BRIAN MAHER - Brian Maher from Conahy was the deserved winner of the Hotel Kilkenny & Kilkenny People Sports Star of the Month Award for December 2012. Brian received his award at a function in Hotel Kilkenny last Friday night. The Conahy athlete is a member of the Kilkenny City Harriers Athletics Club which was to the fore in winning the recent senior cross-country championships in Gowran. Brian won the 10km event in a record-breaking performance. This was his eight win in the race and equals the record of two former winners.
During the summer of 2012 Brian won the national 10,000 metres track title. He also finished fourth in the national inter-county cross-country championships and this earned him a place on the Irish men’s team for the European Championships in Budapest. Congratulations Brian from all in Conahy Parish.
FOOTBALL - The minor and under-14 footballers were both in action last weekend and they both recorded good victories. The minors bounced back from defeat last time out when they defeated Graigue-Ballycallan in a high scoring game on Sunday morning last in Kilmanagh. Having been left to rue missed chances in their previous game, the locals were far more effective in front of goal on this occasion. This contributed to Conahy scoring some well-worked scores, though the home side also showed that they could be equally sharp in attack. But Conahy would not be denied, and they won through on a 4-8 to 3-7 score line. They are back in action next weekend when they face Kilmacow in Jenkinstown on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The under-14 footballers travelled to Slieverue also on Sunday morning to face the home side. Conahy continued their good form by producing a solid performance with some good teamwork throughout the field. In the end, the locals were deserving winners by 2-6 to 0-3. Conahy will now face Dicksboro on Sunday morning next in Jenkinstown at 11.00 a.m.
TEAM: Karl Downey, Tommy Hennessy, Dylan Bergin, Frank Gunner, Conor Blanche, Darren Cuddihy, Thomas Rice, Laurence Feehan, Geoff O’Shea, Ethan Butler, Conan Dunne, Eoin Cahill, Darragh Dooley, Vincent Brophy, Paul Healy. Subs: Shane O’Loughlin, Harry O’Mahony, Ciaran Rice, Robbie Dooley.
FANCY DRESS - A fancy dress party to celebrate St. Patrick’s weekend will be held in the GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, March 16th. All club members are welcome to attend and there will be a small cover charge on the night.
MEMBERSHIP - GAA club membership is also now due for the coming year. The rates for 2013 are unchanged from last year – a single person rate is €40, a married couple rate is €60, a student rate is €30, and a social member rate is €10. There is also the option of pre-ordering a Piltown Co-Op draw ticket for an additional €30 (€50 normal price). Standing orders forms are also available on the GAA Club website if anyone wishes to pay by such means. Members are asked to pay as soon as possible.
FANTASY CHELTENHAM - Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club is participating in this year’s Fantasy Cheltenham Fund-Raising event which is organised once again by the Erin’s Own GAA Club (Castlecomer). Tickets will be on sale in the GAA Club House and from Committee members over the coming weeks. Players and supporters are encouraged to only purchase tickets from Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club.
LOTTO RESULTS - The numbers in the recent Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club Lotto draw were 18, 19 and 22. There was no jackpot winner so the consolation prize winners were Gerry O’Brien, Sharon Drennan, Sheila O’Keeffe, Helena Comerford and Mary Comerford. The promoters’ prize winners were Teresa Dollard, Shay Og Brennan and Sean Hetherington. This week’s jackpot now stands at €5,500.
FUN RUN - A fun run and walk will be held on this Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. The meeting point for the event will be Conahy Shamrocks GAA Club. All voluntary contributions received will be given to the Carlow-Kilkenny Homecare team. Parents are asked to note that all under-14’s who take part must be subject to parental supervision at all times.