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GSOC investigating teenager’s death By Paul Mooney

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THE Garda Siochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) is investigating the death of a teenager in Dungarvan after Gardaí responded to an incident of bottle-throwing by youths at houses in an Abbeyside estate, where a senior Garda was assaulted. Jamie Ducey (18) from 28 Cluain Garbhán, The Burgery, Dungarvan, is believed to have been fatally injured when he fell

into a stream after climbing a two metre railing at the rear of Sallybrook, in the early hours of last Friday, 16th May. His death follows an earlier incident at the Seapark estate in Abbeyside, where four youths, one of whom is understood to have been Jamie Ducey, began launching glass bottles at homes in the Seapark estate and causing damage to vehicles. The gang of youths were believed to have been drinking on a nearby beach and were taking a

shortcut through Seapark just after midnight, last Thursday night 15th May, into Friday morning 16th May, when they carried out their attack on the homes of Seapark residents. One of the houses which was attacked belongs to Garda Superintendent Michael Leacy, who went out to confront the youths. It is understood that during the confrontation, Supt. Leacy was assaulted by one of the youths, when he was hit on the head by a

glass bottle and sustained a serious wound, which required hospital attention. The gang then fled on foot from Seapark onto the Clonea Road and scattered in different directions. Gardaí mounted an extensive search, which included members of the Coastguard and the Rescue Helicopter. Mr. Ducey’s body was later found by a search team. The Fire Service cut away a section of the railing at Sallybrook to allow

emergency personnel remove Jamie Ducey’s body from the stream. The body was then taken to Waterford Regional Hospital for a post mortem, the results of which are not being released as the investigation is ongoing. Three local men were later arrested following the incident. One of them was released from custody on Friday night, while two were released from custody on Saturday morning.  Continued on page 3

Historic meeting marks the end of Town Council

€1.1m boost for Déise Greenway page 4

Local Election Candidates pages 22 & 23 Speakers at the Dungarvan Enterprise Centre Open Your Eyes to Alternative Funding Seminar in the Town Hall were from left David O'Shea,; Anika Tyrrell, CEO Local Enterprise Office; Lorna Coleman, Microfinance Ireland; Mags Durand-O'Connor, Dungarvan Enterprise Centre; Michael Maddock, South East BIC, and Mark Rafferty, [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Local Elections 23rd May, 2014

Vote No.1

Rugby Club hosts 20K Drop

Seamus O’Donnell P.C.

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Independent Candidate Old Parish, Dungarvan Tel. 087 6859270

For over 15 years I have made successful representations on behalf of the people of West Waterford to Waterford County Council and Government agencies on issues relating to Housing, Road Improvements, Water & Sewerage scheme improvements, Refuse Collection, Public Lighting, Grant / Funding applications, Schools improvement works, Welfare & Medical Card entitlements. With the support of your No. 1 Vote I will work to ensure that the people of West Waterford will not be forgotten about by a Waterford City based administration following the merging of both City & County Councils. I will work for you on the issues that matter to the people of Dungarvan & West Waterford,

THE May meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, which was held last Monday night, was the final meeting of the local authority before it’s abolished under Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s reforms for local government, writes Paul Mooney. As 115 years of governing the town of Dungarvan came to an end, Councillors acknowledged it was an historic moment, but also tinged with sadness and poignancy. The final meeting of the Town Council also represents the last time the town will have a Mayor. While Waterford County Council marked its ending

issues like: • Supporting jobs initiatives to create sustainable jobs for the towns and rural areas • To reverse the decline in rural population • To arrest the decay of the road network • Unjust charges for utility services • The eradication of crime within the community • The promotion of tourism in the region • To speed up the rollout of the broadband network • The securing of funding for local sports, community and voluntary groups • The improvement of services provided by the Local Authority to the community • The provision of coastal erosion defences • Totally objecting to pylons

just the previous Monday, there was more sadness attached to the final meeting of the Town Council, because under the local government reforms, Dungarvan Town Council will be abolished, meaning no more self-governing for Dungarvan Town, whereas the County Council will be amalgamated with Waterford City Council to form a new authority. There was unmistakable emotion in their voices of Town Mayor,Teresa Wright and the other Councillors, as they marked the night with tributes and praises for the work carried out over the 115 year history of the Town Council.  Continued on page 18

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remove emergency personnel the sustained a serious Jamie Ducey’s body from glass bottle and Seapark just after wound, which required hospital stream. shortcut through 15th then taken to climbing a two Thursday night The body was into a stream after the rear of midnight, last 16th attention. Hospital for fled on foot at Friday morning Waterford Regional The gang then of metre railing of May, into carried out their from Seapark onto the Clonea a post mortem, the results as the early hours May, when they Sallybrook, in in different of Seapark being released on the homes which are not Siochána last Friday, 16th May. Road and scattered Garda is ongoing. an earlier attack THE the investigation Commission His death follows estate in residents. were later which was directions. mounted an extensive Ombudsman Three local men the death incident at the Seapark Gardaí One of the houses to Garda one included members arrested following the incident. (GSOC) is investigating where four youths, search, which Dungarvan after attacked belongs and the Rescue was released from of a teenager in to an incident Abbeyside, is understood to have Michael Leacy, One of them whom Superintendent while the of the Coastguard Gardaí responded by youths at of on Friday night, Ducey, began launch- who went out to confront custody Helicopter. Jamie later been from custody in the of bottle-throwing body was two were released Mr. Ducey’s Abbeyside estate, ing glass bottles at homesdamage youths. team. The Fire houses in an that during the morning. Garda was Seapark estate and causing found by a search It is understood the on Saturday on page 3 where a senior Supt. Leacy was Service cut away a section of Continued confrontation, to allow  assaulted. 28 to vehicles. of the youths, youths were from Sallybrook one of at by (18) gang railing The by a on assaulted Jamie Ducey hit on the head The Burgery, believed to have been drinking a when he was Cluain Garbhán, believed to have a nearby beach and were taking Dungarvan, is when he fell been fatally injured

By Paul Mooney

Muiri K Boutique O'Connell St Dungarvan

marks Historic meetingCouncil the end of Town

the previous Monday, meeting just May was more sadness THE Town there to the final meetof Dungarvan was held attachedthe Town Council, Council, which ing of night, was under the local last Monday of the because reforms, the final meeting before government Council local authority under Dungarvan Town abolished be abolished, meaning it’s for Minister will Environment no more self-governing reforms for Town, whereas Phil Hogan’s writes Dungarvan Council will be local government, the County with Paul Mooney. govern- amalgamated Council to As 115 years of Waterford City Dungarvan of town ing the form a new authority. Councillors came to an end, There was unmistakable of it was an hisin their voices acknowledged but also emotion Teresa Wright toric moment, and Town Mayor, Councillors, sadness tinged with and the other marked the night poignancy. for of the as they The final meeting tributes and praises also repre- with out over Town Council the work carried town of the the sents the last time the 115 year history will have a Mayor. County Town Council. page 18 were from left David, Nire's While Waterford Continued in the Town Hall Conor on Gleeson clears its ending Stephen Funding Seminar ahead of Stradbally's Ireland; Mags Durand-O'Connor Council marked Eyes to Alternative Sport] Keane during [Sean Byrne//Deise Centre Open Your Coleman, Microfinance the final of the Kavanagh & Dungarvan Enterprise Local Enterprise Office; Lorna J. J. Rafferty, Sons t County Speakers at the East BIC, and Mark Anika Tyrrell, CEO Championship Independen played in Fraher Minor Football O'Shea,; Centre; Michael Maddock, South Vote for an Field. who can Dungarvan Enterprise

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issues like: to create jobs initiatives made successful and rural areas • Supporting years I have West for the towns For over 15 the people of sustainable jobs rural population on behalf of Council and the decline in representations • To reverse road network Waterford County relating to decay of the Waterford to issues • To arrest the agencies on for utility services Water & Government • Unjust charges of crime within the community Improvements, Refuse Housing, Road • The eradication tourism in the region scheme improvements, of / Funding Sewerage • The promotion rollout of the broadband Lighting, Grant works, the Collection, Public • To speed up Schools improvement applications, network local sports, Card entitlements. work of funding for Welfare & Medicalof your No. 1 Vote I will • The securing will voluntary groups the With the support people of West Waterford community and of services provided by the Waterford City to ensure that • The improvementto the community about by a merging of not be forgotten defences Local Authority following the of coastal erosion based administration • The provision Councils. to to pylons both City & Countyon the issues that matter • Totally objecting you West Waterford, I will work for Dungarvan the people of Dungarvan &

23rd May, 2014

Vote No.1

Seamus O’Donnell P.C.

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WEATHER OUTLOOK TODAY will be mostly dry and bright in mid and eastern parts of Munster with sunny spells at first and just a few scattered showers. Cloudier in western coastal counties with showers or spells of showery rain, some heavy. Highest temperatures of 13 to 16 Celsius, coolest in the west, and light to moderate south to southwest winds will become light variable in the evening. Thursday: It will be another showery day. Most of the showers on Thursday will occur during the second half of the day, and they will continue into Thursday evening and early night. Again these showers be heavy and thundery with local downpours and periods of torrential rain. But temperatures will remain good, generally between 13 and 17 degrees. Friday: While there will be more heavy showers again, the shower activity will tend to be more isolated and there will be longer clear periods. The day will be slightly cooler and fresher than previous days with highest temperatures of 12 to 15 degrees in northerly breezes. Weekend: The pattern of fewer showers and longer dry periods will continue over the weekend, but with northerly breezes temperatures will remain the same.

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Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club – Minister Simon Coveney, TD, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, with Joan Moloney, Commodore, and Committee members of Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club at the opening of the new pontoon. [Pat Crowley]

Executive Manager sought by Mercyhurst University By Paul Mooney MERCYHURST University is looking to appoint an Executive Manager to oversee operations at its facility in Dungarvan. The newly appointed Executive Manager will be responsible for conducting business development and administrative operations through the implementation of the business plan for the University’s Irish facility, as well as day-to-day management of the campus in Dungarvan, including the overseeing of management and maintenance (classrooms and offices), as well as identifying opportunities to provide revenue for University projects through maximising use of the Dungarvan facility. The new dynamic and versatile role includes duties and responsibilities to co-ordinate with outside agencies for grant and contract opportunities which support the University’s mission requirements and promotional work, while there are other responsibilities as part of

the Centre for Intelligence, Research, Analysis and Training (CIRAT), Europe and the Centre for International Education and the Centre for International Academic Partnerships. Applicants for the position of Executive Manager should have at least a degree (Master’s level preferred), or equivalent in Business Studies, or other relevant qualification, and / or Intelligence Studies. Mercyhurst University is looking for a motivated self starter, able to work efficiently and effectively within tight budgets and should have proficient IT skills. The position is a fixed term contract and will be employed by Mercyhurst College Ireland Limited. Competitive remuneration will apply. The deadline for applications for this job is 5.00 p.m., 15th June, 2014. Further information on this vacancy check out, or contact Fearghal Reidy at 058-22000, email

Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club official opening of Pontoon (l. to r.): Noreen Brennock, Ciara and Annette Morrissey. [Pat Crowley]

Over €44k in Council grants WATERFORD County Council handed out just over €44,000 in grants last month. According to a Manager’s Orders report for April, 2014, a total of €44,110 was given out, and a breakdown of that figure showed that a recipient received a total of €27,930

under a Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability; one recipient received €10,500 under Housing Aid for Older People; while another recipient received €5,680 under a Mobility Aid Grant.

Dungarvan Harbour Sailing Club official opening of Pontoon – Theresa Hennessy [Pat Crowley] and Aidan Hallahan.


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3 Local Elections Comeragh Area

V VO OT TE E N No o..1 1


Cllr. Liam Brazil

DERMOT KIRWAN No.1 ✔ ✔ ✔ ✔

Comeragh Ele ctoral Area

First to alert the Observer to the pylon threat last September and now it’s a national issue From Mahon Bridge, the centre of the Comeragh Electoral Area, equal distance between Modeligo and Kilmeaden, Stradbally and Rathgormack From a farming and business background Former BBC Deflector Candidate in the 1997 General Election


Maeve Carter, daughter of Ann (nee Bowe, formerly of Garranbane), and David Carter, Massachusetts, USA, pictured with her husband Stephen Hutton, son of Anne and Kieran Hutton, Rathfarnham, Dublin, on their wedding day at Kilgobinet Church. The wedding reception was held in The Park Hotel, Dungarvan. [David Clynch Photography]

GSOC investigating teenager’s death 087 6683346 Please continue your preferences for BUTLER, Mary & O’LEARY, John (21-5)

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FROM FRONT PAGE A referral was made to the GSOC at 1.59 a.m., on Friday, 16th May, which is standard procedure under the Garda Siochána Act (2005), as any incident which results in the death or serious injury to a person at, or when, they are in contact with Gardaí (on and off duty), must be referred to the GSOC to be investigated. GSOC immediately dispatched a team of investigators to Dungarvan. GSOC Investigators examined the scene where Mr. Ducey died and are

Pictured: Seapark housing estate, Abbeyside. Below: the Clonea Road was closed off by Gardaí during the search operation.

seeking witnesses from White Strand, Seapark, Clonea Road and Sallybrook areas of

Abbeyside. Anyone with information should contact GSOC at 1890 600 800.

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Treatment for both Adults and Children

Council expresses vote of sympathy TO BE YOUR LOCAL VOICE IN THE DUNGARVAN / LISMORE AREA And continue your second preference for CLLR. NICKY SHEEHAN

DUNGARVAN Town Council expressed a vote of sympathy to the Ducey family on the recent death of Jamie Ducey, of Cluain Garbhán, The Burgery, Abbeyside, Dungarvan. Requiem Mass for Jamie

Ducey was held at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan, last Monday morning, with interment afterwards in the Old Churchyard Cemetery. At the May meeting of Dungarvan Town Council,

Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) proposed the vote of sympathy to the Ducey family. All the other Councillors were unanimous with the sentiments expressed.

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THE Waterford & Suir Valley Railway has welcomed the announcement by Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, of €1.1m to complete the Kilmeaden to Bilberry section of the Déise Greenway. The Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, a social enterprise, has already developed this section of the abandoned Waterford – Dungarvan railway line as a narrow gauge railway tourist attraction. Maria Kyte, Business Development Manager at Waterford & Suir Valley Railway welcomed the announcement: “Waterford & Suir Valley Railway Company fully support the development of a walkway and cycle path beside the railway track from Waterford City to

Kilmeaden and on to Dungarvan”. “There is already a rich tapestry of community and tourism resources along the railway route, providing the basis for a linear park including Mount Congreve Gardens,Woodstown Viking Site, Gracedieu Native Woodland Reserve and Bilberry Rock,” said Ms. Kyte. “A walkway and cycle path will further open the area up for use by the local community and tourist to the area.” The funding provides for the development of a platform at Billberry to allow Waterford & Suir Valley Railway to offer tour groups one way trips to or from Waterford from April 2015. A platform at Mount Congreve Garden will

allow visitors to purchase an inclusive ticket for train ride and a visit to Mount Congreve Garden, home to the largest collection of plants in Ireland and one of the largest collections in the world, a very unique visitor experience guaranteed to attract visitors from all over the world. Feargal Reidy, Economic Development Officer at Waterford City & County Council Council said of the announcement: “Waterford City & County Council welcomes the announcement of funding”. “This route represents an opportunity to link some of the key attractions in Waterford, Mount Congreve, Kilmeaden Castle, the Viking Archaeological Site at Woodstown and the

recently developed Viking Triangle in Waterford City, with the House of Waterford Crystal, The Bishops Palace and the Medieval Museum,” said Mr. Reidy. “Our broader ambition is to develop a Greenway that links Waterford City with Dungarvan, which will provide tourists with an opportunity to experience the best of the County and City, in particular the scenic Copper Coast and the Comeragh Mountains.” Mr. Reidy said the Council would like to acknowledge the support of local community groups, in particular the Waterford & Suir Valley Railway, who have partnered with Waterford City & County Council in the planning of this Greenway

Further €1.1m boost for Déise Greenway

Celebrating the announcement of a further €1.1m in funding for the Deise Greenway to be developed beside Waterford and Suir Valley Railway, Kilmeadan. IN what has been a phenomenal past five weeks for the Déise Greenway project, a further major boost was received last Thursday when Minister for Public and Commuter Transport, Alan Kelly announced a further €1.1 million funding grant towards the development of the Greenway from Dungarvan to Waterford City. While last month almost €1 million was allocated towards the development of the Greenway from Clonea out to Durrow, this further grant of €1.1 million is for the greenway from Waterford City out to the station in Kilmeaden. This is on top of the major endorsement of members of Waterford County Council who voted last month by twenty- three to zero to support the Greenway as proposed by Waterford County Council. Local Councillor Ger Barron who fought tooth and nail for the development of the greenway over the past decade and more and has never let the issue of the Greenway go out of the

public domain in that time stated that “I have been involved with this important project for many years and it gives me great pleasure to see it finally get the funding and go ahead.”. Waterford County Mayor, Damien Geoghegan, a strong advocate of the Greenway, welcomes the further funding and is delighted that “all pieces of the jigsaw are falling into place” and that a fine world class greenway awaits us in the not too distant future. Waterford City Mayor, John Cummins expressed his delight at the announcement and said that “This will complement the wonderful Mount Congreve gardens and the Suir Valley Railway and gives us another welcome addition to our already fantastic tourism offering.” The minister’s statement said that the “proposal is for an off road greenway from Kilmeaden to Bilberry which forms part of the overall Dungarvan to Waterford City 41km off road greenway on a disused railway corridor up to the Suir Valley. The

proposed section predominantly follows along the significant and valuable scenic River Suir. Other places of interest are the ruin of Kilmeaden Castle; the house and gardens of Mount Congreve, the archaeological treasure at Woodstown and modern skyline capturing cable stay bridge on the new Waterford Bypass.” On another positive note for the region, €1.9 million was allocated for the construction of twenty kilometres of a greenway along the existing River Suir towpath which will connect the towns of Clonmel and Carrick-onSuir. This surely can be linked in some way in the future with the Déise Greenway whether through Rathgormack and the Comeraghs or Carrick-on-Suir to Waterford City where the leisure tourist can join the Déise Greenway back westwards to Dungarvan. The possibilities are unlimited. Work on the development could start after the nesting season on the 1st of September.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

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Gardaí investigating removal of election posters GARDAÍ are investigating the removal of election posters in the Comeragh and East County Waterford areas, Waterford County Council was told at its final meeting, held earlier in May, writes Paul Mooney. It is understood that a number of Councillors have been the victims of certain people removing their election posters, and in some cases, having their election posters replaced by other candidates’ election posters. The matter was raised at the Council meeting by Cllr. Ann Marie Power (Non-party) who said she felt compelled to raise the matter and clarify what legislation is in place to protect election candidates and their posters. “Thirty of my posters were removed without my consent,” said Cllr. Power. “They were actually replaced by another candidates’ posters.” Cllr. Power said the matter was immediately reported to the Gardaí and an investigation is under-

way. “We are looking at CCTV footage and we are tracing a white transit van,” Cllr. Power said. She described the removal of election posters as “unsavoury, mischievous and an act of cowardice”. “It is also an attack on the dignity and good name of the person and candidate in question.” Cllr. Power said her campaign team will undo the damage of the culprit, but noted that other candidates are deeply upset by these developments and may not have the resources to replace posters. Cllr. Ger Barron (Lab) said he has been the victim of the removal of election posters in the Comeragh area. “My posters were blatantly removed at 10.00 a.m. last Saturday morning and I reported the matter to the Gardaí,” said Cllr. Barron. He said he was hopeful that the culprit(s) will be caught as a witness passed

their details to the Gardaí. Concurring, Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan (FG) and Cllr. Pat Daly (FF) said they have the same problem in the East Waterford / Tramore area. Cllr. Daly said if Cllr. Power knows who is removing the posters, then she should name them publicly at the Council meeting. However, Cllr. Power declined, pointing out that the matter is in the hands of the Gardaí. Director of Services, Brian White, said Council staff would only remove election posters which have been placed in inappropriate places. “We do not remove posters that have been legitimately put up,” Mr. White said. “To deface, or remove an election poster is an offence,” Mr. White warned. “The correct authority is the Gardaí, who will investigate the matter and take it from there,” he added.

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Coláiste Chathail Naofa

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Pictured above is the Beauty Therapy (ITEC/ CIDESCO) Further Education Course class of 2014 who have recently finished their final exams.

INTERVIEWS 19th, 20th, 21st, 22nd & 23rd May, 2014 FULL-TIME COURSES

COLÁISTE Chathail Naofa, Dungarvan, College of Further Education, is holding their interviews for adult courses starting in September 2014 from Monday, 19th May until the 23rd May. Please apply online at or call to the college on the Youghal Road, for an application form. Numbers are limited, so if you are interested or require further information please contact us on (058) 41184. The prime aim of all the Further Education Courses run by Coláiste Chathail Naofa is to prepare students for entry into the workplace or to higher education and training. Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses are open to school-leavers and adult participants, offering a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience. The courses are full-time and last for one or two years. They are designed as a step

towards skilled employment and as such, they are closely linked to industry or students may earn a maximum of 400 points from their FETAC course for entry to third level colleges.Work experience is a mandatory module on all programmes. BEAUTY THERAPY COURSE The beauty department in Coláiste Chathail Naofa is a new state of the art building to best meet CIDESCO requirements.The tutors all have recognised beauty therapy diplomas, with teaching qualifications and international experience which allows them to deliver training to a high standard with all awarding bodies. We provide the learners with the very best of equipment, products and learning materials to enable them to achieve their best. In CCN we have an excellent record of merits and distinctions in our exams.

Paul Drohan wins the Engineering Student of the Year Award. Pictured above is Mr Kevin O’Donoghue, Head of the Engineering Department presenting the Joe Ryan Cup to Paul Drohan who received the Engineering Student of the Year for his outstanding Leaving Certificate project. Also pictured are Mr Diarmuid Mooney and Mr Danny Cunningham, Principal.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Councillors express annoyance at city venue for Election Count By Paul Mooney A NUMBER of Councillors expressed their annoyance that the count of the Local Elections will be held in Waterford City. At the final meeting of Waterford County Council, earlier in May, Cllr. James Tobin (FF) expressed his annoyance that candidates will only have three passes to get into the election count on Saturday, 24th May, which is being held at the main sports hall in WIT. He also wanted to know why candidates had to travel all the way to Waterford City to be nominated, when the usual place was Dungarvan. Concurring, Cllr. Declan Doocey

(FG) said the election count was moved to WIT campus to facilitate a comfortable place for the count and those in attendance. “If the venue is not suitable, then it shouldn’t have been picked,” he said. “We were always given more passes, as it was always part of the custom that you bring your canvassers with you to the count for support.” Cllr. Doocey asked the Council to reconsider the count venue, pointing out that candidates were always facilitated at Dungarvan Sports Centre. Cllr. Liam Brazil (FG) said candidates should be allowed at least two extra passes for the count on top of the passes already proposed. Director of Services, Brian White, who is also the Returning Officer for




the Local Elections, said he had to base himself at one location to receive nominations of candidates to Waterford City and County Council. He said he is also obliged to work alongside the EU Returning Officer in relation to the count venue. Mr. White said there is a limitation to the amount of space at the count venue, so it was necessary to give each candidate the same number of passes. For the tally in the morning, each candidate will receive three passes, while in the afternoon for the Local Election count, candidates will receive five passes. In the interests of health and safety, Mr. White pointed out that there is a limit on the amount of people allowed into the count venue.

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Witnesses sought in Youghal stabbing incident By Christy Parker GARDAÍ in Youghal are looking for witnesses to a stabbing incident on the out-

skirts of the town last weekend. The incident occurred in the Strand area close to the greyhound track between 1.15 p.m. and 1.30 p.m. on

Saturday afternoon. A local man in his 30’s received a wound to his upper body in what has been described as an unprovoked attack.

Your new Waterford Local Authority –

Waterford City and County Council Immediately after the local elections on Friday, 23rd May, a new unified local authority will come into existence for the whole of Waterford. Its official name will be Waterford City and County Council and it replaces the existing separate local authorities for both the City and the County as well as the Town Councils of Dungarvan, Tramore and Lismore. The new contact details are: Waterford City and County Council City Hall The Mall Waterford E-mail: Telephone: Web: Twitter: 0761-102020 (lo-call) @waterfordcounci

MAIN CHANGES From Monday, 26th May, direct Council Services will no longer be provided at Tramore Civic Offices or at Lismore Area Office. However, there will be a new and expanded Customer Care service with customer contact points in Waterford City and Dungarvan. These customer care services are based at: • Bailey’s New Street, Waterford • Civic Offices, Dungarvan You may access all services at either of these contact points Opening Hours are:

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Paramedics treated the man at the scene before he was taken to hospital. His injuries are not life threatening. A Garda spokesman says they are

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Waterford City & County Council IN a few days, the elections will be over and we will know who will be our political representatives at local and European level for the next number of years. And while this will, no doubt, bring some change right around the country, there will be even greater change in some places. One of these places is Waterford. Because not alone are the town councils being integrated into the County Councils as is the case nationally but, in Waterford, the City and County Councils are merging into one single authority. The new authority’s official name will be Waterford City and County Council. The new joint City and County Manager is Michael Walsh and while he agrees that there are certain shortcomings in respect of the merger, he feels that the long-term advantages will far outweigh these. “We are conscious that, for the first time in well over a hundred years, the City and County will lose their independent power of decision-making. However, the result will be a new unified, stronger, more ambitious and more resilient Waterford and with a local authority resourced to support that ambition”. The merger is part of the rationalisation of local government laid out in the government’s “Putting People First” policy of October 2012. Tipperary South and Tipperary North are also merging as are Limerick City and County. The primary purposes of these mergers are to reduce costs, increase efficiency

and establish more effective arrangements for local democracy. One very significant outcome is that the new local authority for Waterford will have a much stronger role in leading economic and community development at a local level. Says Michael: “Without a shadow of doubt, the most critical priority facing this country at the moment is the issue of economic development and of ensuring the creation and maintenance of good, top-quality and sustainable jobs. While much of this depends on national and even global issues, much can also be done, however, at a local level. Up to now, there has been a fragmentation of resources supporting enterprise development and employment creation. The new merged authority will have a much greater role in ensuring cohesion in approach at local level and ensuring agreement on a set of economic priorities as well as the provision of resources in order to achieve these priorities. This new approach can only be for the better of this bigger, stronger and more unified Waterford and, indeed, for all its citizens, both now and in the future.” There are some immediate local implications. At a most basic level, when people vote on Friday in their local elections, they will be well aware that their local electoral area boundaries have changed. Now there are two local Municipal Areas in the west and the centre of the County – Dungarvan/Lismore and Comeragh – and in the east, and taking in the

City, there is a new Metropolitan Area, composed of three separate electoral areas (Tramore/Waterford City West, Waterford City South and Waterford City East). One critical change from a service provision point is that the public offices in Lismore and Tramore will close from next Monday, 26th May, onwards. However, this will be compensated for by a new Customer Care Centre with two public contact points in Waterford and Dungarvan. “In the new authority, one of our key priorities will be ensuring that all our customers receive the very best of care and service and that this service is fair, timely, efficient and effective. This is our ambition and I am determined that we achieve it”, says the new Manager. It will, no doubt, take time for everything to bed down in the new authority. This level of change can never happen without hiccups along the way. However, the long-term benefits should be very significant and very beneficial. Concludes Michael: “We could couch many of our aims via fancy strategic terms and objectives and indeed we will be measuring progress on a whole range of performance indicators. However, our broad and very simple aim is that Waterford becomes a better place for everybody – those who live there, those who invest and work there, and those who visit us to enjoy the wonderful place we call Waterford”. We wish Waterford the very best in its unified ambition and future.




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Council’s policy strongly favours renewable energy projects WITH the number of wind turbines being erected in County Waterford beginning to increase, a Councillor queried if a precedent was being set. Cllr. Mary Greene (FG) made the query at the final meeting of Waterford County Council, held earlier in May. She said that a planning application was recently made, and then withdrawn, in relation to proposed wind turbines in the Portlaw area. “There are already two wind turbines in Portlaw. Will this set the precedent for more wind turbines?” she asked. “Does Waterford County Council look more favourably on wind turbines because there are existing turbines in the area?” Director of Services, Brian White, said the Council’s planning policy is strongly in favour of renewable energy projects. “Every project goes through the planning process for the public to make submissions,” said Mr. White. “I am not aware of any further proposal to grant turbines at that location at this moment in time,” he added.

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Tributes paid to retiring Town Councillors TRIBUTES were paid at the May meeting of Dungarvan Town Council to those Councillors stepping down from politics. The meeting was the final meeting of the Town Council before it is abolished under Environment Minister Phil Hogan’s local government reforms. The Councillors who are not standing for re-election are: Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab); Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF); Cllr. Tom Higgins (Ind); Cllr. Gerry O’Mahony (Ind); and Mayor Teresa Wright (Lab). Tributes were paid at the meeting to those Councillors for all their work during

their tenure as public representatives for Dungarvan town, and best wishes were expressed in their retirement from politics. Meanwhile, the four remaining Councillors on the Town Council, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG); Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove (FG); Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter (FF); and Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab) are going forward to contest the Local Elections. Best wishes were expressed to them at the Council meeting in their bid for reelection.

Lismore Councillor delivers (probably) last Heritage Centre Report By Christy Parker




May’s final Town Council meeting saw Lismore Town Councillor Ken Madden furnish what was probably his final report as the council’s representative on Heritage Strategic Policy Committee. The councillor’s brief account was taken from his attendance at the previous month’s Lismore Heritage Company Community Services sub-committee meeting. The report opened with news that “pop-up” retail initiative is being finetuned with a view to re-opening a number of vacant Main Street premises in the months ahead. The move is part of a major regeneration project that would see ‘seasonal’ businesses and suchlike utilise vacant premises. Tour guide and retail staff member

Arlene Kenny (from Ballyduff) has vacated her position. She has since been replaced by Cappoquin girl Trisha Ryan. Meanwhile, work on the centre’s Velux windows has been completed and Health and Safety statements for the newly refurbished areas were being undertaken. The centre’s recent refurbishment had come in on budget and an official opening will shortly ensue. The Mobile Science Workshops continues to prove successful and remains a good source of income, as it had done while the centre was closed. The new interactive exhibitions are proving popular, while customer experience is enhanced by the new layout, which promotes greater ’flow.’ The façade of the centre has been cleaned down as

part of the renovations and disabled access within the building has been markedly improved. Finally, the forthcoming Orienteering Programme at Ballysaggartmore Towers is progressing well and should be ready this coming June concludes Cllr. Madden. The councillor’s participation within the Heritage structure is probably now terminated with the council’s demise but as to his –if anyreplacement or as to any structure accommodating public body representation, all remains a mystery. Indeed so does much surrounding the Municipal District authority even at this late stage, with the Department of Environment adhering to it’s stance of supplying very little information for the mere citizenry.

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Outside of the consideration of duty, we will be better entitled to disagree with the results or complain about who was elected if we have fully taken part in the process.

A facelift for the town centre ANYONE who cares to look through the magnificent collection of old photos on the Waterford County Museum site can see how drab and down at heel Dungarvan was a half a century ago. It is about that long since the then Junior Chamber of Commerce organisation decided to have a colour scheme designed for the residences, shops and businesses of Grattan Square and succeeded in having it implemented in all but one case. The transformation in the town centre was amazing and set the standard of cleanliness in the decades since. This time, it is the turn of Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber of Commerce to seek to implement a similar improvement scheme as they announce that a Painting Grant Scheme has been agreed between them and the Town Council. The scheme is designed to improve the character, appearance and overall attractiveness of the traditional town centre of Dungarvan. The objective is to encourage communities to invest in buildings to enhance the character and appearance of areas and to reinforce local pride in the area for residents, businesses and visitors. On this occasion the target will be Grattan Square as well as the streets which lead from it. Although not as necessary as fifty years ago, this should bring some improvement to the town centre as we move into the heart of the tourist season. This year, no bunting has been provided for Grattan Square or flags for the Causeway and the lack of colour is noticeable. Shortly, the GAA season will get under way and in years past it was good to see the county – or town – colours fluttering in the breeze in the town centre. Bunting did make a brief appearance for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, but was removed soon after. Any initiative which gives the town a lift or presents it in a better light is to be welcomed and it is to be hoped that relevant parties will take the opportunity of improving their premises under this new initiative. Well done to the business community for this lead, all of us will be beneficiaries.

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How will you vote? ABOVE any other occasion, people are concerned and undecided in how they will vote in the Local and European Elections this Friday. Gone are the certainties of the past when the choice was mainly from the three main parties and the serious local independent candidates. Now, as Minister Pat Rabbitte pointed out a week ago, voters are in a quandary in regard to their choice for their preferences. Fianna Fail are not yet rehabilitated or ready to be returned to power; Fine Gael and Labour are out of favour with the electorate and the people are not yet ready to trust Sinn Fein. That about sums it up, but on this occasion, when local and European seats are to be filled and two By-Elections are to be decided as well, rather than voting for the formation of a Dail, the likelihood is that Independents and Sinn Fein will be the favourites. Any prediction at this stage and in this environment would surely be guesswork and even the opinion polls, of which we have had many, can occasionally be contradictory. Regardless of who is returned, they can only be elected by the votes of the people and this right should be jealously guarded and diligently implemented, so that the best possible combination of worthy representatives can emerge. Seats for the European Parliament are also down for decision and all the predictions are that Labour will take a beating in favour of Sinn Fein. Fine Gael may not prove as popular as expected and even stalwarts like Junior Minister Brian Hayes are in a precarious position. However, as earlier stated, the decision is solely in the hands of the people and, disenchanted or not, we should get out and vote and deliver our opinions to the Government.

Town Council is no more TWO weeks ago we witnessed the demise of the County Council and last Monday night it was the turn of Dungarvan Town Council as they conducted their final business and closed the meeting for the last time. It was a sad and poignant moment and even as she delivered her final address, Mayor, Teresa Wright faltered for a moment as the realisation dawned on her that the Council was at an end after one hundred and fifteen years of good service to the public. Some members expressed their regret at the decision to call time on the Town Councils, but it was legally easy for the Minister for the Environment to do so. The Mayor made a very valid point in her concluding address which is rarely adverted to, that outside of the Dail itself, the local councils have been the only public bodies comprised entirely of elected members. Now that basic tier of democracy is gone and for all of their faults, as caricatured in Ballymagash decades ago, they have been, in the main, populated with people motivated by service to the public. True, in recent years there has been more of a financial inducement to serve on the Council, but a glance at the members would suggest that many are still more inspired by community service than for political interests. We thank those who have stood for election to the various public bodies over the last 115 years. Sometimes it was not easy. Much of the service was selfless, often without the gratitude of the people. Now, we look to the new replacement Councils and will judge if they are fit for purpose and how they will be managed and administered. But the town without its own Council and its own Mayor is all the poorer, something which will become apparent in time to come.

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23 Councillors pictured following the final meeting of Waterford County Council.

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Councillors and Management pictured following the final meeting of Waterford County Council recently.

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‘Tuck in’ to a good read at Abbeyside NS Book Fair

Gelmus Pabrieza, Owen Morrissey and Nathan Butler ‘devour’ a good novel at Abbeyside National School’s Book Fair, to take place this coming Thursday, 22nd, Friday, 23rd, Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th May.

By Paul Mooney THOUSANDS upon thousands of second-hand books will be on sale this coming Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at great prices in Abbeyside National School’s 17th Annual Book Fair. Bookworms, booklovers, and all in between, will be sure to get a fantastic bargain amongst thousands of titles in adult fiction / non-fiction and children’s books. Alongside the bargains, the public can also participate in some of the fringe

events, competitions and games to be in with a chance to win some fabulous prizes. The school’s newly built assembly hall has plenty of room for people to browse the many titles in comfort. The bumper four-day Book Fair raises much needed funding for the school to help purchase equipment and supplies. Don’t miss this great event, which takes place on Thursday, 22nd and Friday, 23rd May from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. and Saturday, 24th and Sunday, 25th May, from 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.


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Equal and honest UCC President Dr. Michael Murphy presents Sínead Barry from Tallow, Co. Waterford with the Boyle Postgraduate Scholarship in German. Students 110K richer as hard work pays off - Dozens of University College Cork (UCC) students have been recognised for their exceptional contributions inside and outside the university, with almost €110,000 awarded at the UCC Annual Prize Giving last night (Monday 19 May 2014). The awards, which are sponsored by a variety of private donors, allow the community to pay tribute to UCC’s finest students and support them further into the future. Among the counties represented were Cork, Clare, Kerry, Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Limerick and Sligo, as well as international students from the United Kingdom, Canada, Malaysia and China, reflecting UCC’s diverse student body. President of UCC, Dr Michael Murphy, welcomed the prize-winners and a large contingent of family members, UCC students and staff, prize-donors, governors and guests, remarking: “The students in this room offer a shining example of what university life is all about – dedication, application, independent thinking and the thrill of discovery. On behalf of a proud university, I heartily congratulate them." [Donagh Glavin]

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County Mayor praised on successful year

Lismore Castle Arts Annual International Art Exhibition 2014 - Eamonn Maxwell, Director Lismore Castle Arts; Roza Litwa, Artist and Agnieszka Polska, Artist. [Pat Crowley]

Lismore Castle Arts Annual International Art Exhibition 2014 - Brian Fay, Katy Moran and James Merrigan. [Pat Crowley]

TRIBUTES were paid by Waterford County Councillors to the outgoing Mayor of County Waterford, Damien Geoghegan. At the final meeting of the County Council, which was held earlier in May, cross party praise was paid to Mayor Geoghegan on a successful year. Mayor Geoghegan said it was a fantastic year for him and expressed thanks to his colleagues for giving him the honour of being the County Mayor for the final year of the Council - an historic occasion in itself. Leading the tributes to Mayor Geoghegan, Cllr. James Tobin (FF) noted it was an historic occasion because a Mayor of the County won’t be elected. He expressed thanks to Mayor Geoghegan for all the courtesy he shown the Fianna Fail group over the past year. “You were very fair as a chairman and I wish you well,” Cllr. Tobin said. Cllr. Ger Barron (Lab) said Mayor Geoghegan proved to be an excellent Mayor and attended many

events during the year. Cllr. John Pratt (Lab) described Mayor Geoghegan as “exemplary”. Cllr. Ann Marie Power (Non-party) said Mayor Geoghegan had an exceptional year. “You carried the chain with great dignity and respect,” she said. “As the very last Mayor of County Waterford, you certainly wrote yourself into the history books.” Cllr. Joe Conway (Ind) expressed his appreciation to Mayor Geoghegan for his splendid year in the role and described him as a great representative of Waterford. Cllr. Liam Brazil (FG) said Mayor Geoghegan had a great year with all the work he did and thanked him for being so helpful in the Chamber. Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan (FG) said she was delighted to serve as Deputy Mayor to Mayor Geoghegan over the past year. She congratulated him on a successful year and acknowledged Mayor Geoghegan’s family, who supported him throughout the year.

Cllr. John Carey (FG) complimented the Mayor on a great year. Cllr Mary Greene (FG) congratulated the Mayor and wished him the best in the forthcoming Local Elections. Cllr. Billy Kyne (Lab) echoed the sentiments, saying Mayor Geoghegan represented the office with distinction. Independent Councillor, Dr. Tom Higgins, said Mayor Geoghegan excelled throughout the year as County Mayor. Cllr. Declan Doocey (FG) complimented Mayor Geoghegan on the way he conducted himself throughout the year. Cllr. Brendán Coffey (FG) paid tribute to Mayor Geoghegan describing him as “fair, courteous and professional” in the way he handled the office. Cllr. Pat Nugent (FG) echoed the praise to Mayor Geoghegan on a successful year. Fianna Fail Cllr. John O’Leary complimented Mayor Geoghegan on his year in office. He added he would like

to see a directly-elected mayor as part of the new Council authority. Cllr. Michael J. O’Ryan (FF) congratulated Mayor Geoghegan in his role over the past year. Cllr. Tom Cronin (FF) also thanked the Mayor for his courtesy at meetings and on a successful year. Cllr. Paddy O’Callaghan (Lab) congratulated the Mayor and said he performed the role of Mayor with honour. “The job of Mayor can be a difficult position, but you did an excellent job,” said Cllr. O’Callaghan. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) complimented Mayor Geoghegan, noting that over the past ten years, they may have had a good few battles in the Chamber. “There is more to life than politics and as a former work colleague, we always saw a bit of humour at the end of it,” said Cllr. Mansfield. County Manager, Michael Walsh, associated himself with the praise to Mayor Geoghegan.

Council thanked for Burgery Town Council Monument works sends best wishes to Billy Kyne

THANKS were expressed to Waterford County Council for carrying out remedial work at the Burgery Ambush monument. At the final meeting of Waterford County Council,

Lismore Castle Arts Annual International Art Exhibition 2014 - Fionnuala Brennan and Beth O’Leary. [Pat Crowley]

Lismore Castle Arts Annual International Art Exhibition 2014 - Alfred Barden, Claire Brien and Justin Laffan. [Pat Crowley]

held earlier in May, Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) noted that the work had been carried out and expressed thanks to the engineers, describing it as “a very nice job”.

Votes of sympathy expressed  DUNGARVAN Town Council expressed a vote of sympathy to the McCarthy family on the recent death of Michael McCarthy, Kilrush Park, Dungarvan. Funeral Mass was held for Michael McCarthy last Tuesday morning, at St. Mary’s Parish Church, with burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. At the May meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) proposed the vote of sympathy to the McCarthy family. He said Michael was a former classmate of his and described Michael as an avid Manchester United supporter. The other Councillors were unanimous in the sentiments expressed.

 DUNGARVAN Town Council expressed a vote of sympathy to the Presentation Order and the family of the late Sister Conception O’Connor, of the Presentation Sisters, Youghal Road, Dungarvan. Sister Conception (Hanora Patricia), formerly of Kealod, Moyvane, Listowel, County Kerry, passed away on 4th May, last, aged 92 years. At the May meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab) proposed the vote of sympathy to the Presentation Order and the family of the late Sister Conception. All the other Councillors were unanimous in the sentiments expressed.

DUNGARVAN Town Council sent its best wishes to Cllr. Billy Kyne, who was in hospital over the weekend. At the May meeting of the Council, which was the final meeting before its abolition, Mayor Teresa

Wright led the messages of support to Cllr. Kyne who was taken ill recently, and wished him a speedy recovery. All the other Councillors concurred with the sentiments and wished Cllr. Kyne well in his recovery.

Resurfacing road works in Cappoquin praised THANKS were expressed to Waterford County Council for the road works carried out in Cappoquin. Cllr. Nora Flynn (FG) paid tribute to the Council and Director of Services, Paul Daly, at the final meeting of the Local Authority, held earlier in May, for the management of the work in resurfacing the roads in the West Waterford town. “The work was carried out most efficiently without a lot of traffic delay. I’ve

seen smaller jobs cause more traffic delay,” said Cllr. Flynn. “The work carried out in Cappoquin is a credit to the Council. I am happy as I retire from the Council that at least Cappoquin is finished and looking good. “The one-way system on Main Street also seems to be working a treat.The only problem left now is the trees along Main Street, and one of them is blocking a Stop sign,” she pointed out.


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Fianna Fáil anger as discussion on roads deferred By Paul Mooney THERE were some angry scenes at the final meeting of Waterford County Council held earlier in May, when a decision was made to defer an item on the agenda which discussed progress reports on various departments of the Council. Mayor Damien Geoghegan (FG) had indicated that as it was the final meeting of the Council and an historic day, he wanted the agenda to be light and Councillors to be as brief as possible, as there was to be presentations and tributes made later in the meeting. The decision to defer the progress reports was taken at a Corporate Policy Group (CPG) meeting, which was attended by representatives of all parties except Fianna Fail. At the Council meeting, the decision to defer the progress reports was proposed by Cllr. Lola O’Sullivan (FG) and seconded. Cllr. Michael J. O’Ryan (FF) asked for the progress report on roads to be addressed. He made a counter proposal that roads be discussed. However, a vote was taken by a show of hands and the counter proposal was defeated, which meant the progress reports was

deferred as agreed. Cllr. O’Ryan said he requested at the start of the year that roads be given priority on the agenda. “I feel I wouldn’t be doing my job properly if I didn’t ask for roads to be discussed and see where we stand,” said Cllr. O’Ryan. The Council moved on with the agenda and skipped item number seven progress reports - to the chagrin of Cllr.Tom Cronin (FF). “When are we going to get a chance to discuss item seven on the agenda?” queried Cllr. Cronin, noting that it was the last Council meeting. Mayor Geoghegan said progress reports has been deferred “But it is on the agenda,” Cllr. Cronin pointed out. “A vote was taken that the item be deferred,” said the Mayor. Cllr.Cronin said it was “shocking stuff ” that the Councillors decided to defer discussing roads. “Yet here they are knocking on doors saying they will look after roads. This is shocking, awful stuff. There are roads out there that are a disgrace,” said an angry Cllr. Cronin. He sought a roll call vote of the decision to defer item seven on the agenda. Cllr. O’Sullivan said the

discussion on roads was covered at a previous meeting under the Roads Programme for 2014. Cllr. Cronin replied that he was not talking about the Roads Programme. “I’m talking about pot holes in roads not being filled, and people going around promising they will be done, but they are not being done,” said Cllr. Cronin. “There are roads that can’t be driven on because of pot holes. People are paying tax on their cars, but are destroying tyres because of the quality of the road, and we cannot discuss it here today at this Council meeting.” Mayor Geoghegan responded, making two points - that the engineering staff of the Council are available to all Councillors at anytime to discuss any issue, and secondly, he sought allparty agreement to defer progress reports. “Your party whip agreed and concurred,” said Mayor Geoghegan. “My party whip wasn’t even at the CPG meeting,” Cllr. Cronin said. “I’m saying that one of the most important items which should be discussed in this Chamber, and we can’t discuss it,” said Cllr. Cronin. Fianna Fail party whip,

Cllr. Pat Daly, said he could not attend the CPG meeting. Mayor Geoghegan said the record should state that he did approach the Fianna Fail party about the matter. Cllr. O’Ryan acknowledged that Mayor Geoghegan approached them, “But it was the first we heard of it”, he said. “We had no knowledge of what went on at the CPG,” said Cllr. O’Ryan. “I come in here as a Councillor to represent the people who want things done,” he said. “I asked at the start of year that roads be put at top of agenda. It was minuted and seconded and here we have the last County Council meeting and nothing about roads.You can talk about the Road Works Programme all you like, but roads are deteriorating every week, every day in some places. I would ask that common sense prevail,” said Cllr. O’Ryan, who added he was upset and annoyed that the progress reports on roads was not going to be discussed. Cllr. John Carey (FG) said the motion to defer the item on the agenda was passed and the Council should move on with business. The Council then moved on with the remainder of the agenda.


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Town Mayor praised for successful year DUNGARVAN Town Mayor, Teresa Wright was congratulated on her year as Mayor of the town, at the final meeting of the local authority last Monday evening. As well as being the last Mayor of Dungarvan, it was also Teresa Wright’s last meeting, as she steps down from politics and is not contesting the upcoming Local Elections. Leading the praise, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG) said Mayor Wright has held the position of Mayor five times, including being the first person to hold the title

of ‘Mayor’, when it replaced the title of ‘Cathaoirleach’. “You have done an excellent job as Mayor,” said Cllr. Geoghegan. Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove (FG) described Mayor Wright as a “great ambassador for the town”. Independent Councillor, Dr.Tom Higgins, who is also stepping down from politics, also praised Mayor Wright and congratulated her on a successful year. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF), another Councillor who is stepping down from politics, concurred with the sentiments and said Mayor

The last Mayor of Dungarvan, Cllr. Teresa Wright. Wright was “always fair and courteous” with him. Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab) said it was an honour and

privilege to serve with Mayor Wright and described her as a wonderful public representative. Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter (FF) said Mayor Wright had a very good year and congratulated her on the various achievements in the town which came to fruition during the past 12 months. Town Manager, Michael Quinn, expressed congratulations to Mayor Wright on behalf of the Council staff. “You had a very successful year and you have the honour of being the last Mayor of the town,” Mr. Quinn said.

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Bright start and much in store for Youghal Comhaltas Summer 2014 Annual Emergency Services National Training Exercise THE Department of Transport in conjunction with Waterford Airport and the National Emergency Services held a national training exercise off the Waterford coastline on Wednesday, May 7th. Waterford Airport was the base of operations for the National Exercise and over 180 personnel across nine emergency services including, The Irish Coastguard, The Civil Defence, The RNLI, The National Ambulance Service, An Garda Siochana, The Waterford Fire Services and the Defence Forces including, the Army, Aer Corps and Irish Navy alongside Waterford Airport and the Department of Transport took part. In the afternoon of Wednesday, May 7th the emergency services combined to carry out an evacuation training scenario from the LE Eithne which was located three miles off Hook Head in the Waterford estuary. Commenting on their involvement within the training scenario, CEO at Waterford Airport, Desmond O’Flynn said, “The Airport is delighted and honoured to have been chosen by the Irish Coastguard to be the launch point for this National Training Exercise.The Airport has a long association with marine rescue in the South and South East first of all with the Aer Corps since the midnineties and then the Irish Coastguard since 2002.” The exercise demonstrated the ability of the emergency services to work together in the event of major emergency.

By Christy Parker COMHALTAS Craobh Eochaille has been awarded €1,000 as first prize in the National Comhaltas NASC.The award was announced at the Comhaltas National Congress in Dublin. NASC is a cultural fundraising project by which local Comhaltas branches sell ‘tokens’ at social events for €2 or so.The purchasers enter a draw for a spot prize and also for a national-based draw for cash prizes, while up to 400 branches, including those abroad, compete to sell the most tokens in a year. The winning branch receives a cash prize at the national congress. Comhaltas Craobh Eochaille, which traditionally has high representation from west

Waterford amongst its membership, has managed to top the ’best sellers’ list four times in recent years, including twice in succession for 2013/14. Delighted Branch Chairman Micheál de Buitléir says the ‘grand’ award was quickly spent on costume material for members. THE WONDERFUL LAND OF OZ? Elsewhere the group’s performing sector Ceolta Sí, has been shortlisted by the Director General of Comhaltas Ceoltoirí Éireann Labhras Ó Mhurcú to represent the organisation on a visit to Australia as part of its ‘reaching the diaspora’ project in the not too distant future. CCE President Vince Jordan said he hope the branch would accept the opportunity if selected). The Youghal branch does not

lack for stamps on its passports, the performers having plied their talents in locations as diverse as China, Mexico, America, Holland and Wales, to name but a few. The group will make a submission, inclusive of past performances, a business plan, letters of recommendation and general approach to the venture. “It’s a major proposition, given the distance and the fact that we would need weeks rather than days away from work,” says Micheál. “But If we do get the nod and decide to go, we’d be looking at making plans in about 15 months’ time.” HEADING UP RIVER On another positive development, Micheál says that two of four potential invitations to perform at Ballinatray this summer have now been confirmed for July and August. “One involves a ses-

sion in a nearby pub the night previous, followed by a performance in the house the following night,” he elaborates. “The second invite will see us play after the wedding at the Ballinatray venue,” he adds. BACK AT THE (B)RANCH Meanwhile at home in Brú na Sí, the branch is about to commence its Summer 2014 schedule, spanning 21 twice-weekly performances throughout June, July and August. Adm €10. The centre will also host a series of four special awards nights for under 12, under 15, under 18 and Senior performers. “These will start in late May at the end the season class concert,” the chairman informs. “There will be one a week, inclusive of buffet supper,” he adds. Omos do Máire is another

special event in the Youghal Comhaltas calendar for the coming months. “This will be a night of traditional singing to celebrate the life of the late Mary Power from the Forge, who was a dear friend and one of our most loyal supporters,” says Micheál. “She always sang - and sang lovely - at our sessions.” The night will be held in early June. Finally, visitors are reminded that access to Brú n Sí is via the new access road from the Magner’s Hill (adjacent to GAA club) and please avoid using the Blackwater Heights route. The new access has just received its certificate of completion in accordance with planning regulation. Further info on Facebook or at Yo u g h a l @ c o m h a l t a s . n e t . Telephone: 087-7934504.

Lismore Council sorry that achievers were ‘accidentally omitted’ from Awards Night By Christy Parker LISMORE Town Council wishes to apologise “to anyone inadvertently omitted” from its recent achievement award night at Lismore Hotel. The sympathy arises after Cllr. Davy Whelan informed May’s town council meeting that school caretaker Pat Fitzgerald was somewhat disappointed not to have been invited to the celebratory ceremony. Cllr. Whelan reported that Mr. Fitzgerald had cycled from Malin Head to Mizen Head in a six-day charity venture that had raised €104,000. He had cycled for five charities and had cycled for over 16 other charities over the past four years. Mayor Jan Rotte said he had spoken to Mr. Fitzgerald and explained that, given that the cyclist seldom advertises his achievements, the council had been unaware of them. Cllr. Whelan proceeded

that a group of west Waterford dancers had also raised €36,000 for four local charities, i.e. Dungarvan District Hospital, west Waterford Hospice, South-eastern Radiotherapy and St. Carthage’s Home. Cllr. Julie Landers responded that by its very nature, the enterprises was bound to overlook some achievers and concurred with the mayor that every effort was made to be as inclusive as possible by inviting names to be submitted. Cllr. John Heneghan noted that it was “a massive thing” that people regarded the night highly enough to feel upset at being excluded. He said the night had been so successful that it would have been wonderful to be able to run it bi-annually. He said the council should apologise to anyone that was omitted but that it was “certainly not deliberate” and that some omissions were unavoidable.

EMAIL ADDRESSES The Dungarvan Observer has updated their email addresses as follows:

Hospice Hero Shirley Russell, Portlaw, Co. Waterfod; RTE’s Mary Kennedy and Hospice Hero Anne Hammond, Hillview, Waterford City.

Volunteers for Waterford Hospice Foundation recognised as Hospice Sunflower Heroes SHIRLEY Russell, Portlaw, Co. Waterford and Anne Hammond, Hillview, Waterford City, who are volunteers with the Waterford Hospice Foundation, were recently named as Hospice Sunflower Heroes at an event in Dublin to mark the launch of National Sunflower Days in June. The awards were presented to Shirley and Anne and another 16 volunteers nationwide. In place for five years, the Hospice Sunflower Heroes initiative honours the work of volunteers throughout the country, who work tirelessly on behalf of their local hospice service. The fundraising duo who have been volunteering with the Waterford Hospice Foundation for the

Sunflower Days to take place on June 6th and 7th past 10 years were honoured for their particular effort in 2013 in which they organised a project which raised over €40,000 for the organisation. In their nomination their “commitment and reliability” was also highlighted. The Hospice Sunflower Heroes were announced at the launch of the 2014 Sunflower Days campaign which will take place on Friday, 6th June and Saturday, 7th June. During the two day campaign, people will be able to support their local hospice service by purchasing various pieces of Sunflower merchandise including sunflower pins or sunflower

seeds for €2 each from collectors on the streets of cities, towns and villages around the country. Hospice Sunflower Days is a major source of income for hospices and voluntary hospice groups countrywide. The Irish Hospice Foundation coordinates the event on behalf of the hospice movement but all funds raised locally, stay locally. Launching Hospice Sunflower Days, RTE’s Mary Kennedy remarked: “Communities throughout Ireland have played a pivotal role in developing hospice services. This year the support is even more important considering the difficult

environment charities are operating in. We hope the public will continue to give generously to this very worthy cause and remember a donation can go a long way to bringing comfort and dignity to people at the end-of-life.” Hospice or palliative care involves the total care of patients and their families at the stage in a serious illness, where the focus has switched from treatment aimed at cure to ensuring quality of life. About 29,000 people die annually in Ireland and over 6,000 people use hospice services every year. For more information and to volunteer with your local hospice service for Hospice Sunflower Days visit


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Mark Graham ‘A Year of Festivals’ Midi de Paor Walsh author to host literary breakfast at Immrama Festival MARK Graham author of the popular book ‘A Year of Festivals in Ireland’ based on his travels to festivals throughout Ireland, will host the literary breakfast at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing on Sunday, June 15th. At Ballyrafter House Hotel in Lismore at 8.00 a.m., Mark will tell the tale of how he accompanied by only his trusty camper van set out on a journey to attend three festivals in Ireland every week for a year. Mark’s hilarious rollercoaster tour took him to a wide array of weird and wonderful festivals in all corners of the country. Mark’s aim at the beginning of his quest was to focus on smaller, fun and community based festivals that were happening in places not usually covered by mainstream media. He covered everything from the Scarecrow Championships at the Howya festival in Durrow to the Egg Throwing at the Culchie Festival in Mohill. Mark will be joined by multi award winning author Tim Butcher who will take to the stage at Immrama on Saturday, June 14th at 8.00 p.m. as a keynote speaker. Tim worked at the Daily Telegraph from 1990 to

Mark Graham author of the popular book ‘A Year of Festivals in Ireland’ based on his travels to festivals throughout Ireland, will host the literary breakfast at the Immrama Festival of Travel Writing on Sunday, June 15th. 2009 serving as chief war correspondent, covering all major conflicts across the Balkans, Middle East and Africa. His first book, Blood River, an account of his 2004 journey through DR Congo overland from Lake Tanganyika and down the Congo River, reached Number 1 in the Sunday Times bestseller list. His latest book ‘The Trigger’ Hunting the Assassin Who Brought the World to War was announced ‘Book of the Week’ by the Guardian last week and is hailing gen-

erous reviews globally. Charlie Bird who has had a long and distinguished career in Irish Journalism is also a keynote speaker and he will take to the stage at the Immrama festival at 3.00 p.m. on Saturday, June 14th. Opening the festival on Thursday, June 12th for a book launch are authors Diana Gleadhill, Alana Murphy, Michael McMonagle and Paul Clements. On Friday, June 13th a panel discussion will be lead

by Paul Clements focusing on Richard Hayward, a popular travel writer of the twentieth century. Those taking part in the discussion are Alannah Hopkin, Manchan Magan, Michael Fewer and Paul Clements, author of the Richard Hayward biography. On the morning of June 14 writer and documentary-maker Manchán Magan will host a workshop and historian Donald Brady will host a talk, international expedition leader and mountaineer Michael Whelan will host a lunchtime reading. Getting the show on the road on Sunday morning June 15th, the festival-Man Mark Graham will host a literary breakfast. A Family Fun afternoon will take place also take place and bringing the festival to a close on Sunday evening, June 15th author Mícheál de Barra will discuss his first book ‘An Bóthar go Santiago’, this Irish book will be discussed in english. For full details of the schedule and Saturday Special tickets for the Immrama Lismore Festival of Travel Writing 2014 see or call (058) 53803.

Tales of Lucky Waterford Giants from winner scoops Shandon Cave €20,000 with Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science goes wild in Dungarvan

AS part of the WIT CALMAST Festival of Outdoor Science, Waterford County Council are hosting two events on Dungarvan’s natural history, past and present. On Wednesday, May 21st, at 7.30 p.m. in the Town Hall Theatre, Dr. Matthew Parkes, keeper at the Natural History Museum, Dublin and author of Corries, Caves and Coast - The Geological Heritage of Co. Waterford will give a talk and slide show on the finds of prehistoric animal bones at Shandon Cave, Dungarvan. He may even have some of the historic finds on view! This event is co-sponsored by the Heritage Council.

On Thursday, May 22nd, at 8.00 p.m. in Colligan Woods, Andrew Harrington, Project Officer with the MISE project will lead a mammal detecting walk through the woods exploring field signs for Squirrel, Pine Marten, Otter, Stoat and Bats. Bring boots and weatherproof clothes. Both events are free of charge and promise to be two great evenings to discover more about Waterford’s wild-life and pre-historic animals. Further information on other events in the festival is available on

I AM a native of An Sean Phobal, married in Ballinameela, and have three children. I have been prominent in the anti-pylon debate as Chairperson of Deise Against Pylons and a member of Rethink Pylons. Along with demanding a review of our National Energy Policies I will fight to keep Local Post Offices, Schools and Garda Stations open in rural Ireland, these are the heart of our communities. I cannot support the water charge or household tax. I will call for more support of local small businesses and I will fight to reduce rates to an absolute minimum. During this election campaign I have used a small amount of posters predominately outside schools, the rest of the funds will be contributed to the Irish Cancer Society. I have worked in Waterford County Council Civic Offices for 13 years, I know the Council from the inside out. With the City and County being amalgamated we need a strong independent and experienced voice here In the west of the County. I am asking for your vote to help me continue to be that voice.


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Open Your Garden THE Irish Red Cross is appealing to Waterford gardening enthusiasts to take part in Open Gardens 2014. The event, which runs from June to October, is a fundraising initiative whereby people are encouraged to open up their gardens for a morning, afternoon or full day and extend an invite to their family, friends or wider communities. All types and sizes of gardens can get involved in Open Gardens 2014, whether it is an urban balcony, a suburban vegetable patch or sprawling acres of manicured land. Likewise, all types of gardeners are encouraged to take part and show off their green-fingered success - from gardening novices to enthusiasts, and garden designers to grandparents. This is an event that everyone can get involved in. All proceeds from Open Gardens 2014 will support the humanitarian work of the Irish Red Cross in Ireland and overseas. Through a network of 5,500 volunteers, the Irish Red Cross provide services around the country. These include mountain and lake rescue services, emergency teams, who work as an auxiliary to the State during national emergencies, community care and youth development programmes. To get involved with the Irish Red Cross Open Gardens 2014, call or email Community Fundraiser Laura Gallagher on (01) 642 4659 or For more information see

ISPCC Volunteer Drive THE ISPCC in Waterford will hold a volunteer information meeting on Thursday, 29th May at 6.30 p.m. at their Waterford Office in the Cleaboy Business Park.This information meeting is a chance to learn all about the training and support provided to volunteers as well as the commitment required. Volunteers with the ISPCC come from all walks of life and all are welcome to come along and learn more about volunteering. To prebook your place at this meeting and to receive application forms contact Sinead on or on 086-7226788.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Cancer support group’s premises confirmed By Christy Parker

THE Youghal Cancer Support has officially been confirmed as the owners of the former library and Gaelscoil premises at Church Lane (opposite the Nook), North Main Street. The deal was sanctioned by Cork County Council’s May meeting on Monday, May 12th. The group can now commence converting the two-storey property into a support and drop-in centre for those affected by cancer and their families. Youghal Cancer Support

founder Therése O’Connell expresses her “deepest gratitude” to all across west Waterford and east Cork who have “contributed in any way” towards bringing the project to this point in its fulfilment. “The next stage now begins,” she continues “and in facing fresh challenges we will continue to need help and support.” Anyone wishing to assist with developing the centre or indeed becoming involved in any capacity can acquire further information on 024-92353 / 087-2731121.

Some of the group from the Dungarvan Bay Open Water Swimmers and the Tried & Tested Triathlon Club that participated in the Clonea Beach Cleanup last Sunday 11th. A huge thank you to all.

Council asked to consider Register of Electors ‘mobile service’ THE local authority was asked to consider a ‘mobile service’ which would allow people to easily register on the Register of Electors. At the May meeting of Waterford County Council, which was the final meeting of the local authority, Cllr. Pat Daly said there was a problem with the register whereby some people were not on it. He said some people had difficulty, or it was a major inconvenience getting to a Garda Station to get their papers stamped to get on the Register of Electors. “When a child is born, they get a PPS number, yet a person is not on the Register of Electors, it is unbelieveable,” said Cllr. Daly. Cllr. Liam Brazil (FG) concurred and described the register as “a sham”. He urged the new Council, which will be formed after the Local Elections, to

write to the Minister and make the process of getting onto the Register of Electors much easier. “When people turn 18, why are they not automatically on the register. It can be frustrating for people to go about getting themselves on the register,” he said. Cllr. Pat Fitzgerald (SF) said when he was first elected, he proposed a motion which encompasses all the Councillors complaints about the Register. “But my motion wasn’t supported by the Councillors at the time,” he said. “The register may be a mess, but the Councillors have to get behind and help the officials,” he added. Cllr. Mary Greene (FG) said that as a teacher, she was aware of young people who wanted to vote, but couldn’t, because of the lack of a local Garda Station being open, they couldn’t get their papers stamped.

“There are a lot of young people who want to be on the Register, but are being denied due to the difficulties of the system,” said Cllr. Greene. She said it amazes her that some people, when they go to vote, discover they have been taken off the register. “This is a right that everybody has and access to vote should be made available,” Cllr. Greene added. Cllr. John O’Leary (FF) questioned if people were on the Supplementary Register, that they don’t receive polling cards. In response, Mr. White said anyone on the Register, will get a polling card. He said there may be some minor errors in the Register, but people should not be removed unless they request it, or have moved out of the area. Mr.White said there may be a lot of peo-

ple who want to be on the Register, but have missed every opportunity to do so. He outlined national and local advertising campaigns urging people to check if they are on the Register of Electors. “There is time to register for the Register of Electors, time for the revision list and the supplementary list. It is even online at, so when people turn around at the last minute and say they are not on the register, it is more their problem than our problem,” he said. “It is too late people coming along now and saying they are not on the register when they missed the time to do so.” Mr.White said if Councillors were aware of any errors on the register, to pass them immediately to the Council. He said the Council tries to update the register every year and they work very hard to get it right.

Homeopathy at Exam Time IN a few weeks time the secondary students in our locality will be sitting their Junior and Leaving Certificate exams. Exam time is a very stressful time for these students and indeed their immediate family and friends. Junior Certificate students will experience sitting a state exam for the first time, and this can be daunting in

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itself and draining emotionally as the exams progress. Leaving Certificate students are under more stress, as the outcome of the exam will have an impact on whether they get a place on the courses of their choice, should they decide to pursue the college route. Stress can affect people in different ways, and homeopathy takes into account the totality of symptoms including mental, emotional and physical. At exam time the stress students are under can manifest in the physical sense. Sometimes students can develop abdominal cramps before the exam starts, and a remedy derived from the bitter cucumber can be very helpful in alleviating this discomfort. Sometimes students display classic stage fright symptoms such as trembling and weakness of all limbs, which would indicate the remedy derived from Yellow jasmine. If anxiety becomes a major issue a homeopath can prescribe a remedy which is unique to the patient. The remedy derived from the plant Monkswood is often helpful to

treat anxiety with great fear and restlessness. It is important to take these remedies under your homeopaths instruction. Homeopathic remedies are derived from natural substances and are gentle and safe to use. The results can be effective immediately and sometimes one dose is all that is needed unless the symptoms return. Your homeopath can also prescribe a student combination of tissue salts as a support system to take daily on the approach up to and during the exams. These help with sleeplessness, concentration, over-study and strengthening of the nervous system. If any student would like a student pack which contains remedies and tissue salts to take over the coming weeks please contact me at the numbers below. I wish all the students in Dungarvan and surrounding areas the best of luck with their exams, MARGARET COSGROVE: Registered Homeopath: Dungarvan Alternative Health Clinic: 058 44299: Mobile: 087-9735811.

Darkness into Light 2014 Dungarvan: Aoife French and Dearbhaile Skehan, pictured after the walk. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]


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John Collard, President of the Friends of Ireland in Australia's capital city, Canberra, pictured with Cllr Nicky Sheehan, Deputy Mayor of Dungarvan and Dan McGrath, beside the McGrath Tomb at Abbeyside Church.

Friends of Ireland President visits Dungarvan JOHN Collard, who is the Joint President of the Friends of Ireland in Cantberra in Australia, made a short visit to Dungarvan last week. He is currently researching his new book, which traces the journey of his great grand father Patrick McGrath, who was one of five McGrath siblings who emigrated from Ireland to Australia between 1852 and 1858 and his 410 descendants currently in his

adopted land. The purpose of his visit to Dungarvan was to interview Dan McGrath and explore some McGrath heritage in the area. During his visit, he also visited Waterford County Museum and was high in his praise of both the exhibits and the information available. Cllr. Nicky Sheehan, Deputy Mayor of the Town met with the Australian professor and author at the McGrath Tomb at

Abbeyside Church, where he welcoming him to the town. Mr. Collard was very impressed with the area and hoped to bring back some relatives in 2016 for the next McGrath Clan Gathering. He also praised his host for the two day stay, Dan McGrath, one of the main organizers behind the McGrath Clan Gathering. Mr McGrath was high in his praise of the Australian in respect of the work and

time, which he has put into his research. "His dedication to his book is very professional, he is exploring all the areas of relevance and I'm sure it will be a great read. For many of the clan overseas, it's a story which many of them can relate to, grandparents or great grandparents leaving during the 1850's and many of them, never to set foot on Irish soil again. I hope it's a great success for him and his team".

All-Ireland Carvery Competition Votes can be cast online and by text with new One Day Only category added this year . . . WHETHER it’s a side of roast beef or a rack of lamb that tickles your fancy all Carvery fans in Waterford are now being asked to cast their votes for the 2014 AllIreland Great Carvery competition. Votes can be cast online and by text to help compile a final shortlist of the best establishments in all four provinces – with entries made in three different categories; Great Carvery Hotel of the Year, Great Carvery Pub of the Year and the newly introduced One-Day-Only Carvery. All of those shortlisted by the public will be in with a shot of being crowned Ireland’s Great Carvery of the Year 2014 at a grand final this September. Now in its fifth year, the all-island competition is firmly established as the premier carvery competition on Ireland and Northern Ireland’s culinary calendar. Entries have been stronger than ever for this year’s competition and, with registrations now closed, voting is open to the public who will have until Sunday, June 8th to cast their all-important vote. Voting for your favourite carvery could not be easier with a text vote option as well as the traditional online vote. Simply text the word HOTEL or PUB or ONEDAY, depending on the category they are in, followed by the name of the establishment to 51500[1]. Alternatively, you can log on to and follow the simple steps on screen. Marking his third year running as the

Great Carvery competition ambassador Tommy Bowe said: “Each year I look forward to getting involved with this contest and seeing the levels of innovation and dedication that each establishment employs in producing their outstanding carvery offerings. That there are such a wide range of entries from all across the island of Ireland comes as no surprise to me, and I am looking forward to seeing what the new One-Day-Only category throws up for the first time this year.The competition is sure to be as fierce as ever and I would urge the public to get their votes in by the June 8th deadline.” Mark McCarthy, Business Development Chef at Unilever Food Solutions Ireland will head up the judging panel for the fourth year in a row and is also looking forward to this year’s competition, saying: “The carvery meal is something of an Irish institution and it is fair to say that its popularity never diminishes. It’s for that reason alone that the standard of entries we see year on year for this competition are consistently excellent, as it’s just not an option to for any operator to serve sub-standard carvery meals.With the introduction of the One-Day-Only category this year we have broadened the scope of Great Carvery once again, acknowledging its impact across the 32 counties. I am sure that the number of votes we’ll receive between now and June 8th will reflect its ongoing appeal.” Once the public has chosen its regional

shortlist, Mark McCarthy and a team of mystery shoppers will have the unenviable task of whittling these venues down to just eight regional winners. This will involve mystery visits to venues across Ireland and Northern Ireland before the eventual Great Carvery Public House of the Year, Great Carvery Hotel of the Year and Great Carvery One Day Only venue, along with the regional winners, will be unveiled at the Great Carvery of the Year Grand Final in Dublin in September. The overall winning venues will each receive PR to the value of €2,500 and marketing support also valued at €2,000 for each venue. The winners’ prizes also include specially commissioned wall plaques to remind customers that they are about to sit down and enjoy the best carvery in Ireland. To cast your vote in this year’s Great Carvery of the Year competition, simply log on to and follow the steps on screen. Alternatively, text HOTEL or PUB or ONEDAY, depending on the category they are in, followed by the name of the establishment to 51500. Standard SMS rates apply. For more information visit Shortlisted Waterford Venues: • Hotel – Granville Hotel, Waterford • Hotel – Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan • Pub – Oskar’s Bar, Dunmore Road

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League already at the half-way stage IT’S hard to believe that we are already at the half-way mark in the Minnies League and it really is going from strength to strength. So many runners are now well and truly fit as a fiddle and are well set up for a great summer of running. Everyone is more than welcome to come along any night that they can and bring a friend or two, the more the merrier! The league is held every Tuesday night until June 10th in the Friary College at 7 o’clock and registration begins at 6.45 p.m. and the weekly fee is €2 and water will be provided at the finish. See you out there. ONE LAP Conor Coleman decided to challenge himself on the 1 lap this week and just piped under the 8 minute mark recording 7.59 and was first home on the night with John Foley just a minute behind in 8.56. Eddie O’Sullivan (10.32) and Gillian Hayes (10.35) completed the quartet in the 1 lap distance so well done to all and keep up your efforts for the next few weeks. TWO LAPS The two lap runners were not to be outdone by the one - lappers and many of them also greatly improved their times. We had a good turn out in the 2 lap this week as

1 lap to go for me says Patrick Power Minnies Fit4life summer league at St. Augustine's College. 22 runners took part with pride of place this week going to Aoife Hamilton who has been knocking on the 15 minute barrier for the first 3 weeks must have been delighted to cross the line in 14.59. Sean Dwyer filled second spot in 15.02 while Josie Uí Chuirrin (17.56) continues to improve each week as does J. P. Curtin (19.05). Others who will be delighted with their progress include Deirdre Mason (22.48), Jason O’Riordan (25.40) and

Mary Hogan (27.55). Great improvements were made by all these runners so well done lads. THREE LAPS We had a very healthy 19 runners taking part in the 3 lap league this week with first place going once again to Yevgeniy Chizhikov in 22.50 dropping under 23 minutes for the first time in the league. Noel Grace was second home in 23.30 while Niamh O’Donovan (25.53) was third as she too continues to improve each week. Ray’s daughter Ciara Burke (28.38) is really taking after her dad recording some great times while it was great to see Michael Deegan (32.03) back in the Friary. Each week Claire Meehan, Sue Genc and Irene Dee keep each other company and this week they took 2 full minutes from their times so very well done girls, keep it up. FOUR LAPS Returning to the Friary this week we had Brian Byrne who has been taking it easy after his great win in the Welsh marathon recently. He clipped around the Friary this week in 27.41 showing that a good rest after a tough marathon does one no harm whatsoever. Tom Leahy is showing good form himself

Jamie Organ comes into complete the Minnies Fit4life summer league at St. Augustine's College. and was not far behind in 28.45 while young Shane O’Riordan (31.07) is getting ever closer to the 31 minute mark and will surely hope to go under this next week, weather permitting. Every race Ray Hahesy (31.14) undertakes these days he seems to set p.b’s and the Friary is no exception as Ray is getting ever closer to the 31 minute barrier. Conor O’Neill (34.14) has had some injury concerns of late but he is

definitely putting these behind him as he continues to improve his times while Sharon Duggan may only be back running a few weeks she too is flying around the Friary recording 35.57 this week. Kevin Casey (38.33) too continues to improve and did so by almost a full minute this week while Padraig Cosgrave (39.20) shows great determination each week recording almost the exact same time as week 3 but with the effort that he is making will surely close in on that 39 minute mark next week. Well done to all the 4 lappers and remember if you can run the 4 laps in the Friary you will have no problem tackling any of the 5 mile courses in the Ger Wyley/Skins Summer Series. Full details on the series and all runs organised by West Waterford A.C. can be found on THANKS Thanks to the St Augustine’s College for permitting the league to be held on their grounds and of course to all the crew, Liam, Shirley and Sharon who help with the smooth running of the league and James who supplies us with the water each week.

Medal winners in the girls under 8-80 metres for big schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final 3rd Ciara O'Reilly Kilmacthomas,1st Ciara Barrett, Abbeyside and 2nd Chloe Morrissey Whitechurch.

Medal winners in the girls under 8-80 metres for small schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final 2nd Aine Inseaduir Bhaile Mhic Airt,1st Nichole Sheridan, Villierstown and 3rd Patrycja Kudlacik, Clashmore.


19th Annual An Tobar Ardmore 5 RACE 4 of the summer series is on this Friday night May 23rd at 8.00 pm, the 19th annual “An Tobar” Ardmore 5. Entries for the race will be taken at the GAA centre in Ardmore. The entry fee is just €5 (where would you get it) and the presentation of prizes along with refreshments will take place in “An Tobar”, courtesy of our race sponsor. The course will remain the same as previous years with the 2 lap circuit. Thanks to An Tobar and Ken Pallister for his ongoing sponsorship of the race. This race has a different prize policy to other races. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female athletes and after that prizes will be awarded to the first male and female athletes in each of the star signs. Entry to this race is only €5 to coincide with the West Waterford AC policy of making races affordable for all where its possible to do so. (where would you get it) PRIZE CATEGORIES At West Waterford AC we like to spread around the prizes as much as possible and so this race has a different prize policy to other races. Prizes

it) for the run. The presentation of prizes will take place after the race at the community centre where we will be treated to the traditional ice cream and strawberries. And that’s well worth the entry fee alone. The current course records are held by David McCarthy of West Waterford AC (14.26) and Vanessa Molloy (17.41) 9th ANNUAL ANN POWER MEMORIAL TROPHY The walk which is well established as part of the event will again be held this year. The winner will receive the Ann Power Memorial Trophy for their efforts. It’s a walk with a slight difference too, as your task is to predict your finishing time and the person who finishes the nearest to that predicted time without of course going faster than that predicted time will be the 9th winner of the memorial shield which is in memory of one of the founder members of the race back in 1996 Ann Power. No watches are allowed of course, all are welcome so do come along and be part of the walk. The start time here is 7.30 pm sharp.

Club athletes complete Lakes of Killarney half

The 8th Annual Emer Casey Memorial 10K

WELL done to the West Waterford AC members who ran the lakes of Killarney half marathon last Saturday. The day was fantastic for the race which is held in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. There was a brilliant performance by club member Tony Harty who finished 2nd overall in 1.17.23.

THE Emer Casey memorial 10k was held in Youghal last Sunday and a great turn out of 570 completed the event. Overall winner on the day was East Cork AC’s Sean McGrath in a time of 32.25 from Danny Smith, Ballynonty AC 32.25 with Leevale’s Darragh Canavan 3rd in 34.16. The Ladies race was won by Ann Marie Holland, St.

will be awarded to the top three male and female athletes and after that prizes will be awarded to the first male and female athletes in each of the star signs. When registering for the race, all athletes will be asked to declare their star sign and when the results are made out, the first female and male in each of the star signs will get a prize. Also on the night the Men’s winner of the race will be presented with the Veronica Ryan memorial cup and the Ladies winner will receive the Noel Faherty memorial cup also. Course record Madeline Loughnane Thurles Crokes AC 29.06 (2009) and Philip Harty West Waterford AC 24.30 (2013) 20th ANNUAL GER WYLEY SPORTS/SKINS SUMMER SERIES RACE NUMBER 5 NEW SPONSOR FOR 19TH ANNUL TOURANEENA 5K FRIDAY, MAY 30th Race 5 in the summer series will be held on Friday week with the Touraneena Racquetball club organised Touraneena 5k, we sincerely

Finbarr’s 37.11 from Joyce Wolfe, Leevale AC 38.26 and Helen Leonard was 3rd in 38.58. There were some fine West Waterford AC performances on the day also with Kevin Kenneally having a brilliant race to finish 4th overall in 34.36 and West Waterford’s men’s team won the team award with Tom Leahy 7th in 35.32 another

thank all involved for their continued contribution in organising this event which is a great community effort. Our thanks to Seamie and Breda Skehan who will be sponsoring this year’s race. The race gets under way at 8 pm. As per usual in Touraneena all will be catered for on the night, and all are welcome to come along and participate in either the walk which gets under way at 7.30 pm and if you’re over 16 the 5k run at 8.00 pm. The walk begins from outside the Community Centre while the run will start from the back road at Dunford’s pub. A full array of the usual Senior and Masters prizes will be on offer for both men and women on the night. The first three senior ladies and men will be awarded cash prizes.1st Male finishers in Junior-40-45-50-60 and Ladies in Junior-35-40-45-50. Entries will be taken at the Community centre where changing and shower facilities are also available by kind permission. The entry fee is just €5 (where else would you get

great run from Tom and not too far behind him was his brother John who finished 11th in 36.08, Mossy Keogh ran a solid sub 40 when clocking 39.41 and the 4th scoring team member was Jim Fleming in 42.38. Liz Nyhan showed great form 41.58, Irene Clarke was well under the 43 minute barrier, 42.49. Claire Kennedy broke the

50 with 49.34 as did Ann Massey 49.47. Well done to all. Kevin Kenneally 34:36 Tom Leahy 35:32 John Leahy 36:08 Mossy Keogh 39:41 Liz Nyhan 41:58 Jim Fleming 42:38 Irene Clarke 42:49 Eamonn Cashin 44:22 Ray Burke 46:28 Brian Ormonde 47:27

Claire Kennedy 49:34 Anne Massey 49:47 Vincent O’Donovan 50:43 Fiona Ormonde 50:48 Angela Bree 52:07 Linda O’Keeffe 52:51 Geraldine Barry 53:59 Margaret Conway 55:49 Pat Moore 56:37 Kate Organ 56:57 Marie Moore 1;05:58 Noelle Conway 1:06:49

Medal winners in the boys under 9-80 metres for small schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final; 2nd Gus Nugent, Modeligo;1st Luke Landers, Ballycurrane and 3rd Sonny O'Donnell, Carriglea.

Little South Run THE Annual St. Senan’s AC Little South Run takes place this year on Sunday 8th June. This year the money raised will be shared between the Hospice and Rosedale Residential home , so there’s even more reason to make sure you are part of the biggest, little race in the country. Lots of prizes, spots, goody bags, medallions, refreshments. Registration is both on-line at Total Timing or in the Parish Hall on the day. The race start outside the Sports Complex at 2.00 pm.

Paul and Mick run in Staplestown WELL done to club members Paul Brunnock and Mick Concannon who ran in Staplestown last Saturday. Paul took on the night of the 50 mile race completing the course in an excellent time of 8 hours 21 minutes to finish joint 7th male while Mick was on his marathon quest of running 20 marathons in 2014 again in Staplestown when he completed the marathon distance there in a time of 4.17. Well done boys.



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Historic meeting marks the end of Town Council FROM FRONT PAGE While Mayor Wright acknowledged it was the “end of the road for Dungarvan Town Council”, she said the final meeting was not the occasion for airing the rights and wrongs of the decision to abolish this tier of local government. “For my part, I am proud of the role the Council has played during my years of service,” said Mayor Wright. The Mayor writes herself into the history books, as she was the first Councillor to hold the title of ‘Mayor’ on Dungarvan Town Council when it changed from Cathaoirleach, and she will be the last Mayor of the town. “I am glad to have been Cathaoirleach of the Council; to have been the first Mayor of Dungarvan in centuries and am sad to also be the last, chairing the last meeting of this body this evening,” she said. Mayor Wright spoke about the history of Dungarvan Town Council in its various forms since 1899 and said she was delighted to look back over the Council record with justifiable pride and dwell on its many achievements. “I am especially proud of what has been achieved in the years in which I have been a member, and honoured to have been a part of that work,” said Mayor Wright. “I am proud to acknowledge in public, the work which our predecessors, members, officials and employees have done and pay tribute to the foundations they have laid and on which our successors will build. “It has been an honour to be a member of the Town Council. I have been privileged to have had the support of the citizens of the town to send me to this Chamber. We can leave here with a sense that we did our duty to the best of our abilities and I for one am fulfilled by that.” Mayor Wright challenged young people to become involved in the political system and urged people to get out and cast their vote on Friday. She paid tribute to her Council colleagues who worked with her over the years and to the officials for their support. She also paid tribute to the media, who have reported on the meetings of Dungarvan Town Council for many years. Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG) said the abolition of Dungarvan Town Council was “a regressive step”.

An historic occasion - the final meeting of Dungarvan Town Council, Monday, 19th May, 2014. Pictured front row, left to right: Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter (FF); Mayor Teresa Wright (Lab); Michael Quinn, Town Manager; Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab). Back row, left to right: David Campion, Town Engineer; Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF); Cllr. Damien Geoghegan (FG); Independent Councillor, Dr. Tom Higgins; Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove (FG); and Anna Landers, Acting Town Clerk.

“The tier of government closest to the people is being removed,” Cllr. Geoghegan said. “It was tried in other countries before and it didn’t work. Dungarvan Town Council was very much in tune with what the people wanted,” he said. Cllr. Geoghegan said he was proud to serve on the Town Council and hold the Mayorship. “Some of our best work took place in this Chamber.” He wished his colleagues well in their retirement, or re-election bids, and paid tribute to everyone who sat in the Chamber over the years. “They made a great contribution to the town,” he added. Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove (FG) said the members of the Town Council worked very well together, despite being from different political parties. “We overcame problems to make Dungarvan and Abbeyside a better place to live. I hope we leave Dungarvan and Abbeyside a better place as we come to

the end,” said Cllr. Cosgrove. Independent Councillor Dr. Tom Higgins expressed thanks to his colleagues and to the Fine Gael party for allowing him the chance to hold the Mayorship of the town. Dr. Higgins noted that the way the Town Council operated was very different to the way the County Council operated. “I came in here with an attitude from the County Council, expecting to tear strips off each other, then I realised it was peace and harmony on the Town Council,” he said. Dr. Higgins noted a lot of important work took place in Dungarvan in the past five years, including the Smarter Travel project. “The project will transform Dungarvan to greater effect,” he said. “The town twinning was good for the town and we got a new community hospital in the last few years - all this really improved the town,” Dr. Higgins added. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield (SF) said political differences were put aside in the

Town Council, which can be seen in the way the town changed for the better. “It is also a testament to the officials,” said Cllr. Mansfield. He was the first Sinn Féin Councillor elected to the Council since the 1920s and the youngest member of the Council - “a fact that both my family and I are proud of ”, he said. He urged those who got re-elected to “deliver for the town of Dungarvan and leave the parish pumps and pot holes at home”. Cllr. Mansfield also noted that it will be the first time in 34 years that there won’t be an Abbeyside native representing the village on the Council. He said that while he will retire from the Council, he will remain active for the Sinn Féin party. He acknowledged three former Councillors whom he worked with in the past and paid tribute to them the late Cllr. Michael O’Riordan; former Cllr. Nuala Ryan; and former Cllr. Fiachra Ó Ceilleachair.

Cllr. Mansfield also thanked his voters and those who worked on his previous campaigns, including the canvassers - “they are the people who deserve the real credit”, he said. Cllr. Nicky Sheehan (Lab) described it as “an honour” to have served on the Town Council with each of his colleagues. “You have all been wonderful public representatives and done Dungarvan proud over the last 12 months,” said Cllr. Sheehan. He said it was a sad occasion that Cllr. Billy Kyne could not be present at the final meeting of the

Council, due to illness. “He served the town well for many years, and his father before him,” noted Cllr. Sheehan. He also paid tribute to the Council staff and officials. Cllr. Ann Marie Rossiter (FF) noted that politics was left at the door when the Town Council met. “It is a sad day for the town, because the Town Council is gone. People are only realising now what impact that will have,” said Cllr. Rossiter. Town Manager, Michael Quinn, concurred that it was a sad day for the

Council and people of Dungarvan. He paid tribute to the previous Town Managers and the Councillors. “We made a good team collectively,” said Mr. Quinn. Cllr. Geoghegan also paid tribute to Tom Keith, describing him as “a fantastic ambassador” for Dungarvan. “He was always closely associated with Dungarvan Town Council and it is important we remember his contribution. He was thought of as the tenth Councillor!” Cllr. Geoghegan added.

Watching the final meeting of Dungarvan Town Council from the Public Gallery were, left to right: Pat Geoghegan; Michael Rossiter; Breda Rossiter; and Adam Houlihan.



DUNGARVAN GOLF CLUB Tel. Office 058-43310, Fax. 058-44113, Pro Shop 058-44707. Website:; Email: WEEKLY NEWS Another busy week at Dungarvan Golf Club has concluded. Our friends from Slade Valley Golf Club returned for their yearly outing maintaining their 18 year run. And Con Carroll made it a memorable trip by holing in one on the 8th to the delight of his friends. Club member Justin Walsh held his President’s Day of the BRATS society and the Minor & Intermediate Scratch Cups proved popular. Denis O’Brien won the Minor Scratch and Club Captain David Crowley claimed victory in the Intermediate Scratch cup beating Jake O’Riordan on the back nine. It was great to see our friends Mary & Tish return to the fairways, and the Jolly Boys outing to Blarney proved a tremendous success. Golf on day 1 was a high standard with “Pat Shortt” shooting 40 points to prove his golf is better than his singing. For unexplained reasons the standard dropped and Pat Power took the honours with 32 points on day 2. Another Jolly Boys outing is planned for later in the year. Another busy week is forecast. The Mary & Mollie classic takes place with a bumper entry and we will also wel-

come Cookie, Dice and our American friends as they take part in the International Classic. Our Pierce Purcell team are in action at Youghal Golf Club next weekend and we wish the managers and players the very best of luck. The weather looks good so come out and enjoy our marvelous facilities. ANNUAL SUBSCRIPTIONS Dungarvan Golf Club are currently offering fantastic value for new memberships. You can now join for as little as 83 cents a day. Please contact Secretary Manager Irene Lynch at 058-43310 or email at to avail at this offer. CLUB RAFFLE This year again Dungarvan Golf Club is running a Club Raffle for a fantastic array of prizes. Do you fancy a holiday abroad in magnificent Cannes, beautiful furnishings, or a relaxing getaway break in a luxury Irish Hotel? To be in with a chance to win these and other superb prizes, enter the Dungarvan Golf Club’s big raffle! Tickets are just €2 each and the club would be grateful of members and visitors support buying or selling tickets. Tickets are on sale in the clubhouse. Fundraising

West Waterford Golf & Country Club Telephone: 058-43216. Fax: 058-44343.E-mail: Website: COMPETITION RESULTS Club Competition Saturday/Sunday, May 17th/18th 1st. Sergi Quinn (16) – 68 b9, 2nd. Brian Shanahan (8) – 68; Gross: Luke Cummins (4) – 74, 3rd. Michael O’Gorman (12) – 72. High Handicap Tuesday, 13th May 1st Kieran Mulligan (22) 20 pts, 2nd Pa McCarthy (21) 19 pts, Guest Denis Conway (12) 22 pts. Al Eile Qualifier Wednesday 14th May 1st Luke Cummins (4) 40 pts, 2nd Pat Murphy (11) 39 pts Waterford GC, Extra Qualifiers Donal O’Brien (17) 38 pts, Gross Darragh Herlihy (5) 30 pts CSS 36 pts. Scramble Results 1st Ciaran Power, Rose McCarthy, Michael O’Dwyer, Noel Murray 2812⁄16; 2nd Reena McDonnell, Ken Power, Jim Sheehan, 3111⁄12; 3rd Ml Stack, Renna Landers, Ml Hanlon 3111⁄12. Grow Classic results 1st. David Condon, Nioclas Condon, Liam O’Droma – 80 pts, 2nd. Martin O’Driscoll, Pa Morrissey, Ann Bennett – 78 pts, 3rd. Luke Swayne, Brian Murphy, Liam Leahy – 75 pts,

Ladies: June Whyte, Mary Lou Carroll, Phil Kelly – 67 pts. Jack Spratt’s Carrigtwohill (Bill Spratt memorial Trophy) 1st Denis O’Brien 36 pts, 2nd Mick Fitzgerald 34 pts, 3rd Philip Kidney 34 pts, Gross: Cormac Carroll, 4th Christy Roche 30 pts Blainroe Golf Society – Thursday, 15th May Martin Lawlor, Larry Ryan & John Hopkins 73 pts. FIXTURES Tuesday, 20th May – High Handicap Competition Wednesday, 21st May – Al Eile Qualifier 18 hole stableford Friday, 23rd May – 9 Hole Mixed Foursomes Saturday 24th/Sunday, 25th May – Club Competition 18 Hole. CAPTAIN’S PRIZE 2014 Mr. Bertie Hallahan will host his eagerly awaited captain’s prize over the June Bank Holiday weekend. The amount of work Bertie has put into the club is unprecedented and the results of his efforts can be seen on the course and in the clubhouse. This man doesnt talk about

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initiatives such as these are becoming an increasingly important part of the clubs revenue and your continued support is very much appreciated. The grand draw will take place on the night of the Presidents Prize 17th August 2014. NOTES FROM THE PROSHOP Our resident professional David Hayes reports a busy start to the season. Two demo days are upcoming with Ping and Callaway displaying their wares. You can follow the new releases on David’s online catalogue at If you would like to receive news of special offers please email David at JUNIOR NOTES Congrats to “Frosty” on his recent success in the adult comps. Tuition for our beginners and PreJuniors continues next Saturday 24th May at 3pm under the watchful eye of Club Professional and Waterford County Coach, David Hayes. In the event of poor weather the coaching will continue indoors. Tuition is open to non-members from the age of 6 so tell your nipper to bring a friend. Equipment is provided and tuition costs 2 euro per child. Many thanks to Niamh for holding last week’s lesson. All enquiries regarding Junior Golf at Dungarvan can be directed to Club Professional, David Hayes. David can be contacted at 058-44707 or email at You can also follow Junior activities on the club website or like us on Facebook. NEW GUI CARDS New GUI/ILGU cards are

Dungarvan Golf Club Ladies 18 Hole Stableford Kindly sponsored by Orbsen Consulting. Front Row L-R: Marie Fahey, 2nd; Breda McCarthy, winner; Anna Harhen, sponsor; Margaret Harty, Lady Captain. Back Row L-R: Marion Walsh, accepting prize for Olga Carroll, Best 36; Ina H Considine 3rd; Mary Flemming, Best Front 9; Christine O’Keeffe accepting prize for Michelle Mernin, Gross. available for collection from the bar. These new cards replace your existing card, which you should dispose of with immediate effect. GENTS RESULTS Mon 12th Open Seniors Winner Michael Mehigan (16) 39 pts, 2nd Peter Lehane (12) Youghal 38 pts, 3rd Bill Ramsell (17) 37 pts. Wed/Thurs 14th/15th 18 Holes Open Singles: 1st Sean Norris (5) 40 pts, 2nd Jim Moroney (16) 40 pts, Gross Peter Mullaney 35 pts, 3rd Jimmy O’Donnell (6) 37 pts. Fri/Sat 16th/17th Singles Winner Tommy Reynolds (11) 40 pts, 2nd Jake O’Riordan (12) 39 pts, Gross John Reynolds 33 pts, 3rd Maurice Cliffe (14) 37 pts. Sun 18th Minor Scratch

Cup 1st Denis O’Brien (20) 86 gross C.S.S. 71 Sun 18th Intermediate Scratch Cup 1st David Crowley (12) 82 b9, 2nd Jake O’Riordan (12) 82, 1st Nett Alan Butler (17) 69 C.S.S. 71 Sun 18th 18 Hole Stroke 1st Brian Murphy (10) 71, 2nd Dermot McGrath (11) 72 C.S.S. 73. GENTS FIXTURES Mon 19th Open Seniors (50+) Singles, Wed 21st – Fri 23rd Mary & Mollie Classic, Sat 24th 18 Holes Singles, Sun 25th Monthly Medal; Mon 26th Open Seniors (50+) Singles. LADIES RESULT Tues 13th 18 Holes sponsored by Shaws; Winner: Teresa Hayes (20) 36 pts, 2nd Tish Baumann (12) 34 pts, Gross Breda McCarthy

25 pts, 3rd AnnMarie Barlow (34) 34 pts, 4th Marie Veale (36) 34 pts, 5th Angela Murphy (26) 34 pts.Sat 17th Open 18 Hole S/F Competition 1st Christine O’Keeffe (27) 41 pts 2nd Sylvia Phelan (19) 40 pts 3rd Una O’Connell (34) back 6 37 pts C.S.S.72 LADIES FIXTURES Tues 20th 18 Holes Singles; Sat 24th 18 Holes Singles: Mon 26th 18 Holes Open Seniors (50+) Singles, Tues. 27th Open Ladies Team of 3 Waltz Country Store. LADIES CLUB The Qualifer for The Australian Spoons takes place over next weekend with the time sheet booked of from 3 to 4 on Sunday for the

event. This competition can be played any time over the weekend from Saturday to Monday to facilitate anyone who is going to the match on Sunday. We look forward to a good entry for this competition. Tuesday, 27th May is our first Open Team event, this is a 3 person Waltz which was a very popular format last year. SIXTY.COM Results 14th May 1st Ita Fahey (25) 21 pts, Best Lady Mary Hofstede (32) 17 pts, Next Competition: Wed 28th at 2 pm. YOUNG ONES Results 14th Winner Angela Murphy (26) 21 pts. Next Competition: Wed 28th at 2.15 pm.

what needs doing, he just draws up the plans, dons the working gear and gets the job done. To put it in a few words: If something needs doing just call in the B Team. You can show your appreciation by turning out in force for the captain’ prize. Qualifying wiil be on Friday, 30th May from 2 pm, and all day Saturday, 31st May. Top 65 qualifiers plus ties will play in the final on Sunday, 1st June. Time sheets are now posted in clubhouse where you can book or simply call the office at 43216. Draw for playing partners will be on Wednesday, 28th May. As we anticipate a large entry, early booking is advisable. GARY HURLEY GETS INVITE TO IRISH OPEN AT FOTA ISLAND When Gary Hurley tees off at Fota Island on June 19th, he will create his own piece of history by being the first amateur from West Waterford GC to compete in the Irish Open. For the second consecutive year our club is represented in this major competition. In 2013 Seamus Power, playing in the professional ranks brought great honour to our club by making the cut at Carton House. Both players have come through the junior ranks at West Waterford, and their participation in the highest echelons of the game brings great pride and satisfaction to the Spratt family and everyone at the club. For Gary, the

invite is recognition of his many achievements at national and international level in the amateur game. The experience he has gained will ensure that the affable Aglish man will not be overawed when he mixes it with some of the best professionals in the business at Fota Island. Tickets for the event are being booked already and there wont be too many members left around Coolcormack Valey from June 19th – 22nd as all roads lead to the Fota Island venue. Good Luck Gary. CON CARROLL SOCIETY – 18 YEARS AT WEST WATERFORD On Monday, 12th May, Con Carroll took his society to West Waterford for the 18th consecutive year. The group will have seen many changes to the course over this time and were loud in their praise for the current condition of our course. We are delighted to extend the West Waterford Welcome to our guests and look forward to their returning for many years to come. FRIDAY NIGHT WITH A DIFFERENCE Friday, 23rd May, 9 Hole Mixed Foursomes, Pick your own partner or come along and be matched. Shotgun start at 6.30pm AUTUMN SENIORS OPEN ALLIANCE Next outing at Carrick on Suir GC on Monday, 26th May. Check with WW office for tee times.

PIERCE PURCELL SHIELD Our Purcell team travels to Youghal on Saturday, 24th May where we play Waterford Castle in the opening round of the East Munster section. Following a positive result in the South East league, joint managers Phil Kinsella and Liam Hansbury will expect another strong performance from the team this time. The preparatory work is now completed and let’s hope our lads play to their full potential on Saturday. Best of luck to all. BELVEDERE TROPHY Despite the absence of manager Edward on International duty, hopes are high of a strong performance against Faithlegg in the home leg on Thursday at 4 p.m. A number of new faces have been added to the team this year and together with the seasoned campaigners the new look team is expected to hold their own. We ask members to come along and support the boys as a good result at home could lay the foundation for an overall victory. Again we wish best of luck to the team. AL EILE MENS OPEN Popular open mens Competition continues every Wednesday. Weekly prizes plus qualification for grand final. Ask at office for details of our loyalty bonus. Please book online or ring office 058 43216

SUMMER CHALLENGE CUP This competition is open to golfers who are not affiliated to a club. A players best 3 cards will constitute his score in the league table. Entrants may play any day subject to pre booking. The competition is 18 hole stableford. Peter Deadly (An Tobar) still holds a commanding lead in challenge cup from Eoin Donnelly (Moonies). 3rd Position sees (Clashmore Ramblers) John Murphy. Also in field this week sees Dinger (Park Hotel) Lynch’s (Clashmore GAA), Nissan player Liam Supple, Brickeys GAA Cian O’Halloran and new debutant sees Moorings star Spurs player Oz. Also represented is Quills, Cyclovac, Anchor, John Keanes, Kilgobinet, Hole In Wall. FRIARY HANDBALL CLASSIC The annual Friary Handball Classic takes place at West Waterford golf club on Friday/Saturday, June 6th/7th. 4 Person Team, any combination. €120 per team. Junior Scramble on 6th/7th June – Team of 3. €30 per team. CONDOLENCES We offer our sincere condolences to Stephen and the extended Spillane family on the passing of their father Michael Spillane. JUNIOR Junior competition 9 hole Saturday 17th 1st Sergei

Quinn (19) 20 pts, 2nd Ciaran Power (24) 15 pts, Best 36 Seanie McGrath 12 pts. LADIES GOLF CLUB RESULTS 18 Hole S/F Competition held on Wednesday 14th or Thursday, 15th May, kindly sponsored by Solas na Mara (Helvick Seaweed Baths). Margaret O’Sullivan (22) 38 points; June Whyte (16) 37 points; Marie T. Curran (30) 36 points. CSS: Wednesday 38; Thursday 36. FIXTURES Next week’s competition: 18 hole S/F on Wednesday 21st OR Thursday, 22nd May, kindly sponsored by Olivere’s Health and Beauty Salon. Our Captain, Mr. Bertie Hallahan’s, prize to the Ladies will be held on Sunday, 25th May. Please put your name on the sheet in the locker room – a draw for partners will take place and the details will be on the website. 9 hole May continues – 2 cards to count. Club Matchplay – will commence in June kindly sponsored by Dalton Jewellers. Please put your name on the sheet in the locker room in order to participate. This is always an eagerly awaited competition and all members are encouraged to take part. MIELE FOURBALL CHAMPIONSHIP We wish our Meile Fourball team the best of luck on Saturday 24th as they take Tramore.

[Pat Crowley]


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014


Retiring Councillors express thanks for support

Cllr. Micheál


By Paul Mooney THE six retiring Waterford County Councillors who will not be seeking re-election on 23rd May next, expressed thanks and appreciation to their voters, canvassers and families for their support over their political careers. At the May meeting of Waterford County Council, held last Monday, 12th May, which was the final meeting of the Council, Labour Councillor Billy Kyne described it as a sad day for him to be stepping back from local politics. First elected to Dungarvan Town Council in 1979, and later co-opted onto Waterford County Council in 1981 following the death of his father, Tom Kyne TD, he said that over the 35 years he has met many political friends and Councillors who had a common purpose - to serve their community. Cllr. Kyne said it was now a challenging time for the Council with the upcoming merger with Waterford City Council. “We must move on with the merger, but one strong asset we have is the County Manager, Michael Walsh, who comes from the heartland of the county and has experience both in this Council and the City Council,” said Cllr. Kyne. “His commitment has already been proven and I believe it is a strong indicator of how positive this new Council is going to be.” Expressing thanks to his family, canvassers and people who voted for him, Cllr. Kyne reminisced of his time in politics, including a time when both he and the late Jimmy Byrne, met Roddy Connolly (a son of James Connolly), who had travelled to Dungarvan to help them canvas during an election. He assured the public he would follow up on any outstanding matters and issues which were brought to his attention. “The decision to step down from politics is a sad decision for me, but it is a decision I made quite openly and I thank everyone who assisted me along the way,” added Cllr. Kyne to applause. Cllr. Brendan Mansfield said that since he was elected to the Council in 2004, he has seen many changes in politics and the Council.


No.1 Six Councillors not standing in the forthcoming election Billy Kyne, Paddy Kenneally, Mary Greene, Nora Flynn, Tom Higgins and Brendan Mansfield. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media] He has been actively involved in republicanism for the past 17 years, ten of which was serving as a Councillor. “I was the first Sinn Féin Councillor elected in this area since the 1920s and possibly the youngest member of the Council, a fact which my family and I are proud of. “When I was born in 1979, Cllr. Billy Kyne took up representation on the Council in that year. It was an honour and privilege to serve with him,” said Cllr. Mansfield. He pointed out that the upcoming elections will be the first time in 34 years Abbeyside will have no representation on a local authority. “I’ve always believed the position of an elected representative is a serious one and I’ve treated it as such,” he said. “In the ten years I was a Councillor, I did not claim expenses for conferences or mobile phone expenses and I didn’t go on any foreign trips. “I have no doubt my party will retain and hopefully gain some seats in the elections. I also think change is a good thing and I’m delighted we are fielding so many female candidates.” Cllr. Mansfield said that while he is stepping down as a Councillor, he was not leaving politics. “I’ll remain a Sinn Féin party member, so anyone who thinks I’ve gone away, I certainly haven’t gone away,” said Cllr. Mansfield. “I remain a committed Irish republican and I fully endorse the peace process.” Cllr. Mansfield expressed thanks to all those who voted for him and asked they continue to vote for the Sinn Féin party. He paid tribute to all

those people who worked on his behalf over the past ten years, and said those are the people who really deserve the praise and credit. Cllr. Mansfield said Councils work better when party politics is not involved. He concluded by appealing to the new incoming Council to “leave the pot holes and parish pumps at home and get working for Waterford as a whole”, to a round of applause. Independent Councillor, Dr. Tom Higgins congratulated his other five retiring colleagues for “sticking it out for 15 years”. “Particularly to Cllr. Mansfield who didn’t get it easy over the last ten years. He got a lot of hassle, but he held firm and despite a tough time, he managed to keep going and went from strength to strength,” said Dr. Higgins. He paid tribute to Councillors Flynn, Greene, Kyne and O’Callaghan on their work as elected representatives. Dr. Higgins said he believed politics must be a ‘genetic disorder’ for some families where there are generations of elected representatives. He pointed out that he had a great grand uncle who stood for election as a TD and an MP, and has a cousin running as an MEP in the West of Ireland. Dr. Higgins expressed his gratitude to the Fine Gael party for allowing him the mayorship of County Waterford and Dungarvan Town and said he hoped there were no hard feelings when he decided to become an independent Councillor. He expressed his best wishes to his colleagues who will be standing in the elections.

Dr. Higgins speech concluded with applause from his Council colleagues. Cllr. Mary Greene (FG) said she would describe politics as ‘a genetic advantage’, rather than a ‘genetic disorder’. “After 115 years, I think of my great grandfather who was on the first Waterford County Council, along with his brother-inlaw and first cousin,” said Cllr. Greene. “My grandfather succeeded my great grandfather. My father didn’t go into politics, but served his area through involvement with the co-operative movement. I am only the fifth person to represent the Parish of Rathgormack / Clonea and three of us were from the same family!” She remembered and paid tribute to those Councillors who have died in the past ten to 15 years and said it was a very emotional day. She expressed her thanks to the voters and those who were kind and nice to her during her tenure as a Councillor, including the officials and Council staff, to applause from her colleagues. Labour Councillor, Paddy O’Callaghan, said he had a most enjoyable time on the Council and paid tribute to all the colleagues who helped him throughout the years. He said he has formed great friendships, and singled out former Councillor Ciarán Ó Riain for mention. “I would like to thank everyone who supported me and wish all those standing the best of luck,” said Cllr. O’Callaghan to applause. Cllr. Nora Flynn (FG) said there was such a contrast in comparing the last day of Waterford County

Council with the day she got elected. “When you got elected, you were giddy with relief and you pushed yourself harder than you thought you possibly could,” said Cllr. Flynn. “When I was first elected, there wasn’t a woman in sight, but I got on with my male colleagues. The highest pinnacle for me after that was representing the people.” She said Councillors advise and guide people, but they don’t get people anything they are not entitled to. “As a Councillor, you keep sourcing for your area any funding that is going, and it is a great feeling when you get things accomplished,” she said. Cllr. Flynn paid tribute to her colleagues, past and present, whom, she said treated her with respect. “Some of the lows I found was too much party political playing in the Chamber,” said Cllr. Flynn. She urged the new Council to go forward and work together for Waterford. “If you don’t keep democracy working together, you end up with a dictatorship,” she said. Cllr. Flynn expressed thanks to all the people who supported her throughout her time as a Councillor, including her family. “Without that support I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “I have enjoyed my 23 years here on the Council and I hope I’ve done the best I could. “I will always be there for the people of my area, I’ll be at the end of a phone,” Cllr. Flynn added to applause.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Lismore Golf Club Phone 058-54026. Email: Website: MEN’S RESULTS & FIXTURES Saturday 17th / Sunday, 18th May – 18 Holes Singles Stroke Vice-President’s Prize Willie F. Henry: 1st John Rumley (11) 64 B9; 2nd Patsy O’Donoghue (11) 64 B9; Gross: Richie Ormonde (8) 76; 3rd Denis Galvin (15) 64; 4th Sean Daly (14) 66; C.S.S. Saturday 68; Sunday 68. CONNA MAN JOHN TAKES HOME THE VICEPRESIDENT’S PRIZE Conna’s John Rumley took home the first prize in the first major of the year. John, a member of this year’s Bruen team, played on Sunday in the less than favourable conditions, compared to the glorious weather on Saturday. Playing off a handicap of 11 John went around the front nine in four over which included consecutive birdies on holes 8 and 9. Being pushed all the way by his brother Barry, John completed his back nine in an impressive 2 over par, so six over off 11 which gave him a 64 and this year’s trophy. Second was another St Catherine’s man again off 11 Patsy Donoghue, Patsy lost out on a count-back into second, Patsy had the reverse to John completing the front nine 2 over and coming back with 4 over again super golf. Third was Denis Galvin, again with 64 off a handicap of 15, Denis who was playing in the same three ball as Patsy was 10 over par and played some very steady golf throughout the round. Fourth this year is the popular Sean Daly, Sean had 66 off a

handicap of 14. Sean warmed up for the weekend by playing the Thursday qualifier and it stood him in great stead on Saturday turning on 7 over and coming home on 4 over, including a bird on the 14th (but he didn’t ask her name!!) very impressive stuff. The Gross prize went to Richie Ormonde off a handicap of 8, Richie turned 5 over and came home on 2 over including birdies on the 2nd and 12th holes for a fine round of golf. The turn out this year was very impressive for Willie Henry’s prize, this was a good testament to a long standard servant to the club and whilst the weather obliged on Saturday it dampened somewhat on Sunday, the weekend was a great success. The course was in tremendous condition and the greens were running very quick and the rough was as tough as I have seen it for a long while (I spent a lot of time there!), so scoring was tough to come by especially on the Sunday. The added spice of the charity putting competition was excellent and I’m sure some good cause will benefit from this. Well done to Willie and all involved in organising the golf and special mention to Bernie for the lovely food over the two days and to Ann for keeping the drinks flowing for the weekend. TUESDAY BACON RESULTS 1st Craig Scotton, Faz Farrow, Alf Barden 41 pts.; 2nd Billy Arrigan, Pat Morrissey, Willie Henry 39 pts.

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RESULTS Tuesday, 13th May: Open Seniors, CSS 35 pts 1st: Rufus Flynn (20) 35 pts Dungarvan; 2nd: Pat Wallace (18) 35 pts Friday, 16th May: Open Singles, CSS 35 pts. 1st: Tom Considine (9) 40 pts; Gross: Derek Power (4) 31 pts Saturday, 17th May: 18 Holes Stableford, CSS 36 pts. 1st: Liam Ryan (12) 39 pts; Gross: Declan Kiely (9) 26 pts. Sunday, 18th May: Monthly Medal, CSS 72 1st: Jonathan Higgins (5) 68; 2nd: Michael Kavanagh (5) 70; Gross: John White (4) 74; 3rd: Derek Power (4) 72. FIXTURES Tuesday, 20th May: Open Seniors, 50+, Ladies and Gents. Friday, 23rd May: Open 18

Holes Stableford. Saturday, 24th May: Club Competition. Sunday, 25th May: Club Competition. Tuesday, 27th May: Open Seniors, 50+, Ladies and Gents. CAPTAIN’S PRIZE PRESENTED BY JIMMY O’DWYER Jimmy’s Captain’s Prize will kick-off on Friday, 30th May with qualifying taking place on the Friday and Saturday. This year will see 50% of the players qualify for Sunday (up to a maximum of 60). Any player wishing to take part should put their name on the time-sheet at a time suitable to himself. The draw for partners will take place on Wednesday, 28th May at 4 p.m. and the playing times will be posted on

Thursday 15th: Kelleher’s SuperValu Open Qualifier Results – 1st Donal O’Leary (19) 37 pts.; 2nd Ted O’Leary (8) 36 pts. B9; 3rd Paul Kenneally (12) 36 pts. Friday Mixed results – Friday, 16th May: No Play due to Vice-President’s Prize. FIXTURES Thursday, 22nd May, Kelleher’s SuperValu Open Singles Stableford Qualifier. Friday 23rd Mixed at 6.30 p.m. all welcome for the craic. Saturday 24th / Sunday 25th 18hls Singles Stableford Sponsored by Mari Mina Pharmacy Lismore Ardmore and Rathcormack. Tuesday Bacon 20th April at 5.45. If your running late ring ahead to include your name for the draw. MEMBERSHIP If you have not paid the annual Membership please do so as soon as possible. SWEEP STAKE TICKETS The club Sweep Stake tickets need to be returned with money and stubs as soon as possible, Please give to any club officer as the next major is approaching quickly and it’s important to get all returned before then. BELVEDERE CUP Congratulations to Paddy O’Flynn and the Belvedere team on their win against Dungarvan over the home and away games. LISMORE PIERCE PURCELL TEAM To club would like to wish good luck to John McGrath and his Purcell Team who play Dungarvan in Youghal Golf Club on Saturday next, 24th May. The sheets are up in the Gents Locker for the Club Championships, Foursomes, Singles and Mixed. The draw will take place on BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY, 2nd June. LISMORE LADIES GOLF Willie Henry’s Vice

Presidents prize provided us with a range of weather conditions over the weekend with Sat turning out to be a glorious day and Sun not quite so glorious. Nevertheless we had prize winners from both days which proves its not the weather but the golf that matters. Willie has been involved in Lismore golf club for quite a while now and I’m sure he was delighted to have someone there as long as himself coming in to take first place. Katherine Moynihan as consistant as ever brought in a 69 on Sat to finish 1 ahead of another evergreen player Sheila Denn whose back 9 gave her the edge over Patricia Bolger McCarthy’s 70. Fiona Howard Claimed the Gross prize with Amanda Power 1 shot behind the girls taking 4th with 71nett. Some fun was had on the putting green before Willie presented his beautiful prizes to both ladies and gents later on in the evening. Congratulations to all the prizewinners and Thanks to Willie for a most enjoyable weekend. RESULTS Wed 14th May - 18 Holes S/Ford - Kindly Sponsored by Cllr. Micheál Cosgrove 1st Helen Lane (19) 37 pts; 2nd Mag Morrissey (23) 36 pts; 3rd Hannah Lucas (24) 34 pts B9. VICE PRESIDENTS PRIZE Sat 17th & Sun 18th May Vice President’s Prize to the Ladies & Gents 18 Holes Stroke - GOY - kindly presented by Mr. Willie Henry. 1st Katherine Moynihan (18) 69 nett; 2nd Sheila Denn (23) 70 nett B9; Gross Fiona Howard (5) 80 Gross; 3rd Patricia Bolger McCarthy (14) 70 nett; 4th Amanda Power (11) 71 nett FIXTURES Wed 21st May - 18 Holes S/Ford - Members Prizes Sun 25th & Wed 28th May - Ladies Open Day - 18 Holes S/Ford Champagne

Thursday morning. Only players entered for the draw on the Wednesday can win the 1st prize. The presentation of prizes will take place in the Gold Coast on Sunday evening at 9 p.m. All members are welcome to attend. This year only Captains that qualify by right will be entitled to win the Past Captains Prize. CAPTAIN’S SKINS The fun starts at 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday, 28th May and it is open to all members. Entry is €1 and if weather permits a BBQ will be available on the night. GOLF COURSE Great to hear so many positive reports on the condition of the golf course, at the moment. Many members are of the opinion that it is now in the best condition that they have ever seen it. On Sunday 19 birdies were recorded with 6 of those happening on the 6th hole, which was the easiest hole on the course on the day. The toughest hole was the 5th and this was followed by 17th, 14th, and 4th. GOLFER OF THE YEAR After 3 events the following is the standing in the Golfer of the Year scoring: Derek Power 18, John White 18,

Michael Kavanagh 16, Lee Crotty 15, Ger Bagge 11, Kieran Cullinan 10, Niall O’Brien 10, Tomas Wall 10, Jonathan Higgins 10, Michael Lenihan 9, Darren Williams 7, Dean Gold 7. MICHAEL WHITE MEMORIAL CLUB FOURSOMES The following matches in the Michael Foursomes must be completed by 6th June: JJ Henley & Frank Waters v Shane Casey & Lee Crotty, John Hallinan & Johnny Hughes v Brian Fahey & Seamus O'Mahony, Tom White & Francis O'Connor v Derek Power & David J Veale, James Hayes & John W Walsh v John White and Tommy Long, are thru to the quarter-finals DAWN INTERNATIONAL MIXED FOURSOMES Quarter Final Matches: To be played by 14th June. John White & Anne McGrath v Billy Power & Martina Corkery Brian O'Connor & Bernie Morrissey v Tomas Wall & Serena Roche Kiki Cullinan & Rosie Murphy v Tom White & Loraine Birney Frank Waters & Karen Darcy v Jimmy Beresford & DD Hannigan

GOLD COAST CUP The following are the matches to be completed by 22nd May: Tom White v John Lynch Jnr


Lismore Golf Club Ladies Spring League runners up sponsored by East Cork Oil. Patricia Lonergan, Lady Captain pictured presenting prizes to Jo Jo Tobin, Marie Condon and Mag Morrissey. [Michael Kiely]

Lismore Golf Club Ladies Easter competition winners sponsored by Riordan's Super Valu, Fermoy. Pictured are winners Amanda Power, Patricia Lonergan, Lady Captain and Catherine Neville. [Michael Kiely]

Scramble, Kindly Sponsored by Knockanore Cheese - Time Sheet in operation - please contact 058 54026. Get inviting your guests ladies. 18 Holes S/Ford - Ladies Open Qualifier - Kindly Sponsored by Kelleher’s Super Valu Cappoquin - €5 members €10 Visitors - 3rd Thursday Every Month, Grand Final Sept 20th

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES Desperate Housewives is back this week on Monday nights as usual. So any lady out there who is interested in giving golf a go or would like to see if it would suit them please come along on any Monday night at 6.30 p.m. to meet other like minded ladies and have some guidence and a laugh with a few more experienced

ladies who will show you the ropes. SOCIAL MIXED The Social mixed has started again, Friday evenings from 6.15 pm. All Men & ladies welcome, phone ahead if you are running late to be included in the draw. Best of Luck to the Ladies team playing in East Cork against Youghal on Sunday next.

Declan Kiely v Tomas Wall Michael Lenihan v Tommy Long Tom Reynolds v Martin Walsh Dermot Ahern v Jimmy O'Dwyer Shane Casey v Ger Bagge Kieran Cullinan v David Shanley Tony Sheehan v David J Veale Brian O'Connor v Larry Whelan John White v Bryan Keohan Geoff Collins v JJ Henley Pat Murphy v Lee Crotty Billy Power v James Hayes Michael Wall v Willie Flavin Frank Waters v Willie Joe O'Connor Rafael Alvarez v John Hallinan Roy Ware v Jason Cunningham John W Walsh v Darren Williams Johnny Hughes v Noel Sammon Austin Kiely v Darren Power Through to the next round are the following: Nicky Dee, Ian Pericho, James Conroy, Johnny Ryan, Michael Kavanagh, Andy Travers, Mick Ahern, Derek Power, Micheal White, Colin McArthur, Jimmy Beresford and Brian Dunbar

be involved and teams will be made up of 4 players, gents, ladies or mixed. There is a limit of 20 teams for the event. Entry to Bob or Mark. The cost is €35 per person and this includes a contribution to a charity which will be announced asap. Anyone that played in it last year really enjoyed it and as far as I am aware most of the teams, if not all, will be taking part again this year. JUNIOR NOTES Junior Captain’s Prize: The Junior Captain’s Prize, kindly presented by Daniel Flynn, will be held over the Bank Holiday weekend and this year it will be the combined score from the qualifying and the final day of the Captain’s Prize. The prejuniors Captains Prize will take place on Sunday 1st June after the Ladies Captain’s Prize.

Omni Group 10 hole competition every Thursday. Draw for partners take place at 2 pm. Presentation of prizes on Friday, 23rd May at 7.30 followed by committee meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, 27th May, Captain's Skins & BBQ at 5 pm followed by Presentation of Prizes , Ladies and Gents. Lady Captains Prize: The Lady Captain’s Prize kindly presented by Williamina Reynolds will take place on Sunday, 1st June. All ladies intending to take part please enter your name on the sheet provided on the notice board in the Kiosk on or before Wednesday, 28th May when the draw for partners will take place. Ladies interested in taking part in the Sheila Norris sponsored Singles Matchplay, please enter your name on the sheet provided on the notice board in the Kiosk. Draw for partners will take place on Sunday, 8th June. Results: Sunday, 18th May: Captain’s Prize to the Ladies. 1st: Aisling Fennell (9) 70 nett; 2nd: Mary Clancy (12) 71 nett; Gross: Mary Kiely (13) ; 3rd: Josephine Fennell (22) 72 nett; 4th: Gillian Cashman (30) 73 nett.

TONY DUNFORD MEMORIAL This tournament will take place on Wednesday, 11th June with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Two rounds of golf will

LADIES NOTES Fixtures: Sunday, 25th May 18 hole club competition. Open Day Monday, 26th May, This will be a Champagne Scramble and is kindly sponsored by Dawn Meats Ltd. 10 hole ongoing competition.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Treat in store as Lismore Opera goes to the Circus By Christy Parker CONFIRMATION of summer is assured when local festivals kick-in, or perhaps when the circus trundles into view. This year Lismore is about to issue a double guarantee when the Lismore Music Festival converges its fifth annual opera extravaganza with Fossett’s Circus. The festival’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute will, as is the trend, take place in the upper grounds of Lismore Castle. The opera will feature a mainly Irish Cast of singers and musicians, Directed by Dieter Kaegi (LMF Artistic Director/Co Founder) and will be conducted by Italian Maestro, Marco Zambelli. Instead of setting the work amidst the courtyard stables however, the production will unfold beneath the circus company’s four-pole big top. “Robert Fossett will work with LMF artistic director & co-founder Dieter Kaegi on the lighting design,” says fellow director, co-founder and Cappoquin resident Jennifer O’Connell, revealing that over 80 performers will descend on the west Waterford town for the weekend, not to mention over 2,000 classical music fans. Adds Jenifer, “Marion and Angela Fossett, along with their mother 85 year old mother Herta, will assist LMF costume manager Slawek Narwid in providing authentic costumes and props. Members of the Fossetts circus troupe will also work with the cast to perfect some circus techniques such as juggling and trapeze work. The Queen of the Night character (Soprano) Kim Sheehan will perform some specific circus tricks in a surprise entrance for her renowned aria. LOCAL ECONOMY The June weekend festival is now firmly established as a major tourism and revenue attraction for west Waterford, stimulating the local economy to the tune of hundreds of thousands of euros. It is a stunning achievement for a festival company that is not Arts Council funding and relies totally on local, commercial sponsorship and ticket sales to balance the books. “It is a t wonderful festival that brings a tremendous boost to the local economy every,” says Lismore Mayor Jan Rotte. “I congratulate the organisers for bringing it here and long may it continue.” The Magic Flute will feature the LMF Chamber Orchestra with Dublin’s Paccolo Singers (junior section of The Lassus Scholars, catering for boys and girls aged eight to fifteen). The cast of exalted professionals is headed by Lawrence Thackeray as Tamino, whose credits include Llyndebourne Festival Opera Chorus 2011 & 2012 and Irish baritone Owen Gilhooly, an Irish baritone and graduate of the Royal College of Music and National Opera Studio. A review by one Wolfgang Marx in Irish Theatre Magazine says of The Magic Flute that

it is “in many ways a hybrid of an opera: as a ‘singspiel’ – a German comic opera – meant to entertain the middle and lower classes, it also highlights serious issues of enlightenment and the victory of reason over emotion. The storyline of what is also deemed to be “a magical tale” takes us “to the heart of one man’s search for love and his struggle to find truth,” says the promotional blurb. Some may consider it appropriate for local elections time. As is by now traditional, the Friday dress rehearsal preceding the weekend’s two performances will see the LMF’s School’s Education and Audience Development Programme play host to students from west Waterford area....attend the dress rehearsal on the Friday night prior to Saturday and Sunday’s performance. This comes courtesy of the David Ross Foundation and Giancarla and Michael Alen Buckley. Further festival events The opera is central to various other festival events over the weekend. On Thursday May 29th St. Carthage’s Cathedral hosts the world premiere of The Sound of Signs, from the internationallyrenowned Yurodny Ensemble’ Haizka project, described as “a stunning mixture of music and vocals” by the 15-member ensemble and Alla Zagatkevych (€5). Saturday at noon, brings a Kate Ellis Cello and Electronics recital with live visual art created and inspired by the music by artist Rory Tangney, at Cappoquin House & Gardens (€25). Sunday noon sees a Mozart Flute Quartet & Bach Goldberg Variations performed by the Dowdall family of Bill (flute), Aoife (violin), Lisa (Viola) and Jenny (Cello) at Salterbridge House & Gardens (€20, incl garden tour and refreshments). Also on Sunday 1st -at 2.30 pm- Soprano Cara O’Sullivan sigs Melodies and Arias, accompanied by pianist Brian Hughes, at St. Carthage’s Cathedral (€25). Festival refreshments will be supplied by Power & Co. Fine Wines, Dublin and Dave Harper of Say Fish, whose gourmet portions include haddock, king prawn, chicken, vegetable and asparagus cooked in panko crumbs, with chips and dips of lemon cajun, tartare or garlic mayo. Lismore Music Festival is supported by Lismore Castle, Waterford County Enterprise Board,Waterford County Council, Fáilte Ireland, Salterbridge House, Cappoquin House, St. Carthage’s Cathedral, Power & Co. Fine Wines, Irish Examine, RTE Lyric FM and the Royal Irish Academy of Music. Tickets for The Magic Flute are €120 front row and €95 other. Available from Lismore Heritage Centre, Jonayhan Ackroyd Jewellers Lismore, Nude Food, O’Neill’s Music Shop, Dungarvan, Farmgate Café (English Marekt, Cork) and from Inquiries: 087-7152994; 087-9721776.

Lismore Music Festival converges its fifth annual opera extravaganza with Fossett’s Circus.

Multi-million euro investment by EirGen Pharma creates 40 new jobs for the South East – EirGen Pharma, the Waterfordbased pharmaceutical company, has announced the creation of 40 new jobs at the official opening of its international headquarters. The event marks the company’s recent multi-million euro investment in a state-of-the-art, high-containment facility that has made the award-winning life sciences business a world leader in its field. Pictured at the launch was from left Senator Maurice Cummins, Tom Brennan, Chief Technical Officer, EirGen Pharma; Julie Sinnamon CEO, Enterprise Ireland, and Patsy Carney, Chief Executive Officer of EirGen Pharma. [Dylan Vaughan]

Multi-million euro investment by EirGen Pharma creates 40 new jobs for the South East EIRGEN Pharma, the Waterfordbased pharmaceutical company, has announced the creation of 40 new jobs at the official opening of its international headquarters today.The event marks the company’s recent multimillion euro investment in a state-ofthe-art, high-containment facility that has made the award-winning life sciences business a world leader in its field. Using its purpose-built, high-containment facility, EirGen Pharma specialises in the development, registration and manufacture of oncology products for global markets. Patsy Carney, Chief Executive Officer of EirGen Pharma said, “We are delighted to be making this significant jobs announcement as we mark the recent €4 million development

and expansion of our state-of-the-art facility here in Waterford.” “Since EirGen’s inception, we have been committed to high-tech’ job creation for the South East and today’s announcement will offer exciting new career opportunities for both highlyskilled graduates and experienced professionals from within the pharmaceutical industry.” Tom Brennan, Chief Technical Officer added, “Official figures show that the Life Sciences sector is the fastest growing area of Ireland’s export industry.We hope that our continuing efforts will inspire other high-end technology companies to invest - and re-invest – in the region, providing further opportunities for employment growth while driving forward efforts to secure Ireland’s future as the loca-

tion-of-choice for world-leading, research and manufacturing industries.” Congratulating EirGen, Julie Sinnamon CEO, Enterprise Ireland said, “EirGen Pharma is a stand out example of an ambitious; innovationled Irish company that is achieving strong export-led growth. Enterprise Ireland is proud to have supported them since their establishment in 2005 and looks forward to continuing this support as they invest, create jobs and win new business contracts all over the world.” EirGen Pharma was founded in 2005 by Tom Brennan, and Patsy Carney and since that time, has grown to over 70 staff and exports finished product to over 40 countries including all of Europe, US and Japan.

Message in a Bottle can save lives and its free MORE than 90,000 vulnerable people all over Ireland, including hundreds from Dungarvan and West Waterford feel safer today, thanks to an innovative project promoted by Dungarvan Lions Club and Lions Clubs nationally throughout Ireland. ‘Message in a bottle’ information scheme is a simple idea designed to encourage people to keep their personal and medical details on a standard form and in a common location, the household fridge. It is promoted in this area by Dungarvan Lions Club. Members are planning an awareness week beginning Monday, 19th May where they aim to distribute additional bottles over the coming months with the assistance of fire and ambulance services, gardai, Dungarvan Community Hospital, Deise Day Care Centre and many voluntary organisations such as Dungarvan Citizen’s Information Centre as well as

many active retired and voluntary groups in the locality. The system provides emergency services with comprehensive information on medication prescribed for a patient, which can be invaluable during initial treatment and which can also be transmitted to a hospital before a patient arrives, in an emergency, every second counts, and gaining access to critical medical date can help save lives. While ‘Message in a bottle’ is focused on the more vulnerable people in our community, anyone can have an accident, so it can benefit everyone. By completing the information on the form, it will save the emergency services valuable time in identifying the individual and whether they have any special needs, and next of kin and emergency contacts are notified. The small distinctive plastic containers are distributed by Dungarvan Lions Club, Dungarvan Community

Hospital, Deise Day Care Centre and other voluntary organisations in the locality. The recipient fills in the form with their medical details, allergies, and next of kin contact details. Any pets in the family can also be included.They then put the completed form into the bottle and place it in the fridge. One of the labels is placed on the outside of the fridge door, other labels on the inside of the front and back door of the home by the lock. If a person is takin ill while alone in the house and is unable to communicate, the emergency services and first responders on seeing the labels are alerted to go straight to the fridge, saving valuable minutes assessing the patient’s details. Further information from any member of the Dungarvan Lions Club or; Lion John Hanlon 087 980 2269 or email john.hanlon@car r Or Deise Day Care Centre,

Mitchell Stree, Dungarvan. Tel: 058 44556 (office hours 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. Monday to Friday). Or Dungarvan Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Scanlon’s Yard, Dungarvan. Tel: 0761 076 550 (officer hours 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; 10.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Friday). Emails: or



Dungarvan United FC RESULTS Divison One Cup: Dungarvan 5; Tramore 2 Division Two: Tramore 2; Dungarvan 1 U-12A L e a g u e : Ferrybank 1; Dungarvan 9 U-12B Cup Game: Dungarvan 0; Johnville 1 U-13B League: Kilmacow 6; Dungarvan 2 U-11B Cup Game: Postponed U-15A Cup Game:Piltown 2; Dungarvan 1 FIXTURES Division one: Villa V Dungarvan KO 6.30 pm Wed 21st May Youth B Cup Game: Villa V Dungarvan KO 6.30 pm Wed 21st May U-11B Cup Game: Tramore V Dungarvan KO 6.30 pm Mon 19th May U-14A League: Dungarvan V Piltown KO 6.30 pm Mon 19th May U-13B Cup Game: Dungarvan V Piltown KO 6.30pm Sat 24th May U-15A League: Dungarvan V Villa KO 2.30 pm Sat 24th May U-15B League Dungavan V Kilmacow KO 2.30 pm Sat 24th May JUNIOR (U-18), DIVISION ONE AND TWO MANAGERS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON We are still seeking expressions of interest for managers for the new season to manage our Junior, Division one and two teams. The committee will have a number of requirements for each team management before it makes a final decision. An interview process will be held. Application form from: or contact any committee member. REMINDER SCHOOLBOYS & SCHOOL GIRL MANAGERS FOR THE FORTHCOMING SEASON Managers will be appointed by 29th May. Any further queries please contact or contact any committee

member. Many thanks to everyone for the interest shown for the coming season. WEEKLY REVIEW The sun was certainly shining in Kilrush Park on Friday night last when the crowd of supporters were treated to a great game of football which saw Division one team seek a great win over Tramore with a score line of 5-2 thank you to everyone who came out and supported the team. All roads now lead to Ozier Park tonight with a kick-off at 6.30pm our Division one team who have done us proud all season playing in the Cup semi- final against Villa, with a chance of winning the cup best of luck to everyone involved with the team. Why not come out and support your club. Our Schoolboy games are flying ahead with most of the league completed some teams are still playing some league match’s along with cup games, keep up the good work everyone.

Pictures above is the Sponsor Card that will be making its way around the town looking for Sponsorship to help with our floodlights. If you could fill or part fill a card to help our cause, give David Walsh a call on 087-6896983. FLOODLIGHT FUNDRAISING CYCLE Dungarvan United are very close to floodlighting Kilrush Park. We are asking all players, coaches, parents, members and friends to help

with our 50km and 100km cycle on 14th June next. Would you cycle or know someone who would, can you help fill a sponsorship card? Cards are available from coaches and any committee member or at the astro turf. Any queries to 0876896983 or ACADEMY NEWS Our youngest players had a very enjoyable session this week with emphasis based on dribbling & passing and putting it into practice with some mini games. Our under 8's travelled to Lismore this week in place of a session, under the guidance of Colin Bulfin to play some challenges in preparation for the upcoming summer tournaments that they will be participating in. The game was played in wonderful weather and all players from both clubs played with great spirit, skill and enthusiasm. The club has a bright future with the class of these up and coming young blues! Thanks to all players who travelled up and parents for your support and thanks to Noel Hegarty and all at Lismore FC for accommodating the fixture a great afternoon was had by all. With the sun shining down on the astroturf the second session was spent practicing shooting and free kicks rounded off by a full pitch 7 aside game, this is the third week in a row we've over ran on time as neither the players, coaches or parents noticed what time it was! See you all next week. HOLY COMMUNION Very best wishes to those making their First Holy Communion this Saturday. Katelyn Gardner, Alex Petit, Aaron Quinn, Tadgh Lenane, Arón Ronayne, Sonny O'Donnell, David Butler & Èanna Drohan, who is also celebrating his birthday! Have a great day. NOEL HAYES FAIR PLAY MEMORIAL This tournament will take place at Tramore FC this coming Friday, 23rd May.

Kick off of first games is 6.30 p.m. All eligible players born in or after 2006 have been text. Please ensure you reply at the very latest 4 pm TODAY (Wednesday) to confirm your child's participation and receive further information. Contact 086 886 5829 with any queries. LEN RODGERS MEMORIAL This tournament will take place in Clashmore on Saturday, 31st May and is always an enjoyable day out our U-8 and U-7 teams will participate. Text will follow. FERRYBANK CLOVER Taking place on Saturday, 31st May and we hope to enter our U-9 teams in this tournament, awaiting full details. Our Academy times are as follows on Saturday. Girl’s Academy 11.30 am to 12.30 pm (6 – 12 year olds) Boy’s Academy 20062007 1 pm to 2.15 pm, 20042005 2.30 pm to 3.30 pm Parents please be aware that all children must be accompanied to training by an adult, each child must wear shin guards, bring a non fizzy drink and two euro contact 086 3053109 for any further assistance. CLUB GEAR We have an ongoing Special Offer which includes a Dungarvan United Kit (top, shorts, socks) Dungarvan Utd hooded Rain Jacket and crested Dungarvan Utd umbro hat all for €65.00 kids €70.00 adults, To order anything at the moment please call (087) 632 6611 or see Ken Gardner during Academy times on Saturday. LOTTO DRAW We had no Jackpot winner this week numbers drawn were 4..21..5. Next week’s Jackpot €3,150. Anyone who may still have cards can you hand them into your team manager as soon as possible. AGM Our AGM is due to be held on Friday, 29th May at 7.30 pm in the club house we would encourage everyone to attend.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

United Legends in Clonmel

Manchester United Supporters Club, Waterford Branch, Secretary Kevin Moore and committee member Pat Sheehan with former MUFC players Lee Sharpe and David May.

Manchester United Supporters Club (Waterford Branch) VAN GAAL AND GIGGS IT’S OFFICIAL We have known for a while that Louis Van Gaal was going to be the next Manchester United Manager succeeding interim boss Ryan Giggs and David Moyes. His appointment is for an initial three years with Ryan Giggs as his number 2. He has also laid down a pretty good marker by retiring Giggs to the bench automatically. He reigns with an iron fist but has brought success wherever he has managed Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich and is currently looking to the world cup with a realistic chance with The Netherlands. So everything that was not on the C.V is most definitely on Van Gaal's and his attention to detail is reputedly second to none. FREE MEMBERS DRAW All members are reminded to renew their "Official membership" asap or join asap to be automatically included in the FREE MEMBERS draw. All members renewed or

Name: Tadhg Turner Age: 12 Position on team: Striker Team: U13B Favourite team: Liverpool Favourite player: Suarez Favourite food: Pizza

Name: Jack Shrubb Age:12 Position on team: Left Back Team: U-13B Favourite team: Chelsea Favourite player: Eden Hazard Favourite food: Spaghetti Bolognaise Hobbies: Soccer Ambition: Soccer player

Name: Cian Dunne Age: 13 Position on team: Midfield Team: U-13B Favourite team: Liverpool Favourite player: Gerrard Favourite food: Pizza Hobbies: Soccer Ambition: Soccer player

season and this information wasn't asked for and it caused headaches during the season so if possible make sure you get these vital components to the secretary once joined/renewed. Your help would be much appreciated with the membership. LEGENDS IN CLONMEL United legends LEE SHARPE and DAVID MAY, were in Clonmel last weekend and a briliant nights entertainment was enjoyed by all present. The stories and banter they enjoyed was infectious and thoroughly enjoyable. It may well be that we get them or similar legends to Dungarvan next season. CONDOLENCES All in the branch would like to offer our sincerest sympathies to John and Mary McCarthy on the death of their son Michael. All of us knew Michael as a true RED and knowledgeable supporter. May he rest in peace.

Kilmacthomas FC DIVISION 2 CUP Kilmac 2; St. Paul’s 0. On Tuesday evening we took on St. Paul’s in the first round of the cup and although we were without a number of players we came through the game with a good win. Two goals from Crocky were enough to see us through to the next round.

Name: Stephen Moynihan Age:13 Position on team: Goal Keeper Team: U13B Favourite team: Liverpool Favourite player: Nuier Favourite food: Pizza Hobbies: Soccer Ambition: Soccer player

joined by the end of June will be entered into a draw for a match ticket of your choice for next season. When you have renewed or joined you MUST contact the secretary to put yourself forward. HOW TO RENEW /JOIN To avoid any excuses or silly questions here are the simple ways to join/renew 1. Go to and click on the "Official membership" icon and follow the instructions. 2. Contact the ticketing and membership services directly on 0044 161 868 8000 and wait for the "Official Members prompt". 3. Go onto the Waterford Branch Facebook page and each of these options are available to follow. 4. Contact the secretary on 087 1940089 and he will help you get sorted. In all cases it is IMPORTANT to mention that you are joining/renewing the Waterford Branch and submit your email address and mobile number for ticket access information. Alot of members joined/renewed last

DIVISION 2 CUP Bolton 2; Kilmac 1. Our season was brought to a close on Friday evening when despite taking the lead and again Crocky was on the mark. Two penalties for Bolton denied us victory and saw Bolton progress to the next round. We coped well through the game and Andy had only one save during the ninety minutes we wish Bolton well. Looking back over the league we have to be very happy with our overall

performances and give credit to all the players and management. We can only look forward now to a new season and perhaps the injection of some new blood from our youth squad. YOUTHS Kilmac 1; Mooncoin 1. Penalties 5-4 Mooncoin provided the opposition on Friday evening in the first round of the Cup and they were not going to be turned over easily. They took the lead on 30 minute when we went asleep at the back, while we were doing most of the attacking we were faced by a very well organised defence. Their keeper produced some good save to keep it 0-1 at half-time. Our birthday boy Jack Dee came off at the break and Stephen Power took his place. We started on the attack from the

kick-off but it was not until the 75 minutes that we got a break when Josh was tumbled in the box. Adam made no mistake from the spot we survived one scare in the closing minutes when Johnny Long turned the ball around the post. Adam, Stephen Power, Alan, Daniel and Ryan Gallagher all scored their spot kicks and a superb save from Cormac on the third penalty saw us through to face Ballinroad on Wednesday evening. Team: C. Heinen, J. Long, A. Walsh, B. Griffin, M. Daly, C. Hennessey, J. Dee, D. Dwane, J. Moore, A. Fitzsimons, R. Gallagher. Subs: Brandon Keane, Seanie Power, Stephen Power, Stephen Keane. We extend our deepest sympathy to the family of Pat (Bungie) Crowdle. May he rest in peace.

Local Elections - news and views ... Only 2 days to go!

Electoral Districts: Dungarvan / Lismore (8 seats); Comeragh (6 seats); Tramore / City West (6 seats); Waterford City East (6 seats); Waterford City South (6 seats)

Local & European Elections: 23rd May

Pylons – preferred route adjacent to Primary Schools • Hard working


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Sorry if I have missed you on my canvass. If there is anything that you would like to discuss, please contact me on 087-2759997 or 058-41723.

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SEAN WALSH Sean will commit to work full-time on your behalf and be your Independent voice, challenging the ruthless austerity policies of the main political parties. On the new City & County Council, it will be vitally important to have a strong voice speaking up for the many families who have been let down by party politicians and raising issues of concern in our community. I will be free to act for the electorate and will not be told what to do by a political party. I am part of the Independents’ Network of TDs, Senators and Councillors working on your behalf to fight back against Property Tax, Water Charges, Universal Social Charge, the attack on Pensions and Sean has: the withdrawal of Medical Cards from the chronically sick … all going to pay the Bankers’ debts. THE EXPERIENCE … For Active Representation I wish to thank the electorate for their kindness, patience and courtesy to me during my canvass and I hope to be of service to you in the future.


THE DETERMINATION … THE HONESTY … THE INTEGRITY … Elected 3 times to Kilkenny County Council

Comeragh Electoral Area Your Independent voice, Working for our community.

A 2010 Chief Scientific Officer’s report states the link between Childhood Leukaemia and High Voltage lines. The 2007 & 2013 European ICNIPR report states the same ‘robust’ link. Eirgrid’s Chairman has stated that he would not like to live beside pylons, the ex-chair of An Bord Planala then added the widely held view, “who would?” Commenting, Midi De Paor Walsh, an independent candidate in the Dungar van-Lismore Electoral area, said “Despite this Eirgrid chose their preferred route through Waterford as long ago as 2011 whilst not advertising in the County Towns newspapers – they kept the people in the dark. The sitting councillors were not kept in the dark as Eirgrid gave them a formal briefing on the 6th of June 2012. I believe it is an elected public representative’s duty to inform their electors when something detrimental to them is being planned”. Midi added, “it is truly disgraceful how a state company has behaved towards the people of Waterford. The privately picked preferred route may pass nearby 10 primary and 1 second level School,

Comeragh Area

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MICHAEL FLYNN Independent Candidate

Midi De Paor Walsh depending on which variant is chosen. Since I revealed this information over a week ago I have been inundated with queries from concerned parents and grandparents wanting to know if their children’s schools will be beside the cancer-causing High Voltage lines. People are shocked and outraged that the valid health concerns raised in over 35,000 submissions to EirGrid are not being addressed. I am being asked why the Independent Expert Panel set up by Minister Rabbitte is not investigating the health concerns? Why this FG/Labour Government appears to be more interested in diluting and minimising the facts, rather than addressing the issue?”

Pothole filling needs to be reviewed MICHAEL Flynn, Rathgormack who is going as an Independent Candidate for the Comeragh area said pothole filling needs to be reviewed because in many situations shortly after filling they appear again. He said that many issues need to be addressed urgently such as footpath and railing repair which doesn’t require a big effort to get resolved. Mr. Flynn didn’t put up any election posters as he will be making a donation to St. Bridgid's Hospital and the West Waterford Hospice instead. While out on the canvas trail he said he has met many Pensioners who are worried about cuts in pension/property charge/medical card removal and the uncertainty about where they will get the money to pay the water charges. Public servants pay cuts and increases in their pension levy are also feeling the pressure of rising taxes without a rise in income. People don’t want pylons and say they need the cables to be buried to eliminate all health risks and negative impact on tourism and agriculture. This Government of Fine Gael/Labour are not listening and I feel this is a chance for the people to send them a clear message by voting for me your independent candidate.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Causeway Bowls Club

Hidden Hearing Bowls League THE Causeway Bowls Club were pleased to welcome the Rosslare Bowls Club to their first League match of the season on Sunday, 11th May. After a thrilling opening two

matches the scores were equal at one-all. The final match looked to be going in favour of the home team but they narrowly missed winning the final end

by one point so giving final victory to the team from Rosslare. Both teams then enjoyed light refreshments of sandwiches and cakes followed by

the Captain of the Causeway Club. Mr. John Townsend thanked the captain and team of Rosslare for a most enjoyable afternoon of competition.

The Causeway Bowls Club team members who played against Rosslare Bowls Club recently.


Club’s first Aquathlon of 2014 THIS year we haven’t been lucky with the weather and sea conditions for any of our scheduled group open water swims, but this did not deter 36 members from taking part in the Club’s first Aquathlon of 2014 on Sunday last. Sea conditions in Clonea were not favourable so the organisers changed the venue to the Gold Coast in Ballinacourty and set out a two lap course for participants. Both seasoned and novice Triathletes enjoyed the challenge of the swim followed by a quick transition out of the wetsuits and a 5km run around Ballinacourty. Many thanks to Natalie, Rob, Mark and their team of timekeepers, kayakers and course organisers. Our next Aquathlon is on Wednesday, June 11th at 7 pm. This is a members only event. WATERFORD ADVENTURE RACE Well done to club members Jason Travers and Anne Marie Hayes who were both winners in the Waterford Adventure Race last weekend. Anne Marie was first female in the Sporty Adventure Race, while Jason took the honours in the Duathlon event, for the third year in a row. Daryl Kearns was third in the Duathlon followed closely by Alan Harty in fourth place, with Patrick Lannen finishing second male in the Sporty Race. Well done all! CLUB TIME TRIALS Summer has definitely arrived in the Triathlon world with talk of sea swims, events and our very popular 20km Time Trials. We held our first Time Trial of 2014 last

Thursday evening over the usual route of Ballinroad to Five Cross Roads and back. The sun was shining and short sleeves and sunglasses were the order of the day, let’s hope we get more of that in the weeks ahead. Fastest on the night was Darren Tutty, closely followed by David Gaffney, who actually beat his best time from last year….must be the new bike! IRONMAN 70.3, AUSTRIA Let’s hope David Gaffney’s training pays off next Sunday when he and his wife Liz Murray take part in a Half Ironman in St Polten in Austria. This event comprises a 1.9km swim, 90km cycle and 21km run. This will be the first time Liz and David take on this distance, but both have competed in a number of Olympic distance events in the past few years. We all wish them the very best of luck on Sunday. VALENTIA ISLAND TRIATHLON This year we have five members making the long journey to Valentia Island in South Kerry for the first Open Water Event on Triathlon Ireland’s Race Calendar- the Valentia Island Sprint Triathlon - on Saturday next. It’s set in a beautiful part of the country and is a testing but enjoyable course, which takes in a swim from the mainland to the island, a cycle lap of the whole island and an uphill run, followed

Patrick Lannen enjoying the run at Waterford Adventure Race. thankfully by a downhill finish. Best of luck to Natalie, Rob, Alan, Mark and especially to Niamh O’Donovan who is all set for her first Tri. DUNGARVAN TRIATHLON 2014 Preparations for our first Dungarvan Triathlon are well underway, and we will have a substantial local participation on the day. If you are free to help us marshall this event, please text Michele on 087 6464252 or contact us via our website. Thank you. CLUB TRAINING As race season gets closer and the evenings brighter, club training is increasing apace. Our

David Gaffney exiting the water at Club Aquathlon. Ballyvoile Brick Sessions have been running for the past few weeks, our Bike Time Trial continues this Thursday at St. Laurence’s Hall, Ballinroad and group sea swims will be held on Saturdays in Clonea, weather and sea conditions permitting. CLUB WEB-SITE For all information on club training, events, benefits of membership etc please check out our new website If you’re interested in getting involved in Triathlon, please contact us via the website or on Facebook at rvan


Railway Athletic FC ALL-IRELAND FINAL ON SUNDAY Everyone in the club would like to wish Tireoghan "Tiger" Flynn the very best of luck as the Waterford under 12 development squad will play in the All-Ireland final in Cahir. This will without doubt be the biggest game of Tiger’s life and we know that if they will play to there full potential then they have a great chance of going all the way. I'm sure there will be a huge crowd travel up from the club and we are at the moment trying to organise a coach, so if interested please contact Martin/Sheila or Chantal for more information. Kick off in Cahir is at 3pm. UNDER 12 AND 13 CUP SEMI-FINALS On Saturday next our under 13 side will travel to Waterford to play either De La Salle or Villa in the cup semi-final with a 12.30 kickoff. Then on Tuesday evening we are at home to Portlaw in the under 12 cup semi-final, so a real busy few days for most of the lads. PLAYER OF THE YEAR A huge congratulations to Killian O’Sullivan who has been named Lismore hotel 1st Division player of the year for the 2013/14 season. It has been a great season for Killian and all the Railway squad as we take our place in the Premier league for the new season and Killian was

also crowned golden boot winner as top goal scorer in the division. Well done Sully and hope you continue in the same form for the new season. Killian was presented with his awards on Monday evening last in the Red Store Youghal who sponsored the competition which was also attended by some club members. RAILWAY SOCCER CAMP Yes folks, it’s that time of year again when we are arranging our annual soccer camp which will be held from August 5th to 8th. Every year since we began this we have been getting huge crowds with 168 kids last year which is amazing. This year we will leave no stone unturned again as we plan another few days of great games and fun so book early as we may have to have a cut off point at some stage if numbers keep rising. POKER FINAL We held the final of our Poker league on Friday night in the Central Bar, Cappoquin. Jamie Tobin was our winner and we congratulate him on his fine win. We would like to say a special thanks to Danny and Nora Flynn for sponsoring this poker league and, of course, everyone who took part since we started the league last October. Also a huge thanks to Tristan O’Hanlon for all the work he has put into organis-

ing it every month. WATERFORD SPORTS LOTTO (WSL) At present we are selling lotto tickets for the Waterford sports lotto which is a newly set up fundraising event and has been working very well indeed. The next jackpot will be €1,300 and tickets for the draws can be purchased from Martin, Sheila and Samantha and can be bought for €2, €5, €10, €20, €50, €100. €2 will get you into the draw. €5 will get you into three draws. €10 will get you into seven draws. €20 will get you into thirteen draws. €50 will get you into thirty draws and €100 will get you into seventy draws. With the draws every two weeks a tenner will get you into draws for three months and over half the money will come back to Railway so please support us if you can at all. ACADEMY ON MONDAYS On Monday evenings our hugely popular soccer Academy will continue at the soccer pitch. This Academy has been going for many years and if you look at our under 11 team this season all have come through our Academy which is what it really is all about. We will again cater for Boys/Girls aged from 4 to 9 from 6.15 p.m. ‘til 7 p.m. It costs only €2 per child up to a max of €5 per family of three or more.

O’MAHONY CYCLES SUMMER SERIES WEEK 1 WHAT a great start to the O'Mahony Cycles Summer Series. We had a super turnout. Many thanks to Frank and to all our marshals and drivers. Group 1 worked as a unit, stayed together all night and weren't caught. Results: 1. Dwayne Kirwan 2. Trevor Cullinane 3. Anthony Dwyer 4. Liam Moore 5. Patrick Power 6. Michael Morrissey 7. Andrew Hickey Well done to all. Don't be too disheartened if it didn't go to plan. It's only week 1, there's a lot of cycling left and this is probably the worst you'll feel all year. We'll have a review of the race and may make some

adjustments to the groups and timings next week. Sign on is at St. Lawrence’s Hall, Ballinroad from 6:45, with the first group off at 7:00. MOUNT LEINSTER CHALLENGE The Mount Leinster Challenge was on Saturday and the club was well represented, participating were Maurice Fennell, Oliver Sandford, Mark Whelan, Brian McGill and John Coffey. The 140km route took in 2 laps of Mount Leinster 1,800 m climbing. There was plenty of sun burn after the day. STEPHEN IN THE RAS Best of luck to Stephen Murray, riding his first Ras this week. The race is passing through town on Friday on its way to a Seskin Hill finish. I’m sure Stephen would appreci-

ate the support. Ahead of the main race Beanie, Anthony, Emma and Shane are riding in the Race the Ras charity event. DCC IN THE PRIZES IN WHITECHURCH Whitechurch in Cork has traditionally been a happy hunting ground for the club. We sent a few riders there yesterday and were rewarded with an excellent 2nd place for John Hodge in the main A2/A3 race. Well done sham. WEEKEND SPINS Weekend spins leave from John Foley's garage at 9:30 Saturdays, and from The Square at 9:30 Sundays. CYCLING QUOTE “Michael Matthews has gone from a pink jersey to a pink backside.” Sean Kelly commentating on a Giro crash.

Dungarvan Hillwalking Club WALKS FOR SUNDAY, 25th MAY This Sunday, May 25th, the C walkers will walk the lovely wooded area around Bay Lough, near the Vee. Walk leader Billy McGrath has promised to do the walk in reverse, which should be interesting. The B walkers will take to the Comeraghs for their trek. The B walk begins at 10 a.m. and the C walk at 1 p.m. Both walks meet in the TSB Carpark. Remember, no boots, no walk. For more information about Dungarvan Hillwalking Club’s activities, visit

Ballinroad FC CLUB PITCH DEVELOPMENT LOTTO DRAW Current jackpot €7,300. Numbers drawn were: 5, 6, 8, 19. No winner. Winners of €20 each: Jamie Ryan, M. & M. Condon, Tom Cummins. New jackpot €7,400. Next draw will be held in Lord Maguires Pub, Ballinroad on Sunday, 1st June, 2014. Thank you for your support.

Local Elections - news and views ... Comeragh Electoral Area


THIS is Ger Barron’s fourth Local Election, so he is in no doubt about what a candidate needs to do to retain his seat. He polled 85% of a quota last time out and took the fifth seat in the Comeragh area. A full time politician, he is strong on constituency work.Transfers from Fine Gael put him over the line last time out and, with no running mate, will be dependent again on support from other parties. The national disaffection with Labour may well be countered by the recent announcements of almost €2 million for the proposed Greenway with which he is closely identified.

POLLING for the Local Elections and European Parliament will take place on Friday, 23rd May, 2014. The Hours of Poll are 7.00 a.m. - 10.00 p.m. Responsibility for Local Elections rests with Waterford City & County Council. For information on the European Elections please contact or There are 5 Local Electoral Areas within Waterford City and County Council. These are: Dungarvan / Lismore (8 seats) Comeragh (6 seats) Tramore Waterford City West (6 seats) Waterford City South (6 seats) Waterford City East (6 seats) WITH ten successful years behind him and a very high-profile term as Mayor of County Waterford, Liam Brazil will be very hopeful of retaining his seat. He headed the poll last time out with a quota and a half and even the unpopularity of the Government is not likely to jeopardise his chances of holding his seat. Looks after his constituents diligently and performs very well in the Council Chamber. Must be one of the candidates most likely to retain his seat. LIAM BRAZIL (Fine Gael)

FIRST time election for this Sinn Fein candidate who has run a relatively low-key campaign, emphasising that people must use their vote to change the status quo or the present government policies will continue. Critical of the use of funds from the property tax to pay for water meters, he has also highlighted the closure of Garda Stations and the withdrawal of services from rural Ireland. In common with the other Sinn Fein candidates, he is likely to benefit from the swing to his party, but will it be enough? DECLAN CLUNE (Sinn Féin)

BRENDAN had the second highest poll in his constituency at the last Local Elections and was elected on the first count, taking the second seat. Having been co-opted to the Council in place of his TD brother Paudie, Brendan has established his own reputation and voter base and has served his constituents well. This area returned three Fine Gael candidates last time out and, barring a big swing away, should do so again.

A FAMILY doctor by profession, David has his practice in Ballymacarbry. He has twenty-five years of medical experience from his years in Britain and in UCD and is now standing as a candidate for Direct Democracy Ireland. While he is not widely known outside his area and has not been part of the Waterford political scene heretofore, his views on the prevalence of suicide and emigration as well as social inequality will appeal to a large section of the electorate.

DERMOT KIRWAN (Non-Party) FEW people from his electoral area were surprised when Michael J. exceeded the quota in the first count of his first election five years ago. A third generation public representative, he need no longer rely on the family name of three generations in public life, but can point to his own productive years in the community and in the Council Chamber as he seeks re-election. Well known and popular in his community, hard working and articulate in Council affairs, his non-return would be a great surprise and not expected.

MICHAEL J. O’RYAN (Fianna Fáil)

MARY BUTLER (Fianna Fáil)


DR. DAVID JANES (Direct Democracy Irl.)

A NEW face on the election posters this time out, Mary Butler hopes to capitalise on her work in the community to gain a seat for Fianna Fail. She has conducted a strong canvass with the aid of a good team and some high profile names in her party. She has also published her views in the local media on the Pylon controversy, of which she is Chairman of the Portlaw organisation; shopping locally, the Carbon Tax, water charges and other impositions on ordinary people.


MICHAEL FLYNN (Non-Party) ONE of three non-party candidates, Dermot Kirwan is best known as the Chairman of Comeraghs against Pylons group which has been campaigning strongly on that issue. While he was never a local election candidate, he stood in the 1997 General Election as a deflector TV Candidate, amassing almost 3,000 votes in the process. From his work he says he knows of the problems of small business. A well known figure and not attached to any party ideology, he is bound to benefit from the swing away from the established parties. But to what extent is the question?

THE least known of the three Fine Gael candidates, Seanie has a major challenge to win a seat. He has a long track record of community involvement; has been active in the GAA at several levels over many years and, on retirement from the game founded the Comeragh Rangers Ladies Football Club which he chaired for 12 years as well as being a trainer and coach. Seanie also has been to the forefront in farming affairs through IFA, the ICMSA and in earlier years, in Macra na Feirme. A true local activist, his record may deliver handsomely at the polls.

THIS is Michael’s second election and while he did not gain a seat last time out, he polled almost four hundred first preference votes. Well known and respected in his area, his work in the community and in farming affairs has raised his political profile significantly. He has been involved in the Anti-Pylon campaign; has worked for a playground in his locality as well as an all-weather pitch. A regular commentator on farming and political affairs, he has maintained his profile since the last election and his Non-Party status will appeal to many voters.

A FIRST time Councillor over the past five years, John was elected to the last seat by just one vote without reaching the quota. A candidate for Fianna Fail, he will rely on his work for his constituents over the past five years and his contributions to debate on local matters to ensure his return. Currently Vice Chairman of Waterford County Board GAA, John has made rural affairs, including rural development and infrastructure needs, his priority as well as his stance against the withdrawal of rural services. JOHN O’LEARY (Fianna Fáil) SEAN says he was recruited locally and inspired to stand as a result of his being able to help people through his work in Deputy John Halligan’s office. If the prediction of this being an Independents’ and Sinn Fein election comes to pass and being associated with a TD outside of the mainstream parties, then he could poll well and rely on disaffected party supporters and transfers from other eliminated candidates to move through the counts. However, he will be one of four or five candidates drawing from the Portlaw pool. SEAN WALSH (Non-Party)



Showjumping …

Co. Meath’s Gerard Clarke and King’s Best win Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league Opener at Aglish Gymkhana By Brian Hennessy GERARD Clarke and Kings Best landed a tough opening round of the 2014 Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix league at Aglish Gymkhana in Co. Waterford, that saw just four horses and riders make it through to the jump-off. Heavy rain during the early part of the competition made jumping conditions extremely tough and several combinations lost their footing on the turns between fences. However, Gerard Clarke and Kings Best had no such problems and finished the course with ease to take a well deserved win. The Meath based rider, who a week earlier won the opening round of the Leinster Summer Tour at Barnadown with Kieran King’s gelding, was in unstoppable form and at the finish had over three seconds to spare (37.62) over his nearest challenger to take the lion’s share of the €2,000 on offer from sponsors Quigley Horseboxes. Local rider Gemma Phelan from Dungarvan grabbed runner-up spot with RVS Harley Ger after her second round clear in 41.20 seconds finishing just ahead of another Co. Waterford rider Peter Moloney who posted one of just three double clear round with Ribanbelle Tame to take third. Brian Morrison and Wilton John VDL were the first of the quartet to jump in the second round where one fence on the floor saw him finish in fourth. Most unlucky not to make the second round was Ethen Ahearne who left all the fences standing with MHS Shamrock but picked up one time fault to see them finish fifth overall, while Francis Connors finished as the fastest of the four faulters with Uskerety Diamond Lady in sixth. The opening round of the Connolly’s RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix League comes on the week of a major announcement by the Kilkenny based feed company. In a ground-breaking development, Connolly’s RED MILLS have been named as the “Official Horse Feed Supplier” for the Shanghai leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour, to held at the China Art Palace from 6th – 8th June 2014. The Longines Global Champions Tour is the world’s premier five-star show

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Carrick-on-Suir gears up for 2014 An Post Rás THE 2014 An Post Rás got underway this week with a star studded line-up of international teams competing. Carrick-on-Suir will play host to the sixth stage finish on Friday, May 23rd and will also see the peloton set off on the penultimate stage of the race the following morning. With the race beginning to heat up going in to stage six, there is no doubt that an action packed couple of days racing is expected. Locals around the country came out in their droves last year to cheer on the riders along the route and An Post Rás organiser Tony Campbell is hoping to see similar crowds once again. “There’s a great passion for cycling in both Tipperary and Waterford and the battle for that yellow jersey will really begin to take shape on stage six so I’ve no doubt the locals will show wonderful support to the riders.” Following the fifth stage set off from Clonakilty that morning, the peloton will embark on a punishing 168 kilometres ride to the stage finish in Carrick-on-Suir and Campbell believes this to be the toughest finish of the eight day race. “This stage will see a fran-

tic pace from the start on mainly flat roads but this will come to a quick stop when the riders reach the legendary ascent category one climb of Seskin Hill. Sean Kelly used the hill as a training climb throughout his career so that speaks volumes and it should make for an exciting finish.” Campbell is also urging locals to come out and cheer on the riders as they pass by. “It’s not every day we have riders of this calibre competing on our roads. There are teams travelling from as far as Canada and New Zealand to get a taste of the Rás, so not only is it great for the local Irish riders to get to pit their wits against competitors of that quality, but it’s also great for fans of cycling to witness this spectacle right on their doorstep. I would urge all local communities and schools in particular to come out and cheer on the peloton as they make their way by.” In addition to the county rider classification jersey introduced last year on the race, An Post is running a ‘CFactor’ competition for county riders this year. The rider who best exemplifies the spirit of the race not only through his riding performance over the

eight days, but also by his use of social media will be rewarded with the newly designed ‘Chapeau’ jersey after the final stage in Skerries. The successful rider will also earn a VIP spot at an An Post Chain Reaction Sean Kelly team training camp in Calpe, Spain at the end of the year. The winner will be chosen by seasoned Rás watchers and county riders must use the hashtag #Ras2014 in any tweets if the content shared is to count towards the final prize. Visit for more information. The 8 day International cycling road race takes place from May 18th to 25th and as well as the global feel to the event the emphasis will again be on national, regional and top level sponsored amateur cycling teams. An Post have partnered up once again with RTÉ for the famous race and cycling fans eager to follow the action can log on to for exclusive rider interviews, highlights from each stage, results and classification standings. Regular updates are also available on

Presentation photo caption; Gerard Clarke and Kings Best winners of the Connolly's RED MILLS Munster Grand Prix at Aglish pictured with Mairead Flynn show sectreary and John Geraghty from Connolly's RED MILLS. [Sonya Dempsey] jumping event and brings together the Top 30 ranked riders in the world to compete in prestigious locations, for unprecedented total prize money of around 9 million euro. FEED YOUR DESIRE TO WIN - ANYWHERE Connolly’s RED MILLS is the only complete horse feed available in China and the company uses the most advanced technologies and processes in making its feeds. It’s range of export products are packed using their unique Nutrient Fresh Management System™ (NFMS™) to prolong shelflife in warm climates. Transport can account for 2030% of feed product costs. By vastly extending shelf life with NFMS™, customers can now order bulk quantities and reduce transport costs, without affecting the quality of the feed. Connolly’s RED MILLS will be represented at the Longines Global Champions Tour of Shanghai by one of the world’s leading riders Edwina Tops-Alexander, who is part of the “TeamRED MILLS Show Jumping Squad”. Edwina is married to Global Champions Tour founder Jan Tops and has already collected close to 2.5 million euro in GCT prize money. All Edwina’s horses, including the multi Grand Prix winning gelding Cevo Itot du Chateau, are fed exclusively on Connolly's RED MILLS

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RESULT - CONNOLLY’S RED MILLS MUNSTER GRAND PRIX LEAGUE ROUND 1 - Aglish, Co. Waterford 18/05/2014 1st Gerard Clarke / Kings Best 0/0 37.62 2nd Gemma Phelan / RVS Harley Ger 0/0 41.20 3rd Peter Moloney / Ribanbelle Tame 0/0 42.86 4th Brian Morrison / Wilton John VDL 0/4 44.93 5th Ethen Aherane / MHS Shamrock 1/ 89.87 6th Francis Connors / Uskerty Diamond Lady 4/ 80.43 7th Francis Connors / Hyperion 4/ 80.75 8th Ian Cliffe / Finnisk Belle 4/ 82.58 34 Starters 4 Into Jump-off

Dungarvan Cycling Club – Michael Morrissey receiving his prize from Liam Rossiter and Orlaith. [David Coleman]

Oscar Walsh with his March/April Swim awards at the Clonea Strand Hotel Leisure Centre. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]

Local Elections - news and views ... Dungarvan / Lismore Electoral Area A FIRST timer from Lismore standing for Sinn Fein, Louise Brierley will have to share the vote with her running mate, Siobhan Whelan from the Dungarvan end of the constituency. Has not had a high profile previously, she will have to work hard to capture her share against other established candidates. The Sinn Fein vote in her home territory of Lismore has been untested until now with no party candidate for the Town Election last time out. In her favour will be the electoral tide which is running in Sinn Fein’s favour nationally.


DESPITE the travails of the Fianna Fail Party going into the last Local Elections, he polled over two thirds of a quota in the First Count and was elected in Count Five. The fortunes of Fianna Fail have further disimproved over the life of the last Council, but with a strong party organisation in the west of the County and a good track record of achievement he will consider a seat a strong possibility. Well known and established, he should be in the Chamber for the first meeting of the new Council. TOM CRONIN (Fianna Fáil)

ANOTHER first timer who is standing on a Non Party ticket. She has promised to maintain the controversial pylon / wind turbine debate, as well as highlighting the neglect of rural Ireland through the closure of Post Offices, Garda Barracks and the withdrawal of services. Unemployment is high on her agenda with the diverting of funds towards the creation of Irish jobs. She opposes the spending of billions on the proposed Eirgrid system and is promoting the change of the Moneypoint generating plant to biomass. May not have enough time to develop a vote base but her MIDI de PAOR-WALSH proposals will be attractive to a large section of the community. (Non-Party)

A PROVEN vote-getter and outgoing Mayor of the County, Damien Geoghegan has a great deal in his favour going in to this election. One of three strong Fine Gael candidates in the Dungarvan area, Damien has also been Mayor of Dungarvan and has one of the highest profiles in the election. He polled almost two quotas in the town in the last election and headed the poll in the Dungarvan Area for the last County Council, Damien must be considered to have one of the best claims on a seat this time out. DAMIEN GEOGHEGAN (Fine Gael)


ANOTHER strong candidate from the old Lismore Electoral area, he has a well established vote base and polled almost three quarters of a quota in the First Count last time out. Should be well capable of getting his share of the strong Fine Gael vote of West Waterford on this occasion again on the basis of his active constituency work and must be considered a strong contender for a seat.


ANOTHER strong and well established Fine Gael candidate in West Waterford, he can rely on a high profile and a strong vote base through his GAA activities and his rural based employment. Elected on the first count last time out with just one vote more than the quota, he will expect to repeat that performance this week especially as he can expect to draw some measure of support from the old Lismore constituency.

PAT NUGENT (Fine Gael) CARRYING the banner for the Labour party in the west of the County for a long time, John will look to retain his seat on the Council this week. He should be a beneficiary of the retirement of the former flag-bearer for the party, Billy Kyne and will look to pick up as a high a percentage of those votes as he can. With only two Labour candidates standing in this constituency, he will feel that he has a strong chance of returning to the Chamber.

NOT a newcomer to the local elections, Seamus has not managed to secure a seat in the Council Chamber in his several attempts previously. Running as a Non-Party candidate, it will be big task to cover the wider areas of the constituency from where he has to garner as much non-party support as possible. In his favour will be the disaffection of a large section of the electorate with the three mainstream parties and he may present a welcome alternative in this volatile situation. SEAMUS O’DONNELL (Non-Party)

ANN-MARIE is one of the three Fianna Fail candidates in this constituency, two of whom are based further west in the County.With first call on the Dungarvan vote, she should poll strongly. Has done an extensive canvass of the areas further West and having worked in Cappoquin for some years, will have established her identity there also. She has also been a very active member of the Dungarvan and West Waterford Chamber and Dungarvan Tidy Towns Committee, as well as in several community and social organisations and enjoys a reputation as ANN-MARIE ROSSITER a good worker for the people. (Fianna Fáil)

A VETERAN of many elections, James Tobin headed the poll in the Lismore Area five years ago and was elected on the Second Count. Consistently active in his constituency and not afraid to voice his views in the Council Chamber, he will feel confident going before the people again. His workrate should transcend some of Fianna Fail’s current ills and it will be no surprise if he takes a seat in the new Council.

JAMES TOBIN (Fianna Fáil)



WELL-KNOWN and popular on the entertainment circuit in Dungarvan and West Waterford, Michael Wright will be depending on the many people who enjoy his entertainment style to support him in the election. However, converting public popularity into votes at the ballot box is not always easy, but his years in Dungarvan Youth Club will be remembered as a time he worked for the community.The question is whether as an Independent candidate, he can capitalise on the disaffection with the mainstream parties. MICHAEL WRIGHT (Non-Party)

EVEN though he was only a short time on Dungarvan Town Council after co-option, Micheal successfully defended his seat for Fine Gael in 2009. Since then, he has enhanced his profile and had a very successful year as Mayor of Dungarvan. A steady voice in the Council Chamber, he is more inclined to the reasoned and logical rather than the impulsive view. He shares the ballot paper with three Fine Gael running mates who are also strong candidates and all face the similar struggle of battling in a bigger constituency with a reduced number of seats.


HAVING been co-opted to the last Dungarvan Town Council on the resignation of Ciara Conway, this is the first occasion on which the long time Labour activist has stood for election. He has been Deputy Mayor in the last year of the Town Council, which has raised his profile accordingly. He is the only candidate in the Dungarvan area for the Labour Party as a result of former Councillor, Billy Kyne’s decision not to contest for his seat again. This should enhance his chances and, with a strong canvass behind him he will hope to return to the Chamber next week.

A NEW face on the ballot paper, Siobhan is sure to harvest a high percentage of the Sinn Fein vote in the Dungarvan area. This amounted to 80% of a quota five years ago and should be further enhanced as a result of Sinn Fein’s rising tide. Siobhan and her team have been working hard on the hustings and the result of that will be evident in the post-election count. In the present climate there should be at least one seat for Sinn Fein in the Western end of the new Council and the strength of the drift towards that party will be a decisive factor.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014


Talking Horses Upcoming Fixtures Sligo – Wednesday, 21st May (First Race 6:00) Clonmel – Thursday, 22nd May (First Race 5:50) Cork – Friday, 23rd May (First Race 5:30) Curragh – Saturday, 24th May (First Race 1:45) Curragh – Sunday, 25th May (First Race 1:45) Ballinrobe – Monday, 26th May (First Race 6:00) Ballinrobe – Tuesday, 27th May (First Race 6:00)

Cailin Annamh impresses at Limerick THE star performance at Limerick on Sunday came in the featured Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Mares Chase with the Jessica Harrington-trained Cailin Annamh stamping herself as a smart prospect by readily seeing off her more experienced opposition. Ridden by Davy Russell, the six-year-old

ran out the authoritative 3½ lengths victor. Elsewhere on the card, Adrian Heskin completed a double, riding the Tom Gibneytrained Circe’s Island to win the Follow Us On Twitter Mares Maiden Hurdle and the Liz Doyle-trained Subtle Ben to win the Supermacs Dooradoyle Beginners Chase.

Hughes and Enright the team in form at Punchestown DESSIE Hughes and Mark Enright were the team to follow at Punchestown on Saturday, with them pairing up to complete a brace that included the featured Brady Family Ham Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Chase with Art Of Logistics. The well-backed six-year-old hit the front

before the final fence and forged on to prevail by two lengths from his old rival Mallowney. Their doubles were completed in the Laois Hire Supporting Kildare GAA Handicap Chase with Knockanarrigan bolting up by an eased-down six lengths.

Johann Strauss off the mark at Dundalk THE Aidan O’Brien-trained Johann Strauss went into Friday evening’s meeting at Dundalk as one of the highest-rated maidens in training, but he emerged from it a maiden no more after getting off the mark in the Dundalk Stadium Racecourse Of The Year Maiden. Joseph O’Brien gave the son of High Chaparral a no-nonsense ride and had 5½ lengths to spare over his nearest pursuer at the line.

The most impressive performance on the card came in the Marshes Shopping Centre Ladies Day Saturday, 12th July Handicap with the Paul Deegan-trained Melanippe bolting up by 6½ lengths under Chris Hayes. He’s Our Music recorded his third win for trainer Pat Flynn and jockey Danny Grant in the opening Champions Restaurant Dundalk Rated Race.

Verrazano makes promising start at Newbury AIDAN O’Brien’s American import Verrazano is considered one of the most intriguing prospects in training and the Grade 1 winner made a promising start to his European career in the Lockinge Stakes at Newbury on Saturday.

While he was no match for the winner Olympic Glory, he shaped really nicely under Joseph O’Brien and will be considered a leading contender for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot next month.

Russell in charge at Kilbeggan THE pick of individual performances on Friday evening’s card at Kilbeggan came courtesy of Davy Russell, with the former Champion Jockey completing an impressive double. He got off the mark in the

Tullamore Maiden Hurdle with the Peter Faheytrained Queen Alphabet stamping herself as a useful mare by securing a comfortable 3¾ lengths success. Just over an hour later

Russell was seen at his very best when coaxing the notoriously tricky Gimli’s Rock to an authoritative six lengths victory for Jessie Harrington in the Follow @KilbegganRaces On Twitter Hurdle.

Maarek back to winning ways at York

Queen Alphabet and Davy Russell win the Tullamore Maiden Hurdle Kilbeggan. [Patrick McCann]

MAAREK has been one of the fairy tale stories of Irish racing in recent seasons and the seven-yearold showed he retains all of his ability by winning the Group 2 Duke Of York Stakes at York on Wednesday. Declan McDonogh gave him a nononsense ride and he got the better of Astaire by ½length, securing his first win since joining his current trainer Evanna McCutcheon.

Leading Light and Joseph O'Brien win the Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes (Group 3) Navan.

[Patrick McCann]

Leading Light makes impressive return at Navan THE Aidan O’Brien-trained Leading Light was the star attraction in a strong renewal of the Group 3 Coolmore Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan on Sunday and the son of Montjeu did not disappoint those that backed him into

even money favouritism. Ridden by Joseph O’Brien, last year’s St Leger winner produced a powerful finishing effort to see off Royal Diamond by three lengths and he looks to be a leading contender for the Ascot

Gold Cup at Royal Ascot next month. The O’Brien’s went on to complete a double courtesy of Leading Light’s full brother John Constable winning the Excelebration Maiden in game style.

Thousand stars prevails in French thriller

Weld continues in electric form at Naas

WILLIE Mullins had a day to remember at Auteuil on Sunday, saddling the remarkable Thousand Stars to win the Prix La Barka. The durable 10-year-old was given an excellent ride by Katie Walsh and showed grit in abundance to grind out a nose victory. It proved to be a particularly lucrative race for Mullins, as he also saddled the third, fifth and seventh runners home.

THE remarkably good form of the Dermot Weld stable has been the story of the flat season thus far and it continued at Naas on Wednesday with the Master of Rosewell teaming up with Pat Smullen to complete a double that included the featured Group 3 Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Blue Wind Stakes with the impressive Tarfasha. The daughter of Teofilo produced a fine turn of foot to quickly settle matters in the straight and eventually came home 3¼ lengths to the good. Their double was completed in the Kill Maiden, with Zafayan grinding out a neck victory.

King stars at Killarney REIGNING Champion Apprentice Connor King was the man to follow on Tuesday’s card at Killarney, with the talented youngster completing a notable double. The pick of his brace came in the featured Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Median Auction Race with him making most of the running on the Willie McCreery-trained Colour Blue and holding on by ½-length. His other win came on the Joe Murphy-trained Daredevil Day in the Live The Dream With Tote Handicap, with him giving the three-year-old a particularly good ride to get up close home and score by ¾-length.

Point-to-Point Fixtures MAY Fri 23rd and Sat. 24th Louth (F) at Tattersalls, Tattersalls Farm, Fairyhouse, Co. Meath. R/H Sat 24th North Kerry (H) at Gortnaskehy, Ballybunion, Co. Kerry. R/H Sun 25th Carbery (F) Clonakilty Inchydoney, Clonakilty, Co. Cork. R/H Sat 31st South Union (F) Kinsale Farrangalway, Kinsale, Co. Cork. L/H JUNE Sun 1st Ormond (F) Southpark, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Tipperary. R/H Sun 1st South Union (F) Kinsale Farrangalway, Kinsale, Co. Cork. L/H Mon 2nd Ormond (F) Southpark, Ballingarry, Roscrea, Tipperary. R/H

Martin doubles up at Tipperary TONY Martin was the star performer at Tipperary on Thursday evening, saddling a double on the card. He opened his account in the Micheal Maher Building And Construction Services Maiden Hurdle, with his recent recruit Cillian’s Return showing his class by recording an impressive 3½ lengths victory under Mark Walsh on what was his hurdling debut. Martin’s double was completed in the second division of the Ryans Cleaning Event Specialists Handicap Hurdle, with him sending out Mydor to prevail by ½-length under Shane Shortall.

Mags Mullins in double form at Killarney MAGS Mullins took centre stage at Killarney on Monday, completing a first and last race double. Her account was opened courtesy of the promising Martello Tower in the Ross Golf Course Maiden Hurdle, with her son Danny Mullins guiding the six-year-old to an authoritative four lengths victory. Her brace was completed in the Killarney Racegoers Club Ladies INH Flat Race, with the Katie Walsh-ridden Ballychorus making all for a 4½ lengths victory. The most valuable race on the card was the McSweeney Arms Hotel Killarney National Handicap Chase and it saw Your Busy run out the four lengths victor for James Nash and David Casey.

Local Elections - news and views ... Household electricity charge to rise to fund wind farms and Eirgrid pylons- Kieran Hartley HOUSEHOLDERS may face a massive hike in their annual standing electricity charge to maintain Eirgrid’s new pylon network, the Comeraghs Againt Pylons action group say in their submission to the Dail Public Accounts Committee alleging huge waste of taxpayers money by EirGrid. The letter has been received and accepted by the Public Accounts Committee and there are “serious concerns" over the contents, said campaigner and Euro South Fianna Fail candidate Kieran Hartley. The group claim that the

Department of Communications and Energy and Eirgrid are wasting taxpayers money and list eight complaints that include concerns about energy emissions, lack of consultation with local communities and the erection of multi-storey pylons. “Communities across the south east of the country are being ignored by the Department and Eirgrid. We are concerned that taxpayers money is being poured into a project that no one wants and puts community health at risk,” said Kieran Hartley. “The enormous cost of

wind power is being passed onto the Irish consumer, already burdened with a raft of new taxes. The PSI Levy of €43 is added to every electricity bill in the country. This is likely to rise as the customer will be called to not only subsidise the wind farms connected to the grid, but also pay for the costs of maintaining the extended grid necessary to connect all of those wind farms, with a potential cost of €2100.00 per household exceeding the cost of water charges,” added Kieran Hartley.

Deputy Paudie Coffey, TD, Cllr. Liam Brazil, Sean Kelly MEP, Cllr. Nora Flynn, Cllr. Mary Greene, Cllr. Brendan Coffey and candidate in Comeragh Area, Sean Power. [Tom Hobbs]

When it comes to disability the buck stops with the state – Cullinane SINN Féin’s David Cullinane has called on the Government to stop engaging in cosmetic antics and pretence. Speaking during the Seanad debate on the provision of the Personal Assistance Service for disabled people, Senator Cullinane said: “Sinn Féin supports the provision of the Personal Assistance Service, the aim of which is to enable disabled people to live full and independent lives. “However, if full participation is the goal, then it is incumbent on the Government to ensure the service is properly

resourced. “The State has failed abysmally when it comes to access to health, education and employment for people with disabilities. “It is now 2014 and the National Disability Strategy is ten years old. “We are entitled to ask what has changed in the intervening period. Unfortunately the answer is not a lot. “The Government parties will defend their record in Government. But when it comes to access to key services life for disabled people is exceptionally tough. “This situation has been

exacerbated by the policies of austerity embraced by the Government. “Disability should not, in and of itself, mean a life of dependency and poverty. “We need to listen to disabled people and take seriously their recommendations when it comes to the policies that have a huge bearing on how they live their lives. “In the final analysis disability is not the problem. “The key issue is the failure of Government to give legislative grounding to a properly resourced and user centred disability policy, where the buck stops with the State.”

Paudie Coffey, TD; Sean Kelly, MEP; Cllr. Declan Doocey, Cllr. Nora Flynn, Cllr. Mary Greene, Mayor Damien Geoghegan and Cllr. Pat Nugent. [Tom Hobbs]

Fine Gael Pre-Election Launch THE Waterford Constituency of Fine Gael held a pre-election launch at Crotty’s recently. Mr. Sean Kelly, MEP was the guest of honour. Cllr. Nora Flynn and Cllr Mary Greene were given presentations on their retirement from the Council. Tom Raine of Tramore Town Council and David Whelan of Lismore Town Council were also

presented with vouchers on their retirement. Orla Russell and John Heneghan of Lismore Town Council were unable to attend. All the councillors who are seeking re-election addressed the gathering and Sean Power the new candidate from Rathgormack was very warm in his praise for Mary Greene. Deputy Paudie Coffey TD thanked the outgoing councillors for

their efforts on behalf of the electorate in the past five years and wished them well in their canvass. Sean Kelly MEP explained the workings of the European Parliament and offered his support to all the candidates present. The evening continued with refreshments and music and it was a very sociable evening which was very much enjoyed by all.

Pratt steps up bus shelter campaign as €1.5m. allocated by Minister Kelly

Ciara Conway, T.D., along with Labour Councillors and local election candidates Ger Barron, Dee Jacques and Jack Walsh visited Mount Congreve Gardens last week to plant a tree in celebration of May Day - or International Workers’ Day. The tree a Ciriodendron Yulipifera was planted by Ciara and the councillors in the presence of Mount Congreve Estate Manager Ray Sinnott, Michael White, Garden Curator and Darren Power who works at Mount Congreve. [Noel Browne]

LOCAL election candidate, Cllr. John Pratt, has welcomed news that €1.5 million has been allocated today (Tuesday) for 40 new bus shelters for rural areas across Ireland. Cllr. Pratt says: “I am glad that my colleague, Minister Alan Kelly, has today allocated €1.5 million for a bus shelter programme that is being targeted at rural areas”. “This is on foot of representations that I made to Minister Kelly in recent months in which I stressed the dire need for funding for bus shelters in places like Tallow, Lismore, Cappoquin, Ballyduff Upper, Villierstown and Aglish,” he said. “On the back of today’s announcement, I will be immediately writing to Minister Kelly asking that these areas be prioritised when decisions are being made as to which locations across Ireland will benefit from the funding. “The issue of bus shelters for rural areas of West Waterford is something which I have been very vocal on throughout the course of my election campaign, and I have been consistently in contact with Minister Kelly’s office on this front. As I have said time and again, Deise Link is being used regularly by our senior citizens with no provision of bus shelters and this needs to be solved. “I want to assure local people that in light of today’s announcement, I will continue to do my utmost to secure funding for these badly-needed bus shelters for our area.”



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Cappoquin Rowing Club

Cappoquin FC Windy Summer’s day on the Lakes of Blessington for Cappoquin Rowers

U-12 GIRLS FINISH LEAGUE CAMPAIGN IN WINNING FORM The U-12 girls final match in this season’s Waterford league was away against Ferrybank on Friday evening last, up to this point the girls had a very successful league campaign and were keen to finish with another victory and were confident despite facing an away fixture to a large city club. Cappoquin started the game strong pushing forward at every opportunity and tested the Ferrybank keeper early on and came very close on a number of occasions to getting the opening goal, the Ferrybank defence was under sever pressure and only for some excellent shot stopping by their keeper they would have been in real trouble, Ferrybank counter attacked but the Cappoquin defence was equal to their efforts, Cappoquin opened the score with a goal from Amy O’Mahony, her first of the season and well deserved as she pushed forward from midfield and was the quickest to react when a loose ball broke from the Ferrybank defence. With the advantage now Cappoquin really pushed forward and only for save after save from the keeper denying Mairead, Aislinn and Claragh the girls could have been 3 of 4 goals up but it was Ferrybank who were to score next with an excellent counter

attack leaving a half time score of 1-1. Cappoquin started the second half again on top with Rachel O’Brien striking the cross bar with a cracking shot early on, her sister Mairead had a number of excellent shots stopped by the on form opposition keeper before eventually she beat her to score Cappoquin’s second. Ferrybank then went all out to chase the game but some excellent defensive work from Ella, Catherine and Jass kept them a bay until a long ball over the top set them up for a strike on goal but a fabulous save from Andrea prevented any danger, the game continued with end to end play and great excitement both keepers again making saves before the game finished 1-2 in favour of the Cappoquin girls, an excellent and well deserved win based on all the girls performance, attitude and work rate on the night and through out the season. Team on the day were as follows, 1. Andrea Hally (Captain), 2. Catherine O’Brien, 3. Ella Ronayne, 4. Jass O’Brien, 5. Amy O’Mahony, 6. Mairead O’Brien, 7. Claragh McCann, 8. Annika O’Brien, 9. Aislinn Cahillane, 10. Alex Hally, 11. Rachel O’Brien, 12. Ailbhe McCann. U-14 GIRLS Cappoquin v. Carrick On Tuesday evening last Cappoquin played Carrick at

home in a Waterford league match, the game started with both teams evenly matched and some good tactical play from both sides but Carrick were the first to score with a goal 20 minutes into the first half, this goal lifted the confidence for Carrick and they had the better of the remainder of the first half and scored a second before half-time despite some great defending by Layla, Sinead, Ella and Ann Marie. The Cappoquin girls started the second half strong and went out to chase the game pushing Caoimhe and Catherine further into their opposition’s half with good effect when Mary Kate Curran broke from midfield with the ball and threaded through a perfect pass for Mairead O’Brien whom rounded a number of Carrick defenders before she delivered an inch perfect cross to Claragh McCann in the centre who made no mistake in striking the ball past the Carrick keeper, things were looking good for Cappoquin as they continued with the lions share of the ball but an unfortunate goal keeper error let Carrick through for a third, despite this the Cappoquin girls showed great character and continued to compete for the game and were rewarded soon after when Mary Kate pulled one back, the last five minutes was all Cappoquin in attack and Claragh came agonisingly close to equal-

ising after an excellent move involving Claire, Mary Kate and Mairead, but time ran out and Carrick held on to their slender lead winning on a score line of 3-2, the Cappoquin girls should be proud of their performance and the character they showed especially after been 2 goals down at half time and coming right back into the game for the second half. Well done girls. 1. Shauna Fraher (captain), 2. Sinead McCann, 3. Ann Marie O’Brien, 4. Ella Ronayne, 5. Laya O’Brien, 6. Caoimhe Aherne, 7. Mary Kate Curran, 8. Dearbhla Ormonde, 9. Claire Murphy, 10. Claragh McCann, 11. Mairead O’Brien, 12. Cathrine O’Brien. USED CLOTHES COLLECTION We are currently getting used clothes together so please clean out your wardrobes in our direction! This is a good fundraiser for us and we really appreciate your support. Drop your used clothes in a bin bag to the club on Wednesday 6.30 to 7.30 p.m. or Thursday 7.00 p.m. to 9.30 p.m. TRAINING SCHEDULE U-18 Girls Monday 7.30 p.m. U-16 Boys Tuesday 7.30 p.m. U-12 & 14 Girls Wednesday 6.30 p.m. U-11 & 13 Boys Thursday 7.00 p.m. Junior Men Thursday 7.30 p.m.

SATURDAY last, a small group of five members travelled to the Blessington lakes, Co. Wicklow to compete in this year’s Dublin Metropolitan regatta. This is the second grand league regatta of this season. It was a lovely summer’s day with temperature’s rising to around 20oC. Rowing conditions were perfect for the early part of the event but gradually became choppy due to nasty easterly winds that blew across the course making it uncomfortable to row. Shane Ahearne was first out on the water, competing in Heat F, Division 2 of the Men’s single scull event under the junior 18B category. Shane got off to a great start, which saw him having the commanding lead from start to finish and qualified for a place in the A final. Around 11:15 a.m. Shane was back

out on the water for the second time to compete in the A final of his event. Winds started to pick up at this time, which was a slight disadvantaged for all participants. Shane rowed very well despite the downturn in water conditions and finished in fourth place out of 38 boats overall in the Men’s Division 2 event and under the junior 18B category, Shane finished in second place out of 18 boats. Shortly after Ciara Hennessy and Emer O’Boyle, took to the rough water to compete in division 1 of the women’s double sculls event under the club 1 category. It was a straight final for the pair. They got off to a bad start, fighting their way against the aggressive winds and crossing the finish line in 5th place. In the afternoon, Lisa Murphy took to the water,

competing in Heat B, division 1 of the women’s single sculls event under the junior 16 category. Lisa had a comfortable row from start to finish and crossed the finish line in 4th place, qualifying for a place in the C final. Lisa was leading the C final and finish in first place by half a length over a Fermoy sculler. Finally, Kiera McLaughlin was next onto the stake boats, competing in Heat C, division 1 of the women’s single sculls event under the junior 18B category. Kiera rowed well, crossing the final line in 4th place and booking a place in the B final where she finished in third place. Well done to all scullers who competed last Saturday. Everyone rowed well despite the high winds. Next Saturday, we are travelling to the Marina in Cork for this year’s Lee regatta.

CARA Community Games Clashmore, An Rinn, Ardmore, including An Sean Phobal COMMUNITY games activities are well under way in our area. It commenced in April with the art and handwriting competitions, CARA had great success. Congratulations to Ben McCluskey who won the u-10 County hand writing, he will represent Waterford in national finals in August. A great result for Molly McCluskey who came second in the u-14 art. Well done to Rachel Flavin who represented CARA in the u-12 county swimming event. CARA’s u-12 girls football team played their first match on Wednesday last against KGK in Knockanore. CARA had a strong win. This team

was put together by Helena Hynes and Fergus Kiernan. Well done to all, the girls gelled together as a team, many different scorers, they showed great team spirit. The team is Saoirse Trihy Cassidy, Laura Buckner, Ella O’Neill, Aileen Hynes, Clara Coughlan, Helen Devine, Megan Keogh, Roisin O’Shea, Bronwyn O’Rourke, Kelly Johnson, Roise Ni Mhuiri, Ellen Wade, Katie Ahern, Rachel Flavin, Yuna Tiennery and Grainne Kiernan. CARA is waiting to play the winners of Lismore v Aglish/Ballinamela in the next round of this competition. CARA community games athletics qualifiers are being

Community Games. Cara girls under 12 football team.

held in Ardmore GAA grounds on Tuesday, 27th of May at 6.30 p.m. All children living in our areas are welcome to compete. Individual events plus relay qualifier sprints at the end of the evening. Many thanks to all involved in community games at area and county level. COMMUNITY GAMES INDOOR SOCCER U-10 BOYS CARA 4; Gaultier 3 Aet CARA will represent Waterford in the U-10 boys indoor Soccer in Limerick on July 5th after a thrilling extratime win against a gallant Gaultier side at the Dungarvan Sports centre last Saturday.

The CARA scorers were Ben Lombard, Shane Coughlan and Callum Barron 2. Panel: Charlie Foley, Peter Buckner, Ben Lombard, Luke Veale, Andrew Hourigan, Bobby Coonan, Shane Coughlan and Callum Barron. BOYS U-13 CARA 2; Knockanore, Glendine, Kilwatermoy 3 The boys u-13 side put up a gallant showing before going out to KGK in the semifinal. Gerry Rearden got the two goals, but on the day the Knockanore boys were just that bit better. Panel: Finn O'Sullivan, Gerry Reardon, Ben Roddy,

Ashley Hennessy, Cian Carey and Fintan Geaney. The Boys U-12 outdoor soccer and U-11 hurling will be up next. The Boys Soccer was due to take place on this Thursday, but it is clashing with the West Waterford School Sports Finals so will have to be refixed for another date next week as finals day will be on May 24th in Ferrybank we think. The Boys/ Girls u-10 football is also to be played but with communion and confirmation it is hard to get a suitable date for this also.

Community Games Indoor Soccer. CARA Boys under 13 team.

Community Games Indoor Soccer. Cara Boys under 10 team.

Local Elections - news and views ... Great news on Déise Greenway €1,100,000 FOR KILMEADEN TO BILBERRY SECTION COUNCILLORS Ger Barron and Jack Walsh along with Labour T.D. Ciara Conway say that news of funding of €1,100,000 for a section of the Deise Greenway is another boost to what could be a jewel in the crown of Waterford’s tourist infrastructure. “Minister Kelly has given us the go-ahead to complete a 10 kilometre stretch between Kilmeaden and Bilberry, at a cost of €1.1 million euro - and given that this has been a pet project of mine for years, I couldn’t be more delighted with the news,” said Cllr Ger Barron. The Councillor in the Comeragh Area went on :“ The news comes hot on the heels of an announcement last month of almost a million euro for the section that stretches from Durrow to Clonea. Having met with Minister Kelly along with my colleague, Ciara Conway on this issue a number of times, it was clear that he was impressed

by the plans for Waterford, so the local Labour team has been keeping the pressure on the Minister at every opportunity and I’d like to thank him for the support.” MOUNT CONGREVE Cllr Jack Walsh also warmly welcomed the project saying “The Kilmeaden Billberry section of the Greenway will take walkers and cyclists close to the City- so it will be a great way for people living here to push the boundaries and explore the countryside, without having to worry about traffic. This 10km stretch features some beautiful scenery – for example the stunning River Suir, with its new bridge, Kilmeaden Castle and Woodstown. I’m particularly pleased that this section of the route has been approved as it passes very close to Mount Congreve. This means that this hidden treasure will be a natural stopping point for walkers and cyclists. In fact, the team at Mount

Congreve, lead by Ray Sinnot has been discussing the prospect of building a platform for the Suir Valley railway there. So this could well be a very exciting tourist offering for Waterford.” Labour T.D. Ciara Conway said “I’m obviously delighted that Minister Kelly has listened to us on this issue and the fact that he’s allocated over 2 million euro already means that the plan to convert the old railway to a walking and cycling route is becoming a reality. This will be a great tourist project – but it also has the capacity to help improve the quality of life and health of our local communities. And it’ll help create and sustain employment too. There’ll be jobs created and supported by the construction phase, and the businesses along the route will obviously benefit from having cyclists and walkers in their area. It’s great news all round!”

DIRECT Democracy Ireland (DDI) is a new party largely made up of ordinary people sick and tired of the corruption and wastefulness in Irish politics. Dr. Janes is standing in the Comeragh area in the local elections, and wants to highlight a real choice for change – Direct Democracy. “You won’t hear about DDI in the national media,” he says, “despite us being a large party which is fast growing, it really seems they don’t want you to know about us. DDI wants to take all the power politicians have and give it away – to share it amongst all the people, as it is in countries like Switzerland. “We want you to be able to SACK bad politicians, to keep them in check, and make sure they work hard- for YOU”. If you’re interested FIND OUT MORE FOR YOURSELF at, or on Facebook as DDI Waterford.

Government targets rural communities with savage LEADER cuts – Tobin FIANNA Fáil Councillor James Tobin has accused the Government of abandoning rural communities following savage cuts to LEADER funding. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government revealed this week that the national cofunding rate for the programme had been set at 39%, well below the 50/50 rate Ministers had promised. Cllr. Tobin said, “These savage cuts are the latest example of this Government’s assault on rural Ireland. Minister Hogan appears to be on a quest to dismantle rural communities by attacking LEADER companies. He’s attempting to take power away from these companies by transferring the funding process from his

Department to local authorities, and is now seriously depleting their resources by dramatically cutting funding for the programme. “The Government has allocated €97 million to add to the €153 million in EU funding set aside from Pillar II funding, that’s a 21% reduction on the current programme and will have a major impact on rural communities across Waterford, especially those that are reliant on the services it provides. Hundreds of villages and towns across County Waterford have benefited from LEADER companies, which have regenerated and revitalised their communities by creating employment and providing local resources.This latest cut to the programme will lead to

harsh reductions and place these development companies under increased pressure. “Cllr. Tobin has major concerns about these brutal cuts, which sees LEADER funding cut by 33% when compared to the previous five year scheme. This is yet another body blow to rural communities reliant on these programmes. The Government has broken yet another promise and reneged on the amount of funding allocated to this essential rural scheme. The crucial role that Pillar II plays in rural Ireland has to be maintained, but the current Minister seems to be on a solo crusade to damage and demean the programme”, concluded Cllr. Tobin.

Promised investment in Waterford hospital urgently needed - Kieran Hartley THE Minister for Health James Reilly must deliver on his overdue promises with immediate funding for a second cardiac unit and the appointment of four cardiac consultants, said south Fianna Fail Euro candidate Kieran Hartley. He has also asked for the promised diabetes consultants and a proper outpatient unit for diabetes. “Minister Reilly’s ongoing snub to the 25,000 people who protested about the

lack of cover for critically ill patients is putting lives at risk and is eroding the regional status of Waterford hospital,” said Kieran Hartley. “Our hospital needs urgent funding of €1.2m. for a second cardiac unit. This would show commitment to the status of the hospital and its future, and result in two cardiology and one diabetes consultants who have made their own commitment to the

Regional Hospital to sign a contract, and allow for the immediate recruitment of two more consultants, “ said Kieran Hartley. “The Minister is clearly trying to undermine the status of the hospital so he can close it, and is using HIQA to do his dirty work. “The failure to replace the 11 consultant posts that have been lost is a clear demonstration of the Government’s lack of commitment to the south east.

The Minister made a clear commitment to provide funding to years ago. “But today, we now have a cardiac service that runs on a 9-5 basis – and is closed at the weekend as stressed at risk cardiac patients are ferried for at least two hours from Waterford city to Cork.We also need more diabetes consultants as part of the promised cardiovascular services” added Kieran Hartley.


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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

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End the neglect and create jobs Says Kieran Hartley

Cllr. John Pratt greets Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O'Sullivan to Dungarvan.

[Paul Daly]

We need to appoint a mental health figurehead – Pratt LABOUR Councillor and election candidate, John Pratt, says there is a need to appoint a well-known figurehead to champion the national mental health movement, in the same way that Gay Byrne promotes road safety with the RSA. A well-known disability campaigner, Cllr Pratt said: “More people die in Ireland as a result of suicide than road deaths, but still, when it comes to raising awareness about mental health issues such as depression and suicide, this sector falls behind badly. “A well-liked public figure, Gay Byrne has done great work as Chair of the Road Safety Authority in

raising awareness of the dangers on our roads, and his work has definitely helped to reduce the number of road fatalities in recent times. “I think the mental health sector needs to do something similar and appoint a well-known name to hold the baton for mental health. This person could front a public awareness campaign aimed at promoting positive mental health, and actively work at reducing the rate of suicides. “I would envisage that this person would come from the sporting or cultural world, and who has the ability to connect with

people because they have publicly spoken about their own struggles with mental health in the past – someone like Conor Cusack, or Bressie. “I am writing to the Minister for Health James Reilly, and to my colleague, Kathleen Lynch, who has responsibility for mental health, to outline my proposal to them. I think it is a simple but strong idea that would do much to tackle the scourge of depression and suicide across our country, and would help communicate the message to vulnerable people that there is help and support out there.”

Get out and vote! – Clune AS we enter the few days of the local election campaign, the Sinn Féin candidate for the Comeragh Electoral Area Declan Clune has called on the public to get out and use their vote on Friday, May 23rd.The voter turn-out for local elections is declining with a turn-out of just 60% in the Comeragh area in 2009. Mr. Clune believes the election provides people with an opportunity to show their opinion on how the country is being run and deliver their verdict on it. He stated: "This election, like every other, provides people with the chance to have their voice heard through the ballot box. If the same people vote in the same way there will be no change to the status quo which exists in our Council. At the moment the same parties of Government control County & City Councils and this leads to the cosy

consensus which exists. As decisions are taken at national level at the moment, they are only rub-

Declan Clune ber stamped at Council level. There is a chronic shortage of funding at local level caused by this Government and this is accepted without question across the Council." He added: "If people are unhappy about this situation their vote is their voice.

People were bullied into paying a property tax under false pretences by Labour and Fine Gael only to see it being used to fund the installation of water meters and not used to invest in local areas as originally promised. People will soon be charged for the basic privilege of water. Vulnerable people are losing their medical cards. Many are waiting too long for social housing. People are living in ghost estates and being crucified with huge mortgages and negative equity. People are losing their services in rural areas, such as Garda Stations and possibly Post Offices in the near future. People are having their pensions cut. Many are on long waiting lists for access to basic health care. Is this really good enough? This election provides you with your chance to have your voice heard. Please use it."

“IRELAND South has been abandoned by the Government and the EU and my priority will be to reverse that neglect,” said Kieran Hartley, Fianna Fáil Ireland South candidate. “I want to protect jobs and see the creation of new ones. I will be an uncompromising voice in the drive to grow employment in Ireland. Employment is the key to our economic success, whether that is through foreign direct investment or kickstarting our economy – and European support is vital for our future,” said Kieran Hartley. “Our region needs someone who knows the local issues and problems. I understand the strain that the past few years have placed on hard working families, through running a family

business and as a father of two young children. I want to bring the real issues that affect people’s everyday lives to the highest level. “I have been one of the leading campaigners against the Eirgrid plans to build unnecessary pylons and industrial-scale wind farms across the South East – and I will bring that campaigning fervour to Brussels on your behalf on your issues. “I want people to vote for me because that is a vote for the South East. My colleague Brian Crowley, has been and will continue to be, a great servant for this region, but the changes to our constituency boundaries mean that the counties of Wicklow,Wexford, Carlow, Kilkenny, Tipperary and Waterford may be underrepresented

due to the large number of Cork and Kerry candidates. “We are seeing our communities slowly bleeding to death; rural post offices are under threat, our Garda stations are being closed and our small schools are struggling due to cut backs and increases in pupil-teacher ratios. “I will be seeking maximum EU funding to support job creation, research and development, our education system, our health service, farming and fisheries,” said Hartley. “We need a strong and uncompromising voice in Europe to make it clear to Brussels that we won’t take any more austerity, we need investment to kick start our local economies,” said Kieran Hartley.

Sheehan tells Minister “Regeneration needed for Cathal Brugha” DEPUTY Mayor of Dungarvan, Nicky Sheehan, has told the Housing Minister, Jan O’Sullivan that the Cathal Brugha estate in Dungarvan should be a priority for Social Regeneration. Cllr. Sheehan met with Minister O’Sullivan during her recent visit to Dungarvan. “I work closely with the residents in Cathal Brugha in Dungarvan, and passionately believe that we should be doing everything we can to help the community there with the challenges they face,” said Labour’s Nicky Sheehan. “Minister Jan O’Sullivan is very aware of what’s needed, and I was delighted that she took time to walk around the estate to meet with locals and spend time talking to them. She explained that she’s seen the benefits of Social Regeneration first-hand, having worked closely with communities in Limerick, her own constituency.

I’ve urged the Minster to support a social regeneration initiative project for Dungarvan.There are about 50 houses in Cathal Brugha, some of which are in very poor repair. But this is not just about infrastructure. What we want to see here is a service-led recovery for the area. It’s a longterm strategy that would involve working closely with the local community and getting the residents on board, along with the Council and other agencies and groups – such as the Sports Partnership,Traveller groups, the Gardai and Children’s Services Committee and so on. This would be a long-term project, and it’s important that it’s done right, with a community focus and all the necessary supporting services. The Council recognises the need for this project and if re-elected I will be doing everything I can to support such a scheme.

I’d like to thank Minister Jan O’Sullivan for taking the time to visit the estate during her engagements in Dungarvan. This was the first time that a Government Minister has ever set foot in Cathal Brugha. Her support shows

that we in Labour we want to help people in their communities, and I’m convinced that social regeneration is the what is needed to help improve life for people living in Cathal Brugha,” concluded Cllr. Nicky Sheehan.

Deputy Mayor of Dungarvan Cllr. Nicky Sheehan welcomes Minister for Housing and Planning Jan O'Sullivan to Dungarvan. [Paul Daly]

Positive reaction for Dermot Kirwan DERMOT Kirwan Independent Candidate in the Comeragh Electoral Area asks everyone to use their vote on Friday to send a message to the government enough is enough. While out canvassing he has got a great reaction for being a true Independent Candidate. It seems the party

Candidates are trying to portray themselves as Independent Candidates’ also as their party logos get smaller and smaller on their posters & literature.There is a real sense of frustration with the big parties not listening to people’s concerns on the ground. The pylons of course being one of these and a real fear is that once

the election is over and in the height of holiday time, the Dail in the middle of summer recess, Eirgrid will announce the route through Waterford and proceed to planning. This would make it extremely hard to stop the project with Bord Pleanala ex chairman now in charge of Eirgrid.

Other issues being raised are of course are water metres and stealth taxes like the recent €1.20 Carbon Tax on a bag of coal. Dermot asks that everyone to use their hard won democratic right to vote and put a loud Independent voice at the new Waterford Council for the Comeragh area.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Local Elections - news and views ... Ask not what your Councillor can do for you … but what your Councillor can do for your county! THE clocking is rapidly winding down on Election 2014 as we catch up with one candidate who has certainly taken the campaign both by storm and by surprise. Michael Wright, better known in the guise of his DJ/entertainer alter ego, the Madhatter, takes time out from canvassing to bring us up to date on news from the hustings. “Everything is still going great with the campaign. As polling day gets closer people are getting more interested. It’s getting harder to get to everyone because people are so anxious to stop and talk about the issues they’re facing. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for the great welcome they’ve given me. God forbid I don’t get elected it will still have been worthwhile because I’ve got to meet so many people and I’m fit as a fiddle from all the walking!” Delving deeper we ask what issues are being raised on the doorsteps. “There’s a variety of issues, a lot of them are hangovers from the bust.There are a lot of people putting up with unfinished housing estates with problems like grass not being cut, waste ground left badly fenced, drains too high for water to run into them, unfinished footpaths and roads, lack of signposts, and other problems like that. In rural and urban areas people are fed up with things like potholes and water supply issues.These are all problems that shouldn’t be beyond us in this day and age with people paying more and more taxes.” The candidate is quick to counteract the notion that he is going around collecting a shopping list of grievances. “Considering the amount of problems that people are reporting they’re actually very patient and realistic. There’s no-one looking for quick fixes. People are actually telling me they’d rather not have people calling to their door making promises on the spur of the moment that they probably won’t be able to keep. I’d rather underpromise and over-deliver. So I’m very straight with people. I don’t go promising them the sun, moon and stars to get their vote and I think they respect that. People have had enough of being hoodwinked by false promises and they just want someone to talk to who doesn’t have to defend a political party’s so called tough decisions. We usually end up agreeing that it’s like a bad joke that the people making the tough decisions, whether it be about medical cards or whatever, are never the ones who have to suffer the consequences.” Is it the case then that national issues are cropping up on the

campaign trail? “It’s a mixture of both to be honest.We usually start off talking about local things but nearly always end up talking about national issues because people want to vent their anger and they feel that they’re being fobbed off by the political parties. I think that the amalgamation of the city and county council has given people a chance to think about what they want out of their Councillors. Helping with things like potholes is important and rightly so, but it’s not all about getting small jobs done like a glorified boba-job. It’s about the bigger picture too, like how can councillors make sure that the west of the county gets a fair crack of the whip while making sure that the city end prospers too so that it can attract new employers that are attracted to bigger towns and cities like Limerick and Galway. I think people are fed up of parish pump politics where they feel beholden to a Councillor for getting something done that should be done by the council by right anyway. Especially with people after paying their household charge and their local property tax they’re telling me that the day is gone when they should feel like they owe a councillor their vote to fix something that they’ve already paid for; I agree with them. I’m more than happy to intercede with people to get grass cut and things like that, which I’ve done without looking for credit, or fanfare or a picture of me in the paper pointing at a lawnmower.” “People also want their Councillors leaving the distracting and pointless politics to one side and getting down to the nitty-gritty of what they can do preserve and improve services, and to make the county more attractive for job creation. That’s why I think the new council should come together to pressure the TDs and Senators to work together and approach ministers and the IDA with a united front to get new jobs in the same way as other places like Limerick, Galway and Cork, who just happen to have a minister fighting their corner.” We’ll leave the last word to the candidate, “at the end of the day people want someone who is in tune with them, someone who doesn’t talk down to them, someone who doesn’t get bogged down in party politics, someone who isn’t afraid to speak up and is independent, and someone who is positive and energetic. I think I tick all those boxes. Hopefully enough people will agree with me and will tick my box on the ballot paper.”

Minister Jan O’Sullivan visits Dungarvan THE Minister of State with responsibility for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan paid a visit to Dungarvan last week where she discussed a number of housing projects with the Council as well as taking the time to visit Cathal Brugha Estate and view work that’s underway at the site of the old Ormonde Cinema. Minister O’Sullivan was invited to Dungarvan by Ciara Conway T.D. and was joined by Cllrs Nicky Sheehan and John Pratt as she toured Dungarvan. At the County Council offices the Minister discussed current and future projects with Michael Quinn, Director of Housing Community and Culture at Waterford City and County Council and Sullivan SEO Housing Waterford City and County. Afterward she took time to visit the site of the old Ormond Cinema, a project that received funding of over €1.5 million from Minister O’Sullivan’s department, allowing the Councils to develop 15 new social housing units. Minister O’Sullivan also


VOTE No.1 Madhatter MICHAEL

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“Make your vote matter, Vote for the Hatter!” I live in Dungarvan with my wife Teresa. We have 3 grown-up children and 1 grandchild. I have been employed by Waterford County Council as an operator for 35 years so I know how local authorities work. You might know me better as the DJ, The Madhatter, whether from weddings and other functions, or from helping charities and other organisations with their fundraising, ranging from youth development to caring for the elderly, all of which has allowed me to get to know people throughout Waterford. It has also convinced me that more should be done to support and fund the organisations that provide much-needed services in our communities so that they can continue their good work. I have always been very interested in politics and in my local community, now more than ever. If you don’t follow politics day-to-day you might not know that the local authorities in Waterford are being amalgamated and the Town Councils are being abolished. Some people might feel that this has no relevance to their daily lives. But this major overhaul of our local authorities presents challenges and opportunities that require a strong, positive and independent voice to represent the views of ordinary people around Waterford, to make sure that our end of the county doesn’t get left behind. Services provided by the Council will need to be protected and enhanced. And Councillors will have to work together like never before to promote Waterford and to co-operate on a wide range of new issues, from fighting pylons to property tax. I am running for election on Friday, May 23rd, and I am looking for support from people in the Dungarvan, Ring, Ardmore, Cappoquin, Lismore and Tallow areas, and everywhere in between in the west of the county. If you vote for me you can rely on me to work hard across party lines for community and social facilities, to promote economic development across Waterford, and to represent you with my trademark energy, enthusiasm, positivity and independence. Whether you’re disenchanted with party politics or just want to give a new voice a say, I’m your man.

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A warm welcome for Minister Jan O'Sullivan from the residents of Cathal Brugha Estate in Dungarvan. found time for a walk around the Cathal Brugha Estate which has been earmarked for social regeneration.

While there she had the opportunity to meet and speak with some of the residents. Ciara Conway T.D. thanked the Minister for

taking time to visit Dungarvan, to see firsthand the work that’s underway and the proposals for the future.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Local Elections - news and views ...

Twenty new jobs for Gaeltacht area 20 post nua don Ghaeltacht A NEW chocolate factory to be built in Old Parish, Ring, will bring 20 new jobs to the area said Seamus O’Donnell, an Independent candidate in the forthcoming Local Elections. Waterford County Council previously granted planning permission for the 800 square metre factory at Barra na Stuac, An Sean Phobal. The factory, which will manufacture chocolate using milk produced in Ireland, is being set up by local couple, Jack and Marian Burke, and is grant aided by Údarás na Gaeltachta. Mr. O’Donnell welcomed the announcement, saying the projected 20 jobs will be a great boost to the local economy.

Mr. O’Donnell has worked closely with the Burkes over the past three years to bring the project to fruition. “The factory was going to be located in Waterford, but I persuaded the owners to situate the factory in Old Parish, Ring,” said Mr. O’Donnell. “We worked on it and I was able to get the factory to be sited in Old Parish,” he added. It is hoped to commence construction in the immediate future and this phase will also generate a number of badly needed local jobs in the area of construction. The factory premises will be situated on the Údarás na Gaeltachta site

in An Sean Phobal. Mr. O’Donnell says this site was purchased by Údarás na Gaeltachta in the 1990s and despite many efforts in the intervening years, only one factory premises was built on the site until now. Mr. O’Donnell is glad to announce that the new chocolate factory is scheduled to commence production in December of this year. “Is mór an chabhair í don phobal áitiúil a leithéid seo de fhorbairt agus infheistíocht sa cheantar,” a deir Séamus Ó Donnell. “Buíochas do gach éinne a chabharaigh leis an tionscanamh seo a thabhairt chun críche.”

Seamus O’Donnell, an Independent candidate in the forthcoming Local Elections pictured with local couple, Jack and Marian Burke at the announcement of a new chocolate factory for Old Parish.

Mayor Geoghegan makes final campaign push for support

Sinn Fein's Gerry Adams pictured during a walk around the town centre in Dungarvan last week. Included are Cllr. Brendan Mansfield, Senator David Cullinane, and local election candidates Louise Brierley and Siobhán Whelan. Inset: Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams, TD, making a presentation to Brendan Mansfield, who recently retired from Waterford County Council. Also included is Senator David Cullinane.

Brierley calls for increased water safety awareness FORTY children have tragically drowned in Irish water during the last 10 years. Many of these have occurred in rivers and reservoirs. We are fortunate to live beside the beautiful Bride and Blackwater rivers but we must do everything we can to keep our children safe through education resources which are available to us. I’m delighted to help and support an initiative endorsed by the Irish coast Guard in conjunction

with Irish Water Safety to reach all schools and community groups who wish to partake in a programme to teach children how to be safe this summer. Extra equipment such as Ringbuoys will also be made available for any areas which need them from Ballyduff to Lismore, Cappoquin, Villierstown and all the way to the sea at Youghal as well as the areas along the Bride from Tallow to Camphire Bridge.

Sinn Féin candidate Louise Brierley with Jim Griffin, the Irish Coast Guard Area Officer for Dunmore East.

IN an interview with the Dungarvan Observer this week, as the Local Election Campaign comes to a close, Mayor Damien Geoghegan (FG) gave his thoughts on the upcoming Local Elections and campaign he has been fighting for the past number of weeks. He said that the Local Elections, to be held this Friday, 23rd May, will be the most important Local Elections for many years. “The political landscape, particularly here in West Waterford, is changing due to the fact that Dungarvan Town Council and Lismore Town Council will no longer be in existence following the Local Elections,” said Mayor Geoghegan. “My view is that it is essential that the electorate vote to elect Councillors who will be both strong advocates for Dungarvan/Lismore and the wider West Waterford area. “It is essential that the electorate send the best eight, as they see it, to represent us in the new Waterford County and City Council. “I believe my record shows that I have always been a strong influential

Mayor Damien Geoghegan (FG). voice in the Council Chamber and I sincerely hope this is recognised on polling day. “I believe Dungarvan as a town and West Waterford has made progress over the past number of years, but I believe the best is yet to come. “It will be really important that whoever the eight are who are lucky enough to be elected for Dungarvan / Lismore, will work closely as a unit, leave politics aside, and deliver for our constituents. That is the challenge for the next five years for whoever is elected. “I certainly feel I have the energy, influence, commitment allied with a strong

work ethic in order to continue to work hard and promote and deliver for the West of the County.” Mayor Geoghegan went on to thank the electorate for the courtesy show to him as he canvassed over the past number of weeks. He declared it was his intention to continue campaigning, meeting and engaging with the electorate right up until polling day. “But the reality is that my re-election campaign began five years ago, when I left the count centre following my re-election and I believe my record of achievement and hard work since then will be recognised by the public,” said Mayor Geoghegan. In relation to the representational side of things, Mayor Geoghegan said he hoped he fulfilled the role as Mayor of the County to his full potential. Mayor Geoghegan also put on record his appreciation of the support he received from all the different communities, groups, clubs and societies he interacted with and visited during his tenure as Mayor of County Waterford over the past year.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

In the Courts …

Dungarvan District Court ADDRESSES - Addresses in Court stories are given to us by the Courts Service, who in turn receive them from the Gardaí. Any error in an address, where the address of the defendant is not updated, rests solely with the system and the address cannot be changed by the Dungarvan Observer.


Youths involved in sex assault case adjourned for one year TWO County Waterford youths convicted of sexual assault on a female had their case adjourned for a year to be monitored by the Probation Service. Both youths, one of whom is underage, were convicted at a previous sitting of the District Court, of sex assault on the female in a County Waterford town on a date in July, 2011. At last week’s juvenile sitting of Dungarvan District Court, Probation reports were available on both accused. Solicitor for the accused, David Burke, said the reports were detailed and there was special reference to the underage youth’s “total lack of understanding and the seriousness of the offences”.

“He is an inoffensive young man and never behaved aggressively,” said Mr. Burke. He said the youth does not have any previous convictions and is dedicated to sport. “His behaviour towards the girl was unwarranted and he accepts that. A conviction of this nature would leave a stain on his character,” said Mr. Burke, who requested the court adjourn the case to monitor his behaviour. In relation to the second accused, who is aged over 18 now, Mr. Burke said his client has a better understanding of the seriousness of the matter. “My client did express remorse. He does have a lack of education, but now he has come through this

process, he understands it was total inappropriate,” said Mr. Burke. “There has been no further incident since, and he is involved in sports training.” Mr. Burke said his client is engaged to be married. Judge Finn said both accused forced themselves on the female. “These young men did not seem to appreciate that what they attempted to do - impose themselves upon this girl was wrong from the word go,” said Judge Finn. He noted that one of the accused is engaged and involved in a courtship with a female. Judge Finn said both youths needed to realise that they have their lives ahead of them and any formal conviction would go

against them in future. Adjourning the case for one year, Judge Finn sought a Probation report for that date. He also directed that both youths attend a sex education course which will highlight the do’s and don’ts and how to approach / engage with young ladies and that “no” means “no”. “If they come back next year and demonstrate their understanding of the course, and there is no further offending, the court may likely close the book without a formal record being imposed,” he said. “No promises,” Judge Finn added. He adjourned the case to 14th May, 2015.

One more chance for youth to pay compensation for criminal damage at car park A DUNGARVAN man who was supposed to be saving €25 a week to go towards €1,900 worth of damage he caused a parking barrier and car, was given one more chance to come up with compensation. Cory J. Connors (19) with an address at 1 George’s Court, Dungarvan, had pleaded guilty at a previous sitting of the District Court to two charges of criminal damage at Dungarvan Shopping Centre on 17th March, 2013.

Connors was brought before last week’s Dungarvan District Court, on foot of a bench warrant for failing to appear at a previous sitting of the District Court, to answer a charge of theft of €10 worth of ice-cream from Gordon’s Shop, Clonea Strand, Dungarvan, on 28th May, 2013. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Connors pleaded guilty to the theft of the icecream. Other charges against

Connors included using threatening, abusive behaviour and language in a public place and being intoxicated in public, at George’s Court, Dungarvan, on 17th March, 2013; not having a dog licence and not having an English Bull Terrier dog muzzled in public (as required by the Control of Dogs Act), at Grattan Square, Dungarvan, on 27th January, 2013. Solicitor, David Burke, told Judge Terence Finn that his client

has €100 compensation in court for the damage caused at Dungarvan Shopping Centre car park. He said Connors would welcome further time to put more compensation together. Mr. Burke explained that his client was not in court on the last date to face the charge of theft of ice-cream, because his child was ill and had been taken to hospital in Dublin. “My client receives only €100

Man to compensate neighbour after damaging door A DUNGARVAN man who damaged a neighbour’s door with an implement, causing €500 worth of damage, had his case adjourned for five months to come up with compensation. John O’Regan (56) with an address at 12 St. Bridget’s Well, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty to criminal damage at 3 The Beeches, Dungarvan, on 29th May, 2013. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn that Gardaí received a report of criminal damage at 3 The Beeches, Dungarvan, on the date in question. “The accused was witnessed going to the front door of the dwelling and

strike the door using an implement,” said Supt. Leacy. “€500 worth of damage was caused. The accused admitted the damage when questioned.” Solicitor David Burke told the court that his client claimed an individual living at the address in The Beeches was aggravating and hassling him at his home in St. Bridget’s Well. “My client went to the house to speak with this individual, rather than go to the Gardaí with the complaint,” explained Mr. Burke. Judge Finn questioned if O’Regan feared for his safety that he had to bring an implement with him. “He is mature enough to have better sense,” said

Judge Finn. “What has he done about the damage he caused to the door?” Mr. Burke said his client made a full admission to causing the damage, but did not have compensation. Judge Finn said a probation report on the accused, in relation to other matters, “was not glowing”. He noted that the criminal damage incident was nearly 50 weeks ago. “At €5.00 a week, he would be half way there with the compensation,” said Judge Finn. Mr. Burke said a lot of damage has been caused to O’Regan’s premises over the past while. Judge Finn said it was a matter for the Gardaí. “My client did report the damage to the Gardaí, but

he ended up having to pay for it himself,” Mr. Burke pointed out. “My client feels strongly about this,” he said. Judge Finn queried if the accused wanted to nurse his strong feelings in prison? “No,” replied Mr. Burke. “Then he needs to move on,” replied Judge Finn. He adjourned the case to later in the court list for a compensation proposal from the accused. Later that day, Mr. Burke said his client’s mind “is now focused”. “He is willing to come up with compensation if given time,” Mr. Burke said. Judge Finn adjourned the case to 8th October, 2014, to allow the accused to gather compensation.

unemployment benefit. He lives with his father and contributes €50 a week to the home,” Mr. Burke said. Judge Finn pointed out that Connors gave an undertaking to the court last February that he would save €25 a week to go towards compensation for the criminal damage caused at the shopping centre car park. “He is well short of what he should have accumulated,” Judge Finn commented.

Mr. Burke said the ill child resulted in a level of spend his client did not expect, which meant he did not have the amount of compensation which was expected by the court. Mr. Burke said the child is well and at home now with its mother. Judge Finn adjourned all the charges to 24th September, 2014, to allow Connors to resume saving the €25 a week for compensation.

Theft charges adjourned to allow accused to pay compensation A MAN who faces a number of theft charges had his case adjourned for payment of compensation. Kevin Bray (28) with an address at 15 Marquis Drive, Dungarvan, was convicted at a previous sitting of the District Court, of four charges of theft - theft from Eurospar, Abbeyside, on 9th June, 2013; theft from Paddy Powers, Crossbridge Street, Dungarvan, on 3rd July, 2013; and two charges of theft from Dunnes Stores on 2nd March, and 7th July, 2013. He also faces the imposition of penalty in relation to four counts of being intoxicated in

public, at Mill Street, Cappoquin, on 10th July, 2013, at Lidl, Shandon, on 7th June, 2013, at Linear Park, Shandon, Dungarvan, on 6th June, 2013, and at St. Bridget’s Terrace, Dungarvan, on 2nd March, 2013. Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn at last week’s Dungarvan District Court that Bray has 15 previous convictions. Solicitor, David Burke said a report on his client “gives some glimmer of hope”. “My client says he is off the alcohol. He is keeping his head down and not come to any Garda attention in the

past couple of weeks,” said Mr. Burke. “He is engaging with the Probation Services. While his offending is high, I would suggest that it is not the most serious,” said Mr. Burke. “He gets drunk and does stupid things.” Judge Finn questioned the matter of compensation. Mr. Burke said his client would welcome an opportunity to put €120 in total compensation together for the theft matters. He said Bray was the father of a young child. Judge Finn adjourned all the charges to 25th June, 2014.



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Men described as ‘showboating’ are fined for public order offence TWO Dungarvan men who were “squaring up to each other” were fined last week for a public order offence. Kevin Duggan (31) with an address at 51 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, and John Ross O’Grady (30) with an address at 7 Lismore Avenue, Dungarvan, both pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive behaviour and language in a public place, at Lismore Avenue, Dungarvan, on 3rd October, 2013. Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn at last week’s Dungarvan District Court that Gardaí attended the housing estate in question in relation to an incident. “While attempting to restore order, Gardaí observed Kevin Duggan walk up to John O’Grady in an aggressive manner. John O’Grady responded in a similar manner and said he would fight Kevin Duggan anytime in Dungarvan,” said Supt. Leacy. “A Garda Sergeant pushed the two men apart to calm the situation.” Both men have previous convictions. Solicitor David Burke, acting for Duggan, said there was no striking or punches in the incident. “It was more of posturing and words between the two parties,” said Mr. Burke. “They live quite close to each other and

there has been no further incidents since.” Judge Finn said the incident could be described as “Showboating”. Concurring, Mr. Burke said his clients left the location when told to do so by Gardaí. “Was there something they wanted to get off their chests?” questioned Judge Finn. “Whatever it was, they got over it,” Mr. Burke replied. He said his client is the father of four children. Solicitor Martin Lavan, acting for O’Grady, said the incident between the two men was “bluster”. “My client was set upon by the other man and he reacted inappropriately,” said Mr. Lavan. He said his client is the father of two children. “He is unemployed, but has been progressing his education.” Supt. Leacy confirmed that there has been no further trouble since this incident. Judge Finn directed the men to approach each other in court and shake hands, which they did. He said that both men were equally culpable in the ‘showboating’ incident and fined them €300 each.

Probation for woman who stole children’s boots A WOMAN who stole children’s boots from a supermarket was given Probation Against Offenders Act. Sharon Moroney (25) with an address at 2 Hillview Drive, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty to theft from Dunnes Stores, Dungarvan, on 30th November, 2013. Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn at last week’s

Dungarvan District Court that the accused entered Dunnes Stores and took a pair of children’s boots, valued at €25. The accused has previous convictions, but none for theft. Solicitor Martin Lavan said the boots were for his client’s child. “She is ashamed how this transpired,” said Mr. Lavan. “She was in a bad place,

Drugs charge struck out A KILMACTHOMAS man who made a donation to the court poor box had a drugs possession charge struck out. Declan McGrath (25) with an address at 6 Hillview, Kilmacthomas, pleaded guilty at a previous sitting of the District Court, to possession of cannabis for his own personal use, contrary to Section 3 of the Misuse of Drugs Act, at 6 Hillview, Kilmacthomas, on 3rd October, 2013. The case was adjourned to allow the accused gather a €250 donation for the court poor box. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Judge Terence Finn was told that the donation has been paid and the accused has not come to any further Garda attention. Judge Finn struck out the drugs possession charge.

physically and mentally, at the time. “My client offered the boots back to Dunnes Stores, but they would not accept them because they had been worn.” He said Moroney has the €25 compensation in court. Judge Finn applied Section one (2) of Probation Against Offenders Act.

Bench warrant issued for arrest of accused A LEMYBRIEN man who failed to appear in court last week had a bench warrant issued for his arrest. Patrick Veale (21) with an address at Glendalligan, Lemybrien, failed to appear at last week’s sitting of Dungarvan District Court to answer charges of alleged theft from: 6 Tournore Court, 40 Tournore Court, 21 Glendine Drive, Seapark and 22 White Strand, Abbeyside, Dungarvan, all on 15th June, 2013; and a charge of alleged burglary at Sip n Surf, Davitts Quay, Dungarvan, on 16th June, 2013. There was no valid reason for the accused’s absence and Judge Terence Finn issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

Members of Waterford Comhairle na nOg pictured before they set off for the Darkness into Light Walk in Dungarvan.

[Dan McGrath]

Disorderly conduct results in fine for Dungarvan man A DUNGARVAN man who pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct was fined last week. Michael Nagle (30) with an address at 2 Spring Marquis, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, contrary to Section 5 of the Public Order Act, at Fitzgerald Terrace, Dungarvan, on 26th May, 2013.

At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn that Gardaí were called to Fitzgerald Terrace, Dungarvan on the night in question. “There were ‘words’ spoken between the accused and his partner,” said Supt. Leacy. He said that the accused

did leave the scene, and a fixed charge notice for the offence was never paid. The court heard that Nagle has ten previous convictions. Solicitor David Burke said his client has not come to any trouble since and has applied for a FÁS course. “He has learned a valuable lesson,” said Mr. Burke.

“It was a quasi-domestic incident and a few words were exchanged. “There was a bit of drink taken on the night,” said Mr. Burke. “The parties are reunited and are happy now. “My client apologises unreservedly,” Mr. Burke added. Judge Finn handed down a €200 fine.

Shop window damaged during public row A BONMAHON man who caused damage to a shop window was fined for a public order offence. Robert Power (23) with an address at Kildwan, Bonmahon, pleaded guilty to criminal damage and being intoxicated in public, at Main Street, Kilmacthomas, on 18th August, 2013. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, Superintendent Michael Leacy told Judge Terence Finn that Gardaí received a report of a smashed

window at The Sunflower Shop on Main Street, Kilmacthomas. “The accused was identified and arrested,” said Supt. Leacy. “He was extremely drunk at the time, and admitted the offence. “He immediately paid compensation to the shop. “He has no previous convictions and was co-operative. He has not come to any further Garda attention,” added Supt. Leacy.

Solicitor David Burke said his client was out with his father on the night in question. “He had too much alcohol taken and there was a falling out,” said Mr. Burke. “My client works at a callcentre.” For the charge of being drunk in public, Judge Finn handed down a €250 fine. The charge of criminal damage was marked proven and taken into consideration.

One year probation for burglary of Dungarvan retail shop A MAN who admitted burgling a Dungarvan retail shop was given 12 months probation last week. Christopher Fraher (19) with an address at 49 Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, pleaded guilty at a previous sitting of the District Court,

to burglary at Ben O’Neill’s Shop, 19 O’Connell Street, Dungarvan, on 5th March, 2013. The case had been adjourned for a probation report on the accused. At last week’s Dungarvan District Court, solicitor

David Burke said his client has not been in trouble since this incident. “He has changed his lifestyle,” said Mr. Burke. “He is not hanging around town late at night and causing problems for the Gardaí,” he said.

“My client engaged fully with the Probation Services,” Mr. Burke added. Judge Terence Finn said he abide by the recommendations of the Probation Service and place Fraher on a 12 month probation bond.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014


The Newsreader THE WEEK THAT WAS IN IT . . .

Pylon plans hit Government THERE is little question that those who oppose the building of the so-called 'super-highway' of giant metal pylons across the countryside are making an impact. Certainly, they were able to influence the Government to defer any action or further promotion of the plan until after the local and European Elections have passed. It is probable that the result of those elections, as well as the two By-Elections will further bring home to the Government the anger of the people, not just about pylons – which is a big grudge – but also against the overall political thrust of our government parties. Pat Rabbitte was quite shocked

by what he found out on the doorsteps last week and suddenly realised the depth of public anger at government policies across a wide range of issues. Now, according to the Irish Independent, the Government is facing a revolt from its own county councillors if controversial pylon plans are given the green light. The report says that Fine Gael grassroots have warned Taoiseach Enda Kenny that post-election plans to kick-start the EirGrid projects will be faced down by his own party grassroots. The pylon plans were put on the back burner earlier this year and have not been a big issue in

the local and European election campaigns. But opponents fear the EirGrid proposals will gather new impetus once the elections are over. If, as expected, Fine Gael will do poorly at the polls and Labour will receive a real kicking, then controversial plans like the windfarms and the super-pylons across the country will be revisited. It is difficult to see anything but tears for the Government parties after the weekend, but no doubt they will cover their abandonment of the people of this country by the excuse that what was done was ‘in the public interest’. Let’s just wait and see.

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The problem of homelessness A COUNTRY which cannot look after its homeless, its sick and its less well off and which presides over a society where the underprivileged become more numerous daily is hardly worthy of its name. The much anticipated ‘real poll’ which politicians like to quote when opinion polls are unfavourable, is almost upon us and upon them and the results next Saturday in the local, European and By-Election polls will be very interesting indeed. A government which comprises two parties, one of which was founded to look after the homeless, the poor and the underprivileged and the other which briefly basked in the glory of ‘The Just Society’ and which neglects our underprivileged is not fit for purpose in the Ireland of today. The long-time campaigner for the homeless in Dublin, Fr. Peter McVerry sounded a note of warning this week when he said that the present "tsunami of homelessness" is the worst he has ever seen. According to the Irish Independent this week, he said that in his 40 years working with homeless people in Dublin, the housing shortage has never been as problematic as it is now and he is being forced into turning people away due to a lack of capacity. His charity – The Peter McVerry Trust – is struggling to cope with demand and says the problem is getting worse. Speaking on RTÉ's Sunday with Miriam, he said “We are, even I would say, beyond crisis at this stage.”



MEP warns against scrapping travel pass A STRONG plea was made last week for the retention of the Free Travel Scheme for pensioners, amid fears that it could next on the Government’s hit list. Age Action Ireland has said it is increasingly concerned that the scheme, which entitles those over the age of 6 to use public transport freeof-charge, could be abolished altogether in Budget ‘15, or else changed to a means-tested system. Responding to these concerns,

Independent MEP Nessa Childers urged the Government to leave the Free Travel Scheme in its current form and “entirely untouched”. “Older people have had enough, and to swap the current system for a means-tested one is unacceptable. Using partial refunds or tax credits in lieu is also unacceptable, as is restricting the permissible hours of travel,” she said. Childers said she is meeting “a real sense of fear and anxiety” among

pensioners on the doorsteps after telephone and fuel allowances, funeral grants and medical cards were all slashed in the last budget. “In Ireland, we pride ourselves on community, and yet age-related isolation is a significant issue. Let’s not contribute to that problem further by removing the very scheme which allows an older person to retain so much of their independence,” added Childers.

Leave LEADER in the hands of local communities ENVIRONMENT Minister Phil Hogan’s plan to give local authorities control over the distribution of LEADER funding is coming under increasing criticism from community groups and Irish MEPs. Thousands of people attended public meetings around the country last week to express their opposition to the proposal and organise a mass rally outside the Dáil. They claim the move will increase bureaucracy and divert much-needed funding away from rural areas and into Dublin. Fianna Fáil MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher described the Minister’s

approach as “inexplicable” and claimed it would destroy the “bottom-up” system which is the hallmark of the LEADER programme. “This approach and the participation of local communities is at the heart of the LEADER ethos and has been recognised by the EU institutions as a template for other member states to follow,” said Mr Gallagher. He said the Government’s plan would involve removing responsibilities from skilled and highly experienced professionals and placing them in the hands of committees lacking the same expertise and know-how.

“It would also add layers of bureaucracy and red tape,” he said. Minister Hogan’s blueprint would mean the creation of new local community development committees (LCDCs) to oversee the funding choices of LEADER groups. A spokesperson for the Department said the planned changes were aimed at achieving “a more joined-up approach to service delivery at local level”. They insisted that local councils should be the main vehicle for the delivery of public services at local level.

Play fair on farm inspections, says sporting MEP A FINE Gael MEP has called for graded system of farm inspections to give farmers a chance to correct problems without losing any of their EU direct payment. Former GAA President and Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly has proposed a “yellow card” method whereby farmers would be warned of any minor dis-

crepancies before serious penaltied are imposed. Speaking on the canvass trail, Kelly said inspections are a major concern for farmers, especially when they are asked to produce paperwork at short notice. “Farmers can currently lose between 2 and 20 per cent of their

direct payment in the case of minor breaches. While farm standards must be maintained, there must be some flexibility for minor issues that can easily be resolved,” he said. The average farm income in 2013 was €21,400, and direct EU payments are considered a vital lifeline for many rural families.

“There are six new people becoming homeless every day and that's the official figures. It may be more than that”. Fr. McVerry said with up to 35,000 home repossessions feared over the next few years, the rise in homelessness could bring down the Government. “There are also 40,000 buy-to-let mortgages in arrears...there is a dam at the end of the river, and this torrent of water is coming down; and there's no way out.” “Ultimately, because of the changing nature of homelessness, these are ordinary people who will vote, and their families will vote, I think this whole issue of housing and homelessness could bring this government down,” he added. The sad thing is that there are many housing units vacant at the moment. Local Authority houses which are closed up; post Celtic Tiger abandoned sites, now with NAMA or some other financial institution and also the many apartments which do not have en suite facilities and will not be passed for letting. If this is a crisis, then some temporary leeway should be given for apartments which are already built and deficient only in this way. Fr. McVerry is no scare-mongerer, but rather someone who has been at the forefront of the fight for proper housing of the homeless for over a generation and should be listened to. But does anyone in power else really care?

Different grades of High Ankle Sprain By Tomás Ryan BSc., AHS, Ph. Th. MIAPT, Registered Physical Therapist based in Clonmel & Thurles AS discussed in last week’s article there are 3 grades of High Ankle strain damage that occur from traumatic twisting or landing movements. HIGH ANKLE LIGAMENT GRADE 1 Mild tenderness over the front of the ankle joint, patient can often pinpoint this tenderness. Injury consists of a straining of the Anterior Tibiofibular ligament with often no damage to the interosseous membrane (also known as syndesmosis as illustrated) overlying interosseous ligament and ligament that sits between the tibial and fibula bones of the lower leg. Patient can have some Pain on walking and standing but is generally able to walk painfree without crutches after 2-3 days. HIGH ANKLE LIGAMENT GRADE 2 Tenderness noted from the front of the ankle joint extending upwards along the outside border of the shin bone. The Patient is unable to stand or walk on the ankle for up to 1-2 weeks and will often require the aid of crutches for approximately 7 days until they can commence partial weight bearing on the ankle joint. This grade of injury will involve disruption of the Interosseous membrane and a tear to the interosseous ligament with a significant tear to the Anterior Tibiofibular ligament. HIGH ANKLE LIGAMENT GRADE 3 Significant Pain and tenderness is present with complete inability to weight bear on the ankle joint. The following ligament damage can occur, tear to the

deltoid ligament on the inside of the ankle joint, excessive separation or parting of the adjoining tibia and fibula bones which is known as Diatasis. This results in significant tearing of Interosseous membrane, the overlapping Interosseous Ligament and tearing of the Anterior & Posterior Tibiofibular ligament. In addition a fracture can occur to outer fibula bone approximately 2 inches above the ankle joint. X-ray of the ankle joint is hugely important in determining the extent of ligament and bone injury. In cases of grade 2 & grade 3 interosseous membrane (also known as syndesmosis as per illustration) tearing where there is significant tearing instability, a surgery may be the best option for a speedier return to sport, etc. MANAGEMENT & TREATMENT Initial management involves the Physical therapist with the assistance of x-ray diagnosing the grade of High Ankle sprain. Icing, rest, and bandage compression in required to reduce inflammation with the patient discontinuing using crutches once walking becomes pain free. The patient progresses to a strengthening programme of staged progressions under the Physical therapists guidance. In addition manual mobilisation on a graded level is required to increase mobility in what is a restricted ankle joint. Tomás Ryan is a Registered Physical Therapist with The Irish Association of Physical Therapy (MIAPT) and is based in Clonmel & Thurles. Contact Number: 0504 26672 Email your queries to:

Tomás Ryan is a Registered Physical Therapist with The Irish Association of Physical Therapy (MIAPT) and is based in Clonmel & Thurles. Contact Number: 0504-26672. Email your queries to:




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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Sadness and pride pervades Lismore Town Council’s farewell By Christy Parker THE May and final meeting of Lismore Town Council brought sadness and poignancy for the present and uncertainty for the future but it also delivered pride in the past for the services rendered and achievements delivered. Each and all present were content that they could hold their heads up and say they had given of their best and had never flouted or abused their position. If only the higher reaches of Ireland’s political pyramid could honestly say likewise. With the exception of Cllr. Orla Russell, who skipped the meeting due to a family bereavement, each of the last sitting members expressed their views and emotions on the parting occasion. All were generous in their gratitude to the council executive, to Waterford County Council and to the electorate for the support across the years, as well as to past members and official, deceased and otherwise. HUGE ADMIRATION Town Manager Paul Daly was first to pay tribute to the passage of history. He said the amount of work undertaken by elected members was “very misunderstood” and that County Council officials had “huge admiration” for them. “People who are elected to town councils are not there for themselves,” he continued, “but because they enjoy representing their town. On behalf of the management I thank Lismore Town Council for the years of work you spent representing the people of Lismore.” Cllr. John Heneghan said it had been “an absolute privilege, as ‘a blow-in’ from Mayo to be elected four times.” He specifically acknowledged the contribution made to Lismore by former Town Manager John O’Flynn and the late Town Clerk Eric Flynn. Cllr. Heneghan recalled being apprehensive about attending his first ever meeting, at the old, neardecrepit headquarters at the bottom of Gallows Hill. “I wasn’t worried about the meeting,” he reflected

“but whether the stairs would hold out!” Taking over the former Christian Brothers was inspired, he proceeded, but he had not imagined that its acquisition would be so short-lived. TOILETS, PARK AND SCHOOLS The councillor reflected that amongst past members, the late Dick Canning was “extraordinary” in his mission to acquire public toilets for Lismore. He had dismissed scepticism and harried every politician “from County Councillor to MEP” who unwittingly set foot in Lismore, with his ultimately successful campaign. Cllr. Heneghan also thanked the media bringing the chamber’s business into the public domain. “Some of the coverage was sarcastic, some sardonic but mostly it was accurate!” On a cautious note, Cllr. Heneghan was relieved that the Town Development Plan had been adopted until 2020. Yet, he reminded, it had required a fight “with our own County Councillors,” including an e-mail campaign and he “dreaded” what would happen afterwards. He praised the Tidy Towns and Millennium Park committees before citing the Blackwater Comminity School as “the greatest things that has happened to Lismore over the past 20 years.” From a fear of there being scant education facilities in the town, it now had approximately 1,300 students and over 100 staff across several schools. Finally, he observed that it had taken a mere stroke of a pen to consign 80 town councils to history, whereas the Senate had been allowed a Referendum. He hoped that some day another minister would see the folly of abolition in place of expansion. Cllr. Bernard Leddy described is as “a very sad day” after 401 years of local democracy and that reform had been sacrificed in favour of pointless abolition. Having sat for 21 years and served as mayor on four occasions, he thanked all who had voted for him. He would now retire from active politics to con-

centrate on his consultancy practice. Cllr. Julie Landers, thanked her colleagues, the executive, her family and those who elected her for a first and only term five years ago. She wished the three local election candidates the best and hoped they would help Lismore in times to come. Cllr. Davy Whelan had “enjoyed his 20 years” in situ in which he had “made great friends and some enemies too.” He also praised John O’Flynn as “a great Lismorean” and wished his successor Paul Daly, Acting Town Clerk Anita Meagher and his council colleagues “the very best for the future.” Cllr. Joe Tobin re-iterated the aforementioned sentiments and was particularly grateful for the assistance he received on being elected five years ago for what had been a “very enjoyable” tenure. Cllr. Ken Madden too had “thoroughly enjoyed it all.” He thanked “every public representative who had done anything to help Lismore over the last 400 years.” It had been “an extraordinary” progression, he reflected as he thanked the current executive, council members and the press, to all of whom he wished a happy future. Cllr. Jimmy O’Gorman, having served three terms, recalled that during his sole term as Mayor, there had emerged two Fine Gael candidates to succeed him. The vote had finished level. As a Fianna Fáil mayor with the casting vote, he was in an uncomfortable position but, he reflected, “it was resolved on the night and we carried on.” Party affiliations had rarely if ever been a priority within the council’s deliberations, he noted adding, “We are community people.” Cllr. O’Gorman described the decision to abolish town councils was not “reform,” because that represented improvement and not eradication. He noted that being elected to Council demanded exhorting “dignity and respect” on behalf of the electorate and felt all present could be proud of abiding by that. The councillor praised the

various voluntary organisations, individuals and county council employees who had helped to make Lismore “beautiful,” with special mention for town engineer Noel Healy. DEMOCRACY COMPROMISED Mayor Jan Rotte reflected that Lismore’s local democracy in the contemporary sense was established 161 years ago as the town emerged from the Famine. It survived two world wars, the 1916 Rising, the War of Independence and a few economic recessions (still is!). He had never met a town councillor that did not agree that the town council system “needed drastic reform” but not abolition. Instead the layer of Government “closest to the people” was being removed on spurious grounds of so-called economic savings, which also suggested that democracy was but a method of economics. “If that were true we’d be ruled by companies and policies of profit-making rather than by elected representatives.” he suggested. The mayor said he was “mystified” by the decision to replace Lismore Town Council with a wider Comeragh area administration. Meanwhile he called on the new Municipal District Council, in advance, to “keep this area in mind.” He had been told repeatedly that west Waterford “doesn’t have the population base for large scale investment,” yet “if it doesn’t have investment then it won’t have a growing population,” he argued. He thanked all and sundry, past and present for their “efforts and commitment” over the years. “The effects of the abolition would “become apparent” in the near future, he cautioned. He had been proud and privileged to play his part and he would remember and treasure the experience for the rest of his life. He then formally closed the meeting -and all for which it had proudly stood. One wonders how long before its return becomes imperative....

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DEPUTY Mayor of Dungarvan, Cllr. Nicky Sheehan is welcoming funding of €29,825 that will be used to help develop the new Fairlane Public Park in Dungarvan. “This money is great news as this new park is a priority project for Dungarvan Town Council and will be a wonderful and very welcome addition to the town,” explained Cllr Nicky Sheehan, a candidate in the local elections for the Dungarvan/Lismore area. “In recent months the Council has been collecting feedback on the public display for the Fairlane Public Park, so that’s all being taken into account. The Fairlane Park is all part of the developments we’re planning under the

Smarter Travel Scheme - so it’s part of the plan to get people walking and cycling, as well as being an amenity in it’s own right.” The funding of €29,825 for the Fairlane Public Park part of €140,000 that was awarded to Waterford by the Minister for Environment, Community, and Local Government, and approved projects received €2.975m nationally. The projects were proposed by local authorities for funding under the Public Area Enhancement Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to allow local authorities, in co-operation with community groups, to undertake public area enhancement work before and during the busy tourist season.

Katie Taylor Fight Night at the Dungarvan Sports Centre: Cllr. Nicky Sheehan, Deputy Mayor of Dungarvan, presents the prizes for the McDonald’s sponsored fight to Fergal De Faoite (Clonmel) and Nathan Jaynes (Dungarvan).


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014




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RE-UPHOLSTERY CARPETS, CURTAINS, FURNITURE – Free estimates in your own home. Collection and delivery. Sofas and Couches made to order. Curtains and Pelmets made to measure. Extensive range of fabrics to choose from. Colour co-ordinating service free in Showrooms. A visit to our Showrooms is a must. Open Monday to Saturday incl. All work guaranteed. Ned O’Connell, Seafield, Youghal. Tel. (024) 93106.



Decorating Service

DECORATING SERVICE – All internal / external painting. New house spraying before second fix. Tired old kitchen units hand-painted, hygiene coatings. Epoxy floor paint systems. Qualified local tradesmen. Free estimates. Insurance work. Fully insured. VAT registered. Call: Prodec Painters. Padraig (087) 7730520. Steve (086) 8410901. (31-12)



Tree Surgeon

QUALIFIED TREE SURGEON AVAILABLE – For all aspects of Tree Surgery, Tree Felling, Reductions, Wood-chipping, Hedge Cutting. Contact your local professional Fergal Colbert at (087) 7933481. FULL PUBLIC AND EMPLOYERS LIABILITY INSURANCE. (31-12)




TARMACADAM & TAR & CHIPPINGS – Drainage and Kerbing. Michael Fennell, Stradbally, (086) 8342233 / (051) 293943. (18-6)



Computer Services

COMPUTER AND LAPTOP REPAIRS – On Site Repairs, Set-ups, Upgrades, Data Recovery and Training. Virus and pop-up removal. Qualified computer Engineer and Trainer. 20 years experience. Reasonable rates. Tel. Shane Deevy (087) 9872006. (ind.)



Autism Charity

NOW OPEN SUNDAYS – 1.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. Waterford Autism Charity Furniture Shop, Cork Road, Waterford (next to McDonalds). Tel. (051) 373838. (28-5)



Telecoms Engineer

TELECOMS ENGINEER AVAILABLE – Business and Residential Service. Voice / data, structural cabling, LAN points, telephone systems installation and maintenance, internal wiring, broadband set-up, extra phone and computer points. Call: John Corbett (086) 8281612. (18-6)

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 out of publication of the advertisement. (ind.)

Gardening Services

COMERAGH LANDSCAPING – The landscaping profes-sionals. Garden design and layout. Planting, water features, patios, stonework, kerbing, fencing, etc. Lawn laying turfed and seeded. For a professional and affordable service contact Paul Curran (087) 2908403. (ind.) ADVANCE LANDSCAPING – Qualified Garden, Design, Construction, Restoration, Maintenance. Lawns, Patios, Planting, Driveways, Decking, Stonework, Fencing. Compare our grass cutting costs. Phone: Brad (087) 9390322 / (058) 41693 / (28-5) SUMMER LAWN LANDSCAPING – Professional Landscaping and Garden Construction. Grass, Hedge and Tree Cutting, Scarifying and Lawn Laying. Planting of Shrubs, Hedges and Trees. Large and Small Maintenance Contracts undertaken. Construction of Sleeper Beds, Gravel Gardens, Paving, Decking, Concrete and Timber Fencing, Block and Brick Walls, Powerwashing, etc. Good quality work at a reasonable price. Phone: Eamonn (085) 7784335. (28-5)



Déise College

3rd & 6th YEARS – Deise College Pre Exam (9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.) & JC & LC Exam Supervised Study enrolling. Starting Monday, 26th May. Book now to guarantee your seat. Ag Science as extra subject. Summer courses in Maths; Irish & French. Enquiries to 058-48623. (21-5)



To Let

SHERRY FITZGERALD REYNOLDS LETTINGS – Urgently require Houses and Apartments TO LET in all areas of Dungarvan and West Waterford. Please contact Gerardine Reynolds on 087 2458848 / 058 23444. (ind.) LONG OR SHORT TERM LET – Lovely 3 Bedroom Cottage in Dromore, Aglish, Co. Waterford. Open Fireplace. Oil Central Heating. Stunning Views Peaceful Location. Contact: Mick at: (024) 93982 or (087) 9137739. LISMORE – Small Coach House, unfurnished. Perfect for single person. Coal burning stove and night storage heating. Combination sittingroom / bedroom, shower, bath and eat-in kitchen. Private and secure. Tel. (058) 53447 or (087) 7720913. (28-5) CAPPOQUIN – 2 Bed House to rent. Close to all amenities with very reasonable rent. Contact: (087) 702 8124.



Farm Wanted

FARM WANTED FOR LONG-TERM LEASE OR PARTNERSHIP – In the Dungarvan to Youghal area. Please ring Thomas Sheehy on (087) 9582298. (4-6)



Soccer Coaching

VINNY SULLIVAN RUNS JUST4STRIKERS SOCCER COACHING SCHOOL – In Dungarvan every Sunday morning. For boys and girls aged between 6–14. For more info call 087-7501059. (23-5)




For Sale

TYRES! TYRES! TYRES! – Full callout breakdown service. Quick puncture repairs. Lorry, tractor and car. Also all makes of car serviced and repaired. Contact: Eamonn Beresford, THE CASTLE GARAGE, Dungarvan. Open 6 days, 8.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m., including dinner hour. Tel. (058) 43540 / (086) 8128184 / (ind.)


C Livestock

DEAD & DISABLED CATTLE COLLECTED IN ALL AREAS – Ring: Fitzgerald’s Licensed Knackery, Coolagown. (025) 36662 or (086) 8193202 / (087) 8193202. (ind.) AA PBR BULLS FOR SALE – Easy calving, home bred, tested. Also PBR Charolais Bulls, up to two years old. Delivered. Hereford Bulls suitable for Heifers. Tel. (087) 6176746. (4-6) PUREBRED 3 YEAR OLD ANGUS BULL FOR SALE – Home bred. Quiet and fruitful. Tel. (087) 7806886. ONE 5 YEAR OLD FRIESIAN COW FOR SALE – AI bred WUZ with AI British Friesian Heifer Calf FAE. BVD free. Phone: (086) 8587894.



Agri Sale

GALVANISED GATES – Barriers, Cubicles, Cattle Crush Panels, Cow Mats. Ryan Brothers, Ballymacarbry / / Laurence (087) 7994737. (6-15)



Live in the Mountains

LISMORE – “Live in the mountains.” Furnished small 1 Bedroom. All new. Perfect for couple or single person. Wonderful scenery and river views. Tel. (058) 53447 or (087) 7720913. (28-5)



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Early Years Educator

QUALIFIED EARLY YEARS EDUCATOR – With a wide range of childcare experience available for full or part-time childminding for the Summer months. Dungarvan area. Holds a full clean Driver’s Licence and First Aid Certificate. Contact: (087) 2947772. (28-5)


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Horse Riding

HORSE RIDING LESSONS – Beginners riding lessons for as little as €10. Intermediate and Advanced also available. Group or private lessons. Showjumping lessons over full set of jumps with Top Instructors. 5-Star Livery available for Horses and Ponies. Tel. (087) 6387938. (4-6)




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Agri Products

AGRI PRODUCTS – Silage Covers, Bale Wrap, Silo Bags, Silo Nets in stock. Ryan Brothers, Ballymacarbry. Agents for Durapac Products. Contact: Lce. (087) 7994737. (25-6)

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Childminder / Babysitter

CHILDMINDER / BABYSITTER AVAILABLE FOR SUMMER MONTHS – 19 year old girl with First Aid qualification and babysitting experience available for daytime or night-time work in the Dungarvan area. References available on request. Contact: Emma on (087) 6553563. (28-5)





In Memoriam

DOYLE (15th anniversary) – In loving memory of Patricia Doyle, late of Ardsallagh, Youghal, who died on 22nd May, 1999. God saw you getting weary, A cure was not to be, He put His arms around you Pat, And whispered come to me. Keep your arms around her Lord, And give her special care, Make up for all she suffered, And all that seemed unfair.

–Sadly missed by your husband Pat; son Billy; daughter Fiona; son-in-law Anthony; grandsons Simon and Adam; grand-daughter Taylor, and brother-in-law John. DOYLE (15th anniversary) – In loving memory of Tom Doyle, late of London and Ardsallagh, Youghal, who died on 23rd May, 2007. R.I.P.

McCARTHY (9th anniversary) – In loving memory of our dad John McCarthy, late of Nire Road, Ballymacarbry, whose Anniversary occurs on 19th May. R.I.P. Dad, your needs in life were simple, Your love for your family true, As long as we were happy, You were happy too. Those we love don’t go away, They walk beside us every day, Unseen, unheard, but always near, Still loved, still missed and very dear.

–Sadly missed and always remembered by his loving family, daughters Anne and Bernie; son Frank; son-inlaw Owen; daughter-in-law Mary; grand-daughters Lisa and Denise.

WALL (13th anniversary) – In ever loving memory of Joe Wall, late of Cathal Brugha Place, Dungarvan, who died on 25th May, 2001. We think of you in silence, And often speak your name, How we would love to hear your voice, And see you smile again. You may be out of sight, We may be worlds apart, But you are always in our minds, And forever in our hearts.

–Sadly missed by your loving sister Marian, Jack and family.



Birthday Remembrance

God saw the road was long, The hill was hard to climb, He gently closed your loving eyes, And whispered peace be thine. We shall meet again in a better place, Where farewell is never spoken, We shall clasp each other by the hand, And that clasp shall not be broken. Forever in our hearts and thoughts.

–Always remembered by brothers John and Pat; nephew Billy; niece Fiona, Anthony and their families.

Our marriage was special, I valued it with pride, I never knew how special, Until the day you died. I look back on the good times, You and I have known, You made my life so happy, The best years I’ve ever known. Sometimes when I think of you, I feel that you are near, Sometimes when I think of you, I think that you can hear. Sometimes when I miss you, The pain is hard to bear, But sometimes when it gets too bad, I know that you are there.

–Sadly missed by your loving wife Ann; sons, daughters, daughters-inlaw, son-in-law and grandchildren.

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C H I L D M I N D E R REQUIRED – Reliable person wanted to mind three children in their own home. Own car essential. Previous childminding experience / qualification desirable. Dungarvan area. 5 days per week from early July. Reply with CV to: Box No. 5431.

References required. Replies to Box No. 5432.

EXPERIENCED CHILDMINDER REQUIRED FOR SEPTEMBER 2014 – To mind 3 children in children’s own home (2 schoolgoing girls). Own car essential for school drop-offs. Clonea area. Non-smoker.

ON 170 COW DAIRY FARM Tipperary / Waterford border 087-9860057

Full-time Position Available

Cappoquin Transport Ltd.

O’DONNELL (3rd anniversary) – In loving memory of Phyllis, late of Toor North, Aglish, who died on 23rd May, 2011. R.I.P.

–Always loved and remembered by husband Billy; daughters, sons, extended family and friends. Anniversary Mass will be celebrated on Sunday, 25th May, at 9.45 a.m., in Mount Stuart Church, Aglish.

DUGGAN – Birthday remembrance of our beautiful son Leonard Duggan, late of 10 Cloneety Villas, Dungarvan, whose 29th birthday occurs on Thursday, 22nd May. Could we ever forget your sparkling eyes, Or the way you brightened each day, Or your smile which is etched in our memories, So you’re never far away. Could we ever forget those priceless moments, The answer, of course, is never, For you were part of our lives for 22 years, But you’ll be part of our hearts forever. Happy 29th birthday Leonard.

–Always loved and missed by your Mam, Dad, brother David and sister Marie, XXXX.

Part-time Carvery Chef required FOR EDEN CAFÉ IN DUNGARVAN SHOPPING CENTRE Please send CV with cover note by email to or drop CV to the Café



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Experienced Rigid Truck Drivers

Summer Sailing Courses

Please apply with C.V. to:

A loving spray of memories, Tied up with all our love, Memories we will treasure, Of the one we dearly loved. In the centre of God’s garden, There is someone special there, That someone is my wife and our mother, The best beyond compare.

FOLEY (12th anniversary) – In loving memory of a dear husband and father John Foley, late of Clashmore, who died on 19th May, 2002.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Mercyhurst Ireland Lower Main Street Dungarvan, County Waterford Ireland

Executive Manager Mercyhurst, Ireland, associated with Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania seeks to employ an Executive Manager to drive business development and administrative operations at its facility in Dungarvan, County Waterford. The person will promote training and research in strategic intelligence and law enforcement, identify academic opportunities for US University students and help to develop academic partnerships in Ireland and the EU. The person should have a strong commercial acumen, and display a knowledge of the third level academic sector in Ireland and the EU. Expertise in data analytics or strategic intelligence would be an advantage. For an application form or further queries please visit or Deadline for receipt of applications is 5.00 p.m. on 15th June, 2014. Applications should be marked ‘Executive Manager’, Mercyhurst Ireland, Lower Main Street, Dungarvan, County Waterford.

Commencing 30th June Each course is 2 weeks long and ISA recognised All inquiries to Sandra 087-7972218 after 6.00 p.m.

I would like to thank everyone who has shown me courtesy and engaged with me during my recent canvas for the Local Elections. I am disappointed that I did not get to call to everyone, but you might remember me when casting your vote on Friday. Thank you sincerely Ann-Marie Rossiter (Dungarvan/Lismore Electoral Area)

CORBETT CONCRETE PRODUCTS LTD. QUEALLY (1st anniversary) – In loving memory of Kitty Queally, late of Matthewstown, Fenor, Co. Waterford, who died on 23rd May, 2013. Anniversary Mass will be offered in the Church of the Sacred Heart, Dunhill, on Friday, 23rd May, at 7.30 p.m. You are missed, And remembered, Every day.

–Never forgotten by your loving family.

DUGGAN – 29th birthday remembrance for Leonard Duggan, late of 10 Cloneety Villas, Dungarvan, whose birthday occurs on 22nd May, 2014. R.I.P. Thinking of you on your birthday Leonard, But that is nothing new, For no day dawns and no day ends, Without a thought of you. Happy birthday Leonard.

–From your brother Smiley.

Part-time Car Valeters Immediate Start. Full training will be provided. FULL DRIVING LICENCE REQUIRED Previous experience an advantage. Please send your CV and cover letter to: AutoKleen, Ground Floor, Multi-Storey Car Park, Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford Or via email

Manufacturers of Precast Concrete Flooring Widespan for Houses, etc. SUPPLIERS OF SEWAGE TREATMENT SYSTEM Moonareha, Cahir, Co. Tipperary. Phone: (052) 7441590

QUAN BUTLER 087-2525327 Rep. for South


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014



Big Blue Box

BIG BLUE BOX SELF STORAGE – For moving, storing, decorating and downsizing. Business and domestic. Just €4 per day. Weekly and monthly terms available. Easy access. Tel. (087) 2455186. (11-6)


C Novena

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. E.N.


C Bridge

ABBEY BRIDGE CLUB (End of Season: 13/5/2014) – 1st Margaret Foley & Cait Christopher; 2nd Doreen Keane & Bernie Murphy; 3rd Austin Fenton & Mary Fenton; 4th Sheila Veale & Colette O'Mahoney; 5th Delia Smith & Mary Mitchell. KILMACTHOMAS BRIDGE CLUB (23/4/2014) – 1st Mary Flahavan & Breda O’Sullivan; 2nd Beth Spollen & Tess Cusack; 3rd Betty Murphy & Catherine M. Power; 4th Maeve Coghlan & Claire Cummins. (7/5/2014) – 1st Anna Harney & Tess Cusack; 2nd Claire Shanahan & Anna Ryan; 3rd Bertha O’Connor & Elayne Kirwan; 4th Shane Prendergast & Anne Marie Browne.



Acknowledgement † ELSIE AHEARNE


16 Boreenatra, Dungarvan

Scrahan, Kilmacthomas Who died on Sunday, 27th April, 2014

We, the family of the late Elsie Ahearne, wish to sincerely thank all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad loss. Thank you to those who phoned and called at this time and to all those who sent Mass cards and letters of sympathy. Thank you to all those who attended Elsie’s Rosary, removal, Funeral Mass and burial and especially those who travelled long distances to be with us. We thank Fr. J. Harris, C.C., who showed us such kindness and officiated at the funeral services. Many thank to Lorna Jane Murray for the beautiful singing and music throughout the Mass. We are grateful to those who provided support to the family over the past number of years which allowed Elsie to continue living at home; to Dr. David Mahony’s practice, the Public Health Nurses and particularly Elsie’s carer Mary Dunphy for her kindness and excellent care. Thanks to the Doctors, Nurses and all the staff of AMU5 at Waterford Regional Hospital for their dedication to Elsie over the last few years. It was greatly appreciated. We extend our thanks to the gravediggers and James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, for their kindness and professionalism. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, we hope this acknowledgement will be accepted as a token of our appreciation and gratitude. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions.

† DENIS CORKERY Main Street, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford Died: 9th May, 2014 His wife Eily; son Mike; daughters Eileen and Anne; in-laws Dermot, Jos and Mary; grandchildren Mark, Keith, Cillian and Darragh; brothers Jack and Jerry; sisters Mary and Eily, would like to thank all who attended the Funeral Mass or called to our home during this sad time. Also to all who sent Mass cards. A special thanks to Dr. Griffin, Niamh, Nicky, Mairead and Sinead who looked after him so well. We would like to thank Fr. Keogh and to Fr. O’Halloran and Fr. Enright who celebrated the Funeral Mass. Thanks to Monica and Mary for bringing Holy Communion to him every Saturday night. Thanks to Dessie for the beautiful music in the Church. Finally, thanks to John Murtagh for all his help and kindness during this time. As it is impossible to mention everyone, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. Denis’ Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated on Monday, 2nd June, 2014, at 7.30 p.m. in Our Lady of Merch Church, Kilmacthomas.



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Employer’s Workshop – Taking Care of Your People A 2.5 hour workshop to include: – What must be on an Employee’s file – Contracts and Terms and Conditions • Contracts ‘of’ and ‘for’ Service. • Changing an employee’s Terms and Conditions • Discipline and Grievance Procedures – NERA Inspection – be prepared Who should attend the Workshop? – If you are in business already or are thinking of opening your own business and will be employing staff, you will find this Workshop very beneficial.




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What to expect at the Workshop? – The workshop will be very interactive so come prepared with queries you may currently be facing. The Facilitator will be Mary Ryan of Right Hand HR. With a career in Human Resources spanning over 20 years, Mary brings a wealth of experience and insight into the area of advice-giving HR support. Location: Dungarvan Enterprise Centre Date/Time: 10th June, 2014 / 9.30 a.m. to 12 noon. Please contact Local Enterprise Office on 058 44811 to book your place or email Catherine McCarthy, Local Enterprise Office, Dungarvan Enterprise Centre, Main Street, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. t: 058 44811 email: web:



The family of the late John Cummins would like to thank most sincerely all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad loss. All who sent Mass cards, called to the house and attended the Funeral Mass. Thanks to the Doctors and Nurses at WRH for the care and kindness they gave to John. Thanks to Fr. Keogh, Fr. Condon and Fr. Enright who celebrated the Funeral Mass and burial. Thanks to Siobhan Crowley, the Sacristan; the Altar server and Tony and Nuala for the beautiful music and singing and thanks to the gravediggers. Thanks also to John Murtagh from Kents Undertakers for his care and professionalism. As it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass will be offered for your intentions. John’s Month’s Mind Mass will take place on Friday, 30th May, in All Saints Church, Newtown, Kilmacthomas, at 7.30 p.m.

† NOREEN PRENDERGAST Kealfoun, Kilmacthomas, Co. Waterford The family of the late Noreen Prendergast would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to all those who sympathised with us on our recent sad bereavement. Her husband Tom; sons Barry, Stephen and Tommy; sisters, brother and extended relatives, would like to take the time to thank those who helped us during this difficult time. Noreen touched the lives of so many people and it would be impossible to thank everyone individually, but we trust that this acknowledgement will be accepted by you all as a token of our genuine appreciation. We would like to thank all of you who attended the removal and Requiem Mass and who travelled long distances to be with us. Your support, words of encouragement and the fond memories of Noreen that you shared was heart-warming and greatly appreciated. We would like to thank Noreen’s family and friends for their continuous support, friendship and love. Challenging times were always made easier with good friends by our side. We would also like to express our gratitude to all of the Medical Practitioners who helped Noreen over the last number of years. A special note of thanks to the CUH, Mercy Hospital, Marymount Hospice, Dr. McElduff, the Home Care team and Public Health Nurses for their ongoing support. To all those who gave donations in lieu of flowers to the Marymount Hospice – your generosity was deeply appreciated. Recognition must be given to all those who contributed at Noreen’s funeral. A sad day that was made poignant by your efforts and heartfelt displays of affection. To the Kilrossanty GAA Club and Waterford GAA Senior Football team for their tribute; to Caroline Spillane and Shane O’Brien for providing a lovely selection of hymns and music during the Mass and to Fr. Delaney, Fr. Cooney, Fr. Kennedy and Fr. Michael Kennedy, Sacristan, Altar servers and gravediggers, for their contribution. We would also like to thank Crotty’s Inn, Lemybrien, for their hospitality and to Drohan’s Funeral Directors for their professionalism and kindness. We will always be eternally grateful to you all. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass has been offered for all your intentions. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in Fews Church, Fews, Kilmacthomas, on Friday, 23rd May, at 8.00 p.m.

Planning Permission

WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – John McNamara intends to apply for permission to infill an existing disused quarry on agricultural lands with clean inert soil & stones (EU Waste Class 17 0504) with a view to bringing ground levels back to pre-excavation of quarry levels at Foxmount Farm, Half-Way-House, Cross, 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, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – Maurice and Sinead Foran intend to apply for permission to construct a garage and associated site works at Newtown Hill, Tramore, 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, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – Clare Walsh intends to apply for retention planning permission for alterations to the boundary to that granted for the dwelling house and site

under PD10/38 at Knockyoolahan East, 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, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, during its public opening hours and that a submission or observation in relation to the application may be made to the Planning Authority in writing on payment of the prescribed fee of €20 within the period of 5 weeks beginning on the date of receipt by the Authority of the application. WATERFORD COUNTY COUNCIL – The E-Project Chartered Architects wish to apply, on behalf of Andrea and Richard Lloyd, for Planning Permission for a change of house type from that which was granted under Ref; 09/384. The new development will consist of a new single-storey extension to the existing stone cottage which is to be refurbished and all associated site works at Ballymacmague North, 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, Civic Offices, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, during its normal opening hours. 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, and such submissions or observations will be considered by the planning Authority in making a decision on the application. The Planning Authority may grant permission subject to or without conditions, or may refuse to grant permission.

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Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Darkness Into Light 2014 Photographs by Dan McGrath/Editorial Images

Mark Hayes, Michelle Hayes and Barry Hayes pictured with Conor Cusack who led the Darkness into Light Walk in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. [Dan McGrath] Ann Cullen, Annemarie Cullen, Louise Burke and Elizabeth Grant, pictured after the walk. Dylan and Nick Parker pictured after the walk.

Members of the extended Sheehan family, pictured after the walk.

Caoilte De Barra, Deanna Flavin, Kate Flavin and Darragh Stone pictured after the had completed the Darkness into Light Walk in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. [Dan McGrath] Jennifer Ui Liatháin, Aine Uí Lionain, John Lehane, Liam O Lionain and Tomas Breathnach, pictured after the walk.

West Connolly and Margaret O'Sullivan pictured after the walk.

Sue Phelan, Laura Balfe, Mary Kiely and Linda Walsh pictured with Conor Cusack after the walk.

Niamh Connolly pictured with her sons Cal and Cian.

Kevin Power, Orla Casey, Therese Dipple, Caoimhe Power and Isobel Dipple, pictured after the walk. Group pictured after completing the Darkness into Light 2014 in Dungarvan. Fiona Barry and Nimah O'Shea pictured with Conor Cusack after the walk.

Group pictured after completing the Darkness into Light 2014 in Dungarvan.

Members of the St. Augustine’s College Choir who entertained the walkers as they returned to the college for refreshments after the walk.

John Woods pictured with daughters Debbie & Andrea and grandson Scott, after the walk.

Donal O'Regan, Betty Daly, Jack Murray and Tony Wall, pictured after the walk.

Pat and Caoimhe Earley, pictured with Conor Cusack after the walk on Saturday Morning.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Commemoration of St. Cathaldus LAST week St. Cathaldus (or San Cataldo in Italian) the saint who was reputedly born in Canty, Cappagh in 637AD was commemorated in his home place and also in Taranto, Italy, where he spent most of his life having landed there in a storm on his way back from a visit to The Holy Land in 667. A three day festival is held each year in the Italian city in honour of the saint who is revered widely around the Mediterranean Region and whose name is also inscribed in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. Before setting out on his fateful voyage, Cathaldus had studied in the great university of Lismore, became a monk and later the Abbot of Shanrahan near Clogheen. Many miracles have been altributed to him throught his life, which included his mother coming back to life at childbirth, curing of physical disabilities and calming the storm which brought him to Taranto where he converted the population, becoming their

Bishop, Patron and Saint protector on his death. His remains rest in the Altar of a chapel dedicated to him in the great Cathedral of Taranto. The three days of celebrations in Taranto were led by the new Archbishop Filippo Santoro who replaced the retiring Archbishop Benigno Luigi Papa who had visited Canty and West Waterford in 2000. Hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors took part in the Church celebrations and the two lengthy processions, one through the streets and the other by boat through the inner and outer harbours. Last Thursday evening Mass was celebrated by Fr. Gerard O’Connor, P.P., Aglish and Ballinameela at the Holy Well of Cathaldus at Canty, Cappagh, just six miles west of Dungarvan. The celebration was well attended mainly by local residents who also enjoyed the peace and birdsong of the beautiful evening. Refreshments were served later in the Community Hall at the GAA Grounds.

Annual Mass at St. Cathaldus Well, Canty, Cappagh – Niamh Kiely reading. [Rory Wyley]

Annual Mass at St. Cathaldus Well, Canty, Cappagh – Very Rev. Fr. Gerard O’Connor, P.P. [Rory Wyley] celebrating Mass.

Pictured with Archbishop Filippo Santoro in the Procession in honour of San Cataldo through the streets of Taranto, Italy last week are Mrs. Carmel Keith and Very Rev. Gerard O’Connor, P.P., Aglish, Ballinameela and Mount Stuart.

Pictured above tasting the water at the celebration of St. Cathaldus at the Holy Well at Canty last Thursday evening are Fr. Gerard O’Connor, P.P., who celebrated Mass of Thanksgiving, Tom Ahearne, Cyril Stack, Justin Spratt, John O’Brien and Cormac Keating.

Annual Mass at St. Cathaldus Well, Canty, Cappagh – The scene during the Mass.

[Rory Wyley]

Annual Mass at St. Cathaldus Well, Canty, Cappagh – A selection of the attendance at the Mass.

[Rory Wyley]

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014



Rugby Club hosts successful 20K Drop DUNGARVAN Rugby Club hosted a very successful and fun quiz night in the Park Hotel on the 10th May. The event kicked off with a short talk from Chairman Eoin Phelan, who emphasised the importance of fundraising for our club and the opportunity we have to develop new state of the art changing facilities to accommodate the growing participation of adult teams (Men's first and seconds), the hugely successful and committed adult women's team and the vast assortment of juvenile teams who are competing at the highest levels in Munster. Eoin thanked all the sponsors including Acorn Life, Park Hotel, Forde's Daybreak/Nissan, Deise Vets, Garvey’s, Camfil, Flavin Construction and Dungarvan Transport, who were the main sponsors.

The club chairman was also proud to outline Dungarvan's impressive contribution to youth and adult representative teams, with both Steve and Alan McMahon joining Seamus Keating, winning Irish International caps for West Waterford in recent times, and with Steven also captaining the Munster U-19 team, and many other younger team mates playing with Munster at various levels throughout the year. The show itself was a great success with over €3,000 in prize money "Beating the drop" and going home with contestants. The banter between the enthusiastic crowd and the contestants on stage helped with the early questions, but got less certain as the questions got harder. Two of the eight contestants on the night won over €1,000, with nobody leaving with nothing.

There were also many spot prizes and raffle prizes for those not lucky enough to get on stage. The advertisers on the night were well represented with massive projector signs representing the supporting businesses, and the major sponsors were promoted directly at each round. The event was held in association with Pallas Marketing, who have raised over €16 million for clubs and charities across Ireland. Pallas presented a very effective show on the night, after helping the committee through the planning and organisation phases. Dungarvan Rugby Club is very grateful for the expert help and support of the Pallas team. Special thanks was given to the organising committee and particularly Kelly O'Shea for the exceptional work and organisation involved.

Kevin Sheehan celebrates after getting a correct answer during the 20K Drop in aid of the Dungarvan Rugby Club at the Park Hotel. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Cian Walsh debates his options during the 20K Drop in aid of the Dungarvan Rugby Club at the Park Hotel. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Touraneena SLIABH gCUA LOTTO Week Ending 18th May, 2014. Lotto Jackpot €1,200. Winning numbers drawn were 14, 16, 18. No winner. New jackpot for next week is €1,300. 5 x €20 winners: Breege Gleeson, Pat, Patsy & Sean Dalton, Alice Kiely, Sharon Cliffe,Tony Condon. Promoter's Prize €20 - J.P. Walsh. Tickets can be purchased from committee members, designated promoters and all the local retail outlets. Next draw is in Dunne's Bar, Touraneena on Sunday, 25th May, 2014. DEISE DRAW A reminder that this month's Deise draw is being held in the Ardmore GAA club on the 30th May. For ticket details, please contact any committee member of the Sliabh gCua/St. Mary's Club. LOCAL ELECTIONS The Local Government Reform Act 2014 has introduced radical reform in local government with the introduction of the new local election boundaries. Counties have approxi-

mately one councillor for every 4,830 people, with one additional councillor for every town council being merged into counties - subject to a maximum of four. The main changes in local government structures will be brought into effect from 1st June 2014, following the local elections on 23rd May. It has never been more important to have your vote count. If you don't vote, your voice can't be heard. The polling stations are open from 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. If you need to check whether you are registered for voting in your county, please go to FUNDRAISING The late Paddy Whelan's (Paddy Whack) daughter Muireann is raising funds for an organisation called the Ulman cancer fund 4K. Muireann is taking part in a run across America this summer in memory of her father who passed away from cancer in October 2012. Muireann has set a fundraising goal of 6,000 dollars and

is reaching out to her dad's old friends and team mates for support. The run is starting on June 15th in San Francisco and is ending July 28th in Baltimore. If you would like to make a donation of any amount, the most secure way is through Muireann's fund raising page on the 4K cancer website. The link is Donations can also be made using a bank draft made payable to '4K for cancer' with 'Muireann Phelan' written in the memo line. The postal address is 12 Plymouth Avenue, Mineola, New York 11501. All support is greatly appreciated. SLIABH gCUA LADIES CLUB The outing to Newbridge and Kildare will take place this Thursday, 22nd May. Please meet at the main door of Hotel Minella, Clonmel at 9.45 a.m. If anyone needs a lift to Clonmel please contact a member of the committee.

Portlaw TOM JORDAN RUN 2014 Our annual road race, the Tom Jordan Road Race, took place recently as part of the Outfields Sports 3 Counties Series by Carrickon-Suir AC. Thankfully, the weather played its part in making this event a resounding success once again. Athletes and walking participants arrived from near and far to participate in this popular road race, with the new course receiving tremendous amounts of praise. Noel Murphy took home the Tom Jordan Trophy, while Angela McCann was first Lady to finish. We were delighted

with the success of this race and would like to thank everybody who contributed to its success by participating, helping in any way on the night and in the organisation beforehand – special thanks to Carrick-on- Suir AC and our main sponsor Dermot O’Neill Pharmacy, the many stewards who kept everybody safe and of course the makers of countless sandwiches, buns and cakes for the awards presentation. Refreshments are not the most important part of a road race but the feast that was laid out for everybody went down a treat! Thank you. Looking forward to next year’s race!

Angela McCann and Noel Murphy, proud winners of the 2014 Tom Jordan Road Race.

CADET UNIT It’s all systems go for our International Presentation Night this Friday – we can’t wait to see our teams’ presentations on the randomly selected countries and the added information on how the International Red Cross is involved in those countries – we are looking forward to the visit from representatives of the International Department in Dublin. Our Rag & Phone Man Collection also takes place this week. Please drop any bags of old clothes, rags, shoes etc into the Resource Centre on Friday from 6 p.m. We have a few more exciting events coming up over the next few weeks – our CPR Marathon and Awareness Day will take place in Dungarvan Shopping Centre on Saturday, 14th June with all of our youth members performing 8 hours continuous chest compressions, while the senior unit are providing free blood pressure and blood sugar level checks. Our recently qualified Therapeutic Handcare Practitioners will also offer their services on the day. Why not pop in? For more information, please contact our secretary on 087 6646 824.

Boys vs Girls – roll on! at the recent Classic Field Day in Kill.

Kill KIRWAN’S NEWS Join us for the Waterford vs Cork match this Sunday 25th, live on the big screen and stay on afterwards for live music by the Beachcombers from 7.30 p.m. – a great night is in store! BIRTHDAY WISHES A very Happy Birthday to Caoimhe Norris who will celebrate her birthday this week with all her family and friends, have a great day Caoimhe! DUNPHY’S JOTTINGS The winners of last week’s darts were Mark O’Rourke and Maggie Power, well done to the pair of you! On Sunday, Rocky Racoons will provide the music for us, come and join us for a brilliant night! SINGER/SONGWRIT ER FESTIVAL OUTSTANDING SUCCESS The Gealach Gorm Singer / Songwriter Festival 2014 took place on April 24th, 25th and 26th in the beautiful rural setting of the village of Kill, Co.Waterford with performances in the intimate atmosphere of The Gealach Gorm Theatre a 70 seater fully furnished theatre developed in 2005 within Kill Community Centre. The festival opened on Thursday 24th with Niall McCarthy poet and storyteller who regaled the audience with his own unique style of poetry and storytelling. This was interspersed with songs from Anthony Mulcahy which was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience. After the interval Waterford’s own Liam Merriman took to the stage. Liam performed a selection of his original music creating a truly magical atmosphere for all in attendance. Friday 25th opened with local singer/songwriter Anthony Mulcahy from Bonmahon, now living and working in New York. Anthony mainly writes songs about his life experiences particularly about his life away from home and also songs about his home

place. The audience were captivated by his performance and in particular his songs about Bonmahon and the tragedy of the fishing vessel the Tit Bonhomme. Next up was Cork man Ger Wolfe. Ger’s easy-going style and gentle yearning folk melodies held the audience spellbound. After the interval it was the turn of Kelly McRae to take the stage. She was accompanied by her husband Matt. New Yorker Kelley gave an electrifying performance with the night running on much later than anticipated due to the audience not wanting to let this superb artist off the stage. Saturday 26th opened with an amazing guitarist and original music artist Clive Barnes.The energy of his performance literally rocked the theatre. Clive was followed by Brendan O’Shea – originally from Killarney but now living in New York for over 16 years. Brendan is a veteran of New York’s singer/songwriting scene.The clarity of his performance was stunning and once again the audience were slow to let this talented artist leave the stage. After the interval it was the turn of the one and only Mundy. This was the highlight of the weekend and Mundy held the audience in the palm of his hand for his whole set and many more as well. It is a true measure of this artist that he can captivate an audience in venues big and small and he received a standing ovation at the end of his performance. As a finale, the three artists who performed on the night Clive Barnes, Brendan O Shea and Mundy came back on stage and performed ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’. This was decision made by these three artists earlier in the night as they were so captivated by the intimate atmosphere of the venue and the reception they had received. It was a truly magical ending to a very successful festival. A sincere thanks to all those

who attended the event and to all those who helped make the festival a huge success. Special thanks to Margaret Organ and Waterford County Council Arts Office for sponsorship without which this event would not be possible. FIRST HOLY COMMUNION I would like to wish the children who are making their First Holy Communion this Saturday in Kill all the best, enjoy the day of celebration with your family and friends! PARISH PILGRIMAGE There are still some places available for our Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes in September. The departure date is the 27th September, accommodation for the five nights’ stay will be in the 4**** Solitude Hotel. Transport, accommodation, tours and a religious programme are all included in the cost of €729 per person. Anyone interested should contact Fr. Keogh on 051 294 261 or 086 3672 121. LOCAL AND EUROPEAN ELECTIONS Whatever your preference, this Friday you’ll have your chance to make your voice count – please make sure you use your right and make those ticks on Friday! VINTAGE FIELD DAY Well done to the organising committee and the helpers of the recent Classic Field Day in Kill – and of course to all the people who attended the day in aid of the Eoghan Keating Rehab Fund. A great variety of vintage cars, tractors, machinery and demonstrations were on display and there was plenty to do for the entire family – congratulations on a great day which brought out fantastic community spirit! WOMEN ONLY FITNESS CLASSES Ladies, an exciting new 4 week morning programme will be coming to Kill, consisting of 3 classes per week (10am to 11am). These classes will emphasise the

pleasure and enjoyment of an active, healthy lifestyle for all shapes, sizes and fitness levels. Whatever your age, size or ability, you have the right to be active, be comfortable in your skin and enjoy feeling fit! Exercise is essential for your health, get the best out of you without the pressure of competition. Get a head start this Summer without having to drive far distances. Places are strictly limited, if you would like to book a place or would like more information, contact Michelle on 083 1737 051. SUMMER SCHOOLS Two Summer Schools for young people are planned to take place in The Gealach Gorm Theatre at Kill Community Centre. ‘Make Your Own Movie’ in which participants will learn the fundamental rules of film-making in a one week course and produce their very own short film will run from July 14th to the 18th from 10am to 2.30pm each day. This course will be run in a fun atmosphere and is suitable for ages 8 years and upwards. All equipment will be provided and the classes will be taught by an award winning local Film-Maker from Mobius Studio who has had fifteen years of onset experience. A non refundable booking deposit of €30 is required by May 31st to secure a place on this course. A dance and drama Summer School will be run from August 11th to the 15th from 10.00 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. each day. We are delighted to have guest teacher Sophie Haynes (DDE ISTD& DIP.LCM) in charge of this course. Activities will include singing, jazz dance, drama, street dance, musical theatre and arts & crafts. Suitable for 5 years and upwards a non refundable booking deposit of €30 is required by June 20th to secure a place. For further information and to book contact 086-8569358.


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Bonmahon NEWS FROM KNOCKMAHON NS Congratulations to Conor Hamersley, Dara O'Grady and Aaron Hickey who celebrated their birthdays recently. Congratulations also to Conor Kidd,William Power and Ryan O'Donnell who received their First Holy Communions on Saturday, 3rd May - well done. A BIG THANK YOU to Anthony O'Grady and John Roche who are providing vital football & hurling training to our pupils every Friday. Swimming lessons have started and all pupils are receiving lessons by fully qualified instructors in Splashworld. Thank you to all who are supporting us in the BonmahonCommunity Lotto - it means a lot to us. BONMAHON COMMUNITY SOCIETY LOTTO Once again we had no jackpot winners. Lucky dips at €25 each went to Martin Mulcahy, Maureen O’Rourke, Dermot Casey and John Dwan. This week, we will be playing for a jackpot of €6,450.00! Numbers drawn last week were 6-10-35-28. WALK FROM A TO B New recruits welcome! Fancy walking from Beara Peninsula in West Cork to Waterford’s Copper Coast this August? A team of volunteers will walk from Allihies to Bonmahon to raise funds for the Bonmahon Community Society consisting of Bonmahon Tidy Town, Bonmahon GAA Club, Bonmahon Lifeboat, Coppercoast Geopark, and Knockmahon National School. These are the dates and the route: Day 1 - Saturday 16th of August - Allihies to Adrigole Day 2 - Sunday 17th of August - Adrigole to Pearson’s Bridge Day 3 - Monday 18th of August - Pearson’s Bridge to Coppeen Day 4 - Tuesday 19th of August - Coppeen to Kilumney Day 5 - Wednesday 20th of August - Kilumney to Glounthane

Day 6 - Thursday 21st of August - Glounthane to Youghal Day 7 - Friday 22nd of August - Youghal to Dungarvan Day 8 – Saturday, 23rd August - Dungarvan to Bonmahon (Locations are subject to change) Intrigued? Want to know more? E-mail us for more details, or join our regular Tuesday and Thursday training sessions 7pm at the outdoor gym Bonmahon. NEWS FROM THE ART HAND Bookings are now being taken for a range of School Tours at The Art Hand. Please ring 051 292919 for full details. 1 place now remaining on the Stained Glass Weekend Course that starts on July 18th. Kids classes continue till June 26th. The next WORDS event is on Wednesday June 4th. COPPER COAST GEOPARK CENTRE We are very excited about our upcoming programme for the European Geoparks Network Week which takes place from Friday, 23rd May to 1st June.There is something for everybody! Mammals of the Copper Coast Friday, 23rd May at 8 pm with a presentation by Andrew Harrington (MISE Project Officer, Waterford County Council). Waterford’s Copper Coast hosts a great variety of habitats, providing a home for many of Ireland’s native wild mammals. The Mammals in a Sustainable Environment (MISE) Project has been carrying out survey work on mammals in Co. Waterford since 2011 and the Copper Coast and the surrounding inland areas have been at the epicentre of much of the work the MISE Project has carried out.This talk will focus on the wild-life of the Copper Coast and some of the work that the MISE Project has carried out here, in particular on red squirrels, pine martens, stoats, otters and bats. Venue: Copper Coast Centre,

Bunmahon SOUTH EAST AMATEUR RADIO CLUB The South Eastern Amateur Radio Group will for the 7th consecutive year take part in the Geopark’s Communications weekend which takes place over the weekend of 24th & 25th May to coincide with European Geoparks week. The event is co-ordinated by Martin G3VOF of the Riviera Amateur Radio Club and awards are available for working Geopark stations including the main station GB6GEO. Although most activity is in Europe, a number of stations will be QRV from Geoparks around the world. SEARG will be QRV as EI2GEO from the Copper Coast Geopark in Co. Waterford. As the Geopark event is not a contest, operation tends to be relaxed with ample time and an ideal location to experiment with antennas. There is also a strong social aspect to the event with a barbecue on the Saturday night. Activity will be mainly on HF (SSB and CW). SEARG would like to thank Paula McCarthy, manager of Copper Coast Geopark Centre, for making this excellent site available to us over the past number of years. For more information about EI2GEO please see GIANT BEACH MOSAIC Sunday, 25th May from 10 a.m. Let your children’s artistic talent shine through as they use natural materials found on the beach pebbles, seashells and seaweed to create a giant mosaic on Annestown Beach with Geologist Tina Keating and local artist Sinead Driver. KAP DUNHILL PROJECT EXHIBITION Monday, 26th May 8 pm: Opening night of the KAP (kite aerial photography) Art and Archaeology Schools Project at the medieval site of Dunhill Castle by Stella Maris 5thYear Students, Tramore. This award winning project

combines various disciplines including science, art, geography and history. The aim of the project was to investigate a local cultural heritage site using a combination of KAP, ground photography and sketches. All of these activities including a historical lecture on site were all part of our visit of Dunhill Castle, culminating in this wonderful exhibition in the Geopark Centre, Bunmahon. Exhibition will run from Monday to Saturday. BOG AND SESSION Tuesday, 27th May 7 p.m. Explore the beautiful Fenor Bog With Copper Coast Guide Alan Walsh. Learn about the flora and fauna and of the area. Afterwards retire to the local watering hole Mother MacHughes for an evening of Cheoil aúgs craic. Venue: Fenor Bog, Fenor, Waterford. Admission: €5 GEOLOGY COURSE Wednesday 28th, Friday, 30th May 7:30 pm: What are the rocks along my beach? How did they form? 2 evening course - including fieldwork with Geologist Tina Keating Introducing rocks found along the Copper Coast and history of south east Ireland. Fee: €10.00, booking essential by Friday 23rd May. MODEL MAKING DEMO AND EXHIBITION Sunday, 1st June 12.00 noon: Workshop with Model Makers Andy Keating, Ger Walsh and friends at the Geopark Centre Bunmahon. Learn how to create your own models of buildings/people/ landscape etc. Upcycling everyday items is a fun way to reuse materials and reduce our footprint. With a little and imagination and creativity you can turn everyday objects into magnificent models. Admission €2, with accompanying children free of charge. PLEASE NOTE: All outdoor events subject to weather. Please dress sensibly to suit changeable conditions.

Irish Red Cross Dungarvan Branch WE were delighted to be involved in the Darkness into Light Walk once again, the faultless organisation and fantastic atmosphere of this event is second to none – well done to all involved! Last week’s training gave us all an insight into head injuries – how to recognise them and of course how to treat a patient with head

injuries, well done to all who attended. This week we’ll be back to getting stuck into scenario training for various injuries and illnesses to keep our skills refreshed and test ourselves on how we manage our skills in as close to real life scenarios as possible. All the best to all taking part!

Keep an eye out for our CPR Marathon and Awareness Day which will be run with our colleagues from Portlaw on Saturday,14th June in Dungarvan Shopping Centre – pop in for a Therapeutic Hand Massage, to cheer on the 40 youth members who will be performing chest compressions

for 8 continuous hours, get your blood sugar and blood pressure checked, get information! See you there. Anyone interested in what we do is most welcome to join us for weekly training every Wednesday from 7.30 to 9.30 pm in Dungarvan Community Hospital or contact us on 087 6792 328.

Some of the bags of rubbish which was collected by the Comeragh Community Development Group.

Comeragh Community Development Group

Wet day for a clean-up THIS year due to a bereavement in our community, the annual ‘Clean-Up the Comeraghs ‘was deferred from its usual date on Easter Monday to Saturday, 26th April, 2014. In spite of the change in date The ‘Clean-Up the Comeraghs’ campaign had a great turn out on one of the wettest days we have encountered for the clean-up so far in its 18 years. A really big thank you has to go to all the volunteers who were willing to brave the rain and do their bit to clean up the rubbish littering our countryside. Others who knew they would not be available on the revised date cleared their roads in the days coming up to the clean up. On the day, as has happened on previous years, the volunteers came to Leamybrien to collect bags, litter pickers, gloves and Hi-Vis vests all of which were supplied by Waterford County Council. Everyone then went to their allocated routes to fill their bags with litter. When they were ready for a break the volunteers gathered at St Brigid’s Hall, Kilrossanty, where a team of lovely ladies had sandwiches, snacks and drinks ready for the troops. A number of people this year commented that as they drove towards the mountains from Faha and Ballylynch that the view was spectacular. Just imagine what the erection of pylons in this area would do to

that view. We would like to thank our two local councillors Liam Brazil and Ger Baron for their continued support again this year. Also Waterford County Council have once again been very helpful and they have enthusiastically supported the clean up over the past few years with the provision of supplies and clearing the rubbish that we collected from the Council’s yard in Leamybrien. We would be unable to organise this great event without support from the business community and wish to thank the many companies who supported us this year. They were:- Waterford County Council,Tom Murphy Car Sales, Kirwan Pharmacy Kilmacthomas, Scanlon’s, Ashtown Stud, Sheridan’s Waterford, Cllr Liam Brazil, Kill Agricultural Services, Walsh’s Texaco Leamybrien, Autofactors, Merk Sharpe & Dohme, Comeragh Veterinary, Harty Auctioneers, GSK, FBD Insurance, JMC Associates, East Cork Oil, Twomey’s Eurospar, McDonald’s Dungarvan, Easons Dungarvan and Garvey’s Supervalu. The children’s competition entries decorated the community hall where the refreshments were served throughout the afternoon to all the volunteers. Our congratulation go to the winners of the Children’s

Art Competition, sponsored by McDonald’s Dungarvan and Easons Dungarvan who were: Kilrossanty NS;- Aoibheann Ryan, Aine Fitzgerald, Eabha Quinn, Claire Hennebry, Emma Power, Ellen Lonergan, Linda Curran and Alannah Szajada. Fews NS:- Jack Curran, Jodie Whelan, Thomas Dee, Barry Whelan, Sarah Slevin, Tomás Flynn, Hayley Phelan and Luke Brennan. The winner of the door prizes were Liz O’Riordan and Alice Drohan On Friday, 25th April the Comeragh Community Development Group held an American Tea Party at Crotty’s Inn, Leamybrien to raise funds toward their extension to the beautiful walk at Crough Wood. This extension will enable walkers to walk as far as the sheep grid on the magic road, a very worthwhile project. During the evening the Comeragh Community Development Group annual draw winners were drawn. The winners were: €200 John Halpin, €150 Sheila O’Sullivan, €75 Mary Houlihan, €50 Julie Green and €50 Liz Barron. Congratulations to everyone who won and grateful thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket to help with this great project. See you all again next year.

Kilrossanty HALL Hall meeting next Monday night, 26th May at 9.00 p.m. WHIST Results from 9/5/’14 - May O’Brien, Joan Cashin, Kay Veale, Mary O’Donnell, Kay Mullaney, Maureen Sullivan, Kathleen Whyte, Margaret Riordan, Breda Hennessey. Raffle: Trudi Walsh, Kathleen Fieldhouse, Kathleen Whyte, Emer Norris. Next Whist on 6th June, 2014. I.C.A. The May meeting was held on Monday 12th. It was well attended.Vote of sympathy was expressed to the Prendergast family, Kealfoun on the death of Noreen Prendergast RIP. Our guest speaker on the night was Colette from Blathanna Flowers, Portlaw. Colette did two flower arrangements which she raffled afterwards. Many thanks

to you Colette. Many questions were asked of her and lots of advice was given about flower arranging in general. Raffle winners on the night were: Colette, Martina, Molly and Margaret. Kathleen Whyte had the most unusual button for the competition. Next meeting - June 9th at 8.00 p.m. The competition is for the best June Rose in a Vase. Federation meeting in Ballymacarbry on June 16th. ELECTION Voting will take place in the hall this Friday. COMMUNION Best wishes to all the pupils and their families who make their 1st Holy Communion in Fews this Saturday. COLLECTION Collection this weekend at Masses for Comeraghs Against Pylons.



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Ardmore Pattern Festival

EXCITEMENT BUILDS IN ARDMORE FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE WORLD RENOWNED CLASSICAL GROUP “THE PRIESTS” When ‘The Priests’ released their self-titled album in 2008, they could have had little idea of the success it was going to bring them. Quickly they collected a huge amount of air miles and subsequently sold three million records and received countless award nominations. Their worldwide audiences include the Irish President, British Royal Family and the Pope, just to name a few! And now, they are coming to Ardmore on July 25th, which will be a night

to be remembered by all who are lucky enough to get a ticket. No doubt the memories of this evening of entertainment will stay with them for many years to come. ‘We are blown away by the response to ticket sales so far, with people travelling from England & Germany already’ said Rosie Mansfield, Ardmore Pattern Festival committee. Ciara Griffin, one of the organisers commented ‘It really will be a special night and we’re delighted as we’ve been trying to bring The Priests to Ardmore for the past three years and we’ve finally succeeded. It will be a night to remember in the village!’ Don't miss out! Tickets priced at €25 are on sale in Brigid Shelly Art Studio, Main Street, Ardmore or by contacting any of the following numbers 0879618073, 087-9382001 or 087-1211099. To learn more about Ardmore Pattern Festival visit or find us on Facebook.

Andrea Baker, who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grange last week. Pictured here with her mother Antoinette. []

The unveiling of an Interpretive Monument in Ardmore created by Matthew Ind (FAS) with the assistance of Ardmore Tidy Towns. From left to right – Bernard Stilwell (Ardmore Tidy Towns), Noel Conway (FAS Community Employment Programme), Matthew Ind (FAS), Martin Carlton (FAS) and Cllr. Tom Cronin.

Ardmore CARA COMMUNITY GAMES Clashmore, An Rinn, Ardmore including Old Parish, our area athletics community games qualifiers are being held in Ardmore GAA grounds on Tuesday, 27th May, at 6.30 p.m. All children welcome to compete from U-8 to U-16. Individual events plus relay qualifier sprints at the end of the evening. €1 per child please or €3 per family, this will go towards starting a fund for our area, thank you. CONFIRMATION DAY Well done to all those who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grange last week. I hope the day went well for you and you will remember it for the rest of your lives. I remember only too well myself the hustle and bustle of going through it myself way back in the 1970s and then over the last number of years seeing it from the side of a parent having already five of our offspring receive Confirmation. And we still have one more to go! Times are still tough for many, no matter what any political spin-doctor will tell you, and the parents of the children from Fifth and Sixth classes from both schools are to be commended for making the day special for their son or daughter. LEE CARLETON EXHIBITION Lee Carleton will be holding his Annual Ardmore Art Exhibition in Carleton Art Studio, 6 Main Street, Ardmore, on Saturday, 31st May, and Sunday 1st and Monday, 2nd June, 2014, from 11.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. daily. There will be a selection of acrylics, watercolours, pen and inks, etc. Paintings of all local scenes will be on display, and some for the first time. The range is very interesting and the prices are most reasonable. Go along and enjoy the Exhibition. Enquiries,commissions,pre-

views, etc., please phone 087/2371598. GRANGE N.S. NEWS We will be working in conjunction with Ria on the 7th of June for our next fundraiser in the Tea Rooms in St. Mary’s Church, Dungarvan. In the next few weeks Nora will be contacting people to ask them to bake for this event. For anyone looking for ideas, we will require tarts, cupcakes and tray bakes, no fresh cream or shop bought items. We will also be holding a Book Sale in the Church on the day. All books will be €1 and your support for the event would be appreciated. We will also have facepainting to keep the children entertained while you enjoy afternoon tea in delightful surroundings. We will be holding a Family Fun Table Quiz in An Tobar, Ardmore, on the Friday, 13th June, at 7.00 p.m. SHARP. Quizmaster on the night will be Bob O’Brien. We have started to collect some AMAZING spot and raffle prizes for the night. We are astounded with the generosity of the local business. Some of the prizes on the night include • One week Summer Camp Place at Ranger Camp Ardmore • Aura Family Swim Pass • One Month Aura Membership • 2 Five Day passes for Aura Leisure Centre • 2 Hour Kayak Lesson for Adult and Child from Ardmore Adventures • 2 Vouchers for Blackwater Garden Centre • Family Pass to Ardmore Open Farm • 2 Family Passes to Movie Junction Drive-In Cinema • Sunday Lunch in Garryvoe Hotel Plus we have many more surprises on the night. Tables will cost €20 and a great night of entertainment for all the

family is assured. If any other businesses would like to donate a prize, please contact Nora on 087 7411410. RTH AUG GIG It’s one to look forward to alright!! When it comes to quality music sessions and gigs in the Parish, one need never look no further than Aidan and Trish at the Round Tower Hotel; and what a sizzler they have lined up for later this year! George Murphy! Mike Hanrahan! John Spillane! Roy Buckley! Songwriters/Singers of the highest calibre descending on our village! Put the date in your diary; Friday, August 15th, at 9.30 p.m.! No Cover Charge! SILENT MOVIE DAY! On Saturday, June 7th next, at Molly Keane’s House overlooking Ardmore Bay, and enjoy being taken back in time

to another era by the old silent and black and white movies with Kevin Brownlow, renowned Film Historian. This unique event offers an engaging and sociable day out plus a fascinating opportunity for any film buff to gain the inside track on the making of these films. Start 10.00 a.m. and Finish 4.00 p.m. approx. Ticket Information: €80 (morning and afternoon tea/coffee, cakes and 2 course lunch is included in the ticket price). €65 per head for group bookings of four or more. €60 early bird offer available for bookings before May 7th.Tel: 024 94225 or 085 7431377. HALLA DEUGLÁN BAZAAR 2014 In connection with the above, the Hall Committee is welcoming donations of articles for its annual Summer

Bazaar on July 6th next. The hall will be open every Saturday, 9.30 a.m. – 12 noon, from now till the end of June to accept donations. Further information from Terry on 087-9477213. AFC SUMMER CAMP Ardmore soccer club will once again be holding their almost world famous Summer Soccer School this year, bookings now being taken! Camp dates are July 21st–25th inclusive and more details can be found at ARDMORE GRANGE COMMUNITY ALERT Meeting will be held in the I.C.A. Hall, Ardmore on this Thursday, 22nd May. Agenda on the night will include Garda Report, Review of elderly living alone, Operation of Garda Text system. All welcome.

Gerry Reardon (centre), who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in Grange last week. Pictured [] also are Gerry’s parents Pat and Siobhan, sister Grace and brother Patrick.


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Kilmac FIRST HOLY COMMUNION Congratulations to the boys and girls at Newtown Primary School who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday, 17th May in All Saints Church Newtown. Fr. Martin Keogh administered the sacrament to the following children: Matthew Burns, Shannon Dee, Thomas Foran, Genevieve Heskin, Eddie Keena, Matt Kiely, Ryan Norris, Leah O'Donoghue, Sarah O'Neill-Dowdall, Ciara Power, Lauren Power, Roseanne Power, Colm Sullivan, Thomas Thorpe and Jack Walsh. Well done to the teachers and parents for making this such a memorable day for all the children. LATE DENNIS CORKERY It is with great sadness we record the passing of Dennis Corkery, Main Street, Kilmacthomas. Denis passed away peacefully at his residence on the 9th May, 2014 surrounded by his loving family. Born in Millstreet, Co. Cork he came to Kilmacthomas in 1953 where he spent the next 10 years teaching in Currabaha Boys National School. He then went to Carrick-onSuir where he taught in the Christian Brothers primary school (Green School) there he stayed until his retirement in 1989. He met Eily O'Connell and they married in 1956, they took up residence in Main Street, Kilmacthomas where they brought up their three children, Eileen, Mike and Anne. Denis had a good sense of humour and always had a witty remark for people he met. He loved gardening and grew lots of flowers, fruit and vegetables over the years. Denis made lots of friends over time and it was great to see so many of these friends turn up to pay their final respects. His family appreciate all the support they received at this sad time. Denis was laid to rest in Kilmacthomas cemetery on Monday 12th May. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a anam. OCTOGENARIAN BIRTHDAY WISHES/ RETIREMENT Congratulations to Johnny Power, Hillside Crescent, Kilmacthomas on celebrating his 80th birthday last week with family and friends in the Park Hotel Dungarvan. Johnny has retired as Sacristan in Our Lady of Mercy Church where he served for 37 years. During Mass on Saturday night Johnny was presented with a beautiful inscribed crystal plate to mark his retirement, and Fr. Martin Keogh, P.P. paid tribute to

Johnny for his dedication as sacristan and also to his wife Eileen who was presented with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. Wishing you many more birthdays to come Johnny. LOTTO DRAW Results of the Kilmacthomas AFC lotto draw for Saturday, 17th May, letters drawn L, E, H, Q. No jackpot winner. Five winners of €20 each to Damien O'Reilly, c/o PPI; Mark Gallagher c/o PPI; Senan Casey, Kilmac; Ann-Marie Dalton, Kilmac and Margaret Fitzgerald, Stradbally. Next weeks jackpot €2,800, be in to win. CAR BOOT SALE Car Boot Sale/Market will take place in the Rainbow Community Hall on Sunday, 25th May from 10.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. Freshly baked cakes, plants, shrubs, kindling, bric a brac, clothes, jewellery, books and many more items will be on sale. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and grab a bargain. CHURCH GATE COLLECTION Comeragh / Kilmacthomas against Pylons group will hold a Church Gate collection at Kilmacthomas Church on Saturday 24th and at Newtown Church on Sunday, 25th May, also at all Masses in Fews and Kilrossanty over the weekend. Your support will be very much appreciated. LATE PATRICK CROWDLE It is with profound sorrow that we record the passing of Patrick (Bungy) Crowdle, Ballyshunnock, Kilmacthomas which sad event occurred on Wednesday, 14th May. Reposing at his residence on Thursday from 3.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m, removal took place on Friday to All Saints Church, Newtown and requiem Mass was celebrated at 1.00 p.m., burial took place in the adjoining cemetery immediately afterwards. Sincere sympathy to his family and friends. May he rest in peace. LOURDES PILGRIMAGE There is still time to book your place for the Parish Pilgrimage to Lourdes. Date 27th September for five nights costing €729 pps. If interested contact Fr. Martin Keogh, P.P., 051-294261. WHIST Results of the Ballylaneen Whist Club for Monday, 12th May - Monica Gough, T. Keane, Hannah McGrath, B. Murphy, Eileen Power, Peggy Callaghan, Mary B. Bowdren, Mary Blackmore, Veronica Walsh. Raffle winners - Breda Galvin, Ellis Wilkinson, Breda Galvin and Mary Kirwan.

Abbeyside scouts at the recent County Challenge.

Abbeyside Scouts Group WE started as usual with the Scout Prayer and subs, and welcomed our newly arrived scouts who have joined from cubs. Here is some general information for them and their parents, and worth reading again by all scouts and parents. Subs are €3 per week and if your son misses a meeting the subs are due anyway the next time (troop costs don't reduce from week to week!). All scouts are eligible for annual camp from 13-19th July and all information on venue, costs etc. will be revealed on May 21st at 7.15 pm, at the parents and scouts annual camp information night at the den (should take no more than 30 minutes). The camp will be in County Cork and we will be asking parents to deliver/collect scouts to the venue to cut down on transport costs. The troop numbers 32 scouts now, and we also have 9 ventures (15-17 year olds) at the moment, who do their own thing and also

support the scout events programme. We allocated new scouts to a patrol on the first night, and will see how they settle in to that group. If anyone is unhappy with that patrol he can talk to any leader about it and we can see if a move to another patrol might be worthwhile. We usually allow scouts about 6 weeks before they commit to the cost of buying a uniform, to make sure they are happy to be involved and are enjoying themselves. So, there will not be a need for parents to buy a scout uniform until September (which also will mean new scouts are not growing out of it during the summer!). We sometimes get uniform items from those leaving scouts so check with us before buying anything, it may be that there will be something there to fit (in return for a small donation - €5 for pants/shirt/jacket if we have them). It would be very helpful

Tug of War at the Den. to know in advance if scouts are not going to attend a meeting/event, as we need to have leader numbers in direct proportion to the number of scouts. For events where gear is transported to/from the den the convention is that

all scouts return to the den after the event to unpack and put gear away, it take much less time that way and shares the workload fairly. We will probably plan a one night camp in June just to settle down the patrols before annual camp and give them an experience

together under canvas. Ventures climb of Slieve Donard in County Down is postponed to the 23rd of May and we are looking at a canoe run from Waterford city to Cheekpoint for the Waterford River Rescue Service in June as their next big activity after that.

Deise Singers - Movies and Musicals YES, the opening night is just one “sleep” away now for the Deise Singers 6th Annual Summer Concert. The Deise Singers was founded in 2008 by Lena Walsh. It’s a mixed choir and can now perform almost any genre of singing, thanks in no small way to our Musical Director, Fiona Tobin. It’s Fiona’s third year with us. Between juggling a busy family life, and her music teaching commit-

ments, Fiona works tirelessly with us every Monday night until we have our music to performance level. Working side by side with Fiona and the Deise Singers, are two very capable pianists, Elaine Ryan and Daniel Kearney. This is Elaine Ryan’s 2nd season with us. Elaine lives in Tramore, teaches music in Tramore and Waterford, and is the proud mom of baby Allison, just 10 weeks old!

We hear baby Allison will soon be turning the pages for Elaine as she practices her music! Daniel Kearney is from Abbeyside and is no stranger to the Town Hall Theatre audiences. He has been involved with the Deise Singers since 2009, both as accompanist and soloist, and is “double jobbing” once again this year. All in all, with Fiona, Elaine and Daniel, quite an

impressive coaching team. This year we have chosen to make a contribution from concert funds to the Irish Dogs for the disabled. This is a relatively new development, and proves beyond doubt what a difference a specially trained dog can make to a child or adult with disabilities. So please come with an extra euro or two in your pocket to help us support this worthy cause.

Many of our loyal supporters were unable to get tickets for our sell out Christmas “Teatime Recital”, so don’t miss out this time. See you on Thursday or Friday night at our concert. Tickets available at the Capitol Cleaners, 05841412, Dungarvan Tourist Office, 058-41471, and call or text Maria on 0868526569. Keep tuned.



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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 8.00 p.m. Helpline: 1890 303 302.You are not alone! (ind.)

Been affected by Suicide? YOU are not alone – Been Bereaved through suicide? Meet people in similar circumstances for a free tea or coffee and chat. 1st Tuesday of every month from 10.00 a.m. to 12.00 noon - Charity Vintage Tea Rooms, St. Mary’s Church of Ireland. Contact Breda Maher on (086) 9822498.

Ballyduff Card Results 14/5/14 – 1st Larry Byrne & Dinny Tobin; 1st Breada Cotter & Mary Leahy. Lucky Tables: Stephan Cunningham & Nellie Devine; Bill Leddy & Helen O’Keeffe; Eileen O’Callaghan & Maura Lindsey. Raffle: Mary Fitzgerald, Mary Fennessey, Joan Hannon x 2, Nellie Devine, Mary Leahy x 2, Helen Cunningham.

Charity Vintage Tea Rooms OLD fashioned afternoon teas, cakes and sandwiches in our unique little tea rooms at St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on Saturday, 24th May, in aid of the Nuns of Glencairn Abbey, 2–5 p.m. Cake Stall and Mass Cards for sale. Find us on Facebook: Charity Vintage Tea Rooms. Come and see us and see what everyone's talking about!

Waterford Chamber AGM THE 227th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber and the 27th Annual General Meeting of Waterford Chamber of Commerce, a Company Limited by Guarantee, will take place at the Granville Hotel, Waterford on Monday, 26th May at 5.30 p.m. The meeting should conclude no later than 7.00 p.m. Registration and light refreshments will be available at 5.00 p.m. to ensure a prompt start.This year is an election year so a new board of directors will be elected by members in attendance at the AGM.

West Waterford CoderDojo Computer Programming Club for kids going strong THE CodoDojo which has been running a number of weeks at the SVP centre in Lismore is growing in popularity. Set up by Louise Brierley and Keith Dransfield, with kind permission from Lismore SVP for the use of their premises, the club is proving to be a great success. “The experience we’ve gained from setting this up will help us expand to other areas” says Louise. “And I’m asking now for people anywhere in West Waterford with an interest in this to get in touch. We are especially looking for mentors for Tallow, Ballyduff, Cappoquin, Clashmore and surrounding areas who might have some knowledge of computer programming to come on board if they can spare an evening weekly or monthly.” Please contact Louise on 0879565309

Pictured at Connery’s Memorial Garden are from left to right: Micheál Marrinan, Margaret Kelly, Mary Marrinan, Aengus McCann, Andy Kelly, Declan McCann.


Comhaltas Craobh na gComarach TRACING THE MUSIC TRAIL The name of the late Dr Kevin McCann who was G.P. for the district from 1946 through 1950s has often been mentioned in connection with the traditional music scene around the Dungarvan area. Early last week surprise visitors arrived at the home of our branch chairman in Cúil na Sméar, one from Nova Scotia in Eastern Canada and the other from Galway. Aengus McCann, a brother of Dr. Kevin was accompanied by Kevin's son Declan. The two men were interested in talking about their famous relative and many hours were spent exchanging stories. For many years Dr. Kevin had corresponded with Micheál Marrinan from his home in Newfoundland. As his son Declan recounted, the whole family eventually emigrated to Newfoundland

in 1966. Most of the stories told relate to trips in his legendary Volkswagon with local fiddler Tom Duggan. Dr. Kevin was a close friend of the collector and musician Séamus Ennis and was best man at his wedding. He also researched and wrote extensively on traditional music including the history of the accordion and concertina. He regularly visited Kelly’s of Currabaha, home of the late Mary Kelly an accomplished musician and unique in her time as a player of traditional music on the piano. Aengus and Declan were especially delighted to visit Mary Jean and Finbar Timmins in Cúil na Sméar Upper where they met with the Kelly’s, John, Andy and Margaret as well as Mrs. Kelly’s great-grand children Caoimhe, Fionn and Rioghanach, all promising musicians and members of our branch. Following a few tunes and a visit to the Connery’s Memorial

Garden in Bohadoon they concluded the trip reading some of the late Kevin’s letters in which he always sang the praises of, as he said himself, “lovely Cúil na Sméar”. COUNTY FLEADH CHEOIL With less than two weeks to go, our young members are full of excitement as they prepare to participate in the fleadh competitions. Our committee will be responsible for the running of the Fleadh under the guidance of our branch secretary Valerie O'Gorman and county secretary Caroline Douris. With so much entertainment laid on over the weekend both the committee and our young members will be looking forward to taking in as much as possible of the extensive programme. For the first time in many years we have an adult set who will participate in the over 35's competition. All the dancing competitions will be in the Park Hotel

on Sunday, June 1st from 9.00 a.m. The music, song and comhrá competitions will be in St. Mary's School on Saturday, May 31st commencing at 10.00 a.m. Some interesting facts to whet the appetite from the Tradfest programme include the names of 5 famous fiddlers Connie O’Connell, Gerry Harrington, Oisín MacDiarmada, Geraldine O’Callaghan and Dave Sheridan and 5 famous accordion players Jackie Daly, Aidan Coffey, Donal Murphy, Donie Nolan and Séamus Begley. Enquiries have come from other counties about the Busking competition, always a great ingredient on the streets especially if the sun shines. Tickets for the Danú concert in the Park Hotel are selling from The Local, Ben O’Neill’s, The Wine Buff and the Tourist Office. Details of the pub session trail will be published in next week's issue.

Dungarvan Mens Shed DU

AN ARV NG THE week moves on in the Shed, with work continuing in the garden, greenhouse and workshops. Plans are well underway for the Percy French Tribute Concert next month (June 15th) as well, so things busy on the Shed front! Last Wednesday, saw a group of Shedders off to Killarney for the day, a great day out organised by Nicola in the A.E.C. next to the Shed. A great day was had by all, Shedders and students alike, with plenty of banter on the bus, plenty of grub in Killarney, and a wonderful tour of Muckross

House. A BIG THANK YOU to Nicola for the kind invitation from all the lads at the Shed! Spot Quiz: Which Shedder managed to have a great day out, a breakfast, a salmon lunch in Muckross House, coffee in the afternoon all for the princely sum of €2? Answers on a postcard please. First prize, a made to measure set of dentures!!! A good week in the Shed, with plenty going on in the workshops and the garden. A few Shedders needed to rest up after the great day out in Killarney, but by Friday a few small projects were under way in workshops 1 and 3, with Joe and Steve working on craft projects which are taking shape nicely (watch this space for further developments). Meanwhile the Shed would like to wish founder member of the

Shed Nicky Sheehan the best of luck in the upcoming local elections. Nicky moved heaven and earth and worked tirelessly to

Steve, Oliver, Tom and Patsy.

start the Men’s Shed in Dungarvan, and was and still is a stalwart supporter of any of our projects that involve and include the

community, and is one of the fairest and most genuine members of our Shed. Good luck Nicky, from all at Dungarvan Mens' Shed.


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CULT CLASSIC CINEMA AT THE THEATRE ROYAL PRESENTS THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW After a hugely successful Facebook campaign that let you choose whish cult movie to see on screen, the votes have been counted. The first movie screened on the 19 June for Cult Classics Cinema is......The Rocky Horror Picture Show! Second and third place were Life Of Brian and Jaws so these two will carry to the next vote for the second movie along with new choices. Come along to sing, dance and join our staff (who will be in costume too!) in a crazy night not to be missed. A special drink promotion on the night and a prize for the best dressed will ensure a great night out. Tickets are €9 and on sale from the theatre box office on 051 874402 or online on for this general admission event. So invite everyone you know and make this a night to remember. MAG MELL An absolutely unique Irish experience Welcome to the mythical island of Mag Mell off the west coast of Ireland. An isle fabled for eternal peace and happiness is about to be rocked as the greed and materialism of the 21st Century collides with the ancient wisdom and beauty of Mother Earth, unleashing all her creative energies, her fury, her pain, her darkness, her vision and her compassion. Theatrically captivating from the start, the show is stunning both aurally and visually with glorious music, thrilling stage effects and superb puppetry. The masks and puppets create a carnival atmosphere - dark, dangerous and anarchic at times, light, happy and delightful too. Actor Jon Kenny strides the stage throughout. Humor abounds! No time to think- you just get hauled into the inspiring story, the music, the singing, the rhythms and the wild dancing. The show is presented by Whobeganit Theatre Co. Ltd., founded by former Dun Believables actor Jon Kenny. Mag Mell comes to Theatre Royal Waterford on Thursday 29 May at 8.00 p.m. Tickets are €20 adult /€18 conc with children’s tickets at €15 and a family of 4 for only €55. All are available on and through the box office on 051-874402.

Members of the London Chapter of Irish Georgian Society.

VISIT BY GEORGIAN SOCIETY Last week we were delighted to welcome members of the London chapter of the Irish Georgian Society to the Museum. The group were staying at Lawlors Hotel and were visiting heritage attractions in county Waterford. They were given a tour of the museum with particular emphasis on the artefacts and photographs associated with some of the country houses of west Waterford. The group were presented with an information pack on attractions in Co. Waterford, pre-

pared by the staff of Dungarvan Tourist Office. TALK ON SHANDON CAVE As part of the Bealtaine Festival of Outdoor Science, Waterford County Council will present a talk titled - Tales of Giants from Shandon Cave by Dr. Matthew Parkes, Natural History Museum, Dublin. The talk will take place on this Wednesday, 21st May, at 7.30 in the Town Hall Theatre. ANNUAL BOOK SALE We are currently collecting books for our annual book sale. If

Stradbally FIRST COMMUNION In brilliant sunshine fourteen pupils from the three primary schools in Stradbally gathered with teachers, family and friends to receive their First Communion at Holy Cross Church, Stradbally. Fr. Jerry Condon, P.P., officiated. The three schools provided the singing accompanied on the organ by Ms. Marie O’Shea. The Communion Hymns were Céad Mile Failte Romhat and Let the Children come to Me. With the final uplifting hymn If I Were A Butterfly. The children receiving the Eucharist for the first time were Conor Power, Cormac McGrath, Jamie McCarthy, Donnachadha O’Brien, Molly Kate Hearne, Zoe Lally-Condon, Niamh Kilbride, Alice Ketch, Liam Leacy, Molly Fennell, Oran Grant, Eva Davis, Oísín Leacy, Lucey Roche. At the other end of the Parish the children from Seafield Primary School received their First Communion on Sunday, 18th May, 2014 at St. Anne’s Church, Ballylaneen. Fr. Jerry Condon, P.P., officiated. The children receiving were Darragh McKeon, Liam Organ, Conor Doocey and Angel Walsh. PARISH DRAW RESULTS The results of the Parish Draw for the 12th May were as follows: 1st Prize €150 - Thomás and Siobhan Walsh, Carrigahilla. The 5 x €25 prizes went to


Dr. Seán McElduff; Marcella Power, Viewmount; Luke Casey, Faha; Dick and Kitty Gough, Carrigahilla; John Thomas, Cill Aoide, Stradbally. The promoters prize went to Mary Power. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to local greyhound trainer/owner T.J. Condon, Viewmount on a great win with his greyhound “Lazy Tommy” at Kilcohan, Waterford on Friday night at a time of 29.50. I am reliably informed that everyone on the night was smiling except the bookies! TASTE OF SUMMER As Stradbally basked in sunshine last week we got the first taste of Summer, the ice-cream cones and 99’s appeared in the local shop, children and parents sampled the cones to suit all tastes. On Saturday with the sun still blazing the Stradbally Market stall holders set out their stalls in the Cove Bar at 10.30 a.m. You could have been in France or Spain. With choices for fresh produce, cakes, jams, sweets, the talents of the local crafts people were also on display from photocards with local scenes to hand-made cards for all occasions. Spoiled for choice you would then enjoy a lovely cup of tea with friends and enjoy Margaret’s scones with butter and jam. You do not have to travel far just drop in any Saturday morning and enjoy the Continental feel of the Stradbally Market on the Square and bring your friends.

LOCAL SOCCER NEWS The Under 12 side went down 3-2 in their cup tie last week versus Waterford Cyrstal. Rory Fennell and Darragh Farrell were on the scoresheet. After an exciting game which went to extra time the Under 15 team emerged 2-1 victors over Park Rangers to advance to the next round of the cup. FIXTURES Two games for the Under 15’s this week. On Thursday they play in the cup again, at home versus Dungarvan, kickoff at 6.30 p.m. On Saturday at 2.30 p.m. they have another home tie, a league encounter with Villa. The Academy and Little Dribblers continue on Saturday morning at 10.30 a.m. and 11.45 a.m. respectively until the end of the month. Preparations have already begun for the ever popular Stradbally Soccer Summer Camp taking place this year between 14th 18th July. Application forms will be available from next month. Watch the local notes for further details and updates. GAELIC FOOTBALL Hard luck to Stradbally Minor Footballers who reached Division One County Final last week only to be thwarted by an impressive Nire side. Many stars of the future from both sides were evident on the night.

you have books to donate (no magazines or encyclopedias please) you can contact the museum at 058-45960 or drop them in to us in Friary Street. Many thanks to all our donors to date. Please note the date for the sale has been changed and the new date is the 26th-28th June. GROUP VISITS TO MUSEUM We had many school and community groups from the locality visiting the museum in 2013 and hope to have more in 2014. It is vital that we encourage young people in particular to take an

interest in the history of their locality. Groups can be given a guided tour, there are replica items which can be handled and DVDs on local subjects such as The Moresby, Railways etc. If you are interested in arranging a visit please ring 058-45960 to make an appointment. OPENING HOURS Monday to Friday 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. Phone 058-45960. Email: Web: w w w. w a t e r f o r d m u s e u m . i e ;

WLRfm Sponsor the Causeway Tennis Club Senior Open Week June 1st to June 7th THE WLRfm Causeway Tennis Club Senior Open Week takes places from Sunday, June 1st, to Saturday, June 7th.There are 6 different grades to enter at and around 25 competitions within the open week, so there is something there so suit everyone. There are a few way of entering the WLRfm Open Week, you can go online to You can download your entry form from: Or you can enter online at Closing date for receipt of entries is May 26th at 6.00 p.m. Orla Dawson WLRfms Dungarvan / West Waterford Sales Executive says" WLRfm is delighted to be involved in supporting the Causeways Open Week. The event gets so much support from listeners in West Waterford. We're

looking forward to a great week of tennis and Craic and hopefully our involvement will help also promote tennis and the fantastic amenities at Dungarvan Tennis Club". Gerard Kelly, Chairman of Causeway Tennis Club says "At Dungarvan Tennis Club we are delighted WLRfm have come on board to sponsor both the Open week and the Interfirms event in October. We have a very enthusiastic and friendly membership and we look forward to welcoming a host of new entries to open week and look forward to a very successful tournament". The Causeway Tennis Club will have a BBQ going on every evening along with some great tennis for everyone to watch. Hopefully, the weather will make an appearance too!

Des Whelan, WLRfm; Orla Dawson, WLRfm, and Gerard Kelly, President Causeway Tennis Club.



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Joe and Sean Walsh take advantage of a dry day to get some work done on the farm.

Kilgobinet/Colligan/Kilbrien GRANDMA You never stopped. Your hands were always busy – and there was always somethin' to be done. But, there was no bother and you just got on with it. Feed the babies, then feed the rest of the family. When everyone else had finished their breakfast, it was kids off to school, husband out the door, babies to change, and, at last, a hot cup of tea and some buttered toast. Then dishes to clean, spuds to wash, dinner to make. And so the day continued, one essential task after another. Rushing things only made more work, so it was a game of pacing, one job by one job done. And after a day of it, with the kids in bed or nearly so, and the fire lit, a friend or three might drop in. Then, at last, there was time for a nadder, and two cups of tea and maybe a slice of brack. Home made, naturally. In front of the fire the chat continued, but look at those hands. Always on the

move with clicking knitting needles or hooked crochet tool. Mittens needed making, so did socks and warm woolen gansies. Why, you could even make a fashion statement with Clancy Brother Aran Sweaters. Who taught you to knit? Did you, as one Parish resident recalls, teach yourself by playing with "two nails and some twine." Did it come at Grandma's lap, or perhaps it was school where the teachers devoted one hour every week to knitting. Gentlemen, of course, need not have applied. Where did you get the wool? The days of spinning your own were long gone, so it had to be shops. Perhaps it was Haddens, where Shaws is now, which had a grand collection of yarns. You bought them in hanks and recruited your daughter to stand with her hands apart, hank of yarn held between them, while you'd unravel the whole nine yards and re-roll it into a ball.

There was skill to making a proper ball of yarn. Too tight or too loose either way it would unravel. A well made ball of yarn took the Goldilocks touch - just right. Money was scarce and nobody gave you nuthin. So, often enough, you bought your wool a couple of ounces at a time.You finished that gansey when you had time to work on it, the yarn to make it, and the shillings and pence to buy the next ounce. Darning, mending, knitting, chatting away, drinking tea by the fire, sure, wasn't it a great life and you wouldn't trade it for love nor money! Your daughters, however... DUNGARVAN TRADFEST 31st May, 1st & 2nd June Bank Holiday Weekend – Music and lots of it, Singing too, Céilí, Comhrá and all this taking place in Dungarvan. Danú, the internationally famous band

composed of locals will be headlining the Sunday night concert. St. Mary's School will be hosting the music competitions on Saturday, the set dancing competitions will be at the Park Hotel on Sunday, the Gig Rig will be out, the pubs heaving... and it's all just down the road. Not to be missed. Brochures are all over town with the schedule of events, or you can check out PARENT & TODDLER GROUPS 21st May, Wednesday Kilbrien Group meets every Wednesday at Kilbrien Hall from 10.30 a.m. until 12.30 p.m. For more: Michelle 087-648-0822. 23rd May, Friday Coolnasmear Group meets Fridays at the Hall from 11.20 a.m. until 1.00 p.m. Contact Mary 087-1302048 for information. INCLUDE YOUR INFO Scott Simons -

National Spring Clean on Ring Beaches “THE beaches in An Rinn are very popular amenities and we welcome volunteers of all ages to help in this great spring clean amidst the splendid coastal scenery in the beautiful County Waterford Gaeltacht” says CMR committee member Louise Uí Cheallaigh. A clean-up of the beaches on the Ring peninsula is scheduled for Saturday, May 31st from 12.00 noon to 2.00 p.m. as part of An Taisce National Spring Clean. The meeting points are: Baile na nGall Pier, The Cunningar car park, Helvick Pier car park, Poll a Phúca. Bags and gloves will be provided but please bring your own pickers, if you wish. Organised by Coiste Maisithe na Rinne - Ring Peninsula Community Group and An Taisce Clean Coasts in conjunction with the Environment Section of Waterford County Local Authorities, Coca-Cola and Fáilte Ireland, there are over 100 people of all ages expected to take part. Info: (058) 46448; 086-8134597; 087-9860532.

Cian Leahy and family members pictured at Clashmore Ballycurrane First Holy Communion recently. []

MODELIGO N.S. Well done to all our athletes who participated in the Western Finals of the Primary school Sports. What a busy and successful evening we had, with our highest numbers ever qualifying for the County Finals, to be held on May 29th. And indeed we had some very important visitors to S.N. Muire on Friday evening last: none other than the Junior Infants for the 2014/15 school year! So a great big Modeligo NS welcome to the 9 boys and girls and, of course, their parents. Many happy years of schoolgoing, then to newcomers Jack Dalton, Jack Quinn, Rory Fitzgerald, Conor Foran, Darragh Buckley, Lucy Moroney, Becky O'Brien, Kate Nugent and Aoibhe Power. Finally, a reminder of our Open Night, that'll be on Friday, 29th May, between 6.30 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. All are welcome to come along and see for themselves our wonderful facilities, including our brand new playing field. COMMITTEE MEETING A reminder that our next Community Council committee meeting will be held on Monday next, May 26th, at 8.30 p.m. PILGRIMAGE TO KNOCK The annual Cappoquin / Affane / Modeligo St. Vincent de Paul pilgrimage to Knock will take place on Saturday week, May 31st. Bus will depart from the Square, Cappoqiun at 6.30 a.m., price including breakfast and lunch: €50. If you wish to be part of the pil-

grimage, you can contact Mary Croke or Rose Sargent. LATE FR. PADDY O'BRIEN It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Fr. Paddy O'Brien, who was a native of Graigue, Modeligo, and spent his priestly career in the service of Christ in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Washington. The late Fr. Paddy was the last surviving member of a large family, and really enjoyed his annual visits home to Modeligo before ill health and advancing years prevented him from doing so. We extend our sympathies to the extended O'Brien family, Mass for the happy repose of his soul will be celebrated at Modeligo Church on Friday next, May 23rd at 7.30 p.m. CHILDREN'S PLAYGROUND The above facility was officially on Sunday morning last, and despite the fairly damp conditions, a great crowd of enthusiasts, young and old alike, turned out for the occasion. The playground was declared "open" by County Mayor, Damien Geoghegan, indeed his last official engagement before the reconstitution of Local government which will take place after next Friday's local and European Elections. Community Council Chairman Vince O'Donovan welcomed all present and thanked all who contributed in any way to the completion of this exciting project, especially Carmel O'Neill who was co-ordinator of the small but very active group that accessed the funding necessary.

Also to Siobhán Troy, Community treasurer, who was very involved in the organisational side of things. It's a fantastic facility that will no doubt be of great benefit to local children and, of course, parents and guardians in future years. GAA CLUB FUNDRAISER The local GAA club will hold their clothes, ect. collection on Saturday week next (May 31st) at the Community Centre between 11.00 a.m. and 1.00 p.m., remember you can drop off any clean and good quality clothes, bedlinen, towels, belts, bags, soft toys, also we can accept laptops with the correct cable connections. It's a very important fundraiser to help boost our clubs' finances, so,we look forward to your goodwill for this initiative. And if you wish to domnate but can't get to the Centre on the morning, you can contact any of the following to collect your stuff: John (0877696510); Tom (0863605202); Máiréad (087-7986586); Dolores (087-6504774). CRANNCHUR AITIUL Once again we had sales of over 400 last week, many thanks to sellers and purchasers alike. The numbers drawn were 9, 12 and 21, no winner, so there's a great jackpot for our next draw: €3,100, in fact. Congratulations to Mary Ann Troy, Clashmore, Aoife and Ellen O'Byrne Lr. Glen, Shane Desmond, Dungarvan and Keith and Evan Hickey, Glen, who were ouir €25 lucky dip winners.

Music on a Summer’s Day THE combination of a venue with amazing acoustics, a very talented young Harpist possessed of a glorious soprano voice, a delighted audience and a balmy Summer afternoon to enjoy the view across Dunbarton Harbour, as we sipped “Pima” in the sunshine at the interval …it doesn’t get much better than this! The idea came from Ria Drohan, who does such stalwart work on behalf of so many Charities in her ’40s Style Tea-Rooms in St. Mary’s. The need was to raise funds Fr. Conor Kelly and the new branch of St.Vincent de Paul in Ring Parish. The artiste performing was Una Whyte, whose performance was so accomplished, both vocally and on the Concert Harp and also the smaller Irish Harp. In a programme ranging from the classical works of Bach, Glinka and Marcel Tournier, to the magic of O’Carolan on the Irish Harp and further to popular film themes and music from Lloyd Webber, etc., there was something to suit all tastes. Una has a wonderful voice and is currently receiving vocal training from Cara O’Sullivan, the renowned Irish Soprano. She also studies Concert Harp and Irish Harp with Denise Kelly in the D.I.T. Conservatory of Music and Drama. She has already won a number of awards and has toured across Europe, Asia and South Africa. A lady with a very bright future ahead of her. At the moment she is teaching Music and English

in the Sacred Heart Secondary School in Clonakilty. The event raised a serious amount of money for the St Vincent de Paul. Thanks to Una, the many sponsors and helpers, and most of all Ria, the new branch in An Rinn is over €1,100 to the good. Well done to all!


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Cappoquin FRIENDS OF CAPPOQUIN DAY CENTRE Friends of Cappoquin Day Centre Annual 5 Week Draw. Results of Draw No. 1 - 1st €100 Eileen O'Callaghan c/o Day Centre; 2nd €50 Karl Uniacke, Cappoquin; 3rd €30 Shauna Fraher, Cappoquin; 4th €20 Paddy Tobin, Lyre. Draw No. 2 – 1st €100 Billy Ryan,Tallow; 2nd €50 Liam O'Brien, Tallow; 3rd

€30 Kieran Roche, Knockalara; 4th €20 Mgt White c/o Day Centre. ROWING Milo and Pat Murray had another successful visit to British National Masters Regatta in Nottingham recently. At the regatta, they competed in the pairs event. Facing tough competition in a 6 boat final, they prevailed, winning by half a length and arriving home with another medal.

Children from Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain with Anne Devine, School Principal and Mary Flynn, School caretaker, cutting the cake at the 10th year 2004 - 2014 Anniversary Celebration Prayer Service. [Pat Crowley]

Lismore LISMORE TIDY TOWNS Two weeks to go before adjudication starts in the National Tidy Towns Competition. Nobody knows when the adjudicators will arrive, it does vary from year to year so all intended work needs to be done by the end of May. So we appeal to people to be prepared for that date. Thanks to Michael Coleman for all the sweeping done on the week starting Monday, 12th May. Our working team were out and about the same week and the following work was done: the raised bed at the North Mall was weeded and prepared for Summer planting, all of the North Mall was swept as far as the Cathedral, the box hedging at South Mall was trimmed; the rose bed at the Monastery was weeded as was the bed running along the Bank of Ireland at West Street and sweeping was done around the Grotto and the top of West Street. Lismore's entry in this year's National Tidy Towns competition has been sent, the deadline being

Thursday, 22nd May. As part of this year's Biodiversity entry Lismore Tidy Towns had commissioned two reports, one on the birds of Lismore and the other on habitats. On Wednesday, 14th May presentation of those reports were made to the three local schools and the Carnegie branch library Our thanks to the following for facilitating us, Mrs. Deirdre Kennefick. Mrs. Patricia Lonergan, Monica and Alison and the Green Schools Committee Bunscoil Bothar na Naomh, Ms. Andrea Quinn and the Green Schools Committee St. Mochuda's National School, Mrs. Bridget Taaffe and her second year Science class Blackwater Community School and Robert at the Carnegie branch library. Those reports we hope will provide useful resource material for young people and adults alike. On Friday, 23rd May the area office of Waterford County Council at the Monastery will close and Mr. Noel Healy the area engineer will transfer to Dungarvan to take up a

new position in the amalgamated council. Everyone involved with Lismore Tidy Towns wishes him well in his new job. He will be missed by us in Tidy Towns as he always made himself available to meet us and to take on board any ideas we had for the benefit of the town. This Thursday evening we will be making a presentation to him in the Monastery as a token of thanks for all of the work done by him in the town since he came to work here. Our thanks also to Ms. Anita Meagher, Lismore Town clerk who is also leaving, for the help that she gave Lismore Tidy Towns since she took up the job. ECO TIP OF THE WEEK: Build a hedgehog hotel - thats a trendy name for a collection of slowly rotting pieces of wood which provide a breeding ground for all sorts of wildlifeand grubs that this prickly animal loves, as well as azone in the garden to hang out, undisturbed, shaded and away from us humans!

Parish of Lismore & Ballysaggart CONGRATULATIONS to the children of the parish who celebrated their First Holy Communion; to their teacher Mrs. Lonergan their class teacher who so carefully prepared for this Mass. With out our Catholic Schools parents would have to put in a mighty big effort in time and faith leadership if their children were to experience such a rich day. Faith parents will continue to nurture the child’s relationship with Jesus through ongoing teaching and prayer. Our inhouse newsletter is available this weekend. Should you wish certain faith issues be included or have ideas to broaden the appeal of the letter you can give suggestions to the pastoral council. You might consider taking an neighbour

who live alone and no longer may drive a car for a long or short trip to brighten up their day if it were acceptable. No one ought feel lonely in a Christian community. Loneliness and isolation is bad for physical and mental and spiritual health. Not to notice the pain or distress of a neighbour until it is too late can be a burden that has to be borne. MASS TIMETABLE Saturday, 24th May - Vigil Mass in Lismore at 7.30 p.m. Sunday, 25th May - Morning Mass in Ballysaggart at 9.30 a.m. Sunday Mass in Lismore at 11.00 a.m. PRO Pastoral Council. Parish Radio Link 103.9FM


LIBRARY CHANGES Best wishes to popular local librarian Muriel Cullen who has moved to pastures new in the Council changes taking place at present. She will be sorely missed. Library opening times have changed somewhat in recent weeks too, so that now the facility is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week, from 10.00 to 1.00 and from 2.00 to 5.00 each day. Our new librarian is Bernie Leahy who, like Muriel, is no stranger to the place and will undoubtedly be a great support to people looking

for books, local materials, doing online research and popping in just for a read of the newspapers. Best wishes to both Muriel and Bernie in their new roles. VOTING THIS WEEK Just a reminder to everyone that voting in the local and European elections takes place this Friday, 23rd May, in the Community Centre. The polls open at 7.00 in the morning and will remain open until 10.00 that night. TREKKIN’ EEJITS Another gentle reminder to all participants in the recent Trekkin’ Eejits spon-

sored walk in aid of St. John’s Special School to get your cards (and money) in as soon as you can, to any member of the organising committee or drop them into the Credit Union, please. CARNIVAL MEETING The next meeting of the Carnival organising team is scheduled for this Wednesday evening at 8.30, with this week’s venue being the Railway Bar (Fawlty’s). The programme is really taking shape nicely, and this week’s meeting will be fine-tuning everything even further. We will begin drip-feeding further details of the 2014 programme in the coming weeks, but can already confirm that there will again be a major art exhibition at the Community Centre, involving the work of five local artists – Noel and James O’Donoghue, Ciara Gormley, Helen McGrath

and, back from the USA, Gillian Wright. Several of these artists have exhibited during past carnivals individually, so to have all five together this time is really special. The exhibition is provisionally entitled Carnival Canvases and will open at 8.30 on Friday, 20th June. The opening will be performed by great local artist Andrea Jameson, who is also hoping to host an open air painting session for all-comers at the Blackwater river bend on the Saturday morning. As a salute to our local talent, this week’s photo comes from another such painting event at the Carnival some seven years ago. In it you can see Arthur Maderson and Andrea Jameson working on a canvas together, with James O’Donoghue, one of this year’s exhibitors, watching intently. We don’t know who owned the tractor parked outside!

Orienteering with Lismore Heritage Centre LISMORE Heritage Centre would like to thank Bunscoil Bothar Na Naomh, Lismore students and teachers for participating in our Orienteering Practice Run Day in Lismore on Tuesday, 13th May. Our Training Day took place at The Towers where the student’s navigated their way from each control point on the trail to locate the missing letters, using a map and a set of hints. We learnt from the students that it can be enjoyed as a leisurely stroll or as a competitive race around. Mealla Fahey, Project Manager at Lismore Heritage Centre, stated that “it was a resounding success & the students from Bunscoil Bothar Na Naomh were a fantastic help in finalising our plans

for the first permanent orienteering course in Co. Waterford”. The Towers has already been mapped by Orienteering Ireland and the control points have

been placed throughout The Towers with the assistance of Waterford County Council. We are steps away from having this project completed; it is now available to pupils on The

Lismore School Tour Experience this Summer. The maps will be available from Lismore Heritage Centre for Families and individuals visiting the area to purchase.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Ballinameela WE would ask anyone who has borrowed anything from the community centre to return it to the hall as soon as possible please. Thank you. We are delighted to announce that we will be holding another great Community Social Gathering Party on Friday, August 8th to raise some money for the Community Centre while having a social evening to meet friends and neighbours. We are planning a different format this year and will reveal more over the next few weeks. The Ballinameela Community Centre is available for bookings.The centre is a wonderful amenity for you to use for indoor soccer, parties etc. To book the hall please contact our booking officer Pauline on 087-2480321. Each month one of the committee is responsible for opening and closing for events on in the hall, May is Bernie McHugh on 086-1714452. Current events on in the hall and local community: Finisk Valley AC News: Next club competitions will be 25th May for Day 2 of the County Championships. Full programme of events can be obtained at our training sessions. Anybody interesting in competing in these please contact the club. 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

“SWEAT”, there's an honest word! least, it should be the culmination and outcome of honest endeavour. "Work" is another word that commands respect, but only in the sense that the work itself is for the greater good and not just for personal gain or self promotion. We, here at Ballinameela Creatives, are never ones to 'bandy about', our personal social opinion. Well, not often anyway. But we do like to see a sense of fair play, a level playing pitch and not too many sporting analogies. As luck would have it, somebody has just mentioned the fact that there is a couple of elections coming up. I dont know if this is an omen or an opportunity to make a slightly political agenda out of this invariably arty zone. However, as I've said before, (and you can check this), being involved with all things creative broadens the mind. As such, opinions are formed and to a degree,

Wednesday & Friday evenings from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Badminton: Tuesday 8.00 p.m. - 10.00 p.m. Contact Mairead Morrissey 0877681975. Foroige Club: Congratulations to Amy Reynolds who won Ballinameela Member of the Year award at the Waterford Foroige awards in Lawlor’s Hotel last Friday night. Club meets Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. for 12-18 year olds in the Community Centre. For more information contact Claire Seery on 087-6662326 or Maureen Culloo on 086-3428621. Check out their facebook page Ballinameela-Foroige. Irish Dancing: Fridays from 3.15 p.m. – 4.15 p.m. for all school going kids. Class teacher is Deirdra Kiely, contact Deirdra on 086-0640892 for more information. New beginners always welcome. Adult, Baby and Toddler Group: Meet on a Wednesday morning at 9.30 a.m. in the halla of Whitechurch National School. For more details contact Janice Barry on 087-9718945. New members very welcome. Ballinameela / Aglish Community Games: Athletics Qualifier is on Wednesday, 21st May in the Ballinameela Pitch at 6.30 p.m. sharp. All primary school children are welcome to take part in these events. DEISE AGAINST PYLONS We can be contacted by phone, email or Facebook.Telephone: 085-2801977. Email:

informed. Obviously, a mere art club, daren't promote any particular candidate, that would be wrong and an unfair advantage. I'm sure all the political parties have considered this while they were out polluting the landscape with many more posters and roadside banners than the less affluent Independent candidates could or would assault our eyesight with. Our environment is a very important resource. It’s where we live. Opinions and policies can get diluted in large groups, having less impact. Maybe we are comfortable in the old familiar ways of voting and are afraid to look closely at our own need for change. Any mother of young children can tell you, change is necessary on a regular basis or you can become bogged down in an all too familiar mess. This time, let’s not blindly follow the party line, but look at the candidates individually. Ask yourself, is this

D e i s e a g a i n s t py l o n s @ h o t m a i l . c o m Facebook: Deise Against Pylons. There is an ‘All Counties Picnic’, The Vee, Clogheen, Tipperary on Sunday, 18th May from 2.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. 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 re-sent around to the community and to the Gardai who treat it as serious and act immediately. Follow on facebook www.f ish.communityalert NOTES FOR INCLUSION If you have something you would like in the Ballinameela notes you can email Follow and like us on facebook, Ballinameela Community Centre. LOTTO RESULTS 19th May, 2014 – Winning numbers were: 1, 11, 21. No winner. €20 winners: Anne Phelan, Cappagh; Mairead Morrissey, Curraghroche x 2; Paul Power, c/o Cruiscin Lan; Gerry Fitzgerald, c/o Cruiscin Lan. Next week’s jackpot €950 and will take place in the Kereen Bar.

person going to stand up for me, for my future and the future of my children? Ask yourself, do I want to be represented by someone who is being backed and influenced by a national organization and vested interests? Can we truly say that our local needs are being catered for? Of course, that decision can only be made by you.Whatever your local interests or political bias are, be sure to cast your vote. Make your democratic voice be heard. You can have an impact on these politicians lives, because, after the election they will certainly have an impact on yours. Famous american cowboy actor and writer, Will Rogers once said," I am not a member of any organised political party. I am a Democrat.”

Chamber Afterhours with AA Firesafety at Dungarvan Fire Station WHEN: Wednesday, 21st May, 2014. Time: 5.30 – 7.00 p.m. Where: Dungarvan Fire Station. Cost: Free for members. It’s not often you get the opportunity to visit Dungarvan Fire Station and enjoy a behind the scenes vantage point of the wonderful services and equipment the heroic fire fighters work with on a daily basis. Join us at this unique event where Chamber member AA Fire Safety

Group will be hosting the evening. AA Fire Safety will be demonstrating the use of their fire training simulator and guests will get to try their hand using a hands on laser guided fire extinguisher training system. This helps people understand the actions required in the event of fire and how to use fire extinguishers in a safe and proper manner. This is an ideal way to unwind and meet potential customers and business

colleagues we hope to see you there. This is a free event for members, places are limited by capacity, booking is essential. For further details or to book, please contact the Dungarvan & West Waterford Chamber Office on tel; 058 45054 or by email; Follow us on Facebook

Children from Ballysaggart who received their First Holy Communion in Saint Mary’s Church Ballysaggart on Sunday, May 18th. From left to right: Molly Meagher, D.J. Nugent and Ava Meagher pictured with Fr. Michael Cullinan, P.P., Lismore and Ballysaggart and Mrs. Patricia Lonergan, class teacher. [M. Glavin]

Ballysaggart Ladies Club OUR last meeting of the year was a very refreshing one with our guest on the night Bridget from Prema Donna Lismore. Bridget gave us great tips and information on how to stay young looking by looking after our skin and not having to spend a fortune. We will be all going for a treatment before we take off on our trip to Dublin on

Wednesday, 25th June, don’t forget to give your names to any of the officers. Now seeing that our Club is 20 years old this year we are having a second outing to Kilkenny as the ladies tell me it was to Kilkenny they travelled to on their very first outing. No date fixed yet for that just watch this space.

Ballysaggart Community Development Company B A L LY S A G G A RT Community Development Company have been very fortunate again in 2014 to benefit from the Tús Community Work Placement Scheme with work projects being undertaken which are beneficial to the local community. The Tús initiative is a community work placement scheme providing short-term working opportunities for people on the Live Register and is managed by Waterford Leader Partnership Ltd. for the Department of Social Protection, which has overall responsibility for the scheme. We welcome 2014 Tús participants John Devine, Pamela Nixon, (pictured) and Helena Walsh. John and Pamela will continue with maintaining the village approaches - including keeping the road margins clean and tidy, maintenance of hedging, flower beds, Church grounds, grave yard, litter control on the approach roads to the vil-

lage, tree and flower planting, amenity walls and general maintenance of the Community Centre. This work, undertaken by John and Pamela, is visually evident and is much appreciated by the community, and is a continuation of the great work done by former Tús participants John Lehane and Elaine Birchill in 2013, and John Hannon and Mark Veale in 2012. A new position has been created to which Helena

Walsh has been appointed. It is an administration role and it is hoped that it will be of great benefit to the Development Company and the community. We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge all the assistance and support from WLP Tús supervisors Jonathan Heyburn and Grainne Ryan. We hope that the Tús scheme will continue successfully into the future


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Nótaí na Gaeltachta le Comhlucht Forbartha na nDéise SCANNÁNAÍOCHT DEN SCOTH LE TEACHT AS PORT LÁIRGE Beidh seoladh saothair oibre na mic léinn ón gcúrsa Ard Diplóma i Léiriú Teilifíse ar siúl ar an Déardaoin seo, 22 Bealtaine ag 11.30 r.n. sa phictiúrlann SCG Dhún Garbhán. Beidh léachtóirí agus céimithe an chúrsa i lathair ar an lá. Tá seacht gclár dramaí agus fáisnéise déanta le taispeáint ar an lá a bhí deanta mar pháirt den gcúrsa Ard Dioplóma í Léiriú Teilifíse atá í gcomhpháirtíocht le Nemeton Teo, Institúid Theicneolaíochta Phort Láirge agus Údarás na Gaeltachta. Higher Diploma in Television Production – Film Premiere - Waterford Institute of Technology and Nemeton TV are pleased to announce that the class of 2014 film premiere will be held on 22nd May in SCG Cinema, Dungarvan starting with a reception at 11.30am. AISTEOIRÍ AN TSEAN PHOBAIL Taispeánfar físeán de léiriú Aisteoirí an tSean Phobail (2008) den dráma 'Eachtra an Ghobáin Saoir', leis an Dr. Risteard de Hindeberg, in Halla Cholmáin sa Sean Phobal, oíche Dhé Máirt an 27 Bealtaine ar a 7.30i.n. Déanfar bronnadh beag an oíche chéanna sin ar stiúrthóir an dráma, an tUas. Seán Ó Morónaigh. Fáilte mhór chroíúil roimh chách. On Tuesday night, 27 May at 7.30p.m., a screening of Aisteoirí an tSean Phobail's 2008 production of Dr. Risteard de Hindeberg's play, 'Eachtra an Ghobáin Saoir', will take place in Halla Cholmáin, An Sean Phobal, after which a presentation will be made to the play's director, an tUas. Seán Ó Morónaigh. A hearty welcome is extended to all. TOGHA AN BHAILE Tá na socruithe ag teacht ar aghaidh go breá don oíche mhór, 14 Meitheamh agus tuairisc iomlán le teacht an tseachtain seo chughainn ar an dul chun cinn atá á dhéanamh ag an trí ghrúpa. It’s all systems go to be ready for the big night on 14 June when the three groups take to the stage, full details next week. TRÁTH NA gCEIST – S.N. BHAILE MHIC AIRT Beidh Tráth na gCeist ar

siúl sa Seanachaí ar an Aoine, 30 Bealtaine ag 9.00 i.n. chun airgead a bhailiú don scoil. €20 do ceathrar agus míle fáilte roimh chách ar an oíche. The Board of Management of Scoil Baile Mhic Airt are holding a table quiz in the Seanachai this Friday, 30th May at 9.00 p.m. to raise funds for the school. The charge is €20 per table of 4 - All are welcome. CRUINNIÚ CINN BHLIANA COSCURSP TEO Tá Coscursp Teo. ag eagrú cruinniú cinn bhliana i Lios na Síog, an Sean Phobal ar an gCéadaoin seo, 21ú Bealtaine ag 7.00 i.n. Tá sé tábhachtach go mbeadh ionadaíocht ón bpobal ann chun tacú leis an seirbhís naíonra sa Sean Phobal. Fáilte roimh chách ar an oíche. Coscursp Teoranta are holding their Annual General Meeting in Lios na Síog, an Sean Phobal this Wednesday, 21 May at 7.00 pm. All are welcome to attend and become involved in the running of the naíonra in an Sean Phobal. COISTE MAISITHE – CRUINNIÚ Beidh cruinniú den Choiste Maisithe ar siúl an Mháirt seo chughainn, 27 Bealtaine ag 7.00 i.n. sa Halla Pobail. A Meeting of Coiste Maisithe is scheduled for An Halla on Tuesday May 27th at 7.00 p.m. sharp. Info: Ann Kenneally 0879860532. All are welcome to attend. COISTE MAISITHE – GLANADH AR AN 31 BEALTAINE Is ar an Satharn, 31 Bealtaine a bheidh an glanadh ar siúl ar na tránna sa cheantar i mbliana. Tiocfaidh daoine le chéile ag a deich a chlog ar maidin agus beifear ag glanadh ansin go dtí a dó-dhéag. Tá cabhair an phobail ag teastáil anois don ócáid seo agus beidh daoine ag teacht le chéile ar an lá sa charrchlós ag an gCoinigéar, Baile na nGall, Heilbhic agus Poll a’ Phúca. Tuilleadh eolais ó 058-46448. A clean up of the beaches on the Ring peninsula is scheduled for Saturday, May 31st from 12.00 noon –2.00 p.m. as part of Clean Coasts Week. “We are looking for volunteers of all ages to help in this great spring clean amidst the splendid coastal scenery in the beautiful Co Waterford Gaeltacht.” says CMR committee member

Anne Kenneally. The meeting points are: The Cunningar car park; Baile na nGall Pier; Helvick Pier car park, Poll a Phúca. Bags and gloves will be provided but please bring your own pickers, if you wish. Organised by Coiste Maisithe na Rinne - Ring Peninsula Community Group and An Taisce Clean Coasts Week in conjunction with the Environment Section of Waterford Co Council, there are over 100 people of all ages expected to take part. Info: (058) 46448; 086 813 4597. PÁIRC UILE AIMSIRE Is féidir an pháirc uile aimsire a chur in áirithe tré glaoch a chur ar Ann Hogan ar 086-1655137. The all-weather pitch in An Sean Phobal can be booked by calling Ann Hogan on 086-1655137 SEIRBHÍS DOCHTÚRA Bíonn an Dr. Gráinne Ní Fhoghlú ag feidhmiú ó Ionad Pobail na Rinne gach Máirt agus Déardaoin ó 911 ar maidin. Glaoigh ar (058) 41262 nó (058) 41227 chun coinne a dhéanamh. Dr. Gráinne Ní Fhoghlú will be available for appointments in the Health Centre in Ionad Pobail na Rinne on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9.00 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Please note Tuesday and Thursday are the new days the clinic will be open. CUMANN NAOMH UINSEANN DE PÓL / SVP Má theastaíonn ó éinne teagmháil a dhéanamh le Cumann Naomh Uinseann de Pól sa cheantar, is féidir teacht orthu ag (058) 46125 nó 085-1520494. The contact numbers for the An Rinn / An Sean Phobal branch of St Vincent de Paul are (058) 46125 nó 085-1520494. MEÁIN SHÓISIALTA / TEAGMHÁIL / CONTACT Is féidir an nuacht is déanaí agus eolas faoi imeachtaí a bheidh ar siúl sa Rinn agus sa Seanphobal ar an leathnach 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, seol iad chuig nó 058-46664.

Some Montessori Children enjoying the snake during the visit from the Mobile Reptile Zoo.

Villierstown JACK THE JOKER Jack the Joker draw took place on Saturday night last in An Cruiscín Lán and €50 was won by Philip McHugh with Card Number 15, the Five of Spades. Congratulations! Jackpot next week is €800. Remember if you are not in … you can’t win. This is a joint community fundraiser. Tickets can be bought locally. VILLIERSTOWN COMMUNITY COUNCIL The Community Council are hosting a Vintage Car Rally next Saturday, 24th May, in Main Street,Villierstown. Last year it was an amazing sight and this year it should be a spectacular display. Come down to Villierstown and enjoy the show. / Villierstown Community Council Facebook GARDENING CLUB Villierstown Gardening Club delighted in “handing over “their very first crop of plants to Villierstown Community Council to put colour back in the village for the summer. This was our first project and we are very proud of the results. All the hard work paid off. Next year we hope to grow and be bigger and better. “Grow your own dope; plant a man” … couldn’t resist it … GARDENING CLUB FUNDRAISER Next Saturday during the Vintage Car Rally the Gardening Club will be selling their plants, specialising in Geraniums. They also invite everyone to join them

for refreshments on Main Street on the day. Tea/Coffee and Home-made Cake. All proceeds going back into the Gardening Club. CONGRATULATIONS Congratulations to all the boys and girls from Villierstown N.S. who made their First Holy Communion last Saturday.What a day, the weather was fantastic, the children all looked lovely and the village rang with shrieks of laughter all afternoon from Bouncy Castle syndrome. What more could you ask for. COMING SOON Dance & Fitness Class start on May 27th in Villierstown Church facility. From 7.00 p.m. – 8.00 p.m. Cost €5. All welcome. Dance yourself to fitness! VILLIERSTOWN MONTESSORI SCHOOL The latest project in the life of this very adventurous Montessori School is “Adopting a Donkey”. Not content with a visit from the Reptile Zoo, they now have adopted a donkey called “Richie” … and next Wednesday 21st they are off to visit Richie at his home. There is such an air of expectancy at the school with all the children very excited by this visit. Wednesday last saw the annual “Pajama Day “being enjoyed by all. This day is a fundraiser for the School and is always very generously supported. We thank everyone who helped. This day never loses its thrill as the children all get a kick out of going to school in their PJ’s. Booking now for the September 2014 start. For further information contact Lisa,

024-86001 DEISE AGAINST PYLONS We are a local community group concerned with the impact the proposed EirGrid upgrades will have on the environment, health, agriculture and tourism in our county and beyond. We can be contacted by phone, email or Facebook or Midi 085-2801977. DAYTRIPPER FESTIVAL IN ASSOCIATION WITH WATERFORD CITY COUNCIL Bolton Street, Viking Triangle, – Friday, 4th July – Sunday, 6th July. Information and tickets available DAYTRIPPER.IE GO BATTY Bat Conservation Ireland wants your help to survey the habits of BATS in Co. Waterford. BCI is providing and supplying training and equipment for volunteers. For information: SAFE TALK We are lucky in Villierstown to have a trained “Safe Talk Councillor”. If anyone has a reason to need someone to talk to or just needs someone to listen. Call Carol on:- 087- 6635465. I NEED YOU HELP If any group or individual has anything they would like to be included in these notes, just let me know. Remember if I don’t know what’s happening I can’t include it. All local news very welcome. THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK “Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go.” (Oscar Wilde)

Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition - Finalists announced WITH more than 80 entries from across the Island of Ireland and from abroad, the inaugural Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition has made a big splash on the Irish music scene. The competition was open to any genre, and as a result, the entries ranged in style from folk to jazz, from country to pop, from rock to contemporary acoustic. ‘The range of entries was staggering,’ said competition organiser Pete MacGowan,‘and they came from near and far, from Carrick-on-Suir to Donegal, Belfast to Kerry.

Some even came from the US and Canada.’ Now the final three have been selected by judges Finbarr Clancy, Niall Toner and Stephen Brett, all of whom agreed that the quality of entries was very high. Amanda Driscoll with 'Reckless', Lisa Loughrey with 'Lost with All Hands' and Robb Murphy with 'The Mysteries of the Heart' will all go on to play in the final at Ormond Castle in Carrick-on-Suir at the launch of the Clancy Brothers Festival of Music and Art on Tuesday May 27th.

Each will perform a short set of songs including their competition entry. The competition song isn’t judged on performance, it is instead judged on originality, melody, lyric, composition and that certain je ne sais quoi that somehow lifts a song. It’s a competition all about the song. All three will win a cash prize and services from so no one will leave empty handed. The overall winner will receive €500, studio time, mixing and mastering, (Sponsored by, and CD duplica-

tion, (sponsored by With so many entries from across Ireland and beyond and such high standard of entries, it looks like the Clancy Brothers Songwriting Competition is set to grow and grow. ‘The amount of talent out there is mind blowing,’ said Pete.‘It deserves a platform, and a competition such as this, which is open to any genre, is free to enter and includes recording time as a prize is one way to give people an opportunity to get their own, original music out there.’


THERE will be a meeting of the Grow It Yourself Club on Thursday, 6th June, at 7.15 p.m. at Blackwater Gardens. Mike McKenna will be our host. There is not much that Mike does not know about GIYing, so it should be a most rewarding evening. All are welcome. Signs to Blackwater Gardens are from the main Dungarvan to Youghal Road. Make a note in your diary for the 3rd July 7.00 p.m. at Dillon’s Pub in Wolfe Tone Road, Dungarvan. Geoff and Renee Palmer will be talking about the keeping of Bees. Our last meeting in May was at our Chairman’s house John O’Reilly. Unfortunately, I could not be there.There was a very good attendance. John is a keen GIYer and always gives a very knowledgeable presentation. Thank you John. As I write the weather is warming up albeit slowly, although quite cold in the morning on the high ground. The sowing has been done weeks ago and veggie plants will have to be transferred from pots to the outside prepared beds. Inside the new polytunnel everything is growing furiously and come July, will look quite exotic. There is different types of squashes, tomatoes, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, etc. As indicated I have now reresurrected the polytunnel and if you have never used a pickaxe before, then I can promise you some aches and pains. Problem was that a trench had to be dug around the frame, all the old plastic had to be pulled out and I used muscles I had not used in such a way before, I must have sounded like a banshee in the night, as I cramped up. Seriously though I will never use a pick-axe again. A big thank you to my fellow workers Michael, Liam and Pat. I will use an auto digger in The broad beans are growing nicely and will soon need to be staked and pinched off. The beetroot, leeks and perpetual spinach are growing well. Unfortunately I cannot grow carrots, my soil is a heavy clay soil and carrots require a light gritty soil. Those that I have pulled have been small & stunted. The apple trees are encrusted with blossom which indicates a good future crop of apples, as long as the bees do their magic pollination. If there where no honey bees and they became extinct, life would be very different for us, if at all. In the U.S.A and other parts of the world, because of the heavy spraying with pesticides which is killing off many types of insects as well as bees. The bees that survive are introducing these pesticides into the hives and affecting there progenation. It is a fact that fruit growers are employing professional bee-keepers who work from fruit farm to fruit farm to help with pollinisation. These bee-keepers hives are being reduced. So spare a thought for our little friends the honey bee. Imagine a world without them, pretty bleak. I recently heard that if you spread seaweed around the veggie patch, it will keep slugs away, worth a try.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

William O’Brien presenting cheque to Matthew Fogarty representing St. Oliver’s Juvenile Club.

Ballinameela Aglish Dramatics present cheques to charities BALLINAMEELA AGLISH DRAMATICS are delighted to be able to raise money from their production to donate to three charities which are local or have affected members of our community or group. William O’Brien, Chairman of B.A.D. presented cheques to our three selected charities.

William O’Brien presenting B.A.D. charity cheque to Therese White from the Special Olympics Finisk Riding branch.

William O’Brien presenting cheque to Mary McGrath from Carriglea Community Services.

The John Lowell Lyre Heritage News Bluegrass Band By Marie O’Shea HERE COMES SUMMER! The lovely sunshine and the welcome rise in the ambient temperature were well and truly welcome. May is the time for the whitethorn blossoms to decorate the hedgerows and I have never seen such a crop of bluebells – blue and white being the traditional colours of Our Lady, it is fitting that in the month of Mary she should be so commemorated. The white theme continues into the

Chestnut trees where once again May has lighted white candle forms of blossoms on every bough. The road from Kilmac to the 5 Cross Roads is a wonderful tunnel of bright green leaves arching over the road - so beautiful in the sunshine. Time to look to the little cottage at Lyre and inspect the premises for odd jobs needed to make it ready for another season of music, fun and storytelling. The wallpaper needs a bit of attention. The grass is

knee high and daisies are flourishing in the front yard. Tony W., John P. and Colin S. came with me to see if the jackdaws had been at work nest building in the chimney above the open hearth. Wow! Such an amount of stuff! Hard to believe that little birds could carry the weight of material now bulging out into Maggie’s Kitchen. Bits of fence wire, barbed wire, sheep’s wool, binder twine scraps, staples, screws, nuts, bits of broken glass – in short anything

that shone in the sunlight was an attraction for the industrious nesting pair. “O.K. lads” said Tony and the men pulled at the base of the pile to dislodge it for burning outside in the yard. The mound shifted and what had been hidden up the chimney slid down into view. “Oh! No!” we said in unison. On the uppermost tip of the pile of cipins was a nest with three little birds, freshly hatched. What to do. We did our best to prop the nest up with a flat-iron on the shelf above the hearth and left it so that the parent birds could return. Alas, the following day there were three little corpses in the nest and one speckled blue egg, still unhatched. The poor little mites had perished. It was just so sad. I buried them, nest and all, under a bush in the garden. Next week we will tackle the clean-up again. Colin strimmed the grass in the haggard and Tony is mastering the ivy on the wall which threatens to engulf the wee house. The wallpaper needs propping up and the fireplace and hearth need paint and elbow grease! Well, we’re getting there! Looking forward to opening the sessions again. The wheel of the year has turned once more and we’ll be ready for it.

THERE was a terrific performance by this group in the Marquee at Tig an Cheóil on Friday night last. Thanks to Tom Murphy – mandolinist with the John Lowell Band, a four-piece contemporary bluegrass group based in Montana, after touring Germany this month, the band is now playing in Ireland. "I'm really looking forward to seeing Ireland for the first time," he said. "My grandmother came to the States in 1902, and I'm excited to have the opportunity to finally meet my Irish relatives." The John Lowell Band plays a mixture of classic and contemporary bluegrass music. The band features John himself on guitar and vocals. He has been a stalwart of the Montana blue-

grass scene for over 30 years. A master flatpicker and top rate song writer, his songs have been recorded by many bluegrass bands. Tom Murphy is on mandolin and vocals. He has been described as 'the Sam Bush of the northern states' with his inventive solos and driving rhythm. Of Irish descent, Tom was born in Missouri but now resides in Montana. Julie Elkins, on banjo and vocals, is originally from Montana but now lives in Raleigh, North Carolina where she teaches banjo, vocals and conducts workshops while she juggles with her touring schedule. Ben Somers plays bass and vocals and as well as bluegrass, is a top rate player in many different musical genres.

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West Waterford CLASHKIN CLUB FUNDRAISING NIGHT Our local Clashkin Club will host a fund raising evening in aid of the Parkinson’s Association Ireland here in Kinsalebeg Hall this Saturday evening, May 24th following the 6.30 p.m. Mass. We will have tea/coffee, a raffle and everyone is welcome. Your support will be very much appreciated. PILATES A seven week series of group Pilates mat classes commenced here in Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA Hall on May 1st and there is still an opportunity for anyone wishing to drop in any Thursday evening beginners 7.00 p.m. and Intermediate 8.00 p.m., just €12 pay as you go, why not bring a friend. CLASHMORE RAMBLERS ALPHA LOTTO DRAW SUNDAY, MAY 18th Here are the results of the weekly Clashmore Ramblers Alpha Lotto Draw which took place in Clashmore last Sunday night, May 18th. The letters drawn were N, R, Q and O. We had no jackpot winner so next week’s jackpot will be €2,200. €20 lucky dip winners were: John Kennelly, Clashmore; Cathy Marks, Clashmore; Mary Heaphy c/o Bingo. Thanks to all our friends for your continued support! FIRST HOLY COMMUNION On Saturday last at a beautiful First Holy Communion ceremony took place in Clashmore celebrated by our Parish Priest Fr. Maurice O’Gorman. Fourteen children from the Parish received the Sacrament. Weather was exceptionally kind to us and all the boys and girls pupils of Clashmore and Ballycurrane National schools looked beautiful on their special day. Our thanks to everyone who helped in anyway to make the occasion so special especially our teachers and Fr. O’Gorman. Congratulations

Kinsalebeg Celtic Chairman Martin Flynn (centre), pictured here with Paul and Siobhán FitzGerald along with the James FitzGerald Memorial Trophy. The trophy will be presented from this year on to the clubs' Player Of The Year. [] to the following who received the Sacrament: Dylan Foley, Ava Mansfield, Darragh O’Neill, Jack Cliffe, Bobby Coonan, Ronan Douris, Peter Buckner, Vika Murphy, Noah O’Sullivan, Cian Leahy, Shane Coughlan, Charley Martin, Amy Cremin, Brian O’Mahoney. AGLISH/BALLINAMEEL A/MOUNT STUART PARISH Evening of Song & Word: On Tuesday evening, June 17th, we will have an evening of Song and word with Christian Singer James Kilbane in Aglish Church and everyone is most welcome. Booking Masses: Please note if you want to book Masses for the months of July, August or September please do so this coming weekend May 23rd/24th. Parish Gathering: We will have our Parish Gathering here in Aglish Parish Field on June 27th. More details near the time. CLASHMORE 45 DRIVE Our weekly Clashmore 45 Drive took place at the Decies Bar on Monday night. Our top prize winners this jointly on seven games were Mary Ann and Bobby Connery; John Motherway and Tom Osbourne; Hannah Lucas and

Carmel Buckley. Best of the last five were Margaret and Dan Leahy. Our lucky last game winners were Tony Keane and Gabriel Hynes; Podge Cunningham and Edmond Og Ledingham. Cards as usual on Monday night at 9.00 p.m. sharp. Well done to all our winners and thanks to everyone for your support. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS Congratulations to Ruth O’Neill, Clashmore who celebrates her birthday this week. Best wishes from all you friends. KINSALEBEG MACRA Waterford County Tour Kinsalebeg’s round of the Waterford County Tour is fast approaching so members please note you are all requested to attend our next club meeting which takes place on Thursday night, May 29th, at the Decies Bar to discuss plans for the night 21st Birthday Greetings: A big happy birthday from all in Macra to Jamie Hurley who celebrated his 21st birthday last weekend. CLASHMORE/KINSALE BEG GAA LOTTO JACKPOT €4,600 This week’s Clashmore/Kinsalebeg GAA Lotto draw took place on

Monday night. Our four numbers were 13, 14, 15, 21. We had no match four ticket in the drum. Next week’s jackpot will be €4,600 when our draw takes place at the Ole Mill Bar. Well done to the following who were the lucky winners of €20 spot prizes: Pat Collins Town & Country; Mary O’Halloran, Rath; Eddie McCarthy, Piltown; Anna Beresford, Ballinaclash; Philip Dee, Kilgabriel. Thanks as always to all our supporters. CLASHMORE/KINSALE BEG LADIES FOOTBALL Under 8’s: Any girl wishing to play Under 8 Football please note training takes place on Friday evening from 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. Please come along. New Arrival: Congratulations to Clodagh Moloney and Jason Walsh on the recent birth of their baby boy whom they have named A.J. a most welcome baby brother for big sister Saoirse. Best wishes from all your family and friends. KINSALEBEG NATIONAL SCHOOL NEWS School Sports Athletics Western Final: Congratulations to all of our medal winners from Kinsalebeg National School, at

the School Sports last Thursday evening. Kyle Moloney: 1st Boys U9 300m Kate Keogh: 1st Girls U-10 80m Chloe Smiddy: 2nd Girls U-14 100m Matthew Roddy: 2nd U-14 Boys 800m Our relays were very successful. U-8 Boys: 3rd Mossie, Oisín, Dylan, and Neil U-10 Boys: 2nd Kyle, Jack, Colm, and Enrí U-10 Mixed 2nd: Chloe, Ethan, Charlie, and Jack U-11 Girls 1st: Kate, Megan, Shannon, and Aoife U-11 Boys 2nd: James, Mikey, Jack, and Eoin U-14 Girls 1st: Chloe, Mary-Kate, Ann Marie, and Ylanne U-14 Mixed 3rd: Matthew, James, Megan, and Chloe Best of luck to all those who have qualified for the county final, which will be held on Thursday May 29th. CLASHMORE & PILTOWN PARISH STATIONS The celebration of Masses in homes in the various station areas of the parish of Clashmore and Piltown continues this week and people are reminded to contact our Parish Priest Fr. Maurice O’Gorman if you are hosting the stations in your home.This is a beautiful tradition in parishes a wonderful opportunity for neighbours to get together. CARA COMMUNITY GAMES Clashmore, An Rinn, Ardmore including Old Parish, our area athletics community games qualifiers are being held in Ardmore GAA grounds on Tuesday, 27th May at 6.30 p.m. All children welcome to compete from U-8 to U-16, Individual events plus relay qualifier sprints at the end of the evening. €1 per child please or €3 per family, this will go towards starting a fund for our area, thank you.

Pupils from Clashmore N.S. who received their First Holy Communion in Clashmore last Saturday. Pictured here with their teacher Ms O'Donoghue and Fr. Maurice [] O'Gorman P.P.

Kinsalebeg Celtic Player Of The Year Award winner Paudie Allen pictured here with the James FitzGerald Memorial Trophy. Also in photo is James' son Paul. []

Ava Mansfield from Ballycurrane National School, who received the sacrament of First Holy Communion last weekend in Clashmore. []

Clashmore Ballycurrane First Holy Communion. Pictured here is Dylan Foley and family. []



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Ronan Douris and family, pictured here at Clashmore and Ballycurrane First Holy Communion recently. []

Pupils from Stradbally who made their First Holy Communion in Stradbally Church pictured with Connie Fraser-Conlon, Rosemary O'Riordan, Anne Hennebry, Tomas Walsh, Father Condon and Mary Crowley. [David Clynch Photography]

Clashmore Ballycurrane First Holy Communion. Pictured here is Ava Mansfield with her brother Richard parents Alice and Kieran. []

Pupils from Ballycurranne N.S. who received their First Holy Communion in Clashmore last Saturday. Pictured here with their teacher Mrs. Power and Fr. Maurice O'Gorman P.P. []

Pupils from Garranbane National School who made their First Holy Communion in St. Laurence's Church, Ballinroad pictured with Father Hassett, Deputy Principal Mary Dunford, Eileen Walsh, Cliona Foley and Principal Anna Casey. [David Clynch Photography]

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St. Mary’s N.S. Grange First Communion Class – Church of the Assumption Grange. Front row left to right: Conor Moore, A. J. McCombie, Coran Mitchell, Aoife Murray, Tara Casey, Roisin Lenane, Daniel Lenane and Sean Seward. Back row left to right: Michael Gildea, Principal; Sinead Keane, Teacher; Anne Keavers Teacher; Teresa Power, Teacher and Celebrant Very Rev. Milo Guiry, P.P. [Pat Crowley]

Pupils from Portlaw National School who received their First Holy Communion in Portlaw Church. Included are Fr. Richard O’Halloran, C.C.; Terese Keyes, Principal and Jane Keane, Class Teacher.

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3,000 Green Reasons to celebrate! Schools from Waterford presented with the Prestigious Green Flag at award ceremonies in Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway THIS May will see the number of Irish schools flying the internationally recognised Green Flag exceed 3,000 as 1,156 schools attend Green-Schools Award ceremonies across the country. 25 schools from Waterford City and County were awarded Green Flags by An Taisce at a ceremony in the Hotel Kilkenny. Nationally, 205 schools will be awarded their first Green Flag in recognition of their hard work on the Litter & Waste theme while 949 schools have successfully renewed their Green Flag under the themes of Energy, Water, Travel, Biodiversity, Global Citizenship and Climate Change. The Green-Schools programme continues to grow at a remarkable rate with over 3,700 schools now registered with the programme, representing over 90 per cent of all schools in Ireland.The programme is celebrating its 20th anniversary internationally with schools from 58 countries from around the globe now taking part in the programme. Results from participating Irish schools have shown a waste reduction per capita of 7.65 kg per year; an electricity reduction per capita of 34 kWh per year; water use reduction of 1,005 litres per capita per year; and an approximate 1.27 million litres of fuel saved With combined overall financial savings in the region of €8 million for participating schools over the 2013-14 academic year. The programme is co-ordinated in Ireland by An Taisce, operated in partnership with Local Authorities and is supported by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, National Transport Authority and NPWS. Green-Schools Ireland is sponsored by Repak, Irish Water and the Wrigley Company Limited. Congratulating schools at the awards ceremony, Manager of the Green-Schools programme, Anthony Purcell said, “Congratulations to all schools receiving the Green Flag this year. An Taisce is delighted to award its 3000th Green Flag as it represents how far the programme has come since we awarded our first Green Flag in 1998.” List of schools attending from Waterford County Council area (15): Litter & Waste: First Flag: Ballycurrane N.S.,Youghal Kilbrien N.S., Ballinamult Schools receiving second and subsequent Green Flags: Aglish N.S., Cappoquin Fenor N.S., Tramore Knockmahon N.S., Bonmahon Portlaw N.S., Portlaw St. Ann's N.S., Kilmacthomas St. Declan's National School, Ardmore Villierstown National School, Cappoquin Kilmacthomas Primary School, Kilmacthomas Ballyduff N.S., Kilmeaden Knockanore N.S., Knockanore Bunscoil Gleannsidheain, Cappoquin St. John's Special School, Dungarvan Scoil Mhuire, Tallow List of schools attending from Waterford City Council area (10): Schools receiving second and subsequent Green Flags: Good Counsel School, Ferrybank Christchurch N.S., Lower Newtown Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Family Primary Schools, Military Road St. Martin's Special School, Ballytruckle Road Waterpark N.S., Park Road Gaelscoil Na nDeise, Bothar Grasta De St. Joseph's School, Parnell Street St. John of God National School, Passage Road Newtown Junior School, Lower Newtown Scoil Lorcáin B.N.S., St. John's Park

Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain Cappoquin Staff. Front L-R: Brid Duggan, Maire Kearney, Anne Devine, Principal; James Bennett, Deputy Principal; Laura Roche. Back L-R: Eilish Curran, Mary Flynn, James Casey, Mary Casey, Jenny Kiely, Caroline Power, Leonie O’Brien. [Pat Crowley]

Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain Cappquin 2004-2014. 10th Anniversary Celebration Prayer Service. L-R: Fr. Arthure B.O.M.; Fr. Kiely, Brid Duggan, Bishop William Lee, Denis McCarthy, Chairperson B.O.M.; James Bennett, Deputy Principal; Mary Casey, School Secretary; Mary Flynn, School Caretaker; Anne Devine, School Principal. [Pat Crowley]

Bunscoil Gleann Sidheain Cappoquin 2004 - 2014 10th Anniversary celebration. L-R Anne Devine, School Principal; Eilish Curran, Teacher; Denis McCarthy, Chairperson [Pat Crowley] B.O.M.; Celine Fives, Treasurer B.O.M.; John Murphy, B.O.M.; Fr. Arthure, B.O.M.


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12th Annual Integrated Art Exhibition MONDAY, 12th May, 2014, saw the opening of a vibrant Art Exhibition in Ard Scoil na nDeise.This was the accumulation of a year’s hard work between the transition year students of the Ard Scoil and 9 service users from Carriglea Cairde Services who met every Monday morning to create works of art under the guidance of Art Teacher, Mary Foley. This joint project is now in its 12th year and continues to grow from strength to strength. Over 30 artists from Carriglea and almost 700 TY students have been involved in this project since is conception. When it began in 2002 we hoped it would enlighten the lives of others, break down barriers and make new friends. The project has done this and more.TY Students have come on work placement to Carriglea and some have chosen this area of work as a future career. Our Carriglea artists have broadened their experiences and fulfilled some of their dreams through the friends they have made. Speakers from both Ard Scoil na nDeise and Carriglea Cairde Services congratulated all involved in the success of the project to date. Presentations were made to those responsible for the continuation of the project while certificates were presented to the students

and service users. The Art Exhibition was officially opened by Damien Geoghegan, County Major who commended everyone involved in this wonderful project. Regina Deegan, Programme Developer, Carriglea Cairde Services who was the co-founder of the project 12 years ago spoke in particular of Art Teacher, Mary Foley’s dedication to the project since its inauguration. In honour of Mary’s commitment she was presented with a framed poem, entitled “Brighten the Corner Where We Are”, the closing lines of which are a fitting tribute to this project and what it means to all involved. “Working with Mary and the students on a weekly basis Have opened up our minds and taken us to some wonderful places. The friendships we have made and the “cool times” we have shared, Have clearly shown how much you have cared. So thank you Mary and all the students too, for the wonderful times we have spent with you. It’s “thumbs up” all round for the inspiration and the kindness you show, Long may our friendships last and our “Art Connections” grow.”

12th Annual Integrated Art Exhibition.


Lourdes Volunteers Fundraising THE Lourdes committee would like to thank all those who contributed so generously at their bag packing event. Thank you also to Garvey’s SuperValu for giving them this opportunity. A big thank you also to Eamonn and Nora Foley and family who once again organised a vintage car run

Vintage Cars from the Rally.

in aid of the girls. The sun shone and a wonderful display of these beautiful cars at the Lookout inspired memories for many of us as we watched the cavalcade depart! TEA / COFFEE BREAK WITH THE THIRD YEARS On Thursday morning,

Mrs. Power’s Home Economics group invited the teachers to a Tea/Coffee morning at break time. The staff were delighted to enjoy the delicious cakes the girls had made as a thank you to their teachers. Indeed it was hope others might follow their example! AMNESTY GROUP TABLE QUIZ Fifth year students, members of the school’s Amnesty group, held a Table Quiz for second years as a fundraiser and to raise awareness of Amnesty’s work. The quiz was great fun even if some musical questions were a puzzle. Asked to name the four Beatles, a voice was heard to say “Who are they?”

The girls had put together a quick power point to tell the second years about Amnesty and to encourage them to join in the school’s group next year when they, as Leaving Certs will be rather occupied and new members will be needed to carry on the work. ARD SCOIL CARRIGLEA ART EXHIBITION Every year the T.Y. students and art teacher Mrs. Mary Foley work with the ladies from Carriglea to create works of art and it is always a delightful occasion when the exhibition of their work is opened in the junior hall.

Amnesty International Committee.

3rd Year Cooks



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Sports Day THE weather was very kind to us for our annual Sports Day which took place on Thursday, 15th May. Both teachers and students enjoyed a well earned break from the academics and took to the sports fields for the day. A fun filled day in which students competed in novelty events like egg and spoon, three-legged and sack races as well as rounders and fun football competitions. The highlight of the day’s events was the teacher vs pupil soccer match which ended 1-1 draw. A dubious goal scored by Mr. Ger Walsh in the closing minutes was disallowed by referee Fr. Gerry, O.S.A. much to the delight of the students. Many thanks to all the members of our PE department who co-ordinated the event. YURI KANASH, ST. AUGUSTINE’S COLLEGE BREAKS 32 YEAR OLD RECORD AT “AVIVA” MUNSTER SCHOOLS CHAMPIONSHIPS IN C.I.T. The Friary were over-all winners of the boys and girls at the “AVIVA” Munster Schools Track/Field Championships in the Cork Institute of Technology, on Saturday, 18th May 2014. Taking all six titles in the Pole Vault and winning 9 gold; 7 silver; and 4 bronze medals on the day. Paul Murphy ran a brilliant race to take the gold in the 400m; but was disappointed to discover the electronic timing was not on for that race. Chloe Fennell followed up on her win in the 1,500m steeple chase at the East Munster Schools by winning the Munster Schools. Later on in the day Chloe finished 3rd in the Mile. There was a clean sweep for St. Augustine’s College, in the Pole Vault. The winners were: Aisling O’Connor, Junior Girls; George Wangari, Junior Boys; Megan Dunford, equalled the record in the Inter Girls, with a PB of 2.70m. Pride of place goes to Yuri Kanash, as he broke (M. Sheridan’s record of 4.06m) set in 1982, with a jump of 4.10m in the Inter Boys. Megan O’Connor won the Senior Girls with a PB of 2.70m. Conor Kavanagh completed the six timer for the Friary taking the Senior Boys. Patrick Crowther was 2nd in both the Senior Hammer and Shot. Senan Freyne finished 3rd in 200m and 4th in the 100m. Niamh Clarke jumped to 3rd and 5th in Triple and Long Jumps respectively. Jamie Fennell was 2nd in the Senior Boys Pole Vault. Megan O’Connor 4th Shot Putt (Senior).Yuri Kanash 1st Inter High Jump. Cadhla McGrath 2nd and a PB in the Inter Hammer and 7th in the Discus. Sean Vaianella was 6th and 7th in the Inter Javelin and High Jump respectively. Caoimhe Dwyer 2nd 300m hurdles Inter); 5th 200m. Michael Power 6th 3,000m (inter). Ciaran O Maoileoin 3rd Inter Discus and 4th Inter Shot. Megan Dunford 7th Inter Javelin. Emma Hallahan 2nd Junior Triple Jump. Meldon O’Dwyer 2nd Junior Pole Vault. George Wangari 6th 100m. Hannah Connors had a PB in the Minor Shot and finished 5th.Well done to all the Friary athletes. TWO ALL-IRELAND KICKBOXING TITLES FOR EMILY FOLEY The KBI (Kickboxing Ireland) National Finals took place recently at City West Hotel, Dublin. Transition Year student, Emily Foley took the title in the Open hand and Weapons category and has qualified for the world championships in Rimini, Italy in September. Congratulations Emily and best of luck in Italy.

Junior Certificate students Micheal Kiely and Bella O'Brien with their awards for the most sporting Junior Certificate students on the day.

14 years undefeated! Teachers' soccer team. Back row left to right: Fr. Gerry O.S.A. (referee), Mr. Donal Williams, Mr. Padraig MacCraith, Mr. Darragh Duggan, Mr. Brendan O'Brien, Mr. Jason Foristall, Mr. Pat Knightly. Front row left to right: Mr. Ger Walsh, Mr. Alan Ryan, Ms. Lisa Hanrick, Ms. Angela Walsh, Ms. Marianne Ryan and Mr. Jonathan O'Donovan.

Student Soccer Team: Back row left to right: David Looby, Eoin Conway, Aaron Crotty, Bréin McGinn, Jonathan Hanlon, Dylan Guiry, Thomas Conway, Ciarán Keating. Front row: Aaron Beresford, Adam Curran, Lucy Barron and Katie Wright. Absent from photo subs: Ben Flynn and Ben Veale.

5th Year Students relaxing at the soccer match included are teachers, Ms. Alison Geary, Ms. Elaine Moore and Ms. Shiovaun O'Sullivan.


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Kilmacthomas Primary School – Our WOW day for National Walk to School Week.


Green Schools On Wednesday last we had a WOW day. We walked to school as part of National Walk to School Week run by An Taisce in the hope that they could get 20,000 people walking to school. We were absolutely delighted to see so many

meeting at the Rainbow Hall to walk together and the committee would like to say thanks to each and every person who came and put in the effort. Out of the 139 pupils in school 115 walked and 3 came on the bus so it was a fantastic turn

out. Well done everybody. SYMPATHY We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to our great SNA Anne Guinan on the death of her father Dennis Corkery recently. Dennis was a well known and respected man

St. Mary’s Primary School

who was well loved by everyone he came into contact with. We know here in the school how devoted Anne was to her Dad and how she cherished every moment they spent together. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Some of the pupils from Mrs. Mansfield's Senior Infant classes that took part in the walking bus last week. WOW days (Walk on Wednesdays) always get an excellent turnout. Well done to all!

Aoife and Lucy-Jane during Literacy Lift Off.

Ms. Creed with her Oral Language group for Literacy Lift Off.

Mrs. Lee and her class along with Ann-Marie Rossiter, member of the Board of Management, on national spring clean day. All the classes took part in a big spring clean both in the grounds of St. Mary's and the surrounding streets. Everybody did an excellent job!

Kilmacthomas Primary School – Our successful Green Schools Committee give the thumbs up.

Members of the Green Schools Committee planting a Buddleia bush on the school grounds. This particular bush attracts butterflies and bees and helps to pollinate the flowers.



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Ballymacarbry Montessori School THE Children of Ballymaacarbry Montessori School enjoyed a fruit tasting day last week as part of their Healthy Eating programme. The children learned about each fruit and helped to prepare the fruit for tasting. The verdict was all good, as each child tried something new!

Pupils from Rathgormack National School who received their First Holy Communion in Rathgormack Church. Included are Fr. Bernard Hughes, P.P.; Catherine Power, Principal and Racheal Keane, Class Teacher. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]


Final preparations for Monster Book Sale THE last minute touches are being put to our annual Book Sale which begins this Thursday, May 22nd. Sixth class have been working very hard under the direction of their teachers Colette

O’Mahony and Paddy O’Dea and are busy classifying the thousands of books which will be on offer.We will be delighted to welcome the public to the event which is all the more special this

year as it takes place in our brand new hall! It is bright and spacious and ideal for the occasion. Come along and stock up on some summer reading material.

Lily Ryan

Ella Walsh, Lucy Condon and Mia McCarthy

Katie Phelan, Ronan Greene and Eoin Toolan

Third class students Amy Pericho, Elizabeth Power and Rian Walsh survey the thousands of books which will be on offer at the Book Sale.

Senior Infant students Grace Donnelly and Sophie Klek get ready for the annual Scoil Mhuire Book Sale.

Primary Schools Sports participants with their coach Deputy Principal Mr. Mike Hennessy before a training session. Mr. Hennessy retires from Scoil Mhuire at the end of the school year.


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St. Joseph’s win CBS Soccer Blitz OUR annual Primary Schools Soccer Blitz took place on Friday, 16th May, in ideal weather conditions. We had two groups of 5 and two groups of 4, with the top two from each group qualifying for the quarter finals. The quarter finals line up was as follows Scoil Garbháin 1 v. Glenbeg 1; Clashmore 1 v. Clashmore 2; St, Joseph’s 1 v. Abbeyside; Garranbane 2 v. Carriglea. In the first quarter-final, Scoil Garbháin had a narrow 21 win over Glenbeg.The meeting of the two Clashmore teams produced no goals, even in extra time. Clashmore 2 won the dreaded penalty shoot out. St Joseph’s 1 were pushed all the way by Abbeyside, eventually winning 3-1. Carriglea were caught with the last kick of normal time by Garranbane 2. The dreaded penalties came in again here with Garranbane coming out on top.The semi-finals lined up as follows: St. Joseph’s 1 v. Clashmore 1; Scoil Garbháin 1 v. Garranbane 2. The first semi-final was close for a good part of the match but two goals within a minute won the match for St. Joseph’s. Scoil Garbháin defeated Garranbane 2 in a very well contested match to set up the final against St. Joseph’s.We then had an excellent final. St. Joseph’s came out on top in a close encounter. SPORTS AWARDS NIGHT Wednesday 21st May The school’s annual sports awards night will take place in the school tonight, Wednesday, 21st May, 2014, commencing at 7.30 p.m. PAINTBALLING Twenty six TY students (“elite forces”) headed off to somewhere in deepest County Carlow to partake in a fun Paintball Day at the Special Ops Paintball venue. It was decided that the outing should have a name which was to be displayed on the front and back window of the bus. Some bright spark came up with what he thought would be an

apt name and after a brief discussion “Plonkers Pilgrimage” was agreed and duly displayed on both windows.The first part of the mission was to find the actual paintballing site and after much head scratching, checking sat navs and smartphones with Google Maps we eventually arrived at our destination taking a roundabout route via Bennetsbridge, Goresbridge and many other unnamed bridges in between. The enthusiasm was slightly dampened somewhat when Mr. Kiely wisely announced that he was going to sit this one out, groans could be heard from those who had purchased extra bullets which had his named on them. Matt Faherty, our driver, also politely declined the invitation to participate feeling that twenty six against two were slightly unfavourable odds. In all 4 games were played over three and a half hours. Some of the lads took the games seriously while others shot anything that moved including their own men. . If the country is ever invaded and needs defendingno not depend on this group. All in all the lads had a really enjoyable day and were exhausted after their special ops mission in deepest Carlow. U-14 WESTCOURT CUP FINAL We would like to thank the Boys and Girls, Principals, Teachers, Parents and Mentors of the different schools in helping to make this day a special one in our school. We would like to acknowledge the work of our First Year students Oisín Walsh, Eoin Power, Maurice Kiely and Michael Kiely in looking after refreshments for the adults. Our Fifth Year coordinators, Cian Roche and Carthach Barry, kept the fixtures running smoothly while our referees, Donnchadha Kirwan, Aaron Donnelly, Micheál Culloo, Rob Shine, Donagh Looby and Liam O’Connell did a great job. Finally, we would like to thank Mr Kelly and his 5th Year team for the laying out of the

pitches. Dungarvan CBS U-14 hurlers travelled to Dundrum, Co. Tipperary, on Wednesday, May 14th, last to face Doon CBS, Co. Limerick, in the final of the Westcourt Cup. This competition is open to all CBS schools in Munster and most of Leinster. Dungarvan had qualified by way of a dramatic comeback victory over Cashel CBS while Doon had seen off Carrick-on-Suir in their semifinal. The Dungarvan boys had already played the Limerick outfit twice in the blitz stages of the competition suffering a heavy defeat in the first game but giving a much better account of themselves in the rematch. Dungarvan were unfortunate to lose Reece Stringer to injury before the final as he was a consistent performer and driving force throughout the year. A wet and misty Tipperary venue greeted the boys upon their rival but they were certainly up for the task ahead. A fast start by Doon saw them go 1-2 ahead but for the middle 15 minutes of the first half Dungarvan took control and scored 5 very good points. As the half drew to a close Doon broke through for a second goal. A very physical Limerick side dominated many of the exchanges throughout the field but saw themselves reduced to 14 men just before half-time when their full-forward connected with a badly timed blow to the side of Aidan Organ’s helmet. The centreback recovered well in order to continue. The half-time score of 2-5 to 0-7 highlighted the damage that goals were doing to Dungarvan’s chances. Both teams had scored some excellent points but the Doon full back was solid throughout. The second half began well for Dungarvan with Michael Kiely tapping over points from some hard won frees. It was clear from the amount of frees being won that although now hurling very well the Deise boys were not going to be allowed easily threaten the

Dungarvan TY students who participated in a fun paintballing day somewhere in County Carlow.

Doon net. The wet conditions also played a significant role with a lot of fumbled balls leading to the breakdown of some promising moves. Michael Kiely eventually goaled in style and in his new role at full forward he was posing a threat but on a number of occasions we were unlucky with the break of the ball not going our way. Unfortunately as the half progressed the Doon backs seemed to dominate exchanges and their aggressive style of play ensured that they soaked up a lot of pressure. Their forwards always seemed to manage to tag on a couple of points every time Dungarvan narrowed the gap and their centre forward scored two breakaway goals at vital times to eventually kill off the challenge of a now tiring Dungarvan team. That said our boys never gave up and fought to the final whistle but unfortunately went down by seven points on a score line of 4-10 to 1-12. This was a well-deserved victory for the Limerick boys over the hour but the Dungarvan boys can take great pride in the challenge they presented and this was acknowledged afterwards by the Doon team mentors who commented on how much the Deise boys had improved from their first encounter. Each player played their role fully in the final and can hold their heads high. Sean Veale pulled off a couple of great stops in both halves to keep the game alive. Captain Seamus Cronin and Aidan Organ produced manly performances under severe pressure and were ably assisted by Michael Fogarty and Eoin Power in the corners. Patrick Power had his hands full against a very lively wing-forward but as the game progressed Patrick came more into things and cleared his lines well especially in the second half. Jack Griffin fought every inch of the way on the other wing. Jamie Walsh (0-3), Michael Kiely (1-7) and later Joe Duggan were involved in a great battle at mid-field and it was a joy to watch these

St. Josephs Primary School winners of Dungarvan CBS Primary School Soccer Blitz with their teacher Mrs. O’Connor. fabulously stylish hurlers fight it out with two equally talented Limerick boys. Shane Kiely (02) proved a hand full for the Doon centre-back and won a lot of ball. Robbie McGrath gave his all as did Jack McGrath against very dogged Limerick defenders. Sean Lennon fought tooth and nail in the corner and won some good frees. James Walsh was really up for the game and on a number of occasions beat his man only to be fouled or unluckily dispossessed when bearing down on goal. Dion Keohan came on towards the end and had an immediate impact winning two good balls one of which resulted in another free. So that sees the hurling year draw to a close for these boys but great credit is due to them on their progress throughout the campaign.They have played against some of the top hurling schools around, including De La Salle, St. Colman’s Fermoy,

Thurles CBS, Ennis CBS, Doon CBS, Good Counsel, Midleton CBS, Cashel CBS, Charleville CBS and High School Clonmel.The highlight of the year was undoubtedly their stirling performance against Cashel CBS in the semi-final. Their application and attitude have been excellent and the future looks bright for the school if they can maintain this commitment. Thanks to all the local clubs for their support throughout the year, especially when the timing of school games hasn’t been ideal considering the club commitments of these young players. Thanks also must go to the indomitable spirit that is Peter Power who has been with the lads all year and his coaching is having a great effect. Peter has really enjoyed working with this group and often comments on how their spirit and attitude are impeccable. Well done lads and thanks for all your hard

work. You were a pleasure to work with. Teachers: Ms. McSweeny and Mr. Commins. Panel: Darragh Curran, Sean Lennon, Aidan Organ, Daniel Delaney, Jack McGrath, Josh Whelan-Veale (Brickeys) Michael Kiely, Cian O’Riordan, Danny Reynolds, Jamie Walsh, Shane Kiely (Abbeyside), Seanie McGrath, Wayne O’Donnell, Callum Fitzgerald, Tommy Harty, Shaun Mulcahy, Toby Taylor, Dion Keohan, (Dungarvan), Seamus Cronin, Lee Morrissey, (Ardmore), Patrick Power, Luke Ryan, Eoin Power, Oisin Walsh (Kilrossanty), Joe Duggan, Michael Fogarty, Robbie O’Connor, Jack Griffin, Robbie McGrath (St Olivers), Reece Stringer, James Walsh (St. Pat’s), Sean Veale, Daniel Walsh (Kill), Dylan Phelan (Nire), Jack Kirwan (St. Mary’s), Ciaran Hunt (Cois Bride), Killian Seward.



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Sporting Endeavours THE school hurling team had a close match against Ballymacarbry in the semifinal of the West Waterford primary schools' hurling last Thursday. Ballymacarbry showed strongly in the first half and led at the break. St. Joseph's fought hard in the second half in a valiant comeback, but a win was always just out of the team's reach. The final score was 4-3 to 3-4. Congratulations to both teams on playing a very skillful match. Every year our 6th class pupils look forward to the soccer blitz hosted by the CBS, and this year was no exception. The school entered several teams in the competition, which was held last Friday in glorious weather. One of our teams made it through to the final, in which they beat Scoil Gharbháin on a very close score of 2-1. Many thanks to Mr. Hughes and Mr. Kelly and their team of volunteers for organising this

very enjoyable day. All of our classes are taking part in tennis lessons at the Causeway tennis club for the next few weeks. PUPIL OF THE WEEK The following boys were nominated by their class teacher as Pupil of the Week: Mr. Curran, Matthew Power; Ms. Ryan, Michael McDonagh; Bn. Breathnach, Artur Trzeciak; and Ms. McGrath, Tommy Hyslop. Keep up the good work! GAEILGEOIR NA SEACHTAINE The following boys were nominated by their class teacher as Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine: Mr. Curran, Laszlo Zsikai; Ms. Ryan, Brian Curran; Bn. Breathnach, Lee Lannon; and Ms. McGrath, Nathan Monahan. Comhgairdeas a bhuachaillí! NEWS SNIPPETS Just a reminder that the Parents' Council are having a recycling collection this

week for clothes, books and mobile phones to raise funds for iPads. Bags of clean items can be left in the school between 9.00 and 10.00 a.m. and between 2.00 and 3.00 p.m. up to Thursday afternoon. The Weebly pages on our CRAFTed project are now live. The link to these is posted on our new Class Projects page on Thanks to Kevin, Jake, Aaron and Alex for this work. The Green Schools committee is working very closely with Dara Dever of Go Dungarvan to achieve our Green Flag for transport. The bicycle shelter has made a great difference for pupils who cycle to school. Those who don't cycle are being encouraged to Walk on Wednesdays. The school will be closed on Friday for the European and local elections.

The St. Joseph's team that won the CBS soccer blitz: Seán Navin (captain), Greg Waters, Edward Fraher, Ms. McGrath, James O'Callaghan, Noel Duggan, Scott Lennon and Tommy Hyslop.

Pupils David Lenane, Morgan Whelan, Jack Donnelly and James O'Callaghan promoting Walk on Wednesday with Dara Dever from Go Dungarvan. Class nominees for Pupil of the Week: Artur Trzeciak, Tommy Hyslop, Michael McDonagh and Matthew Power.

Class nominees for Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine: Lee Lannon, Laszlo Zsikai, Nathan Monahan and Brian Curran.

Last week’s class nominees for Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine: Maogeng Lin, Adam Marks, Conor Coward, Matthew Whiteley and Patrick Kenneally.

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Letters to the Editor … Address Letters to: The Editor, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Fax: 058 41559. e-mail: ALL letters MUST include your name, address and telephone number for authenticity purposes.

Stand up for the weak on polling day

County Finals Scór Na bPáistí 2014 held in Cappoquin Community Centre. Sliabh gCua second in the Instrumental Music competition. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

County Finals Scór Na bPáistí 2014 held in Cappoquin Community Centre. Shamrocks A who competed in the Set Dancing Competition. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Just think of it! I CAN’T help admiring, grudgingly, perhaps, all those people who have been so busy canvassing for the past few weeks. Trying to drum up support for the politicians at the present time must be like trying to push a heavy rock up a steep hill on a wet and windy night. Politicians are just not good news at the moment. But these canvassers can do a valuable service to the common good if they will listen to the views and complaints and even the suggestions of the people whom they meet on the proverbial doorstep. And their political ringmasters can be well employed if they in turn will listen to the reports of such individual canvassers as are brave enough to speak up and pass on what they have learned. In this small way a little bit of the gap between the all-powerful rulers and the long-suffering ruled may be bridged. And so government of the people for the people might be brought an inch or two nearer. The same comments or suggestion might not be going astray so far as the ruling authorities in the Church are concerned. The recent survey carried out among some members of the Church on teaching on sexual and family matters should not be cast aside as being no more than a chance to ‘let off steam’. Consultation shouldn’t mean that people on top make a decision and then let on that they’re consulting the views of the people at the bottom of the pile: it means taking these views into consideration during the decisionmaking process. This doesn’t mean that everyone who expresses an opinion should expect that opinion to be accepted: it does mean that such an opinion should be one of the factors considered on the way to making a decision. On at least two occasions in the past year Pope Francis has pointed out that the Holy Sacrifice is given to the whole Church, not just to the Church in one particular place or at one particular office desk. I have always found it significant that at the first Council of the Church, held in Jerusalem about 50A.D., the solution to the major problem which led to the Council came, not from Peter, the first Pope, but from another bishop, James, who had the wisdom and the courage to speak up. Fr. Robert Arthure, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford.

County Finals Scór Na bPáistí 2014 held in Cappoquin Community Centre. Joseph Mannion, St. Mary’s, winner of the recitation competition. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

Ballyneety, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford 19/5/2014 Dear Editor, For the first time in the history of this state a human being can be taken into our hospitals not to be helped but to be killed. Comrades of the people who have brought about this situation have been calling to your doors over the last two months asking you to vote for them in the forthcoming European and Local elections. Up until now we could say it was just a couple of hundred. T.Ds and senators who voted to legalise abortion in certain situations in Ireland. However, if support for colleagues of those people holds up in the forthcoming elections, can we still wash our hands of the killings when they start? No unwanted baby will miraculously just die. That baby will have to be killed. Other human beings will have to intervene and physically kill the baby. At the Funeral of his colleague the late Nicky McFadden, Enda Kenny said ‘We have lost a beautiful woman with a beautiful mind with a beautiful heart. She was a privilege to have known. And I know I speak for you all when I say that she will be waiting for you a little further up the road’. I hope he is right. If he is right we also meet the 1.3 billion babies aborted since 1980 plus the unknown number aborted before then. When we meet them and they ask us why were we killed and why did nobody not help us, how will we answer them? Michael D. Higgins who signed the abortion legislation into law said recently ‘To be forgotten is to die twice’. Well then, what must it be like to be unwanted to never have one gesture of love shown to you in your short life, to be killed, to not even have a few prayers allowed be said over your mangled body, and to then be dumped with the hospital waste. There are two groups in particular who need to step up to the plate next Friday. The first are the people who fill our churches every weekend. Will you vote for colleagues of the people who legalised abortion in Ireland? Will you vote for candidates whose parties voted for the ultimate act of violence towards the individual? Will you vote for candidates whose parties voted for a selfish, self centred, sick society last Summer? Will you vote for candidates who said

nothing, did nothing, kept their heads down and went with the flow last Summer? After two thousand years of Christianity is killing an unwanted baby the best we can come up with. The second group who need to stand up are the tens of thousands of Irish women and men who are alive today because of Ireland’s ban on abortion up until now. In your good fortune don’t forget about your unborn and yet to be conceived sisters and brothers. They may not be as lucky as you were, as one elderly gentleman said to me at one of the anti-abortion card signings in Grattan Square, Dungarvan last year ‘If that was in, in my time, I would not be here today’. To say that abortion is pro-woman defies logic. Abortion has been responsible for the greatest genocide of womankind in the history of mankind. More than 650 million baby girls killed since 1980. In many countries now the main reason abortions are carried out is because the baby is female. All of Waterford’s T.Ds and Senators voted for the abortion legislation last Summer. That was the most important legislation ever passed in this State. Real human beings will be killed because of it. Every arm of this state will back and fully support everyone involved in these killings. The elections next Friday, will be the most important elections ever. They will determine the direction this country is going. We were all vulnerable and weak at the beginning of our lives. Some of us may end up the same way at the end of our lives. Fortunately, for us there were people there who looked out for us. Next Friday we must do the same and stand up for the weak. Next Friday is the day to stand up and be counted. Next Friday is the day to give those among us who would deny so many, their most basic human right of all their answer. Yours sincerely, TOMMY BURKE P.S.: Fine Gael and the Labour Party legalised abortion in Ireland. All of Sinn Fein T.Ds bar one voted for the abortion legislation. Michael Martin, leader of Fianna Fail voted for the legislation.There are three non-party candidates running in the Dungarvan/Lismore electoral area. There are three non-party candidates running in the Comeragh electoral area. In the European election, Theresa Heaney has a proven track record of opposing violence.

St. Mary’s Parish, Dungarvan SIXTH Sunday of Easter – Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 They laid hands on them, and they received the Holy Spirit. 1 Peter 3:15-18 In the body he was put to death, in the spirit he was raised to life. John 14:15-21 I shall ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate. Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help – Continues on Monday evenings at 7.30 p.m. until Monday, 23rd June. All are welcome. First Holy Communion – Congratulations to the girls from St. Mary’s who celebrated their First Holy Communion last Saturday, 17th May. First Holy Communion will be celebrated at St. Mary’s at 11.00 a.m. Saturday, 24th May: For the following Schools, Glenbeg, Carriglea & St. John’s. Blessing of Graves – This will take place on Saturday, 24th May, following 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Marriage Jubilee Celebration – This will take place on Saturday, 31st May, at the 7.30 p.m. Vigil Mass. Followed by refreshments. We

would like to encourage people to send their forms into the Parish Office as soon as possible. Weekly Envelope Boxes – Thanks to all our distributors for giving our weekly envelope boxes to the homes of the Parish. If you have not yet received your box of envelopes or if you request one please do not hesitate in contacting the Parish Office at 058 – 42374 during office hours. Work on Church Yard – The work at the Church Yard continues with the marking for the pedestrian and car spaces. Please adhere to Safety Restrictions in place for your own safety. Charity Vintage Tea Rooms – Old fashioned afternoon teas, cakes and sandwiches and Cake Stall. In our unique little tea rooms St. Mary's Church of Ireland, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford. Saturday, 24th May – in aid of Nuns in Glencairn Abbey 2–5 p.m. Trócaire Lenten Boxes – Please return to the Parish Office.

2014 is the Year of the Holy Name of Jesus – The aim of the year is that we may be more conscious of the Holy Name of Jesus and use it with reverences and respect and not carelessly and without respect. 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 42374. Daily Mass broadcast on 98.5 FM. Phone No: Fr. Ryan 42374; Fr. Harris 42384, Fr. Cooney 41136. St. Vincent de Paul Helpline No. 0877747870. Emergency Phone No: To contact Priest on duty: 086 233 4282. Weekday Masses – Please note that on the occasion of funerals in St. Mary’s Church, there will only be one morning Mass at 11.00 a.m. (No 9.30 a.m. Mass). Masses already booked on those occasions will be rescheduled for the next available time.



PHILOMENA McCARTHY St. Thomas Terrace, Dungarvan Deep sadness was evoked with the passing of Philomena McCarthy on Good Friday, April 18th. A native of the Old Boro Philomena’s passing severs another link with the Dungarvan of yesteryear. The essence of good company Philomena was born in 1928 and lived her entire life in Thomas Terrace. Indeed she remained determined that despite her failing health in recent years she was going to remain at home and due to the great care of her family and carers this was made possible. In the mid sixties Philomena was employed for a number of Summers in the Isle of Wight, like many others from Dungarvan at the time. But Philomena will be probably best remembered by the old stock of Dungarvan for the 20 years or more she spent working at Sheehan Ryan’s Chip shop in Main Street, where she was popular with one and all. Philomena had a huge talent for arts and crafts; her paintings and needlework around her home were much admired. Indeed in more recent times she loved to put these skills to work at the Day Care Centre. Philomena was also a fabulous dressmaker who made everything from christening gowns, ball gowns, Communion dresses and wedding dresses. She also had a great interest in bingo and was the first person to organise Kenneally’s Buses to go to Waterford for this on a weekly basis. Philomena was predeceased by her two sisters Mary and Kitty, together they all loved to go on regular outings with St. Martin’s where they were affectionately known as the Golden Girls. Religion and family were the most important things in Philomena’s life. In particular she had a special devotion to St. Anthony, often praying to him for lost items for family and friends. Even though in recent years Philomena had not enjoyed good health she retained a positive disposition and always felt that someone else was worse off. A true member of the old stock of Dungarvan Philomena’s passing is deeply regretted by her relatives and friends.We express our sincere sympathy to Philomena’s nephews Thomas Duggan and Joseph Duggan; her nieces Pauline Spiteri, Marie Duggan and Martina Dalton; grandnieces, grandnephews, relatives and friends. May Philomena rest in peace. Ar dheis Dé go raibh sí. Philomena lay in repose at her residence on Easter Sunday evening where the Rosary was recited. Following Funeral Prayers recited by Canon W. Ryan, P.P., the removal took place on Easter Monday morning to St. Mary’s Parish Church. Requiem Mass was con-celebrated by Canon Ryan, P.P., assisted by Fr. R. Geoghegan, C.C. Gifts with symbolic meaning in Philomena’s life were presented at the Altar by Jane Allen, Joseph Duggan, Samuel Dalton and Jacob Dalton. The Liturgy of the Word was shared with the congregation by Faun Duggan. Offertory Gifts of Bread and Wine were brought to the Altar by Pauline Spiteri and Marie Duggan. Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Lorraine Spiteri, Kellie Duggan, Joseph Duggan and Samuel Dalton. Throughout the Mass the beautiful singing of Adrian Kelly was much appreciated. After Communion a moving eulogy was delivered by Thomas Duggan. Afterwards Philomena was laid to rest in the Old Churchyard Cemetery where Canon Ryan, P.P., imparted the graveside blessing. Two favourite songs of Philomena’s were played at the graveside; Mario Lanza’s “I’ll Walk With God” and Charlie Landsborough’s “My Forever Friend.” (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

ALAN BOYD-SMITH Abbotts Close, Seapark, Abbeyside With deep regret we record the passing of Alan Boyd-Smith which sad event occurred on Friday, 16th May, 2014. Removal was from Drohan’s Funeral Home on Sunday morning to St. Gobnait’s Church, Kilgobinet. Following Funeral Mass on arrival, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. To his wife Christine and family we extend our deepest sympathy. Full obituary next issue. (Funeral arrangements by Tom Drohan, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

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RITA McGOVERN (nee Hickey) Knockateemore, Abbeyside, and formerly of Monatrea, Kinsalebeg With sincere sadness we record the passing of Rita McGovern on Wednesday, May 7th, in the loving care of staff at Dungarvan Community Hospital. A native of Monatrea, Kinsalebeg, Rita was born in 1943 and is predeceased by her late parents, Alice Hickey (nee Roche) and Mick Hickey. Rita spent 54 years in England, was a dilligent and hardworking lady who for many years was employed as a cook in school kitchens. She met her loving husband Dennis in England and together they raised a family. In 2002 Rita and Dennis moved back to Ireland and took up residence at their home in Knockateemore on 8th May, 2002. Poignantly 12 years later to the very day Rita’s removal took place to Piltown Church. The essence of good company Rita loved her trips shopping and liked to go for a coffee and a chat with friends and family. Rita is deeply mourned by her family and friends, her passing has left a void that cannot be filled. May Rita rest in peace. Rita lay in repose at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, on Thursday evening, 8th May, where many people came to pay their respects and console the bereaved. Rosary and Funeral Prayers were recited by David Kiely before the removal took place to St. Bartholomew’s Church, Piltown. On arrival Fr. M. O’Gorman, P.P., led the Service of Reception. Requiem Mass in thanksgiving for Rita’s life was celebrated on Friday morning by Fr. O’Gorman, P.P. The Liturgy of the Word was read by Tracy (daughter-in-law) and Pauline (daughter). Offertory Gifts of Bread and Wine were presented at the altar by Nora (sisterin-law) and Eileen (sister). The beautiful singing of Sacred hymns by Dina Walshe was much appreciated. After Communion Pauline (daughter) expressed her thanks to the staffs of Dungarvan Community Hospital and Waterford Regional Hospital for the excellent care Rita received during her illness. After Mass Rita was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery where Fr. O’Gorman, P.P., imparted the graveside blessing and recited a decade of the Rosary. Many beautiful floral tributes were placed on Rita’s resting place. We extend our sincere sympathy to her husband Dennis; sons Wesley and Desmond; daughters Melisa and Pauline; granddaughter Sophie; daughter-in-law Tracy; son-in-law Pat Walsh; sister Eileen; brothers Michael and Patrick; brother-in-law Ron; sisters-in-law Nora and Mary; nephews, nieces, other relatives and friends. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

JOHN FLYNN Kilcannon, Cappagh With sorrow and regret we record the passing of John Flynn, Kilcannon, Cappagh, Co.Waterford, son of the late Paddy and Hannah, which sad event occurred peacefully on 9th May, 2014, at Waterford Regional Hospital surrounded by his loving family. Reposing at Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, Rosary was recited on Saturday evening by Rosary Committee member Pat Denn in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends. Removal took place on Monday evening to Our Lady Of The Assumption Church, Modeligo. Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., recited funeral prayers in the presence of his loving family and many friends. On arrival to Our Lady of Assumption Church, Modeligo, his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Tuesday morning by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., and was assisted by Rev. Fr. P. Fitzgerald, P.E. Symbols representing John’s life were presented to the Altar by Jim and Cathriona Hennessey – a deck of cards and beer mats; Noel and Phil Flynn – flowers and garden shovel; Deirdre Campbell and Deirdre Osborne – dancing shoes and Johnny’s Rosary beads; Bernie Flynn and Pat Power – The Thatched Cottage and Johnny’s cap; these were narrated by Ann Power. Following the symbols Mícheál Phelan gave an outstanding account of Johnny’s life which was a fitting tribute to a true gentleman. Readings during the Mass were recited by Nuala Flynn and Gillian McGuinness. Prayers of the faithful were read by John Horan, Colm Brown, Aoife Power, Stephen Power, Mark Kilkenny, Alison Curran and Ben O’Donnell. Dina Walshe provided a lovely selection of hymns and music during the Mass. The offertory gifts were presented to the Altar by Gertie Hayes and Padraig Morrissey. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Johnny was laid to rest in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and many friends. May he rest in peace. May we extend our deepest sympathy to his loving sisters Philomena Nolan, Theresa Osborne, Anna Morrissey and Gertie Hayes; brothersin-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

CATHERINE (Kitty) POWER (nee McGrath) Shandon Street, Dungarvan Much regret was expressed with the passing on Friday, 9th May, of Kitty Power at Waterford Regional Hospital. Aged 89 years and a native of Boolavounteen, Ballinamult, Kitty was educated at Touraneena National School. She married Jim who for many years was employed at the local Leather Factory and who predeceased her by 18 years. In her younger days Kitty was employed in hotels in Tramore, particularly during the summer season. A quiet, inoffensive person Kitty had not enjoyed the best of health for some time and was hospitalised for the past 16 years. Indeed, she received excellent care from staff at Dungarvan Community Hospital.The last of her generation her passing severs another link with yesteryear. May Kitty rest in peace. On Sunday evening, 11th May, Kitty lay in repose at the Kiely Funeral Home, Dungarvan, where Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P., recited the Rosary. Following Funeral Prayers on Monday morning Kitty’s remains were removed to St. Mary’s Church,Touraneena, where on arrival Fr. C. Kelleher, P.P., offered the Requiem Mass for Kitty. The Lessons were read by Jennie O’Riordan (grandniece) and Bridget Farrell.The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Jake (great grandnephew), Niamh (great grandniece) and Jennie (grandniece). Offertory Gifts of Bread and Wine were presented at the Altar by Margaret Sheehan and Bridget Farrell. The beautiful singing of Seán O’Donnell made the Mass a celebration of Kitty’s life. Afterwards Kitty was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery where Fr. Kelleher, P.P., imparted the graveside blessing. I líonta Dé go gcastar sinn le chéile. We express our deepest sympathy to Kitty’s nephews, Maurice McGrath, James Farrell, Joe Farrell; other relatives and friends. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

SEÁN KEATING Ballinabanogue, Kilmacthomas We record with great sadness the passing on Monday, 19th May, at Waterford University Hospital of Seán Keating who was aged 87 years and a native of Ballinabanogue. Seán gave outstanding service to the ESB and was a Rates Collector for many years. Of farming background, Seán was a life-long supporter of Fianna Fáil and was very much to the fore in Macra na Feirme. We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife Ann; daughter Margaret; sons John, Pat, Michael and Larry; daughters-in-law Madge, Orla, Sandra and Martina; son-in-law Mossie; grandchildren; sisters-in-law Mary Fraher and Kathleen Power; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Removal this Wednesday at 8 o’clock from his residence to St. Anne’s Church, Ballylaneen. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon, interment afterwards in the adjoining cemetery. Family flowers only please. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

JAMIE DUCEY 28, Cluain Garbhán, The Burgery, Abbeyside With profound sadness we record the passing of Jamie Ducey on Thursday, 15th May, 2014. We offer our heartfelt sympathy to Jamie’s parents Michael and Lisa, family and friends at this sad time. Rosary was recited at Jamie’s residence on Sunday evening. Removal took place on Monday morning to St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Fr. N. Hassett and afterwards Jamie was laid to rest in the Old Churchyard Cemetery. Full obituary next issue. (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

MICHAEL McCARTHY Kilrush Park, Dungarvan With profound sorrow we record the passing of Michael McCarthy which sad event occurred on Sunday, 18th May, 2014. Removal was from Drohan’s Funeral Home on Tuesday morning to St. Mary’s Parish Church, Dungarvan. Following Funeral Mass on arrival, burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. To his parents John and Mary; brother Johnny; sister-in-law Caroline; nephew, niece, uncles, aunts and relatives, we extend our deepest sympathy. Full obituary next issue. (Funeral arrangements by Tom Drohan, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

SR. CONCEPTION O’CONNOR Presentation Sisters, Youghal Road, Dungarvan, and formerly of Kealod, Moyvane, Listowel, Co. Kerry Much sadness and regret was expressed with the passing of Sr. Conception O’Connor on Sunday, 4th May, 2014, at Rathkeevin Nursing Home, Clonmel, Co.Tipperary. Aged 92 years Sr. Conception was the youngest and last surviving of eleven children to Patrick and Hanora O’Connor (nee Pierse) and was born on 19th May, 1922. She was baptised in the Catholic Church in Moyvane and given the name Hanora Patricia. She was confirmed in St. Mary’s Parish Church, Moyvane, on 12th May, 1936, her sponsor being Mary O’Callaghan. Nora as she came to be called received her early education in the local primary school. She received her secondary education as a boarder with the Presentation Sisters in Tuam, Co. Galway. She entered the Presentation Convent, Dungarvan, on 2nd February, 1942, being 20 years of age and made her profession of vows in 1944 as Sr. Mary Conception. Three of Sr. Conception’s siblings became priests Msgrs. Michael, John and Cornelius O’Connor – all in California.Two of her sisters became Nuns – Mary became Sr. Teresa of the Nazareth Sisters in California and Hanna became Sr. Imelda of the Mercy Sisters in Mallow, Co. Cork. Conception studied at Cork University receiving a B.A. and H. Dip. in Ed. She was a fluent Irish speaker and had the fáinne. As the years passed new subjects were added to the Curriculum and Conception attended many courses in order to keep up with the changing face of education. Sr. Conception spent her entire life teaching in the Presentation Secondary School, Dungarvan, teaching mostly Irish, English and Maths. In 1990 having held the position of Chairperson on the School Management Board for some years, she retired from school and moved into many voluntary ministries in the Parish. Sr. Conception was a very holy, unassuming and gentle woman. Apart from spending long hours in the chapel there was nothing spectacular about her life. It was ordinary but in that ordinariness was the stuff of sanctity. On hearing of her death the people spoke with their feet, coming in droves to pay their respects, referring to her as “a walking saint”, “a gentle lady”. Kindness was her hallmark. She always saw the best in everyone and was never heard to say or listen to a bad word about anyone. She was patient with her pupils and with the sisters she lived with in community and she was patient in her suffering over the past few years. Everyone young and old, rich and poor loved Sr. Conception. She was kind and she was loyal and her kindness and loyalty attracted people to her. Conception had great determination and when she set her mind to something there was no stopping her. Like the waves eroding the rocks on the seashore so Conception’s determination chipped away at any task that was to be done. And she never counted the cost. And when old age and illness slowed her down and bowed her head, Conception’s determination carried her one pace beyond to daily Mass, which she loved more than life itself, to community prayer, to the Holy Hour and then this determined strong willed woman learned to let go and to accept another way of being – depending on others and needing hospital and nursing home care with all that entails. Conception grew old as she had lived, quietly and gently and with no fuss. In community Conception was the connecting link between young and old.Younger Sisters held her in very high esteem – sensing in her the essence of Religious life and lovely lifelong friendships were formed. Conception believed that if a Community did not have a sick sister to look after then there was something very important missing in that community and she herself played an important role in caring for the sick all throughout her life. Sr. Conception held positions of leadership in community and brought to that role a kindness and gentleness that was new in the olden days. She was the epitome of a servant leader. She lived most of her life in the Convent in Mitchel St. but due to declining numbers the Sisters moved to the present house on the Youghal Road on 2nd February, 1999. Sr. Conception had a lovely sense of humour and when the Sisters started telling stories you could see tears of laughter rolling down Conception’s face even when the stories were being told about herself! As a teacher Conception earned the respect and love of colleagues and pupils alike. Fondly known as Mother Conception or Connie she was never known to raise her voice in the classroom no matter what mischief her pupils were up to. She was gentle, hardworking and infinitely patient with all her pupils but she had a particular understanding of the pupils who struggled and spent many, many hours outside of school working patiently with those students ensuring that they too reached their full potential. But she was no pushover! She had an all seeing eye and knew everything that was going on. Having retired from teaching Sr. Conception’s ministry of kindness led her out like Nano Nagle into the streets and estates of Dungarvan, seeking out unmet needs, visiting and listening to people’s stories, collecting for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in hail, rain or snow, standing with her box at the Church gates, working in the St.Vincent de Paul shop, attending funerals and nobody ever heard a word about any of it.The extent of Conception’s kindness is known only to those who were the recipients of that kindness. Conception helped and nobody knew a thing about it. Sr. Conception loved her family and her visits home and she loved to talk about her beloved Kerry and the people of Listowel. She knew loss as one by one her siblings passed on and she, the youngest of eleven was left alone. She loved her nieces, nephews and extended family and deeply appreciated their visits to Dungarvan and later to Rathkeevin Nursing Home. Conception had a quiet zest for life and wanted to live as long as she possibly could but when the time came she had her bags packed and was ready to go. She had the happy death she had prayed for all her life and died surrounded by family, Sisters, friends and the priest at the end as she would have wished. She died as she lived with the name of Jesus on her lips. Ní bheidh a leithéid ann arís. On Tuesday evening 6th May Sr. Conception lay in repose at the Presentation Convent Chapel where many people came to pay their respects to a much loved member of the local community. Sr. Gertrude Howley (Presentation Sisters) led the large gathering in Evening Prayer.

OBITUARY Fr. Matt Cooney, O.S.A., recited Funeral Prayers on Wednesday morning 7th May at the Convent Chapel after which the removal took place to St. Mary’s Parish Church. En route the hearse was flanked by an impressive Guard of Honour comprised of teachers and pupils from St. Mary’s Primary School, a tribute richly deserved by Sr. Conception. Requiem Mass in thanksgiving for Sr. Conception’s life was con-celebrated by Fr. Matt Cooney, O.S.A., assisted by Canon William Ryan, P.P.; Fr. John Harris, C.C.; Fr. Michael Cullinane, P.P.; Fr. Séamus Humphries, O.S.A., and Fr.Tony Egan, O.S.A. Fr. J. Sheehy (Columban, Dungarvan and the Philippines) and Canon Donal O’Connor, P.E., were also in attendance.The Liturgy of the Word was shared with the large congregation by Sr. Anne Power (Presentation House, Youghal Road) and Veronica Ryan. The Prayers of the Faithful were recited by Sr. Maura Murphy (Kilkenny and formerly of Dungarvan). Colette Power (colleague in teaching), Caroline Hackett (past pupil), Bernadette Enright (nee O’Connor) (niece), Kirsty Enright (grandniece), Sr. Maria Fletcher (formerly of Dungarvan) and Deirdre McMahon (grandniece). The Offertory Gifts of Bread and Wine for Consecration were presented at the altar by Richard O’Connor (nephew) and Amanda O’Connor (grandniece). The Eucharistic Ministers were Biddy Hourigan, Chris Mulcahy and Agnes Collins. Altar Serving duties were carried out by pupils of St. Mary’s Primary School. After Holy Communion a moving Reflection was shared by Sr. Gertrude Howley.The beautiful music and singing of Dina Walshe and the pupils of St. Mary’s Primary School made the Mass a real celebration of a life well lived. To the strains of “A Mhuire Mháthair”, Sr. Conception’s nephews (Pall bearers) carried her coffin to the hearse to begin the short journey to the Presentation Community Cemetery, Youghal Road. There Fr. M. Cooney, O.S.A., imparted the graveside blessing and Sr. Conception was laid to rest after life’s labours.The Presentation Sisters led the singing of the Salve Regina. We express our sincere sympathy to Sr. Conception’s nephews, nieces, other relatives, friends and Presentation Sisters, Dungarvan. “Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.” (Funeral arrangements by James Kiely & Sons, Funeral Directors, Dungarvan).

SEAN BUCKLEY Ballyhane, Cappoquin It is with sadness and regret we record the passing of Sean Buckley, Ballyhane, Cappoquin, Co. Waterford, husband of the late Addie (nee Gee), which sad event occurred peacefully on 9th May, 2014, surrounded by his loving family at Waterford Regional Hospital. Reposing at his home in Ballyhane, Cappoquin, Rosary was recited on Saturday evening by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., in the presence of his loving family, neighbours and friends. Reposing at Walsh’s Funeral Home, Cappoquin, on Sunday evening where Rev. Fr. Arthure, P.E., recited removal prayers before removal took place to St. John the Baptist Church, Affane. On arrival his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday morning by Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., and assisted by Rev. Fr. P. Fitzgerald, P.E. During the Mass readings were recited by John Buckley and John Flavin. Prayers of the faithful were recited by James Buckley, Aileen Buckley, Sinead Dahill, Catherina Sweeney and Anthony Keane. During the Mass a lovely selection of music and hymns was provided by soloist Andrea Cunningham and organist Dina Walshe. The offertory gifts were presented to the Altar by Catherine Condon, Mairead Flynn and Mary O’Brien. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. Fr. J. Kiely, P.P., officiated at the graveside prayers and was assisted by Rev. Fr. Condon where Sean was laid to rest in the presence of loving his family, neighbours and friends. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loving daughters Catherine, Mairead, and Mary; sons John and Mike; brothers Paddy and Jimmy; grandchildren, great-grandchild, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. May he rest in peace. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

MICHAEL HIGGINS London and Aglish, Glencairn It is with profound sorrow and deep regret we record the passing of Michael Higgins, London and Aglish, Glencairn, Co. Waterford, which sad and peaceful event occurred on 3rd May, 2014. Lying in repose at Aidan Walsh & Sons Funeral Home, Tallow, on Saturday evening Rosary was recited by Rosary Committee member May Flynn. On Sunday evening removal took place to the Church Of Immaculate Conception,Tallow. Funeral prayers were recited by Parish Council members Helen Moroney and Abina Ahearne in the presence of his loving family and many friends. On arrival to the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Tallow, his remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Monday morning by Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P. During the Mass a lovely selection of hymns were provided by Tallow Parish Choir. Readings and prayers of the faithful were recited by family members. Following Funeral Mass Rev. Fr. G. McNamara, P.P., officiated the graveside prayers where Michael was laid to rest in the presence of his loving family and a large cortege of mourners. May he rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loving wife Mary (nee Whelan); son Michael; daughters Trisha, Mary and her partner Leo; grandchildren Niall, Nathan and Libby; brothers Sean, Christy, Billy, Jim, Tom and Ned; sisters Peg, Bridie, Mary, Sheila and Nellie; daughter-in-law Jackie; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons Funeral Directors,Tallow and Cappoquin).

63 GRACE (Gracie) ORMONDE (nee Griffin) Bennett’s Church, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford It is with deep regret and sadness we record the passing of Grace (Gracie) Ormonde (nee Griffin), Bennett’s Church, Ballymacarbry, Co. Waterford, wife of the late Paddy, which sad and peaceful event occurred on 22nd April, 2014, at the Sacred Heart Unit in Dungarvan Community Hospital. Gracie was born on 25th October, 1927, to Michael and Ellen Griffin in Knockperry, Newcastle. She was the youngest of 3 children, her brother Willie and her brother the late Paddy who passed away three years ago. She went to school in Croughclooney National School and afterwards worked in a number of places including St. Luke’s Hospital, Clonmel. Gracie met her late husband Paddy Ormonde in the late ’40s and they married in 1950 and settled in Ballymacarbry where they had their family, Thomas and Bridget. Gracie had many interests in life. She was one of the early members of the ICA in Ballymacarbry and she had a keen interest in cooking and knitting. She was also an active member of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann and the St. Vincent de Paul Society. She had a great love of nature and loved animals and spent many evenings out in her garden tending to the flowers. Gracie was widowed 23 years ago with the sudden passing of her husband Paddy. She worked hard all her life and she loved to travel. She made many trips to Lourdes and regular trips to England. She was always interested in people and was very proud of her family and in particular her grandchildren Paul and Aine. Her extended family and friends thank her for the great memories she left behind. May she rest in peace. Reposing at her home in Bennett’s Church, Ballymacarbry, Rosary was recited on Wednesday evening by Rev. Fr. G. Desmond, P.P., in the presence of her loving family, neighbours and friends. On Thursday evening removal took place to St. Laurence’s Church, Fourmilewater, Rev. Fr. G. Desmond, P.P., recited funeral prayers in the presence of her loving family, neighbours and friends. On arrival to St. Laurence’s Church her remains were received and blessed by Rev. Fr. G. Desmond, P.P. Funeral Mass was celebrated on Friday morning by Rev. Fr. G. Desmond, P.P., and Rev. Fr.W. Ryan, P.P. Symbols representing Grace’s life were presented to the Altar by grand-daughter Áine – a box of eggs; grandniece Heather Griffin – a ball of knitting wool; grandniece Laura O’Brien – her passport; family friend Ann McNally – St. Martin’s prayer book; these were narrated by family relative Bridget Tobin. During the Mass readings were recited by son-in-law Brendan and grandson Paul. Prayers of the faithful were recited by family friend Niamh Melody, neighbour Caroline Coffey, niece Margaret O’Brien, daughter Bridget and family member Susan O’Brien. A lovely selection of hymns and music were provided by the Newcastle and Fourmilewater Choir. The Offertory Gifts were presented to the Altar by daughter Bridget and son Thomas. A communion reflection was delivered by life-long friend Pat Melody. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in the adjoining cemetery. Rev. G. Desmond, P.P., officiated at the graveside prayers, where Grace was laid to rest in the presence of her loving family, neighbours and many friends. May we extend our deepest sympathy to her loving son Thomas and his partner Susan; daughter Bridget O’Connor; brother Willie; son-in-law Brendan; grandchildren Paul and Áine; nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends. Month’s Mind Mass will be celebrated in St. Laurence’s Church, Fourmilewater, on Saturday, 24th May, 2014, at 6.30 p.m. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

BRENDAN MICHAEL NOLAN Portane, Dublin It is with sadness and regret we record the passing of Brendan Michael Nolan, Knockamann, St. Ita’s Hospital, Portane, Dublin, and formerly of Zimbabwe, which sad event occurred peacefully on 11th May, 2014, at St. Ita’s Hospital, Dublin, beloved son of Kevin and Sheila, loving brother of the late Patrick, Maeve and Mary-Grace. Reposing at St. Ita’s Hospital Chapel, Funeral Mass was celebrated on Thursday morning. Following Funeral Mass burial took place in Mount Melleray Abbey Cemetery. Fr. Francis, O.C.S.O., officiated the graveside prayers where Brendan was laid to rest in the presence of his loving family and friends. May he rest in peace. We extend our deepest sympathy to his loving brothers Austin and Brian; sisters Marjorie Brooker and Joyce Loughnan; brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces relatives and friends. (Funeral arrangements by Aidan Walsh & Sons, Funeral Directors, Cappoquin & Tallow).

FARMING Ministers Bruton and Coveney join HSA and IFA in safety call to farmers IN light of the extraordinary and tragic number of fatal accidents that have occurred on Irish farms recently, the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton TD and the Minister for Agriculture Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD have today (Thursday 15th May), along with the HSA and the IFA, issued a joint call to all farmers to make safety a top priority. Minister Bruton stated that he was shocked at the number of deaths that have occurred so far this year, “At this stage last year there had been two deaths reported in the Agriculture sector and we still ended up with sixteen people being killed in the sector during 2013. I am very concerned that already, this year, eleven people have lost their lives on farms. I am calling on all farmers and everyone involved in the industry to make safety a daily part of the working day. My department will continue to intensify our work with my colleague Minister Coveney’s department, the HSA and the Farm Safety Partnership to tackle this problem.” The Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD said that he is fully aware of the different conditions that farmers work under but death and injury are a major concern, “We are approaching a busy time for farmers with silage making about to begin. I understand the time and financial pressure that

many farmers are under, many farmers work long hours alone. What good is all that hard work if an accident happens due to rushing or fatigue? The reality is, taking risks with your life and limb is never worth it and I echo Minister Bruton’s call, please farm safely every day.” The majority of farm deaths this year have involved tractors and machinery. Martin O’Halloran, CEO of the Health and Safety Authority says that he is gravely concerned at the numbers being killed and the causes,“There have been four deaths in the month of May alone. These are not just numbers, these are real people, real tragedies, real families destroyed. Every year it is the same, tractors and machinery are the main cause of death on Irish farms. The message that we want to drive home is that anywhere that man and machinery interact the potential for serious injury or death is amplified. There is a solution, action can be taken to prevent these serious and, in many cases unnecessary accidents by following guidance that we and members of the Farm Safety Partnership have produced. Always have safety in mind when working with vehicles.” IFA President Eddie Downey said the recent spate of farm fatalities reinforces how important it is to prioritise farm safety. He has appealed to farm families to

take every precaution when carrying out their work and minimise the risk on farms. “It is a busy time and silage harvesting will start in the coming weeks. I am asking everybody involved in farming to look out for each other, particularly young and old around livestock and machinery. Our message is THINK SAFETY FARM SAFELY every hour of every day.” The HSA has produced a freely available, simple and easy to use guide entitled ‘Tractor Safety and You’, which can be downloaded from It covers:• Carrying out a simple 5 minute check before starting a tractor (tyres, brakes, hydraulics, visibility, etc) • Follow safe systems of work; - know your controls, - correct speed, - stop if you sense danger or risk, - safe on & off(use handholds), - concentrate, - use seat belt, - passenger secured. • Safe stop – apply handbrake, disengage, lower, implements, engine off. • Rate yourself as a driver, ask; do I always concentrate? Do I reverse with? Do I stop if children are in the yard? • Are you aware of hazards in your yard an on farm (ditches, bumpy surfaces, etc) • Machine factors in tractor safety (axle limits, PTO cover, brakes, safety belt, etc)

IFA Island farmers discuss farm scheme top ups in rural development plan AT a meeting of island farmers in Galway recently, IFA called on the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to put meaningful top-ups across all farm schemes to reflect the increased costs that off shore island farmers incur in carrying out their farming activities. Representatives from Bere, Aran, Inishbofin and Clare attended the meeting. IFA Rural Development Chairman Flor McCarthy said the RDP 2014-2020 must substantially increase the payment rates in schemes such as GLAS, Areas of Natural Constraints (formally Disadvantaged Areas) and the farm investment scheme TAMS. IFA Islands’ spokesman Jack Sullivan from Bere Island said the cost of production on island farms is up to 40% higher, which has a dramatic effect on farm profitability. “Increasing the payments rates for all

schemes would improve the livelihoods of island farmers and make them more sustainable in the future.” In addition, he called for an ongoing investment in the island infrastructure including ferries and piers. Farmers must have better access to the market and costs must be kept down. Flor McCarthy said the higher rates will be indicated in advance of the RDP been submitted. The Department of Agriculture attended the meeting and agreed to take on board the farmers concerns and agreed that the new rate would be included in the RDP before the end of June. Other issues discussed include the new CAP Pillar I payments, commonage stocking levels, Farm Assist and the Leader programme.

Round-up … posed new Authority will not be sufficiently independRetail legislation must ent to provide anonymity and confidentiality to supinclude ban on below cost pliers who make complaints,” said the IFA President. selling to be meaningful Leader funding must not IFA President Eddie Downey said the proposed new legislation to regulate retailers must include a ban on be hived off to local below-cost selling and other abuses by retailers, in order to rebalance power in the food supply chain and protect authorities farmers and suppliers. He said, “Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton must learn from the lessons of the past and introduce regulations that will stop the outrageous discounting by retailers that occurred in the fruit and vegetable sector last Christmas, and stop such abuses for good”. Eddie Downey said the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill fails to include a prohibition on belowcost selling and there is no provision to put limits on the use of own-brands by retailers, nor any compulsion on retailers to disclose profits in the Irish market. The IFA has engaged Michael Cush SC to advise the Association on the Competition and Consumer Protection Bill, which has been sent to the Oireachtas Select Committee on Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation. IFA is calling for the new legislation to include a provision whereby the Minister must have regard to the economic viability and sustainability of primary producers in regulating the retailing sector. Regulations must be introduced to address unfair trading practices and prohibit ‘hello money’, ‘pay to play’ money, Long Term Agreements (LTAs) which provide for the payment by suppliers of substantial ‘offinvoice rebates’ and also to prohibit contracts that compel suppliers to incur costs using third party suppliers specified by the purchaser. “The Bill has also failed to provide for ‘Retention of Title’ for goods delivered until such time they are paid for and does not address the erosion of production prices resulting from the use of tendering rather than contract negotiation for the supply of certain produce,” said Mr. Downey. IFA is calling for an independent Ombudsman, similar to the Groceries Code Adjudicator in the UK, to oversee and implement the proposed new grocery regulations governing the retail trade. “The independent Ombudsman must be able to investigate complaints and sanction compensation for suppliers who have been wronged.” Eddie Downey said, “Following this legal consultation, IFA has submitted amendments to the Bill, which will address the key issues of concern to producers in relation to the new proposed legislation. IFA believes that the real test of the new legislation will be a fairer return to producers, which covers the cost of production and leaves a margin to reward their work and investment”. As the proposed legislation stands, farmers supplying food to companies with a turnover of less than €50m will not be required to have a contract, which is a real concern, especially for fresh produce producers. IFA has submitted an amendment to replace this €50m with €10m, to include others in the food chain. IFA wants to see provision for payments to be made to suppliers within 30 days. Eddie Downey said, “The publication of this legislation, which IFA has long campaigned for, is progress and is a first step. However, the legislation does not address a number of key issues that IFA has identified as necessary to restore equity to the food supply chain and curb the dominance of the retail multiples.The latest figures released show the three major multiples control over 80% of the grocery market.” “On the proposed merger of the National Consumer Agency and the Competition Authority into a new Authority called the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, IFA‘s position has always been that an independent Ombudsman should be appointed by Government to oversee and implement this legislation. IFA is concerned that the pro-

WATERFORD IFA Chairman John Fitzgerald has said the funding allocated to the Leader programme in the CAP Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 must not be hived off to local authorities at the expense of local communities and promoters. Mr Fitzgerald was responding to the announcement recently by the Minister for the Environment and Local Government Phil Hogan that the total EU and national funding available to the Leader programme will be €250m or €36m/annum over the next seven years. The Waterford IFA Chairman said the decision of the Government to establish Local Community Development Committees (LCDCs) in each local authority area puts the current Leader model in serious jeopardy. He called for assurances from the Minister that existing structures continue to deliver local development strategies for both the Leader and the local and community development programme. This can be best be done by ensuring that the delivery body is the local action group. Mr Fitzgerald pointed out that the EU Commission has recognised that the existing Leader structures cater for local communities with broad representation across all sectors of rural society. The new LCDCs must accommodate a bottom-up approach to local development and must have an independent Chairman and not a local authority member or County Manager.

Urgent implementaiton of new GLAS and TAMS required WATERFORD IFA Chairman John Fitzgerald said the announcement of details for the next Rural Development Plan 2014-2020 is an important part of the Common Agricultural Policy and critical to supporting farm incomes, especially in vulnerable sectors and regions. He said the Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney must ensure all the schemes are fully-funded in next October’s Budget and payments made in 2015, and the full RDP budget commitment to farmers must be delivered over the lifetime of the Programme. John Fitzgerald said, “Rural Development schemes such as GLAS and the Areas of National Constraint (formerly Disadvantaged Areas) play a vital role. The new GLAS Scheme must be targeted at supporting farmers in vulnerable sectors and regions. The TAMS Scheme, which must be available to all sectors, will encourage on-farm investment and help primary producers achieve growth targets set out in Food Harvest 2020.Their early introduction for the maximum number of applicants is now critical”. IFA has already set out key demands for GLAS which includes a broad-based scheme available to at least 50,000 farmers, with an average payment of €5,000, and a significant top-up for famers with restrictions.The Association will be insisting that all measures must reflect the full cost of compliance, income foregone and a higher incentive for farmers to participate.


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Coveney announces further details on €4 bn. Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 THE Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney TD, recently announced full financial allocations as well as important new details in relation to the support measures to be included in the new Rural Development Programme (RDP), 2014-2020. Work is ongoing in relation to the design of the RDP and it is intended to submit the Programme to the EU Commission at the end of June, 2014. Minister Coveney said: “The new Rural Development Programme will be a vital support to Rural Ireland in terms of enhancing the competitiveness of the agri-food sector, managing natural resources in a sustainable manner, and ensuring the balanced development of rural areas. This Government has given a clear signal of its commitment to a strategic investment in Rural Ireland and the agri-food sector by providing National Exchequer funding to bring the total amount available for RDP schemes to over €4billion in the period to 2020.” Minister of State Tom Hayes commented: “The design of RDP schemes will ensure that support is targeted at fostering innovation, improving competitiveness and underpinning increased sustainability. The RDP will also be a key tool in achieving the ambitious smart, green, growth targets as set out in Food Harvest 2020.” The details of RDP schemes outlined form part of the public consultation which commenced last week as part of the Strategic Environmental Analysis (SEA) which is required to be carried out on the new RDP. Public and stakeholder consultation has been a key element in the design of RDP schemes to date. In particular, the scheme details announced draw on the feedback received from the public consultation on the proposed RDP measures launched by the Minister in January, 2014. The Minister outlined the main provisions of the RDP schemes as follows: GLAS (total allocation of €1,450m over the lifetime of the RDP) • The new AgriEnvironment Scheme (GLAS) will provide for a maximum payment of €5,000 for up to 50,000 farmers. It is anticipated that some 25,00030,000 farmers will be accepted into the Scheme in 2015. The targeted structure of the Scheme has been refined following the recent public consultation, and it is expected that this Scheme will deliver substantial, biodiversity, climate change, and other environmental benefits (see

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Annex 1 for the outline of the GLAS structure). • In addition to the basic GLAS, farmers who take on particularly challenging environmental actions may qualify for a top up payment of up to €2,000 per annum under GLAS+. Initially, this payment will be targeted at farmers who have to undertake a high number of mandatory actions under the Tier 1 Priority Environmental Assets and Actions, but other options for GLAS+ will be explored over the course of the RDP. Areas of Natural Constraint inc. Island Farmers (€1,370m) • It has been decided to continue with the current levels and structure of payments under the Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) Scheme (formerly known as the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme), pending the reassessment of the areas covered by the Scheme on the basis of new biophysical criteria which must be in place by 2018. • However, it is also proposed to add a top up payment for a separate category of Island Farmers within the structure of the ANC Scheme. This top up will compensate for the particular challenges faced by Island Farmers. Work is ongoing in relation to setting the rate for this top up payment. On Farm Captital Investment (€395m) • In relation to On Farm Capital Investment, the allocation for the new Targeted Agricultural Modernisation Scheme (TAMS) II has been increased significantly to €395m. This is an increase of €100m over the allocation proposed in the original RDP

consultation document of January. It is intended that support for investments in dairy equipment, beef and sheep handling equipment, pigs and poultry, slurry on tillage farms, and low emissions spreading equipment will be prioritised in terms of the timing of scheme launches. Young farmers will also be eligible for a preferential rate of 60% grant aid. Locally Led AgriEnvironment Schemes (€70m) • The allocation for locally led targeted AgriEnvironment Schemes has also been significantly increased to €70m over the lifetime of the RDP. This allocation will fund two flagship schemes – namely an expansion of the Burren Farming for Conservation Scheme and new projects in Freshwater Pearl Mussel Catchment areas. A number of further local targeted projects will also be identified for funding. Organic Farming (€44m) • Following on from the recent consultation process, a significantly increased budget of €44m is being allocated to the Organic Farming Scheme in order to support growth in the sector more effectively. In addition, a dedicated Capital Investment Scheme for the organic sector will be included in TAMS II. Support for collaborative farming (€3m) • Support for approved collaborative approaches to farming has also increased following the consultation process. This support will assist with set up costs for farmers entering into new collaborative models, and will aim to support 1,200 new collaborative ventures.

Beef Data and Genomics Programme (€295m) • The new Beef Data and Genomics Programme has been further developed to build on the strong link between the sustainability of Irish beef production and maximising the contribution of Irish agriculture to national climate change initiatives. This highly innovative programme will provide support to farmers to take samples for genotyping from selected animals in their herds and to provide vital breeding data to support the development of a national cattle breeding databank. This data will provide farmers with the tools to select higher quality and more efficient breeding replacements through the use of cutting edge genomic technology.The selection of more efficient animals with the right genetics for easy calving and high weight gain thereafter, that can be finished earlier, will have a substantial environmental dividend and will also contribute to improving productivity, reducing input costs and • Improving margins for farmers. I expect to be able to announce further details on this scheme over the coming weeks. Knowledge Transfer Measures (€112m) • A suite of knowledge transfer measures will underpin the success of the new RDP, and will consist of support for Knowledge Transfer Groups across a number of sectors (including beef, sheep, dairy, pigs/poultry and equine), support for European Innovation Partnership Operational Groups, Continuous Professional Development for advisors, and

targeted on farm advice in relation to key animal health and welfare issues. In addition to the above, I have asked officials in my Department to examine the possibility of two further possible supports, namely • introducing small but innovative measures to support producers of honey and apples in the context of the high levels of local market opportunities in those sectors, and • support for encouraging the restoration of traditional farm buildings, which form an important part of our rural heritage. Further detailed information is available on the Department’s website. This information sets out a number of draft chapters of the new RDP outlining the measure descriptions as well as some of the preparatory analysis underlying the design of the RDP. This information will form the basis of the consultation phase of the current Strategic Environmental Analysis which will commence later this week. Following this consultation process, it is expected to submit a draft of the RDP to the European Commission by the end of June, 2014. In conclusion, Minister Coveney said: “the range of measures outlined today represent vital supports across all sectors in the agri-food industry and for the wider rural economy. This RDP, which will entail supports amounting to over €4 billion in its lifetime, will underpin the continued development of the sector and ensure that rural Ireland continues to contribute to our ongoing economic recovery.”

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ICSA reiterates calls for targeted GLAS support for suckler and sheep farmers

Gary Norris (Glendalligan) with Alison Brodie (Scotland), Secretary of the North Country Cheviot Sheep Society promoting the breed at Balmoral Show 2014 last week.

Teagasc News . . . DAIRYING Make round bales with surplus grass Tight grazing, especially early in the season, can prevent the build-up of tall grass areas in paddocks but it can result in decreased milk production if not well managed. When surpluses do arise, as they will, they should be taken out as round bales and fed back again to cows later in the year when grass becomes scarce. But, even with this principle, topping will be necessary and it should be done earlier rather than later. Topping must be carried out when the ‘tall grass’ areas are greater than 25% of the paddock area. If the tall grass area is 25% in May, it will be 35% to 40% of the paddock in June because of the fresh dung deposited during this grazing. Tall grass is grass around dung pads and other under grazed areas. It will be getting nitrogen and not being eaten. Imagine the financial loss from this. Topping costs money in terms of machinery wear and tear, diesel and most critically, your time so it must be done correctly. Set the topper at 5 cm (2.5 inches) off the ground and ensure that the blades are sharp. Many farmers don’t start topping early enough. Start in time, even early May. There is a potential extra 100 gallons of milk per cow, free of charge, if grass quality can be maintained at a high level during April-September. Topping will not be necessary if you graze ‘tightish’ and graze at the correct farm cover for your stocking rate. Hence, the use of the Grass Wedge will save you topping, money and time and insure quality grass. Abandon 12 hour grazing Twelve hour grazing is an unnecessary job that increases workload and can actually result in losses. It results in cows having too little space in which to graze. Dominant cows will bully the timid and the younger ones, especially heifers.These will then move away and have reduced grazing time and reduced intake. High performing cows also suffer because they have to eat more grass to produce the extra milk. These cows will be grazing late in the afternoon while other lower performing cows will be lying down. However at this time grass cover will be very low resulting in a small bite size and intake will be reduced by 1 – 2 kgs DM and the DMD will be lower as they will be grazing more stem.This all results in these high producing cows losing weight. Cows should be given blocks of grass that last for 24, 36 or 48 hours. As well as being beneficial for the cows, it will be less laborious for the farmer. Exploit grass sugars Grass contains sugars which are higher in the afternoon than in the morning and should be exploited. The sugars are higher in the afternoon as the grass plant uses sunlight in order to produce sugar for growth. When mowing out grass for silage do so in the afternoon when the plant sugars are highest and this will give better preservation of the grass. The longer the leaf, the greater the surface area available to trap sunshine and the higher the potential sugar levels. This can be exploited by turning cows into a fresh paddock after evening milking rather than after morning

milking. In sunny weather the cows will take in 0.25 kgs more sugar per day which will result in 1.0 litre of milk more per cow and higher protein. It will also have a positive impact on conception rate. Causes of poor digestibility in silage crops Cause of Drop Size of Drop Comments in DMD in DMD % 1 week delay 2.5-3.0 Every week your delay in harin harvesting vesting will increase the proportion of stem (low digestibility) and decrease the proportion of high digestibility leaf Old pasture 5-6 It is much easier to reliably (little ryegrass) achieve high grass digestibility with ryegrass swards, ryegrass will have higher sugars and is easier to preserve Not grazed 6-7 Leaving a dead butt of grass in (dead butt) the silage sward at the end of March when it is being closed up will have a negative impact on quality. The digestibility of the dead butt is just 40-50% Lodging 7-9 Lodged crops will deteriorate quickly in quality. The weekly drop in grass DMD can increase 3 fold with lodged crops i.e. DMD can decline by up to 9% units per week, when lodged. Bad preservation 2-3 Poorly preserved crops will expend energy in the preservation process and consequently reduce DMD Heating at feed 2-3 Crops of silage that are not corout rectly compacted will heat at feed out and the energy used in this process will reduce silage DMD

MAY REMINDERS • Keep using Magnesium. • Use iodine in the water if an Iodine problem results in cows and heifers repeating. Put 1.2 mls tincture iodine (5%) per cow per day in the water trough or, 80 mg potassium iodide/cow/day. Alternatively spray/paint 5% tincture of iodine, 9mls/cow/week, on the thin skin of the pocket of the flank fold during breeding. • Keep a check on your May peak milk as an indicator of what the cows will yield for the year. Peak yield (say 25 litres) x 226 = Annual milk yield per cow (= 5,659 litres). This figure will help you plan your quota usage. While it is advisable to plan to be 10% over quota, it makes no financial sense to be 20-50% over. Therefore match cows to quota base on the multiplication figure. • If your SCC level (Bulk Tank) is over 150,000 you have a problem. Use all the information available to analyse the problem and arrive at a solution. • Treat lame cows promptly so that it does not cause reduced fertility, increased SCC levels and loss of milk. • Heifers out of a stock bull are €70 less profitable per year than AI bred heifers. Remember the stock bull can be or become infertile during the season.

FOLLOWING the announcement by Minster’s Coveney of the full financial allocations for the next Rural Development Programme, ICSA president Patrick Kent has reiterated ICSA’s call for a special GLAS payment targeted at improving efficiency and reducing the carbon footprint of the suckler and sheep sectors. Last week, ICSA called for an additional €1,600 for suckler and sheep farmers participating in GLAS, which would be linked with cooperating with Carbon Footprint measuring and improvement. The payment would be made at a rate of €50/ha on up to 32ha and would involve suckler and sheep farmers working with Bord Bia’s Origin Green strategy. Measures would include extending the grazing season, improving weight gain and delivering better fertility. Mr. Kent noted that “ICSA’s proposed measures are beneficial to the bottom line for farmers but importantly also improve the carbon footprint of each kg of meat produced. Suckler and sheep farmers should have the option of an additional measure in their GLAS plan which would set out how they are implementing the recommendations on reducing their carbon foot-

print. This is a key objective of the EU CAP reform and so would be readily welcomed by the EU Commission. “In terms of funding, ICSA estimates that an extra €50 million per annum for five years would be required. What today’s announcement has instead indicated is a proposed increase in the TAMS II budget of over €100 million since January’s original proposals, which one must assume is to further facilitate the post-quota dairy sector. Meanwhile, very little is being done to support the drystock breeding sectors, which suffered the most from the loss of REPS.” Meanwhile, ICSA has welcomed the Department’s increased level of flexibility in relation to commonages within GLAS. Patrick Kent stated that “80% participation levels for Priority Environmental Assets and Actions on commonages is highly problematic and the 5079% participation for secondary tier access is an acknowledgement of this by the Department. However, broader issues regarding commonage management in the country remains a main concern for ICSA and we will be continuing our engagement with the Minister on the issue.”

Waterford Macra na Feirme AGM Waterford Macra’s AGM was held in Lawlor’s Hotel, Dungarvan on Friday night last. A number of county officer positions were filled for 2014/2015 which includes: Chairperson: Kenneth Locke Secretary: Maria Foley Treasurer: Mark Hayes

P.R.O.: Marguerite Barry Competitions: Tom O’Donoghue NCR: James Foley We wish the 2014/2015 newly elected County Executive all the best going forward and would like to sincerely thank the outgoing executive for all their work throughout the year!

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TEAGASC/GLANBIA MONITOR FARM FOCUS Week Ending: 19th May, 2014 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

Kilmacthomas, Waterford 25.7 4.02 3.46 1.92 1 633 177 2,000 61 106

Ballynoe, Cork 24.4 3.45 3.49 1.74 1 571 189 1,800 51 86


Faha, Kilmacthomas, Waterford • Cut and wrapped 180 bales from 20 acres of grazing ground last Friday as grass cover was gone too high. • Spreading 1 bag of Sulpha Can per acre after grazing. • Stocking rate on milking block is currently 3.6 Lu’s/Ha.

Conna, Ballynoe, Cork • 24 day submission rate of 96% for the cows and 98% for the heifers. • Vasectomised bulls with chin ball markers running with both the cows and heifers. • Skipped another paddock for bales, will mow as soon as the weather allows.


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Land Drainage and Farm Infrastructure Demo A VERY worthwhile demonstration on land drainage and farm infrastructure was held by Teagasc Co. Waterford on the farm of P. J. Hickey, Modeligo recently. Pat Tuohy, Teagasc Drainage Specialist and

Sean Crosse, former Dept. of Agr. Officer outlined how to determine the correct drainage system, depth of drains for different soil types plus the most suitable type of stone to use. Barry Hogan demonstrated the Homburg drain

Brian Hilliard, Teagasc speaking at Teagasc Drainage Demo on the farm of P.J. Hickey, Sleady Castle, Ballinamult, Co. Waterford. [DOL]

cleaning machine and used it to great effect to unblock some of the existing drains on P.J.’s farm. Tom Ryan, Teagasc Machinery Specialist and Bertie Troy, Grasstec discussed the most appropriate size, shape, access to paddocks, water supply and farm roadway width for the cow numbers P. J. plans post milk quotas. P. J. himself prefers 24 hour paddocks to minimise damage on some of the heavier paddocks in wet weather. At the outset of the meeting Brian Hilliard, P. J.’s Teagasc Adviser outlined the plan for P. J.’s farm post 2015/milk quota abolition and emphasised the need for “Skill before Scale”. In the future cow numbers will be gradually increased from 100 at present to 140 at max. in addition to 30 L.U. of replacement heifers. However, he emphasised that P. J. will not be

increasing stocking rate by doing this but will in fact be maintaining his present overall stocking rate of 2.2 LU/HA by getting rid of all drystock once milk quotas are gone. Like many farmers P. J. is looking forward to the day when he won’t be restricted by quotas and to simplifying his system to cows and heifers only which will make the system more profitable and labour friendly. He has a 16 unit parlour with room for 4 more units. He will not however increase suddenly to 140 cows but will gradually do it over a number of years to ensure that he can adequately grow and utilise sufficient grass to carry that number. He is planning to concentrate fully on dairying in the coming years and to breed a small to medium size herd of cows weighing approximately 500 kgs but producing 0.9 kg of milk

Seamus Mills, Horgan Agri Contractors, Tallow, Co. Waterford uses the Holburg Drain Cleaner to flush out old land drains during the Teagasc Drainage Demo on the farm of P.J. Hickey, Sleady Castle, Ballinamult, Co. Waterford. [DOL]

solids per kg of live weight (450kgs milk solids/cow) through a combination of good volume with high fat & protein percent. Such cows are more

profitable, hardier and more suitable for heavier land and walking long distances. Some of P. J.’s land has been drained over the

years and he plans to do a good deal more which will help to increase both grass production and utilisation, particularly in the Spring and Autumn.


A general view of some of the crowd that attended the Teagasc Drainage Demo on the farm of P. J. Hickey, Sleady Castle, Ballinamult, Co. Waterford.


IFA seeks support of agri-sector for Tax review proposals SPEAKING recently at the IFA briefing to representatives of the Irish dairy industry on the Association’s Agri-Tax Review proposals, IFA President Eddie Downey said that a supportive taxation system is critical to underpin the sizeable on-farm and industry investment required to deliver on the Food Harvest 2020 targets and to deal with the increasing volatility in farmer incomes due to price and weather extremes. Mr. Downey added that he hoped to secure the support of the whole agrisector for the IFA taxation proposals, and the dairy briefing was the first in a series which will involve other sectors. “In response to the announced Review, IFA established a Farm Taxation Project Team chaired by myself, including members of the IFA Farm Business Committee,” Mr. Downey said. “After consultation with the main commodity committees and with the

support of independent taxation experts, the Project Team made a detailed submission articulated around three main priorities: to maintain hard won and necessary existing reliefs, to secure new incentives to drive land mobility and investment and to examine how the taxation system can better accommodate the extreme volatility in farm incomes,” he added. “To tackle volatility in farm income, we have proposed a scheme which would allow a farmer place on deposit a portion of their pre-tax income in a designated commercial farming account. To encourage lifetime farm transfers, the Phased Transfer Partnership would provide a defined, phased transfer of the family farm over a set time period. As an incentive to the farm holder, our proposals suggest that they would receive tax relief similar to that applying to long term leasing of land.

Our aim is, through an improved taxation regime, to foster growth and investment in farming and agri-business,” he said. Chairing the session, IFA National Dairy Committee Chairman Sean O’Leary added: “In the context of the €1.5m on farm investment farmers will have to make to expand milk production, and in light of the fact that a significant portion of the €400m investment required in processing will come from farmer resources, the taxation regime can and must play its full part in supporting this productive investment”. “Many of our proposals are directly or indirectly relevant to the growing dairy sector. Indeed, some of our proposals were developed in co-operation with representatives from the dairy industry in the last couple of years.” “This includes a proposal to reduce the cost to farmers of the mandatory

contributions built into some of their co-ops’ development plans, by allowing farmers to treat it as a qualifying capital expenditure in the tax system,” he said. “In addition, IFA has proposed that the Employment and Investment Incentive (EII) should be amended to facilitate the particular size and structure of the dairy industry, through support for a tax-relieved loan scheme. This will provide an opportunity for investors and the Government to support domestic enterprise, with a resulting increase in economic activity and sustainable job creation across Ireland,” he added. “Our aim following from today is to agree a strategy with the dairy industry, co-operatives, the Irish Dairy Board and ICOS, to work jointly to progress our proposals with the Departments of Finance and Agriculture,” he concluded.

Question: In 2012 I took in a few loads of pig slurry to bring on the grass. All was well until this week when I received a letter from the DAFM stating I had exceeded the 170kg organic Nitrogen limit for 2012. I hadn’t realised that the pig slurry I imported was recorded. I am now facing a penalty. Is there any way to appeal this decision? Can you please advise? Answer: All Pig producers must keep a log of all slurry exported to farmers and this must be submitted to the DAFM in Johnstown Castle by the 31st of December annually.With the price of chemical fertiliser being what it is, farmers are queuing up to import pig slurry and are often unaware of the consequences of doing so. They neglect to tell planners of the import and it therefore is not recorded on the farmers Nitrates records, often making things worse as one is saying they gave it and the other is saying they never received it. Either way, the Nitrogen in the pig slurry is added on to the livestock you already have on the holding and that is how you ended up exceeding the Nitrates limit. You have little grounds for appeal unless you were a restricted herd under the ERAD rules at the time. The penalty for a first time offence is rather small however the big pitfall is that you will be due an inspection or two as you are now on the radar. In future it would be wise to contact your planner in advance of importing any slurry and work out exactly what you can take in.This will save you a few grey hairs at least, if not, a few headaches. I trust this will clear things up for you. Tip of the Week: If you intend to import or have already imported pig slurry this year, please contact your planner.


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CRAOL Community Radio Féile 2014 Launch EXCITEMENT is building in Youghal in advance of this year’s CRAOL Community Radio Féile. This will be a very special event for Community Radio Youghal, which will also be celebrating its 35th anniversary in existence, serving the town of Youghal and the surrounding Rural Areas in East Cork and West Waterford. The station will be broadcasting live over the course of the weekend from The Walter Raleigh Hotel in Youghal, which is the venue for the 18 workshops and seminars which will take place on the Saturday and Sunday. The Mayor of Youghal, Cllr Sammy Revins joined Community Radio Youghal Vice Chairperson, Finbarr Motherway and station representatives at the Walter Raleigh Hotel to officially launch the station's hosting of Féile.The event is expected to attract over 100 visitors to Youghal for a weekend of training and networking. There is also sure to be some entertainment and sight-

seeing thrown in for good measure. Friday, 23rd May marks the beginning of this year’s Féile, with the annual CRAOL Achievement Awards ceremony at Clancy’s Bar and Restaurant in Youghal at 9.00pm. Nearly 30 Community Radio stations are eligible to enter the scheme. This year there are five Categories with five Awards to be presented in each category. Registration for Feile will get under way from 10.00am on Saturday, 24th May, at the Walter Raleigh Hotel with the first strand of seminars beginning at 10.45 a.m. sharp and workshops continuing throughout the day, running until 4.30 p.m. Delegates will then make the short journey to the breathtaking views from The Mall Arts Centre where they will be served light refreshments, as CRY104fm’s 35th year birthday celebrations get underway in earnest. A Gala dinner will take place in the Walter Raleigh from 7.30 p.m. with live

music afterwards and speeches on the night by CRAOL Chairperson, Mary Lennon, renowned broadcaster Tom Mac Sweeney and Sally Galiana, President of AMARC. On Sunday, 25th May, the Walter Raleigh Hotel will host four more seminars from 10.00 a.m., followed by a visit to Community Radio Youghal’s brand new studios in Nagle House. Alongside all of this new technology, visitors will be encouraged to take a trip back in time to see a unique Vintage Radio Museum, specially assembled for the weekend by Noel Cronin and John Kennedy. The annual CRAOL Community Radio Féile, supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland, is an important event for community radio stations nationwide. It offers an opportunity for Community radio practitioners to come together and share experience, skills and knowledge through specially designed workshops along with networking events.


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A Millions Ways To Die In The West Opens 30th May SETH MacFarlane directs, produces, cowrites and plays the role of the cowardly sheep farmer Albert in A Million Ways to Die in the West. After Albert backs out of a gunfight, his fickle girlfriend leaves him for another man.When a mysterious and beautiful woman rides into town, she helps him find his courage and they begin to fall in love. But when her husband, a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his newfound courage to the test. Starring alongside MacFarlane are Oscar (R) winner Charlize Theron, Liam Neeson, Amanda Seyfried, Giovanni Ribisi, Sarah Silverman and Neil Patrick Harris. MacFarlane reunites many of the filmmakers behind Universal and MRC's hit film Ted including Scott Stuber (Bluegrass Films) and Jason Clark who produce, and Wellesley Wild and Alec Sulkin who co-wrote the script. MacFarlane plays the hero, Albert Stark, a lily-livered coward who is com-

pletely out of place in the wild west of 1882. Albert is permanently terrified, and with good reason. "We live in a terrible place and time," he laments. "Everything that's not you wants to kill you. Outlaws. Angry drunks. Scorned hookers. Hungry animals. Diseases. Major injuries. Minor injuries. Indians. The weather." Basically, Stark is a modern guy teleported to 19th-century Arizona, coming up against the grim realities of the olden days and being all, like, "Eew". Albert's cowardice has helped to keep him alive, but it costs him the love of his girlfriend, who runs off into the arms of the owner of the local moustachery. Help comes from the unlikely source of a stranger in Albert's one-horse town – Anna, a glamorous, mysterious moll. Albert and Anna share a 21st-century vocabulary and bafflement at the awfulness of their times, but when they fall in love it is for no apparent reason other than the narrative's demand.

22 Jump Street - Opens 6th June May 25 – 31 Aries March 20th – April 19th

Taurus April 20th – May 20th

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Libra September 23rd – October 22nd

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ETTING out and about is essential if you’re going to blow the cobwebs away and really put the past behind you. The time has come to stop dwelling on the past and move on.


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O all out to spend more time with your friends this week, as one of them may have some surprising news. This could have repercussions for you, so be prepared.


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EEP up to date with the adventures of a friend, as they could provide welcome light relief from a otherwise stressful week. Try to keep a cool head and you should save yourself hassle.


RIENDS are likely to be less than honest with you this week as you’ve been a little touchy of late and so they may be afraid to spell out the truth. Maybe you should be more honest with yourself.


After making their way through high school (twice), big changes are in store for officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) when they go deep undercover at a local college. But when Jenko meets a kindred spirit on the football team, and Schmidt infiltrates the bohemian art major scene, they begin to

question their partnership. Now they don't have to just crack the case – they have to figure out if they can have a mature relationship. If these two overgrown adolescents can grow from freshmen into real men, college might be the best thing that ever happened to them.

Terry Gilliam’s Benvenuto Cellini Live from the London Coliseum to SGC Dungarvan Cinema in stunning multi-camera HD Tuesday, 17th June at 7.00 p.m. FOLLOWING the hugely successful live screening of English National Opera’s award-winning Peter Grimes, ENO Screen is set to broadcast Terry Gilliam’s new production of the rarely seen Benvenuto Cellini live from the London Coliseum in over 300 cinemas across the UK on Tuesday, 17th June, 2014. Launched in December 2013 ENO Screen, a partnership between English National Opera (ENO) and AltiveMedia, broadcasts ENO’s unique theatrical productions to hundreds of cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected cinemas worldwide. Shot in stunning multi-camera HD, ENO Screen is as distinctive as ENO’s live work in the theatre, creating a unique cinematic experience for audience members across the globe. Monty Python legend Terry Gilliam unleashes his inexhaustible imagination on Berlioz’s dazzling opera Benvenuto Cellini. Following on from his award-winning production of The Damnation of the Faust, Gilliam, alongside ENO Music Director Edward Gardner, now takes on this extraordinary tale of the infamous 16th century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. With its stunning visual and musical set pieces such as the Mardi Gras carnival,

Berlioz’s first completed opera is based on the autobiography of celebrated 16th-century goldsmith and sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. Telling the story of thwarted love, elopement, intrigue, disguise and mistaken identity the opera features some of Berlioz’s most vibrant and tender music. A stellar cast has been assembled for this new production, led by rising tenor Michael Spyres in the title role, with the stunning soprano Corinne Winters as Cellini’s lover, Teresa. ENO favourite Willard White returns to the company to add Pope Clement VII to his already extensive list of roles. Benvenuto Cellini will be sung and subtitled in English. Benvenuto Cellini Cast and Company: Conductor – Edward Gardner; Director – Terry Gilliam; Co-director and Movement Director – Leah Hausman; Set Designer – Rae Smith; Costume Designer – Katrina Lindsay; Lighting Designer – Paule Constable; Video Designer – Finn Ross; Translator – Charles Hart; Benvenuto Cellini – Michael Spyres;Teresa – Corinne Winters; Balducci – Pavlo Hunka; Fieramosca – Richard Burkhard; Pope Clement VII – Willard White; Ascanio – Paula Murrihy; Francesco – Nicky Spence; Bernardino – David Soar.

Across: 1 Studio, 5 Access, 8 Libretto, 9 Roar, 10 Mete, 11 Luddites, 13 Betty Grable, 15 Addendum, 17 Rave, 19 Cosy, 20 Hound Dog, 21 Embers, 22 Hymnal. Down: 2 Twine, 3 Derwent, 4 Outplayed, 5 Ado, 6 CORGI, 7 Siamese, 12 Dartmouth, 13 Bedroom, 14 Boredom, 16 E-Type, 18 Viola, 20 Has.

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Time to Go Cuckoo! DON’T forget - readings for Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan’s first production, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, will take place in Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre on Monday, 26th May, at 7.30 p.m. Judging by the number of messages we’ve received since we announced our plans to stage Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest next October, there’s great interest in this play in Dungarvan, and even as “far afield” as Youghal and Waterford city. So it’ll be a great way to get to know new people too, as well as getting involved, either on stage or behind the scenes, in Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan’s founding production. It may be the group’s first production, but the team behind it are already very accomplished – Director Fidelma Meaney’s first foray into directing was Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, again a big-cast hard-hitting, challenging play, which was staged in Dungarvan to great reviews. And more recently Fidelma directed Tennessee William’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, which was again a

resounding success for Dungarvan Dramatic Club. And there’s a great, and very experienced, team behind Curtain Call Productions Dungarvan – come along on May 26th to meet everyone. There’s plenty of scope for both the experienced and not-so-experienced actors in this play. With 16 speaking parts, some of which are more vocal than others, and some non-speaking parts, this is the ideal play to get involved in if you’re looking to do something a little bit different this Autumn. And of course, we’re going to need lots of help backstage and front of house, so if you’re interested in getting involved

in this exciting, communitybased production, come along to Dungarvan Town Hall Theatre next Monday evening. Once the play has been cast, the cast will have all Summer to get into character, learn their lines and get ready to start rehearsals in late August for the 22nd – 25th October run. So if there are any aspiring McMurphys, Nurse Ratcheds, Chief Bromdens, Billy Bibbitts, Nurse Flinns, Dr. Spiveys, Hardings, Cheswicks, Martinis, Ruckly’s, Scanlons, Candys, Sandras, Mr. Turkles, Warrens or Williams out there, now’s your chance! If you want to

have a read of the script in advance of the open auditions/readings, just give Fidelma a call on 0873812028. Although the outcome is the same, the play is subtly different from the movie in many ways, not least in terms of the importance in the play of some of the lesserfeatured movie characters, Chief Bromden being a prime example. In reading the script, you might find more characters that interest you! And there’s no need to learn anything in advance, the readings are done in one group, with everyone getting a chance to read for as many parts as they like. In fact, the readings promise to be great fun, so don’t be nervous, come along and enjoy the experience! You can message us on our Facebook page an, email us on, or tweet us @CCPDungarvan. We’d love to see as many people as possible on 26th May. We welcome members over 16 years of age from all walks of life, regardless of their stage/theatre experience to date.

Jon Kenny and Katie Holly in a scene from Mag Mell.

Dungarvan Drama Club Mag Mell comes to Waterford DUNGARVAN Drama Club members enjoying a night out with family and friends at Merrys Gastro Pub to celebrate another successful year of drama! Thanks to Emmeline and Sophie who helped to make the night such a success. Our Autumn production 'Blithe Spirit' was directed by Ruaidhri de Paor and raffle proceeds were donated to the Red Cross Appeal

for the Philippines. Our Spring production 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' was directed by Fidelma Meaney and raffle proceeds were donated to St. Vincent de Paul. Both productions saw new members tread the boards with DDC for the first time - may it be the first of many! A reminder that the AGM will take place on Thursday, 5th June, at The

Park Hotel at 8.00 p.m. Come along to find out more about the club. Whether you'd like to strut your stuff on stage or try your hand at set construction there’s a job for everyone and we are always delighted to welcome new members. For more information contact 0863244175 or any club member.

MAG Mell is a powerfully moving dramatic show filled with sensational visuals, stirring newly composed music and exuberant dance, featuring well known actor Jon Kenny. It also features local Waterford musician Benny McCarthy of 'Danu' fame. The show comes to Waterford for one night only on Thursday 29th in the Theatre Royal. It is a creative adaption of old Irish ghost & folk tales that tells a truly modern story. Welcome to the mythical island of Mag Mell off the west coast of Ireland. An isle fabled for eternal peace and happiness is about to be rocked as the greed and materialism of the 21st Century collide with the ancient wisdom and beauty of Mother Earth. With the help of characters drawn from the world of fairies and ghosts, Mother Earth, in the guise of the Bean Feasa (Wise Woman), responds by

unleashing all of her creative energies, her fury, her pain, her vision and her compassion, as she strives to save the island of Mag Mell from destruction. A wild mix of dance, music, theatre and puppetry give expression to these whirling forces as they lead to a climax of transformation and ultimately redemption. Theatrically captivating from the start, the show creates a carnival atmosphere - dark, dangerous and anarchic at times, light, happy and delightful too. Humor abounds! There is no time to think as you enter a mesmerizing world of music, colour and rhythm and become absorbed by a thrilling story that unfolds with originality and imagination. Walk into this new and exciting landscape that is the result of a unique collaboration by Jon Kenny (actor), Des Dillon (artist), Benny McCarthy (musician) and Conal Ó Gráda

(musician). Speaking about the show, Jon says "it's one of the most exciting and original projects that I've worked on in years. It's a celebration of all that's Irish". The popular actor is looking forward to returning to Waterford, where he has made many friends through his previous shows. The show is presented by Whobeganit Theatre Co. Ltd., founded by Jon Kenny (actor & comedian), Des Dillon (artist & puppeteer), Benny McCarthy (accordeon player & composer) and Conal Ó Gráda (flute player & composer). They are joined by Colm Murphy (renowned bodhrán player), Ciaran Ó Maonaigh (fiddle player & TG 4 Young Musician of the year 2003), Caitlín Nic Gabhann (concertina player & award winning dancer with Riverdance) and Katie Holly (actor & singer/songwriter). Tickets can be purchased from the Theatre Royal.

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Balanchine/Millepied Live from Opera de Paris Tuesday, 3rd June, at 6.30 p.m. Alongside Balanchines Palais de Cristal, set to music by Bizet, Benjamin Millepied adapts Ravels Daphnis et Chloe. Philippe Jordan will be accompanying the Paris Opera Ballet for the first time LE PALAIS DE CRISTAL (First performance 10 May 2014 at 19:30) Georges Bizet Music (Symphony in C major) George Balanchine Etoiles, Premiers Danseurs and Corps de Ballet Paris Opera Orchestra and Chorusis Philippe Jordan Conductor Patrick Marie Aubert Chorus master This encounter between two great French composers and two choreographers from the New York City Ballet, its founder George Balanchine and former student Benjamin Millepied, highlights the similarities and dissonances between them. In 1947, George Balanchine paid tribute to the company and to the French tradition with his first production for the Paris Opera Ballet, Le Palais de Cristal, in which he choreographed an early work by Georges Bizet, the Symphony in C. 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 SGC Competition, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, 27th May. Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs Tate Modern: Exhibition For the first time ever, broadcasting live into SGC Dungarvan Tuesday, 3rd June, at 7.15 p.m. At this one-off event, you are invited to enjoy an intimate, behind-the-scenes view of this blockbuster exhibition presented by Francine Stock and with guests such as Tate Director Nicholas Serota. This features commentary on selected works, a biography of the artist, interviews with experts, friends of the artist and rare archive footage of Matisse at work. From snow flowers to dancers, circus scenes and a famous snail, Tate Modern’s unique exhibition brings together a dazzling array of 120 Matisse pieces from around the world. Bold, lively and often large scale, the cut-outs are a joyous celebration of colour and shape. A giant of modern art, this landmark show explores the final chapter in Matisse’s career as he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. 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 Matisse Competition, Dungarvan Observer, Shandon, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford, on or before 12 noon on Tuesday, 27th May. Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

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Superb Nire wins third county minor football final

Nire's Conor Gleeson clears ahead of Stradbally's Stephen Keane during the final of the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons County Minor Football Championship played in Fraher Field.

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Clashmore/Kinsalebeg wins all Western county final Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 2-11 Cois Bhride ……….......2-6. AS anticipated, this a very entertaining Division 2 County Minor Football Final in the Fraher Field last Wednesday evening. Both teams went into the game with a 50/50 chance of success but, apart from the first twenty minutes or so, Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg’s name was destined for engraving on the cup. Cois Bhride commenced without one of their key players, Colm Roche, yet they were fast out of the blocks and their running with the ball at pace was causing problems for the opposition. Man of the Match, Paddy Prendergast opened the scoring with a point from play for Clashmore but with Adam Crawford dominating around the centre of the field, Cois Bhride were soon into their stride so to speak. A lightning move by Crawford and Dylan Mangan in the 14th minute placed Darragh Buckley for a peach of a goal at the country end of the grounds. Cois Bhride continued to impress and a brace of points from towering full forward Ryan Grey left the far west team leading by 1-2 to 0-1 with 17 minutes on the clock. The winners required leaders at this stage, having not scored for 17 minutes, and their central players, team captain Danny O’Neill (3), Shane Russell (6), midfielders Dean O’Brien and Adam Curley, Edmond O’Halloran (11), Owen Coughlan (14)

pounded Cois Bhride’s woes further. Clashmore led by double scores in the 40th minute when Adam O’Sullivan and Paddy Prendergast combined to send midfielder Adam Curley in for a point (2-8 to 1-4) and following the kick out, the score of the match came from the boot of Edmond O’Halloran. Having not scored for periods of 13 minutes in both halves, Cois Bhride required a boost and a Ryan Grey pointed free was followed in the 45th minute by a goal by the same player at the end of a good team move which was initiated by the impressive Darragh Buckley (2-9 to 2-5). Both teams gave it their all in a subsequent ten minutes barren scoring spell before Paddy Prendergast steadied the Clashmore ship with a left legged point. To their credit, the Paddy Smith managed group team kept coming forward and a third Ryan Grey pointed free reduced the deficit again to 0-4. However, time was not on their side and the final score of a very high

Clashmore/Kinsalebeg celebrate their Co. Minor B Football Title following their win over Cois Bride in the J .J. Kavanagh & Sons [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport] Minor football championship final played in Fraher Field. and Paddy Prendergast answered the call as the Brian Dunne managed team came to grips with the opposition. Paddy Prendergast popped over a point in the 19th minute and Edmond O’Halloran (f) followed suit two minutes later (1-2 to 0-3). Clashmore shot into the

lead for the second time in the 23rd minute when full forward Owen Coughlan pounced on a fine save by Davy Tobin from Robbie Deady following good combined play by Edmond O’Halloran and Robbie Deady to score his team’s first major. The remainder of

Clashmore/Kinsalebeg J. J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor B Football Champions 2014.

the half belonged to the winners with fine points by Edmond O’Halloran (2) and Paddy Prendergast before a Ryan Grey free sent the teams in at the break with the winners leading by 1-6 to 1-3. Cois Bhride improved on the restart but it was still a half that Clashmore won by 1-5 to

1-3 despite kicking ten wides. Ryan Grey started the second half as he finished the first with a good point from play. A 38th minute Edmond O’Halloran point maintained his team’s momentum and when the same player finished a Paddy Prendergast pass to the net it com-

standard Division 2 Final fell to the winners centre back Shane Russell in the 62nd minute as Clashmore ran out deserving 0-5 winners. PRESENTATION County Board Chairman Tom Cunningham complimented both teams on the high standard of football before presenting the Clashmore captain and outstanding full back Danny O’Neill with the winning cup. Clashmore’s Top Three: Paddy Prendergast, Edmond O’Halloran, Danny O’Neill. Cois Bhride’s Top Three: Ryan Grey, Adam Crawford, Darragh Buckley. Observer’s Man of the Match: Paddy Prendergast. Number of Scorers: Clashmore 5. Cois Bhride 2 Scores from Play: Clashmore 2-9. Cois Bhride 2-3. Frees For: Clashmore 18. Cois Bhride 13. Wides: Clashmore 13. Cois Bhride 6. Score of the Match: Edmond O’Halloran’s point from play from near the sideline in the 40th minute.

SCORERS AND TEAMS Clashmore /Kinsalebeg: Ryan Thomas; Alan McCarthy, Danny O’Neill, Conor Lynch; Edmond Hynes, Shane Russell 0-1, Jack Donovan; Dean O’Brien, Adam Curley 0-1; Paddy Prendergast 0-4, Edmond O’Halloran 1-5 (2f), Dean Russell; Robbie Deady, Owen Coughlan 1-0, Adam O’Sullivan. Subs: Brian Lynch, David McGrath, Declan Condon, Jack Foley, Nial Kenefick, Aidan Keating, Niall Buckley, Ian Burke. Cois Bhride: Davy Tobin; Matty Barry, Jack Tobin, Will Hogan; Jake Neville, Jordan Henley, Jake Beecher; John Paul Lucey, Adam Crawford; Dylan Mangan, Liam Smith, Kelvyn Farrell; Darragh Buckley 1-0, Ryan Grey 1-6 (3f), Eddie Hynes. Subs: Padraig Roche, Colm Roche, Shane Ryan. Referee: Michael O’Brien (Portlaw).

[Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014



Superb Nire wins third County minor football final Nire ……………………3-11; Stradbally ………………0-6. NIRE footballers gave as good a performance as we have seen in a County Minor Final over the years in winning their third title to supplement the back to back ones they achieved in 2007-2008. Dick Guiry’s charges tough game three days earlier against Ballinacourty stood to them here while on the other hand Stradbally’s easy win against Dungarvan didn’t do them any favours. Nire lost their first two games in the championship narrowly to De La Salle and to Dungarvan but they have looked potential champions throughout and so they proved at the Fraher Field last Wednesday evening when they gave a polished and mature display for a team so young in years. Once Under 16 player Dylan Guiry scored the Nire’s first goal in the 14th minute, the winners were in control both on the scoreboard and in general play. Stradbally were finding it difficult to win their own kick-outs and when they did get possession, they did not have the strength in depth up front to work the scoreboard. Nire scored 3-9 from play compared to 0-2 for the Reds and therein lies the tale of this contest. Stradbally started well enough and they led from a Michael Sweeney pointed free in the 3rd minute. Shane O’Meara, a much improved player for Nire, levelled the sides from play in the 7th minute before Sweeney

Stradbally. Five minutes later Kieran Looney stretched his team’s lead to 2-7 to 0-3 with Stradbally yet to score from play. The Reds midfielder Daniel Weldon changed this stat when he collected a ball from Jack Mullaney and with a left legged effort split the posts in the 40th minute. Cormac Kelly was denied a Nire third goal by the ever vigilant Martin Roche at the expense of a ‘45’ while a fourth Kieran Looney score left Nire in a very strong position at the end of the third quarter on a scoreline of 2-8 to 0-4. Nire changed their team around at this stage and it was only then that Stradbally got into the match. Michael Sweeney (f) pointed in the 50th minute and a Rob Finn shot at goal two minutes later was blocked on the line by Jake Mulcahy and the ball came back to Paul Tobin who managed to get it over the bar, 2-8 to 0-6. It was Nire though who saw out the remaining six minutes on a 1-3 to 0-0

Tom Cunningham, Chairman Co. GAA Board, presents the Minor A Football Cup to the Nire's Captain Jack Guiry. They beat Stradbally in the final of the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor Football championship in Fraher Field. [Sean Byrne//Deise Sport] scored in a similar fashion for the last time the Reds were to hold the lead. Left legged freetaker Gearoid Hearne levelled the sides with a pointed free and 14 minutes had elapsed when Shane O’Meara put Dylan Guiry through for the first of his brace of goals. The winners tacked on 0-2 via midfielder

Stephen Ryan and Gearoid Hearne (f) and when Dylan Guiry was fouled with both a penalty and a black card for full back Ciaran Cusack resulting, the omens looked bad for the coveside club. The Reds goalie Martin Roche has been in outstanding form all year and he performed again for his club

when he got down well to save Gearoid Hearne’s penalty kick at the expense of a ‘45’. Michael Sweeney pointed his third free in the 24th minute but Nire finished the half well with centre forward Kieran Looney, who impressed throughout in a man of the match performance, kicking two fine points

from play. 45 seconds into the second half the game was over as a contest when Darragh Morrissey and Cormac Kelly combined to put Dylan Guiry through for his second goal. It came at the right time, if ever, for the winners and then again at the right wrong time for

Nire players and Mentors celebrate their victory over Stradbally in the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons Co. Minor A Football final played in Fraher Field.

scoreline. Points by Conor Gleeson (f) who marshalled his defence well throughout, Gearoid Hearne and Dylan Guiry was fittingly followed by a goal in the 61st minute by Kieran Looney, who finished the hour with 1-4 to his credit. Stradbally will be disappointed with their performance here but they played some great football during the championship and they have done very well in their first year in Division 1 for a long time to reach the County Final. Nire’s Top Three: Kieran Looney, Dylan Guiry, Gearoid Hearne. Stradbally’s Top Three: Martin Roche, Jack Mullaney, Daniel Weldon. Observer’s Man of the Match: Kieran Looney. Number of Scorers: Nire 6. Stradbally 2. Scores from Play: Nire 39. Stradbally 0-2. Frees For: Nire 13. Stradbally 15. Wides: Nire 15. Stradbally 10.

SCORERS AND TEAMS Score of the Match: Kieran Looney’s point at the end of a good team move in the 28th minute of the first half. Nire: Shane Mullins; Jake Mulcahy, Jack Guiry, Tom Barron; Anthony Gillman, Conor Gleeson 0-1f, Kieran Walsh; Liam Cooney, Stephen Ryan 0-1; Gearoid Hearne 0-3 (2f), Kieran Looney 1-4, Shane O’Meara 0-1; Cormac Kelly, Dylan Guiry 2-1, Darragh Morrissey. Subs: Tholm Guiry, Glen Cullinane, Kieran Ryan, Cian Wall, Cian Boyle. Stradbally: Martin Roche; Jack Navin, Ciaran Cusack, Nicky Power; Ger Crowley, Darren McGuckian, Michael Ahearne; Daniel Weldon 0-1, Jack Mullaney; Robert Finn, Michael Sweeney 0-4f, Thomas Shaw Hamilton; Sean Barry, Paul Tobin 0-1, Stephen Keane. Subs: Alex Pollack, Cormac Gough, Adam Finn. Referee: Alan Kissane (Dunhill).

[Sean Byrne//Deise Sport]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Gaelic Jottings Munster SHC All roads lead to Semple Stadium on Sunday next for the opening game of the 2014 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. In opposition will be Waterford and Cork and what an opening contest to get the season underway. All games between the Deise and the Rebels are close, exciting, high scoring games and Sunday’s should be no different. Cork reached last year’s AllIreland final and were within 30 seconds of winning out, with Clare snatching an injury time equaliser. Waterford will be without Stephen Molumphy (hamstring), Philip Mahoney (ankle), Maurice Shanahan (back) and Stephen Daniels (leg) through injury, while Eoin Cadigan is ruled out for Cork. Waterford have played Wexford, Offaly and Tipperary in the build-up to this game while Cork have had challenge games against Wexford (twice) and Dublin amongst others. The Rebels will enter this game as strong favourites but Waterford will not fear taking on Cork in Thurles. The Deise will include Stephen O’Keeffe, Noel Connors, Kevin Moran, Pauric Mahoney, Michael Walsh, Jamie Nagle, Shane Walsh and Liam Lawlor in the starting XV and they are all seasoned championship campaigners. It is also expected that Eddie Barrett and Austin Gleeson, two newcomers to championship action will start as will Jake Dillon who is recovered from a leg operation. We wish the players and team management the best of luck on Sunday.

The late Dick Roche THE death took place last week of Dick (Dickie) Roche who at the time of his death was Life President of the Mt. Sion GAA club having assumed the position following the death of Frankie Walsh. During his playing career he won 13 county senior hurling championship medals, 8 Sargent Cup medals and 3 county senior football championship medals. He took over as goalkeeper on the Waterford senior hurling team in 1956 when regular keeper John Quarry was injured. Dickie played in goal for the 1957 league and championship campaign giving a great performance against Limerick in Cork. He was goalkeeper on the Mt. Sion county winning side in 1962 but was at wing back in 1963. His last senior game with ‘Sion was 1973 but he played junior into the eighties. Dickie Roche’s playing career spanned four decades, fifties, sixties, seventies and eighties. He served as a county minor and U-21 selector and was a referee of note during his playing career. Dickie was an inter-county referee in the ‘60’s and ‘70’s and officiated at inter-county games in Intermediate, Junior and Minor cham-pionships as well as National League level. He was the author of the history of the Mt. Sion club as well as the story of Waterford hurling which was a book of statistics, results and information. He was a regular attender at Waterford matches whether they be senior, U-21 or minor as well as club matches. He is survived by his sons Peter, Christopher and Dick; daughters Deirdre, Rosaleen and Frances; grandchildren Stephen, Richard and Frank along with his extended family to whom we extend sincere sympathy.

Minor Hurlers prepare WATERFORD minor hurlers are continuing with their preparations for the forthcoming Munster semi-final clash with Clare. They are playing a number of challenge games including one against Cork last week and they were due to play Dublin in the capital last night, Tuesday as they continue with their weekly training sessions. Incidentally, the game against Clare will be played at Fraher Field on Wednesday, June 25th or Thursday, June 26th. This will be a difficult assignment for the Deise side even though they defeated the Banner in the opening round, it took a late rally to secure victory.

Pat and Eileen Prendergast, Marie and Michael Rooney and Michael and Olive McCann, pictured at Deise Day at Punchestown. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Leinster Secretary Primary Schools to step down Finals THE long serving Secretary of the Leinster GAA Council, Michael Delaney is to step down after the competition of the Provincial championships in July. The Camross, Co. Laois clubman is regarded as one of the leading officials in the organisation and has held the position of Runai for more than 30 years. His encyclopedic knowledge of the Province is well known and his annual reports to Convention have always provided insightful views on the GAA at local and national level.

Féile Peil revamp FEILE Peil 2014 will see a major revamp as to the way it will be staged. In former years it was hosted by a county with games in several venues. This year it will take place in the Connacht GAA Centre, of excellence outside Ballyhaunis, Co. Mayo from June 27th and 29th. There will be 128 U-14 boys teams and 56 girls teams participating. The idea of the new format is to take the ultra competitive nature taken by clubs out of the event. Waterford’s representatives at this year’s Feile Peil will be Ballinacourty for the second year in a row.

County Minor Football Finals THERE was a fine attendance in Fraher Field on Wednesday night last for the finals of the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons County MFC. The opening game saw Clashmore/Kinsalebeg edge out Cois Bhride in an excellent game of football on a 2-11 to 2-6 scoreline after the winners led by 1-6 to 1-3 at the break. Nire who last won the (A) title in 2008 were comfortable winners of this year’s final. They had 14 points to spare over Stradbally, 3-11 to 0-6 after they were 1-6 to 0-3 in front at the break. The Division 3 decider in Kill saw St. Declan’s, a combination of Kilmacthomas and Ballyduff Lower prove too strong for St. Patricks winning on a 3-10 to 0-7 scoreline. Well done to County Board fixtures Secretary Pat Grant for such an early completion to these championships.

ON this Wednesday evening, i.e. May 21st the Dungarvan GAA Club Grounds will be a hive if activity as Cumann na mBunscoil, West Waterford will stage 10 finals in Primary Schools Hurling and Camogie. Proceedings will get underway at 5.30 p.m. and will continue right through the evening. Amongst the final pairings are Lismore and St. Joseph’s in the (A) hurling decider while Ballyduff and Tallow will clash in (B) final. In the (A) camogie final, St. Mary’s and Garranbane will be in opposition, while Tallow and Glenbeg will meet in the (B) decider. There will be finals in both hurling and camogie in five different grades.

County U-21 FC Finals DUNHILL will be the venue on Saturday afternoon next for the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons County U-21 football championship finals. The opening game will see Ardmore take on St. Mary’s in the (B) decider at 2 p.m. This will be followed by (A) final at 3.30 p.m. in which St. Olivers will take on Rathgormack. It should be a good fternoon of football as four clubs strive for county honours. P.S.: Please note change of venue.

Inter-County Hurling Referees THE eight referees that will take charge of all the games in the Provincial and All-Ireland hurling championship have been selected by the National Referees’ committee in Croke Park. The Observer understands that the eight officials are Cathal McAllister and Colm Lyons (Cork), Johnny Ryan (Tipperary), Brian Gavin (Offaly), James Owens (Wexford), Alan Kelly (Galway) along with Barry Kelly and James McGrath from Westmeath.

Féile Iomaint THE rearranged County Feile na nGael U-14 hurling final between Abbeyside and Mt. Sion will take place in Fraher Field on this Wednesday evening, i.e.

May 21st. The winners will go on to represent Waterford at the National Feile Finals in Ulster on the weekend of June 20th/21st and 22nd. Full report in next week’s issue.

County U-16 FC Finals

Scór na Seachtain DARRAGH Buckley’s goal for Cois Bhride in the fourth minute of their Division 2 County Minor Football Final against Clashmore / Kinsalebeg last Wednesday evening at the Fraher Field.

THERE were wins for Gaultier, Clashmore/Kinsalebeg and Na Gael in the combined Credit Union sponsored County U-16 football championship finals in Walsh Park on Saturday last. All three finals were well contested and the results were in the balance right to the final whistle. In Division 1, Gaultier scored a late winner to defeat Ballinacourty on a 4-6 to 3-8 scoreline. ‘Courty fought back well and almost forced extra time in what was a fine game of football. Clashmore collected their second County underage title of the week when a late late point from a free saw them add the U-16 title to the Minor title won in mid week. On this occasion they defeated St. Patrick’s on 1-12 to 2-8 scoreline. In the Division 3 final, Ballyduff Upper staged a strong second half fight back in true Reds style and with a bit more steadiness in front of goal could have won. Na Gael won on a 2-6 to 2-4 scoreline, having led by 1-3 to 0-1 at halftime. County Board na nOg Chairman, Billy Devine presented the victorious team captain’s with their trophies. A good days football in Walsh Park last Saturday.

Ladies football

West U-13 Football Finals

TICKETS for the Ken McGrath fundraising match can be purchased from the County Development Officer Patricia Walsh who can be contacted at (083) 4410764.

FRAHER Field was the venue on Sunday last for the West Bord na nOg U-13 football championship finals with wins for Ballinacourty,Clashmore / Kinsalebeg and Kilrossanty. In Division 1, ‘Courty were far too strong for An Gaeltacht running out 3-12 to 1-5 winners. Clashmore won their third title in a fine day period repeating their midweek win over Cois Bhride this time on a 3-7 to 3-5 scoreline. In Division 3, Kilrossanty overcame the challenge of Ballyduff by 8 points, 1-10 to 1-2 to lift the title.

THERE was no joy for the Waterford Minor team in the Munster (B) final against Tipperary at Fraher Field on Sunday last. The visitors won out on a 2-11 to 0-10 scoreline after the Premier County led by 1-6 yo 0-4 at the break and went on to record a seven point win.

Phelan Cup SFL THE third round of games in the Phelan Cup senior football league are down for decision this weekend with the following fixtures Group 1 - De La Salle v. Stradbally; St. Saviours v. Kilrossanty; Ardmore v. Ballinacourty. Group 2 - Clashmore/Kinsalebeg v. Rathgormack; Nire v. An Rinn; Ballinameela v. Gaultier. First named team have home venue and all games throw-in at 7.30 p.m.

Ken McGrath tickets

Sympathy SINCERE sympathy is extended to daughters Catherine, Mairead and Mary; sons John and Mike; brothers Paddy and Jimmy along with the extended family of the late Sean Buckley, Ballyhane, Cappoquin. Sean was a former player with the Affane/Cappoquin club and an avid follower of Gaelic Games. May he rest in peace.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014



Alan Fitzsimons’ hat-trick leads Naomh Deaglain Thoir to county title Naomh Deaglain Thoir 3-10; St. Pats ………………...0-7. ONE goal in the first half and two in the second by full forward Alan Fitzsimons led the Kilmacthomas /Ballyduff Lower to the Division 3 County Minor Football title in Kill last Wednesday evening. St. Pats were the favourites for this game but the ease with which they reached the final probably didn’t help them against stronger opposition such as they encountered last week. Naomh Deaglain were a good footballing side and they led at the break by 1-4 to 0-5. In addition to Alan Fitzsimon’s first goal, Adam Walsh kicked 0-2 and Dylan Reid and Cormac Dunphy scored one apiece. St. Pats did well in the first half with Rian Reddy scoring 0-4 and

Ian Fraher recording their fifth point. The winners won the second half by 2-6 to 0-2 so there was no disputing their claim to the title. Alan Fitzsimons scored 0-1 as well as raising his two green flags and Adam Walsh brought his points tally to 0-5 with a further 0-3 to his credit. Cormac Dunphy kicked a brace of points and Ross Coffey O’Shea accounted for their other score. St. Pats were

confined to 0-2 in the second half via P. J. Coffey and Ian Fraher. PRESENTATION Chairman of the Eastern Board John Michael O’Regan presented the J. J. Kavanagh and Sons Shield to Adam Walsh in the absence through injury of team captain Darragh Larkin. This was Naomh Deaglain Thoir’s first County Title and the players’ first time in winning a coveted County medal.

SCORERS AND TEAMS Naomh Deaglain Thoir: Callum Lyons, Jack Dee, Jake Power, John Kennedy, Cathal Dee, Craig Tyrrell, Adam Walsh, Cormac Dunphy, Ross Coffey O’Shea, Dan Cusack, Ryan Gallagher, Dylan Reid, Alan Fitzsimons, Jonathan Long, Reece Power, Josh Moore, Michael Mears, James Organ, Shane Fanning, Colm Dempsey. St. Pats: Cian O’Byrne, Bryan Fraher, Richard McGrath, Aoron Whelan, P. J. Coffey, Gary Power, Neil Phelan, Ronan Gleeson, Nicky O’Donovan, Michael Kearns, Evan Hickey, Ian Fraher, Rian Reddy, Stephen Coffey, Conor Kavanagh, Nicky Walsh, Jack Skehan, Keith Hickey, Gavin Dalton, Daniel Booth.

Waterford GAA Results Gerry Kennedy Crash Repairs East Intermediate Hurling Championship Group 1: St. Molleran's 2-21; Mt. Sion 2-15 J J Kavanagh & Sons Division 1 - Play off's: The Nire 3-11; Stradbally 0-6 J J Kavanagh & Sons Division 2 Play off's: Clashmore Kinsalebeg 2-11; Cois Bhride 2-6 CHL - Sargent Cup - Group 1: Mt. Sion 2-19; Ballyduff Upper 1-21 Ballygunner 4-21; Lismore 0-6 Roanmore W/O Fourmilewater CHL - Sargent Cup - Group 2: Passage 0-21; Tallow 1-17 Dungarvan 3-15; De La Salle 1-18 Abbeyside 2-26; Ardmore 0-11 Junior Football Sr Attached - Group 2: De La Salle 4-6; St Saviour's 1-7 John J. Murphy East Junior A Hurling Championship: Clonea 1-9; Roanmore 0-10 Passage 2-19; De La Salle 1-12 Ballygunner 2-20; Mt. Sion 1-16 John J. Murphy East Junior B Hurling Championship: Ferrybank 3-11; St Molleran's 1-14 Dunhill 0-17; St Saviour's 1-8 Erins Own 1-17; Portlaw 1-13 Butlerstown 1-14’ Micheal MacCraith Tramore 1-9 Tony Kirwan Plant Hire Eastern Football

League: Kill 1-8; John Mitchel's 0-6 White's Bar Ballymacaw Eastern Hurling League Group 2: Fenor 2-13; Micheal MacCraith Tramore 1-13 Clonea 5-17; Butlerstown 1-13 Western Intermediate Hurling League Group 2: Shamrocks 3-15; Cappoquin 1-17 Clashmore Kinsalebeg W/O Stradbally Div 1 Knockout Waterford GAA Dublin Supporters Club: Ballinacourty 4-15; The Nire 2-8 Gaultier 4-6; Ballinacourty 3-8 Div 2 Knockout Waterford GAA Dublin Supporters Club: Clashmore Kinsalebeg 1-12; St Patrick's 2-8 Div 3 Knockout Waterford GAA Dublin Supporters Club: Na Gaeil 2-6; Ballyduff Upper 2-4 West U13 F Div 2 Knockout Cathal Wall: Cois Bhride 0-8; St Oliver's 0-7 West U13 F Div 3 Knockout Cathal Wall: Ballyduff Upper 4-8; Cappoquin Affane 1-3 Kilrossanty 5-11; St Patrick's 2-7 U11 Division 1: Dungarvan 3-2; Naomh Carthaigh 0-5 Div 2 Knockout Lawlor's Hotel: Brickey Rangers 3-7; Clashmore Kinsalebeg 4-2

St. Anne's Camogie and Football Club U-8/10s Training continues every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. New members are always welcome. We will be starting to play in blitzes from May 17th. U12s St. Anne's will host the final round of the U-12 Go-Games Blitzs in Dunhill on Saturday, May 24th.

So far the girls played in Portlaw and Dungarvan fielding two teams in each blitz. Training is going well and the girls are making a terrific effort. Camogie training continues on Saturday mornings and football training is on Wednesdays from 6.30 to 7.30. U16 FOOTBALL Our U-16 footballers are playing St. Oliver's this Thursday at 7.30 pm in Dunhill. Best of Luck to all involved!

Western GAA Results & Fixtures FIXTURES Wednesday, 21st May Park Hotel Minor Football B: St. Pats V An Gaeltacht at Abbeyside 7.30 pm Thursday, 22nd May Western Intermediate Hurling League: Brickey Rangers V Tourin at Bushy Park 7.30 pm

Monday 26th May Park Hotel Minor Football A Final: Stradbally V Brickey Rangers at Colligan 7.30 pm

RESULTS Radley Engineering Intermediate Football: Ballinacourty 1-11; Sliabh gCua 0-5 Western Intermediate Hurling league: Shamrocks 3-15; Cappoquin 1-17 Ballinameala 3-15; Ballysaggart 3-13

David Cullinane, Chairman of the Geraldines GAA Club presenting a defibrillator to Gary Walsh on behalf of the Aglish Community Centre for location at Hurley’s Service Station, Aglish, Co. Waterford. Also present were Donnacha Tobin, Tom Longan, Fr. O’Connor, Declan Sheridan, Nicky Ahearne, Liam O’Donnell and Morgan O’Connell.

Geraldines GAA Club presents Defibrillator to the communtiy THE Geraldines GAA Club are delighted to present an Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) to the Aglish area which complements the existing defibrillator based in Villierstown. It is appropriate that this life saving equipment is returned to the community as the funding for it came from the support of the locality who participated in our Club fund raising schemes, both past and present. Hopefully the defibrillator will never have to

be used, but having one readily available in cases of cardiac emergency, could literally mean the difference between life and death. Research has shown that the local availability of a defibrillator and someone who knows how to use it can significantly increase your chance of survival after a heart attack. Every year approximately 6,000 people in Ireland die from sudden cardiac arrest and around 70 per cent of these occur out-

side of a hospital Research has also shown that survival rates decrease by about 7-10% for every minute from the time the cardiac arrest occurs. Studies have also shown that the use of defibrillators in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest cases within the first ten minutes of the event occurring may result in a survival rate of up to 45 per cent. Treatment within the first two minutes will improve the victim's chances of survival up to 80 per cent.

Currently in Ireland the survivability rate for out-of hospital cardiac arrest is just 1 per cent. We would like to thank Hurley’s Service Station for housing the Defibrillator and John Tobin for completing the electrical works. We would also like to thank everyone who has helped us to supply this defibrillator by supporting the Geraldines GAA Club fundraisers over the years and look forward to your ongoing support.


Minor girls lose out to Tipperary in Munster final WATERFORD Minor Ladies football team came up short in their quest to become the Munster minor B champions in an entertaining game with red hot favourites Tipperary in Fraher Field on Sunday last. Tipperary by virtue of their display in the Munster A final against Cork were the warmest of favourites and set about their task in determined fashion, having a goal and three points on the board after just 9 minutes. In fact, it took Waterford all of 16 minutes to register their first score with a well taken point by midfielder and captain Mairéad Power. Aisling McCarthy replied for Tipperary with a point of her own one minute later before Shauna Dunphy in the 20th minute and Lauren McGregor in the 23rd minute scored Waterford’s next two points to narrow the gap to four. In the 25th minute Waterford had a wonderful chance when Jessica Glavin got on the end of a sweeping movement and her pile driver of a shot was expertly saved by the Tipperary goalkeeper Lauren Fitzpatrick. Two mistakes in the Waterford defence led to possession being turned over and these mistakes were well punished by Aisling Moloney and Aisling Mc Carthy with a

couple of points just before half time. The last attack in the first half resulted in a free for Waterford which Lauren McGregor duly dispatched over the crossbar to leave the score at half time Tipperary 1-8; Waterford 0-4 Waterford were quickly out of the blocks with a point from Shauna Dunphy in the 3rd minute but this was quickly replied to by a pointed free from Aisling McCarthy and another great point from Tipperary corner forward Sara Everard in the 4th minute to leave six points between the teams. Waterford were playing good possession football at this stage but were just finding it hard to get the final pass away when in scoring positions. A good movement started in the back line by Megan Dunford led to substitute Lauren Guiry putting over a good point in the 5th minute and one minute later Lauren McGregor landed a point from a free. By now Lauren Guiry was causing major problems for the Tipperary defence and the Ballymac girl scored another wonderful point in the 7th minute and in the 15th minute captain Mairead Power scored her second point of the match to leave only twp points between the teams with the

momentum totally with Waterford. In the 49th minute disaster struck for the Deise girls when a ball from a 45 was misjudged by the Waterford defence and goalie and went all of the way to the net to stretch Tipperary’s advantage to five points. Tipperary pressed on and three late points from Aisling Moloney, Caoimhe Condon and Aisling McCarthy put a flattering look on the score board for the Premier Ladies. Despite being eight points behind Waterford pressed on to the very end but their only reward was a late point from Aoife Murray. The Waterford girls will feel very disappointed with this loss, but can draw comfort from the fact that they pushed Tipperary hard for the most of the match. This is a young Waterford team with many of the girls being under age again next year. There are many positives to be gained from the game, the two Power’s Geraldine and Mairead played very well at mid field. In the defence Megan O’Connor, Megan Dunford and Emma Murray stood out. Up front Lauren Guiry and Aoife Murray did very well against a resolute defence. Team management

Crohan McGregor, Joe Murray, Sean Curry, and Trish Ferncombe should be well proud of their charges and the effort and commitment that they put in and no doubt many of these girls will make the step up to the next level of football in the not too distant future. AL EILE FUNDRAISING DAY AND NIGHT Waterford Ladies Football as part of their fund raising drive are delighted to announce a big family day and night in Al Eile stud farm Kilgobnet (the home of our main sponsor). This will take place on the 7th June and will consist of two parts. During the day there will be a fun afternoon for families. The Mad Hatter will put on an afternoon show in his own inimitable way, Maurice Butler’s Ice Cream Parlour will be on site also and there will be novelty games, bouncy castles, face painting and fun and games for children of all ages. On the same night from 8 pm onwards there will be a barn dance /hooley featuring two of Waterford’s top bands – Beachcombers and Fuse with a BBQ and full bar facilities. A great night’s entertainment is promised. Watch this space for more details.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

GAA President to visit Touraneena SATURDAY, May 31st will be a very special day in the history of the Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s GAA club when GAA President Liam O’Neill will visit the club and community. The occasion will be to celebrate and commemorate the club winning the Intermediate football and Junior hurling county titles in 1989. The same year, the club was named Waterford GAA Club of the Year. The attendance on Saturday night week will also include current and past officers of the county and Divisional Boards. The players who brought that historic double to the club will be the recipients of presentations in the Community Centre, Touraneena on the night. The night will be begin with Mass in St. Mary’s Church at 7.30 p.m. where past players and members of the club will be remembered. To win the Intermediate football championship in 1989, Sliabh gCua played a total of 10 games defeating Affane in the Divisional final by 2-7 to 011. In the county final played at Fraher Field on November 4th, Portlaw provided the opposition but the Western champions came out on top on a 3-10 to 1-10 scoreline. IFC PATH TO SUCCESS RESULTS Round 1 - Fraher Field Sliabh gCua 2-5; Ballinameela 0-10. Round 2 - Fraher Field Sliabh gCua 0-5; Affane 0-6. Round 3 - Ballymacarbry Sliabh gCua 1-10; Geraldines 0-4. Round 4 - Abbeyside Sliabh gCua 1-7; Brickeys 1-5. Round 5 - Bushy Park -

Sliabh gCua 3-5; Ardmore 1-5. Round 6 - Cappoquin Sliabh gCua 1-3; Shamrocks 0-10. Round 7 - Cappoquin Sliabh gCua 4-9; Ballyduff 1-2. S/F - Cappoquin - Sliabh gCua 2-9; Shamrocks 2-4. West Final - Fraher Field Sliabh gCua 2-7; Affane 0-11. County Final - Fraher Field - Sliabh gCua 3-10; Portlaw 1-10. FROM THE FILES OF THE DUNGARVAN OBSERVER

Kieran Power on song as Sliabh gCua takes title Sliabh gCua ................. 3-10; Portlaw ..........................1-10. A masterful display by full forward Kieran Power paved the way for Sliabh gCua’s victory in the Intermediate football county final which was played as curtain raiser to the Senior football county final at the Dungarvan venue on Sunday last. The big full-forward, who flew home from New York with James Butler for the game, dominated the exchanges and in all, scored a grand total of 2-5 as the former John Mitchell’s star turned on a dazzling display. Playing with the breeze in the first half Sliabh gCua were rocked back on their heels when Brendan Coffey struck for a Portlaw goal in the tenth minute to put Portlaw in front, 1-1 to 0-2.

Back came the Western champions and goals per Eamonn Butler 12th minute and Kieran Power 18th minute left the score at 2-2 to 1-2. They then added three points to one for Portlaw to lead by 2-5 to 1-3 at the break. THIRD GOAL On the turnover, Kieran Power pointed for Sliabh gCua, while D. Larkin kicked a brace of points for Portlaw, 2-6 to 1-5. In the 37th minute Kieran Power put Pa Hallinan through but his shot for goal went wide off the upright. The vital third goal came per Kieran Power in the 44th minute when his left footed ground shot rattled the net, 3-7 to 1-5. Portlaw battled bravely and came back to score five more points, but hard though they tired they were unable to score the goal they so badly needed. Fittingly, the final point came per Kieran Power in the 59th minute. A deserved win then for Sliabh gCua for whom John Dalton, Michael Butler, Tom Whelan and Roger McGrath were excellent in defence. Tom Condon and James Butler played well at centre-

field and if Kieran Power was the star upfront young Kieran Hallahan, John Hallinan, Pa Hallinan, Pat Hearn, Eamon Butler and substitute Eamon Lonergan also played their parts to the full. For Portlaw Liam Callaghan, Eddie Rockett, Brendan Coffey, Paudie Coffey, Michael Rockett, Daithi Foran, David and Tomas Larkin were best. PRESENTATION After the game County Chairman, Mr. Eamon Murphy presented the cup to the Sliabh gCua team captain Roger McGrath amid scenes of wild excitement. FANTASTIC Sliabh gCua trainer Ned Power termed it as a fantastic victory. After last year we just had to win this one he stated. It has been very close at one stage in the second half, he felt as Portlaw came at them. James Butler, home from New York for this final, felt that all the travelling had been worthwhile. Yes, he would come back in 1990 for the senior championship if he was asked. Sliabh gCua scorers: K. Power 2-5, E. Butler 1-0, J. Hallinan 0-4, K. Hallinan 0-1. Portlaw scorers: B. Coffey 1-0,

T. Larkin 0-5, D. Larkin 0-2, D. Foran, P. O’Brien, E. Rockett (0-1) each. Sliabh gCua: John Fitzpatrick; Brendan Tobin, John Dalton, Gerard Butler; Roger McGrath, Mike Butler, Tom Whelan; Tom Condon, James

Butler; Kieran Hallahan, Eamon Butler, Pa Hallinan; John Hallinan, Kieran Power, Pat Hearn. Subs: Eamon Lonergan for Pa Hallinan; Moss Power, John Fraher, Seanie Kearns, Anthony Butler and Jermiah Connors. Portlaw: M. O’Brien; L.

Callaghan, J. Kiely, D. Keane; J. Power, E. Rockett, G. O’Brien; B. Coffey, M. Rockett; D. Foran, P. Coffey, E. Corcoran; P. O’Brien, D. Larkin, T. Larkin. Subs: J. Hennebry for J. Power; D. De Paor for E. Corcoran.

Sliabh gCua/St. Marys GAA Club President Piery Butler receiving our prestigious 'Club Of The Year' award in 1989. Our two captains, Declan Fitzpatrick and Roger McGrath showing off both Western and County final cups. The victorious teams will be honoured in Touraneena Community Centre on May 31st by GAA President Liam O'Neill.

Sliabh gCua GAA Club 1989 County Intermediate football Champions. Back row left to right: M. Power, K. Power, J. Butler, M. Butler, J. Hallinan, J. Fitzpatrick, N. Burke, E. Butler, T. Condon, P. Hallinan, J. Dalton, B. Tobin, J. Fraher. Front row left to right: P. Butler (Chariman), E. Lonergan, S. Kearns, A. Butler, P. Hearn, R. McGrath (Capt.), K. Hallahan, T. Whelan, G. Butler, J. Connors. Selectors: Michael Quinlan, Sean Whelan, Roger McGrath (Capt.), Trainer: Ned Power. Michael Hearn and James Condon both played on the Western final winning team but due to injury and emigration both were unavailable for the final. Also unavailable due to injury Declan Fitzpatrick and Paddy Hallinan. Score: Sliabh gCua 3-10; Portlaw 1-10.

Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s GAA Club Chairman, Piery Butler and Club President Eddie Kirwan with all the Western and County Cups in 1989.

Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s GAA Club Chairman Piery Butler with the 1989 Club of the Year Award.

St. Mary’s GAA Club Junior Hurling County Champions 1989. Back row left to right: G. Butler, P. Whelan, T. Condon, M. Power, E. Butler (Capt.), P. Hallinan, J. Hallinan, J. Dalton, D. White, J. Fraher, B. Tobin, D. Fitzpartick. Front row left to right: P. Butler (Chairman), K. Hallahan, J. Connors, L. Whelan, J. Fitzpatrick, R. McGrath, T. Whelan, E. Lonergan, P. Hearn, S. Kearns,. Selectors: Ned Power, Christy Hallinan, Declan Fitzpatrick. Trainer: Ned Power. Score: St. Mary’s 1-6; Ballydurn 1-4.


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014


Facile home win for Ballygunner SARGENT CUP COUNTY SHL Ballygunner ................ 4-21; Lismore ...........................0-6. The home side had an easy win over Lismore in McGinn Park on Sunday last in Round 3 of the league. Lismore were much understrength for this game and

fielded a second string XV for this contest. The game as a contest was over at half-time. On the scoresheet for Lismore were John Heneghan with three points along with Peter O’Keeffe with a brace and Stephen O’Keeffe with a point. This was Ballygunner’s

second win of the league campaign. SARGENT CUP COUNTY SHL TABLES GROUP 1 P W D Mt. Sion 3 3 0 Ballyduff 3 2 0 Ballygunner 3 2 0 Lismore 3 1 0

L Pts. 0 6 1 4 1 4 2 2

Roanmore 3 1 0 2 F/milewater 3 0 0 3 GROUP 2 P W D Abbeyside 3 3 0 De La Salle 3 2 0 Passage 3 2 0 Ardmore 3 1 0 Dungarvan 3 1 0 Tallow 3 0 0

2 0

L Pts. 0 6 1 4 1 4 2 2 2 2 3 0

Late points see Mount Sion win SARGENT CUP COUNTY SHL Mt. Sion .........................2-19; Ballyduff Upper ...........1-21; A STRONG finish which saw Mt. Sion score 1-5 without reply in the closing five minutes saw them snatch victory from the jaws of defeat at the city club’s venue on Saturday night. This game had some excellent scores over the course of the match with 40 points recorded in a free flowing open game. Ballyduff had use of the stiffish breeze in the opening half and led by 1-14 to 0-9 at

the break. The goal came from Mikey Kearney on the quarter hour and he added six points from placed balls. Ian Galgey, Tony Browne, Eoin McGrath, Martin O’Neill and Gavin Carroll were on the scoreboard for ‘Sion. SECOND HALF The opening Mt. Sion goal came within two minutes of the restart with full forward Damien Hurley the scorer. The visitors led by 1-17 to 1-14 at the end of the third quarter but Sion were beginning to get a grip on the game. Points from Martin

Feeney and Jamie Kearney saw Ballyduff lead by 1-21 to 1-14 with five minutes remaining but they were not to score again. A 58th minute Sean Ryan goal saw Sion trail by three before Eoin McGrath, Michael Bayken, Martin O’Neill and Tony Browne pointed to give their side a narrow late victory. Teams and scorers: Mt. Sion: R. Roche; S. O’Neill, C. Ryan, P. Kelly; M. Hoban, P. Penkert, A. Coady; E. McGrath (0-5), N. O’Sullivan; M. O’Neill (0-5), G. Carroll (0-1), T. Browne (0-4); I. Galgey (0-1), D. Hurley (1-1), S. Ryan (1-1). Sub: M.

Bayken (0-1) for O’Sullivan. Ballyduff: J. Twomey; Shane Hannon, T. Feeney, J. Hannon; G. Feeney, S. Kearney (0-2), C. Leamy (0-1); Seamus Hannon (0-1), Michael Kearney (0-1); E. Scanlon, J. Kearney (0-4), B. Hannon (0-1); K. Casey, Mikey Kearney (1-10), A. Casey. Subs: M. Feeney (0-1) for E. Scanlon; C. Horgan for B. Hannon. Referee: Michael Wadding (Roanmore).

€18,000 Dungarvan GAA Club Lotto winner. Left to right: Noreen Barry, Mary Foley, Proprietor of Paddy Foley’s Bar, seller of winning ticket; Stephen Barry, lotto winner; Maura Curran, Lotto coordinator, presenting cheque; Margaret Cunningham, President Dungarvan Club; Tony Ryan, Chairman Dungarvan Club; Ann Curran, Lotto co-ordinator.

WALK-OVER Roanmore received a walk-over from Fourmilewater last Saturday night in a game that was due to be played at the city’s venue in Gracedieu.

First half goals decisive SARGENT CUP/ COUNTY LEAGUE Dungarvan …………..3-15; De La Salle …………..1-18. FIRST half goals by Ryan Donnelly with less than a minute on the clock and by Cathal Curran at the end of the first quarter from a free set the home team on their way to winning their first County League game this year last Friday evening. The Blues led at half time by 2-7 to 0-7 with Gavin Crotty striking 0-3 and Colm Curran,

Ryan Donnolly, Cathal Curran (f) and Trevor Crotty accounting for the other 0-3. John Mullane was in good scoring form for the visitors, pointing 0-3f with David Greene, Colm Morris, Paudie Nevin and Brian Cunningham raising De La Salle’s other white flags. Dungarvan held a 0-9 lead (3-10 to 0-10) at the end of the third quarter, thanks to a second goal by Cathal Curran, this time from a penalty strike. The Blues led

by 3-12 to 0-11 with ten minutes remaining but De La Salle finished strongly with 0-3f from Brian Cunningham and 1-3 from John Mullane as the scoreboard read 3-15 to 1-17 in the dying minutes of the game. Midfielder Dean Twomey raised another white flag for the city team and it took a brilliant save by Darren Duggan at the very end of the game to deny De La Salle a share of the spoils. Dungarvan: Darren Duggan; Derek Barry, Kevin Daly, Aaron Donnelly; Cormac Curran 0-2,

Conor Sheridan, Mickey Power; Eoin Healy, Kenny Moore 0-1; Ryan Donnolly 1-2, Gavin Crotty 0-5, Liam Ryan; Cathal Curran 2-2 (f), Colm Curran 0-1, Trevor Crotty 0-2. Sub: Gavin Power. De La Salle: Stephen Brenner; Adam Doyle, Ian Flynn, David Sutton; Martin Sheehan, Jack Kennedy, Paddy Kennedy; Dean Twomey 0-2, John Keane; John Mullane 1-7 (3f), David Greene 0-1, Paudie Nevin 0-1; Colm Morris 0-1, Thomas Kearney, Brian Cunningham 0-6 (4f). Subs : Eddie Meaney, Conor O’ Toole. Referee: John Condon (An Rinn).

Pa O'Flaherty, Lindsay Murphy and Pat Murphy, pictured at Deise Day at Punchestown. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Late Tallow rally tests Passage Passage ……………...0-21; Tallow …………………. I-17 PLAYED in the Fraher Field last Thursday evening, this was a very enjoyable encounter between two evenly matched sides. Passage looked to have the league points in the bag at the end of the third quarter when they led by 0-18 to 1-10 but Tallow came with a late surge to level the game at 0-19 to 1-16. It took a brace of Owen Connors pointed frees to get Passage over the line with the final score

coming from Tallow’s Rob O’Sullivan who struck 0-8 in total here. Passage led by 0-11 to 0-8 at half time via Owen Connors 0-8, Adam Roche 0-2 and Joe McClean 0-1 while Rob O’Sullivan 0-4, Kieran Geary 0-2, Paul O’Brien and Jordan Henley 0-1 each replied for the Bridesiders. Passage were the dominant team in the third quarter and they built up an 0-18 to 0-9 advantage before Thomas Ryan struck for the only goal of the game. This

revitalised Tallow and they outscored their opponents by 0-7 to 0-3 for the remainder of the game and they were unlucky not to gain a share of the points here. Owen Connors was the game’s top scorer with 0-12 (6f) to his credit While Rob O’Sullivan and Kieran Geary accounted for 0-9 (7f) and 0-5 respectively of the Tallow score. Passage: Eddie Lynch; Mark Wyse, Jason Flood, Joey Upton; Paul Donnellan, Jason Roche, Mitchell Baldwin; Pa Walsh 0-1,

James Connolly; Owen Connors 0-12 (6f), Stephen Mason 0-1, Joe McClean 0-2; Rory Walsh, Sean Hogan 0-2, Adam Roche 0-2. Subs: Darragh Lynch, Richard Hurley, Pete Molloy 0-1. Tallow: Sean O’Sullivan; Mark O’ Brien, David O’Brien, Kenneth Kearney; Jake Beecher, Aidan Kearney, James Murray; Rob O’Sullivan 0-9 (7f), Michael Curley; Paul O’Brien 0-1, Kieran Geary 0-5, Thomas Ryan 1-0; Shane Feeney 0-1, Bob McCarthy, Jordan Henley 0-1. Subs: Jack Tobin, Even Sheehan, Noel Condon. Referee: Timmy Organ (Abbeyside).

County Board officers, Joe Cleary, Treasurer; Tom Cunningham, Chairman, and Timmy O'Keeffe, Secretary, pictured at Deise Day at Punchestown. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

GAA Coaching & Games Development LENOVO SKILLS HUBS FOR 13-15 YEAR OLDS The Waterford Lenovo Skills Hubs will take place in Fraher Field on Tuesday, 8th - Friday, 11th July starting at 12 midday each day. Inter County stars Jamie Nagle and Trish Jackman are heading up the coaching team for the Skills Hub which is open to boys and girls 13-15 years of age. Booking for the Skills Hub can be made at KELLOGG’S GAA CÚL CAMPS Bookings are going well for the upcoming Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camps. Bookings can be made online at or through

any of the clubs that are hosting camps. All who have booked places by 1st June will get their kits by end of June. This year all children who attend the camps will get a county coloured kit bag. CARRIGANORE GO GAMES 24th MAY The next Go Games blitz takes place on Sat., 24th May. This will be an U-10 Gaelic Football blitz. Clubs are asked to have entries in by Monday 19th May. Fixtures will be sent to participating clubs on Wed., 21st May. U-9 & U-10 HURLING & FOOTBALL BLITZES U-9 & U-10 Hurling and Football blitzes are taking

place every week across the 3 GDA divisions. In West Division the action takes place on Monday nights with U-9 H & F every secong Monday. In Urban and Mid County the action is on Wednesday nights with U-9 & U-10 H taking place. Further details can be got from GDA’s. POC FADA FRIDAY 20th JUNE This year’s Poc Fada will take place on Friday, 20th June for both Senior & U-16 players. The competition this year will take place at Mahon Falls with a course for Senior & U-16 players. Further details will be sent to clubs in the coming weeks through

the County Board. For more information please contact Poc Fada coordinator Sean Michael O’Regan. PRIMARY SKILLS FINAL TUESDAY 20th Waterford Coaching & Games and Cumann na mBunscol Waterford have the County Final of the Primary School Skills taking place in Dungarvan on Tuesday 20th with 6 schools from across the county taking part in each of the Hurling & Gaelic Football. The winners in Hurling & Football will go onto the Munster Primary Skills on 10th June where last year Tallow NS won the Hurling overall.

Mike Veale, Michael Dunford and Donal O'Regan, pictured at Deise Day at Punchestown. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Shamrocks win high scoring contest WEST HURLING LEAGUE Shamrocks ...................3-15; Cappoquin ..................... 1-7. AT Kennedy Park, Knockanore on Friday evening last, the home side recorded a four point win over visitors Cappoquin in a high scoring and competitive league tie. The home side also held a 4 point lead, 2-10 to 1-9 at the break thanks to goals from Edward Lonergan after 5 minutes and Cathal Herlihy in the 18th minute. Cappoquin were the better team in the opening quarter and led at the end of it by 1-6 to 1-1 after Gavin McCarthy goaled in the 8th minute. Shamrocks dominated the second quarter with Shane Roche (3), Lonergan, Herlihy along with Kegan and Kelvin O’Farrell also on target.

The second half was again well contested with Shamrocks having their third goal courtesy of Cathal Herlihy after 35 minutes of play. Cappoquin responded well with three points from Shane O’Rourke and one apiece from Paul and Conor Murray to trail by 4, 3-12 to 1-14 at the end of the third quarter. The winners led by 6 with 10 minutes remaining before Cappoquin had points from Finan Murray, Conor Murray and O’Rourke (free) to cut the deficit to a goal. The Shamrocks defence held firm and an injury time Shane Roche point made victory safe. Teams and scorers: Shamrocks: L. Murphy; P. Ahearne, J. O’Donovan, J. Murphy; J. P. Lucey (0-1), E.

Murphy, B. Harnedy; S. Lucey, S. Roche (0-8); E. Lonergan (1-2), J. Leahy, A. Crawford; Keegan O’Farrell (0-2), C. Herlihy (2-1), Kelvin O’Farrell (0-1). Subs used: C. O’Keeffe, E. Hynes, S. Murphy. Cappoquin: D. Curran; K. Denn, C. Looby, K. Farrell; T. Looby, P. Murray (0-1), P. Landers; C. Murray (0-2), D. McCarthy; D. Cahillane (0-1), S. O’Rourke (0-10), C. Landers (0-2); J. McCarthy (1-0), B. Crotty, M. Noonan. Subs: F. Murray (0-1) for Denn; D. Cahill for Crotty; T. Mansfield for Farrell; Denn for D. McCarthy. Referee: S. Pratt (Tallow).

WEST HURLING LEAGUE TABLE GROUP 1 P W D L Pts. Brickey Rgs 2 2 0 0 4 Tourin 2 2 0 0 4 Ballinameela 3 2 0 1 4 Colligan 2 1 0 1 2

Ballysaggart 3 0 0 3 0 St. Mary’s 2 0 0 2 0 GROUP 2 P W D L Pts. Cappoquin 3 2 0 1 4 Shamrocks 3 2 0 1 4 Modeligo 2 2 0 0 4 Geraldines 2 1 0 1 2 Clashmore 3 1 0 2 2 Stradbally 3 0 0 3 0 P.S.: The Brickey Rangers v. Tourin game in Group 1 will be played in Bushy Park on this Thursday evening at 7.30 p.m. The winners of this game will go top of the table and be in a strong position to advance to the final. When these sides met recently in the championship, Brickeys ran out winners on a 3-16 to 2-9 scoreline. Home venue should see Brickeys collect the league points here.

Ballinacourty well on top RADLEY ENGINEERING IFC Ballinacourty ................1-11; Sliabh gCua ....................0-5. A COMFORTABLE win for Ballinacourty at Fraher Field on Sunday night last as they recorded their second win of the championship. The winners held a slender one point lead at the break, 0-4 to 0-3 after they also held a one point advantage at the end of the opening quarter. Tiernan Murray opened the scoring in the first minute before David Whelan converted a Sliabh gCua free. Points from Mulhearne and Murray saw ‘Courty go two ahead before David Whelan (free) and

Kevin Sheehan had Sliabh gCua on parity after 23 minutes of play. Murray pointed in the 25th minute to give ‘Courty a slender lead at half-time. SECOND HALF Ballinacourty totally dominated the third quarter scoring 1-5 without reply with the goal coming inside two minutes of the restart from Tiernan Murray whose long delivery went to the net. Points from Sean Fitzpatrick and David Whelan (free) saw Sliabh gCua nine points adrift at the final whistle. David Ferncombe kicked three ‘Courty points in the final quarter while David Power

had one as Ballinacourty ran out clear cut winners over a disappointing Sliabh gCua side. Teams and scorers: Ballinacourty: R. Ryan; G. Breen, M. Lavan, S. O’Connor; E. Bergin, P. Lynch, M. Power; L. Hurney (0-1), L. Mulhearne (0-1); M. Maher (0-1), N. Dee (0-1), D. Ferncombe (0-3); T. Murray (1-3), C. Kindregan, D. Power (0-1). Subs: S. O’Gorman for M. Power; C. Prunty for Hurney; E. Enright for Murray; D. Henley for Breen; P. Bergin for Dee. Sliabh gCua: D. Flynn; C. Tobin, J. J. Coffey, J. Ahearne; J. Queally, J.

Power, T. Tobin; K. Sheehan (0-1), E. Kearns; S. Fitzpatrick (0-1), D. Coffey, D. Tobin; J. Sheehan, D. Whelan (0-3), M. Kearns. Subs: D. Roche for D. Tobin; A. Fitzpatrick for M. Kearns; D. Meaney for K. Sheehan. Referee: S. Reddy (Modeligo). RADLEY ENGINEERING IFC LEAGUE TABLE P W D L Pts. Ballinacourty 2 2 0 0 4 Sliabh gCua 2 1 0 1 2 B/Rangers 1 1 0 0 2 Dungarvan 2 1 0 1 2 Ballyduff 2 1 0 1 2 Nire 2 0 0 2 0 Geraldines 1 0 0 1 0

Mikey Phelan and Shane Bennett score a hat-trick each WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE Ballinameela ………...3-15; Ballysaggart …………3-12. PLAYED in Ballinameela last Saturday evening, this game was a great advertisement for the Western league. Both teams gave it their all in a very sporting and enjoyable hour’s hurling with the result in doubt up to the final whistle. The match featured the unusual occurrence of a

player from each team scoring a hat-trick of goals in the persons of sixteen year old Mikey Phelan for Ballinameela and County Minor Shane Bennett for Ballysaggart. The home side led at half-time by 2-8 to 1-5 but Saggart recovered after the interval to win the second half by 2-7 to 1-7. In their last few attacks, last year’s Munster Junior Champions went all out for an equalising goal but the Ballinameela defence held

firm to claim the two league points on offer. All of Ballinameela’s starting six forwards got on the scoresheet here. Four Phelan brothers lined out for Ballinameela while father and son combination Adrian and Darren Meagher were in ‘Saggart’s full forward line. Ballinameela: Donagh Looby; Keelan Looby, Micheal Walsh, James Shine; Paul Curran 0-1, Kevin Phelan, Jason Morrissey 0-1; Colin Walsh, Brendan Phelan 0-5 (3f); Steven McGrath 0-1,

Brian Phelan 0-3, Micheal Shine 0-1f; Cian Culloo 0-2, Mikey Phelan 3-1, Shane McGovern 0-1. Subs: Rob Shine, David McCarthy, Tom Kiely, Micheal Culloo. Ballysaggart: Matty Meagher; Bobby Ryan, Daniel Devine, Michael Ryan; Barry Murphy 0-1, Eugene O’Brien, Cailean O’Gorman; Christy Murphy 0-1, Kieran Bennett 0-3; Stephen Hale, Shane Bennett 3-6, Paudie Hale; Adrian Meagher 0-1, Darren Meagher, Conor Bennett. Referee: Tommy O’Sullivan (Cappoquin).

Limerick Senior Footballers overcome Waterford at the Gold Coast JOHN Brudair and the Limerick Senior Footballers arrived in Dungarvan Saturday last for their two day Training Camp at the Gold Coast. The Pitch at the Gold Coast was a hive of activity all weekend, with Limerick challenging Waterford. Limerick won easily after an exciting game on Saturday evening.

The Gold Coast Sports Training facility is quickly becoming one of the market leaders in the provision of Sports Training Camps to Senior County Teams. The Limerick worked to an exacting timetable, with very comprehensive facility and dietary requirements, which proved no problem to the Resort to

produce. Following on the heels of Tipperary Hurlers, Wicklow and Limerick footballers the Resort will host Wexford next. “The month of May has proven to be very busy in the provision of Team Training Camps. Our Facility is now a strategic part of the overall Sports Tourism product and a

Sports Destination we are very proud of. Team Managers have commented that we are there with the best on offer in the country. This a massive boast to the local economy with High Profile teams training here most weekends,” stated Mark Knowles, Resort Director at the Gold Coast.

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FORDE’S DAYBREAK FORECAST CORNER Vince O’Donovan (Modeligo) Success Rate: 13 Forecasts. 6 Correct. 6 Incorrect. Success Rate 50%. This Week’s Forecaster: Jackson Kiely (Kilrossanty). Munster Senior Hurling Championship (1 Game): Cork. Munster Intermediate Hurling Championship (1 Game): Cork Under 21 Football County Finals: (2 Games): St. Olivers and Ardmore. Phelan Cup Football League: (5 Games): Gaultier, Rathgormack, Nire, Stradbally and Kilrossanty. Western Intermediate Hurling League: (1 Game): Tourin. To Date: 224 Forecasts. 141 Correct, 77 Incorrect, 6 Drawn. Success Rate: 62.9% Leading Forecaster: Aidan O’Connor (Dungarvan) 92.8%.

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ST. FINBARR’S NATIONAL HURLING AND FOOTBALL CLUB The Barr’s possess two not at all common statistics in the world of the GAA, the first being that they were formed before the Association itself in 1876 and the second being that they are the only club to have won Senior All- Ireland titles in both hurling and football. This is a very professional website portraying the importance of both the past and the future of the Barr’s. Its contents includes pages on Daily news, History, Contacts, Club Constitution, Healthy Club, Photos, Videos, links and Sponsors. Club Address: Neenan Park, Togher, Cork City. Sponsors: SuperValu. Healthy Club: Mini Health Check available for club members on blood pressure, cholesterol, BMI, Mini fitness tests and an opportunity to sign up for cardiac screening. The Barr’s A History: Full contents available on the site. Roll of Honour:

Hurling: Cork Senior Titles: 25 (last in 1993). Munster Senior Titles: 4 (1968, 74,77and 80). All Ireland Senior Titles: 2 (1974 and 1977). Cork under 21 Titles: 4 (the last in 1994). Cork Minor Titles: 15 (the last in 1997). Cork under 16 Titles: 5 (last in 1997). Football: Cork Senior Football Titles: 8 (last in 1985). Munster Senior Titles: 4 (1979, 80, 82 and 86). All – Ireland Senior Titles: 3 (1979, 80 and 86). Cork under 21 Titles: 6 (last in 2008). Cork Minor Titles: 20 (last in 2007). Famous Son: Jimmy Barry Murphy Born: August 22nd 1954. Occupation: Director of Southern Business Finance. Achievements: Munster Senior Medals: 2 (F) and 10 (H). All Ireland Senior Medals: 1 (F) and 5 (H). All Stars: 2 (F) and 5 (H). Manager All Ireland Cork Minor Hurling winning team in 1995 and All Ireland Senior Cork Senior Hurling winning team in 1999. Other Interests: Greyhound Racing. Director of Cork Greyhound Stadium.

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Teams of Times Gone By Year: 1952. Team: Waterford National League Hurling Team. Opposition: Cork. Date: Sunday, October 26th. Venue: Cork Athletic Grounds. Referee: B. Stakelum (Tipperary). Clar Oifigeamhail: Tri Phingin. Curtain Raiser: Junior Football Semi Final: Droichead Na Banndan v Gleann Uird. J. Regan (Mount Sion); J. Goode (Dungarvan), J. Cusack (Clonea), M. Hayes (Butlerstown); M. Queally (Dungarvan), D. Hassett (Clonea), G. Morrissey (Dungarvan); M. Fives (Crokes, Dublin), D. Doocey (Tourin); M. O’Connor (Cappoquin), P. Grimes (Mount Sion), P. Donnelly (Clonea); T. Barry (UCC), J. Fives (Renmore), S. De Paor (Mt. Sion). Subs: J. Hallahan (Geraldines), P. Cusack (Clonea), T. Cunningham (Dungarvan), P. Power (Ballyduff), T. Keane (Mount Sion), T. Doocey (Tourin).


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014



Day of reckoning for senior hurlers WATERFORD V CORK in Semple Stadium, Thurles Sunday, May 25th at 4.00 p.m. THE Munster Senior Hurling Championship gets underway in Thurles this Sunday when age old rivals Waterford and Cork meet in a Quarter Final game at the famed Tom Semple Stadium. As has often been the case heading into Munster Championship battle, Waterford supporters, in general, are pessimistic in the extreme as to how we will fare against the Rebels. Thankfully, the players and team management don’t buy into this way of thinking and it is up to everyone now to support our hurlers in their attempt to put one over on the old enemy from the other side of Youghal Bridge. Though short some players due to injury and suspension, we are still blessed with many fine wielders of the caman and, playing at their best for the full 70 minutes, Derek McGraths charges have the ability to beat a Cork team who are not the reigning Munster Champions and who

still have to find approval from within their own County. Sunday will be Waterford’s first championship outing under the County’s new management team who have experienced mixed fortunes since they were appointed some months ago. The Allianz National Hurling League campaign started well with two wins from three games but morale took a major nosedive when we were beaten comprehensively by both Clare and Kilkenny. The Deise hurlers performed well against Tipperary in their first league outing in Thurles last February but, having led for 52 minutes, we left the home team back into the game and lost out in the end by 2-13 to 0-16. Faith was restored one week later when we beat Galway impressively by 0-22 to 1-13 in Walsh Park and boosted further at the same venue when a 14 man side outscored a fancied Dublin team by 1-13 to 1-10. This win placed us second on the league table after three games but the bubble burst in our fixtures against All Ireland Champions Clare (5-18 to 0-20) and Kilkenny (4-22 to 0-14) when our defence who had been our strongest unit up to this leaking nine goals in these two games. There was little or no day-

light at the end of the tunnel when we lost the Relegation play off to Dublin at Walsh Park (4-13 to 1-17) which saw us concede an unacceptable 13 goals in three games. The squad headed to foreign shores for a week of intensive training and since their return have trained well and played challenge games against Wexford, Offaly and Tipperary. Wins were recorded in the first two games and last Tuesday week in Thurles we played quite well against Tipperary, losing narrowly by 1-23 to 2-19. Tipp had 12 of their National League Final team in action and Lar Corbett and Eoin Kelly also saw some game time. A new look Waterford defence leaked just one goal here while Eddie Barrett was outstanding at midfield as was Tadhg De Burca behind him in the half back line. The forwards were in impressive scoring form and Donie Breathnach scored 1-2 when introduced in the second half. The Waterford team linedout as follows and this should give us some insight into the team management’s thoughts on the line up against Cork. Stephen O’Keeffe; Barry Coughlan, Liam Lawlor, Noel Connors; Shane Fives, Kevin Moran, Tadhg De Burca;

Michael Walsh, Eddie Barrett; Gavin O’Brien, Austin Gleeson, Ray Barry; Brian O’Sullivan, Shane Walsh, Colin Dunford. Pauric Mahoney and Seamus Prendergast will be the bookies favourites to start Sunday while Jake Dillon and Jamie Nagle are also likely to see action. Philip Mahony, Maurice Shanahan and possibly Jamie Barron will miss out on this game due to injury but they may yet have a part to play later in the summer. Cork and Waterford have enjoyed some tremendous battles since the turn of the century and Sunday’s game should be no different. Cork came very close to winning the All Ireland last year and they will be confident of winning in Thurles as their first step in putting right their disappointment of 2013. This game will give us a good insight into our prospects of making progress this year and good luck to all concerned. TICKET PRICES Adult Covered stand: £25. Adult uncovered stand: £20. Adult Killinan end terrace: £15. Under 16’s stand and terrace: £5. Ticket Sales in West Waterford: Garvey’s, Dungarvan; Super Vale, Cappoquin.


Tough assignment for Peter Queally’s charges in Thurles WATERFORD V CORK in Semple Stadium Thurles Sunday, May 25th at 2 p.m. THERE is no form going into this curtain raiser in Thurles this Sunday but from a Waterford point of view we haven’t advanced beyond this stage of the championship in the past three years. Last year Clare beat us by 2-21 to 0-16 as they did in 2012 by 1-19 to 3-9. The main memory from these two years is that Clare were much fitter than us and obviously better prepared while in 2011 Limerick defeated us by 2-12 to 2-9. We have done reasonably well prior to this in both 2009 and 2010. The first year we beat Limerick well in the semi-final by 5-15 to 0-7 before losing out to Cork in the final by 5-24 to 3-9. In 2010 we beat Clare by 1-13

to 0-13 in the semi final and we fared much better against Cork in the final on this occasion, though losing out by 0-15 to 0-13. The County’s under 21 management team are also in charge of the Intermediate side for the past few years and so Sunday’s line out will include a fair sprinkling of under 21’s and some older players but not too old at the same time. The squad have played a number of challenge matches including outings against Carlow and more recently Wexford last Monday night. A tough assignment lies ahead of Peter Queally’s charges in Thurles but hopefully Waterford fans will travel early to support the side. The Waterford Intermediate Panel is as follows: Jason Roche - Passage, Mark O'Brien - Ferrybank, Jack Lyons Ballyduff Lower, Micheál Harney Bonmahon, Barry O'Sullivan Ballygunner, Kevin Casey Ballyduff Upper, Adam Farrell - De La Salle, Brian Looby Abbeyside, Conor Murray Cappoquin, Tom Devine -

Modeligo, Shane Roche - The Shamrocks, Kieran Power Clonea, Kieran Bennett Ballysaggart, Seanie Barry Lismore, Seamus Keating Ardmore, Shane Forrestal Mount Sion, Gavin Crotty Dungarvan, Pa Walsh - Passage, Mark Wyse - Passage, Colm Burke - Roanmore, DJ Foran Portlaw, Tommy Ryan - Tallow, Stephen Power - Ballygunner, Micheal O'Halloran - Abbeyside, Stephen Roche - Mount Sion, Tommy Connors - Passage, Ryan Donnelly - Dungarvan, Killian Fitzgerald -Passage.


Lynch and Guilfoyle torment Deise Clare 2-21; Waterford 0-16 GARY Guilfoyle and Aidan Lynch contributed 2-9 between them as Clare hammered Waterford at Semple Stadium to set up a semi-final meeting with Cork on June 23. Lynch’s goal separated

the sides at half-time, as Clare led by 1-9 to 0-9. Lynch, scorer of 1-2 before the break, appeared as if he was going to pull first time on Jarlath Colleran’s bouncing pass but after getting the ball into his hand, he unleashed a stunning finish. Scorers – Clare: G Guilfoyle 1-5 (0-4fs), A Lynch 1-4, C Malone 0-5, P Sheehan 0-3, M O’Neill 0-2, N Arthur, C O’Connell 0-1 each. Waterford: K Fitzgerald 0-8 (0-7fs), S Roche 0-3, C Heffernan 0-2, E Murphy, S Ryan, J Lyons 0-1 each. CLARE – K Hogan; K Ryan, D Corry, J Browne; E Boyce, C Cleary, C Chaplin; P Sheehan, J Colleran; G Guilfoyle, M O’Neill, C Malone; N Arthur, A Lynch, D Reidy. Subs: C O’Connell for N Arthur (41), K Lynch for Boyce (50), J Guilfoyle for Colleran (52), G O’Connell for Sheehan (56), G Arthur for G Guilfoyle (58). WATERFORD – D Duggan; C Walsh, S O’Keeffe, Shane Roche; J Roche, K Power, S Kearney; E Murphy, Shane Ryan; C Heffernan, J Lyons, J Power; K Fitzgerald, Stephen Roche, R Donnelly. Subs: C Curran for J Power (21), R Power for Donnelly (33), Sean Ryan for Shane Ryan (36), K Casey for Lyons (57), T Curran for J Roche (59). Ref: J. O’Brien (Tipperary)


Browne has last say in Waterford’s grand finale MUNSTER SHC CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, July 11th, 2010 Cork 2-15; Waterford 2-15 IS there no separating these two magnificent hurling teams? Ten times now in the last eight years Waterford and Cork have met in championship and after this latest chapter in Thurles, yet another absorbing contest in yet another superbly entertaining Munster final, the score now stands at four wins each and two draws. In that period on both sides there have been changes in personnel, in management, in tactics; a constant, however, has been the entertainment value. Sure, there have been better games than this one, but the quality was all still there, the net-bursting crowd-lifting goals, the impressive point-scoring, and of course the late, late dramatics. CORK: D. Óg Cusack; S. O’Neill, E. Cadogan, B. Murphy (0-1); J. Gardiner (0-3, 0-1f, 0-1 65), R. Curran, S. Óg Ó hAilpín (0-1); T. Kenny (0-1), C. Naughton (0-2); B. O’Connor (1-5, 0-4f), J. O’Connor, N. McCarthy (0-1); K. Murphy, A. Ó hAilpín (1-0), P. Horgan. Subs: R. Ryan for S. Óg Ó hAilpín (45, injured), M. Cussen (0-1) for J. O’Connor (47), P. O’Sullivan for K. Murphy (56), P. Cronin for Horgan (63) WATERFORD: C. Hennessy; E. Murphy, L. Lawlor, N. Connors; T. Browne (1-0, M. Walsh, D. Prendergast; S. O’Sullivan (0-2, 0-1 sideline), R. Foley; S. Walsh, K. Moran (0-1), E. Kelly (1-8, 0-6f, 0-1 65); S. Molumphy, J. Mullane (0-4), E. McGrath. Subs: K. McGrath for Foley (29-33, blood), S. Prendergast for E. McGrath (47), J. Nagle for Lawlor (50), D. Shanahan for K Moran, M. Shanahan for S. Walsh, K. McGrath for Foley (all 59). Referee: J Ryan (Tipperary)

MUNSTER SHC FINAL REPLAY – SHANAHAN SETTLES EPIC Saturday, July 19th, 2010 Waterford 1-16; Cork 1-13. Not a night for picking through the more intimate nuances of battle in Thurles. Just one to give thanks for the old game. This wasn’t the rouged and painted face of Waterford-Cork. It was a plain and ashen chapter in their charismatic rivalry and one that thundered through the senses for 90 epic minutes before decanting Waterford as kings of Munster. There will be some who won’t have warmed to the aesthetics, but then there are food critics who judge a plate on appearance, not taste. Who can account for the deluded? This was extraordinary. Played out in a suitably Biblical downpour, Waterford and Cork effectively left heavy deposits of themselves on Tom Semple’s field. Scorers – Waterford: E. Kelly 0-8 (0-6f), J. Mullane 0-3, D. Shanahan 1-0, R. Foley (0-1s-l), S. Walsh, B. O’Halloran, K. Moran,T. Browne (0-1f) 0-1 each. Cork: B. O’Connor 1-5 (1-5f), P. O’Sullivan, C. Naughton, J. Gardiner (0-1f, 0-1 ’65′) 0-2 each, M. Cussen, W. Egan 0-1 each. Waterford: C. Hennessy, E. Murphy, L. Lawlor, N. Connors, T. Browne, M. Walsh, D. Prendergast, S. O’Sullivan, R. Foley, K. Moran, S. Molumphy, E. Kelly, S. Prendergast, J. Mullane, S. Walsh. Subs: B. O’Halloran for S. Prendergast (49), M. Shanahan for Walsh (60), J. Nagle for Lawlor (67), D. Shanahan for Mullane (70), E. McGrath 7 for O’Halloran (80), K. McGrath for Moran (83). Cork: D. Og Cusack, S. Murphy, E. Cadogan, B. Murphy, J. Gardiner, R. Curran, S. O’Neill, T. Kenny, C. Naughton, B. O’Connor, M. Cussen, N. McCarthy, K. Murphy, A. O hAilpin 7, P. Horgan. Subs: R. Ryan for O’Neill (33 mins), P. O’Sullivan for Horgan (h-t), L. O’Farrell for K. Murphy (65), W. Egan for Curran (70). Referee: B Gavin (Offaly)

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Mayoral Reception for Waterford Minor team CONGRATULATIONS to the Waterford Minor team that recently won their All Ireland title and last Wednesday were requested to attend at a Mayoral reception in Waterford City. Well done to all players and their mentors and it's only fitting that the effort and commitment that you have shown not only this year but throughout all your years playing is recognised. U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION 'A' After the penultimate round of the U-14 championship in section 'A', it is still no surprise that Waterford's Feile representatives Gaultier top the table with four wins from four after repeating their Feile final win over De la Salle this past week. Dungarvan have now moved into second place after a win against St. Anne's and face a home fixture against Clonea/St. Mollerans in the final fixture that could cement the runners-up spot. Brickey Rangers win against Clonea/St. Molleran's moves them up to third spot but they have two tricky fixtures remaining against De la Salle and Gaultier but should at least make the semi-finals. St. Anne's must win their final match against De la Salle to be in with any hope

of making the semi-finals but will rely on other results going their way also. The semi-finals are scheduled for Tuesday 27th May with Top team facing team that finishes fourth while Runners up will face the third placed team and with the exception of Gaultier the second to fourth places are all to play for. between Dungarvan, De la Salle, Brickey Rangers and St. Anne's. U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION 'B' In the 'B' section teams of Lismore, Modeligo, Tramore, Portlaw and Roanmore/Ferrybank. As it is shaping up, it looks like Lismore are the strongest as they top the table with six points with three wins from three, against Portlaw, Roanmore/Ferrybank and Tramore last week. Tramore lie in second spot at the moment after wins against Portlaw and Ferrybank/ Roanmore and gave a good account of themselves against the strong Lismore team last week. With only one round of fixtures remaining in this section Lismore will finish top and will be straight into the final. Tramore are in second spot with four points and will definitely make the semi-final and it looks like their opponents

will either be Modeligo or Portlaw. Modeligo must travel to Lismore this week while Portlaw face a trip to play Ferrybank/Roanmore. Results from both of these matches will decide the remaining semi-final spot. U-14 CHAMPIONSHIP SECTION 'C' We have four teams in the 'C' section which are An Rinn, Butlerstown, Cappoquin and Abbeyside. After four rounds completed An Rinn are clear leaders having beaten the second place team Butlerstown last week. This section will have a straight final between the top two teams An Rinn will surely top the table while at present Butlerstown occupy the other spot but they must be wary of Abbeyside who are still in with a chance to make the final or force a play-off for the second place position. BEST WISHES AND CONGRATULATIONS Best wishes and congratulations to all the camogie players that have recently made their communions and confirmations. We hope that you enjoy the day. Also, best wishes to all the players that are preparing for their Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations that start in a few weeks.



Dungarvan JUVENILE GAMES After a bad week at the office last week, this week we had some great wins especially in our Underage Section. To start with our u-11s had a fantastic win over Lismore which was a great victory for the hardest working team in our club. All the players and selectors should take a bow on a job well done. Following this our u-12 team pulled out all the stops to win against Roanmore after been behind at half-time. Again well done to all concerned. On Sunday last we had a visit from Cappoquin to play a challange against our u-13 team. This was a good performance from our lads to win the game. At half-time Cappoquin introduced a Dungarvan sub who has big connections with Cappoquin and many comparisons were made about him and his father who played for Cappoquin. Above all the team management were happy with the result. Well done to all. On Friday night the Juvenile Club held its Quiz in Paddy Foleys and a great night was had by all. It was well won by the Mid Bar Team even if they were many contributions to this team. The only disapointment for the Officers of the club was the low turnout of parents. Half of the money collected will go to the Livelife Foundation. SARGENT CUP On Friday night last we played the third round of the Sargent Cup and had a very useful win against De La Salle. The next round of this competition is on the 21st of June against Ardmore. While our next Championship game is also against Ardmore and this will take place on the week ending 1st June in the Fraher Field. CLUB STAND To celebrate the club’s 130th Anniversary which will commemorate past and present members. If you would like to purchase a seat which will feature the name of the person to whom it is dedicated the contacts are Chairman Tony Ryan, Secretary David Kiely, Tresurers Paddy Fitzgerald and Diarmuid Curran. There 207 seats available. LOTTO NUMBERS The numbers drawn were 10, 11, 13, 30. No Winner. Next week’s jackpot is €3,200. Pat Veale won the €100. Tickets can be bought at Ard Scoil Bingo, Lynches Green Grocers, Country Store, Walshes Spar, Paddy Foleys, Hallahans Chemists, Quealys, Crottys Bar, Lemybrien or from any committee member. DEISE DRAW The May Draw will take place on the 30th May. ALL TICKETS AND MONIES SHOULD BE returned on Thursday 29th to Catherine (087 1334273). DUNGARVAN CAMOGIE CLUB Under 10 Blitz: We have had a busy few weeks. Our under 10 team travelled to Cappoquin on Saturday last to take part in their first blitz. They played really well and enjoyed the generous hospitality of Cappoquin Camogie Club. We were without some of our regular players because of their involvement in First Holy Communion in St. Mary's School. Dungarvan hosted an under 12 blitz recently when 6 teams took part. Our thanks to parents who helped with refreshments on the day and to referees Taylor, John, Clodagh and Chris and to Tony Ryan and the men for preparing the pitches. Well done to the Dungarvan girls who are contesting very well at this level. They play their next blitz on May 24th when we travel to St. Anne's Cub, Bonmahon. U-14: Congratulations to Kaiesha Tobin who will represent Waterford in The All Ireland Feile skills. Well done to Kaiesha, Ashling and Alix who played on the U-14 Waterford Camogie Team in Ennis.

Abbeyside/Ballinacourty JACK THE JOKER Our popular Jack the Joker Fundraiser will continue this Sunday night in Kennedy’s Live where the Jackpot will be €4,624 as on Sunday night Mick Collins was drawn out of the drum and picked card 52 which wasn’t the Joker though he did win €50. Maria Moloney and Moira Mansfield won €25 each. As well as our group of ticket sellers tickets can be purchased from Convenience Store Ballinroad, The Village Inn, Village Flowers, Kennedys Live, Spar, Mike Kiely’s Butchers and Mousies Takeaway. CLUB BINGO This Sunday our Club Bingo continues in the CBS Hall at 8:30 pm where the jackpot is €550 but there will be extra prize money on offer at a small extra cost going in the doors. SENIOR HURLING On Friday evening last we took on Ardmore in Round 3 the County Hurling League and came away with a good win. INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL On Sunday night last we took on Sliabh gCua in Fraher Field in the Western Championship and thanks to a very strong second half performance we maintained our unbeaten record in the Championship. Team: R. RYAN, S. O’CONNOR, M. LAVAN, G.


GOLDEN GOAL Our Juvenile Club are currently selling tickets for the Waterford/Cork game in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Tickets costing €2 each or three for €5 are currently on sale form all Juvenile mentors and Committee members. FUNDRAISING CYCLE Preparations for our fundraising cycle from Limerick to Abbeyside in August are now at a very advanced stage. A specially designed cycling jersey has been designed for the cycle and can be purchased by anybody who wishes to do so. Priced at €40 they can be ordered from Michael Cosgrave or Benny Flynn and they could very well become a collectors item in years to come as the cycle is on track to be a fantastic success so get your order in quickly to avoid disappointment. BOOKING OF PITCHES All team managers are reminded to please ensure that they have booked the pitch for training or matches with Michael O’Donovan. We would also ask team managers to please try and do as much heavy training in the areas behind the goals. JUVENILE NOTES Under 9: Half our under 9 panel completed group one of the West Hurling and Football league on Monday 12th last in the Nire. Group two has a couple more weeks to run. Outdoor hurling: Our underage outdoor hurling continues this Saturday morning the 24th May at the Burgery at 10. 30 am. All are welcome. This covers all age ranges from under 5 to under 10. Anyone who has not paid their membership yet is asked to pay it on the morning for insurance reasons. Membership forms will also be given out on the morning. Helmets are compulsory and if required can be purchased at a reduced price of €50. There will be a €2 cost also to cover expenses. COMMUNION Everyone in the club would like to send out their congratulations to all those from the parish that have made their First Holy Communions over the past few weeks. BAG PACK Our annual bag pack is now fast approaching and we seek volunteers to fill timeslots on the given days. It takes part this year at Garvey’s Supervalu Dungarvan from the 29 to the 31st of May. This is one of main sources of income for the juvenile committee so we urge anyone available to help out on those dates to contact juvenile secretary Niamh Enright on (087)9705005. Any help would be appreciated no matter how big or small. GOLDEN GOAL The juvenile club is running a golden goal competition for the Waterford versus Cork senior hurling game at Thurles on Sunday next. Support on this fundraiser would be most appreciated as it is going towards the costs of the Feile football competition in Mayo. Tickets can be purchased through any committee member at a price of €2 a ticket or three tickets for a fiver. UNDER 16 The under 16 football concluded last Saturday. On Thursday last we travelled to Ballymacarbry to play the Nire in the U-16 county semi-final. This was our best game of the year and played a very good standard of football and we ran out comprehensive winners on a score line of 2-8 to 4-15. Less than 48 hours later we travelled to Walsh park to contest the county Final against Gaultier who themselves had a big win in their semi final. This was a cracking game of football from the throw in to the final whistle, with nothing between the two teams and it took a long range free in the 60th minute to give Gaultier the victory by the minimum of margins, Ballinacourty 3-8; Gaultier 4-6. Panel: Patrick Power, Jack Kiely, Tiernan Fagan, Shane Ahearne, Tommie Walsh, Padraig Moore, Bearach Moore, Mark Twoomey, Darragh MGrath, Ryan Daly, Tom Looby, Sean Whelan Barrett, Michael O’Riordan, James Beresford, John Power, David Montgomery. Aaron Beresford, Neil Montgomery, Tony Collins, Gearoid Hallanan Shane Kiely, James Riordan, Dathi Brunnock, Ben Flynn.

A big thank you to everyone involved and hopefully this heartbreaking defeat will be a character building experience in the future. UNDER 14 Our under 14’s busy time continues with the Feile Hurling County Final on in Fraher Field on Wednesday, 21st followed by football County Final next Saturday 24th in Walsh Park and onto the first round of the Hurling championship Monday 26th. UNDER 13 Last Sunday our under 13’s played in the Western football final. This was a good game with some great displays by many players throughout. We were always holding the scoring advantage and won 3-12 to 1-4. We now head to Walsh Park for the county final on 31st May. Panel: Eoin Ahearne, Daniel Raher, Senan Travers, Cian O’Riordan, Michael Kiely, Sean Roche, Barry Morrissey, Rory Ahearne, Patrick Fitzgerald, David Hayes, Michael Troy, Patrick Fitzgerald, Eoin Ahearne, Colin Foley, David Kiely, Oisin Hallahan, Niall Buckley, Daniel Treen, Alec Norris.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Clashmore/Kinsalebeg WHAT A WEEK! What a brilliant week it has been for our GAA Club with our Minor and U16 Footballers both bringing home the laurels from their respective County Finals! On Wednesday evening last it was our Minor Footballers who showed the way when they took on Cois Bhride in their Division II County Final at the Fraher Field in front of a huge crowd of support which helped them along every step of the way. Our lads did not have it all their own way in this game for at least the first quarter with the opposition running at our defence at will but thankfully not making it pay on the scoreboard and an early goal was all they had to show for their efforts. But the game swung in favour of our team on 23 minutes as Eoin Coughlan got on the end of a great move to finish with a flourish leaving us 1-6 to 1-3 up at half-time. Our lads took to the field in the second half with renewed confidence and fought hard initially to close out this game but it wasn't until Ed O'Halloran scored a well worked goal in the 8th minute that they were able to breath a little with the scores standing at 2-7 to 1-4 at that point. The Tallow/Knockanore men rallied though and scored their own second goal in the 14th minute to leave it 2-9 to 2-5 but it wasn't enough and our lads held on doggedly to win by 2-11 to 2-06 after a triumphant last point by our outstanding CentreBack Shane Russell. Great celebrations ensued as Captain Danny O'Neill received the JJ Kavanagh sponsored cup from County Chairman Tom Cunningham and we want to extend huge congratulations to this panel of players on their achievement and to their mentors Brian Dunne, Aidan O'Rourke and Roger Ryan for their hard work with this panel all year. The foundation of this success was undoubtedly the dedication that these young lads have shown to training since January and the proof of this is the fact that they improved dramatically as the championship went on so hopefully most of these lads can carry this ethic through to the adult ranks in the future! Team: R. Thomas, A. McCarthy, D. O'Neill, C. Lynch, E. Hynes, S. Russell (0-1), J. Donovan, D. O'Brien, A. Curley (0-1), D. Russell, E. O'Halloran (1-5), P. Prendergast (0-4), R. Deady, E. Coughlan (1-0), A. O'Sullivan. Subs: B. Lynch, N. Buckley, A. Keating, D. McGrath, J. Foley, D. Condon, I. Burke & N. Kennefick

U16 FOOTBALL DIVISION II COUNTY FINAL Several of the same players who had given their all in the Minor County Final on Wednesday evening had to line out again on Saturday morning down at Walsh Park for the U16 County Final versus St. Pats and after a game which swung this way and that, our lads again emerged victorious but only by the skin of their teeth on a scoreline of 1-12 to 2-8 so well done to all concerned here for upholding the strong footballing traditions of this club in such a fine manner and contributing to one of the most successful weeks the club has ever seen. MUNSTER HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP Waterford Senior Hurlers will face up to neighbours Cork in the Munster Championship Quarter-Final on Sunday next in Semple Stadium with two of our own club players Tadgh Bourke and Brian O'Halloran being involved with this panel and we want to wish the very best of luck to them both and all involved in this match and a safe journey to any of our supporters who might be travelling up to the game. CLASHMORE KINSALEBEG JUVENILE U-16 County Division 2 Champions: After a pulsating Division 2 county final in Walsh Park that had everyone in the stand on their feet by the end, we defeated a very brave St. Pats team by the minimum on Saturday morning last. On a bright and beautiful morning for football, we made a decent start to the game and went in at halftime leading having played with the wind at our backs. A goal from Isaac O'Sullivan in the first half put us in a commanding position but St. Pats rallied very well with two goals of their own in the second half and after a real nip and tuck battle we found ourselves behind by a point at the end of normal time. But this team does not know when it is beaten and through sheer doggedness and bravery we managed to win a free which was coolly dispatched by Paddy Prendergast to tie the game. The crowd prepared itself for extra time but there was just enough time for us to move the ball upfield again and after a brilliant mazy run, Paddy won a free about 35 yards from goal. Up he stepped a la Sean Kavanagh for Tyrone on Sunday and with absolute ice in his veins, he landed the free to put us a point ahead with time up. The referee blew the whistle and the place went mad! the final score was 1-12 to 2-8 in our favour. A terrific win and a massive display of heart and guts from the men of the Trench. Commiserations to St. Pats who really did play some excellent football and gave a great account of themselves. The county shield was presented to captain Paddy Prendergast who was amazingly stuck for words for once in his life! Well done to all the players and the management team of Ciarán Bourke, Pádraig Connery and Gavin Dower. The panel on the day was: I. Burke, D. O'Mahoney, R. Thomas, N. Kenefick, J. Foley, E. Coughlan, S. Fitzgerald, D. Russell (0-1), A. O'Sullivan (0-2), I.

St. Patrick’s under 8 football team who participated in the Gala day in Carriganore recently. O'Sullivan (1-1), P. Prendergast (0-5), K. Roche, C. Ryan (0-2), S. Lombard, B. Lynch (0-1), J. Scanlon, A. Lombard, E. O'Halloran, J. Ryan.

Our thanks to all our supporters on the day and a big thanks to people who helped out with water and officiating as linesmen and umpires at short notice. Minor County Champions: Congrats to the lads who won the county minor championship on Wednesday night last, an absolutely fantastic achievement and a really impressive team. A number of the lads on the team would later line out for our U16's who were victorious so an incredible week for those young lads and one they and we will remember forever! U-13 Football Western Champions: To cap off a sensational week for the club our U13's had a two point win over Cois Bride in the Western final in Fraher Field on Sunday morning so another county final to look forward to here! Details of the fixture have not been made yet but as soon as they are we will post it here or on Twitter and Facebook. Well done lads, terrific stuff! U-14 Football: Our U-14 footballers were defeated by the Brickeys by two points last Tuesday night in Bushy Park in a Western semi final so hard luck on that lads. Athletics: Well done to our three local schools who were competing in the schools athletics in the Friary last Thursday. A number of local children did exceptionally well and brought a haul of medals back to the parish so well done to everyone who competed and especially well done to our younger members. Munster SHC v Cork: Best of luck to the Waterford hurlers and especially Tadhg de Búrca and Brian O'Halloran as the Decies takes on the Rebels of Cork in Thurles next Sunday at 4 pm. We hope as many locals as possible can make the trip to cheer on the lads as we try to defeat our near neighbours from over the bridge.

Brickey Rangers Rangers Brickey Last week’s lotto was held in The Tudor House. Numbers drawn were 2, 9, 11, 27. Congratulations to Carmel Kelly who was the lucky winner of the €9,750 jackpot. €25 winners were Emer Barry, Conor & Bridget Blackwell, Pa Curran, Catherine Kiely. Next week’s draw will be held in The Local, where the jackpot will be €1,000. Tickets €2 each and can be bought from the usual promoters and outlets. INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE We play Tourin (rescheduled game) on Thursday evening at 7.30 pm in Bushy Park. SYMPATHY The sympathy of the club is extended to Jim Moroney and family, Ballycullane on the death of his father Mikie recently. May he rest in peace. JUVENILE NOTES Under 8 Training: There will be no training on Saturday next due to the celebration of Communion in both Glenbeg and Carriglea schools. Best wishes to all the girls and boys on their special day. Under 8 & 10 Football Blitz: We will host the first night of the annual blitz on Wednesday night, it will be the turn of the Under 8, this Wednesday so all are welcome to Bushy park for a 6.30 start to see the upcoming talent in the club. Under 10: The boys in this grade continue to train hard twice a week. Players will be notified by text. Under 12 Hurling: Training for this group takes place on Wednesday’s and Friday’s at 6.45 pm Western Final: We will have played Kilrossanty in the U-14 Division 2 Football Western Final at the time the paper will be going to print, hopefully all going well these committed young boys will be at the winning end of this match and contest the county final in Walsh Park on Saturday, 24th May.

Under 14 Hurling: We played our first match of the season on Friday last when we played St. Olivers in a challenge game. The game identified our shortfalls and we will continue to train in order to get ready for the championship. Under 16 Hurling: Training has commenced for this grade and all players will be notified by text. Club Merchandise: We have socks, shorts and Jerseys for sale in the club colours, There is also a number of training tops and jackets available. Please contact Joanie 087-2310220. All those who placed orders for gear will be contacted as soon as the order is delivered.

St. Patrick’s Patricks St. CARDS 15/5/2014 Winners: Ned Landers and Kathleen Ahern, Fr. Cooney and Michael Flynn, Cora Kiely and Eibhlin Drohan. Lucky Table: Tom and Johanna Barron. Cards every Thursday night, Coolnasmear Hall at 8.30 p.m. U-13 FOOTBALL St. Pats/Naomh Brid U-13 Footballers were beaten by a much stronger and better balanced outfit last Wednesday night in Bohadoon. Kilrossanty advances to the Western final this weekend. Final Score: 5-11 to 2-7. MINOR FOOTBALL St. Pats/Naomh Brid footballers were defeated by St. Declan’s last Wednesday night in Kill. This was a very disappointing performance by the boys as they never matched the pace of the mid division outfit and failed to score in the second half. With one month to the commencement of the minor hurling county championship much more time is needed in the training ground. U16 FOOTBALL COUNTY FINAL On Saturday in Walsh Park in the Division 2 Final in a game we should have won comfortably we were beaten by Clashmore 1-12 to 2-8, leading at half-time 1-5 to 1-3 playing against a stiff breeze. We adopted a short passing game with passes too often handed to Clashmore, being penalised for over carrying and the Clashmore simple direct football caught us in the end.

Tourin WEDDING BELLS One of our long serving players who lords the centre back position, Brendan Scanlan will make a trip down the aisle this weekend. He will marry Kerry girl Liza Brennan. The usual troops will be making the trek down to the Kingdom which I'm sure will be a great occasion. Best wishes to Brendan & Liza on Saturday and in the future from all at the club. LEAGUE FIXTURE Tourin will play the Brickeys this Thursday evening, 22nd May at 7.30 pm - this is Tourin’s third game in this league. Your vocal support would be appreciated on Thursday evening. WATERFORD V CORK It will be the first outing for both teams in this years All Ireland hurling championship. Waterford are carrying many injuries into this game and it will be anyones guess as to who the starting fifteen will be. The game will be played at Semple Stadium on this Sunday with a throw-in time of 4 pm - the man in charge of the whistle will be Brian Gavin. We wish all the panel, mentors etc all the best and it would be nice to get a Rebel scalp to kick start our championship campaign! JOB WELL DONE It's great to be able to drive around the streets of Cappoquin without being potholed or otherwise. It now has a new one way system up the Main Street from Kellehers Supervalu to Winnie Fennells corner. The only thing you have to be wary of now is the extra double yellow lines strategically placed on the streets (which were not there before). But overall a job well done!


Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Sliabh Mary's SliabhgCua/St. gCua/St. Marys SLIABH gCUA 0-5; BALLINACOURTY 1-11. Sliabh gCua slumped to a miserable defeat to Ballinacourty last Sunday evening in Fraher field. Trailing by a single point at half-time 0-4 to 0-3 with scores from David Whelan (x2) and Kevin Sheehan, we looked as if we could get something from the game. Unfortunately, an unanswered tally of 1-5 from Ballinacourty early in the second half put Sliabh gCua well and truly out of the game. Sean Fitzpatrick & David Whelan rounded off our scoring on the night. All though we were clearly second best on the night, the team are capable of beating any opponents and will put this result behind them and focus on the remaining championship schedule. Our panel was also severely weakened on the night due to exams/injury/holidays(etc). We wish Kevin Sheehan a speedy recovery after being substituted by an ongoing back injury. Sliabh gCua’s team was: Dan Flynn, Conor Tobin, JJ Coffey, Johnny Ahearne, John Queally, Jack Power, Tom Tobin, Kevin Sheehan (capt) (0-1), Eoin Kearns, Sean Fitzpatrick (0-1), Denis Coffey, Dermot Tobin, Jason Sheehan, David Whelan (0-3 0-2f) & Mike Kearns. Subs: Aiden Fitzpatrick, Declan Roche & Dave Meaney (all used). Our management team was David Whelan, Eamonn Ryan, Kieran Hallahan, Johnny McGrath & Royco Ware.

GAA PRESIDENT LIAM O’NEILL TO HONOUR 1989 WINNING TEAMS See page 6 for full report. LOCAL DERBY FIXTURE We now have official fixture notice for our local derby junior hurling clash against Colligan. Naomh Mhuire will meet An Coillegaein in Pairc Ui Fhearichair with a 7.30 pm throw-in, Saturday, 7th June. SENIOR HURLING, WATERFORD V CORK Anyone seeking tickets for the senior hurling championship game between Waterford & Cork should have their orders given to JP (086) 1909980 immediately. Juveniles are €3 with 1 adult going free for every ten juveniles. Any additional adults pay full stand price. LOTTO Our weekly lotto continues every Sunday night. Tickets are a mere €2 and can be purchased from any committee member or local outlets. BIRTHDAY GREETINGS The club would like to extend their birthday greeting to Tom Condon, our Vice Chairman. DEISE DRAW Next draw takes place in Ardmore GAA Club on 30th May. SPEEDY RECOVERY KEN The Sliabh gCua/St. Mary’s club would like to wish Waterford & Mount Sion maestro Ken McGrath a speedy recovery after his recent operation. After consultation with the McGrath Family, a committee has been formed to set up and administer “The Ken McGrath Rehabilitation Fund”. Ken, a former All Star and Waterford Hurling Great is recovering from a serious heart operation which will involve a lengthy rehabilitation process with considerable financial implications. With that in mind, the committee, in conjunction with the GPA Past Players Advisory Board, Mount Sion, Club Déise, County Board and Former County Players, have decided to hold a benefit match on Ken’s behalf in Walsh Park on Friday, 27th June at 7:30 pm. The Match will feature a Leinster selection versus a Munster selection with a strong Waterford involvement. The Munster Team will be managed by the one and only Davy Fitzgerald, with the Leinster Team managed by the legendary Brian Cody. We would ask each and every one of our players/supporters to contribute to this fund. 4K FOR CANCER The late Paddy Whelan’s (Paddy Whack) daughter Muireann is raising funds for an organization called The Ulman Cancer Fund 4K for Cancer, and taking part in a run across America this summer 2014 in memory of her dad who passed away from cancer in October 2012. She has set a fundraising goal of $6,000, and is reaching out to her dad’s old friends and teammates for support. The run is starting June 15th in San Francisco, California and is ending July 26th in Baltimore, Maryland. If you would like to make a donation in any amount the most secure way is through her fundraising page on the 4K for Cancer website. The link is Donations can also be made using a bank draft made payable to “4K For Cancer” with “Muireann Phelan” written in the memo line. The mailing address is 12 Plymouth Ave. Mineola, NY 11501. Any support is greatly appreciated! MINOR FOOTBALL At a championship meeting it was decided to play 1 round of Western minor football on a knock-out basis competition prior to exams, this is the only round that will be played prior to exams. Peil Mionuir B Knockout (13 aside) Naomh Padraig V An Gaeltacht at Dun Na Mainstreach 7.30 pm Wednesday, 21st May. U’16’S FALL ‘JUST SHORT’ Commiserations are expressed to the Naomh Brid/St. Pat’s U16 footballers who lost out by the narrowest of margins against Clashmore/Kinsalebeg at the weekend in the

division 2 county final. A single point separated the teams at the final whistle, hard luck lads. Also, heartfelt commiserations to our minor outfit who also went down to Naomh Deagláin Thoir last Wednesday evening in their division 3 county final.

Nire Nire MINOR FOOTBALL - NEXT MINOR FIXTURE Congratulations to our Minor football team who had a superb win over Stradbally in the County A Final last Wednesday night. It was a very entertaining match with some exceptional football played especially from the Nire boys. This management team and set of young players cannot be spoken highly enough of. We look forward to this team winning even more silverware in the future. SENIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Round 1: Nire 3-22; Ballinmeela 0-02. Round 2: Nire 2-10; St. Saviours 1-03. Next Match 14th/15th June to be confirmed. PHELAN CUP Nire 1-13; Gaultier 0-12. Rathgormack 0-12; Nire 2-5. Next Phelan Cup match 24th May. INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP Round 1: Nire 2-6; Dungarvan 3-11. Round 2: Nire 2-3; Brickeys 1-19. MEMBERSHIP Can all club members ensure that membership is fully paid as soon as possible. NIRE/FOURMILEWATER JUVENILES Firstly, well done to our minor team who defeated Stradbally last Wednesday night in the county final. U-16 FOOTBALL Hard luck to the U-16 footballers who were defeated by Ballinacourty last Thursday night in the county semi-final. It must be noted that six of this team had already played in the county minor final the previous night. It is grossly unfair to ask our young players to play on two consecutive night. The running of the minor and U-16 football championship appears to be a box ticking exercise ,and must be reviewed for the promotions of our games . U-14 FOOTBALL We played the western semi-final away to Stradbally last week, this young team played wonderfully but were defeated on a scoreline of Stradbally 3-7; The Nire 1-4.

Kilrossanty Kilrossanty CLOTTO SPONSORED BY KILL AGRICULTURAL LTD CLOTTO RESULTS No winner of a Jackpot of €13,600 held in Crotty’s Inn, Leamybrien, on Sunday night 18/05/14. Numbers were 3, 15, 25, 27. €30 won by the following people: Nickey Power, Ballyshunock; Mary Power, Island, Stradbally. €30 seller’s prize Joe Walsh, c/o Micilins. Next Clotto held in Micilins Bar, Kilrossanty on Sunday night 25/05/14 for a Jackpot of €13,700. On duty on the night Liam Brazil and Pierce Whyte. Places Where Clottos Can Be Purchased: Crottys Inn, Leamybrien; Micilins Bar, Kilrossanty; Veale’s Supermarket, Leamybrien; Walsh's Day-To-Day Service, Leamybrien; Monica’s Dungarvan. DEISE DRAW The second Deise draw will take place in Ardmore GAA Club on 30th May and tickets are still on sale. JUVENILE NOTES Kilrossanty are Western Div. 3 U-13 Football Champions: Kilrossanty 1-10; Ballyduff Upper 1-2: Our U-13 footballers enjoyed a tremendous victory on Sunday last at Fraher Field when they overcame a gallant Ballyduff side in a hugely entertaining Western championship decider. When these teams had clashed in the league three weeks earlier Ballyduff had been worthy winners, but on this occasion Kilrossanty had their full team available (bar William Walsh who was unfortunately ill) and were determined to put in a big performance. The boys in green and gold were quickly into their stride and excellent points by Padráig Fitzgerald and Darragh Walsh were followed by a cracking goal from the influential Jack Kavanagh. Ballyduff enjoyed their fair share of possession but Philip Dunwoody, having his best display to date, and the ever reliable Rian Hayes were most prominent in keeping the Ballyduff forwards at bay. Aidan Behan and Caoimhín Walsh won some excellent ball and though many chances were missed, the forwards continued to tack on the all important scores. Darragh Walsh, playing in a more forward role, helped himself to three, and in the inside line the elusive Darragh Veale did likewise, one point in particular being an outstanding score from an awkward angle. Frankie de Paor and Padráig Fitzgerald combined to see the latter score the last point of the half. Half-time score:- Kilrossanty 1-7; Ballyduff 0-1. The scoreline was somewhat misleading as the match was competitive throughout and Kilrossanty resumed with the Fitzgerald brothers


Padráig and Seamus manning the half back berths. Both were excellent, showing all their skills in blocking, tackling and delivering quick ball to the forwards, where Oisín Walsh, Cormac Curran and James Power all played their part with hard working displays. Kieran Morrissey replaced the injured Rian Hogan and bravely won a free which Padráig duly converted. Ballyduff remained undaunted and with ten minutes remaining broke through for a deserved goal, finally beating the excellent Alan Dunwoody between the Kilrossanty posts. The Kilrossanty boys showed no signs of panic as they continued to attack at every opportunity. Ronan Power, Josh Brown and Kaylum Hogan now entered the fray and all had their moments as the game reached its conclusion. Caoimhín Walsh kicked the final score to seal a great win for the Comeragh side. Amid great scenes of excitement captain Aidan Behan was presented with the trophy by Mrs. Margaret O’Grady and the boys treated us to a rousing rendition of “The Stuff is Still in Comeragh”. Many congratulations then to all concerned, players, mentors and parents, and our young footballers can now look forward to a well deserved County Final appearance. Full Panel: Philip Dunwoody, Oisín Walsh, Jack Kavanagh, Alan Dunwoody, Rian Hayes, Aidan Behan (Captain), Caoimhín Walsh 0-1, Padráig Fitzgerald 0-2, Seamus Fitzgerald, Darragh Walsh 0-3, Rian Hogan, Frankie DePaor, James Power 0-1, Darragh Veale 0-3, Kieran Morrissey, Cormac Curran, Josh Brown, Kaylum Hogan, Ronan Power, William Walsh.

Under 8: Under 8 training continues on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. All new members are welcome membership is €10 per child. Parents of 6 and under are requested to stay at the pitch for the duration of training. Under 8 Western Tournament: The under 8's are in action this coming Wednesday evening in Bushy Park at 6.30 pm in the first round of The Western Football Tournament. Under 10: Under 10 training continues on Mon/Sat 7 p.m. The first round of the Western Tournament commences wed week the 28th in Clashmore at 6.30 p.m. Under 11: Under 11's are in action this Friday evening 23rd at home versus Stradbally. U-14 Western semi-final: Well done to our under 14 footballers who defeated Ardmore last Friday in the Western semi-final on a scoreline of 2-8 to 1-9 we played Brickey Rangers Tuesday last in Fraher Field report next week.

Modeligo FUNDRAISING CLOTHING COLLECTION There will be a Fundraising Clothing Recycling drive in aid of Modeligo GAA Club on Saturday, May 31st at Modeligo Community Centre. The Centre will be open for items to be dropped off between 11 am and 1 pm on the day. Please come along and donate all your CLEAN and DRY unwanted clothes, bed-linen, towels, curtains, belts, bags, soft toys, boots and shoes (which must be in pairs). Laptops, which must be intact with charger leads, and moblie phones are also most welcome, but please keep these items seperate from any clothing. Books are also acceptable, but only novels etc. as magazines, school textbooks, copy books or diaries or newspapers cannot be included. Please note that NO HOUSEHOLD Bric-aBrac can be accepted as part of this collection. If you cannot make it along to the centre on the day of the collection, please contact the following fundraising-committee members in advance who can arrange for your items to be collected: John (087) 7696510; Tom (086) 3605202; Mairéad (087) 7986586; Dolores (087) 6504774; Kieran (087) 2786829. DATES FOR THE GAA DIARY We now have a few dates for upcoming Championship games for the club, but please note that these are just provisional dates and times until further notification is confirmed. 2014 Western Junior Hurling Championship: Sunday, June 1st vrs. Geraldines; in Fraher Field at 2 p.m. 2014 Western Junior Football Championship: Sunday, June 15th vrs. Affane In Bushy Park at 2 p.m. CAMOGIE Modeligo Camogie club is part of Modeligo GAA club and caters for girls from juniors infants up to 16 year olds and enters teams in the following age groups: U-6, U-8 & U-10 (Blitz only). U-12, U-14 and U-16 (league style Championships). We introduce a new age group every 2nd year to our club, so in 2016 we will enter a minor team and by 2018 we hope to have a junior team. In our first year of competition in 2010, we entered only an under 12 team in the championship and have built up the age groups since then. Modeligo camogie club are looking to get more players and parents involved in the club this year from the surrounding areas who do not have a camogie team in their own parish. We currently have girls playing with us from Touraneena, Kilgobinet and Ballinameela and welcome everyone from any area to our club.

County Finals Scór Na bPáistí 2014 held in Cappoquin Community Centre. Sliabh gCua winners of the Set Dancing Competition. [Sean Byrne//Deise Media]

If you or your child are interested in finding out more about our Club please contact any of the officers above or J. P. Ryan on (087 8288834) alternatively registration and training details are outlined below as follows. REGISTRATION & TRAINING DETAILS Camogie training and registration takes place every Monday from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm catering for junior infants up to U-16. Feel free to come along any Monday for a bit of fun. Membership is €30 per child or €50 per family. Meanwhile, our Under 14 side were due to play Lismore this week, in an Away fixture. Results of this game will be to hand next week. MODELIGO PLAYGROUND FINALLY OPENED ! Months of hard work and fundraising by a dedicated group of parishoners has finally brought along the official opening of the newly constructed, fantastic Playground facility, situated within the Community Centre grounds. The gates finally swung open on Sunday morning last, May 18th when the official opening took place after Mass and was overseen by the current County Mayor, Cllr. Damien Geoghegan. Despite the morning being fairly wet, which was a bit disappointing after a few beautiful days prior to this, even the rain couldn't dampen the kids spirits, as they enjoyed the new facility as only kids would! Many thanks, - on behalf of all the parents within our community, - are expressed to all of you who have strived over the past while to make this wonderful achievement happen, giving the kids of the community something to enjoy and make their own little place. They, and the generations to follow, are forever indebted to you for your hard work. NAOMH BRÍD/ST. PATS IN COUNTY FINALS THIS WEEK Commisserations to the Minor Footballers who lost out in the Division 3 County Final on Wednesday evening last (May 14th) with a 3-10 to 0-7 loss against Naomh Deuglán Thíor, who draw their players from the Ballyduff Lower and Kilmacthomas adult clubs. trailing by just 2 points at the break, the lads gave this a right shot, but were simply outplayed in the end by a better side, who were fully deserving of their win. Wednesday's County Final went ahead at Kill GAA Grounds, which was excellently laid out for the event. Also, it was extremely hard luck on the Under 16 Footballers, who also booked their place in the Division 2 County Final which went ahead on Saturday morning last, May 17th in Walsh Park at 11am. The lads will faced Clashmore / Kinsalebeg in this decider, and were very unfortunate to lose out by just a single point in the end on the scoreline of 1-12 to 2-8, with the winning score coming from a pointed free very late in the game. Hard luck to both panels, as they had battled hard to get this far in each championship.

Affane/Cappoquin JUNIOR HURLING FIXTURE Ceapach Chuinn V Claismhor / Ceanntsailebeg at Bushy Park 7.30 pm Saturday, 31st May.

UPCOMING CAPPOQUIN/AFFANE JUVENILE GAA FIXTURES U-11 Hurling Rd 4 Friday, May 23rd Cappoquin (H) V An Gaeltacht at 6.30 pm West U-14 Hurling QF Monday, May 28th Cappoquin (A) V Fourmilewater at 7 pm CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn in our Club Lotto for the jackpot prize €2,300 on Tuesday, May 12th were 1, 2, 9, 28 and there was no winner. The five €20 consolation prize winners were: Pat Egan, Greystones; John McGrath, Mass Lane; Ollie Mangan, Melleray; James Crotty, Affane and Jack Cullinane, Glenribbon. This week’s draw was held on Monday, May 19th and the results will appear here next week. THREE TO ANSWER 1. How many times have Limerick being All Ireland senior hurling champions? 2. Name Westmeath’s first All star? 3. Who were the last Roscommon club to win the Connacht club senior hurling title? LAST WEEK’S ANSWERS 1. The Connolly brothers play for Castlegar. 2. Conor Hayes captained Galway to back to back All Ireland senior hurling titles in ‘97/’98. 3. Nicky English played for Latin Cullen. INTERMEDIATE HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP FIXTURE Ceapach V Dun Na Mainstreach at Pairc Ui Fhearichair 3.30 pm Sunday, 1st June. U-11 TOWN N COUNTRY HURLING LEAGUE The old saying that goals win matches certainly proved to be true here when Cappoquin took on Cois Brid on Friday evening last at the Sports Field. In a very even game Cappoquin’s ability to turn possession into scores proved to be the difference in the end. The first half was nip and tuck with both defences doing well. Sam got in for a couple of goals and Cois Brid replied with one themselves to leave only a couple of points in it at half-time. Our forwards got more space in the second half and with Sam adding to his tally and Danny also getting one after good work from Miceal and Tadgh. The backs tightened up more in this half and restricted Cois Brid to point scoring opportunities. After three games now the lads have two wins and one defeat. Final score: Cappoquin 8-3; Cois Brid 2-7. Well done to everyone who played. Training continues every Wednesday 6-7 pm. U-11 TOWN N COUNTRY HURLING LEAGUE The old saying that goals win matches certainly proved to be true here when Cappoquin took on Cois Brid on Friday evening last at the sports field. In a very even game cappoquins ability to turn possession into scores proved to be the difference in the end. The first half was nip and tuck with both defences doing well . Sam got in for a couple of goals and Cois Brid replied with one themselves to leave only a couple of points in it at half time. Our forwards got more space in the second half and with Sam adding to his tally and Danny also getting one after good work from Miceal and Tadgh . The backs tightened up more in this half and restricted Cois Brid to point scoring opportunities . After three games now the lads have two wins and one defeat. Final score: Cappoquin 8:3 Cois Brid 2:7. Well done to everyone who played. Training continues every Wednesday 6-7 p.m.



Stradbally MINOR FOOTBALL We played The Nire last Sunday in the County Minor Final and were beaten. This is a good minor team and it just did not happen for them on the day. Well done for getting to the final, and a big thank you to Eoin Cunningham who did so well in getting this team to the final. These are a good bunch of players, and they will be back again next year stronger than ever. PHELAN CUP We play De La Salle in the Senior Football League next Saturday in Gracedieu at 7.30 pm SEAN AHEARN KELLOGG'S CUL CAMP The Sean Ahearn Summer Cul Camp takes place from 30th June to 4th July. Tomas Walsh will be the main organiser of this event. CYCLE DAY Our Cycle Day takes place on the 29th June. This year we will have a 75km course. Cost of entering is 75km €20, 50km €20, 20km €20, Family €20. TICKETS FOR CORK GAME Anyone looking for tickets for the Cork game should contact Pat Fennell. KEN McGRATH BENEFIT NIGHT As you all probably have read in local and national media by now, a committee has been formed to set up and administer “The Ken McGrath Rehabilitation Fund”. Ken, a former All Star and Waterford Hurling Legend is recovering from a serious heart operation which will involve a lengthy rehabilitation process with considerable financial implications. With that in mind, the committee, in conjunction with the GPA Past Players Advisory Board, Mount Sion, Club Déise, County Board and Former County Players, have decided to hold a benefit match on Ken’s behalf in Walsh Park on Friday, 27th June at 7:30pm. The Match will feature a Leinster selection versus a Munster selection with a strong Waterford involvement. The Munster Team will be managed by the one and only Davy Fitzgerald, with the Leinster Team managed by the legendary Brian Cody. There will also be some cameo appearances by mystery guests on the night! Match tickets will cost €10 and will be available from designated outlets, which will be announced next week. Donations can also be made to any Permanent TSB, account number: 23053903, sort code 99 06 32. We would urge all Stradbally's supporters to support this worthy cause.

Rathgormack U-13 EASTERN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP We won U-13 East Final on a scoreline of 3-10 to 2-7, after a great performance. De La Salle went ahead early after scoring a goal. The lads worked hard with good tackling, support play and some excellent scoring. The County final will be played on Saturday 31/5/14 in Walsh Park. Please go along to support the boys on their big day. Team: Peter Walsh, Cian White, David Guiry, Barry Power, Eoin Power, Dylan McCarthy, Tom Walsh, James Power, Eoin Power, Ronan Elliffe, Sean Hennebry, Shane Curry. Subs: Anthony Power for Sean Hennebry.

U-21 COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL The U-21 county final goes ahead this Saturday 24/5/14 against St. Olivers in Dunhill with a throw-in time of 3 p.m. We are going for back to back titles at this level but this will be no easy task against a St. Oliver’s team who came through a tough Western Championship and beat a very good Nire team to win the final. Our lads in the Eastern Championship recorded some very impressive wins against Gaultier, Tramore and in the final against De Le Salle. It has all the makings of a classic and hopefully the cup will remain in the parish for another year. The best of luck to manger Kenny Hassett and his selectors Brendan Curry and Tom Hassett and the team and we would encourage everyone to come out and support the lads. U-13 EASTERN FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP We won U-13 East Final 3-10 to 2-7, after a great performance. De La Salle went ahead early after scoring a goal. The lads worked hard with good tackling, support play and some excellent scoring. The county final will be played on Saturday, 31/05/14 in Walsh Park. Please go along to support the boys on their big day. Team: Peter Walsh, Cian White, David Guiry, Barry Power, Eoin Power, Dylan McCarthy, Tom Walsh, James Power, Eoin Power, Ronan Elliffe, Sean Hennebry, Shane Curry, Jack. Subs: Anthony Power for Sean Hennebry.

U-21 COUNTY FOOTBALL FINAL The U-21 county final goes ahead this Saturday, 24/05/14 against St. Olivers in Dunhill with a throw-in time of 3 pm. We are going for back to back titles at this level but this will be no easy task against a St. Olivers team who came through a tough Western Championship and beat a very good Nire team to win the final. Our lads in the Eastern championship recorded some very impressive wins against Gaultier, Tramore and in the final against De La Salle. It has all the makings of a classic and hopefully the cup will remain in the parish for another year. The best of luck to manager Kenny Hassett and his selectors Brendan Curry and Tom Hassett and the team

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and we would encourage everyone to come out and support the lads.

CLG na Rinne BALLRAÍOCHT 2014 Chun aitheantas a thabhairt dóibh siúd atá mar bhaill reatha den club, cuirfear in áirde liosta sa chlub ar an Déardaoin 29ú Bealtaine de bhaill a bhfuil an ballraíocht díolta acu don bhliain 2014. Beidh deis eile ar an Aoine seo ag 7pm i bPáirc Uí Shíothcháin, ballraíocht de Chlub Chumann Lúthchleas Gael na Rinne a íoc don bhliain seo 2014 agus aitheantas láithreach a fháil ar chlár na mball 2014. Tóg nóta de gur féidir le mic léinn atá os cionn 18 ballraíocht a fháil ar €20 don bhliain!! As sin, tá fáil ar threallamh imeartha, áiseanna imeartha, traenáil struchtúrtha, comhairle sláinte agus sceideal de chluichí taitneamhacha gach bliain. Chomh maith le bheith sláintiúil, tá cairdeas saoil ann le do chomh-imreoirí agus mórtas pobail as imirt don club. Dé chúis go bhfuil an ballraíocht chomh tabhachtach? Cosnaíonn árachas do imreoirí, árachas poiblí, árachas na páirce agus levy Bord an Chontae os cionn €10,000 ar an club, gach uile bliain. Cuir leis sin, costaisí treallaimh imeartha, geansaithe, traenáil, airgead éigeandála & aireachas na páirce &rl. don bhliain. Tá sé fíorthabhachtach go mbeadh ballraíocht reatha díolta leis an gclub ag gach imreoir. Ní ceart do aon imreoir a bheith ag súil le bheith clúdaithe ag árachas an CLG gan an ballraíocht a bheith díolta in am, go bliaintiúil. Gan ballraíocht díolta sa chlub, ní ball duine den CLG. Baineann sé seo le imreoirí, traenálaithe, oifigigh, réiteoirí, bainisteoirí, roghnóirí agus oifigigh atá ag feidhmiú ag leibhéal contae nó níos faide i gcéin. Is beag an méad é an ballraíocht bliaintiúil i bhfírinne, tá clubanna eile ag cur costas i bhfad níos mó ar imreoirí agus baill eile. Chun teacht ar an gcuid eile den airgead chun an club a rith gach bliain, rithtear Lotto CLG na Rinne agus bímid páirteach sa Chrannchur Déiseach nó an Déise Draw. Tá sé fíor-thabhachtach go leanfaimid go láidir leis an dá thogra eile seo, mar go bhfuil géarghá le gach foinse airgidis faoi láthair. Tá go leor leor baill reatha sa chlub ná raibh ag imirt le blianta, nó ariamh agus is mór linn go léir a dtacaíocht. Tá an liosta aitheantais á chur le chéile chun aitheantas láidir a thabhairt do na daoine seo. Tá club láidir ag braith go hiomlán ar phobal láidir agus tá súil againn gur i dtreise a bheimid ag dul amach anseo ar pháirc na himeartha, lenár gcuid áiseanna agus gnéithe shóisialta an chlub. Tá airgead curtha ar leataobh ó Chomórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2013 chun forbairt a dheanamh ar Pháirc Uí Shíothcháin agus na áiseanna is fearr, suas chun dáta a chur ar fáil do imreoirí agus lucht tacaíochta. Seachas sin, tá gnáth-rith an chlub le deanamh chomh maith gach uile bliain agus tá costas ollmhór ag baint leis. Is fearr go mbeadh beagán teacht isteach ó réimse mór de dhaoine agus is chuige sin a bheimid ag gníomh. Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine. COMÓRTAS PEILE NA GAELTACHTA Tabharfaidh an Rinn aghaidh ar an nGaeltacht ó Chiarraí ag 2.15 ar an Satharn, 31 Bealtaine i Maigh Cuilinn. URRAÍOCHT Ó HAVENWOOD / NURSING CARE Tá buíochas mór le gabhailt arís le Havenwood Nursing Care Facility & Retirement Village i mBaile Mhic Gonnair as a gcuid urraíochta i mbliana. Tá cur síos deanta ar chuid de na costaisí a bhíonn ann go bliaintiúil chun an club a rith sa lá atá inniubh ann, mar sin tá CLG na Rinne thar a bheith buíoch le Havenwood as ucht a gcabhair. CRANNCHUR DÉISEACH / DÉISE DRAW Beidh an dara tarraingt ar siúl ar an 30ú Bealtaine 2014 agus is féidir eolas a fháil ó Tom Ó Cadhla ar 087 9330256. TORTHAÍ LOTTO Torthaí ó 12 Bealtaine - uimhreacha ná 12,14,17,18. Ní raibh aon bhuaiteoir. €20 an duine buaite ag Séamus Drohan, Éadaoin Ní Chadhla, Finbar Ó Ceallaigh, Liameen Kelly agus Niamh Ní Mhuirí. Beidh €4150 sa phota óir an tseachtain seo chughainn agus déanfar an tarraingt i dTigh an Cheoil.

Cois Bhride Sponsored by Cunningham's Hardware, Tallow U-14 HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP County U-14 Hurling Championship begins next Monday night, May 26th where we have a home game in Tallow versus De La Salle. Throwin is at 7.30 pm. Cois Bhride are in Division 1 this year and will have games versus De La Salle, Roanmore, Mt. Sion, Abbeyside, Clonea, Ballygunner, St. Olivers and Lismore. CLUB MEMBERSHIP Final reminder to those that haven't paid their yearly membership. Membership can be paid to our Treasurer Aidan Ryan or any juvenile team mentor. CÚL CAMP Cois Bhride Cúl Camp is on in Tallow from August 11th - 15th. The details are on the Cul Camp Website. Lena McCarthy is the co-ordina-

The Nire under 8 team and their supporters who were in action in Carrickanore recently. tor. Forms will be distributed to the schools and can be returned to Lena. Alternatively parents can register on the Cúl Camp website. Cost is €55, €45 second child etc. MINOR FOOTBALL It was a mixed week for our minor footballers who recorded a hard earned win over St Olivers in the County Semi-Final on Sunday, May 11th before losing the County Final last Wednesday evening in Fraher Field to a strong Clashmore side. In our semi-final versus St. Olivers we closed out a very tense and entertaining game by 4 points having weathered a late St. Olivers fight back as they reduced our 8 point lead to just 2 points with only 3 minutes of the game to go. However, we finished strongly with points from Edward Hynes and Ryan Grey to qualify for our first County Final in this grade. In the County Final played in perfect conditions last Wednesday evening we started brightly with a goal from Darragh Buckley. Clashmore however fought back and a goal midway through the half put them 3 points ahead at the break. However in the first 10 minutes of the second half Clashmore began to dominate and this was soon reflected on the scoreboard as they raced into a 7 point lead. However, we stayed in touch with a great opportunist goal from Ryan Grey and some fantastic points from Ryan before Clashmore finished strongly to finish deserving winners. Well done to the lads on a great run, unfortunately we just fell short to win what would have been a rare County Championship for the club in football. U-9 HURLING The Cois Bhride U-9 hurlers played Cappoquin last week in their league. The lads played very well against a good Cappoquin side and are beginning to play with plenty of confidence in their ability. Goalkeeper Jack McDonnell made a couple of fine saves and the defence of Ian Martin, Conor Henley, Taylor Twohig and Callum McCarthy kept Cappoquin at bay for most of match with some good tackling, with only two goals being conceded from long frees. Cian O’Brien (2-01) and Jake Henley controlled midfield with help from roaming half-forward Ciaran Lenehan who chipped in with a goal also. Up front Alan Hurley used his strength to hold good possession for his team while the nippy Josh Good and Sean McCarthy kept the pressure on by winning any loose ball which came their way, with Josh scoring two goals. A great team performance lads, well done!! Congratulations to all the boys and girls from Tallow and Knockanore who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday, we hope you all had a great day.

Colligan Emmetts WESTERN INTERMEDIATE HURLING LEAGUE We played our second game of the hurling league on Saturday, May 10th away to Ballinameela. Weather conditions were far from ideal on the night, in the end the game resulted in a comfortable win for the home team. Final score: Ballinameela 2-10; Colligan 1-6. UPCOMING JHC (INTERMEDIATE ATTACHED) FIXTURE Please note official notice fixture for your club Iomaint Soisear Intermediate attached Rod Na brici V An Coillegaein at Dun Na Mainstreach Saturday, 31st May 7.30 pm Reitoir T. Breathnach

WATERFORD SENIOR HURLERS The Club would like to wish Colin Dunford and the Waterford senior the very best of luck in their Munster SHC opener against Cork in Semple Stadium next Sunday afternoon. Up the Deise!

Geraldines DEFIBRILLATOR The Club was delighted to recently present a defibrillator to the Aglish Community Centre to be located at Hurley’s Service Station. It is appropriate that this life saving equipment is returned to the community as the funding for it came from the support of the locality who participated in our Club fund raising schemes, both past and present. Hopefully the defibrillator will never have to be used, but having one readily available in cases of cardiac emergency, could literally mean the difference between life and death. DEISE DEVELOPMENT TICKETS Contact any club member or Deise Draw Coordinator Donnacha Tobin at 0868533098 for details. Thanks again for your support. ST. OLIVER’S UNDER 21 FOOTBALLERS St Oliver’s U-21 Footballers take on Rathgormack in the A Final in Walsh Park this Saturday at 3.30 p.m. Reaching an ‘A’ final is a great achievement but winning it would be really special. Best of luck to the team and to their mentors. CONGRATULATION GARY HURLEY Congratulations to Gary Hurley who has been selected to play in the Irish Open at Fota Island Golf Resort. Gary recently reached the semifinals of the West of Ireland championship at Rosses Point so his game is in good shape. With the Open nearly on our doorstep I’m sure that there will be a large local (but golfing clueless) attendance following Gary. Congratulations again Gary and any chance of a repeat of Shane Lowry’s heroics in 2009? CAPPOQUIN FC Cappoquin FC recently won the Liam Fitzgerald Cup with local lads Eamon Mernin, Shane Lambden, Wayne Daly and Mark Ronayne on board with Eamon bagging one of the goals. Congrats to all involved. ST. OLIVER’S NOTES On Monday, 12th May, St. Olivers under 14’s played Brickey’s at Bushy Park and won comfortably. On Friday, 16th May St. Oliver’s under 16’s played Gaultier at Ballinameela but were defeated on this occasion. Training was on as usual for all age groups last Friday night. This Friday training will be at the Geraldines GAA field, Aglish from 6-7 pm for all ages. Please bring your gum shields and €2. If there is anything that you would like to have included in the notes, please contact me on 087 6495845.

Kill TONY KIRWAN PLANT HIRE EASTERN FOOTBALL LEAGUE Last Monday night, 12th May, we travelled to Fews to take on John Mitchells in a re-arranged league match. Despite the threat of rain the evening remained dry and Kill were out of the blocks first as the evergreen Peter Torpey opened the scoring. For most of the half an under strength Mitchells dominated possesssion but

found it hard to score as Kill defended in great numbers. Midways through the half Kill got the tonic of a goal as Anthony Kiely, not for the first time, got his fist to the ball that eventually ended up in the net. A couple of Ray Hennessy points saw the first half score stand at 1-3 to 0-3 in Kill’s favour. The second half was more of the same as Mitchells dominated possession. Wayward shooting and some good Kill defending from Niall Hennessy in particular kept them at bay. Mark O’Rourke and Ray kept the scoreboard ticking over and with 5 minutes left we were awarded a penalty which Ray put over the bar to stretch our lead to four. The hard working John Flynn put the icing on the cake with the last kick of the game as he raised a white flag from an acute angle to leave the full time score Kill 1-8; John Mitchells 0-6. The team was:- Chris Beresford, David O’Sullivan, Niall Hennessy, Paudie Torpey, Niall Flynn Jim Halley, Fergie Whelan, Ben Gallagher, Ant Kiely, John Flynn, Ray Hennessy, Mikey Nicholls, Peter Torpey, Mark O’Rourke, Ger Mooney. Subs used:- Flannan Cleary, Davy Gooney.

This win leaves us on 9 points from 5 games played an the league and nicely positioned to make the semi-finals. Our next game in either league or championship will be in early june. CLUB LOTTO Our jackpot continues to grow after last Monday night’s draw in Dunphys Bar (12th May). We had no winner on the night, nor had we any Match 3s so the lucky dip prizes went to Davy Mulcahy, Kill Village and Eamon Whelan, Caheruan. Each recieve 325. The numbers drawn were 3, 16, 25 & 26. The next draw is in Kirwans where a jackpot of £7,500 will be up for grabs. EASTERN HURLING LEAGUE Fenors junior hurlers, which are assisted by ourselves, had a useful win last sat night , 17th May, against Tramore on a 2-13 to 1-13 scoreline. This gives them their first points in the league and puts them in good stead for the championship. Their next league game is next Saturday evening the 24th and is away to Butlerstown. ST. MARY’S JUVENILE U-21 Football: We would urge all our members and those of the 3 adult clubs to come out and support our U-21 footballers in this weekends county final. Ardmore provide the opposition and Walsh Park is the venue. The game is fixed for 2 pm on Saturday but may be brought forward to Friday night so please check with officials. U-13 Football: We bowed out of the league last Tuesday evening, 13th May, when De La Salle took the honours in Kill. A poor first half cost us as we trailed by 12 points at the interval and despite a good come-back we fell 6 points short at the final whistle. Well done to all concerned. U-10 Hurling: On Wednesday night, 14th May, Dunhill was the venue as our U-10 took on Na Gaeil in the second game in this series. The lads played very well and came away with a comfortable victory Adam Moynihan was the star of the show with 5-1 to his name while James Fitzgerald notched a hat- trick of goals. U-12 Hurling: It was onto Newtown on Friday night, 16th May for our U-12s third round game. With one win and one loss it was vital to get a result and sure enough we did as they swept butlerstown aside very impressively. We have one game remaining in the city league, so let’s hope we can get another win on the board.


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Shamrocks CLUB LOTTO The numbers drawn in last Saturday's draw were 9-12-22-25, and there was no winner of the jackpot. €20 winners were Margaret McCarthy, Pat McGrath, Mary Murphy, Elaine Baldwin, Frank Corcoran. Next week's jackpot will be €17,050. HURLING LEAGUE Shamrocks 3-15, Cappoquin 1-17 Shamrocks won their first league points on the field with a four point win over Cappoquin in sunny Knockanore last Friday night. Edward Lonergan got the ball rolling with a well taken goal, but we then played second fiddle to a free scoring Cappoquin side for a while until Cathal Herlihy chipped in with a goal and two points, and points from Keegan and Kelvyn O'Farrell and Shane Roche saw us leading at half time. The second half was closely contested, with both sides trading score for score, but another goal from Cathal plus points from Shane, Edward, Keegan and Stevie Lucey saw us come out on top by four points. Both sides were without a few regulars, but it was a good competitive match with patches of good hurling in it. With the Stradbally match now being postponed until who knows when, the difficulty will be in keeping the team ticking over until our next championship outing. Panel; Liam Murphy, Jamie Murphy, John O'Donovan, Paidi Ahearne, John P. Lucey, Eoin Murphy, Brian Harnedy, Stevie Lucey (0-1), Shane Roche (0-7), Edward Lonergan (1-3), Joe Leahy, Adam Crawford, Keegan O'Farrell (0-2), Cathal Herlihy (2-2), Kelvyn O'Farrell (0-1), Ciaran O'Keeffe, Sean Murphy, Mike O'Neill, Edward Hynes, John Baldwin, Padraig Roche, Chris Murphy.

MINOR FOOTBALL COUNTY FINAL Cois Bhride minor footballers were narrowly beaten in the County final last Wednesday in Fraher field, going down to Clashmore. Having to field without the still injured Colm Roche was no help to them, even though he did play for the last few minutes and suffered no ill effects. We wish them best of luck in the hurling. DEISE V. REBELS Well back in the noughties this was a match to get the pulses racing, but unfortunately the Deise's graph has slipped a bit, while Cork are on the up again having come within a puck of the ball from winning the Liam McCarthy cup last year. Cork will be favourites with the Deise currently having a few on the injured list. We will travel as usual more in hope than confidence, but if the attitude is right, maybe. INTERMEDIATE V. CORK We would like to wish Shane Roche and the Waterford Intermediate hurling team the best of luck also next Sunday.

St. Olivers CLUB LOTTO Last week’s winning number was 18 and the winner was Tom Scanlon. UNDER 8 Our Under 8’s begin their summer tournament in Bushy Park on Wednesday at 18.30. UNDER 10 Our under 10 are involved in the Abbeyside tournament and details to follow by text. UNDER 21 All roads lead to Dunhill this Saturday when we take on Rathgormack in the A Final. All in the club and the Parish wish everyone the best on Saturday. - Naomh Oilibheir Abu. ST OLIVER’S LADIES On Monday, 12th May, St. Olivers under 14’s played Brickeys at Bushy Park and won comfortably. On Friday, 16th May St. Olivers under 16’s played Gaultier at Ballinameela but were defeated on this occasion. Training was on as usual for all age groups last Friday night. This Friday training will be at the Geraldines GAA field, Aglish from 6-7 pm for all ages. Please bring your gum shields and €2.

Ballyduff MAIN SPONSOR - KEANNELLY STEEL SENIOR HURLING The Senior hurlers played Mount Sion in the League last Saturday, losing by a point on a scoreline of 1-21 to 2-19. Team was: John Twomey, Jamie Hannon, Tom Feeney, Shane Hannon, Cian Leamy, Shane Kearney, Ger Feeney, Michael Kearney, Seamus Hannon, Brendan Hannon, Jamie Kearney, Eoin Scanlon, Kevin Casey, Mikey Kearney, Andrew Casey. Subs: Martin Feeney, Colm Horgan, Tom Molumphy, Mark Dooling, Denis McDonagh, Kevin Martin.

JUNIOR HURLING The Junior hurlers will play Brickey Rangers in a challenge game this Wednesday, May 21st, in Bushy Park at 7:30 pm. KEN McGRATH ALL STAR CHALLENGE Tickets are now available in the club for a benefit match in aid of Ken McGrath, who is currently recovering from a serious heart operation. The match will be between Munster and Lenister, and takes place in Walsh Park on Friday, June 27th at 7:30 pm. Tickets are €10 and be can be pur-

chased from Tommy Byrnes, who can be contacted at 087 995 2481. LOTTO The numbers drawn in last week’s lotto were 5, 8, 12, 28. There was no jackpot winner. €30 winners were: Olive Morrison, Breda Coughlan, Brendan O'Brien, Sean Cunningham.

Ballysaggart CLUB LOTTO Results 13th May: Numbers drawn were 1, 8, 15 and 24. No Jackpot winner. Winners of €20 each: Tina Meagher, James Daly and Kieran Clancy. Next week’s Lotto draw May 20th – Jackpot €2,125. INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE Last Saturday evening the Intermediate team faced Ballinameela in the Western Intermediate League in Ballinameela. The team saw themselves six points behind at the interval on a score of 1-5 to 2-8. But with an improved performance in the second half they managed to narrow the gap before losing out by two points in the end on a finishing score of 3-13 to 3-15. FESTIVAL AGM The Festival Committee held their AGM last Wednesday night, May 14th. The meeting was opened with a minutes silence for all those who passed away over the past 12 months. First topic on the agenda was last year’s festival which was deemed a success. The dates for this year’s festival are 27th July to 3rd August. The committee discussed ideas for this year’s festival and one which was popular was the Variety Show which was held a few years ago. Also the Country & Western themed BBQ which was such a success last year will go ahead again this year. As part of the Variety Show there will be a sketch/short play. Anyone interested in taking part in the sketch/short play are asked to attend a meeting in the school house this coming Monday night, 26th May, at 8.00 p.m. More details on the this year’s festival will announced over the coming weeks. Officers for the coming year – President: Dave Fennessy; Chairperson: Carmel Hale; Vice-Chairperson: Bridie Murphy; Secretary: Corinna Ahearn; Asst. Secretary: Helena Walsh; Treasurers: Ann Carey and Willie Roche.

NaomhChartaigh Chartaigh Juveniles Juveniles Naomh (Lismore/Ballysaggart Juvenile GAA Notes) 2014 KELLOGGS GAA CUL CAMPS The Camp in Lismore is been run from August 18th to August 22nd. Please return completed application forms to your school with the appropriate fee. Alternatively you can sign your child/children up on line at Any queries please contact Marie o 087 7979513 or Nora on 085 7309471. TOURNAMENT The Mary Pratt u-10 hurling tournament is now on Saturday, June 14th and not on June 7th as noted on previous notes. Finally, congratulations to all the boys and girls from Lismore and Ballyaggart who got their First Holy Communion last weekend.

Clonea MEMBERSHIP Reminder that 2014 membership is now due and is being collected by the club membership officer. Non players €30, Players €50, Players Under 21 and Minor €30. All players are must be fully paid up members to play matches CHAMPIONSHIP Well done to the Juniors on another good win in the Championship over Roanmore last Friday. Next outing is away to Passage. CLONEA CAMOGIE Playing Season: All our panels are back training now. Reminder that if your child is attending school then she can come down to the pitch and play and enjoy the game of camogie. Please note girls must be attending school. Camogie Training: Training for all panels every Tuesday from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Training for Under 14 panel will alternate between Clonea and St Mollerans CLONEA JUVENILE HURLING CLUB Blotto: Next Draw is Saturday, 31st May. Jackpot is now €4,300. Membership: Reminder for any outstanding membership. All players must be fully paid up by to be allowed to play in matches. Summer Camp: Bookings are now being taken for our Kellogg’s Summer camp, which takes place from Monday, July 7th to Friday, July 11th. Contact Kevin on 086-2215401 for more details.

John Mitchels Mitchells INTERMEDIATE FOOTBALL We played Kill in another round of the league on Monday last. In a competitive game we were beaten 1-7 to 0-6. Poor shooting in front of goal was our downfall on the night. Training continues Tuesday and Thursday night. With our next game


in the championship against Mount Sion in mid June. SPEEDY RECOVERY Patrick Shanahan received a shoulder injury during our recent league game. We hope he recovers quickly and returns to the field for later in the year. UNDERAGE Training takes place this Tuesday where we'll have details of upcoming games. Sponsored walk is now taking place on the June Bank Holiday Monday at 11 am. Any money collected can be returned to Molly at training. Well done to all the children that brought home medals from the school athletics last week in Dungarvan.

Naomh Brid UNDER 8 Play and Stay Leagues for the under 8’s will begin in June. These are seven aside games, two weeks of football and two weeks of hurling. UNDER 10 We will be heading to Ballyduff Upper on Saturday morning, May 31st to take part in their hurling tournament. These games will be nine aside and finals are on the following weekend. UNDER 11 HURLING Our next game is away to Dungarvan on Friday next, players will need to be at Dungarvan grounds by 6.15. This group are heading to Thurles next Sunday to support Waterford Senior hurlers. Bus will be leaving from Modeligo at 10 am and Touraneena at 10.30 a.m. UNDER 12.HURLING The under 12 team put up a good performance to beat St. Pats on Friday night. Our next game will be next week versus St. Olivers. Date is to be finalised. CUL CAMP 2014. The camps are open to all children aged between 6 and 13 years. This years Cul Camp is in Bohadoon from July 21 to July 25. Camp Coordinator is Mary Fahey (0872813935).

Tallow SPONSORED BY McGRATH'S PHARMACY, TALLOW BEST WISHES Best wishes to Leanne Sheehan who will represent her county in the Primary Game during the Waterford-Cork game in Thurles next Sunday. CLUB JERSEYS The 2014 Tallow senior jersey is now available to buy from O’Neill’s through the club. SENIOR HURLING Our third senior hurling group game against Ballyduff now takes place on Saturday, 31st May, at 7.00 p.m. in Cappoquin.

Fourmilewater 45 CARD DRIVE Joint winners: June Cooney and Eddie Cooney; Jim Skehan and Mickey Nugent; Patsy Halloran and Ger Hennebry. Lucky tables prizes x 2: Mary Ryan and Maurice Prendergast; Margaret Brazil and Tom Brazil. MINI LOTTO No jackpot winner. Numbers drawn were: 13, 22, 26. Next week’s jackpot €3,300. One person with match 2 numbers were: Ann Wall, Nire. SENIOR HURLING The club wishes the best of luck to the Waterford hurlers v. Cork in Thurles on Sunday. Up the Deise.

Tramore Tramore HURLING Fenor/Kill 2-13; Tramore 1-13. The combined resources of Kill and Fenor GAA clubs proved too strong for us in the White’s Bar, Ballymacaw Intermediate hurling league. Played in Fenor, the large attendance got full value on the night as you would expect when these clubs meet. Despite fielding a young team the Tramore lads displayed great heart and courage and we're very unfortunate not to come out with a draw. With the attitude shown the future certainly is bright. The panel was: Shaun Hincks, John Clancy, Richie Hickey, Conor McCarthy, Matt Thompson (captain), Eoin Kiely, Michael Walsh, Craig Burke, Martin Whelan, Oliver St. John, Eric Lonergan, Michael O'Sullivan, Niall Waters, Willie Cullinane, James Walsh, Martin O'Leary, Padraig Woods.

Meanwhile our Junior B team lost to Butlerstown in the championship 1-14 to 1-9 after a great effort. COMMUNITY GAMES HURLING Well done to our Community Games hurling team who won the Co. Final on Sunday against a strong Passage team. Luke Mcgrath got us the goal against the wind in the 2nd half that kept the passage revival from over-powering us. Ryan McCarthy had a famous game at full back with plenty of help from Tom Barry, James Fitz, Chris Lanigan and Fionn Keating everyone played their

Naomh Chartaigh Juveniles GAA Club – Pat & Niamh Ryan, Lismore, presenting the winning team Captain of Coshla Gaels Cian Treacy with the Ber Ryan U-11 Hurling Tournament Shield. This tournament was held in Lismore on Saturday, May 10th. part in a competitive game we now go on to the Munster semi final in June. Panel: James Fitzgerald [captain], Rory Tracy, Ryan McCarthy, Luke McGrath, Tommy Kelly, Paddy O'Connor, Fionn Keating, Ryan Walsh, Tom Barry, Christopher Lanigan, Franky Gillane, Josh Clune, Jack Caulfield, Evan Kiely.

FOOTBALL U-13 DIV 3 EASTERN FINAL While Tramore came out on the wrong side of the scoreline they deserve enormous credit in the manner they battled to the very end while fielding a very young team. Ferrybank proved too strong in the end while Tramore threw the kitchen sink at Ferrybank in the second half, the Ferrybank defence held out for the win. Tramore squad was: Stephen Pollard, Dillon Dunphy, Jack Brennan, Sam Morrissey, Cian Rellis, Darren Connor, Dean Larkin, Richard Ayodele, Michael Morrissey, John Finnegan, Daniel Brazil, Kealan Graham, Conor Phelan, Oisin Crowley, David O'Connor, Sean Evans, Joe Barry, Adam Butler, Fintan Conway, Josh Flynn, Patrick Reynolds, Paudie Butler, Donal Wall, Jake Smith, Sean Ward, Oisin Keating.

ASTRO-TURF AND HALL Open to Clubs and Children's Parties, Bouncy castle available as well, for further information, contact our Sports and Social Manager, Charlie Ryan at 086-8232021. GOLF CLASSIC It’s that time of year again, our Juvenile Club Golf Classic is taking place on Saturday, 14th June, please see attached Poster and enter a Team or as part of a team. Just ring Tramore Golf Club on 051 386170 to book a time. LOTTO The next draw takes place on Wednesday, 23rd May when the Jackpot will be €2,100. Tickets €2 each are on sale in the usual outlets. There was no winner of the €2,000 Jackpot in last Wednesday weeks draw. The numbers drawn were 6, 14, 22 and 24. Lucky Dip winners of €40 each were Jimmy Denton, c/o Tommy Flanagan, John Power, 85 Sweetbriar and Nicky Power, 3 Sweetbriar. Thanks to all who support the Lotto. CUL CAMP Tramore Kellogg's GAA Cul Camps 18th 22nd of August, Tramore GAA club, 10 am - 2.30 pm Monday to Friday. Contact Denise Connor 086-2470899 to book a place on the camp. DEISE DRAW The next Deise Draw is on in Ardmore on Friday, 30th May. BINGO In the club every Monday at 8 pm. All are welcome. CARDS NIGHT Cards resume on Friday at 9.30 pm and all are welcome. Recent Bonus Ball winners were Willie Weston and Maureen Cullen. SCRAP METAL Can be left into the Club on Saturday mornings from 10 am to 1 pm. If you require items to be collected, please contact Billy Murray at 0868364996 or Martin O'Rourke at 086-3729438. TRAMORE CAMOGIE U-14 CAMOGIE CHAMPIONSHIP Tuesday night saw the Under 14 girls take on Lismore in Tramore in their final match of the Championship. While the match was a very entertaining affair, the Tramore girls were somewhat deflated after letting a promising half time position slip and ending up on the wrong side of the result. The match began with an even amount of action for both sides, but as the half wore on, the Tramore girls were putting some very accurate passing sequences together to put scores on the board. Sally Kelly opened the scoring with a point. The Lismore attacked showed their potency with a well executed goal shortly afterwards and this set the tone for the evening with

scores coming thick and fast at both ends. Clara Griffin gave Tramore the lead with a well take goal and Abbey Dunphy added a further point. The half closed with Tramore on top and a further goal from Emma Barry and another point by Sally Kelly to make the score 2-03 to 1-0. Lismore opened the second half in blistering fashion and score two very quick goals to wipe out the interval difference between the sides. Lismore pushed on and their inside forwards pressurised the Tramore back three of Anna Finnegan, Karen Carberry and Beth O'Neill and managed to secure two further goals to put them in the driving seat. To the Tramore sides credit, they never allow their heads to drop and they push hard themselves to take the next two score, with a second goal for Emma and a point from Sally. The half back line of Alannah Jones, Muireann Cuddihy and Cassie Bolster were very busy and Clara and Leah Barry were marshalling the midfield. Despite some excellent saves from Masha Power in the Tramore goal, the green flag was raised on a further two occasions by Lismore to put some daylight between the sides. Tramore were not to be out done, and added two more goals through Clara, one following a penalty which she won from a strong run into the Lismore defence. The Tramore half forward line of Sally, Abbey and Kim Hennessy worked all evening sending in good quality to the full forwards of Emma, Loren King and Chloe Kinsella. The final score was Tramore 5-04; Lismore's 8-0. While the result did not go the girls way, they can take huge credit in the manner in which they manufactured their scores and can also understand the need to be extra focused after half time when many games can swing in one direction or the other. The teams has a bye next week and await results form that round to see if their championship season has another twist to take. Training for Junior Team (over 18’s !!!) on Tuesday, from 6 to 7.15 pm. Training for U-8’s, U-10’s, U-12’s on Wednesday, from 6 to 7 pm. Training for U-14’s, U-16’s, U-18’s on Thursday, from 8 to 9 pm.

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ARDMORE LOTTO DRAW Ardmore GAA Lotto - May 19th, 2014 at Kiely’s Cross Bar. No winner of the €10,000 jackpot. The numbers drawn on May 19th were 1, 14, 26, 28. Five winners of €20 ech were: Mary & Breda c/o Round Tower Hotel; Miss Elle & Miss Ellie c/o Eileen O'Donnell; Bill Levins c/o Round Tower Hotel; Larry Looby c/o Ardmore Post Office; John Colbert c/o Quinn’s. Next week's draw for €10,000 will take place at the Round Tower Hotel. U-21B FOOTBALL COUNTY FINAL Best of luck to our U-21 footballers who take on St. Mary's in the U-21B County Final in Walsh Park on Saturday at 2 p.m. Please come along and support the lads in their efforts for the first piece of silverware to the club this season. MUNSTER CHAMPIONSHIP Good luck to Seamus Prendergast and the Waterford hurlers on their first championship game of the season against Cork on Sunday. DEISE DRAW This month's draw will be hosted by our club and will be held at 9 pm on May 30th, 2014 at the Round Tower Hotel. Tickets for same can still be purchased just by ringing the clubhouse (02494850) any morning 9.30 am -12.30 pm.



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Bord na nOg Port Lairge County Bord na nOg

Three thrilling Finals in Walsh Park UNDER-16 COUNTY FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS (Sponsored by Combined Waterford City Credit Unions) WALSH Park played host to the Combined Waterford City Credit Unions (sponsored) U-16 Football County Finals in glorious sunshine last Saturday afternoon. All three finals proved to be thrilling encounters with exceptional endeavour being shown in all the games, in the end victories went to Gaultier (Division 1), Clashmore / Kinsalebeg (Division 2) and Na Gaeil (Division 3) following wins over Ballinacourty, St. Pats and Ballyduff Upper respectively.

Late Kavanagh free seals dramatic victory for Gaultier Gaultier .......................... 4-6; Ballinacourty ..................3-8. This was as dramatic a game as you are likely to witness as Gaultier avanaged last year’s U-16 Co. Football Final defeat to Ballinacourty by just getting the better of the Villagers in this thrilling Division 1 decider. Ballinacourty started well and a Patrick Power goal helped them into an early lead but credit Gautlier who gradually fought back into the contest and a couple of well taken goals per Conor Kilgannon, Mike Hutchinson and Dean Kearns had them right back in the contest. The game ebbed and flowed from here on in with both teams having periods of dominance in what was a well contested final. Ballinacourty were awarded a penalty some five minutes from the end which Neil Montgomery converted to put his side back in the driving seat. The Eastern champions never gave up and it was they who finished the game strongly working some well taken points and with virtually the last kick of this exhilarating contest Gaultier centre back Glen Kavanagh kicked over the winning point from a free all of 40 metres out to seal a dramatic win for his side. After the game Mary Leamy-Power of behalf of Combined Waterford City Credit Unions (Sponsors) presented the cup to the winning captain, Donal Power amid scenes of considerable excitement as Gaultier landed the Division 1 U-16 Co. Football crown. Gaultier: Dale Cullinane, Nick O’Donoghue, David Jones, Alex Deegan, Darragh Morgan, Glen Kavanagh, Billy O’Sullivan, Donal Power (capt.), David Dawson, Mike Hutchinson, Harry Ruddle, Mike Mahony, Conor Kilgannon, Dean Kears, Niall O’Keffee. Ballinacourty: Aaron Beresford, Jack Kiely, Shane Ahearn, David Montgomery, Padraig Moore, Bearach Moore, Tony Collins, Darragh McGrath, Neil Montgomery, Shane Kiely, James Beresford, Ryan Daly, Sean Whelan-Barrett, Patrick Power (capt.), Gearoid Hallinan. Subs: Ben Flynn, James Riordan (both used) Daithi Brunnock, Tiernan Fagan, Michael

O’Riordan, Fionn Gibson-Kiely, Tom Looby, Tommy Walsh, Mark Twomey. Referee: Vincent O’Toole (Roanmore)

Prendergast kicks last gasp free as Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg hang on for epic victory Clashmore/Kinsalebeg 1-12; St. Pats ............................2-8. This Division 2 Final got the three match programme underway and what a classic encounter this turned out to be with the pendulum swinging throughout a pulsating hour’s football and in the end there was a shame to have a loser but it was Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg who got their noses in front at the death to leave St. Pats pondering what might have been. Clashmore/Kinsalebeg made the early running and were full value for their 1-3 to 0-1 lead with quarter of an hour played, the goal coming from Issac O’Sullivan while Dean Russell and Adam O’Sullivan had points. St. Pats bossed the second quarter of the opening half as they began to play some nice football, Kieran Tobin goaled on 21 minutes and this proved a real tonic score, points from Sam Murphy Nix, Anthony Reddy and a brace from the impressive Cian Byrne had St. Pats ahead by two at the change of ends (1-5 to 1-3). Clashmore/Kinsalebeg came back into proceedings upon the resumption and went back in front through points from Adam O’Sullivan, Kyle Roche and Cian Ryan only for St. Pats to fight back, Cian Byrne, Gavin Dalton and Jack Skehan all kicked fine points as the sides were level heading into a frantic last 10 minutes (1-8 apiece). St. Pats looked to have struck a killer blow with Jack Skehan knifed through the Clashmore defence before cracking the ball to the net to put his side three clear. Clashmore/ Kinsalebeg never stopped working all through the game and they reeled off a couple of frees through the inspirational Paddy Prendergast to reduce the deficit. St. Pats had chances to close out the game and this ultimately came back to haunt them. Paddy Prendergast kicked the equaliser from a close range free a minute into injury time before the same player stepped up again two minutes later deep into injury team to kick a dramatic winning point from a 30 yard free to seal a nail biting victory for Clashmore/Kinsalebeg after a titanic tussle between two evenly matched sides, this was certainly a great advertisement for football and it just goes to show that there’s plenty of footballing talent out there, anyone who was in Walsh Park last Saturday will agree with me on that front. After this epic encounter Mary O’Mahoney representing the Combined Waterford

City Credit Unions (sponsors) presented the trophy to Paddy Prendergast (Clashmore/Kinsalebeg captain) following scenes of great excitement. Clashmore/Kinsalebeg: Ian Burke, Danny O’Mahony, Ryan Thomas, Niall Kenefick, Sam Fitzgerald, Eoin Coughlan, Jack Foley, Adam O’Sullivan, Dean Russell, Kyle Roche, Paddy Prendergast (Capt.), Isaac O’Sullivan, Brian Lynch, Simon Lombard, Cian Ryan, Subs: Jim Scanlon, Eoin O’Halloran, Adam Lombard, Jack Ryan. St. Pats: Jack Cullinan, Michael Horgan, Keith Hickey, Reece Stringer, Cillian Tobin, Dylan McCarthy, Darragh Tobin, Jack Skehan, Gavin Dalton, Dan Booth, Sam Murphy Nix, Jason Dunford, Anthony Reddy, Cian Byrne, Kieran Tobin (Capt.), Subs: James Walsh, Matthew Hickey (both used), Ryan Keane, Ben Dunford, Jack Hickey, Cian Geary. Referee: Conor Ahern (Ferrybank).

Na Gaeil holds off strong fight back to lift title Na Gaeil ......................... 2-6; Ballyduff Upper ............ 2-4. The action concluded with a well contested Division 3 decider where Na Gaeil were hanging on in the end but were full value for their hard fought win over a gallant Ballyduff Upper side who fought right ‘til the end. The Dunhill/Fenor combination held a comfortable lead at half – time with the goal coming from the hard working Eoghan Casey. Ballyduff held a lot of possession who failed to show this on the scoreboard. Na Gaeil struck for another green flag a minute into the second period, Killian O’Connell on hand to net from close range to propel them into a 2-5 to 0-1. Credit must go to Ballyduff Upper who really upped their game from here ‘til the end of the game with Eoin O’Brien, Bill Keane and Oisin Hickey getting on top and setting up numerous attacks which yielded two excellent goals per Micheal Hannigan and Sean Kenny along with points from Eoin O’Brien and Sean Kenny. This brought the Westerners right back into the game but Na Gaeil added another point to push it out to two points. Ballyduff had chances to win it but coughed up too many scoreable chances and it was Na Gaeil who held on for a hard earned win in an exciting encounter in which both teams battled with great endeavour. After the game Conor Quinn, the Na Gaeil captain lifted the trophy following the presentation by Billy Devine (Chairman County Bord na nOg) and Linda O’Keane (Combined Waterford City Credit Unions – sponsors). Referee: Robert Grace (Mount Sion). The board would like to compliment all the clubs on serving up a real entertaining day’s football at the Keane’s Road venue, the board would like to express sincere thanks to Pat Carroll and all the Walsh Park field committee

Na Gaeil team celebrates their win over Ballyduff Upper in the U-16 Division 3 Co. Football Championship Final sponsored by Combined Waterford City Credit Unions. [Rory Wyley] for the use of the pitch, a huge thanks to the Combined Waterford City Credit Unions for their kind sponsorship of the U-16 Co. Football Championship, thanks as well to photographer Rory Wyley and also to all the board officers particularly to secretary Vera Cannell on all her great work in organising the games throughout the Championship. U-14 CO. FEILE HURLING FINALS GO AHEAD THIS EVENING IN FRAHER FIELD Fraher Field will host an U-14 County Feile hurling double header this evening (Wednesday) with the A and B Finals down for decision. The A decider is up first where Abbeyside face Mount Sion, throw-in at 6:30 pm, this will be followed by the B Final at 7:30 pm where Ardmore play Sacred Heart. Referee for both games: John Condon (An Rinn). Winners of the A Final will travel to Thurles on Saturday, 21st June and Runners-Up to Carriganore on same day, meanwhile in the B competition, Winners will travel to Belfast, St. Galls, Co. Antrim Friday, 20th for week-end and runners up will travel to Derrynoose, Co. Armagh Friday, 20th for weekend. UNDER-14 CO. FOOTBALL FINALS ON SATURDAY AFTERNOON The Combined Waterford City Credit Unions (sponsored) U-14 Football County Finals are down for decision in Walsh Park this Saturday afternoon (24/05/2014). The Division 2 and 3 Western Finals were played last evening (Tuesday) in Fraher Field so we didn’t know winners at the time of going to press. The final pairing that is confirmed is the Division 1 decider, that’ll be Ballinacourty against De La Salle in what will a repeat of the recent Feile Football Co. Final which ‘Courty won, this game will throw-in at 4:15 pm. The first action will be the Division 3 Final – Ferrybank Vs. Ballyduff Upper or Stradbally (who played last night), throw – in at 3:00 pm.

The final game will be the Division 2 Final which will start at 5:30 pm – Gaultier Vs. Brickey Rangers or Kilrossanty (who played last night), please see the Bord na nOg Port Lairge Facebook page for exact details. We wish all teams involved the very best of luck. Times had to switched, in order to accommodate a Centra Gala morning that has been organised by Croke Park to coincide with the start of the Senior Inter - County Hurling Championship. UNDER – 14 COUNTY HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP (SPONSORED BY: WATERFORD GAA SUPPORTERS CLUB – DUBLIN BRANCH) The first County-wide hurling Championship of 2014 gets underway next Monday evening (26/05/2014) with the start of the Waterford GAA Supporters Club – Dublin Branch (sponsored) U-14 Co. hurling Championship (in Division’s 1, 2 and 4), the

FIXTURES for next Monday evening are as follows: Division 1, Round 1: Cois Bhride Vs. De La Salle, Mount Sion Vs. St. Carthage’s, Abbeyside Vs. St. Oliver’s, Clonea Vs. Ballygunner, Roanmore (Bye). Division 2, Round 1: Sacred Heart Vs. St. Mary’s, Passage Vs. Kilrossanty, Portlaw Vs. Brickey Rangers, Tramore Vs. Ballygunner “B”, An Ghaeltacht Vs. Dungarvan, St. Pats (Bye). Division 4, Round 1: St. Saviour’s Vs. Stradbally, Na Gaeil Vs. Clashmore / Kinsalebeg, St. Mollerans (Bye). NOTE: First named team plays at home, ALL Games throw – in at 7:30 pm, next round of games on 09/06/2014 at 7:30 pm. WESTERN BORD NA nOG PADDY O’GRADY U-13 WESTERN FOOTBALL FINALS (SPONSORED BY CATHAL WALL – CW INSULATION) The Paddy O’Grady U-13

Divisional Football Finals were held in Fraher Field last Sunday (17/05/2014) with all three Finals down for decision. Ballinacourty were crowned Division 1 champions courtesy of a 3-12 to 1-5 win over An Ghaeltacht, Clashmore/Kinsalebeg held off a battling Cois Bhride to land the Division 2 title following a hard fought 3-7 to 3-5 win. Kilrossanty annexed the Division 3 title after a 1-10 to 1-2 victory over Ballyduff Upper. Margaret and Joanne O'Grady were on hand to represent the O'Grady family. The board would also like to express its thanks to Cathal Wall of CW Insulation for their kind sponsorship of the Championship, and indeed also a sincere thanks to our three referee's - Sean Tobin (Stradbally), Donal O'Murchu (An Rinn) and Darragh O'Shea (Affane /Cappoquin). The U-13 Co. Football Finals will be held in Walsh Park on Saturday 31/05/2014.

County U-21 Football Championship Finals DUNHILL will be the venue for the J. J. Kavanagh & Sons County U-21 (A) and (B) football championship finals on Saturday next. It has the makings of an excellent afternoon of top quality of underage football featuring the stars of the future. (A) St. Olivers -vRathgormack at Dunhill on Saturday, May 24th at 3.30 p.m. When St. Olivers defeated Nire after extra time to win the Divisional title, it was the first time that they were crowned (A) grade champions. On the way to lifting the crown, St. Olivers defeated Dungarvan in the opening round by 2-7 to 2-4. The semi-final clash with Ballinacourty was a repeat of the 2013 final which ‘Courty won but Olivers felt it was a game they left behind them. They made no mistake this time round and ran out convincing winners on a 1-10 to 0-5 scoreline. The final was

an excellent contest that ebbed and flowed before St. Olivers ran out 6 points winners, 2-10 to 0-10. Jason Morrissey and Michael Culloo were the goal scorers in the Western final and they will also look for big performances from Aiden Dwyer, Michael Shine, Lorcan Looby, Michael Kiely, Brendan Phelan and Jack McGrath amongst others. Rathgormack will be favourites going into this final. They had a comprehensive win over De La Salle in the East Divisional final scoring 4-15 in the process. Senior panellist Gavin Nugent had a brace of goals in that final along with one apiece from Liam Mulligan and Jason Curry. Rathgormack will also include Conor Walsh, Brendan Behan, Gavin Sheehan, Jason Gleeson, Conor Murray and Dean Kirwan in their starting XV. St. Olivers will be up against it here but if they put in a big performance over the hour

they are in with a chance. Verdict - Rathgormack. (B) Ardmore -vSt. Mary’s at Dunhill on Saturday, May 24th at 2 p.m. Ardmore had a 7 point win over Cois Bhride in the Divisional final after they defeated Stradbally and Glenshelane on the way to the final. Seamus Keating gave a man of the match performance scoring 7 points in the final and they will have Thomas Cronin, James Salmon, Thomas Power, Thomas Conway, Sean Barron along with John and David Gartland in their starting XV. St. Mary’s were impressive in their march to winning the East Waterford title. The players come from a strong football traditional area and St. Mary’s are always very competitive in this grade and overcame St. Declan’s in the Divisional final. Verdict - Ardmore.

Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

Stephen and Niamh Molumphy pictured at the All-Ireland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night in Lismore House Hotel.



Special presentation to WLR's Kevin Casey at the All-Ireland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night by Mary Russell, Club Chairperson. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

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Jacinta O'Mahoney receiving sponsorship from Suzanne Dalton of Dalton Jewellers.

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Shauna Kiernan pictured with her mother Jackie, at the AllIreland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night in Lismore House Hotel. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Team captain Shona Curran receives her medal from WLR's Kevin Casey, who was the Special Guest at the All-Ireland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night in Lismore House Hotel. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

MEMBERSHIP FEES Membership fees are now due and can be given to any committee member. Family €150; Adult €80; Over 60 €50; Juvenile €45; Life members €30. GREEN FEES We are now open for green fees. Opening times are 10.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m. Adults €5; Juveniles €3; Hire of clubs €2. VOLUNTEERS Now that the Club is open, if anyone has an hour or two to spare to give a hand helping on the course, you would be very welcome. We are having a Bag Pack at Garvey’s SuperValu on June 12th, 13th and 14th, any help would be much appreciated. Rota sheet inside clubhouse if anyone has an hour or two to spare. WEDNESDAY GAME Names to be in by 10.00 a.m. tee off at 10.30 a.m. Nett 0-9: Breda O'Donnell. Gross 0-9: Lorainne Troy. Nett 1018: Ann Wall. Gross 10-18: Oliviere Walsh. THURSDAY GAME Our Thursday Games are now underway, all our members are welcome to play, so have your names in by 6.00 p.m. and we will be teeing off

at 6.30 p.m. The results of Thursday, 8th May – Nett: Jacinta O'Mahoney, Margaret Shanahan, Patsy Hackett; Gross: Marie Forde, Charlie Browne, Aidan O'Rourke. HOLE IN ONE This year we are having a prize for the most hole in ones during the season. These must be in a Club competition at the Cunnigar Pitch and Putt and cards must be verified by the tournament committee. To date Patsy Hackett and Paddy Noonan, John Carroll and Michael Havens have each got one in competition. BONUS NUMBER Bonus number this week is 18, Sheila Hickey was the lucky winner this week. PITCH MARKS Leaving Pitch Marks when playing destroys the greens, it takes a lot of care and attention to keep them in pristine condition, so all members are asked to repair them and use the correct repairer when doing so. DID YOU KNOW? Both you and your marker must sign a competition card having checked that the scores are accurately recorded.

COUNTY STROKE PLAY FINALS The County Stroke Play Finals will take place in the Cunnigar on Sunday, 25th May. You must tee off between 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon. There are prizes in all grades. COUNTY BOARD SCRAMBLE 12th May results – Nett: Mary Carberry, Liam Simms, Michael Delaney. Gross: Nellie Sullivan, Margaret Shanahan, Paddy Noonan. MUNSTER SCHOOLS COMPETITION The Cunnigar Pitch and Putt Club are hosting the Finals of the Munster Schools Competition. If you would like to represent your school in this competition contact Corinne McGee for more details. DATES TO REMEMBER National Ladies and Gents Strokeplay. Closing Date 26th May. Ladies Open sponsored by Butchers Block. 15th June. All monies must be paid before names are sent to P.P.U.I. Club jumpers, tee shirts and caps are for sale in club house.

Causeway Tennis and Bowls Club JoJo Tobin makes a presentation to former player and coach, Mary Murphy, at the All-Ireland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night. Also included is Kevin Casey, Special Guest. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Team captain Shona Curran makes a special presentation of a framed signed jersey to Eamonn Walsh owner of Eamonn's Place, club sponsors, in recognition of his contribution to the club. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

Western Board Championship Preview

Special presentation to founding member of Lismore Camogie Club Liam Kirby by Mary Russell, Club Chairperson and WLR's Kevin Casey, at the All-Ireland Club Camogie Medal Presentation night in Lismore House Hotel. [Dan McGrath/Editorial Images]

PARK HOTEL MFC (A) FINAL Brickey Rangers -vStradbally at Colligan on Monday, 26th Mayat 7.30 p.m. THIS Divisional Minor (A) football final at Colligan on Monday night next should be a very interesting contest. Both sides will include players who featured on the County team that lost to Cork in the Munster semi-final. Cormac Curran will lead the Brickeys while Jack Mullaney will be to the fore front for the Reds. Stradbally reached the County final where they lost out to Nire and this game should stand to them. Verdict - Stradbally.

UPCOMING WLRFM OPEN WEEK WLRfm are proudly sponsoring this year’s Causeway Tennis and Bowls Club Open Week. This is due to start on the Sunday of the bank holiday weekend - 1st June, and concluding with the finals on Saturday, June 7th. If the Open Week is even nearly as successful as last years we have a fantastic week to look forward to. Come along for the delicious cakes and treats - all provided by the members, burrs grilled on the barbecue and the enthralling tennis. Entries close on Wednesday, May 28th, so get them in quick! JUNIOR TOURNAMENTS A group of young players headed off to Lower Aghada Tennis and Sailing Club, near Midleton in Cork, on 10th May for their very first ever tournament. The East Cork Junior Open got under way in a round robin system, where

everyone played each other. They were placed in teams called Rodger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Cal Tutty, Rody Morrissey, Euen Harrington and Noah Landers were all playing in the Under 9 category. All received goodie bags and medals for great play. Unfortunately, only 2 matches were played and the tournament was cut short due to high winds. The under 10’s travelled on Sunday and the Causeway team was Sean Callaghan, Fergie Slevin and Charlie Gash. This competition was played also in a round robin style. The boys did fantastically well and played against kids from all over Cork. Both teams did the club proud - thanks boys! Upcoming tournament Causeway Closed for Juniors has been set for June weekend - 20th, 21st and 22nd.

Get practising! SUMMER CAMPS The Summer 3-day tennis camp for junior and senior infants has been set for July 1-3rd, from 10 am til 2 pm, €40 per camp. A great experience for the kids which improves co-ordination while having tons of fun. A host of games and activities are planned, from tennis (of course) to football, obstacle courses to tug-of-war. These camps tend to sell out quickly, so book your place now! For 1st to 6th class, there are 3 available camps and are 4 days long from Monday to Thursdays. First camp - 14-17th July, 2nd camp - 21-24th July, 3rd camp - 28-31st July and all camps are from 10-2pm, €55 per child per camp. Camps are booking up early - so call Shelly to reserve a spot on (087) 1476356. Don’t forget membership subscriptions are now due!



Dungarvan Observer | Friday, 23 May, 2014

West Waterford Athletic Club Juveniles

Second Round County Championships next Sunday

Medal winners in the girls under 10 relay for big schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final 2nd Lismore; 1st An Rinn and 3rd Tallow.

Medal winners in the girls under 9-300 metres for big schools at the Primary Schools Sports final, 2nd Ally Cunningham, Garranbane; 1st Caoimhe Prendergast, St. Marys and 3rd Katie Donnelly St. Mary's.

Medal winners in the girls under 11 600 metres for small schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final, 2nd Aoife Brazil Fews; 1st Mairead O’Brien, Modeligo and 3rd Chloe O'Connell, Knockanore.

Medal winners in the girls under 12-600 metres for small schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final 2nd Sheena McGuckian, Our Lady of Mercy; 1st Keraleigh Thompkin, Ballycurrane and 3rd Caoilin Choistin, Bhaile Mhic Airt.

Medal winners in the girls under 12-600 metres for big schools at the Western Primary Schools Sports Final 2nd Mary Prendergast, St. Marys; 1st Lucy Holmes, Glenbeg and 3rd Emily Casey, Ballyduff.

Entry for Munster Senior and Masters Track and Field Championships THE Munster Senior and Masters Track and Field 2014 will be held on Sunday, 15th June Cork IT start time 9.30 am. If you would like to take part please contact Jim Fleming by next Friday, 25th May 5 p.m. 087-2891151. No entries will be accepted on the day.

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KCK Athletic Club

Round two of County Championships this Sunday THE second and final day of the County Track and Field Championships go ahead this Sunday in the RSC Track, Waterford. Events get under way at 11am sharp with registration at the car as per usual. Programme of events for the day is as follows: TRACK EVENTS 60m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13. 75m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U-14. 80m Hurdles: Girls & Boys U-15, Girls U-16. 100m Hurdles: Boys U-16, Girls U-18, Junior, Senior (Women). 110m Hurdles: Boys U-

18, Junior & Senior (Men). Walks 2000m: Girls U-14, U-5, U-16 Boys U-14, U-15. Walks 3000m: Girls U-18, Boys U-16, U-18, Junior & Senior (Men & Women). 200m: Girls & Boys U-9, U-10, U-11, U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior, Senior & Masters. 800m: Girls & Boys U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior, Senior & Masters. Relays: Girls & Boys 4x100m U-10, U-12, U-14, U-16, U-18, Junior & Senior. 3000m: Boys U-16, Girls & Boys U-18, Junior, Senior & Masters. FIELD EVENTS Long Jump (Girls & Boys):

U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior & Senior High Jump (Boys): U-12, U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16 U-18, Junior, Senior. Triple Jump: Boys U-15 & U-16, Girls & Boys U-18, Junior & Senior. Discus (Girls): U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior, Senior. Shot Putt (Boys): U-12, U13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior, Senior. Javelin (Girls): U-13, U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior, Senior. Hammer (Girls & Boys): U-14, U-15, U-16, U-18, Junior & Senior. Pole Vault: Boys U-15, Girls & Boys U-16, U-18, Junior & Senior.

THE second round of the County championships will be held in the RSC Waterford on Sunday next starting at 11 a.m. Check the notice board at training for full details of the events. We had over thirty at the first session and we hope for even more next Sunday. GREAT NIGHT OF ATHLETICS AT WESTERN FINALS On Thursday night last they came from schools all over West Waterford to compete in the Western Finals of the Primary Schools Sports. A large crowd of spectators were on hand to cheer on the young athletes as they gave every last ounce of effort for their schools. The event got under way at 6.30 p.m. with the small schools girls under 8 final and competition was keen in all the sprint events with the judges having to make some very close calls. The relays as always caused great excitement and with only two teams qualifying for the County final it was all to run for. The final events were the long distance races and in these races those who have been training with their clubs over the last few weeks had a definite advantage. Full results below. COUNTY PRIMARY SCHOOLS ON THURSDAY 29th The next big event for our young athletes will be the County final where they will compete against the winners of the city and Tramore regions. The first three in the sprints and long races and the first two relay teams in the Western Finals will qualify for the county final. TRAINING CONTINUES ON WEDNESDAY AND FRIDAY AT 6 p.m. Well done to all who competed in the Aviva Munster Schools in Cork last weekend. Full report on the results next week. Results Girls U-8 80M Small Schools: 1st Nicole Sheridan, Villerstown; 2nd A i n e Inseaduin, Baile Mhic Airt; 3rd Patrycja Kudlacik, Clashmore. Results Girls U-8 80M Big Schools: 1st Ciara Barrett, Abbeyside; 2nd Chloe Morrissey, Whitechurch; 3rd Ciara O'Reilly, Kilmacthomas. Results Boys U-8 80M Small Schools: 1st Lachann Donnelly, Carriglea; 2nd Noah O'Sullivan, Clashmore; 3rd Kevin Dower, Grange. Results Boys U-8 80M Big Schools: 1st Conor Henley, Tallow; 2nd Corey Scanlon, Whitechurch; 3rd Mark Power, Coolnasmear. Results Girls U-9 80M Small Schools: 1st Kaileigh Cass, Our Lady of Mercy; 2nd Eva Davis, Our Lady of Mercy; 3rd Sarah Slevin, Fews. Results Girls U-9 80M Big Schools: 1st Amy Cunningham, Garranbane; 2nd Katie Donnelly, St. Marys; 3rd Emilie Ni Chonchuir, Scoil Gharbhain. Results Boys U-9 80M Small Schools: 1st Luke Landers, Ballycurrane; 2nd Gus Nugent, Modeligo; 3rd Sonny O'Donnell, Carriglea Results Boys U-9 80M Big Schools: 1st Peter Cummins, Glenbeg; 2nd Jake Henley, Tallow; 3rd David Butler, Coolnasmear. Results Girls U-10 80M Small Schools: 1st Kate Keogh, Kinsalebeg; 2nd Ruby Nic Aonghusa, Baile Mhic Airt; 3rd Emma Hickey, Kilbrien.

Results Girls U-10 80M Big Schools: 1st Caoimhe Reynolds, Whitechurch; 2nd Nessa Keevers, Ardmore; 3rd Annabelle Buckley, Aglish. Results Boys U-10 80M Small Schools: 1st Marc O Mathuna, Baile Mhic Airt; 2nd Kieran Sheridan, Villerstown; 3rd Eoin McGrath, Touraneena. Results Boys U-10 80M Big Schools: 1st Mark Loftus, St. Josephs; 2nd Tommy Fennell, Garranbane; 3rd Rory Fennell, Garranbane. Results Girls U-11 100M Small Schools: 1st Mairead O'Brien, Modeligo; 2nd Ella O'Neill, Clashmore; 3rd Aoife Bazil, Fews. Results Girls U-11 100M Big Schools: 1st Laura Miller, Ardmore; 2nd Rosie Ni Mhuirithe, An Rinn; 3rd Kate Killigrew, Lismore. Results Boys U-11 100M Small Schools: 1st K i a n Kelly Carey, Clashmore; 2nd Mark Dalton, Knocknanore; 3rd Josh Fitzgerald, Clashmore. Results Boys U-11 100M Big Schools: 1st Adam Hornibrook, Lismore; 2nd Mark Mac Garrai, Scoil Gharbhain; 3rd Darragh Reddy, Abbeyside. Results Girls U-12 100M Small Schools: 1st S a l l y Anne Gleeson, Grange; 2nd Saoirse Cassidy, Clashmore; 3rd Caoilin Choistin, Baile Mhic Airt. Results Girls U-12 100M Big Schools: 1st Kate Ni Bhroin, Scoil Gharbhain; 2nd Cait Ni Fhloinn, Scoil Gharbhain; 3rd Aoife O'Brien, Garranbane. Results Boys U-12 100M Small Schools: 1st Cormac O Mathuna, Baile Mhic Airt; 2nd Padraig Hynes, Knockanore; 3rd Conor Whelan, Carriglea. Results Boys U-12 100M Big Schools: 1s Sean Hickey, Ballyduff; 2nd Ryan MacCraith, An Rinn; 3rd Tyrone Flynn, Ballyduff. Results Girls U-12 100M Small Schools: 1st Emily O'Mahony, Modeligo; 2nd Chloe Smiddy, Kinsalebeg; 3rd Andrea Barker, Grange. Results Girls U-12 100M Big Schools: 1st Kylie Heinen, Kilmacthomas; 2nd Laoise Keevers, Ardmore; 3rd Alice Power, Garranbane. Results Boys U-12 100M Small Schools: 1st Sam Fitzgerald, Clashmore; 2nd Finn O'Sullivan, Clashmore; 3rd Liam Urmholtaigh, Baile Mhic Airt. Results Boys O12 100M Big Schools: 1st Patrick Morrissey, Kilmacthomas; 2nd Morgan Buckley, Aglish; 3rd Oisin O'Gorman, Lismore. Results Girls U-9 300M Small Schools: 1st Rachel O’Brien, Modeligo; 2nd Ameila Green, St. James; 3rd Kaileigh Cass, Our Lady of Mercy. Results Girls U-9 300M Big Schools: 1st Caoimhe Prendergast, St. Marys; 2nd Ally Cunningham, Garranbane; 3rd Katie Donnelly, St. Marys. Results Boys U-9 300M Small Schools: 1st Kyle Moloney, Kinsalebeg; 2nd Daniel Lenane, Grange; 3rd Gus Nugent, Modeligo. Results Boys U-9 300M Big Schools: 1st Darryl Harty, St. Josephs; 2nd Shane Bennett, Lismore; 3rd Paudie Barry, Kilrossanty. Results Girls U-11 600M Small Schools: 1st Mairead O’Brien, Modeligo; 2nd Aoife Brazil, Fews; 3rd Chloe O’Connell, Knockanore. Results Girls U-11 600M Big Schools: 1st Rosie Ni Mhuirithe, An Rinn; 2nd Kate Killigrew, Lismore; 3rd Grace Power, Coolnasmear. Results Boys U-11 600M Small Schools: 1st Kian Kelly Carey, Clashmore; 2nd Marc O Mathuna, Baile Mhic Airt: 3rd Alan Curran, Carriglea. Results Boys U-11 600M Big Schools: 1st Oisin O’Riordan, Abbeyside; 2nd Patrick McCarthy, Ballyduff; 3rd Tommy Fennell, Garranbane. Results Girls U-12 600M Small Schools: 1st Keraleig Thompkin, Ballycurrane; 2nd Sheena McGuckian, Our Lady of Mercy; 3rd Caoilin Choistin, Bhaile Mhic Airt. Results Girls U-12 600M Big

Schools: 1st Lucy Holmes, Glenbeg; 2nd Mary Prendergast, St. Marys; 3rd Emily Casey, Ballyduff. Results Boys U-12 600M Small Schools: 1st Cormac O Mathuna, Bhaile Mhic Airt; 2nd Matthew Roddy, Kinsalebeg; 3rd James Gough, Sc na Croise Naofa. Results Boys U-12 600M Big Schools: 1st Sean Hickey, Ballyduff; 2nd Adam Taylor, Whitechurch; 3rd Fionn Timmins, Coolnasmear. Results Girls U-12 800M Small Schools: 1st Emily O’Mahony, Modeligo; 2nd Kate Hickey, Kilbrien; 3rd Ally Landers, Villerstown. Results Girls U-12 800M Big Schools: 1st Aoife Kennedy, Ballyduff; 2nd Hannah Roche Perks, Ardmore; 3rd Laoise Keevers, Ardmore. Results Boys U-12 800M Small Schools: 1st Liam Urmholtaigh, Baile Mhic Airt; 2nd Sean Ronayne, Carriglea; 3rd Conor Browne, Carriglea. Results Boys U-12 800M Big Schools: 1st Michael Troy, Abbeyside; 2nd Matthew Walsh, Glenbeg; 3rd Senan Mac Treabhair, Scoil Gharbhain. Results Girls U-8 Relay Small Schools: 1st Clashmore; 2nd Grange; 3rd Modeligo. Results Girls U-8 Relay Big Schools: 1st Glenbeg; 2nd Lismore; 3rd Scoil Gharbhain. Results Boys U-8 Relay Small Schools: 1st Carriglea: 2nd Clashmore; 3rd Kinsalebeg. Results Boys U-8 Relay Big Schools: 1st Glenbeg; 2nd Aglish; 3rd Coolnasmear. Results Girls U-9 Relay Small Schools: 1st Our Lady of Mercy: 2nd Bhaile Mhic Airt; 3rd Modeligo. Results Girls U-9 Relay Big Schools: 1st St. Marys; 2nd Abbeyside; 3rd Garranbane. Results Boys U-9 Relay Small Schools: 1st Carriglea; 2nd Fews; 3rd Grange. Results Boys U-9 Relay Big Schools: 1st Glenbeg; 2nd Garranbane; 3rd Scoil Gharbhain. Results Girls U-10 Relay Small Schools: 1st Baile Mhic Airt: 2nd Modeligo; 3rd Carriglea. Results Girls U-10 Relay Big Schools: 1st An Rinn; 2nd Lismore; 3rd Tallow. Results Boys U-10 Relay Small Schools: 1st Touraneena; 2nd Kinsalebeg; 3rd Modeligo. Results Boys U-10 Relay Big Schools: 1st St. Josephs; 2nd Abbeyside; 3rd Garranbane. Results Girls U-11 Relay Small Schools: 1st Kinsalebeg; 2nd Knockanore; 3rd Baile Mhic Airt. Results Girls U-11 Relay Big Schools: 1st Ardmore; 2nd Glenbeg; 3rd St. Marys. Results Boys U-11 Relay Small Schools: 1st Clashmore; 2nd Kinsalebeg; 3rd Modeligo. Results Boys U-11 Relay Big Schools: 1st Lismore; 2nd Abbeyside; 3rd Glenbeg. Results Girls U-12 Relay Small Schools: 1st Clashmore; 2nd Modeligo; 3rd Baile Mhic Airt. Results Girls U-12 Relay Big Schools: 1st Lismore; 2nd Garranbane; 3rd Glenbeg. Results Boys U-12 RelaySmall Schools: 1st Bhaile Mhic Airt; 2nd Knockanore; 3rd Touraneena. Results Boys U-12 Relay Big Schools: 1st Lismore; 2nd Ballyduff; 3rd Kilrossanty. Results Girls O-12 Relay Small Schools: 1st Kinsalebeg; 2nd Clashmore; 3rd Baile Mhic Airt. Results Girls O-12 Relay Big Schools: 1st Ardmore; 2nd Abbeyside; 3rd Lismore. Results Boys O-12 Relay Small Schools: 1st Carriglea; 2nd St. James. Results Boys O-12 Relay Big Schools: 1st Lismore; 2nd Garranbane; 3rd Glenbeg. Results Mixed U-10 Relay Small Schools: 1st Villerstown; 2nd Kinsalebeg; 3rd Clashmore. Results Mixed U-14 Relay Small Schools: 1st Modeligo; 2nd Clashmore; 3rd Kinsalebeg.

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