Great to see Creamery House back to its best

SHOOTS OF RECOVERY - It’s a terrific boost for the town to see the Old Creamery House being completely refurbished. The man behind the ambitious development is John Comerford formerly of Coolbawn, works will involve complete interior refurbishment. Great credit to all concerned with the project that will ultimately see the famous North East Kilkenny landmark restored to its former glory. In a further boost to the local economy the premises formerly known as SIOPA UNA on the Square has re-opened for business. We wish the proprietor of “The Sweet Shop” Ann Marie O’Keeffe, Gurteen the best of luck. The shop has a wide selection of all the old traditional sweets including bulls eyes, for those of us who can remember they were a real delicacy in days gone by.

SHOOTS OF RECOVERY - It’s a terrific boost for the town to see the Old Creamery House being completely refurbished. The man behind the ambitious development is John Comerford formerly of Coolbawn, works will involve complete interior refurbishment. Great credit to all concerned with the project that will ultimately see the famous North East Kilkenny landmark restored to its former glory. In a further boost to the local economy the premises formerly known as SIOPA UNA on the Square has re-opened for business. We wish the proprietor of “The Sweet Shop” Ann Marie O’Keeffe, Gurteen the best of luck. The shop has a wide selection of all the old traditional sweets including bulls eyes, for those of us who can remember they were a real delicacy in days gone by.

PANTO TIME - Enrolment for Childrens/Senior chorus for this years panto ‘SLEEPING BEAUTY’ will take place in Castlecomer Community hall from 4-6pm on Tuesday 7th November. Children are welcome from age 4+ to come along and sign up or sort any queries. Rehearsals for Chorus will take place on every Tuesday evening and will start the following Tuesday 13th November.

TOP FAMILY ATTRACTION - Castlecomer Discovery Park has been listed as “ One of the 3 Best Family Attractions in Leinster” by Primary Times readers (voted by parents) this year! A big thank you to everybody who voted for us, it’s a great tribute for everyone involved with the Park. Since September our education programmes have been back in full swing. We offer a range of programmes for students of all ages. Checkout our website for Discover Primary Science Day information and secondary level packages combining educational and recreational activities. Don’t forget to sneak a peak at our brand NEW education and Tree Top Adventure videos - filmed in the Park over the summer.

TRICK OR TREAT TRAIL - Why not take part in our in our “Trick or Treat Trail” this Halloween and enjoy the wonderful Autumn colors in the spooky woods. Our Trick or Treat Trail is running from 27th October-4th November. Collect your work sheet from reception between 10am -4pm, complete the puzzle and collect a small treat on your return to reception! Cost is €10.

SANTA - Bookings are now open for ‘Santa at Castlecomer Discovery Park 2012’!! Visit Santa and Mrs Clause at home in their enchanting stone Bellhouse. Adults can enjoy a mulled wine, tea/coffee and mince pie on arrival. Start your tour by visiting the Elves Workstation where children can decorate their own Christmas star with some of Santa’s friendly helpers. Pay a visit to the Reindeer Stables. Knock on the Bellhouse door to meet Mrs. Clause. Tiptoe upstairs and sneak a visit to the Elves’ enchanted bedroom before Mrs. Clause brings the children to meet Santa and receive their present. Finish your enjoyable Christmas experience with a visit to Santa’s reindeer in their paddock and try to spot Rudolph! Take a trip in the NEW woodland train and hang your decoration on the woodland Christmas tree (optional extra 2eu).

RDS NATIONAL CRAFTS EXHIBITION - Castlecomer Discovery Park are proud to feature prize-winners from the RDS National Crafts Competition from October 28th - November 18th 2012. The RDS National Crafts Competition aims to promote the practice of craft in Ireland and to encourage the highest standards of design and technique in both traditional and contemporary craft disciplines. This is a FREE event.

ATHLETICS - The Leinster Cross-Country A Championships U-12 to U-18 were held in Rathdrum Co. Wicklow on Sunday. The days racing began with open invitation U-10 races - Katie Clarke was 4th in the girls race, while Jack Murphy was 3rd in the boys race, followed by Will Fox in 5th place. In the girls U-12 championship race, Aoife Cahalan was Castlecomer’s sole representative - this was a 2000m race over two laps. The outstanding feature of Aoife’s first ever provincial championship race was her gritty second lap where she made up considerable ground in what was a formidable field. This determination was evident also in Conor Clarke’s Boys U-12 performance - after a tremendous battle with Oisin Griffin from St. Joseph’s Conor crossed first to take the individual gold medal - Leinster U-12 champion. Boosted by this and Oisin’s silver medal, Kilkenny went on to take the county title - Castlecomer’s Killian Hogan’s score also being part of the final county team tally. Nicky Connolly and Sean O’Dornan completed the Castlecomer team when both tackled this challenging course with conviction; the team finished ninth in the provincial club ranking. James Buggy was the only Castlecomer runner at U-14 - this was a 3000m race, pushing James into new competitive territory - still eligible to compete in the U-13 group, he produced a plucky performance over this long distance, made more challenging by the combined tests of noticeably muddy and hilly stretches. At U-16 Lauren Dermody was most impressive as she steadily worked her way up the field of runners over a formidable 4000m - she was 12th across the line and was part of the silver medal winning Kilkenny team. Sean Buggy continued the impressive form which thrilled local supporters recently to finish 24th in the boys U-16 race - and he too was part of a provincial silver medal winning team. Forty athletes from Castlecomer Community School competed in the Leinster Community Schools Championships in the Phoenix Park last week and full details will follow in this column soon. For club athletes, the County B Championships will commence in Kilmacow next week; the following Sunday, the Leinster A Championships U-11 to U-19 will be held in Dunboyne and again there will be a healthy representation of local athletes.

THE GATHERING UPDATE - During the past week Taoiseach Enda Kenny today launched a €2million IPB Gathering Ireland Fund at Government Buildings. The fund, a 50:50 partnership between IPB Insurance and The Gathering Ireland 2013 is in response to the rapidly growing number of gatherings being planned across the country for 2013. The fund will be administered by local authorities across the State to support events and gatherings that have the capacity to attract overseas visitors. IPB Insurance has allocated €1 million of the fund to support local flagship events and activities in every city and county. The fund will be distributed across city and county councils and will range from €25,000 and €60,000 to support up to three flagship events in each council area subject to approval based on application criteria. In parallel, The Gathering Ireland 2013 has allocated a further €1 million to the fund to target other local and community events in each county. Grant amounts from €500- €2,500 will be made available to these events following approval through a short application process. The target for the combined fund will be to support 700 or more individual Gathering Ireland events. There has been huge interest in organising Gatherings around the country. To date, between 6,000 and 7,000 people have attended more than 50 meetings in every single county, at which all sorts of Gathering ideas were proposed. Thanks to IPB, for the first time funding will now be available for certain local and community Gatherings. Everyone can still organise a Gathering of their own, even if it’s something as simple as inviting one or more people to visit Ireland next year.” The Gathering Ireland 2013 is Ireland’s biggest ever tourism initiative, providing an opportunity for those with ancestral links or an affinity to Ireland to play a part in and benefit from our economic recovery. The Gathering Ireland 2013 is about the people of Ireland inviting anyone with a connection to Ireland to come and visit during 2013. It will encourage people to engage with each other and organise their own gatherings inviting friends, relatives and colleagues to come home and join in. It’s about asking anyone who has Irish blood (estimated at some 70 million around the world), a link to Ireland, or even just a love of our country, to join us for a series of diverse events throughout 2013 being organised by the people of Ireland in their honour. Individuals, families, communities, sports clubs, colleges, businesses etc. will host special events to highlight what is unique about their community and Ireland as a whole. They will reach out to their international networks, friends and colleagues, or even people they are connected to but haven’t met yet. The Gathering Ireland 2013 offers Irish people and their global networks the chance to develop long-lasting relationships and a deeper connection. It is expected to leave a lasting legacy of new networks and stronger links. The Gathering 2013 presents an unprecedented opportunity for the Irish tourism industry to showcase what it has to offer. The Gathering aims to attract as many as 325,000 extra overseas visitors to Ireland. This is expected to generate an additional €170 million in revenue to the Irish economy in 2013. Already a number of events are being planned locally including Miners Week / Dig Deep / History of Coalmining in Castlecomer (Paddy Dowling pandbdowling@gmail.com & Ann Boland ann.boland@eircom.net ) ; Brennan Clan revival or other families in the area (Denis Buggy denis@buggy.ie ) ; Vintage Agriculture Show in Coon Village (Conor Maloney martinamol@hotmail.co.uk )

MONEENROE MATTERS - Moneenroe National School Parenst’ Committee would like to thank EuroSpar for facilitating them with bag packing recently to help raise much needed funds for the school, A big thank you too to all the customers for their support and generosity.

DATE FOR YOUR DIARY - All in the community are asked to make a special effort to keep December 7th free for the Launch Night of Castlecomer Wellie Race 2013. A Table Quiz will be held on the night in Bollards Lounge to officially start the fund raising. Table of 4 costs €20. Charities who wish to be considered for funding from the Wellie Race 2013 should apply in writing to Secretary Ger “Chubby” Brennan or chubbybrennan@eircom.net on or before November 5th.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY - Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Maureen Coady, 1st Lady: Margaret Kealy, 2nd Lady: Patricia McGuinness, 1st Gent: Maureen Kelly, 2nd Gent:Owen Salmon. Raffle prize winners:1st Mary O’Shea, 2nd Mary O’Shea,3rd Maureen Kelly, 4th Martin Trait. 5th Maureen Kelly. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

ERINS OWN CROAGH PATRICK CLIMB - Erin’s Own GAA second annual climb of Croagh Patrick will take place on the weekend of the 17th/18th November next. If you are interested in partaking in this climb and social weekend contact Billy Moran on 087 2683178. The club have sponsorship cards available to all those travelling and climbing. This year part of the proceeds from the fundraising will be given to The Castlecomer Lourdes Invalid Fund.

BAG PACK - The Erin’s Own GAA Bag Pack takes place this weekend in Tescos, Carlow. If you or any member of your family is available to lend a couple of hours please contact Tommy Buggy on 087 2226833 for times available.

CLUB LOTTO - rins Own club lotto is now up to €16,700.00 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 customers.