Windgap’s Moo Crew - As work commences on the new extension at Scoil San Nioclás, your support is needed in an interesting fund-raising initiative.
A grant has been secured from the Department of Education and Skills for the building project, but there is still a large deficit. Members of the local farming community have generously agreed to rear calves on behalf of the school. If any other farmers have an interest in rearing a calf for the school, please contact us on one of the numbers provided below. Your support would be greatly appreciated. The cost of each calf has been estimated at €250. The difference between the purchase price and the selling price in one or two years’ time will provide funding towards the building project. As the farmers who participate in the scheme will be providing the feeding, we encourage others to participate in the purchase of the calves. As an added incentive the local Glanbia store have donated a ton of Gain calf food that will be raffled between the participating fundraisers. You might decide to purchase a full calf or join together with friends to buy a calf between you. Alternatively, you might like to donate some money directly to the school towards the purchase of a calf because for every €250 we raise we can buy a calf. If you know of any past pupils who are overseas or are living outside the parish who might like to support this venture, we ask you to let them know about it or give their contact details to any member of the Board of Management or Parent Association. The contact numbers to support the fundraising drive are: 648321 (School), 648097 & 087 9904554 (Ger Doyle)
LOTTO - This weeks winning numbers were 3, 11, 16, 23 and Bonus 13 brought a match three cheque to, Patricia Power. Recent winners were Consepta Moore and on the 26th March Pat Walsh had a match four prize with PJ Barron and Denis Foley collecting match three cheques.
CAMOGIE - On Saturday evening Windgap travelled to Muckalee to play the home side in the League section of the Senior Championship. Having started impressively and leading 0-4 to 0-1 the local side saw Muckalee with a goal from a 21 yard free go 1-2 to 0-4 ahead at the quarter way stage. Five points by top scorer Denise Gaule, Niamh Bambrick, Anne Marie and Niamh Phelan to a single reply saw the side regain the lead to go 0-9 to 1-3 ahead. In the final minutes of the half Muckalee out scored the visitors by two points to one as a point from a penalty by Muckalee and a long range Denies Gaule point were the highlights. Following half time confusion, where both sides of the ground, one of which had supporters from both sides had different half time scores, the game resumed tied at 0-9 to 1-6. In fine third quarter the home ladies delivered a far better return from their levels of possession as they played into the road goal. Its tally included crucial goals that saw the side led 3-7 to 0-10 with over ten minutes to go. In the final minutes constant pressure yielded a Windgap a goal at the third attempt after a twenty one-yard free was saved. As full time was called the final score gave a 3-8 to 1-11 victory and the league points to the home side. The result sees the side back in the regulation zone with a lot of work to do in turning possession into scores for their next game against Lisdowney.
HURLING - The hurlers recorded a two-point win over Mooncoin in the Junior B league tie held in Windgap on Friday evening last. Leading the home sides performance was minor player William Phelan with sixteen year old Niall Walsh following a family tradition by making his debut in goal. On Friday evening Bennetsbridge visit for the second round of the County Junior League championship. For all involved, the visit of last year’s county finalists will be a stern test on the progress of the new look home side. Also lining out this week is the school side against Ballyragget and the Galmoy Windgap under sixteen’s against Cloneen-Railyard.
VOLUNTEERS - Representing the local hurling club at Kilkenny’s hosting of the Allianz national Hurling League Final and The Star national league camomile Final in Nowlan Park on Sunday were Simon Brophy, Eamon Doyle, PJ Barron, Phillip Lonergan and Julie Walsh. In addition Joan Gaule of the camogie club was on the Camogie County boards team of volunteers. All were part of a group of over two hundred stewards who ensured that everything ran smoothly for the huge attendance of 21,447. On a fabulous occasion in perfect weather conditions, most local interest centred on the hurling game. In it where Kilkenny retained their title, in a closely contested tie, where a single score remained between the sides entering the final minutes.
CLUB MERCHANDISE - The supply of hurling club Hoodies and Jerseys for all age groups ahs been replenished recently. For further details contact any committee member.
FAR AWAY SUPPORT - Windagonians from across the world can now support the local club and win any of five cars or an array of holidays and cash prizes. To do so they can visit the county website kilkennygaa.ie and follow the Links to the Hurlers Co-Op draw to purchase a ticket where they will be given the option of selecting which club in the county they would like to support. With the tickets priced at €50 for five separate draws the local club can benefit up to and over €25.
OUT AND ABOUT - The spell of fine weather over the bank holiday weekend attracted many visitors and walkers to the area. Whilst not displaying the crystal clear views normally associated with the month of May quality and of the birdsong was noted by many who visited many of the attractions in the area.
HANDBALL - Entries are now open for players wishing to participate in the Leinster 60x30 handball championships. For all the details contact club secretary Michael O’Shea
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE - The next meeting of the Planning for the Future group takes place in the GAA Clubrooms on Tuesday next the 14th of May at eight
COMPUTER COURSE - Once off low cost beginner’s computer course in Droichead Family Resource Centre, Callan: Learn to use the internet, email, skype & basic digital photography etc. Classes will cost €10 for 5 lessons. The course will be held in the afternoon or evenings. Call 056 77 555 19