SWIMMING-Just before the young pupils got their Summer Holidays, there were boys and girls from the school who participated in the Primary Schools Swimming Gala at the Watershed. There were several medal winners, and special congratulations to the boys who won the overall team award for the very first time.
DANNY DELIVERS IN SLIGO-Danny Mullins has been enjoying a success period of late, and following success in Limerick recently aboard Galway bound Clarach for his father Tony, he enjoyed further success in Sligo last Sunday.
Danny partnering the 4-year-old Harangue ran out an emphatic 10 length winner of the Ladies Day at Sligo 9th August Handicap Hurdle at odds of 9/1, and don’t be surprised if this progressive gelding travels west for the Galway Festival. Formerly trained by Dermot Weld, Harangue finished 2nd in a maiden at the Galway festival, and will be hopeful of running well if making an appearance at the Ballybrit Festival.
There was long overdue success for neighbouring local trained Richard “Dick” Donohue lately as Happy Anniversary conjured up a double dose of victories. Donohue had gone well over a year since his last success, but lately Happy Anniversary has been running out of his skin. Following a second place finish on a wet miserable evening in Gowran Park, Happy Anniversary ran five days later in Bellewstown last Sunday week.
Dick also owns the 6-year-old, and in a close titantic finish, Happy Anniversary emerged victorious in the Tote Jackpot Handicap under the mount of Joseph O’Brien who is of course son of Aidan.
Next port of call was Leopardstown last Thursday evening on a wet miserable evening, and Happy Anniversary came home a 3 and a half length winner of the Leopardstown Apprentice handicap.
Certainly, Happy Anniversary’s results have given the Donohue stable a much needed boost of confidence, and with plenty of handicaps in the offering, don’t be surprised if he is bound for the Galway Festival in two weeks time.
DISAPPOINTMENT-There was disappointment for the Intermediate hurlers as they lost out 2-12 to 1-12 to Tullogher-Rosbercon in the penultimate round of the group stages of the Michael Lyng Motors Intermediate league.
The match had been switched from Inistioge to Graignamanagh to Tom Walsh Park in Blacks and Whites, and despite the defeat, the destiny to qualify for the league final and championship quarter-final is within their grasp.
Victory over All-Ireland Junior Club Champions St. Patricks Ballyragget in the final round of games will secure league final and indeed championship quarter-final qualification.
The final round of club games in the local Senior and Intermediate championship were scheduled to be played this weekend, but due to Kilkenny’s shock Leinster final defeat, and an All-Ireland quarter-final to prepare for the weekend after next, the final round of club games have been deferred more than likely to August.
For full match report on last Saturday’s game, read the sports section of the people.
HENNESSY STRIKES TREBLE -Paul Hennessy had a night to remember in Shelbourne last Thursday night courtesy of Priceless Flame, Locnamon Bridie, and Ringtown Snowy. Priceless Flame defied favouritism to land the A3 525 by 6 lengths in a razor quick time of 28.74seconds.
The double was completed when Locnamon Bridie won the A2 525 semi-final by four and a half lengths in a time of 28.47, while the hat-trick was completed when Ringtown Snowy managed to overcome some trouble in running early on in the race when winning his A2 525 semi-final by a neck in 28.76 seconds.
THE BIG BAM BANDWAGON ROLLS ON-Last week we told about the people involved in the Bam Gang Syndicate as Big Bam recorded consecutive victories in Kilkenny Greyhound Park having returned from an injury lay-off.
Also involved in the Bam Gang Syndicate along with those mentioned last week are Irene Gibbons daughter of Lar and Louise Lonergan of Paulstown.
The dog was bought off Tadhg Gibbons, and last Friday night in Kilkenny Greyhound Track, Big Bam once again got the better of Mickys Trickster in a close finish to win the 2nd heat of round 1 Frightful Flash Kennels A1 525.
Tonight, Big Bam will run in the semi-final and if he finishes in the first three this evening, he will take part in the BEAM finals night in Kilkenny Greyhound Track next Sunday evening which is sure to attract a massive crowd.
YOUNG ATHLETES STAR IN ALL IRELANDS-There were fantastic results from the young Athletes at the National Juvenile Athletics Championships up in Tullamore.
Sophie Parkinson continued her whirlwind run of results when striking double gold in both the shot and discus.
Parkinson threw 11.53metres to win the shot putt, while in the Discus she produced a championship best performance to win the Discus throwing a highly impressive 44.03 metres following up her second place finish in the National Seniors the previous weekend.
There was gold for Aoife Naddy in the Girls Under-15 high jump with a jump of 1 metre 50 centimetres, while other Athletes vared very well also.
Grace O’Donnell finished 3rd in the girls under-14 75 metres hurdles in a time of 12.37 seconds, while David Murphy finished 5th in the Under-13 boys 80 metres final.
Others to do well were Matthew Cassin who came 8th in the boys under-18 shot putt throwing 10.78 metres, David Murphy finished 5th in the boys under-13 shot putt with a throw of 10.84 metres, Ted Drea finished 5th in the Boys under-14 high jump with a leap of 1.40metres, while Cormac Buggy finished 9th in the boys under-16 3000 metres.
Christine O’Donnell finished 5th in the Girls under-15 80 metres hurdles in a time of 80 metres.
WEEKDAY MASSES-There will be no weekday Masses for the next three weeks as Fr. Pat Dalton takes a well-earned holiday. The Very Reverent Larry O’Keeffe Parish Priest of Clara and the Very Reverent Pat. Duggan Parish Priest of Bennetsbridge will be the priests on duty over the coming weeks, while Fr. Clement will also be in Gowran parish and the surrounding areas over the coming weeks.