tickets E10 each. Tickets available from Margaret Conway 086 8153274 and Anne Murphy 086 3062810.All proceeds raised on the night will go towards a school building project and also a feeding programme for 100 under privileged children for one year. Your support would be greatly appreciated.