13 January 2015
KELLS ROAD DRAW: A timely reminder to all promoters and supporters that the January draw will take place on Wednesday week, 28th January in the clubrooms. As per usual all the pre-draw arrangements, for the Tuesday and Wednesday nights, will be in place to facilitate members wishing to register early entries to the draw.
JUVENILE REGISTRATION: Newly appointed Juvenile officer, Bob Cody has set aside Friday night 30th January from 6.30p.m, for the registration of the Under 6, 7 & 8 age groups for the coming playing season. This is an ideal opportunity for officers to welcome new members and their parents to the club. Also on the night, the well stocked, Red & Green store managers, Angela and Niamh will have the club's shop open for purchases and orders of all types of club sports and leisure wear. It should also be noted that the club has instituted a new policy for the under-age structures, whereby at least one player from the James Stephens senior squad will be assigned to work and coach with each age group during the year. On Friday night, 23rd January, Bob will oversee the registration of the Under 9, 10, 11 and 12 age groups in the clubrooms. All are welcome, especially new members.
BEST WISHES: Best wishes to one of the club's heroes of the '50' and 60's era, the corner forward wizard, Micky "Socks" Dunne, Riverside Drive, who is recovering, at home,following a recent surgical procedure. In 1955 "Socks" won an U-16 championship medal with the club, the same year he was to prove an influential member of the James Stephens team that won the Kilkenny Junior championship thereby earning the club the right to compete at senior championship level --- a status it has proudly retained to this day,some 60 years later. In 1969, Micky went on to lead the club to it's first Kilkenny senior championship title in 32 years, when captaining the senior hurlers to a resounding victory over The Fenians, before a record attendance at the time, in Nowlan Park. We wish "Socks" a speedy recovery.
"IT MAKES CENTS" COLLECTION: Local co-ordinator, Emmett Cooney of the "It Makes Cents" collection, a registered charity in aid of Diabetes Ireland, would like to acknowledge the contributions received from the collection boxes in the parish area which totalled €657 during 2014. Emmet points out that this figure represents almost 10% of the nationwide total of Eu 6,887, which is a highly commendable commentry on the generosity of the locals from one parish in our city. At present, the collection boxes are in James Stephens clubrooms, Nolan Centra, Ragazzi Cafe in Loughboy Shopping Centre, but, Emmet hopes to expand the collection into the wider city area during the coming year. Emmet may be contacted at 083-1005984 or on
SYMPATHIES: At Monday night's management meeting the sympathies of the club's membership were extended to the McEvoy family, Larchfield on the sudden death of Mrs. Kitty McEvoy, (nee Mackey), wife of Kieran and mother of Anthony, J.J., and Brian, last Wednesday..Kitty was predeceased by her daughters, Annette & Sharon. The McEvoy family has a long and proud association wth "The Village", going back three generations to Ned McEvoy, his son, Kieran and in recent years to Brian, all of whom proudly wore the the Red & Green of "The Village" with distinction down through the decades. Brian brought great pride & joy to the family when winning All-Ireland senior hurling medals with Kilkenny in 2000 and 2002 and a coveted All-Star award in 1999. On Friday Kitty's funeral procession to St. Patrick's Church was flanked by a guard of honour from the club's membership including the minor & U-21 panels. On Saturday morning Kitty's was laid to rest, in Foulkstown cemetary following Requiem Mass in St. Patrick's. Kitty will be missed by her husband Kieran, her family, grandchildren, her brother, Jimmy and her close circle of friends. "Air dheis laimh Dé go raibh a anam dilis"
HAPPY HOLIDAYS: Five club stalwarts departed at the weekend for a well earned holiday break in New York and Florida following their record breaking exploits on the playing fields during 2014. Having captured a 36th All-Ireland title for Kilkenny in September, after a rip-roaring replay against Tipperary it can safely be said that no holiday was ever more richly deserved and so, along with, team manager, Brian Cody and their Kilkenny comrades, club players, Eoin Larkin, Jackie Tyrrell, Matt Ruth and Tomas Keogh hopefully, hopefully will enjoy the fruits of their sporting labours and "soak up" the plentiful, Florida sunshine before returning to the hard grind in preparation for the 2015 national league and championship campaigns.
PARISH CENTRE NEWS: The Parish Centre is open for business on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday's from 9 a.m to 4 p.m.. Bookings for baptismal certs.,weddings and anniversary masses may be made through the office. Also, for regular readers of the parish newsletter it is now available on the parish web page www..patricksparish.com and on the facebook page facebook.com/StPatricksKK