Graignamanagh: Who is shooting the ducks on the Quay?

BRASS BAND - The Graignamanagh Brass Band which was founded in 1760 and enjoying a tremendous resurgence at the moment held their annual general meeting recently.The venue was the new bandroom which up to last year was the St Michaels Snooker Club headquarters and will go down in sporting history as the venue where the legendary Alex Hurricane Higgins won the Irish snooker title.Parish Priest Fr .Gerry Byrne has accomodated the band by allowing it to use the building as a bandroom and a refurbishment is presently underway.The following were elected to plan the bandsfortunes for the coming year. Chairperson Ned Fenlon, Vice Chairman Michael Fenlon, Hon. Sec Debbie Fenlon, Joint Treasures Willie Flood and Denise Fenlon, P.R.O. Joan Brennan, Assistant P.R.O. Michael Kavanagh, Committee members James Connolly, Martin O’Brien. Conductor Nickey Cooney.The band have given many recitals locally in recent months and no doubt we will have the pleasure of tapping our fett to them regularly in the future.

BRASS BAND - The Graignamanagh Brass Band which was founded in 1760 and enjoying a tremendous resurgence at the moment held their annual general meeting recently.The venue was the new bandroom which up to last year was the St Michaels Snooker Club headquarters and will go down in sporting history as the venue where the legendary Alex Hurricane Higgins won the Irish snooker title.Parish Priest Fr .Gerry Byrne has accomodated the band by allowing it to use the building as a bandroom and a refurbishment is presently underway.The following were elected to plan the bandsfortunes for the coming year. Chairperson Ned Fenlon, Vice Chairman Michael Fenlon, Hon. Sec Debbie Fenlon, Joint Treasures Willie Flood and Denise Fenlon, P.R.O. Joan Brennan, Assistant P.R.O. Michael Kavanagh, Committee members James Connolly, Martin O’Brien. Conductor Nickey Cooney.The band have given many recitals locally in recent months and no doubt we will have the pleasure of tapping our fett to them regularly in the future.

LOTTO - Last weeks numbers were 17,23,24 & 27. The jackpot of £10,000 is still proving to be very elusive to achieve. Consolation winners were Maura Bolger, Denis Savage, Bronagh Whelan Brendan O’Brien and Linda O’Brien.

FIELD DAY - Following cancellations on previos occasions due to various reasons the G.A.A. and Camogie club field will go ahead on Sunday next 16th September at the G.A.A.grounds at Harristown.The 15km and 8km fun run or walk around the town will go ahead on Saturday.All the usual attractios will be there including barbecue,bouncy castle, face painting, dog show,spinner cross bar challenge and many, many more.Lets all hope that following the recent indian summer weather conditions the the dreaded Monks Curse doesnt strike.

CLAPPER BRIDGE - Councillor Tommy Prendergast an advocate of the rebuilding of the clapper bridge is very pleased with the news that following active highlighting of the problem a solution might shortly be on the horizon to bring satisfactory conclusion the the long drawn ous saga.Councillor Prendergast has announced that following a recent decision by Kilkenny Co. Council the possibility of becoming promoters under two measures of the Rural Development programme has emerged.The Council has prioritised a number of potential projects and the good news is that Kilkenny Leader Partnership have indicated that they meet the funding criteria.We all look forward to a satisfying resolution to the problem and mayb we will see some movement shortly..

Golf SocietY - The Golf Society presented a cheque for £2,000 to the Duiske College Transition Year Leadership for Life Programme at an informal get together at the College on Thursday last The money was the proceeds of the Society’s Golf Classic at Borris Golf Club in June last The society were representd by Captain Brian Dunne Tommy Prendergast, John Enright and Billy Hoare Cchool Principal Pat Murphy, Assistant Principal Ann Foley Parents and the transition year students enjoyed a nice cuppa and an informal chat at the the end of proceeding followed of course by the usual photo shoot withh everyone’s favourite snapper Charlie Maher behind the lens.The Transition Year Students at the College will study the Albert SchweitzerLeadership for Life Programme whichs is a foundation Certificate in Youth Leadership and Community Action to be delivered in Duiske College to Transition Year Students by Foroige and the Drum Youth Centre Kilkenny Supported by by School Staff and certified by the National University of Ireland, Galway.Duiske College is committed to realising aims ans aspirations of the Leadership Programme which has been made possible because of the generosity of the Golfing Society What a wonderful example of community involvement and support for the local school.

NIGHT CLASSES - The following night calsses are on offer at Duiske College.BRIDGE CLASSES FOR BEGINNERS on Monday nights.STAINED GLASS also on Monday nights Classes will begin on September 25th and run from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm.Enrolment will be on Wednesday 19th September at the College from 7pm to 8pm. For full information contact Dolores at 059 9727177.

DUCK SOUP - A tranquil scene on the Quayside, doting parents and grandparents and happy children excited as they fed the ducks. I paused one day in August enchanted by the serenity of the scene and then of course my mathematical brain went into overdrive. I decided I’d count the ducks as they battled for the bread being thrown by the eager and happy children.Ater a couple of attempts I finally arrived at a figure of 74. Last week as I sat alone at the diving board the armada of featherd friends came swimming upriver probably expecting that I had a bag of bread. But then i noticed that there was something seriously wrong, Where a few short weeks ago there were over 70 birds now there were less than 30. I was puzzled but it slipped my mind and I let the matter drop from my mind. On Sunday morning I was awakened to the sound of gunfire. Suddenly the answer to the problem became apparent. No I wasnt dreaming that I had been shanghied and transported to Iraq, no it was a far more simpler solution.We have in our midst a group of intrepid, explorers who will nothing deter them in their efforts to bring home the trophies from their big game safaris The duck population is being decimated and maybe might disappear entirely from the Barrow like the Eel and Salmon. Its a shame that anyone with a legally held firearm should resort to such anti social behaviour.