ALL IRELAND BOXING CHAMP - Having beaten all before him in the Leinster championships in Newbridge, Brandon McCarthy from Tourtane went all the way in All-Ireland finals held in the National Stadium on Friday night. Brandon won the Boy 1 33Kg final on a score of 9-4 against a gallant James Connors (Ballincollig, county Cork).
FAS AGM - The AGM of the Board of Directors of the local Community Employment Scheme (CES) has been brought forward to Thursday, April 11 at 8pm in the small hall beside the handball alley. The scheme will be completing 22 years in the parish and has served numerous projects such as Tidy Towns, GAA, Childcare, Meals on Wheels and Graveyard maintenance providing up to 27 jobs at a cost of approximately €450,000 a year.
JUVENILE FUNDRAISER - A cabaret will be held in Ryan’s on Saturday night next in aid of the Cloneen / Railyard juvenile GAA club which looks after both Hurling and Football from minor level down and recently won the under 14 Roinn D football championship. Music is by Switch and it is hoped for good support for this group who are working hard for the development of the games among the youth of the parish.
DINE OUT - Dining out facilities will resume at the Parish Centre this Thursday with meals available at €5 (€6 to take away). Senior citizens are invited to a meeting at 1pm after which they which they may enjoy lunch and a sociable chat).
Food for special occasions such as First Communion, Confirmation, Birthdays and all type of parties is now available from the Parish Centre kitchen. Order and collect, hot or cold telephone Paddy on 056 4442438 or 085 1222043.
FREE SERVICE - WEEE Ireland in conjunction with Kilkenny County Council will provide a collection of spent electrical items in the car park of Cloneen Hurling Pitch on Tuesday, April 16 from 2 to 5 pm. Old TV sets, computers, fridges, vacuum cleaners and such domestic goods will be accepted for recycling. People are asked not to leave items on the ground. This service is free.
HANDBALL - In the boys U-16 doubles 40x20 All Ireland final played in Crinkle on Saturday Padraig Cooney (Clogh) and Dylan Caulfield (Kilfane) had a great win over Jason English and John Ryan (Tipperary). The Kilkenny pair played very well throughout both games and were always in control against a very good Tipp pair. The lads served very well and played some great passing shots and kill shots winning 21-11 21-7.
Aileen Hennessy and Denise Love played supeb handball in O’Loughlins on Saturday to win under 17 Doubles All-Ireland title. This win keeps this title in Clogh for a second year as Aishling Maher/Mary Buggy won this title last year. With brilliant serving and good all round use of the alley they forged ahead to win in two games Denise serving and her retrieving impossible balls of the backwall. While Aileen’s serves and her ability to hit the ball in the air proved to be a lethal combination. They defeated a very good Limerick pair 21-12 21-9 in a very exciting final.
William Love picked up his third Junior All-Ireland medal, giving him the unique honour of holding junior titles in 60x30 and 40x20. After a tense tight start William got his game together to win the first 21-11. The second game followed the same patern. The game was close until 7 all when again William started to pull away from his opponent Barry Devlin (Tyrone) and won 21-9.