Castlecomer: Here we go wellie race 33!

wellie race-The 33rd Annual Castlecomer Wellie Race will take place as usual on New Year’s Day 2013 on the streets of Castlecomer. This year as part of the “Gathering 2013” initiative the main event will double up as the first ever World Wellie Race Championship. Competitors are requested to run in their countries colours or for exiles their adopted countries colours or national dress. As usual the 5km fun run in Wellingtons will be preceded by a colourful and witty fancy dress parade. Thousands flock to Castlecomer to see first hand the events of the previous year being parodied as well as seeing historical events reinacted. The parade is broken into six categories, three adult and three children’s sections. Both adult and children’s categories include an individual competition, a small group 2-5 section and a large float section with 6 or more people involved. Winners in each category receive a trophy with adult sections receiving a cup and a share of the prize fund of over €1300, depending on category. Runners up receive trophies. The Wellie Race committee have commissioned a new Seamus Brennan Memorial Trophy for the winner of the Large Adult Float section to be presented for the first time on New Year’s Day.

wellie race-The 33rd Annual Castlecomer Wellie Race will take place as usual on New Year’s Day 2013 on the streets of Castlecomer. This year as part of the “Gathering 2013” initiative the main event will double up as the first ever World Wellie Race Championship. Competitors are requested to run in their countries colours or for exiles their adopted countries colours or national dress. As usual the 5km fun run in Wellingtons will be preceded by a colourful and witty fancy dress parade. Thousands flock to Castlecomer to see first hand the events of the previous year being parodied as well as seeing historical events reinacted. The parade is broken into six categories, three adult and three children’s sections. Both adult and children’s categories include an individual competition, a small group 2-5 section and a large float section with 6 or more people involved. Winners in each category receive a trophy with adult sections receiving a cup and a share of the prize fund of over €1300, depending on category. Runners up receive trophies. The Wellie Race committee have commissioned a new Seamus Brennan Memorial Trophy for the winner of the Large Adult Float section to be presented for the first time on New Year’s Day.

The main event sees runners of all shapes and sizes vying to become World Wellie Race Champion 2013. The men’s title is held currently by John Feehan and he will have his work cut out to retain the title based on the amount of training that has being witnessed on the Kiltown Circuit in the past few months. Breda Mulcahy is the Ladies title holder and she too expects stiff competition in a bid to retain her title. The race is a handicapped event with runners broken into various groups based on age. Over the years every age group has won the event and no runners C.V. is complete without the Wellie Race title. There are trophies for the first ten men and women as well as trophies for the first three veteran men and senior ladies home. Winners in the four categories hold the perpetual cups for the year.

Entry to the race is via sponsorship cards which are available from any committee member or from Bollards Bar Barrack Street Castlecomer from December 8th. Entries on the day will be taken in the community hall Kilkenny Street from 11am. Float parade entry is free but only entries on official entry forms can be judged. Entry forms are available from the same outlets or online at www.wellierace.com. Music and craic will commence on the Square from 11am New Year’s morning while the parade will commence at 1pm. The Wellie Race will start at 3pm approx while there will be soup and sandwiches for all participants after the race. The official business of the day will conclude with entertainment in the hall followed by the results and prize giving ceremonies. Of course for some that will be only the beginning as the results and tactics employed will be debated and dissected in the various taverns, with plans for Wellie 2014 being conceived and developed into the wee small hours.

For more information you can visit us on www.wellierace.com, like us on Facebook (Castlecomer Wellie Race) or follow us on twitter @ComerWellieRace. The Wellie Race Committee wish all a happy and prosperous New Year and suggest what better a way to start it but by helping out others not as fortunate as us while at the same time having a ball of a day, we look forward to seeing you in ‘comer.

CHURCH OF IRELAND CHRISTMAS SERVICES-Carol Service 23 December St Mary’s 7pm (featuring the Castlecomer Male Voice Choir & other local soloists) *Christmas Services: Christmas Eve (‘midnight mass’ comes a little early this year!): 7pm Mothel; 9pm St Mary’s; Christmas Day: 10am The Colliery; 11.30am Bilboa

LIBRARY LATEST-A big Thank You to the library’s Nattering Knitters for donating their work for a raffle this week! The proceeds are being donated to the Library’s Toddler Craft group. Every week library staff hosts a story and craft session. The prizes went to Marie Brennan Mulrooney, Nenagh, Helen Breen Knocknadogue and Joan Kavanagh Ballycomey.

Mrs Claus visited for a storytelling session this week. 40 children and their parents enjoyed the event!

An exhibition of handmade wooden clocks is on display until December 20th, an ideal Christmas present!

We close at 1pm on Friday 21st December, and re open on Jan 2nd.

We wish all our patrons a Happy Christmas, and look forward to being of service in 2013!

COUNTRY MARKETS-Complimentary mulled wine and seasonal mince pies will be available for every customer on Friday at the weekly Country Markets in the Community Hall. The progressive group wish all their customers a Happy Christmas & Peaceful New Year. The markets are back trading on Friday January 18th from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

BEREAVED-Sympathy is extended to Denis O’Sullivan, Kiltown on the death of his father Cornelius O’Sullivan in Callan.

BEREAVED-Sympathy is extended to Frank McDermott, Firoda on the death of his mother Margaret McDermott in Sligo.

FULL HOUSE-Aras O’Meallaigh was filled to capacity for the Erins Own Bord Na nOg Christmas Party. An impressive 91 children which was by far the biggest to date enjoyed the party and of course the presents. Santa arrived in style and sang a few songs much to everyone’s delight. Well done to all involved in the organization of the event.

CLUB LOTTO-The club lotto is now up to €18,150.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.

ERINS OWN SOCIAL NIGHT-Erin’s Own GAA Club are holding a Christmas Social Night in the Golf Club, Castlecomer on Saturday 29th December from 9pm till late. Music is by Michael Kealy and admission is €5.00. This social event promises to be a great night and is open to all the community.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS PARTY-All roads lead to the Golf Club on Sunday for the Children’s Christmas Party from 3pm until 6pm. €5.00 per child which includes a visit from Santa, hot finger food, disco Fancy dress optional. Children up to the age of 12 years old and all children must be accompanied by an adult Tickets available from Joan - 086 0560077 or Alyson - 086 2526638

SHOP LOCAL-Shopping locally and buying Irish is one of the more positive things we can all do in the run up to Christmas and make a real contribution to keeping local people at work and in business as we go into 2013. It can also help draw people together and cultivate a sense of pride in ourselves as a community, proving that we can work together to overcome our economic difficulties.