Castlecomer: Heaneys heroes turned in a super performance

FTA FOR CASTLECOMER-Amidst all the excitement of Love /Hate, the Television Drama, sweeping the boards with six awards at last Saturday night’s Irish Film/Television Awards it was easy to miss the achievement of a Castlecomer man, John Brennan, Ardra. John received an IFTA award for Best Sound - Television for the TV documentary Am an Ghátair, a two part series for TG4. In Ainm an Mhic the first part of the series told the story of a Cork mother who spied for the IRA in 1920 on condition that they kidnap her son from her in – laws in Britain. The second part Deora De documents the abrupt ending of the War of Independence in Templemore, Co. Tipperary when a statue of the Virgin Mary in the town began to weep tears of blood.

FTA FOR CASTLECOMER-Amidst all the excitement of Love /Hate, the Television Drama, sweeping the boards with six awards at last Saturday night’s Irish Film/Television Awards it was easy to miss the achievement of a Castlecomer man, John Brennan, Ardra. John received an IFTA award for Best Sound - Television for the TV documentary Am an Ghátair, a two part series for TG4. In Ainm an Mhic the first part of the series told the story of a Cork mother who spied for the IRA in 1920 on condition that they kidnap her son from her in – laws in Britain. The second part Deora De documents the abrupt ending of the War of Independence in Templemore, Co. Tipperary when a statue of the Virgin Mary in the town began to weep tears of blood.

John has also worked on Killanascully, Seachtain na Casca – a documentary about the 1916 signatories which co-incidentally featured another Castlecomer man P J Collins as an extra!

He is currently working on a documentary exploring major themes in Irish music with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and on a new programme featuring Paul Kimmage in the light of the recent revelations about Lance Armstrong. Last autumn he worked on a documentary on mining in Castlecomer with TG4 , which features many local personalities and which will be transmitted later in the year. John is son of Betty and the late Seamus Brennan. He is a past pupil of Castlecomer Boys’ N. S. and Salesian College , Ballinakill.

HEANEYS HEROES-Deen Celtic U-11’s turned in a super performance in the Prince Grounds on Saturday afternoon in a top of the table league clash. Nothing short of a win would suffice against league leaders Clover Utd of Rathdowney and the young Celts responded with their best display of the season. Exchanges were tense and tight until the end of the first quarter when good approach play from Kevin Holland and Jack Farrell sent winger Shane Fahey clear and the young Ballyfoyle boy made no mistake with a sweet daisy cutter. This crucial strike turned out to be the only goal of the game and one that could be vital in the destination of honours. Exchanges continued to be focused in the mid field area with chances few and far between as the half time whistle sounded. In the new half sub Jamie Maher was just off target with a volley before the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the match. After a succession of corners a goal bound header seemed destined to tie the game but home keeper Matthew Shortall produced a stunning save to deny Clover. After that you could just sense the confidence return to Celtic and they again began to gain control and in the end were good value for their 1-0 win. Manager Derek Heaney was delighted with his charges. Keeper Matthew Shortall kept a fine goal was accurate with his distribution and capped it all with that wonderful save, At the back Adam Purcell and Ciarán Rice were no nonsense full backs doing the simple things well and they received great support from the towering Scott Neale. In the middle of the park Kevin Holland showed some lovely accurate touches until he was injured while David Rossiter and Jack Farrell were busy throughout and worked their socks off. Up front Joseph Reid was always involved in neat inter play while Shane Fahey popped up all over the pitch and was in the right place at the right time to fire home the match winner. The strength of the panel was evident and each of the subs used Jamie Maher, Dean Brey, Darragh Brennan, Justin Brennan and Cillian Bryan can feel proud of their performances.

Team ; Matthew Shortall, Adam Purcell, Ciarán Rice, Scott Neale, Kevin Holland, David Rossiter, Shane Fahey, Jack Farrell, Joseph Reid. Subs ; Jamie Maher. Dean Brey, Darragh Brennan, Justin Brennan, Cillian Bryan.

GAELIC FOR GIRLS.-Erins Own Girls GFC have commenced 2013 training for U-14 & U-16 Gaelic Football. Training is held on Sundays from 3.30 to 5pm in Ballycomey.New players welcome. Also any girls born 1995 & 1996 interested in forming an U18/Minor team please contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846 to register your interest. Once we establish numbers more information will follow.

Registration day for all age groups 7 to 8yrs,U-10,U-12,U-14 & U-16 will take place in March at a date to be confirmed. Training will commence for U-8,U-10 &U-12 in the first week of April.

MR. J. NOLAN-The death has occurred in West Hampstead, London of Jimmy Nolan formerly of Donaguile. Like so many of his generation he emigrated at an early age and spent over four decades working in England. Burial took place in Dingle Co. Kerry. He is survived by his wife Sally ; daughter Michelle ; son Christopher ; brothers Michael, Tommy, John, Joe, Eddie ; sisters Lizzie, Nellie ; grandchildren ; nieces ; nephews ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.

GET HELP GETTING ACTIVE-Over 50? Need to get active? FITLINE has the answer. Our FREE service gives information, advice and motivation to get moving. We know what physical activity is available all over Kilkenny. For more information free phone Go for Life on 1800 303 545.

CASTLECOMER-PENVENAN TWINNING COMMITTEE FRENCH CLASSES FOR NEGINNERS. An eight week course in basic conversational French for Adult beginners will commence shortly if we get enough take up. These classes will be at a pace suitable for adults who have no previous French. We hope to have four classes before Easter and four classes after Easter. Please contact Jerry Mullally 0872235442

FANTASY CHELTENHAM-The clubs major fundraiser, the 4th annual “Fantasy Cheltenham” is now up and running and the committee are actively promoting the event locally and nationally with participating clubs. Now regarded as a major fundraiser for all participating clubs including Erin’s Own, all Comer followers and supporters are asked to purchase their tickets from Comer sellers as all proceeds from these sales will go directly to the clubs development project which is due to commence in the next four to six weeks. The big incentive for all who purchase a ticket through Erin’s Own sellers is that there is a €1,000.00 euro up for grabs to the highest placed players plus some other prizes.. Tickets for the weeks racing at the Cheltenham Festival cost €20.00 and with €10,000.00 prize money up for grabs throughout the week this is truly a great way of having fun with your friends and colleagues. All committee members have tickets now for sale. Buy a ticket, enjoy the craic and support your local club, Erin’s Own.

INDOOR HURLING-Indoor hurling for all under 6 children will commence in the Community School starting next Monday the 18th February commencing at 6.15pm until 7 pm. All children to have helmet and tracksuit/runners, Hurls will be supplied for indoor hurling. Erin’s Own would like to invite and welcome all parents to bring along their children to experience the game of Hurling with qualified coaches and plenty of fun and activity in the correct atmosphere. Any one with any queries please contact John at 087 2299555. Under 8s will commence indoor training also on the 18th February at 7pm.

UNDER 14 FOOOTBALL-Erins Own under 14 footballers travelled to Ballyhale on Sunday last in the first round of the Roinn A Under 14 Football League. All the players put in a big effort early in the match against the wind and were extremely unlucky to concede two very soft goals. At the break Ballyhale lead by 5 points. Comer piled on the pressure early in the second half and hit the woodwork and narrowly missed the target on a few occasions. However on one of their only attacks down the field the Ballyhale boys made it count after a mix up in the Comer defence. Ballyhale ran out winners on a score line of 3-7 to 1-6. Panel. D.Coogan, D.Buggy, S.Coogan, C.Normoyle, C.McMahon, E.O Rourke, A.Brennan, C.Holland, J.Dowd, J.Hickson, R.Connolly, K.Brennan, J.Buggy , R,Brennan, C.Kruff, J.Buggy, L.Holland, K.Hogan, D.Ferris, N.Connolly.

CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own club lotto is now up to €19,400.00 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

GET INTO SHAPE-Fitness, Aerobics and Body Conditioning classes continue in Castlecomer Community Hall every Tuesday night from 8pm – 9pm. Call Eilish on 085 7879842 for more information or to book your place.

CASTLECOMER COMMUNITY SCHOOL-Congratulations to Sean Buggy who competed in the Leinster Intermediate Colleges Cross Country Championships in Santry last week - Sean finished a most commendable 23rd from a large field of runners all of whom had qualified from the various regional races.

Comhgháirdeas freisin leis an bhfoireann Camógaíochta Seosaireach - Castlecomer Community junior camogie team excelled in their Leinster Final game in Bunclody on Saturday last to become provincial champions.

LIBRARY LATEST-The Nattering Knitters will display their unique Tea Cosies in the Library until February 28th. This fantastic group meet on Thursday mornings for a cuppa and crafting at 10am. All are welcome to join!

Ted’s Den the local Community Childcare Service will show work from their children from February 19th – March 9th.

Wordaid continues to offer their Literacy Service on Tuesday and Thursdays in the Library. For information, contact Kathie at 7763149

Join our Toddler Group for Stories and Crafts each Thursday at 11.30. Make a Valentine Card this Thursday. Free! All are welcome!

We welcome Schools for structured Class visits. Organised activities arranged to suit. Ring 4440561 to book.

Our new opening hours are: Tuesday 10-1 and 2-8, Thursday 10-1 and 2-5, Saturday 10-1.30.

See www.kilkennylibrary.ie to access our catalogue, download music and audio books. Visit and like our Facebook page, and keep up to date on our news events and photos!

MANY YOUNG MEN OF TWENTY ENCORE -Kilquan Players present John B. Keane’s “Many Young Men Of Twenty” for two extra nights in Coon Hall on February 23rd at 8 p.m. and February 24th at 8.15 p.m. Bookings on (087- 2228911)

DENTAL SERVICE SOS-As and from February 25th there will be no Primary School Dental Service provided at the Health Centre Castlecomer, that’s if the HSE have their way. For the past number of years Pamela Halton and her staff have delivered a first class service to the Primary School pupils of Castlecomer Boys NS, Presentation Convent NS Castlecomer, Wandesforde NS Castlecomer, Firoda NS Castlecomer, Ballyragget Boys NS, Ballyragget Girls NS, Muckalee NS, St. Brigids NS Coon, Clinstown NS, St. Colmans NS Conahy and Lisnafunchin NS. Pupils could use the service and return to school afterwards now they are faced with trips to either Carlow or Kilkenny. For the many parents who have no cars there will be uncertainty. This is yet again a retrograde step and an attack on rural life, at a time when families are to the pin of their collective collars to survive and yet another kick in the teeth financially.

OSSORY LOURDES PILGRIMAGE 2013 - MAY 22ND-MAY 27TH. The Committee invites applications from any person wishing to travel to Lourdes as an assisted pilgrim this year. Please give your name to any member of the Lourdes Committee before Monday February 25th for consideration in this years pilgrimage.