Restaurant - Kilkieran Cottage resaturant, under the management of proprietors Frank and Ade Walsh, are pleased to announce that the newly refurbished restaurant will re-open on July 4.
The Kilkenny People is pleased to point out that that the report in last week’s edition was inaccurate as the restaurant remains open and will service the local community and beyond.
The proprietors are pleased to welcome all their existing and future customers, and for bookings ring (051) 645110.
No resident priest - The words of the Tom T Hall Classic the “The Promise and the Dream” hung over the parish at the weekend following the Ossory Diocesan announcement that Windgap Parish would be no longer having a resident parish priest. The message was relayed to the Pastoral Council Chairperson Ann Foley on Friday by Fr. Nicholas Flavin PP Dunnamaggin who will now be the Parish Priest of both Windgap and Dunnamaggin. At every event and gathering in the area over the weekend the air of disappointment that the retention of the identity of the parish that once had many churches that included Lamogue, Killamery, Killtrassy, Roscon and the current ones in Windgap and Tullahought was in jeopardy. On the practical front the expected re-organization of the seven masses celebrated each weekend in the four churches of Dunnamaggin, Kilmoganny, Windgap with two apiece and one in Tullahought will effect and change the lives of the various congregations. Also in the line for change will be the Sunday funeral arrangements and the big community gets togethers for Christmas and Easter ceremonies and the future of the parochial house in Windgap.
Amongst the initial feelings from all ages was the importance of the Sunday Mass to the community that saw people in living memory walk miles often barefoot across wet and rough mass paths and stiles to attend the early Sunday masses in the local churches. In addition the priest made the journey by horseback or pony and trap from Windgap to Tullahought to keep the Churches side of the commitment. For the farming community and their employees, that made the daily trip of up to six miles after morning milking to join the line at the creamery with their churns, Sunday was the more important day of the week. After the milk was delivered it was back into another queue to have the churns back filled with separated milk and still be in time to go up the hill for Sunday morning mass in the old church at the top of the village.
CLUB NEWS - In the Cahill Cup quarterfinal Windgap traveled to Tullaroan to play the home side on Tuesday evening. After opening points from Cian Ryan and Sean Foley the home side was 0-4 to 0-3 ahead before Tommy Fleming leveled the scores at the end of the first quarter. Following a goal by full forward James Murray the visitors took the initiative and led 1-7 to 0-7 at the break. In a second half that broke down into three ten minute sections the first moiety saw Tullaroan with four points level the scores 0-11 to 1-8. At the end of the next ten minutes a Niall Doran goal and two Cian Ryan frees saw Windgap ahead by four points 2-11 to 0-13 and looking good for a semi-final place against Naomh Bríd three days later. However the final ten minutes of the half saw another game changing swing when Tullaroan added 1-3 without reply to run out 1-16 to 2-11 winners. The Windgap side was Michael Power, Peter Landy Matthew Enright, James Mackey, Gerry Purcell, Conor Lonergan, William Phelan, Tommy Fleming, Phillip Lonergan, Eamon Hawe, Niall Doran, Cian Ryan, Sean Foley, James Murray, Paraic Walsh. The result saw Windgap travelling to Kilsheelin on Friday evening to get a challenge where they recorded a win over the home as in the Cahill Cup rank outsiders Tullaroan went on to qualify for the final with a fine win against Naomh Bríd. On Tuesday evening Windgap hosted the rescheduled Cumann NA mBunscoil semi final between Graigueballycallan and Kilmacow. This Weeks Winning Numbers were 10, 15, 24, 26 and Bonus 20. Next Weeks Prize fund is €6,700. The Club hold their next committee meeting on Thursday evening at 9pm and host Graiguenamanagh in the Junior B League on Friday evening
TIDY TOWNS - Unseasonable weather slowed down the ongoing works of painting and grass cutting of the waterlogged roadside margins in recent days. Indoors a committee meeting was held on Tuesday evening.
GRAVEYARD MASSES - The following is a list of local Graveyard masses that commence in Ahenny on Thursday June 28th. The following evening Friday 29th the cemetery mass takes place in Kilbride at 8.00pm. For the event Callan Gardai request all attending the to use the FREE carparking facilities adjacent to the Cemetery. In July the Slatequarry Mass takes place on Wednesday 19th at 7.30pm. It will be followed in the early days of August by Killamery on Wednesday 1st. Tullahought on Thursday 2nd, and Windgap on Friday 3rd all at 7.30pm
CAMOGIE: On Saturday the under twelves participated in the Mooncion blitz with the home side and Piltown whilst club member Magrgaret Purcell was one of the Kilkenny Cumann NA mBunscioleanna players that played in the exhibition game at the Leinster senior hurling semi final on Saturday afternoon in Portlaoise. On Friday evening the Rower Inistioge visited for the All County Senior Hurling League. After a close first half where the visitors had most of the play the home side were in a strong position at the break as they were just two points behind after good defensive work and a number of fine Laura walker saves. On the resumption and playing into the scoring goal hopes re high for the home side to go on to win. However it was a sharper fitter rower side who found their scoring sights and ran out easy winners. The sides were Rower Inistioge: Emma Kavanagh, Jane Cullen, Emer Lyng, Becky Dempsey Doyle, Nora Hanrahan, Briane Langton, Emma Hoynes, Ciara Lyng, Aine Gannon, Bridín White, Sarah Mahony, Fiona Carroll, Aideen Leahy, Lizzy Lyng, Elaine Flemming. Substitutes Aine Houlihan, Ruth Kavanagh, Aisling Carroll, Debbie O’Mahony, Mairead Grace. Windgap: Laura Walker, Julie Walsh, Elaine O’Shea, Gemma Long, Aisling Cody, Niamh, Phelan, Ciara Molloy, Lisa Phelan, Emer Moynihan, Niamh Bambrick, Susie Phelan, Sarah McCarthy, Leanne O’Neill, Catherine Foley, Terri Mackey. Substitutes Anne Marie Phelan, Sarah Grace, Laura Moore.
TABLE QUIZ - A table quiz to find Kilkenny’s Cleverest Club support the Kilkenny Camogie Team will take place in the Springhill Hotel on Thursday 28th June at 8pm. The entrance fee is €30.00 per team of 4 and the winning club will receive €500 of O’Neill’s Sports Gear .For further details contact a Club officer Joan Gaule, Mary Byrne Therese or Helen Walsh or county co-ordinator Pearl at 087 6923811
FOOD AND CRAFT MARKET - Callan Indoor Food & Craft Market will take place in Droichead Family Resource Centre, every Friday from June 29th from 9am – 2pm. Produce on offer: Cakes, Breads Eggs, Savory dishes, Meat, Handcrafted Cards, Calendars, Hair Fascinators, Turned & Sculpted Wood, Knitted and embroidered gifts. All are welcome to come along, have a browse or buy some locally produced products. If you would like to have your own stand, insurance & HSE cert is a requirement. To host a stand, the cost is €5. For more information, contact 056 77 55519
ALZHEIMERS SUPPORT - A facilitated support group, for carers of people with Alzheimer’s/Dementia providing a safe space for information exchange, emotional and practical support and the opportunity to network with other carers in similar positions has been set up at the Alzheimer Day Care Centre, 1 Fr Walsh Close, Cootes Lane, Kilkenny. The Next Meeting takes place Wednesday 27th June at 4pm