MILL BRIDGE - At the recent Tidy Towns meeting the repairs to the Mill Bridge remained the largest Action Point still outstanding in the area since the Tidy Towns entry form was submitted a year ago in May 2011. Located on a tributary of the Lingaun River on one of the five entry roads into Tullahought it links the village to the historical areas of the Slatequarries, Ahenny and the Coshel in Knockroe. Currently the ten foot breach is protected by plastic barriers and bollards provided by Kilkenny County Council. A potential health and safety issue the three foot high stone wall overlooks an eight foot drop into the river. Underneath the stone arched bridge that survived the floods of nineteen forty seven when three of its comrade’s fell in the Lingaun valley it has twenty five stones creating its arch that reaches almost six feet from the riverbed and has a twelve foot span. An area of great potential for the area it is adjacent to the stone buildings of Crowley’s/Landy’s Mill, Delaney’s Public House and the walls made of cut slate from the nearby quarries. Just eleven feet wide and currently awaiting a County Council budget to carry out the required repairs the fault line appears to be expanding and continually deteriorating .from the action of the passing traffic. NO GOOD CLUB NEWS: Following last weeks news that the club were unable to field a second adult team for the first time in living memory club secretary Noel Power has been notified that two further members of the first team will have taking the emigration trail and left the country by the time the first round of the championship proper takes place in August. The players are regulars on the Junior side and are amongst the younger members of the squad and both have represented the club at divisional and county level. Elsewhere James Mackey was a panel member with the county junior footballers that went down to Kildare in Newbridge on Wednesday evening.
CLOTHES COLLECTION - The GAA Club is holding a clothes fundraising collection on Saturday June 9th. Clothes can be dropped at the Club Rooms at any of the training sessions during the week. Further details can be had from Club secretary Noel Power 087 2062262 or any committee member.
BUSY LOOP WALK - Windgap ICA held a Fun Walk over the Kilmacoliver Loop in aid of the National Breast Conference Research Institute on Tuesday evening in ideal weather conditions. Also enjoying the scenery, nature and the warm evening was a group from the Piltown community who are twinned with Mellac in Brittany since 1980.
BRIDGE DINNER - Winners in the Killamery Club Bridge game held recently were 1st Helen Lanigan, Catherine Burke, 2nd. Kitty Meagher, Moira Hickey, 3rd.Sarah Crowley and Elizabeth Lanigan, 4th. Stella Tennyson, Rita Townsend, 5th Mary Joy. Best Gross Alice Power, Rita Houlihan.
DISTINGUISHED VISITOR - The largest bird seen in the area in living memory has attracted a great amount of pride and attention. Identified by renowned naturist Liam Burke as a Buzzard it has been seen with an estimated four foot wingspan soaring along the valley and resting in a number of trees and on fence posts. On a single occasion a pair was seen with some wildlife enthusiasts wondering if it could be a red kite moving south from Wicklow. JUNIORS DRAW - Windgap juniors traveled to Naomh Bríd’s new pitch in Leighlinbridge on Friday evening for the All County League tie. The side with 2-7 on the scoreboard was Ahead by a goal at the break after a Sean Foley brace. After a slow down of the scoring rate the sides were still two points to the good as the stopwatch passed the hour thanks to Sean Foley completing his hat trick and the side’s youngest payer Paraic Walsh netting a fourth. However the final three minutes saw the home side grab two late points to equalize on a 4-8 to 2-12 scoreline. The Windgap side was Michael Power, James Mackey, Noel Power Matthew Enright, Aidan Mackey, Conor Lonergan, Peter Landy, Vinny Long and Vinny Landy, Adrian Landy, Ger Purcell, Cian Ryan, Sean Foley, James Murray, Paraic Walsh. Substitutes Paidi Bacon, Richie Landy, Paul McKenna.
GALMOY WINDGAP - Just hours earlier the Galmoy/Windgap side were unable to field in the minor tournament against St. Martins owing to the injuries to Peter Hennessey, \William Phelan and Daniel Cashin from the Windgap section of the combined club. The event was to lead to one of the team Paraic Walsh traveling to Leighlinbridge where he scored a goal that helped earn a draw with Naomh Bríd in the All County League.
NEWS UPDATES - Thanks are expressed to those involved in getting the Windgap section of the Diocesan Website updated to reflect the educational and eclesestacial personnel and their details. In addition the site gives access Google map and directional details to any one visiting the school or churches for funerals and weddings. Despite the best laid plans over the years, many visitors have found themselves being directed to, heading for and often ending up in Windgap near Rathgormack and Tullougher, Templeroum and Tullahern other good distances away. BRAVE CYCLICSTS - In heavy rain the cyclists in the Carrick Wheelers Cycling Sportive challenge who set out on the one hundred mile run made their first climb of the day up Skough hill and passed through Tullahought as the community members were attending the nine thirty am Mass on Sunday morning. Having streamed in to the village the colorful entourage moved quickly through as they headed for the top of the Loop at Barnatrasna. On their way the road conditions worsened after they crossed the Lingaun at Faugheen Bridge the pelethon faced ponds that stretched two thirds of the way across the road forcing the cyclists on to the wrong side. With the watery conditions making cornering difficult their was on great benefit to be gained on the downward journeys after they climbed the Gap of Rathclarish, Slievenamon, Mahon Bridge, Seskin Hill and later on the even more dangerous cobblestones in as they made their way back to the finish at the Swan GAA club in Carrick on Suir. Slightly smaller than last years inaugural group they were short a number that had set out to tackle a Tour De France stage on the possibly more hospitable Pyrenees on the same day.
AHENNY MASS - The annual graveyard mass in Kilclispeen cemetery that contains two of the High Crosses of Western Ossory takes place in Ahenny on June 28th
TIDY TOWNS - Work continued again on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings last week with many other works being done close to residences over the Bank Holiday weekend. With judging scheduled within the next ten days all assistance in keeping the area litter free and looking good is greatly appreciated.