Thomastown- “The World’s 50 Greatest Sporting Trophies” book launch

Trish Dempsey

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Trish Dempsey

Book Launch

Book Launch

Author Jerry Gardner and artist Tom Dack will be launching their brand new book “The World’s 50 Greatest Sporting Trophies” in O’Hara’s pub on Thursday 13th June at 8pm. The book features original illustrations by Tom, and recounts the fascinating stories behind sport’s greatest prizes. If you’ve ever wondered who Liam MacCarthy was, why the leader of the Tour de France wears a yellow jersey, or why gold, silver and bronze are used for Olympic medals, then this is the book for you! It costs €15, and is a great father’s day present. Prints of Tom’s artwork will also be on display. Jerry’s son Fionn will be performing a set of songs later in the evening. More details from Jerry on 087 6637466, or see www.publishpromote.com if you are unable to make the evening and want to order a copy.

Handball

With almost 60 matches played, the last 16 players standing in the 2013 Hal Clarke Cup are almost decided. Conditions have been tough in the alley with the recent warm spell, but that hasn’t affected the quality of the play. The draw for the round of 16 will be displayed on the club website in the coming days http://kilfanehandball.gaa.ie

Athletics -Thomastown Athletic Club had a very successful day at the Leinster Juvenile team events in Celbridge on Saturday 8/06/2013. Thomastown has six teams competing U9 Girls, U9 boys, U11Girls, U11 Boys, U12 Girls, U13 girls and came home with two wins in the U9 girls and U11 Boys, and silver in the U11 Boys and U12 girls. While the U11 Girls and U13 Girls didn’t get in the medals the put in some fine performances. This was one of the best overall performances of any club at these Leinster championships.

Each team competes in four events plus a relay and each athlete must compete in two events plus the relay. There must be two from each team per event. The placing of both athletes per event are added and the combined score is used to determine the team placing in the event. The scores from all events are then added and the team with the lowest overall score is declared the winner.

The U9 girls were one of our star teams of the day taking home gold and completed in the 60m sprint, 500m, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and completed the day with a win in the Relay. The team was Maria O’Keeffe, Tara Fenlon, Niamh Galway, Aoibhlinn Morrissey and Cliona Ryan.

They were quickly followed by the Boys under 9 who finished in 2nd place overall. Again they completed in the 60m sprint, 500m, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and Relay. The team was David Holden, Jimmy Maher, Cian Farrell, Oisin O’Reilly.

The girls U11 competed well but didn’t finish in the medals. They competed in 60m sprint, 600m, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and Relay. The team was Katie Taylor, Orla Walsh, Anna Cass, and Isabelle Ryan.

Next up was the Boys U11 and with four teams level on points going into the final event, the relay, the boys put in a might run to take victory. They competed in the 60m sprint, 600m, Long Jump, Turbo Javelin and relay. The team was Jordan Knight, Zach Bay Hammond, Thomas Comerford, Naoise Dempsey, and Billy Power.

Not to be out done the Girls U12 put in great performance to finish a very close 2nd position and were just pipped for gold in the final event of the day the relay. They competed in the 60m sprint, 600m, Long Jump, shot and relay. The team was Orla O’Keeffe, Ciara O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan, and Dearbhail O’Reilly

The girls U13 again were very competitive but didn’t finish in the top 3. They competed in 60m sprint, High Jump, Long Jump, shot and Relay. The team was Sinead O’Keeffe, Emily Taylor, Keri Whelan, and Ciara Walsh

Community Centre

The appeal goes out once more we need your help more than ever. In order to push on we need a greater response in to the run in for completion of phase one in august. the conservation and restoration programme of the 1910 concert hall community centre commenced in february. The roof of the concert hall is completed. The area between the sports hall and concert hall is currently being roofed with 120 mm insulated kings span sheeting the two windows on the north side of the concert hall will be put in this week they have been boarded up for over forty years. The centre is seen a transformation of great magnitude for you for everyone. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this wonderful occasion as we re-write the history of the 1910 concert hall by buying a block for 20.00 or a donation to Bank Of Ireland Market Street sort code 90 60 99 a/c no 41672858. we feel confident that you will agree that this will be a wonderful community centre for you for everyone. follow us on facebook @ thomastown community centre enquiries 056 7724074 or 087 7728170