HERE WE GO AGAIN!! What an occasion we had on Sunday last as the pundits described the final as one of the greatest games of hurling ever played! Who are we to disagree? Our stars, Eoin Larkin and Jackie Tyrrell played their part nobly in the drama and manager, Brian Cody again played a stormer both in preparing the team and on the sideline by making some judicious switches to ensure we live to fight another day. The chase for tickets begins again, thanks to Hawkeye's final call.
UP FOR THE MATCH; The Village featured prominently on the annual UP for the Match RTE programme on Saturday night last. Phil Fan Larkin was a hilarious and knowledgeable guest, much of the local filming was done in Larchfield, the Heffernan and and McDermott families featured prominently and Joe Hennessy got to show off his All Ireland senior medals!
FULL HOUSE; It was great to see a full house in the club rooms on Sunday last as hordes of supporters watched and roared on Kilkenny teams. The clubrooms rocked well into the evening.
LOTTO WINNER: This week's Lotto was won by Fiona Lalor who pocketed a tidy €1800. Fiona is daughter of club Vice President and former Chairman and Secretary, Liam Tyrrell. The lucky numbers were 27, 29 and 30.
BAG PACKING: Club life goes on despite the excitement of All Ireland finals and we must thank our local SuperValu, Loughboy management, John Burke for giving us a slot on Friday and Saturday last. The parents and warriors aged 6-9 were most helpful and the club raised much needed funds to support club activity. Thanks to the ever busy Tony Scanlon for his work in organising the venture.
U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP: The U-14 "A" team eased their way into the second round of the championship with a comfortable victory over St. Lactains in 'Comer on Tuesday evening. From the first blow of the referees whistle the stronger, more balanced and skillful Village line up were in total control and despite the best efforts of the young Freshford lads they were overwhelmed in all areas of the field throughout the game. Managers, Joe Murray, Ollie Grace and their team will know that far more serious challenges face the young James Stephens side if ambitions to win the county title, last won in 2010, are to be realised.
ALL-IRELAND CAMOGIE: We send best wishes to the Kilkenny senior and intermediate Camogie teams as they go in quest of All-Ireland glory on Sunday in Croke Park. The senior squad will be seeking their first title since 1994 and their 13th title in all. Victory for Kilkenny would yield a well merited Celtic Cross medal for longstanding star forward, Aoife Neary should fortune favour the Kilkenny "kittens" against a very experienced Cork side.
JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP: A seriously focused James Stephens Junior team came through their first round championship fixture against Mullinavat in a high quality game at Pairc Seamuis Stiophan on Saturday, eventually winning on a 1-16 to 0-13 scoreline. A snappy strike by corner forward, Eoin McCormack for goal after five minutes gave the club side the necessary confidence to attack the game even while playing against a strong breeze in the first half, with the result that they led by 1-9 to 0-10 at the half time break. With a team that combined the ideal mix of youth and experience, through Garry Whelan, Eoin McCormack, Conor McQuillan, Niall Tyrrell, Paddy Butler and Richie Hayes they continued their positive approach right throughout the second period, limiting their fancied opponents to 0-3 points while adding a further 0-7 to their own total. A deserved victory which manager, Jimmy O'Brien and his fellow selectors have the real possibility of building on as the championship progresses..
U-16 CHAMPIONSHIP: Like the U-14 team, a few days earlier, the club's U-16 hurlers chalked up an easy 3-23 to 2-8 victory over Erin's Own in Saturday's first round fixture in Jenkinstown. certainly more searching tests lay ahead if championship honours are to be entertained.
LUCAN SARSFIELDS VISIT: On Wednesday week , 17th September a group from Lucan Sarsfields G.A.A. club will visit Kilkenny using James Stephens clubrooms, as their base for exploring the city. This particular initiative, was the brainchild of former Uachtarain na hEireann Mary McAleese and her husband, Martin, the aim being to bring clubs closer together by encouraging them to visit areas of the country, they might not normally have a connection with, while using the home club's clubrooms as their base for socialising, exchanging views and general banter -- a G.A.A. follow up version of "The Gathering", so successful for Irish Tourism in 2013.. .
LOUGHBOY LIBRARY: Now that the school year has resumed, Loughboy Library manager, Caitriona Kenneally writes to inform parents and students that the library provides an ideal study space for homework after school hours. Caitriona points out that you don't have to be a member, nevertheless, library membership is FREE for children and older students. Membership also offers students free use of the public computer and both the colour and B & W printer which would be useful for school projects. The library offers photocopying and scanning facilities as well as access to the Driver Theory Test online and Enclycopedia Brittanica. The Creative Writers Group holds their weekly meeting on Thursday at 2p.m.,and the group would welcome new members interested in writing,at all levels. The two book clubs meet on the first Tuesday and Thursday of the month at 10.30a.m..while the Irish Conversation Circle has attracted large numbers to their Wednesday morning sessions at 11.a.m..Artists are also catered for, with local artist, Margot Hennessy, Loughboy currently exhibiting her works,--- including, topically portraits of our hurling heroes Eoin Larkin, Tommy Walsh and Henry Shefflin.--- in the free exhibition area of the library. In truth it might be said that, "there's something for evertybody to enjoy in the Loughboy library"
FITKIDS CLASSES: Majella O'Brien has informed this column that the Fitkids active and fun classes resumes on Tuesday,16th September in the Parish Hall from 3.30 to 4.30.p.m. As always the classes are age appropriate and for kids between the ages of 3 to 6.The classes are a foundation for all sporting activity in later life teaching then the fundamentals of exercise, flexibility, balance, endurance and co-ordination in a safe and fun environment. The cost is €6.00 per class and places are limited. Contact Majella at 087-6893663 for bookings or for further information
MUSIC: Saturday night's entertainment will be provided by Johnny Carroll.