The Village: Eoin brings Mac back

SUNDAY’S FINAL - Every year we collectively say, “this one was special”, but surely the finals of 2012 were just that bit extra special. From a Kilkenny perspective the replayed final,-- the first in 53 years-- had everything, the sheer beauty of the skills displayed, the courage of the players determination, the bravery under intense opposition pressure, the brilliance of the score taking, the excitement of rising above expectation for a team supposedly “near the end”, and, of course, Henry Shefflin and Noel Hickeys record breaking haul of nine All-Ireland medals. Yes, it had it all and more !!! From a Village perspective the thrill of witnessing team captain, Eoin Larkin receiving the Liam McCarthy trophy for the 34th time in the county’s long hurling history,after an enthralling acceptance speech, the delight for clubman and team manager, Brian Cody leading his charges to an unprecedented, ninth All-Ireland victory while under his watch, the exciting displays,and leadership shown on the field of play by captain, Eoin Larkin and his club mate, Jackie Tyrrell,and,of course, Matt Ruth a valuable member of the highly talented panel of players. Yes, without doubt, a day that will surely be etched in the memory of all Kilkenny hurling fans and especially, our own, James Stephens supporters. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Congratulations to long term social club loyalists, Derek and Eileen Brophy, 39, Riverview who celebrated 55 years of togetherness over the weekend. May you, both, have many more years of happiness together.

SUNDAY’S FINAL - Every year we collectively say, “this one was special”, but surely the finals of 2012 were just that bit extra special. From a Kilkenny perspective the replayed final,-- the first in 53 years-- had everything, the sheer beauty of the skills displayed, the courage of the players determination, the bravery under intense opposition pressure, the brilliance of the score taking, the excitement of rising above expectation for a team supposedly “near the end”, and, of course, Henry Shefflin and Noel Hickeys record breaking haul of nine All-Ireland medals. Yes, it had it all and more !!! From a Village perspective the thrill of witnessing team captain, Eoin Larkin receiving the Liam McCarthy trophy for the 34th time in the county’s long hurling history,after an enthralling acceptance speech, the delight for clubman and team manager, Brian Cody leading his charges to an unprecedented, ninth All-Ireland victory while under his watch, the exciting displays,and leadership shown on the field of play by captain, Eoin Larkin and his club mate, Jackie Tyrrell,and,of course, Matt Ruth a valuable member of the highly talented panel of players. Yes, without doubt, a day that will surely be etched in the memory of all Kilkenny hurling fans and especially, our own, James Stephens supporters. WEDDING ANNIVERSARY - Congratulations to long term social club loyalists, Derek and Eileen Brophy, 39, Riverview who celebrated 55 years of togetherness over the weekend. May you, both, have many more years of happiness together.

BEST WISHES - Best wishes to the Village senior hurling squad as they prepare for an crunch 5th round Kilkenny Senior hurling league/championship clash this Sunday 7th October against Erin’s Own (Castlecomer) in Ballyragget at 4.00pm. Best wishes to our management team of Niall Rigney, Fran Whelan and Adrian Finan.

PRE-ALL-IRELAND NIGHT - The winner of the autographed hurley at Saturday night’s pre All-Ireland night in the clubrooms was juvenile officer, Tadhg Donohoe, while social club member, Carmel Long (Mrs.Rockses) was the lucky winner of the two tickets for Sunday’s “never to be forgotten” final.

KELLS ROAD DRAW - The September draw took place on Wednesday night in the clubrooms. The lucky winner of the first prize of Eu 1,000 was Geraldine Kearney, College Square, (Bill Murphy). The second prize of Eu 200.00 went to Mary Ellen Grogan ( Dermot Grogan).E100. each was won by Eileen O’Brien (Jim O’Brien), Teresa Walsh (May Larkin), Paddy Burke (Catherine Kinsella). Prizes of Eu 50. each went to Howard Twiggs (K.McQuillan), Mary Cullen (Catherine Kinsella),Allison Hehir (Catherine Kinsella), Phyllis Larkin (May Larkin), Philip Parsons (Tony Scanlon), Julia Carroll ( Fr.Dan Carroll), Pauline O’Hara ( John Purcell), and Marie Dollard ( Catherine Kinsella). The promoter’s prizes went to Phil “Fan” Larkin and Orla Murphy. Once again, club chairman, Tom Lanigan thanked all the promoters and contributors for their continuing support for the Kells Road project, which with a “fair wind” will be opened for use by the club’s hugely successful under age structures from the beginning of the new season in 2013..

FORMER STARS RETURN - Good to see former Village stalwards from the 1960’s & 70’s, Niall Morrissey and his brother, Eamon, back on home soil from Australia, for a brief visit to their mother, Mrs.Nan Morrissey. Both Niall and Eamon were pivital defenders for the club’s senior championship breakthrough in 1969, some 32 years after the club’s previous success in 1937. Recognised as a teak tough defender, Niall went on to claim further championship successes in 1975 & 76 and added an All-Ireland club medal to his collection against Blackrock (Cork) in March 1976. Meanwhile, Eamon was recognised by the county selectors early in 1972 and went on to win an All-Ireland medal with Kilkenny against Cork, in that same year, just before emigrating to Australia with his wife, Kay. Some years later, Eamon returned to Ireland for a brief spell and was a member of the club’s All-Ireland club championship medal winning team in 1976. Welcome home, lads, and like rthe rest of the Village supporters we hope you enjoyed the trip to “Croker” on Sunday.

JUVENILE EVENTS - U-6 / 8 coordinator, Damian Casey advises that the weekly training and coaching sessions for the U-6 / 8’s finished up on Saturday, 22nd September. However, the young stars were given a memorable “send off” for the season’s end, when, as a lead into the final training match, they were paraded by the brass band, before meeting their heroes, Brian Cody, Jackie Tyrrell, Matt Ruth and Kilkenny captain, Eoin Larkin. The day’s events concluded with a welcome supply of refreshments, drinks and crisps for the appreciative youngsters. Well done to all on a great year’s work, including the group’s dedicated mentors.

BEST WISHES - We send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Mrs.May Larkin, St. Patrick’s Close, who has returned to the comfort of her own home after a short spell in the Waterford Regional Hospital to repair a fractured hip. May, widow of the recently deceased, club stalward, Michael “Muggers” Larkin has been a life long, loyal Village supporter. Get well soon, May

JAMES STEPHENS GOLF - Best wishes to the twenty five or so, James Stephens golf society members who depart for Murcia, Spain at the weekend, to test their skill over three of the Iberian Peninsula’s toughest golf courses. The group led by co-ordinators, Richie Manogue,Seamus Maguire, and Gabby Maher have been going through a rigourous “Ryder Cup” style training programme for weeks,in preparation for the severe golfing test ahead of them over the following week. Just keep the eyes on the ball, lads !!!!

ADDICTION AWARENESS - Mary Delahunty, P.R.O. of the C.B.S. Parents Council advises that the council has arranged for a presentation by the staff of Aislinn Adolescent & Addiction Treatment Centre to give a talk on the issue on Thursday, 4th October in the James Street School premises starting at 8.p.m.. All are welcome.

HEALTHY TOWN - The Healthy Towns awareness Project advise that Dr. Tadhg Crowley, G.p., and Kilkenny team medic will be giving a presentation on “Planning For Healthy Ageing” in Langton’s Hotel on Tuesday night next, 2nd October. The concept is to create an awareness for people to improve their health as they age. All are welcome

WEEKLY LOTTO -Tuesday night’s weekly lotto draw produced the following combination 21 - 23 - 32. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s draw will be for a jackpot of Eu 2,000. The consolation winners were - Breda Manogue, Eamon Tyrrell, Amy Dunne, Margaret Noonan and Ann Power.

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SOCIAL MEDIA -The Village has fully joined and embraced the world of social media and communications. Check out the Village website (www.james-stephens.com), Facebook page (http -//www.facebook.com/villagegaa), Twitter page (https -//twitter.com/VillageGAA) and YouTube page (http -//www.youtube.com/JSGAA).

MINOR HURLING -Well done to the Village Minor A squad who scored a determined and comprehensive victory over Emeralds (Urlingford) in the Kilkenny Roinn A hurling championship semi-final last Saturday in Tom Ryall Park. The Village led this ultra competitive first half encounter by 0-7 to 0-4 having defended against a strong breeze. Within minutes of the resumption of the second period, corner forward Tadhg O’Dwyer netted a three pointer. The Village continued to pile on the pressure throughout the half and claimed a strong victory. The Village boys will move on to play Dicksboro in the Minor Roinn A final (date to be confirmed). Best wishes to the players and mentors as the prepare for the final. Hard luck to the Village Minor B’s who fell short to a physically strong Carrickshock side in the semi-final of the Minor Roinn C hurling championship. The Village fielding a host of young Under 16’s competed tremendously throughout and were leading by one point at the half time mark. Carrickshock came out in determined mood in the second half as they struck the net a number of time to run out winners on the day. The Village will be disappointed not to get more out of this game as we missed a number of very good goal chances in the opening period. Well done to the players and management team on your efforts throughout the season.

CLOTHES-TOYS COLLECTION - The Club is appealing to all players, officers, members and supporters of the Village from near and far to provide old clothing, old toys, bedding wear, books, old mobile phones and novels that you may have stored away at home. We are looking for the materials to be bagged up and dropped into the clubrooms any evening and the club will stand to benefit financially from the clothing collection. Every small bit helps the club in a significant way! Contact any committee member for further details.