TRAFFIC PROBLEM - A meeting was held in Danesfort Community Centre on October 15 to discuss the ongoing issues with the volume and speed of traffic on the local L roads leading to the motorway. Over one hundred people from the Danesfort / Cuffesgrange area attended as well as four members of Kilkenny County Council. The view at the meeting was that the volume of traffic and in particular the number of heavy goods vehicles using the L roads has increased significantly since the motorway opened. Given that there is a school, church, community centre and graveyard at Danesfort and the school at Burnchurch is adjacent to a road used by a high number of vehicles the attendance at the meeting requested that Kilkenny County Council be requested to develop, in consultation with the residents, a comprehensive traffic management plan, appropriate to the nature of the traffic using the road. To this end a letter has been sent to Kilkenny Council requesting a meeting with the committee that were elected on the night.
CAMOGIE - The Under-10 Danesfort camogie girls finished their season with a tournament on Saturday September 29. This tournament has been hosted by Danesfort for the last six years. The weather was favourable and the girls played four great matches against Piltown, Ballycallan, Callan and Thomastown. They won 3 out of the 4 matches, narrowly loosing to Thomastown in the final match. During the season, the girls played many matches and 4 go-game blitz and were triumphant on many occasions. The girls attended weekly training sessions in great numbers and great improvement could be seen by the end of the season. The coaches, Emer O’Shaughnessy, Ann Marie Brennan and Tom Mahony wish to thank all the parents for all the help during the year, from bringing the girls to matches to providing tea/sandwiches etc at the blitz. The under-10’s girls team is as follows: Ciara Walsh, Hannah Lodge, Maria Comerford, Maria Godden, Naomi Tynan, Niamh Homan, Niamh O’Shaughnessy, Olivia Mahony, Sinead Bass, Susan Breen, Ali MacIver, Bobbie Brennan, Alison Ryan, Emma Cahill, Kaia McCalum, Sally Mullins, Leah Ireland O’Neill, Ashling Quinn, Ciara Mulhall and Ella Kavanagh.
JUVENILE- The AGM of Danesfort GAA Juvenile and Camogie Club will be held on Friday, November 23 in the Parish Community Centre at 8.30pm. Nominations, motions etc to be sent to John Cooney, Pigeon Park, Danesfort.
SCRAP METAL - Having had a very successful fund raiser last year for the club developments, the committee have decided to collect scrap metal again for the month of November. Our target this year is to purchase the goal posts on the new pitch. So if you have any old machinery, gates, sheeting, tvs, cookers, computers, washing machines, cars etc. please contact any of the committee (Noel Phelan 0862612639; Kieran Walsh 0868226893; Gary Ireland 0868752823; Kevin Gleeson 0868246014; Ger Woodcock 0876994994; David Cunningham 0868691224). Collection points are Noel Phelan’s, Kieran Walsh’s, David Cunningham’s and Ger Woodcock’s yards).
LOTTO - Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Draw Results Week 5. Monday October 29. Draw was held in The Grange Inn with the Jackpot standing at €1,100. Numbers Drawn: 7 - 9 - 20. There was No Winner. Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - Ned Daly, Ann Waters, Paddy Burke, Edward Butler, Pat Hayes.Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Millie Murphy, Helen Devane. Next draw Monday November 5 in Delaney’s Kells, Jackpot €1,200. Then Sheridan’s Ennisnag Monday November 12.
MINOR - Danesfort Minor Hurling team were unfortunate that they met a far better team in the Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor B County Hurling Final against Glenmore in Nowlan Park on Sunday. The hot favourites, Glenmore took the honours by defeating the local boys by 0-26 to 0-13. In the first round Danesfort caused a huge upset when the defeated one of the favourites for the competition John Lockes by a single point in what was the tie of the round. In the quarter final the ten point win was richly deserved before just edging out Tullogher in the semi final. This has been a great two years for this current set of Minors when they clinched the Minor C Hurling League and Championship last year and winning the Minor B League Shield recently. The Danesfort Panel; Patrick Tynan, Darren Knox, Ronan Leahy, James Tynan, Darragh Sheehan, Conor O Neill, Michael O Neill, Ger Dunne, Brendan Hyland, Paddy Hickey, Cillian Treacy (Cap), Colm Phelan, Jack Bruton, Dylan Wallace, Philip Cooney, Cian Smith, Brendan Cullen, Eoin Cooney, Gary Tynan, Dion Fitzpatrick, Jack McHugh, Emmett Nugent, Thomas Rossiter, Harry Bruton. Mentors:Pat Tynan, Peter Davis, Fergus Doyle.
WALKING- Lets Get Walking: The evenings getting dark, cold and damp, are no excuses for not being active and keeping fit throughout the winter. “Winter Walkers/Runners ” take to the track in Danesfort GAA grounds every Monday at 6:30 pm . The aim is to provide a safe place and company for those who would like keep fit or get fit. No excuses, come and join the group each Monday. It will be Free, it will be Fun, it will be Friendly and most importantly it will be Fantastic for your health. Do come equipped with lamp, suitable clothing and runners. CIRCUIT TRAINING - With the onset of winter, the tendency to curl up on the sofa in front of the fire can be very tempting for most of us. This winter, why not try circuit training. You will never be bored if you give it a go. It is intense training which gives an all-over body workout. It involves an average of eight to ten exercise stations, adapted to suit individual fitness levels and age. It is a fantastic way to tone, lose weight and keep fit. You can work at your own pace with a mixture of weight training and cardiovascular work. You can drop in to any of our classes and find the programme that suits you. Classes in Danesfort Community Centre every Friday at 7pm. Contact Margaret 086 8355725. 5 weeks €30 and individual class €7
KARATE - Danesfort Karate Club meet in Danesfort Community Centre every Tuesday from 4pm - 5pm. The ‘After-School’ Kids Only Karate Class is for boys and girls aged between 4 years and 12 years old. Karate has many proven benefits for kids both physical and mentally. Physical Benefits:Better movement and control,Improved flexibility,Increased fitness,The ability to protect oneself. Psychological Benefits: Improved confidence, become more assertive, improved self-esteem. No special gear is required, just turn up in a tracksuit and away you go. Contact Kevin 086 3668669 our website - www.budomartialartscentre.com.
CUBS & BEAVERS -Cubs meet every Monday in Danesfort Community Centre from 6.45pm to 8pm contact 087 9343090. Beavers meet every Thursday in the community centre from 6.30pm to 7.30pm contact 087 8043511.
SCOUTS - The 15th Kilkenny Fort Grange Scout group urgently requires additional adults to come on board for a couple of hours a week as Scout leaders. We have been in operation since May of this year but our group sizes are increasing and we have a number of waiting lists. We will also need to establish a scout group in addition to the Beaver Scouts and Cub Scouts already in operation to allow the cubs to progress into Scouts. If we don’t have enough leaders we won’t be able to open a scout group and the cubs won’t have anywhere to move up to. The more leaders we have on board the more children we can accommodate. Your help would be greatly appreciated. It is only a couple of hours a week and is great fun for all involved . If you are interested & want to find out more please contact our Group Leader Rioghnach Walsh at 087 9343090 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
FOROIGE -Every Thursday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8pm for teenagers 13 years and up. Contact 087 6406408 for information.
MOTHER & TODDLER - Danesfort Mother and Toddler meet every Monday in Danesfort Community Centre from 10.30am. It is a friendly, casual morning where you and your children can come and make new friends. Refreshments served every morning. Contact Dympna: (086) 8322086.
GOING STRONG - Going Strong Club meet each Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre from 11.00am until 1.00pm. The Club has a very warm and friendly welcome for new members. Admission only €5. Refreshments available every morning. Contact: 086 1666547
BINGO - Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Contact: 086 8825821
YOGA - Yoga classes are held every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre 10.00am. Yoga will increase your flexibility and improve muscle tone, breathing and body posture. One can start yoga at any age. If you would like to try it, just drop in to our classes. All you need are comfortable clothing, yoga mat, blanket and small pillow. Refreshments are served after each class. Contact 086 1666547.
BRIDGE -Bridge Classes take place every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm with Annette Kennedy,Member of C.B.A.I. Bridge Teachers Association. A knowledge of cards is not necessary. Playing regularly keeps your memory active and brain alert. If you wold like more information, please Contact: 087 6601564 or 056 4441091
COMPUTERS - Computer Classes are held on Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre. If you are interested in learning computer skills or you want to brush up on your skills, please contact 086 1666547. Booking in advance of classes is essential. It would be advisable also to have access to your own laptop or computer for practice.
GARDEN - Callan community garden group will hold an information and planning session in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) on Thursday, November 8 at 12.30pm. An expert horticulturist will be available weekly to give advice on getting this group up and running. Work will take place in the garden area surrounding the Friary and in the polytunnel. Members of the group will learn new skills from each other. This is an educational and social project which is run partnership with Droichead Family Resource Centre and Kilkenny Leader Partnership. Anyone interested in Callan Community Garden Project are welcome to come along to the information session.
VEGETABLES - Learn How To Grow Your Own Vegetables is a 5 week course that will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre (The Friary) in Callan on Thursday, November 15 and will run for 5 Thursdays and will run from 10am -12pm. This course is suitable for beginners or anyone who wants to brush up on their gardening skills. People will learn how to grow vegetables without the use of chemicals. The course will include: Autumn Preparation - composting, mulching, improving soil, crop rotation, nature and wildlife. Spring Preparation - seeds, supports, fertilisers, watering & preparing the soil. Harvesting- Pests and Diseases.
ALZHEIMERS - Day care centre in Kilkenny for people with Alzheimers/Dementia. 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane. Open 09.30am-4pm, Monday-Friday. Meals included. Lots of activities and entertainment; singing, bingo, cards, music, art, reflexology, reminisence. Ring Ruth on 056 7771230 for more information.