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Ann Kelly


Ann Kelly

Junior A’s narrowly miss out.

Junior A’s narrowly miss out.

On a damp evening in Coon, St. Martin’s took on St. Lachtains in the first round of the North Junior A Championship. The Martin’s men went ahead from the start notching up 3 points before St. Lachtain’s kicked into life and outscored St. Martin’s by 1-4. St. Martin’s battled back and with points from Shane Kinsella and Tom Morrissey kept them in touch. The Freshford men were determined on scoring goals and narrowly missed a chance by putting it wide. However, they weren’t going to make the same mistake again and their second goal put 4 points between the sides coming up to half time. Once more, St. Martin’s didn’t give up and a well worked ball from Donal Shore, saw David Breen finish the ball to the back of the Lachtain’s net to leave the half time score 1-6 to St. Lachtain’s 2-4. On resumption, Freshford extended their lead before Martin’s levelled matters with 2 points from Shane Kinsella. With the homeside tapping over the points and Freshford bearing down on goal, it was clear that this was going to be a close finish. A goal by Conor Kinsella, from a high ball let in by Donal Shore put Martin’s up by two points. Lachtain’s fought back with 3 points of their own and once more, Martin’s had to pick it up a gear to get their 2 point lead back again. With 2 minutes left on the clock, St. Martin’s struggled to keep a determined Freshford side at bay, but alas, they scrambled in the square to finish the ball to the net and secure the game with a one point win. Final score: St. Martin’s 2-13, St. Lachtain’s 4-8

Team: Jason Shore, Nicholas Purcell, Martin Dowling, Jack Dowling, David Walsh, Aidan Lawlor, Paddy Dowling, James Kelly, Donal Shore (0-1), David Breen (1-1), Tom Morrissey (0-5), Shane Kinsella (0-6), Conor Dowling, Conor Kinsella (1-0), Eugene Maher.

Subs: Ronan Tynan, Aidan Egan, Damien Egan.

Lady Luck deserts Juniors

Neighbours St. Martin’s and O’ Loughlins squared up to each other on Thursday evening last in the North Junior Hurling Championship in a wet, dark Canon Kearns Park. The game ebbed and flowed with both sides trading points. When St. Martin’s gained the lead, it looked like things were going well. However, O’ Loughlin’s were awarded a free and when it it looked as if it was going over the bar, it suddenly dropped into the left top corner of the net. Both sides added a point to their name as well as each side having missed chances. The half time score stood at St. Martin’s 0-8, O’ Loughlin’s 1-7. St. Martin’s tried hard in the second half and could only get within 2 points before their city neighbours began pulling away and with a goal in the final minute for the winners, it finished St. Martin’s 0-14 to O’ Loughlin’s 2-16.

Team: Jason Shore, Martin Dowling, Brendan Maher, Brian Cadigan, Paddy Dowling, Bryan Byrne (0-4), Jack Dowling, Noel D’arcy (0-1), Donal Shore (0-1), Shane Kinsella (0-2), Paul Maher (0-1), Eugene Maher, Conor Dowling, Michael Mulhall (0-2), Kieran Kelly (0-1).

Subs: Aidan Lawlor (0-2), David Walsh


Safety markings including bus bays are to be re-instated at Muckalee National School. Cllr. Maurice Shortall thanked the Staff of Muckalee N.S. the Committee of Muckalee Community Centre for their co-operation also Area Engineer Philippe Beubry. “With enrolment at the school on the 200 mark come September next and over 95% using public transport safety has to be uppermost in all of our minds.” Said Cllr. Shortall.

Coon Gathering 2013-August 9th - 18th.

Programme of events: Kilquan Players 9th, 10th, 11th August:

Kilquan Players present two one act plays

“Bedtime Story” by Sean O’ Casey and “Take your p(o)int” by John Whitley.

Coon Cemetery Mass: Tuesday 13th at 7.30pm. St. Martin’s Hurling Club games 14th & 15th, Concert Coon Church Friday 16th 8pm., J.S. Bolger Open Day Saturday 17th for St. Vincent de Paul, Arts & Crafts, History, Culture Display in Coon Hall from 12 noon Sunday 18th.

Also Vintage car/tractor display and 5km fun run.

Nightly Entertainment: The Ranchers Return, Coon.

The Gathering Committee are delighted to announce that Australian soprano Rachael Somers will play a concert in St Bridget’s church, Coon on August 19th at 8pm. This is one of the many activities going on in the area for the festival. Since arriving in London in 2008, Rachael has been carefully building her career. She has performed in many venues including the Royal Festival Hall, London; Covent Garden, London; and the Waterfront Theatre, Vancouver. She has been broadcast singing on BBC radio and ABC radio. Rachael, is grand daughter of Paddy Somers, who left Coon in the early 1950’s to live in Perth. Over the years many locals have visited his house and always received a warm welcome. She will be accompanied by local woman Clare McHugh on piano. The Castlecomer male voice choir will also play support. Tickets are available on (087) 6193308