CAMOGIE ALL IRELAND: The local club are running a bus to Croke park to support the Kilkenny side that play Galway in the All Ireland Final and also to support local players Denise Gaule and Niamh Bambrick. To book a seat contact any committee member immediately to avoid disappointment.
O’DUFFY CUP MEMORIES: Amongst the many visitors to the funeral of Margaret Hawe of Coohill in Windgap recently was a predecessor to Windgap camogie player Denise Gaule who lined out at full forward on her County camogie side and has an All Ireland Senior medal to her name. A feared full forward in her time, Lillie Scallion from the St. Mary’s club in Ahoghill outside Ballymena wore Antrim’s saffron and white as her side defeated the renowned Dublin team who dominated the game at that time, in a Croke park replay in 1967. The holder of ten Ulster senior medals, Lillie netted five goals against Cork in the semi-final and was a marked person for the final where the defenders “stuck like a clegg” as she changed her style to a scoring provider. An admirer of the Kilkenny style and opponents during her playing days, Lillie’s life has taken as many turns and deflections as a ricocheting sliotar before the latest of trips to Windgap. Now a member of the closed order of nuns in the Cistercian Abbey in Tallow, County Waterford along with the late Margaret Hawes sister Veronica, Lillie studied as a mature student before becoming a Youth worker in bomb and bullet torn Ballymurphy and Belfast in the height of the Troubles. Having lost the feeling in her back, she received a personal calling, to join a closed order, a type of life that she was then totally unaware of and then eventually made the move in 1980. Currently Lillie is the farm manager in the Cistercian Abbey, where the farming methods have changed from dairying to providing the breeding stock and in calf heifers. In a combined operation the animals are then sold on as replacement stock to the Cistercian community of monks in the nearby monastery in Mount Mellary. Nowadays the twinkle in her eye still showed the joy of living in the sense of danger, whether around the edge of the square during a time when the area was often known as "Hells Kitchen" or when the sight of a Hurley in her hinterland and whilst going to training in Whitehill in Randallstown was treated as almost an illegal weapon by the Civil authorities. It also ensures, no easy deals for fellow farming folk as she wheels and deals with as can often be seen, veil flying, tractor driving, around the fields of Tallow. On her visit far from her native Ballylumen "the town of the looms" where flax was the main crop and industry and the town is now known as Ballymena, Lillie was joined by Sister Josephine a Dublin Donnycarnian who looks after the Guest House in St Mary’s Cistercian Abbey in Glencairn. On her long journey in life Lillie first met Sister Veronica one of a family of O’Shea’s who were all former Windgap Camogie players in Kylemore Abbey. It is hoped, at early morning prayers on Sunday in Tallow a thought may be spared for their old game and the arrival of an O'Duffy Cup medal amongst the current players and promoters in the Windgap Club.
BUS TRIP TO FINAL: Sunday 15th September, All Ireland camogie Final, Kilkenny v Galway; WCC supporters bus leaving Windgap via Kilmoganny 11.30am and returning by 9pm approx. All are welcome, young and old. Bus costs €10 per person and match tickets are €5 for under 16s, €15 for OAPs, students and €30 for adults. Only stop McDonalds on the way home. We would love to fill the bus and support Windgap club girls Denise Gaule (full forward) and Niamh Bambrick (panel) Contact Mary Byrne, Ann Foley, Helen Walsh before Sat 6pm, as tickets need to be booked.
TO TULLAROAN AND BACK: Windgap hurlers traveled to Tullaroan on Saturday to play Cloneen in a double header that served as a relegation semi-final and a first round championship tie. For the winner and the loser the rewards were a county quarter final place or a relegation final respectively. On a day, that appeared to mark the end of the summer there was an extreme temperature fall and also signs of threatening rain. In addition the low pressure saw the swallows and house martins on the wing just skimming along the tops of the ditches and crossing low in front of the moving cars. On arrival in the famed Tullaroan grounds resplendent in the various hues of the clubs colours of green that were to be seen in the goal and ball stop nets and also in a striped fashion in the soccer nets. Amongst the hues of green in the rolling hills and tree studded ditches and the freshly cut silage grounds was a sole red item that offered little solace to the visitors. Part of the progressive clubs fundraising programme, the “scrap collection trailer” was already full to overflowing. In it were items of every type that had all "had their day" as the hopes of the visitors were that their championship dreams would not end up there also. In the game, where multiple All Ireland medal winner and All Star Tommy Walsh was one of three generations of his family present as spectators and stewards, the fare was slow, stop start and low scoring in the first half. Following their eventual 2-10 to 0-6 win the scenes had changed and by Sunday morning the swallows were flying higher as the atmospheric pressure had lifted and both they and Windgap hurlers prepared for further journeys. For those on the wing, their journey was programmed by their DNA to travel three thousand miles to another continent. For the Windgap hurlers the journey along with seven other clubs to County Final day in Nowlan Park would be equally adventurous and more importantly was still on course. For all involved on air and terra firma it was well understood their would be many casualties along the way before their paths would cross again on a hurling journey in early spring.
WINDGAP HURLERS QUALIFY: Against the breeze an Eamon Hawe goal set up by play makers William Phelan and returned emigrant Eoin Cody put Windgap 1-1 to 0-2 ahead after fourteen minutes. This was added to with another point by the bustling Tommy Fleming as the Landy brothers eventual man of the match Peter and his cross channel based brother Vincent helped keep the Cloneen attack at bay. With just another point by the break the combine tally of wides by both sides was at least doubled by the number of wides. Having had the better return. From scoring opportunities the side led 1-3 to 0-3 at the break. On the restart a Phillip Lonergan point was quickly followed by a mazy Cody run that saw him release Paraic Walsh to the left of goal where his first time pull rattled the Cloneen net. Within minutes a similar move that was started by corner back by Darragh O'Shea and went via Phelan to Cody saw a similar first time strike slip wide of the posts by young Walsh. After the attempt the side’s confidence was raised as Ger Purcell, Matthew Enright, Conor Lonergan, Cian Ryan and substitute James Murray upped their game to outscore the northerners by 0-5 to 0-2 in the final quarter. The side now awaits Monday nights draw where Blacks and Whites, Lisdowney, Barrow Rangers Bennettsbridge and sister club Galmoy are also in the hat. For the match details visit Barrie Henriques report in the Sports Pages.
GALMOY WINDGAP: The minor side lines out against Tullougher Rosbercon in the Roinn B League Final on Wednesday evening in Clara. All support welcomed.
CAMOGIE COUNTY FINAL: In the under fourteen county final played in Tom Ryall Park Kilmanagh on Saturday the side went down to St Lachtain's. The Windgap Camogie team was - Laura Foley, Kate Gleeson, Lisa Power, Lucy Culleton, Mya Travers, Margaret Purcell, Claire Kirwan, Kathy Long, Sarah Doherty, Gillian Costello, Alanna Dunphy, Sarah Cashin, Ellen O'Neill, Margaret Foley, Molly Walsh. Subs- Zoe O'Gorman, Leah Murray, Niamh Doyle, Karen Phelan, Ciara Hogan. Referee: Ben Hayes. The trainers of the side were Pat Foley, Tony Dunphy and Alison Walsh.
LOTTO: This Weeks Winning Numbers were 4, 10, 11, 17 and bonus number 3. Next weeks Prize fund is €7,300. A recent winner was Laurence Foley.
TIDY TOWNS: With the village representatives on the road to the Helix for the Annual Tidy Towns Super Valu results ceremony on Monday morning hopes are high that the village can increase the marks sufficiently to retain their first bronze medal awarded last year.
LUCOZADE CAPS: Windgap Hurling and Camogie Clubs are inviting everyone to collect Lucozade sport or sport live bottle caps in order to get some free training gear, kits or equipment for the local clubs. All caps will be greatly appreciated and can be left in the collection bag in clubrooms or they can be given to local committee members.
TRIP TO TIPP: In recent times Windgaps under ten hurlers took part in the Mullinahone festival of hurling. The side played their hearts out on the day taking part in four matches. In them they defeated Fermoy, Killenaule and Eoghan Ruadh and went down to Carrick Swans by 5-2 to 4-1
BRIDGE: Outstanding results from the Killamery Bridge club game in the Aulde House in Killamery. 1st. Elizabeth lanigan and Sarah Crowley. Best Gross; Catherine Burke and Helen lanigan. 2nd. Rita Houlihan and Kitty Meagher.
CAMOGIE NEWS: Windgap Seniors play the Rower Inistioge in the championship on Saturday week. In preparation the side played Ballyhale in a challenge match last Saturday evening.
SUPER VALUE: At the unveiling of the road signage celebrating the winning of the first bronze medal win in the National Tidy Towns competition in Tullahought on Friday evening PJ Guinan the manager of the local super Valu store in Carrick-on-Suir made a firm commitment to supporting the communities next project in the area. The support comes in addition to the annual Super Value work pack of hand tools gloves bags etc that the volunteers receive from Super Valu.
TÚS COMMENCES: In a positive development for the village the new Tús employee commences work in Windgap on Monday. The aim of the project is to enhance the area and is coordinated by the Windgap Community Development Group with the support of Kilkenny Leader Partnership.
WALK TALL: The walking group continues each Saturday morning where they meet at the lake in Windgap at 9.30 am. The plan for the next four weeks is Saturday 14th September Castlemorris wood, Saturday 21st September Newtown wood, Saturday 28th September Carraigmoclear, Saturday 5th October Bearna Breac and all are welcome.
WEBSITE: For all the local news, photographs and sport visit the local website windgap.ie
COMPLIMENTS: Thanks go to the many people who supplied material to this 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 6pmRegards