PROVIDING DEFIBRILLATORS FOR THE COMMUNITY - The children attending Skough Hill Playgroup recently participated in a ‘Mini Olympics’ and the proceeds from their special activity are being used to launch a fund raising project to enable defibrillators to be provided in Windgap and Tullahought. This will also involve the purchase of specialized boxes to house the defibrillators outdoors in both villages and the training of personnel in both areas to operate them. A committee has been set up to broaden the project out to the whole community. The fund is called “The Tullahought, Windgap Defibrillator Fund” and its committee members are Joan O’ Gorman, Judith Phelan, Miriam Barron, Marienne Hayes, Richard Walsh, Nicky Hawe, Julie Walsh, and Helen Hawe. Currently one of the only areas in the country who have not got access to the life saving facility the committee would greatly appreciate any contribution to this very worthwhile and vital amenity that could be needed by anyone at short notice in the parish and the surrounding areas. More details will be available in the coming weeks.
CHANGE HAS STARTED AND WILL CONTINUE - Thirty nine parishioners ranging in age from their early twenties to pensioners were in attendance for the commencement of the second parochial meeting to discuss the future of Church activities in the Parish. After the meeting was opened by Ann Foley the Chairperson of the Pastoral Committee the newly appointed PP Fr. Nicholas Flavin welcomed everyone and thanked all for their co operation in recent weeks. He then outlined the changes in arrangements for the new era in the parishes of Windgap and Dunnamaggin. After a document outlining the new formats was read some discussion took place on how the consensus was achieved and of a review that will be held on how they were working. In addition he invited parishioners to put their names forward for the pastoral council and outlined the results of the recent survey of the priests and pastoral Councils in the Diocese. Much to the surprise of all present the big ticket item that even surpassed the weather and the news of the appointment of a parish priest in recent times was never raised, discussed or addressed. For all concerned the now much-maligned euro no more than its cousins the pound, the penny, the shilling, florin, farthing or the guinea was mentioned. The flow of finance that is the blood supply of every organization and that once caused such emotion when the stations were called from the altar generations ago never got a mention. Openly discussed on the way in, down in the body of the meeting and afterwards as one of the most prominent items to be expected on the agenda its absence bodes well for the future of the parish that has cash in hand. On the facilities and infrastructure front a commitment was given that the now unoccupied Parochial House would be maintained in perfect condition by the Finance and Property committee until the Diocese would review the situation in three years time. On the practical front the new Parish Priest Fr. Nicholas Flavin will look after the organization of anniversary masses. Items of common interest will appear in both Windgap and Dunnamaggin bulletins and a letter with all the updates is to be circulated to all households in both parishes in the coming week. As part of the process an annual meeting of parishioners will take place in both parishes and there will be separate and joint meetings of the pastoral committees of both parishes. The changes commence this Saturday with the masses in on Saturday in Kilmoganny at 7.30pm and on Sunday in Tullahought at 9am, Windgap at 10am and in Dunnamaggin at 11 am. The Weekday Masses are in Dunnamaggin on Monday and Friday at 9.30am. on Tuesday and Thursday in St. Josephs Home Kilmoganny at 12.10 and on Friday in Windgap at 9.30am. The Monthly Mass on the First Friday will take place in Windgap at 7.30 p.m. and house visits with communion can be arranged on the same day with Fr. Flavin. Fr. Flavin can be contacted on 056 7728173, 087 2257498 or by email on email@example.com
EARLY MASS CAKE SALE - Tullahought Ladies Guild are holding a Defibrillator Fundraising cake and home produce sale in Tullahought Community Centre after the very first 9.00am Mass in generations on Sunday next the 15th July. The event offers everyone the opportunity to support the worthy cause by supporting the ‘Sale’ on the day. HANDBALL - Windgap boys and girls traveled to play in the National Handball Féile Finals that took place in Dublin on Thursday and Friday last. One of their many highlights was the Féile parade from Croke Park to O’Connell Street on Friday evening
CRUMLIN CHILDRENS HOSPITAL - Walk or Run for Crumlin Children’s Hospital on the annual five mile sponsored event that takes place on Tuesday, July 10th at 7.30 pm starting at the Marion Hall, Owning. Refreshments afterwards, free raffle for cards returned on the night. Cards available from - Kevin Dalton Butchers, Carrick-on-Suir, Mulligan’s chemist, Piltown, Maloney’s pub, Skough, Flemings pub, Faugheen, Powers pub, Tullahought, Sally O’Hara, Owning, for more information contact Brenda on 086 3199051
GAA CLUB NEWS - This Weeks Winning Lotto Numbers were 5, 12, 14, 20 and Bonus 2. This Weeks Prize fund is €7,400.00. Michael Power and Ger Purcell have been nominated for the County’s Poc Fada competition. The Club holds their deferred committee meeting on Tuesday evening. BIG MATCHES - Windgap host two big games over the weekend when John Lockes play Mullinavat on Saturday evening in the Intermediate League championship. With both sides level with Mooncoin on the league table the game has both relegation and promotion importance as all three sides are just a single point behind the Rower Inistioge and Glenmore in the tightly packed table. On Sunday Windgap host recent County Junior Finalists Lisdowney at a time to be confirmed.
TIDY TOWNS - Work continued in Tullahought Graveyard during the week when the surplus soil, waste materials and stones were removed from the back wall of the boiler house where it remained piled for a generation. The committee held their fortnightly meeting on Tuesday evening in the Community Centre and will meet again on Tuesday 17th at 9pm. Two new members are welcomed to the text and email communications list that keeps group updated with the local events and activities.
GOLFS DROICHEAD DE PAOR - Sweltering heat and bright sunshine was the order of the day as participants in the Windgap GAA Golf Classic played their rounds in Callan Golf Club on Saturday last. With the postponement of the event in the melting pot into the early hours of Saturday morning as meteorologists predicted over an inch of rain the players who moved their tee off times to Friday morning also escaped the deluge. On the course locally mined slates lined the banks of the dykes and streams that were flowing strongly in comparison to previous year’s events. On the day players from the surrounding communities and as far away as Dublin, Galway and Cork participated. The local connection with the construction of the course was observed as the players crossed a slate bridge called Droichead De Paor as they traveled up the sixth fairway towards the clubhouse. The course developers were led by James Power a former chairman of the Windgap Club whose son Noel replaced another son Sean as Hurling Club secretary in 2012. Keeping up the family tradition his daughter Helen is the Camogie Clubs Chairperson. The full results and details of the classic will appear in next Week’s issue
GRAVEYARD MASSES - The local Graveyard masses will take place in the Slatequarries on Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm Killamery on Wednesday 1st. Tullahought on Thursday 2nd, and Windgap on Friday 3rd of August all at 7.30pm
CAMOGIE - The club minors had a fine one point win over Danesfort in the league recently whilst the under sixteen’s went down to Piltown. On Saturday Laura Walker lined out in goal for the Kilkenny Intermediate side
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