Ballyhale: Well done Allie

Allie - Congratulations Allie from your Foróige Club!

Allie - Congratulations Allie from your Foróige Club!

Everyone in Foróige & The Drum Youth Centre would like to congratulate Allie Conway from Ballyhale Foróige Club who graduated with a Foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action in NUI Galway recently. Well done Allie no doubt you will inspire other members to follow in your footsteps.

BDA - The AGM of the Ballyhale Development Association will take place in the Hall on Thursday, 15 November at 8pm. They would love to increase their numbers and new members would be very welcome. They would like to thank all those who have worked so hard in the past year and they look forward to your continued support!

Camogie - The Camogie Club are holding a clothes recycle on Tuesday November 6 as a fundraiser. Items can be left in bags to the Hurling field – which will be left open. The drive will finish at 7.30pm when the items will be collected. Your support means a lot!

Southend - Southend United held a successful Cabaret night in Andy’s last Sunday. There were many raffle and spot prizes and the night was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who attended.

Normans - Knocktopher Normans Rugby Club held a cabaret night in Carroll’s Hotel, Knocktopher recently to raise funds for the club. There was a raffle and music on the night was by Yvonne Moriarty. They are currently playing matches against the likes of Terenure College and other well known Rugby Clubs. All support for their efforts, both off and on the field, is greatly appreciated.

TAC - Training for Thomastown Athletic Club takes place in Grennan GAA field every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30. The club caters for athletes from the Thomastown, Ballyhale and surrounding area. New members are always welcome.

Scholarship - Thomastown Credit Union Ltd. are holding Canon Carroll Memorial Scholarships for Third Level Students. Details and application forms are now available from the Credit Union Office, Closing date for applications – Saturday, 17 November 2012. Applicants must be members of Thomastown Credit Union Ltd.

Shamrocks - Congratulations to our three All-Star recipients! TJ Reid won his first All-Star, which he has been fighting hard towards for four years now. Henry Shefflin won his 11th award, making him the most decorated All-Star winner in either Football or Hurling ever! Young Ger Fennelly also won an All-Star for his performances with London in the Christy Ring competition during the year. On top of that Henry then saw off Joe Canning and Danesfort’s Paul Murphy to win an incredible 3rd Hurler of the Year! Again, the only man to hold three such awards (2002, 2006, 2012).

Tommy Shefflin’s Shamrocks senior team have made it to the senior County Final. They overcame the challenge of O’Loughlin Gaels in the semi-final to book their place in the final. Shortly afterwards on the same field a consistently under-rated Dicksboro defeated the reigning County Champions to book their place in the Final in two weeks time.

The team have been playing well in recent weeks and great credit must go to some under-rated players who have shone for them. Michael Dermody’s move to wing half-back was an inspired one and he has performed consistently well there, winning high and low ball and delivering to a star –studded forward line. Paul Shefflin, Aidan Cummins and Bob Aylward are defying their biological clocks to deliver also. Naturally you expect a team with so many county and ex-county players to do well but they cannot afford to be complacent against the under-estimated, young, fit and fast Dicksboro team as St. Martin’s, Dunnamaggin and James Stephens have in 
recent games.

The Shamrocks hosted their biggest game for nearly a decade in the field in the last few weeks. Over 3000 attended the Championship clash of Carrickshock and O’Loughlin Gaels with what seemed like nearly as many cars. A fair bit of organization and management was undertaken by Club Secretary Sean O’Sullivan and the other members of the committee. They would like to thank everyone who volunteered on the day too!

Birthdays - Among those children who can now say ‘I Tree’ (I’m three) are Ava O’Keeffe and Beibhinn Shefflin (September), Joe Gallagher, Molly Phelan and Henry Shefflin Jnr.!

The Knox family (Knockwilliam) have had an eventful few weeks. Tom Knox celebrated his own birthday while daughter Sarah also had a birthday. Cindy Knox then held her ‘hen night’ in advance of her forthcoming wedding to Robbie Aylward.

Others celebrating birthdays in recent weeks include Leona Kinahan, Adham Masood(Kennedy), Michael Paul Drennan, Breena Duggan, Michael O’Sullivan, Kari Byrne (Mrs. Aylward!), Celine Phelan, Noreen Malone and Eugene Aylward.

Marathon - Congratulations to every local person who travelled to Dublin last Monday to take part in the Dublin Marathon. There are some very serious runners living locally and hopefully they enjoyed their day.

Childminding - “An introduction to Childminding” course is to be run in Kilkenny on Saturdays 10 and 17 November, 10am to 4pm. It is aimed at those interested in Childminding as a job/career. It is organized by Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and costs €20. For further details contact Helena on 056 7752865.