Trish Dempsey


Trish Dempsey



Local handball enjoyed yet another hugely successful weekend as five 60x30 All Ireland golds and one All Ireland silver were brought home to Kilfane.

On Saturday morning, Niamh O’Shea appeared in the U17 Singles All Ireland final in Talbot’s Inch but was defeated by Cork opposition. Well done to Niamh. An All Ireland silver medal and a Leinster gold medal was a fantastic return for the season. All roads then led to Cashel, as four of our players were in All Ireland doubles finals on Saturday afternoon. Brothers Noel and Willie Holden were up first in the MB Doubles final and recorded a great win over Limerick opponents. The champagne had to be kept on ice however, as the next match up was the SMB final featuring Kilfane’s Tom O’Keeffe and Tom Dooley who were also facing opposition from the Treaty County. This was a rip-roaring contest which saw the two Tom’s lose the first game, before storming back to win the match in a tie break. The noise level in Cashel following these victories was only matched by the Clare roar that was going up in Croke Park at the same time. Next morning, it was on to Garryhill in Co. Carlow where Aoife Holden was appearing in the U16 singles final against Tipperary opposition. Coming from behind in both games, Aoife showed real resolve and determination to take the title and to kick off great scenes of jubilation among Kilfane’s travelling army. As the curtain comes down on the 2013 60x30 season, the club will look back on what has been a remarkable year with an unprecedented number of county, provincial and All Ireland titles having been won. Chairman Jim Kenny McGrath has certainly overseen some remarkable victories this year, and to borrow a phrase from Donegal’s success last year “Jimmy’s winning matches”.

New York Marathon

On the 3rd of November Paul Dempsey will run his fourth marathon in aid of “The Irish Heart Foundation”. Paul would be very grateful for any sponsorship however big or small for this very worthy charity. There is a sponsorship card in O Keeffe’s Shop on Market Street or you can donate directly to Paul on 087 9373937.


Cross country training continues every Tuesday and Thursday in Grennan at 7.30 for boys and girls 8 years and older.

Town of Food

Town of Food first fundraising event will take place as part of Savour Kilkenny. This long table dinner will be an autuminal celebration of Kilkenny food. This long table dinner will take place on Fri 25th October in Grennan College at 8.00pm and will be a four course meal with entertainment on the night also. Tickets are €30 and are available from the following: on the website at, email at, Café sol Kilkenny, The Watergarden café or from Sinead at (087) 3350500. We are looking for volunteers to help out on the night. If you are interested please ring or email us. For more information on Town of food check out our website or Facebook page which is Kilkenny Town of Food.

GOWRAN LITTLE THEATRE are staging their upcoming production of Tommy Marren’s play,”It’s The Real McCoy” on October 18th,19th & 20th at 8pm nightly in Gowran Parish Hall. Admission €8. Seating is limited so booking is essential. Booking:0871331130.


Thomastown will contest the St.Canices credit union senior camogie county final this Saturday the 12th of October. They are up against the current holders Mullinavat. We are under no illusion as to the huge task that lies ahead to de-throne the county champions. You have to go as far back as 1952 when Thomastown won their last senior title. For many years there was only a junior grade in camogie. The club was formed around 1931,when the first all Ireland camogie final was played. In 1958 Johnny Delaney, Ray Mc Entee and the late Molly Byrne were the management. Some years between the thirties to the fifties the club couldn’t field a team some players played for St.Brendans of Ballyhale Hugginstown the Donnellys Moira and the late Mairead. In 1986 the club contested junior county final and later an intermediate county final. Since 2000 they have contested and won all grades in roinn a from under 14 to under 21. The one that eludes the club is the senior title, hopefully that can be put right come Saturday. Best of luck to all involved from Thomastown Camogie Club.

Community Centre

Thomastown community centre has re opened after seven months of a state of the art refurbishment. The word on the street is its five star and worth a visit be sure to pop in and see for yourself. Our fundraising i