Castlecomer - Castlecomer Community School Awards Night

A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION AT CASTLECOMER C.S.-Kilkenny legend Tommy Walsh was the special guest at the Castlecomer Community School Awards Night. There was a buzz of anticipation in the packed gym as Principal Mr. Seamus O’Connor made the introductions. Awards were presented in three areas Academic, Performing Arts and Sport.

A NIGHT OF CELEBRATION AT CASTLECOMER C.S.-Kilkenny legend Tommy Walsh was the special guest at the Castlecomer Community School Awards Night. There was a buzz of anticipation in the packed gym as Principal Mr. Seamus O’Connor made the introductions. Awards were presented in three areas Academic, Performing Arts and Sport.

Academic Nominations 1st Year ; Emma Coogan, Ciara Nolan, Danielle Morrissey, Richard O’Shea, Jason Comerford.

Winner ; Ciara Nolan.

2nd Year Nominations ; Ciaran Cody, Ciara Carroll, Siobhán Buggy, Tom Marnell, Aine Murphy.

Winner ; Ciaran Cody.

3rd Year ; Nominations ; Grace Mealey, Caitlin Brennan, Rebeca Ferris, Conor Delaney, William Ward.

Winner ; Caitlin Brennan.

5th Year ; Nominations ; Niamh Murphy, Shane Rice, Mary Hennessy, Kelley Comerford, Andrew Dowd.

Winner ; Andrew Dowd.

6th Subjects ; Maths - Sean Nolan ; Applied Maths – Sean Nolan ; Chemistry – Laura Finn ; Biology – Richard Brophy ; Physics – Sean Nolan ; Irish – Aoife Jacob ; English – Sarah Buggy ; French – Teresa Browne ; History – Aoife Jacob ; Geography – Laura Brannigan ; Accounting – Eibhlin Morrissey ; Business – Aoife Jacob ; LCVP – Rebecca Allen ; Home Economics – Jade O’Shea ; Engineering – Donal Shore ; Art – Nicholas Feehan ; Agricultural Science – Shauna Doyle ; Construction – Martin Healy ; Music – Aoife Jacob ; Leaving Cert Applied – Dean Coogan.

C. TY Awards (Bursaries to DCU) ; Caitlin Brennan, Tom Marnell, Ciaran Cody, Anita Kelly, Kevin Wilson, Matthew Robinson.

Performing Arts ; Siobhán O’Neill, Lucy O’Neill.

Music ; Junior – Trisha Buggy ; Senior – Darragh Doyle.

Sports Awards.

Junior Male Nominations ; Conor Delaney, Sean Buggy, Donal Cass, Padraig Cooney, Adam O’Grady.

Winner ; Padraig Cooney.

Junior Female Nominations ; Kelsey Warburton, Amy Morrissey, Aoilean Hennessy.

Winner ; Amy Morrissey.

Senior Male Nominations ; Ciaran Wallace, Dean Shortall, Eoin Brennan, Eddie Johnson, Padraig Curry.

Joint Winners ; Ciaran Wallace and Dean Shortall.

Senior Female Nominations ; Ailish O’Neill, Sarah Buggy, Anita McMahon, Margaret Nolan.

Winner ; Sarah Buggy.

Medals and trophies for a number of sporting achievements were also presented. Principal Seamus O’Connor presented South Leinster and Leinster medals firstly to athletes (see athletics report elsewhere in this column) and then to the South East Boys 2nd year Basketballers who were regional champions. The Interschools Equestrian team - Brian O’Neill, Amy Finn and Eoghan Walsh - finished in 3rd place this year; this achievement as well as Brian’s individual 7th place finish were celebrated. All Ireland and Leinster championship handball medals were presented to Padraig Cooney and Shane Dunne who were Junior Doubles gold medallists while Denise Love and Aisling Maher received Leinster Championship Doubles medals.

At this stage of the ceremony, Tommy Walsh joined the event, straight from training in Nowlan Park. He proceeded to present All Ireland 7 aside and Junior Championship medals to the camogie players; the Minor team who play their Leinster final this week were acknowledged and travel with best wishes. The Senior girls Basketball team were the final team to be acknowledged - they had been one of the South East region representatives in the All Ireland play-offs. Ailish O’Neill’s achievement in being chosen to participate in an international squad training group for a number of years was recognised with a special presentation.

SERVICES FOR THE UNEMPLOYED-KLP Development Officer, Olivia Delaney is available Wednesdays and Thursdays in Castlecomer Community Hall . Information and support is available on employment options, preparing your C.V., Interview Skills and Training and courses. For an appointment please email or phone 086-8501972

LIBRARY LATEST-The Rambling House Night event organised to celebrate Bealtaine was a resounding success! The 150 or so attendees were treated to four hours of traditional music, song, dance, poetry and recitations in the true sense of an Irish Rambling House. Thanks to all the artists who participated. We hope to run this event again!

Our next Bealtaine event is a one hour mini relaxation workshop!

Join us at 8pm on Tuesday May 28th. Marie Byrne of Glosna House will facilitate this free event!

Teachers! We continue to offer Class visits to primary and Secondary classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays, so ring 4440561 to book a slot.

Our Knitting Group recently visited the Crafty Crew Group in Graignamanagh Library, and they were treated to a guided tour of Duiske Abbey. Their Tea Cosy exhibition is currently on show in Graig Library. This group is very sociable, and welcomes new members!

Bernadette Moloney will show us how to prevent food waste next Thursday May 23rd at 12 o’clock. Free!

The Afternoon Book Club will meet on Tuesday May 28th at 2.30pm to discuss “ The Lost Garden” by Mary Stanley. New members are welcome.

Pageturner’s Reading group will meet on Thursday May 30th to discuss “Staring at lakes” by Michael Harding.

Kilkenny author Helena Duggan will pay our junior book club a visit next month! Kids, pick up her book “ A place called perfect!” at the desk.

ALL CHANGE AT DEEN CELTIC AGM-With the outgoing Chairman and Secretary not seeking re-election change was the order of the day at the Annual General Meeting of Deen Celtic A.F. C. which was held in the Clubhouse on Friday night. Chairman Ger Wallace welcomed all and thanked the various team managers. He congratulated the Club’s three League Champions at U-15, U-14 and U-11. Mr Wallace also paid tribute to all who helped with the day to day running of the club, singling out Eamon Nolan and Deirdre Renwick for their tremendous upkeep of the facilities and for the pristine condition of the pitches. Secretary Martin Carroll gave a detailed report on all of the teams who competed in the Kilkenny & District League. Treasurer Deirdre Renwick presented the accounts which showed the club was in a very healthy position. Schoolboy Secretary John Moore called for more people to get involved citing a plea for new Managers.

Officers Elected.

Chairman – Jim Sherwood.

Vice-Chairman – Jimmy Harding.

Secretary – Michael Coughlan.

Treasurer – Ciarán Stone.

PRO – Ronan Phelan.

Schoolboys Secretary – John Moore.

Committee ; Donie Brennan, Paddy Hurley, Eamon Nolan, Deirdre Renwick, Martin Carroll.

BIG DAY-35 boys and girls received the Sacrament of Confirmation by Bishop Seamus Freeman, SAC, Bishop of Ossory in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Saturday.

Parish Confirmation 2013 ; Dervla Bergin, Chelsea Brennan, Claire Brennan, Craig Brennan, James Brennan, Kevin Brennan, Declan Buggy, Ellen Buggy, Jack Buggy, Shannon Burrough, Conor Clarke, Gráinne Comerford, Ross Connolly, Daniel Coogan, Conor Dowd, Alison Dowling, Faith Doyle, Killian Hogan, Liam Holland, Rachel Holohan, Thomas Judge, Katie Kennedy, Liam Kenny, Christopher Korff, Leah Maher, Kate McDonald, Conor McMahon, Sean Moore, Kian Moran, Elise Murphy, Cathal O’Neill, Kealan Ring, Yelena Shepherd, Mark Steen, Niamh Walsh.

EYES DOWN-All roads lead to the Community Hall on Sunday at 3 p.m. for a Monster Bingo in aid of Church of the Immaculate Conception Renovation Funds. Your support is greatly appreciated.

HAPPY HEARTS-Sincere thanks to all who contributed to the Annual Collection for the Heart Foundation. A total of €1,780 was raised, thanks also to all the willing helpers.

LEINSTER COLLEGES ATHLETICS-Recently athletes from Castlecomer Community School have competed in both South Leinster and Leinster Athletics Championships.

First in the South East in Scanlon Park - there were many excellent performances, some earning medals and some qualifying for the Leinster Championships.

South Leinster

Minor Discuss - Emma Kelly gold

Junior Triple Jump- Pierce Nash - Bronze

Junior Hammer Ciaran Coady - gold

Junior High Jump -Adam O’Grady - gold

Junior Hurdles - Adam O’Grady - silver

U16 Shot Putt - Tommy Quirke - silver

Intermediate Shot Putt and Discus - John Joe Kelly - silver

Intermediate Javelin - Megan Walsh - bronze

Intermediate 100m - Cliona Quirke - bronze

Intermediate 400m - Eoghan Buggy - bronze

Senior Triple Jump - Saragh Buggy - gold

Senior Long Jump - Saragh Buggy - silver

Senior 4 X 100m relay - Castlecomer (Saragh Buggy, Cliona Quirke, Anita McMahon, Eimear Rice)_ - Bronze

Leinster -

U16 Shott Putt - Tommy Quirke - bronze

Junior Triple Jump - Pierce Nash Bronze (adding 1m to his South Leinster achievement

Junior High Jump Adam O’Grady - 4th

Intermediate Shot Putt - John Joe Kelly - bronze

Senior Long Jump -Saragh Buggy bronze

Senior Triple Jump - Saragh Buggy Gold - new championship record of 11.59m.

Saragh Buggy, John Joe Kelly and Pierce Nash now advance to All Ireland Champoionships at Senior, Intermediate and Junior levels respectively. There is no U16 event at these championships.

DIG DEEP -Its all systems go for the Gathering appropriately named “Dig Deep” and the committee under the stewardship of Seamus Walsh have an impressive programme in store. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the town and environs to all of our visitors. Friday night official opening is by Jim O’Neill former miner along with his daughter Mary who will fly in from the U.S.A for the festival.

And a big welcome for the remaining miners to the show and hope they give you an insight into the hardships they had to endure working hundreds of feet below the ground to make a living.

At 8 p.m its In the Shadow of the Mine show with Colm Gray, Michael Conway and Seamus Walsh, a brief look at the history of the mines with fantastic footage from the mines and the town with some poetry and song.

About 9 30, on stage are Trish Carroll and Jimmy Byrne along with some friends to finish off the night.

Saturday tour of the local mines and the bog with John Ryan and Dancing the Culm with Willie Joe Meally and the Moneenroe Set Dancers. Who will do a special culm dance with Willie Joe, only the brave need apply.

Saturday is also a day for sport and is being co-ordinated by Martin Carroll.

Rounding off the day is a Ceili in the Community Hall, promoter is former miner John Ryan.

Sunday we have the unveiling of the plaque for all miners around 2.45 and at 3 p.m a Special Service. will be celebrated by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. assisted by Fr.Martin Tobin P.P. ; Fr. Joe Campion C.C. ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. ; Reverend Patrick Burke, Rector Castlecomer Group of Parishes and Fr. Paddy Comerford a miner’s son who will be home from the U.S.A for the celebrations.

The service will be celebrated at the old Grotto half way up the Deerpark yard

And the plaque will be housed permanently in that Grotto so people will be able to go there and pray anytime they wish

Then after a chat and a walk around the pit yard it’s over to the golf where there will be a barbeque and live music to finish celebrations. For further details, please contact the Castlecomer Gathering Committee, C/O The Enterprise Centre Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny; email

LOTTO PLUS-The Lotto Jackpot is currently €5,600. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets in Castlecomer. The Lotto has been a success for Erins Own GAA because of the dedicated volunteers that sell tickets and meet every week to have the lotto draw and check every entry twice for winners. The Erins Own Club would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone that gives their time helping and supporting the lotto. It is through their commitment that the club is able to compete and improve facilities for everyone.

CHAMPIONSHIP SUCCESS-Erins Own recovered well after a torrid opening to see off the challenge of city side Dicksboro in a well contested Junior Hurling Championship tie at Ballycomey on Sunday afternoon. The Comer men were under no illusions as to the task on hand as the visitors opened brightly to lead 1-3 to 0-1 after just a mere ten minutes. Due in the main to strong full back Colin Dunne mopping up time after time the tide began to turn and thanks to opportunist goals from Martin Hawley and Mikey Dwyer the gap was cut to the minimum as the half time whistle sounded. Erins Own 2-3 ; Dicksboro 1-7. The second half turned out to be the Brian Dillon and Eddie Brennan show the pair lorded the midfield sector and contributed a handsome eight points between them. There was never more than a puck of the ball between the sides and with time almost up sub Anthony Kavanagh finished with a flourish to put the icing on a fine win with Erins Own third goal. Final Score Erins Own 3-12 ; Dicksboro 2-11.

Team ; Jim Buggy, Noel Callinan, Colin Dunne, Niall McMahon, Conor Delaney, James Mullins, Shane Roce, Brian Dillon (0-5), Eddie Brennan (0-3), Ciarán Brennan (0-1), Ciarán McDermott (0-2), Andrew Carron, Mikey Dwyer (1-0), Martin Hawley (1-1), Dermot Wallace.

Subs ; David Moran, Anthony Kavanagh (1-0), Joe Meagher.

IRELAND REACHING OUT-Kilkenny LEADER Partnership is delivering the Ireland Reaching Out Programmme in Castlecomer. The Ireland Reaching out is an Irish Government sponsored programme established to connect people of Irish heritage abroad with their ancestral parish in Ireland using the concept of reverse genealogy. This free course entails a range of workshops, field visits and seminars to give you all the information and tools you need to ‘Reach Out’. It will start on Monday 27th May in the Discovery Park, Castlecomer and will run for 6 weeks. If you are interested in finding out more about the people that lived in your parish and reaching out to their descendants around the globe then come along and find out more. For further information and to book your place please contact Fergus Horgan 056 7752111, email

THE HEDGE SCHOOL-Think the only place for art is in a gallery? Think again. To celebrate this

year’s Bealtaine theme ‘Grow Happy’, artists Jean Conroy and Tom Meskell

will lead this 3-day workshop, encouraging participants to look to the land

for inspiration. Participants will create art outside, using natural materials.

For more information on this unique workshop see

No experience necessary! Booking is essential as places are limited. With thanks to the Kilkenny Leader Partnership for their generous support. 10am - 4pm

Friday 24th – Sunday 26th May at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

MANAGE YOUR LIFE BY MANAGING YOUR MIND - REVISITED* -This is a fun and informative session, that builds on the suggestions given by Dr. Fergus Heffernan in his previous well known talk, and proposes a number of simple strategies that we can implement to boost positive mental health, and generally help us to achieve a greater balance in our lives. Further information and an online booking form can be found at: (Tickets cost: €5 and €10). Venue Hotel Kilkenny on Monday June 10th at 7 p.m.

ARE YOU STRESSED ABOUT EXAMS? -Are you feeling overwhelmed, stressed, and doubting whether or not you can retain and remember all of the information you have learnt? Learn how to quieten your mind, and allow your inner wisdom to surface. All of the information you need is already stored in your memory - you have done the work now trust that you can access it. By meditating before your exams you can clear your mind of clutter and easily access that memory. Meditation takes place every Saturday from 1-2pm in Portlaoise Leisure Centre. Places are limited! for more information call Allison on 086-4140392

HOW TO PLANT UP-Dunnes Garden Centre Durrow: Demonstration evening: “How to plant up”

Window boxes, Hanging baskets & Containers. Followed by question & answer session with our qualified staff. On Thursday 23rd May from 7.30pm. Our garden centre will remain open till 9.00pm on the night. A great evening is assured. Free raffle and refreshments served. All are welcome.