THE GATHERING PILTOWN - It is great to see that the Iverk Show is taking up our suggestion from a few weeks back to promote The Gathering next year. It is appropriate that a cross community and parish boundary organisation should lead the way. Hopefully the other clubs and organisations in the area will weigh in behind the Show Committee. The Gathering is a Government initiative to increase the number of tourists coming into Ireland. The Iverk Show will be involved through ‘The Iverk Show Homecoming’ programme. The show wants everyone to invite relatives and friends to come home for an extra special show on the 31st August 2013. Full programme of activities will be available in the New Year. For more information see www.iverkshow.com or email Liznor@eircom.net or phone 087-2222513.
That time of year is also big for GAA events and it would be the ideal time for people who are abroad and reading this to base their holiday around that date. Not only will you get to meet your own family and friends, but there is also a better chance that you will meet other emigrants you grew up with but went a different direction.
CAMOGIE AGM - Piltown Camogie Club reviewed a very successful 2012 and looked forward to 2013 at their Annual General Meeting: Mentors and team management will be announced in the new year. There was a good attendance which included Philip Walsh and Stephen O’Brien from the main GAA club.
Officers Elected: Chairman: Jim Malone; Vice Chairman: Eamonn McGowan; Secretary: Sheila Norris; Assistant Secretary: Kim Brophy;Treasurer: Eileen Dunne; Assistant Treasurer Marie Flynn; PRO: Gay Doyle; Assistant PRO Kim Brophy; Children’s Officer: Miriam Reid
CAMOGIE CHURCH GATE COLLECTION - Piltown Camogie Club’s massive success in 2012, like all success comes at a price. The club turned over approximately €26,000 in 2012. With the success came massive entertainment and enjoyment for young and old alike. They are now at the time of the year when fundraising comes to the fore and they will hold a Church Gate Collection on the weekend of the 15th and 16th December. You could do a lot worse than support this collection.
CHURCH OF IRELAND SAYS THANKS - The Church of Ireland Parishes of Fiddown Union wish to thank all those who supported in any way their bazaar on Saturday 24th November especially as it wasn’t the best of morning’s weather wise. All the proceeds and your continual support is much appreciated.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING IN PILTOWN - As part of Piltown Enterprise’s initiative to encourage and promote a ‘Shop Local First’ spirit, they are launching a Piltown Christmas Shopping Category page in the online Piltown Directory. This will allow you to list Christmas shopping ideas, Christmas promotions, or other Christmas related marketing ideas. Inclusion is free to all members.
BUDGET 2013 - At 6:15pm on Wednesday 6th December, 2012, at Piltown Community Centre, Brendan Twohig, Tax Director with M.K. Brazil, will present a review of the budget changes. This will be a ‘beyond the headlines’ examination of the tax and other measures announced, setting out the practical implications for you and your business. To register for Budget 2013 use the following link from your internet browser. http://form.jotformpro.com/form/23216862008954
DIRECTORY BOOKLET - The closing date for entries into the new Piltown Directory has been extended by one week to 15th December due to the huge interest from local business in joining the business network. The online version is up and running at www.piltowndirectory.ie . If you have a business in the Piltown area, or are from Piltown and have a business elsewhere, you can join the directory by calling 051-643152 (Ext 248) or 087-9451394
GIRLS GAELIC FOOTBALL ACHIEVEMENTS - Piltown Girls Gaelic Footballers, Nicola Phelan, Aoife Norris and Fiona Long were part of the Kilkenny Under-15 Development squad that took part in a blitz in Carlow recently against strong counties such as Dublin and Meath. The three girls along with Emily McCarthy were presented with Certificates Of Achievement at the James Stephens Venue for participation in the Development squads. Lisa Norris and Aoife Doyle received Certificates of Achievement for Under-13 Development Squads. Emily McCarthy who was a star play at club and county level this year also, was presented with her Leinster Under-14 “B” Winners Medal and Leinster Under-14 Blitz Division 2 Runners Up medals. Despite playing second fiddle to Camogie, it has been another very successful year for Piltown Ladies Gaelic Football.
VOTE FOR PILTOWN’S GREATEST EVER GAA ACHIEVEMENT - It’s winter time, Christmas is coming, a time when GAA events are more discussed and debated than played. So the administration of Piltown GAA Website are adding a little bit of fuel to the debates and discussion and giving everyone the opportunity to vote for what they think is Piltown’s Greatest Ever GAA Achievement. There is no right answer and it is for fun only to keep Piltown GAA in the fore front of people’s minds over the winter nights. There are 26 nominations covering every aspect of the club and GAA, from Hurling, to Gaelic Football to Camogie to Girls Gaelic Football to Club developments and administration. The URL link for more details is http://piltown.kilkenny.gaa.ie/miscellaneous/competitions
Already this column has learned of great interest and debate, but like all lists, the initial debate is about what did not get nominated. The two big ones at the moment are The Under-16’s of 1992 who won Roinn A championships in both hurling and football. The second talking point is the omission of Karen Duggan’s individual achievement in Camogie of winning a county medal at every grade from Under-12 to Junior including primary schools. Both are massive omissions and the debate is likely to heat up over the coming weeks.