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Castlecomer Athletes competed in Round 1 of the Kilkenny A Cross Country Championships in Ballycurran on Sunday. In all, 33 athletes travelled - this challenging course providing the annual serious test to both limb and lung. Significant for more than half of the Castlecomer athletes is that they were competing at a level just above their optimum - races were from U8 to U18; Round 2 next week, hosted by Castlecomer AC, will be U7 to U19 and as it happens U9, U11, U13, and U15 will be the ideal category for many who ran U10, U12, U14 and U16 today.

Molly Hogan finished a most creditable 7th at U8; Molly O’Dornan, Emily Murphy, Ella Buggy, Amelie Bolger, and Robyn Morrissey displayed dogged determination in finishing from 21st to 34th. Michael Brennan and Joey Ryan, both U9 boys, rose to the test of the U10 race to finish 20th and 28th respectively. The U12 girls were fourth in the team rankings, Katie Clarke in 11th leading home from Sarah Brophy (13) and Aoibhinn Brophy (16); Paula Lomas, Sophie Kealy and Caoimhe O’Reilly completed the Castlecomer challenge. The U12 Boys also finished in 4th place - Jack Murphy (8) was followed by Cathal O’Reilly (16), John Kevin Malone(17), and Sean O’Dornan(23). Another 4th placed team were the U14 girls - just one point outside the medals. Hannah Murphy was the fourth individual across the line, Aoife Cahalan (11) Ellen Buggy (19) Eimear Stone (23) and Paula Rodrequize completed the team. With Castlecomer having knocked three times on the medals door without reward, the U14 boys finally accessed the podium to take the team silver medal - Killian Hogan (13) Jeremiah Burke, in his first cross country appearance (14), James Buggy (15) Adam Jacob (19) and Nicky Connolly (20). The was a most impressive team performance from a group who are relatively experienced at this stage.

Meadbh Delaney (7) and Eva Dowd (12) represented Castlecomer at U16 where they both performed admirably.Sean Buggy’s gold medal run at U16 was the individual highlight of the day - he came from a group of three, tailing the leader by some distance, to advance to second place on the last long climb of the course. He continued to cut the deficit till at the summit of this ascent he took the lead; and to the delight of the Castlecomer contingent, pulled away convincingly on the descent to the finish. Ross Connolly (9) and Ben Hamilton (12) followed.

Lauren Dermody completed the U18 race in 4th position, maintaining her now well established pattern of high placing.

Next Sunday, Joe O’Shea’s farm near Dysart Bridge will be the venue for the second round of the championships. The performances of the local athletes will be awaited with anticipation. The silver medal team of round 1 will be split - Adam Jacob, Jeremiah Burke and James Buggy join Ross Connolly at U15; Nicky Connolly and Killian Hogan join John Kevin Malone, Sean O’Dornan, Louis Feehan and Conor Clarke at U13 - both teams have the potential to excel. Many of the girls also will be racing in their optimum age group and this might be a significant factor in propelling them towards team rewards.


The progressive Oakhill / Acorns / Ard Crann Residents Association have transformed the estate to pristine condition. A competition to design a flag for the estate involving the children was a tremendous success. The judges had a difficult task in the end Maeve Brennan’s entry was the winner with runners up prizes going to Zara McCarthy and Keela Toner. The beautifully crafted flag was made by local company Intosport and is now flying proudly at the entrance to the Estate. Tom Byrnes, Chairman of the Association thanked all for their continued co-operation and also provided tasties for the all the kids. Cllr. Maurice Shortall presented the prizes. “In my opinion this is a first in North Kilkenny, an estate with their very own unique flag. Congratulations to all of the children involved, the design is fabulous and blue is a colour that will always be associated with the town.” Said Cllr. Shortall. Not content to rest on their laurels the Association have organised a fund raising day on Saturday October 26th. A clothing / recycling drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Top Parking Bay at Oakhill. Unwanted clothes, shoes, bags, belts. soft toys gladly accepted. Laptops and mobile phones also accepted but please keep separate. The day is rounded off with a cabaret in Shortalls Lounge. Music by Sean Kenny and all are welcome.


First year students enjoyed a number of activities as part of the WOW week in Castlecomer Community School. The Student Council, fifth year Mentors and Transition Year students helped to organise games, a treasure hunt, a quiz and a breakfast for the 1st Year students. The event was a great success.


The senior girls basketball team were defeated by a very stong Loreto Kilkenny team. While our senior golfers Shane Rice, Adam Dempsey, Kevin Brennan and James Bergin were only beaten on the 18th hole by Kilkenny College. Their next outing will be against St. Kierans.


Fifth Year students will attend a talk from the organisation AWARE in the coming days MRS. P. MCGUINNESS

The death has occurred of Patricia McGuinness, O’Briens Gardens, at St. Lukes Hospital, Kilkenny. Formerly of Moville, Co. Donegal she came to live in the town over twenty years ago with her late husband Robin. Noted for her determination and stamina she soon immersed herself in the local community and was actively involved in the Development Association, Active Retirement, Parish Choir and Hospitality Groups. It was a nice tribute to see the members of the Active Retirement Association turn out in great numbers to form a guard of honour as the cortege made its final journey to the church. She was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Donald McDonagh, Kiltegan Fathers ; Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer ; Fr. Ian Doyle, Kiltown. She is survived by her son Paul ; daughter Roisin ; her sisters Roisin O’Donnell, (Kilkenny), Carmel McDonagh, (Waterford), brother Raymond (Essex), grandchildren Kerri, Ryan, Jazmin, Conrad, & Sam, son-in-law Paul and daughter-in-law Carole, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a wide circle of friends.


The death has taken place at the District Hospital of Lil Flynn (Nee Brennan), Old Road, Moneenroe. In her 93rd year she went to her eternal reward just as had lived ever so quietly and peacefully in the company of those nearest and dearest to her. A woman of deep faith she was an active member of the Legion of Mary for several years. A true lady she supported her extended family to the hilt both home and away.

She was laid to rest in Moneenroe Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Sacred Heart by Fr. Martin Tobin P.P. Clogh.

She is survived by her sister Nora ; nieces ; nephews ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.


Moneenroe Hall is fast becoming a hot spot for set dancing and a great crowd came from all over to enjoy the Five Counties Ceili Band on Friday night. Adding a lovely colliery touch was a double birthday celebration, Jo Roche and Breda Roche managed to light a candle for everyone in the audience.


Come and learn all about keeping Active and Healthy, Exhibitions of Line Dancing, and Indoor Mat Bowls will take place all at Moneenroe Hall on Monday October 14th at 8 p.m. More activities can be assigned later on, enjoy a cup of tea with friends and neighbours. A night not to be missed. Guest speaker Kelly Dundavan RDO Active Ireland will answer any questions you might like to ask. For more information ring 086-8116506 or 059-9721126.


Moneenroe hall will be officially opened on November 30th. More details to follow.


Congrats to Anthony Owens who scooped the jackpot €9,400 in the GAA Lotto.

The Lotto Jackpot is currently €2,000. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets in Castlecomer or any member of Erins Own GAA Club.


Deen Celtic are at home to North End of Wexford in the FAI Junior Cup at 11 a.m. on Sunday.


A Table Quiz will be held in the Conahy Shamrocks Clubhouse on Friday October 18 at 9 p.m. in aid of Lisnafunchin N.S. Your support would be greatly appreciated.


Bollards Golf Society have an outing to Mount Woosley on Saturday from 10.30 a.m to 12.30 p.m. Timesheet in Bollards Pub (056-4441265). New members welcome.


We are pleased to continue with the budding reporters at the Boys National School and this week we feature a report on the Comer VS Kilmanagh: Round Two by Oisin Dwyer O’Neill and Justin Brennan.

“It was a good day for Comer schools’ football as we won our first Roinn A match this season. It was played in Kilmanagh. Our team manager, Mr. Andy Korff gave us the belief we needed to raise our game away from home.

The game started off slowly and it took about ten minutes for it to open up with Jamie Maher scoring the first point. We had put a few balls wide in the process. To put us further ahead, Kevin Holland scored a lucky but welcome goal as it dipped under the bar. About two minutes after this goal, Kilmanagh replied with a goal of their own. This score put Castlecomer under pressure but we didn’t mind that! Kilmanagh scored another point to put the two teams level. Comer got a point scored by Jamie Maher to make the half time score read 1-2 to 1-1 in favour of Comer.

The second half started off quietly and both teams put a few balls wide. Donal Coughlan scored the first point of the second half. It helped Comer a lot. It took a long time for the teams to register the next score. It came eventually with a fine point scored by Kilmanagh. Again this followed both teams getting a few wides. A few minutes later, Billy O’Neill made a great mazy run from the half back line and scored a great point. This score gave Castlecomer a massive boost. Kilmanagh got another point. At the near end , Kilmanagh tried hard for a goal but the Castlecomer backs kept them scoreless in this vital period. Then Castlecomer gave away an easy free just outside the box. It looked as if the equalising point was about to come. The pressure was on the kicker and, surprisingly, he put it wide. The final score was Comer 1-4 to Kilmanagh 1-3. It was a great game. We all shook hands after the match

The team was Justin Brennan in goals. The full back line was Lorcan Scott, Dean Bray and Darragh O’Rourke. The half back line was Billy O’Neill, Adam Steen and Nicky Connolly. The midfield was Shane Coogan and Kevin Holland. Half forwards were Lee Holden, Donal and Darragh Coughlan. Oisin Dwyer and Ben Emmett were corner forward and full forward was Jamie Maher. Subs: Conor Brennan, Brian Holland, Alan Smith and Cathal O’Reilly.

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