SENIOR HURLING-Ballyhale Shamrocks, the current senior county champions were always going to be a tough nut to crack in Dicksboro’s opening game of the league. Even without Henry Shefflin and TJ Reid, they were a formidable force today, a force the club were unable to combat. See full report in People Sport.
MINOR HURLING- Early last week, the Dicksboro Roinn ‘A’ minor team travelled to Bennettsbridge for their second game in the league and came away with their second win. The ‘Boro were leading by 1-9 to 0-8 at HT and scored a goal in less than a minute of the ball been thrown in for the second half and all looked well. Then the ‘Bridge started to really turn it on, scoring six unanswered points in eight minutes. The ‘Bridges direct running was causing us problems and by the twenty eight minute the side were level at 2-12 to 0-18 and the ‘Bridge were finishing the stronger. With two minutes left a ‘Boro attempt at a point dropped short, hit the ‘Bridge goalie on his helmet and went into the net. The goalie can count himself unlucky as he was looking directly into the setting sun but it was the break the ‘Boro needed to secure the win. Panel: Daragh Holohan, Conor Doheny, Dylan Scott, Thomas Kenny, Ronán Butler, Evan Cody, Corey Cahill, Stephen Farrell, Marc Cudmore, Shane O’Brien, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Kevin Kenny, Jamie Byrne, Paddy Cahill, Andrew Gaffney, John Hanrick, Jason Carroll, Mark Slater, Billy Rowe, Brian Comerford, Aaron Malone, Robbie Murphy.
HURLING FÉILE-The Paddy Grace hurling Féile was comprised of four groups this year, with the ‘Boro playing in Thomastown last weekend against Piltown, James Stephens and Ballyhale Shamrocks. Our first game against Piltown was one sided, with the ‘Boro well on top throughout. Despite this, you would have to complement the Piltown boys on their spirit, never hanging their heads, determined to try their best for their club. They seemed to have to dip into a younger age group and so would have difficulty coping with a strong outfit like the ‘Boro. Our next opponents, James Stephens, would not have the same problems and like all our games against our city neighbours, this was going to be a lot tighter. It’s been said so many times, but once again it holds true, goals win matches. Our first two scores in the first seven minutes of the twenty minute halves rose the green flag and we had 2-2 on the scoreboard before the Village registered their first point after twelve minutes. That would seem to suggest that we were having it all our own way, but that was not the case, as our defence were holding the Village well (or they were squandering their chances, depending which side of the fence you were sitting on). A late goal in the half gave the Village a lifeline. HT Dicksboro 2-3 James Stephens 1-1. An early point from the Village in less than a minute of the start of the second half may have signalled a comeback but the ‘Boro boys were not having any of it and struck back with 1-1 and all of this before the fourth minute has elapsed. That seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Village who were only able to add two pointed frees before the end of the game.. FT Dicksboro 3-5 James Stephens 2-4. The way the group was panning out, we had to at least gain a draw in our last game against Ballyhale Shamrocks to be assured progression to the semi final. This was not going to be easy, as Ballyhale had played out a tight game against the Village earlier and so were obviously a serious outfit. This proved to be the case as going into the dying seconds of the first half we only had the narrowest of leads at 0-3 to 0-2. Crucially, the last puck of the half resulted in a goal for the ‘Boro which put a different outlook on the HT score of Dicksboro 1-3 Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-2. The one thing about this ‘Boro team is that the more they play, the better they play, and despite the growing fatigue, they pressed on for the victory to set themselves up for a semi-final game against Graigue/Ballycallan next weekend. FT Dicksboro 1-8 Ballyhale Shamrocks 0-4. Panel: Kieran Galvin, Gavin Walsh, Liam Stynes, Stephen Cass, Liam Brennan Smyth, Johnny Minogue, Cillian Timmons, Joe Sheehan, Sean Boyd, Eoghan Moylan, David Campion, Mark Nolan, Justin Cahill, Brian Cleere, Tommy Farrell, Eamonn Morrissey, Tadhg Butler, TJ Stynes, Evan Clarke, Jack Connolly, Nicky Burke, Bobby O’Mahony, Daire Maher, Joseph Lacey, James Griffin, William O’Sullivan, Jack Tynan, Darren Mullen, Mark Kenny (inj).
CAMOGIE-The Under 12 squad had their first Go Games blitz at the weekend. The squad is divided into two groups of equal ability, Dicksboro Maroon and Dicksboro White. Dicksboro White travelled to Lisdowney on Saturday for matches against the host team, James Stephens and Bennettsbridge. The team opened with a win against Bennettsbridge, and lost narrowly to James Stephens and Lisdowney. Well done to the girls for their efforts, and thanks to the host club for the refreshments, buns and sandwiches served afterwards. Dicksboro White: Abbie McElroy, Annie McEvoy, Aoibheann Smyth, Ciara Davis, Ciara Mullan, Cliona Dunne, Dara Scobie, Emer Stynes, Issey Shine, Kate Dempsey, Lucy Keane, Robyn Comerford. Dicksboro Maroon hosted Young Irelands, O’Loughlin Gaels and Rower Inistioge in Palmerstown on Sunday morning. A stronger O’Loughlin Gaels team won the first match, but the girls confidence and performance improved as the morning went on, with a narrow defeat to Young Irelands and finishing up with a win against Rower Inistioge. Again, well done to the girls and to the mams and dads who helped out with providing and serving up tea and refreshments. Dicksboro Maroon: Aideen Ryan, Aisling Newing, Eva Loli, Casi Morrisroe, Eimear O’Reilly, Ellie Kane, Emer Phelan, Eva Carroll, Lucy Buckley, Moli Byrne, Niamh Moore, Orla Browne, Orla Morrissey, Rea Maher, Ciara Harte, Emma Murphy. The Under 16 team play Thomastown in the 4th Round of the League tonight, Wednesday at 7:00 in Palmerstown. Under 10s have their first blitz of the season this Saturday 4th May in Palmerstown. Training for U6s, U8s and U12s as usual Saturday morning 9:45 to 11:00.
GAELIC 4 MOTHERS & OTHERS-Get fit with Gaelic Football for mothers and others in the ‘Boro. An easy and enjoyable way to get in shape and really enjoy yourself with Gaelic4mothers and others at Dicksboro GAA Club, Palmerstown on Tuesday nights from 8 to 9pm with trainer, Sean Keane. The emphasis is on fun and bring the children, they are more than welcome but no toddlers. For more information contact Helen on 087-6645823. Try it once and you won’t be disappointed.
LOTTO RESULTS- Dicksboro’s lotto jackpot of €4,250 was not won on Thursday, April 25th 2013. The numbers drawn were 8, 9, 16 and 24. Other Prizes drawn were €100 to Sean Cahill c/o Paddy Cahill, €50 to Morris Family c/o Mick O’Brien, €40 to Siobhán Hickey c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Mrs. E. Cleere c/o Sean Breathnach, €25 to Roger Burns c/o Dicksboro, €25 to Threasa Treacy c/o John Treacy, €25 to Tom McGrath c/o Gina McGrath. Promoters prize of €30 to Paddy Maher, €20 to Edmund Nolan. Our next jackpot will be for €4,400. Dicksboro Lotto can be played online at www.dicksborogaa.com and following the ‘Play Lotto’ link.
ANNIVERSARIES- Saturday 4th May at 7.30pm, Kitty McCreery. Sunday 5th May at 10.30am, Patrick Treacy. Monday 6th May at 11am, Michael Brannigan.
BAPTISMS- Those baptised during April were Blánaid Rose Holohan, Bonnettstown, Sophia Hanna Connolly, Kells Road, Conn Ian Patrick French, St. Theresa’s Terrace, Christy Greg Treacy-Murphy, Thomas Square, Joseph Paul O’Neill, The Grange, Grace Louise Dunphy, Connolly Street. Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 5.00pm in St. Canice’s. Newly Baptised are invited to attend 11.30am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
S.O.S VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-S.O.S is a Voluntary Organisation for adults with a mild-moderate intellectual disability. S.O.S provides day services, respite and residential care. We are looking for people (hosts) to offer an overnight or weekend stay in their home for adults from our services. Each host is matched with one person from S.O.S and an expense allowance is paid. We are also looking for volunteers to support us in providing extra social and recreational activities for people in S.O.S. Are you that person or family? If you would like to know more about becoming a host or volunteering, please contact Kathleen Sherry at 056-7764000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FAITH FEST 2013-To mark the opening of the Faith Fest 2013, Celebrating Faith in Ossory, there is a concert in St. Mary’s Cathedral. Liam Lawton with special guests the Unity Singers will lead us in an evening of song and music on Friday 10th May at 8pm. Tickets €20 are on sale now from our own Parish Centre, Dean St.
TROY’S COURT VOLUNTEERS-Would you like to help out in Troy’s Court Day Centre-have you got a hidden talent for arts & crafts, singing, playing music, playing cards, flower arranging, story-telling etc. We would welcome volunteers to spend some time with the elderly who attend the Day Centre, in an attempt to add variety and increase their activity level and make their day more enjoyable. The Day Centre is opened Monday to Thursday between 11am and 3pm. If you are interested, please contact Frances on 056-7763117.
LOURDES PILGRIMAGE-Bookings can now be made for the 2013 Ossory Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes which will take place on May 22nd-27th. Fare is €735pps. Contact Eleanor at 051-880414 or email email@example.com.
MEDJUGORJE PILGRIMAGE-Sat 1st June to Sat 8th June. Cost (inc. Tax and Insurance €609 if €50 deposit is paid before 16th Feb.) €659 after 16th Feb. Contact Ann, 7765840 or 086 8825622.