LOTTO JACKPOT WON - Congratulations to Thos Dreelan of Woodlands who scooped the £10,000 jackpot in the weekly lotto draw. The jackpot has been most elusive to win over a very long period and there is widespred delight that at long last some one has chosen the correct numbers. Thos has been a great supporter of the lotto over the years and is a most popular winner. The numbers drawn were 1,2,12and 21. Just the two digits involved 1 and 2 just goes to show how simple it really is. The new jackpot this week is £7,700 which should ensure that there will not be a fall of in ticket sales.
G.A.A. CLUB - The recent annual general meeting of the G.A.A. was well attended and tgere is a great feeling of optimism that the downturn in fortunes of recent years can be arrested.With a vibrant committee and a toythful playing panel there is a determination to make a sppedy return to the Intermediate grade. The following were elected at the annual get together. Chairperson John Meaney, Vice Chair, Martin Kelly, Hon Sec. Thomas Holden, Assistant Hon Sec. Jerry Cosgrave, Hon Treasurer Adrian Bolger, Assistant Treasurer Noreen Hennessy,P.R.O. Mary O’Donnell, Assistant Brendan Savage. County Board Rep. Johnny Prendergast. South Board John Meaney, Bord na nOg Eamonn Sheehy, Youth Liaison Officer Timmy McDonald. Registrar Michael Dunne. Insurance Officer Mary Meaney. Drugs Awareness Officer Mary Meaney. Field Joe Fox and Jim Whelan. Committee. Paddy Coakley, Jim Whelan, Pat Doyle, Tommy Prendergast, James Cahill, Collette Foley and Roisin Sheehy.Junior Selectoes Michael Dunne, Alan Foley and Ger Dowling.
LIBRARY NEWS - There is widespread anger and concern locally that due to cutbacks the opening hours of the library are to be reduced. Of all the amenites in the Town the library is probably the most utilised. All the facilities are are used and and apart from the obvious services avaliable it also hosts Meetings, Class visits from local schools, Knitting Group, Book Club annd many,many more anciliary events.It seems odd that at a time when new taxes are being imposed to fund local developments that one of our most important amenities is being downgraded. The big question is, are we going to take it lying down.
ANGLING CLUB - The Graignamanagh Angling Club are very happy to announce that they have received information the the ban on salmon fishing on the Barrow has been rescinded.For the coming season the river will reopen for salmon fishing on a catch and release system only.The following restrictions will apply.Only single barbless hooks for fly and spinners allowed. The use of worms is banned. Anglers must be in possesion of a state fishing licence when fishing for salmon and seas trout.
GOLFING SOCIETY - The A.G.M. of the Griagnamanagh Golfing Society was held at Duiske College on Friday 25th February.Now in its 23rd year the members reviewed another succesful year. Captain Brian Dunne thanked the members for their support and stated that it was most enjoyable and rewarding experience to be Captain of such a great group.President Jim Kielthy welcomed the attendance and also thanked the officers.committee and golfers for their wonderful suppoer during his termof office.The following were elected to serve for the coming season. President Jim Kieelthy. Hon Secretary Billy Hoare. Hon. Treasurer Sheamus Canning. Captain Billy Dunne,Handicap Secretary Michael Fenlon. Committee, Paddy Hayles, Tommy Prendergast, Dan Galavan, Stephen Byrne, Paddy Corbett and John Moran. Among the courses that the Society will visit during the year are New Ross, Waterford, Tramore, Enniscorthy and Borris.
FLOODING - There are a number of annual events which has spread the fame of graig far and wide, namely The Regatta, Duiske Concerts, The Brass Band playing on Christmas mornig outside Duiske Abbey. But now another spectacular event can be added to the calendar of events. The annual flooding at Main Strret caused by the Duike River bursting its banks can now be added on a permanent basis.The shrewd entrepeneur who opened a book to identify the exact time and date of this event is smiling all the way to the bank, not the bank of the river by the way.When contacted a spokesperson at the relevant department made the following statement.”We are aware of the ongoing problem and we are making every effort to bring the neccessary remedial work to a speedyy conclusion. with this in view we have enlisted the services of NASA,Two eminent scientists from the North Korea Nuclear Power Corporation, The F.B.I aand a number of Professors from UCd,Trinity College and the Ballygobackwards National School” It was also revealrd that the concerns of The Scusha Mor Wild Nettle Brotherhood.The Piss in the Bed Association,The Save the Dandelion Association. The Frog and Tadpole and the Lamprey Eel Clubs will have to be considered.Funding will be a major problem for such monumental remedial works but permits will be issued for Discos. Raffles. Scrap Metal and used footwear collctions. It was also pointed pot that there will be no Departmental objection the the revival of the Barnearraigh Shellyacky Pooky Derby or Long Distance Spitting Competitions. When all the relevant data is compiled it is envisaged that work will comence certainly we are assured before the 900th anniversary of the founding of Duiske Abbey. Whilst watching the residents on the Main Street cleaning up after anothe flood on Friday night last an onlooker remarked that if he could borrow a Digger for half a day he would solve the problem permanently. We are becoming a ghost town, Businesses are closing down overnight and no one seems to care. One person I met associated with the tourist trade remarked that it would be fantastic if the flooding could become permanent and that Graig famous for its boating tradition could have gondolas on the Main Street with the Gondoliers sing O Solo Mio.or as Gaeilge Ar Agaidh go scusha.