The Village: Camogie, minor and under 16 hurling successes celebrated

CAMOGIE NEWS- Camogie chairperson, Rita Neary reports that the club’s camogie A.G.M., will take place on Friday night next, 22nd February in the clubrooms starting at 8 p.m..

CAMOGIE NEWS- Camogie chairperson, Rita Neary reports that the club’s camogie A.G.M., will take place on Friday night next, 22nd February in the clubrooms starting at 8 p.m..

In advance of the annual meeting Rita reports on a very successful year for the camogie club, winning the U-16 championship together with the Junior league and championship titles. A factor in this success must be the fact that there has been a noticable increase in the numbers of young girls turning up for training sessions in Nuncio Road on the allocated evenings. Rita also notes that the U-14 girls did exceptionally well getting through to the county semi-final only to have to accept defeat after a determined effort. The U-12 panel will recall the year with fond memories, having been selected to represent the county at the “Caman to Croker Activity Day” in Croke Park on Saturday 5th May, where they played three games on the “hallowed ground”. In addition, throughout the year they gained valuable experience travelling to participate in tournaments around the county and further afield. On Friday week last, the girls enjoyed a very pleasant medal presentation evening in the clubrooms, when the championship and league medals were presented by the club’s star defender, Jackie Tyrrell to the victorious teams. On the night a collection,--- which was well supported --, was made for the “Katie Wish To Walk” foundation. Thanking everyone for their support, Rita is especially grateful for the commitment given to the club by the players, team managers, their selectors, the many parents and volunteers who provided help in so many ways throughout the long season

CLUB APPOINTMENT- At Monday night’s management meeting, chairman, Tom Lanigan announced that Niall Connolly had agreed to act as assistant club secretary, a decision that was unanimously approved by the committee.

MINOR FOOTBALL- The minor footballers notched up their second victory in a week when dismissing the considerable efforts of the Erin’s Own minors on a 1-9 to 1-2 scoreline in a bitterly cold, Fr.Kerin’s Park on Sunday. Lining out without a number of “cup tied” college’s

players, they nonetheless played some free flowing football to dominate their opponents for most of the hour. Having played with a strong breeze in the first half they took a 1-6 to 0-2 lead into the break. With the wind behind them the ‘Comer lads opened brightly in the early minutes of the second period, scoring a goal after four minutes, after which the Village defence tightened up, marchalled by team captain, James Rafter, backs Adam Butler, Dylan Drennan and Paddy Gallagher to hold the Erin’s Own forward line scoreless for the remainder of the game. Further upfield, forwards Ricky Drennan, Michael Cotter, Cormac Connolly and Keith Morton were showing their considerable footballing skills, dominating and opening the ‘Comer defence with some “classy” movement of the ball but, too often failing to “kill off” the opposition with wayward shooting. Neverthless they added a further three points before the final whistle to claim the league points and remain the contention to defend their 2012 football league title

MEDAL PRESENTATION- The 2012 championship winning minor and U-16 teams received their medals at a presentation night in the clubrooms on Friday night. The event was attended by a large gathering of family and friends for the presentation to the dual winning league and championship sides. Chairman, Tom Lanigan welcomed the club’s guests for the occasion Bord na nOg chairman, Willie Dempsey and secretary, Joe Pyke, himself a former club treasurer, both of whom spoke glowingly of the club’s renowned youth development programme which has yielded rich rewards over the decades. Kilkenny Manager, Brian Cody before the medals presentation by club stars, Jackie Tyrrell, Eoin Larkin and Matt Ruth urged the young medal recipients to remain loyal and dedicated to the game and club, which, in time would yield further rewards for them at adult level.

KELLS ROAD DRAW- The February draw will take place next Wednesday night, 27th February in the clubrooms. Promoters ansd supporters are reminded that the committee has put the usual arrangements in place on the Tuesday and Wednesday evenings to accomodate early arrivals. With an announcement expected in the near future on the advancement of phase 2, namely the construction of the proposed dressingrooms, supporters are urged to continue their commitment to the cause, in the interests of “getting the job done”

JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP- Word came through from the recent Northern Board meeting that the club’s junior hurlers have been drawn against Barrow Rangers in the first round of the Northern Junior Championship to be played later in the summer. The winners will play Erin’s Own in the Northers Junior championship quarter-finals.

MAYO HURLERS- The Mayo hurlers paid a surprise visit to Kilkenny in the last week. On Saturday Kilkenny manager, Brian Cody sat in with them to give the “hurling minnows” the benefit of his vast experience which was greatly appreciated. On Sunday morning, former star mid-fielder, Derek Lyng, had a short session with the enthusiastic group before they boarded the bus for the long trip back to the west. On the Saturday they played Offaly champions, Kilcormac/Kiloughy as part of their preparations for their All-Ireland semi-final clash with Thurles Sarsfields before travelling on to Kilkenny.

G.A.A. GATHERING- The Kilkenny County Board has requested clubs to come up with ideas to support THE GATHERING,--- a tourism promotion by the government to encourage tourists / emigrants to return home during the year. Positive suggestions for consideration by the committee would be welcome !!!!

WORLD DAY OF PRAYER- St.Fiacre’s church, Loughboy will host a World Day of Prayer on Friday, 1st March. This will be an evening ceremony of song, gospel readings, reflection and prayer and will start at 8.p.m,. All are welcome

SOCIAL CLUB A.G.M.- The Social club’s A.G.M. took place on Wednesday night last and resulted in a number of officership changes at the helm. Michael (Icy) Brennan was elected to chair the committee in succession to long term social club devotee, Mrs.Phyllis O’Rourke who has stepped down after many years of service. Emmett Cooney was appointed secretary, taking over from Mrs.Margaret Casey. The committee expressed their appreciation to both Phyllis and Margaret for their work and commitment to the social club over the years. Mrs.Ann Owens continues as treasurer while Des McGrath and John O’Neill have joined the committee. After the years activities, treasurer Ann Owens reported on a satisfactory balance sheet, where after expenses of Eu1,208 the committee remains “in the black” to the tune of Eu 2,890 . The committee will be meeting again shortly to draw up a list of possible destinations for their annual summer outing. A great year’s work,well done to all.

BOXING- Boxing returned to the Village club on Saturday afternoon when the St. Patrick’s Boxing club hosted an inter club tournament in the clubrooms. Featuring young, males,and females, the club’s headquarters was a hive of activity with some 15 bouts in the different age and weight categories to be decided. The promotion provided many close contests and proved to be a huge success for the organisers, St. Patrick’s Boys Boxing club.

ART CLASSES- A beginners Art class for aduts will be held in Bishop Birch Institute on the Waterford Road on Thursday mornings from 10.30 to 12 noon. The classes will be small, friendly and materials will be supplied free for the first session.For further information contact Sonja at 083-3941220 or by e-mail at

MUSIC- Saturday night’s musical treat will be courtesy of Noel Shanahan & Eugene Dewberry

LOTTO- Tuesday night’s draw produced the following combination 7- 15 - 32. There was no winning ticket. Next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 3,400. The consolation winners were- Noelle Jordan, The Brennan family, Denis Lawlor, Valerie Kelly and Joan Kerwick