Hurling - Young Ireland’s Intermediate Championship hopes for 2012 ended as they came up short against Rower-Inistioge despite a major effort.
Played in Thomastown in ideal Autumn sunshine, A Sean Kehoe goal gave Young Ireland’s the initiative.
However, Rower-Inistioge responded and a Conor Joyce goal gave them the lead at the interval. 1-7 to 1-6.
The Rower men maintained that lead throughout the second-half, but the Gowran men remained in contention with Michael Walsh defending superbly and Paul Kehoe scoring upfront. Kehoe had pointed three times in succession between the 52nd and 55th minutes to narrow the gap from 4 points to just a solitary.
Young Irelands were on top and enjoying the momentum, and victory was theirs for the taking in the 57th minute.
However, Ollie Carter’s well struck effort was brilliantly saved by Rower-Inistioge goalkeeper Liam Tierney, and Rower-Inistioge closed out the deal with three points from placed balls by Paul Sheehan as they secured a 1-16 to 1-12 victory.
Despite the obvious disappointment of losing, Young Irelands can look back on a year where positive progress was made.
Having won their first three matches in the Intermediate league, they were free of any potential relegation scenario, and also the victory over Mullinavat in the first round where they overturned a 7-point deficit after just 10 minutes to record victory was a highlight.
For a full report on last weekends match, read the sports section of the people.
CLEERES MAINTAIN UNBEATEN RECORD IN FLOODLIT LEAGUE - Cleere’s Bar continue to maintain their unbeaten start to season as they defeated Kytelers Inn 2-1 last week.
A superb strike from Paul Glennon and a late winner from Tommy Doyle gave Cleeres a hard fought victory to consolidate their position at the top of the table.
FANCY DRESS PARTY - Following last years success, Cleeres Bar are organising a Fancy Dress Party this coming Sunday night the 28th October commencing at 9pm.
There are prizes for best dressed male and female, and music is by DJ Mike.
DOWN IN NEW ORLEANS MAKES WINNING RETURN FOLLOWING LENGTHY LAY-OFF - There was double success for Mags Mullins and her son Danny with two winners in the space of 72 hours recently as following Stormy Oscar’s victory in Tramore, Down in NewOrleans made a welcome return to racecourse action following a lengthy lay-off.
Following success at the Galway festival last year, and another victory at the three-day festival in Ballybrit in late August, Down in NewOrleans was off the racetrack for 14 months.
However, in Limerick 10 days ago the highly talented 7-year-old chaser made a welcome return to winning days.
A quality field lined out for the Pricewatercoopers steeplechase, and Down in NewOrleans started an 8/1 shot.
Held up throughout, Down in NewOrleans was in a strong position as they left the back straight, and turning for home, he was travelling strongly on the bridle looming large alongside Rivage D’Or and Knockfierna.
However, the Barry Geraghty ridden Knockfierna ran-out of the rail past the second last fence, and Down in NewOrleans was cruising coming to the final fence.
A big leap at the last fence saw Danny pull out all the stops to score by 7 lengths from Rivage Dor.
Down in NewOrleans will be one to watch in the coming months.
THE CRIPPLE OF INISHMAAN IS GREAT SUCCESS FOR NEW THEATRE COMPANY - The Gowran Little Theatre are a new Theatre group, and their inaugural production “The Cripple of Inishmaan” was a glorious success last weekend in the local parish hall.
The play which is based on the set of the Aran Islands is about a bored and lonely orphan being raised by his ‘pretend’ aunties.
The cast were as follows:
Paddy O’Leary played the part of Cripple Billy, Pat Walsh played Johnnypateenmike, Moira Prendergast played Eileen, Ann Farrell played Kate while Judith McCormack who is chairperson of the Gowran Little Theatre played Helen.
Well known celebrity chef Edward Hayden who is well known to local audiences from participating in the Pantomine Society played the part of Bartley, Derek Lawler played Babbybobby, Paul O’Donnell played Doctor McSharry while Julie Moorhouse played the Mammy.
The Cripple of Inishmaan will be the start of hopefully a long sequence of productions for the Gowran Little Theatre.
GOWRAN BINGO - Tomorrow night Thursday in Gowran Parish Hall, the Bingo will be a give-away night with €600 extra prize money and no extra charge for books or sheets.
Every panel in the Bingo book is €100 and all lines will be €20.
The Jackpot Sheet Panel is €200 with Green Sheet Panel worth €150.
PARISH MISSION - For the first time since 1995, there will be a parish mission in the local church. Part of Mission week will be the blessing of babies which will take place after the 11.30am Mass on Sunday 4th November.
All babies whatever age baptised or not are welcome to be brought along for this blessing.
Special named invitation will be received by the parents of all babies baptised in Gowran Parish since 3rd November 2009 throughout the week.
On the final night of the Mission, the closing night will be a community celebration night for voluntary organisations.
An invitation has been sent out to every voluntary organisation/committee who will bring an emblem representing their contribution to community life.
Shortly after the beginning of the ceremony that evening, all representatives will bring up their emblem, be announced and show their emblem to the congregation before leaving the emblem in front of the altar where directed.
CHILDREN’S DISCO - A Halloween Children’s Disco will take place on Tuesday 30th October in Gowran Parish Hall from 7.30 to 9pm with admission costing €4 per child.