Castlecomer -

Maurice Shortall

Reporter:

Maurice Shortall

MASTERS IN MULLINGAR

MASTERS IN MULLINGAR

Deen Celtic advanced to the fourth round of the Leinster Junior Cup with an excellent 3-1 win under lights away to Mullingar Athletic on Saturday night. After a pretty even first half the score was 0-0 at half time however Celtic started the better after the break and scored through Peadar Boran. Celtic eased of after this and let Mullingar back into the game to snatch an equalizer and leave the game tied 1-1 at full time. Celtic drove on in extra time and went 2-1 up through Shaun Holden. The game was made safe when Peadar Boran finished of a great move for his second goal. Johnny McClean’s charges worked hard throughout the game and got their just reward with an impressive victory.

Team ; Robbie Lynch, James Sherwood, Tom Dowling, Caleb Roche, Alan Phelan, Neil Murtagh, Anthony Kavanagh, John Doheny, Shaun Holden, David Lynch, Ronan Phelan. Subs ; Peader Boran, Richie Lynch. Celtic have been again drawn away in round five to Real Transylvania weekend 30th Nov/1st Dec. Meanwhile its back to League action next weekend with a home tie on Sunday against Newpark B kick off at 2pm.

Deen Celtic A.F.C. Silver Circle results Nov 17th

1st €150 Liz Kealy Promoter—Jack Delaney ; 2nd €75 Dickie Healy Promoter—Jimmy Harding ; 3rd €50 Catherine Walker Promoter –Jimmy Harding ; 4th €25 James Sherwood Promoter – James Sherwood.

ROCAMAER RELOCATES

The best of luck is extended to Rocamaer Flowers (Proprietor Marion Fitzpatrick) who has relocated to The Square. In what are challenging times for all businesses this is a brave move. Cutting the ribbon Cllr. Maurice Shortall made a special plea to all in the community to support and buy local produce. “If we want to maintain local services then it is imperative to support them 100% all of the time. Rocamaer Flowers is now in its 11th year and its success is built on quality and affordability,” said Cllr. Shortall.

ATHLETICS

‘Set over a challenging but enjoyable 10-mile route, the Stook Ten is the end-of-year road race challenge you’ve been waiting for’ claim the organisers - Castlecomer’s Janette Boran put their claim to the test on Sunday on the roads around Gowran and was the 5th Kilkenny lady home.

Meanwhile, three athletes competed in the All Ireland Cross Country Championships in Santry - Lauren Dermody was well placed in the U18 race where she was part of the bronze medal winning Kilkenny team; Hannah Murphy (U14) and Sean Buggy (U16) also competed but in their races Kilkenny did not feature in the medals.

The second stage of the All Ireland Cross Country Championships will be on December 1st, while many of the club members will have their next competitive opportunity in the County B Championships on December 15th.

GAELIC4MOTHERS & OTHERS !

Erin’s Own ladies have now finished football training for the 2013 season. This year again proved a great success for this bunch of ladies who set out on a 6 week venture in 2009 and are still up and running.

The season was a very busy one with training every Monday night under the guidance of super coach Andy Korff who works tirelessly with the club week in week out. It is no doubt down to Andy and his commitment that the ladies club is still up and running. The training regime was tougher this year but the feedback from all the players was very positive, so Andy a big thank you from all the ladies.

The ladies took part in the Leinster Blitz in June, the Conahy blitz in August and the All Ireland Blitz in Dublin in October. The ladies were also delighted to take part in the mixed men and women game in Ballycomey in August. The All Ireland blitz was a great day out, starting with Mr Motivator doing a warm up with all the ladies taking part. They then went on to play 5 games in total with great football being played in terrible wet conditions. Following the blitz the ladies travelled to Naas where they had a lovely meal and finished the day with a visit to Bollard’s on their return to Comer. A special thanks to Majella Deevy for all her help on the day. Although the football is now finished the ladies will be busy over the next few months getting ready for their Christmas Karaoke Night and of course New Year’s Day 2014.

Gaelic4Mothers would like to say a very big thank you to a local businessman who because of his generosity, allowed the ladies to purchase training tops at the start of the season. We would also like to thank Eurospar for providing us with food and drinks for our blitz days and to Billy Moran, Chairman Erin’s Own for his support and help to us all season.

AUTUMN FAIR

The Castlecomer Union of Parishes annual autumn fair takes place in the Wandesforde Hall (opposite the old Avalon House Hotel) at 7pm on Friday 22 November. There’s lots on offer, with teas, cakes, bric-a-brac, and all kinds of stalls with lots of prizes to be won, and other entertainments. You are all are most warmly invited to come along and enjoy the fun .

FIRE SCARE

Castlecomer and Freshford Fire Brigades were called to a house fire at O’Brien Gardens on Saturday night. Thankfully the fire personnel dealt swiftly with the blaze which was confined to the rear of the house.

ERINS OWN LOTTO

The Lotto Jackpot is currently €3,200. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets throughout the town or from any member of Erins Own GAA Club.

COUNTY CHAMPIONS

Erins Own Bord na Nog invite all juvenile and adult players/ members to Ballycomey on Saturday at 7pm when the will present the Under 14 Championship medals to the successful under 14 panel. It is hoped to have some special guests plus members of the County Board in attendance. Light refreshments will be served. Please come along to support this group of players.

The AGM of Erins Own Bord na Nog will take place on Friday the 29th November at 8.30 pm in Ballycomey. The juvenile section of the club will review its activities for the year as well as making plans for 2014. There will also on the night be the launch of the Clubs charter on Player, Coach and Supporter’s code of behaviour. All parents and supporters are asked to make a note of this date and make every effort to attend. It is your child’s club and you should be informed on how it works and operates so please do attend.

Following on from many representations made to club officials in the last number of months about the idea of a Camogie club being formed in the parish Erins Own Bord na Nog will facilitate a discussion on this on the night of the Bord Na Nog AGM. If you are interested in becoming involved or have daughter/daughters who are interested in taking up the game please attend this meeting on the 29th November at 8.30pm in Ballycomey. If there is strong enough interest on the night the club will be happy to give all its help towards the formation of a Camogie Club.

INDOOR HURLING

Under 6 and under 8 indoor hurling training has now commenced for the Winter Months in The Community School Gym every Monday Evening. The under 6s start at 6.30 pm until 7.15 pm and is then followed by under 8 training. Please bring two euro to cover the cost of the Gym plus runners and micro helmet. Hurleys are supplied. The Club welcomes any young boys or girls who would like to take up Hurling to attend these indoor sessions where a warm welcome is guaranteed. Just turn up and introduce your child to any of the Coaches or Mentors.

Under 10 indoor training will commence on Thursday the 21st November at 6,30 pm in Ballinakill Gym. All parents to contact Ronan Ryan on 086 2723780 regarding travel arrangements. This will continue for the next month and will resume again then in the New year.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY.

The Erin’s Own annual Children’s Christmas Party will go ahead again this year on Saturday the 14th December from 3pm to 5pm. More details to follow later.

ERIN’S OWN AGM

The Annual General Meeting of Erin’s Own GAA Club will take place on Sunday the 15th December on Sunday the 15th December at 5pm in Ballycomey. All members have by now received their notification and nomination papers. Please fill in your nomination papers and return to the Secretary Ms. Maeve Connolly.

UNDER 21 HURLING.

Erin’s Own under 21s take on James Stephens in the Northern semi final this Saturday at 2pm in Jenkinstown. All members and supporters are asked to come along and support the boys as they try to get to the Northern Final. Best of luck boys.

LIBRARY LATEST.

Bridget Rochford is currently exhibiting her amazing hand sewn Christmas decorations in the Library. Beautify your home with these wall hangings and stuffed decorations.

Our Junior Bookclub for boys and girls aged 8-12 years is a great hit, with over 25 members. Members meet in the Library at 3.30pm on the first Tuesday of each month. It’s a great way to encourage your child to enjoy reading. There is no pressure to read a certain book each month. Leave your name and number to any member of staff and we will text you on time to attend!

The nattering Knitters have knitted a crib and some toys for the Library. They will be raffled before Christmas. Funds will go towards our children’s activities.

Toddler stories and crafts continue every Thursday morning at 11.30am. Free!

Writers! Find us on Facebook and Twitter, and enter our 6 word story! Closing date Nov 23rd.

CELEBRATION OF ADVENT

The Green Room, Rathbeagh Farmhouse, Ballyragget, (www.rathbeaghfarmhouse.com) on Saturday November 30th from 2pm till 5.30pm. Free of charge. Limited spaces. To book your place contact Dee Hennessy (www.mindfulfacilitation.com) on 086-8539227 or e-mail deehennessy01@gmail.com

TRIP WEST.

Erin’s Own have organised a night away in Westport, Co Mayo for Saturday. The price is €50 all in. Places are limited so book early. If you are interested please contact Michael Owens at 086 0514071.

MUSICAL EXTRAVAGANZA

Friends of Fr Kevin Doheny are hosting a concert on Friday at 8pm in The Church of The Assumption Ballyouskill. Local choirs Castlecomer Male Voice Choir, Lisdowney Ladies Choir will be joined by Ballyouskill Minstrels, a group specially formed. for the concert. Tickets E10 and are available from members of the committee (email friendsoffrdoheny@gmail.com) or on the door.

DIY DECORATIONS.

A workshop is being held Saturday November 30th 2pm -5pm at Conahy Hall where you can make your own unique Christmas decorations. Learn to make and take home willow wreaths and stars, wooden reindeer, felt angels and other hand crafted items.

Book your place by november 23rd as numbers are limited. Suitable for adults and children aged 7+. Cost €25 or €50 for a family of three, this will include materials.

Contact local craftswomen Catriona 085 7780609or Monica 0861287277

COIS NORE.

A 5k/10k walk in aid of Cois Nore Cancer Support Centre Kilkenny will take place on Sunday the 24th November .Participants will be meeting at Canal Square Johns Bridge Kilkenny.Donations for the charity can be made on the day and for further information please contact Mairead on 087 9955068 Margaret on 086 8659926 or Mary on 087 2664166. As many of you know this is a a very worthwhile organisation and is an invaluable resource to those going through cancer treatment and for their families .

We look forward to seeing you on the day and thank you for your support