Local athletes very
successful at Leinster level

Thomastown Macra - Thomastown macra is a club for people between 17 and 35, their activities are sport, drama, music and agriculture to name just a few. If anyone is interested in getting involved or wants more info contact Mick on 0868359891.

Thomastown Macra - Thomastown macra is a club for people between 17 and 35, their activities are sport, drama, music and agriculture to name just a few. If anyone is interested in getting involved or wants more info contact Mick on 0868359891.

Thomastown Classic Steam & Vintage Club - Thomastown Classic Steam and Vintage Club are holding their 3rd Annual Field day in Grennan on Sunday 24th June. In addition to our traditional field day we are hosting open sheep dog trials, which will attract entries from all over Leinster. Another enjoyable day for all the family. The sheep dog trials will start at 9am to 6pm with the Field Day starting at 1pm until 6pm.

Local Lotto - €3,450 jackpot was not won. 5 X €35 winners were: Mary Meegan, Hannie Moore Columcille, Marian Prendergast Ballydonnell, B Kelly Legan and Aimee Hayes Jerpoint.

Thomastown Scout Group-Following a change in protocol, there will be a Registration Night held for all parents of New & Existing members of Thomastown Scout Group on Thursday 28th June 2012 in St. Mary’s National School, Thomastown from 7pm to 8.30pm. This is obligatory for all wishing to hold their place in all sections for the coming 2012-2013 year.

Thomastown Camogie Club-There will be a Table Quiz held in the Springhill Court Hotel on Thursday 28th June 2012 at 8pm in aid of Kilkenny Camogie. €30 for team of 4. €500 worth of sports gear for the winning club. If there are any groups who wish to partake, please, contact Pearl at 087 6923811.

U10 Go Games-30 children between age 9 and 10 wore the thomastown jersey representing their club in the finale of the under 10 go-games at nowlan park on saturday, for most of the players it was first time honour of striking the sliothar on the sacred sod which they really enjoyed.

The two teams which lined out against dicksboro included/ Ben Begly,Conor Cody,Liam Treacy,Cian Kavanagh,Jake Bambrick, James Sinnot,Jebin, Peter McDonald,Peter Connellan,LukeMcNena,Jack Skehan,Ryan Malone,Senan Foristal,Stephen Dunne, Tom Buckley,Aaron McGowan,Darren Fennelly,Ben Tennyson,Calum Behan,Christopher Lehane,Cian Moore,Dylan Cullen, Edward Ryan,Leo Callery,Luke Connellan,Luke Skehan,Naoise Dempsey,Paddy Collins,Tony Collins,Senan ONeill, Thomas Costigan,Jack Kavanagh,Thomas Comerford and Cillian Lawrence.

Team Mentors were Brendan Fennelly Paul Treacy John Skehan John McDonald and Jonjo Farrell

Athletic Club News - Local athletes have been very busy recently. Having competed very successfully at county level over four days juvenile, junior and senior athletes then moved onto leinster action and were very successful again. On Sunday 27th May Thomastown took Bronze Medals in Girls U11 at the Leinster Juvenile Inter-Club Relays. The Club had three teams competing at the Leinster club relays in Tullamore. The girls U11 team finished in 3rd position taking home bronze medals while the Girls U10 and U12 both finished just outside the medals in 4th position in the final by the slimmest of margins.U10 Girls – 4th Aine Kirwan, Isabelle Ryan, Anna Cass, Katie Taylor , Edie Maher, Roisin Moran U11 Girls  - 3rd Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan, Dearbhla O’Reilly U12 Girls  - 4th .  Emily Taylor, Jessie Murphy, Sinead O’Keeffe, Annmarie Gillespie. On Monday June 4th – in the Athletics Leinster juvenile team event Thomastown had four teams competing in Celbridge and came away with three sets of bronze medals and a 4th place. The girls UI0 & U12 along with the Boys U11 took bronze while the girls U11 were unlucky having finished joint 3rd with Celbridge but lost out on count back.  The teams were  U10 Girls – 3rd Team – Aine Kirwan, Anna Cass, Isabelle Ryan, Roisin Moran and Katie TaylorU11 Girls – 4th Ciara O’Keeffe, Orla O’Keeffe, Roisin O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’ReillyU11 Boys – 3rd Tom Holden, Jordan Knight, Peter McDonald and Liam Treacy. U12 Girls – 3rd Sinead O’Keeffe, Emily Taylor, Keri Whelan and Annmarie Gillespie.In the Leinster athletics U9-U11 pairs the club had a good day at the Leinster team pairs competition in Navan Co Meath on Saturday 16th June winning three gold and two silver medals. Two athletes from each club compete as a team in the pairs competition with their individual time or distance being added to give a combined score for the club. Jordan Knight and Zach Bay Hammond who collected double gold by winning the U10 Long jump and the 60m sprint events. In the U10 girls Aine Kirwan and Anna Cass also collected gold in long Jump.  In the U11 Boys ball throw Tom Holden and Gerard Prentice took silver and in the U11 girls 600m also collected silver medals. Thomastown also had teams in the following events and were unlucky not to collect medals in Girls U9 ball throw and 300m with Katie Taylor and Molly Rice. Girls U10500m with Aine Kirwan and Isabelle Ryan Girls U10 ball throw with Isabelle Ryan and Roisin Moran Girls U10 60m with Anna Cass and Roisin Moran Girls U11 long jump with Ciara O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’Reilly Girls U11 60m with Orla O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’Reilly.   In the U12 individual Leinster track and field competition in Navan Co Meath on Saturday 16th June Thomastown had three competitors, Annmarie Gillespie in 60m and 60m hurdles, Emily Taylor in the 60m and 600m, Sinead O’Keeffe in the 600m. All did well in very competitive events but didn’t collect medals on this occasion. In the county U11 relays also in Navan Co Meath on Saturday Kilkenny were represented by Thomastown’s quartet of Aine Kirwan, Dearbhla O’Reilly, Orla O’Keeffe and Ciara O’Keeffe In a very tight finish the girls finished outside the medals in 4th place.

Handball - At the All Ireland Nationals Handball Championships played last weekend in Clogh Aoife Holden & Dearbhail O’Keeffe teamed up together in U13 Doubles. After playing great handball they reached the plate final where they came up against a strong Kildare pair. In the final they got off to a great start and led 10 to 2, then they went 16 to 5 before Kildare made a great comeback to 16 -15. Aoife and Dearbhail finished strong to claim the title before a packed gallery to a score of 21 - 16. Well done Girls. On Sat Kilfane hosted the boys U15 & U17 All Ireland Nationals, starting at 9am and finishing at 8pm with over 20 games played. Dylan Caulfield and Padraig Cooney played together in U 15 but went out in round 2 to strong opposition. The Kilfane Committee along with the help of Games Co-Ordinator Eddie English ran the day in a top class fashion. A big thanks to the ladies for providing refreshments all day in the Meeting Room. Chairman Jim Kenny McGrath welcomed National Handball President Walter O’ Connor & Leinster President John Kelly when they came to view the games.

At Co Championship Level Kilfane players collected four 60 x 30 county titles in the last week, Dearbhail O’ Keeffe won U12 singles, Aoife Holden U14 singles, Caoimhe Kelly & Roisin O’ Keeffe U12 Doubles, Jack Holden & Jack Barcoe U12 Doubles. Kilfane players won 3 of the 4 U12 titles up for grabs, The Clarke Cup is getting to the final stages with some great games to come. The club will hold a Feile Fundraiser for the Girls team that head to Dublin on the 4th July in the Ouncle House Dungarvan on Sat 30th June. Tickets are on sale from club members. This is the first Kilfane girls team to go to Feile.

Karate -Summer Camp for Kids in Thomastown - July 24th & 25th The Budo Martial Arts Centre, Kilkenny will run a special karate & self-defence summer camp for kids, aged between 4 years and 12 years old in Thomastown Concert Hall on the 24th & 25th July. The camp will run for 1 hour each day and children will have the option of attending one or both days. Over the course of the 2 days the kids will be taught karate techniques and self-defence drills. There will also be a strong focus on physical fitness. Plenty of fun and games will be incorporated in to the camp on both days. Character development is a very important part of our camps also. We will focus on themes such as friendship, courage and responsibility. A Diploma is offered to all kids who successfully complete either one of both days of the camp. Karate has many proven benefits for kids both physical and psychological. Physical benefits include improving flexibility and co-ordination. Psychological Benefits include increased confidence and improved self-esteem. No special gear is needed. The camp is open to boys and girls. The camp runs from 11am - 12pm on both days in Thomastown Concert Hall. To sign up for the camp and/or get further details please call Kevin on 086 3668669. Early booking advised. Further information can be found on our website - www.budomartialartscentre.com.