Castlecomer - Wonderful community support

Maurice Shortall


Maurice Shortall



The members of Castlecomer Male Voice Choir would like to say a big thank you for the wonderful community support they received from the parish and surrounding parishes for their annual collection. The Choir resume practice under the baton of Geraldine Murphy on Monday September 16th at 8 p.m. in the Community School. New and former members welcome.


Firoda has lost one of its more senior and respected people with the death of Mary Anne Shore (Née Walsh) at Brookhaven Nursing Home, Ballyragget. In her ninety second year, she was predeceased by her husband Paddy in 1978. A woman of great faith she was one of the old stock, kindness personified, if Mary Anne Shore could not do a good turn for you then she certainly would not do a bad one. The huge turnout at the obsequies reflected the high esteem in which the family is held in the area. As the cortege made its final journey to the church it was accompanied by a guard of honour from Erins Own GAA Club. Mary Anne would have been so proud of her granddaughter Fiona for the wonderful rendition of “Amazing Grace” on the bag pipes a fitting tribute to a wonderful woman on her way to her final resting place.

She was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by family neighbour Fr. Liam Shore assisted by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer, Fr. Dan Carroll Team Leader St. Patrick’s Kilkenny, Fr. Eamon O’Gorman P.P. Conahy, Fr. James Dollard former P.P. Conahy, Fr. Ian Doyle, Kiltown.

She is survived by her daughters, Sheila, Leisha, Mary, Bridie, Catherine ; brother Martin ; sister Kitty ; sisters-in-law Peg, Frances ; sons-in-law, Pat, Feargal, Seamus, Martin, John, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, other relatives and a large circle of friends.


A sum of money was found at the recent Erins Own V Dicksboro match in Freshford. Contact 087 - 3181661.


A youthful Erins Own selection went down to the Fenians of Johnstown in the Byrne Cup senior hurling final at Ballyragget on Wednesday evening. The Comer men started brightly and by the end of the first quarter had race 0-4 to 0-2 ahead however a combination of poor shooting in front of goal and direct play from the winners signaled trouble ahead. With Erins Own shooting 9 first half wides the opposite was he case at the other end with Johnstown making the most of limited possession to lead 1-7 to 0-7 at the break. In the new half Johnstown with county star J.J. Delaney reigning supreme landed a succession of points to run out deserving winners. Final Score Erins Own 0-11 ; Johnstown 1-18.

Team ; Tom Brophy, James Mullins, Sean Meally, Noel Callinan, Jerry Callinan, Robert Moran, Colin Dunne (0-2), Aidan Moran (0-1), Colin Delaney (0-1), Declan Dunne (0-1), Peadar Boran (0-2), Eddie Brennan (0-2), Jimmy Byrne (0-1), Anthony Kavanagh, Eoin Brennan (0-1). Subs ; Darragh Brennan, Niall McMahon, Ciarán Brennan, Ciarán McDermott, Andrew Dowd.


Deen Celtic went down to their first loss of the season this evening loosing 2-1 away to Southend!

A good start from Celtic seen them go one up after thirty minutes with a goal from Sean Holden after some great play from John Doheny. Not long before the half Southend were reduced to ten men and were fortunate not to concede again soon after.

Celtic were slow to come out in the second half and Southend took full advantage scoring from a corner with twenty minutes remaining. Celtic then pushed on strong in search of a second and were denied on countless occasions by the Southend keeper, the crossbar and upright! Southend then caught Celtic on the break with a great left footed strike with 5 minutes remaining. Celtic again pushed on in search of a goal and despite creating numerous chances couldn’t put the ball in the net before the final whistle!

Team Ciarán Stone, Darragh Stone, Ronan Phelan, Tom Dowling, Alan Phelan, Neil Murtagh, John Doheny, Caleb Roche, Sean Holden, David Lynch, Richie Lynch.

Subs : Anthony Kavanagh, Paul Moran, Peader Boran.

Next fixture Maher Shield Sunday 8th Sept Deen Celtic v Newpark Prince Grounds.


The Annual Padre Pio Pilgrimage to Knock is on Sunday September 15th. Fare - Adults €15. Children €10. Please give names to Teresa Hetherington on 4440025 or 087 – 2928961. Fares must be paid by Wednesday 11th September. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. sharp from The Square.


Big winners in the monthly whist were: Top Score: Conor Coady, 1st Lady:Margaret Kealy, 2nd Lady:Catherine Brennan, 1st Gent: Jerry Kealy, 2nd Gent: Sheamus Hennessey 1st Half: Nano Brennan,2nd Half: John Graham. Raffle: 1st Prize: Ann Healy, 2nd Prize: Enid Abbot, 3rd Prize; Christy Meagher, 4th Prize: Jerry Kealy, 5th Prize: Nora Fisher. Whist continues on Friday 6th September at 8.30 pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. Top score €50. All are welcome.


Born: October 10th, 1923. Died: April 1st, 2013.

The death had occurred in Toronta of Kildare Dobbs on April 1st. In keeping with his wishes his ashes were interred in St. Mary’s Cemetery following Services by Rev. Patrick Burke, Rector Castlecomer Group of Parishes on Wednesday August 28th.

He was born in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, India, where his father was acting commissioner, but the family settled back in Ireland in a Victorian mansion between Castlecomer and Gowran.

Educated at St Columba’s — the poet Richard Murphy and Michael Yeats were fellow students and friends — he saw no future for himself in Ireland and so enlisted in the Royal Navy during the second World War, escorting and protecting convoys and merchant ships in the Atlantic.

In 1952 decided to emigrate to Canada, sailing steerage from Cobh. Throughout his long life, he always felt the tug of the Ireland he had lost. After a desultory period teaching in high school, he joined Macmillan publishers as an editor and worked there for eight years.

The late Seamus Heaney once said that nobody had done more to welcome and assist Irish writers in Canada than Kildare Dobbs, who made his own livelihood as a writer of narrative non-fiction, books of travel, poetry, and journalism wholly in Canada.

The Eulogy was given by the former Irish Ambassador to Canada Mr. Paul Dempsey who spoke glowingly of the deceased in terms of his formidable literacy capacity, the civility of his poetry which always focused on light, hope and brightness.

He is survived by his wife Linda, sons John and Christian, daughters Lucinda and Sarah, and sister Sally Gibbs.


The College of Further Education, Castlecomer is now enrolling for September Courses. On offer are PLC Courses with work experience, QQ1 – Fetac Level 5.

(A) Childcare with Special Needs, Care for the Elderly.

(B) Modern Business Administration and I.T. ; Agri Business.

Tel- 056 – 4441447.


The Lotto Jackpot is currently €8,600. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets in Castlecomer. The Lotto has been a success for Erins Own GAA because of the dedicated volunteers that sell tickets and meet every week to have the lotto draw and check every entry twice for winners. The Erins Own Club would like to say a very sincere thank you to everyone that gives their time helping and supporting the lotto. It is through their commitment that the club is able to compete and improve facilities for everyone.


On Sunday last Erins Own Under 12s had an early start when they headed for Kilkenny for the James Stephens annual tournament at 8.30am. The local boys were in a group with Naas, Kilmacud Crokes and Thomastown. First up for the Comer boys were Naas who proved to be difficult to break down as they were much bigger than the Comer boys. However the Erins Own boys never took any step back and punished their opponents at every opportunity. Led by Dan Coogan up front the Comer boys took a foothold on the match approaching half time with two good goals from Conor Clarke and Jamie Maher. On the resumption of the second half they pushed home their advantage to run out good winners by 7-5 to 3-1. Nicky Connolly in goal brought off some great saves and in front of him the tigerish Kevin Holland was a rock all afternoon. In front of them Christopher Kroff swept all in front of him alongside Captain Jack Buggy. This was the launching pad for many Comer attacks where the full of running Conor Clarke made great inroads scoring three great goals. Others to do well in this game were Killian Hogan, Liam Doyle, Billy O Neill and Lee Holden.

Next up for the locals was Kilmacud Crokes. In what was a brilliant game of hurling which went from one end of the field to the other the Comer boys came from behind to draw level on the final whistle for a share of the spoils on a scoreline of 1-5 to 0-8. This game had all the skills of the game on view with points from long range frees and line balls the highlight of the Comer scores. Dan Coogan scored two wonderful long range frees and Jack Buggy cut a superb line ball over the bar. The bigger Crokes team looked at one stage that they would overrun the Comer boys but as the game wore on it was Comer who looked more comfortable on the ball. It was the great hurling of Shane Coogan, Kealan Ring, Luca Downey, Nicky Connolly in goals, Dan Coogan, Cathal O ‘Reilly and Ciarán Meagher allowing for the fact that most of them are still under ten. This draw was to prove critical as the day progressed. Thomastown were next up for the Comer boys with top of the table up for grabs. Again the Comer boys started excellently and ran up a great lead to lead by 9 points at the break. With a good lead built up and a semi final place guaranteed it gave the Comer mentors a chance to rest some players for the next tussle. With a lot of the younger boys getting their chance they surely did take it and ran out good winners by 4 points. Excellent in this match were Liam Doyle, Kealan Ring, Billy O Neill, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan, Killian Hogan and Jamie Maher.

So it was onto the cup semi final against the host club James Stephens and a big vocal local support. This turned out to be one of the finest under 12 games for many a long day. The lead changed hands on four occasions in a fine competitive game played in a great spirit. At the break the Comer boys were three points down but just like all games this didn’t unduly worry the young lads from our club. With Christopher Kroff, Jack Buggy, Connor Clarke, Kevin Holland, Dan Coogan and Nicky Connolly saving their best hurling of the day for the second half all present knew it would go down to the wire. Having pulled back the half time deficit to the minimum Comer were dealt a body blow when they conceded a soft goal. However after a great team move involving Conor Clarke and Jack Buggy all the way from the half back line Jack finished a great goal to bring the Comer boys back into the game immediately. The same player posted another minor score from a free and at the full time whistle we had another draw on a scoreline of Comer 3-4 to James Stephens 2-7 and it was onto extra time. The Comer boys were much the quicker to settle in extra time and added two lovely points in the first half. The second half was a real tester for the Comer boys as they held onto a dangerous two points lead heading into the last two minutes. Another pointed free from Jack Buggy followed by a super goal from Lee Holden following a great ball from Conor Clarke saw the Comer boys through to the final after a fantastic game of hurling played by two superb teams. Every player contributed magnificently to this victory from goalie to all the substitutes.

From there it was down to two teams who had never met each other previously Erins Own versus Ballygunner to decide who would win the Andy Egan Perpetual Cup. With Comer having won the Cup last year we were now in real bonus territory to be in with a great chance of winning it again. The first half was a tense affair as expected with both teams making mistakes. Comer settled well and a dangerous low shot from Conor Clarke found its way through a forest of hurls to end up in the corner of the net. This was followed by a pointed free from Jack Buggy to put the Comer lads up by 4. Ballygunner replied with a point before Jack Buggy’s side line ball went to the corner of the net. Immediately the Waterford boys replied with a goal to leave the half time lead 2-1 to 1-1 to Comer. Ballygunner started much better in the second half and had wiped out the Comer advantage by the fifth minute and then went three ahead. At this stage the Comer legs were showing signs of a full intense days hurling and the big support wondered could they get back into the game. Conor Clarke kept them in touch with a lovely point followed by a similar one from Jack Buggy from a free. On their next attack Comer used the ball very well with some lovely hand passing the ball found its way to Dan Coogan who showed great skill and composure to finish an unstoppable shot to the roof of the net to give us a two point lead. Comer defended brilliantly from here to the end and beat away ball after ball. On the stroke of full time Ballygunner had a 21 yard free to snatch victory but the shot rose high and over the bar to leave a point between the teams. On the puck out the final whistle blew and great celebrations began as Comer retained the Andy Egan Cup for 2013 following on from last year’s win. It would be unfair to single out any player in the final as the whole panel played their hearts out and chased every ball from the first whistle to the last.

Having gone all day undefeated this was a great win for a very dedicated bunch of young boys who have improved greatly as the year went on. Afterwards the cup was presented to captain for the day Jack Buggy and his team mates. Well done to James Stephens who organised a super tournament with all games on time and all games played in a great spirit. Panel.; Nicky Connolly, Kevin Holland, Christopher Kroff, Killian Hogan, Jack Buggy, Billy O Neill, Conor Clarke, Lee Holden, Kealan Ring, Dan Coogan, Shane Coogan, Jamie Maher, Liam Doyle, Cathal O’Reilly, Ciarán Meagher, Luca Downey.


Kilkenny & Carlow Contact urgently need volunteers for Befriending in the Castlecomer Parish area. Do you have empathy with Older People. Could you commit to one hour per week to visit an older person. If you can, you could make a difference to the life of that person and we would love to hear from you. For more information on upcoming induction and training please call Eleanor or Mary on 056/7751988 ext 6 or mobile 086/4108902


Open Day for Prague House: Clashacrow Gardens Freshford : Peter & Frances Theloke are opening their garden for an open day Saturday 7th September. 1-5 pm. All proceeds will be given to support Prague House, Freshford. Take L5005 for 1 Km Kilkenny side of Freshford Village. Enquiries to 087 9978743 or 087 2787080.


What is the Better Energy Warmer Homes Scheme?

Better Energy Warmer Homes (BEWH), administered by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI), funds energy efficiency improvement in the homes of the elderly and vulnerable, making their homes more comfortable, healthier and more cost effective to run. This scheme is being delivered currently in your area by Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, 8 Patrick’s Court, Patrick St, Kilkenny.

Who can avail of the Scheme?

This scheme is available to homes which meet the following criteria:

• Owner occupied, non-Local Authority homes

• Constructed before 2002

• The owner is in receipt of one of the following:

o Fuel allowance as part of the National Fuel Scheme

o Job Seekers Allowance for over six months and with children under 7 years of age

o Family Income Support

For further information please contact Kilkenny LEADER Partnership on

(056) 4441966/(056)7752111