Castlecomer: HARD WORK PAYS OFF AT CASTLECOMER COMMUNITY SCHOOL.

hard work-Castlecomer Community School last week celebrated the results achieved by the Junior Cert students of 2012. Well done to all students who fulfilled their potential, whether it was completing the Higher Level course and getting that C, or getting the A in Foundation level. The school recognises the hard work done by students and teachers and the importance of support at home. Among the outstanding achievements across all subjects, a special mention of the 2 girls who did Metalwork, Kiera Byrne and Anita Kelly who got an A in Higher Level. As a Community School, Castlecomer strives for inclusion in all areas of school life. As these Junior Cert 2012 results confirm, they now have a diverse but very solid platform for the challenges of Senior Cycle.THE MORE YOU READ THE MORE YOU SUCCEED-Ready for Reading is a Literacy Initiative we are running in Castlecomer Community School for all 1st Year students. We are hoping that through taking part in this programme more students will learn to love reading and also that it is something all the family can get involved in! Research has proven that the more you read the more you succeed!!! Launch night is on Thursday 27th September at 7.00pm in the school. Looking forward to seeing all 1st year students on the night and their parents!

hard work-Castlecomer Community School last week celebrated the results achieved by the Junior Cert students of 2012. Well done to all students who fulfilled their potential, whether it was completing the Higher Level course and getting that C, or getting the A in Foundation level. The school recognises the hard work done by students and teachers and the importance of support at home. Among the outstanding achievements across all subjects, a special mention of the 2 girls who did Metalwork, Kiera Byrne and Anita Kelly who got an A in Higher Level. As a Community School, Castlecomer strives for inclusion in all areas of school life. As these Junior Cert 2012 results confirm, they now have a diverse but very solid platform for the challenges of Senior Cycle.THE MORE YOU READ THE MORE YOU SUCCEED-Ready for Reading is a Literacy Initiative we are running in Castlecomer Community School for all 1st Year students. We are hoping that through taking part in this programme more students will learn to love reading and also that it is something all the family can get involved in! Research has proven that the more you read the more you succeed!!! Launch night is on Thursday 27th September at 7.00pm in the school. Looking forward to seeing all 1st year students on the night and their parents!

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Michael Ferris, Enid Abbott 1st Lady: Maureen Ferris, 2nd Lady: Nano Brennan, 1st Gent: Owen Salmon, 2nd Gent: Leslie Hunter. 1st Half: Tom Kealy, 2nd Half: Gerry Kealy. Raffle prize winners: Owen Salmon, Patricia McGuinness, Maureen Cody, Margaret Brennan. Seamus Hennessy. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

LIBRARY LATEST-Over 450 children from all Libraries in the county enjoyed a fabulous night of fun and storytelling in the Ormonde Hotel last week, it was the culmination of our Summer Reading Programme, well done to all!

The kids book club resumed its monthly meetings last week with 12 turning up to share their summer fav reads! The colouring competition closing date is September 15th. Next club meeting is on Tuesday Oct 2nd at 3.30. all boys and girls aged

8-12 are welcome to join!

The Nattering Knitters -meet in the Library at 10am on Thursday mornings for stitching of all sorts along with a chat and a cup of tea, anyone can join!

Fas Computer classes- continue on Wednesday and Friday mornings, this 7 week course is free, enquiries to 4440561.

Sr Canice Keyes is currently exhibiting her Oil Paintings in the Library.

We encourage class visits from all schools in the locality.

TIME OUT-Did you know your mind is 80,000 times more powerful than a computer. An opportunity to discover the power of your mind is on our doorstep at classes commencing in Castlecomer Community Hall on Monday September 24th at 7.30 p.m.

The classes focus on relaxation techniques, meditation visualisation etc - ways to cope with the various stresses which afflict us all from time to time. In all there are just 4 classes at €3 each. If anyone interested please ring 086 - 8203521 and book a place. www.healingenergyireland.com. .

BOLLARDS ON TOUR-Bollards Golf Society outing to Bunclody Golf Club is on Saturday. Time Sheet (9 am to 11 am ) All members are asked to return draw and monies at the outing. Draw after Presentation of prizes on the night.

ALL IRELAND SUCCESS FOR SEAN-All in Erin’s Own GAA Club send congratulations to Under 14 Hurler Sean Buggy who won an All Ireland with the Kilkenny Under 14 hurlers at the weekend in Waterford . Played over two days Sean contributed handsomely on Saturday and Sunday. After three tough games on Saturday where Kilkenny overcame Limerick, Tipperary and Galway in the semi Final it was back to Waterford on Sunday to take on the hosts in the Final. Kilkenny were always in control and ran out comprehensive winners and Sean celebrated his first ever medal in competitive hurling. Well done Sean. Other players who represented the club over the weekend were Shane Feehan at under 15, Rian Holden, Conor Delaney and Niall McMahon at under 16 and Shane Rice, Daragh Brennan, Eoin Brennan and Shane Rice. Well done to all the boys and our club is very proud to have representation on all the inter county juvenile teams.

COUNTDOWN TO ALL IRELAND-The town and approach roads are really starting to warm up to the All Ireland build up with plenty of colour on show. All in Erin’s Own wish the best of luck to senior panellist Conor Fogarty as he chases a second Senior All Ireland medal and to his father Martin who is of course a selector with the team. Best of luck lads.

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 €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.

All members of Erin’s Own GAA send our condolences to Senior Hurler Sean Meally and his sisters, Ann Marie, Kay and Siobhan on the sudden death of their mother Joan.

MINOR HURLING-Erins Own Minor hurlers bowed out of the Roinn A Championship, at the quarter final stage, when they went down by five points to St. Lachtains, Freshford at Ballyragget on Sunday. The contest was nip and tuck throughout with little between two committed sides. Exchanges were for the most part up close and personal with scores hard to come by. The Comer men held a slender interval lead 1-3 to 0-5 thanks to an opportunist goal from David O’Neill and three points from placed balls by Rian Holden. Driven on by the energetic Ciarán Wallace Erins Own repelled numerous attacks and as the match entered the final quarter the tie was deadlocked at 1-7 each when the winners struck for a fortuitous goal. The score helped St. Lachtains up the tempo and in the end they ran out deserving winners. Final Score Erins Own 1-9 ; St. Lachtains 2-11.

Team ; Jim Buggy, Niall McMahon, Ciarán Wallace, Andrew Dowd, Conor Delaney, Sean McDermott, Eamon Healy, Eoin Brennan (0-1), Shane Rice, Rian Holden (0-8), Robert Moran, John Callinan, Darragh Brennan, Eoin Walsh, David O’Neill (1-0). Sub ; Martin Walsh.

CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own Lotto is now up to €15,800.00. 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.

NORTH JUNIOR SEMI FINAL-Lisdowney 1-17 Erins Own 1-13 Ballyragget was the venue for this Northern Junior semi-final clash between Lisdowney and Erins Own. Lisdowney came out on top in a game that was hard fought all the way through, with slippery conditions not impacting the quality on show. Lisdowney started the brighter of the two sides, minor Kevin Sweeney opening the scoring inside the opening minute. 17 year old Michael Kenny added another for Lisdowney before Eddie Brennan replied with Comers first score. Andrew Carron used his lightning pace to level the sides with Aaron Fogarty restoring Lisdowneys advantage a minute later from a well struck free. Dermot Wallace pointed for Comer before Eddie Brennan and Paddy Bowden traded scores to leave the sides level for the third time. Ciaran McDermott and Michael Kenny traded scores before four successive scores from Lisdowney left them four points ahead after 25 minutes. Eddie Brennan struck over a free for the Comer side but Lisdowney replied sharply, the clinical Eddie Hickey pouncing on a mistake in the Comer defence to finish the ball into left side of the net.Eddie Brenna shot over two more placed balls before the break to leave Comer trailing at half time by 1-9 to 8 points. Lisdowney had played with the breeze in the first half and deserved their lead at the break. Their forwards had looked sharp in the drizzle that had descended on Ballyragget. Eddie Brennan had kept Comer in touch however and they started the second half much brighter than the first,Brennan pointing straight away. Vincent Fitzpatrick pointed for Lisdowney before a goal by Eoghan Mealey put just a single point between the sides. Fitzpatrick and Brennan traded scores before Sweeney shot over from a placed ball. Two well taken Brennan frees levelled the scores for the first time since the 16th minute, but Comer couldn’t capitalise on their new found momentum and Lisdowney outscored them 5 points to 1 in the closing ten minutes leaving them four points clear at the final whistle. A spirited performance from Comers second team wasn’t enough to beat this Lisdowney side, who are one of the favourites to be playing in the Intermediate grade come April. Free taking from Eddie Brennan and Kevin Sweeney throughout was exceptional considering the conditions. Lisdowney will be confident of victory when they challenge for the title next week.

Lisdowney: Niall Grogan, Niall Mackey, Martin Phelan, Paraic Kenny, Niall Kenny, Shane Clyne, Peter Bergin, Mark Carroll, Aaron Fogarty, Vincent Fitzpatrick, Kevin Sweeney, Eddie Hickey, Paddy Bowden.

Erins Own: Jim Buggy, Noel Callinan, Damien Mullins, Ciaran Wallace, Sean McDermott, Jimmy Byrne, Liam Wallace, Ciaran McDermott, Eoghan Meally, Declan Dunne, Eddie Brennan, Andrew Carron, Ciaran Brennan, Dermot Wallace, Anthony Kavanagh. Subs: Darragh Brennan, Stephen Daly.

UNISLIM-Commencing Saturday 29th September in the Community Hall Castlecomer. 10.30-11.30 am. All welcome ; Men and women! Great opportunity and time to shape up and loose weight for Christmas!! Further details from Niamh McCullagh on 087 1820562

CEILI MóR-All roads lead to Moneenroe Hall on Saturday for a Set Dancing Ceili. Music is by the Glenside Ceili Band. Admission including refreshments is €10. Promoter John Ryan (086- 3978758) says the Moneenroe venue is proving to be very popular so the message is come early to avoid disappointment dancing from 9.30 p.m.

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.

INSULATE FOR FREE -Kilkenny Leader Partnership, administered by SEAI, can insulate your home for free. Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) funds energy efficiency improvements in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. The Scheme is being delivered currently by Kilkenny Leader Partnership at 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick Street, Kilkenny. (056 – 7752111) or Conor Cleere, Castlecomer Community Hall 4441966. Who can avail of the scheme. Owner occupied non- Local Authority homes. Houses constructed before 2002. The owner is in receipt of one of the following Fuel Allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme ; Job Seekers Allowance for over 6 months and with children under 7 years of age ; Family Income Support.