LOOKING AHEAD: Living for the weekends, has taken on a new meaning in the locality. Starting with the recent Heritage Weekend in Tullahought it will be followed by major National and Local sporting and social events with many local connections. Amongst the eagerly awaited events are Hurling, Hurling, Camogie and Tidy Towns.
LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY: Slievenamon and the Lingaun River two of the major geographic features in the area that mark the county and provincial borders provide the focus when history, heritage and sport conjoin as Kilkenny face Tipperary in the All Ireland Hurling Final in Croke Park on Sunday next. The traditional first Sunday of September clash is eagerly awaited as the lives, work, education and social activities of the supporters of both sides are closely entwined. For both sides, life without the banter of the team selections, clashes from the past, reminiscences on past stars and predictions of the future give an added feel that is not to be found away from the epicentre of the border regions. From the locals, unanimous best wishes for further success are extended to the Senior County team that have gladdened many hearts with their skill, commitment and athleticism for the county and Black and Amber cause for many years. Similar sentiments are extended to the Minor side and all involved in any way in the great occasions.
MINOR FINAL:To add to the focus of the All Ireland weekend, local connections will see Windgap's Niall Walsh as a member of the extended panel that face Limerick in the minor final.
FADÓ FADÓ: Recent information on Kilkenny and Tipperary's All Ireland Senior Football semi Final played in 1900 in Carrick on Suir received from Seamus Fleming a native Baunfree recalls his father Jimmy's recollection of the game. At the time he was about 10 years of age, admission was 6 pence to get in and he related many times there was a big crowd out side the gate. When some one shouted here comes a car without a Horse. The crowd ran away from the gate to see the Motor car. The Mayor of Waterford was on a visit to the Mayor of Clonmel and was travelling by car. There was also a mini battle when the RIC went to arrest a local man. On the day Kilkenny qualified for the All Ireland Senior Football Finals as their representatives the Slatequarry Miners took the spoils. When the game went to the boardrooms the outcome saw Tipperary defeat Galway in the Final playing a selection of Kilkenny and Tipperary players.
LOCAL ALL IRELAND: Next up is the Clubs junior championship outing against red hot favourites Bennettsbridge on Saturday 13th where a young side under former All Ireland Senior Final players Pat Walsh and Kieran Purcell will include at least four minor players carry the hopes of the parish.
CAMOGIE ALL IRELANDS: The following week on Sunday 14th will see three players line out in Croke Park with the Kilkenny Senior and Intermediate sides in the All Ireland Camogie Finals. In them Denise Gaule will play in the All Ireland Senior Camogie Final with Catherine Foley and Laura Walker in the Intermediate one.
TIDY TOWNS: The following day Monday the 8th will see the announcement of the National Super Valu Tidy Towns results in the Helix. Amongst the guests will be representatives of Tullahought Tidy Towns Committee. Holders of a bronze medal for the past two years the group are hoping to achieve the three in a row.
CROKE PARK: Padhraic Foley Poulacapple N.S. and a Windgap Club player has been selected to play in the GAA INTO RESPECT Go Games at half time in All Ireland Finals in Croke Park on Sun. 7th
FOOTBALL LINKS. Over one hundred years of local football history was linked when a gold American Football Championship medal won by Mattie Butler in 1917 made a visit recently to his home place where he learned the game. The medal was one of many won by the great Kilkenny teams that dominated the American Gaelic Football scene at a time of when the game was reputed to be stronger in the United States then it was at home. Wearing Black sweaters with a Green Sash and a Shamrock on the breast the side was undefeated from 1904 to 1912 and won more titles through to the 1920's. Mattie from Kilcasey was a member of the sides that were renowned in song and story and were built with players from all of the local clubs that included The Slatequarry Miners, Lamogue, Cotterstown, Glenmore, Comer, Ballyhale, Gowran, Kells, Knocktopher and Slieverue. In New York Mattie married Bridget Duggan from Poulrone, Tullahought whose brother Jimmy was another member of the famed sides. Now a beautiful piece of jewellery and a family heirloom it is attached to a Gold Pocket watch that was handed down through the family and is now in the hands of his granddaughter Maureen Ford. Three generations later, the links forged between the local families when they emigrated to New York over a century ago, still remain intact with a visit to the local towns lands and the Daly Home in Cotterstown being part of Maureen and her daughter Jaclyns agenda. The sides achievements were recorded in Thomas Veales songs of the time and are now published in James Murphy's, Black and Amber Glory a Book of the Poetry and Songs of County Kilkenny. In one the lines concerning some of the local stars in the great finals against Cork and Cavan included mentions of other emigrants, like the Miners Captain Pat Conway from Knockroe and his teamates Ned Shea, Bob and Jack Maher. An extract from another one of the verses describes the play as
"The leather goes from Phelan now (Tom of Windgap) to Duggan (Jimmy) of renown
And across to Tommy Daly , the pride of Cotterstown.
Now Furlong and Jim Farrell they have charged the Cavan backs
With Kilkenny's Matty Butler in some fierce and grand attacks.............
The visit rekindles interest in a lost era of Kilkenny Football that boomed in the United States after employment led emigration occurred almost directly after the Counties All Ireland Senior Football Semi Final win by the Slatequarry Miners over the Munster Champions Tipperary. The game that was played in Carrick-on-Suir took place in 1900. Note: The piece submitted for last weeks edition saw a further break with the era when Dick Phelan the son of Tom one of the players and a Captain of one of the victorious sides pass waay. Dick was buried in his beloved Windgap during the week. Firstly a noted footballer with Cotterstown he took to Hurling with Windgap as the transition from the big ball game
to the small game in the area took place.
QUIZ TIME: Guinans Bar and Lounge in Windgap was the venue for the "Drive for Liam" All Ireland Hurling Final Radio Quiz.
CAMOGIE: Denise Gaule was one of the stars of the county Kilkenny Senior side who defeated Galway in the All Ireland semi final in Limerick on Sunday. The side plays the winners of the Wexford verses Cork replay. At Club level the seniors went down to Danesfort in a challenge game on Saturday evening
FIRST ICE BUCKET: Tullahoughts first ice bucket challenge took place after Jaclyn Ford visiting form the United States in search of her roots was challenged by her friend Nicole De Salvo from Plainview, Brooklyn. The ice supplied by Shane Power of Powers pub was deposited by her cousin Pat Walsh. The world wide phenomenon spread throughout the parish the following weekends with Facebook displaying new events and challenges in support of Motor Neuron disease funding..
DEVELOPMENT NEWS: In Windgap village preparatory work for the new Playground by Kilkenny County Council is expected to commence in the next couple of days. The opening of the Community Shop and Tea Rooms scheduled for the Parochial House on August 31st has been deferred.
WALL BUILDING: Supplies of stone and volunteers are required to have the wall at the Frankfurt end of Windgap Village completed in time to benefit from a resurfacing programme in the area that would see the footpath beside it tarred. To date a handful of volunteers working each Saturday have made good progress against the deadline.
MATCH TICKETS: The Draw for All Ireland tickets for the Kilkenny and Tipperary Senior game and the Kilkenny and Limerick minor game will take place in the Club Rooms on Tuesday the 2nd of September.
CLUB NEWS: In preparation for the Junior Championship game with Bennettsbridge Windgap played Fenor in a challenge game in Windgap on Sunday morning.
YOUTH CLUB: Windgap Youth Club meet for the new season on Tuesday 9th September in the Parochial House at 8pm. If you are over 18 and would like to become involved please come along on the night, additional new leaders needed as numbers are growing.
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