PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Congratulations are extended to local Camogie player Denise Gaule who was rewarded for her performances when she collected the Clubs first All Star and the Camogie Association and Women’s Gaelic Players Association Players’ Player of the Year award in the City West Hotel on Saturday night. Daughter of Dinny and Joan Gaule and sister to Lorraine, the awards follow on the first All-Ireland Senior Camogie medal Deniese brought to the club in September. In a year of an inter-county double at senior and intermediate level her tem-mates Emma Kavanagh, Collette Dormer, Anne Dalton, Meighan Farrell, Miriam Walsh and Julie Ann Malone also won All Stars with Jenny Clifford and Ciara Holden receiving Intermediate Soaring Star awards. In addition the Manager of the Year was Ann Downey with Ciara Holden receiving the Intermediate Players’ Player of the award
AWARDS ON THE DOUBLE: Both villages from the Parish were represented at the SuperValu Tidy Towns awards for the South East region on Thursday evening last. The awards ceremony was held in the Lakeview Hotel, Ballina, Co Tipperary following the success of the neighbouring village Birdhill who won the title of Ireland’s Tidiest Village.
Tullahought collected their first Silver Medal in the competition when Paddy Egan was presented with the much coveted award. The village also won the commended award for County Kilkenny which was presented to Mary Egan, joining them on the night were fellow committee members Kathleen Duggan and Dick Walsh.
Windgap who made fantastic gains in just their second year in the competition in recent years won the Endeavour award for the County and Noreen Hayes and Kate Maloney were on hand to collect the award. Representing County Kilkenny in his official capacity on the night was another Windgap man Cllr. Matt Doran, Chairman of Kilkenny County Council.
The SuperValu TidyTowns winners were presented with their awards by Mr. Michael Ring, Minister for Regional Economic Development, and Niall O’Callaghan, SuperValu Community and Sponsorship Manager, proud sponsors of the competition. Also joining the Minister on stage was Hilary Creedon of Fáilte Ireland.
Speaking at the awards ceremony Minister Ring said: “It is fantastic to have the opportunity this evening to meet TidyTowns groups across this region. These awards are just a small reward for the efforts of so many volunteers who take pride in their home town and work tirelessly to make it a better place now and for future generations.
Following a successful year in the competition for the Parish the committees of both villages look forward to building on their success in 2017. Report supplied by Dick Walsh.
UNDER TWENTY ONE: The under twenty one hurlers play Tullougher Rosbercon in the Championship in Tullougher on Saturday afternoon with the under twenty one Camogie Players also lining out at the weekend at a time and place to be arranged.
DEVELOPMENT NEWS: A meeting of the Windgap Community development company takes place on Wednesday evening in the GAA club rooms at eight o’clock. All are welcome to attend. The Agenda will cover options on grant funding from Kilkenny Leader grants, County Council, Community & Cultural Facilities Capital Scheme and Sports Capital grants. Also the Community Cooperative ( SHOP), Fundraising, Glanbia Building and setting the AGM. On the Hall there will be Planning permission updates, discussions on the contents on the Lease of the Hall including Duration, Cost, Day to day management and usage. Other items include the inclusion of the new Directors Julie Walsh and Michelle O’Brien and updates from the Tidy Towns Awards ceremony and distribution of the reports
CARD GAME: The next Progressive 25 Card Drive takes place in Guinans on this Friday 11th of November at 9pm sharp and all are welcome.
FULL HOUSE: It was a full house, in the Olde House in Killamery on Saturday afternoon when thanks were extended to the organisers and huge amount of supporters of the afternoon tea party organised to help with the medical expenses for Bridget Cahill.
FAMILY FUN DAY: A Festive Family Fun Day including a Santa’s Grotto is planned for the people of Windgap and the surrounding areas on Sunday 4th December.
PARISH BAZAAR: The annual Bazaar takes place on Sunday 11th of December in the Parish Hall at 2pm. The highlight will be the wheel of fortune, Christmas cakes and Santa.
TRACTOR RUN: The Annual Tractor Run organised for the School takes place on Saturday 26th of November.
PIONEER SOCIAL: The annual South Ossory Pioneer social takes place in the Rhu Glen on week the Friday 11th of November with music by Pat Hayes. For further details contact Eamon Doyle.
SUN, MOON, STARS: It had it all A low sun rising in the South East brought a warm feeling as the countryside looked resplendent for miles under clear blue skies with only one fluffy cloud to be seen sitting on the peak of Slievenamon. With the countryside in a sleepy mode on a Sunday morning the only sign of life was the trails of wildlife and animals in the heavy morning due. Under the with a crescent new moon to be seen high to the South west the church bell pealed announcing Sunday morning Mass in Tullahought. It was soon followed by the voice of an sagart Paróiste being audible from a mile away on the light north easterly breeze. Down the lane a cock pheasant basked in the sunshine on the top bar of a galvanised gate oblivious in life to the dangers of the imminent shooting season. Further on the sight of golden brown chestnuts that had fallen and cracked open was enhanced by golden autumnal colours with a highlight for the early walkers who met being the contrast of green leaves and crimson red berries against the blue sky.
BRIDGE RESULTS: Winners at the Killamery Bridge club game played in The Olde House I Killamery were 1st Rita Townsend, Peggy Vaughan. Best Gross Alice Lanigan, Rita Houlihan. 2nd Finoula Walsh, Maureen Cantwell. 3rd. Margaret Comerford, Pat Arrigan. 4th Sarah Crowley and Elizabeth Lanigan
GREAT RESPONSE: A big thank you to everyone who supported the recent cake sale in Faugheen which raised funds to assist the local communities in their campaign to prevent wind turbines being erected along the Lingaun Valley. Thanks also to those who contributed cakes and raffle prizes and to all those who helped out in any way, €780 was raised on the day. Following the refusal of planning permission by Tipperary County Council for the eight giant Wind Turbines the case has now been appealed to An Bord Pleanala. A decision on whether or not an Oral Hearing will be conducted on the planning appeal is expected in the coming weeks. A provisional date of mid-January 2017 has been set by An Bord Pleanala for the conclusion of the appeal. The Suir Valley Environmental Groups online fundraiser for this appeal is continuing on www.ifundraise.ie/2532_sos-sliabhnamban.html .
LOTTO: The winning numbers of 2, 6, 22, 26 and bonus number 27. Next week’s prize fund is €9.150.
DAY CARE EVENTS: The Village Day Centre in Kilkenny City is open Monday-Friday and provides an opportunity for people with Alzheimer's disease dementia to socialise and get involved in some of the dementia specific activities. The activities held in the day centre include; art, playing cards, bingo, exercise programmes, walks, day trips, music, dance & singing. A hot meal, snacks and transport are also provided in this warm and homely atmosphere. To avail of the service or for more information call 056 7771230.
DAY CARE: “A Festive Christmas” Flower Demonstration by Margaret Collins (A.O.I.F.A Demonstrator) takes place In Ionad Dara, Goresbridge on Tuesday 15th November 2016 At 8pm in aid of Carlow Kilkenny Home Care All flower arrangements will be raffled on the night! Mulled Wine and Mince Pies, admission €10 available on the night, Door Prize
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