MR. JOSEPH (JOSIE) DOOLEY - It was with great sadness on Friday morning that the local community learned of the passing of Joseph (Josie) Dooley, George’s Tree. Jos, as he was affectionately known by everyone in Conahy and beyond, has been suffering from illness in the recent past, but nevertheless it still came as a great shock to neighbours and friends to hear the sad news of his passing. Jos was one of the most popular and well-known parishioners around, with his garage proving to be a real focal point for everyone in the community.
The Dooley family have run their garage business with great pride and locals have been often grateful of their services for many years. Jos, along with his wife Mona and his son Liam, were central to the development of the business and every customer was welcomed and looked after with the upmost of care and attention, and this continues into the present.
The funeral Mass took place in Conahy Church on Sunday last with the burial taking place in Conahy cemetery afterwards. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.
FOOTBALL - The senior footballers’ first round game in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Kilkenny Senior Football League at the Polo Grounds last Saturday ended in a disappointing defeat at the hands of city side O’Loughlin Gaels. For three quarters of the tie Conahy held its own, but the superior fitness of the winners was a telling factor in the closing quarter. The locals led at the interval thanks to a trio of goals from Barry Murphy, Ger Byrne and a John Wallace penalty.
O’Loughlin Gaels scored a goal during the opening half and they might have had at least one more three-pointer but for the alertness of John Muldowney in the Conahy goal. As the tempo of the game increased in the second half the fitness level of the winner was slowly edging the game in its favour and it saw Conahy make a couple of errors that were decisive in the final result. With ten minutes remaining a Conahy attack broke down and in a sweeping move down the field O’Loughlin Gaels scored a goal. Shortly afterwards an alert Gaels attacker shot to the net when the ball came off the Conahy post. That goal effectively decided the game. Conahy responded with a fine point from Paddy Mullan, but the home side found it very difficult to score in the second half against a much improved winners defence. Conahy’s next outing is against Glenmore in Glenmore next Saturday afternoon.
TEAM: John Muldowney; Donal Brennan; Peter Dollard; David Baldwin; Thomas Nolan; Eoin Byrne; Michael Bergin; Gary Kavanagh; Eoin Carroll; John Wallace; Declan Buggy; Paddy Mullan; Peter Vickery; Barry Murphy; Ger Byrne. Subs: Peter Harding & Sean Brennan.
SHAVE OR DYE! - Everyone in the locality is reminded that a Shave or Dye event in aid of cancer research will take place in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday next at 9.30 p.m. Heads and beards will be shaved on the night, and an auction and raffle will also be held. All are welcome and all support in particular would be greatly appreciated.
ADULT DANCING - Adult Dancing comes to the Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club House on Saturday 16th February with music by The Skeough Ramblers. There is an open invitation to all parishioners to enjoy a night out in what is a new venture for the GAA club.
CAMOGIE QUIZ - A table quiz in aid of Conahy Shamrocks Camogie Club will be held on Sunday, February 24th in the GAA Clubhouse, starting at 6 p.m. All support for this cause would be appreciated.
MEMBERSHIP - GAA club membership is also now due for the coming year. The rates for 2013 are unchanged from last year – a single person rate is €40, a married couple rate is €60, a student rate is €30, and a social member rate is €10. There is also the option of pre-ordering a Piltown Co-Op draw ticket for an additional €30 (€50 normal price). Standing orders forms are also available on the GAA Club website if anyone wishes to pay by such means.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club is looking for volunteers for its Club Functions Committee to assist with catering in the GAA Club House, particularly after games. Those interested in helping out should contact Nickey Brennan (087-0565000).
The GAA Club is also seeking volunteers for it Social Committee which will be responsible for organising social functions in the GAA Club House for Members, Supporters and Parishioners. Those interested in helping out should contact Toddy Lacey (087-2672753).
FANTASY CHELTENHAM - Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club is participating in this year’s Fantasy Cheltenham Fund-Raising event which is organised once again by the Erin’s Own GAA Club (Castlecomer). Tickets will be on sale in the GAA Club House and from Committee members over the coming weeks. Players and supporters are encouraged to only purchase tickets from Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club.
LOTTO RESULTS - The numbers in the recent Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto draw were 4, 18 and 19. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Declan & Anne Downey, Helen Molloy, Peggy Kirwan, Cora Buggy and Martin Rice. The promoters’ prize winners were Catherine Carroll, Sean Hetherington and Denis Drennan. This week’s jackpot now stands at €5,100.