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YOUNG SCIENTIST 2013-Castlecomer Community School provided three projects to the exhibition held in the RDS, Dublin last week.

YOUNG SCIENTIST 2013-Castlecomer Community School provided three projects to the exhibition held in the RDS, Dublin last week.

1. “A statistical analysis into the attitude and awareness of adolescents towards teenage acne” John Joe Kelly, Eimear Rice and Lisa O’Rourke.

2. “An Investigation of the effects of Binaural Beats on Boys and Girls” –

Kevin Wilson, Gary Nolan and Meaghan Moylan.

3. “Musical Influence on Milk Production in Dairy Cows” – Helen O’Shea

and Amy Rose Holden.

Congratulations to the students involved and especially to their hard working teacher Ms. Henderson and all the science teachers.

Third Level Colleges-Congratulations to students, teachers and parents of Castlecomer Community School who provided the 2nd highest number of students attending third level colleges from the county of Kilkenny this year. 93% of the class of 2012 secured their place in college. The school is very proud of the achievements of its past pupils. Great credit is due to the parents of the students for their on-going support.

J.P. McManus Scholarship-Well done to Luke Kelly, Moyhora who was awarded a J.P. McManus scholarship which took place in U.L. on Saturday November 24th. Bill Clinton presented the scholarships.

Trinity Entrance Awards-Caragh Maher, Eimear Meally, Ciaran Brennan and Luke Kelly were awarded entrance scholarships in Trinity College. The awards were based on their leaving cert results.

Gael Linn Debates-Congratulations to Ciaran Cody, Tom Marnell and Matthew Cullen who represented the school in Gael Linn debates. Well done to Mrs. Cantwell who prepared the students so well.

Concern Debates-The school’s first time debaters did exceptionally well against Ard Scoile Trionoide, Athy on Monday 12th November. The Debate went to the wall with strong performances by Eilish Regan (IMF, Economics/Demographics), Niamh Brennan (Government corruption/AID), Amy Rose Holden (Exploitation/colonialism) and captain Kevin Wilson (summaries of all topics). Research was also provided by Emily Treacy, Dean Hagenov (who also chaired the event), Tom Ferris (who also acted as time and penalty keeper). Well done to Dr. Morris and Ms. Hogan.

Senior Choir-Well done to the senior choir who recently represented the school in the Lions Club charity concert in St. Canice’s Cathedral and also at a concert in Mount Wolsey, Carlow. Great credit is due to Mrs. McPhillips, their music teacher for her work.

St. Vincent de Paul-The students along with Mrs. Malone raised €1,000 for the local St. Vincent de Paul at Christmas. Hampers were distributed to local families as well.

Hope Foundation-€1,200 was raised for the Hope Foundation under the guidance of Mr. Gavin Nolan and the transition year students.

Paddy Coady-Thanks to Paddy Coady, The Square, Castlecomer who recently sponsored a new set of jerseys for our camogie players.

LEINSTER SENIOR B CAMOGIE SEMI- FINAL-Castlecomer Community School 3-6 St. Brigid’s, Callan 1-3 Castlecomer Community School withheld a second half come back to see off the challenge of a highly competitive and organised St. Brigid’s of Callan outfit. The match was played in ideal conditions in the well turned out CCS school pitch. Scores were hard to come by in the opening exchanges. Comer led by 4 points to 3 after 20 minutes, thanks to tow great individual points by Edel Coonan and Danielle Morrissey. The turning point came just before half time when a Katie Nolan free hit the back of the net. Score at half time 1-4 to 3 points.

Callan attached from the start of the second half, but the Comer backs were disciplined and withheld heavy pressure. Comer hit two goals midway through the second half against the run of play courtesy of Laura Finn and Kelley Comerford. These goals were crucial. This was an entertaining and eagerly contested semi-final. Castlecomer Community School now meet hot favourites St. Mary’s New Ross in the Senior B Leinster Camogie Final.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL ATHLETICS-The Colleges Cross Country season is about to reach its climax - over the next few weeks, runners from CCS will compete in the South Leinster Colleges Cross Country Championship in Clongowes Wood College in County Kildare.

The school will be represented at this challenging event by a selection of runners who have been preparing over the past few months with regular sessions. In November, a group of almost 40 runners travelled to the Phoenix Park to compete in the Community Schools Cross Country Challenge. There were many novices among this group. Some have continued training and will compete in the upcoming championship.

The team who travelled to the Phoenix Park included 1st Year: Adam Jacob, Adam Lalor, William Hayden, Oisin Ryan, Cathal Holland, James Buggy, Darragh Dooley, Aidan Barry, Vincent Brophy,; 2nd Year: Joseph Phelan, Killian Gleeson, Lucy O’Neill, Sinead Brennan, Grace Rossiter; 3rd Year: Daniel Barcoe, Conor Dowling, Tommy Quirke, Sean Buggy, Keith Dunne, Aidan Murphy, Thomas Downey, Eoin Murphy, Conor Delaney, Robert Reid, Megan Walsh, Kelsey Warburton; Seniors: Brandon Sheehan, John Joe Kelly, Stephen Walsh, Eddie Johnson, Jordan Bourke, Ian Buckley, Oliver Feehan, Conor Dowling, Katie Nolan, Amy Finn. There were several commanding performances on that occasion and everybody embraced the challenge enthusiastically.

AGM CASTLECOMER CREDIT UNION -The AGM of Castlecomer Credit Union was held in the Community School on December 18th. Chairperson Christy McGrath welcomed everyone and was pleased to say that in spite of prevailing economic conditions, the Credit Union achieved a surplus of close to €800,000 only slightly down on last year. He was also happy to propose a dividend of 0.75% be paid to members. In his address Christy referred to the newly published Credit Union Bill and the Restructuring Board which will bring a lot of change in the years to come. He thanked retiring directors Frances Bradley, Michael Curry & Jim Bollard who gave valuable & dedicated service for many years. A special tribute was made to long-standing director, Eamon Boland, who died in February. Eamon brought compassion and an ability to get to the heart of a problem to his role as a director and will be sorely missed in the Credit Union.

The meeting presented reports from various committees of the Credit Union – directors, treasurer, credit committee, credit control committee & supervisors. Jamie O’Hanlon presented the auditor’s report. He commented on the strong income over expenditure figures and the on-going increase in bad debt recovery. He said that despite the present economic climate it is clear that members continue to support Castlecomer Credit Union.

A strong message from the Credit Union was, “We are here to help”. Over the past year very few loans were refused and members are encouraged to apply for loans. There was an acknowledgement that many of good members have been affected by the recession. Members finding themselves in a difficult situation should contact the Credit Union and advise them of their new circumstances.

The following were elected as directors: Máire McInerney, Linda Ring, Robbie Douglas, Christy McGrath, Seamus Walsh, Eithne McKenna and Catherine Cody as supervisor.

Hamper Draw winners were Bridget O’Shea, Louise O’Reilly, Martin Shelley, Kathleen Manning, Miriam Kerr, Betty Brien, Aidan Shortall, Harry Kerr, Sally Daly and Kevin Wallace The annual 3rd level scholarship winner was Liam Mannion, Lowhill, Ballinakill.

NATIONAL WALK DAY-Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership (KRSP) is organising three walks in County Kilkenny to help you get active and explore some of the Kilkenny trails in the New Year!

On Saturday 19th January 2012, the Operation Transformation National Walks will take place at venues all over Ireland. In Kilkenny, the walks are taking place with one in Castlecomer Discovery Park at 11am, There will be a walk leader at each venue to guide the walk so no prior experience is necessary.

The walks in Castlecomer follows woodland trails and may be muddy underfoot. Comfortable shoes are advisable for these walks and of course don’t forget the raingear!

For anyone who’s using Operation Transformation as a kickstart to increasing activity levels for the New Year, why not set a goal to help you keep your resolution. There are lots of events planned in Kilkenny in the coming weeks that you could work towards.

TIME TO ENROL-If you wish to enrol your child in the Presentation Convent Primary School for September 2013 please call to the school and fill in an enrolment form before February 13th.

PASTORAL COUNCIL-A meeting of the Parish Pastoral Council will be held on Monday January 28th at 7.30 p.m. in the Parish Centre.

CHRISTIAN UNITY-St Mary’s CofI is hosting the Castlecomer Week of Christian Unity Ecumenical Service this year. The service is on Friday 25 January at 7.30pm. The Preacher is Fr. Larry Wallace P.P. Muckalee. This Annual Service is organized for the Parishioners of St. Mary’s Church of Ireland Group of Parishes and the Parishes of Clogh, Muckalee and Castlecomer.

DINNER DANCE-Castlecomer Union of Parishes Annual Dinner Dance will be held in Springhill Court Hotel, Kilkenny on Friday February 7th 2013. Music by Philip English. Tickets €25 can be purchased from Ken Wilson at 4442290.

KEY OF THE DOOR FOR KILQUAN PLAYERs-Kilquan Players have made it to 21 years. They plan to celebrate by staging one of their most challenging pieces “Many Young Men of Twenty” this is a musical play with a very large cast. The play is directed once again by Michael Casey. It takes place at 8pm nightly in Coon Hall from Jan25th -27th.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in Whist Drive were: Top Score: Sheamus Hennessy,

1st/2nd Lady: Margaret Kealy, Enid Abbott.

1st/2nd Gent: Christie Maher, Catherine Brennan..

First Half: Nano Brennan, 2nd Half: Margaret Brennan.

Raffle Winners: Rose Ann Healy, Margaret Kealy, Kit Farrell, Nora Fisher, Kit Farrell.

Please note From now on Whist will be held on the first Friday of every month. Next Whist game will be on Friday February 1st at 8.30pm.

FITNESS-AEROBICS AND BODU CONDITIONING CLASSES.Want to tone up or loose that extra weight gained over the Christmas season then why not try EB Fitness. Aerobics and Body Conditioning classes in Castlecomer Community Hall every Tuesday night 8pm – 9pm. Commencing on the 22nd January. Classes are €7 or get 5 classes for €30. Call Eilish on 085 7879842 for more information or to book your place as places are limited.

SPONSORSHIP CARDS SOS-Please return all outstanding sponsorship pledged or collected on cards to the Wellie Race Committee as soon as possible.

WELLIE RACE SNIPPETS-MEDIA & MUSIC.Once again the Annual Wellie Race was an outstanding success with an estimated 10,000 people on the streets in Castlecomer on New Years Day. MC Michael Hester would chat the hind legs of a duck and how he kept the show moving was indeed a miracle given the live nature of the day.

Portlaoise Accordion Band as well as Bands from Killeshin and Ballycallan with organic support from the Major Regrets kept all in harmony.

On stage to warm up the crowd were the Barret family, Donaguile Dick and Michael Barrett were accompanied by Richard Shortall (Aughamucky) while from Toomevara Co. Tipperary came Eddie Ryan, Phil Glennon and Jesse Ryan.

The Judges. One of the toughest jobs in the world is judging on New Years Day in Comer. This year the organizers chose local judges George F. Mealy, Bridget Forristal and Betty Owens. Making sure all the I’s were dotted was Michael Walsh.

New Home for Killeshin Band.

It has taken all of 52 years for the members of Killeshin Pipe Band to secure a permanent home. Regular practice sessions now take place in the what was the Old School in Killeshin where a couple of rooms have been retrofitted for the band.

Race Personality Escort Extraordinaire.

Darragh McCullough was chaperoned by Mayor Eamon Mealy, Kilkenny Street and transported courtesy of Martin Brennan, Loon in a resplendent pony and trap.

Lady in Pink.

Jo Malone was a first time entry and so impressive as “Cruella De Ville” – “Damned Nation” and boy did she keep that 1 Dalmation in tow.

PHOTOS-There are photo’s and a Youtube clip of the Wellie Race available on the Wellie Race website or on our FaceBook page Castlecomer Wellie Race. If anybody would like to add photo’s or video clips we would welcome all contributions.

COMMEMORATIVE BOOKLET-Margaret McGrath is in the process of putting together a booklet to commemorate the contribution of the nuns to the Castlecomer area for the best part of 200 years. She would be very grateful for any pictures, accounts of events,e.g. school plays, or special reminiscences that might be included. All pictures, programmes etc. will be carefully scanned and returned immediately, and all contributions will be acknowledged in the book. Her email is

CLUB LOTTO-The club lotto is now up to €18,550.00 Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

All members and supporters are reminded that they can support Erin’s Own GAA Club when renewing your car or home insurance with Campion Insurances. Simply quote Erin’s Own/Kilkenny when contacting Campion Insurances for your quote and Campion’s will contribute €10.00 per policy to the club. This is open to all new and existing customers.

CLARITY ON SEPTIC TANK GRANTS-Cllr. Maurice Shortall has welcomed that clarity has finally been brought to the issue of grants scheme for septic tank owners. “I am pleased that a grants scheme will now apply to septic tank owners, and that there is finally clarity on the issue. Financial assistance will be made available for owners of septic tanks that require upgrading or treatment following inspection.

“For households with income of less than €50,000, a maximum grant of €4,000 will be available. Households with an income between €50,000 and €75,000 will benefit from a maximum grant of €2,500.

“There is a strict condition of eligibility for septic tank owners for grant aid and the householder must register their system by the prescribed date of February 1st 2013.” Registration can be done by post, in local authority offices, or on”

Deenside Wheelers -held a presentation night on 30th December in Bollards, Castlecomer. Proceeds from the Castlecomer Challenge were given to Castlecomer Lourdes Fund and Castlecomer Defibrillator Group, each received €1,800. We would also like to encourage new members. We have a spin on Sundays for beginners and those who want to brush the dust of their bikes, leaving the square @ 10am and doing about 30 kms...

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