Danesfort: All Star for Paul and senior status retained

Danesfort’s Double Celebration - Danesfort GAA had good reason for a double celebration at the weekend. Pride of place went to Paul Murphy on Friday night when he was named in the GPA -Opel GAA Hurling Allstars for 2012. Paul took his rightful right corner back position award for the second year in a row, a great achievement for a player who only broke into the Kilkenny senior team two years ago. Paul was also nominated for the hurler of the year award which was won by the regal Henry Shefflin. Richie Hogan was also a nominee but the fact that he was unsuccessful did not deter him in the St. Canice’s Senior Hurling Relegation Final the following day. In a repeat of the last round of the league, Danesfort get one last bite at the cherry and the chance of staying in Senior Hurling for the second year,when they took on Dunnamaggin in Hugginstown on Saturday. Danesfort defeated Dunnamaggin 1-15 to 1-12 in their last encounter but a final is a different matter. The relegation final was a game of two halves that went down to the wire,with Danesfort getting most of their scores in the first and Dunnamaggin winning the second half. Richie Hogan who played superbly as usual contributed six of Danesfort’s first half scores and they went in on a double score Danesfort 0-8 to Dunnamaggin 1-1 at half time. Dunmaggin took over the scoring early in the second half and were level after 50 minutes. Robbie Walsh put Danesfort in front again before a free for Dunnmaggin made it all square in the last minute. With seconds left Danesfort were awarded a free which Richie dutifully converted for the winning point. Danesfort 0-11 Dunnamaggin 1-7. Danesfort scorers Richie Hogan 0-8, Paddy Hogan 0-1, Padraig Fottistal 0-1. Sighs of relief swept around the parish as Danesfort secured Senior Hurling for a second. In the first round of the St. Canice’s senior hurling league played in a sunny Nowlan Park, two weeks ago Danesfort lined out against Graigue Ballycallan, a game which would ensure safety for the winners. In the first half the Ballycallan side did the better hurling and despite a great save after 18 minutes by Frank Manogue of an Eddie Brennen penalty Graigue went in on a 0-8 lead to 0-5 at half time. Danesfort came out all guns blazing and equalised with 3 successive points after three minutes of the second half. The locals could not keep the momentum going and trailed for the rest of the match. In injury time with the score standing at 0-13 to 0-10, Danesfort got the chance of taking the game to extra time when they were awarded a penalty. Paddy Hogan stepped up but could not capitalise and Graigue took the spoils with am3 point margin. Team: Frank Manogue, Gavin O’Keeffe, Liam Forristal, Michael Cunningham, Tony Woodcock, Paul Murphy (0-1), Philip Walsh, Padraig Forristal, Paddy Hogan(0-1f), James Cunningham, David Forristal, Oisin Daly(0-1), Ben O’Connor(0-1), Richie Hogan (0-1,0-4f), Robbie Walsh (0-1). Subs: Stephen Duncan(35min), Cillian Treacy(44min), Cathal O’Neill(48 min).

Danesfort’s Double Celebration - Danesfort GAA had good reason for a double celebration at the weekend. Pride of place went to Paul Murphy on Friday night when he was named in the GPA -Opel GAA Hurling Allstars for 2012. Paul took his rightful right corner back position award for the second year in a row, a great achievement for a player who only broke into the Kilkenny senior team two years ago. Paul was also nominated for the hurler of the year award which was won by the regal Henry Shefflin. Richie Hogan was also a nominee but the fact that he was unsuccessful did not deter him in the St. Canice’s Senior Hurling Relegation Final the following day. In a repeat of the last round of the league, Danesfort get one last bite at the cherry and the chance of staying in Senior Hurling for the second year,when they took on Dunnamaggin in Hugginstown on Saturday. Danesfort defeated Dunnamaggin 1-15 to 1-12 in their last encounter but a final is a different matter. The relegation final was a game of two halves that went down to the wire,with Danesfort getting most of their scores in the first and Dunnamaggin winning the second half. Richie Hogan who played superbly as usual contributed six of Danesfort’s first half scores and they went in on a double score Danesfort 0-8 to Dunnamaggin 1-1 at half time. Dunmaggin took over the scoring early in the second half and were level after 50 minutes. Robbie Walsh put Danesfort in front again before a free for Dunnmaggin made it all square in the last minute. With seconds left Danesfort were awarded a free which Richie dutifully converted for the winning point. Danesfort 0-11 Dunnamaggin 1-7. Danesfort scorers Richie Hogan 0-8, Paddy Hogan 0-1, Padraig Fottistal 0-1. Sighs of relief swept around the parish as Danesfort secured Senior Hurling for a second. In the first round of the St. Canice’s senior hurling league played in a sunny Nowlan Park, two weeks ago Danesfort lined out against Graigue Ballycallan, a game which would ensure safety for the winners. In the first half the Ballycallan side did the better hurling and despite a great save after 18 minutes by Frank Manogue of an Eddie Brennen penalty Graigue went in on a 0-8 lead to 0-5 at half time. Danesfort came out all guns blazing and equalised with 3 successive points after three minutes of the second half. The locals could not keep the momentum going and trailed for the rest of the match. In injury time with the score standing at 0-13 to 0-10, Danesfort got the chance of taking the game to extra time when they were awarded a penalty. Paddy Hogan stepped up but could not capitalise and Graigue took the spoils with am3 point margin. Team: Frank Manogue, Gavin O’Keeffe, Liam Forristal, Michael Cunningham, Tony Woodcock, Paul Murphy (0-1), Philip Walsh, Padraig Forristal, Paddy Hogan(0-1f), James Cunningham, David Forristal, Oisin Daly(0-1), Ben O’Connor(0-1), Richie Hogan (0-1,0-4f), Robbie Walsh (0-1). Subs: Stephen Duncan(35min), Cillian Treacy(44min), Cathal O’Neill(48 min).

LOTTO - Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Results Week 2 held in The Grange Inn on October 8 2012. Jackpot €800, Numbers Drawn: 1 - 26 - 31 there was no winner.Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - Jimmy Hurley, Ann Marie Walsh, The Whitty Family, Paddy Cuddihy, Kieran Sheehan.Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Sean Delaney, Breda Walsh.  Next draw Monday October 15 in Delaney’s Kells with a Jackpot of €900. Then Sheridan’s Ennisnag on Monday October 22, when the organisers will also hold their AGM. Last Monday the committee divided funds of €6000 to the Club and €3000 to the Parish.

LOTTO - Results Week 4 draw held in Sheridan’s Ennisnag on October 22.The Jackpot was €1,000. Numbers Drawn: 10 - 11 - 1. There was No Winner. Tonight we also held our AGM which was well attended where we discussed the past year and our plans for the coming year. Thank you to all who attended. And as it was our AGM we decided to have some extra prizes. Ten Consolation Prizes of €30 - Olive Butler, Sean Dunne, Todd Kealy, David Brander, Robbie Fanning, Mac Dunne, Jim Mullins, Aoibhe Murphy, Pat Marnell, Annette Walsh. Six Promoters Prizes of €20 - Jim McGrath, Tom O’Shea, Ann Cowhig, Tony Carroll, Lurline Hackett, Neville Stanley. Next draw Monday October 29th, The Grange Inn - Jackpot €1,100. Then Delaney’s Kells, Monday November 5th.

MINORS - Danesfort Minor Hurling team will contest the Minor B County Hurling Final against Glenmore on Saturday November 4 at 12 noon in Nowlan Park. The Danesfort Minors had a good League Campaign and defeated Lisdowney, Fenians, Harps, Mullinavat and defeated Conahy Shamrocks in the Minor Shield Final. In the Championship they defeated a fancied John Lockes team in the first round and in the quarter final they defeated Mooncoin and then overcame a very tough Semi final when they defeated Tullogher Rosbercon. This has been a great two years for this current set of Minors when they clinched the Minor C Hurling League and Championship last year and winning the Minor B League Shield recently. The Danesfort Panel; Patrick Tynan, Darren Knox, Ronan Leahy, James Tynan, Darragh Sheehan, Conor O Neill, Michael O Neill, Ger Dunne, Brendan Hyland, Paddy Hickey, Cillian Treacy (Cap), Colm Phelan, Jack Bruton, Dylan Wallace, Philip Cooney, Cian Smith, Brendan Cullen, Eoin Cooney, Gary Tynan, Dion Fitzpatrick, Jack McHugh, Emmett Nugent, Thomas Rossiter, Harry Bruton. Mentors:Pat Tynan, Peter Davis, Fergus Doyle.

SOCCER - There were mixed fortunes for the various Fort Rangers teams in action over the last few weekends. The under-8’s went down after a good game away to Thomastown Utd. on Friday night, while the under-10’s lost out 2-1 to Callan Utd. on Saturday morning. The under-14s travelled to Castlecomer at lunchtime on Saturday and were very unfortunate to be held to a 2-2 draw, with Jim Nugent junior among the goals for the locals.

Pride of place goes to the under-19 side who went into the Fair Green to face a hotly fancied Freebooters team in the league. A magnificent team performance, highlighted by 4 smashing goals from Emmet Nugent and one from Daragh Hennessy, resulted in a 5-1 victory to leave Fort top of the league and Freebooters stunned! Under 19 team: John Rice, Lee Dunne, Seamus McGrath, Patrick Tynan, Ger Dunne, Dion Fitzpatrick, Colm Phelan, James Lenehan, Evans Wallace, Emmet Nugent, Daragh Hennessy. Subs:Robbie Malone, Jason Doherty. The Nugent family scoring spree continued on Sunday when the local Junior side bowed out of the FAI Junior Cup, after a thrilling encounter with Bunlody of Wexford. Despite being 3-0 and 4-1 down during the game, Jim Nugent senior, Edward Nugent and Emmet (2) got the goals to force extra time. Bunclody scored twice in the last 10 minutes to pinch the tie 6-4.

BEREAVEMENT - Sympathy went to the Murphy Family and Michael Rice following the peaceful death of Mary Murphy, Burnchurch last Monday October 22. Mary was interred in Cuffesgrange Cemetery on Wednesday following Requiem Mass Mary was predeceased by her husband William. She is survived by her sons Nicholas,Tom, Liam, Paddy and Michael, her daughters Anna and Siobhan, her brother Michael, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, great-grand- children, extended family and friends.

JUVENILE- The AGM of Danesfort GAA Juvenile and Camogie Club will be held on Friday, November 23 in the Parish Community Centre at 8.30pm.Nominations,motions etc to be sent to John Cooney,Pigeon Park.

CAMOGIE - The coaches of the Danesfort under-6 camogie would like to congratulate the girls on a successful season and for their wonderful turn out each and every week. Thanks to the parents for encouraging their girls and bringing them to practice and matches, we had a wonderful year. A big thank you to Mike and Maureen Maher, Great Gas, Callan for sponsoring the end of year party. See you all again next year.

COFFEE - Coffee morning and Cake Sale: A coffee morning and cake sale will be held in Danesfort Community Centre on Sunday November 4 after the 10.15 Mass. All proceeds are in aid of CONCERN.   Donations of cakes and fresh bakes would be greatly appreciated. Contact Chrissie 086 0525405

WALKING- Lets Get Walking:  The clock changing and evenings getting dark, cold and damp, are no excuses for not being active and keeping fit throughout the winter.  Starting Monday 5th November at 6.30pm in the GAA grounds “Winter Walkers/Runners ” will take to the track. The aim is to provide a safe place and company for those who would like keep fit or get fit.  No excuses, come and join the group each Monday.   It will be Free, it will be Fun, it will be Friendly and most importantly it will be Fantastic for your health. Do come equipped with lamp, suitable clothing and runners.     

CIRCUIT TRAINING - With the onset of winter, the tendency to curl up on the sofa in front of the fire can be very tempting for most of us. This winter, why not try circuit training. You will never be bored if you give it a go.  It is intense training which gives an all-over body workout.  It involves an average of eight to ten exercise stations, adapted to suit individual fitness levels and age.  It is a fantastic way to tone, lose weight and keep fit. You can work at your own pace with a mixture of weight training and cardiovascular work. You can drop in to any of our classes and find the programme that suits you. Classes in Danesfort Community Centre every Friday at 7pm. Contact Margaret 086 8355725.  5 weeks €30 and individual class €7

KARATE - Danesfort Karate Club meet in Danesfort Community Centre every Tuesday from 4pm - 5pm.     The ‘After-School’ Kids Only Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old. Karate has many proven benefits for kids both physical and mentally.     Physical Benefits:Better movement and control,Improved flexibility,Increased fitness,The ability to protect oneself. Psychological Benefits: Improved confidence, become more assertive, improved self-esteem.  No special gear is required, just turn up in a tracksuit and away you go.  Contact Kevin 086 3668669 our website - www.budomartialartscentre.com.

CUBS & BEAVERS -Cubs meet every Monday in Danesfort Community Centre from 6.45pm to 8.00pm contact  087 9343090.  Beavers meet every Thursday in the community centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm contact 087 8043511.

SCOUTS - The 15th Kilkenny Fort Grange Scout group urgently requires additional adults to come on board for a couple of hours a week as Scout leaders.  We have been in operation since May of this year but our group sizes are increasing and we have a number of waiting lists.  We will also need to establish a scout group in addition to the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts already in operation to allow the cubs to progress into Scouts.  If we don’t have enough leaders we won’t be able to open a scout group and the cubs won’t have anywhere to move up to.  The more leaders we have on board the more children we can accommodate. Your help would be greatly appreciated.  It is only a couple of hours a week and is great fun for all involved . If you are interested & want to find out more please contact our Group Leader Rioghnach Walsh at 087 9343090 or 15thkilkennyfortgrange@gmail.com for an application form.

 FOROIGE -Every Thursday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm for teenagers 13 years and up.  Contact  087 6406408 for information.

MOTHER & TODDLER - Danesfort  Mother and Toddler meet every Monday in Danesfort Community Centre from 10.30am. It is a friendly, casual morning where you and your children can come and make new friends. Refreshments served every morning.  Contact Dympna: (086) 8322086.

GOING STRONG - Going Strong Club meet each Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre from 11.00am until 1.00pm. The Club has a very warm and friendly welcome for new members. Admission only €5. Refreshments available every morning.  Contact: 086 1666547

BINGO - Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm.   Contact:  086 8825821

YOGA - Yoga classes are held every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre 10.00am. Yoga will increase your flexibility and improve muscle tone, breathing and body posture. One can start yoga at any age. If you would like to try it, just drop in to our classes. All you need are comfortable clothing, yoga mat, blanket and small pillow.  Refreshments are served after each class.  Contact 086 1666547.

BRIDGE -Bridge Classes take place every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm with Annette Kennedy,Member of C.B.A.I. Bridge Teachers Association. A knowledge of cards is not necessary. Playing regularly keeps your memory active and brain alert. If you wold like more information,  please Contact: 087 6601564 or 056 4441091

COMPUTERS - Computer Classes are held on Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre.  If you are interested in learning computer skills or you want to brush up on your skills,  please contact 086 1666547. Booking in advance of classes is essential. It would be advisable also to have access to your own laptop or computer for practice.

CHILDMINDING - Are you a childminder or thinking of becoming a childminder? An “introduction to childminding course” will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday 10th and Saturday 17th of November from 10am – 4pm each day. The course is organised by Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and the cost is €20. For more information or to book a place please contact Helena on 056 7752865.