The joys of nature continue to roll along their well-tested timeline

PUMPHOUSE DOOR- The joys of nature continue to roll along their well-tested timeline despite the inclement nature of the weather in the early days of May. The arrival of a sole house martin on Monday evening week saw it continually checking out the line of nests under the eve that had been vacated at the end of last September and the early days of October. Possibly an advance scout that subsequently relayed a message the sky was full with new arrivals soaring about within twenty-four hours. Elsewhere the oak appeared well ahead of the ash bearing out the old weather forecasting adage, as the phenomenon of the local Sycamore trees is most noticeable with some in full foliage whilst others within hundreds of yards are still in the budding stage. The difference appeared stark as one appeared leafless and barren against the exceptionally large full moon on Saturday evening whilst just hours earlier, another in full leaf with the seat of its children’s swing mottled with lichen was being continually circled by a pair of swallows collecting insects. All around it bees could be heard and seen as they checked for nectar amongst its flowers. The arrival of the swallows, one of the many pairs who nest in the surrounding buildings meant that one of the best made plans to replace the pump house door will have to be reviewed. Planned over the winter months and lying almost completed on its back in the cramps on the bench, the delight of watching the swallows fly back in the narrow opening to check out last years nesting site has altered the timeline. The choices, with a wren now nesting in the cavity where one of the jambs was removed will now mean deferral or alterations to the hanging date and more than likely a return to the drawing board for modifications to the door to allow them ease of passage. In the meantime the old grey painted wooden door now propped temporarily will continue to protect its life giving source and observe the passing of time for another Irish summer. Elsewhere a pair of wild duck checking out for nesting sites briefly visited the Lakes in both Windgap and Tullahought. On the water whirligigs practiced their erratic or possibly synchronized movements as the larger of the tadpoles basked in the sunny sections near the waters edge. Nearby the bluebells were in full bloom whilst between the showers and cold blasts Alder, Damson and Crab Apple trees join the blackthorn bushes in proving warmth through their colour to the hedgerows. In the air a constant symphony of song was provided from their branches by an orchestra made up of birds ranging in size from a Fieldcrest to a Pheasant.

PUMPHOUSE DOOR- The joys of nature continue to roll along their well-tested timeline despite the inclement nature of the weather in the early days of May. The arrival of a sole house martin on Monday evening week saw it continually checking out the line of nests under the eve that had been vacated at the end of last September and the early days of October. Possibly an advance scout that subsequently relayed a message the sky was full with new arrivals soaring about within twenty-four hours. Elsewhere the oak appeared well ahead of the ash bearing out the old weather forecasting adage, as the phenomenon of the local Sycamore trees is most noticeable with some in full foliage whilst others within hundreds of yards are still in the budding stage. The difference appeared stark as one appeared leafless and barren against the exceptionally large full moon on Saturday evening whilst just hours earlier, another in full leaf with the seat of its children’s swing mottled with lichen was being continually circled by a pair of swallows collecting insects. All around it bees could be heard and seen as they checked for nectar amongst its flowers. The arrival of the swallows, one of the many pairs who nest in the surrounding buildings meant that one of the best made plans to replace the pump house door will have to be reviewed. Planned over the winter months and lying almost completed on its back in the cramps on the bench, the delight of watching the swallows fly back in the narrow opening to check out last years nesting site has altered the timeline. The choices, with a wren now nesting in the cavity where one of the jambs was removed will now mean deferral or alterations to the hanging date and more than likely a return to the drawing board for modifications to the door to allow them ease of passage. In the meantime the old grey painted wooden door now propped temporarily will continue to protect its life giving source and observe the passing of time for another Irish summer. Elsewhere a pair of wild duck checking out for nesting sites briefly visited the Lakes in both Windgap and Tullahought. On the water whirligigs practiced their erratic or possibly synchronized movements as the larger of the tadpoles basked in the sunny sections near the waters edge. Nearby the bluebells were in full bloom whilst between the showers and cold blasts Alder, Damson and Crab Apple trees join the blackthorn bushes in proving warmth through their colour to the hedgerows. In the air a constant symphony of song was provided from their branches by an orchestra made up of birds ranging in size from a Fieldcrest to a Pheasant.

JUNIORS WIN- In a crucial second round junior league championship tie Windgap traveled to Slieverue on Saturday evening to take on the home side after both sides went down in their opening games to Cloneen and Barrow Rangers respectively the first round. In an intriguing and high scoring competitive tie the visitors recorded a single point victory on a 2-14 to 3-10 scoreline. Played in perfect conditions in Slieverue where the facilities for players and spectators are being improved by the day Windgap scored first before the side was blitzed and led by 2-3 to 0-1 after just ten minutes. Fifteen minutes later an absolute turnaround saw the visitors lead by 1-8 to 2-3 before the home side out pointed them by three points to one before the half time break. After major discussions on the correct half time score the youngest player on the field Paraic Walsh grabbed an opportunist’s goal for Windgap before the on fire Gavin Quilty netted his and Slieverues third goal of the game in the early minutes of the new half. After two excellent saves by the Slieverue keeper and the home side looking the more impressive in creating chances the sides exchanged points on three occasions with the unerring Slieverue free taker and an Aidan Mackey point being the pick of the scores. A further Slieverue point from a free saw the sides tied at 2-13 to 3-10 with five minutes to go before James Murray repointed Windgap ahead as the final two Slieverue attempts went unrewarded. In the game Tommy Lonergan, Aidan Mackey, Paraic Walsh and Niall Doran were Windgaps best. The side meets Barrow Rangers in Paulstown in the third round next weekend.

CLUB NEWS-In the Lotto Winning Numbers were 2, 14, 20, 28 and Bonus number 16 were drawn. This Weeks Prize fund is €6500.00 Co-op draw tickets are available from Committee members

GOLF CLASSIC-The Clubs annual Golf Classic takes place in Callan on Friday and Saturday 6th and 7th of July. For all the details contact the Club or Golf Committee.

GALMOY WINDGAP-In Callan on Monday evening the minors went down to the home side. Short centre-back William Phelan who was injured with the juniors the previous day the loss through an early injury to Frank Phelan was another setback to the side who are now lying in third place in the group. On the previous Thursday the side had a fine win over Mullinavat in Mullinavat in the under sixteen grade and play Tullaron in Windgap on Thursday evening to play the combined side.

UNSOCIABLE BEHAVIOUR-The recent incidents against property owners, residents and the community continued when diesel was taken from machinery in the Windgap area. This follows the out of hours ringing of the church bell in Tullahought and further reports of ducks and geese going missing from their owners that has followed the recent disappearance of the badelynge of ducks from the local lake in Windgap.

BRIDGE-Recent winners in the Killamery Club Bridge game held in Quinn’s were 1st Elizabeth Lannigan and Pat Arrigan, Sarah Crowley and Alice Power, Margaret Comerford and Paddy Reade, Rita Townsend and Alice Lannigan, Maureen Cantwell and Kitty Meagher. Best Gross Kathleen O’Shea and Mary Walsh.

EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS-At the Holy Thursday ceremonies in Tullahought Church Patricia Power, Eileen Grace and Mary Walsh were commissioned as Eucharistic Ministers by Fr. Donal of the Capuchin Order in Kilkenny. They join Leo Conalty and replace Joan O’Gorman, Ann Marie Purcell and Michael Grace. Later in the evening in Windgap Fr. Donal commissioned Breda O’Shea, Liz Murphy, Joan Watters, Eileen O’Gorman, Catherine Meagher and Anne O’Shea. They join the existing ministers Margaret Mackey and Bridget Comerford and replaced Ann Foley Jo Jo Purcell, Helen Quinn and Olive Hawe.

MULLINAVAT REEL- Far from home around the dry stonewalls of East Galway the “Mullinavat Reel” was posthumously listed on a memorial stone as the favorite tune of Tony Molloy of Annaghbride. The plaque was erected in the graveyard of Leitrim Church in the diocese of Clonfert by his friends in recognition of his musicianship and kindness and recalled Tony’s interest in life and his career of over fifty years playing with the Leitrim Ceilli Band and later the Leitrim Ramblers. Details of the composer of the tune that is named after the South Kilkenny village would be greatly appreciated.

SAMARATAINS SUPPORT- A Music session in aid of the Samaritans will take place in Guinans, Windgap on Saturday the 26th of May. A Raffle will take place on the night and all proceeds will go to the Samaritans, a charity which lends a listening ear to people who are in despair or feeling suicidal. With a mix of Irish trad, folk, ballads, blues you name it, a great night is promised! For any details, contact Aoife Ryan 087 9984015 or aoife.m.ryan1@gmail.com. All support is greatly appreciated!

CAMOGIE-In Windgap on Saturday evening week the seniors recorded their second All County league win when they defeated County Champions St. Lachtains. Played on a cool evening with the breeze blowing towards the school goal the home side.

The previous evening the club hosted the Céile camogie final when Piltown recorded a single point win over Dicksboro. In a low scoring game of two halves the Southerners grabbed two goals in the first half whilst the city side with three scores that consisted of a goal and two points in the second half fell short by a single point of gaining a draw. In the skills final where Caoimhe O’Shea represented the local club. The club held their monthly committee meeting on Wednesday evening and requires assistance from volunteers for bag packing on Saturday next the 19th.

COMPUTER COURSE-An Absolute Beginners Computer Course will begin on Thursday, May 24th from 7.30pm- 9.30pm and will run for 3 Thursday evenings. This course is part funded. The 3 classes will cost €6. Please pay €6 at Droichead Family Resource Centre reception in advance to book your place. For more information Brid on 056 77 555 19 Ext 1

FLEADH CEOIL- Kilkenny County Fleadh Cheoil takes place from 25th - 27th May in Kilkenny City with Competitions, Ceili, Concert, Sessions and street entertainment. Entries for music, singing, set dance and sean-nós dance competitions will closeon 18th May. Enquiries contact 086 8249618.

NOTES- Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to windgapnotes@gmail.com by Sunday evenings at 6p