CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS SWING INTO GEAR - Following the climax of Kilkenny’s All-Ireland senior hurling final victory over Galway, attention switches to the club scene and the Hurling and Camogie Championships. The group stages of the St. Canices Credit Union Senior and the Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate Hurling League resume this weekend following an unexpected lengthy break, and Young Irelands of Gowran play the All-Ireland Junior Club champions St. Patricks of Ballyragget in the final round of group games in the Intermediate league. Victory for the Young Irelanders will set up a league final clash with neighbours Clara. Meanwhile, the Camogie girls will be attempting to secure a third consecutive Junior championship final as they play league champions James Stephens in the semi-final this weekend. It’s the second consecutive weekend that they will be hoping to record victory over the village ladies, as last weekend they recorded an emphatic victory in the All-County junior league final last weekend in Clara winning 1-17 to 1-4.
CLEERE’S BAR WIN AGAIN - Last week Cleeres Bar face AP Systems and recorded another victory. Cleeres made a perfect start and Stephen Byrne headed home from a John Whelan cross early in the match to make the breakthrough, before AP Systems levelled from a penalty kick. A Colm Kennedy free-kick was deflected for an own goal as Cleeres regained the lead, before Colm Kennedy made it 3-1 after been set up by Stephen Byrne. Cleere’s created plenty of chances in the second-half, but they were denied by solid defending as they ran out 3-1 winners. Next up is Rafter Dempsey’s next Tuesday evening at 9.30pm in the Loreto.
2013 – THE YEAR OF ‘THE GATHERING’ – Gowran parish celebration - The coming year – 2013 – is the year of ‘The Gathering’ Events will be organised to celebrate the gathering or the return of those who have had to emigrate. Dalton House Book Group are making preparation to publish a book commemorating ‘The Gathering’. To facilitate and organise a possible weeklong celebration at parish level with various events during the Summer Months, a meeting will be held in Dalton House on Tuesday 16th October at 8pm to discuss such a celebration and all are welcome to attend this meeting.
GOWRAN PARISH MISSION - For the first time since 1995, a Parish Mission will take place from Saturday 3rd – Friday 9th November. The weekend masses on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th November will introduce the mission. On the Sunday, there will be a blessing of babies after the 11.30am morning Mass in Gowran with a special invitation for babies who were born after 2009. Later that same Sunday evening, there will be an opening devotions of mission, while on the concluding evening, Friday 9th November there will be Celebrating Community and closing of mission. For the closing mission, a written invitation will be received by voluntary committees to have a representative present who will present a symbol of their organisation or voluntary service. Other evenings include the themes of healing, family, reconciliation, Prayer and young people. Fr. John Hanna who is in charge of the mission will meet the Parish Committee and anyone interested in attending on Monday 15th October at 7pm in the Dalton House Day Care Centre.