LEAGUE FINAL: If you are on the road from anywhere in the county to the Ennis Road grounds in Limerick for the Allianz National Hurling league semi final, the early timing of the breakfast will ensure all travellers are well fortified for the day’s journey. If the match is not your cup of tea for the day, why not drop in and enjoy a Windgap Fry at your leisure.
TIDY UP: Eight thirty on Saturday morning saw the commencement of the annual clean up of over twelve kilometres of roadway around Tullahought. Carried out by local residents, the results continued to amaze everyone involved, on how dirty a nation we are. Amongst the array of items found were carpets and couches, toasters, heaters, vacuum cleaners and even a George Foreman sandwich maker. Whilst they were the larger items, the most numerous by a distance were soft drinks containers, alcohol cans and fast food wrappers. Also amongst the rubbish that had mostly gathered since the end of the last Tidy Towns season in September were old newspapers, plastic pint glasses and drinks glasses. Other items included Hamlet mini cigar tins and nappies. Another mystery was the amount of hot drinks containers that appeared on Skough Hill. Amongst the nicer items found were traditional glass milk bottles at two separate locations bearing the original printed lettering. The details on them read "Ardboy Dairy Pasteurised Milk, James Tynan & Son" the remaining script on the 1 Pint, 568 ML bottle stated "Please Rinse and Return". Other milk bottles found read "Kilkenny Creamery Pasteurised Milk” with its “Trade Mark symbol” and a cartoon style drawing of a cow. Their presence gave further credence that dumping and the rubbish left never goes away as one of the companies that supplied them was founded in 19977. Amongst the clean up crews of all age groups on the day were by numerical strength Doyle’s, Walsh’s, O’Shea’s, Graces, Egan’s, Norris’s, Phelans and Powers. The tidy up came to a close shortly before five o'clock. Oblivious to the work of the volunteers, passers by had discarded the unopened supplements from the Sunday newspapers on the main road between Billy Hawes Cross and the Slatequarries early the following morning. Elsewhere the Kilmacoliver Loop one of the most popular of the Kilkenny walking trails has been closed.
HURLING NEWS: Windgap travelled to Callan on Saturday evening to play the home side in a Town V's Country derby in the Junior League Championship in John Locke Park. After good early season preparation hopes were high that a repeat of the victory of 2013 could be on the cards against the largest town in the county excluding its rural population. However events in the preceding days saw the local side short three of its back division as a result of early season breaks and participation in International charity Work in Kenya. In the game playing against a strong early wind the home side opened the scoring. Having caught up Windgap went on to lead before the game was tied 0-3 at the end of the first quarter. Whilst the play was even steven, an inability to convert possession eventually saw the Lockes go four points ahead. A Windgap rally had the score reduced to 0-7 to 0-5 after twenty five minutes and they went in 0-9 to 0-6 down at the break. The second half saw a superb show by the home side that was assisted by the injury loss of Conor Lonergan and Tommy Fleming. In a fine run they extended the lead to 2-15 to 0-6 before Jim Fitzgerald called time with the scoreboard reading 2-17 to 0-8. On the day the last line of defence of Peter Landy, Shane Walsh and Paraic Walsh held sway until they were overrun with two late goals. Elsewhere Emmet Landy and William Phelan defended well whilst Eoin Cody battled well up front. See Barry Henriques match report in the Sports Pages.
CAMOGIE NEWS: "Nothing ventured, nothing gained" was the motto of the Camogie Clubs first big weekend of the new season as they set out with a novel event in a saturated fundraising era in the parish and also commenced the new season at senior level. Playing Dicksboro in Palmerstown on Sunday morning the side looked rusty following the non event of a same day walkover from Freshford the previous weekend. As a result they were quickly 1-3 to nil behind a wind assisted home side. Following a rally with a Niamh Phelan goal and a Denise Gaule point the side were struck for two simply worked goals and found their selves 3-3 to 1-3 behind at the break. On the resumption the side slowly battled back into the game and it looked like the impossible was on the cards when the score read 3-6 to 1-8. However the forward push was halted by a goal from a free. The score saw the home side settle and go on to record a 4-8 to 2-9 win. Showing many changes from last year the team showed good fitness levels. The side under mentors new Mike Wall, Liam Moriarity and John Bergin were well served by Joanne Cody, Denise Gaule and Phena Heffernan. The side was Laura Walker, Julie Walsh, Catherine Foley, Eimear Moylan, Ciara Molloy, Phena Heffernan, Aisling Cody, Terri Mackey, Deirdre Purcell, Joanne Cody, Anne-Marie Phelan, Denise Gaule, Jane Walker, Niamh Bambrick, and Niamh Phelan. Subs: Michaela Kenneally, Caoimhe O'Shea, Amanda Power, Becky Lomax, Aisling Foley. The game was refereed by Conor Everard
TWEETING: The weekend Junior Hurling and Senior Camogie championship ties were covered score by score by Julie Walsh in Callan and Margaret Purcell in Palmerstown. The twitter feed ran live on the parish website windgap.ie with the hurling game being re-tweeted on kilkennygaa.ie
HANDBALL: On Saturday evening in O'Loughlins Catherine Foley captured the Ladies County singles 40x20 county title when she defeated Aisling Maher having overcame Kristy Maher of Kells the previous evening
LOCAL ELECTIONS: The first action of the forthcoming local elections saw a comprehensive canvass of the area carried out by Independent Candidate John Burke. A community activist across many walks of life, John is a member of the Board of Leader.
RE-CYCLING: WEEE Ireland is holding a free re-cycling day on Thursday next 17th April at the Car Park in Windgap between 9am -12midday. Examples of items that can be recycled for free include: All types of batteries including farm fencing and automotive batteries Torches, Power tools and other Small Electrical Devices Fridges, Freezers, Washing Machines and Electric Ovens PCs, TVs, Monitors.
CLUB NEWS: This Weeks Winning Numbers Lotto Numbers were 11, 15, 16, 28 and Bonus number 1. This Weeks Prize fund is €7,750.00
GALMOY WINDGAP: The combined outfit collected their third league point at under sixteen level when they had a hard earned draw with fellow combination side St. Fiacres in Tom Walsh park on Friday evening. The pick of the games on Monday evening looked like the replay of the 2013 league final when Tullougher Rosbercon visits Windgap. In a cracker of a final in Clara a smashing late late goal by substitute David Doyle proved to be the difference between the sides.
EASTER WEEK: Ceremonies in the parish will take place on Palm Sunday with Mass in Tullahought at 9.00 a.m. and Windgap at 9.45 a.m. They continue on Holy Thursday in Windgap at 7.00 p.m. On Good Friday the ceremonies are in Windgap at 2.00 p.m and Tullahought at 8.00 p.m. The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated during the ceremonies; The vigil on Holy Saturday takes place in Windgap at 7.45 p.m.
BRIDGE RESULTS: Winners at the bridge game held in the Olde House in Killamery were 1st. Peggy Vaughan, Rita Houlihan. Best Gross Catherine Burke, Helen Lanigan. 2nd Mary Joy, Mary Walsh. 3rd. Sarah Crowley, Elizabeth Lanigan. 4th Finoula Walsh, Maureen Cantwell. GOLF LESSONS: A Series of Beginners golf lessons commencing in Callan Golf Club on Saturday 19th April. For further details and registration Contact Margaret during office hours Monday to Friday on 056 7725136
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