Paddy Brophy was at Congress in 1932

CONGRESS-The parishes oldest resident Paddy Brophy from Rosseneaney was a member of the huge throng from all over the world that attended the Eucharistic Congress in the Phoenix Park eighty years ago. On the day he traveled with his family and relations in a Dodge Hackney Car driven by a Mr. McDonnell from Knocktopher. The group included Paddy’s mother Johanna (nee Kearney) from Kyle Coolagh and his sister youngest Mai, later (Long of Lismatigue) his aunt and mothers sister Katie Walsh from Vermount, Dunnamaggin and his cousins Patrick and Sadie Walsh. Having attended Windgap National School where John Hennessey from Coon was the principal  and Miss Mulqueen later Mrs. McDonald was the assistant in the boy’s school Paddy was then attending the CBS in Callan at the time of the Congress. Mrs. Doyle the headmistress in the girl’s school next door where her husband MJ taught for a while completed the teaching staff in the local National School where Mrs. Butler from Tramore assisted her. Still hale and hearty and living within a stones throw of the old house in Rosseneanney Paddy now in his ninety sixth year recalls the special Masses and the great devotion at the time. He also recalls on his very first visit to Dublin of walking the final stages with the crowds along the one way system to the venue and wearing the Eucharistic Pin and Flag on the day. At the time Fr Doyle was the Parish Priest in Windgap and Fr Brennan (Gunner) was the curate and the senior classes had a religion class from ten up to the eleven o’clock each Sunday morning in preparation for Fr Colliers visits and for confirmation. Many years later in the early seventies locals who attended Cappagh Hospital in Finglas for the then new and the revolutionary hip replacement process saw the alter used for the event in the nearby Phoenix Park located along the pathways used for their recuperational purposes after their operations.  

CONGRESS-The parishes oldest resident Paddy Brophy from Rosseneaney was a member of the huge throng from all over the world that attended the Eucharistic Congress in the Phoenix Park eighty years ago. On the day he traveled with his family and relations in a Dodge Hackney Car driven by a Mr. McDonnell from Knocktopher. The group included Paddy’s mother Johanna (nee Kearney) from Kyle Coolagh and his sister youngest Mai, later (Long of Lismatigue) his aunt and mothers sister Katie Walsh from Vermount, Dunnamaggin and his cousins Patrick and Sadie Walsh. Having attended Windgap National School where John Hennessey from Coon was the principal  and Miss Mulqueen later Mrs. McDonald was the assistant in the boy’s school Paddy was then attending the CBS in Callan at the time of the Congress. Mrs. Doyle the headmistress in the girl’s school next door where her husband MJ taught for a while completed the teaching staff in the local National School where Mrs. Butler from Tramore assisted her. Still hale and hearty and living within a stones throw of the old house in Rosseneanney Paddy now in his ninety sixth year recalls the special Masses and the great devotion at the time. He also recalls on his very first visit to Dublin of walking the final stages with the crowds along the one way system to the venue and wearing the Eucharistic Pin and Flag on the day. At the time Fr Doyle was the Parish Priest in Windgap and Fr Brennan (Gunner) was the curate and the senior classes had a religion class from ten up to the eleven o’clock each Sunday morning in preparation for Fr Colliers visits and for confirmation. Many years later in the early seventies locals who attended Cappagh Hospital in Finglas for the then new and the revolutionary hip replacement process saw the alter used for the event in the nearby Phoenix Park located along the pathways used for their recuperational purposes after their operations.  

CLOTHES COLLECTION- The GAA Club is continuing its fundraising clothes fundraising collection during this week as the collection arrangements were hampered by the poor weather and cancelled training sessions last week. Clothes can be dropped at the clubrooms at any of the training sessions this week. Further details can be had from Club secretary Noel Power 087 2062262 or any team trainer or committee member.

GALMOY V’s WINDGAP- Sister clubs Windgap and Galmoy faced each other at schools level in the Cumnann Na mBunscoil County Roinn D Semi-final in Larchfield during the week. With the home side having taken the league points in Windgap, the sides were level at half time in a close game. In the second half Galmoy took the initiative and the lead, before being caught at the final whistle on a drawn scoreline of Windgap 2-7 to Galmoy’s 1-10 scoreline. On the day the Windgap goals came from Patrick O’Callaghan and Patrick Grace. Preparations under trainers Michael Grace and Denis O’Callaghan continue for the replay which goes ahead on Tuesday with the final scheduled for Saturday next in Nowlan Park.

CAMOGIE FINAL- In the twelve aside Mullinavat Senior Camogie tournament Final played in Mullinavat on Thursday evening Windgap played the home side. Having opened with a Catherine Foley goal in the first minute the sides were level following three home side points by the eight-minute. After two points apiece from Niamh Phelan and Catherine Foley and another from Denise Gaule  to a single point in reply the visitors were 1-5 to 0-4 ahead after twelve minutes. Within minutes a Mullinavat goal had reduced the lead before the sides exchanged two points apiece to leave the half time score 1-7 to 1-6 in favour of Windgap. On the resumption Denise Gaule extended Windgaps lead before the home side that now included County Star Michelle Quilty in the full forward line added the crucial scores that saw her side run out 4-9 to 1-10 winners. The Windgap side was Laura Walker, Eimear Moylan, Elaine O’Shea, Julie Walsh, Ciara Molloy, Naimh Phelan, Lisa Phelan, Michaela Keneally, Denise Gaule, Joanne Cody, Catherine Foley, Jane Walker. Susie Phelan, Gemma Long. Sarah Grace. The match referee was Richie Dowling. Afterwards both teams and officials were treated to refreshments to mark the end of a well-organised eight-team tournament run over the past four weeks.

UNSOCIABLE BEHAVIOUR- After a short break from unsociable activities against the community diesel and construction equipment was taken and breaks ins occurred to residences in the Killamery area during the week.

PARISH NEWS- A Congress tree was planted after the eleven o’clock Mass that was celebrated by Fr. Fergus Farrell in Windgap on Sunday morning. For the Eucharistic Congress the Parish has one ticket available for the Closing Ceremony in Croke Park on Sunday next. With July 1st announced as the installation date for the New Parish Priest the anticipation levels are rising that the flagship Parochial house will not join the lengthening list of unoccupied houses in the area.      

CLUB NEWS- James Mackey was a member of the Kilkenny panel that played Kildare in the Leinster Junior football championship in Newbridge recently. This Weeks Winning Lotto Numbers were 16, 23, 27, 28 and Bonus number 5. Next Weeks Prize fund is  €6,000

BRIDGE- Winners in the Killamery Club Bridge game held recently were 1st. Sarah Crowley and Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd. Kitty Meagher and Rita Houlihan. 3rd. Pat Arrigan and Margaret Comerford. Best Gross- Moira Hickey and Tracey Landy.

JUNIORS WIN- In the All County League on Tuesday evening table toppers Kilmacow visited to play the final game of the league section. Having already qualified for the knockout stages  the side who were short four regulars were given a testing time by the home side who ran out deserving 2-16 to 0-12 winners. Having opened the scoring through a Paddy O’Keeffe free Kilmacow saw Windgap take the initiative and thanks to a Sean Foley goal lead 1-9 to 0-6 at the break. On the resumption the play was evenly spread as the sides shared six points before a good finish that included an Eamon Hawe goal and points by substitute William Phelan, Cian Ryan and Niall Doran. Showing good teamwork and commitment Windgap had fine performers in Vincent Landy and Vincent Long at center field. They were supplemented by the work of James Mackey Peter Landy and Conor Lonergan in defence in ensuring there was a fine supply of good ball to the forwards where Tommy Lonergan, Cian Ryan and James Murray played well. The win sees Windgap qualify for the Cahill Cup quarterfinals. The sides were Kilmacow- Richie O’Neill, Emmet Blanchfield, Drane Power, Ian Aherne, Ray Hennessey, Willie O’Toole, Andy Kearns, Josh Tobin, Sean Flynn, Sean Ivory, Johnny Hayes, Paul Laffan, Shay Dempsey, Davy Ryan, Paddy O’Keeffe. Subs. Martin McGuiness, Kevin McManara, Conor Walsh. Windgap- Michael Power, Matthew Enright, Noel Power, James Mackey, Gerard Purcell, Conor Lonergan, Peter Landy, Vinny Long, Vinny Landy, Niall Doran, Tommy Lonergan, Cian Ryan, Sean Foley, James Murray, Eamon Hawe. Substitutes William Phelan, Tommy Fleming, Paidí Bacon, Adrian Landy. 

AHENNY MASS- The annual graveyard mass in Kilclispeen cemetery that contains two of the High Crosses of Western Ossory takes place in Ahenny on June 28th

TIDY TOWNS- The Tidy town’s entry forms were forwarded from the organizing center in Tubercurry to the judges over the June bank holiday weekend. The judging will take place over the next six weeks and after the initial reports are filed back the highest-ranking entrants will receive a second round judging in August. This year’s entry has seen an increase to over eight hundred villages and towns across the country. Work continues in Tullahought on Tuesday evenings with the first of the hanging baskets making their appearance in the middle of last week. The committee met on Tuesday last and will hold a follow up meeting at nine o’clock on Tuesday 19th to follow up on the Action log and to Plan this years Heritage weekend activities in August. All are welcome NOTES- Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to windgapnotes@gmail.com by Sunday evenings at 6pm.

FIRST COMMUNION Photo- Back Row-  Teachers Deirdre Caldwell,  Ann Malone, Fr Nicholas Flavin PP Dunnamaggin

Middle Row- Dylan Ryan, Killian Doyle, Eoin Freaney, Karl McCoy, Shane Houlihan, Cody Ryan. Front Row- Deon Smith, Cian Horgan, Sontae Jackson, Niall O’Brien, Rohan Smith