Danesfort - GAA awards night

GAA - Danesfort GAA Club are hosting their first ‘Gathering’ event of 2013 on Saturday February 23 in the Springhill Court Hotel, with an Awards Night and concert by Irish folk legends Diarmuid O’Leary and the Bards.

GAA - Danesfort GAA Club are hosting their first ‘Gathering’ event of 2013 on Saturday February 23 in the Springhill Court Hotel, with an Awards Night and concert by Irish folk legends Diarmuid O’Leary and the Bards.

The evening will commence from 8 pm. Brian Cody is our guest speaker and he will address the expected large crowd at 8.15 pm. This will be followed by the People of the year Award, which was a new idea that started in the parish in 2012. The players of the year will also be announced on the night. This will be followed at 9 pm by two hours of music from Diarmuid O’Leary and the Bards. Long established amongst Ireland’s leading entertainers, their first recording single “Julia steppin’ it out at Lanigan’s Ball”- became one of the biggest selling records in Ireland. This was followed by another No. 1 comedy hit “The Oldest Swinger in Town”.

They also had success with their recordings of songs, such as “The Railway Hotel”, “Shaney Boy”, “The Old Dungarvan Oak”, “Isle of Innisfree”.To coincide with “The Gathering 2013” the group have released two singles, which reflect both sides of The Bards’ music - “Song for Ireland”. The powerful melody and lyrics to this wonderful song captures Ireland’s beauty as seen through the eyes of a visitor. It’s the featured track on the Folk Classics album “The Finest”.It promises to be a fantastic night for everybody in the parish and also for those who plan to come home for the event. Through the kind sponsorship of Hickey Hire, the club have been able to promote this fundraising event. So come along and get rid of those New Year blues for what promises to be an excellent night of music, fun and humour. And of course meet your friends. Tickets for this event are €20 and are available from Michael Hickey 086 2535787, Martin Tynan 087 2610670, Pat Murphy 087 7772106 or Springhill Court Hotel 056 7721122. Alternatively contact your nearest Club Committee member or player and they should be able to provide.

LOTTO - Danesfort GAA & Parish Development Lotto Results Week 15. Draw took place in Sheridan’s Ennisnag on Monday January 21. The Jackpot was €1200 and Numbers Drawn were: 16 - 3 - 36.

There was no winner. Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - John Davis Snr, Mary Kenny, David Kent, Clodagh & Orla Doyle, James Casey. Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Peggy Barden, Fergal Daly. Results Week 16, Draw held on Monday January 28 in The Grange Inn,Jackpot €1,300 Numbers Drawn: 12 - 25 - 17. There was no winner. Five Consolation Prizes of €30 - Ann Bolger, Liz Farrell, Ashely Godden, Alice Tierney, Tom Walsh. Two Promoters Prizes of €20 - Felix Sheridan, Susan & Sabrina. Next draw Monday February 4in Delaney’s Kells - Jackpot €1,400. Then Sheridan’s Ennisnag Monday February 11. Lotto Results Week 17, draw held Monday February 4 in Delaney’s Kells.Jackpot €1,400,Numbers Drawn: 20 - 28 – 3.There was No Winner.

Five Consolation Prizes of €30: Micheal Walsh, Fionnuala Davis, Fitzpatrick Family, Pat O’Donnell, Michael Murphy. Two Promoters Prizes of €20: Millie Murphy, Jim McGrath

Next draw, Monday February 11, Sheridan’s Ennisnag, Jackpot €1,500. Then The Grange Inn, Monday February 18.

CRAFT AND PAINTING - Sevenhouses ICA are organising Painting and Craft Classes which started yesterday, Tuesday February 12 for six Tuesday nights at the Danesfort Community Centre.  Everybody welcome and to enrol contact Eileen Rice on 087/1300030.

PRE SCHOOL - Church Hill Pre School in Cuffesgrange is now enrolling for September 2013. Children who are between 3 years and 3 months and 4 years and 6 months on September 1st of year of enrolment can avail of one year free Pre School. To avail of this in Church Hill please call in and collect an enrolment form or phone the office preferably in the mornings on 056 7729144. Children who do not qualify for the free year can still enrol if there are places available. Don’t delay as there are a limited number of places available.

SOCCER- It was a good weekend on the playing field for Fort Rangers with 2 teams defying the horrible weather, and both emerging victorious. The brave chaps on the Under- 9 squad battled freezing wind and rain to beat near neighbours Stoneyford Utd on a 4-1 score line. 

The goals scorers were Charlie Moran[2], Matthew Cowley and Aaron Moore. Pride of place this week, however, goes to Fort’s Under-19’s who played in the same conditions against a very good Clover Utd. team and came out 3-2 winners after extra time to earn a place in the Youth’s shield semi final. Fort had hit a sticky patch lately after a great start to the season and this game was important to try get the season back on track. Clover are top of the league with a 100% record so managers Jack Fitzpatrick and Jim Nugent knew that a mighty effort would be required to get that badly needed win. The first half was very equal with both teams playing good football despite the weather. Goalkeeper John Rice made 2 fine saves to keep the Laois men at bay while Emmet Nugent saw a penalty saved brilliantly by the Clover custodian. The second half burst into life after just 10 minutes when Dion Fitzpatrick calmly finished to the net from the edge of the area to give the locals a massive boost. Things got better for Fort and Dion when just 5 minutes later he ran on to a great through ball and produced a superb finish to give Fort a 2 goal lead. However, Clover are not top of the league for nothing and stormed back into the game to score twice and force extra time. The first period was uneventful but the second period was a good battle with both sides working hard to claim a winner, and it was fitting that this fine match should be decided by a great 20 yard strike. Up step Dion Fitzpatrick to produce that strike and complete a fine hat trick to deservedly send Fort through to a first ever Shield semi final for the club. This win was even more special as it came on a day when the locals were missing 4 players for a variety of reasons, proving that the strength of the squad is of a high standard. Hopefully this win will kick start the season for the lads who to a man played out of their skin, and a trophy may well be on the horizon. Team; John Rice, James Tynan, Ger Dunne, Seamus McGrath, Paddy Tynan, Dion Fitzpatrick, James Lenihan, Darragh Hennessy, Donagh Kearney, Emmet Nugent and Peter Butler. Sub; Jason Doherty.

FASHION SHOW - Ladies a date for your diary! St. Michaels NS, Danesfort will hold a fashion show in aid of their building fund on Wednesday March 20 at Langton House Hotel. Following the success of last years show this promises to be just as enjoyable with a fantastic line up of shops and boutiques. Proceeds will be split with St. Patrick’s Centre, Kells road, Kilkenny. MC on the night is celebrity chef Edward Hayden. Tickets cost €10 which also include a cheese and wine reception.

HANDBALL - Congratulations goes to Thomas Leahy and Joe Cowhig who won the school’s Doubles County Final Championship last Tuesday evening beating Windgap in a very close game 11-10 and 11-9. The Danesfort pair now represent St. Michael’s N.S. in the Leinster Championships.

PARENT AND TODDLER - Danesfort Parent and Toddler Group  meet on Monday morning’s from 10.30a.m - 12.15 at Danesfort Community Centre. Come along and meet new friends, toddler’s enjoy activities such as, arts and crafts, action songs and weather permitting, a refreshing toddler walk can be enjoyed at the nearby walking track, buggies and suitable clothing required. Tea, Coffee and light healthy snacks for all. For more information contact Dympna on 086/8322086 or Monica on 087/6574807.

SCOUTS - Your local Scout Troop needs you!! The 15th Kilkennyfortgrange scout troop needs adult volunteers. The Troop meet in Danesfort Community Centre on Monday from 18:45 to 20:00 and Thursday from 18:30 to 19:30. If you would like to help please attend any of these meetings or email

SPRING WALKERS - Yes, the winter is finally over and if you have not been with us up to now, you can still come along any Monday, Wednesday or Friday at 7.00pm in Danesfort GAA grounds. Bring torch, suitable clothing, runners and a friend or two There is nothing as beautiful as spring with all its new beginnings and longer days unfolding to get us motivated.

KARATE - Danesfort Karate Club For boys and girls, aged between 4 and 12 years old every Tuesday from 6pm - 6:45pm in Danesfort Community Centre. The club is now looking to add to its membership. Anybody interested in enrolling their children for karate contact Kevin 086 3668669.  

CUBS AND BEAVERS - Cubs: Mondays in Danesfort Community Centre 6.45pm to 8.00pm. Contact 087 9343090. Beavers: Thursdays in Community centre 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Contact: 087 8043511.

FOROIGE - Thursdays in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.00pm. It is an adult volunteer-led organization for teenage boys and girls aged 13 – 18 years. Contact 087 6406408.

GOING STRONG - Going Strong Club: Meet every Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre. This year the Club will focus on health and fitness. Exercise is now recognised more and more as one of the things WE REALLY MUST DO to maintain a good quality of life as we get older. It is time for us to get moving into more active and positive ways of being. Three of our members have completed a PAL (Physical Activities Leader) course and they will help organise and supervise different activities. Exercise is also for you MEN. So if you feel you want to move a bit more but don’t want to make any big changes to your life, you could do a lot worse than joining our Club. Admission €5. Refreshments served. Contact: 087 6987891

BINGO - Wednesday in Danesfort Community Centre at 8.30pm. Jackpot is waiting to be won, don’t miss out, it could be your lucky night. For any newcomers, there is plenty of car parking available and a bus service operates each week from Kilkenny City. Contact: 086 8825821

YOGA - Every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre 10.00am. Yoga is one of the most accessible types of exercise around and is open to all of us, no matter what our fitness, age or ability. Yoga is a movement that combines the physical, mental emotional and spiritual. In terms of your appearance, regular yoga will help strengthen and improve muscle tone therefore keeping your body in good shape. A big focus in yoga is on our breathing techniques, and by learning these you will be benefitting your lungs, increasing mental calmness which in turn lowers stress levels in our bodies. Classes are given by qualified instructor Sadhbh O’Neill. To gain real benefits from yoga we would recommend you commit to 10 week classes. All you need are comfortable clothing, yoga mat, blanket and small pillow. Refreshments served. Contact 087 2258599.

BRIDGE - Bridge Classes: Every Tuesday in Danesfort Community Centre with Annette Kennedy, Member of C.B.A.I. Bridge Teachers Association. Playing regularly keeps your memory active and brain alert. Contact: 087 6601564

COMPUTERS - Computer Classes: Start this Wednesday February 13 at 9.30am. please contact Claire 087 9781171. It would be advisable also to have access to your own laptop or computer for practice.

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