HERITAGE SOCIETY - Conahy Heritage Society will host a lecture on Monday, February 25 at 8 p.m. in Conahy Hall. The main speaker will be Michael Conry, who will speak on the coalmines and culm crushers. Michael has published 3 books on the subject, Culm Crushers, Dancing the Culm and Culm Crushers in the Barrow Valley and Castlecomer Plateau. Castlecomer coal mines were a big influence in the greater hinterland, ranging from direct employment to coal deliveries with horse and cart. As many locals will be aware, Castlecomer back then was a very busy place.
Michael Conry lives in Carlow, was born on medium size farm in Tulsk, Co Roscommon and was educated in Bishop Hodson’s Grammar School, Elphin and Roscommon C.B.S. After graduating in agriculture science from UCG and UCD in 1958, he was appointed a Research Officer in An Foras Talútais. He was awarded a M. Sc. by Ghent University and a Ph. D. by Trinity College Dublin. Michael has published many books and numerous scientific papers on soil types in many counties in Ireland. In 1990, Michael was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Soil Scientists (UK). A number of countries in the developing world have also availed of Michael’s expertise.
Over the last twenty years, primarily as result of his close contact with the environment and especially through the influence of his friend and mentor, the late Prof. Mitchell, Michael has devoted most of his extra-curricular activities to the study of various aspects of Ireland’s cultural heritage. He has already published six books on a number of different subjects.
There are still many stories and memories of the coalmines. Anyone in the locality wishes to hear and maybe share some stories is most welcome to attend.
FOOTBALL - The senior footballers met a far superior Muckalee team in their latest game in the JJ Kavanagh & Sons Senior Football League in Jenkinstown on Saturday afternoon last. The locals could have no arguments with the final result, as their opponents, who are the reigning senior champions, showed their superiority from an early stage. Conahy battled hard in the opening half but the Muckalee attack were very much on top and threatened the Conahy goal with virtually every attack. At half-time, they led 2-7 to 0-3 and when they opened the second half with another goal, the game was virtually over as a contest. Conahy were eventually rewarded for the efforts with a goal of their own, but Muckalee were still well out in front at the finish, as they won out on a 4-14 to 1-7 score line.
TEAM: Sean Brennan; David Baldwin; Eoin Byrne; Stephen Brennan; Thomas (Lenny) Nolan; Eoin Carroll; Paddy Mullan; John Wallace; Declan Buggy; Peter Vickery; John Muldowney; Shane Brennan; Thomas (Mossie) Nolan; Barry Murphy; Ger Byrne. Subs: David Buggy; Joe Keohane, Daire Connery; Joe Mullan.
CAMOGIE - A table quiz in aid of Conahy Shamrocks Camogie Club will be held on this Sunday night in the GAA Clubhouse, starting at 6 p.m. All support for this cause would be appreciated.
Congratulations also go to club players Danielle Morrissey, Sarah Molloy and Katelyn Leahy who won Leinster Colleges medals with Castlecomer Community School and to Niamh Delaney and Roisín Phelan who also won a Leinster title with Loreto Convent.
MEMBERSHIP - GAA club membership is also now due for the coming year. The rates for 2013 are unchanged from last year – a single person rate is €40, a married couple rate is €60, a student rate is €30, and a social member rate is €10. There is also the option of pre-ordering a Piltown Co-Op draw ticket for an additional €30 (€50 normal price). Standing orders forms are also available on the GAA Club website if anyone wishes to pay by such means. Members are asked to pay as soon as possible.
ADULT DANCING - The first night of adult dancing in the GAA Club House where the Skeough Ramblers provided the music was well attended. The next dancing night will take place in the March. Further details will be given here in the coming weeks.
DARTS - The Conahy Darts Club is in action on this Friday night in Shortall’s of Castlecomer in the Darts Tournament Final. The local side which plays out of the GAA Club House in Jenkinstown has a good track record in this annual tournament involving many teams from around North Kilkenny. But they face a stiff challenge on Friday night against Paschal’s from Johnstown. The North Kilkenny side has beaten the Conahy men both home and away this year and will enter Friday’s final as the favourites. The Conahy men, though, have shown good form in all their other games and will not be overawed by the challenge from the Johnstown men.
The following are on the Conahy team – Kenny Dooley; Stewie Comerford; Robbie Whelan; Declan Downey; Murty Leahy; Derrin Moloney; Willie Conry and the side is managed by Shay Healy.
The players look forward to receiving good support in Castlecomer on Friday night.
FANTASY CHELTENHAM - Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club is participating in this year’s Fantasy Cheltenham Fund-Raising event which is organised once again by the Erin’s Own GAA Club (Castlecomer). Tickets will be on sale in the GAA Club House and from Committee members over the coming weeks. Players and supporters are encouraged to only purchase tickets from Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club.
LOTTO RESULTS - The numbers in the recent Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto draw were 7, 30 and 35. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Helen Molloy, Michael Hester, Seamus Dooley, Mick & Helen Cahill and Karl Downey. The promoters’ prize winners were Carmel Buggy, Margaret Buggy and Jim Reilly. This week’s jackpot now stands at €5,300.