COMMUNITY EMPOWERS AND EDUCATES ITSELF AT HISTORIC MEETING - An entire community was given a renewed breath of life when over ninety people attended a historic meeting in Windgap Community Centre on Tuesday evening. The largest of its type in living memory and the first in a generation it attracted all ages from every corner of the parish. Its size on the evening was even slightly reduced by the absence of the third level students who had recently returned to their colleges and the many parishioners who were stuck on the byroads of county Wexford on the way home from the ploughing championships. With Fr. Nicholas Flavin acting as the Chairperson, secretary and facilitator every individual present was able to give their opinion on the subject of “Planning from the Future in Windgap”. On the night the discussion was broken into two areas of “what we have” and “what we want” to face into the future for 2018. Relayed by roving microphones the inputs were shared and recorded and in doing so the attendance educated each other on the many new things to do, see and participate in. The expansive list ranged from the attributes of the Coshel built five thousand years ago down to the latest addition of the amenity area and walk in Windgap. For the five-year plan the list covered the many dreams and aspirations of an active community ranging from very small practical items to far seeing innovative ideas. It also included items on educational, care, heating, new social groupings, security, sporting facilities, communications and infrastructural needs and amenities. In a positive outcome the list of things to do to improve the area far out numbered the forty “haves” that were provided by previous generations. Ranging from simple no cost ideas to those that may require external funding the aim of every suggestion was to enhance the quality of life and facilities for everyone one in the area. In an innovative way to progress the aims of the meeting Fr. Nicholas invited interested volunteers to make the short walk to the table to sign up to become a member of the committee. The response was amazing with no need for proposing, coaxing or cajoling as a list of volunteers signed on to work on the proposed ideas with a view to streamlining and circulating them. Also going against the flow of discussions that takes place on all media outlets there was no mention or sound of the buzz words of recession, politics, religion, or finance as the local community was the real focus. Indeed it was noted that if the enthusiasm generated could be bottled it would be a top seller nationwide. As the ninety minute meeting drew to a close on a cold wet evening the morale of the attendance was visibly lifted as the crowd mingled, friendships were made and renewed and a myriad of possibilities were discussed with the hopes were that many of the dreams could now become a reality.
DEFIBRILATOR RUN - Windgap ICA are holding a 5K walk and 10K fund raising fun run on Sunday 14th of October at 2.30pm. Starting at the ICA Millennium Hall it leaves the village and travels over the scenic Bearna Breac. At the Butlerswood junction the walk returns to the village whilst the run takes the longer route via Cotterstown and then that back to the village. On the return refreshments will be provided.
ALL IRELAND FINAL NEWS - There was joy for all black and amber supporters with the County’s All Ireland winning performance in Croke Park on Sunday. The event was witnessed by a huge number from the area that attended the game and was celebrated on Sunday evening and at the homecoming in Kilkenny on Monday evening. Amongst the thousands of individual memories from the game are those of two black and amber clad Italians who accompanied their Windgap friends on Hill 16. The visitors were amazed at skill and intensity of the game and the mingling and the friendliness of the opposition fans. In addition they have a real memento in a match ball that flew into the crowd and it is hoped to have it signed for them by some of the winning participants in the coming weeks. TRAD SESSION - A traditional music session in aid of Trocaire will take place in Guinans in Windgap on this Saturday evening at 10pm. All are welcome to attend and support. LADIES FOOTBALL - Laura Walker, Jane Walker and Aisling Foley were part of the Mullinahone ladies football team who went down to a late goal to Clonmel Commercials in the Junior B Cup final played in New Inn on Saturday afternoon.
CAMOGIE FINAL - A huge crowd responded to the call and travelled to Tullaroan to support the senior side in the relegation final against St. Brighids on Saturday evening. On the day they faced St. Brighids Ballycallan who graced the senior grade since the early nineteen seventies when they were powered by Breda Holmes and Malone. On Saturday both sides were almost at full strength as Bernie Quirke formerly Malone just arrived back from her honeymoon before the throw in as the side was short their free taker Brona Neary. Never the less the St. Brighids girls took the initiative in the early stages on the resplendent Tullaroan ground. After going a point ahead Marie Doheny at corner forward posing problems with her pacey runs Windgap finally opened the scoring through a Denise Gaule goal after eight minutes. This was followed by a similar score from Niamh Bambrick as the side built a 3-4 to 1-4 lead. On the restart goals by Denise Gaule and Catherine Foley set the side well on their way to run out 6-15 to 3-4 winners. Having put in a solid effort under Pat Walsh, Dinny Gaule and John Walker in recent weeks the sides end of season form showed they could have been competing competitively for championship honours if all their players were available during the summer months. The sides were Windgap - Laura Walker, Eimear Moylan, Michaela Keneally, Clare Grace, Laura Moore, Elaine Phelan, Phena Heffernan, Catherine Foley, Lisa Phelan, Susie Dunphy, Ann- Marie Phelan, Niamh Phelan, Niamh Bambrick, Denise Gaule, and Joanne Cody. Subs - Nicola Moore, Terri Mackey, Julie Walsh, Aisling Cody, Sarah Grace, Gemma Long, Aisling Foley, Roisin Byrne. St Brighids - Emma Boland, Amy Hennessy, Sarah Dunphy, Nicola Butler, Sarah Mockler, Kay Ryall, Tara Hogan, Aisling Dunphy, Laura Hennessey, Amy O’Connor, Laurena Murphy, Orla Ryan, Marie Doheny, Antoinette Power, Rachel Buckley. Subs - Sarah Dunne, Andrea Murphy, Bernie Ryall, Stacy Nugent. The game was refereed by Peter Dunne of the Emeralds Club
CLUB NEWS - This Weeks Winning Numbers are 7, 9, 21, 28 and Bonus 10. Next Weeks Prize fund is €5,650. Tickets are available through Club committee members for the Kilkenny Senior hurlers training and holiday fund. Costing €10 the first prize is €5000. Thanks are extended to the Club Stewards who assisted with the All Ireland Champions homecoming celebrations from Kilkenny Castle to Nowlan Park on Monday evening.
CAMERA CLUB - Carrick Camera Club is having a photography exhibition in the Coastguard Station, Love Lane, Tramore. The exhibition is starting on Friday, the 5th of October and will run until the end of October. The opening hours are 10am to 5pm weekdays and 12noon to 5pm over the weekends. The official opening will take place Sunday the 7th of October at 3pm. Admission is free and all are welcome. TIDY TOWNS - The next meeting of the Tidy Towns group will take place on Tuesday 2nd October in Tullahought Community Centre at 8.30pm.
GUILD MEETING - A meeting of Tullahought Ladies Guild meeting takes place in the Community Centre on Wednesday evening at 8.30pm BRIDGE CLASSES - Classes for beginners will commence in St. Eoghans Centre Kilmoganny on Wednesday 3rd October at 8pm. No knowledge of playing cards is required and the classes last for ten weeks. The cost is €20 for further detail’s contact 087 2257498
NEWLY RETIRED - An ageing with Confidence Programme for newly retired people designed to offer older people support in living life to the full in a positive way will be run over ten Thursdays from 2pm – 4.30pm from Oct 11th. The course is run in partnership with Droichead FRC and Kilkenny Age Friendly County and is free of charge. Please contact Droichead FRC to book a place on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1
Do you want to improve on doing DIY jobs in your own home? Home Repairs and Maintenance Programme - Level 4. On completion of this programme participants will be able to understand and demonstrate basic plumbing, electrical works, tiling, painting, and decorating skills which will empower people to carry out tasks in their own home or create an opening for them to carry out further training. The course will be run over 5 Tuesdays (9.30am - 4.30pm) and will begin on October 9th. This project is funded by County Kilkenny Leader Partnership. The cost will be €20 per participant. Places are limited, please contact Droichead FRC on 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1 for an application form.
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