LOOKING OUT FOR THE SIGNS - Approaching May Day and the traditional start of the summer season, there has been a constant watch out for changes on many fronts. On the land, farmers continue to wait a softening of the weather for a flush of growth as foxes and pheasants have become more regular visitors around houses and farmyards in search of food.
The arrival of Swallows and House Martins went almost unnoticed as residents gave more time indoors owing to the coolness of the days and the lengthening evenings. To date, such weather symbols as the timing, of the leafing of the oak and the ash, and the position of the new moon have given little solace. With the commencement of the silage season, now way behind, hopes of filling sheds with fodder, heavily depend on a traditional wet and windy May.
On the camogie front hope springs eternal, as the defeat of the seniors in the championship and league by county champions Mullinavat and the Rower Inistioge by slim margins is in sharp contrast to the form that led to a relegation final six months ago.
Elsewhere the hurlers thanks to the commitment of the younger members and others that were considering the retirement option have seen the club continue to field two adult teams. A case in point was the appearance of five minor players on a first round championship team sheet for the first time in living memory.
At church the annual butterfly’s end of hibernation displays, shuttling to and fro between the warm sunbeams on the stain-glass windows to the global lights has not occurred. Even the constant flickering of the numerous sun shaped lights has failed to kick start natures way. Elsewhere the diverse plans and the array of sites being proposed for the Gatherings have surpassed the waning interest in the proposed new developments.
For all, the ever-optimistic hopes are that the arrival of the May bush will be followed by a warm spell that will lift all hopes and boats.
LEAGUE FINAL - A novel sporting event sees the staging of the National Hurling League Final between neighbours and life long rivals Tipperary and Kilkenny in Nowlan Park on Sunday next.
With the Lingaun River separating both counties and also the provinces of Leinster and Munster, the nearby townsland of Ballinalinagh or the “Home of the Leinstemen” dates the rivalry back into the mists of time. With a strong hurling tradition on both sides, the outcome of the game is widely discussed as both sets of supporters keep the main focus, on the bigger prizes on offer at the summer’s end.
SCHOOLS HURLING - St Nicholas National School travelled to Galmoy on Monday afternoon for the fourth round of he school hurling league. On the day they found that the home side were too strong when they ran out winners by six points. In their first game they played Johnstown and then faced a Windgap trained Clogh side as local centre back Phillip Lonergan led his school side to victory. In between the side recorded a win over the second side representing Conahy. Pat Walsh, Matthew O’Shea, Leah Young and Deirdre Dunne assisted the local side managed by Simon Brophy and Jimmy Purcell in getting the team to the northern end of the county.
UNSOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - Following the widespread concern that has been expressed at the rise in unsociable behaviour, a meeting of Windgap community alert was held in Tullahought recently. At it the provision of a text notification system is being investigated as locals fear there will be a very serious reaction to the breaking and entering and robberies if the residents and intruders meet.
CAMOGIE MEMBERSHIP - The Club is offering a social membership to anyone who wishes to support the Camogie Club during the year. To join contact any member of the committee, the cost is €10.
BRIDGE RESULTS - Recent winners of the Bridge Club game in the Olde House in Killamery were 1st Rita Townsend and Helen Lanigan. Best Gross Alice Lanigan, Catherine Burke. 2nd Elizabeth Lanigan, Elizabeth Murray. 3rd Finoula Walsh, Rita Houlihan. 4th Kitty Meagher and Mary Walsh. The following week the winners were 1st Rita Townsend and Stella Tennyson. Best Gross Alice Lanigan, Peggy Vaughan 2nd. Helen Lanigan, Catherine Burke. 3rd Kitty Meagher, Rita Houlihan. 4th Finoula Walsh, Rita Phelan.
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE - The next meeting of the Planning for the Future group takes place in the GAA Clubrooms on Tuesday next May 14 at 8pm.
GATHERING - Plans for street stalls selling local ware have become one of the attractions of the gathering that takes place from Thursday to Sunday, June 20 - 23 in Windgap. Other events planned include, Music sessions, Art and Photo Exhibitions, Hurling and Camogie Blitz’s, Historical walks to mark the weekend of the longest day of the year.
GAELTACHT SCHOLARSHIPS - Kilkenny County Board is sponsoring six scholarships to the Gaeltacht this summer. Known as ‘Scoláireachtai Thomáis de Bhaldraithe’ they are open to the students, of sixth class and First Years. Valued at €975 each they will be available in Coláiste na Rinne, from July 25 to August 16. All applications for the draw should be returned through the school or club by this Friday, May 3.
AGE FRIENDLY - Kilkenny Age Friendly County programme is providing 8 weeks “Ageing with Confidence” workshops as a personal development programme designed to help people over 55 explore their ageing process. The workshop is free of charge and If you are interested in attending or holding a workshop please contact Moira in the Age Friendly office on 056 7772787.
FOOTBALL - A strong football tradition in the parish was continued recently when Darragh O’Shea lined out at midfield with the County Minors in their first round game against Kildare in Ballyragget. The last club member to play on the side was Shane Walsh who lined out against Meath three years ago.
CAMOGIE - The under 14 s girls under trainer pat Foley played a strong Gowran side in harsh weather conditions recently. On the day Margaret Purcell scored two goals, as the side never gave up with the final score being 3-5 to 2-0 in favour of Gowran.
ALZHEIMERS - The Kilkenny Alzheimer Society are holding a 10k Challenge run in Stoneyford on Sunday, May 19 at 12.30pm. For sponsorship card to raise funds for services for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia and an Entry Form and T-shirt Contact Ruth O’Gorman on 056 7771230.
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