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Maurice Shortall


Maurice Shortall



Castlecomer Community School last week celebrated the results achieved by the Leaving Cert students of 2013. Well done to all our students and teachers. The school recognises the hard work done by students and teachers and the importance of support at home. Most of our students will go on to secure places at third level, while some will follow a different path to their goals. As a Community School, Castlecomer strives for inclusion in all areas of school life. Our results across the sciences and the humanities were exceptional. For example, in Engineering all 15 students did Higher Level, practically every student achieving an A or B.

The Leaving Cert is a stepping stone to life’s goal, and the students of Castlecomer can be rightly proud of the giant leap they have made into the next phase of their lives. Congratulations and the very best of luck in the future.


The College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling for September Courses. On offer are PLC Courses with work experience, QQ1 – Fetac Level 5.

(A) Childcare with Special Needs, Care for the Elderly; (B) Modern Business Administration and I.T.; Agri Business. Tel- 056 – 4441447.


Bollards Golf Society hosted the Pat Byrne Trophy on August 10th at Castlecomer Golf Club. Congrats to the overall winner Danny Walsh.

Results: overall winner – Danny Walsh 44 pts. Category 1 – 1st Pat Comerford (Nimby) 42pts; 2nd Seamus Coogan (Freddie) 36pts (B9); 3rd John Smith 34pts (B6).

Category 2; 1st Warren Byrne 39pts; 2nd Patrick Comerford (Fadie) 37pts; 3rd Shay Loughlin 36 pts.

Category 3 (all ladies); 1st Enid Abbot 37pts; 2nd Caroline Conway 35pts; 3rd Jean Ryan 31 pts.

Nearest the Pin; Patrick Comerford (Fadie) 15 - 11”. Longest Drive – Caroline Conway.

The next outing is to Mount Wosley Golf Club on October 12th. Timesheet will be out 2 weeks before Captains Prize.


The Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady’s Island is on Sunday. Bus leaves the Lime Tree at 11.30a.m. Fare €10. Names to Post Office on 056 - 4441239.


It was a privilege to be in St. Brigids Church, Coon on Friday night for a unique performance as part of The Gathering Celebrations. There was a special ambience at the venue which was so appreciated by all in attendance. Top of the bill Rachel Somers was simply superb, to put in into context in the words of Fr. John Delaney “A voice like hers was never heard before in St. Brigids and probably will never be heard again”. She was accompanied by Clare Mc.Hugh, Kileshin Co.Laoise. Our own Male Voice Choir were uplifting under the baton of Geraldine Murphy. The finale with Rachel Somers and Castlecomer Male Voice Choir was a joy to behold. It was great to see a rising local young musician also included in the line up, Eva Phelan treated the patrons on numerous musical instruments. MC for the occasion was Sean Haughney, Chairman of Coon Gathering. The theme of the gathering was “This is who we are” it put Coon on the map internationally as well as nationally, well done to all involved in the organization.


Clogh 6th Annual Vintage Road Run is on Sun. 25th August The feature attraction this year is a Vintage Steam Traction Engine. For further details contact Tom on 087 2130432 or John on 087 7697479 - Registration at Cloneen Hurling Club from 11a.m.


Rosemarie Durr, Pottery, Discovery Park was included in the first issue of FEAST, a Dinner Journal by Donal Skehan. The publication displayed the potter’s bowls to their absolute best, good enough to eat!


Erins Own saw off the challenge of near neighbours St. Patricks, Ballyragget to advance to the final of the Byrne Cup. A good crowd flocked to Jenkinstown on Tuesday for the local derby. To be fair both sides were short a number of regulars however in the end the gap between senior and intermediate hurling was a shade evident as Erins Own qualified for their first final under new manager Davy Buggy. The Comer men started well to lead 0-7 to 0-2 but were rocked on their heels when Ballyragget struck for a well engineered goal in a counter attack. Undaunted Erins Own responded positively and thanks to an opportunist goal from the impressive Dermot Wallace went into the break 1-10 to 1-5 ahead. In the new half Michael Murphy was on song with four points three from play while Jimmy Byrne sealed victory when he was in the right place at the right time to poach goal number two after hesitancy by the St. Patricks custodian. In top form for the winners were Paraic Keating, Conor Fogarty, Jerry Callinan, Aidan Moran, Michael Murphy, Jimmy Byrne and Dermot Wallace.

Final Score ; Erins Own 2-18 ; St. Patricks Ballyragget 1-10. Team; Tom Brophy, Noel Callinan, Paraic Keating, Conor Delaney, Robert Moran, Conor Fogarty (0-5), Jerry Callinan, Peter O’Donovan, Aidan Moran (0-2), Michael Owens (0-1), Michael Murphy (0-6), Declan Dunne (0-1), Eoin Brennan, Jimmy Byrne (1-1), Dermot Wallace (1-2). Subs ; Ciarán Wallace, James Mullins, Peadar Boran, Sean Meally, Anthony Kavanagh.


The Lotto Jackpot is currently €8,200. 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.


Erins Own had a narrow 1-17 to 0-18 win over Conahy Shamrocks in the final of the “Ray of Sunshine” hurling Tournament at the Polo Grounds on Saturday evening. Referee was Dickie Murphy, Wexford. The Tournament is part of a number of fundraisers to provide accommodation for some of the poorest people of the world living in Kenya. Four local tradesmen travel as part of the building project, Billy Murphy, Paul Byrne, Shay Mulhall and Liam Byrne are to be commended and supported for their generosity of time and skills.


Kids! Drop in your completed Creepy House Cards to the Library by August 31st! Thanks to all who participated in the Summer Reading Challenge!

Lily O’Neill will host a free cardmaking workshop in the Library on Thursday 22nd August at 3pm. Suitable for boys/girls aged 8-12. ring 4440561 for availability

Thursday Toddler Storytime and Crafts will resume on September12th.

The Nattering Knitters meet on Thursdays at 10am for a cuppa and some stitching, anyone can join!


What is the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme? Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), funds energy efficiency improvement in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. This scheme is being delivered currently in your area by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick St, Kilkenny.

Who can avail of the Scheme? This scheme is available to homes which meet the following criteria: owner occupied, non-Local Authority homes; constructed before 2002; the owner is in receipt of one of the following: fuel allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme, Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age, Family Income Support.

For further information please contact Kilkenny LEADER Partnership on

(056) 4441966/(056)7752111


There are several rural locations in the area where Mass was celebrated in secret during the Penal Era in Ireland. It was a fitting memory to those who in some cases sacrificed their lives that a special Mass was celebrated on one such spot locally. Fr. Liam Shore was joined by Fr. Joe Campion on Sunday for a lovely Mass at Knuck An Eye Shing, on the lands of Eamon Coogan, Firoda. Despite the hilly terrain all managed to navigate safely and afterwards were treated to refreshments at Coogans.