Glenmore: Cup visits the Glen

MASS TIMES - On Christmas Eve mass in the church of St. James, Glenmore will be at 8pm and on Christmas morning mass will be at 10am.

MASS TIMES - On Christmas Eve mass in the church of St. James, Glenmore will be at 8pm and on Christmas morning mass will be at 10am.

CHRISTMAS PARTY - The annual Golden club /St. Vincent de Paul Christmas party took place on Tuesday( yesterday) from 11am to 1.30pm. The pupils of Glenmore national school joined the elders of the parish, parents, grandparents and fellow parishioners for carol singing and festive cheer, which was greatly enjoyed. All those attending the Christmas get together enjoyed the lovely food and craic and thank the class teachers and pupils for all their efforts. A very special word of thanks to the ladies who volunteer time and time again and their unfailing contuined support to the Golden Club throughout the year is much appreciated.

FIT4LIFE- The local Fit4Life meet each Monday and Wednesday evening at 7.15pm at the Pink Rock and anyone interested in joining the group are very welcome to come along to walk, jog or you can do a combination of both, it entirely up to yourself. Please be sure to wear your hi vis jacket and a headlight or torch for added safety. This group first came together in March of this year and is proving a great success and with the Pink Rock area being a very suitable location. A Festive Fun Run is taking place on St. Stephen’s Day at 12 noon, at the Pink Rock, with a 5k flat course. So if you fancy stretching the legs and having a bit of fun come along. You can run, jog, walk or skip, whatever you wish and there is an entry fee of €5 per person, or €20 for a family and all monies raised going to the local athletic club, St. Joseph’s. If you have a devilish streak in you and fancy dressing up for the run, there is spot prizes for the best festive costume, so get your thinking hats on in preparation.

BAZAAR- After Saturday evening mass recently in the hall in Glenmore, the parish raffle took place along with other raffles for a Christmas cake, food and car accessories hampers, a painting, 3D puzzle, Gala gift vouchers, photograph frames, bottles of whiskey. The ICA had a cake stall and all raffles were very well supported and thanks to all who sponsored the various prizes and to all who bought tickets and congratulations to all the winners. The annual parish raffle aslo took place on the night and the winners were 1st prize of a €200 Glanbia voucher went to Bernie Mc Grath of Busherstsown, 2nd prize of a €150 voucher for Murphy Motors went to Alice Connors of New Ross, 3rd prize of €100 went to Martin Kennedy of Ballinclare, 4th prize of €100 went to John Aylward of Aylwardstown, 5th prize of €100 went to Orla O’ Keeffe of Carrigcloney, 6th prize of €40 gift card and €40 salon voucher for Hanleys chemist went to Gillian Hoynes of Ballybrahee and 7th prize of €75 voucher for Admastown Tyres, Raheen, New Ross road went to Johnny Boland of Ballycroney. Many thanks to all the sponsors and well done to all the winners and for all the support given to the raffle. The figure of just short of €4,000 was raised with this raffle.

CUP ON TOUR - A night of celebration took place in the Glen Bar. The Liam Mc Carthy cup along with Eoin Murphy of Ballyveria were honoured and there was a great number of people in attendance to celebrate Kilkenny senior hurlers on winning this year’s All-Ireland title and to congratulate Eoin on his great success and to acknowledge his second All-Ireland senior hurling medal win. Light refreshments were served and enjoyed. A special bonus silver circle draw took place at the function, and the winners were €500 to Liam Croke, and five winners of €100 each to Mick Deady, Ballykenna, Tullogher, Michael Dunphy of Ballyfacey, Ruby and Stephen Grant of Ballinlammy, Eugene Griffin of Robinstown and Terry and Delores Brophy of Rochestown. Thanks to Pat and Geraldine Barron for all their help and co-operation with the function.

2013 - With the start of a new year not so far away and with this year drawing to a close, you are asked to note that the church of St. James celebrates its Bicentenary( 1813 to 2013) and on New Year’s Day at 12 noon mass will be celebrated by the Bishop of Ossory, Dr. Seamus Freeman and all are welcome to come along for this very special mass.

LOCAL HISTORY - Glenmore man, born and reared, was the guest of honour recently at a function in Mullinavat hall. Had Danny Dowling known that he was to be honoured at such a gathering of family, many friends, Chairperson of Kilkenny County Council Marie Fitzpatrick, along with members of the South Kilkenny Historical Society and former workmates, he may have been hesitant to travel. While he was told some bit of the truth prior to attending the function, the quantity and depth of the the detail of the night’s proceedings was small. Danny Dowling is Glenmore’s historical genius, a walking history book, of magnificant recall for name and place and detail. Quite by nature and unassuming in personality, he was somewhat overcome by the appreciation bestowed onto him as tributes were paid. Master of Ceremonies for the night was Dick Claridge, who along with the society’s Chairperson, Eddie Synnott led the charge of appreciation to Danny. Tribute was also paid to Danny’s ‘transport and logistical manager and wife’, Molly, for all her support to Danny down through the many many years of needing to go such and such a place and to meet with such and such a person, which is some instances meant long hours of waiting around. The many people in attendance were both from the locality in general, for Danny is so well known and highly respected for his love and knowledge of many facets of history, and he was also joined by fellow colleagues of the Kilkenny County Council library service for which Danny worked for for many years. In his address to those gathered Danny gave a small insight into his love of all aspects of life gone by, and he paid reference to a business based in Waterford and owned by the Hennebry family of Davidstown and how in those times there was a record known as a ‘day book ‘. In this ‘day book’ a detailed record of who bought what item, how much of it they bought and details of the product was made for every single transaction, and this was done on a daily basis. I suppose it was the market research of the day, and you can’t beat knowing what the customer wants. To those interested in life patterns, what peoples’ lives were like, these ‘day books ‘ must offer a huge insight. Danny also spoke of the closure of Clover Meats, of those who took over and their disregard for all of the book work, papers, files, ledgers and general registers. To his credit Danny appreciated the value of them and secured some of these very precious journals which he was told were destined for a bonfire. Again what a terrible loss this would have been. It is without exaggeration or a stretching of the truth, to say that Danny’s home is in itself a library, full of literature of all sorts, information of all sorts and books of all descriptions and a wonderful supply of local history. When poised with the question, some years ago, as to how he became interested in history, Danny made the reply that ‘ he was interested in talking to ould fellas’. History isn’t all about knowing facts and dates, while it certainly has its place for exam purposes, there is the life stories of people, the lives they lived, their life patterns, their daily struggles, the many events that shaped their lives and those belonging to them. To mark his great contribution to local history a presention was made to Danny by Eddie Synnott and flowers were presented to Molly by the society secretary Kathleen Laffan. Tea and light refreshments were served and thanks to the ladies for looking after everyone.

SOUTHERN FINAL - Glenmore are this year’s winners of the JJKavanagh and Sons Under-21 A southern shield final and well done to all involved. In a match played in Pairc Na Ratha, Glenmore against the Rower Inistioge, the half time score was Glenmore 2-3 to the Rower Inistioge’s 1-10. However it was in the second half that the men from the glen put on the pressure and secured a further 3-7 with the Rower Inistioge adding 0-5. The final tally was Glenmore 5-10 / the Rower Inistioge 1-15. The Glenmore hurling under 21 panel of players for 2012 are Sean Duggan and Tommy Maher ( Joint Captains), Shane Murphy, Liam Hennessy, Adrian Doherty, Mark Aylward, Philip Roche, Alan Murphy, Ger Aylward, Shane Doherty, Colm Foran, Michael O’ Connor, Paddy Foran, Brian O’ Donoghue, Ben Doherty, Colm Doherty, Eoin Aylward, John Gahan, Niall Dunne, Ger Kehoe, Paddy Hennessy, Stephen Cody, Mark O’ Connor, John Caulfield, P.J.Roche, Christopher O’ Connor, Ben Maher, Rory Doherty, William Treacy and Dean Croke. A word of thanks to the team trainers and mentors Paddy Moran, Seammie Dollard and Michael Phelan(jnr). and to JJ Kavanagh and Sons for their sponsorship and contuined support of this competition.

UNDER 16 HURLERS- The Glenmore under-16 hurling team of 2012 of Joint Captains Niall Dunne and Ciaran O’ Connor, Michael Boyle, Dean Croke, Shane Murphy, Michael Burke, Michael Holden, Darren Walsh, John Gahan, Steven Cody, Alan Murphy, Mark O’ Connor, Brian Ennett, P.J. Hartley, Conor Doolan, Liam Hennessy, Eoin Heffernan, William Treacy, Maurice Fitzgerald, Iassac Power, James Aylward, Thomas Dunne and Richard Hennessy won this year’s Roinn A hurling league shield final against The Rower/ Inistioge. In a match played under a fierce cold harsh December sky as was last Saturday there was no flies hanging about. The lads gave it their very all as did the Rower Inistioge lads. At half time the tally was Glenmore 2-3 to the Rower Inistioge’s 1-6. On the throw in to the second half it was even scoring again all the way through and on the full time whistle it was a draw match with a score sheet of Glenmore 3-7 to the Rower Inistioge’s 2-11. With wind blowing strongly and a heavy dash of rain for good measure, along with a sky full of rain, the two sets of players faced on again for a further ten minute a side. This was the deciding time of this fiercely contested match with the Glenmore soldiers scoring a further 1-5 and the Rower Inistioge scoring 0-4, the die was cast. The final score was Glenmore 4-12 / the Rower Inistioge 2-15. The referee Martin Quilty was at hand to present the Under-16 Roinn A league shield final trophy to the Joint Captains Naill Dunne and Ciaran O’ Connor who thanked the Rower/Inistioge for a good sporting match, and thanked the mentors Stephen Hartley, Seammie Dollard, Richard Duggan and Jim Dunne for all their efforts.

ICA- Glennmore ICA held their monthly meeting recently with eleven members in attendance and four members absent. Sympathy was extended to the Roche family of Robinstown on the recent passing of their brother Sean of Robinstown. The minutes of the previous meeting were read and signed and the Treasurer gave her report. The final arrangements were put in place for the guilds Christmas Party being held in the Brandon House Hotel, New Ross which was held last Friday night. Kilkenny week will take place in An Grainnan, Co. Louth from August 12th to 16th 2013. The competition winners were 1st Kathleen Cody, 2nd Stasia Cody and joint third winners were Kathleen Hanrahan and Mary Aylward of Rochestown. The raffle prize winners were Mary Phelan and Alice Cass. The meeting ended with a sing song and the usual cuppa tea and refreshments. In closing, the Guild Presdient Kate Mernagh wished all the members present and absent a very Happy and Peaceful Christmas.