Castlecomer- All roads lead to Moneenroe Community Hall on Saturday night

GIDDY UP ITS FANTASY CHELTENHAM-Erins Own major fundraiser, the 4th annual “Fantasy Cheltenham” is now up and running and the committee are actively promoting the event locally and nationally with participating clubs. Now regarded as a major fundraiser for all participating clubs including Erin’s Own, all Comer followers and supporters are asked to purchase their tickets from Comer sellers as all proceeds from these sales will go directly to the clubs development project which is due to commence in the next four to six weeks. Tickets for the weeks racing at the Cheltenham Festival cost €20.00 and with €10,000.00 prize money up for grabs throughout the week this is truly a great way of having fun with your friends and colleagues. All committee members have tickets now for sale. Buy a ticket, enjoy the craic and support your local club, Erin’s Own-

GIDDY UP ITS FANTASY CHELTENHAM-Erins Own major fundraiser, the 4th annual “Fantasy Cheltenham” is now up and running and the committee are actively promoting the event locally and nationally with participating clubs. Now regarded as a major fundraiser for all participating clubs including Erin’s Own, all Comer followers and supporters are asked to purchase their tickets from Comer sellers as all proceeds from these sales will go directly to the clubs development project which is due to commence in the next four to six weeks. Tickets for the weeks racing at the Cheltenham Festival cost €20.00 and with €10,000.00 prize money up for grabs throughout the week this is truly a great way of having fun with your friends and colleagues. All committee members have tickets now for sale. Buy a ticket, enjoy the craic and support your local club, Erin’s Own-

CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own club lotto is now up to €20,000.00 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

THE VOICE-Erin’s Own scored two notable successes in the Kilkenny GAA County Score Competitions in the Set Theatre on Thursday last when winning the solo singing and inter-club quiz sections of the competitions. Christy Ryan gave a class performance with his rendition of “The Old Bog Road” to take the honours in the solo singing in a very competitive event. Christy then doubled up in the Recitation competition where he took second place again with an excellent performance. Christy’s recitation was “The Four Farrellys”-The Erin’s Own quiz team of Larry O Neill, Joe Dillon and Dick Mullins pulled out all the stops to take top honours in the inter-club quiz, edging out Mooncoin and Graigue Ballycallan in a close contest. The quiz was based on three individual rounds plus a six question team round. After the individual rounds the Comer team held a six point lead and finished strongly on the team questions to top the scoring with sixty six points total-This achievement qualifies Christy and the quiz trio of Larry, Joe and Dick to represent Kilkenny in the Leinster Finals in Mullingar on 9th March. We wish them well in the Leinster Finals-

MEDUGORJE PRAYER GROUP-The monthly mass of peace and rosary is on Monday 11th March at 7.30 p.m. in the Oratory of Castlecomer Community School. All are welcome-

BOLLARDS GOLF SOCIETY-Its that time of year again and activities for the members of Bollards Golf Society commence with an outing to Newbridge Golf Club on Saturday. Timesheet available in Bollards. New members welcome-

BUSINESS BOOST-“Normoyle’s Butchers, Barrack St., Castlecomer, have recently been accepted as a member of The Associated Craft Butchers of Ireland. Being a member of the Craft Butchers means that it is their policy to Buy Local and Support Local Producers, Only sell products at the peak of their perfection, Buy and Sell only the best quality produce, Offer the highest Level of Customer Service and Care and To Operate to the Strictest Hygiene Standards. Craft Butchers are subject to independent Hygiene Audits throughout the year separate from routine Department inspections. All Our Beef is produced locally and is matured on the bone for 21 days to ensure maximum tenderness and flavour- Given the recent controversy in relation to Meat products this gives customers reassurance and a guarantee that they can shop in confidence with Normoyle’s Butchers.”

LIBRARY LATEST-To celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March, there will be a free raffle for a hamper of Books in Castlecomer Library. Drop by and leave your name!

Meet Helen Carroll of RTE’s “Ear to the Ground” in City library (tonight) Wednesday March 6th at 7.30. She will deliver a lecture and film called Heroines of the Hearth, the influence of the ICA in Irish Life. This is a free event to celebrate Women’s Day. All are welcome!

Pat Brennan from Ballyragget will exhibit a selection of his fabulous Photography in the Library until March 30th

Kids! Drop in to the Toddler Storytime on Thursday morning and make a Mother’s Day Card!

COME TO THE CEILI-All roads lead to Moneenroe Community Hall on Saturday night for a Set Dancing Ceilí commencing at 9.30 p.m. Music is by the renowned Neily 0’Connor and refreshments will be served. The Moneenroe venue is proving extremely popular and dancers from both Donegal and Tipperary have already booked their place. Admission is €10. For more information please contact John Ryan on (086- 3978758).

BIRTHDAY BOY-Congrats to Paddy Brennan, Sidegate who celebrated his 84th birthday last weekend-

MONEENROE N.S-Moneenroe National School would ask anyone with children enrolling in the school in September 2013 to contact the school for an Enrolment Form. Tel. 056 4442288 or email: gaz.ias@eircom.net Forms should be returned no later than Friday March 8th- This year the school is celebrating 100 years. Keep Saturday, June 22nd in your diaries as we will be holding a celebration on that evening. If anyone has photos and or memorabilia that we could use for the occasion, please give them on loan to the school. Please put them in an envelope with your name, address and telephone number on them and we will return them to you. More details at a later date. It is hoped that as many past pupils as possible can come and enjoy the celebrations-

MR. M. KEALY-The death has taken place after a short illness at the District Hospital of Michael Kealy, Yellow Road. A quiet, kind and affable man he spent over half a century working in the building industry where he was renowned for his excellence as a carpenter. He also worked on the land locally and in his spare time enjoyed shooting in particular with the Yellow Road Gun Club. The family deeply appreciate the kindness of all their neighbours on the Yellow Road especially Fr. Michael Shortall for his prayers at the wake. He was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. He is survived by his wife Anne ; son Paul (Rochfortbridge, Co. Westmeath) ; daughter Fiona (Cork) ; brother Paddy ; sisters Joaney (England), Margaret (Canada) ; grandchildren Paul, Cathal, Emily ; daughter-in-law Joan ; son-in-law Niall ; other relatives and a large circle of friends-

BEREAVED-Sympathy is extended to Christy McGrath, Boherkyle on the death of his brother Billy McGrath in Rathallen, Leighlinbridge-

FRUGAL LUNCH AT THE RECTORY-There is a Frugal Lunch of bread and soup in the Rectory, Clogh Road, Castlecomer during the Wednesdays in Lent (excluding the Wednesday of Holy Week). It takes place between noon and 2 pm. You’re warmly invited to come along, have a chat, enjoy an appropriately simple Lenten lunch, and donate whatever amount you wish. Funds raised go to St Vincent de Paul and those of the parish in need-

ATHLETICS-The Cross Country season ended on a highly competitive note with the Club Juvenile Relays in Freshford on Sunday-At U9 level, the races are for individual athletes - Castlecomer cubs acquitted themselves well - Molly O’Dornan finished 3rd, followed by Molly Hogan and Grace Healy in 8th and 9th. James Coogan was the leading Castlecomer athlete in the boys race, crossing in 5th place, Michael Brennan on his heels was 6th, Joey Ryan 7th, Aaron Coogan 11th and Christopher Kealy 13th-In the U11 girls relay, Castlecomer teams finished 6th, 10th and 11th. Team A: Lucy Coogan, Aoibhian and Sarah Brophy. Team B: Aoife O’Sullivan, Ella Tynan and Molly O’Dornan. Team C Ella Nolan, Sophie Kealey and Elaine Walsh. There were two boys teams - Will Fox, Jack Murphy and Cathal O’Reilly were silver medallists, while Liam Doyle, Ciaran Meagher, Tommy Coogan and Oisin Conroy were 6th-Hannah Murphy guested on a combined KCH/Castlecomer U13 team who were the silver medallists, Ellen Buggy, Eimear Stone and Aoife Cahalan were 4th, while Ava Coogan, Sinead Morrissey and Sinead Healy were 5th - all at U13-The Boys U13 team were silver medallists - Sean O’Dornan, Nicky Connolly and Killian Hogan were the representatives at this level. Then, the U15 Boys excelled to take the gold medal - James Buggy, Ross Connolly, Conor Normoyle and Adam Jacob ending the season on a high note indeed. Most of this team have several seasons of graft to their credit at this stage and their success has been well earned-Attention now turns exclusively to the Track and Field season and training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Community School.

FASSADININ HISTORY SOCIETY-Michael Holden will give a talk on “Ned Kelly, Australian Bush Ranger” in the Meeting Room over the Library, Castlecomer, tonight Wednesday commencing at 8.00 p.m. Adm. €4.00. All are welcome-

FRIENDLY MEETING-The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital meet on Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the hospital-

THE GATHERING-With the fine weather and the hedges cut, the litter on our roadsides is all the more visible. Cans and glass or plastic bottles do not disintegrate when thrown from a vehicle. They will remain for hundreds of years if not picked by some good citizen. Papers, crisp and sweet wrappings,coffee cups, fast food containers, etc. remain unsightly for years. Plastic bags are once again festooning our roadside bushes and hedges. All the approach roads to Castlecomer are disgracefully littered. In fact all Irish roads and motorways are in a sorry state-The Comer to Clogh Group is once again active and is appealing to all residents on the road to continue the good work of keeping the outside of their houses litter free.They are reminding all road users to please bring home their litter. Drink cans and bottles can be recycled for free at the recycling centre at the council yard at the back of the hospital-If this is the year of “The Gathering” we should present our country at its best, clean and litter free. We all have a duty to ourselves and our country-

CHECK IT OUT-A new Macra Na Feirme Club is starting in the Castlecomer area. If you have an interest in sport, drama, social or agriculture then this is the club to join. Anyone interested please give Mike a call on 086 – 8359891 for more info-

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS-A table quiz will be held in Castlecomer Golf Club on Friday 15th March at 8.30pm. At €25 for a table of four, it should be a good night’s entertainment with a competitive edge to add to the fun. All welcome, from the novices at table quizzes to the seasoned gatherers of interesting facts. Come along and find out what you know, or don’t know already-

PARISH DRAW-Results March 1st-1st €1,000 – Chubby & Maggie Brennan, Lime Tree (Promoter – Eugene Dillon) 2nd €500 – Pat Mooney, Cloneen (Promoter Paddy Coady)-3rd €200 – Triona Wilson, Gurteen Hill (Promoter John Brennan)-4th €100 – Paddy Cox, Knocknadogue (Promoter Mary O’Shea)-Fully Paid Up Members Prize €200 – Adrian Wilson, Gurteen (Promoter John Brennan)-Promoters Prize – Marty Connolly, Deerpark-Next Draw Friday April April 5th. Sincere thanks to all for the wonderful support.