BRING YOUR WELLIES: If you are visiting the Solstice remember to allow time for parking and walking in to the site and bring along your wellies. The Suir Valley Environmental Group encompassing the local villages in vogue since 2012 are working with the Caiseal Conservation Committee founded in 2007 to make the Evening Solstice an even more enjoyable occasion for visitors. Refreshments will be available on the day and information on the site will also be provided.
CROSS BORDER CO-OPERATION: The group will hold a raffle for a Christmas Hamper and it is hoped to have a guest speaker on the day. Knockroe is situated on the Kilkenny side of the Lingaun River which is the border between Kilkenny and Tipperary. It is seen as an area with many historical treasures which transcends borders and which should be promoted on a Regional rather than County basis.
thoughts now turn to next year’s competition and the hope of going one better.
WALKS OPENING: The opening of the two new “National Trails accredited Loop walks will take place on St Stephens Day in Windgap. With registration at eleven o’clock the walks roll out at 11.30. The Historical Village walk leaves the Lake and loops through the amenity area hurling pitch, church, League House. It the crosses the street in the village and travels through the Grotto before returning to the start by the forge and school. It takes about thirty minutes. The longer six kilometre walk travels via Oldcastle and its extensive scenery to the wooded Bearna Breac. It takes one, two to three hours. The fees are €10 for adults and €25 for families.
WREN BOYS and MOVIES: Part of the celebration of the opening of the walks will be refreshments in the community Hall from 12.30 to 3pm with a Treasure Hunt and Movies for Juveniles in the Handball Alley from 2pm.
DEVELOPMENT MEETING: A meeting of Windgap Community Development will take place on Tuesday evening to review progress since the recent Annual General Meeting. With the forge frontage completed it is hoped to use its horseshoe arched doorway as a feature for the Christmas season.
CARDS: The next Hurling Club Progressive 25 Card Drive will be held in Guinans on Friday night 1st. January and all are welcome.
TIDY TOWNS: Representatives from the Tullahought Tidy Towns group travelled to Clonegall Co. Carlow recently to attend the Regional awards presentation. Hosted by the Regional winners Clonegall in association with Fáilte Ireland the event was well attended and a huge success. Other Kilkenny representatives on the night included Callan, Inistioge and the Keep Kilkenny Beautiful Group representing Kilkenny city. With Environment Minister Alan Kelly on hand to present the awards Eileen Norris collected the Commended Award for Tullahought while Eamon Doyle was presented with the Bronze Medal, the villages fourth Bronze in a row. With the village missing out on a silver medal by just a single point
BOUNDARY COMMISSION: Following a public meeting on the potential effects of the Boundary Commission on the Waterford border with Kilkenny in the RHU GLEN recently the collection of submissions continues in the area. The campaign is being organised in the locality by the local club. To be included contact any member of the committee of the local hurling club.
CHRRISTMAS MASSES: The Christmas Masses will take place on Christmas Eve in Tullahought at 6pm and in Windgap at 9pm. On Christmas Day they will take place in Tullahought at 10am and in Windgap at 11am.
BIRD SURVEY: Tullahought Tidy Towns in conjunction with the school children of the locality are carrying out a Bird Watch Ireland survey of the variety of birds to be seen in local gardens. Ranging from Buzzards to Fieldcrest’s it will include native and migratory species.
LOTTO RESULTS: The numbers drawn were 5, 7, 9, 13 and bonus number 3. They brought a match three cheque to Tommy Walsh. Next week’s prize fund is €6,950
YEAR BOOK: The Kilkenny GAA Year Book containing photos of the local hurlers, handballers, handball and footballers is now on sale in the local shops.
CLUB NEWS: Attending the recent conventions on behalf of the Club were, Football Aidan Mackey, Coiste na nÓg, Pat Walsh, Southern Board John McKenna and PJ Egan, Handball Michael O’Shea, County Board Eamon Doyle, Pat Moore, Jimmy Walsh and PJ Egan.
NUACHTLITIR: Information for the weekly Parish Bulletin at weekend Masses can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or dropped into the Parochial House by Thursday evening. Mobile number (085) 8830756.
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