WINDGAP CALENDAR: Hot off the shelves, the 2014 Windgap Calendar will be available at the Bring and Buy sale in the Community Centre on Saturday next. A new feature in the locality it contains the winning photos taking by the children of St. Nicholas National School at the time of the Gathering. The photos were selected from an entry of over sixty. Produced by the Gathering Committee the funds will go to the local school building fund.
OUT AND ABOUT: Just days into the start of this years shooting season the area around the wildlife lakes and amenity area provided by the local community and Tidy Towns group in Tullahought was hunted. Elsewhere chip bags and fast food containers from as far away as Tramore were dumped in the locality. Their appearance joins the many soft drinks cans and bottles that are continually thrown onto the roadside margins and ditches from passing vehicles within weeks of the area retaining its Tidy Towns Bronze medal.
TRACTOR RUN: Windgap National School Parents Association are holding a fundraising Tractor Run and Bring and Buy Sale in aid of Windgap National Schools Building Project on Saturday 9th November. Tractor Run to commence at 12:00, meeting point the Lake Car Park. Registration to Michael Moloney 087 641 2653. Entrance fee €25 per tractor. Bring and Buy Sale from 12:00-4:00 in the Community Hall. Refreshments served all day. All Welcome. Your Generosity will be greatly appreciated.
LOOKING GOOD: Autumnal colours, good views and the fine weather attracted many walkers and day-trippers to the area in recent weeks. Using the Viewing Tower as a focal point they made their way to the nearby, high crosses, walks, Coshel and Grotto. Amongst those were many international visitors who were pointed to the area of high amenity and historical features and those who liked to stay away from the major routes and roads. The early splurge of berried holly that had added a red hue to some ditches has taking a hammering from Thrushes over recent days as has the beech trees who lost lots of their colourful foliage in the heavy showers.
GALMOY WINDGAP: In preparation for their under twenty one tie with championship favourites Kilmacow on the coming weekend the side travelled to play Moyne Templetuohy in a Challenge game in Templetuohy on Sunday last. On the day the home side who had appeared in the recent County Intermediate Final were too strong for the combined side who featured players who had won both the Northern and Southern Junior titles.
HANDBALL REPORT: The AGM of Windgap Handball Club took place in the Alley on Saturday evening. Reviewing a successful year, it saw club members compete at all levels in club, county, provincial, national colleges and inter varsitiy competitions. The club were the benefactors of sponsorship received from Glanbia, Bretts and Richard White. The roll of honour for the year showed nineteen county and four 40x20 title, one One-Wall county title and six 60x30 county, four Leinster and one Inter varsity crown. In addition the club hosted the county one wall championships that is on now well its way to become an Olympic sport. During the year work was carried out on the roof and emergency lighting and proposed works for the coming year included the changing of the alley keys, maintenance work on the back wall, gutters, showers and the erection of de- fibrillator signs. Also planned are the completion of Garda Vetting and the organisation of Code of Ethics and Coaching Courses. Present and re-elected at the meeting were Chairperson Gerard Doyle, Secretary Michael O'Shea, Treasurer Michael Grace Simon Brophy, Jimmy Purcell, Jimmy Walsh and Eamon Purcell. Having shown a slight loss over the year's workings a strong debate took place on the extensive alterations and costs that may occur if the new hall project gets off the ground. Plans were then put in place to promote the annual fundraising draw. After the list of coaches was drawn up for each grade the registration date was set for Thursday 7th. After registration the booking sheets will be available on the notice board to members after eleven each Sunday morning.
Make your own Christmas presents this year. Decoupage is the art of decorating objects like wooden boxes with serviette paper. Christmas decoupage classes for adults Thursday 7. November from 6-8pm. The course costs 50euros for 5 classes. If you are interested please contact Giedre Dunphy 0857635291.
120TH ANNIVERSARY: For the one hundred and twentieth anniversary of Windgap Creamery the 5th & 6th class in the local national School made a model of the present building. Painted grey with blue windows and with farm machinery included the listed building is one of the heritage gems of the area. Plans were announced recently by Glanbia to restore the building!
BRIDGE: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club game played in the Olde House are 1st; Agnes Foley, Stella Tennyson. Best Gross Moria Hickey, Helen Lanigan. 2nd Mary Joy, Rita Houlihan. 3rd; Noreen Hayes, Sarah Crowley.
PIONEERS: The annual South Ossory Pioneer Social takes place on November 5th in the Rhu Glen. Music is by Twice Shy. Tickets can be got from Kitty Egan or Eamon Doyle.
WINDGAP PLANNING: Plans for the Community Centre and Playground in Windgap are to be presented at a Public Meeting on Tuesday 5th November at 8.00 p.m.
DIARY DATE: The Annual Fun and Family Walk on December 26th commences from the GAA Club Rooms. Route and time details to follow.
SCRAP COLLECTION: Windgap Hurling Club is running a Scrap Collection that will assist repairing the Ball Stop netting behind the goals. The event runs from now till the end of November. For more details contact Club Chairman PJ Egan or any member of the committee. All donations of scrap greatly appreciated.
WALKING: The walking groups continue each Saturday morning where they meet at the lake in Windgap at 9.30am. and also at the Community Centre in Tullahought on Mondays and Thursdays at 7.30pm. All are welcome to take part at any place or time.
CHILD WELFARE: The Hurling Club was well represented at the recent meetings held in the Springhill Hotel for Childrens and Designated Club Officers. Following the propsed legal changes it is essentail that all personell working in any area with under age people are both Garda Vetted and that a Code of Practice course has beenn undertaken.
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