MINOR CHAMPIONS - After a lapse of nine years a young James Stephens U-18 team captured the club’s 13th county minor title against city rivals, Dicksboro, on Sunday, and in doing so lifted the gloom of the previous seven days following the senior team’s surprising defeat at the hands of the same opposition in the county senior semi-final decider. Played in terrible weather conditions, on a very slippery headquarters surface, both teams served up a competitive, high quality hours hurling in which the end result was in doubt right up to the final whistle. Both defences were on high alert resulting in a low scoring game, where every score was fought for with lion hearted determination and no little skill. Dominance swayed from side to side with the Village lads taking the early initiative with points from Diarmuid Cody and Jack Cotter before Dicksboro turned the tables with a goal,against the run of play, after 18 minutes. However, the game was to have another twist when in the closing minutes of the half, a spectacular point by Ben Lahart on 28 minutes, and another by Matt McWey on 32 minutes sandwiched a goal strike by Diarmuid Cody to give the Village a 1-4 to 1-2 lead at the interval. The tight exchanges between two evenly matched sides continued during the early exchanges of the second period, with the James Stephens lads matching with their opponents, point for point,until the fourteenth minute, the last score Dicksboro registered in the hour’s hurling. However, despite being largely in control, the Village were finding it difficult to increase their one point lead, until the 21st minute, when, a well executed, Matthew McWey point opened a gap of three points between the teams. However, the Dicksboro side were never going to concede without a battle, and fought valliantly for the final ten minutes of the game, but they came up against an equally resolute James Stephens defence, in which, all seven defenders fought with skill, bravery and determination to rebuff a continuous onslaught by the ‘Boro men to hold out for a richly deserved 1-8 to 1-5 victory. The management team of Eamon Tyrrell, Mark Tyrrell, Niall Connolly, Joe Hennessy and Brian Cody deserve all the plaudits they receive for sending out a team, whose hallmark was a united singular determination to restore the club to the top of the minor hurling rankings after a number of years in the doldrums. Well done to all on a great achievement. .
“NIGHT WITH THE STARS” - Committee chairman, Tadhg Donohoe advises that tickets for the fundraiser, “A NIGHT WITH THE STARS”are selling well, due, in the main, to the “pulling power” of the the gallaxy of stars booked for the event in Killin Hill on Friday week, 16th November. Tickets cost Eu 25.00 or Eu 300 for a table of 12 persons. Among the “stars” who will be on stage with R.T.E.sports presenter, Dessie Cahil are renowned horse trainer, Jim Bolger, former Munster & Ireland rugby hero, Mick Galway, Olympic boxer, Darren O’Neill and the Irish boxing coach, Billy Walsh, along side G.A.A. legends, Tomas Mulcahy, Ger Loghnane, Sean Boylan and our own, nine times All-Ireland winning manager, Brian Cody. A hugely enjoyable night’s entertainment is guaranteed.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The Octtober draw took place on wednesday night and the winner of the first prize of Eu 1,000 was Eamon Fry , O’Loughlin Road (J.Connick). The second prize of E200 went to Pat Hyland (P.Neary). The Eu 100 winners were Phil Bartley (Ml. McLoughlin), Kelly Gleeson (D.Treacy), and Brian Cody (J.McCormack). The Eu 50 winners were: Eamon Brennan (M.Ruth), Kathleen Kenny(C.Kinsella),Donnacha Cody (J.McCormack), Alice Hennessy(C.Kinsella),Ted Byrne(T.Byrne), Marie Ring (J.Purcell), Dicksboro G.A.A. Club (B.Cody),and Martin Costello (M.McLoughlin). The promoter’s prizes wemnt to Damian Casey and Ml. McLoughlin. Prior to the draw, club chairman, Tom Lanigan expressed the club’s appreciation to all the promoters and supporters for the ongoing support for the draw which has enabled the club to work towards opening the facility for the beginning of the new season in March 2013. The next draw takes place on Wednesday 28th November.
N.U.I. MAYNOOTH- Mary Butler, first year Arts project manager, N.U.I. Mynooth extende an invitation to students interested in considering a B.A. degree to come to an Open Day meeting in St.Kieran’s outreach centre on Saturday, 10 th November at 12 noon. Mary goes on to say “that students choosing to take this exciting new initiative will benefit by starting the first year of the B.A. degree course, close to home, in a learner friendly environment before transferring to the Maynooth campus for the second and Third yeart of the course. This option will have the benefit for parents and students, of considerable saving on travel and accomodation for the first year of the course”. For further information log on to www.nuim.ie/kilkenny. All are welcome.
SOCIAL CLUB DINNER - The annual Christmas outing for social club members will take place in Hotel Kilkenny on Friday night, December. Booking for this annual popular social event may be made with any committee member.
SATURDAY NIGHT - The weeklend’s musical entertainment will be provided by popular local figures, Eugene & Sonny.
LOTTO - The numbers drawn at Tuesday nigh’s weekly lotto draw were: 12 : 18 : 24. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot will be Eu 1,600. The consolation winners were Christy Kerwick, Eoghan Murphy, Pakie O’Dwyer, Luke Malone and Peter Murphy.