HERITAGE WEEK: The annual heritage weekend commences in Tullahought on Friday:29th August and runs until Sunday 31st. The Official opening and an Exhibition of old photographs will be carried out by Mr. Eamon Aylward, Chairman of Piltown Municipal District at 8pm. It will be followed by a Cheese and Wine Reception at 8.30pm and a Lecture by Mr. Richard Hyland from Kilkenny entitled ‘Slatequarries 1820 to 1827 – Hyland FamIly Connection at 9.30pm. The evening will conclude with a Traditional Music session, song and storytelling.
DAY 2: 30th August will see the Photographic Exhibition continue from 3pm. At 8pm the Opening of the Quern Stone Sculpture beside the Wildlife lake will be followed by a Lecture given by Dr. Barry O’Reilly, Fethard entitled ‘Domestic Milling in Ireland.
DAY 3: The third and final day on August 31st will include the Under 12’s - Mike Williams Memorial Hurling and Camogie Shields at 11.00am in Tullahought Sportsfield. The Photographic Exhibition continues from 12noon to 5pm. At 2.30pm the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk over the new route starts at Tullahought Church. A traditional skills display and Vintage Car Display commences in the village at 2pm.
CAMOGIE: The under 14's had a narrow one point defeat to Kilmacow in the semi final in Kilmacow. The team was Roisin Foley, Sarah Doherty, Ellen O'Neil, Kate Gleeson, Leah Murray, Zoe O'Gorman, Karen Phelan, Margaret Foley, Niamh Doyle, Eimear Dunphy, Laura Foley, Gillian Costelloe, Molly Walsh, Cliona O'Shea, Ciara Smith and Jade O'Gorman. Congratulations to Catherine Foley and Laura Walker on winning the All Ireland Intermediate Semi Final clash with Kildare on Saturday they now face Limerick in the All Ireland Final on the 14th September, Best wishes are extended to Denise Gaule who is playing with the Kilkenny Senior side in the semi-final against Galway in Limerick on Sunday next.
RENEWAL OF WINDGAP: Recent weeks have seen meetings between the Windgap Community Development Company and the personnel working behind the Community Shop and Tea Rooms, Playground, Parish, Leader, County Council and Youth Club to ensure all of the new projects for the area are streamlined to develop hand in hand. The past year that saw the memorable Gathering take place has been followed by a number of ground breaking initiatives that have see teas served in the unoccupied Parochial House served after the Christmas Eve and Graveyard Masses, the announcement of funding and a timeline for the provision of a Playground in the Village and the employment of a Tús worker. For the youth of the area the first Youth Club in a generation under the Banner of Ossory Youth was formed whilst the plans for the entire community are in place to arrange Loop Walks, to restore a shop to the parish and to provide the first ever tea rooms in the locality. Tied together by the work of volunteers the revolution in parish pride and activities has followed the public meetings under the Planning for the Future Banner. The events have been intersected by an array of novel fund raising events and landscaping projects. Following the long search for funding and the signing of the contract for the Playground and the commencement of the E Tendering process, the next mile post is the opening of the Shop and Tea Rooms at the end of the month. The plans over six months on the road since members of the Planning for the Future committee attended the "Counter Revolution" Ireland’s first conference on community shops and community initiatives meeting in the Horse and Jockey. In their entirety the work and commitment of all involved in the projects has attracted huge support and has changed the future of the area for the everyone's good.
SATURDAY NIGHT OUT: A Gala fundraising dinner in Support of the Minor and Senior Hurlers All Ireland Final appearances takes place in Cillín Hill on Saturday 23rd at 8.30pm. Tickets for the event at which County trainers Pat Hoban, Brian Cody and Siobhan Talbot the Managing Director of Glanbia Foods will be the guest speakers, cost €50 and are available from Nowlan Park or any County Board member.
MATCH TICKETS: Club members wishing to be in the draw for All Ireland tickets for the Kilkenny and Tipperary Senior game and the Kilkenny and Limerick minor game are invited to contact club secretary Noel Power by Monday next the 25th of August.
CLUB NEWS: The result of Saturday nights 5th round league tie in Kilmacow looked like pitting Windgap and Mooncoin, senior sides of a generation ago as contestants in the first round of the county junior championship on the weekend of the 14th of September. By Sunday afternoon and the completion of the round, the results saw the side paired to face another Senior side of a generation ago when county finalists of the past two years and championship favourites Bennettsbridge became the opponents. Following a slow start similar to the Piltown game the previous week the side were 1-15 to 0-6 behind at the break before a second half rally reduced the lead to 1-19 to 0-13 when referee Ray Byrne called time. The game was played in great conditions with a crossfield breeze as both sides took to the field with a single change apiece to the sides published on the match programme. See Barrie Henriques Match Report in the Sports Pages.
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