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FRENCH VISITORS-Castlecomer Athletic Club will play host to a group of athletes from Penvenan, Brittany next weekend - athletic activities with a social flavour will take place during the visit.

FRENCH VISITORS-Castlecomer Athletic Club will play host to a group of athletes from Penvenan, Brittany next weekend - athletic activities with a social flavour will take place during the visit.

COMMUNITY SCHOOL ATHLETICS-The team of athletes who competed in the Leinster Schools Athletics Championships in Morton Stadium, Santry on Wednesday and Saturday last represented their school and community with distinction. Adam O’Grady added 5cm to his South Leinster performance in the Minor High Jump - and finished fourth in the province. Patrick Darcy also impressed in the Junior Shot Putt, while John Joe Kelly was gold medallist in the U-16 Shot Putt. John Joe moved up to Intermediate in the Discus where he finished 6th in an event for which he will be eligible again next year.

Cliona Quirke competed in the Intermediate Girls Shot Putt and Katie Brennan in both 100m and 200m sprints - but it was their part in the 4 X100m relay which was to prove most rewarding. Here, Anita McMahon and Saragh Buggy completed the team. Anita ran a scintillating first leg - and the baton was successfully secured by Saragh Buggy. Saragh maintained hopes of success as she accelerated down the back straight, handing over to Cliona Quirke. Cliona produced a commanding third 100m - and as the runners came into the final straight, the possibility of a medal was confirmed - Katie Brennan’s outstanding final sprint secured a comfortable third place and bronze medal, just pipped for silver by Rathdown Secondary School. Exhilaration abounded.

Earlier in the day, Eoghan Buggy had added to his success in South Leinster when he finished third, and bronze medallist over 400m - running in lane 2 he trailed Gormanstown College and CUS Dublin runners as he came round the last bend - it required a very strong final 100m to hold off Good Counsel Wexford, Colaiste Eoin, Oatlands, Belvedere and Castleknock Community Colleges in what was a closely contested final.

Meanwhile, Saragh Buggy had earlier collected two gold medals - the first in the Triple Jump where she extended her own Championship record to 11.49m, the second in the Long Jump. Here, Anita McMahon also competed.

Saragh Buggy now goes on to compete in the All Ireland Schools Championhsips in Tullamore on June 2nd. In lane races, which Eoin Buggy’s 400m and the Senior Girls Relay are, only the gold and silver medallists qualify for the All Ireland. U-16, where John Joe Kelly is champion, is a provincial competition only.

LIBRARY LATEST-Thanks to Scottish storyteller Susie Minto who visited the Library last week, and brought her “Sole to Soul” workshop to a group of local writers. It was enormously enjoyable.

Our young knitters from the Presentation convent are forging ahead with their new found knitting skills. Thanks goes to our tutors from the nattering Knitters group. There activities are part of this year’s Bealtaine Celebrations.

There are still places available in our free computer classes for adults which take place on Wednesday mornings. Ring 4440561 to book.

We continue to offer free exhibition space for local artists, community groups and small businesses, ask any member of staff for details.

Watch out for Michael Moylan’s model of the Titanic on May 29th. Local Schools have been invited to participate in his exciting workshop. Adults are welcome to pop in during the day. There will be 3 workshops.

“We’re just MAD ABOUT BOOKS” is the name of our latest venture. It’s a new Book Club aimed at boys and girls aged 8 - 12 yrs. The first monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday June 5th at 3.30. Book a place by ringing 4440561 or drop in after school on the day.

The Summer Reading scheme will begin on July 1st. This fabulous scheme attracts hundreds of kids throughout Ireland’s Library services, and helps them to keep up their reading skills through the holiday period. See and Facebook, for events, photos, reading lists etc.

MRS. N. DOOGUE-The death has taken place after a brief illness of Nancy Doogue, Chatsworth St. Highly respected in the Community she was a loyal member of Castlecomer Development Association and also found time to help out with the Social Services Group however without doubt she will always be associated with the Tidy Towns where she was a key committee member and an active volunteer. The flower pots on the Square were her pride and joy and if it took a hundred round trips to her home for water the task was completed to perfection without fuss. She was a loving wife to Michael for over 56 years, and a devoted mother and grandmother. Primarily a homemaker her culinary skills were appreciated by each of her grandchildren and it was no bother to her to prepare a daily plethora of dinners each of which was cooked to suit individual tastes. Nancy will be fondly remembered on Deenside as a quiet, kind and caring person who was never found wanting when a plea for help came, how fitting and appropriate it was to see such a huge turnout at the obsequies for a woman who epitomised the value of community activity.

She was laid to rest in Crosshill Cemetery after Requiem Mass celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Msgr. Michael Ryan P.P. Castlecomer ; assisted by Fr. Larry Wallace P.P. Muckalee ; Fr. Joe Campion C.C. Castlecomer ; Fr. Ian Doyle, Kiltown.

She is survived by her husband Michael ; daughters Ann, Mary, Rita ; sisters Bridie (Carlow), May (Fairymount) ; grandchildren ; other relatives and a large circle of friends.

FASSADININ HISTORY SOCIETY-Alan Counihan will hold An Information Evening on Place Names in Townlands in the Library, Castlecomer, on Tuesday night, 29th May, 2012 at 8.00 p.m. All are welcome.

UCC TRANSITION YEAR BUSINESS PROJECTS 2012-Transition Year Business Project Awards organised by University College Cork and Cork Chamber sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon. The competition is for TY students for schools across Munster and the South East who must submit 1,500 word projects based on their experience with their Mini Company, Enterprise or School Bank and discuss the impact of entrepreneurship in the current economic climate.

As part of Transition Year in Castlecomer Community School all students are encouraged to participate in Enterprise class. The aim of this class is to encourage entrepreneurship by coming up with a product or service that fills a niche in the market, will hopefully make money and can be entered in various enterprise competitions throughout the year.

Our group consisted of five members: Eoghan Buggy, Daniel O’Neill, Patrick Barcoe, Keith Dooley and Kelvin Coogan. The product that we came up with was a black beanie hat with headphones integrated on either side, we called this product ’Sound Hats!’. Our product proved very successful and popular in our school, selling plenty of hats and making a nice profit.

When the opportunity arose to enter the ‘Transition Year Business Projects’ in U.C.C. we immediately applied (the prospect of a €1,000 first place prize might have had something to do with it!). The competition was sponsored by Bank of New York Mellon and required a 1,500 word report on our business to be included.

We submitted our report and were subsequently invited, on 24th April to U.C.C., with our Enterprise teacher Mr. Tynan. The event was held in U.C.C.’s Aula Maxima where we listened to lecturers and past pupils who gave us important life lessons as well as information about the university itself.

The awards ceremony started with the distribution of certificates of participation. We were somewhat confused not to receive one. Imagine our surprise then to learn that we claimed 2nd prize out of forty schools across Munster and beyond, and with it €300! The judges said that they were impressed with our originality, teamwork ability and the fact that we outsourced our product to China. This was a really worthwhile venture into the world of the entrepreneur, many thanks to our teachers Mr. Clarke, Mr. Tynan and Ms. Boyd for their guidance and encouragement.

Transition Year Business Project Awards organised by University College Cork and Cork Chamber sponsored by The Bank of New York Mellon. The competition is for TY students for schools across Munster and the South East who must submit 1,500 word projects based on their experience with their Mini Company, Enterprise or School Bank and discuss the impact of entrepreneurship in the current economic climate.

ERINS OWN GAA SNIPPETS-CLUB LOTTO.The club lotto is now up to €13,250.00. Be in to win. Get your tickets from any committee members or from local shops. You can also sign up to a direct debit scheme whereby you are entered every week in the Local lotto so you don’t have to worry about getting your ticket. Contact Helen at 087 6645022 or any committee member if you would like to take up this way to play the local lotto. Remember all the money raised goes back into your community.

PILTOWN DRAW TICKETS-he annual Piltown draw tickets are now for sale in the club. The can be purchased from any club committee members and there are six draws with a car to be won in each draw. Please support this draw if you can at all.

SENIOR HURLING-Erins Own Senior hurlers carved out a hard earned win in the third round of the Senior League last Saturday evening last in Ballyragget against Graigue Ballycallan. This was a very important win for the local lads as the now have a real chance of being in the shake up for a top two place come the end of the league section of the championship. With some forced changes to the team from the last couple of games there were some notable displays from some of the younger players most notably Pauraic Keating and Declan Dunne.

Please see the Kilkenny People Sports section for match report.

ERIN’S OWN ANNUAL GOLF CLASSIC-The seventh annual Erin’s Own GAA Golf classic takes place on Friday the 29th June in Castlecomer Golf Club. A team of 3 costs €120.00 including Barbeque and with some great prizes on offer please contact David Buggy Motors on 056 7770808 to book a tee time. As usual there will be entertainment and craic on the night.

KELLOGS GAA CUL CAMPS-The national Kellogs GAA Cul Camps will take place again this year in Castlecomer. You can book your child in on these camps by going onto the GAA website ( or by picking up an entry form on Kellogs boxes.

MEMBERSHIP-Erin’s Own membership for all players including Juvenile up to Adult players and general membership are now being taken up . Contact any committee member.

ERINS OWN U-8’S-On Saturday morning last the next new generation of hurlers to represent our club took to the field for their maiden under 8 match in the club colours when Erin’s Own entertained near neighbours St Martins in two mini games in Ballycomey. With enormous enthusiasm being shown by all players from both teams the skill level displayed by the Erin’s Own players was magnificent as the ball was moved up and down the field at a furious pace. With all players having game time and not sideline time this is definitely the way to go and the smiles on all the boys and girls at the finish shows that these new recruits just want to play hurling. For the record but not that important Our blue team won 7-1 to 1-1 and our white team won 6-0 to 5-1.. At the end there was ten minutes of football played with the St Martin’s just getting the better of us. And so begins one of the longest apprenticeships in sport. Well done to all and keep up the practice every Thursday at 6.30pm.

Team ; Alan Smyth, David Allen, Ewan Connery, James Kenny, John Kenny, Kiel Smyth, Michael Rowe, Michael Brennan, Shane Holden, Katie Clarke, Cian Rothwell, Eoghan Moore, Eoin Nolan, Evan Harding, Jack Rothwell, Joey Rowe, Joey Ryan, Kian Holohan, Jack Coogan Burke,

UNDER 14 HURLING LEAGUE-Erins Own under 14 hurlers picked up their second brace of points in the U-14 hurling league last Thursday in Urlingford when they beat Emeralds on a scoreline of 2-10 to 0-01. Despite being short a number of players through injury the team turned in a very good display. With Sean Buggy dominant at midfield Comer led at half time by 5pts to no score

The Comer defence was superbly marshalled by Eoin O’ Rourke at centre back and he got great assistance from his two wing men James Rothwell and Ian Holohan while the full back line was practically unbeatable all day. Up front Adam Brennan and Conor Mc Mahon tormented the Urlingford backs and gave most assistance to the magnificent Sean Buggy who finished with a personal tally of 2-8. Team-R Brennan, J Buggy, D Buggy, S Coogan, I Holohan, E O’ Rourke, J Rothwell, S Buggy(2-8), C Holland, A Brennan(0-1), J Dowd, C McMahon(0-1), T Dwyer, E Brennan, D Ferris.

WHISTING THE NIGHT AWAY-Big winners in the weekly Whist Drive were: Top Score: Patrica McGuinness, 1st Lady: Maureen Coady, 2nd Lady: Hannah Moore, 1st Gent: Gerry Kealy, 2nd Gent: Tommy Kealy, Raffle: 1st Prize: T Kealy, 2nd Prize: J Collins. Special Whist Friday 25th May at 8.30 pm in the Community Hall, Castlecomer. Top score €50. All are welcome.

KILGOREY MASS-The Annual Kilgorey Mass will be celebrated on Sunday May 27th at 3 p.m.

COURTHOUSE AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY USE - The Irish Court Services intend to hand over the Courthouse to Kilkenny County Council who will then facilitate the transfer back to the community. All options will be explored and already there is an expression of interest for a Youth Drop in Service. The challenge facing whatever successful organization emerges will undoubtedly be maintaining the building which is indeed a landmark across North Kilkenny. Mr. John McCormack, Director of Services, Kilkenny County Council is the person to contact if interested.

2012 SOCCER CAMP-The dates for the Deen Celtic AFC Academy have been set and it will begin on Monday the 9th of July and run until Friday the 13th of July. Each day will begin at 10am and finish at 3pm. The Academy is set up to cater for both boys and girls from 6 to 14 years of age. Each day will consist of simple coaching sessions in the morning and fun games in the afternoon.

We have kept costs to a minimum and are able to provide the Academy at an excellent price of €60 per participant. Places are limited to 120. Enrollment for the 2012 soccer camp is now open Please contact Mr. Shane Renwick on 087-9459261

LADIES MINI MARATHON-“The Friends of Castlecomer District Hospital” are busy recruiting volunteers to participate in the Ladies Mini Marathon. Sponsorship Cards are available from Julie Meally, Director of Nursing on 4441246 or Christina Murphy on 087- 9886646. Transport will be provided and a bus departs from the Lime Tree at 10 a.m. on June 4th.

AN CUAN ABU-A céad mile failte was extended to one and all on Thursday as the doors of St. Brigids National School, Coon hosted an Open Night. Parents and guests were treated to a magnificent show which epitomized the very best of what’s on offer in Rural Schools. The performance of the Choir under the musical direction of Orla Maloney was a joy to behold. Guest speaker Ann Goggins gave an interesting overview of Literacy and Numeracy. Former pupil Paul Kinsella, Chairman of Kilkenny County Board also contributed eloquently and for good measure brought along a couple of extra special guests Liam McCarthy and the Allianz National League Cups. Popular local horse trainer Jim Bolger took time out of his busy schedule to attend. The finale was all so fitting with the cast dressed to match the times featuring public speaking at its articulate best as the audience were treated to the history of the Titanic, Coon style of course. Take a bow staff and pupils of St. Brigid’s PS The encore is eagerly awaited in the larger setting of Coon Community Hall. Well done to all concerned.

FUN RUN / WALK- Cloneen Hurling Club hold a 5 + 10K Fun Run/Walk on Sunday. Registration at 10.30 am in Cloneen Clubrooms. Prices: Family €15, Adult €10, Student €7. Please come out and support Cloneen Hurling Club

ANNUAL CEMETERY MASSES-Clogh Cemetery Mass Fri 1st June 7.30 and Moneenroe Cemetry Mass Fri 8th June 7.30 p.m.

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