KELLS ROAD DRAW-The April draw takes place, tonight, Wednesday 22nd April in the Clubrooms. As per usual Catherine Kinsella will be serving the usual tea/coffee and tastly homebaking goodies for supporters and promoters, both before and after the draw takes place.On the night, there will also be a special promoters draw, the winner to receive 2 nights B&B plus an evening meal x 2 courtesy of the management of the Mespil Hotel. At this juncture, with the construction of the dressingroom complex about to commence,in the next few week, the continued support for the draw, within the parish and further a field is of the utmost importance, without which, this vital work could not be even contemplated. Meanwhile, on Thursday evening, the “planting team”, under the stewardship of Ciaran Walsh, completed the staking and tying of the 80 trees, along the entrance road to the car park area, in compliance with the club’s planning permission.. Then, on Friday afternoon the field “lay-out” team, under Kieran McQuillan spent hours marking out the boundaries of playing field 3, with lazer precision and to Croke Park dimensions, in preparation for the installation of the goal posts and barrier nett system in the next fortnight.
NATIONAL LEAGUE SEMI FINAL- Without their inspirational leader, Brian Cody, on the touch line, nevertheless, the 2012 National League champions gave another outstanding display, against Galway, at the weekend in Semple Stadium, signalling their clear intent to defiently defend their crown against all comers, a situation that seemed unlikely after first and second round defeats to Sunday’s opponents and the 2013 finalists, Tipperary. With leaders all over the field, none more so than Village men, Eoin Larkin, who contributed a grand total of 10 points and uncompromising defender, Jackie Tyrrell, the Kilkenny men notched up 1-24 to the Tribesmen’s 1-17 in a comprehensive victory. Matt Ruth made a brief appearance for the injured Walter Walsh early in the game and later in second half was restored to corner forward to finish out the game. The National League final on Sunday week, in Nowlan Park, against an impressive Tipperary side, who completely out hurled Dublin in the second semi-final, promises to be a huge crowd puller and a serious test for both sides on the fringe of the championship season. In the circumstances, neither side will want to taste defeat !!!!!
KILKENNY MINORS-The club’s under-age rising stars, James Tyrrell and Niall Mullins made their debut for the Kilkenny minor team in their facile, 3-20 to 1-9 victory over a disappointing Laois side on Saturday in Nowlan Park. James Tyrrell, a grandson of the club’s president, Sean Tyrrell captained the team from the corner back position,--- just like his cousin Jackie, with Kilkenny seniors,--- while Niall lined out at centre forward. Luke Scanlon is the third Village player on the panel, which looks strong enough to claim a Leinster title for the first time in three seasons..
SENIOR LEAGUE/CHAMPIONSHIP-After a long pre-season of winter training and friendly fixtures, under the club’s new management team, led by Mark Tyrrell, the club’s senior hurlers are ready and able for the first round of the 2013 senior championship campaign against Carrickshock on Friday night, in Ballyhale. The management team and players themselves,appreciate that this is a very tough fixture to start with, but know that a positive result is essential to build a momentum for the long season ahead. Equally the players would appreciate the strongest possible support from withiin the club and wider parish area to help boost their efforts on the field of play. Good luck to all.
SPECIAL OLYMPICS IRELAND -Mary Gleeson of Special Olympics Ireland gives notice that their annual, nationwide, fundraiser, takes place on Friday next, 26th April and that fundraisers/volunteers will be required for Kilkenny City. Mary goes on to say “that the monies raised on the day will be used to ensure that Special Olympics Ireland can continue to realise it’s promise of offering people with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in sport in their own area”. If you can spare an hour or two on Friday to help with volunteering, contact Marianne Rowan 01- 6296999 or Mary Gleeson at 01- 8691711. The cause is worthy of support.
HALF MARATHON MAN-Only a week after his “significant” birthday celebrations, and with little or no time for recovery, former club chairman, Jim O’Brien will be participating (as against competing) in another “family” occasion, when, along with his three daughters, Grainne, Sinead, Bronagh and and son, Eoin, he will be at the starting line, limbering up for the Wexford half-marathon next weekend. Good luck, Jimmy !!
LOTTO-Tuesday night’s draw produced no winner when the following combination was drawn from the drum-14 :17 ; 24. next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 5,200. The consolation winners were-mVinny Connolly, Eoghan Murphy, Triona Cullen, Catherine Deely and Ger Butler
MUSIC - On Saturday night, John Travers will appear on stage for the weekend’s entertainment