LADIES FOOTBAll - Last Thursday was a proud day for Piltown Ladies Gaelic Football.
Scoil Mhuire (Carrick) Senior team won the Munster “C” Final beating Mount St. Michael of Roscarberry (Cork) by 2-17 to 3-4 in Castletownroche (Cork) having led by 1-7 to 1-3 at half time. The team featured four Piltown club players, Jennifer Norris, Kelly Ann Doyle, Lorraine Long and Sinead McCarthy. The girls become the first ever Piltown girls to bring home Senior Colleges Championship medals to Piltown. Additionally, in a squad that featured girls from top Waterford club Comeragh Rangers and Sliabh na Mban (Tipperary), clubs whose primary and sole focus is Gaelic Football, the Munster Final Player of the Match award historically went to a Kilkenny girl, Piltown’s Kelly Ann Doyle. This is not to mention the players on the opposition from Cork the stronghold of Ladies Gaelic football, the county which is to Ladies Gaelic Football as Kilkenny is to hurling. Also involved were Ellen Commins who plays her club football with Sliabh na Mban in Tipperary as well as sisters, Mairead and Aine Power who play Camogie for Piltown but play football for Comeragh Rangers in Waterford. This is a huge achievement in the development of players from the young club. Facing into the clubs fourth year, it has been difficult especially with Camogie flying high, but club coaches Aine Knox and Seamus Norris have put a training strategy in place which allows football to compliment Camogie and also allows the girls to develop their football to the highest level possible. Aine is a Cork girl with plenty playing experience who has brought that practical playing experience and a good rapport with the girls to the table while Seamus who spent many years coaching the juvenile hurlers and is still with the county Under-14 hurling development squads had brought his experience of coaching the best out of young players. The girl’s achievement is something they are very proud of. However, there is no doubt that if football is to continue to meet its potential, further specialist skills will be required. Well done to all the girls and to their schools coaches too. They now look forward to an All-Ireland semi final against Ulster opposition.
HILLCREST IS TOPS - Hillcrest Avenue in Piltown has again come up trumps having been voted tidiest small estate in Co. Kilkenny in the Local Authority Tidy Estates Competition 2012.
PILTOWN GAA AGM - Presidents - Fr Pascal Moore PP, Ned Power, Ned Walsh; Vice-Presidents Fr John Condon, Fr Richie Brennan and Rev George Cliffe; Chairman - Philip Walsh; Vice Chairman - James Farrell; Secretary ill Costello; Assistant Secretary - Martina Power; Treasurer -Stephen O’Brien; Assistant Treasurer Maura Brennan; PRO None Appointed ; County Board Rep Eddie Blackmore; South Board Rep Jim Fitzgerald; Children’s Officer Maura Brennan; ASAP Officer Shane Kinsella; School Liaison Officer Dan Kenny; Complex and Draw Chairman John O’Shea; Coaching and Games Development Chairman Jim Norris; Facilities Chairman Billy Norris; Communications & PR Chairman Eddie Blackmore; Committee Members; Michael Brennan, Pa Dunne, Sean Norris, Tom Reid, Ger Norris, Jim Power, Martin Gannon plus 2 from Juvenile Club. Mentors Junior Manager Michael Brennan; Junior Selectors Liam McCarthy and Dessie O’Dea
Intermediate Football James Farrell and Brian Gallagher
There was a low turn out at the Annual General Meeting of Piltown GAA Club with less than forty of the 151 membership in attendance. It is a far cry from the ninety plus that attended the club review meetings in 2009. It shows a 50% overall drop in three years and a 20% drop on 2012. Membership has also fallen by 12% over the last year also which could be attributed in some part by the economic situation though economics does not explain falling attendances. Following a year where Piltown hurling teams of all ages only won twenty-one out fifty-eight competitive games (36%), it was striking and startling that there was absolutely do debate or discussion offered. Is it a sign of apathy or a widening gap between the supporters and the administration? Statistics do not apportion blame or indeed provide solutions, but to ignore their significance, can only lead to their deterioration. In addition for the second year running the meeting failed to appoint a PRO but it is expected one will be appointed at the next committee meeting. The absence of a working PRO in 2012 may have been a contributing factor to the current situation. The PRO will be an important appointee whose number one task will be to try to resurrect the huge interest levels of 2009 that have so drastically dwindled since. This could be a huge challenge. This column looks forward to working with the new PRO and will do all it can to help promote the national games locally.
OLD SERVANTS GET REWARD - Piltown GAA rewarded two stalwarts of the local games with positions of Honorary Presidents. Ned Power (Former treasurer) and Ned Walsh (Former chairman) join Father Paschal Moore to become (to the best of our knowledge) the first ever non clerical Presidents of Piltown GAA Club. Both are well deserving of the accolade having served the club and worked tirelessly over a long number of years. Another great servant has retired from the committee having contributed immensely to the club and that is Lory O’Brien, Chairman Philip Walsh played a glowing and well deserved tribute to the man responsible for Saturday night dancing at the Complex. We believe that Lory will continue to keep that ticking over. It is fantastic to see people genuinely recognised and acknowledged for the hard work they put in for theirs and our community. All many of these people want is a small word of thanks and gesture of appreciation.
SOCIAL CLUB - Piltown Social Club annual dinner dance is on Friday, 1st February at The Carraig Hotel, Carrick-on-Suir. Four Course Meal served at 8:30pm. Music by Dave Rea with tickets costing €25 each.