HERITAGE WEEK - Former Kerry fisherman, stonemason and sculptor Alan Counihan spoke of his beloved Johnswell as he opened the Heritage Weekend in Tullahought on Friday evening. In the discussion that followed Alan’s slide and audio presentation the ongoing loss of heritage items in the country the loss of the use of road names following their replacement with numbered signposts and the loss of townland names owing to the expansion of towns were among the points highlighted. On the sporting scene the badminton game was formalised and a club created and participated in the Waterford leagues. As it progressed it moved house to the larger facilities in Windgap where it still provides a valuable sporting and recreational outlet for all ages. In the interim it joined the newly formed Kilkenny Badminton Association and has captured two all Ireland club titles on its way. On the built heritage scene Alan’s relationship with the area commenced as a sculptor of the “Miners Egg” at the Ordmond Quarry during the Slatequarries Arts and Culture festival in 1992. It now extends far and wide across the world to another of his creations in San Jose in California that recalls the local native American tribe.
HANDBALL ALL IRELAND - Best wishes to Eamonn and Jimmy Purcell who travel to Kells, Co Meath on Friday to play Antrim’s Thomas Maguire and Pat Maguire in the Golden Masters B Doubles Final.
HERITAGE CELEBRATIONS - Other events at the Annual Heritage weekend that took place in Tullahought last weekend were on Friday, a cheese and wine reception that was followed by a traditional Music. The lively session that had almost twenty musicians and a handful of additional singers featured bodhrans, whistles, flutes, melodeons percussion instruments with Accordions, guitars and Banjo’s being the most numerical instruments. On Saturday a Lecture on the High Crosses of Western Ossory was given by Frank Callery and a Book and CD presentation of the Conservation Plan for the Crosses was given to those who attended. On the sporting front the U12’s Mike Williams Memorial Shield Camogie and Hurling games in Tullahought Sportsfield saw the St. Mollerans in camogie and Grangemockler in hurling play the local sides. On Sunday the heritage celebrations continued with the Art Exhibition and Traditional Craft Demonstrations of weaving and butter making with a trip over the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk for the outdoors followers. For all events the local ladies provided refreshments.
CLUB NEWS - This Weeks Winning Lotto Numbers were 1, 22, 23, 26 and Bonus number 14. Next weeks prizefund is €9,500. DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ - A Radio Quiz is being organized on Thursday, August 30th in association with KCLR 96FM and Kilkenny Vintners in support of the Kilkenny All Ireland training fund. It is planned each Club in the County will be organizing centers to host the popular event. Team of four cost €20 or a €5 per person. It is the opportunity for the ordinary fan to get behind the players and also links every parish in the county in the build-up to the All –Ireland. The Quiz will go out live on Radio with Prizes of Ireland Stand Tickets, Tickets to the Post Match Banquet at City West, Rooms on the Sunday night at City West etc. Further details will be available from local club officials. ALL IRELAND TICKETS - Club members wishing to be in the draw for All Ireland Senior Hurling Final Tickets are invited to contact the Club secretary immediately. TIDY TOWNS - A meeting will be held in the Community Centre on Tuesday 28th at 9pm to firm up an Action List to be worked on over the coming months. The focus now moves to the Super Valu National Tidy Towns results will be announced in the Helix on Monday 10th of September. GALMOY/WINDGAP - On Monday evening the minors short three players put up a very commendable performance against a well balanced St. Martins side in Ballyragget in the first round of the minor championship. UNSOCIABLE BEHAVIOUR - An increase in wheelies has been reported in the area in recent weeks. NOTES - Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday evenings at 6pm