Piltown - Invading Munster

MORE MUNSTERS - Munster sports fans will be getting very tired of Piltown athletes coming in and taking their trophies.

MORE MUNSTERS - Munster sports fans will be getting very tired of Piltown athletes coming in and taking their trophies.

Following on from the recent success of the local girls in the Ladies Football with Scoil Mhuire, two Munster close juvenile titles were won by Piltown Squash players, both of whom train in the Piltown GAA club but play their representative games in Dunhill, County Waterford. Conor Friend took the boys Under-15 Munster title at the Waterford venue beating an opponent from Cork. Sinead Walsh also beat Cork opposition as she took the girls Under-17 title. Both Conor and Sinead are now on the Munster representative team that will compete in the inter-provincial championships to be held in Dublin in the coming weeks. It certainly continues to be a boom time for our young athletes.

GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL - The inter county development squads are already back in full flow and the County Under-14 team was in action at The Heath versus Laois on Sunday. Three Piltown girls were involved. They were Emily McCarthy who won a Leinster under-14 medal with Kilkenny in 2012 and there were debuts for Aoife Doyle and Lisa Norris who nabbed a goal on her debut. All three gave a good account of themselves in a highly competitive challenge where Laois took the spoils in the finish.

PILTOWN VENUE - There was disappointment that the county junior Camogie final between James Stephens and Glenmore did not go ahead in Piltown at the weekend, but fortunately, Piltown did host some inter county Camogie on Sunday as Kilkenny Minor Camogie team played host to Wexford in a challenge game. In addition, this might be a record for Piltown at inter county level, the Kilkenny team featured five Piltown players wearing the black and amber on their home ground. They were Jennifer Norris, Debbie Phelan, Alice Talbot, Lorraine Long and Sinead McCarthy. It was Kilkenny that took the credits in these games as they prepare for the first round of the championship later this month

FIRST COMMUNION - A meeting of Parents and Guardians of First Holy Communion children will be held in Piltown Community Centre on Tuesday 12th February at 7.30pm. There will be four masses during Lent as part of the children’s First Communion preparation. The Masses will take place on Sunday 3rd March, Sunday 10th March, Sunday 24th March and on Holy Thursday 28th March. The children will take an active part in these masses reading prayers of the faithful and bringing gifts to the altar.

CAMOGIE DINNER DANCE - Piltown Camogie Club are having a Dinner Dance on Saturday, 2nd March in the Carraig Hotel, Carrick-On-Suir. Tickets at very reasonably priced at €20 and will be available from any Committee member. They will be celebrating a great 2012 on the playing field. Raffle on the night will be in aid of St. Brigid’s Hospital, Carrick-on-Suir in memory of Tom Holden, that club coach who passed away at the end of last year.

PILTOWN’S GREATEST EVER GAA ACHIEVEMENT - Piltown Camogie Club will have more celebrations after the announcement of Piltown’s Greatest Ever GAA Achievement on the club website was announced and as voted by visitors to the Piltown GAA club website. After two months and two rounds of voting, the winning achievement was the escapades of the Camogie teams in 2012 where four county titles were claimed; Under-14 Féile Na nGael, Under-16 Roinn A Championship, Minor Roinn B Championship and the clubs first ever Under-21 title in the Roinn B Championship.

The arguments, discussions and the debates can be put to bed as title has been decided. It is fitting that so many people were involved in the success. Fifty individual girls and eleven individual mentors were behind the golden year of 2012, but let’s not forget all the committee led by executive officer Jim Malone (Chairman), Sheila Norris (Secretary), Eileen Dunne (Treasurer) and Gay Doyle (PRO). There is no doubt that they have set the bar very high and with all Roinn A championships beckoning for 2013, the challenge to equal let alone better will be huge, but they and the players will enjoy trying. The winner of the Waterford Crystal Monique Huillier Bowl for all those who voted was Andrew McCarthy.

Under-14 Panel: Nicola Phelan (Capt), Aoife Norris, Emily McCarthy, Shauna Coady, Niamh Foley, Anna Frisby,

Emer Long, Alanna Gallagher, Aóife Doyle, Stacey O’Brien, Sophie Holden, Chloe Holden, Laura O’Dwyer, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Máire Beth Kirby, Fiona Long, Aoife Culleton, Anna Dowley, Avril Hogan, Lisa Norris, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Sinead Walsh

Mentors: Gay Doyle, Miriam Reid, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Holden, Marie Barcoe.

Under-16 Panel: Siobhan Dermody (Capt), Aoife Culleton, Shauna Coady, Niamh Foley, Emer Long, Nicola Phelan, Stacey O’Brien, Aoife Norris, Mairead Power, Debbie Phelan, Ellen Commins, Katelynn Phelan, Alice Talbot, Jean Power, Sinead Walsh, Laura O’Dwyer, Fiona Long, Emily McCarthy, Sarah Murphy, Lisa McCarthy, Kelly Ann Doyle, Chloe Holden, Aine Power, Chloe Blackmore, Ciara Phelan, Anna Frisby

Mentors: Gay Doyle, Miriam Reid, Andrew McCarthy, Tom Holden, Marie Barcoe

Minor Panel: Leanne Dunne (Joint Capt), Aisling McGowan (Joint Capt), Alice Talbot, Ellen Commins, Siobhan Dermody, Debbie Phelan, Edel Long, Jennifer Norris, Katelynn Phelan, Kelly Ann Doyle, Niamh Dermody, Jean Power, Laura Foley, Chloe Blackmore, Sarah Murphy, Lisa McCarthy, Mairead Power, Sinead McCarthy, Lorraine Long, Soracha Phelan

Mentors: Seamus Dunne, Eamonn McGowan, Michael Long

Under-21 Panel: Karen Duggan (Capt), Siobhan Dermody, Hilary Power, Jennifer Norris, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan Leanne Dunne, Mairead Power, Alice Talbot, Lorraine Long, Laura Norris, Sinead McCarthy, Soracha Phelan, Edel Long, Niamh Dermody, Aisling McGowan, Nicole Culleton Katelynn Phelan, Chloe Blackmore

Mentors: Eamonn Kenny, Tony Foley, Jim Malone.

CONNECT IRELAND - Piltown GAA Club is delighted to announce a partnership with Connect Ireland through their club website. Connect Ireland is an innovative way to create new jobs in Ireland by harnessing the power of the global Diaspora – at home and abroad. Their mission is to attract foreign companies that are expanding internationally to Ireland through ordinary people – creating jobs and securing the future of the Irish economy. The Irish Government will financially reward those that attract new, sustainable jobs into the country.

A successful tip-off that results in job creation in Ireland will lead to a payment of between €4,500 and €150,000 depending on the number of jobs created. What does it mean for Piltown GAA? As a partner, Piltown GAA Club will promote and introduce the Connect Ireland programme to contacts via the assigned Connect Ireland partner link. It will allow those who click on the Connect Ireland partner logo on the webpage (http://www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/invest-in-piltown-jobs/connect-ireland) to be directed to the Connect Ireland website where Piltown GAA will be recorded as the referral source. Once that person registers as a Connector from there, Piltown GAA Club will receive a fee of €125 for every job created (up to 100 jobs) as a result of the referral to a Connector who introduces a company to Connect Ireland – provided that company establishes operations and creates a minimum of three jobs in Ireland. Now it’s all about getting the message out to friends, contacts, colleagues and acquaintances all over the world. Those precious jobs are badly needed locally and in doing so you could support a club which is the centre of many community based activities.