CLUB NEWS: Best wishes are extended to club player Edward Cunningham who has emigrated to take up a teaching post in Beijing. A regular club player his departure overlapped with a visit from his former teammate Stephen Purcell who has returned from Brussels for his Summer break.
TOP PLAYER: Denise Gaule was awarded the player of the game award in Kilkenny’s All Ireland Senior Camogie semi-final epic victory over Galway that went to extra time in Thurles on Saturday. The side play Cork in the final in Croke Park on Sunday 11th of September.
KILKKENNY, TIPPERARY UNITE: Residents on both sides of the Kilkenny/Tipperary border breathed a sigh of relief last week when the Dunoair plan for eight giant wind turbines overlooking the Lingaun Valley was refused planning permission by the Tipperary Co Co planning department. In a week which saw the two Counties qualifying to renew rivalries in the All Ireland Hurling Final this border area celebrated a significant victory. Ironically while the hurling supporters of both counties have to wait for the first Sunday of September to find out who emerges victorious, it is on the following Monday that the next hurdle in the wind turbine saga will be played out. Following the planning refusal Dunoair have four weeks to consider whether to lodge an appeal to An Bord Pleanala and the cross border community will anxiously await the outcome. The total of over two hundred objections lodged with Tipperary County Council demonstrated the huge public rejection of this development. These included many individual objections, and objections from the local school, environmental, historical and community groups.
DEFIBRILATOR THANKS: The Committee would like to thank most sincerely everyone who helped in any way with the recent fundraising at the Graveyard Masses in Tullahought and Windgap. The total amount raised over the two evenings is €1,605.63. Thanks to your efforts and generosity the group are now well on our way to being able to purchase a defibrillator for the Killamery area and also to continue our training and servicing of equipment etc. The Raffle Results were: Tullahought: Dan Phelan (Hamper). Other prize winners were: - Fr. Fearghus Ó Fearghail, Paddy Egan, Paschal Skehan, Mary Fleming, Gina Phelan, Kathleen Duggan, Mary Meehan, Ava & Jack Culleton. Windgap: Rose Byrne (Hamper). Other prize winners were: – Mary Walsh, Ann O’ Shea, Larry Cantwell, Sr. Anne, Eleanor Hayes, Babette Conalty, Liam O’ Shea, Marie Malone and Colin Byrne.
QUIZ NIGHT FOR UGANDA: Please join us in Tullahought Community Hall for a family table quiz on Friday August 19th at 8pm to raise money for 2 different projects. In September Eoin Ryan will travel to Uganda to work for a number of weeks at the Alexas Medical Centre in Uganda. All money raised will be used to buy medications, fund immunization programs, fund community healthcare awareness initiatives, including family planning, pre-natal care and hygiene. Next March, Cian Ryan along with a number of students from Callan CBS will travel to Kenya as part of the Kenya Immersion Project. All money raised will go towards funding various community-based projects in Kenya. Tables of 4 people 20 euro. Raffle on the night. 100% of money fundraised will go towards funding projects in Uganda and Kenya. 0% of fundraised money will go towards covering volunteer costs.
RADIO QUIZ: The GAA club are hosting a section of the “Drive for Liam Quiz” on Thursday 25th of August.
HERITAGE WEEK: The annual Heritage week is celebrated in Tullahought from the 26th to 28th August. The commence on Friday 26th August at 8.00 pm with the Official opening Heritage Week and Art Exhibition by An Cathaoirleach, Comhairle Chontae Chill Choinnigh, Mr. Matt Doran. It will be followed by a Cheese and Wine Reception and at 8.30pm by a lecture on a “Sense of Place in a Kilkenny/Tipperary context” by Mr. Joe Sullivan. The evening comes to a close with a Traditional Music session, song and storytelling session that starts at 9.30pm.
On Saturday 27th the Art Exhibition continues from 3pm in Tullahought Community Centre and will be followed at 8.30p.m by a lecture by An tAthair Fearghus O’Fearghaill on the 400th anniversary of the death of Hugh O’Neill in Rome (20/7/1616). The talk will focus on the Flight of the Earls and their last days in Rome.
Sunday 28th commences with an Under 12’s Camogie and Hurling Blitz for the Mike Williams Memorial Shield at 11.00am in Tullahought Sportsfield. In the village the Art Exhibition continues with a Butter Making demonstration by Breda McDonald at 2pm. It will be followed by a trip over the Kilmacoliver Loop Walk Starting at Tullahought Community Centre at 2.30pm:
LOTTO: Numbers 1, 8, 18, 27 and bonus number 15 were drawn this week and brought a match three cheque to Matthew O’Shea. Next week’s prize fund is €8,700
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