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Kevin Gaffney


Kevin Gaffney



More good news for Fort Rangers this week, when it emerged that three players had won Kilkenny player of the year awards, in their respective age groups. Andy Hickey claimed the Under-11 division 2 award. Andy had a great season and this team were just pipped for the league title, finishing runners up to Deen Celtic.

The Under-13 team won 13 and drew 1 of their 14 Division Two League games to comprehensively clinch the title. This great achievement has been crowned by Diarmuid Phelan deservedly winning the player of the year award. Diarmuid had a very good season in a squad that went from strength to strength and will now play in Under-14 Division One next season. Both the Under-11 and Under-13 squads plus the two aforementioned players of the year, will be presented with their prizes, at the schoolboy awards night tonight, Wednesday June 26 at 8pm in Springhll Court Hotel.

On to the Youths Division One player of the year and Emmet Nugent’s magnificent season has been rewarded by deservedly winning this award. Emmet scored well over 20 goals for the Fort Rangers youths team, and also starred for the Kilkenny Youths team. He also played a vital role in keeping Fort’s Junior team in the Premier Division. This is the second season in a row that Emmet has claimed Kilkenny Player of the year, he won the Under-17 award last year, and he looks like having a great future on the playing field. He receives his trophy at the junior awards night this Friday June 28, at Langtons Set Theatre at 9pm.

Congrats also to Eddie Nugent who won the Fort Rangers Junior Team players player of the year. This is just reward for having a very good season and scoring some vital goals in Fort’s successful battle to avoid relegation.


The following are the dates for the Cemetery Masses throughout the parish: Danesfort -Thursday June 27 at 7:30pm. Cuffesgrange - Friday July 5 at 7:30pm. Burnchurch - Thursday July 11 at 7:30pm. Grove - Tuesday July 23 at 7:30pm. Ennisnag - Friday July 12 at 7:30pm.


Only 4 days to go to collection this Saturday 29 June before 12.30pm. We are doing well, but have lots more to collect. Please keep texting your family and friends and remind them of the deadline. When you have bags ready, either drop to Danesfort GAA between now and Saturday or contact: 087 1756567: Following items only: Curtains or curtain samples, towels, clean clothes (ladies, gents, kids), bedlinen (no duvet or pillows) bags, belts, shoes, boots, soft toys, old mobile phones, laptops (not in use due to poor memory space, speed or software problems, but intact, including battery, not broken physically in any way). Your support will mean alot.


Danesfort Graveyard Mass: This Thursday in Danesfort at 7.30pm. All are invited to come to the Community Centre for refreshments where families, friends and neighbours can come together for light refreshments and a chat after Mass. The catering group on the evening would welcome donations of cakes and biscuits. These can be left into the community centre during the week or on the evening before Mass.


Dublin Bay Cruise:​ Sailing between Howth and Dun Laoghaire takes in an 80 minute scenic tour of Dalkey Island, Joyce’s Martello Tower, Clontarf, Dublin Port, Bull Island, Howth Head, Bailey Lighthouse, Ireland’s Eye and more. On Wednesday 10th July a bus leaves Danesfort church carpark at 9.30am to board the cruiser in Howth. The cost is €55 including bus, cruise and evening meal. €20 booking deposit is required. Contact 086 1666547.


A coffee morning and cake sale will be held In the Community Centre on Sunday nest June 30 after the 10.15am Mass. There will be an abundance of fresh baking and beautiful desserts for you to take away and enjoy after your Sunday dinner. With a “hint” and warm weather on the way, you can enjoy teas and coffees served outdoors (fingers crossed).


Danesfort’s Paul Murphy was a big loss to Kilkenny, when he was stretchered off the field in the first half of the Leinster Senior Hurling semi-final in Portlaoise last Sunday. Kilkenny could only manage a draw 1-14 to 0-17, with a well taken T.J. Reid injury time point. Paul was replaced in the corner back position by fellow clubman Paddy Hogan. The sides must meet again in Portlaoise this Saturday evening. Sunday’s game is the first time in 55 years that Kilkenny have failed to beat Dublin in the Leinster Championship. Lets hope Paul,s injury is not too bad and that he will make a speedy recovery.


In advance of the Cemetery Mass in Cuffesgrange, it is planned to carry out a clean up of Church Hill graveyard, starting on Tuesday July 2 at 7:00 pm. If you wish to help please bring along a shovel, weed eater, a brush etc. Many Hands Make Light Work!


Danesfort Karate Club for boys and girls aged between 4 and 12 years old every Tuesday from 6pm - 6:45pm in Danesfort Community Centre. The club is now looking to add to its membership. Anybody interested in enrolling their children for karate contact Kevin 086 3668669.


Every Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Contact: 086 8399608.


Running from July 12 until August 4 in the Cork Opera House. The lavish production will transform the Opera House stage and it’s surrounds into 1950’s Rydell High where the familiar summer romance between Danny and Sandy will unfold in a music and dance extravaganza with performances of the most unforgettable songs such as “Summer Nights”, “Greased Lightinin”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “You’re the One that I Want”. This new production will feature the best singers, dancers and actors ever to be assembled in Ireland. Grease will be the Best Party in town this summer and is guaranteed to be a hit with audiences young and old alike. The great news is that a bus is travelling from Danesfort on Tuesday July 30 for this amazing performance. The cost is €36 including bus, plenty shopping and 8.30pm musical. If you are interested in booking, please text your name and number to Breda at 086 3478069. (Early booking essential) More details of the trip will follow.


Danesfort GAA and Parish Development Lotto Draw Results Week 36. Draw took place on Monday June 17 in Sheridan’s Ennisnag. The Jackpot stood at €800 and the Numbers Drawn were 32 - 30 - 17. There was no winner. Five Consolation Prizes of €30: Sheila Keane, Liam Blackmore, Tom O’Shea, Mick O’Gorman, Betty Walsh. Two Promoters Prizes of €20: Elaine Bookle, Tom O’Shea. Next draw Monday June 24- The Grange Inn - Jackpot €900. Then Delaney’s Kells, Monday July 1.


Launch Night of CD Single ‘Alone’, Singer Colette Cullen. Thursday 27th June, Venue Kytlers Inn. Band Quarehawks and special guests on the night. €5 Entry, Spot Prizes. All proceeds going towards Kilkenny Alzheimer Society.


The Kilkenny Alzheimer Support Group for past and present carers of people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Date: Wednesday 26th June. Time: 4.00pm-5.30pm. Venue: Kilkenny Alzheimer day centre (behind the village inn). The support group gives carers the opportunity to share information and give to support to each other. The support group is facilitated by a clinical nurse specialist who is glad to provide information and support to carers. For more information contact Ruth on 056 7771230.


Actors, sound assistants, film extras wanted: are you interested in getting involved with an upcoming film that will be shot in the Callan area? Would you like to know how to make a film or would you like a chance to be in front of the big screen? If so then we want to meet you. This project will run for about 4 weeks from June 24 until July 22. The group will meet at least once a week. It is for Youth aged 15-18years. If you are interested please contact Pamela on 086 3383951.