Chris O’Shaughnessy has been in touch with this column to advise that efforts are being made to revive the fortunes of St. Patrick’s Boys Boxing club. The club first started in 1946 and through the decades has had a long association with the James Stephens GAA club, with family names such as the Leahy’s, Coyne’s, Bateman’s, O’Shaughnessy’s and Larkin’s serving both clubs with distinction down through the years. The “new” club will be based at the Watershed Sports Centre, where they will host an “open day” on Saturday 11th August, to outline their ambitions and display their facilities. Males and females of all ages and from all over the city are welcome to come along and join up, if interested. At this stage, training sessions have been booked for Monday, Thursday and Saturday evenings with times etc., to be advised at the open day. It is important to note that coaches, Tom Walton, Conor Phelan, Eamon Concannon,Terry Christle – Irish Olympian, and three times All-Ireland senior title holder – and Sharon McNell have all passed the Garda vetting procedures for child protection. Parish council leader, Fr.Dan Carroll has been appointed president of the club, while Stephen Murphy will carry out the P.R.duties with councillor Martin Brett acting as patron of the new organisation. Support for the new sporting club would be welcome.
KILKENNY - Sunday’s All-Ireland quarter-final against Limerick saw a welcome return to winning form for clubman Brian Cody’s Kilkenny after their Leinster final dismissal by Galway. Obviously stung by that shock defeat the Kilkenny men were ready for an expected severe test from “The Treaty” men, who senced that the unbeatable tag was wearing off “The Cats” after a decade of of almost total dominance in the game. From the first whistle, the Limerick men set about their task with huge determination, and playing against a strong breeze only trailed by a single point 2-7 to 1-9 at half time. Kilkenny supporters were, once again, worried, but living true to the saying often quoted by former, Kilkenny great, Phil “Fan” Larkin, “ fare heart never won fair lady” the Kilkenny men emerged from the dressingroom with renewed vigour and true grit and to a man, none more so than Village stalwards, Jackie Tyrrell, Eoin Larkin and sub, Matt Ruth won the second half in emphatic style to book a place on a 4-16 to 1-16 scoreline against neighbours Tipperary in the All-Ireland semi-final, in Croke Park, on Sunday,19th August.
JUNIOR B - The Village Junior B squad exited the hurling championship after suffering a narrow one point defeat to Dicksboro in the first round. In a game in which neither side dominated or took a commanding lead, Conor O’Grady struck a free over the bar to give the Village a one point lead going into the closing eight minute of the game however Dicksboro showed good composure to drive back down field and level the game, this action quickly followed by the winning score of the game. The Village will rue some very good goal scoring opportunities which the red & green men spurned on the night. The Village defence was back boned by David Hennessy (6) and James Tyrrell (5) who both played very well, Maurice Harkin worked tirelessly throughout the hour for his side while Anthony Lawlor proved the main marks man up front for the Village with wing forward, Colm Dowling notching up three good scores in the first half. Hard luck to the players and management team of Michael Tyrrell, Michael Slattery, Seamus Kennedy, Leo Hennessy and Pat Neary who worked vey hard throughout the season. Team: 1.Joe Murphy, 2.Conor Doyle, 3.Darren Leahy, 4.Paddy Noonan, 5.James Tyrrell, 6.David Hennessy, 7.Keith Ryan, 8.Alan Tyrrell, 9.James Hennessy, 10.Jack Cotter, 11.Maurice Harkin, 12.Colm Dowling, 13.Conor O’Grady, 14.Anthony Lawlor, 15.Shane Egan.
MINOR - The Village minor A squad is continuing to show good form and strong team spirit as the defeated near neighbours, O’Loughlin Gaels last week after a tough and ultra competitive opening first half. The Village sprung out of the blocks and raced into a 1-8 to 0-3 lead, the goal coming from full forward Diarmuid Cody. The Village took over in the second period with full back Paddy Duggan in determined mood while the Village half-back line of James Tyrrell, Jack McGrath and Jamie Byrne were outstanding throughout. The in form Luke Scanlon and Niall Mullins provided endless support and work rate to the Village forwards. The Village half forward line of Matthew McWey, Ricci Drennan and Dylan Drennan all worked tirelessly for the red & green while the forward inside line of Tadhg O’Dwyer, Diarmuid Cody, Cormac Connolly and the lively Dylan O’Shea when introduced all contributed to the scoreboard handsomely. Team: 1.Alan O’Beirne, 2.Ben Hickey, 3.Paddy Duggan, 4.Ben Lahart, 5.James Tyrrell, 6.Jack McGrath, 7.Jamie Byrne, 8.Luke Scanlon, 9.Niall Mullins, 10.Matthew McWey, 11.Ricci Drennan, 12.Dylan Drennan, 13.Tadhg O’Dwyer, 14.Diarmuid Cody, 15.Cormac Connolly. Subs: Cian Morton, Andy Valentine, Paul Lynch, Noel Whelan, Dylan O’Shea, Brian Fitzpatrick, The hard working Village minor B squad narrowly lost out to Young Irelands (Gowran) in the hurling league on a scoreline of 1-7 to 1-12. The Village boys who battled all the way to the final whistle will rue a number of good goal chances throughout the game which would have given the Village a much needed boost of confidence. The Village found scores hard to come by over the opening period with Cian Morton and Liam McWey notching up minor scores for the Village while Ray Lahart chipped in with a very good score from a free. The Young Irelands men held the edge in the physical stakes in some key positions as they built up a six point lead. In the second half the Village pulled the game right back when a long high ball into full forward James Rafter resulted in a foul on the Villageman. Cian Morton struck the free into the back of the Gowran net to leave three points between the sides. Young Irelands held their cool as they hit a brace of scores to stretch the lead once again which was cut back with two good points from play from Cormac Connolly. The Village boys put in a massive effort throughout and this was typified through the performances of defenders, Peter Butler, Noel Whelan, Tom Cuddihy while Andy Valentine gave his all to the cause in mid-field. Cian Morton and Liam McWey worked tirelessly in attack. Hard luck to the players and mentors on the narrow defeat. Team: 1.Gavin Costigan, 2.Anthony Corr-Larkin, 3.Eoin Maher, 4.Peter Butler, 5.Donagh Carney, 6.Tom Cuddihy, 7.Noel Whelan, 8.Andy Valentine (Captain), 9.Cian Morton, 10.Ray Lahart, 11.Liam McWey, 12.Brian Fitzpatrick, 13.Fergal Lalor, 14.James Rafter, 15.Shane Stapleton, 16.Cormac Connolly.
LISDOWNEY SEVENS - The Village under-age bandwagon just keeps on reaching new heights as the Village U-13 starlets produced some fabulous hurling skills and determination to qualify for the finals stages of the prestigious Lisdowney Sevens tournament. The Village entered two squads into the competition, team 1 competing brilliantly, narrowly falling short to Conahy Shamrocks and Gowran by one point. Team 2 has more success as the Larchfield boys comprehensively defeated Rathdowney Errill (Laois) in round 1 before clashing with highly fancied tournament favorites Graigue-Ballycallan. The Village boys pulled out all the stops to deservingly come out victors in this all important encounter. Well done to the players on a great afternoon of hurling and best wishes to the players and mentors as they prepare for the finals day in Lisdowney. Squad 1:Michael Shaughnessy, 2.Luke Murphy, 3.Daniel Cotter, 4.Fergus Byrne, 5.Jeffry Coyne, 6.Jason O’Keefe, 7.Sean Walsh, 8.Dylan Gleeson, 9.Tom McGrath. Squad 2: 1.Sean Manogue, 2.Niall Brassil, 3.Sam Hickey, 4.Mikey Byrne, 5.Killian Duffy, 6.Robert Butler, 7.Andy Whelan, 8.Ryan Scanlon, 9.Shane Murphy.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The lucky winners of the first prize of Eu 1,000 in the July draw were John & Helen Lynch, Archersfield (Bill Walton). The Eu 200 winner was Mary Mulhall(James Mulhall) and the Eu 100 winners were Ger O’Brien(S.Kennedy), Martin McCarthy(LiamTyrrell),and Eddie Hogan(Catherine Kinsella). The following won Eu 50 each Liz Delahunty (Jim Delahunty), Marie Dollard (Catherine Kinsella),Maurice Ryan(Elsie Cody), Michael Cullen(Catherine Kinsella), Nicky Dreeling (Cathereine Kinsella),Paula Hickey(Jimmy Drennan), Damien Whelan(Damian Casey)and sean Brennan (Sean Brennan). The promoters prizes of Eu 50.00 each were won Catherine Kinsella and Joan Cody. Once again the club’s management committee would like to express their appreciation for the ongoing support the club continues to receive from within the community for this hugely important fundraiser, which will significantly help to finance the completion of phase 1 of the Kells Road project. The next draw is on Wednesday, 29th August.
KELLS ROAD - The good news of the week comes on the back of the last week’s short spell of sunny weather, which enabled DAR Construction Ltd., to make a start with the verti-draining operation on the Kells Road. With the playing surfaces drying up over the last few days, drainage and soil expert, Donal Sinnott gave the “go ahead” for the work to commence on Tuesday week last. In fact, with the dry spell lasting for the full week, the contractor was able to complete the work and move off the site by Friday afternoon. Meanwhile, plans are being prepared for the second phase of tree and shrub planting which it is hoped will take place during the autumn. From the development committee’s perspective, there is no let up in the work being done to ensure that the facility is ready for opening in time for the beginning of the 2013 season..
CAMOGIE - The club’s only representitive on the Kilkenny senior camogie team. Aoife Neary continues to perform with credit on a team struggling to reach it’s former glory. Following last week’s defeat at the hands of Offaly, in which Aoife scored 0-5 from placed balls,Kilkenny had to win their last two fixtures against Dublin and Nationall league champions, Cork if they were to retain any hopes of qualifying for the All-Ireland semi-finals. On Saturday, against Dublin they put their heart and soul into a brave attempt for victory, just came up short in a thrilling encounter which finished level at the end of normal time. Aoife Neary continued to make her mark for “”The Cats” with a contribution of 0-7 but it was not sufficient to ward off the rejuvinated “Dubs”, who won, after extra time, on a 0-17 to 2-10 scoreline.
FOULKSTOWN CEMETERY MASS - Thankfully, for the huge gathering (many thousands) of family members that attended Foulkstown cemetery on Thursday evening for the annual memorial mass for their deceased family members and friends, they were “blessed” with a glorious evening of sunshine for the ceremony. The mass was celebrated by Fr. Roderick Whearty, assisted by Fr. Dan Carroll and many priests who themselves served the St. Patrick’s parish community down through the years. In his homily, Fr. Whearty paid tribute to the work of the cemetery committee who supervised the car parking arrangements on the night and who continue to work diligently throughout the year to keep the cemetery in pristine condition.
FOULKSTOWN SCHOOL PLAQUE - There was a touch of nostalgia in the air after the cemetery mass last Thursday evening when a plaque to mark the location of the old Foulkstown national school, was unveiled at the spot where the building stood, between the church yard and the Kilkenny Rugby Club grounds. The idea was first muted at a recent reunion of former past pupils of the school held in the nearby Springhill Hotel. The school was opened shortly after the famine years, in 1851 and for generations educated the youth of the Foulkstown/Grovine areas of the parish until it closed in 1967.
MARATHON EFFORT - Congratulations to the super fit, husband and wife team, of Pat and Catherine Millea, Wallslough who completed in the “sprint” version of the triathlon on Saturday last. Catherine completed the three disciplines, the 750m Nore swim, the 25klm cycle and 5klms run, while Pat completed the cycle and road race. Well done to both, a superb family effort.
LOTTO - With no winning ticket arising from Tuesday night’s weekly lotto draw, which produced the following combination, 18 :28 :32, next week’s jackpot increases to the sizeable figure of Eu 4,600. Meanwhile, the consolation winners were: Anita Cullen, Ray Murphy, John Millea, Ger McDonald and Sinead Lanigan.
SATURDAY NIGHT - On Saturday night, Billy Mc will be on stage to entertain our weekly music fanciers.