VILLAGE HISTORY REVISITED - -The long awaited publication of the revised club history, FROM THE ARCH TO THE PUMP, to mark 125 years of the club’s existence will take place tonight, Wednesday,12th December, in Hotel Kilkenny. The “honours” will be carried out by Uachtarain C.L.G, Liam O’Neill. Author,Tom Lanigan has put in a phenonimal number of hours over the last two years researching papers, local and national, profiling longstanding club members and former hurlers, collecting over 500 historic photographs and articles associated with the club and the wider city and parish area, all necessary to complete a comprehensive publication, which, no doubt, will attract the interest of not only club members, their families, at home and abroad, but from the wider G.A.A. world and hurling fans around the country. The previous excellent club history, “100 YEARS OF THE VILLAGE” was compiled by former club secretary Christy Leahy in 1987 for the club’s centenary. The new publication will, without doubt, be an ideal “stocking” filler that will be much appreciated by all club and hurling fans to provide a pleasant and interesting read over the festive season.
ANNUAL MASS - The annual mass for deceased members, their relatives and friends will be celebrated by Fr.Dan Carroll in the clubrooms on Friday night next,14th December at 7p.m. sharp. All are welcome
CHRISTMAS KIDDIES PARTY - Compliments to the under-age committee members Dan Cody, and Tony Scanlon on their initiative in organising an early Christmas treat for the club’s U-6 to U-10 youngsters, as a reward for their hard work throughout a long playing/coaching season. The party took place on Sunday afternoon last, in the club’s Larchfield headquarters and in keeping with the spirit of the occasion, the enthusiastic “guests”, their friends and family members were treated to finger food, followed by a festive film after which “Santa” and his helpers, none other than, Kilkenny’s,captain fantastic, Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell, Matt Ruth and Kilkenny supremo, Brian Cody presented Christmas selection boxes much to the delight of the young “Village hopefuls”. The committee would like to acknowledge the support of Larkin’s Take Away and Supervalu who jointly sponsored the refreshments and selection boxes.
ALL-IRELAND PRESENTATION NIGHT - On Wednesday night next, in the clubrooms, the club will make, what amounts to an “annual” presentation to our Kilkenny stars, who gave members and hurling fans all over the county, so much enjoyment throughout an exciting 2012 season, which saw them regain, in exciting style, the national league title and retain the McCarthy Cup for the ninth time, in the fourteen year reign of clubman, Brian Cody, as team manager. The year, 2012 will also live long in the memory of many Village people as the year the club’s star forward, Eoin Larkin had the privilage of lifting the McCarthy Cup as captain of the 34th All-Ireland winning Kilkenny team. One can only state that they deserve all the accolades they receive as they head off on their Christmas forthnight “break” to the U.S.A. and the Carribean to soak up the sun in readiness for yet another defence of their hard earned national titles.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The Christmas monthly draw takes place on Wednesday next, 19th December, in conjunction with the All-Ireland presentation night for our Kilkenny heroes. The usual arrangements have been put in place for promoters wishing to register their entries early on Tuesday and Wednesday night.
AGM - Club chairman, Tom Lanigan announced at Monday night’s management meeting that the club’s A.G.M., will take place on Saturday 12th January. Secretary, Aodan O’Ruairc will be sending out nomination papers to members in the next week or so.
THE WALTON HERITAGE CONTINUES - Saturday week last was a day of mixed emotions for former Village hurler and Garda seargant, based in Portlaoise, Tom Walton, whose brother, Billy, sadly passed away just two weeks ago. On Saturday,Tom ‘s son, Tom (Jnr)., was a member of the Abbeyleix-Ballypickas U-21 team that won the Laois U-21 hurling title amid scenes of great delight, after a replay against, hot favourites Borris-Kilcotton in O’Moore Park. By all accounts, the Abbeyleix-Ballypickas lads had to do it the hard way,being involved in three draws en route to their first county title since 1978. By coincidence, Saturday was also, Tom Jnr., 21st.birthday, which evoked bitter/sweet memories for Tom (snr), as his late brother, Billy, played a huge part,--- scoring ten points -- to help capture the All-Ireland club title for James Stephens against Mount Sion on a wet Semple Stadium sod, in Thurles,on the 16th May 1982, --- Billy’s own, 21st birthday. On a happier note, Tom jnr., is the third generation of “Tom Waltons” to have won a county championship medal, each one having achieved that honour with a different club --- grandfather Tom, with Tullaroan in 1948, Tom(snr)., with Portlaoise in 1985 and now, Tom (Jnr)., with Abbeyleix-Ballypickas in Co. Laois. --- a proud record,indeed, for a family with a strong hurling heritage . LOTTO - The numbers drawn on Tuesday night were 17 :24 : 32. There was no winning ticket. next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 1,400. The consolation winners were:Evelyn Crotty, Muireann Dorney, Ann Larkin, Olivia O’Brien and The Brennan family.
MONTH’S MIND - The month’s Mind mass for the late Billy Walton will be celebrated on Sunday at 2pm in Foulkstown.
MUSIC - Paul Pigott will be back on stage for the weekend’s entertainment
GAELIC FOOTBALL SAFETY RULING : - An instruction has been issued to all clubs, by G.A..A headquarters advising that the wearing of a mouthpiece to protect teeth and gums will be required for all players playing gaelic football up to minor grade, with effect from 1st January 2013. This instruction will apply to training sessions as well as all competitive fixtures. Should a referee notice that a player is not complying with the rule he/she is required to give a warning to the player, and if he refuses to comply, the referee is obliged to issue a red card to that player. Croke Park has issued this directive on foot of the large volume of dental injuries and resultant high cost claims being made under the G.A.A.’s Player’s Injury Scheme in recent years. For further clarification of the rule parents and players should contact selectors before the season commences.
RED & GREEN SHOP - Niamh (086-7329057)and Angela( 086-0503636) will take orders for club sports gear for the Christmas “stockings”. Be sure to place your order early, not to be disappointed!!