Thomastown: Joe Dunphy’sbook launch

Sustainable Living Demonstration - On behalf of the Thomastown & inistioge Tidy Towns in partnership with the Kilkenny Local Authorities, we are happy to announce a free Sustainable Living Demonstration and Workshop on Saturday at 12 noon in the Thomastown Community Centre. Bookings can be made by phoning Rocky on 086 3184705 or Teresa on 087 7824717.

Sustainable Living Demonstration - On behalf of the Thomastown & inistioge Tidy Towns in partnership with the Kilkenny Local Authorities, we are happy to announce a free Sustainable Living Demonstration and Workshop on Saturday at 12 noon in the Thomastown Community Centre. Bookings can be made by phoning Rocky on 086 3184705 or Teresa on 087 7824717.

Joe Dunphy Book Launch - New Book to be launched in Thomastown On Wednesday night, 10th October, Joe Dunphy’s new book “When I Grow Up” will be launched in The Salmon Pool, Mill St., at 8.30pm. Joe is no stranger to launch nights. He was mainly responsible for the compilation of “Caoga Bliain Og”, a history of Cumann na mBunscoileanna, Cille Chainnigh published in 1989 on the 50th. Anniversary of the founding of Kilkenny Primary Schools’ Board. He was also the author of “Gaeilge ag Obair” an Irish Workbook for Senior Primary School Classes which was published by Folens and was used for many years in schools all over Ireland. In 2005 he published his first book of Poetry “My Home Place” which was followed some years later by a second volume “The Sweeping Arch”. Both books were very well received and their sales raised 16,000 Euro for the charity “Goal”. Joe’s latest publication is an account of growing up in Thomastown in the 1940s and 50s. It is a detailed account of the lives and times of children of Thomastown of that time but it could relate to most small towns and communities in Ireland. People will be carried back to those days as a very detailed and vivid picture is presented of the young people, their games and their pastimes, their schooldays, their inventivness, the pranks they got up to and, indeed, the tough times and the hard knocks too. The Tower Cinema is brought back to life, with great humour and wit, as are the Travelling Shows, the Fun Fairs, the Circuses and the Dances of those good old bad old days. The hurling matches inside and outside school, the great hurling heroes of the area, County and Country are brought to life. The Town, with its shops, businesses and places of employment are recalled with great detail. Add to all of this the fact that there is a host of photographs from the period and otherwise so, if you are from Thomastown, or know the place this book is a must. Even if you are not it is still a great read. Joe, who is a retired teacher, is a native of Thomastown. He began his teaching career in Byrnesgrove N.S in the parish of Ballyragget but spent almost 40 years in Ballyhale, firstly in Knocktopher N.S and from 1970 to 2000 in Ballyhale N. S. With his wife, Pim, he has resided in Dangan for the past 50years. Great interest is being shown in the coming launch.

TRAFFIC CALMING AT CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND - An allocation of € 3,000 was made in the County Council Road Works Programme fothe provision of Traffic calming on Marshes St., Thomastown, specifically in the area of the playground. Construction of a calming ramp on Marsh’s Street as part of the proposed works was delayed pending the completion of site investigation works by the Council’s Water Services Section to provide a new watermain along Station Road. The new watermain along Marshes St will include excavation locally to re-connect all existing services onto this new watermain. To ensure the new ramp would not be affected by the watermain works, the new ramp is located on the country side approach to the playground. Local residents were consulted to ascertain their views on the optimum calming location to help reduce the speed of traffic. “On behalf of many people, particularly parents of children who use the playground and who have expressed critical views on carless drivers to me over a long period, that this measure is now in place,” stated Councillor Michael O’Brien. Following on from the results of these works the County Council will examine if the provision of a second ramp in the area between the Marshes St. car park and the library can be a further aid to road safety. Additional signage has also been erected to warn motorists of the risk to children crossing the road in this area.

Local Lotto - €2,,550 jackpot was not won. 5 X €35 winners were: Mick Morrissey Clossgregg, Anna Walsh c/o Salmon Pool, Trish Dempsey Jerpoint West, Joe Dunphy Dangan Terrace and John Jnr and Carmel Coone Market Street.