Danesfort: Jane swims for Ireland in Euro Championships

SWIMMING - Jane Roberts from Burnchurch competed, at the weekend in Chartres France Representing Ireland at the European Short - Course Swimming Championships , along with Shani Stallard, Kilkenny, on the same 10 person team as Sycerika McMahon.

SWIMMING - Jane Roberts from Burnchurch competed, at the weekend in Chartres France Representing Ireland at the European Short - Course Swimming Championships , along with Shani Stallard, Kilkenny, on the same 10 person team as Sycerika McMahon.

Jane set a new personal best of 29.04 in the 50m freestyle swim, on the opening day of competitions. Jane was also part of the Irish women’s 4x50m freestyle relay team which qualified from the heats to compete in the final. Unfortunately they finished in eight place on a time of 1:46.95 in a final which was won by Denmark. She also swam a 28.24, 50 m Butterfly event. The championships, which were held in L’Odyssée, saw the Ireland team compete against 37 other European federations, across four days of competition, which ran from last Thursday to Sunday.

Jane currently holds four Irish Junior records in the backstroke, and one in the butterfly stroke.

BEREaVEMENT - Sympathy went to the Tierney family, Cuffesgrange following the recent sudden death of Patrick Fiacre Tierney, Grange Cuffe, Cuffesgrange. The news of the passing of Fiacre, was greeted with a huge sense of shock and sorrow around the Parish and by all who had the honour of his acquaintance. His remains were received in Cuffesgrange Church on Monday evening November 19, flanked by a guard of honour of Danesfort Senior Hurlers and Committee members, followed by a funeral cortège of his family and friends. Fiacre was a notable player with Danesfort as well as being a selector with the club, guiding them to a junior county final in the 80’s. Fiacre was buried in Cuffesgrange Cemetery, on Tuesday November 20, following Requiem Mass. Fiacre is survived by his wife Alice, son James, daughter Sharon, daughter-in-law Catherine, son-in-law James, grandchildren Cillian, Oisin, James and Sarah, brothers Jim, Martin, Tony, Joe, sisters Kathleen, Marian, Delores and Joan, along with a host of relatives and friends.

CONCERT - A concert will be held in St Mary’s Church, Kells on Saturday December 1 at 8pm. A light- hearted concert of seasonal readings and music, featuring George Candler and HX Brass, Dublin. In aid of The Irish Society for Autism and the Kells Group of Parishes. Admission: €10, Family concession: €20, Student/OAP: €5.

LOTTO- Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Results Week 8. Draw was held on Monday November 19 in Delaney’s Kells. The Jackpot was €500.Numbers Drawn: 25 - 22 - 36. There was No Winner. Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - Michael Cahill, Frank Kavanagh, Godfrey Moylan, Shane Grace, Tom Condon. Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Alice Mahony, Ann Maire Duncan.

Last weeks Jackpot Winners Gerry & Mary Doyle were also presented with their prize of €1,300 Congratulations Gerry & Mary. Next weeks draw Monday November 26 is in Sheridan’s Ennisnag, Jackpot €600. Then the Grange Inn Monday December 3rd.

We will also soon be starting our Christmas Meat Vouchers, so be sure to get your tickets.

CHRISTMAS FAIR - St.Michael’s N.S. Parents Association invite you to join them for their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday December 16 at the Danesfort Community Centre after 10.15 Mass. Tea/coffee, home baking, raffle on the morning. Your support as always is greatly appreciated.

SOCCER - Fort Rangers earned their third draw from four league games, with a hard fought 2-2 draw away to Evergreen B last Sunday morning. Fort took the lead on 25 minutes, when great play by John Mulhall and Eddie Nugent found Tony Moran free on the right hand side. His pin point cross was headed home by Kenny Morris. Evergreen replied almost immediately when Fort failed to clear a corner but the locals went in 2-1 up at half time, thanks to a brilliant Eddie Nugent strike from 25 yards out. Evergreen made it 2-2 five minutes into the second half, from the penalty spot. With conditions worsening the game continued in driving rain and bitter a cold wind but despite the weather Fort battled well to the end to claim a well earned point.

Next up is Thomastown Utd. at home next Sunday morning. team; David Buggy, Padraig Murphy, John Cahill, Jim Nugent, Seamus McGrath, Tony Moran (Dion Fitzpatrick], John Munhall, David Forristal, Eddie Nugent (James Lenehan], Emmet Nugent, Kenny Morris (John Bambrick). Unused sub; Stephen McKenna.

GAA AGM - The Danesfort GAA Senior AGM will take place on Thursday November 29 in Cuffesgrange National School at 7.30 PM. It will be preceded by Mass at 7.00pm in Cuffesgrange Church. There will be no November Executive meeting this month as it will be taken up by the AGM.SCHOOLBOYS - It was a weekend of mixed fortunes on the field of play for Fort Rangers schoolboy teams. The under - 8’s went down 6-5 to Thomastown Utd. after a fine display, while the under-10’s also lost 5-1 to a very strong Thomastown side. The under-14’s got their first win of the season with a great 2-1 win away to Evergreen B. This weekend, the under-9’s are at home to Evergreen at 11am while the table topping under-13’s look to extend their 100% record away to Newpark at 11am. Fort’s other team with a 100% record, the under-19’s play at home to Evergreen next Saturday at 2pm.

SPONSORSHIP - Danesfort GAA Club in conjunction of EUROMEDIC Kilkenny have officially announced that Euromedic, Dean Street, Kilkenny are be the new sponsors of Danesfort GAA in the Senior Championship. The launch took place in the Danesfort Community Centre last Thursday.

QUIZ - Fort Rangers schoolboys host their annual fund raising table quiz in Shirley’s pub, Kells this Saturday night December 1 at 9pm. Teams of 4 cost €40 and your support would be greatly appreciated. Anybody who would like to donate a spot prize for a raffle on the night can contact Jack Fitzpatrick on 087 6406408 or Jim Cashin on 086 0213881. Parents of players are asked to support this event as monies raised are a vital part of the clubs budget for the season. Also the Seaview Celtic tickets are still available from any committee member costing €20.

RAFFLE - Fort Rangers are holding a Christmas raffle for a monster hamper which is on display at the Grange Inn. Lines cost just €2 and are available from all club sources and behind the bar in Grange Inn.

HURLERS - On Friday November 30 from 9pm in the Ennisnag Lounge there will be a Recognition Evening for Paddy, Paul and Richie for their achievements with the Kilkenny team this year, and will also act as a fundraiser for their holiday fund. Music is by Jimmy Byrne. The evening is also recognition of the Danesfort team’s effort this year in staying up at senior level this year at the first attempt. All players and supporters are encouraged to attend; it should be a great evening.

DRAW -The annual Seaview Celtic draw is just 1 week away. Once again Fort Rangers are using this draw as one of their main fundraisers for the season and would appreciate support. Tickets can be bought from any Fort committee member.

SCRAP - Having had a very successful fund raiser last year for the Club Developments, the committee have decided to collect scrap metal again for the month of November. The target this year is to purchase the goal posts for the new pitch. If you have any old machinery, gates sheeting, TV’s, cookers, computers, washing machines, cars etc please contact: Noel Phelan 0862612639, Kieran Walsh 0868226893, Gary Ireland 0868752823, Kevin Gleeason 0868246014, Ger woodcock 0876994994, David Cunningham 0868691224. Collection points are Noel Phelan, Kieran Walshe, David Cunningham and Ger Woodcock’s yards.

MOTHER AND TODDLER - Danesfort Mother and Toddler:  Every Monday in Danesfort Community Centre from 10.30am. It is a friendly, casual morning where you and your children can come and make new friends. Also the group would greatly appreciate any used “Wheelie Toy “ donations, that are in good and safe condition.Wheelie toys suitable for 2-5 years. Refreshments served every morning. Contact Dympna: (086) 8322086.

HOLLY & IVY DINNER - The 2012 Holly and Ivy Christmas Dinner is on Friday 14th December at 7.00pm. With limited seating available, you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment. Tickets now on sale at €20 each and must be purchased before the event. No tickets will be reserved for collection on the night. Booking 086 1666547.

WINTER WALKERS - Winter Walkers meet every Monday and Wednesday at 6.30pm in the Danesfort GAA grounds. The aim is to provide a safe place with good company for those who would like to get fit or stay fit during the winter months. If you do not get the time during the day to fit in some exercise, just come and join any evening. Its Fun, Friendly and Fantanstic for your health. Bring torch, suitable clothing, runners and of course a FRIEND.

KARATE - Danesfort  Karate Club meet in Danesfort Community Centre Tuesday 6.00pm to 6.45pm. The Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old.  Kevin 086 3668669 of www.budomartialartscentre.com.
CUBS & BEAVERS - Cubs: Mondays in Danesfort Community Centre 6.45pm to 8.00pm. Contact 087 9343090. Beavers: Thursdays in Community centre 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact 087 8043511.

FOROIGE - Foroige Club meet on Thursdays in Danesfort Community Centre 8.00pm for teenagers aged 13years and up. Contact 087 6406408.

GOING STRONG - Going Strong Club meet every Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre from 10.30am to 1.00pm. The Club has a very warm and friendly welcome for new members. Fresh bakes with tea of coffee served each morning. Admission €5. Contact: 086 1666547

BINGO - Bingo is held every Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Contact: 086 8825821BRIDGE - Bridge Classes take place on Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm with Annette Kennedy,Member of C.B.A.I. Bridge Teachers Association. Playing regularly keeps your memory active and brain alert. Contact: 087 6601564.

COMPUTER CLASSES - If you are interested in taking computer classes in the new year, please contact 086 1666547. Booking in advance of classes is essential. It would be advisable also to have access to your own laptop or computer for practice.

SCOUTS - The 15th Kilkenny Fort Grange Scout group urgently requires additional adults to come on board for a couple of hours a week as Scout leaders.  We have been in operation since May of this year but our group sizes are increasing and we have a number of waiting lists.  We will also need to establish a scout group in addition to the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts already in operation to allow the cubs to progress into Scouts.  If we don’t have enough leaders we won’t be able to open a scout group and the cubs won’t have anywhere to move up to.  The more leaders we have on board the more children we can accommodate. Your help would be greatly appreciated.  It is only a couple of hours a week and is great fun for all involved . If you are interested & want to find out more please contact our Group Leader Rioghnach Walsh at 087 9343090 or 15thkilkennyfortgrange@gmail.com for an application form.