KELLS ROAD DRAW-A new year of the Kells Road development draw commences on Wednesday night 30th May in the clubrooms. Promoters and supporters are urged to make contact with the organisers, Elsie Cody and Pat Millea well in advance of the draw to facilitate the early registering of names and allocation of new numbers to the draw participants. The committee will be in the clubrooms -- one week in advance of the draw -- on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd May from 7.30p,.m for this purpose. They will also make themselves available on the Tuesday night, 29th May and Wednesday night, the draw night, at the same times. Promoters may also e-mail the names to Elsie at firstname.lastname@example.org. The ongoing support, from within the parish community and further afield is very much appreciated by the club’s management committee, who recognise that the development of this project, so vital, for the long term future of the club, just would not be possible without this financial imput.
EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS NOTICE-The Eucharistic Congress takes place in Dublin from 10th to 17th June. An information evening will be held in St. Fiacre’s Parish Centre on Thursday evening, 17th May at 7.30p.m. It is hoped, at this stage that tickets for the Croke Park mass will be available at the meeting, failing that contact the Congress office in Dublin at 01-2981122 for mass tickets or indeed, any congress event. The local committee express the hope that “as this is an important event in the church calendar, parishes, schools, and homes are encouraged to decorate their premises to welcome the congress to Ireland”. Congress flags and bunting may be purchased from Irish Wholesale Flags at 09342024. Meanwhile Iarnrod Eireann will be running special pilgrimage trains to the congress on Tuesday 12th June and Sunday 17Th June. The Tuesday train is scheduled to depart from Kilkenny at 7.18a.m, to arrive at Sandymount station (five minutes from R.D.S.) at 9.30a.m., and will depart from Sandymount, that night at 10p.m.. The Sunday train leaves Kilkenny at 10.13a.m, to arrive at Connolly station (ten minutes walk from Croke Park) at noon. That train will return from “Connolly”, for Kilkenny at 6.10p.m. that evening. Advance booking with Iarnrod Eireann is essential. Some pariashes have organised their own transport. SPORTS STAR OF WEEK-Kilkenny captain, Eoin Larkin achieved yet another milestone in his exciting sporting career when he was awarded the “sports star of the week” nomination by the Irish Independant following his outstanding display when leading Kilkenny to an emphatic National hurling League final victory over Cork, last weekend, in Semple Stadium. Well done, Eoin yet again.
GOLF CLASSIC-The club’s golf classic committee has announced that the annual fundraiser will take place over two days on Thursday 28th, & Friday, 29th June in Kilkenny Golf Club. One of the very few classic where a “half-time, Full Irish “ snack break is provided to restore players lost energy and revive spirits for an assault on Kilkenny’s testing back nine, has been hugely successful over the years. The entry fee for a team of 4 is Eu 200.00, and includes a “goodie” bag, and a three course meal after the round. The committee is pleased to say that the time sheet is close to being filled, such is the popularity of the event. On display for the presentation of prizes later that evening will be the Tom Walsh Cup, the Liam McCarthy,and the National league trophy, which was won in such spectacular fashion by manager, Brian Cody’s,outstanding Kilkenny team in Thurles on Sunday week, led by captain fantastic, Eoin Larkin and his club colleagues, Jackie Tyrrell and Matt Ruth.
EXAM TIME-Best wishes from all in James Stephens CLG to all Village under-age players who are preparing to sit the Leaving and Junior Certificate examinations in the coming weeks. Hopefully all Village players will get on very well in the exams.
GAELIC FOR MOTHERS-The James Stephens Gaelic for Mothers and “Others” is back in training. Organiser, Marie Adams, extends an invite to all Village ladies saying “Why not come along and learn a new sport while upping the fitness levels and improving your health”. Training takes place in St.Kieran’s College on Wednesday evenings at 8.0p.m.. New members are welcome
QUIZ NITE REMINDER-The quiz night to raise funds to help finance a group of fourteen young people from the parish travelling to Medjuorge later in the year for a youth congress is being held in Delaney’s Bar, Patrick Street on Thursday night, 17th May. The fee for a table of four is Eu 20.00. Support would welcome and appreciated.
BEST WISHES-We send best wishes and a speedy recovery to former club hurler, Seamus Delaney, and proprietor of the landmark pub, Delaney’s Bar, Patrick Street, who is recovering in hospital following a car accident, last week.
SATURDAY ENTERTAINMENT-Johnny Carroll will be on stage for weekend musical entertainment.
WEEKLY LOTTO-The numbers drawn on Tuesday night were:10 : 11 : 24. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s draw will be for Eu 2,400. The consolation winners were: Des McGrath, Patrick Costello, The Brennan family, Billy Barnavilla, Eileen Larkin.
VINCENT MORRISSEY-The annual Vincent Morrissey U-16 hurling tournament was held in a sun splashed Village headquarters last Saturday. Teams that participated in this hurling tournament were, James Stephens, Rower Inistioge, Durlas Óg (Tipperary), Thomastown, O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim), Meath development squad, Glen Rovers (Cork), Mooncoin. After the keenly contested group games were played, Dúrlas Óg (Tipperary) and Mooncoin qualified for the shield final with the Tipperary side coming out on top to win the shield while in the cup final the Village boys clashed with O’Donovan Rossa (Antrim). The Cup final was a very competitive affair for long periods as the Antrim men took the game to the current title holders. O’Donovan Rossa signaled their determination with a goal nearing the half time mark to put the men from the Glens of Antrim in a narrow one point lead. In the second half the Village combined very well as a team to manufacture 3 green flags which put the red & green men on the road to victory. After the game the Morrissey family who put in so much work and effort to make this tournament a big success were on hand to make the presentations to the winners and runners up. A proud Village captain, Luke Scanlon was on hand to accept the Vincent Morrissey tournament cup on behalf of his great Village team mates from Betty Morrissey. Village squad: 1.Gavin Costigan, 2.Conor Browne, 3.Tom Cuddihy, 4.Noel Whelan, 5.Ben Hickey, 6.Dylan Drennan, 7.Jamie Byrne (Inj), 8.Luke Scanlon (Captain), 9.Michael Cotter, 10.Ray Lahart, 11.David Jordan, 12.Tadhg O’Dwyer, 13.Jake Scanlon, 14.Matthew McWey, 15.Dylan O’Shea, 16.Richard Stapleton, 17.Conor Byrne, 18.John McEvoy, 19.William Spencer, 20.Jack Butler, 21.Mark Doyle, 22.Adam Butler, 23.Brian Crowdle, 24.Thomas Murphy, 25.Naimul Hossain, 26.Dean Cornally. Well done to mentors, Richie Manogue, Murt Leahy, Leo Hennessy, Phil Larkin and John McGrath. The tournament was in memory of the late Vincent Morrissey, a promising young Village hurler, who died tragically, is much valued by club mentors from far and wide, as a competitive pre-championship preparation for their teams. Great credit is to due to the Morrissey family who put alot of effort and support into the organising of the tournament each year.
MINOR HURLING-Well done to the Village Minor A panel who have scored 3 league wins from 3 in the Minor Roinn A hurling league after the Village ran out 1-18 to 0-9 winners over Emeralds (Urlingford). The Village will now break for one month as alot of the players will be sitting the Leaving Certificate exams. Best wishes to all Village players who will sitting exams in the coming weeks.
Team: 1.Alan O’Beirne, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.James Tyrrell, 4.Ben Lahart, 5.Robbie Corcoran, 6.Jack McGrath, 7.Harry Wallace (0-1), 8.Niall Mullins, 9.Jack Cotter, 10.Matthew McWey, 11.Ricci Drennan (0-2), 12.Luke Scanlon (0-2), 13.Dylan O’Shea (0-2), 14.Diarmuid Cody (1-7), 15.Cormac Connolly (0-3). Subs: Dylan Drennan (0-1), Jamie Byrne, Hugh Lane, Andy Valentine, Tadhg O’Dwyer, Donagh Carney,
The Village Minor B squad are certainly punching above their weight as they scored an excellent 2-18 to 3-10 victory over Carrickshock. The Village got some vital scores from frees through Dylan Drennan two good scores from play compliments of Tadhg O’Dwyer and Dylan O’Shea which ensured the Village collected the league points on the night. Village goalkeeper, Gavin Costigan pulled off some fantastic saves on the night which deprived Carrickshock of some goals chances.
LEINSTER GAA TV GOES LIVE-Like James Stephens CLG, Leinster GAA is expanding its ways and means of communicating with the fans, clubs, payers in Ireland by launching its live Leinster TV website. By logging onto Leinster TV, you will be able to check out Championship Previews, Leinster Legends, Schools activity, Games Development, International GAA, and lots more besides.
LEAGUE FINAL-Why not log onto the Village You Tube site which has the recently won Allianz National hurling league final victory over Cork available to watch. Check it out by logging onto www.youtube.com/JSGAA
SYMPATHIES - The sympathies of the club’s membership were passed to Mr. Derek Noonan, Larchfield, and father of former city mayor, Malcolm Noonan on the death of his sister, Statia Lahart, Kilmoganny last week. Statia was in her 95th year. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION -Congratulations to all Children in St.Patrick’s parash who have received First Holy Communion last weekend. Hopefully all the Children and families had a wonderful day out and here’s hoping the they have a successful and prosperous future.
PADDY GRACE FEILE NA nGAEL -The Village U-14 boys will compete in the Kilkenny Feile na nGael tournament in Mooncoin on Saturday morning next. The group games will commence at 10.00am. James Stephens will clash with Piltown, Graigue-Ballycallan, Rower Inistioge and Glenmore in their group. One team from the group will qualify for a semi-final place which is fixed to be played at 6.30pm Saturday evening in Clara. The Village have contested this competition final for the past 3 years in a row narrowly falling short in the finals, however the Village reaching these finals is a sure indication of the great progress at underage level in the club. Best of luck to the Village boys as they bid to win back the Paddy Grace shield for the first time since 2008.