Thomastown - Athletic club had winners of men’s and women’s cross country races

London Marathon 2013 - Have your name printed on a specially designed running top, which will be worn in The London Marathon in April while also donating to a very worthy charity The Irish Heart Foundation. If you are interested contact Paul Dempsey on 087 9373937. Paul will run in his second London Marathon on April 21st.

London Marathon 2013 - Have your name printed on a specially designed running top, which will be worn in The London Marathon in April while also donating to a very worthy charity The Irish Heart Foundation. If you are interested contact Paul Dempsey on 087 9373937. Paul will run in his second London Marathon on April 21st.

The Departed - Coming up to St Patrick’s Day, when we think of migrants, there will be a register in the church in which you are invited to write the names of people from the area that have left in search of work. These people need to be acknowledged and let them know that they are been taught of and remembered.

St Mary’s Primary School -St. Mary’s National School will hold a clothes and book collection. Donations can be brought to the school from now to Friday, 15th March. All proceeds will go to the school funds.

Town of Food - Thank you for your support at the very positive initial meeting on wednesday last for Thomastown to win the ‘Town of Food’ competition. And many thanks to Margaret Walsh, principal of St. Mary’s, for the use of the school for the meeting.

Please find attached;

1. notes from the meeting outlining the various ideas discussed

2. the questions we need to answer in the Leader competition application form. If you have suggestions that are not already included in the attached notes, please email us at

OTHER FOOD TOWNS-The Leader Town of Food competition is based on a concept in the UK which was won by a town called Tideswell. Here is a short 3 minute video about their application; You can see the full 1 hour BBC programme on Tideswell at this link;

You can view the winning Tideswell business plan here;

And here’s a completely different approach from another UK town which did not receive any funding ‘incredibly edible’ Todmorden (3 minutes);

SECOND TOWN OF FOOD MEETING-A second, and final, public meeting will take place on wednesday 06 March at 8pm in GRENNAN COLLEGE. This is a second opportunity for the community of Thomastown and environs to contribute to the application to Leader for funding.

Please encourage your neighbours, friends and local civic, sporting, farming and community groups to bring their ideas to this meeting. We will all have our own ideas but it is critical we come to the table with a generosity of spirit and with no vested interests.

It is very important to pitch this application correctly to win. That means understanding how Leader works, criteria etc, ticking all the boxes. It is very important to make sure we make a strong business plan. We need pitch our ideas with absolute conviction and self-belief to win this and embark on what we believe will be a very worthwhile project for Thomastown.

Your support and that of the wider community is essential. We therefore look forward to seeing you again at the meeting at 8pm on Wednesday in Grennan College. Thanks in advance to Seán Óg O’Súilleabháin for the use of the hall. If you have any comments, questions or suggestions please email us Breda Gardner 087 202 5753; Eadaoin Walsh 087 1204596; Ignatius McComb 086 8555302; Mag Kirwan 086 8188340; Noel McCarron 087 6839958

Easter Camp - Fun Easter camp at Apple Tree Farm skeoughvosteen Tues 26th, Wed 27th, Thurs 28th March, 9.30 to 1. 4 to 8 year olds. Easter egg hunt in the forest, arts n crafts, baking, costs 45 euro. Now enrolling at Apple Tree Farm Montessori for Sept, children taken from two years of age. Contact Pam 087 8054678

Athletic Club - Thomastown athletic club provided the winners of both the men’s and women’s short course cross country at Freshford on Sunday. On a very fast course Aoife O’Connor showing a return to form after an injury lay off, took the lead from the start and pushed the pace on lap 1 to gain a commanding lead and maintained that lead all the way to the finish of the 2Km race. Aoife was followed home by her sister Maeve and to complete a clean sweep in 3rd place was Thomastown’s Sinead Whelan with Niamh O’Shea 4th completing Thomastown’s first team. Thomastown had two teams in the competition and finished in 1st and 2nd team positions.First team Aoife O Connor, Maeve O Connor, Sinead Whelan , Niamh O Shea Second Thomastown team, Margaret Power , Maria Maher , Irma Moore, In the men’s 4Km race, up and coming athlete Sean Power showed his class to win his first senior race. Thomastown’s Anthony Forristal following up from his 2nd place in the county intermediate put in another good run to finish in 5th. He was followed home by teammates Pat O Reilly (9th) and James power (11th) to give Thomastown 2nd place behind winners Gowran in the team competition. Thomastown 2nd team packed well to win the B section. In the juvenile races earlier in the day Thomastown were again to the fore. In the first race of the day girls’ U7 Thomastown’s Caoimhe Power was the winner.Billy O’Keeffe made it two wins from two in the boys U7 race. He was followed home in 2nd place by Oisin Farrell with James O Reilly in 6th place In the girls’ under 9 race Maria O’Keeffe put in a good run to finish in second place and was followed home by team mates Tara Fenlon (4th), Orla Kirwan (7th), Marianne Callery (10th) In the boys’ U9 Thomastown again provided the winner following an ding dong battle between two Thomastown’s athletes David Holden and Cian Farrell with David Holden coming out on top on this occasion. They were supported by Oisin O’Reilly (4th) and Cormac Moore (9th).In to the Juvenile relays. Thomastown had teams competing in the Boys and Girls U11 and two teams in Girls u13 and came away with wins in the Girls U11, Boys U11 and 2nd & 3rd teams in Girls U13 and after a close battle with KCH.Teams U11 girls (Aine Kirwan, Edie Maher and Anna Cass).U11 Boys (Gordon Knight, Billy Power and Naoise Dempsey) U11 Boys (Cian Moore, Leo Callery and Thomas Comerford) U13 Girls Team A (2nd) (Ciara O’Keeffe, Emily Taylor, and Ellen Ryan) U13 Girls Team B (3rd) (Orla O’Keeffe, Sinead O’Keeffe and Dearbhla O’Reilly).

Kilfane Handball Club - Next weekend in Wexford, four Kilfane handballers represent Kilkenny in the Juvenile Leinster finals, Aoife Holden, Dearbhail O’Keeffe, Dylan Caulfield and Jack Holden.

Last week was a very successful week for the club. On Wednesday Mick Dalton won the DMB Singles Leinster title. On Saturday Tom Dooley & Tom O’Keeffe won the SMB Doubles Leinster title. On Sunday Rachel Hogan & Marie Walsh won the LJA Doubles Leinster title. Also on Friday Aoife Holden & Dearbhail O’Keeffe won their Leinster singles semi finals .

The club is now put a new website online so you can now view all club news on or on Facebook at

GAA Club - A Presentation Dinner Dance will be held on Friday 22nd March in Springhill Hotel. Tickets are €25 and can be purchased from any committee member.

“The Pirates of Penzance” - this year Kilkenny Musical Society celebrates its 40th birthday – that’s a musical production every year since 1973 for music lovers in Kilkenny. Our early productions took place in The Friary Hall but moved to the beautiful Watergate Theatre when it opened in 1993. To mark this very special milestone the Society has chosen Gilbert and Sullivan’s masterpiece “The Pirates of Penzance” for its 40th anniversary production. “Pirates” will be staged at the Watergate Theatre for 7 performances opening on Sunday 7th April.

This will be a magnificent production with an 11 strong orchestra, a chorus of 50 - half of whom are men! - and the usual high standard production values now associated with our performances. And we have an amazing front line:

Kevin Reade will play Frederic. Kevin has made a huge name for himself in recent years playing roles such as Fagin in “Oliver”, John in “The Hired Man” and Seymour in “Little Shop of Horrors. The role of Mabel will be played by Joanne McCabe from Wexford. Olivia Smith returns after a number of years to play Ruth. Olivia has played many leading roles with the Society notably Eliza in “My Fair Lady” and Nancy in “Oliver”. John Byrne also returns to reprise the Sergeant of Police role he played in 1993. Matthew Berry, who starred as Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” in 2009, plays the Major General whilst Sean Gaffney and Fergal Millar play the Pirate King and his side kick Samuel. Nicola Brennan, Kevina Hayes and Sarah Brennan play Mabel’s sisters.

The Society is offering Group discounts for 10 or more at €15 per ticket (All seats on Opening night are €12). We can promise that “Pirates of Penzance” would make an ideal evening out for any social group. Why not consider a pre-show meal at one of the nearby restaurants. Booking is now open at The Watergate Theatre Tel 056/7761674.

WEE Ireland Collection - WEEE Ireland will be holding an electrical collection in the Quay Car Park on the 9th of March between 10am-4pm. It will accept all household electrical items which have been run by a plug or battery. They will also accept batteries, fluorescent tubes, compact fluorescent lamps, high and low pressure gas discharge lamps and LED lamps.

Camogie - Congratulations to club mates who took up their positions in the Inter-Collegiate Camogie Tournaments. Shelley Farrell levelled the score in the second half and helped bring her WIT team victory in the final of the Ashbourne Cup in dramatic fashion against UL. WIT have now won the Cup for the 5th year in a row. Kate McDonald was part of the UCD’s team who lost in an Ashbourne Cup Qualifier but she left her mark when she put the first point on the board. Aine Manning played half- back for St. Pats College and they were victorious in the final of the Fr. Meaghair Cup. Catherine Walshs team was been in the semi-final of the Purcell Cup but she was a strong force in mid-field in their games. Last but certainly not least our very Lisa Carey was part of the DCU team who won the Purcell Cup final and was rewarded for her contribution throughout the tournament when she was named on the “2013 Purcell All-Star Team”. We hope our younger player will be inspired by your achievements and that your accomplishments will push them to be all that they can be. 

Basic Skills Workshop is being held in St. Patricks GAA complex Ballyragget on Tuesday 12th March at 7.30pm (Open to all Clubs)

AFTERNOON TEA DANCE - Tullaroan Community Cente are holding a Fund-raising Afternoon Tea Dance on Sunday March 10th, 3 - 6 p.m. Music by CHECKERS. Admission 10.00 includes Tea,cakes, hot and cold finger food, and raffle.

Foroige - Foróige Kilkenny is looking for volunteers countywide to help us grow and support our youth work initiatives. Foróige is a modern, vibrant organisation changing the lives of young people aged 10 to 18 nationwide by working with more than 5,125 volunteers to involve some 64,000 young people annually in our groups and programmes. Foróige’s diversity and richness means that Fwe can find a Foróige fit for you whether that is volunteering in a youth club, youth café, special interest group, project, mentoring or assisting with events or fundraising.

Be the person that makes that difference, become a Foróige volunteer today!Interested? Contact Rosie O’Brien, Foróige Regional Youth Officer on or 086 2997677 for more information on how you can make a difference. For more information on Foróige check out or like us on Facebook

Community Centre - Work started in earnest on Monday 25th February, all stages of the refurbrishment will be photographed and recorded. In order to meet our local contribution our fundraising initative is on going, buy a block for €20. For the duration of the refurbishment programme taking place at the community centre, parents and children are asked to be extra vigilant around the area to the public playground. The committee of Thomastown Community Centre regrets any inconveniene it may cause.

More News

Buy the e-paper of the Donegal Democrat, Donegal People's Press, Donegal Post and Inish Times here for instant access to Donegal's premier news titles.

Keep up with the latest news from Donegal with our daily newsletter featuring the most important stories of the day delivered to your inbox every evening at 5pm.