Tom Holden-The death has taken place of Tom Holden (Lickawn) after an illness bravely borne. It is not often deaths are covered in this column. However, Tom who was a coach with Piltown Camogie Club and Kilkenny Under-14 Camogie Development Squads comes at the end of a massive year for Piltown Camogie in which he played a key part and his loss to the club and indeed the community will be immense. Tom was a passionate GAA man who followed all codes from Camogie to hurling to Gaelic Football and Girls Gaelic Football. He had the unique distinction of being a coach in two codes at the National Féile Na NGael Finals, Hurling (2007) and Camogie (2012). His Camogie CV of success over the past few years makes impressive reading with Under-14 Roinn A and B county titles, Under-16 Roinn A County title, County and Leinster Community Games titles, Bronze at the National Finals of Community Games, County Féile Na NGael title and several Under-12 titles. Even while he battled his illness, he still coached at both club and county level and his last public appearance was fittingly at the Under-21 Roinn B Camogie County Final which his beloved club won. His standing in the community was clearly evident by the huge turnout at his funeral, many of whom were young players he had coached. It was not just a Camogie occasion; it was an occasion for all the GAA and in fact in was a community occasion. Sincere condolences go to his wife, Pamela, son Aaron, daughters, Chloe and Sophie, his father John, his sisters and all extended family.
KARATE-Piltown Karate Club competed in the Kanazawa Cup Competition in Clonmel recently where they took away 18 medals. The medal winners were: Gold Medals-Nathan Cooper, Francis Moore, Monica Griffin, Conor O’Shea and one Senior (Kumite). Silver Medals: Team Kata (Nathan Cooper, Carrie Littlewood, Conor O’Shea) and Individual Kata: Allanagh Twohig, Conor O’Shea, Francis Moore and Gavin Flynn (Kumite). Bronze Medals: Fiachra Twohig, Scott Steward, Monica Griffin, Dillon Jacob. (Kumite) Emmett Whelan, Rebecca Doyle. (Kata)
ALTAR SERVERS-The parish is looking for new Altar Servers from 3rd and 4th Classes in Piltown. To serve on the Altar the child needs parents’ consent. Consent forms are available at any of the Sacristies.
CHAT ABOUT IT-Many teenagers have expressed a wish to be able to talk about issues affecting their lives. To help them, the parish have started a “Chat About It” group night in which they can come along and share, listen and express worries, anxieties, opinions in a supervised setting. There is no need for our teenagers to carry their burden alone. Any teenager from 16 years old upward, interested in joining the group may contact Fr. Moore on 087-2408078, Sarah Cuddihy 087-9152196 or the Parish Office on 051-643112. Under 18s must have parents’ consent
VOTE FOR PILTOWN’S GREATEST EVER GAA ACHIEVEMENT-The debates continue in relation to Piltown’s Greatest Ever GAA Achievement. Early indications are that the more recent achievements are doing very well with so far only one achievement prior to the last decade showing up, but there is still two weeks to go before voting closes. Maybe this is also an indication of the age profile who are participating. There are many debates, interestingly although the 1992 Under-16 did not make the nominees for their Roinn A double, the nearest equivalent, the Grand Slam Under-16 team of 1985 is not showing too well so far in the polls. The latest achievement attracting attention that did not make the list was the successful 1960 Under-14 team, who won the club’s only ever Under-14 championship. Is it another glaring omission? Plenty of thought is being put into votes. Was the 1981 county junior hurling title better than the 2003 Leinster junior hurling title? Was Marie Fitzpatrick’s Camogie achievements more important to Piltown than Katie Power’s or Liam McCarthy’s versus John T Power’s? Were team success greater than the individual? Was the purchase of GAA grounds in 1945/1972 greater than building the GAA Complex on them in 1985? How important do people rate Piltown’s huge involvement in the Co-Op Draw? The choice is with the supporters and they have until Christmas Eve to register their vote by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The URL link for more details is http://piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/miscellaneous/competitions