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WILL HITS 90- Shortalls Bar hosted a lovely function on Friday evening to celebrate the 90th birthday of Willie Hetherington, Donaguile Cottages. Affectionately known as “Red Ned” Willie mingled with one and all and thoroughly enjoyed proceedings. Music was provided by the ever popular Danny Webster.

WILL HITS 90- Shortalls Bar hosted a lovely function on Friday evening to celebrate the 90th birthday of Willie Hetherington, Donaguile Cottages. Affectionately known as “Red Ned” Willie mingled with one and all and thoroughly enjoyed proceedings. Music was provided by the ever popular Danny Webster.

Willie has always been a loyal supporter of Kilkenny hurlers and it was so appropriate to see him presented with a Black & Amber jersey signed Red Ned 90. The party was organized by his home care assistants Anne Farrell and Colette Hayden. Well done girls, for work above and beyond the call of duty. THE SEED OF TRIUMPH BLOSSOMS - Always seek out the seed of triumph in every adversity’ urged a wise man once – this defines precisely the experience which astlecomer Athletic Club lived this weekend. Hosting the second leg of the Kilkenny County A Cross Country Championships, the previously used site at Joe O’Sheas in Dysart was the scheduled venue. A course inspection on Friday in advance of marking revealed a level of water-logging which immediately drowned any aspiration of the races being run here. Later in the day, a new course was identified on Liam Farrell’s farm in Damerstown and the necessary logistical preparation was made – this included liaising with An Garda Siochana regarding the necessary pedestrian passage from the parking area at Dysart on Sunday morning along the N78 to the race field. By Sunday morning, the course had been laid out by Marty and Richard Connolly, assisted by John Cahalan. Garda Dunphy was assisted in her efforts on Sunday by a traffic management team composed of Jim Carroll, Nicky and Majella Deevy, Damien O’Dornan, Marty Connolly, John Cahalan, Sean Malone, Enda Glennon and Denis Buggy. Course officials were Mary Clarke, Sinead Connolly, Kathleen Hurley and Donal Carroll. Local athletes were managed by Mary Buggy, Sinead Cahalan and Patrick Clarke, while the multi-tasking Margaret Dillon (both club coach and County Board official) was involved at all levels throughout the hectic three days. The consensus as the event finished early Sunday afternoon was that the seed of triumph had indeed blossomed. While the organisers had persisted to achieve, the athletes themselves went on to excel – both in the numerically strong local team and also in the quality of the performances. Doggedness and determination were the defining characteristics of the input of some 50 local youngsters who competed in the series of races from U9 to U17. Some were competing for the first time in cross country running but there was nothing shy or tentative about their efforts. Joey Ryan and Chris Kealy epitomised this bravery when they recovered from falls early in their Under 9 race to come home with a generous coating of mud. Many of the U9 competitors have another year to compete in this grade. Molly O’Dornan led home a 9 strong team of girls – she was followed by Amelie Bolger, Ana Ryan, Aoife O’Sullivan, Ella Tynan, Amy Ring, Ella Nolan, Leah Brennan and Grace Healy. The U9 gold medallist was cross country novice John Kenny – a commanding performance earned him this title. John’s surprise and glee at this achievement will be remembered. James Kenny, Oisin Conroy, Michael Brennan, Joey Ryan, Cian Holohan, and Chris Kealy completed the Castlecomer representation in this race. The Under 11 boys team were bronze medallists – missing out on silver only by countback. Will Fox led the boys home in 6th position – he was followed by Jack Murphy, Sean O’Dornan, John Kevin Malone, Kevin Holland, Cathal O’Reilly, Louis Feehan, Tommy Coogan, Liam Doyle and Ciaran Meagher. The U11 girls were narrowly edged out to fourth place – Katie Clarke was 7th, followed by Shannon Conry, Sarah Brophy, Molly Ryan, Aoibhinn Brophy and Caoimhe O’Reilly. The U12 girls competed at U13– Aoife Cahalan, Ellen Buggy and Niamh Morrissey performed with conviction– illness prevented Kate Ring and Sinead Healy from competing in this race. The U13 boys were bronze medallists - Conor Clarke led home in 5th, followed by Killian Hogan, James Buggy, Nicky Connolly, Adam Jacob, Kevin Conry, Cathal Holland, Charles Feehan and Declan Buggy who all displayed great determination. It is to be noted that four of this team are also U12. The boys U15 race was a thriller for the absorbed local support – Sean Buggy led from the start of this 3 lap race to within 500m of the end, where he was overtaken by one of two athletes who had tailed him all the way. His determination, fuelled also by those vocal locals, ensured that he held on for the silver medal position. Regrettably, injury during the race forced Ross Connolly to withdraw. Lauren Dermody completed the day with a strong run and 7th place finish in the girls U17 race. The next two months will feature both Leinster Championships and County B Championships. The latter will be an opportunity for all but the medal winners to consolidate todays performances.

GAELIC4MOTHERS - Erin’s Own ladies have now finished football training for the season. Part of the club since 2009 the ladies again had a very rewarding 2012. Gaelic4Mothers has really taken off in Kilkenny with 7 teams now set up and more set to join next year. The ladies have played a lot of matches this season and still continue to hold their own on the pitch. They played in the Thomastown blitz on October 6th, where they finished off the season in style, playing some great football in beautiful weather conditions. A big thank you to Jim for all his help from the sideline on the day. The ladies have also been busy off the pitch helping out with the clubs fundraising events Fantasy Cheltenham and the Golf Classic. They have attended numerous social events during the season and have 2 groups heading away to Bunclody and the “Big Apple” in the coming weeks. They have more off the pitch events and outings planned for the coming months. A big thanks to the coaches and the G4M committee for all their work and dedication throughout the season. Thank you to Billy and the Erin’s Own Committee for their continued support, and wishing every success to Erin’s Own Ladies in the months ahead.

LOTTO - The Erin’s Own lotto is now up to €16,400.00 Tickets are available from any committee member or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

SIX OF THE BEST - Deen Celtic Ladies enjoyed their best win to date in the League when they hammered Clover United, Rathdowney 6-1 at the Prince Grounds on Sunday. On target for the winners were Yvonne McGrath (2), Ruth Lennon, Gráinne Daly, Cathriona Maher and Sarah Hickson.

YOUTHS SOCCER - Deen Celtic Youths suffered their first defeat in the League when they went down 3-1 to The Lions in Durrow on Saturday afternoon. Top scorer Liam Cass gave the Celts a great early boost with his fifth goal of the season and Celtic held this lead through to half time. However three second half goals from the home side turned the tide in their favour.

CLASS ACT - Congratulations to 6th class pupil, Kevin Brennan, on winning a 40 inch TV in the Eddie Walsh sponsored 9 hole golf singles play off competition. Kevin showed nerves of steel when he beat 9 senior players in the final ending up in a sudden death extra hole play off with Jason Brennan. Kevin is a son of Eamonn and Margaret Ann Brennan, Upper Ballyhemmon.

PASTORAL COUNCIL - The next meeting of the Pastoral Council is on Wednesday October 24th at 8 p.m. in the Parish Centre.

NEXT WEEKEND - The Annual Mission Appeal collection will be taken up at all masses next weekend in the Church of the Immaculate Conception.

FITKIDS HALLOWEEN CAMP - Come join our fun active multi-sports Halloween Camp which provides a wide variety of activities and sports to keep kids entertained during the mid-term break. The camp will run from Tuesday 30th October to Friday 2nd November in St Canices Community Hall, Granges Rd., Kilkenny from 10.00am to 2.30pm. Our programmes are age appropriate and are a great foundation for any sport, teaching children the fundamentals of exercise - strength, flexibility, balance, endurance, agility and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. Approptiate fun high energetic activities are provided for camp age groups 3-4 years 5-8 years and 9-12 years. Activities include: tumbling and gymnastic obstacle circuits using Fitkids specialised equipment, soccer, tag-rugby, tennis, basketball, dodgeball, active running and relay games, parachute games and of course Halloween games, arts and crafts. Places are limited so in order to guarantee a place book early to avoid disappointment. The camp costs €55 per child, sibling rate €45 book online or phone Majella on 087 6893663.

NATIONAL CRAFTS - Castlecomer Discovery Park is inviting anyone interested in craft work to get involved in the forthcoming RDS National Crafts Competition. This is a touring exhibition where the work of Ireland’s leading craft makers will be on display from October 28th – November 18th in the Visitor Centre of the Park. The Park is inviting a small number of volunteers to be present during the exhibition from 10am – 4pm. This is a great opportunity for those with time on their hands who are interested in craft work or are content to read their books/paper. Lunch will be provided at Jarrow Café, along with an Annual Car Parking Pass to the Park, and support will be available at all times by the team of staff who work alongside the exhibition space. If you’d like to lend your support by offering some of your time or need more information before making your mind up please phone: 056 4440707 or email

NIXIE BORAN TRIBUTE SHOW - Fresh from a week of successful shows at the “Hole in the Wall” venue, Kilkenny the Nixie Boran Tribute show played to a packed United Arts Club at Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin. Local writer Seamus Walsh was joined by singer Colm Grey and Dr. Michael Conway. The invitation to perform at one of the capital’s top venues which was founded by the legendary Countess Markievicz, concluded with a lively questions and answers session. Other venues penciled in for the show include Lisheen Mine and Ballingarry. CHOIRBOYS ON TOUR - The members of Castlecomer Male Voice Choir are heading west for a Choral Competition in Sligo. Departure date is Friday November 9th the party return on Sunday 11th. There are some seats available, contact Martin Walsh on 086 – 8101312. The Choir host a Table Quiz in Bollards Lounge on November 2nd. Tables of 4 cost €20. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

MR. F. DEVLIN - Donaguile has lost one of its more senior and respected people with the death of Frank Devlin at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny. One of natures gentlemen he will be fondly remembered on Deenside for his kindness and willingness to help out no matter where the call came from. Synonymous locally for his ironworks he was initially employed in the Mines before moving to Comerama Textile Mills. One of the old stock they simply don’t make characters like Frank Devlin anymore and mores’ the pity. He was laid to rest in Moneenroe Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Moneenroe by Fr. Martin Tobin C.C. Clogh ; assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. He is survived by his wife Mary ; sons Patrick, Paul ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.

MRS. J. COMERFORD - The death has taken place at her home in the Deerpark of Julia Comerford (Nee Higgins). She was a gentle and quiet woman the essence of kindness and so proud of each of her 10 grandchildren. The Offertory gifts which were brought to the altar included a “Best Mum” mug which reflected the wonderful hospitality always afforded to all who visited No 9 Deerpark and also a photo of her grandchildren which epitomized the exemplary bond and love she had for each child. A letter written by Julia’s eldest grandchild Eva summed up that relationship “Nannys are one of the best things in the world. The world would not be here without my Nanny. She is one of a kind. You can’t get better than Nanny Comerford. We all have our ups and downs but we all still love her very much and always will. Anyone that knows Nanny knew she had that kettle going all the time and no one could leave her house without a cup of tea or coffee. You could tell Nanny anything and she would always listen. The Comerford house is a very famous house in the Deerpark for the love and warmth you feel the minute you enter the door. All of us grandchildren love going to Nannys and Grandads house.” She was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her husband Tom ; sons John, Keith (England), Stephen, Thomas ; daughter Lorraine (Callan) sisters Peg, Trisha (Dublin) ; grandchildren ; other relatives and a host of friends.

WATER IMPROVEMENTS - The continued investment in the Clogh-Castlecomer water supply is having the desired results. The Uni-Directional Flushing is now focused on the Kiltown Reservoir with the feeding pipe network scheduled next. Meanwhile at Massford an inlet screen sump and extra scour valve have been installed. There is also good news for the residents of Deerpark in 2013 when the Wastewater plant will be replaced with a Pure Flow Module similar to what was recently provided in Coon.

TIMBER - Calling all forest owners in North Kilkenny. Timber Kilkenny holding Information meeting at 7.30pm 17 October 2012 in Castlecomer Community Hall. The discussion will be run down on what services we are providing for current members and future members going forward. For further Details Contact Michael Fitzpatrick 086-1966535

PRACTICAL ADVICE - The AGM of the Parents Council of Castlecomer Community School will be held on Tuesday October 23rd at 7.30pm in the school. Dr. Fergus Heffernan will give a light hearted talk full of practical advice on understanding the emotional well being of teenagers. Dr. Heffernan is a leading educator in the area of stress management and mental health. Afterwards Mr. Paul Behan, newly appointed Deputy Principal will talk about Educational Changes and Improvements in the school with specific reference to those improvements which have been funded by the Parents Council. All are welcome.

CASTLECOMER CHALLENGE 2012- Deenside Wheelers Cycling Club invite all cyclists to their fourth annual sportif which takes place next Sunday. This promises to be a great day and a good end of season tester for all levels of cyclists. Registration takes place from 8.30am at Wandesforde National School with the 100km cycle leaving at 10am and the 50km at 11am. All money raised on the day will go towards the Castlecomer Lourdes Invalid Fund and the Castlecomer Defibrillator Group. Eurospar under the management of Willie Forde has once again come on board to sponsor all the food and drinks on the day, for which the club is truly grateful.

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