NIGHT WITH THE STARS - Over 800 enthusiastic sports fans packed into the Cillin Hill complex on Friday night to enjoy an entertaining night of “chat” with some of Ireland’s greatest sporting personalities. The evening was hosted by R.T.E.’s, Dessie Cahill, who did an outstanding job of “prodding” and “probing” the stars, on their experiences during their careers on the sport’s fields and arenas of Ireland,and, on the international stage. Informative insights into the mental preparations involved in sport at the highest levels, amusing anecdotes and “tall” tales from the dressing rooms abounded throughout the night from sporting luminaries such as rugby legends, John”The Bull” Hayes, Mick Galway, international renowned horse trainer, Jim Bolger, and Olympic boxing heroes, Darren O’Neill and the Ireland boxing coach, Billy Walsh. Later in the evening the large, appreciative audience revelled in the exchanges between the Gaelic games icons, Brian Cody, Ger Loughnane, Tomas Mulcahy and Sean Boylan all of whom brought their “interpretations” on the fierce, on and off field battles they were involved in, and, embroiled in, often with each other, over their sporting careers. To end an enjoyable evening club chairman, Tom Lanigan thanked the event’s main sponsor, the jobs promotion enterprise, Connect Ireland and raffle sponsors, Hotel Kilkenny, D.I.D.Electric, and Springhill Hotel. Huge credit is due to the event organisers, Tadhg Donohoe, ably assisted by Pat Millea, Tony Scanlon and Dan Cody, who compiled the pre-show video production for their work over the last number of weeks, which was rewarded with a memorable night’s entertainment for the large attendance.
LATE BILLY DALTON - The club and community were devastated on Sunday 18 November when the news spread of Billy Walton’s sad and untimely passing. Everybody knew of Billy’s brave battle with serious illness over the previous eighteen months and we marvelled at his determination to continue to live his daily life in the face of terrible adversity. His humour, optimism and determination to win the battle were utterly admirable and demonstrated his courage in the face of adversity. Billy was a wonderful family man, so proud of his Tullaroan ancestry and he had a deep and abiding knowledge of his family connections. One of his greatest days occurred in October 2011 when his son David won a county senior hurling medal with James Stephens to become the third generation Walton winner, following in the footsteps of his father Tom with Tullaroan in 1948 and Billy himself with his beloved James Stephens in 1981. It is a record few families can boast. Billy had a hugely successful and lengthy hurling career, beginning with a schools title with St. Patrick’s in 1972, coached by current county chairman Paul Kinsella. He hurled with distinction in St. Kieran’s College and graduated to the county minor hurling team as goalkeeper aged 17 in 1978. He quickly joined a very successful James Stephens senior side while still a minor. He played in the All Ireland U-21 hurling final in 1981 against Tipperary and won his county senior medal with the Village in the same year. In 1982 he struck gold three times, first winning an All Ireland club title on his twenty first birthday against Mount Sion. Within a short time he won a NHL medal with Kilkenny seniors and capped it all with an All Ireland senior hurling medal on a Brian Cody led Kilkenny team. Billy continued to shine for James Stephens as a stylish, skilful and free scoring hurler for many years, ending his career where it began as the goalkeeper on the junior team. For over twenty years he acted as selector and manager of a host of underage and adult teams, including the National Feile winning side of 2003. In 2001 he became the Juvenile Coaching Officer and supervised the transformation of the club coaching programme with great success. But it will be for his extraordinary work on the development of the Kells Road site that Billy will be most remembered. He gave so generously of his time and expertise in matters agricultural. He contributed hugely to the safety of the site by changing the profile of his own property. Billy cajoled a wide range of specialists and experts to assist in the project. His painstaking attention to detail kept everybody focused and ensured the highest quality control and finish. A week before his passing, he organised the purchase and spreading of fertiliser from his ‘corporate box’, his bedroom that overlooks the development of which he was so proud. While Billy passed away so young, he accomplished so much in his short time among us and the manner in which he faced his greatest challenge has been inspirational to all.
We extend heartfelt sympathies to his wife Nuala, children David, Michelle, Fionnuala, Caroline and Tommy, his mother Breda, brothers, sisters, family and a very wide circle of friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam Dílís.
U-16 LEAGUE FINALS - Well done to the Village U-16 B squad who completed championship and league success last Saturday beating O’Loughlin Gaels in the U-16 Roinn C hurling league final on a scoreline of 4-4 to 1-5. The ability of the Village forwards to break the O’Loughlin Gaels rearguard for four very well taken goals proved decisive in the overall result of the game. Shane Stapleton had the ball in the O’Loughlin Gaels net inside the opening minutes of the game. O’Loughlins took over proceeding for a brief spell as they struck back with two good points. This ultra competitive encounter ebbed and flowed throughout with the Village defence playing excellently throughout with Mark Doyle at full back and Adam Butler at centre back driving the Village forward at every opportunity. David Shore commanded the mid-field very well throughout and this resulted in further goals from Paddy Gallagher (2) and a great goal from Declan Wall and a stinging run through the middle. This was a great win for this young squad which consists of many of next years U-16 squad. Well done to all the players an mentors on achieving the double, league and championship victories in this grade. Our U-16 A squad suffered a 0-10 to 2-8 loss over Dicksboro in the Roinn A hurling league final. The Village battled very hard throughout but could not yield the much needed scores required against a very determined Dicksboro side. The Village scored two points from play throughout the game which gives an indication of the tight, determined play from the Dicksboro defence. Both sides entered the half-time break deadlocked at 0-5 a piece however Dicksboro did play with the aid a of a very strong wind in the first half which appeared to drop off in the second period. A two goal burst inside a five minute opening proved decisive for the Boro men which set up the downfall of the Village. Try as they might the Village boys could break the momentum of the Dicksboro side as the Boro ran out deserving winners overall. Well done to all the players and mentors on a great effort and very successful season which saw us win the Roinn A hurling championship.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - A timely reminder that the November draw will take place on Wednesday night next, 28th November in the clubrooms. With pressure to finance the cost of fertilising the fields, the planting of trees and shrubs to comply with planning permission, the purchase of goalposts and barrier nets, all for the opening of the site in March, the draw committee and club management very much appreciates the continuing support for this vital fundraiser.
RED & GREEN SHOP - In the lead up to the festive season, the club shop is running a Christmas Club for parents, family and friends interested in ordering club sportswear as presents. There is a wide selection of goods from tracksuits, jerseys, hoodies, jackets, caps available for selection, which would make ideal Christmas presents for club supporters. For further information contact Niamh 086-7329057 or Angela 086-0503636
LOTTO - Tuesday night’s draw produced no winner when the following numbers emerged from the drum: 3 :17 : 26. next week’s jackpot increases to Eu 2,000. The consolation winners were: Ann Owens, Terry O’Dwyer, P.J.Delaney, Olga Malone and Ann Regan
SATURDAY NIGHT - Saturday night’s entertainment will be provided by Seamus Nugent.