KELLS ROAD DRAW- The winner of the first prize of Eu 1,000 was MartinO’Regan, Thomastown (Ml.Mcloughlin). The second prize of Eu 200.00 was won by Paschal Bergin (S.Kennedy). Eu 100.00 each was won by William Murphy(D.Grogan), Mary & Denis Power( Nuala Walton), and Denis “Rackard” Cody (B.Cody). The Eu 50.00 prizes went to Ted Byrne( T.Byrne), Fr. Dan Carroll(Gretta Kelly), Tadhg O’Dwyer(J.O’Dwyer), David Harkin(Catherine Harkin), An Gael Scoil Osrai(Catherine Kinsella), Howard Triggs(K.McQuillan), Gerry Moran (Catherine Kinsella), The Hennessy Family(J.O’Neill). The promoter’s prizes were won by Ml. Moore and Pat Millea (Jnr).
Just prior to the draw chairman, Tom Lanigan thanked promoters for their ongoing commitment, while also acknowledging the loyalty of local businesses and trades people who value, through their support for the draw, the work being done by the club for the youth of the parish. This draw is specifically targeted to fund the construction of a four dressingroom complex to compliment the four playing fields on the Kells Road. THE NEXT DRAW TAKES PLACE ON WEDNESDAY 26th JUNE
THE 1988 TEAM GATHERING”- On Friday night, 7th June, there will be “a gathering” of the 1988 Senior, U-21, and Minor football teams, in the clubrooms, to mark the 25the anniversary of their championship wins. The U-14 hurlers and footballers will also be welcomed to the celebration night as they completed the “double” in both diciplines, as well as the Paddy Grace memorial tournament, and went on to represent the county at the national Feile finals losing out to the Ger Loughnane trained, Wolfe Tones Club at the semi-final stage. Overall it was a memorable year in the club’s 101 year history, at that time, with the senior footballers winning the county championship for the second time following a replay with the hitherto unbeatable, Railyard club. The U-21 footballers recorded a third-in-a-row of championship titles and the minors completed a four-in-a-row. In the words of chairman, Tommy Lanigan, “all are welcome, players, mentors, committee members and the ladies committee, of that year, to the club on Friday night ( 9p.m) for what should be a great night of total recall, tall tales, and memory lapses” !!!!
KILKENNY- On Sunday next Brian Cody’s, All-Ireland champions will take the first step in their bid to reclaim the Leinster title from Galway, when they take on Offaly in Tullamore. With so many high profile players on the injury list or in recovering this encounter with the men from the Faithful county is potentially a slippery “wicket” to start the campaign with. In any event we wish the James Stephens contingent, of Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell, Matt Ruth and Tomas Keogh a successful outing in Tullamore.
EXAMINATIONS- The club’s management committee sends best wishes to all club players and youth members sitting their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations over the next few weeks.
CYCLE FOR FUN- Have you and the family signed up for “Cycle For Fun” Day Saturday June 15th starting from the clubrooms at 11.a.m,, with an option of a 30K or 50K “tour” of the county. Entry for the event is only Eu 20.00 for adults, Eu 10.00 for U-16’s or a family rate of Eu 30.00 (2) and Eu 40.00 (3). With the sun expected to continue shining, it promises to be a fun day or “huffing and puffing” around the circuit which includes Paulstown, Gowran, Thomastown,Bennettsbridge and back to “The Village headquarters for refreshments.
SOCIAL CLUB WEEKEND- The social club committee report that bookings for the ever popular, annual mid-summer weekend break, which departs from the clubrooms on Friday, 28th June for the four star, Annebrooke Hotel, Mullingar, will close shortly. The annual break will be for two nights, B&B, plus one dinner is priced at Eu 115p.p.. A deposit of Eu 15.00p.p.will guarantee your seat on the coach and may be made through committee sexcretary, Emmett Cooney as well as with committee members, John O’’Neill, Des McGrath and Ann Owens. As always, a most enjoyable weekend of music, craic and touring is virtually guaranteed.
CONNECT IRELAND- Club sponsor, Terry Clune of Taxback and of the international Jobs promotion project, Connect Ireland Ltd., has announced another 70 jobs in Kells, Co.Meath with the opening of Mafic (Black Basalt ) Ltd.. Connect Ireland has now introduced 165 new employment opportunities around the country since it’s foundation two / three years ago, all through local people connecting with family, friends and business associates in foreign lands and introducing them to contacts in Mr.Clune’s jobs promotion company. It’s a timely reminder to all that If you know of a company, however large or small, considering an expantion project into Europe, get in touch with Connect Ireland, whose officials will take up the challenge of directing the investment into this country. For further information contact Naoise Coogan, Connect Ireland at 056-7797422. In a time of huge unemployment, the slogan must be “keep your eyes and ears open” for every job opportunity that might come our way..
NUI MAYNOOTH- Mary Butler, First Arts Project manager,N.U.I. Maynooth, Kilkenny Campus, would like to wish Junior and Leaving certificate students the very best in their upcoming examinations. Mary would like to send “ special best wishes to the 6th year students who have taken the historic step of choosing to attend for the 1st year of their BA Degree (MH901)here in Kilkenny”. Mary also states that students should feel free to contact the campus when the exams are over, if one would like additional support and or help with regard to subject options. Contact Mary at 087 9756255
MUSIC- Paddy Blanche will be on stage on Saturday night
LOTTO- Congratulations to John Egan, Shellumsrath, and longstanding St.Patrick’s Band musician, who scooped the largest jackpot,--- Eu 6,200 --in the history of the weekly lotto at Tuesday night’s draw. The winning combination was 13 - 19 - 29, and the ticket was sold to John by former G.A.A. All-Star defender, Phil “Fan” Larkin in The Village Inn. Enjoy the spend, John !!!