Village - JOE O’CONNOR REMEMBERED

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP- On Saturday evening in Gowran,the James Stephens senior hurlers chalked up their third win on the trot in the senior league/ championship campaign, beating a hugely focused Tullaroan side by a thin margin of two points, 1-13 to 1-11. The Tullaroan got off to a great start, goaling after nine minutes giving them the upper hand for the remainder of the half, which the city men found difficult to curtail. Tullaroan led by 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time. The Village men came out strongly in the second half but could find no easy passage through a resolute Tullaroan defence, until Eoin Larkin goaled after ten minutes. Eoin added a further five points in the half, totalling 1-10, in all, for his efforts over the hour, to drive the James Stephens side to a deserved, but narrow victory after a bruising encounter. Manager, Mark Tyrrell and his selectors Fran Whelan, Philip Larkin and Tim Butler have brought a renewed sence of drive and determination into their charges which they know will have to be continued if their ultimate ambition is to be realised. .

SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP- On Saturday evening in Gowran,the James Stephens senior hurlers chalked up their third win on the trot in the senior league/ championship campaign, beating a hugely focused Tullaroan side by a thin margin of two points, 1-13 to 1-11. The Tullaroan got off to a great start, goaling after nine minutes giving them the upper hand for the remainder of the half, which the city men found difficult to curtail. Tullaroan led by 1-7 to 0-8 at half-time. The Village men came out strongly in the second half but could find no easy passage through a resolute Tullaroan defence, until Eoin Larkin goaled after ten minutes. Eoin added a further five points in the half, totalling 1-10, in all, for his efforts over the hour, to drive the James Stephens side to a deserved, but narrow victory after a bruising encounter. Manager, Mark Tyrrell and his selectors Fran Whelan, Philip Larkin and Tim Butler have brought a renewed sence of drive and determination into their charges which they know will have to be continued if their ultimate ambition is to be realised. .

1973 ALL IRELAND REMEMBERED- On Sunday,Co.Limerick multi millionaire, J.P.McManus hosted the formal opening of his home club, Stalker Wallace G.A.A. club’s new grounds at Martinstown, Co.Limerick. A life long devoted Limerick G.A.A. supporter, Mr.McManus used the occasion to mark the 40th anniversary of his county’s last, All-Ireland victory, a 1-21 to 1-14 win over a much depleted Kilkenny team, due to injuries, on a miserably wet, first Sunday in September in Croke Park. At the half time break in the centre-piece of the celebrations,--- a friendly game between the 2012 All-Ireland champions, Kilkenny and the present Limerick team,--- both of the 1973 teams were introduced to the attendance, by Kerry legend,Micheal O’Muirheartigh, “togged out” in their “Sunday best “ generously supplied by the same, Mr.McManus. Among the Kilkenny stars of the 70’s era included on the invitation list were, Phil “Fan” Larkin, Michael Crotty, Liam “Chunky” O’Brien, and substitute, Ml. Moore all of whom enjoyed a memorable evening of friendly banter between old protagonists,even if it was at the cost of losing an All-Ireland medal. Unfortunately, Kilkenny team manager, and wing back on the 1973 team, was unable to travel due to his continuing recovery from surgery. Meanwhile, order was restored, the following year when the “The Cats”, with a full line-up of stars, inflicted a heavy defeat on “The Treaty Men “ and the McCarthy Cup was returned, after a short “break” on the banks of the Shannon, to it’s natural home on the banks of the Nore..

KELLS ROAD DRAW- The May draw takes place on Wednesday night next, 29th May in the clubrooms. The Draw Committee will be available in the clubrooms on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7.30p.m.,to facilitate promoters in registering entrants in advance of the draw. The draw is of the utmost importance to the development committee as they plan, over the next four weeks,for the commencement of construction for the dressingroom complex. The fact that the excellent new playing surfaces could not be used for the Morrissey tournament, last weekend, and the upcoming Paddy Mullen minor tournament, in June, because of the lack of changing/toilet facilities, was a timely reminder of the need to get this project up and running with some urgency. The club’s management committee, headed by chairman, Tom Lanigan is hugely appreciative of the continuing support from families within the parish, from local businesses and further afield, from friends and supporters who are aware of the work being done to promote our national games with the youth of the St. Patrick’s parish. .

GOLF CLASSIC -The annual club golf classic organiser, Dan Cody advises that there re a small number of time slots available for the annual fundraiser, which takes place on Thursday and Friday, June 20th and 21st in Kilkenny Golf Club. Noted as one of the best run classics on the circuit ---- just maybe because of the extremely popular and welcome “half-time” breakfast break at the 10th, (be sure to let “chef”, Seamus Kennedy know you prefer your egg sunny side up or otherwise, before you start). The annual golfing allex-a-doos event has proved, over the years, to be a very important and successful fundraiser for the club. For further information contact Dan at 086-8559469.

CAMOGIE NEWS- The camogie club, in conjunction with the county board are promoting a draw to raise funds for both the Kilkenny Camogie Board and the club itself. There are thirty prizes on offer in the draw which only costs Eu 3.00 per line to enter. Camogie officer, Rita Neary is urging people to support the draw which will help in the ongoing promotion of the game in the parish and county. Rita also gives advance notice of an upcoming camogie camp for registered players between 6 and 16 years old, which will go ahead at venues throughout the county on Saturday, 8th June. The centres chosen for city players are Clara, O’Loughlin Gaels and Dicksboro G.A.A. clubs. To register contact your own camogie club secretary.

JOE O’CONNOR REMEMBERED- At a recent management meeting a vote of sympathy was passed to the O’Connor family on the death of Joe O’Connor. Joe was born in Upper Patrick Street and went to school in the local De La Salle Boy’s school, where he developed a love of hurling from an early age. He later went on to represent his club, James Stephens in all grades of hurling,including senior. A life long club supporter, Joe enjoyed the many successes the club achieved over the years. Joe was pre-deceased by his brothers, Liam, Oliver and sister, Ann. The sympathies of the club’s membership were extended to his wife, Kathleen, daughter, Emer and his sisters, Teresa, Kathleen, Noelle, Mary and Dolores and his many friends in the farming community in Sheastown and Bennettsbridge, where Joe operated as an agricultural contractor for years.Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam dilis. (L.Tyrrell)

LADIES FOOTBALL FOR FUN- Organiser, Maria Adams from Ladies Gaelic Football for Fun advises that training will resume on Thursday evenings, at 8.p.m., in St.Kieran’s College (back pitch). Mary would welcome all ex-players from previous seasons and especially new recruits who would wish to join in on the fun, while, at the same time, improving their fitness levels through the the exercise involved in the sessions.. For further information e-mail kk22@gmail.com

SYMPATHIES- The club’s management would also like to extend the sympathies of the membership to the Ryan family, Kilcreene, on the untimely passing of Ann Ryan (nee Dalton), wife of Jim and mother of Fr.Dermot (a loyal Village supporter), and Clare Brannigan, brother John, and son-in-law, Michael. A kind and caring person, Ann will be sadly missed in the community by her many friends and neighbours. Air dheis Dei go raibh si.(L.Tyrrell)

MUSIC- Johnny Carroll will be on stage for Saturday night’s entertainment

LOTTO- We are close to a record jackpot for the club’s weekly lotto, after Tuesday night’s draw which resulted in the following combination of numbers 2 - 21 - 29 produced no winning ticket. The jackpot for next week’s draw comes to Eu 6,000. The consolation winners were Phil Purcell, Denis Lawlor, P.J.McGrath, Paddy Nolan and Dickie