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minister-A large crowd turned out to greet the Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd, TD when he visited Windyhouse in Ballygorey, Mooncoin on Monday the 13th August 2012. The visit followed a meeting with the Minister, John Paul Phelan TD, Cllr Pat Dunphy and Snap Net Fishermen earlier in the year in the Ministers office in Dail Eireann. It was felt that snap net fishing was in danger of extinction due to many restrictions being imposed upon them and that their case and way of fishing which dates back hundreds of years needs to be highlighted and protected.

minister-A large crowd turned out to greet the Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd, TD when he visited Windyhouse in Ballygorey, Mooncoin on Monday the 13th August 2012. The visit followed a meeting with the Minister, John Paul Phelan TD, Cllr Pat Dunphy and Snap Net Fishermen earlier in the year in the Ministers office in Dail Eireann. It was felt that snap net fishing was in danger of extinction due to many restrictions being imposed upon them and that their case and way of fishing which dates back hundreds of years needs to be highlighted and protected.

Snap Net Fishing which is carried out currently on the rivers Suir and Nore involves the use of two small fishing boats or cots as they are most commonly called, a net that varies from 15 to 25 yards long which is spread between the two fishing cots and sinks to the bottom of the river. The height when opened is approx 6 feet. Snap Net fishing does little or no harm to stocks as the river is so wide up to 300 yards wide and has an average depth of 50 feet. For every fish caught several get up the river to spawn. This type of fishing is not commercial and is now more of a culture and tradition on the Suir and Nore. There are approx. 90 licensed Snap Net Fishermen in total on the Suir and Nore. Some years ago there were approx. 150. 35 of the 90 licensees launch from the fishing pier in Ballygorey, Mooncoin. Back in time over the years everyone in those areas fished. There were no restrictions and there were plenty of salmon in the river. This is a serious statistic and fishermen and their families, neighbours and friends turned out to meet the Minister and show strong solidarity with the fishermen.

The Minister was accompanied by Dr Kieran Byrne CEO, Inland Fisheries Ireland, and Denis Maher, Principal Officer, IFI and John Paul Phelan TD. The Minister, CEO and Deputy Phelan went out on the river for an hour and reviewed the full operation of Snap Net fishing. Nothing was caught however in this time which really highlighted the general trend this year. Salmon have moved fast up the river to shallower and cleaner water following the recent torrential rain. This causes a flood in the river which salmon don’t like and they swim on up the river to nicer water without delay. It has been reported that there are huge stocks of salmon up the rivers which will be a big help to anglers this year. The reverse was the situation last year when there was a low level of water in the river and fish stayed around down stream for longer periods. The anglers in turn last year had a poor season.

The occasion was marked by the Blessing of the river, cots and fishermen, by Mooncoin PP Fr Peter Mulldowney who also prayed for deceased fishermen and those who lost their lives tragically in the river and on all rivers. A special prayer was said for local girl Nuala Dunphy who had been involved in a very serious accident in Co Wexford.

Local Cllr. Pat Dunphy thanked local musicians, Suzanne Rowe and Frannie O’Keeffe, who gave of their time and entertained the crowd when waiting for the Minister to arrive and when he was out on the river. He also thanked local amplification expert Noel Walsh, who set up appropriate equipment in the area. Many of the local villagers helped out with the occasion as the area is not too big and all are to be complimented for their help and effortsCllr. Dunphy also thanked the media, Munster Express, Kilkenny People, Edwina Grace KCLR, Photographers Joe Cashin and Charlie Maher for their attendance and help in promoting the visit by the Minister but also will help to preserve and protect this unique type of fishing.

The occasion was also marked by a visit to the pier by a group of visitors from France who are visiting the parish of Mooncoin as part of the Twinning association. They are from Brittany, Plounévez-Lochrist. They were very impressed with the event and the fact that this river pier, Windyhouse, which is largely undeveloped and is more or less like it was many years ago. The group is visiting Mooncoin for a week and local organisers must be complimented for their work and efforts in keeping alive the excellent association between Mooncoin and Plounévez-Lochrist.

grants -Fine Gael Councillor Pat Dunphy, Mooncoin, is urging all new local students, who may be eligible, to apply for their third level grants as soon as possible. The student grant system has been reformed and a unified application process will be implemented by one body, Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI).

“SUSI will replace the 33 VECs and 33 local authority bodies currently processing applications, so new students should apply for their grant though SUSI,” Councillor Dunphy explained. “Students seeking financial assistance can apply now, regardless of whether they have chosen a college course yet.

“This is a phased scheme, so it is important to point out that students already in receipt of a grant and who are progressing to the next year of their course will continue to be assessed and paid by the existing awarding authorities. However, if you are changing your course or progressing onto a new course, you should apply to SUSI,” he advised.

Students or parents with queries on the application process can contact the SUSI Support Desk on 0761-08-7874 or by email at Further information can be accessed on

Ray O’Dwyer going for gold-Ray O’Dwyer, a full time athlete from Westmoreland, Hugginstown, Co. Kilkenny, is son of Willie & Nora O’Dwyer will represent Ireland in the Paralympics in London. Ray who is only 22 is the Irish record holder in the F34 Discus, javelin and shot putt events. He will take part in those events also in the coming weeks. He will fly out to Portugal on Thursday 16th August to the holding camp and then fly to London’s Olympic village on August 24th, look out for Ray on the 1st, 4th and 7th of September, evening time’s when he will be taking part in the F34 Discus, shot putt and javelin events. He has taken part in one world championship and one European championship; he also ranked in the top 20 in the World in each event. He carries out his training at the RFC grounds in Waterford and does his gym work at WIT and is funded by the Irish sports council. Ray hopes to do well in the discuss event and especially in the javelin event. His parents Nora and Willie, along with his brother Jake and sister’s Rachael & Shauna will be in London for the event.

Ray is also a relative of James Dwyer, Portnascully, Carrigeen who will also represent Ireland in the paraplegic equestrian events in the Olympic village in London. We wish both Kilkenny men the every best of luck in the events.

hurling-Piltown 1-13 Blacks and Whites 0-10 . Piltown made it five wins from five in the league championship as they led from early on to defeat a hard working Blacks & Whites side in Tom Walsh park on Sunday. Those in attendance witnessed a first half of honest endeavour where Piltown made good use of the elements to secure a half time led of 0-10 to 0-5. Martin Power was in flying form as his pace asked some serious questions of the home team’s defence. Paul Kirby got an early score and caught some valuable high ball. Minor scores from Robbie Culleton and Philly Kenny allied with free taking excellence of James Norris saw Piltown maintain control on the score board.

The free taking of Niall Kennedy was of a high standard and helped to keep the home side in touch as played against the first half breeze. Paul Murphy showed excellent balance and composure to get an inspiring score from distance despite stiff Piltown resistance. Peter Cleere reminded those present just how good a hurler he is throughout this match and provided his side with leadership as he turned defence into attack with his reading of the game and long clearances. John Lennon’s pace provided a real threat in attack but he was well marshalled generally by what can only be described as a miserly Piltown defence.

The second half opened with a well constructed Sean Kealy score that brought a cheer from home support but a James Norris maintained the southerners’ advantage. The respective free takers, Niall Kennedy and James Norris; exchanged good scores from play. Martin Power put on the after burners to get a point to put Piltown in the driving seat at 0-13 to 0-7. Piltown and the match itself stalled at that point. The game became ill-tempered and delays ensued. Black & Whites got some good scores courtesy of Tommy Farrell and Paul Murphy. The result hung in the balance as the Piltown lead was reduced to three points. The Piltown defence held firm until an opportunist Philly Kenny finish put some distance between the sides and saw Piltown win by six points.

Best for Piltown were Andrew Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Neil Kelly, Brendan Norris, Shane Kinsella and Martin Power.

Best for Blacks & Whites were John Murphy, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Peter Cleere, Paul Murphy and Niall Kennedy.

Piltown: Andrew Norris, Brendan Norris, Andrew McCarthy, Pa Connolly, Peter McCarthy, Shane Kinsella, Neil Kelly, Michael Burchill, Kieran Norris, Martin power (0-4), Daniel Norris, Paul Kirby (0-1), Philly Kenny (1-1), James Norris (0-6, 0-4 from frees) Robbie Culleton (0-1). Subs: David Kinsella, Niall Kinsella, Nigel Brennan. Blacks & Whites: John Murphy, Patrick Joyce, Kevin Fitzpatrick, Michael Doyle, James Brennan, Peter Cleere, Barry Moloney, John Lawlor, Paul Murphy (0-2), Michael ‘Crow’ Moloney, Shane Murphy, Niall Kennedy (0-6, 0-5 from frees), John Lennon, Sean Kealy (0-1), Tommy Farrell (0-1). (Report Courtesy of David Kirby).

Local directory for Piltown-A local directory of Businesses, Services, Clubs and Associations was announced at a meeting last night. The directory will be available on the internet in September and will be published in booklet form and distributed free in December.

Applications and details are on website

Mooncoin GAA-Mooncoin GAA will hold its annual family fun day on the Sunday 26th Aug. The annual townlands league is back again along with other entertainment for all the family including junior races, magic show, paint facing, BBQ and music. All are welcome and entry is free. Mooncoin notes-Items for inclusion for the Mooncoin notes must be sent to

Tullahought- A collection of images from Tullahought village in County Kilkenny. Tullahought (Irish Tulach Dhocht; meaning eight hills) is a small village in south Kilkenny. Tullahought, also a townsland in the area, is located approximately 8 miles north of Carrick on Suir. The village, itself located in the towns land of Kilmacoliver, is best known for its association with the Victorian Slate Quarries which is situated at the foot of the Booly Hills, on which Tullahought is situated.

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