CEMETERY MASSES: The annual graveyard Masses will take place at 7.30 p.m. Killamery Cemetery on Wed. 31st July; Tullahought Cemetery on Thursday 1st August and Windgap Cemetery on Friday 2nd August and in the Slate yard in the Slatequarries on Friday 9th August.
CAKE SALE: Items for the defibrillators stall can be given to any committee member be dropped to the League House after 6pm on Friday.
POC FADA: As part of the Kilmoganny Parish Gathering on Sunday 4th August 2013 a Poc Fada will take place from Baurscoob Cross to Kilmoganny. This is a fun event with Novelty Games and a great fun element along the route. The first team will start at 11-30am and the event will conclude at 3pm. Entry fee (for team of 3) is €20 with Prizes for various categories. All variety of Camogie/Hurling/Family Teams are Welcome and refreshments will be provided. For further information please contact contact Billy Heffernan
(086) 8236840 or Aidan Farrell on (087)2424948
ONE WALL CHAMPIONSHIPS: Windgap Handball Club hosted one the County One Wall competition on Sunday last when the lovely weather brought out a large crowd. On the day five separate grades were contested with a total of 25 participants. In Men's Open the participants were Ciaran Neary, Dan Breen, Fergal Lalor, John O Neill, Philly Lonergan and PJ O Brien. In Masters A Grade they included Eamon and Jimmy Purcell, Paul Dowling and Tom O Keeffe Michael O Shea, Eddie English, Michael Dalton and Simon Walsh in the Masters B Grade. At Juvenile level the under seventeen's were Darragh O Shea, Mark Dowling, Padraig Cooney and JJ English. Whilst the under fifteens included Aoife Holden, Dearbhail O Keeffe, Ciaran Cooney, Robert Dowling, David Doyle, James Culleton and Pat Grace. For some it was the first time to play one wall but all the competitors provided some very entertaining games. Before the finals took part we were entertained with a girls under eleven-exhibition game between Roisin O Keeffe, Kilfane and Noelle Dowling, Mothel with Roisin O Keeffe winning 13-10. All five finals were played with great spirit and displayed some great handball. The results were: Men's Open Final Ciaran Neary Talbots Inch defeated Dan Breen Kells 26-19. Masters A final Jimmy Purcell Windgap defeated Tom O Keeffe Kilfane 18-5. Masters B Final Eddie English Goresbridge defeated Simon Walsh Windgap 19-8. Juvenile u17 final Padraig Cooney Clogh defeated JJ English Goresbridge 19-6. Juvenile U15 final Aoife Holden Kilfane defeated Ciaran Cooney Clogh 13-11. A big thank you goes to Windgap Handball Club for a great competition and providing tea, refreshments and a BBQ throughout the day.
LOCAL ELECTIONS: Following the proposed boundary changes and the possible retirement of the majority of the sitting councillors it is believed a number of residents of the parish are considering the positions. Following the success of the recent Gathering Events the possibilities include new candidates running for present Parties or an Independent candidate for the first time in an era.
PLANNING: Amongst the items missed from the recent Planning for the Future Reports were the planned renovations to the local creamery. Following communications with the local council and the owners on the deteriorating state of the preserved and listed building some progress has been made. Located on the Carrick to Callan Road the unique structure appears to be the only building of note in the village to passers by who are unaware of the upper village and its other hidden gems. The next meeting of the Development Group will be on Tuesday 27th August.
LOTTO: This Weeks Winning Numbers were 9, 17, 18, 22 and Bonus 26. Next weeks Prizefund is €5,500. Recent winners were Kathleen Egan, Rachel Phelan and Sharon Power.
FESTIVAL DANCE: As part of the week long Abhainn Ri Festival, this Thursday will see the popular sounds of Dermot Lyons, play country and ceili at Callan Townhall.
TIDY TOWNS: Work continued in the village with the re-arrangement of the wall belonging to the flowerbed at the cross.
CLUB NEWS: In the under fourteen hurling shield final the local side went down to the Fenians in Johns Park recently.
JUNIORS WIN: Entering the knockout stages of the Junior championship Windgap received a huge boost when the accounted for their neighbours John Lockes in the final league tie in Windgap on Friday evening. Behind entering the final minutes a late rally saw them record a 1-13 to 2-9 win over their more experienced neighbours who had just returned from the Intermediate Grade. Whilst the result will make no difference to the sides first round draw against Cloneen the morale booster should give the side great belief for a good championship run. The side plays Mooncoin in the first round of the Southern Junior championship in Windgap on Friday meeting.
OUT AND ABOUT: Early mornings see a family of leverets appear on a nearby slope where their first footsteps of the new dawn are taken so daintily and softly as if they feared damaging the soft cover of overnight dew on the grass. In the bright sunshine they are oblivious to the possible dangers of the constant shadows that flash along the ground from house martins feeding overhead and larger birds on the wing. Close by a family of Jackdaws work together learning the methods of searching for their food requirements whilst the local pheasant families all appear to have just two chicks this year.
MEMORIES: If you have any more pictures from the gathering, please email them on to Noel Smith and his IT team on email@example.com. or give them to Kate Moloney. It is planned that a CD reflecting the images of the weekend will be published over the winter months.
NEW BUS ROUTE: Parents with students attending or intending to study in the secondary Schools in Kilkenny City including St. Kieran’s College, Loretto, the Presentation, Ormond College and the C.B.S. are invited to consider using a new bus route. The proposed pick up points in the area may include Windgap, Kilmoganny, and Dunnamaggin. For further information call Dermot Ronan on 087 2076844.
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