NEW HOSPICE ROOMS - The Staff of St. Brighids Hospital Carrick –on-Suir are holding an open afternoon and official opening of their New Hospice Rooms on Sunday afternoon the 21st of October. All are invited to view the new development share a cup of tea and a slice of cake with them to celebrate the occasion. The open day activities commence at 2pm and continue until 6pm with the official opening and blessing by the South Tipperary Hospice Committee taking place at 5pm. Visitors are advised to park away from the hospital for the opening as the car parking space is very small in the Hospital Grounds
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE - The ideas collected at the recent community meeting were distributed to all of the residences in the parish during the week. Having created positive feedback since their collection stories of other community dreams and aspirations were in abundance with many still very much alive and well. The meeting of all the volunteers goes ahead in the GAA clubrooms on Tuesday at 8pm.
DEFIBRILATOR RUN - A great crowd turned out to support the Windgap ICA 5K walk and 10K fund raising fun run for community defibrillators on Sunday last. On the day the runners took the longer route where they were joined by some walkers. Having left the village in breezy conditions the participants benefited from the shelter of the ditches on the narrow road as they headed over the scenic Bearna Breac to the sheltered side of the hill. On their return the local Guild Officers Martha Mackey and Marie Landy and their team provided all with welcome refreshments in the Millennium Hall. On the day a massive sum was raised. Following the success of the ongoing defibrillator fund raising campaign the first of three training courses for volunteers on how to use them commences in Tullahought Community Centre on Saturday next.
ALTER SERVERS - Following the commencement of the new school year the list of alter servers in the parish now includes, in Windgap Cliona O’Shea, Kyle O’Callaghan Sean Barron, Patrick O’Callahgan, Robert Collation, Emer Dunphy, Ciara Smyth and Lia Murray and in Tullahought Niamh Doyle, Emily Culleton and Mollie Walsh
CAMOGIE - The Under twenty-one team play Lisdowney in the championship at a time and venue to be announced on Saturday evening. The holders of the title the side are hopeful of a good campaign as they are short only team captain Julie Walsh from last year’s side. A meeting of the committee took place in the clubrooms on Monday night when nominations for County Convention provided a major part of the agenda.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Participating in the 40x20 world Championships that are continuing in City West were during the week were Sean Foley who got to the second round of the Mens “C” Championships. He was joined by Caoimhe O’Shea who participated in the ladies under fifteen singles and her brother Darragh who just two days overage had to move to the stronger under seventeen level. They were joined by Eamon Purcell who is currently in the second round of the Masters. The games continue until Sunday and tickets for the three thousand seat venue for the four wall and one wall competitions can be purchased online on gaa.ie
WATER SCHEME - An extraordinary general meeting of Windgap Group Water scheme will be held in the community centre on Wednesday 17th October at 7.30pm. Barry Deane of the Federation Group Water Scheme will attend the event. CLUB NEWS - Next Weeks Lotto Prize fund is €6,000. A meeting of the Club committee took place on Thursday with a race night with a difference being among the projects that was discussed. Tickets are available through Club committee members for the Kilkenny Senior hurlers training and holiday fund. Costing €10 the first prize is €5000.
COLLEGES FINAL - Niall Walsh lined out at midfield with the St. Kieran’s under sixteen hurling side that defeated St. Peters of Wexford in the Leinster semi-final in New Ross. The side now meets Good Counsel in the final. In the league section the New Ross side recorded a two-point victory.
THE HAIRY MAN RECALLED - A chance roadside conversation early on Sunday morning on intercounty hurling, international soccer, life in general and the health and heartiness of senior members of the community took place in the presence of Ginger a lively, playful and happy with life three legged cat. With other members of the animal species returning to competitive action in the Slatequarries later that afternoon duck and terrier races were also on the agenda. Organised by the Slatequarries Vintage Club after breaks of over twenty five and forty years respectively. as a fundraiser for cancer driver’s support the event attracted a fine crowd. At the event many great times and personalities were recalled. Amongst them were the achievements of the dogs of every size and shape that attracted hundreds to the venue every Sunday evening. At the riverside amphitheatre across the road from Delaneys Pub and beside the old RIC barracks and handball alley in Baunreigh they came to see them race for local honour, cups, cash and lorry loads of lime. It was a time when a household pet or farm worker during the week became the main participants as they were renamed with romantic and names often associated with their townslands and decked out in racing colours. With almost every house having a competitor at some stage, a run through the race programme was essential to see where the then old shillings went with the oncourse bookmakers. As the hare passed the starting traps owners and punters breaths were held to see if Ballymoutain Girl, Bells, Spot, The Village a variety of other personal favourites or The Hairy Man reputedly a bitch would run true and undistracted to the line. On Sunday as the dogs arrival was awaited John Fitzpatrick was in charge of the starting line in the duck races. At the other end Corrie Jordan was keeping a sharp eye on the finishing line whilst Florence O’Brien acted as whipper in and sweeper as he kept the back markers going with the rivers flow and rounded up all of the slow finishers in each race. TIDY TOWNS - The next Tidy towns meeting has been transferred from Thursday next and now takes place on Friday 19th October at 8pm in Community Centre.
PASTORAL COUNCIL - The parish pastoral council meeting takes place in the Parochial house on Thursday evening at 8pm.
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