South Kilkenny echoes 20th Nov

Patricia Dungan and James Murphy married recently in St. Beacon’s Church, Mullinavat.

Patricia Dungan and James Murphy married recently in St. Beacon’s Church, Mullinavat.

Tullogher Camogie Club

Tullogher Camogie Club will hold a cabaret night in Paddy Ryan’s Pub on Saturday 30th November. Presentation of the Junior County final 2011 medals will take place on the night. Admission is €5. Tickets will be on sale throughout the parish in the coming week. All support gratefully appreciated.

Road Safety Concerns

Sinn Féin representative for South Kilkenny John Kavanagh has called on those with responsibility for the section of road that links to the motorway at Eurofuels in Rathpatrick, Slieverue to immediately put in place plans to provide a pedestrian crossing for the residents of the area. He has stated that while driving towards New Ross he observed on several occasions, adults, and more worryingly, children cross this dangerous link road and then jump the concrete dividing barrier in order to access the shop at Eurofuels. “I think it’s unbelievable that on a road that links onto a motorway, a motorway where in several places provision has been made for farm animals and wildlife to cross safely, no one thought it prudent to provide the same facility for the pedestrians in Slieverue,” he said. “Will it take a fatality on this road before we see some joined up thinking from Kilkenny County Council, Celtic Roads Ltd and the NRA? Can we for once avert a disaster rather than react to one? I am calling on all those with responsibility to action a road traffic management survey and put in place the safety measures necessary to ensure the residents of Slieverue can access their local facilities safely.”

The Big Breakfast

Kilmacow Hurling and Football Club and Kilmacow Camogie Club will host another Big Breakfast morning in the Community Hall on Sunday November 24th. Times are 10am to 12pm. Just €5 for adults and €3 for kids. There is an open invitation to all, for what is a very enjoyable and social occasion. The AGM of Kilmacow Hurling and Football Club will take place at 5.00pm on Sunday,1st December in The Nore Room in Community Hall. All members are encouraged to attend. Anyone seeking to nominate a person to the Executive Committee or put forward a motion must return the completed form to Michael Ryan on or before Sunday 24th November. Soft copies of the form are available by e mailing secretary.kilmacow.kilkenny@gaa.ie.

Glenmore ICA

Glenmore I.C.A held their monthly meeting on Tuesday 5th November – ten members attended with apologies from five members.  Kathleen Hanrahan was welcomed back after her recent hospitalisation.  The Federation Meeting will take place in the Newpark Hotel Kilkenny on Sunday 8th December at 4.00p.m. followed by High Tea at 6.00p.m. Four members will travel.  February Federation Meeting will take place in Mullinavat on the 19th. April Federation A.G.M. will take place on April 30th at a venue to be decided.  Sympathy was extended to Helen Phelan, Ballyfacey on the death of her mother Mrs. O’Keeffe, Mooncoin and with the O’Connor family on the death on Aileen O’Connor, Wexford.   Members were presented with their certificates on the occasion of their Long Time Service to the I.C.A. Winners of the yearly competitions were first Kathleen Cody, second Mary Aylward and third Stasia Cody. Competition winners on the night were first Mary Aylward, second Stasia Cody and third Kathleen Cody.  Raffle winner was Stasia Cody.  The Christmas Party was discussed. The next meeting was fixed for 10th December.

EirGrid Submissions Workshop

A final workshop for submissions on the Eirgrid Grid Link Project was held in the Barrow Room in the Community Centre, Kilmacow on Wednesday night last.   Please note the final date for submissions received is Tuesday, 26th November.

Concert in Community Centre, Kilmacow

A charity concert in aid of Rosedale, the Sports Complex and the Community Centre, will be held in the Community Centre, Kilmacow at 8.00pm on Wednesday, 4th December.  The concert will feature Martin Flynn (from the USA) and many local artists.  Tickets cost €10 and are available from retail outlets locally and from the above named committees. All support welcome.

Mountain View Golf Club

Mountain View seniors are holding their Christmas party on Tuesday November 26th. On the day their competition will commence at 10am followed by presentation of prizes and Christmas dinner. The day will conclude with the usual card game. If you are member of this group and not playing regular golf please contact John Coleman or the clubhouse if you wish to attend. Club members are reminded to register for the Members Christmas Mixed Scramble. The scramble will take place on December 1st with a shotgun start at 9am. This will be followed with a presentation of all outstanding prizes including Golfer of The Year, Club Singles and Doubles winners and runners up, all Monthly Medals, Champions Cup and Winter League winners. It promises to be a great day and afterwards join us for some festive food and drinks to mark the end of another great year. After round 4 of the winter league Colm Hayes has extended his lead to 42Pts in category 1 after scoring 46Pts last weekend.  He is followed by Eddie Walsh on 27Pts and Michael Waugh with 18 Pts.  In Category 2 Tommy Coyne is the leader on 21Pts with David Fitzpatrick on 18Pts. Vincent McCarthy has moved to third place with 15Pts followed by Nicky Byrne and Frank Kavanagh both on 12Pts. Philip Parsons and Joe Earle are joint leaders in Category 3 on 33Pts.  They are followed by JJ Holohan 19Pts and Pat Ryan 16Pts. Wednesday Nov 20th: Ladies 18 Hole Competition; Sunday Nov 24th Winter League 6th Round (Single Stableford); Tuesday Nov 26th MV Seniors Christmas Party; Sunday Dec 1st Members Christmas Mixed Scramble.

International Soccer Match

Kilmacow Soccer Club on tour! A party of 40 boys and 10 adults travelled to the Aviva Stadium on Friday to see the first match of the new management era. They were greatly impressed with everything and credit to the management committee of the club for arranging same. All were most delighted!

Kilmacow Monthly Table Quiz

The Dragon Warriors would like to thank everyone who supported their table quiz in the Fox’s Den last week. They really appreciate the support in what was a great night. The next quiz for this season will be in aid of the Parents’ Association of St. Senan’s Boys’ National School and will take place on Monday 2nd December.

Ferrybank Neighbourhood Safety Forum

The Ferrybank Neighbourhood Safety Forum will host an Awareness Workshop on Community Safety from 11.00am to 12.30pm on Tuesday, 26th November in the Parish /Centre, Ferrybank. Presentations will be made on fire safety in the home (Fire Station), Personal, Home and Community Safety (Garda Siochána) and free small odd jobs/DIY service for older people (Care & Repair).   All are welcome to attend.

Ferrybank Library News

Congratulations to Sean Byrne of Slieverue who became our 3000th member when he joined the library recently! Sean was presented with a voucher from library staff to celebrate the occasion. If you would like to start a group with like-minded people, be it art, crafts, drama, chess etc. remember that our Community Room and library facilities are available free of charge for community activities. So if you have an idea please contact us and we can set the wheels in motion! Tel.:  051 897200 or email ferrybank@kilkennylibrary.ie.

Special Masses

Mass for those interred in Mullinarrigle Cemetery will take place on Friday 22nd November and for those interred in Rosbercon Cemetery on Friday 29th November. Both Masses will be at 7.30 p.m. These Masses are being organised by the Parish Pastoral Council who will be in touch with the families of the deceased. All parishioners are invited to these Masses.

Mullinavat Wedding

Ms. Patricia Dungan and Mr. James Murphy were married in St. Beacon’s Church, Mullinavat, recently by Fr. Liam Barron, P.P.Mullinavat. The bride is daughter of Pat and Mary Dungan, Ballinakill; James is son of the late Martin and Peggy Murphy of Ballynooney.  Both are from well-known farming families in the district. Patricia’s sisters Anna and Bridget Dungan were bridesmaids. Nieces and nephews of the bride and groom respectively Ella and Ciara Nolan and Killian and Patrick Dungan were flower girls and pageboys. James had his brother Eamonn Murphy and neighbour and close friend P.J. Power as his best man and groomsman respectively. Sarah Jane Lavery was the musician and singer that sang and played beautiful songs and hymns during the wedding ceremony. More than 200 guests attended the wedding reception afterwards in the Brandon Hotel, New Ross and afterwards the couple spent time abroad on their honeymoon. Both Patricia and James are very well know, both in Macra, in which both of them have been involved and in Patricia’s case also in the camogie club. She is a senior member of the Centra store in the village for a long number of years and James is involved in full time farming. They have taken up residence in a beautiful new home in Ballynooney and are wished well by all family and friends.

Christmas Party

The Glenmore Golden Club and the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the Parish are coming together and the annual Christmas party to take place on Tuesday December 10th in Glenmore hall at 11.30am. All those interested in joining the festivities are asked to contact Marie Jones 086 8443430, Kathleen Phelan 087 6333449, Helen Saunders 087 9838335 or Bridget Murray 086 0620675 as soon as possible.

Kilmacow’s Karate Champions

David and Lynda Gahan travelled to Sheffield in England for the WUKF European Karate Championships recently as part of the Irish squad with a delegation from the Pat Rockett Martial Arts Academy. The squad did very well bringing home one gold, one silver and eight bronze medals, which was the club’s most successful international tournament to date. The competition started with the Kata competition and in her first International, Lynda did very well in getting to the final six where she had to perform a second Kata. Her second Kata impressed the five judges and her score was good enough to get a bronze medal. Twelve months ago David Gahan beat the best in the world to take home a gold medal in Kumite (fighting) at the World Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia. There were 43 competitors in David’s age category this time around in Sheffield and the standard was very good with the best in Europe after making the trip to Sheffield. Roared on by the Irish support David won six fights to get to the final where he came up against a bigger opponent from the Ukraine. After going two points down early in the fight, David showed great determination to get in close to the Ukrainian and get two scores to level the points at two each. David was starting to get on top and the Irish crowd were hoping he could push on for the gold, but the Ukrainian scored a fabulous Ippon with a punch to the face and that proved to be the decisive score. David brought a silver medal home to Kilmacow. Lynda and David Gahan’s parents are Declan and Helena who are also from Kilmacow and reside in Ballinearla. Lynda and David are currently in training for the National Championships in Tallaght on 24th November.  Many competitions are planned over the next twelve months in preparation for the World Championships in Szczecin Poland in 2014.

Tourism Figures Improving

Tourism numbers are it seems improving number wise, country wise and The Gathering may perhaps have contributed to this. However, many parts of the country have not seen any improved numbers coming their way. In South Kilkenny there are some signs that things might be getting better. Figures recently released by the people that operate Woodstock Gardens in Inistioge report that they have had an increase in visitor numbers, which is now touching 40,000 during the tourist season which has now officially ended for them. This is up by almost 5,000 visitors over last year’s same period. There are lots of other attractions in South Kilkenny, like Grannagh Castle, Leach na Scail Dolman, Tory Hill and hidden gems of great historical importanc such as the many old ruins of churches and big houses, the cluster villages or what is left of them in Mooncoin and Hugginstown, the different characters that lived in the areas, the mills of the area and the rich tapestry of landscape that make it most interesting. An interesting insight is the fact that journalist and author Seán Keane mentioned many of them in his new publication, the ‘Hidden Kilkenny’ which was launched recently in Kilkenny City, and is in all bookshops presently and worth reading.

Death

The date has taken place of Annette Treacy, Cheltenham, England. She is survived by her sons, brothers and her stepmother Josie Treacy, New Ross to whom sympathy is extended. Burial took place in Cheltenham.

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