Dunamaggin: Kells Wellington Race

D.K.K. LOTTO- The winning numbers of the December 10th draw were- 2, 9, 29. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each- Susan Murphy, Diarmuid Walsh, Kathleen Gleeson, Ray Cody Jr. and Liz & Sarah. Next week’s jackpot is worth €3,850. The Bingo jackpot in St. Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €160. The Pool number is worth €280, Pete’s No 460.

D.K.K. LOTTO- The winning numbers of the December 10th draw were- 2, 9, 29. There was no jackpot winner. The following won €30 each- Susan Murphy, Diarmuid Walsh, Kathleen Gleeson, Ray Cody Jr. and Liz & Sarah. Next week’s jackpot is worth €3,850. The Bingo jackpot in St. Eoghan’s Centre on Saturday evening is worth €160. The Pool number is worth €280, Pete’s No 460.

The Christmas Lotto Draw will take place on Sunday 23rd December in the Horse & Hound with 5 X €100 prizes if there is no jackpot winner. The promoters draw will take place the same night. The Following draw will be on Tuesday January 1st in O’Connor’s. At this draw if there is no jackpot winner there will be 5 X €100 prizes.

THE SWITCHING ON OF CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTS- took place in Kells Village at the Cross on Sunday last 16th December at 6.00 p.m. Vincent Dempsey was M.C. He thanked all who made the event possible. Rev. Nicholas Flavin P.P. Dunamaggin and Rev. John Flynn, Kells blessed the Christmas Tree and thanked all who were present. The celebrations included mulled wine and Christmas treats for young and old. Santa arrived and distributed gifts to all the young children.

In Kilmoganny the switching on of the Christmas Tree Lights will take place on Friday 21st December at 7.00 p.m. Carol singing and music will accompany the switching on of the lights. It will be followed by a get together in Sat. Eoghan’s Centre. All are welcome to attend.

CHRISTMAS BREAK- The Dunnamaggin meet and walk/run group will take a break for Christmas. The last pre-Christmas night for walking is this Wednesday 19th December 7.30 p.m.

The walking will re-commence on Monday 7th January. The walk time is 7.30 – 8.30 p.m., with the group starting and finishing at St Leonard’s National School gates. Come along and burn off those extra calories consumed over Christmas!! All are welcome, please wear a reflective jacket.

KELLS HANDBALL CLUB- As the 2012 Handball year nears a close, the Officers of the club would like to wish all Kells Handball Club members a very happy Christmas and best wishes and good luck in all your handball endeavours in 2013. Juvenile Handball training will finish up for the holidays on Thursday 20th December and will start back on the week commencing 14th January, 2013. All membership fees are due by 31st December, 2012.

mass-THE CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES in Dunamaggin and Windgap parishes are as following this year- On Christmas eve mass will be celebrated in Tullahought at 6.00 p.m., in Kilmoganny at 7.00, p.m. and in Dunamaggin at 9.00 p.m.. On Christmas Day masses will be celebrated at 9.00 a.m. in Tullahought, 10.00 a.m. in Windgap and at 11.00 a.m. in Dunamaggin. The celebration of the sacrament of reconciliation will take place in all churches next weekend 15th/16th December. The monthly mass for children who will receive their First Holy Communion next May will be celebrated in St. Leonard’s Church, Dunamaggin on next Sunday at 11.00 a.m.

THE WEDDING CELEBRATION -of Rachel O’Connor, Raheen, Dunamaggin and Andrew Hickey, Danganmore, Dunamaggin was celebrated in St. Leonard’s Church, Dunamaggin on Friday last 14th December. The celebrant was Rev. Nicholas Flavin P.P. assisted by Rev. Fergus Farrell. The Maid of Honour was Regina O’Connor and Valerie Walsh was bridesmaid. John Hickey was best man and Tom Hickey was groomsman. The flower girls were Aideen Hickey and Crioa Hickey and Andrew Power was pageboy. In addition to lighting the Candles for marriage, Andrew Hickey also lit a candle in memory of his late father, Andy. The readings and prayers of the faithful were read by members of the family and both mothers, Anne Hickey and Mary O’Connor presented the gifts at the offertory. The transport used to bring the bride from her home to the Church was a tractor and the same tractor brought the bride and groom from the church back to her home. The tractor had family connections to both families as it was sold over 30 years ago by Andy Hickey, later father of Andrew, to Gerry O’Connor, father of the bride who subsequently handed it on to his brother in Clare. The box attached to the tractor was fitted in beautiful bridal style for transporting the bride. Tom Cahill was the driver of the tractor.

ST. LEONARD’S SCHOOL-Futsal Winners! The 4th class boys (and Aidan O’Neill 3rd) competed in the Kilkenny 5-a-side futsal competition in the Watershed on Nov. 23rd. With four of the team training with the Kilkenny U 11 squad, hopes were high that our boys would do well. P.J. O’ Keeffe was their manager and the boys won most of their round matches easily. The semi-final was a tough contest where the boys had to come from behind to beat Skough 3 - 2. In the final they met St. Patricks De La Salle. After another tough match the boys emerged victorious on a score line of 2 - 1. The team- Andy Hickey, Darragh Walsh, Dylan Carroll, Ivan McCauley, Tadhg O’Sullivan, Conor Denny, Sean O’Keeffe and Aidan O’Neill. They will receive medals from the F.A.I. Well done!

In the Boys Roinn B Football Primary Schools Final- The boys of 4th, 5th, & 6th class with boys from St. Brigid’s and St. Eoghan’s competed in the final of Roinn B Football league on Saturday 1st December in John’s Park. They were up against the much-fancied Castlecomer. However the boys had trained hard under the watchful eyes of Paschal Connolly and Tom Hickey and had a fantastic campaign throughout their league. The boys settled well and were one point up at half time. Unfortunately, the second half didn’t go as well for them and a penalty for the Comer lads proved to be the turning point of the game. The lads battled really well but Castlecomer won in the end by a four-point margin. The boys were disappointed but everyone including their opponents commented on how well they played.

Girls Football semi-final- The girls from Dunnamaggin (St. Leonard’s & St. Brigid’s) did very well this year reaching Semi-final stage but met a very strong Muckalee side and unfortunately were knocked out. The girls had done very well winning five of their six matches. Captains Sarah Doherty and Niamh Hughes did very well to motivate and organise the team. Well done to all involved.

Kells welly race-THE KELLS WELLINGTON RACE will take place on St. Stephen’s day. This is now an annual event and is expected to once again receive great support from the local and surrounding community.