ALL IRELAND FORECAST: The Hurling Club are organising a Guess the Score competition for Hurling Club Developments. Forecasts cost €2 and cards are available through all players, committees and team managers at all levels. Recent Developments has seen increased spectator facilities, including seating, railings and wheelchair access.
WORLD HANDBALL: In Calgary a great performance in the U13 Doubles one wall final local player Jack Doyle and his partner Brodie Winter from Australia lose out by 1 ace 11-10 in the tie break in the world handball championships final. Jack’s next competition is 40x20 singles on Monday evening where he meets Jack Darcy: Omagh, Co. Tyrone.
LANA WIND DEVELOPMENTS: Residents on both sides of the Kilkenny Tipperary border who are already fighting a proposal for the erection of eight wind turbines by Dunoair got a further shock last week when second Dutch Company lodged plans for another wind farm facility in the same area. The application was submitted by the Lana Wind Development Company to Tipperary Co. Co. on the 10th August for a single 500kW 55m/77.5m high turbine in Rathclarish towns-land with scope for more to follow. The combined developments would see five 126m turbines located on Carrigadoon Hill and a further three 126m turbines on Curraghadobbin Hill with the smaller 77m turbines located in the gap of Rathclarish which divides the two hills.
PERCEPTION CONFIRMED: The second application in as many months confirms fears of concerned residents that if turbines were allowed into the area that was zoned by South Tipperary Council in 2006 as being unsuitable for wind farms that their numbers would increase until the whole area was covered. There has been no public consultation with regard to this second application.
PLANNING PROCESS: While the residents of the surrounding villages are waiting for further developments in the Dunoair planning saga any objections on the Lana Planning Application must be lodged with the Tipperary County Council by the 13th September quoting the application file No. 15600699
TIDY TOWNS: This year’s SuperValu Tidy Towns competition has proved to be as competitive as ever, with a record 862 entries. Volunteers in communities throughout the country have been busy improving their towns, villages and local environment and will be eagerly anticipating the announcement of the SuperValu Tidy Towns winners at the National awards ceremony on Monday 28th September, in The Helix Theatre in Dublin.
Interest in the SuperValu Tidy Towns competition that has run for fifty seven years and has been a positive element in Irish life continues to amaze with the number of entries exceeding eight hundred for the 5th year in a row.
The SuperValu Tidy Towns competition is organised by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government. In Kilkenny twenty two entries this year. They include Ballyragget, Bennettsbridge, Callan, Castlecomer, Clogh, Coon, Dungarvan, Fiddown, Gathabawn, Goresbridge, Gowran, Graiguenamanagh, Inistioge, Johnstown, Kells, Kilkenny, Moneenroe, Thomastown, Tullahought, Urlingford and new entrants Stoneyford and Windgap.
DEFIBRILLATOR FUND: Sincere thanks to all who supported our recent fundraising events which took place after the Cemetery Masses. The total raised was €1,359. Prize Winners were in Tullahought: Helen Power Owning Hill, Evan Doyle Curragh, Breda Duggan Knockeen and E. Phelan Kilmeaden. In Windgap the winners were Joe Delahunty of Callan, Nora Kelly of Kilkenny and Catherine Purcell
MUSIC FOR DEFIBRILLATOR; A Music Night in aid of the Defibrillator Fund will take place in Moloney’s Pub in Skough on Friday 21st August. Music by Maria O’ Shea-Enright, Panie Bartley and Pete Smith. Raffle on the night.
HERITAGE WEEKEND: The annual heritage weekend will take place in Tullahought on the last weekend in August. It commences on Friday 28th with the Official opening of Heritage Week with an Exhibition of photos by local photographers - 8pm with Cheese and Wine Reception. 8.30pm: It is followed by a lecture by An tAthair Fearghus O Fearghall entitled
“Church Building in Diocese of Ossory” at 9.30pm: The evening is completed with a traditional Music session, song and storytelling. Venue in Tullahought Community Centre
SATURDAY 29th. The activities continue with a Photographic Exhibition from 11am – 6pm with an Exhibition by Dublin Brigade Irish Volunteers History Group. The group are showcasing their extensive range of memorabilia and artefacts from 1913 – 1923. A member of the Brigade in Irish Volunteer uniform will conduct the exhibition.’
It is followed at 8p.m by a lecture by Mr. Jim Maher, Author of “The Flying Column – West Kilkenny 1916 – 1921 when areas in the locality will be highlighted.
SUNDAY 30th 30th. The day commences with a Camogie and Hurling Blitz for Under 12’s in the Mike Williams Memorial Shield at 11.00am in Tullahought Sportsfield. The Photographic Exhibition continues from 12noon to 5pm Venue in the Community Centre. At 2.30pm a walk will take place over the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk with a display of Vintage Cars at 2pm.
CAMOGIE NEWS: Windgap under 14's had a great win over St Anne's. They are now in the county final Gillian Costello, Sontae Jackson and Lucy White converted all the scores for Windgap but it was a great team effort from all the team. Team managers Pat Foley and Tony Dunphy Team members Leah Murray Lucy White Cliona O'Shea Emily Culleton Jessica Enright Grace McLoughlin Jade O'Gorman Santae Jackson Laura Foley Rachel Doherty Gillian Costello Ellen O'Neill Sarah Doherty Heather O'Brien Roisin Foley Ciara Smith Emer Dunphy Amy O'Shea Tara Hayes and Amy Kinsella.
NEW BUCKET SEATS: Great work by Pat Walsh, Niall Kenny and the team of workers that assisted with machinery and laying concrete that were mentioned in the previous week’s notes has seen the provision of forty nine new bucket seats for spectators. Previously part of the Pairc Ui Caoimhe stadium in Cork it is rumoured that some of the blue seats have come from Maine Road. The work was completed for the arrival of Tommy, Walter and Padraig Walsh to do battle in the County Intermediate Championship tie between Tullaroan and Tullougher Rosbercon. In recent days both sides visited the ground for a run out. At the seats old home by the banks of the Lee the refurbishment of the stadium in Cork is scheduled to be completed for the Munster Football Final in 2017.
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
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