U-16 FOOTBALL - Well done to the U-16 management team, of Richie Manogue, Leo Hennessy and Murt Leahy who have kept their charges on target for a hurling and football championship double, following their facile, victory over Erin’s Own in Canon Kerin’s Park,on Saturday week. The young Village side, outplayed their opponents throughout the game, which ended on a 8-08 to 3-00 scoreline. The final against O’Loughlin Gaels was played on Saturday in Clara but was controversially terminated by the referee just before the half time break, with O’Loughlin Gaels holding the lead. Irrespective of what happens at Bord Na nOg, on receipt of the referee’s report, credit to the selectors for keeping their players focused on their ambitions at the end of a long playing season and in the middle of the festive season.
MINOR FOOTBALL - Well done to the Village minor panel who scored a very hard fought win over O’Loughlin Gaels in the Minor Roinn A football league final on a scoreline of 1-10 to 2-2. This Village dominated this fixture for large periods but couldn’t covert the huge amount of scoring chances created in the final third. O’Loughlins stung the Village with a goal with in the closing ten minutes of the second half. Great credit to the Village players who showed composure to work the ball down field and score a great goal from wing forward, Luke Scanlon which was quickly followed up with a brace of team scores to run out winners. Village captain, Andy Valentine was on hand to accept the league trophy from Willie Dempsey (Chairman of Kilkenny Bord Na nÓg). Well done to all the players and mentors on a hard fought victory. This squad will now play in the semi-finals of the Kilkenny Minor football championship.
A.G.M. REMINDER - Members are reminded that the club’s A.G.M. will take place on Saturday night next, 12th January in the clubrooms. In the afterglow of a hugely successful “125” anniversary year, the appointment of a new secretary, following the announcement from the current office holder, Aodan O’Ruairc, that he is not seeking re-election, and the confirmation of a new senior hurling management team, Saturday night’s meeting promises to be an interesting gathering of the club’s faithful.
COUNTY CONVENTION - Congratulations to club P.R.O. Val Malone on being elected, unopposed, to the position of Development Officer at the recent Kilkenny County Board convention. For five years previous to his latest appointment, Val had been a hugely successful coaching officer, working “hand in hand” with the county board’s field coaches, Brian Ryan and James Maher, who do great work promoting and coaching in clubs and schools throughout the county.
HAPPY EVENT - Congratulations to senior hurler, Niall Tyrrell and his fiancee, Catherine Harkin who announced their engagement just prior to Christmas. Niall is the son of club stalward, Michael Tyrrell and is wife, Ann, Archer’s Court, and grandson of club president, Sean Tyrrell. Catherine is daughter of Syd Harkin, of the well known Rose Inn Street, hostelrie, Sid’s.
LARCHFIELD CLOSED - Due to the annual resodding programme which was completed in the last few days,in preparation for next season, the club’s Larchfield playing field will be closed for an indefinite period of time.
SYMPATHIES - The sympathies of the club’s membership were extended to Mrs.Elsie Cody, Sheestown and the Walsh family on the death of their brother, John Walsh, Effernogue, Ferns, Co.Wexford in recent days. John had the honour of captaining the Wexford intermediate team in the 1985 All-Ireland final against Tipperary. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis.
RECENTLY DECEASED - Two of St. Patrick’s parish oldest residents passed away in the period leading up to Christmas. Both families have a long association with the James Stephens G.A.A.club. Mrs.Christina “Chrissie” Comerford, a life long resident of Corcoran Tce., Kells Road, passed away, after a brief illness, having spent her last few days in St. Lukes Hospital . Mrs Comerford was pre-deceased, some years ago, by her husband, Richard. At a recent management meeting the sympathies of the club were extended to her family, Kathleen, Richard, Mary, Nicholas and Jacqueline Another of the St. Patrick’s parish senior citizens, Mrs.Mary “Molsie” Drennan, Haltigan Tce., passed away over the Christmas period, after a short illness. Mrs.Drennan’s sons, Patrick and Michael won many honours with the club, Michael being a member of the 1969 Kilkenny senior hurling championship winning team. A life long resident of Haltigan Tce., Mary was pre-deceased by her husband, Michael and daughters Helen and Mary. The club’s recent management meeting passed a vote of sympathy to the Drennan family, sons, Michael, Patrick, and Martin, daughters, Margaret and Diane and their extended families. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anamnacha dilis. (L.Tyrrell)
FITKIDS CLASSES - Majella O’Brien has contacted this column to advise that she will be running FITKIDS classes in St. Patrick’s Parish Hall, starting on Monday 14th January from 3.30p.m to 4.30p.m.. These classes are for children between the ages of 3 and 6 and the exercises themselves are age appropriate, and designed as a foundation for sports of all kinds teaching children the fundamentals of exercise, flexibility, balance, agility and co-ordination. For further information contact Majella at 087-6893663.
CHRISTMAS DRAW - The winner of the top prize of a hamper in the annual social club draw was Maura Morgan. Further seasonal prizes were won by Jim Dollard, Tom Keane, Eileen O’Brien, Larry Drennan, Alice Owens, Collette Deegan, Jonny Walsh, Mick Crotty, John Menton, Caroline Hayes, Liam Walsh, Teresa Walsh, John Knox, Larry Drennan, Darragh Cullen and Tara Cornally. Well done to the social club team of Willie, Louise, and Noelle for organising the annual draw for members.
WEEKLY LOTTO - The numbers drawn at the Christmas week draw on the Wednesday night were 1 : 14 : 31. There was no winner. The jackpot increases to Eu 2,000 for the first draw of the new year. The consolation winners were: Olivia O’Brien, Valerie Kelly, The Butler Gang, Martha Leahy, Margaret Ronan. The first lotto draw of the new year produced the following combination of numbers 19 : 21 : 29. Once again there was no winning ticket. The consolation winners were Emma Bourke, Des McGrath, Kay Hennessy, Tom Mullins and Packy Larkin. Next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 2,200.