THE GATHERING 2013 IT STARTS WITH “U” - The promotion of The Gathering took centre stage at the All Ireland Hurling Finals at Croke Park on Sunday. The Gathering Ireland is about the people of Ireland inviting anyone with a connection to Ireland to come and visit. It’s a people’s project. It’s about you, your family, your neighbours, your sports club, your college, your place of work – in fact, whatever community or group you belong to – planning special events in 2013 that will highlight what is great about your town and county. To support people who wish to organise a Gathering in Kilkenny, a number of community meetings will be held in the coming weeks. A special Community Meeting will take place in Castlecomer Discovery Park on Monday 17th September with special guest entrepreneur Bobby Kerr. The meeting will commence at 7pm and will give everyone an opportunity to hear what it’s all about and how they can get involved. All are welcome.
CAMOGIE CLASSIC IN THE COLLIERY - North Kilkenny 1-2 ; Laois 2-6. In preparation for the forthcoming U-14 All Ireland Camogie Blitz a North Kilkenny selection entertained Laoise Development Squad in Moneenroe on Friday evening. The Kilkenny management team of Michael Wall (Manager) and selectors Liam Moriarity, Shem Delaney and Paddy Butler availed of the opportunity to give all members of the panel a run. From this point of view it proved a very worthwhile exercise. An out of sorts Kilkenny were outplayed in the opening half at the end of which Laoise led 1-2 to 0-1. Kilkenny centre back Niamh O’Connor was the lone star during the opening half clearing time after time, at the other end the Delaney sisters Cora and Sorcha toiled valiantly while Niamh Butler struck the solitary score for the young cats from a close in free. At half time the riot act was delivered by the manager and it soon paid dividends. After laying siege to the Laoise goal diminutive corner forward Megan Randell rattled the net following a melee in the goalmouth. The visitors struck for an opportunist point however Kilkenny responded positively and Niamh Butler was again on target from a free. As the end of the third quarter the game was in the melting pot, exchanges were competitive but fair with a single point separating the sides. 1-2 NK. ; 1-3 L. However in failing light Laoise hit a purple patch to hit an unanswered 1-3 to emerge worthy winners on the night. Final Score North Kilkenny 1-2 ; Laoise 2-6. The Teams - North Kilkenny – Sarah Brannigan (Castlecomer), Aisling Maher (Conahy), Eimear Lanigan (Tullaroan), Shona Connolly (Urlingford), Brianna Walshe (Paulstown), Niamh O’Connor (Ballycallan), Siobhán Mullen (Conahy), Margaret O’Connell (Clara), Aideen O’Connor (Paulstown), Sorcha Delaney (Castlecomer), Payton Redman (Urlingford), Cora Delaney (Castlecomer), Megan Randell (1-0)(Conahy), Niamh Butler (0-2)(Ballyragget), Carrie Randel (Conahy). Subs ; Clair Kelly (Ballycallan), Rosa Delaney ()’Loughlin Gaels), Roisin Cody (St. Martins), Katie Hanlon (Paulstown), Suin Corcoran (Ballycallan), Aine Lanigan (Tullaroan), Emma Cahill (Conahy), Lorriane Kennedy (Castlecomer), Caoimhe Bergin (Conahy). Laois – Erin Murray ()’Moore’s), Aoife McNeill (Clonad), Jennifer Cass (Harps), Teresa Fitzpatrick (Harps), Fiona Donohue (Harps), Eimear Dunphy (St. Brigid’s), Aoife Phelan (Harps), Niamh Coss (1-2)(St. Brigid’s), Sophie Deegan (Portlaoise), Avril Deegan (0-2)(Harps), Shauna Kirwan (Naomh Eamann), Nancy Dennehy (St. Fintan’s), Aisling O’Dea (1-1)(St. Brigid’s), Louise Walsh (Harps), Rachel Walsh (O’Moore’s). Subs ; Elaine Spencer (Harps), Emily McGuigan (0-1)(Harps), Laura Peake (O’Moore’s), Orlagh Lyons (O’Moore’s), Aoife Hyland (O’Moore’s), Shauna Phelan (Naomh Eamann), Aisling McCauley (Portlaoise), Ciara Walsh (Naomh Eamann).
BASKETBALL CLUB BUSY PREPARING FOR NEW SEASON - With the new basketball season just around the corner, Castlecomer Basketball Club is about to get up and running. With the new league structure this season, clubs must finalise league entries by Friday 14th of September. The underage teams definitely included are:Boys & Girls U-10;Boys & Girls U-12; Boys U-14, Girls U-18. For the first time in a number of years the club will field a Senior Ladies team. This team will be a mixture of past and present members of a very successful era in female underage basketball within the club in recent times. The ladies will enter the second division of the Kilkenny & South East League with the goal of becoming an established first division team over the coming seasons. All details on Castlecomer Basketball Club’s Facebook page Comer Hoopz Kidz Comer Hoopz Kidz is the primary school section of the club under Coach Joe Byrne. Children are encouraged to become involved in the sport of basketball to learn the fundamental skills of the game where participation and fun are the key words. There will be interaction with other Hoopz Kidz Groups but these will be non-competitive. Children will also be given the option of joining Club teams in structured leagues. Parents and children will be given all information on relevant teams and an outline of the season ahead if the wish to participate. Children from Junior Infants-6th Class are eligible. There are two changes to the schedule from last season. Due to a clash with Athletics, the ‘Baby Basketball’ group is moved from Tuesday to Thursday 5:30-6:30 with the ‘Development’ group now an hour later on Thursday, starting at 6:30.
DEEN CELTIC SOCCER SCHOOL - A soccer school for 4 to 6 year old young boys & girls will start on Saturday 15th. at 10am. Registration is €10. U-8’s - Training will start this coming Friday 14th from 5 -6pm.
Soccer for Girls - Soccer training for girls will also start this coming Friday 14th from 6 - 7pm. Registration is €10.
LIBRARY - Well done to all the children who took part in our Summer Reading Programme, invitations to a special storytelling event will be sent to all who returned their completed cards. The kids book club resumed its monthly meetings last week with 12 turning up to share their summer fav reads! The colouring competition closing date is September 15th. Next club meeting is on Tuesday Oct 2nd at 3.30. All boys and girls aged 8-12 are welcome to join! The Nattering Knitters meet in the Library at 10am on Thursday mornings for stitching of all sorts along with a chat and a cup of tea, anyone can join! Fas Computer classes continue on Wednesday and Friday mornings, this 7 week course is free, enquiries to 4440561. Sr Canice Keyes is currently exhibiting her Oil Paintings in the Library. We encourage class visits from all schools in the locality.
FITKIDS CLASSES - Come join our Fitkids active fun class and keep kids active while making friends and having fun. The class is suitable for 3-6 year olds and starts Tuesday 18th September in Castlecomer Community Hall from 4.30 to 5.30. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Activities include: tumbling circuits using Fitkids specialised equipment, gymnastic skills, ball skills, music dance & rhythmic activities, active agility games and much more.Cost is €6 per class, places are limited so in order to guarantee a place. Book online www.fitkids.ie or phone Majella on 087 6893663.
WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY - Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive 31th August were: Top Score: Maureen Cody, 1st Lady: Anne Kealy , 2nd Lady: Margaret Kealy , 1st Gent: Danny Hilton, 2nd Gent:Bob Murphy & Martin Trait, 1st Half: Elizabeth Carrigan, 2nd Half: Kit Farrell. Raffle prize winners: Margaret Kealy, Margaret Brennan, Anne Kealy, Patricia McGuinness. Owen Salmon. Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.
MRS. J. MEALLY - There was a sense of profound sadness across the parishes of Castlecomer, Clogh-Moneenroe and Ballyragget as news filtered through of the death of Joan Meally (Nee Maher), Timberoe. Blessed with a heart of gold she was kindness personified to both young and not so young. Joan took a keen interest in music and enjoyed the camaraderie at the step dancing. Predeceased by her husband Kieran 11 years ago she epitomized and more importantly practiced the virtues of faith, hope and charity during her life of almost seven decades. The family are steeped in the traditions of the GAA and it was indeed a unique touch to see guards of honour comprising of Erins Own and Railyard accompany the cortege at the removal. The huge turnout at the obsequies was a tribute to the high regard in which the family are held in the area. She was laid to rest in Moneenroe Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Heart by Fr. Willie Purcell, Ossory Vocations Director, St. Kierans College, Kilkenny (Chief Celebrant) assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Martin Tobin P.P. Clogh ; Fr. Larry Wallace P.P. Muckalee ; Fr. Tommy Murphy P.P. Ballyragget ; Fr. Patrick Duggan P.P. Tullaherin ; Fr. Richard Somers, Clogh ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer ; Fr. Sean O’Connor C.C. St. Johns, Kilkenny. She is survived by her son Sean ; daughters Kay, Ann-Marie (Ballyragget), Siobhán ; brothers Denis (USA), Joe (Limerick) ; grandchildren other relatives and a host of friends.
NEIGHBOURLY CLASH - Erins Own led from start to finish in a tame first round of the Junior Hurling Championship on a pristine Cloneen pitch on Wednesday evening. The Comer men boosted by the return of Paraic Keating at centre back and the experienced Davy Buggy in goals edged the opening half 0-6 to 0-4. Once again Eddie “Cloney” Brennan was the scorer in chief landing 4 points from free with Eoghan Mealey and Dermot Wallace on target from play. A strangely subdued St Martins never really got going and they will look back on a tally of 12 wides to Comer’s 6 as the difference between the sides. The second half saw the winners stretch the lead to 6 points with Eddie Brennan doubling his tally and the best score of the game a sweet point from the hard working Declan Dunne before St. Martins got through for a late goal however it was a case of too little too late as Erins Own held out for a deserved win. Final Score Erins Own 0-11 ; St. Martins 1-5. Team: Davy Buggy, Noel Callinan, Damien Mullins, Ciarán Wallace, Liam Wallace, Paraic Keating, Sean McDermott, Andrew Carron, Ciarán McDermott, Declan Dunne (0-1), Eddie Brennan (0-8), Eoghan Mealey (0-1), Anthony Kavanagh, Ciarán Brennan, Dermot Wallace (0-1). Subs ; Eoin Brennan, Darragh Brennan, Mikey Dwyer.
ERINS OWN GIRLS GFC - The under 14 girls football league continued the week just gone with a match away against Thomastown. In beautiful weather the supporters were again treated to an excellent and exiting game of girls football. For Erins Own it continues our improvement with the whole team putting in an exceptional effort. The first half was tight with the ball moving up and down the field with great skill from both sides. Neither team could gain complete control. Nothing separated the teams at half time. More of the same in the second half with Comer having many chances to claim victory. In the end a late goal from Thomastown proved the difference and they ran out winners by two points. Panel: Ciara Curran, Aoife Dowling, Anna Boland, Sinead Brennan, Leah Maher, Katie Tynan, Francis Farrell, Roisin Allen, Rebecca Brennan, Maeve Delaney, Laura Mooney, Jill Coogan, Maeve Walsh. New players are always welcome and training will continue into October. For further details contact Andrew Korff on 083 1006846.
BACK ON TRACK - Castlecomer Athletic Club have resumed training on Tuesdays at 6.30 p.m. in the Community School. New members welcome.
UNISLIM - Commencing Saturday 29th September in the Community Hall Castlecomer. 10.30-11.30 am. All welcome ; Men and women! Great opportunity and time to shape up and loose weight for Christmas!! Further details from Niamh McCullagh on 087 1820562
PILGRIMAGE - The Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday. Fare Adults €15. Children €10. Please give names to Maureen Kelly 4441663 or Teresa Hetherington 4440025. Fares must be paid by today Wednesday. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. sharp from The Square.
GAA CLUB LOTTO - Erins Own Lotto is now up to €15,650.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.
CEILI MóR - All roads lead to Moneenroe Hall on Saturday September 22nd for a Set Dancing Ceili. Music is by the Glenside Ceili Band. Admission including refreshments is €10. Promoter John Ryan (086- 3978758) says the Moneenroe venue is proving to be very popular so the message is come early to avoid disappointment dancing from 9.30 p.m.
ENROLLING - College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling €95 for first 20 students enrolled. Courses ; (a) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Childcare with Special Needs.
(b) Fetac Level 5 Certificate in Business with Computers. Phone 056 - 4441447 for application forms.
HUGE HONOUR- Congratulations to Erin’s Own under-12 player James Brennan who had the honour of carrying out the Liam McCarthy Cup onto the hallowed turf of Croke Park on All-Ireland final day. This was agreat honour for James and all his family and team mates. Well done James.
TOURNAMENT SUCCESS FOR ERINS OWN SCHOOLBOYS - Erin’s Own U-12’s followed up on their recent Callan Tournament victory with another win in the Andy Egan Tournament final. In a series of top class matches Comer started off the day with a draw against Dicksboro. They needed to beat Naas by more than 11 points to make it to the final and duly delivered by delivering a masterclass with a 17 point victory. They faced Thomastown in the final and what a game it turned out to be. Comer piled on the pressure in the first half and but for 3 top class saves from the Thomastown keeper Comer would have been well on the way. A James Brennan goal and 4 Cathal Holland frees was the Comer half time total. The Comer boys were 2 points clear at the half time whistle. Scores were hard to come by in the second half with both defences on top until James Buggy knocked over a great point from the left wing. Thomastown recovered and scored their second goal to level the scoreboard and this proved to be their last score. 2 more 65’s and a free from Cathal Holland was the difference in the end for Comer to win by 1-8 to Thomastown 2-2.
It was an excellent all round team performance by all 18 players at various stages throughout the day. James Brennan accepted the Cup on behalf of the team as Erin’s Own’s first time winners of the Andy Egan Tournament.
Panel; Jamie Maher, David Ferris, Nickey Connolly, Declan Buggy, Liam Holland, Kealin Ring, Killian Hogan, Dan Coogan, Conor McMahon, Jack Buggy, Cathal Holland, Christopher Korff, Billy O’Neill, Kevin Brennan, Kevin Holland, Lee Holden, James Buggy, James Brennan, Conor Clarke (injured) Thanks to James Stephens for a great day and kind hospitality.