TIDY TOWNS BRONZE: The Tullahought Tidy Towns Group collected their second consecutive Bronze Medal at the South East Region Awards held in the Parade Tower, Kilkenny Castle on Monday night 4th November. The event was hosted by the Kilkenny City Tidy Towns group who took the overall award for the South East, and they used the event to showcase the tourist attractions of the city. Tullahought Tidy Towns Mary Egan, Eamonn Doyle and Richard Walsh were in attendance to accept the Bronze Medal and Commended Award on behalf of the local community. Following the presentations refreshments were served in the Kilkenny Design Centre where the participants were able to meet and chat with other groups in the region.
K2 CORRIDOR: The border communities of Kilkenny and Tipperary were united on Wednesday evening last when opponents of the Eirgrid Gridlink Project held an information night in Newtown School overlooking the Lingaun Valley. Of greatest concern on the night was the proposed K2 corridor the route of which includes the local villages of Owning and Faugheen.
The large gathering voiced concerns with regard's to health effects on local residents, the devaluation of property prices, disruption to farming activities, the potential threat to endangered species of wildlife and the detrimental effect which a power line would cause to the landscape.
While all present vowed to do everything in their power to protect their community it was felt that a much better option would be to put the proposed power line underground. This would eliminate the threat to wildlife; protect the landscape and property prices while eliminating health risks and all with minimal disruption to the farming community.
Submissions on the Grid Link Project must reach Eirgrid by Tuesday 26th November.
GALMOY WINDGAP: The under sixteen hurlers captured the league title when they defeated Young Irelands in Bennetsbridge on Saturday last. In the game where the evenly balanced sides had shared the victories in their previous games the combination side put in an excellenbt performance to take the spoils
CHRISTMAS CARDS: A reprint of local Christmas Cards was ordered by the Gathering Committee during the week after an unexpected sales run. The cards contain the winning photos taking by the children of St. Nicholas National School at the time of the Gathering and the funds will go to the local school building fund. In recent weeks the cards and calendars were on sale after the weekend masses. For further details contact Kate Moloney or any member of the Gathering Committee or email email@example.com,
HURLING CARD RESULTS: Winners at the Progressive Twenty Five Card Drive held in Guinans on Friday were 1st with thirteen games Angela and PJ Barron. Second was shared between Christy, Pat Power and John Kenny and Paddy Barron with ten Games. The table prize was won by Grace and Nicky Landy. Other prizewinners were Ben Denny, Matthew Enright, Adrian Landy, Niall Lanigan, PJ Barron, and Dean Madden. The next game takes place on Friday 6th of December.
CLUB NEWS: At the Hurling Club committee meeting on Wednesday evening concern was expressed on the future of the club at adult level owing to the small number of players coming through national school that has resulted in six years of amalgamated sides from under fourteen to twenty one with Galmoy. The subsequent ongoing emigrations and a very small drop off has seen the age span of the players on the adult team stretch considerably. The fear is that the loss of further players through retirement or injury could tip the balance to a loss of Parish identity.
LOTTO: Numbers 3, 4, 18, 28 and bonus 26 were drawn last week, Next weeks prize fund is €7,3000
BAZZAR: The Annual Christmas Bazaar will be held in Windgap Community Centre on Sunday 8th December at 2.00p.m. The event will include a wheel of fortune with prizes of Hams and Christmas Cakes. On the day a number of auctions and raffles will take place. The items include Christmas Hamper and Waterford Crystal. Events will also take place for the younger visitors through various games and a visit of Santa to Windgap at about 3.00p.m.
STEPHENS DAY: The Annual Fun and Family Walk on December 26th commences from the GAA Club Rooms. Route and time details to follow.
SCRAP COLLECTION: Windgap Hurling Club is running a Scrap Collection over the next three weeks. The proceeds will assist the repairing of the Ball Stop netting behind the goals. For more details contact Club Chairman PJ Egan or any member of the committee. All donations of scrap greatly appreciated.
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.
PIONEERS: Over one hundred people were in attendance at the annual South Ossory Pioneer Social in the Rhu Glen on Friday evening last.
GOLF: Kilmoganny Golf Society's final outing of the year on Saturday, 16th November, to Bunclody Golf Club. Tee off times start at 10.30am. Society members should contact Dermot O’Shea on (087)4193229 or Peter Moran in Moran's Shop.
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