KELLS ROAD PLANTING - On a frosty Good Friday morning a hardy bunch of thirty volunteers (plus one lady) arrived on the Kells Road, to plant over 600 shrubs and trees to complete phase two of the planting programme in compliance with the club’s planning permission. Working in sub zero temperatures, due to a biting easterly wind, and under the direction of “planting “ manager, Ciaran Walsh, the determined crews completed the job in four hours. The task was made somewhat easier for the hard pressed crews, when planting the over sixty, 10/12 foot high, beech and oak trees along the entrance driveway, thanks to the power machinery provided by Ml.Costello (Jnr). It should also be noted that the unexpected arrival of Nuala Walton and Mags McQuillan’s “catering team” with a plentiful supply of tasty sandwiches and piping hot soup for “The 11’s” was much appreciated by the famished crews. On the day that was in it, all present were aware that there was also a certain poignancy attached to the occasion, as, on the same day last year the “planting” crews were led by the late, Billy Walton and Michael Costello (snr), both of whom have passed away in the last few months. The day’s work was a fitting tribute to two great club servants.
ALL-IRELAND COLLEGE’S FINAL - With the defeat of St. Kieran’s College by Dungarvan Colleges in Waterford last week, the stage is set for a pulsating All-Ireland College’s S.H.final between the Co.Waterford College’s side and the Leinster champions, Kilkenny C.B.S.. With a healthy contingent of James Stephens players,and managed by club stalwards, Niall Tyrrell, Matt Ruth and Ger Morrissey, there is sure to be a huge swell of support, from the club, for the Kilkenny city school’s team as they enter the fray against the amalgamated Dungarvan College’s side, on Saturday in Thurles. Judging by their comprehensive dismissal of St. Kieran’s College, in the semi-final, the Dungarvan side are obviously a very strong outfit and will pose a major challenge for the Kilkenny C.B.S.boys if they are to reverse last year’s disappointment against Nenagh C.B.S.. However, with young Village players, Niall Mullins, Luke Scanlon, Matthew McWey, and Jamie Byrne in contention for places in the final line-up, we wish the James’ Street school the best in their efforts to win the coveted All-Ireland Colleges crown last won by the school in 1981. Good luck to all involved.
KELLS ROAD DRAW - The March draw took place on Wednesday last in the clubrooms. The lucky winner of the Eu 1,000 first prize was Kathleen Mullins (J.O’Neill). The second prize of . Eu 200.00 went to Jacinta O’Connor (L.Trant). Prizes of Eu 100.00 each were won by Liam Gallagher (N.Cody), Jim Dollard (J.Dollard ) and Ger Skehan (J.O’Dwyer). Eu 50.00 each was won by Grace Hennessy (Flor/Joe Hennessy), Ann Burke (M.Moore), Brian Sheerin (Ml. McLoughlin), Shane Campion (P.Millea), Emma Skehan (Ml.McLoughlin), Michael walsh (May Larkin), Ann shortall (Ml.McLoughlin),and Seamus (L.Tyrrell). The promoters prizes of Eu 50.00 each was wion by Brian Cody and Pat Millea. The April draw will take place on Wednesday night, 24th April.
NATIONAL LEAGUE - Sunday’s defining national league fixture against Cork in chilly Nowlan Park, completed Kilkenny’s dramatic comeback in the 2013 national league programme, when after a torrid battle they finally overcame “The Rebels” on a 0-20 to 2-12 scoreline. This result rewards “The Cats” with a shot at defending their national title, an unlikely prospect only weeks ago, after a dispiriting start to the 2013 campaign, losing the first two games to Galway and Tipperary. Ironically, they now face Galway, in a repeat of September’s epic All-Ireland final series, in the semi-final, a pairing which is bound to excite the interest of hurling folk nationwide. In Sunday’s encounter they certainly had to earn their victory against a recharged Cork outfit, serious in their determination to upset the champions. The Cork men set out their stall from the start forcing Kilkenny to defend vigoursly throughout, before coming from behind, on, at least two occasions during an intense hour’s hurling and sealed with a flourish in the last few minutes of the game, and capped off by a spectacular point by “man of the match”, Michael Fennelly.. Well done to Brian and the boys and here’s looking forward to another day out with “The Cats”.
SOCIAL CLUB “GATHERING” - Newly elected social club chairman, Michael Brennan set the tone for the year, with his initiative in organising a “Gathering” of present and former members of the social club in the clubrooms on the Saturday of the St. Patrick’s weekend. In the words of secretary, Emmett Cooney “it gave the opportunity to people who for one reason or another had not been coming to the club in recent years to come back and meet with old friends and enjoy a night of music, courtesy of Paddy Blanche, some dancing and craic” The occasion also afforded the committee the opportunity to make presentations to retired, long serving former officers, Phyllis O’Rourke and Margaret Casey in appreciation of their efforts to promote the social club over the years. Chairman, Michael Brennan thanked the over 60 attendees for their presence on the night and the organising committee, especially the bar staff,as well as Anne and Michael Owens for decorating the lounge area in the St.Patrick’s festive colours for the occasion. Michael also announced that provisional arrangements are being made for the club’s annual summer social outing to Mullingar. Names and deposits are being taken by committee members. All in all the “Gathering Night” was a very successful and enjoyable occasion for all participants.
THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE - Music lovers should put a note in their diaries that the renowned musical “The Pirates Of Penzance” will be performed by The Kilkenny Musical Society, in The Watergate Theatre from Sunday, 7th April to Saturday, 13th April . This old style musical is being produced by the musical society to mark their 40th anniversary. The society’s chairman, Seamus Read is anxious to reach out to resident’s associations, community groups, choirs and musical groups, who might come along, and “make a night of it”, as Seamus says, in support of this wonderful production and the Kilkenny Musical Society.
N.U.I. MAYNOOTH - Mary Butler, First Arts Project manager, of Kilkenny Campus, N.U.I.Maynooth extends an open invitation to attend, FREE of charge, a lecture by Dr.Fergus Heffernan on the theme “Manage Your Life by Managing Your Mind” on two dates either, Monday 15th April or Tuesday, 23rd April at the St. Kieran’s College campus. In her own words, Mary points out that “ the workshop will show us how to keep mentally fit and how to tap into our mind’s power, so that we can enjoy our lives to the fullest”. All are welcome
MEDJUORGE QUIZ NIGHT - Councillor Joe Malone reminds us that there will be a quiz night in Delaney’as Bar, Patrick Street, on Thursday night,(tomorrow), 4th April to help raise funds for the Kilkenny Youth group travelling to Medjuorge later in the year. The entry fee for a team of four is Eu 20.00. Your support would be much appreciated
SYMPATHIES - A vote of sympathy was passed to the Walsh family, Corcoran Tce., Kells Road, on the recent passing of Paddy Walsh. A proud “Village” man throughout his life and a staunch supporter of both his club, James Stephens and, of course, the “Black and Amber” of Kilkenny. His late father, Patrick “Nully” Walsh was the first James Stephens player to win an All-Ireland medal, winning an All-Ireland junior medal with Kilkenny in the 1930’s, having also won Kilkenny Junior (1929) and senior championship medals(1937) with the club. Paddy was
pre-deceased by his mother, Catherine, and brothers, Michael and Marty. The sympathies of the club membership were extended to his wife, Carmel, daughters, Bernadette, and Christine, brothers, Tommy, Billy and Tony and sisters, Biddy, Lou and their extended families. Air dheis Dei go raibh a anam.(L.Tyrrell)
LOTTO - The numbers drawn on Tuesday night were 12, 28, 29. Yet again, where was no winner. The Jackpot for next week’s draw will be Eu 4,600. The consolation winners were: Ann Ryan, Matt Ruth, Betty Lahart, Eileen Cushen, and Charlie Larkin.