Kilmanagh: Planning for Christmas Craft Fair

WHIST DRIVE - The next whist drive held by St. Brigid’s Camogie Club will be on Friday, 2 November 2012 at Palmerstown venue commencing at 8.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.

WHIST DRIVE - The next whist drive held by St. Brigid’s Camogie Club will be on Friday, 2 November 2012 at Palmerstown venue commencing at 8.30pm. All support greatly appreciated.

TABLE QUIZ - A Table Quiz in support of River Rangers A.F.C. will take place in Ryan’s Bar, Kilmanagh on Friday, 2 November. Kick-off at 9:30pm with the usual fun and frolics assured. The Ken and Michael Byrne Cup Winners will also receive their medals on the night. All are welcome and all support is greatly appreciated.

CHRISTMAS CRAFT FAIR - Come one, come all to Ballycallan Hall on Saturday, 10 November from 7:00pm to 10:00pm for this revived Christmas Craft Fair. Plans are well under way for this event which will involve local businesses (12 confirmed tables) showing their goods and taking orders for Christmas. Tables include a florist, Baker, John Deere toys & merchandise, beautiful wood crafted items, toy timber sheds and Tupperware. Also available on the day will be lots of crafts and knitwear and a beauty salon will be in operation with mini treats for all. Tea and refreshments will also be available on the night.

There is a lot of talent about so why not take this chance to get Christmas going and to support local industries by purchasing or placing an order. For anyone wishing to book a stall to display their wares the cost is €20. Contact Hall Committee members Bree Harrison, Siobhan O’Brien, Majella Maher or Padraic Flaherty for further information. Anyone thinking of taking a table is advised to book as soon as possible are there aren’t many more tables left. Those remaining will be given a first come, first served basis.

CHILDMINDING COURSE - For any childminders or people thinking of becoming a childminder an ‘Introduction to Childminding’ course will take place in Kilkenny on Saturday 10 and Saturday 17 November from 10am – 4pm each day. The course is organised by Kilkenny County Childcare Committee and the cost is €20. For more information or to book a place please contact Helena on 056 7752865.

BALLYCALLAN SCHEDULE - There are a number of events coming up which are being held in Ballycallan Hall. Friday, 30 November at 8:00pm - Annual Tea Party: come have a cup of tea and a treat and enjoy a sociable night in Ballycallan Community Centre. This night was a major success last year and was enjoyed by all. The night is run by the ladies who organise the funeral catering in the parish, a highly valued service. Following last year’s successful night, many new items were purchased for the hall, mainly new tables. This year it is hoped to raise enough to purchase much needed new chairs. Thursday, 13 December at 8:00pm - Christmas Concert: after many years of absence from Ballycallan Community Centre the Christmas Variety Concert is to return. There is an abundance of talent in the parish and it would be a shame not to show this off to as many as possible. For anyone wishing to enter into the Variety concert please contact any of the committee members to do so.

PRESENTATION NIGHT - Graigue-Ballycallan GAA Club will host a Presentation Night honouring All Ireland Senior Hurling medal winners. This night of celebration to honour those players from the club who won All Ireland Senior Hurling Medals will be held on Friday 16 November in the Newpark Hotel. Doors Open from 8.30pm and tickets are available from all committee members - price €10. The players honoured on the night will include: Bill Cahill, Joe Millea, Adrian Ronan, Johnny Butler, Denis Byrne, John Hoyne, Michael Hoyne, James Ryall and Eddie Brennan.

SENIOR HURLING - In the Senior Hurling Quarter Final Graigue-Ballycallan met James Stephens.  This score line certainly doesn’t reflect what was a hugely spirited and talented performance. Having secured their senior status the previous week, one always expected a good performance but this exceeded all expectations. From the outset the game was taken to James Stephens and if it wasn’t for some very dubious refereeing decisions the Graigue men would have led at half time. Instead their reward for a super 30 minutes of hurling was to go in a point down. James Stephens started the second half as they finished the first with early points. From there to the final whistle they held the upper hand. However they didn’t get it all their own way and the lads gave it everything until the bitter end. Well done to the management team led by Tommy Bawle and in particular to the players for their efforts. There is a bright future ahead. Final Score: Graigue Ballycallan 0-15 / James Stephens 4-12 Scorers; Niall Millea (0-9, six frees, one 65) Eddie Brennan (0-3) Adrian Bourke (0-2) John Purcell (0-1)

SPORTS GRANTS - The K.R.S.P. has announced two Small Grant Schemes to help sports clubs based in Kilkenny City or County in need of financial assistance. In any one calendar year, a club can apply for up to €500 (maximum) for both schemes.Scheme 1 is a Coach Education Grant. This grant is to develop quality coaching resources in Kilkenny and encourages all coaches/volunteers to undertake appropriate education and training. This is an open-ended grant scheme and applications will be accepted as coaching courses become available. Please apply before attending coursesScheme 2 is a Club Development Fund. This is a small grant scheme to encourage new participation in clubs. To be eligible for grants, clubs must operate as a “not for profit” club. For more information check out

 KILMANAGH NOTES – Anyone wishing to submit news items, club events, announcements, etc. can do so by emailing before 9pm on Sundays. Photographs can also be included by sending them as attachments.