REPLAY REQUIRED: The lights remain on for the Senior Camogie aspirations of 2015 for both Windgap and Ballyhale Shamrocks after their first round clash in Ballyhale on Saturday evening. Scheduled with extra time to send one side into the relegation zone and the other in search of a first senior county title, the light or lack of it on a dull August evening gave both sides a Championship lifeline. As the dying minutes saw the sides tied at 1-4 each, the Shamrocks forged a point aged before Windgap equalized as the scheduled extra time beckoned. However it was not to be in the low scoring game where defences dominated as referee Richard Dowling deemed the playing of extra time unsafe. Overall the performance of Jacqui Frisby at centre back for Ballyhale was outstaying as she dominated the game with mazy runs from the edge of one square to the edge of the other. Ably assisted by her sister Edel she almost met her match in Windgaps heroine of Lisa Phelan who put her body on the line in search of victory. Lisa was ably assisted by Catherine Foley, Denise Gaule, Ann Marie Phelan and the battling Phena Heffernan, Caoimhe O’Shea and Mickealla Kenneally. To be noted was the commitment of the Cody sisters Joanne and Aisling who left their work and college in Scotland at six in the morning and headed home to play their part. After with Joanne lined out at corner forward the sisters were back on the road a couple of hours later to do the reverse trip. The proposed replay date of Tuesday evening next will see the home
ALL IRELAND FORECAST: The Hurling Club are organising a Guess the Score competition on the All-Ireland Final 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.
SOUTH FINAL: Having lost the Southern Junior B league tie to decide the Southern Junior B Hurling League. semi-finalists against the home side in Carrigeen, Windgap created a surprise when they defeated the same opposition in the Championship Quarter Final in Carrigeen on Monday evening. The result was built on a great start that was maintained throughout the hour. As a result the side travelled to Plitown on Sunday evening to play Kilmacow in the semi-final. On the night another fine performance saw the side start well with a Tommy Fleming goal and then go on to win, after the game was tied at 1-1 apiece after seven minutes. The divisional final takes place against neighbours Piltown in Hugginstown on Sunday evening at 6.45pm. For all the details on both games see Barrie Henriques match reports in the Sports pages.
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 Jim Maher, Author of “The Flying Column – West Kilkenny 1916 – 1921 when areas in the locality will be highlighted.
SUNDAY 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 Sports field. The Photographic Exhibition continues from 12noon to 5pm Venue in the Community Centre. At 2.30pm a
place over the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk with a display of Vintage Cars at 2pm.
DRIVE FOR LIAM QUIZ: The “Drive for the Liam McCarthy” Radio Quiz being hosted by Windgap GAA Club will be held this year in Powers of Tullahought on Thursday night 27th. It will be broadcast live on KCLR 96FM with the first round being called over the airways to all of the Club venues across the county and beyond at 9pm. Questions, will be tailored to cater for all participants. The entry fee is €5 per person, with the rounds being called at ten minute intervals. The prizes all relate to the All-Ireland weekend with tickets to the game, after match banquet and overnights in the City West Hotel. Also included is a full board holiday in Lanzarote for the winning raffle ticket.
LOCAL DEVELOPMENTS: Community groups on both sides of the Kilkenny, Tipperary border are deeply concerned about the nature of LANA Wind Developments as there has been neither public consultation nor any attempt to publicise the development in South Tipperary. The single wind turbine that is reported to be thirteen years old is 77.5metres high to the tips of the blades, and will have a capacity of 500kW. It is proposed that the turbine would be located only 600 metres from the proposed Carrigadoon Wind project which consists of eight 127 metre high three megawatt turbines on the edge of an area deemed unsuitable for wind energy development by Tipperary County Council. In their application LANA Wind Developments, has stated that they intend to apply for a second turbine in the same location. It is believed that there are also other small wind energy companies about to apply for permission in the area to erect one turbine at a time and thereby creating a large wind energy project in an area that is supposed to be protected by Tipperary County Council.
WIND FUNDRAISER: Local musicians will raise the roof of Fleming’s Bar, Faugheen, on Saturday August 29th from 9.30pm, to raise funds to fight a proposed wind farm on Carrigadoon and Curraghadobbin hills above the village. It will be an informal evening of music and craic with Panie Bartley, Breege Phelan and Pete MacGowan and friends, and there will be a raffle and bucket to help raise much needed funds. The night is organised by the Suir Valley Environmental Group is committed to protecting the landscape of Slievenamon and the Suir Valley and all are invited to lend their support. For further info on the Suir Valley Environmental Group and Faugheen against Pylons contact Pete Smith on 086 854 8381
WORLD HANDBALL: In Calgary a great performance saw Jack Doyle 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.
DEFIBRILLATOR NEWS; There was a huge turnout for the fund raising music night in Maloney’s Pub in Skough on Friday evening. Thanks are extended to all who supported it in any way.
ALL IRELAND TICKETS: Club members will be notified by text of the time and date that the All-Ireland Tickets will be distributed to club members.
WORLD HANDBALL: Jack Doyle returns from the world handball championships in Calgary Canada with two silver medals. Jack secured his second silver medal after he was narrowly defeated in the final of the 13 and under by Eoghan Mc Ginnity from Monaghan. Also participating was Galmoy Windgap player Billy Drennan who showed great courage to continue to play when he suffered a bad ankle injury in his semi-final game.
COMMUNITY GAMES: Windgap, Tullahought, Coolagh Community games athletes made history today, as Eve Gibbs, Luke Power, Rachel and Ellie O'Shea were the first athletes from the area to compete in the All-Ireland Finals. More info in next week’s notes
NIGHT OUT IN CILLÍN HILL: One of the highlights of every All Ireland Build Up in Kilkenny has been the Corporate Dinner. The event takes place at Cillin Hill on Saturday 29th of August. The Guest Speaker will be proud Kilkenny man Bobby Kerr. The event will also have an interview with Brian Cody just one week before the Final with Galway. For anyone wishing support and get into the atmosphere of All Ireland Week. Tickets for the four Course Dinner are available cost €60.
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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