The next Hurling Club Card Drive will be held in Guinans on this Friday evening 15th at 9pm sharp. All are welcome.
The AGM of Windgap GAA takes place Fri. 22nd Jan at 8pm in the club rooms. All nominations etc to be sent to Club Sec. Noel Power by 15th
The next Hurling Club Card Drive will be held in Guinans on this Friday evening 15th at 9pm sharp. All are welcome.
RISING TIDE: Wet weather failed to dampen the local spirit over the Christmas and New Year Holidays with many events taking place in despite of it. Ranging from the International significance of the Soltice at the Coshel to the new local walks, historical reflections and presentations, they also included cards and many social get togethers, The attendance was swelled with locals returning from almost twenty countries as reflections were made on the past year and plans were made for the New Year. Amongst the hopes outside of the traditional ones of health and happiness were success in the local individual and team sports of hurling, camogie, handball, football and badminton. Further progress in Tidy Towns in Tullahought and Windgap, a community shop in the parish and the enhancement of the local hall were also included. High on the list was the need for greater security for people and their property and especially peace of mind and a sound nights sleep for those living alone. Also included were the planned upgrading of the creamery and some badly needed local employment opportunities.
KNOCKROE SOLSTICE: Twenty Five years on from the discovery of a Megalithic Passage Tomb at Knockroe the largest crowd in memory arrived on Monday 21st December to witness the evening Solstice. The Passage Tomb which is the only one in the country with chambers aligned to both the rising and setting sun of the Winter Solstice had fewer visitors for the wet and windy Solstice morning where there was little hope of witnessing the sunrise. However by mid-day a marked improvement in weather conditions meant that it was all stations go for the Caiseal Conservation Committee who worked with the Suir Valley Environmental Group to facilitate visitors to the site.
VOLUNTEERS HELP: Many thanks to the volunteers who managed the large volume of traffic and to the farmers who provided parking facilities thereby avoiding the traffic chaos of other years. the event was enhanced further by the provision of hot food and beverages outside the site entrance. As the crowd of over two hundred gathered on a beautiful sunny evening the rumor that Professor Muiris O'Sullivan would be in attendance was confirmed by a committee member.
HISTORIANS: Local historian Robert Duggan presented a very informative lecture on the history and folklore of the area before Professor O'Sullivan spoke at length on the archaeological digs carried out on the site in the past twenty five years. Professor O'Suillivan remembered especially the help received and friendships formed over those 25 years and spoke eloquently of departed friends without whom the significance of the Knockroe Passage Tomb would never have been realised. Another local historian John Joe Dunphy distributed a beautiful laminated information pamphlet highlighting the significance of Knockroe in the wider archaeology of the area.
BEAM OF LIGHT: With perfect timing Professor O'Sullivan ended his talk moments before the sun dropped onto the horizon to cast a beam of light into the western chamber briefly illuminating the carved stonework on the rear wall and finding a gap in the stones to cast a ray of light across the grass mound.
TIMES PAST, FUTURE: Could those who raised awareness in Knockroe 25 years ago have imagined the interest which would be generated in the site today? Indeed could those who constructed the Passage Tomb over 5000 years ago have imagined that we would look at their work in awe so many years later. As the visitors prepared to depart from Knockroe for another year they were advised of the threat posed to the Knockroe Passage Tomb in the shape of giant wind turbines which are proposed for the area. These turbines would protrude above the horizon in the area where the evening sunset casts its beam of light into the Western chamber. Indeed the developers of these turbines state that the development would have a significant negative visual impact on the Knockroe Passage Tomb. This raises the question, for how much longer will we be able to wonder at and enjoy this ancient monument?
GREAT SUPPORT: The Caiseal Conservation Committee fundraising raffle raised almost 600 euro towards protecting and developing Knockroe. The winner of the hamper was Margaret Bartley from Faugheen.
AWARD FOR DAN: Windgap Club Founder Dan Phelan was the recipient of a Maurice Davin Award in the Carraig Hotel Carrick on Suir on Sunday 27th of December. The event honoured personalities of the past, current senior inter county stars and players of the future from the three counties of Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford took place in front of a packed house. Further details to follow.
FORGE CRIB: The Forge Crib was blessed on Christmas Eve at 8.45pm just before the 9pm Vigil Mass. It drew a fine crowd of all ages for the event that had a carol service with John Ryan welcoming and thanking all involved.
CHRRISTMAS MASSES: Great Crowds from the locality and visitors from around the country and across the world attended the Christmas Masses on Christmas Eve in Tullahought and Windgap Churches. The Masses were celebrated by the PP Fr Fergal O'Farrell.
BRIDGE RESULTS: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club game held in the Olde House recently were 1st. Maureen Cantwell, Peggy Vaughan. 2nd Noreen Kenneally, Annette Meagher. 3rd. Kitty Meagher and Noreen Kinsella. Best Gross Rita Houlihan, Kitty Meagher.
TRACTOR RUN: Windgap National School Parents Association recently presented cheques of €5,000 each to both Windgap National School and to the Kilkenny Homecare team from the John Smith Tractor Run Event held on 14th November. It involved a loop from Windgap to Coolagh with a pit stop in the Auld House in Killamery (where a successful auction took place) followed by return to Windgap. It was a wonderful community event in our parish with great support from all of the community and many neighbouring parishes. The Event was held in the memory of local contractor John Smyth who sadly passed away earlier this year, and the response was incredible - the group had 215 tractors on the day The success of the event reflected in the handing over of 5,000 cheques to Windgap National School and the Kilkenny Home Care team. The event was organized by the Windgap National School Parents Association (committee of Jan Kennedy, Carmel Smith, Tom Egan, Barbara Power, Matthew Enright and Liz Jackson) and they would like to sincerely thank all who supported the event in any way.
WALKS OPENING: The opening of the two new “National Trails accredited Loop walks will took place on St Stephens Day in Windgap. It attracted an amazing turnout of over one hundred walkers in with atrocious weather conditions. The events included the Historical Village nad the Bearna Breac walk with a film show for the younger children and hot food, wren boys and refreshments for all.
HEALTHY AND FIT 2016! 10 days to go before we start our first Men's Running Group! This program commences Mon 11th January & will run for 4 weeks & 5 Monday nights. meeting in Piltown GAA Complex. You will do two homework sessions within each week also. Our goal is to build up your running endurance to reach 5km! All fitness levels very welcome!. With only a few places left, we look forward to hearing from you & we do promise that there'll be no pink running tops involved! Please contact Emer on 0863743763.
CARD DRIVE: Winners of the Hurling Club Card Drive held in Guinans were: 1st. PJ Barron & Eamon Doyle (13 games). Runners Up: Pj Egan & John Cody, Jim Coyne & Tom Egan (11 games). 20th Game: Michael Cunnongham & Brian Hickey. Raffle Winners: Michael Cunningham, Jim Coyne, John Kenny, Patrick Foley, Mary Guinan.
THANKS AND BEST WISHES: Sincere thanks are extended to all who contribute snippets for the weekly notes. They are greatly appreciated in particular far away from home. All items submitted are included and additional ones to reflect the variety and activities in the area are always appreciated. Best wishes are extended to one an all for a great year ahead.
PARISH RAFFLE WINNERS: The winners of the raffle were: 1st prize, Terri Mackey, Rossnaneny; 2nd, Ruth Landy, Butlerswood; 3rd, Jo Jo Purcell, Lamogue; 4th, Catherine Phelan, Bawnreigh; 5th, Mary Butler, Inchnagloch; 6th, Sean Barron, Rossnaneny.
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Recent Death: Eileen O’Meara, Mullinahone & Windgap
Anniversaries: Windgap: Pauline Comerford, Lamogue;
John Phelan, Seskin
Tullahought: Mary & Edward Morrissey, Ballygowan
Mass Times (weekend):
Windgap: Saturday, 7.30 p.m.
Tullahought: Sunday, 10 a.m.
The Epiphany (6th Jan.):
Windgap: Tues., 5th, 7.30 p.m.
Tullahought: Wed., 6th, 10 a.m.
Windgap: Wed., 6th, 12 p.m. (for school)
Windgap: Readers: December: 26, Sean Foley; January: 2, Ann Foley; 9, Rita Phelan; 16, Caoimhe O’Shea; 23, Martin O’Shea; 30, Michelle O’Brien..
Eucharistic Ministers: December; 26. Joan Watters; January: 2, Liz Jackson.
Tullahought: Eucharistic Ministers: Leo Conalty; Patricia Power; Mary Walsh; Eileen Grace.
World Youth Day 2016, Kracow, Poland, July 2016. Pope Francis will attend. Ossory Diocese is inviting young people (over 18 years) to attend; contact email@example.com or Fr Richard Scriven (firstname.lastname@example.org / 087 2420033) or Derek Dooley (087 938 4242).
New Year: In Ireland 1 January was not counted as New Year’s Day until it was designated as such by law in 1751. Up to then the legal year began on 25 March (and in England but not in Scotland which had 1 January). New Year’s Eve was known as Oíche na Coda Móire (the night of the big portion) because of the belief that eating a very large supper on that night ensured food aplenty for the coming year. There were other unusual customs associated with New Year’s Eve. At the beginning of the 18th century there were at least 35 holydays of obligation in Ireland (not counting the local patrons or parish celebrations – the local patterns). The first of January - the feast of the circumcision of Christ - was one of these holydays of obligation.
Epiphany: The name Epiphany comes from the Greek evpifa,neia [epiphaneia] which means manifestation or appearance or epiphany. The feast refers to the manifestation of the Christ child to the representatives of the Gentiles – the wise men from the east in ch. 2 of Matthew’s gospel. The Greek word for the wise men in the gospel is ma,goi, [Latin magi] which means wise men or astrologers. They are described as coming from the east (avpo. avnatolw/n/apo anatolón). In a 6th century Latin tradition the wise men are called Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. Later they are depicted as kings (dei heilige drei Könige), and Cologne Cathedral claims to have their relics. The feast of the epiphany has a long and complex history going back probably to the 4th century. It is commonly known in Ireland as “Little Christmas” and in Irish as “Nollaig na mBan” perhaps because cake, tea & wine were more in evidence than on Christmas Day (marked by beef and whiskey – men’s fare!). There is an Irish proverb associated with it “Oíche na dTrí Rithe ‘Sea deintear fíon den uisce”; it links the night of the three kings to the miracle at Cana. An old custom that was once widespread in Ireland was the lighting of candles on this night.
Westcourt News: January Mass for the blessings and for the canonisation of Blessed Edmund Rice will take place in Westcourt on Monday 4 January at 7.30 p.m.. Callan Active Retirement is hosting the Mass. All are welcome. Br. Damien wishes all in Windgap athbhliain faoi mhaise.
Vocations: January 3, 2016 - The light of Christ shines upon you. How will you share that light with others? Consider the gift of a vocation to the priesthood. If you think God is calling you to priesthood, call Fr. Willie Purcell Ossory Vocations Director. 056 7770261 or email email@example.com. www.ossory/vocations.
Priests of Windgap: John Lyng was born in Tintine, in the parish of Inistioge in 1801. The Lyngs were originally a Wexford family who had moved into Kilkenny. John studied for the priesthood in Birchfield, beginning in 1828, and was ordained priest in 1833. In February 1834 he was appointed CC in Windgap where he remained for the next eleven years. He was transferred to Mooncoin in 1845 and about 1 October 1854 was appointed PP Clara. In January 1859, on the transfer of Fr Hayden to St. Patrick’s, he was presumably at his own request appointed PP Windgap and thus was able to return to the scene of his former labours. His pastorate in Windgap was brief – just over four years. He died on Monday, 5 January 1863, after a protracted illness. In his obituary in the Kilkenny Journal he is described as most zealous in the discharge of his sacred duties, as gentle and considerate, particularly to the poor, and most attentive to the education of the young, and it adds that he was greatly esteemed by his brother priests. He was buried in the cemetery adjacent to the chapel in Windgap.
Prayer for the New Year: Lord, as I quench the lamp and close the door on the past year, may I find the words of gratitude to honour this passing time; the gift of your design. For all that’s come and gone, for decisions right and wrong, for unsung songs, I offer words of thanks. For days when life had plenty, for nights when hearts were empty; for undiscovered plains, when all was ventured but nothing gained. Through struggle and through pain, may we learn to rise again. Now at this threshold time make our hearts refined to dream new dreams beyond our imagining. May we step into places where courage will take us beyond our limited spaces. May we never lose the courage to seek for a better world where no child will cry hungry, while another is bored with too much. Where war is remembered in hushed tones, a memory of forgotten days. Where colour and creed can celebrate with pride in their different ways. And may your gentleness O Lord, exude from every heart. May this new year be a year of many blessings where new vision will transform the paralysed places of lonely hearts. Where we will discover the hidden beauty of each soul, all who cross our pathways and if we meet with sorrow may we find an inner light to guide us to the bright place in the company of friends and family, in the company of love. May each moment of every month unveil your abiding presence in beautiful surprises, reawakening the child within each one of us. Lord, bless all we hold so dear that you might guide our way at the birthing of the year (Liam Lawton).
Placenames:. Glencommaun = Gleann Comáin. The name is attested as early as 1300 and signifies “the crooked / winding glen”. According to the OS and Canon Carrigan there are two holy wells here Tobermathulla or St. Mocuille’s well (feast-day, 12 June), and Tobermamonine or St. Moninna’s well (Broderick’s well). Canon Carrigan probably collected the tradition of the pilgrimage or turas associated with the two wells when curate in Templeorum (1893-95). He mentions a field called Glownacunneen and a pattern field above it & a pattern held here up to about 1750. The turas or pilgrimage began at Tobermoninne, continued by the stream leading from it down to the glen below where it met the stream from Tobermocuille and then up that stream to Tobermocuille itself. There was apparently an ancient custom of taking away the water of Tobermoninne on 1 May or some day in May suggesting that the pattern may have been held in May.
Athbhliain faoi mhaise daoíbh go léir/Felice anno nuovo /Ich wünsche allen ein gesegnetes neues Jahr/I wish all our parishioners a blessed and prosperous New Year.
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