GAA - Young Irelands will be well occupied off the playing week between now and Easter.
Over the past few weeks, we have been mentioning about their fight night against Barrow Rangers GAA Club on Sunday March 24th.
Well following last years success in Gowran Pakr racecourse, a quiz night will take place on Friday week February 22nd in the Ouncel House in Dungarvan.
Teams of 4 required and it will be €30 for adults with €20 cost for under-18s.
KENNEDY STRIKES TWICE AS CLEERES EXTEND LEAD - Cleeres Bar have extended their lead at the top of the Kilkenny Floodlit Football League to 5 points following a 3-0 victory over Gathabawn.
Playing with the wind advantage for the opening-half, Gowran opened up a 2-0 lead at the interval thanks to a brace of goals from Colm Kennedy.
Both goals came from set-piece deliveries.
Kennedy’s corner aided by the strong breeze went all the way to the net, and that was followed by a free-kick in which he struck from outside the penalty area
Kennedy turned provider for goal number three during the second-half when Daryl Nolan applied the finishing touch.
Gathabawn applied plenty of pressure, but the Cleere’s defence held firm and they have now opened up a 5-point lead over 2nd place OS United with 8 games left.
OS United drew 3-3 with Rafter Dempsey’s and last night, Cleeres were in action against AS Systems in which they would be expected to record another victory.
RED MILLS RACE DAY - One of the highlights on the parish calendar goes ahead on Saturday as Red Mills Race Day takes place in Gowran Park.
A seven race card gets underway at 2pm and the featured races as always on Red Mills Day are the two Grade 2 events, the Red Mills Chase at 2.35pm and the Red Mills Hurdle at 3.40pm.
A beginners steeplechase will open proceedings at 2pm, followed by the Red Mills Chase at 2.35pm.
Following that, the Thomastown Handicap Steeplechase goes off at 3.10, followed 35 minutes later by the Red Mills Hurdle at 3.40pm.
A maiden hurdle and a handicap hurdle follow at 4.10 and 4.45pm respectively, while the days activities conclude with a bumper at 5.15pm.
The concluding bumper will be a mares event which is named in honour of the former Carlow minor footballer Ronan Lawlor who was tragically killed on an accident at the yard of horse trainer Pat Fahy in Leighlinbridge back on the 16th of February 2010.
Ronan was an apprentice jockey to Mr. Fahy who was also a neighbour, and indeed it will be an emotional occasion for the Lawlor family this coming Saturday – the 16th of February – as it marks the 3rd anniversary of his tragic death.
A huge crowd is expected to gather in Gowran Park this coming Saturday for what is always a glorious occasion.
As mentioned last week, there will be free shuttle bus services leaving both Kilkenny and Carlow an hour before the first race around 1pm
The shuttle bus will leave Kilkenny from the Castle, and Kennedy Avenue will be destination for leaving Carlow.
The return buses will leave Gowran Park approximately 30 minutes after the last race between 5.45 and 6pm.
MCAVINEY STRIKES GOLD AT LEINSTER INDOORS - At the recent Leinster Indoors at the brand new Athlone arena, there was success for local Athletes at the Leinster Junior, Senior and Masters Indoors.
Highlight was success for Emmet McAviney who threw 9.14metres to win the Masters Mens Shot Putt.
Anne Doyle won a creditable silver medal in the 400 metres while she also finished 5th in the shot putt event.
There were bronze medals for Daragh McMahon who jumped 1.85 metres in the Junior Hugh Jump, while Marty Kelly finished 3rd in the Masters Mens over-45s 400 metres.
Meanwhile, up in Derry last Sunday week, Niall Sheehan finished a highly creditable 11th in the All-Ireland Intermediate Cross-Country Champinships.