Castlecomer: Local firefighters honoured

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. - John-Joe Kelly from Castlecomer Community School was selected this month to train with Irish team for the International Maths Olympiad.

INTERNATIONAL RECOGNITION. - John-Joe Kelly from Castlecomer Community School was selected this month to train with Irish team for the International Maths Olympiad.

Automatic entry to this prestigious event is guaranteed on the basis of exceptional results in Junior Cert Maths. John-Joe will travel to UCC or NUI Maynooth for lectures in Maths where he’ll be joined by the most talented Maths students in the country. Congratulations to John-Joe and his family.

HIGH PERFORMERS AT CCS - Congratulations to four past pupils of Castlecomer Community School who have been selected for “Entrance Exhibitions Awards” in Trinity College, Dublin. These awards are the result of their high performance in the Leaving Certification Examinations 2012. Well done to Eimear Meally, old Rd., Moneenroe, Ciaran Brennan, Moneenroe, Luke Kelly, Mahora and Caragh Maher, Clogh Rd.

READY FOR READING 2012 - The recent visit on 18th October 2012 from Kilkenny hurlers in support of the Ready for Reading Literacy programme in Castlecomer Community School was a roaring success, literally. On the arrival of Tommy Walsh and Connor Fogarty into the 1st year classes there were shrieks of delight and loud cheers!

Both Tommy and Connor spoke very eloquently about the importance of reading and what it means to them. Both Tommy and Connor drove home the point that it doesn’t matter if you are not an excellent reader or if you find it difficult, the secret is to keep at it and never give up. Much to the delight of the students the lads then signed their journals and the copies of Alone on the Wide Wide Sea, the book we gave them as part of the Literacy launch.

The visit was a hugely positive experience for all involved and was a great boost to what is a very important initiative in the school. All first year students have taken part in a targeted reading programme in class and at home with their families. So we are hoping that this will help to encourage all families to read more!

CELTIC SHADE IT ! - Deen Celtic Ladies were made to work hard before overcoming a much more physical Southend Utd 2-1 in the League at a cold Prince Grounds on Sunday morning. . Top scorer Yvonne McGrath gave Celtic the perfect start with a well taken goal only for the visitors to reply and leave the sides level 1-1 at the break. Midway though the second half Ruth Lennon weaved her way through the Southend defence before getting a deft touch for the deciding score. With three wins from four games the Celtic management duo of Jim “Skippy” Sherwood and Donie Brennan are happy to date with the form of the ladies who always welcome new players on Fridays at 6-45 p.m. for training.

Team; Majella Coakley, Aoife Nolan, Sarah Brannigan, Kate Maher, Cathriona Maher, Yvonne McGrath, Gráinne Daly, Ruth Lennon, Irene Povis, Ailish Doyle, Denise Coakley. Subs ; Sarah Hickson, Siobhán Doyle.

SHOP LOCAL - An appeal goes out to our community to encourage everyone to make that special effort to Shop Local and support local Business and Employment not just at Christmas but also in 2013.

FIREMEN HONOURED - A number of local firemen were honoured with Long Service Awards at a function in the Red Cow Moran Hotel, Dublin on Thursday. The awards were instituted by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government to give recognition to personnel fpr periods of service over 20 and 30 years respectively with the service. Recipients were

Castlecomer; Martin Carroll, Philip O’Neill and Willie Sherwood all 20 years ; Freshford; Tom McGrath, 30 years, Joe Morrissey, 20 years ; Urlingford: Pat Stokes, 20 years:

WORTHY CAUSES - Charity concert in aid of the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and The National Council for the Blind of Ireland will be held in the Springhill Court hotel Kilkenny on 22nd November At 8.00pm. Tickets: 15 euro available from hotel and rollercoaster Kieran Street Kilkenny. Singers include Derek Ryan, Nicky Kealy, Trudi Lawlor and David Maguire.

There will be a raffle on the night. Hope you can come and support two great charities.

ERINS’S OWN CROAGH PATRICK CLIMB. The Erin’s Own GAA second annual climb of Croagh Patrick took place last weekend. Thirty Five brave souls headed off for the west of Ireland very early on Saturday morning last to climb the sacred mountain and in the process raise some money for the Castlecomer Lourdes Invalid Fund and the Club. The weather was quite good considering, with a few snow showers on the top of the mountain thrown in for good measure. This event can now be nailed into the calendar as it proves to be a great physical challenge as well as a great social event also. The real winners are of course the Charity which this year was The Castlecomer Lourdes Invalid Fund and the Club. Full credit to Michael Owens for organising the weekend and here’s looking forward to 2013. Well done to all.

BORD NA NOG A.G.M. - AGM of Erin’s Own Bord Na Nog will take place on this Friday the 23rd November at 8 p.m. in the club room’s of Ballycomey. All parents of children involved with the club are asked to attend this very important information evening and review of the year. As always the Club is always looking for people to help out in the running of this most crucial part of the club. The club intend to organise advanced coaching courses and introductory coaching courses for anyone who would like to get involved. On the night the club will set out its ambitious building programme also to further improve the excellent facilities that the club have in Ballycomey and the Prince Grounds. Why not come along and view these plans and all the other plans that the executive of Bord na Nog have put in place. Don’t forget that a club is only strong once adults are prepared to lend a hand to the development of its youth and young. AGM Friday the 23rd November 2012 at 8pm in Ballycomey. Please make a big effort to attend.

CLUB LOTTO - Erins Own Club Lotto is now up to €17,250.00 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. All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.

CHRISTMAS BUMPER WHIST NIGHT - The Christmas Whist Drive will take place on Friday 7th December at 8.30pm in Castlecomer Community Hall. Top Score Prize €70. Refreshments will be served. Admission €5. All are welcome.

Big winners in last weeks Whist Drive were:

Top Score: Tom Kealy,

1st Lady: Maureen Coady, 1st Gent: Christy Maher, 1st Half: Seamus Hennessy, 2nd Half: Tom Fenlon.

Raffle prize winners:

1st Nano Brennan, 2nd AnneMay Mullins,3rd Catherine Brennan, 4th Tom Fenlon.

Whist continues every Friday night at 8.30pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. All are welcome.

NEXT WEEKEND - A Church door collection will be taken up at all masses in the Church of the Immaculate Conception for the maintenance of retired priests in the Diocese of Ossory.

CONAHY CALLING - Conahy Ladies Club host a Floral Demonstration by Eva Holmes in aid of the Annual Christmas Party in Conahy Hall on Friday November 30th at 8 p.m. Admission €10. All demonstrations will be raffled on the night.

HEYWOOD C.S. - Heywood’s Got Talent. November 22nd 8pm sharp. In the School Hall, 12 Euro from School Office 0578733333.

David Coleman - Heywood Community School, Ballinakill will host David Coleman. David is a child psychologistand presenter of the new series on RTE “Bullyproof”. He will give a presentation on “Dealing with challenging adolescents” and it will take place on Thursday the 6th of Dec. Tickets are €10 and are on sale from the school office 057 87 33333 and Easons Bookshop Portlaoise.