Windgap Tullahought Notes March 10th
CLARES THIRD SENIOR TITLE: Clare Grace captured her third Quick Park National Elite Senior Women’s Boxing Title in the National Stadium in Dublin on Saturday night when she gained a unanimous decision over Laoise Traynor of the Bray Club. A student at DCU Clare boxed out of a well familiar Windgap red corner and was continually on the offensive in taking the fight to her opponent trained by former Irish champion Peter Taylor the father of Olympic and three times word champion Katie. In the 69kg category Claire with her long time trainer, boxing trainer legend and ageless Jimmy Walsh and father Michael in the corner showed the greater work rate and style over the four two minute rounds. Representing the Callan Club Clare was joined on the eleven final bill by Aisling Byrne of the Paulstown club who received a walk over in the 81kg event. On the night Clare was also supported by her mother Eileen and a growing band of relatives and friends.
COUNTER REVOLUTION: With no fully trading shop counter in the parish, local PP Fr. Nicholas Flavin a member of the Leader Board leads a a delegation that includes two community representatives to Irelands first Rural Community Retail Conference in the Horse and Jockey Hotel on the 21st of March, The Conference is being organised by Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Carlow, North Tipperary and Laois Leader and Partnership groups in conjunction with Counter Revolution. Its aim is to inspire new retail outlets in Rural Ireland by providing information and workshop support on Community Shops. The event is being coordinated by another local and Leader employee Christina Walshe.
BUIOCHAS MÓR: Buiochas mor ar seachtain na Gaeilge go gach duine a thabhairt tacaiocht don club Iomanaiochta Bearna na Gaoithe chun geansaithe nua a fhail agus comhghairdeas go hairithe do Denis Foley (Callan Tyres) an urraiocht nua. Is rath mor e gan dabht.
NEW JERSEYS: A drive for sponsorship of new jerseys for Windgap juniors was launched by Niall Walsh and Cian Ryan, with the backing of club secretary Noel Power. Each sponsor made a donation and a draw of all sponsors was held in Guinans pub on Friday night, in conjunction with the cards night for the club. Denis Foley (Callan Tyres) emerged as the sponsor who's name will appear on the new jerseys, which have been designed by Niall Walsh. Many thanks to all the sponsors, Denis Foley (Callan Tyres), Pat Foley Transport, Michael Saunders Electrical, Sean Hegarty (HCS Business Solutions), Tony Doyle (The Playstation), Colin Barry Electrical, Pat Moore (DeLaval), Shay Power Ltd, Eddie Guinan. Joe Murray (Grabhire), Jim Ryan, Eileen O'Gorman (The Auld House), Michael Moloney Architecture, Pius Phelan (The Kilford Arms), Pat Power (Powers Pub), Paul Doran, Richie White Sawmills, Kieran Purcell (Lamogue Stables), Dermot O'Shea and Pat Walsh Construction. Details provided by Club PRO Cian and John Ryan
COLLEGES FINAL: For the first time in well over a generation a Windgap player Niall Walsh lined out with St. Kieran’s College in the Leinster Senior Hurling Final against Kilkenny CBS in Nowlan Park on Sunday. Local historians believe it was at least a generation since a clubman was involved with the college with Pat Foley, Noel Brophy and Walter Purcell vying for the honour. Selected at right half forward sixteen year old Niall started in the central position as his side went down to their city neighbours. It is believed that current club player and former county under twenty one Eoin Cody was the last local who played for them. The St Kieran’s side plays in the All Ireland quarter final on Saturday next.
MOUSE RACES: A major novel fundraiser for "Windgap Community projects" is planned for the Auld House, Killamery on March 22nd 2014. For the first time mouse racing comes to the that end of the parish. The "Windgap the future" event run in association with Windgap development group are planning this major event in order to kick off the playground and community hall funding. Race cards have distributed throughout the parish and beyond, and is hoped that all households in the Windgap and Tullahought areas can contribute to this community effort. First prize from advance sales is a €350 cash sum, in addition to many more large cash and other prizes. A great evening’s entertainment is promised with music and food. Tote betting available during the night. The event kick off early at 8 pm as a full race card is planned. Next weeks prize fund is €6000
CLUB NEWS: Hurley’s were out for the first time this year when a training session was held in Windgap on Sunday morning under the clubs new trainer Pat Walsh. The side’s first game in the All County League is against Kilmacow in Windgap on Saturday 29th. The group is made up with Dicksboro, Naomh Eoin of Carlow and Erin’s Own. This Weeks Winning Numbers were 1, 12, 15, 16 and Bonus no 20. The result brought a match three cheque to Eamon Doyle
PURCELL IN GOWRAN PARK: The launch of the Kilkenny Hurlers Race Day in Langtons on Wednesday saw a unique occasion when three time all Ireland Senior Hurling winners and renowned horse trainer Kieran Purcell was part of the guest panel. On the night he was joined by Master of Ceremonies Kevin O'Ryan top flat jockey Joseph O'Brien, trainers John Shark Hanlon, Eoin Doyle, Kilkenny GAA County Chairman Ned Quinn and other special guests. The evening of racing and hurling chat included former players and personalities from both games. It was brought to a close by Kilkenny Hurling manager Brian Cody.
FULL IRISH: Thirty Brown bread makers are required to supply a cake for the novel fund raising event on Easter Sunday morning the 20th of April. For further details contact Nicky Hawe or any of the committee members.
RAMPAGE: After a quiet week the after effects of the rampage of the area over the past couple of weeks and its long term implications particularly on the elderly and those living alone is still being felt.
SCRAP COLLECTION: The Hurling Club scrap collection has been extended to cater for any material that is to be tidied up and disposed after the recent storms. For further details contact PJ Egan 087 6810920 or Simon Brophy on 087 9893006.
BRIDGE: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club card game held in the Ould House Kilamery on 3rd. February were: 1st Mary Joy and Rita Phelan, 2nd Catherine Burke and Annett Meagher, 3rd Finoula Walsh and Rita Townsend, 4th Margaret Comerford and Kathleen O'Shea, Best Gross - Peggy Vaughan and Rita Houlihan.
HARRIERS MEET: On Sunday last the meeting of Kilmoganny Harriers was hosted in Tullahought and attracted a large following on horse and foot. The hunting season wraps up with a number of Charity events.
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