Around the Districts
The St Fintans GAA lotto now stands at €8100 and tickets can be purchased in the local shops,club grounds on Tuesday evenings from 8pm and from club members at a cost of €1.50. There is also a match three prize of €300 up for grabs each week and Paul Newport and Brendan Pettit shared in this prize with the following numbers drawn 5,8,10,28. Many thanks for your continued support.
The church fundraising committee are holding a parish celebration night on Saturday January 31st 2015 at 8.30pm in the Danby lodge Killinick.
The Bargy Vintage group are joining us in celebration with the Vintage Tractor raffle taking place at 10pm. The Bargy Vintage club members have raised a substantial amount of money for the church with their annual vintage tractor rallys every September. Raffle tickets for the Tractor will be available up to January 31st 2015 from Bargy vintage club members. Music starts at 9pm with tea/light refreshments at the interval. All are most welcome.
DanceFit / Body Toning classes continue in Ballycogley every Monday and Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. Plus 'Forever Active' Over 60's each Monday at 11.30 a.m. All pay as you go classes. Join in any time. Call Amanda Burke on 087 9713339 for info.
St.Fintans Club membership 2015 is now payable. Membership for non players will be €30 for the year. Members who pay up before 31st January will receive a FREE National Draw Ticket.(value €10). Club membership is open to all our supporters. A club membership card is currently being worked on and it is hoped all paid members will have their own card as soon as possible. Membership can be paid to Linda Rankin or by contacting Club Secretary Sharon Pettit.
Meals On Wheels
St Marys Day Care Centre can supply you with a three course dinner five days a week. Soup, main course and dessert all prepared and delivered to your door between the hours of 12 noon and 1.30pm. This excellent service will cost you just €6 per day. You can decide if you require a meal every day,every second day or just one or two days per week,the choice is yours. For further information or to place an order please feel free to contact Siobhan or Jon on 053 9132624.
The st Fintans ladies will hold a presentation/ registration evening on sun 15th feb from 5-7 in Danby lodge. This is open for all age groups to attend. Their will be a medal presentation to both u14 and 16 whom both reached a county final and also to our ladies team for their shield medals. We invited all members and parents as it is an opportunity to get the girls together again before we kick start the new season with training starting very soon.
We will be taking registrations for the coming season also. Membership for the year is u10 €30, u12-minor €40, students €60 and adults €80. Looking forward to seeing you all there.
Bargy Vintage Club
Bargy Vintage Club will be holding a meeting in Scout Hall next Wednesday night January 28th at 8.00 to collect all remaining Ferguson 20 tickets. We would appreciate it if all tickets sold and unsold could be returned on the night as draw will take place on Saturday 31st Jan in Danby Lodge.
Get Well Soon
Get well soon wishes are sent to Ruth Boggan Loughgunnan Killinick. Ruth is currently a patient in Wexford General hospital recovering following a procedure and her family and friends are looking forward to having her back home soon.
The Ballycogley Players held a very successful fundraising table quiz in the Hideout Tomhaggard during the past week with the proceeds going to the Tomhaggard social centre.
The group has the use of the premises for its rehearsals and would like to thank the following,those that turned out on the night,those who were unable to be there but sponsored a team, the winners on the night for donating the prize and Stephen and "Tush" of the Hideout for looking after us so well. Rehearsals are ongoing in preparation for the upcoming festivals and a performance will be held in Rathangan hall on February 20th. Further details later.
Aidan Miskella of the Ballycogley Players was joined by a large gathering of family and friends over last weekend to help him celebrate his 60th bithday. Though the party was a surprise it did not stop Aidan enjoying the ocassion and he even gave us a few steps on the dance floor. Happy birthday Aidan from your family and friends.
The fundraising committee of the Mayglass church restoration fund held the final hamper draws in Ballycogley P.O during the recent past with the local mayor ,post mistress the duke and members of the public in attendance. The Danby Lodge winner was Erin Devereux, Killinick P.O winner was Amy Scallan and the Ballycogley P.O.; winners were Stepnanie Kehoe and Christina Devereux. Many thanks to you all, your support over the years is greatly appreciated.
The last couple of weeks have been hectic in the handball world with the County Finals being played across the county. Micheál Busher and Bob Byrne had a ding dong Junior B Doubles Final against Keith Armstrong from Kilmyshall. The first game was tight and could have gone either way but the Kilmyshall pair took it in the end 21-19.
A similar pattern followed in the second game but our pair dug deep to level the game. The effort put in in that second game took its toll in the third game and the Kilmyshall lads went on to take the title.
Micheál had a chance to gain revenge on Keith Armstrong in the Junior Singles Final but it was not to be unfortunately, as Keith won in straight sets. It was a frustrating night for Micheál who, having lost the first game, took control in the second game but could not put Keith away and lost it by the narrowest of margins. Micheál had only a day to rest up before playing his Leinster Junior B Singles semi-final and it was not enough recovery time as he went out in straight games against Michael Donovan from Laois.
The adult team event, which is being run on a league basis, kicked off as well and we lost our first game 2-1 to St Martins, with Bob Byrne our one winner on the night. The team of Bob, Micheal, Ciaran and Brian Busher have plenty of time to get back into it, and their next game is against St Josephs this week.
Shane Murphy produced a brilliant performance in the Final of the U17 B Singles Final, when he beat his club colleague Ciarán Busher in straight games on Saturday evening. Shane really pulled out all the stops and Ciaran was just not able to match him on the night.
Registration for 2015 will take place on Friday 6th February, 3 to 4,30 pm and 7 to 8 pm. Membership fees as follows underage E30, family E50 for 2 children or 3 for E 75 senior players (over 18) is €50.A player must pay their fee in full to be registered and covered by insurance. You cannot play matches or train if not registered. Non playing members is €20.
Training has started back for many of teams seniors Wednesday and Saturday 7-8, under 16 &14 Friday 7 - 8, under 12 's.Wednesday 3 - 4.30 and under 10's Friday 3 - 4.30. New players are welcome to join us.
A date for your diary we will be hosting a clothes collection on Saturday 11th April.
Active Retirement News
Kilmore Active Retirement Association held its monthly meeting on Thursday last in the GAA clubrooms. Our new chairman Joe Bulmer presided and at the outset he thanked the outgoing officers namely, Seamus, Noel, Mai and Margaret for their good work over the first three years of the Association and not forgetting the ladies catering committee under Margaret Howlin.
The main business was looking at the programme of events for 2015, the main points being Tenpin bowling every Monday, sports every Wednesday with various activities afterwards at the Stella Maris Centre, coffee afternoons, our fund raising table quiz at Quigley's of Kilmore on 19th February at 8.30pm, the spring lunch on 18th March at Danby Lodge, day trips the first of which is on 27th May, the annual holiday to Galway from 1st to 4th September, plus numerous other items of interest all of which will be expanded on in notes in the coming weeks. A recruitment drive is to be made with every member asked to seek at least one possible new member from their own area.
Last Wednesday's fun table quiz after our sports in the Stella Maris was very enjoyable; we welcomed our friends from Bannow/Ballymitty and Wexford ARA to the event. The winning table consisted of Maria Rossiter, Margaret Howlin and Trish McLennon. The next fun table quiz will be on 11th February after our sports which commences at 2pm, we would welcome anybody who may be interested to come along and enjoy the afternoon's event.
Community Games AGM
The Piercestown Murrintown Community Games AGM will be held in St.Martins Centre on Friday 30th January at 7.30pm. Please try to attend to ensure that the Community Games will continue in our Area.
Murrintown National School are delighted to host "Par Deux" Cooking Demonstration on Thursday 29th January with Head Chef Stephane Rochard of Kelly's Café. Steph is also well known for his mouth watering desserts at Kelly's Resort Hotel and has vast experience in working in many of France's gastronomic restaurants. He will show you his passion for being creative while turning simple dishes into work of art.
The night starts with a champagne reception at 7.30 pm followed by Steph's demonstration at 8.00 p.m. There will be culinary delights for every pallet!!
The school in recent years has undertook major renovations adding on 3 additional class rooms in 2014, but as the volume of children is increasing each year they are now undertaking a further development with two new rooms being added this summer.
Tickets are available from Murrintown National School or can be bought on the night. It promised to be a great night. Tel: 086 2739838 for further information.
First Aid Training
A Basic First Aid Course will start in St.Martins GAA Centre on Wednesday 28th January at 7.30pm. The course will continue for 6 weeks,the cost will be €95 which will include certification and a First Aid Book. For further information or to book a place contact Chris Culleton on 086 8476116.
Piercestown/Murrintown ARA Club are heading West on 29th August to Breaffy House Resort Hotels Castlebar Co Mayo for a 3 night DBB stay at this wonderful hotel. Price per person sharing is €250. SRS applies.Lunches and morning breaks at own discretion. Ring Mary Dempsey 053 91 58186 to book your place, deposit of €80.00 secures your place
Our Lady's Island
The January Community Coffee Morning will take place this Thursday, 29th January in Our Lady's Island Community Hall from 10.30a.m. to 12 noon. Do come along for cuppa and chat!!
It's not too late! Operation transformation is up and running! Get in on the action and join on our journey. Weekly confidential weigh-in and motivation by Marie Flood. Individual and group walking and exercise. Register any Tuesday between 6.30p.m. and 7.30p.m. at Tacumshane Old School. €10 registration fee. €2 weekly. All proceeds in aid of Tacumshane Old School Development.
Parents wishing to enrol their child in Scoil Mhuire, Broadway in September 2015 should please collect an Enrolment Form from the School Secretary's Office, phone 9131113. Forms also available at Paisti Beaga Playschool.
Leo Power, Summertown celebrated his 90th birthday on Saturday night last at a party in Meyler's Millhouse surrounded by family, friends and neighbours along with about thirty traditional musicians and singers from near and far.
Leo's lifelong friend and fellow musician, the renowned flute player Michael Griffin paid Leo a glowing tribute recalling his long musical career,and events over his lifetime including Tacumshane Ceili Band winning first prize at the County Fleadh in Ferns in 1962.
Michael was followed by Cllr. Ger Carthy who recounted many landmark events in Leo's long life from his upbringing in Reedstown, his marriage to Joan (nee Hartley) in the early 1960's, his purchase of the first combine to enter Co. Wexford, his involvement with Tacumshane Dramatic class, and his contribution to the social, cultural and sporting life of Lady's Island and the wider community, also his involvement with Tacumshane Ceili Band.
All the remaining members of that famous Bank were in attendance-Frank Byrne, Michael Griffin, Pat Byrne, Sean Carroll and of course Leo himself. He also spoke of Leo's contribution to the inception of the local Comhaltas Brach in the early 1950's and recounted Leo's opportunity in 1963 to perform for U.S. President John F. Kennedy on the quayside in New Ross.
Ger presented Leo with a gold medallion and Certificate of Recommendation on behalf of the Director General of Comhaltas for his contribution to Irish culture. Tony Power, on behalf of the Power family, recalled Leo as being more like a brother than an uncle during their early days in Reedstown, and his delight at seeing his family and grandchildren all around him.
He had a special welcome for Brendan Tobin and John Murphy and special thanks to Kevin Newport for providing transport over the years. He thanked Meyler's musicians and all present. Frank Byrne, one of ther original members of Tacumshane Ceili Band made a presentation to Leo and offered some kind words of recognition of Leo's great achievements. Kitty Griffin presented Joan Power with a bouquet of flowers.
Our Lady's Island G.A.A. lotto Jackpot stands at €8,100 and tickets may be purchased from local shops and from club members at a cost of €1.50. Ann Sinnott (seller Meyler's Millhouse) shared in this week's match 3 winners. Be in to win!