START YOUR OWN BUSINESS COMPETITION - Piltown Community Enterprise are launching a “Start Your Own Business Competition” in Piltown GAA Complex on Friday 2nd November at 7:30 pm. It will be attended by Mr. Phil Hogan TD, Minister of the Environment, Community and Local Government. The competition has a prize fund of €25,000 with prizes for the top three. The winner’s prize includes €5000 start up finance, a suitable enterprise unit for one year, electricity, telephone and broadband connections, computer hardware, supports including accountancy, tax advice, web design, IT support, marketing, business mentoring, legal advice, health and safety plus a business stationary pack. Applications are invited from anyone with a new idea or an expansion of an existing idea. The aim of this Competition is job creation. Workshops will be held to facilitate the preparation of a Business Plan. For further information visit the website at www.piltown.ie, contact the office at 051-643152 or email email@example.com for a Competition Pack.
SOUTH OSSORY PTAA ANNUAL DINNER DANCE - The South Ossory PTAA annual dinner dance takes place on 23rd November at 8:30pm in the Rhu Glenn, Slieverue. Music by Twice Shy. Tickets are available from Lory on 643256 or Eileen on 643399. Those due Gold or Silver Pins or a 60 year Fr. Cullen Medal & Certificate should also contact Lory or Eileen. The next monthly meeting takes place in Piltown Community Centre on 8th November at 8:30pm.
CARE TO DRIVE - Care To Drive is a volunteer delivered transport initiative in which the Irish Cancer Society recruits and trains volunteer drivers to transport cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy treatment to and from their hospital appointments. They are currently looking for volunteers to drive patients to and from Waterford Regional Hospital. The service is free to both the patient and the hospital with the Irish Cancer Society incurring all costs. Volunteers use their own cars and the Irish Cancer Society pays drivers for their fuel, all tolls and offer €8 per trip towards some food/drink (receipted). For more information call Gail on 01-2310566 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
ADULT TEAM SPORTS - As the GAA action gradually winds down for a while although with the exception of Christmas it is unlikely to cease, Soccer is in full flight at Kildalton Park, where Piltown caused a major shock by beating Carrick United, the 2010 champions,1-0 in the Munster Junior Cup. It was a massive result for Piltown AFC. Basketball is also in top gear at Piltown Community Centre and so is Carrick Rugby, which is based in Tybroughney. Winter Time is here, the time of the year when sports fanatics have more time to analyse statistics. One statistic that must be of growing concern to all local sports clubs is the level of participation of local adults in organised team sports. The 2011 Census showed the population of Piltown to be 3,833 made up of 1,946 males and 1,887 females. The age group 18-35, considered to be the peak years for sports participation accounts for approximately 30% of the population. Therefore there is an approximate potential adult playing population of 1,200. Allowing for those people who play individual sports or have no interest in sport whatsoever or those where injury has ended ambitions, one would reasonably expect to be drawing from a pool of about 600 adults (15% of overall parish population) for team sports. However, rough estimates suggest that the current figure for local adults playing team sports is about 60-70 (1.6%), with several playing multiple team sports. In 2012, Piltown on two occasions failed to field a Junior A hurling team and when they did it was made up of mainly under-18s. Piltown AFC despite fielding four adult teams draw many players from the surrounding areas. They are not confined to Parish rules like the GAA. The ladies soccer team has very few over 18. Carrick Rugby does attract a lot of young Piltown players but not too many Piltown men or women while Basketball has a small participation level. Even the highflying Camogie Club has less than ten players who are over 18 years of age while Ladies Gaelic Football has none. In contrast, Clarinbridge in County Galway has a population of about 3,200. Clarinbrdge GAA beat O’Loughlin Gaels in the All-Ireland Senior Club Hurling Championship Final in 2011 and they alone boast an adult playing membership of 170. The area also has a soccer club, Colga FC.. The challenge will be for all clubs in the area to change the philosophy that team sports are just for children. If they don’t see local adults playing, what have they to inspire them? This goes hand in hand with creating an environment and a culture for 14-18 year olds that it is good to be involved in sports when they leave for third level education or join the workforce at a stage in their lives where they become fully responsible for their own decisions. The statistics suggests there is a huge untapped market in the locality. For the good of health, well-being and indeed community spirit, all local clubs must find ways to exploit it.