Castlecomer: The late Annie Boran of Donaguile

with Maurice Shortall

with Maurice Shortall


COUNTDOWN TO ALL IRELAND-The town and approach roads are really starting to warm up to the replay of the All Ireland Hurling Final with plenty of colour on show. All in Erin’s Own wish the best of luck to senior panellist Conor Fogarty as he chases a second Senior All Ireland medal and to his father Martin who is of course a selector with the team. Best of luck lads.

CLUB LOTTO-The club lotto is now up to €15,950.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

UNDER 12 DICKSBORO TOURNAMENT-On Saturday last the Erin’s Own Under 12 boys travelled to Palmerstown to take part in the annual Dicksboro Under 12 Denis Molloy Cup. With eight teams participating the Comer boys were drawn in a group with James Stephens, Dunamaggin and Ballyboden St. Endas from Dublin. The Comer boys took on James Stephens in their first game and with some lovely combined play and strong forceful hurling from Declan Buggy, Dan Coogan, Cathal Holland and James Brennan the Comer boys ran out winners by nine points. A feature of this game also was the excellent free taking of Cathal Holland.

Kevin Holland went great in the first game until a bad injury put a premature end to his days hurling. Next up was Dunamaggin and in a brilliant game of hurling Erin’s Own had to call on all their reserves to run out winners by four points. In this game the Comer boys made great use of the ball and to the fore was Nicky Connolly in goals who made two great saves, Liam Holland, James Buggy who set up the all important score for James Brennan with a lovely touch and Jack Buggy who scored two points from line balls. Comer took on Ballyboden in their last game and after a very tight first half the local boys pushed on and ran out easy winners to qualify from their group. Kevin Brennan scored some lovely goals and points in this match and the consistently strong Conor McMahon who never put a foot wrong all day.

Christopher Kruff worked his socks off all day as did Lee Holden, Kealan Ring, Billy O Neill, Killian Hogan and David Ferris who has shown great improvement in his first year of hurling. The Final of the Tournament paired Comer with Thomastown who they had beaten two weeks earlier in the James Stephens Final. With both teams unbeaten in all their group games this had all the ingredients of a cracker. Played in lovely conditions the Comer boys set out their stall from the start with some great hurling all over the field. Coming to the break the Comer boys were behind by three points. The second half belonged to both defences and as the efforts of the days hurling starting to tell on the young boys it was the Thomastown boys who ran out deservedly winners by four points. Regarded as one of the big days in Kilkenny Juvenile hurling the Dicksboro club are to be complimented on the running of a great days hurling for all boys under 12. Well done to the local boys on ending up in the Tournament final.

The panel for the tournament was Nicky Connolly, Declan Buggy, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Conor McMahon, Jack Buggy, Cathal Holland, Christopher Kruff, Kevin Brennan, Lee Holden, James Buggy, James Brennan, Billy O’Neill, David Ferris, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan, Liam Holland.

BOLLARDS GOLF SOCIETY-The end of season presentation of prizes following the outing to Bunclody was held in Bollards Lounge on Saturday. Thanks to Liam Campion who had a tremendous year as Captain. Golfer of the Year Award ; Ronan O’Neill. Overall Winner ; Richard McKenna. Category 1. 1st – Seamus Coogan ; 2nd - Paul Campion ; 3rd - Michael Daly. Category 2. – 1st – Patrick Comerford (F) ; 2nd – Paul Roberts ; 3rd – Barry Dunne. Nearest the Pin – Johnny Hardy. Longest Drive – Nicky Walsh. A great day was had by all, the course was in pristine condition and even the weather obliged on the day. A big thank you to Jim Bollard for the use of his premises throughout the year. The best of luck was extended to incoming captain Jim Daly.

LINE DANCING-Fancy a little exercise while at the same time having a bit of fun. Then Monday nights in the The Brog Maker Kilkenny is the place to be, for the brain to work and body parts to co-ordinate in some energy sapping LINE DANCING. Beginners are catered for from 7-30 to 8-30pm advanced dancers take the floor from 8-30 to 9-30 enjoying themselves in the rapid shortening Autumn evenings. All ages welcome Male and female 18 yrs to 80 yrs. Further info Call Sarah 087 9792483 WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY.

Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were-Top Score: Tom Kealy, 1st Lady: Nano Brennan, 2nd Lady: Anne Kealy, 1st Gent: Tommy Gorman, 2nd Gent:Martin Trait. Raffle prize winners- Martin Trait,, Tom Kealy, Nano Brennan, Bob Murphy. Seamus Hennessy. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

MRS. A. BORAN-The death has taken place of Annie Boran (Née Meally) of Donaguile, at St. Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny. Born in Larue in the historic year of 1916 she was the most senior member of the parish. A character in every sense of the word she never minced her words. She grew up in rural Ireland and worked all of her long life on the land quite often up to sixteen hours daily. A woman who was noted for her spirituality she enjoyed the pilgrimages to Knock and Medugorje. How she loved the bit of craic and was famous for the ghost stories which sent many to bed early. A great and loyal supporter of the GAA in particular Erins Own and Kilkenny she also loved to listen to the Male Voice Choir how fitting to see both organizations partake in the obsequies by way of guard of honour and in song at the funeral mass. She was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass Con-Celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by her son Fr. George Boran (CSSP, Brazil) (Chief Celebrant) assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Larry Wallace P.P. Muckalee ; Fr. Dan Carroll T. L. St Patricks, Kilkenny ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer ; plus a host of clergy from the Holy Ghost Order. She is survived by her sons Fr. George (Brazil), Marty (Kilteel, Naas, Co. Kildare), Nixy (Manchester), Peter ; daughters Mrs. Maura Burke (Limerick), Mrs. Angela Mackey (Tramore) ; daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a large circle of friends.

LIBRARY LATEST-It’s almost Team Hope’s Shoebox appeal time again! Start collecting your little gifts now! Closing date Nov 12th Pageturners Reading Group will meet tomorrow Thursday at 8.30pm!

The kid’s Book Club will meet at 3.30 on October 2nd, all boys and girls aged 8-12 yrs are welcome to come and chat.

The Titanic Art Competition entries will be on display in the library from Oct 2nd to 13th. Watch out for your entry!

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CLASSES OPEN TO ALL AGES-Log on and learn classes will be available for FREE in the Castlecomer Community School. It is open to any ages and everyone is welcome. The classes will take place on Wednesday every week at 11:20 until 12:20 . If you want to learn basic computer skills such as E-mails , booking hotels , eBay ,Skype etc. students will also be more than happy to show you how to use digital camera, mobile phone etc.For more information contact the school at (056) 4441447

THE MORE YOU READ THE MORE YOU SUCCEED-Ready for Reading is a Literacy Initiative we are running in Castlecomer Community School for all 1st Year students. We are hoping that through taking part in this programme more students will learn to love reading and also that it is something all the family can get involved in! Research has proven that the more you read the more you succeed! Launch night is on Thursday at 7pm in the school. Looking forward to seeing all 1st year students on the night and their parents!