Kilmanagh: Great year for Ballykeeffe

EMPOWERING PARENTS - DESSA are hosting an Empowering Parents training course for parents of disabled children who would like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for their child.This Empowering Parents programme seeks to support parents who which to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period. The course commences on Wednesday, 19 September. For further information or to book a place please contact Kay Teehan on 087 3534432 or email advocacy@dessa.ie.

EMPOWERING PARENTS - DESSA are hosting an Empowering Parents training course for parents of disabled children who would like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for their child.This Empowering Parents programme seeks to support parents who which to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period. The course commences on Wednesday, 19 September. For further information or to book a place please contact Kay Teehan on 087 3534432 or email advocacy@dessa.ie.

DEMENTIA FAMILY CARER TRAINING - The Alzheimer Society of Ireland is holding a FREE 5 weeks course of training for Family Carers for anyone caring for someone with Alzheimer Disease or Dementia. The course will be held in the Ormond Hotel, Kilkenny over 5 evenings from 7pm to 9:30pm. For further information or to book a place (spaces are limited) please contact Ruth on 056 7771230.

TIME OUT FOR WOMEN - This is a social and educational project for Women that provides training on a wide range of informational and practical topics. Some of the subjects that will be covered include: Calligraphy, Woodwork for Beginners, Financial Advice Workshop (MABS), Christmas Flower arranging, Stress Management (relaxation), Job Search workshop (VEC), Dietician Workshop (Health Promotion Unit), Pilates, Fitness for women and Computers.This programme will run every Wednesday and Thursday over a 10 week period (3 October to 13 December). Places are limited to 16 people and the cost is €50 per participant. For an application form or for further information please contact DFRC on 056 7755519 ext. 1

LOCAL LOTTO - Numbers drawn on Monday, 3 September 2012 were 6-29-30. There was no prize winner for the €900 Jackpot. Congratulations to the five winners of the €30 prize draws. Promoters’ prizes went to Sarah Lynch, Ann Fitzpatrick and Milo Hennessy.

F.A.I POST PRIMARY COMPETITIONS - Closing dates for receipt of entries for the Leinster Post Primary Schools competitions for this year are; Stage 1: Entries which have been received by or on September 7 last were accepted for all competitions. Stage 2: Entries received between 10 and 14 September will be subject to an additional late entry fee of €50. In such cases entry will be accepted for League competitions only. Stage 3: Entries received after 14 September will not be considered for entry into any competitions. Age categories for this season are;Senior Leagues - born on or after 1 January, 1983 (U20); Senior Cup & Senior ‘B’ Cup - born on or after 1 January, 1994 (U19); Junior Cup & Leagues - born on or after 1 January, 1996 (U17); Minor Cup & Leagues - born on or after 1 January, 1998 (U15); First Year Cup & Leagues - born on or after 1 January, 1999 (U14). For further assistance please contact Declan McGrath (Hon. Sec. Leinster Branch, Boys Section) after 4pm on 085 1561488. Declan is looking after both the boys and girls school affiliations and the player registration process.

BALLYKEEFFE SAYS Thanks to all - With the Climb fest over the last of the 2012 summer events at Ballykeeffe has now passed. While members of the Climb fest were small, particularly for the talk and slide show by TG4’s Dermot Somers which was really excellent, it went very well overall. Of course the sun showing an appearance for the event was a great help. Taking the year as a whole it was the Group’s most successful to date with the obvious highlight being the Saw Doctor’s concert which caused quite a stir in every sense. Jack L’s gig was a close second but in truth all the events worked and it was satisfying that in spite of the dreadful summer weather that nothing was cancelled. In order for the operation to succeed a huge amount of time and effort had to be put in and without the help of a dedicated group of volunteers it could not have happened. So without mentioning any names, to all men, women and children who helped be it stewarding, helping in the shop, raffle ticket sellers, putting up and taking down tents, signs, stands, etc. to those who sponsored prizes and adverts in the programme, provided car parking facilities and equipment or other types of assistance, the Ballykeeffe Committee would like to say a huge thank you - your help is greatly appreciated. It is important to say that none of the people involved make a cent out of the operation and all profits made go towards paying for the canopy and other ongoing improvements to the venue. Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre is run by the KBK Ltd. and is a not for profit organisation who are always looking for new members. Once again, thanks to all who helped out on behalf of the Kilmanagh Ballycallan Killaloe Community Development Group Ltd.

SENIOR CAMOGIE FINAL - Congratulations to the senior camogie team who are through to the All-County league final. After beating Tullaroan in the quarter-final, the girls played the semi-final against Dicksboro last Monday night in Palmerstown. The girls knew it wasn’t going to be an easy game as they were beaten by the Dicksboro girls earlier in the year but they didn’t let the odds put them downThe return of Aisling Dunphy and Andrea Murphy put the girls in great spirit. Our backs were strong from the start clearing any ball that was coming in their direction. Some great point-taking from our forwards ensured our tally was kept ticking over, it was an even game throughout the first half until two quick goals went in for Dicksboro. At half time the score showed 0-8 to 2-6, four points in favour of Dicksboro. The second half started off with a point from Bronagh Neary and again the forwards were in great form hitting the target. The opposition led by 5 points with 10 minutes to go but great defending and some great passing enabled them to work the ball up the field to allow Laura Hennessy to score two skilful goals. The end of the game saw the score lean one point in the St. Brigid’s girls’ direction. The end score was 2-17 to 4-10. Team and scorers: Emma Boland, Amy Hennessy, Sarah Dunphy, Bernie Ryall, Sarah Mockler, Kay Ryall, Tara Hogan, Antoinette Power, Stacey Nugent, Laura Hennessy (2-3), Laureena Murphy (0-4), Amy O’Connor (0-1), Marie Doheny (0-2), Bronagh Neary (0-7 - 3 frees, 1 forty-five), Rachel Buckley, Aisling Dunphy and Andrea Murphy.Welcome back to Aisling Dunphy, Andrea Murphy and Sarah Dunne who were away. It’s great to have them back as they head towards the final.

JUNIOR A COUNTY FINAL - After winning their previous thirteen games in a row, the lads were hoping that the County Final would provide them with a clean sweep for the year. However, it wasn’t to be and they went down by one goal to a very good Mullinavat side. When they let their southern opponents in for two early goals it looked like it was going to be a tough day at the office but the lads never gave in and battled right to the end.Despite the loss, the players and management deserve a well done on bringing three cups back to the parish. Final Score: Graigue-Ballycallan 2-12 / Mullinavat 3-12 U14 CHAMPIONSHIP - Graigue-Ballycallan U14 hurlers recorded a good win in the Duggan Steel U14 Roinn B quarter-final recently, beating St. Lactain’s in St. John’s Park. Final score: Graigue-Ballycallan 5-11 / St. Lactain’s 4-4. The lads now face up to Ballyhale Shamrocks in the semi-final in Dunnamaggin on Sunday, 16 September at 11am. Good luck with the game boys. MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP - The Graigue-Ballycallan minors take on Dicksboro in the Kilkenny Honda Centre Minor HC Roinn A match in Freshford on Sunday, 16 September Throw in is at 2:00pm and extra time will be played in the event of a draw.

Best of luck boys.

F.A.I. CLUBS PROMOTION - To encourage all Clubs to promote the 2012/13 Season Ticket, the F.A.I. are offering every club the opportunity to earn €10 for every adult season ticket and €5 for every schoolboy season ticket (linked to their club) purchased in the month of September. All the Clubs have to do is advise their members, friends and family to record their club name and location when they place an order online or over the phone with Ticketmaster and the F.A.I. will arrange a rebate for the Club. To help the clubs promote the season ticket and raise funds the F.A.I. have produced a printable poster and website banner, both of which are available to download from www.fai.ie/clubst. The FAI have emailed the Club Secretaries on their database with an overview of the offer, however, if anyone has a contact in a club that feels would push the offer or is proactive in trying to raise funds for their club, please direct them to the following link, www.fai.ie/clubst.

KILMANAGH NOTES - Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements, etc. can do so by emailing marydargan@gmail.com before 9pm on Sundays. Photographs can also be included by sending them as attachments.