Ardfinnan Tidy Towns were very busy this week with the hanging baskets going up around the community. We would like once more to ask everyone to help out with any litter you may see in your areas. We also must mention the fine new flower bed that has been done by the Castleview residents up at the local community health centre. There is a great display of colour as you drive into Castleview. Anyone who wants help or advice in their areas please feel free to talk to any committee members. Keep up the great work.


The annual outing of ‘Knocklofty I.C.A. Guild’ will take place on Saturday, June 30, to Limerick including ‘The Hunt Museum’ and ‘The Crescent Shopping Centre’. Or if desired, stay in the City. Evening Mass at The Ennis Road Church. Dinner on the return journey at ‘The Ballykisteen Hotel’, Tipperary (optional but must be booked in advance to facilitate catering). Bar food also available. Bus Fare E20 (in advance). All are welcome including men and students. (Other I.C.A. Guilds very welcome). Departing from ‘Community Centre’, Ardfinnan at 8.30am via Grange and Cahir. Book immediately with Nan Hackett 052 74 66441, Breeda Hennessy 086 8338126 and 052 74 66430.

Frances Cowan 052 74 66488. Cora Lonergan 052 61 38316 or with any Knocklofty I.C.A. members.

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Newcastle’s second annual Éigse to commemorate Séamas Ó Maolchathaigh will take place from June 29 to July 1, starting on Friday, June 29, after official opening by TD Mattie McGrath. For full details of the events please see the Newcastle Notes.



The very best of luck to our Seniors who have qualified for the South Senior Football Quarter Final against Fethard. This will be played in Cahir on Saturday night.

Ardfinnan Under 14s bring home County Honours

On Saturday last we played the Under 14 B County Football Final against Loughmore Castleiney, in Dundrum. Ardfinnan had just won their third South title in a row but we had narrowly missed out on County honours in 2010 and 2011. With this in the back of our minds our lads were very focused on the job in hand and won on a score line of 2-11 to 0-06.

With the sun shining and the Dundrum pitch in perfect condition our boys started very well and the balance within our team was very obvious from the outset where we were on top in all areas of the pitch. Our defence were reading the play and again many of our attacks began from here. Our midfield again was to the fore and we had to be at our best as the Loughmore Castleiney pairing was strong and looked dangerous when in position. The forwards were again winning their positions each one being out in front and their interplay unlocked the oppositions defence on many an occasion. We ran out comfortable enough winners in the end but things could have been closer if our opponents had taken some of their chances early in the second half.

There was great excitement from all the travelling supporters as Captain Padraig Cunningham raised the Shield high into the air and gave a rousing speech. The trip back to the Village was a special one and the traditional spin around the village saw lots of well wishers come out and salute their newly crowned County Champions. Well done to all the players and management team of Liam Myles, Liam Barrett, Stephen Landy, Diarmuid Boyle and Christopher Ryan.

Team: Mark Kelly, Alan Walsh, Padraig Cunningham (C), John Condon, Darren Slattery, Daniel Cunningham, Robert Condon, Gavin Whelan ( 0-01), Conor Fogarty ( 0 - 3 ), Colin Doyle (1 - 00), Michael Barlow ( 0-04 ), Johnny Coveney, Darragh O Brien, Kieran Lambert ( 0-02), Oisín Ryan (1-01 ). Subs used were Darragh O’Leary, Luke O’Brien, James Condon, Sean Doyle Panel: Michael Cunningham, Dylan Nugent, Luke O’Brien, James Condon, Conor Burke, Sean Doyle, Cian Landy, Cian Cullinane, Darragh O’Leary.

Under 6

The 6 under Player of the week is Philip Mason. Well done Philip, keep up the good work.

Scrap Metal Collection Finished

The Club would like to thank all who supported our recent scrap metal collection. The response to this initiative proved to be huge and we received great support from the community far and wide. A special mention to the Club Committee and their families who helped organise the collections and to William Nagle, Don Keating and Club Chairman Leslie Boyle who were the driving forces behind its success.


Any club member looking for tickets for the upcoming Munster Hurling Semi Final please contact the Club Secretary by Thursday night, June 14 on 0868336505.

Lucozade sport bottle cap collection

We are collecting Lucozade sport and Lucozade sport Lite bottle caps together with the Ladies club to be in with a chance of winning €E10,000 for the Club. Please collect the bottle caps and give to a member of the ladies or men’s club.


The Club extends its deepest sympathies to the family of John Carrigan, Lodge. May he rest in peace. Also to the family of Ellen O’Donnell, Whitechurch, Cahir, may she rest in peace.


If you have any notes for the paper please email, text/ring 086 1725559 or simply drop me a note before 5pm each Saturday.