HURLING - Next Saturday the 14th of July sees the resumption of the intermediate league championship. Mullinavat head for an unusual venue in that the game is fixed for Windgap for 7.30pm on Saturday. Our opponents will be John Lockes, Callan and even though this is a 4th round game the loser will be in big trouble. Mullinavat’s season got off to the best possible start when they defeated neighbours Glenmore in Mooncoin at the end of April. However since that game they have suffered two defeats in their next two fixtures losing to senior relegation team of last year Clara and then losing to Mooncoin who have now defeated Mullinavat in the last two league encounters that they have played. With these results Mullinavat are 2nd last in the group with opponents Callan below them in last place. Neither team will want to lose this fixture so a rip roaring encounter can be expected. Training in the last couple of weeks has gone well for the Vat men and with all the preparation now complete it will depend what Mullinavat team turns up on the night. Nicholas Anthony is still a major injury doubt and with others carrying some niggles and strains the mind set for this game will be crucial. The team will need your support on this occasion and with this in mind we urge everybody to try to make the trip and support the Rod Iron. Best of luck to Ian Duggan who is a member of the Under 21 Kilkenny panel who take on Laois in the Leinster final on Wednesday night.
SUMMER COMPUTER CAMP 4 KIDS - If you’re looking for something for those kids to do over the long hot summer (joke) then why not book them in for some computer fun. Mullinavat computer services are running a computer camp 4 kids and for more information contact Mary Byrne on 086-1228511 or you can e-mail Mary on firstname.lastname@example.org.
CASTLEGANNON SHOW - Next Sunday sees the annual Castlegannon Show taking place at Knockmoylan, half way between Ballyhale and Mullinavat. As in previous years, this great family day out is being held for the benefit of the Carlow Kilkenny Homecare Team for whom the show has raised over e13,000 in the last three years alone. This year’s show includes horse and pony jumping competitions, including South Leinster League and Glencarraig Lady League qualifiers, horse showing classes, vintage tractors display, leading rein competitions, dog show, children’s sports, music, bouncing castle, side shows and other similar attractions. The show is based on a considerable voluntary effort from families in the local Knockmoylan, Ballyhale and Mullinavat area. As the show chairman Michael Phelan says “you can’t run a show like Castlegannon for 39 years without help from a lot of different people, all of whom are doing so because of the charity involved and their interest in giving a good family day out”. Michael is very thankful for the support that the show gets from local sponsors who he says “have been very supportive to the show right from the beginning and all involved hope to make this year’s event as successful as other years”. Show jumping competitions start at 10 am, horse show classes at 11 am, leading rein at 2 pm, dog show at 3pm and children’s sports mid afternoon. Event details and prize lists are available from the show secretary, John Dempsey, at 051-898949 or 087-9278391.
MULLINAVAT VINTAGE AND CLASSIC SHOW - With the show being re fixed for last Sunday due to inclement weather on June 17th the committee were hoping the gods would smile on them with some good weather. While the morning was fine as show time came closer some dark clouds started to gather and by the 1pm k mark it began to mist rain, as the day progressed it got heavier and by 3pm it was a downpour. However this did not stop the hardy souls who braved the elements from supporting the hard working committee and offering their support. Probably the busiest place on the site was the tea tent as it offered warmth with a mixture of tea and sandwiches and respite from the weather. Unfortunately the show was deprived of the good weather but I’m sure the committee will be meeting shortly to review 2012 and plan for next year’s show. Once again big thanks to all who supported the venture and also big thanks to all the exhibitors who displayed their equipment for the public. Roll on the 2013 show and next year maybe the Child of Prague statue may come into play.
SUMMER ACTIVITY CAMP - A summer activity camp will be held at Mullinavat GAA grounds from July 23rd to 27th. This camp is open to boys and girls between the ages of 5-12. This is a chance for mums and dads to get the kids involved in some outdoor activity. For further information on the camp the contact is Declan Wall on 086 – 1246650 or on www.fitnessby design.ie