Thomastown: United stay on top

Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth - The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite 6th Year, FETAC and Mature students (23yrs+) to take the FIRST YEAR of their BA degree in Kilkenny. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs.Subjects on offer: English; Anthropology OR Nua Ghaeilge; History; Geography; Sociology; Economics; Philosophy; Theology OR Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. Further information can be found at: CAO (MH901) and www.nuim.ie/kilkenny

Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth - The Kilkenny Campus of NUI Maynooth, College Rd, Kilkenny (adjoining St. Kieran’s College) would like to invite 6th Year, FETAC and Mature students (23yrs+) to take the FIRST YEAR of their BA degree in Kilkenny. Students choosing to take this exciting new option will benefit by taking the 1st year of their BA degree close to home in a friendly, learner centered environment - before moving to the main NUI Maynooth Campus for 2nd and 3rd year. Those living locally will also have the advantage of making significant savings on travel and accommodation costs.Subjects on offer: English; Anthropology OR Nua Ghaeilge; History; Geography; Sociology; Economics; Philosophy; Theology OR Medieval Irish and Celtic Studies. Further information can be found at: CAO (MH901) and www.nuim.ie/kilkenny

London Marathon 2013 - Have your name printed on a specially designed running top, which will be worn in The London Marathon in April while also donating to a very worthy charity The Irish Heart Foundation. If you are interested contact Paul Dempsey on 087 9373937. Paul will run in his second London Marathon on April 21st

Local Lotto - €4,500 jackpot was not won - 5 X €35 winners were - Olive Lannon Dangan, Trish Dempsey Jerpoint West, Pauline O Brien Inistioge, Mags Barcoe Berkley Lawns and Catriona Kehoe c/o Centra

Soccer - Thomastown Utd Junior A side were at home to Bridge Utd in the League last Sunday. The first half couldnt seperate either side and score remained 0-0 at half time. 15 minutes into the second half and it was newcomer Aaron Broaders who found himself on the end of a cross and made no mistake with a left foot volley into the keepers bottom left hand corner. 15 minutes later and it was Broaders again who this time used his right foot to beat the keeper and grab his first 2 goals for Thomastown and earned Thomastown a valuable 3 points to remain top of the League going into the 2nd half of the Season. Next up for Thomastown is a home fixture next Sunday morning against Freebooters A @ 11am. All support very welcome. The Junior B side travelled to Durrow to take on Lions Fc. The journey was worth it for United when they came away with all 3 points from a 3-2 victory, Goals came from Marty Lawrence, Mark Prendergast & Rory Leadbetter. Next up for the Junior B’s is a home fixture against Brookville at 2pm next Sunday. The Under 15 side welcomed East End to United Park and were unfortunate to come away on the wrong side of a 3-1 loss. On the mark for Thomastown was Stevie WemyssThe Under 11 A team continued with their League campaign at the weekend with a home tie against East End in a local derby. After starting rather slowly ‘Town took the lead somewhat against the run of play and it was an East End player who got it ! It was a great ball across the 6 yard box from Luke McNena and as Jack Skehan slid in with the keeper to convert, they both missed it and the ball hit the east end defender’s leg and rolled into the empty net. From then on it was all Thomastown and they created lots of chances but just couldn’t convert andthe score remained the same until half time. The second half continued in the same vein with ‘Town continuing to be very wasteful in front of goal and lacking composure when required but a second goal came with just three minutes left. Following some good play in midfield Patrick Brennan was released on goal but again he dragged the shot on to the post but it rebounded to Zak Hammond who finished to the net. East End then got a consolation goal in injury time to cause a last minute of anxiety on the sideline but ‘Town deserved their success but will surely need to play better if they are to claim the title. Good performances from Shane Kearney, Ed.Fitzpatrick and Tom Holden. Keep up to date with all the happenings in Thomastown United by checking out our website www.thomastownunited.com and we are also on Facebook.

Athletics - Thomastown athletes enjoyed a successful day in Kilmacow on Sunday at the first cross country races for 2013. In the girls’ U8 race Orla Kirwan finished 5th and Caoimhe Power 6th. In the boys’ race Cian Farrell had a great race to take gold with Matthew Cullen 4th. In the girls’ U10 race there was team silver medals for Molly Rice 5th, Niamh Galway 8th and Aoibhinn Morrissey 9th. The boys’ U10 team took bronze medals with Billy Power 2nd David Holden 13th and Thomas Comerford 14th while the 2nd team of Pauric Kirwan,Jimmy Maher, Cormac Moore and Oisin O’Reilly were just outside the medals. Ciara O’Keeffe 1st led the u12 team to gold medals. Ciara was followed home by Orla O’Keeffe 4th, Dearbhla O’Reilly 9th, Edie Maher 10th and Isabelle Ryan 12th. The boys’ team took bronze medals with Jordan Knight 4th, Peter McDonald 6th, Tom Holden 7th and Dylan Cullen 13th. Ailis O’Shea led all the way to the girls’ U 16 title. The club won both Junior races with great runs by Sinead Whelan and Sean Power. The girls were in fine form taking gold medals with Sinead, Maeve O’Connor 2nd, Niamh O’Shea 3rd and Laura Walpole 4th. The boys’ got silver medals with Sean 1st, James Power 6th, Liam O’Shea 8th and newcomer Jamie Walsh having a great race in 13th. The Women’s O30 team won bronze medals with Margaret Power 5th, Irma Moore 8th and Marie Maher 9th while the mens’ O35 team of Pat O’Reilly 6th, Bill Carroll 12th, Terry Brophy 16th and Michael O Keeffe 20th were very unlucky missing bronze medals by just one point. On Sunday next the juniors will be in action in Ballyroan in the Leinster Championships. There is a short break until Feb 17th for younger athletes.