Piltown - It has been done before

IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE - Recently, this column has been singing the praises of the Piltown girls from Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-On-Suir for their achievements on the sporting field. We did think that the girls who were on the victorious team that beat Mount St. Michael in the Munster Senior Gaelic Football Final were the first girls to bring back Munster Senior Colleges championship medals to Piltown.

IT HAS BEEN DONE BEFORE - Recently, this column has been singing the praises of the Piltown girls from Scoil Mhuire, Carrick-On-Suir for their achievements on the sporting field. We did think that the girls who were on the victorious team that beat Mount St. Michael in the Munster Senior Gaelic Football Final were the first girls to bring back Munster Senior Colleges championship medals to Piltown.

However, this column has a very sharp and knowledgeable readership and one of our readers has reminded us of 2007. How did this column miss that? Humble pie we must eat. That was the year that Scoil Mhuire not only won the Munster Senior Camogie Championship but went on to win the All-Ireland title. Coincidently, the Munster Final was won against Coláiste Phobal from Roscrea, the team that beat Scoil Mhuire in this year’s Munster Senior Camogie Final. The semi-final was played in Piltown as they beat St. Killians of New Inn (Galway). Some people might remember Piltown Under-14’s been beaten by Bullaun/New Inn in the All-Ireland Community Games Camogie semi-final in 2009. The All-Ireland Final was played at Drom And Inch GAA ground in Tipperary. The opponents were Birr Community School. The result was a facile 4-10 to 1-4 victory for the Carrick School which featured 17 Piltown players, one less than this year’s record 18 players from Piltown on the Scoil Mhuire Camogie squad. It’s an achievement that should not be forgotten. The girls were;

Elaine Kenny, Carol McCarthy, Leanne Long, Miriam Long, Karen Duggan, Charlene Norris, Sinead Long, Georgina Culleton, Katie Power, Nicole Grace, Fiona Malone, Lisa Fitzgerald, Emma Dunne, Aisling O’Brien, Mary Drennan, Nicola Jordan, Eimear Walsh.

Neither do we want to take away from the achievements of the girls who recently won Munster Senior Colleges Gaelic Football medals. They may not have been the first to bring back Senior colleges championship medals to Piltown but they were the first to bring Girls Gaelic Football Senior championship ones and that in itself is a massive achievement. A special thanks to the person who reminded us of 2007 and thanks to all our avid readers. Long may it last.

CAMOGIE DINNER DANCE - Tickets are flying for the Piltown Camogie Club Dinner Dance on Saturday, 2nd March in the Carraig Hotel, Carrick-On-Suir. They are nearly as popular as Bruce Springsteen tickets and they are more reasonably priced at €20. Get your ticket before they are all gone.

GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL - Girls Gaelic Football will be returning shortly. If you are born between 1995 and 2002, please contact 087-9230283. Also any parents who would like to help out with the training or the running of the club should also contact this number. There will be a meeting shortly. Although a very new sport to the parish it has had a meteoric rise with several of the club players becoming high achievers in the sport at county and with the recent success of Scoil Mhuire at Senior colleges level. It is worth noting that the three years of ladies football training in Piltown has coincided with the tremendous run of success of the Camogie club with almost all players being dual stars. Certainly there has been some benefit with the additional training to the Camogie. Players from outside Piltown where there is no Ladies Gaelic Football club are also more than welcome. So if you are from Windgap, Mooncoin, Hugginstown or Mullinavat, have a think about playing.

GREEN FLAG - It has been announced that Owning National School will receive their very first environmental Green Flag this year.

No progress on roads - Sadly, we have to report that there is still no sign of funds being allocated or more importantly work being started on a solution for the Tower Road junction on the N24. It’s now well over twelve months since plans were drawn up which were satisfactory for most people in the area, but were they plans just to keep the people quiet? Crashes continue on the various part of what was once described as the Piltown/Fiddown Bypass.

The shameful design protested by many from the outset has been a source of embarrassment for years now. Only in the last few weeks a very serious accident happened at one of the junctions that so very easily could have claimed lives. Motorists and local residents are tired of excuses.