Conahy -

MR. JOHN (JOHNNY) MOLLOY R.I.P. - The very sad and unexpected death has taken place recently of Johnny Molloy, formerly of Lisnafunchion, in Tallaght General Hospital after a short illness. It was a great shock to everyone in the locality, particularly amongst all the local bus drivers. Johnny was a most popular and well known bus driver throughout the country. He always took immense pride in his work. He initially worked as a lorry driver for Smithwicks Brewery, before working as a bus driver with Hehir’s Coaches, Pierce Kavanagh Coaches, and Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Coaches, Urlingford, right up to a few days before he became ill.

MR. JOHN (JOHNNY) MOLLOY R.I.P. - The very sad and unexpected death has taken place recently of Johnny Molloy, formerly of Lisnafunchion, in Tallaght General Hospital after a short illness. It was a great shock to everyone in the locality, particularly amongst all the local bus drivers. Johnny was a most popular and well known bus driver throughout the country. He always took immense pride in his work. He initially worked as a lorry driver for Smithwicks Brewery, before working as a bus driver with Hehir’s Coaches, Pierce Kavanagh Coaches, and Bernard Kavanagh & Sons Coaches, Urlingford, right up to a few days before he became ill.

Fellow bus drivers came from all over Ireland to the funeral to pay their respects to a much loved and well respected man, forming a guard of honour as his remains entered St. Colman’s Church, Conahy. A further guard of honour was provided by Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club subsequently as he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery. The funeral Mass was celebrated by Fr. Eamon O’Gorman P.P., assisted by Fr. Liam Shore. Fr. O’Gorman gave a very moving homily to Johnny during the Mass.

Johnny is survived by his wife Margaret, son Sean, daughter Bernadette and granddaughter Melany. His month’s mind Mass will be celebrated on this Sunday, May 12th, at 11 a.m. in St. Colman’s Church, Conahy. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

HURLING - The intermediate hurlers return to action this weekend when they face near neighbours St. Patrick’s (Ballyragget) in the Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate Hurling League in Lisdowney on Sunday night at 7 p.m. Conahy will be hoping to improve on their performance in their previous game, when they were well beaten by Thomastown. However, it is guaranteed that it will be far from easy against last year’s intermediate finalists, who also won last time out.

Meanwhile, the junior A hurlers remain unbeaten in this year’s Northern Junior ‘A’ Hurling League following an easy 3-16 to 0-6 victory on Saturday evening over Carlow Town in Carlow. A goal from Eoin Byrne in the first minute gave Conahy Shamrocks the best possible start and they dominated the game throughout the first half. Further goals from John Muldowney and Paddy Mullan were indicative of Conahy’s dominance as they led by 3-9 to 0-2 at the interval. They continued to hold the upper hand during the second half, though the Carlow men did enjoy more possession and should have had more scores on the board at the final whistle. Eventually, the final score was 3-16 to 0-6 in Conahy’s favour. The local continue to top their Group having played four games and will now meet Young Ireland (Gowran) in the Northern League Semi-Final on Tuesday, June 18th.

 TEAM: Padraic Delaney; Thomas Nolan; Peter Dollard; Tom Mullan; Kieran Mooney; Padraic Harding; Eoin Carroll; Liam Cass; Michael Bergin; Barry Murphy; John Mullan; Paddy Mullan; Padraic Nolan; John Muldowney; Eoin Byrne.

Subs – Peter Harding; Conor Whelan; Tom Phelan; Stephen Brennan; Sean Brennan; Simon Callanan; David Kennedy; Joe Mullan; Jack Kelly.

The under 10 hurlers played their first game in this year’s Under 10 Go Games on Saturday morning last when they travelled to Muckalee to play St. Martin’s. The cold morning did not stop both teams playing a very competitive game. The Conahy boys got on top early with a good goal, but getting scores was not easy as St. Martin’s had a superb goalkeeper. The play opened up in the second half with Conahy the dominant side, but St. Martin’s played superbly in the closing ten minutes to narrow the margin, but Conahy were deserving winners in the end. Conahy’s next game in the Under 10 Go Games is on Saturday morning next (11thApril) at 10.00 a.m. in Urlingford against the Emeralds.

TEAM: Oisín Cahill; Kieran Brennan; Josh Comerford; Jack Bergin, Robbie Ring; Mark Gunner; Jack Murphy; Billy Mulhall; Conor Duggan; Jack Dempsey; Oisín O’Connor; Louis Todd; Oisín Conroy; Damien Cuddihy; Jack Joyce;  Sean Hetherington.

LOTTO RESULTS - The numbers in the recent Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto draw were 1, 2 and 21. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Donal Cass, Shem Kavanagh, Lisa Butler, Therese Kearney and Tony Brennan. The promoters’ prize winners were Margaret Buggy, Jim Reilly and Julie Jackman. This week’s jackpot now stands at €6,500.

HERITAGE SOCIETY - Conahy Heritage Society wish to remind everyone that “The Last Rose of Summer” Bicentenary Concert in Jenkinstown Park takes place on Saturday June 22nd at 8 pm, with tenor Anthony Kearns. He  will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore melodies such as The Minstrel Boy, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms and of course The Last Rose of Summer, which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813. Some local talent will be showcased on the evening also.

The concert will be in the original walled garden area, within Jenkinstown Woods. Parking will be in the field below the venue. More information at www.conahyhs.com and Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, and you can also follow the Society on Twitter @conahyhs. Tickets cost €22.50, and are available from www.ticketmaster.ie. For any enquiries, please email conahyheritagesociety@gmail.com or for ticket information, please contact Eileen Gunner on (087)2859660.

ST. COLMAN’S N.S. - St. Colmans N.S. Parents Association will hold a Kids Disco for primary school children in Conahy Community Hall on this Sunday, May 12th from 5pm to 7pm. Admission will be €2 or €5 for three or more from the same family. There will be a tuck shop and fancy dress is optional! This will be a fully supervised event and all are welcome to attend.

CONAHY COMMUNITY PLAYGROUP - Conahy Community Playgroup is now enrolling for September 2013. Children who are aged between 2 year and 6 months and 4 years old can apply. Children who are due to start Primary School in September 2014 are also entitled to a free preschool year (ECCE Scheme). If your child does not yet qualify for the ECCE scheme, he/she may qualify for a subsidized rate under the CCS scheme. Please contact Geraldine on 0868322951 or Alice on 0861021077 for further information.

OLDER PEOPLES FORUM BI-ANNUAL MEETING  - If you are over 50 and are interested in Kilkenny’s Age Friendly activities and programme, you are welcome to attend the Bi Annual meeting of the Kilkenny Older Peoples Forum where your views, interests and contributions are important. The meeting takes place in the Ormonde Hotel, Ormonde Street, Kilkenny, on Wednesday next, May 15th from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.