Kilmacow - Official opening of Kilmacow Playground

Playground - The official opening of Kilmacow Community Playground will take place this Sunday, 14th April, at 2:30pm. Come along with the family, enjoy some home baked treats and let the kids enjoy the new playground.

Playground - The official opening of Kilmacow Community Playground will take place this Sunday, 14th April, at 2:30pm. Come along with the family, enjoy some home baked treats and let the kids enjoy the new playground.

This project started two and a half years ago when five mothers got together with the aim of building a playground for the community. It has been a busy couple of years of fundraising, planning, securing grant assistance, design, contracting and installation.

Spraoilinn, from Co. Wexford, won the contract for the supply and construction of a playground, new fencing, nets and line markings for the tennis court. Work commenced on the site in January 2013 and this weekend the children of Kilmacow and surrounds finally have a playground and an upgraded tennis court.

The site was provided by Kilmacow Sports Complex and the project part funded by Kilkenny County Council through the CCFC scheme and Kilkenny Leader Rural Development Programme. The remainder of the costs were raised through a number of well supported local fundraisers and kind donations from local businesses and families.

As you can appreciate, fundraising is not easy in the current climate but the support and enthusiasm for the project has been amazing from the start. It could not have been built without the generous support of the local community.

As well as being a fun & safe place for the kids to play it is a place for parents to meet and a great addition to the current range of amenities in the Sports Complex.

Kilmacow Playground Committee would like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone to the opening. A lot of work and money has gone into this amenity. We hope that people will enjoy and respect this wonderful new facility so that it will be a place of fun and enjoyment for many years to come.

Presentation to Crumlin Children’s Hospital - Well done to Anthony Young, Greenville, Kilmacow who recently made a presentation of a cheque for €30,000 to Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin. Anthony raised this money through a whole series of fundraising events such a table quizzes, bag packs, church gate collections and sponsorship of his participation in the Waterford and Dublin marathons.

He is continuing with his fundraising activities and would be glad to hear from anyone who would like to join him by taking part in the Waterford Viking Marathon on Saturday, 29th June or the Munster Express Fun Run on Sunday, 15th September. Anthony can be contacted at 086-2515256.

All monies raised will go towards the new cancer unit. Already €2m has been raised but a similar amount needs to be raised so that the hospital will have a state of the art cancer care unit. Work is also ongoing on upgrading the cardiac unit at Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children

Visit to Saint-Thurien - A group from Kilmacow will visit Saint- Thurien from the 13th July to the 20th July. Anyone interested in being part of the group should contact Mary Walsh, Upper Street or Kim Hennessy, Parkereid.

Annual Clean-Up - A meeting will be held at 9.00pm on Tuesday, 16th April in the Fox’s Den to organise a clean in Kilmacow on Sunday, 21st April. Anyone interested in helping to help with this initiative is more than welcome to attend.

Amenity Grants - Kilkenny County Council is now accepting applications for its Amenity Grant Scheme 2013. Application forms area available on the Council’s website or from Patricia Dwan , The Parks Department, County Hall, Kilkenny. The latest date for receipt of applications is Friday, 26th April.

Community & Cultural Facilities Capital Scheme - Kilkenny County Council is now accepting applications under its Community and Cultural Facilities Capital Scheme ’13. The scheme’s objective is to support groups in the provision of community, recreational and cultural facilities by way of a capital grant.

Projects could include walks, parklands, play areas, sports facilities arts projects and conservation of the natural and built heritage in local communities. The maximum grant available is 75% of the total cost up to a maximum of €45,000 (whichever is the lesser). If grant assistance is available from another agency there will be a requirement of 10% cost by way of local contribution (cash, voluntary labour etc.)

Application forms are available on the Kilkenny County Council website or from the Community, Culture and Housing Department, Kilkenny County Council, John’s Green, Kilkenny. Enquiries can be made to Kilkenny County Council at 056-7794920.

Please note the closing date for completed applications is Tuesday, 30th April.

Kilmacow Lotto - The winning numbers in last week’s lotto were 4, 7, 17 and 23. There were seven Match 3 winners. The Jackpot for next Thursday night is €8,300.