Thursday 23 May 2019

Around the districts: Kilmore, Murrintown and Piercestown

Action from Rathangan Variety Group’s production of ‘ 9 to 5 The Musical’ in Rathangan Hall: Bernie Leahy (Violet Newstead), Siobhan Murphy Finnegan (Doralee Rhodes) and Jenny Kehoe (Judy Bernly)
Action from Rathangan Variety Group’s production of ‘ 9 to 5 The Musical’ in Rathangan Hall: Bernie Leahy (Violet Newstead), Siobhan Murphy Finnegan (Doralee Rhodes) and Jenny Kehoe (Judy Bernly)

Kilmore - Month's Mind Mass: The month's mind Mass for Annie Challoner, late Of Kehoe's Pub and Parlour will take place in Kilmore Quay On March 1 at 7 p.m. Refreshments are being served following Mass in Kehoe's Pub. The family would like as many as possible who knew Annie to attend.


There is no pilates in Tomhaggard Social Centre on Wednesday the 27th due to Electricity being off. Class resumes Wednesday, March 6, 10 a.m. after midterm break.

Kilmore AC

NATIONAL INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS, ABBOTSTOWN - Well done to Fiona Kehoe, who fought to the line to finish a fine sixth in the National Senior 800m in a time OF 2: 09: 64. FIONA CAN NOW LOOK FORWARD TO A BUSY OUTDOOR SEASON.

ENNISCORTHY 10K - Congratulations to Jackie Carthy and Helen Doyle, who represented the club in yesterday's Enniscorthy 10k, hosted by Slaney Olympic. There was a field of nearly 400, with the first woman home being Olympian and European Cross Country medalist Fionnuala McCormack (formerly Fionnuala Britton). Jackie won her category and was fourth female overall in a time of 38: 10. Helen Doyle was seventh in her category and 16th woman overall running a time of 44: 37. Great running from both.

LEINSTER JUVENILE INDOORS, ATHLONE - The créme de la créme of Leinster juvenile athletics descended upon the AIT International Arena this weekend for an enthralling two days of athletics. As ever this competition was well attended by Kilmore juveniles, who were all looking forward to putting their hard training to the test across a wide variety of events.

An early start was required for those travelling on Saturday morning. The 400m races and the 1500m races was where Kilmore interest was centered around in the morning. Kicking off the action was Sam Molyneux. Sam is becoming no stranger to the horrible feeling of the lactic acid building up during the painful, two lap 400m races. The goal for Sam was to improve on his time from two weeks previous in the National Juniors. That's exactly what he did. He ran a time of 57.05, slightly quicker than two weeks before and left Athlone safe in the knowledge that his goal had been achieved.

Next to face the track were Cian Doyle, Liam O'Flaherty and Rory Cassidy in their respective 1500m races. The goal for all three lads was to walk away from Athlone with PB's. Cian was up first in the under-17 race. Due to unfortunate situation Cian was unable to complete the race but was well on course for a PB They say 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger' and we have no doubt this disappointment will only spur Cian on. Coincidentally Liam and Rory despite being in different races found themselves hitting the exact same splits throughout. That ensured that they finished in the same time, 5: 13 ensuring that both walked away happy and with two PB's in the bag.

In the afternoon all eyes were centered on the field. Having missed out on a medal by the slightest of margina, 1cm two weeks ago in the National Juniors, Cian Bates was determined to go one step further. Having been injured in the week and with his ankle still heavily strapped, Cian produced a gold medal winning performance, jumping 5.84m. That was 80cm clear of his nearest challenger. This was a fine achievement for Cian. Leinster juvenile medals for the club is few and far between so it was great to have such a success. For Cian, his attention now turns to the National Championships taking place in the coming months.

Sunday was to be a similarly busy day. The action started with the 600m races. Rayna Thompson and Ava Barry were about to get their first taste of indoor running. It didn't disappoint. Rayna was in the first heat and got out hard. After about 300m she made her brave move. She looked clear till suddenly the pain set in. She settled for third unfortunately not good enough to qualify as a fastest loser but still an impressive time of 2: 03. Rayna also competed in the Long Jump coming 30th out of a field in excess of 60 with a best jump of 3.08m. Ava was up next. She ran a really strong race producing an exceptional and impressive sprint finish to come sixth in her heat in a time of 2: 09.

Next up was Freya Thompson, Niamh Fortune and Kate O'Flaherty. Freya and Niamh were both in the under-14 girls 800m. Freya was up first and produced a quick time of 3: 01. This was good going. She was also 35th in the Long Jump with a best of 2.95m. Niamh also ran a great race, running 2: 58. Kate was next in the under-15 800m. She got off to a fast start and kept working hard all the way to the line, finishing in a time of 2: 55. Kate is now looking forward to the Irish Life Health Leinster Schools Cross Country in Santry on Wednesday.

The final race with Kilmore involvement was the second heat of the under-16 girls 800m. Eimear Fortune was in this one. She was joined by Ciara Martin (St Paul's) who for the past couple of months has been training alongside Eimear in Kilmore. This definitely brought the best out of the girls. With the top three positions pretty much decided from the gun, three fastest loser spaces lay idle. Thankfully both girls progressed. Eimear ran a time of 2: 33 and Ciara a time of 2: 34. They then had a couple of hours to prepare for the final. The tired legs really showed her with Ciara finishing sixth in 2: 35 and Eimear in ninth in 2: 40. I definitely didn't envy them having to run two tough flat out 800m races in one day.

The Championships were a success for Kilmore AC overall. Coaches Mary and Fiona were delighted with the results and credit must be given to them too for the hard work and dedication. Attention now turns to the upcoming Leinster Junior Indoors and Leinster Juvenile relay indoors in Abbotstown on March 2 and three. Well done all, you did great.

LEINSTER SCHOOLS XC, SANTRY - Well done to Kate O'Flaherty and Arwyn Thompson, who represented Loretto and Presentation Wexford respectively in the Minor Girls 1500m at the Leinster Schools Cross Country in Santry Demesne. Both girls did very well.

GOOD LUCK - Good luck to those doing the Mr Oil County Novice Road Race in Rathrogue next Sunday. The race is hosted by United Striders.

TRAINING - Senior Training is at Kilmore GAA Grounds at 6.30 p.m. on Tuesday and Enniscorthy Sports Hub Saturday at 10 a.m. All adult members welcome as well as experienced runners.

Juvenile Training: We train in Kilmore GAA Grounds on Monday and Thursday evenings at 6.30 p.m. We also train on the track in Enniscorthy on Saturday at 10 a.m. S & C with Fiona on Wednesday in Kilmore GAA Centre at 6.30 p.m. for juvenile members. See training programmes for details. Young runners must be seven years old already this year to qualify under Athletics Ireland rules. New members welcome, parents can contact us on Facebook, Twitter (@ClubKilmore) or by emailing

COUCH TO 5K - Every Tuesday at 7 p.m. in Kilmore GAA Grounds we will hold our Couch to 5k Programme. It would be great to see you come along and improve your fitness.

Birthday Wishes

Special birthday wishes go to that fine young gentleman from Ballyharty Mr Jimmy Barry, who last week celebrated his 88th birthday so congratulations Jimmy and heres to many more.

Scope meeting

Reminder-Kilmore Scope/Bridgetown Information Centre will hold an important meeting on Wednesday, February 27, at 2.15 p.m. in the AOH hall. The meeting will make plans for future events in the centre and is important for all members and indeed anybody interested in the future plans to attend this meeting.

Active Retirement

There was a fine turnout for our coffee afternoon and fun table quiz at Mary Barry's on Wednesday the 20th. There was the usual friendly banter during the quiz and all sides enjoyed the occasion, some even tried to break out into song. Roll on the next one. Tenpin bowling continues on Mondays at Leisuremax at 10.30 a.m. and indoor bowls continues on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. in the Stella Maris Centre. Our next meeting is getting close and this will be held on Thursday the seventh in the GAA clubrooms at 7.30 p.m.

Wexford Water Safety AGM

Wexford Water Safety's AGM will take place on March 2 at 7.30 p.m. in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford.


Split the pot

The last winner of €666 was Lorraine Busher Carley. Lorraine bought her lucky ticket in Cream coffee shop , Henrietta St. Draw takes place every Monday night at Murrintown bingo. Remember you must be to win.

Community centre

BINGO - Mondays 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bus pick up at usual points: Ballycogley, Tenacre Pub, Bramble Park 7.30 p.m., Lakelands, Mayglass and Mulrankin. Town pickups: 7.10 Green Street opposite CBS through Kennedy Park by Lidl to Liam Mellows 7.15 p.m. Whiterock Hill 7.20 p.m.

We are in urgent need of volunteers for bingo. Should you have some free time on a Monday evening and are willing to volunteer please contact the Community Centre at 053 9139328.

TAEKWON-DO - Mondays and Wednesdays 7 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact Pat O'Rourke - 053 9145773.

DANCEFIT - Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. to 8.30 p.m. Contact Amanda Burke - 087 9713339.

YOGALATES - Thursdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Contact Sharon - 086 1943527.

BEGINNERS ART CLASSES - Beginners oil painting classes starting soon in Murrintown Community Centre on Wednesday mornings. Two hour class cost €20 all materials provided if interested call Lynda on 086 1623726

COMMUNITY CENTRE LIBRARY - Community Centre library opening hours Monday to Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. 5.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Lourdes Pilgrimage Draw

Tickets for the Ferns Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage annual draw will be on sale in Piercestown Church on Saturday and Sunday next March 2/3. Lots of great prizes. Tickets 2.00 each or three tickets for €5. Please support.

Community Centre AGM

The AGM of Piercestown Knockingall Community Centre will be held in the centre on February 26 at 7.45 p.m. Everyone welcome.

Scout Group news

Registration of new beavers, cubs and scouts will be held next Tuesday, February 26, at 7.30 p.m. for any boys wishing to join any of the three come along to meet the leaders and register. beavers meet Thursday 6.30=7.30 and Cubs/Scouts meet Tuesdays 7.30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

On March 28 there will be a Parents Open information night at Knockingall Centre (Scout and Guide meeting hall) at 7 p.m. short presentation by County Commissioner Mr Dan O'Leary, Wexford.

ARA club news

Day trip on Tuesday, March 26 - Nicholas Moss Pottery Bennettsbridge, Smithwicks Brewery Kilkenny, free time in Kilkenny shopping,

€60 includes entry to above venues, coach and evening meal at Horse and Hound on way home. Contact Ann at 087 6677411 to book or through any of the committee members.

ARA Group Easter Hamper Draw - Lines on sale through ARA members for our annual Easter Hamper Draw, First Prize will be on display in Londis Piercestown from next week.

€2 a line, or three for €5. Please support and thank you for your support in previous years.

Text alert group will hold their AGM in st martins centre on wed February 20 at 8.30 p.m. Everyone welcome, if you are a member please come along and new members welcome.

Piercestown-Murrintown ARA Club annual Coach Tour to Westport, Staying at Castlecourt four Star hotel, Westport three dbb, 350.00 pp sharing (price locked in before hospitality tax goes up) book early to avoid disappointment. August 26. Bus fully booked, waiting list names for this trip. Contact Ann at 087 6677411 to put your name on waitlist.

Wexford Water Safety AGM

Wexford Water Safety's AGM will take place on March 2 at 7.30 p.m. in the Talbot Hotel, Wexford.

Tennis Club

Membership of St Martin's Club is now available for this year. Reasonable rates apply for adult/family and junior membership, with discount for those who pay by February 28.

All enquiries to 087 9266055 or email

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