Castlecomer - Bright sparks at Credit Union quiz

BRIGHT SPARKS AT CU QUIZ-The Annual Credit Union Schools Quiz was held in the Community School on Friday February 1st. Over twenty teams competed in the Junior and Senior sections. Competition was keen and both sections went to tie-breakers before winners and runners-up emerged.

BRIGHT SPARKS AT CU QUIZ-The Annual Credit Union Schools Quiz was held in the Community School on Friday February 1st. Over twenty teams competed in the Junior and Senior sections. Competition was keen and both sections went to tie-breakers before winners and runners-up emerged.

The Senior Section was won by Lisnafunchin N.S. represented by Pamela Byrne, Adam Marnell, Charles Feehan and Grace Mulhall. The runners-up in this section was Coon N.S. represented by Gráinne Kelly, Darcy Hutchison, Aoife O’Neill and Ronan Shore.

The Junior Section was won by Coon N.S. represented by Shane O’Neill, Shauna Cody, Kate Cullen and Joseph Reid. The runners-up in this section was the Boys National School, Castlecomer represented by Jack Judge, Owain Comerford, Kevin Brennan and Aaron Walsh.

The winners and runners-up in each section received cash prizes and third place in each section received calculators. The winners in each section advance to the Credit Union Chapter Finals on March 3rd in the Newpark Hotel.

Those representing the Credit Union were Sean Mansfield (Co-Ordinator), Eithne McKenna (Quiz Compere), Mary Mealey (Adjudicator), Markers were Gerry Dunne, Hilary O’Neill and Seamus Walsh, Scorekeepers were John Brennan and Ger Ferris.

ATHLETICS-Almost thirty athletes from Castlecomer competed in Gowran on Sunday in a series of Cross Country Races. All impressed - and four teams were medallists.

The day began with Under 8 individual races. Novice runner Molly Hogan was a silver medallist. James and Aaron Coogan made their cross country debuts also in the boys race.

The U-10 girls - Molly O’Dornan, Leah Brennan and Lucy Coogan were bronze medallists. Michael Brennan and Christopher Kealy teamed up with a runner from KCH to compete in the U-10 Boys race. U-12 Boys were silver medallists - Jack Murphy, Will Fox, Sean O’Dornan, Ciaran Meagher and Cathal O’Reilly are the runners at this level- regular readers will appreciate that several have a number of years experience and this is contributing to their success. The U-12 girls fielded two teams - Ava Coogan, Sinead Morrissey and Aoibhinn Brophy were 6th, while Ellen Lawlor, Nessa Morrissey and Sophie Kealy finished 9th. U-14 girls - Hannah Murphy, Eimear Stone, Aoife Cahalan and Niamh Morrissey captured the second silver medal of the day- the U-14 Boys - James Buggy, Adam Jacob, Killian Hogan and Nicky Connolly - another experienced team - were gold medallists.

The next event will be the County Team Cross Country Relays in March. Training will continue with both this event and the upcoming Track and Field season on the horizon. thanks

GAELIC FOR GIRLS.-Erins Own Girls GFC have commenced 2013 training for U-14 & U-16 Gaelic Football. Training is held on Sundays from 3.30 to 5pm in Ballycomey.New players welcome. Also any girls born 1995 & 1996 interested in forming an U18/Minor team please contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846 to register your interest. Once we establish numbers more information will follow.

Registration day for all age groups 7 to 8yrs,U-10,U-12,U-14 & U-16 will take place in March at a date to be confirmed. Training will commence for U-8,U-10 &U-12 in the first week of April.

SOLd-The sale of the Presbytery, Kilkenny Street has attracted quite an amount of interest both home and away culminating with the Public Auction by John Buggy, Auctioneer at the Newpark Hotel on Friday. The premises was purchased by Mrs. Betty Geary (Nee Shelley), Oprington, Kent for €175,000.

PARISH DRAW-Promoters are presently on their rounds seeking support for the Parish Draw in aid of the Church of the Immaculate Conception Refurbishment Fund. There are four monthly draws with a prize fund of €7,800. Tickets cost €40 for the four draws, if you are in a position to join your support would be greatly appreciated. Contact Parish Centre (4441262) or Sacristan Maureen Kelly.

CASTLECOMER DISCOVERY PARK IN FOCUS- TREE TOP ADVENTURE WALK.

The Spring season has put a new pep in our step here at Castlecomer Discovery Park.

And what better way to get out and active than climbing high above the tree tops

on our Tree Top Adventure Walk? Discover your inner climber along with your family and friends this Spring by completing the Tree Top Adventure Walk.

Don’t forget the Tree Top Walk, along with the Climbing Wall and Leap of Faith will be open during the mid term break.

EDUCATION PROGRAMME AND SCHOOL TOURS.

Our Education Programme and new Recreation Activities (Tree Top Walk, Leap of

Faith and Climbing Wall) generated great interest from many of the 1,000 plus teachers

we met at the Irish Primary Principles Network conference in January. The appeal

of ‘place-based learning’, through our field-trips and school tours was very encouraging.

We’re particularly pleased to have arranged excellent rates so that transport costs

for schools can be kept to a minimum. For any teachers/parents with an interest

in bringing a group to the Discovery Park please contact Mary to discuss further:

056 4440707

Castlecomer Discovery Park has launched a brand new website showcasing its all new look, logo and updates images. This was made possible through the support of a Marketing Grant from Kilkenny Leader Partnership to promote the on-going developments in the park, and the marketing of the new Tree Top Adventure Walk. The logo was designed to reflect the different elements of this beautiful and still relatively ‘young’ park since opening to the public in 2007.

Synonymous with Castlecomer, the Lime leaf represents the numerous Lime trees in the town and park- the pot depicts the superb variety of design craft studios/enterprises in the former stable yard- the multi-media coal mining museum and coal mining heritage of the area are represented by the fossil- the fish depicts the fly and bait lakes while the heart symbolises the friendly welcome which visitors to the Castlecomer Discovery Park receive by the all the team here.

The board and team are very pleased with the final result- we hope our patrons, funders and visitors/tourists will be too and that it will continue to contribute to the promotion of tourism in Kilkenny. Log on to www.discoverypark.ie to see and learn more .

ERINS OWN GAA SNIPPETs- FANTASY CHELTENHAM.

Erins Own major fundraiser, the 4th annual “Fantasy Cheltenham” is now up and running and the committee are actively promoting the event locally and nationally with participating clubs. Now regarded as a major fundraiser for all participating clubs including Erin’s Own, all Comer followers and supporters are asked to purchase their tickets from Comer sellers as all proceeds from these sales will go directly to the clubs development project which is due to commence in the next four to six weeks. Tickets for the weeks racing at the Cheltenham Festival cost €20.00 and with €10,000.00 prize money up for grabs throughout the week this is truly a great way of having fun with your friends and colleagues. All committee members have tickets now for sale. Buy a ticket, enjoy the craic and support your local club, Erin’s Own.

INDOOR HURLING-

Indoor hurling for all under 6 children is on every Monday commencing at 6.15pm until 7 pm. All children to have helmet and tracksuit/runners, Hurls will be supplied for indoor hurling. Erin’s Own would like to invite and welcome all parents to bring along their children to experience the game of Hurling with qualified coaches and plenty of fun and activity in the correct atmosphere. Any one with any queries please contact John at 087 2299555. Under 8s will commence indoor training also on the 18th February at 7pm.

LENISTER COUNCIL COACHING COURSE.

The Leinster Council will be holding a Coaching Seminar on March 9th in Carlow Institute of Technology for all Coaches of Juvenile Players. The seminar is titled “Your Child Matters”. This is an all day course and any coaches or those interested are asked to give their names to the Bord na Nog Secretary Martina Collins or Chairman John Buggy.

REGISTRATION DAY.

The Clubs Bord Na Nog registration day takes place on Saturday the 2nd March between 3.30pm and 5pm. All juvenile players and parents are asked to make sure to register on this date so as they are insured should they get injured and also that they become members of the club for 2013. Juvenile membership is €15.00 which is still one of the cheapest in the County. Adult membership will also be taken up on the day.

CLUB LOTTO.

Erins Own club lotto is now up to €19,600.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community

LIBRARY LATEST.

The Nattering Knitters will display their unique Tea Cosies in the Library from February 7th – 28th. This fantastic group meet on Thursday mornings for a cuppa and crafting at 10am. All are welcome to join!

Ted’s Den the local Community Childcare Service will show work from their children from February 19th – March 9th.

Wordaid continues to offer their Literacy Service on Tuesday and Thursdays in the Library. For information, contact Kathie at 7763149

Join our Toddler Group for Stories and Crafts each Thursday at 11.30. Make a Valentine Card this Thursday. Free! All are welcome!

We welcome Schools for structured Class visits. Organised activities arranged to suit. Ring 4440561 to book.

Our new opening hours are: Tuesday 10-1 and 2-8, Thursday 10-1 and 2-5, Saturday 10-1.30.

See www.kilkennylibrary.ie to access our catalogue, download music and audio books. Visit and like our Facebook page, and keep up to date on our news events and photos!

GAELIC FOR GIRLS.

Erins Own Girls GFC have commenced 2013 training for U-14 & U-16 Gaelic Football. Training is held on Sundays from 3.30 to 5pm in Ballycomey.New players welcome.

Also any girls born 1995 & 1996 interested in forming an U18/Minor team please contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846 to register your interest. Once we establish numbers more information will follow.

Registration day for all age groups 7 to 8yrs,U-10,U-12,U-14 & U-16 will take place in March at a date to be confirmed. Training will commence for U-8,U-10 &U-12 in the first week of April.

CASTLECOMER – PENVENAN TWINNING COMMITTEE FRENCH CLASSES FOR NEGINNERS.

An eight week course in basic conversational French for Adult beginners will commence shortly if we get enough take up. These classes will be at a pace suitable for adults who have no previous French. We hope to have four classes before Easter and four classes after Easter. Please contact Jerry Mullally 0872235442

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