SOARING STAR: Catherine Foley was the recipient of the Intermediate Soaring Star Award at the Liberty Insurance Camogie All Star awards that were held on Saturday night in the Dublin's City West Hotel. The award is a huge honour for the Killamery native, who is member of Windgap Camogie and DIT teams. At the event another clup player Denise Gaule was a nominee in the half forward line for a senior award.
CAMOGIE: Windgap Camogie club held a very successful table quiz in Tullahought Community Centre on Tuesday evening. The winners were 1st Bernie Madigan, Ellen Madigan Margaret Foley,Lisa Power, Alanna Dunphy,and Denise Foley. 2nd Molly Walsh, Laura Foley, Lucy Culleton, Niamh Doyle and Karen Phelan. 3rd PJ Barron, Christy Phelan, Noel Smith, Carmel Smith, Miriam Barron, Eimear Smith and Eimear Barron. The club would like to thank all who supported them and also those who helped on the night.
FIXTURES: The camogie club under 21's are playing this week- end time and venue to be arranged. The Galmoy/Windgap under twenty one hurlers have played two challenge games in preparation for their championship ties.
THE CALL OF HOME: In the new era of emigration the final request of Anna Griffin a daughter from a previous black era of Irish emigration to be laid to rest with her family in Kilmacoliver Churchyard was granted. From a family of fifteen, who all spent a time abroad and most stayed, the event marks another break with the past. It also highlights the great love of those who left, for their home place.
ANNA (ANASTATIA) GRIFFIN; Anna Griffin a native of Kilmacoliver alias the main street in Tullahought died the Isle of Man on 28th August, 2012 at the age 86 years. Anna was the 8th of fifteen children of Tim (Timothy) and Nora Griffin. Her father was a native or Killorglin, in Co. Kerry and was a policeman with the Royal Irish Constabulary. He was stationed in the local R.I.C. Barracks in the Slatequarries when he met and married local girl Nora Carroll. Anna attended Kilmacoliver National School and then moved to the St. John of God Convent National School in Owning until the age of 14. Her first job was working on the Houlihan Family Farm in Bodalmore, Kells. In the 1950’s she moved to England with one of her sisters where she worked in a hospital in Eastbourne. After a few years she returned home and took up employment with a Jewish family in Dublin where she remained for three years. In 1964 or 1965 Anna emigrated to the Isle of Man, where she worked in a hotel in Castletown where she met her life-long partner Billy Quale who predeceased her a number of years ago. Over the years Billy and Anna who lived outside Colby loved to return home regularly to see her family in Tullahought. On Wednesday the 30th August Anna’s ashes were brought home by her sister Agnes and were buried in her family grave. Those present included her sister Agnes, brothers Joseph and Gerald, her nephews, nieces, Fr. Nicholas Flavin who officiated at the ceremony, members of the Parish Church Choir and many neighbours and friends. With many of the extended family having met for the first time it was a real community occasion with teas in the Community Centre. It was followed by a visit to the families old local, Powers in Tullahought and a day spent seeing the local faces and places that the younger family members had heard and never seen of over the past sixty years. Anna's family was Mary Bridget - RIP, Jimmy - RIP, Martin - RIP, Timmy - RIP, John Joe (Jack) - RIP, Una - RIP, Patrick- RIP, Annasatia (Anna) - RIP, Ellen - RIP, Frances - RIP, Margaret (England), Agnes (Manchester), Joseph (Owing), Willie (Sussex) and Gerald (England).
CARD DRIVE: The monthly Progressive Twenty Five Card Drive in aid of Windgap Hurling Club resumes in Guinans Bar and Lounge in Windgap on Friday 14th of November at 9.00pm. All are welcome.
HANDBALL NEWS: Windgap Handball Club are open to new members who wish to be registered. All juveniles must be registered by an adult and must be nine years or older before JJanuary1st. 2015. Club Membership fees are as follows, Juveniles €10, Third level students €15, Adults €35, Family €50
DEFIBRILATORS: The Defibrillator Committee would like to thank most sincerely those who provided all the lovely home produce and those who donated prizes for the raffles at the Cake Sale and Raffle at the Graveyard Masses.Also everyone who supported us on both evenings and all the people who helped in any way to make the annual event so successful. The total raised was €1,249.31 which will be used for training courses and maintenance of the defibrillators. Winners of the Hampers were – Eleanor Phelan and Seamus Murphy. Among the prize winners were Eamonn Doyle, Kathleen McCoy, Wazzie Kenneally, Sinéad Phelan, Bridget Morrissey, Evan Commins, Ger Doyle, Molly Walsh, Catherine Barron, John Foley, Chrissy Cantwell, Clare Doran, Nicky Hawe.
PLAYGROUND COMMENCES: Patience and perseverance was rewarded when a communities dreams were realized as work commenced on the Playground in Windgap on Wednesday last. With the tennis court resurfaced the waste area beside it will remain as a work site, until it is transformed into a state of the art play area. Well done to all involved in getting the project over the starting line.
TRACTOR RUN: The annual tractor run for school funds has been confirmed for Saturday 15th November at midday. It is hoped to have the McCarty Cup present for part of the time.
OUT AND ABOUT: Following a number of unsolved robberies in the area, concern has been expressed at the use of powerful lamps that light up large areas at night time.
DAFFODIL DAY: Plans to plant one thousand Daffodils in Windgap on Saturday last were postponed owing to weather conditions. The planting has been moved to Saturday next November 8th at 11am. All welcome, bring a trowel or planting tool.
PIONEER SOCIAL: The annual South Ossory Pioneer Social takes place in the Rhu Glen on Friday 14th of November. All members eligible for Gold or Silver pins are invited to contact their local branch members.
MCCARTHY CUP VISIT: The McCarthy Cup is scheduled to visit Windgap School on Friday 14th of November.
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