KELLS ROAD PLANTING -The second phase of the planting programme in compliance with the club’s planning permission will take place on Friday morning next (Good Friday) when another round of tree and shrub planting will be be undertaken on the Kells Road. A troop of over thirty members, friends and players will descend on the site at 9.30a.m, with spades,and shovels to dig and sow their way through the day’s planting programme, under the watchfull eyes of co-ordinator,Ciaran Walsh. An “all hands on deck” text has gone out from club secretary, Seamus Daly to ensure that the job gets done.
KELLS ROAD DRAW- The March draw takes place tonight, Wednesday 27th March in the clubrooms. As per usual all promoters and supporters are welcome to come along for the draw when light refreshments and “home” cooking, by Catherine Kinsella will be served during the evening. The development committee, which is hard at work organising the commencement of construction works for the development of the four dressingrooms is hugely appreciative of the continuing support for the draw, without which all progress would have to come to an abrupt halt.
PARADE “GRAND MARSHALL” - Congratulations to All-Star forward, Eoin Larkin on being chosen as the “Grand Marshall” to lead out the annual St.Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday week last. Blessed with fine weather, if, however, bitterly cold, Kilkenny’s 2012 All-Ireland winning captain headed the parade with his customery, up front, leadership persona. To complete a perfect weekend for the county star, Eoin went on to play a vital roll in Kilkenny’s national league victory over Waterford in Nowlan Park on Monday. Congratulations, Eoin, on yet another well deserved honour for the Village stalward.
KILKENNY- Following their well merited victory over Waterford, on Bank Holiday Monday, Brian Cody’s men travelled to Ennis,Co.Clare on Sunday to take on “The Banner” in a vital national league fixture, the outcome of which would determine Kilkenny’s future interest in defending their 2012 league title. Once again, rising to the occasion “The Cats” pulled off a dramatic one point victory to put them back in contention for a place in the knock-out stages of this year’s national league title race. The well worn cliche, “Goals win matches” was never more true, as Eoin Larkin, with pin point passes set up goal finishes for Lester Ryan and Aidan Fogarty at vital stages during the game to help kill of The Banner county’s determined challenge. After a slow start to the league programme, largely due to injuries, the county’s revived 2013 league prospects look a lot brighter and now hinges on the final league fixture against Cork in Nowlan Park on Easter Sunday.
U14 FOOTBALL LEAGUE FINAL-On Sunday week last at a bitter cold St.John’s Park venue, the club’s U-14 footballers secummed to an early second half onslaught by O’Loughlin Gaels in the U-14 football league final, eventually going down by 6-5 to 4-2. Throughout the first half, the game swung from side to side, with O’Loughlins dominating the early exchanges before the Village lads took over, scoring two goals and a number of points, in quick succession mid way throught the first thirty minutes of this, all city league decider. O’Loughlin’s finished the half the stronger fighting back and registering a late goal to leave only a single point, 3-2 to 3-1 between the teams at the interval. On the resumption of play, the O’Loughlin’s lads got into their stride early breaking through a previously watertight Village defence to register two goals and two points within ten minutes to put them firmly on the victory trail. Try as they might, the young James Stephens players simply could not pull back the lead, leaving the stronger O’Loughlin Gaels side to run out comfortable 6-5 to 4-2 winners, at the end of play.
ST. PATRICK’S BAND CONCERT- As expected, Saturday night’s fundraising concert in aid of St.Patrick’s Brass & Reed Band in The Watergate Theatre proved to be a huge success. The contributions of guest conductor, Norman Cree, and the twenty strong, Shripley Brass Band from Yorkshire, England along with local musical maestro, Noel Power added greatly to the entertainment for the appreciative, “sell” out attendance on the night. P.R.O.,Gabby Maher would like to acknowledge all who attended in support of the band -- so much a part of the St. Patrick’s parish musical heritage for over 100 years.
MEDJOURGE QUIZ NIGHT-Joe Malone of the Medjourge Youth Group is running a table quiz in Delaney’s Bar, Patrick Street on Thursday night 4th April to raise funds for an upcoming trip to the holy shrine later in the year by the city youth group, which is centred around the three city G.A.A.clubs. Support would be welcome
LOTTO-Easter is in the air and there’s a big JACKPOT to be won. Last week’s draw produced no winner with the following combination of numbers 1 : 4 : 9.. As a result the jackpot increases to a very enticing Eu 4,400 for the winner, with the bank holiday just around the corner. The consolation winners were: Triona Cullen, Jack Lawlor, Joan Murray, Paul Murphy and Maggie Burke.