Castlecomer:Exceptional results in Castlecomer community school.

RESULTS -There were scenes of jubilation and celebration in Castlecomer Community School last Wednesday morning. The class of 2012 received their Leaving Certificate results and after last year we thought it couldn’t get better – but it did. One student received maximum points – 625 and there was a very high percentage of students who obtained results of 550 plus points and who will obtain their preferred C.A.O. place next Monday. By mid morning nearly all of the 81 student who sat the Leaving had collected their results and there was roars of delight, celebration and some tears of joy as they opened their envelopes. The guidance counsellor Noreen O’Brien was on hand to calculate the points and offer her congratulations on their success.

RESULTS -There were scenes of jubilation and celebration in Castlecomer Community School last Wednesday morning. The class of 2012 received their Leaving Certificate results and after last year we thought it couldn’t get better – but it did. One student received maximum points – 625 and there was a very high percentage of students who obtained results of 550 plus points and who will obtain their preferred C.A.O. place next Monday. By mid morning nearly all of the 81 student who sat the Leaving had collected their results and there was roars of delight, celebration and some tears of joy as they opened their envelopes. The guidance counsellor Noreen O’Brien was on hand to calculate the points and offer her congratulations on their success.

The Principal Séamus O’Connor commented “I am thrilled and proud of these exceptional results which our students have achieved. It is a credit to the pupils themselves, the parental support and the outstanding dedication of a very talented teaching staff. I was also especially pleased with the students who maximised their learning potential which is a credit to the learning support structure within the school”.

ENROLLING-College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive 10th August were: Top Score: Nano Brennan, 1st Lady: Molly O’Brien 2nd Lady: Anne Kealy , 1st Gent: Michael O’Brien, 2nd Gent: Gerry Kealy, 1st Half: Mary O’Donnell, 2nd Half: Bob Murphy, Leslie Hunter, Seamus Hennessy. Raffle prize winners: Owen Salmon, Anne Kealy, Molly O’Brien, Tommy Kealy, Margaret Kealy. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

SHOP LOCAL-Bollards Golf Society have an outing to Castlecomer Golf Club on Saturday for the Captains Prize (Liam Campion). Time sheet in bar.

CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own Lotto is now up to €15,200.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing .

NORTH JUNIOR-Erins Own 2-14 Tullaroan 1-8 Torrential downpours before and during this match led these two teams to play out a scrappy game of hurling, which had brief flashes of excellence despite the lashing rain and biting wind. Tullaroan were first out of the blocks but a brace of points from Ciaran McDermott and Jimmy Byrne before a couple of frees by Eddie Brennan levelled the sides before the same player bagged the first goal of the game, again good movement by the Comer forwards splitting apart the Tullaroan defence to leave the half time score 1-7 to 6 points. The second half started similar to the first, with Tullaroan starting the brighter of the two teams but it was Comer who struck first through an Eddie Brennan free. Jimmy Byrne added another a minute later before Eddie Brennan added to his already impressive tally with another point. Eoin Brennan pushed Comer further ahead with a well taken goal with a deft flicked effort. Eddie Brennan pointed another free and Tullaroan found themselves eleven points behind. Tullaroan snatched a goal back from substitute Bill Simpson after a ball across the square wasn’t dealt with by the Comer defence. Substitute Darragh Brennan capped of a good performance by Comer to leave them nine points clear at the final whistle.

Teams: Jim Buggy, Ciaran Wallace, Damien Mullins, Noel Callinan, Liam Wallace, Pauric Keating, Declan Dunne, Jimmy Byrne, Ciaran McDermott, Eoin Brennan, Eddie Brennan, Eoghan Meally, Ciaran Brennan, Dermot Wallace, Michael Dwyer. Subs: Sean McDermott, Anthony Kavanagh, Andrew Carron, Joe Meagher, Darragh Brennan.

MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP-Erins Own took on St Fiacres in the first round of the Minor Roinn A Championship on Tuesday evening last in Clara. With only two points separating these teams in the league earlier in the season this match was a potential banana skin for the locals. However it proved otherwise as the local boys drove into the match from the first ball and never relented all evening. With the backs settling well into the game and delivering a great supply of good ball down the field it was only a matter of time before scores would follow. Rian Holden knocked over a couple of frees early on and with the ever dangerous Daragh Brennan setting up many chances for his teammates the early goal came via some great work by Eoin Brennan to give them a a five point lead. Erin’s Own were to suffer a big blow when influential attacker Robert Moran limped out of the game after fifteen minutes with a very bad injury. At half time Comer were six points to the good on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-2 which seemed very fortuitous as St. Fiacres had some atrocious wides from play and frees. Early in the second half Comer put the game beyond their opponents reach when Eoin Brennan and Daragh Brennan raised the green flag again in quick succession along with some fine frees from Rian Holden. Johnny Callinan also chipped in with two smashing points and the industrious Martin Walsh setting up plenty of opportunities for those around him. In the end it was a great team performance with the only negative being the loss of Robert Moran to a long time injury. Final score, Erin’s Own 3-15 St.Fiacres 0-8.. Team. J.Buggy, N.McMahon,C.Wallace, A.Dowd, S.Rice, C.Delaney, E.Healy, S.McDermott, E.Walsh, J.Callinan (0-2), R.Moran, R.Holden (0-6 frees), D.O Neill(0-1), E.Brennan (2-2), D.Brennan (1-3). Subs. M.Walsh (0-1), J.Brennan, E.Holland, J.Comerford, E.Coogan.

FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURS-Erin’s Own U-9 ‘s hosted St Martin’s on Saturday morning in Ballycomey. Thanks to Kiel and Liam for volunteering to play a half each in goal for St Martins so everyone played the full match. In a welcome change the home team were out of the blocks quickly and were five goals to one up at half time with a

3 goals from Cathal O’Reilly and one each from Alan Smyth and Shane Coogan.

All the Comer boys were playing well especially John and James Kenny who kept the ball going forward. Erin’s Own continued to attack in the second half but with Liam producing some great saves for St Martin’s we could only add two James Kenny points to our score but defended well to restrict St Martin’s to a couple of points. A 20 min game of football followed which St Martin’s won rounding off a great hour of gaelic games.

Panel: Ciaran Meagher, Adam Stone, John Kenny, Ewan Connery, Kiel Smyth, James Kenny, Liam Doyle, James Hogan, Brian Holland, Michael Rowe, David Allen, Cathal O’Reilly, Jack Brennan, Alan Smyth and Shane Coogan.

CLONTUBRID CLASSES-Pilates for Autumn term start in Clontubrid in September. Classes for Ladies, gents, teenagers, sports people, elderly, pre and post natal. All instructors are chartered Physiotherapists so expert advice and instruction is guaranteed. Suitable for people with back and neck problems. Please phone 086 6611163 to book.

Fit Back & Bump Course - An education course for Pregnant mums to be and new mothers starts soon in Clontubrid Freshford. Please Phone Joanne on 087 9537808 to book a place, numbers limited.

WHAT IS RELAY FOR LIFE-Relay For Life is coming to Kilkenny. What is Relay For Life? At Relay For Life hundreds of people gather to embark on a very special 24-hour journey.Relay For Life is an overnight , community celebration and a unique , empowering and fun event. At the heart of Relay is the oppurtunity to CELEBRATE Cancer Survivors and to REMEMBER those who have left us. We are currently asking people who may have been touched in any way by cancer to come and join in the CELEBRATION . Our Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July , 2013 at Scanlon Park , Kilkenny. We are recruiting teams of volunteers who will walk around the track in relay , for 24 hours , because cancer never sleeps!!. Otherwise team members are free to socialise , have fun and enjoy the fun packed day and entertainment. If you think that you would like to be part of this event in any way , Contact the following.Relayforlifekilkenny@gmail.com or call 087 2369225 or 087 292580

Erins Own Girls GFC-Girls football in Castlecomer continues to flourish with 3 more matches over the last 10 days in different age groups.

On Friday the 10th Erins own hosted near neighbours Muckalee in U 12,s.A good group of supporters were witness to a exciting game displaying all the skills of juvenile football.

Comer got off to a quick start and were leading at half time after a display of free flowing football.In fierce second half it was neck and neck all the way with Muckalee running out winners by a point.All players gave there all and put on a brilliant display. Further improvement continues with every match.

Congtatulations to the following panel, Nicole Allen OKeefe, Roisin Allen, Dervla Bergin, Ellie Boland, Molly Boland, Claire Brennan, Leah Brennan, Ellen Buggy, Aoife Cahalan, Michelle Farrell, Katie Holohan, Rachel Holohan, Karen Lucas, Kate Mc Donald, Laura Mullally, Sarah Smyth, Eimear Stone, Katie Tynan, Niamh Walsh, Meadbh Walsh, Rebecca Ward.

Tuesday the 14/8 Erins Own travelled to the play Kilkenny City in two challenge matches.History was made when the u 10,s togged out to represent Erins Own for the first time.In an exciting match that had supporters urging them on from the sidelines plenty of football talent was on display.All the girls gave a brillant effort and have to be congratulated as this was there first ever match.Well done to the mentors as well.

Congratulations to the following panel;Eva Brennan,Roisin Brennan,Aoibhinn Brophy,Sarah Brophy,Katie Clarke,Orlaith Condell,Aisling Delaney,Shauna Kerr,Ella Nolan,Ciara Normoyle,Siobhan O,Neil,Isobel Delaney,Nianh Moore.

This was followed by an U14’s match.Erins Own started slowly and let in a couple of early goals.After settling they found there rythym and made many fine attacking moves but were unavailable score.The defense was holding up well particularly Anna Boland in her new role.The second half saw Erins Own score 2 goals and 1 point to close the gap but just fell short in the end.A very entertaining display and a great effort from all.This group is really improving with every match.Congratulations to the following panel;Anna Boland,Sinead Brennan,Rebecca Brennan,Ciara Curran,Meadbh Delaney,Aoife Dowling,Laura Mooney,Catherine Quirke,Laura Mullally,Roisin Allen,Leah Maher,Katie Tynan,Meadbh Walsh,Eireann Korff,Francis Farrell

Its fantastic to see as these girls have only been playing for 4 months and we look forward to continued development going on into the future.