Graignamanagh: Clapper Bridge saga continues

SILAIRE WOOD - The recent damage to the boardwalk at Silaire Wood caused by a fallen tree has been resolved and theboardwalk has been restored to its original state.Despite some reports to the contrary the repairs were carried out speedily and successfully thanks to the assistance of Jim Butler of Waterways Ireland, Edward Cahill and some committee members.This beautiful amenity has now been fully restored to its original splendour and people are coming from long distances to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the sylvan scene beside the Barrow.The upkeep and further regeneration of the wood is a costly exercise and the committee is always seeking ways of boosting the coffers. The latest fund raiser is a Golf Classic at Borris Golf Club on Friday 14th September.Hopefully Kilkenny will be All-Ireland champions once again and we will all be in a mood to celebrate. What better way than to belt a small white ball around the parkland course situated on the Mc Murrough Kavanagh estate the legendary Kings of Leinster.A four person team costs £100 with full handicaps allowed. Special early bird prize for teams playing between 8am and 9.30 am. Valuable prizes and all day catering at the clubhouse. Contact any of the following for full details, Michael Doran @059 9724452. John Enright @ 087 2721425. Dr. Val Lonergan @ 059 97 24495. Matt Doyle @ 087 2498220. Robert Durie @ 059 97 25969 or Nicky O’ Carroll@ 086 8108444.

SILAIRE WOOD - The recent damage to the boardwalk at Silaire Wood caused by a fallen tree has been resolved and theboardwalk has been restored to its original state.Despite some reports to the contrary the repairs were carried out speedily and successfully thanks to the assistance of Jim Butler of Waterways Ireland, Edward Cahill and some committee members.This beautiful amenity has now been fully restored to its original splendour and people are coming from long distances to enjoy a peaceful stroll in the sylvan scene beside the Barrow.The upkeep and further regeneration of the wood is a costly exercise and the committee is always seeking ways of boosting the coffers. The latest fund raiser is a Golf Classic at Borris Golf Club on Friday 14th September.Hopefully Kilkenny will be All-Ireland champions once again and we will all be in a mood to celebrate. What better way than to belt a small white ball around the parkland course situated on the Mc Murrough Kavanagh estate the legendary Kings of Leinster.A four person team costs £100 with full handicaps allowed. Special early bird prize for teams playing between 8am and 9.30 am. Valuable prizes and all day catering at the clubhouse. Contact any of the following for full details, Michael Doran @059 9724452. John Enright @ 087 2721425. Dr. Val Lonergan @ 059 97 24495. Matt Doyle @ 087 2498220. Robert Durie @ 059 97 25969 or Nicky O’ Carroll@ 086 8108444.

LOTTO - Last weeks numbers were 2,8,23 and 28. Still no winner of the elusive £10,000 jackpot. Consolation winners were Maureen Connolly,Mick O’Brien, Johner Cahill, Eamonn Connors and Joan Gill.Meanwhile the reserve jackpot has risen to £ 4,700 and will continue to rise weekly until the major jackpot is won.

TIDY TOWNS - The Tidy Towns committee remind all that the categories in this years competition are as follows, best small estate, best large estate, best shop front, best window box and best hanging baskET. Judging is underway and the announcement of the winners is imminent. Meanwhile the preparations for RAS NA MANACH or THE RACE OF THE MONKS are well underway thanks to the great work of Clive Canning and Conor Barron.The race is a 10km run around the environs of the town and for the less energetic a 5km walk is planned. Further information is available from Breda @ 087 6747257 or Mag @ 086 3655662.

LIBRARY - The library will be closed on Thursday 30th August.Books due to be returned on this date will not incur fines.

CLAPPER BRIDGE - Despite the fine article by Sean Keane in the Kilkenny People some time ago nothing has happenned and there is no obvious movement on the restoration of the historic clapper bridge spanning the Duiske River.There is real anger out there at the moment that a project that could be completed for the cost of a bag of cement cannot be carried out. The excuse that numerous State Agencies have to be notified and satisfied is laughable .A bridge that served the Monks of Duiske Abbey in their daily chores and stood for centuries and partially collapsed into the river in recent years and because of red tape and beaurocracy can not be rebuilt is an insult to the people of the town. How long more are we going to put up with the situation. We are told to promote tourism while part of our heritage is awaiting two hours work on the bed of the Duiske River