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Thomastown: More success for Thomastown athletes

Athletics - Thomastown had a successful day at the second stage of the Leinster cross country (uneven age groups U11-U19) at Dunboyne on Sunday last collecting 18 medals.

Athletics - Thomastown had a successful day at the second stage of the Leinster cross country (uneven age groups U11-U19) at Dunboyne on Sunday last collecting 18 medals.

Thomastown got off to a great start In the first race of the day, the Girls’ U11, with great individual performances by Ciara O’keeffe and Aine Kirwan finish in 3rd and 4th places respectively followed by Ellen Ryan (27th) and Orla O’Keeffe(44th) and also supported by Edie Maher, Anna Cass and Dearbhla O’Reilly to lead Thomastown to 2nd club place overall out of a large field of 141 athletes and seventeen clubs. The team now go forward to compete in the all Irelands. Ciara and Aine are also selected on the Leinster team. The county team just missed out on medals finishing in 4th position. Thomastown had three scoring members on the county team, Ciara O’Keeffe, Ellen Ryan and Orla O’Keeffe.

In the Boys’ U11, Thomastown club team of Gerard Prentice, Jack Ryan, Sean Lanigan, Tom Holden, Jordan Knight and Tom O’Shea finished in 7th position out of sixteen clubs. A good result for the boys running in their first Leinster championships. Gerard Prentice (23rd) was 4th scoring member of six on the county team that finished in 3rd position collecting his first Leinster cross-country medal. Jack Ryan was the 7th county team member just missing out on a medal.

In the girls’ U13 Thomastown had two competitors Caoimhe Kelly (31st) and Sinead O’Keeffe (63rd). Caoimhe Kelly ran a fine race to come home in third position on the Kilkenny county team. Unfortunately the county team finished just outside the medals in 4th position.

In the Girls’ under 15 race Ailis O’Shea was Thomastown’s sole competitor and ran a great race to come home in 15th place collecting a gold medal with the county team.

In the Girls’ U17 Sinead Whelan also hadma great race to collect an individual medal in 7th place and along with Niamh O’Shea (20th) were members of the county team that finished in 2nd place.

In the Boys’ under 17 race, Sean Power ran strongly throughout and collected an individual medal finishing in 10th position. Sean was also part of the county team that finished in the bronze medal position

In the Girls’ U17 Thomastown athletes put in fine performance to take second team place in the club competition losing out to winners Mullingar by a just three points. Megan Morrissey led the way in 10th position with Maeve O’Connor in 13th and Laura Walpole in 15th. Kilkenny were winners in the county section and Megan collected a gold medal as a member of this winning county team.

In the final Juvenile race of the day Liam O’Shea was Thomastown’s sole competitor . The county team failed to start with six athletes and therefore weren’t in contention for medals.

All medal winners now go forward to the All-Ireland finals in Adamstown, Wexford on Sunday 9th December.

Local Lotto - €3,450 jackpot was not won. 5 X €35 winners were: Shem Kelly Maudlin Street, Marian Prendergast Ballydonnell, Nancy Stapleton Maudlin Street, Sean Lannon Station Road and Ray Hughes Newtown Terrace.

Dumping of Rubbish - Would the people who are dumping their household rubbish in the Ballydonnell, Legan, Newtown and Station Road areas please refrain from doing so. We all know that these are hard times, but you are spoiling our County Side, so we would ask you not to throw your rubbish around the side of the raod again.

Referee - Liz Dempsey has been a camogie referee in Kilkenny for numerous years and has refered at all grades. This year was her first year on the inter county referees panel and what a busy year it was been for her. During 2012 Liz reffed the following games:

Junior B All Ireland Final

Colleges All Ireland B Final

National League Games

Premier Junior League and Championship

All Ireland Minor C Championship Final

Liz also acted as lines person at the following games:

All Ireland Senior Final - Cork V Wexford

All Ireland Intermediate Final Replay (Stand By Referee)

All Ireland Senior 1/4 Final - Cork V Clare

All Ireland U16 B & C Finals

All Ireland Junior Club Semi Final

Building of Hope Project - Henry Shefflin, along with Liam McCarthy, extend an invitation to you to the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny on Thursday 22nd November at 8 pm for the launch of “The Spirit of Christmas” CD in association with the Building of Hope Project. The CD was recorded by the children who attend the Likoni School for the Blind in Mombasa, Kenya. 183 volunteers from all over Ireland travelled to Mombasa in January and February 2012 and built a home for these blind children. Outside of Co. Clare, the largest number of volunteers came from the Kilkenny-Carlow area.

The CD comprises of 8 Christmas Carols. The children put a great effort into the recording of the CD as they had to learn the words through braille and in English. They will be on sale on the night for €10 each and all proceeds will be used by the charity for the children’s medical, social and educational needs.

Come along and meet Henry and Liam and support a very worthy cause.

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