GLANBIA NEWS: Following local discussions proposals are in the melting pot for refurbishment of the old Creamery store and its surrounds. It is hoped that the work will be carried out over the next eighteen months.
MEMORIAL MASS: A special mass will be celebrated in the memory of John Smith. It will take place on Saturday evening in Windgap at 7.30pm.
SLATEQUARRIES MASS: A fine crowd turned out in the Slatequarries on Thursday evening for the annual mass. Celebrate by Fr. Eergus O’Fearghaill he was joined by members of the parish and Callan choirs. Amplification was provided by John Ryan and Martin O Shea done the readings.
WORRYING TIMES: A thread of many conversations over the Bank Holiday weekend was the protection of residents particularly the elderly and those living alone approaching the shortening evenings. Expressed by residents of all ages the concerns are that the lack of convictions or deterrents are allowing a free hand for the continuation of robberies and break inns. The events have some houses, properties and their residents under a siege situation that is not acceptable.
LISDOWNEY SEVENS: Having beaten the Emeralds and lost to Thomastown the previous week Galmoy Windgap faced city side O’Loughlin Gaels in the Lisdowney Sevens on Saturday morning. The team under John Enright and Declan Kennedy fielded just two thirteen year olds and put up a fine performance. The side was Sean Purcell, Jamie Joy, Mark McCoy, Karl McCoy, Eoin O’Brien, Niall Obrien, Killian Enright, Zach Kennedy and Jay McGuire and Matt Delaney of Galmoy.
JUNIORS REACH SEMI-FINAL: In Windgap on Sunday afternoon the home side qualified to play Glenmore in the Iverk Southern Junior Hurling Championship semi-final following their win over Slieverue. After the locals opened the scoring they found the sides tied at 0-3 apiece before a Slieverue side starting with eight minors scored the game’s first goal in the twelfth minute. Building on the lead they surged five points ahead five minutes before the break and led by 1-6 to 0-8 at half time. Assisted by the second half breeze the scores were tied immediately on the throw with a point for the home side. The lead was then extended thanks to a converted penalty after ten minutes when Windgap led by 1-9 to 1-7. Seven minutes from the end four points between separated the sides before a point blank save by James Murray proved to be a turning point. In the final minutes after a twenty one yard free was cleared the home side ran out 1-18 to 1-11 winners as referee Paul Cahill called time.
JUNIOR SEMI FINAL: Glenmore provide the opposition in the Southern Junior Semi-final in Windgap on Saturday evening at 5pm.
KEEP SAFE: After a request for all users to collect all the rubbish, bottles left after training sessions and games and bring them home with them the focus moves to Safety of spectators and participants. As a result all users are asked to refrain from parking along by the footpath at the Hurling Wall. This will give greater visibility of the players using the Hurling and One Wall Handball Courts.
COMMUNITIES IN ACTION: An information Workshop took place in Newtown School from 10am to 8pm on Tuesday last. Its aim was to update the communities around the Carrigadoon and Curraghadobbin hills of the recent planning application to Tipperary Co. Co. by Dunoair for an eight turbine wind farm. The cross border action saw Junior Minster Ann Phelan visit the area on the same day.
DEFIBRILLATOR IN SKOUGH: The expansion of the number of defibrillators in the locality has seen a fourth one added. Its new location in Skough adds cover to the ones in Tullahought at the Community Centre and at the School and Parochial House in Windgap. Its purchase was funded by the pupils of Skough Hill Playgroup and the local residents. Also on the plan is the provision of another one in Killamery.
DEFIBRILLATOR CAKE SALE: The Defibrillator committee are holding their Annual Cake and Home Produce Sale on Friday, 7th August after the Cemetery Mass in Windgap. They would greatly appreciate if you could support this very important event; by bringing cakes, home produce (jams, vegetables, etc) or by making a donation to the fund. Items for the sale can be left in to the tented area in the village on Friday from 6pm onwards. Raffle tickets for a Hamper and other prizes will be sold at the Cake Sale and the draw will take place after Mass. The organisers will hold a similar raffle after the Cemetery Mass in Tullahought on Thursday, 6th August. All support would be gratefully appreciated as the fund has recently provided refresher training courses for fifty eight operators and have also had the three defibrillators serviced and the pads replaced. For further details please contact Joan O’ Gorman 086-1024892, Richie Walsh 087-9963355, Helen Hawe 086-8834042, Miriam Barron 087-7773233 or any member of the committee.
HERITAGE WEEKEND: Preparations for the annual heritage weekend and the Mike Williams juvenile Hurling and Camogie games continues with the on-going maintenance of Tullahought Sports field.
PLAYOFF AWAITS: In the fifty fifth and final game of the Iverk Junior B League Windgap played Carrigeen in Carrigeen on Thursday. On the evening Carrigeen recorded a win to take the two league points. The result saw both teams join John Lockes on twelve points. In a well contested first half Carrigeen opened the scoring and were never more than two points ahead until a twenty second minute goal saw them lead by 1-5 to 0-3. By the break it was reduced to 1-7 to 1-5 after Walter Landy and Eamon Hawe points were added to with a goal following a traditional high pull by Mathew Enright on a long James Mackey delivery. After David Doyle reduced it to a single point deficit after the break Carrigeen regained the upper hand and ran out 1-15 to 1-10 winners.
PARISH BULLETIN: Information for the parish bulletin at Sunday Masses can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped into the Parochial House by Thursday evening. Mobile 086 0782066
GRAVEYARD MASSES: This year’s Graveyard Masses will be celebrated by Fr. Fergal O’Farrell PP in Killamery on Wednesday 5th, Tullahought on Thursday 6th and in Windgap on Friday 7th. All at 7.30pm
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