Danesfort -

Spate of Robberies - The local community has been subjected to a spate of callous house robberies and the perpetrators do not give a concern of who they are inflicting their horrible deeds on.

Spate of Robberies - The local community has been subjected to a spate of callous house robberies and the perpetrators do not give a concern of who they are inflicting their horrible deeds on.

With the country in deep recession it was expected that burglaries throughout the land would increase but it seems that all the break-ins in the locality, is by organised groups who use the motorway system as a quick entrance and exit. The feeling locally is that these groups are not acting alone, they need accomplices who have local knowledge and who obviously pass on this knowledge for a profit.

Locals in Cuffesgrange have decided to follow other communities in their bid to combat robberies and are setting up a texting system which will fore warn people of suspicious cars and suspicious activity in their area. In the last few weeks there have been eleven reported break-ins in the parish.

SHOT PUTT - Local athlete Brendan Hyland, Ballybur has achieved a remarkable feat in the last few weeks. The Kilkenny City Harriers runner was asked to take up the shot putt in February and started training for the Leinster finals, only two weeks before they were held. The Leinster Juvenile Indoor Athletics Championships were held in the Athlone IT International Arena on March 9. Brendan competed in the under-19 shot putt event, winning the silver medal with a throw of 11.34 metres. Brendan progressed to the Athletics Association of Ireland Finals, also held in Athlone, on March 24, and he again took silver with a throw of 11.76 metres. Brendan who is an all round sportsman prefers handball to all sports but maybe his future lies in the shot putt.

SOCCER - Fort Rangers Under-11’s visited Castlecomer on Saturday to play Deen Celtic and unluckily suffered they first defeat of the season. In a hard fought tie it was 0-0 at the break with Fort having the better of the few chances. The breakthrough came from a well taken corner, which was nodded home at the back post, mid way through the second half, and try as they might with attack after attack, Fort could not breakthrough a stern Deen Celtic rearguard. Fort still sit top of the league and with 1 game left to play against a strong Freshford side ,they will need a victory to keep them ahead of the chasing pack.

Panel: Conor Farrell, Ger Coffey, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Eoin Delahunty, Michael Molloy, Shaun O’Keefe, Darragh Walsh, Andy Hickey, Daniel O’Grady, Jack Walton, Kevin Ging, Aidan O’Neill, Ben O’Sullivan.

Meanwhile Fort Rangers junior side have advanced to the second round of the McCalmont cup after defeating Thomastown Utd B, 3-2 at home. The Nugent brothers bagged all the goals. The elder Edward grabbed two while Emmet netted the other. They now take on Evergreen C in the next round this Sunday.

FUN RUN - Church Hill N/S running club are shaping up in time for their second 10k race/5k fun run on the Sunday, May 12. They have changed their training location to Danesfort hurling club, their times are the same, Monday and Thursday mornings at 9.45 and Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6.30. Its still not too late to join in at any level, its €2 which goes to Church Hill N/S. If you have any queries contact Anne at 086 8213729, hope to see you there!

PARENT AND TODDLER - Danesfort Parent and Toddler group meet on Monday mornings, at Danesfort Community Centre, 10.30 to 12.30pm. New members are always very welcome, toddlers enjoy activities, arts and crafts, action songs and weather permitting a toddler walk in the nearby walking track. The group are delighted to welcome Nicola Murphy of Forever Living, an aloe vera based health and beauty products. Nicola will give a product and information presentation on Monday of April 15.Anyone interested in these products ( outside of the parent and toddler group) are very welcome to come along, free admission and €2 for Tea and Coffee. For further information contact Dympna 086 8322086.

ALZHEIMERS - Represent the Kilkenny Alzheimer Society in the Stoneyford 10k Challenge, by taking a sponsorship card, to raise funds for services for people living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in Kilkenny. Sunday, May 19 at 12.30pm, Stoneyford Village. For sponsorship card, entry form and t-shirt contact Ruth O’Gorman on 056 7771230.

Thanks so much to everyone who has already taken sponsorship cards. This money will go a long way to keep the day care service, home care service, Alzheimer Cafe, and support group up and running in Kilkenny.

LOTTO - Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Results Week 25. Draw held Monday, April 1 in The Grange Inn. The jackpot was €700 and the numbers drawn were 2, 1 and 10. There was no winner. Five consolation prizes of €30 - Anthony Dunne, Seamus Walpole, Pamela Sheridan, Joan Murphy - Desert, Nicholas Murphy - Burnchurch.Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Dymphna Forristal, Peggy Barden. Next draw in Sheridan’s Ennisnag on Monday, April 15.

GAA - The following are the fixtures for Danesfort in the St Canice’s Credit Union Senior Hurling League Group B: Round 1- Danesfort vs Erins Own, Saturday April 27, Jenkinstown 7pm. Round 2 - Danesfort vs Ballyhale Shamrocks, Saturday May 11, Dunnamaggin 7.30pm. Round 3 - Danesfort vs Dicksboro, Saturday May 18, Bennetsbridge, 7.30pm. Round 4 - Danesfort vs Clara, Saturday July 13, St John’s Park, 7.30pm. Round 5 - Danesfort vs O’Loughlin Gaels, Friday July 26, Thomastown, 7.30pm.

STRESSED - Are you feeling stressed from financial pressure or any other life challenges and need to talk to someone? You can avail of very low cost counselling in Droichead FRC. To make an appointment please call (Male counsellor) 087 77 52493 or (Female counsellor) 086 10 39244.

WORKSHOPS - Free Taster Workshops in Callan: Skills for employment and/or further education: Co Kilkenny VEC are hosting a series of FREE half day workshops on Tuesdays from 9.30am -1.30pm over a six week period in May and June 2013. The following modules will be on offer: Adult Guidance, Healthcare, Customer Service, Childcare, Information and Computer Technology, Horticulture and Woodwork. Participants can choose whatever modules they would like to opt for. Register online at: http://workshopskkvec-eorg.eventbrite.ie/ or call 056 77 555 19 Ext. 1