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Maurice Shortall


Maurice Shortall



Deen Celtic Schoolboys Awards night is on Friday at 7.30 p.m. in the Clubhouse. Highlight is the Presentation of League medals to U-11, U-14 and

U-15 teams. Player of the Year Awards will also be presented. All are welcome.

In the FAI Junior Cup Deen Celtic recorded a good 4-2 win over North End of the Wexford League. As each week goes by Johnny McClean’s charges are getting stronger and the performances are on the up. The game started on a high tempo and Celtic made the breakthrough on 10 minutes courtesy of the Lynch one two. Having gained possession on the edge of his own box David Lynch sped forward to deliver a defence splitting pass which send younger brother Richie clear. Faced with a one to one situation the Wexford keeper conceded a penalty and was promptly sent to the line. David Lynch made no mistake with the spot kick. From this point on Celtic grew in confidence with Caleb Roche marshalling the defence and Neil Murtagh ruling the midfield sector. Keeper Robbie Lynch with a string of fine saves is also slowly but surely getting back to his best form. Early in the second half it was 2-0 when Shaun Holden was on the end of a free flowing move with a deft header. Celtic then took their foot off the pedal and were punished for a couple of mix ups as North End roared back to level the tie 2-2. Celtic responded and were awarded a second penalty when Sean Holden was upended in the area. Mr. cool David Lynch converted and in doing so kept up his scoring record which boasts 2 goals per game in each of the last 3 matches. With ten minutes Neil Murtagh typified the spirit of the team when he chased a hasty back pass and forced home the clinching score.

Team ; Robbie Lynch, Anthony Kavanagh, Tom Dowling, Caleb Roche, Eddie Brennan, Neil Murtagh, Ronan Phelan, John Doheny, Shaun Holden, David Lynch, Richie Lynch. ; Subs Darragh Stone, Robert Brennan, Eric Kavanagh.

Next fixture Sunday Leinster Junior Cup away to Stonyford at11am. The club’s main fundraiser the Silver Circle starts Sunday for 6 weeks 6 draws for €10 or €2 per week all support greatly appreciated.


In a throw back to the days when Irishness was synonymous with neighbour helping neighbour Firoda had it very own Meitheal on Saturday. Three Irish Cobs arrived from Kildare courtesy of Godfrey Worrell to provide the equine power for threshing corn in the old fashioned way. Landowner Tom Cody was joined by friends from far and near for the threshing .RTE’s Helen Carroll and her crew was there to record the entire display, including side shows, watch out for the next programme of Ear to the Ground.


Individual laurels again for two outstanding Castlecomer athletes in the Kilkenny County A Cross Country Championhsips, 3 team medals, 2 bronze individual medals, upwards of forty local athletes competing and huge fields of young athletes, especially in the U11 and U13 races-these are just the highlights of last Sunday’s racing at the course on Joe O’Shea’s land at Dysart Bridge.

We shall focus first on the U17 Girls race here Lauren Dermody is the 2013 county champion a title earned with a most commanding performance. Always up in the leading group, Lauren displayed real experience in the manner in which she paced herself, firstly to pull away, and then to maintain a comfortable interval at the head of the field for most of the third lap of this 3000m race; the consistency of this athletes input and performances is remarkable.

Earlier in the morning, Conor Clarke had taken the U13 Boys title from the outset he was in the leading group in this very competitive 2000m race with a field of 32 runners.

Killian Hogan’s superb first 1000m provided support for Conor as half a dozen runners vied to take command. By the 1500m mark, Conor had pulled slightly ahead and in a powerful final quarter, he firstly augmented the distance from the other contenders and over the final 150m powered home.

Conor and Killian were followed home by Sean O’Dornan, Kevin Smyth, Nicky Connolly and Spanish guest Francis. They secured the U13 team bronze medal. In Lauren and Conor’s achievements Castlecomer added two individual championship titles to the U16 title claimed a week earlier by Sean Buggy.

The U11 Boys secured the team silver medal Jack Murphy led Castlecomer home, in the process earning the individual bronze medal. Cathal O’Reilly, Alan Smyth and Luca Downey completed the home challenge here and in the process underlined the manner in which team success follows from each runner performing to his best every point earned by each of the four lads combining for the team score from a field of 40 runners.

The U15 Boys bronze medal award again highlighted the value of team cohesiveness.

Ross Connolly led the home team when he finished seventh, Jeremiah Burke, James Buggy and Adam Jacob consolidated this performance as each invested his maximum effort over 3000m.

Hannah Murphy was involved in one of the most dramatic finishes of the day when she sprinted home with conviction to take 6th place in the Girls U15 race; Maedbh Delaney also completed this race; Niamh Morrissey competed too but a team challenge was prevented by the loss of Eva Dowd to injury. Sean Buggy (U16)challenged in the U17 race and impressed with a 6th place finish.

The girls U11 and U13 races featured the biggest numbers on the day with 57 and 45 athletes respectively competing.

In fact that field of 57 marks the largest field in the experience of the vastly experienced County Board finishing line recorder Margaret Dillon. Castlecomer had 8 runners in the U11 race Katie Clarke finished in 7th place

Sarah Brophy, Ella Buggy, Ana Ryan, Sophie Kealy, Ameilie Bolger, Leah Fahey, and Robyn Morrissey also completed this 1000m race. Among the 45 U13 runners were Aoife Cahalan, Eimear Stone, Molly Ryan, Anna Fahey, Paula Lomas and Paulo Rodrequez. Injury kept Ellen Buggy out of this race. The experience gained by these girls last week and this will prove invaluable when they travel to the County B Championships in November.

The day had started with invitation U9 races Molly O’Dornan (4th), Emily Murphy, Leah Brennan, Kate O’Neill, Lisa Smyth and Molly Hogan competed in the girls race

athletics supporters look forward to the season when these runners can form a team and run in the championship races; in the meantime, the B championships offer another opportunity to gain competition experience.

Michael Brennan finished in 3rd place in the boys race, with Mark Bolger on his heels in 4th and Chris Kealy also competing. Should James and Jack Coogan, Joey Ryan and Aaron Coogan join these boys for the B Championships, Castlecomer will have very strong representation.

As always when the local club hosts a championship meeting, there is a background team which makes it possible. Joe O’Shea’s farm proved an ideal site

with easy access and excellent parking as well as a quality race route. Traffic management was in the experienced hands of Jim Carroll, Nicky and Majella Deevy, Martin Connolly, Sean Malone and Leo Hogan. Marty Connolly, Richard Connolly and John Cahalan had marked out the course; Mary Clarke, Maeve Connolly and Mary Mealey were involved in organisation on the course during the races; coaches Sinead Cahalan, Mary Buggy, Pat Clarke and Martina O’Reilly had worked with Margaret Dillon in training the runners and facilitated the smooth running of the event as they stewarded their younger charges to starting lines. The contribution of parents who attended was invaluable in caring for the young athletes, especially after completion of races. Multi-task maestro Margaret Dillon functioned both as Castlecomer organiser and County Board official on the day that she does this so seamlessly should not leave us to take for granted the immense contribution she continues to give to athletics some 30 years after her arrival in the local community.

Training continues on Tuesdays and Fridays; some athletes will go on to compete in Leinster Championships where they will represent club and county. Many will compete in the B Championships later in the season.


There will be two Ecumenical Harvest Thanksgiving Services in the Castlecomer Union of Parishes, Church of Ireland, this year. The first is in Holy Trinity Church Bilboa at 4pm; the second in St Mary’s Church, Castlecomer, at 6pm; both on Sunday the 20th of October. The guest preacher is the Revd.

Dr Christine O’Dowd-Smyth, who will preach on the theme of ‘harvest and healing.’ All are most warmly invited.


Sponsored Horse Ride at Clogh, Castlecomer, on Sunday, 27th October, 2013 commencing at 1.00 p.m. in aid of local charities.


Fiona Maher and Friends would like to say a sincere thanks to all who supported the Coffee Day in Castlecomer Library.

The occasion would not have been possible without our generous sponsors, all our friends who baked delicious cakes, Library staff and those of you who gave so generously. All the help and support raised 3195 euro, which will greatly assist Cois Nore Cancer Centre.


A Table Quiz will be held in the Bollards Lounge on Friday at 9 p.m. in aid of Castlecomer Male Voice Choir. Table of 4 costs 20 euro. . Your support would be greatly appreciated.


The Lotto Jackpot is currently €2,200. Tickets can be purchased at a number of outlets in Castlecomer or any member of Erins Own GAA Club.


Deen Celtic U-12’s are finding the going tough in the First Division. Having been promoted to top flight football the young Celts need to sharpen up in front of goal, despite an abundance of possession a string of missed chances proved costly as they went down 3-1 to Fort Rangers in the Prince Grounds on Saturday afternoon.


This year’s prayer service took place in the Church of the Immaculate Conception. The local clergy, all students and staff attended. The theme of the service was “Working Together as a School Community”. Students from all years were involved in the readings, prayers and presentation of the symbols.

European Language Day On Wednesday 9th October 2013 Transition Years, Second Years and Staff from Castlecomer Community School organized a day to promote European Languages. We prepared and served food, from different countries, to all students in the school. This included Italy, France, Spain and Germany. It was a great success.

CCS Sports

Junior Hurling: CCS were defeated by a strong Colaiste Eoin (Dublin) teamthis week

Senior Golf: The senior team played very well but lost out by two holes to Kierans in the end.

Junior Golf: The team finished just outside the qualifying round but put in a brave performance none the less.

Handball: Congratulations to Marc Purcell, Padraig Cooney, Aoileen Hennessy and Sorcha Delaney on their recent wins in the Leinster Handball competitions.