CÉÁD MÍLE FÁILTE: A hundred thousand welcomes are extended to all visitors to the area over the Christmas period and to also those who travel to other places to keep in touch with their friends family and the local diaspora. Scattered further than ever across the globe, Christmas and New Year greetings and best wishes are extended to one and all.
FUN, WALK, JOG OR RUN: Meet the friends, take in the fresh air on the highways and byways and shake off the surpluses of Christmas day at the Annual Fun and Family Walk on St. Stephens Day December 26th. The event commences from the GAA Club Rooms at 11.30 in aid of Windgap Community Development whose next project could, should be the provision of a playground. All are welcome.
TEA AND TALK: Next to the Gathering the inaugural cuppa in The Parochial House after Christmas morning Mass was one of the highlights of the year past. With many friends, returning to the area from near and far it again provides the opportunity for a chat to reflect on the past year and give a glance ahead. With the great tea lady Mrs Doyle also known as Pauline McGlynn again on holidays the contents of the cuppa are again unknown.
KEEPING AN EYE OUT: Recent weeks have seen another rash of burglaries carried out at houses in the locality and surrounding areas. The break ins were carried out whilst they were both occupied and unoccupied . In another instance farmers gates were also stolen. The main focus was on the southern half of the area stretching towards Piltown and Carrick-on-Suir.
CARD GAME: The next Progressive 25 card drive in aid of the Hurling Club will be held in Guinans on Friday 3rd of January. All are invited to attend
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: The Mass times for Christmas are as follows. On Christmas Eve in Windgap at 6.00 p.m. Kilmoganny 7.15 p.m. Dunnamaggin at 9.00p.m and on Christmas Day in Tullahought at 9.00 a.m. Windgap at 10.00 a.m. Dunnamaggin at 11.00 a.m.
ANNIVERSARY MASS: The fifth anniversary mass for Sharon, Zara and Nadia Whelan of Roscon takes place on Christmas Day at 10am in Windgap
PARISH RAFFLE: The annual Parish Raffle took place on Thursday 19th in the Parochial House.
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.
LOTTO: Numbers 8, 12, 14, 22 and bonus 1 were drawn last week and brought a match three cheque to Willie Moloney. A winner it the recent draw was Mary Egan. The draw adjourns for the Christmas break and the prize fund in the New Year is € 6,000.
GALMOY WINDGAP: Having lost the remaining minutes and lines of Gerry Drennans match report on the Galmoy Windgap win over Young Irelands in the under sixteen league final in last weeks notes, the game continued as……. “David Doyle continued policing the ever dangerous Carey. Elsewhere Conor Grace was in fine form at wing back, and midfielders Jack Delaney and Patrick Grace working their socks off they dominated. Niall Walsh put over some nice points and Conor Drennan also weighed in with a brace before Walsh closed the deal with a goal from a 20 metre free. The Young Irelands lads tried hard with Sean Roche, and Geoff Brennan doing most to support Sean Carey, but this was not to be their day. Joe Pyke, on behalf of Bord na nÓg, presented the shield to joint captains Kieran Phelan and Niall Walsh. The winning panel received their medals from Brian Cody at a function in Galmoy Parish Hall on that same Saturday night. Galmoy/Windgap: James Culleton, Ryan Murphy, David Doyle, Sean Phelan, Conor Grace, Kieran Phelan, Robert White, Jack Delaney(0-1),Patrick Grace, Conor Drennan (0-2),Niall Walsh(2-5,1-3fs),Josh Price, Oisín Phelan(2-1), Brandon Phelan(0-1),Cathal Phelan. Sub: Patrick Doyle for Cathal Phelan 48 mins. Young Irelands: Jamie Mahoney, Tyler Lennon, Jamie Bryan, Jeremy Farrell, Michael Carey, Sean Roche, Kevin Brennan, Philip O Donnell, Tommy Byrne, Ted Drea (0-1),Geoff Brennan, Daniel O Connor, Robert Dunne, Sean Carey(0-8,0-2fs),Adrian Nolan. Sub: Shane Nolan for Ted Drea 47mins. Referee: Eamonn Larkin (James Stephens)”
MANY THANKS: Thanks go to the many people who supplied material to the notes during the past year and have helped to record the ongoing activities of the community. For a look back at all the local news, and events supported by videos and photographs go to Noel Smiths website windgap.ie. Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to email@example.com by Sunday evenings at 6pm.