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Sara Conlon


Sara Conlon



aturday 12th October – Declan Aungier; Saturday 19th October – Finbar Denehy; Saturday 26th October – Peter Burke.


A Public Meeting will be held in Piltown Community Centre on Tuesday, 15th October at 8pm regarding the Eirgrid Link Project. All who are concerned about the route of these 45 metre high pylons are asked to attend.

Piltown Enterprise Centre ANNUAL BUDGET BRIEFING

Piltown Enterprise Centre are delighted to invite you to their Annual Budget Briefing. Presented by Brendan Twohig (Chartered Tax Consultant). Brendan is Tax Partner with MK Brazil & a native of Piltown. The presentation will examine the main aspects from Budget 2014 & the implications for individuals & businesses. There will also be a questions & answers session to deal with any queries you may have. Date: Wednesday, 16th October 2013. Time: 7.00pm – 8.00pm (sharp). Venue: Piltown Community Centre. Places are limited so please book on website or phone 087-2191808 
Autumn Music Course

Arising from the highly successful series of courses delivered in 2011, 2012 & early 2013, Piltown Community Centre in association with the Education & Training Board & Kilkenny Leader Partnership are offering an Autumn Music Course for adults.

This Community Education course will be absolutely free of charge and provides flexible learning options to absolute beginners or to those who wish to revise some previous musical training.

Commencing on 10th October 2013 & continuing in 10 weekly evening workshops, the course will explore the way music works and will cover applied basic theory including reading and writing musical notation. At their own pace participants can develop an appreciation of the nuts & bolts of music & practise performing skills on an instrument in a group setting if they wish.

Those interested in participating or seeking more information should contact the Community Centre, the Parish Office or the course Tutor Noel O’Regan directly on 085 7063811.

rish Dance Classes

Irish Dance Classes take place on Saturday mornings in GAA Complex, Piltown. A limited number of places now available for children age 5 upwards. For more details contact Sharon O’ Brien TCRG on (087) 6383426.

GAA News

Friday night was a special night for Piltown GAA & especially Camogie & the Holden family of Lickawn. Piltown was the venue for the first ever Under-16 Roinn A Camogie League County Final. The prize was the Tom Holden Memorial Cup, a new cup was donated by Piltown Camogie Club in memory of the club stalwart who died last December. Tom had trained this team since they were under-8’s & the team featured his two daughters, Chloe & Sophie. The game was to take place under the floodlights in Piltown, thanks to opponents & Championship winners, Glenmore who graciously conceded neutral venue in recognition of the event.

It would be wonderful if Piltown won this game & the Holden sisters play an important role in the victory. However, in sport, there are very few fairytales. That’s not the way sport works. The odds were against having suffered defeat a few weeks ago in the championship final to Glenmore. Yet, one felt that if Piltown deserved the fairytale result, this was the night. The pitch looked magnificent under the top class lights. The crowd grew steadily as throw in approached.

What a start it was. A long ball in from captain Kelly Ann Doyle, Chloe Blackmore challenged, the other forwards spread out in unison, the ball broke to Chloe Holden, lift, steps, strike, goal! One minute gone, how fitting it was that Tom Holden’s eldest daughter set the tone & the match alight. Glenmore pulled back a point almost immediately. In the third minute Chloe Holden struck for another well taken point. In the fourth minute, Chloe Blackmore scored a sublime point & followed up with a goal in the fifth minute. Chloe Holden & Kelly Ann Doyle (free) added further points by the eighth minute. Thoughts of fairytales, but it was too early & Glenmore were too good to concede that easily. Piltown’s seven point lead was slowly eroded before half time. Glenmore dominated the latter stages of the first period. However, a lovely point from Aoife Doyle & another superb point from Chloe Blackmore saw Piltown lead at the break by 2-6 to 2-5.

The second half was more tense. Scores were hard to get early on. Chloe Blackmore edged Piltown further ahead. Glenmore responded, but Kelly Ann was beginning to offload the shackles & the tight marking. She was steadily asserting her presence. The defence was standing firm, despite the superb fielding of high ball in the middle of the park by Glenmore, a notable talent of many of the Glenmore girls. Switches in the forward line opened up a goal scoring opportunity for Lisa McCarthy which she duly took. Kelly Ann Doyle added a point from a free which Glenmore responded to. It was now 3-8 to 2-7. Glenmore were starting to rally. The Piltown defence was caught napping. The brilliant Suzy May Aylward took advantage. She found herself clear on goal slightly to the right towards the complex end. There could only be one result, or could there? The shot was well hit, Aoife Norris had no chance. Then some inexplicable divine intervention occurred. The ball drifted slightly off target. It rocketed back off the post into the relived hands of a Piltown defender. Tom Holden must have lent a hand. From the subsequent attack the ball broke to his youngest daughter, Sophie. The pocket dynamo took on the Glenmore defence. The ball ended up in the back of the net. In a couple of moments, that rare event in sport had happened. Piltown cruised to the finished with Lisa McCarthy grabbing the fifth goal as Piltown won by 5-10 to 2-8.

The scenes in the aftermath of the victory were very different to the euphoria of the Under-16 boys a few weeks ago but it meant just as much. In fact, it was wonderful to be part of it. There were lots of tears, some of joy and some of sadness. Even grown men shed tears unashamedly. For the Holden family, this victory meant so much. This was so special for Tom’s father John, his wife Pamela, his daughters, son & extended family. For Piltown Camogie this victory meant so much. For Piltown GAA this meant a lot. For the girls Tom trained & the girls who were preparing for the Intermediate Final, that he had trained also & stopped to be part of the occasion, it was special. For his fellow mentors and friends, it was special. Words will not adequately describe the strange sense of both joy & sadness at the same time, but it was a moment in time for Piltown GAA. Tom Holden’s presence was felt in his field of dreams. Let’s not forget Glenmore’s contribution either, they are truly worthy Championship title holders & the healthy rivalry between the two sets of players is set to continue for a long time yet & there is nothing wrong with that. Pamela Holden presented the first ever Tom Holden Memorial cup to Piltown Camogie captain Kelly Ann Doyle

Team: Aoife Norris, Shauna Coady, Emily McCarthy, Alanna Gallagher, Stacey O’Brien, Emer Long, Fiona Long, Kelly Ann Doyle (Capt 0-4, 3 frees and a ’45), Aoife Doyle (0-1), Nicola Phelan, Chloe Holden (1-2), Lisa McCarthy (2-0), Sophie Holden (1-0), Chloe Blackmore (1-3), Lisa Norris

Sub: Máire Beth Kirby

Unused: Aoife Culleton, Anna Frisby, Aine Power, Caoimhe O’Callaghan, Sinead Walsh

Mentor: Gay Doyle, Andrew McCarthy, Miriam Reid, Marie Barcoe


Sunday morning in John Locke Park, the success story that is Piltown Camogie continued with another chapter. Following on county final wins at Under-12 and Under-16 in the previous six days, the intermediates were contesting their first ever county final against Ballyhale Shamrocks in the League Final. Five years since the Junior win in 2008, it was felt a long time coming for some.

Things got off to a very bad start. An appearingly harsh free in the first minute on the stand side sideline about 35 metres out from the country end goal, dropped menacingly towards the goal. Shockingly it ended up in the net. That was it for the Shamrocks. For the next 59 minutes there was just one team in it. Piltown conceded no more & went the full 60 minutes without conceding a single score from play. A super defensive performance from the Piltown rearguard, as near to perfection as you can get. Especially pleasing when the defence had been much maligned after the first half semi final performance.

Further up the field Katie Power was the supreme leader. She led on the field of play, she led on the scores. Easy to understand how she is rated one of the top players in the country. The workrate of the players around her was amazing too. Every Piltown player won their own position. Even when subs were introduced they took over where the previous player left off.

The scoring statistics were simple. Piltown led 0-10 to 1-0 at half time playing with a strong breeze. The final score was 0-13 to 1-0. Katie Power topped the scoring with 11 points, five from play. The game would not go down as an exciting classic. However, the work of Tony Foley, Jim Malone & Eamonn Kenny has paid off & they deserve great credit for this achievement following on from the Under-21 win of last year. The cup was presented to non playing captain Leanne Long. The celebrations were very low key indicating the team have their eyes focussed on a bigger prize.

Team: Chloe Blackmore, Katelynn Phelan, Elaine Kenny, Jennifer Norris, Debbie Phelan, Karen Duggan, Kelly Ann Doyle, Alice Talbot, Laura Norris, Niamh Culleton, Lorraine Long, Katie Power (0-11, 6 frees), Sinead McCarthy, Georgina Culleton (0-1), Edel Long (0-1)

Subs: Carol McCarthy, Leanne Dunne, Mairead Power, Siobhan Dermody, Sinead Long (blood)

Unused: Leanne Long (Capt), Soracha Phelan, Niamh Dermody, Maria Foley, Jean Power, Nicole Culleton, Fiona Malone, Nicola Foley, Ellen Commins.


Piltown Camogie had three in a row of final wins at the end of September, on Monday 23rd the U12’s won their B final against Glenmore which was played in Piltown , a great display of Camogie from the young girls final score was Piltown,4.3, Glenmore 0.3.,

Team: Alannah Twohig, Anna O Brien, Chloe Power, Danielle O’ Brien (1.0), Danielle Frisby, Emma Phelan (1.0), Jennifer O’ Dea, Kate Falconer, Laura Falconer(1.0), Marlise Flynn (1.0), Sarah Jayne Brophy, Laura Power(0.3), Sarah Tobin, Rachel O’ Shea, Laura Sinnott, Kate Allen, Maria Bovenizer, Isobel Quirke, Isobel Dineen, Laura Whelan & Sarah Conway.

Brewery Lane Theatre

Clonmel Theatre Guild are staging ‘SHIRLEY VALENTINE’ by Willie Russell in Brewery Lane Theatre on Saturday, 12th & Sunday, 13th October 2013.

Play Commences at 8.15 pm. Admission - €15.

Booking at the Heritage Centre opens Friday, 4th October. Tel: 051 640200

Don’t miss this hilariously engaging drama directed by Patricia Harte, only staged in Brewery Lane for 2 nights.

Remembrance Mass

St. Luke’s General Hospital (Carlow/Kilkenny) is holding its Annual Remembrance Mass at Duiske Abbey Church, Graiguenamanagh on Tuesday 15th October at 7.30pm. The mass gives all of us an opportunity to remember our patients who have died. Everyone is welcome to attend, particularly the families and friends of the deceased but also parishioners, staff & the general public. Refreshments will be served in the Parish Hall after the mass.

Lions Club

Carrick on Suir district lions club will hold their Annual Church Gate Collection on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th October. The Lions Club covers a wide area in the three adjoining counties. We support many charitable, community & individual causes in the area. Your usual generous support will be very much appreciated.

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership

Kilkenny Recreation & Sports Partnership are starting a Boccia league during the winter months, for older adults & people with disabilities. Boccia is a simple game that relies on skill rather than fitness. If you want to enter a team or have any questions about Boccia, call (056) 7794990.