August 3rd 2014 with Jimmy Walsh
PLAYGROUND NEWS: The signing of an eight year lease on Wednesday evening between the Windgap Community Development Committee and the Diocese of Ossory will see the Development Committee transform a piece of waste unused ground in the heart of the social, educational and sporting centre of the Parish into a modern multifunctional playground suitable for all ages. One of the aims of the community based group since since its formation four years ago. in 2010 the higher level of the site was originally proposed for the hurling club dressing rooms now situated overlooking both the pitch and the new playground. In the cetre of a circle surrounded by the
PICNIC AREA: The provision of two picnic tables at the lake in Windgap has enhanced the facilities for visitors and has proved to be very popular in the summer weather of recent weeks.
SIOPA NUA: Following a visit to the "Counter Revolution" workshop held in the Horse and Jockey plans have been put in place to organise a Community Shop and Tea Rooms in the area. To be located in the Parochical House the shop is widely welcomed after a long absence of a convenience and grocery store in the local villages. It will provide Newspapers, Stationary, Stamps, Cereals, Minerals, Ice Cream, Toiliteries, Crisps, Pet Food, Knick Knacks, Cards and Sweets. Planning to cater for the many daily needs, it will include an ironing service, photocopying, and will supply Local Artisian Food including Fruit, Vegatables, Chutneys, Relishes, Jams, Bread and Cakes.
TEA ROOMS: Tea in the Parlour will have a new ring at the first of its type in the area as the main room in the unused house will be used for catering, the serving of tea, coffee, delicious treats. In addition it will provide a rare enough Intranet service in the area as the paper is read and the cuppa is supped. Also catered for will be small functions, family groups attending funerals and anniversary masses etc. It is also hoped to have displays of local crafts and photographs on show.
START UP: Hoping to provide a meeting point for local residents, the shop will be staffed by volunteers of all ages with any profits being re-invested into the community. To meet the local demands ideas are being sought by the organisers to maximise the attraction of the undertaking. These can be dropped to the parochical house, mailed to the local website windgap.ie or rang or text to Kate on 087 2050029, Tess on 086 2265558 and Noreen on 087 4186077.
REJUVENATION: Located in the upper village one of the aim of the Shop Committee is to rejuvenate the area and link the whole village, where the school, hall, playing fields and lake are at the lower level on the main road, the church and shop at the next level and the local walks and Grotto at the higher level overlooking all.
CALLING ALL CUFFES: Following a connection from Canada made through the Tullahought Tidy Towns website a request for information from the descendants of the residents of No. 1 Moore Street in Ahenny has been made. One of two streets in the gem of a village of Ahenny that nestles at the foot of Carraigadoon and was built for the workers from the Ormonde and Victoria slate quarries. It once had four rows of terraced houses, with one pair forming Vicar street that included the post office and creamery and the other Moore street. One terrace in Moore Street is no longer there, and the other is much shorter and still contains No. 1. The style of the village is totally unusual in the Irish Countryside as it was built on a copy of plans from a Walsh coal mining village. Back in the 1901 census No.1 was was occupied by the Cuffe Family and all information on the family would be greatly appreciated by Barry & Gloria (née Cuff)
BENEFITS OF GARTH: Stories of family and friends reunions in the locality scheduled to take place for the Garth Brook weekend in Dublin saw many of the arrangements continue only for the venues to change. Many of them that saw reunions changed their venues and struck lucky from meditieraenan type climates when they headed for the West coast venues that stretched from Dingle to Liscannor to Donegal.
GOD'S OWN PLACE: Overlooking the crystal clear, bright and breezy rural landscape of South Kilkenny and Tipperay on Sunday morning. one was struck by a statement on the wireless during the week, that Gaza so much in the news, and so far away, could fit in one twelfth of the area of Tipperary. A quick glance at the records shows that the premier county contains 882,398 acres, Bringing it closer to home, it was hard to imagine that 1.5 million people could very very easily fit in this corner of Kilkenny that would include the neighbouring parishes of Callan, Dunnamaggin, Hugginstown and Piltown. With skylarks singing high above the multi-coloured mid summer scene that the entire population of the parish of Dunnamaggin and half of Windgap.
TITLE DEFENCE: The Junior Hurlers put their Southern Junior Hurling Title on the line when they play Piltown in the first round on Saturday. Owing to lack of numbers the Junior "B" side have given a walk over in the Joe Walsh Cup competition. HURLING ON: On a contrasting weekend of weather for hurling the juvenieles of the county hurled through the cntinous downpour at the Finals weekend of the Lisdowney sevens displaying skill, speed and dedication on finals day . The following day in brighteer and more pleasant weather conditions more teams paraded in Callan before playing at least three games apiece on four pitches in Callan whilst a couple of miles away in the parish of Dunnamaggin old and young hurled there way across country Cuchculainn like like in a long puck competition from Baurscoop to Kilmoganny.
CLUB NEWS: LIning out at under nine level in the John Lockes tournament were Conor Doyle, Jack O'Shea, Matej Dollard, Noah O'Shea, James Purcell, Cian O'Rourke, Evan Doyle, Paddy Fleming, Eoin O'Shea, George Culleton and Ronan O'Brien. In Hugginstown on Saturday evening the Junior "B" side after a brave performance exited the championship. Hit by injuries, emigration and holidays side led 0-8 to 0-4 at the break. Tied at 0-8 ten minutes into the second half, two further points had back in fromnt before a late Shamrocks rally saw them were outscore the locals by 0-10 to 0-3 after the break to see them progress on a 0-14 to 0-11 scoreline. The Windgap side and scorers were was Paul McKenna, Pa Moore,Paraic Walsh, Darren Walsh, Adrian Landy, Sean Foley (0-1), Vincent Landy, Peter Hennessey (0-1), Gerard Purcell, Gary Lyons, Emmet Landy (0-7 frees), Michael Power (0-1), Paul Comerford, James Murray (0-1), David Doyle. Subs Noel Power and PJ Barron.