CHARITABLE - Carmel Brennan has given a lifetime to Clara GAA and camogie clubs. Now the tireless trainee teacher hopes club members, neighbours, friends and the wider Clara and Castlewarren community will spare her a few hours and support her in Thursday night’s Kilkenny Bachelorette of the Year competition at Langtons. Supporters are asked to be there before 10pm. If she wins, the €700 will go to straight to the appeal of her choice - the club’s fund to develop its clubhouse, a wall ball and a walking track around its extensive grounds. The facilities will be enjoyed by all – from pre-school pupils to the local Cairde Club for retirees.
There are eight contestants in this year’s competition and all will be interviewed on stage by the night by MC George Candler. Proceeds from the night will go to Kilkenny Alzheimer Day Centre and Meals on Wheels (with a portion also going to the Kilkenny Outreach Group of Chernobyl Children International). If Carmel wins, she’s vowed to plough her winnings into the local capital development fund.
Carmel gave up work in the HR Department of a large Kildare-based company to pursue her childhood dream of becoming a primary school teacher. She’s currently on teaching practice in nearby Bennettsbridge and has just one more year to go in college in Dublin before qualifying.
“The orgnaisers of this competition contacted me, asking if the club would put up a contender. I promised them we’d get someone and vowed that if I couldn’t, I joked that I’d stand myself. The joke is now on me but I’m thrilled to be representing the club and the parish in this great competition.
“Never in my wildest dreams did I think though that I’d be competing. It’s been great fun so far and I’m appealing to as many people as possible to support me on Thursday night. If I win, the money goes straight into the capital fund for the club which is planning a series of capital works to benefit the entire community – not just club members,” Carmel said.
All contestants have already done preliminary interviews and are gearing up for Thursday night’s finale. The contender with the most support on the night wins so Carmel and Clara GAA and Camogie Clubs are rallying members, encouraging them to attend.
Club chairman Micheal Nolan said it’s now time for club members and the wider community to really show their colours and back Carmel. “Carmel is at every match; she volunteers at every single event. If you want something done in Clara, Carmel is the person to contact. She’s been club secretary over the past two years, was PRO for the camogie club for three years before that and she was one of the driving forces behind our hosting of the All Ireland Sheep Shearing Championships in Cillin Hill last year.
“I really want to appeal to everyone in Clara to get behind Carmel. She’s always there for us and now is the time for us to give some of our time on Thursday night for her. We are very proud of her and we wish her the very best,” Mr Nolan said.
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CLARA KARATE CLUB: - Classes in Karate for young people in Clara Parish Hall every Wednesday from 3:15pm - 4:15pm. The ‘After-School’ Kids Only Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old. The classes are organised by the Budo Martial Arts Centre. No special gear is needed, just turn up in a tracksuit and away you go. To sign up for the karate club please call Kevin on 086-3668669 to reserve your space. Please book your place early as space may be limited. Further information can be found on our website - www.budomartialartscentre.com.
HURLING SIMULATOR -at Bennettsbridge Annual Field Day. Test your skills ! The event takes place on Sunday June 24th at the local GAA field and is sponsored by the local Centra supermarket. The day will also include hurling, camogie, basketball, athletics, golf, tug of war, wheel of fortune, soak the Senator, dog show and much more. There will be competitions in hurling from U-8s right up to the legends of the game – the over 40’s section.
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