THOMASTOWN PARISH MISSION - A parish mission will be held in the parish in the Autumn it will take place from the 6th to the 14th October. A team will be in the parish for the first week of the mission whose task will be to call to homes inviting all to join us during the second week. To aid them they request names of residents in the areas they will visit. This week you will receive a letter and form to give details of members of your household. This will also help to update the parish records and the information will only be used for parish purposes. You help is very much appreciated with this and you attendance at the mission would also be gratefully appreciated.
GAA -The Under 16 team were defeated in Roinn A Country semi-final on Saturday by James Stephens in Bennetsbridge. The final scored was 3.8 to 2.9 - Thomastown losing by only 2 points. This was fiercely contested match with total commitment shown by both sides. One major moment in the game was a penalty awarded to James Stephens half way through the second half for a foul on the ball. The teams were level at this time. Well done to both teams for hugely enjoyable, first class game. Thomastown Juniors beat Piltown by 9 points to win the Southern Junior Hurling Championship Final in Mullinavat on Saturday. The final score was 2.25 to 22 points. Although Thomastown trailed by as much as 5 points at times, they gradually caught up and a brilliant point from the sideline by Dessie Walsh brought the score at full time to 19 points all and the match went to extra time. Thomastown stepped up to the challenge with a goal from Jonjo Farrell which put them 4 points ahead followed in minutes by a spectacular goal from Adrian Burke. The hard-working side never let up and pulled ahead by 10 points with only 2 minutes to go. A final point from Piltown made little difference at this stage and the blue and whites were sure of victory. Darragh McGarry deserves a special mention for outstanding saves which made a huge contribution to the team effort. A rewarding game for team and fans and a great day for Thomastown hurling! Scorers were: Jonjo Farrell goal 5pts (1 free), David Prendergast, 1pt, Michael Donnelly 6pts (3 frees), Stuart Waugh 4 frees, Robert O’Hanrahan 3pts (2 frees), Darren Burke 1pt, Dylan Waugh 2pts, Dessie Walsh 2pts, Gary Lehane 1pt, Adrian Bourke goal.
COMMUNITY FIELD DAY - The Community Field Day takes place on Sunday 23rd September at the GAA Grounds in Grennan. Donations for the Bottle Stall and Spin-the-Wheel can be left at the Club any evening or on Saturday 15th September. Congratulations to John Donnelly who was a member of the Kilkenny Under 14 Team which won the Tony Forristal tournament last Sunday in Waterford. The U-12’s had a very successful day in The Andy Egan Tournament. They beat Mount Leinster Rangers in the first game and beat James Stephens in the semi-final but were beaten by a mere 2 points by Castlecomer in the final.
Handball - The U10 & U11 Boys and Girls County Championships were played last Friday night in Kilfane. The Kilfane players were to the fore when they played in the three finals , U 10 Girls, U 10 Boys & U11 Boys. In U10 Girls Roisin O’ Keeffe played Noelle Dowling from Mothel in the Final. Roisin’s great serving and strong play ensured that she added the 60 x 30 tiltle to her 40 x 20 one she won earlier in the year. In the Boys U10 Peter McDonald beat Joe Cowig Kells to reach the final where he played Kyle Dunne. In a thrilling final Peter won the first game, Kyle won the second to send the final to a tie-break game. After some great rallies the Clough player came out on top. In the Boys U 11 Final Jack Holden played Dylan Crehan of Kells, Jack won the first game after some great play from both players. Dylan got going in the second game but the strong play from Jack brought the tiltle to Kilfane. Jack also won the 40 x 20 this year. These final bring to an end the 60 x 30 season but there will be no break for the Kilfane players as Ten Kilfane players are in training for the upcoming World Championships in October. 3 Adults and 7 Juveniles will line out in in the World Games which are held in the new handball complex built in Citywest this year
Local Lotto - €2,100 jackpot was not won. There were five winners of €35: Mrs Lannon, Station Road; Ann O Donnell, Ballydonnell; Eleanor Butler, Castle Avenue; Ger Hickey c/o Doc and Bertie, Columbcille.