DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ - Well we finally reached the Holy Grail in September once again. By the side door, back door, front door or any door what matters is that we are there. The prize a return joust with the team that has inflicted the heaviest defeat in the reign of Brian Cody. May not have been the heaviest defeat in scoring terms but we were blown away in 30 minutes in the first half of the Leinster Final. Will it be a repeat in September well me don’t think so there is nothing worse than a scalded cat and a return opportunity to redress Galway side that we have defeated at Intermediate and U-21 level. The Drive for Liam quiz proved a great money spinner last year and with it being repeated this Thursday night in The Rod Iron Bar in Mullinavat along with 30 plus venues around the county it promises to be a great entertaining night. This is a chance for the ordinary public to show their support for the Kilkenny hurling teams. The format of the quiz is that the questions will be called out on K.C.L.R. with Pat Tracey as quizmaster. The prizes are the same as last year with 1st prize 8 All Ireland stand tickets,8 Banquet tickets in the City west Hotel and 4 rooms for overnight accommodation in the Citywest. Second prize is 4 Stand tickets and 4 banquet tickets and 3rd prize is 4 banquet tickets. All of this for €20 per team of 4. The quiz will start at 9pm sharp as the questions will be asked over the radio. Teams will be able to register from 8.15pm. So for a good nights entertainment and a chance to show your support for the greatest team ever to play hurling be in the Rod Iron next Thursday night at 9pm.
HANDBALL SUCCESS - A handball success to report this week local lad John Walsh has won an All Ireland U-16 singles titles. John gained victory over Ramonaus Ramoukas in two games at St Mc Cartans Handball Club in Monaghan on a score line of 21-4 21-7. John was presented with his medal by Kilkenny Handball legend Michael “Duxie” Walsh who incidentally won his first All Ireland under 12 doubles title with John’s uncle and local veterinarian surgeon Joe Walsh. This is a great achievement for the lad from the Mill Road whose father Sean was also an Under 16 doubles champion with Stevie Foskin which was not today or yesterday. He will now play in the All Ireland minor competition next year. John is also an accomplished hurler and was a member of the Kilkenny minor panel this year. Currently nursing a leg injury following a hurling match we wish John the best in his hurling and handball exploits.
COMMUNITY LOTTO - No winner of last week’s lotto the numbers drawn were 6,17,20 & 26. There was only one match 3 winner Saoirse c/o Martina Fell. Next week’s jackpot is €4950 best of luck to those taking part.
RELAY FOR LIFE - Just a note I received last week even though this is for 2013 it is something that maybe somebody might be thinking of giving their support to. Relay For Life is coming to Kilkenny. What is Relay For Life? At Relay For Life hundreds of people gather to embark on a very special 24-hour journey. 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. We are currently asking people who may have been touched in any way by cancer to come and join in the celebration. Our Relay For Life will be held on Saturday and Sunday the 20th and 21st of July , 2013 at Scanlon Park , Kilkenny. We are recruiting teams of volunteers who will walk around the track in relay , for 24 hours , because cancer never sleeps!!. Otherwise team members are free to socialise , have fun and enjoy the fun packed day and entertainment. If you think that you would like to be part of this event in any way , Contact the following.Relayforlifekilkenny@gmail.com or call 086 8547557.
GAA - A good weekend for the club when they got their first silver wear of the 2012 season. Last Sunday night in a windy Pairc Na Ratha Glenmore they overcame the challenge of the Rower Inistioge to win the special Junior A south final. The game originally fixed for Ballyhale was cancelled at the last minute and both teams agreed to go to Glenmore. This was billed as a game that could go either way and in some quarters extra time was being spoken about as a draw could have been an outcome. However no one told Mullinavat who had defeated Thomastown and Carrickshock to get to this stage. The Rower were defending champions and were in no mood to relinquish their title. The game opened brightly and both teams traded points from placed balls one point a piece. This was the only time the sides were level as Mullinavat took a foothold on the game and playing with the aid of a strong breeze moved through the gears effortlessly. The evergreen Mossy Murphy playing at full forward changed this game when he scored the first of his two first half goals. Set up by a great save by the Rower goalkeeper after a Mark Mansfield bullet Mossy was on hand to apply the finishing touches. Three more points followed from Paddy Raftice,Mark Mansfield and Joe Gahan and Mossy Murphy pounced to score his second goal. Mullinavat continued to dominate the rest of the half and needed all the scores as they were playing with a stiff breeze. The half time score read Mullinavat 2-11 The Rower Inistioge 0-2. The second half started with The Rower opening the scoring and everyone in attendance was waiting for the Rower fightback. However again no one told Mullinavat and for the first 10 minutes both sides traded scores with Mullinavat subduing their opponents to shooting from long distances. Then disaster struck for Mullinavat were struck a killer blow losing midfielder Nickey Anthony to a second yellow card. This player has played for Mullinavat since he was in National School and this was probably his second ever booking. This sending off seemed to affect the Rower more than Mullinavat as it was Mullinavat who looked to have the extra man. They seemed to score at will and just to finish off the game Joe Gahan rattled the Inistioge net to leave the final score Mullinavat 3-17 The Rower 0-6. They now face Graigue Ballycallan in the county final which is not yet fixed but promises to be a cracker of a game.
COLOURS FOR ALL IRELAND - As mentioned above our county are in another 3 All Irelands in the coming weeks. Wouldn’t it be a great lift for the players and visitors alike if we adorned our parish with a great display of Black and Amber. These are unprecedented times and while we may think it is now rite of passage to be in Croke Park in September it is not that easy. To show our support for the teams let’s get out the flags and bunting and show the county and country how proud we are of the black and amber men.
DEEPEST SYMPATHIES- Our sympathies this week go to the Brophy family on the Death of their mother Nora (nee Griffin). A resident of Rosedale in Kilmacow in later years. Mrs Brophy was a good natured woman and a good neighbour to all in Buckstown. To her daughters Joan, Mary and Theresa and son Timmy we extend our deepest sympathies. She was predeceased by her husband John in 2002.
CAMOGIE - The local camogie club have orgainised a fundraising raffle which features prizes associated with the up coming All Ireland. Tickets can be bought for €2 each or a book of three for €5. The prizes are as follows: 1st prize: 2 Stand tickets and €100 cash; 2nd 2 Hill 16 Tickets; 3rd 2 Tickets to camogie All Ireland final. So give it a try and your ticket problems for September could be sorted for €2. They could be the cheapest tickets you will ever buy. The draw will take place in the GAA rooms in the hurling field on Thursday 6th September.