Underage Squads- Four Dicksboro players : Evan Carroll, Edward Moylan, Chris Kavanagh, Cian Butler along with mentor Simon Walton enjoyed terrific success over the weekend in being part of the victorious Tony Forristal U14 All Ireland tournament win for 2012. Three games on Saturday : a 0-10 to 1-06 close finish over Limerick, a 2-05 to 0.04 points win over Tipperary and a 1.06 to 0.03 in the semi final over Galway saw Kilkenny U14s qualify for the final in Walsh Park on Sunday. Following a close first half, the Kilkenny lads eventually romped home on a 1-12 to 1-05 scoreline over Waterford to record a fantastic win in this prestigious tournament. Coincidentally, Kilkenny last won the tournament in 2005 captained by Dicksboro`s Martin Gaffney along with his teammates, Danny Kenny, Philip Byrne, Kevin Nolan and David Glynn. All the Kilkenny underage squads were in competition last weekend. The Kilkenny under 15 squad, which included, Andrew Gaffney, Robert Murphy, Jim Dollard and Aidan Nolan reached the final of the Michael Foley Tournament in Wexford, only to be narrowly beaten by Wexford by a goal. Corey Cahill, who had the privilege of captaining the Kilkenny under 16 team was unfortunate not to pick up silverware when beaten in the Shield Final. John Hanrick’s heroics on goal for Kilkenny’s second under 16 team in the game against Tipperary helped secure a victory but the team were unfortunate not to progress despite also beating Clare. The Kilkenny under 17 squad, also captained by a ‘Boro player, Evan Cody, along with teammates, Stephen Farrell and Paddy Cahill (inj), lost out to Cork in their final by two points. The future of hurling in the ‘Boro is looking very bright indeed.
Junior Hurling- Well done to our Junior team who got their championship hopes off to a great start with a fine win over city rivals, James Stephens, last Sunday in Bennettsbridge with a final scoreline of 4-13 to 0-15. The Village did take a short lived one point lead after five minutes but from there on the ‘Boro lads took control of this game, leading at HT by 2-7 to 0-6, in what was an excellent team performance. Panel: Aaron Duggan, DD Molloy, Mikey Hayes, David Carroll (Capt), Jamie Lynch, Kevin Nolan, Rory Glynn, Michael Rafter, John Fagan, Peter Turley, Tom Manning, Eoin Fennelly, Darragh Buggy, Eoin Gough, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Enda O’Donoghue, Evan Cody, Craig Cahill, Podge Lacey, Shane O’Brien, Michael Kealy, Darragh Holohan, Ger O’Donoghue, James Gittens, Jessie Waters, John Kelly.
Under 12’s- Dicksboro’s under 12’s travelled to Cork last Saturday to take part in Erin’s Own GAA Club’s Colman Dillon tournament. Victories over Carrigtwohill, Kilmallock (Limerick) and Blarney secured their place in the cup final against Kilmacud Crokes. A few early goals from Crokes gave them a lead that we were unable to pull back and they were deserving winners of the trophy. Erin’s Own are to be complemented on the professional running of this tournament and the hospitality they showed us. Panel: Mark Kenny, Daire Maher, Nicky Burke, Jack Tynan, Liam Stynes, Liam Brennan Smyth, Justin Cahill, Mark Nolan, Eoghan Moylan, William O’Sullivan, Tommy Farrell, , Bobby O’Mahony, Joseph Lacey, Evan Clarke, Sean Richardson, Padraic Moylan, Liam Hennessey.
Under 10 Blitz- The Annual Dicksboro Charity U9 and U10 Hurling Blitz took place in Palmerstown on Sat 1st Sept in glorious sunshine. Teams of enthusiastic young hurlers from James Stephens, O’Loughlin Gaels, Ballycallan, Tullaroan, Dunnamaggan, Danesfort, Castlecomer, Kilruane, Dungarvan, Naas and the host club served up exciting and very skilful hurling. After the final rounds all teams were presented with medals by Cillian Buckley. Thank you to all the club officials and members from our U14 and Minor Panels for their assistance on the day. A sincere thank you to the mothers who provided teas and sandwiches for all present, their contribution on the day helped to make the event so successful. Hurling and sportsmanship were winners on the day while all money raised will be donated to the School of the Holy Spirit.
Dog Night- Preparations are in full flow with ticket selling to commence very shortly for an important club fundraiser to fund refurbishment of the front & bar areas of Palmerstown. The Greyhound Benefit night goes ahead in St James Park on Friday 12th October-tickets €10 includes admission on the night + race card and inclusion in draw for 1st prize €1,000, 2nd prize €300 & 3rd prize €200. The full support of the clubs 400 full members and families is needed to kick-start funding for overdue improvement works at Palmerstown. Willing to help out with ticket sales / sponsor an ad in the race card? contact club treasurer Seamus Rochford 086 6026105.
Drive for Liam- Thanks to the whopping 18 teams that took part in the Drive for Liam KCLR 96FM live table quiz hosted by the Dicksboro GAA club in support of the Kilkenny Hurlers All Ireland training fund. After a great nights entertainment, kindly hosted by Dick & Breda Walsh in the Kilkenny House Hotel, two local teams: The Sofa Kings captained by Podge Lacey & the Five Tops captained by Liam Scott had a magnificent 35 points out of 40 but sadly were not in the shake up for the county prizes. Thanks to all the organisers, score keepers, correctors etc. & to Dick & Breda Walsh for hosting Dicksboro`s quiz and the provision of magnificent finger food on the night.
Lotto Results- Dicksboro Lotto draw held on Thursday 30th August 2012 was not won. The numbers drawn were 12, 15, 28 and 32. Other Prizes drawn were €100 to Patty Power c/o Kitty Phelan, €50 to Tom Knox Jnr c/o Tom Knox, €40 to Mary Cradock c/o Paddy Maher, €25 to Tom Brennan c/o John Hackett, €25 to Matthew Kelleher c/o Donal Carroll, €25 to James Owens c/o Tommy Gaffney, €25 to Anne O’Neill c/o Gerry O’Neill. Promoters prize of €30 to Paddy Maher and €20 to Seamus Rochford. Our next jackpot will be for €3,350. Dicksboro Lotto can be played online at www.dicksborogaa.com and following the ‘Play Lotto’ link.
Parish Centre Update- The competitive tender process was completed and the contract for the fit out of 19 Dean St. has been awarded to Denis Guilfoyle Construction. Work will start on Monday 10th September and is expected to last for 5 to 6 weeks. So we are on schedule to complete the project by the end of October. Another milestone in achieving our vision of a Pastoral Centre for the Parish.
Anniversaries- Sunday 9th Sept at 9.30am, Donal O’Meara. Sunday 9th Sept at 10.30am, Patrick O’Brien. Sunday 9th Sept at 11.30am, Mary Tynan.
Blessed Edmund Rice-The monthly Mass to pray for the intercession of Blessed Edmund Rice in our lives and for his canonisation will take place in Westcourt on Monday, 3 September 2012 at 7.30pm. The organising committee of the Abhainn Rí Festival will organise the liturgy for this Mass. All are welcome.
Kilkenny Bereavement Support- There will be a meeting for people bereaved by suicide in Villa Maria, Talbots Inch, on Thursday 6th Sept at 8pm. All are welcome. For information phone 056-7756538.
Baptisms- Baptisms take place on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month at 5.00pm in St. Canice’s. Newly Baptised are invited to attend 11.30am Mass on the last Sunday of the month.
Parish Registration- You are welcome to register as a member of St. Canice’s Parish by sending in your names and addresses to the Parish Office-056 7721533 and Margaret will be happy to look after you.
Mens Action Network-Mens Action Network is organizing a day trip to Wicklow Historic Gaol & Castletown House on 18th September 2012. Cost €40 includes bus, all admissions and dinner in Maldron Hotel Portlaoise. Tea/coffee & scones can be got in Wicklow Gaol Cafe at € 3,50. Bus leaves Butts Green at 8.30am. For booking please contact Eamonn 056 7789749, Larry 0861290284 or Billy 056 7780876. All welcome!
Abbey Bridge Club- club reopens Tues September 18th.