Thomastown - Is Thomastown up to the challenge

Tidy Towns -The annual Tidy Towns Competition is here again and it’s time to get all the loose ends tied up in preparation for the arrival of the Judges. We anticipate that judging will take place from about 6 June at the earliest and, of course, anytime from then on until the end of July. Your individual contribution of regular sweeping and the cleaning of property facades, walls, pathways and pavements will help catch the Judge’s eye. For property owners who are planning to freshen up or repaint, there is still time to do it so please don’t wait. We hope that everyone will make a special effort during this period to keep litter off our streets, to keep weeds from the pavements and to remove dog litter. For Smokers please bin your cigarette butts and for the Chewers of gum, Bin it Your Way, but do bin it. It is important to mow and keep in trim all grass verges etc.  Your effort will help to improve our town’s performance in the competition. Our 2 Hour Gang has been working very hard every Saturday morning since last October to do that little bit more for Thomastown.  We are looking for willing and helping hands to join us in our mission to make the town attractive to visitors and community.  The better we look the more visitors we’ll get and that’s good for us all. 

Tidy Towns -The annual Tidy Towns Competition is here again and it’s time to get all the loose ends tied up in preparation for the arrival of the Judges. We anticipate that judging will take place from about 6 June at the earliest and, of course, anytime from then on until the end of July. Your individual contribution of regular sweeping and the cleaning of property facades, walls, pathways and pavements will help catch the Judge’s eye. For property owners who are planning to freshen up or repaint, there is still time to do it so please don’t wait. We hope that everyone will make a special effort during this period to keep litter off our streets, to keep weeds from the pavements and to remove dog litter. For Smokers please bin your cigarette butts and for the Chewers of gum, Bin it Your Way, but do bin it. It is important to mow and keep in trim all grass verges etc.  Your effort will help to improve our town’s performance in the competition. Our 2 Hour Gang has been working very hard every Saturday morning since last October to do that little bit more for Thomastown.  We are looking for willing and helping hands to join us in our mission to make the town attractive to visitors and community.  The better we look the more visitors we’ll get and that’s good for us all. 

Local Lotto - €2,700 jackpot was not won. 5 x €35 winners were – Mick O Neill Chapel Lane, Ned Dack Castle Avenue, Olive Malone Ballyshane, Eamonn Holden Tullogher and children, is of paramount importance. Special family rates. Venue: Grenan’s College, Thomastown - 8th - 12th July Alan Meegan 92 Dunan.

Camogie - Our Camogie club are running a Monster Raffle in conjunction with the County Board to raise much needed funds for both Club and County.  There are over 30 Fantastic prizes on offer and for just €3.00 per line its a draw not to be missed. So please support our girls when they call on you. Advanced notice of the upcoming Camogie Camp on June 8th for all registered camogie players from 6  to 16 yrs., venues; Pltown, Slievrue, Thomastown, Clara, O’Loughlins Gaels, Dicksboro and Freshford GAA grounds, please contact club sec/mentor’s for more details. The Senior Camogie Leinster Semi Final will take place in Grennan on Sunday at 2.30pm when Kilkenny will take on Offaly. Please come out and support the girls.

Grennan College - The Grennan Concerts present Classical Guitarist Michael O Toole and music students from Grennan College, Thomastown at The Church of the Assumption Thomastown at 8pm on Friday 31st of May. The concert is the first of a series of concerts with the hope of raising enough money to purchase a piano for the Music Room at Grennan College. The tickets cost €10 and €7 concession and are available from Grennan College and at the door on the night. Your support is greatly appreciate

St Mary’s Primary School - President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins will unveil the Per Cent for Art sculpture entitled ‘Journeys’ in St. Mary’s National School, Thomastown, on Wednesday, May 29th, at 2pm.  All are welcome to attend.  The sculpture was carved from limestone by Michelle Byrne, and has greatly enhanced the school grounds.  Please note there will be no parking on the school premises.

Community Centre - Turning Back The Clock! Kilkenny People, Saturday, March 25th 1911. Thomastown Concert Hall, opening ceremony. Address of the countess of Aberdeen. Her excellency Countess of Aberdeen accompanied by captain Forbes, A.D.C arrived in Kilkenny on Thursday the 16th of March 1911. By the noon train, on route for Thomastown for the purpose of formally declaring open the newly built concert hall in the town. She was met at Kilkenny Railway station by captain the honurable otway Cuffe and mrs. Cuffe, and mr.j.t.seigne, M.V.O. and escorted to Lord Ormonde’s carriage which was in waiting and in which accompanied by mrs.Cuffe,  she drove escorted by a mounted constabulary guard to the theatre, where she was received by the members of the womens national health association where she was presented with a handsome bouquet of flowers. she subsequently motored to Ballylinch house where she was entertained to lunch by captain Walter Lindsay and his wife lady Kathleen Lindsay. The party afterwards proceeded to Thomastown for the ceremony of declaring the new hall open and presenting the medals won at the last feish ceoil to the members of the Thomastown music society. The Concert Hall  was built in 1910 with funds subscribed by the Thomastown development society. Lady Kathleen Lindsay was the main driving force behind it, she was sectary and treasurer, she relied on Mr James Ryan a popular merchant in the town. The concert hall is an exceedingly handsome structure, situated convenient to the town on the road leading to the railway station. The frontage is very attractive, finished with cornice plaster with ornamental capitals and the words “Concert Hall” in raised lettering. Her Excellency’s address. The countess of Aberdeen said” I wish i could tell you what very,very great pleasure it is to me to be here today and to have the privilege of being identified with the inauguration of a building which is destined to be a centre of so much that is for the good and happiness of the whole community, the glory of this day’s proceedings is that you are inaugurating a building which will enable all the different sections of your community here to come together and to work together for the general good of the community. And after aIl, I think you will agree with me that it does not very much matter what brings us together, as long as we are together, as long as they are causes which interest us for the good of the community I now have great pleasure in carrying out your behest and formally declaring this hall open”. The concert Hall is currently being refurbished, the contractor is fifty five days in to the hundred and ten days for completion of phase one. the roof of the convert hall is currently being slated with a bluebangor natural slate which will enhance the appearance and restore the 1910 concert hall to its original slate. view the plans for the refurbishment programme by calling to Thomastown library. our fundraisng initiative is on going. buy a block for €20.00 or a donation at Bank of Ireland, Market Street a/c no.41672858 sort code. 90 60 99. follow us on facebook @ Thomastown Community Centre. Enquiries 056 7724074 or 087 7728170.