Kilmacow: Maintainance work on local graveyards

Graveyard restoration - The group has been has been tending to the graveyards for the past seven years. A survey of the graveyard and church at Ballinamorahan and Dunkitt, funded by Kilkenny County Council, was undertaken a number of years ago which outlined the works that needed to completed to retrieve both from decay. Subsequently a tree surgeon was employed to remove the ivy from both and trees which endangered their structures were removed. The overgrown vegetation was cleared and the graveyards have been maintained since. This allows ease of access for visitors especially for those who have relatives interred in them and for those who wish to trace their families.

Graveyard restoration - The group has been has been tending to the graveyards for the past seven years. A survey of the graveyard and church at Ballinamorahan and Dunkitt, funded by Kilkenny County Council, was undertaken a number of years ago which outlined the works that needed to completed to retrieve both from decay. Subsequently a tree surgeon was employed to remove the ivy from both and trees which endangered their structures were removed. The overgrown vegetation was cleared and the graveyards have been maintained since. This allows ease of access for visitors especially for those who have relatives interred in them and for those who wish to trace their families.

It is also intended to undertake works on the graveyard at Ullid in 2013.

Kilmacow Lotto - The winning numbers in last week’s lotto were 6, 9, 14 and 19. There were six Match 3 winners. The Jackpot for next Thursday night is €12,600.

New grant scheme for sewerage works - The Department of the Environment has announced an increase in the level of grant for group sewerage schemes. The grant has been raised to €6,500 or 75% of the cost whichever is the lesser. The Department will be asking local authorities to submit requests for funding under the Rural Water Programme 2013 where schemes might be viable at this level of grant. The Department will select a number of proposals once all the requests have been submitted by the local authorities.

The Department has also announced a grant scheme to provide financial assistance to households whose septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems which require upgrading following inspection under the Water Services (Amendment) Act.

The maximum grant where household income is less than €50,000 is €4,000 and where it is over €50,000 but less than €75,000 the maximum grant is €2,500. The level of grant is subject to a maximum of 80% of the costs of the upgrading works. To be eligible for grant assistance a household must have its wastewater system registered by the 1st February ’13.

Scrap Metal Collection Update - Kilmacow Hurling & Football Club would like to express its sincere thanks to all who supported its scrap metal collection held over the weekend of the 15th and 16th December. The club would like also to acknowledge all those who volunteered their vehicles and labour for the collection. The collection helped to raise over €3000 for the club.

GAA FUNdamentals - GAA FUNdamentals is a physical movement development programme designed to develop, challenge and support the fundamental movement skills of balance, coordination and agility in young children. Kilmacow Hurling & Football Club would like to participate in the programme from February to April in the Community Centre in Kilmacow.

However, the club needs help and support to participate in the programme. To this end a ‘training the helpers/trainers’ session will be held in the Community Centre from 10.00am to 2.00pm on Saturday, 26th January. No experience of coaching or knowledge of hurling is required. The course deals only with balance, coordination and agility. To be run the course 24 helpers/trainers are required. For information contact James O’Neill or Rory Williams.

Walks in County Kilkenny - Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership is organising three walks in County Kilkenny to help people get active and to explore parts of Kilkenny. Operation Transformation Walks will take place in Castlecomer Discovery Park at 11.00am, at the Parade, Kilkenny at 11.00am and at Woodstock Gardens at 2.00pm, all on Saturday, 19th January. There will be a leader for each venue. No prior experience is necessary and all are welcome.

KILMACOW SOCCER CLUB - UNDER 12 St. Paul’s 1 Kilmacow 2

This was by far the best performance of the season from this team. To win away to an excellent St. Paul’s side who had a 100% record for a season and a half had to be a superb display - and it was. They got off to a poor start and went a goal down after only a few minutes. St. Paul’s tried to press home the advantage but some great defending from Dylan in goal, Pádraig Dempsey, captain Patrick Dollard and Tom Costelloe kept them at bay. Sean, Tom, Brian, Keith and Conor began to get a grip in midfield and this produced a couple of chances for Dean and Darragh who came close with a couple of efforts. Darragh was unlucky to see a shot strike the bar. The deserved equaliser duly came when Sean Blanchfield was upended in the area and skipper Pa made no mistake from the spot. Into the second half and our boys continued to play some great football. Robin came on for Sean and chances were made and nearly taken. Tom Butler was dictating the play from midfield. The winner arrived late but it was much deserved. Great play from Pádraig and Conor put Dean through on goal. As the keeper came out Dean slotted the ball past him for Brandon Walsh to score to the delight of the Kilmacow contingent present. It was a really entertaining game and a brilliant victory for our lads who wouldn’t have been flattered with another goal or two.

KILMACOW: Dylan Moore; Pádraig Dempsey, Patrick Dollard (Capt), Tom Costelloe: Sean Blanchfield, Brian O’Mara, Tom Butler, Keith Butler; Conor Lyons; Dean Scully, Darragh McDonald.

Res.: Robin Davis; Brandon Walsh.

UNDER 14

Kilmacow 3 Villa 0

This was another fine display by our Under 14 squad in a match that eventually got under way thanks to a lot of people. Our lads were on top throughout and fully deserved the victory. The goals came from Dale Carroll Morrow, David Costelloe and Colm Dolan.

KILMACOW: Anthony McNamara; Kevin O’Mara, Oisín O’Dwyer, Jake Harney, Cormac Suffin; Evan Duggan, David Costelloe, Dale Carroll Morrow, Shane Irish; Rory Leech, Colm Dolan.

Res.: Daniel Maher; Niall Bowe; Patrick Connolly; Fintan Leech.

Kilmacow Lotto - The lucky numbers in last week’s lotto were 2, 5, 7 and 15. There were eight Match 3 winners. The Jackpot for next Thursday night is €12,600.