MICHAELMAS FESTIVAL-Due to the fact that the original date for the Michaelmas Festival at Tinnahinch clashes with the re-play of the All-Ireland final the committee has decided to bring it forward to the weekend of September 22nd/23rd.The opening event will be a fun run/walk on Saturday from St. Mullins to the bridge at Graig. Anyone wishing to run or walk arer asked to meet at Tinnahinch at 12.45 on Saturday. Transport will be provided to the starting line at St. Mullins and the route will bee along the track beside the meandering Barrow in the shadow of Bahana Wood. This is one of the most scenic parts of the Country and was once described by a noted scribe as resembling the Rhine Valley.Also on Saturday there will be a fun filled Raft Race.Local clubs ,organisations,societies or even any group of individuals are requested to enter a team for what is promised to be an enjoyable event for participants and spectators. It is not expected that any of the contestants will be in line for a place on either the Oxford or Cambridge crews for the great Boat Race. On Sunday John Walshes field will be the centre point with all the usual attractions including a traditional shhhep fair and live music to suit all tastes young and old.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY- The Annual General Meting of the Graignamanagh Historical Society will take place on Friday 22nd September at 8pm. The venue is the Duiske Inn and new members are always welcome. The Society has achieved tremendous results in trying to preserve our heritage and the work is ongoing. Why not come along and discover more about their aims and aspirations and throw your weight behind their efforts.
SILAIR WOOD-The progress of the regeneration and upkeep of Silair Wood has been one of the success stories of the community.The Boardwalk along the Barrow is one of the gems in our heritage crown and those behind the success story are to be complimented.The work is ongoing and funds are always a problem
The latest-The latest fund raising effort was tremendous success and was financially rewarding. This was a golf classic at Borris Golf Club on Friday last 20th September.With over twenty teams competing for the valuable prizes competition was keen and the fine autumnal weather allied with a course in perfect playing condition added to the enjoymen for the golfers. The team consisting of Des Walsh, Christy Glancy, Mary Quirke and Eamonn Quirke beat all the opposition to win the ovarall prize. In second place were Tommy Prendergasy, Paddy Hayles, Tim Kelly and Alan Morrissey. 3rd. Ger Carroll, John Dunne, Michael Fenlon and Sylvie Lyster. 4th. Danny Grace, Gary Grace, Shane Kavanagh and Matthew Dunne. 5th Billy Dunne, Pat Leahy, Dan Glynn and John Brennan. Early Bird prize Billy Hoare, Paddy Corbett, Michael Walsh and Kevin O’Connell. Classic co-ordinator John Enright expressed his appreciation to all who helped out in any way, sponsors golfers.the staff of Booris Golf Club and anyone else who contributed in any way in ensuring the financial success of the venture.
LOTTO- Last weeks numbers were 10,15,24 & 32.The jackpot of £10,000 is still as elusive as hens teeth with the reserve jackpot increasing on a weekly basis. Consolation winners were, Liam Ryan, Noreen Hennessy, Sheamus Lennon, William Bolger and Marie Ryan.
TOWN OF BOOKs-An extremely busy weekend is on the cards with the 10th anniversary of the TOWN OF BOOKS scheduled to add to its growing reputation of a cultural gathering.With the Michaelmas Festival sharing the same days there is no doubt but that Graig is the place to be this weekend. Something for everyone could be the motto of this years festival with people spoiled for choice. Beside the usual collection of booksellers situated in strategic locations throughout the town visitors and locals can enjoy a number of events.Among the attractions are a visit through the Community Garden, awalk through Silair Wood, recital by the Brass band, funky kids arts and crafts, street entertainment, jazz by the rivar and on Sunday ther will be a recital by the National Chamber Choi at Duiske Abbey at 3pm. ON Friday night there will be an Arts and Crafts exhibitionby Anne, Ned and Carmel Fenlon at Joyces Store in High St. Ned Fenlon needs no introduction as he was a founder member of the St, Vincents Hurling Club in 1953 and his talents as a hurler were quickly recognised as he was picked on the Kilkenny panel and won an All-Ireland medal in 1957, two Leinster medals in 1957 and 1958 and one Oireachtas medal.Ned also appeared in the film Rooney as part of the kilkenny team that was an integral part ofthe plot of the film The Exhibition will get start at 7.30pm and the grand opening will be by our own T,D Ann Phelan