16 year old Leon
Gordon strikes gold in triathlon

FIELD DAY IN BENNETtSBRIDGE-Next Sunday in Bennetsbridge, the Bennetsbridge Community Development Group and the GAA are jointly holding a field day in Bennetsbridge from 2pm to 5pm.

FIELD DAY IN BENNETtSBRIDGE-Next Sunday in Bennetsbridge, the Bennetsbridge Community Development Group and the GAA are jointly holding a field day in Bennetsbridge from 2pm to 5pm.

Lots of fun for all including a wheel of fortune, cake sales, raffle, fire engine display, novelty games for all ages, games to test your sporting ability and strength, childrens athletics, face painting, Hurling and Camogie blitzes, dog show, live music ad tea/coffee.

A major attraction next Sunday will be the Centra Hurling Simulator hired from Croke Park for the day and will be seen for the first day in Kilkenny. A great afternoon’s entertainment all getting underway from 2pm.

GORDON STRIKES GOLD IN TRIATHLON-Borris Vocational student Leon Gordon who is a member of Gowran Athletic Club secured a fantastic victory in the National Schools Traithlon Championship in Gortnor Co. Mayo recently despite falling off his bike. The 16-year-old transition year student made his triathlon debut after taking up the advice of his teacher Ms. Deirdre Lawlor, herself an experienced triathlon.

Leon was first out of the water following the 750 metres swim, before suffering a setback during the cycle. He crashed off his bike, and was almost struck from behind by the passing car. However, he somehow managed to remount and finish the cycle before embarking on a 5km run.

Leon is a busy sporting man, and lately he won two gold medals in the Leinster schools championships, while also during the Summer months he will be working as a lifeguard in Bagenalstown Swimming Pool, while he also competes for St. Fiaccs Swimming in Graiguecullen and hurls underage for Barrow Rangers.

BUS TO KNOCK SHRINE-The annual pilgrimage to Knock Shrine is scheduled to go ahead on Wednesday July 11th. At present, 20 people have put their names down for the bus trip, and if anyone is interested can contact Fr. Pat Dalton so to have an idea of the sufficient bus size to book. It’s possible at this stage that there will be not be sufficient travellers to warrant booking a bus, but a final decision will be made on Sunday week 1st July. In the meantime, names for the bus are most welcome.

INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS 2012-A sizeable number of people from Gowran travelled up last week to Dublin for the International Eucharistic Congress celebrations. The congress concluded on Sunday with Mass in Croke Park where 21 parishioners were part of the 80,000 contingent for the closing ceremony mass. Earlier in the week on the Tuesday, 8 people from Gowran joined a bus load to link up with the other Ossory Pilgrims in the RDS. It was a wonderful day with a massive crowd of pilgrims from all over the world together with 800 priests and close on 200 bishops gathering for the Mass in the RDS arena.

The numerous volunteer stewards of all groups were astonishing to see, and they were most helpful to anyone who needed direction or help.

LEINSTER SEMI FINAL-Tickets for this weekend’s Leinster semi-final double header against Dublin in O’Moore Park, Portlaoise on Saturday are currently on sale. The Minors are in action at 3.15, before the Seniors play at 5pm. Tickets cost €25 for the stand, terrace €15, family tickets adult cost €15 and juveniles cost €3. Senior citizens will pay a full price refund of €10 at stadium. Group passes for under-16s are 1 adult with ten juveniles, with a minimum number 15 for club group tickets costing €10 for terrace.

Tickets can be purchased at Kilkenny County Board Office on 056 7765811 or Leinster Council Office at 057 8682000. For more information you can contact Young Irelands secretary Eddie Power at 087 9264810.

cleverest club-Join the battle for Kilkenny’s cleverest club on Thursday week June 28th , there is a fundraising table quiz in aid of the Kilkenny Camogie team in the Springhill Court Hotel.Join the battle for Kilkenny’s cleverest club where there is €500 of O’Neills Sports Gear to be won. The quiz gets underway at approximately 8pm, and it’s €30 for teams of 4. For further information contact County Camogie Board Treasurer Pearl McDonald on 087 6923811. MC on the night is the amicable George Chandler