Village: Fundraising for Liam McCarthy

DRIVE FOR LIAM FUNDRAISER - On Thursday night,(Tomorrow) 30th August clubs throughout the county will be holding a team x 4 quiz night to help alleviate the costs associated with preparing the county team for the much anticipated All-Ireland final against Galway on Sunday, 9th September. Last year the club’s membership responded magnificently to the call in support of the “Drive For Liam”, recording the largest turn-out of all clubs on the night. It is hoped, with the building excitement towards the big day that the club will have an equally enthusiastic response in support of Brian and the lads. The entry fee for a team of four is €20.00. Why not come along, the cause is great, the “craic” will be mighty and you might even win !!!.ALL-IRELAND U-21 SEMI-FINAL - Congratulations to the Kilkenny U-21 panel who qualified for the U-21 hurling All-Ireland final after a wonderful victory over Galway in the semi-final on a scoreline of 4-16 to 2-15. Clubman and senior selector, Adrian Finan is involved as a selector with the Kilkenny U-21’s so best wishes to the players and management as they prepare for an All-Ireland final clash with Clare in a few weeks time.

DRIVE FOR LIAM FUNDRAISER - On Thursday night,(Tomorrow) 30th August clubs throughout the county will be holding a team x 4 quiz night to help alleviate the costs associated with preparing the county team for the much anticipated All-Ireland final against Galway on Sunday, 9th September. Last year the club’s membership responded magnificently to the call in support of the “Drive For Liam”, recording the largest turn-out of all clubs on the night. It is hoped, with the building excitement towards the big day that the club will have an equally enthusiastic response in support of Brian and the lads. The entry fee for a team of four is €20.00. Why not come along, the cause is great, the “craic” will be mighty and you might even win !!!.ALL-IRELAND U-21 SEMI-FINAL - Congratulations to the Kilkenny U-21 panel who qualified for the U-21 hurling All-Ireland final after a wonderful victory over Galway in the semi-final on a scoreline of 4-16 to 2-15. Clubman and senior selector, Adrian Finan is involved as a selector with the Kilkenny U-21’s so best wishes to the players and management as they prepare for an All-Ireland final clash with Clare in a few weeks time.

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CLUB HISTORY - Club chairman Tom Lanigan is making great progress with the “125” club history book, which he hopes will be published and “on the shelves” for the Christmas season. Tom informs this column that he is still on the look out for interesting pieces, photos, articles etc. to help make the publication as complete as possible. At this stage, Tom is anxious to receive any items associated with the St.Patrick’s Boys Boxing club, for decades interlinked with the James Stephens club. Meanwhile if any one has a suggestion/idea for a suitable title for the book, do make it be known to Tom for consideration. Tom may be contacted at 086-8192947.

U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP - Hard luck to the Village U-14 A squad who suffered an opening round defeat to neighbours Dicksboro in the 1st round of the round robin U-14 Roinn A hurling championship. The Dicksboro men had the sharper ability to find the net scoring some important goals throughout. The Village will clash with O’Loughlin Gaels in the 2nd round of the championship on Wednesday 5th September in Larchfield at 6.30pm. Our young U-14 B squad bowed out of the championship with a 1st round defeat to a very strong and physical St.Fiacres side. This Village squad battled very hard throughout the season and competed very well. Well done to all the players and mentors.

KELLS ROAD DRAW - While the excitement continues to grow around the upcoming All-Ireland final the work on the ground must continue. This means that the Kells Road, August draw takes place tonight, Wednesday, 29th August in the clubrooms. All the usual arrangements have been put in place for entry registrations etc., by the committee on Tuesday and Wednesday nights from 7.30 p.m.. On Wednesday night, the Catherine’s “kitchen” will be open once again with the usual selection of tasty cakes for those in attendance for the draw. All are welcome.

CAMOGIE NEWS - Great news emanating from the club’s camogie camp. On Thursday evening, the U-16 girls earned themselves huge credit in forging out a great victory over Glenmore in the in the county league semi-final on a scoreline of 3-5 to 0-12. The Village girls were fighting a battle from the start of the game, and only registered their first score after Glenmore had already notched up O-Q to the good. The city girls rallied to leave themselves four points adrift, 0-8 to 1-1 at the half time break. The resurgence continued throughout the second half when they outscored the southern girls by 2-2 to 0-4 and only leveled the fixture on the stroke of full time to bring the game to extra time. Displaying abundant courage and determination they continued to bring the game to the Glenmore girls and justifiably secured a thrilling victory with two further points to claim a county final date on, 8th September against opponents yet to be decided. Meanwhile, the good news continues as the club’s junior camogie team are scheduled to line out in the county league final against Glenmore on Friday evening, 31st August at a venue to be announced. Support for the team would be appreciated by the girls and the backroom team.

ANNUAL ST. FIACRE’S OPEN AIR CELEBRATION - The annual St. Fiacre’s Well Novena Mass celebration took place on Sunday evening at St. Fiacre’s Well in Sheestown, in pleasant summer weather. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Dan Carroll, assisted by Fr. Roderick Whearty. The ceremony was attended by a large gathering of local residents and many from the the wider city area , including one brave soul from Tipperary. One devout pilgrim has been crossing the river to attend the ceremony since his childhood over eighty years ago. The annual pilgrimage has been celebrated for hundreds of years and originally took the form of a procession from the city, along the bank of the River Nore to Sheestown, where St. Fiacre founded a church. St. Fiacre is the patron saint of gardeners and in the coming week his memory will be celebrated in France where he spent most of his life building monasteries and working with the poor. In his homily, Fr. Dan acknowledged the wonderful work of the local organising committee who prepared the altar, supplied flowers for the ceremony and seating for the congregation.

“RELAY FOR LIFE” CAMPAIGN - Josephine Kelly of the RELAY FOR LIFE COMMITTEE is putting out an advance notice for an event insupport of people and families “touched” by cancer. As Josephine states “ Relay for Life is an overnight community celebration and a unique empowering and fun event. At the heart of RELAY is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors and to remember those who have left us”. The relay will be held in Scanlon Park on Saturday and Sunday 20th & 21 st.JUL Y 2013. Josephine goes on to say that “the committee is in the process of recruiting volunteers who will walk around the track for 24 hours, because cancer never sleeps”. For further information phone 087 2369225 or 087 2925805

LOTTO - Club officer, Michael Moore was the lucky winner of Tuesday night’s jackpot worth

€ 1,400 when his numbers, 1 : 21 : 27 were drawn from the drum. As a result next week’s draw reverts to the starting point of € 1,000.

MUSIC - For music devotees, Johnny Carroll will return to the club’s stage on Saturday night.