Castlecomer: Hole in the Wall encore

Following on from a successful debut in May Seamus Walsh returns to the popular Hole in the Wall venue on the High Street, Kilkenny for three nights only, show commences at 8.30 p.m. on August 12th, 14th and 17th.

Following on from a successful debut in May Seamus Walsh returns to the popular Hole in the Wall venue on the High Street, Kilkenny for three nights only, show commences at 8.30 p.m. on August 12th, 14th and 17th.

The show tells the story of the long history of coal mining in the area which was so well described by Seamus in his book “In the Shadow of the Mines”. Seamus Walsh has also written numerous poems each one has its own unique story to tell, filled with passion, pain and complimented with a wry sense of wit and good humour.

Joining Seamus is local singer and songwriter Colm Gray, whose dulcet tones draw the listener in and places them there beside the miners.

Tickets are €12 and can be purchased at Rollercoaster Records, Kilkenny or at the Mining Museum, Castlecomer Discovery Park.

CLUB LOTTO - Erins Own Lotto is now up to €14,900. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community. All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.

UNDER 12 CALLAN TOURNAMENT FINAL - On Sunday last the Erin’s Own Under 12 boys travelled to Callan to take on Freshford in the Final of the Callan Tournament. With both teams unbeaten in all their group games this had all the ingredients of a cracker. Played in lovely conditions the Comer boys set out their stall from the start with some great hurling all over the field. Playing direct hurling the Comer boys ran into an early lead with the elusive James Brennan posting 2-2 in the first quarter. With goalie Jamie Maher handling anything that came his way this set the platform for the Comer defence to launch ball after ball down on top of the Freshford defence. Coming to the break the Comer boys led by 3-6 to 1-3. If the first half belonged to the Comer defence where the full back line of Nicky Connolly, Declan Buggy and Under 10 player Kevin Holland who was quite brilliant it was the forwards who took the credit for the second. With Dan Coogan, Conor McMahon and Jack Buggy mopping up everything that the opposition put down on them on the half back line this was the platform for all the Comer attacks to begin. In midfield Christopher Korff and Cathal Holland bossed affairs and delivered quality ball to the forwards as well as knocking over a few points into the bargain. Up front the work rate of David Ferris, Conor Clarke, Billy O Neill, Killian Hogan, Lee Holden, James Brennan James Buggy and Captain Kevin Brennan was to prove the perfect backdrop for some brilliant score taking. With cousins Kevin and James linking up brilliantly the net was rattled a further six times in the second half with all the forwards contributing. The Comer boys never stopped and showed skills beyond their years. Every young player went about their job with great gusto and were on top from the off. Late in the second half as the Freshford boys made a valiant effort to reverse the score line the Comer boys never panicked and continued to hurl away and were duly rewarded when they ran out comfortable winners and claimed the Title of Callan tournament Winners on a score line of 9-11 to 3-4. Regarded as one of the big days in Kilkenny Juvenile hurling the Callan tournament commenced eight weeks ago and culminated today with a celebration of hurling which started with a parade through the town. Well done to Callan on hosting a great tournament and very well done to the Comer boys on ending up Tournament final winners. The panel for the Callan Tournament was Jamie Maher Nicky Connolly, Declan Buggy, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Conor McMahon, Jack Buggy, Cathal Holland, Christopher Ruff, Conor Clarke, . Kevin Brennan Lee Holden, James Buggy, James Brennan, Billy O’ Neill, David Ferris, Koala Ring, Killian Hogan Liam Holland

UNDER 13 LISDOWNEY 7 A SIDE - The Erin’s own under 13s played in the quarter finals of the Lisdowney 7 a side annual under 13 tournament on Saturday morning last when they local boys took on the James Stephens boys. In a closely contested first half the Village boys took a slender one point lead to the break leading 1-3 to 1-2. In the second half it was tit for tat early on but a few missed chances at one end and a few gifted balls to the opposition at the other end were the difference. As always the Comer boys stayed fighting till the very end but had to settle for second best on a scoreline of 3-6 to 2-3. Panel. R.Brennan, R.Connolly,C.Holland,D.Buggy,J.Dowd, A.Brennan, C.McMahon, J.Brennan, S.Coogan, O.O’Rourke.

UNDER 16 ROINN A CHAMPIONSHIP - On Wednesday evening last Erin’s Own under 16s took on The Rower Inistioge in the first round of the Under 16 Roinn A Championship in Larchfield. Played in good conditions it was the Comer boys who had first use of the breeze and knocked over a point courtesy of Rian Holden. However the were caught for two sucker punches of goals against the run of play and from there to the break the Rower boys dominated proceedings. The Comer boys didn’t panic and with a few positional switches the Comer boys fought their way back into the match approaching half time with Jamie Holohan knocking over a goal and a point and Steven Dowd breaking up the field at every opportunity. The same player knocked over a wonderful point from sixty yards after catching a great ball. Going in at the break the Comer Boys had An up hill challenge ahead of them as the were in arrears on a score line of 3-5 to 1-6. The second half totally belonged to the Rower boys and they raced into a big lead early in the second half. Despite the best efforts of Conor Delaney, Steven Dowd, Niall McMahon, Sean Buggy, Griffin Carroll and Rian Holden they just couldn’t hold the Rower and lost out on a score line of 3-15 to 1-8 Team. C.Dwyer, R.Heally, N.Mcmahon, J.Rothwell, S.Dowd, C.Delaney, S.Buggy, S.Feehan, G.Carroll. I.Holohan, D.Holohan R.Holden, R.Connolly J.Holohan, O.O’Rourke

ENROLLING - College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.

SELF HELP GOOD RESPONSE - Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the recent Church Gate Collection in aid of Self Help Africa. A total of €563.36 was collected.

OUR LADYS ISLAND - The bus will leave from the Lime Tree at 11.30 a.m. on Sunday August 19th for Our Ladys Island. Fare €10. Meal optional on return journey. Names and fare to Anna Mai Mullins at Post Office or Kathleen Eardley at Hoynes Shop.

DEEN CELTIC REGISTRATION FOR NEW SEASON - Schoolboy/Girl Registration & Training for Deen Celtic will take place in the clubhouse at the following times. U-8 (2005) Friday August 17th at 5pm -- Registration Only; U-9 (2004) Wednesday August 15th at 5pm U-10 (2003) Tuesday August 14th at 5pm; U-11 (2002) Thursday August 16th at 6pm; U-12 (2001) Wednesday August 15th at 6pm; U-13 (2000) Wednesday August 15th at 7pm; U-14 (1999) Tuesday August 14th at 6pm; U-15 (1998) Thursday August 16th at 7pm; U-16 (1997) Thursday August 16th at 7pm; U-19 (1996/5/4) Thursday August 16th at 8pm Registration fee is €20 per kid.

New members are very welcome - Anyone wishing to help with schoolboy teams can let club representative know at signing up times. The club is also hoping to have a soccer school for kids on Saturday afternoons for boys & girls born in 2006 & 2007 commencing in September. Keep an eye out on your local notes, shops & Deen Celtic Facebook page for updates.

HERITAGE WEEK IN THE TOWN - Heritage week is a nationwide programme of events that celebrates our natural built and cultural heritage. This years theme is “Be part of it. It’s part of you.” Events specific to Castlecomer are Tuesday August 21. Deerpark Colliery Tour with Seamus Walsh (ex miner). 10.15 am to 11.30 am Meet at Visitor Centre. Monagore Bog Tour with Ex-Miners Seamus Walsh and John Ryan 11.30 a, to 12.30 pm Bat Walk with Lorcan Scott 8.30 p. to 9.45 pm. Organiser Liz Nolan, Tel 4440707 Traditional Music Session at Castlecomer Library from 8 pm to 10 pm. A night of traditional music with Martin Barrett & friends. Organiser Mary Morrissey Tel – 4440561 – Friday August 24. Castlecomer Country Market Food Tastings. 9 am to 12 Noon. Come along and taste some of our many home baked savoury and sweet products. Venue ; Community Hall ; Tel – 4442001 –

AGE ACTION SILVER SURFER AWARDS - Nominations are now open for the Google/Age Action Silver Surfer Awards Competition organisers want to hear about people over the age of 50 who have an interesting story on how they use their computer, internet and mobile phone use. There are various categories for this award to cover. Those over the age of 50 who embraces the Internet or technology with a sense of fun and adventure. Those over the age of 50 who has overcome challenges to become IT savvy. Those over the age of 50 who uses the Internet to pursue their passion or hobby or who uses IT for communication and social networking. Anyone under the age of 50 who have helped teach IT to a family member over the age of 50 or an individual or group of individuals of any age who provide support to teaching older learners. You can download additional information and nomination forms at: Closing date: 14 September 2012.