UPGRADE PROMISED - Local Fine councillor JOHN Brennan has stated that funding has being announced for the upgrade of Massford Pumping Station and water supply to wastewater pumping station.A total of 22,000 euro is to be provided for improvement works.Also 35.ooo euro is to be provided for the removal of manganese in the public water supply scheme.In relation to source protection 20,000 euro is to be provided for treatment works at the Loon public water treatment plant.In relation to Deerpark waste water plant it is proposed to include this plant for an upgrade. the estimated cost is in the region of 40,000 eur0.As Chairman of Co. Kilkenny rural monitoring committee I welcome this very positive news for the area. An inlet screen sump and extra scour valve have been installed at Massford. Cllr. Maurice Shortall says improvements are set to continue to improve the water quality in the area.
CROAGH PATRICK - Clogh Community Council is organising a weekend away in Westport, County Mayo with a climb of the holy mountain of Croagh Patrick as the centrepiece of the trip.The exciting weekend was planned for 10 November but has now been re-arranged for St. Patrick’s weekend next March. The plan is to leave early on Saturday morning and do the climb after arrival. The night will be spent in Westport where overnight accommodation and breakfast will cost €30 per person. Those intended travelling will be seeking sponsorship which will go towards of the walking track.
WEB REVIVAL - Representatives of a number of local groups have shown an interest in restoring the community website Clogh.com. The site lapsed a while back following the demise of Clogh Family Resource Centre through which it operated. Some members of Clogh Webgroup which controlled the very popular website have indicated their support for the renewal effort. The main promoters are the Community Council and the Clogh School parents body. The school board intend producing a book of old photographs and these will be returned immediately and are calling on families to search for such pictures and paraphenalia from the past and to pass them on for scanning to John Coffey or Sharon Brennan, Tourtane and all material received will be returned in it’s original condition. The website will be based on all the organisations in the parish such as sporting groups, church, schools, childcare and social activities and events. Each group will be asked to submit material which will be published on their own page. In the meantime updates are featured on the Clogh Community Council Facebook page.
HANDBALL - Clogh Handball Club thanked all who supported the par 3 golf classic in Quinnagh.The handball club is seeking old photographs and memorabilia to be displayed in the ball alley and on the club website. All material will be copied and returned to the owners. There were several young Clogh players in action at the world championships in City West over recent days. All have given good accounts of themselves. Details next week.
INTERNATIONAL SOCCER - Local youth soccer player, Sean Maguire from Cois na hAbhann has been receiving rave reviews as he plies his career with Waterford United in the League of Ireland. Last weekend he was on the starting eleven for Ireland’s youth team which achieved a 1-1 draw with Latvia in Riga. This international was part of the Irish teams preparations for the forthcoming European under 19 championships against Luxemburg, Macedonia and Germany. Sean has also proved himself a very promising hurler with Cloneen.
PITCH FLOODED - Cloneen’s highly regarded hurling pitch was a victim of last Wednesday’s torrential rain. The two 54” ducts were unable to clear the torrent of water which came down the adjacent river resulting in a cascade of water racing down the pitch. (Picture shows the floodwaters raging down the hurling field on Wednesday.)