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Castlecomer - Wandesforde national school cycle this Saturday

WANDESFORDE N.S. CYCLE -Registration at the school at 8am. €20. 100 & 125km cycle starts at 9.30am. 5km kids/family walk/cycle starts at 11am. €30 family . 40km. Cycle starts at 11am . Food before and after cycle at the school and refreshments along all the routes. Come along to get a treat from the icicle bicycle, face painting and refreshments. A great day guaranteed! For details contact Stephen on 087 2794513 or all the details are on Deenside Wheelers website.

WANDESFORDE N.S. CYCLE -Registration at the school at 8am. €20. 100 & 125km cycle starts at 9.30am. 5km kids/family walk/cycle starts at 11am. €30 family . 40km. Cycle starts at 11am . Food before and after cycle at the school and refreshments along all the routes. Come along to get a treat from the icicle bicycle, face painting and refreshments. A great day guaranteed! For details contact Stephen on 087 2794513 or all the details are on Deenside Wheelers website.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in last months Whist Drive were:

Top Score: Ena Wallace, 1st Lady: Margaret Bannan.

2nd Lady: Kit Farrell. 1st Gent: Joe O’Shea. 2nd Gent: Tom Fenlon 1st Half: Maureen Coady 2nd Half: Tessie Coogan

Raffle Winners: nn May Mullins, Maureen Kelly, Maureen oady, Kit Farrell, Joe O’Shea. Next month’s Whist game will be held on Friday night June7th @ 8.30pm in Castlecomer Community Hall, Top Score €50. All are welcome.

ATHLETICS-Last weekend was particularly busy in Athletics circles. Thirty six athletes completed Castlecomer’s challenge in the Kilkenny A Championships in Scanlon Park on Friday evening. The quality of their performances was reflected partially in the 14 juvenile medals and 2 senior medals secured. On Saturday, a number of younger athletes competed in the Leinster Pairs event in Tullamore.

Gold medallists in the Kilkenny championships were Sean O’Dornan who was champion over 60m hurdles and 300m at U 12 level. Lauren Dermody secured her gold medal in the U17 1500m race; Andrew Dowd was first to finish over this same distance at U18/19 level.

Silver medals were won by Conor Clarke (U13 300m), Maebh Delaney (U15 80m hurdles) and the Boys U 14 4 X 400m relay team. Ross Connolly, Adam Jacob, Conor Clarke and James Buggy were the members of this team.

Bronze medals where won by Jack Murphy (U11 300m),Katie Clarke (U11 300m), Jack Buggy ( U13 Shot Putt) James Buggy (U14 80m hurdles) Liam Kenny (U 14 Shot Putt) ,Hannah Murphy (U14 1500m), Ross Connolly (U 15 1500m) Maebh Delaney (U15 High Jump). Conor Clarke reached the final of the U13 Hurdles, as did Jack Buggy.

Senior athletes Pat Clarke ( Over 30) and Sean Malone (Novice) were both bronze medallists over 800m. Others to compete in the last leg of the county championships were U8 Molly Hogan, Emily Murphy, James Coogan, Aaron Coogan; U9 Michael Brennan (4th over 300m), Joey Ryan and Molly O’Dornan; U11 Cathal O’Reilly, Luca Downey, Liam Doyle, Tommy Coogan and Caoimhe O’Reilly; U12 Anna Fahey, Ava Coogan and Sinead Morrissey; U13 Nicky Connolly, Killian Hogan, Ellen Buggy and Aoife Cahalan; U14 Niamh Morrissey, James Buggy, Adam Jacob and Charles Feehan.

On Saturday,Liam Doyle, Luca Downey and Cathal O’Reilly advanced for the first time to compete at Provincial level when they travelled to the Leinster Pairs competition in Tullamore. Liam and Luca combined to be silver medallists in the Turbo Javelin where their combined throw was all of 25.76 metres. Liam and Cathal competed over 600m, which Cathal combined with Luca in the Long Jump.

On Friday next, some athletes join a group travelling to Penvenan in Brittany where they will participate in some athletics events over the weekend. Meanwhile, in mid-June the Kilkenny B championships will take place in Thomastown.

CASTLECOMER DISCOVERY PARK CELEBRATES BEALTAINE- In celebration of ‘Bealtaine festival – celebrating creativity as we age’ a craft exhibition by local ladies is on display at Castlecomer Discovery Park. This colourful and creative display includes intricate tapestries, fabulous textile art pictures of ocean life and quirky teapot cosies! Entry to the coal mining museum, along with coffee and scone is €7.70 for the month of May – for group bookings please phone in advance to ensure visit does not coincide with school tours.

MAYHORA SAYS STOP -I was asked to highlight this issue in the notes by a concerned resident living in Mayhora. “An unfortunate problem of illegal dumping has arisen along the Mayhora Road outside Castlecomer. This has been a problem along many other rural roads and it must stop. For a while, bags of domestic waste have been left at the side of the road, unfairly scattering their contents throughout the hedges. The owners of the rubbish obviously don’t want it around themselves, so it is clearly unwanted where they dump it too. The gardai and Co. Council have been notified and investigations are ongoing. Rubbish speaks a lot about the origins of those dumping as the make-up of the family and their habitual smoking and drinking preferences as well as their dietary habits can be identified. Even their usual shopping outlets are clear for all to see. Rather than have the distressing result of prosecution or naming and shaming, a far better outcome is if the dumping stopped. Just stopped, with the usual response for dealing with domestic waste, used by the majority of people being put in place instead. Perhaps if the determination to ensure this practice ended led people to talk about it and warn each other that their rubbish says much about them that can lead to their identification, those who do it may think again. The items placed in a rubbish bag tells the story of what they eat, drink, and use on a regular basis as well as showing the age profile of those in the household. Through regularity of anything, even of dumping their rubbish, they will be identified and be made take responsibility for what they do.”

THE TREBLE CELTIC STYLE-s the season draws to a close, Deen Celtic has enjoyed its most successful season for a long number of years, with the U11’s, U14’s & U15’s all claiming their respective division titles.

The U11’s under the stewardship of Derek Heeney & Alan Purcell took the title with victory in the last game of the season. With only one defeat early in the season they rallied and remained unbeaten for the rest of the year to claim the league by two points. They also had a fine cup run finishing on the wrong side of a 1-0 result at the semi final stage to city outfit Freebooters A. Congratulations to the entire squad & management team.

The U14’s with Ger Wallace & Martin Carroll in charge went through the season unbeaten. An excellent home result against league runners up Freshford in the second last game of the season ensured that they had a 3 point margin going into the last game. The will to win and determination which they had shown all year didn’t desert them in their last game when they recorded their biggest win of the year, 7-1 against Evergreen, to secure the league title by 3 points. Their cup adventure finished with a quarter final exit to Ormonde Villa on a score line of 3-2. Again congratulations to the entire squad. & management team

The U15’s with Tommy Byrne & Michael Coughlan in charge at schoolboys level for first time despite, being stalwarts of the club for many years also secured league honours. Despite two league defeats over the season they still took the title with a bit to spare. In the cup they also exited at the quarter final stage on a 1-2 score line to East End. An excellent year and well done to all involved both management and players.

At U9 & U10 the club had two teams at each grade, with all four teams doing quite well in their games. It is good to see so many showing an interest at this age group.

The U12’s, U13’s and U16’s are still in the process of finishing their leagues. While none of these teams are in the hunt for league honours they have played some excellent football during the year and a number of these players have represented the Club at county level and acquitted themselves quite well.

The U12’s exited the cup also at the quarter final after extra time in a thriller on a 4-7 score line to East End.

The U13;s have a quarter final date away to East End and

The U16’s have a semi final date with Callan to come. So despite no league titles at these age groups they have enjoyed an excellent season with even better things to look forward to-The club would also like to acknowledge & thank all the parents who give up there time to bring the players to the games.

Also any adult who would like to become involved at schoolboy / girl level just let any of the team managers or club officials know.

We are still very keen to have a girls soccer team or teams for next season.

So if your daughter is interested again let us know

MRS. V. MADDEN-The Kilkenny Road has lost one of its more senior and respected people with the death of Violet Madden (Nee Ryan). She went to her eternal reward just as she had lived ever so quietly and peacefully in the company of those nearest and dearest to her at Aut Even Hospital, Kilkenny. Predeceased by her husband Peadar a little over two years ago she was synonymous with culture and learning enriching the life of our community with her writings and poetry. Born and reared in the town she was a founder member of Clogh Writers and it was appropriate that the group should accompany the cortege on its final journey to the church. She was a woman of great faith and was one of the first Irish Pilgrims to visit Medugorje. Never afraid to speak her mind she believed in justice, fairness and equality themes she regularly expressed in poetry. Her commitment to the wider community was mirrored by her active involvement in such local organizations such as the ICA and Active Retirement Association. She was laid to rest in the Parish Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer assisted by Fr. Larry Wallace P.P. Muckalee ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. Castlecomer. She is survived by her sons Karl (Dunshaughlin Co. Meath), Gerry (Naas), Enda (London), Adrian (London) ; daughter Janice ; sisters Florrie (Canada), Maureen (Carlow), Claire (Kilkenny) ; grandchildren ; other relatives and a host of friends.

MEDUGORJE PRAYER GROUP-The monthly mass of peace and rosary is on Monday June 10th in St. Brendans Church, Muckalee.

ANNUAL CEMETERY MASSES-Crosshill Cemetery Friday 28th June at 7.30 p.m. (Male Voice Choir).

Parish Cemetery Friday 5th July at 7.30 p.m. (Parish Choir).

BOLLARDS ON TOUR-Bollards Golf Society next outing is to Waterford Castle on 8th June. Bus leaves at 8 a.m. Time Sheet available in Bollards Pub (Times from 10 a.m. – 12 Noon).

PARISH DRAW-The Final Draw will be held on Friday at 7.30 p.m. in the Community Hall. Sincere thanks to all those involved in this fundraising venture for Church of the Immaculate Conception Renovations.

MONEENROE N.S CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS-Invitation to all , come and celebrate Moneenroe N.S Centenary 1913-2013.Celebrations take place on Saturday 22nd of June. We start the party in Railyard GAA pitch at 11am with underage football and hurling matches. Later in the afternoon the current Railyard team take on the Veterans of the game. There will be lots of activities and fun on the day for all ages with a super slide, pony and cart and the original police car from the heartbeat t.v show plus lots more. Admission is free. .Mass at 6pm in Sacred Heart Church, Moneenroe will be celebrated by Bishop of Ossory Seamus Freeman. There will be refreshments afterwards in the school and a commemorative book will be on sale. So come along and have a chat and reminisce on times gone by with old friends.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED-Kilkenny & Carlow Contact is a community based voluntary organisation for older people covering Kilkenny City & County, and we are looking for additional volunteers to commit to one hour per week for visitation and befriending of an older person living in Castlecomer and surrounding areas. For any information or queries you may have about this volunteering opportunity please contact us on 056/77751988 Ext.6 or Mobile 086/4108902 anytime.

LOTTO PLUS-The Lotto Jackpot is currently €6,000. 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.

DRAW TIME-Piltown tickets are now available from Billy Moran, Marty Connolly, Maeve Connolly, Paddy Coady, John Buggy, Dillons Pub or any member of Erins Own GAA Committee. As always your support is appreciated and all funds raised goes back directly into the continued development of facilities for the youth of our town at Ballycomey and the Prince Grounds.

THE KILKENNY CAMPUS OF NUI MAYNOOTH-Would like to wish all Junior and Leaving Certificate students the very best in their exams. We would also like to send special wishes to the 6th Year students who have taken the historical step of choosing to attend for the 1st year of their BA Degree (MH901) here in Kilkenny. Please feel free to contact the campus when your exams are over if you would like any additional support and/or help with regard to your subject options. Mary Butler First Arts Project Manager Schools Liaison NUI Maynooth (Kilkenny Campus) College Road Kilkenny.Tel: 087 9756255.

THE LAST ROSE OF SUMMER-200th ANNIVERSARY. Saturday June 22nd 2013 at 8 pm in Jenkinstown Park, Kilkenny, Anthony Kearns will perform, along with his usual repertoire, some Thomas Moore melodies such as The Minstrel Boy, Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms and of course The Last Rose of Summer, which was composed in Jenkinstown and first published in 1813. Some local talent will be showcased on the evening also. The concert will be in the original walled garden area, within Jenkinstown Woods. Parking will be in the field below the venue. More information at and Conahy Heritage Society Facebook, can also follow on Twitter @conahyhs Tickets are €22.50, available Enquiries: Ticket information; Eileen Gunner, 087 2859660

SERVICES FOR THE UNEMPLOYED-KLP Development Officer, Olivia Delaney is available Wednesdays and Thursdays in Castlecomer Community Hall . Information and support is available on employment options, preparing your C.V., Interview Skills and Training and courses. For an appointment please email or phone 086-8501972

DIG DEEP FOR THE GATHERING-Its all systems go for the Gathering appropriately named “Dig Deep” and the committee under the stewardship of Ann Boland and Seamus Walsh have an impressive programme in store. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase the town and environs to all of our visitors. Friday night official opening is by Jim O’Neill former miner along with his daughter Mary who will fly in from the U.S.A for the festival.

And a big welcome for the remaining miners to the show and hope they give you an insight into the hardships they had to endure working hundreds of feet below the ground to make a living.

At 8 p.m its In the Shadow of the Mine show with Colm Gray, Michael Conway and Seamus Walsh, a brief look at the history of the mines with fantastic footage from the mines and the town with some poetry and song.

About 9 30, on stage are the Comer Minstrels along with some friends to finish off the night.

Saturday tour of the local mines and the bog with John Ryan and Dancing the Culm with Willie Joe Meally and the Moneenroe Set Dancers. Who will do a special culm dance with Willie Joe, only the brave need apply.

Saturday is also a day for sport and is being co-ordinated by Martin Carroll.

Rounding off the day is a Ceili in the Community Hall, promoter is former miner John Ryan.

Sunday we have the unveiling of the plaque for all miners around 2.45 and at 3 p.m a Special Service. will be celebrated by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. assisted by Fr.Martin Tobin P.P. ; Fr. Joe Campion C.C. ; Fr. Liam Shore P.E. ; Reverend Patrick Burke, Rector Castlecomer Group of Parishes and Fr. Paddy Comerford a miner’s son who will be home from the U.S.A for the celebrations.

The service will be celebrated at the old Grotto half way up the Deerpark yard

And the plaque will be housed permanently in that Grotto so people will be able to go there and pray anytime they wish

Then after a chat and a walk around the pit yard it’s over to the golf where there will be a barbeque and live music to finish celebrations. For further details, please contact the Castlecomer Gathering Committee, C/O The Enterprise Centre Castlecomer, Co. Kilkenny; email

NEW CROP OF ACTORS, NOT SO GREEN -In 2007, after much demand from the public Barnstorm, Kilkenny’s professional theatre company, decided to create opportunities for the adults in the region to explore the art of theatre-making from acting, to stage management to design and more. The Adult Theatre Club was initiated to be a place to socialise and learn about theatre, to go to shows and discuss the aspects of production afterwards in a fun yet critically positive environment. The ATC offered participants a two-year training in all things theatre with regular productions and presentations in and out of the traditional theatre space. After the initial training members formed the Barn Owl Players which has grown in number with the inclusion of the subsequent second and third ATC groups. The Barn Owl Players maintain a growing reputation for exciting and innovative theatre projects in Kilkenny, and members continue their training while producing a challenging programme each year. And now there is a fourth group! Last September a new Adult Theatre Club group was formed and after initial training these members will embark on their first public performance with Green Shorts on Wed 12th and Thurs 13th June in The Barn Theatre. Green Shorts, in keeping with the tradition of previous groups, sees the novice actors present short scripts or excerpts in an evening of theatre. This time audiences are offered an exciting representation of Irish playwrights with I Do Not Like Thee Dr Fell by Bernard Farrell, Afterplay by Brian Friel and Moment by Deirdre Kinahan. The actors are Martin Matthews (Clifden), Fergus Keane (Dunnamaggan), Mags Whitely (Paulstown), Renny Barrett (Carlow), Chubby Brennan (Castlecomer), Mary Byrne (Barrowlands), Sarah Bates (Waterford), Natalia Delaney (Kilkenny), Seamus Greene (Freshford), Clare Muldowney (Jenkinstown), Natasha Murray (Kilkenny), Deirdre Parkes (Carlow), and Tommy Maher (Castlecomer). Rehearsals have been progressing over the last eight weeks under the guidance of Barnstorm’s Artistic Director Philip Hardy who says “It’s always a challenge when starting a new ATC group – there is a variety of abilities amongst the membership from the total novice to the experienced amateur, and the process depends on this mix. I think we have chosen three wonderful pieces to showcase the emerging talents of all the actors”

Green Shorts will be presented in The Barn Theatre (behind St Canice’s Cathedral) at 8pm on 12th & 13th June. Tickets can be booked through Barnstorm 056 7751266 or Further information: Philip Hardy 056-7751266

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