TIDY TOWNS: Following Tullahought Bronze Medal success in this year’s Tidy Towns competition, Fáilte Ireland the Department of the Environment, Community & Local Government have invited members of the local committee to the South East Region SuperValu Tidy Towns Awards event. It takes place on this Thursday in the winning Regional Centre of Clonegal, in Carlow. On the night the local group will be represented by Eamon Doyle, Dick Walsh, Kathleen Duggan and Eileen Norris. Best wishes are extended to the group’s secretary Mary Egan for a speedy recovery after a recent operation.
HANDBALL AGM: Reflecting on one of the busiest year ever the dedicated few running the local Handball club reviewed a very successful year at the recent AGM. During it club players won titles during in the 40 x 20, one wall and 60 x 30 competitions from juvenile to master’s level at schools colleges, club, county, team, provincial and international level. Off the court great work has been done externally to prepare for the painting of the building and the installation of new guttering. On the coaching front all of the club coaches will be taking part in a foundation training course in the next few weeks, with the practical’s taking place in the alley and the theory being carried out in the GAA Club Rooms. The course will be delivered by a GAA Handball Tutor. With a small turnout the outgoing officers were re-elected with Sean Foley coming on board to look after the handball website. The line-up for the year ahead is Chairman Gerard Doyle, Vice chairman Jimmy Purcell, Secretary Michal O' Shea, Treasurer Michael Grace, PRO Jimmy Walsh, Website Sean Foley. Also in attendance were John Barron and Shane Doyle. The trainers will be appointed and the training rotas announced shortly.
WINNERS ALL: Amongst the players who won handball titles during the year were Roisin Foley, Áine Dunne, Sean Dunne, Sean Purcell, Jack Doyle, Robert Culleton, Pauric Foley, Adam O’ Shea, Eoin O’ Brien, Niall O’ Brien, Sean Barron, Conor Foley, Blade O Gorman, , Luke Ward Margaret Purcell Caoimhe O'Shea, Margaret Foley, James Purcell Conor Doyle, Cliodhna O Shea, Roisin Foley, Sonta Jackson, Emer Barron, Orlaith O’ Shea Emmet Landy Darragh O’ Shea, Robert Culleton, Shane Cullen Jack Hayes, Ml O’ Shea Eamon and Jimmy Purcell, Philip Lonergan, Eamon Hawe PJ Barron, Darragh O Shea, Simon Walsh, Pat Foley, Shane Walsh and Deirdre Purcell
MEDAL WINNERS: At the Kilkenny County Board medal Presentation night in Cillin Hill on Saturday night Gerard Purcell was presented with his British Junior Football Championship Medal by the GAA President Aogán Ó Fearghaill. At the same event Niall Walsh was presented with his second Leinster Minor Hurling Medal by the Leinster Chairman John Horan and County Chairman Ned Quinn.
BOUNDARY COMMISSION: A public meeting on the potential effects of the Boundary Commission on the Carlow and Waterford borders with Kilkenny will take place in the RHU GLEN on Monday next 30th of November at 7.30pm.
TABLE QUIZ: The Suir Valley Environmental Group is hosting a table quiz in Robinson’s Bar, Kilsheelin on Friday 27th November at 8.30 pm. Tables of 4 players €20, As its one of our major fundraisers please make every effort to attend and bring a team or as many as you can. There will be a festive raffle on the night. Proceeds from the night will go to the Suir Valley Environmental Group to help continue the fight against the imminent threat of industrial wind turbines on Carrigadoon and Curraghdobbin hills and so protect the iconic views of Slievenamon and the evening Solstice at Knockroe Passage Tomb.
CLUB MEETING: A meeting of the Hurling Club takes place in the Clubrooms on this Wednesday evening at 8pm.
BELGIUM OPEN: Over one hundred and sixty handballers from nine countries travelled to Huissignies for the EDTL International Belgium Open. The Irish contingent with players from Longford, Tipperary, Clare, Roscommon, Galway, Limerick, Wexford, Tyrone, Antrim and Westmeath included Windgaps Shane Wash and Dan Breen ok Kells. At the one wall event they competed with players from Spain, Argentina, England, Holland, Belgium, France, America, and Italy which saw an Argentinean beat an English player in the final. Various Irish people did well, including sixteen year old Daniel Kavanagh winning the open doubles and Dan Breen the C competition. The event concluded with all the players attending a banquet on Saturday night.
EUROPEAN HANDBALL: Reporting from the handball courts in Europe local player and former Paris Gaels footballer Shane Walsh has found a strong handball culture where some versions are not played against a wall. Using the same skills as handball, it is more like tennis without the rackets. In Belgium the handball game is jeu de paume which means palmball is a two verses two game and Frisian handball in the Netherlands is five verses five on a seventy foot grass pitch.
DEVELOPMENT AGM: The AGM of the Windgap Community Development Committee takes place in the Club Rooms on Wednesday. Further details to follow.
SOUTH FINAL: There was widespread disappointment after the South Final clash with neighbours Dunnamaggin on Saturday afternoon in Callan when the side went down by a single point. See Sports pages for the match report.
TRACTOR RUN; The inaugural John Smith Memorial tractor run took place in aid of Windgap National School and Kilkenny Hospice on Saturday last. For the event a total of over two hundred and ten tractors of all makes and models were led by John’s brother George sons Adam and Wesley and his wife Jean. After a good feed and a produce sale in the hall the convoy left after midday and took to the byways and highways. On the way they pulled in for refreshments and a huge auction in Killamery.
CAMOGIE NEWS: The postponed under twenty one game against Dicksboro took place in Danesfort on Sunday morning in Danesfort. In the game three early Dicksboro goals saw the side run out easy winners. On the day some of the very young players in Hennessey, Amanda Power, Deirdre Purcell and Elaine Power showed great potential. Also making steady progress on her return after a long break was Niamh Phelan. The game brings the season down on the on field activities.
OUT AND ABOUT: Blackberry Blossoms, green strawberries and occasional daisy’s lady fingers or foxgloves combined with an abundance of red berried holly have all added to the autumnal colours of beech trees and bracken. Also to be seen are finches in flocks with the arrival of the Mistle Thrushes from the continent adding hustle and bustle to the hedgerows.
NOT NOW DARLING: Shrughawadda Players, Kilmoganny will present their latest play` Not Now Darling` by Ray Cooney and John Chapman in St. Eoghan’s Centre, Kilmoganny from the 24th to 27th Nov 2015 at 8pm nightly. Nonstop laughter in store. Tickets are on sale at Kilmoganny Post Office or contact 051-648001
BRIDGE RESULTS: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club game held in the Olde House recently were 1st. Sarah Crowley and Elizabeth Lanigan. 2nd Pat Arrigan and Margaret Comerford. 3rd. Kitty Meagher and Noreen Kinsella. Best Gross Noreen Hayes and Rita Phelan.
CLUB NEWS: This Week’s Winning Numbers were 7, 19, 24, 25 and Bonus number 14. The result brought a match three cheque to Paddy Egan. Next week’s prize fund is €6,000.
KCAT QUIZ: A Table Quiz for KCAT takes place on Fri 27th Nov at 8 pm in Carroll’s bar, Callan. Come as long for a fun eve and great prizes.
EXERCISE: Six weeks of classes to get everyone fit n'fab for Christmas will take place on every Wednesday from 11th November at 10.30am in Windgap Community Centre. The classes for ladies only welcome all fitness levels. Classes will vary using kettle bells, dumbbells, steps and mats. All classes will work through three components of fitness, cardio/muscular endurance (tone & strength) & flexibility. All classes are pay as you go, so simply turn up that morning and join in. All enquiries welcome to Emer on (086)3743763
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