SCRAP COLLECTION: Windgap Hurling Club are wrapping up their Scrap Collection this week. The proceeds of which will assist the repairing of the Ball Stop netting behind the goals. For more details contact PJ Egan, PJ Barron, Simon Brophy or any member of the committee. All last minute donations of scrap greatly appreciated.
SOLTICE: Part of the area since time began and then lost and forgotten for thousands of years a visit to the Coshel to see the morning and evening solstice is now a stable part of the annual celebrations. Taking place on the Saturday this year good viewing opportunities should arise to see the relationship of the rising and setting suns to the burial chambers. Ideal opportunities should also arise in the surrounding days as well.
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 look ahead. With the great tea lady Mrs Doyle also known as Pauline McGlynn again on holidays the contents of the cuppa are again unknown.
INTERNATIONAL WIN FOR CLARE: On Friday week dual European Bronze medal Holder Clare Grace traveled to Belfast to join the home town team in the City of Belfast international tournament verses Poland in the Whiterock Leisure centre. Boxing well above her weight in the 75 KG class she overcame Elizabeth Wocik from Poland on a majority 2-1 decision. Her opponent the holder of two European Youth Gold titles and had recently took the Olympic champion grade to four rounds. On the trip she was joined by her parents Eileen and Michael and coach Jimmy Walsh from the local Callan Boxing Club
CARD RESULTS: Winners at the Progressive 25 card drive held in Guinans on Friday night in aid of the Hurling Club was 1st. Nicky and Gracie Landy with ten games. Sharing second place were Nuala Moore, Tess Greally and Angela Vaughan, Martin Hanlon. The table prize was won by John Kenny and Paddy Barron. Other prizes went to John Lanigan, Eamon Hawe, Lizzie Grace, Gracie Landy, Tess Greally, Eamon Doyle and Pat Power. The next game takes place on Friday 3rd of January in Guinans.
WIZARD OF OZ: A blast from the past with a difference saw every one of the ninety four pupils of St Nicholas National School play a part in a local adaptation of the Wizard of Oz in front of a full house in the Community centre on Wednesday evening.
RESPECT: Just weeks after the community in Tullahought collected their second Bronze medal the “long pavement” out of the village was the scene of a form of vandalism or a lack of respect. The unusually wide grass margins, up to fifteen feet at both sides, for a country road, that stretch in a straight line for three quarters of a mile and are maintained by eight landowners and the community is being used as a dirt track by passing drivers. Not content to pull in at the many passing places and entrances, some cars and jeep drivers have decided they would drive along it for long stretches, spin the tyres and swerve in and out causing damage to the well mowed surfaces. On the places where the margins were non existent the boxwood hedges were pucked about.
CHRISTMAS MASS TIMES: In a busy time for the local PP of Windgap and Dunnamaggin Fr. Nicholas Flavin 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.
COOLAGH CARDS: The Christmas card-games continue every Thursday at Coolagh Hall for prizes of hams and hampers. You are most welcome to come along to try your hand at the hugely entertaining game of 25’s. The Christmas raffle will be held on Thursday next for prizes totalling €900. Tickets at €5 are available from any Coolagh Committee member.
ANNIVERSARY MASS: The fifth anniversary mass for Sharon, Zara and Nadia Whelan of Roscon takes place on Christmas Day at 10am in Windgap
CHERNOBYL CHOIR: On Saturday afternoon members of the local choirs visited the City Hall in Kilkenny where they made their annual performance in aid of Chernobyl relief funds.
GALMOY WINDGAP WIN U16 SHIELD: Gerry Drennan, reports on Galmoy Windgap’s 4-10 to 0-8 win over Young Irelands Gowran in the recent under sixteen shield final. “The ability to hit goals at crucial times saw Galmoy Windgap finish their year on a winning note when they overcame Young Irelands Gowran in this U-16 League Shield final at Bennettsbridge on Saturday November 16th 2013.Sean Carey was in flying form early on for Young Irelands and d hit two early points to put his side in front. The Gowran lads seemed to be operating off a ‘feed Carey’ policy as they were sending in some quality low ball. In the 10th minute Galmoy Windgap got off the mark when Jack Delaney sent in a long delivery. Niall Walsh gathered, beat two men and batted to the net past the advancing Jamie Mahoney. Over the next ten minutes both Walsh and Carey exchanged three points each from play and placed balls to leave the winners ahead 1-3 to 0-5 after twenty minutes of play. Then some beautiful interplay between Niall Walsh and Oisín Phelan saw the latter send a cracker to the Gowran net. Phelan added a point almost immediately following a Brandon Phelan pass. Sean Carey gathered a Geoff Brennan delivery and replied before he was fouled himself and converted. In the 27th minute Galmoy Windgap finished their half in style when Oisín Phelan caught a Brandon Phelan cross, side stepped two defenders and netted. Ted Drea pulled one back for Gowran with a great point from the right wing on the stroke of half time. Little did we know, but this was to be Young Irelands’ last score of the day as Galmoy/Windgap led at the break 3-4 to 0-8. The second half belonged to the winners as they turned on a very stylish performance. With David Doyle policing the ever dangerous Carey, Conor Grace 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)”
PARISH RAFFLE: The annual Parish Raffle takes place on Thursday 19th in the Parochial House. All are welcome to attend for the 7.30 throw in.
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 4, 13, 14, 19 and bonus 11 were drawn last week and brought a match three cheque to Mary Egan. The draw adjourns for the Christmas break and the prize fund in the New Year is €5,650
IN THE COMING WEEKS: A lack of material, allied to time constraints saw a famine of notes recently. To be covered in the coming weeks are the Presentation of medals in Galmoy and Windgap where Brian Cody and Walter Walsh were involved respectively, the Hurling Club AGM, a bit of “out and about” the local elections and all of the Christmas events and festivities.
COMPLIMENTS: Thanks go to the many people who supplied material to these weeks’ notes and have helped to record the ongoing activities of the community. Contributors and Clubs are invited to email items for publication with a name and contact number to firstname.lastname@example.org by Sunday evenings at 6pm. For all the local news, photographs go to Noel Smiths website windgap.ie