With everyone having had a mouse in the house at some stage, a rare scarcity was encountered as the runners for the hurling club mice race night were being organised during the week. Apparently not wishing...........
MOUSE RASING A HUGE SUCESS FOR HURLING CLUB:
With everyone having had a mouse in the house at some stage, a rare scarcity was encountered as the runners for the hurling club mice race night were being organised during the week. Apparently not wishing to be stars in their own locality the freeborn locals disappeared from barns, feedsheds and their often-comfortable indoor settings.
After scouring the country, the entrants were eventually collected in another racing mecca in Kilcullen on Friday evening and travelled in style to Windgap for acclimatisation over night. On Saturday evening on a hardy star studded frosty night lit by a New Moon and well away from the cats eyes lit main roads Powers in Tullahought was packed to the rafters. For those in attendance it would not even leave room for mice in the thatch, if there were the traditional thatch on the roof of the popular hostelry. Attracted to the venue by the Kilkenny People Facebook, curiosity in the novel fundraising venture and to support the local hurling club the crowd reflected a whole range of age groups from over a huge area. For many of the younger generation, mice
were just pets, whilst the older folk recalled their plenteniess when " they would nearly talk to you" when the harvest was saved in sheaves, stooks and stacks that remained in the fields gathering mice until they were brought in for the threshing. In the farmyard every move unsettled more resting mice as the motion of flying dust, chaff, straw, bags of golden grain and dogs and cats chasing them all added to the perpetual motion and noise of a threshing day. With many having taken off their coats and appearing in their shirtsleeves to keep the body temperature down with the help of a bottle or pint it was like a threshing day without the dirt and sweat of a hard day's work. On the night the mice displayed a range of various hues and colours from white to cream to those with Friesian and Galloway markings and also included some
naturally coloured specimens. Held in the lower corner of the lounge, the elevated racing track was relayed on big screens across the bar and lounge as supporters could purchase a runner, have a punt, a pint, and refreshments as they joined in the atmosphere. Led by Master of ceremonies, Noel Smith added an intercounty twist by having the racers in Lanes 1-4 representing Kilkenny and lanes 5-8 representing their neighbours in nearby Tipperary. In the races that were over faster than Usein Bolt completed the hundred metres, the entrants unburdened by racing colours or riders ran straight and true along the left to right course. Elsewhere some mice rested, sat on the
hurdles, went over and back the course and even stood on their hind legs giving plenty of photo opportunities. Others at times just looked down from the raised racing track without a cat in sight and watched the supporters watching them whilst displaying other stretching and acrobatic skills and in some cases a preference to the starting end of the course.
The show was put together by Niall Doran and Eamon Hawe whose handling of the mice to and from the starting stalls was like Mice Whisperers at work. For many it contrasted strongly to their Hurling and Handball skills where the pairs eye for goals and handball kills that display a range of strength and aggression are legendary.
For the first semi final and the auction race local Livestock Auctioneer Michael Cunningham got a fabulous response as punters bid for the form mouse for the race.
In the race the top prize went to Phillip Lonergan and Noel Power. After the series of races the top prizes on the night went to Aidan Donovan, Currahill, Conor Lonergan and Darragh Byrne. Prizewinners in the draw were Mick Power, Shem Power, Edward Cunningham, Michael O' Shea, Martina Landy, Tommy Fleming, Eamon Doyle and Eamon Hawe. Tote sellers on the night came from the Camogie Club and were Sarah Grace, Julie Walsh and Clare Grace who were ably assisted by Laurence Doyle, James Murray and Matthew Enright. Making up the team were Noel Power, Aidan Mackey, Billy Brett and PJ Egan. After some tender care and refreshments the contestants rested overnight and returned home on Sunday evening as many of the
supporters also took advantage of the Sunday to recover.
Enrolment forms for children due to start school in September 2013 are now available at Scoil San Nioclás, Windgap (Tel. 648321).
PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE: The next meeting of the group takes place on
January 15th in the GAA Club Rooms.
BRIDGE: Winners at the Bridge game held in the Olde House Killamery recently
were 1st Alice Lanigan and Stella Tennyson, Best Gross: Sarah Crowley and Moira Hickey. 2nd. Rita Townsend and Paddy Reade. 3rd. Mary Walsh and Rita Phelan. 4th Pat Arrigan and Agnes Foley
BRIDGE: Winners at the Bridge game held in the Olde House recently were Kitty Meagher and Rita Houlihan, 2nd Stella Townsend and Rita Townsend, 3rd Elizabeth Lanigan and Sarah Crowley, 3rd. Alice Lanigan and Moira Hickey.
BRIDGE: Christmas prize-winners at the Bridge game held in the Olde house recently were 1st Stella Tennyson and Paddy Reade. Best Gross Mary Joy and Rita Houlihan. 2nd. Margaret Crowley and Rita Townsend, 3rd. Catherine Burke and Elizabeth Lanigan, 4th Moira Hickey and Pat Arrigan. 5th Maura Quinn and Alice Lanigan, 6th Kathleen O'Shea and Finoula Walsh
HANDBALL: In the Leinster Championships on Wednesday, January 9th at Tinryland Philip Lonergan beat Michéal Busher (Wexford) in the first round of the Junior B Singles and on Saturday evening the January 12th in Tinryland Philip played the second against Aaron Geoghean (Carlow). He defeated Aaron in a close third game. Also on Saturday evening at
Cullohill Julie Walsh beat Arlene Watkins (Offaly) in the third game.
The County Juvenile Singles Championship was played on Friday night and Sunday morning. In the GirlsU.12 Laura Foley was defeated by Noelle Dowling of Mothel. At U13 level Dearbhail O Keeffe from Kilfane in the Final defeated Margaret Foley. At U.14 Margaret Purcell defeated by Sorcha Delaney Clogh in their Final whilst atU.15 level Caoimhe OShea was defeated by Patricia Buggy of Clogh. At U.16 Deirdre Purcell was also defeated by
Kirsty Maher of Kells in the Final. In the boys U.12 Robert Culleton, U.13 Aidan Culleton, U.14 Pat Grace U.15 James Culleton, were defeated in their respective first rounds, At U.16 level Niall Walsh was defeated in his Semi Final. In the U.17 Darragh O'Shea defeated Mark Dowling of Mothel in the Final. See all the County and Leinster Fixtures on our own club
GAEL LINN HANDBALL: The Co Juvenile doubles competitions will be played on Friday evening 19th January and Sunday 21st of January . Also on Wednesday 17th January the U.13 Gael Linn rounds will be played in O'Loughlin’s. Representing Windgap will be Margaret Foley and Luke Ward.
YOGA: Yoga classes for beginners will be held in Droichead Family Resource Centre in Callan on Monday evening, Jan 21 at 7pm and on Thursday morning, Jan 24 at 10.30am. Beginner's yoga, Improvers yoga and older adults therapeutic chair yoga will be on offer. For more information please contact Marian on 086 3082450
MUSICIANS SOUGHT: Droichead Family Resource Centre are looking for volunteer musicians and dancers to start an afternoon music & dance session in for the older folk around Callan. If you are interested please call 056 77 55519 BRIDGE CLASSES: Classes for beginners will commence on Wednesday 23rd January at 8.00 p.m. in St Eoghan’s Centre, Kilmoganny. Classes will last for ten successive Wednesday’s and will cost €20. No previous card playing experience is required. For Further information contact: 087 – 2257498.
CLUB NEWS: The Leinster Councils Facilities expert PJ Murphy along with the
Kilkenny Development Officer Val Malone and the Event Cotrolller Seamus Reade from Nowlan Park visited Windgap on a fact finding visit on Thursday last. There Club Chairman PJ Egan, Community Development secretary and Groundsman Simon Brophy and Jimmy Walsh welcomed them. During the visit they looked at the Grounds, Club Rooms, Hurling Wall, Handball Alley, Amenity area, and walkway and reviewed some of the communities Planning for the Future proposals. On the occasion there was great feedback on the facilities in place and the ideas and planning over the generations that put them there.
INDOOR HURLING: Windgap Indoor Hurling Resumed on Thursday at 6.30.
The first session ran to 7.25pm for the Senior infants and the first class girls. It was followed from 7.30-8.25pm by the 1st class boys and all the 2nd class. On Friday evening the 7-8.15pm session was for 3rd and 4th classes.
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