HALLOWEN FAMILY QUIZ - Windgap Camogie Club are holding a Halloween Family Quiz on Wednesday week 31st October in St Leonard’s Hall, Dunnamaggin at 8pm with prizes for the best Halloween costumes on the night. The cost per team is €20 per table.
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS - Windgap handball Club collected their first world championship medal when Eamon Purcell partnered Paul Dowling of Mothel to win the silver medal in the Silver Masters “B” over forty five world title in City West on Saturday evening. In the final they won their first game against Eamon Rice and Ned Kealy of Wicklow before the sides played a terrific second game. With the Kilkenny pairing ahead at 19-17 and level at nineteen all the ever-improving Wicklow pairing eventually ran out 21-19 winners. In the tiebreak the opposition made the decisive break at 4-2 to go on to take the title. Having started his playing career in the areas oldest alley in Baunreigh at the Slatequarries Eamons success has linked the history of the local game straight through to the present indoor court in Windgap. The result brought Kilkenny’s tally to four gold and three silver at that stage with Michael Ducksie Walsh having won a Masters singles title and then partnering Tommy Hynes of Wexford to the doubles one. Ciaráin Neary and Mike O Brien from Crinkle in Offaly collected Kilkenny’s third gold when they defeated Tadhg Carroll and Dale Cusack in a tiebreak in the Men’s “B” Doubles. Another gold went to Billy Bourke and Egin Jensen who defeated Carlow’s John Ryan and Paddy Donavan from Laois in a tiebreak in the Silver Masters “B” over forty-five competition. In addition William Love won gold in the Men’s “C” Singles when he defeated Brendan Burke of Kells who collected the silver in an all Kilkenny final. Later that evening Ciarain Neary partnering Shane Briody from Cavan qualified for a One-wall doubles final when they defeated an English pairing before going down to Wicklow’s Willoughby brothers Robbie and Sammy in Sundays final where they collected another silver medal. On Sunday Ciara Mahon won a ladies one wall silver medal bringing Kilkenny’s overall total to five gold and five silver. The final tallies are compliments of Bridget Burke. Following the success of the games in City West the event moves to Calgary in three years time. For handball followers the setting provided games from eight in the morning until the early hours of the following day on twelve indoor 40x20 alleys all complete with full glass back walls. On eight one wall courts the Puerto Ricans, Basques and Americans were amongst twenty eight nations that displayed skill, style and strength in the games that will be played as wall ball at the next Olympics. For the four wall purists the sight of a three-walled “Show Court” glass alley on steel girder stilts with seating for a viewing audience of two thousand five hundred for the open singles final was truly amazing.
VOLUNTEERS ENTHUASISM COMES TO THE FORE - The Windgap parish Planning for the Future volunteers meeting that took place in the GAA clubrooms on Tuesday evening attracted almost thirty people. At it the make up was almost fifty, fifty male and female with a large presence of young people. The ideas collected at the recent community meeting were presented by Fr. Nicholas Flavin PP and a number of subcommittees were set up to meet individually and then report back to a full meeting at the same venue on Tuesday the 20th of November. In addition a number of the original ideas had already borne fruit before the enthusiastic attendance got their collective minds on them. By the time of going to press two walking groups were out on Saturday morning at the Lake in Windgap at 9.30 and in Tullahought at 7.30 on Monday evening. In addition the heating arrangements were improved for those doing the holy hour in the St. Nicholas Church on Mondays. Also in the pipeline are beginner computer classes under the GAA Social Initiative scheme and Pilates classes. In further learning the dedication of the volunteers in maintaining the lake area in Windgap and the lack of signage at some of the amenity and heritage areas most important sites were discussed. On the night many simple and extremely practical ideas bounced around like a piece of rubber being moulded into a sponge ball. Amongst them was the possibility of shortening the journey from the GAA pitch car parking that is often used for the various major events in the local church. In all five groups were set up under various flexible headings that included Heritage that included Walks and a Playground, Communications that included a parish website and email and text communications, County Council liaison to deal with the roads streets and Village Issues. They also included the possible upgrading to the parish hall that includes a requirement needs analysis and costs survey and also a Church section under the auspices of the Finance Committee. Afterwards a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit added to the social aspect as the endless possibilities of first aid classes, a site for a possible business start up unit and joint walks were proposed as more acquaintances were made. Already there is great feeling of anticipation to the presentation of the various sub committees reports with an open invitation to all residents to add heir ideas to any of the various headings.
CAMOGIE - The Under twenty-one side got a walk over from Lisdowney on Sunday in the first round of the championship and now play Gowran in the second round in Windgap on Sunday next.
UNDER TWENTY-ONE - Galmoy/Windgap travelled to Muckalee to play St. Martins in on Sunday morning in preparation for their forthcoming championship tie with Carrickshock.
DEFRIBILATOR NEWS - Tullahought Windgap Defibrillator Committee would like to express their sincere thanks to ladies of Windgap ICA for organizing the recent walk/run in aid of the ‘Defibrillator Fund’. Thanks also to all those who took part in, or supported this event in any way. It was a huge success and raised €935.00. Our first Defib training course took place in Tullahought Community Centre, on Saturday last and the participants were as follows: Katriona Ryan, Joanne Walsh, Gerard Doyle, Matthew O’Shea, Christy Whelan, Therese Walsh, Tony Doyle, Helen Hawe, Dave Jackson, Marie Hayes, Patricia Power and Joan O’ Gorman. The next training course will take place in the coming weeks. If you are interested in a place on this course please give your name to any member of the committee or contact Joan at 086-1024892 as soon as possible. The Defibrillators have now been ordered and should be delivered shortly.
CLUB NEWS - Tickets are available through Club committee members for the Kilkenny Senior hurlers training and holiday fund. Costing €10 the first prize is €5000.
PARISH COUNCIL - Eileen Grace and Margaret Mackey took over respectively from Ann Foley and Helen Hawe as chairperson and secretary of the Windgap Parish Council on Thursday evening. The council had another change after one of the original members Gabriel Hawe stepped down.
RESOURCE CENTRE - Droichead Family Resource Centre in Callan:
A Children’s Halloween Party Bash will be held in Droichead Family Resource Centre, The Friary, and Callan for young people up to 12 years old. There will be a Halloween disco & a fancy dress competition. Admission will be €3 per child. It will be held on Friday, October 26th from 3pm – 5pm.
BRIDGE RESULTS - Winners at the weekly game in the Olde House on Monday night were 1st. Catherine Burke, Helen Lanigan 2nd. Elizabeth lanigan, Sarah Crowley, 3rd. Rita Townsend, Stella Tenneyson 4th, Elizabeth Murray, Maureen Cantewell. Best Gross; Rita Houlihan Kitty Meagher.
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