Memorable day in local athletic history

Castlecomer Community School athletes - many drawn from Castlecomer, St. Abbans and The Brow Athletic Clubs - enjoyed success in several different events at the South Leinster Championships last week. The Colleges Championships are open to all students, and this was highlighted in the first Community School performance of the day when Paddy Judge, who is not a regular competitive athlete, ran in the 200m Intermediate heats. Katie Brennan followed in the Senior girls race over the same distance - here after a most competitive race, she was the silver medallist. This was the first of three silver medals which she earned - later over 100m and later again in the 4 X 100m relay she was to repeat the achievement. Kelsey Warburton competed over 200m at U-16.

Castlecomer Community School athletes - many drawn from Castlecomer, St. Abbans and The Brow Athletic Clubs - enjoyed success in several different events at the South Leinster Championships last week. The Colleges Championships are open to all students, and this was highlighted in the first Community School performance of the day when Paddy Judge, who is not a regular competitive athlete, ran in the 200m Intermediate heats. Katie Brennan followed in the Senior girls race over the same distance - here after a most competitive race, she was the silver medallist. This was the first of three silver medals which she earned - later over 100m and later again in the 4 X 100m relay she was to repeat the achievement. Kelsey Warburton competed over 200m at U-16.

Meanwhile, John Joe Kelly was powering his way to the gold medal in the Intermediate Shot Putt, which he followed soon after with a bronze medal in the Intermediate Discus. Cliona Quirke entered the fray on the completion of her Junior Cert Art Practical exam and captured the silver medal in the Intermediate Girls Shot Putt, in which Grainne Kenny also competed. Saragh Buggy led the way in the Senior Girls Long-Jump - for CCS her gold was followed by Anita McMahon’s bronze medal in the same event. Saragh went on to secure the Triple Jump title also.

Tom Davies and Jack Brennan battled gamely over 5000m; Eoghan Buggy completed the Intermediate Boys 400m race in 52.41 secs, both a personal best and a new South Leinster record. This achievement was based on a strong first 200m, a most competitive third hundred where he gained invaluable ground on his competitors and then a tenacious last 100m where he completed the task to nudge over the line first in a very tight finish. The final event of the day for Castlecomer was the Senior Girls 4 X 100m relay - the rich combination of ability, enthusiasm and preparation delivered a magnificent performance. While Loreto Kilkenny powered to the front, Anita McMahon’s first leg established the team in a healthy position, well in contention for a medal. Saragh Buggy strengthened this position on the back straight; Cliona Quirke defied her relative youth with an electrifying third leg, clearly gaining ground from lane 3 as she prepared to hand over to Katie Brennan - Katie, as she had twice already that day, chased Loreto’s Cliodhna Manning down the final straight and maintained clear distance over all other opposition.

Thus ended a memorable day - a privilege to be witness to! Today Adam O’Grady and Patrick Darcy compete in Morton Stadium Santry in the Leinster Minor High Jump and Junior Shot Putt respectively. On Saturday next, the Intermediate and Senior athletes compete in the Leinster Championships also.

CLUB ATHLETICS-The Kilkenny “A” Athletics Championships continued in Scanlon Park on Sunday. Castlecomer was represented from U-8 to U-18/19 levels. Excellent performances were reflected in a generous medal haul. Gold Medallists: Anita McMahon U-19 Javelin (Day 1); Conor Clarke U-12 800m; Andrew Dowd U-18 Javelin; Boys U-12 4 X 100m (Conor Clarke, Sean O’Dornan, Cathal O’Reilly and Nicky Connolly) ; Boys U-14 4 X 100m (James Buggy, Ross Connolly, Thomas Dwyer and Adam Jacob); Silver medallists: Molly O’Dornan U-8 60m; Cathal O’Reilly U-10 Long Jump; Sean O’Dornan U-11 60m; Ross Connolly U-14 Javelin; Emma Kenny U-16 Shot Putt

Bronze Medallists: Katie Clarke U-10 500m; Nicky Connolly U-12 800m; James Buggy U-13 Javelin: Grace Deevy U-17 Shot Putt; Anita McMahon 100m U-18/19; Andrew Dowd U-18 800m; In addition, David Allen finished 4th over 500 at U-10, Conor Clarke was 4th over 500m and in the Long-jump at U-12; Adam Jacob was 4th in the U-13 Ball Throw and Fabian Jacob was 4th also over 80m at U-18. Conor Clarke qualified for the sprint final at U-12, Katie Clarke replicated this at U-10; Maeve Delaney was a finalist over 200m at U-14. Castlecomer was well represented at U-12 in the girls events - Ellen Buggy, Aoife Cahalan, Emer Stone, Sarah Dwyer and Emma Dwyer all competed - Ellen, Aoife, Emer and Sarah combined in the 4 X 100m and finished 6th. The A Championships are almost complete - apart from the outstanding events in Kilkenny, athletes look forward in some cases to the Leinster Championships and in many cases to the Kilkenny B Championships in Thomastown in mid-June.

COMMUNION 2012-34 boys and girls from the Parish received their First Holy Communion during the 11.30 a.m Mass in the Church of the Immaculate Conception on Sunday. Communicants were ; David Allen, Chloe Brennan, Jack Brennan, Maeve Brennan, Shannon Brennan, Stephen Brennan, Aoibhínn Brophy, Sarah Brophy, Eva Byrne, Oran Byrne, Ewan Connery, Shane Coogan, Tommy Coogan, Caoilfhinn Deely, Orla Dowling, Luca Downey, Liam Doyle, Michael Fernandez, Emma Flattery, AnnMarie Harty, Jennifer Herbert Brennan, Michelle Kennedy, Ciren Mansfield, Ciarán Meagher, Ella Nolan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Katelyn O’Brien, Amy O’Shea, Lauren Power, Jack Rothwell, Michael Rowe, Adam Stone, Kim Stone, Ella Tynan. .

CARDS -Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Maureen Coady, 1st Lady Ena Wallace, 2nd Lady Joaney Collins, 1st Gent Gerry Kealy, 2nd Gent Bob Murphy, First Half Danny Hilton, Second Half Michael Ferris.

Raffle: 1st Joaney Collins, 2nd Owen Salmon, 3rd Leslie Hunter, 4th Leslie Hunter, 5th Joanie Collins.

Special Whist Drive on Friday May 25th in Castlecomer Community Hall . Top score €50 , adm €5. Whist continues every Friday night, players who are a bit rusty and in need of a practice game are very welcome from 7.30.

MR. M. RYAN.-The death has taken place at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny of Michael Ryan, Bowdens Court. Up to until he became ill he loved to socialize and the odd flutter on the horses. Born and reared in Kiltown the search for work took him to the Finchley area of North London where he was affectionately known as “Charlie Blue”. Both home and away he will be fondly remembered on Deenside as a real character and a quiet, kind, and gentle soul. He was laid to rest in the Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. He is survived by his son Michael (England) ; daughters Marguirette (Kilkenny), Jean (England) ; brother John (America) ; sister Margaret (England) ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.

UNDER 12’s-The under 12’s played Callan in the second round of the Callan Tournament on Saturday last in Ballycomey. With six more games to come in this tournament the Comer boys now have two wins out of two outings. The real winner of this tournament is that all players are getting plenty of on field game time which is what all these games are for. On Saturday Callan got off to a great start and went a goal up but once the Comer boys got up and running they clocked up some wonderful worked scores in both halves and in the end ran out easy winners. Next up is a match against Thomastown away next week. Team. J.Maher, L.Holland, D.Buggy, K.Ring C.Kruff, J.Buggy, B.ONeill, C.Clarke, C.McMahon, J.Buggy, L.Holden, J.Brennan, K.Brennan, N.Connolly,K.Hogan,James Buggy,

GIRLS GFC HISTORYMAKERS-History was made on Sat the 12th of May when 26 girls lined out for Erins Own Girls GFC in an under 12 & 14 blitz held in Clara.This the first time in its history that Erins Own have been represented in ladies Gaelic Football. Despite the girls being up against experienced clubs they all performed brilliantly particularly as for most of the girls this was their first time competing. The future looks very bright for girls in Castlecomer. Well done to all of the following panels; Under 12 Blue ; Nicole Allen O’Keefe, Roisin Allen, Dervla Bergin, Ellie Boland, Molly Boland, Leah Brennan, Ellen Buggy, Emma Dwyer, Sarah Dwyer.

Under 12 White ; Michelle Farrell, Katie Holohan, Rachel Holohan, Kate Mc Donald, Laura Mullally, Sarah Smyth, Eimear Stone, Meadbh Walsh, Aoife Calahan. Under 14 ; Eireann Korff, Anna Boland, Roisin Brophy, Ciara Curran, Francis Farrell, Niamh Walsh, Rebecca Ward, Laren Lucas. Thank you also to the parents who came to support the teams and help on the day.

CELTIC U8’S FINISH WITH A FLOURISH-The young Celts played their final games of the season on Friday night at home to Freebooters. The first game was a real close affair ending in a two all draw, the football on display from both sides was fantastic, real end to end stuff. Celtic had a number of chances cleared off the line and hit the post twice, while at the other end Booters had their chances also ,forcing a couple of outstanding saves from Luke Flanagan. The scorers for Celtic were James Coogan and Alan Smyth. In the other game the young Celts put in a fine performance but luck was not on their side as the away side ran out three nil winners. We’d like to say a big thank you to all the boys and girls who participated for the U-8’s this season of which there were twenty five, thanks to the parents and the coaches for their time and effort. We look forward to seeing all the kids at our summer camp in July.

Squad: , Luke Flanagan, Kieran Brennan, Dominic Bolster Connery, Malachy Flaherty, Robert Ring, Alan Smyth, Kiel Smyth, Callum Fennelly, Eoghan Moore, Evan Harding, Adam Woodford, Joey Rowe, Eoghan Mc Sweeney, Harry Roche, Adam Buggy, Josh Mayo, Eli Bolster Connery, Donal Keeley, Daniel Higgins, Paul Higgins, James Coogan.

TAKING STOCK-Deen Celtic hold their AGM on Friday at 8 p.m. in the Clubhouse.

LADIES MINI MARATHON-“The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital” are busy recruiting volunteers to participate in the Ladies Mini Marathon. Sponsorship Cards are available from Julie Meally, Director of Nursing on 4441246 or Christina Murphy on 087- 9886646. Transport will be provided and a bus departs from the Lime Tree at 10 a.m. on June 4th.