Piltown: Katie’s wish to walk

Katie - Katie Lonergan is a surviving twin, daughter of John and Aisling Lonergan (Glenbower) was born 15 weeks early on the 3rd September 2009. Her twin Conor passed away, while Katie fought a long hard battle to survive. She spent 19 weeks in NICU at WRH. During that time Katie underwent heart surgery in Crumlin and numerous blood transfusions. She was ventilated for 7 weeks which left Katie with lasting effects. Katie was diagnosed as profoundly deaf on discharge. She received a cochlear implant in September 2011.

Katie - Katie Lonergan is a surviving twin, daughter of John and Aisling Lonergan (Glenbower) was born 15 weeks early on the 3rd September 2009. Her twin Conor passed away, while Katie fought a long hard battle to survive. She spent 19 weeks in NICU at WRH. During that time Katie underwent heart surgery in Crumlin and numerous blood transfusions. She was ventilated for 7 weeks which left Katie with lasting effects. Katie was diagnosed as profoundly deaf on discharge. She received a cochlear implant in September 2011.

At 18 months Katie was officially diagnosed as having cerebral palsy spastic quadriplegia. It was thought that Katie would never walk. Since then Katie has continued to amaze. She is now sitting independently, rolling and crawling. Now there is a chance Katie might get to walk independently provided she is successful in an operation (Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy) that can be performed in St. Louis, Missouri, America. SDR involves sectioning (cutting) of some of the sensory nerve fibres that come from the muscles and enter the spinal cord. It is a costly procedure. A local fundraising committee has been setup and a number of events are being planned. We hope to carry details of those events in the coming weeks.

Her parents John and Aisling are both primary school teachers in the parish, but it is important to remember the voluntary contributions that they have made to the young people of the area. Both are people a community can be proud to have. Aisling, who teaches in Owning was the stalwart of girls soccer in the parish, putting together many successful squads in the Waterford League. John too has put together many successful schools soccer teams in both boys and girls. Only last year he led the Piltown NS school girls 5-a-side team to FAIS Munster Glory and the All-Ireland finals at Tallaght Stadium. An avid but gracious Tipperary man, he has in the past also being involved in the Kilkenny Senior Camogie management team with Ann Downey and Paul Murphy. A team that reached an All-Ireland final against Cork in 2009, the same month that Katie was born. In the past they have willingly given their time and energy for our young people. The opportunity is now there for the community to help them out in their time of need.

You can donate at the Bank Of Ireland, Carrick-On-Suir to Account Name: Katie’s Wish To Walk. Account Number: 19529465 Sort Code: 90-59-69 IBAN: IE76BOFI90596919529465 BIC: BOFI IE 2D

More details can be found online at http://www.katieswishtowalk.com

MUNSTER FINAL DISAPPOINTMENT - The Piltown backboned Scoil Mhuire (Carrick-on-Suir) senior camogie team took on Coláiste Phobal Roscrea in the Senior Colleges “C” Munster Final in Templemore on Saturday.

On the previous Thursday, a goal by Chloe Blackmore with three minutes to go snatched the final spot for Scoil Mhuire from St. Josephs of Doon (Limerick) in Piltown. The goal gave them a 2-6 to 3-2 victory in the closely fought semi final with the game being level at half time 1-2 each.

The final was just as hard and closely fought. Scoil Mhuire led by a point to no score at half time thanks to a Debbie Phelan free in the 21st minute. There was no other score in the first half. The first score from play came in the fourth minute of the second half and it went to Roscrea, Three minutes later, Carrick got there first from play and it was a smashing goal by Mooncoin’s Roisín Crowley. Two minutes later Roscrea equalised after a poorly struck free was forced to the net. In the 18th minute Roscrea scored a point from a free to go ahead for the first time. Then two minutes after another deflected free put Roscrea in the driving seat. The Carrick team responded well but scores was hard to get. Niamh Dermody pulled a point back with and minute to go. Chloe Blackmore added a point on the stroke of full time. A goal was needed but it would not come and it was Roscrea who got the last score to win by 2-3 to 1-3. This time the there was no late Houdini act. I suppose you can only do that so often. Nevertheless, with only three girls on the panel in sixth year, you’d after to think Scoil Mhuire will be there or there abouts next year and they will be stronger mentally having experience the pain of defeat in a final.

Scoil Mhuire Panel; (All Piltown except stated) Aoife Norris, Jennifer Norris, Katelynn Phelan, Siobhan Dermody, Ellen Commins, Debbie Phelan (0-1 free), Mairead Power, Lorraine Long, Kelly Ann Doyle, Chloe Holden, Edel Long (Capt), Chloe Blackmore (0-1), Soracha Phelan, Niamh Dermody (0-1), Roisín Crowley (1-0) (Mooncoin), Subs: Sinead McCarthy,Not Used: Deirdre Purcell (Windgap), Jean Power, Sarah Connolly (Carrick Swan), Lisa McCarthy, Aine Power.

ANOTHER CHANCE IN MUNSTER? - As we go to press, some of the Piltown girls still have a chance of Munster glory. On Tuesday (yesterday) Scoil Mhuire faced Christ King Girls secondary School from Douglas (Cork) in the Munster Post Primary Schools Ladies Gaelic Football Semi Final. The Piltown club players involved are Jennifer Norris, Sinead McCarthy, Kelly Ann Doyle and Lorraine Long. Also involved will be Ellen Commins (Turkstown) who plays her club football with Sliabh na Mban in Tipperary as well as sisters, Mairead and Aine Power who play Camogie for Piltown but play football for Comeragh Rangers in Waterford. If Scoil Mhuire won yesterday, the Munster Final will be this Saturday. Watch out on the Piltown club website. www.piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie for news and information.

THIRD FINAL IN A YEAR - While it was not a great day for the girls it was a fabulous day for the boys as the Minor Gaelic Football team beat city giants O’Loughlin Gaels on their own patch in the 2012 Roinn A championship semi final. A Richie Phelan goal was the decisive score as Piltown won 1-8 to 1-6 highlighting as we’ve often said here the strength of underage Gaelic Football in Piltown. It is the third underage championship final from 2012, Piltown will compete in. Surely, the club administrators will now seriously start encouraging these players to contribute their talents at county level and hopefully, the hard working and dedicated county mentors of underage Gaelic Football will see a club has treated Gaelic Football with the respect it deserves. Panel: Ian Long, Tom Kenny, Nollaig Brophy, Shane Walsh, Jamie Murphy, Thomas Talbot, Michael O’Dwyer, Aidan Ryan, Donal Ryan, Richie Phelan, David Kinsella, Christopher Shum, Francis O’Brien, Kevin Walsh, Shane O’Dwyer, Martin Kirby, Alan Dowley, Thomas Murray, Jamie Norris, Ronan Ryan, Oísin Brophy, Conor Friend

PILTOWN SOCIAL CLUB - Piltown Social Club will be holding their annual dinner dance party night on Friday, 1st February 2013 at The Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir. There will be a four course meal served at 8:30pm. Music by Dave Rea. With door and spot prizes. Tickets are €25 each. Tickets are available from Donal McCarthy, Lory O’Brien, Patsy Kelly, Jim Connolly.

HEADING FOR SECOND COUNT - Log on to www.piltown.kilkennny.gaa.ie to vote for Piltown Greatest Ever GAA Achievement. All voters will be entered into a draw for a Waterford Crystal Monique Huillier Bowl.