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ELDERLY TARGETED IN PHONE SCAM Gardaí issue warning after several incidents locally By Paul Mooney ELDERLY members of the public are being warned not to give out their bank details to anyone over the telephone after a number of incidents locally. It is understood that several calls were made by fraudsters in the past week to some local elderly people claiming there was a problem with their bank account and the caller was seeking the account details to solve the problem. The scam involves criminals tricking people, such as elderly or vulnerable people, out of their savings over the telephone. People should note that no genuine organisation or person would call and ask for such details and they should always be wary of any individual who cold calls, particularly those who ask for money, credit card or banking details. Superintendent Michael Leacy issued the warning last week and advised people to never, ever

give their personal details / bank details / credit card numbers of any other account details over the phone to people they don’t know. “There were a couple of incidents recently in the locality,” said Supt. Leacy, speaking to the Dungarvan Observer. “It’s a ruse to get people to provide their information. We would ask people to be mindful and not provide their details over the phone to people they don’t know,” Supt. Leacy added. If you are suspicious about a call you receive, you should hang up and contact the organisation which the person is purporting to represent to check their authenticity - but you should make the call from another telephone so you can be sure the original caller has not remained on the line. Some fraudsters use technical tricks to stay on the phone line so when the victim puts the phone down and then tries to call their bank, or the Gardaí, it is still the fraudster they will be speaking to.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

No funding for safety measures at busy Kilmeaden junction THERE was no funding made available for low cost safety measures at a busy junction near Kilmeaden. Cllr. Jim Griffin had asked for an update on the proposed low cost safety measures for Orchardstown Cross, which is near Kilmeaden. He was informed by Director of Services, Fergus Galvin that

the Orchardstown Cross was not included in the first round of grants announced recently. “We will be following it up later in the year to see if a second round of funding is available,” Mr. Galvin told the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council. Mr. Galvin said a review of the speed limit along that road would

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Municipal District Council and Cllr. Griffin queried if the Metropolitan Councillors would have a say? Mr. Galvin said the speed limit review of the road into Kilmeaden is specifically Comeragh District and the speed limit from the Orchardstown area to the city boundary is not up for review at this stage.

be undertaken in the coming weeks. Cllr. Griffin said the Orchardstown Cross and the reduced speed limit at Kilmeaden impacts on the Metropolitan area and people coming from Tramore. It was noted that the speed limit review of the road is in the jurisdiction of Comeragh

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Dublin HAP model to be rolled out to Waterford THE Dublin version of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP) is to be rolled out to Waterford in the coming weeks. HAP is a form of social housing support provided by local authorities to households with a long-term housing need. Cllr. Eddie Mulligan continually raised the matter at Council meetings since July, 2017, noting that the Dublin model of HAP provides a deposit and rent in advance to landlords under the HAP scheme.

At the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Mulligan again sought an update on the matter. Director of Services, Ivan Grimes said he was delighted to say, after months of querying with the Department of Housing, that he finally received a circular about the scheme. “We are considering how it should be implemented,” Mr. Grimes said. “It allows us to pay an additional months’ rent for



homeless households – not for conventional HAP applicants,” Mr. Grimes specified. WORKSHOP Meanwhile, Cllr. Cha O’Neill sought a workshop for Councillors to discuss the HAP scheme, “because I can see HAP is going to be a huge problem, with evictions, in years to come”. Mr. Grimes said he had no difficulty in facilitating a workshop for sometime in the coming weeks.

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No update on Waterford’s bid for governance and administration after boundary refusal THERE has been no update or communication from the Department of Local Government, in relation to Waterford’s request over governance and administration of an area of Kilkenny.

At the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. Eddie Mulligan asked if there had been any update in relation to governance and administration of the area in the aftermath of

Waterford being refused a boundary extension into Kilkenny. Director of Services, Ivan Grimes said he has had no update whatsoever from the Department about the matter.

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Comhaltas Chairman says Governance criteria putting strain on voluntary groups By Christy Parker YOUGHAL Comhaltas Chairman Micheál de Buitléir would like to hear from other voluntary organisations in the region on how they cope with the level of statutory obligations now emanating from government. The veteran mentor says his organisation is becoming “a victim of success” due to the increasing number of safety and accountability demands, without provision being made to enable groups to implement them. Government directives now include a new Code of Governance, along with various stipulations regarding child and vulnerable adults policy, social media, Garda vetting, health & safety, data protection, tax compliance and more. The Code of Governance claims to i) help organisations to set and achieve goals more efficiently and effectively; ii) provide evidence that they are performing; iii) increase transparency; iv) help avoid bad risks and v) reduce costs. Micheál counters that the consequential strain on voluntary resources threatens the efficiency of the voluntary groups it seeks to assist. “And the more successful we are, the more difficult it becomes”, he adds. The chairman “fully accepts” the need for such safeguards but says “the knock-on effect is a burn out of officers, leading to less volunteers at management level.” Presently, Micheál undertakes most of the administration work himself which, he says, “can take over 30 hours a week.” He says if allowance was made to facilitate the necessary resources, he could appoint a dedicated administrator. “The options are limited”, he states wryly, “because lots of parents drop their kids at the gate but are reluctant to engage further.” Micheál believes other voluntary groups are in similar situation and “would like to hear from anyone with views on the matter.” Under the chairman’s 29-year stewardship, Comhaltas Craobh Eochaille has risen from homeless beginnings to and outstanding success that has seen performers entertain audiences across Ireland, Europe, Asia and America. It presently has 140 youth and 25 adult registered members, with a growing waiting list. Traditional entertainment at the branch’s Brú na Sí headquarters is one of the region’s most popular summer tourist attractions. Classes and workshops cater for all ages and experience and the group recently purchased a Masterkabin, costing almost €9,000, to help meet the demand. See:; tele: 0877934504.

Noel Keeley (Managing Director of Musgrave Wholesale Partners), Kevin Forde (Owner, Daybreak Dungarvan), Helen Taylor, Paul Casey, Antoinnette Joyce (Daybreak Dungarvan), Peter HorwoodBarrett (Business Manager, Britvic Ireland), Paul Kerrigan (Musgrave MarketPlace Director).

Daybreak Dungarvan named Daybreak Store of the Year DAYBREAK Dungarvan has been named ‘Store of the Year’ at the annual Daybreak Store of the Year Awards, which took place Wednesday, 14th February. Hosted in the Lyrath Estate Hotel Kilkenny, the awards recognise retail excellence across Daybreak stores nationwide. Daybreak is Ireland’s fastest growing convenience group with 220 stores nationwide. All stores are independently owned by local retailers ensuring that each store can respond to the everyday needs of their local community. Daybreak Dungarvan, located on Youghal Rd, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford, is owned by Kevin Forde and employs 30 people. As well as scooping the top accolade Overall Store of the Year on the night, the store was also accredited with the Charity Merit Award for its outstanding achievement in raising over €7,000 for the Irish Heart Foundation, Daybreak’s charity partner in 2017. Fifteen retailers were shortlisted for the

overall Daybreak Store of the Year Award, which focuses on four key areas – products & services, environment, communications, and people. During the competition stores were assessed against rigorous criteria, including a series of mystery shopper audits on store standards. As well as the coveted overall Store of the Year accolade, other awards on the night focused on key in-store categories and store layouts. The winners were: • Best Availability Award: Daybreak Eyre Square • Best Wine Award: Daybreak Raven Terrace, Galway City • Best Off-Licence Award: Daybreak Clerihan • Mystery Shopper Award: Daybreak Tractamotors • Best Food to Go & Hot Beverage Award: Daybreak Clonliffe Road • Best Impulse Award: Daybreak Bailieborough • Convenience Store of the Year:

Daybreak Raven Terrace, Galway City • Forecourt of the Year: Daybreak Drumgould Adding to Daybreak Dungarvan’s phenomenal business success, the Dungarvan-based store was also recently awarded the highly prestigious Q Mark Emerald Standard. The National Q Mark awards are widely recognised in Ireland’s food service industry as the Oscars of Business Excellence. The Q Mark is the highest standard of food safety available in Ireland and verifies Daybreak Dungarvan’s efficiency, performance and commitment to food safety. Furthermore, Daybreak Dungarvan also received the prestigious award of National Lottery Retail Shop of the Year at the Shelflife Awards in November last, as well as being a finalist in the Forecourt & Convenience Awards. Speaking at the Daybreak Store of the Year awards ceremony, Thomas Morrison, Daybreak Head of Retail Sales, said: “I would like to congratulate Kevin

Forde and his hardworking team at Daybreak Dungarvan on this tremendous achievement. We are passionate about the Store of the Year awards, as they celebrate excellence in convenience retailing and highlight the great consumer experience provided across the Daybreak network. The level of competition this year was remarkable and this award win is testament to the Dungarvan team’s huge effort and commitment to providing local people with high quality service and goods.” Daybreak Dungarvan Store owner Kevin Forde also commented: “This is a fantastic achievement for us and I would like to personally thank each and every one of our team members for their contribution in making Daybreak Dungarvan ‘Store of the Year’. This award win will no doubt assist in fuelling our passion to provide the very best possible offering to our current and future customer base”.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Babies are for life, not for 12 weeks! EVEN an unwanted puppy after Christmas is given an even break and taken to a refuge where it can be made available to another family who will take care of it and love it. The absolute last avenue is for the puppy to be put down which causes a wave of sadness for those who think or hear about this ultimate act of unkindness. It is unfortunate that in the present climate, this depth of feeling cannot be extended to all unwanted children, some of whom, as soon as they are known to have been conceived have a very short life expectancy, if the mother decides to have an abortion. On whom can they rely for protection if their parents have turned against them? Can they rely on the State – the keeper of society – to protect them and vindicate their right to life? Presently, our Constitution protects them here in Ireland, a protection which will be eliminated if we abolish the 8th Amendment to our Constitution. Everyone will feel a wave of sadness if the bright young child, boy or girl is taken by illness or fatal accident and everyone will lament about the little blonde haired child who showed such promise and talent, but was not

given their chance to shine in this beautiful world of ours. Who knows what talents have been squandered; how many of those blonde haired loveable children suffered this fate before they ever emerged from the sanctuary of the womb? Is their only venture abroad to be their journey to the abortion clinic in Britain? The point was made clearly last week that the newly conceived child is a baby. Who has not heard excited declarations of “we’re having a baby”. We have celebrated in that joy. We have prayed for the healthy pregnancy, that everything would be ok. Even in our celebrity culture, when news breaks of high-profile pregnancies, the media speaks of “she or the couple are having a baby”. The sense of joy which a woman / parent / couple feels after the confirmation of pregnancy, is confirmation that the being in the woman is a living being and will emerge as a visible living being in due time. What modern parent has not experienced the excitement of seeing the scans of the living being even in the early weeks? We must not destroy these new human beings, we must not allow them to be destroyed.They are the next generation just as

surely as everyone who reads this was one in their turn. It is clear now that the Government, the politicians who support abortion, and the biased media are all determined to strip away the rights of the unborn. Thanks to the foresight of the few and the generosity of the majority of voting citizens in 1983, the protection of the unborn in this country was assured. Thanks to them, any change in the protection of babies now lies in the hands of the people and not the hands of politicians. It is our turn to once more enforce that guarantee. Thankfully, it is the people of Ireland who will again decide the ultimate fate of the unborn children of this country. The people will vote whether or not to repeal our life-saving 8th Amendment, or surrender many of our unborn babies to an untimely and ignominious death. Your vote is precious.With it the government can be told “NO”, you may not jeopardise the lives of our unborn You may not make this an abortion state! This is a unique chance to limit the international spread of abortion. The people of Ireland hold the key and we ask you to vote ‘NO’ on referendum Day. (Issued by the Dungarvan Pro-Life Group).

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Home Instead Senior Care to represent Ireland in European Business Awards HOME Instead Senior Care was named one of 11 National Winners from 77 businesses representing the “Ones to Watch” in Ireland at an event held at the British Ambassador’s residence in Dublin for The European Business Awards, Europe’s largest business competition, sponsored by RSM. Home Instead Senior Care was chosen by a panel of independent judges including senior business leaders, politicians and academics as the best in their country in the Awards’ category of

Social Responsibility and Environmental Awareness Award and will now go on to represent their country in this category in the final stage of the competition. Ed Murphy, Founder of Home Instead Senior Care in Ireland, said: “We’re very proud to be selected to represent Ireland as a National Champion. The European Business Awards is widely recognised as the showcase for Europe’s most dynamic companies and we are now looking forward to the next round of the judging process where we can

explain in more depth how we are achieving making home care services a popular care option in Ireland.” Adrian Tripp, CEO of the European Business Awards said:“This is an amazing achievement and Home Instead Senior Care is clearly a stand out leader in their field. To be a National Winner means you represent our core values of success, ethics and innovation and are one of the best in Europe.” The National Winners from each country will face further judging in their

chosen category, and the final Category Winners will be announced at the European Business Awards Gala Final in Warsaw, Poland in May 2018. Danette Connolly, Director of Care, Home Instead Waterford, said the reward was an endorsement of the company’s dedication to providing outstanding home care. “The Home Instead ethos is one that puts the needs of seniors and their families at the forefront. To be recognised locally, nationally and now internationally, in the company of some

of Europe’s most dynamic companies is extremely gratifying and we are honoured to represent Ireland in the European Final.” The European Business Awards is now in its 11th year and its primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe. Last year it engaged with over 33,000 businesses from 34 countries. Sponsors and partners include RSM, ELITE and PR Newswire.

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Delivery on National Development Plan and Planning Framework crucial for Waterford’s economic future FIANNA Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler has said that the devil will be in the detail with Friday’s National Development Plan and National Planning Framework launches when it comes to invigorating Waterford and the entire South East region. “There are many positive aspects to last Friday’s announcements including the commitment that the North Quays project will be funded as part of the urban regeneration and development fund, that there will be a

Technological University in the South East, and that there will be €21 million for a new ward at University Hospital Waterford. “However, every one of the Government’s plans over the past seven years has failed to deliver on their goals and targets, so anything Fine Gael and their independent supporters propose need to be taken with a hefty pinch of salt. “Anyone who raises concerns of this nature is being shouted down by Fine Gael, but it’s the

role of opposition TDs, like me, to criticise where necessary, and to make suggestions for improvements. “Delivery based on a spread sheet is fine, but we need delivery on the ground and delivery in a timely matter is absolutely critical. “I want Waterford to prosper and to succeed, but the Government needs to stop promising and start delivering. They have been in office now for seven years,” concluded Butler.

The future of cigarette packets is here and it’s plain MINISTER Catherine Byrne has welcomed the news that tobacco products bearing the new standardised packaging are now available in some Irish retail outlets. From September 2018 all cigarettes and all other tobacco products will have to be sold in plain or standardised packaging in accordance with the Public Health (Standardised Packaging of Tobacco) Act 2015. However, products using the new plain packaging can now be found in some outlets. Gone are the familiar colours and logos of the various brands and

instead all cigarette boxes will be in the same plain neutral colour, bringing into sharp focus the health warnings on the packets. Minister Byrne said "Our aim is to decrease the appeal of tobacco products, to increase the effectiveness of health warnings and to reduce the chances of consumers being misled about the harmful effects of smoking. This packaging makes it plain that cigarettes are bad for your health." Standardised packaging is just one of a number of measures outlined in Tobacco Free

Enjoy afternoon tea in the Pugin Room at Lismore Castle in County Waterford and experience a unique preview of Lismore Castle Spring Gardens on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 – Afternoon tea will be served by the castle’s very own Butler Mr Denis Nevin. For tickets (priced at €25 per person) call 058-53803.

E n j o y D ev o n s h i r e C r e a m Tea a n d a p rev i ew of t h e G a rd e n s a t L i s m o re Ca st l e o n ‘ D ev o n s h i r e D a y ’ Ireland, the ultimate aim of which is to encourage and help smokers to quit and to prevent young people from starting to smoke.

Network Ireland Waterford Business Model Canvas at the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre are Natalie Garland/Cooke, Aisling O’Neill President of Network Waterford and Bara Alich. Network Ireland Waterford met on Tuesday, February 20th in The beautiful Ship Room of the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre. The meeting was facilitated by Network Waterford President, Aisling O’Neill, who introduced members to the Business Model Canvas. This was a highly interactive meeting with members sharing ideas, knowledge and experience as they worked through the canvases of their projects. The next meeting of the Waterford branch will be held on March 26th in the Granville Hotel in association with Enterprise Ireland. Keep an eye online for details to be announced soon! [Patrick Browne]

DEVONSHIRE Cream Tea will be served for ‘Devonshire Day’ this year on Sunday, March 25th, 2018 at Lismore Castle in County Waterford. Guests to the castle on the day can take a unique opportunity to enjoy afternoon tea in the Pugin Room and experience a preview tour of Lismore Castle’s Spring gardens. Devonshire Day is now an annual tradition at the Castle; guests are served Devonshire Cream Tea under the guidance of the Duke of Devonshire’s Butler and are then offered a guided tour of the Castle gardens by the Head Gardener – the event is a once a year occasion and not on offer generally to visitors. Devonshire Day is a fundraiser organised by the ‘Immrama Festival of Travel Writing’ committee. The Immrama Festival takes place this year for the fifteenth year in Lismore from June 13th to 17th 2018. The use of the castle and the gardens for this fundraiser is by kind permission of the owner of Lismore Castle, the Duke of Devonshire. Tea and tours take place at 11.30 a.m., 12.40 p.m., 1.50 p.m., 3.00 p.m. and 4.10 p.m. Entrance is by ticket only. Tickets are available from the Immrama office and Lismore Heritage Centre and cost €25.00. For further enquiries and bookings contact 058-53803 or 058-54975 or see GARDEN HIGHLIGHTS The Lower Garden was formerly known as the ‘Pleasure Grounds’ and is spectacular in the Springtime. A number of camellias, rhododendron‘s and some particularly magnificent magnolias can be found here. There has been extensive

planting over the last number of years and the gardens are being constantly refined and improved. The walls surrounding the garden date from the early 18th century and have been planted with roses such as Francis E, Lester, Bobbie James, Rambling Rector to name but a few. The Lower Garden also boasts some spectacular sculptures by well-known artists Eilis O’Connell, Anthony Gormley and Marzia Colonna. The Upper Garden is one of the few Jacobean gardens to survive in anything like its original form. The first Earl of Cork helped by his gardener John built a high surrounding wall and a raised terrace terminated at either end by turrets. The Central Walk, which is between the herbaceous borders, is backed by yew hedges and was laid in dramatic alignment on the Pain spire of the Anglican Cathedral. The hedges provide a suitable background for the herbaceous borders as one walks towards the top terrace. Located here are some artistic works by Bridget McCrum, Simon Thomas, Emily Young and Edwin Whitney Smith. Serving Devon Cream Tea: The Devon method is to split the scone in two, cover each half with clotted cream, and then add strawberry jam on top. Traditionally it is important that the scones be warm (ideally, freshly baked), and that clotted (rather than whipped) cream and strawberry jam, rather than any other variety, are used. Butter is generally not included, and the tea should be served with milk The classic "Devon cream tea" was voted the Devon region's favourite food speciality.


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IDA criticised over drop in site visits to Waterford THE Industrial Development Authority (IDA) came in for sharp criticism at the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council after it was revealed there was a “serious drop” in the number of site visits made to Waterford. According to figures, there were 31 IDAsponsored site visits made by potential investors to Waterford in 2015. In 2016 that figure dropped to 17 site visits; and dropped further again in 2017 when just 11 site visits were made. Cllr. Davy Daniels asked the Council to immediately communicate with the IDA about the drop in site visits to Waterford.

“It is unacceptable,” Cllr. Daniels said. He said Waterford is about jobs and the IDA have ‘taken their eye off the ball’. He said another serious matter which needed addressing was a university for the South East, saying that students were leaving Waterford to attend third level institutions in other regions. “This is a very serious issue. We need quality jobs into Waterford,” Cllr. Daniels said. “A university and jobs should be the priority.” Director of Services, Lar Power, said the Council continuously works closely with the IDA to nurture as many site visits as possible.

He said the Council CEO, Michael Walsh, would also be in contact with various bodies about a university for the South East. Cllr. Daniels again stated there was a serious drop of site visits by the IDA over the past two years. Mr. Power replied: “We’ve never been shy with the IDA about requesting more site visits”. While he acknowledged there was a good number of site visits in the 2013/14 period, “the bottom line is that we would like more site visits”. “That is required to secure more investment,” Mr. Power added.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Waiting for snow and wind AS the country braces itself for what could be a lengthy, bitterly cold spell with snow, ice and all that goes with those conditions, you may already be reading this with snow falling and drifting outside. In such conditions, we urge people to be careful on the roads and to show courtesy to other road users. This, in itself, could be sufficient to avoid a serious accident, even a fatality. We ask also that people be mindful of their neighbours at this time, especially those who live alone, or in isolated areas and those who may not be able to fend for themselves. This is a time for kindness, giving and accepting, of traditional neighbourliness and generosity. The Met service seems certain that we will have significant snow falls this week, with serious depths and drifts around the country. People should stay in touch with the broadcasts, newspapers and social media for news of the storm and ways to stay safe and comfortable. Schools, businesses and other places of work may close and people should be on the lookout for prior notice. Drivers should be aware of the risks in taking to the road unnecessarily and be equally mindful of their responsibilities in regard to insurance cover and exposure to claims. It is now eight years since we had serious falls of snow which lasted days in places away from high grounds. According to the Met Service, the winter of 2009 / 2010 was the coldest since 1962/63, with temperatures around two degrees below average. That was also the coldest year on record in the Twentieth Century. That year of 2010, in which we had snow at the start and at the end of the year, the biggest Christmas Day snowfall on record was recorded as 27cm deep. Because of the relatively rare nature of significant snowfalls, especially in this part of the country, we may not be suitably prepared or equipped for or used to the hazards such conditions create and the adjustment of many facets of our everyday lives in order to cope. The older generations will talk about the bitterly cold and snow-laden winter of 1947 when snow was measured

INCORP. MUNSTER INDUSTRIAL ADVOCATE Serving the community of County Waterford for over a century 1912–2018 in feet. Those who can remember back to 1963, will recall that it started to snow late on New Year’s Eve and continued intermittently for two weeks giving us drifts of up to eight to ten feet or more on roadsides or in fields. The snow remained for several weeks and even in mid-May, there were still blocks of snow on higher ground and on the sides of elevated roads. The snow may be accompanied by high winds creating blizzard conditions, so care and concentration, as well as moderate speeds, are essential. Ultimately, people should rely on common sense which, if it dictates that something seems dangerous, then it probably is.

Syrian savagery continues WHILE the world generally has become inured to the suffering of people, especially helpless children, during times of war, the conflict in Syria and just now the city of Ghouta, is particularly heart-wrenching. The fact is that over the last week, over five hundred people, many of them children have died at the hands of the military, especially as a result of air-strikes and indiscriminate bombing. This tragedy was visited on the civilian population by the forces which are supposed to be defending them. Those are but the most recent atrocities, with the killing and destruction of the country’s infrastructure continuing after eight years of bloody war.

This is just one of the contradictions and scandals of the persistent war in the Middle East, a war which is being fought with great savagery and with little or no regard for human life, especially civilians. Meanwhile, the United Nations is looking on helplessly, passing successive resolutions which have minimum effect, if any, on the tragedy which is raging in Syria, with its ceasefire resolutions bouncing off the rulers of both sides like bullets off sheet steel. President Assad has no regard for human life, even for his fellow country people. His puppet master, Russia is interested only in fomenting conflict and installing rulers amicable to their own discredited regime. The attack on human rights, concurrent with the attacks on civilians and the deliberate targeting of hospitals, are all approved by the Syrian and Russian regimes. Now, a further imposition has been laid on the civilian population with the reported use of chemical warfare. Symptoms consistent with exposure to chlorine gas have been detected in survivors of the attacks. This came after the explosion of a very large delivery van in the rebel-held eastern Ghouta district near Damascus. The city, like some of Damascus itself and several other cities have been laid waste and the only streetscape is that of rubble. Last year, official agencies found that Syria was using chemical weapons against the rebels with little or no regard for the civilian population and there were significant civilian casualties as a result. This is being repeated, again in the vicinity of Damascus and its district of Ghouta. Clearing out the rebels from Ghouta is seen as essential to the consolidation of the power of the President of Syria. The fact that the cost in human terms is immense means nothing to the regime. It is worth acknowledging, essential actually, the contribution of our Naval Service in rescuing thousands of fleeing refugees from perishing in the Mediterranean. Members of the Service have spend successive tours of duty there and rescued more than ten thousand refugees from the waves and the clutches of smugglers. Until such time as the Western powers and the United Nations develop a sense of responsibility and urgency, then the death and suffering of the Syrian people will continue.

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Local contractors express fears that tenders for housing repairs Gardaí appeal for could be snapped up by larger national construction firms witnesses to local burglary

CHANGES in procurement practices at Waterford Council could mean smaller, local contractors and builders may be priced out of the market by larger, national companies for work to repair local authority houses - which in turn could have a negative impact on the local economy. Cllr. Siobhán Whelan told this newspaper that she was recently speaking to a local contractor who expressed fears they wouldn’t be able to compete with larger companies from outside the area. “If the smaller local contractors are not getting the work or are not able to compete with these larger companies, then surely that will have repercussions for our local economy,” Cllr. Whelan said. It is also understood that local contractors will not qualify for tendering for a current contract to repair and renovate vacant Council houses because their company needs a turnover of at least €500,000 per annum. Other councillors also expressed alarm at their recent monthly meeting over the changes in procurement practices which could see tender contracts snapped up by larger firms to the detriment of smaller local businesses. Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald said he was aware of concerns amongst local contractors who carry out this type of repair work at the moment on local authority houses, who have expressed fears that they will be put at a disadvantage, as the tendering process is now designed to attract larger companies. He referred to the large UK-based building and construction company ‘Carrillion’ which collapsed earlier this year due to mounting debts. “The bigger they are the harder they fall,” Cllr. Fitzgerald said.“If you have a lot of local contractors doing the work and they are employing local people, it is of much more benefit to the local economy,” he said. “So, if something goes wrong, then at least it will be

only ‘one leg of the stool’ which falls, whereas if you have a big national contractor carrying out repairs and maintenance to our housing stock and something goes wrong, we could be left in a lot of bother.” Director of Services, Ivan Grimes said the rationale behind the procurement changes is to achieve better value for money and improve the turnaround times of repairing and renovating vacant Council houses. “Councillors will be aware in the past when NOAC (National Oversight Audit Committee) produced reports comparing our performance with other local authorities, we were mid-ranked, so there was a strong push to improve the turnaround times of renovating our vacant housing stock and reduce costs,” Mr. Grimes said. “It is best practice, under public procurement to look at tendering on a regular basis for new service providers. The intention would be that contracts would be put in place for a time-bound period of probably two years.” Mr. Grimes said there is a tender currently open for the repair and renovation of the Council’s vacant houses. Cllr. Cha O’Neill said the procurement changes “are coming as a shock to the contractors who were after doing some tremendous work for us over the last number of years”. He asked Council officials to meet with representatives of the local contractors to explain the changes in detail. “This will affect up to 150 tradesmen, who were only too delighted to work on our houses over the last 20 / 25 years,” Cllr. O’Neill said. Mr. Grimes responded: “I won’t bring in the small contractors”. “The tendering process is open to them and anybody else to tender for works under the public procurement process. It would be inappropriate for me to talk to selected people who might have an interest or not,” Mr. Grimes said.

Cllr. Whelan queried how long the process would be typically for a new build. Mr. Grimes replied that the timeline for approval of capital projects could be years. However, Mr. Grimes said a commitment was recently given by the minister, following a meeting with Council CEOs, to have the approval process streamlined, reducing it to a maximum of 59 weeks from the time of the initial pro-ject conception through to design, planning and procurement up to contractors going on site. “That would be a significant improvement on what existed before,” Mr. Grimes said. Answering another query from Cllr. Whelan, Mr. Grimes said he wasn’t aware of any particular issue or delays in allocating houses to tenants. “In the past we did have some difficulties allocating certain types of properties, which is why we introduced the Choice Based Letting scheme and we will be using the CBL scheme for a significant number of new housing units due to come onstream. So, we expect the timeline for allocating tenancies will be significantly reduced,” he said. MEETING TO EXTEND DEADLINE This newspaper understands that a group of local contractors met with Councillors John Hearne and Jason Murphy in Waterford City last Monday about the tendering process for a current tender to repair and renovate vacant Council houses (believed to be approximately 250 houses across the city and county). It is understood the deadline for the tender has been extended by one week to give local contractors the chance to apply for the tender. It is believed that several contractors are planning to form a company, which would enable them to qualify to apply for the tender and compete with larger companies.

GARDAÍ are appealing for witnesses to a burglary which occurred in a Dungarvan housing estate last week. Criminal(s) gained entry to a house in Springfield, Dungarvan, between 8.00 p.m. and 9.00 p.m. last Monday evening, 19th February. The house was vacant at the time when the criminal(s) forced entry and took some personal items. Gardaí said their investigation is ongoing and are looking for assistance and have appealed to anyone who may have observed anything suspicious at the time, any person(s) watching a house or hanging around / loitering, or any suspicious vehicles, to contact detectives at Dungarvan Garda Station on 058-48600.

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Public meeting to discuss Dungarvan’s entry into Entente Florale Wednesday, 7th March, at 7.00 p.m., Park Hotel

TIDY TOWNS ADJUDICATORS TO PROVIDE HELPFUL SUGGESTIONS WELL known Tidy Towns Adjudicators, Dr. Christy Boylan and Eamonn DeStafort will be special guests at a Public Meeting to be held in Dungarvan next week to discuss the town’s entry into this year’s prestigious European competition – Entente Florale. The two men will address the meeting, which will be held at the Park Hotel, Dungarvan, at 7.00 p.m. next Wednesday, 7th March, and provide a few helpful suggestions, tips and advice for further improvements that will hopefully land Dungarvan the gold medal in the international competition. Earlier in January, the Dungarvan Observer revealed that Dungarvan was chosen to represent Ireland in the 2018 Entente Florale in the ‘Town’ category, while Inistioge, County Kilkenny will represent Ireland in the ‘Village’ category. The selection of Dungarvan to represent Ireland at the Entente Florale is a huge honour and a

valuable opportunity to turn the international spotlight on our beautiful town. The Entente Florale is an international horticultural competition established to recognise towns and villages in Europe for excellence in horticultural displays, as well as promotion of social and cultural development and celebrates the importance of green spaces at the heart of our community. Ireland is up against seven other countries in the Entente Florale: Belgium, Austria, Germany, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Italy. Tidy Towns Chairperson, Ann Marie Rossiter, said this is the first time Dungarvan has been selected to represent Ireland for the competition and it will be a day to showcase the town to an international forum. She said the adjudication for the Entente Florale will take place in July and there is much to be done before then to ensure we have the best possible chance in

the competition. “This competition is not just about visual appeal, it is very much a community involvement competition – we are depending on as many people, from as many areas of our community as possible getting involved,” Ms. Rossiter said. Dungarvan’s entry into the competition is being jointly led by Dungarvan Tidy Towns Committee and Waterford City and County Council, and an appeal has been made for local people, businesses, sports groups, schools, clubs and other voluntary/community groups to support the entry in any way they can. Ms. Rossiter said that to coordinate preparations, the public meeting will be held to discuss and plan ahead. Everyone can play a part and you are invited to attend the meeting to find out more. Interested people/parties can come along to the Public Meeting

Geoghegan breaks ranks on Local Electoral Boundary Issue D U N G A RV A N - b a s e d Councillor Damien Geoghegan has broken ranks with his colleagues on the Dungarvan/Lismore District Council regarding the position that they have taken as part of the Local Electoral Area Boundary Review, which is currently taking place and which is due to report by June of this year. Prior to the deadline of February 19th last, Cllr Geoghegan made his own submission to the Review Committee in which he outlines his reasons as to why he thinks that the Dungarvan/Lismore Electoral Area would be better served if there was a return to the situation which existed prior to the last Local Elections in 2014. This stance now puts the Dungarvan-based Councillor very much at odds with his colleagues on the Council who recently instructed Council officials to write to the Review Committee, calling on the committee to maintain the status quo and that there should be no changes whatsoever to the current electoral boundaries. However, Cllr. Geoghegan believes that the current set-up of electing eight Councillors spread across such a wide geographical area, could be improved upon by putting in place two distinct divisions for electoral purposes.The outspoken Councillor believes that an electoral area centred upon Dungarvan and its wider rural

hinterland, coupled with a Lismore Electoral area (which would include the towns of Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow) would solidify and maintain a better representational balance. In his submission Cllr. Geoghegan refers to the abolition of Town Councils and he states that returning to the pre-2014 situation would be "a much more practical and beneficial arrangement for both the urban and rural parts of West Waterford". He outlines that we had a distinct Dungarvan Electoral Area and a distinct Lismore Electoral Area, and he goes on to state that "The 2014 Local Government reforms saw a 40% reduction in the number of Elected Councillors nationally, and also saw a large increase in the geographical size of electoral areas. I believe that larger urban centres should have a greater focus than they received following the 2014 reforms, and if there's any proposal to give greater autonomy to towns that previously had a town council, then Dungarvan and its hinterland should not be omitted or put at any disadvantage from any changes that may accrue. Speaking to the Dungarvan Observer last week, Cllr. Geoghegan said that "I fully respect that my seven colleagues on the Council have taken a different position to me on this, but I believe their position is "flawed" and "high-risk", and we could as

a Council be "caught offside" if this committee was to recommend greater autonomy for large towns similar in size and make up as Dungarvan, yet the majority of Councillors representing Dungarvan are basically saying that we don't want to be included in any possible changes whatsoever. My view is that under no circumstances whatsoever should we put forward a position that may put us at an even greater disadvantage.That is why I could not put my name to the submission put forward by my seven colleagues" Cllr. Geoghegan goes on to say that "the business community and politicians at national level now recognise that it was a mistake to abolish Town Councils in 2014, and this boundary review may go some way to rectifying those mistakes and I certainly want to make as strong a case as possible for Dungarvan as the main economic-driver and indeed as the major urban centre in West Waterford, whilst also ensuring that the rural parts of the county are guaranteed representation into the future. We've made great strides in Dungarvan and West Waterford over the past number of years and we need to keep moving forward, and I firmly believe that my proposal, if taken on board, offers the best solution for Dungarvan and West Waterford”.

at the Park Hotel next week and find out how they can help support Dungarvan’s bid to win gold in the Entente Florale. All are very welcome. “There are so many benefits to Dungarvan being involved in this competition and we need the support of every business, school, residents association, community group and individual volunteer who has even a free hour to contribute,” Ms. Rossiter continued. “By lending your support and getting involved you will be playing an important part in demonstrating the incredible community spirit and pride that Dungarvan is known for – working together we can make a powerful impression and win this for our town!” she added. For further details in advance please contact Tidy Towns c/o Capitol Cleaners, O’Connell Street, and Dungarvan. Tel; 058 41412. There will also be regular updates posted on Dungarvan Tidy Towns Facebook page.


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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

H e l p k e e p s e n i o r s wa r m t h i s W i n t e r ! WITH the “Beast from the East” heading our way and predictions that Ireland is set for its coldest snap in years, Home Instead Senior Care is advising that preparations be made to help seniors deal with the big freeze. With sub-zero temperatures and heavy snowfall set to grip Ireland over the next few days, Danette Connolly, Director of Care with Home Instead Waterford, says that there are some useful tips and practices that can be put in place to ensure our senior relatives, friends and neighbours stay warm, safe and cared for in the coming weeks.

“We have a duty of care to our ageing parents, grandparents and neighbours and by looking after their interests this winter, we can help alleviate the hardship that comes with a particularly severe weather spell.” “Please check in on seniors over the coming days and ensure they are prepared. Make sure the house is well stocked with the essentials, such as batteries for the smoke alarm, medicines, particularly repeat prescriptions and plenty of tinned fruit and veg and non-perishables such as pasta and rice, so they don’t

have to venture out in the cold.” Ms. Connolly advised that encouraging our senior relatives to wear several thin layers of clothes, instead of one heavy layer and to keep all internal windows and door closed to keep heat in, will keep them warmer longer throughout the day. “It is crucial that seniors eat regular hot meals, as the body keeps warm by burning the food we eat. Porridge is an excellent source of nutrients, it’s quick and easy to prepare and fuels the body for hours.” Other tips include: • De – ice pathways of snow and

ice using salt or sand • Clear pathways of wet leaves, which pose a trip hazard • Keep all emergency / contact numbers close at hand • Block draughts and keep curtains closed at night to retain heat • Ensure electrical devices are unplugged at night Ms. Connolly continued, “Please make an extra effort to call in on an older relative or neighbour. If they are dependent on solid fuels for heating, bring a bale of briquettes or a bag of coal. Doing a grocery shop is also helpful and practical as they will

have all the essentials at hand to get through the next few days.” If you are concerned about the welfare of a senior family relative or neighbour, visit or call Home Instead Senior Care on 051 333966. Home Instead Senior Care can provide advice on the best solutions to looking after our seniors. Home Instead also offers an array of senior care services such as light housekeeping and laundry, meal preparation, transport and companionship, up to and including personal care, dementia care, post hospital care and disability care.

Pictured at the Garda Information Stall which was set up at Dungarvan Shopping Centre last Friday are, left to right: Jenny Beresford, CEO of Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber; Sgt. Michael Bourke, Sergeant-in-Charge at Dungarvan Garda Station; Garda Laura Walsh; Sgt. Jim Aherne; Garda Christine Keniry; Margaret Duggan; Superintendent Michael Leacy, District Officer, Dungarvan; and Noel Hackett.

Garda Information Stall deemed a huge success Steady stream of people sought advice and information on crime prevention By Paul Mooney A GARDA information stall which was set up to provide crime prevention advice at Dungarvan Shopping Centre last Friday was a huge success. The stall, which operated from 11.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. was extremely busy with a steady stream of people coming forward and chatting to the Garda officers and obtaining information on

crime prevention in the home and crime prevention for businesses. The officers had plenty of information leaflets on various aspects of crime prevention. Superintendent Michael Leacy, District Officer for Dungarvan and Sergeant Michael Bourke, Sergeant in Charge at Dungarvan Garda Station, were both delighted with the public’s response to the information stall. Garda officers Laura Walsh,

Sergeant Jim Aherne with Margaret Cunningham at the Garda Information Stall, held at Dungarvan Shopping Centre last Friday. The Garda Information Stall was busy last Friday with a steady stream of people seeking information on crime prevention. Christine Keniry and Sergeant Jim Aherne were on hand to provide information and advice, as well as answer any queries from members of the public or business community. Jenny Beresford, CEO of Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber was also present on the day. If anyone living in the Dungarvan District and its environs who are interested in setting up a Neighbourhood Watch

in their area, they should contact Dungarvan Garda Station on 058-48600. It is understood that going forward, Garda liaisons will be appointed for three or four housing estates to provide advice to residents and address any ongoing issues in those estates; while a Garda will also be appointed to the town centre to act as liaison with retailers and address any issues in the business community.

Superintendent Michael Leacy with Margaret Duggan at the Garda Information Stall, held at Dungarvan Shopping Centre last Friday.


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Jigs and Reels 2018 Launched IT’S Jigs and Reels time again and at a fun event on last Thursday in Dungarvan Credit Union it was announced that Dungarvan Credit Union will be the main sponsor again for 2018. This is marvellous support and added to it, two staff members, Audrey Flynn and Lucy Whelan are putting on their dancing shoes, joining the lucky band of “competitors” and beginning to practice their steps. Rumour has it, some of the participants in this year’s event will be well able for the stage. Be the judge yourself from the photos in this week’s paper. The big event itself will be held on March 24th in the Cappoquin Community Centre. This is just a few weeks away so it’s time to get organised and get that date in your diary. Tickets will soon be on sale in the usual outlets and at €15 each this represents great value as each year, for the last eight years, the fun on the night has lived up to all expectations. At the launch, Dungarvan Lions’s Club President, John Lawless, thanked the Credit Union for their continued support and noted that all the funds raised will go directly back into the local community to Lions Club charities throughout West and mid county Waterford. Orla Dawson, speaking on behalf of Dungarvan Credit Union, said that the Credit Union is delighted to be associated with this worthy cause and wished every success to all the contestants but in particular to our two staff members, Audrey and Lucy. Follow us on Facebook

Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union was launched last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. Pictured with Sean Cleary, CEO Dungarvan Credit Union are some of the dancers taking part, Audrey Flynn (Credit Union), John Greehan, Martina McKeon, Lucy Whelan (Credit Union) and Robbie Shine. [Dan McGrath]

David Reynolds, John Lawless, President Lions Club, Paul Vart and Jean Kiely, Credit Union, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath] Alan McMahon, Jillian Lake, Margaret McGrath and Donal Connolly, Lions Club, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

Paddy Joe Ryan, Lucy Whelan, Credit Union, Liam Gleeson and Orla Dawson Credit Union, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union [Dan McGrath] Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan.

Pat Stack, Anne Whinnett, Ann Sullivan and Des Power, Lions Club, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

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Eamon Moore, Sean Cleary, CEO Dungarvan Credit Union, Audrey Flynn, Credit Union and Donal Connolly, Lions Club, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

Orla Dawson Credit Union, Ann Crowther, Barry Hannigan and John Lawless, President Lions Club, pictured at the launch of the Dungarvan Lions Club Jigs & Reels sponsored by Dungarvan Credit Union last Thursday in the Credit Union Offices on Main Street, Dungarvan. [Dan McGrath]

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THE fourth RIAC National Classic Car Show returns to Dublin this March with leading classic car and motorcycle insurance broker, Carole Nash, being named as the title sponsor. The theme of this year’s show will be ‘Celebrating Italian Car Design’ and is set to be held at the RDS, Simmonscourt Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin, on Saturday 10th and Sunday, 11th March, 2018. The Italian theme will be prominent throughout the show with some of the world’s most prestigious Italian designed cars and show stopping supercars. Visitors can expect to admire the iconic Italian cars such as Maserati, Alfa Romeo and Abarth cars - many of which will never have been seen at an Irish classic car show. Of particular note will be the Maserati 105S race car that is featured in all printed material to highlight the show. The main feature area will be an exceptional display of

Ferrari supercars reflecting the distinguished history of this iconic brand. Another feature display that is sure to be a favourite is the display of Micro Cars featuring six iconic cars, ranging from a rare Zandapp Janus to the smallest BMW ever made – the 300cc Isetta. Two American Pumper Fire Engines will also be a big draw for many and add an international flavour to the exciting show. The team at Carole Nash will be on hand throughout the weekend to offer discounted insurance to attendees, as well as launching an exciting new product. TV personality Fuzz Townsend will also be on the stand on Saturday and visitors will be able to ask questions and get a selfie with him. RIAC Chairman Arthur Collier said, “The Club is delighted to once again be bringing this event to the public as it

serves as a showcase for the Old Car Movement that brings so much enjoyment to so many enthusiasts throughout Ireland. We are also delighted to be working with Carole Nash Insurance to further enhance the show as Ireland's most prestigious Classic Car Show.” Head of Marketing at Carole Nash, Rebecca Donohue, comments:“We are absolutely thrilled to be the title sponsor of this year’s RIAC National Classic Car show. We have a full schedule on the Carole Nash stand, including an exciting announcement, so be sure to drop by and say hello - we look forward to seeing you there.” The Carole Nash RIAC National Classic Car Show is supported by the Irish Veteran and Vintage Car Club and the Irish Vintage Scene magazine. Ticket information: Early bird tickets are available online for €13.50 = 25% discount. Purchase tickets on arrival for €18.

Nissan LEAF named ‘Best Electric Car’ at 2018 What Car? Awards Nissan xStorage also ‘Commended’ in the ‘Technology Award’ category THE all-new 2018 Nissan LEAF has been named ‘Best Electric Car’ at the 2018 What Car? Awards, just as the world’s bestselling zero emission vehicle is being launched to European media at the ‘Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience’, in Tenerife, Spain. What Car? are one of the most widely-recognised and respected awards amongst car buyers in Europe. They are also one of the UK’s biggest car-buying media brands, widely regarded as a trusted source for new car advice. Steve Huntingford, Editor of What Car?, praised the awardwinning model, saying; “The electric car market has never been more competitive, yet the LEAF saw off all its rivals because it makes the most sense to most buyers. It combines excellent performance with generous standard equipment and low running costs. And even in winter

weather, it’s real-world range is good.” The EV market in the UK is growing and now accounts for around a fifth of LEAF sales in

Europe. At the recent Nissan Electric Ecosystem Experience, Nissan also revealed that just three months since the new Nissan LEAF was announced, it

has already received over 12,000 orders for the latest model. That is one sold every 12 minutes in Europe. Nissan’s xStorage was also ‘Commended’ in the ‘Technology Award’ category, an accolade which recognises innovative new technology developments. Nissan’s xStorage system uses recycled batteries from electric vehicles, allowing you to store power when prices fall, and even sell excess power from your Leaf back to the energy grid. Philippe Saillard, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Nissan Europe, commented: “The new Nissan LEAF is the most advanced and accessible 100% electric vehicle on the planet. We’re delighted to receive such an accolade from the prestigious automotive brand, What Car?. This is a car that is more

enjoyable, more connected and more exciting to drive than any other mainstream electric vehicle in history. It is simply amazing.” The all-new LEAF offers a significant update over the previous model with dynamic new styling, advanced technologies and a higher capacity drivetrain which delivers significant increases in both range and power. The 2018 LEAF is also the first Nissan model in Europe to feature Nissan’s autonomous ProPILOT technology as well as e-Pedal, which allows drivers to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop – simply by increasing or decreasing the pressure applied to the accelerator. Customer deliveries of New Leaf commenced progressively across Europe in February 2018. ABOUT NISSAN LEAF The new Nissan LEAF is the embodiment of Nissan

Intelligent Mobility a consumer proposition that encompasses three main pillars: Intelligent Power, which is brought to life through the LEAF’s advanced new 40kWh e-powertrain, with improved energy efficiency, increased torque and power output for more exciting driving. Intelligent Driving, which is technology designed to improve driving confidence, enhance safety and reduce stress. Intelligent Integration, the linking of the car to wider society via connectivity and to energy grids via unique bi-directional charging technology. Much more than just a 100% electric vehicle, the LEAF is a whole new driving experience, designed to move people with greater exhilaration, confidence and connection to the world around them.

CUPRA: A new Brand is born SEAT makes official the launch of the new CUPRA brand and presents its new logo, giving a first glimpse of what CUPRA will become. CUPRA has always been the sportiest expression of SEAT. Now the time has come for CUPRA to gain its own soul, its own DNA, its own identity by becoming a new entity. All new CUPRA vehicles will embed the new CUPRA logo.

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McCann Fitzgerald becomes first law firm to adopt groundbreaking Irish legal data service, courtsdesk LEADING Irish law firm McCann FitzGerald has announced that it is the first legal practice to sign up for Courtsdesk, an Irish technology company that has taken a revolutionary approach to making courts data accessible to businesses and the public. Courtsdesk is an online data service offering search, tracking and analysis of 593,000 Irish cases involving 1.3m individual parties to date. Its archive, updated daily, includes all hearings of the Circuit Court since early 2017 and every case in the High Court since the 1950s. Speaking about the decision to adopt the service, McCann

FitzGerald’s Head of Dispute Resolution and Litigation, Sean Barton, said: “Clients today expect more from their suppliers. At McCann FitzGerald, we are committed to investing in technology-based, innovative and cost-effective solutions that offer our clients a premium service and allow us to find ways of delivering more for less." “Courtsdesk is an innovative tool that allows us to achieve best practice in assessing, tracking and managing litigation on behalf of our clients. As a law firm on the cutting edge of legal services delivery, the addition of Courtsdesk is an important offer-

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ing for our clients.” Courtsdesk co-founder and CEO Enda Leahy, said: “McCann FitzGerald has been fantastic to deal with from day one. It was the first firm to sign up for a commercial trial, and we are delighted that it has now become the first of the top Irish firms to become a client. “We are trying to solve case management and research problems that legal and corporate organisations have had for years – for example the ability to automatically cross-reference the Companies Registration Office with the courts. “Courtsdesk is an important tool for every solicitor and corporate researcher in Ireland. And obviously for news journalists it’s already become a hugely important resource - we can see stories every week which they spotted or researched on Courtsdesk.” “Most importantly from an Irish perspective, Courtsdesk has opened up the Circuit Court for the first time – a hugely important set of records for Irish society which has never been searchable before. Courtsdesk offers the first search, archive and case tracking system, with almost a year of cases already available.

“We see Circuit Court access as being particularly important for regional law firms and newspapers - significant litigation at this tier is played out every day in courts across the country.” Speaking about McCann FitzGerald’s announcement, Leahy, a former newspaper editor and Law Society Justice Media Award winner, said: “For solicitors the pace of change in technology affecting their industry can be challenging - even clear value-add solutions can seem hard to adopt.The team at McCann FitzGerald was the opposite - making valuable suggestions which have improved the service. It’s now a solution not just for lawyers but for journalists, corporate researchers and the public.” Courtsdesk offers many ‘firsts’ in terms of improving access to the Irish courts system. It is the first streaming newswire of court cases - like a twitter feed for litigation, and counts the Irish Times, The Sunday Times, and the Irish Mail on Sunday among its clients. It is also the first advanced search of the High Court, allowing for queries within the details of any case; e.g. to find filings and

Sean Barton, partner, head of dispute resolution and litigation at McCann FitzGerald with Enda Leahy CEO of Courtsdesk. [Bryan Meade] orders, and to generate relationship maps of all cases related to any person or company. Courtsdesk is one of the most successful emerging technology companies in Dublin. Last year it was the first Irish company accepted into the prestigious Barclays Techstars programme in London, one of ten companies

selected out of 600 applicants from all over the world. It is currently representing Ireland in the ‘Legal’ category of the European Startup Awards. Its investors to date include some of the most prestigious figures in UK and Irish business and the US investment fund Techstars Ventures.

Local concerns addressed by Council official Coming in from the cold By Christy Parker DARK SQUARE Waterford Council senior engineer for roads Gabriel Hynes has agreed to investigate whether lighting is fully adequate on Dungarvan square following concern raised by Cllr. Pat Nugent. The councillor told February’s Dungarvan-Lismore Municipal District meeting that “the bottom of the square” had no lighting by the pedestrian crossing. Cllr. Siobhán Whelan added that “the square is always very dark overall”, to which Mr Hynes responded that it as “designed according to regulations” and was “in accordance with what it should be. Let me be very clear about that”, he added ironically. “No point having a pedestrian

crossing if you can’t see it”, concluded Cllr Nugent. CUSHCAM DESIGN Mr. Hynes confirmed that TII finding had been received for the design stage of the (very) long awaited remedial work at Cushcam Cross. The engineer was responding to Cllr. Nugent’s observation that the council had “one chance only” to get the design right.“We have to think of the people on that (Garranbane) road” he urged, suggesting that the council “has to have an input into the design.” Mr. Hynes continued that the design’s final process was actually now underway, after which the councillors would be consulted and the project forwarded to the Part VIII process (Public consultation). “That’s about three months away”, he estimated. Following Part VIII, negotiations with

a landowner would ensue, he concluded. LENGTHY WATER BILL Cllr. Séamus O’Donnell registered concerns with the council that Irish Water had sent out bills for €3,500 and €2,400 to two constituents dated back “over three years.” At least one of the bills had been forwarded to a small farmer and the councillor wonder if it was justifiable after the lengthy timespan. Mr. Hynes said such bills might be expected when a non-domestic service was transferred to Irish water from the local authority. “Any money due on accounts transferred with the bill”, he explained. “In relation to any non-domestic issues, the majority of bills are based on metre usage”, he continued as he advised contacting the company

through a low-cost phone number at the bottom of the bills or in writing and seek statements from the past years. “They are very helpful and will give a full statement”, he assured. “But is it fair to send a bill to a small farmer for €3,500?” pleaded Cllr. O’Donnell again. It is if it reflects water use on metre”, confirmed the engineer. Cllr.Tobin wondered if Irish Water “still hear confessions” before council plenary meeting as they did previously. He was told they didn’t. That’d be Irish Holy Water presumably. HELVICK REPORT Finally, Cllr. O’Donnell sought an update on a proposal to dredge Helvick harbour as the fishermen were having problem docking. He was told a report would be finalised prior to March’s meeting.

385% surge in outpatient appointment waiting times at UHW under Fine Gael – BUTLER 9,483 patients waiting more than 18 months for specialist appointments WATERFORD Fianna Fáil TD, Mary Butler has said that Fine Gael’s record on outpatient waiting lists is abysmal, with new figures revealing a 385% increase in the number of people waiting more than 18 months for an outpatient appointment at University Hospital Waterford – they’re up from 1,184 in May 2016 to 9,453 at the end of January this year. Deputy Butler continued, “Contrary to the Taoiseach’s claims earlier last week that waiting lists are going in the right direction, the situation in Waterford, and for the South East, has deteriorated so substantially that there are now 9,483 people waiting over 18 months for an outpatient appointment at UHW. Since this Government took office almost 2 years ago, we have seen these waiting lists

surge by a massive 385%. There have also been substantial rises in the numbers waiting over a year. “This is a scandalous situation, and the fact that the Taoiseach appears completely oblivious to it is very worrying. This Government is attempting to pretend that waiting lists are under control but the figures from the National Purchase Treatment Fund tell the real story – that fact of the matter is that since this Government came into power in 2016, the waiting lists have gotten progressively worse. “Orthopaedics, Urology and ENT lists are some of the longest in the region, with almost 6,207 people waiting in excess of 18 months to be seen. These exceptionally long waiting times could have serious implications for these patients. Not only

may they be in pain, their conditions could worsen and become less treatable. “It’s clear that these three specialities are a major problem for the hospital with 2 in every 3 people waiting longer than 18 months coming from these areas. This requires a targeted approach from hospital management, the HSE and indeed the Government. “This is an issue I have raised on numerous times in the Dáil. I repeatedly made the point that simple procedures such as removing cataracts can have a dramatic improvement on a person’s quality of life. “The current waiting times are simply not acceptable and I am urging the Minister to use all of the options open to him to bring these waiting lists under control,” concluded Butler.

By Mandy Tompkins PART 2 CONTINUED . . . . ALSO living in small flocks and often seen with Siskins in Winter is one of the most colourful and easily recognisable of all the Finches the Goldfinch, also known as the Thistle Finch because of its preference for Teasel seeds.


The Goldfinch is a slim, delicate looking bird with a striking plumage of black, white, yellow, brown and red. Both sexes are similar, except the red on the face extends behind the eye only on males. Their golden yellow wing bands and white rump are clearly visible in flight. Although preferring the open countryside Goldfinch can also be seen on waste ground and roadsides, where they like the lower vegetation and thistles are a favourite as they expertly use their pointed bill to extract the tiniest of seeds. The Goldfinch builds a small compact nest of fine twigs, roots and grasses, interwoven with moss and lichens, and lined with wool or hair in May when trees are fully in leaf, and the nest is well hidden. The female lays four to six eggs, and incubates them for 12 or 13 days, with both parents feeding the chicks for approxiamtely 14 days on insects and small seeds.

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Government-backed mortgage scheme will replace older schemes operated by local authority THE new government-backed mortgage for first time buyers under the Rebuilding Ireland programme will replace any previous mortgage loans the local authority operated. Earlier in January, details emerged of the new mortgage emerged under the announcement of the Rebuilding Ireland programme. At the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council, Cllr. John Pratt queried if the new mortgage scheme would replace the existing mortgage scheme operated by the Council. He noted that under the existing scheme, an applicant only had to come up with three percent deposit, but under the new Rebuilding Ireland mortgage scheme, the applicant must now come up with ten percent deposit. Director of Services, Ivan Grimes confirmed the new mortgage replaces the existing scheme. “Any applicants whose application was received after 1st February will be assessed under the new scheme. Any applicants whose applications were approved prior to 1st February will continue to avail of the terms under the old scheme,” Mr. Grimes said. Cllr. Sean Reinhardt said he was very disappointed when the new mortgage scheme was announced. “It excluded a vast amount of people applying for mortgages from the Council. It also made life more difficult for people because the original Council mortgage

required only three percent, but that has now gone up to ten percent,” Cllr. Reinhardt said. “That is a huge jump for anyone who is planning on trying to secure a mortgage in this way. “The mortgage scheme is only geared at first time buyers and excludes a vast range of people who would have qualified under our old scheme. It also excludes people who lost their home during the [economic] crash, through no fault of their own.” Cllr. Reinhardt said applicants would have “no hope” where the banks won’t give them a loan, and now the Council won’t be able to give them a loan. TENANT PURCHASE SCHEME Cllr. Reinhardt also slammed the Housing Minister, Eoghan Murphy, for his delay in publishing the ministerial review of the Tenant Purchase Scheme, which allows Council tenants to purchase their home. “It has been sitting on the minister’s desk since last July. I wrote twice to the Minister and he replied in November that he would announce details of the review ‘in the coming weeks’. He wrote to me last month to say he would publish details ‘shortly’.” Cllr. Reinhardt wondered if the new Rebuilding Ireland mortgage loan would be reviewed after a year, like the TPS. “There is no sense of urgency about the thing and some of the stuff is not thought out,” Cllr. Reinhardt said. “The mortgage scheme states that you can

repay the loan over a 20 / 25 year period, yet they are also saying a 70-year-old can apply for the loan. We all know that’s bull! Is this thing going to be reviewed? If it is, then can we ask the Minister to ‘cop on’ and review it in a couple of weeks, rather than waiting a couple of years,” Cllr. Reinhardt added. Mr. Grimes confirmed the new mortgage scheme requires a ten percent deposit from applicants, as opposed to three percent deposit under the old scheme. “That ten percent deposit is in accordance with guidance from the Central Bank for first time buyers,” Mr. Grimes said. He said he was unaware if the minister will review the new mortgage scheme. “It is a national scheme that we implement. It is funded through finance from the Housing Finance Agency. It is a matter for the minister to decide if he wants to review it or not,” Mr. Grimes added. Cllr. Joe Kelly queried a Shared Ownership Scheme which was previously operated by the Council, where the householder was paying part mortgage and part rent. He noted that it was supposed to be restructured back in March, 2016. Head of Finance, John Murphy said some Shared Ownership loans have been restructured already. “We have started restructuring the shared ownership loans, so we will be rolling it out over the next while,” Mr. Murphy said.

HAP tenants can sign up to transfer list WHILE tenants who are on the HAP scheme are excluded from the official housing waiting list, they can sign up to the HAP transfer list. Cllr. John Pratt told the recent Plenary meeting of Waterford City and County Council it was brought to his attention again that some tenants are receiving letters when they apply for HAP that they are asked to tick a box if they want to stay on the housing list or not. “We were told on numerous occasions that the applicant cannot remain on the housing waiting list if they accept HAP,” Cllr. Pratt

said. “I would like this verified because there is a lot of confusion around it. I had someone recently who was fairly upset because she never realised she was off the housing waiting list,” Cllr. Pratt said. Director of Services, Ivan Grimes said that once a tenant is signed up to HAP, they are written to and asked if they want to go onto the HAP transfer list. “HAP tenants are excluded from the official housing list, which is published by the Department,” Mr. Grimes confirmed.

“Tenants who are on the HAP transfer list are eligible for transfer if an appropriate transfer becomes available and they are also eligible to apply for properties on the Choice Based Letting scheme.” Answering a query which was made at the previous month’s Council meeting, in relation to the number of HAP tenants who have been able to transfer to local authority housing, Mr. Grimes said that in the last 15 months, there have been 75 HAP tenants who have transferred to local authority social housing.

Found not guilty of assault A COUNTY Waterford woman, Leah Bray (27) with an address at No. 47, Childers Estate, Dungarvan, was found not guilty in the Circuit Criminal Court in Waterford last week, of assaulting her sister Kim Bray by slashing her with a knife during a row in the family home on April 2nd, 2016. She was also found not guilty of having possession of an offensive weapon on the same occasion which was capable of inflicting serious injury. Barrister Noel Whelan, for the DPP, told the Jury court that there was tension between the sisters and ultimately the accused woman went for her sister with a knife. The injured party put her hand up to protect her face and suffered a nasty arm injury. In evidence, Kim Bray said she had started a methadone rehabilitation programme. On the night in question, her mother Breeda and

sister Leah, as well as her boyfriend Garry Hennessy, were in the house and went to bed at 10.30 p.m. On the following morning she had an argument with Leah.They were fighting a lot back then and she did not know how the injury actually happened. Leah came into the bedroom with a hammer. Following the stabbing incident she made two statements to the Gardaí. The first was made on the afternoon of the assault and the second statement was made some time later. In the second statement she withdrew her initial allegation. The injured party said her sister was “upset” because she was back in a relationship with Garry Hennessy. The knife was hidden in her sister’s bra and after the stabbing the row continued and there was hair pulling and a scarf was pulled around her neck. “I was in fear of my life and I thought I

was going to die”, she said. “My sister said she did not care if she went to jail for attacking me. She was taking drugs and was off her head on a heroin cocktail”. Garda James Fenton, Dungarvan, said there was shouting in the house when he called to investigate the stabbing. Leah appeared at the top of the staircase. When she was cautioned she replied that “Kim got what she deserved”. The court heard that Kim and Garry Hennessy went to Waterford later that day in an ambulance in order to have her injuries treated. When they reached Waterford they jumped from the ambulance and ran off and bought several bags of heroin in the city. When the case resumed on Thursday last, Noel Whelan, BL, prosecuting, said the State had no further evidence to offer in the case. Judge Eugene O’Kelly directed the Jury to return a not guilty verdict.


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An Post TV licence prosecutions A WOMAN who did not have a TV licence had her case adjourned to allow her time to purchase one. Patricia Moroney, with an address at 90 Childers Estate, Dungarvan, was found in possession of an unlicensed television set when Inspector with An Post, Barry Knox, called to her home on 15th June, 2017. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Mr. Knox said the accused has still not purchased a TV licence, with a loss of €160 in revenue to An Post. Solicitor Niall King said his client is in her 50s and is a widow with a large grown-up family. He indicated that some may still be living at home. Mr. King said his client was ill last year and required treatment. “She has no previous convictions and apologises. She is seeking an adjournment to allow her time to purchase a licence,” Mr. King said. Judge Terence Finn said the accused has had since June 2017 to purchase a TV licence and the home is also occupied by other adult family members. Judge Finn adjourned the case to 28th March, 2018, to allow the accused to purchase a TV licence. •••••••••• A WOMAN was fined in court last week for not having a TV licence. Elaine Monaghan, with an address at 3 Fitzgerald Terrace, Dungarvan, was fined €60 and directed to pay €80 prosecution costs at last week’s Dungarvan District Court, for being in possession of an unlicensed television set when Inspector with An Post, Barry Knox, called to her home on 15th June, 2017. Mr. Knox said the accused purchased a TV licence on 18th January, 2018, and there was a loss of €93.03 in revenue to An Post. Solicitor Gillian Mahony said her client has no previous convictions. •••••••••• A WOMAN was fined in court last week for not having a TV licence. Carmel Beecher, with an address at 15 The Beeches, O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, was fined €60 and directed to pay prosecution costs of €80 for being in possession of an unlicensed television set when Inspector with An Post, Barry Knox, called to her home on 7th June, 2016. Solicitor Niall King said his client has no previous convictions and recently purchased a TV licence. •••••••••• A WOMAN was fined in court last week for not having a TV licence. Mary Fitzgerald with an address at 6 Fitzgerald Terrace, Dungarvan, was fined €350 and directed to pay €80 prosecution costs at last week’s Dungarvan District Court for being in possession of an unlicensed television set when Inspector with An Post, Barry Knox called to her home on 15th June, 2017. The accused, who has no previous convictions, did not appear in court.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Convicted paedophile Kenneally loses appeal against 14 year sentence A CONVICTED paedophile who argued his 14 year jail term for abusing ten young boys in Waterford in the ’80s was “grossly excessive” lost his appeal last week at the Court of Appeal. Bill Kenneally (67) with an address at Laragh, Summerville Avenue, Waterford City, was previously sentenced by Judge Eugene O’Kelly to a total of 14 years and two months in jail at Waterford Circuit Criminal Court in February, 2016, after he pleaded guilty to ten sample counts of indecently assaulting ten teenage boys between 1984 and 1987. Judge O’Kelly had imposed consecutive 17 month jail terms on each of the ten charges. Kenneally, an accountant by profession, was a basketball coach when he groomed and

abused the young boys. He was also a tally-man for the Fianna Fáil party. His uncle, the late Billy Kenneally was a TD for the party and his first cousin, Brendan Kenneally, was a former Fianna Fáil junior Minister. Kenneally’s legal team told the three-judge Court of Appeal that his sentence was “grossly excessive” and also argued that the sentencing judge (Judge Eugene O’Kelly) had erred in appearing “vengeful” by inappropriately addressing his mind to redress for victims. However, the Court of Appeal did not agree and upheld the jail term imposed on Kenneally by Waterford Circuit Criminal Court. “We have concluded that the sentence

arrived at, while severe, and indeed while certainly at the upper end of the available range, was not so severe as to constitute an error in principle,” Mr. Justice George Birmingham said. One of Kenneally’s victims, Colin Power, speaking outside the Court of Appeal after the decision, told the media that he was “relieved and ecstatic”. He praised Judge O’Kelly and noted the Court of Appeal stated the sentencing of Kenneally was “a model of sentencing”. “I think this sends out a fairly strong point to paedophiles and people who sexually abuse – they can be sent to jail for 14 years. They can stay there, and that can only be positive for victims,” Mr. Power said.

Man who drove while disqualified ‘deserving of a custodial sentence’ THE District Judge said a Waterford man who took a vehicle without permission and drove it despite being disqualified from driving “is deserving of a custodial sentence”. Gary Hennessy (30) with an address at 105 Kilcohan Park, Waterford, was convicted at last week’s Dungarvan District Court of the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle at Graigueshoneen, Kilmacthomas, on 21st June, 2017, as well as driving while disqualified, and not insurance. He was also convicted of theft of a motorbike helmet at 18 Hillside Crescent, Kilmacthomas, on 20th June, 2017. Inspector Larry Sheahan told Judge Terence Finn that the accused has 72 previous convictions.

Solicitor Gillian Mahony said her client has been a heroin addict for over 11 years, which, she said, led him down a dangerous path to feed his addiction and coming to the attention of the Gardaí on numerous occasions. Ms. Mahony said her client has been clean of heroin for the past six months. “He is submitting urine samples regularly and is doing very well,” she said. Ms. Mahony said her client is awaiting a placement in relation to treatment. She said he has been with his current partner for over a year now and she is pregnant. Her client lives with his father in Waterford and he is unemployed. “He is seeking the mercy of

the court to enable him to seek professional help. My client is remorseful for the offences committed,” Ms. Mahony added. Judge Finn said that while the accused paints a picture of wanting to go seek treatment for his addiction, he could not equate that with what occurred, noting the accused was well aware he was disqualified from driving by the court. “He made a conscious decision to acquire a vehicle and use it in contradiction of a court order. He also decided to use the vehicle knowing that he could not be insured. He is deserving of a custodial sentence,” Judge Finn said. For the unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle, contrary to Section 112 of the Road Traffic Act, Judge Finn handed down a

six month jail term and imposed a driving disqualification of 15 years. For driving with no insurance, contrary to Section 56 of the Road Traffic Act, Judge Finn handed down a consecutive four month jail term and a 15 year driving disqualification. For driving while disqualified, contrary to Section 38 (5) of the Road Traffic Act, a consecutive four month prison sentence was handed down, along with a 15 year driving disqualification. The accused received a total of 14 months imprisonment and concurrent driving disqualifications of 15 years. Judge Finn marked the theft charge as proven and taken into consideration. Recognisance was fixed in the event of an appeal.

Butler expects new courthouse to open in Waterford City in the coming weeks WATERFORD TD, Mary Butler has said that she expects the new Courthouse for the city and county to be opened within a matter of weeks. “I have been informed by the Minister for Justice and Equality that ‘works at Waterford Courthouse are

now substantially complete and the courthouse is expected to be handed over to the Courts Service within the next couple of weeks. “I believe that court sittings will then transfer from the current temporary location at Grace Dieu and will com-

mence shortly after at the new courthouse. “This is a very welcome development as I know that all those who worked in, and used the old courthouse, were crying out for a new building. “The continuing development of Waterford City and

County is a priority for me and for my party. Projects such as this are essential to their socio-economic development and I will continue to lobby hard for every possible support and investment to keep Waterford vibrant,” concluded Butler.

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Pictured from left to right are: Sheelagh Daly, Chair of the Network of Local Enterprise Offices, Minister of State for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection, Pat Breen T.D., Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Ms. Heather Humphreys T.D, Richard Murphy of Enterprise Ireland and Anna-Marie Delaney, Chair of the CCMA Committee on Economic Development and Enterprise. [Mark Stedman]

Series of innovative events planned for Waterford to celebrate Local Enterprise Week and International Women’s Day WATERFORD Local Enterprise Office has announced a number of innovative business events planned to celebrate Local Enterprise Week in the City and the County this March 4th to 9th, 2018. The week officially kicks-off on Sunday, March 4th with the national final of Ireland’s Best Young Entrepreneur competition in Google Headquarters in Dublin. At which co-founder of the innovative waste collection company ‘Kollect’, Robbie Skuse will be representing Waterford. Over 1,400 young entrepreneurs entered the IBYE 2018 competition, and Robbie is just one of 24 to make it to the national final. Getting the week off to start in Waterford on Monday morning March 5th is a free Trading Online Voucher Information event, which will be hosted at Waterford City Enterprise Centre. The Trading Online Voucher scheme is designed to help small companies to access the opportunities open to them through trading online. This event takes place from 9.30 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. and those interested in taking part are asked to register in advance.

On Monday afternoon a free Exporting to the UK Intertrade Ireland Workshop is set to take place at The Marina Hotel from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Attendees will gain information on practical cross-border business funding, intelligence and contacts to the manufacturing and services sectors interested in trading from the experts at InterTrade Ireland. SME’s interested in taking part are asked to register in advance. On Wednesday, March 7th a free workshop on Intellectual Property Awareness is set to take place at Carrickpheirish Library from 2.30 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. This workshop is designed to offer the letter of the law information on Intellectual Property particularly in relation to setting up a new business or growing an existing business. Thursday, March 8th is International Women’s Day and a celebratory event is planned for Waterford. ‘It’s all about you!’ a workshop designed to assist business women in leveraging their uniqueness is set to take place from 8.30 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at Waterford’s City Hall. The workshop will be led by Dee Hutchinson CEO of Catalyst International, a learning

and development company based in the United Arab Emirates. A native of Tramore, Dee has worked in over 15 countries holding senior level Customer Care and Learning and Development roles for companies like Vodafone, Digicel, Accenture, Deloitte Consulting and Virgin Mobile. She is also the bestselling author of ‘The Hard Facts About Soft Skills’. Dee says “Too often women disguise facets of their personalities to ‘fit in’ when this is counterintuitive to progress and success. Participants will take part in interactive games, discussions, and activities to identify their qualities, characteristics and behaviours that make them unique and how they can leverage these attributes to propel them forward in their careers.” The event will also offer networking opportunities, a series of pop up talks from local businesswomen plus breakfast and a light lunch. Tickets to this event are priced at €15. On Friday, March 9th the Waterford County Enterprise Awards Ceremony will also take place. At this event the winning local business that will go forward to represent Waterford at

the National Enterprise Awards in Dublin this May will be announced. Throughout the week a number of ‘One to One Mentoring Clinic’ appointments are also on offer at Waterford Local Enterprise Office. The clinics will offer mentoring sessions in HR, Marketing and General Business and more. Head of Enterprise at Waterford LEO Riche Walsh said, “The aim of Local Enterprise Week is to showcase all the supports that can be accessed in Waterford, we’re at the heart of delivering enterprise supports to existing small businesses and start-ups. From training programmes that help businesses unlock new markets to financial assistance that help businesses create more jobs, Local Enterprise Week is the ideal time to find out we can help your small business start-up and grow.” Places at all events (including free events) taking place in Waterford for Local Enterprise week must be booked via the website, @LEOWaterford #localenterprise


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Retailers and public warned to be wary of fake €50 notes MEMBERS of the business community and the public in Dungarvan are being asked to be wary of dud €50 notes which were being passed in Waterford City last week. There is a fear that the criminals passing these forged notes could make their way West into the Dungarvan District. The counterfeit notes were being passed at businesses such as takeaways, bookmakers, licensed premises and corner shops. Retailers should be wary of people trying to change large sums of money, or buying gift

The note on the left is counterfeit and the note on the right is a genuine €50 note. vouchers with €50 notes. Gardaí have asked retailers, businesses and members of the

public to be extremely vigilant. The most obvious difference in the fake note is the missing

dark coloured metal strip through the centre of the note. Also, if you hold the note up to the light, the watermark on the left side of the genuine note features a woman’s head with a halo - the fake €50 does not have the halo. The green ‘50’ on the bottom left corner of a genuine note changes colour when it’s tilted. The fake note remains green with a light line through it. On the right side of the fake note, the window hologram in the metallic strip is distorted and deformed, whereas on a genuine note there is a clear distinctive image of a woman’s head and shoulders.

Man killed in road crash last weekend

Pictured at the recent 2018 MACE Retailer Meeting at the Charleville Park Hotel in Charleville, Co. Cork recently were Liam Attridge, BWG, Joan and Kate Houlihan, MACE, Lismore, County Waterford.

Distribution of funding to community groups to remain the same this year THE existing method of distributing funding under the ‘Supporting Waterford Communities Fund’ will continue as it is for this year, as changing it could cause too much disruption and disagreement amongst Councillors. Cllr. Ray Murphy noted the deadline for community and voluntary groups to apply for funding is 28th February. “After last year’s allocation there was a call for a review of this allocation of this funding in order to address the issue of allocations to Tidy Towns Committees,” Cllr. Murphy said. “At present these groups are allocated the same funding as residents associations even though Tidy Towns Committees have costs, such as public insurance, public liability and motor vehicle insurance costs for ride-on lawnmowers, totalling approximately €1,000. “As these groups have no other avenue to access income, I think we, as a Council, should acknowledge and appreciate their work throughout the city and county in their endeavours to keep this county tidy for both residents and tourists.”

Cllr. Murphy said that as this is the 60th Anniversary of the Tidy Towns, he hoped this would be in some way reflected in the Council’s allocation of funding to the various committees. Director of Services, Ivan Grimes acknowledged that at a Council meeting last year it was agreed a review would be held of the distribution of funds between residents associations, sports clubs, Tidy Towns Committees and other groups. “The matter was considered at the Community and Housing SPC just before Christmas,” Mr. Grimes said. “It was agreed that for 2018 the existing method of distribution would be continued because it would just cause too much disruption and disagreement amongst the elected members if we were to try and prioritise any individual groups,” Mr. Grimes explained. He confirmed the deadline for applications is 28th February and the proposed distribution of funding would be brought to the March or April meeting of the Council.

A MAN in his 60s was tragically killed in a two vehicle road collision in County Waterford at the weekend. The collision occurred around 10.00 a.m. at Ballyhest Cross on the R678 at Rathgormack, last Saturday, 24th February. The man in his 60s, believed to be from Galway, was the sole occupant of a van which was in collision with a 4x4. The man was removed to University Hospital Waterford, where he was pronounced dead on arrival. The two occupants of the 4x4 also attended hospital for medical assessment. The road was closed for a period of time to facilitate a Garda forensic investigation and diversions were put in place. Gardaí have appealed for any witnesses to contact Tramore Garda Station on 051-391620, the Garda Confidential line on 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station. Meanwhile, at the February meeting of Comeragh Municipal District Council, held last Monday evening, Cathaoirleach, Cllr. Seanie Power, extended his sympathy to the deceased man’s family in a Vote of Sympathy. He said the man, believed to be from the Galway area, was down this side of the country on a bit of business and was on his way home when he was killed so tragically. “I would like to extend my sympathy to the man’s family,” Cllr. Power said, which other Councillors unanimously concurred.


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Pictured above on Tuesday are some members of Dungarvan Golf Club including Lady Captain, Colette Power; David Hayes, Club Professional, as well as competitors in the Dungarvan Shopping Centre Mother’s Day Inter-Club Golf Tournament. Also included is Gerry O’Connor, Manager, Dungarvan Shopping Centre. This is a unique golf tournament which is being arranged between the three local golf clubs, Dungarvan Golf Club, the Gold Coast and West Waterford to celebrate Mother’s Day on March 11th.

Historic day for Waterford as Councillors support ‘game changer’ plan to develop city’s North Quays IT was an historic day for Waterford City and County Council at their monthly meeting recently when all Councillors present unanimously approved the draft planning scheme to develop the city’s North Quays which will cost an estimated €62m and has the potential to draw in €500m in investment. In January, 2016, the Government zoned eight hectares at the North Quays as an SDZ (Strategic Development Zone).The land has been lying derelict for a number of years. Lar Power, Director of Services, Planning, told the Council that the proposed development at the North Quays SDZ is a very large mixed use development which will “have a transformational affect on Waterford City and the entire region”. Since 2016 the Council had a team working on the draft plan, which went on public display for submissions last October / November. Mr. Power said the draft plan received 47 submissions, which he said were “primarily supportive of the development”. Cllr. John Cummins proposed the adoption of the draft plan with amendments noting that the scheme is “the

culmination of two years of hard work”. “At that time [January, 2016] I had the honour of being Mayor and launched this scheme with then Minister Paudie Coffey,” Cllr. Cummins said. “It is important to acknow-ledge his role and that of the Fine Gael government in designating the North Quays as an SDZ, because it is that foresight that has led us to the brink of what is essentially a €500m investment in our city across a few sites in the North Quays and Michael Street in the city.” Cllr. Cummins said it was “an historic day for Waterford”. “This development and planning scheme has the ability to transform our city and enable it to be the catalyst to drive our city forward to be able to compete with the likes of Cork, Limerick and Galway,” Cllr. Cummins said. “We all know of the significant retail spend leakage that is leaving this region. I am a firm believer that a rising tide lifts all boats and a strong Waterford equals a strong South East, and that is why it is important that everyone gets behind this development so that we can improve our region and drive this city forward.” Cllr. Cummins said he hoped that the planning scheme for the North

Quays won’t be appealed by anyone who made submissions, noting that the Council has already engaged in a very comprehensive public consultation. “If it isn’t appealed, it will send out a very, very strong message that Waterford is very much open for business,” Cllr. Cummins added. Cllr. Eamon Quinlan seconded the proposed scheme and praised the team involved for the quality and calibre of their work, saying it was “a homegrown team”. “The people who are about to change Waterford in a tremendous way will be here in a year, two years, five years – and it builds a level of trust between the people of Waterford, their local authority and their public representatives. We are the greatest agents of change of the Waterford landscape,” Cllr. Quinlan said. “No matter about a particular government’s passing interest in the people of Waterford from time to time – we should laud our achievements here, and not those in other fields,” he said. “It should be the people of Waterford who are thanked for their tolerance, compassion and ability to get on board with this project and to the Council staff for having the vision and foresight to change Waterford’s landscape for the 21st Century,” he added. Cllr. Mary Roche concurred that it

was an historic day for Waterford and the South East. “This plan has the potential to transform Waterford and all of our fortunes,” Cllr. Roche said. She also pointed out “it is our own money that the Fine Gael government are spending on us, rather than their money!” but she welcomed the input into the project given by Senator Coffey. “A healthy and performing Waterford means a healthy and performing region.” Cllr. Roche praised the team who worked on the project and the management team, particularly Lar Power and Council CEO Michael Walsh. “Without the pair of them it probably wouldn’t have happened and they have displayed enormous ‘can do’ attitude,” Cllr. Roche said. “I’m not sure there is another Council in Ireland who would have been able to pull together a team with the calibre of the planners and all the people across the board who dealt with this project,” she said. Cllr. Cha O’Neill said the planning scheme “is a game changer” for Waterford City and County overall. He said for too long Waterford has watched as vehicles pass through the city and county on their way elsewhere.

He also expressed concern that the government will stick to their commitment to fund the investment. “If we don’t get the €61.5m, hopefully the Arabs won’t do a runner,” said Cllr. O’Neill, referring to the Saudi Arabian investment group (The Fawaz Alhokair Group) who have committed €300m for two developments in the city – a shopping centre at Michael Street and large mixed use development at the North Quays. “We have one chance at this and if we don’t get it, we might as well close up shop,” Cllr. O’Neill said. In a recorded vote, all 31 Councillors (Cllr. Declan Clune was absent from the meeting) voted unanimously to pass the draft scheme for the North Quays. Mayor Pat Nugent said it was a very historic evening for the Council and thanked all the Councillors for their unanimous support. Director of Services, Lar Power, thanked all the members of the team for their Trojan work and input into the scheme over the last two years. “I think this is truly a transformational moment for Waterford,” Mr. Power said. The matter concluded with a large round of applause from all present in the Chamber at City Hall.


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Spring Exhibitions in Old Market House Arts Centre Ó Áit go hÁit - recent works by Paddy Lennon THE Old Market House Arts Centre, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan is pleased to host ‘Ó Áit go hÁit’ Recent Works by Paddy Lennon. Paddy has lived in Dublin, London, Connemara, Mexico and Spain and currently resides in Rosslare Harbour, Co. Wexford. He received a diploma in Fine Art from the City and Guilds Art School in London. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo shows worldwide over his 35 year plus artistic career. His works are held in Private and Corporate Collections worldwide. Inspired by location, a sense of place, Chinese and Japanese art, he continues to develop his practice and technical ability in his craft, exploring new themes and processes in the development of new bodies of work.This exhibition continues until Thursday, 5th April, 2018.

On show in the upstairs gallery ‘Seomra de Paor’ is 'Ten Stories to Dust' by Keith Currams. The work follows the demolition of the Flour Mills on Waterford City's North Wharf. The images are presented with aural accounts of the buildings to provide context for the images. This exhibition is supported with funding from Waterford City and County Council. Keith’s work can be viewed until March 16th, 2018. There will be a ‘Meet and Greet’ session with the artists in the Arts Centre on Saturday 3rd March, 2018 from 3.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. to which all are invited. The Old Market House Arts Centre (058-48944) is open Tuesday to Friday 11.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. (lunch 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m.) and Saturdays 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Admission is free and all are most welcome.

Paddy Lennon Cromio oil on canvas.

On show in the upstairs gallery ‘Seomra de Paor’ is 'Ten Stories to Dust' by Keith Currams.

Community Enterprise gets €70k - Coffey OVER €70,000 in Government funding has been made available for an innovative community enterprise in county Waterford, Senator Paudie Coffey has confirmed. A total of €70,066 in funding has been allocated for the Villierstown Education & Culture Project, one of 12 social enterprises across the country to benefit from the funding. Senator Coffey said: “The Community Services Programme supports community organisations to provide local social, economic and environmental services through a social enterprise model. It focuses on service delivery to disadvantaged communities and target groups, helping to address disadvantage and long-term unemployment.” The Fine Gael Waterford General Election candidate added: “The Programme targets communities where public and private sector services are lacking, either through geographical or social isolation or because demand levels are not sufficient. “It also enables the benefit of other public investment to be

realised as in the case of investment in community centres and resources.” Announcing the funding this week, Rural Affairs Minister Michael Ring said: “I am delighted to be able to award funding to these organisations under the Community Services Programme. It is the first time we have had an open call for proposals under the programme in more than a decade. “The funding will support social enterprises that provide employment opportunities for specific disadvantaged groups and categories of people, such as the long-term unemployed, Travellers, those recovering from drug addiction and people with convictions, to name but a few. “The funding I am announcing today is an excellent investment by Government. It’s a substantial contribution towards the cost of 36 full-time equivalent posts in the 12 successful organisations. It will help job-seekers return to employment and, importantly, will support the delivery of valuable services in communities.”

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Macbeth the Film: A One Day Only Screening. Tuesday, 13th March, at 8.00 p.m. Brilliant young general Macbeth pulls off a glorious victory in battle before returning to an indolent court where honours are dispensed by whim. Spurred on by prophesying drifters and an ambitious wife, Macbeth sets his sights on the throne. Kit Monkman's reimagining offers an opportunity to experience Macbeth as never before; in this exclusive showing, starring Mark Rowley, see Shakespeare's classic tragedy shot entirely on green screen. Staying true to Shakespeare's play, yet exploiting the capabilities of this filming method, this exciting adaptation brings the authentic, traditional work of the Bard into the modern age. Set around a multi-tiered globe this one-off cinematic event, offers an immersive experience as the camera pans and tracks Macbeth's journey in this compelling interpretation. The screening will be preceded by fifteen minutes of footage documenting 'The Making Of Macbeth: The Film'. The Dungarvan Observer, in association with SGC Dungarvan, has a pair of tickets to give away to the lucky winner of our competition. All you have to do is answer the following question and post your entries into Macbeth Competition, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, 6th March. Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.


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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

The day Manchester United was decimated! By Frank Colbert (South Africa)

THE VICTIMS The 28 year old Roger Byrne skippered the Busby Babes since 1955 and soon cemented the young squad with charisma, discipline and leadership. He was an aristocratic footballer and was also England’s vice-captain with 33 caps. This Manchunian was formidable, highly respected and influential. In many ways he was cut from the same cloth as his mentor at Old Trafford, the Dublin-born legend “Gentleman” Johnny Carey who I described in my co-written United book “The Forgotten Legends” as highly respected and influential: “Together with clubmate Tommy Taylor he played for England in the 1954 World Cup tournament in Switzerland.” Duncan Edwards was described as possessing phenomenal power, courage and ability for one so young, as well as having amazing stamina and physique and bags of class and ability. He was generally regarded throughout England as being a colossus and a prodigy and the complete two-footed player. At the tender age of 20 he had been voted into joint 3rd position for the European Footballer of the Year award in 1957. His United debut at 16 and also for England just after his eighteenth birthday were both records. Despite being a defensive midfielder he scored 21 goals in 177 games for United and 5 goals for England in 18 games. In the words of Bobby Charlton: “He was the greatest,” and in Busby’s opinion he would have soon gone on to become the greatest footballer of all time in Britain.

Liam Whelan was a sublimely gifted free-scoring inside right (attacking midfielder). At the early age of 18 the Brazilian national manager was so impressed with him during a youth tournament in Switzerland that he made Busby a tempting offer to sign him for his Brazilian club. Prior to Munich while watching him playing next to Bobby Charlton in attack one day Busby forecasted that they could shortly become as good as the legendary partnership of di Stefano and Puskas at Real Madrid. At the time of the crash the 22 year old Irish international had scored a hugely impressive 52 goals in 98 appearances for United. After Munich Jimmy Murphy stated that: “Watching him in play was like watching Johan Cruyff, but without the tantrums, or George Best.” He was generally regarded by people at Old Trafford as being Priest material and approximately 20,000 Dubliners attended his funeral at Glasnevin Cemetery in Dublin. Having signed for United the humble Tommy Taylor arrived at Manchester railway station with his football boots in a tatty brown paper bag tucked under his arm. A mere three months later he made his English debut in South America! Having quickly matured under Murphy’s guidance he went on to score a hugely impressive 131 goals in 191 games for United and 16 goals for England in 19 games. Prior to Munich he was widely regarded as a top centre forward in European football. 21 year old right half (attacking midfielder) Eddie Coleman was born in the shadow of Old Trafford. He was cheeky and

Captain Billy Foulkes’ 1958 FA Cup final jersey appropriately shows a Rising Phoenix on its crest.

Sir Bobby Charlton signs his autobiography in Johannesburg in 2000 as Frank Colbert “minds“ the English Premiership trophy.

chirpy both on and off the field. Due to his unusual shimmy (body swerve) he was nicknamed “Swivel Hips” and on the field he was tough, courageous and sturdy with great resilience. He was the creative genius of the team, prior to Munich he was on the verge of his first England callup with 108 appearances. The six foot one 24 year old Yorkshire man Mark Jones was a highly regarded central half (central defender) who was generally nicknamed “The Gentle Giant.” With 121 first team appearances he typically competed with Jackie Blanchflower for a first team place. He spent much of his leisure time in the outdoors fishing and shooting while accompanied by his faithful dog “Rick”, who sadly pined away after Munich when his master never returned home. Just before Munich he was on the verge of his first England cap. 22 year old Doncaster born David Pegg was a flying outside left (left winger) with strength and pace. He had made his England debut in 1957 at Dublin’s Dalymount Park and scored 28 goals in 150 appearances. 24 year old reserve left back Geoff Bent was a footballing full back who provided excellent cover for his fellow Manchunian Roger Byrne and was generally regarded as being competent enough to hold down a first team place with any other top First Division team. THE SURVIVORS Both the considerable physical and mental after effects of Munich would last for at least a decade for manager Matt Busby.

Having taken over the reins after World War II, with Jimmy Murphy as his assistant his hugely impressive and entertaining team under the captaincy of Dubliner Johnny Carey won the FA Cup in 1948 and the league in 1952, having been runners-up on three out of four successive seasons previously. After his Busby Babes had won two successive championships in 1957, and had also impressed against Real Madrid, he quickly turned down lucrative offers from a few big clubs, including the Spaniards, to be their manager. He was also simultaneously manager of the Scotland team which had qualified for the 1958 World Cup finals. After his third great team won the FA Cup in 1963, it went on to win two more championships and the cherry on the top was the European Cup which followed in 1968, exactly ten years after Munich. Wigan-born Bill Foulkes was a granite-clad right back who was fierce in the tackle. He initially worked down a local mine while he played as a parttimer for United and soon won his first England cap. Once he started to play full-time at Old Trafford at the age of 21 he cemented his place at right back until 1960 when he moved to centre back (central defender). At the ripe old age of 36 it was fitting that he should score a rare goal at the Bernabeu which put United in the European Cup Final. Appropriately, both himself and fellow Busby Babe Bobby won a medal in that memorable but highly emotional final at Wembley, exactly ten years after surviving Munich. When he

finally retired in 1969, this old warhorse had accumulated the second highest number of appearances (685) for United. After returning home from Munich the 20 year old Bobby Charlton had travelled with his pals to Munich as a carefree teenager and returned home seven days later as a mature man! In contrast to the carefree lad who previously loved to frequently sing out loud, he suddenly was much more serious and subdued and he was haunted by the tragedy as well as suffering from consuming guilt of being a survivor when so many of his pals had perished. He would state some time later that:“The mental scars (of Munich) were deep, so deep that they never go away.” His finest hour would be ten years later when fittingly captaining the United’s European Cup winners at Wembley. In addition to winning a World Cup medal in 1966, he was voted English Footballer of the Year and also European Footballer of the Year in 1966. After his retirement in 1973 Busby stated that: “Bobby was as near perfection as a man and a player as it is possible to be.” His 249 goals for United in 757 games as well as 49 goals for England in 104 appearances are still records. He received a Knighthood in 1994. Fittingly, he is still to date regarded as England and United’s greatest player and ambassador. He would state some time later that: “There is not a day goes past since that I don’t think of those lads.” 25 year old Harry Gregg, OBE, has generally been regarded in football as the hero of Munich, having joined the club some two months earlier. Despite the huge emotional trauma suffered in the crash some four months earlier he was voted Goalkeeper of the Tournament at the 1958 World Cup Finals in Sweden. Not surprisingly, he travelled to and from Sweden by train and boat. Despite some serious ongoing shoulder injuries in the mid-sixties, he totalled

some 247 appearances for the club before transferring to Stoke City in 1966. 24 year old Northern Ireland centre half (central defender) Jackie Blanchflower was the Busby Babes most versatile player. Due to his considerable injuries suffered at Munich he was unable to resume his career again. His total number of appearances amounted to 117 and he was the younger brother of Spurs legendary captain of the early sixties Danny.

Frank Colbert’s original goalkeeping hero Harry Gregg in 1957. At the time of Munich, Birmingham City signing in 1951 Johnny Berry was the oldest member of the Busby Babes at the age of 31. He was the established outside right (right winger) where he had been capped by England. He was a brave old fashioned winger who was highly valued for his experience and technique. As a result of a number of serious injuries sustained at Munich he was unable to resume his career again. He had totalled 276 appearances for the club and together with Roger Byrne he had also won a league medal with Johnny Carey’s league champions back in 1952. Continued next week.

Goalkeeper Harry Gregg makes a spectacular save against West Germany during the 1958 World Cup finals.

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NOVENA A PRAYER TO THE BLESSED VIRGIN (Never known to fail) – O most beautiful Flower of Mount Carmel, Fruitful Vine, Splendour of Heaven, Blessed Mother of the Son of God, Immaculate Virgin, assist me in this my necessity. O Star of the Sea help me and show me therein you are my mother. O Holy Mary, Mother of God, Queen of Heaven and Earth, I humbly beseech you from the bottom of my heart to succour me in this necessity; there are none that can withstand your power. O show me herein you are my Mother. O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee (3 times). Holy Mother I place this cause in your hands (3 times). Holy Spirit you who solve all problems, light all roads so that I can attain my goal, you who gave me the divine gift to forgive and forget all evil against me and that in all instances of my life you are with me. I want in this short prayer to thank you for all things as you confirm once again that I never want to be separated from You in eternal glory. Thank You for Your mercy towards me and mine. The person must say this prayer three consecutive days. After three days the request will be granted. This prayer must be published after the favour is granted. K.H. THE MIRACULOUS PRAYER – Dear Heart of Jesus, in the past I’ve asked for many favours. This time I ask you this very special one (mention favour). Take it, Dear Heart of Jesus, and place it within your own broken heart where your Father sees it. Then, in his merciful eyes, it will become your favour, not mine. Amen. (Say this prayer for 3 days, promise publication, and favour will be granted). Never known to fail. L.M.T.

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IN MEMORIAM 95th Birthday Remembrance

CAREY (2nd anniversary) – In loving memory of Mary Frances Murphy Carey, late of Coastguard Road, Bonmahon, whose 2nd Anniversary occurs on 29th February. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on  Friday, 2nd March, at 7.00 p.m. in St. Anne’s Church, Ballylaneen. Deep in our hearts, You will always stay, Loved and remembered, Every day.

–Love always Gus, Tríona, Mike and family, XX. –––––––––––––––––––– A smile for all, a heart of gold, One of the best this world could hold, Never selfish, always kind, What wonderful memories you left behind.

† KIELY – 95th birthday remembrance of Bridget Kiely, late of Ballingown, Lemybrien. It’s your birthday Mam on 4th March, 2018. We think of you often, And thank God for the wonderful life you had, We miss your gentle presence, Wisdom and smile.

–Always loved and remembered by all your family at home and away.

–Always remembered by Rena, Pat, Michael, Melissa and family, XX.

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KEEVERS (48th anniversary) – In loving memory of my dear father Andrew, late of Coolbagh, Clashmore, who died on 1st March, 1970. R.I.P.

REDDY – Birthday remembrances of our darling daughter, sister and auntie Ann Marie, late of Sunlawn, Affane, Cappoquin, whose birthday occurs on 2nd March. R.I.P.

Will those who think of him today, A little prayer to Jesus say. We hold you close within our hearts, And there you shall remain.

–Always remembered by your loving daughter Margaret and son-in-law Denis.

MERNIN (35th anniversary) – In loving memory of my dad Edmond Mernin, late of Villierstown, who died on 27th February, 1983. Mass offered. No length of time can take away, Our thoughts of you from day to day, Time slips by and life goes on, But from our hearts you are never gone. And as each day dawns, And starts anew, And as each day ends, We think of you. And in between, No matter where, Deep in our hearts, You are always there.

–Always remembered by your son Terry, Maureen, Eamonn and Margaret.

POWER (2nd anniversary) – In loving memory of Stephen Power, late of Coolnasmear, who died on 6th March, 2016. R.I.P. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Anne’s Church, Colligan, on Saturday, 3rd March, at 7.30 p.m. Will those who think of Stephen today, A little prayer to Jesus say.

–Sadly missed by his wife Rita; daughters Christina and Fiona and son Dermot and their families, sisters and brother.

5th Anniversary & Birthday Remembrance

Ann, your birthday is here but you aren’t, We’d send you a gift but we can’t, So we’ll make a wish upon a star, To carry our love to where you are.

–Always loved and remembered by your loving parents; sisters Orla and Kiera; brothers David, Kevin and Darren; nieces and nephews, sistersin-law and brother-in-law.

DEATH NOTICE QUIRKE, Ellen (Nellie) (nee Roche) – Died peacefully in London on 10th February, 2018, at the age of 95. Widow of Willie (Bill) Quirke, mum, grandmother and great-grandmother. Enquiries to: T. H. Sanders & Sons +44 20 88765255 or

BRIDGE KILMACTHOMAS BRIDGE CLUB (21/2/2018) – 1st Oonagh Kelly & Joan Shannon; 2nd Brenda Cummins & Breeda Murphy; 3rd Louis Walshe & Tess Cusack; 4th Mary Cummins & Bridget Aherne; 5th David Kelly & Maeve Coughlan. AFFANE BRIDGE CLUB (12/2/2018) – 1st Mary Fletcher & Pat Murphy; 2nd Monica O’Sullivan & Valerie Coughlan; 3rd Maureen Arrigan & Ben Flynn; 4th Claire Meaney & Una Mason.

NUGENT (5th anniversary and birthday remembrance) – In loving memory of Anne Nugent (nee Tobin), late of 7 Shandon Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, whose 5th Anniversary occurs on 1st March, 2018, and whose birthday occurs on 28th February, 2018. Gone from me your smiling face, Your cheerful, pleasant ways, Your heart that won so many friends, In bygone happy days, Never selfish, always kind, What wonderful memories you left behind.

–Always remembered, never forgotten, your loving husband Tom. –––––––––––––––––––– Memories are precious, They don’t fade away, We think of you always, Especially today.

–Sadly missed and fondly remembered by her loving daughter Margaret and son-inlaw John. –––––––––––––––––––– I am sending a dove to Heaven, With a parcel on its wings, Be careful when you open it,

It’s full of beautiful things. Inside are a million kisses, Wrapped up in a million hugs, To say how much I miss you, And to send you all my love.

–Thank you for being such a special Mum and have a fantastic birthday, your loving daughter Anne, XXXX. –––––––––––––––––––– You never said you were leaving, You never said goodbye, You were gone before we knew it, And only God knows why. A million times we needed you, A million times we cried, If love alone could have saved you, You never would have died.

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Notice to Advertisers It is a condition of acceptance of advertisements orders that the proprietors do not guarantee the insertion of any particular advertisement on a special date or at all. Although every effort will be made to meet the wishes of the advertisers; further they do not accept liability for any loss or damage caused by an error or inaccurracy in the printing of any advertisement. They reserve the right to refuse or alter any advertisement, no matter by whom or where accepted for publication; also to discontinue the publication of any advertisements previously published. Advertisements paid or otherwise are therefore accepted only subject to the above conditions. The advertiser undertakes to indemnify the proprietors against all liability for any civil action arising (ind.) out of publication of the advertisement.

–Loving you always Nan, your grandchildren Paul, Ruth and Alan; great grandchildren Sasha, Katelyn and Alex, ♥

Fifth Anniversary Mass will be celebrated in St. Gobnait’s Church, Kilgobinet, on Sunday, 4th March, 2018, at 11.00 a.m.

James Kiely & Sons Prop. DAVID KIELY David & Margaret, ‘Garrán Mhuire,’ Kiladangan (058) 42200 / (086) 2525663 (Est. 1919) Irish Association of Funeral Directors

Funeral Home Embalming & Cremations Arranged We attend to all the details: Church & Cemetery

† Drohan Monumentals †

Floral & Artificial Wreaths Supplied Obituary Notices

SHANDON STREET & KILADANGAN, DUNGARVAN Phone: David (058) 42200. Mobile: (086) 2525663 Fax (058) 48712.

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL WASTE PREVENTION GRANT SCHEME 2018 This scheme supports communities to take steps on waste prevention, re-use and repair activities in their local areas, and encourage partnership between local businesses, schools, charities and voluntary groups. What is Waste Prevention? Preventing waste is about finding ways to keep items in use longer and not generating as much waste in the first place. It’s about rethinking the way we do things – redesigning the items we use – changing attitudes and changing behaviours’ about what we buy and what we throw away, but most of all, working together and thinking creatively to do something about it. Waterford City and County Council may pay a waste prevention grant to voluntary groups for waste prevention projects in their local community. Please note that outcomes must be measurable. Eligible projects that could be funded include, but are not limited to: • Repair Skills Workshops • Upcycling Workshops • Elimination of single-use items

DAVID KIELY MONUMENTAL WORKS KILADANGAN, DUNGARVAN Showroom at Kiladangan (near Radley’s Engineering Ltd.) over ONE HUNDRED headstones on display Telephone: (058) 42200. Mobile: (086) 2525663. Fax: (058) 48712.

HEADSTONES IN LIMESTONE, MARBLE, POLISHED GRANITE We restore existing headstones, kerbs, graves, chipped, inscriptions, etc. FULL RANGE OF COMPUTER OPTIONS + DESIGNS

Distance no problem to us – Member of Guild of Master Craftsmen Ring for appointment: Open Saturday and Sunday

• Community composting workshops • Food Waste Prevention projects/events Please note the Councils of the Southern Waste Management Region will be hosting a Re-Use Month in October 2018. Successfully funded projects must be willing to showcase their results and/or be part of the Re-Use planned events. How to Apply: The waste prevention grant application form is available at or from the Environment Section, Waterford City and County Council. Phone no.: 0761 10 20 20. The Grant Application Form should be completed and returned to the Environment Section, Menapia, The Mall, for consideration by the closing date 15th March 2018.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018



KIND RELIABLE LADY REQUIRED TO MIND CHILDREN IN THEIR OWN HOME – 3 days per week. Kilmacthomas area. Own transport required. Replies in writing to Box No. 6071.

WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Andrew O'Connell, intend to apply for planning permission for the demolition of existing derelict cottage, the extension of existing shed and all ancillary works at Seafield, Bunmahon, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Section, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.), and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of five weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.


CHILDMINDER REQUIRED TO MIND THREE CHILDREN OF SCHOOLGOING AGE – In Abbeyside area. Car essential. Non-smoker. Call: (087) 2365196. (16-3) RELIABLE MOTIVATED CHILDMINDER WANTED TO MIND TWO CHILDREN – 10 year old and 1 year old. In their own home. 3 days per week. 8.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. Stradbally area. Full driving licence. School drop-offs and collections. Tel. Ciara (087) 2206972. (9-3) AGRICULTURAL CONTRACTOR / TILLAGE AND BEEF FARM – Has a full-time position available. Experience essential. For more details contact: Kieran Hallahan, Bewley, Cappoquin (087) 2549759. (9-3) PERSON REQUIRED TO WORK FIVE MORNINGS PER WEEK IN THE HOME – Cappoquin / Lismore area. Own transport essential. Duties include: housework, food preparation and some shopping. Tel. (087) 3725616. COOK WANTED TO PREPARE MORNING BREAKFAST FOR B&B – Dungarvan. Replies in writing to Box No. 6072.


Full-time Barperson/Waiter/Waitress MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH FOOD. Reply to: BRIDGIE TERRIES, The Pike, Dungarvan. Phone: 051-291324

WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL – We, Liam Carey Homes Limited, wish to apply for Planning Permission for minor alterations, elevational changes and the construction of a conservatory to the rear of each of house type A (5 no. twostorey, 4 bed detached housing units), type B (2 no. two storey, 4 bed semi-detached housing units), type C (6 no. single-storey, 3 bed detached housing units), type E (8 no. single-storey, 2 bed semi-detached housing units) & type F (12 no. two-storey, 3 bed and 4 bed terraced housing units), – Planning Permission is also sought for the change of house design to house type D (16 no. two-storey, 3 bed semidetached housing units) inclusive of new elevational treatments and revised floor plan layouts and in addition the construction of a conservatory to the rear of each house. All works will take place within the housing development (previously granted planning permission under 10/510024, 16/411 and 17/467). All the above works to be constructed on our site at “Abbey Gardens”, Whitestrand, Clonea Road/ Tournore, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority (Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford), during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application.


Oyster Farm Workers Needed PART-TIME WORKERS REQUIRED FOR BUSY OYSTER FARM IN AN RINN, CO. WATERFORD Contact: Michael Burke for additional information 086 3329259 (9-3)

Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board LQYLWHVDSSOLFDWLRQVIURPVXLWDEO\TXDOL¿HGWHDFKHUVWREHFRPH part of our Substitute Teaching Panel IURPZKLFKFDVXDO SDUWWLPHYDFDQFLHVDUH¿OOHG ) Signed: Anne Marie Jones HR Manager

COMHAIRLE CATHRACH AGUS CONTAE PHORT LÁIRGE – Is mian le Comhairle Pobail na Rinne ar son Naíonra na Rinne cead pleanála a iarraidh ar an Udarás thuasluaite chun cur leis an Naíonra agus athchóiriú a dhéanamh air. ‘Sé atá i gceist ná seomra ranga nua aon úrlár a thógaint, maraon le fáiltiú, oifig, seomra storáis agus áiseanna eile a bhaineann leis an tógáil a chur san áireamh chomh maith le aon oibreacha eile riachtanacha ar shuíomh Ionad Pobail na Rinne, Maoil a’Chóirnigh, An Rinn, Dún Garbhán, Co. Phortláirge. Is féidir an t-iarratas pleanála a iniúchadh nó a cheannach in oifigí an Údaráis Pleanála, Foirgneamh Menapia, An Meall, Port Láirge, le linn na gnáth uaireanta oscailte, 9.30 a.m. – 1.00 p.m., 2.00 p.m. – 4.00 p.m., Luan go hAoine (seachas laethanta saoire poiblí), ar chostas nach mó ná an costas réasúnta a ghabhann le cóip a dhéanamh, agus is féidir aighneacht nó tuairim maidir leis an iarratas a thabhairt i scríbhinn don Údarás Pleanála ach an táille fhorordaithe (€20.00) a íoc taobh istigh de thréimhse 5 seachtaine ón dáta a fuair an tÚdarás Pleanála an tiarratas. WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – I, Eddie O’Brien, intend to apply for indefinite retention permission for the omission of footpath to part of estate road and indefinite retention of planting to include landscaped area consisting of plants, shrubbery, gravel, stone, footpath and post and rail fence granted under Planning Ref. No. 0651003 and Pl. Ref. No. 12510001. Also indefinite retention permission for 12 No. trees to open space area granted under Planning Ref. No. 0651003 and Pl. Ref. No. 12510001 at Waterside and Waters

BRIDGE DUNGARVAN BRIDGE CLUB (22/2/2018) – 1st Ina Considine & Claire Meaney; 2nd Catherine Tuohy & Michael Kirwan; 3rd Brid Killigrew & Marianne Mulcahy; 4th Joan Mansfield & Eileen Harty.

Local office looking for a

Part-time Secretary

HARBOUR BRIDGE CLUB (22/2/2018) – 1st Margaret Foley & Elayne Kirwan; 2nd Hilary Browne & Nellie Moloney; 3rd Maureen Maher & Pat Murray; 4th Angela Freyne & Lorraine Vart; 5th Colette Power & Mai Mernin; 6th Ann Stack & Anne Fitzgerald.


CUNNIGAR BRIDGE CLUB (21/2/2018) – 1st Viola Mielczarek & Walter Murphy; 2nd Joan O'Dea & Kay Shanley; 3rd Nuala dePaor & Una Drennan; 4th Ella Whelan & Aida O'Neill.

Please reply in writing only enclosing CV to:

DÉISE BRIDGE CLUB (26/2/2018) – 1st Marianne Mulcahy & Nuala de Paor; 2nd Michael Kirwan & Helen McCarthy; 3rd Sheila Veale & Ned Whelan; 4th Moira Ormond & Paddy Lannen.

Box No. 6074

31 Edge, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. The planning application may be inspected, or purchased at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy, at the offices of the Planning Authority (Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford), during its public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.). A submission or observation in relation to the application may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20) within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. WATERFORD CITY AND COUNTY COUNCIL – Revised Plans: Martin and Ciara Coady have applied for permission for single-storey extension to rear and two-storey extension to side and rear of existing dwelling and all ancillary works at 11 Brideview Close, Tallow, Co. Waterford. Planning Reference 17/728 refers. That Significant Further Information, in relation to teh application has been furnished to the Planning Authority and is available for inspection or purchase at a fee not exceeding the reasonable cost of making a copy at the offices of the Planning Authority, Menapia Building, The Mall, Waterford, during public opening hours (9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding public holidays). Submissions or observations in relation to the Further Information may be made in writing to the Planning Authority on payment of the prescribed fee (€20), not later than 2 weeks after the receipt of the public notice by the Planning Authority.

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT SCHEME 2018 (For local public roads taken in charge and maintained by the Council) Waterford City & County Council proposes to operate a scheme for the improvement of local public roads that are in charge and maintained by the Council. This Scheme covers strengthening, road surfacing, drainage and footpaths and a requirement that the immediate benefactors pay a contribution towards the costs of the works as follows:• Where the local community contribution is monetary only a minimum contribution rate of 15% will apply • Where the local community contribution comprises works only the minimum contribution rate will be 30% • Where the local community contribution is a combination of monetary and works then the minimum rate is set on a pro rata basis between 15% and 30%.

LOCAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEME 2018 (for private roads not in charge or maintained by the Council)

Applications are being invited from land owners interested in having road projects undertaken under the above scheme. This Scheme covers private roads not in charge or maintained by the local authority. To qualify for the scheme any of the following conditions must be met: • The project must be of benefit to agricultural production and benefit two or more parcels of land owned or occupied by different persons engaged in separate agricultural activities, or • Provide access for harvesting purposes (including turf or seaweed) for two or more persons separately engaged in such activities, or • Shall in the opinion of the Roads Authority be used by the public. • Local contributions are set at 10% for eligible roads with up to and including 5 residents and 15% for those with 6 or more residents. Application forms and further details are available to download from the website, Roads Section of or by contacting the Roads Department at telephone number 0761 10 2023. Completed applications forms should be returned to Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment, Waterford City and County Council, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and the latest date for receipt of applications is 4pm Friday, 9th March, 2018. Fergus Galvin Director of Services, Roads, Water and Environment.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


The Book Centre Announced as Overall Business of the Year OVER 250 guests attended the prestigious Waterford Business Awards in Faithlegg House Hotel on Friday night last, February 23rd, which was organised and hosted by Waterford Chamber and media partners WLR. A shortlist of thirty-three companies from all across Waterford were celebrated for their successes and their contribution to the local economy. Topping the eleven categories were Special Branch Carvings, Arts, Culture & Heritage; Dlight Concepts for Best Small Business; The Shona Project for Community & Social Enterprise; Pip & Pear Chilled Baby Food in the Food & Agri category; Nemeton TV in Research, Innovation & Technology; Eirgen Pharma in Manufacturing & Industry; PartyRock Travel in the Emerging New Business category, Redlane Boutique in Retail; Home Instead Senior Care in Services, The Book Centre in Customer Service Excellence and in Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, King of the Vikings, Waterford Museum of Treasures. The Judge’s Special Recognition Award was presented to Anne Marie Caulfield, owner and director of Caulfield McCarthy Group, Caulfield’s

SuperValu and Caulfield McCarthy Property Ltd, by Waterford Chamber President Paul Nolan on behalf of sponsors Dawn Meats, for her tremendous contribution to the cultural and economic climate of Waterford and for inspiring others through her exceptional commitment, motivation, and vision. A special presentation was also made to Head of Economic Development of Waterford City & County Council Lar Power, by Chamber President Paul Nolan and Managing Director of WLR, Des Whelan, as he moves to take on the role of CEO of Leitrim County Council. Mayor of Waterford City & County Council, Cllr. Pat Nugent concluded the awards ceremony by announcing The Book Centre as the Overall Business of the Year, sponsored by Waterford City & County Council. Commenting at the gala dinner, Mayor Nugent said: “Tonight is about the people in this room keeping our city moving and bringing people onto our streets. Their stories are unique, their determination admirable and it is wonderful to be here tonight to honour their achievements. Mayor Nugent, went on to say, “Now in 2018 the

people of Waterford have the opportunity to dream again.The potential of the North Quays is something quite unique and opens up massive opportunity to attract high skill jobs. It is encouraging to see that a plan is in place for an Ireland of tomorrow and a Waterford with a clear vision.” Each category winner was presented with a custom designed Waterford Crystal trophy and the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards, The Book Centre, was presented with a custom design perpetual trophy. The shortlisted businesses were nominated by the public and also through selfnomination for all eleven categories. An independent judging panel, under the Chairmanship of Frank O’Regan, and including David Breen, David M Breen & Co; Liam Moran, Faithlegg House Hotel; Lena Murphy,WLR;Tina Darrer, Dooley’s Hotel;TV Honan, Spraoi; John Noonan, Flahavan’s; Louise Grubb, Q1 Scientific, Richie Walsh, Waterford Local Enterprise Office and Noel Kelly, NYPRO, carried out the difficult task of selecting the finalist shortlist and category winners after a rigorous judging analysis of each application. Speaking on the night, Paul Nolan, Waterford

Chamber President said, “On behalf of the Waterford Chamber, I would like to sincerely congratulate The Book Centre on being announced as the Overall Winner of the Waterford Business Awards. It is heartening to see a family run business being recognised for their hard work and their ability to sustain their outlets in these times of stiff competition. “Tonight has seen so many winners come to the fore and their achievements to date have been remarkable. The aim of these awards is to promote and celebrate individuals and businesses for the valuable contribution they make to the economic life of Waterford City and County. All of the finalists tonight serve to showcase Waterford in a very positive light for potential investors in our city and county.” Waterford City and County Council sponsored the Overall Waterford Business Award, while category sponsors include Cpl Resources,TOTEM, AIB Bank, Faithlegg House Hotel, KBC Bank, City Enterprise Centre, PwC, Waterford Institute of Technology, MEDITE SMARTPLY, Waterford Local Enterprise Office, Waterford Airport and Dawn Meats. For further details see

Special Recognition Award: Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President Anne Marie Caulfield, Caulfield’s SuperValu, with a Special Recognition Award. Also included was Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Staff members, John Cotter, Catherine Kavanagh, Lorraine O'Brien, Catherine Halley and Emer Flynn from the Overall Award winners, The Book Centre, Waterford are pictured celebrating at the Waterford Business Awards on Friday night last. [Noel Browne]

Arts & Culture: Lisa Murphy, Cpl Resources, presents John Hayes, Special Branch Carvings with the Arts, Culture & Heritage Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President, James Doyle, Special Branch Carvings and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Research, Innovation & Technology: Prof Willie Donnelly, Waterford Institute of Technology, presents Irial Mac Murchu with the Research, Innovation & Technology Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Manufacturing & Industry: Waterford Chamber CEO Gerald Hurley, presents Patsy Carney with the Manufacturing & Industry Award on behalf of MEDITE SMARTPLY. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Best Small Business: Alan Ryan, AIB Bank, presents Shane Crowley, Dlight Concepts with the Best Small Business Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Best in Retail: Colin Byrne, TOTEM, presents Catherine Keighrey, Red Lane with the Best in Retail Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Customer Service Excellence: Amber Young, KBC Bank, presents Catherine Cavanagh, The Book Centre, with the Customer Service Excellence Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

Food & Agri: Martin Freyne, PwC, presents Irene Queally, Pip n Pear with the Food & Agri Business Award. Also included [Noel Browne] are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR.

Community & Social Enterprise: Deirdre Houlihan, Faithlegg House Hotel presents Tammy D’Arcy, The Shona Project with the Community & Social Enterprise Award. Also included are Paul Nolan, Waterford Chamber President and Teresanne O’Reilly, WLR. [Noel Browne]

COUNTY NEWS Waterford County Museum republishes ‘Ardmore: Memory and Story’ by Siobhan Lincoln WATERFORD COUNTY MUSEUM have republished, for Amazon Kindle, this important & accessible local history book. It documents the history, traditions and stories of the historic Irish seaside village of Ardmore. All profits go towards support-

The cover of the eBook version of 'Ardmore: Memory & Story' featuring a photo of Ardmore Round Tower by Pat Kenealy.

ing the work of Waterford County Museum & the Saint Declan's Walk Committee. Our thanks to the Lincoln family for allowing us to republish the book and also to Pat Kenealy for allowing us to use his photo of Ardmore Round Tower on the

The cover of the eBook version of 'Cry of the Curlew' by Tommy Mooney.

cover. This is the second book in our expanding ebook series. Previously we published Cry of the Curlew by Tommy Mooney. A history of the West Waterford, Déise Brigade IRA during the Irish War of Independence. BUY THE BOOKS Both books are available for around €4 on and Search on the Amazon site of your choice for the book title Ardmore: Memory & Story or Cry of the Curlew. SIOBHAN LINCOLN Siobhan Lincoln lived her whole life, of 91 years, until her death in 2011, in Ardmore, Co Waterford. She was the local teacher, and was deeply interested in folklore, history, and the gaelic tradition of the area. She published four books in her lifetime and contributed regularly to many publications. She also wrote poetry, and articles, principally in the Irish language for publications like An Linn Bhui, Iris Ghaeltacht na

nDeise, the Ardmore Journal and Decies (Journal of the Waterford Archaeological and Historical Society). Her first book, made its appearance in 1979, entitled, 'A Walk around Ardmore'. She felt the need to tell people about the beautiful and historical place that Ardmore was, and is. She followed this with a publication about St. Declan, 'Declan of Ardmore' (1995). Her granddaughter, Katie, illustrated this popular book.This is a shortened version of fables, stories and folklore about St. Declan. Its format, makes it an easily read book. Next off the press, was a book on St. Declan's Way called, 'Along Saint Declan's Way', an ancient roadway from Cashel to Ardmore, rediscovered by Siobhan. Her final book was entitled, 'Ardmore, Memory and Story'. This was a book commemorating the millennium, in the year 2000. It recounts the Ardmore she knew as a girl growing up

there. The BBC journalist, neighbour and friend, Fergal Keane, in a foreword to one of her books, says of Siobhan," I can only describe her as a formidable character, a woman of learning and wit. I know of few grandmothers who would happily set off for China with her teenage grand-daughters and meet every challenge along the route with relish". And about her book, Ardmore Memory and Story, he says; "It is said that every village in Ireland has a historian: I can't vouch for that, but know that Ardmore is blessed to have a woman like Siobhan, who is so passionate in the cause of saving memory for the coming generations." She was a fearless campaigner for the things she valued in life; like her beloved Ardmore, the Irish language, the environment and the celebration of St. Declan. The files of local newspapers, government departments, and the local council have volumes of

Author of Ardmore: Memory & Story Siobhan Lincoln. her letters advocating actions concerning these things, of passionate interest to her. Her legacy is the research and publications she left to us and the practical organisations she help found in the area, such as the local branch of the ICA (Irish Country Women's Association), Tidy Towns Association and the local Water Safety Organisation.

Antique Clothing Donation WE were delighted to receive a donation from Peter Hudson of antique clothing relating to the Hudson/Malcomson families. We hope to have a display on the Malcomson family at a future date.

Peter Hudson and his daughter with William Fraher presenting antique clothing from the Hudson/Malcomson families to Waterford County Museum.

Peter Hudson and his daughter admiring the Dungarvan Cycling Club jug awarded to his ancestor Richard Phineas Hudson.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Waterford Beekeepers’ Association Liam Suipéil Talk – There was a capacity audience at the Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club for Liam Suipéil’s talk on the coastal place names from Ring to Ardmore. We were given a fascinating insight into the background of these names and it is hoped that when the research is completed that this important work will be published and made available to all. Pictured are Nioclas O Griofain, Noirin Ni Chonaola, Liam Suipéil and Eddie Cantwell.

RECENT PUBLICATIONS The Museum supplied photographs to two recently launched publications. ‘A History of the Dungarvan GAA Club from 1885-2017’ by Tony Ryan, and ‘Dunmore East -

A Living History’ by Maria Walsh. Both books come highly recommended and are available in local outlets. DVDs For Sale in the Museum: Grattan Square – Social

OBJECT OF THE WEEK Billhead for Michael Mulcahy, Sailmaker c. 1870 THIS bill was issued to Captain John Carbery of Dungarvan for sails for his ship. The Mulcahy family of St. Augustine Street and Abbeyside were sailmakers for over 100 years.

History Documentary of Dungarvan ‘Grattan Square - Social History Documentary of Dungarvan’ is available on DVD for €10 at the Museum. This is an extremely popular film which was also shown to full houses at the SGC Cinema in Dungarvan. Along with the DVDs we also have a great selection of books for sale with local connections. YOUR CHANCE TO SUPPORT THE MUSEUM Museum membership is available for an annual fee of €15 if you would like to support the work of the Museum. The Museum relies heavily on membership fees, donations and fundraising activities, so we would be delighted if you would join us as a member. As a member you will benefit from knowing that you are supporting the important work of the Museum in County Waterford, plus being informed of various talks, new exhibitions and activities taking place throughout the year. There is also a member’s annual trip and Christmas meal. Please do consider joining us as a member. You can see the very varied and interesting work of the Museum on our website including volunteers taking part in local archaeological digs. Call in to see us in Friary Street, or ring us on 058-45960 for more information. DONATION OF OBJECTS AND OLD PHOTOGRAPHS The Museum relies on donations of objects from members of the public. We do not have funds to purchase objects, so we would be very grateful for any objects of local historic interest which you may have in your possession

which you would be willing to kindly donate to us. Also if you have any old photographs of people, places, ships, sports events etc. with a County Waterford connection we are very happy to accept them. We can scan them to add to our extensive photographic archive and give you back the originals. By donating items to us you will be playing your part in helping to preserve local history for future generations. You can drop items into us in Friary Street, or call us on 058-45960 to discuss any items you are thinking of donating. VISITING THE MUSEUM We welcome visits from schools, community groups, and local history societies. Please contact us at 058-45960 to arrange a visit. Let us know if you are interested in a particular subject and we will focus on that during the visit. OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. - 5.00 p.m. Admission is free.

FIRST WORLD WAR WATERFORD CASUALTY LIST FOR WEEK ENDING 28th FEBRUARY, 2018 Surname First Name Age Service No. Rank Service James William 32 9075 Pr. Lowe Army

Unit Durham L.Inf.2Bn.

Where Born Killea

Death Category Died

Date of Death 2/26/18

MARCH BEE NEWS The period we are now entering is a critical one for the survival of bee colonies. Spring officially begins in February but as now, winter is very present.While a few weeks ago during a mild spell, bees could be observed leaving the hive and returning with pollen. This is not the case for the past week. One of the most reliable sources on bee health in the area is Michael Moynihan who runs a commercial bee keeping enterprise, with several hundred hives distributed around the county. Unlike most of us “Hobby” beekeepers, commercial operators cannot afford to make many miscalculations, so when Michael passed on his assessment that colonies in the main, had large populations but little stores, this is a signal that something must be done. “Stores” in beekeeping speak, means food reserves. If for whatever reason a colony runs out of stores, intervention is called for. An emergency supply of fondant, usually in the form of a 1 kg. plastic bag with a feed hole opening, will normally see the colony regain strength and survive. But, like most situations in beekeeping, there is no certainty that this will always work. Colonies DO die. A rule of thumb in the distant past, before the arrival of the Varroa Mite, was that about 10% of colonies would be lost in overwintering. The figures over recent years have been around 30% nationally,

with great variations according the locations and to individual years. Determining the cause of death is, not always easy, and it is beyond the scope of these notes to list all the possibilities. Suffice to say that there are risks involved in bee husbandry, just like any other stock raising. What all we beekeepers like to see is worker bees entering the hive with their pollen baskets laden. This is a sure sign that the Queen is laying and that there is brood to be fed, and that all is well. A bee colony will collect huge amounts of pollen throughout the season (up to 50 kilos per hive) and this is principally used to feed emerging brood. As the temperature warms up, the Queen speeds up her egg laying and the colony’s needs increase as well. Next month, March, should present the opportunity for hives to be opened for inspection, so by then we should find out more about “how things are going on” inside. It also brings an opportunity for those who wish to take part in a Beginners Course in Beekeeping, to sign up at Coláiste Chathail Naofa for this. The course will be run over several weeks and will include a number of practical sessions at The Association’s Apiary. Contact the College of Further Education at 058-41195 for further information.

Pictures of the Past Come in old friend and rest awhile, Sit by the fire with me, We’ll pluck the rose of yesteryear, From the briar of memory. As the fire paints pictures of the past, With the brush-strokes of the blaze, From the gloom will recollection reach, To turn times tattered page. We’ll peruse a portrait in the flames, That will summon up a dream, And bridge the gulf to youthful years, Where pain was unforeseen. We’ll wander down dark leafy lanes, Where lilts a laughing voice of old, That tinted days with rainbow hues, And thatched the stars with gold. And eyes that paled God’s azure arch, But shone alas too brief and bright, Now death has built a hermitage, In two old hearts tonight. As two old dreamers by the fire, Watch while the years unfold, The tangled threads of memory, They forget that they are old. John Daly



BONMAHON IT'S YOUR COLUMN! If you have any news, announcements or pictures you would like to see in this column, please submit to or contact 0874133522 for inclusion. BONMAHON COMMUNITY SOCIETY LOTTO The numbers drawn recently were 3, 18, 27 and 32. We had no jackpot or match 3

winners. Our 2 Lucky Dip winners of €50 each were Jessie Scannell and Nicky Hayes. Our jackpot has now reached a wonderful €10,000! CAMOGIE REGISTRATION St. Anne's Camogie and Ladies Football club are having their 2018 Registration Night on Tuesday, 27th February from 7.30 p.m. 8.30 p.m. in Dunhill GAA centre.

If you'd like to find out more about the Club, we are hosting an Open Day this Saturday, 3rd March from 11.00 a.m. - 1.00 a.m. in the Dunhill GAA grounds. You will be able to see training sessions in progress from all age groups aged 8 and upward. This will be followed by a fundraising cake sale in the GAA Centre in Dunhill. Come down and say hi!

KILL SINCERE SYMPATHY It is with great sadness that we report the recent death of Monty Guiry.Well known, respected and much loved by all, Monty will be sorely missed by all who are left behind. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Guiry family and friends at this sad time. May he rest in peace. ‘HOMETOWN’ IN GEALACH GORM THEATRE We are delighted to announce 'Hometown' featuring U.S. born vocalist Bobbie Carey. Bobbie will perform in The Gealach Gorm Theatre this Saturday, March 3rd at 8.00 p.m.The band also includes solo recording artist Suzanne Rowe on piano and accordion, Paul Grant, long time guitarist with the late Liam Clancy on guitar, bluegrass player Gerry Madden on mandolin and Richie McDonald pulling up the bottom end on bass and vocals. Covering a range of music from traditional to folk, jazz and bluegrass, as well as original material, it promises to be a superb evening of music and song. As this is sure to be a sell out, booking is advisable. Call/text 0868569358 MICHAEL POWER MEMORIAL SWIM A BIG, BIG well done to anyone who contributed in any way to making our 2017 Christmas day swim such a huge success. Thanks to our committee and the Touching Hearts committee for their great effort, thanks to the 300 swimmers who took the plunge on Christmas morning in Kilmurrin Cove.Thanks to those who supported our Quiz Night for the launch of the swim in Dunphy's Bar, Kill and thanks also to Dunphy's for sponsoring the swim cards, and to the Sweep Bar and Restaurant for sponsoring the first prize for the quiz. Thanks to Dunphy's Bar, and Kirwan's Bar, Kill for the hot toddies on Christmas morning. Thanks to our photographer John Power for a job well done once again, and to all who helped with the bag backs and door collections as well as to the owners and managers who allowed us the use of their premises. Thanks to Bonmahon Lifeguards for overseeing the safety aspects of the swim, to Waterford City and County Council for the upkeep of

Kilmurrin, to TCRfm, to WLRfm and to all the local papers for their wonderful coverage of the swim. Thanks to the Bonmahon Branch of the Irish Coastguards and to the Order of Malta. In summary, thanks to a wonderful effort by all concerned we were able to present Touching Hearts with €23,316 as well as €500 to Bonmahon Lifeguards and the Portlaw Branch of the Irish Red Cross for the upkeep of the defibrillators in Kill €200. Any Charities in Waterford City or County interested in becoming beneficiaries of our 2018 swim, please contact our secretary, Joanne Lenihan, Kilbarrymeaden, Kill, Co. Waterford in writing before the end of April. AFTER SCHOOL FITNESS IS BACK! By popular demand, the Afterschool Fitness programme is back in Kill! The 4 weeks programme will start this Thursday, 1st March from 3.10 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. and the cost is €20. For further details, please contact Michelle on 083-1737051. COFFEE HOUR Calling all mammies of all ages - are you feeling stuck at home, tied to the kitchen sink and watching the clock for pick up times? Take an hour out and join us for a cuppa on Thursday, 1st March at 10.00 a.m. for tea/coffee and a chat in Kill Community Centre Meeting Room, opposite the Montessori entrance for monthly coffee morning. Just a social thing, toddlers and babies welcome and actually, you don't need to be a mammy! The first day is FREE! If you're stuck in a rut, anxious about meeting people or new to the area, this is FOR YOU. If any of this is striking a chord then grab this opportunity and let anyone you think of know! And why not kick off the morning with a quick walk leaving the Community Centre at 9.15 a.m., bring the buggy! IF YOU ONLY BUY ONE TICKET THIS YEAR ...then buy it for Afternoon Tea at the Granary Cafe this Wednesday, 28th February in aid of the Elaine-Sarah Comerford Fund. Afternoon Tea with Pisces Restaurant, Charly’s Cheesecakes & Mary Grimes Catering also includes music with Five Sleazy Pieces (worth the admission alone after their stormer of a gig

in Downes last Friday night) and a Luxury Raffle, all for €20! As many of you will know ElaineSarah is the daughter of Anne & Andy Comerford of Dunhill, wife of Mark Bolger and sister of Aoife and Andrea, both residents in Kill Village. Since birth ElaineSarah has been living with a very rare, debilitating and often life threatening illness and has fought bravely to overcome operations, adverse prognosis, have a family and to just get home! Chronic Idiopathic Intestinal Pseudo Obstruction (CIIP) is a severe gastrointestinal condition which has resulted in ElaineSarah being fed intravenously with all the fluid and nutrients a person needs. Imagine that for one second, struggling to eat tiny amounts necessary to up your calorie intake, needing help on a daily basis to be hooked up to a machine, ensuring a sterile environment! She is also mum to two lovely children aged 4 and 11 months but with such a chronic condition requires an incredible, exhausting amount of help from Mark and her family just to do the simplest things and even then, is still very limited. Funds are desperately needed in order for her home to be refurbished to just cope with normal daily life as well as free up her family to research possible help abroad. Every penny raised goes towards housing alterations, helping this young family financially and just helping Elaine Sarah, Mark and their two lovely children have some kind of normal life. Despite their setbacks, they do their very best to be positive, be the best parents they can be and incredibly, help other people when they can.The Comerford-Bolger families are extremely grateful to all their friends, family, neighbours and local businesses who have been an amazing support to them. Please, get your ticket now from Pisces Restaurant at Kirwan's Bar. VIKING MARATHON SIGN UP NOW, THE CLOCK IS TICKING Register online now and help the Elaine Sarah Comerford Fund - contact Grace at 086 3289212 or check out the Copper Coast Crackers Facebook page. CRAWL, WALK, JOG, RUN The Copper Coast Crackers, Marathon Mammies and Kill

National School Parents Association are very proud to help with raising funds for the Elaine-Sarah Comerford Fund this year. Come all, male or female and help raise money for this great cause. We will be running a series of walks, jogs, runs that everyone can do and with the help of the fabulous Michelle Byrne of Imagine Fitness will soon be building up our stamina to take part in the Women's Marathon in Dublin on June 3rd (ladies only I'm afraid) and the Viking Marathon in Waterford on June 30th. Take it from a couch potato who couldn't run to save an overboiling saucepan and been living with depression for years - this is so doable, enjoyable and addictive. We had so much FUN doing this for our school last year we had to keep it up! Read above for an even better reason why - Elaine Sarah is a young mum who deserves to be able to do just some of the simple things in life we take for granted. Don't be put off by distances, weather or feel you HAVE to do something - just take that first step. I guarantee that in giving a little bit of time, YOU will reap huge benefits. Our next walk (bring buggies, dogs, the kitchen sink) is on Thursday, 1st March, 9.15 a.m. starting from Kill Community Centre and back by 10.00 a.m. Saturday, 3rd March, 10.30 a.m.: meet at Greenway entrance end of Carrigeen Road (side of Dawn Meats) - walk/jog to Kildermody and back, a total of 5.2k. Sunday, 4th March, 11.00 a.m. - Seaview Celtic FC Carpark to Dunhill Castle and back, 5k. Monday, 5th March, 10.00 a.m. - Greenway entrance at Dawn Meats towards Kilmacthomas to second crossing and back 4.6k. Watch this space and Copper Coast Crackers FB or contact Grace at 086-3289212 for more info. KILL MONTESSORI SCHOOL Kill Montessori School is currently at full capacity for September 2018 and only has 2 places left for September 2019. If you require further information or wish to place a name on the waiting list, please contact Avril on 086-2895415 or call to the school at Kill Community Centre any morning.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Abbeyside Scouts AFTER the usual subs and prayer, Scouts did a quick warm up session before a game called poison. Back in their patrols they got out trangias and stoves, pans and utensils to cook sausages. As it was such a clear night it was decided to go outside to complete this task. As you can see from the photos it was a perfect night for cooking under the stars. What a great atmosphere there was. All to soon it was time to clean up and tidy away equipment and utensils. Before going home there was time for a few quick games. Both testing and stretching the Scouts observation skills. Well done. Scouts every impressive how quick you could spot the changes! Looking forward to an active few weeks ahead.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

NEWSREEL … Anxious or Depressed?

COME to our Support Group Meeting in Dungarvan.Venue: Deise Day Care, Dungarvan, Community Centre, Mitchel Street. Date: Every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. Helpline: 1800 804 848. You are not alone! Please note change in time.

Villierstown National School Music Bingo Table Quiz VILLIERSTOWN National School Parents Association will host a Music Table Quiz on Friday, 2nd March, 2018 in An Cruiscin Lan,Villierstown. Table of 4 €20. Registration on the night at 8.30 p.m. to begin 9.00 p.m. sharp. So if you fancy something different on a Friday night come along for a trip down Music Memory Lane. All are welcome and it's sure to be a very entertaining night Raffle on the night. Looking forward to a great night.

Variety Concert in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust BREWERY Lane Theatre presents a Variety Concert in aid of the Peter McVerry Trust (opening doors for 35 years) on Friday, 2nd March, 2018 at 8.15 p.m. Tickets 10. Call 086-1274736. Line-up on the night includes: The Windgap Players, Phila Grace, Paney Bartley, Ellen Foley, Jane McLoughlin and Marie Walsh, Mala Raggett and Suzanne Rowe, Moylan Brunnock, Kevin and Aine Power.

St. Michael’s Hall Ballyduff Upper Card Results 1st Pat Ryan & Sheila Lonergan, Dan Howard and Eddie Sheehan. Lucky Tables: Delia Cashell, Pat Noonan, Joan Hannon, Christy Higgins, John Conway, P.J. McInerney. Raffle: Dan Howard x 2, Sean Higgins x 2, Eddie Sheehan, Stephen Cunningham, P.J. McInerney, Larry Byrnes and Bill Leddy.

Dungarvan Flower and Garden Club MEMBERS please note the date of our next meeting is Wednesday, 7th March, 2018, in The Park Hotel, @ 8.00 p.m., when we will host Geraldine McCarthy, AOIFA, for a teaching demonstration entitled “Celebrating Easter”.



ARDMORE Ardmore Tidy Towns TIDY TOWNS AGM We had a very well attended and successful Tidy Towns AGM last Monday night at The Round Tower Hotel.With loads of work to be done we adopted a new approach by splitting up the work into about 40 different areas with two leaders assigned to each area. We also heard some very good novel ideas and some new projects. Our election of officer showed a few changes with Bill Ramsell taking over at the helm with Billy Harty dropping down to back benches. Chris Ramsell is our secretary and Ruth Lynch is trearurer. Mary Hennessy (horticulture), Marian Power (assistant treasurer) and Bernie Stilwell (operations) are the other members of the executive. NEW TUNNEL Our thanks to Pat Dunne who got fed up of replacing the plastic on his tunnel and passed it over to Ardmore Tidy Towns whose existing tunnel was already at capacity. Tony Mansfield and Kenneth Byrne are busy assembling it adjacent to our existing one and we hope that our sheltered location will get a bit more mileage out of it.

Thanks again to the Keevers family for the continued use of their field on Rocky Road for all our activity, which is a Godsend to us. OLD BOAT One of our old boats has come to a final end and is not fit even for growing flowers at this stage so we’re appealing to anyone who has an old boat that’s no longer sea worthy, we’d be delighted to extend its life as a flower bed in the village. 45 AT KEEVERS Tommy Power & Michael O’Reilly came out on top at Keevers this week with Fr. Finbarr Lucey and Billy Harty in 2nd place. John Cronin and James Flavin were best of the last 5 and Terri McGrath and Anne Hally won the last game. THE SOCIAL The GAA annual social used be the centre of the Winter social calendar in virtually every Parish in the country up to recent times. Nowadays they’re seldom enough and usually only held when there’s something to be celebrated. So the Parish of Ardmore and Grange will converge on Lawlors Hotel in Dungarvan this Saturday

night because boy have we something to celebrate. Present on the top table will be Tommy Power’s award for being a member of the 1957 Waterford football team, James Flavin’s ‘Young Hurler of the Year Award’, and The Waterford Club of the Year Award, Seamus Prendergast’s Hurler of the Month Award for December and his Croke Park ‘Man of the Match Award’. Then we’ll have The West Intermediate Hurling League Trophy, The West Junior Hurling Championship, The County Junior Hurling Championship, The Munster Junior Hurling Championship and The All Ireland Junior Hurling Championship. Need I say anymore! Should be some night. POKER AT ROUND TOWER HOTEL Tony Mansfield headed the poll at the Poker Classic at The Round Tower Hotel last week with Jason Lenane in 2nd and Billy Harty just pipped Redmond Foley for 3rd place. Nathan Bryan won the runnersup table just ahead of Fr. Finbarr Lucey.

Louise Carlton, Ardmore with her husband Johnny and children Dave, Tommy and Jessie on receipt of her Masters in Public Health Nursing at UCC recently.

St. Declan’s Way 2018 - Walking All Five Stages 2018 marks the much anticipated reopening of the 104km long St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Path from Ardmore to Cashel. By midMarch 2018 waymarking and reclaiming of the entire route will have been completed. The route travels from Cashel to Cahir and on to Goatenbridge. From here the path ascends the Knockmealdown Mountains via the Newcastle to Mount Melleray road, and then wends onward to Lismore via Mount Melleray. From Lismore the route travels cross country to Aglish and then winds along pretty reclaimed ancient walking paths to Ardmore, home of St. Declan’s Monastery. To mark the occasion, and in association with Pilgrim Paths Week 2018 (details at, Knockmealdown Active is organising a five stage guided walk of the entire route. The quintet of walks starts on Saturday, March 31st.To facilitate those wishing to take on all stages, the walk will not be over consecutive days but in five stages on the last Saturdays of March, April, May, June and July. For most people this will mean no time off work for an historic chance to be part of the first group to fully walk this restored route. The stages are approximately 20 km each and run as follows: Stage 1 - March 31st, Cashel to Cahir; Stage 2 - April 28th, Cahir to Goatenbridge; Stage 3 May 26th, Goatenbridge to

Walking across the Knockmealdown Mountains. Lismore; Stage 4 - June 30th, Lismore to Aglish; Stage 5 - July 28th, Aglish to Ardmore. Apart from Stage 3, which crosses the Knockmealdown Mountains over Goatenbridge, the rest of the route is along relatively flat roads and tracks.Those with an average level of fitness should be well able for the event. All the walks are guided, so no previous walking experience is necessary. Stages cost €25 for one or €20

each if you wish to participate in more than one. Payment covers bus transport from your car to the start point, guides, sweepers, medics and food at the end of each walk. Knockmealdown Active’s Kevin O’Donnell says those who book all five stages will receive a free Pilgrim Passport and commemorative St. Declan’s Way badge. The passport can be stamped on completion of each stage. O’Donnell at the Tipperary

side and Ger Walsh in Waterford, have cooperated well in being the chief instigators in the revitalisation of this ancient route. PRECURSOR TO THE CAMINO Completion of more than one stage of St. Declan’s Way can also now be utilised as a precursor to completing the Camino de Santiago in Spain. On prior completion of a certified 25km pilgrim route in Ireland, the Cathedral of Santiago

will grant a Compostela to pilgrims who then complete the 75km route from A Coruña to Santiago. Presentation of a stamped St. Declan’s Way Pilgrim Passport will enable participants to receive a certificate of completion at St. James’ church in Dublin. Full details are available at Online booking for St. Declan’s Way 2018 is now open at



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Bee Keeping Skills Classes

Tay and Mahon Valley ARA had special guests, Martina Rogers “Stage Coach” Drama Group visited us and gave a five star performance at the most recent Active Retirement gathering in the Barron Hall. The members of this Drama Group who attend Stradbally National School (Convent) will be performing at the Panto McBeth in the Barron Hall March 1st, 2nd, 3rd. Martina is running a fantastic class. Over the last couple of years "Waterford Citizens Information" have visited our group and gave advice on 'Benefits, Hospital Care". "Citizens Information" will join us again at our next gathering to give advice on "Will's". "Tay and Mahon.." we have a programme for the next while which includes a visit to Woodhouse Museum Stradbally, Waterford Museum of Treasures, Kilmeaden Railway and Mount Congreve. Next gathering Monday, 5th March, in Barron Hall 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. If you wish to join you are welcome.

THE Déise Beekeeping and Conservation association will hold beekeeping classes for beginners and improvers in the skills of beekeeping with the Native Irish Honey Bee Apis mellifera mellifera. In the Community Hall, Pilltown, KinsaleBeg, Co. Waterford, starting on Saturday, 10th March, 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. and on the following Saturdays 24th and 31st. There will be practical demonstrations once weather permits. The program will include the following topics History of the Native Honeybee, Hive Parts. The bees life cycle. Bee feeding and forging habits, Role of the beekeeper and frequency of inspections. When to harvest. Bee associations. Supply of bee equipment. Participants will be given the opportunity to acquire local pure Irish Native Honey bees to look after. The course organisers are PJ Curran and Robert Anthony both are top beekeepers in Co. Waterford who are prepared to share their knowledge and expertise to people wishing to engage in the are of beekeeping. The association is operating a research apiary in Dungarvan where advances are being made to find Varroa tollorant honey bees this work has been recognised in Ireland and Europe where they were recently invited to participate in the EuBest programme with ten other European Countries. The Department of Agriculture Genetic Resources funded initial research programme and it is hoped that this will be continued for this year to advance the research. If you wish to Join the association or become a beekeeper contact Pat Deasy 024 20910 or email

STRADBALLY FIRST FRIDAY First Friday Masses in the parish of Stradbally on Friday next, 2nd March Sacred Heart Church, Faha at 9.30 a.m. and St. Ann’s Church, Ballylaneen at 7.00 p.m. SAFEGUARDING Leaflets in relation to the Safeguarding of children were given out to all volunteers in the church ministry at all Masses in the parish churches on Saturday and Sunday last following on from a parish meeting last

Tuesday night. ANNUAL PARISH DRAW The annual parish draw is currently being organised to take place in March. This is the main fundraising event to raise parish funds that supports church property in maintenance light and heating.To be in the draw is costs €20 for 12 weeks with prizes of one x €150 and 5 x €25 each week. It is hoped that the usual promoter’s will again support the draw and if there is anyone else

out there that would like to get involved just make contact with the parish priest. Promoter’s will be calling door-to-door in the coming days and would appreciate your support. PANTO TIME It’s Panto time in Stradbally as ‘Macbeth the panto’ takes to the stage on Thursday, 1st March at 8 p.m. Going on last year’s performance the audience are in for a rare treat. There will also be performances on the 2nd and 3rd March at 8 p.m. with a matinee

Barron Hall Panto – Members of the cast of 'MacBeth the Panto" with lots of hands in the air, volunteering for extra rehearsals. At last "Macbeth the Panto" will take to the stage in the Barron Hall, Stradbally, performance at 8.00 p.m. this Thursday 1st, Friday 2nd and Saturday, 3rd March with a matinee at 2.30 p.m. According to the writer/director, Dave Pollock "Shakespeare's" tale of ruthless ambition and ultimate disaster has been the basis for what I wrote, and whilst some of the darker aspects are dispelled with popular songs, I think I can guarantee disaster. Tickets available from local shop, or text Nicola on 087-7160700, or at door. [Photo by Dave Pollock]

on the 3rd at 2.30 p.m.The show is a fundraiser to finish the renovation of the Barron Hall. Tickets are on sale at XL Store, Stradbally or text your booking as soon as possible to 087 716 0700. POINT-TO-POINT WINNERS It was a memorable day for Maurice Walsh and family, Knockrour, Stradbally and trainer Declan Queally, Cappagh when Fenno’s Storm won the prestigious Open Lightweight Race (Bandon Cup) at Bandon, Co. Cork point-to-point on Sunday, 25th February. Jockey on board Declan Queally Jnr. also received a presentation to mark his 200th point-to-point career win. Congratulations also to David A. Kiely, Lisfennel, Dungarvan on winning the Bandon point-topoint Winners of One with ‘Definite Dilemma’ with jockey Conor Houlihan on board. BARRON HALL Saturday next, first Saturday of the month, if you have clothes etc. for recycling we will have doors open from 11.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Also, Cllr. Ray Murphy will also have his Advice Clinic in the Barron Hall 12.15 p.m. to 12.45 p.m, no need to book.Yoga class to recommence on Thursday, 8th March.

Fundraiser in Ballysaggart A FUNDRAISER night of music, song and dance will be in held on Saturday, March 3rd in The Ballyvera Bar in Ballysaggart in aid of The Caroline Foundation for Cancer Research. This event is being hosted by CCÉ Ballyduff / Ballysaggart /

Ballinvella and The Ballyvera Bar. Tickets will be sold on the night for some super prizes, hampers and vouchers. Tickets will be on sale in Meagher’s Bar and also in Roche’s shop. If any business or person wishes to make a contribution to this very worthy

cause, please contact Honor 0876394887 or Thomas 086-8208242. This fundraiser promises to be a very enjoyable evening and your support would be very much appreciated as we all know someone who has been affected by cancer.

The Native Irish Honeybee.

The research apiary Dungarvan with the Wild Meadow.

BALLYSAGGART FUNDRAISING NIGHT IN AID OF THE CAROLINE FOUNDATION FUND Fundraiser night on Saturday, 3rd March in aid of the Caroline Foundation Fund for Cancer Research in The Ballyvera Bar (Meaghers). Music on the night by our local Ceoltas Branch and there will be tickets sold on the night for some fab prizes, hampers and vouchers etc. There will also be an auction and other surprises. Tickets for hampers on sale in Meaghers Bar & Roches shop from Friday, 23rd February. If any businesses or person wants to make a contribution you can contact Honor 087-6394887, Dianne 087-9833959 or Carmel 0872880574. It all kicks-off at 9.00 p.m. so please come along to support this worthy cause as we all know somebody who has been affected. IMPORTANT PUBLIC MEETING Ballysaggart Community Development Company are holding a public information meeting on Monday night, March 5th at 8.00 p.m. in the Community Centre to give on update on the proposed redevelopment of the Community Centre. It would be in everyone’s interest to attend this meeting.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018




By Donal Buckley

Food, Glorious Food THE Irish relationship with food has been, to say the very least, turbulent. A lot of our culinary specialities are based on getting as much carbohydrates, fat and volume into our windswept bodies as possible. Food was a necessity, not an entertainment. If any one has ever been to a wedding reception or a GAA dinner social in the 70's and 80's, it was obvious from the menu that capacity for adventure in our taste buds was limited. The most exotic thing put in front of us was a starter of either a slice of melon or seafood cocktail. If it was the seafood cocktail, most of the female guests would eat two, as their husbands or partners "wouldn't touch that foreign muck". The main course would return to more familiar territory with either turkey and ham or roast rib of beef on offer. The meat would be accompanied by a ton and a half of mashed spuds (per plate) and fresh, locally sourced julienne vegetables (carrots) topped off with lashings of gelatinous gravy. This is the course where the men entered the fray with aggression. After polishing off copious amounts of beer since early morning, the male of the species needed "trunking" to soak up the alcohol. Second, and even third, helpings were called for and eyebrows were raised towards the partners and wives, accompanied by the subtle enquiry, "Are you going to finish them spuds?" Desserts were on uncomplicated fare. Summer or Winter would provide the same choice; apple tart and cream or jelly and ice cream. Tea or coffee would then be offered to the guests. The offer, mostly taken up by the women who would be trying coffee for the first time. In many cases, it became their guilty pleasure. The men, now full to bursting, loosened their belts and could only manage a drop of Powers. The really brave ones would chance a brandy and port with a nod to the wife to say "you're driving home". As the tables and chairs were cleared away for the dancing, the men would gather in groups near the bar to comment on a mighty feed, the too long speeches and the prospects of 'the lads' in the upcoming championship. The women congregated around the two remaining tables to discuss each others accessories (children) and if the hotel chef would give them the recipe for seafood cocktail. Both camps decided that you can't beat a good feed of homemade bacon and cabbage. Because we live on a weather ravaged rock in the north Atlantic, bacon and cabbage was the type of robust meal required to insulate against cold and rain. Salty bacon could survive the bubonic plague, while cabbage is such a tough vegetable that sheets of it have been used to build cattle shelters in mountainous areas. Irish stew is a meal of pure convenience. Boil some meat in a large pot and add whatever

vegetation you can get your hands on. Carrots, turnips, weeds, flowers and tree bark can add flavour and bulk to this Winter warmer. The beauty of Irish Stew is that it can stay simmering in the pot for ages and with the addition of boiling water and a couple of potatoes, can be as nutritious as the week it was first made. The introduction of a shovelful of salt can sometimes boost the flavour and give the soup a bit of substance. The Celtic Tiger changed a lot of our tastes and dining habits. Drinking coffee is no longer a guilty pleasure but a statement of status. Nowadays the ordering of bespoke blends and the carrying of branded cups is far more important than the actual consumption of the beverage itself. Of course bottled water is a strangely profitable commodity in a country that has an average rainfall of about two metres per month. Solid food, on the other hand, has been steadily replaced by NOT so solid food. It started with savoury rice substituting spuds. We now have progressed to such blandness as Quinoa (pronounced Keen-Wa), Hummus (which you don't pronounce without covering your mouth first) and Couscous (not the name of a former secretary-general of the U.N.). Even the humble pork chop is now smothered in mixed cracked peppers and pesto. There are more flavours of tea than wine varieties. Bread isn't just bread anymore, but an ethnic passport. There was a time when pizza was the most exotic food in the supermarket freezer. Even then the choice was ham or cheese, but you couldn't have both together. Fruit and veg was simple, apples, oranges and bananas and grapes, but only if you were sick. Now, Guava Pineapple is seasonal all year round and Star Anise, Jujube and Horned Melon are staples in most households. As for vegetables; Haricot Beans, Pak Choi, Globe Artichokes and Asparagus tips are available from the smallest independent corner shop. Dinner parties no longer take pride in dishes of pork, lamb or beef but instead poach, boil or roast crocodile steaks, Kangaroo liver or Emu feet. Its only a matter of time before Dublin Zoo has its own wholesale business. There's nothing wrong with being adventurous in your tastes, but have a thought for the local food producers. There is probably a starving Buffalo farmer, Pumpkin grower or artisan cheese maker in your area that needs your support. Its your duty, not just as a citizen of Ireland, but as a European. Ballinameela Creatives always buy local, except when we can't. Notorious Chef Gordon Ramsey once said, "You ****** ***** and a ***** !!!. I have never ******* met a ******** **** ever!" Ok, maybe he said it more than once.

BALLINAMEELA AGLISH DRAMATICS Well done to all involved in B.A.D’s performance of their latest play ‘Second Honeymoon’ in Carriglea last weekend.The show was a huge success with all three nights selling out. Looking forward to next year. AGLISH OPERATION TRANSFORMATION Aglish Operation Transformation continues every Tuesday evening in Aglish Community Hall at 6.30 p.m. Walk at 6.50 p.m. Everyone welcome. BODY CONDITIONING AND CIRCUIT TRAINING CLASSES Body Conditioning and Circuit Training Classes on in Ballinameela Community Centre every Monday Night between 7.00 p.m. - 8.00 p.m. Classes cost €5. All levels of fitness catered for. Enquiries text or call 0878229762. LADIES INDOOR SOCCER Ladies Indoor Soccer on every Tuesday night at 7.00 p.m. in the Community Centre. Contact Noirin Kelly on (086) 836 2695 if interested. BALLINAMEELA ADULT & TODDLER GROUP The Ballinameela Toddler Group meets every Thursday from 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. in the Halla of Whitechurch National School. New parents, childminders, grandparents with

toddlers very welcome. For more information contact Janice on 087-9718945. FINISK VALLEY AC NOTES Any children in our community who are interested in running, jumping or throwing and would like to get involved in athletics, call down to Ballinameela Community pitch/hall, training times are Monday & Wednesday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., Minimum age limit is 5 years old (Child needs to be School going). Full programme of events can be obtained at our training session. BADMINTON If you fancy a sociable game of Badminton come along to Ballinameela Community Centre on Tuesday nights from 8.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Contact Mairead on 087-7681975 if interested. COMMUNITY ALERT There is a Community Alert text system in place - text your name and mobile number to this number: 087-3538347. It works in 2 ways. Firstly a message regarding any suspicious activity is sent to your phone so you can be on the lookout. Secondly you can send details of suspicious activity to this number where it will be resent around to the community and to the Gardai who treat it as serious and act immediately. Follow on facebook

BOOKING THE HALL If you would like to start your own indoor soccer game for the Winter or other activity you can book the hall through our booking officer Alison Curran on 087-8289147. The Centre is also a great place for kids parties etc and can be rented for €30. Anyone renting the hall, please pay the person who opens up the hall for you and please take away your own rubbish. If you are borrowing anything from the hall, contact Alison Curran also. Maureen Culloo is responsible for the month of February for opening and closing the Community Centre and can be contacted on 086-3428621. LOTTO RESULTS 26/2/18 – Numbers drawn were 6, 9 and 23. There was no Jackpot winner. €20 winners were Johnny O’Grady, Aglish; Tom Scanlon, Curraghroache; Kathleen Twohig, Aglish; Colin Hamill, Villierstown and Paddy Corkery, Aglish. Next week’s Jackpot €6,850 and next week’s draw will take place in the Welcome Inn. NOTES FOR INCLUSION If you have something you would like included in the Ballinameela notes you can email Brigid Byrne on or phone 0879194287. You can also Follow and like us on our Facebook Page Ballinameela Community Centre

VILLIERSTOWN JACK THE JOKER Congratulations to Michael Keneally, last week’s winner who chose card number 23, the three of diamonds and won €50. Tonight’s jackpot is €4,700. Remember if you are not in you can’t win. VILLIERSTOWN NATIONAL SCHOOL The Parents’ Association of Villierstown National School are hosting a Music Table Bingo Quiz on Friday, 2nd March in An Cruiscin Lan, Villierstown. Table of 4 €20. Registration at 8.30 p.m. for prompt 9.00 p.m. start. A fun night can be guaranteed. YOGA In the Community Room in Villierstown, every Tuesday morning from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. and Active Age Yoga 11.15 12.15 p.m. Contact 087 207 6189. CRAFTY CRAFTERS Lots of enquiries about joining the Craft Group. Really, everyone is welcome, any age. Call in any Monday evening from 7.30 p.m. to the Community Centre

Room in Villierstown Main Street (beside the shop). As last week’s piece explained we are actively taking up a knitting challenge to break a Guinness World Record so all the help we get will be greatly appreciated. Contact Claire Povey 086 069 3878. VILLIERSTOWN GARDENING CLUB GARDNER’S TIPS Keep tabs on your garden. Create a scrapbook using an inexpensive photo album and add your plant tags and stick to it each season. Then, make it as detailed as you’d like by adding information as to where the plants were purchased and where the plant is located in your garden. Add your own artistic flair with sketches of your garden or photographs. More tips next week. VILLIERSTOWN BOATING CLUB A great turnout for Monday’s Open Meeting. Lots of new ideas discussed and great enthusiasm

for the season to come.Will keep you posted. SHOP LOCAL The Shop - Main Street, Villierstown. R e m e m b e r Healthy tasty ready-made meals. Also Tory’s Sweet Treats - just delicious cakes and breads made fresh daily. What more could a village need. Order now for St. Patrick’s Day treats. CHILDREN’S RIDDLE Q.What is at the end of a rainbow? A. The letter W. Life Quote: Life is too short to be serious all the time. So, if you can’t laugh at yourself, call me and I’ll laugh at you. NEWS FOR INCLUSION This is a community notice page and we need your help to keep it topical and of interest locally. If you have any photos, announcements, stories you would like included in the notes, please contact



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Lismore Dramatic Society WE are currently rehearsing for our up coming Production “MUSICAL MAGIC” - ‘The big Hits from Broadways biggest shows’ and with a cast of over forty under Directors Amy and John it one again promises to be a huge success and a wonderful nights entertainment for all the family. A highly talented group of individuals from ages eleven upwards have been assembled and are showing wonderful energy, enthusiasm and commitment. We are once again delighted to welcome some younger members to the bigger stage for the first time who have graduated from performing in past children's Christmas productions. It is testament to the hard work that goes on within the Society to nurture and encourage the talents of these young ‘stars’

and we are indeed privileged to have such wonderful talent at our disposal and a hard working back room team who work tirelessly to bring it to fruition. The wonderful and colourful mix of Musicals selected for this years production will no doubt appeal to all ages and from the opening numbers of “OLIVER” where ‘Fagan’ and his “Gang” and the two young ‘Scoundrels’ “Dodger” & “Oliver teach you for a few “Tricks” to the Finale of the amazing tunes of “MOTOWN” you will witness a fantastic nights entertainment. In between you will hear classics from “THE SOUND OF MUSIC”, “GREASE”, “WICKED” and “MATILDA”. So organise and plan a night out for the family and we guarantee you will not be disappointed. The Show opens on

Friday, 6th April and continues on Saturday 7th with a matinee at 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, 8th April. Two more shows will take place on Friday 13th and Saturday, 14th April so book early so as to avoid disappointment. All evening shows will commence at 8.15 p.m. Tickets will be available mid March onwards at the Heritage centre Lismore (credit card bookings accepted) watch this space! It is rumoured that “The Revolting Children” From Matilda are causing chaos in the local schools and “Danny” & “Sandy” from Grease have been spotted ‘strutting their stuff ’ around the locality. As for “Dodger” he is misleading “FAGANS GANG” to get up to all kinds of mischief so watch your backs and your valuables! Bring a friend!

Parish of Lismore and Ballysaggart Pictured in front of the lime tree kindly donated by Lord Burlington and Lismore Estates which will be used to create a new sculpture of St. Carthage to replace the existing one in the Millennium Park are from left Lismore Tidy Towns members Willie Henry, Mary O'Brien, Michael McBride and General Services Supervisor Waterford City & County Council John Foley.

LISMORE Lismore Tidy Towns WITH the dry weather of last week the tidy towns CES workers continue to keep weed growth under control and work was completed on planted areas at Townparks and the Ballyanchor Rd. To enable planned work to be carried out at the bandstand in the Millennium Park shrubs and other plants were dug out and replanted in two other beds in the park. Thanks to Jim and Gordon. Instead of waiting for Spring Clean month in April, Lismore Tidy Towns does a litter pick up on most approach roads to the town before there is grass growth on road verges. So on Saturday last, 24th February the morning was spent doing a litter pick up on the Tallow Road as far as Nugent's Garage and on the Vee Road as far as the picnic site. Remaining approach roads will be done when the weather improves. Reminding people of our annual fundraising - the draw for two Easter Hampers. Please show

your support for the work of tidy towns in Lismore by buying a line for €2. Lines on sale locally. Over the past few weeks this column has been trying to make people aware of the damage that plastic waste is causing to planet earth. This was again in the news last week when the results of research by scientists at National University of Ireland Galway were announced. This research laid bare the damage microplastics are having on fish living at extreme depths in the Northwest Atlantic. Microplastics are small plastic fragments that come from larger pieces like clothing and personal care products. The Galway scientists carried out the research during a transatlantic crossing by the Marine Institutes Celtic Explorer vehicle. They recovered dead deep sea fish by trawling depths of up to 600 metres in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. It was found that 73% of those deep water fish had ingested plastic particles, one of the highest frequencies in fish anywhere in the world ever

reported. Alina Wieczorek, lead author of the study has stated “Deep fish water migrate to the surface at night to feed on plankton and this is likely when they are exposed to microplastics” Dr. Tom Doyle co-author of the report said.“Indeed it is worrying that our daily activities such as washing our synthetic clothes in our washing machines, results in billions of microplastics entering our oceans through our waste water stream that may eventually end up in these deep sea fishes”. Is there anything that you can do in your household or business to reduce the amount of plastic that you use? ECO TIP OF THE WEEK Tips to help you go green in your garden: BARRIERS? - slugs and snails can be real problems for people in their gardens so use crushed up egg shells or leftover coffee beans to create rough barriers around precious plants. Copper bands are also effective around pots and give snails a mild electric shock.

Lismore Senior Citizens - Take Note WE are having a social evening at ‘The Night of the Stars’ on Monday, March 12th in the Park Hotel, Dungarvan. Tea will be served at 5.30 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m. The show has six top arts Jimmy Buckley, Louise Morrissey, John Hogan, Paddy O’Brien, Shaun Cuddy and T. R. Dallas, with

the Celtic Storm band. Buses will be provided and will leave the playground carpark at 4.30 p.m. €10 non refundable deposit for bus. Please give your names to Mary McGrath, Anna Murphy and Anne Pollard. Looking forward to seeing you all there. Tickets are limited, so first come, first served.

I WONDER when did the great Mr. Richard Bruton sit in on a Catholic Religion Class and see the richness of moral and ethical grounding being presented to the children. Maybe he thinks that there is too much ethical thinking both in the political area, in the public and private business world of the land. He would have some cred if he had at hand a comprehensive moral and ethical programme to be presented by well trained teachers. Of course Ireland is a very diverse place with many world views being spoken of and being lived by the citizens of our land, even of our Parish and that is to be welcomed. Our honourable president did talk lovingly of going on an ethical campaign in our land but that seems to have died a quiet death. It was a noble aspiration and there was plenty of evidence to say that it was urgently needed. Maybe some of his advisors distracted him by other things. All this may be a blessing and a wake up call to sleeping Parishes who have taken the schools for granted in passing on both faith and ethical values. From our recent clergy conference in Clonmel the need for adult catechesis was once again named. There will surely be many excellent employment opportunities for well educated theology degree persons to work in groups of Parishes if not in single parishes. The Spirit of the Lord is doing a new deed and with love and courage Faith communities are called to read the signs of the times not in fear

and trembling but with a sense of dying and rising with the Lord Jesus. We have to be planning now with a vision of what the Parish of Lismore & Ballysaggart may look like in ten years.That in perspective is what will this Parish look like by the time the Junior Infants beginning school in September 2018 will be sitting their Junior Cert (that’s if it’s not gone by then, cause too much stress)! Thanks to Mr. Sean Prendergast and Mr. Paddy Smith for preparing the Service of Commitment and Light with the children of Confirmation Class and their parents for Wednesday, 7th March. A child is ready for Confirmation when they are ready to take an active role in their Faith Community, with some proven record leading up to the Sacramental celebration.That vision may seem far fetched but it is not. When we lose sight of the centrality of the Church Community of Faith in Sacramental celebrations we are on thin ice. MASS TIMETABLE Weekday Mass at 10.00 a.m. Saturday, 3rd March - Vigil Mass in Lismore at 6.15 p.m. Sunday, 4th March - Morning Mass in Ballysaggart at 9.30 a.m. Sunday Mass in Lismore at 11.00 a.m. PRO(E) Pastoral Council Parish Radio Link 103.9FM

Pulse Fitness Lismore COME and join Pulse Fitness Boxing. Begginers welcome. Excellent class for toning and core work, weightloss and fitness. Get a programme designed for you. Personal Group Training and one on one available. If interested in getting your child into a Boxing Class please contact Brian on 087-9365885. Lismore Community Gym.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018



CAPPOQUIN Cappoquin Community Centre Phone (058) 52746 – email – Facebook – Cappoquin Community Centre HALL BOOKINGS All users of the Community Centre individuals, clubs, groups are reminded to book their preferred time for using our facilities. Demand this year is higher than ever with the great success of the Waterford/Wexford ETB classes. GYM Opening Hours MondayFriday 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Saturday 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Membership €200 per year, €60 for 3 Months, €25 per Month, €5 per casual, OAP/ Unemployed €3 per session. Top of the range equipment cardio equipment, we provide a wide range of the lasted cardiovascular equipment, from cross trainers to rowing machines to help maximize your fitness. Resistance equipment - These state of the art machines provide resistance against a certain movement, isolating the targeted muscle group. They operate using weight stacks, allowing total control of your work out. Up to 37.5 Kg Dumbbells, loaded machines including chest press, shoulder press, seated row; pull down, leg press, stack squat and new addition cable machine with large selection of handles and attachments including cable crossover (chest), single standing exercises and duel action pulleys. Also, selection of racks including Olympic flat bar, incline and decline bench press and smith machine and adjustable benches. We have large selection of loose

weights plates ranging from1.25kg to 20kg. Functional Area, a dedicated area aimed to help improve fundamental strength, acceleration and endurance using the following equipment, Kettle bells, Swiss balls power bags, medicine balls dumb bells and suspension training. Physical Trainers, Cappoquin gym has high qualified trainers who specialise in all areas of fitness including weight loss, injury rehab, sports training core and strength training. Physical Trainers - Connor Prendergast (087-1247025) fully trained in strength and conditioning training (LIT Certified). Claire Egan (087-9713895) Health and fitness Degree from UL. Both our gym trainers will help clients reach their goals with are expert knowledge, they will encourage you to work to the best of your ability whatever your level. These trainers will focus your fitness and training regime to work to your schedule, abilities, interests and life style, both can be contacted at any time to get you started in your new life style challenge. WEEKLY EVENTS IN HALL Gym opening times are 8.00 a.m. to 10.00 p.m., Gym Instructor Conor Prendergast available to offer every assistance on (087) 1247025. Ladies Exercise Classes 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. with Paul Murray, Monday Affane Bridge.

Quiddlers from 10.00 a.m. 12.00 noon on Wednesdays Thursday morning 10.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m. Ladies Exercises with Paul Murray, Community Soccer 8.30 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. Friday evenings Gymnastics 5.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. MARY BUTLER TD Mrs. Mary Butler TD Fianna Fail will hold a Clinic on the first Saturday of every month at 12.30 p.m. in the Community Centre, all are welcome. WATERFORD WEXFORD ETB Just a reminder anyone interested in doing a wide range of courses contact Edel Walsh (058) 52570 First Floor of the Community Centre. COMMUNITY CENTRE LOTTO JACKPOT HITS €5,600 Lotto Draw - 26th February, 2018 - Jackpot €5,500. Numbers drawn 16, 17, 29 and 30. No Winner. Consolation Prize winners: Daniel Leahy Tourin, Stephen Crotty Affane, Jean Manahan Shanbally, Pat & Rebecca Keevers Bealica, Patrick Lehane Main Street. Next week’s draw is on the 5th of March 2018, with a jackpot of €5,600. Remember anyone looking to buy our Lotto tickets, call to any of the local shops in Cappoquin, the Community Centre, Miriam Coughlan or Carmel Prendergast will look after you. If you wish you can also buy the popular annual tickets, if you’re not in you can’t win!

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann Port Lairge COUNTY SESSION Our annual County Session will take place in The Park Hotel on Sunday, 11th March, at 3.00 p.m. This is a concert made up of Musicians from all branches in the County. Admission is free and all are welcome. MEMBERSHIP Reminders to all branches that closing dates for Affiliations is 16th March 2018. Fleadh Cheoil nDeise 2018 will be held in Ballyduff Upper on the weekend of 18th to 20th May. Full details of events for the weekend will be published when they are finalised. Closing date for all Fleadh entries including Mol an Óige is Friday, 30th March, and all correspondence for Fleadh matters can be emailed or posted to Patrick O'Brien, Farrahy Road, Kildorrery, Co. Cork. PLEASE NOTE Dancing will take place on the Saturday along with Singing, lilting Comhra Gaeilge, Storytelling and Newly Composed Song. Also this year there will be a Mol an Óige for Set Dancing and Ceili Dancing which will consist of lead and Body only. Each child who takes part in Mol an Óige will receive a certificate. Munster Fleadh Cheoil 2018 will take place in Ennis, Co. Clare, from 15th to 22nd July. All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil 2018 will take in Drogheda from Sunday 12th to Sunday, 19th August.

Laoise Kelly (harp) and Tiarna O Duinchin (pipes) in Concert at Cúl na Sméar Hall on Friday, 9th March, at 8.30 p.m. Cead isteach €10.

Contestants of “Panic” a fun night which took place in An Síbín last Friday night.

BALLYDUFF UPPER PANIC! Last Friday saw a fun night in An Síbín. A local take on the game “Panic” featured weekdays on 2fm was put together by Colette. Some people may have played this game during their childhood where you are given a letter of the alphabet and you name people/objects using that letter. Friday night saw some 15 to 16 contestants taking part. After a light start, it wasn’t long before the competitive streak of some came out. Conor Sheehan was the overall winner. A fun night was had by all. It is hoped to become a feature in An Síbín. GAA MEMBERSHIP Membership is now due for renewal with membership officer Eugene Flynn. There are student and adult rates on offer as always along with packages for membership and year-long subscription to the club lotto draw, or membership, year-long subscription to Club Lotto draw and subscription to the Déise Development Draw. Please get in touch with Eugene or any club officer for further information. LOTTO GAA lotto tickets are available in St. Michael’s Hall from 9.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. on weekdays. Tickets are also on sale before Sunday Mass and available in Bridget Scanlon’s Hair Salon,The Log Cabin and An Síbín. CONGRATULATIONS! Congratulations to Kevin Martin and Ciara Daly on the birth of their son Colm during the week! FUNDRAISER A fundraising night is to be held in Meagher’s in Ballysaggart in aid of the Caroline Foundation. The Caroline Foundation are a charitable group that raises money for the Cancer Clinical Research Trust. A number of Ballyduff people are to take part in the music night and I believe there are to be a few challenges! Best of Luck everyone in raising money for such a worthy cause. 5K RUN In last week’s paper it was announced that there is to be a 5K Run to be held on 15th April. This date is due to be changed. Please keep an eye on local press for updates. THE DISTILLERY With the refurbishment of the old McCarthy’s Hardware/Pad Flynn’s store by Blackwater Distillery in full swing, how much do you know about the building? Denis McCarthy himself was a native of Ballydehob in West Cork and “served his apprenticeship with Messrs. Young before going to

Tallow where he was successively employed in the general hardware business of the late Mr. John O’Brien and Mr. Thos McCarthy.” He was a member of the IRA and “served his country and spent a period in prison for his activities during the Black and Tan period”. He came to Ballyduff a few short years after arriving in Tallow to set up business on his own. It is believed that he set up where the distillery used to be, and the shop that was there was nothing but a shack. Denis McCarthy quickly built up his business in grain and general hardware. He opened a number of stores and shops in Ballyduff and also in Lismore. Unfortunately, he died suddenly in November 1954 just a short time before his last shop, known locally as McCarthy’s supermarket opened. It is believed that the first ever customer to McCarthy’s was a Mrs. Tobin who owned a local public house in the village and she purchased a Tilley lamp. “As a result of his personality and business acumen he quickly built up a big trade in general hardware,

seeds, manures, boots, shoes and furniture”. As well as local farmers, the McCarthy’s supplied some of the grain to a number of millers including Cork Milling Company and Howard Brothers. When one looks into this shop, perhaps the first thing they notice is the staircase. It is very big. According to one interviewee, it was based on the staircase in McKenzies shop on St. Patrick’s Quay in Cork. The grain trade and general hardware trade went into decline from the mid 60’s and as a result McCarthy’s business went into decline also. The shops and stores closed in January 1970. NEWS FOR INCLUSION Thank you to all who contributed this week. To keep this notice page topical everyone’s help is needed. If you have any photos, announcements and stories you would like to be included, please contact Denise at, or 087 2273737.

Missing Dogs A NUMBER of dogs have gone missing from the Ballyduff area in recent weeks. While some have been found and reunited with their families some still remain missing. One of the dogs has been missing since 1st February last. His name is Chase, is a golden retriever and belongs to the Drislane family. Another dog missing is Lucky, a black and white border collie belonging to the Kenneally family missing since 14th February. Both dogs are very much loved and missed by members of their families. If you see them on your travels please let us know on 087-2273737. Your help would be greatly appreciated.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

TOURANEENA Daffodil Day in the 1990s.

KNOCKANORE PROPOSED WIND FARM MEETING POSTPONED Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Public Meeting in KGK Sports Hall has been put back to Wednesday, March 7th, at 8.30 p.m. This meeting, chaired by County Councillor James Tobin, will discuss a proposed Wind Farm at Coolbeggan Knockanore. All are welcome. KNOCKANORE / GLENDINE / KILWATERMOY MUINTIR COMMUNITY COUNCIL HERITAGE SOCIETY Reminder. A talk and slide show on the subject of “FARMING SINCE THE FAMINE” will be given at our next Heritage meeting in the KGK Sports Hall on Thursday, March 1st, at 8.00 p.m. by local historian John O’Mahony. BAD WEATHER FORECAST Let us hope that we will escape the worst of the extremely cold weather forecast for this week in Ireland.

Tallow RC Church 1988 by Pat Geary.

Tallow Credit Union Daffodil Day in the 1990s.

The Kiely Vault in Kilcockin Cemetery.

TALLOW TALLOW COMMUNITY CENTRE Social Dancing: continues on Friday, 2nd March, dancing 9.00 p.m. to 12.00 midnight to the music of Brendan and Patricia Lee. Great night assured refreshments served and all for only €10 admission. Drama: Following a very successful run in the Community Centre Brideview Drama will now compete all around the country on the Three Act Festival Circuit. We wish them the best of luck. Bingo: Bingo as always on Sunday, 2nd March with the Jackpot now standing at €1,500. The Community Centre is also home to Tae-kwon-do classes and fitness classes on a

weekly basis and the hall is also available for private bookings by contacting 058-56445. TALLOW ENTERPRISE CENTRE First Aid – another very successful First Aid course has now come to an end. It is hoped to run another First Aid course in the coming months, keep an eye on local press and on our facebook page for further details. First Aid is a vital skill to have, so don’t miss the opportunity to avail of this course in your locality. Secretarial Services - For anyone now coming to the end of their college year, thoughts turn to thesis and final projects. Don’t get caught out, Tallow Enterprise Centre is the place to

get your Thesis typed and bound. Assistance is available with layout and proofreading of all documents prior to submission. So if anyone is under pressure trying to get the typing done, give us a call, very competitive rates offered. 058-56445. With talks of snow now uppermost in our minds, we at Tallow Enterprise Centre, can assist anyone who would like to get away from it all. We can help with finding the best hotels in the location you require and also help you book your flight. And when the day to travel finally arrives we’ll even check you in online, with no fuss. Call in anytime to talk to us.

NEW ARRIVAL Congratulations to Francine Downey and Colin Gleeson, Touraneena, on the recent birth of their daughter Lexi. We wish Lexi, a sister to Darragh and Bobby all the best wishes for the future. We also take this opportunity to wish all the family and the happy grandparents the best of health and happiness in the coming years. SLIABH gCUA SET DANCING CLUB A reminder that Monnie is holding a class Féis this Saturday, 3rd March at 2 pm in the Community Centre,Touraneena. This is the first Féis in a couple of years, so we hope to see a great turnout. There will be a charge on the door rather than a charge per dance and there will also be a raffle on the day. We look forward to seeing you there! SLIABH gCUA / ST. MARY’S CLUB Last Friday night, the club launched a programme called the ‘One Club’.The objective of the ‘One Club’ is to promote long standing links between adult and juvenile players in the Parish. This is a really worthwhile venture as it helps to combine the wealth of knowledge of the older players with the eagerness and enthusiasm of the younger players. It also helps to promote the culture and the history of the club and the Parish, which will help to forge greater ties between the adults and juveniles. Overall, the initiative should be a great inspiration to all involved. TOURANEENA RUNNERS Huge congratulations to Michelle Guiry and Louise Prendergast who completed the Tramore Duathlon at the weekend. The Duathlon consisted of a 5k run, an 18k cycle, followed by a 3.5k run. A fabulous accomplishment for both ladies. SYMPATHY We express our sympathy to both the Foley and Flynn families on the recent death of Bridget (Biddy) Foley (nee Flynn), Carrigaun, Modeligo, who passed away on the 24th February. Biddy was predeceased by her husband Michael. We extend our sympathy to her sons Jim, John, Michael, Kevin, Pat and his partner Eileen; daughters Madge, Papst and Eileen Devereux; daughtersin-law Marion, Lena and Rebecca; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephew, neighbours and many friends. Funeral Mass for Biddy was in Our Lady of Assumption Church, Modeligo, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May Biddy rest in peace. SLIABH gCUA / ST. MARY’S LOTTO Still no winner of either jackpot’s in last Sunday night’s draw in Dunne’s Bar. The numbers drawn for the €3,000 jackpot were 11, 12, 26 and as this wasn’t won, there was the second draw for the €400 jackpot and the numbers drawn were 4, 5, 8. As neither jackpot was won, there was the 5 x €20 draw. The lucky winners were Senan & Saoirse Condon, Dano McGrath, Sarah Gleeson, Kevin & David Butler, Johnny McGrath. The Promoter’s prize of €20 was won by Tom Condon. Next week’s draw will be held in Hanrahan’s Bar on Sunday night, 4th March. The first draw will be for the €3,000 jackpot and if this is not won, it will be followed by a draw for a €500 jackpot. HOAX CALLS There seems to have been an increase in the number of hoax calls in the locality recently. Many of these calls have been related to credit card usage. The caller advises that your credit card has been used fraudulently for such and such an amount and that your card details are needed, so that your card can be cancelled in order to prevent any further fraudulent transactions. Please do not give your personal details to anyone over the phone. If you receive such a call and are in doubt about whether the claim about your card is genuine or not, just hang up immediately and then either contact your own bank or the local Garda station. SYMPATHY We express our sincere sympathy to the Power and Falsey family, on the recent unexpected death of Mary Power, (nee Falsey), Rockfield, Cappagh. Mary was predeceased by her husband John-Joe. We extend our deepest sympathy to her sons Jer, David, Martin and Anthony; brother Michael; sister

Margaret; daughters-in-law Clara, Breda, Linda and Janette; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and many friends. Funeral Mass was in St. John the Baptist Church, Affane, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery. May Mary rest in peace. BEAST FROM THE EAST As it appears, that exceptionally cold weather is on its way to our shores with disruptive snow showers expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and South East, it has been suggested that the snowfall may be the worst we have seen in the country since 1982. We ask that neighbours please keep an eye out for each other, particularly for the old, the young and the vulnerable in our community. If it is possible to physically check in on a neighbour please do or if its not, a simple phone call (albeit phone lines are working) can make a big difference to those who are isolated. SENIOR HURLERS Waterford had a good win over Cork last weekend in round 4 of the Allianz league in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. While Cork’s Patrick Horgan got an early goal for the Rebels,Waterford responded well. Mikey Kearney capitalised on Cork not defending a clearance and put the ball in the back of the Cork net. At half-time, Waterford were ahead by 3 points, 1-12 to 1-09. Waterford continued to stay on top in the second half and the game finished on a final score of Waterford 1-20; Cork 1-15. In round 5,Waterford will take on Clare in Walsh Park on Sunday, 4th March at 2.30 pm. SENIOR FOOTBALLERS Waterford had a narrow loss against Carlow at the weekend when Carlow made it four out of four wins in the Allianz league. At one stage in the second half Carlow led by 10 points but Waterford kept on the pressure and close to the end of the game were awarded a penalty which they put in the back of the net. In injury time,Waterford scored another goal. The game finished on a score line of Carlow 2-12; Waterford 2-09. Round 5 of the league will see Waterford take on Limerick in the Newcastle West G.A.A. grounds on Sunday 4th March at 2pm. CAMOGIE Commiserations to the Waterford ladies who after drawing with Limerick last Sunday in the Littlewoods Camogie League, Waterford 1-09, Limerick 1-09, will miss out on a semi-final spot by virtue of Limerick's superior scoring difference. With just 7 minutes to go, it looked like Waterford had one foot in the semi-final when Kaiesha Tobin scored a great goal leaving the score at Waterford 1-08 to Limerick 1-07. However, after a nail biting finish, with Waterford's Beth Carton securing her 7th point of the game, it was not to be and even though the ladies played brilliantly, they unfortunately missed out on the semi-final spots which will see Kilkenny take on Galway and Cork take on Limerick. We take this opportunity to congratulate the U16B Waterford Camogie team who beat Tipperary in the Munster semi-final.Waterford 0-8;Tipperary 0-4. Best of luck to the girls in the Munster Final on 11th March. SENIOR LADIES FOOTBALL Another good day at the office last Sunday for the Waterford ladies football team when they took on Sligo in round 4 of the Lidl NFL division 2. Lauren McGregor got an early goal for Waterford but Sligo kept pressing on and at half time the sides were level, Waterford 1-04; Sligo 1-04. In the second half a goal from Aileen Wall helped seal the victory for Waterford with the game finishing on a final score of Waterford 2-13; Sligo 2-05. Round 5 will see Waterford play Tipperary in an away game on Sunday, 4th March. SLIABH gCUA LADIES CLUB Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, March 6th at 8.00 p.m. Our guest speaker on the night will be Trevor Connolly the fitness coach who will give a talk on age appropriate exercise and nutrition.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018



KILMAC WEATHER ALERT Due to the severe weather forecast for the coming days, we would remind you to keep safe, warm and indoors if possible, be of help to your neighbour and the elderly people in your locality. Safe travelling to those who have to travel to get to work in the coming days. ADVICE CLINIC Cllr. Ray Murphy will hold an Advice Clinic in the Rainbow Community Hall at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday next, March 3rd and the first Saturday of every following month. No appointment necessary. ALL IRELAND RALLY FOR LIFE You are needed on Saturday 10th March in Dublin City Centre at 2.00 p.m. Parnell Square. Save the 8th. A bus from Waterford has been organised to attend the rally. Contact Antoinette at 083-3099218 to book a seat. Cost €15 or a donation. Bus departs at 10.15 a.m. from St. Pauls Church Carpark, Lisduggan. All are welcome to come along and join us. Also Dungarvan Pro-Life are organising a bus which will stop at Kilmacthomas Old Post Office at 9.00 a.m. To book a seat on this bus phone 086-3751198. LOTTO DRAW Kilmacthomas AFC lotto draw results for Saturday, February 24th. Letters drawn B, Q, S and V. No Jackpot winner. Five winners of €20 each to Kevin Walsh, Scrahan; Julie Power, Glenapooka;Veronica Walsh Walsh, Cooltubrid; Michael Brown, Rathmeaden and James Organ, Garranturton. Next week’s Jackpot is €800 be in to win. WHIST Results of the Ballylaneen Monday night Whist Club – Maureen O’Sullivan, Biddy Carroll, Monica Gough, Rosie Keane, Eileen Power, Kay Veale, Mary Kirwan, Breda Galvin, Linda Dempsey, Orla Keane and Mary O’Donnell. Raffle winners - Eileen Power, Stess Connolly, Linda Dempsey and Alice Walsh.

MODELIGO LOTTO RESULTS 24th FEBRUARY 2018 Numbers drawn were 8, 11, 30. No winner. €25 winners were Donal Fraher, Lar O’Byrne, Nollaig Halpin and Lauren Power, Clashmore. Next week’s Jackpot is €1,300. CONDOLENCES Sincere sympathies are extended to the Foley family of Graigue on the sad passing of Biddy Foley who went to her eternal reward during the last week. Sympathies also to the family of the late Mary Power of Cappagh who also passed away during the week.

COMMUNITY ALERT Modeligo Community Alert are urging all members of the public to remain vigilant for the elderly and vulnerable residents of the area over the coming days especially in view of the forecasted bad weather warnings. NOTES Anyone wishing to include items in the Parish notes, please contact Monica before 8.00 p.m. on Mondays on 087-4112798 or email them to BOOKINGS Anyone looking to book the Astro turf or Hall please contact John Power on 087-2834600.

Cursa Spioradálta Do Ghaeligeoirí TIONÓLFAR an Cúrsa Spioradálta bliantúil ar an deire seachtaine 10ú/11ú Márta, i Mainistir Chnoic Mhellerí, Ceapach Chuinn, Cho Phortláirge. Sé téama na bliana seo ná - An Teaglach -(i saol na hEaglaise). Tá an téama an-oiriúnach don bhliain seo le WMOF níos déanaí i Mí Lúnasa, agus le cuairt an Phápa le cúnamh Dé. Beimid in dá ionaid í mbliaina, Cnoc Mellerí agus Mainistir Mhuire i nGleann Chaorthainn tráthnóna Dé Domhnaigh. Sé an tAthair Uinseann O Maidín OCSO a bheidh mar stiúraitheoir, agus beidh cur isteach sa chlár aige, ag an tSiúr Máiréad Nic Dhonnchadha, An tAthair Seán O Cadhla, P.E. agus an tAthair Micheál Ó Liostúin. Beimíd ag súil bualadh len ár sean chairde agus beidh fáílte romhat freastal ar an gCúrsa ach scéal a chur roimh ré. Gach eolas ó Aine Ni Fhiannusa, 086-2227533 nó The annual Cúrsa Spioradálta for Gaeilgeoirí will be held on the weekend of 10th and 11th March at Mount Mellerary Abbey, Cappoquin, Co Waterford. The theme for this year's retreat is "AN TEAGLACH" (the family) in the life of the Church. The theme is most suitable in this year with the World Meeting of Families taking place in August and with the expected visit of Pope Francis, le cúmamh Dé. We will be in two Centres this year, Mellerary and in St Mary's Abbey Glencairn for Sunday afternoon. An tAthair Uinseann O Maidin is our director, with input also from An tSiúr Mairéad Nic Dhonnchadha, Fr John Kiely PE, and Fr Micheál Liston. We look forward to meeting our old friends and some new ones too. This annual retreat has been held every year since 1953 and we are indebted to the Abbott and to An Athair Uinseann for facilitating and weloming us. Information about the programme and acccommodation costs from Aine Ni Fhiannusa 086-2227533 or

Enjoying the Kilrossanty GAA Bingo – Kilrossanty GAA Bingo jackpot winner Majella Queally (Bohadoon) receiving her cheque of €2,100 from Damien Ryan. Included in the photograph are Jason Dee, Tony Coffey and Kenny Houlihan. [Will Cusack]

KILROSSANTY FEWS SCHOOL NEWS Enrolement forms for pupils starting in Fews School in September 2018 are now available from the School on 051294723. Second Class pupils will be taking the Sacrement of Reconciliation on the 8th March in St. Annes Church. KILROSSANTY SCHOOL Enrolemnt forms are available from Kilrossanty School for pupils who will be starting school in Kilrossanty School in Septemeber 2018. Completed froms must be returned to the school by 23rd March. Phone no is 051-291419. I.C.A. Federation Meeting has been cancelled in Crotty’s Inn due to inclement weather. It was due to take place 28th February. BINGO Once again the bingo attracted a big crowd to Crotty’s Inn last Friday night. The jackpot next month is €1,100. Please note the next Bingo will be held on 23rd March not 30th March as that is Good Friday. HALL Annual General Meeting was held recently. Officers elected:President - Very Rev John Delaney, P.P. Vice Presidents - Kathleen Whyte, Donal Purcell, Liam Power, Quan Butler. Chairman - Tom V. Walsh. Vice Chairperson - Anne Phelan. Secretary - Tony Coffey. Assistant Secretary - Margaret Riordan. Treasurer - Murish Walsh. Assistant Treasurer - Breda Crotty. Hall Bookings Liz O’Riordan. Committee - Kay Veale, Peggy Cotter, Libby Walsh, Mary Walsh and Bridget Whyte. CLOTTO Please note Clotto will be held every Saturday night from this Saturday, 4th March at 10.00 p.m. FIANNA FAIL

Enjoying the Kilrossanty GAA Bingo – Theresa Kiely and friends. Kilrossanty Fianna Fail Cumann will hold a meeting in Micilins on Monday, 5th March at 9.30 p.m. All committee members are asked to attend. SYMPATHY Sympathy to the Behan family on the death of Joan Behan, Kilnagrange who died recently. Burial took place in Fews Cemetary. May she rest in peace. TEXT ALERT A large crowd attended the

Text Alert Meeting last Thursday night in the hall. Chief Superintendant Padraig Dunne and Superintendant John Mulligan spoke on Text Alert and said it was in many Parishes in Waterford he hoped it would prevent burgleries in homes and other premises. Also speakers on the night were Dr. Kathleen Moore Walsh and Louise Walsh. They gave a run down on the survey that was done on agricul-

Kilrossanty young enjoying the bingo in Crotty’s Lemybrien.

[Will Cusack]

tural crime in Ireland by WIT. Also Garda Alan Kissane spoke on the night as did Garda Jim Maher. Thanks to the ladies who had a nice cup of tea and refreshments after the meeting for all present. Nuala Harty chaired the meeting. WHIST Whist in the hall on Friday, March 9th at 8.00 p.m. New members very welcome.

[Will Cusack]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

NOTAI NA GAELTACHTA FÓGRA Ó ÚDARÁS NA GAELTACHTA Tá Údarás na Gaeltachta ag tairiscint Scoláireachtaí Printíseachta i réimse leathan ceirdeanna gur fiú níos mó ná €2000 an ceann iad d’iarrthóirí le cáilíocht mar cheardaí a bhaint amach. Is d’iarrthóirí Gaeltachta le Gaeilge líofa na scoláireachtaí seo. Ní mór d'iarrthóirí a bheith sé bliana déag d'aois ar a laghad agus buncháilíochtaí áirithe a bheith bainte amach acu ag brath ar an gceird gur mian leo tabhairt faoi. Tá tuilleadh eolais agus foirm iarratais le fáil ach glaoch ar 091 – 503121 nó ar shuíomh idirlín an Údarás ag Is é an 28 Feabhra, 2018 an dáta deiridh d’iarratais. SEÓ FAISEAN Beidh Seó Faisean ar siúl in Óstan na Páirce Déardaoin 1ú Márta ag 8.00 in ar mhaithe le S.N Bhaile Mhic Airt, An Sean Phobal.Ticéid ar fáil ón scoil ar 058 46446, The Wine Buff, nó Spar na Rinne. Go raibh maith agat as ucht bhur dtacaíocht AN GHAELTACHT CLG - TREALLAMH DARA LÁIMHE Tá An Ghaeltacht ag lorg treallamh CLG dara láimhe atá agat sa mbaile! Camáin, clogaid, buataisí, láimhíní srl. Is féidir linn an treallamh seo a úsáid sna scoileanna agus bheadh sé thar a bheith úsáideach. Labhair le coach do pháiste má tá aon rud agat. Is féidir treallamh a fhágaint leis na coaches ag Halla Pobail Na Rinne aon oíche Aoine. SPRAOI – GRÚPA SÚGARTHA NA RINNE Tiocfaidh Spraoi, Grúpa Súgartha do thuismitheoirí agus páistí, le chéile i Halla Pobail na Rinne ar an Aoine beag seo ón 10 r.n. go 12 i.n. Beidh comhrá deas agus cupán tae/caifé ar fáil. Tuilleadh eolais: tar i dteagmháil le Bríd: 087 7470428. GRÚPA SÚGARTHA I nDÚN GARBHÁN Beidh grúpa súgartha do leanaí agus tuismitheoirí ag teacht le chéile Dé Máirt i nDún Garbhán.Tá an grúpa lonnaithe i Leabharlann Dhún Garbhán gach Máirt ón 10.30 r.n. go 12 i.n. Beidh scéalaíocht, rannta, ealaíon agus cluichí.Tuilleadh eolais: téigh i dteagmháil le Cabríní 0834455914 nó cuir r-phost ag An Irish language playgroup will meet in Dungarvan Library from 10.30am to 12pm on Tuesday. Further information: contact Cabríní on 083-4455914 or email SCÉIM TÚS An bhfaigheann tú an Liúntas Cuardaitheora Poist? An bhfuil tú dífhostaithe agus ag iarraidh obair a dhéanamh ar tograí pobail? Bíonn deiseanna ar fáil faoin scéim TÚS do dhaoine dífhostaithe sa Rinn agus sa Sean Phobal. Más rud é go bhfuil tú faoi 25 bliain d’aois, tá buntáiste mór ar fáil. Déan teagmháil le cigire TÚS Cian O hAileasa ag 087 3770256 nó Bainisteoir Comhlacht Forbartha na nDéise, Críostóir Ó Faoláin ag 058 46664 nó Are you on job seekers allowance? Are you Unemployed and interested in working in Local Community Projects? Tús provides work opportunities for all unemployed people in the An Rinn/An Sean Phobal area. If you are less than 25 years of age there will be a major financial incentive for participating. Contact the Tús supervisor Cian O hAileasa at 087 3770256 or the manager of Comhlacht Forbartha na nDeise, Críostóir Ó Faoláin 058 46664. CAIRDE NA GAELTACHTA Buaileann Cairde na Gaeltachta, Cumann Gníomhaíochta Lucht Scoir i nGaeltacht na nDéise, le chéile an céad Máirt den mhí ag 3 i.n. in Ionad Pobail na Rinne. Tá fáilte is fiche roimh cách. SEIRBHÍS DOCHTÚRA Bíonn an Dr Gráinne Ní Fhoghlú ar fáil i gcomhair coinne in Ionad Pobail na Rinne, Dé Máirt agus Déardaoin ach é a chur in áirithe roimh ré. Déan teagmháil le Strandside Medical i gcomhair tuilleadh eolais, 058 41227. Dr Gráinne Ní Fhoghlú is available on appointment in the Health Centre in Ionad Pobail na Rinne on Tuesday and Thursday. Contact Strandside Medical for further information, 058 41227. CUMANN NAOMH UINSEANN DE PÓL Má theastaíonn ó éinne teagmháil a dhéanamh le Cumann Naomh Uinseann de Pól sa cheantar, is féidir teacht orthu ag (058) 46125 nó 085-1422902. The contact numbers for the An Rinn / An tSean Phobail branch of St Vincent de Paul are (058) 46125 or 085-1422902. SCÉIM FOLÁIREAMH DO SHEANÓIRÍ Más maith leat cnaipe práinne agus siogairlín a fháil faoin Scéim Foláireamh do Sheanóirí, tar i dteagmháil linn – 058 46664, If you think you could benefit from a panic button and pendant under the Seniors Alert Scheme, contact us on 058 46664, MEÁIN SHÓISIALTA / TEAGMHÁIL / CONTACT Is féidir an nuacht is déanaí agus eolas faoi imeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl sa Rinn agus sa Seanphobal a fháil ar an leathanach Facebook atá ag an gComhlucht Forbartha agus táimid ar fáil ar Twitter anois chomh maith – @cfdeise. If anybody has events / news to be included in Nótaí na Gaeltachta, send them to or 058-46664.

Pictured at the Irish Mens Shed Health Event last week.


Successful Men’s Health Event at Shed WE were delighted to host a very successful health event last week at the Shed. The Irish Men’s Shed Association posted the following on their Facebook page: Dungarvan Men's Shed is one of the longest-established and most active in Ireland, so we're delighted to finally bring a major event there. The Dungarvan shed played host to our Waterford Men's Health event, in association with Haven Pharmacy. Attendees could avail of free blood-pressure checks from the Irish Heart Foundation as well as drawing on the expertise of The Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Get Ireland Walking, Waterford Sports Partnership, The Marie Keating Foundation and Haven Pharmacy. Many thanks to all our partners and to all who attended, and special thanks to Dungarvan

Men's Shed for being such gracious hosts. We were delighted to welcome Darragh Connolly of Haven Pharmacy Connolly’s, Main Street, Dungarvan who was a speaker and who is President of the Irish Pharmacy Union. NATIONWIDE RECORDING AT THE SHED On Friday last, the Shed was a hive of activity when filming took place for the full day. More than twenty members attended and spoke very eloquently about themselves and their experience since joining the Shed. The purpose of the filming was to record our activities and particularly the stories from the members.The cameras moved to Dungarvan Day Centre where picture sequences of art classes delivered by our Treasurer Chris Heapy and playing pool were

recorded. In the afternoon, Ann Marie Rossiter spoke about our relationship with Dungarvan Tidy Towns who are preparing for the Entente Florale competition later this summer; while Johnny Brunnock of Waterford Greenway described how the Shed will contribute to the pollinating project with the Bee Hotels along the Greenway route. Thanks to everybody who assisted in showing the Shed in what will be 15 minutes of television to be shown on Nationwide. The date is not known at this stage.

HEALTH AND SAFETY COURSE We are delighted that Waterford Wexford ETB have agreed to provide a second Health and Safety course which seven members have requested. This course is due to start this week for ten sessions. ABOUT THE SHED You are very welcome to call in to the Shed at Wolfe Tone Road to see what we are about. We are open from 10am to 1pm Monday-Friday or contact Oliver Whelan Chairman at (087) 1856067 for further information. Follow us on Facebook at Dungarvan Men’s Shed.

Poem What is this life they have forced now on me? Down my weathered face my tears now run free. Age is the anchor that holds me ashore. The wide open ocean's no more I'll explore. Gone are my shipmates to clime's far and wide. Loneliness the gale that blows wild inside. The roll of the ocean I'll miss every night. To land lock me here it just isn't right. Cold salt water still runs through my vein. I am a sailor POPEYE's my name. Ger Dalton

Jason King (right) of Get Ireland Walking with Joe O’Reilly at the Waterford Sheds for Life men's health event at Dungarvan Men's Shed.

Martina Flynn of the Irish Heart Foundation addresses the Sheds for Life Waterford men's health event in Dungarvan Men's Shed.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


WEST WATERFORD WATERFORD MACRA NATIONAL TALENT COMPETITION & TITLES NIGHT Waterford Macra will host the National Talent Competition & Titles Night in Ardmore on Sunday, 11th March 2018 at 7 pm. National Talent is divided into seven categories Solo, Instrumental, Music, Disco / Modern Dancing, Solo Singing, Novelty / Comedy, Mastermind, Set Dancing and Pop / Folk / Ballad Group. There are four titles up for grabs - Mr. Personality, Miss Macra, Blue Jean Country Queen and Queen of the Land. CLASHMORE AND KINSALEBEG COMMUNITY COUNCIL Coffee Morning: Our weekly Coffee morning at “The Heritage” in Clashmore has been cancelled this week due to the forecasted bad weather. We will instead have our special guest Amanda Murphy, along next Wednesday, March 7th at the morning’s meeting to talk about how she makes such beautiful pottery and showing examples of her work and the stages involved. Pilates: A Pilates Class and Jean commences in Clashmore Heritage Centre on Tuesday, 6th March at 7 pm. Cost for 6 sessions is €40. Places will be limited, so you need to book with Jean on 085 7220940. Yoga: Pat Dillane continues his yoga classes on Monday nights at 8 pm in the Clashmore Heritage Centre starting Monday, 26th February. The cost for this is €50 for 6 sessions. Again you need to book direct with Pat on 087 – 2282490. Camera Club: The new Camera Club will have its first meeting on Tuesday, 6th March at 8.15 pm in the Clashmore Heritage Centre. This will be a very informal club where the only requirement is that you have a device that takes photographs. Come along to the first meeting and share your ideas. CLASHMORE TIDY TOWNS ASSOCIATION - TABLE QUIZ Our annual Clashmore Tidy Towns Fundraising Table Quiz takes place on this Friday night, 2nd March here in Clashmore at the Rising Sun Bar starting at 8.30 pm sharp. We will have will have some

great cash prizes for our winning teams and lots of great prizes to be won in our raffle too.Your support will be very much appreciated. CLASHMORE COMMUNITY ALERT The Community Alert Group held a meeting on Tuesday, 20th February in the Heritage Centre. Successful Fundraising: As this was the Group's first meeting since Christmas, a discussion was held about the Card Drive and St. Stephen's Day collections which are the group's main fundraising events. The Chairman thanked the group members who made the events possible and also highlighted the Group's successful Coffee Morning held in December. Good News: Seven households in our community have been approved for and had their Panic Buttons installed. These are very beneficial security and safety devices and if any other members of the community require one please contact the Community Alert Group. We Need Your Help: We are looking for ideas to present a public meeting on a sought after topic of interest to members of the community. If anybody has any idea in this regard please contact the Community Alert Group members, so it can be investigated and progressed with. Crime-Free: We are very fortunate that Clashmore has a low crime rate at the moment. There was a discussion regarding the TEXT Alert system and it is operating very well at the moment. Votes of Sympathy: The Group passed a vote of sympathy to Pat Nolan, Chairman, on the death of his mother; The Dower family on the death of Mrs. Mary Dower; the Cunningham family on the death of Tom; and the Coyne family on the death of David. AGLISH OPERATION TRANSFORMATION It is never too late to start a fitness programme – you can still join us in Aglish for Operation Transformation. It continues on Tuesday night in Aglish Community Hall.Weigh-in at 6.30 p.m., which will be private. Walk will commence at 7 p.m. Only €2 per night with all proceeds to Children’s Hospital Crumlin. CLASHMORE RAMBLERS Our weekly Clashmore Ramblers Alpha Lotto draw took

Clashmore & Piltown Parish THIS WEEK DAILY MASSES TIMES Thursday morning 11.00 a.m. – Clashmore Church Friday morning – Piltown Church – 10.00 a.m. Vigil Mass on Sunday in Piltown at 6.00 p.m. Sunday Mass in Clashmore at 9.00 a.m. Guest Speaker: We welcome - Siobhan Browne of Aid to the church in need, who will speak at both weekend Masses in the Parish this weekend.

Parish of Aglish, Ballinameela and Mount Stuart FIRST HOLY COMMUNION LITURGIES Liturgies for First Holy Communion, will be celebrated at the following Masses: Aglish Church Sunday, March 28th at 11.05 am Ballinameela Church March 24th at 7.30 pm Aglish Church Sunday, March 25th at 11.15 am PRO-LIFE TEAM Anyone interested in helping with leaflets are asked to hand in their name to the sacristry.

place on Sunday night last, February 25th. Our letters drawn were Z, H, U, J. We had no winner of our Jackpot of €3,950. The following were our lucky weekly prize winners of €20 each: Ann Ormond, Katie Ahern, Podge Katie Daly. Well done to all our winners and thanks to everyone for your support. MUSICAL BINGO - THIS FRIDAY Love your music, test your skills at the Villerstown Parents’ Association Fundraising Musical Bingo Table Quiz which takes place this Friday, March 2nd at An Cruiscin Lán, Villierstown. Registration at 8.30 pm and the quiz begins at 9.00 pm sharp. We will also have a raffle on the night, your support will be very much appreciated. THERE IS A WEDDING YOU’RE INVITED Wedding of the year 2018 is about to take place in Clashmore and you are invited. On Saturday, March 31st Clashmore Ramblers will host a “MOCK WEDDING” between, our very sporting bride Vanessa and groom Paudie and the venue will be The Old Still Bar here in Clashmore. What a fantastic event this promises to be – the Mock Wedding commences at 6 pm, followed by a meal and music afterwards by The Rockin Raccoons followed by DJ Ger Crackers Ronayne. Attendance is by ticket - €15 each and numbers will be limited, so to secure your invitation contact Liam 087 9526272 or Pa 086 3903991. A great night is guaranteed and neat dress is essential. CLASHMORE KINSALEBEG GAA LADIES CLUB Football Season Hurrah! Clashmore Kinsalebeg Ladies GAA football club registration night is March 8th, 7.30 in the clubhouse. Any player looking to play for 2018 must register and pay their membership in advance of the season. The membership means that the members will enjoy months of training, being involved in a team sport, meet their friends, develop their skills and participate in a community sport. The cost for the entire season is only €25 for under 10’s, €42 for ages 11, minor and €65 for adults. It’s great value and promises to give the teams lots of fun! Honestly, there is no sport or club that can beat that price, will be worth every penny. So the new committee is looking forward to meeting the players (and their parents) and welcoming them back to another year of football. See you on the night. Easter Cake Sale: Once again the ladies and teams of the Clashmore Kinsalebeg GAA ladies club are offering you the chance to enjoy fabulous pastries, tarts, cakes and delicious treats over Easter.The cake sale will take place this year in Piltown Hall straight after 6 p.m. Mass. Come along, enjoy a cake and take one home for the family. All money raised promises to help the team get more kit and support the development of the girls in the club. Hope to see you all there.

Players’ Meeting: We are holding a Players’ Meeting on Sunday, 4th march at 5 pm in the clubhouse.We are asking that all players please attend this meeting as we need a definite decision as to whether we have a team or not this year. If you cannot make it can you please let us know if you are definitely willing to play this year? If anyone knows of anyone else interested in playing this year or being our trainer could you also pass on the message. CLASHMORE KINSALEBEG GAA LOTTO Our Clashmore Kinsalebeg GAA club weekly lotto draw took place last Monday night, February 26th and the following were the numbers out of the drum 2, 6, 19, 23.We had no jackpot winner. Our next draw takes place on Monday night at the Rising Sun and our Jackpot will be €2,800. Our weekly lucky draw ticket winners of €20 each were: Michael Ryan, Ciaran Bourke, Catherine Mansfield, Aileen O’Brien, Evelyn O’Brien. Thanks to everyone for supporting our draw. CLASHMORE 45 DRIVE Joint winners at this week’s Clashmore 45 Drive at the Decies Bar were Jock O’Connell and Derry Cotter, Jim McGrath and Jack Douris all on eight games. In third place jointly on seven games we had Terri McGrath and Mary Foley, Una Kenneally and Margaret Leahy. Best of the last five game winners this week were Roger Hynes and Eugene O’Halloran. Our lucky last game winners were Gabriel Hynes and Tony Keane, Pat O’Halloran and Martin Lynch, Pat Roche and Eamonn O’Doherty. ARDMORE SUMMER CONCERTS 2018 First summer concert of 2018 is announced and we are in for a treat Patrick Feeney and his band will perform in St. Declan’s Church, Ardmore on July 13th at 8 pm in what should be a concert to remember. Patrick's new single “I Believe” is getting great reviews and couple this with songs like Red Haired Mary, Caladonia, Boulavogue. Tickets went on sale two weeks ago and going on initial interest this is no doubt going to be a sell-out long before the performance, so people who are interested pick up your tickets priced at €25 at either Ardmore or Grange Post Offices or by ringing John on 086/2330810 or Maurice on 085/1741614. Ardmore Pattern Festival The 2 Johnnies: We still have some tickets are on sale for The 2 Johnnies who will play in Halla Deuglán, Ardmore on Monday, 23rd July. Tickets (€15) can be bought through the shop on our Facebook page, Grange and Ardmore Post Offices, committee members and from 087 6592573. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS Happy 40th birthday to Jacinta Casey, Ballyheeney who celebrated her birthday with family and friends in Clashmore on Saturday night. A very happy birthday also to Barry O’Neill D’Loughtane who celebrated his 40th last weekend with family and friends in Clashmore. Best wishes to you both from all your family and friends.


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Whither my beloved South Africa? Editor, The long-awaited news last weekend locally of the eventual sacking of the ultra corrupt South African Prime Minister, Jacob Zuma, comes as good news for the 25% unemployed in the country, as well as the 55% struggling on a mere €35 per month. In many ways the event was similar Embattled Jacob Zuma shortly to the sacking a few months ago, also before being dismissed by his own Zanu PF party in neighbouring Zimbabwe, of the tyrannical dictator Robert Mugabe. Back in 1983 he was responsible for the massacre and genocide of some 30,000 Ndebele political opponents in the Matabele district (known locally as Gukurahundi) – something which he subsequently dismissed purely as “a moment of madness!” His corrupt tenure over 30 years has driven the economy into the gutter and transformed a country, which originally was labelled the “The Bread Basket of Africa,” into a basket case. In the case of Zuma, soon after coming into power he started to regard money as his God, probably partly due to having to support five wives, twentytwo children and allegedly some five illegitimate children! He gradually became the instrument of State capture at the hands of the three Indian billionaire businessmen, the Guptas, who for many years now have as a result had him “in their pocket!” As a result of this plundering of the State coffers over recent years, the rate of unemployment has soared, the number of citizens now living below the breadline greatly increased and not surprisingly South Africa’s economy recently gained the label of “junk status.” In my article in Ireland’s Sunday Independent last May I revealed Zuma’s many misdeeds as follows :(a) His controversial aquittal of rape in 2005. (b) His being implicated in a controversial arms deal in 2011 valued at €65m. (c) His spending of €16.5m of taxpayers money on his private residence at Nkandla in Zululand. (d) The 195, mostly black, mentally ill patients who died during his watch from total neglect by South African authorities in 2017, while they were being transferred to another facility. (e) The massacre at Marakana Mine in 2012 which occurred under his watch. (f) The 783 corruption charges still hanging over his head. However, despite the fact that new Prime Minister Cyril Ramaphosa is presently making all the right noises, not untypical of many politicians, the dark clouds of his alleged involvement in the Marikana Mine Massacre in 2012 are still hanging over his head, despite being dubiously exonerated by the Farlam investigation. As a shareholder of the Lonmin mining company at that time he allegedly used his political clout to exhort the black police force to aggressively attack the lightly armed mining strikers whom he quickly labelled as “criminals.” As a result, in an incident reminiscent of the notorious Sharpville tragedy during the dreaded apartheid days, some 34 black miners were shot dead in cold blood, and 78 seriously injured, some of them hiding in the nearby rocks and bushes, and many while retreating with their backs to the heavily armed police.To date no-one has been held to account for this dastardly deed, and also no compensation whatsoever has been paid by Zuma’s ANC dominated Government. There is also concern in some quarters here that in both Zimbabwe and South Africa the same political party is unfortunately still in power which protected both Mugabe and Zuma for so long at the expense of the several millions of grossly impoverished black people! In contrast to the popular Ramaphosa who has now taken over the reins here in South Africa, the suspect Zimbabwean President Manganawa was co-incidentally Mugabe’s Commander in Chief during the Gukurahundi massacre in Matabele back in 1983. Not surprisingly therefore, after deposing Mugabe towards the end of 2017, the many golden handshakes which he bestowed on the tyrannical ex-President include 10 million US dollars, the ongoing use of his original mansion and its two housekeepers and three gardeners, as well as three luxury cars, six security staff, two drivers, two private secretaries, two office assistants, two personal assistants, two cooks, two waiters, two laundry staff and a generous pension and medical insurance! We are still awaiting news of what golden handshake the ultra corrupt Zuma has received! Therefore, as regards the future of both beautiful countries, it is a case of “Watch this space!” FRANK COLBERT South Africa

Protection of Life in Pregnancy Dear Sir, On the same morning that UNICEF released their report on the disturbing global scale of newborn deaths and stillbirths, entitled "Every Child Alive", news agencies and many news bulletins here reported, without irony, that two thirds of our Cabinet were in favour of unrestricted abortion up to 12 weeks. When the Government are seeking a title for their abortion proposal document due in early March they are unlikely to choose "Not Every Child Alive". However, unlike the 2013, euphemistically titled, 'Protection of Life in Pregnancy' legislation, it would be an honest one. Yours, ANNA WALSH Dunmore East, Co. Waterford



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

11th Waterford (Dungarvan) Scout Group AS we mentioned last week, we had two scouts that took part in this year’s Crean challenge, It was a hard week, the weather was the worst seen in many years, but thankfully all the scouts completed the challenge, well do to all, here is a quick log of their week. DAY 1 Friday 9th We set off from Malahide Sea Scout Den early in the morning, without too much sleep had…, for the airport. All went well on our travels with no issues or delays and we were on our way to Keflavik Airport. We collected our bags and met our bus driver and off we set to pick up our Icelandic Scouts along the way to Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre (USU). After some lovely food we engaged in some Icebreakers to get to know each other and it was an early night to bed after a day’s travel. DAY 2 Saturday 10th Up nice and early in the morning and after a good feed to get fuelled for the day we began with a very informative talk, demonstrations & scenarios and essential first aid that we might need to know for the different activities we would undergo throughout our expedition week. After lunch it was time to start preparations for camping this evening, this is a big process to get right and requires digging pits into the snow to base your tent along with building wind walls around the tents to reduce the wind impact. This was particularly important as the wind was very strong through the later part of the day. Before bed we played some games and charades indoors and then it was off to the tents for our nights camping.Temperatures dropped well below zero but all were ok and warm through to morning.

Digging in for the night DAY 3 Sunday 11th An early start again, woken with the help of the leaders, it was up and out of the tents at 07:15. Wind had picked up very strong and it was time to strike the tents and get inside for a warm meal. After this all were delighted to receive some time for a nice warm shower. After this we had a quick review of how the Scouts felt the camping went and all had a good talk about the experience. Throughout the expedition, the Leaders were monitoring the very changeable weather conditions regularly and we had expected today to be very bad weather as a storm was due around midday and throughout the evening. . . and as expected this is what happened. After altering the programme so as not be exposed outside in this storm we took the time to deliver a weather presentation and a small walk outside in the Campsite to experience the wind levels to put in perspective the importance of planning and knowing when to cancel certain things. As Tom Crean did himself 106 years ago, the Scouts on the Crean Challenge also built their stretchers to carry essential gear across difficult and challenging terrain.

Later on in the night for our culture evening, we enjoyed some delicious traditional Icelandic food, which I am certain you will hear all about (Think of I’m a celebrity get me out of here and you’ll get the picture ugh ☺), but also traditional Icelandic Christmas dinner along with some bread & butter pudding for dessert. The Irish Scouts also officially welcomed the Icelandic Scouts to the Expedition by placing the event Neckerchief on them. This was followed by a bit of much deserved down time for the participants it was off to bed for some rest before another fun filled active day in the morning. DAY 4 Monday 12th Rise and shine and the weather has at last got better for us, at least for a little while anyway. Once again after a good feed we geared up to prepare for our training hike. We hope to gain more experience in hiking in the deep snow and how much time this can add to our journey. So without further delay we broke up into our small groups and set off from our current base in Ulfljotsvatn Scout Centre (USU). Along the way, we did plenty of map and compass work as this is so important.The weather can change very quickly and it is important to know your route very well as sometimes visibility can be very short. We also came to some obstacles along the way to overcome. We all arrived back ok and were delighted to be greeted with some delicious chocolate and cream buns, as today is National Bun Day in Iceland. It was way better than the food the night before (We still get sick thinking about it). After this is was time to prepare our route cards for our expedition hike and also have a review of our current weather situations also to see what currently lies ahead. But not before “Pizza Night” for dinner. Finally, we got an update regarding our expedition: having reviewed weather reports every hour for the past 48 hours and on the advice of local mountain guides and mountain rescue teams, the route taken to the mountain huts was been deemed impassable by foot and inaccessible to potential rescue teams. So as a result, the Expedition Team have opted to postpone and reroute the hike so as to avoid areas of heavy snow (that have seen over 1.5 metres of snowfall in 24 hours alone!)

DAY 5 For any expedition, no matter how much planning, preparation, training and strategising you do, in the end, Mother Nature makes the final call. For us as participants and expedition team of the Crean Challenge 2018, the decision to reroute/postpone/re-evaluate our plan was faced not once, not twice but THREE times. The adverse weather conditions (although not uncommon for Iceland) were unprecedented for the Crean Challenge, with the heaviest areas of snowfall reducing our hiking pace to less than 1km/h. Despite this and throughout our journey, the Scout’s spirit, goodhumour, determination, maturity, patience and focus was unwavering.

Finally, on the third attempt, the Crean Challenge expedition was undertaken and completed. Thankfully the 31 Irish and Icelandic participants completed the journey and we hope to have done great justice to Tom Crean’s name.

DAY 6 We spent the afternoon having a well-deserved chill out (and wash!) in the local heated swimming pool. The evening then finished with a closing ceremony and the awarding of 20 certificate, badges and medals for this year’s challengers, All participants were a credit to the groups. DAY 7 We departed Iceland early the next morning- carrying with us new experiences, friendships and many stories. We arrived into Dublin Airport at around 11 am and were met by our parent. It was a joyful and sad occasions all in one. Glad to be home, but sad to say goodbye to our new friends but we hope to meet each again in the scouting circle.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Music Generation Waterford Planning for Music Generation Waterford Gets Underway as Accomplished Musician and Educator, Shauna McCullough, is Appointed as Music Generation Development Officer

Shauna McCullough.

MUSIC Generation, together with Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board (WWETB), is delighted to announce the appointment of accomplished musician, music educator and programme developer, Shauna McCullough, as Music Generation Development Officer for Waterford. Music Generation Waterford is part of Music Generation, Ireland’s national music education programme initiated by Music Network, co-funded by U2, The Ireland Funds, the Department of Education and Skills, and managed locally by Waterford Music Education Partnership (MEP), led by WWETB in partnership with Waterford City and County Council. In her new post, Shauna will have responsibility for developing an affordable and accessible performance music education programme for children and young people ages 0 to 18. This will include the co-ordination of music tuition services within Waterford City and County, working in partnership with schools, community music groups and centres in the formation of choirs, ensembles, instrumental tuition access programmes, multi-genre performance initiatives, and more. On the announcement of her appointment, Shauna spoke of her vision for the programme: ‘I’m thrilled to take up the role of Music Generation Development Officer in Waterford, following five hugely fulfilling years as a Lead Musician with the programme in Cork City. During my time in Cork I’ve seen first-hand the enormous impact that Music Generation can have on the children, young people, schools and communities that take part. Waterford has a deep musical tradition, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Waterford MEP – WWETB, Waterford City and County Council, and all our local partners – to grow and enrich this tradition for our next generation of young musicians.’ Shauna is a BMus graduate of CIT Cork School of Music and holds an MA in Music Education from Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. She brings a wealth of experience to Waterford having spent many years working with children and young people throughout Cork City and County in schools and community settings, including five years’ work as lead brass tutor with Music Generation Cork City. Shauna previously held a position in the Irish Defence Forces as a trumpet player and continues to perform as a member of

various orchestras and ensembles, including the Irish Symphonic Wind Orchestra. Waterford was among nine new areas of the country selected for participation in ‘Phase 2’ of Music Generation in September 2017, following an open national call for applications from new MEPs. The application for Waterford was led by WWETB, which also headed the successful bid for Wexford MEP. Further details on the establishment of Music Generation Wexford, including the appointment of a Music Generation Development Officer for the county, will be announced over the coming weeks. Chief Executive of WWETB, Kevin Lewis, said:‘We are delighted to announce Shauna’s appointment to this pivotal role at Music Generation Waterford, which will enable programme set-up and implementation to get underway with energy and efficiency. Shauna brings a wealth of expertise to the role, including in the areas of programme development and planning, community music education, and leadership. Shauna is a passionate advocate for creating access to inspiring musical encounters for children and young people, and we very much look forward to working with her over the coming years to bring these new opportunities to communities across Waterford City and County. Michael Quinn, Director of Corporate and Culture Services, Waterford City and County Council, welcomed Shauna’s appointment saying ‘Our local authority is fully committed to Music Generation which we see as an important and strategic programme for the development of music in Waterford City and County.We are investing in this for our young people and citizens and our Arts Office is looking forward to working with Shauna as she commences work at an exciting time for music provision in Waterford.’ Expansion of the Music Generation initiative into Waterford was made possible as a result of philanthropic donations by U2 and The Ireland Funds, which will seed-fund 50% of the costs of developing the programme during its three-year set-up phase. Waterford MEP will also generate a further 50% in funding locally. This matched funding will then be sustained on a long-term basis by the Department of Education and Skills once the philanthropic donations cease.



Portrait of an artist … By Donal Buckley

Artists Revisited I BUMPED in to Jim Lawn in Dungarvan the other day. After we picked ourselves up and dusted ourselves off, we repaired to The Ormond Cafe in Grattan Square (the square which only cost 3.4 million Euro). Coffee and tea ordered, we set about trying to impress each other with tall tales and wicked anecdotes. Owner, David, said that some customers were complaining about the raucous behaviour of a couple of ageing children in the cafe. Strange, we didn't notice them. Back in catch up mode, Jim tells me that he has an interesting exhibition coming up in a couple of months. Its a specialist subject of his, and it involves oils. I'll say no more. The conversation got me to thinking about other previous interviewees, the work they are producing and their current engagement with the world. Some I actually spoke to, and some I just took the lazy option and checked their facebook newsfeed. Manuela Madeira has been doing some travelling lately, to Mozambique. She has also been doing a little bit of sailing along the coast. The answer to an obvious but silly question is No! She did not sail from Dungarvan to Mozambique.

Foxgloves by Brid Kenneally

Peach by Jim Lawn

All the way across the county, Lupita De Bhail took part in the Imagine Arts Festival in Waterford city and is doing her bit for re-homing abandoned dogs. A very worthy cause. Catherine Barron teaches art classes every Wednesday morning at No.30 main street Dungarvan. Just along the footpath is the Noinín gallery owned by artist Bríd Kenneally. On the other side of Catherine Barrons well appointed studio is The Market House Arts Centre. This gallery is the jewel in the crown of West Waterford's art scene and is in the very capable hands of Assumpta Nugent, and the extremely busy Margaret Organ. My old friend (yes, I said old) Neil Barry is plying his trade in the gardens of England and Wales, when he's not giving gardening advice to his BBC Radio Wales listeners. Through all the ups and downs of Leeds United, Kris Cowming has consistently performed.....on stage. He has just finished playing a 'scumbag' (his words) in Curtain Call Productions' "Some Girls". All I can say Kris is, "blessed art thou among women" In November last, our own poet in residence, Clodagh Beresford Dunne won the Bord Gais/Listowel Writers Week Poem Of The Year. The poem is called "7 sugar cubes". She's our poet. Dungarvan, gloat! Paula Ilecka-Joswiak continues to create beautiful pieces of pottery and porcelain. She also has the monumental task of trying to make potters out of the members of Ballinameela Creatives. Only time and Paula's endless patience will tell. The work of John Bermingham is astounding. Whether he is taking still life photographs or creating vast, complicated tableaux, we get the sense that John is opening our eyes to magical possibilities. His recent drone mini-film of the wreck of the Samson in Ardmore was both sad and spectacular. Two very successful artists Marie Claire Keague from Clonmel and Maria Dowling from Fermoy are constantly on the road. Their incredible energy setting up exhibitions, placing their work in various galleries and selling their paintings at markets,

Porcelain Houses by Paul Ilecka galleries or shops around the country is admirable. Though, to be honest, (FAO Revenue), sales are for very little reward. Then there’s my good friends David Minihan (not Moynihan) and Wini Swinburn, who continue to bring social history and art together in wonderfully detailed paintings and miniature displays. If you are in Dungarvan, visit them in The Haven Art Gallery, just off The Square. Kasia Pylyponko continues to amaze and entertain me with her unique brand of craziness. Her endless enthusiasm belies the fact that she is still learning her craft. I hope they never find the cure for her creativity. I don't know where Margaret 'Gooee' O'Brien gets time for her own painting and sculpture. With teaching classes in Lismore and Dungarvan, Gooee would make you tired just looking at her schedule. There are many more I haven't mentioned. Mostly because I haven't met them lately or they are only in the planning stages of something new and exciting. Some I have interviewed only recently and would be in fear of repeating myself. And then there are some I have interviewed only recently and would be in fear of repeating myself. There are many more interesting and talented people lined up for future 'Portrait of an Artist'. Hopefully, I will have further updates on the growth of the arts and its increasing appreciation in the Waterford.

Die Baroness by John Bermingham



Welsh Concert Sold Out THE Dungarvan Rugby Club presented on Friday, 23rd February, 2018, the following groups to a fantastic crowd in a packed to capacity (220 people) Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, in aid of St. Vincent de Paul. Welsh Choir Newcastle Emlym Rugby Club Male Voice Choir Hooks and Crooks Sea Shanty Group Clancy & Davies Family Aoife Clancy and Bill Elliott The concert was opened by the Hooke and Crooks group from Waterford and as ever, they treated the audience to a masterful display of shanty singing. The acoustics of the church seemed particularly suited to their style will the call and responses of the songs throughout the church. The Newcastle Emlym Rugby Club Male Voice Choir then treated the audience to a variety of songs ranging from the magnificent hymns of the Welsh tradition to gospel classics. They held the audience in their spell as they sung their hearts out. An absolute treat for the listeners. Any of the audience would have settled gladly for the initial two groups of songsters. However, further were their delights delivered by the Clancy and Davies families. There was occasions during the concert when you could hear a pin

drop, when Ryland Teifi and Roisin Clancy preformed “the Deise Day” and when Ryland preformed Y Fwyalchen (The Black Bird) with his two daughters Cifa Clancy Davies and Myfi Clancy Davies and again with his dad Garnon Davies, and again complete silence when Aoife Clancy’s voice was heard preforming with Bill Elliott. This much anticipated Concert lived up to its expectations, with several standing ovations with audience involvement and singing along with all the groups to “the fields of Athenry”. Dungarvan Rugby Club would like to thank everyone for getting behind this event and to acknowledge our club sponsors and they are too many to list but can be seen all around our main pitch. We would like to mention and thank our three main sponsors Dungarvan Credit Union, The Anchor Bar and Garvey’s SuperValu without their help and support our Club could not survive. We would like to thank Munster sign and print for helping us with the posters and tickets and to the two local papers for their help in advertising this event. Thanks to Fergal Brazel on the camera. We would like to thank all the people that helped sell the tickets and

a special thanks to Joe Kelly and Kelly Pharmacy, Abbeyside, and to Michael Sheehan and the Wine Buff that facilitated and sold the tickets for us. We would like to thank the Cook House, Mike and Vinnie for the use of their beer garden to finish the night off with a sing song and a few drinks and for kindly sponsoring the finger food. Thank you Jenny Cashin and the Church of Ireland for facilitating this concert and for organising the tea and coffee after in order for everyone to meet and greet and mingle. The MC for the night was Margaret Dennehy and what a brilliant job she did. Thank you Margaret. We would like to thank the members of Hooks and Crooks for stepping in at very short notice when the ladies of VoiceOver through no fault of their own could not perform on the night and we would like to thank the ladies of Voice Over for organising this group of gentlemen, they were brilliant and also thank the ladies for helping us out with all their tips. Thanks to the Davis family – Roisin, Ryland and girls and to our special guests Aoife Clancy and Bill Elliott. They were brilliant. We would like to thank the Welsh

Choir for making the trip and for providing such entertainment. Finally, why, the concert was about fun, socialising and giving something back to the community. The money generated was always going to a charity and the charity selected was St. Vincent de Paul. Dungarvan Rugby Club are delight to be involved in such an event. The money raised was €1,969.00 and the Rugby Club is going to round that up and hand over a cheque for €2,000.00 to St.Vincent de Paul. Thanks to everyone for coming and supporting.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Three weeks to opening night of “The God of Carnage” Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre. Tickets can be booked on our booking line 086-3244175 and will be available to purchase in local retail outlets shortly. Watch this space for further updates.

WITH just three weeks to go to opening night, rehearsals are continuing apace for Dungarvan Dramatic Club’s Spring production, THE GOD OF CARNAGE. Directed by Siobhan Buckiey, the play will run for three performances only from Thursday 22nd to Saturday, 24th March in Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre. Written by Yasmina Reza and translated by Christopher Hampton, the plot of THE GOD OF CARNAGE centres around a meeting between two sets of parents, Michel and Veronique Vallons (played by Con O’Sullivan and Margaret Dennehy) and Alain and Annette Reilles (Ruaidhri De Paor and Carol Elstead) who come together to discuss a playground

fight between their two sons which has resulted in injury to one of the boys. The plan is to discuss logically and amiably how best to deal with this unfortunate incident. Whilst initially all goes according to plan as the couples sip espresso and sample Veronique’s Clafoutis fissures in the amicable atmosphere soon begin to appear and the “meeting” hilariously degenerates, through a series of twists and turns, into a ” battle”, pitting couple against couple, husbands against wives, spouse against spouse. Be warned in such a scenario this Tony Award winning play contains some adult content and language! So mark the dates in your diaries March 22nd to 24th – GOD OF CARNAGE-

Con O’Sullivan-Michel Vallons in” The God of Carnage”.

Carol Elstead- Annette Reilles in “The God of Carnage”.

Margaret Dennehy – Veronique Vallons in “The God of Carnage”.

Ruaidhri De Paor-Alain Reilles in “The God of Carnage”.


 Movie Reviews  In association with SGC Dungarvan

Black Panther By Bill Tubbritt THE MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) is showing no signs of slowing down in this, the eighth instalment from this extended super hero franchise. Black Panther is directed by Ryan Coogler from a screenplay by him and Joe Robert Cole. The movie stars Chadwick Boseman in the lead role as T'Challa / Black Panther. We first saw Boseman appearing as the Black Panther back in 2015 in Captain America: Civil War, this movie picks up the Black Panther story from there and leads us into this standalone movie for the character. The movie has received much deserved praise for its cultural impact and impressive CGI affects with some suggesting it to be one of the best Marvel super hero movies in a long time. Following the death of the former king T’Chaka’s at the hands of Helmut Zemo, his son T'Challa, the current Black Panther, returns to Wakanda to assume the throne.When a powerful enemy suddenly reappears, the new King T'Challa's reign is given a baptism of fire as he gets drawn into a conflict that puts the fate of not only Wakanda but the entire world at risk. T'Challa must gather together all his resources to release the full power of the Black Panther if he is to stand any chance of defeating his enemies and securing the safety of his people. Black Panther may take a little time slowly building up the story in this movie, but definitely it’s worth sticking with it as when it gets going it quickly turns into a very clever and entertaining watch. Visually it looks amazing on screen with the land of Wakanda built superbly, this movie

seems to have set out to create a very unique cultural vision for this land and certainly succeeded on that score. Only negative I would say is that although the CGI is mostly very good there are some scenes which do look a little cartoonist at times. Black Panther ticks most of the boxes required to make a very entertaining movie and is sure to go down well with cinema audiences. 4/5.

Musici Ireland at the I, Tonya Large Room Waterford By Bill Tubbritt

WATERFORD Music presents Musici Ireland at the Large Room City Hall Waterford on Thursday, 1st March, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. where they will present a selection of oboe quartets by Bach, Britten and Mozart, a string trio by Boccherini and an arrangement of Slán le Maigh by John Lynch. Tickets €15 (€5 Students) at door. Musici Ireland is a diverse and flexible ensemble that collaborates with Ireland's finest musicians. Formed in 2012 under the artistic direction of Beth McNinch, they have developed a reputation for producing unforgettable chamber concerts for audiences of all sizes. They have enjoyed two highly successful concert series at the National Concert Hall, most recently their 5x5 series in 2017. This celebrated their 5th Anniversary by showcasing their favourite pro-

grammes in a series of five lunchtime recitals. They began 2018 with a new collaboration between the NCH and the National Gallery of Ireland. Musici Ireland will be repre-

sented at the Large Room by Waterford-born Oboist Emmet Byrne, Siún Milne on violin, Beth McNinch on viola and Ailbhe McDonagh on cello.

I, TONYA is a new dark comedy film directed by Craig Gillespie and written by Steven Rogers. The movie follows the life of figure skater Tonya Harding and, in particular, her connection to the infamous 1994 attack on her great skating rival Nancy Kerrigan. The cast consist of Margot Robbie who stars as Tonya Harding, Sebastian Stan plays Harding's abusive husband Jeff Gillooly, and Allison Janney who really shines in the role of Tonya Harding's mother. We are right in the middle of award season at the moment so expect to hear this one being mentioned a lot over the coming weeks. The movie goes into the back story behind Tonya Harding the person really well as we learn about her abusive upbringing from her childhood right up to and including her marriage to husband Jeff Gillooly. I,Tonya certainly isn’t afraid to cover a lot of the serious issues of life, as well the abusive side to her life we also learn about the social snobbery Harding faced while trying to break into her chosen sport. Despite the serious content I,Tonya is actually a very funny movie which will get a lot of audiences laughing throughout. Most people will be familiar with the story of the 1994 events which truly turned Tonya Harding into a household

name for all the wrong reason, but many will not know the full details or even the sketchiness of the facts behind them. I, Tonya the movie will shade a little bit more light on the story for many with this both entertaining and funny view. 3.5/5.

SCHOOL NEWS Waterford Schools encouraged to enter Ireland's Best Young Food Entrepreneur Search


Pictured are the 2017 competition winners Mary Ellen Kelly and Róisín Kiely from second year at St. Augustine's College, Dungarvan in County Waterford along with the founder of GIY Michael Kelly and Cully and Sully of ‘Cully & Sully'. Schools across the country can now register for the 2018 competition via [Patrick Browne]

GIY and Cully & Sully are on the search for Ireland’s next best young food entrepreneurs and are encouraging secondary school students across the country to register for the ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition before the registration deadline of March 14th, 2018. ‘GROW 2 CEO’ combines food growing and entrepreneurship to inspire students to grow their own food, create a soup recipe using what they have grown and develop a potential new business. Free growing kits will be delivered to all of the students who have registered for the 2018 competition. The kits will include everything the students need to grow rocket leaves including the seeds, pots and soil plenty of expert growing tips from GIY and lots of SOUPort from Cully & Sully. Students are asked to pair up to undertake the challenge. Throughout the ‘GROW 2 CEO' competition, students will be allocated a series of challenges. In the final phase, they will be asked to enter the details of their new recipes and business plans for the judging phase. Five student teams will then be selected for the competition shortlist.These finalists will be invited to a ‘Dragon's Den' style pitch scenario at the home of GIY, GROW HQ in Waterford on May 18th, 2018, where the winning duo will be selected and crowned ‘GROW 2 CEO' Champions.

Speaking ahead of the upcoming competition deadline, Shona Dubois of GIY said, "This is a really fantastic and fun food entrepreneurship competition, which will potentially result in finding the country's next brilliant food enterprise. We’re excited to get as many secondary schools from all across the country on board so we’re encouraging all of those interested to ensure to get their application into us before March 14th, 2018." The growing kits will arrive before the Easter mid term break and the competition and challenges will kick off on the 9th of April. The ‘GROW 2 CEO' grand final will take place on the 18th of May 2018, where a panel of judges will taste test the student’s products and review the business model and plans of the shortlisted finalists.The winning students will be awarded a prize pot of €5,000 which includes a €3,000 food garden for their school, 2 iPads for the winning team of two students and the winning teacher will receive an overnight trip to Ballymaloe. The winning class will also all get a cool Cully & Sully hoodie. Participation is free and registration is open until March 14th, 2018. School students and teachers planning to participate in this nationwide competition can now sign up to take part via

Schools programme aims to change lunchtime eating habits of Waterford’s children WHILE childhood obesity levels in Ireland are stabilising, at least one in five children are still overweight or obese*. Now, a lunchtime initiative for primary schools from the Irish Bread Bakers Association of Ireland aims to educate children about nutrition, in an effort to make it easier and more convenient for children – and their parents - to create a healthy lunch. Designed by teachers and behaviour change experts with the support of Dr Mary McCreery, one of Ireland’s foremost consultant nutritionists and dieticians, the Healthy Heroes Lunch Club encourages children to learn and change their eating habits, educate them about nutrition and boost their activity levels, all whilst having lots of fun in a non-competitive environment. According to Dr McCreery, “One of the aims of the programme is to decrease the

amount of treat foods and increase the nutritional value of the lunch box. The school lunch box should provide about 25% 35% of a child’s energy and nutrient needs.Yet studies have shown that packed lunches are deficient in “healthy” foods and tend to be high in sugar, saturated fat and salt, while low on starchy foods and fibre.” Dr. Mary McCreery added, “The classroom is the perfect place to help improve children’s knowledge of food and what they eat for lunch. Incorporating healthy eating habits from a young age and in a playful environment is a vital stepping stone to their future food habits.” As part of the Healthy Heroes Lunch Club, children form a lunch club that meets to eat together regularly and where nutrition is addressed informally and in a fun way through teacher-led discussion, using

materials provided in the Healthy Heroes Lunch Club pack. Led by sixth class pupils, the children then take over and run activities, building on suggestions in the Healthy Heroes Lunch pack, which also encourages them to develop their own club games. The programme contains useful tips and suggestions on ways to include fruit and vegetables in lunch boxes as well as easy – to- understand information on the food pyramid and the contents of the ideal lunch box. The lunch of the month meanwhile offers plenty of suggestions that are designed to encourage children to have a more balanced lunch. For more information on how schools can get involved in the Healthy Heroes Lunch Club log on to and search for Healthy Heroes or email

Healthy Heroes Lunch Club – Kyra Hynes and Josh Davy with 'Healthy Hero character Mary'.

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Árd Scoil na nDéise Ski Trip 2018 ON the 10th February the Ard Scoil girls headed off to Dublin airport to depart for their week of skiing in Andorra. It was a long day travelling. When we arrived at the hotel at 01.30 a.m. everyone went straight to sleep. The next morning we were up bright and early as we had a long day ahead of us. First we had a 10 minute bus journey to where we fitted our boots, skis, poles and helmets. Then we took a 15 minute Gondola trip to the slopes.We were introduced to the instructors that would lead us for the week. For our first lesson they taught us the basics. It was a tough two hours but we all pulled through to lunch. We had an hour and a half of resting to revive our energy levels for our next two hours on the slopes. After lunch, we practiced on the green slopes improving our turns and stopping. We had a few falls along the way but everyone was eager to get up and try again. After a long day everyone went back to the hotel to get ready for a competitive game of bowling. We were glad to see our dinner and went to bed tired but happy. We were kept busy all week and every evening we had an activity such as going shopping in the charming town of Andorra, where we bought souvenirs and explored the different shops it had to offer. Tuesday we had pizza night and we got a taste of their Andorran culture. On Wednesday we all devoured crepes, celebrating pancake Tuesday back home. After the strain of a new sport on our legs and arms, we relaxed in the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and sauna. This worked wonders and really helped us to loosen out.We ended the week on a high attending a disco with many other Irish schools that were staying in the area. Everyone was sad to go and we were already planning our Sixth Year holidays!!! The week flew by, everyone was amazed by the stunning scenery and mountains. Snow fell

overnight leaving us captivated by the blanket of white each morning. Everyone progressed greatly and towards the end we had many people skiing down the red slopes with great ease. Every day it got easier and each girl would definitely agree it was a brilliant experience and one of their most enjoyable holidays. Written by Sarah Lace]y and Aoife Dee CROSS COUNTRY: INTER GIRLS REGAIN THEIR EAST-MUNSTER TITLE In Spring-like weather, the East Munster Cross Country Championships were held in Carriganore on the 8th Febuary. There were some excellent performances by the Ard Scoil athletes. The Intermediate girls fought hard to regain the East Munster title that they had also won last year. This was one of the most competitive races on the day. Lucy Holmes finished in 2nd place overall and was followed home by her team mates Mary Kate Prendergast, Sarah Lacey, Elia Tutty, Orla Keane and Aoife O’Brien. Well done girls! The Junior girls also had an excellent day finishing 3rd best team. The members of the team are Emma Hickey, Anna Hickey, Sarah Nyhan and Mary Bradfield. Well done girls on this huge achievement! Sinead O’Brien had to run solo in the Senior girls’ race. Sinead knew she had to finish in

top 15 in order to qualify and she did just that. It isn’t easy to have to run solo and we are so proud of her achievement! Well done too to the Minor girls’ team of Aoibhe Murphy, Roisin Quinn and Millie Lucey who missed out on medals on the day.We are sure that their day will come and we are delighted to see their commitment to training to improve on this performance. Best of Luck to all of the girls in the upcoming Munster Finals. ARD SCOIL STUDENT WINS PRIZE IN NATIONAL FINAL OF CREDIT UNION ART COMPETITION Congratulations to Megan Lennon, Sixth Year, who was recently presented with first prize in the eighteen years and over category of the Irish League of Credit Unions All Ireland Art Competition. The theme of the competition this year was ‘Set Your Imagination Free’. Megan entered a stunning and thought provoking piece and was praised by the judges for the originality of her entry. The awards ceremony took place in Croke Park on Sunday, 11th February where Megan was presented with her prize by Marty Whelan.We are so proud of Megan’s success and we wish her well in her future artistic endeavours. Well done to Megan’s art teacher Ms. Foley who had nurtured and supported Megan’s talent over the past number of years.

Our junior girls who finished third best team.

Sinead O'Brien pictured after her tough solo run.

The minor girls made a great effort on the day.

Smiling Happy Faces on the Ski Slopes.

Worn out but still smiling after a good day on the slopes.

Megan Lennon, Winner of the Credit Union Art Competition pictured with her Art teacher Ms. Mary Foley and Ard Scoil Principal Ms. Jennifer O'Keeffe.

Our intermediate girls fought hard to retain their title.



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Fota Wildlife Park Visit LEAVING snow behind in Dungarvan on Tuesday 6th February the TY students headed to a chilly but sunny Fota Wildlife Park as part of their Biology course. The sunshine brought the animals out and we saw the red pandas, the African lions with their three small cubs as well as

the magnificent tigers all sunning themselves. We were also able to get up close and personal with an ostrich and giraffes when we went behind the scenes in the giraffe house. The guides at Fota were excellent at explaining the characteristic traits of the animals at the park such as that giraffes are born

over 6ft tall, have black tongues to protect their tongues from getting sunburned and usually sleep standing up! The tropical house which included clownfish, poison dart frogs, iguanas and tropical butterflies was a welcome relief from the cold! However, many of the students’ favourite animals were

Teachers Mr. O Chionnfhaolaidh and Mr. Kelly photographed with the star Moe Dunford at the St. Patrick’s Day premiere screening in Dungarvan 2015.


Aware Seminar A SPEAKER from Aware visited the school during Mental Health Awareness Week. All 6th year students got the opportunity to attend this seminar. It consisted of information regarding their mental health, discussions on pressures experienced by teenagers and young adults and pointers for dealing with stress in their lives. The students found the information very worthwhile and will benefit from the seminar as they approach their up coming exams. Thanks to Ms. Mannix for organising the event. CAR SAFETY AND MAINTENANCE WORKSHOP Transition Year students attended a Car Safety and Maintenance workshop. It was facilitated by mechanic, Michael O’Gorman. He invented the MOG car which has been modified to show all working parts through the removal of panels. The workshop shows drivers the practical functions of car components, covering safety and car

maintenance. It was a great experience for all who attended. Thanks to Mr. Kirwan for organising the demonstration. SOCIAL ENTERPRISE COFFEE MORNING On Saturday 17th February 2018 T.Y. students, Bonnie O’Reilly, Nicole McCarthy and Niamh Fennell organised a Coffee Morning as part of their Social Enterprise Project. It took place in Ballyduff Community Hall. There was a great turnout and the girls managed to raise €650, which they donated to families in need in the local community. MAN CITY TRIP On 31st January, students from the school travelled to Manchester to see Manchester City play West Brom. Man City won 3-0. For many students it was the first time they saw a live professional soccer game. The atmosphere was electric. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves, Thanks to Mr. O’Neill for organising the trip.

the very loud Simang Gibbons which were deafening in proclaiming their territory. The TY students tried their best to match them! PAST PUPIL MOE DUNFORD Congratulations to CBS past pupil Maurice Dunford on his recent appearance in the RTE legal series Striking Out. Moe joined an already impressive cast featuring Men Behaving Badly actor Neil Morrissey and leading lady Amy Huberman. Moe’s talent and interest in drama can be traced back to his performances in our small school productions. Having completed his Leaving Certificate in Dungarven CBS Maurice went on to graduate from the Gaiety School of Acting in June 2009. He started his acting career in 2010 on The Tudors. Afterwards he appeared in many films and TV productions like An Crisis and Game of Thrones. His most notable roles are Aethelwulf on Vikings and Patrick Fitzgerald in Patrick's Day. In 2015, he received an IFTA in the category of Best Actor in a Lead Role in Film for Patrick's Day, and an European Film Production 2015 Shooting Stars Award representing Ireland at the Berlin Film Festival. We congratulations Moe on his huge success and wishing him all the very best for the future.

Chess - Transition Year students learning to play chess from their class mates.

Patrick Walsh with a ring tailed lemur.

Dungar van Youth Information Centre Workshop

Pictured are Dungarvan CBS students at an apprenticeship workshop hosted by Dungarvan Youth Information Centre for 5th Year students, facilitated by Michael O'Keeffe WWETB.


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Congratulations to our Transition Year and some 5th Year students pictured above who received their JCPA certificates during a special presentation.


JCPA Awards Ceremony THE inaugural ceremony for the first ever Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement Award (JCPA) was recently held in the school. Congratulations to our Transition Year and some 5th Year students who received their JCPA certificates during a special presentation. The State Examinations results are listed on the certificates as well as a new section called ‘Other Areas of Learning’. This is the first time that extra-curricular and co-curricular activities have been celebrated on a school certificate

along with academic results. The new junior cycle will place the student at the centre of the learning process. It allows for new ways of learning and a broader range of skills to be assessed. Reform of the Junior Cycle, which was designed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, began in September 2014 and subjects are being phased in gradually. Junior Cycle Reform will help to facilitate independent learning and the development of critical thinking skills.

Basketball Team Success – The Boys 2nd Year Team who were victorious in their recent match vs Kilkenny College.

Post-Primary School Principals call for free fees for student teachers qualifying in subjects with existing teacher shortages at Oireachtas THE National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals (“NAPD”) appeared before the Joint Committee on Education and Skills (the “Committee”), on Tuesday, 20 February 2018, to call for urgent action on teacher shortages. Paul Byrne, of the NAPD, told the Committee that there are immediate measures which could be implemented to ease the teacher shortage crisis in the short-term. Briefing the Committee on the crisis, Mr Byrne said, “While a sustainable long-term strategy is crucial, there are also measures we can and should take in the short-term which will make a substantial difference to the teacher supply and substitution issue.” The NAPD have suggested a number of short and longer-term measures which would help tackle the growing crisis: • Student teachers specialising in key subjects could be employed for 12 hours work in the schools where they’re also completing practical training. • A new fee waiver scheme for student teachers specialising in key subjects with acute shortages. This would involve a requirement that graduates benefiting

from the scheme commit to working in the Irish Education system for a minimum of five years immediately following graduation. • A new National State body with responsibility for monitoring teacher supply and liaising with relevant stakeholders to ensure shortages are identified early and addressed urgently. • Investigate the possibility of moving all oral and practical examinations into the Half-Term and Easter breaks. • A National Substitute Database for both primary and secondary teachers comprising a single digital platform for speedy sourcing of registered and vetted substitute teachers. Mr Byrne told the Committee, “We have a pool of student teachers available who could be given substitute work in the event of a school being unable to fill a vacancy through the normal recruitment process. Students in their second year of the new Post Graduate Masters of Education are well placed to fill such vacancies to a maximum of 12 hours or less per week.”

Mr Byrne said, “Principals and Deputy Principals know first-hand the reasons why we’re experiencing these shortages. These reasons are complicated, but there are a number of measures that can be adopted immediately which would help ease the pressure on schools.” Mr. Byrne said that teachers are missing school days in order to attend training and exam marking conferences organised by the Schools Examination Commission (“SEC”). Substitute teachers are then needed to teach the absent teachers’ classes. The SEC could stagger the practical and oral examinations throughout the year, starting from Christmas, which would make sourcing substitution for teachers working for the SEC more manageable. “Another solution would be to move training days and marking conferences for Junior and Leaving certificate exams to Saturdays, rather than weekdays.This would immediately reduce the number of days teachers are absent,” Mr Byrne added. “Another possible action would be to move all schools-based practical and oral examinations into the

Half-Term and Easter breaks.” NAPD is also calling on the Government to identify key pressure subjects where shortages are greatest (for example, Irish, French, German), and prioritise recruitment of Masters of Education students with particular interests in these areas. “One way to incentivise subject areas in short supply is for the State to pay the fees for student teachers at Masters level. Fees are high and after four years of an undergraduate degree, two more years studying, without an income, is very unattractive for students. We know that student accommodation is in short supply and rents are rising all the time so these are all factors which drive down the number of people who are willing or able to qualify as teachers,” Mr Byrne said. Over the past few years, demand for substitute teachers at post-primary level has been growing while the number of fully-qualified teachers available for substitution has been diminishing. According to the NAPD, it is incumbent on all stakeholders to address the shortage of teachers urgently and ensure we avoid the continued erosion of teaching time.



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BCS students celebrate their success at The Briery Gap competition last Friday night in Macroom along with Teacher Ms. Breen


Briery Gap Competition Success CONGRATULATIONS to the Light Entertainment group that took part in the Briery Gap Light Entertainment National competition last Friday night in Macroom. The group came away with a number of awards after their Irish Music and Dance piece winning the best choral piece, best traditional piece, most promising performer (Keith Burke) and best director Ms. Breen. They also received the Overall Winners of The Briery Gap Competition 2018 Award! Well done to all involved it was a fantastic achievement and credit goes to you all. MINI MED TRANSITION YEAR PROGRAMME TY students attended the Mini Med two day programme in WIT last week. The Department of Nursing and Health Care at WIT co-ordinated the programme allowing students access to learning in WITs purpose built clinical skills laboratories and other facilities. Department staff also co-facilitated practical skills sessions including first aid, medical skills, CPR and research. Students undertaking the mini-med programme got to experience WIT and the facilities that are used for the health related programmes offered by the college including nursing and applied health care. CROSS COUNTRY Well done to all athletes involved in the East Munster Cross Country championships. GREEN SCHOOLS Our Green Schools students attended the Green Schools Expo in the RDS, Dublin, last week. The event focused on Climate Action and what we can do in our schools, home and communities to combat climate change.

BCS students celebrate their success at The Briery Gap competition last Friday night in Macroom along with Teacher Ms. Breen

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Well done to Tilly Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Donnell who won a medal for mountain biking which took place in Wicklow.

Second class had fun making their junk art out of recyclable goods.


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St. Augustine’s College JCPA Certificates Presentation – A little bit of history happened on Monday last as Priomhoide Ailbhe Ní Neachtain presented our 1st ever Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement certificates (JCPA) to the Junior Cert Class of 2017. The JCPA recognizes a much broader range of learning experiencs and replaces the Junior Certificate. It will be the certification for all Junior Cycle students from 2017. Congrats to all recipients.

Showtime at St. Augustine’s College – It's that time of year again when the Transition Year students present their annual musical, this year it’s the turn of Rock Musical Queen's "We will Rock You"which is guaranteed to have you rocking in your seats. Shows are scheduled from Wednesday, February 28th to March 3rd at 8pm. Tickets available from Helen at the school office 058-41140 and from David Walsh, Bookshop, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan 058-42786.

Mr. Charlie Hayes visits St. Augustine’s College – Charlie Hayes, Ireland’s leading Geography textbook author of post-primary history and geography textbooks visited recently and gave Junior Cert. students a very helpful talk on how to best prepare for the new Junior Cycle Geography exam. Pictured are teachers Mr. Kieran O’Sullivan, Ms. Mary Tobin-Canty, students, Dylan, Eoin, Ronan, Seán Óg and Mr. Donal Williams. Seated: Jane, Mr. Charlie Hayes, Tess and Lauryn.

Primary Schools Clinical Trials Competition Open for Entries REGISTRATIONS are now open for 4th, 5th and 6th class students and their teachers to enter and participate in the third annual Schools Teaching Awareness of Randomised Trials (START) competition for 2018. The competition is run by the Health Research Board – Trials Methodology Research Network (HRB-TMRN) based at NUI Galway. The purpose of the competition is to help students become aware of the clinical trial process. Interested schools can avail of supports from researchers who will visit the school to help get their projects started. Students are asked to choose a simple, easy to answer question using the proper steps of a clinical trial to answer it scientifically, using the online resources provided. Questions can be very practical or a bit of fun such as; Can using coloured paper for written spelling tests increase students’ scores? Does ten minutes of dancing every morning before classes improve student’s attention? The findings from each trial can be reported in any format such as a podcast, video, website, report format, collage or poster. A randomised clinical trial is a type of scientific experiment which aims to reduce bias when testing a new treatment. The students and their teachers are encouraged to design, carry out and evaluate their very own simulated clinical trial. START encourages children to learn more about healthcare decisions and how we can improve healthcare and wellbeing, by learning about randomised clinical trials. Commenting on the project, Dr Sandra Galvin, HRBTMRN Programme Manager at NUI Galway, said: “This is an exciting initiative and the first of its kind to bring awareness of clinical trials to the younger community. Schoolchildren and their teachers are so creative and we’re really looking forward to seeing what innovative ways teachers and pupils go about designing and reporting their trial.The last two years have really set such a high standard, and young students are pushing the boundaries of what

we think they can understand, in fact, they are teaching us.” To date, over 15 primary schools nationally have entered their very own simulated clinical trials. The top three shortlisted schools will be invited to Galway on Friday, 18th May where the winner will be announced and presented with the START Trophy 2018. Each project will be assessed on: • How well does the project adhere to the structure of a clinical trial? • How well presented are the findings of the trial, so that any member of the community could understand the findings? • Can other schools learn something new from this project? Commenting on the START finalists and their projects, Professor Declan Devane, Scientific Director of the HRB-TMRN at NUI Galway, said:“We started this competition for two reasons. Firstly, we wanted to raise awareness of the importance of randomised trials with children. Secondly, we wanted to harness the creativity and imagination of children in the design, conduct, analysis and reporting of trials.The high standard and variety of applications we received demonstrate that the START competition has indeed raised the awareness of randomised trials and capitalised on children’s innate ability to explain difficult concepts clearly and in a fun way. We are very proud of all our applications and wish each of the finalist schools the very best on the 18 May in Galway.” To register your trial complete the Trial Registration Form, which can be found at and email it to or alternatively Post to: Room 235, 1st Floor, Áras Moyola, School of Nursing and Midwifery, NUI Galway. Follow START on Facebook at and Twitter @hrbtmrn.

Garranbane National School – A defibrillator has been kindly donated to the school by Brian and Marie Morrissey and family. Brian has also provided training to the staff on how to use the defibrillator and we are very grateful for his professional guidance and for his time so generously given. Pictured is Mary Dunford receiving the defibrillator.



Back row: Anisha Flynn, Alana Long O'Connell, Ellie Mulcahy, Ellie Grant, Niamh Kavanagh, Keira O’Rielly, Mark Behan, Liam Kavanagh, Angel Walsh, Rachel Kelly. Front row: Abi Kiersey Long and Kasey Mulhearne.

Kilmacthomas Primary School LAST Thursday, 22nd February our Green Schools Committee took part in the Green Schools climate action Expo at the RDS, Dublin. We were one of 12 primary and secondary schools from all over Ireland to display our project on the Green Schools programme. Our presentation ‘The Greenway School – Transforming Travel’ focused on the fantastic impact of the Greenway on our school travel. Minister Denis Naughten praised us on our greenway project and loved how our school has transformed travel to school by using the greenway to walk, cycle and scoot to school. He was very impressed when we explained how we use our Waterford Greenway as a resource for History trails, Maths week and Operation Transformation to name but a few. We had a brilliant day. We met lots of other pupils from other schools and people from all over Ireland who loved our presentation and told us they would definitely come to our Waterford Greenway in the Summer months. It was a wonderful experience for us all to show off our Green Schools hard work but also to meet wonderful people who told us how lucky we are to have the Waterford Greenway on our doorstep! In Kilmacthomas Primary School we have a very hard working Green Schools

Denis Naughten, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Mark Behan, Liam Kavanagh, Angel Walsh, Green Schools Committee and Ms. Power, Green Schools Co-ordinator Kilmacthomas Primary School. Committee that are always eager to find new ways we can make our world a better place. We have just applied for our sixth Green Flag ‘Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste’. In relation to this we have taken part in Amnesty International’s friendship week by selling friendship bracelets in our school. This participation has made a difference to the rights of people, all over the world, who are taken a stand for human rights.We have our action day for our Global Citizenship flag on March 9th.We can’t wait to dress up as our favourite country and try and guess the country our

friends are dressed up as! In addition to this we have ‘The National Spring Clean’ to look forward to April. We will go to the streets of Kilmacthomas and help keep it clean and tidy. After all it is the heart of our Greenway! We are delighted to announce that we have have become a Digital School of Distinction. This award is presented to schools who show excellence in the integration of Digital Technologies in teaching, learning and assessment throughout the school. Pupils and staff have worked very hard to achieve this award. In fact, the evaluator stated

that our work was a model for schools who wish to achieve the award. He also stated that "The culture in the school gives the children the confidence to use the computers in the classroom to use technology as necessary and both girls and boys are active coders and they were happy to demonstrate their skills". We are very proud of our pupils' work in Information Technology. Have a look at our school website m/ for lots of pictures and examples of the children's work. You can also follow us on our Twitter handle @KilmacPrimary

Back Row: Angel Walsh, Mark Behan, Liam Kavanagh, Ellie Grant, Rachel Kelly, Ellie Mulcahy, Alana Long O'Connell, Anisha Flynn. Front Row: Keira O'Rielly, Niamh Kavanagh, Kasey Mulhearne and Abi Kiersey Long.

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Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Elanna Szajda, St. Declans Community College, Kilmacthomas and Kate O'Mahoney, St. Augustines College, Dungarvan, Co.Waterford. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Phoebe Kelly and Megan Connor, Gael Colaiste Phorrtláirge. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Tim Lehane, De La Salle and Aidan Corrigan, Waterpark. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were [John Power] Ethan Roche and Jordan Pim, Newtown School.


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Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Ilse Lombard, St. Mary's, Nenagh, Arbite Liz Jaison, St. Angela's Ursuline, Waterford, Aoife Kennedy and Fiona Kenny, Blackwater Community School, Lismore, Co. Waterford and Dr. Frank Kelly, UHW. [John Power]


Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Aeva May Conway, Laura griffin and Tess O'Hara, St. Augustines, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Aoife Carey, Kira Ridgard and Olivia O'Brien, Ardscoil Na Mara, Tramore. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February, 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Ellie O'Donoghue, St. Anne's, Tipperary Town and Kate O'Mahoney, St. Augustineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s College, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. pictured with Mr. Joe O'Byrne and Mr. Terence Murphy, UHW. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Tara Walsh, Mercy Secondary School, Waterford and Sophie Jackman, Abbey Community College. [John Power]

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February, 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Kirsten Browne, Holly Rogan and Anna Rafter, Ursuline Secondary School.

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which took place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT was Zain Asam Ishtiaq, Newtown School, Waterford.

Pictured attending the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme which takes place from the 20th to 23rd February 2018 at HSE / RCSI Education Facility, UHW and the Health Science Building, WIT were Lolade Oriola and Ifeouna Olajide, Presentation Secondary School.

[John Power]

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Fergal Carey, Waterpark College, Waterford pictured at the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme. [John Power]

Alex Olariu, Abbey Community College pictured at the Waterford / RCSI Transition Year Mini Med School Programme. [John Power]



Just think of it! IT is Jesus who matters in the Church. He is the centre, the cornerstone that holds the building together, the true vine that sends life flowing through the branches, which means us. Jesus is the holiness, the perfection of God taking on human form. All the other factors that are involved in the church come from ordinary human beings, and so carry with them all the faults, the limitations, the ‘contrariness’ that we commonly associate with our fellow human beings. So we must be ready and willing to accept that: the Church is God’s Church, it presents a very human face and behaves at times in very strange ways. As is sometimes said, ‘To live with the saints in heaven is happiness and glory, to live with the saints on earth is quite another story’. But, to come back to Jesus, we need to try to build up a personal relationship with Jesus.We should try to pray to him as one would talk to a friend, to someone that you’re not afraid or ashamed to reveal what is really in your heart. Jesus himself said that we shouldn’t babble, pouring out a flood of words, as if to smother God with our prayers.When Jesus taught his first followers to pray (the prayer we know as the ‘Our Father’) he didn’t use a lot of words, but what he said was straight and to the point. And I think that one of the best forms of prayer is just to sit in calm silence, reminding myself that God sees me, is close to me, while I wait for God to speak to my inner heart. I quietly say ‘Speak, Lord, your servant is listening’, and I wait for something to come in response. If it doesn’t come today, I’ll try again tomorrow. It will come when God chooses, not when I decide. Fr. Robert Arthure, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.

St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan THIRD Sunday of Lent: Exodus 20:1-17 - The law was given through Moses. 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 - Here we are preaching a crucified Christ, an obstacle to men, but to those who are called, the wisdom of God. John 2:13-25 - Destroy this sanctuary, and in three days I will raise it up. Let’s Talk Family! A Parish Conversation: This important six session programme of preparation for the WMOF next August began in St. Mary’s Parish on Tuesday, February 27th at 7.30 p.m. with the 1st session in the Parish Pastoral Room, Mitchell St. The sessions are open to all adults to come together, talk about family and look at some of what Pope Francis has to say about family in his Letter: ‘The Joy of Love.’ A separate sheet in each of last weekend’s newsletters gives more details about this Parish conversation. The second session: The Christian Vision for the Family will take place in the Parish Pastoral Room on Tuesday next, 6th March at 7.30 p.m. Come along. Bring a friend. Save the 8th, Save Lives: AllIreland RALLY for LIFE, Saturday 10th March 2.00pm Parnell Square, Dublin. Dungarvan Pro-Life is organizing a bus from outside St. Mary’s Church, Dungarvan at 8.30 a.m. To Book a Seat call/text 0863751198 or Facebook Dungarvan Prolife. See noticeboard for more details. Conference on Local Responses to Pope Francis’ Letter (Laudato Si’) to everyone on the planet to care for our common home. This conference will be held on Saturday, March 3rd in St. Paul’s Parish Centre, Lisduggan beginning at 9.30 a.m.The two major themes of the conference are climate change and threat to our

biodiversity (the threat to all forms of life on earth). Please register with St. John’s Pastoral Centre – 051874199. Diocesan Listening Process. Please note change of date to March 15th: Bishop Alphonsus Cullinan has begun a Listening Process in the 6 Pastoral Areas of the Diocese for the development of the new Pastoral Plan for the diocese. Each session will begin at 7.00 p.m. and finish at 9.30 p.m. Parishioners and Members of Parish Pastoral Councils are encouraged to attend. The meeting for the Pastoral Areas of Mid-Waterford & Croí na nDéise will take place in the Park Hotel on Thursday, 15th March 2018, 7.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m. Thank God for Families: ‘I thank God that many families, which are far from considering themselves perfect, live in love, fulfill their calling and keep moving forward, even if they fall many times along the way. The Synod’s reflections show us that there is no stereotype for the perfect family, but rather a challenging mosaic made up of many different realities, with all their joys, hopes and challenges.’ Pope Francis: The Joy of Love, paragraph 57. Parish Office: Located in St. Mary’s Church and is open Monday to Friday office hours. If you want to book Masses or Baptisms call during these times. Phone 058-42374. Daily Mass broadcast on 98.5 FM. Phone No: Fr. Ryan 42374, Fr. Harris 42384, Fr. Cooney 41136. Emergency Phone No: To contact Priest on duty: 086-2334282. St. Vincent de Paul Helpline No.: 087-7747870.

The Passion & Resurrection of Jesus FACILITATOR: Fr. Michael Mullins DD LSS Over two evenings, Fr. Michael will reflect on the scripture readings for the Passion & Resurrection of Jesus .St. John’s Pastoral Centre, John’s Hill, Waterford. Thursday, 15th and 22nd March at 7.30 p.m. (€5 including light refreshments)

EILEEN LENANE (nee French) 1935–2018 Mullinahorna, Ring, Dungarvan It is with profound sadness and regret that we record the passing of Eileen Lenane, Mullinahorna, Ring, Dungarvan. Following a brief illness, Eileen passed away peacefully at University Hospital Waterford on Monday, 29th January, surrounded by her loving family. Eileen was pre-deceased by her husband Jimmy in 2005 and more recently, in November 2017, by her son Séan. A native of Moonamean, Old Parish, Eileen moved to the neighbouring parish of Ring on her marriage to Jimmy in 1963. Together, they raised Séan, Seamus, Nicky, Áine and Packie. Eileen was many things but mostly, she was a wonderful mother, a much-loved grandmother and great grandmother, a dear sister and sister-in-law, and a much-adored mother-in-law, aunt, neighbour and a dedicated friend. Through her array of talents and hobbies, she knew many and was well-known to many – the description which seemed to resonate among those who knew her best, was that she was a ‘lady’. She was loved by young and old and she had a great interest and fondness for people and their lives. Among her many passions in life were GAA, greyhounds, gardening, card playing and horse racing. She was a holder of three county camogie medals from the 1950s and in recent years, alongside her great friend Biddy, both were made Honorary President of Cumann Camógaíochta na Rinne. She loved the game of 45 and was a regular player at Halla na Rinne and at the Marine and will be greatly missed by all her card buddies. She was an avid greyhound breeder and racer, and was very proud to have had a derby semi-finalist in Shelbourne Park in Dublin in the early ’80s. Eileen was always a hard worker, spending over 25 years as a muchloved ‘Bean an Tí’ for Summer students from the Coláiste. She had a great passion for gardening and flowers, with her most distinguished expertise being her rose-growing. Her garden in full bloom was a beautiful spectacle, winning the admiration of many from near and far. Eileen had a very strong Christian faith, holding a special devotion to her beloved Padre Pio who had helped her through illness in her earlier years and remained devout to him all through her life. Eileen will be especially missed by her grandchildren, with whom she had great fun and gave great joy, advice and encouragement. Eileen’s passing leaves a huge void in all our lives and she will be very sorely missed but our sad loss is truly heaven’s gain. On Tuesday 30th and Wednesday, 31st January, Eileen lay in repose at her own home in the company of her family, where many neighbours and friends visited to pay their respects. Her Funeral Mass was celebrated by An tAthair O Ceallaigh on Thursday, 1st February, at Séipéil San Nioclás, Ring. Lessons were read by her grandsons, Liam and Nioclás, with her grand-daughters Níamh, Béibhinn and Liádan signing the Psalm, accompanied by Cór Fear na nDéise. Prayers of the Faithful were read by daughters-in-law Marie and Ann and by grandchildren Jack and Harriet. Offertory Gifts were brought to the Altar by grandchildren Ádhmhín and Ciara. A moving eulogy of Eileen’s life was delivered by her daughter Áine. Cór Fear na nDeise, along with neighbour and friend, Ann Mulqueen, provided beautiful music and song. As Eileen was laid to rest in the new graveyard, her favourite Barney McKenna song was sung by her son-in-law John and daughter-in-law Marie, a request which she made in a passing conversation many moons ago. Óiche Mhaith Nanny Eileen and May You Rest in Peace. Eileen will be sadly missed by her daughter Áine; sons Nicky, Packie and Seamus; son-in-law John; daughters-in-law Margaret, Mary, Ann and Marie; brother John Joe and sisters-in-law Eleanor, Alice and Maureen; grandchildren Seamus, Liam, Nioclás, Harriet, Páraic, Níamh, Béibhinn, Líadan, Jack, Ádhmhín and Ciara; great-grandchildren Séan, Darrach, Íde and Mollaí; her nieces, nephews and her many friends and neighbours. Month’s Mind Mass for Eileen will be celebrated at Séipéil San Nioclás, Ring, at 11.45 a.m. on Sunday, 4th March. (Funeral arrangements were by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

MARY REYNOLDS (nee Power) Lisarow, Ardmore We record with feelings of deep sorrow and regret the passing of Mary Reynolds which occurred on Friday, 23rd February. Mary is deeply mourned by her son Barry, daughter Geraldine, son-in-law Russell Holmes, grandchildren Holly and Jack, extended family and friends. Mary lay in repose at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Tuesday evening, 27th February, and where in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends the Rosary was recited. Cremation Service will take place at 12 noon on Wednesday, 28th February, at The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, County Cork. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

JOHANNA (Ann) DONNELLY Upper Helvick, Ring, and CareChoice, Dungarvan It is with profound sorrow we record the death of Johanna (Ann) Donnelly, Upper Helvick and CareChoice, Dungarvan, which sad event occurred on Monday, 5th February, 2018, at CareChoice, Dungarvan. Ann was formerly of Congress Villas and Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England. She was predeceased by her parents Patrick and Kathleen Donnelly, her brother Anthony and sister Kathleen (Kay), Ring. Her passing is much regretted. May she rest in peace. Rosary was recited by Sr. Alice on Wednesday, 7th February, at Drohan’s Funeral Home and her remains were removed on Thursday to St. Mary’s Parish Church for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m., celebrated by Fr. Cooney, O.S.A., after which the funeral proceeded to Ringaskiddy for cremation. The lesson was read by Caroline Organ (niece) and Ann-Marie de Burca (niece). Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Natalie de Burca, Mary Uniacke, Philomena Donnelly (nieces) and Mai Donnelly. Offertory Gifts were brought by Philomena O’Brien (sister), Mike Donnelly (brother) and Natalie de Burca (niece). Eulogy was rendered by Jacqueline Poole (niece). Appropriate music and hymns were by Dina Walsh. The chief mourners were – Mike Donnelly (brother); Mary Delahunty and Philomena O’Brien (sisters); Mike Burke, Ring (brother-in-law); Mary Jo Donnelly and Mai Donnelly, Byrneville (sisters-in-law); brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends. The family would like to thank Dr. Foley and the staff at CareChoice for their wonderful care and attention to Ann. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 4th March, 2018, at 12 noon in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan. (Funeral arrangements were by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

JOHN NOLAN 20 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan It is with deep regret we record the death of John Nolan, 20 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, which sad event occurred on Monday, 12th February, 2018, at University Hospital, Waterford. John was the youngest son of the late Thomas and Mary Nolan, 56 Cathal Brugha Place, born on 9th December, 1954. He was a quiet, gentle, unassuming man, held in high esteem by all who had the pleasure of his acquaintance. He lived a quiet life and he enjoyed listening to music and talking of days gone by. He worked on the Mink Farm and also spent many years in London. His passing is much regretted. May he rest in peace. Rosary was recited at Dungarvan Community Hospital on Thursday evening by Sr. Alice. Following funeral prayers on Friday morning, recited by Very Rev. Canon Ryan, P.P., his remains were removed from Drohan’s Funeral Home to St. Mary’s Parish Church for Requiem Mass, celebrated by Very Rev. Canon William Ryan, P.P., after which interment took place in the adjoining cemetery in the presence of a large gathering of mourners. The lesson was read by Jennifer Nolan (niece). Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Nuala Sexton (family friend). Offertory Gifts were brought to the Altar by his brother Thomas and sister Bridget Mulcahy. Appropriate music and hymns were by Dina Walsh. The chief mourners were – Thomas (brother); Mary and Bridget (sisters); nephews, nieces, especially Mary Theresa and Michael; extended family and friends. Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Monday, 12th March, at 10.00 a.m. in Dungarvan Community Hospital Chapel. (Funeral arrangements were by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

EILEEN BLIZZARD (nee Power) Albury, Southways, Abbeyside It is with sadness and deep regret we record the passing of Eileen Blizzard which sad event occurred on Saturday, 24th February, 2018. Removal will take place from Drohan’s Funeral Home today (Wednesday) at 10.30 a.m. to St. Mary’s Parish Church for Funeral Mass on arrival at 11.00 a.m. Burial afterwards in St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Portlaw. To her brother Patrick Power; nephews, nieces, relatives and friends, we extend our deepest sympathy. (Funeral arrangements were by Tom Drohan, Funeral Director, Dungarvan).

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

PATRICIA (Patsy) FAY (nee Mullins) Ballycoe, Dungarvan 1942–2018 Feelings of sadness and regret were expressed with the passing of Patsy Fay which occurred, peacefully on Wednesday, 24th January, at University Hospital Waterford. Predeceased by her husband Carl and her parents James and Margaret Mullins, we express ours sincere sympathy to Patsy’s son Edwin; daughters Jean and Karla; daughter-in-law Blánaid; sons-inlaw Loren Harnett and Paul Twomey; grandchildren Alex, Gregory, Ella, Olivia, Faye and Ali; sister Gabriel; brothers Jim, Donal and David; extended family and friends. Born on the 16th March, 1942, in Dungarvan, Patsy married Carl in the mid 1960s and they lived in Carrick-on-Suir for a short period before returning to Dungarvan where they set up home and started their family. Patsy enjoyed 44 years of marriage until Carl’s death in 2009. Patsy was a founder member of Dungarvan Harbour Bridge Club; the club celebrated its 40th Anniversary last year. She was an active member of the club during this time, also taking on the role of President of the club. May Patsy rest in peace. Patsy lay in repose at her home on Wednesday, 24th January, and at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Thursday, 25th January, in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Sr. Alice (Sisters of Mercy) led the recitation of the Rosary. On Friday, 26th January, Requiem Mass in thanksgiving for Patsy’s life was celebrated by Fr. Ned Hassett, P.P., in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan. Also in attendance was Canon W. Ryan, P.P. At the beginning of Mass items of symbolic meaning were presented by her grandchildren Olivia, Faye and Ali – a family photograph, a pack of cards and a plant. The Readings were delivered by Edwin Fay and Alex Fay. The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Ella and Olivia Fay and Faye and Ali Twomey. The Offertory Gifts of Bread and Wine were presented at the Altar by Loren Harnett and Paul Twomey. The Communion Reflection was read by Gregory Fay and the Eulogy was delivered by Jean Fay at the end of the Mass. Throughout the Mass beautiful hymns were sung by Dina Walshe.The pall bearers were Edwin, Alex and Gregory Fay, Donal and David Mullins, Loren Harnett and Paul Twomey. Cremation took place afterwards at The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy, County Cork. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí. Month’s Mind Mass for Patsy will be offered at 10.00 a.m. on Sunday, 4th March, in St. Laurence’s Church, Ballinroad. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

MARY POWER (nee Falsey) Rockfield, Cappagh With sincere sorrow and deep regret we record the passing of Mary Power (nee Falsey), Rockfield, Cappagh, Co. Waterford, loving wife of the late John-Joe, which sad event occurred unexpectedly on 21st February, 2018. Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Thursday evening where Rosary was recited by Rosary Committee member Danny Coughlan in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. On Friday evening Funeral Prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends, before removal took place to St. John The Baptist Church, Affane. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Saturday morning by Rev. Fr. P. Gear, P.P., and was assisted by Rev. Fr. Kevin O’Boyle. At the start of Mass, symbols of the Dungarvan Leader & RTE Guide were presented to the Altar by Theresa Mansfield and Carmel Murray. Readings during the Mass were recited by her grandsons Cian and Shane Power. Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandson Dean Power and her daughters-in-law Clara, Amanda and Janette. Dina Walshe provided a lovely selection of music and hymns throughout the Mass. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the Altar by grandsons Nathan and Morgan Power. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. P. Gear, P.P., and Rev. Fr. Kevin O’Boyle officiated the graveside prayers where Mary was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. We extend our deepest sympathy to her loving sons Jer, David, Martin and Anthony; brother Michael; sister Margaret; daughters-inlaw Clara, Breda, Linda and Janette; grandchildren, great grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May she rest in peace. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

OBITUARY MARGARET (Peggy) MOORE (nee Chapman) Villierstown, Cappoquin With sadness and regret we record the passing of Margaret (Peggy) Moore (nee Chapman), Villierstown, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, loving wife of the late David Moore, which sad event occurred unexpectedly on 29th January, 2018, in the tender and loving care of the Nursing staff at CareChoice Nursing Home, Dungarvan. As a young child Peggy came to live with the Lynch family in Woodhouse, Kereen, and she spent many happy times there and with the Twohig family, Lauragh. She went to school in Aglish. As Peggy grew older, she had many different jobs, which included picking apples, plucking turkeys and working in the school in Villierstown. Peggy also worked in the hospital in Dungarvan from where she and her good friend Cissy Kiely moved to the Isle of Wight to work for a brief period, before returning to the hospital again. Peggy met and married Davey (or Pops as he was fondly known) and spent a few years in Ballinameela where they had three children, they then moved to Villierstown, where they had five more children. “They weren’t idle but there was no electricity in those days”. From then on she spent her life as a devoted mother, through hard times, good times, struggle and strife and with eight children it wasn’t easy, but somehow she managed and looking at them now, she would say it was all worth it. Throughout the years, along with her neighbours, they all swapped, shared and borrowed from each other. Peggy made numerous friends along the way and had many happy times. She loved going to hear her idol Paddy O’Brien, which she did on numerous occasions. She loved playing cards and won many turkeys and hams along the way. Peggy was involved in many plans in the village over the years, she was a proud member of many committees, whether it was welcome home parties for John Tracey, galas in Merrill’s, Fetes on the streets, Feis, dancing competitions at the Happy Man, Peggy was always there willing and able to lend a hand, a great women to fundraise, but never one for the limelight or to upset the applecart. One such event must stand out from all the rest, when a small committee of Peggy, Anita, Grainne and Mary Landers got together and hosted the 1999 New Year’s Eve celebration when they welcomed the dawn of the 21st Century in Villierstown, a night to remember for a lot of reasons. Peggy’s door was always open, it didn’t matter whether Johnny was raised in a mansion or reared on the side of the roads, that warm welcome was always there. During the years Peggy spent living beside Grainne, they would be seen walking every day but the highlight of that time was sitting with Grainne to watch Waterford playing, while both of them were wearing scarves – Grainne with John Mullane and Peggy with her star man Dan Shanahan printed on them. In the last few years it was unfortunate that she did not have the best of health. Having spent time living with Anita and Michael, her health deteriorated and she went to spend her final years in CareChoice Dungarvan, where she got exceptional care from all the staff there to whom her family are grateful to. This became her final home and when her family and friends went to visit her, we were always treated with kindness, respect by all who worked there. May she Rest In Peace. Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Wednesday evening. Rosary was recited by Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Reposing on Thursday evening funeral prayers were recited by Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. On Friday morning Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P., recited funeral prayers before removal took place to the Church of Assumption, Aglish, for Funeral Mass. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P., and was assisted by Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., and Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.E. At the beginning of Mass, Mary Landers delivered a fitting eulogy of her friend, reminiscing on all the good times they shared. Symbols representing Peggy’s life were presented to the Altar by her daughter Imelda Landers (family photograph), Jasmine O’Shea (Waterford jersey), daughter Grainne Mernin (clothes pegs), grand-daughter Chloe Landers (Paddy O’Brien CD), grand-daughter Imelda Moore (deck of cards) and daughter Bridget Landers (Rosary Beads and Cross).The significance of these items was narrated by Ned Keane. Readings during the Mass were recited by grandchildren Daniel Hamill and Aisling Mernin. The Psalm was sung by friend Mary Landers. A lovely selection of music and hymns were provided by soloist Paddy O’Brien and guitarist Connie Casey. Prayers of the Faithful were read by grandchildren Eric Moore,Trisha Mernin, Sophie Landers and Éire Moore, friend Linda Clancy and neighbour Joan Mernin. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the Altar by friend Marie Keane and son-in-law Feeney Mernin. Following Funeral Mass, burial took place in the adjoining ceme-

59 tery. Rev. Fr. G. O’Connor, P.P., who was assisted Rev. Fr. M. Cullinan, P.P., and Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.E., officiated the graveside prayers where Peggy was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives, neighbours and friends. Son David gave a graveside oration thanking everyone who had helped their family through this difficult time and giving a fitting eulogy of his mother. Soloist Paddy O’Brien and guitarist Connie Casey played one final graveside song where the whole community came together to sing “Red River Valley” for Peggy. We extend our deepest sympathy to her loving sons Michael, David (and Deirdre) and Sean (and Micheala); daughters Mary Dalton, Bridget Landers, Anita Hamill, Gráinne Mernin and Imelda Landers; sons-in-law James Dalton, James Landers, Colin Hamill, Michael Mernin and Declan Landers; brother-in-law Willie and Maureen Moore; sister-in-law Anna Barrett; nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, relatives, neighbours and friends. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on Friday, 9th March, 2018, in the Church of Assumption, Aglish, at 7.15 p.m. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

BRIDGET (Biddy) FOLEY (nee Flynn) Carrigaun, Modeligo With sadness and regret we record the passing of Bridget (Biddy) Foley (nee Flynn), Carrigaun, Modeligo, Co. Waterford, loving wife of the late Michael Foley, which sad event occurred peacefully at her home on 24th February, 2018. Reposing at her home in Carrigaun on Saturday evening, Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., recited Rosary in the presence of her loving family, neighbours and friends. Lying in repose at Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Sunday evening funeral prayers were recited in the presence of her loving family and friends by Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E. Reposing at her home on Monday morning, Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., recited funeral prayers in the presence of her loving family before removal took place to Our Lady of Assumption Church, Modeligo. On arrival her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. P. Gear, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P. Readings during the Mass were recited by daughter-in-law Becky Foley and granddaughter Linda Foley. Prayers of the Faithful were read by granddaughters Caroline, Holly and Naomi Foley, grandsons Gavin and Aaron Foley and Joan Mernin. Dina Walshe provided a lovely selection of music and hymns throughout the Mass. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the Altar by daughter Eileen and daughter-in-law Lena. Following Communion, Ned Ryan paid a lovely tribute by singing a song and neighbour Nora Fitzgerald recited a eulogy, recalling her memories of Biddy growing up. Following Funeral Mass, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. Pat Gear, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Biddy was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, relatives and friends. May she rest in peace. May we extend our deepest sympathy to her loving sons Jim, John, Michael, Kevin, Pat and his partner Eileen; daughters Madge Papst and Eileen Devereux; daughters-in-law Marion, Lena and Rebecca; grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral Arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

CHRISTINA GEOGHEGAN (nee Reilly) Sutton, Dublin, and Dungarvan The passing of Christina Geoghegan on Friday, February 23rd, evoked feelings of deep sadness and regret. Beloved wife of the late George, mother of Patricia and Ciaran, grandmother of Andrew, Doireann, John and Kitty. Sadly missed by her daughter-in-law Anita, nephews, nieces, friends and all who cared for her. Removal took place on Sunday evening, February 25th, to St. Augustine’s Church, Abbeyside. Fr. Ned Hassett, P.P., led the Service of Reception. Removal took place on Tuesday morning, 27th February, from the Kirwan Funeral Home, Fairview Strand, Dublin, to the Church of St. Paul of the Cross, Mount Argus, for Requiem Mass. Cremation took place afterwards at Mount Jerome Crematorium. May Christina Rest In Peace. (Funeral arrangements by Kiely Funeral Directors, Dungarvan, and Kirwan Funeral Directors, Fairview Strand, Dublin).

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FARMING Round-up … IFA meets senior department vets on problems with clean sheep policy IFA National Sheep Chairman Sean Dennehy met with senior vets in the Department of Agriculture again last week over the ongoing problems with the ‘over the top’ implementation of the Clean Sheep Policy by the Department at the lamb factories. Sean Dennehy said analysis shows that more than 900 lambs per day, or between 7% and 9% of the kill, are being classified as Category C and ordered home or back to farm by the Department. He said this approach cannot continue as it is imposing major unnecessary costs on farmers, it is not provided for under EU regulations, and seriously disrupting the normal sale of sheep. While up to 93% of sheep are categorised A and B and deemed suitable for slaughter, Sean Dennehy said it was never the intention under the Clean Sheep Policy that sheep would be sent home or that the Department would insist on full shearing of some sheep. He said this approach is way over the top and has to stop. In addition, he said both factories and farmers are reporting a complete lack of consistency on the policy between plants and vets. The IFA sheep farmer leader accused the Department of breaching their own protocol on the Clean Sheep Policy, “Nowhere in the policy is there reference to sending home consignments of lambs or using arbitrary figures of 10% Category C to refuse loads of lambs. In addition, it was never intended that farmers would have to fully shear some sheep.” Sean Dennehy said there is rising frustration among sheep farmers at the way they are being treated under the Clean Sheep Policy, “Sheep farmers will do their best to have their animals as clean as possible but the Department and the factories have to be practical and take account of the difficult weather conditions.” He said sheep farmers are getting very fed up with the way their livelihoods are being threatened, “There needs to be a realisation that this is a very low income enterprise and not capable of sustaining excessive red tape and bureaucracy such as over the top regulations on the likes of clean sheep and EID tagging.” In the week ending February 10th, the Department sent home up to 3,600 lambs that were deemed as category C. Last week, the Department rejected another 3,500 lambs, ordering that they be sent back.

Government must regulate funds to protect borrowers IFA Farm Business Chairman Martin Stapleton has reiterated IFA's call on Government and the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe that funds which purchase loans must be regulated. The IFA principles for engagement with vulture funds, launched last year, set out a number of policy proposals on this issue, including a call for the regulation of funds buying Irish loans. Martin Stapleton said, “Farmer borrowers feel that they have no protection in their dealings with vulture funds. It is simply appalling that farmers who give security to long-standing financial institutions can find that security has been sold to unregulated and faceless entities”. He said it is unacceptable that those buying loans would not be vetted or regulated, “If a loan is being sold, there is no way to predict who is going to end up owning it, which leaves borrowers in a very precarious position. “The Government must ensure that robust regulation is put in place and that this applies to funds that have already bought loans. In the interim, no sale of loans should go ahead until regulations are put in place,” he said. Martin Stapleton said IFA is seeking a Government commitment to rebalance the power between borrowers and loan owners, "IFA is clear that, as a core principle in negotiations, there should be no forced sale of the family farm, where the farmer has meaningfully engaged to find a solution." IFA believes that loan owners must always offer farmers the option of paying their debt over an extended period in accordance with the farm's repayment capacity. IFA operates a service for farmers who are having debt difficulties. Farmers can phone a confidential helpline at 1890 924 853 to seek the IFA’s help. The key principles the Association applies in dealing with vulture funds in support of farmers with credit difficulties are: • No forced sale of farming assets, which undermines the viability of the family farm, and where the farmer has meaningfully engaged to find a workable solution. • Full and final agreement must be reached between the borrower and loan owner prior to the disposal of any assets.

• Assets must be sold for their full market value and with proper advertising. • No forced collection of debt that is not yet due. • Where delays in arriving at a decision are due to the loan owner’s actions, there can be no interest or penalty accumulated on the outstanding debt in that time period.

Dawn Meats receives Green Award 2018. Pictured (l to r) are: Declan Keely, Procurement Manager Dawn Meats; John Coleman, Technical Manager Dawn Meats; David O’Flynn, Group Head of CSR Dawn Meats; Mary Whinnery, Bio LPG Product Manager Calor; and Richard Clinton, Group Commercial Director Dawn Meats.

Dawn Meats winner at Green Awards 2018 DAWN Meats, which has operations in ten locations around Ireland, and many more across the UK and Europe, has been recognised at the prestigious Green Awards 2018 at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin. On the occasion of the 10th anniversary of the Green Awards, the Waterford-based processor was awarded the “Green Food and Beverage” award in front of an audience of close to 450 industry professionals. The annual event at which the cream of Ireland's green industry is recognised, was hosted by Colm O’Regan. Over the course of the evening, awards were presented to 23 progressive national organisations, leaders and teams. David O’Flynn Head of CSR at Dawn Meats commented “we are delighted to have won this award which recognises the effort

of thousands of team members from Dawn Meats. Together we are working towards our company goal of being Europe’s most sustainable meat company.” Dawn Meats has actively promoted initiatives over several years to engage with farmers, research organisations and other interested stakeholders in supporting sustainable agriculture. In 2017 it launched the Young Beef Farmer Sustainability Programme (YBFSP) in collaboration with Macra na Feirme which takes young beef farmers on an intensive schedule of activities over the course of 16 modules. Young Beef farmers that participate in the YBFSP will gain great insights into profitability, sustainability and efficiency improvement on their own farms and an understanding of the beef industry from farm to fork. The company has also estab-

lished a demonstration suckler beef farm in 2015 at Newford, Athenry. The Newford farm aims to share best practise in grassland management, breeding, animal health and welfare which will support environmentally and commercially sustainable beef production. For more information, visit ABOUT DAWN MEATS Dawn Meats is the supplier of choice to a range of leading supermarket, food service and restaurant businesses, exporting to more than 50 countries. As a family-owned business Dawn remains true to its farming heritage through the close relationships it has forged with over 15,000 Irish farmers from whom it directly sources grass-fed cattle and lamb for processing at its 9 Irish plants.

Dawn Meats was established in County Waterford, Ireland in 1980, and has grown to a business with over €2bn in annual revenue, employing 7,000 staff in eight countries. The company works with some of the world’s leading food companies who are attracted by a commitment to sustainability and quality. Dawn Meats is a winner of IBEC’s Environmental Business Process award; Bord Bia and SEAI sustainability awards; two Green Awards in 2016 and a Chambers Ireland CSR award in 2016 for Environmental Excellence. Dawn Meats was also awarded gold stars at the Great Taste Awards including a 3-star and Top 50 Foods accolade for the last three years running. For further information, visit

Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: John Moloney, Regional Manager [Pat Crowley] Teagasc; Michael O’Grady, Bank of Ireland; Ruth Flynn, Bank of Ireland; Jennifer Hickey, Bank of Ireland; Pat Denn, Denn Feeds.


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Alarming rise in farm accidents FARM accidents have risen by 13% in the last 5 years and by 31% in the last ten years. This is the stark finding of a national survey of farm accidents conducted by the Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS). The survey found that in the five year period 2012-2017 that 11% of farms had an accident and in total 2,814 accidents occurred. By farming system, the survey indicates that dairy farms had the highest accident rate of 18% over the survey period compared to tillage (12%) and sheep (11%) farms with the cattle systems of rearing (9%) and finishing (8%) reporting lower accident levels. The survey indicates that 42% of accidents involved livestock with farm vehicles or machinery involved in a further 25%. Trips or falls resulted in 13% of farm accident followed by chainsaws (7%) and farm buildings (6%). The proportion of accidents involving farm vehicles or machinery has more than doubled from 2011 to 2017, while livestock related accidents increased by 26%. The survey, however, indicates a marked decline in the proportion of accidents due to trips and falls. The survey showed that almost two-thirds of farm accidents occurred in the farmyard (64%) and a further 15% in farm buildings. Almost onefifth of accidents (19%) were in

fields with only 2% on farm roadways or lanes. The 2017 Teagasc NFS survey indicates that the vast majority of on-farm accidents (92%) involved a family member, with 80% occurring to the farmer. Twelve per cent involved a spouse or another family member. The remaining proportion of accidents involved workers (5%) and others (3%). Almost all farm accident victims (97%) required medical treatment with 73% attending hospital, a further 19% attended a doctor and 4% received first aid. Tragically 1% of such accidents reported resulted in a fatality. In terms of work time loss due to a farm accident, almost one-third (30%) of accidents resulted in a work absence of more than a month, with 21% being more than two months. Thirteen per cent of accidents resulted in an 11 and 30 day work absence, 22% a 4-10 day work absence, and 1-3 days an 18% absence respectively. Just 17% of accidents resulted in no work time loss. The Teagasc survey data indicates that younger farmers are more likely to have nonfatal accidents in contrast to fatal accidents. Thirteen per cent of farmers in the 40-50 and 50-60 age brackets suffered a farm accident, followed by 12% for farmers below 40 years of age. Nine per cent of farmers aged 60-70 and 7% over 70

years of age suffered a farm accident over the timeframe of the survey. Responding to the survey, Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Michael Creed T.D. said: “These non-fatal accident statistics make for stark reading and highlight that behaviour is an important part of safety. My Department have included a farm safety component to the Knowledge Transfer Group meetings and also made farm safety a mandatory part of drawing down TAMS grants. Farmers need to take time to plan their work and not take risks. The impact on families of serious accidents is unquantifiable, so I appeal once again to farmers to make the change to keep safe.” Teagasc Director, Professor Gerry Boyle said: “Farm accidents cause tragedy, pain and suffering, disability and economic loss, so it is vital to give safety first priority. Teagasc will be focusing on lessons from the survey findings in its efforts to assist farmers to improve farm safety”. The 2017 Teagasc NFS farm accident survey data represents 85,000 farms with a standard output of greater than €8,000. The study is co- authored by Teagasc Health and Safety Specialist, Dr. John McNamara with Teagasc NFS colleagues Dr Emma Dillon, Mr. Brian Moran and Dr. John Lennon.

Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: Brian Hilliard, Teagasc; Pat Rice, Dept. of Agriculture; Robert Johnston, IFAC; Brian Doocey, A.I.B. [Pat Crowley]

Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan, 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: Pat Lynch, Lynch Accts; Tom Lynch, Lynch Accts; George Walsh, A.I.B.; John Moloney, Regional Manager Teagasc. [Pat Crowley]

ICMSA tell farmers to consider bringing in young stock as extreme cold snap forecast THE Deputy President of ICMSA, Lorcan McCabe, has appealed to the farming community and the wider general public to take extra care over the next few days as the county looks set to be gripped by extremely cold weather. Mr. McCabe said that the potential for danger and farm accidents increased in these kinds of con-

ditions and that farmers must be vigilant on their own families’ behalves and particularly on behalf of elderly neighbours who may well become anxious as the extreme cold snap hits. He also recommended that farmers consider bringing in young stock and monitoring particularly water pumps.

Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan, 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: Paddy Gordon, J.P. Gordon Solrs; Eamonn Moore, Moore Financial; John Flahavan, Flahavan’s; Dr. Fiona Thorne, Teagasc. [Pat Crowley]

READER’S QUERIES Question: I lost a piece of rented land last year however I couldn’t get land to replace it and therefore had surplus entitlements as didn’t go about it in time. They tell me that if I don’t use these surplus entitlements this year that I will lose them. Is this the case? Can you please advise? Answer: In order to preserve entitlements, they must be used once in every two years therefore you will have to make up your mind what action you will take.There are a number of options open to you. Firstly, you could take on additional land to use them. Secondly, you could sell them. Selling them though would incur a clawback of 20%. Thirdly, and probably the most viable option would be to let them out. This would preserve them and ownership of them would remain with you.You should consult your adviser or auctioneer for advice. I trust this will clear things up for

you. Tip of the Week: Please consult your adviser to check your limits before ordering fertiliser as ordering blind may have financial implications for you if limits are exceeded.


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Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan, 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: Mark Gibson, Teagasc; John Fitzgerald, Bank of Ireland; Dr Fiona Thorne, Teagasc; Pat Murphy, Teagasc. [Pat Crowley]



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Teagasc DAIRYING Maintaining freshly-calved cows’ BCS: It is vital that you take the time to assess body condition score (BCS) on each calved cow by the middle of the month.This will allow time for any corrective action to be taken before the breeding season. Thin animals should be put onto once-aday milking straight away. Leave with the main herd and feed as before. This will improve the energy balance of such cows quite quickly. Simply feeding thin cows extra concentrates will likely result in milk-volume response, but will not correct BCS in time for breeding. During March, cows should be on a “rising plane of nutrition”; even 5-6kg grass DM/day will help to minimise BCS loss at this time. Feed a high-energy (0.95+UFL/kg fed) concentrate at the following rates to support 23kg milk production per cow: 3kg 14% crude protein (CP) concentrate on grass full-time (13kg DM); 4.5 kg 16% CP concentrate on grass part-time (7kg DM) and 70% DMD silage (5kg DM); and, 6kg 18-20% CP concentrate if housed full-time on silage (11kg DM). In all cases, feeding a high UFL/moderate CP concentrate is likely to be beneficial for retaining BCS. Finally, during early lactation, the risk of displaced abomasum and other digestive problems is increased with >35% concentrate in the diet. Therefore, allocating high levels of concentrate to correct energy balance can often be counterproductive. Focus on getting high quality forage into

the diet instead. The 1-2-3 of the CMT:Early identification of mastitis gives you the best chance of cure, and of preventing persistent problems. The California Mastitis Test (CMT) is a quick and easy “cow-side” test that is useful for detecting subclinical mastitis by estimating the somatic cell count (SCC) of the milk. The test works on the principle that mixing milk with a reagent causes the somatic cells in the milk to rupture. When the DNA is released from these cells, it coagulates and forms slime.The more cells there are in the milk, the more jelly-like the result. It is good practice to check all freshly-calved animals with the CMT before including their milk in the bulk tank for the first time. CMT kits are widely available and are very inexpensive. Replacement bottles of reagent can be purchased separately. This is one of the best investments to make in your dairy. Three easy steps to the CMT: 1. After discarding the first three-four squirts of foremilk, collect two-three squirts of milk from each quarter in each separate well. 2. Add an equal amount of reagent to each well. Swirl the paddle gently, mixing for 10 seconds. 3. Look at the consistency of the fluid in each well (not the colour), and record the amount of gel reaction that occurs within 20 seconds (from none to almost solidified). What do the results mean? Results are generally categorised as follows: negative; trace; 1; 2; and, 3. This test is subjective, e.g., what you score as a 1, your neighbour might score

Teagasc / Glanbia Monitor Farm Focus Week Ending: 26/2/18 Milk Kg/Day Fat % Protein % Milk Solids/Day KG Meal KG/Cow/Day Average Farm Cover Cover Per Cow Pre Grazing Yield KG DM Demand KG DM HA Growth KG DM HA

Grange, Waterford 4.61 3.36 4.0 749 1,300 12 5

South Kilkenny 4.79 3.56 4 790 1,200 -

as a 2. Remember the important thing is that any positive reaction (1, 2 or 3) indicates a high SCC in that quarter.To become accurate and consistent, practice on cows with known high SCC. March grassland management targets: Target 70 units/acre of nitrogen (N) to be applied by April 1. Target an average farm cover of 500kg DM/ha at the beginning of the second rotation in early April (two-three paddocks should have a cover above 1,000kg DM/ha at this time). Follow your Spring rotation plan – 30% grazed by end of February and 65% by mid-March; adjust your target end date if percentage grazed in February is reduced. Most farms are behind target now. Graze low covers to get the area grazed back on target. Regrowth levels need to be monitored through March. Ideally, average farm cover should be measured three to four times during the month. During difficult weather conditions: • use a back fence after each grazing so animals can’t return to grazed ground; • use on/off grazing to reduce soil damage, while maintaining grass DM intake; • avoid highly-vulnerable paddocks (graze these during drier weather); • avoid long narrow paddocks/strip layouts/poor grazing infrastructure; • avoid paddocks with very high covers of grass – graze paddocks with low covers instead; and, • accept an increased grazing residual height if necessary to avoid soil damage.

Managing peak workload: Peak workload will occur on most dairy farms this month. Focus on the following: 1. Cows: get them out to grass full-time, to reduce yard work. Prevent late-calving cows becoming too fat, leading to possibly additional work with calving. 2. Calves: feed once a day from three-four weeks of age. If sheds are under pressure (overstocked), put a batch of stronger calves to grass and also feed them once a day. 3. Contractors: should you be spending time on slurry and fertiliser applications during a busy March? Could these tasks be completed by a contractor? 4. Time management: prioritise your time to calving cows and getting them to grass. IMPORTANT EVENT Teagasc Suckler Beef Event: A Teagasc Suckler Beef Breeding Event on choosing a profitable bull for your sucklers will take place in New Ross Cattle Mart on Monday evening 5th March at 7.30 p.m. The event will include talks and a demonstration of high index bulls. Chris Daly of ICBF will give a presentation on Euro-star indexes for bulls while Ger O’Brien, linear scorer with ICBF, will cover bull conformation and functionality using high index bulls. Tommy Heffernan, MRCVS will speak on bull management and health issues. This is a Dept of Agriculture KT approved event. All are welcome.

Teagasc Ballyhaise Dairy Open Day in April A MAJOR Teagasc Open Day for the Irish dairy industry will take place in Teagasc Ballyhaise, County Cavan, on Thursday, 5th April. The theme for the Ballyhaise Open Day is ‘Technologies for Resilient Dairying’, where dairy farmers and those involved in the dairy industry will have the opportunity to view and discuss the latest developments that will help them to increase the profitability of the family farm business and cope with future challenges such as volatile milk prices. Ireland’s competitive advantage in milk production is based on the efficient production and utilisation of pasture. The Teagasc Open Day will highlight the importance of adopting farming systems that are resilient to external forces, and that incorporate sufficient tactical flexibility to overcome unanticipated events. Announcing details of Ballyhaise Open Day, Head of the Teagasc Animal Production and Grassland Programme, Dr. Pat Dillon said: ”The abolition of milk quotas has provided dairy farmers with significant opportu-

nity for expansion at farm level. The continuing impressive growth in Irish milk production is a fantastic example of what can be achieved within indigenous rural farming enterprises. Further expansion within the sector and, in particular within the Border Midlands Western Region (BMW), is expected over the next decade which will deliver additional jobs on Irish dairy farms. Growth in the sector also has a high employment multiplier effect and supports employment in other parts of the economy and in rural areas”. Dr. Donal Patton,Teagasc Research Officer based at Teagasc Ballyhaise, said: “Expansion should only be planned if it is going to result in increased farm profitability and an improved livelihood for the farm family. This Open Day will provide guidance to farm families on how to assess their farm businesses and plan further successful expansion.” There will be a network of themed presentations for farmers to visit on the 5th April, which include information on

Breeding, Grassland and Heifer Rearing in addition to the latest results from research trials. A number of grassland demonstrations will allow farmers to see the practical impacts of various management practices. A special feature of Ballyhaise 2018 will be a forum on ‘Family Farming Careers in Dairying’. The forum will include a panel of researchers and farmers with a range of experiences and at various stages of their farming careers. The panel will also discuss what steps farmers can take to make dairy farming a more attractive career for young people. An estimated 6,000 people are needed to enter the Irish dairy industry at farm level over the next eight years to replace retiring farmers and meet the additional workload arising from national herd expansion. The Ballyhaise 2018 Open Day is a Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Knowledge Transfer event. The Open Day runs from 10.00 a.m. – 5.00 p.m. A comprehensive booklet will be provided. Admission and parking is free.

Comments: Grange, Co. Waterford • 76% of cows calved • Cows out all day and for 3 hours at night. • 20% of milking platform grazed. • 4kgs Meal + 4kg DM bale silage. South Kilkenny • 27% of platform grazed. • Cows out day and night last week with no silage. • 70% of cows calved. • SCC 148.

Teagasc ConnectEd Spring Economic Briefing Breakfast Meeting, Dungarvan 20th February in Lawlors Hotel. L. to R.: John Moloney, Regional Manager [Pat Crowley] Teagasc; Michael Moore, Moore Financial; Mary Phelan, Moore Financial; Mark Gibson, Teagasc; Pat Murphy, Teagasc.


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Tom Power and Michael Keane making a presentation on behalf of the farmer suppliers in their areas to milk collection hauliers Michael Ryan and James Murphy on the occasion of their retirement. Also included are Eileen Ryan and Bridie Murphy.

Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Statement on Cold Weather Warning THE Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine participated in a meeting of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, convened by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the lead Government Department on Severe Weather Incidents. Met Éireann has issued a weather advisory indicating that Ireland is facing a very unusual, extremely cold period, with precipitation, affecting the East and South East of the country. Sustained, very cold conditions, possibly only rising to 0 degrees in daytime and accompanied by strong winds are indicated. These conditions will persist until Friday, 2nd March at least. Such conditions will obviously be of particular concern to farmers and those engaged in the agriculture sector.The more significant effects concern the provision of water, shelter and feed to livestock, whether housed or being outwintered. It is essential that water

pipes in the farmyard and also leading to outside water troughs are properly insulated and prevented from freezing up. This is particularly important at this time when cows are calving and sheep lambing, giving rise to a heightened demand for water. In the case of sheep flocks it is essential that they are brought to a sheltered area during the worst of this event. For any animal welfare issues arising from this severe weather event, farmers are advised to keep in touch with their Teagasc adviser, their Veterinary Practitioner, or to contact the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Animal Welfare Helpline: Call Save: 0761 064408 Or direct line 01 6072379. In order to ensure a safe working environment and also facilitate the movement of essential goods onto and off-farm, the farmyard and its environs should be fully gritted or sanded.

All machinery should be correctly stored, maintained properly and where necessary, heating should be provided to ensure that milking equipment and other critical plant does not freeze up. Finally, all those working on farms are urged to take particular care in relation to their own personal safety and that of family members which should remain paramount during this difficult weather. When herding livestock in remote areas farmers should ensure that somebody knows where they are and that they stay in contact. The Department will continue to be fully represented at all meetings of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group in the coming days and will provide updated information where necessary, in addition to that available on the related links as outlined below:

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details captured, ready for the calf to be registered directly with the Department of Agriculture in seconds. The new features were developed over the past 6 months based on feedback from thousands of existing members – Herdwatch estimates 80% of all feature requests have been addressed with this update. Fabien Peyaud, CEO of Herdwatch said “We are very excited to release this massive update to each and every one of our members.We have constantly

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Dungarvan Mart Prices MONDAY 26th FEBRUARY, 2018 DRY COWS 1 Fr. 760 kgs. made €1,120. 1 Fr. 745 kgs made €1,180. 1 Fr. 745 kgs. made €1,010. 1 Fr. 550 kgs. made €940. BULLOCKS 1 Lim. 690 kgs.made €1,475. 1 Her. 620 kgs. made €1,185. 2 Frs. 605 kgs. made €1,145 each. 3 A.A. 503 kgs. made €1,025 each. 4 A.A. 266 kgs. made €560 each. HEIFERS 3 A.A. 520 kgs. made €1,015 each. 3 A.A. 496 kgs. made €970

each. 3 A.A. 518 kgs. made €995 each. 6 Her. 250 kgs. made €525 each. Sucklers made from €1,000 up to €1,280. CALVES Fr. Bulls made from €60 to €130 with up to €170 for strong Fr. bull calves. Aberdeen Angus Bull calves made from €150 to €280. Her. Bull Calves made from €280 to €325. Aberdeen Angus Heifers made from €80 to €140. Her. Heifers made from €100 to €270. Cont. Bulls made from €280 to €350 and Cont. Heifers made from €250 to €300.

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Déise Newsround ‘This is the Walton Programme …’

HAD intended doing a story last week about the closure of Walton’s Music Shop in central Dublin, but there were two other entertainment stories which were more time sensitive. I’m glad I waited because I went along to the Frank Ryan and Sarah O’Mahony Concert in the Town Hall last Saturday night and had a most enjoyable evening of songs which, as advertised, were truly ‘The Golden Years – The Songs We Love to Sing’. Anyone who has heard Frank and Sarah before, know the magnificent talent with which they are endowed, but their presence and personalities are also engaging and they reach out past the footlights to their audience. Not alone were there songs with wonderful accompaniment by the very talented pianist, Bethan Lee, there was also a very comprehensive and informative narration by Cathal McCabe written and presented by him.

He had come all the way from Derry for the occasion. Cathal is a former producer with RTE and before that with Radio Éireann which broadcast from the old studios in the GPO in Henry Street. I remember calling in there on a Friday evening in December 1966 as a nosey teenager and was shown around the compact studios from which programmes were broadcast, until they transferred to Donnybrook and the new TV studio complex there some years later. One of those programmes which Cathal produced was the Saturday afternoon Walton sponsored programme, People of the time will remember the opening line by compere, Leo Maguire: ‘This is the Walton Programme, your weekly reminder of the grace and beauty which lie in our heritage of Irish songs, the songs our fathers loved’. Now, let’s draw those strands

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together. One of the songs which Frank Ryan sang last Saturday was ‘The Whistling Gypsy’ which was written by the same Leo Maguire. The song was first recorded by Joe Lynch in Dublin on Walton’s Glenside label, which had been set up by Martin Walton in 1952. The song – and many others - was popularised throughout the country mainly by the regular plays it got on the Walton Programme, the Saturday afternoon sponsored programme which was presented by Leo Maguire. I seem to remember that Leo himself may have recorded it also, but am open to correction on this. People who remember those days will be familiar with his regular closing line of the programme each Saturday: ‘And Walton’s last word is; ‘If you feel like singing, do sing an Irish Song’ which was followed by the rousing tones of the Fenian March Medley played by the

Bangor Brass and Reed Band and commencing with ‘The Men of the West’ followed by ‘A Nation Once Again’ fading out to make way for the afternoon of sport which include the rugby internationals and ‘Association Football’ which the younger generation may not recognise as ‘Soccer’ today. The programme went out on Saturdays at 2.30 after the thirty minute Gateaux programme which featured one of the first ‘Soaps’ on Irish radio. It was produced by Cathal McCabe in Radio Éireann and went out live each week.The other sponsored programmes were made in private studios in the city. Leo Maguire and his family were regular visitors to West Waterford and also to Ring to where our family went on holidays for over twenty years, first to Máiréad’s in Baile na nGall and then to The Hut which overlooked Helvick Cove and which was owned by friends of ours from Cahir, the Poole

Won awards for their voyages THREE Dungarvan sailors received awards at the Irish Cruising Club’s Annual Prize giving Dinner held in the National Yacht Club in Dun Laoghaire last week Máire Breathnach and Donal Walsh, were awarded the Irish Cruising Club’s two top awards, the Faulkner and

Strangford Cups. Clare Morrissey was awarded the Glengarriff Trophy. Both award winning cruises were to the Arctic and both circumnavigated Iceland and Ireland. Dungarvan based yacht Lady Belle, sailed by Donal Walsh and Clare Morrissey, visited Scotland, the Faroe

islands and sailed north of the Arctic Circle in Iceland. On their return voyage they managed to get a sighting of Rockall, a tiny pinnacle in the North Atlantic Ocean. They returned to Dungarvan in August having covered a total distance of 2,995 miles. Donal’s sister, Máire

Pictured above with their array of trophies for their sailing exploits last summer are Dungarvan intrepid sailors: Clare Morrissey, Donal Walsh and Maire Breathnach Wilkes.

and her husband Andrew Wilkes, both experienced high latitude sailors, cruised from Waterford by way of Scotland, the Faroe Islands, and Iceland to Scoresby Sund, east Greenland. They logged a distance of 4,400 miles in their replica 64 foot steel Bristol Channel pilotcutter, Annabel J. Clare received the Glengarriff Trophy, for the best cruise in Irish waters for her account of Lady Belle’s circumnavigation of Ireland. It is this enthusiasm, skill and a little daring which has marked the membership of Dungarvan Sailing Club over its more than fifty year history, from the days of simple sailing boats, to the bigger and more sophisticated yachts. And, as regular readers of Newsround will know, the Club fosters young and upcoming sailors through their six weeks of sailing courses during the Summer. Well done to our intrepid sailors and to the Club.

Where the news is always good!

family. It seems that our family met the Maguires on several occasions as this photograph will testify. In the image are my mother far right, my brother, Clem far left, my sister Mary in front and myself beside her. The other adult lady I believe, from what I was told later, is Mrs. Maguire and her two daughters. In the background can be seen the original ‘yellow house’ of the Villiers – Stuarts overlooking the

Cove. Like all other aspects of life, time has moved on and broadcasting with it. But the simple radio programmes and schedule of the time served the simple needs of the time, an era to which many of the older generation look back with nostalgia. The Golden Years will be performed again in Clashmore on March 10th next and is well worth a visit.

Photo taken at ‘The Hut’ overlooking the Cove in Helvick in 1951. To find out who the people are, you have to read the story. The legendary Mickey Dalton in familiar pose during the Concert for HOPE in The Town Hall Theatre last Sunday afternoon. The concert was to raise money for the poor and underprivileged children of Kolkata (formerly Calcutta) to where Katie Halpin-Hill from An Rinn and Laoise Keevers from Ardmore will travel this Summer. [Tom Keith]

The four artistes who have a magnificent concert, The Golden Years in the Town Hall last Saturday night. From left: Frank Ryan, tenor, Bethan Lee, Piano, Sarah O’Mahony, Soprano and Cathal McCabe (RTE) who produced and directed the show as well as narrating his very comprehensive and informative script. For those who missed it, the show will be staged again in Clashmore on the 10th March next. Make a note of the date. [Tom Keith]


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WALSH PARK THE CHOSEN ONE - BUT FRAHER FIELD THE BETTER OPTION! EVER since the new inter county Munster hurling championship was announced, a fresh impetus was put in place regarding Grounds development in the Deise to cater for potential attendances that we cannot house at present. The dye is now cast in this regard and the announcement of the proposed development of

Walsh Park is imminent. Clubs have been informed by the Waterford CCCC that Walsh Park is the only option for development as they were informed by the powers that be in Croke Park who will financially support such development only in the highest centres of population.

Naturally, the CCCC has supported fully this stance by Croke Park as has the most recently retired Chairman and secretary of the Board as if development is going to become a reality then a big donation from Croke Park is essential. CONTINUED ON PAGE 7



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West Waterford Athletic Club Juveniles

Success for WWAC athletes in Carriganore and Nenagh

Tom Burke and family members pictured enjoying last Sunday's O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Members of West Waterford's Let’s Run Group Michael Coakley, Jim Fleming, Elaine Murphy, Orla Casey and Molly Fitzgerald all completed last Sunday’s O’Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Joe Gough breaks World record on Irish soil IRISH athletics history was made last Thursday evening at the National Athletic Arena in Abbottstown, Dublin when the mighty Joe Gough rewrote the records books with a stunning 800 metres world record in the over 65 category running a time of 2.16.65. The old record one of the oldest in the indoor athletics record books was held by the famous Canadian athlete Earl Fee who set it way back in 1994.

In many ways the writing was on the wall as Joe had a few weeks previously broke the Irish 400 metres record when he ran 59.57 and as he is just in this new age category this year and knowing Joe and the form is in this is was not unexpected by many of us. Joe is currently training for the upcoming European Masters due to be held in Madrid, Spain from 19th - 24th March where he is hoping to compete in both 800 and

1,500 metres. Joe continued his preparations on Saturday evening at the same venue guesting in the Leinster indoors he continued his winning ways when taking victory in the over 55 800 metres with a time of 2.21.45 his splits were 74 / 67. Next stop for Joe and his team mates is the Masters Nationals in Athlone on Sunday next. We wish him well along with the other West Waterford AC taking part.

IT was a busy few days for West Waterford A.C.’s young athletes as some headed to Carriganore on Friday to compete in the Irish Life Health Munster Schools Cross Country Championships while on Saturday another group headed to Nenagh to compete in the Munster Indoor Championships. FIRST MUNSTER WIN FOR TOMMY FENNELL Competing with St. Augustine’s College in the minor boys race, Tommy Fennell put in a great performance to reverse the result of the East Munster Championships and win his first individual Munster cross country title. His brother Rory suffered a spike injury during the race but despite the pain battled to the finish to cross the line sixth. This laid the foundation for a team performance that saw the St. Augustine’s team take the silver medals. There were two other WWAC athletes on the team Con Willans 56th and Conor Davidson 60th. In the minor girl’s race Ally Cunningham also representing St. Augustine’s showed that she is coming back to top form with every race and finished 12th to qualify for the All Ireland on Saturday, March 10th. In the junior girls race good running from WWAC athletes helped the Ard Scoil girls improve on their performance in the East Munster and finish in second place in the team race. They were led home by Emma Hickey in 11th place with a much improved Sarah Nyhan in 13th with Anna Hickey completing the scoring in 26th and Aoibh Murphy in 38th. In the intermediate girls it was second for the Ard Scoil and third for St. Augustine’s teams. The Ard Scoil girls were led home by Lucy Holmes in 8th place followed by Mary Kate Prendergast in 17th, Kate Hickey 23rd, Elia Tutty 33rd and Orla Keane 37th. Lia Cunningham moved up from the junior grade to compete on the Friary team and she put in her best performance of the year to finish in 10th with Aine O’Neill 19th and

Alannah Kelly and Kate Killigrew who were both medal winners at the Munster Indoor Championships. Kate Killigrew 29th they finished seven points behind the Ard Scoil girls and took the bronze medals. In the inter boys race Michael Troy finished 9th and also qualified for the All Ireland. There were just two local qualifiers in the senior races with Sinead O’Brien representing the Ard Scoil finishing 15th to book her place in the All Ireland Final and Niall Blackwell kept the flag flying for the CBS finishing 7th in the senior boys race. We look forward to seeing them all in action again at the All Ireland in Carriganore on March 10th. WINS FOR PATRICK FITZGERALD AND KATE KILLIGREW IN MUNSTER INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS There were five pole vaulters from West Waterford AC in action at the Munster Indoor Championships in Nenagh on Saturday last and all came home

with Munster medals. Kate Killigrew had a win in the under 16 girls event with a new pb of 2m55 while in the under 17 girls Alannah Kelly equalled her pb of 2m55 to take second place. It was a clean sweep for West Waterford athletes in the under 17 boy’s event Patrick Fitzgerald cleared 3m50 to take the gold medal. Sam O’Neill had a new pb of 3m35 to take the silver and Darragh Curran in his first pole vault competition cleared 3m05 to take the bronze medal. We had just one runner on the track Cian O’Riordan who missed the qualifying round of the cross country through illness opted to compete in the under 18 boys 1,500m and finished in 6th place. Well done to all who made the trip to Nenagh to compete for the club. Training for our younger athletes will be starting in March watch out on the website for updates.

Sinead O'Brien, Ard Scoil qualified for the All Ireland in Senior girls race.

Niall Blackwell who will represent the CBS in the Senior boy's race at the All Ireland Championships.

Date for your diaries - Monday, 5th March AT some point all of us as athletes have had a race where we have let our head rule our body and didn’t achieve our full potential, on that day. As part of our club long term athletic development programme we have organised a seminar to help address this. Niamh Connolly is a busy Cognitive Behavioural Therapist based in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. As a result of a growing waiting list in her private practice, and a rising interest in, and appetite for, CBT, she established ‘The Mind Gym’ in 2017. Niamh has developed a series of workshops and seminars based on the scientifically proven CBT protocols she uses in her work, and can now reach a far wider audience. ‘The Mind Gym’ teaches how to overcome a variety of issues and challenges, to reach optimal mental fitness.

Mental and physical health are two sides of the same coin – you can be in your best physical shape, but if your head is not in the right place, you won’t reach your full potential. Niamh’s aim is to demystify these mental struggles, and teach easy to use strategies that both identify the issues and improve the mindset. In an informative, but informal style, Niamh will help you understand how negative thinking patterns and performance anxiety can happen, along with demonstrating the clinically proven skills and techniques used to overcome them. As she says "our mind is our most important muscle" and she wants to share the best exercises to keep it fit and healthy! Please book in advance with Irene on 086 8242348.

Tommy Fennell who had a win for St. Augustine's in the Minor boys race.


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Club Membership THE club membership is now due and can be paid at any of our club events. You can now pay your club membership online or you can also download our club membership form off our web site and send it into us. Gerry Cantwell, Helvick, Ring Dungarvan Co. Waterford is the club registrar and he will also be available at all club events to accept your membership at a cost of €25. Each year, the Dungarvan 10K is the traditional cut off point for membership. This means that athletes will not feature on club teams unless they are current members of the club and with the summer series not too far away it’s time to sign up. Please note that membership with the club is for the calendar year and will cease on December 31st and it’s not 12 months from the date that you join.

6th Annual Aglish fun run in aid of Crumlin THE 6th Annual Aglish fun run takes place on Easter Monday, 2nd April 2018. 10k run/5k run or 5 k walk. Entry fee €7 or a donation. registration from 11 am. Event starts at 11.30 a.m. Refreshments afterwards in Aglish Community Hall. Numerous spot prizes. Sponsorship cards available on request. All proceeds to Children's Hospital Crumlin. Support club committee member Liam O'Donnell with his annual fundraiser for this worthy cause.

Irish Life National Indoors Masters VERY best of luck to our master athletes competing in Sunday's national masters in Athlone arena. The team competing are Paudie Barron 60 and 200 metres. Terri Gough 60, 200 and 400 metres. Joe Gough 200, 400 and 800 metres. Gregory Fitzgerald 400 metres.

Running Quote I WAS born to be a runner. I simply love to run. It's almost like the faster I go, the easier it becomes.


30th Annual Michael Roche Carpets Series

16th Annual O’Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4 mile IT'S a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life, the song comes into mind after last Sunday's Kilmacthomas 4 mile race, as you know by now we have made many changes to the event this year. Firstly, our new sponsor O'Reilly Traditional Butchers Kilmacthomas have become the lead sponsors. The distance has changed from 5 miles to 4 and much of the race is now on the fabulous Waterford Greenway. All of these changes have been met with all round approval as was witnessed by the numbers who took part in the event last Sunday morning. It was great to see so many new faces in Kilmacthomas supporting this popular race venue in mid county, it was also pleasing to see so many of the former race organising committee in the area still so much involved with this new venture, we sincerely thank them for the involvement in the past and going forward into the future with this race, we are only delighted to have them with us on the journey. Proceeds from the event this year were donated to the local group Kilmacthomas cardiac First Responder Scheme who are quite a new group in the area set up to look after any medical emergencies in the area, particularly on the Waterford Greenway. The race was number 4 in the Michael Roche Carpets Series and thankfully the weather was good and dry if very cold, however, this didn't deter the runners coming out in force as 195 completed the race. Once again the organising committee in Kilmacthomas as we come to expect from this great group of people had no stone left unturned in their preparations for the race and great credit is due to the them and the brilliant way this group in Kilmacthomas year on year prepare for this day. We must thank our new sponsors of the race O’Reilly Traditional Butchers in the town particularly Pa who took on this sponsorship without hesitation. Pa was on hand also to present all the winners with their prize in the community hall. We wish to thank all who helped with the race on the day, our good friends in the Civil Defence under Nicky Butler who are always on hand in Kilmacthomas to support all events, along with the members of the Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responders Scheme who were out in force, to all other stewards also who did a top class job on the day once again. Special thanks to all the ladies who were at the community hall helping to feed all the runners after the race a mammoth task done without fuss, thank you sincerely. Thanks go to our team of road racing coordinators Gerry Cantwell, Ann Dunford, Ray and Kevin Burke, Shirley Flynn, Catriona Kiely, Liam Crowe and Tom Leahy who all did a brilliant job on entries, results and timing; to Conor Norris, Jamie Mills and John McGrath for all their work once again thanks guys. A huge thanks to Johnny Troy who looked after the photos of the event on the day for us. Thanks to the Community Centre for the

Cash donation cheque presentation from last Sunday’s 15th Annual O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4. l-r: Majella Behan, Pa O'Reilly sponsor presenting cheque to Nicky Power, Brain Jackman, James and Killian Power all of the Kilmacthomas Cardiac First Responder scheme. use of their fine facility and to the ladies who did the cleaning up after. We hope to see you all again in 2019. SEAN McGRATH WINS KILMACTHOMAS 4 We had a jam packed field of top male runners last Sunday for the 4 mile in Kilmacthomas with a good spread of counties around the South East represented. From the gun we had athletes from Cork, Waterford and Tipperary represented in the front pack. At mile 1 two had broke clear Sean McGrath, East Cork AC and Carrickon-Suir AC athlete Brian Murphy with another group just in behind consisting of Eoin Lyons, Focus on Fitness, Kevin O'Leary, East Cork AC, Warren Roche, Ferrybank AC also in contention. Just after the turn off the road and onto the Greenway there was a decisive move from Sean McGrath as he opened up a short lead on Murphy, on the downhill section heading back the Greenway to the finish at the Viaduct, McGrath was to hold on for victory crossing the line in a fast 20.35 with Murphy a clear 2nd in 20.47. The battle for the 3rd position was eventually claimed by Eoin Lyons 21.05 just 4 seconds to spare over Kevin O'Leary 4th with Warren Roche 5th in 21.31. So very fast running by the top athletes proving that this course is definitely a fast course. Frank Quinlan, Waterford AC took the first over 40 prize in 21.35. Sean Dwyer, West Waterford AC ran a time of 25.00 to take the over 45 section while Ray Hahesy, West Waterford AC had a brilliant run to claim the over 50's in a time of 24.44. Both Ray and Sean took these two winning category prizes in last year's race here in Kilmac also. West Waterford AC also provided the over 50 category winner in new world over 65 indoor record holder over 800 metres Joe Gough in a time of 24.37. Well done to all winners.

MEN’S WINNERS KILMACTHOMAS 4 MILE ROAD RACE 1st Sean McGrath East Cork A.C. 2nd Brian Murphy Carrick-on-Suir A.C. 3rd Eoin Lyons Focus on Fitness. 1st O/40 Frank Quinlan Waterford A.C. 1st O/45 Sean Dwyer West Waterford A.C. 1st O/50 Ray Hahesy West Waterford A.C. 1st O/55 Joe Gough West Waterford A.C. LORNA DAVY FITZGERALD TAKES LADIES VICTORY With a great name like Lorna Davy Fitzgerald it was a deserving victory last Sunday for the athlete who made the trip all the way from Mallow AC to compete over 4 miles and view the famous Waterford Greenway, making it a double for Cork athletes on the day providing both the men's and women's winners. It was a very close ladies race with only 40 seconds separating the top 4 finishers. Finishing 26th overall our winner was Mallow AC's Lorna Davy Fitzgerald with a time of 25.18 just 20 seconds behind her was Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners in 25.38 and a further 4 seconds for third was West Waterford AC's Kate Veale in 25.42. Louise Morgan, Ferrybank AC took the over 35 prize in a time of 25.56 and the over 40 section was won by Martina O'Dwyer Carrick-on-Suir AC in a time of 25.48, great to see Martina back in competitive action again. The over 45’s went to Maria Griffin, St. Joseph’s AC in 27.04 and the over 50 category went to Onra Power, West Waterford AC in a time of 31.07. Well done to all the ladies who took part and to all those that won their respective categories. LADIES RESULTS 1st Lorna Davy Fitzgerald Mallow A.C. 2nd Naomi Doonan Saturday Road Runners

3rd Kate Veale West Waterford A.C. 1st O/35 Louise Morgan Ferrybank A.C. 1st O/40 Martina O'Dwyer Carrick on Suir A.C. 1st O/45 Maria Griffin St Joseph's A.C. 1st O/50 Onra Power West Waterford A.C. NEXT LEAGUE IS THE POPULAR MARK MASON FINANCIAL SERVICES COLLIGAN LEAGUE The club’s next big local event is the 5 week Mark Mason’s Financial Services Colligan running league for beginners and regular runners and all are welcome once they are over 16 years of age. Last year in this league we added another extra night and was met with approval all round making it now a 5 week league. We would especially encourage newcomers to come along and join in this league in Colligan Wood. For the complete beginners there is the option of doing two laps of the wood, beginning at the wooden bridge and finishing at the wooden bridge. This is 4km in distance or 2.5 miles, so it might suit all those that ran the short route over the winter league plus this route is more or less completely on the flat. Another option is to take part in the 5-mile circuit; this is 3 and a half laps of the same flat circuit of the wood mentioned above. The final option is the 5 mile hill route which is one lap of the wood for starters and then up the first hill and down the hill and then across the road for the second hill and finishing in by the wood at the bridge. The entry fee for all runners is €2 each night. The overall winner of the league will receive the Veale Family Perpetual Shield. The league will start on Wednesday, March 29th and continue for five Wednesday evenings, April 5th, 12th, 19th and 26th. Mass starts each evening at 6.30 pm.

Michael Roche Carpets Series- Race 5

36th Annual Deise College Dungarvan 10k THE final race in the Michael Roche Carpets Series, the Déise College Dungarvan 10K will take place on Sunday, March 11th at 11 a.m. Now in its 36th year and one of the oldest races on the local road running calendar the Déise College Dungarvan 10k is always

one of the more popular races. The club is delighted that Déise College and its proprietors Caroline and Alan Ryan are continuing their sponsorship for this race. The race will also see a number of perpetual trophies being presented. We have the Seamus Power Memorial

Trophy to the first male finisher and the Mikey Roche Memorial Trophy for the first local female finisher. We will be using the fast canal circuit as we have used now for the past couple of years for this race with the race headquarters at the Dungarvan GAA Club Pavilion (by kind permission)

which is where the presentation of prizes for the race and for the overall series will also take place. The race will start and finish in the same place as always at the Industrial Estate just off the N25, with just a short jog to and from the Dungarvan GAA club grounds for the runners.



Pa O'Reilly sponsor presents winner Sean McGrath, East Cork AC with his prize at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4 last Sunday.

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Large group of local runners pictured at last Sunday’s O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Members of the Kilmacthomas Civil Defence and Kilmacthomas Cardiac first responders scheme who helped out at last Sunday’s O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4. Overall ladies winner Lorna Davy Fitzgerald, Mallow AC receives her prize from sponsor Pa O'Reilly at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Pa O'Reilly sponsor presents first man over 50 Ray Hahesy, West Waterford AC with his prize at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Onra Power, West Waterford AC ladies winner over 50 receives her prize from sponsor Pa O'Reilly at the 15th Annual O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Jonathon Regan and T. J. Crotty pictured after they completed last Sundays O'Reilly butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Patrick and Ciara Donnelly pictured at last Sunday’s O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Catriona Kiely, Amy Fann, Anna Fann and Cathy Breen pictured at the start line at last Sunday’s O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.

Sharon Nugent and Angela Tobin both completed last Sunday’s O'Reilly Butchers Kilmacthomas 4.


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WEST WATERFORD GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Telephone: 058-43216. Fax: 058-44343. GENTS RESULTS Club Competition 18 Hole Stableford Feb 19th – Feb 25th. Category 1. 1st. Brian Foley (7) 40 pts, 2nd. Owen O Keeffe (7) 37 pts b9. Category 2. 1st. Shane Roche (9) 45 pts, 2nd. Max Quinn (11) 43 pts. Category 3. 1st. Liam leahy (14) 40 pts, 2nd. Richie Hurley (14) 39 pts. Category 4. 1st. Pat Murray (23) 40 pts, 2nd. Pat Curran (19) 39 pts. CSS: 39. FIXTURES Tuesday, 27th February – Charity Day in aid of Cancer Treatment. Wednesday, 28th February – Sunday, 11th March – Top 8 matchplay Winter league. Friday, 2nd March – Sunday, 4th March – Club competition 18 Hole Stableford. COMERAGH OIL WINTER LEAGUE Sunday, 25th February saw the conclusion of the qualifying rounds in our Winter league. We had a record entry as teams scrambled to gain a place in the top eight and qualify for the match-play stage. As expected, Carrigaline continued their excellent run of form to claim top spot from the three round leaders Carrigtwohill. Team of the week honours must go to Blackwater who jumped from 9th to 7th position to deny An Rinn a place in the playoffs. A mere 4 points sepa-

rated the last three qualifying teams with An Rinn falling short by just 2 points. So we now have the eight qualifiers who will compete in matchplay starting on Wednesday, 28th February and continuing until Sunday, 10th March. WINTER LEAGUE ROUND 4 TOP 8 LEADERBOARD AND MATCHPLAY DRAW Carrigaline 587, Helvick 579, Carrigtwohill 575, Glenbeg 573, An Ghaeltacht 567, Tivoli 565, Blackwater 562, Ardmore 561. MATCHPLAY PAIRINGS Carrigaline vs Ardmore, Helvick vs Blackwater, Carrigtwohill vs Tivoli, Glenbeg vs An Ghaeltacht. Teamsheets with handicaps and contact numbers will be available in the clubhouse on Tuesday 27th February, or by email from Pat Power 0876611276, Full details are also available on men’s winter league link at SILVER ANNIVERSARY SUNSHINE CLASSIC Preparations are well underway for our upcoming Sunshine Classic at West Waterford Golf Club. The Classic committee is leaving no stone unturned in ensuring that our 25th Anniversary event offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a round of golf in welcoming surrounding, on a course that has produced two professional golfers. The Sunshine Classic has become our major fundraiser down

LISMORE GOLF CLUB Phone 058-54026. lismoregolfclub@ MEN’S RESULTS & FIXTURES Results, Mon 19th Feb – Sun 25th Feb - 12 Holes singles s/ford, Sponsored by Cunningham’s Hardware Tallow - 1st Seamus Beecher (19), 32 pts; 2nd Liam Power (15), 29 pts L3; 3rd Alf Barden (17), 29 pts L2. Winner of this week competition was Seamus Beecher with a fantastic score of 32 points, he played very steady golf through out in a round that saw him only 5 over par. In second place was Ballyduff man Liam Power with 29 pts winning on the last 3 due to a birdie on the 11th hole. 3rd place was Alf Barden also with 29 pts winning on the last 2. FIXTURES Round 4 of the Tallow Area Credit Union Spring League takes place this coming week: Mon 26th

Feb - Sun 4th March, 12 hole singles s/ford. TALLOW AREA CREDIT UNION SPRING LEAGUE The Tallow Area Credit Union Spring League continued last week with round 3 being completed on Sunday last. Now half way through the league section things are beginning to take shape. Nearly all team members are succeeding in getting their game played for their team. The team positions are as follows as follows: Section 1 Pts Patsy O’Donoghue 14 Paul Kenneally 12 Ted O’Leary 12 Liam O’Keeffe 12 Michael McGrath 9 Sean Buckley 4 Section 2 Pts John McGrath 17


the years and has contributed enormously to the upkeep and ongoing development of our facilities. For this we are eternally grateful to our members and especially the many visitors who return annually to support our classic. We have talked to, and listened to the views of everyone who has participated in the Classic down the years. As a result we have aimed to run the event in as fair a manner as we can thereby giving all competitors a realistic chance of winning. In this special year we have increased the prizes (not the prices) to say thank you to our supporters. The main prize of 4x€400 Travel vouchers gives the winners the flexibility to use their prize when, where, and how, they decide. The follow-up prizes include overnight accommodation, dinner and golf in some of the top venues in the region. Our Classic this year takes place from Saturday, 24th March to Sunday, 1st April inclusive. SUPER SUNSHINE RAFFLE In conjunction with our Classic we are also holding a raffle. First prize is a fantastic €500 voucher from Harvey Travel. You could also win an overnight stay with breakfast and dinner at any of the Flynn group hotels. Other prizes include dinner for 2 at the Cliff House Hotel and the Tannery restaurant. Tickets are now on sale from committee members, also at the office and in the bar and restaurant. CHARITY DAY IN AID OF CANCER TREATMENT On Tuesday, 27th February the annual Margaret Rochford and Tom Fitzgibbon memorial event takes place at West Waterford. All proceeds are donated to cancer treatment. There will be a shotgun start at 1.30. West Waterford members can avail of a special entry fee of €25 which includes a sit down meal at 6pm. For entries and information please contact Ray Rochford mob. 087 2330054. SOUTH EAST LEAGUE West Waterford have been drawn in a group of 5 including Mahon, East Cork, Castlemartyr,

and Fermoy. The action gets underway on Saturday, 3rd March in East Cork GC where we take on Mahon. We host the league on Saturday, 10th March and have no match on that day. We play Fermoy at Castlemartyr on Sunday, 25th March. On Sunday, 8th April we travel to Mahon to play Castlemartyr and on Sat., 14th April we take on East Cork at Fermoy. The South East league is an opportunity to try out players for the Bruen and Purcell panels, so if you are eligible and available on any of the dates please put your name on the entry sheets now. BRUEN AND PURCELL PANELS Entry sheets for eligible members wishing to be considered for Jimmy Bruen shield and Pierce Purcell shield panels are now posted on the notice board. Bruen panelists should have been no lower than 5 in 2017, and Purcell panelists no lower than 11 in 2017. It is also a requirement that they have returned a minimum of 4 qualifying cards in 2017. AUTUMN SENIORS FIXTURES 2018 Just a timely reminder that the Autumn Seniors Alliance will start in early April. The proposed fixture list is posted on the notice-board. Anyone interested in playing please give your name to Pat Power. BUNKER PROJECT RESUMES The recent spell of wet weather curtailed progress on the bunker renovation project. Work has now resumed and many bunkers have been edged and emptied. The ambitious plan is to insert new liners and new sand in all bunkers on the course. Next time you are playing, take a good look at the bunkers on the 1st and 10th holes which have been completed. We are hoping to have all bunkers up to this standard over the next few months. Apologies for any inconvenience caused during the project. EASTER GOLF CAMPS 2018 Camp No.1 Tues 27th – Fri 30th March. Camp No. 2 Tues 3rd- Fri

6th April Girls (age 5-13) 11am.12.30pm. Boys (aged 5-13) 1.30pm – 3pm. Cost:€25 pp. Golf clubs supplied. Book Now on 086 3521070. Email: Facebook: Tim Murphy Coaching NEW MEMBERS WELCOME West Waterford can offer a variety of packages to anyone wishing to take up the game of golf. Renowned for its friendly atmosphere as well as being home to two professional golfers, we at West Waterford would like you to sample what we have on offer. We pride ourselves on dealing with our members on a first name basis and involving all members in events at the club. Why not call along and talk to Gillian or Austin and discover for yourself an experience which you only get at West Waterford. SUNDAY LUNCH AT WEST WATERFORD – GENERAL PUBLIC MOST WELCOME Thinking of somewhere new to go for Sunday lunch, then go no further than West Waterford Golf and Country Club. Located in the splendid setting of the Brickey Valley this is the ideal venue for the family lunch on Sunday. Remember you don’t have to be a member to visit our restaurant. The general public are most welcome to our Sunday Lunch served from 12.30 to 3.30 each Sunday. The kids will enjoy the spacious surrounds within and outside the clubhouse. Our chef John offers a wide and varied menu to suit all tastes and you are assured of a hearty welcome and personal attention at West Waterford Golf Club. We look forward to serving you. CONDOLENCES We offer our condolences to Lanson Kelly on the passing of his uncle. May Mikey rest in peace. LADIES GOLF Winter League: Well done to all those who took part in the singles round for their team. Round 5 – Matchplay round will commence from Monday 26th and continues until Sunday 11th March.

John Whelan 13 Kevin Whelan 13 Colm Burke 9 Brendan Hannon 8 Liam Feeney 3 As can be seen, Section 1 is very close with only 2 points separating the top 4 teams, Patsy O’Donoghue on top, followed by Paul Kenneally, Liam O’Keeffe and Ted O’Leary. In Section 2 John McGrath is on top closely followed by John Whelan and Kevin Whelan. Captains please contact all your team players and encourage them to play each week for their team. MEMBERSHIP Membership now due for 2018, please contact registrar John McGrath. Please support the club by paying immediately. LISMORE LADIES GOLF CLUB The East Cork Oil sponsored Spring League has completed its second round. With the team selections still under wraps until the next Ladies Committee meeting, where all will be revealed, the Ladies are out in force getting in their best scores. Taking first this round and moving up two places on last week was Helen Farrow with 19 pts again and second was Joan Cahillane on 18 pts on the B6 ahead of Betty Daly who got third on the L1. This week’s round is 12 holes and with the bad weather they are forecasting, get out when you can

and also keep an eye out for any changes to the competition. Our Lady Captain Mary presented round 1's prizes last week to a beaming Patricia McCarthy and Helen Farrow. We had a lovely cuppa and natter and there was a draw for those who played in the afternoon. Mary hopes to continue this practice, with presentation and cuppa at 1.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 28th Feb (weather permitting) and a draw again for those playing in the afternoon. Please make the effort to get out at least once a week so that your team has the best possible chance. Every single player counts in some small way. Best of luck everyone. FIXTURES Sun., 25th Feb. to Sat., 3rd March - 12 Holes S/Ford Spring League 3rd Round. Sun., 4th March to Sat., 10th March - 12 Holes S/Ford Spring League 4th Round. RESULTS 1st Helen Farrow (20) 19 pts; 2nd Joan Cahillane (14) 18 pts L6; 3rd Betty Daly (36) 18 pts L1. All competitions are subject to change so please check the notice board regularly for any changes. As the golfing year started on the 1st October you should have all received your renewal notices by now - your prompt payment would be much appreciated. Please contact our Registrar Mr. John McGrath with any queries.

Lola Holmes winner of the hamper sponsored by George Corbett Motors which was raffled among all stewards at the 27th Annual John Treacy Dungarvan 10. Presenting the hamper is club chairman Tom Leahy.

Results of the Singles Round 4: 1st – Oyster Catchers – 343 pts 2nd Kittiwakes – 334 pts 3rd Curlews – 305 pts 4th Lapwings – 294 pts 5th Seagulls – 284 pts 6th Cormorants – 274 pts Round Winner: Deirdre Ruane (17) – 30 pts. Anything can happen as we know from previous years of the Winter League so best of luck ladies in your matchplay round. Team 1 v Team 2 - Curlews v Lapwings Team v Team 6 - Seagulls v Kittiwakes Team 4 v Team 5 - Cormorants v Oystercatchers The Grand Final will take place on Sunday March 18th, with all 6 scores to count. Other Competitions: There will be a 13 Hole Ongoing running alongside matchplay round and this will run until Friday March 23rd. Also the usual 9 Hole March (2 cards to count). Results: 13 Hole Ongoing for February 1st – Ciara Donnelly (31) – 27 pts; 2nd – Una Mulligan (29) – 25 pts; 3rd – Jean O’Donovan (29) – 24 pts. Mother’s Day Qualifying Competition: Qualifiers for the Mother's Day Competition sponsored by Dungarvan Shopping Centre which took place on Thursday 22nd to Sunday, 25th February inclusive were as follows: Deirdre Ruane (17) – 32 pts Ciara Donnelly (31) – 29 pts Jo Swayne (16) – 28 pts Well done to you all ladies great scores, we will be rooting for you on Saturday, 10th March. Do support our Qualifiers of the Mother’s Day Competition on Saturday, 10th March at midday as they set off on their 18 hole competition, and be ready to welcome them and the competitors from Dungarvan & The Gold Coast Golf Clubs at about 4 o'clock. Presentation of prizes will take place at 5 p.m.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB Tel. Office 058-43310, Fax. 058-44113, Pro Shop 058-44707. Bar/Restaurant Tom Daly Catering 087 2680597 Timesheets online at Email: DEISE GOLF WORLD WINTER LEAGUE PRESENTATION The Captain, Seán Ó Ciarba thanked all present and the competitors who participated achieving great scores for their teams despite the recent weather. He thanked Jim Kiersey, Competition secretary and John Considine for their work in setting up the competition. Much appreciated was the checking of results nightly by the dependable team of: Donal Verling, Donal Williams, Maurice Cliffe, Liam Carroll, Mossie Walsh, Colm Bannon, Jimmy Wemyss, J.P. Hayes and members of the mens committee who were also supportive. Tom, Chris and bar staff as well as David and Grace in the Pro-shop were most courteous and helpful during the event. Tom Considine with Scholar and staff ensured the course was open with good fairways and true greens and battled with the elements to clear the paths. They are to be complimented on the present work of manicuring the bunkers. The Captain thanked Graham Nagle of Déise Golf World for his continued support over the past ten years and congratulated the winning teams stating that they lived up to the Dungarvan Golf Club motto; "Ní maraidhe go stiúrthóir” (You’re not a mariner ‘till you’re a navigator) bringing in such excellent scores in navigating the course under difficult conditions. Graham presented the victorious teams with their prizes and thanked The Captain, Committee and Jim for organising a very successful League

and looks forward to continued sponsorship for the club. Winners:- Ian Woosnam team David Shanley, Michael Leahy Martin Lynch, Michael Ahearne, J. P. Hayes, Brian Beatty, Matt Curran, Pat Power. 159 points Runners-up: Arnold Palmer Team - Donal Williams, Frank O’Donoghue, Tom Curran, Pat Curran, Declan Hallahan, David P. Byrne, Robert Hyde, Colm Bannon. 154 points In other news come along and support Dungarvan who play Youghal here, next Sunday, 4th March at 12 noon and Cobh who play Mitchelstown in the South East League. David Shanley Vice-captain and Donie Williams are busy organizing our teams. Notable scores last week were Eamon Keane with a whopping 42 pts in last Monday’s Open Singles. He swopped his microphone for his magic putter coming 7 shots clear of the field. Tony Power (19) also featured twice at the weekend winning on Sunday with 30 pts and he was a shot behind on Saturday coming second to a great score from Alan Thomas (+2) who posted 33 pts. Make sure you have entered for Spring League sponsored by David Hayes PGA commencing on this Wednesday. SPRING LEAGUES PONSORED BY DAVID HAYES PGA (A) Wed. 28th Feb. to Sun.18th March Play 14 Holes: Your 3 Best cards to count (B) Fri. 16th March to Sun.1st April Play 18 Holes: Your 2 Best cards to count Teams shall then be selected from

GOLD COAST GOLF CLUB You can contact us by phoning 058-44055 Our email address is: MEMBERSHIP Thanks to all members who have paid their annual subscription for 2018. Members who have yet to pay might consider doing so as soon as possible. PREMIER BUTCHER AT DAWN MEATS WINTER LEAGUE After 17 weeks, we have finally come to an end of the league section in this year’s Winter League. Thanks again to the wonderful people at Dawn Meats for coming up with the sponsorship of the league, something all here in the Club are very grateful for. The league itself was once again

an outstanding success with over one thousand five hundred games played during the course of the 17 weeks. The results are now in and it is congratulations to Dunhill who topped the table and hold on to the title. Dunhill put in a massive effort and led the way with more games played than any other team. Ballinacourty finished second, a bit closer to Dunhill this year, The Copper Coast finished 3rd with Deise and Touraneena making up the teams in the match-play stages. Unfortunately, Abbeyside and Dungarvan did not make the play-offs but thanks must go to both teams for their contribution to the league.

Dungarvan Golf Club Winter League Winners and Runner-up kindly sponsored by Deise Golf World. Front Row L-R: J. P. Hayes, 1st; Michael Leacy, 1st Winners Captain (Team Name Ian Woosnam) Graham Nagle, sponsor; Seán Ó Ciarba, Captain; Martin Lynch,1st; Donal Willams, Runner-up Captain. (Team Name Arnold Palmer). Back Row L-R: Pat Power,1st; Robert Hyde, 2nd; Matt Curran, 2nd; Frank O’Donoghue, 2nd; Pat Curran, 2nd; Jim Kiersey, Colm Bannon, 2nd. [Pat Crowley] the top players from each of four categories to play in the Final run over 2 weeks from Wed. 4th to Sun. 15th April. Your best 5 cards (3 from (A) + 2 from (B) shall determine your final score. Play as often as you wish and please return all cards. Entry Fee €10: Answer Yes to this email and pay your Entry Fee to Dave before your First Outing if you wish to participate or put your name & Handicap on sheet in Locker room MOTHER’S DAY COMPETITION SPONSORED BY DUNGARVAN SHOPPING CENTRE We have decided to extend the qualifying rounds for the Mother’s Day Competition to include Tues Mar 6 due to the severity of the forecast for the coming week. This means you can play Tuesday, February 27th, Friday, March 2nd, Saturday, March 3rd and Tuesday, Mar 6th. RESULTS First: Ellen Power and Jack Elstead; Second: Christine O'Keeffe and Ian Gourlay; Third: Maria Kiersey (Vice Lady Captain) and Barra O Tuama.

Thanks to everyone for supporting the foursomes. We will be back again next Friday, March 2nd MEN INTO GOLF Following the success of the Ladies Into Golf, Dungarvan Golf Club will be hosting a Mens Into Golf Programme. Again, this offers an ideal opportunity to sample golf by receiving lessons from our resident professional David in a fun and relaxed environment and then taken to the course by our members. All enquiries to the office. GENT’S RESULTS 19th Open Singles: 1 E Keane (19) 42, 2 M Mehigan (16) 35. 22nd 14H Singles 1 M Curran (18) 33, 2 Diarmuid O’Neill (5) 30, 3 W Ramsell (18) 28. 14H Singles 24th: 1 A Thomas (+2) 33, 2 T Power (19) 32. 3 F Power (9) 30. Sun. 25th 14H Singles: 1 T Power (19) 30, 2 L Treacy (25) 29, Gross D Willliams (4) 25. LADIES RESULTS Tues. 20th 11H Singles 1 Irene Lynch (7) 20 pts, 2 Maeve Morrissey (20) 20, 3 Orla Sheehan (22) 20 pts. Sat. 24th 1 Marcella McGovern (36) 28, 2 Nuala Harty (25) 28. Ladies Home Alliance 28/11/17 CAT 1: 1 B

Ahearne (17) 22, 2 I Lynch (7) 20, CAT 2: 1 C Power (20) 21, K McNamara (21) 18, CAT 3: 1 Colette Power (31) 15, 2 Breda O’Sullivan (35) 15. SAT ALLIANCE CAT 4: 1 Bernie Hayes (17) 21, 2 June James (21) 18, CAT 5 C O’Keeffe (23) 22, 2 Ann Stack (27) 22. FIXTURES Wed 28 Feb Gents 14H Singles S/F, Gents Spring League David Hayes PGA Professional Thu 1 Mar Gents 14H Singles S/F, Gents Spring League David Hayes PGA Professional Fri 2 Mar Gents/Ladies 14H Singles S/F, Fun Friday Foursomes Gents Spring League David Hayes PGA Professional, Sat 3 Mar Gents/Ladies 14H Singles S/F + Ladies Home Alliance, Gents Spring League David Hayes PGA Professional Sun 4 Mar Gents 14H Singles S/F Gents Spring League David Hayes PGA Professional, South East League, Ladies Get into Golf Scramble. SIXTY.COM The winners of the 60.Com competition on 21st February were Pat Power (19) with 19 pts and (2) Mossie

Walsh (6) with 17 pts. Next week’s competition is on 28th February with tee-off at 1:30 pm so please be available for the draw for partners at 1:15 pm. YOUNGONES Next competition 28th February 12 noon. Results 21st 1 Celia Power (26) 2 Maria Kiersey K (29) 17 pts. LADIES COASTAL ALLIANCE Rescheduled to Thursday, March 15th Dungarvan Golf Club Tee Time 9.30 am to 11.30 am PROGRESSIVE 45 Winners 22nd Feb. 1 Sheila Morrissey & T Carroll. Ann Ryan and Tom Cummins, John Motherway and Paddy Corkery, Last 5 Percy Hallahan and tom Osbourne. Lucky Table: Mary Radley and Bernie Hayes. Progressive 45 every Thursday night in the Clubhouse, all are welcome. JUNIOR NEWS Our Fred Daly panel are readying themselves for the upcoming season. Practice takes place every Saturday at 4 pm. Any enquiries can be directed to David Hayes. David can be contacted at 058-44707 or email to

PREMIER BUTCHER AT DAWN MEATS WINTER LEAGUE QUARTER-FINAL SATURDAY, 3rd MARCH AT 9.00 a.m. Deise take on Touraneena at 9 am in the quarter-final on Saturday. The following will represent the teams: Deise: Nicholas Fitzgerald, Michael Wall, Tommy Long, Frank Waters, Mick Cronin, Willie Bloomer, Nicholas Power, Sean Carmody, Gerry Comerford, Ger Bagge, Michael Whelan, Barry Power and Martin Morris. Touraneena: Roy Ware, Brian Fahey, John Hallinan, Rafael Alvarez, Larry Whelan, Joe Meade, Jimmy Beresford, Tom Reynolds, Darren Williams, Liam Beresford, Neil Dermody, Darren O Droma, Jody Hallinan. Deise will have the honour on the fist tee. All matches must be played to a finish with no halved games. PREMIER BUTCHER AT DAWN MEATS WINTER LEAGUE SEMI- FINALS Saturday, 10th March Dunhill will play the winners of the quarter-final match between Deise and Tourneena in the 1st semi-final at 8.40 a.m. Ballinacourty will play Copper Coast in the 2nd semi-final at 9.50 a.m. Dunhill will have the honour in the 1st match and Ballinacourty will have the honour in the 2nd match. All matches must be played to a finish

with no halved games. CAPTAIN’S DRIVE IN Our Captains, Tim and Bernie, will host their ‘Drive In’ on Sunday, 18th March at 10.15 a.m. This year it will be a 15 holes mixed scramble with the 7th, 8th and 9th holes excluded. Anyone interested in playing should register before 10 a.m. on the Sunday morning. Following the golf all will adjourn to the Gold Coast Golf Hotel for Spare Ribs and Colcannon. The presentation of prizes will also take place directly after the game. DUNGARVAN GOLF INTERNATIONAL OVER 20 YEARS IN EXISTENCE Running from Monday, 28th May to Thursday, 31st May, this tournament, which is run over the three local courses, continues to prove popular with players coming from USA, England and Ireland to take part. This year we hope to encourage more members from the three local clubs to take part by offering them a special rate of €45 entry for the competition instead of the normal €140. 10 HOLES COMPETITION FOR LEGS OF LAMB Easter wouldn’t be the same without the customary Leg of Lamb for dinner on Easter Sunday. Now is your chance to win one as from now until the week before Easter we will be giving Legs of Lamb as prizes for the 10 holes competition. DATES FOR YOUR DIARIES Saturday, 3rd March: Winter

League Quarter Final. Saturday, 10th March: Winter League Semi-Finals. FIXTURES Mon., 26th Feb. – Fri., 2nd March: Weekday Competition Friday, 2nd March: Open Singles. Sat., 3rd/Sunday, 4th March: Weekend Competition. Tuesday, 6th March: Open Seniors, Ladies & Gents 50+. RESULTS Friday, 23rd Feb: CSS 38 pts. 1st: Alan Landers (14) 44 pts. 2nd: Tommy Long (10) 42 pts. Gross: Micheal White (1) 39 pts. Sat., 24th/Sunday, 25th Feb: Winter League Week 17, CSS 37 pts. 1st: Joe Meade (20) 40 pts. Cat 0-9: Tom White (5) 38 pts. Cat 10-14: Ian Pericho (13) 39 pts. Cat 15-18: Peter McArdle (16) 36 pts. Cat 19+: Patsy Walsh (23) 37 pts. LADIES NOTES Fixtures: 10 Hole Ongoing Competition for a leg of lamb (the mint sauce is courtesy of Patricia). Captain’s Drive In: Our Captains, Tim and Bernie, will host their Drive In on Sunday 18th March at 10.15 a.m. This year it will be a 15 hole mixed scramble with the 7th, 8th and 9th holes excluded. Anyone interested in playing should register before 10 a.m. on the Sunday morning. Following the golf all will adjourn to the Gold Coast Golf Hotel for Spare Ribs and Colcannon.

The presentation of prizes will also take place directly after the game. Mother’s Day Competition sponsored by Dungarvan Shopping Centre: The inaugural Mother’s Day competition will be held in West Waterford on Saturday, 10th March, with 3 ladies to qualify from Gold Coast, West Waterford and Dungarvan clubs. The qualifying competition is over 13 holes and will be run in conjunction with the winter league for 3 weeks from Mon., 12th Feb to Sun., 4th March. Members may play both league and qualifier concurrently and may re-enter as for the league. Details including entry are displayed in the kiosk. E.G.M.: A most uplifting and informative meeting took place in GC on Thursday, 8th Feb., with the excellent Jennifer Hickey from the ILGU. The programme put together is very impressive and new ladies are being offered the chance to try out a fun activity and make new friends. There will be professional lessons and fun scrambles for €50, held over eight Thursday evenings, starting in early April. Please contact Ann Keane for a registration form if interested. Places are limited and on a first come first served basis. Each member is exhorted to make a sincere effort to recruit a potential new member for her club, to share the enjoyment that she herself has gained from golfing at the Gold Coast.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A Round 4

Waterford secures first League win over Cork at Pairc Ui Chaoimh Waterford …………………. 1-20; Cork …………………………1-15. THERE was a time when a win over Cork in senior hurling would be a cherished memory but it shows how both Counties’ fortunes have changed in that this result will be soon forgotten and all eyes will centre on the games to come. From a Waterford point of view, this will be this Sunday in Walsh Park when we take on unbeaten up to last Sunday Clare at Walsh Park. Certainly, there was a marked improvement in Waterford’s form last Sunday compared to the previous rounds but it must also be said that the dismissal of Cork captain Seamus Harnedy as early as the 25th minute had a bearing on the result. The state of the field wasn’t up to standard for a match of this importance and knowing that sand was spread on it recently, the fixture could and should have been switched to Pairc Ui Rinn during the week. Players deserve better than this and if it was the other way around, we wouldn’t be long hearing about it from the powers that be. Freezing temperatures welcomed all to Pairc Ui Chaoimh as the Winter weather arrives in earnest this week. However, an announced attendance of 10,445 patrons viewed this latest derby between both Counties. Stephen O’Keeffe was back between the posts for Waterford and Stephen Roche and Brian O’Halloran also received some game time on this occasion. The teams were level on seven occasions up to the 24th minute, the last time when Seamus Harnedy was red carded for a foul on Barry

Coughlan. That was in the 24th minute and the teams were level once more, credit Cork, in the 14th minute of the second half at 1-13 each. However, once Harnedy was dismissed, this game always had a look of a Deise win about it and so it proved in the end. Pauric Mahony who finished with a tally of 0-10 opened the scoring from play in the first minute after an earlier miss and Conor Lehane, who was surprisingly substituted at half time, popped over the next two points from play. Ballyduff’s Michael Kearney, who enjoyed a great first half levelled proceedings from a Kevin Moran pass before the free takers took over temporarily, Patrick Horgan (2) and Pauric Mahony (1), 0-4 to 0-3 in the Rebels’ favour. Colin Dunford scored a neat point in the 13th minute from an angle and then, in what is becoming a trade mark score, Tadhg De Burca dissected the posts from way out. Cork were relying on Patrick Horgan frees while in between his latest two, Jamie Barron struck a contender for score of the match in the 16th minute from a Tadhg De Burca pass. Patrick Horgan (f) levelled for the fifth time and then the Glen hurler showed he can score from play a s well when he batted a goal past Stephen O’Keeffe on receipt of the sliotar from Youghal’s Bill Cooper. However, Waterford didn’t have to wait long for a response as Mikey Kearney, with support from Tom Devine and Jamie Barron cleverly one-handed struck the ball under pressure into the Cork net, 1-6 each and 22 minutes played. Immediately, Austin Gleeson struck a mighty long range score

similar to De Burca and though Patrick Horgan executed his fifth point of the half, Waterford were never to go behind thereafter. Seamus Harnedy’s sending off was unavoidable for a two knee attack on a prostrate Barry Coughlan in front of the linesman Buddy Power and interestingly but not surprisingly, Waterford placed their extra man in defence, now totalling two, Tadhg De Burca and Austin Gleeson. Cork, though a man short, therefore, also kept a spare man in their own defence. Initially, Waterford punished Harnedy’s indiscretion with three unanswered points per Pauric Mahony, Conor Gleeson and Mahony again, free, before Conor Lehane struck Cork’s first wide of the game in the 32nd minute. In fairness to the home side, they responded well with Patrick Horgan pointing a free after Shane Fives was deemed to execute a foul handpass. Horgan followed up with a score from play, totalling 1-6 thus far. Pauric Mahony restored the winners’ 0-3 lead with a brace of pointed frees during the two minutes of added time leaving the scoreboard reading 1-12 to 1-9 at the short whistle. Cork came back at Waterford a second time on the restart and 49 minutes in, the teams were level for the final occasion at 1-13 each. In the lead up to this Patrick Horgan and Austin Gleeson traded pointed frees before Tim O’Mahony, a contender for score of the match by Mark Ellis and Horgan (f) again scored either side of four wayward scoring attempts by the winners. However, Waterford turned up the heat in a freezing Pairc Ui Caoimh a third time resulting in three consecutive Pauric Mahony

pointed frees, 1-16 to 1-13 and 52 minutes on the clock. Patrick Horgan (f) replied with his final score but this was as close as the home side got to Derek McGrath’s charges as both sides emptied their benches. Substitutes Stephen Bennett, from a Jamie Baron pass and Stephen Roche from Brian O’Halloran raised white flags in the 59th and in the 62nd minutes and when Pauric Mahony completed his game tally of 0-10, Waterford were all but in the winners’ enclosure on a scoreline reading 1-19 to 1-15. Credit Cork again, they battled away to the end, Colm Spillane struck another contender for score of the match in the 63rd minute, Stephen O’Keeffe was called upon to save a shot one minute later and in the first minute of added time, Robbie O’Flynn’s goal effort was denied by Barry Coughlan. Stephen Bennett restored Waterford’s 0-5 lead in the final play with his second point in a quarter of an hour. Having lost three games, Waterford’s league hopes are long gone and this win will be recorded solely as a morale boosting one with the side playing more to their true form. Against Kilkenny, they scored 1-3 from play, on this occasion it was 1-11 with the wide expanses of Pairc Ui Chaoimh suiting them much better than Walsh Park. Waterford’s Top Three: Jamie Barron, Tadhg De Burca, Noel Connors. Cork’s Top Three: Patrick Horgan, Mark Ellis, Eoin Cadogan. Observer’s Man of the Match: Jamie Barron. Number of Scorers: Waterford 9. Cork 5.

Scores From Play: Waterford 1-11. Cork 1-6. Frees For: Waterford 13. Cork 16. Wides: Waterford 13. Cork 8. Score of the Match: Tadhg De Burca’s 14th minute point for Waterford from his own backline. Scorers – Waterford: Pauric Mahony 0-10 (0-8 frees), Austin Gleeson 0-3 (0-1 free), Michael Kearney 1-1, Stephen Bennett 0-2, Jamie Barron, Tadhg De Burca, Colin Dunford, Stephen Roche 0-1 each. Cork: Patrick Horgan 1-10 (0-9 frees), Conor Lehane 0-2, Colm Spillane, Tim O’Mahony, Mark Ellis 0-1 each. Waterford: Stephen O’Keeffe (Ballygunner); Shane Fives (Tourin), Barry Coughlan (Ballygunner), Noel Connors (Passage); Tadhg de Búrca (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg), Philip Mahony (Ballygunner), Conor Gleeson (Fourmilewater); Austin Gleeson (Mount Sion); Jamie Barron (Fourmilewater); Kevin Moran (De La Salle), Maurice Shanahan (Lismore), Mikey Kearney (Ballyduff Upper), Pauric Mahony (Ballygunner), Tom Devine (Modeligo), Colin Dunford (Colligan). Subs: Stephen Roche (Mount Sion) for Shanahan (49), Brian

O’Halloran for Dunford (49), Stephen Bennett (Ballysaggart) for Devine (57), Jake Dillon (De La Salle) for Kearney (57), Kieran Bennett (Ballysaggart) for Moran (68). Cork: Anthony Nash (Kanturk); Conor O’Sullivan (Sarsfields), Eoin Cadogan (Douglas), Colm Spillane (Castlelyons); Christopher Joyce (Na Piarsaigh), Tim O’Mahony (Newtownshandrum), Darren Browne (Kanturk); Mark Ellis (Millstreet), Mark Coleman (Blarney); Bill Cooper (Blarney), Dean Brosnan (Glen Rovers), Conor Lehane (Midleton); Alan Cadogan (Douglas), Séamus Harnedy (St Ita’s), Patrick Horgan (Glen Rovers). Subs: Robbie O’Flynn (Erin’s Own) for Lehane (half-time), Lorcán McLoughlin (Kanturk) for Joyce (55), Luke Meade (Newcestown) for Brosnan (58), 26. Michael Cahalane (Bandon) for O’Sullivan (65), Shane Kingston (Douglas) for Cooper (66). Referee: Seán Cleere (Kilkenny). THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES Sunday, March 4th. All games at 2.30 p.m. Kilkenny v Wexford in Nowlan Park. Waterford v Clare in Walsh Park.

ALLIANZ NATIONAL HURLING DIVISION 1A LEAGUE TABLE p w Wexford 4 3 Clare 4 3 Tipperary 4 2 Kilkenny 4 2 Cork 4 1 Waterford   4 1

d 0 0 0 0 0 0

l for/against 1 9 1 8 2 9 2 3 3 -10 3 -19

pts 6 6 4 4 2 2

Walsh Park the chosen one - but Fraher Field the better option! (CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1) However, our own opinion is that Croke Park are blinkered in developing Walsh Park and a greater assessment of both County Grounds should have been made before insisting on heading to the city. The city has always been the highest centre of population in Waterford, currently reading approx 46,000 but attendances at Walsh Park have never attracted a high percentage of this population to the Keane’s Road venue. Rather we should be looking at the centre of GAA population in the County and the Fraher Field is an ideal halfway house between East and West with roughly a half an hour travelling from both areas bringing one and all to the Shandon Road venue. The opinion by one delegate at the recent County Board meeting that it would be the height of folly to develop a Ground in Dungarvan which has a population of 8,000 doesn’t hold water as an hour up the road in Thurles, there is a magnificent stadium and that is in a town with a population the same as Dungarvan. However, whoever pays the piper calls the tune but will this investment be a wise one at a venue that is limited for development? Walsh Park is in the middle of a residential area and its total area is far less than that of Fraher Field. As it is, Walsh Park has a very limited parking area and regularly we see patrons taking the chance of parking around it on double yellow

lines. The teams and officials are depending on the co-operation of Musgraves for parking while the nearby estates are invaded on big match days. Most County Grounds have a warm-up area to accommodate teams and this helps protect the playing surface but we don’t have this in Walsh Park and no matter what development is done, there can never be a warm up area, simply because the space for this development is not there. A few years back, the pitch in Walsh Park was narrowed on the stand side and it is no coincidence that there are more line balls in games in this field than in many other venues. The surface of the city venue has come in for much criticism over the years, this is not the fault of the groundsmen, you can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear, and despite intentions to put some finance into the improvement of the Walsh Park surface, the jury on this one will remain out until that improvement is a reality. THE BETTER OPTION So what has Fraher Field got to offer that makes it a better option for development than its City cousin? A LOT. There is serious space in the Fraher Field and around it to develop the Grounds to a high standard. That the early fathers of the GAA played four All Ireland finals there in the early 1900’s and that All Ireland club hurling finals, All Ireland intermediate hurling club finals, All Ireland Colleges finals and Munster finals, the most recent the under 21 hurling between

Waterford and Clare in 2009 tells us that through the years, those at the top were of the opinion that the Shandon venue was a most suitable one. Access to the Fraher Field is a pleasure whether one chooses the route from town, Abbeyside, the industrial estate or Ballyneety and parking is also plentiful. The Grounds itself has an extensive parking area behind the John A. Mulcahy bank with turnstiles available if required. For early comers to games at the field, there is convenient parking in front of the main entrance while there is also a number of spaces reserved for the disabled. Overall, the venue is just a ten minute walk from the town centre with many further options for parking while the Shandon venue is not in the centre of a big residential area such as is Walsh Park and indeed Thurles. There are a number of houses between the Park Hotel and the venue and as far as we know, the access to these homes is respected. Development of the Dungarvan venue would also be good for businesses in the area. The Park Hotel is a 100 metre walk and close by there are restaurants, shopping and bar facilities with the shopping centre just a stone’s throw away. But of more importance, what has the inside of the Fraher Field to offer that makes it the better option for Ground development in Waterford? A LOT. The field has better playing surface and its width on both sides is ideal for our games. There is plenty room on the side opposite

the stand to develop another stand while behind the goals, there is ample room for terraces. A very valuable asset in the Grounds is what has been known by earlier generations as the ‘’Show Field.’’ Here there is room to develop either another field or a full length Astro turf facility which would be a huge revenue attraction. Much development has been introduced at the Fraher Field over the years, such as the stand, new dressing rooms, the acquisition of a large parking area, astro turf goal areas and office space under the stand and this was obviously done by committees who recognised the value of development at the Dungarvan venue. Big match days will attract a lot more people, in this era of television, to a centre of the County venue rather than to Walsh Park and this, and many of the views above, are being made by many Gaels, who agree that it would be a much better option to develop the Dungarvan venue. However, as we said at the outset, the dye is cast and Walsh Park is the chosen one. Interestingly, while Walsh Park is being developed, the Fraher Field will house some National league fixtures and County finals. For this to happen, it has been announced that some development will have to be done in Dungarvan to meet health and safety regulations and so the age old home of GAA in the County from Dan Fraher’s time will enjoy some development sooner rather than later.



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Gaelic Jottings Pairc Ui ‘Ghaineamh’ SPECTATORS and armchair supporters alike were taken aback by the state of the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch during last Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League clash between Cork and Waterford. Pockets of sand were visible all over the pitch, leading to the sliotar becoming stuck in the sand on occasions. The condition of the pitch was all the more surprising considering that over €80m. was spend on redeveloping Cork HQ and that it hadn't hosted a game since the Rebels' opening round victory over Kilkenny on January 27th. The stadium also staged the Allianz Football League encounter between Cork and Cavan. Cork have played down concerns over the Páirc Uí Chaoimh pitch after the sand-heavy surface drew criticism in the wake of Sunday's league double-header. The pitch cut up badly over the course of 140-plus minutes of action, with barely any grass visible on some areas of the field, and quite a lot of sand laid down to compensate. A Cork spokesperson said some sand will continue to be used in general pitch maintenance and put the condition of the surface down to the time of year and the fact that it had two games on the bounce, stressing that a relatively new surface still needs time to bed in.

Could meet again WATERFORD have recorded their maiden victory of the 2018 hurling league, defeating 14-man Cork by 1-20 to 1-15 at Pairc Ui Chaoimh. With 10,445 looking on, Derek McGrath's charges knew they had to prevail to keep alive their slim chances of avoiding a top-flight relegation play-off. It was a bad day at the office all around for the Rebel County, who lost for the third time running, while their footballers were also beaten by Cavan in the curtain-raiser. Although there are still a lot of possible permutations, these two teams now share bottom spot with one round left and they could very well cross swords again in the 1A / 1B relegation shoot-out on March 11th. Cork are due to travel to Thurles to face Tipperary next weekend, while Waterford host Clare in two intriguing all-Munster clashes.

Late scare at Carriganore CARLOW made it four wins from four in Division 4 of the Allianz Football League after holding on for a three-point victory over Waterford at the WIT Arena in Carriganore. Turlough O'Brien's men were given a late scare after Gavin Crotty (penalty) and Paul Whyte scored injurytime goals for the hosts. Ultimately, goals in either half proved decisive for Carlow, who have moved a step closer to attaining promotion. Waterford led by 0-3 to 0-1 after eight minutes, but six points from Paul Broderick and a Sean Gannon goal had the visitors 1-8 to 0-5 in front at the break. Carlow opened at 0-10 lead during the second half on a scoreline of 2-9 to 0-5 before Waterford’s late comeback. The final score was 2-12 to 2-9.

Transparency defeated A MOTION tabled by former Wexford All-Ireland winning manager Liam Griffin, with the support of the CPA, to provide greater transparency in voting at GAA

Congress has been heavily defeated. Most Congress delegates are mandated to vote a certain way, but have been known to vote differently on the day. Griffin said: "We believe it's in the interest of the organisation that the GAA is transparent and accountable." The GPA's acting CEO Seamus Hickey also supported the motion, but speakers from Cork and Europe were opposed to it. Cork chairperson Tracey Kennedy said "this motion suggests that there is something fundamentally wrong at the heart of the Association," while Europe delegated Tony Bass feared it would lead to "vilification and witch hunts". However, a whopping 83 per cent of delegates voted against the proposal.

The Beast from the East THERE could be further disruption to GAA fixtures this weekend as the country braces itself for its coldest weather since 2010. A Siberian front - nicknamed the 'Beast from the East' - is expected to see temperatures plummet to -9C in the coming days, with snow showers predicted from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and south-east. Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning for exceptionally cold weather until Friday, which is threatening to leave pitches either frozen or flooded ahead of another packed weekend of Allianz Football and Hurling League action, (not forgetting the club scene too).

Contributing to a melee LAST year's exchange between Tipperary's Jason Forde and Wexford manager Davy Fitzgerald during the Allianz League Hurling semi-final has resulted in a rule change at annual Congress. A two-match ban was proposed for Forde for 'contributing to a melee' before it was later reduced to one. Many in the GAA felt the initial sanction was harsh and delegates acted accordingly by voting 93 per cent in favour of a onematch ban for minor physical interference with an opposing team official. A motion proposing that the deadline for players to be sanctioned to play in the US, Canada and Australasia be brought forward from July 1st to June 15th was defeated with 61 per cent voting against it, but a motion to prevent match officials from wearing sponsorship on their gear was passed (72 per cent were in favour) due to the logistical challenges of producing different kits for different competitions. Meanwhile, the penalty for counties failing to fulfil a championship fixture was reduced from a 48-week suspension to a fine. A whopping 95 per cent agreed that the existing penalty which dates from 1945 was too severe.

Ban on betting sponsorship A MOTION to ban betting sponsorship in the GAA has been unanimously passed at annual Congress. A whopping 93 per cent of 270 votes backed the motion proposing that "sponsorship by a betting company of any competition, team, playing gear or facility is prohibited". Supporting the motion, Connacht Council chairman Mick Rock claimed that the GAA is "besieged by gambling" and that passing the motion would "enhance

St. Pat's U-16 Football County Champions 2017 who were presented with their medals by Caoimhe McGrath in Coolnasmear last Sunday night.

the moral standing of the GAA in Irish life and protect the integrity of our games". GPA delegate and former Galway dual star Alan Kerins revealed how 15 per cent of their members who sought conselling last year did so in relation to gambling problems. Down delegate Jack Devaney also supported the motion and called for it to be extended to drink companies. "I hope in time to come that a similar motion can be extended to alcohol companies," he said. The rule change will affect former All-Ireland club champions Crossmaglen Rangers who are sponsored by bookmakers Bar One Racing, while Armagh also have a sponsorship arrangement with BoyleSports.

Won Fitzgibbon cup medal CONGRATULATIONS to Tallow hurler Jordan Henley who won a Third level Colleges Fitzgibbon Cup medal with UL in Mallow last Saturday. Jordan came on during the final in their 0-6 defeat of DCU, whose side included fellow Deise players Patrick Curran and Peter Hogan.

Home Championship games in doubt JOHN Mullane says Walsh Park needs to be shut down and completely revamped. Waterford County Board chairman Paddy Joe Ryan confirmed last month that championship hurling would be returning to the city venue for the first time since 1996 with Walsh Park confirmed as the venue for Na Deise's Munster SHC round-robin clashes with Tipperary and Cork on June 3rd and 17th respectively. However, Waterford's five-times All Star Mullane insists an urgent re-think is needed as he contends that the venue which was something of a mudbath for the league clash with Kilkenny - isn't up to scratch. He also points out that it doesn't suit Derek McGrath's team. "I hate to say it as a Waterford city man but that venue is not up to holding a Munster championship game during the summer, particularly Cork and Tipperary," "Shut the place down and do a total revamp on it and make a decision on it this whether we're going to play Cork and Tipperary in different venues. At the current moment in time, Walsh Park does not suit this current Waterford team, we

haven't won in Walsh Park since February, 2016 and that's another worry before the summer,"concluded the former All Star. Going on the chat at the Frebruary County Board meeting, there seems to be a shift in the thinking of the Waterford CCCC in the staging of this year’s home games in Walsh Park with the executive now favouring conceding home advantage so that more spectators can view these games live.

New President’s views NEWLY installed GAA president John Horan has called on individuals in clubs to speak out against payments to managers if the Association is to maintain its amateur ethos. Off the books payments to outside mangers has been a hot topic in recent years and a motion to restrict management positions in a club to its members failed at Congress on Saturday. Na Fianna clubman Horan said he had encountered the practice during his time as Leinster Council chairman. "There are occasions when you get an outside manager to come in and we accept that and give him his legitimate expenses but don't be giving him a lump." "I'm not getting into specifics but I know one particular club where the football manager is a volunteer, and did it all, and a group of people decided to collect money among the hurling fraternity and paid an outside manager. "You have to say within your club 'I don't agree with that and I think we should row back'. Horan plans to tackle underage inter-county development squads, which he believes are contributing towards an "elitist culture" in the Association. "Young lads should be dipping in and out of county squads," he insisted. "No young lad should be deemed a success or failure. "The amount of training that they do with the county squad – they deem that more important than their own personal career. Sometimes their parents see it as more important than being at a club training session or being with their club. "Young lads going to county development squad training should be going in their club colours, keep it in their head that they are actually still a club player.

Transfer news PAT Spillane believes the GAA needs to open up a club and county transfer window to create a more level playing field. Dublin are currently monopolising

the Leinster and All-Ireland championships but the vast majority of club players in the capital will never get to play county football. As things stand, the Kerry legend fears that "an unbridgeable chasm" will open up between elite teams and the rest: "Dublin have advantages in terms of resources and a lack of travelling. This is replicated at club level - with a huge gulf opening up between the large urban clubs and their rural counterparts." "The big clubs cannot cater for everybody who wants to play, while some rural clubs are struggling and in some cases are unable to field teams. "Perhaps we need to think outside the box in an effort to fix this inequality. We can still retain the county and club structure, but could introduce a structured transfer system under which smaller clubs and counties would have access to players from larger units. "Take Dublin, for example, who at most will use 30 players during the championship. This leaves a hell of a lot of top-class footballers who don't ever get a chance to wear the county jersey. "Surely it would be a worthwhile exercise to allow the weaker counties access to this pool of top quality players. I believe a similar initiative would work with the clubs. Otherwise, an unbridgeable chasm will open up."

Scór Na Seachtaine TADHG De Burca’s 14th minute point for Waterford in their NHL game against Cork in Pairc Ui Chaoimh last Sunday.

Fraher Field Classics THIS week’s Fraher Field Classics, courtesy of the editor of the Dungarvan Observer and from the pen of John A. Murphy features the Munster Club Senior Football quarter-final between Kill and Clonmel Commercials which was played on March 24th, 1968 in Dungarvan. “Kill for Semi Final.” “Kill 0-9; Clonmel Commercials 0-6.’’

Sympathy THE Observer extends its sincere sympathy to the Dower family, Clashmore on the recent death of Mrs Ellen Dower. The under 21 Western football championship game between Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg and Ardmore scheduled for Bushy Park last Tuesday evening was postponed as a mark of respect.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Waterford Senior Footballers who lost to Carlow in Div. 4 of the National Football League played in Carriganore. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Allianz National Football League Round 4 Division 4

Carlow’s comfortable lead challenged too late Carlow ………………………2-12; Waterford ……………………2-9. WATERFORD left their challenge to Carlow’s unbeaten run too late at a freezing Carriganore venue in the fourth round of their Division 4 NFL game last Saturday afternoon. The winners were in control here for a full hour but a number of Deise second half substitutes brought about an improvement in the home team’s display which saw the Barrowsiders clinging to a 0-2 lead in added time. The game organisation left a lot to be desired at the city venue with no PA or timing system while the absence of a match programme with two weeks to prepare for this game is inexcusable. Tom McGlinchey’s charges had first use of the biting cold wind but Carlow were clearly the better side with their physicality, speed and fitness way ahead of their opponents, keeping Waterford under constant pressure and with little time on the ball. There were some ‘handbags’ at the start and at the end of the match but overall it was played in good spirit. Prior to the game a minute’s silence was held in memory of the late Monty Guiry of Kill, who donned the County jersey with distinction on many an occasion. There was an unusual large attendance at the venue, the vast majority from Carlow mirroring their impressive start to this year’s campaign.

Waterford held their own in the early stages with the teams level at 0-3 each after ten minutes. JJ Hutchinson opened the scoring with a neat point in the first minute before the game’s top scorer Paul Broderick equalized for the first of only two match occasions. Deise wing back James McGrath journeyed forth for a trade mark score and Jason Curry increased this advantage in the 6th minute with a pointed free. However, Waterford were soon under the cosh and the concession of frees were punished on four occasions by the accurate left foot of Broderick, leapfrogging his side ahead on the scoreboard by 0-5 to 0-3 and fifteen minutes played. Kieran Power and Tommy Prendergast were wide with pointed attempts before Carlow wing back Ciaran Moran kicked a contender for score of the match after 22 minutes. Power was black carded harshly enough for a foul on Man of the Match Brendan Murphy in the 25th minute, getting in his way moving forward than with any intent and he was replaced by his Dungarvan clubmate Gavin Crotty. The score that really separated the teams arrived in the 28th minute when after lengthy Carlow possession, corner back Conor Lawlor outpaced a number of defenders before offloading to Sean Gannon who raised the first green flag of the game from close range. Full forward Darragh O’Brien

should have had a second Carlow goal immediately but somehow drove wide with the goal at his mercy, 1-6 to 0-3. Gavin Crotty, who was later yellow carded for having no gum shield, not the only one on the field without one, pointed brilliantly from his left side in the 29th minute with the impressive Carlow midfielder Sean Murphy replying two minutes later. J. J. Hutchinson kicked his second score before Paul Broderick (f) ended the half as he started with another point, his sixth in this moiety, ensuring a 0-6 advantage for the winners at the break on a scoreline of 1-8 to 0-5. Stradbally’s Jack Mullaney was introduced on the restart and he improved matters for the home side but five wides from scoring attempts by a variety of players eventually brought the ultimate cost. The right footed Sean Gannon increased Carlow’s advantage from a free in the 38th minute and shortly afterwards, there was a clear 0-10 between the teams when Waterford were disposed in the middle of the field and Daniel St. Ledger was on the end of a Carlow move that earned them their second goal. Credit Waterford, despite this large deficit, they won the remainder of the game, 33 minutes in total, by 2-4 to 0-3 as they really took the game to the visitors. Jason Curry with a very good pointed free into the teeth of the wind in the 47th

minute was answered by Carlow centre forward Darragh Foley, 2-10 to 0-6 before the large Carlow support was silenced at last and much of the reason for Waterford’s comeback was due to the introduction of Joe Allen, Martin Scurry and Conor McCarthy. They made an immediate impact with Allen, in particular, winning a lot of possession around the middle of the field, which up to then was the domain of Carlow’s outstanding Brendan Murphy. J. J. Hutchinson (f), Paul Whyte and Gavin Crotty uninterruptedly dissected the posts between the 54th and 60th minutes before Diarmuid Walshe, who had replaced Paul Broderick, pointed a free, Carlow’s first score in six minutes, 2-11 to 0-9. There were six yellow cards dished out from the 64th minute to the end of the game, including one to Carlow for conceding a peno which Gavin Crotty expertly converted dead on the 70th minute as the scoreboard now read 2-11 to 1-9. Due to no P.A. system at the venue, nobody bar the ref knew how much added time was being added which took from the enjoyment of the end of the game. Waterford continued to drive forward and in the 73rd minute Paul Whyte finished a move to the net with his fist and now there was just 0-2 the difference at 2-11 to 2-9. The ref was under a bit of pressure at this stage, just like Carlow, and

Carlow: R. Molloy; D. Moran, S. Redmond, C. Lawlor; J. Morrissey, D. St Ledger (1-0), C. Moran (0-1); B. Murphy (0-1), S. Murphy (0-1); S. Gannon (1-0), D. Foley (0-2, 1f), E. Ruth; P. Broderick (0-6, 5f), D. O'Brien, J. Murphy. Subs: M. Rennick for S. Murphy, K. Nolan for J. Morrissey, D. Walshe (0-1f) for P. Broderick, L. Walker for D. Foley, C. Crowley for S. Redmond, L. Roberts for D. Moran. Waterford: S. Enright; P. Whyte (1-1), T. O'Gorman, B. Looby; J. McGrath (0-1), M. Curry, A. Trihy; T. Prendergast, K. Power.; D. Guiry, S. Ryan, J. Curry (0-2f); J. Veale, J. J. Hutchinson (0-3, 1f), C. Murray. Subs: G. Crotty (1-2, 1-0 pen) for K. Power (BC), J. Mullaney for A Trihy, J. Allen for T. Prendergast, M. Scurry for J. Curry, C McCarthy for D. Guiry, E. O'Brien for J. Veale. Referee: B. Cawley.

he was kept ever busy dishing out yellow cards to both sets of players. Carlow lifted the home siege in the 75th minute with the outstanding Brendan Murphy fittingly claiming the final score of a game that really came to life in the final minutes of it. Carriganore has a lot going for it no doubt, facility wise, but it is lacking in some of the basics of match day organisation and the shemozzle after the final whistle among a large group on the field could have got nastier with easy access to the pitch and stewards on the day like hen’s teeth. Carlow’s Top Three: Brendan Murphy, Paul Broderick, Shane Redmond. Waterford’s Top Three: Brian Looby, Joe Allen, Jack Mullaney. Observer’s Man of the Match: Brendan Murphy. Number of Scorers: Carlow 8. Waterford 5. Scores From Play: Carlow 2-5. Waterford 1-6. Frees For: Carlow 20. Waterford 12. Wides: Carlow 5. Waterford : 9. Score of the Match: Ciaran Moran’s 22nd minute point for Carlow.

OTHER DIVISION 4 RESULTS Leitrim 2-18; Limerick 1-9 Wicklow 0-10; Laois 1-16 London 0-13; Antrim 0-17 THIS WEEK’S FIXTURES Saturday 3/3/2018: Carlow -vWicklow. London -v- Leitrim Sunday 04/03/2018: Laois -vAntrim. Limerick -v- Waterford.


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Waterford Camogie Academy proves a fruitful venture By Colin Breheny THE curtains came down on the preliminary stages of a highly successful and popular four week U-14 Waterford Camogie Academy at a bitterly cold WIT Sports’ Arena in Carriganore in front of large crowds of interested spectators on Saturday afternoon last. “The Beast from the East”, Ireland’s unwelcome Scandinavian visitor over the last few days, certainly met its match in Carriganore at the weekend where over 100 resilient girls from all four corners of the County served up a red hot feast of A-rated camogie over six

games, in the face of the biting winds that enveloped the Country. The day’s proceedings were opened with a confidence building session for the girls, delivered by well-known hurling tutor John Burns, who emphasised the importance of the inclusivity of camogie for all participants regardless of external factors. Burns also used the opportunity to invite the girls to share their thoughts on the Academy and the impact it has on breaking down club barriers and developing common friendships through camogie. On the back of six hours of specialised coaching with a range

of guest trainers from across the hurling fraternity over the previous number of weeks, Saturday’s games offered coaches the chance to observe the players performing in full scale 15-a-side games in their chosen positions. Tramore Coach, Johnny Dunphy was suitably impressed with the levels of skill on view across all games. “It’s great to see how well players executed the skills of camogie out there today. Despite the cutting breeze, each and every one of the girls can be proud of their performances. It’s certainly a tribute to the work that is going on at the grass roots level

back in the clubs that we can have such big numbers of girls competing so well on a day like this”. On a day where participants, parents and coaches were all given a forum on which to offer their views on how such academies can best serve camogie in the county in the forthcoming years, Waterford Camogie Chairperson Ita Murphy emphasised the importance of opportunities like this. “Days like today are vitally important to the continued promotion of camogie within our county. Today alone, we have over 100 participants, 16 coaches, a huge number of parents and representa-

tives from camogie teams all over the county in attendance here. The feedback we glean from across all sectors assembled here will be of utmost important in the future development of such Academies in Camogie”. Addressing the girls after the session, Sheila O’Donohoe commended the group on their performances, attitude and commitment shown over the past six weeks. “We have an unbelievable amount of talent here in this room and it’s fantastic to see girls mingling freely and developing friendships with peers from clubs across

the county. That was the aim of a project like this – providing an experience where girls can go back to their clubs feeling that camogie is something that they really want to be part of”. All participants were later presented with their own individual Waterford Camogie training tops. Further trials will take place next weekend at a time and venue to be confirmed, with the Waterford U-14 Inter-county season due to kick-off in mid-April. Clubs will be informed of the next stages of trials via email this week.



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Club Focus Wednesday, 11th March, 1998.

Sparkling display by Waterford at Semple Stadium Waterford 1-17; Tipperary 4-6. WATERFORD hurlers got their Church & General National Hurling League campaign off to the brightest of starts at Semple Stadium in Thurles on Sunday afternoon last when they outplayed the home side over the hour to record a richly deserved victory. Waterford played sparkling hurling throughout. They were the fitter, sharper and more eager team as they produced some very good combined play with neat hand passing, good low ball into the full forward line. They were well worth a much bigger winning margin then the two points which separated the sides at the final as some silly mistakes left Tipperary in for two late goals which put a rather flattering look on the scoreboard as far as Tipperary were concerned. However, a total of 18 scores to ten tells its own tale and I would rate this as easily Waterford’s best league showing at Semple Stadium since the National League quarter-final in 1995. They were totally committed throughout the pitch and their overall performance delighted the good sized Deise following in the attendance. WATERFORD ON TOP Waterford defended the town goal playing into the slight breeze and while the early exchanges were keen and tight, it very quickly became obvious that Waterford were the sharper and better balanced team. TWO GOALS With Waterford leading 0-8 to 0-3 after 22 minutes came two goals in quick succession. Liam Cahill received a pass from Declan Ryan and wiggled his way through to drive the ball to the net, 0-8 to 1-3, and Tipperary were back in business. Waterford’s response was immediate and decisive as Gerry Brenner’s puckout was flashed downfield by Fergal Hartley. Billy O’Sullivan, who is enjoying a new lease of life, showed good vision as, with the neatest of flicks, he placed the ball in front of Paul

Flynn who burst through to crash the ball past the helpless Brendan Cummins, 1-8 to 1-3. Dan Shanahan was fouled in the 28th minute with Paul Flynn pointing the resultant free. In the 29th minute Ken McGrath scored another marvellous point. Ken McGrath came downfield to drive over a glorious point from a free, 1-11 to 1-3 at the interval. Waterford were fully worth every single point of that eight point lead. THREE GOALS In the 39th minute some fine interplay between Kevin Tucker, Liam Cahill and Michael Kennedy ended with the latter blasting to the net. However, Dan Shanahan played Ken McGrath who quickly pointed in reply, 1-13 to 2-4. Again Dan Shanahan played Ken McGrath in the 46th minute for another fine point as Michael White came in for Brian Greene at top of the right. Paul Flynn pointed a free in the 47th minute and when Michael White was hauled down, Ken McGrath drove over the resultant free in style to a huge roar of approval from the Deise supporters. Up front Ken McGrath, Paul Flynn, Billy O’Sullivan and Dan Shanahan starred, with Ger Harris also having his best every game up front - where the combined play of the forwards was a key feature in this victory. Waterford were again missing changes as Tipperary threw in two further substitutes. William Hickey and Paul Kelly, for Michael Ryan and Colm Bonner. Declan Ryan pointed in the 54th minute. Paul Flynn found the target from a free, 1-17 to 2-6, with over 57 minutes played. The game was virtually over as a contest. Or was it? Tipperary attacked again with Liam Cahill rattling the net. Back came Tipperary and in the hectic exchanges Tipperary’s Declan Ryan won possession and headed goalwards to lash home a great goal, 1-17 to 4-6. Scorers for Waterford: P. Flynn 1-6, K. McGrath 0-7, D. Shanahan 0-2, G. Gater and B. O’Sullivan 0-1 each. Scorers for Tipperary: L. Cahill 2-0, D. Ryan, 1-3, M. Kennedy 1-0, K. Tucker 0-2, R. Ryan 0-1. Waterford: S. Brenner; S. Frampton, S. Cullinane, M. O’Sullivan, T. Feeney, F. Hartley, P. Queally, G. Gater, T. Browne, B. Greene, K. McGrath, G. Harris, D. Shanahan, B. O’Sullivan, P. Flynn. Subs: M. White for B. Greene. Tipperary: B. Cummins; P. Shelly, C. Gleeson, M. Ryan; L. Sheedy, J. Carroll, R. Ryan; C. Bonner, A. Butler; L. McGrath, M. Lee, K. Tucker; L. Cahill, D. Ryan, E. O’Neill. Subs: M. Kennedy for M. Lee; W. Hickey for M. Ryan; P. Kelly for C. Bonnar. Referee: Pat Delaney (Laois).

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TEAMS OF TIMES GONE BY RYAN’S L&N COUNTY FOOTBALL LEAGUE Championship: County Football League; Venue: Stradbally. Date: Saturday, 7th March, 1998. Half-time score: Stradbally 1-3; Ballinacourty 1-1. Full-time score: Stradbally 1-5; Ballinacourty 1-4. Stradbally team: K. Cunningham; A. Barrett, O. Costello, K. Coffey; T. Walsh, G. Walsh, D. Power; P. Mullaney, T. Gough; N. Cusack, J. Coffey, J. Hearne; N. Curran, L. O’Brien, T. Curran. Subs: E. Phelan for P. Mullaney.


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FORDE’S DAYBREAK FORECAST CORNER Last Week’s Forecasts: 2 Forecasts. 1 Correct. 1 Incorrect. Success Rate: 50% This Week’s Forecasts: NHL: Clare v (Waterford). NFL: Waterford v (Limerick). Under 21 ‘B’ Football: Clashmore/Kinsalebeg v (Ardmore). Minor Football: Division 1: An Ghaeltacht v (Rathgormack), Ballinacourty v (DLS). Division 2A: Kilrossanty v (Portlaw), Clan Na Gael v (Tramore). Division 2B: St. Olivers v (Cois Bhride), St. Pat’s v (Dungarvan). Division 3A: St. Saviours v (St. Mollerans), Mt. Sion v (Ferrybank). Division 3B: Ardmore v (Ballyduff Upper), Nire v (Stradbally). Senior Football League: Group A: Stradbally v (An Rinn), Portlaw v (Brickey Rangers), Nire v (Gaultier). Group B: Ballinacourty v (Dungarvan), Kilrossanty v (Ardmore), Rathgormack v (Clashmore/Kinslebeg). To Date: 15 Forecasts. 7 Correct. 8 Incorrect. Success Rate: 47%.

Caoimhe McGrath and the St. Pat's representatives on the KCK under 14 Community Games football team, bronze medalists in the All-Ireland Finals.

Waterford Senior lady footballers make it three wins in-a-row Waterford …………………...2-13; Sligo …………………………..2-5. WATERFORD made it three wins in a row as they easily defeated Sligo in Round 4 of the Lidl Division two league in Carriganore last Sunday. Maria Delahunty and Aoife Murray made their first league start on this occasion. Sligo played with a strong wind in the first half and quickly got a point on the score board. However, the Déise ladies quickly got going with some great points from Eimear Fennell, Michelle Ryan (2) and a well taken goal by Lauren McGregor. This gave the Déise girls a 1-3 to 0-1 lead after twenty minutes. Maria Delahunty was back on the frees and got her first point of the match from a placed ball. Roisín Tobin was replaced by Kate McGrath as she injured her knee. The wind made scoring difficult and as a result Waterford missed a few scoring chances. Sligo started to make use of the wind, Katie Walsh stood up to take a 45 which resulted in a goal in the top right hand corner of the goal. Sligo then followed this up with points by Sinéad Naughton, Katie Walsh and Nicola Brennan to leave the teams level at half-time. Waterford made a further two changes at half-time with Aileen Wall replacing Katie Murray and Gráinne Kenneally taking the place of Michelle Ryan. With the wind in the second half Waterford used this to their advantage and scored nine

unanswered points from Grainne Kenneally, Eimear Fennell (3), Maria Delahunty (3), Karen McGrath and Kate McGrath. This left the score standing at 1-13 to 1-4. However, Sligo never gave up and pulled back a goal and a point from Emma Kevany and Louise Merrick. Aileen Wall got a great goal after some great team work up the field to leave the final score Waterford 2-13; Sligo 2-5. MANY POSITIVES Waterford can take many positives from this game, Megan Dunford had a great game in defence while Emma Murray made many important blocks. It is great to see Maria Delahunty back and playing well scoring a total of four points; one from play, two from frees and a 45. Eimear Fennell has had a great league campaign to date and is a real danger in the forward line. Aoife Murray also impressed causing many turnovers as she never gave up and battled for every ball. Waterford will play Tipperary next Sunday at a Tipperary venue. Tipperary are currently unbeaten in the league so this will be a big game for the Déise Ladies. Waterford: Sally Kelly, Rebecca Casey, Megan Dunford, Aisling Hahessy, Mairead Wall, Emma Murray, Michelle McGrath, Roisín Tobin, Karen McGrath, Katie Murray, Maria Delahunty, Aoife Murray, Lauren McGregor, Michelle Ryan, Eimear Fennell.

Subs used: Kate McGrath for Roisín Tobin; Gráinne Kenneally for Michelle Ryan; Aileen Wall for Katie Murray; Aisling Mullaney for Aisling Hahessy; Kelly Ann Hogan for Karen McGrath; Ger Power for Lauren McGregor; Emer Scanlan for Michelle McGrath; Dearbhaile Ní hAodha. Scores: Eimear Fennell 0-4, (1 free), Maria Delahunty 0-4 (2 frees, 1 45), Lauren McGregor and Aileen Wall 1-0 each, Michelle Ryan 0-2, Kate McGrath, Karen McGrath, Grainne Kenneally 0-1 each. UNDER 14’S DEFEATED BY TIPPERARY Waterford ……………………1-5; Tipperary ………………..… 4-10. Waterford under 14’s made the trip to Bansha in Co. Tipperary to play Tipperary in their second championship match. Waterford made a few changes from their last match. Tipperary lead by 1-6 to 1-3 at half time and the match finished 4-10 to 1-5. CLARE NEXT GAME The girls put in a great effort and can be very proud of themselves. Round three of the under 14 championship will be on Monday, 19th March against Clare at a neutral venue. Waterford: Neasa Keevers, Liily Gough, Shauna Parker, Molly Kate Hearne, Aoife Hartley, Emma Power, Gretta Nugent, Ailis O’Meara, Eve Power, Katie O’Callaghan, Ellen Boylan, Eimear Quirke, Meave Sheridan, Claire Walsh, Sarah O’Brien.


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Tribute to the late Monty Guiry

Eoin Kearns and Laura Barry enjoying the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel. [Sean Byrne]

The recent passing of Kill football legend Monty Guiry brings back many happy memories of memorable encounters between Ardmore and Kill in senior football during the late fifties and sixties. I also recall him being a formidable team-mate in several inter-county games which we played together at that time, especially in the heydays of Waterford football against many top teams in Ireland, including against Dublin at the hallowed Croke Park in 1972. Monty is a true Waterford football legend and is also a prominent member of the Waterford Team of the Millennium. He formed the backbone of the county team for over a decade in those bygone days together with stalwarts like The Nire’s Mick Connolly, Ardmore’s Eddie Mooney, the Kirwan brothers from John Mitchells and Kilrossanty’s Walsh trio and was always a true sportsman and a gentleman on the field. Ar dheis laimh De go raimh a ainm. Waterford senior football team 1962 – Front row (l. to r.): Tommy Kirwan (John Mitchells), Tom Walsh (Stradbally), Tom Power (Ardmore), Monty Guiry (Kill), Freddie O’Brien (Mount Sion), Mick Kirwan (Kill), Joe Tibbs (Kill) and Tom McGrath (Kill). Back row (l. to r.): Tom Moloney (Kilrossanty), Mick Connelly (The Nire), Eddie Mooney (Ardmore), John Colbert (Ardmore), Brendan Coughlan (Ballyduff Upper), Tom Walsh (Kilrossanty) and Tommy Joe Harty (Ring). John Colbert (Ardmore)

John and Margaret Veale enjoying the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel. [Sean Byrne]

Limerick books camogie league semi-final place after nail-biting draw with Waterford Waterford …………………….1-9; Limerick …………………...…1-9. LIMERICK reached the semi- finals of the Littlewoods Ireland Division 1 Camogie League after playing out a hard fought 1-9 draw with Waterford at Ballyagran on Sunday last. The share of the spoils means Limerick pip Waterford to the Division 1 semi-final place on offer by the virtue of Limerick superior points difference and the Shannonsiders rewards is a Clash with rivals Cork. Limerick led 1-3 to 0-5 at half time, Limerick’s goal coming from top scorer Niamh Mulcahy inside three minutes after the lively Rebecca Delee had pointed Limerick in front. Despite suffering that early body blow Waterford recovered and had drawn level by the 22nd minute when outscoring their opponents by 0-5 to 0-1. Indeed, had it not been for excellent save by Limerick Goalkeeper Laura O’Neill who did superbly to deflect Kaeisha Tobin close range effort over the crossbar Waterford could have easily been ahead at half-time. Limerick looked to have gained a decisive edge when points from Mary O’Callaghan and a Mulcahy free had them 1-05 to 0-5 to the good four minutes in the second half. However resilient Waterford hit back to edge a point in front 1-8 to 1-7 with a fantastic goal from Kaeisha Tobin with five minutes to

go. Waterford were well on top with Carton, Fitzgerald and Niamh Rockett all dominating. Caoimhe Costello levelled for Limerick after a fine run by Sarah Carey. Aisling Power scored a great point for Waterford levelling it once again. Limerick were then awarded a soft enough free which the ever accurate Mulcahy had no trouble converting. Waterford refused to give up and Beth Carton scored the final point levelling it for Waterford with one minute to go of normal time. However, time ran out with the referee blowing it a minute later with no injury time played. Waterford will take a lot of confidence from this game as a lot of the camogie pundits had written them off. Waterford under the charges of Donal O’Rourke made great progress this season with two wins, two draws and one loss. Next up for Waterford is Munster championship against Cork on April 21st. This game will be playing in WIT carrignore. Waterford: Brianna O’Regan, Mairead Power, Iona Heffernan, Sibeal Harney, Aoife Landers, Aine Lyng, Claire Whyte, Lorraine Bray, Shauna Kiernan, Niamh Rockett, Deirdre Fahy, Fiona Morrissey, Annie Fitzgerald, Beth Carton and Kaeisha Tobin. Subs: Aisling Power for Fiona Morrissey (36 mins) Marie Russell for Whyte (53 mins) Scorers: Beth Carton 0-7 (0-4 frees 0-1 45’) Kaeisha Tobin 1-01, Aisling Power 0-1. Limerick: Laura O’Neill, Marian

O’Connell,Sinead McNamara, Marian Quaid, Caoimhe Costelloe, Judith Mulcahy, Lisa Scanlon, Sarah Carey, Karen O’Leary, Rebecca Delee, Mary O’Callaghan, Deborah Murphy, Megan O’Mara, Aisling Scanlon, Niamh Mulcahy Subs: Caoimhne Lyons for O’Mara (41 mins), Dearbhla Egan for Scanlon (51 mins), Muireann Creamer for O’Callaghan (57 mins). Scorers: Niamh Mulcahy 1-6 (0-4 Frees), Mary O’Callaghan, Rebecca Delee, Caoimhe Costello 0-1 each.

ALL IRELAND MINOR ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP WATERFORD BEGIN MINOR ‘A’ CHAMPIONSHIP WITH CRUCIAL AWAY VICTORY OVER LIMERICK Waterford ………………… 0-18; Limerick …………………… 3-3. Saturday 24th Venue: LIT Campus Waterford opened their Minor ‘A’ Championship with a trip to Limerick on Saturday with the home team hoping to bounce back from an opening day defeat to Clare. In what turned out to be a physical encounter, the away side were able give the travelling support something to cheer for with some excellent pieces of play throughout while finishing the game in a dominant fashion to run out six point winners. Both teams traded points in the opening exchanges with Waterford getting the first score of the game through a placed ball. Waterford took the game to Limerick from the outset with attacks built from the

back with quick interplay evident throughout the team. Waterford had several goal chances but failed to find the back of the net. Against the run of play Limerick got the first of their goals in the opening half. The Deise girls however kept their heads up and continued to run at the Limerick defence in numbers with Maggie Boylan leading the half forward line with a powerful performance. Waterford continued to cause the Limerick defence problems with the quick forward play drawing fouls and punishing them by converting the awarded frees. Limerick again found the back of the net in similar fashion against the run of play, but yet again Waterford failed to back down and found themselves tacking over some nicely pointed scores with Aoife Fitzgerald and Kaiesha Tobin taking care of the free taking duties going in at half time leading by the slimmest of margins. 0-9 to 2-2. The second half opened with Waterford putting over four frees with the Limerick defence finding it difficult to hold a very mobile forward line resorting to fouling as a means to stop the Deise girls. Waterford were led from the back with Mary Kate Curran at centre back commanding that position very effectively while the dynamic midfield partnership of Clara Griffin and Keeley Corbett Barry linking the defence and attack to great effect. Limerick got their final goal of the game to bring the margin

down further going into the last twenty minutes. Waterford began to introduce players from the bench and that gave fresh impetus to both the defence and attack. With the strength coming from the bench Waterford were able to finish out the game strongly in what was a very competent performance with the margin of victory six points. The next step for the minor’s is a home game against Offaly on St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) with WIT’s Carriganore as the venue. Waterford: Megan Foran, Isabella Markewicz, Shauna Fitzgerald, Aoife Hahessy, Hannah Flynn, Mary Kate Curran, Roisin Dunphy, Clara Griffin, Keeley Corbett Barry, Ciara O’Sullivan, Maggie Boylan, Sarah Lacey, Kaiesha Tobin, Aoife Fitzgerald, Annie Fitzgerald. Subs: Clodagh Carroll for Annie Fitzgerald, Leah Sheridan for Aoife Hahessy, Lorna Foley for Kaiesha Tobin, Sally Kelly for Aoife Fitzgerald, Roisin Kirwan for Ciara O Sullivan. Scorers: Kaiesha Tobin 0-11 (0-9f), Aoife Fitzgerald 0-5 (0-04f), Maggie Boylan 0-2 Limerick: Claire McNamara, Michelle Curtin, Kate Ambrose, Aisling Herbert, Eva Butler, Edel Cunningham, Aoife Curtin, Anna Rose Kennedy, Katie Heelan, Shauna Foley, Roisin Ambrose, Eimear Gavan, Ciara Barry, Aoife McMahon, Noirin Lenihan.


GAA, Jenkinstown, Co. Kilkenny Best of luck to the Ursuline Waterford who play in the Post primary School final on Saturday next. There are six clubs represented on this team. We would urge all our supporters to come out and support. WATERFORD UNDER 14 SCHOOL OF EXCELLENCE Saturday last marked the end of our U-14 School of excellence- and what an experience it was. A really special thank you to all the girls (and their parents) who attended and also a huge thanks to all the club coaches who were crucial in the planning and roll-out of this project. The skills on display were superb but more importantly skill was equally matched by the positive attitude and sheer determination of each and every girl who participated. Well done to all involved. The future of Camogie in Waterford is really positive. WATERFORD CAMOGIE OFFICE Waterford Camogie office is opened every day Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Our Office is located in Dungarvan Nissan. If you have any queries or want to get in contact with us please contact Tanya on 086 8113531 or John Flood on 087 6684474. You will also find us on Facebook and twitter.

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Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s GAA Club Victory Social

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Brendan Tobin, Club Chairman making a presentation to Special Guest, Tom McGlinchey at the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel. [Sean Byrne]

Brendan Tobin, Club Chairman making a presentation to Dermot Dee at the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel. [Sean Byrne]

Sliabh gCua Western and County Junior Football Champions 2017. Panel and Mentors pictured at their Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel with Tom McGlinchey, Waterford Senior Football Manager, Special Guest; Paddy Joe Ryan, Chairman Co. GAA Board. Pat Grant, Chairman and Patrica Walsh, Secretary Western GAA Board; Pierre Butler, President, Marie McDonald, Secretary and Brendan Tobin, Chairman Sliabh gCua/St.Mary’s GAA Club. [Sean Byrne]

At the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel with Tom McGlinchey, Waterford Senior Football Manager, Special Guest; Paddy Joe Ryan, Chairman Co. GAA Board; Pat Grant, Chairman and Patrica Walsh, Secretary Western GAA Board; Mary Tobin, Pierre Butler, President; Marie McDonald, Secretary and Brendan Tobin, Chairman Sliabh gCua/St.Mary’s GAA Club. [Sean Byrne]

Alice and Billy Coffey, James and Liz Condon. Seamie and Breda Skehan.

Gillian O’Malley and David Flynn.

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Sean Kearns, Paul Ahearne, Dermot Dee, Rhona Drohan, Ava Mai Tobin, Irene Dee, Mick Sullivan, Jackie Ahern and [Sean Byrne] Karen Kearns.

Maurice Geary with Declan and Kathleen Fitzpatrick.

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Aisling Hallinan, Kevin Sheehan, Clodagh Ryan and Tom Tobin.

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The Sheehan family enjoying the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel.

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Deirdre Coffey, Breda and Monnie Hallahan.

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Gearoid Hallinan, Sarah McCarthy, Tara and Brendan McGourty.

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Maurice and Marie Cliffe with Bernie and Pat Cliffe.

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Enjoying the Sliabh gCua Victory Social in Lawlors Hotel.

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John Fitzpatrick, Micheal Quinlan, Bridget Quinlan and Nuala Dunne.

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David Whelan, John and Kylie Queally, Johnny McGrath, Cliona Whelan, Denis Coffey, Stephen Cliffe and Tomas Quinlan [Sean Byrne]

Dano McGrath, Willie and Cliona Power, Sean Foley, Micheal Dalton, Dermot Halley, Marian Cliffe, Mary Power and Jack Power. [Sean Byrne]

Pa, Nellie and Grainne Hallinan.

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Conor Tobin, Kieran Power, Eanna Power and Dermot Tobin. Claire McGrath, Kerrie Power and Carina Coward. [Sean Byrne]


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JJ Kavanagh Minor Football Championship commences IF the expected ‘Beast from the East’ doesn’t leave its expected trail of frozen and snow covered fields around the County, then the 2018 Minor football championship will commence this weekend. First team named has home advantage.

Sunday, 4th March, 2018

St. Pat's U-13 Football County Champions 2017 who were presented with their medals by Caoimhe McGrath in Coolnasmear last Sunday night.

JJ Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football Championship Division 1: 11:30 An Ghaeltacht vs Rathgormack 11:30 Ballinacourty vs De La Salle J.J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football Championship Division 2 Group A: 11:30 Kilrossanty vs Portlaw 11:30 Tramore vs Clan na Gael J.J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football Championship Division 2 Group B: 11:30 Cois Bhride vs St Oliver's 11:30 St. Patrick's vs Dún Garbhan J.J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football Competition Division 3A: 11:30 Ferrybank vs Mount Sion 11:30 St Mollerans vs St. Saviour's JJ Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football Competition Division 3B 11:30 Deuglán Naofa vs Ballyduff Upper 11:30 Stradbally vs The Nire.

County Senior Football League First Round Fixtures St. Pat's Ladies and u-16 girls squad braved the freezing conditions in Bohadoon to start back training on Sunday mornings at 9.30 a.m.

Allianz National Hurling League Division 1A Round 5

Waterford hurlers seek back-to-back wins WATERFORD V CLARE in Walsh Park Sunday, March 4th at 2.00 p.m. IT is said that losing becomes a habit and winning does as well, so

hopefully Waterford’s senior hurlers can put back to back victories together when they play high flying Clare in their final Division 1A Group game of this year’s Allianz NHL at Walsh Park this Sunday. Clare will provide a different proposition to Cork and the fare at Walsh Park should not be as openly played as last Sunday which lacked championship type intensity overall. Clare’s defeat to

Wexford last Sunday has not started the alarm bells ringing as the Banner County were already qualified for the knockout stages following three consecutive wins early on. This game will be a good test for Derek McGrath’s charges against good opposition and the team to do duty should be the same up to and including midfield. The line-out of the forward division is unpre-

dictable with the emphasis mainly on outside running forwards than having scorers close to goal. Qualification for the quarter finals seems to be only an unanticipated mathematical possibility and the likelihood is that our final competitive game before the Munster championship will be a relegation play-off against Cork in the near future. Forecast: Clare.

Allianz National Football League Division 4 Round 5

Bottom of the table clash in Newcastlewest WATERFORD V LIMERICK in Newcastlewest Sunday, March 4th at 2.00 p.m. BOTH Limerick and Waterford prop up the Allianz NFL Division 4 table with one point from four games

played. Limerick are the basement side having a worse scoring difference on -25 compared to -15 for the Deise. Sunday’s outing up Treaty side is an ideal opportunity for both counties to record their first victory and, depending on results elsewhere, move up a place or two on the League table with two further games to play. Waterford finished strongly in last week’s game against Carlow in

Carriganore, helped by the introduction of some effective second half substitutes and it will be interesting to see if team management will reassess their starting fifteen on foot of this. There should be little between these teams and Limerick, on home soil, may well shade the verdict here. The home team will be very disappointed with their league campaign to date and they will see

Sunday’s fixture as an opportunity to move off the bottom of the league. Though losing their last three games, Waterford have been playing well at times and if they can be more consistent for longer periods and play like they did in the final twenty minutes last week, then they are well capable of coming home from Newcastle west with the two league points. Forecast: Waterford.

(First named team has home advantage) Friday, 2nd March, 2018 County Senior Football League Group B: 20:00 Dún Garbhan vs Ballinacourty Saturday, 3rd March, 2018 County Senior Football League Group A: 15:30 An Rinn vs Stradbally 15:30 Portlaw vs Brickey Rangers 15:30 The Nire vs Gaultier County Senior Football League Group B: 15:30 Deuglán Naofa vs Kilrossanty 15:30 Rathgormack vs Clashmore Kinsalebeg

Rearranged Under 21 Football Fixture THE Clashmore/Kinsalebeg v Ardmore Western under 21 ‘B’ Football championship game, which was postponed last week due to a bereavement will now take place on Tuesday, March 6th in Bushy Park at 8 p.m. The other game in this grade between Stradbally and Affane did not take place owing to a walkover being given by Affane.

Recipients honoured at Camogie Association Volunteer and Media Awards THE Camogie Association Volunteer and Media Awards Dinner took place on Saturday, February 17th in Croke Park. Over 100 guests were in attendance at the event at which Volunteer and Media Awards winners were honoured for their contributions to the Association in 2017. The 2017 Volunteer of the Year Awards recipients are: County Name Antrim: James Burleigh Armagh: Yvonne Morgan Britain: Noelle Devlin Carlow: Edel Jordan Clare: Mary McMahon Cork: John Lane Derry: Michelle Friel Donegal: Aideen Quinn Down: Mairéad Rooney Dublin: Brenda Kiernan Galway: Angela Moran Kerry: Carmel O’Shea-Maloney

Kildare: Jim Kennedy Kilkenny: Helen Farrell Laois: Mary Conroy Limerick: Kevin Holmes Louth: Patricia McKeon Meath: Christine Fagan Offaly: Mary Brady Roscommon: Belinda Dooley Tipperary: Margaret Skehan Tyrone: Sinéad O'Neill Westmeath: Olive Weir Carey Wexford: Margaret Leacy Wicklow: Catherine Behan-Cullen The 2017 Mick Dunne Memorial Awards recipients were: Local Media: C103 Match Programme: Munster Camogie Board PRO of the Year: Ann Marie Guinan, Offaly Camogie Board The 2017 Camogie Association Media Awards recipients were: Best Media Innovation: Tipp FM Digital Promotion: We Are Dublin Photography: Aidan Ryan, Clare Special Recognition: Wexford Camogie4Teens



Nire/Fourmilewater FOURMILEWATER LOTTO RESULTS Fourmilewater Weekly Lotto Feb., 25th, 2018. No Winner Numbers Drawn 5,10, 32. Five x €30 Winners: Patricia Ryan, Nire Road; Connie Power, Kilmacomma; Colm Tobin, Kilmanahan; Conor McMaugh, Ballybrien; Aidan Condon, Bleantis. Next week’s Jackpot €450. FOURMILEWATER 45 CARD RESULTS February 23rd, 2018: 1st : Oliver O’Hara and John Donovan; Joint 2nd: Ollie and Seamus O’Neill; Mary and Pat Guiry. Lucky Tables: Walter Wall and Eileen Ryan; Jimmy Quinn and Ger Hennebry. NIRE WEEKLY LOTTO February 25th, 2018. No winner. Three x €34 winners: Tom Guiry, Knockatrelaune; David Ryan; Kieran Power, Touraneena. Next week Jackpot €3,900. PHELAN AND SARGENT CUP DRAW Sargent Cup: Fourmilewater v Lismore. Winners play De La Salle. Phelan Cup: Nire v Gaultier. COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL AND HURLING DRAWS At last Month County Board meeting a new format for the County Senior Hurling and Football championship was agreed. There will now be three groups of four. Senior Football: Nire, Clashmore, Ballinacourty, Brickey Rangers. Opening Fixtures: Sunday, April 15th in Ardmore at 2:30 p.m. v Clashmore. Saturday, April 21st in Fraher Field at 6 p.m. v Brickey Rangers. Weekend of 15th July v Ballinacourty. Senior Hurling: De La Salle, Fourmilewater, Dungarvan, Tallow. Opening Fixtures: Saturday, March 31st in Fraher Field at 2:30 p.m. v De La Salle. Thursday, April 5th in Fraher Fiekd at 6:30 p.m. v Dungarvan. Weekend of July 1st v Tallow WATERFORD SENIOR HURLERS AND FOOTBALLERS Well done to Conor Gleeson, Jamie Barron and the Waterford senior hurlers who beat Cork in last weekend’s National Hurling League. Hard luck to the Waterford Senior Footballers who lost out to Carlow in last weekend’s National Football League. BALLYMACARBRY LADIES FOOTBALL Clothing Collection: Thank you to everyone who contributed to our clothing collection fundraiser last weekend. We are very grateful and the monies raised will help sustain our club. WATERFORD LADIES FOOTBALLERS Well done to the Waterford ladies who had a fine 2-13 to 2-5 victory over Sligo in the National Football League.

Stradbally Please like and share these notes to help us grow our reach Stradbally GAA would like to congratulate club player Brendan Gough and his St. Declan’s team-mates on winning the Munster Colleges final last Saturday in Rathkeale, Co. Limerick. They defeated Clare’s Ennistymon CBS on a scoreline of 2-07 to 1-08. Brendan is one of the club’s up and coming stars and he has been a leader on and off the field for Stradbally GAA for a number of years helping out coaching the younger kids in our Winter league as well as being a brilliant young footballer for both club and county. Well done Brendan the club are very proud of your achievements. MEMBERSHIP “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they know they shall never sit” – an ancient Greek proverb? Stradbally GAA Club is asking all those who are in one way or another associated with our club to consider becoming members in 2018. Our club is at the beginning of an exciting period of development and over the next number of years we hope to complete a number of projects which will modernise our club for future generations. Our aim is to grow our club to meet the needs of the whole community and we are asking our supporters to join and have their say in the future direction of our club. Becoming a member of Stradbally GAA has a number of benefits such as: You have a vote at our AGM which entitles you a say on the future direction of your child’s club. You are contributing to the community by paying membership as this money helps our club grow for the benefit of the wider community. As a member you can book the Social Centre for family events such as Communions, Confirmations, Parties, Christenings etc. Access to tickets for Waterford GAA games (members get first preference). Please log onto to pay your membership at any time. WINTER LEAGUE 2018 Round 2 of the Winter league for 3rd to 6th class pupils, continued last Thursday night. Over

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70 kids played their hearts out and three excellent games were witnessed by all those in attendance. The league is postponed this Thursday due to the local Panto taking place at the same time, lots of the kids involved in the league are involved in the Panto. We wish each and everyone of them all the best and we encourage as many of our members to go along and support this fantastic local production. Those children participating in the Winter league who have yet to register can do so on Thursday week or register online at The code of Ethics is available online and must be read by all parents of those taking part in Stradbally GAA activity. WINTER LEAGUE ROUND 2 RESULTS Score Bonus Points Team Score Bonus Points Kerry 13 – 05 4 Waterford 6 - 03 4 Meath 7 – 02 4 Cork 6– 05 4 Roscommon 5 - 02 4 Down 11 – 12 5

Winter League 2018 Table Team Points Down 14 Cork 12 Waterford 11 Kerry 10 Meath 9 Roscommon 7 Winter League Teams 2018 STRADBALLY GAA PARISH WINTER LEAGUE 2018 Team A: Kerry Grainne Costelloe Eva Davis (C) Cormac McGrath Darragh/Emmett Walsh Bamlack Fikado Tom Flynn Power Orla Kiely Shanya Salmon Lia Casey Clodagh Kiely Darra Gough Nicky Murphy Oísin Leacy Sophie Weldon Abigail Reegan Team B: Meath Barry O'Brien Oran Grant (C) Anisha Flynn Reece Donnelly Seán Kelly Jack Walsh Lucy Roche Abbey Kiersey Long Eabha Fee Ciara Curran James Lenihan Éanna Power Cuán Leacy Lia Foran Ollie Crowhurst Team C: Roscommon Declan Keane Conor Power (C) Niamh Kavanagh Tagdh Fitzgerald Seán O'Brien Matthew Fitzgerald Kelly Campbell Ava Battye Lucy Gough Fern Keane Evan Drohan Seán Roche Aaron Hickey Liona Cass

Team D: Down Liam Óg Corbett Ruby Keane (C) John Bruton Leah Salmon Aaron Curran Liam Kilbride Rian Casey Catherine Curran Molly Fennell Niamh Kilbride Ava McElduff Joe Campbell Micheál Power Róisín Flynn Shannon Dee Team E: Waterford Eoin Pollock Mary McArthur (C) Molly Kate Hearne Shane Weldon Jack McKeown Donncha Fee Ciara Power Liam Kiersey Laura Donehy Emma Louise Cleary Ruadhri Organ Amelia Green Libby Murphy Robyn Foley Aidan Breen Team F: Cork Roger Ronayne Peter Phelan (C) Ciara O'Reilly Evan Gough Fionn Norris Eimhin Ronayne Chloe A'Hearne Róisín Power Katie Fennell Sarah Regan Liam Leacy Peter Davis Ava Ruane Ryan Keegan

JUVENILE NEWS Training for our under 8/9/10/11/12’s will resume in the next two weeks. Details will be published in next week’s notes. 3 AND 4-YEAR-OLD PLAY GROUP Continue this week with another huge turnout at our very popular 3 & 4-year-old group in Sallyfort Farm, with children participating in fun and games a great time was had by all, this is a huge increase in the numbers participating and we appreciate all the parents for making the effort to attend. This group continues this Thursday (Weather Permitting) at 6 pm and everybody is welcome to attend. Please spread the word so we can grow this group and ensure that our future is secure. The club would like to thank Dermot and Pearl O’Brien for hosting this group. UNDER 7 & 8’s We are now adding a further group for Under 7 & 8’s on Friday night’s at 6 pm in Sallyfort Farm. This group are participating in a series of upcoming indoor blitzes, the next of which is on Saturday, 3rd March at 10 am. Venue to be decided (weather permitting). Further blitzes for this group take place on: 3rd and 10th March Football. U-16 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Our U-16s battled hard in very windy conditions last Sunday morning but were defeated by a much stronger Dungarvan side on a scoreline of 6-08 to 0-5 points. Stradbally to their credit never gave up from start to finish and had some very good individual performances. Our next outing is Sunday, 11th March versus St. Mollerans at home at 11 am. ADULT NEWS Minor Football - Our Minors commence their championship campaign on the 4th March, the fixtures are as follows: Round 1 – Stradbally V Nire on Sunday, 4th March at 11.30 am in Stradbally. Round 2 – Stradbally V Ballyduff Upper on Sunday, 18th March at 11.30 am in Ballyduff Upper.

Naomh Chartaigh team who played Cappoquin, Cois Bride and Ballyduff recenty at the indoor blitz in Ballyduff.

Round 3 – Stradbally V Clashmore/Kinsalebeg on Wednesday, 28th March at 6.15 pm in Stradbally. Round 4 – Stradbally V Brickey Rangers on Monday, 2nd April at 12 noon in Bushy Park. The club would like to wish all mentors and Players the very best for the year ahead. Senior Football- The Senior football league commences on Saturday, 3rd March at 3.30 pm away to An Rinn. We wish the team and management all the best for the year ahead. We have received the fixtures for the first two rounds of the County Championship; Round 1 – Stradbally V Ardmore on Saturday, 14th April at 7 pm in Lemybrien. Round 2 – Stradbally V Portlaw on Saturday, 21st April at 3.45 pm in Kill. LADIES NOTES Ladies u-15/16 trainings begin on Monday and start at 7-8 p.m. and also on Thursdays at 7:45-8:45 p.m. after the Winter league. NEW CLUB PHONE NUMBER Stradbally GAA has a new phone number which is 087 1165549. MEMBERSHIP Membership is now due and this year we are asking all our players past and present, supporters and parents of our juveniles to consider becoming members of our club in 2018. Money from membership helps us to meet a lot of the cost associated with running the club. Now more than ever we need the support of our community so we can build and develop our club for our children and future generations. It is easier than ever to pay your membership, you just have to log onto our website and pay your membership online from your phone or any computer. Membership rates for 2018 are: Adult Member; €70; OAP; €50; Student / Underage; €40, 2nd child in family €30, and every subsequent child €20. We have a number of membership packages which we are encouraging our members to support as they go a long way to achieving our development goals. People can purchase these pack on line or can pay by direct debit, direct debit forms can forwarded to people upon request to any committee member or by email to our club secretary at secretary.stradbally.waterford@gaa. Adult Package. Membership €70, Déise Draw €90, 50/50 draw €130, National Ticket €10. Total €300 or €25 per month. Couple Package. Membership €120, Déise Draw €90, 50/50 Draw €130, National Ticket x 2 €20. Total €360 or €30 per month. OAP Package. Membership €50, Déise Draw €90, 50/50 Draw €130, National Draw Ticket €10. Total €280 or €23.23 per Month. If people wish to pay their membership in person they can contact membership officer John Halpin (087-9776018) or any member of the club committee for a membership form, alternatively you can email the club secretary at for a form. John Halpin will be collecting membership every Sunday night at the GAA Social Centre between 9.30 pm and 10.30 pm. SOCIAL CENTRE Our Social Centre is a very important facility which is used by a wide variety of people for various purposes. We encourage all our members to consider booking the club for any family events they may be planning, the centre is for the benefit of our members and we are lucky to have it, anyone who is considering making a booking can contact Breda Kiely on 087-6291930 for further information. There will be live music and dancing in the club next Sunday night, come along and join in a great night’s entertainment. FUNDRAISING 50:50 Draw - You can now log onto and purchase your tickets on line. Remember if you are not in you can’t win. Congratulations: To Peter and Clodagh

Power from Carrick-on-Suir who won the last 50:50 draw of €225. The next draw takes place on Sunday, 11th March 2018. Remember if you are not in you can't win! SYMPATHIES Stradbally GAA club would like to offer its sincerest sympathies to the family of committee member Breda Keane on the death of her aunt Joan Behan of Killnagrange. We would like also to extend our sympathies to the family of the late Monty Guiry of Kill who had many a great battle with Stradbally inyears gone by. May they rest in peace.

CappoquinCamogie Camogie Cappoquin REGISTRATION A player registration evening will be held on Saturday, March 10th from 6-7.30 pm in the CYMS hall for club membership fees to be paid. Membership fees for 2018 remain unchanged from last year at: Under 18 players: €35; Adult players: €50; Non-playing members: €5. Family: €65 (includes parents/guardians and under 18 players only, adult playing members not included in family membership). Final deadline for receipt of membership forms and fees is March 18th. TRAINING *U18 and Adult training will be held on Sunday morning at 10am *Indoor Camogie: Under 6, 8 and 10's. €3 per child / €5 per family, Thursday's 5:45-6.45 pm in Cappoquin Community Centre. All children who attend all training sessions will receive a Cappoquin Camogie T-Shirt. New Players always welcome. Contact 087 990 66 19. *All other times will be updated on Facebook/Twitter first so please keep an eye on our social pages. SPARE HELMETS We are looking for your old spare or old unused kids helmets to be donated to the club for new players to use and try the sport. All your help is greatly appreciated


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COUNTY SENIOR FOOTBALL LEAGUE Our senior hurlers return to the senior ranks when they play Ballinacourty in the first round of the league, this Friday, 2rd March in Clogherane at 8.00 p.m. The second game in the league takes place on the 10th March where the opposition will be Clashmore/Kinsalebeg. This game takes place in Clashmore and has a 4.00 p.m. throw-in time. PHELAN CUP We will play Portlaw in the the Phelan Cup competition. Date and time to be confirmed. COUNTY SENIOR HURLING LEAGUE The County Senior hurling league gets underway on Monday, 19th March where our first round opposition will be Roanmore. This game takes place in Roanmore/Cleaboy and has a 12 noon start time. The second game in this competition takes pace on the 24th March against Ballyduff Upper who will be the hosts. This game has a 5 p.m. throw-in time. SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP The Board have scheduled two rounds of the senior hurling championship to be played prior to Waterford’s championship campaign. The first game will be played on the 31st March against Tallow. Venue will be Cappoquin and throw-in is at 6 p.m. The second game will be played on the 5th April where our opponents will be Fourmilewater. This game takes place in the Fraher Field and has a 6.30 p.m. start time.

SARGENT CUP Our opponents in the Sargent Cup will be An Rinn with the winners to play Ballygunner. MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP The minor football championship gets underway this weekend. Our opponents this week are St Pats. This match takes place on Sunday, 4th in Kilgobinet with a good an early start of 11.30 a.m. On Sunday, 18th March we play Brickey Rangers in Clogherane at 11.30 a.m. U-16 FOOBALL Our first game took place on Sunday morning last in Clogherane. Report next week. Our next game in the u-16 championship takes place on the 11th March against St. Pat’s, venue is Kilgobinet. Start time is 11.00 a.m. WEST UNDER 14 FOOTBALL Our under 14 footballers take on Ardmore this Saturday, 3rd March in Clogherane with a 4 p.m. throw-in. UNDERAGE TRAINING Our up and coming stars are still training indoors but will soon be heading back up to Clogherane to show off all the skills they have been working on over the winter months in the Sports Centre. Sports Centre times are Friday evening for the under 7s. Monday evenings 5-6 p.m. for under 8, 9, 10s and 6-7 for 10, 11, 12 year olds. 7-8 p.m. is for our u-13/14 group. Our under 14s are now back training in Clogherane. FUEL FOR TRAINING The juvenile club will be launching its fuel for training campaign shortly. This will be used as a guide for all our juvenile players on what to eat as we go through a very busy season. If you are playing sport regularly for your school or club, what you eat and drink is important to help you to perform at your best and to protect you from fatigue and injury. REGISTRATION All membership must be paid on or by the 28th February to qualify for club benefits. Membership can be paid to Mary or Eileen or any member of the executive committee. Membership for an adult player is €50. Non working player and minor €30. Adult non playing €20. Couple €30. Juvenile €20 for first child, €15 for second and €10 for third. LOTTO Club lotto can be purchased on line or from the following: Hallahan’s Chemist, Paddy Foley’s Bar, The Country Store, John Walsh’s Spar, Johnny Lynch, Queally’s Bar. Tickets are €2 a line or 3 for €5. ENGAGEMENT Comhgairdeas le Ciaran Curran and Gillian Ormond who recently announced their engagement. We wish you both a lifetime of health and happiness together. CONDOLENCES Sincere condolences to Deirdre Daly and family on the death of Mary Ellen Dower. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. CLUB NEWS Keep up to date with what’s happening in the club as the matches get underway. Keep informed through facebook/ twitter and the club website. NOTES Any coaches or officers of the club that wish to have information on matches or upcoming events included in notes can email same to CUL CAMP DATES For the really organised people out there, Kellogg’s have released the dates of their Camps. The Dungarvan Camp takes place from the 23rd July to the 27th July. You can register now online at www. kelloggs cul DUNGARVAN GAA LOTTO RESULT Numbers: 1, 4, 5,15. No jackpot winner. Next week’s jackpot €8,200. Three match 3 winners €35 each: Helen/Veronica, Dunabbey; Sean Crotty, Jonathan Shaw.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Kilrossanty Kilrossanty CLOTTO SPONSORED BY KILL AGRICULTURAL LTD CLOTTO RESULTS No winner of a Jackpot of €5,800 held in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien, on Sunday night 25//02/18. Numbers were 5, 11, 15, 28. €30 won by the following people: Dinny Barry, Garrahylish; Ger Connors, Adramone. Seller’s prize of €30 Brian Lennon, Leamybrien. Next Clotto to be held in Micilin’s Bar, Kilrossanty on Saturday night (3/3/18) starting at 10 pm for a Jackpot of €5,900. On duty on the night Harry Quinn and Jason Dee. MINOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 2A Our minor footballers will open their championship campaign against Portlaw/Ballyduff in Pairc Naomh Brid, Leamybrien this coming Sunday, 4th March at 11:30 a.m. Please come along and show your support. CONGRATULATIONS To St. Declan's Community College and especially our own Minor Footballer Anthony Lonergan on winning the Munster C Post Primary Football Championship 2-7 to 1-7 against Ennistymon from Clare on Saturday last, 24th of February. They will now play the Ulster Champions in the All-Ireland semi- final on Saturday, March 10th. MONSTER BINGO Thank you to everyone who came and supported our Monster Bingo for the Kilrossanty Juveniles last Friday, 23rd Febuary in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien. Our next Monster Bingo will be on Friday, 23rd March in Crotty's Inn, Leamybrien. DÉISE DRAW The Déise Draw will start Resume in May 2018, and it will be the same format as last year, with six draws costing €15 per month. With 20 Cash prizes on offer, the Déise Draw has been a Great Fundraiser for the Club with 70% coming back to the club. RECYCLED CLOTHES We are still collecting old clothes, shoes, curtains, sheets etc. So, if you are doing a clear out please bring them to the GAA club and put them in the recycling bin. DÉISE DRAW The Déise Draw will resume in May 2018, and it will be the same format as last year, with six draws costing €15 per month. KILROSSANTY JUVENILE NOTES Bingo: Thanks to all who supported the bingo in Crotty's on Friday night last, with the proceeds going towards the running costs of the juvenile club. The next bingo will be Friday, March 30th.The jackpot was not won so it moves on to €1,100 on 39 calls in addition to the usual cash prizes amounting to €1,200. Under 13 Football: Kilrossanty were due to commence their campaign against An Ghaeltacht on Saturday last but this game was deferred to Monday night of this week. Report in next week’s notes. Under 14 Football: This young team commenced their campaign on Tuesday night last in Leamybrien against St Pat's. This was a very one sided affair and not totally unexpected. The scoreline of 7-10 to 0-4 tells us all we need to know. It is never going to be easy for a single club to compete against a group team from four different clubs. However that is the reality for this year. Despite this, for the remaining games Kilrossanty will do what they have always done and that is to play to the very best of their ability. The panel on the night: Colm Barry, Paudie Barry, Daniel Behan, Michael Casey, Will Comyn, Paul Cunningham, Ultan McCusker, Jack Power, Shane Power, Jamie Quinn, Dara Quinn, Jack Quinlan, Eoin Veale, Darragh White, Charlie Aherne, Cian Hickey, Oisin McCusker, Tadhg O'Sullivan, Jamie Ryan, Cathal Walsh.

Kilrossanty's second game has been moved from this Saturday to Monday, March 5th in Leamybrien against neighbours Stradbally with a start time of 7.00 p.m. Under 16 Football: Kilrossanty played their first game last Sunday against Clan na Gael in Leamybrien. A good display in very cold conditions ended on a scoreline of 2-10 to 1-07 in our favour. Well done to all concerned. The team has a break now until Sunday, March 11th, when they travel to Bushy Park to renew rivalries with Brickey Rangers. This game is fixed for 11 a.m. Panel who were on duty on Sunday. Alan Dunwoody, Kaylum Hogan, Darragh Walsh, Josh Browne, Cormac Curran, Rian Hayes, Frankie de Paor, Michael Casey, Rian Hogan, Padraig Fitzgerald, Seamus Fitzgerald, Kieran Morrissey, Seamus O'Sullivan, Darragh Veale, Ronan Power, Caoimhin Walsh, William Walsh, James Power, Aidan Behan,

College Success: Well done to club players Aidan Behan and Anthony Lonergan who both won Munster Colleges football medals with St. Declan's, Kilmacthomas last week.

Brickey Rangers LOTTO Numbers drawn 12-25-26-29. No winner of €1,200 Jackpot. €25 to each of the following: John Tobin, Treas Higgins Cummins, Siobhan Kirwan and Chris and Emma Bolte. Next week’s draw takes place in The Tudor House with a Jackpot of €1,300.

Medal Presentation to Kilrossanty Under 14 Hurlers. Kilrossanty Under 14 Hurling Division 3 County Champions 2017. Standing: Ultan McCusker, Daniel Behan, Dara Quinn, Darragh White, Jamie Quinn, Paudie Barry, Kaylum Hogan, Josh Browne, Kieran Morrissey, Derek McGrath, (Waterford Senior Hurling Manager), Alan Dunwoody, Rian Hayes, Ronan Power, Darragh Veale, Seamus O'Sullivan, Jimmy Fraher (Mentor). Middle: Colm Barry. Front: Cormac Curran, Jack Power, Jack Quinlan, Shane Power, Eoin Veale, Michael Casey, Pauly Cunningham, Will Comyn.

MEMBERSHIP Membership is now due for 2018 - Family membership €80, Single Adult €50 and Student €30. For payment please contact Kay O’Connell, Conor McGrath or Mary McGrath. WALKING Organised walking groups will resume on Wednesday at 7.00 pm from the Parish Church and will continue each Wednesday and Friday evening for the New Year. Walks are open to male or female and all are welcome to come along JUVENILE NOTES U-16 Football: This group of players will have played St Mollerans in the first round of their championship. Report is available on our facebook page. U-14 football: We will meet Naomh Brid next Saturday in Bushy at 4 pm. U-13 Football: rescheduled game V Cois Brid will have been played Tuesday evening in Bushy. Report available on Facebook. U-11 & U-12 Hurling training every Tuesday at 6:30 pm U-8 & U-10 Training every Saturday at 10:30 am. CAMOGIE Circuit training will continue every Tuesday night in the clubhouse at 7.30 pm. All girls from 13 age group to Junior players are welcome to attend.

An Coilligean/Na h-Emmetigh CLUB LOTTO There was no winner of the “Black & Amber” club lotto held in Shalloe’s Bar on Monday, 19th February. The numbers drawn were 6, 17, 26 and 29. The €20 lucky ticket winners were as follows: Aoife Walsh, Nora Walsh, Colin & Lena and Ciara Coffey. The seller’s prize went to The Pike Service Station. Last Monday (26th of February) night’s jackpot was worth €3,050. Black and Amber lotto tickets will be on sale outside The Pike Service Station on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. If anyone would like to help out selling tickets on Saturday mornings please contact Kevin on 087 2814712. As always your support is greatly appreciated. CLUB DAY OUT Next Saturday, 3rd March we will travel by bus to James Stephens GAA Club in Kilkenny to play a hurling game against their Junior Team. There are spaces still available on the bus so if anyone is interested in a day out please contact Una on 087 6988702. WESTERN CLUB FIXTURES Colligan’s Intermediate Championship Football fixtures are as follows: Round 1: Colligan Emmetts Vs Modeligo. Venue: Cappoquin. Date: Saturday, 14th April at 4.30 p.m. Round 2: Colligan Emmetts Vs Ballinacourty. Venue: Bushy Park. Date: Sunday, 22nd April at 12 noon. CONGRATULATIONS The club would like to congratulate Johnny and Carmel Kiely on the birth of their daughter Kitty. We would also like to congratulate Nicola Wall and Lee Bolger on the birth of their daughter Riyah.

Kilgobinet UPCOMING FIXTURES Junior “C” Hurling: Sunday, 1st April Kilgobinet v Cappoquin at 11.30 a.m. in Colligan. Sunday, 8th April Kilgobinet v Melleray at 11.30 a.m. in Colligan Junior "A" Football: Saturday, 21st April Kilgobinet v Affane at 6 p.m. in Dungarvan Club Grounds. CLUB MEMBERSHIP Membership for 2018 can be paid to Eamon Curran membership officer. Please note personnel that are paid up members and Deise Draw ticket holders will receive preference when tickets for county games are being allocated. DÉISE DRAW The 2018 Déise Draw will resume in May. €90 for 6 draws. Support our club by buying a ticket. A big thank you to everyone who bought and sold National Club Draw tickets. Draw takes place on March 8th. CLUB GEAR Kilgobinet GAA Club gear is now available on the O’Neill’s website. It’s listed as Kilgobnet (without the i). The website address is: h t t p s : / / w w w. o n e i l l s . c o m / s h o p - b y team/gaa/ireland/kilgobnet-gaa.html Kids and adult jerseys, shorts, socks, t-shirts, skinny pants and training shorts. Kids & Adult Club Jackets. Adult Club Gilets. Club bags. Club half zip tops will not be available until May. Perfect for Mother's Day, Birthday gifts etc. SOCIAL MEDIA Check out our Facebook page @kilgobinet.gaa

Pats Juveniles St. Pat’s Juveniles U-13 & U-16 LADIES FOOTBALL MEDAL PRESENTATION Medals were presented to St. Pat's U-13 and u-16 girls last Sunday night in Coolnasmear Hall. Both of these teams won their respective County Finals in 2017. The St. Pat's representatives on the KCK under 14 Community Games team also had their trophy on display. The packed attendance applauded the players as they received their medals from Waterford Ladies Football star Caoimhe McGrath. The trophies and medals were a just reward for the efforts the teams put in last year. This success didn't come about by chance, it was a product of hard work combined with unbelievable commitment from both players and coaches. On behalf of the club, Chairman Michael Walsh commended the girls on their effort over the past year. He also thanked the mentors, Olivia, Catherine, Kevin and Alan for their commitment to both of these teams over many seasons. The club would also like to thank the Coolnasmear Hall Committee for the use of the hall on the night, and Caoimhe McGrath for being kind enough to present the medals. U-16 FOOTBALL St. Pat's/Naomh Bríd 3-8; De La Salle 1-3. St. Pat's / Naomh Bríd were away to De la Salle in Round 1 of the County U-16 Football at

the Gracedieu Pitch last Sunday 25th. We conjured up an impressive win in extremely challenging, bitterly cold and windy conditions. Thanks to all the supporters that made the early morning trip to catch the throw-in at 11 a.m. The support was greatly appreciated and contributed in no small way towards our good start to 2018! LADIES & UNDER 16 GIRLS St. Pat's Ladies and u-16 girls have started back training on Sunday mornings at 9.30 a.m. in Bohadoon. The cold in Bohadoon was so bitter that even a Shackleton or Scott might have retired to the fireside for themselves but it posed no great challenge to the committed St. Pat's ladies. CÚL CAMP 2018 Cúl Camp this year will take place from Monday, 6th August to Friday, 10th August. ST. PAT'S BEANIE HATS Mary Fahey has some great value Beanie Hats for sale. The hats have the St. Pat's club crest on them. Protect yourself from the cold, save money, look good and support your club. HURLING HELMETS Children quickly outgrow their first hurling helmet. Mary Fahey would be delighted to take too small helmets off your hands in exchange for a discount on your child's new helmet. Contact Mary for more information. MEMBERSHIP FEES FOR 2018 €40 Per Person. €50 For Adults & Girls Over 15. €120 Family Membership. "SPLIT THE POT" The "Split The Pot" draw took place last Sunday in Coolnasmear Hall after the medal presentation ceremony to our U-13 to u-16 girls. The prize of €220 was won by Pat Keane, the promoter was Geraldine Wall. Tickets for the next draw are available from Mentors, Parents, Committee, Healy's Daybreak, The Pike Service Station, Tomas O'Hallinan's Pub & Queally's Bar. Tickets €2 each or 3 for €5 PROGRESSIVE 45 The Progressive 45 cards in aid of St. Pat's are on every Thursday at 8.15 pm in Coolnasmear Hall. ZUMBA TONE LADIES FITNESS CLASS This fitness class is back on at Bohadoon Sport's Centre every Tuesday at 7.30 p.m. The class fee is €8. For more information please contact Mary on 087 2813935

Kill CONDOLENCES It was with deep sadness and regret we learned of the passing of Monty Guiry last week. To his daughter Leona, his partner Paula, his brothers Ger, Tucker and Terry and his sister Shelia, his grandsons and all his extended family and friends we extend our sincere sympathy. Monty will always be remembered as being one of the club’s greatest ever players, who helped bring four senior football titles to Kill in the 1960’s. He also represented Waterford and Munster through his career. May you rest in peace Monty. CONDOLENCES We would also like to offer our sincere sympathies to our former Chairman Nicky Whelan and all the Whelan family of Carrigphillip, Kill on the sad passing of his sister Mrs Breda

Bennet (née Whelan) who passed away last week. May she rest in peace. LOTTO At last week’s lotto draw in Kirwan’s Bar there was no winner of the €10,000 lotto jackpot. On the night we had no match 3 winners, so it was down to the lucky dip draw to decide the winners. The lucky names out of the hat were Emma Gallagher and Mary Meares. The numbers drawn were 2, 16, 17 & 27.

Shamrocks Shamrocks (Kindly sponsored by Allen Engineering & Agri Sales Ltd.) CLUB LOTTO Last week's winning lotto numbers were 1-216-28, and there was no winner. €20 winners were Sylvia Allen, Edward Nicholson, Kieran Heffernan, Chloe Power, and James O'Keeffe. Next week's jackpot will be €3,300. MARY DOWER RIP Shamrocks would like to offer our sympathies to Vera and the Murphy family, Coolbeggan, on the passing of her mother Mary Dower, Clashmore, in her 102nd year. Mary is grandmother to players Sean and Kieran, and motherin- law to former star Michael. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam. CONGRATULATIONS The club sends its congratulations to Peter and Sinead Kingston on the birth of a bouncing baby boy last week. Congratulations from all in the club. GET WELL SOON We send our best wishes for a speedy recovery to two stalwarts of the club, James Tobin, home again, and Jim Nicholson who is still recuperating in hospital. Get well soon chaps! TEAM NEWS Training is going well under Brendan Landers with reasonably good attendances. They travelled to Cork last Sunday to take on 2017 All-Ireland Junior Club champions Mayfield, and despite missing a few players, gave a runout to some of our younger players like Kieran Crawford, Tom Roche, Liam Motherway, and Ivan O'Neill, and they acquitted themselves well and earned a draw. These lads are the future of our club and it's great to see them taking up the mantle.

Kilmacthomas CLUB GEAR Kilmacthomas Club crested gear can be found online in the Club section of O'Neills website. Visit O' and search Kilmacthomas. Available gear includes Jerseys, Hoodies, Socks, Shorts and Gear Bags and many more items. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to Reece Power, Páuric Hallihan, Darragh Power, Tommy Carberry and Jack Sutton who were crowned Munster Champions as St. Declan’s C.C. defeated Ennistymon CBS in the U-181⁄2 Munster Football final over the weekend. Huge congratulations to St. Declan’s C.C, the players, coaches and everyone involved.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Abbeyside/Ballinacourty JACK THE JOKER Our ever popular Jack the Joker fundraiser continues this Sunday night in Alice Connors Bar where the jackpot is €8,200 as on Sunday night Pat Earley was drawn out of the drum and chose card number 42 which when turned was not the joker but he did win €50. Ned and Yvonne Sheehan €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Village Flowers, Spar, Mousies Takeaway, Minnies Bar, Abbeyside Post Office and Crotty’s Bar. SENIOR FOOTBALL This Friday night our Senior Footballers get their Senior league campaign underway as they take on Dungarvan at 8.00 pm in Dungarvan club grounds. LAST MAN STANDING Our last man standing fundraiser continued last weekend after which we have 233 people left out of the 714 who began on week one. We would like to thank all those who entered and a big thanks to Willow and Oak for their generous sponsorship. BOOKING OF PITCHES As our teams return to training we would like to remind all our coaches to please ensure that they book the pitches with Michael Donovan before training. CLUB BINGO Our club bingo session continues in the CBS Hall this Sunday night with a jackpot of €1,750.

Ardmore Ardmore THE WANDERERS RETURN The good news is that our boys returned from Malaga on Sunday night last a bit tired and weary but at least they all got back safe and sound. On a serious note the lads had a great time and it was a great bonding excercise for these boys who worked tiresly together to bring glory to the parish and of course succeeded. So a well deserved break and by all account was enjoyed by all. AIB CHARITY GAME The hurlers head to Dublin on Friday next to play a charity game against the AIB in Ringsend. Throw-in 6.30 p.m. VICTORY BANQUET A large crowd will descend on Lawlors hotel in Dungarvan on Saturday night next. This has the makings of a great night when we will honour the All Ireland Champions. All tickets are to be collected during the week so please make arrangements to do so UNDER 21 FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Ardmore v Clashmore - This game goes ahead on next Tuesday in Bushy Park at 7.30 p.m. INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP The above championship begins with a game against Ballysaggart on Friday, 30th March in the Fraher Field. LOTTO DRAW MONDAY, 19th FEBRUARY NUMBERS DRAWN 13, 15, 17, 25. €20 each: Mary and Breda c/o Round Tower Hotel; Paddy Mac c/o John O’Donnell; Ann Foley c/o an Tobar; Brigid Holohan c/o Flemings; Jimmy O’Mahony c/o Kiely’s Cross.

Lismore LOTTO Weekly Lotto draw which took place on Monday night last, numbers drawn as follows: 2, 20, 24 & 25. There was no winner and next week's Jackpot is €19,550. Consolation prizes went to Tony Glavin, Dec Doocey, Nellie Kearney & Caroline Coleman. Many thanks to all those who continue to support our weekly Lotto. Tickets can be purchased from Local Outlets or from committee members. Next week's draw will take place on Monday night, 5th March. MEMBERSHIP REMINDER Membership now due, students: €25, Adults: €30 & Family Membership €45. Contact Tom Hannon for details and registration on 086 8516589. SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Our senior hurlers have been drawn in a very competitive group, as follows: Passage, Roanmore & Mt Sion. We can look forward to some great sporting games and hopefully some Silverware in 2018.

Modeligo FUNDRAISING CHARITY QUIZ Modeligo GAA Club members Gavin and Mary Foley are hosting a Table Quiz for "Féileacáin" a charity that helps families who experience stillbirths and miscarriages, which I'm sure you will all agree is a very worthy cause. The event takes place in Minnies Bar, Abbeyside on Friday night, March 2nd at 8.00 p.m. and all support would be greatly appreciated. "GO-FUND ME" CAMPAIGN Just this week our club football squads goal-

Dungarvan GAA Club Under12 team in Moyle Rovers.

keeper, Frankie Condon has had a sponsored head-shave and set up a "Go-Fund Me" Campaign in support of some charitable organisations. For full details, please take a look at the Modeligo GAA Club Facebook Page andclick on the link. Please get behind this give your support to the fund. What a charitable gesture and well done again Frankie! CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURES Intermediate Hurling: Round 1 vrs. Shamrocks. Saturday, March 31st in Lismore at 3.00 p.m. Round 2 v Stradbally, Friday, April 6th in Fraher Field at 7.00 p.m. Intermediate Football: Round 1 vrs. Colligan. Saturday, April 14th in Cappoquin at 4.00 p.m. Round 2 v Sliabh gCúa. Sunday, April 22nd in Cappoquin at 2.00 p.m. MODELIGO CAMOGIE Our Junior; Minor & U-16's will resume training for the year ahead on this coming Friday evening in Modeligo at 6:30 p.m. The County Junior Leagues and Minor Championship are planned to start in April. Anyone interested in participating or having a go can can contact Micheál Power on 0872892116 or Katie Barry on 087 256 3227. Congratulations also to Mary Kate Curran who lined out last week with the Waterford Minor squad as they recorded a win away to Limerick in the Minor Camogie Championship. Also on County duty were Anna & Emma Hickey who lined out with the County U14 Football squad in recent games against Limerick & Tipperary. Well done girls!

Affane/Cappoquin THREE TO ANSWER 1, Name the two clubs to win the All Ireland Intermediate hurling championship and appear in the senior final? 2, Who captained Derry to their only All Ireland Senior football success in 1993? 3, What club does Cork centre half back Tim O’Mahoney play for? LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1, Waterford won the National Hurling League. 2, Bennetbridge (Kilkenny) have won both junior and intermediate All Ireland hurling titles. 3, Glenmore (Kilkenny) have won both Junior and Senior All Ireland hurling titles. LAST MAN STANDING In week four another thirty bit the dust leaving just fifty standing for week five out of the 250 entrants who went to post in week one. Our three €10 free bet winners last week were Mick Murray, Jack McGrath and Tom Scanlan. Thanks again to our sponsors Bookmaker Noel Cummins and Jacinta Uniacke of Munster Signs. Please get your selection into Last Man Standing co-ordinator Eamonn Costin 087 9591651 for week 5 before Friday. CLUB LOTTO MONDAY, 26th FEBRUARY Jackpot €7,700. Numbers drawn out were 312-15-21. No winner. Consolation €20 winners: Joanne Walsh, c/o Ed Fraher; Anne Mason, Abbeyglen; Michael Cahill, Main Street; Veronica Costin, Carrigeen and Colm Burke, Conna. COUNTY INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE FIXTURES Top team in group progress to Semi-Final Rd 1 Monday, 19th March; Cappoquin V Ballyduff Lr at 12 noon in Ballyduff Lr Rd 2 Sunday, 25th March Cappoquin a Bye Rd 3 Sunday, 29th April: Cappoquin V Stradbally at 12 noon in The Sportsfield Rd 4 Friday, 6th June Cappoquin V Fenor at 7 pm in Fenor. Rd 5 Friday, 15th June Cappoquin V St.

Saviours at 7.30 pm in The Sportsfield. WEST IHC FIXTURES Rd1 Friday, 30th March Cappoquin V Clashmore/Kinsalebeg at 8.30 pm in The Fraher Field. Rd1 Saturday, 7th April Cappoquin V Ballysaggart at 6 pm in Lismore. WEST JHC FIXTURES Rd 1 Sunday, 1st April Cappoquin V Kilgobinet at 11.30 am in Colligan. Rd 2 Sunday, 8th April Cappoquin V Shamrocks at 11.30am in Lismore.

Brid Naomh Naomh Bríd U-16 FOOTBALL The first round of the U-16 football was played on Sunday last away to De La Salle. The lads won on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-3. Well done lads, this is a great start to the year. Round 2 takes place on Sunday, 11th March at home to Dungarvan. MINOR FOOTBALL The first round of the Minor Football is fixed for next Sunday, 4th March. The lads are playing Dungarvan in Colligan at 11.00 p.m. Best of luck to all involved!

Tulach an Iarainn SPONSORED BY McGRATH'S CHEMIST TALLOW GAA LOTTO SPONSORED BY KEARNEY'S RESTAURANT, TALLOW Numbers drawn were: 5, 13, 16, 21. No winner. Consolation prizes: Clíona, Mark & Anna, Aisling Cusack, Val, Abbie & Milo, John P. Delaney. Promoter: Forde’s. Next draw: The Corner House, March 5th. Jackpot: €6,600. Our weekly lotto tickets are available to purchase from any of the promoters or any businesses around the town. Please support our local lotto. Tickets are €2. FITZGIBBON CUP Congratulations to Jordan Henley and the UL hurlers on their Fitzgibbon cup win at the weekend. They defeated DCU on Saturday last. Another medal to add to the collection Jordan! NATIONAL LEAGUES Wishing the Waterford senior hurlers the very best of luck this weekend when they take on Clare in round 5 of the Allianz League. The game will take place Sunday, March 4th, at 2.30 p.m. in Walsh Park. Here’s hoping they can emulate last Sunday’s performance when they defeated Cork in Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Waterford senior footballers are also in action against Limerick in Newcastle West on Sunday. Throw-in is at 2.00 p.m. We wish them the very best of luck. MEMBERSHIP Membership is currently due and can be paid to Billie-Jean Sheehan. Membership is as follows: Individual €30; Couple €40; U18 €25; Student Player €40; Player €50; Player & Partner €60. DEISE DRAW The Deise Draw launch has been postponed to March 7th due to the extreme weather which is forecast for the rest of the week. The first draw is in May. If you wish to purchase a ticket please contact David O’Brien or any of the promoters.

last Saturday, 24th February at Lawlor’s Hotel. Fantastic night was had by all. Massive thank you to Lawlors Hotel, to special guests including Tom McGlinchy and DJ Michael O'Rourke. SLIABH gCUA/ST. MARY'S LAUNCH 'ONE CLUB' Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s GAA Club successfully launched the 'One Club' initiative last Friday, 23rd February at Touraneena Community Centre. There was a great turn out of both adult and juvenile players, each player was paired off following a draw of names. We are looking forward to the year ahead where we aim to promote Inclusion, Engagement and regular interaction between adult and juvenile players, along with inspiring young players to reach their highest level of playing. LOTTO RESULTS No winner for the local lotto held on Sunday night, the winning numbers were 11, 12 and 26. Second numbers drawn if no winner in the first draw 4,5 and 8. €20 winners were Sean & Saoirse Condon, Dano McGrath, Sarah Gleeson, Kevin & David Butler and Johnny McGrath. Tom Condon won the promoters prize. Jackpot for next week is €400.

CLUB LOTTO Draw 20th February: Numbers drawn were 14, 15, 20 and 26. No jackpot winner. €30 weekly prize winners are Sean Roche, Tilly O’Donnell and Sean Roche. Lotto on every Tuesday night at Meagher’s, tickets €2. Jackpot this week €3,125. ALLIANZ LEAGUE Well done to Waterford hurlers who recorded a victory over Cork in Pairc Uí Chaoimh last Sunday on a score of 1-20 to 1-15. Both Stephen and Kieran Bennett came on in the second half and Stephen contributed two fine points to the scoreline. This Sunday they play Clare in Walsh Park at 2.30 p.m. in the last game of the league. MEMBERSHIP A reminder to all that membership is now due and can be paid to Matty Meagher or Davy Nugent.

Ballinameela Ballinameela

Naomh Brid Bríd Naomh

WEATHER WARNING With temperatures set to plummet and heavy snowfalls expected, a quick reminder to look after yourselves and those who may be in need of assistance during these extreme conditions. FIXTURES Junior Hurling: Opponents: Colligan. Venue: Bushy Park. Date and Time: 31/03 at 15:00. Opponents: Kilrossanty. Venue: Bushy Park. Date and Time: 7/3 at 16.30. Intermediate Football: Opponents: Ballinacourty. Venue: Bushy Park. Date and Time: 14/04 at 17.00.

U-16 FOOTBALL The first round of the U-16 football was played on Sunday last away to De La Salle. The lads won on a scoreline of 3-8 to 1-3. Well done lads, this is a great start to the year. Round 2 takes place on Sunday, 11th March at home to Dungarvan. MINOR FOOTBALL The first round of the Minor Football is fixed for next Sunday, 4th March. The lads are playing Dungarvan in Colligan at 11.00 p.m. Best of luck to all involved!

Opponents: Geraldines. Venue: Cappoquin. Date and Time: 22/4 at 15.30.

Ballysaggart Ballysaggart

Sliabh Sliabh gCua/ gCua/ St. Mary’s St. Mary’s SLIABH gCUA JUNIOR A FOOTBALL VICTORY SOCIAL Sliabh gCua/St Mary's GAA Club would like to thank everyone who attended our victory social

Marguerite Casey, wife of the late Kevin Casey pictured with Kevin’s parents, Paddy and Mary Casey, brother Martin Casey and sister, Majella O’Connell at the WLR & Granville Hotel GAA Awards Banquet. [Noel Browne]


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Lismore Point-to-Point this Sunday Over the final fence together at last year's Lismore Point-to-Point meeting. THE Lismore Point-to-Point will take place on the Sunday, 4th March at the earlier time of 1.00

p.m. at the Lismore Castle Estates. It is with great sadness we remember our deceased Presidents Mrs.

[Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Eileen Doocey, Jim Sheehan and Tom Doocey and extend our sympathy to their families.

Shane Power in action at the Tramore Duathlon

Johnny Lynch at the Tramore Duathlon

Toby Bedell nearing finish line of the Tramore Duathlon


Tramore Duathlon

Seamus Connolly from Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, was nominated as the Pinergy and Munster Rugby Supporters Club #WeAre16 Fan of The Match, at the Guinness PRO14 game between Munster and Glasgow Warriors. Seamus and Maire Connelly were presented with a match jersey by Ian Keatley and Liam Cronin from Pinergy. The #WeAre16 campaign will see a Fan of The Match announced at every Munster home game for the rest of the season. Munster fans will have the chance to nominate themselves through the MRSC Facebook page to be the Fan of The Match for the next home game against Scarlets on Saturday, 24th March at Thomond Park. [©INPHO/Tommy Dickson]

Dungarvan Rugby Club ADULTS V KILLORGLIN Dungarvan hosted Kerry outfit Killorglin in perfect playing conditions in Ballyrandle on Sunday. Dungarvan got on the board first when David Hickey put an early penalty over the bar. Cillian Corkery added another five points a few minutes later. Due to multiple infringements by Killorglin, Dungarvan were awarded penalty after penalty, which allowed them to creep closer to the line on many occasions, and they were able to capitalise on their opponents mistakes as Pat Connors, David Hickey and Martin Houlihan all crossed the line in the first half. Hickey converted all to leave it 29-0 at the break. Both teams came out fighting in the second half but Dungarvan proved too much for Killorglin with better line speed, rucks, line outs and quicker ball of the back of scrums. In the second half, Dec Fennell scored first before Connors added another three tries to his tally. Hickey converted all again to make it 57-0. In the last play of the game, Killorglin got somewhat of a reprieve as they finally managed to break through Dungarvan’s almost

solid defense and score out on the wing. The wind was strong and blew the kick past the post. Final score Dungarvan 57-0 Killorglin. Squad: Mike O’Donnell, Cillian Corkery, Eoin Caulfield, Dec Fennell, Ed O’Neill, Lar Houlihan, Mike Daly, Martin Houlihan, Jim Curran, David Hickey, Shane Norris, Andrew Carey, Pat Connors, Liam Sheehan, Daniel Slevin, Tom Keith, Cathal Dee, Dean O’Brien, Alan Long and Blaine Healy. Next match is away to Bantry next Sunday at 2.30 p.m. Please come along and show support. U-14S V WATERFORD CITY Dungarvan hosted Waterford City at Ballyrandle on Sunday in the Munster U-14 Cup. It was a tight encounter from the off as the teams know each other very well at this stage of the season. Both teams scored some great tries; Brayden Carter, Andy Phelan, Mark McCarthy and Conor Bohane crossed the line in style for Dungarvan. All the hard training is paying off and the Dungarvan lads got the better off their City foes with a last gasp try to snatch victory in the final

play of the game, winning 37-34. Next up for the lads is Waterpark at home on Sunday, 18th March. Dungarvan squad: Fionn Bowdren, Shane Power, Brayden Carter, Thomas Byrne, Conor Davidson, Eddie Phelan, Andy Phelan, Con Williams, James Daly, Mikey Flavin, Sean Flavin, Mark McCarthy, Donnacha Dunphy, Conor Bohane, Kevin Connors, Marcus Guitierez, Aran Roynane, Sean Seward, Alan Keogh, Tadhg Foley. CHOIR CONCERT We had a full house in St. Mary’s Church of Ireland on Friday night when Hooks and Crookes, Ryland Teifi, Roisin Clancy and their family, and the Newcastle Emlyn Rugby Club Male Voice Choir entertained over 200 people with their fabulous singing. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the local branch of the St. Vincent de Paul. LOTTO This Sunday’s lotto jackpot stands at €4,525. Next draw on Sunday, 4th March. UPCOMING FIXTURES Minis: training on Saturday at 10.30 a.m. Adults: away to Bantry on Sunday at 2.30 p.m.

Dungarvan Gymnastics Club AGM DUNGARVAN Gymnastics Club will hold their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 7th March, 2018 at 7.15 p.m. in the Dungarvan

Gymnastics Club, Units 2/3 Westgate Business Park, Dungarvan. All very welcome to attend.

THE Tramore Duathlon took place on Saturday last 24th February. There was a record entry of 400 participants with many participating in their first ever duathlon. Conditions on the day were cold and windy but that didn’t have an affect the turnout on the day. Tried & Tested had the largest club representation on the day with 20 club members racing, fantastic to see at this early stage of the year. Shane Power was first club member to finish, crossing the line in 9th place in a time of (58:33). Toby Bedell showed all his hard training is paying off when he finish in 16th place in a time of (1:01:19. Followed closely by Johnny Lynch (1:01:42) and Billy Ryan (1:01:45). Next to cross the finish line was Conor Coleman who was first Junior to finish the race. Conor finished in a very impressive time of (1:02). Conor also celebrated his 18th Birthday on Sunday, Happy Birthday Conor. Alan Lyons (1:03) Cathal Dwane (1:08), Martin Stevenson (1:09), Bryan Hallissey (1:09), David McNally (1:15), Joe Barry (1:15), Aisling Horgan(1:28), Nicola Cunniffe (1:32), Yvonne Kelly (1:37), Lisa Mulhall (1:37), Mary KInane (1:39) Annemarie Power (1:39), Michael Kiel (1:39). Well done everyone. GALCO NAAS DUATHLON In what has become an annual trip for them both, Jason Travers travelled to Co. Kildare to race the Gallo Naas Duathlon... Shane finished in 10th place in Naas having finish in 9th place in the Tramore Duathlon on Saturday where he finished in 9th place out of a field of 400. Jason finished in an equally impressive 11th place in Naas. Well done lads. OPEN INFORMATION EVENING Have you ever wanted to do a Triathlon or Duathlon or know of a friend or family member who does? Want to find out more about them? Come along to our Open Information Evening on Tuesday 6th March at 7:30 pm in Lawlors Hotel. The evening is open to both Juniors and Seniors. ALL ARE WELCOME. ST. PATRICK’S DAY CHARITY BRICK SESSION A charity brick session (Bike / Run) will take place at Church Lane in Stradbally on Saturday 17th March (S. Patrick’s Day) at 11am. It will consist of a 20km cycle followed by a 5km run or walk. It promises to be great morning with refreshments served afterwards for all participants. All the money

Jason Travers and Shane Power at the Galco Naas Duathlon raised on the day will go to charity. The nominated charity for this event is the wonderful Crumlin Children’s Hospital Laurels fund. Laurels are a fundraising branch of Crumlin Children’s Hospital and do fantastic work. See their Facebook Page laurelscharitycrew/ CLUB AWAY RACE TRIED & TESTED CLUB AWAY RACE 2018 IS TO DUNMORE EAST! It was decided to make this year's club away race the 'Hook or by Crook' sprint triathlon in Dunmore East on Saturday June 16th. Having a nearer location this year makes it accessible to more members. Entry is open now through Triathlon Ireland DUNGARVAN TRIATHLON 2018 Dungarvan Triathlon 2018 will take place on Saturday, 15th September, 2018. The Dungarvan Triathlon is now entering its fifth year. This year will be the second year of the Olympic Distance.The sprint distance race will consist of a 750m swim, 20km cycle, 5.5km run. There will be ONE WAVE ONLY in the sprint distance with a max entry of 175; once this number is reached entries will close. The Standard / Olympic Distance which was a big hit last year and received amazing feedback will comprise of a 1,500m swim, 40km cycle, 10km run. The swim in the standard distance will be an “Aussie swim exit” where athletes will swim 750m, exit the water, run up the beach and swim another 750m. Entry will open through the Triathlon Ireland website this coming Saturday 3rd March, put it in your diary as it is sure to fill up fast. More details to come on this ex-

citing race to come over the coming weeks. If you have any queries with regard to the race please email or alternatively check out the Facebook page dedicated to Dungarvan Triathlon where race routes are now available. DUNGARVAN KIDATHLON 2018 The date has been set for Dungarvan Kidathlon 2018. Always popular, now entering its third year. The 2018 Dungarvan Kidathlon will take place at Clonea on Sunday 16th September 2018. The Kidathlon is sure to be an even bigger hit this year with our newly formed Junior Club section comprising of 80 members. More details to come over the coming months. 2018 CLUB MEMBERSHIP Membership of both Tried & Tested Triathlon Club and Triathlon Ireland including 2018 racing license is now available for renewal through the Triathlon Ireland website TRAINING - SWIMMING Monday: Swim club 8 pm (Improvers/ Advanced) & 9 pm (Beginners) Clonea Strand Leisure Centre. Wednesday: Swim club 7 am Clonea Strand Leisure Centre. Wednesday: 10:50 am Swim Club, Gold Coast Leisure Centre. Thursday: Swim club (Beginners/Improvers) 6:30 pm7:30 pm Clonea Strand Leisure Centre. Contact Natalie on 086-8512096 if you have any enquiries about swimming lessons or swim club. If you are interested in Triathlon or want to find out more about the club check out our Facebook page ngarvan or our website



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Dungarvan United FC

Members of the Dungarvan Foxhounds Hunt head out at Crinnaghtaun, Cappoquin, for an afternoon’s hunting last Sunday. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Kilmacthomas FC UNDER 15 Ballinroad 2; Kilmac 6. Great performance by the lads in a game that had everything. Two hat-tricks and a whole lot of individual as well as team skills on display. The boys played their hearts out and gave everything.

UNDER 13 Tramore 1; Kilmac 0. A very tight game with both defences holding up the forwards. Tramore got the break and we couldn't break them down. Kilmac 1; Ballinroad 3. After a great start that saw us

lead at the break, we left ourselves down in the second half and allowed the visitors back into the game. Our first defeat of the season and a wake-up call for the boys, three games left and all to play for now.

Stradbally FC RESULTS U-11 Schoolboys League: Stradbally played Piltown. U-15 Schoolboys League: Stradbally 0; Kilmacow 6. LOTTO O’Mahony's Durrow, Sunday, Feb. 18th. No jackpot winners. Numbers drawn 7-8-10-17. €25 winners: Nicky Power, Claire Crowley, Davin/ Savannah/Edee Hurton. Promoter's Prize: Theresa Hurton. Next draw Whelan's Bar Sunday, March 4th. Thanks to all who support the lotto.

LAST MAN STANDING Going to press there were 14 remainers with half of them awaiting the result of the Crystal Palace v Spurs game. For updates check our club Facebook page. WEDDING BELLS Congratulations to Kevin Lawlor and Tara-Lee Weldon on their recent marriage. ASTRO TURF PIITCH Our Astro Turf Pitch is available for hire. Contact Tadgh 087 2306841 or Gerry 087 2245712. MACBETH... THE PANTO It's almost curtain time!!

Yes the 2018 Panto offering is upon us. Starting tomorrow (Thursday) an amalgam of Shakespeare, Joe Dolan tribute and Singing Children will tread the boards of the Barron Hall for four performances. It's selling out fast, so get there to Cunningham's shop as soon as possible to get your hands on your Golden Tickets. ON-LINE CLUB SHOP Our on-line club shop is now open. Go to to see the range of items available. Ideal birthday presents.

PREMIER DIVISION Waterford Crystal 0; Dungarvan United 2 DUNGARVAN United’s strength in depth was put to the test last Sunday morning when they travelled to Crystal with no less than six first team regulars missing due to injuries and suspensions. The young squad passed this stern test with flying colours, dominating the game from start to finish, coming away with a relatively comfortable 2-0 win that, if anything, didn’t fully reflect the extent of their control. The Blues set up in a 4-4-2, giving a full Premier debut to Toby Taylor in goal. There was an unfamiliar look to the back four as well, with Youths player Gary Crotty at rightback, and Andy O’Connor – usually the midfield anchor – filling in at centre-back alongside the highly experienced Patrick Lynch, with Danny Reynolds at left-back. Shane Lannon captained the side from centre midfield, where he partnered with Piotr Goch. Dungarvan gave a second full debut to Tommy Hyslop wide right, with Gavin Crotty wide left, supplying Nicky Donnelly and Ryan Donnelly who played in a two man attack. There was more youth on the bench, with Joe Duggan and Shane Crotty ready to be called on. The first half was dominated by Dungarvan Utd, who retained possession well and outplayed Crystal without really creating any clearcut chances. They had a lot of corners and free kicks without forcing the Crystal ‘keeper into any meaningful saves. Crystal themselves created nothing of note in the half, with makeshift centre-back Andy O’Connor outstanding in snuffing out the Crystal attack, showing the defensive game awareness he developed playing as a fullback for the thennamed Wexford Youths in the League of Ireland. Toby Taylor in the Dungarvan goal dealt well on debut with what threat Crystal did create. Tommy Hyslop and Gavin Crotty did well to get free down the flanks on a number of occasions, but the Blues couldn’t convert their domination of space and possession into goals. The half ended scoreless. Dungarvan upped the tempo in the second half, moving the ball more quickly. Like the first half, they forced a number of corners, but again to no avail. The best chance of the game arrived on fifty-five minutes when

Dungarvan Celtic AFC Celts miss out in nine goal thriller Dungarvan Celtic 4; De La Salle 5. Last Saturday with Lawn Field Park in great condition for the time of year De La Salle visited for our league match. We had been heavily defeated in the return fixture so the visitors were confident of a win. We started the game on the attack and were the better team creating a host of chances but unfortunately against the run of play we conceded a needless penalty which they converted. We came back well from this returning to our attacking play that the visitors couldn't handle and from a

brace from Gavin Joyce we took a deserving lead. We then were caught out with some naive defending firstly from an uncontested corner and then when we switched off from a throwin. Now we were 3-2 down and unfortunately Kevin had to come off injured but after a regroup Adam Finn scored another great volley to send us in at half-time level which we had Shane Kelly to thank after a great penalty save. We knew we hadn't defended as well as we could but were happy with our overall performance and we retook the field in a confident manner and for the next 10 minutes we laid siege to the visitors goal hitting the woodwork several times. Our defensive frailties came to the fore and unfortunately the visitors netted twice more to go 5-3 up. We were the better side for the

rest of the game scoring through Ibrahem to make it 5-4 and made numerous chances but couldn't get the equaliser with some super saves by the keeper and the woodwork so final score left us losing by the odd goal. A great game to watch and highlights our improvement as the season progresses. No new fixture at the moment TRAINING Training continues every Friday 8.00 p.m. Anyone wishing to play or help in any aspect of the club are very welcome at any stage. Contacts are: Chairperson: Christy Power 087 2357075. Secretary: Ger Murphy 087 6834289. Anyone interested in club gear please contact: Chris O'Donnell 087 7937230.

We welcomed Seanie McGrath into the academy on Saturday last where he assisted our coaches in their sessions and took the young blue keepers for training. Pictured is Seanie McGrath with U-9 goalkeepers Callum Fitzgerald and Jakub Markowski.

Pictured is Tommy Hyslop who gave a magnificent performance at his full premier debut last Sunday.

Well done to U-16 player Conor Coward on his step up to Youth A last Friday evening.

Hyslop did well to beat the left-back and cross well for Nicky Donnelly who got a shot off only for it to be well saved. Donnelly did then break the deadlock on seventy minutes when he swivelled on the edge of the six yard box and buried his close range effort into the roof of the net, after good work down the left from Gavin Crotty had created the chance. The Blues continued to dominate, with the tireless Shane Lannon in midfield controlling affairs. Shane is a crucial part of the spine of this side and his fully committed and consistent performances over many seasons have won many a game for Dungarvan. Patrick Lynch was also having a very good game at centreback, being totally dominant in the air. The platform this gave Dungarvan allowed them to keep on the front foot, and the second goal duly arrived on eight-two minutes when Gavin Crotty picked up a clearance form a Crystal corner and he released Tommy Hyslop down the right, who took the ball on, finishing low to the ‘keeper’s left for a very good breakaway team goal The Blues might have gone on to get one or two more in the closing minutes, but that was the only minor criticism of a very solid performance, as they saw out the game with no alarms. This was a very good all round team effort, with contributions coming from all over the pitch. The management and squad were delighted to come away with a clean sheet, and the youths – Toby Taylor, Gary Crotty, Danny Reynolds and Tommy Hyslop – could be especially pleased with their performances, some after making the step up for the first time, where they were ably supported by the experienced hands in what could have been difficult circumstances. The win puts some breathing space between Dungarvan and the bottom side St. Saviours, with the Blues now on fourteen points and up to sixth in the ten team division. Saviours prop up the division on eight points. No-one really expects Dungarvan to get dragged into a relegation battle – especially in a season where they have had so many good results – but it’s always positive to pull away from any such problems, no matter how unlikely they appear to be. Crystal remain in trouble though after this result, now only two points above the drop on ten points. As predicted in these reports a few weeks ago, Villa have gone on a good mini-run to get out of trouble, which has dragged Southend back down to third bottom, although they should probably be alright, but may be somewhat distracted by their fantastic run in the Munster Junior Cup. Bohs will also be looking over their shoulder. Things are getting tight, and with only six games left in the season a number of clubs will be getting very nervous about the potential drop down to the first division with no-one really safe until the maths tells us otherwise. Dungarvan Utd have no game next weekend, so all eyes will turn to the clash of Carrick Utd and

Hibs, a game that will be crucial to the outcome of the championship. Dungarvan Utd: Toby Taylor (GK); Gary Crotty; Andy O’Connor; Patrick Lynch; Danny Reynolds; Tommy Hyslop; Shane Lannon (c) Piotr Goch; Gavin Crotty; Ryan Donnelly; Nicky Donnelly. Subs: Joe Duggan; Shane Crotty.

ACADEMY UPDATE U-8's Saturday 12.30-1.30 p.m. U-9's Thursday 4-5pm / Saturday Game at home to Mooncoin 1.30 pm K/O U-10 Wednesday 5-6 p.m. & Saturday 3-4 p.m. Note to all parent: Second Term Subs €50 NOW DUE. If weather is bad please check our Facebook page Dungarvan United Academy for updates of whether we are going ahead with training as it isn't always possible to text at short notice. Many thanks. LOTTO LOTTO LOTTO Our Jackpot is steadily climbing. A nice €3,900 would keep you warm from The Beast From The East! Be in it to win it, tickets are available from Crotty’s Bar, Hallahan’s Chemist, Paddy Foley’s and The Tudor. Thanks to these establishments and our sellers.This week’s numbers were 3, 12, 39. No Jackpot winner. €50 Shay Sullivan, €25 Vinny Sullivan, €25 Danielle Butler. SCHOOLBOY FIXTURES All Weather Dependent Thursday, 1st March U-15B Villa V Dungarvan Utd 7 p.m. Saturday, 3rd March U-12A Southend V Dungarvan Utd 10.30 a.m. U-14B Villa V Dungarvan Utd 12.30 p.m. U-14D Tramore V Dungarvan Utd 12.00 noon U-16A Ferrybank V Dungarvan Utd 2.30 p.m.

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RACE NIGHT - Saturday, 21st April - Nagle’s Bar We ask all club members and supporters to jump on board and make this event a success. Support by buying part of a horse from as little as €10, we also still have space for businesses to advertise in our programme. Come out on the night for some Craic and support the club at the time. Thanks to Nagles bar for hosting the event. Contact Stan Cummins, Vicky O’Donnell or David Walsh for further information.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Cunnigar Pitch & Putt Club NEW MEMBERS WELCOME Thinking of taking up a New Sport well, why not try your hand at Pitch and Putt our course is set in 7 acres of Parkland and will cost you less than €2 a week to play as often as you like. There are even great deals for Family membership throughout 2018 and beyond and for those that have taken a break we would ask you to dust down the clubs and get back swinging, your missed. MEMBERSHIP 2018 The Clubhouse will be open during the week for New or for any member that wishes to renew their membership from 2 to 4 Monday to Friday. Reminder to Members that Membership Fees must be paid before entering any competition those that have not paid up will have their Fob turned off at the gate and for those that have paid their membership thank you. CONTACTS Anyone wishing to contact the Club can contact the Secretary on 086 3781969 Chairman on 0871611664 or Pro on 087 9667472 if you have any Quires THOMAS FROSTY MAHER TROPHY This much-valued trophy will be played once the weather settles over the next few weeks. Keep an eye out for the date. Date will be decided at our next meeting the 7th of March OUTING The Committee are looking at the next outing to be played in March possibly Kilworth Pitch and Putt course or Fermoy or if any of our travelling players have any suggestions of where they would like to play please let the committee know

and we will put it on the contender list of places to play. COURSE TO RE-OPEN MONDAY THE 5th MARCH As all members know, the winter hasn’t been kind to the course and we are under pressure to reopen after a wet winter but work is ongoing and the course will reopen on March the 5th just in time for the opening games of the Season. We do apologies but we have no control over the weather. TEAM BUILDING EVENT If your Company are considering Team Building Events and a spot of light competition amongst your employees v managers, why not give this a go we can cater for all events and is in the centre of Town. SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUBS If your Company Sports and Social Clubs would like an enjoyable day out we can cater for all your requirements 6 acres of mature Parkland course that is ranked among the best in the country and a very equipped Clubhouse that can cater a buffet if required after your rounds then contact the No.s above for further information we would only be too glad to assist .Keen rates will be applied. COMMITTEE MEETING The next committee is scheduled for Wednesday, 7th March at 7 o’clock all committee members are asked to attend MEMBERSHIPS RENEWAL DATES ARE CHANGING Central Council are changing the dates for renewing membership, you will now have to renew your membership on or before the 31st December and not the start of March.

This decision is outside of our control so all members are advised to renew before your Fob will be turned off. CLOSING DATE FOR MUNSTER AND NATIONAL EVENTS Keep an eye out on the notice boards over the next couple of weeks as entries will be shortly accepted for Munster and National Competitions. If you’re not in you cannot win so give it a go you only need to shine on the day to get your hands on the much sort after Trophies. Lakeside will hold this years Munster Strokeplay closing date 16th of May and Fermoy will hold the Munster Matchplay. One of the Clubs favourite games the Mixed Foursomes will be played at Hillview closing date 11th April. SCRATCH CUPS The first of the year’s Scratch Cups will get underway on March 11th in St. Patrick’s Enniscorthy. This course is a testing course but you will rewarded if you take on the challenges that this course can throw up. Worth the visit. RYAN CUP AT BRUFF Bruff are holding the much-coveted Ryan Cup on St Patrick’s Day. This short course can give you the good feeling factor if your game is on as the wining numbers can be high so if you fancy a game and feeling confident. Worth the visit. LOOKING AHEAD 2nd April Cork County at Douglas - this is a charity event also 2nd April John Shoer Memorial Larkspur Park. This course is certainly worth a visit, testing too difficult but if you’re on your game you will be rewarded and if not you will be punished.

Motorsport Ireland weekend roundup ON a weekend of close finishes, Peter Barrable beat his brother Rob by one second to take top place in the ALMC Endurance Trial. Peter took the lead shortly after half distance, and the siblings duelled from there to the finish as Rob tried unsuccessfully to complete a hat-trick of victories. Alan and George Shinnors came out the winners of the

Midland Navigation Trial based on Drumshanbo by defeating Martin Tynan and Fintan Clerkin on the tie deciding regulation, getting farther through the 85 mile route before incurring any penalty. National Championship leaders Derek Mackarel and Muireann Hayes held their points advantage by taking third place overall, although they were well behind the

two top crews. Already crowned as Hewison Autotest champion, Kilkenny’s Ian White scored his ninth win of the season in MEC’s final round at Mondello Park. He led from start to finish, despite enormous pressure all day from seven times title holder Steven Ferguson from Tyrone, who was less than a second behind at the finish.

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club ST. PATRICK’S DAY WALK To ensure we don’t clash with the Irish rugby international, Dungarvan Hillwalking Club’s traditional St. Patrick’s Day walk will take place on Sunday, 18th March. It’s to Slievenamon and is led by Brian Wickham. C WALK TO RED BANK Eighteen walkers enjoyed a delightful walk along a forest trail in Red Bank, near Modeligo. The mist and clouds never quite lifted, but spirits were high. The walk lasted 2.5 hours. DATES FOR YOUR DIARY Sneem Weekend, 11 - 13th May. Comeragh Crossing, 7th July. Austria Holiday, 1 - 8th September. CLUB MEETING Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday, 6th March at 8.00 p.m. in the Tudor House Pub, Dungarvan. All are welcome to attend, and if you want to join our club, you can

B walkers scramble to the top on a Comeragh Mountain walk led by Tony Fitzgerald, on Sunday, 18th February. [Onra Power] bring us the application form and money on the night. Applications

are available from our website,

Dungarvan Cycling Club shows our juniors on a recent training day.

SPRINGS valiant attempt to surface was short lived again this weekend as temperatures plummeted due to a stiff southeasterly wind on both days. Our group 1 and 2 lads basked in the heat in Gran Canaria while all other groups headed east in order to use the wind as best they could. Here are this weekends activities…. Frank steered the orient express with 7 aboard on Saturday. A very cold day the group headed to Durrow and the Carrick road. A diversion at Rathgormack caused the planned route to be changed and the gang headed back to Mahon Bridge into the wind and over to Newtown coming back by the N25 and the coast road. A handy 90k covered at 26.5kph. Back Roads Gang had 12 out on spin, the climbing began straight away heading for Coolnasmear then right at school to Kilnafrehan before dropping down to Bohadoon. An early mechanical saw one rider turn for home, more climbing took the group to Bearys cross through Tinalyra and downhill to Modeligo a flat run then through Cappoquin and direction Lismore but a right turn had the now depleted group climbing again before a swift decent for coffee in Lismore, refreshed it was up the main street and back road to Cappoquin to hide from the stiff easterly. This was the plan for the return journey going through Dromana gate then left towards Kilmolash but another right turn raised a few choice words and the climbing began again with familiar roads in sight the wait for a left turn call was anticipated but it didn't materialise and straight through was the call, 5 riders now on board, the road rose up and the small windmills became giants as the group crested the last climb of day a huge sigh went up, a straight run in the bog road was tough and with over 90k on the garmin and 1250m of climbing all were happy to see the end of another character building back road adventure. It was a very depleted group 3 that set out from the Civic Office to take on the Beast from the East. Nine worked hard as they made their way along the coast road to Seafield. As they turned left they got temporary respite from the relentless Beast. As they reached Ballylaneen jaws dropped when they realised that 4 riders were not coming on the rest of the spin The 5 remaining headed on through Kill to Kilmeaden with only sporadic relief from the wind. They travelled towards Tramore Cross and from there turned back for Dunhill and headed for home. The wind was now mostly behind as they travelled on to Bunmahon and the coast road home. This was the toughest spin in quite a while but immensely satisfying to conquer the Beast. 85 kilometers travelled and 860m climbed at 25.2kph. Eleven of Group 4 layered up, Rubberbandit style, against a penetrating East wind. A huddle made progress into the headwind along the coast road. Overtaken by G3 but grinding past some triathletes. Merging with Judit on her first spin out from injury, a welcome return to balancing G4 gender equality. Twelve ploughed on to Five Cross

Dungarvan Cycling Club Group 5 last Sunday. Roads bidding adieu to Judit who fitted seamlessly back into the group. Spurred on to catch some cyclists in the distance a series of quick roll ups closed the gap at the Seafield turn. Motoring on, cold muscles warming by Bonmahon and along the rolling roads to Kill. A new road for the group to Ballingclough before a sharp turn on to the N25 for a group effort to Coffee at Apple Green. A few frozen toes but not mouths to banter with G23 and G5. Easier conditions ensued from Leamybrien to Whitechurch with the wind blowing behind the remaining nine. Upon turning for Ballyduff and heading past John A. Woods the raw wind attacked the group again. 85k at 25k pace. G23k: The group set out on a cold blustery morning along the coast road towards Seafield. A mechanical issue with the gear changing cable on the bike restricted the Captain to tackle the climbs on a high gear only The group then headed for Ballylaneen then onto Kilmac. They turned left and cycled past McGraths Cross and onto Mahon bridge where the group met with Group 5. The group then headed for Lemybrien for the coffee stop joining G4 and G5. A much needed help from the G4 mechanic Gearoid got an adjustment on the captains bike to get him home on an easier gear. The group then headed for Durrow and then home Dis 55km at 20kph. G5 had 6 out on a cold and windy Sunday. They headed down the coast road to 5 cross roads where they had roll up practice and a puncture repair before reaching Griffin's Garage. After the puncture they had a fast spin to Lemybrien for the Coffee and warmth. They met up with G4 and G23. They then headed home by Durrow and the coast road. 50km at a good average for a windy day. YOUTH MEMBER NOTES Our underage members are currently training hard for the fast approaching racing season with only two weeks to the first race of the season. INTERNATIONAL RACING SELECTIONS Under 12 riders (David, Eoghan & Cal) have been selected by the Munster

Academy to race in the UK on the 16th & 17th March. The boys will race in Southport in two races on 16th March and will travel to Manchester to race on Paddy's day. We wish them well in their preparations. Aoibhe power U-16 was also selected for the Munster team in England. Good luck to all. SECOND VISIT TO SUNDRIVE TRACK A number of our Youth members (Mark, Rody, Owen, Cal, David, Eoghan) visited the Sundrive Cycling Track this weekend for a coached session as part of their accreditation. For some this followed on from the first accreditation day held a couple of weeks back and for others they tried it out for the first time. A huge thanks to track cycling coaches Stephen Simmons and John Coates for really looking after the lads and for the excellent tuition and coaching and putting them through their paces. For further information on track cycling visit NATIONAL TRAINING CAMPS Last weekend our some of our U-12 Munster Academy riders headed the long distance to Castlebar for a 2 day cycling camp organised by Cycling Ireland. The weekend involved a cycling skills course provided by Cycling Ireland coaches, a presentation on nutrition, health, training and racing from Peter Marrey of Marrey Bikes followed by a road cycling session on Sunday morning. A tough but fun weekend was had by all and the lads learned a huge amount and made many new friends. Under 16 girls Elia and Aoibhe are busy training for the upcoming racing season. Elia recently attended the Womens Cycling Ireland Girls Mid-term training camp in Wicklow last weekend. The weekend was organised by cycling coach Orla Hendron and her team and involved road cycling, mountain biking and track cycling sessions with talks on nutrition, health, cores and flexibility in between. The girls also had a very informative presentation from Olympic medalist Eve McCrystal on every aspect of cycling, training and racing. For further information go to



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Munster Inter-County Badminton

Waterford crowned under 13 and under 17 badminton champions ON Sunday, 28th January, Waterford Juvenile Badminton squads travelled to University Limerick to take part in the Munster Inter-County Championships. We had teams competing in all four competitions, U-11, U-13, U-15 and U-17. Our U-11's reached the final against Cork and lost out by 6 aces. Our U-13's reached the Final

against Cork and were convincing winners and were crowded Munster U-13 Champions. Our U-15's faced a very stong Cork team in the first round, with Cork coming out in front. This meant our U-15's came up against Tipperary to see who would advance to the semi-finals but Tipperary were too strong for our U-15's and were eventually runners up to a strong Cork team. Well

done everyone. Our U-17's reached the final against Cork, at the start it was nip and tuck the whole way, Waterford pulled away and were crowded Munster U-17 champions. A lot of hard work was put in over the last few weeks and months and it paid off. We had kids taking part from a variety of clubs throughout the county, Ballyduff Badmintion Club, Lismore

Badminton Club, Blackwater Badminton Club (Cappoquin), Kilmacthomas Badminton Club and Waterford Badminton Club (Lady Lane). Thank you to all the club reps for helping co-ordinate training and to clubs who helped out with providing their halls for training. A huge thank you to the Waterford Badminton County Board for their excellent advice and support, greatly

appreciated. Thank you to all involved in having the squads fine tuned, U-11's Donna Feeney (Ballyduff) and coach Aze Syed (Lady Lane), U13's - Sarah Kenneally (Ballyduff) and coach Callum Thomas (Lady Lane), U-15's - Michael McGrath (Blackwater) and coach John O'Brien (Lady Lane), U-17s Jacqui Fox (Ladylane) and Coach John O'Brien (Lady Lane)

Well done and congratulations to all who took part. Roll on Round two of the Munster Inter-County Championships on Sunday, March 11th in University Limerick and to the All-Ireland Inter-County Finals in The National Arena in Dublin on Sunday, April 29th where our U-13's and U-17's will be representing Munster. Details of training will be decided for the next few weeks soon.

Waterford Juvenile Badminton under 17 squad. John O'Brien Coach, Jacqui Fox Assistant coach. Back row: Thomas O Muircheartaigh, Patrick McCarthy, Richard Kenneally, Scott Bowdren, Sean Walsh, Cathal Murphy. Front row: Caitlin Gallagher, Nina Lawlor, Lucy Fox, Leah Collins and Molly Kenny. Waterford Juvenile Badminton under 11 county Squad. Back row Left to right: Assistant Coach Donna Feeney, Connor Whelan, Ben Rooney, Eoghan Collins, Oisin Landy, Michael O'Donovan and Coach Azhar Syed, Front Row: Roisin McGuinness, Hayley Gallagher, Abbie Feeney, Sarah Barry and Ella Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;Brien.

Waterford Juvenile Badminton under 15 squad. Back row: Tadhg Duffin, William O'Driscoll, Keelan Hannigan, Mark Ormonde, Aaron Scanlon. Front row: Naoise Murtagh, Ericia Oberceanu, Katie Kenneally, Emily Casey, Chloe Power.

Waterford Juvenile Badminton under 13 Squad. Coach Callum Thomas, assistant Coach Sarah Kenneally. Back row: Thomas Ahern, Sean Daly, Eoin Rooney, Oisin Hannigan, Liam Kavanagh, Cian O'Mahoney. Front row: Molly Kenneally, Kate Ahern, Nora Ahern, Niamh Ryan and Sibhe Collins.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018


Tourin Badminton Cups Tournament 2018 TOURIN Badminton Club held their annual Tournament in Cappoquin Community Centre, on Sunday, 18th February with the three main finals being played out in Tourin Hall. There was a full day of competition to be seen with our four Perpetual Cups to be played for The Donal Barry Cup, John-Joe Scanlan, Gerald McGrath and the Anglesey Cup. With just over 80 competitors taking part, we weren't going to be disappointed. Many coming to support us from our own County Waterford, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary. There were some great games to be seen throughout the day and players were playing with all guns blazing. Play started at 10 a.m. with the Gerald McGrath Cup (novice, H & G grades) up for grabs, this competition had the largest number of entries, with games going to three sets, with a few upsets along the way. Some favourites were knocked out early, but they had a second chance to play in the Plate Section. After five hours of play we got our first parings for the first final of the day, Fergus Hickey & Donna

Feeney from Ballyduff B.C up against Luke O'Rourke, Melleray B.C and his partner Ann Halley from Kilmac BC. As their final was the first to be played out in Tourin Hall we were in for a thrilling start to the night. It was a big occasion for both sides, and tension was high. After two sets they were both level so we were left with the deciding set, but in the end after a brilliant third match Fergus and Donna were worthy winners. In the Gerald McGrath plate section and after many close games we had Ian Corry, Kilmac BC with Lisa McCarthy, Ballyduff BC was up against Sham Denn, Tourin BC who is no stranger to the game with his partner Kelly Ryan, Lismore. So after a very close game Ian Corry and Lisa McCarthy edged out the winners. A new addition this year was a novice competition where players who were in their first year playing had their own competition to play for the Anglesey Cup. This provided us with an all male affair with eight pairings going head to head. So, heading into the final we had up and coming player Mark Ormond, Blackwater Juvenile and

Gary McCormack, Kilmac BC against Ian Corry, Kilmac BC and Tom Troy (Blackwater Juvenile). So in the end after each side battling out, Tom Troy and Ian Corry won their first final. Next, we had the John-Joe. Scanlan Cup (grades E & F) up and we had a strong entry here, with the level of play stepping up. We were in for some great games with a lot of close finishes, and we weren't disappointed. So, we had final number two decided for later, with our own Daragh Wilkinson and his sister Sheena Wilkinson, Tourin BC up against Dylan Browne, Bartlemy BC and his partner Edel Firth, Kilmac BC. Daragh was retaining his title from last year, and he is no stranger to the pressure, this was a close match with electrifying rallies throughout, which went to three sets. But in the end the John Joe Scanlan Cup was won by Daragh and Sheena and will stay in the Wilkinson family, Killahala for another year. In the plate section of the JohnJoe Scanlan we had a good competition with Tayyab Shazhad,

Waterford BC and Ann Halley, Kilmac BC in the final with Mike Bumster, Modeligo BC and his partner Mags Morrissey, Lismore BC. After a very close final Tayyab Shazhad and Ann Halley edged out the winners. Our last competition of the day was the Donal Barry Cup (grade D+). With the top players from County Waterford taken part, we were definitely going to see some very close games, with exciting rallies, point for point. Azhar Syed and his partner Shauna Kenneally, Waterford BC both came back to retain their title, made an easy path to the final once again. They were meeting Martin Walsh, Kilmac BC and his partner Triona Keoghan, Kilmac BC, who came through a tough 3 setter semi-final beaten Martin’s daughter Rachel and son-in-law Garvan Dunford. The last final of the night began with Azhar & Shauna who are in a class of their own, beaten Martin Walsh & Triona Keoghan in two sets. The plate section of the Donal Barry was won by John O’Brien, Waterford BC and Nathalie

Browne, Kilmac BC, together they defeated Joseph Kiely, Tourin BC and Ruth Geoghegan, Lismore BC. Thanks very much to members of the County executive who supported our event, to Michael Browne County President, Trudy Kennedy, County secretary for their help and advice it is appreciated greatly. Thanks to Kilmacthomas BC for providing us with the score boards once again; to Cappoquin Community Centre for giving us such a fabulous facility; to Tourin GAA Club for the use of their hall and facilities for the finals. To our Chairman Cathal Wilkinson for getting our

Tournament going again this year, driving us all forward and also to changing around the lighting system in Tourin Hall, which all players appreciated. To our band of helpers who kept us all fed and watered throughout the day, in our shop, without your help we wouldn’t have lasted. Thanks to our club members who planned, and organised our Tournament and to anyone who helped us out on the day, it is appreciated. A big Thanks to all the clubs who came and supported us, it was a long day but when your enjoying yourself, it makes all the easier. We hope that you will all be back next year.

SPONSORS Tourin BC wish to thank all our sponsors, who helped us out and without their support could not have run the event. A special thanks to • Jump Juice Bar, • Marie & Aidan Walsh, • Lismore & Cappoquin Credit Union, • Kelleher’s Super Valu, Cappoquin, • Kenneally Steel, Ballyduff, • Roches Tyres Ballysaggart, • Sonas Bathroom Ware And all our club members who brought spot prizes.

Gerald McGrath Cup: Donna Feeney (winner) , Gina McGrath, Cathal Wilkinson (Chairman Tourin BC), Fergus Hickey (winner).

John-Joe Scanlan Cup: Sheena Wilkinson (winner), Eamon Scanlan, Cathal Wilkinson (Chairman Tourin BC), Daragh Wilkinson (Winner).

Donal Barry Cup: Azhar Syed (winner), Seamus Barry, Cathal Wilkinson (Chairman Tourin BC), Shauna Kenneally (winner).

Anglesey Cup: Ian Corry (winner), Cathal Wilkinson (Chairman Tourin BC) and Tom Troy (winner).



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 2 March, 2018

Talking Horses Clonmel winner heading for Cheltenham THE Henry De Bromhead-trained Chris’s Dream will take his chance in the Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle at next month’s Cheltenham Festival after his runaway success at odds of 4/1 in the Grade 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at the rearranged meeting at Clonmel on Tuesday. The sixyear-old was a winner for Eugene O’Sullivan at Limerick in December and was running for the first time for De Bromhead as he recorded a 64-length win under Mark Walsh. The Denis Hickey-trained 11/4 chance Countess Cathleen upset the gambled-on evenmoney favourite Tell Me Annie when taking the mares’ maiden hurdle under Jonathan Moore. Edward O’Grady and Phillip Enright won the

maiden hurdle with 9/2 chance Great Khan and the County Kerry jockey got a second winner when partnering the Robert Tyner-trained Spare Brakes, another 9/2 shot, to a cosy success in the handicap chase. The father and son team of Eamonn and Eoin O’Connell combined to win the handicap hurdle with 22/1 chance Sunset Sadie while an easier winner to find was 3/1 chance Freeway Space which wasn’t short of market support when taking the 2m4f beginners’ chase for David O’Brien and JJ Slevin. The 2m7f beginners’ chase was won in battling fashion by 1/2 favourite Augustin which saw off his main market rival Fire In His Eyes to win for Willie Mullins and David Mullins. He was the sole winning favourite on the card.

Mullins on top with Punchestown treble WILLIE Mullins was the dominant force at Punchestown on Wednesday where he sent out three winners, including Meri Devie which landed her second career success in the Listed Quevega Mares Hurdle. A well-backed 5/4 favourite, she ran out the cosy winner from her main market rival Alletrix under David Mullins and now heads to the Cheltenham Festival for the mares’ hurdle. The winning rider had earlier taken the 2m4f maiden hurdle on his uncle’s 3/1 chance Cut The Mustard and the champion trainer made it three on the day when Redhotfillypeppers came good in the mares’ maiden hurdle under her owner, amateur rider David Dunsdon.

Charles Byrnes continued his fine run of success in bumpers when the gambled-on 8/13 favourite Von Humboldt made a winning debut under Richie Deegan in the finale. He was Byrnes’ fourth successive runner in a bumper to have won. Another amateur rider on the mark was Liam Quinlan who partnered the Michael McDonaghtrained 11/4 chance Spancil Hill to success in the 2m4f handicap hurdle. Call A Cab was backed from 11/2 to 9/4 favourite before winning the opening maiden hurdle for Pat Fahy and Barry Geraghty and in the same colours of owner JP McManus, Kilfenora landed the 3m handicap hurdle for Edward Harty and Mark Walsh at odds of 12/1.

First graded success for Rachael Blackmore CHAMPION conditional rider Rachael Blackmore added another feather to her cap when registering her first Graded success at Thurles on Thursday. On her first ride for Gordon Elliott, she partnered 7/1 chance Blow By Blow to win the Grade 3 Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Chase. Elliott got a second winner when Sir Carno, the 5/2 favourite, won the 3m handicap hurdle in good style under Jack Kennedy. Denis Hogan both trained and rode Youcantcallherthat to win the mares’ novice chase, comfortably reversing previous course form with Magic Of Light to win at odds of 12/1. He went on to complete a double, as a trainer, when Moskovite, the 2/1 favourite, made a winning racecourse debut under Patrick Mullins in the bumper. Magic Of Light’s trainer Jessica Harrington won the opening rated chase with the heavily supported 11/10 favourite Jett which was ridden by Robbie Power. Alan Fleming and Denis O'Regan combined to land the 3m maiden hurdle with 100/30 chance Massey’s Wood while County Waterford amateur Sheila Ahern won the lady riders’ handicap hurdle on Analyse That, the 8/1 winner trained in Conna, County Cork by Sean Aherne.

Festival target announced for Samcro SAMCRO will run in the Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle rather than the Supreme at the Cheltenham Festival, while Apple's Jade will swerve the Sun Bet Stayers' Hurdle to defend her OLBG Mares' Hurdle crown. Eddie O'Leary revealed that the Supreme is no longer under consideration for the unbeaten Samcro and the Gigginstown racing manager said there is no chance whatsoever of Apple's Jade tackling the boys over three miles. O'Leary said: “It has always been our intention to run Samcro in the Ballymore and nothing has changed. He runs in the Ballymore and that's final. We think that he will be a nice chaser over three miles for next season so, even though he won the Deloitte over two miles, he won't be running in the Supreme. We don't do hype so Samcro will have to go out and show us what he is made of in the Ballymore. Hopefully he will get there in one piece. Apple's Jade will run in the mares’ hurdle and won't be running in the Stayers’. That has always been her aim and nothing has changed. She's in great form,” O'Leary said. While not as highprofile as the aforementioned pair, O'Leary revealed that Balko Des Flos will be Gigginstown's number one hope in the Ryanair Chase as they attempt to win the race for the first time.

Definite Dilemma Impressive at Bandon THE David Kiely trained and Martin Houlihan owned Definite Dilemma was very impressive winning the ‘Winners of One’ at Bandon pointto-point on Sunday last. The winner ridden by the owner’s son Conor won by a distance from the five-runner field. Fenno’s Storm gave the rider/trainer combination of Declan Queally their 200th point-to-point win in the Open Lightweight for Stradbally owner Maurice Walsh. Jimmy Mangan of Conna saddled two winners courtesy Trio For Rio in the 5 year old adjacent hunts Maiden and Ballybrowney Walk in the 5 year old and upwards mares’ maiden.

Upcoming Fixtures Clonmel - Thursday, March 1st (First Race 2.10). Dundalk - Friday, March 2nd (First Race 5.30). Navan - Saturday, March 3rd (First Race 2.10). Leopardstown - Sunday, March 4th (First Race 2.10).

Chris's Dream and Mark Walsh jumping the last to win The Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle at Clonmel. [Alain Barr]






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Dungarvan observer 2 3 2018 edition  
Dungarvan observer 2 3 2018 edition