The Rower Inistioge -

Raymond Carroll


Raymond Carroll



All is in place for the Sixth Annual George Brown Commemoration on this Friday and Saturday, 28th and 29th June. As in previous years the principal venue is St Mary’s Church of Ireland, Inistioge. Speakers on the Friday evening include Manus O’Riordan, Mary Muldowney, Labour historian, who will speak on the role of women in the history of the trade union movement and Eoin MacDonald, a student of CBS New Ross, and winner of a secondary school essay competition on the Spanish Civil War. This session which begins with a wreath laying ceremony in St Colmcille’s Graveyard at 7.45 p.m. will be chaired by Jimmy Kelly, Irish Secretary UNITE. The Saturday session begins at 12 noon, with the emphasis on current issues. Matt Staunton of IMPACT will speak on the importance of Coillte, economically and socially, to rural Ireland, and, though the immediate threat to its future has retreated for the present, he will explore ways in which State forestry can play an even more important role as a social and recreational amenity, and as an industry bringing increased prosperity to local rural communities. This year’s key-note speaker is ‘Irish Times’ journalist Fintan O’Toole. He has written extensively on the devastating effects of the austerity regime on those who are least well equipped to withstand it. His talk on this topic should ensure a well-attended gathering. In the afternoon the focus shifts from St Mary’s to Woodstock Gardens where, following a short forest walk, Jack O’Connor, President of SIPTU, will plant a tree in commemoration of the achievements of the Irish trade union movement. Following a short address from Ireland’s leading trade union official it’s back to the Square in Inistioge to enjoy the musical fare of the Graiguenamanagh Brass Band.


Cappagh, July 13th at 8pm, Inistioge, August 3rd at 8pm, Rower, August 17th at 7.30pm, Cluen, September, date to be finalised.


Well done to the under 12 girls and their management who hosted and played in the Rower/Inistioge blitz on Saturday. Thank you to Piltown, James Stephens and St Fiacras for coming down and providing some stiff competition. Many thanks to all the parents and families who came to support and who provided the refreshments for all and to the young camogie and hurling club members who volunteered to referee and help with games and organisation on the day. Senior all county league, RI v Lisdowney will be held on Monday July 1st at 7pm in Lisdowney.


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I just wanted to thank you so much for your contribution which was gratefully received. We managed to make just over €1,000 which was a fantastic result. The money will be used to develop facilities for our local athletic club, Nore Valley Ac. The event went well. The time limit was 7 hrs and I scraped home in 6.41 hrs. The 3k swim was tough, tougher than I expected but the 80k on the bike and 20k run went fine. I am glad the event is finished and that’s my half Iron man event finished. Thanks again for the support, both financial and also all the Facebook comments.