SPRING IS HERE: In recent weeks a migration of frogs took place towards the main breeding site in the area at the lake in Tullahought. To be seen at all hours, some of the travelers were the casualties of passing traffic within yards of their destination. The result saw a heaving mass of croaking frogs, mating and producing spawn in the protection or the reeds over recent days. A protected and decreasing species their progress and evolution via the tadpole stage continues to be the highlight for the many visitors to the wildlife area. Nearby the snowdrops are in bloom and the daffodils are producing the flower bulbs, as all of the elements of the New Year fall into line despite the wet and windy weather.
RAMPAGE OF RURAL IRELAND: The rampage of rural Ireland continued during the week with more unsociable activity through breaking in and entering in the area. Adding to the list of ongoing atrocities where residences were entered was the additional breaking of car windows where the crimes took place. Frustrated and worried residents growingly fear that it will end in a serious incident as the culprits appear to be known and continue to run riot. In the locality it is continually quoted that the reason they are not apprehended is that it is impossible “to prove it” or “pin it on them” In the most recent case a blue car is the subject of Garda investigations.
FULL IRISH: Watch this space for a novel event on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the 21st of March. This year it falls on April 20th. A date not to be missed for your diary!
CAMOGIE AGM: A good crowd attended the Camogie AGM in the Clubrooms last Friday night, with players, parents and mentors all taking an interest in the club. On the night that saw the year’s activities on and off reviewed by the Chairperson Helen Walsh and Secretary Ann Foley, the field clubs first Senior County title win when the side won the All County league. Also included among the highlights was the under fourteens achievements on reaching the county final and the Gathering. In addition Simon Brophy and the Hurling Club were thanked for the use of the facilities. On the Financial side treasurer Martina Foley reported that expenditure continued to be way ahead of income and it was agreed to convert the club accounts to online banking. The meeting saw long term Chairperson Helen Walsh step-down after giving sterling years of service in the position and previously as secretary. Officers elected were: President, Fr Nicholas Flavin PP, Chairperson Ann Foley. Vice Chairperson Matt Doran Joint Secretaries, Kathleen Purcell and Mary Byrne Joint Treasurers, Martina Foley and Elaine Dunphy. Elaine is also looking after registration. The Committee is Joan Gaule, Joan O Gorman, Eileen Walker, Pat Moore, Judith Phelan, John Bambrick, John Bergin, and Helen Walsh. The Child Welfare Officers are Eileen Walker and Joan O Gorman. The PRO duties are to be shared by Liz Jackson U10 to 12’s, Helen Walsh U14’s, Elaine Dunphy U16’s Eileen walker U18’s and Niamh Bambrick and Terri Mackey for the adult teams. A County Board delegate is to be elected at the next meeting. Trainers Pat Walsh and Dinny Gaule together with John Walker and John Bergin were thanked by all for the tremendous work and commitment with the senior girls over the past number of years. The club is looking forward to the coming season and welcomed the new senior manager Mike Wall. The juvenile trainers are to appointed at the first meeting. It was noted that due to changes at national level the payment structure for clubs is now changing and increased charges will be applied thus resulting in increased membership costs for 2014.
U.S. INTERVARSITIES HANDBALL: A thirty strong Irish Intervarsity’s Handball team flew out at the weekend to play in the American inter Varsities 40 x 20 Handball championships in Raleigh in North Carolina. The side included two local Windgap club players Sean Foley and Shane Walsh representing UCD and UL respectively. Having been on the side that travelled last year Sean hopes to go another step this time after qualifying for the doubles final with Martin Mulkerins. Latest news from the games being played in thirty courts was that Sean and Shane who partners Alex Sheehan from Dungarvan in the doubles have made the knockout stages of their respective grades at the time of going to print.
SENIOR CLUB: Windgap Senior Youth Club held their first club night on Friday night in the parochial House. Laughing could be heard around the village as the members took part in a number of games and also took part in making their own personalised mugs. Windgap Junior Club commences this Friday 28th at 3 - 4.30 pm we are looking forward to seeing all our registered members then.
BRIDGE: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club card game held in the Olde House Killamery on 20th. Jan were: 1st Pat Arrigan and Margaret Comerford, 2nd Mary Lonergan and Maureen Cantwell, 3rd Finoula Walsh and Peggy Vaughan. Best Gross - Helen Lanigan and Catherine Burke.
CUTEST CUPCAKE WINNERS: At the Camogie Bake Sale Cupcake competition the winners were 1st Roisin Foley, 2nd Laura Foley, and 3rd Jane Walker. Highly commended were Niamh Doyle, Evan Doyle, Alana Dunphy, Emer Dunphy, Molly Walsh, Sarah Gleeson, Margaret Foley, Emer Smith and Ciara Smith. Thanks were expressed to all who supported the event on the day.
GATHERING: The successful gathering of last year was recalled when all the Gathering groups from across the county were honoured for their work in organising the events at a reception hosted by Kilkenny County Council reception in County Hall on Monday evening last. At the event Windgap were represented by Kate Moloney, Tess Cross and Noreen Hayes who were presented with Certificates by County Council Chairman Pat Dunphy.
LOTTO: This Weeks Winning Numbers were 7, 13, 19, 25 and Bonus number 16. The result brought a match three cheque to Shane Walsh. Next Weeks Prize fund is €4,950. Recent match three winners were Margaret Doyle, Eddie Hawe Michael O'Shea and also online player John Dollard.
WINDGAP HALL AND DEVELOPMENT: A meeting between the Hall Finance committee, the Playground Committee and the Windgap Community Development Company to streamline plans took place on Tuesday week in the Clubrooms.
FIRST COMMUNION: May 19th is the date of the 1st Holy Communion in Windgap and there is no Confirmation in the parish this year.
CLUB NEWS: Windgap Junior Footballers collected their second brace of league points with a home win against Muckalee on Sunday. In recent weeks Niall Walsh lined out on the St. Kieran’s team who have qualified to meet Kilkenny CBS in the Leinster final to be played in Nowlan Park.
FAUGHEEN AGAINST PYLONS: Following the meeting hosted by the Faugheen against Pylons group and the ongoing communications with the Suir Valley Action Group and the East Coast PAA (Pylon Alternative Alliance) along with the constantly changing feedback from Government ministers on the Eirgrid proposals the groups are considering contesting the forthcoming local elections in some areas.
PEACE PROMS: St. Nicholas National School will take to the stage in The Hub for the third year in a row for the Peace Proms Concert with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland, under conductor, Gearóid Grant. The Peace Proms concert will take place in The Hub, Kilkenny on Sunday, 2nd March at 8 p.m. Tickets are now available from Essaness Music Shop, Kieran Street, Kilkenny (0567765693) or from www.peaceproms.com.
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