A RARE occurrence in the parish took place when three weddings involving local ladies were celebrated on successive days in the past week. On Thursday Lorraine Hartery from Windgap married Dwanye Tenneyson from Thomastown in St. Nicholas Church in Windgap. Afterwards the reception was held in Langtons in Kilkenny and the couple will reside in Callan. The following day Friday Eleanor Downey from Butlerswood married Paul Doheny from Callan also in St. Nicholas Church in Windgap. The reception was held in hotel Kilkenny and the newlyweds will reside in Dublin. On Saturday Siobháin Purcell from Knockeen married Brian Daly from Clonmel in St. Nicholas Church in Tullahought. The wedding reception was held in the Manilla Hotel and the newly married couple will reside in Clonmel.
HERITAGE WEEK - The Annual Heritage weekend activities commence in Tullahought Community Centre on Friday 17th August at 8.30pm with a cheese and wine reception. It is followed by a lecture on the Townlands project undertaken by Alan Counihan involving the recording of the field names in Tullahought and Knickeen and by a traditional Music session. On Saturday the Art Exhibition continues from 1pm with a Lecture on the High Crosses of Western Ossory by Frank Callery with reference to Ancient symbols, Modern Mysteries and a CD presentation of the Conservation Plan for the Crosses that will be shown on the night at 8.30pm. In the afternoon the U12’s Mike Williams Memorial Shield Camogie and Hurling Blitz will take place in Tullahought Sportsfield. On Sunday the events continue with the Art Exhibition and Traditional Craft Demonstrations, with knitting and crochet expertise, butter making. There is also a trip over the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk at 2.30pm.
CLUB NEWS - Paddy Brophy one of the Clubs Vice-Presidents and the oldest parishioner in the area passed away recently. Approaching his ninety-sixth birthday Paddy was hale and hearty into his final days and was a former secretary of Lamogue football Club. A lifelong Windgap and Kilkenny supporter his funeral took place in his native Windgap. This Weeks Winning Lotto Numbers were 7, 10, 12, 13 and Bonus number 8. They brought a match three cheque to Margaret Doyle.
ART EXHIBITION - An Art Exhibition in Tullahought Community Centre opens from Sunday 12th August to Sunday 19th August in conjunction with Kilkenny Arts Festival. Paintings by local artists. For further details Contact 087 9174354.
GALMOY/WINDGAP - On Monday evening the side play St. Martins in Ballyragget in the first round of the minor championship. JUNIOR “B’s WIN: In the Junior “B” championship game with the Rower in Thomastown recently. In the play the Nore siders opened the scoring with a Michael Doyle point only to see Windgap go on to lead 2-9 to 0-4 at the break. On the resumption the young side who introduces three teenage substitutes continued to add to the score as they ran out 3-16 to 0-11 winners. Stronger out the field the scoring was led be a potent full forward line that saw Paul McKenna with 2-2, Tommy Fleming with 0-5 and Daniel Cashin 1-2 contributor to their sides tally with all of the scores coming from play.
CLASS AC - With the harvest under pressure owing to the inclement weather conditions three Class ombines were to be seen in harvesting oats in brilliant sunshine on Saturday evening in Kilmacoliver. The scene recalled a verse written by local scribe Val D Coghlan when he reflected on the colourful scenes around the local village of Tullahought that he described as being “surrounded with tillage” almost a hundred years ago.
UNSOCIABLE BEHAVIOUR - With the possibility of a second Tidy Towns judging day in the early days of August local efforts in Tullahought residents received a setback over a number of days recently when the grass margins on the Carrick-on-Suir, Skough access to the village were vandalised. Unique for a country road the mowed margins that extend in places up to five yards in width on either side of the road, they were subjected to wheelies and being driven over. Maintained by eight different landowners and residents over the almost two mile stretch from Skough Cross to the village the damage culminated when a car got stuck. After getting bogged down in the soft margins it was left rear end into the new beech hedge and was abandoned overnight. Locally known as the Long pavement that extended from the village to the old Kilmacoliver House the worst of the damage was done between the old Lodge and the “Three Trees” at the highest point of the road. Tidy Towns Work is scheduled on Tuesday evening next in preparation for the Heritage Weekend and will be followed by a meeting at nine o’clock in the Community Centre. The increase in casual litter in the form of bottles, glasses and cartons from fast food shops will be highlighted.
CAMOGIE - The seniors travelled to play Muckalee in Muckalee in the Senior Championship first round tie recently. With both sides short a number of players on holidays and emigrated both sets of mentors faced a tough task as the game was also the Relegation semi-final that could see the losers face potential relegation to the Intermediate grade. In the game the Windgap opened smartly with a first minute Suzie Dunphy point and Following a further brace apiece by Catherine Foley and Niamh Bambrick the side led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break. On the resumption a Mickeala Keneally point saw the scores at 0-6 to 0-3 before a Muckalee free that yielded a goal tied the sides after five minutes of the new half. Wind assisted the home side added another goal to draw four points ahead with just ten minutes to go. From there to the end the visitors put in a fine performance and with three Elaine O’Shea pointed long range frees were just two points adrift and still attacking when full time was called. The side was Laura Walker, Julie Walsh, Elaine O’Shea, Eimear Moylan, Ciara Molloy, Claire Grace, Phena Heffernan, Laura Moore, Suzie Dunphy Niamh Phelan, Catherine Foley, Niamh Bambrick, and Terri Mackey Mickeala Kenneally Nicky Moore. Substitutes: Sarah McCarthy and Kathleen Purcell.
HANDBALL NEWS - Eamonn and Jimmy Purcell defeated the Cork and Munster representatives in the Golden Masters “B” Ireland semi-final at the weekend. They now play the winners of the Connacht, Ulster semi in the final. Eamon is also in the All Ireland singles semi-final where he plays the Leitrim and Connacht representative in Kells County Meath on Sunday next. Elsewhere Niall Walsh and David Doyle were on the under fourteen and fifteen Kilkenny side in Garryhill on Saturday where they won the Leinster final against Wexford. Also representing Kilkenny Clare Grace and Rachel Hogan won the All Ireland Ladies Junior “B” semi-final. In other games club member Darragh O’Shea was part of the county side at under sixteen and seventeen level.
GRAIG DOUBLE - The juniors travelled to play Graiguenamanagh in the quarter final of the Southern junior championship on Wednesday evening. A rare meeting at adult level between the clubs as the Barrow side’s held the Intermediate status for many years it would be repeated again within forty eight hours when the clubs respective junior “B” sides were scheduled to meet in their semi-final of their championship in Thomastown on the following Friday evening. In the Southern championship with a semi-final place on offer against Thomastown on the eve of the All Ireland Senior semi-final between Tipperary and Kilkenny the game had the added attraction of providing additional competitive fare for the winners in the run up to the championship. From the outset the Graig men took the initiative and were to the good at the stage. Failing to show their first half supremacy on the score board as they accumulated twelve first half wides Windgap got slowly into the game and at half time.In the Junior “B” semi-final played in Thomastown on Friday evening Graiguenamanagh completed the double when they recorded a last minute victory over the local side. Playing with an extra man for the last forty minutes of the game the Barrow siders were ahead 0-7 to 0-4 at half time. Having seen Windgap draw level and then take a three-point lead and with the winning post in sight Graig rallied to draw level with two minutes to go. In the remaining play they out-pointed Windgap to finish two points ahead and qualify for the final.
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