YOUNG IRELANDS PLAN - Young Irelands GAA Club have plans in place for 2013 both on and off the field. Legendary hurler DJ Carey will continue as manager of the Intermediate Team again this year following a successful 2012 where improvements were made. Having reached the Championship quarter-final last year as well as narrowly missing out on a league final place,
Young Irelands will be hopeful of building on that progress throughout 2013. The two newcomers to this years Intermediate grade have been drawn in Young Irelands group, as Dunnamaggin relegated from Senior and Junior Champions Thomastown will battle it out with DJs men.Mooncoin will be their first round opponents during the league, while Conahy Shamrocks and last years Intermediate finalists St. Patricks Ballyragget will also be in opposition to the Gowran men. Meanwhile, as mentioned last week, Young Irelands along with neighbours Barrow Rangers will come together on Sunday March 24th for a White Collar Boxing Night in Langton House Hotel. Barrow Rangers will feature Olympic competitor Darren O’Neill as well as Irish Youth Champion Keith Flavin in their ranks. Looking towards the very end of the year, and following on from the fantastic success last November, the date has been confirmed for the 2013 Stook 10 Mile run. It will go ahead on Sunday 17th November, and following the success of it’s inaugural event, it’s hoped to become an annual event. To keep an eye out for information in the months ahead, go to www.stook10.ie
JADANLI WINS THYESTES THRILLER - The Crowds flocked in their thousands to Thyestes Day in Gowran Park last Thursday afternoon, and the featured Thyestes Chase produced a thrilling titanic finish. Two 25/1 shots battled out the conclusion as Jadanli from the Paul Gilligan stable got the verdict ahead of the Gordon Elliott trained Tarquinius in a photo finish Jadanli finished a highly creditable third in the Thyestes last year behind the Willie Mullins trained On His Own, and the 11-year-old was trained specifically with this years equivalent in mind. Elsewhere, there was a first and last race double for Ireland’s leading National Hunt trainer Willie Mullins. Another photo finish was required in the opening event, the Nugent Spirit Horsebox 25 hurdle as 2/5 favourite Dogora got the verdict ahead of the Sabrina Harty Dalasiri to emerge victorious, while in the concluding 5 runner bumper, another 2/5 favourite Sizing Tennesse justified his odds to run out an untroubled 4 length winner. Bog Warrior running in the Gigginstown Stud colours owned by Michael O’Leary Ryanair CEO made all to win the Grade 2 Galmoy Hurdle, while local success came the way of Mooncoin trainer Eoin Doyle. Lookout made it three wins from 4 starts as the 7/1 shot made virtually all of the running to run out a highly emphatic 16 length winner of the KCLR 96FM Careys Cottage Cup Handicap Steeplechase. Also making the winners enclosure was 11/1 shot Curcavious who ran away with the Four Star Langton House Hotel Maiden Hurdle, while Rory Anna defied top weight to win the Martinstown Oppurtunity (apprentice riders) handicap hurdle at odds of 12/1. A great days racing was had, and attention will now switch to the Red Mills Day always one of the great social highlights on the calendar on Saturday 16th February.
GOWRAN PARISH DRAW - The Parish Draw gets underway on Thursday week 7th February and will continue for 12 weeks until late April. Subscription costs €2 per week or €24 in total for the 12 weeks. The profit from the draw will supplements the offertory collection and the weekly envelope, and together that will help finance the costs of maintenance of halls, cemeteries and churches, repairs, insurance, wages and altar needs.
GOWRAN PANTOMIME SOCIETY - Alice in Wonderland will be the Pantomime Society’s 124th annual production since it commenced back in 2000, and this year there will be 5 shows, meaning an extra show compared to previous years. The show will commence on Tuesday February 12th at 8pm with nightly shows also taking place on Wednesday 13th February, Friday February 15th, Saturday February 16th(Red Mills Race Day) with the final show, a matinee on Sunday 17th February at 3pm. As is tradition, there is no Thursday night show – Valentines Day Thursday 14th February – due to the weekly bingo - There are concession tickets for Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th February. Tickets are €25 per family which includes 2 adults and 2 children.
For bookings call Eileen Byrne on 056 7726117.