KILKENNY SUPREMO: Congratulations to clubman, Brian Cody on his re-appointment as Kilkenny senior hurling bainisteor for a record 17th season. In the 16 seasons to date, Brian has amassed a total of 10 All-Ireland titles and 8 National league titles for the Black & Amber county --.an incredible haul of national honours for Kilkenny and a record unlikey ever to be matched, let alone surpassed by any successor in the decades to come.
KELLS ROAD DRAW: Promoters and subscribers to the monthly, Kells Road draw are reminded that the November draw will take place on Wednesday night next, 26th November in the clubrooms. Presently the Development committee is having plans for the construction of a machinery shed costed out, in the hope that the project may proceed early in the new year. In that situation the continued support for the draw is of vital importance to ensure that ambition can be realised..
A.G.M. DATE Members should note that the club's A.G.M. has been pencilled in for Friday night,12th December, in the clubrooms starting at 7.30p.m. Formal notice will be forwarded to paid-up members in the next week or so.
U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP: After a number of preparatory games over the last few weeks, the club's U-21 team takes on St.Patrick's, Ballyraggett in their championship opener on Saturday next in Castlecomer at 2.30p.m. With a team that includes many players with senior and junior championship experience, gained over the last two seasons, manager, Micharel Tyrrell and his selectors, Martin Hennessy, Eoin Larkin and Mick Crotty are confident of a good run in this year's campaign.
REMEMBRANCE MASS: On this Wednesday night (tonight), Mass in memory of deceased members was celebrated by Fr. Dan Carroll in the clubrooms at 8p.m. A large number of members, their families and friends participated in the annual remembrance service for deceased officers, players and club officials. afterwards they enjoyed refreshments laid on by bar manager Willie O'Shea and his able colleague PJ McGrath.
ST.PATRICK'S U-11 VISIT: The club's U-11 management team were awakened from their winter hibernation on Saturday morning last for the visit of Dublin club, St. Patrick's G.A.A. Club Palmerstown, the home club of two time G.A.A. All-Star, Liam Rush. Coaches Eamon Tyrrell, Paddy Noonan, Eddie Kelly and Alan O'Brien put the 20 young Dubs through an instructive coaching session with our own "young hopefulls" on a unseasonable sunny morning on the new grounds, Pairc Sheamuis Stiophan, before finishing the session with a game between the club teams. Later, Kilkenny's star defender, Jackie Tyrrell met the visitors and passed on a few helpful hints for their future playing careers. The visit was arranged through long serving, social club member, Dermot Brophy's son, Brian, a member of Palmerstown club. A word of thanks to Neil Lahart who obliged the U-11 management by having the field cut, at short notice, for the visit.
KNOW YOUR SPORT FINALE: Competition co-ordinator, John Byrne's latest update on the year long sporting competition indicated a "nail biting" finish, with the result of Sunday's, Kilkenny senior hurling championship final, between champions, Clara and Ballyhale Shamrocks also doubling as the ultimate decider of this year's competition. In a preverbial photo finish, with newly crowned 2014 champions Ballyhale Shamrock's the choice of Paddy Whitty and Brendan Burke they finish with a total of on 66 points "leap froging" over pre-match leader, Jim Dollard on 65, to claim the first prize in this year's competition with Pat Drennan also coming from behind to claim third prize with 63 points. Well done to John Byrne on a job well done updating the league table -- a time consuming exercise - as the various championship / tournaments winners are declared throughout the year.
ST.PATRICK'S LOURDES FUND: Catherine Byrne, St.Patrick's Lourdes Fund Committee advises that the committee has organised their annual fundraising cabaret in James Stephens clubrooms on Saturday night next 22nd November. Catherine suggests that guests might "dance away the night" to the melodious tunes of The Marble City Sounds and their musical friends. The entry fee is €3.00 or €5.00 for two. During the evening there will be a raffle for a monster turkey & ham hamper. Your support for this worthy cause would be much appreciated by the committee
PEOPLE OF YEAR AWARDS: No one was more delighted than club officer, John O'Neill, 13, Archer's Crescent, a former chairperson of the Kilkenny Citizens Information Centre when it was announced that the centre was being awarded the overall, 2014 Kilkenny Co.Co./ Rehab People of the Year award winner at the awards presentation dinner, last week. A committed volunteer, John was a founder member of the reorganised centre, back in 1982, when they first opened an office in Bishop Birch Home's, Blackmill Street with only a" pen and note pad" to start their free and confidential information service. At the setting up stage training for volunteers took place in Kilkenny Garda Station on Saturday mornings. The centre now provides an invaluable service to Kilkenny citizens from it's new office at No.4,The Parade Kilkenny. Well done to all involved with the service.
LIBRARY NEWS: Library manager, Catriona Kenneally advises that regular computer courses for beginners and improvers take place at the library. Interested folk should put their names down on a waiting list in the library. The courses are free as is membership for children and the unwaged. The library also welcomes back, Sister Canice Keyes, of the St.John of God Sisters who is exhibiting her beautiful collection of painting until, 2nd December. Inistioge resident, Laima Chveolukiene is also displaying her hand painted Christmas cards, which are also for sale in the library. Cathriona also sends word that Storytime for toddlers takes place on Tuesday afternoons from 2p.m, and on Thursday mornings from 11,.30a.m.. With Christmas just around the corner, Cathriona has organised a traditional Christmas storytelling night by renowned seannachi, Jim Maher (plus bodhran) on Friday,
5th December starting at 6.30p.m, with parents, grandparents, guardians and the general public welcome to attend. Tickets available at the library.
RED & GREEN SHOP: The club's sports shop will be open for business from Friday, 24th November and every Friday night up to the festive season from 8p.m, to facilitate the purchase and ordering of all forms of club sports wear for Christmas presents.
SCHOOL OF HOLY SPIRIT: The School of the Holy Spirit will be holding a fundraising coffee morning on Sunday morning next from 11 a.m to 1p.m., at the school in Seville Lodge, Callan Road. There will be lots of home baking school Christmas cards on sale. Contact Theresa at 087-9040208.
SPEECH & DRAMA CLASSES : From a date in January, Starburst School of Speech & Drama are adding a new class in St. Patrick's Parish Centre on Tuesday afternoons from 4.45p.m.. Beginners welcome. Contact Kate at 085-1142686 for further information.
GO FOR LIFE GAMES: For over 50's, Short Matt Bowls and Go For Life games take place in the Watershed on Tuesday evenings at 8p.m.. These exercise games and social events are "free for all to try" during the month of November.
LOTTO: Tuesday night's numbers were 5 :9 : 21. Congratulations to club stalwart Mickey Walsh who won the jackpot of €2800.