At Shelbourne Park on Saturday night last was won by the very impressive Locnamon Bridie in a blistering time of 28.23. Bridie was bred by local greyhound trainer Ger Langton, Lavistown ,who has bred many good greyhounds that run under the Locnamon prefix. Congratulations to Ger, trainer Paul Hennessy and owner Charlie Chalk.


Clara’s Junior B team played last Saturday night in the quarter-final of the Walsh Cup against Galmoy. From early exchanges both team were pretty even but it was Clara that opened the scoring with a pointed free from Brian Prendergast. Galmoy quickly followed this up and added 2 more soon after. Brian Prendergast and John Brennan added 2 points to bring the teams level before John Murphy gave Clara the lead with another point. Galmoy scored another point before Brian Prendergast put over another free for Clara. Galmoy scored 2 more points soon after to give them a one point lead. Both teams added pointed frees Clara’s coming from Brian Prendergast. Galmoy added another point before the half time whistle was sounded. Half time score Clara 0-6, Galmoy 0-8. The second half started with both teams swapping pointed frees Clara’s coming from Brian Prendergast. Clara got the next 3 points to give them the lead, 1 from John Murphy and 2 from Jason Byrne. Galmoy brought the teams level again with another point. Clara pushed on again and got the goal they were looking for. After a great ball across the Galmoy 20 meter line by Tom Langton, John Murphy gathered well and struck to the back of the net. Jason Byrne followed this with a point from a well taken 65. Galmoy pulled a point back before Jason Byrne got another point for Clara. With time running out Galmoy started pushing for a goal and landing high balls into the forwards got the goal they were fighting for. This left Clara with a 1 point lead but with 5 minutes to play. Clara got the next 3 points which turned out to be vital, the scores coming from Tom Langton, Noel Kehoe and a pointed free from Brian Prendergast. Galmoy threw everything at the Clara goal but the defence held strong with some great defending. Galmoy got a point with time nearly up and with winning the resulting puck out pushed for that equalising goal but the Clara defence held strong. The game ending Clara 1-15, Galmoy 1-12. Subs used: Kevin Galvin and Eammon Treacy. Team: Jason Barcoe, Brian Delaney, Tom Langton, Pat Bolger, Paul Murphy, Bill Carrigan, Gary Kehoe, Jason Byrne, Declan Rafter, John Murphy, David Mulrooney, Noel Kehoe, John Brennan, Brian Prendergast and Trevor Cummins.


Training takes place for underage teams (U6 to U12) for both Hurling and Camogie on Monday evenings from 7 to 8.15. New players are always welcome at any age level. G4M+O training is on Friday nights from 8 to 9.30. New members are always welcome from both inside and outside of Clara Parish.


DVD’s are on sale for the Intermediate finals played in 2012/2013. The DVD’s will be sold as a set. The set includes: League Final, County Final, Leinster Final, All-Ireland Semi Final and the All-Ireland Final. Please contact Trevor (085-1079791) to reserve your set. Mugs for sale to commemorate the success of the last year. There are three mugs in the set,one for each Intermediate Final that was won, listing the names of the full panel for each final. Please contact Jimmy Fitzpatrick (086-8245106) to place your order. to see the mugs log onto for more details and pictures.


Two of our intermediate Camogie players Gemma Dowling and Leasa Byrne have been nominated to enter this years Kilkenny Batchelorette Competition. This is a charity event the proceeds of which go to Kilkenny Alzheimer’s Society and Meals on Wheels. The winner also receives €700.00 towards their chosen charity - Gemma has chosen to support St. Patrick’s Special Needs School on the Kells Road, and Leasa chosen charity is Epilepsy Ireland. There are seven contestants and the winner will be the girl with the most votes on the night of the competition which is on in the Set Theatre on 27th June. Gemma is a daughter of Patricia and John Dowling, Lavistown. She is a primary school teacher in Carrigeen. Leasa is a daughter of Brigid and Pat Byrne, Castlewarren. She is a student in Thurles and works part time in Mario’s. Both Girls are actively involved in sports including Clara Camogie club where they are not just a players but they also help out with coaching and fundraising events. The girls would dearly love to win this competition on behalf on their chosen charities and they need the support of their parish, family and friends to do so. So please give them your vote on the 27th June Set Theatre.


Wednesday Minor Camogie Clara Vs Piltown at 7pm in Clara, Friday Minor Hurling Clara Vs Danesfort at 7.30pm in Danesfort, Saturday Clara Vs Oulart-The Ballagh at 7pm in Coon, Sunday Junior B Hurling Clara Vs Barrow Rangers at 2pm in Paulstown. Monday Intermediate Camogie Clara Vs Tullogher at 7pm in Tullogher, U16 Hurling Clara Vs Eirns Own at 7.30 in Clara, Tuesday Byrne Cup Clara Vs Rower Inistioge at 7.30pm in Clara.


We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors and helpers for our recent school field day which was a great success despite dreadful weather conditions. Thank you to all those who helped in any way throughout the year. It is very much appreciated. Also we wish the sixth class pupils of 2012/2013 the very best as they make their transition from Clara N.S. to their chosen secondary schools.


The excitement of pig racing comes to Kilkenny at the Castlewarren Pig racing festival on the 14th July, organised by Castlewarren Celtic FC. From 1pm a unique Fun Day for all the family in the grounds of the Bodhran Bar, side shows, rodeo, bouncy castles, slides. A great day not to be missed!


Every Thursday from 7 to 8 in Clara GAA Grounds. This is for 8 to 13 year olds. It is a fun introduction to Ladies Football for the underage setup.


Best wishes to Kilkenny U21 hurling team who take on Offaly tonight, Wednesday 26 th June in Tullamore @ 7.30.We would like to wish the very best to their manager Richie Mulrooney, Richie is principal in Clara N.S. and also best of luck to our 3 panel members, Jack Langton, Ciaran Prendergast and Conor O’Shea.


17th June. Winning numbers 6, 9, 25. No winners. €30 each to the following: Tom Brennan, Clara. Dawn Rowe, Maddoxtown. Pam Cummins, Dunbell. Martin Meany, Highrath. Ellen Hoyne, Clifden. Next weeks jackpot €1050.


The Parish pilgimage to Knock takes place on Thursday 27th June. If you are interested in travelling on the bus, please contact either Mary Meany @ 056-7765016 or Bridget Byrne @ 086-8527819.


Training session every Friday night @ 7pm. All ages welcome, open to boys and girls. Further information contact James 087-2835363.


A Monster Raffle run in conjunction with the County Board to raise much needed funds for both Club and County. There are over 30 Fantastic prizes on offer and for just €3.00 per line its a draw not to be missed. So please support the girls when they call on you.


The following are the dates for the cemetary masses in the parish. Castlewarren, Friday 5th July. Church Clara, Monday 8th July. Freynestown, Tuesday 9th July. Maddoxtown, Thursday 11th July. Clara, Friday 12th July. Anyone wishing to have information included in the Clara Notes, please email them to or ring 086-2525261before 8pm on Sunday night.