IRISH CHAMPION: Congratulations go to Aoife Crotty, Kilsheelan on winning an All Ireland title in The National Young Breeders Competition, a joint project between Teagasc and Horse Sport Ireland. The competition took place at Kildalton College on April 19. Forty five young people between the ages of 14 and 25 years came together to test their expertise in assessing horses loose movement, loose jumping, and conformation. They also completed a theory paper on all aspects of breeding, stable management, health and welfare, and sport. The final part of the competition was to present a horse in hand on the triangle.
Competitors had been prepared for the competition through various training sessions since September 2010.
The culmination of all the hard work saw three individuals in each of the age categories going home with some fabulous trophies provided by Horse Sport Ireland after a most enjoyable day of competition. In the junior age category (16-19yrs) first place in Ireland went to Aoife Crotty, Slievenamon View, Kilsheelan. This is a marvellous achievement for Aoife and is a due to her consistent hard work and dedication.
The winners in the junior category and the senior category are joined by a further nine individuals to go forward for further training in preparation for the World Championships to be held in France at the end of July 2011. Three team members plus a reserve in both age categories will be chosen to represent the ISH studbook in Chazey Sur Ain in July. We all congratulate Aoife on her achievements to date and wish her the best of luck as she may be selected to represent her country at a later stage this summer.
Anyone wishing to be involved in the young breeders programme in the future should contact the Teagasc Equine Team: Wendy Conlon 087 9879083.
ACTIVE RETIREMENT: “Laughter is the best Medicine”. Next meeting will be in the Community Hall on Wednesday May 3 at 2pm. All are welcome so come along and enjoy a few hours of companionship and fun - new members welcome.
KILLURNEY SPORTS & SOCIAL CLUB: By now I am sure you are aware of our Mighty Vegie Day to be held in the Hall in September. The idea being we will have a display of home grown fruit and vegetables together with other home baking and handicraft. So now is the time to sow the seeds to attract the adjudicator’s eye in September.
KILSHEELAN TIDY TOWNS: If Diarmuid Gavin passed through Kilsheelan at the moment, he would no doubt conclude we care about our village. Thanks to tidy towns volunteers, it is looking nice already. A lot of weeding, trimming and preparing of flower beds has happened. The Spring Clean Up was done in time for Easter, thanks to all those who participated, especially to Marie Crotty and Vourneen Gleeson from the Active Retirement Group, who welcomed everyone back with a feast of delicious edibles. Those dumping rubbish bags will end up with large fines, if evidence of their identity is found in the bags. Please, no rubbish at the recycling area. Many projects are ongoing. All estates and areas have name plates now, and the persistent weed in the Riverside was dug again on Tuesday to remove roots before planting. Our wildlife survey report will soon be available from Kevin Collins. It is a great help, when individuals, businesses and estates monitor and care for their own areas. Well done to all. The next Tidy Towns meeting is Wednesday May 19th at 9pm. All are welcome.
KILCASH COMMUNITY CENTRE - KILCASH TIDY TOWNS CARD GAME: Visitors regularly comment on the beauty and lovely setting of Kilcash village and while location plays its part much work needs to be regularly done to keep our village looking well. This work is done by a small group of committed volunteers who form the Kilcash tidy towns committee. As with all such voluntary groups a certain amount of fundraising is needed, so to that end, the proceeds of next Wednesday night’s card game in Kilcash will go to this committee. So all in the community should show their appreciation of the excellent work of this group by supporting the card game on May 4th at 8.30pm sharp and so help to keep our village to the forefront in the well kept stakes.
Winners of last week’s game on an excellent 12 games were Mary Lyons and Dick Lonergan with Gertie Prendergast and Sean Quinlan in second spot with ten games. This season’s card game concludes on May 11 with the usual Kilcash Ladies Club promotion. Sincere thanks to all patrons for their continuing great support.
G.A.A: Following their win over Clonmel Og our Senior Football team are on course for a Quarter Final berth. Despite the concession of three goals the Minor Football team fought back and had a deserved one point victory over Moyle Rovers and now qualify for the Final against Clonmel Commercials. See Match Report. Well done to Bill Maher who came on as a sub against Waterford in the Munster Minor Hurling championship. His introduction played a part in Tipperary’s comeback in the last twenty minutes - let’s hope this performance caught the eye of the Selectors and we hope he will be on the starting 15 against Cork on May 8th.
The U/9½ Football team are in the South Final of the Community Games against Ballingarry. On the way to the Final, they beat Fethard in the first round and Drangan in the Semi Final.
The U/10 team had good wins over Killenaule in both football and hurling last Saturday in Kilsheelan.
The previous week they drew with Ardfinnan in a football challenge in Ardfinnan.
The U/10s training continues each Tuesday and Friday at 6pm. The Kilcash NS school team are doing well in the Cumann na mBunscoil hurling competition. After winning the football title last October for the 4th year in a row, they were beaten in their first outing in the hurling by Kilvemnon, but came back well to win against a strong Dualla team. They have yet to play Killusty.
Well done to Eoin Kehoe, Paul Maher and Kevin Guiry who represented Tipperary in an U/16 Hurling Tournament last Saturday and are through to the Final on Bank Holiday Monday - we wish them well.
COUNTY DRAW: The new County Draw will commence in a months time. Despite the present economic climate we hope that you will continue to support us - new members always welcome.
GOLDEN GOAL: Has commenced and the winning minute on the Hurling League Final was the 10th. PHOTO: A framed photo of the Tipperary All Ireland Hurling winning team is on display in Kilsheelan PO. Tickets are €3 each and will be confined to 60 sales.
TABLE QUIZ: We had a disappointing turnout for our annual Table Quiz in aid of the Juvenile Club. For those who did come along it was an enjoyable sociable night. We thank them, those who provided refreshments, raffle prizes and helpers on the night. We congratulate the Crotty trio namely Marie, Catherine and Brid on scoring highest with only four wrong answers on the night. Well done ladies.