A.G.M: The club's AGM took place on Friday night before a sizeable attendance allowing for the fact that there was to be no contest for officer positions. In his address chairman Tommy Lanigan acknowledged that 2014 was a disappointing year for the lack of championship success across all grades, but expressed optimism for the future with the positive showing of teams, especially at U-14, Minor and Junior level. A further sign of optimism for the club is the fact that 87 members have willingly put their names forward as selectors, from U-6 to adult, for the 2015 season. Tommy went on to say that Kilkenny's historic, 35th All-Ireland under clubman, Brian Cody's and the 10th title in his sixteen year reign at the helm brought much pleasure to club members. Secretarty, Seamus Daly in his report stated that the formal opening of the new grounds, Pairc Sheamuis Stiophain on 18th May by Uachtarán CLG Liam O'Neill was the outstanding achievement of the year. Development officer, Ml Moore acknowledged and thanked the St. Patrick's pariash community for their continuing support for the Kells Road draw which was the vital factor in getting the project completed in time for the official opening in May. Juvenile officer, Nioclas O' Carroll also gave a very fulsome report on the activities of the under-age structures, including the successful running of the Andy Egan and Seamus Fry tournaments. Concluding the annual meeting, the chairman wishes all associated with the club and their families a happy and peaceful Christmas.
KELLS ROAD DRAW: Before the draw Chairman, Tommy Lanigan thanked the large gathering of promoters and contributors for their continuing loyalty to the draw which is a vital financial lifeline for the club in settling debts associated with the development of the four excellent playing fields and dressingroom complex on the Kells Road. The winner of the first prize of €1,000 was Brian Fitzpatrick, (John McGrath).The €200.00 winner was Maureen O'Hara (Ml.McLoughlin).The €100.00 winners were Billy Walsh (Niall Cody), Tony Doyle (Joan Cody) and Paddy Bourke (Catherine Kinsella). The €50.00 winners were Carmel Savage (Pat Millea), Terry O'Rourke (Ted Byrne), David Dunne ( Ml. McLoughlin), Triona Cullen (Sean Brennan),Brian Tyrrell ( Liam Tyrrell), Kieran & Betty Boland (Jim Delahunty) The Capuchin Friars (Catherine Kinsella) and Ger Skehan (Joe O'Dwyer). The promoter's prizes of €50.00 each went to Michael McLoughlin and Sean Doyle. The January draw will take place on Wednesday 28th January. .
U-21 CHAMPIONSHIP EXIT: The club's U-21 team ended their county title charge on Sunday in Bennettsbridge when the home side withstood a determined and wholly creditable fight back by the young James Stephens men only to lose out on 0-17 to 1-12 scoreline. The seeds for defeat were laid in the first half when they trailed by 6 points at half time, 0-10 to 0-4, having played with the advantage of a stiff breeze. The 'Bridge continued their dominance early in the second period increasing their lead to 9 point by the 5th minute of the half. With a return to regular team formation, a terrific fight back started on 10 minutes with a point from the ever accurate, Jack McGrath and when substitute, Ray Lahart crashed to the nett on 21minutes a latent belief and pride drove the Village men on to close the gap even further. A succession of points followed and with just minutes left on the clock the divide had narrowed to a single score. However, despite continuous pressure and a number of goalmouth skirmishes the Village lads just could not get the sliothar over the line and a further Bennettsbridge point on the stroke of time confirmed victory for the home club.
ST. PATRICK'S BAND CONCERT: Don't forget that St. Patrick's Brass & Reed Band will be giving their annual Christmas concert in St. Patrick's Church, tonight, Wednesday, 17th March starting at 8p.m. Under the direction of Yorkshire man, Norman Cree, the band, with a long history going back to the late 1800's, is currently enjoying a revival of interest, will perform a festive selection from it's musical repertoire. MC for the evening is Noel Power and guests for the popular annual event include Audrey Larkin and Eugene Dewberry.
ALL-IRELAND NIGHT: On Friday night club members will come together to celebrate Kilkenny's historic, 35th All-Ireland victory following September's memorable final replay against "the ould enemy", Tipperary. Members will also be afforded the pleasure of marking, clubman, Brian Cody's outstanding achievement in leading the county to a 10th All-Ireland in his sixteenth year as team manager. County stars, Jackie Tyrrell, Eoin Larkin and panelists Tomas Keogh and Matt Ruth will also be honoured for their contributions to the landmark victory along with All-Ireland minor winners, Conor Browne and Luke Scanlon for their outstanding contributions to the "Minor Kats" somewhat unexpected victory over hot favourites, Limerick on that magical day. A night to remember, in prospect !!!
ST. STEPHEN'S DAY FUN RUN: The much looked forward to St. Stephen's Day 5K /10K fun run / walk takes place from the clubrooms starting at 11.30a.m.. The event is a fundraising joint venture between the club and the De La Salle A.S.D.Unit in St. Patrick's Boys School. Entry fees are €10.00 per adult,€5.00 for a child and a family costs of €25.00. Aside from the worthy causes involved this is an ideal opportunity to "work off" the Christmas Day excesses - so come along and join in on the fun !!!!
ST.PATRICK'S BOXING: Chris O'Shaughnessy reports that activity is at fever pitch in the club with competitors preparing for the upcoming Carlow/Laois/Kilkenny chamopionships early in the new year. Attendances at the three nightly sessions per week is encouraging with boxers determined to improve on the 4 Leinster, 2 All-Ireland silver and 1 gold medal won by club members in 2014. Boxers from St. Patrick's took part in the recent Carlow/kilkenny/Laois leagues, winning 8 medals in a well organised tournament in which 18 clubs from all over the province took part. Chris advises that the club will open in the first week after the Christmas break when development coach, Conor Phelan will be running a training and coaching session for boys and girls under age 11. Meanwhile the club is very grateful to Geraldine Blanchfield for organising a fundraisinfg event in The Village Inn and to publican, Vincent McIntyre for making his premises available for the night. Chris sends best wishes to all associated with the club for a happy Christmas. .
NEWLY WEDS: Congratulations to newly appointed senior team selector and Co.Wexford native, Diarmuid Berry and his wife, Kilkenny lady, Elaine Murphy on were married in Elaine's parish church in Lisdowney, a fortnight ago. Following the ceremony, celebrated by Fr. Pat Farrell, the happy couple enjoyed a memorable reception,in Hotel Kilkenny in the company of their families and friends before departing for their honeymoon to sunny Maritius in the Indian Ocean. We send them best wishes for a long and happy life together.
NEW ARRIVALS: Congratulations to former club under age hurler, David Ruth and his partner, Sarah Murphy on the birth of their son, Jack in recent days. Jack's arrival is also a cause for celebration for Matt and Mary Ruth, Newpark Lawn, as it welcomes them into the greatly expanding, "grandparents club". Best wishes to all !!! .
LIBRARY NEWS: The Loughboy library will close for the festive season on Tuesday, 23rd December at 2p.m., following a "thank you" coffee morning for customers who have supported the library throughout the year. The library will reopen on Tuesday 30th December at 2p.m. Parents/guardians should note that the Christmas storytelling session by musician and seanachi, Jim Maher takes place on Friday evening, 19th December starting at 6.30p.m.There are a small number iof free tickets still available at the library. On Thursday morning (tomorrow) the library is running a Toddlers Hour, featuring Christmas stories and crafts starting at 11.30a.m. Local schools welcome.
MINDFULNESS: A nine week course on mindfulness will commence in St. Patrick's Parish Centre starting on Thursday, 8th January at 6.45p.m.. Contact Dympna (086-8946633) for further information
LOTTO: Tuesday night's draw produced the following combination : 5 : 20 : 27. Congratulations to Ann attorney who takes home a nice €1600 for Christmas! Next week's draw will be for a jackpot of €1,000.