Castlecomer: Remembering the nuns in Castlecomer

COMMEMORATE BOOKLET - Margaret McGrath is in the process of putting together a booklet to commemorate the contribution of the nuns to the Castlecomer area for the best part of 200 years. She would be very grateful for any pictures, accounts of events,e.g. school plays, or special reminiscences that might be included. All pictures, programmes etc. will be carefully scanned and returned immediately, and all contributions will be acknowledged in the book. Her email is margcris@mac.com.

COMMEMORATE BOOKLET - Margaret McGrath is in the process of putting together a booklet to commemorate the contribution of the nuns to the Castlecomer area for the best part of 200 years. She would be very grateful for any pictures, accounts of events,e.g. school plays, or special reminiscences that might be included. All pictures, programmes etc. will be carefully scanned and returned immediately, and all contributions will be acknowledged in the book. Her email is margcris@mac.com.

CASS TAMES THE LIONS - Deen Celtic Youths ended 2012 with probably their most important win to date. League leaders The Lions of Durrow were visitors to the Prince Grounds on Saturday for the top of the table clash. Celtic made a bright start and the diminutive Liam Cass deservedly put them ahead. The home side appeared to rest on their laurels in the second period and can thank keeper Willie Johnson for a couple of out of the top drawer saves. The Lions attacked incessantly and were rewarded with 10 minutes to go with the equalizer. As a draw was no use to the home side Celtic threw caution to the wind and with time almost up Liam Cass was in the right place at the right time for an opportunist winner. This win was a welcome boost for team manager Darragh Stone and his Albanian coach Claudio but no doubt the pair will know only too well if they fail to win the remaining three games their supreme efforts of Saturday will be in vain. On an optimistic note several of the Celtic Youths also feature at U-16 level.

LADIES WIN AWAY - Deen Celtic Ladies maintained their position at the top of the League thanks to an excellent 2-0 win over Southend Utd in Knocktopher. Majella Coakley and Catriona Meagher hit the scores which could prove be very important come the end of the season.

CALENDER BOYS & GIRLS - Deen Celtic Soccer Club have produced a wonderful calendar for 2013. With every team in pictorial focus it will no doubt prove to be a souvenir for the archives. The calendar is available from club members at €5. Sincere thanks goes to all involved in the production also local sponsors for their tremendous response.

CHOIRBOYS BACK ON SONG - Castlecomer Male Voice Choir resume practice on Monday January 14th at 7.30 p.m. in the Community School. New members are always very welcome.

WELLIE SNIPPETS - There are photo’s and a Youtube clip of the Wellie Race available on the Wellie Race website www.wellierace.com or on our FaceBook page Castlecomer Wellie Race. If anybody would like to add photo’s or video clips we would welcome all contributions.

BEREAVED - Sympathy is extended to Mary Rowe (Nee Hennessy), Knocknadogue on the death of her mother Kitty Hennessy in Rathculbin, Kells. Co. Kilkenny.

CLUB LOTTO - The club lotto is now up to €18,350.00 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.

UPGRADE UPDATE - On Dec 21st, 2012 Kilkenny County Council received approval from An Bord Pleanala (, to proceed with the upgrade to the waste water treatment plant at Castlecomer. Currently the Preliminary Reports are with the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government.

It is hoped to get approval for the Preliminary Reports & the construction budget approval from the Department in the coming weeks.

When approval comes, we can then instruct our Consultants to proceed with the full design and contract document preparation, before advertising tenders, appointing contractors and commencing construction. (From receipt of approval for the PR & budget, it is expected to take 6 to 9 months before we can commence construction)

CHRISTMAS TREE SHREDDING - Householders have an opportunity to drop off their Christmas tree to Castlecomer Council Yard, Donaguile between the 4th and 14th of Jan for shredding. This is a free service provided by Kilkenny Local Authorities.

DINNER DANCE.

Castlecomer Union of Parishes Annual Dinner Dance will be held in Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday February 7th 2013. Music by Philip English. Tickets €25 can be purchased from Ken Wilson at 4442290.