PURCELLS WIN DOUBLE DOUBLES HANDBALL ALL IRELANDS - Brothers Eamon and Jimmy Purcell traveled to Kells County Meath on Friday evening to play Antrim’s Thomas Maguire and Pat Maguire in the Golden Masters B Doubles 60x30 All Ireland Hurling Final. Over two games they added it to the 40x20 title they won earlier in the Year. In the ladies competitions Clare Grace and Rachel Hogan captured another National Title when they defeated Stephanie Coleman and Mary Duff of Mayo in the 60 x 30 Ladies Junior Final in St. Comans Court in Roscommon on Sunday. ALL IRELAND TICKETS: New arrangements have been put in place in the club for the distribution of this year’s allotment of All Ireland tickets to Club members. For 2012 the club has brought the draw forward from the traditional Wednesday evening prior to the game to Friday evening next. The names of those wishing to be included should be given to Club Secretary Noel Power 087 2062262 by this Wednesday evening at 6pm. Tickets will be drawn on Friday evening at 9pm in the Clubrooms. CAMOGIE: On the championship scene the club played Thomastown in the under sixteen championship in Windgap and Clara in the minor grade in Windgap during the week. For both sides Camogie Club members are also invited to contact secretaries Mary Byrne ort Therese Walsh by 6pm on Wednesday evening if they are interested in being included in the distribution of a limited number of All Ireland final tickets.
MORE HERITAGE - Speaking on the ongoing Townlands project involving the recording of the field names in Tullahought little Alan Counihan from Johnswell had no knowledge of the linked heritage of the two well separated communities. Recalling his badminton days in Johnswell Hall where a similar Townslands project was carried out he was totally unaware that a number of his audience had also “sweated it out” till the early hours of the morning as they sought victory with the local badminton team. In Tullahought the organisation of the game that began as a social outlet by the local youth club had played a major part in the retention of the current Community Centre. Formerly the village’s two-room school it was reduced to a single room centre of education after a fire demolished the boy’s side almost fifty years ago. Having used the former teachers residence as a second classroom for some time it then ceased as a seat of learning when it was closed by the Department of Education after falling numbers saw its amalgamation with Windgap. During the following years the building was on its final legs to oblivion as ash trees grew over the roof top from the old school floor of the burnt out section and the youth club was one of its few users. During this time it was suggested it would be knocked and replaced by a possible prefab or wooden church and the result would then see the existing village church levelled and its site become an extension to the church car park. Following requests over a two-year period by the community, youth club and the fledgling badminton section plans were made to renovate it and rebuild the burnt out shell. Led by Father Garret Phelan PP the work was carried out and the heritage and life of the area was retained and enhanced. Now the social centre of the area it hosted weekly card drives for twenty-one years and hosts community meetings and quizzes. In its time it has acted as a church during local church renovations and provides a welcome venue for refreshments after church events and graveyard masses. In addition it has public toilet facilities for local events and hosts the local poling station for elections along with educational classes and is the venue for the annual heritage weekend activities. Nowadays the badminton club plays at all ages up to national level out of Windgap Hall GAA - A committee meeting was held in the clubrooms on Thursday evening This Weeks Winning Numbers 6,8,17,24 and Bonus number 21. Simon Brophy This Weeks Prize fund is €9,850.00. The juniors played Carrick Swans in a challenge in the Davin Park in preparation for their forthcoming county championship tie with Thomastown. ANNUAL OUTING: The St. Vincent De Paul annual outing to Knock takes place on Saturday the 8th of September. For further details contact Catherine Maher, Kitty Egan, Biddy McKenna, Gerry Maher or Eamon Doyle. FUTURE PLANNING: A public meeting will take place in Windgap Hall on Tuesday 25th of September at 8pm. The purpose of the meeting is to begin the planning process of how best to utilise develop and integrate the facilities within the parish and plan future development. Your views are very important. All are welcome to attend. DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ: A Radio Quiz is being organized on Thursday August 30th in Guinans Bar in Windgap and Powers Pub in Tullahought. The event is in association with KCLR 96FM and Kilkenny Vintners in support of the Kilkenny All Ireland training fund. A Team of four cost €20 or a €5 per person. It is the opportunity locals to get behind the players in the build-up to the All –Ireland. The Quiz will go out live on Radio with Prizes of Ireland Stand Tickets, Tickets to the Post Match Banquet at City West, Rooms on the Sunday night at City West etc. The events will be co-ordinated by PJ Egan and PJ Barron in Guinans and Noel Power and Pat Moore in Powers. HANDBALL: With the World championships coming up in City West, Kilkenny County Board are running a 40 by 20 League to assist players playing in the worlds in grades from Masters to Minor. Entries to be returned on or before Friday August 24th to the club secretary Michael O’Shea. The league starts on Thursday30th August. A facilitated support group, for carers of people with HORTICULTURE OR OFFICE SKILLS - Classes @ Fetac Level 4 will take place in both areas of horticulture and Office Skills in September. The Droichead FRC is in partnership with Co. Kilkenny VEC’s Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) who are currently accepting applications from all early school leavers and to those in receipt of Job Seekers Allowance and or Job Seekers Benefit. For further details please contact the BTEI Office (056) 7795916 or the Droichead FRC (056) 7755519. FUN WALK: At the recent meetings of Windgap Community Development Committee plans were put in place to organize a Fun Day for all. In addition they are also organising the annual Fun Walk on St. Stephens Day.
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