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DKK LOTTO - The winning numbers in the March 18 draw were: 1, 19, 31. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each: Johnny Barry, Richard O’Keeffe, Shem O’Keeffe, Katie Keane and Angela Barry. Next week’s jackpot is worth €1,600. The bingo jackpot in St Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €120. The Pool number is worth €410, Pete’s No 600.

DKK LOTTO - The winning numbers in the March 18 draw were: 1, 19, 31. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each: Johnny Barry, Richard O’Keeffe, Shem O’Keeffe, Katie Keane and Angela Barry. Next week’s jackpot is worth €1,600. The bingo jackpot in St Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €120. The Pool number is worth €410, Pete’s No 600.

PAT WALSH MEMORIAL PARADE - The annual Pat Walsh Memorial Parade will take place in Dunamaggin next Sunday, Easter Sunday. The celebrations commence with the 11am mass in St Leonard’s Church, Dunamaggin which will be followed by the parade. The guest speaker this year is John McGuinness TD, Chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee. The evening concludes with a cabaret in O’Dwyer’s at 9pm from which the proceeds will go to the Dunamaggan GAA club and the committee. This Easter Sunday Parade is one of the longest established Parades in the country and your support is very welcome so as to ensure that it continues and is still part of the local celebrations in 2016 and 2021 when it celebrates historic centuries of Irish History.

Training - Hurling training for U-6, U-8 and U-10 members was postponed last Saturday and has been rescheduled for next Saturday, March 30 at 2pm weather permitting.

FÉILE SKILL COMPETITION - The Dunamaggin Feile Skills competition was held last Sunday afternoon and congratulations to Robbie McCauley who was the eventual winner. Well done to all who took part on the day in bitter cold conditions. A special thanks to Tonnie Moore from the Hurley Depot who sponsored the winner’s prize. Robbie will now go on to the county finals on the Easter weekend. Participants on the day had to display a number of skills such as ground striking, free taking, jab lift and strike, ground cut, ball control and long puck. Those who participated on the day were:- Dylan Crehan, Eddie Dunne, Jamie O’Keeffe, Rory Lodge, Conor Hoban, Killian Lafford, Jamie McLoughlin, Cathal Ryan, Ian Walsh, Robbie McCauley, Darragh O’Keeffe, Harry Walsh and Conor Lawlor and Alex Moore. Thanks to Robbie Lodge, Pat Hoban, Dishy Walsh, John Walsh, John Fitzpatrick, Martin Crehan, PJ O’Keeffe, Eoin Dunne, Roy Cullen, Eoin Brennan and Denis Walsh Jnr. who assisted in the running of the event.

DEVELOPMENT PLAN - Kilkenny GAA County Board Chairperson, Ned Quinn, launched Dunamaggin GAA club’s five year Development Plan last Friday in St Leonard’s Hall. Mr Quinn complimented the club on its detailed plan and its contribution to Kilkenny Hurling and noted in particular the presence of three players on last September’s All Ireland winning team, William Phelan winning his first medal, David Herity his fourth medal and Noel Hickey on winning a record ninth medal - a record which he shares with Henry Shefflin and Noel Skeehan.

Club Chairperson John Hickey thanked all who worked so hard in developing the Plan and all who contribute to the club. He had a special word of thanks for Mary Moylan and her team who provided the catering. Dennis Walsh who chaired the Committee gave a presentation of the main items contained in the plan which covers all aspects of club life and development. He also stressed that the plan will evolve and develop. John Comerford, County Board, who attended and facilitated the first planning meeting, complimented the Club on its prompt compilation of the plan. Stephen Gilmore was thanked for his input into the design and layout of the plan.

EASTER CEREMONIES - This is the first year that Dunamaggin and Windgap parishes will be served by one priest. Thus the timetable of Holy Week Ceremonies has been changed from previous years. The ceremonies this year are as follows: On Holy Thursday, March 28 in St Nicholas’ Church Windgap at 7pm and in St Leonard’s Church Dunamaggin at 8pm.

On Good Friday, March 29: In St Nicholas’ Church Windgap at 2pm; in St Leonard’s Church Dunamaggin at 3.15pm; in St Eoghan’s Church Kilmoganny at 7pm and in St Nicholas’ Church Tullahought at 8pm. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Churches on Good Friday.

On Holy Saturday, March 30: In St Eoghan’s Church Kilmoganny at 6.45pm; in St Nicholas’ Church Windgap at 7.45pm and in St Leonard’s Church Dunamaggin at 9pm.

On Easter Sunday, March 31 masses will be celebrated at the usual Sunday Morning times. In Dunamaggin on Easter Sunday the Annual Pat Walsh Commemoration will begin with 11am mass and will be followed by the annual parade and cabaret on Easter Sunday night.

HISTORY OF DUNAMAGGIN - The next meeting on the history of Dunamaggin will take place on Tuesday next April 2 in St Eoghan’s Centre, Kilmoganny. Any information or old photographs of the villages of Kells, Dunamaggin and Kilmoganny from the past century would be very welcome. The committee would welcome any old material of historical value in particular relating to the cultural and social way of life in the community.

Variety Concert - Preparations are underway for the variety concert in aid of St Eoghan’s School, Kilmoganny which takes place on the Saturday of the June bank holiday weekend. In addition preparations are beginning for a celebration of music and home-coming for the August Bank Holiday weekend.

PROGRESSIVE ‘25 - The annual Good Friday (March 29) Progressive ‘25 will take place in St Eoghan’s Centre, Kilmoganny at 8.30pm. All players who play ‘25 are invited.

KELLS HANDBALL CLUB - Leinster Adult 40 x 20 Championships: In the Junior Singles Brendan Burke (Kells) defeated Shane Hennelly (Dublin) but was beaten in the semi-final by William Love (Clogh); in the Golden Masters B Singles Pat Funchion (Kells) received a walkover from Richie Culleton (Wexford); in the Junior B Doubles Diarmuid Burke (Kells)/Ger Anthony (Mullinavat) defeated Stuart Heslin/Alan Smyth (Louth) but were defeated in the semi-final by Peter Whelan and Andrew Dowling (Laois); in the Golden Masters B Doubles semi-final Paddy Fennelly and Pat Funchion (Kells) were defeated by Richie Culleton/John Bail (Wexford).

In the Ladies Junior Doubles semi-final Marie Walshe (Kells) and Rachel Hogan (Kilfane) defeated Tanya O’Toole/Una Byrne (Wexford) and in the Final they defeated Una Wrynn/Ellen O’Connor (Kildare); in the Junior Doubles semi-final Ger McGrath (Kells) and Ciaran Neary (Talbot’s Inch) were defeated by Noel Murphy/Michael O’Brien (Offaly); in the U-21 Singles Final Peter Funchion defeated Shane Walsh (Windgap); in the U-21 Doubles Final Peter Funchion (Kells) and Sean Butler (Talbot’s Inch) defeated Eoghan Hennessy/Pauric Maher (Clogh).

Juvenile All-Ireland semi-finals: In the U-14 Singles Conor Murphy (Kells) defeated Diarmuid Mulkerrins (Galway).

In the first round of the Juvenile 40 x 20 U 12/13 Team 6 representing Kilkenny were Dylan Crehan (Kells), Mickey Prendergast (Kells), Eoin Brennan (Kells), Ciaran Cooney (Clogh), Eamonn Brennan (Clogh), Davy Blanchfield (Kilfane), Jack Holden (Kilfane), Jack Hayes (Windgap) and they defeated Dublin. While the U-14/15 Team 6 of Roy Cullen (Kells), Conor Condon (Kells), Eoin Regan (Clogh), Aidan Barry (Clogh), Marc Purcell (Clogh), Dean Farrell (Mothel), Dion Bourke (Mothel) and James Culleton (Windgap) got a walkover from Dublin.

In the Boys U-13 B Singles Conor Hoban (Kells) fought off stiff opposition in a large group of players to reach the final and defeat Padraig O’Neill (Goresbridge).