Piltown: Glorious sunshine and wonderful sport

RECORD 2-A record 22 matches took place at Piltown GAA grounds on Saturday 11th August over two adult pitches and one juvenile pitch. The games which were mainly camogie took place in blistering sunshine at the much revered grounds. The majority of games were part of the Under-14 inter county Camogie blitz featuring two teams from each of counties Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Dublin. Kilkenny A featured two local girls, Chloe Holden and Aoife Norris and Kilkenny A went all the way to the final where they were narrowly beaten by Tipperary A. Kilkenny B featured one local girl, Emer Long. Kilkenny B were beaten in extra time of the semi final against Tipperary B who subsequently lost the final to Wexford B. The blitz was hosted by Kilkenny County Board and was the first ever inter county blitz hosted by the board. Others locals involved in the blitz were Tom Holden who was a mentor with Kilkenny A and Camogie Club chairman, Jim Malone who was one of the referees and of course the many contributors from the local Camogie Club committee. Feedback on the inaugural blitz has been very positive.

RECORD 2-A record 22 matches took place at Piltown GAA grounds on Saturday 11th August over two adult pitches and one juvenile pitch. The games which were mainly camogie took place in blistering sunshine at the much revered grounds. The majority of games were part of the Under-14 inter county Camogie blitz featuring two teams from each of counties Kilkenny, Tipperary, Wexford and Dublin. Kilkenny A featured two local girls, Chloe Holden and Aoife Norris and Kilkenny A went all the way to the final where they were narrowly beaten by Tipperary A. Kilkenny B featured one local girl, Emer Long. Kilkenny B were beaten in extra time of the semi final against Tipperary B who subsequently lost the final to Wexford B. The blitz was hosted by Kilkenny County Board and was the first ever inter county blitz hosted by the board. Others locals involved in the blitz were Tom Holden who was a mentor with Kilkenny A and Camogie Club chairman, Jim Malone who was one of the referees and of course the many contributors from the local Camogie Club committee. Feedback on the inaugural blitz has been very positive.

On the day, Piltown Under-12 Camogie team had a very good victory of 4-6 to 1-4 in the quarter finals of the county league against the Rower Inistioge:

Squad: Lisa Norris, Maria Phelan, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Danielle O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Marie Beth Kirby, Sophie Holden, Laura Power, Sarah Jayne Brophy, Olive Ronan, Michelle O’Shea, Sarah Tobin, Megan Byrne, Marlise Flynn, Isobel Quirke, Anna O’Brien

The Under-12 boys did very well in the Go Games against Tullaroan prior to the Under-12 Camogie match. The Piltown junior hurlers took on local Tipperary rivals, Carrick Swan in a challenge match and the day was capped with an Iverk Produce South Junior A hurling championship clash where Mullinavat beat Carrickshock by 1-24 to 0-13. Referee for this was local man, Jim Fitzgerald.

Super Saturday was what summer days should be about. Glorious sunshine and wonderful sport. It is estimated that about 400 players were involved in the record breaking day.

PILTOWN COMMUNITY ENTERPRISE-Piltown Community Enterprise are currently launching a directory of the services and businesses available in the Piltown area. The directory will include entries from local businesses and service providers. It will also feature Clubs, Associations, Community Groups and a listing of useful numbers. The directory will be published in an online version in September and in booklet form in December. The booklet will be distributed free to all homes and businesses in the area. Application forms and full details are available on the website www.piltown.ie, and are also available from Piltown Community Centre, Piltown Credit Union and Piltown GAA Complex.

Piltown Community Enterprise will also have a stand at this year’s Iverk Show on Saturday 25th August where application forms and full details of the directory will be available. Information will also be available on the other projects that the board are engaged in such as the ‘New Start your own Business Competition’ and the ‘Old Creamery Project’. If you would like an application form for the Piltown Directory, contact 087-9451394 or info@piltown.ie.

RIVER RESCUE-Philip Walsh, Chairman of Piltown GAA Club, recently presented a cheque to Michael Hickey and Mick O’Hara of Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue. The proceeds were from a recent fundraising night in Piltown GAA Complex for which many thanks go to local folk group Cois Suire who played music for the evening.

Formed more than 40 years ago by a group of snap net fishermen in South Tipperary, Carrick-on-Suir River Rescue is entirely voluntary and relies on contributions from the public to buy essential equipment. They attend recovery searches in Kilkenny, Waterford, Cahir, Durrow, Clonmel and other riverside locations as well as its home base in Carrick-on-Suir. You can now follow their endeavours on www.facebook.com/carrick.riverrescue

SOUTH KILKENNY HISTORIAL SOCIETY-On Saturday 18th August, Robert Duggan of the South Kilkenny Historical Society will give a guided tour of Tybroughney Castle and its hinterland as part of Heritage Week. Refreshments will be served.

THE BORDER IS LIVELY-The Piltown (Kilkenny) border with Carrick-On-Suir (Tipperary) will be a lively spot this weekend as the two counties do battle in the All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship. This is the fourth year in a row they will meet in Croke Park, but this time it is the semi final stage. Here’s hoping it is a great game and with our usual bias, one winner, Kilkenny.