Mooncoin: Jo on stage in New York

Jo Kinsella -Last year Jo (Josephine) Kinsella, a native of Clogga, Mooncoin and now living in New York, played Margaret Mary Rose in Jimmy Kerrs” Ardnaglas on The Air “This year he has written the role of Deirdre for Jo to play in his world Premiere of “House Strictly Private” in New York.

Jo Kinsella -Last year Jo (Josephine) Kinsella, a native of Clogga, Mooncoin and now living in New York, played Margaret Mary Rose in Jimmy Kerrs” Ardnaglas on The Air “This year he has written the role of Deirdre for Jo to play in his world Premiere of “House Strictly Private” in New York.

Talking to Jo during the week she told us “I was also convinced to take on another role which I turned down earlier during this Summer as it’s part of the same festival. But after much persuasion when the Artistic Director George Heslin called me & asked how could I turn down a role which was written with me in mind to play the Character, I agreed to take on the role of Val in “For Love” by Laoisa Sexton.” Laughing Jo went on to tell us “ Six years ago I stalked George after he came off stage at The Irish Rep on advice to get work as an actress in NYC & Fair play to him, he remembered to call me to audition (which I didn’t get cast in) but he has kept me in mind since & today I’m rehearsing to play in two shows at his Festival! You can get all the info on www.1stIrish.org on the Festival & the 2 plays I’m in! Its a serious challenge 16 hour days for me but I’m praying to the Child of Prague for guidance! “ Jo started off her acting career with The Moondharrig Players in Mooncoin, she is eldest daughter of Pat & Irene Kinsella, Clogga, Mooncoin. We wish her every success.

Mooncoin G.A.A-Mooncoin G.A.A. club would like to thank all that supported their recent family fun day which was another huge success this year. Congratulations to the winners of the All Ireland hurling draw and many thanks to all that supported the draw. The lucky winners were Billy Phelan, Tubrid ( a pair of All Ireland hurling tickets & €100) M. Dollard, Uilid (Pair of tickets & €50.) Alan Robinson , Honeywell and J.J. Comerford, Mooncoin won pairs of All Ireland football tickets.

Mission for Mooncoin parish-A mission is scheduled to take place in Mooncoin parish from April 13th – 28th April 2013.

Mooncoin Twinning association Ca Va-The Mooncoin twinning association would like to thank all those who helped make the recent visit from their sister village such a success from. This year 29 Plouneveziens were welcomed to the parish &surrounding area. The first highlight of the trip was exploring the environs of Cork, firstly the town of Cobh and its heritage centre and later a visit to Fota wildlife park, where everyone walked in brilliant sunshine admiring all the wild animals and wildlife. The party later visited The Maldron Hotel in Cork city and some local pubs. The French were also brought to Windyhouse, Carrigeen where two Government ministers visited the area and spoke to local fishermen who gave a demonstration of snap net fishing. The blessing of the boats also took place by Rev. Fr. P. Muldowney P.P. Mooncoin. Joe Sullivan a local historian accompanied a group of the visitors on a tour of Mooncoin, visiting places and items of interest and giving a detail account on each place.

The Grapevine-The Grapevine is Mooncoin’s Church newsletter. In recent weeks it has been printed in colour with local and church news and there is also a page for advertising slots, if you might be interested contact 051 895123 for more info.

Whistle down the wind-Laura Whelan is eldest daughter of Michael & Mary Whelan, Ballyglassoon, Piltown was recently chosen for the part of Brat in the musical Whistle down the wind in Kilkenny’s Watergate theatre. Laura is just 11 years, she was asked to audition for the show back in May and the rest is history, she has starred in the Kilkenny show for 3 nights in a row last weekend 21-23rd September. Laura sang on KCLRfm from City West last year on All Ireland day, she again sang on the station when they done a live broadcast from the Iverk show. She has also sang at some local events for charity. Laura will certainly put Piltown on the map and it will be interesting to follow her career. She has already started to write some of her own songs in her spare time. She also has interest in swimming with the Carrick Dippers club, and Piltown Karate club, where she is just one belt away from a black belt, as well as being a member of the Piltown Camogie and soccer club.

Congratulations-Congratulations to Jack and Bernie Barry, Carrigclooney, Glenmore who celebrated their Ruby wedding anniversary last weekend with a party and BBQ for family(Triona, Anita, Damien and Thomas) extended family and friends. Jack & Bernie(the former Bernie Barry, Drumdowney) were wed at Slieverue Church 40 years ago.

Coláiste Cois Siúire- Coláiste Cois Siúire, Mooncoin participated in a fund raiser before the summer break. they called the event Cot for Crumlin and they got some local River Cot owners to partake in cot races at Polerone Quay in Mooncoin. The students did a sponsored walk to Polerone Quay on the day and over €4,700 was raised. The school has been chosen as the Leinster winner of the Fun Raise 4 Kids 2011/12 campaign. Annually four provincial winners are chosen and one winner from Dublin and Coláiste Cois Siúire have emerged victorious from the

Leinster region- The school will receive a trophy, some vouchers and the story will be used to inspire others to fundraise for Crumlin for the next campaign ahead. A visit to our school with the Trophy is to be organised for the near future.

Congratulations Jack & Bernie

Set Dancing- Set Dancing classes will resume in Piltown Sports Complex on Monday nights starting Monday 17th.September 8 to 10pm. Also in Kilmacow Community Centre on Tuesday nights starting Tuesday 18th. September. Beginners very welcome. Contact Mary Phelan 051 885512

Arthritis Kilkenny Branch- The Newly formed Arthritis Kilkenny Branch to Host Free information evening on Staying Active with Arthritis. The group Arthritis Ireland Kilkenny Branch will host its first information evening in September on how to get started with exercise and stay motivated as part of Arthritis Ireland’s ‘Moving Is the Best Medicine’ campaign.

This admission-free event will take place in the City Suite of Hotel Kilkenny on 26th September at 7:30pm. Featuring a number of expert speakers, including Lorna Raggett, Senior Occupational Therapist who will present on the role of the occupational therapist and patient education in lifestyle management, and Caitriona Corr, Development Officer with Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership, it promises to be a fun and informative evening. If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me on 087 1318776 or fionaonc@gmail.com

Fine Gael District Executive-A meeting will be held in Jim Ja’s bar , Mullinavat on October 6th at 8.30pm. All members are requested to attend this important meeting for Fine Gael. If you have any question please do not hesitate to contact me on 087 1318776 or fionaonc@gmail.com

Piltown Karate club-Piltown Karate Club have resumed training for the Autumn season Beginners are now welcome in the Community Centre on Mondays 7 to 8 pm