DALTON HOUSE DAY CARE CENTRE LAUNCHES SECOND BOOK - John McGuinness TD launched “Life Through Our Viewfinder part 2” in Dalton House on Friday night with the committee, contributors and a large number of supporters. John congratulated the Dalton House Book group on producing their second book and providing a social history and record of how our ancestors in the past. Their food, equipment and technique they used and their ability to survive under difficult circumstances. John commented on the value of money for the HSE grant of six thousand given five years ago for the production of a book, this project having produced two books and five years of occupational therapy and entertainment, both for the contributors and the readers. John said in launching this book that he would like to encourage the group to write a third book. Canon Pat Dalton said the Friday afternoons spent producing the book were very entertaining and he thanked all the contributors for their work and the organising committee and Nellie Brett for co-ordinating the project. Canon Dalton thanked Paul and Aisling Brett for laying out the book, Sean Hurley for editing and Aine Mackey for assistance. He also thanked the people who supported the fundit programme and those who gave individual donations.
UNDER-21 HURLERS REACH COUNTY NORTHERN FINAL - The Under-21 hurlers have a county final to look forward following an impressive 1-13 to 1-8 victory over Tullaroan in Canon Kearns Park in Castlecomer last Sunday morning in the Northern Under-21 Roinn B semi-final.
They will now play a strong and highly fancied Fenians outfit boasting players who won the County Minor Roinn B championship in 2009 when they defeated Lisdowney.
Young Irelands defeated Fenians in the Northern Semi-final last three by three points, before suffering heartbreak when losing out to Emeralds by a solitary point in last years Northern Final – 0-12 to 1-8 – having led 1-7 to 0-3 10 minutes into the second-half.
At the time of writing, time and venue has yet to be confirmed for the Northern Under-21 Roinn B final.
YOUNG IRELANDS AGM - The AGM of Young Irelands Hurling GAA will take place in Gowran National School Hall this coming Friday evening 14th December at 8pm. All members are requested to attend. Non members are welcome to attend.
CLEERES RETURN TO TOP SPOT - Cleere’s Bar returned to top spot in the Kilkenny & District Floodlit league Division Two following a 2-0 victory over Rafter Dempsey’s last week. Cleere’s broke the deadlock mid-way through the second-half courtesy of an og, before Sean Kehoe doubled Cleere’s lead courtesy of a wonder goal with about 10 minutes to go. Kehoe displayed magnificent skill in juggling the ball over the head of the opposing defender, before volleying the ball with a smashing shot into the top left hand corner. Cleere’s returned to the top of the table as OS United were defeated 1-0 at home to Gathabawn.
FINAL RACE MEETING OF YEAR IN GOWRAN PARK - Tomorrow will see the final race meeting of 2012 in Gowran Park with a 7 race National Hunt card getting underway at 12.35pm in which it will be Carlow IT Students Raceday. 2013 will be a busy year with 16 race days down for decision.
The year will commence with the Thyestes Chase meeting on Thursday January 24th, followed by the Red Mills meeting on February 16th.
Further National Hunt meetings follow on Saturday March 9th and Saturday March 23rd, before four consecutive flat meetings on Tuesday April 9th(evening meeting), Sunday April 28th, Wednesday May 8th(evening meeting) and Thursday May 30th(evening meeting),
A National Hunt meeting follows on Sunday 23rd which is also ladies day before an evening
The Hurry Harriet Stakes will be the feature on Wednesday 14th August, before another evening on Wednesday 4th September.
The Denny Cordell Lavarack and Lanwades Stud Stakes will be the feature on Sunday September 22nd, and that will be followed by the traditional two-day October National Hunt meeting on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October.
The final meeting of 2013 will be held on Saturday 23rd November.
BUSY CHRISTMAS AHEAD FOR ATHLETIC CLUB - It’s been a busy period of late for Gowran Athletic Club and following on from the successful Stook 10 Mile in Dungarvan about a month ago, attention now switches to the County Senior Cross-Country Championships which take place from next Sunday afternoon at midday. Meanwhile, the club will hold their now annual fun run/walk for the 3rd consecutive year following Mass on Christmas morning.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES - Christmas Mass times for Gowran and Dungarvan are as per traditional during the festive period on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Christmas Eve Mass is on in Dungarvan at 7pm, before there is Mass in Gowran at 9pm. On Christmas Morning, Mass is on in Dungarvan at 9am, while in Gowran it’s on at 10.30am as is traditional.
SENIOR CITIZENS CHRISTMAS PARTY - Next Sunday one of the post popular annual events of the Parish calendar takes place. The Senior Citizens Christmas Party is expected to draw a large attendance commencing at 1pm. There will be a drinks reception to start the day before dinner which will be served from 1.30pm. Anyone who is of senior citizens status is welcome to attend such a wonderful confirmation.
CONFIRMATION IN GOWRAN - Confirmation in Gowran Church has been confirmed for Sunday 10th March and a general meeting of the parents of the Confirmation children will take place the first week after the holiday break in early January.
Leaders will be sought out for the weekly meeting sessions that will be held for 6 weeks before Confirmation following an enrolment Sunday.
There will be a training/information night for all the leaders as part of the initial preparation.
GOWRAN NATIONAL SCHOOL CHRISTMAS CARDS - Gowran National School have Christmas Cards designed by the pupils for sale.
A pack of 6 cards are €5. Contacrt 056 7726221 or call into the school to order.
CHRISTMAS GIFT – LIFE THROUGH OUR VIEWFINDER - Last Friday night, Life through our viewfinder part 2 was launched and the book recalls many memories and stories from the local people of Gowran and Dungarvan. There are copies available at Dalton House, Day Care Centre, Parochial House and in the local shops.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - Birthday greetings go to Margaret(Gretta) O’Leary who celebrated in style last Sunday.
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