TOP CLASS COMPETITIVE FOOTBALL - Piltown Girls Gaelic Football held their first annual club blitz at the weekend. The classic round robin tournament followed by a final showed the ultra competitive determination of the girls matched by a major helping on skill in a successful format used by Puiltown Juvenile hurling between 2005 and 2010. Great credit goes to the four experienced girls who took on the roles of player managers as club coaches continue to establish a format that encourages leaders on the field. They were Jennifer Norris, Sinead McCarthy, Lisa McCarthy and Katelynn Phelan. They found it a challenge, but an enlightening one as they faced the dilemmas of players not turning up and players not playing to their potential and the challenges of what to do when the plan isn’t working. They all passed with flying colours and showed great potential as Banisteoir. The final was deservedly won by the Red Team led by Lisa McCarthy who beat the Yellow team led by Katelynn Phelan. The “Player of the Match” in the final was Kelly Ann Doyle. This was chosen and presented by former Meath Senior Inter-county Footballer, Paul Shankey who is also the Portlaw Gaelic Football team manager. It was great to have a former inter-county player from a strong football county watching the final in a county like Kilkenny not noted for being a football stronghold and it is believed he was impressed with what he saw. Paul was with the Meath team in the late nineties. It was a great honour for the Piltown club to have Paul available and his contribution was much appreciated. The referees for the day were coaches Aine Knox and Seamus Norris. Once again the weather was superb and there was a great turn out of parents for another club blitz designed to showcase the talents of all the players. Red Team: Lisa McCarthy (Capt), Alanna Gallagher, Aoibheann Kavanagh, Clodagh Butler, Emily McCarthy, Kelly Ann Doyle, Yellow Team: Katelynn Phelan (Capt), Aóife Norris, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Lorraine Long, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sophie Holden. Pink Team: Sinead McCarthy (Capt), Aóife Doyle, Anna Cuddihy, Laura Power, Lisa Norris, Shauna Coady. Green Team: Jennifer Norris (Capt), Chloe Holden, Fiona Long, Máire Beth Kirby, Niamh Foley, Nicola Phelan, Sarah Tobin,
CELEBRATING AND BONDING - After a hugely successful year, Piltown Camogie Club were bonding at the weekend and will be celebrating this weekend. On Saturday the successful Under-14, Under-16 and Minor teams went to the Pure Skill Complex in Galway where they tested their skills in sports from ranging from hurling and Gaelic Football to tennis and baseball. Later they lunched on the beach in Salthill before returning via Limerick in what was described as an unreal day. On Friday night, the medal presentations will take place at Piltown GAA Complex. It is expected that some surprise guest will be on hand for the presentation that will start at 8:30. The cups on display will include the Minor Roinn B, Under-16 Roinn A and the Under-14 County Féile. It is also hoped that the Under-14 Roinn B Gaelic Football Cup will be there as well to give parents a unique opportunity to get photographs of siblings who brought honour and pride to the parish in the form of county titles. All parents, grandparents, guardians and supporters are invited to what is hoped will be a truly wonderful finish to a successful year.
TRADITIONAL LOCAL GAA FAMILIES - So far in 2012, Piltown Juvenile GAA teams from Under-14 to minor have won four county championships. They were Under-14 Féile Na nGael Camogie, Under-14 Roinn B Gaelic Football, Under-16 Roinn A Camogie and Minor Roinn B Camogie. GAA is a family and community orientated organisation and siblings have gathered several county medals this year. The Long family from Tobernabrone head the list with four medals won by Lorraine, Fiona and Andrew. There father Michael was a long time Piltown hurler and won a Masters All-Ireland with Kilkenny while their mother Eileen is a sister of the famous Kilkenny Camogie goalkeeper, Marie Fitzpatrick. There are a number of families who have brought home three medals this year. These are the McCarthy’s of the High Road (Sinead and Lisa), the Norris’s of Jamestown (Jennifer, Jamie and Lisa), the Dermody’s of the Mountain Grove (Niamh and Siobhan), the Long’s of the Bog Road (Edel and Emer), daughters of John Joe and Margaret, the Doyle’s of Ballyhenerbry (Kelly Ann and Aoífe) the Murphy’s of Corloughan (Sarah and Evan), the Powers (Máiread and Aíne) and the Holden’s of Lickawn (Chloe and Sophie). A further scrutiny of the families with multiple medals this year shows that many of those families have parents who volunteer as coaches particularly in Camogie where Michael Long, Andrew McCarthy, Gay Doyle, Tom Holden and Sheila Norris give their time and energy to coaching Camogie. One thing is clear for those who follow local GAA history; the families where success is being attained across the board are traditional GAA families with a long association with the organisation. A lot more of the traditional families are putting their time into Camogie and this is undoubtedly helped fuel a very successful period in that code’s history. The challenge for Piltown GAA is to create new traditional families from those families who have relocated to the area.
The staff of St. Brigid’s Hospital, Carrick-On-Suir are holding an Open Afternoon and the Official Opening of their new hospice rooms on Sunday, 21st October. You are invited to share a cup of tea and slice of cake with them to celebrate the new building. The open Afternoon runs from 2pm to 6pm with the Official Opening by South Tipperary Hospice Committee and Blessing of the Rooms at 5pm. Note that car parking space is very limited in the hospital grounds so visitors are asked that cars be parked away from the hospital.
After the huge highs of winning the Under-14 Gaelic Football Championship last week, Piltown juvenile GAA was dealt a severe blow when the Under-16’s gave a walk over to Conahy Shamrocks in the Roinn B hurling league at the weekend despite being at home and despite having over thirty eligible players to choose from. It’s the club’s fifth walk over in 2012, a club once renowned for not giving walk overs. Piltown Under-16 hurlers have only played one competitive match since 11th May and if they do not line out for their remaining game in the league against Clara, it is likely with the minor and Under-16 leagues not starting until next March, that this team will go ten months with just a single competitive game together, which does not seem like a good situation. It was also disappointing for those supporters who used the Kilkenny People fixtures list and arrived to see a day better than we had during the summer, a pitch that looked immaculate, lined and flagged and unfortunately no game.
WINTER LEAGUE - Carrick Road Runners Winter League has recommenced at Kildalton College, Piltown on Tuesday evenings for a ten-week series of runs. It is not too late to register. Runners will be graded on their finishing times so that for the remaining weeks runners will start in groups at two-minute intervals. The first group will commence at 7pm every week with the fastest runners going off in the final group. The league will conclude this year on Tuesday 11th December. Runners must wear a reflective bib and run on the right-hand side of the college avenue. Runners should be aware of their starting times each week and ensure that they start with the correct group. Starting times and weekly updates can be viewed on the club’s website, http://www.carrickroadrunners.ie/ and also at registration in Kildalton College.
ROAD WORKS - One would be forgiving for asking who is codding whom? Listening to KCLR over the past few weeks and wondering about the long list of road works going on around the county with many road closures even on motorways, how can it be said that there is a shortage of funds? Yet, despite promises of essential and long overdue remedial work required on the N24 at the Tower Road junction, this has been delayed due to an alleged lack of funds. The message to the council and public representatives is simple. The people of Piltown are not stupid and don’t deserve to be treated so. The issues on the N24 are not gone away, just because it hasn’t been mentioned in the media for a while. Get on with it and get it sorted. This junction and stretch of roadway has been priority for way too long now.