GOOD NEWS: With the commencement of work on the playground scheduled to be well underway by the arrival of this weeks Kilkenny People on the streets, there is more good news in the pipeline with the planned opening of a new walk around Windgap village.
COMMUNITY SHOP: Hopes to obtain a suitable ready made site to rent for the groundbreaking Community Shop and Tea Rooms central to all local amenities in Windgap village appear to have drawn a blank. Originally scheduled to be opened in conjunction with the commencement of the new school year it remains as the most important and most innovative and needed of the recent development proposals.
HERITAGE PROTECTION: In a coming together of the communities of three separate villages the Faugheen Against Pylons, Ballyneale Environmental Action Group and Ahenny Action Group have formed a fundraising committee specifically to fight the threat of Wind Turbines on the hills Carraigadoon and Curraghdobbin above them. The new group is called the Heritage Protection Group. The first fundraiser is a Cake Sale on November 2nd in the Clubhouse in Faugheen after 10 am Mass. All donations of cakes and baking would be greatly appreciated!
PLANNING NEWS: At the recent meeting of Tipperary County Council on a debate on the DunoAir proposal to erect eight wind turbines on the land around Carrigadoon Hill and Curraghdobbin Hill, twenty nine of the forty elected councilors spoke on the issue and said they supported the local communities concerns. Following a debate a new motion was passed on the advice of County Manager, Joe McGrath that the council commence a review of the wind energy development strategy for County Tipperary. In the meantime it is likely an application will be made November or December to install a Wind Power Generation Plant on the local hills.
TRACTOR RUN: The annual tractor run for school funds has been confirmed for Saturday 15th November at 12:00. Further details tofollow.
BRIDGE RESULTS: Winners at the Killamery Bridge Club card game held in the Olde House were Margaret Comerford and Moira Hickey. Best Gross Rita Townsend and Stella Tennyson. 2nd Mary Lonergan and Josie O'Gorman. 3rd. Elizabeth Lanigan and Sarah Crowley. 4th Catherine Burke and Helen Lanigan.
SHOOTING SEASON: November 1st marks the commencement of the Cock Pheasant Shooting season for the forty game clubs in the county affiliated with the National Association of Regional Game Councils. Located in almost every parish, the main aims of the clubs are wildlife conservation, insurance protection for members and landowners and the retention of habitat. Unfortunately the ongoing loss of habitat, no observance of game sanctuary signage, very limited interaction with local landowners as to club members or the protection of the wildlife area lake created by the local award winning Tidy Towns committee has seen the local game birds mainly associated with residences, gardens, orchards and farmyards. The joy of having the first clutch of wild ducklings hatched on the amenity area earlier in the year was short lived.
DAFFODIL DAY: Plans to have one thousand Daffodils fluttering and dancing in next Spring breeze in Windgap requires all hands on bulb planting on this Saturday next November 1st at 11am. All welcome, bring a trowel or planting tool.
MCCARTHY CUP VISIT: Arrangements have been made for the visit of the McCarthy Cup to visit Windgap School on Friday 14th of November.
ADVIC NIGHT OUT: A fundraising event on behalf of the AdVIC charity that works closely with the family of homicide victims will take place in the River Court Hotel on Saturday night the 1st of November. Music on the night will be provided by Bench Warrant. There will be no set cover charge on the door and donations will be greatly appreciated. A raffle will take place on the night for great prizes. If you are unable to attend the event that is supported by the Whelan family in Windgap and would like to make a donation or sponsor a prize please contact John Whelan on 087 1252395
PIONEER SOCIAL: The annual South Ossory Pioneer Social takes place in the Rhu Glen on Friday 14th of November. All members eligible for Gold or Silver pins are invited to contact their local branch members.
CRAFT FAIR: You are welcome to join the Camphill Community Kyle Coolagh for their Craft Fair on Sun 2nd Nov. Pottery, baskets and weavery goods made on site are for sale. Many food and fun stalls and home baking treats and games, from 1.00pm-5pm Do come along and support our special event for special people.
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