Young “Village” starlet reaches international gold standard

SENIOR LEAGUE/CHAMPIONSHIP- The senior hurling year got off to a great start with a narrow but deserved victory over a strong Carrickshock side on Friday 26 April. A sizeable crowd was drenched with a huge downpour just before the game which made the going heavy and testing for the palyers. Carrickshock started best and it took until half time for James Stephens to finally gain a narrow one point lead. Both sides battled manfully with the soggy ball and heavy underfoot conditions to produce a game brimming with effort, passion and no little skill.

SENIOR LEAGUE/CHAMPIONSHIP- The senior hurling year got off to a great start with a narrow but deserved victory over a strong Carrickshock side on Friday 26 April. A sizeable crowd was drenched with a huge downpour just before the game which made the going heavy and testing for the palyers. Carrickshock started best and it took until half time for James Stephens to finally gain a narrow one point lead. Both sides battled manfully with the soggy ball and heavy underfoot conditions to produce a game brimming with effort, passion and no little skill.

The turning point came three minutes into the second half with a goal by senior debutant Ben Lahart, who latched onto a good through ball, outpaced the defence and finshed well. The Village gradually gained control and led by four points going into the last ten minutes. Carrickshock, without the services of Michael Rice, battled back with a series of points that punished Village handling errors. Tomás Keogh saved a penalty from John Power at the expense of a point but another Eoin Larkin point nudged the boys in green and red closer to safety. Then a tremendous Carrickshock rally gained them two more points to leave two between the sides. In the final minute Carrickshock were awarded another penalty which was brilliantly saved again by Tomás Keogh. The final score of 1-12 to 0-13 reflected the games fortunes and credit to both teams for giving us a fine game.This was a good start for the management team of Mark Tyrrell, Philip Larkin, Tim Butler and Fran Whelan.

GOLDEN GIRL- Under 14 camogie starlet, Ciara Deely, Wallslough --- a proud Village girl ---, is also, unquestionably, a multi talented young sportswoman. In addition to her exploits on the camogie field for the club, Ciara is a rising star of the athletic world, in national and international competitions, as a valued meWell donmber of Kilkenny City Harriers A.C. In recent weeks, Ciara has won gold medals in three disciplines, the high jump, the long jump and the 60 metre hurdles in the All-Ireland and Leinster indoor championships, and, as if to cap those performances, went on to achieve gold standard in the same three disciplines at the Glasgow international indoor championships weeks later. Ciara’s sister, Niamh is also a rising camogie and ladies football star with the club’s under-age structures. Proud grandparents, Paddy and Kathleen Millea, Wallslough are both loyal, longserving club devotees, who, no doubt, will be enthusiastically observing their talented 13 year old grandaughter’s sporting progress in the years to come..

NATIONAL LEAGUE FINAL- On Sunday next, Nowlan Park will host the 2013 National hurling league final for the first time since the mid 1960’s when Waterford and Tipperary battled for honours at the county’s headquarters. A sizeable crowd is expected in anticipation of two of hurling’s great rivals, Tipperary and Kilkenny, facing up to each other with a national title at stake. Aside from the novelty of a national final being played in Nowlan Park, the occasion will be unique in that the “stripey men” will be lining out, in a final without their iconic bainisteoir, Brian Cody patroling the side line for the first time in 15 years. Nevertheless, we wish the men in Black and Amber, especially the James Stephens trio of, Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell and Matt Ruth the best of luck in their determination to retain their National league crown.

KELLS ROAD DRAW- The winner of the first prize of €1,000 went to Margo Noonan (Ml.Tyrrell). The second prize of €200.00 was won by Helen Power (Ml.McLoughlin).

€100.00 each was won by P.J.Cullen (Elsie Cody), Mark Leahy (Catherine Kinsella), and Ann Kennedy (Tadhg Donohoe). €50.00 each was won by Tony Cornally (Ted Byrne), Jim O’Shea (Ml. McLoughlin), Liam McLoughlin (Ml. McLoughlin), Geraldine Phelan (Nioclás Ó Cearbhaill), Podge Stapleton (Ml. McLoughlin), Kitty Somers ( Catherine Kinsella), Ned Keane (Tom Keane)and Conor O’Dwyer (Joe O’Dwyer). The promoter’s prizes donated by Martin Holohan, General Manager, Mespil Hotel group, were won by leading promoter, Catherine Kinsella, who also won €50.00 along with Brian Cody. Congratulations to all our winners. The next draw will take place on Wednesday 29th May.

U16 TRAINING ON KELLS ROAD-- The first official training session took place on the Kells Road on Thursday evening last, in bright sunshine, when the U-16 squad took to Pitch 2 to go through a thorough session under the guidance of manager, Richie Manogue and former Kilkenny great, Brian McEvoy. All the players and team management were hugely impressed with the quality and lushness of the underground conditions.

U14 MEDAL PRESENTATION- The 2012, U-14 Paddy Grace Memorial tournament winners, who, subsequently were so unlucky not to qualify for the knock-out stages of the national feile finals in Dublin in July, will receive their medals at a presentation ceremony in the clubrooms on Thursday evening (tomorrow). Later in the year, this successful group of players went on to win the county U-14 “A” shield trophy for the club. The committee expects a large attendance of parents and friends to attend in support of the club’s next generation of star players.

GOLF CLASSIC- Dan Cody, golf classic committee member confirms that plans for the annual club golf classic are well advanced. Over 66 teams have already committed to play in the annual fundraiser which takes place in Kilkenny Golf Club on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st June. it has also been confirmed that Seamus Kennedy’s marquee breakfast break at the 10th hole will be in operation. Dan advises that there are a small number of slots still available on the timesheet. The entry fee for a team of four is € 200.00. Contact Dan at 086 8559469

“HAPPY HEART” WEEKEND- - Mayor,Sean O’hAragan launched the Irish Heart Foundation’s, “Happy Heart May Appeal” fundraiser in the clubrooms on Wednesday last. Ms.Tracey Power, the regional co-ordinator, confirmed that the Kilkenny city fundraiser will take place on the weekend of 9 - 11th May and appealed for local volunteers,to offer their services at one of the many collection points in the city, should they have an hour to spare. The funds raised will be divided between C.P.R. training, the foundation’s helpline, and their research section. Treacy went on to point out a frightening fact about heart disease “that every hour a life is lost to heart disease and stroke in Ireland which means that almost 10,000 lives are lost annually”. Mayor Sean O’hAragan, who himself has devoted his year’s mayoralty to promoting healthy living through exercise, praised the foundation for their awareness campaigns and urged support for this most worthy of causes. Concluding procedings, Ms.Power thanked the local co-ordinator, clubman, John O’Neill who has done tremendous work promoting the Heart Foundation’s cause over many years.

JAMES STEPHENS GOLF SOCIETY- The club’s golf society held their Spring outing in Castlecomer G.C.,on Saturday last, when twenty two members turned up to test their golfing prowess on the demanding north Kilkenny golf course. Mark O’Leary claimed the honours with 36 points, just edging out Damian Casey, who had the same points tally, but with a better back nine score. Due to holiday breaks over the summer months, the next outing will not be held until August, in Kilkenny G.C. Meanwhile, the society would welcome new membersto to join up for what is always a pleasant and sociable golfing experience...

KILKENNY AGE FRIENDLY COUNTY- Moira Duggan of Kilkenny Age Friendly County advises that an eight week development programme can be arranged, for people over 55, designed to help them explore their age process. The programme, which would be free of charge, is run by two trained facilitators, and looks at all aspects of aging including physical, emotional and intellectual. The programmes are usually organised in community/parish centres and enquiries would be welcomed from community groups, or individuals. For further details contact Moira in the Age Friendly Office at 056-7772787 or e-mail agefriendlycounty@gmail.com

KNOW YOUR SPORT UPDATE- John Byrne reports that there are 186 contestants on four points,who did not fancy the Australian, Adam Scott to win the U.S. Masters, the first golf major of 2013. No doubt, that the result of Sunday’s N.F.League final, followed by the N.H. League final at the weekend, will have a significant impact on the points board, when next reported. .

MUSIC- On Saturday night next, Paul Pigott will provide the weekend’s musical entertainment

LOTTO- The weekly lotto saga continues, with no winner following Tuesday night’s draw which produced the following combination- 8 - 9 - 31. The jackpot increases to a mouthwatering Eu 5,400 for next week’s draw. The consolation winners were- Wayne Kelly, Paddy Nolan, Pakie O’Dwyer, Valerie Kelly and Eoghan Murphy.