A Beautiful Day-O` Neill Centre Hurling Blitz- Juvenile hurling and the O`Neill Centre, (Enable Ireland) Kilkenny were the big winners at the weekend at the fifth annual under 8 Charity Hurling tournament hosted by the Dicksboro club at Palmerstown last Saturday afternoon. Fourteen clubs comprising sixteen teams and over 250 boys & girls under the age of eight years provided unbridled joy as they showed their talents under the warm Saturday sun. The sheer spectacle of the mass of juveniles in their respective club jerseys strewn across the Palmerstown venue during an afternoon in June was a sight to behold. Mentors, parents, siblings and others watched in delight & awe as their young stars hurled their hearts out for their parishes. Thirty two games in total were played in the Palmerstown venue in just three hours. The action in two blitzes running simultaneously, consisting of eight teams each, got underway at 2.00pm with all teams initially playing three group games of twenty minutes duration. All games were played in the spirit of GO-GAMES with ten a side teams with minimal subs, both blitzes had no knock- out stages with all teams playing four matches in total, ensuring plenty of action for all concerned. After three matches, everybody adjourned for fabulous food served up by the Dicksboro ladies & parents. A bit like the loaves & the fishes all were fed. One further game per team after the break brought the day to a close with all players receiving a commemorative medal. As the sun began to set, all trooped home, tired but happy, following a great day’s excitement for a worthy cause. The Dicksboro Juvenile GAA Club organisers would like to thank all those who helped, in any and every way, to make it such an enjoyable day for our young up and coming hurlers and for their support in raising much needed funds (€1200) for the O’Neill Centre (Enable Ireland) in Kilkenny. Therese Buckley & Therese Healy, representing the O `Neill Centre praised the host club for the great days entertainment & the clubs ongoing support of the centre. Special thanks to our four pitch co-ordinators & the U14 & U16s who refereed throughout the blitz. Special congratulations to all the `young hurlers` who made the day memorable. Here`s to 2013 ! Clubs who took part : Dicksboro, James Stephens, O’ Loughlin Gaels, Thomastown, Danesfort, Bennettsbridge, Erin’s Own, Kilmacow, John Lockes, Glenmore, Ballyhale Shamrocks, Graigue/Ballycallan, Clara & St. Lachtain’s.
Rescheduled Golf Classic- The Dicksboro Golf Classic, postponed because of inclement weather last weekend, will now go ahead on Friday 3rd August with some tee times available on the Thursday evening. The organising committee will shortly write to all teams previously entered to confirm their availability on the 2nd / 3rd August. Any enquiries to Seamus Rochford 086 6026105.
Joe Walsh Cup Final- Dicksboro let this Joe Walsh Cup Final slip from their grasp after going in at halftime leading by 1-6 to 0-6. Level three times in the first twenty two minutes, we then got our chance to take charge of the game when Ruairi Morrissey sent in a long high ball which JJ Staunton on the Rangers goal batted down and Craig Cahill was waiting to score the first goal of the game. Within a minute, this was followed by a Ger O’Donoghue point to give us a four point lead. Ger was to add another point before the end of the half, following an excellent hand pass from Collins Connolly. With all to play for in the second half, we simply could not get ourselves going and a pointed free after three minutes was our only return until Drew Phelan’s point on fourteen minutes and this proved to be our only score from play in the second half in what was a disappointing half from the ‘Boro. Having said that, we were still only four points adrift with two minutes of normal time left in the game and anything could have happened. Unfortunately it happened for Rangers, who’s goal on thirty minutes, left us with too big a mountain to climb. Dicksboro 1-11 Barrow Rangers 1-18. Panel: Sammy Morrissey, Eoin McCormack, John Kelly, Steve Dawson, Enda O’Donoghue, JJ Hickey, Eoin Burke, Ruairi Morrissey, Willie Cuddihy, Ger O’Donoghue (Capt), Peter Turley, Peter Fitzpatrick, Collins Connolly, Drew Phelan, Craig Cahill, James Gittens, David Carroll, James Murphy, Michael Kealy, Alex Quinlan, Stephen Rochford, Matthew Nolan, Padraig White.
Lotto Results- Dicksboro Lotto draw held on Thursday 7th June 2012 was won by Ciara, Leah and Tara. The winning ticket was sold by Jimmy Mulrooney. The numbers drawn were 8, 15, 24 and 32. Other Prizes drawn were €100 to Maura Clifford c/o Maura Clifford, €50 to Susan Malone c/o Jim Murphy, €40 to ‘Fittzy’ c/o John Hackett, €25 to Tony Coyne c/o Top Oil, €25 to Pat O’Neill c/o Gerry O’Neill, €25 to Sean Power c/o Kitty Phelan, €25 to John O’Donnell c/o Phil Doyle. Promoters prize of €30 to Bernie Lynch and €20 to Kitty Phelan. Our next jackpot will be for €2,000.
Sympathies-It is with deep regret that we learned of the passing of Mary Ryan, late of Ballycallan on Monday 18th June. Mrs. Ryan is the mother of Marie Gough and mother in law of Declan Gough. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis.
Support Kilkenny Camogie Team-Kilkenny Camogie County Board are running a Fundraising Table Quiz night in aid of the County Camogie Team and are looking for your support. The event will take place on 28th June in the Springhill Court Hotel, commencing at 8pm. George Chandler will be MC on the night and teams of four are €30. Contact Pearl on 087-6923811 for further details.
Anniversaries- Saturday 23rd June at 7.30pm, Jim Creedon. Sunday 24th June at 10.30am, Mary O’Brien, Coolgrange. Sunday 24th at 11.30am, Martin Phelan-Months Mind.
Corpus Christi Procession- The Diocesan Corpus Christi Procession will take place on Sunday, 24th June 2012. The Procession will begin at St. John’s Church, Dublin Road, Kilkenny, at 2.30 p.m. and will proceed through the City to St. Mary’s Cathedral, to arrive approximately one hour later. People are asked to gather at St. John’s at 2.15 p.m. on the day.
Eucharistic Congress- The Eucharistic Congress on Tuesday was a most memorable experience. We are grateful to the Callan Community who had a few spare seats on their bus and which we availed of. It was a lovely spirit of friendship and camaraderie, meeting people from everywhere, even the Cardinals from Honduras and from Paris. We prayed together and only had a few drops of rain, not like the hail showers you had here at home. Some learned cleric said “It was like the Ploughing Match, without the muck!!” Thank you to everybody who supported the Congress and who enjoyed the marvelous spirit of the presence of the Lord in our midst. “Communion with Christ and communion with one another”. Let us pray that the Spirit of the Lord may give the people of God in Ireland a new heart and a renewed spirit that we may all enjoy being members of the Christian Community and may use our gifts and talents for the good of one another. This has been a special week in Ireland and it is a pity that the journalists missed out on the marvelous spirit of friendship and fellowship that was to be experienced at the RDS. We give thanks to the Lord for the wonderful organisation and the generous stewards who gave freely of their time so that everything moved smoothly.
Thornback Cemetery- Annual clean-up has commenced. Volunteers greatly appreciated to prepare for the Cemetery Mass on the 6th July, at 8.00p.m.
Fitkids Summer Camp-Come join our Fitkids active fun summer camp and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The camp is suitable for 4-12 year olds and runs from 23rd to 27th July from 9.30am to 2.30pm at St. Canice’s Community Hall and James Park. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic circuits, fun games, agility obstacle courses, dance and improvisation activities, arts and crafts, team relays, soccer, tag rugby and much more. Cost is €70 per child, sibling rate of €55, places are limited to allow for instructor child ratio, 50% deposit per child to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663.
Baptisms- Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 5.00pm in St. Canice’s. Newly Baptised are invited to attend 11.30am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
Senior Help Line- Is a National Programme of Third Age which promotes the value of older people who volunteer in programmes throughout Ireland’s communities. Don’t be alone with your problem, loneliness, financial, health worries, elder abuse. LoCall 1850 440 444.
GROW- Mental Health meetings: Tuesday mornings 10am-12md and Wednesday nights 8-10pm every week at Ormonde Home, Barrack St. Contact 056-7761624 if you are interested in attending.
Parish Registration- You are welcome to register as a member of St. Canice’s Parish by sending in your names and addresses to the Parish Office-056 7721533 and Margaret will be happy to look after you.
Kilkenny Bereavement Support - Kilkenny Bereavement Support holds an open Support Group for adults bereaved by Suicide in Villa Maria, Talbot’s Inch at 8.00 on the first Thursday of every month. Open to anyone who has lost a family member, friend or co-worker to suicide. For further information, please contact 7756538.
Aware Depression Support Group- Aware’s Kilkenny support group for individuals experiencing depression, meets every Thursday at 7.30pm, in the Father McGrath Family Resource Centre, St. Joseph’s Road. Support groups can help people to better understand depression and to learn tips and skills for managing the condition and minimising its impact. The support group is free of charge. For more information call Katy on 087 646 2079 or see www.aware.ie.
SVDP- St. Vincent de Paul Helpline is 086-0721598.