SUSPENSE WAS IMMENSE AT TIDY TOWNS AWARD - Less than twenty four hours after the tense and close finish to the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final in Croke Park, Tullahought Tidy Towns representatives had to endure a Chinese style alphabetical order torture as the communities goal of a first ever National Award at Tidy Towns level was awaited in the Helix in Dublin on Monday last. The Award ceremonies that were opened by Mary Kenny at high noon saw the County Awards early on the list. In Kilkenny the City took the top prize, Inistioge was highly commended, Thomastown took the endeavour award for the most improved area and Tullahought retained the best small village award. For the community the wait to see the progress of winning a first ever National Bronze Medal was nail bitingly slow as the roll of honour was called out in the presence of Minister of the Environment Community and local Government Tullaroans Phil Hogan and Super Valu managing director Martin Kelligher. Commencing with Abbey in Galway, Ardee, Ardpatrick, the presentation host Michal Ryan formerly of RTE’s Nationwide fame continued through Balina, Ballacolla and Blackrock. With a draw and a replay in three weeks being a non runner in Tidy Towns it was either now or another year as the names continued through Kilkennys Inistioge by the Nore, neighbouring Kilsheelin by the Suir, Kilkee, Leixlip, Macroom, Millstreet, Murrisk, Newbridge to the R’s and S’s of Rathangan and Shankhill. With all of the Bronze medal winners from a record entry of eight hundred and fifty five communities in cities, towns and villages being included in the one category Tuamgraney was called as one wondered how many entrants names commenced with a Tu… or would Michael not have it on his list or worse still, forget it and move smartly onto the Youghal’s and Wexford’s at the very end of the alphabet. Like the final minutes in Croke Park on Sunday it could have gone anyway, and then there it was ringing out perfectly across the theatre of Tidy Towns dreams. Clear as crystal pronounced with a large “T” at the start and a small “t” at the end. “Tullahought” was proclaimed a winner of a National Tidy Towns Bronze Medal. Far from the rolling rural pastoral setting a fairytale had come through twenty two years, thousands of hours of volunteers work and one hundred and eighty four points ahead of the first day “the community got their Hands Dirty” for the village under the Tidy Towns banner. Now well established in the top fifty entrants in all levels across the country the village is ranked in joint fourteenth place from two hundred and eighty two entrants with a population of under two hundred residents. For lovers of the nations geography the medal list read Abbeyshrule the outright national winner in all grades and now Irelands Tidiest Town in 2012, then Birdhill, Moynalty, Coolagown and Castlecoote the other Gold medal winners. They were closely followed by Eyries, Keadue, Mountshannon, Newtowncashel and Terryglass this years silver medal winners. On the podium in the Bronze Medal category stands Ballinahown and Knightstown and a trio tied together on two hundred and ninety eight points in Ballacolla, Ardpatrick and Tullahought who were just a single point ahead of Kerry’s Portmagee. The words of the judge in his general impression comments on the report expressed an appreciation to all of the past and present members of the community who helped in any way in winning the award. In it he stated “You are maintaining Tullahought in a splendid manner, and you all obviously love the area. It was a special treat to find your place, there is little I can tell you to do, but I will tell many others about you – well done” ONE WALL COUNTY HANDBALL - Windgap play host to Kilkenny’s One Wall Handball championships on Sunday next the 16th September with Registration at 10.15 and games commencing at 10.30 am. The grades include Open, Maters A and B and for the first time in the County One Juvenile under 14 -17 county championships. Players across the County are asked to return their entry forms to the Runaí on or before Wednesday 12th September. HOLY CROSS The annual trip to Holy Cross takes place on Thursday 13th Sept. Leaving Callan at one o clock and traveling by Cuaile and Seskin the bus arrives at Delaney’s in the Slatequarries at half past one. It then travels on to Holycross via Windgap and Killamery. For further details contact Mai Phelan CAMOGIE - On Saturday morning a below strength senior side played James Stephens in a challenge in Windgap in preparation for the forthcoming relegation final. GAA - The week long agony of seeking and getting a ticket and the joy and ecstasy of Sundays tantalizing All Ireland final as Kilkenny recovered from the brink with an outstanding second half display are all down for re-enactment for the team and local supporters in three weeks time. Tickets will be distributed amongst Club members on the Thursday week 20th (to be confirmed if the tickets are available) before the game and all names will have to be submitted Club secretary Noel Power by 6pm on Wednesday 18th. Windgap hosted the Junior Championship game between Mooncoin and Dunnamaggin on Saturday afternoon. After a fine start the Southern side’s domination was rocked when the Glory siders struck with a fine goal from a deflected free. Defending stoutly as ever Dunnamaggin made Mooncoin work hard for every score before two late goals saw the green and white clad side progress to the next round. Thanks are expressed to all who assisted with the hosting of the game and the Price brothers who looked after the scoreboard. This Weeks Winning Numbers were 8, 24, 25, 28 and Bonus number 8. The numbers brought a match three cheque to Heather O’Brien. Next weeks prize fund is €10,200. TWENTY FIVE YEARS AGO - All Ireland Sunday marked Windgaps last senior intercounty player’s participation in an All Ireland Senior Hurling final. Lining out at number thirteen against Galway in nineteen and eighty seven he watched Sundays game from the Cusack Stand with his daughter Mollie whilst the remaining members of the family his wife Helen, Alison, Olga, Paraic and Niall were scattered across the stands and on Hill 16. A generation earlier Kieran Purcell became the first wearer of the red and white to be part of a McCarthy cup winning side. FUTURE PLANNING - A public meeting will take place in Windgap Hall on Tuesday 25th of September at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to begin the planning process of how best to utilize develop and integrate the facilities within the parish and plan future development. Your views are very important. All are welcome to attend.
ARE YOU A PARENT OF A DISABLED CHILD - Would you like to meet with a group in a similar situation and learn to be a more effective voice for your child? Droichead Family Resource Centre will host an Empowering Parents training course in partnership with DESSA. The Empowering Parents Programme seeks to support parents to acquire the knowledge and skills to effectively advocate on behalf of their child and will run over a 6 week period commencing Wednesday 19th September. For further information or to book your place please contact: - Kay Teahan, DESSA, c/o Droichead FRC, Callan, Co. Kilkenny tel: 087 3534432, email firstname.lastname@example.org