new MD-COMER NATIVE IS NEW MD IN LONDON Its refreshing to feature a note of positivity and this week we salute the wonderful achievement of Noel Saunders who has recently been appointed Managing Director of John Lewis Stratford. Noel is son of Nancy and the late Tom Saunders, formerly of Marymount, Castlecomer. On the Noel Saunders-John Lewis.com there are words of welcome and sales pitch from the brand new MD. “As the Managing Director of the new John Lewis Stratford City, I would like to welcome you to London – a place I hold very dear to my heart. It is a very exciting time for our capital city with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games fast approaching. And, just 7 minutes from Central London, Westfield Stratford City is Europe’s largest shopping centre with John Lewis the only department store at the mall. This John Lewis is like no other. For the first time ever we have brought together under the same roof the latest design concepts and exclusive products, offering a luxury shop fit and a unique shopping experience. This will include the latest technology as well as exclusive fashion, accessories and home products. From our shop visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular view of the Olympic Stadium and other venues within the Olympic Park taking shape ahead of the Games next year. And where better to pick up a memento from your visit than our London 2012 shop with more than 10,000 products. East London is changing, and it’s changing fast. The area has seen massive regeneration since London was awarded the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and John Lewis is happy to call Stratford its new home. We at John Lewis Stratford City hope you have a fantastic stay in London and get to experience everything that our fine city has to offer. We would love you to pop in to our new shop where you can choose from more than 350,000 products and experience our unrivalled customer service.” Noel Saunders Managing Director, John Lewis Stratford.
DISCOVERY PARK- The Tree Top Adventure Walk is now open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday’s from 12 noon, weather permitting (bar Tuesday 24th when the course will be closed). The ‘Walk’ is continuing to attract a range of new visitors to the park, and interest in the new Annual Car Parking Pass (€35 per year approx 65ct per week) is increasing with many visitors expressing their delight in supporting the park. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 056 4440707.
WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Margaret Kealy, 1st Lady: Kit Farrell, 2nd Lady: Mary O’Donnell, 1st Gent: Leslie Hunter 2nd Gent: Owen Salmon, 1st Half: Molly O’Brien, 2nd Half: Danny Hilton. Raffle prize winners: 1st prize D. Hilton, 2nd prize M. Coady, 3rd prize N. Fisher, 4th prize P. McGuinness, 5th prize M. Brennan. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.
COFFEE MORNING-Castlecomer Country Markets host a Coffee Morning in aid of “Headstrong” on Friday 27th July from 9 a.m. to 12 noon in the Community Hall.
NOW ENROLLING-College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs. (b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.
CHECK IT OUT -Oak Hill Residents Association will host a One Stop Pop Up Shop in the Community Hall on Saturday July 28th from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It’s a novel fundraiser and I’m reliably informed
SENIOR CITIZENS OUTING-The Annual Senior Citizens Outing is to Bray Co. Wicklow on Wednesday July 25th. Please give your name to the Day Care Centre Tel – 4441649.
LOUGH DERG-The Pilgrimage to Lough Derg is from July 22nd to 24th. Buggy’s bus will leave from Dillons Corner at 6.15 p.m. on Sunday July 22nd and will return on Tuesday evening July 24th. Booking before July 20th Tel – 4441264 or 087 – 2535989.
DEEN CELTIC ACADEMY-Now in its third year Deen Celtic Academy 2012 was probably the best to date. In all a total of 104 players participated ranging in age from 6-14 years. Every player received a set of gear including a rain jacket this certainly proved a wise decision given the continuous wet weather.
Main Sponsors were Eurospar Castlecomer and Rowes Topline Hardware, also O’Shea’s Planthire, Ricos Takeaway and Londis Castlecomer.
Coaches: Andrew Carron, Ciaran Stone, Derek Heaney, Aonghus Daly, Liam Wallace, Shane Purcell, Ronan Phelan, Griffin Carroll, Camp Co-Orindator - Shane Renwick Supervisors - John Moore, Deirdre Renwick and Eamon Nolan
CLUB LOTTO-Erins Own Lotto is now up to €14,450.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.
KELLOGS GAA CUL CAMPS-The national Kellogs GAA Cul Camps will take place again this year in Castlecomer from next Monday morning. There are still some places available for children both boys and girls from 7 years old. You can also book your child in on these camps by going onto the GAA website (www.gaa.ie) or by picking up an entry form on Kellogs boxes.
All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances.
Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.
GERRY HOLDEN BLITZ-Last Saturday week Erin’s Own Bord na Nog hosted the seventh annual Gerry Holden Blitz in Ballycomey. The gods were looking down on the days hurling as scarcely twelve hours earlier it looked as if the blitz would have to be called off due to the horrendous weather. However on Saturday morning six clubs provided the large attendance with great matches, plenty of individual star performances and above all enjoyment for all in the glorious sunshine.
The games were played in a great spirit with the participation of over one hundred boys on the day. The local boys entertained Dunamaggin in the first game and a few late scores saw the Comer boys across the line. In the other group Kilmacud Crokes from Dublin were proving the team to beat in all their games. Comer entertained Dicksboro in a race to see who would contest the Cup playoff and it was the city boys who prevailed. Comer played O Loughlins in the shield final and proved much too strong for their city opposition.
The final brought Dicksboro and Kilmacud Crokes together and in probably one of the best finals ever in this blitz both teams needed sudden death to separate them at the finish with the Dublin boys prevailing. All teams were then feted in the club rooms with the presentation of medals to all participants of all teams. Great hurling was played throughout the day with fantastic skill shown by players of such a young age. The Erin’s Own panel on the day was. Jamie Maher, Dan Coogan, Christopher Kruff, Jack Buggy, Declan Buggy, Cathal Holland, Conor McMahon, Kevin Holland, Conor Clarke, Lee Holden, Nicky Connolly, Liam Holland, James Buggy, David Ferris, James Brennan, Billy O’ Neill, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan.
ACTION CONTINUED IN CALLAN-On Tuesday last the Erin’s Own Under 12 boys travelled to Thomastown to take on Thomastown in the fifth round of the Callan Under 12 Tournament. Played in difficult conditions the Comer boys went about their job with great gusto and were rewarded when Jamie Maher finished to the net. With little separating the teams throughout the half it was the Comer boys who went to the break with a slender three point lead. In the second half Comer took control and with all the boys hurling very well they ran out comfortable winners on a score line of 5-6 to 1-5 to keep their 100% unbeaten run intact. Next up is the county go games this Saturday against Ballyhale Shamrocks followed by two matches in the Callan Tournament against Danesfort and Freshford. The panel against Thomastown was. Nicky Connolly, Liam Holland, Dan Coogan, Christopher Kruff, Jack Buggy, Declan Buggy, Cathal Holland, Conor McMahon, Kevin Holland, Conor Clarke, Lee Holden, James Buggy, David Ferris, James Brennan, Billy O’Neill, Kealan Ring, Killian Hogan. Jamie Maher.
UNDER 14 LEAGUE-The Erin’s Own boys have had a very busy schedule in the last week when they played their final two games in the league. On Tuesday last they local boys made the short journey to Coon where they took on neighbours St. Martins.
The Comer boys set out their stall from the start and were six points up in the first few minutes. This set the pattern for the rest of the half and the Comer boys went to the break nine points up courtesy of some lovely scores from John Dowd, Sean Buggy and James Brennan. The second half continued in the same vein with Ross Connolly scoring a brace of goals and substitute Thomas Dwyer also finding the net twice. In a completely one sided game the Comer Boys ran out on a score line of 9-8 to 0-7.
On Friday evening last the Comer boys made the long trip to Mooncoin to take on the local boys in the final round of the league. With both teams unbeaten in their previous matches this game was to determine who would top the group and proceed to the league semi finals. Mooncoin took the imitative and were two goals up early on but once the Comer boys settled into the game they knocked over a few lovely scores themselves to get themselves back into the game. A feature of this half was the free taking of Sean Buggy who knocked over five frees including two sixty fives to keep his team in touch.
A very well worked ball up the field with John Dowd playing a lovely ball to Ross Connolly who fired to the net set the Comer boys up for the second half. Scoreline at half time was Mooncoin 3-1 Erin’s own 1-5. The second half was end to end hurling with both teams giving their all. The Mooncoin boys shot over five unanswered points but the Comer boys came back at them again and were rewarded when James Brennan finished a good move to the net.
Comer then hit the post through Sean Buggy and when the same player hit the crossbar shortly after that we knew it was not to be their night. The Comer boys never gave up and fought to the end against a much bigger Mooncoin team. The final score was Mooncoin 3-12, Erin’s Own 2-6. Next up for Comer is a playoff with Lisdowney this Friday and all in the club wish the boys the best of luck.
UNDER 16 ROINN A SHIELD SEMI-FINAL-On Sunday last Erin’s Own under 16’s entertained Slieverue in the semi final of the Under 16 Roinn A Shield in Ballycomey. Played in good conditions it was the Slieverue boys who dominated the opening fifteen minutes scoring two good goals. The Comer boys didn’t panic and with a few positional switches fought their way back into the match approaching half time.
Going in at the break the Comer Boys had a share of the spoils on a score line of 1-6 to Comer and 2-3 to Slieverue. The second half was nip and tuck throughout with no more than a point or two separating the teams throughout.
The Comer defence stood firm against the strong running of the Slieverue forwards and limited them to only five frees in the second half. It was going to take a game changing moment to decide this match and it arrived when a long range free from the Comer half back line went the whole way to the net. Slieverue came back to get the next two scores to level the match but late into stoppage time Comer’s stand out player Conor Delaney split the posts after a well worked ball to give the Comer boys a hard earned but deserved victory on a score line of 2-9 to 2-8. All the Comer boys gave it their all with some great displays from Steven Dowd, Conor Delaney, Johnny Callinan, Sean Buggy, Niall McMahon, Shane Feehan, Rian Holden and Griffin Carroll. Team. R.Brennan, R.Healy, D.Holohan, J.Rothwell, S.Dowd, C.Delaney, J.Callinan, N.McMahon, S.Buggy, S.Feehan, P.Ring, J.Holohan, I.Holohan, R.Holden, G.Carroll.
SENIOR HURLING-Erin’s Own. 0-15 O Loughlin Gaels. 1-12. Our Senior hurlers took on O Loughlin Gaels on Saturday night last in the fourth round of the senior league in Jenkinstown. Played in lovely conditions on a lovely sod this was a very entertaining game throughout for the large crowd. The Comer lads will feel it was a point lost after leading by four with ten minutes left.
However a massive free from the brilliant Damian Fogarty gave the locals a share of the spoils and they go into the last game with a chance to still make the league semi finals and the championship quarter finals. Best for Comer on the night were Pauraic Keating, Conor Fogarty, Damian Fogarty, Gerry Callinan, Aidan Moran, Peadar Boran, Robert Moran and Martin Boran from placed balls. (Full match report in Sports section of paper)